The Week in Photos: April 1-7

Student teams from the Advanced Technology Center won first place in seven competitions at the Great Computer Challenge April 1. Read more about the results here.

The Virginia Beach Education Foundation hosted its 8th annual Pearls of Wisdom Oyster Roast and Barbecue April 1. With more than 780 tickets sold and more than 5,000 oysters eaten, it was the biggest VBEF Pearls of Wisdom event to date. All proceeds benefit the VBEF’s Adopt A+ Grants program to support innovative and creative learning programs for VBCPS students. See more photos from the 2017 Pearls of Wisdom event on the VBEF Facebook page.

Woodstock Elementary School staff showed their support for Autism Awareness Month by wearing blue “Give a Hoot – Autism Awareness” shirts.

Ready, set, grow! Master Gardeners of Virginia shared their horticultural knowledge and love for plants with Trantwood Elementary School first-graders.

Bayside Middle School students in Joanne Bland’s eighth-grade art class began creating their very own garden gnomes.

High school students joined school division and city officials April 4 for the City-Wide SCA’s Official for a Day program. This group of students got a closer look at operations with the Virginia Beach Fire Department.

Rosemont Elementary School’s students and staff used the week before spring break to spread “The Spirit of Kindness” during the SCA’s spirit week. Tuesday’s theme was “Kindness is our Super Power” and everyone was encouraged to dress like superheroes.

Cox High School library media specialists Laura Dember and Judy Rea encouraged students and staff to celebrate National Library Week and “pop open a book.”

This artwork by Fairfield Elementary School fifth-grader Laura Woods won first place in the elementary division of the Audubon Art Show at Pembroke Mall.

Tallwood High School junior Jacob Mills’s artwork received an honorable mention in the Audubon Art Show.

Corey McGinnis, school counselor at Princess Anne Middle School, has weekly lunch groups for sixth graders. All are welcome! Boys meet with McGinnis on Tuesdays and girls meet on Wednesdays. It gives students who might not otherwise know each other a chance to expand their circle of friends.

Linda Travers, Windsor Oaks Elementary School general assistant, was presented with the “Tagged by the Superintendent” recognition by Dr. Steven Scarcelli, WOES acting principal.

Salem Middle School eighth-grade AVID students held a college fair to showcase their research about select colleges. Students created videos and presentation boards to share what they learned with other students throughout the school day.

The school division celebrated the opening of The Art of the Military Child exhibit at Lynnhaven Mall with a reception April 5. Christopher Farms Elementary School student Christian Harder won first place at the elementary school level (grades K-2) for her artwork. Read more about the exhibit and contest winners here.

Tallwood High School students Bethany Hansel, Tianah Nguyen, Angelica Virtucio, Savannah Barsoom and Payton Sinsabaugh were awarded Global Navigator Scholarships from the Council on International Educational Exchange to study languages abroad this summer in France, Spain, Peru and Morocco respectively.

Pembroke Elementary School student Ammon Burton worked on the first stage of an art project, a foil relief, with Clara Somers, one of the division’s adaptive art teachers. He will get to paint his foil relief in a later lesson.

At Cox High School’s spring pep rally April 6, students Mikey Logan, Frayser Wall, A.J. Smith and English teacher Eric Bodenstein let the crowd be the judge of the student-versus-teacher dance off.

Windsor Oaks Elementary School students recently supported the SCA with a hat day fundraiser.

Great Neck Middle School’s seventh-graders participated in a “What We Carry” presentation this week. Presenters shared the story of two Holocaust survivors, David Katz and Hanns Loewenbach, and how they escaped with only a suitcase on their back. Students were able to view a few of the artifacts that Katz and Lowenbach were able carry with them.

Woodstock Elementary School first-graders proudly show off the zoo animals they received as part of the recent “Jump Rope for Heart” fundraising event at the school. Coordinated by PE teacher Laura White, students in grades 1-5 raised approximately $12,000 for the American Heart Association.

Elizabeth Dye, occupational therapist, enjoyed some preschool happiness in Karla Fleming’s class at Pembroke Elementary School.

Salem Middle School celebrated students who were selected as “Sharks of the Quarter” for the third quarter grading period. They were selected for their demonstration of the characteristics of self control and trustworthiness.

Zaccheus Washington and Kaeshawn Molden, students in the Advanced Technology Center’s computer systems technology class, are among the students who help refurbish donated computers for the Virginia Student Training and Refurbishment (VASTAR) Program in partnership with Parent Connection. For computers that do not qualify for the VASTAR program’s requirements, students disassemble them and practice responsible disposal of parts. Students have e-cycled approximately 50 computers to date.

Dr. Spence delivered a Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign surprise to Gabe Howard, Great Neck Middle School gifted resource teacher. A parent’s submission to GreatTeachers@vbschools.com praising Howard’s work prompted the visit, and Howard received free passes from campaign sponsor, iFLY. Read more.

At Glenwood Elementary School, students spent half-day before spring break pursuing STEM activities. Second-graders worked together to create tall towers using plastic eggs and clay. The towers had to be free-standing and strong enough to hold a peep marshmallow candy on top.

The staff at Bayside Middle School had a sweet start to spring break with an ice cream sundae social!

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