Interested in High School Specialty Centers? Get the scoop at a Fall Information Session!

September 22, 2018

Attending one of Henrico Schools’ specialty centers is an opportunity for high school students to focus on a specialized interest while completing a rigorous academic program. Find out more about the specialty centers offered by Henrico Schools at one of four information sessions scheduled for eighth-graders and their parents or guardians. All sessions are the same and cover information about all of HCPS’ specialty centers, so attend the one that’s most convenient for your family. Each session starts at 7 p.m.

Specialty Center Information Sessions
(All sessions starts at 7 p.m. and cover the same information)

  • Sept. 26: Varina High School (7053 Messer Road, Henrico, Va.)
  • Oct. 4: Henrico High School (302 Azalea Ave., Henrico, Va.)
  • Oct. 9: Douglas S. Freeman High School (8701 Three Chopt Road, Henrico, Va.)
  • Oct. 15: J.R. Tucker High School (2910 N. Parham Road, Henrico, Va.)

For more information on HCPS specialty centers, go to http://henricoschools.us and use the drop-down menu for “Schools,” and then choose “Specialty Centers,” or go directly to http://henricoschools.us/specialty-centers/.

Fall NWEA Testing, 9/26-9/27

September 22, 2018

Elko Middle students will be undergoing Fall NWEA MAP Testing on Wednesday, September 26th in Reading, and Thursday, September 27th in Math. These exams help us benchmark students and measure progress as we continue through the school year. To learn more, please go to https://www.nwea.org/parent-toolkit/.

School Pictures, 9/20-21

September 10, 2018

School photo of George Clooney as a teenStudents in Health & PE periods 1, 2, 3, & 4 will have their school pictures taken Thursday, September 20th, during PE class.

Students in Health & PE periods 5, 6, 7, & 8 will have their school pictures taken on Friday, September 21st, during PE classes.

Parents can pay for their child’s pictures online by going to http://www.strawbridge.net/order-online/ and entering code 109552.

Don’t forget that Back to School Night is on Thursday, September 13th, starting at 5:30pm. See you there!


Online Back-to-School Forms

August 21, 2018

There’s a brand new way for Henrico Schools families to complete online forms! RYCOR Online Forms lets you avoid the long back-to-school lines. Instead, submit your children’s school forms through a secure online website, accessed in most instances through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Just click the “Access Online Forms” link in the Parent Portal sidebar menu. RYCOR Online Forms which replaces the previous service known as ZippSlip, saves time, money and paper waste!

Go to http://henricoschools.us/back-to-school-forms/ to learn more.

Principal’s Welcome Message, 2018-2019

August 20, 2018

Dear Elko Family,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year at Elko Middle School! We are hopeful that you enjoyed your summer of relaxation, and it will be a springboard into the new year. We are excited about this school year and the new staff members joining the Elko Family. We look forward to new teachers starting August 20th and returning teachers August 27th.

Our theme for this school year is “Mindset…I Grow, You Grow, Together We Grow.” This means a person with a growth mindset believes that anyone can be good at anything based on his/her actions, dedication, and commitment, making all things achievable.

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Eagle Camp 2018

August 3, 2018

eagle-camp-smallEagle Camp, Elko Middle School’s annual transition program for rising 6th graders, will take place on Tuesday, August 14th, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Eagle Camp is a great opportunity for students to meet other students, tour our school, learn about expectations, meet some of our teachers and staff, learn to open combination locks, figure out how to read a schedule, learn tips for organization/study skills, and learn about the social scene in middle school. Learn more by going to https://elko.henricoschools.us/eagle-camp. We hope to see all of our new 6th graders there!

Eagle Camp 2018 Bus Information

August 3, 2018


Capital One Coders @ Elko MS

August 3, 2018

Elko Middle School students, do you love to work with technology? Have you ever wanted to create an app while you work alongside technology experts? This is your chance! A select number of applying students will be chosen for an after-school coding program, sponsored by Capital One. For more information, check out the flyer linked below. In order to apply, please fill out the form found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfTM7WfZOAyhIYj2IJu2i7R5deLJgrKcldF0sac4Oj2eQCp2w/viewform


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.



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