Winter weather in early January kept schools closed for seven days; however, it didn’t keep the division’s school media liaisons from sharing photos of classroom activities, spirit weeks, special events and smiles from the days students and staff were together in school.
A Glenwood Elementary first-grader wrote about how she was happy to be back in school and back in Ms. Agreste’s class after many snow days.
The adaptive PE department at the Special Education Annex decided to embrace the snowy season by decorating their office door with a snowman scene that incorporated unique snowflakes created by some of their students at Princess Anne Elementary.
In art class, Glenwood Elementary kindergartners created their depictions of community helpers.
Sydnee Ashley, a fifth-grader at Windsor Woods Elementary, received the Certificate of Excellence award for submission to the PTA Reflections Program. Her student choreography has advanced to the next round of judging.
January is Braille Literacy Month. Julie Macaluso, teacher of the visually impaired, assisted Landstown High School student Naomi O’Toole who worked on completing an assignment using a braille notetaker with a refreshable braille display. This assistive technology device functions like a tablet, allowing students to write documents, send emails, access websites and Google Docs, download and read books, and much more.
Red Mill Elementary is celebrating Reading Month in January with the theme “Rockin’ Readers and Citizens.” Students are reading books each week in which the characters show characteristics of good citizenship: responsibility, perseverance, making a difference and kindness. Students and staff, including Mrs. Hare and her first-graders, came dressed as their favorite book characters Jan. 12.
Arrowhead Elementary was proud to share that its principal, Ben Gillikin, was inducted into the Gary King Hall of Honor at his alma mater Norfolk Christian High School Jan. 12. He was one of six inductees selected for their athletic contributions during their high school years. Gillikin (right) celebrated with his brother and Thalia Elementary assistant principal, Frank Gillikin, who is also a member of the school’s Hall of Honor.
Tallwood Elementary announced that Amber Nachman is the school’s 2019 Teacher of the Year.
Salem High staff members were active participants in the school’s Spirit Week held Jan. 15-19. Celebrating Disney Day were Amy Schuiteboer, school improvement specialist, Sandy Szilassy, special education teacher, and Jennifer Knight, assistant principal.
Students in Mrs. Towell’s second-grade class at Holland Elementary worked in pairs to code robots to perform certain actions.
Teachers at Strawbridge Elementary dressed up as their favorite book character as part of Reading Month activities.
Strawbridge Elementary first-graders Faith Eaddy and Riley Davenport worked in the school’s Launch Pad to design a structure following specific instructions.
Princess Anne Middle recognized its Students of the Month for December: Arpan Das, Diana Fuduli, Clara Minkewicz, Amelia Pearson, Caitlin Porter, Landon Imbrogno, Sidharth Rajasekar, Austin Parrish, Trey Spreder, Mackenzie Whitehead, Grant Cray, Sam Wiggins (and, not pictured, Lillian Hale and Madeline Buddenhagen).
First-graders in Wanda Cox’s class at Diamond Springs Elementary enjoyed using the materials in the school’s STEM lab to build and create various structures.
Green Run Elementary second-graders welcomed their pen pal, Major Monica Mason, to their class. Maj. Mason is stationed in Turkey with the U.S. Air Force and has been corresponding with the class this school year. While visiting home she stopped by to see the class Jan. 16.
North Landing Elementary students and staff celebrated Reading Month by dressing up for Scrabble Day.
Ocean Lakes High held their annual Distinguished Teacher ceremony Jan. 16 and recognized (left to right): Tina Treptor, Rebecca Strohm, Katherine Turner, Bob Weisenbeck and Katie Anderson. From among the honorees, Anderson was selected as the school’s 2019 Teacher of the Year.
Arrowhead Elementary fourth-graders have been busy practicing with music teacher, Beth Wallace, for their winter performance scheduled for February.
At a Virginia Student Training and Refurbishment (VASTAR) Program District coordinators meeting Jan. 17, VBCPS VASTAR district coordinator and Advanced Technology Center (ATC) Cybersecurity Systems Technology instructor Jim Spruill received a Best Practices Award (along with a $1000 grant for equipment for the program) for the surge in refurbished computers donated to the community in 2017. ATC students refurbish donated computers in partnership with the VBCPS Office of Community Engagement and the Virginia Beach Education Foundation to provide to families in need.
Christopher Farms Elementary welcomed Watch D.O.G.S. dad Eric Anderson who assisted staff throughout the day as part of the volunteer program for fathers. Anderson visited on an extra special day for his daughter, Lindsey, to help her celebrate her birthday.
In honor of Reading Month, students and staff at Creeds Elemementary participated in Dress Like a Word Day.
First Colonial High student Angel Shue (left) and Green Run High student Kamryn Johnson-McCall (right) were both chosen as the Happy Day Cafe’s Employee of the Month for January. At the café, located in the Laskin Road Annex, job coaches support students from various VBCPS high schools to help them develop vocational skills through hands-on work experience.
Pembroke Meadows Elementary was proud to share that one of its teachers, Elaine Shindelar, earned her National Board Certification. The Office of Professional Growth and Innovation distributed pennants to help teachers celebrate their accomplishment. A complete list of VBCPS teachers who earned the distinction is available on Kaleidoscope.
Author Kevin Sherry visited Old Donation School Jan. 19 for a lively presentation with all elementary students to talk about his journey as a writer. He shared how he had been inspired by other famous writers and illustrators and encouraged students to “read every book in the library.”
Second-grade students at Brookwood Elementary learn how to code DASH robots in music class with the help of Ken Garrison, instructional technology specialist.
First-graders at Hermitage Elementary learned about the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mrs. Katz’s students put their outstretched hands in the shape of a heart to show how people can reach out to one another and live, learn, and love fellow citizens by working together.
Myles Henderson, WTKR meteorologist, visited Newtown Elementary Jan. 19 to talk with second-graders about his work and the tools he uses, and he answered their questions about tornadoes, thunderstorms, hurricanes and more.
Glenwood Elementary students and staff had fun learning on Pirate Day – and dressed for the occasion, too. Students in all grades participate in various fun and engaging activities all day Jan 19.
Indian Lakes Elementary students and staff “dropped everything and read” as part of its schoolwide D.E.A.R. time Jan. 19.
The school division continued to surprise teachers as part of the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign during visits to Ocean Lakes High and Corporate Landing Elementary Jan. 19. Chief Schools Officer Rashard Wright shared parent and student letters sent to GreatTeachers@vbschools.com and delivered gifts of appreciation from campaign sponsors and anonymous donors. Read more about the division’s Great Teachers on the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers website.
The Office of Opportunity and Achievement and Kellam High School hosted the 11th Annual African American Male Summit Saturday, Jan. 20. Elementary, middle and high school students heard from speakers and attended breakout sessions on a variety of topics that supported the event’s theme, “Life Ready: Developing your Blueprint for the DREAM.” See more photos on the VBSchools Facebook page.
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