The Week in Photos: Feb. 18-24

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Centerville Elementary School fifth graders in Nancy Laria’s class celebrated Presidents’ Day in costume. Monday, Feb. 20, was a makeup day for school closures due to Winter Storm Helena in January.

Centerville Presidents DAy

Salem Elementary School staff members enjoyed a presidential photo booth set up in the library to celebrate Presidents’ Day. See more photos.


Glenwood Elementary School students used their creative, critical thinking and collaboration skills to create a trap to hold Hansel and Gretel.

Glenwood Hansel and Gretel trap

Congratulations to the winners of the Windsor Oaks Elementary Black History Month Postage Stamp Contest: Caleb Parsons, Michael Anderson, Keira Drukenbrod, Logan Vaccarella, Triniti Hill, Tong-ya Jones and Jaira Patterson. Second-grade teacher Cathy Bookhart sponsored the contest.

WOES Black History Month Contest

Landstown High School staff wore traditional African clothing in honor of Black History Month.

Landstown HS AA tribute

The Advanced Technology Center marketing and entrepreneurship students at Town Center worked with volunteer Harrell Peterson, ACN independent business owner, on the financial game CASHFLOW 101 in which students learn to get out of the “rat race” of life and practice making smart financial decisions.


Red Mill Elementary School third graders completed a marshmallow challenge during one of their science lab classes to begin their study of simple machines. Using string, tape and pasta, students had to build the tallest structure to support a large marshmallow.

Red Mill marshmallow collage

Tallwood High School students who travelled to Amman, Jordan, in November hosted 11 Jordanian students this week as part of the Global Studies exchange programs. The visiting students attended Tallwood classes to discuss their culture and life at Amman Baccalaureate School. They also traveled to Washington, D.C. and Jamestown as well as participated in community service for Operation Smile.

Tallwood HS Jordanian delegation

Windsor Oaks Elementary School students Rylee McLawhorn and Kamiyah Barney showed off the school’s Kindness Quilt. Each student in the school contributed to the quilt masterpiece.

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Salem Elementary School second-grade teacher Regina Palasz Skyped with her students from Haiti, where she was on a mission trip. During the Skype session, Salem students and the Haitian children with whom Palasz was visiting shared the joy of music with each other, singing and playing musical instruments.

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February is recognized as Low Vision Awareness Month. Itinerant teachers in the Special Education Annex serve more than 70 students with visual impairments. This week, Jean Cummings worked with Pembroke Elementary School student Joshua Falkenstein on his functional vision skills.

Jean and Josh 2

Art teacher Jessica Provow filmed a presentation by gifted visual arts students at Virginia Beach Middle School who shared information about artist Salvador Dali. The presentations are part of a Big Head Art unit in which students had to research an artist and create an oversized, wearable head representing the artist. The filmed presentations will be shown on the school’s morning announcements during Youth Art Month in March.

VBMS Big Head Art

Members of North Landing Elementary School’s GEMS (Girls, Engineering, Science and Math) Club talked with WAVY-TV Meteorologist Dietra Tate, who visited the school this week. NLES teacher and club sponsor Tracy Coffin invited Tate to share her experience and information about how weather is predicted using different instruments and digital tools. She also spoke to the young ladies about the meteorology career and answered their questions.


At the C-CAP (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) awards ceremony Feb. 23, culinary arts students from the Technical and Career Education Center and Tallwood, Cox and Ocean Lakes high schools received nearly $300,000 in scholarships. Scholarship amounts ranged from $1,000 to fully-paid apprenticeships and college degree programs. Congratulations, students!

CCAP Award Winners VBCPS 2017

Renaissance Academy middle school students in Gregory Nottingham’s science class measured the voltage, current and power output of a small solar panel.

Ren Academy science nottingham

Red Mill Elementary School’s Assistant Principal Courtney Boyce and Principal Michelle Miller congratulated Barry Kavy for being named the school’s Volunteer of the Year. He plays an important part in helping tutor students who are struggling with various math concepts.

Red Mill VolOfYr

Members of the Centerville Elementary School’s Battle of the Books teams competed in the first elimination round.

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Windsor Oaks Elementary School students and staff participated in the SCA-sponsored Crazy Hair Day.

WOES crazy hair collage

Two members of Bayside Middle School’s literacy team, Katy O’Rourke and Karen Beebe, were recently honored with Bayside’s Going for the Gold medals for disaggregating writing data, working with small student writing groups and offering an SOL Writing Boot Camp.

Bayside MS G4G Feb

Tallwood High School junior Jacob Mills and teacher David Holland were congratulated by Tallwood teachers Margaret Harris and Lisa Gibson for receiving American History Awards from the Daughters of America Revolution. Read more about all the student and teacher award winners.

Tallwood HS DAR winners

Creeds Elementary School Principal Casey Conger congratulated Creeds third-grader Joshua Dadiomoff and fifth-grader Jenna Morris for earning awards in the Virginia Beach Council of PTAs Reflections Contest. At the awards event Feb. 22, Morris received an honorable mention for her musical piece and Dadiomoff won first place in visual arts by a special artist. Dadiomoff also enjoyed a light moment with Superintendent Aaron Spence to celebrate his victory.

Creeds Reflections collage

Congratulations to Hermitage Elementary School fifth-graders Sylvie Farrell and Brianna Shand who were first place award winners in the intermediate division of the VB Council of PTAs Reflections contest. Farrell won first place for literature and Shand won first place for dance. Both girls also won first place in their categories in the Tidewater district competition and will advance to the state competition.

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Ocean Lakes Elementary School first-grader Layla Vaught won a Virginia Beach Council of PTAs Reflections first place award in the literature category in the primary division.


The school division’s Office of Professional Growth and Innovation hosted a Joy Fair Feb. 22 to showcase and celebrate the many ways the division’s Joy Ambassadors are helping bring joy to students and staff. Event organizers hoped attendees left feeling inspired for the “big window of learning” between now and spring break. Read more about the first-ever event.

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Old Donation School Student Ambassadors led tours of the school’s new building on 4633 Honeygrove Road. The event Feb. 22 was the first in a series of public tours and musical performances hosted through May at the new building. The complete schedule is available online.


Ocean Lakes High School senior Julia Wickard and her father Andrew Wickard enjoyed a snow selfie moment and the school’s Big Chill Day Friday, Feb. 24. The 426 parents in attendance went to classes with their student and were invited to a PTA event at the end of the day.

OLHS Big Chill Day

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