Oct 18

Interest Meeting for Summer Governor’s School for the Visual and Performing Arts

Dr. Poxon, HHS director of the Center for the Arts, is holding an interest meeting for the Summer Governor’s School for the Visual and Performing Arts on Monday, October 24 at 4:00 p.m. in the auditorium.  All current 10th and 11th grade students interested in applying for the Summer Governor’s School for the VPA should attend. 

If your child cannot attend the meeting, she/he should contact Dr. Poxon, slpoxon@henrico.k12.va.us,  or come to the CFA Office for more information.

Please find a link to all the Summer Residential Summer Governor’s School academies here:


and the Arts academy here: http://www.radford.edu/rugovschool/.

Oct 13

CFA students show you “How to Carve A Pumpkin”

Look for the October edition of “Student Zone” on the HCPS website – October’s edition will feature a “How to Carve a Pumpkin” segment and several Level IV Visual Art students will be featured in the production!  Congratulations to Harry Trinh, who carved the pumpkins; to Do Park, who narrated the segment, and to Dean Bryant, who demoed.  Congratulations!!

  link http://henrico.k12.va.us/StudentZone/index.html

Aug 24

Welcome Message from Dr. Poxon

Dear CFA Students and Parents,

Greetings!  It is with great pride, pleasure and enthusiasm that I welcome our new and returning CFA students and families to the 2011-2012 school year!  On behalf of the CFA faculty and staff, we look forward to ushering in what promises to be an exciting and productive year.  As always, I am excited about our upcoming fall and spring Showcases and the imaginative and creative productions our CFA faculty design in conjunction with our talented students!

In thinking of goals for the CFA for this coming year, three immediately come to mind.  One of our top priorities for all CFA students is continued artistic and academic excellence.  To that end, we are challenging our CFA students to obtain and maintain the required 2.5 GPA for continued enrollment in the program.  We are also focusing on technological growth in our CFA classrooms, incorporating technologies such as Skype and web-streaming, thus allowing our CFA students the opportunity to participate in virtual field trips and master classes – essentially interacting with and reaching out to performing and visual arts professors, teachers and students around the country without ever leaving the CFA classrooms!  Finally, we aim to increase community involvement and awareness with the help of our CFA faculty, staff and students, and with the assistance of our Friends of the Center for the Arts (FCFA), our support organization which recently obtained non-profit 501(c)3 status.

As I embark on my third year as Chair of the CFA, I am humbled not only by the extraordinary talents and abilities of our students, but also by the personal challenges and sacrifices that many of you continually have to overcome.  It is a testament to your persistence, perseverance and passion that enables you to surmount these personal challenges and to achieve greatness.  Never lose sight of your high quality work ethic, your academic discipline, your cooperative spirit, and your strong sense of self, all of which are needed for success during your tenure in the CFA and in the years following.  Finally, remember that you have been accepted as a member of the CFA community; it is now your responsibility to meet these challenges and to make a full commitment to these principals.  Your artistic side will flourish if it is nurtured by hard work!

With best wishes for a productive year,

Stephanie Poxon, Ph.D.

            Specialty Center Chair

Jun 28

CFA Proposed Calendar for 2011-2012

The CFA Proposed Calendar for 2011-2012

Students and Parents – below please find the “proposed” CFA calendar for 2011-2012.  We don’t anticipate any changes to this calendar, but we’ll let you know as soon as possible if there are any changes. 

Please note that all performances and galleries are MANDATORY for CFA students – all students receive a GRADE for their performances – so please plan ahead NOW!  For performing arts students (dance, musical theatre, theatre), you must also plan on being at rehearsal every week night leading up to a performance, and you will receive a grade for each night of rehearsal.  A more detailed performance/rehearsal schedule will be available in the fall, but please mark your calendars now!  The CFA faculty and staff thank you in advance for your cooperation. 


September 27:  Ice Cream Social

FCFA fall membership drive; 7:00 p.m. South Cafeteria

November 18 and 19:  Visual and Performing Arts Fall Showcase

Gallery Showcase:  5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Jeff Hall Gallery

Performing Arts Showcase:  7:30 p.m. Auditorium

Free tickets will be distributed (call 804-228-2718)


January 10:  CFA Open House; 7:00 p.m. Auditorium

March 2-3:  Dance Showcase; 7:30 p.m. Auditorium

March 17:  HHS Night of the Warrior Auction

March 23-24:  Theatre Showcase; 7:30 p.m. Auditorium

March 30-31:  Musical Theatre Showcase; 7:30 p.m. Auditorium 

May 11:  Senior Theatre Showcase; 7:30 p.m. Auditorium

May 18:  Senior Musical Theatre Showcase; 7:30 p.m. Auditorium

May 18:  Visual Art Showcase; 5:30-7:30 Jeff Hall Gallery

May 25:  Senior Visual Art Showcase; 7:00 p.m. Art Works; 320 Hull Street, Richmond, VA 23224 (291-1400)

 June 1:  Senior Dance Showcase; location TBA

June 2:  FCFA Honors and Awards Picnic; Auditorium and CFA Office area – 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Jun 28

Summer Reading Assignments


The Summer Reading Lists are available through this link found on the HCPS website (you can also get to this website from the Henrico High School webpage):


In addition, the 9th grade Honors English Reading list is attached to this newsletter.

If you have questions about the summer reading lists, please contact the HHS Counseling Department at 228-2710.

Happy Reading!!

May 20

FCFA – Annual Honors and Awards Picnic – Saturday, June 4

FCFA Annual Honors and Awards Picnic – please see the below information about the FCFA Picnic.  Please RSVP to Dr. Poxon by Thursday, May 26th!  You won’t want to miss this!

FCFA Annual Honors and Awards Picnic:

Saturday, June 4 @ 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

HHS Auditorium and North Cafeteria area

Everyone Is Invited (incoming CFA parents and students as well!) to the annual FCFA Honors and Awards ceremony at 11:00 in the Auditorium, and then to enjoy a great lunch, KARAOKE, Marketplace Sale, and fun in the afternoon with your CFA family!

The FCFA provides chicken, paper items such as plates, cups, cutlery, and beverages.

Families are requested to bring a covered dish using the alphabet as a guide:

A – M                  Side Dishes and/or salads

N – Z                   Desserts and/or munchies

**Please use the form below to RSVP so the FCFA will know how many people to prepare for!!**

Schedule of events:

10:30 – 10:55 a.m.           Please bring your food to the North Cafeteria (closest cafeteria to the CFA Office) or keep your food in a cooler in your car to bring over to the Cafeteria after the Awards Ceremony

11:00 a.m.                           AWARDS AND HONORS CEREMONY in the Auditorium

                                                Seniors will get honor chords and certificates; Scholarships and Brad Boynton Awards will be announced 

12:00 p.m.                           Lunch buffet served in North Cafeteria; dining al fresco on the sidewalk and in the Main cafeteria

                                                (Chicken, beverages, and paper products supplied by the FCFA)

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.              Marketplace sale items  in North Cafeteria:

Welcome to the NEW Friends of the Center for the Arts Marketplace (formerly the Picnic Auction) featuring gift certificates to area restaurants and performing venues, children’s toys, household items, music, spa elements and more!  Bring cash and checks to purchase your favorite items or find gifts for friends and family as you support the FCFA!                                           

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.                Karaoke!  Games!  Tie-Dyed T-shirts ready for purchase!  Tug-of-War Competition!  Lots of fun!

Everyone needs to RSVP

We also need your help! Please sign up for a committee if you can.

Copy the following section and email to Dr. Poxon by Thursday, May 26:

Picnic RSVP

Please copy this section and email it to Dr. Poxon to RSVP for the Picnic by Thursday, May 26.

Current CFA or New (Incoming) CFA Student Name:

Curriculum Area:

Parent Name:

Parent Phone Number:

Number of People in family attending picnic:

Picnic Volunteers:

I will help with Committee # _______

Committee 1:                      Set up @ 10 a.m. — put tables and chairs in place (need approx. 8 strong people)

Committee 2:                      Take in food and set out for Lunch (10:35 – 12:30; need approx. 6 people and coolers)

Committee 3:                      Clean Up (need approx. 10 people)

May 20

CFA Presents Spring Visual Art and Senior Musical Theatre Showcases


Please join us for an evening of Visual and Performing Arts – the Center for the Arts proudly presents the Spring Visual Art Showcase and the Senior Musical Theatre Showcase! 

The Spring Visual Art Showcase will be held in the Jeff Hall Gallery of the Lee G. Hanchey Visual Arts Building from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Please don’t miss this showcase of artwork created by the Level I, II and III CFA Visual Arts students!

The Senior Musical Theatre Showcase will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Henrico High School Auditorium.  Don’t miss this chance to hear the Level IV Musical Theatre seniors – Danielle Ashjian, Sunni Cahoon, Tayvionne Carey, Tianna Charity, Miranda Harrison, Emily Heller, Brian Lampley, Ronald Middleton, Tanner Pippert, Tomesha Thompson, Trent Williams — in their final Center for the Arts performance!

So, don’t miss this incredible evening of Visual and Performing Arts at the Center for the Arts!

Mar 29

CFA Presents 2011 Musical Theatre Spring Showcase

The CFA Presents the 2011 Musical Theatre Spring Showcase next Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9, at 7:30 in the Henrico High School Auditorium!   The theme of this showcase is “Teacher Picks” – Ms. Moody, the Lead Musical Theatre teacher – asked your HHS teachers to name their favorite Broadway shows and show tunes!  You won’t want to miss this show!

Musical Theatre Showcase 2011 Rehearsal Schedule:

(Revised 3/22/11)

March 28 (Monday): Band only – 5:00-8:00

April 4-8 (Production Week):                     

 April 4 (Monday):

4:00-6:00-III and IV 

 6:00-6:30 – Finale (all)

 6:30-8:30 – I and II

 April 5 (Tuesday):

4:00-6:00 –Level III, IV

6:00-6:30 – Finale

6:30-8:30 – Level I, II

April 6 (Wednesday):     

4:00-4:45 – Level III, IV

Photo Call – 5:00-6:00

6:00-6:45 – Level I, II

7:00-9:30 – First Dress

 April 7 (Thursday):    6:00 Call

7:00-9:30 Final Dress

 April 8 and 9 (Friday and Saturday):       

6:00 Call and 7:30 Show

Mar 24

CFA Presents 2011 Theatre Spring Showcase

The CFA presents the 2011 Theatre Spring Showcases this Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Henrico High School Auditorium.  The event is free to the public – please plan to attend!

Mar 24

Genevieve Dowdy – 2011 HCPS High School Art Teacher of the Year

It is an honor and privilege to announce that Genevieve Dowdy has been selected as the 2011 Henrico County Public Schools High School Art Teacher of the Year. This is a very special award because it comes from her peers. It is also a tangible recognition of Genevieve’s excellence and service in the field of Art Education. Education is a calling and she consistently demonstrates a depth of commitment, professionalism and the willingness to go beyond the call of duty for the students.

Genevieve will be recognized as the 2011 Henrico County Public Schools High School Art Teacher of the Year by the School Board during their monthly meeting on March 24, 2011.

We are all so very proud of Genevieve. Thank you for your continued support that helps to make such excellence possible. 

Michael C. Gettings, Educational Specialist, Art K-12

Henrico County Public Schools