The Week in Photos: Dec. 4-8

Sophomores Isaiah McKinney, Batool Ayaz and Ally Grabarczyk kicked off winter spirit week at Ocean Lakes High by dressing as memes.

Advanced Technology Center Cybersecurity Systems Technology students Lillian Davis, Jeffrey Whitson and William Dickerson brought the holiday season to life by decorating their class cyber tree. It was complete with hard drives, processors, cooling systems, motherboards and, of course, lots and lots of memory to remember all those well wishes for the holiday season.

Students at Virginia Beach Middle had the opportunity to learn about coding this week. Different coding websites were available for students to explore during advisory time in the library as part of Hour of Code 2017.

All Rosemont Elementary students and staff members took part a schoolwide Hour of Code, using apps such Minecraft, Kodable, Scratch Jr. and Flappy Birds.

Glenwood Elementary students are spending the month of December working on coding. Students are trying to complete at least one hour of coding time to meet the Hour of Code challenge.

Fifth-grade students at White Oaks Elementary participated in the Hour of Code.​

Arrowhead Elementary third-graders in Mrs. Heard’s class were given LEGOs to create an aquatic or terrestrial ecosystem as a culminating project for the unit. This included, but was definitely not limited to: habitats, predator/prey relationships, food chains, populations and communities.

Congratulations to ​Bayside Elementary Principal Cathy Brumm, who was named Administrator of the Year by the Virginia Beach Reading Council.

Ocean Lakes High Senior Rutvi Patel started a GoFund Me campaign to raise money to assemble and deliver 25 chemotherapy patient care packages as the capstone for her senior project in the Mathematics and Science Academy. For the project’s mentorship, she shadowed oncology specialists Aimee Gannon (PA) and Dr. Valiant Tan at the Virginia Oncology Associates at Sentara Greenbrier Healthplex.

Trantwood’s Elementary’s inaugural Chess Club has its first afterschool tournament. Students gathered with teachers to learn, study and compete.

The 2017 North Landing Elementary Holiday Program included performances by the school’s kindergartners, third-graders, fifth-grade chorus and strings students. The student singers were lead by Mrs. Pearman, music teacher, and the strings students were lead by Mr. Poe, strings teacher.

Fairfield Elementary hosted the first of three Wee Falcons nights scheduled for this year. The event for preschoolers who will attend Fairfield in the future included a variety of activities related to the theme “If You Take a Mouse to School.”

Music and technology are in perfect harmony at Hermitage Elementary. Second-grade students in Mrs. Kane’s music class worked with their Chromebooks to edit a Google Slide presentation to show their visual interpretations of the lyrics of the song “Must Be Santa.” After the students added pictures to match the written lyrics on slide, Mrs. Kane played the music while the students sang along with their slide show presentation.

Dawn Kramer, assistant principal at Lynnhaven Middle, took time to read to sixth-grade students during study hall. They are currently reading “Wonder” by Raquel J. Palacio, one of Ms. Kramer’s favorite young adult books.

The North Landing Elementary fifth-grade chorus, lead by music teacher Andrea Pearman, regaled travelers with holiday songs at the Norfolk International Airport.

Fourth-grade teacher Debbie Seth was surprised during morning announcements when she learned that she was selected as New Castle Elementary’s 2018 Teacher of the Year. Seth’s family members and students joined principal Heather Quinn and assistant principal Linda Carpenter in congratulating Debbie.

Trantwood Elementary now has a Stationery Station where staff can stop by to write notes to support and encourage each other.

Representatives from the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters brought Biscuit, a pet therapy dog, to Centerville Elementary to thank first-grade teachers and students for raising over $800 for their Buddy Brigade program.

Once each month, Shelton Park Elementary fourth-graders in Miss Woscyna’s class read to Lilly.

Tucker Paddison, a student in Gretchen Curtin’s preschool classroom at Red Mill Elementary, was excited to work with candy canes during motor group this week, an activity to foster strength, coordination, motor planning and visual perceptual skills.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Hermitage Elementary! Music teacher Jill Kane and the fifth-grade chorus hosted three winter concerts for students and families. Their enchanting performances included holiday songs, wintertime songs and a salute to the Armed Forces.

The Virginia Beach Education Foundation (VBEF) hosted its annual Teacher Grants Improve Futures (TGIF) Celebration Wednesday, Dec. 6, to formally announce the 15 schoolwide grants and 56 innovative learning grants awarded a record $150,000 in grant funding. Also announced, following an online voting process, was the artwork selected for the foundation’s 2018 Commemorative Print – “If I Could Keep You Little” by Leigh Drake, Old Donation School art teacher. Read more about the event on The Core, and view more photos on the VBEF Facebook page.

Salem Middle held Dress Like a Fictional Character Day as part of Literacy Week. Ms. Edwards, Ms. Ball, Ms. Cantone, Ms. Fleischer, Ms. Gusman, Ms. Downs, Mr. Cronin and Ms. Eastlake dressed the part to participate in the day.

Second-grade teachers at White Oaks Elementary showed their school spirit on Mustache Day.​

The Arrowhead Elementary Girls on the Run club completed a practice 5K this week. Many staff members and parents ran with the girls to cheer them on, including Principal Ben Gillikin and Assistant Principal Alison Ready. Others stationed themselves along the route with encouraging posters for the runners.

Cox High’s SCA sponsored its annual Powder Puff football game Dec. 7. The “Seniorellas” were this year’s Powder Puff winning team and were awarded the coveted “bling” football. The Powder Puff teacher team, “Teach ‘Em a Lesson”, lost to the “Care Bears” in the first round of play.

Laura Willey’s sixth-grade AVID students at Salem Middle successfully completed an Elf themed BreakoutEDU challenge. The students had to work together to solve the clues and riddles in order to open the five different locks on the breakout boxes in the allotted time.

The Arrowhead Elementary SCA sponsored Twin Day on Friday, Dec. 8. Students and staff joined in the fun.Parents, grandparents, students and community members continue to send positive stories to as part of the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign. This week, Senior Staff members surprised the following 18 teachers with recognitions from the campaign: Jillian Anderson, White Oaks Elementary; Margie Belan, Centerville Elementary; Carly Ciarochi, Independence Middle; John Conway, Providence Elementary; Brooke Graham, New Castle Elementary; Janice Grover, Providence Elementary; Pamela Knecht, New Castle Elementary; Mark Lents, Elementary; Lavoreen McPherson, Brandon Middle; Marica Mills, Parkway; Randy Resek, Centerville Elementary; Judith Raja Sekar, White Oaks Elementary; Nancy Stewart, Larkspur Middle; Erika Tortorice and Romy Bailey, Rosemont Elementary; Debra Vickery, Christopher Farms Elementary; Brianne Wille, Rosemont Forest Elementary; and Robert Wilson, Independence Middle. Read more about these teachers on the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers website.

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

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