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HCPS program to guarantee future teaching jobs for current students


Public high school students in Henrico County will have the opportunity to earn a guaranteed teaching job when they graduate college, thanks to the new Teacher Scholars’ program, which Henrico County Public Schools launched this semester.

The Henrico school division, along with other systems nationwide, has witnessed a shortage in the number of teachers in areas such as math, Spanish, exceptional education, technology education and family and consumer sciences. The new Henrico program will offer an incentive to students and hopefully spark an interest in teaching.

Workshop aims to help harmonize school rules, home rules

Sometimes rules for children are different at school and at home. If fathers and children can’t reconcile these, the result can be confusion and frustration. The ManUp Fatherhood Initiative is holding a workshop about this thorny issue featuring guest speaker Phillip White on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Ratcliffe Elementary School, 2901 Thalen Street in Henrico.

The workshop is part of the group’s “ManUp Passport to Success” series of parenting workshops and activities. Attendees should bring their ManUp passports to the workshop to be stamped. Passports also will be available at the event.

Three Chopt voters to select new School Board member

Three Chopt District voters will choose a new School Board representative Tuesday in a special election pitting two candidates for the right to serve the final year of a four-year term on the board.

Glen Allen dentist Surya Dhakar and former Short Pump Elementary School intervention teacher Michelle “Micky” Ogburn are competing to fill the seat currently held on an interim basis by Robert Boyle. Boyle was appointed by the School Board last October to fill the seat that Diana Winston won in 2011 and resigned from in August 2013.

Fairfield Middle School celebrates new fitness facility

Jake Steinfeld, chairman of the National Foundation of Governors’ Fitness Councils, helps Fairfield Middle School students cut the ribbon to signify the dedication of the school’s new $100,000 fitness center.
Fairfield Middle School recently unveiled its new fitness center, which was awarded by the National Foundation of Governors’ Fitness Councils, through its National Champion Schools campaign, in September. Fairfield was one of just three schools in the state selected to receive one of the centers, which is valued at $100,000.

Nominees sought for 2014-15 REB Awards

The Community Foundation is seeking nominations of outstanding principals in Henrico County Public Schools. The foundation will award a $7,500 cash grant to one winning principal and a $7,500 grant to be used for initiatives at his or her school, as part of its annual REB Awards. Similar prizes will be awarded in Chesterfield, Hanover and Richmond.

The awards are designed to identify, recognize and support leadership excellence in the Richmond area. Nominees should have served in their current positions for at least three years.

The Community Foundation is inviting nominations from students, parents, colleagues, school personnel and administrators and the community at large. Nominations should take the form of a one to two-page typed letter describing the nominee’s distinguished educational leadership.

Authors will discuss bullying during Hermitage HS visit

Hermitage High School will kick off a yearlong discussion on bullying using the books of two authors as a catalyst. On Friday morning, the student body will hear writers Erin Jade Lange and Meg Medina talk about themes of bullying, connecting and acceptance in their acclaimed young-adult novels. The Hermitage event is called Books Beat Bullies, and coincides with anti-bullying month.

Medina is a Henrico County resident whose daughter graduated from Hermitage in 2010. Lange is a journalist and writer who lives in Phoenix, Ariz.

The authors will also hold writers’ workshops, a book signing and question-and-answer sessions.

Henrico HS football team making an impact on and off the field


Before their Oct. 3 win over Atlee, the Henrico Warriors hadn’t allowed a touchdown all season. And while the football team has been exceptional at reading opposing offenses in 2014, it's sharing great reads with Henrico County elementary students.

Through a program called “Reading Warriors," Henrico High School teams and clubs visit elementary school classrooms, where they share books with younger students.

“These students are our leaders, and they need to be visible and involved,” said Jeffrey Millner, assistant principal at HHS. “We’re also branding Henrico High School as a premier school.

Sandston student named Virginia ABC College Tour peer advisor

Sandston resident Abby Pendleton, 21, is a sociology major at Longwood University, a graduate of Varina High School and a do-it-yourself project fanatic. She also is one of the first-ever peer advisors for the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s (ABC) College Tour.

College Tour is a series of one-day events that gives students the necessary alcohol education to help reduce underage and high-risk drinking, along with promoting a healthy lifestyle and leadership. This year’s tour will stop at James Madison University (Oct. 24), University of Richmond (Nov. 7), Virginia Tech (Feb. 21, 2015), the College of William and Mary (Mar. 21, 2015) and George Mason University (Mar. 24, 2015).

Virginia Randolph students will take a stroll Oct. 9

Students at Henrico County’s Campus at Virginia Randolph will be taking their test scores for a walk later this week.

Students at the two-school campus in Glen Allen will seek to prove the positive link between aerobic exercise and academic success with their first “Walk at School” event Oct. 9 at 9 a.m.

Academy at Virginia Randolph and Virginia Randolph Education Center students will walk at the schools’ Mountain Road athletic complex, and they’ll have a DJ to keep them moving.

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