Education

HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee scheduled for Jan. 18


Champions from each of Henrico County Public Schools’ 45 elementary schools and 12 middle schools will square off Jan. 18 in the 2017 HCPS Divisionwide Spelling Bee at Hungary Creek Middle School.

The winner of the HCPS bee will advance to the Richmond Times-Dispatch regional spelling competition March 11 for a chance to represent a large swath of Virginia in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The Scripps contest features more than 280 regional champions from around the nation, and is televised by ESPN.

Hermitage HS to host ‘School Fest’ Oct. 8


As part of an ongoing effort by Henrico County Public Schools to engage families, Hermitage High School will hold "School Fest 2016" – a celebration featuring family fun, information about the high school’s options and tips for academic readiness – Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The high school wants families at its elementary and middle school “feeder schools” – where students are zoned to attend Hermitage – to be proactive about academic preparation. For elementary students, that means knowing what it takes to advance to middle school and be successful; for middle-schoolers, it means understanding what is required to attend Hermitage and what to do now to thrive there.

Henrico Schools increases rate of pay for substitutes at 10 schools


In an effort to better fill substitute teacher positions at 10 schools, Henrico County Public Schools officials this fall have increased the rate of pay for substitutes at those schools from $84 per day to $100 per day.

The 10 schools – all in Northern and Eastern Henrico – are Fair Oaks Elementary, Brookland Middle, Elko Middle, Fairfield Middle, Rolfe Middle, Wilder Middle, Henrico High, Highland Springs High, Varina High and the Academy at Virginia Randolph.

The move comes less than two months after two Henrico Citizen articles detailed a wide disparity in how often substitute positions go unfilled in Northern and Eastern Henrico schools when compared to those in the West End.

Ward, Longdale ES receive state security funding


Two Henrico elementary schools were among 434 schools statewide to receive state funding for school security upgrades.

Ward Elementary in Varina and Longdale Elementary in the West End will share a total of $77,236 in funding. The money is part of a $6 million School Security Equipment grant awarded earlier this week by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

The grant money will pay for video monitoring systems, metal detectors, electronic-access controls, visitor-identification systems, direct communications links between schools and law enforcement agencies, and other security upgrades in the state schools.

Godwin graduate serves on destroyer


U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Joey Candrilli, a 2012 graduate of Mills Godwin High School, is serving as an information systems technician aboard the USS Oscar Austin, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer operating out of Norfolk.

In his role, Candrilli (pictured) is responsible for all of the shipboard computers and information networks aboard.

Henrico Schools seeks book donations for middle, high school reading challenge


When you’re challenging students to read more than a half a million books, you need a lot of reading material.

Henrico County Public Schools is asking its middle and high school students to read 30,000 books per school during the 2016-17 school year as part of the “Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum Challenge.” As part of the effort to promote literacy, the school division is requesting donations of new or gently used age-appropriate books and magazines.

2 Henrico teachers nominated for ‘LifeChanger’ award


Family and consumer sciences teacher Nicole Williams of Varina High School and seventh grade teacher Frenchie Travis of Elko Middle School recently were nominated for the 2016-17 national LifeChanger of the Year Award.

Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, the national LifeChanger of the Year program recognizes and rewards the best K-12 public and private school educators and employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.

Williams and Travis were nominated by Morgan Carey and Clinton Burton, respectively.

School’s back in session – be careful on the roads


School resumes Tuesday for Metro Richmond students, including those in Henrico County, and Henrico County Police will increase their presence on county roads in an effort to keep students safe.

Drivers should expect some traffic delays, as buses pick up and drop off children, and should give themselves a few extra minutes on their daily commutes, police advise. Officers will be enforcing all applicable laws to include speeding, seatbelt enforcement and school bus signal violations, with special attention to traffic on roads surrounding Henrico County Schools. They'll also be conducting high-visibility enforcement in school zones across the county during the next several weeks.

Sadler, Virginia529 partner


NASCAR Xfinity Series points leader – and Virginia native – Elliott Sadler was in Henrico this week to announce a partnership with Virginia529, the title sponsor of next week's Xfinity Series race at Richmond International Raceway.

Sadler will appear with his wife, Amanda, several times prior to the race to promote the program, which offers four college savings programs for participants. Virginia529 is the largest 529 college savings program in the country.

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