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Whither the Book Bowl?

Parents petition to reinstate popular fifth-grade event
Parents are frustrated, an online petition has garnered almost 500 signatures, School Board members have voiced their concerns, and now there are plans to hold a public meeting the week after spring break to discuss a contentious issue.

The Henrico County Book Bowl has many in the community up in arms – specifically, the recent plan to discontinue the program after 24 years.

So what exactly is the Book Bowl?

Governor’s School informational sessions planned next week

Three informational sessions about the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies will be held for prospective students and their parents.

The sessions will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Deep Run HS, Hermitage HS to partner for ‘pink out’

Deep Run High School will host the 2012 Pink Out at a home football game Oct. 19 against Hermitage High School to raise awareness and funding for breast cancer. This year, Deep Run is partnering with Hermitage to break last year’s total of $5,631 raised for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Students, teachers, football players, coaches and cheerleaders will be “pinked out” in hot pink this year during the event.

Henrico trails state averages in SATs, ACTs

Henrico County high school seniors scored above the federal average but below the state average during the 2011-12 school year on the two most prominent college admissions tests, according to results released recently.

Henrico students averaged a composite score of 21.9 out of a possible 36 on the four-part ACT (compared with a state average score of 22.4) and 1501 on the SAT (compared with the state average of 1517).

Two Henrico students named White House interns

Two Henrico County college students were among 144 students nationwide selected as White House interns for the Fall 2012 session. Inesha Premaratne and Matthew Shapiro, both of Glen Allen will participate in the program, which aims to make the White House accessible to future leaders and prepare them for future leadership opportunities.

Superintendent Russo to host community meetings

Henrico County Public Schools Superintendent Patrick Russo will host a series of five public meetings with Henrico citizens – one in each magisterial district – during the coming weeks.

The meetings will provide an opportunity for citizens to ask questions and engage in an open dialogue with Russo about school-related issues.

Tucker HS show ‘Movements’ to benefit Daily Planet

Students and staff from Tucker High School will present “Movements,” a stage production featuring music, monologues and more, on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Tucker High auditorium. “Movements,” a show about being moved to move others, will be presented to the Henrico community in order to raise money and items for Daily Planet, a local organization that offers comprehensive health and human services to the homeless, as well as potentially homeless, in the Greater Richmond area.

Henrico HS surpasses world average for IB diploma percentage

While all members of the Henrico High School International Baccalaureate (IB) class of 2012 were awarded the Virginia Advanced Studies Diploma, the county's school system recently received notification that 93 percent of the IB Diploma candidates from that class were awarded the IB Diploma, surpassing the world average of 78.1 percent.

Blue Ribbon smiles at Nuckols Farm

Henrico's Nuckols Farm Elementary School celebrated its new National Blue Ribbon School status Sept. 20 with a student body assembly, music, and visits from Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) leaders as well as representatives from Senator Mark Warner's office and the U.S. Dept. of Education.

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