School Board proposes renaming Godwin specialty center

At its Thursday work session the Henrico School Board proposed renaming Mills Godwin High School’s specialty center for a teacher and former center director who died earlier this year. The proposal would rename the school’s Center for Medical Sciences as the Todd Phillips Center for Medical Sciences.

Phillips was a longtime teacher, coach and center director who died in a car accident in June. Last year, he led the center’s transition to a focus on medical sciences from its initial emphasis on math, science and technology.

Henrico HS plans community day

Henrico High School will host a Community Day event on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, located at 302 Azalea Avenue.

The event, sponsored by the school's Class of 2015, will include an indoor yard sale and fish fry. Members of the public can reserve a table for $25 apiece to sell crafts, clothes, toys and other items at the yard sale.

There will be a kids' zone and tours of the school, which recently opened its new addition.

Short Pump ES students to host pumpkin launch, composting event

Judy Fitzpatrick’s Short Pump Elementary School students are making Halloween greener by asking people to launch their rotting pumpkins. Fitzpatrick’s fourth-graders are offering an alternative to sending tired jack-o’-lanterns to the landfill: turning them into compost to enrich the soil and feed pigs and other livestock.

If a more sustainable holiday isn’t reason enough to take part in the school’s Smash-O-Lantern event, those who bring their pumpkins to the school this Saturday, Nov. 8, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., will get a chance to launch their gourds into recycling fame. The students are working with an engineer and the staff at Home Depot to construct and test a launcher.

Ogburn defeats Dhakar for Three Chopt School Board seat

UPDATE: 9:30 P.M. – Former Henrico County teacher Micky Ogburn has won a special election to serve the final year of a four-year School Board term representing the Three Chopt District, easily defeating Surya Dhakar tonight, 62 percent to 36 percent.

Ogburn coasted to victory, receiving 11,505 votes to Dhakar’s 6,745. She won all 15 physical precincts and the absentee precinct, achieving more than 61 percent of the vote in all but four of them.

Workshop aims to help harmonize school rules, home rules

Sometimes rules for children are different at school and at home. If fathers and children can’t reconcile these, the result can be confusion and frustration. The ManUp Fatherhood Initiative is holding a workshop about this thorny issue featuring guest speaker Phillip White on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Ratcliffe Elementary School, 2901 Thalen Street in Henrico.

The workshop is part of the group’s “ManUp Passport to Success” series of parenting workshops and activities. Attendees should bring their ManUp passports to the workshop to be stamped. Passports also will be available at the event.

Three Chopt voters to select new School Board member

Three Chopt District voters will choose a new School Board representative Tuesday in a special election pitting two candidates for the right to serve the final year of a four-year term on the board.

Glen Allen dentist Surya Dhakar and former Short Pump Elementary School intervention teacher Michelle “Micky” Ogburn are competing to fill the seat currently held on an interim basis by Robert Boyle. Boyle was appointed by the School Board last October to fill the seat that Diana Winston won in 2011 and resigned from in August 2013.

Fairfield Middle School celebrates new fitness facility

Jake Steinfeld, chairman of the National Foundation of Governors’ Fitness Councils, helps Fairfield Middle School students cut the ribbon to signify the dedication of the school’s new $100,000 fitness center.
Fairfield Middle School recently unveiled its new fitness center, which was awarded by the National Foundation of Governors’ Fitness Councils, through its National Champion Schools campaign, in September. Fairfield was one of just three schools in the state selected to receive one of the centers, which is valued at $100,000.

Nominees sought for 2014-15 REB Awards

The Community Foundation is seeking nominations of outstanding principals in Henrico County Public Schools. The foundation will award a $7,500 cash grant to one winning principal and a $7,500 grant to be used for initiatives at his or her school, as part of its annual REB Awards. Similar prizes will be awarded in Chesterfield, Hanover and Richmond.

The awards are designed to identify, recognize and support leadership excellence in the Richmond area. Nominees should have served in their current positions for at least three years.

The Community Foundation is inviting nominations from students, parents, colleagues, school personnel and administrators and the community at large. Nominations should take the form of a one to two-page typed letter describing the nominee’s distinguished educational leadership.

Authors will discuss bullying during Hermitage HS visit

Hermitage High School will kick off a yearlong discussion on bullying using the books of two authors as a catalyst. On Friday morning, the student body will hear writers Erin Jade Lange and Meg Medina talk about themes of bullying, connecting and acceptance in their acclaimed young-adult novels. The Hermitage event is called Books Beat Bullies, and coincides with anti-bullying month.

Medina is a Henrico County resident whose daughter graduated from Hermitage in 2010. Lange is a journalist and writer who lives in Phoenix, Ariz.

The authors will also hold writers’ workshops, a book signing and question-and-answer sessions.

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