The Week in Photos: Feb. 25-March 3

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Students in the Mathematics and Science Academy (MSA) at Ocean Lakes High School hosted the MSA Symposium Saturday, Feb. 25, to share various projects related to their studies. Junior Charlotte Delumpa-Alexander presented a science project on developmental psychology focusing on the impact of nature versus nurture.

olhs MSA symposium

First Colonial High School (FCHS) was one of several middle and high schools that participated in Lynnhaven River NOW’s fourth annual Trashion Show Feb. 25. FCHS student Emma Delos Reyes won Best Design with Naya Gipson as the model. Kaylea Ross won runner-up for Best Design as her own model. FCHS also received the Principal’s Award for Excellence in Stewardship and Creativity which came with a $250 prize.

FCHS Trashion Show

Students from Old Donation School participated in the Model United Nations Conference held at Tallwood High School Saturday, Feb. 25.

Old Donation School Model UN Feb. 25

Elementary and advanced Russian students from the 2016 summer STARTALK program coordinated by the Department of Teaching and Learning participated in the Norfolk Sister City Association’s Russian spring celebration of Maslenitsa, Sunday, Feb. 26. The evening included art, history, dance and music as well as delicious Russian cuisine by Taste of Europe.

Maslenitsa Group

Lindsey Ward, a junior at Cox High School, was recently honored by the Kempsville Branch 99 Fleet Reserve Association for her first-place entry in the organization’s Americanism essay contest. Ward earned $500 for her first-place entry among all participating juniors, and was awarded an additional $250 for her overall third-place finish. Her English teacher Kyle Goodson also attended the recognition ceremony.

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The Five Bookeneers, from John B. Dey Elementary School, competed in the Virginia Beach Public Library 2017 Battle of the Books competition Monday, Feb. 27 and won its match to advance to the semifinals March 15. Team members Katie Sager, Hollis Keenan, Jade Davidson, Cecilia Kocan and Emerson Lewis are excited for the next level of competition.

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Monica Curry, an account manager for Presidio and dedicated mentor to the Advanced Technology Center Cisco Network Engineering class senior project met with her team of Brendan Tracey, Matt Kell, Ates Sauerbry and Dalton Keegan to polish their presentation before delivering it to industry professionals March 3. The project involves responding to a Request for Proposal (RFP) to design a gaming network in five virtual cities.

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Rosemont Elementary School’s library media center hosted its first Book Tasting for third-grade students. The library media center staff put on their chef hats and cooked up some delicious “genre,” introducing various types of books to the students. While sitting at tables set up restaurant style and snacking on popcorn, students also got a taste of historical nonfiction, fantasy, mystery and realistic fiction, just to name a few.

Rosemont ES book tasting

Second graders at Three Oaks Elementary School hosted a first-grade class to share the Ancient Egypt artifacts they researched and created.

TOES egypt collage

Students in Pembroke Elementary School’s Pebbles Environmental Club picked up litter outside the school and created a trash talking turtle. The school will vote on the turtle’s name – either Trashy the Turtle or Sir Trash A Lot.

Pembroke ES Trash Talking Turtle

Fairfield Elementary School’s most recent SCA meeting include social time to participate in a Chip Challenge. SCA members, including Grace Etheridge, Madison Butler and Josie Scott, sampled different flavors of chips and recorded their opinions about the taste.

Fairfield SCA social

Diamond Springs Elementary School concluded Black History Month this week with a performance highlighting famous African Americans. Joe’l Hoskins and Kamryn Bonas kicked it up a notch with some jazz, and kindergarteners danced to “What a Wonderful World.”
DSES black history month collage

Pre-kindergarten students at Corporate Landing Elementary School have been learning about community helpers, and they learned about Kevin Horstmyer’s job during his visit to the school Tuesday, Feb. 28. As a Virginia Beach EMS volunteer from the Marine Rescue Team, Horstmyer shared how he rescues people in the ocean. Students saw the special suit he wears to stay dry and warm in the water and they were able to sit on one of the boats he uses to help people.


Corporate Landing Elementary School students who met their Winter Reading Month goal celebrated in the library with cupcakes this week. Students also received tickets to enjoy Norfolk Tides games later this spring with their families.

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Bayside Sixth Grade Campus students beat the staff by one point in a staff-versus-student basketball game this week. The game supported the Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports (PBIS) efforts at the school.

Bayside 6th Grade staff student game

Bayside Sixth Grade Campus students in Ms. Parker’s class participated in a breakout activity related to their study of the Civil Rights Movement. Working together, they cracked the code on a mystery message about school segregation in the 1950s.

Bayside 6th grade campus breakout

Salem Elementary School kindergarteners set out on a mission to collect 400 cans of food to recognize the 100th day of school. After a successful food drive, they donated 421 cans school partner Essential Church and to SonRise Christian Church. Jay Hernandez, Paige Powell, Cassandra Samsin, Azrael Knab and Jaydon Myers presented the donation to representatives from Essential Church.

Salem ES food drive

Staff at Bayside High School congratulated the school’s Teacher Assistant of the Year, Nurse Assistant Jennifer Connell.

Bayside HS TA of the year

Congratulations to Bayside Middle School Student Activities Coordinator Andrew Wynn who earned the official recognition of Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA). Attaining a National Board Certified Athletic Administrator designation means that Mr. Wynn has taken upon himself to improve not only his professional performance but also that of his entire coaching staff.

Bayside MS Wynn

Robert Muhyl, HVAC craftsman, gives a thumbs-up to the second annual Chili Cook-off hosted by School Plant and Facilities Services Thursday, March 2. Employees from each shop brought in homemade chili for judging.

School Plant chili cookoff

This week many schools recognized Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day March 2 with various spirit days to recognize how much fun it is to read books!

Windsor Oaks Elementary School teachers Cindy Newberry, Sally Benjumea and Terina Haldiman celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday!

WOES Dr Seuss

Book Character Day at Landstown Middle School brought out some favorite characters! Waldo from Where’s Waldo (English Teacher Vanna Maliniak), Fern from Charlotte’s Web (Library Media Specialist Kara Lawson) and Laura Ingalls Wilder from Little House on the Prairie (Library Media Specialist Kathleen Heilig).

Landstown MS book character day march 2

At Ocean Lakes Elementary School, fifth-grader Isabel Johnson dressed as the Cat in the Hat to greet students in the morning, and first-graders in Ms. Jessey’s class (Cameron Follmer, Ariel Snipes, Riley Hall and Ronin Martinez-Russell) also enjoyed the Dr. Seuss theme day.

OLES collage

Pembroke Meadows Elementary School celebrated Read Across America with many “Things” and even a few “Sneetches!”

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Students and teachers at Lynnhaven Middle School participated in Dr. Seuss’ Day with a literacy enrichment assignment and some costumes. The school’s Literacy Team wore t-shirts inspired by Dr. Seuss and school counselor Ed McClendon was inspired by Cat in the Hat.

Lynnhaven MS collage

Indian Lakes Elementary School office staff dressed up as One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish on book character day during Read Across America week.

ILES dr seuss day

Woodstock Elementary School hosted a Seuss-a-bration and students and staff were encouraged to dress as a favorite Dr. Seuss character or wear red and white. Third-graders Londyn Vonner and Tirese Hoyle participated, and students in Beth Kelly’s third-grade class wore sequential shirts from “Thing 1” through “Thing 21.” Kelly’s shirt identified her as “Teacher of all Things.”

Woodstock collage

Representatives from Barn Hill Preserve visited Windsor Woods Elementary School March 2. Alexis Mocco and Melinda Ambrose got a closer look at Oliver, a 6-month old kangaroo.

Windsor Woods kangaroo

Will Chick, Cox High School junior, constructed six counter height, moveable tables for John B. Dey Elementary School as his Eagle Scout project. With research supporting the use of flexible seating in classrooms, Dey Principal Beth Bianchi saw aneed for the tables in the school, and Chick and Troop 493 were eager to fill the request. Chick delivered the tables Friday, March 3, and WTKR-TV anchor Kurt Williams was also there to award him a News 3 People Taking Action Award!

Cox HS Will Chick and Beth Bianchi

Bayside Middle School students participated in a Finish Strong assembly hosted by the school’s administrative team. Students were reminded of the importance of staying focused and on track with their education.

Bayside MS FinishStrong

Ocean Lakes High School (OLHS) seniors and leadership workshop staff members Alex Stern, Sophia Di, Emma Rafferty, Lilly Plizga, Alec Wirstrom and Jack Lerette greeted leadership workshop delegates at 7 a.m. Friday, March 3. More than 130 OLHS students are participating in a weekend a weekend of leadership training at Triple R Ranch.


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