School media liaisons submitted the following photos to highlight awards, activities, events and instruction from Saturday, March 11 to Friday, March 17.
The school division’s student musicians participated in the Virginia Music Educators Association’s district assessments March 11, for which they performed multiple selections that were reviewed by a panel of judges. Ocean Lakes High School’s band, led by band director Ryan Rowles, received superior ratings for the second year in a row and is now considered a 2016-2017 Virginia Honor Band. Pictured are wind symphony members Reed Curtin, Sibley Brown, Jacob Ward, Sevi Fundalewicz, Will Scheib, Charles Via and Matthew Daily.
Cox High School’s band, under the direction of Mike Lane, also received superior ratings in the statewide assessment for district bands, earning the distinction of 2016-2017 Virginia Honor Band.
The Bayside High School Health Sciences Academy Future Health Professionals’ Team was also in competition March 11-12 at the Virginia Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Leadership Conference. 77 students competed and earned the following recognitions: 24 state champions in 10 events; 66 state finalists; 44 national qualifiers in 18 events.
Occupational therapists and physical therapists from the division’s Special Education Annex attended the 24th annual Virginia Occupational Therapy School System Symposium March 10-11. Each participant earned 13 continuing education credits at the symposium.
Student artists and their families were invited to a reception at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art Monday, March 13, to view their artwork in the Youth Art Month exhibit in Fleming Gallery. Bayside Middle School students Kaleb Maddray, Kristwen Peterson and Rachel Than celebrated at the reception with art teacher Joanne Bland.
Princess Anne Middle School recognized Gigi El-Faham as its 2017 Assistant of the Year, noting: “Mrs. El-Faham greets everyone in our building with a smile and is always willing to go out of her way to help others.”
Third-grade students in Kelsey Borchers’ class at Windsor Woods Elementary School were excited to hold their newly hatched chicks. The students have been tending to the chick eggs for 3.5 weeks.
Parkway Elementary School hosted a March Madness event at Green Run High School in which a team of fifth-graders played against staff members in a basketball game. The fifth-grade team won by a score of 40-16 and the school’s step team performed at halftime. Pictured are the winning fifth-grade team, the staff team and Parkway’s step team.
Pembroke Elementary School student Aniyah Scurry enjoyed having a tea party with Nancy Lamb, physical therapy assistant, while working on her motor skills.
Debra McCommons, from the division’s Special Education Annex, led adaptive art lessons with students at Princess Anne Elementary School and Windsor Woods Elementary School.
Three Oaks Elementary School first-graders are taking action to support the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s orphan elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in Kenya. Students made and sold play dough, raising more than $200 to allow them to support four orphan baby elephants.
North Landing Elementary School Principal Jill Barger recognized Melissa Hudgins as the school’s 2017 Assistant of the Year. School staff note that Hudgins “wears many hats and always has a warm smile.”
Similar to an Escape Room concept, Windsor Oaks Elementary School third-graders participated in a Breakout Box activity in which they had to solve puzzles based on their study of simple machine to unlock several locks to “break into” a locked box. Teamwork and collaboration were the key! Students Syed Jafri, Landon Whitman, Iriell Palmer and Kaiya Adkins worked on a clue; and Camden Cross, Nyla Carr, Mena Stogner and Chad Turner celebrated their team’s breakout success!
Pembroke Meadows Elementary School staff members brought in donations to deliver to the Beach Bags food drive scheduled for March 23. The Beach Bags program provides meals to disadvantaged students who may not have enough to eat over weekends and school vacations.
Trantwood Elementary School’s teacher volleyball team was all smiles after wrapping up its first season playing together. Go Cardinals!
Charlie Walter, White Oaks Elementary School PE assistant, didn’t forget to wear green to recognize St. Patrick’s Day Friday, March 17, and WOES Principal Stephanie Haus and Assistant Principal Laura Yoakam served yummy green shakes to the staff.
Three Oaks Elementary School staff also celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by wearing many shades of green.
Audrey San Luis, Izaak Lapo and Jeffrey Johnson were among the Windsor Oaks Elementary first-graders who used Lucky Charms cereal to practice graphing on St. Patrick’s Day. It was reported that the clover was the marshmallow that occurred most often in the cereal.
Bayside Elementary School’s PE team of Merry Heard, Cori Shea, Sabrina Bosque and Liz Winters rocked their St. Patrick’s Day attire March 17 to get students excited about the Shamrock Final Mile race the next day.
Indian Lakes Elementary School held a pep rally Friday, March 17 to celebrate and motivate the 214 students participating in the Final Mile or 8K races held March 18 during Shamrock Marathon weekend. PE teacher Jimmy Grassano led the pep rally, which featured him being pied in the face by teacher Tammy Quent, who had the most students participating in the races.
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