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NBC News’ Sara James to speak at Tucker HS convocation

NBC News Emmy award-winning correspondent Sara James will be the keynote speaker at the JR Tucker High School senior convocation Sept. 24. James, a Tucker alumna, lives in Australia and covers Australia and New Zealand for the network.

James graduated from JR Tucker in 1979 and the University of Virginia in 1983. As a reporter based in New York, she covered such major stories as the 9/11 attacks, the Taliban in Afghanistan and Sudanese slavery. James was a part-time newsreader on the Today Show, was a guest host of Weekend Today and was a frequent MSNBC anchor, according to the biography on her website.

Bells will be ringing…


School returned to session today in Henrico County and throughout Metro Richmond – much to the delight of these kindergartners, who got a sneak peek at their new form of transportation to and from school last month during a county-sponsored safety event at Twin Hickory Library.

The students had a chance to learn about school bus safety and practice getting on and off the bus.

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.

Henrico SOL pass rates drop in 19 of 34 tests

UPDATE: AUG. 27, 11:15 A.M. – The pass rates of Henrico County students on the Virginia Standards of Learning exams during the 2013-14 school year dropped from the previous year on 19 of the 34 tests administered, according to statistics released today by the Virginia Department of Education.

Pass rates of county students on 10 other SOL tests increased from the previous year's results, while remaining the same on 4 other tests. One test was administered for the first time in 2013-14 school year.

GRASP awards scholarships to 8 Henrico students

GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc. (GRASP), a non-profit education organization based in Glen Allen, recently awarded 42 College Success scholarships totaling $60,970.00 to Virginia students currently attending college who have participated in the GRASP College Success program. Eight Henrico students were among the recipients.

“We had significantly more scholarship applicants this year and almost double the amount of dollars to award for this year’s scholarships," said Bettsy Heggie, GRASP CEO.

Henrico Adult Education’s Fall/Winter course offerings now available

The Henrico County Public Schools Adult Education division has published its course offerings for the fall and winter months. Programs will be offered in numerous fields of interest, including arts and design, business and creative writing, college and career readiness, computers, finance, foreign language, health and medical issues, ESOL, GED preparation, GED testing and others.

Eye-to-eye with mummichogs


Just how far will a middle school science teacher go in pursuit of becoming a better educator?

For two teachers from Holman Middle School, the desire to get better at their jobs prompted them to endure bug bites, 90-plus temperatures and primitive living conditions, and took them to a remote island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, where they spent nights in rustic cabins without air conditioning, showers, or many of the comforts of home.

As an added bonus, they endured – or enjoyed, in some cases – numerous eyeball-to-eyeball encounters with scaly, slimy water creatures.

Getting to know…Stephen Hickman

In December, the Collegiate School announced Stephen Hickman as the new Head of School. Hickman set up office at Collegiate in July and has been preparing for what will be the school’s 99th year. He recently sat down with the Citizen to discuss his new role.

Henrico Citizen: Talk about what prepared you to take on the job as Collegiate Head of School.

HickmanMy preparation really goes back to when I was in high school. I felt that my future was in education. I had some wonderful mentors and teachers and coaches. Even when I was in business for roughly 17 years – I was in the securities industry working with NASDAQ for most of that time – I never lost the passion for education. It had done so much for me; education literally changed my life.

Fair(field) market value

Healthy eating, business sense and the value of entrepreneurship are among the many lessons students from Fairfield Middle School learned this summer.

The Fairfield Middle School East End Community Garden, a student-run farmers’ market that has operated each Wednesday, concluding Aug. 13, has served as the training ground for these skills.

Fairfield math teacher Amanda Hall dreamed up the farmers’ market two years ago.

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