The Week in Photos: June 4-June 9

During Diamond Springs Elementary School’s Leadership Day June 5, students performed songs for their parents to celebrate the special occasion.

Also during Diamond Springs Elementary’s Leadership Day, students in Kimberly Ellis’ class celebrated their successful completion of kindergarten.

Princess Anne Middle School teacher ​Erica Fritz cheered on seventh-grader Maggie Zohovetz before she took her math SOL.

Bayside High School student Ichiki Miyazato recently placed first in the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Association of Teachers of Japanese Haiku Contest. He is pictured with Assistant Principal Dr. Nickerson.

Bettie F. Williams Elementary School sent a team to the J&A Corporate 5K in downtown Norfolk, VA.  The Williams team won the Co-Ed division, the Education Team division were the second best team overall.

Cox High School students with disabilities who work daily in the school’s Coffee Shop presented a $100 check to representatives from the Autism Society of Tidewater June 5. The funds were raised by selling tie-dye bandannas students made in collaboration with members of other Cox student clubs.

Hermitage Elementary School art teacher Lauren Wynn congratulated kindergartener Gabby Gambrell for earning an Honorable Mention Award for her artwork at the Pungo Strawberry Festival. All award winners will have their artwork displayed in the Norfolk International Airport in July. Hermitage is “berry” proud of this young artist.

Linkhorn Park Elementary School students got a sweet treat to mark the end of SOL testing for the school year. Kona Ice brought two trucks and lots of sweet treats for students in grades 3-5.

Seven speech-language pathologists from the Special Education Annex were presented with VBCPS Service Awards this month. Congratulations to Michelle Galvin, Kelsey O’Hanlon, Jessica Nicolas, Holly Huber, Carrie Leone, Sherree Weeks, Susan Roberts.

While Dan Koach, a Red Mill Elementary School fourth-grade teacher, was busy preparing for this year’s STEM Trifecta competition with help from student Ethan Casto, Koach learned he is a recipient of the Tagged by the Superintendent recognition for the second semester.

Princess Anne Middle School recognized its Students of the Month for May, which include one student from each core team who demonstrated positive character traits. Congratulations to: Nicholas King, Alex Salonga, Jaeden Jones, Brianna Hutchison, Lauren Croley, Jaden Swallow, Alex Meneses, RJ Justice, Kimberly Le, Caroline Nelson, Emma Frey, Charlotte Scalzi and Sydni Meyers.

Salem Elementary students Dylan Groves, John Roa, Gabrielle Soliday and Kayla Murden were among the fourth-graders who collaborated and shared their creations with each other to review tides and oceans.

First-grade students in Becky Tillery’s class at Windsor Woods Elementary School made fantasy unicorns out of pool noodles June 7 to coincide with a writing activity.

Students from multiple VBCPS high schools were celebrated for all their hard word throughout this school year at the Happy Day Café with locations at the Laskin Road Annex and Plaza Annex. The cafés provide opportunities for students with disabilities to practice many skills valuable to becoming employed and fully participating in the community. Job coaches support the students, helping them develop vocational skills through hands-on work experience.


More than 1,000 students from 71 VBCPS elementary, middle and high schools participated in the 10th annual STEM Trifecta June 7 hosted by the Office of Technical and Career Education. See photos below submitted by schools and more on the VBSchools Facebook page. A complete list of award winners is available on The Core.

Members of the fifth-grade STEM Club at Corporate Landing Elementary gathered for a group photo before leaving for the STEM Trifecta and competing with the two robots they built and programmed.

The Virginia Beach Technical and Career Education Center was proud to see Public Safety 2 students Aidan Bass, Carlos Hornick, Joshua Sewell and Madison Wade – known as Team Kool Katz – earn the Best Production Plan and Video award in the STEM Trifecta Maker Challenge for the lifesaving reusable device they invented. They celebrated at the center with Public Safety instructor Dr. Sidney Delepine.

Landstown High School students Alex Osborne and Anthony Fabrizio, with support from school adviser Jennifer Renne, won second place in the STEM Trifecta Maker Challenge.

Lynnhaven Middle’s STEM Club members were thrilled to make it to the semi-finals of the Robotics Challenge at the STEM Trifecta. Congratulations to Sophia Heinbach, Connor Conelias, Vaughan Williams, Brandon Bratlien, Jacob Thompson, Colby Adams, Josh Oania, Kyle Murray.  Front Row: Victoria Guiton, Tiffany Chau and Tom Ziese.

Earning second place in the STEM Trifecta Cybersecurity Challenge were Advanced Technology Center Cisco Network Engineering students Anthony Helwig, Zachary Varela and Issaiah Uzzle.

Princess Anne Elementary fifth graders Caycee Cooper and Kellen Good celebrated their team’s accomplishments in the STEM Trifecta’s Robotics Challenge.

Brandon Middle School is proud of the three teams it had competing in the STEM Trifecta’s Robotics Challenge: “Stranger Things” (Cameron Sheffield, Gabriel Beltran, Katherine Samson, Lilith Mangune and Ethan Leapard), “Frosty” (Mark Ball, Jacob Martin), and “Bucket Bots” (Lucas Gordon, Ethan Weber, Lawrence Umali and Danmar Donato).


Rosemont Elementary School students and staff celebrated with Green Run High School seniors who visited for a Grad Walk through the halls of Rosemont Thursday, June 7. Many of the Green Run students were Rosemont alumni who were excited to see familiar faces in the staff and share their achievements with future Green Run Stallions.

First Colonial High School seniors boarded school buses in caps and gowns to visit Alanton, Cooke and Seatack elementary schools for their Class of 2018 Grad Walk.

Tallwood Elementary School was one stop for Tallwood High School seniors, who returned to parade through the halls for a Grad Walk to celebrate their upcoming graduation.

Cox High School seniors marched through the hallways of John B. Dey, Linkhorn Park and Trantwood elementary schools to the cheers of younger students and former teachers.

Kempsville High School seniors Richard Ellison, Angelina Leon Guerrero, Sam Corey, Jordan Pulley and Taylor Coughlin visited Arrowhead Elementary School this week for a Grad Walk in their former elementary school.

Woodstock Elementary students created celebratory signs for the Kempsville High School seniors who visited for a Grad Walk.

Salem High School seniors returned to Rosemont Forest Elementary for their Grad Walk and posed for a group photo in front of a mural painted by Salem High students.

Grayson Punzalan waves goodbye after he and 80 Bayside High School graduating seniors completed their Grad Walks at Williams and Bayside elementary schools.

Lynnhaven Middle sixth-graders in Tracey Braddy’s and Melanie Bolick’s homeroom classes tied for most items collected during the SCA’s VBSPCA collection drive. The prize for winning the drive included a visit from Damien, a guinea pig for the VBSPCA, and Hillary Weston, the Humane Educator at VBSPCA.

Arrowhead Elementary fourth-graders researched National Historic Landmarks from across the country. After completing their research and writing about their topic, they also constructed models of their respective landmarks and displayed them in an onsite “museum” for all to tour. Ely Sandoval constructed a model of Arlington National Cemetery; Ralph Dunbar constructed the Liberty Bell; and Jaymion Baysmore presented a Cape Henry Lighthouse model.

Kindergartners Samiya Susana, Mia Vaughn, Blessn Few and Margarita Hannah dressed up as their favorite storybook characters for a parade at Diamond Springs Elementary School.

Glenwood Elementary School students and staff celebrated Hawaiian Day as their last SCA Spirit Day Friday, June 8.

Landstown High School’s Class of 2018 prepared to process into the Senior Awards assembly to kickoff their fun-filled Senior Day Friday, June 8.

Rosemont Elementary School fourth-graders, in partnership with Lynnhaven River Now, planted pollinators around their school building June 8. This is the seventh year the two groups have worked together to create a positive impact on their community habitat.

Makayla Forman, a kindergarten student in Brandon Thompson’s class at Windsor Woods Elementary School, showed off the comparison of her writing from the beginning of the year to her last days of kindergarten. Students invited their parents to an end-of-year celebration to showcase their kindergarten work.

Families and staff from the three elementary schools that comprise the Bayside Tri-Campus – Diamond Springs, Newtown and Williams – enjoyed a Family Day event sponsored by the PTA Saturday, June 9. Principals Gloria Coston and Heidi Rinehart-Richardson are pictured with Diamond Springs students Preston O’Neill and Xavier Boyd.

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