The Week in Photos: Sept. 25-29

Students Aayan Simelton and Margarita Hannah are enjoying learning how to program Bee-Bot, a coding robot, with their kindergarten teacher, Stephanie Kemether, in Diamond Springs Elementary School’s new STEM lab. Kindergarten and first-grade students will visit the lab each week to create, collaborate and learn.

Kindergartners at Brookwood Elementary School are also working with Bee-Bots to learn about direction and sequencing.

First-graders in Jennifer Rohr’s class at Strawbridge Elementary School enjoyed time in the school’s makerspace.

Jacob Mendoza (left) and Cayden White-Alexander and Alex Sanaugustin (right) enjoyed time in their adaptive PE class at Pembroke Elementary School.

Glenwood Elementary School fourth-graders had fun learning math skills with math exemplars.

Second-graders at Luxford Elementary School explored how to bundle and count by tens.

Strawbridge Elementary School first-graders in Micki Wall’s class studied ordinal numbers and had all their ducks are in a row.

The division’s National Board Certified Teachers gathered Sept. 27 for a back-to-school networking reception hosted by the Office of Professional Growth and Innovation. Read more

Second-graders Caleb Cooper and Gabriel Giordano tended to Landstown Elementary School’s sustainability garden to prepare it for fall planting.

Red Mill Elementary School kindergartners in Michelle Young’s class enjoyed taking turns testing out their new scoop rockers while reading books from the RazKids app on the iPads. They also worked to improve their letter recognition skills playing ABCNinja.

Rosemont Elementary Eagles are soaring to be digital citizens. This student shared,”My digital footprint says I am kind, safe and I stand up to people that bully other people.”

Eusevio Torres, second-grader at Shelton Park Elementary School, enjoyed seeing cafeteria manager Luz Bonet dressed as a cow for National Chocolate Milk Day Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Seventh-grade students at Virginia Beach Middle School worked on an argument-driven inquiry (ADI) investigation in science class. They worked in flexible groups to design and conduct an investigation in response to the guiding question: How does the sun’s energy affect different areas of the Earth? The students analyzed their data and developed scientific claims as seen on their white boards.

Daniel Lee practiced his balance skills during an apple-themed gross motor group activity at Green Run Elementary. With support from teacher assistant Amber Edward, Daniel threw apples from the mountain top.

North Landing Elementary School bookkeeper Kim Duliere didn’t hide her joy in receiving the delivery of her new printer. Distribution Services driver Melvin Davis received a big hug of appreciation.

“There’s a mouse in the house!” exclaimed a Luxford Elementary School teacher when Chuck E. Cheese visited the school to kick off their PTA spirit night at the restaurant’s Lynnhaven location. Students and teachers alike enjoyed saying hello!


Patricia Rogerson’s sixth-grade AVID students at Salem Middle School successfully completed a BreakoutEDU challenge.  Students had to work together to solve the clues and riddles in order to open the five different locks on the breakout boxes in the allotted time. While completing the BreakoutEDU challenge, students were able to work on their collaboration, problem-solving, teambuilding and critical thinking skills.

Arrowhead Elementary School recognized the summer reading accomplishments of 16 students with an ice cream sundae party this week. To receive an invitation, students either had to color in 30 ice cream cones during the summer, each representing 20 minutes of reading for 600 total minutes, or they could complete a bingo board full of reading activities.

First-graders in Elizabeth Neal’s class at Linkhorn Park Elementary School learned more about the City of Virginia Beach during a visit from Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms.

College pennants line the main foyer of Centerville Elementary School to highlight its work with AVID, a program that encourages all students to pursue college or military service after they graduate. It’s never too early to start!

Students in Michal Friedman’s sixth-grade science class at Corporate Landing Middle School used computer data-collection probes for graphing temperature variations during water’s change from solid to gas.

Second-grade teacher Liz Presto (left) passed on the “I Make a Difference” award to fifth-grader Katie Dooley (right) for her guidance and support with Google Classroom and the positive energy she brings to Luxford Elementary School every day.

Mr. Kevin Rickard, Newtown Elementary School’s instructional technology specialist, also was recognized with the “I Make A Difference” award this week. Staff members say that Rickard is always willing to help and give support, advice and guidance at a moment’s notice, and has done an exemplary job training teachers on new technology programs and encouraging them to use these tools in the classroom.

Student members of Cox High School’s National Art Honor Society (NAHS) earned second place in the high school division of the Neptune Festival’s amateur sandsculpting contest. To go with the contest theme of “Adventures Through Books,” students created a sandsculpture depicting the novel “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville.

“The Week in Photos” features photos submitted by school media liaisons and school administrators as well as those taken by staff members in the Department of Media and Communications. 

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