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posted Apr 9, 2013, 9:04 AM by Herb Alston   [ updated Apr 9, 2013, 9:05 AM ]

Henrico Student Artist Named Student Entrepreneur of the Year

Henrico, Va. April 9th 2013— Annie Ward Love, a sophomore at Henrico High School’s Center
for the Arts was named the 2013 Student Entrepreneur of the Year by the Richmond chapter of
the National Association of Women Business Owners. Love launched Love Lines Art when she
was 12 years old and sells everything from t-shirts and calendars, to note cards and prints.

“I could not have done this without encouragement from so many teachers, friends and family
along the way,” Love said. “I am honored to be recognized by other business women for
something that I am passionate about.”

For more information about Love Lines visit Love’s website at:

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posted Apr 9, 2013, 6:42 AM by Herb Alston   [ updated Apr 9, 2013, 6:44 AM ]

CTE to Host Visionary Awards Ceremony

The Henrico County Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education Department will
host the CTE Visionary Awards Ceremony. The CTE Visionary Award recognizes
leaders in the community who see the need to move career and technical education

All media is invited to attend.

Tuesday, April 9th at 7:30 a.m.

The Torque Club at Richmond International Raceway
600 E. Laburnum Ave., 23222

Follow HCPS on Twitter @HenricoSchools

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posted Apr 8, 2013, 8:42 AM by Herb Alston

HCPS Superintendent to Conduct Meetings With the Henrico Community



Henrico County Public Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Patrick Russo will be conducting meetings with Henrico families and citizens in each of the five magisterial districts to discuss the future of Henrico County Public Schools.



All of the Henrico community is invited to attend.



Date  Time  Location    District

April 22nd, 2013  6:30-8:00 PM      Twin Hickory Area Library     Three Chopt

May 13th, 2013    6:30-8:00 PM      Fairfield Area Library  Fairfield

May 15th, 2013    6:30-8:00 PM      Tuckahoe Area Library   Tuckahoe

May 16th, 2013    6:30-8:00 PM      Dumbarton Area Library  Brookland

May 22nd, 2013    6:30-8:00 PM      Varina Branch Library   Varina

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posted Mar 21, 2013, 11:09 AM by Herb Alston

Henrico County Public Schools Featured in 17th Annual VSBA
“Showcases for Success” Directory

Henrico,Va. March 21st, 2013—The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) has released
its 17th annual VSBA Showcases for Success directory, highlighting successful K-12 programs in
Virginia’s public schools. HCPS is one of 52 school divisions from across the Commonwealth
that has programs featured in the directory. The programs include:

1.The Community Priorities Workshop- The Community Priorities Workshop is held in
Henrico County each year in order to actively engage members of the community ranging from
parents, students, teachers, administrators and stakeholders. This workshop generates
comprehensive feedback about a different topic each year. By providing an open forum for
community engagement, HCPS is better equipped with knowledge to help improve the school

2.The On-time Graduation Initiative- There are a number of indicators HCPS uses to
determine its success, but there is not a single measure that is more important than graduation
rate, which signifies how well HCPS is teaching all children and preparing them for the future.
As a result, the division has created an on-time graduation initiative that keeps students in school
and earning credits toward graduation day.

3.Project iRead- Project iRead is a reading intervention program that uses iPods to provide
research-based fluency activities to support HCPS elementary students reading below grade
level. Using iPods, students engage in proven fluency instructional practices including sight
word recognition and practice, repeated readings, modeled readings, supported reading, and
paired reading.

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posted Mar 21, 2013, 11:07 AM by Herb Alston

HCPS Named a “Best Community for Music Education” for Fourteenth Consecutive Year


Henrico Va., March 19th, 2013—Henrico County Public Schools hits another high note as the division once again has been named one of the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) by the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation’s fourteenth annual “Best Communities for Music Education” survey. Henrico is the only school system in the country to hold this distinction for all 14 years.

The Best Communities designation recognizes collaborative, from-the-ground-up efforts of teachers, administrators, students and parents who continually work to keep comprehensive music education as an integral part of the core curriculum.

“Congratulations to all,” said Superintendent Dr. Patrick Russo. “What an outstanding accomplishment for an outstanding group of professionals. We are all so proud of everyone!”

The BCME program requires each school and district to detail funding, staffing, commitment to standards, and access to music instruction. Responses are meticulously reviewed by researchers at The Institute for Educational Research and Public Service of Lawrence, Kansas (an affiliate of the University of Kansas) and the NAMM Foundation to calculate the designated districts and awarded schools. As school districts across the United States finalize 2013-2014 budgets, the announcement of this year’s Best Communities for Music Education designees focuses attention on the importance of keeping music education part of school’s core education.

“There is overwhelming research tying music education to higher overall student success in school and in life,” said NAMM Foundation Executive Director Mary Luehrsen. “This designation recognizes communities for their commitment to music education and strengthens support for these programs.”

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posted Mar 21, 2013, 11:02 AM by Herb Alston

Four Henrico Art Students Receive National Honors

Henrico, Va., March 19th 2013—Four art students from Henrico County won 2013
National Scholastic Art Gold Key Awards. The Scholastic Art Awards is the nation’s
largest, longest running, and most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers
in visual arts programs.

2013 National Scholastics Winners are:
Deep Run HS (Mike Guyer: teacher)
Denzel Boyd
Mary Clanton
Jinny Kang

Center For the Arts (Mary Scurlock: teacher)
Michael Rider

Safety and Security Forum Rescheduled

posted Jan 22, 2013, 12:53 PM by Herb Alston   [ updated Jan 22, 2013, 12:54 PM ]

Media Advisory

Safety and Security Forum Rescheduled to January 31st



Henrico County Public Schools, in cooperation with Henrico County Police, is pleased to invite you to a Safety and Security Community Forum. The forum is a local response to questions received following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Henrico Police and school officials will be on hand to share safety practices and plans. Following the presentations, attendees will be invited to participate in breakout sessions to pose questions and share concerns. County staff and schools staff will use the information gathered to continue development of safety plans and further ensure the welfare of students in Henrico County.



All of the Henrico community is encouraged to attend.



Thursday, January 31st at 6:00 p.m.



Hermitage High School

8301 Hungary Spring Road

Henrico, 23228

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posted Oct 17, 2012, 11:02 AM by Herb Alston   [ updated Oct 17, 2012, 11:04 AM ]

HCPS Wins Eight NACo Achievement Awards



Henrico, Va. Oct. 17th, 2012—Henrico County Public Schools won eight National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards at a ceremony held at the Henrico County Administration Building. Award-winning submissions include:


1. Capturing the History of Henrico County Public Schools
HCPS began a division-wide focus to capture and digitally maintain the history of its schools.
2. Hallway of Hope-Bringing Light and Joy to Cancer Patients Through Children’s Art
The HCPS Arts Education Department partnered with Henrico Doctor’s Hospital to install a permanent art exhibit in the hallway leading from the garage to the hospital. The exhibit features students’ art on a rotating schedule.
3.  Henrico Federal Credit Union: A Financial Education Partnership
Henrico Federal Credit Union (HFCU) and HCPS collaborated to open three student-run high school satellite branches of the credit union, dedicated to teaching lesson-specific financial education.
4.  On-Time Graduation in Henrico County
HCPS created an on-time graduation initiative that includes individualized support, student specific interventions, and nine different credit recovery options.
5.  Partnership with FLiPM and Henrico Business and Marketing Classes
HCPS business and marketing teachers partnered with PM Harmony, Future Leaders in Project Management (FLiPM), and the local Project Management Professionals’ chapter to enhance Career and Technical Education’s Workplace Readiness Skills.
6.  Reflective Friends: A Measure of 21st Century Instruction
The Reflective Friends process was designed to provide participating schools with objective data in their efforts to build 21st century learning environments.
7.  Succession Plan for School Leaders
Objective 1.1 of the HCPS Strategic Plan is to recruit, hire, train and evaluate personnel to ensure they are effective and accountable. To prepare individuals aspiring to be principals, a training position, the associate principal, was created. HCPS partnered with EduLead to train principals in how to effectively mentor associate principals and prepare them to become principals in the future.
8.  Young Historians and Explorers
HCPS wants to ensure that students learn about the history of the local community, and in order to do so, collected information that includes the geography, history, economy, government, and school system of Henrico. This information is taught in a clear and concise way to fifth-grade students.

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posted Oct 16, 2012, 7:23 AM by Herb Alston

Warrior Marching Band Wins First Place in the Jewel of the Millennium Band Competition


Congratulations to the Mighty Warrior Marching Band as they won first place in the Jewel of the Millennium Band Competition held at Halifax High School in Halifax, North Carolina on Saturday, October 6, 2012. The results are as follows:


1st Place Overall Band - Class AAA

1st Place Music

1st Place Marching

1st Place Percussion

1st Place Dancers

2nd Place Flags

2nd Place Drum Major

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posted Oct 5, 2012, 7:44 AM by Henrico High PTSA

Henrico High to Hold 50th Anniversary Celebration

Henrico Va., October 4th, 2012—The 50th anniversary celebration marking the opening of
Henrico High School is slated for this fall with two weekends of festivities that will spotlight
some of the school’s most notable alumni while providing current students with a hands-on
opportunity to plan and implement the “Warrior Fifty Year Jubilee.”

On the evening of Friday the 12th, the Homecoming football game against Hanover will be
preceded by a Homecoming Parade (including former Henrico Principals, and a specially
donated parade of sports cars), and followed by a Warrior Jubilee party for alumni and guests.
Alumnus Rick Houchins (1971), with Memorable Sounds, will provide the music, and Henrico’s
Catering Class, led by Ms. Debi Wiley, will provide refreshments.

On Saturday 13th, the day will begin with a 5K run/walk, benefiting Henrico Athletics. At
11:00am the Celebration Program in the Auditorium will be led by Masters of Ceremonies,
alumni Bob (1969) and John (1972) Beard. Brett Leake (1978), nationally known comic and
motivational speaker, and David Baldacci (1978), best-selling author, are scheduled speakers.
There will also be performances by alumni Kia El-Amin (1994), Rayvon Owen (2009) and
Thomas Ragland (2004). Following the program, there will be a luncheon catered by alumnus
Brandon Bruce (1988), owner of Groovin’Gourmets, and guided walking tours of the campus.
A display of memorabilia can be viewed in the library throughout the afternoon.

In addition to 2012-13 being the year of the school’s 50th celebration, it is also the year in which
the school’s long-scheduled renovation will begin. The school will acquire a new look as all
facilities are upgraded, or entirely rebuilt, but the facility will not lose its open-air campus charm.

All present and former Henrico High School students and faculty are welcome and are urged to
attend. A detailed schedule of events and ticket information can be found online

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