Henrico students take honors in Peace Center essay contest

Nine Henrico students wrote essays that were honored for their excellence in the Richmond Peace Education Center’s annual Peace Essay Contest, in which more than 560 students from across Virginia submitted essays.

The theme of the contest was Many People…One Nation. Students were asked to consider how best to build understanding and mutual respect among people of different heritages and beliefs. They wrote about what they could do to help build a community from people of many different backgrounds, and how to help promote respect and understanding among all communities and across the nation.
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HCPS to host workshops for parents, teachers of students with disabilities

Henrico County Public Schools’ Family and Educator Resource Center is sponsoring a three-part series of workshops for families and teachers that will address Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), as well as 504 plans specified by federal civil rights law. The specialized education plans are designed for students with disabilities but often can become confusing for parents and teachers alike.

Ron Geiersbach of the Virginia Department of Education will focus on three aspects of the topic at different fall workshops:

• Understanding the Difference Between a 504 Plan and an IEP – Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 6:30-8 p.m., Henrico Theatre, 201 E. Nine Mile Road, Highland Springs;
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Virginia Randolph students will walk the walk

Students at Henrico’s Academy at Virginia Randolph and Virginia Randolph Education Center will be taking their test scores and grades for a walk.

The two-school campus will drive home the aerobic-academic message with its second “Walk at School” event Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Academy at Virginia Randolph and Virginia Randolph Education Center students will walk at the schools’ Mountain Road athletic complex, and they’ll even have a DJ to keep them moving.

The public is invited to attend to encourage the walkers with words, a high five, a fist bump or a token from your business or organization
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Deep Run HS students win category in 2015 Virginia ‘Datathon’

Students from Deep Run High School’s Center for Information Technology won the Virtual Challenge category in the Virginia 2015 Datathon Challenge. The new statewide technology competition involves teams of students, government employees and regional computer coding groups. The Deep Run students worked on their entry over the summer, and were declared category winners Sept. 3.

The contest is the brainchild of state officials, and is an attempt to make Virginia’s government more efficient, transparent and responsive by making better use of data. Participants create apps and other technology tools and compete in one of four categories: Universities; Virtual; State and Local Government; and Community. In the Governor’s Commonwealth Cup, a competition pitting the Datathon category winners, the Deep Run “Data Wizards” won the People’s Choice Award and received a standing ovation.
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Greene to seek Fairfield School Board seat as write-in candidate

Decision met with disapproval by some board members
SEPT. 25, 12:50 P.M. – Less than a month after he was appointed by the Henrico School Board to serve the final four months of former Fairfield District member Lamont Bagby's term, Pierre Greene announced that he will seek the seat on a permanent basis through a write-in campaign during the Nov. 3 election.

Greene's decision was met with disapproval by some School Board members, since they specifically had sought to choose a representative who would not seek the seat permanently.

Members did not want to give the advantage of incumbency to any candidate. None of the three candidates on the November ballot – Tara Adams, Roscoe Cooper, III or Marcus Martin – applied for the temporary position.
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Henrico Schools seeks cafeteria, bus driver subs at job fair

Henrico County Public Schools will hold a job fair Sept. 24 for candidates interested in jobs as a substitute school nutrition assistant or bus driver. Members of the HCPS Human Resources, School Nutrition Services and Transportation departments will be at the fair at the Henrico Training Center, 7701 E. Parham Road, to conduct general information sessions with candidates. All applicants must apply online in advance.

The session for candidates for cafeteria substitutes will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Candidates must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or the equivalent, have no felony convictions, and apply online in advance at
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Henrico HS teachers visit students to distribute supplies

Nearly 100 Henrico High School teachers and staff members visited five neighborhoods that feed into the school to distribute school supplies the week before school began this month. The effort was part of the school's Community Outreach Committee, which works to provide materials and scholarships to students and teachers at the school. The supplies were donated by members of the committee and the community. The event was organized by COC chairman and physics teacher Salman Parvaiz.
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Signs of progress

Henrico’s dropout rate down 3 points since 2011, but still above state average
Henrico’s overall dropout rate is down, but it remains significantly higher among Hispanic and African American students.

With the 2015-16 school year underway, seniors at Henrico County's nine high schools are counting the days until graduation.

Some of those seniors are bound to hit a bump along the academic road this year that could lead to delayed graduation or worse. They could drop out of school.

During the past few years, prompted in part by policies and programs developed by the Virginia Department of Education, Henrico County Public Schools along with most of the schools in the state have seen reduced dropout rates.
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HCPS wins national honors for communications initiatives

SEPT 16, 11 A.M. – Henrico County Public Schools’ media efforts have been honored as among America’s best by a national organization of government communications professionals. The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors awarded HCPS third place for social media and an honorable mention for TV programming in its 2015 Government Programming Awards.

The two awards recognize the 2015 work of HCPS’ Department of Communications and Public Relations.
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