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Salem Elementary celebrates Presidents’ Day

Salem Elementary School staff members received presidential treatment Monday, Feb. 20 on the school makeup day for inclement weather. Principal Ann Shufflebarger and assistant principal Heather Quinn showered the staff with an assortment or red, white and blue treats to recognize Presidents’ Day and thank staff members for all they do. In addition, staff members…
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Division celebrates National Board Certified Teachers

The Office of Professional Growth and Innovation (PGI) hosted a reception Feb. 16 to celebrate the division’s five newest National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and 10 honorees who renewed their certifications. PGI leads the division’s support programs for NBCTs. Superintendent Aaron Spence applauded their accomplishment and thanked them for continuing to “have that growth mindset to…
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Great Dreams Need Great Teachers: Lisa Powers

Chief Schools Officer Rashard Wright made a surprise visit to Princess Anne Elementary School to recognize fourth-grade teacher Lisa Powers for the positive impact she is making on students. Parent Jennifer Finger praised Powers in an email she submitted to the division’s Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign. “[I] am so impressed with the way…
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The Week in Photos: Feb. 11-17

This week in VBSchools included celebrating grandparents, entrepreneurship, literacy, academic excellence, community service and the 100th and 101st days of school. All of the special events were in addition to a variety of classroom learning activities. Here are some of the week’s photos submitted to Kaleidoscope by school media liaisons and administrators. Christopher Farms Elementary School hosted Grandparents…
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Payne wins 2017 Karen Shinn Award for support of National Board Certification

Sarah Payne, professional learning specialist with the Office of Professional Growth and Innovation (PGI), received the 2017 Karen Shinn Award from the Southeastern Virginia (SEVA) National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) Regional Network. The award honors individuals who support and promote National Board Certification. The award’s namesake, Karen Shinn, was a Virginia Beach City Public Schools…
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The Week in Photos: Feb. 4-10

School media liaisons and administrators submitted the following photos to highlight activities from the past week. The school division hosted the 10th Annual African American Male Summit Saturday, Feb. 4, at Princess Anne High School. More than 250 students attended the event where they took part in team building exercises, breakout sessions, networking activities and…
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VBEF Pearls of Wisdom tickets discounted through Feb. 28

The Virginia Beach Education Foundation (VBEF) will host its seventh annual Pearls of Wisdom Oyster Roast and Barbecue Saturday, April 1, from 1-5 p.m. at the 24th Street Park at the oceanfront. Adult tickets are available for $40 through Feb. 28. The ticket price increases to $50 March 1. Tickets for children (ages 6-12) are…
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The Week in Photos: Jan. 28-Feb. 3

This week included special events for Beach Girls Rock!, National Signing Day and the “Souper” Bowl. Kindness, community service and coding continued along with hosting guest readers and book character parades. Throw in some handmade instruments, cardboard arcade games and a leprechaun, and you have another great week for VBSchools! Here are some highlights shared by the division’s school media liaisons.…
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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. JANUARY 2017 Bayside High: Jill Rowland, Luisa Zirkle, Chris Moore, Ashley Williamson Bayside Middle: Christine Lynch-Webster, Michelle Lewis, Wes Lammay, Jacob Griffon Bayside Sixth Grade Campus: Steve White, Nicole Bostic Brandon…
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Staff now have go-to-place for workplace skills, tips and resources

There’s a new Workplace Skills page on vbcps.com and it’s one that, regardless of your job classification, might help further grow your skills, provide a refresher on particular topics, or allow you to check your skills against proven practices. “You Said What? Simple Communication Mistakes That Are Costing You Greatly and Even Simpler Solutions for…
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The Week in Photos: Jan. 21-27

Kindness, crazy hair, vocabulary parades and dodgeball are all featured in this week’s collection of photos from school media liaisons and administrators. Luxford Elementary School third-graders were excited to light up their classroom with kindness during the Great Kindness Challenge held Jan. 23-27. Kindness rocks at North Landing Elementary School! Students, staff and administrators dressed as rock…
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Spotlight on teachers supporting great dreams

Parents, graduates and students continue to support the division’s Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign by submitting stories about the great teachers and staff members who have made a difference in their lives or the lives of their children. Ocean Lakes High School graduate Nikki Reeves wrote to share her praise for her guidance counselor…
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All employees invited to divisionwide Joy Fair

All staff members are invited to attend the first-ever divisionwide Joy Fair taking place Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 5-7 p.m. at College Park Elementary School. Complete with activities such as yoga, gratitude stations, opportunities for attendees to share snippets of small joys happening in their lives, photo booths with joyful scenes, self-care stations and food,…
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Serving up a “Slice” of VBCPS

VBCPS is launching a brand new digital newsletter to bring school news, information and features right to subscribers’ email inboxes. A Slice of VBCPS will be delivered to subscribers via email every Monday at noon. Each edition will feature a selection of articles, videos and photos from school events and activities as well as pertinent division…
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2017 School Climate Survey moved to April

Based on feedback from various stakeholders, the division’s 2017 School Climate Survey will be administered to school staff, parents and students in April instead of its past availability in February. The change was made to avoid overlap with a Virginia Department of Education survey taken in some secondary schools in February as well as to…
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The Week(s) in Photos: Jan. 3-20

Since their return to school Jan. 3 following winter break, students and staff have been enjoying Reading Month, makerspace activities, special events, spirit weeks and some snowy weather. Here are school photos from the first weeks of January submitted to Kaleidoscope by school media liaisons. Tallwood High School graduate Ahkei Togun visited his alma mater and…
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Kid Principals discuss the work of school leaders

If you “sit in a rolly chair” and “tell people to be nice in what they do,” you might be a school principal according to some first-grade and second-grade students. In honor of Virginia School Principals Appreciation Week Jan. 22-28, we asked some Kid Principals for their thoughts on the best and worst parts of the leadership…
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Schools and centers recognize 2018 Teachers of the Year

Congratulations to the following 2018 Teachers of the Year named by their respective schools and centers: Adult Learning Center: Ana Johnson Advanced Technology Center: Mack Stevens Alanton Elementary: Lorena Wornom Arrowhead Elementary: Ryanne Davis Bayside Elementary: Meghan Bakner Bayside High: Eleni Babcock Bayside Middle: Alexis Downham Bayside Sixth-Grade Campus: Kathryn Mitchell Birdneck Elementary: Megan Petermann…
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Budget forum held Jan. 26 for employees

Registration for the division’s upcoming budget forums has been greatly impacted by inclement weather and subsequent school cancellations. As such, three of the four scheduled budget forums have been cancelled. Employees interested in learning more about the 2017-18 budget and the division’s budget development process are invited to take part in the budget forum Thursday, Jan.…
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VBCPS employee service celebrated at citywide event

Chief Human Resources Officer John Mirra welcomed guests to the “celebration of service, loyalty, dedication and commitment to Virginia Beach City Public Schools” (VBCPS). At its annual Employee Service Recognition dinner Jan. 12, the school division recognized the work of more than 250 employees who have been employed with VBCPS for 25, 30, 35, 40…
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