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Nominees sought for 2014-15 REB Awards

The Community Foundation is seeking nominations of outstanding principals in Henrico County Public Schools. The foundation will award a $7,500 cash grant to one winning principal and a $7,500 grant to be used for initiatives at his or her school, as part of its annual REB Awards. Similar prizes will be awarded in Chesterfield, Hanover and Richmond.

The awards are designed to identify, recognize and support leadership excellence in the Richmond area. Nominees should have served in their current positions for at least three years.

The Community Foundation is inviting nominations from students, parents, colleagues, school personnel and administrators and the community at large. Nominations should take the form of a one to two-page typed letter describing the nominee’s distinguished educational leadership.

Springfield Park Elementary team excels in Knowledge Master Open

The Springfield Park Knowledge Master Team competed in the Knowledge Master Open academic competition and earned a score of 724 out of a possible 1000 points to come in first place in Virginia and 18th place in the United States.

The Knowledge Master Open is an academic competition during which teams of students from all over the country compete to answer 100 questions on various subjects including math, literature, history, geography, fine arts, and science. Teams have only 60 seconds to answer each question and can earn bonus points for answering in less than 30 seconds.

Varina student joins ‘People to People’

Varina High School student Andrew Johnson (pictured) will travel to England, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria this summer as a student ambassador with the People to People program.

Johnson, a junior, will join other student ambassadors for a 20-day European experience designed to provide future leaders with international awareness.

School Board approves stricter GPA standards for high school athletes

UPDATE: FEB. 14, 4:46 PM – The Henrico County School Board today voted 4-1 to adopt stricter academic standards for high school athletes, requiring that they maintain 2.0 grade point averages in order to play school-sanctioned sports beginning in the 2013-14 school year.

Three Chopt District representative Diana Winston voted against the item on a technicality, arguing that the standards should have been adopted as new School Board policy rather than merely as updated school system regulations. But she said she strongly supported the tougher standards.

Steward spruces up Chimborazo ES

Steward School students Catie McKinnon (pictured, left) and Mary McLaughlin paint as part of a beautification project the school conducted at Chimborazo Elementary School in Richmond on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan. 21. Since 2010, all Steward students have taken part in the annual "Day of Service" on the King holiday, working to enhance city schools.

This year, students and faculty members helped provide makeovers for Chimborazo's art room and lobby, while others installed artwork by Steward students, created flower pots and repainted various areas.

Pilot program pairs advisors, athletes

High school athletes in Henrico County soon could face tougher academic standards, but those who currently fall below the new threshold won't have to look far to find someone ready to help them boost their grades.

The Henrico School Board is moving closer to the implementation of a mandatory 2.0 grade point average for high school athletes – a plan that could take effect officially for the 2014-15 school year and one that is a significant increase from the Virginia High School League standards, which require only that students maintain a 0.7 GPA in order to compete in sanctioned sports.

HCPS to host substitute bus driver job fair

Members of Henrico County Public Schools’ Human Resources and Pupil Transportation will host a job fair Feb. 13 for anyone interested in becoming a substitute bus driver for the school system. Approximately 30 vacancies are available in the substitute pool. The position pays $12.04/hour and would include filling in on an as-needed basis for regular bus drivers who are absent for various reasons. The position is temporary, with a maximum of 30 hours per week. The position does include the potential for transition to full-time, which is based on performance and availability.

School briefs - Hermitage Technical Center

Many of the students are working on getting back into the flow of waking up early to their alarms and working hard since their return to school after winter break.

Hermitage Technical Center was happy to welcome students back to their second home and tech center family.

As students begin to crowd the hallways again, teachers are scurrying to turn in drafts of their mid-term exams for administrative approval.

School briefs - Henrico High School

The students of Henrico High School have mixed feelings about the outdoor campus.

Getting outside between classes gives students a chance to clear their minds and get some fresh air. As one student said, “Experiencing nature helps you refresh.”

Here, in the height of winter, the outdoor campus of Henrico High School is bittersweet, but despite the bitter winter winds, there are countless sweet memories of weather on the HHS walkways.

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