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Daniel named 2017 Virginia Outstanding Biology Teacher

Kasi Daniel, a biology teacher at Landstown High School, has received the 2017 Virginia Outstanding Biology Teacher Award. The honor also means she will receive the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for Virginia. According to the NABT, nominees for the award must have must have at least three years of…
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McDowell selected as state finalist for national math and science teaching award

Dianna McDowell, an eighth-grade science teacher at Old Donation School, is one of seven teachers selected as Virginia finalists for the 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The PAEMST program was established by the White House in 1983 and is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of…
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VAPT recognizes School Bus Road-e-o award winners

Congratulations to two Virginia Beach City Public School (VBCPS) bus drivers and one fleet foreman who earned awards from the Virginia Association for Public Transportation (VAPT). At the association’s statewide School Bus Road-e-o, Tom Pittman won first place in the conventional bus competition and Alan Moore won third place in the special needs bus competition.…
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Schools and offices welcome new administrators

Staff, students and families will see some new faces in schools and central office this school year. The following employees are in new roles this week pursuant to administrative appointments and administrative reassignments effective July 1. Adult Learning Center Randi Riesbeck, director Bayside Elementary School Ashley Godfrey, assistant principal Bayside Middle School Joel Guldenschuh, dean of…
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The Week in Photos: Summer 2017

The school division’s summer break for students began June 16; however, work continues throughout Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Visit this “Week in Photos” post during July and August to see photos of summer programs, special events, professional learning activities, behind-the-scenes work, back-to-school preparations and more. July 19, Summer Outreach: At Diamond Springs Elementary School, students participating in the summer…
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Cingel selected as ASCD 2017 Emerging Leader

Ana Cingel, secondary science coordinator in the Department of Teaching and Learning, is among 46 education professionals selected by ASCD for its 2017 class of Emerging Leaders. According to an ASCD news release, “the Emerging Leaders program recognizes and prepares young, promising educators to influence education programs, policy and practice on both the local and national…
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Students and staff bring home Educators Rising national awards

Educators and students gathered from across the nation to celebrate the teaching profession at the 2017 Educators Rising National Conference in Phoenix June 23-26. The organization, formerly known as the Future Educators Association, aims to cultivate “highly skilled educators by guiding young people on a path to becoming accomplished teachers, beginning in high school and…
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Custodians recognized for outstanding service and work performance

At the division’s Custodial Appreciation Day event June 20, the Office of Custodial Services recognized various individuals and teams for their outstanding work. The following eight custodians received awards for their decades of service to Virginia Beach City Public Schools: Edward Askew, 41 years Jacqueline Cornick, 39 years Kenneth Cornick, 39 years Ronnie Ferebee, 39…
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Sustainable School Recognition Award recipients announced

The Office of Facilities Planning and Construction recently announced that 55 schools have earned the division’s 2016-2017 Sustainable School Recognition Award. The award recognizes schools that are taking an active role in promoting sustainability initiatives and helping increase student understanding of the balance between social, economic and environmental factors to achieve sustainability. To be considered…
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Milan to enjoy first summer break in four decades

When Linda Milan leaves Woodstock Elementary School for the last time June 29, it will be with 44 years of service to Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS). The school administrative associate works as the school’s bookkeeper, a perfect fit for her love of math. Numbers may be preferable to the angry callers with whom…
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Einsenberger selected as 2018 Global Learning Fellow

Andrea Eisenberger, Renaissance Academy art teacher, has been selected as one of 48 educators nationwide to participate in the National Education Association (NEA) Foundation’s 2018 Global Learning Fellows program. According to the NEA Foundation’s announcement, the selected educators “hail from schools in 47 states, plus one Department of Defense school abroad, and in rural, suburban and…
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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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Celebrating VBCPS retirees

Christopher Farms Elementary School’s (CFES) marquee bid a fond farewell to students and staff for the summer months. For CFES art teacher Sheila Escajeda, the end of this school year marks a new beginning indeed. She is retiring after 40 years of service to Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS). “I’ve been in school since I…
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The Week in Photos: June 10-17

The Advanced Technology Center hosted its annual Partnership Breakfast June 14 with the theme, “It All Starts Here at the ATC.” Approximately 80 business partners, mentors, staff and students attended to celebrate student achievements, mentoring, partnership activities and more. Bayside High School kicked off VBCPS graduation week with the first ceremony June 13.  View more…
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Download a good summer book from the division’s Virtual Reference Library

Need a good book to read this summer? Try the school division’s Virtual Reference Library (VRL), maintained by the Office of Professional Growth and Innovation (PGI). The online library houses nearly 500 books specifically of interest to educators, including books from professional organizations such as the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE); National Science…
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High school senior thanks all her teachers with handwritten letters

Four years ago, Shelly Slocum entered public school for the first time. Now, only a few days away from high school graduation, the Ocean Lakes High School (OLHS) senior is writing letters to every teacher and guidance counselor she has had in high school to let them know how much they have impacted her in a…
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The Week in Photos: June 3-9

Staff members from the Special Education Annex formed a Relay for Life Team, Daisy’s Diamonds, and participated in a regional overnight Relay for Life event held at Chesapeake City Park from 7 p.m. Friday, June 2 to 7 a.m. Saturday, June 3. The team is closing in on its goal of raising $5,000. Virginia Beach…
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Tweet your 2016-2017 school year reflections

Share your reflections about the 2016-2017 school year with the Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) community by joining the #VBEdChat “Great Dreams; Great Reflections” conversation on Twitter this week. The format will be a S-L-O-W chat with one question being released per day for individuals to chime in. “The last week of school is…
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VBCPS Digital Learning Summer Summit offers more than 600 sessions

Want to learn more about Seesaw and Symbaloo or BrainPOP and Wixie? Interested in using virtual tours, PowToon or Quizlet? How about making the most of Minecraft, makerspaces or Movie Maker? These topics are included among the more than 600 sessions that will be offered at the VBCPS Digital Learning Summer Summit June 21-22 and…
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Great Dreams Need Great Teachers: Lacy Ryerson

According to Centerville Elementary Principal Teresa Ritzel, fourth-grade teacher Lacy Ryerson is relatively new to teaching. She switched from a career in journalism to become a teacher. According to parent Teresa Coker, Ryerson made the right move. “I’ve never seen my daughter so enthusiastic about school or her teacher. Mrs. Ryerson brings life to the…
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