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Laptop Deployment for 2020-2021 School Year

August 7, 2020

The following is the newly revised schedule for 6th grade laptop deployment. The revised schedule includes all days next week (Monday-Thursday) with extended hours, please see the
distribution table below for our school’s dates, deployment location, and times. This device distribution is for rising 6th graders and New HCPS Middle School Students. 5th grade students entering 6th grade this year that were issued a HCPS Chromebook last school year must bring that device and charger to be issued a secondary Laptop and charger. Please read these instructions below
carefully for details about borrowing and caring for the Laptop.

Device Distribution Dates:

Aug 10 – 13 (M-Th)- rising 6th grader Chromebook for laptop swap (and all rising grade 6 or New HCPS Middle School students w/o elementary HCPS device pick up first time secondary HCPS issued device)

School Deployment Location: Elko MS Bus Loop Door 17

Date and Time: Monday 8-10-20 thru Thursday 8-13-20

Schedule: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Questions and answers:

Who is eligible to receive a Laptop?

  • Any Henrico secondary student (in this case rising 6th grade student or new HCPS Middle
    School student) who is registered at an HCPS secondary school and does not have a laptop
    or will be exchanging their elementary Chromebook for a laptop.

What can I expect when I pick up the Laptop for my student?

  • Pull into the bus loop to get in line. There will be an individual directing traffic. During the pick-up process, remain in your vehicle at all times.
  • A staff member will approach your vehicle and ask for your child’s name and school, and
    your name. You will need to show valid identification.
  • You will be asked if you have internet service in your home, and if you do not, you will be
    offered a Wi-Fi hot-spot device, if available (supplies are limited).
  • You will turn in any Chromebook and charger you may have received for last year 5th grader
    remote learning and be receiving a 6th grade laptop for this year.
  • Proceed to receive a Laptop and charger. You’ll receive information about the Laptop and the conditions of borrowing one. If you agree, the laptop will be placed in your vehicle’s back seat or trunk.
  • Throughout this process, all staff members will minimize contact and exercise safe
    practices.

What is needed for a Laptop to work?

Internet service is required for the Laptop to fully function and connect to digital resources
that will be provided to students by their teachers.

Where should I go if the Laptop is broken or does not work?
● Remember, to function well, all Laptops and chargers must be cared for appropriately.
● If Laptops develop problems, they can be brought to a mobile technology hub to be turned in
for repair. Summer Hours of operations are: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30-10:30
a.m. until August 20, 2020 then beginning August 24, 2020 the hours are: Monday through
Friday from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. Mobile hub locations are:
○ Deep Run High School (4801 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, Va.)
○ Douglas Freeman High School (8701 Three Chopt Road, Henrico, Va.)
○ Hermitage High School (8301 Hungary Spring Road, Henrico, Va.)
○ Highland Springs High School (15 S. Oak Ave., Highland Springs, Va.)

What if I don’t have internet service in my home for the Laptop?
● HCPS will loan you a Wi-Fi hot-spot device while supplies last. Additionally, Comcast is
offering free and low-cost internet at this time for qualifying families. To see if you qualify for
their promotion, visit Comcast’s “Internet Essentials” website. The website for the promotion is internetessentials.com/covid19. If you want to apply for Internet Essentials over the phone
please call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376). Comcast’s call center hours of operation
are from 8 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.
● HCPS will issue Wi-Fi a hot-spot device, if available (supplies are limited) for those students without internet.

Is the Laptop set up to safely avoid access to inappropriate web content?
● Yes. Every Laptop is filtered by HCPS’ web filtering system to provide as secure an
environment for students as possible. Students should use technology responsibly at all
times.

When do I need to return the Laptop and charger my family has received?
● A date will be announced later for the return of each Laptop. Until then, each Laptop and
charger must be properly cared for.

Where can I find HCPS’ online learning materials for elementary students?
● Visit http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/hlp/virtual-learning/ for digital learning resources.

Thank you for reading,
Marilyn Royal, Interim Principal
Elko Middle School

Request an appointment with Elko’s School Counseling office

July 23, 2020

Need to register your child or speak to a school counselor this summer? Please use the following link to request appointments with the Elko School Counseling office: https://bit.ly/ElkoSC

Virtual SOAR Ceremony and Final Lap, 6/10

June 8, 2020

On Wednesday, June 10th, we will release our virtual SOAR ceremony. We will also host a “Final Lap” farewell from 6 PM to 6:30 PM. Our faculty and staff will be at Elko Middle School, lined along our driveway, socially distanced, so that you, your family, and your child, can say goodbye and get a little closure on a challenging school year. You will drive your car one lap into the parking lot to wave and say goodbye safely. We encourage your student to make a sign to show support for Elko as well. Students and/or family members may not stop their car to talk to faculty/staff or get out of their car to say personal goodbyes; no items may be exchanged between cars and staff members along the route. Cars will enter the school from Elko Road, taking a right once in the parking lot to travel as you normally would to drop off or pick up your student. Our Communities in Schools partner will have a grab bag for your family at the stop sign. Once at the end of the student parking lot, families will exit out the Elko Road entrance/exit. Please be careful exiting and entering. It may be advisable to take a right onto Elko Road depending upon traffic entering.

Also on Wednesday June 10th, we will have another chance for you to pickup or return items. Please pull up to the front of the building between 4:30 and 5:30 and a staff member will assist you. You will not need to exit your car. Once done, you may leave or wait for the “Final Lap” farewell in the parking lot.

Student Belongings and Library Book Return

June 2, 2020

Staff have now cleaned out all hall and gym lockers, and all items have been bagged for parent pickup. A special message went to parents of students who were identified as having items left at school. Staff will be available on Thursday, June 4th, and Friday, June 5th, from 11 – 2 PM. This is the time to pick up band instruments and drop off library books as well. Lost and found items are being placed in storage until we can open the building. If you feel that your child has left something at school and you did not receive a separate message, please send a message to a school administrator. The school building will not be open to the public during the times indicated. There will be staff at the front of the building in the drop-off area to assist. Simply pull up and let the staff member know the purpose of your visit. Thursday is for 7th and 8th grade students. Friday is for 6th grade students. If you have students in multiple grade levels, you may come either day.

Summer Reading 2020

June 1, 2020
Summer Reading Kickoff
For the perfect way to start your summer, check out a video about the HCPS Summer Reading Kick-offListen and laugh as 15 of Virginia’s own authors, illustrators and community partners help YOU kick off a summer full of reading and fun. Visit the Summer Reading 2020 Kick-off Landing Page for elementary, middle and high school readers. All activities are optional, engaging and designed to encourage learners to read widely all summer long.

Summer School Acceleration Opportunities

May 20, 2020

HCPS Season 3 “Early Release”
Summer School Acceleration Opportunities

Please note: Additional information about remediation, summer school, credit recovery, and other summer opportunities will be coming soon! Student selected to participate in Online Health and PE 9 have already been notified.

Please contact your school counselor if you have any questions about the following programs. Elko’s school counselors are available via email, by phone/text (804.905.8270), or Schoology. The counseling department has online Schoology hours Tuesdays from 1-3pm, and Fridays 9-11am, until June 9, 2020.

Online Acceleration courses through Virtual Virginia

Summer Session: June 17- July 28, 2020
Registration Dates: May 20 – June 17, 2020
Tuition: $375 per person, per course.
To Register: Contact your school’s Registrar (Tamika Stacy – tcstacy@henrico.k12.va.us)

Who: Self-motivated and task-driven students in rising 8-12th grades who are driven to spend 4-6 hours per day working online may register to take one of the following courses for acceleration:

  • Spanish I, II, III, IV
  • French I, II, III, IV
  • Latin I, II, III

Who: Self-motivated and task-driven students in rising 9-12th grades who have met prerequisites and are driven to spend 4-6 hours per day working online may register to take one of the following courses for acceleration:

  • Geometry
  • US/VA History
  • English 12
  • Government
  • Earth Science

Please contact your school counselor if you are interested in pursuing any courses for acceleration through Virtual Virginia not included on this list.

Bridge to Algebra

Summer Session: May 26 – July 29, 2020
Registration Dates: May 20 – July 6, 2020
Tuition: Free
To Register: Fill out this Google registration form

Who: This FREE accelerated program was designed to provide Course 2 students the opportunity to enroll in Algebra I in 8th grade. Algebra I is a high school credit course that counts towards high school graduation and diploma.

The Bridge to Algebra curriculum contains the essential Math 8 content and standards that would be missed by skipping Pre-Algebra (8th grade math). It is important to note, the Summer Bridge to Algebra is required for your child to be enrolled in Algebra I in 8th grade.

  • The program will begin May 26, 2020.
  • Students must complete all coursework and a final exam and pass the program with at least 65%.
  • Students who do not meet this requirement will have additional opportunities to retake assessments.
  • All work must be completed by July 29, 2020.
  • Upon successful completion of the Bridge to Algebra, your child will be automatically enrolled in Algebra I.

Students who do not pass Bridge to Algebra will be placed in pre-algebra (8th grade math). For more information please see this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/16VtVrZTo7uaei9C9donA4XA_odsOBe4Y/view?usp=sharing

Online Economics & Personal Finance (EPF) through Longwood University

Summer Session: June 15 – July 11, 2020
*Students are required to take their final exam on Longwood University’s campus.
Registration: Now – June 14, 2020
Tuition: $415
Register: at cfr.longwood.edu/EPF Contact: cfr@longwood.edu (p) 434.395.2835

Who: Rising 9-12th grade students (For students in grades 9 or 10, a GPA of 2.75 or a GPA of 2.5 plus an acceptable level of math is required.)

Economics and Personal Finance is a 4-week rigorous and mathematically intensive course covering economics and personal finance that may require students to spend up to 6 hours per day in order to be successful. The course satisfies the state’s economics and personal finance requirement as well as the online experience and certification requirements for high school graduation. The W!SE Financial Literacy Certification exam is administered in the course. Students will receive 3 hours of college credit for this class.

Required course text: Personal Finance, Turning Money Into Wealth, 7th edition (an earlier edition can be purchased for cost savings)

Required course calculator: Any graphing or financial calculator (Texas Instruments BAII+ is recommended).

Verified HS Credit Info for Spring 2020

April 27, 2020

During our extended absence away from the building due to COVID-19, students in high school credit classes at Elko Middle will have to participate in additional learning experiences through June 12th in order to receive full high school credit. Learn more by reviewing the document linked below and watching the video, High School Credit Courses Questions & Answers.


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Improving Marking Period 3 Grades

April 17, 2020

Hello Elko Families,

I hope this email finds you and your family healthy and practicing safe protocol.  Wow, this year is zooming by and we want to make sure you are aware of the expectations for your child to continue to academically progress for the remainder of this year.

From now until April 24th, students have the option of improving their Marking Period 3 grade. Every teacher has posted a recovery plan in Schoology. Students who would like to improve their Marking Period 3 grades can participate in the recovery program.  Students who are at-risk of failing can use the recovery activities to improve their grades and avoid failing a class for the year. Students who currently have grades of B, C, and/or D can use the recovery activities to improve their current grades.  Yes, students can move from a “B” to an “A” by participating in the recovery program.  Please check PowerSchool and contact teachers to determine specifically what students can do to improve. Again, all recovery grades must be completed by April 24, 2020.  Students who are satisfied with their grades should engage in review and enrichment activities during this time posted by each teacher. There will be at least one of each posted weekly in Schoology to ensure learning continues during this time.

To help you understand the learning plan and timeline for virtual learning, Henrico Edflix has been created to provide a few details about learning during these horrendous times. Please take time to visit the link below.

“Henrico Edflix,” Henrico County Public Schools’ flexible learning plan

Please make sure your child is taking advantage of recovery, remediation, and enrichment activities provided by teachers.  I have heard from a few teachers that students who need to take part in the recovery program are not participating.  Please help us to help your child by monitoring their participation.  Students who have not participated in the recovery program and are in danger of failing will receive additional communication from the administration over the weekend.

Students who are taking high school credit classes will receive additional information about learning next week. That information will be sent directly to the parents of students in those classes and will include new required learning in order to obtain the high school credit.

Virtual learning has been a big change for educators and families.  The ultimate challenge during these times is to find deeper powers within ourselves when life seems most challenging.  In the midst of chaos, lies a silver lining of opportunity that defines where we stand in times of challenge and controversy.  We, as “Eagle Nation,” will stand together and weather the storm and will come out stronger and better.  As always if there is anything I can do to assist you or to answer any questions, please reach out to me at mhroyal@henrico.k12.va.us.

Marilyn Royal
Interim Principal
Elko Middle School

All Virginia public schools are closed for the remainder of 2019-2020 due to COVID-19

March 23, 2020

On March 23, Gov. Northam announced that all schools in Virginia would close for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Henrico County Public Schools fully supports all actions necessary to ensure the long-term health and safety of our community.

Please go to https://henricoschools.us/covid19/ for the latest information as to how Henrico County Public Schools is working to assist our students and community.

COVID-19: An important announcement

March 12, 2020

Concern about COVID-19 (coronavirus) has created a rapidly evolving environment where changes are being made quickly in the interest of public health.

Starting Monday, March 16, Henrico County Public Schools will be closed to students for four full weeks (through Monday, April 13th). We will continue to assess the situation, and decide later if we need to extend this period of closure.

We realize this creates many questions about how students will continue their learning. We have a thorough plan in place, and detailed information about student learning will be communicated in a separate message.

Our teachers and staff will use Monday, March 16, to continue their preparations. “Virtual learning” experiences (digital and non-digital) will be available to students of all grade levels starting on Tuesday, March 17.

During this unprecedented experience, we will continue to do everything possible to ensure the health and safety of our community. The HCPS Facilities and Pupil Transportation departments will conduct additional cleaning of school buildings and buses, and continue to assess the best cleaning practices.

Additionally, for many of our students, the meals provided at our schools are a crucial part of their daily nutrition. Additional plans are being made to address this vital need across the Henrico Community.

Please know that this is not a decision that we make lightly. We realize that any change to educational schedules is disruptive and inconvenient. However, our priority must always be the health and safety of our students, staff members and community.

Again, more details about student learning will be forthcoming in separate communications. Visit the “COVID-19” page on our website for full information from HCPS.

Elko

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:
Marilyn Royal, Interim Principal
Courtney Swartz, Associate Principal
David Leath, Assistant Principal
Garry Marshall, Assistant Principal