Henrico County VA

Kindergartners offer thoughts on Thanksgiving

In preparation for Thanksgiving, the Citizen asked several Sandston Elementary School classes to answer questions about the holiday. Their responses appear here. (Special thanks to the school, Henrico County Public Schools and the teachers and administrators at Sandston E.S. for their assistance in this effort.)

Richmond Montessori names Wojcikewych new head of school

The Board of Trustees of Richmond Montessori School, a pre-K through eighth-grade independent school in Henrico County, has appointed Greg Wojcikewych as the next head of school, effective July 1. His appointment will follow the retirement of current head of school Susanne Gregory, who has served in that role since 2008.

Wojcikewych is the current assistant head of school and head of middle school at St. Michael's Episcopal School, an independent school for kindergarten through eighth grades in Richmond. He holds degrees from The University of Pittsburgh and Old Dominion University and currently is a master's of education candidate at the University of Richmond. He has served as a teacher or an administrator since August 2001.

Rivers Edge student wins rematch of epic ‘spell-off’

For Rivers Edge Elementary School fifth-grader Tejas Muthusamy, redemption smelled sweeter than "Compositae." That word – the large family of plants that includes sunflowers – was the clincher that Muthusamy spelled correctly in the ninth round to win the 2014 HCPS District-Wide Spelling Bee at Hungary Creek Middle School.

The win was a rematch of the 2013 bee, where Moody Middle School student and five-time record-setting champion Aditya Kannoth beat Muthusamy in a spell-off. This time, the 58 individual elementary and middle school champions again dwindled to the two boys before Kannoth faltered on the word “loxocosm.” Muthusamy then spelled “kaumographer” and “Compositae” correctly to win.

Local officials show support for year-round school option

Sen. Donald McEachin, joined by Henrico school and government leaders, announced his commitment Jan. 30 to funding grants for Virginia localities considering year-round schooling.

“Year-round calendars are an excellent option to help struggling schools and students,” McEachin, a Democrat, said at a press conference organized by the Virginia First Cities Coalition, an advocacy group for 13 municipalities in the commonwealth, including Richmond.

McEachin was joined by Varina District Supervisor Tyrone Nelson, Fairfield District School Board member Lamont Bagby and Henrico Superintendent Patrick Kinlaw.

Collegiate donating to Richmond, Seattle hospitals in Russell Wilson’s honor

Collegiate School will show support for its Super Bowl-bound alumnus, Russell Wilson, by hosting a “Roar For Russell" Day on Jan. 31.

In addition to wearing "Roar For Russell" T-shirts and donning other Seahawks or Collegiate spirit wear, students, teachers, staff and parents are donating new books, family friendly DVDs, coloring books, crayons and stickers to youths who are patients at the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU, in Wilson's honor.

HCPS seeks bus driver applicants at job fair

Henrico County Public Schools Human Resources will host a job fair Wednesday, Feb. 5 to identify candidates for full-time and substitute bus driver positions. Members of the HCPS Human Resources and Pupil Transportation Departments will be on hand to conduct preliminary interviews with interested candidates.

“We have numerous contracted bus driver positions that offer full benefits and are looking for new members to join the HCPS driving force team,” said Assistant Director of Pupil Transportation Kevin Roye.

Varina High School celebrating ‘Michael Robinson Spirit Day’

For Varina High School students and staff, the 2014 Super Bowl is personal. The school will celebrate “Michael Robinson Spirit Day” Friday, in honor of the Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl fullback, who is a 2001 Varina graduate.

The school is encouraging students and staff to wear Seahawks gear, or the team’s green, navy and silver colors. Bobby Ukrop, president and CEO of Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods, donated cookies in Seahawks colors for the celebration. There are also two large good-luck banners for students to sign.

Teacher earns presidential honor

Science teacher Elizabeth Miller of Henrico County’s Trevvett Elementary School was one of 102 teachers nationwide to be honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, announced recently by President Barack Obama. Miller, a finalist in 2012, was recognized specifically for excellence in science instruction.

Trevvett principal Mandi Mulholland said that Miller is outstanding at helping her fourth- and fifth-graders connect to the subject matter. “She does a really great job of getting to know the students and what makes them tick,” Mulholland said. “It’s never quiet in her room — there’s always something going on and the students are excited and eager to tell you about what they are learning.”

HCPS district-wide spelling bee rescheduled for Jan. 29

Because of the threat of inclement weather, Henrico County Public Schools will postpone its district-wide spelling bee until Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. The contest will still be held at Hungary Creek Middle School. The event had been scheduled for tonight.

One winner from each of the 45 elementary schools and one winner from each of the 12 middle schools will compete, and HCPS-TV will be there to stream the event live. You can watch from your computer by going to the HCPS website at henrico.k12.va.us.

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