Middle Schools

Middle school redistricting process to be delayed

The start of a redistricting process that could alleviate crowded conditions at Hungary Creek Middle School is on hold for another seven months or so while Henrico County Public Schools officials first consider the possible implementation of new instructional programs at the middle school level.

The Henrico School Board had hoped to begin the redistricting process this fall, but Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Beth Teigen told the board last week that it wouldn't make sense to start yet. That's because officials are weighing the possibility of establishing special "academies" at some middle schools to provide focused instruction in several topics – potentially including leadership, coding and/or STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Fairfield MS student market now offering fall hours

Fairfield Middle School’s student-run Community Garden Market is adding fall hours. The market is now open Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Located adjacent to the school at 5121 Nine Mile Road in Henrico County, the market offers fresh, affordable, organically grown produce cultivated by Fairfield students. Grants from Lowe’s, Home Depot, VCU and the Henrico Education Foundation helped fund the project, which aims to educate students and improve community access to healthy food.

“About 4,000 homes in the Fairfield area are on monthly food assistance. There’s a huge need for food security,” said Amanda Hall, coordinator of the garden market and a former Fairfield science teacher.

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.

Henrico School Board approves new MS, ES laptop contracts

UPDATE: MAY 8, 5:50 P.M. – The Henrico County School Board today voted unanimously to award two four-year contracts to Dell, Inc., totaling $27.2 million, for the provision of computers to elementary school and middle school students and teachers.

Both contracts – a $17.6-million deal to continue the one-to-one laptop initiative for middle-school students, and a $9.6-million deal to provide one computer for every 1.5 elementary school students, through carts and classroom sets – will begin July 1. Last year, the board awarded a new four-year contract to Dell for its high school laptop program.

Short Pump Middle School ranked No. 23 middle school in the US

Short Pump Middle School this week was ranked as the 23rd-best middle school in the United States, by TheBestSchools.org. Short Pump also was the highest-rated Virginia middle school by the organization, which ranked the top 50 middle schools nationwide.

TheBestSchools.org selected Short Pump based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, NAEP scores, state assessment scores, received awards and rankings, geographical diversity and reputation.

13-year-old Wilder MS student charged with possession of gun at school

UPDATE: JAN. 14, 10:45 A.M. – A 13-year-old male student has been charged with possession of a firearm on school property, a class 6 felony, after being taken into police custody yesterday at the school. Charges were placed yesterday afternoon, Henrico Police said, and the juvenile was placed into Juvenile Detention yesterday. A court date is set for later this month.

A police investigation into how the student obtained the weapon continues.

Fairfield MS teacher earns national award

Raytheon recently selected Fairfield Middle School math teacher Andrew Senka as one of its 32 “Math Heroes” award-winners in the nation. In his second year at Fairfield, Senka has developed a reputation for 21st century, student-centered instruction in which all students feel valued.

“I try to make my classroom an inviting and comfortable place that encourages the students to express themselves as both students and as teachers within a safe environment,” Senka said.

Holman MS raises more than $4k for LLS

After a week of homeroom classes battling it out during “penny wars,” during a Pennies 4 Patients fundraiser, Holman Middle School’s Junior Beta Club raised more than $4,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Pennies counted positively toward a homeroom’s total. Silver coins and bills counted negatively. Students from other homerooms could cancel out the competition’s pennies by donating “negative” coins and bills.

Scholarship established in honor of late Moody teacher

Family, friends, colleagues and students of George H. Moody Middle School teacher Carol Kenzer gathered May 10 to remember a kind, funny and unforgettable woman.

“Mrs. Kenzer changed my life in a way that she would probably never recognize,” said Charlie Bonner, a junior in the Center for Leadership, Government and Global Economics at Douglas S. Freeman High School and a former student of Kenzer's. He noted how her passion and encouragement had led him to work on several political campaigns.

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