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HCPS named a ‘Best Community for Music Education’ for 16th year


Henrico County Public Schools has been named one of the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education for the 16th year in a row. HCPS has received the designation from the National Association of Music Merchants in each of the 16 years the group has given the awards. Henrico is the only school system in the country to hold the distinction for all 16 years.

The designation is based on a detailed survey of a school division’s commitment to music instruction through funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards and access to music instruction. It recognizes collaborative, from-the-ground-up efforts of teachers, administrators, students, parents and community leaders to make music education accessible to all students.

School briefs - Hermitage Technical Center

Many of the students are working on getting back into the flow of waking up early to their alarms and working hard since their return to school after winter break.

Hermitage Technical Center was happy to welcome students back to their second home and tech center family.

As students begin to crowd the hallways again, teachers are scurrying to turn in drafts of their mid-term exams for administrative approval.

School briefs - Henrico High School

The students of Henrico High School have mixed feelings about the outdoor campus.

Getting outside between classes gives students a chance to clear their minds and get some fresh air. As one student said, “Experiencing nature helps you refresh.”

Here, in the height of winter, the outdoor campus of Henrico High School is bittersweet, but despite the bitter winter winds, there are countless sweet memories of weather on the HHS walkways.

School briefs - Rolfe Middle School

John Rolfe Middle School had a few things happen in December. On Dec. 21, the last day of school before winter break, students had their nine-weeks Indian party. At the beginning of every nine weeks students receive a John Rolfe Indian with the word “Indian” on it. If you have any negative behavioral problems, you lose a letter off the word “Indian.” If no letters were lost in the nine weeks, then you can attend the party. The party was in the gym, and there were lots of things to do. You could play basketball, hula-hoop, jump-rope, throw a football and even dance!

Collegiate dancers perform at Orange Bowl

Eighteen Collegiate School students performed in the Orange Bowl halftime show in Miami with country music artist Jake Owen on New Year's Day. The Collegiate group was one of four Virginia dance troupes to perform at halftime of Florida State's victory over Northern Illinois, which aired on ESPN.

During their trip, the Collegiate students participated in four dance education workshops, led by professionals such as Cris Judd (pictured with the dancers, at top), who has choreographed for the MTV Video Music Awards. The students worked together and within the school community to raise funds for travel and lodging to Florida.

Henrico’s dropout rates fall

Henrico County's high school dropout rate declined from 8.3 percent in 2011 to 5.8 percent in 2012, according to statistics compiled by the school system.

The number of students classified as dropouts decreased from 335 among the students who began high school with the Class of 2011 to 231 among those who began with the Class of 2012.

Flying high

Collegiate students celebrated the achievements of Collegiate alum and Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson Jan. 11 on “Russell Wilson Day” at the school. Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods delivered 50 cakes with Wilson’s likeness to the school. It also donated 50 cakes to Varina High School in honor of Seahawks running back Michael Robinson, a Varina alum. The Seahawks defeated the Washington Redskins but lost to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL playoffs.

GRASP to host financial aid information sessions

Henrico parents and students needing help with completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) are encouraged to attend information sessions at the Richmond Public Main Library (101 East Franklin Street), which will be held between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Jan. 19 and Feb. 16.

Volunteers from GRASP (Great Aspirations Scholarship Program) will be on hand at the sessions to help fill out the FAFSA, which is required for federal aid for college.

School briefs - Deep Run High School

The Deep Run Marathon Dance may be almost three months away, but that doesn’t mean students aren’t buzzing about the upcoming event.

The DRMD is a 27-hour long dance during which the DRHS student community comes together and dances the night away, all the while raising money for local charities. To participate, individual students must raise $100. Many go above and beyond this measure.

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