The Week in Photos: Dec. 17-22

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Students from several schools participated in the Girls on the Run (GOTR) Hampton Roads 5K Dec. 18. Participants from Trantwood Elementary School were ready to run, and fifth-grader Bella Dinges and fifth-grade teacher and GOTR coach Hannah Phelps celebrated their 5K finish.


How many first-graders fit in a Powhatan canoe? About a dozen! Cheryl Freeman’s class, as well as three other classes from Kempsville Elementary School, had Jamestown all to themselves Dec. 19 for their field trip to the historic site.


Kempsville Elementary School students performed the holiday musical “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”


Lynnhaven Middle School’s SCA held a holiday door decorating contest for the opportunity to listen to holiday music during lunch. The eighth-grade teams used the “12 days of Christmas” for inspiration.


During the Innovative Minds bell at Plaza Middle School, students on the Florida core team created animals from recyclable items and researched the ways in which pollution affects their animal. Students presented their projects to staff and parents in a “museum” in the cafeteria.


Throughout December, schools have recognized outstanding educators in their selection of the 2018 Teachers of the Year. Tallwood High School recognized Distinguished Educators Tawnia Dossett, Lyudmyla Yuzhbabenko, Jessica Windish and Lisa Walker. Windish was named Tallwood’s 2018 Teacher of the Year.


Great Neck Middle School students and staff visited the Hi-Fructose exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and posed for a group photo in the painted room by artist Mark Dean Veca entitled “Madder Hatter.”


Windsor Oaks Elementary School staff participated in Tacky Sweater Day for the holiday season. The fourth-grade team of Brittney Darden, Irene Sclafani, Kat Peot, Stacie Craig proudly displayed their “tacky.”


Windsor Oaks Elementary School second-grade students participated in a STEM challenge to work together and use only pipe cleaners to create a Christmas tree that stood on its own.


Volunteers made learning sweet this week at Linkhorn Park Elementary School. Linkhorn parents Ashley Dawson and Deanna Hunter stayed late Wednesday evening prepping fun activities for first-graders.


Students from College Park Elementary School’s male mentoring club collected socks and slippers for the community’s assisted living center. The club is led by John Harris and other male members of the College Park staff.

College Park mentoring club

Pembroke Meadows Elementary School’s SCA worked together to help the Virginia Beach SPCA. Parents, children, staff and visitors donated supplies and toys to help defray some costs for the animals that are in need.


Pembroke Meadows Elementary School fourth-grader Adrianna Steadman won the honor of being principal for the day. Students earned a chance to sit in the principal’s seat by bringing in items for the Virginia Beach SPCA’s Presents for Pets campaign. Among many duties she fulfilled throughout the day “Principal” Steadman checked in on the busses at dismissal to make sure all was well. Adrianna said, “It was a lot of fun to be principal, but I am ready to go back to being a fourth grader!”


The Advanced Technology Center (ATC) celebrated the success of 19 students who earned their certification as as Microsoft Office Specialists for Access 2013. There were seven schools in the state of Virginia who had the highest number of passed exams between July 1- Nov. 30, and the ATC was one of the winners.


Students at Indian Lakes Elementary School enjoyed a “Winter Wonderland” of activities during their PE classes with Mr. Grassano.



Kempsville High School had 41 students receive medals at the DECA District Leadership Conference Dec. 20. Nineteen of the competitors were awarded first place or second place overall and advance to the State Leadership Conference held in March.


Cox High School DECA members also participated in the DECA District Leadership Conference. Students earned 33 medals and won the School Spirit Award.


Strawbridge Elementary School staff and students enjoyed holiday activities before the division’s winter break.


White Oaks Elementary School fourth-grader Why Morales had fun creating winter scenes.


First-graders in Nicole Holdcraft’s class at Luxford Elementary School worked together on an assembly line as a culminating activity for their economics unit of study.



Students at Windsor Oaks Elementary School took part in the global event Hour of Code where students used a program to learn basic computer programming in fun engaging ways. First-grader Kyi’vier Gibbs and second-graders Christian Parker, Tristan Phillips and Dakota Eaton showed their enthusiasm for coding!


Technical and Career Education Center students in SkillsUSA and the public safety and culinary arts programs worked together to raise more than $2000 to provide a struggling family with a happy holiday.


Lex Gray, WAVY-TV anchor and reporter, visited Point O’ View Elementary School to read to Mercedes Rivera’s first-grade class.


College Park Elementary had a fun filled evening with Santa, PE teacher Brian Shelton, and Mrs. Claus, assistant principal Penney Fonville.


Do you want to build a snowman? Red Mill Elementary School staff member Laura Nuckols built a snowman in hair to take home a prize in the staff competition for Best Holiday Hair. Her snowman design was complete with pigtail arms held in perfect position by some wintery helium balloons. Read more about the winter holiday staff competition at Red Mill here.


Three Oaks Elementary School fifth-graders in Lyn Green’s class collected and wrapped pajamas and books to donate to a homeless shelter this holiday season.


Three Oaks Elementary School (TOES) fourth-grader Alyse Freeman wrote a persuasive letter to principal Linda Sidone to request permission for students to dress up like the Whoville characters in the classic holiday story “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.” Sidone shared Freeman’s idea on the morning announcements Dec. 20 for a fun-filled Whoville day Wednesday, Dec. 21. TOES office staff showed their holiday spirit as well!


The Noblemen hosted holiday celebrations for all of the division’s pre-kindergarten students throughout December, distributing gifts to students and their siblings along with plenty of holiday cheer.


Lynnhaven Middle School Principal Violet Hoyle had a team of elves help her cook breakfast for all staff Dec. 21. Everyone arrived early to cook bacon, waffles, grits and a variety of casseroles for the special event.


Dr. Spence visited Princess Anne Elementary School to recognize Cheyenne Hayes for her holiday artwork being selected as the illustration for the division’s holiday card. Holiday artwork by more VBCPS students is featured on


Teacher assistants and office staff at Diamond Springs Elementary School sang carols through the halls, bringing joy and cheer to students and staff on the last day before winter break.


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