The Week in Photos: April 15-21

Bayside Middle School seventh-grader David Riddick and his Japanese teacher, Kumiko Gale, played the Japanese drums in a performance at the International Children’s Festival held in Hampton, Saturday, April 15.

Red Mill Elementary School preschool students worked on their gross motor skills with a parachute activity that was related to their study of butterflies and colors.

Congratulations to the 13 Princess Anne Middle School (PAMS) recipients of the 2017 National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Outstanding Achievement Award. The students will receive a $500 scholarship from the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the national organization that sponsors the NJHS. The students were nominated by PAMS NJHS advisers Cathy Smith and Lisa Trojnar based on their scholarship, leadership, citizenship, character and service to others, and only 500 students nationally receive this award. The PAMS recipients were: Katherine Anderson, Chloe Bozeman, Katelynn Carlock, Juliana Conza, Emma Good, Davis Jaehn, Joseph Kagel, Anna Kate Koumbis, Ryley Marx, Amanda Wilder, Lauren Palmiere, David Roulley and Lauren Westcott.

The school division hosted its first-ever Little Feet Meet April 18, in partnership with Special Olympics Virginia. More than 320 elementary school students and 150 high school student leaders participated in the event designed to promote respect, friendship, acceptance, unity and inclusion. Read more about the event on The Core and see more photos on the VBSchools Facebook page.

Seatack Elementary An Achievable Dream Academy celebrated Party for the Planet April 18 with earth-friendly activities for parents and students.

Kim Manoso, Kempsville High School marketing education teacher, was recognized this week by the Virginia Credit Union as the first recipient of its Teacher of the Quarter recognition program.

Leyla Chafin, school counselor at Windsor Woods Elementary School, and second-grade student Analiese Chafin dressed up for the school’s Wacky Wednesday Spirit Day April 19.

Pembroke Meadows Elementary School first-grade teacher Charlene Widel received a donation of work aprons from Home Depot to support her “compound construction” session. Her first-grade “builders” spent the morning constructing compound words through various hands-on activities.

The work of the school division’s 15 Digital Learning Anchor Schools was featured in a showcase event April 19 at Kellam High School. Students and staff showed attendees how they are integrating technology to support teaching and learning in their schools. Read more about the event on The Core and see more photos on the VBSchools Facebook page.

Windsor Oaks Elementary School’s SCA held a fundraiser night at Haygood Skating Rink this week. Let the good times roll!

Ann Baker, Virginia Beach Middle School art teacher, and Nancy Habit, Renaissance Academy middle school art teacher, hosted a paint party fundraiser to benefit the Gifted Visual Arts Program Scholarship Fund.

Over 20 Bayside Middle School students participated in the Virginia Readers’ Choice Battle of the Books competition at which teams of students answered questions about specific books in a game show format. Congratulations to seventh-graders Robert Nichols, Ronaldo Ruiz, Adia Colvin and Kate Rasmussen who were crowned Bayside Middle Battle of the Books champions!

Corporate Landing Middle School students in Marilyn Meredith’s eighth-grade English class participated in a classroom tea party related to their studies of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Students researched characters from the novel and dressed and acted as their assigned characters throughout the tea party.

Renaissance Academy seventh-grade English teacher Lori Murphy was among the recipients of the “Tagged by the Superintendent” recognition for the second semester.

Bayside Elementary School Principal Cathy Brumm presented the “Tagged by the Superintendent” recognition to Haytham Abdulhamid, technology support technician.

The school division’s physical therapists recently hosted a celebration for their occupational therapist colleagues to recognize Occupational Therapy Month.  The also event recognized that the occupational therapy profession, established in 1917, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

Cox High School junior Kelsey Lipscomb was recognized with a certificate of appreciation for her dedicated service to the Care by Community program that supports Cooke Elementary School students.

After receiving various mystery clues on the morning announcements, Rosemont Elementary School students learned they all will be reading the biography “Jackie Robinson: American Hero” as part of the school’s One School, One Book club. Each student received a copy of the book to read. Reading specialist Regina Foster invited Norfolk Tides mascot Riptide to help with the schoolwide assembly, and select students won tickets to an upcoming Norfolk Tides baseball game.

College Park Elementary School held a pep rally for students in grades 3-5 to get them excited about taking the SOLs. Cheerleaders and SCA members from Tallwood High School as well as Brandon Middle School’s step team and jazz band performed.

Windsor Woods Elementary School fifth-graders Noah Zacharias, Michael Deeley, Landon Meira and Ema Celorrio celebrated their successful completion of a Breakout EDU activity in Jill Dorn’s class that reinforced their studies of the Underground Railroad.

Hunter Dunlo, Princess Anne Middle School English teacher, was recognized this week by Chief Schools Officer Rashard Wright as part of the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign. Thanks campaign sponsor Rudee Tours, Dunlo received passes for a half-day fishing trip. Read the parent email about Dunlo on the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers website.

Bayside Middle School students learned more about post-graduate opportunities during the school’s College and Career Fair. Representatives from the U.S. Army, Newport News Shipbuilding, Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach Fire Department, Virginia Beach Police Department, Virginia Beach EMS, Career Planning, Portsmouth Museums, The Cooper Law Firm and Learn with Me Academy spent the day talking with students as they explored career options.

Diamond Springs Elementary School students in kindergarten shared their advice for rising kindergartners. “I would tell them to be a leader, not to scream out or yell out the teacher’s name over and over again. And I would tell them to be humble and kind. I would tell them to be very, very good,” advised Ashanti Lipscomb. Read more of their advice on The Core.

Students and staff in schools throughout the division participated in “Purple Up! for Military Kids Day” Friday, April 21, as one of many activities to celebrate the Month of the Military Child.

Glenwood Elementary School staff dressed to support “Purple Up! for Military Kids Day.”

Students wearing purple were found in classrooms throughout Corporate Landing Elementary School.

Ocean Lakes High School student Eliza Navarro and English teacher Alexis Jones both wore purple Friday as Navarro shadowed Jones for the school’s Faculty for a Day event. She assisted Jones with planning lessons, preparing materials and providing feedback for senior poetry project presentations.

Staff members in the Department of Teaching and Learning wore purple Friday to recognize “Purple Up! for Military Kids Day.”

John B. Dey Elementary School staff members gathered for a group photo before school to show their support for “Purple Up! for Military Kids Day.”

Many John B. Dey Elementary School students also wore purple for “Purple Up! for Military Kids Day.”

“I’m a military child. What’s your superpower?” John B. Dey Elementary School twins Grayson and Kinsler Tonti were proud to wear these special shirts for “Purple Up! for Military Kids Day.”

White Oaks Elementary School hosted a breakfast for military families and decorated its hallway tree with purple flags.

The Corporate Landing Middle School SCA Executive Board and SCA Garden Committee placed 247 flags in the school’s SCA Maclure Memorial Garden to represent the 247 military-connected students at CLMS.

Capt. Chad Vincelette, Naval Air Station Oceana Executive Officer, posed for a photo with Green Run Elementary School kindergartner Aiden Dunn and his father Hall Dunn at a military appreciation ceremony the hosted Friday, April 21.

Photos published in “The Week in Photos” include those received from school media liaisons and administrators as well as those taken by staff in the department of media and communications.  

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