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Teacher’s lesson helps students ‘build’ their vocabulary

Charlene Widel wanted to make the lesson on compound words even more authentic for her first-grade students at Pembroke Meadows Elementary School. She already had mini toolboxes, pieces of PVC pipe and LEGOs to support the “compound construction” lesson, but something was still missing. “I reached out to the Princess Anne Home Depot [on Lynnhaven…
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The Week in Photos: April 15-21

Bayside Middle School seventh-grader David Riddick and his Japanese teacher, Kumiko Gale, played the Japanese drums in a performance at the International Children’s Festival held in Hampton, Saturday, April 15. Red Mill Elementary School preschool students worked on their gross motor skills with a parachute activity that was related to their study of butterflies and colors. Congratulations…
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Great Dreams Need Great Teachers: Hunter Dunlo

Princess Anne Middle School (PAMS) parent Kathy Rush explained that Hunter Dunlo’s “Pawsitively Positive” attitude is what prompted her to submit an email to GreatTeachers@vbschools.com as part of the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign. The eighth-grade English teacher’s message for PAMS Panthers “goes far beyond the structure of a sentence,” according to Rush. “He…
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2018 Teacher of the Year finalist: Amanda Pontifex

This is the third article in a series of profiles about each finalist for Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ 2018 Citywide Teacher of the Year. The citywide winner will be announced at the Teacher of the Year dinner hosted by the Virginia Beach Education Foundation May 4. Captain of a charter fishing boat in the…
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VBCPS unveils redesigned annual school report card

This year’s annual school report cards not only have a new look and name, they were also redesigned to align to the four goals in the school division’s strategic framework, Compass to 2020: high academic expectations; multiple pathways for students; social-emotional development; and a culture of growth and excellence within the school division. Now called Campus…
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Three Oaks teacher and class connect to Africa

While many VBCPS employees were counting down the days until spring break, Three Oaks Elementary School first-grade teacher Debra Morgan was looking beyond the week off. That’s because she will spend two and a half weeks team teaching in Africa following the break. “We’re one of the Virginia Beach Global Pathway elementary schools,” Morgan said.…
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Office of TCE recognizes citywide award winners

At its General Advisory Council meeting April 4, the school division’s Office of Technical and Career Education (TCE) awarded special recognitions to two schools and two teachers. Landstown High School was recognized as the school where students earned the most industry credentials during the 2015-16 school year. Landstown students earned 1,343 total credentials. The Virginia…
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The Week in Photos: April 1-7

Student teams from the Advanced Technology Center won first place in seven competitions at the Great Computer Challenge April 1. Read more about the results here. The Virginia Beach Education Foundation hosted its 8th annual Pearls of Wisdom Oyster Roast and Barbecue April 1. With more than 780 tickets sold and more than 5,000 oysters…
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Rosemont shows the spirit of kindness

Rosemont Elementary School’s staff and students used the week before spring break to spread “The Spirit of Kindness” during the SCA’s spirit week. Everyone got on board to dress the part and show how important it is to be kind. “Peace, Love, and Kindness: Dress Like a Hippie Day” was the theme for Monday, April 3.…
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Great Dreams Need Great Teachers: Gabe Howard

The sixth-graders in Suzanne Bruehl’s class at Great Neck Middle School (GNMS) were just about to begin group work when Superintendent Aaron Spence asked if he could interrupt the lesson led by gifted resource teacher Gabe Howard. Spence wanted to share a letter about Howard submitted to the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign by parent…
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Attend the Digital Learning Anchor Schools Showcase April 19

Do you want to learn more about how a digital learning environment is reshaping the landscape of teaching and learning within Virginia Beach City Public Schools? At the Digital Learning Anchor Schools Showcase April 19, students and staff will explain and demonstrate how their work with a variety of devices, digital resources and instructional strategies…
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2018 Teacher of the Year finalist: Jamey Lovin

This is the second article in a series of profiles about each finalist for Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ 2018 Citywide Teacher of the Year. The citywide winner will be announced at the Teacher of the Year dinner hosted by the Virginia Beach Education Foundation May 4. Jamey Lovin’s brother will be the first to tell…
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Staff invited to give feedback on school environment and divisionwide progress

This month, staff will receive one of two VBCPS surveys: 2017 School Climate Survey or the Compass to 2020 Monitoring Survey. Administrators, classroom teachers, specialists, school counselors and select teacher assistants will receive the 2017 School School Climate Survey via email beginning the week of April 3. The last day to return the survey is…
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The Week in Photos: 3/25-3/31

Lynnhaven Middle School hosted a student-versus-faculty basketball game Monday, March 27. Staff members also participated on a cheerleading squad and cheered their basketball team to victory over the student team. Landstown High School student Bailee Cox nominated her AVID teacher Dwight Robinson for recognition by the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign. Dr. Spence surprised…
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Great Dreams Need Great Teachers: Leyla Caralivanos

It was not a surprise that Superintendent Aaron Spence was visiting Old Donation School on its last day at its Seaboard Road location. He was a guest reader in a second-grade class. However, it was a surprise to fifth-grade teacher Leyla Caralivanos when Spence stopped by her classroom after reading to share a submission to the…
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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. MARCH 2017 Bayside Elementary: Carrie Bedell, Ryan Gohlke, Mary McEntee Bayside Middle: Sharon Alston-Felder, Clementine Joyner Bayside High: Mal Scott, Marilyn Mayhew, Scott Donnell, Karla Casper-Jennings, Donna Bowers, Kim Barboe Brandon Middle: Jan Sadler,…
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2018 Citywide Teacher of the Year finalist: Louis Castiglioni

This is the first article in a series of profiles about each finalist for Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ 2018 Citywide Teacher of the Year. The citywide winner will be announced at the Teacher of the Year dinner hosted by the Virginia Beach Education Foundation May 4. Louie Castiglioni, Landstown Elementary School art teacher and…
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Complete retirement survey and enter drawing for movie tickets

Don’t let the opportunity pass you by to participate in a survey that will provide the Consolidated Benefits Office valuable information as they identify changes to improve employees’ understanding of retirement plans and ability to save. Employees can take the brief survey through April 7 by clicking this link. At the end of the survey,…
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Great Dreams Need Great Teachers: Dwight Robinson

“Without Coach Rob I would not be the student I am today. He pushes me and loves me like his own,” wrote Bailee Cox in her email to the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign. The Landstown High School junior described her AVID teacher, Dwight Robinson, as “the best teacher, amazing mentor and excellent coach…
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No foolin’ – Pearls of Wisdom scheduled for April 1

The Virginia Beach Education Foundation (VBEF) wants you to know it’s no joke – the seventh annual Pearls of Wisdom Oyster Roast and Barbecue will be held Saturday, April 1 at the 24th Street Park at the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Tickets are still available for the all-you-can-eat buffet of raw and roasted oysters, pork BBQ, fried fish…
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