Henrico County VA

Students get a head start on art

Nuckols Farm third-graders raise money for VCU's Institute for Contemporary Art

When the Institute for Contemporary Art opens its doors on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus in 2016, there will no doubt be fanfare and a crowd of excited supporters on hand.

But perhaps no one will be more excited than a couple of Henrico County nine-year-olds who recently broke onto the ICA’s supporter list as the youngest of its founding donors.

Their donation grew out of a brainstorming session in which the two Nuckols Farm Elementary third-graders, Tess Freiman and Aly Betz, were casting about for ideas for their latest money-making project.

Colonial Trail students honored as ‘global citizens’

At the beginning of the school year, Tiffany Graves’ fourth-grade class at Colonial Trail Elementary School in Glen Allen embarked upon an ambitious series of service projects to benefit both its local community and the world.

The students accomplished a lot in just one year, and they celebrated their achievements by getting out of class for a Community Service and Adoption Ceremony in the school library on May 29.

HCPS earns substance abuse prevention recognition

The Henrico County Public Schools system was one of 14 systems honored June 3 by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell for their efforts to prevent substance abuse among youth. Recipients were recognized as part of the Governor’s Substance Abuse Prevention Recognition Program, which is a component of the Substance Abuse Awareness is Vital for Virginia Youth (SAVVY) initiative.

SAVVY’s goal through the recognition program is to highlight evidence-based substance abuse prevention and intervention efforts in Virginia's schools and communities.

Holman MS raises more than $4k for LLS

After a week of homeroom classes battling it out during “penny wars,” during a Pennies 4 Patients fundraiser, Holman Middle School’s Junior Beta Club raised more than $4,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Pennies counted positively toward a homeroom’s total. Silver coins and bills counted negatively. Students from other homerooms could cancel out the competition’s pennies by donating “negative” coins and bills.

Host families sought for exchange students

The Council on International Educational Exchange is seeking host families for four foreign exchange students who will be arriving in the RIchmond region in August and attending high school in the area during the 2013-14 school year. Host families or individuals should have a willingness to learn about a foreign culture.

CIEE is seeking host families for a 15-year-old girl from Germany, a 16-year-old girl from Spain, a 16-year-old boy from China and a 16- year-old boy from Slovakia.

HCPS students awarded Capital One “Power of 9” scholarship

Nine Henrico County high school seniors were honored at an awards dinner at the Capital One complex May 21.

One student from each Henrico high school was awarded a $5,000 "Power of 9" scholarship and also given a laptop computer to eliminate some of the financial stresses involved with paying for college.

School briefs - Hermitage Technical Center

Currently at the Hermitage Technical Center, instructors are preparing to finish up the curriculum for the year and get students in the mindset for the upcoming school year.

HTC had several state SkillsUSA first-place winners in April. These students will compete nationally in Kansas City, Mo., in June.

The Crime Scene Investigation team of Dzenita Jasarevic, Kellie Jordan and Lyndsey Morris took first place at the state level.

School briefs - Henrico High School

For the IB juniors and seniors of Henrico High School, the past couple of weeks have been a combination of panic and catharsis. It is IB exam season.

IB exams are designed to test everything we should have learned in our years in the Diploma Program. The standard level courses test one year’s worth of knowledge and understanding, whereas the higher level courses test two years’ worth.

School briefs - Rolfe Middle School

May will be a very important month for many of the John Rolfe Middle School students, faculty and staff.

Starting May 22, we will begin our SOL tests. Pull-out tutoring, after-school tutoring, and in-class tutoring will be continuing, and we have started our “Super Saturdays” tutoring sessions as well. They allow the students who need help in a specific subject to get the help they need and also allow students to get structured study time, complete their missing work and improve their grades.

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