National Conference Grants awarded to ITS and LMS recipients

In September, the Department of Teaching and Learning (DTAL) offered the opportunity for two instructional technology specialists (ITS) and two library media specialists (LMS) to expand their professional learning by applying for DTAL National Conference Grants. Congratulations to the following elementary and secondary specialists who recently were surprised with the grant selection announcements at their Read More…

SOLabration celebrates school division’s 100 percent accreditation

Next time you’re visiting Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ administration building, look up. There is one more flag proudly flying below the United States flag and the Commonwealth of Virginia flag. It’s a flag that denotes an achievement that the entire school division is proudly celebrating: 100 percent full Standards of Learning (SOL) accreditation. On Oct. 24, Read More…

Green Run Collegiate awarded $25,000 SkillsUSA Lowe’s Grant

Green Run Collegiate (GRC) was awarded a $25,000 SkillsUSA Lowe’s Grant to support the expansion of its service learning garden. According to GRC staff, the service learning garden project will integrate the biology, Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID), and the International Baccalaureate curricula. During the interdisciplinary learning experience, students will learn how to build garden beds Read More…

Physical therapists treated to a ‘swell’ celebration

The school division’s occupational therapy staff held a celebration at the special education annex to recognize their colleagues, physical therapists, in honor of Physical Therapy Month. In keeping with the celebration theme, “Our Physical Therapists are Swell,” the faces of all 13 physical therapy staff members were superimposed onto surfer images. Lucy Leyden, physical therapy department Read More…

September 2017 ‘I Make a Difference’ award winners

Congratulations to the following staff members who were recipients of the “I Make a Difference” award at their respective schools in September: Adult Learning Center – Joyce Halstead, Linda Fello, Bernice Wilson, Sharon McAllister Bayside High – Tatiana Kasyanik, Nicole Ingalls, Julie Spencer, Becca Wilson Brandon Middle – Pam Barnard, Gladys Johnson, Cynthia White, Margaret Sun Corporate Landing Middle Read More…

School division celebrates National Board Certified Teachers

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) currently has 126 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs), making the school division the fourth highest in the Commonwealth of Virginia with educators who have this distinction – an accomplishment worthy of recognition. For that reason, the Office of Professional Growth and Innovation (PGI) hosted a back-to-school networking reception Sept. Read More…

Pienkowski finalist for national Outstanding New Educator Award

John Pienkowski, seventh-grade science teacher at Brandon Middle School, has been selected as one of five finalists for the National Association for Alternative Certification (NAAC) 2018 Outstanding New Educator Awards. According to the NAAC website, finalists were selected from a national pool of nominees, are in their first three years of teaching, were certified through Read More…

Lamb selected for 2017-2018 Urban Superintendents Academy

Dr. Heather Lamb, adult academic coordinator at the Adult Learning Center, has been accepted into the 2017-2018 School Superintendents Association (AASA)/Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy. Lamb is in the third cohort of educational leaders participating in the academy that was established in 2015. According to the AASA website, the Urban Superintendents Academy is designed to help Read More…

Five more high schools to benefit from NMSI College Readiness Program

In a special ceremony at Naval Air Station Oceana Sept. 15, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) was presented a $4 million Department of Defense grant to implement the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) College Readiness Program in five more VBCPS high schools: Cox, Kempsville, Landstown, Ocean Lakes and Princess Anne. VBCPS previously received Read More…

CDE names Cashwell among Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers

Dr. Amy Cashwell, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Chief Academic Officer, has been selected as one of the Center for Digital Education’s (CDE) 2017 Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers. The 30 K-12 and higher education leaders were selected based on “their efforts to improve education through effective implementation of technology-rich solutions; their impact Read More…