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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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Citywide Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) is celebrating the five finalists for 2020 Citywide Teacher of the Year! Through the continuing Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign, the division honors all its innovative and dedicated educators year-round, and each spring, VBCPS has the opportunity to recognize the best-of-the-best teachers throughout the division with the announcement…
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Week in Photos: March 18-24, 2019

World Down Syndrome Day, rockets and more                                             Tell your friends! Follow us!  
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Week in Photos: March 11-17, 2019

St. Patrick’s Day!                                                                                   Tell your friends! Follow us!  
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Tech Center alumni teach to give back to program that gave so much to them

The Technical and Career Education Center (TCEC), also known as the Tech Center, is home to a host of trade and industry programs. Charlie McDaniel was here for TCEC’s 1972 opening. “I don’t remember that specific first day,” McDaniel recalled, “but I do remember that I was excited to be here. Students who come here…
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VBCPS English teacher gets students moving

Ocean Lakes senior Peyton Hewlitt will not be sleeping in the morning of March 17. She’s running her very first half marathon during the Shamrock Marathon weekend. Her inspiration to take up running was English teacher Tasha Hurst, an active member of the Virginia Beach J&A Racing public relations crew, which sponsors the popular fitness-focused…
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Congratulations to the 2018-19 Tagged by the Superintendent recipients

  The following staff members were recipients of the Tagged by the Superintendent recognition for the first semester of school year 2018-19: High Schools and Centers Adult Learning Center:  Lisa Belcher Advanced Technology:  Center Kathy Baker Bayside High School:  Devan Smith Cox High School:  Elly Clark First Colonial High School:  Suzanne Flach Green Run High…
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Salem Middle School achieves a national role in preparing students for the future

March 6, 2019, Salem Middle School became part of the two percenters. As in the 2 percent of 5,600 schools worldwide that excel at AVID, or Advancement via Individual Determination, a college readiness system. “We are excited to welcome Salem Middle School to our family of national demonstration schools and a center for teaching excellence,”…
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Week in Photos: March 4-10, 2019

Mardi Gras and more Read Across America events                                                   Cox High School senior Frank Adams was named the school’s newest Mr. Cox by SCA president Abbey Faro.     Tell your…
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VBCPS librarian wins regional recognition

Arrowhead Elementary School’s librarian, Kellee Kraft, was named the Virginia Association of School Librarians (VAASL) Librarian of the Year for the York Region during a ceremony in Richmond March 8. The annual award recognizes outstanding Virginia school librarians. Arrowhead’s Principal, Kimani Vaughn, credits Kraft with creating “an infectious passion for reading” in the school, citing…
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VBCPS employees hone mediation skills

The neighborhood civic league was not happy that a house had been purchased and would be converted into a home for troubled youths. The Youth Commission insisted that residents of the home will be good neighbors. Representatives from both sides sat at a table inside the Plaza Annex on a February afternoon, presenting their concerns.…
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February ‘I Make A Difference’ Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following staff members whose colleagues presented them with the ‘I Make a Difference’ recognition in February: Adult Learning Center: Stephen Anderson, Heather Riggs, Dan Stringent Arrowhead Elementary School: Karen Bennett, Kellee Kraft, Olivia Lowman, Amy O’Connor Bayside Middle School:  John McDaniel, Tom Semmel, Erin Vickrey Cox High School: Polly McClenny, Lanz Platz,…
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Week in Photos: February 25-March 3, 2019

Lots of celebrations of African American History Month and Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!                                                                                      …
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Week in Photos: February 18-24, 2019

An award-filled week!                                                     Tell your friends! Follow us!  
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DAR names 2019 history award honorees

History enthusiasts of all ages packed the School Administration Building Feb. 21 for the Daughters of the American (DAR) annual awards ceremony. “This is such a wonderful event each year because we not only get to honor some of our leading history teachers in the city, we also get to highlight and celebrate our students…
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VBCPS employee honored for saving a life

Virginia Beach City Public School (VBCPS) School-to-Work Transition Supervisor Anjanette Hendricks was in the checkout lane at the Nimmo Parkway Walmart Jan. 21 when a man nearby fell to the ground, clutching his chest. “People were standing around, naturally concerned,” Hendricks remembered. “I am reasonably sure they were feeling that they should do something but…
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VBCPS celebrates its newest National Board Certified Teachers

It’s considered to be the most respected professional certification in K-12 education, according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. And, it takes anywhere from three to five years to complete. Now, 18 more teachers from Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) have achieved National Board certification. These 18 additional honorees bring the division’s total of…
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Week in Photos: February 11-17, 2019

Valentine’s Day and 100 days of school (Be sure to check out the FB album too!)                                                             Tell your friends! Follow us!  
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Take survey to help VBCPS prioritize areas for upcoming strategic plan

An all-staff email from Superintendent Aaron Spence was emailed Feb. 18 inviting everyone to participate in a survey that will help the division identify priorities for the division’s upcoming strategic plan, which will be in place from 2020-2025. Survey participants will be asked to rate from “critical” to “not important at all” the skills and…
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Larkspur Middle School student surprises teacher with 551 valentines of hope

The students gathered together for an important message on citizenship and the significant roles they play in keeping Larkspur Middle a safe and welcoming school campus. At least that is what sixth-grade teacher Jackie Wilson thought they were there for. In reality, the auditorium’s 100-plus students and teachers had convened for a special and heartwarming…
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Building managers program helps schools expedite maintenance work

Darren Payne arrives at Newton Elementary School at 6:30 each morning. He begins his day by pulling up his computer to check that the school’s heating and air conditioning are properly functioning. Then, he starts walking the school, inspecting kitchen freezers, checking boiler rooms or looking for any maintenance-related items that might need attention. “We…
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