Citizen Staff Reports 09/29/2014 Education
One of the authors of a best-selling book credited with improving schools is making Henrico's Holladay Elementary School one of her stops on a 30-city book tour.
Muriel Summers, a co-author of “The Leader in Me: How Schools Around the World Are Inspiring Greatness, One Child at a Time,” will appear Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. at Holladay. Five schools in Henrico County have instituted the “Leader in Me” program based on management guru Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” According program administrators FranklinCovey Education, nearly 2,000 schools in 25 countries have adopted the leadership program, and the book has sold more than 200,000 copies.
The River Road entrance to the University of Richmond at UR Drive will be closed May 13 through summer 2014 to all vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Employees and visitors to campus may access campus at the Westhampton Gate entrance on College Road or the north entrance at Campus Drive and Gateway Road, accessible from Towana Road and Boatwright Drive.
The south-campus area near River Road will undergo major changes over the summer months, said Bill Powell, project manager in the university’s facilities department.
Citizen Staff Reports 05/05/2014 Education
Teams from Henrico County Public Schools swept the regional elementary and middle school categories of the spring 2014 Virginia Council on Economic Education Stock Market Game.
The teams, usually composed of four students, manage mock investments of $100,000 for 10 weeks in a competition to grow the value of their portfolios. The game is designed to provide a forum for students in grades 4-12 to practice math and research skills as they learn about money and investing.
More than 100 students from Henrico County high schools got a close look April 30 at their local government and public schools
administrations during the 57th annual Student Government Day.
The program matched students from nine high schools with elected and appointed officials, including members of the Board of Supervisors and School Board, county manager, superintendent, department directors and judges. Students spent the day interacting with decision-makers, gaining insight into how Henrico general government and Henrico County Public Schools work on behalf of residents and others in the community.
Short Pump Middle School this week was ranked as the 23rd-best middle school in the United States, by TheBestSchools.org. Short Pump also was the highest-rated Virginia middle school by the organization, which ranked the top 50 middle schools nationwide.
TheBestSchools.org selected Short Pump based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, NAEP scores, state assessment scores, received awards and rankings, geographical diversity and reputation.
Citizen Staff Reports Education
UPDATE: APR. 29, 10:40 A.M. – Eighteen Henrico County public schools were among 212 schools statewide to earn 2014 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Board of Education announced today. The VIP incentive program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed minimum state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and the board. Awards are based on student achievement and other performance indicators during the 2012-13 school year.
Overall, Henrico earned more awards than every other school system in Virginia other than Fairfax County (52 awards) and Loudoun County (23). Locally, 11 Chesterfield County schools, seven Hanover County schools and one City of Richmond schools earned awards.
Henrico's Short Pump Middle School was one of just five schools in the state to earn the Governor's Award for Educational Excellence, the highest VIP award given.
Citizen Staff Reports 04/28/2014 Education
Twin Hickory Elementary School Principal Michael Dussault recently was awarded the 2013-14 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.
The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. It includes $7,500 for personal development and an additional $7,500 for school projects of the recipient’s choosing. Dussault said part of his grant would help buy a school greenhouse.
Citizen Staff Reports 04/24/2014 Education
Four Henrico County elementary schools recently were presented with $25,000 grants for implementing innovative and effective ways to help struggling students.
The faculty members of Glen Lea, Montrose, Ridge and Donahoe elementary schools were presented with surprise ceremonial checks by Henrico County Public Schools.
The grants are part of the division’s general fund that was set aside to fund the programs most promising in helping lower-achieving students close the gap with their peers.
By David Weissman, Special to the Citizen 04/24/2014 Education
Could iPad minis soon make an appearance en masse in Henrico County’s public school system?
Henrico County’s Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education and Instructional Support Services Bondy Shay Gibson advocated for the increased use of iPads in kindergarten, first- and second-grade classrooms at an April 10 School Board work session.
“The iPad is very developmentally accessible,” Gibson said, commenting on the lack of training required to use the device. “You just have to know how to push a button and move your finger.”
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