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Great Dreams Need Great Teachers: Allison Krebs

When schools are administering SOL tests, teachers prefer that there are no surprises. Quiet hallways, functioning computers and prepared students ensure testing days run smoothly. Allison Krebs got a good surprise just before her students began SOL testing May 31. Dr. Spence visited the Lynnhaven Middle sixth-grade teacher to let her know that a former student contacted the…
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Staff cheer on students through fun SOL videos

From parades to pep rallies, schools across the division are finding creative ways to show their support for students as Standards of Learning (SOL) testing gets underway. Some elementary schools have even produced videos to popular tunes with SOL-themed lyrics. Here are links to 2017 videos that popped up on our radar: Bayside Elementary School…
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French elected to VSTE board of directors

The Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) has announced that David French, principal of Tallwood Elementary School, has been elected to join the VSTE board of directors. He is one of two new board members and will serve a three-year term beginning in July. According to VSTE’s website, the mission of the professional development…
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The Week in Photos: May 13-19

White Oaks Elementary staff held a pep rally Monday, May 15, to get the students excited about the upcoming SOL tests. Trantwood Elementary kicked off SOL season with a parade featuring student musicians from Cox High School. North Landing Elementary kindergarten, first- and second-graders lined the hallways with encouraging posters and chants of, “Rock the test!” for…
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VBEF Educator’s Golf Challenge held June 29

The Virginia Beach Education Foundation (VBEF) will host its 17th annual Educator’s Golf Challenge Thursday, June 29, at Heron Ridge Golf Club. All Virginia Beach City Public Schools employees are invited to participate! Teams of four can register for $75 per player, which includes greens fee and cart, range balls, refreshments, lunch and prizes. The…
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Kempsville Elementary celebrates ‘Super Teacher’ Amy Watson

Cheerleaders from neighboring Kempsville High School clapped, stomped and cheered as Kempsville Elementary students entered the cafeteria. Every great pep rally needs cheerleaders and there were high fives and handshakes for everyone. The elementary school’s principal, Lori Hasher, invited the cheerleaders to make this SOL pep rally extra special. At least one student sensed something…
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Great Dreams Need Great Teachers: Sarah Sykes

Landstown Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Sarah Sykes didn’t flinch when her principal, assistant principal and Chief Schools Officer Rashard Wright entered the room. Like most teachers, she is used to administrators and fellow teachers visiting classrooms for learning walks and observations. Sykes did pause, however, when Wright explained they were there to recognize her. A student submitted…
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The Week in Photos: May 6-12

Students in Landstown High School’s Techology Student Association (TSA) earned multiple awards at a TSA state competition May 6-7. Congratulations to: Savannah Bennison, Matthew Ouellette, Ayinde Bradford, Manuel Resurreccion, Austin Fullwood, Sarah Snipes, Caden Savage, Nick Iaquinto, Tyrone Boyce, Jordan Tran, Jack Troxell and Cole Reibel. Landstown’s TSA sponsors are Dr. Barger and Mrs. Renne.…
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VBRC recognizes Reading Teachers of the Year

The Virginia Beach Reading Council (VBRC) is hosting its annual banquet May 15 at which it will celebrate the Reading Teachers of the Year named by the division’s elementary schools. The event will also feature remarks by VBRC 2016 Administrator of the Year, Rosemont Elementary Principal Cari Hall, and VBRC 2016 Teacher of the Year, Jennifer Evans,…
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Mackiewicz and Grey named Assistants of the Year

The Virginia Beach Education Association partnered with the school division to host a reception May 10 to recognize the 2017 Assistants of the Year selected by schools and centers. Two assistants, Amy Mackiewicz and Lauren Grey, were recognized with Citywide Assistant of the Year awards and an honorarium. Mackiewicz, who works at Kempsville Elementary, was…
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School nurses reflect on work during National Nurses Week

During National Nurses Week, May 6-12, school marquees across the division celebrated the school nurses who are helping lead the charge for the health and wellness of students. We asked three registered nurses (RN) working for Virginia Beach City Public Schools to share reflections about their work and describe a typical day in the school…
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Tagged by Superintendent recipients named for second semester

The following staff members were recipients of the Tagged by the Superintendent recognition for the second semester of school year 2016-17: Adult Learning Center, Karra Shikimachi Advanced Technology Center, Kathy Sargent Alanton Elementary School, Debbie Torres Arrowhead Elementary School, Karen Bennett Bayside Elementary School, Haytham Abdulhamid Bayside High School, Jennifer Lanz Bayside Middle School, Lisa Amos Bayside Sixth-Grade Campus, Laura Orzell Birdneck…
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Teachers share inspirational, motivational quotes

“Rewarding,” is how many teachers describe their daily work with students. They also admit that some days are more challenging than others and that’s when they need a little encouragement themselves. “I have two quotes that motivate me,” responded one 2018 Teacher of the Year when asked to identify quotes that inspire or motivate her.…
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Students celebrate Pontifex as 2018 VBCPS Citywide Teacher of the Year

The message on Shelton Park Elementary’s marquee Friday, May 5, reminded students, staff and passersby to make today even better than yesterday. That might be a challenge for fifth-grade teacher Amanda Pontifex. Yesterday was pretty awesome. On Thursday, May 4, Pontifex was named the 2018 Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Citywide Teacher of the…
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Great giveaways from the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign

Five days. Five randomly-selected teachers. Five great, big giveaways! During the division’s celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week May 1-5, five teachers were surprised with gifts from the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign. Using an online random number generator, five randomly-selected numbers were matched to a numbered list of all VBCPS teachers. Surprise presentations were made each day to…
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Honoring the division’s Assistants of the Year

Teacher assistants play a vital role in our schools, so much so that the Virginia Beach Education Association is partnering with the school division to honor them with a reception May 10. At the reception, citywide winners will be named and will receive an honorarium. The following 2017 Assistants of the Year, selected by their…
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The Week in Photos: April 29-May 5

The administrative team at the Advanced Technology Center kicked off Teacher Appreciation Week by delivering Krispy Kreme doughnuts and coffee to staff members. “We love our Advanced Technology Center teachers! They are the best!” Superintendent Aaron Spence kicked off a week of surprise giveaways from the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign with a visit to Green…
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Arrowhead teachers receive surprise party from SCA

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Arrowhead Elementary School SCA officers and representatives surprised teachers with a party! Students donned chef hats and aprons to greet and serve their special guests. A host greeted teachers at the door and took them to their tables. Student waiters and waitresses took drink orders while other students served food in the buffet line.…
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What teachers would do if they couldn’t teach

Lily Schweitzer, Pembroke Meadows Elementary School third-grader, has some great dreams. Ask her what she wants to be when she grows up, and she will tell you: “I have a lot of different ideas of what I want to be. Scientist. Teacher. An artist. I want to be an author, too. A doctor. I want…
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Lookout for Great Dreams Need Great Teachers giveaways

Five days. Five randomly-selected teachers. Five great, big giveaways! The Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign may be visiting your school May 1-5 with a surprise for one teacher. An online random number generator is being used to select five giveaway winners from a numbered list of all VBCPS teachers. Surprise presentations will be made at one…
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