The Week in Photos: Nov. 13-18

White Oaks Elementary fifth-graders participated in activities to spread joy on National Kindness Day, Nov. 13.

Lynnhaven Elementary welcomed Pastor Curtis Johnson as a guest reader to kick off American Education Week, sponsored by the National Education Association Nov. 13-17. Other guest readers visited throughout the week.

Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence visited Three Oaks Elementary Nov. 13 to recognize first-grade teacher Deb Fuge as part of the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign. Read more.

A park ranger from First Landing State Park visited Centerville Elementary and showed third-graders an owl during an Owldaptions assembly.

Glenwood Elementary second-graders demonstrated the 5 Cs – critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity and citizenship –  while participating in a teamwork challenge that used spaghetti noodles and marshmallows.

Kingston Elementary students worked together to create a school supply drive for Horace O‘Bryant School in Key West, Florida, which was damaged by Hurricane Irma. Fourth-grade students collaborated to come up with a list of critical school supplies; kindergarten students wrote letters to include with supplies; the SCA made promotional posters; and the broadcast crew publicized the drive on the morning announcements. After receiving Kingston’s donations (top photo), Horace O‘Bryant sent Kingston a photo of its smiling students with supplies (second photo).

Green Run High 10th grade health and PE classes listened to guest speakers share their experiences living with a traumatic brain injury. One of the speakers, Larry Bain, inspired students to live their lives to the fullest. He shared his personal story about the night that changed his life forever when he was involved in a car accident. Alana Sadowski, Trinity Sweat, Bain and Kenija Edwards gathered for a photo after the presentation.

Linkhorn Park Elementary students, including fifth-graders Grayson Brazukas and Christian Braithwaite, participated in a Fun Run Fundraiser event through FIT VB with support from J&A Racing.

Cheryl Woodhouse, senior executive director of middle schools, visited Kempsville Middle Nov. 14 to recognize Amanda Townsend, special education teacher, and Tim Dishaw, math teacher, as part of the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign. Read more about the recognition for Townsend and more about the recognition for Dishaw on the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers website.

The Health Sciences Academy at Bayside High had 37 students attend the Virginia Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Fall Leadership Academy for Region II in Hampton, Virginia. Health Sciences Academy HOSA officers also were asked to perform the event’s opening ceremony.

Students in Ms. Henderson’s reading class at Corporate Landing Middle participated in a Breakout EDU lesson.

As part of Renaissance Academy’s PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies) initiative, students enjoyed watching and participating in the quarterly staff-versus-students basketball game.

Using funds awarded for their grant “Making a Difference in Makerspace,” Trantwood Elementary students spent library time knitting soft, warm hats to donate to area homeless shelters.

Providence Elementary students and staff are participating in a schoolwide project organized by the guidance and art departments. All students and staff are painting rocks based on the story, “Only One You” by Linda Kranz, which celebrates individuality and appreciating the diversity of the world around us. Fourth-grader Gabe Kouf put the finishing touches on his rock which will be added to a display outside of the school so families and community can share in the visual of uniqueness.

Strawbridge Elementary recently raised more than $2,400 with a Papa John’s Pizza fundraiser that involves teachers delivering pizza to students and families.

Congratulations to Karen Holl and Anna Keane, Newtown Elementary second-grade teachers, who have been recognized by Tech4Learning as 2017 Innovative Educators for their broad and innovative uses of the web-based application Wixie.

Bayside Sixth-Grade Campus hosted a spirit week this week and many teachers and students participated in Twin Day.

Princess Anne High English teacher Jacqueline Davis was surprised in her classroom Wednesday, Nov. 15, with a recognition from the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign. Read more.

Parkway Elementary hosted Wacky Hat, Hair and Socks Day this week where students and teachers dressed their wackiest.

In honor of Education Support Professionals Day Nov. 15, the Special Education Annex assistants, including Laura Henchen, Jill Kormanis and Olivia Fernandes, received gift cards to Zoës Kitchen.

Newtown Elementary recognized students for their success with the non-fiction reading program Achieve 3000 for the first quarter of the school year. The 20 students with the highest number of successfully completed non-fiction articles were treated to a free lunch from Chick-fil-A along with their teachers. To qualify as a successful completion, students must get a 75 percent or better on the first attempt of the Activity Quiz associated with the article they read.

Princess Anne Middle recognized its Students of the Month for October: Rebecca Spach, Zander Yetter, Brayden Thorne, Nigel Prasad, Collin Sloan, Joshua Lehman, Olivia Fout, Marisa Gekosky, Presley Gendreau, Skylar Bray, Joseph Wheat, Rachel Conner and Aidan Groneck (not pictured). Panther Proud!

Parkway Elementary fifth-grade teacher Beth Byrum (left) congratulated fellow fifth-grade teacher Kim Alvers (right) for being named the school’s Reading Teacher of the Year.

College Park Elementary hosted Family Math Night Wednesday, Nov. 15. Staff members staff welcomed students and their families into the school to engage in math games and activities that can be easily recreated at home.

Fifty is nifty at Hermitage Elementary! Kindergarten teachers Susan Szerokman and Tyheshia Shand and their students joined all kindergartners in celebrating the 50th day of school on Nov. 16 by wearing 50s style attire and working on activities related to the number 50.

Centerville Elementary first-grade teachers Colleen Rowan, Jeanne Dodd, Meredith Green, Allison Engel and Amy Cartwright don poodle skirts and cardigans to celebrate the 50th day of school.

Landstown High welcomed back graduate Manny Mitchell, Class of 2014, as one of many guest speakers during the school’s first annual Heritage Week. In addition to hearing from alumni and other presenters, students and staff participated in daily trivia contests, students learned more about Landstown’s heritage and discussed building a legacy during their advisory block, and families enjoyed the school’s first-ever Family Game Night. It was a fantastic display of school spirit and pride throughout the week!

Rosemont Elementary hosted Pledge with Parents Nov. 16, for which military parents were encouraged to come to the school and say the Pledge of Allegiance with their students. Visiting parents were treated to a cup of coffee to thank them for their military service, and students had the opportunity to proudly introduce their military parents to their classmates.

 Congratulations to Katherine Doyle, a seventh-grade English teacher at Plaza Middle, who has been selected as the Smart/Maher Teacher Award recipient for Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 392.

Tallwood Elementary kindergartners created paper turkeys in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Arrowhead Elementary students had a great time choosing books at the book fair this week. (Left) Fifth-graders Riley Copeland, Maddie McKenna and Lexi Rush selected their favorite books, and second-grader Camryn Early showed off one of the books on her wish list.

Creeds Elementary hosted its third annual STEM Aviation Challenge at the Military Aviation Museum Nov. 16. Fifth-graders from 20 elementary schools qualified to participate by winning the paper airplane competitions at their respective schools. Students designed their planes to either fly the farthest, the fastest or to have the most hang time. View more photos on the VBSchools Facebook page.

North Landing Elementary fifth-graders celebrated their first- and second-place victories in Creeds Elementary’s annual STEM Aviation Challenge. Team members included: Haxton Mello, Austin Makovec, Canyon Anthony, Kayla Phu, Abigail Santos, Kaelyn Stacy, Bailey Brawn, Zoey Hughes, Caitlin Samella and Brendan Willette, who were supported by fifth-grade teacher Renee Barbour and gifted resource teacher Becky Wallace.

Students at Red Mill Elementary enjoyed a PBIS Assembly Friday, Nov. 10. Red Mill staff members, as stars from Red Mill American Idol, gave examples of positive behavior by teaching rules that are common throughout the school: Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible. Each fifth-grade class created a music video highlighting the schoolwide rules for the cafeteria, the hallway, the bus, the restroom and the proper use of technology.

Tallwood Elementary recognized its Artist of the Week, fourth-grader Morgan Hayes and her fall birch tree.

As part of Christopher Farms Elementary’s continuing effort to prevent bullying, school guidance counselor Sara Nichols hosts a Friday lunch bunch with fifth-grade students. The group is reading the book “Wonder” and discussing the power of kindness and how to successfully face bullying in school and in life.

Cox High students in Jessica Syzmanski’s art class recently took an instructional field trip to tour Norfolk’s NEON district with local mural artists Rick Nickel and Chris Revels.

AVID students at Green Run High created a gratitude tree for all students in celebration of Thanksgiving. Students are invited to write on the leaves something for which they are thankful.

Brookwood Elementary’s Reading Teacher of the Year is fifth-grade teacher, and former Brookwood student, Holly Bucholz.

The First-Grade Tech Squad at Diamond Springs Elementary had a blast busting turkeys out of Breakout EDU boxes. They had to solve five clues to figure out the codes to various types of locks. They used critical thinking, collaboration and creativity to save the turkeys just in time for Thanksgiving.

For the first time, Kempsville Elementary will have a vocabulary parade. To help students prepare for the schoolwide event Nov. 20, staff members dressed up as different words each day Nov. 13-17 to show students how to dress as different words.

Virginia Beach Middle hosted Community Technology Night to highlight the instructional technology utilized by different classes. Parents were able to challenge their students in IXL, Kahoot, Quizizz and many other technology-based programs.

Windsor Woods Elementary had their annual Turkey Dinner Day on Friday, Nov. 17, for students and their families. Matthew Orebaugh, principal, and Lee Davidson, assistant principal, helped serve students lunch and Angie Barone, office associate, greeted students by wearing the turkey suit.

Kindergarteners at Rosemont Elementary celebrated their annual Thanksgiving Feast Nov. 17.  Dressed as Pilgrims and Native Americans, they sang historical songs about Plymouth Rock and traditional turkeys and shared a Thanksgiving feast with their families. Agnes Amoah (left) sang a solo about Plymouth Rock, and Elena Roth (right) enjoyed the feast with her grandfather.

Miles Taylor and Mrs. Payne (right) participated in Shelton Park Elementary’s Crazy Hair Day, and Peyton McGonigal (left) wore her hair up as a doughnut.

Corporate Landing Middle teachers Mary Letson (left), Kristin Martinolich and Jennifer Pendleton (right) were surprised in their classrooms Friday, Nov. 17 with recognitions from the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign. Read more.

Landstown High was the host school for the first Beach Girls Rock! workshop of the school year. Female students in grades 5-8 and their parents heard from keynote speaker 13News Now meteorologist Iisha Scott and attended a variety of breakout sessions. View more photos on the VBSchools Facebook page. Two more Beach Girls Rock! workshops are scheduled for Jan. 27, 2018, at First Colonial High and March 17, 2018, at Ocean Lakes High.

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

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