The Week in Photos: Feb. 26-March 2


The Indian Lakes Elementary SCA recently led a donation drive to collect socks for Seton Youth Shelters. The school collected a total of 470 pairs of socks and SCA representatives presented the donation to Jennifer Sieracke, from Seton Youth Shelters, at their Feb. 26 SCA meeting.

Several students at Pembroke Elementary enjoyed trying out the new therapy department swing as a fun way to work on sitting balance reactions and functional hand use.Renaissance Academy teachers Ann Torian, Katina Woodley, Kimberely Corbin and Nancy Habit participated in Superheroes Day.

Kim Cung, WTKR News 3 journalist, visited with the Newtown Elementary morning news team to talk about her work and give students a few pointers.

Members from Essential Church visited Salem Elementary to accept donations for their food pantry collected by kindergarteners as part of the school’s 100th day of school activities last week.

Sailors from the USS Abraham Lincoln visited various schools Tuesday, Feb. 27 to read with students as part of Read Across America Day, celebrated later in the week.

Students participating in Wackiest Hat Day to celebrate Dr. Seuss Week greeted USS Abraham Lincoln sailors visiting Parkway Elementary.

At Kingston Elementary, after being recognized on the morning announcements,USS Abraham Lincoln sailors read books and answered questions about their lives as sailors on an aircraft carrier.

USS Abraham Lincoln sailors also spent the day with Arrowhead Elementary students as part of Read Across America.

In honor of Black History Month, Nathan Richardson shared Frederick Douglas’s contributions to the country with Tallwood High students from government and AVID classes as well as the Men of Excellence.

Adult Learning Center students toured the Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum at the Renaissance Academy for Black History Month.

Arrowhead Elementary students who competed in the Kempsville area Battle of the Books competition Feb. 28, gathered for a group photo with team advisers Jack Babcock and Kellee Kraft by the good lucky message on the school marquee.

On Wacky Wednesday, Feb. 28, Diamond Springs Elementary teachers celebrated Dr. Seuss Week by wearing their wackiest attire.

Windsor Woods Elementary students Rachael Betz, Aniyah Zoby and Kayden Brent, with their art teacher, Erica Whitfield, showed their artwork that will be on display in the Youth Art Month exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art through March 28.

Seventh-grade students in Mary McLinda’s math class at Plaza Middle used proportions to find the number of sugar packets in different drinks.

Throughout the week, Hermitage Elementary students and staff participated in Dr. Seuss-themed spirit days to celebrate Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Monday was Cat in the Hat Day, and students wore many different types of hats.

Woodstock Elementary staff members created a Little Free Library in the shape of the school’s woodchuck mascot the Woodchuck. Now students can read and exchange books anytime.Arrowhead Elementary preschoolers in Mariana Crocker’s class celebrated Dino Day with fun dinosaur stories and activities. Master Firefighter, Christopher Geller, visited pre-kindergartners at Windsor Woods Elementary Feb. 28 to discuss the importance of fire safety to the students and to give them a close-up look at a fire truck.

On March 1, first-grader Ryleigh Smith and teacher assistant Karen Moore from Diamond Springs Elementary dressed as the Cat in the Hat to celebrate Dr. Seuss Week.

Kerstin Devlin’s dual enrollment classes from Cox High visited the Virginia Beach campus of Tidewater Community College March 1 to receive a library lesson at the Joint-Use Library to give students hands-on experience on how to access and use college databases as well as how to format and cite research papers in APA format.

So much excitement and joy! Molly Marder’s students at Pembroke Elementary love their music class led by Cynthia Mosley, an adaptive music teacher. Along with allowing the students to explore different instruments and songs, the class is a fun way to integrate working on communication and social skills, such as requesting items and taking turns.

Glenwood Elementary second-graders enhanced their studies of Ancient Egypt by researching riddles to find their way through a Breakout box.  They used various tools to solve puzzles and claim the prize.

Cooke Elementary fourth-grader Christopher Merrill recognized Isaiah Hyman, head custodian, with a note of kindness during lunch. Known to students as “Mr. Ike,” Hyman was overwhelmed the student’s kindness and appreciation. When asked what inspired him to write the note, Merrill said, “I just wanted to do something nice for someone and Mr. Ike is really nice to us all.”

Lauren Nolasco, director of communications, returned to the classroom March 1 as part of a Shadow a Student experience in which various central office and school administrators participated throughout the week. Nolasco shadowed Salem High student Nadia Bass, who begins each day with classes at the Advanced Technology Center.

Cox High seniors Leland Cobb, Warren Smith, Ian Lichacz represented the school’s Young Republican’s Club at the Virginia State Capital in Richmond March 1, where they met with state delegates, including Jason Miyares, regarding school safety.

On March 1, Lynnhaven Middle recognized eighth-graders Joslyn Haeselin and Keith Lombard, as Students of the Month for February. Both students were awarded this honor as a result of their citizenship, grades, and leadership roles at school and within the community. Old Donation School students celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday all week with activities geared to engaging students and inspiring interest in literacy, including reflective crafts using symbols from Dr. Seuss books, putting together book -themed puzzles, and playing book trivia.


A select group of students from Seatack Elementary An Achievable Dream Academy are participating in an indoor skydiving program courtesy of iFLY. Students completed the fifth of 13 lessons in the program this week, continuing to learn how to control their movements during flight with the help of iFLY instructors. Each week, students also hear from guest speakers, learning about topics ranging from physics to healthy eating.

Schools throughout VBCPS celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday Friday, March 2 with spirit days and guest readers. Select photos are shared below and more are available on the VBSchools Facebook page.

Kempsville Meadows Elementary news anchors ​Jada Waters and Kyrsten Carson started off the day wishing Dr. Seuss a happy birthday.

Deanna Moretz, Kempsville Meadows Elementary library media specialist, had fun celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday with Mrs. Hicks’ pre-kindergarten class.

There were no Grinches at Arrowhead Elementary for Dr. Seuss Day…just lots of smiles and great costumes from students like Nasiar Dargan and Landen Phillips.

Glenwood Elementary had surprise visitors for Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Pre-kindergartners in Phyliss Woodhouse and Kimberly Green’s class magically transformed into Thing 1’s and Thing 2’s and visited the main office where they were greeted by Assistant Principal Shirley Haywood.

School volunteer Sandra Ricks read a book with Green Run Elementary preschooler Sara Trigueros during library time.

Shelton Park Elementary staff members celebrated Read Across America Day by dressing as Dr. Seuss characters for the morning announcements to recognize the special events celebrated throughout March, including Literacy Month, Youth Art Month and Music in our Schools Month.

Students and staff at Corporate Landing Elementary had a great time showing their school spirit as they celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday during Read Across America Day.

Virginia Beach Middle students dressed up for Read Across America Day.

Superintendent Aaron Spence discussed the importance of reading with first-graders at Brookwood Elementary for Read Across America Day.

Brookwood Elementary students and staff were excited to celebrate Read Across America Day with WAVY 10 news anchor Anita Blanton.

Virginia Beach Deputy Keith Corrillo visited Lynnhaven Elementary to read with students.

Kurt Williams, WTKR News 3 anchor, visited the students at Lynnhaven Elementary for Read Across America day and posted for a photo with NovaJean Corillo, the school’s reading specialist.

Ms. Foster and Mrs. Kielbowicz’s preschool class at Indian Lakes Elementary celebrated Read Across America week with Dr. Seuss-themed costumes and crafts.

Whitney Gonzalez and Mia Blaine, Lynnhaven Elementary pre-kindergarten teachers, celebrated Read Across America Day.

Cecili Weber, Miss Virginia, visited kindergartners and first-grade students at Diamond Springs Elementary for Read Across America Day.Kempsville Elementary preschoolers and their teachers dressed up as the cutest little Seussical Things for Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

Kempsville Elementary fifth-grade twins Brooke and Megan Bishop dressed as Twin 1 and Twin 2 for Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

Woodstock Elementary students and staff alike celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday by dressing like book characters and reading Dr. Seuss books.

Grace Colombara, Kempsville Elementary assistant principal, stopped by the Kempsville Recreation Center to see second-graders at the end of their first week of swim instruction thanks to a citywide partnership.

Congratulations to Landstown High School Technology Academy and Governor’s STEM Academy students Nick Iaquinto, Cole Reibel and Harold Scholten, who won third place in the Technology Student Association competition March 3-4 in the system control category for their design of a Boeing 787 airplane airbag system. The win qualifies the team for the state competition.

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

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