The Week in Photos: Feb. 12-16

In honor of the Winter II Sports pep rally this week, Lynnhaven Middle’s SCA hosted a spirit week. Brad Nelson, student activities coordinator, and Adam Swindell, sixth-grade teacher, dressed up as Superman and Batman to kick off the week with Superhero vs. Villian Day.

​In celebration of Love Your Library Month, the office staff at Rosemont Forest Elementary dressed up as Harry Potter characters on Dress as Your Favorite Book Character Day.

Glenwood Elementary kindergartners celebrate the beginning of the Olympics by drawing Soohorang, the Olympics mascot, in art class.

Students in Mrs. Stepp’s kindergarten class at Kingston Elementary practiced identifying characters and setting as well as retelling beginning, middle, and end of a story using the Educreations app.

Kindergarten students at Red Mill Elementary recently completed a “Float the Boat” problem-based learning activity. After enjoying the story “Mr. Gumpy’s Outing,” by John Burningham, students were challenged to create a boat out of recycled materials and that would stay afloat as the weight increased with the addition of plastic animals.

Students in Stephanie Aitchison’s seventh-grade history class at Old Donation School got to experience history firsthand courtesy of the Douglas MacArthur Museum. The Norfolk-based museum sent a trunk of artifacts from WWI for students to experience, see and touch. There were a variety of artifacts and descriptions, including coal, first aid kits and photographs for students to see up close.

Parkway Elementary students and staff participated in a Word Parade Tuesday, Feb. 13, by dressing up to show the meaning of various words.

Landstown High School’s administrative team showed their school spirit on Disney Day during I Love Landstown Week – May the Force be with You!

At Cox High School, students in Margaret Beckner’s French classes celebrated Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday – complete with masks, King cake and beignets. Beckner discusses the celebrations each year to teach cultural differences between French-speaking regions.

At the Adult Learning Center, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students made masks for Mardi Gras as part of their studies.

The Life Safety Brigade of the Virginia Beach Fire Department treated Arrowhead Elementary students to a special fire safety assembly Feb. 13. Fire Marshall Keith along with characters Edith, Bubba and Daisy the Dragon gave an informative and entertaining presentation about what students should do in the event of a fire.

Corporate Landing Middle Principal Freddie Alarcon congratulated Security Assistant Antwan Stukes for his Tagged by the Superintendent recognition.

​First-grade students at Lynnhaven Elementary used Ozobot robots to code while retelling the story in the book “There was a Cold Lady who Swallowed Some Snow.”

​Congratulations to Phoenix Long, a fifth-grade student and school safety patrol, for receiving an award for Outstanding Service and Contribution to the Safety of Providence Elementary. Principal Michael Taylor, School Resource Officer M. L. Carr, and Fifth-grade teacher Renee Pohlmann helped recognize Phoenix.

​The Lynnhaven River Garden Club made a donation to Lynnhaven Elementary to support the school’s Beach Bags program to provide food to students in need. 


​During a digital Breakout session, Old Donation School fifth-graders in Laura Pommerenk’s class had to solve the crime of stolen Constitutional artifacts. Working with support from Instructional Technology Specialist Christina Troxell, who created a Google Sites website to store tools to help solve the crime that related to their unit studies on Constitutional documents and freedoms.

​Tristan Wiggins and Michael Williams, students in Trish Weiss’ preschool class at Cooke Elementary, absolutely loved spending time in the room’s castle tent.

​Fifth-grade students at Salem Elementary demonstrated kindness by creating Valentines for the residents at Lighthouse Pointe, a senior living community in Chesapeake.

​Teaching is sweet at Hermitage Elementary. Principal Angie Munari and Assistant Principal Jennifer Freeman delivered morning doughnut treats to the staff members on Valentine’s Day.

​The Adult Learning Center shows appreciation for all of our wonderful teacher assistants annually every Valentine’s Day week: Glenda McElhaney, Pam Burson, Jannette Swindell, Brenda Kopek, Bernice Wilson, Joyce Halstead, Linda Fello, Rachel Lee, Alice Hatfield, Kristen Gibson and Maura Tipping.

Arrowhead Elementary first-graders mixed a little math and Valentine’s Day fun into their library lessons this week.  Books + Learning + Candy = Lots of smiles!

Feb. 15 was an exciting day at Rosemont Elementary! Mr. Willy Wonka heard that the school’s “One School, One Book” schoolwide book club was reading “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and announced that he hid 18 Golden Tickets around the school. The lucky 18 students who found the tickets were rewarded with a field trip to the Royal Chocolate, a “chocolate factory” of sorts, at Town Center where received a personal tour of the store made their own Wonka chocolate bar.Anthony Savage, a student in Debra Patrick’s class at Pembroke Elementary, got to show off his biking skills in the hallway this week. This is the first time Anthony had the opportunity to try the adaptive tricycle at the school. Anthony enjoyed riding and was able to pedal on his own with encouragement from staff. Great job, Anthony! Ride on!

​School Resource Officer and Master Police Officer A.J. Lyons shadowed Windsor Woods Elementary fifth-grade safety patrols Riley Brooks and Jaiden Mandsager during student arrivals Thursday, Feb. 15.

​North Landing Elementary second-graders, directed by Music Specialist Andrea Pearman, joyfully performed “Temples and Tombs” for students.

​With recorders in hand, Brookwood Elementary students enjoyed their field trip to see the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

​Kindergartner Jacobi James dressed up as George Washington Carver and shared Carver’s accomplishments on the morning news at Lynnhaven Elementary.

Old Dominion University (ODU) students in the Dental Hygiene program visited Arrowhead Elementary as part of National Children’s Dental Health Month. ODU seniors Tu Nguyen, Chelsea Heimann and Ming Wang visited each first-grade classroom to raise awareness about good oral hygiene.

​In honor of Black History Month, sixth- and seventh-grade social studies students at Salem Middle participated in a Breakout lesson to learn more about the history of Princess Anne County Training School and Union Kemspville High School.

Advanced Fashion and Marketing students at Cox High School held their annual fashion show Thursday with the theme “Forces of Fashion,” which showcased bohemian style clothing and included scenes with students, Mr. Cox contestants, and teachers/administrators.

​Ocean Lakes High School celebrated its annual Founder’s Week with the theme, “This is Our Story.” With over 20 guest speakers throughout the week, students enjoyed hearing the speakers’ stories, including Friday’s keynote speaker Shaun Derik, who encouraged students at a schoolwide assembly to reach for their dreams.

Lynnhaven Middle students Giorgia Gatchell, Isabella Kakouche and Alivia Palalay were among those invited to Ocean Lakes High School to hear Shaun Derik, a guest speaker involved with the high school’s annual Founders Week festivities. Derik has been nicknamed “The Speaker for the Dreamer” to help prepare students to be successful in the 21st century by following their dreams.

​Tallwood Elementary kindergartners Aariz Farooq, Charlotte Bond, Evan Niroula, Aaradya Sajeev and Kylle Kupiszewski participated in a mock wedding for the letters Q and U.

The Landstown High School Minority Student Union hosted a block party in celebration of Black History Month during One Lunch Friday, February 16. The event was open to all interested students.

To end the week, Parkway Elementary’s fourth-grade students in Ms. Hankinson’s class competed in a math Olympics to practice their math objectives.

The Week in Photos features photos 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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