The Week in Photos: Oct. 23-27

Princess Anne Elementary staff members Nicole Cherry and Lindsey Yetter celebrated Disability History and Awareness Month by participating in Step Up for Down Sydrome, a 5K run and awareness walk organized by the Down Syndrome Association of Hampton Roads.

Fairfield Elementary families had a blast at its Skate Dojo Monster Mash.

Kempsville Elementary’s morning announcements team have a new “Announcer in Residence” this month, Count Vocabula! The Count, fifth-grade teacher and Reading Teacher of the Year Heidi Kaiktsian, dawns a flowing black cloak, jet black locks of hair and a very believable Romanian accent. Twice a week, she joins the WKES news crew to celebrate students who have “sunk their teeth” into new, interesting or challenging words while reading. Count Vocabula then presents the students with a set of their own vampire teeth for adding juicy words to their own lexicons! After Halloween, Count Vocabula retreats to the darkness to chew on some more good books…until next fall.

Hunter Terry, a third-grader at Ocean Lakes Elementary, doesn’t let his temporary need for a wheelchair impact his mad disc golf skills. Hunter took advantage of the school’s new disc golf equipment to work on hand-eye coordination.

Ashley Rich (right), a fourth-grade teacher, was recognized as College Park Elementary’s Reading Teacher of the Year, Monday, Oct. 23. She was presented with the award by the school principal, Dr. Sterling White (left).

Linkhorn Park Elementary first-graders had a fun visit from School Board Chairwoman Beverly Anderson. She shared a story with them and helped them work on their reading comprehension skills.

Cox High celebrated its Homecoming with a spirit week planned by the SCA. Teachers Claye Rhea, Elly Clark, and Lanny Doan participated in Mismatch Day, Tuesday, Oct. 24.

Everyone joined in on the fun and represented their college for Bayside Middle’s annual College Day, held in conjunction with the school division’s annual College Night event this week. Rachel Graven, Lindsay Stewart, Katy O’Rourke, Ashley Natoli, Towanna Hunter, Katie Fessel, Sarah Sicinski, Danette Holmes, Jennifer Morris and Jennifer Walker displayed their school spirit.

On Oct. 24, the School Board of the City of Virginia Beach hosted a “SOLabration” to celebrate  the school division’s 100 percent full Standards of Learning (SOL) accreditation and to raise an SOL flag that will be displayed for the remainder of the school year. Read more.

Mason Moses participated in Malibu Elementary’s Surflings program Tuesday, Oct. 24. Surflings promotes early literacy by providing neighborhood preschoolers a story night filled with developmentally-appropriate learning activities centered around a pre-selected book. The book for October was “Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin Picking Plan.”

Woodstock Elementary teachers dressed up Tuesday, Oct. 24 for a night of delivering pizzas to students and their families for a fundraiser with Papa John’s.

“The Secret Life of Teachers” is on display at Princess Anne Middle. A group of students is working with Ms. McGinnis, seventh grade school counselor, as part of an outreach program connecting students to staff. Students chose the title for the initiative and randomly select a staff member each month to interview and showcase their “secret lives” outside of school. Ms. Fritz is the featured staff member for October.

Students and staff at Three Oaks Elementary wore orange Wednesday, Oct. 25 for National Unity Day. Say no to bullying and YES to being kind!

At the Adult Learning Center, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students and staff dressed up for a pre-Halloween celebration.

Fairfield Elementary teachers used their heads to help students stand against drugs and bullying for Red Ribbon Week.

Geoengineering graduate students from Virginia Tech showed Woodstock Elementary fourth- and fifth-graders how to build a solid foundation using only natural resources. Can these foundations withstand each person standing on it without any supports?

Glenwood Elementary is now 1:1 with technology in grades 1-5, and teachers and students are having fun trying out new technology daily. This student had fun learning how to use Kahoot.

Staff at the Special Education Annex welcomed back Bill Meinecke, one of their Braille translators, and his new Seeing Eye dog Wexlie. Meinecke was paired with Wexlie during his visit to The Seeing Eye in New Jersey, an organization focused on the independence, dignity and self-confidence of blind people through the use of Seeing Eye dogs.

Congratulations to Lisa Thompson, a second-grade teacher at Providence Elementary, for being selected as the school’s Reading Teacher of the Year! Left to right: Denise Adams, media specialist; Michael Taylor, principal; Thompson and Catrina Manigo, assistant principal.

Indian Lakes Elementary teachers Melissa Armitage, Mackenzie Girard and Stephanie Martin wore pink Oct. 25 and donated money in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Adaptive PE teacher Robert Mages looked on as Mark Turner prepared to catch an air hockey puck sent from Brandon Hayes during a modified activity in Jenn Vedder’s adapted PE class at Bayside High.

The Windsor Woods Elementary SCA encouraged all students and staff to participate in the “Pink-Out” event and wear pink Wednesday, Oct. 25.  Staff raised $110.00 to donate to the Susan G. Komen of Tidewater organization.

Thalia Elementary students dressed up in costume to participate in Paint for A Cause, Wednesday, Oct. 25. The SCA sponsored event helped to raise $500.00 for the United Way of Hampton Roads.

Representatives from the College of William and Mary hosted STEM-a-thons at White Oaks and Shelton Park elementary schools this week as part of Project G.R.I.T., a grant awarded to the division by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Educational Partnership. Fifth-graders and their teachers participated in various activities related to sound and light, including learning more about the science of the plasma ball.

Pembroke Meadows Elementary staff is recognizing Disability History and Awareness Month by focusing on the “ABLE not the LABEL” of their students.

Lynnhaven Middle’s SCA hosted Twin Day Thursday, Oct. 26, as part of spirit week and several teachers got into the spirit!

Newtown Elementary’s Reading Specialist Cynthia Hughes (right) congratulated Lydia Hallman (left), third-grade teacher, as the school’s Reading Teacher of the Year.

Makerspace is up and running at Windsor Oaks Elementary. Mrs. Carriker’s third-grade class was the first to participate in the orientation. 

Indian Lakes Elementary preschool student, Corlin Jackman, retold the story “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” with blocks. He said, “The big goat is really hungry.”

Stallions mentoring the Colts! Green Run High School students from the school’s Innovation Lab are mentoring students from Green Run Elementary. On their first visit this week, high school students worked on building relationships using conversation starters like, “Who in your life makes you want to be great?”

Kempsville Elementary third-grader Tyler Griffin read a book about iguanas to Spike, the bearded dragon class pet visiting from Brian Gray’s fifth-grade class, listening from Tyler’s shoulder.

The students at Corporate Landing Elementary have been busy designing new creations to add to the school’s Lego Wall.  R.J. Urquhart, a first-grader in Mrs. Blackwell’s class, designed a jet powered Batmobile and was excited to put his new creation on display.

Arrowhead Elementary first-grade teacher Barbara Dell (center) was surprised with a visit from Alison Reddy, assistant principal, and Ben Gillikin, principal, to announce that she has been named Arrowhead Elementary’s Reading Teacher of the Year.

The VBSPCA visits Kempsville Elementary second-graders once each month to help educate young people in the proper care and treatment of animals and other people. October’s special guest was Peanut, a guinea pig from the VBSPCA.

Community members and school staff members delivered donations of food and money to the Beach Bags food drive Thursday, Oct. 26. See more photos on the VBSchools Facebook page.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Make a Difference Week at the Adult Learning Center, the center’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes wore pink Friday, Oct. 27, and drafted letters of support to give to breast cancer patients.

Newtown Elementary encourages literacy with a Favorite Book Character Day. Staff and students were encouraged to dress as their favorite book character and they participated in a Book Character Parade at the end of the day.

Newtown Elementary also hosted its annual Fall Festival Literacy Night this week. Families were treated to pizza and everyone was encouraged to come dressed as their favorite book character. Families played Bingo and the child winners got to pick out a free book as their prize. Prizes were also awarded for best costumes.

Second-graders in Ms. Frenda’s and Mrs. Williams’ classes at Arrowhead Elementary ended their week with a fun science experiment. They used ice cream and root beer to make floats after identifying the three states of matter and recording their data like scientists.

This month, Fairfield Elementary joined the Socktober movement to collect socks to donate to a local homeless shelter. To help promote this cause, each Friday in October was deemed Crazy Sock Day, where students and teachers wore their crazy socks. While it was tons of fun, the school also collected over 500 socks to donate.

Arrowhead Elementary students and staff participated in Red Ribbon Week activities to show their commitment to staying drug free. The theme was “Your Future is Key, so Stay Drug Free.”  Students signed their names on paper keys as their pledge, and then the keys were displayed in the cafeteria. Students and staff were all encouraged to end the week by wearing red as another sign of their commitment.

“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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