The Week in Photos: April 22-28

Student athletes and coaches from every high school were honored at the Virginia Beach Sports Club 64th Annual Jamboree Monday, April 24. From Tallwood High School (left to right), Brian Brennan, John Kepple, Theresa Platte and Erin Weible were all recognized.

Hermitage Elementary School safety patrol Ariana Seibel Guerrero participated in the AAA Safety Patrol Harlem Globetrotters Meet and Greet March 24 at Old Dominion University’s Ted Constant Convocation Center. After the performance, Ariana and her family were able to meet the famous Globetrotters.

For the division’s kindergarten registration and orientation event April 25, parents registered rising kindergartners at elementary schools across the city. Children attending the event at Pembroke Meadows Elementary School went on a bus ride, had story time with kindergarten teachers and toured the building. The school’s PTA drew names to see which lucky girl and boy would win a backpack, and names were also drawn to distribute free books to the soon-to-be Panthers. See more photos from the event on the VBSchools Facebook page.

More than 2,000 students from the region attended the ACCESS College Foundation’s College Commitment Day event at Old Dominion University April 25. Attendees from Tallwood High School showed off their plans for higher education in this group photo at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

Take me out to the ballgame! Bayside Middle School seventh-grade students enjoyed an amazing morning learning about the Norfolk Tides organization and the careers and job responsibilities available with the organization. Tides pitcher Scott McGough even signed autographs! Bayside was awarded a Virginia Beach Education Foundation (VBEF) grant to support the seventh-grade teachers’ ideas to integrate baseball-themed content lessons. It will culminate with the entire grade level attending a Tides game and taking a stadium tour.

North Landing Elementary School second-graders culminated their learning unit on Ancient China with a fabulous feast. Parents were invited to join their children to talk about what they learned while enjoying various foods from China.

Princess Anne Middle School seventh-grader Allison Cooley helped welcome Wareing’s Gym as a new Partner in Education for the school. School staff and gym representatives look forward to building a positive, collaborative relationship that benefits students and staff.

Cox High School junior Audrey McGovern and senior Cassidy Burnett each were recently awarded a first-place distinction in this year’s Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity Essay and Art competitions. McGovern won for her essay entitled “Absence of Empathy” and Burnett won for her artwork. (left to right) Social studies teacher Maria Faircloth, McGovern, Burnett, and art teacher Jessica Syzmanski attended the Elie Weisel Foundation for Humanity Awards banquet.

The “Reigning Gardens,” comprised of Old Donation School students Sabrina Fairley, Sophia Embry and Sarah Maszewski, recently visited Kempsville Elementary School to reshape its outdoor learning center with a surrounding rain garden. After they finished planting the rain garden, the ODS students presented curriculum-aligned information on their project to Kempsville third graders.

Newtown Elementary School students and teachers decided to take advantage of a break in the rain. They moved to the learning garden in the school’s courtyard to read books and work on math in the warmth of the sun.

Corporate Landing Elementary School students in Miss Dow’s first-grade class have been enjoying time the school’s new makerspace. They have solved tangram puzzles on Osmo, made fingerprint crafts using Ed Emberly’s book, built new creations for our Lego Wall and enjoyed games like Mancala and Connect 4.

Pembroke Elementary School fifth-graders met with Kelly Walker, Virginia Beach Education Association president, to show aspects of the “From Seed to STEM” grant that the VBEA sponsored through the Virginia Beach Education Foundation.

Newtown Elementary School held its annual Math Night April 26 to share tips, tricks and tools with parents to help their children develop math computational fluency and proficiency. Chanello’s Pizza donated 30 pizzas to support the event and every student took home free math games to play at home.

Similar to an escape room, Windsor Oaks Elementary School second-grade students participated in an activity with Breakout boxes in which they had to solve clues based on their study of ancient China to unlock a series of locks and break into locked boxes.

Pembroke Elementary School students and volunteers planted colorful spring flowers in the school’s courtyard learning garden.

Kempsville High School participated in the “Every 15 Minutes” program April 26-27. The event is designed to dramatically instill teenagers with the potentially dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol and texting while driving. Virginia Beach first responders (including police, fire and rescue) and Kempsville students participated in a mock crash scene.

Kempsville Elementary School first-grader Micah Jimerson shadowed his father Daniel Jimerson, Landstown High School security assistant, for “Take Your Child to workday” April 27.

Students in Ms. Kiefer’s first-grade class at Windsor Oaks Elementary School were happy to participate in “Bring a Stuffed Animal to School Day” during SCA spirit week.

The school division’s Office of Community Engagement hosted a citywide celebration for Volunteers in Education and Partners in Education this week and recognized 87 Volunteers of the Year and six Model Partnerships. The VB Council of PTAs also named two Citywide Volunteers of the Year at the event. Read more about all the honorees in this press release and see more event photos on the VBSchools Facebook page.

Tallwood Elementary School students are learning about the parts of plant and animal cells and using 3D printers in the school’s makerspace to have their cell illustrations come to life. It gives the students tangible ways to interact with microscopic objects.

As part of the PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) initiative, Renaissance Academy students earn opportunities to play basketball against the staff team.

Windsor Oaks Elementary School first-grade students are participating in a Global Collaborative Art Project. Students created artwork in the style of the artist Wassily Kandinsky. The artwork and information about the school and their classroom are being sent to different schools throughout the United States and Canada, and the students will receive artwork and school information from other participating students to make a large collaborative art project. (left to right) Justen Truett, Israel Conyers, Tre Johnson and Alex Truitt showed their creations.

At the Tidewater Community College/Advanced Technology Center (ATC) Cable Car Competition April 28, students were tasked with designing and building a cable car vehicle capable of moving down a tensioned cable across the second-floor ATC atrium, hitting a board which then triggered the vehicle to reverse back down the line. Students created parts and frames using a laser cutter and 3D printer, and the vehicles with the fastest time were the winners. ATC engineering technology II students Dhawal Bhanderi and Shannon Somers won first place with 7.59 seconds, narrowly beating two other teams with 7.66 seconds.

Two student teams from the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) earned awards at the second annual Eastern Shore Crab Boat Engineering Challenge held in Cambridge, Maryland, April 26. Students designed and constructed Chesapeake Deadrise crab boats that they operated by remote control in the competition. Team Sea Dragons, comprised of ATC naval architecture and ocean engineering students Daniel Shannon, Barrett Taylor, Jaheri Gipson, Rowland Saunders and Tyrese Coulter, was runner-up in the challenge. Team Barracuda 3.0 was recognized with a Good Sportsmanship award. Congratulations!

Rachel Lugo, Lynnhaven Elementary School third-grade teacher, received a high-five and a Great Dreams Need Great Teachers prize from Superintendent Aaron Spence during a surprise visit to her classroom Friday, April 28. Read more about the recognition on Kaleidoscope.

The Virginia Beach School of Practical Nursing (VBSPN) hosted its 53rd Commencement April 28, and celebrated the successes of the 15 graduates in its Class of 2017. Read more about the ceremony and the graduates on The Core.

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