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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.

Henrico’s dropout rates fall

Henrico County's high school dropout rate declined from 8.3 percent in 2011 to 5.8 percent in 2012, according to statistics compiled by the school system.

The number of students classified as dropouts decreased from 335 among the students who began high school with the Class of 2011 to 231 among those who began with the Class of 2012.

Flying high

Collegiate students celebrated the achievements of Collegiate alum and Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson Jan. 11 on “Russell Wilson Day” at the school. Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods delivered 50 cakes with Wilson’s likeness to the school. It also donated 50 cakes to Varina High School in honor of Seahawks running back Michael Robinson, a Varina alum. The Seahawks defeated the Washington Redskins but lost to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL playoffs.

GRASP to host financial aid information sessions

Henrico parents and students needing help with completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) are encouraged to attend information sessions at the Richmond Public Main Library (101 East Franklin Street), which will be held between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Jan. 19 and Feb. 16.

Volunteers from GRASP (Great Aspirations Scholarship Program) will be on hand at the sessions to help fill out the FAFSA, which is required for federal aid for college.

School briefs - Deep Run High School

The Deep Run Marathon Dance may be almost three months away, but that doesn’t mean students aren’t buzzing about the upcoming event.

The DRMD is a 27-hour long dance during which the DRHS student community comes together and dances the night away, all the while raising money for local charities. To participate, individual students must raise $100. Many go above and beyond this measure.

School briefs - Tuckahoe Middle School

In Henrico County, there are families in need. Warm coats and food can be in short supply for families struggling to make ends meet. Students at Tuckahoe Middle School (TMS) have seen this need and risen to action, learning the lesson of giving and helping the less fortunate.

The ‘Coats for Kids’ Drive was recently held at TMS. Throughout the school, classes competed against each other to see who could gather the most coats. Altogether, 227 coats were collected and donated to local children.

School briefs - Pocahontas Middle School

Pocahontas Middle School is an energetic place this time of year! Winter sports have started and the dance team is still astounding. It performed Jan. 2 at the University of Richmond basketball game during halftime.

The wrestling team has had three scrimmages this year against St. Chris, Holman and Moody. It had its first match Dec. 5 against Brookland with Pocahontas winning. Cheerleading continues to look stunning, with the girls supporting our Hawks on and off the court. The boys’ basketball team is working hard and had a great start.

School briefs - Holman Middle School

As we move towards the middle of our second marking period, Holman has many exciting events going on. The sports season continues with wrestling, boys’ basketball, and gymnastics. Our winter sports have been doing very well this marking period; basketball won its last game against Brookland recently, its fourth win this season. The wrestling team has also been working hard, winning its match recently as well.

HCPS, Henrico Police to host safety and security forum

Henrico County Public Schools and the Henrico County Division and Police will host a safety and security forum Jan. 17 at Hermitage High School to inform citizens about safety practices and plans in place at schools, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut last month.

Police and school officials will discuss policies. Following their presentations, attendees will be invited to participate in breakout sessions to pose questions and share concerns.

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