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April 10 is kindergarten registration day

Registration for students entering kindergarten in Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) begins Thursday, April 10. HCPS encourages new students to register on that day; compiling accurate registration figures helps the division plan for fall classes at each school.

Parents registering their children should bring:

• an official state birth certificate;
• proof of residence (this includes a picture ID such as a driver’s license, a DMV ID, military ID or other picture ID; and a house contract, lease agreement, rent receipt, mortgage statement or tax assessment; and a current utility bill, from within past 30 days).

11 Henrico schools offered 3-year accreditation waivers

Eleven West End schools were among 101 high-performing schools statewide to be offered a three-year waiver from annual accreditation by Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright today.

The schools qualified for the flexibility by achieving pass rates of 95 percent or higher in all four tested Standards of Learning (SOL) content areas for two consecutive years. Division superintendents have until July 1 to apply for the flexibility. Each school awarded a waiver will remain fully accredited through 2014-2015.

Henrico students show market savvy

Henrico elementary schools placed first and second in the Virginia Council on Economic Education’s Stock Market Game during the recent spring round.

The contest invites teams of students in grades 4-12 to invest fictional $100,000 portfolios in the stock market during a 10-week period. Students research and manage stocks as a way to learn about money, finance and investing while practice math skills.

All in the family

Varina’s Ward Elementary School is home to a unique trio of generational teachers who embody the art of teaching through a level of dedication that is representative of their relationship with each other, as well as their students.

Maripat Hyatt, the school’s art teacher since it opened, is at home in her art room, or “palace,” a brightly decorated and welcoming space, accentuated by tie-dye curtains, plants, students’ work and pictures. It is apparent that the room is special, just like her bond and connection with Ward Elementary, its students and faculty. The art room is centrally located in the school, allowing for the “hug brigade” to pass by as students come out of breakfast and share hugs
with her, something she looks forward to every day.

HCPS-TV to stream graduations live from district website

HCPS-TV will live stream all Henrico County Public Schools’ graduations taking place at the VCU Siegel Center. Residents will be able to access the stream via the HCPS home page at http://www.henrico.k12.va.us Grad.uations will also be re-broadcasted on HCPS-TV (Comcast channel 99 and FIOS channel 38) the week of June 25.

Henrico HS senior wins art competition

As John Paige sat at this year’s Virginia Third Congressional Art Competition, he heard the names of people called up for honorable mention, third place, and then second. Once he’d heard the second place name wasn’t his, he tapped his mom and said, “ Mom, we can probably go, I’m not winning anything.” Then he heard his name come over the microphone, and was completely stunned. Paige received the Grand First Place Prize for his piece titled “Teenage Angst.”

“As a teenager I feel like I’ve gone through a lot of stress and it’s made me so angry. It’s built up and I have never been able to release it, so, I chose to paint it. To release some of that anger,” Paige said.

In doing so, he not only was able to find some inner peace, but also affected others with a very moving and evocative piece of art.

Twin Hickory to be awarded for STEM success

Twin Hickory Elementary School has been recognized by the Virginia Math and Science Coalition’s "Programs that Work” for their “Children’s Engineering = STEM Success” program. Twin Hickory’s program reaches out to students as well as parents and the community in an effort to excite students to 21st century skills to solve real-world problems using math and science. It also encourages students to find solutions to everyday problems.

Twin Hickory continues to use data to improve the program, and faculty and staff members frequently review SOL and benchmark data to design STEM opportunities that will benefit the school's students. The program has led to students moving from a "pass" rating on the math and science SOL to a "pass advanced," and teachers now use online tools to ensure their lessons are meeting the 21st century mark.

Newsweek names Deep Run, Godwin among ‘America’s Best High Schools’

Newsweek magazine recently named Deep Run High School and Mills E. Godwin High School among America’s Best High Schools.

According to its website, to compile the 2012 list of the top high schools in America, Newsweek reached out to principals, superintendents and other administrators at public high schools across the country. In order to be considered for the list, a school had to complete a survey requesting specific data from the 2010-2011 academic year. In all, more than 2,300 schools were assessed to produce the final list of the top 1,000 schools.

Band of brothers

Rocky Marrin spent 30 years of his life on a spending spree. Now he's on a mission not only to return the goods, but to help others avoid his buyer's remorse.

"I was buying what the world was selling," Marrin said of the three-decade period when his world revolved around climbing the corporate ladder, owning a nice home and cars, and seeking enjoyment in "drinking buddies, golf, sports, and women."

Yes, he went to church once a week, Marrin said; but all he had to show at the end of those 30 years was "a broken marriage, hurt and angry children, and a ton of confusion in every other area of my life."

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