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Hermitage HS to host ‘School Fest’ Oct. 8


As part of an ongoing effort by Henrico County Public Schools to engage families, Hermitage High School will hold "School Fest 2016" – a celebration featuring family fun, information about the high school’s options and tips for academic readiness – Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The high school wants families at its elementary and middle school “feeder schools” – where students are zoned to attend Hermitage – to be proactive about academic preparation. For elementary students, that means knowing what it takes to advance to middle school and be successful; for middle-schoolers, it means understanding what is required to attend Hermitage and what to do now to thrive there.

Varina HS celebrates 50 years at site

On May 5, 1963, at 3 p.m., officials of Varina High School dedicated their brand new school on Messer Road.

Exactly 50 years later, on May 5, 2013, at 3 p.m., VHS officials and community members will again congregate on Messer Road to dedicate the school and celebrate their sparkling new surroundings – courtesy of a three-year, $30-million renovation project of the facility and grounds.

Tucker HS hosting drive for Texas schools

A student at JR Tucker High School has organized a school supply and book drive to assist the schools in West, Texas, that were affected by last week's fertilizer plant explosion there. The blast damaged or destroyed three of the town's four schools and materials, which cannot be used.

Tucker student Shane Powers is encouraging members of the public to contribute school supplies and gently used, or new, books to the effort by dropping them off at the front office at Tucker.

Supporters seeking funding for Henrico HS title rings

Supporters of the state champion Henrico High School Warriors boys' basketball team are raising money to purchase championship rings for the team, which defeated Northside rival John Marshall to win the title earlier this month.

The school and school system do not budget for such expenses, so the purchase of rings requires other funding.

School Board approves stricter GPA standards for high school athletes

UPDATE: FEB. 14, 4:46 PM – The Henrico County School Board today voted 4-1 to adopt stricter academic standards for high school athletes, requiring that they maintain 2.0 grade point averages in order to play school-sanctioned sports beginning in the 2013-14 school year.

Three Chopt District representative Diana Winston voted against the item on a technicality, arguing that the standards should have been adopted as new School Board policy rather than merely as updated school system regulations. But she said she strongly supported the tougher standards.

Henrico HS surpasses world average for IB diploma percentage

While all members of the Henrico High School International Baccalaureate (IB) class of 2012 were awarded the Virginia Advanced Studies Diploma, the county's school system recently received notification that 93 percent of the IB Diploma candidates from that class were awarded the IB Diploma, surpassing the world average of 78.1 percent.

Student’s art earns national honors

Douglas Freeman High School tenth-grader Anna Laughter (pictured) recently learned that a drawing she completed last year will be placed on display at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach Nov. 16 through Dec. 30.

The recognition, part of The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers’ “Art. Write. Now. Tour 12-13,” is the latest for Laughter’s work, which earlier had earned three other honors.

A Warrior legacy

On opening day Sept. 4, 1962, tenth-grader Lee Good Hanchey was one of 1,167 students at the brand new Henrico High School, where she needed 23 units to graduate and racial diversity was practically non-existent. Teams and clubs had yet to be formed, traditions yet to be made.

“It was a clean brand new campus and very different looking from the older high schools with lots of new things to be part of,” Hanchey recalled recently. “I thought it was a very exciting place to be.”

Hanchey would go on to teach at the school she loved from 1979-2009, pioneering and guiding the Center for the Arts, helping to lead and define Warrior spirit.

This year, Henrico High School celebrates its 50th anniversary with a “Warrior Jubilee.”

Tucker HS planning 50th anniversary events

J.R. Tucker High School will celebrate its 50th anniversary with events Oct. 5 and 6 and is seeking sponsors to assist. The events, hosted by the school's PTSA, will be open to anyone who has a connection to the school.

Activities will include a tailgate before the Tucker football game against Hermitage Oct. 5, featuring entertainment, as well as a golf tournament the following day at The Hollows Golf Club, followed by a gala celebration that evening

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