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Henrico Schools to participate in USDA summer food service


Henrico County Public Schools, through its Division of School Nutrition Services, will participate in the 2016 Summer Food Service Program administered by the US Department of Agriculture. The program provides meals to students enrolled in Henrico Schools summer programs or in those run by the Henrico County Department of Recreation and Parks.

Food service will be from Monday through Thursday each week. (All sites will be closed Monday, July 4, in recognition of the Independence Day holiday.) Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Va. Fire Officer Academy to donate in memory of UR coaches

The students and staff of the 2014 Virginia Fire Officer Academy are making their annual class gift to the memorial funds established in the names of two University of Richmond women's basketball coaches who died last month.

The academy chose the Ginny Doyle and Natalie Lewis memorial funds in honor of the two women who died in a hot air balloon accident May 9. The two women also were alumni of UR.

HCPS to stream graduations online

Henrico County Public Schools will again provide live streaming video of all HCPS graduations taking place at VCU’s Siegel Center this week. The stream can be accessed at http://www.henrico.k12.va.us or at each high school’s home page. Graduations also will be shown live on HCPS-TV (Comcast Channel 99 and FIOS channel 38) and rebroadcast later.

HCPS Communications and Public Relations will post graduation photo galleries daily, which can be viewed by clicking on the home page “graduation” link. Video clips of school graduations will be available for viewing and download later from the division’s website.

Softball game pairs HS players, disabled students

A unique, inclusive softball game today is pairing students with disabilities and players from Henrico County high school baseball and softball teams. The Challenger Day softball game includes students from Virginia Randolph Education Center and “buddies” from high schools across Henrico County.

Virginia Randolph Education Center is a Henrico County Public Schools program that provides academic and behavioral educational services to students with disabilities.

Pocahontas MS to participate in Relay for Life

At Pocahontas Middle School, cancer awareness has been a passionate school-year mission. A focus that began in summer 2013 culminates June 6 when the Henrico County school participates in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

At the all-night fundraiser, teams will take turns walking or running the school’s track. Participants will also celebrate survivors and remember loved ones who have died.

In the fall, the entire school read “Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie” by teacher-turned-author Jordan Sonnenblick, and incorporated the cancer-themed young adult novel into the curriculum.

Henrico School Board seeks input on new Code of Conduct

Henrico County Public Schools is seeking public comments on the draft version of the school division’s 2014-15 Code of Community Conduct.

The document outlines the roles and responsibilities of students, parents and guardians, and school employees in order to maintain a safe, supportive environment that encourages citizenship.

Hermitage student wins Congressional Art Competition

Hermitage High School student Melanie Scearce (pictured above) this month won the 2014 Congressional Art Competition, sponsored by U.S. Congressman Eric Cantor. Scearce’s piece, entitled “Caroline,” was rated the best among the 89 entries by a panel of professional judges and 7th Congressional District residents, who cast ballots online.

Scearce’s portrait will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year, along with winning pieces by all high school students across the country. The online People’s Choice Award winner was Sophie Smith of Hermitage High School.

Advocates for change


Nidia Chajon knows what it’s like to arrive in the United States from a foreign country, uncertain about what lies ahead. When she came to the U.S. from Guatemala two decades ago, there was no one to advocate for her and help ease the transition to a new culture, new surroundings and a new language.

In short, she didn’t have a Nidia Chajon. Fortunately, the families of Holladay Elementary School do.

Today, Chajon is one of 21 family advocates working in Henrico County’s Title I elementary schools and preschool programs;. (Title I schools are those whose percentage of students on free or reduced lunch plans exceeds a certain threshold.)

Henrico ‘Teachers of the Year’ honored

Audra Yerian, a kindergarten teacher at Sandston Elementary School, was named Henrico County Public Schools’ 2014 Gilman Teacher of the Year earlier this month, while Charles Cuccherini, a science teacher at J.R. Tucker High School, was named the division’s 2014 First-Year Teacher of the Year.

The teachers were honored at a ceremony at Glen Allen High School.

The school system also announced three winners of the inaugural Chris Corallo Distinguished Leadership Award. The award is named in honor of Corallo, a former assistant superintendent for instruction and organizational development, who died in 2013.

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