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.

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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