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Reynolds CC 4-week, 8-week classes start March 7


Classes start March 7 for Reynolds Community College’s second 8-week and third 4-week spring semester sessions. Registration for both sessions is currently open and runs through the start of classes. Students can register 24 hours per day online by visiting http://www.reynolds.edu. Students can also register in-person in Enrollment Services located on each campus.

HCPS counselor honored at White House ceremony


Dumbarton Elementary School counselor Liz Parker was honored at a White House ceremony Jan. 30 as a national finalist for 2015 School Counselor of the Year. The American School Counselor Association selects an annual winner for the award.

First Lady Michelle Obama presided over the ceremony honoring the five finalists for the award, as well as semifinalists. Also present was actress Connie Britton, who portrayed a school counselor on the TV show “Friday Night Lights.”

The judges considered such criteria as counseling innovations, effective programs, leadership skills and contributions to student advancement.

Education Secretary Holton visits Harvie Elementary


Harvie Elementary School hosted Virginia Education Secretary Anne Holton Jan. 30. Holton toured the school, met with students and teachers and participated in a roundtable discussion with teachers.

Harvie is using a number of creative approaches in an effort to achieve full accreditation.

“The educators, parents, and students at Harvie Elementary are doing great things,” Holton said. “I was struck not only by the dedication of the staff, but by the innovative approach the teachers and administrators have taken to ensure student success.”

HCPS announces winners in contest to eliminate inefficiencies

Henrico County Public Schools this week announced the winning entries in Superintendent Pat Kinlaw’s “Un-Initiative” contest launched at the start of the 2014-15 school year. The contest invited HCPS employees to suggest ways that the school division could operate more efficiently and effectively. Kinlaw promised to write personal checks to three individuals who came up with the winning ideas.

In most cases, many different HCPS employees submitted the same winning ideas. The HCPS Division Leadership Team selected the individual prize winners anonymously, after evaluating suggestions for value, content and clarity. A number of other ideas will be reviewed and evaluated by administrators.

HCCPTA meeting tonight cancelled

Due to inclement weather, the County School Board of Henrico County, Virginia has cancelled tonight’s presentation on the proposed 2015-2016 Annual Financial Plan to the Henrico County Council of PTA’s, including the budget public hearing. This meeting was scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Short Pump Middle School.

The budget public hearing has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 12 in the auditorium of New Bridge Learning Center, 5915 Nine Mile Road.

HCPS program to guarantee future teaching jobs for current students


Public high school students in Henrico County will have the opportunity to earn a guaranteed teaching job when they graduate college, thanks to the new Teacher Scholars’ program, which Henrico County Public Schools launched this semester.

The Henrico school division, along with other systems nationwide, has witnessed a shortage in the number of teachers in areas such as math, Spanish, exceptional education, technology education and family and consumer sciences. The new Henrico program will offer an incentive to students and hopefully spark an interest in teaching.

Brothers finish first and second in Henrico Spelling Bee


The Henrico County Public Schools Divisionwide Spelling Bee crowned a familiar champion this week, and he defeated someone pretty familiar to him.

Moody Middle School sixth-grader Tejas Muthusamy, who won the bee last year and went on to finish eighth in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C, claimed the title again this year by defeating his younger brother, Shreyas, a fourth-grader at Shady Grove Elementary School.

Shreyas Muthusamy misspelled the word “irreconcilable,” which allowed his brother to win the be by correctly spelling the word “jurimetrician,” meaning a person who applies scientific methods to legal matters.

Twin Hickory ES celebrates ‘Blue Ribbon’ designation

Twin Hickory Elementary School celebrated a milestone earlier this month with poetry, music, student tweets and blue food. The school was one of seven Virginia public schools named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors schools that are either academically superior, or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement. Nationally, only 287 public schools earned National Blue Ribbon honors.

Mike Dussault, Twin Hickory principal, presided over the gathering of blue-clad faculty, staff, parents and students as the school celebrated its honor.

Adams announces she will seek Farfield School Board seat

Community advocate Tara Adams has announced that she will seek the Fairfield District School Board seat in November's election. The seat is currently held by Lamont Bagby, who intends to seek the Democratic nomination for the 74th District seat in the House of Delegates this June. Bagby has not announced whether he would seek a third term on the School Board should he fail to earn that nomination.

The entire School Board will be up for election in November, along with the Board of Supervisors.

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The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will meet at 7 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Berniece Thieblot will share the story of how her 600-acre property in Nelson County became a designated Virginia Treasure in 2016. Virginia Treasures are identified by the state to preserve, protect and highlight Virginia’s most important ecological, cultural, scenic and recreational assets as well as its special lands. The program is free and open to the public. A short business meeting will follow the presentation. For details, visit http://www.vnps.org/pocahontas. Full text

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