The Week in Photos: Nov. 20-22

Adult Learning Center students in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes learned about Thanksgiving traditions and made related crafts.

Parkway Elementary students and staff went to the Old Dominion University (ODU) women’s basketball game Monday, Nov 20. ODU graciously gave Parkway free tickets to bring students to the game.

​Zacarias Evans, a fifth-grade student in Debra Patrick’s classroom at Pembroke Elementary, loves greeting students each morning as a member of the building’s safety patrol team. Staff and students alike look forward to his contagious smile to brighten their mornings.

Linda Rowan’s first-graders at Holland Elementary have flexible seating options such crate seats, wobble chairs, large computer desks and yoga balls, to decide where in the classroom they work best.

Staff and students at Kempsville Elementary had more than one reason to look forward to the short school week this week. In addition to Thanksgiving break, for the first time the school hosted a two-part Vocabulary Parade on Nov. 20. Preschool through second grades strutted their illustrious lingo in the morning parade, while grades 3-5 jiggled their jargon in the afternoon. Hermitage Elementary Principal Angie Munari recognized fifth-grader Ashlynn Kopasky whose exemplary demonstration of the trait “diligence” was honored by the PTA’s Principles of American Citizenship program.

Ocean Lakes High held their annual Powder Puff competition on Nov. 20. The senior class proved victorious after rigorous after-school practice. Freshmen came in second place.

Congratulations to the following PTA Reflection’s winners at Providence Elementary: Salome Walker, Mary Hatcher, Firdaws Amin, Ki’Myra Eure, Julissa Andrews, Claire Scully, Brock Clonch, Zacharias Walker, Hanna Batty, Adrian Allen, Theodore Maloney , Marcelo Pero, Micheal Espree, Jaden Gibson, Violett Clonch, Sade Andrews, Cora Ratajaczak and Hazel Kok.

Fourth-grade students in Ms. Shuler’s class at Old Donation School used the school’s “green roof” to test their knowledge of their current unit on meteorology. Students performed their labs outside to get the most use of the space, time and features to create an authentic learning environment.

Principal Alex Bergren offered words of congratulations to the 150+ students who earned Principal’s List at Princess Anne Middle for the first quarter. Students and their parents were invited to attend a cake reception in their honor Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Brookwood Elementary‘s PE department helped raise $6,556.00 for The American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart this year! They surpassed its previous year’s total of $1,700. Students were allowed to tape Principal Christine Alarcon to the gym wall to celebrate their success!

On Nov. 21, Green Run Collegiate parent Ramona Byrd, who works for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), spoke to students in Andria Chambers’s Spanish class about her experience assisting in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. The presentation was part of students’ studies in their natural disaster unit.

Ms. Braddy’s sixth-grade advanced science class conducted an experiment using dried ice at Lynnhaven Middle. They were able to test the effects dried ice had on a spoon, water droplets and a beaker full of water, and to learn about it’s properties.

Mr. Crouse’s and Mrs. Bush’s first-grade classes participated in a Thanksgiving feast at Diamond Springs Elementary. They were given the opportunity to sample various Thanksgiving foods and write about their favorite dish.

Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence and senior leaders from the Department of School Leadership delivered recognitions from the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign to the following teachers this week: Jill Belch, Cooke Elementary; Logan Berns, Cooke Elementary; Melissa Bruckner, Princess Anne Elementary; Stephan Currence, Landstown High; Leah Cuthbertson, Landstown Elementary; Anne Flavin, Landstown Elementary; Mary Malone-Brown, Princess Anne Elementary; Dione McTyre, Brookwood Elementary; Jen Rohr, Strawbridge Elementary; Chiquita Tucker, Plaza Middle; and Leslie Wildman, Strawbridge Elementary. Visit the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers website to read more about how these teachers are making a difference in students’ lives.

Fairfield Elementary raised $226 for the United Way and got to see teachers and administrators get pied as part of the fundraising efforts.

North Landing Elementary’s administrators, Jill Barger and Denise Fockler, challenged their students to reach 100 percent PTA membership. The duo said they would take two pies in the face for each classroom that reached this goal by Nov. 21. On Nov. 21, they each were gently pied by students from three classrooms and were treated to apple and cherry pies. Yum!

Thoroughgood Elementary students in Mrs. Miller’s fourth-grade class and Ms. Halvorson’s first-grade class turned Principal Cheryl Zigrang and Assistant Principal Josh Ringling into human ice cream sundaes in celebration of being the first two classes to reach 100 percent PTA memberships.

Congratulations to the Lynnhaven Middle’s girls soccer team for winning the city championship! To celebrate, the girls were given championship rings and t-shirts during a mini parade through the building with the drum line as students, staff and teachers watched and cheered.

Providence Elementary staff members wore black in honor of Tari Estil’s, Technical Support Technician, 60th birthday this week. Happy Birthday!

Woodstock Elementary Principal Amy Hedrick gives Tracy Jernigan, first-grade teacher, the “Tagged by the Superintendent” award for her dedication to spreading joy and positivity amongst her peers.

As a culminating event for the schoolwide United Way fundraiser at Green Run High and Green Run Collegiate, teachers Ryan Underwood and James Wahlgren were pied in the face live on the morning announcements. Students voted with their United Way donations for the teacher they wanted to see get a pie to the face. Two students who donated money to the United Way were chosen randomly to be the pie throwers. Kayla Dean and Cameron Grove were the lucky students.

Kempsville Meadows Elementary Pre-Kindergarten students ​Ariel Haynes and Zoe Rogers got creative at one of the Thanksgiving stations.

Arrowhead Elementary’s annual food drive came to an end this week with students using their donations to vote for the teacher they wanted to see dressed as a turkey. The big “winners” were first-grade teacher Julie Finucan and second-grade teacher Michelle Williams, with each teacher collecting over 80 items in their box. The turkeys began the morning greeting students at the drop-off loop and then filled in as the anchors for AETV, the school’s morning news show. More than 300 items were collected and were donated to The Union Mission and Carrow Baptist Church.

Larkspur Middle students and staff collected 421 nonperishable goods to donate to Storehouse Food Pantry. Aidan Weyandt, Rory Robertson and Adelle Harbin, members of Larkspur’s SCA, helped to organize donated goods in the school’s atrium.

Members of St. Andrew’s United Method Church presented Indian Lakes Elementary School Counselor Ashley Thompson and Principal Jennifer Born with Thanksgiving dinners for 17 Indian Lakes families. Kim Richman, ILES library assistant, and Kevin Wood helped coordinate donations.

As a fundraiser for United Way, Arrowhead Elementary held Shadow Day Nov. 22. Students bought tickets for 25 cents and put them in the bag of the teacher/principal/assistant that they wanted to shadow. One ticket was pulled from each bag to determine the winner. Principal Ben Gillikin was shadowed by first-grader Jada Velez; third-grader Liam Curtis spent the day with School Counselor Brittney West; and fifth-grader Willow Birdette was with Kellee Kraft, library media specialist.

Indian Lakes Elementary kicked off the Thanksgiving break with a student-faculty basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Three Oaks Elementary staff played flag football against the fifth-graders at the annual Wolf Bowl Nov. 22. Students won with a final score of 36-24.

New Castle Elementary staff prepared for the school’s annual Turkey Parade. The SCA sponsored a canned food drive for the holidays, and to determine who would be this year’s turkey, students placed their donation into a box corresponding with their favorite teacher. PE assistant Ryan Kilmon is this year’s turkey “that got away.”

Pembroke Meadows Elementary’s SCA hosted its annual Turkey of the Year food drive. Everyone brought in food to “vote” for the staff members they wanted to be the turkey. Winners were Mrs. Garrison and Mrs. Mahl. It was a turkey tie!  The “turkeys” were on the move during lunch Nov. 22.  Regardless of who won, the school is thankful for the kindness and generosity of its PMES family to help those less fortunate.

Students in Mrs. Ryan’s second-grade class at Thoroughgood Elementary learned about Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade floats. They then designed and constructed a “float” that reflected their interests. To celebrate their designs, they had a parade in the school.

There was a cafeteria full of attendees for at New Castle Elementary’s annual Grandparent’s Day Wednesday, Nov. 22. In addition to visiting classrooms, grandparents were entertained by a video of students expressing love and thanksgiving as well as a serenade by music teacher Susan Hall and all third-grade classes.

Bayside Elementary hosted it’s third annual Turkey Bowl this week, with students playing staff members in a game of flag football.

White Oaks Elementary is thankful for many things, including its wonderful students and staff.

Happy Thanksgiving! We are grateful for students’ great dreams and the great teachers and staff who support them. #WeAreVBSchools

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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