Brookland Middle School student McKenna Slough will put her research and presentation skills to the test when she explains her sports nutrition project to judges at the national conference of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. The conference is an annual meeting of the organization, a national nonprofit career and technical group for students enrolled in family and consumer sciences. The conference is being held in Washington, D.C., July 5-9.
Four students from Henrico County Public Schools are attending the national conference: Slough; Lauren Bishop and Emma-Grace Heinrich from Mills Godwin High School; and Josh Foster of Deep Run High School. Slough is the only Henrico County middle school student attending.
The students will take part in leadership training workshops; lobby their congressional representatives on behalf of career and technical education; and compete in such areas as public speaking, presentations and job interviews.
Students from Brookland Middle School's chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) recently participated in a weekend leadership training conference in Virginia Beach. Attendees participated in a weekend of workshops and sessions about leadership through FCCLA. Along with nearly 1,200 other advisers and members, Brookland Middle School’s FCCLA chapter advisers, Amanda Lauritzen and Cherise Cobb, accompanied eight members to the conference April 17-19. Brookland Middle School was one of four schools from Henrico County that attended the conference and the only middle school.
Citizen Staff Reports 05/05/2015 Education
Glen Allen Elementary School third-graders enjoyed an interactive "Tree Trivia" assembly hosted April 21 by Dominion Resources and Power UP!, an entertainment company that partners with Dominion’s Project Plant It! program to teach students about trees and the environment.
Ranger Spruce Sassafras led students in a game-show style competition during which teams teams tested their knowledge of tree trivia.
More than 44,000 elementary students in six states, including elementary students in Henrico County Public Schools and other school systems throughout metro Richmond, are participating in Project Plant It! this spring.
A team of Douglas S. Freeman High School students took third place in the national finals of the "We The People" competition. The annual contest pits 56 teams – each state’s champions and a few wild-card participants – in a test of in-depth knowledge of the US Constitution. Douglas Freeman’s team was chosen as a wild-card participant and the school’s third place finish was the best ever for an at-large choice in the competition’s 28-year history.
“Historically in the program, there are a handful of schools around the country that are always their state champions and always there, so it’s pretty hard to break into the top ten,” said team coach Robert Peck, head of the Center for Leadership, Government and Global Economics at Douglas Freeman. “It was a big deal for us that we made the top ten as a wild-card team.
Thanks to a $17.5 million federal grant to Virginia’s pre-kindergarten program for low-income children, more than 1,200 additional children will be able to attend preschool in 11 high-needs school divisions beginning next school year.
Henrico County is among the school systems that will benefit from the funding that the U.S. Department of Education recently awarded to the Virginia Preschool Initiative.
The Steward School was one of four schools in Virginia and one of 58 schools in the United States named a Green Ribbon School this week by the U.S. Department of Education.
The schools were honored for their efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways. Nine colleges and universities also were honored with the Postsecondary Sustainability Award.
Citizen Staff Reports Education
Varina District Supervisor Tyrone Nelson will host a "village conversation" at Varina High School on Sunday, April 26, at 4 p.m. in the school's cafeteria. The cafeteria was the site of a student brawl Monday that caused the school to be placed on lockdown. Cell phone video from the incident spread quickly on social media and caused concern among the community.
Nelson's meeting is designed to engage community members in a "solution-oriented discussion about children and parenting." The meeting is open to the public.
Citizen Staff Reports 04/20/2015 Education
Henrico County Public Schools’ annual spring arts festival moves into its second year with a weekend of music, drama and fine art. The Henrico ARTS festival – the acronym stands for Artists, Residents, Teachers and Students – will be held April 25 and 26 at Hermitage High School.
The festival will feature two days of diverse musical performances, interactive stations, displays of fine art from every school in the division and activities sponsored by local community partners and cultural centers. It will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
There also will be a Saturday talent showcase performance of “Henrico’s Rising Stars” at 4:30 p.m., after the rest of the festival closes for the day.
Citizen Staff Reports 04/14/2015 Education
Two Henrico schools will hold spring plant sales in the coming weeks.
The sale at the Academy at Virginia Randolph April 23-24 will offer a large selection of annuals and perennials for sun and shade, as well as a selection of tomatoes and peppers. Only checks and cash will be accepted. Four-packs and six-packs of plants will cost $2 and $3; four-inch pots of mixed flowers and herbs $2 apiece; 4.5-inch pots of mixed flowers and perennials $4 apiece; geraniums $3 each; hanging baskets $8 each; 12-inch pots of herbs $12 apiece; and four-inch pots of tomatoes and peppers $2 each.
Virginia Randolph is located at 2204 Mountain Road in Glen Allen.
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