Elko MS Spring 2019 Non-Writing SOL Testing Info

May 4, 2019

Dear Elko Families:

Virginia’s state assessment program includes the Standards of Learning Tests (SOL) for students in grades 3 – 8, and certain high school credit course.  These tests are based upon the Virginia Standards of Learning. This year, SOL Tests for HCPS middle school students will be administered May 6– May 24, 2019 (including make-up testing).  Expedited Retake testing will be administered May 28 – June 13, 2019. Additionally, students in high school credit courses which do not have an End of Course (EOC) SOL will take their second semester exam.

The Test Nav 8 platform will be used again this year for testing. Practice with this application can be found at https://va8.testnav.com/client/index.html.  This platform offers tools for students to use as they demonstrate their knowledge on the SOL test(s).  Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) will be used for all grades 6-8 Math and Reading online SOL tests, thus reducing the number of questions needed to determine the test score.

Scores on these tests will help you and your child’s school evaluate academic achievement. It is important you help your child feel comfortable and positive about taking the Standards of Learning and Henrico Assessment Tests.  In preparation for testing, proper rest and nutrition are essential.  Please encourage your child to get a good night’s rest before his/her testing days and to eat a nutritious breakfast the morning of each test. Since the testing will all be online, it is essential computers be brought to school every day fully charged.

Students should avoid bringing personal electronic devices (phones, watches, tablets, etc.)  into an SOL testing room during an SOL test administration. Procedures related to these circumstances are described in detail in the Henrico County Public Schools Policies and Regulations (Regulation R6-08-004), which can be found at http://webapps.henrico.k12.va.us/policy/.   We encourage all families and students to review these procedures prior to SOL testing.

Once the SOL testing session begins, students will not be permitted to leave the testing location until all students have finished testing, except to use the restroom or in an emergency situation. Please do not request an early dismissal for your child during a testing session.  We will be testing up until 1pm and longer per individual needs.

More information about the Standards of Learning and your child’s testing schedule are available at EMS and through http://henricoschools.us/testing/. If you have questions about the federal, state or division assessment policies, please contact Cathy Durvin, chdurvin@henrico.k12.va.us.  If you have questions related to your school’s testing processes and options, please contact Melissa Burnett, our school test coordinator at 804.328.4110.


Dominique Friend




Breakthrough Junior Challenge video contest

May 3, 2019

Is your student great at explaining math or science concepts? Want a chance to win a $250,000 scholarship?

Khan Academy is proud to partner with the Breakthrough Junior Challenge video contest again this year. Students ages 13 through 18 are invited to create a short— under three minutes— video explaining a challenging concept in physics, mathematics, or the life sciences in an engaging, illuminating, and creative way.

In addition to awarding a $250,000 college scholarship to the winner, the Breakthrough Junior Challenge will give the winner’s teacher a $50,000 prize and the winner’s school a new $100,000 science lab.

For more details check out the official launch video for this year’s Breakthrough Junior Challenge:

Past Breakthrough Junior Challenge winners’ videos have collectively been viewed over six million times, teaching a global audience about science and math in the winners’ individual voices. In fact, the finalist videos from last year were so good you can find them on the Khan Academy website here.

The winner will be presented their award on the live, globally televised Breakthrough Prize ceremony on National Geographic, Facebook, and YouTube, where they’ll also meet with world leaders in science, technology, academia, business, and entertainment.

Good luck—we can’t wait to see your video!

Sal and the Khan Academy team
P.S. The deadline for submission is June 15, 2019, so register today at www.breakthroughjuniorchallenge.org.

VHSL Sports Physicals, 5/8

May 3, 2019

VHSL Sports Physicals

Who: Elko, Fairfield, Rolfe, and Highland Springs Athletes

When: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 4:30pm

Where: Highland Springs HS, Hudson Gym

Cost: $25.00

Please see your Head Coach, Mr. Golden or Mr. Lilly for more information.


  • Copies of the VHSL physical form packets will be in the main office at HSHS.
  • Physicals are good from May 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 for the 2019-20 school year.

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!



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
David Leath, Assistant Principal
Garry Marshall, Assistant Principal