Citizen Staff Reports 04/29/2016 Education
More than 1,600 people are expected to gather May 2 in Eastern Henrico to call attention to an issue they say has reached "crisis" levels.
RISC (Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities) will host a meeting at St. Paul's Baptist Church on Creighton Road, beginning at 7 p.m., to call for Henrico County Public Schools officials to address reading problems among area students. The organization is composed of faith community members, parents and students. Representatives from each population are expected to speak.
Concerned parents and students will speak on the issue, which the group has been raising for over a year.
Citizen Staff Reports 05/05/2014 Education
Henrico County Public Schools officials recently announced the finalists for Gilman Teacher of the Year and First-Year Teacher of the Year. Both awards recognize Henrico County teachers for their commitment to education; teachers are nominated at the school level and applications are judged by a panel of administrators and specialists.
The finalists for the Gilman award are:
• Brookland District: Corbin Wright, Glen Allen High School;
• Fairfield District: Virginia Turner, Fairfield Middle School;
The River Road entrance to the University of Richmond at UR Drive will be closed May 13 through summer 2014 to all vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Employees and visitors to campus may access campus at the Westhampton Gate entrance on College Road or the north entrance at Campus Drive and Gateway Road, accessible from Towana Road and Boatwright Drive.
The south-campus area near River Road will undergo major changes over the summer months, said Bill Powell, project manager in the university’s facilities department.
Citizen Staff Reports 05/05/2014 Education
Teams from Henrico County Public Schools swept the regional elementary and middle school categories of the spring 2014 Virginia Council on Economic Education Stock Market Game.
The teams, usually composed of four students, manage mock investments of $100,000 for 10 weeks in a competition to grow the value of their portfolios. The game is designed to provide a forum for students in grades 4-12 to practice math and research skills as they learn about money and investing.
More than 100 students from Henrico County high schools got a close look April 30 at their local government and public schools
administrations during the 57th annual Student Government Day.
The program matched students from nine high schools with elected and appointed officials, including members of the Board of Supervisors and School Board, county manager, superintendent, department directors and judges. Students spent the day interacting with decision-makers, gaining insight into how Henrico general government and Henrico County Public Schools work on behalf of residents and others in the community.
Short Pump Middle School this week was ranked as the 23rd-best middle school in the United States, by TheBestSchools.org. Short Pump also was the highest-rated Virginia middle school by the organization, which ranked the top 50 middle schools nationwide.
TheBestSchools.org selected Short Pump based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, NAEP scores, state assessment scores, received awards and rankings, geographical diversity and reputation.
Citizen Staff Reports Education
UPDATE: APR. 29, 10:40 A.M. – Eighteen Henrico County public schools were among 212 schools statewide to earn 2014 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Board of Education announced today. The VIP incentive program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed minimum state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and the board. Awards are based on student achievement and other performance indicators during the 2012-13 school year.
Overall, Henrico earned more awards than every other school system in Virginia other than Fairfax County (52 awards) and Loudoun County (23). Locally, 11 Chesterfield County schools, seven Hanover County schools and one City of Richmond schools earned awards.
Henrico's Short Pump Middle School was one of just five schools in the state to earn the Governor's Award for Educational Excellence, the highest VIP award given.
Citizen Staff Reports 04/28/2014 Education
Twin Hickory Elementary School Principal Michael Dussault recently was awarded the 2013-14 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.
The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. It includes $7,500 for personal development and an additional $7,500 for school projects of the recipient’s choosing. Dussault said part of his grant would help buy a school greenhouse.
Citizen Staff Reports 04/24/2014 Education
Four Henrico County elementary schools recently were presented with $25,000 grants for implementing innovative and effective ways to help struggling students.
The faculty members of Glen Lea, Montrose, Ridge and Donahoe elementary schools were presented with surprise ceremonial checks by Henrico County Public Schools.
The grants are part of the division’s general fund that was set aside to fund the programs most promising in helping lower-achieving students close the gap with their peers.
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