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HCPS hiring, training school bus drivers


Henrico Schools is hiring bus drivers. If you’re a good candidate but lack experience, don’t worry: HCPS may pay you while you learn.

Interested applicants can learn more at a school transportation job fair Friday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Glen Allen Branch Library, 10501 Staples Mill Road. Attendees can check out buses, chat with bus drivers, enjoy refreshments and be interviewed for a bus driver position.

Members of the HCPS Human Resources and Pupil Transportation departments will be at event, and HCPS representatives will conduct preliminary interviews with interested bus driver candidates

HCPS art students win regional awards

Students in Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) are kicking off “Youth Art Month” in March with stellar performances in the Scholastic Art Awards regional competition. HCPS students won 316 awards in the competition, eclipsing the division’s 2012-13 total of 169. Henrico students had more awards than any other school system in the region, which includes 60 Virginia counties and cities.

Two HCPS students – both from Henrico High School – were nominees for the Gold Key American Visions award for best in show.

HCPS mentoring program named Virginia’s best

Henrico County Public Schools’ “Henrico HEROES” program has received the Virginia Outstanding Mentoring Program Award for 2014 by Virginia Mentoring Partnership. The judges called the program “an outstanding model of success for school-based mentoring.”

Henrico HEROES (Helpers Engaged in Reaching Our Evolving Students) administers 27 mentoring groups in the county’s middle schools, high schools and nontraditional programs. In 2013, Henrico HEROES reached 680 students with the support of 579 trained mentors. Data showed that those students, who had been deemed at-risk, showed improvements in attendance, behavior and grades.

Applications due March 15 for this summer’s James River Expedition

The James River Association is currently accepting applications for its annual James River Expedition, a “floating classroom” that takes students down the 340-mile length of the James River. Rising 10th- and 11th-grade students who live within the river watershed are encouraged to apply before the March 15 deadline.

Students selected for the Expedition will have the opportunity to go on one of three eight-day trips that collectively traverse the entire James River. During the program, which begins June 21, participants will learn about conservation, responsible stewardship and the river’s history while camping and traveling aboard canoes, bateaux rafts and work boats.

VSU student to study in China

Virginia State University student Chelsea J. Harris, a senior from Glen Allen, was one of two students selected recently to receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

Harris will participate in a hospitality and tourism management international internship program in Chengdu, China, during the spring and summer 2014 academic terms. In addition to studying Mandarin language, the students will complete courses in global issues and tourism, Chinese food and culture and multinational business in China.

Henrico teacher records snow-day video

Snow Happy! from Tyler Hart on Vimeo.



With a little extra time on his hands thanks to another snow day – and after having watched a few other humorous viral videos from school administrators across the country singing about school closures – Henrico teacher Tyler Hart decided he'd take a shot at the phenomenon Thursday.

Steward students learn with live ‘laptops’

Eighth-grade girls in Meredith McGuire’s health class at The Steward School enjoyed a hands-on lesson in early child development during a Jan. 17 class in the school's Bryan Innovation Lab.

McGuire recruited local pediatrician and Steward board member Dr. Charles Terry, who with the help of several babies and toddlers and their parents has led a series of lessons on human development.

Consultant offers plan for reducing HCPS suspensions

Henrico County’s public schools system should adopt a number of measurable, across-the-board goals and desired outcomes as part of a long-term plan to reduce discipline disparities among its students, a consultant has outlined in a report to the School Board.

In total, Susan Barrett of the Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore outlined 22 recommendations for the School Board to consider in its attempt to address the disparities. In 2012, the school system came under fire from local groups after a UCLA study showed that black students accounted for a disproportionate number of suspensions in the county.

Trailers recommended at three schools

Henrico County Public Schools planning officials are proposing the use of trailers at three public schools in the county to provide temporary relief from overcrowding.

Planners suggested to the School Board at its Jan. 23 meeting that trailers be placed at Glen Allen and Holladay elementary schools and Hungary Creek Middle School in order to ease the conditions.

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