The Week in Photos: Oct. 9-14

During the divisionwide professional learning day Oct. 9, teachers at Bayside Middle showed their creativity and innovator’s mindset by creating representations of fixed, growth and innovator’s mindsets using Play-Doh, pipe cleaners and Post-it notes.

Cox High Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow students McKenna Nacey, Zhenja Lourenco, Sarah Baust, Kylie Hines and Katherine Stauch became the teachers on the professional learning day Oct. 9, and led breakout sessions about enhanced learning strategies.

Arrowhead Elementary teachers spent the morning of Oct. 9 in professional learning stations. One station engaged teachers in a STEM activity to emphasize the 5 C’s (creativity, communication, collaboration, citizenship and cooperation), which involved building the highest tower from spaghetti noodles, one-yard of string and one-yard of masking tape.

Teachers at Pembroke Meadows Elementary are getting ready for Camp Read-A-Lot, a family engagement event to promote reading. Mrs. Alberto is trying to catch a good book while Miss Kendrick is enjoying her book by the campfire.

Christopher Farms Elementary staff members supported Papa John’s Teacher Delivery Night Tuesday, Oct. 10. Danielle Minehan and Marissa Wisotzkey were among the many staff members who wore imaginative costumes to deliver pizzas to students’ homes as part of a fundraiser to support the school.

Landstown Elementary is promoting a positive school climate through “Kindness Ninjas.” Each month these stealthy students deliver student-created kindness missions to each classroom to be completed anonymously. On the morning announcements, Assistant Principal Nancye Flinn informed all students of their upcoming assignments, and Zacharie Granville was ready to deliver kindness assignment envelopes to classes.

North Landing Elementary Principal Jill Barger recognized Diane Cherry, first-grade teacher, as the school’s 2017-18 Reading Teacher of the Year.

Firefighters from Station 16 on South Plaza Trail gave David Lanier a ride to Windsor Woods Elementary Wednesday, Oct. 11.  David’s home escape plan design won first place in a contest held by Station 16 which earned him the privilege of riding the fire truck ride to school.

Frankie Thornton, retired Virginia Beach public utilities employee, interviewed Technical and Career Education Center welding students Robert Osborne, Jr. and Ethan Hixon for placement in the 2017-18 cadet class for the Hampton Roads Public Works Academy (HRPWA). The academy, a not-for-profit regional coalition, is a two-year program offered at the Technical and Career Education Center that promotes cooperative training in public works and utilities in Southeastern Virginia.

Students in Tallwood High’s global systems class invited Dr. Greg Miller, associate professor of Joint Advanced Warfighting School at the Joint Forces Staff College, to speak to them about terrorism.  Students analyzed scenarios, role-played situations and learned what constitutes terrorism.
Pictured left to right: Isaiah Edwards, Dr. Greg Miller, Madelyn Filio and Jack Schmeiser

First-graders at Diamond Springs Elementary made applesauce to celebrate fall during the month of October.

Lynnhaven Elementary third-graders discussed the properties of matter with Ms. Roth.

White Oaks Elementary fifth-graders are learning about Virginia’s regions with some creative, food-covered maps.

Meet the newest members of the 600 Club. Bayside Sixth Grade Campus students who scored 600 on at least one of their spring SOL tests were treated to doughnuts.

Princess Anne Middle eighth-graders enjoyed playing games such as trap ball and hoop and stick while visiting Colonial Williamsburg Oct. 11. In addition, the students participated in the election for the House of Burgesses, and eighth-grade teacher Ms. Shonk was bound in the pillory for crimes unknown to her students.

Shannon Bryant, a kindergartner at Ocean Lakes Elementary, enjoyed Halloween-themed activities planned by staff members from the Special Education Annex. By picking up “spiders” (toy rings) with tongs from an oversized “spider web” to place into a small jack-o’-lantern bucket, she was able to work on visual perceptual skills, intrinsic hand muscle strengthening, bilateral hand use and spatial awareness, all while having fun.

Students in Mrs Sill’s oral preschool classroom at Ocean Lakes Elementary used a variety of pumpkins and jack-o’-lanterns to improve their strength, balance and body/spatial awareness skills during a collaborative gross motor group facilitated by Kasey Sabo, itinerant physical therapist from the Special Education Annex.

First-grade students Jacobb Glover and Jessica Puttock explored the Strawbridge Elementary courtyard for signs of fall.

Ms. Katie Holland’s fifth-grade class at Holland Elementary worked on identifying and classifying triangles by their sides and angles using washi tape on the table. Students were able to manipulate the triangles around the table to sort them into the correct categories: acute, obtuse and right.

Led by Green Run High art teacher Amber Huckaby, art students have painted inspirational messages and images on rocks as part of The Kindness Rocks Project. Students are placing the rocks around the building and community for others to find and keep or to move to a new location for others to find and be inspired.

Newtown Elementary second-grader Jeramiah Gayle holds a Golden Spatula awarded to Mrs. Howse’s class for their excellent cafeteria behavior. The school was one spatula short to deliver awards and Jeramiah suggested they print one with the school’s 3D printer. Excellent problem-solving skills, Jeramiah.

Ndiate Sall and Shaylah Williams were among the Plaza Middle School seventh-grade students who participated in a Chesapeake Bay Foundation curriculum-based investigation at the Brock Environmental Center. The field-based learning experiences included marsh mucking, walking along trails, simulating predator and prey activities and observing the natural environment to use critical thinking skills to evaluate the health of the bay. Students were engaged in investigating water quality through performing water testing, observing organisms living in the bay, oyster exploration and seining.

The SPCA Compassion Classroom program is visiting Shelton Park Elementary second-graders on a monthly basis. Aliyah Petit pet the guinea pig brought by the SPCA for its October visit.

Newtown Elementary recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness month every Wednesday. The Wednesday theme for this week was Pink Superheroes.

Andrew Hnatkowicz, a fifth-grader at Strawbridge Elementary, raised $64.00 to support Pink Day. Strawbridge is showing support for cancer awareness by raising money and wearing pink every Wednesday during the month of October.

Megan Jones, art teacher at Christopher Farms Elementary, inspected students’ 3D printed sugar skulls. The sugar skulls were printed as part of the partial-Spanish immersion program’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage month.


Newtown Elementary third-graders Jazmere, Weston, Jayla, Viviana, Sienna, Jamie, Yasmin and Andrea produced and presented Newtown News this week with Mr. Rickard.

A friendly competition between the Cox Falcons and rival First Colonial Patriots was held at Moe’s Southwest Grill at Hilltop this week in effort to build community support for the football game Oct. 13. Each school competed to have the most costumers on their respective nights. Cox High seniors Sam Bonde and Rachel Marion along with freshman Nicole Marion showed their school spirit during their school’s cash-o-la night.

Brookwood Elementary students and parents enjoyed using their math skills during Math Night Oct. 12 at the Food Lion on Holland Road.

Bayside Sixth-Grade Campus Principal Camille Harmon attended Navigating the Journey with her students Oct. 12. The school division’s new resource fair included exhibits featuring information about the school division’s programs, resources and services for students in grades preK through 12.  See more photos from the event on the VBSchools Facebook page.

North Landing Elementary fourth-graders are taking part in “Global Read Aloud” with classrooms in Princeton, New Jersey, and San Marcos, California.  Each class is reading the book “Fenway and Hattie” and will discuss the book via Skype.  Students had their first Skype introduction to each other by asking questions about their homes and doing research using atlases and Chromebooks to get more familiar with their “book buddies.” They will communicate with each other periodically to discuss the book.

Mr. Walter dressed up in purple for Spirit Day and Picture Day at White Oaks Elementary.

John B. Dey Elementary celebrated the school’s two breast cancer survivors, Bonnie Posey and Gwen Stinard, by having a pink Spirit Day Friday, Oct. 13, to bring awareness to prevention and early diagnosis.

Staff members in the Department of Teaching and Learning also wore pink Friday, Oct. 13 to support breast cancer awareness and prevention.

Naomi O’Toole, a student at Landstown High School, received an Eagle Medallion during the school’s homecoming spirit assembly. Landstown PE teacher Tom Anderson spoke to the student body about overcoming obstacles and recognized Naomi for her positive attitude and ability to overcome challenges.

Bilingual immigration lawyer Hugo Valverde spoke with Green Run Collegiate’s Spanish students about his work and life experiences to culminate their immigration unit.

What a delicious way to learn about calculating density and chemical and physical changes! Bayside Middle eighth-graders in Ms. Ball’s physical science class used all of their senses while completing the Smores Lab.

The division’s occupational therapists hosted a “swell” celebration at the Special Education Annex Oct. 12 to recognize their colleagues during Physical Therapy Month. They also made a donation on behalf of the physical therapists to Surfer’s Healing, an organization that allows children with autism to experience surfing opportunities.


Ocean Lakes Elementary students were greeted with high fives from U.S. Navy sailors who volunteered at the school in honor of the U.S. Navy’s 242nd birthday.

Sailors from Joint Expeditionary Base-Little Creek visited Point O’View Elementary to celebrate the U.S. Navy’s birthday Friday, Oct. 13. All military-connected students participated in morning colors.

Green Run Elementary safety patrols Arryana Griffith and Jenna Britt received training from Navy Petty Officer Joshua Broadbent from NAS Oceana on how to raise and maintain the American flag.

Mrs. Shutter’s kindergarten class welcomed Petty Officer Blanford, Airman Flowers and Petty Officer Partin to Christopher Farms Elementary to celebrate the U.S. Navy’s birthday. The special guests visited classrooms throughout the school, participated in PE class and ate lunch with students.

Volunteers from NAS Oceana read to students in Dakiya Griffin’s pre-kindergarten class at White Oaks Elementary.

Kempsville Elementary also welcomed several uniformed members of the U.S. Navy Oct. 13, and they participated in a morning of STEM activities with 150 students. Pictured, left to right: EA3 Tressa Genus, ET2 Aaron Cortez, GM1 Robert Walters, CE2 Rebecca Fouts, UT2 Abbie Phillips and LS2 Sean Robinson.

Old Donation School students participate in “buddy reading” on Fridays. Eighth-graders partner with second-graders to read with them during the day. The program is designed to promote literacy, communication and kindness.

Tallwood High AVID students took a college trip to visit James Madison University Oct. 14. Their Tallwood purple and gold fit in perfectly with the thousands of JMU fans wearing the same colors for a Saturday football game.

AVID students from Salem Middle also visited James Madison University Oct. 14 as part of an event sponsored by AVID Eastern Division. The students and chaperones toured the campus, ate in the dining hall and watched the JMU versus Villanova football game.

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

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