Citizen Staff Reports 07/25/2016 Education
The Henrico Education Foundation will host a Nov. 3 fundraiser at Glen Allen High School with actor and author Henry Winkler, who is best known for his role as Fonzie in the 1970s sitcom "Happy Days."
The event, scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., will include remarks and conversation with Winkler; coffee and dessert; and a book sale and signing.
Tables of eight for the event are $150 and may be purchased at http://www.henricogives.org or by calling (804) 652-3869, ext. 3. Individual tickets will be released in early fall.
The counseling program at Henrico County’s Fairfield Middle School recently earned an elite designation from the American School Counselor Association, which named it a “Recognized ASCA Model Program.”
The designation means that Fairfield’s counseling department has implemented a national model stressing comprehensive, data-driven school counseling. Schools must have an established counseling foundation, deliver services effectively, put management systems in place and have ways to measure counseling performance.
Fewer than 600 schools nationwide have received the honor since it was first awarded in 2004. The designation is valid for five years, after which schools must reapply.
Congressman Bobby Scott, whose Third District includes a portion of Henrico County, recently received the National Head Start Association’s PROMISE (PRotecting Opportunities for our Most Important Students Early) Award for his commitment to advance the needs of Head Start children and families. Scott is the ranking member of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
More than 300 Head Start teachers gathered in Washington, D.C. recently to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Head Start program, an early childhood education program.
Citizen Staff Reports 02/05/2015 Education
Dumbarton Elementary School counselor Liz Parker was honored at a White House ceremony Jan. 30 as a national finalist for 2015 School Counselor of the Year. The American School Counselor Association selects an annual winner for the award.
First Lady Michelle Obama presided over the ceremony honoring the five finalists for the award, as well as semifinalists. Also present was actress Connie Britton, who portrayed a school counselor on the TV show “Friday Night Lights.”
The judges considered such criteria as counseling innovations, effective programs, leadership skills and contributions to student advancement.
Harvie Elementary School hosted Virginia Education Secretary Anne Holton Jan. 30. Holton toured the school, met with students and teachers and participated in a roundtable discussion with teachers.
Harvie is using a number of creative approaches in an effort to achieve full accreditation.
“The educators, parents, and students at Harvie Elementary are doing great things,” Holton said. “I was struck not only by the dedication of the staff, but by the innovative approach the teachers and administrators have taken to ensure student success.”
Citizen Staff Reports 01/30/2015 Education
Henrico County Public Schools this week announced the winning entries in Superintendent Pat Kinlaw’s “Un-Initiative” contest launched at the start of the 2014-15 school year. The contest invited HCPS employees to suggest ways that the school division could operate more efficiently and effectively. Kinlaw promised to write personal checks to three individuals who came up with the winning ideas.
In most cases, many different HCPS employees submitted the same winning ideas. The HCPS Division Leadership Team selected the individual prize winners anonymously, after evaluating suggestions for value, content and clarity. A number of other ideas will be reviewed and evaluated by administrators.
Citizen Staff Reports 01/27/2015 Education
Due to inclement weather, the County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia has cancelled tonight’s presentation on the proposed 2015-2016 Annual Financial Plan to the Henrico County Council of PTA’s, including the budget public hearing. This meeting was scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Short Pump Middle School.
The budget public hearing has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 12 in the auditorium of New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road.
By Eileen Mellon, Special to the Citizen 01/26/2015 Education
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.
Citizen Staff Reports 01/23/2015 Education
The Henrico County Public Schools Divisionwide Spelling Bee crowned a familiar champion this week, and he defeated someone pretty familiar to him.
Moody Middle School sixth-grader Tejas Muthusamy, who won the bee last year and went on to finish eighth in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C, claimed the title again this year by defeating his younger brother, Shreyas, a fourth-grader at Shady Grove Elementary School.
Shreyas Muthusamy misspelled the word “irreconcilable,” which allowed his brother to win the be by correctly spelling the word “jurimetrician,” meaning a person who applies scientific methods to legal matters.
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