New GRASP scholarships to aide winners with college debt and costs

Fifteen Henrico County Public Schools students recently received a “2+2” scholarship from the non-profit organization GRASP (GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc.). In total, the newly created scholarships will help 71 students receive their baccalaureate degrees from a Virginia college or university with lower costs and less student debt.

The scholarship awards each winner $1,000 for his or her first year at a community college to cover the costs not covered by financial aid, such as books and computers.

Rayvon Owen performs at Henrico H.S.

American Idol finalist Rayvon Owen, an alumnus of the Henrico High School Center for the Arts, performed two concerts at the school Nov. 7 as part of the center's 25th anniversary celebration.

Owen also attended a special reception for the CFA at the Lewis Ginter Recreation Center in Ginter Park Nov. 6.

Owen, 24, began singing at church in Varina and graduated from Henrico H.S. in 2009. He attended and graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, then skyrocketed to fame with his fourth-place finish on Fox's American Idol television show in 2014.

Adams to seek recount in Fairfield School Board race

UPDATE: NOV. 6, 2015, 5:44 P.M. – Following a 43-vote loss in Tuesday's election, Fairfield District School Board candidate Tara Adams announced tonight that she will seek a recount.

Adams lost to Roscoe Cooper III, 5,095 votes to 5,052 votes, according to the results that were certified today by Henrico Registrar Mark Coakley. The tentative results Tuesday night had given Cooper a 48-vote victory.

In a statement, Adams said that she made her decision to seek a recount after much deliberation.

Filmmaker Ken Burns speaks at Collegiate School

Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and historian Ken Burns visited Collegiate School Nov. 5 and spoke to students about his career. He later addressed a paid crowd at the Greater Richmond Convention Center on the subject "Sharing the American Experience."

Burns' visit was the culmination of the school's year-long 100th anniversary celebration.

"Our centennial offers our school community the extraordinary opportunity to honor Collegiate’s rich history and celebrate the broader Richmond community, by inviting Mr. Burns to share with us," said Steve Hickman, Collegiate's Head of School.

VCU, JSRCC agreement makes social work degrees more accessible

Virginia Commonwealth University has signed a deal with Reynolds Community College to allow eligible Reynolds students who earn an associate’s degree in pre-social work to transfer to VCU and complete their bachelor’s degree at the School of Social Work in as little as four semesters.

The School of Social Work’s new articulation agreement with Reynolds Community College is the second such agreement with a Richmond-area community college. The School of Social Work entered into a similar agreement with John Tyler Community College in 2012, and the first cohort of transfer students from JTCC is currently studying at VCU.

Henrico County’s high school specialty centers to host open houses

Henrico County Public Schools' specialty centers will host open houses in the coming weeks to provide prospective students and their parents ways to find out more about these “schools within a school” and to receive information about the application process.

To visit a center whose open house date has passed, simply call the center's office to schedule a time to visit.

Three specialty centers recently changed their names recently to better reflect their missions.

Maker Movement co-founder to speak at Steward School Nov. 10

Author and Maker Movement co-founder Gary Stager, Ph.D. will present "Learning to Play in Education: Joining the Maker Movement" Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at The Steward School, 11600 Gayton Road. The presentation, part of the school's Bryan Innovation Lab Visiting Innovators Program, is free and open to the public and will take place in the Bryan Innovation Lab. Stager, a laptop education pioneer and co-author of Invent to Learn – Making, Tinkering, and
Engineering in the Classroom
, will discuss the Maker Movement’s impact on classrooms in the 21st century.

Henrico Schools to host job fair Nov. 3

Henrico County Public Schools is offering prospective employees the chance to get out and vote Nov. 3 and then stop by the Henrico Schools job fair at the Resource Workforce Center, 121 Cedar Fork Road. Sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m.

HCPS is seeking candidates to join the HCPS family as bus drivers, custodians and cafeteria workers, as well as substitutes for teachers and nurses. Members of the HCPS Human Resources, School Nutrition Services, Custodial Services and Transportation departments will be present to conduct preliminary interviews with interested candidates.

HCPS to host College and Career Night Nov. 4

Students will have a chance to consider a host of options for life after high school at Henrico County Public Schools’ 2015 College and Career Night, Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Varina High School, 7053 Messer Road. The annual countywide event offers a chance to talk with representatives from colleges and universities, professional programs, businesses and branches of the military.

Last year’s event attracted 136 colleges and universities. Twenty-nine businesses also participated.

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