The Week in Photos: Nov. 27-Dec. 2

At Princess Anne High School, Dr. Walck’s Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow students partnered with library media specialists Jenn Ludford and Courtney Porter to enhance their unit on children’s literature. After brainstorming their favorite books as children, discussing elements of a good children’s story and practicing different voices, students selected books from the Central Library to read to their class for an upcoming assignment.

Heaven Wiggins, a third-grade student in Ms. Lomberck’s class at Pembroke Elementary, couldn’t contain her laughter during “Pom-Pom” silliness time in her classroom, which was an activity encouraging social interaction. Her smile and laugh were contagious, and soon other students wanted in on the fun.

Donna Stewart, White Oaks Elementary special education teacher, was recognized as a Tagged by the Superintendent recipient.

Members of Arrowhead Elementary’s SCA, including Noah Babcock, Jaisyk Babcock, Elmor Beltran and Kaitlyn Cooper, made holiday candygrams to be sold for 25 cents each and delivered to students as a way to spread some holiday cheer.

Staff in Creeds Elementary’s library hosted a “book tasting” to showcase the school’s library collection to all students in the fourth grade. They turned the library into a restaurant experience where each course was a different genre. The goal of the book tasting is that students will leave with at least one title of a book that they are excited about using as an independent reading book.

Administrators in the Department of School Leadership visited three schools Tuesday, Nov. 28 to deliver recognitions from the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign. Visit the campaign website to read more about: Nacita Croy, Tallwood High math teacher; Amee Johnson, Kellam High science teacher; Andi Larson,  Glenwood Elementary second-grade teacher; Stephanie Marshall, Glenwood Elementary third-grade teacher and Craig Powers, Kellam High social studies teacher.

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, a representative from Papa John’s Pizza delivered a check for $1,477 to Christopher Farms Elementary following the school’s Teacher Delivery Night fundraiser. The funds will be used for educational programs throughout the rest of the year.

Giving thanks continued after the Thanksgiving holiday when Ocean Lakes High held its first annual “Finsgiving” Nov. 28, a celebation held by various clubs and organizations and attended by more than 50 people.

The SCA at Cox High continues to promote “Hoodies for the Holidays,” a campaign to collect college sweatshirts to donate to Birdneck Elementary to encourage students to aspire to further their education. SCA students have made tags for each Birdneck student including his/her favorite college and size, in hopes of delivering a sweatshirt to every student, nearly 250 total. Junior Kenzie Wall (pictured), SCA Treasurer and event chair, and her peers began collecting sweatshirts just before Halloween. Donations are due by Dec. 14 for students to deliver the following week.

Landstown Middle recognized AVID teacher Julie Erwin, here with seventh-grader Samantha Vargas, as it’s “Tagged by the Superintendent” recipient.

Salem Middle’s staff celebrated Principal Dr. Jim Smith’s 50th birthday by wearing black to school Nov. 29. They decorated his office, presented him with several gift cards and a Pittsburgh Penguins jersey in honor of the occasion.

Christopher Farms Elementary students enjoyed a Fun Run with Boosterthon Wednesday, Nov. 29. Part fitness activity, part fundraiser and a fun way to instill good values and leadership in students, the Fun Run was a huge success. The school also produced a video to show the fun –

Old Donation students in Mrs. Pommerenk’s fifth-grade class explored circuits, parallel and series, and ADI (argument driven inquiry) in teams. They collaborated and communicated throughout the steps of the process as a way to learn about circuitry in an innovative way.

Glenwood Elementary kindergartners worked to create a habitat for their class pet, Glitter. Students collaborated to plan the habitat and used critical thinking skills to create the habitat for their pet.

Mrs. Hayes’ ​kindergarten students at Thalia Elementary had so much fun as the slipped on their magic shape glasses and went on a scavenger hunt around the building looking for geometric shapes. This activity was part of the schoolwide Innovation Day.

Newtown Elementary was presented with a donation of coats, hats and gloves for students on Nov. 30 by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Pamela Morton and three others from the sorority’s Chi Omicron Zeta chapter were on hand to present Principal Heidi Richardson with this generous gift.

Virginia Beach Middle hosted rising sixth-graders from Cooke and Linkhorn Park elementary schools. They were treated to a band, orchestra and chorus concert in the auditorium.

Tom Stahl, fifth-grade teacher at Alanton Elementary, and Stephanie Piron, kindergarten teacher at Trantwood Elementary, were recognized by the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign Nov. 29. Visit the campaign website to read parent emails about how the teachers are making a difference for students.

The preschool students at Corporate Landing Elementary learned about the letter “A” this week. Kyle Barrett, Julien Forbin and Barrett Haven from Mrs. McCarthy’s class enjoyed wearing their astronaut helmets on their space mission to the library.

​Second graders at Luxford Elementary, Dylan Willis, Eisley Case and Heaven West, practiced their addition facts with their favorite math game called “Player’s Salute.”

At Ocean Lakes High, Instructional Technology Specialist Meri Riddick and senior Rei Silva prepared to advertise the Hour of Code events to be held next week, Dec. 5-6, during the school’s Its Academic study blocks. Riddick and fellow ITS Bridget Mariano visited classes to showcase various robotics to entice students to attend the events, which will include activities ranging from beginner to advanced that use a Raspberry Pi, Makey Makey, Ozobot, Dash and Dot robots, video game-style coding tutorials and actual coding practice.

Newtown Elementary students enjoyed an Hour of Code challenge prior to Computer Science Education Week Dec. 4-10. This annual event is designed to promote computer science with millions of students participating worldwide. Newtown students used a language referred to as Blockly to use code to tell the characters how to move and operate in activities like Minecraft, Frozen, Angry Birds and Star Wars.

Advanced Technology Center web design students are working in teams and tackling their first “client” project. The fictitious company, See The World Travel Agency, has a need for a website to start their online presence. Students are practicing HTML and CSS coding skills while creating an appealing design. This collaborative project allows students to experience creating websites according to the client’s requirements.

Karen Kaas, reading specialist at Tallwood Elementary, is a recipient of the Tagged by the Superintendent recognition.

​Judi Haddox, Kempsville Meadows Elementary office associate, made red and black ribbons for her staff to wear to show their support for Salem High School students and staff following the death of a Salem student Nov. 30.

With the arrival of December this week, Ms. Grant’s prekindergarteners at Luxford Elementary embrace kindness and the winter season.

On Dec. 1, ​100 Bayside Middle students were treated to the movie “Wonder” at the AMC Lynnhaven movie theatre. Before seeing the movie, based on the 2012 novel of the same name by R.J. Palacio, each student read the book.

Students from Debra Patrick’s and Jessica Keesler’s classes at Pembroke Elementary had a magical visit with Santa Claus at MacArthur Center Dec. 1.

Library Media Specialist Sarah Sicinski offered Bayside Middle students a Book Tasting in the library this week. In a library decorated like your favorite Italian restaurant, Chef Sicinski led a lesson on book reviews which allowed the students to sample different genres.

Ocean Lakes Elementary students and staff participated in Twin Day Dec. 1. Participating in the fun were siblings Alana Felton and Cameron Felton (left) as well as Bala Schoephoerster, teacher assistant, and fifth-grader Tessa Verner (right).

Luxford Elementary kindergartener Alex Raphael helped his class celebrate holidays around the world by decorating their classroom door for Kwanzaa.

Four more teachers were recognized by the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign Dec 1, including: Kimberely Bostick-Spencer, fifth-grade teacher at Seatack Elementary; Heather Elman, special education teacher at John B. Dey elementary; Christine Hayes, special education teacher at Birdneck Elementary and Josh White, PE teacher at Birdneck Elementary. Excerpts from the emails sent to to share positive stories about these teachers are posted on the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers website.

Arrowhead Elementary held its annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 2. In addition to breakfast, there were photos with Santa, raffle prizes, arts and crafts, music and vendors. Olivia Bare’s family was very happy to receive a huge cooking crate as a holiday raffle prize.

Students from several VBCPS schools helped spread holiday cheer Saturday, Dec. 2 with their participation in various local parades and festivities. Creeds Elementary’s Voice of Expressions sang at Pungo’s Tree Lighting event, and Salem High’s Academy Dance Company were among the many VBCPS student dance groups and bands performing in the Holiday Parade at the Beach.

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

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