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Henrico School Board selects redistricting Option E


JUNE 23, 10:30 A.M. – The Henrico County School Board Thursday concluded its latest redistricting process by selecting a plan for middle school redistricting that will impact a number of students in the western and northern parts of the county, as well as a few in Eastern Henrico.

The process sought to reduce overcrowding at Hungary Creek Middle School, create room at Wilder Middle School for a gifted academy and address the poverty level disparity among some middle schools. It will impact about 775 students, according to school system officials.

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.

Henrico Education Foundation receives STEM grant from Dominion


The Henrico Education Foundation, Inc. recently received a $5,000 grant from the The Dominion Foundation to coordinate with Henrico County Public Schools in developing an after-school STEM camp.

The camp will offer fourth and fifth graders the chance to explore engineering problems and solutions during after-school camps that will last from six to eight weeks. At the conclusion of the camp sessions, students will share their product designs with professional engineers.

The Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, awarded educational grants totaling $1.5 million to support programs engaging students in more than 140 schools and educational institutions in 11 states and the District of Columbia.

Richmond Montessori to host two open houses


Richmond Montessori School will host two open houses for students in grades 1-8.

During the events, parents will have the opportunity to learn about the Montessori philosophy of education and meet and talk with current parents, faculty and students. After a tour of the school, parents have the chance to see Montessori lessons in action and to interact with current parents.

At the Middle School Open House, prospective parents will hear from a panel of students, alumni, and current parents as well as representatives of high schools who have accepted Richmond Montessori students.

McAuliffe awards extended year and year-round school grants to Henrico


Governor Terry McAuliffe has awarded nearly $5.3 million in state year-round and extended school year grants to support the development and implementation of year-round instructional programs in 10 school divisions, including Henrico County.

Henrico County will receive $38,238 in extended year planning grants to support the development of new year-round programs for Brookland Middle and Fairfield Elementary. The Extended School Year Grant Program was created in 2013 by the General Assembly in response to a 2012 Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) report on the effectiveness of year-round school programs in raising student achievement.

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