Education

Challenger Day will get students with disabilities onto the field


Students from 22 Henrico County elementary schools will take to the baseball field Oct. 18 and learn how to field, hit and run the bases. The students will take part in Challenger Day, an annual event at the Tuckahoe Park Baseball Complex that introduces students with significant disabilities to the fundamentals of baseball. The students will also enjoy games, an art project, roaming mascots and a picnic lunch.
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Henrico’s Top Teachers – Christian Nolde

Deep Run HS, exceptional education
For Christian Nolde, the chance to be a teacher is a privilege, and he considers himself fortunate to be part of a community like Deep Run.

"Every day," he says, "I get to work hard helping kids, and they make me a more energetic, creative, and compassionate person.
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Collegiate wins Green Schools Award


The U.S. Green Building Council Greater Virginia Community (USGBC Greater Virginia) recently held its sixth-annual Connect the Dots for Green Schools Challenge Awards at The Steward School’s Bryan Innovation Lab, and a Henrico County school won one of five awards for implementing an environmental stewardship program.

Collegiate Lower School students won the Merit Award, embodying principles of responsible citizenship and advocacy with a food waste-composting program in the school.
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School Board modifies one redistricting option, schedules June 8 input session


The Henrico School Board last week decided to replace one middle school redistricting option with a modified version and scheduled a new community input session for June 8. The board is expected to make a final decision on the middle school redistricting changes at its monthly meeting on June 22.

Any final plan adopted by the board would take effect for the 2018-19 school year. The redistricting process will not affect current middle or high school students.
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Women more likely than men to finish college


Not only are women more likely than men to attend college in Virginia, but they’re also more likely to graduate.

At Radford University, for example, 65 percent of the female students graduate within six years with a bachelor’s degree, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education. For male students, the graduation rate is just 52 percent.

At the University of Mary Washington, another state-supported school, the disparity is slightly bigger: The graduation rate is 75 percent for women and 61 percent for men.
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5 Henrico students honored with National Merit Scholarships


National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced this year’s National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners, and five Henrico students were among the recipients.

The Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. Selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, the Scholars were judged on academic record, scores from two standardized tests, contributions and leadership in school and community activities, an essay written by the Finalist, and a recommendation written by a high school official.
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Little ‘feets,’ big fun

Special Olympics event showcases inclusiveness

On a balmy Friday morning, Wendy Napier sat in a pop-up lawn chair on the Douglas S. Freeman High School football field with a juice box in hand and a smile on her face as she watched her son, Justin, participate in a standing long-jump competition.

For many parents, the chance to see a child perform in sporting events is a common occurrence. For Napier, watching her intellectually disabled 8-year-old son compete with his peers is a rarity. That’s why she was so excited on that Friday morning, the day of the Little Feet Meet.
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Henrico Schools seeking bus drivers for 2017-18 school year


As the school year comes to an end, Henrico County Public Schools are looking for applicants for bus drivers for next year.

The school system is seeking applicants to train for the position, said Josh Davis, director of pupil transportation for HCPS.

“We need strong bus driver candidates for our summer training sessions,” Davis said. “This time of year we need to fill positions expected to open through summer attrition. We will be training new drivers for contracted and substitute positions for the school year 2017-18. Successful candidates will also be offered part-time work in the summer.”
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Henrico School Board to host middle school redistricting hearing May 11


The Henrico County School Board will hold a public hearing May 11 at New Bridge auditorium to receive input about proposed draft options in the redistricting process for HCPS middle schools. Options under consideration would take effect for the 2018-19 school year.

There are three draft redistricting options under consideration, but HCPS staff members and CropperGIS Consulting continue to explore modifications to existing options and possible new options.
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The 20th annual Benefit Dinner for the Comboni Missionary Sisters will be held at 6 p.m. at Jefferson Lakeside Country Club, 1700 Lakeside Ave. There will also be a silent auction. The Comboni Missionary Sisters are celebrating 67 years of service in the Richmond area. Proceeds from the dinner and auction will be for the Scholarship Endowment Fund for the Comboni Missionary Sisters education in the United States. Full text

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