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Glen Allen ES teacher to appear on Wheel of Fortune Jan. 23

Page Almond has an addiction, and she's not afraid to talk about it.

It reared its head as early as second grade, when her teacher gave the class a free writing assignment and she chose to write about. . . the rules to her favorite TV game show, Wheel of Fortune.

A confessed "Wheel watcher," Almond has tuned in religiously since childhood.

"That shows what a nerd I am," she said with a laugh at the childhood memory, "but I've always loved the show and it's always been a dream of mine to be on the show."

Or, perhaps more appropriately: it always had been a dream.

University of Richmond to offer professional brewing program


In collaboration with community partners around the metro-Richmond area, University of Richmond’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies is launching a new beer brewer professional certificate program. The first class will begin in October.

This program is geared toward those interested in entering or advancing in the growing craft beer industry. Students will learn the craft brewing business from the procurement of raw materials through to the proper handling, processing, packaging and distribution of the final product.

Sub-divided

Fair Oaks Elementary School failed to find substitute teachers 166 times during the 2015-16 school year – the most among Henrico elementary schools.
When a teacher calls in sick or misses a day for another reason, schools rely on substitute teachers to fill in. But what happens when substitutes aren’t available – or aren’t willing to report to certain schools?

It's a question that even Henrico County Public Schools officials can't completely answer – even though the scenario has occurred more than 2,400 times at Henrico elementary schools during the past two school years.

Data provided by Henrico County Public Schools to the Citizen at the newspaper’s request paints a striking contrast between how often substitute positions went unfilled at schools in Eastern Henrico when compared to those in the West End.

Reynolds Community College named a ‘2016 Great College to Work For’


J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College is a great college to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a trade publication for colleges and universities.

The results, released this week in The Chronicle’s ninth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of 281 colleges and universities. Only 93 of the institutions that applied for the program achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition. Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions, with Reynolds included among the large universities and colleges with 10,000 or more students.

Henrico Schools seeks substitute teachers, clerical workers, nurses

Henrico County Public Schools is seeking substitutes for teachers, clerical workers, nurses, school security personnel, alternative ed technicians and instructional assistants. Members of the HCPS Human Resources Department will be at the Eastern Henrico Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Road, from 9 a.m. to noon July 20 to talk with interested candidates.

Substitute teacher candidates must have a four-year college degree and be at least 19. Candidates for substitutes for clerical workers, school security staff members, alternative ed technicians and instructional assistants must have a high school diploma or GED. Substitutes for nurses must have a nursing degree (RN or LPN) and a current license, as well as CPR/AED and first aid certification cards.

Imparting pearls of wisdom

Eight young ladies in Henrico County just became “polished pearls” after graduating from Deborah Price’s Polished Peal Society etiquette program June 25.

Price is a third-grade teacher in Henrico who noticed that girls in her classes seemed to lack confidence and manners. So she did something about it – she opened the society, which serves as an etiquette school.

Classes run from October through June and culminate in a “Pearl Ball” at which the students (ages 8-18) are formally presented as graduates and polished pearls. The ball ties together all of the new skills that the girls have learned through Price’s program.

HCPS seeks bus drivers, school nutrition substitutes


Henrico Schools is hiring bus drivers and school nutrition substitutes. The school system will host a job fair Tuesday, July 12, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Libbie Mill Library, 2100 Libbie Lake East Street.

Members of the HCPS Human Resources, Pupil Transportation and School Nutrition Services departments will conduct preliminary interviews on site with interested candidates. Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at http://henricoschools.us/careers.

Henrico County Public Schools wins 9 national awards


Nine Henrico County Public Schools’ initiatives have been recognized in the 2016 National Association of Counties Achievement Awards. The annual awards recognize groundbreaking county government programs across the nation. HCPS winners were:

• Homegrown Diesel Tech: A Partnership of Schools and Central Automotive Maintenance, Henrico County Public Schools
• Instructional Technology Website
• ZippSlipping into Libraries

Henrico Schools to participate in USDA summer food service


Henrico County Public Schools, through its Division of School Nutrition Services, will participate in the 2016 Summer Food Service Program administered by the US Department of Agriculture. The program provides meals to students enrolled in Henrico Schools summer programs or in those run by the Henrico County Department of Recreation and Parks.

Food service will be from Monday through Thursday each week. (All sites will be closed Monday, July 4, in recognition of the Independence Day holiday.) Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen will present the 8th annual Djangoary Music Soiree at 7 p.m. Celebrate the creative influence of legendary Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. This popular annual concert features live performances by the genre’s top artists including local favorite and award-winning guitarist Thomas Wakefield & Gypsy Roots. Participants can meet the headliners and sharpen their skills with an exclusive hands-on guitar workshop, as well. Tickets are $30. For details, visit http://www.artsglenallen.com. Full text

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