STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. According to the National Girls Collaborative Project, women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce but only 29% of the science and engineering workforce. Beginning January 2018, Short Pump in partnership with GE Digital, will offer a monthly after school STEM opportunity for our female students. Each month, women from GE working in the above STEM fields will share information about their careers and provide our students hands on activities solving problems in these fields. If interested in learning more about this opportunity, students should attend an information session on Friday, January 5th at 2:30 in the auditorium (this is a correction).
As Short Pump Middle School and Henrico County Public Schools look for solutions and strategies towards becoming a leader in creating an inclusive and welcoming learning environment for all, we want input from students, families, and teachers to help guide our next steps.
Short Pump Middle School has partnered with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC) to facilitate focus groups (**more information regarding the VCIC is found below). These focus groups will provide an opportunity for participants to share concerns and solution based strategies. Once VCIC has listened to each focus group and shared their findings with us, we are confident SPMS and HCPS will have the necessary information to make informed, student-based decisions for inclusivity and acceptance throughout all of our programming. This will include the role of the new director of equity and diversity.
Due to the need for small focus groups (12-15 persons meeting for one hour), the VCIC will host multiple sessions to meet with as many interested parties as possible. The VCIC will be facilitating these focus listening groups on the following dates:
Student only focus group:
2:15pm – 3:15pm
Parent only Focus group:
Please note: Mrs. Ogburn, Three Chopt representative to the School Board, will be in attendance at many of the parent sessions.
The parent focus groups will convene at the following times:
9:30am – 10:30am
10:45am – 11:45am
1:00pm – 2:00pm
2:15pm – 3:15pm
3:30pm – 4:30pm
** December 4th 5:30-6:30pm 6:45-7:45pm
If you have an interest in attending one of the focus group sessions, please access the online sign-up form found below (Please note: sessions close once the maximum participant size has been reached.)
Parent sign-up form: https://goo.gl/forms/af3wWQsye5RFpEps2
Student sign-up form: https://goo.gl/forms/4tVKEzHNVOb9x7CB3
** Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities**
“The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (www.inclusiveVA.org) is an 82-year-old nonprofit organization based in Richmond that specializes in working with schools, business, and communities on issues of diversity and inclusion. VCIC has supported many schools and districts across Virginia, and the organization’s work has been recognized locally and nationally for its effectiveness. The organization will help us to ensure that a broad cross-section of SPMS stakeholders are able to share ideas and input for how our school community can learn, heal, and move forward together.”
The process for applying to the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School is transitioning to an online application. The one page application form will be submitted through ZippSlip beginning this year. Students must use their guardian’s account to complete the application. If your student receives a letter from their school counselor (Distributed October 10th and 11th) or you have received a School Messenger call or email that they are eligible to apply to MLGWS then they have already been granted access to the ZippSlip application. The ZippSlip application will be available on October 16, 2017. If your student did not receive a letter or you do not see the MLGWS Application as an option when you login to ZippSlip please review the Criteria for Applying document on the web at http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/mlwgs/maggie-l-walker-governor-school/ for further information. If your student does not meet the criteria listed but would like to be considered as an applicant, your student must come to school counseling to discuss this with Mrs. Sharpe. Students wishing to apply that do not meet criteria will be required to write a letter before November 3, 2017. If you feel like your student met the requirements for Governor’s School and did not receive a letter, please speak with Mrs. Sharpe. Please call or email Mrs. Sharpe (804-364-0837, firstname.lastname@example.org) for instructions for accessing Zippslipp if you are unable to log in. Deadline to complete the online application is December 1, 2017.
Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Student/Parent Informational Sessions:
October 17, 2017 at Rolfe Middle School 6:30-7:30 p.m.
October 18, 2017 at Pocahontas Middle School 6:30-7:30 p.m.
October 19, 2017 at Wilder Middle School 6:30-7:30 p.m.
November 13, 2017 at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School 6:30-8:30 p.m.
All prospective IBMYP students and parents are invited to join us:
October 12, 2017 in the Auditorium at Moody
Session One: 4:30-5:30 pm Session Two: 6:00-7:00 pm
Session One begins at 4:30 pm and doors will close promptly at 4:35 pm
A self-guided tour will follow the presentation.
Those arriving after 4:35 pm will tour the building and enter the auditorium for Session Two at 6:00 pm.
There will be no make-up sessions; please take advantage of this exciting and important opportunity.
Attention 8th Grade Students: Information regarding Specialty Center Information Sessions, Open Houses, and the Application timeline can be found by visiting: http://henricoschools.us/specialty-centers/. Please contact Mrs. Sharpe at email@example.com or 804-364-0837 if you have any questions.
SEPTEMBER 19th- 6:00-7:40- Sixth Grade Back to School Night.
SEPTEMBER 26th- 6:00-7:40 Seventh/Eighth grade Back to School Night
To ease parking concerns, we encourage all parents to carpool as much as possible. Thank you.
There will be a brief PTSA meeting at 6:00PM in the Auditorium.
To locate account information about PowerSchool please click HERE. If you have further issues please email/call Associate Principal Dr. Tenia.
To locate Schoology Parent Portal Instructions please go to the RESOURCES tab at the top and click on SCHOOLOGY PARENT PORTAL INSTRUCTIONS
To locate the Online Parent Training Video and Verification Form please click HERE
SPMS Fee Day will be on Thursday, August 31st 2:30-6:00 PM.
8th grade 2:30-3:15
7th grade 3:15-4:00
6th grade- 4:00-4:45
All grades: 4:45-6:00
If you have children in different grades at SPMS, please choose the time that is most convenient for you.
SPMS will be paperless (with the exception of a few required paper forms). Please access all forms using zippslips by clicking HERE. (This needs to be done prior to Fee Day). Note: The ZippSlip window opens to parents on August 16th.
The clinic will be open during Fee Day. If your child needs medications during the school day, prescription or over-the-counter drugs, you may drop off the medication(s) and required documentation during this time.