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.
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 11/26/2014 Education
UPDATE: NOV. 26, 5:08 P.M. – A state committee established to review Virginia's public education assessment system has proposed its first 12 recommendations, and they could result in major changes to the way student achievement is evaluated statewide.
The proposals from the SOL Innovation Committee would relax, in several ways, the standards of accountability that are tied directly to Virginia's Standards of Learning tests. They also would allow school districts to measure student achievement in other ways – not just through the SOLs.
The committee recommended that the state allow more leniency for schools that fail to earn accreditation but whose students overall show significant improvement on the SOLs from one year to the next. Such schools might be labeled "provisionally accredited – significant progress demonstrated," for example.
By Eileen Mellon, Special to the Citizen 11/24/2014 Education
Disappointed by the fact that women are under-represented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career fields – often because they have lacked other women in the disciplines to emulate – J.R. Tucker High School senior Sierra Semel was motivated to address the issue.
Semel, who is part of the Advanced College Academy specialty center at Tucker, became interested in engineering in the eighth grade and quickly began to realize her interest was a rarity amongst other girls her age. After completing a research paper on the lack of women in STEM fields for Robert Meister’s AP composition class, she decided to do something about it.
UPDATE: NOV. 21, 2:15 P.M. – The Steward School today named Interim Head of School Dan Frank as the new head of school.
The Steward Board of Trustees and Head of School Search Committee conducted a national search but determined that the best candidate for the job was the one who already held it. The board and committee unanimously supported Frank's appointment.
“We are absolutely confident that we have selected the candidate who best fits the needs of our school community," Board Chair Maria Brent Jones said. "Dan is an exceptional leader who brings a passion for innovation and community, as well as a deep understanding of Steward, to this leadership role.”
UPDATE: NOV. 21, 9:55 A.M. – The contractor whose employee accidentally destroyed the power supply to most of Henrico High School Tuesday – causing the school to be closed for more than three days this week – is unlikely to face financial penalties from the school system as the result of the incident.
School officials are focused on efforts to restore power to the school, HCPS spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen.
"But at a later date, we'll get together with the contractor and discuss responsibility," Jenks wrote in an email.
Citizen Staff Reports 11/20/2014 Education
Horticulture students at Hermitage Technical Center and the Academy at Virginia Randolph will be holding plant sales in November and December at both campuses. The events will offer holiday-themed plants, such as poinsettias and flowering kale, Christmas cacti and others.
The Academy of Virginia Randolph will host its pre-Thanksgiving sale on Monday, Nov. 24, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and its holiday sale Dec. 2-3, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Red, white and pink poinsettias will be available for $7 each at both events. The school is located at 2204 Mountain Road in Glen Allen.
Citizen Staff Reports 11/18/2014 Education
When Chamberlayne Elementary School second-grade teacher Michelle Mayer began looking for a way to participate in HandsOn Day, an Oct. 18 service day organized by HandsOn Greater Richmond and the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence, she didn't have to go far.
Mayer organized a book collection project that involved students at several Henrico County schools, including Chamberlayne. About 700 books collected during the project will be distributed to students at Chamberlayne and Laburnum elementary schools.
Citizen Staff Reports 11/17/2014 Education
Henrico County Public Schools' Department of School Counseling will host a workshop Monday, Nov. 24 designed to educate parents and guardians of students about suicide awareness and prevention.
The workshop will be held in the Glen Allen High School auditorium, 10700 Staples Mill Road in Glen Allen, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 4,600 young people between ages 10 and 24 die from suicide each year. Many more are treated for unsuccessful suicide attempts.
Citizen Staff Reports 11/13/2014 Education
Michelle “Micky” Ogburn was sworn in early Monday as the new representative of the Three Chopt District on the Henrico County School Board. Chief Judge Catherine C. Hammond of the Henrico Circuit Court administered the oath of office to Ogburn at the county’s courts building on Parham Road.
Ogburn won a Nov. 4 election to replace the district's interim representative, Robert Boyle Jr. He had been appointed last year, following Diana Winston's resignation, to serve until a permanent replacement could be elected.
Ogburn begins her public duties Nov. 13, when the School Board holds its monthly work session and public meeting.
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