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HCPS offers new online form opportunity for parents


It’s a September ritual: weeks before autumn leaves fall, families of school-age children are blanketed with piles of back-to-school forms. But in Henrico County, paper forms are giving way to an online solution that makes the process easier for parents, students, teachers and school staff – while saving lots of paper.

Last year, Henrico County Public Schools adopted ZippSlip, a cloud-based hub that enables parents to fill out and return electronic forms such as field trip permission slips, medical forms and volunteer sign-ups.

The use of ZippSlip is optional; parents can still choose to use paper forms.

Henrico trails state averages in SATs, ACTs

Henrico County high school seniors scored above the federal average but below the state average during the 2011-12 school year on the two most prominent college admissions tests, according to results released recently.

Henrico students averaged a composite score of 21.9 out of a possible 36 on the four-part ACT (compared with a state average score of 22.4) and 1501 on the SAT (compared with the state average of 1517).

Two Henrico students named White House interns

Two Henrico County college students were among 144 students nationwide selected as White House interns for the Fall 2012 session. Inesha Premaratne and Matthew Shapiro, both of Glen Allen will participate in the program, which aims to make the White House accessible to future leaders and prepare them for future leadership opportunities.

Superintendent Russo to host community meetings

Henrico County Public Schools Superintendent Patrick Russo will host a series of five public meetings with Henrico citizens – one in each magisterial district – during the coming weeks.

The meetings will provide an opportunity for citizens to ask questions and engage in an open dialogue with Russo about school-related issues.

Tucker HS show ‘Movements’ to benefit Daily Planet

Students and staff from Tucker High School will present “Movements,” a stage production featuring music, monologues and more, on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Tucker High auditorium. “Movements,” a show about being moved to move others, will be presented to the Henrico community in order to raise money and items for Daily Planet, a local organization that offers comprehensive health and human services to the homeless, as well as potentially homeless, in the Greater Richmond area.

Henrico HS surpasses world average for IB diploma percentage

While all members of the Henrico High School International Baccalaureate (IB) class of 2012 were awarded the Virginia Advanced Studies Diploma, the county's school system recently received notification that 93 percent of the IB Diploma candidates from that class were awarded the IB Diploma, surpassing the world average of 78.1 percent.

Blue Ribbon smiles at Nuckols Farm

Henrico's Nuckols Farm Elementary School celebrated its new National Blue Ribbon School status Sept. 20 with a student body assembly, music, and visits from Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) leaders as well as representatives from Senator Mark Warner's office and the U.S. Dept. of Education.

Movin’ in the classroom

Bon Secours Virginia Health System recently unveiled its "movin' mania" program – designed to address childhood obesity – at Montrose Elementary in Eastern Henrico, one of a number of local schools that will employ the program.

Bon Secours will donate $120,000 to 115 schools in Henrico, Hanover, Chesterfield and Richmond to fund SOL-compliant movin' mania Learnercise mats, which encourage learning while moving.

Schools to go tobacco-free

Henrico County public schools and school-sponsored events soon will be entirely tobacco-free, following the School Board's 4-1 vote Sept. 27 to enact a tobacco-free policy.

The policy likely will not take effect officially for a period of at least a few months, so that staff members and visitors who smoke or use tobacco have time to become adjusted to it.

Board member Lisa Marshall of the Tuckahoe District cast the dissenting vote.

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