Career Investigations Course for Middle Schools

October 29, 2018

The Profile of a Virginia Graduate developed by the Board of Education describes the knowledge, skills, competencies, and experiences students should attain during their K-12 education to make them “life-ready.” Part of the “life-ready” process is a focus on career planning. Beginning this year, the new Standards of Accreditation for schools includes a Career Investigations course to support the development of the Academic Career Plan.

The Career Investigation curriculum will assist students in bridging their academic and career development in the elementary grades with information on rigorous courses, career pathways, postsecondary options, and workplace trends in the middle grades to help them meet their goals for successful transition to high school graduation and beyond.

The Career Investigation curriculum supports the preparation of the “life ready” student and engages students in:

  • demonstrating workplace readiness skills;
  • exploring career clusters and pathways;
  • completing a career interest assessment;
  • participating in a work-based learning experience;
  • applying the decision-making process to course selection and postsecondary options;
  • creating the Academic and Career Plan; and
  • connecting the world of work to responsibilities as a citizen, including personal, physical, and mental wellness.

Starting in November, we will be incorporating this requirement into the current advisory period.   Each student must complete this course, and it will show up in PowerSchool as completed or not completed. Students will not receive a grade or credit. They will receive credit for completion. The content of the career investigation course will be covered over an 18-week period. Students will begin Career Investigations by first taking a personal inventory of likes and dislikes. This will lead them to discover their areas of interest through the use of the Virginia Wizard.

Highlights of the course:

  • Researching a career within a cluster
  • Learning about Work Place Readiness in relation to a chosen career or career path
  • Producing a resume
  • Developing and practicing interview techniques
  • Participating in a mock interview as a culminating activity

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your school counselor at (804) 328-4111.

We look forward to ensuring that all Henrico students have the opportunity to explore careers in preparation of being ‘Life Ready!”


VIDEO: Today’s Classroom

October 23, 2018

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HCPS TV stopped by Ms. Chamblee’s 6th Grade English class for a lesson on making predictions.

Know an amazing principal? Nominate him or her for a 2018-19 REB leadership award

October 1, 2018

Henrico, Va. Oct. 1, 2018 – The REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership provide a tangible, public way to recognize an outstanding principal at a Henrico County school. The Community Foundation’s yearly awards identify, recognize and support leadership excellence in the Richmond area. Honorees receive an unrestricted $7,500 cash grant, and $7,500 to be used for school initiatives. Eligible are principals from public schools in Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and the city of Richmond. Nominees should have served in their current positions for at least three years.

To find out more and download a nomination form, go to tcfrichmond.org/Grantseekers/Awards/REB-Awards-for-Distinguished Educational-Leadership.

Who: The Community Foundation invites nominations from students, parents, colleagues, school personnel and administrators and the community at large. Nominations should take the form of a completed nomination form, downloaded from the foundation’s website, a one- to two-page typeset letter describing the nominee’s distinguished educational leadership. It can be accompanied by up to three one-page letters of support. Principals may not nominate themselves.

When: Nominations must be mailed or hand-delivered, and must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 8. Emailed or faxed nominations are not accepted.

Where: Please mail nominations to:

REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership

The Community Foundation

Attn: Stacey Keeley, Donor Engagement Officer

Boulders View Drive, Suite 110

Richmond, Va. 23225

For questions regarding nominations, please contact Tracie Weston, director of HCPS’ Department of Professional Learning and Leadership, at 804-652-3840. More information is also available at tcfrichmond.org.

Award recipients will be announced in March 2019.

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



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