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HCPS preschool program to expand in fall

Henrico County Public Schools will expand its preschool program for 4-year-olds next fall, thanks to new funding from the federal Preschool Expansion Grant.

The school system is one of 11 high-needs systems in Virginia that will share a total of $17.5 million in federal money, which will be dispersed in Virginia through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI). Virginia was one of 18 states to receive a portion of $226 million in federal preschool grant dollars.

Henrico currently serves 774 preschool students in 43 classrooms at 22 elementary schools and the New Bridge Learning Center. The new funds will allow HCPS to add 10 preschool classes and serve 180 additional students, according to HCPS Director of Foundational Learning and Family Engagement Gail Jones.

UR, VCU conference to examine educational equity in region

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education and the University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies Graduate Education Program and Center for Leadership in Education will co-host a conference to discuss possibilities for advancing educational equity and excellence in Richmond area schools March 13-14. Meetings will be held in the VCU Sports Medicine Building at 1300 West Broad St. and UR Jepson Alumni Center at 101 College Rd. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at http://www.richmond.edu/movingforward

School briefs - Hermitage Technical Center

Hermitage Technical Center’s Tech Ethics Society (TES), an HTC student service organization, recently has completed candy sales to raise money for the medals and t-shirts that are given to its members upon completion of their technical center class.

In other news: HTC is preparing to participate in the 2013 Internship Fair for Henrico County Public Schools, to be held at Glen Allen High School. The event is supported by the Career & Technical Education (CTE) Business Council, and offers students the opportunity to learn about internships that can help them make informed career decisions.

School briefs - Henrico High School

At Henrico High School, there’s a little tradition that all the students love to hate called a clean sweep.

In order to deter students from being tardy to class, there will be a clean sweep at the start of the period sporadically throughout the week. When a clean sweep happens, Mrs. Fleming comes over the P.A. system and announces proudly for all citizens of HHS, “Teachers, please lock your doors. Do not admit students into your class unless they have a pass. Students, if you do not have a pass, please report to the South Cafeteria. This is a clean sweep!”

School briefs - Glen Allen High School

After a second successful year, the Glen Allen Silent Night basketball game has been solidified as a tradition that will continue for years to come. During the Silent Night game the crowd is completely silent until the team scores its tenth basket – then the crowd erupts.

School briefs - Deep Run High School

A huge decision was made recently by all of the students at DRHS regarding the numerous classes they will be taking next year. While for most students it feels that the year has just begun, they had to begin considering what they want to take for their next year of school. It was an arduous process because we know that the classes we choose will affect our performance and ability to do well in the year ahead.

School briefs - Rolfe Middle School

John Rolfe Middle School has numerous events happening in February. On Feb. 7, students and parents had their rising seventh- and eighth-grade curriculum fair. All current sixth- and seventh-grade families were invited to come and learn about the course offerings for 2013-2014.

Springfield Park Elementary team excels in Knowledge Master Open

The Springfield Park Knowledge Master Team competed in the Knowledge Master Open academic competition and earned a score of 724 out of a possible 1000 points to come in first place in Virginia and 18th place in the United States.

The Knowledge Master Open is an academic competition during which teams of students from all over the country compete to answer 100 questions on various subjects including math, literature, history, geography, fine arts, and science. Teams have only 60 seconds to answer each question and can earn bonus points for answering in less than 30 seconds.

Varina student joins ‘People to People’

Varina High School student Andrew Johnson (pictured) will travel to England, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria this summer as a student ambassador with the People to People program.

Johnson, a junior, will join other student ambassadors for a 20-day European experience designed to provide future leaders with international awareness.

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