Summer School 2018 Information

June 18, 2018

Middle School Summer Academy 2018

Monday – Thursday | No Friday Classes | No Classes on Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Session I: June 25th – July 17th, 2018

Session II: July 18th – August 9th, 2018

Time: 7:30am – 1:00pm

Tuition: $180.00 Henrico resident; $430.00 Non-resident

Grade 6, 7, & 8 – repeat only:

  • English 6 (1109), English 7 (1110), English 8 (1120)
  • Math Course 1 (3110), Math Course 2 (3111), Math Course 3 (3112)
  • Introduction to Earth & Environmental Science (4105), Life Science (4115), Physical Science (4125)
  • Social Studies 6 (2354), Social Studies 7 (2355), Civics & Economics (2220)

Registration for the middle school regular academic courses will be held at home schools on June 19th, 2018, from 12:00pm to 3:00pm and June 20th 2018, from 8:00am to 12:00pm. All checks and money orders should be made payable to the home school. Space may be limited.

No academic course registrations will be accepted after June 20th, 2018. Tuition payment is required upon registration. No student may be enrolled in the summer program without the written approval of his/her home school. No refunds will be given after June 28th, 2018.

To reach the summer school program directly, call (804) 328-4110, option 7.

HCPS Middle School Mandatory Summer Reading

June 18, 2018

HCPS Middle School Mandatory Summer Reading: Rising 6th-8th Graders

If you are taking IB English 6, 7, or 8 next year, there is a different required reading list you must follow.

Why do I have to read on summer break?

Reading during the summer is a great way to keep your mind active and growing while you are away from school.  While it is essential to your progress as a student, the English and reading teachers of Henrico County Public Schools also believe summer reading should be fun and engaging! The goal is for you to read 20 minutes a day.  Studies show that good readers naturally spend more time in daily reading.  Exposure to reading is important in developing vocabulary for fluency and comprehension.  Also, students who score in the top percentiles on reading tests read for more than 20 minutes a day – exposing them to 1.8 million words a year.  Your goal this summer is to log 100 minutes per week.

How will I do this?  What do I have to read?

While it is essential to your progress as a student, the English and reading teachers of Henrico County Public Schools also believe summer reading should be fun! This year, you have lots of choices. You must read 100 minutes per week, but you can choose the type of texts you read. You may even choose to read-along with an audio version of a book. We want you to be exposed to different types of text.  Below are samples of different genres and texts to consider:



(Novels/ Novellas/Chapter Books)


(Shorter Works–many in collections)


(Longer Works)


(Shorter Works)

-Fable/Folk Tale/Fairy Tale -Poetry -Autobiography -Magazine Article
-Legend/Myth -Short Story -Biography -Newspaper article
-Realistic Fiction -Memoir -Professional Essay
-Fantasy/Mystery/Suspense -Self-Help/How-to -Professional Speech
-Graphic Novel -Trade Book (careers) -Published Letter

How do I find the right book for me?

  • Visit your local library: The public librarians are here to guide you to the right books.  If you let them know your interests, the librarians can easily guide you to the best reads.  You can even fill out a form online and get personalized recommendations emailed directly to you: http://hcplteenscene.org/3books4me
  • Research the Books: We’ve provided links to resources that will help you find those books that might be interesting to you. Use these resources to learn about the books on our list.
  • Preview the Books: Once you’ve reviewed the information, go to the library or the bookstore and preview the book. Read the first few pages before you check it out or buy it. Consider the vocabulary. If there are more than seven words on the page that you don’t know, you might want to try a different book. Remember, you’re looking for books that are fun, interesting and appropriate for you!
  • Read! Read! Read: We hope your freedom to choose your readings will inspire you to read much, much more.

Okay, so I read a book—now what?

Great! We hope you really enjoyed the texts you chose.  Each week, you should log your pages and reflect on your reading to show your understanding of the text.  The activity will be due to your English teacher during the second week of school.  This assignment will count as one grade during the first nine weeks of school.


8th Grade SOAR Celebration, 6/11

June 6, 2018

Dear Parents of 8th Grade Students,

We are pleased to announce the 8th Grade S.O.A.R. Celebration, a program designed to celebrate your 8th grade student’s completion of middle school. We excitedly offer this opportunity to the 8th grade students in celebration of their academic achievement together with their family, classmates, and teachers.

Our S.O.A.R. Celebration will be held in the gymnasium of Highland Springs High School at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 11, 2018.  Please have your student at Highland Springs High School by 5:30 p.m. Once arriving at H.S.H.S., please park in the designated areas. Students will need to locate their assigned teacher in the cafeteria and prepare to line up for the entrance procession.  Parents may then proceed to audience seating.

Because we want this to be a distinguished ceremony, we are requiring “professional dress” for the students’ attire. Male students are required to wear blue, black or khaki dress slacks, a dress shirt with a tie, and dress shoes.  Female students are asked to wear a blue, black, or white dress, or a skirt and blouse, or pantsuit. Dress shoes are also required for the ladies.

All students must adhere to the dress code outlined in Henrico County’s Code of Student Conduct.  Jeans and/or sneakers are not acceptable.

In order for everyone to fully enjoy this grand celebration, we ask that you refrain from using cell phones and other handheld electronic devices throughout the event. Your student should be present through the duration of the ceremony and please hold all applause until after all students have been recognized.  In addition, we ask that you only videotape and take photographs in the designated areas.

Participation in this ceremony does not ensure your child’s promotion to high school.  Please contact your child’s counselor, Mr. Russell Lewis (rwlewis@henrico.k12.va.us) if you have questions about your child’s promotion status.

To commemorate the ceremony each student will receive four tickets for the S.O.A.R. Celebration.  Tickets for participants will be issued the day of the ceremony.  If you are planning to attend the ceremony, please be prompt, as we will begin on time.  Please be mindful that seating is on a “first come, first serve” basis.  We look forward to seeing you on the evening of June 11th.


Stacie D. Berry
Elko Middle School
8th Grade Coordinator


Laptop collection; opt-out for 2018-2019

May 29, 2018
  • Parents, it is time for us to collect laptops and chargers for the year! This year, we will provide a receipt during collection. It is extremely important that you hold onto this receipt until school starts next year in case any concerns arise. Please have your student bring in his or her laptop and charger on their designated grade level days. We will call students down to collect equipment.
  • 6th grade gets collected on May 31 & June 1.
  • 7th grade gets collected on June 4 & 5
  • 8th grade gets collected on June 6 & 7

If you do NOT want your student to receive a laptop next year, please complete an online form at https://tinyurl.com/yczwp8v5. Otherwise, your student will receive a laptop in the fall and you will need to pay the $50 yearly fee. As a reminder, we have new laptops starting in the fall! Please contact Mr. Marshall with any questions.

A Night In Paris: Elko’s 8th Grade Formal Dance

May 29, 2018

Updated Elko MS SOL Testing Schedule, Spring 2018

May 21, 2018

Elko families,

Below is the updated SOL schedule, with testing resuming tomorrow. Students will have an opportunity to review the day before the scheduled SOL.


Elko MS SOL Testing Schedule, Spring 2018

May 7, 2018

Get ready for SOL testing at Elko Middle!

8th Grade Dance Meeting for Parents, 5/7

May 6, 2018

Elko staff will be holding a meeting for parents regarding the 8th grade dance tomorrow afternoon at 3:30pm in the Library. Please come with any questions you might have!

Elko Spirit Night @ sweetFrog Laburnum, 5/3

April 26, 2018

Communities in Schools will be hosting a Spirit Night at the sweetFrog across from White Oak on Thursday, May 3rd, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Come join us for fellowship and a tasty treat!

Sunday Weekly Message, 4/22

April 22, 2018

Good Evening Elko Parents,

This is Dominique Friend, Principal, with the Sunday weekly message. Can you believe we are in the last quarter of the school year? As we approach the end of the school year and as the weather starts to get warmer please review the dress code policy.

In order for our staff and students to be prepared in the event of an emergency we frequently practice various drills throughout the school year. On our school website, under resources, you will find the Crisis Preparedness manual. Parents, please take a moment to review the manual and learn how you can support in the event of an emergency. http://henricoschools.us/pdf/HealthSafety/CrisisPreparedness.pdf

Permission slips for students to attend the end of the year 8th grade trip to Busch Gardens will be sent home tomorrow along with a flyer of the end of the year events.

For our athletic events this week:

April 23rd

  • Boys Tennis vs. Quioccasin at Quioccasin MS, 4:30 p.m.
  • Track meet vs. Wilder at Wilder MS, 4:30 p.m.
  • Baseball vs. Wilder at Elko MS, 4:30 p.m.
  • Softball vs. Wilder at Elko MS, 4:30 p.m.
  • Soccer vs. Wilder at Elko MS, 4:30 p.m.

April 25th

  • Boys Tennis vs. Stonewall at Stonewall, 4:30 p.m.
  • Track meet vs. Fairfield at Elko MS, 4:30 p.m.
  • Baseball vs. Fairfield at Fairfield MS, 4:30 p.m.
  • Softball vs. Fairfield at Fairfield MS, 4:30 p.m.
  • Soccer vs. Fairfield at Fairfield MS, 4:30 p.m

April 26 – May 10 – Scholastic Book Fair. You may visit the Elko library to make purchases between the hours of 8:05 a.m. -8:30 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Yearbooks are selling fast and there are less than 15 yearbooks available for presale. Yearbooks can be purchased online or from Mr. Fronczek in Room 2809. The cost of yearbooks is $25.

If you have a rising 6th grade student coming to Elko next year, please remember that the TDAP shot is required prior to the first day of school.

Thank you for listening and enjoy the rest of your evening.

Dates to Remember

April 30 – May 3 – Tryouts for students interested in cheering for Elko for the 2018-19 school year. Please see Ms. Fells for a tryout packet. They are due no later than April 27th.

Academic Resources

No Red Ink: Grammar and writing (on student’s Clever account)

Imagine Math: Math skills 6th – 8th (on student’s Clever account)

Virtual Nerd: Math 6th – 8th, Algebra I, and Geometry

Edgenuity: Math, English, Science, and Social Studies

Khan Academy: Math 6th-8th, Algebra I, and Geometry




5901 Elko Road, Sandston, VA 23150
Phone (804) 328-4110 | Fax (804) 328-4115
School Hours: 8:35 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Half-day dismissal time: 12:10 p.m.

School Administration:
Dominique Friend, Principal
Norris Evans, Associate Principal
Garry Marshall, Assistant Principal
Pamela Parker, Assistant Principal