The Week in Photos: May 7-11

Bayside Middle School celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week with a Back to the Beach theme, beginning Monday with a teacher first aid kit. A pancake breakfast, BBQ cookout, ice cream sundae bar and beach party followed.

Strawbridge Elementary School teachers were surprised with tropical treats during Teacher Appreciation Week.

Buon appetito! Hermitage Elementary School administrators Angie Munari and Jennifer Freeman sponsored an Italian-themed lunch Monday, May 7 to celebrate their staff. Tables were set with vases of fresh flowers while classical Italian music added to the ambiance. Formal place settings were used for serving an Italian meal prepared by Hermitage’s cafeteria staff.

Brookwood Elementary teachers received flowers and their choices of snacks during Teacher Appreciation Week.

​The Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign visited Princess Anne Middle School (PAMS) Monday, May 7 to kickoff five days of surprise giveaways in partnership with Best Buy at Landstown Commons. Alan Goins, technology education teacher and 44-year veteran of PAMS, was the first of five randomly selected teachers to receive a 39” television. Read more about the week of surprise visits.

We read for ice cream! Arrowhead Elementary students who completed all of the Virginia Readers’ Choice book titles were treated to an ice cream sundae party in the library Tuesday, May 8. Virginia Readers’ Choice is a program sponsored by the Virginia State Reading Association and is designed to encourage reading and to honor favorite books and their authors.

Pembroke Elementary School fifth-graders in the SCA helped pack SOL bags for teachers.

​In preparation for SOL testing, students at Rosemont Elementary School used the Kahoot! app to sharpen their math skills. The students used iPads in school’s makerspace and checked their answers and progress after every question.

Providence Elementary School teachers and staff members were treated to Mister Softee to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week.

Ms. Thibeault and her second-grade students at Thoroughgood Elementary School all know that “Kindness Begins with Me” and showed their unity on Word Shirt Wednesday.

Providence Elementary students collaborated in teams for Global Day of Design to create a model to protect their special egg from breaking when dropped from the school’s roof.

During their meeting May 9, Red Mill Elementary Art Club members were excited to see the beautiful new mural in the school’s art room painted by Troy Summerall from OnieTonie Designs. Students also had the opportunity to ask Summerall questions about the mural and his work during the meeting.

Glenwood Elementary School second-graders went to Hunt Club Farm to learn about animal and plant habitats and life cycles.

Lynnhaven Elementary School students Brogan Beall and Rilett Lovett were all smiles for pictures on Crazy Hair Day.

Newtown Elememtary School staff participated in Twin Day as part of the spirit week building up to SOL testing.

Old Donation School fifth-graders prepared personalized lessons for the second graders on the topic of photosynthesis. Students created materials in the way they learn best, whether in written, digital or artistic form or a combination of all.

Google Expeditions AR Pioneer Program visited Virginia Beach Middle School to demonstrate their augmented reality technology. Augmented reality is a technology that allows a computer-generated image to be superimposed on a user’s view of the real world (similar to a Snapchat filter), allowing users to place digital objects in real spaces.

During a luau-themed luncheon, the Adult Learning Center honored their teachers for their passion, hard work and dedication to educating GED/ABE, ESOL and Community Education students.

News 3 anchor Kurt Williams visited Salem Middle School to surprise Randy Sparling, student activities coordinator, with a People Taking Action 3 Award. Sparling was nominated for his lifesaving efforts at a car accident where he tended to two victims until rescue crews arrived. The award presentation will be broadcast on News 3 May 15 during its 5:30 p.m. broadcast.

​Schools across the division recognized National School Nurse Day May 9. Diamond Springs Elementary School students and staff celebrated their school nurse, Tiffany Rifas, and nurse assistant, Jennel Alexandre.

The Arrowhead Elementary SCA and PTA joined forces to show their appreciation for faculty and staff with an amazing luncheon in the school’s courtyard on Wednesday May 9. SCA members Elmor Beltran, Morgan Hershberger, Kaylee Simerson, Mikey Thomas and Seraphina Cotton were ready to serve lunch.

On May 10, The Virginia Beach School Nurse Association surprised Strawbridge Elementary School nurse Chrissy Love with the announced that she had been selected as the organization’s 2018 School Nurse of the Year. Read more

Thoroughgood Elementary School students practiced cheers for a Friday SOL pep rally to encourage all students to do their best.

Cox High School surprised five seniors in its Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow (VTfT) classes with the news that they had received VBCPS teaching contracts pending their successful completion of their collegiate studies. Congratulations to Sarah Baust, Kylee Hines, Katherine Stauch, Madeleine Arndt and Robyn Sanders.

Glenwood Elementary School fourth-grade students went to the Elizabeth River Project Learning Barge, known as America’s Greenest Vessel, to experience hands-on learning about our local ecosystems and wetlands. The barge is the world’s first floating wetland classroom, which teaches children environmental stewardship actions and shows them how to make the Elizabeth River healthier.

Glenwood Elementary School kindergartners in Mrs. Merce’s class worked to complete a Breakout EDU as they reviewed time, fractions, past and present, as well as reduce, reuse and recycle concepts.

​Diamond Springs Elementary School first-grade teacher Amber Bush and teacher assistant Heather Murch enjoyed some sweet treats sent in by parents for Teacher Appreciation Week.

North Landing Elementary School Principal Jill Barger was slimed as an incentive for students to achieve an earning goal for the recent NLES Booster-a-Thon. Students got pledges for running laps to raise money for their school’s STEM lab, library and classroom technology needs.

Eighth-graders from Old Donation School partnered with Pembroke Meadows Elementary to build an outside Little Free Library (LFL) for their community. The LFL, filled with books bought by ODS, was revealed this week in a ceremony.

​In collaboration with the division’s Office of Student Support Services, the College of William and Mary STEM Education Alliance visited Lynnhaven Middle School to lead a STEM water-filtration activity with sixth-grade students activity. The inquiry-based activity allowed students to participate in hands-on activities to fully understand the turbidity and health of an ecosystem and its relation to water quality.    

The letter B is for butter, bagels and Bayside! As part of their lessons on the letter B, Bayside Elementary School pre-kindergartners made butter in class (to learn how a liquid turns into a solid) and spread their homemade butter on bagels toasted in the classroom.

Corporate Landing Middle School eighth-grader Rachel Marvell gave gift bags to her teachers, like her art teacher Rachel Jennings, for Teacher Appreciation Week.

​Following the Arrowhead Elementary SCA’s Pasta for Pennies fundraiser to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the two winning classes received a pasta lunch provided by Olive Garden. The school raised a total of $3.496.56.

Athletes from Green Run High School joined Parkway Elementary School for its SOL pep rally. Aiymaris Elliott (center) posed for a picture with Parkway students Roosevelt Whitfield and Joshua Uwejeyan.

Gabriel Fam, a preschooler in Karla Fleming’s class at Pembroke Elementary School, was excited to try out the “big kid” playground and enjoy the beautiful weather.

The last Anchor School Meeting of the year featured a photo booth where school teams, including Newtown Elementary School’s team, posed for photos before spending time to review their school’s progress and plan for the new school year.

As part of an effort to further strengthen the connections between Woodstock Elementary School, the police department and community, a group of Virginia Beach police officers and sheriff deputies visited the school Friday, May 10. Students interacted with the officers and deputies during PE, lunch and classroom activities – asking for autographs and how they keep the city safe.

​Arrowhead Elementary preschool teacher Kathy O’Brien and assistant Lisa Hardy organized a Mother’s Day Tea so their students could show their moms how much they appreciate them. They served tea and cookies, and the students entertained their moms with a special song.

Three Oaks Elementary School raised more than $36,270.00 for Jump Rope for Heart. PE teachers Nicholas Jensen and Demetrius Edwards served as the official “Heart Fairies” at the school’s celebration May 11.

At its May 11 SOL pep rally, Corporate Landing Elementary students in grades K-2 cheered on students in grades 3-5 students, encouraging them to “Rock the Test!”  Teachers at each grade level shared a cheer to get students excited about doing their best on the test. Third-grade teachers performed their original skit, “Testing Tools are Cool, Testing Tools Rule.”

Linkhorn Park Elementary School held a pep rally May 11 to motivate students for their upcoming SOL tests. Fourth-graders in Charlotte Schulte’s and Julia Roberson’s classes are ready for their tests!

Hermitage Elementary students shared a variety of testing tips during the school’s SOL pep rally May 11. Small groups of students explained each tip under the spotlight of the stage.

Arrowhead Elementary students and families enjoyed the PTA’s spring carnival Saturday, May 12. The event featured a variety of games, face painting, cake walks, raffle baskets, bounce houses, food, Rita’s Ice, and more.

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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