The Week in Photos: June 11-16

For the first time ever, Bayside High School has a chapter of Delta Epsilon Phi – the National Honor Society for High School Students of German. Pictured during the induction ceremony were: Mr. Phillips, Rebecca Frameli, Daisha Stone, Nadia Irving, Daniel Tekleab, Austin Ridgeway, Sayf Eldomiaty, Parker Glatt, Sarah Jones, Blythe Brenner, Brent Schulte, Hannah Lemay, Aubree Musicant, Ella Rupe, Asia Rodgers.

Newtown Elementary School’s top achievers in Achieve 3000’s nonfiction reading program were treated to Laser Tag and Laser Quest Tuesday, June 12 to celebrate a successful year of Achieve 3000.

Kim Burnop, owner of Kim’s Farrier service, visited Brandon Middle School to teach students about horse ownership and the farrier profession. Students enjoyed visiting with her horse Jewel and learning about what it takes to own and care for a horse.

SOL testing may have been over, but the learning didn’t stop at North Landing Elementary. Fourth-graders measured and mixed solids and liquids to create “stress balls.” Science is so much fun!

White Oaks Elementary School held a mock middle school day for fifth graders in which they tried new activities such as an egg drop challenge and making dessert.

The Advanced Technology Center sponsored its Annual Partner Breakfast, “Celebrating New Opportunities” June 13. Community partners, mentors, staff, students and guests were recognized.

Nick Jensen, PE teacher at Three Oaks Elementary School, was taped to the wall by all students June 13 to celebrate raising over $36,000 for Jump Rope for Heart.

Newtown Elementary students participated in their first Spelling Bee to wrap up the school year.

Glenwood Elementary second-graders have been counting down the last 10 days of school with fun activities each day. June 13 was Stuffed Animal Day.​

Red Mill Elementary School enjoyed some special visitors from Barn Hill Preserve as part of their ‘Relay for Life’ Field Day celebration June 13. James Cassidy and Taylor Garig introduced the students to a few of Barn Hill’s Animal Ambassadors: a ball python, bearded dragon, blue-tongued skink and green parrot. However, the main star of the show was Rocky, 7-month-old red kangaroo joey. Rocky will be about 6-feet tall when he is full grown.

Logan Snider, the 2018-19 SCA President at Windsor Woods Elementary School, led Princess Anne High School graduating seniors through the halls at Windsor Woods June 13 for their Class of 2018 Grad Walk. View the Princess Anne Grad Walk video here.

Ocean Lakes High School seniors visited Corporate Landing Elementary School June 13 for their Class of 2018 Grad Walk. View the Ocean Lakes Grad Walk video here.

During John B. Dey Elementary School’s Author Celebration June 13, second-graders in Alyssa Crouch’s class showcased the books and digital products they have made throughout the year. Parents and staff visited to listen to the stories the students created.

Third-graders at Salem Elementary School, including Jocelyn Scott and Mylani Abutin, completed a math escape. They are ready for summer!

This week, North Landing Elementary fifth-graders enjoyed their graduation ceremony as well as a day at the Virginia Beach Field House to celebrate all their hard work.

Jill Blake, media specialist at Brookwood Elementary for 14 years, delivered her last lesson at Brookwood this week. First-graders in Nancy Crowe class tried to use clues from the book, “The Dot,” to open their breakout boxes.

Gamma Pi, a local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society, offers educator grants to VBCPS teachers who were students in the division’s Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow high school course and are furthering their professional goals.  Kara Kimball, Honors English 11 and Journalism teacher at Kempsville High School, was presented with a $600 grant from Gamma Pi members Liz Heischober and Lynn Hess, to help in her pursuit of National Board Certification.

Bruce Harrison and Carolyn Dusenberry, administrators in the Department of Teaching and Learning, visited Kempsville High School to present Distance Learning Teacher Kristine Finnegan with the Distance Learning Accolade, a recognition to celebrate the special action of a distance learning teacher or teacher assistant. Kathy Halpin, distance learning teacher assistant, nominated Finnegan for the recognition.

White Oaks Elementary Learning Garden members decorated the garden for Flag Day, June 14.

Among 148 competitors from across the U.S., Princess Anne High School students Cameron Pillatsch, Alexis Deynes and Joseph Litz were three of the top 12 award winners at the 2018 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) U.S. National Championship in Atlanta. The competition tests students’ skills on Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Cameron Pillatsch won Gold, the top prize, in PowerPoint 2013 and qualified for the MOS World Championships. Alexis Deynes won Silver, in Word 2016, and Joseph Litz won Silver, Excel 2013. All three received cash awards and certificates for their top finishes.

Kellam High School seniors visited seven elementary schools June 14 for a Class of 2018 Grad Walk. Students and staff at Creeds, Christopher Farms, North Landing, Princess Anne, Red Mill, Strawbridge and Three Oaks elementary schools cheered on the graduating seniors as they walked through the halls. View Kellam’s Grad Walk video here.

A group of Landstown High School seniors visited their former elementary school, Christopher Farms, for a Class of 2018 Grad Walk June 14. View Landstown’s Grad Walk video here.

Old Donation School students participated in the Runnel Regatta, an activity that featured teamwork, design, coding and sustainability practices. Students designed and built Chinese dragon boats and used Sphero robots to power them. Students used coding skills to drive the boat through the school’s sustainable water feature, the runnel. After a test drive, they used maker supplies to improve their boats for their final race.

During the eighth-grade awards assembly, Corporate Landing Middle School eighth-grade math teacher Tracy Eldridge showed her excitement when one of her students received an award for math.

Brookwood Elementary first-graders Jada Gilgeous, Ali Farnsworth and Connor Saunders received certificates for having the most run/walk laps this year.

Brookwood Elementary also celebrated its kindergarteners’ completion of their first year of school.

Newtown Elementary students smiled inside the new garden shed they assembled and acquired through to help organize and maintain their tools for working in the school’s learning garden.

As a final project in Caitlin Mollohan’s art class and a unique way to leave their mark on Kempsville Elementary School, fifth-graders each painted their own bricks to be placed in the school courtyard. Each class was assigned one of the colors in the rainbow so that the final placement of bricks would create a rainbow design to border the garden.Gabriel Mocco, a first-grader at Windsor Woods Elementary School, said goodbye to Wendy Wildcat, the Windsor Woods mascot, on the last day of school.

High School Graduations

The school division hosted 13 high school graduation ceremonies throughout the week at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Find links below to photos for each ceremony. Congratulations, Class of 2018!

Bayside High School, June 12. View more photos.

Green Run High School, June 12. View more photos.

Kempsville High School, June 13. View more photos.

Salem High School, June 13. View more photos.

Tallwood High School, June 14. View more photos.

Green Run Collegiate, June 14. View more photos.

First Colonial High School, June 14. View more photos.

Princess Anne High School, June 15. View more photos.

Renaissance Academy, June 15. View more photos.

Landstown High School, June 15. See more photos.

Ocean Lakes High School, June 16. See more photos.

Kellam High School, June 16. See more photos.

Cox High School, June 16. See more photos.

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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