The Week in Photos: March 19-23

Making the most of the building’s features is a daily occurrence at Old Donation School. Fourth-graders used the “runnel” to make observations and models of erosion and deposition. The runnel mimics the erosion caused by a river in the natural world. Students looked for evidence of where weathered-down sediment was present and then watched as water was released from the cistern and eroded the sediment. Students then examined the school grounds for more evidence of problems caused by erosion and brainstormed solutions.

The Office of Professional Growth and Innovation hosted a celebration Tuesday, March 20 for the 24 newest National Board Certified Teachers and 10 staff members who renewed their certification. Read more.

At Arrowhead Elementary’s March 20 PTA meeting, PTA President Heather McKeating (left) and Principal Ben Gillikin (right) recognized Billy Zawistowski (center) as the school’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year.

Arrowhead Elementary third-grader Kyle Amir Santiago performed his solo in “Lights, Camera, Action! A Musical Review Featuring Songs From the Movies of Today!” The third-grade spring performance was directed music teacher Beth Wallace.

On the first day of spring, March 20, Kempsville Elementary held its first annual Spring Into Learning event for families. The evening event featured a variety of learning activities that showcased instructional technology and more.

The Advanced Technology Center’s Marketing & Entrepreneurship @ Town Center class just moved to a new location at Pembroke Mall, complete with a new sign installed this week.

Red Mill Elementary Assistant Principal Nicole Keros (left) and Principal Michelle Miller (right) congratulated Mathew Lemn who was selected as the school’s Volunteer of the Year. Lemn is not only a mentor, copy room dad, book club leader, Dolphin Bowl referee, but also a proud Dad. Congratulations!

Deon Baker, a fourth-grader in Mrs. Melick’s class at Rosemont Elementary, excitedly shared the great news with Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence that, out of 53 other elementary schools, Rosemont’s fourth-graders scored the second highest in both reading and math on their Q2 assessments.

Hermitage Elementary first-graders’ creativity was in full bloom when they were tasked to plant a rainbow. They had to create a free-standing plant including the roots, stem, leaves and flower, and have all the colors of the rainbow represented in the plant’s garden. Students worked in teams to create their plants and gardens using pipe cleaners, paper and other crafting supplies.

Cox High School’s art students recently participated in “The Memory Project,” a nonprofit initiative that invites art teachers and their students to create portraits for youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges. Art teachers Jessica Syzmanski and Caley Ehart assisted their students in the development of the portraits, which will be delivered to children from Haiti who were impacted by hurricanes.

On World Down Syndrome Day, March 21, itinerant occupational therapists and physical therapists from the Special Education Annex participated by wearing funky and mismatched socks during their school travels to raise awareness and show support for individuals with Down syndrome. Down Syndrome International encourages individuals to participate in its #LotsOfSocks campaign by wearing mismatched, unusual or fun socks because chromosomes look like socks, and people with Down Syndrome have an extra chromosome.

Third-graders at Old Donation School learned firsthand how simple machines are used in the real world and can even save lives, thanks to the members of Technical Rescue Team, Ladder 7, Rescue 2 B shift from Virginia Beach Fire and Rescue. Students learned about pulleys and were able to test out a pulley and harness system set up by the rescue team. Advanced Technology Center Marketing & Entrepreneurship @ Town Center students had fun with the CASHFLOW game this week, strategizing about investments and making some challenging decisions.

First-graders at Windsor Woods Elementary learned how to create 3D monsters with clay and how to apply glazes.

Glenwood Elementary fourth-graders used PlayPosit and Breakout EDU to learn about media messages.

Bayside Middle School students who were named to Principal’s List for the second quarter enjoyed a luncheon celebration at Dave & Buster’s with Principal Dr. Paula Johnson March 21.

Advanced Technology Center Cisco Network Engineering students are hard at work solving problems during a two-week virtual contest called “Capture the Flag,” hosted by Radford University. Beginning March 22, student teams are challenged to solve problems in the areas of cryptography, hashing, reconnaissance, Linux Operating System, networking and web exploitation.

Erianna Hollowell, in Mrs. Kreb’s sixth-grade science class at Lynnhaven Middle School, demonstrated her understanding of land/sea breezes concept by drawing a diagram with chalk.

Christopher Farms Elementary robotics club members Nysir Barnett and Harrison Wingett tried out their robot for the very first time. “It’s alive!” they shouted as their microbit robot moved across the floor.

Glenwood Elementary kindergartners used snap circuits in their STEM activities this week.

The Malibu Elementary theatre group performed three short plays March 22. Students Madelyn Gualdoni, Peyton Tucei and Journii Brickhouse were in costume and ready for their play, “The Mystery of the Missing Pigs’ Tails.”

Parkway Elementary was one of 60 schools that set up collection boxes for the division’s Beach Bags food drive March 22. Pre-kindergarten students in Michelle Schoemaker’s class showed some of the shelf stable food donations made at Parkway.

Members of the Student Virginia Education Association visited Newtown Elementary Friday, March 23, to lead math and science activities with them.

To celebrate both Music in Our Schools Month and Youth Art Month, itinerant art teacher Clara Somers and itinerant music teacher Cynthia Mosely, from the Special Education Annex, collaborated on lessons involving “space.” Mosely’s students discussed how noise/music vibrates through space, explored string instruments and tried out a new adaptive drum. Students in Clara’s art classes created spaceships traveling through galaxies while listening to Gustav Holst orchestral suite, “The Planets.”

A group of Tallwood High School students, led by senior Shannon Wilms, began painting an autism awareness mural on the exterior wall of local business AERMOR LLC, located at 207 Business Park Drive. The mural is part of Wilms’ Global Studies and World Languages Academy senior project entitled, “Local perspective on how neurodiversity supported by art therapeutic practices can positively impact individuals of the autistic community on a global scale.” The completed mural will feature butterflies and the autism awareness puzzle ribbon.

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

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