Gifted Identification Referral Process, 2019-2020

October 8, 2019

The referral window for Gifted Identification is now open! Beginning on October 7, 2019 and ending October 25, 2019, a parent/guardian, teacher, community member, or peer may submit the name of any student in Grades 3, 4, 5, 7, and/or 8 to be evaluated for gifted services. Referrals will be accepted for Grades K, 1, 2, and/or 6 beginning on January 6, 2020 and ending January 24, 2020. Please visit the following links for additional information about gifted characteristics and the identification process:

All requests must be submitted in writing or through email to the school’s Gifted Identification Coordinator, Kevin Carr (kdcarr@henrico.k12.va.us), or the Gifted Resource Teacher, Cameron Smallwood (gcsmallwood@henrico.k12.va.us). Referrals should include the student’s name, grade, teacher, and area of referral (math, language, or both areas). Once the referral has been received, additional information and paperwork will be sent home in late October/January. This paperwork will allow the school to begin the process of collecting multiple criteria to determine the student’s eligibility.

Additional information, including specific dates and details of the identification process, may be found via the links provided above or on the HCPS district site, http://henricoschools.us/gifted/. If you have any additional questions, please contact Kevin Carr (kdcarr@henrico.k12.va.us) Gifted Identification Coordinator or Cameron Smallwood, Gifted Resource Teacher (gcsmallwood@henrico.k12.va.us).

Elko MS Fall Fundraiser

October 4, 2019

Elko’s Fall Fundraiser is under way! Students will need to register 10 e-mail addresses in order to receive a free 10′ USB charging cord and Popsocket – no selling required! Students have been sent home fundraiser packets filled with great items to order.

You can also donate directly! Every $10 donated in a student’s name counts as 1 item sold towards incentives like our Glow Party and Game Truck. Go to https://gabigblast.com/Elkomiddle/welcome to donate in your student’s name!

VIDEO: First Day of School 2019

September 3, 2019

Enjoy the sights and sounds from the first day of school.

An important message for families of students who use bus transportation

August 30, 2019

This is an important message for families of students who use bus transportation:

First day of school is almost here! Our drivers have been working hard to rehearse their routes and make sure Sept. 3 is the beginning of a great week. With that in mind, we ask for your patience next week as some buses may experience delays. Here’s why, along with answers to some other frequently asked questions.

What can I expect during the first week of school?

Thousands of Kindergarten and preschool students are riding a school bus for the very first time. We take extra care with these students, such as requiring authorized adults to show ID in order to get them off the bus in the afternoon. Afternoon delays are inevitable as parents become accustomed to our process, and as our drivers meet many of these families for the first time. In limited instances, bus delays may become very lengthy on the first couple of days, but those delays should quickly shorten as everyone gets used to the new routine.

We also realize that the first week of school can often be filled with emotional moments and “must get” photo opportunities. Sometimes this will result in buses being behind schedule.

Where can I find bus information?

Bus stop information is now available on our website as well as through Rycor Online Forms and PowerSchool. We recommend students be at their morning bus stop five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Please review bus stop safety procedures and follow the direction of bus drivers.

Will you let me know if the bus is running 10-15 minutes late?

Pupil Transportation staff makes every effort to notify parents of significantly late buses through School Messenger text messages. For more information on our automated communication methods, click here to visit the Communications and Community Engagement page 

What if I need to call someone in the Transportation department?

If you would like to speak to someone in our Transportation department, you can do that too by calling one of our zone offices. Henrico is a big county that is served by several different transportation zones. To find the zone office that is responsible for your student’s school, click here.

How do I make a formal request regarding my student’s transportation?

Transportation staff receives hundreds of written requests from parents in September. Parents should complete the “School Bus Request Form,” also linked on the web page.  Priority will be placed on assigning new or recently moved students. Requests for changes to bus stop locations will be addressed as a lower priority.

Here’s to a great 2019-20 school year!

Josh Davis
Director, Pupil Transportation

Henrico Schools using “Anonymous Alerts” system to improve communication about safety concerns

August 28, 2019

What is Anonymous Alerts?

The Anonymous Alerts safety and anti-bullying reporting system helps combat negative activity in schools by empowering students to speak up. Social and peer pressure are some of the hardest obstacles for students to overcome.

The system allows for one-way or two-way anonymous encrypted communication between those submitting reports (students, parents or community members) and school division administration and staff members. System users have the option to remain anonymous or reveal their identity when submitting a report.

How does it work?

To use the new app, students, parents or others simply visit the Henrico County Public Schools website and click on the “Anonymous Alerts” button or the text link to submit a report expressing a concern. Anonymous Alerts apps can be downloaded directly from the Apple, Google Play or Chrome stores.

Users enter Henrico Schools’ Anonymous Alerts activation code – Henrico – and select the school to which the message should go. Informational posters explaining how to use the system will be displayed in HCPS schools and offices.

To send reports from the internet, go to: https://report.anonymousalerts.com/henrico.

To send a report from your phone:

  • Download the free Anonymous Alerts app from the Apple Store, Google Play store or Chrome store.
  • Launch the app and enter the activation code, Henrico.
  • Send important reports to school officials.
  • If desired, add a screenshot, photo or video about the incident.


Fee Day/Night, 8/29 (from 7:30-10am & 4:30-7pm)

August 22, 2019

It’s that time of the year again! School is about to start, so get ready by paying your school fees and collecting your schedule before the first day! (more…)

Online Fee Payments

August 22, 2019

Want a faster way to pay school fees? Learn more about online fee payments through the following documents! (Note: credit card fee payments can only be processed in this fashion.)


HCPS Summer Reading, 2019

July 20, 2019

Make sure your student is completing the summer reading required by Henrico County Public Schools! Go to https://henricoschools.us/wp-content/uploads/SummerReading6-8.pdf to review the assignment.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Courtney Swartz at (804) 328-4110. Thank you!

School Supply Lists, 2019-2020

July 12, 2019

It’s that time of the year again! Get ready for the new school year with these supply lists! (See below for a downloadable copy.)

6th Grade

  • Pencils
  • Ink pens (blue or black)
  • Dry-erase markers (Math/Science)
  • Loose-leaf paper
  • 2 pocket folders – (Homework/Math)
  • Highlighters
  • Two (2) 3-subject spiral notebooks (Math/Science)
  • Two (2) 1½ inch, 3-ring binders (English)
  • One (1) 1-subject spiral notebook (Social Studies)
  • One (1) composition notebook with holes (English/Science)

7th Grade

  • One (1) 2-inch, 3-ring binder to hold pocket folders
  • One (1) 1-inch binder (Math)
  • Loose-leaf paper
  • Colored pencils
  • Pencils and erasers
  • Blue and black ink pens
  • Highlighters
  • Composition notebook and spiral notebook
  • Red ink pen for editing
  • Dry-erase markers (Math)

8th Grade

  • Two (2) 3-subject spiral notebooks w/ plastic cover (Science and Social Studies)
  • One (1) 100-page 1-subject spiral notebook (Math)
  • One (1) 2-inch 3-ring binder (English)
  • Notebook paper
  • Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Ink pens (blue or black)
  • Red ink pen for editing
  • Composition notebook

Should a student like to purchase a calculator for home, the TI-30X Scientific Calculator is recommended

These are recommended supplies and are subject to change based on the individual needs of your child’s teacher. Additional supplies may be needed and will be listed on teacher syllabi sent home during the first week of school. Elective classes may have additional fees and supplies associated with the course.

Students will be issued a locker to secure their materials and it is recommended for students to utilize their locker. Rolling book bags are not permitted.


7th Grade Field Trip Return Delay, 6/13

June 13, 2019

Due to heavy traffic, Elko’s 7th grade field trip will be late in returning. We currently expect them to be back at Elko MS around 6:50pm.


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