• Nadine Pope, John Marshall and PLC Senior, Wins Rule of Law Contest

    Posted by Kerry Smith on 6/4/2018
    One of our seniors from John Marshall HS, Nadine Pope, who will graduate with an advanced studies diploma, and was a student at the PLC, wrote an essay for the Rule of Law Essay contest (this is a contest supported by the Virginia State Bar, Virginia Bar Association, and the Virginia Law Foundation).  Kerry Smith, teacher at Richmond Technical Center PLC, worked with Nadine on her essay about implied biases and stereotypes as it relates to gender.  It was a fantastic essay!
    We just learned today that Nadine is a 1st place winner and both she and Kerry Smith will be recognized at the School Board meeting on Monday, June 4th.  Nadine will receive a trophy and her submission will be published on the Rule of Law website.  She also will present her essay at the School Board meeting.  Ms. Smith will also receive a certificate of recognition and acknowledgement in front of the school board.
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  • J.L. Francis celebrates success with their 100 Book Challenge

    Posted by Cordell Watkins, Assistant Principal on 5/21/2018
    J.L. Francis Elementary visited PBRVA on Monday, May 21. The restaurant is slated to open to the public this weekend, but first they wanted to congratulate the first 50 students from Francis that have read over 100 books this school year. Students were rewarded with a tour and free pizza! The students from Francis were the first people to see the new restaurant and try the food!! 
    The 100 Book Challenge is an independent reading program that includes a corresponding Reading Log. The program helps to maximize the effectiveness of our school’s reading curriculum. We believe the 100 Book Challenge allows students to grow exponentially by allowing choice while still having high expectations. Independent reading is a critical component of a high quality reading curriculum! 
    We hope to see you there!!


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  • Francis Elementary Holds Annual Book Tasting

    Posted by Principal Kecia Ryan on 4/20/2018

    J.L. Francis Elementary held their 9th annual Book Tasting event on Friday, April 20, 2018.  The students have read 18 books since January. Each student was given a bag to decorate based on something they read from one of the books. On the day of the tasting, students used their bags to gather samples from the various foods that are featured in each book.  This event fosters excitement for reading among the students.  In addition, there was time for the upper grade students to read to the lower grade students. Parent volunteers as well as community members helped with this reading initiative. Our theme this year was "Readingland: Books are So Sweet."


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    Older students reading to younger students

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  • Elizabeth D Redd wins signed copies of Lemonade Wars

    Posted by Alicia Smith on 4/18/2018

    Ms. Alicia Smith is pleased to announce that based on Elizabeth D. Redd's participation in the Virginia Reads One Book program, the school has been recognized AND rewarded with an autographed set of the Lemonade War series!! Redd is very pleased to have been chosen considering how many schools participated. Redd teachers love reading and are proud to instill this passion into their students!


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  • Chimborazo Celebrates Literacy during National Reading Month

    Posted by Sandy Wittig on 4/1/2018
    From Sandy Wittig at Chimborazo Elementary School! 
    March 1 - We kicked off Reading Month and celebrated Dr. Seuss Day with a visit by representatives from the Hershey Ice Cream Company.  They dressed in costume and read "Oh The Things You Can Do That Are Good for You:  All About Staying Healthy" aloud to a 1st grade classroom (see pic attached).  They also passed out an ice cream treat to all students during lunch in the cafeteria.  The visit was coordinated by RPS School Nutrition Services Department and our cafeteria manager.  
    March 2 - Capital One helped our school celebrate Dr. Seuss Day.  Volunteers read aloud a Dr. Seuss book of their choice to all classes.  The lower grades also received a visit from Cat In The Hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2 which was a big hit!  Capital One also provided a book for all students to take home in their effort to support literacy for our students.
    March 8 - We continued our celebration of Reading Month with a Literacy Through Art event sponsored by the Junior League of Richmond.  They provided a yummy pizza dinner then read aloud, "Flip & Fin We Rule the School".  Participants then got to create their own Flip or Fin with a variety of art materials and then take a copy of the book home with them!
    March 12 to March 26 - Our school participated in the One School One Book program supported by Read to Them.  We read "Lola Levine Is Not Mean" and got the chance to learn about soccer.  There were daily trivia contests with fun prizes and some classrooms had the chance to participate in special literacy station activities relating to the book with Read to Them personnel.
    Reading Dr. Seuss
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  • Binford Middle School's Jalia Hardy Wins "If I Were Mayor" Contest

    Posted by Teresa Cole on 3/1/2018

    Congratulations to Statewide winner Jalia Hardy of Binford Middle School in Richmond (also Region 7 winner). Jalia was awarded $250 and a framed certificate. 

    About the contest from the Virginia Municipal League's website:

    "The annual “If I were Mayor Contest” invites seventh graders from throughout Virginia to submit essays describing what they would do if they were mayor of their hometown. Entries are due around December 1 each year. The essay contest is a key component of VML’s civic education programming, which seeks to teach schoolchildren and adults how local government works and how they can become involved in making their communities better places to live, work and play"


    To Read Jalia' essay, visit this link

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  • Congratulations to our 8th Grader: Nicglenia Booker.

    Posted by Lailah Rajab-Bland on 2/12/2018

    On February 3rd, Booker won 1st Place in the 28th Annual Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. MLK Oratorical Contest, for her original composition, “My Reality is Not your Reality”. Stay tuned for Feb. 27th as ETMS Presents: The Arts of African-Americans: A Celebration for Black History Month. Students will showcase their artistic qualities with original poetry compositions, oral recitations, dance as a form of literature, singing and instrumental selections.  

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  • Six Franklin Students Place in Delta Sigma Theta Oratorical Contest

    Posted by Naiia Smith on 2/7/2018

    On February 3, 2018, 19 students from Franklin participated in the Delta Sigma Theta Oratorical Contest. Performing original pieces, 6 of our students placed in the contest. Toni Goodwin and Rajana Green won 2nd and 3rd place for grades 6-8. Essance Silas, Shackoy Fearon and Shaiann Jones won 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for grades 9-10 and Taylor McQuinn won 3rd place for grades 11-12. These students will also perform their original pieces in our Black History Month program on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 6:00pm. 

    Franklin Winners
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  • George Wythe Student Advocates at General Assembly

    Posted by Angela Moore on 1/26/2018

    Jashuan Hyde is a senior and a y=street student representative, enrolled in AP Language and Composition. On Thursday, January 25, 2018 he attended the general assembly to speak with legislators about advocating for a healthy Virginia for today's youth.

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  • Two Wythe Students Win Dupont Martin Luther King Essay Contest

    Posted by Angela Moore on 1/11/2018

    Two George Wythe students, Gabriella Jaurez (1st place) and Shadia Alexander (2nd place) won the DuPont Martin Luther King essay contest. They were recognized on January 18 at DuPont.

    Wythe Winners

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