Oct 01

Visual and Performing Arts Summer Governor’s School – Interest Meetings

There will be two interest meetings for 10th and 11th grade students who are interested in applying/auditioning for the Visual and Performing Arts Summer Governor’s School on Wednesday, October 6.  The first meeting will be from 10:00-10:30 a.m. and the second meeting from 1:55 – 2:30 p.m.  Students may attend either session, but not both.  All students will need to sign up in the CFA Office and will need to get a pass from Ms. McCray in order to attend.  Ms. McCray will distribute passes on Monday and Tuesday October 5-6.

Sep 24

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Dear CFA Students and Parents,

First, thank you for attending the FCFA Birthday Party this past Tuesday night!  We had a record turnout of attendees – so thanks again for including the FCFA in your busy weekly schedule.  I had a great time at the party – the new 20th Celebration CFA t-shirts are fabulous (thanks again to Mr. Hanchey for his design!) and the Birthday Cake was incredible (thanks to Operadella Williams for getting the CFA logo on the cake – brilliant idea!)  Overall, it was a fun party and I’m glad that I had the chance to meet so many new parents and students!  Thanks again for becoming FCFA members and for supporting the FCFA!

Second, this will be a long e-Newsletter – sorry!  Please take a moment to read about all of the upcoming events at Henrico, at the CFA and FCFA, and within the community.  Thanks in advance!!


Important HHS Information:

Picture day – Picture day for underclassmen is Monday, September 27 during all English classes.  Pictures will take place in the auditorium.  Since the photo is being used to create student IDs, each student will be required to have their picture taken.

Student Holiday – Please mark your calendars that Monday, October 11 is a Student Holiday!

Senior Convocation – Senior Convocation will be held on Wednesday, October 13 at 9:30 a.m.  More details to come…

PSAT testing – PSAT testing will take place on Wednesday, October 13.  Please see the below reminder from Ms. Robin Lewis, Henrico’s Coordinator of Assessment and Remediation, regarding PSAT testing:

PSAT reminders for CFA part-time students:

10th grade AM students not testing should report to Henrico as normal.

11th grade AM students should stay at their homeschool for testing.

12th grade AM students should stay at their homeschool as Henrico 12th grade students will be participating in Senior Convocation.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Lewis at 228-2700.   Thanks! 


Specialty Center schedule for 2010-2011

Below please find the schedule for the Specialty Center Zone Meetings and Open Houses for the 2010-2011 school year (see also the attached schedule).  Students and parents, I can use volunteers to help serve as greeters and/or ushers at each of the Zone Meetings.  If you are interested in helping, please contact me or your CFA teacher.  Please encourage any 8th grade student you might know to attend one or more of these Zone Meetings:

ZONE MEETING INFORMATION SESSIONS:  All sessions begin at 7:00p.m.

Highland Spring High School                        Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Freeman High School                                     Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Deep Run High School                                    Thursday, October 28, 2010

Glen Allen High School                                   Thursday, November 4, 2010

OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE:  All Open Houses begin at 7:00p.m.

Center for Engineering                                  December 1, 2010                            Highland Springs High School Auditorium

Center for Humanities                                   December 2, 2010                            Hermitage High School Auditorium

Center for Science, Mathematics &         December 6, 2010                            Godwin High School Auditorium


Center for Communications                        December 7, 2010                            Varina HS Center for Communications

Center for Leadership                                    December 13, 2010                         Freeman High School Auditorium

Government and Global Economics

Center for Education and                             January 6, 2011                                 Glen Allen High School Auditorium

Human Development

Center for the Arts                                          January 11, 2011                               Henrico High School Auditorium

IB Middle Years and                                        January 13, 2011                               Tucker High School Auditorium

Diploma Years

Center for Information                                  January 18, 2011                               Deep Run High School Auditorium


Center for World Languages                       January 20, 2011                               Tucker High School Auditorium


CFA Upcoming Events:

Musical Theatre/Theatre spring trip to NYC:

An interest meeting for CFA Musical Theatre and Theatre spring trip to NYC will take place on Tuesday, September 28 at 7:00 in the Studio Theatre.  All parents and students in these two curriculum areas are welcome to attend.

CFA Lecture Series:

Please mark your calendars for Friday, October 22, as the CFA will have the opportunity to hear a performance/presentation by Tiffany Haas, who is currently performing in Broadway’s production of Wicked.   There will be two presentations – one at 10:30 – 11:30 to accommodate the CFA AM students and Levels I and II, and one in the afternoon at 1:00 – 2:00 to accommodate the CFA PM students and Levels III and IV.  All CFA students are being asked to attend; we are working to allow CFA students in their academic classes during those times to be released from class so that they may attend the performance.  CFA parents are welcome at either session.  The CFA Lecture Series is generously sponsored by the FCFA.

Fall Showcase Rehearsal Schedule: 

The 20th Celebration Retrospective Fall Showcase will take place on Friday and Saturday, November 19 and 20, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.  All students in the Dance, MT, and Theatre curriculum areas will be expected to be in rehearsals the week of November 15.  A detailed rehearsal schedule will be distributed next week so that you will know the exact days/times your student is required to be in rehearsal.


CFA Spotlight:

Congratulations to Level IV Visual Art student Allie Ayers whose award-winning Scholastic artwork has been selected for another honor – from the hundreds of students selected for a national gold-key, Aliie is one of 50 students whose artwork has been selected to part of the U.S. Department of Education exhibit in Washington, D.C.  While the exhibit is not open to the public, many important visitors to the U.S. Department of Education will get to see Allie’s artwork as it will be on display for the next year!  Congratulations Allie!

Congratulations to Candice Christopher (CFA Dance Level IV), Sean Daly (CFA Dance Level I), Lindsay Gosack (CFA Dance Level II) and Ravé Williams (CFA Dance Level III), who will be performing in the Concert Ballet of Virginia’s Fall Repertory Gala this Sunday, September 26, 2010, at 2:30 p.m. in The Women’s Club Auditorium (211 East Franklin Street, Richmond, VA).  Tickets are $12.00 in advance and at the door.  Break a leg CFA dancers!


FCFA Upcoming Events:

Jamaican Me Laugh – join the FCFA this weekend by attending one of the performances of Jamaican Me Laugh, brought to you by StageDoor Studio theatre company at the Henrico Theatre.  There are performances tonight, Friday September 24 at 7:30 and 9:00, with drawings at each performance.  In addition, a portion of the ticket sales will be donated to the FCFA.  So, if you or your neighbors are looking for something to do this weekend, consider taking in one of these shows and support the FCFA!!

Visual and Performing Arts College Fair – please join the FCFA on a field trip to the Performing and Visual Arts College Fair held in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, October 31 (permission forms are attached).  The FCFA will provide the transportation to this event, and we will leave Henrico at approximately 9:00 a.m. and will arrive at Union Station around 11:00 for lunch and shopping.  We will attend the fair from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. and will depart for Richmond around 4:00 p.m.  We should arrive back on campus at approximately 6:00 p.m.  A signed permission form and $25 deposit is required for all students; students will get their deposit back at Union Station to use as their lunch and shopping money.  Parents are welcome to attend as well, but are asked to complete a permission form so that we can reserve space for you on the bus.

This college fair is a great way for you and your family to learn about the various colleges and universities throughout the country that offer degrees in the visual and performing arts.  For information about the college fair, please see:  http://www.nacacnet.org/EventsTraining/CollegeFairs/pva/Pages/10PDC.aspx.  In addition, please read this article that was published in the New York Times that references this college fair:  http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/11/answers-to-your-questions-about-college-theater-programs/.

Please return your signed permission form, along with your payment, to your CFA teacher by Friday, October 1.  If you have any questions about this event, please give me a call in the CFA Office!

Destination Broadway – Auditions for Destination Broadway will be held on Friday, October 22 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the HHS Auditorium.  The evening will begin with a general information session about the Destination Broadway program, followed by individual auditions conducted by Tiffany Haas.  The event is free and open to the general public.  For more information, please contact FCFA Corresponding Secretary Vicki Powell at jarotoda@aol.com.



Yard Sale:

The HHS Drama Boosters Yard sale will take place this Saturday at 8:00 a.m.  The yard sale will be held in the main parking lot at Henrico High School beginning at 8:00 a.m.   Please stop by and support the Drama Boosters!

Drama Boosters Meeting:

The newly formed Drama Boosters organization will hold a general interest meeting on Monday evening, September 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Mr. Ritter’s classroom.  This meeting is open to all parents whose students plan to take part in the drama club, Anne Frank, VTA, and the spring musical.

Parents of students already cast in Anne Frank and the VTA plays are encouraged to attend as each student’s parent(s) will be asked to assist with one pre-show committee and one show-week committee, and duties will be delegated.

As we move forward to offer two full length productions at Henrico High School this year, it is more important than ever that we have strong parental support and involvement.  Please plan to attend and share your student’s love of the arts!  Please direct any questions you have to Vicki Powell at jarotoda@aol.com or 291-7918.


Upcoming Performances in the community:

Concert ballet of Virginia: 

The Concert Ballet of Virginia will be having its annual series of open house auditions, “Nut House,” to introduce the world famous ballet to dancers, students, adults, actors and non-dancers and through “hands-on” exploration activities learn how easy it is to be in “The Nutcracker.”  There is one Saturday, September 25, from 9:00 – 11:00 at the Ballet Headquarters, Hanover Air Park, 11028 Leadbetter Road, Ashland, VA.  For more information the studio number is 804-798-0945.

The CBV Nutcracker is also an opportunity for students to get volunteer hours by assisting in areas such as set building, costume design, stage crew etc.

Christian Youth Theater Times – SeptemberFALL CLASSES HAVE BEGUN!
Fall classes have started at CYT! This is the last week to sign up for the fall session at cytrichmond.org. If you missed out this semester, registration for winter classes begins online this November 1st. Those enrolled in the winter session will be eligible to audition for either “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” in our new southside location, or “Aladdin” in the west end!CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG TICKETS TAKE OFF!
For the first time ever, the exciting classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang comes to the CYT stage! Tickets go on sale this September 20th online at cytrichmond.org. You won’t get another opportunity for a while to see this amazing show come to life!WE’RE EXPANDING!
CYT Richmond’s Artistic Director, Brooke Abrahamsen (and her husband, Ryan) are expecting their first child in September…but they are not the only ones expanding…CYT Richmond is expanding too! After 9 years in Richmond, CYT is looking forward to officially launching the Southside area. Each area will have local classes AND a separate musical production beginning this winter. That means lots more stage opportunities for lots more kids with 2 musical productions each session! AND since we are expanding to 2 complete areas/shows/camps, we are also expanding our office and warehouse space to a new combined location in October just off of Broad Street / Dickens Road. Lots more room for lot more sets, costumes, props, etc! Because of all these expansions going on, we have decided to change our annual “Encore” fall auction fundraising event into a big OPEN-HOUSE CYT EXPANSION PARTY at our new warehouse once we move in. The exact date for this October event will be announced once we have our move-in dates set so be on the lookout for an email party announcement! Everyone will be invited!


Whew…this has been a long e-Newsletter – thanks for reading to the end!

Hope you are enjoying the record (or near record) warm weather these first few days of fall!  Have a wonderful weekend!
With best wishes,

Dr. P 

Stephanie Poxon, Ph.D.

Chair, Center for the Arts

Henrico High School

302 Azalea Ave.

Henrico, VA 23227


P 804-228-2718

F 804-228-2715

Sep 06

Welcome to the 2010-2011 school year!

Dear CFA Students and Parents,

Welcome to the 2010-2011 school year!  This is an exciting year for the CFA as we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Center with a variety of activities, including a 20th Birthday party on September 21 and a retrospective Fall Showcase on November 19 and 20.

CFA Handbooks for 2010-2011 will be distributed to each CFA student on the first day of class.  Please be sure to read your handbook completely.  Each student and parent must sign the yellow acknowledgment form (inserted in the handbook) indicating that you have read and will comply to the rules, regulations, and performance dates outlined in the handbook.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the CFA Office.

Please stay tuned to this site for more information about the upcoming school year!  Welcome back!

May 25

FCFA Annual Honors and Awards Picnic – Saturday, June 5

FCFA Annual Honors and Awards Picnic:

Saturday, June 5 @ 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

HHS Auditorium and CFA Office area

 Everyone Is Invited to the annual FCFA Honors and Awards ceremony at 11:00 in the Auditorium, and then to enjoy a great lunch, silent auction, and fun afternoon with your CFA family.


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


Seniors will get 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 CFA Office patio area (Chicken, beverages, and paper products supplied by the FCFA)

 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.    SILENT AUCTION on display in North Cafeteria

 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.   Karaoke, Games, Tie-Dye T-shirts Station, and CFA Trophy

 1:45 p.m.   Winners of SILENT AUCTION bids announced

 Everyone needs to RSVP

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

Copy the following section and email to Dr. Poxon by Thursday, May 27.

Many thanks to those of you who have already sent in your response!


Picnic RSVP

Please copy this section and email it to Dr. Poxon to RSVP for the Picnic by Thursday, May 27.

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)

Committee 4:              Auction workers, 2 per shift in auction area (shifts run in half-hour increments beginning at 12:00)




May 03

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Dear CFA Students and Parents,


Students will be given the SOL testing information in class on Friday, May 7.  I will be sending the same information as an attachment in next Friday’s Newsletter so that you will have this information to review at home.  The Intro Letter gives general information, and the May SOL testing 2009 comparative schedule has all school testing schedules. When you look at the schedules, please don’t panic!  It takes a minute to figure out a schedule and strategy.

 When I send the attachment next week, you will need to find your school and print the page.  I encourage students not to lose their printouts of these schedules!  I also encourage all parents to call me or the HHS Testing Coordinator, Robin Lewis, if you do not understand the schedule after students have explained it to you (and if your student can’t explain it to you, they need to see me or their CFA teachers for additional explanations!!)

 So students, please try NOT to miss your CFA class next Friday or you will miss the opportunity to go over the SOL testing schedule with me. 


 All current and incoming CFA students and parents will receive a letter from Judy Williams, the Education Specialist for Gifted Education Programs, in the near future.  All CFA students have been identified as gifted and this identification will be part of their academic record.  Congratulations CFA students!!


 May 7: Senior Musical Theatre Showcase

7:30 p.m. HHS Auditorium

 May 7: Senior Dance Showcase

7:30 Grace Street Theatre at VCU

934 West Grace Street; Tickets $5 (all tickets must be purchased in advance)

*Tickets will go on sale in the CFA Office beginning Friday, April 30.  Please see Ms. McCray for tickets.  NO TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR!

 May 14: Visual Art Showcase

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Jeff Hall Gallery in the Lee G. Hanchey Visual Art Building

 May 14: Senior Theatre Showcase

7:30 p.m. HHS Auditorium

 May 18 -28:  SOL TESTING

 May 18:  CFA New Student Orientation

7:00 p.m. HHS Auditorium

 May 28: Senior Visual Art Showcase

7:00 p.m. Art Works

320 Hull Street, Richmond, VA 23224

 June 5: FCFA Annual Honors and Awards Picnic

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

*More information about the picnic in future Newsletters!  STAY TUNED!

**PARENTS – we will be holding our annual SILENT AUCTION at the Picnic.  If you are interested in donating something for the SILENT AUCTION, please send me an e-mail or contact me at 228-2718.

 June 8-11:  Senior exam week

 June 10:  CFA exams

 June 11: CFA part-time academic exams

 June 15-18: Regular exam week

 June 16:  HHS Graduation 11:00 a.m.

 June 21-30:  ZMullins Dance Intensive:  Applications are available from Ms. Fink in the CFA Office


Senior Prom is this Saturday (May 1) for Henrico High School. It’s a glamorous and exciting time for our students, but I want to encourage all of you to think before doing something you might regret for a long time.  Have a great time, take care of yourselves, and PLEASE BE SAFE!

Jan 25

CFA Applications and Auditions

Dear Prospective CFA Students: Please remember that all Center for the Arts applications are due Friday, January 29!!  Please call 228-2718 if you have any questions about the application packet or the audition schedule.

Here is the 2010 CFA Audition Schedule:

Center for the Arts

2010 Auditions

*Please note: All incoming CFA students will be FULL-TIME students at Henrico High School beginning with the 2010-2011 school year.


February 17              6:00-8:30 pm             0-3 years of ballet or jazz within the past 3 years

February 18              6:00-8:30 pm             0-3 years of ballet or jazz within the past 3 years

February 19              6:00-8:00 pm             4-6 years of ballet within the last 4 years


February 8                6:00-7:30 pm             Last names A-L

                                       7:30-9:00 pm             Last names M-Z

February 9                 6:00-7:30 pm             Last names A-L

                                        7:30-9:00 pm             Last names M-Z

February 10              6:00-7:30 pm             Last names A-L

                                       7:30-9:00 pm             Last names M-Z


February 3                 6:00-7:30 pm             Last names A-L

                                       7:30-9:00 pm             Last names M-Z

February 4                 6:00-7:30 pm             Last names A-L

                                       7:30-9:00 pm             Last names M-Z

February 5                 6:00-7:30 pm             Last names A-L

                                       7:30-9:00 pm             Last names M-Z


February 17              5:00-6:30 pm             Last names A-L

                                       6:30-8:00 pm             Last names M-Z

February 18              5:00-6:30 pm             Last names A-L

                                       6:30-8:00 pm             Last names M-Z

February 19              5:00-6:30 pm             Last names A-L

                                       6:30-8:00 pm             Last names M-Z

For more information, please call the Center for the Arts at 228-2718

Dec 17

Open House: January 13, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium

The Open House gives prospective CFA students the opportunity to meet the CFA teachers and to learn about the CFA program!