Students at Fairfield M.S. recently got the opportunity to drive-through and receive items to start a home library. Highland Springs H.S. librarians helped the librarians at Fairfield M.S. put on this event which was sponsored by many and in collaboration with Black Men Read who encourages literacy within the community.
Summer school looks a little different this year. There are a couple of options for students this summer: Summer recovery courses are the traditional summer school classes for students who fail one or two core subjects. This year the tuition is FREE and students who fail a course will receive a final failure letter next week with instructions on how to enroll in summer recovery courses. Students who fail one or two courses have to pass the courses in summer school for promotion to the next grade level. Any student who fails 3 or 4 core subjects will be retained.
Summer reinforcement math & English courses are designed for students who PASS their 2020-2021 math and/or English class and would like to reinforce skills and strengthen their understanding of what they were taught this year. Students have the opportunity to receive teacher-led, in-person, or virtual learning for the following courses: Middle School Math 6, Math 7, Math 8, English 6, English 7 and English 8. There is also a creative writing/public speaking course that falls under the reinforcement courses middle school students can sign up for as well. They will explore the techniques used in writing short stories, plays and poetry. It will also focus on public speaking skills, exploration of dramatic skills such as improvisation, gestures and voice projection. Students will have the opportunity to write scenes, dialogue and speeches. Registration ends on June 22. The link to sign up for the reinforcement or creative writing/public speaking courses is here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScduPUaUJ1FkCtNKkPWAF6B8yoZPHsxn17ilDx1AlLVvK77hg/viewform
The CTE poly tech courses are also available for middle school students. Middle school students can take career/technical education courses at Hermitage or Highland Springs High School in the following areas: automotive technology, computer systems technology, cosmetology, criminal justice, early childhood education, electricity & cabling, nurse aide, veterinary science, hospitality/tourism/catering and radio broadcasting. Registration ends on June 18 and the tuition is $50. The link to register can be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScUrnDUcnV56aI8JhSqdU9IlCJHPooqgnh2JkGDShPle6DM6Q/viewform
An extended list of summer camps can be found here. If you have any questions about the HCPS summer recovery or reinforcement programs, please reach out to your child’s grade level school counselor.
Letters went home on Friday, April 30th in reference to our upcoming SOL Testing process. All In-Person students will test on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays beginning on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Virtual students will test on Wednesdays beginning on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. All students that opted out of SOL testing due to COVID have received information on the Virginia Remote Student Progress Test. These assessments will be administered in Reading, Math and Science (not high school credit courses). If you would like to opt our child out of these tests please contact Mrs. Henderson-Wagstaff at email@example.com.
- Virtual Parents: Please login to the Parent Portal (https://sis.henrico.k12.va.us/public/home.html), go to the Access Online Forms tab, and complete the COVID-19 Health Screening Acknowledgement and COVID-19 Addendum to the Health and Safety Acknowledgement forms.
- Be sure your child’s computer will support online SOL testing by following the directions linked here – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rKDRmYQ-OLbKIDLQs_OP9NWWdwAfqDX4Fbpa0c8hsRA/edit
- In preparation for SOL testing, students are encouraged to practice. SOL Practice Items are available at https://va8.testnav.com/client/index.html. These practice items will provide students an opportunity to become familiar with the types of test items and tools they may encounter on their SOL tests.
- On testing days, students should arrive wearing a mask and bring their fully charged laptop and charger to school. Students should avoid bringing personal electronic devices into an SOL testing room during an SOL test administration. Procedures related to these circumstances are described in detail in the Henrico County Public Schools Policies and Regulations (Regulation R6-08-004), which can be found at http://webapps.henrico.k12.va.us/policy/. We encourage all families and students to review these procedures prior to SOL testing.
- In preparation, proper rest and nutrition are essential. Please encourage your child to get a good night’s rest before his/her testing days and to eat a nutritious breakfast the morning of each test. Breakfast/lunch will be available at school, if needed.
Virtual Student SOL Schedule
- May 12 – World History, Grade 7 Reading
- May 19 – Earth Science, Grade 8 Science, Grade 6 Reading
- May 26 – Grade 8 Reading
- June 2 – Math 6, Math 7, History/Science/Reading 8 retakes, Reading 8 make ups
- June 9 – Reading 6/7 retakes, Math 6/7 makeups
- June 16 – Makeups/Retakes
*All virtual student will need to report to the building by 8:30AM on the dates of their test
In-Person Student SOL Schedule
- May 18 – World History, Grade 7 Reading
- May 20 – Earth Science, Grade 8 Science, Grade 6 Reading
- May 25 – Grade 8 Reading, Grade 7 Math
- May 27 – Grade 6 & 8 Math, Algebra, Geometry
- May 28 – World History, Science Makeups
- June 1 – History/Science Retakes
- June 3 – Math Makeups/Retakes
- June 4 – Reading Makeups/Retakes
- June 7 – Makeups/Retakes
Here’s the link to our Fairfield Virtual Art Show 2021!
If you would like to see the whole HCPS Show by grade level the link is: https://sites.google.com/henrico.k12.va.us/hcps-art-show/home
Happy Youth Art Month!!
Alphonso Braggs will do whatever he needs to for his kids. One colleague said, “he wants them to feel they can conquer anything and know he is there for them.”
Watch as Dr. Cashwell presents Alphonso with the Yay of the Day award.
Watch as the Falcons return to school.
If you have a child that is in 6th grade and needs to strengthen their math or English skills, please consider having them join the Building Mindful Learner’s Program. The program meets virtually every Tuesday-Friday from 3:30-4:30 and provides tutoring and remediation as well as engaging academic enrichment activities. To be a part of the program, students are required to virtually attend 4 days per week. Space is limited. Please fill out the online permission form ASAP if interested
This is a special note from HCPS central office leaders:
During virtual learning, the instructional time students receive should be free from distraction and disruption. Students are expected to adhere to the Henrico County Public Schools Code of Student Conduct and parents are expected to comply with the HCPS School Visitor Policy. We have received inquiries as to whether it’s allowable for students and/or parents to video-record lessons, take pictures of a student’s screen during a class lesson, and/or use an extension or app to record, edit, or share class lessons. Video recording and the use of these types of extensions or apps, should not be used to record any lesson or part of a lesson that also includes other students participating. Videoing, recording or photographing lessons when other students are participating in the lesson is not allowable due to students’ rights to privacy under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). HCPS must adhere to the requirements of FERPA and is committed to maintaining a distraction-free, safe learning environment for students and staff; thus these behaviors are also not allowable as outlined in both the HCPS Code of Student Conduct and School Visitor Policy.
The HCPS Code of Student Conduct states that “Students using cell phones or other electronic devices to record anything or anyone without authorization on school property or at school events is strictly prohibited.” As is the case with all Code of Student Conduct violations, there are consequences for failure to adhere to the guidelines within the code.
The HCPS School Visitor Policy (P11-08), which applies to all visitors to School Board property (including HCPS-led virtual learning sessions) states that visitors “are expected to be professional, respectful and courteous in their interactions with students, School Board employees and other visitors. Any person who disrupts the educational environment or physically or verbally abuses, threatens, or harasses students, employees or other visitors on School Board property either in person, by telephone or through other electronic communications, may have their access to School Board property restricted in accordance with this policy.”
Again, even in the virtual learning environment, the Code of Student Conduct and visitor policy remain in effect. While we encourage all parents to have an active role in their child’s education, we take very seriously our responsibility to provide all of our students and staff members with a safe and healthy learning and working environment.
What is Anonymous Alerts?
The Anonymous Alerts safety and anti-bullying reporting system helps combat negative activity in schools by empowering students to speak up. Social and peer pressure are some of the hardest obstacles for students to overcome.
The system allows for one-way or two-way anonymous encrypted communication between those submitting reports (students, parents or community members) and school division administration and staff members. System users have the option to remain anonymous or reveal their identity when submitting a report.
How does it work?
To use the new app, students, parents or others simply visit the Henrico County Public Schools website and click on the “Anonymous Alerts” button or the text link to submit a report expressing a concern. Anonymous Alerts apps can be downloaded directly from the Apple, Google Play or Chrome stores.
Users enter Henrico Schools’ Anonymous Alerts activation code – Henrico – and select the school to which the message should go. Informational posters explaining how to use the system will be displayed in HCPS schools and offices.
To send reports from the internet, go to: https://report.anonymousalerts.com/henrico.
To send a report from your phone:
- Download the free Anonymous Alerts app from the Apple Store, Google Play store or Chrome store.
- Launch the app and enter the activation code, Henrico.
- Send important reports to school officials.
- If desired, add a screenshot, photo or video about the incident.
"Embrace the New"
5121 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, VA 23223
Phone (804) 328-4020 | Fax (804) 328-2407
Counseling Fax (804) 328-4031
School Hours: 8:35 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Half-day dismissal time: 12:10 p.m.
Important Phone Numbers
Attendance: (804) 328-4023
School Counseling (804) 328-4026