The Week in Photos: Aug. 29-Sept. 2

Week in Photos2Back-to-school bulletin boards, breakfasts, neighborhoods visits and even yoga were just some of the images shared by school media liaisons and staff members this week to highlight VBCPS employees’ work and fun as they prepared for the first day of school.

Woodstock Elementary School teachers are stepping into the new school year with “pencil shoes.” Teachers Avery Horton, Beth Kelly, Roseanne Jacob, and Christine Marcus decorated plain yellow sneakers to look like wooden pencils after seeing the idea on social media. The teachers plan to wear their pencil shoes on the first day of school and other special occasions.

WoodstockES Pencil Shoes

Faculty and staff at Glenwood Elementary School arrived at “Camp Glenwood” for teacher workweek. They participated in various camp activities and learned archery (to enhance their understanding of how students feel learning something new). Their week at Camp Glenwood ended with a cool visit from Kona Ice.

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Thanks to Adult Learning Center office associate Bonnie Flora, staff from radio station 2WD 101.3 FM delivered lunch to the ALC Aug. 30. Flora entered a radio station contest and her name was drawn for the prize of six pizzas from Salvatore’s Pizzeria.

ALC lunch

Rosemont Forest Elementary School teachers were welcomed back with this awesome sidewalk message created by library media specialist Michelle Kovaks and kindergarten teacher Micki Blevins.

ROFO entrance

How do you get to know your students? You visit the neighborhoods in which they live! Linkhorn Park Elementary School teachers rode bicycles through the neighborhoods of their school zone and visited the bus stops their students go to each day.


Green Run Collegiate teachers Katelyn Ready and Dana Fariss are encouraging a growth mindset with their classroom bulletin board.

GRC Bulletin board

Larkspur Middle School sixth grade teachers Emily Joyner, Troy Darwin and Erika Heller started off their morning with yoga.

Larkspur Yoga in the Morning

Cooke Elementary School teachers worked their way through BreakoutEDU, an open-ended problem-solving activity for students that promotes teamwork and can be used in all content areas. Similar to the concept of the local Escape Room, participants have to decipher clues to remove multiple locks from a box that contains the answer they’re seeking. Cooke purchased the classroom escape games with a Virginia Beach Education Foundation innovative learning grant it was awarded in the spring.

CookeES breakout

A student-filled spirit tunnel warmly welcomed Brickell Academy at Old Donation School staff on the first day of teacher in-service week.

Student Spirit Tunnel at Brickell Academy

Bettie F. Williams Elementary School staff celebrated the projection of the school’s full SOL accreditation for 2016-17 with a flag-raising ceremony Aug. 29.


The administrative teams at Kellam High School and Ocean Lakes High School cooked and served breakfast for their respective staffs or “staffulty,” as Ocean Lakes principal Claire LeBlanc refers to her staff-faculty.


Pre-kindergarten resource teachers Amy Carroll and Karen Kagel welcomed parents to orientation sessions hosted by the division’s Title I program Aug. 30. VBCPS has pre-kindergarten classrooms in 20 school sites this year.

Pre-K team

Green Run Elementary School second grade teachers Elizabeth Lindauer, Kelly Mason, and Margaret Harold review school discipline data during an equity training.


Princess Anne High School’s SCA welcomed back staff by hosting a breakfast with an Olympics theme.

PAHS SCA breakfast

The faculty and staff at Rosemont Elementary School are “Going for Gold” this year. To spread the word that “We are all Champions!” and to motivate and encourage Rosemont students, staff visited area neighborhoods Aug. 30 from 6-8 p.m. “Home visits are a fun way to forge a strong relationship with our families and build excitement for the school year. There’s no place like home,” said principal Cari Hall.


Rosemont Forest Elementary School teacher Brad Ward and professional learning specialist Bevin Reinen received an orientation at NAS Oceana Aug. 30 for their Blue Angels flight next week. They were selected to be guest riders in the F/A-18 Hornets when the Blue Angels are in Virginia Beach for the annual NAS Oceana Air Show Sept. 9-11.

Ward and Reinen flight

The green screen in Creeds Elementary School’s media center makerspace was completed this week. Creeds principal Casey Conger demonstrated how it works: one minute she’s standing in front green wall, and the next minute she’s a fan at Busch Stadium cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals. Students will be fans of this new space when they return to school Sept. 6.


Office of Programs for Exceptional Children (OPEC) staff who work in the Laskin Road Annex gathered for a welcome session that followed up on the excitement of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Ten different departments showed their team spirit for OPEC 2016 in fun and creative events, such as competitive scissor racing, the decathlon and rhythmic gymnastics. Teams received high marks for their exceptional efforts!

OPEC Session Rhythmic Gymnastics

Luxford Elementary School teachers were eager to welcome students at their Meet and Greet Sept. 1, and everyone was excited for the ice cream social hosted by the Luxford Elementary School PTA. Thank you, Doumar’s!

Luxford collage

Also at Luxford Elementary School’s Meet and Greet were three generations of Luxford students who all have had the good fortune of being taught by PE teacher Adline Hale.

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Salem Elementary School students had hugs and smiles for staff at the school’s Meet and Greet Sept. 1. Assistant principal Heather Quinn (left) and school counselor Anne Slovic (right) greeted returning students.

Salem ES collage

Before students arrived for Brandon Middle School’s Open House, teachers took turns in the photo booth to share how they will help their Brandon Chargers soar this year.

Brandon MS Open House IMG_8441

At Alanton Elementary School’s Open House Sept. 1, parent of students in Amy Paulson’s third-grade class expressed their hopes for the new school year.

Alanton parent hope comments

The We Are VBSchools blog was updated daily with photos and quotes from staff and students – Each new entry is also shared on the VBSchools Facebook page.

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Superhero greetings await Linkhorn Park Elementary School students the first day of school. They will celebrate their incredible work this year!

Linkhorn Park SuperHeroesBulletinBoard

Linkhorn Park IncredibleHulkBulletinBoard

Larkspur Middle School student leaders were all smiles when they came back to school one day early to help serve breakfast to staff Sept. 2.

Larkspur Breakfast Collage

White Oaks Elementary School staff gathered on the school’s playground Sept. 2 for a back-to-school photo. In the words of school media liaison Donna Stewart, “White Oaks Dragons are really ready to ROCK!”

White Oaks ES staff photo


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