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Staff give VBCPS high marks in annual employee survey

88 percent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) employees agree they are proud to work in division, while an almost equal 87 percent report that the division holds high expectations for all staff. Those were two of a multitude of high marks given by 5,114 VBCPS employees, or half of all staff, who responded…
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New school makeup procedures in place beginning this year

With the 2018-19 school year beginning, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence has announced a new change to how division staff will make up time lost due to inclement weather. At the end of last year, after the division had seven days of missed school due to weather, Spence pulled together…
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Bus drivers get ready to greet students

Bus drivers are in many instances the first VBCPS employees that students will see on the first day of school. To get ready, the division’s 650-plus drivers, assistants, managers and transportation team members gathered Aug. 29 in Kellam High School’s auditorium for their annual Bus Driver In-service. Superintendent Aaron Spence opened the event with words…
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Convocation brings together division’s 700 custodians

They might work across 86 schools and multiple buildings, but by the hugs, smiles and handshakes shared as they arrived for this year’s Custodian Convocation held at Salem High School, it was evident that the division’s 700 custodians have a unique bond. “Our theme for the school year is one mission, one team,” said Director…
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Independence Middle recognized at VDOE Education Equity Summer Institute

At its Education Equity Summer Institute, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) recognized select schools for their achievements in reducing disproportionality in disciplinary action incident rates for students. Independence Middle School was one of seven schools in Virginia recognized for its reduction in levels of disproportionality in out of school suspensions (OSS) for students with…
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Parking lot construction underway at Plaza Annex

A new parking lot currently under construction will double the number of parking spaces at the Plaza Annex. The capital project will add 130 spots to the existing 124 parking spaces bringing the total to 254. “Additional parking is something that our customers have requested for several years,” said Tony Arnold, executive director of Facilities…
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Munari, Alarcon named 2018 VBCPS Instructional Leaders of the Year

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence named Hermitage Elementary School’s Angie Munari and Corporate Landing Middle School’s Dr. Freddie Alarcon as the 2018 Elementary and Secondary Instructional Leaders of the Year. Announced each year at the division’s Administrators’ Conference, the honor highlights a building principal who is leading the way in…
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VBCPS and NAS Oceana earn Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) and Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana were presented the Exemplary Individual Project Partnership for the 2018 Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award at the Military Child Education Coalition’s (MCEC) Annual National Training Seminar in Washington, D.C. Monday, July 23. This national recognition is awarded annually to acknowledge outstanding partnerships…
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VBCPS staff and parent earn Virginia Association for the Gifted awards

The Virginia Association for the Gifted offers annual opportunities to award and recognize excellence among teachers, students, administrators and parents. Four individuals representing Virginia Beach City Public Schools earned Virginia Association for the Gifted Awards for the 2017-2018 school year. Congratulations to the following recipients of 2018 Virginia Association of the Gifted Awards: 2018 Leader…
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Two VBCPS elementary teachers selected as finalists for 2018 PAEMST

Allison Crisher, fourth-grade teacher at Luxford Elementary School, and Melissa Follin, third-grade teacher at Old Donation School, are two mathematics finalists in Virginia for the 2018 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The PAEMST program was established in 1983 by Congress and is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of…
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Tech Center’s HVAC program earns HVAC Excellence accreditation

The Virginia Beach Technical and Career Education Center is celebrating the news that its heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) program has been recommended for accreditation through HVAC Excellence. The center’s HVAC program will be the third high school program in Virginia with HVAC Excellence accreditation. According to David Swanger, director of the Virginia Beach…
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School Plant works through full list of summer projects

The Monday after school was out, School Plant’s 166 craftsman descended across the division’s schools to start work on a multitude of remodeling and replacement projects. “We’re painting entire buildings. We’re doing lighting projects. We’re doing pipe lining projects as well as flipping school libraries,” said Eric Woodhouse, director of School Plant Services, the school…
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ILTs learning to become change agents

Supportive. Empowering. Relationship builder. Those were a few of the many words that the 24 instructional leadership teams (ILT) attending the first session of the new Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Leadership Academy shared with each other and then wrote on large sheets of paper when asked to describe mentors who impacted their lives.…
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VBCPS and 22 of its schools earn state VIP awards

Governor Terry McAuliffe and the state Board of Education (BOE) named Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) and 22 of its schools as recipients of 2018 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards. The VIP program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the Governor and…
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VBCPS celebrates retirees at citywide dinner

Earlier this school year, seven Providence Elementary School staff members (Melissa Knight, Helen Ryan, Denise Adams, Ann Holcombe, Donna Roenker, Linda Seybold and Sarah Muth) announced their plans to retire and created “Farewell Tour” shirts to celebrate the milestone and their pride for working at Providence. For the school division’s annual retirement dinner June 28, they had…
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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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Congratulations to ‘Tagged by Superintendent’ recipients

The following staff members were recipients of the Tagged by the Superintendent recognition for the second semester of school year 2017-18: High Schools and Centers Adult Learning Center, Stephen M. Anderson Advanced Technology Center, James Spruill Bayside High School, Katherine Schweizer Cox High School, Robert B. Wolfe First Colonial High School, Nancy Curtis Green Run High…
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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…
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Jaworski wins David Cox FLAVA Award for Excellence in Foreign Language Teaching

Eric Jaworski, Ocean Lakes High School Spanish teacher and world languages department chairperson, has been selected by the Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA) as the winner of the 2018 David Cox FLAVA Award for Excellence in Foreign Language Teaching, K-12. According to the FLAVA website, the award recognizes a foreign language educator in grades…
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June 2018 ‘I Make a Difference’ recipients

Congratulations to the following staff members whose colleagues presented them with the “I Make a Difference” recognition during June: Bayside Middle: Tori Beck, Melvin Francis, Danette Holmes, Michelle Bantolino Brandon Middle: Michael Danz Green Run Elementary: Jaci Poates, Michelle Barrett Hermitage Elementary: Shane Whitney Kellam High: Maricela Rubin, Lynn Lecesse Larkspur Middle: Mike Baker, Taylor Mertz North Landing Elementary: Eric Wood, Stephanie Manny…
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