Henrico County VA
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HCPS students add skills, lobby Congress for technical education

McKenna Slough
Brookland Middle School student McKenna Slough will put her research and presentation skills to the test when she explains her sports nutrition project to judges at the national conference of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. The conference is an annual meeting of the organization, a national nonprofit career and technical group for students enrolled in family and consumer sciences. The conference is being held in Washington, D.C., July 5-9.

Four students from Henrico County Public Schools are attending the national conference: Slough; Lauren Bishop and Emma-Grace Heinrich from Mills Godwin High School; and Josh Foster of Deep Run High School. Slough is the only Henrico County middle school student attending.

The students will take part in leadership training workshops; lobby their congressional representatives on behalf of career and technical education; and compete in such areas as public speaking, presentations and job interviews.

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.

Holman MS TSA wins technology award

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.

Rolfe MS to hold book drive

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.).

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.

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