The Week in Photos: March 5-9

Mehki Washington, first-grader at Arrowhead Elementary, showed off his bright smile while working a library activity.

Representatives from the Virginia Beach Reading Council visited Creeds Elementary March 5 to surprise Diane Marx with the news that she was named the Virginia State Reading Association (VSRA) Reading Teacher of the Year. Marx, a third-grade teacher, was recognized with the honor at the state organization’s annual conference March 9. Read more.

Continuing their Read Across America celebration into the following week, Brookwood Elementary second- and third-graders welcomed guest reader Laura Caso from WAVY 10.

Brandon Middle recently received notification that their fundraising efforts led to the construction of the 310th well in South Sudan. Students have been working together to fundraise since April 2015 and raised $13,995 to sponsor the well, which was drilled in the village of Riang-Mal in Mangok, Aweil East.

Congratulations to the Advanced Technology Center’s advanced web design students from team “SUMMIT Design & Development” Virtual Enterprise International Company. The students placed first in the Mid-Atlantic Region-Virginia in Business Plan Defense and Company Branding. In addition they placed third in E-Commerce Website and Video Commercial. The students will to travel to New York City to compete at the next level of Virtual Enterprise competitions.

Michelle Davis (right), physical education assistant at North Landing Elementary, was selected by staff members as the school’s 2018 Teacher Assistant of the Year. Principal Jill Barger (left) made the announcement and presented Davis with a bouquet of roses.

Bayside Middle’s School Resource Officer Christopher Painter met with some of the school’s students to let them see the inside of a real police car as well as answer their questions about his work.

March is celebrated as Youth Art Month, and Arrowhead Elementary kindergartners enjoyed painting animals in art class.

Princess Anne Middle recognized its Students of the Month for February, as nominated by their teachers. Congratulations to: Frank McDonnell, Haley Pruter, Caitlyn Keylor, Emma Turner, Sydney Schneider, Alejandro Beccera, Second Row: Keron Joe, Gabriela Spellman, Stuart Wilmore, Jayna Saltisiak, Jacqueline Pallister, Marisa Solimeo, Samantha Walker, and Jason Zheng (not pictured).

Glenwood Elementary kindergartners continuing exploring STEM activities. One student recreated Monticello with blocks after learning about it during their study of money.

AVID leaders Denise Rupert and Fatima Parker presented Salem Middle administrators with a certificate to thank the school for hosting the regional AVID showcase March 6. Salem Middle has also been recognized as a schoolwide site of distinction based on leadership and WICOR strategies used by all teachers throughout the school.

The Chick-fil-A cow visited Shelton Park Elementary during student dismissal Tuesday, March 6 to get the kids excited for the spirit night held that evening at the restaurant’s Haygood location.

Carla Smith, a procurement systems specialist in the division’s Office of Purchasing Services, was named the Professional Buyer of the Year by the Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing and was recognized at the organization’s 60th Anniversary Presidential Dinner March 6.

Sixth-grade social studies students at Virginia Beach Middle participated in a Constitutional Convention activity, complete with feather quill pens.

The Ocean Lakes High chorus department hosted an open mic night for students. Freshman Josh Esposo took the stage to sing “Dancing on my Own,” by Calum Scott. The event was followed several days later by school’s annual talent show March 10.

Fourth-graders at Glenwood Elementary worked on their communication and collaboration skills as they tried to build cup towers using teamwork.

Kindergartener Aubree Blanchard and first-grade teacher Chelsea Cherre sported hairdos made possible by participation in Landstown Elementary’s Boosterthon Fun Run fundraiser.Linci Fuentes Gonzalez and Allana Shelton, third-grade students in Kelsey Borchers’ class at Windsor Woods Elementary, showed their emoji spirit on the SCA’s Emoji Spirit Day Friday, March 9.

Students and staff at Three Oaks Elementary wrote kind messages on shamrocks for patients in hospice. School counselors Brenda Hall and Julie Permel led the endeavor as part of the “Be Kind Do Kind” school culture and community outreach. Students Zoe Lynn, Andrew Herr, Alexis Stevenson Gunner Fox, Harper Barba, Jace Zayas, Carmen Smith and Jack McGregor joined Brenda Hall for a photo to show their work.

The Renaissance Academy announced this week that Kevin Ashby was selected as the school’s Teacher Assistant of the Year. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Donna Kopf, Fairfield Elementary’s Teacher Assistant of the Year. Kopf serves as a teacher assistant in kindergarten.

Kindergartners at Windsor Woods Elementary formed a heart to recognize the Jump Rope for Heart event held Friday, March 9. Students and staff raised approximately $3,500 for the American Heart Association.

Rachelle Hart, a senior in the Ocean Lakes High Math and Science Academy, presented her senior capstone project on how playing a musical instrument affects the brain. Tapping into her own interests in neuroscience and music talent, her project was inspired by her experience with Camp Neuro, under Dr. Musto at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Glenwood Elementary second-graders presented their Passion Projects to other classes in the school. For their presentations, students researched self-selected topics in the areas of science, art, sports, history, people and animals.

The Week in Photos features photos submitted by school media liaisons as well as those taken by staff in the department of media and communications.

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