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The Week in Photos: Nov. 20-22

Adult Learning Center students in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes learned about Thanksgiving traditions and made related crafts. Parkway Elementary students and staff went to the Old Dominion University (ODU) women’s basketball game Monday, Nov 20. ODU graciously gave Parkway free tickets to bring students to the game. ​Zacarias Evans, a fifth-grade student in…
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Students, parents and administrators are grateful for great teachers and staff

Tallwood Elementary student Virginia Hill loves that Tamika Knox, her school’s head custodian, appreciates her sense of humor. “Every time I see her, I tell a joke,” said Hill. “I made up this one: ‘What did one puddle say to the other puddle? WAT-er you waiting for?’” “She laughs every time I tell a joke,”…
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‘Great Teachers’ recognized at Corporate Landing Middle

Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence visited Corporate Landing Middle Nov. 17 to surprise three teachers as part of the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign. Two parents sent emails to GreatTeachers@vbschools.com to share how Mary Letson, music/vocal teacher, has made a difference in the lives of their children. “When we tried to get our son to try some other electives…
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Three VBCPS teachers named Tech4Learning Innovative Educators

Karen Holl and Anna Keane, Newtown Elementary second-grade teachers, and Colleen Rowan, second-grade teacher at Centerville Elementary, are among 32 educators nationwide who been recognized by Tech4Learning as 2017 Innovative Educators for their broad and innovative uses of Tech4Learning tools. Holl, Keane and Rowan are among the 10 Virginia Beach City Public Schools teachers to…
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The Week in Photos: Nov. 13-18

White Oaks Elementary fifth-graders participated in activities to spread joy on National Kindness Day, Nov. 13. Lynnhaven Elementary welcomed Pastor Curtis Johnson as a guest reader to kick off American Education Week, sponsored by the National Education Association Nov. 13-17. Other guest readers visited throughout the week. Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence visited Three Oaks Elementary Nov.…
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Great Dreams Need Great Teachers: Tim Dishaw

Math has always been a struggle for their children, wrote two parents in emails to the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign. “To say he hated math class on every level would be a true and accurate statement,” described one parent. All of that has changed this year, according to the parents, thanks to Kempsville Middle School…
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Great Dreams Need Great Teachers: Jacqueline Davis

In her email to the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign, parent DaiToya Miles wrote that Jacqueline Davis “is everything that a teacher stands for,” and described her as a “supporter, motivator, encourager, confidant and leader.” Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence and Chief Schools Officer Rashard Wright visited Princess Anne High School Nov. 15 to surprise the English…
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Great Dreams Need Great Teachers: Amanda Townsend

“Dedicated,” “welcoming,” “selfless,” and “a blessing” are words two families used to describe Amanda Townsend, a special education teacher at Kempsville Middle School (KMS), in letters they wrote to the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign. Cheryl Woodhouse, senior executive director of middle schools, visited Townsend’s school Nov. 14 to share both families’ letters and to recognize…
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Great Dreams Need Great Teachers: Deb Fuge

It didn’t take long for Ryan and Danielle Gussie, a military family that relocated to Virginia Beach this summer, to find a “sense of comfort” with their son’s first-grade teacher Deb Fuge. In an email to the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign, Danielle wrote: “Like many military families in our position, we have lived in three states…
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The Week in Photos: Nov. 6-10

SCA officers from Indian Lakes Elementary attended the annual Elementary School Leadership Workshop at Virginia Beach Middle School Saturday, Nov 4. Pictured from left to right are: Paige Shultz, Christal Harris, Jacob Shinn, Christyn Harris, Emma Lewis and Chloe Hoffman North Landing Elementary first-grade teacher Amy Siverd was surprised in her classroom Monday, Nov. 6…
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Great Dreams Need Great Teachers: Capt. Tim Richardt

The day before the school division’s closure in observance of Veterans Day, Dr. Aaron Spence visited a Naval Science class for NJROTC cadets at First Colonial High School (FCHS). A FCHS parent submitted an email to the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign to recognize the instructor, Capt. Tim Richardt, for making a positive impact on the life…
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Great Dreams Need Great Teachers: Amy Siverd

“What a wonderful way to start the week,” remarked Amy Siverd after a surprise visit to her first-grade classroom on behalf of the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign. Elementary School Directors Sean Walker and Kathy Starr visited North Landing Elementary Nov. 6 to share with Siverd the letter submitted by a parent to praise…
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Week in Photos: Oct. 30-Nov. 4

North Landing Elementary PE teachers, Ken Magee, Michelle Davis and Jackie Lowery show their spirit for Jump Rope for Heart 2017. Luxford Elementary students celebrated Disability History and Awarness Month by decorating a puzzle piece in a way that represented them. The puzzle pieces created a bulletin board to show that despite our differences, everyone…
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Dodgers’ biggest fan works at Bayside Elementary

With the calendar turning to November, many teachers are removing October decorations from their classroom doors and hallways. With Game 7 of the World Series tonight, Bayside Elementary preschool teacher Mary Taylor is keeping up her decorations a little longer. Her colleagues Kristen Daugherty and Brooke Gadberry have been adding articles and photos of Taylor’s son,…
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October 2017 ‘I Make a Difference’ award winners

Congratulations to the following staff members who received the “I Make a Difference” award from their colleagues during October: Adult Learning Center:  Maura Tipping, Alice Thomas, Dan Stringent Bayside Elementary: Rebecca Pederson, Tracy Taylor Bayside High:  Ryan Kurpiel, Derek Richburg, Daniel Keros, Diana Scofield Bayside Middle: Towanna Hunter, Sheila Snead, Nancy Hardison, Matt Cornelison, Jennifer Bryan-Mendez Bayside…
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Four Kempsville Elementary teachers receive VBSFCU DoGood awards

The Virginia Beach Schools Federal Credit Union (VBSFCU) recently visited Kempsville Elementary to recognize four teachers with awards from its DoGood fund. Teachers submit an application to be considered for a DoGood award, a fund to which the VBSFCU adds each time a customer closes a loan or opens a new account. The credit union hopes the…
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The Week in Photos: Oct. 23-27

Princess Anne Elementary staff members Nicole Cherry and Lindsey Yetter celebrated Disability History and Awareness Month by participating in Step Up for Down Sydrome, a 5K run and awareness walk organized by the Down Syndrome Association of Hampton Roads. Fairfield Elementary families had a blast at its Skate Dojo Monster Mash. Kempsville Elementary’s morning announcements team have…
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New books added to Virtual Reference Library

If you’re looking for new professional reading material or book to support your work, try the school division’s Virtual Reference Library (VRL). Offered by the Office of Professional Growth and Innovation, this online library is a collection of 518 full-length professional books on a variety of topics relevant to educators. An exciting new addition this…
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National Conference Grants awarded to ITS and LMS recipients

In September, the Department of Teaching and Learning (DTAL) offered the opportunity for two instructional technology specialists (ITS) and two library media specialists (LMS) to expand their professional learning by applying for DTAL National Conference Grants. Congratulations to the following elementary and secondary specialists who recently were surprised with the grant selection announcements at their…
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SOLabration celebrates school division’s 100 percent accreditation

Next time you’re visiting Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ administration building, look up. There is one more flag proudly flying below the United States flag and the Commonwealth of Virginia flag. It’s a flag that denotes an achievement that the entire school division is proudly celebrating: 100 percent full Standards of Learning (SOL) accreditation. On Oct. 24,…
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