Photos by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen 10/28/2014 EducationMiddle SchoolsFairfield Middle School
Fairfield Middle School recently unveiled its new fitness center, which was awarded by the National Foundation of Governors’ Fitness Councils, through its National Champion Schools campaign, in September. Fairfield was one of just three schools in the state selected to receive one of the centers, which is valued at $100,000.
Holman Middle School’s Technology Student Association (TSA) chapter recently won the Arvid W. Van Dyke Outstanding Middle School Award at “Technosphere 2013” – the third consecutive year that the group claimed the award. The honor is presented to the best middle and high school TSA chapters in Virginia and is earned by competing in individual and team competitions that explore topics such as digital photography, prepared speech, VEX robotics, medical technology and structural engineering.
John Rolfe Middle School will hold a children’s book drive in partnership with The Children’s Museum of Richmond Book Bank from Nov. 12-21. All books should be new or gently used and should be appropriate for ages 0-13. All staff, students, parents and community members are invited to donate books, which can be dropped off at the school (located at 6901 Messer Road in Varina) during school hours (8:35 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.).
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 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 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 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.
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].”
By Sheetal Babu, special to the Henrico Citizen 1307028959 EducationMiddle SchoolsWilder Middle School
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.”
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