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Flight School Scholarship for High School Students

Chad Weaver Aviation Scholarship

The Chad Weaver Aviation Scholarship will reimburse up to $450.00 to Virginia residents for private pilot flight training.  The scholarship will reimburse the cost of a private pilot ground school and/or private pilot flight training at a Virginia flight school.  No other expenses will be reimbursed.  The program is open to students who began flight training and/or began attending a ground school on or after June 1, 2019.  Students must have a current FAA medical.  A maximum of 100 scholarships will be awarded, and only one scholarship will be awarded per student.

Scholarship information (click here)

Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Boys a SENG Webinar

SENGinar – Of Grizzly Bears and Yellow Labs: Social-Emotional Lives of Gifted Boys

In a society that often neglects to teach its boys the vocabulary of emotions (let alone how to recognize and process emotions), gifted boys—like all boys–can struggle to navigate their social-emotional world.  Learn about SENG seminars at

Tuesday, September 24th

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM EDT 

$20 Members/$40 Non-Members

Deadline to register: 9/24, 7:30PM

William and Mary SEP Fall Classes

Saturday/Summer Enrichment Programs (SEP)

William and Mary is offering  fall enrichment classes for gifted students (grades k-6) .  Classes run from 9:30 – 3:00 on Saturdays from October 12-19, 2019. Classes are $260 each with a $50 deposit due with application. Please visit the William and Mary site for more detailed information. (see link below).  The deadline to apply October 7, 2019.

William and Mary SEP link

Welcome HCPS Gifted Education Specialist Chandra Floyd

CHANDRA B. FLOYD is the gifted education specialist in Henrico County Public Schools.  In her 23 years as an educator, she has served in a number of capacities including second grade teacher in a private school; high school and middle school English teacher in public schools set in rural, urban, and suburban communities; and gifted resource teacher in a public, urban setting. As a gifted resource teacher, she focused on providing services to gifted students and on providing professional learning to teachers of the gifted. In the year prior to taking on her specialist position in Henrico, Chandra served as a graduate research assistant at William & Mary’s Center for Gifted Education while completing her doctoral coursework. Chandra enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her family.

Fourth Grade Students–Free Admission to National Parks

To help engage and create our next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates, Federal Land Management agencies, launched the Every Kid in a Park initiative. The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for each and every 4th grade student across the country to experience their federal public lands and waters in person throughout the school year.

Every year, beginning September 1, all kids in the fourth grade have access to their own Every Kid in a Park pass at This pass provides free access to national parks across the country. See the official rules for the details.

Gifted Identification Referral Windows 2019-2020

The Gifted Identification Referral window for students in grades 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, and high school opens on October 7, 2019 and ends on October 25, 2019.

HCPS identifies students in mathematics and/or language arts.  Contact the gifted education coordinator at your child’s school elementary school or the gifted resource teacher at your child’s middle school if you have questions about the referral process. Kevin Carr  is the contact for all high school referrals.

All referrals for students in grades 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8 must be submitted in writing to the gifted education coordinator (elementary level) or the gifted resource teacher (middle school level) between October 7, 2019 and October 25, 2019.

Referrals are accepted only during the referral windows (October 7-25, 2019 for  students in grades 3,4,5,7,8, and high school).

Visit    to learn more about Gifted Programs in Henrico County.

Note:  The referral window for grades K, 1, 2, and 6 will open on January 6, 2020 and will close on January 24, 2020.  Additional information will be available in December.



Patty Griffin to be Recognized for Dedication to Gifted Students

The Virginia Association for the Gifted has informed Henrico County Public Schools of their plans to posthumously recognize Patty Griffin’s contributions to the learning and development of gifted students in the Commonwealth of Virginia at their fall conference.  Patty was the Gifted Specialist for HCPS 2012-2019.  “Patricia Griffin’s dedication and productivity in the field of gifted education provided a model for excellent leadership and exceptional curriculum, instruction, and services.  The Virginia Association for the Gifted hopes that by recognizing Patty’s high performance standards, other educators will be inspired and as a result improve education for gifted students in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

National Recognition for Moody Students-Lead2Feed-Lead4Change Service Learning

Congratulations to two of Moody’s  8th grade gifted elective teams who have received national recognition for their work with the Lead2Feed – Lead4Change Leadership and Service Learning initiative J

MMS Far Fetchers supported the local non-profit AARF: Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation, with the 3rd annual “Puppies In the Park” event held at Short Pump park.  This year, teams of students held a Pupcake War, offered face-painting and henna tattoos, set up lemonade and bake stands, sold homemade doggie toys, and held a kiddie carnival and doggie-got-talent event.

Supporting the Ronald McDonald House of Richmond, the Hearts At Home team held a field day event at Deep Run Park to educate and advocate for their selected non-profit.  Students held a bake sale and raffle, sponsored field day events, and provided a get-well card making craft station for park visitors to enjoy.  A toiletry supply drive was also held here at Moody, where over 250 supplies were collected through 7th and 8th grade APL classes.

Both teams have each been awarded $500 for their selected non-profit partners, proving that students can make a positive difference in our community!  Please click on the link below to see the national press release regarding the Lead2Feed – Lead4Change program and to read more about the amazing work students are doing across the nation to promote leadership and service learning:

Fifteen Juniors/Seniors Selected to Participate in the Summer Residential Governor’s Schools

Summer Residential Governor’s Schools provide gifted high school juniors and seniors with intensive educational experiences in visual and performing arts; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology; or through mentorships in marine science, medicine and health sciences, or engineering.

Each Summer Residential Governor’s School focuses on one special area of interest. Students live on a college campus for up to four weeks each summer. During this time, students are involved in classroom and laboratory work, field studies, research, individual and group projects and performances, and seminars with noted scholars, visiting artists, and other professionals. In the three mentorships, students are selected to work side-by-side with research scientists, physicians, and a variety of other professionals. A director and a student-life staff provide supervision of students 24 hours a day, throughout the program.

Henrico County Public Schools is honored to announce that 15 of our high school students have been selected to participate in this highly competitive program.  The Visual and Performing Arts Program has ten students participating.  Two students will take part in the Humanities program.  HCPS has one student participating in the Math, Science, and Technology program as well as one student selected for the Medical and Health Science Mentorship.

Many of the students went through similar challenges during the application process.  One of the students reflected on the process and shared the following statement:

“To apply for the program, I worked with my school counselor to complete the forms necessary. As for the audition process, I consulted my private studies teacher about pieces of music to perfect for the adjudication, then proceeded to work on them until the audition. The audition itself was somewhat nerve-wracking; however, I made it through with flying colors. What I am most excited to do is to work with college professors that teach in the field of music, as I think it will assist in my growth as a musician and give me an advantage on my college applications.”

Another student spoke about the anticipation of the experience.   “While attending the residential program for four weeks, I hope to get exposed to the field of medicine and health sciences and to see it in action. I also hope to make various connections with new peers, the faculty, and the staff. I expect to learn new topics and material that I wouldn’t be able to learn without this program, and I am very excited to attend.”

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