The Week in Photos: Summer 2017

The school division’s summer break for students began June 16; however, work continues throughout Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Visit this “Week in Photos” post during July and August to see photos of summer programs, special events, professional learning activities, behind-the-scenes work, back-to-school preparations and more.

Aug. 31 – Sept. 1, Final Preparations: The last two days of inservice week were filled with Meet and Greet events, technology tweaks, staff photos, “buspool” karaoke and other final preparations to be ready for the first day of school Tuesday, Sept. 5. See photos below.

Newtown Elementary teachers and staff members welcomed students and families at the school’s Meet and Greet event. Families got to meet their child’s teacher, drop off supplies, tour the school and socialize in the cafeteria for an ice cream social.

At Thoroughgood Elementary, Carpool Karaoke has been replaced with Buspool Karaoke. Staff members recorded a special edition of Buspool Karaoke to share with students on the first day of school.

White Oaks Elementary teachers collaborated with Chromebooks to discuss best practices in technology integration.

Staff members in the Department of Teaching and Learning wore Hawaiian shirts to celebrate Manny Cenizal, math coordinator, and share their best wishes for his retirement.

North Landing Elementary staff showed their enthusiasm for the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

Princess Anne High School administrators cooked and served breakfast to staff.

Parkway Elementary staff members gathered for a group photo before they welcomed students and families to their Open House and Family Cookout.

Williams Elementary staff members enjoyed a sweet treat at the end of the in-service week. Administrators arranged for an ice cream truck to stop by the school to recognize staff members’ hard work all week and to celebrate the start of a new school year.

Providence Elementary specialists posed with the structure they created in a staff teambuilding activity to create the tallest structure possible. It was reported that both competitive spirits and laughter were on full display.

Lynnhaven Elementary kindergarten teachers were ready to meet their new students at the school’s Meet and Greet event Aug. 31.

School Plant employees were eager to show the completion of its geothermal work at Centerville Elementary.

Check Drake, Virginia STAR (Student Training and Refurbishment) program coordinator delivered 30 donated laptops and various computer hardware parts to the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) for refurbishment. Students in the ATC’s cybersecurity systems technology and network administration and cybersecurity classes refurbish computers to prepare them for the division’s Parent Connection VA STAR events in which the computers are given to families in need. ATC instructors James Reich and James Spruill (left to right) accepted the delivery from Drake (right).

Arrrrr you ready for the new school year? Glenwood Elementary teachers are ready to teach like pirates!

Creeds Elementary School staff photo.

Princess Anne Middle School staff photo.

Advanced Technology Center staff will celebrate its 15-year anniversary during the 2017-18 school year.

New Castle Elementary School staff photo.

Aug. 30, PTSA Support: The Cox High School PTSA held their annual luncheon on to welcome back all new and returning administrators, faculty and staff. (photo courtesy of Erin Tonelson)

Aug. 29, Joyful Messages: It’s beginning to look a lot like back-to-school around the city. Marquees at neighborhood schools are spreading joyful messages about the upcoming first day of school.

Aug. 29, Closet Conundrum: Students took the lead at Old Donation School for the divisionwide professional learning day. Inspired by the Middle School Leadership Summit they attended this summer, they created and presented an educational skit, entitled “Closet Conundrum,” to share the 4D decision making process with teachers. Performing as socks, a hat, sunglasses, high heels, flip flops and more, they demonstrated the four stages of 4D. Students also led icebreakers and facilitated small group sessions for teachers to practice the decision making process. Read more.

Aug. 28, Meeting Future Eagles: Diamond Springs Elementary School staff  boarded school buses to visit area neighborhoods and greet incoming kindergartners and first-grade students.

Aug. 28, Welcome Back, StaffDuring the week of Aug. 28 through Sept. 1, schools are welcoming back all staff members and preparing for the upcoming 2017-18 school year.

Aug. 25, Stallion StatueA stallion statue gifted by Green Run High School’s Class of 2004 finally made its permanent debut at the first football game of the season. Original plans to place the statute atop of the ticket booth could not be fulfilled, and the statue has been displayed occasionally to celebrate touchdowns during games. With the help of Green Run’s Class of 2017, the statue now has a permanent home near the stadium.

Aug. 25, Back to School is CoolVBCPS military school counselors Star Wiggins and Amanda Yoder, and Natalie Meiggs, coordinator of military connected and academic support programs, attended the JEB Fort Story Youth Center’s “Back to School is Cool Carnival” to help welcome military families to a new school year.

Aug. 24, Flag Raising CelebrationStaff members held a special flag raising celebration at Bayside Middle School Thursday, Aug. 24, to celebrate the school becoming fully accredited. Administrators from the school’s feeder pattern also came out to celebrate. This was the first time in six years the school earned full SOL accreditation.

Aug. 21, Solar Eclipse: Employees across the division took a moment to view the solar eclipse seen along a path from Oregon to South Carolina. Advanced Technology Center (ATC) instructors viewed the eclipse using welding helmets and, because the ATC is located on the campus of Tidewater Community College next to the planetarium, staff were able to use a filtered telescope to take a picture. (photos courtesy of Ann Marie Garvey)

Aug. 21, Solar Eclipse: Justin Henaghan, Renaissance Academy science teacher, set up his high powered telescope in front of the school so staff, family members and friends could better (and safely) view and enjoy the historical Solar Eclipse of 2017. (photo courtesy of Nancy Habit)

Aug. 21, Awesome New Teachers: Centerville Elementary School’s new teachers were welcomed to Team Awesome and the Centerville school family on their first day at the school. (photo courtesy of Pam Crichton)

Aug. 21, Best at the BeachCooke Elementary School, located only three blocks from the beach, welcomed its new teachers with beach buckets full of goodies. (photo courtesy of Pam Bennis) 

Aug. 21, Welcoming New Staff: Pembroke Meadows Elementary administrators celebrated new staff members with a breakfast at Anchor Allies. After breakfast, new teachers visited their classrooms and went to the opening session of the Teacher Orientation and Continuous Learning Institute (TOCLI), the division’s professional learning program for new teachers. (photo courtesy of Arla Shindelar)

Aug. 16, Jump Start: The school division’s Office of School Social Work Services partnered with AidNow, a local nonprofit organization, for the seventh year to host Jump Start. The back-to-school event for the division’s homeless students provided health screenings, haircuts, clothes, school supplies, library cards and more with support from area businesses, community agencies and individual volunteers. See more photos on the VBSchools Facebook page.

Aug. 16, Be the Exception: Diamond Springs Elementary Assistant Principal Brandon Lugo (right) was one of many Title I conference attendees who took selfies with Manny Scott after his inspirational remarks. Scott shared his personal story of how he went from being an “unreachable and unteachable student” to becoming a successful student, college graduate, husband and father thanks to the support of high school teachers, coaches and administrators he described as “exceptional.” Scott was a student in the high school English class made famous in “Freedom Writers,” the 2007 film based on his Erin Gruwell’s book, “The Freedom Writers Diary.” 

Aug. 16, JS2S and S2S Summit: Middle and high school students who are members of their schools’ Student 2 Student (S2S) and Junior Student 2 Student (JS2S) clubs participated in a half-day summit to prepare for the upcoming school year. The clubs, which are part of a nationwide initiative by the Military Child Education Coalition, welcome new students to school to help ease their transition as well as support service learning projects to benefit others. The S2S team from First Colonial High School described their work to make Valentine’s for Veterans, donate Treats for Troops and collect board games for the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.

Aug. 15, Digital Learning: Instructional Technology Specialist Michael Wesely can’t hide his excitement for his next session, Technology Toolbox for Teachers, at the VBCPS Digital Learning Summer Summit. The two-day professional learning conference was also offered in June to provide staff members multiple opportunities to attend sessions such as the one led by Wesely.

Aug. 14, PBIS Training: School PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) teams attended a professional learning workshop to learn more about   the framework for establishing the academic, behavioral and social-emotional supports needed for a school to be an effective learning environment for all students. (photo courtesy of Melanie Hamblin)

Aug. 10, Conference Closure: The division’s instructional technology specialists closed their two-week summer institute with a group photo – make that two group photos. (photos courtesy of Charlie Hinsch)

Aug. 10, AVID Workshop: Teachers from across the division attended the AVID Professional Learning Workshop held at Great Neck Middle School. Among many strategies, teachers learned more about the Pyramid Challenge which asks student to reflect upon and make connections between vocabulary terms they learned in a unit of study. A group of middle school teachers from various schools celebrated being the first team to complete the task. (photo courtesy Laura Willey)

Aug. 10, Kellam ILT Retreat: Kellam High School’s Instructional Leadership Team prepared for the upcoming school year during its two-day retreat at the Military Aviation Museum. (photo courtesy of Kellam High School)

Aug. 9, Little Free Library: Trantwood Elementary alumni and rising ninth-graders Emmy Chen and Hailey Granneman presented their elementary school with a Little Free Library they created as part of their service efforts to earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. In a dedication ceremony held at the school, each student spoke about what inspired them to complete the project for Trantwood students and the community. (photo courtesy of Karen Lewis) 

Aug. 9, Summer Renovation: “See you later old air conditioning,” tweeted Ocean Lakes Elementary Assistant Principal Ryan Simpson as she watched contractors and a large crane do the heavy lifting on renovations at the school this summer.

Aug. 9, Flexible Seating: The division’s instructional technology specialists enjoyed flexible seating at their summer institute at Larkspur Middle School. They took advantage of beach chairs, lawn chairs, camping chairs and hammocks to sit comfortably and collaborate with colleagues or enjoy a quiet moment to themselves. (photo courtesy of Charlie Hinsch)

Aug. 9, Chromebook Delivery: Another school team, Bayside Elementary, happily received their delivery of Chromebooks for the upcoming school year. “Chromebooks have arrived and we are #pumped! Our TST is getting them ready for Bulldog nation!” wrote Ashley Godfrey in her tweet of this photo.

Aug. 9, Community Picnic: Old Donation School (ODS) student ambassadors gathered for a group photo before welcoming ODS students and their families to the school’s annual community picnic. The ambassadors led building tours and guests also enjoyed food trucks and outdoor games. (photo courtesy of Kelly Hedrick)

Aug. 9, Popsicles with the Principal: Hermitage Elementary staff members joined their new principal, Angie Munari, for the school’s Popsicles with the Principal event. The group visited playgrounds in area neighborhoods to visit with Hermitage students and their families before the start of the new school year. (photo courtesy of Hermitage Elementary)

Aug. 8, Luxford Retreat and Google-palooza: On a rainy summer day, Luxford Elementary teachers and specialists attended the school’s second annual summer retreat. Principal Danielle Colucci recognized the successes from the previous school year, revealed the theme for the new school year, “Good to Great,” and facilitated discussions about academic and social-emotional goals. The second part of the retreat, Google-palooza, led by Instructional Technology Specialist Janet Seward and various teacher leaders, was a time for teachers to work with their new Chromebooks and discuss best practices in technology integration. Read more

Aug. 7, Alice KeelerWhat’s better than Alice Keeler presenting at the Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS) Summer Institute? Alice Keeler giving away door prizes of her books at the ITS Summer Institute! Keeler (second from right) posed for a photo with door prize winners and, following her keynote presentation, led professional learning sessions with the division’s instructional technology specialists to share ways to integrate Google tools with instruction.  (photo courtesy of Sheila Teri)

Aug. 7, STEAM Integration: Kindergarten teachers investigated the use of STEAM integration stations in full-day kindergarten (FDK) curriculum training. The professional learning session for kindergarten teachers at schools implementing full-day kindergarten this year provided an overview of the FDK curriculum, instructional components, schedule, integration opportunities and assessments. (photos courtesy of Karen Drosinos)

Aug. 4, VPAA in EuropeStudents attending the Visual and Performing Arts Academy (VPAA) at Salem High School visited the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre Museum and the Effiel Tower in Paris, France, as part of their European travels this summer. After three days in Paris, the students and their VPAA teacher chaperones are headed to Spain Aug. 5 to spend three days in Barcelona and two days in Madrid. (photos courtesy of Sharon Byrd)

Aug. 3, Compass to 2020 Storyboard: School Plant employees installed the third Compass to 2020 storyboard in the school administration building. The storyboard features highlights from school year 2016-17, including personalized learning, the STEM Lab at the NAS Oceana Air Show, the Little Feet Meet, PBIS, pre-kindergarten expansion and more. Digital versions of the Compass to 2020 storyboards are featured on the strategic framework’s website at The 2016-17 storyboard will be added to the website the coming months.

Aug. 2, Activity Advisers Conference: Members of the school division’s Virginia Beach Leadership Workshop staff, in costume as insects, performed a group dynamics skit at the 2017 Activity Advisers Conference. The professional learning conference for division staff serving as advisers and coaches featured a student panel, instructional sessions, teambuilding activities and time for networking and idea sharing. (photo courtesy of Jessica Rohmann)

Aug. 2, Wild About Animals: During the last week of summer reading programs at elementary schools across the division, students at Windsor Oaks Elementary School showed their love of reading and animals with these paper plate creations.  (photo courtesy of Hope Twine)

Aug. 1, Chromebooks for KempsvilleThanks to the work of network technicians and support staff in the Department of Technology (DOT), Chromebooks for all schools in the feeder pattern for Kempsville High School are ready to be distributed. DOT staff unpacked, barcoded and installed updates on the computers to prepare them for delivery to schools. (photos courtesy of Ramesh Kapoor)

Aug. 1, Equity Through ExcellenceApproximately 250 VBCPS administrators attended the 2017 Region II Excellence Through Equity Conference with administrators from Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Williamsburg and Poquoson. During the one-day event, administrators heard from national experts on equity, attended professional learning sessions and learned about the experiences of high school students who spoke on a student panel. Additionally, eight VBCPS staff members served as conference presenters to highlight the division’s equity efforts and progress. Find more information on the conference website.

Aug. 1, ITS Summer Institute: Eric Sheninger, a former principal and current senior fellow at the International Center for Leadership in Education, was the keynote speaker for the 2017 Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS) Summer Institute. Advocating for the purposeful integration of technology to facilitate student learning were among the many thoughts Sheninger shared in his presentation titled, “Creating Schools that Work for Kids.”

Aug. 1, Transforming Student LearningInstructional Technology Specialists (ITS) Barb Butler and Lauren Pate captured these moments of Charlie Hinsch’s “transformation” during the opening session of the 2017 ITS Summer Institute held Aug. 1-10 at Larkspur Middle School. The conference theme, “Transforming Student Learning,” inspired Hinsch to deliver welcoming remarks while wearing an Optimus Prime mask.

 July 31, Diversity Ambassadors: The division’s Office of Opportunity and Achievement hosted the 11th annual Diversity Ambassadors Workshop for middle and high school students July 31. In addition to creating “Free to Be” boards to express their thoughts on diversity, students participated in workshop sessions led by guest presenters, including Jonathan Zur, president/CEO of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities.

July 27, School Spirit: High school students attending the division’s five-day Leadership Workshop broke from their workshop councils to spend time together in their school groups and with visiting principals, student activities coordinators and SCA advisers.

July 27, Special GuestShelton Park Elementary students were all smiles when Rip Tide, one of the Norfolk Tides mascots, visited during the school’s summer slide program. (photo courtesy of Tara Brewer)

July 26, Summer JamVirginia Beach Public Library staff visited with Rosemont and Parkway elementary students attending Summer Jam at Rosemont. After listening to a story read aloud, students participated in an enrichment activity and painted their own scenes using dots of paint made with Q-tips.

July 25, Teamwork Tuesday: Seatack Elementary An Achievable Dream Academy students, staff and volunteers gathered a day in advance of their typical “Watering and Weeding Wednesdays” to water, weed, rake, mulch and maintain the school’s learning garden. (Photo courtesy of Marie Culver)

July 25, Amazing Announcements: At the closing session of the 2017 Administrators’ Conference, “Be Amazing: A Call for Transformational Leaders,” Dr. Spence announced that 100 percent of the division’s 82 testing schools are projected to earn full Standards of Learning (SOL) accreditation for the 2017-2018 school year. He also awarded Instructional Leader of the Year honors to two principals: Dr. Cheryl Zigrang of Thoroughgood Elementary School and Matt Delaney of Salem High School. Read more about these amazing leaders.

July 24, Welcome, Administrators! The Landstown High School marching band and cheerleaders greeted 2017 Administrators’ Conference attendees early Monday morning. The two-day conference, “Be Amazing: A Call for Transformational Leaders,” features dozens of professional learning sessions to support VBCPS administrators, teacher leaders and other school-based staff as they prepare for an “amazing” new school year. (Photos courtesy of Cheryl Askew and Jason Stanley)

July 22, Trantwood Produce and Flower Sale: Trantwood Elementary School’s Green Cardinals set up a produce and flower stand at the school on a Saturday morning to sell vegetables and flowers grown in the school’s learning garden. It’s the second time students and staff have set up a stand in the community this summer. They made $75 during the first sale and made $312 when they set up the stand July 22. Look for the Green Cardinals produce and flower stand again in mid-August. Produce harvested from the learning garden during the school year will be used in meals served in the school cafeteria. (photos courtesy of LouAnne Metzger)

July 20, Behind the Scenes at Hermitage: Hermitage Elementary School administrators gave a hearty “thank you” to school plant employees and custodians for their hard work paining walls and moving furniture to prepare for the school for the return of staff and students. (photos courtesy of Hermitage Elementary)

July 19, Summer Outreach: At Diamond Springs Elementary School, students participating in the summer reading camp designed and created their own playgrounds with some simple tools: crayons, glue, construction paper, scissors and markers. The project was led by representatives from the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) as part of their outreach to support the division’s programs that help prevent learning loss during the summer months. (photos courtesy of Lynn Hodges)

July 18, Leadership Summit: Middle school students brainstormed and discussed expectations of student leaders at the Middle School Leadership Summit hosted by the division’s Office of Student Activities. “Student leaders should portray an attitude that makes people want to participate.” (photo courtesy of Drew Midgette)

July 17, Cyber Security Camp: The Advanced Technology Center’s Cyber Security Camp for middle students began with students working together in teams to evaluate a case study in computer ethics. (photo courtesy of Ann Marie Garvey)

July 13, Welcome Aboard: Susan Tolley, retired VBCPS principal, welcomes newly-hired employees to an onboarding session in the school administration building. All new employees attend the orientation session to learn more about the school division, employee benefits and more.

July 13, Friendly Faces and Voices: Human Resources office associates Lois Kroesser and Benetta Aryee greet visitors with friendly smiles and assist callers with their questions.

July 12, Watering and Weeding Wednesdays:  To maintain the school garden during the summer months, Seatack Elementary An Achievable Dream Academy hosts Watering and Weeding Wednesdays. Current students, former students, staff members, family members and community volunteers stop by the garden Wednesday evenings ready to weed, water and keep the garden in tiptop condition. (photos courtesy of Marie Culver)

July 12, Title I STEM CampFourth- and fifth-grade students from Newtown, Parkway, Rosemont and Williams elementary schools are experiencing a week full of robotics, electronics, coding and 3D printing at the school division’s Title I STEM Camp. The summer enrichment experience is offered free of charge to students from 11 Title I elementary schools and is led by VBCPS teachers and high school student volunteers. Two more of the four-day camps, hosted at Lynnhaven Elementary School, will be held July 17-20, and July 24-27.

July 11, New Administrator TrainingThe school division’s 22 new principals and assistant principals took a brief timeout before the second of their two-day training held Monday and Tuesday of this week. The training is organized by the Office of Professional Growth and Innovation in partnership with the Department of School Leadership. A few of the many topics covered are “Being a Data-Driven Leader,” “First Impressions, Lasting Impressions” and “Situational Awareness.”

July 11, Successful Stallion Mentors: Green Run High School and Green Run Collegiate upperclassmen who are serving as Successful Stallion Mentors met today with staff members to continue preparing for a freshmen transition program that will be held in August. They practiced dance steps and lyrics for a welcome song, painted banners and prepared registration materials, among other tasks. Their work will continue throughout the summer, including making phone calls to incoming ninth graders to personally invite them to the transition event.

July 10, Crocheting to Comfort Friends: When Kelly Stack, an office associate at the Adult Learning Center, is not at work, you likely will find her crocheting to support others. She recently prepared more than 80 items to deliver to the nonprofit organization Friends Comforting Friends, Inc. (FCF), which serves locations in New York and Vermont. One of her own high school friends started the charity after hospitalizations for cancer treatment, and Stack knits and sews soft items such as hats, shawls and socks to donate twice each year. ALC staff, friends and family donate yarn and materials to support Stack’s charitable work. (photo courtesy of Ella Reilly)

July 10, PLC Facilitation InstituteIt’s summertime but teachers continue to show their dedication to school improvement. Teachers participated in a one-and-a-half day institute July 10-11 to learn how to effectively build or strengthen Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) at their sites. Offered by the Office of Professional Growth and Innovation as part of the Teacher Leader Series, participants learned how to identify characteristics of high-performing learning communities; select and apply research-based processes to develop and support cycles of continuous improvement within a PLC; and understand how the cycle of continuous improvement drives the work of a PLC. These are teacher leaders who want to increase their capacity to facilitate the work of a PLC in their schools for the purpose of ensuring that students succeed.

July 7, Fruit Loop Friday:  The message on Shelton Park Elementary School’s marquee this week brought smiles to visitors and passersby. (photo courtesy of Tara Brewer)

July 7, Learning World LanguagesVBCPS students are enjoying the 2017 STARTALK Elementary Chinese and Russian Summer Academies held at Providence Elementary School. The free, four-week world language experience is open to rising fifth-graders, and students who attended STARTALK academies last summer are eligible to participate in advanced classes. Students use Mandarin Chinese or Russian at least 80 percent of the time and learn about cultural differences and similarities. Pictured: Ms. Sirrus uses the game Twister to help her students practice their colors in Russian, and students participate in art projects to learn more about the Chinese and Russian cultures. (photos courtesy of Jennifer Carson)

July 6, Thank You: Facilities Services and Old Donation School hosted a luncheon to thank staff members from all the departments and offices that supported the planning, construction and move to the new Old Donation School building that opened in April. Before lunch in the school’s cafeteria, employees from custodial services, transportation services, teaching and learning, distribution services, school plant services, food services and more gathered for a brief opening program.  “We want to talk about the bigger picture and why we build buildings like this,” said Tim Cole, VBCPS sustainability officer. “You can promote [sustainability] and you can become an ambassador for what we’re doing in the school division. It starts with you guys because you do all the heavy lifting.” Superintendent Aaron Spence added, “Thank you for the work that you did to pull this building together, to get this building loaded and up and running in time for students in April…what you doesn’t go unnoticed by the school division. We know that without you, we don’t educate children.”

July 5, ATC National Award Winners: The Advanced Technology Center (ATC) is celebrating the accomplishments of two students following their participation in national conferences and contests. Josh Rodriguez (left), an ATC digital design student, placed third in the Advertising Design competition at SkillsUSA’s National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. According to the conference website, more than 6,000 career and technical education students — all state contest winners — competed in contests for 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields. John Sarmiento (right), an ATC network administration and cyber security student, placed eighth in the Networking Concepts competition at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California. (photos courtesy of Ann Marie Garvey)

July 3, Welcoming Administrators: July 1 marked the transition for employees to begin their appointments as new assistant principals and principals or for current administrators to continue their work in a new school. Marquees welcomed administrators to their new homes Monday, July 3.

June 29, VBEF Golf Tournament: The Virginia Beach Education Foundation (VBEF) hosted its 23rd Annual Golf Tournament at Heron Ridge Golf Club. Educators, business professionals, community members and volunteers participated in the event, which supports the VBEF’s teacher grants program. Thanks to this annual event and other VBEF fundraisers, the foundation will award a record $150,000 during the 2017-18 school year, bringing its cumulative total of grants awarded to $1.4 million.

June 28, Facilities Maintenance: School Plant employees replaced carpet squares in Indian Lakes Elementary’s library and installed LED lights at Windsor Oaks Elementary. These are two of the many projects the Department of School Division Services will complete this summer before students to return to school Sept. 5.

June 28, Student Athlete Leadership Training: The school division hosted its inaugural Student Athlete Leadership Training conference at Kellam High School. Student athletes from across the division attended and showed their enthusiasm for the first-ever event in this group photo. (photos courtesy of Shannon Drury)

June 27, Leaders Mentoring Leaders luncheonThe school division’s new principals and assistant principals during the 2016-2017 school year and their veteran counterparts, who served as their mentors, gathered for a photo at an end-of-year celebration luncheon for the division’s Leaders Mentoring Leaders program participants. The yearlong program is coordinated by the departments of School Leadership; Planning, Innovation and Accountability; and Human Resources.

June 26, Emerging Leaders Camp: Members of Kellam High School’s leadership staff were ready to welcome students to the school’s first-ever Emerging Leaders Camp. The four-day camp full of leadership and teambuilding activities was open to rising fourth- through eighth-grade students. Each day of camp featured a theme based on a story by Dr. Seuss.

June 25, Educators Rising: Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow students and teachers from Bayside, Cox, Kellam and Tallwood high schools attended the 2017 Educators Rising National Conference June 23-26. The conference also featured 22 performance-based competitive events in which VBCPS students earned first-place, second-place, third-place and top 10 national awards. See a list of the award winners on Kaleidoscope. (photo courtesy of Jenna Free)

June 25, ISTE 2017: Creeds Principal Casey Conger captured this photo of her fellow elementary school principals showing their excitement to begin “powerful learning” at ISTE 2017, an educational technology conference and expo held in San Antonio. Attendees will share with colleagues and  their school staffs.

June 21, Retirement Dinner: The school division celebrated the service of more than 350 retirees at a retirement dinner held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The Department of Human Resources made special presentations at the event for the 11 employees present who retired with 40 or more years of service (pictured). Visit Kaleidoscope  to see a list of retiring employees with 30 or more years of service and view more photos from the retirement dinner on the VBSchools Facebook page. (photo courtesy of Thomas Bartosh)

June 20, Custodial Appreciation Day: Edward Askew (center) was among 8 custodians recognized with Service Awards at the Custodial Appreciation Day event held at Landstown High School. The Office of Custodial Service also presented Gold Awards to numerous custodial teams for their outstanding work this school year. See a complete list of award winners on Kaleidoscope.

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