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NBC News’ Sara James to speak at Tucker HS convocation

NBC News Emmy award-winning correspondent Sara James will be the keynote speaker at the JR Tucker High School senior convocation Sept. 24. James, a Tucker alumna, lives in Australia and covers Australia and New Zealand for the network.

James graduated from JR Tucker in 1979 and the University of Virginia in 1983. As a reporter based in New York, she covered such major stories as the 9/11 attacks, the Taliban in Afghanistan and Sudanese slavery. James was a part-time newsreader on the Today Show, was a guest host of Weekend Today and was a frequent MSNBC anchor, according to the biography on her website.

Redistricting process concludes with a compromise

Its first attempt at a redistricting compromise wasn’t a success, but the Henrico County School Board found that a second compromise solution fit much better.

The board voted unanimously Dec. 13 to adopt a redistricting plan that shifts the boundaries of 13 West End elementary schools while creating boundaries for the new Kaechele Elementary, which will open next fall. To craft the boundary map that it adopted (Option 3), the board followed Chairwoman Diana Winston’s suggestion during a work session earlier that day and merged the portion of Option 2 north of West Broad Street with the portion of Option 1 (Adjusted) south of West Broad Street.

Prom ‘Bring It’ hosts kick-off event

Prom Bring It held a grand opening and fundraising event Dec. 1 at its new home on Staples Mill Road to showcase its program helping teens find affordable formal wear and accessories. Among the Hermitage High School students modeling prom dresses in the fashion show were, from left, Jessica Davenport, Ricki Davenport, Lauren Moses, and Sarah Davenport.

School briefs - Deep Run High School

Deep Run students in both the vocal and instrumental music department are busy preparing for concerts and performances this winter season. These free admission performances occur throughout the year at school, for local events and even at long-distance venues. The band performed in the Deep Run auditorium on Dec. 6; the vocal music performance will take place on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.

Together, the band has two classes of concert band, a wind ensemble, saxophone quartet, and a percussion ensemble. The saxophone quartet is a self-taught and student run band and during the concert, it will have their shining moment with its very own number.

School briefs - Pocahontas Middle School

The Pocahontas Hawks started the school year off with a bang. Our first marking period was filled with great records from sports teams, awesome assemblies, and even a dodgeball tournament. All of these were excellent ways to start our journey into learning for the 2012-13 school year.

School briefs - Holman Middle School

November was a busy time of year at Holman Middle School. For the third year in a row, Holman hosted an author visit. This year, Donna Jo Napoli visited our school on Nov. 2. She presented a writing workshop in which students worked on their fictional writing skills, and she talked to students from around the county during a school-
wide assembly.

Historical essays win honors for Henrico fifth-graders

Fifteen Henrico fifth-graders were honored for their essays on historical topics at the 10th Annual Historical Awareness Project Awards Reception, held Nov. 29 at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center.

Sponsored by the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee in cooperation with the Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks and Henrico County Public Schools, the project is based on the county’s fifth-grade curriculum and is designed to provide students with an awareness of their local heritage, while encouraging them and their families to learn more about their community history.

Two schools partner to collect school supplies for Sandy victims

Arthur Ashe Elementary School and Varina High School are teaming up to gather school supplies for two schools in Far Rockaway, N.Y. that were devastated by Superstorm Sandy. All items will be packaged and sent to the town with a teacher who will be traveling to New York for the holidays and will then be dispersed to the schools.

Speakers blast ‘blended’ option

School redistricting and parents don't always blend well. The Henrico County School Board learned that tonight during a public hearing about the redistricting process that will set boundaries for the new Kaechele Elementary School in Short Pump and impact other schools in the region.

Most of the 42 speakers who addressed the board during the hearing at Hermitage High School made it clear: they don't like the school system's "blended" redistricting option.

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