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Fairfield MS band earns honors

The Fairfield Middle School band, orchestra and chorus performed at “Music in the Park” at Six Flags Maryland May 10 and brought home eight awards for excellence, including a number of first-place awards: jazz band (superior rating); sixth- and seventh-grade concert band (superior rating); eighth-grade advanced concert band; orchestra (superior rating); and mixed chorus.

The band was directed by Kimberly Storrs, while Kristina Murray directed the orchestra and chorus.

Moody music department wins top honors at festival

The Moody Middle School Music department recently attended the Musicale Music Festival at Busch Gardens and earned top honors. This festival is a competition for middle and high school music ensembles.

Mixed Choir placed first and was Grand Champion in their division, and Treble Choir took first place as well.

Sixth and Seventh Grade Orchestra earned first place, Eighth Grade Orchestra took first place, and Chamber Orchestra took first place and was Grand Champion in their division.

Byrd M.S. wins national awards

Byrd Middle School recently was recognized nationally as the winner of two 21st century contests.

A video created by the school’s librarians and HCPS-TV, which documented the school’s participation in the first-ever national Digital Learning Day Feb. 1, was selected as the best middle school impact video submission in the nation by the Alliance for Excellent Education, which organized the day. More than 10,000 teachers and 1.5 million students in 37 states participated in Digital Learning Day, designed to highlight innovative teaching and learning techniques.

Fairfield Middle hosts ‘Teens for Jeans’ drive

Fairfield Middle School’s Do Something Club is trying to raise awareness in the Henrico community about youth homelessness and the physical, emotional, social and academic impact of homelessness.

The Do Something Club has once again partnered with Aeropostale for the national "TEENS FOR JEANS" drive. The club is collecting jeans of any size and color to be donated to a local homeless shelter. Every person that makes a donation will receive a 25 percent discount on a new pair of jeans at Aeropostale.

Henrico teacher charged with aggravated sexual battery

Henrico Police yesterday arrested a Henrico teacher and charged him with taking indecent liberties with a person younger than 18 years old and aggravated sexual battery of a child younger than 13.

Neil J. French, Jr., of the first block of Barker Avenue in Henrico, was charged in relation to an incident that is alleged to have occurred while he was employed as a Henrico teacher.

A head start on middle school

Rising sixth-graders at Fairfield Middle School got a taste of their new environment by participating in the school’s first program aimed to help them smoothly transition to middle school using the IB philosophy.

Fairfield teachers Garry Marshall and Gina Brooks created the Falcon Institute after Dr. Dana Bost, the school’s principal, asked them to spearhead a summer program that would improve students’ performance in math, reading and writing.

“We saw where, in sixth grade, the deficiencies were, so I wanted to have an idea to bridge those gaps before the kids actually get here in September,’” said Brooks. “We also thought about just the fact that they are coming from fifth grade to sixth grade. What are some of the challenges they face? One is organization. One is technology. So we just incorporated all of those components into the [program].”

Hearts of lions

Sandra Small started the first LEO Club in Henrico County at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School to get students involved in their communities.

So far, so good.

The LEO Club Program is a youth version of the International Lions’ Club, an organization focused on helping communities through individual and collective contributions. LEO stands for “Learning, Experience, Opportunity.”

Brookland Middle School competing in Pepsi Refresh Project

The Brookland Middle School library is seeking votes for the Pepsi Refresh Project, an initiative by Pepsi to award millions of dollars in grants to individuals, businesses and non-profits that promote a new idea that has a positive impact on their community, state, or the nation.

Moody Middle School student reads poem at the White House

Last night, Moody Middle School student Moira Bass read her poem “Shana” at an "An Evening of Poetry," one of the first lady's cultural gatherings at the White House.

The event was hosted by the Obamas in a celebration of American poetry and prose. It was preceded by an afternoon workshop for students from across the country.

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