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Students get a head start on art

Nuckols Farm third-graders raise money for VCU's Institute for Contemporary Art

When the Institute for Contemporary Art opens its doors on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus in 2016, there will no doubt be fanfare and a crowd of excited supporters on hand.

But perhaps no one will be more excited than a couple of Henrico County nine-year-olds who recently broke onto the ICA’s supporter list as the youngest of its founding donors.

Their donation grew out of a brainstorming session in which the two Nuckols Farm Elementary third-graders, Tess Freiman and Aly Betz, were casting about for ideas for their latest money-making project.

HCPS launches smartphone app for school menus

Henrico County Public Schools' Nutrition Services has launched a smartphone app that provides a list of lunch menu items. It's among the first such apps in the nation.

“School Lunch by Nutrislice” is available in the Apple App Store for iPhones and in Google Play for Android phones. The information can also be viewed online at http://henrico.nutrislice.com

School Board appoints Boyle as new Three Chopt representative

ONLINE UPDATE: 7:25 P.M. (New information added at 8:46 P.M.) – By a unanimous vote, the Henrico County School Board has named Robert G. Boyle, Jr. to serve as the interim Three Chopt District representative to the board.

Boyle, 43, will fill the vacancy created last month when Three Chopt member Diana Winston resigned her seat. The county will hold a special election for the seat in November 2014, and the winner will serve the remainder of the term, through 2015. All five School Board seats will be up for election in November 2015, with the winners taking office to begin their four-year terms in January 2016.

Boyle is an attorney with Hirschler Fleischer in Richmond. He will be sworn in Friday morning at 8:30 a.m.

New Collegiate building seeks to cultivate ‘futurists’

A new facility at the Collegiate School is pairing technological innovation with a forward-thinking educational approach, pushing students and faculty members to look at the world with a different view.

It’s already senior Vivien Fergusson’s new favorite spot on campus.

“I spend all my time in The Sharp Academic Commons,” said Fergusson. “It’s completely changed how I use the space on campus. Before, I spent a lot of time in the cafeteria or upper school but whenever I have a free period I come here.”

Short Pump ‘Stinger Trail’ combines fitness, outdoor learning

At Short Pump Elementary School, collaborative efforts between a group of passionate students and teachers have led to the creation of The Stinger Trail, a nature and fitness trail on the school grounds that is accessible to all members of the community and encourages outdoor learning and community projects.

Judy Fitzpatrick, along with her fourth-grade class from last year, designed the trail that stemmed from her passion for nature and desire to share outside-the-classroom learning with other students.

Quadratic equations

Four children, four majors, four tuition bills – and one university.

The Lomaka family from Henrico made history last year when its four children – three sons and one daughter – became the first set of quadruplets to attend Virginia Tech.

“The quads,” Steve, Kate, Greg and Chris, are now in their sophomore year at Virginia Tech and said they all chose the school for their own reasons and are on very different academic paths.

HFCU opens new branch at Holman MS

Holman Middle School and Henrico Federal Credit Union recently teamed to open the “Huskie Branch,” a student HFCU branch in the school. The branch allows students to work with teachers and parents to develop financial responsibility as well as important money management skills.

School Board receives input on Three Chopt finalists

UPDATED: 7:32 P.M. –– Thirty-three speakers addressed the Henrico County School Board during a 75-minute public hearing tonight, providing input about the eight finalists the board selected as candidates to replace Three Chopt District representative Diana Winston, who resigned last month.

The board interviewed each candidate during a closed meeting last week and is expected to appoint one next week to fill the seat until a special election is called (most likely in November 2014) to fill the final year of Winston's four-year term. The entire board will be up for election in November 2015.

HCPS, Legal Aid Justice Center partner on suspension rate reduction effort

Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) and the Legal Aid Justice Center today announced a partnership designed to reduce the disparities in suspension rates among minority students and students with disabilities attending HCPS middle schools. The partnership is the result of more than nine months of collaboration to further develop and enhance Henrico’s existing efforts.

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