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Appreciation campaign celebrates work of teachers and staff

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) is asking students, parents and community members to share examples and stories about the division’s great teachers and staff members as part of the We Are VBSchools: Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign. Launched in 2015, the appreciation campaign has celebrated the work of teachers and staff members across…
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Division schedules four budget forums for employees

Virginia Beach City Public Schools employees are invited to attend any one of four upcoming budget forums to ask questions about the budget planning process and learn more about the division’s 2017-18 budget. Attendees should bring a smartphone, tablet or laptop to post questions and comments during the forum. For planning purposes, employees are asked…
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Reading together at Salem Elementary

There is an outbreak of reading at Salem Elementary School to celebrate Reading Month. Salem is one of many schools participating in the One Book, One School movement to promote literacy and celebrate the fun of reading. All staff members and students are reading “The Chocolate Touch” by Patrick Catling to promote reading and to follow…
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Staff collaboration gets students hooked on fishing

Several health and physical education teachers got “Hooked on Angling Education” in the summer professional learning program (PLP) class offered by the school division in collaboration with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Outdoor Education program. When Tallwood teacher Lori Morris planned to introduce the skill of reeling to students in her adaptive PE class,…
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VBCPS to celebrate employees’ decades of service

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) will recognize the decades of service of more than 250 employees at its Employee Service Recognition celebration Thursday, Jan. 12. The division’s Department of Human Resources hosts the annual dinner to recognize employees who have worked for VBCPS for 25 years or more (in five-year increments). Congratulations to the following employees…
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Congratulations to division’s new National Board Certified Teachers

Currently, Virginia Beach City Public Schools has 136 National Board Certified Teachers, making it the fourth highest in Virginia in terms of teachers who have achieved this national distinction. Created by teachers for teachers, National Board Certification is a voluntary, rigorous process. It is the most respected professional certification in education according to the National…
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Graduate-level grants available for VBCPS employees

The Virginia Beach Education Foundation (VBEF) invites VBCPS employees to apply for the Emilie Tilley Graduate Study Grant, which provides resources for graduate-level study to enhance classroom instruction. The deadline to apply is Jan. 20 for spring 2017 courses. Grant applications for fall 2017 courses are due April 28. Applicants must be an employee with…
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Asbestos (AHERA) Management Plans available

The Environmental Protection Agency, as required by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) of October 1986, requires all school facilities to have an inspection for asbestos-containing building materials and to have a detailed management plan identifying these materials. The AHERA Management Plans are available in each school’s main office for review by parents, teachers…
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The Week in Photos: Dec. 17-22

Students from several schools participated in the Girls on the Run (GOTR) Hampton Roads 5K Dec. 18. Participants from Trantwood Elementary School were ready to run, and fifth-grader Bella Dinges and fifth-grade teacher and GOTR coach Hannah Phelps celebrated their 5K finish. How many first-graders fit in a Powhatan canoe? About a dozen! Cheryl Freeman’s…
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I Make a Difference Award recipients for 2016-17

Congratulations to the following VBCPS staff members who have been recognized by their colleagues with the I Make a Difference Award this school year. DECEMBER 2016 Bayside Middle School: Deborah Welker, Simone Gaillard Brandon Middle School: Ronald Collins, Darnita Trotman, John Pienkowski Cox High School: Dawn Horan, Melissa Rusak, Sean Duffy Green Run Elementary School: Alison…
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Friendly staff competition makes spirits bright at Red Mill

Red Mill Elementary School staff members have shown their holiday spirit by participating in several festive staff competitions the week before winter break. Winners were crowned for Best Holiday Sweater, Best Holiday Hair, Best Holiday Socks and Best Group-coordinated Holiday Outfit. Do you want to build a snowman? Special education assistant Laura Nuckols built one…
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Landstown’s Kimura-Koenig joins national staff for USA Field Hockey

USA Field Hockey announced that Yuko Kimura-Koenig, Landstown High School teacher and athletic trainer, will join the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) staff as the medical manager. She teaches anatomy and health and physical education at Landstown. According to a USA Field Hockey press release, Kimura-Koenig became involved with the sport of field hockey during…
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2017-18 school calendar adopted by School Board

At its Dec. 20 meeting, the School Board of the City of Virginia Beach approved the 2017-18 school year calendar for the division. The 181-instructional day calendar includes two professional learning days for staff (Aug. 29 and Oct. 9) as well as a longer winter break (Dec. 21 to Jan. 2) following an adjusted dismissal day Wednesday,…
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Pembroke Meadows staff bring holiday spirit to ‘Family Night’

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and Pembroke Meadows Elementary School (PMES) staff members had a special treat for those attending the school’s Family Night at the Haygood Chick-fil-A Dec. 15. Wearing festive headbands and hats, PMES staff entertained guests with holiday songs and Christmas carols. They also personally delivered orders to tables filled with…
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Retiring director reflects on work in technical and career education

Dr. Pat Konopnicki, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) director of technical and career education, retires this week with 25 years of service to the division during his 45-year career in education. In addition to decades of service, he’s collected more than 500,000 miles in his daily commute to and from his home in Yorktown –…
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The Week in Photos: Dec. 10-16

Diamond Springs Elementary School students took a trip to the North Pole during the holiday performance “The Incredible Reindeer,” directed by music specialist Mary Froelich and kindergarten assistant Patricia Williams. The incredible reindeer from first grade – including Aubrey Cole, Taylor Allen, Omari Sanchez and Nyasia Green – saved Christmas and Earth by diverting an…
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ATC student returns to VBCPS as staff member

John Houchins graduated from Kempsville High School in June and it didn’t take long for him to return to Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) – this time, as an employee. Houchins began his new job this month as a technology support technician in the Department of Technology. He credits the skills and certifications he…
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Administrators participate in PGI’s Aspiring Principals program

Administrators from across the school division met this week for the second session of the two-year Aspiring Principals program. Offered by the Office of Professional Growth and Innovation (PGI) and keeping with Goal 4 of the division’s strategic framework Compass to 2020, the program is designed to develop the division’s current administrators to prepare them for…
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Hall named VB Reading Council Administrator of the Year

“We just walked through the library five minutes ago!” exclaimed Cari Hall to the more than 35 people now gathered in the room to surprise her. The library was the most fitting place to present Rosemont Elementary School’s principal with the Virginia Beach Reading Council’s (VBRC) Administrator of the Year Award. VBRC President Patti Csenar…
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‘Hump Day’ doughnut delivery makes Wednesday sweeter at Landstown

Guess what day it is! It’s Hump Day! And just like the happy camel who strolls through office cubicles in GEICO commercials encouraging employees to celebrate his favorite day of the week, Landstown High School’s administrative team rolled carts through the hallways Wednesday to deliver Krispy Kreme doughnuts to all staff. The surprise deliveries during first block found…
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