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HCPS preschool program to expand in fall

Henrico County Public Schools will expand its preschool program for 4-year-olds next fall, thanks to new funding from the federal Preschool Expansion Grant.

The school system is one of 11 high-needs systems in Virginia that will share a total of $17.5 million in federal money, which will be dispersed in Virginia through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI). Virginia was one of 18 states to receive a portion of $226 million in federal preschool grant dollars.

Henrico currently serves 774 preschool students in 43 classrooms at 22 elementary schools and the New Bridge Learning Center. The new funds will allow HCPS to add 10 preschool classes and serve 180 additional students, according to HCPS Director of Foundational Learning and Family Engagement Gail Jones.

Boyle opts not to appeal registrar’s ruling

Interim Three Chopt District School Board member Robert Boyle will not appear on the November ballot in a special election for the final year of the Three Chopt seat, after he chose not to appeal the decision of the Henrico Registrar’s Office to invalidate 57 of the 178 signatures he submitted while attempting to file for the election earlier this month.

Political newcomers Micky Ogburn, a Short Pump Elementary School teacher, and Surya Dhakar, a Glen Allen dentist, will face off in the Nov. 4 election to serve the final year of a four-year term that Diana Winston won in 2011 and from which she resigned last August.

HCPS seeks bus drivers, substitute workers

Henrico County Public Schools Human Resources will hold a job fair July 8 to prepare for the 2014-15 school year. HCPS is seeking candidates for full-time and substitute bus drivers. The school division also is seeking substitute custodians and cafeteria workers. Members of the school division’s human resources, transportation, custodial services and school nutrition departments will be there to conduct preliminary interviews with interested candidates.

Collegiate’s new Head of School begins today

Stephen D. Hickman begins his tenure as Collegiate School’s new Head of School today, arriving from Little Rock, Ark., where he served for six years as Head of Episcopal Collegiate School, a pre-K-12 college preparatory school.

"Collegiate’s demonstrated record of and commitment to preparing young people for our rapidly changing and challenging world are unparalleled,” Hickman said this week. “To be asked to help lead this outstanding school community is very exciting and humbling. I can’t wait to roll-up my sleeves and get to work."

Henrico counselor appointed to state SOL committee

A Henrico County Public Schools guidance counselor is one of 28 appointees to the Virginia Standards of Learning Innovation Committee. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed the committee members this week.

Renee Zando, director of counseling at Hermitage High School, is the only Henrico member of the committee, which is charged with building on the work that began with legislation passed during the 2014 General Assembly session and taking a comprehensive look at the SOL system. Other appointees represent school systems, school boards, universities and private entitites from throughout the state.

Meeting the ‘Challenge’

A unique, inclusive softball game paired students with disabilities with baseball and softball players from Henrico high school baseball and softball teams June 6. The Challenger Day game at the Tuckahoe Little League fields included students from Virginia Randolph Education Center and “buddies” from Deep Run, Freeman, Glen Allen, Godwin, Henrico, Highland Springs, Tucker and Varina high schools.

Tuckahoe District Supervisor Pat O’Bannon threw out the first pitch, along with School Resource Officer O’Keefe.

Fairfield MS band earns honors

The Fairfield Middle School band, orchestra and chorus performed at “Music in the Park” at Six Flags Maryland May 10 and brought home eight awards for excellence, including a number of first-place awards: jazz band (superior rating); sixth- and seventh-grade concert band (superior rating); eighth-grade advanced concert band; orchestra (superior rating); and mixed chorus.

The band was directed by Kimberly Storrs, while Kristina Murray directed the orchestra and chorus.

Moody MS hosts first annual golf tourney

The first annual Moody Middle School Golf Tournament, held May 31 at Belmont Golf Course, featured twelve teams and 48 participants and was won by the Hermitage Class of 1971 team (from left, above: Dennis Duncan, Mike Walton, Charlie Howe and Chris Williams) with a score of 58.

Other winners included Chad Chandler for closest to the pin and Mike Walton for longest drive. Walton won a supply of golf balls and Chandler won a back-to-school breakfast from Bob Evans for the school staff of his choice. (He chose Moody Middle, where his wife is a teacher.)

Bigger stage fits Tejas well

When Tejas Muthusamy was in first grade, he decided he wanted to be on ESPN. The Henrico County student, who just completed fifth grade, accomplished that goal last month when he competed in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The Glen Allen resident and Rivers Edge Elementary School student was the youngest competitor in the final round, advancing to the final 12 participants among a total of 281.

Muthusamy ignored the lights, cameras and crowds as he survived seven rounds of competition, correctly spelling “waterzooi,” “Brigadoon,” “commorients,” “exsiccosis” and “gematria” along the way.

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