Education

Glen Allen H.S. takes second in statewide economics competition

Glen Allen H.S. was among six top schools in the state to place in the 2017 Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance.

Taught by Patricia Adams, the Glen Allen H.S. team was runner-up in the Economics division, in which teams faced off in a Quiz Bowl.

Read it, learn it, plant it


Holladay Elementary School third-grade teacher Sharon Middleton (above), teaches her students about the life cycle of trees with some of the instructional tools provided by Dominion's 'Project Plant It!'

Educators can download lesson plans in STEM subjects such as math and science from the program's website, http://www.projectplantit.com, which also includes educational games and videos about trees, as well as outdoor activities that families can enjoy together.

Drive nets book bonanza


Hundreds of Eastern Henrico elementary school students – many of whom don’t have books of their own at home – soon will have new reading materials, thanks to the generosity of a number of local churches.

The Henrico Ministers Conference, which counts nearly 50 members from churches throughout the county, collected about 1,200 books and recently donated them in equal quantities to the PTAs at Glen Lea, Montrose and Ratcliffe elementaries, which will distribute them to students at the schools.

School system seeks bus drivers, nutrition workers


Henrico County Public Schools is seeking candidates for full-time and substitute bus drivers and full-time and substitute school nutrition services workers. Members of the HCPS Human Resources, School Nutrition Services, Custodial Services and Pupil Transportation departments will be at Henrico County Public Library’s Glen Allen branch on Staples Mill Rd. April 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to talk with interested candidates. Applicants are encouraged to apply online in advance at henricoschools.us/careers. Good bus driver candidates will be paid while they train.

Applicants without computer access or having trouble with the online application may contact the HCPS Human Resources Department at 652-3664 or stop by the department office at 3820 Nine Mile Road in Henrico to use computers and get help if needed.

Animal instincts


In March 2011, internationally bestselling author Sy Montgomery met a friend who changed her life. Six years later, speaking to a full auditorium at Glen Allen High School on April 5, Montgomery painted a picture of this friend, Athena, for the audience.

“She had a beak like a parrot, venom like a snake, and ink like an old-fashioned pen,” Montgomery said. “She could change color and shape and pull her baggy, boneless body through an opening the size of a walnut.”

Athena, a giant Pacific octopus, was central to the researching and writing of Montgomery’s book The Soul of an Octopus. She was the “someone” that Montgomery first introduced to the students, families and library patrons who sat in the audience at the annual All Henrico Reads program last Wednesday.

Reynolds to host student art show


The Conference Center Gallery in the Workforce Development and Conference Center on J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College’s Parham Road Campus will open its doors to the public April 14 for the annual Student Art Show.

From 6:30 until 9 p.m., Reynolds will host the free event to showcase winners of the art show, the unveiling of a collaborative painting created and donated by Steven Smith (Richmond Symphony maestro) and Michael Bishop (GWAR lead singer), the opening of a donated 50-work retrospective exhibition by JC Gilmore-Bryan, and the release of local art advocate John Bryan’s new book “ART MATTERS to Reynolds Community College.”

New option added to HCPS middle school redistricting; public input invited


Members of the community have opportunities coming up to comment in person on draft options for the 2018-19 phase of Henrico County Public Schools’ middle school redistricting process. The school division has added a new draft option to the mix – Option D – and made some updates to existing options in response to feedback from the community and to incorporate the approved first phase of the two-year process.

Community members can address school board members in person about the current options for 2018-19 at a public hearing on May 11 from 6-7:30 p.m. at New Bridge Auditorium (5915 Nine Mile Road).

Henrico to benefit from VDOE math, science grants


The Virginia Department of Education has awarded more than $2.5 million in third-year grants to support 13 programs established in 2015 to increase the content knowledge and sharpen the classroom skills of the commonwealth’s mathematics and science teachers.

The grants are from the federal Mathematics and Science Partnership program, which supports efforts by colleges and universities to provide professional development programs for teachers with the goal of improving instruction and closing achievement gaps in mathematics and science.

Attorney general to host screening of heroin documentary at Godwin H.S.


Attorney General Mark R. Herring, in partnership with Godwin High School, Freeman High School, and the Henrico Heroin Taskforce, will host a free public screening April 3 of "Heroin: The Hardest Hit," an award-winning documentary about the heroin/opioid crisis.

The documentary, produced by Attorney General Herring to raise awareness of the drug abuse crisis, features stories of addiction, overdose, and recovery as well as healthcare and law enforcement professionals working to combat the crisis.

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