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The Week in Photos: Sept. 18-22

  Pembroke Meadows Elementary PTA hosted its annual Fall Pastries with Panthers Monday, Sept. 18. It was a time for parents to see what a typical morning is like for his/her child as well as a chance for students to teach parents “the ropes.”   There were pastries at North Landing Elementary, too. The NLES hospitality…
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Mark your calendar for VBEF special events

Oct. 6, the deadline for teachers to submit Virginia Beach Education Foundation (VBEF) Innovative Learning Grant applications, is quickly approaching. Four additional dates to circle on your calendar include those for VBEF events scheduled for the 2017-2018 school year. Dec. 6: The VBEF will recognize all of the 2017-2018 grant recipients at its annual TGIF…
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Lamb selected for 2017-2018 Urban Superintendents Academy

Dr. Heather Lamb, adult academic coordinator at the Adult Learning Center, has been accepted into the 2017-2018 School Superintendents Association (AASA)/Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy. Lamb is in the third cohort of educational leaders participating in the academy that was established in 2015. According to the AASA website, the Urban Superintendents Academy is designed to help…
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Teacher and principals take flight at air show

For Landstown High School astronomy teacher Ron Shaneyfelt and many people across the United States, Aug. 21 was a memorable date – the first time he saw a total solar eclipse. Days later, on Aug. 25, Shaneyfelt learned about another life changing event – his selection to ride backseat in the No. 7 F-A/18 jet of…
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Five more high schools to benefit from NMSI College Readiness Program

In a special ceremony at Naval Air Station Oceana Sept. 15, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) was presented a $4 million Department of Defense grant to implement the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) College Readiness Program in five more VBCPS high schools: Cox, Kempsville, Landstown, Ocean Lakes and Princess Anne. VBCPS previously received…
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The Week in Photos: Sept. 11-15

Members of Green Run High School’s NJROTC prepared for an outdoor ceremony to remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001. On Sept. 11, members of Lynnhaven Middle’s Student Council Association (SCA) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), Principal Dr. Mason, Assistant Principal Ms. Kramer and NJHS adviser Mrs. Spagnolo visited Virginia Beach Fire Department Station…
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The Week in Photos: Sept. 5-8

In preparation for their visit to Naval Air Station Oceana’s STEM Lab Learning Day Sept. 15, fifth-graders in Dr. Nikki Smead’s class at Alanton Elementary conducted a scientific investigation creating helicopters. The Alanton News Network fifth-grade crew was ready for the morning announcements on the first day of school at Alanton Elementary. Julie Finucan, first-grade teacher at Arrowhead Elementary,…
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CDE names Cashwell among Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers

Dr. Amy Cashwell, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Chief Academic Officer, has been selected as one of the Center for Digital Education’s (CDE) 2017 Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers. The 30 K-12 and higher education leaders were selected based on “their efforts to improve education through effective implementation of technology-rich solutions; their impact…
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Holland art teacher selected for exhibit at Sandler Center

Scott Fredrick, art teacher at Holland Elementary School, has been selected by the City of Virginia Beach’s Office of Cultural Affairs to exhibit his artwork in the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Gallery. The exhibit, titled “Built to Last,” is free and open to the public Sept. 7 through Nov. 7. Fredrick applied for…
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Students become teachers, lead PL session

The students described it as a conundrum. Their principal, Dr. Kelly Hedrick, thought it was perfect. “I can’t think of a better way for teachers to embrace student agency than me modeling for them what it means to turn it over to the kids,” Hedrick said. “They’re leading it. It’s going to be fabulous. It’s going…
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VBEF Innovative Learning Grant applications due Oct. 6

The Virginia Beach Education Foundation (VBEF) provides funding to Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) teachers and staff to support innovative projects and learning programs not already funded by the school division. The foundation will award $150,000 in grant funding for the 2017-18 school year. The deadline for VBCPS staff members to submit VBEF Innovative Learning…
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School division welcomes new instructional staff

“It’s my first year teaching; I’m fresh out of college,” said Micah Pittman, who will be teaching third grade at Luxford Elementary. “My hope this year is to develop my skills, get better every day, learn from people who come before me and help kids change their lives.” Fellow first-year teacher Brian Battin is also…
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Title I conference speaker emphasizes the power of teachers

“Positioning others to flourish” is one of Manny Scott’s missions in life. He knew the audience of teachers and administrators at the division’s fourth annual Title I Summer Conference shared the same mission, though he acknowledged working in public education has its challenges. “There are some of you who are seriously thinking about walking away…
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New storyboard shows how everyone is part of the VBCPS story

When this new third storyboard recently went up in the hallway of the School Administration Building, it immediately caught the attention of many passersby—and with good reason: it is a visual illustration of the 2016-2017 work accomplished by schools and departments toward the school division’s strategic framework, Compass to 2020. “When you step back and…
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Luxford teachers enjoy staff retreat and Googlepalooza

“I followed the yellow brick road to success!” announced a smiling Luxford Elementary teacher as she entered the school’s library. The “bricks” guiding teachers to their second annual retreat were actually dozens of small orange cones because, as the welcome sign read, “the road to success is always under construction.” Principal Danielle Colucci invited staff…
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Moore becomes first VBCPS National Geographic Certified Educator

Stacey Moore loves science. You could say it is in her blood. “Everything growing up was a science lesson,” said Moore of her childhood with her father, a science teacher. It’s hard to imagine that the third-grade teacher’s enthusiasm for science could increase but her participation in the National Geographic Educator Certification program did just that. “It’s…
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Benefits office shares online tools to help employees comparison shop

The Consolidated Benefits Office (CBO) is hosting seminars in August and September to share a number of online tools available to all employees to estimate costs of planned procedures, compare prescription prices at local pharmacies and even determine whether your current health plan is the most cost efficient for you based on your historical claims…
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VBCPS administrators learn more about excellence through equity

Eight young men grew up in the same North Carolina neighborhood together – all attending the same schools, surrounded by the same people and brought up in the same community. Yet, the paths these eight young men ended up taking were anything but the same.  Dr. John Hodge spoke to a full classroom to share…
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Schools and centers welcome new administrators

Students and staff will see a few new faces in their schools and centers for the 2017-2018 school year. The School Board approved three administrative appointments at its Aug. 2 meeting and Superintendent Aaron Spence announced eight summer administrative reassignments. Adult Learning Center Natasha Christian, coordinator of adult academic programs Bayside Midde School Steven Oberlander, administrative assistant Jessica Rohmann, administrative…
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Administrators applaud ‘amazing’ accreditation announcement

In a word: Amazing. In three words: We did it! Those are the words Bayside Middle School tweeted to share the superintendent’s announcement that 100 percent of the division’s testing schools are projected to earn full Standards of Learning accreditation. The news provided the perfect celebratory ending to the 2017 Administrators’ Conference, “Be Amazing: A Call for…
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