Henrico County VA
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Nominees sought for 2014-15 REB Awards

The Community Foundation is seeking nominations of outstanding principals in Henrico County Public Schools. The foundation will award a $7,500 cash grant to one winning principal and a $7,500 grant to be used for initiatives at his or her school, as part of its annual REB Awards. Similar prizes will be awarded in Chesterfield, Hanover and Richmond.

The awards are designed to identify, recognize and support leadership excellence in the Richmond area. Nominees should have served in their current positions for at least three years.

The Community Foundation is inviting nominations from students, parents, colleagues, school personnel and administrators and the community at large. Nominations should take the form of a one to two-page typed letter describing the nominee’s distinguished educational leadership.

Getting a jump on the job hunt

Difficult economic times can hit young workers particularly hard. Thirty Highland Springs High School students recently gained an edge by taking part in a job-shadowing program through Junior Achievement of Central Virginia and Capital One.

Students in the JA Job Shadow program participated in sessions dedicated to career research, job-seeking and preparation. During a four-hour visit to the Capital One campus June 3, students toured the company’s Technology Operations Center and participated in a Q-and-A session with Capital One executives on topics such as professionalism, ethics in the workplace and job search challenges.

Henrico teacher attends VCET academy

Janet Givens, a first-grade teacher at Henrico’s Kaechele Elementary School, was among 100 Virginia teachers selected to participate in one of four new Virginia Center for Excellence in Teaching summer academies in classroom instruction, education policy and leadership last month. Givens attended the Interdisciplinary Studies Academy June 22-27 at George Mason University in Fairfax.

Funded by a grant from the Virginia Department of Education, each of the four academies accepted 25 teachers.

Boyle opts not to appeal registrar’s ruling

Interim Three Chopt District School Board member Robert Boyle will not appear on the November ballot in a special election for the final year of the Three Chopt seat, after he chose not to appeal the decision of the Henrico Registrar’s Office to invalidate 57 of the 178 signatures he submitted while attempting to file for the election earlier this month.

Political newcomers Micky Ogburn, a Short Pump Elementary School teacher, and Surya Dhakar, a Glen Allen dentist, will face off in the Nov. 4 election to serve the final year of a four-year term that Diana Winston won in 2011 and from which she resigned last August.

HCPS seeks bus drivers, substitute workers

Henrico County Public Schools Human Resources will hold a job fair July 8 to prepare for the 2014-15 school year. HCPS is seeking candidates for full-time and substitute bus drivers. The school division also is seeking substitute custodians and cafeteria workers. Members of the school division’s human resources, transportation, custodial services and school nutrition departments will be there to conduct preliminary interviews with interested candidates.

Collegiate’s new Head of School begins today

Stephen D. Hickman begins his tenure as Collegiate School’s new Head of School today, arriving from Little Rock, Ark., where he served for six years as Head of Episcopal Collegiate School, a pre-K-12 college preparatory school.

"Collegiate’s demonstrated record of and commitment to preparing young people for our rapidly changing and challenging world are unparalleled,” Hickman said this week. “To be asked to help lead this outstanding school community is very exciting and humbling. I can’t wait to roll-up my sleeves and get to work."

Henrico counselor appointed to state SOL committee

A Henrico County Public Schools guidance counselor is one of 28 appointees to the Virginia Standards of Learning Innovation Committee. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed the committee members this week.

Renee Zando, director of counseling at Hermitage High School, is the only Henrico member of the committee, which is charged with building on the work that began with legislation passed during the 2014 General Assembly session and taking a comprehensive look at the SOL system. Other appointees represent school systems, school boards, universities and private entitites from throughout the state.

Meeting the ‘Challenge’

A unique, inclusive softball game paired students with disabilities with baseball and softball players from Henrico high school baseball and softball teams June 6. The Challenger Day game at the Tuckahoe Little League fields included students from Virginia Randolph Education Center and “buddies” from Deep Run, Freeman, Glen Allen, Godwin, Henrico, Highland Springs, Tucker and Varina high schools.

Tuckahoe District Supervisor Pat O’Bannon threw out the first pitch, along with School Resource Officer O’Keefe.

Fairfield MS band earns honors

The Fairfield Middle School band, orchestra and chorus performed at “Music in the Park” at Six Flags Maryland May 10 and brought home eight awards for excellence, including a number of first-place awards: jazz band (superior rating); sixth- and seventh-grade concert band (superior rating); eighth-grade advanced concert band; orchestra (superior rating); and mixed chorus.

The band was directed by Kimberly Storrs, while Kristina Murray directed the orchestra and chorus.

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