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Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.

Nominations open for 2015-16 REB Awards


Nominations are open for the 2015-16 REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership, which recognize outstanding principals from public schools in Henrico, Hanover and Chesterfield counties and the city of Richmond. The annual awards, sponsored by the Community Foundation, identify, recognize and support leadership excellence in the region. Honorees receive an unrestricted $7,500 cash grant, and $7,500 to be used for school initiatives. Nominees should have served in their current positions for at least three years.

Henrico H.S. students learn to ‘Drive Smart’


Henrico High School students learned about safe driving during a recent visit from DRIVE SMART Virginia officials, who allowed students to don “drunk goggles” that simulate drunk driving (tested by tenth-grader Janetta Quarles, above).

Rayvon Owen to perform two shows at Henrico HS fundraiser Nov. 7


American Idol finalist Rayvon Owen will perform two concerts at his alma mater – Henrico High School – on Saturday, Nov. 7 as part of a two-day fundraising effort to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the school's Center for the Arts.

The center became the first high school specialty center in Henrico County when it opened in 1990. Since its debut, more than a dozen high school specialty and program centers have opened in the county.

The center and its support group, Friends of Center for the Arts, will hold a reception fundraiser Friday, Nov. 6, at Ginter Park Recreation Center, 3421 Hawthorne Avenue in Richmond. Tickets are $50 apiece, and attendees must be 21 or older.

HCPS begins extended-day pilot programs at 7 schools


Henrico County Public Schools will partner with the Henrico Education Foundation (HEF) to initiate extended-learning programs this month after school hours in seven schools in the county.

The initiative, for which the school division budgeted $300,000, will begin Oct. 20 and consist of two different programs: Extended Day programs and Learning Centers.

The Extended Day programs, which will be handled and paid for primarily by the school system, will be implemented in Fairfield Middle and Baker, Montrose, Fair Oaks and Ward elementary schools.

Hermitage H.S. to host Community Day Oct. 24


The Hermitage High School PTSA will sponsor a Community Day celebration Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chester Fritz Football Stadium, 8301 Hungary Spring Road.

Family-friendly activities will include a softball throw, lacrosse skills, bounce house, balloons, tattoos, hand mural, buttons, photo booth, cake walk, face painting, door prizes every hour and more; groups on hand will include HHS Band, Hermitage Tech Center, Henrico PAL, Child Shield, BJ’s Wholesale Club, MADD with Henrico Police, Dave & Busters, and Chuck E. Cheese.

HCPS Band Showcase set for Oct. 19


All nine of Henrico County’s high school marching bands will be in action Oct. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the HCPS Band Showcase, to be held at Varina High School’s Blue Devil Stadium, 7053 Messer Road. In addition to the showcase of some of Virginia’s best marching bands, there will also be a STEAM fair – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math – organized by Varina’s faculty.

The performance is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Henrico Christmas Mother.

Henrico schools awarded grants for math and science projects


The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) recently awarded grants totaling more than $213,000 to nine partnerships between school divisions and colleges and universities, including two grants to Henrico County Public Schools.

One of six school systems to be awarded funds for mathematics projects, Henrico County partnered with Norfolk State University to receive $21,400 for the program Supporting Math Process Goals through Research-Based Teaching Practices. The program will serve 60 teachers.

Henrico County was also one of three school systems awarded funds for science projects.

Academy at Virginia Randolph to celebrate school’s centennial Oct. 17


The Academy at Virginia Randolph will celebrate its centennial Oct. 17, marking a century since the Henrico County school was dedicated in honor of the pioneering educator.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, 2204 Mountain Road in Glen Allen. It will feature a presentation from a historian with an interest in Randolph, and remarks from a representative of the Capitol Foundation, which is leading fundraising efforts for a women’s monument on the Virginia capitol
grounds. The monument will include Randolph as one of 12 featured women from Virginia history. The celebration will also have music, food, drinks and games. Each of the school’s trade instructors will have a booth with information and activities about the field they teach.

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