Citizen Staff Reports 01/20/2017 Education
Moody Middle School eighth-grader Tejas Muthusamy won Henrico Schools’ Divisionwide Spelling Bee Jan. 18 – his fourth consecutive title and his sixth year as a finalist. It is the final year that he was eligible to compete in the annual event, which matches spelling champions from each of the county's 45 public elementary schools and 12 middle schools.
Muthusamy will advance to the Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee March 11, which he was won each of the past three years on his way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
Citizen Staff Reports 01/05/2017 Education
Henrico County Public Schools officials will host a job fair to hire full-time and substitute bus drivers Jan. 10 at the Varina Area Library.
Members of the HCPS Human Resources and Pupil Transportation departments will attend the event, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., to talk with interested candidates. Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at http://henricoschools.us/careers.
“Driving a bus is a great job for people with flexible schedules who enjoy working with students, and a great way to earn extra money,” said Mary Alderson, human resources specialist.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/22/2016 Education
Reynolds Community College will host "Preview Day" on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Lipman Auditorium of the Massey Library and Technology Center on the college’s Parham Road Campus, 1651 E. Parham Road.
Preview Day is an opportunity for prospective students to apply to the college, take placement tests, meet with an advisor, learn about scholarships and financial aid and register for spring semester classes. Students also will have the opportunity to speak with university transfer admissions specialists about transferring from Reynolds to a four-year institution. The four-year college representatives at Preview Day will serve on a panel and later speak with students directly about the transfer process to their prospective institutions.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/19/2016 Education
Montrose Elementary School teacher Emily McMillen is among a select group of teachers chosen to create content for a newly updated U.S. Census Bureau program called Statistics in Schools.
In September, the U.S. Census Bureau unveiled the revised program (available at census.gov/schools) for K-12 teachers and students.
It offers free, classroom-ready geography, history/social studies, math and sociology activities and resources that incorporate current and historical data to help students understand real-world applications of statistics.
The enrollment period for the Virginia529 prePAID college tuition program is now open through March 31.
For 2016-2017, tuition and mandatory fees at a Virginia public university can cost as much as $21,234. The Virginia529 plan is designed to help families eliminate the uncertainty of future increases at those institutions.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/02/2016 Education
Henrico County and 10 other Virginia localities will receive a third round of funding through the federal Preschool Expansion Grant, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday. In total, Virginia will receive $17.5 million through the grant, which will allow the 11 localities to continue to serve at-risk four-year-olds in pre-kindergarten programs.
A total of more than $247.4 million was awarded to 18 states across the country in this third round of Preschool Expansion Grant awards. Virginia has received $17.5 million annually since 2014, following a rigorous application process.
Citizen Staff Reports 11/29/2016 Education
Henrico County Public Schools will host a job fair Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henrico Workforce Resource Center, 121 Cedar Fork Road. The school division is seeking full-time and substitute bus drivers, along with substitutes for both school nutrition and custodial services workers. Members of the HCPS Human Resources, School Nutrition Services, Custodial Services and Pupil Transportation departments will attend the event to talk with interested candidates.
Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at http://henricoschools.us/careers.
Citizen Staff Reports 11/25/2016 Education
Henrico County Public Schools officials will discuss the division's efforts to enhance and improve student achievement during a town hall meeting Dec. 5 at Varina High School.
The number of fully accredited Henrico County schools rose to 48 this year, up from 45 last year, but seven Henrico schools were denied accreditation by the Virginia Department of Education. HCPS officials will discuss how the division is making gains and working toward its goal of full accreditation for all schools.
Citizen Staff Reports 11/21/2016 Education
With a recent $35,000 contribution from AT&T, the Henrico Education Foundation will help economically disadvantaged students prepare for college and beyond.
Vince Apruzzese, AT&T’s regional vice president for external affairs in Virginia, announced the donation on behalf of the company this week. AT&T’s support will help keep students on a path to graduation and prepare the region’s future business, tech and community leaders, he said. The contribution is part of AT&T Aspire, the company's signature philanthropic initiative that seeks to drive innovation in education. The program has donated more than $250 million to educational initiatives since 2008 and aims to donate another $100 million through 2017.
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