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.
If you missed a Henrico County Public Schools high school graduation last week or just want to watch one again, you're in luck.
The school system will re-broadcast all 12 graduation ceremonies from its nine high schools, as well as those for The Academy at Virginia Randolph, Hermitage Technical Center and Highland Springs Technical Center June 23-26 on HCPS-TV (channel 99 on Comcast and 38 on FiOS).
Henrico County Public Schools will again provide live streaming video of all HCPS graduations taking place next week at VCU’s Siegel Center. The stream can be accessed from the school system's home page, http://henrico.k12.va.us, or from each high school’s home page. Graduations also will be shown live on HCPS-TV (Comcast Channel 99 and FIOS channel 38) and shown again later in June.
The HCPS Department of Communications and Public Relations will post graduation photo albums daily on the division’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/HenricoCountyPublicSchools, and on the HCPS website. Video clips of school graduations will be available for viewing later from the division’s website.
A team of Douglas S. Freeman High School students took third place in the national finals of the "We The People" competition. The annual contest pits 56 teams – each state’s champions and a few wild-card participants – in a test of in-depth knowledge of the US Constitution. Douglas Freeman’s team was chosen as a wild-card participant and the school’s third place finish was the best ever for an at-large choice in the competition’s 28-year history.
“Historically in the program, there are a handful of schools around the country that are always their state champions and always there, so it’s pretty hard to break into the top ten,” said team coach Robert Peck, head of the Center for Leadership, Government and Global Economics at Douglas Freeman. “It was a big deal for us that we made the top ten as a wild-card team.
The Ninth Annual Deep Run Marathon Dance may have exhausted the hundreds of high school students who participated, but it provided an invigorating boost to 12 charities. The 27-hour Deep Run High School event raised $216,753, bringing its nine-year fundraising total to more than $1.5 million. The Deep Run Marathon Dance ranks second nationally in fundraising for such events.
Participating students checked in on Friday night, March 20 and left 27 hours later. The participants take breaks and have the option to sleep for two hours.
Deep Run High School’s charity dance shows no sign of stopping. The ninth annual Deep Run Marathon Dance will be held March 20-21 at the Henrico County school. The eight preceding dances have raised a total of $1.36 million for Richmond-area nonprofits.
Hundreds of participating students will check in on Friday night and dance for pledges, leaving 27 hours later. The participants take breaks and have the option to sleep for two hours. This year, proceeds from the Deep Run Marathon Dance will go to 12 nonprofits, including CARITAS, Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia and the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Central Virginia.
The dance ranks no. 2 nationally among such events in fundraising.
UPDATE: NOV. 21, 9:55 A.M. – The contractor whose employee accidentally destroyed the power supply to most of Henrico High School Tuesday – causing the school to be closed for more than three days this week – is unlikely to face financial penalties from the school system as the result of the incident.
School officials are focused on efforts to restore power to the school, HCPS spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen.
"But at a later date, we'll get together with the contractor and discuss responsibility," Jenks wrote in an email.
Varina High School geospatial technology students spent Halloween taking GPS readings of graves at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond - efforts that will assist in creating a searchable web-based map of the famed cemetery.
Hollywood Cemetery is a “garden” cemetery recognized as one of the most beautiful and historic cemeteries in America with 135 acres of sprawling hills and trees. As the second-most visited cemetery in the nation, behind only Arlington National Cemetery in Northern Virginia, Hollywood brings visitors from all across the country.
Renovations at Henrico High School are not quite finished, so the Henrico County Public Schools Center for the Arts has moved its Nov. 14-15 Fall Showcase to Richmond CenterStage. The free event features an exhibition of works by visual arts students, followed by a show by performing arts students.
“We are thrilled to give our students the opportunity to perform at CenterStage in honor of the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Center for the Arts,” said Stephanie Poxon, director of the center. “The anniversary is in 2015, but we are starting the celebration early by showcasing our visual arts students in Rhythm Hall and our performing arts students in the Carpenter Theatre.”
The center is also canceling a performing arts dress rehearsal scheduled for Nov. 13.
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