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The Week in Photos: March 18-24

VBCPS students and staff participated in various races associated with Shamrock Marathon Weekend. Elementary and middle school students ran in the TowneBank 8K and Operation Smile Final Mile Saturday, March 18. John B. Dey Elementary School students participated in the finals of the Virginia Beach Public Library’s Battle of the Books competition March 18 at…
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Elementary schools hosting kindergarten registration event April 25

The hallways of the division’s elementary schools will be a little more crowded, Tuesday, April 25. That is when the division is once again hosting its citywide Kindergarten Registration and Open House event. Thousands of new students and their families are expected to participate to get ready for a new school year. Parents of children…
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Great Dreams Need Great Teachers: Winn and Wyman

When Lisa Knorr’s son Brysen told her he attributed his motivation to set high goals to his fifth-grade teachers Heather Winn and Stephanie Wyman, she decided others should know that, too. In her email to the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign, Knorr wrote of the Woodstock Elementary School teaching team: “Stephanie Wyman and Heather…
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VBEF grant applications for 2017-18 school year now available

The Virginia Beach Education Foundation (VBEF) is accepting grant applications from school division staff for the 2017-18 school year. Staff members are encouraged to apply for VBEF schoolwide and/or innovative learning grants if they have ideas for innovative projects they wish to implement to engage students in hands-on learning activities not already funded by the…
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Parkway ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ at data celebration

Walk into any school at the end of the week and there is usually a little extra energy in the air. The vibe was especially positive at Parkway Elementary School on a recent Friday when all staff members took time to celebrate – not the upcoming weekend – but rather, student data. It included everything…
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The Week in Photos: March 11-17

School media liaisons submitted the following photos to highlight awards, activities, events and instruction from Saturday, March 11 to Friday, March 17. The school division’s student musicians participated in the Virginia Music Educators Association’s district assessments March 11, for which they performed multiple selections that were reviewed by a panel of judges. Ocean Lakes High…
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Great Dreams Need Great Teachers: Aaron Burdon

As third-graders in room 17 at Hermitage Elementary School returned to their desks after lunch, Superintendent Aaron Spence walked in with a special announcement for their teacher. Aaron Burdon was the latest staff member to be recognized in the division’s Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign, and his students assured Spence it was well-deserved. “We love,…
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Program prepares assistant principals to become effective VBCPS leaders

When asked what she thought about the Assistant Principals (AP) Pathways program, College Park Elementary School Assistant Principal Penney Fonville replied without hesitation. “It feels really good that what I’m learning here is what I’m hearing in Teaching and Learning.” Asked that same question, Great Neck Middle School Assistant Principal Thomas Quinn described it as…
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Finalists named for 2018 Citywide Teacher of the Year

In an email to all Virginia Beach City Public Schools employees Friday, March 10, Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence announced the five finalists for the division’s 2018 Citywide Teacher of the Year. “As our ongoing campaign says, ‘Great Dreams need Great Teachers.’ And, without a doubt, we have some of the most talented and committed educators in…
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The Week in Photos: March 4-10

At Sentara Leigh Hospital’s annual Volunteer Awards banquet March 7, Princess Anne High School (PAHS) students Paul Messick, Brandon Campbell, Richie Gregory and Seth Markey were recognized for their volunteerism at the hospital through the school’s work experience program. Their teacher, Adrienne James (center), accompanied them to the event. Six Old Donation School teams of…
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Great Dreams Need Great Teachers: Andrew Jackson

Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence interrupted Andrew Jackson’s class at Green Run Collegiate with a special announcement. The social studies teacher was the latest staff member to be recognized and surprised as part of the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign. Parent Kelly Burgess wrote to GreatTeachers@vbschools.com to share the many reasons why she respects Jackson and…
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School Board modifies 2017-2018 school calendar

At its March 7 meeting, the School Board of the City of Virginia Beach modified the 2017-2018 school year calendar to move the scheduled Nov. 9 staff day to Tuesday, Nov. 7, to align with Election Day. Each year, 40 VBCPS schools serve as polling places for local, state and national elections. The November staff…
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Chili cook-off fosters camaraderie and competition

“Look at that. See that red?” The maintenance craftsman pointed at two drops of homemade hot sauce on his fingertip and said with a smile, “That will kill you.” His pride in the hot sauce that makes grown men turn red, sweat and cry, is only one reason the Office of School Plant Services hosted…
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The Week in Photos: Feb. 25-March 3

Students in the Mathematics and Science Academy (MSA) at Ocean Lakes High School hosted the MSA Symposium Saturday, Feb. 25, to share various projects related to their studies. Junior Charlotte Delumpa-Alexander presented a science project on developmental psychology focusing on the impact of nature versus nurture. First Colonial High School (FCHS) was one of several middle…
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Great Dreams Need Great Teachers: Jennifer Ramey

In support of the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign, three Ocean Lakes High School students submitted emails to GreatTeachers@vbschools.com to share thoughts about their great teacher, Jennifer Ramey. Hunter Gibbs wrote that Ramey “has been a big influence in my life academically and in my athletics…I don’t know how I could get by without…
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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. FEBRUARY 2017 Bayside Elementary: Carrie Bedell, Ryan Gohlke Bayside High: Russlyn Wilkie, Jackie Mowery, Dan Campbell Bayside Middle: Jennifer Comeau, Raymond Medina, Jamie Taylor, Annette Hyman-Studivant Brandon Middle: Diane Slade, Melody…
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Meet and Greet event scheduled for March 22

The Department of Human Resources will host a Meet and Greet event March 22 for eligible voluntary and priority teacher transfers as well as eligible classified employees. Employees planning to attend are asked to register through Frontline beginning Monday, March 6 and to complete an online transfer application. More information about the event is available in…
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Great Dreams Need Great Teachers: Krista Mackintire

The Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign continues to recognize the positive impact of teachers. Krista Mackintire, fifth-grader teacher at Strawbridge Elementary School, was recently surprised with a visit to let her know how she inspired a former student. In her email to GreatTeachers@vbschools.com, Amanda Malbon shared fond memories of her former teacher: “As someone who has grown…
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Third-graders and theatre students collaborate to create touring educational plays

When Janet and Jillian Jellyfish get tangled in ocean pollution, it has the potential to ruin their evening. “We’re going to look awful for our dates tonight,” whines Janet. “This is a disTRASHter,” cries Jillian. Janet and Jillian need not worry because Rose the Shark and Shelly the Hermit Crab are nearby to help –…
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The Week in Photos: Feb. 18-24

Centerville Elementary School fifth graders in Nancy Laria’s class celebrated Presidents’ Day in costume. Monday, Feb. 20, was a makeup day for school closures due to Winter Storm Helena in January. Salem Elementary School staff members enjoyed a presidential photo booth set up in the library to celebrate Presidents’ Day. See more photos. Glenwood Elementary…
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