Henrico County VA

HCPS to host workshops for parents, teachers of students with disabilities

Henrico County Public Schools’ Family and Educator Resource Center is sponsoring a three-part series of workshops for families and teachers that will address Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), as well as 504 plans specified by federal civil rights law. The specialized education plans are designed for students with disabilities but often can become confusing for parents and teachers alike.

Ron Geiersbach of the Virginia Department of Education will focus on three aspects of the topic at different fall workshops:

• Understanding the Difference Between a 504 Plan and an IEP – Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 6:30-8 p.m., Henrico Theatre, 201 E. Nine Mile Road, Highland Springs;

Cellular Connection to host backpack giveaway

Henrico schoolchildren are invited to kick off their back-to-school shopping by participating in a national backpack giveaway Aug. 3 at The Cellular Connection.

In a joint effort with its customers, TCC is donating 60,000 backpacks full of school supplies to children through its School Rocks Backpack Giveaway initiative.

School Board makes new appointments

The Henrico County School Board recently appointed Paul Carper as director of construction and maintenance. Carper comes to HCPS from Hanover County Public Schools, where he served as director for construction, planning and building services since 2003. He also previously served in Henrico as a construction manager and capital projects coordinator. In his new position, Carper’s responsibilities will include a $43 million budget, the school system’s Capital Improvement Plan, as well as all aspects involved in maintaining 6.9 million square feet of building space.

The board also named Thomas Woodward as director of instructional technology; Judith Christoper as educational specialist for elementary science; Katie Grootegoed as educational specialist for instructional technology; and Kim Dupreas as interventionist.

VHBG to open elementary school

To assist the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls as it prepares to open an elementary school on its West Broad Street campus this fall, 150 volunteers from Henrico-based Altria spent time June 14 painting and remodeling the interior of the building and landscaping the grounds.

VHBG currently operates a school for sixth- through twelfth-graders. Its new elementary school initially will serve about 15 children with significant social, emotional and behavioral issues.

Montessori students receive Latin, Spanish exam honors

Five Latin I students at Richmond Montessori School received praise for successful completion of the National Latin Exam, and nine others placed highly on the National Spanish Examination.

Micaela Wibberly and Molly McCue earned a gold medal, with a summa cum laude certificate, while Alex McQuilkin and Asha Iyer each earned a silver medal, with a maxima cum laude certificate, and Jeri Newmann earned the highest honors for honorable mention, with a magna cum laude certificate.

College and career readiness programs recognized

Outstanding CTE programs and partnerships from around the state were recognized June 14 at the Creating Excellence Awards Program, a partnership of the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), the Virginia Career Education Foundation (VCEF) and the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). In the VDOE Secondary CTE Awards category, Region 1 - Future Leaders in Project Management, nominated by Henrico County Public Schools, earned the award for Business and Industry Partnerships.

GRASP awards scholarships to Henrico students

GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc. (GRASP), a non-profit education organization headquartered in Glen Allen, recently awarded 176 Last Dollar scholarships totaling $122,500 to Virginia high school students graduating in 2013.

GRASP is dedicated to helping primarily low income and disabled students overcome financial and social barriers to attending college or vocational education after high school.

‘Arrive Alive’ tour visits Glen Allen HS

Dylan Gordon, a senior at Glen Allen H.S., took the wheel of a high-tech simulator May 21 as the Arrive Alive Tour from UNITE visited GAHS to raise awareness among teens of the dangers of distracted and drunken driving. Storn Olson of UNITE looked on from the window as Gordon, using a video simulator, moved from focused "driving" to driving while texting and while impaired.

Richmond Montessori expanding

Richmond Montessori School recently completed the first phase of its ‘Unfold Our Future Campaign,’ a two-part effort to build an upper elementary and science building and a new full-sized gym. School officials celebrated with more than 600 guests during a picnic and music and arts show on the school's Parham Road campus May 28.

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