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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.

Henrico students named winners in national Scholastic Art & Writing competition

Ten students from Henrico County Public Schools have won honors for their artwork in the 2014 national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Ellie Braun of Henrico High School was one of only 16 students nationwide to receive a Gold Medal Portfolio award for her portfolio, “Closet Queens.” The award includes a $10,000 scholarship. Braun won multiple awards, as did Deep Run High School’s Alex Turner. Virginia winners are showcased online at vmfa.museum/learn.

Cantor holds education roundtable In Henrico


U.S. Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-7) Mar. 31 toured Henrico Public Schools’ Engineering Specialty Center and Highland Springs Technical Center and then participated in a roundtable with counselors, graduates and private sector partners to discuss how career and technical training programs prepare students with the skills they need to succeed.

“At a time when many people in our communities are chronically unemployed and college graduates face mounting debt, career and technical education programs are more important than ever," Cantor said. "I was pleased to see the work that the Henrico County Public Schools are doing to provide parents and students with more choices and opportunities starting in high school.

HCPS a “Best Community for Music Education” for 15th straight year

For the 15th straight year, Henrico County Public Schools has been named one of the nation’s "Best Communities for Music Education" by the National Association of Music Merchants. HCPS is the only school system in the country to hold the distinction for all 15 years of the designation.

The “Best Communities” designation is based on a detailed survey of a school division’s commitment to music instruction through funding, staffing, access and a commitment to standards. It recognizes collaborative, from-the-ground-up efforts of teachers, administrators, students and parents.

Live-streaming of Henrico School Board meetings begins today

Henrico County School Board work sessions and monthly meetings will be streamed live online beginning today, in an effort to make the meetings more accessible to a greater number of citizens.

The stream can be accessed through the Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) website (http://www.henrico.k12.va.us) by clicking on the live streaming logo that will appear approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start.

Steward School field wins ‘field of the year’ award

Steward School Athletic Turf and Field Manager Mark Roberts has made Steward history. The school has won "Field of the Year" in the school/parks and recreation category from the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) for its baseball field. The award is a first of its kind for Steward, and it is the result of Roberts’ work in maintaining the field. Roberts accepted the award on Steward’s behalf at an awards presentation in January.

Roberts was honored for his achievement prior to Steward’s home varsity baseball game March 22.

Roberts said that the award “should bring a fair amount of attention to Steward, and that’s why I do it.”

Henrico’s Top Teachers – 2014

Our fourth 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.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Jenny Brady

Jenny Brady’s career choice was never in question.

“I was one of those people who went into college knowing I wanted to be a teacher,” she said.

But while Brady knew she was destined to be an elementary school teacher, she was surprised to end up in a kindergarten classroom.

“I enjoyed third grade more in student teaching, but I got a kindergarten class in my first position, and that’s when I fell in love with it,” she said.

Henrico’s Top Teachers – Amanda Loden

Stop into Amanda Loden’s third-grade class at Johnson Elementary School at the right time of day and you’ll find her leading students in a 10-minute yoga class.

“It gives us a break away from talking,” she said. “Especially for some of my kids, it gives them a chance to relax and calm down a little.”

Loden ought to know the value of some well-placed moments of decompression; she keeps a schedule that many would find overwhelming. After her school day is over, she heads to the West End to coach varsity girls’ field hockey in the fall and varsity girls’ soccer in the spring at the Steward School. She’s also a yoga instructor at Shockoe Slip Yoga in Richmond.

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