Education

Richmond Montessori students participate in ‘International Day of Peace’


As a part of the school’s 50th anniversary celebrations, Richmond Montessori School students participated in the International Day of Peace Sept. 21.

Students gathered in the morning and joined 125,000 students in 65 countries to sing “Light a Candle for Peace.” (Watch their performance at https://youtu.be/j8hxHgZcoos.)

6 Henrico students awarded Va. Credit Union scholarships


Virginia Credit Union recently awarded $2,500 scholarships to six Henrico County students through its Dorothy J. Hall Memorial Scholarship Program.

The students were selected on the basis of scholastic achievement, community service, extracurricular activities, an essay and work to help defray the cost of education.

The Henrico County winners are:
• Hannah Bailey, a sophomore at Liberty University studying nursing;
• Claire Galvin, a graduate of Glen Allen High School who will attend the College of William and Mary;

Henrico student to receive $2,500 Call Federal Scholarship

Henrico resident Lauren Parker, a student at the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, was one of four students to earn Call Federal Credit Union’s 2016 Alice S. Pierce Scholarship.

Recipients are chosen based on academic performance, extra-curricular leadership, community involvement and a scholarship essay submission. Recipients were graduating high school seniors and locals currently enrolled in four-year universities.

Henrico Co. Public Schools to host job fair June 8


Henrico County Public Schools will host a job fair June 8 in search of candidates for positions as bus drivers, custodians, cafeteria workers and temporary instructional assistants. Members of the HCPS Human Resources, Custodial Services, School Nutrition Services and Pupil Transportation departments will be at the Resource Workforce Center in eastern Henrico County from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day to talk with interested candidates.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at http://henricoschools.us/careers.

Freeman students learn to ‘Drive Smart’


Students signed a banner pledging not to text and drive during a Drive Smart Virginia event at Freeman High School May 26. The event helped show students the dangers of driving while distracted or intoxicated.

Below, Freeman student Rachel Marcus attempts to navigate a path of cones while wearing goggles that simulate the impairment of a 0.15 blood alcohol content level. The goal was to show students how harmful drinking and driving can be.

17 Henrico schools earn Virginia Index of Performance awards


Seventeen Henrico County Schools earned Virginia Index of Performance Awards, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the State Board of Education announced May 24.

The awards are three-tiered and based on a number of criteria including benchmark testing, graduation rates, and enrollment in college-level classes. Only eight schools in the state won the top prize, the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence.

In Henrico, 14 schools won the second-tier Board of Education Excellence Award, in total, 278 schools and two school divisions in Virginia earned the VIP award given to schools that met all state and federal accountability benchmarks and expanded educational opportunities set by the board.

2 Henrico students win Congressional Art Awards

Two Henrico students earned recognition in the Congressional Art Awards ceremony, held at Capital One in Goochland earlier this month.

From nearly 70 entries, judges chose Hermitage High School student Caitlyn Le’s work “Still Life” as the first-place winner. Henrico High School student Katie Hennessee won an honorable mention for her work entitled ‘Deep Web.’

Quioccasin M.S. new nickname to be ‘Griffins’


Henrico County’s newly renamed middle school will draw inspiration from a former school resource officer, as well as lions and eagles. Students at Harry F. Byrd Middle School – which will become Quioccasin Middle School July 1 – have voted to replace the school’s “Senators” nickname with “Griffins.”

The name first was proposed by students as a way to commemorate Neil Griffin, the school’s popular former school resource officer, who died earlier this year. The mythical griffin has the body of a lion, and the head, wings and talons of an eagle.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – 2016

The Henrico Citizen's sixth-annual ‘Henrico’s Top Teachers’ section profiles 20 outstanding educators in Henrico County.

Readers – including students, parents, grandparents and colleagues – submitted more than 100 teacher nominations last fall, and our staff faced the difficult task of paring those nominees to just 20.

Each of these teachers has, in his or her own unique way, touched hundreds of lives and helped mold the future of Henrico County. We are proud to tell their stories in this special section.

We salute each one – and the many other deserving teachers who give selflessly each day inside – and outside – their classrooms.

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