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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.

Friday declared ‘Russell Wilson Day’ at Collegiate School

Collegiate School will celebrate alum Russell Wilson’s NFL playoff win this Friday, Jan. 11, by hosting Russell Wilson Day and inviting students to wear Seattle Seahawks or Collegiate spirit wear to school. Students and staff members also will enjoy a cake decorated with a congratulatory message to Wilson, who quarterbacked the Seattle Seahawks to a 24-14 win against the Washington Redskins in the NFL divisional playoffs Sunday at FedEx Field in Maryland.

Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods is donating 50 cakes to Collegiate to celebrate the accomplishments of Wilson and his team.

Bus drivers needed; job fair Jan. 17

Henrico County Public Schools is seeking new bus drivers and encouraging interested candidates to attend the Jan. 17 HCPS Bus Driver Job Fair. The fair will be held in the Community Room at Henrico County Eastern Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Rd., with both morning (9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) and evening (5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) sessions available.

Members of HCPS Human Resources and Pupil Transportation will be on hand to conduct preliminary interviews and to provide information about the application process and employee benefits.

School briefs - Performance Learning Center

Every student in the Performance Learning Center (PLC) has his/her own reason for enrolling. As many may already know, the PLC program is for students to have an opportunity at a smoother, less tense school environment. I have found it to be a very efficiently run school and a place where I can concentrate.

We asked four students questions based on their experiences with the program. Each student is in a different phase of their high school career.

School briefs - Hermitage Technical Center


In the months of November and December, Hermitage Technical Center classes have been focused on finishing up the curricula before winter break. Many of the classes are working hard to wrap up what they can in these final few weeks in hopes that in the New Year, the February air will breeze in some great mid-term test scores.

Also this month, Hermitage Technical Center was updated on the results of the canned food drive. The food drive was a success. Students collected more than 1,800 non-perishable food items and clothing for needy folks. The contest had a winner for both the A.M. and the P.M. classes.

School briefs - Rolfe Middle School

John Rolfe Middle School had numerous events happening in November and the first week of December.

Before students were released for Thanksgiving break, Mr. Armstrong, our principal, started a competition to support the Henrico Christmas Mother program. Almost every Middle school in Henrico County participated. The way the competition worked was whichever class brought in the most canned goods won. The competition went on for about two weeks. The school had a lot of food, but in the end, Mr. Olsen’s class of the seventh grade brought the most cans.

School briefs - Henrico High School


In the microcosm that makes up the IB program of Henrico High School, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is special not because of the half day, or the promise of lots of food in the days to follow, but because it is the day that IB students are honored for their achievements and their completion of a momentous milestone in the IB world.

On Nov. 21, IB parents, teachers, and students gathered to recognize both the current Junior class for their completion of the Middle Years Program (MYP, grades 6-10) and the graduated seniors back from the ‘real world’ in order to receive their IB diplomas.

Redistricting process concludes with a compromise

Its first attempt at a redistricting compromise wasn’t a success, but the Henrico County School Board found that a second compromise solution fit much better.

The board voted unanimously Dec. 13 to adopt a redistricting plan that shifts the boundaries of 13 West End elementary schools while creating boundaries for the new Kaechele Elementary, which will open next fall. To craft the boundary map that it adopted (Option 3), the board followed Chairwoman Diana Winston’s suggestion during a work session earlier that day and merged the portion of Option 2 north of West Broad Street with the portion of Option 1 (Adjusted) south of West Broad Street.

Prom ‘Bring It’ hosts kick-off event

Prom Bring It held a grand opening and fundraising event Dec. 1 at its new home on Staples Mill Road to showcase its program helping teens find affordable formal wear and accessories. Among the Hermitage High School students modeling prom dresses in the fashion show were, from left, Jessica Davenport, Ricki Davenport, Lauren Moses, and Sarah Davenport.

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