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Staff give VBCPS high marks in annual employee survey

88 percent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) employees agree they are proud to work in division, while an almost equal 87 percent report that the division holds high expectations for all staff. Those were two of a multitude of high marks given by 5,114 VBCPS employees, or half of all staff, who responded…
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UVA Teaching Fellowship introduces three new teachers to VBCPS

A partnership between Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) and the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia (UVA) has welcomed a trio of teachers to the VBCPS community. Now in its second year, the Curry Teaching Fellowship is meant to prepare and retain high quality educators by allowing potential teachers to bridge…
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Week in Photos: January 7-11, 2019

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The art of being a military child

by Leigh Drake What does it mean to be military child?  This is a question that I pose to my students. Students’ responses vary, including having a parent in the military, moving around a lot, having parents out on deployment, and having strong sense of what it is to be an American.  We live in…
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Week in Photos December 31, 2018-January 4, 2019

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Bayside High School alum and activity coordinator earns national recognition

Lisa Corprew, activity coordinator at Bayside High School, was recently recognized as a recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Service Awards given by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA). Corprew was honored Dec. 18 in San Antonio, Texas, during a banquet at the 49th annual National Athletic Directors Conference. Corprew has quite a history with…
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Asbestos (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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December ‘I Make A Difference’ Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following staff members whose colleagues presented them with the ‘I Make a Difference’ recognition in December: Arrowhead Elementary School: Kathy Gibson, Melissa McGee, Bev Stemen Bayside Elementary School: Tina Gilchrist, Evelin Skinner Brandon Middle School: Ira Banks, Christopher McElveen, Todd Perdue Green Run Elementary School: Tiffany Deese, Carolyn Poteat, Alexandra Shea, Sue…
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Custodian retires after 39 years at the same school

William Wilson vividly recalls his first day on the job. “Our principal, Mr. Owens, kept walking back through the locker room for some reason,’” Wilson remembers. “Finally, he asked, ‘How would you like to be the head night custodian?’ I said ‘No.’ He kept coming back so I finally took the job and I’ve been…
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‘Girl power’ inspires kindness initiative at Tech Center

When you walk into the Technical and Career Education Center (TCE) on North Landing Road, the first thing you see past the front desk is a black bulletin board with four stark yellow words in large block lettering: BE KIND TO SHINE. Next to it, a small blue letter-box on the wall is decorated with…
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Week in Photos: December 17-21, 2018

Here’s to a happy, healthy and photographic 2019!                                                                                                …
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How the Office 365 intranet website migration affects you

You have likely seen the memo or heard about plans to migrate the Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) intranet site (VBCPS.com) to Office 365. That transition will begin at 5 p.m. Dec. 21, and conclude Jan. 1, 2019. Technology Director David Din says this isn’t an Office 365 switchover per se. “What we’re doing…
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#12DaysOfTwitter is more than just a hashtag

If you follow any of the thousands of Virginia Beach teachers on Twitter, you may have noticed a holiday trend. The #12DaysOfTwitter effort was spearheaded by Angelyn Nichols, a specialist of professional learning with the Office of Professional Growth and Innovation (PGI), and Leslie Lehner, assistant principal at Green Run High School. “Working with teachers…
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Week in Photos: December 10-14, 2018

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Salem High School wrestling coach receives national recognition

Robert Toran will be a 2019 inductee into the Virginia Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Toran’s honor is for a “Lifetime Service to Wrestling,” which spans more than three decades in the Tidewater area, including Booker T. Washington High School, Norview High School and most recently Salem High School. His trophy shelf…
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Berthold named Virginia Lottery ‘Made in Virginia’ award winner

Green Run High School (GRHS) hit it big with the lottery this week, but it had nothing to do with a winning ticket. Green Run Heath and Physical Education Teacher Bridgette Berthold was honored by the Virginia Lottery as she was named a “Made in Virginia” award winner, one of only four in the state.…
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Week in Photos: December 3-7, 2018

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Alanton Elementary School teacher named CodeVA Computer Science Educator of the Year

Fara Faust, instructional technology specialist at Alanton Elementary School, was declared CodeVA’s 2018 Computer Science Educator of the Year at a ceremony in Richmond, Dec. 3, kicking off Computer Science Education Week in Virginia. Faust was given the award by Virginia’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. James Lane, who called her “one of the most…
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North Landing Elementary School students teach School Administration Building employees about coding

The music of Harry Potter movies wafted through Room 113 at the School Administration Building as employees wandered into the debut “open house” hosted by the Office of Instructional Technology. At the first station, Coordinator of Instructional Technology Charlie Hinsch was demonstrating how a Potter-themed Kano Wand could be coded to move a digital feather.…
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Tamara Seraph’s work of art selected for VBEF 2019 Commemorative Print

During November, the Virginia Beach Education Foundation (VBEF) invited the public to cast its online vote for the 2019 Commemorative Print. Fourteen works of art, created by Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) employees, were entered and at the VBEF’s annual Teacher Grants Improve Futures (TGIF) Celebration, the winner was announced. Tamara Seraph’s piece, titled…
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Week in Photos: November 26-30, 2018

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