Larry V. Willis, Jr

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Name: Larry V. Willis, Jr
Date registered: June 21, 2016

Latest posts

  1. Summer Reading 2020 — June 1, 2020
  2. COVID-19: An important announcement — March 12, 2020
  3. An important message for families of students who use bus transportation — August 30, 2019
  4. Henrico Schools using “Anonymous Alerts” system to improve communication about safety concerns — August 28, 2019
  5. DEADLINE EXTENDED! Take the 2019 Henrico Schools Survey through April 19 — April 10, 2019

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Jun 01

Summer Reading 2020

Summer Reading Kickoff
For the perfect way to start your summer, check out a video about the HCPS Summer Reading Kick-offListen and laugh as 15 of Virginia’s own authors, illustrators and community partners help YOU kick off a summer full of reading and fun. Visit the Summer Reading 2020 Kick-off Landing Page for elementary, middle and high school readers. All activities are optional, engaging and designed to encourage learners to read widely all summer long.

Permanent link to this article: https://skipwith.henricoschools.us/2020/06/01/summer-reading-2020/

Mar 12

COVID-19: An important announcement

Concern about COVID-19 (coronavirus) has created a rapidly evolving environment where changes are being made quickly in the interest of public health.

Starting Monday, March 16, Henrico County Public Schools will be closed for students for two full weeks of school (through Friday, March 27). We will continue to assess the situation, and decide later if we need to extend this period of closure.

We realize this creates many questions about how students will continue their learning. We have a thorough plan in place, and detailed information about student learning will be communicated in a separate message.

Our teachers and staff will use Monday, March 16, to continue their preparations. “Virtual learning” experiences (digital and non-digital) will be available to students of all grade levels starting on Tuesday, March 17.

During this unprecedented experience, we will continue to do everything possible to ensure the health and safety of our community. The HCPS Facilities and Pupil Transportation departments will conduct additional cleaning of school buildings and buses, and continue to assess the best cleaning practices.

Additionally, for many of our students, the meals provided at our schools are a crucial part of their daily nutrition. Additional plans are being made to address this vital need across the Henrico Community.

Please know that this is not a decision that we make lightly. We realize that any change to educational schedules is disruptive and inconvenient. However, our priority must always be the health and safety of our students, staff members and community.

Again, more details about student learning will be forthcoming in separate communications. Visit the “COVID-19” page on our website for full information from HCPS.

Permanent link to this article: https://skipwith.henricoschools.us/2020/03/12/covid-19-an-important-announcement/

Aug 30

An important message for families of students who use bus transportation

This is an important message for families of students who use bus transportation:

First day of school is almost here! Our drivers have been working hard to rehearse their routes and make sure Sept. 3 is the beginning of a great week. With that in mind, we ask for your patience next week as some buses may experience delays. Here’s why, along with answers to some other frequently asked questions.

What can I expect during the first week of school?

Thousands of Kindergarten and preschool students are riding a school bus for the very first time. We take extra care with these students, such as requiring authorized adults to show ID in order to get them off the bus in the afternoon. Afternoon delays are inevitable as parents become accustomed to our process, and as our drivers meet many of these families for the first time. In limited instances, bus delays may become very lengthy on the first couple of days, but those delays should quickly shorten as everyone gets used to the new routine.

We also realize that the first week of school can often be filled with emotional moments and “must get” photo opportunities. Sometimes this will result in buses being behind schedule.

Where can I find bus information?

Bus stop information is now available on our website as well as through Rycor Online Forms and PowerSchool. We recommend students be at their morning bus stop five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Please review bus stop safety procedures and follow the direction of bus drivers.

Will you let me know if the bus is running 10-15 minutes late?

Pupil Transportation staff makes every effort to notify parents of significantly late buses through School Messenger text messages. For more information on our automated communication methods, click here to visit the Communications and Community Engagement page 

What if I need to call someone in the Transportation department?

If you would like to speak to someone in our Transportation department, you can do that too by calling one of our zone offices. Henrico is a big county that is served by several different transportation zones. To find the zone office that is responsible for your student’s school, click here.

How do I make a formal request regarding my student’s transportation?

Transportation staff receives hundreds of written requests from parents in September. Parents should complete the “School Bus Request Form,” also linked on the web page.  Priority will be placed on assigning new or recently moved students. Requests for changes to bus stop locations will be addressed as a lower priority.

Here’s to a great 2019-20 school year!

Josh Davis
Director, Pupil Transportation

Permanent link to this article: https://skipwith.henricoschools.us/2019/08/30/an-important-message-for-families-of-students-who-use-bus-transportation/

Aug 28

Henrico Schools using “Anonymous Alerts” system to improve communication about safety concerns

What is Anonymous Alerts?

The Anonymous Alerts safety and anti-bullying reporting system helps combat negative activity in schools by empowering students to speak up. Social and peer pressure are some of the hardest obstacles for students to overcome.

The system allows for one-way or two-way anonymous encrypted communication between those submitting reports (students, parents or community members) and school division administration and staff members. System users have the option to remain anonymous or reveal their identity when submitting a report.

How does it work?

To use the new app, students, parents or others simply visit the Henrico County Public Schools website and click on the “Anonymous Alerts” button or the text link to submit a report expressing a concern. Anonymous Alerts apps can be downloaded directly from the Apple, Google Play or Chrome stores.

Users enter Henrico Schools’ Anonymous Alerts activation code – Henrico – and select the school to which the message should go. Informational posters explaining how to use the system will be displayed in HCPS schools and offices.

To send reports from the internet, go to: https://report.anonymousalerts.com/henrico.

To send a report from your phone:

  • Download the free Anonymous Alerts app from the Apple Store, Google Play store or Chrome store.
  • Launch the app and enter the activation code, Henrico.
  • Send important reports to school officials.
  • If desired, add a screenshot, photo or video about the incident.

 

Permanent link to this article: https://skipwith.henricoschools.us/2019/08/28/henrico-schools-using-anonymous-alerts-system-to-improve-communication-about-safety-concerns/

Apr 10

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Take the 2019 Henrico Schools Survey through April 19

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.

Permanent link to this article: https://skipwith.henricoschools.us/2019/04/10/deadline-extended-take-the-2019-henrico-schools-survey-through-april-19/

Apr 01

April 11 is the day to register your child for kindergarten

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Entering kindergarten is a big step for children and their families. It all starts Thursday, April 11 when Henrico County Public Schools will join with 14 other central Virginia school divisions to register new students for the 2019-20 school year. To enroll a child in Henrico County Public Schools, the child must reside in Henrico County with a parent or court-appointed legal custodian and be 5 years old by Sept. 30.

 More information is available at the Henrico County Public Schools website at https://henricoschools.us/registration.

Permanent link to this article: https://skipwith.henricoschools.us/2019/04/01/april-11-is-the-day-to-register-your-child-for-kindergarten/

Feb 11

Community Foundation needs your help to identify region’s outstanding teachers

Henrico, Va. Jan. 17, 2019 – Who is the special teacher in your life? The REB Awards for Teaching Excellence provide a tangible, public way to recognize outstanding teachers in Henrico County Public Schools – and give them the means to continue growing. The Community Foundation’s yearly awards identify, recognize and support teaching excellence in the Richmond area. Honorees receive professional development grants of $4,000 to $12,000, given to teachers who have distinguished themselves by their inspiring classroom performance.

Through a nomination process, approximately 15 outstanding teachers are selected each year to receive cash grants to support professional development activities.

Nominations are invited from parents, students, educators and the community at large. Award recipients have earned graduate degrees, climbed mountains, traced their ancestors and met peers from around the world – all to reignite their own passion for learning and to pass it on to their students.

Nominations must be made online. A letter in support of the nomination must be written by another individual and submitted online with the nomination.

Who:The Community Foundation invites nominations from students, parents, colleagues, school staff and administrators (except for the school principal), and the community at large.
 

When: Nominations and letters of support must be submitted by Feb. 25 at 5 p.m.
 

How: Nominations must be submitted through the Community Foundation’s website. For detailed instructions, eligibility criteria and a link to the nomination portal, please visit https://www.cfrichmond.org/Grantseekers/REB-Awards-for-Teaching-Excellence#123671-award-amount.

*A link to the Community Foundation’s nomination portal can be found at henricoschools.us, under Hot Topics. For questions regarding nominations, please contact Tracie Weston, director of professional learning and leadership, at 804-652-3769.

Permanent link to this article: https://skipwith.henricoschools.us/2019/02/11/community-foundation-needs-your-help-to-identify-regions-outstanding-teachers/

Oct 01

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

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

7501
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.

Permanent link to this article: https://skipwith.henricoschools.us/2018/10/01/know-an-amazing-principal-nominate-him-or-her-for-a-2018-19-reb-leadership-award/

Jul 16

2018-2019 School Supply List

School Supply List

Kindergarten Supply List

  • 4 boxes of 24 crayons
  • 1 box of 8 classic color washable markers
  • 1 pair blunt scissors
  • 2 black and white composition books
  • 1 family size box of tissues
  • 1 container of anti-bacterial wipes
  • 1 plastic snap school box (5″ x 8″)
  • 12 large (.77oz.) glue sticks
  • 3 pink block erasers
  • 1 dozen #2 pencils (standard yellow)
  • 1 art smock or large old t-shire)
  • 1 pack of white paper plates (girls)
  • 1 pack of brown lunch bags (boys)
  • 1 box zip lock bags (boys-gallon)(girls-sandwich)
  • 1 pack of lined index cards
  • 1 plastic pocket folder with prongs

 

1st Grade Supply List

  • 3 plastic folders
  • 3 black and white composition books
  • 1 dozen SHARPENED #2 pencils (standard yellow)
  • 2 boxes of 16 crayons
  • 8 LARGE glue sticks (.77 oz.)
  • 1 pair school scissors
  • 1 box of 8 WASHABLE classic color markers
  • 1 plastic snap school box (5” x 8”)
  • 4 pink block erasers
  • 2 large box of tissues
  • 1 large old t-shirt for art (child’s name on it)
  • 1 8 oz. bottle of hand sanitizer
  • 1 pack of 4 WASHABLE dry erase markers
  • 1 box Ziploc bags (boys-gallon)(girls-sandwich)
  • 1 container of disinfecting wipes

2nd Grade Supply List

  • 1 three-ring binder-1 inch ONLY
  • 7 black and white composition books
  • 3 boxes of 16 crayons
  • 1 box of 8 washable classic color markers
  • 1 box 12-count colored pencils
  • 12 large glue sticks (.77 oz.)
  • 2 dozen pencils (standard yellow)
  • 4 pink block erasers
  • 1 plastic snap school box (5X8 only)
  • 2 pairs of school scissors
  • 1 ruler (not flexible) with both cm and inches
  • 2 box of tissues
  • 8 ½ in x 11 in white board
  • 3 black dry erase markers
  • 1 pack ruled index cards
  • 1 container of anti-bacterial  wipes
  • 1 8-ounce bottle of hand sanitizer (girls)
  • 1 box quart-size freezer bags (boys)

3rd Grade Supply List

  • 1 box of 24 crayons (replenish as needed)
  • 1 box colored pencils (replenish as needed)
  • 1 pack of markers (for classroom marker bin)
  • 1 pkg multi colored dry erase markers
  • 5 black and white composition notebooks
  • 8 large (.77oz) glue sticks (replenish as needed)
  • 1 pair scissors
  • 2 packs notebook paper
  • 3 doz. #2 pencils (standard yellow)(replenish as needed)
  • 1 package of highlighters (replenish as needed)
  • 4 pocket folders (plastic recommended)
  • 1 pencil/supply box
  • 1 pencil/supply pouch
  • 3 boxes of tissues
  • 1 bottle hand sanitizer
  • 2 packs of  baby wipes
  • 1 box of band aids (assorted sizes)
  • 1 box zip lock bags (boys-gallon)(girls-quart )\

4th Grade Supply List

  • 1 zipper supply pouch (NO SCHOOL BOXES)
  • 1 box of 24 crayons
  • 1 pair of pointed school scissors
  • 2 dozen #2 pencils (standard yellow)
  • 3 pack of Scotch Brand Tape (replenish as needed)
  • 6 giant  (.77 oz.) Elmer’s Brand glue sticks
  • 2 boxes of family size tissues
  • 3 yellow highlighters
  • 2 red pens
  • 6 plastic pocket folders
  • 2 box of quart Ziploc Brand bags
  • 2 packs of 100, lined 3×5 index cards
  • 12 wide ruled composition notebooks
  • 4 packages of loose leaf paper
  • 3 black Expo Brand dry erase markers
  • 1 plastic shoebox container with a lid (available at Dollar Store)
  • 1 bottle of hand sanitizer (boys only)
  • 1 pack of baby wipes (girls only)

5th Grade Supply List

  • 1 zipper supply pouch (NO SCHOOL BOXES)
  • 1 box of colored pencils  (replenish as needed)
  • 1 pair of pointed school scissors
  • 2 dozen #2 pencils (standard yellow) (replenish as needed)
  • 4 large glue sticks (.77 oz.) (replenish as needed)
  • 2 boxes of family size tissues
  • 3 highlighters
  • 1 plastic pencil sharpener with cover
  • 2 red pencils or pens
  • 6 pocket folders
  • 1 set earbuds
  • 4 one-subject spiral notebooks
  • 1 Composition Notebook
  • 1 bottle of hand sanitizer
  • 1 4-pack of dry erase markers (replenish as needed)
  • 1 pack of loose leaf paper (replenish as needed)
  • 1 clipboard (optional)
  • 1 pack of baby wipes (Boys Only)
  • 1 box gallon-size bags (Girls Only)
  • $5 Cash for Scholastic News Magazine Subscription

Permanent link to this article: https://skipwith.henricoschools.us/2018/07/16/2018-2019-school-supply-list/