PPC Community Day Event @ HSHS, 5/4

April 25, 2019

People for Positive Change Community Day Event, Saturday, May 4th @ Highland Springs HS 15 South Oak Avenue, Highland Springs, VA 23075. Great vendors, unique products, lots of free information, food truck, performances from local organizations, artists, and so much more. This is a day you don't want to miss! Bring a friend! Hope to see you there!

Reminder: Spirit Night @ Five Guys and SweetFrog, 4/25!

April 25, 2019

Don’t forget our dual Spirit Night this evening, at both Five Guys Burgers and Fries and Sweet Frog, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. There are a number of activities going on this evening, so if you’re out and about swing by afterward and enjoy a meal with us!

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Take the 2019 Henrico Schools Survey through April 19

April 10, 2019

By telling us about your perspectives and experiences, you can help Henrico Schools improve and make important decisions about the future.

The survey is open until April 19.

Hip-Hop Poetry Slam, 4/24

April 10, 2019

The Henrico Area Youth Ambassadors present the Hip-Hop Poetry Slam, at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center on Wednesday, April 24th, 2019, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. High- and middle-schoolers: are you interested in performing? For more information, please call (804) 727-8035.

8th Grade Masquerade Ball, 6/7

March 26, 2019

8th Grade Formal Dance June 7, 2019 7:00pm to 9:30pm Elko Middle School Cafeteria  Save the Date!

Elko Middle School’s Easter Egg Hunt, 4/15

March 26, 2019

You're invited to Elko Middle School's Easter Egg Hunt (and other activities)! Where: Elko Middle School Date: April 15th, 2019 Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Revised Middle School Math Pathways

March 24, 2019

For parents of current 6th and 7th graders at Elko Middle: this week, your child will be receiving Henrico County Public Schools’ revised Middle School Math Pathways document for the 2019-2020 school year. The document will be on gold-colored paper, as well as linked below. Please be sure to review this very important information!


Spring Pictures, 2/25

February 25, 2019

Spring pictures will be taken on February 25th! Parents can pay for their child’s pictures online by going to http://www.strawbridge.net/order-online/ and entering code 109552.

Influenza activity in Henrico County, and what to do

February 12, 2019

Dear Parent/Caregiver and Staff:

Influenza activity in Virginia is widespread and is affecting our community. In multiple schools in Henrico County, children have become sick with influenza (the “flu”) and/or influenza-like illnesses.

Influenza is a virus that can live in a person’s respiratory tract. Thus, flu is usually spread via direct contact with an infected person who is sneezing and coughing, or from contact with hands or objects/surfaces contaminated with nose and throat secretions from an infected person.

We recommend the following infection control measures to prevent the spread of flu in the school population:

  • Encourage good hygienic practices:
    • Wash hands with soap and water often, especially when exposed to someone who is sick
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when coughing or sneezing or use your inner arm (elbow crease), but do not use your hands.
    • Dispose of facial tissues that contain nasal secretions after each use.  Wash hands afterwards.
    • Avoid touching the eyes, nose, or mouth.
    • Routinely clean commonly touched surfaces, toys, and other shared objects as recommended.
  • Stay home if ill
    • Individuals should stay home from school, work and errands when sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Ill students or staff should remain home until they are fever-free for a full 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medication.
  • Encourage vaccination
    • The single best way to protect against flu is to get vaccinated each year.
    • Influenza vaccination is usually 70-90% effective in preventing the flu in healthy persons.
    • Receiving flu vaccine later in the season can still provide important protection since flu viruses can circulate as late as May.
    • Most individuals will be protected against influenza within 2 weeks after vaccination.
  • Antiviral medications
    • These may also be used to prevent or treat the flu – talk to your healthcare provider for more information.
  • Enhance influenza awareness
    • Please see the enclosed fact sheet on influenza.

In addition to influenza, some gastrointestinal illnesses that cause vomiting and diarrhea are also circulating in the community. The most common cause of gastrointestinal illness in the school setting is norovirus, which causes illness that usually lasts one to three days. Norovirus can be spread by consuming contaminated food or liquids, touching contaminated surfaces or objects and then touching one’s mouth, or having direct contact with another person who is infected and then touching one’s mouth.

We recommend the following infection control measures to prevent the spread of norovirus in the school population:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water, especially after using the restroom.
  • Routinely clean commonly touched surfaces, toys, and other shared objects with household chlorine bleach-based cleaners.
  • Children and staff who are ill with diarrheal symptoms should be kept home and excluded from school and/or other group activities while they have diarrhea or vomiting and for 24 hours after the illness ends to avoid spreading the illness to others.

If you have any questions about influenza or gastrointestinal illnesses, please contact your child’s doctor or the Henrico Health Department at 804-501-5216.


Karen W. Criswell, BSN, RN, NCSN

Clinical Coordinator

Henrico County Public Schools


Community Foundation needs your help to identify region’s outstanding teachers

February 11, 2019

Henrico, Va. Jan. 17, 2019 – Who is the special teacher in your life? The REB Awards for Teaching Excellence provide a tangible, public way to recognize outstanding teachers in Henrico County Public Schools – and give them the means to continue growing. The Community Foundation’s yearly awards identify, recognize and support teaching excellence in the Richmond area. Honorees receive professional development grants of $4,000 to $12,000, given to teachers who have distinguished themselves by their inspiring classroom performance.

Through a nomination process, approximately 15 outstanding teachers are selected each year to receive cash grants to support professional development activities.

Nominations are invited from parents, students, educators and the community at large. Award recipients have earned graduate degrees, climbed mountains, traced their ancestors and met peers from around the world – all to reignite their own passion for learning and to pass it on to their students.

Nominations must be made online. A letter in support of the nomination must be written by another individual and submitted online with the nomination.

Who:The Community Foundation invites nominations from students, parents, colleagues, school staff and administrators (except for the school principal), and the community at large.

When: Nominations and letters of support must be submitted by Feb. 25 at 5 p.m.

How: Nominations must be submitted through the Community Foundation’s website. For detailed instructions, eligibility criteria and a link to the nomination portal, please visit https://www.cfrichmond.org/Grantseekers/REB-Awards-for-Teaching-Excellence#123671-award-amount.

*A link to the Community Foundation’s nomination portal can be found at henricoschools.us, under Hot Topics. For questions regarding nominations, please contact Tracie Weston, director of professional learning and leadership, at 804-652-3769.


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
Courtney Swartz, Associate Principal
Garry Marshall, Assistant Principal
Pamela Parker, Assistant Principal