The Week in Photos: April 9-13

Trantwood Elementary School is celebrating Autism Awareness Month by “growing” awareness. Each student and staff member decorated a puzzle piece to create a beautiful, and still growing, school tree.

In promotion of Autism Awareness Month at Princess Anne High School, four teachers shared their personal journeys as parents of children on the autism spectrum. At a faculty meeting, Mylinda McKinney, Susie Davis, Tina Garfield and Leigh Ann Fitz each shared her child’s strengths and weaknesses, and pointed out ways that classroom teachers can help support those specific needs in the classroom. Additionally, the staff donated funds to the Tidewater Autism Society raised from a jeans day.

New Castle Elementary School students will be respectful, responsible and safe when online. During school assembly, Principal Heather Quinn introduced the school’s new “Digital Code,” which teaches students how to be good digital citizens.

Corporate Landing Middle School students learned to use more tools in Google Drawings in their technical education class.

Every Wednesday in Beth Kelly’s class at Woodstock Elementary School, students enjoy Wear Words Wednesday. They enjoy reading each other’s shirts and sharing.

The Office of Student Support Services and several community partners hosted a reception April 11 for The Art of Being a Military Child, an exhibit at Lynnhaven Mall to celebrate the Month of the Military Child. VBCPS student artists were recognized for their participation and award-winning pieces. See more photos on the VBSchools Facebook page.

Katherine Gribble Doyle, English teacher at Plaza Middle School, was named the Veterans of Foreign Warfare Post 392’s Teacher of the Year and recognized in an event April 11.

Diamond Springs Elementary School first-graders Brielle Boyd, Desiree Cooke, Kaiyana Quiero, Micah Lance, Estrella Herrera-Franco and Jay’la McClease enjoyed dressing professionally for their Young Ladies of Excellence meeting. They discussed how to use manners, be polite and shine as leaders.

Students at Old Donation School were tasked with creating their own game that could be played inside or outdoors. They chose their own equipment and had to provide rules, penalties and boundaries for their original games.

In honor of School Library Month, Samantha Dickerson, Giorgia Balane, Simone Chapman and Caila Jackson, members of the Salem Middle School’s Bookshelf Beauties book club, posed with copies their favorite books.

Students from the Innovation Lab at Green Run High School are taking swim lessons at the YMCA during the school day as part of their personalized PE curriculum. All eight participating students are learning to swim for the first time and are building confidence in the water.The Eco Club at Old Donation School picked up trash in the surrounding area of the school campus in order to practice eco-friendliness.

Newtown Elementary School student Christian Smith uses a 3D pen to represent the fraction of one-half.

Plaza Middle School partnered with the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater to host Dr. Mark Wygoda as a guest speaker to talk with more than 700 seventh- and eighth-grade students. He shared his father’s, Hermann Wygoda, story of survival and strength as he evaded and fought the Nazis throughout World War II. The students gained a greater understanding of the experiences and atrocities faced by European Jews during the Holocaust.

Trantwood Elementary School kindergarten students had on their listening ears after a listening lesson with Lisa Lee, school counselor.

As part of their Math Month activities, Arrowhead Elementary School students were invited to estimate the number of chocolates in an estimation station this week.  Three students – Sophie Dozier, Logan Cake and Oliver Reid – tied with their guess of 128. All three students received a poster and one-third of the chocolates.

Kempsville High School is celebrating that Ashley Houchins (center), marketing teacher in the Entrepreneurship and Business Academy, was named the TCE Teacher of the Year by the school division’s Office of Career and Technical Education. Read more on Kaleidoscope about additional award winners recognized at the annual TCE General Advisory Council meeting.

Princess Anne Middle School recognized its students of the month for March, as selected by each group of core team teachers. Congratulations to: Lilly Vidrine, Tam Ha, Lauren DiAntonio, Yadeja Britton, Milena Harrell, Kayla Rockhill, Jared Everage, Sean Aronson, Seth Whipple, Kaitlin Leonard, Jonah Naval and Cameron Sickell. Not pictured: Lauren Wilmoth and Luke Marshall.

For its exemplary record of leadership, service and activities that serve to improve the school and community, Bayside High School’s Student Cooperative Association (SCA) has been recognized as a 2018 National Gold Council of Excellence by the National Student Council (NatStuCo). This is the fourth year in a row that Bayside High School has earned the award.

Seventh-graders at Brandon Middle School completed a performance task that challenged students to create an interesting building design that incorporated three dimensional shapes. Using select shapes, students were required to calculate the surface area of each object used and the total surface area of their building. Students presented their designs to a panel of experts which selected the most unique designs.

Glenwood Elementary School fourth-graders presented a patriotic-themed musical to honor the school’s military families during the Month of the Military Child.

Kempsville Meadows Elementary School students Madison Hill, Lena Sabir and Charlie Mason honored military families by adding a deployment wish ribbon to the school’s wishing tree. Students send wishes to families of deployed sailors in hopes of making the transition a little easier.

At a kickoff assembly April 13, Virginia Beach Middle School student organizers shared their plans for “Seahawks Walk for a Cure,” a 1.25 mile walk scheduled for May 5 to support JDRF and bring awareness to diabetes. Leading up to the walk, students are raising money by selling paper shoes for $1 each. The teacher with the most shoes gets a pie to the face.

Pre-kindergarten students, teachers and parent chaperones were all smiles during a field trip to the Norfolk Zoo to see tigers, zebras, giraffes and more up close.

VBCPS joined school divisions across Virginia in celebrating Purple Up! For Military Kids Day, Friday April 13. Students and staff at all schools wore purple to show their support for military-connected children and their families.

At Shelton Park Elementary School, student members of the Anchored 4 Life club rolled out a purple “carpet” at the school’s main entrance and the bus loop to welcome everyone to school with support from military personnel serving in Explosive Ordinance Disposal Expeditionary Support Unit Two at Little Creek.

Virginia Beach Middle School staff members enjoyed donuts with purple frosting.

John B. Dey Elementary School had a special guest, Robert Irvine from the Food Network, visit on Purple Up! Day. He was featured on the morning announcements and spoke to fourth- and fifth-grade students about being a military veteran as well as his foundation, The Robert Irvine Foundation, that raises money for Wounded Warriors, military veterans, and first responders.

An Old Donation School fifth-grader transformed her purple shirt to represent all five branches of the military. She said that it also represents her family and her dad’s service in the Navy and and her mom’s and stepsister’s service in the Army.

Tallwood High School’s office staff wore purple to show their support for the military community.

Pembroke Elementary School students and staff showed their support for Purple Up! for Military Kids Day.

Brothers Zach, Shay, and Troy Long wore purple to celebrate Purple Up! for Military Kids Day at Indian Lakes Elementary.

Itinerant therapists from the Special Education Annex, Kasey Sabo, Pamela Roberts and Nancy Lamb, wore purple to show support for military students.

Pembroke Meadows Elementary School students and staff supported Purple Up! for Military Kids Day.

Princess Anne High School had cake to celebrate Purple Up! for Military Kids Day and staff members wearing purple gathered for a group photo.

John B. Dey Elementary students dressed in purple today to support military families.

Fairfield Elementary School staff members supported Purple Up! for Military Kids Day.

Students at Thoroughgood Elementary wore purple to support Purple Up! for Military Kids Day.

Arrowhead Elementary School’s cafeteria staff – Monica Waldo, Wilma Warren, Lori Rowe, Debbie Tenney – wore purple for Purple Up! for Military Kids Day.

White Oaks Elementary School families celebrated Purple Up! for Military Kids Day.

The staff of Christopher Farms Elementary School wore purple to honor military-connected children.

Windsor Woods Elementary School students and staff showed their support for Purple Up! for Military Kids Day.

Ocean Lakes High School staff celebrated Purple Up! for Military Kids Day.

Trantwood Elementary Cardinals supported Purple Up! for Military Kids Day.

Corporate Landing Middle School’s staff celebrated Purple Up! for Military Kids Day.

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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