On Jan. 29, staff and students at Diamond Springs Elementary dressed professionally for a schoolwide assembly to introduce students to the Positive Behavior Interventions and Strategies (PBIS) program, the Young Ladies of Excellence Club, and the Distinguished Young Gentlemen Club. Students learned how to exhibit proper behaviors in the hallway, in class and on the bus. Students Lei’Lani Hodnett, Allen Ricks, Killian Barrett and Brooklyn Tyler along with staff members Karen Farquer, Becky Rawls and Amber Bush showed off posters from the assembly.
North Landing Elementary staff celebrated being kind with a ‘Kindness Round-up’ spirit day.
Kingston Elementary staff and students showed off their favorite colleges for a spirit day. Pictured: Erin Nye, Keri Schoeffel, Indie Schoeffel, Graham Walgren, Erin Leavitt and Wendy Gajewski.
Lynnhaven Elementary students McKenzie Reed, Torean Williams, Twyla Woodley and Kahlan Santos were all smiles on SCA Twin Day.
Newtown Elementary second-grade students Shedraya Bowman, Kyeshawn Kellam and Shamir Isaac added to the straw castle students are building in the school’s media center. The structure started small and students were allowed to keep adding to it until they ran out of materials.
Kindergarten students at Glenwood Elementary created pictures from squiggle lines during a gifted lesson.
Corporate Landing Elementary students Theo Schafer, Makaiya Daniels and Grady Lannon celebrated Reading Month with the school’s 4th Annual Vocabulary Parade. Students and staff dressed up as a vocabulary word and shared meaning of their word.
To celebrate Reading Month, Rosemont Forest Elementary’s fourth-grade teachers Molly Wilson, Jeanne Lorkiewicz, Jan Deas and Monica Garrison showed off their “Super Teacher” shirts on Superheroes for Super Readers spirit day.
Beth Bailey, Technology Support Technician at Kempsville Elementary, was a guest on News Channel 3’s daytime talk show “Coast Live” Jan. 30 to discuss her volunteer work with Fairy Godmothers of Virginia. The organization helps local girls with dresses and accessories in order to have an unforgettable ring dance or prom experience.
Glenwood Elementary students and staff participated in an SCA Spirit Day by dressing as twins.
Brookwood Elementary celebrated Kindness Month throughout January and SCA members sold kindness grams to help promote kindness.
Kindergartner Isabel Martinez enjoys constructing snowflakes out of marshmallows and toothpicks as part of a STEM activity at Point O’View Elementary.
Cambrie Parsons and Lillian Coup, fifth-graders at Corporate Landing Elementary, participated in the school’s Jersey Day Jan. 31.
Parkway Elementary had Wacky Sports Day Jan. 31 where students and teachers dressed in their favorite sports attire. Starr Fields and Noelle Vanta-Delacruz showed that even Super Bowl rivals can be friends.
Also dressing up for Wacky Sports Day were Parkway Elementary students Patience Holloman, Bella Vanta Delacruz, Jayden Walker and Aiden Brown with second-grade teacher Lisa Marler.
Throughout January, Malibu Elementary School Counselor Katie Taylor hosted a Kindness Challenge to help students practice ways to be kinder to others by sprinkling kindness. Students, such as third-graders Sarah Joy Sanzone and Addie Arnold, put ideas into action, wrote their ideas on small slips of paper (sprinkles), and attached them to the doughnuts on the wall.
Bayside Middle eighth-grader Sydnee Nichols recently earned first place in the American Legion essay contest, selected by the local post as the top middle school essay on the topic, “I love living in America because…” Her work will now be considered at the American Legion district level. Nichols and her teacher, Katie Knapp, each received a certificate and a $50 check for the award-winning submission.
Pembroke Meadows Elementary had a read-in event during Reading Month. Students wore pajamas, ate popcorn and read together in the school’s media center.
Kempsville Meadows Elementary fourth-grade student Donyae Lewis mentored his younger brother Yaden in the library’s makerspace engineering station.
Anthony Blakes (a.k.a. “Buckets”) from the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters visited Arrowhead Elementary Feb. 1. In addition to showing some of his amazing basketball tricks and skills, he also spoke students in grades 3-5 about bullying. He told them about the ABC’s: Action, Bravery and Compassion. Students Justice Sims, Adryan Lee and Willow Birdette were called up to share examples and even had a chance to try out a few basketball tricks with the 6’2″ star.
At Larkspur Middle, Ms. Green’s READ 180 classes participated in World Read Aloud Day Feb. 1. Several Larkspur staff members were guest readers in her classroom to read aloud a variety of books for students to enjoy.Congratulations to Pembroke Meadows Elementary student Dominic Sangenette for being selected by the Virginia Beach Council of PTAs for the citywide Principles of American Citizenship Award for Respect.
To celebrate students who completed acts of kindness for the Great Kindness Challenge, Centerville Elementary School Counselor Sarah Pope presented fourth-grade students with hand-painted kindness rocks. Pope enlisted the help of her mother to paint over 100 kindness rocks.
Ella Brown, a Corporate Landing Middle seventh-grader, prepared to launch the rocket she made in her technical education class.
Ms. Ash-Edwards and Ms. Hoskie’s classes at Brandon Middle are taking part in the Achilles Kids chapter by walking laps around the school to earn mileage for the program. Each student has been awarded a medal, bracelet and certificate for their current participation. Students will receive a pair of Adidas athletic shoes upon completion, walking a total of 27 miles.
Chris Allen, a seventh-grader at Lynnhaven Middle, worked diligently on a scientific method lab involving pennies and water in Mrs. Crawford’s life science class.
Student team leaders of Centerville Elementary’s Anchored for Life program and sponsors, Mrs. Sarah Pope, Ms. Jennifer Gorham and Mrs. Maria Lapetina, collected 40 winter hats and gloves for their “Cool to Be Kind” drive Feb. 1. The “Cool to Be Kind” drive was part of the group’s Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters outreach project.
Meagan Simms’ preschool class at Pembroke Elementary had a “slip-sliding” good time during part of a penguin-themed group activity led by physical therapist Li Cavanaugh. Students, acting as little penguins, got a great workout while climbing up and sliding down the “iceberg” mat set up.
Kempsville Meadows Elementary students enjoyed a visit from WAVY-TV Meteorologist Deitra Tate. She inspired students to work hard in math and science while teaching them about weather.
Shelton Park Elementary’s SCA hosted a Great Kindess Challenge spirit week, including the daily themes: Ride the Wave to Kindness; Wear your WORDS to support reading; Peace, Love, and Kindness; Twin Kindness; and Team Kindness. Miss Robinson and Brady Theiss dressed up for Wear your WORDS day, and first-graders Katherine Ryan, Lillian Tignor and Hannah Hess were triplets on Twin Kindness Day.
Lynnhaven Middle’s Academic Challenge team challenged staff members to a battle of the brains. The students beat the staff by 20 points.
White Oaks Elementary students in Ms. Samuleson’s fifth-grade class were engaged in personalized learning as they studied light and sound.
The Malibu Elementary SCA sponsored a “Soup”er Bowl this week to collect canned foods for those in need. Rachel Warren, Peyton Tucci, Jenna Ramsey and Makayla Cavanaugh counted the number of collected cans for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Students in Mrs. Boudreau’s and Mrs. Lichtenwald’s classes at Princess Anne High were part of the celebration to surprise Suzanne Johnson, itinerant physical therapist, as the Special Education Annex’s “I Make a Difference” award recipient for the month of February.
In honor of Groundhog’s Day Feb. 2, Pembroke Elementary student Dominique Wright built a “groundhog house” in Maureen Allison’s adaptive PE class. His “groundhog” is going to have a penthouse that ended up taller than Dominique himself.
Old Donation School held its annual Unity Day Friday, Feb. 2, as part of its ongoing anti-bullying initiative and continuing effort to promote kindness. Students and staff were asked to wear red clothing to support the day, and students shared their thoughts about unity on paper chain links that were connected and displayed in a school showcase.
Students in Tallwood High’s global issues class visited NATO headquarters where they learned about the role of NATO and diplomacy.
February is Reading Month at Arrowhead Elementary. To kick off the month, children’s author Kim Norman visited the school Feb. 2. Norman is the author of 14 children’s books including “Puddle Pug”, “The Bot That Scott Built,” and “Still A Gorilla.” Students Lakisha Gray, Kim Norman, Justice Sims and Savannah Bish were the winners of autographed books following a random drawing at the end of the assembly.
Buckets Blake, guard for the Harlem Globetrotters, visited College Park Elementary Friday, Feb. 2, to lead an assembly on bullying prevention and posted for photos.
On Saturday, Feb. 3, Old Donation School students placed third in the Tidewater Chapter of Math Counts held at Norfolk State University. The competitors all made “W’s” with their hands for “WIN,” and their advisor, Mrs. Barber, was very proud of their work. Student competitors included: Ryan Joe, Kevin Wang, Keane Tao, Malachi Dewitt, Alex Talreja, Allan Cheng, Eric Yeatts and Aneesh Desai.
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