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Longwood University will be hosting an informational interest meeting for a dual enrollment personal finance and economics course on Tuesday, March 27, from 6:30-7:30 pm. If you are interested in earning college credit in a condensed summer course, this course will meet those needs. To get more information on the dual enrollment personal finance and economics course, please, attend the interest meeting on March 27th at Deep Run HS or Henrico HS in the school’s auditorium.
In honor of Virginia School Principals Appreciation Week, here’s a quick video shout-out to some of the principals that are making a difference in students’ lives!
National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from Feb. 5–9, 2018, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.
The special week honoring school counselors provides recognition for school counselors who implement comprehensive school counseling programs, a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century.
“School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career awareness in post-secondary options and social/emotional skills,” said Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., ASCA executive director. “Comprehensive school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success.”
More than 100,000 school counselors nationwide will be participating in the week’s festivities in order to call attention to the countless benefits of a comprehensive school counseling program.
Short Pump Middle School loves our school counselors! Thank you for all that you do Mrs. Ransom, Mrs. Coleman, and Mrs. Sharpe!
- Parent access window: February 5-16, 2018.
- Parents log on to PowerSchool to view courses for next year. PowerSchool can be accessed at: https://sis.henrico.k12.va.us/public/home.html
- Once successfully logged into PowerSchool, parents will be expected to review and accept the recommended academic courses and select elective courses through the parent portal.
- After reviewing and accepting the teachers’ academic recommendations, please select two electives and one back-up alternate. Please contact your child’s teacher for questions regarding recommendations and your child’s grade level counselor with any questions regarding electives or the sign-up process.
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, email@example.com) for instructions for accessing Zippslipp if you are unable to log in. Deadline to complete the online application is December 1, 2017.