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HCPS offers new online form opportunity for parents


It’s a September ritual: weeks before autumn leaves fall, families of school-age children are blanketed with piles of back-to-school forms. But in Henrico County, paper forms are giving way to an online solution that makes the process easier for parents, students, teachers and school staff – while saving lots of paper.

Last year, Henrico County Public Schools adopted ZippSlip, a cloud-based hub that enables parents to fill out and return electronic forms such as field trip permission slips, medical forms and volunteer sign-ups.

The use of ZippSlip is optional; parents can still choose to use paper forms.

Corporate spelling bee scheduled for April 9

The Henrico Education Foundation (HEF) will host its third annual Corporate Spelling Bee April 9, from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Jepson Alumni Center at the University of Richmond, sponsored by Anthem. Teams representing Richmond-area businesses and community groups will compete to be Grand Champions as well as Buzzy Bee Spirit Award winners. The HEF Corporate Spelling Bee raises funds for scholarships, field trips for students who can’t afford them, classroom grants and recognition of excellence for students in Henrico County Public Schools.

Robotics teams shine


Robotics teams from J.R. Tucker and Godwin high schools are on their way to the world championships in St. Louis after emerging as winners at the state level. The two Henrico County schools were among three Richmond-area winners at the Virginia Regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition last month.

The J.R. Tucker “Sparky 384” team and Godwin's "Talon 540" team won in competition against other machines in front of more than 3,000 onlookers at Virginia Commonwealth University's Siegel Center. Both teams are returning to the world championships for the second year in a row.

In competitive robotics, teams create machines to compete at predetermined challenges, such as scoring goals or stacking objects. More than 1,500 students and 72 high school teams competed in more than 100 rounds of action during last month's event.

Henrico students named winners in national Scholastic Art & Writing competition

Ten students from Henrico County Public Schools have won honors for their artwork in the 2014 national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Ellie Braun of Henrico High School was one of only 16 students nationwide to receive a Gold Medal Portfolio award for her portfolio, “Closet Queens.” The award includes a $10,000 scholarship. Braun won multiple awards, as did Deep Run High School’s Alex Turner. Virginia winners are showcased online at vmfa.museum/learn.

Cantor holds education roundtable In Henrico


U.S. Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-7) Mar. 31 toured Henrico Public Schools’ Engineering Specialty Center and Highland Springs Technical Center and then participated in a roundtable with counselors, graduates and private sector partners to discuss how career and technical training programs prepare students with the skills they need to succeed.

“At a time when many people in our communities are chronically unemployed and college graduates face mounting debt, career and technical education programs are more important than ever," Cantor said. "I was pleased to see the work that the Henrico County Public Schools are doing to provide parents and students with more choices and opportunities starting in high school.

HCPS a “Best Community for Music Education” for 15th straight year

For the 15th straight year, Henrico County Public Schools has been named one of the nation’s "Best Communities for Music Education" by the National Association of Music Merchants. HCPS is the only school system in the country to hold the distinction for all 15 years of the designation.

The “Best Communities” designation is based on a detailed survey of a school division’s commitment to music instruction through funding, staffing, access and a commitment to standards. It recognizes collaborative, from-the-ground-up efforts of teachers, administrators, students and parents.

Live-streaming of Henrico School Board meetings begins today

Henrico County School Board work sessions and monthly meetings will be streamed live online beginning today, in an effort to make the meetings more accessible to a greater number of citizens.

The stream can be accessed through the Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) website (http://www.henrico.k12.va.us) by clicking on the live streaming logo that will appear approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start.

Steward School field wins ‘field of the year’ award

Steward School Athletic Turf and Field Manager Mark Roberts has made Steward history. The school has won "Field of the Year" in the school/parks and recreation category from the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) for its baseball field. The award is a first of its kind for Steward, and it is the result of Roberts’ work in maintaining the field. Roberts accepted the award on Steward’s behalf at an awards presentation in January.

Roberts was honored for his achievement prior to Steward’s home varsity baseball game March 22.

Roberts said that the award “should bring a fair amount of attention to Steward, and that’s why I do it.”

Henrico’s Top Teachers – 2014

Our fourth annual ‘Henrico’s Top Teachers’ section profiles 20 outstanding educators in Henrico County.

Readers – including students, parents, grandparents and colleagues – submitted more than 100 teacher nominations last fall, and our staff faced the difficult task of paring those nominees to just 20.

Each of these teachers has, in his or her own unique way, touched hundreds of lives and helped mold the future of Henrico County. We are proud to tell their stories in this special section.

We salute each one – and the many other deserving teachers who give selflessly each day inside – and outside – their classrooms.

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