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Accreditation woes for HCPS

28 of county's 66 schools miss the state's mark
Twenty-seven of Henrico County’s 66 public schools will not be fully accredited for the current school year, and one other school – Wilder Middle – was denied accreditation by the Virginia Department of Education. The VDOE released its official school ratings this morning.

In order to be fully accredited, a school’s students must earn overall adjusted pass rates on the Virginia Standards of Learning exams of 75 percent in English and 70 percent in math, science and history/social studies.

Eleven of the 28 schools to miss full accreditation are new to the list, while 15 of the others will enter their second consecutive year of accredited-with-warning status.

School Briefs - Holman Middle School

At Holman Middle School the hallways are filled with cheers and excitement, and Holman always has something to cheer about. The first few months of the school year have been very exciting. Holman’s fall sports teams, girls’ basketball, girls’ tennis, boys’ soccer, football, cheering, and dance team, are all having excellent seasons. Also, Holman used magazine sales as a fundraiser again this year. Many of the students were anxious to get started selling the magazines, and many students won a right to go to a party and won other prizes.

Montrose Elementary receives grant for ‘recess renovation’

Montrose Elementary School students jumped rope, played hopscotch and participated in games of foursquare recently on their newly painted blacktop during recess. But now, recess for Montrose students is a bit different. With the help of a grant from Capital One, Montrose was able to launch “Organized Recess,” a time of day where students can participate in cooperative games that double as “teachable moments” in the areas of social skills and good citizenship.

Laptop, network enhancements expected

Henrico County's groundbreaking one-to-one laptop initiative for high-school students will conclude its third four-year contract June 30, and school officials are seeking enhancements that will make the next contract more efficient and effective.

The school system issued a request for proposal (RFP) last month to solicit interested bidders for the next contract, which will replace the current deal with Dell Computers for the provision of laptops and support for high school students, faculty and staff.

State denies early-start request

Henrico County's request to the State Board of Education for the right to open school before Labor Day was rejected late last month, in a decision that was anticipated by – but still disappointing to – county officials.

The board voted to follow the recommendation of Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright, who concluded that Henrico did not make a compelling enough argument that it deserved the right under state code.

New school named for Kaechele

The Henrico School Board voted Oct. 25 to name the county's newest public school, opening next fall in Short Pump, David A. Kaechele Elementary School, in honor of the longtime Three Chopt District supervisor.

The school is being built on Pouncey Tract Road, and a redistricting committee of citizens is working to recommend attendance boundaries for it. The committee is expected to present two options to the School Board at its Nov. 8 meeting, and the board could adopt a set of boundaries by the end of the year.

‘Pumpkin’ stars at Lakeside picnic


Former Lakeside Elementary School Principal Bill Pike was the star attraction at the L.E.S. fall picnic Oct. 11, drawing as many well-wishers as he did customers to his book-signing booth at the event.

Appropriately timed for trick-or-treat season, Pike's newly-published children's book, The Last Pumpkin, tells the story of a journey to select a pumpkin for Halloween. The story centers around the last-to-be-picked pumpkin, Keeper, and around themes of acceptance and love.

Governor’s School informational sessions planned next week

Three informational sessions about the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies will be held for prospective students and their parents.

The sessions will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Deep Run HS, Hermitage HS to partner for ‘pink out’

Deep Run High School will host the 2012 Pink Out at a home football game Oct. 19 against Hermitage High School to raise awareness and funding for breast cancer. This year, Deep Run is partnering with Hermitage to break last year’s total of $5,631 raised for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Students, teachers, football players, coaches and cheerleaders will be “pinked out” in hot pink this year during the event.

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