Dear Lion’s Den Parents, Students, and Community Members,
Thank you for visiting our website to learn more about our school community, including our amazing students, our loving staff, our supporting families and partners, and our exciting programs!
As your principal, I am honored to lead our school community to help provide an exciting and rigorous educational experience for our students. Our team is committed to ensuring that our students receive the best possible support to learn and grow.
This year’s theme is “Holton has D.R.E.A.M.S.” - Determined, Resilient, Encouraged, & Authentically Motivated Students and Staff! My vision is to provide students with an educational experience that inspires and motivates them to be lifelong learners and caring contributors to the world around them. Our goal is to provide a nurturing environment that meets the individual needs of each student, both academically and socially.
As you may know, Linwood Holton Elementary is special for a number of reason, but one of the reasons is YOU. Be sure and find ways to engage yourself in school life – your child will notice and respond. There are numerous opportunities for parental involvement. Together, we can make a positive difference. A strong partnership between home and school fosters greater success for our children. Families, teachers, support staff, community members, and administration all play a part in helping our students develop academically, socially, and emotionally. May we all be present for the joy of learning, the satisfaction of a job well done, and the comfort that comes from belonging to a community.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out by phone (804-228-5310) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com). Your concerns are our concerns, and we are always here to partner together to find a solution. All staff members can be reached by email as well, and you should expect to receive a response to your email or phone call within 48 hours.
Nikea Hurt, Ed. D.
Linwood Holton Elementary School
What will happen to Holton's Garden?
Our long term garden supervisor, Susanna Raffenot, will be leaving Holton this year- as her youngest is moving up from 5th grade. Many don't know that Susanna has been the one solely responsible for securing funding for our gardens every year- which has been no small feat. Because this position is now vacant, the PTA and Garden Committee met and decided to scale back our garden expenses. Mrs. Kate (a.k.a "The Holton Plant Lady") will be working reduced hours in the 21-22 school year and focusing only on the beds by the Hudson House. Even after COVID, we have enough to get by next year, but know that this is only a short term solution.
Right now, our main priority is to help our sweet little gardens stay afloat- AND to ensure that Mrs. Kate can continue the work she's so passionate about doing with our students.
We have not had many fundraisers this year, as we know it's been anything but normal. Having said that, we feel that the Holton Gardens have deeply enriched the lives of our students- and that of the the community- so we are asking if you would consider making a contribution as the end of the year approaches. This will help us get back on our feet in the Fall (yes, we're still planning to host a Harvest Festival this November!) and buy us a little more time to find someone who can follow in Susanna's footsteps.
The yearbook is under construction and we need pictures to commemorate our virtual year. We are accepting 3 sets of pictures:
Create a TreeRing account and start uploading pictures.
Armstong and Richmond Community Graduation Changes - Please be aware that the Armstrong High School graduation ceremony has been moved up 1 hour tomorrow (June 22) to 8:00am and the Richmond Community graduation has been moved to Wednesday (June 23) at 1:00pm. Click here for more information.
Family Support Helpline - Questions about reopening? Call the RPS Family Support Helpline at (804) 780-6195 and learn more about other resources available to families.
"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras
Correction* Another fabulous graduation is in the books – congratulations to the Armstrong HS Class of 2021! Many thanks to Principal Bell and his team for running a beautiful ceremony this morning (before the rain :). We'll be closing things out tomorrow with George Wythe, Franklin Military Academy*, Richmond Community, and Thomas Jefferson. See you there! Tonight's Updates: Lit Limo – Can you believe the Lit Limo connected with over 12,000 RPS students this year? Take note of the schedule below the shout-outs so we can keep everyone reading this summer! VUU Youth Entrepreneurship Summit – RPS 11th and 12th graders, Virginia Union University is holding an entrepreneurship summit on June 24-25 just for you! Check out the flyer below and sign up here.
Dear #RPSStrong Family, My apologies for coming to you later than usual tonight – we just wrapped up John Marshall's graduation ceremony at The Diamond! That was our third one of the day: this morning was Huguenot HS and this afternoon was Open HS. All three were all absolutely fantastic (see below for some pix of our valedictorians). Big shout out to Principal Gilstrap, Principal Carleton, Principal Murray, and our Chief Schools Officer, Harry Hughes, for planning and executing beautiful ceremonies! And, of course, congratulations to our amazing, pandemic-defying graduates.