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The Week in Photos May 14-18

Brookwood Elementary’s SOL parade May 14 got everyone pumped up for doing their best on their test. One first-grade class made posters and chanted as the third-, fourth- and fifth-graders passed by. Matthew Orebaugh, principal at Windsor Woods Elementary, led the Princess Anne High School drumline through the halls of Windsor Woods to begin an SOL…
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Schools produce fun SOL videos to motivate students

As Standards of Learning (SOL) testing gets underway this week for grades 3-5, schools are cheering on students through pep rallies and fun parody videos. Here are some of the 2018 SOL videos produced by schools: Bayside Elementary School Hermitage Elementary School Pembroke Meadows Elementary School SOL testing for middle and high schools begins May 21. Tell…
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SOL pep rallies held to cheer on students as testing gets underway

Hermitage and Ocean Lakes elementary schools, like many other elementary schools across the division, held Standards of Learning (SOL) pep rallies Friday, May 11 to cheer on students as state testing gets underway May 15 for grades 3-5. Middle and high schools begin SOL testing May 21. “You are ready; you got this,” Hermitage Principal Angela…
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The Week in Photos: May 7-11

Bayside Middle School celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week with a Back to the Beach theme, beginning Monday with a teacher first aid kit. A pancake breakfast, BBQ cookout, ice cream sundae bar and beach party followed. Strawbridge Elementary School teachers were surprised with tropical treats during Teacher Appreciation Week. Buon appetito! Hermitage Elementary School administrators Angie…
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‘Great Teachers’ get great giveaways during Teacher Appreciation Week

“Great dreams need great teachers!” shouted the John B. Dey Elementary third-graders. “Is that true?” asked Superintendent Aaron Spence. It was unanimous. “Yes!” “Well, we have an ongoing teacher appreciation campaign,” Spence told the class. “It’s not just a week for us; it’s all the time. And all year long we ask people to write…
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Chrissy Love selected as 2018 School Nurse of the Year

Strawbridge Elementary School’s nurse Chrissy Love says she didn’t realize how much she would like school nursing when she left her job as an emergency room nurse five years ago. “It’s more than just nursing skills – those I’ve had for a long time,” said Love. “It’s the other stuff that goes along with it…
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Melissa Follin named 2019 VBCPS Citywide Teacher of the Year

Melissa Follin, a third-grade teacher at Old Donation School, is the 2019 Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Citywide Teacher of the Year. Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence made the announcement at the annual Teacher of the Year dinner May 3 at the Westin Virginia Beach Town Center and visited her classroom May 4 to recognize her…
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Bus drivers showcase their expertise at School Bus Road-e-o

School bus driver Gillian Duffy says she can’t believe she actually won. “It was amazing. My head is still reeling from the whole thing. I can’t believe I actually won,” said the mother of four who won the school division’s 2018 School Bus Road-e-o. Second and third place winners, respectively, were drivers Jon Cushman and…
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2019 Citywide Teacher of the Year finalist: Rebecca Robbins

This is the fifth and final article in a series of profiles about each finalist for Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ 2019 Citywide Teacher of the Year. The citywide winner will be announced at the Teacher of the Year dinner hosted by the Virginia Beach Education Foundation May 3. Rebecca Robbins, a kindergarten teacher at…
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VBCPS earns 2018 Green Cleaning Award

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) is one of only three school divisions and three universities across the country recognized with a 2018 Green Cleaning Award for Schools and Universities. VBCPS was recognized with an Honorable Mention. The award, which is presented by the Green Cleaning Network, the Healthy Schools Campaign and American School &…
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April 2018 ‘I Make a Difference’ recipients

Congratulations to the following staff members whose colleagues presented them with the “I Make a Difference” recognition during April: Adult Learning Center: Laura Todorovic, Pamela Burson, Kathleen Borders Bayside Elementary: Pat Johnson, Lin Henkin, Ryann Gohlke Bayside High:  Kimberly Barboe, Michelle Parker, Karla Casper-Jennings, Jenn Vedder Bayside Middle:  Kevin Houston Brandon Middle: Ellen Nesbit, Debbie O’brien, Diane Slade, Detonyah Parham Creeds Elementary:  Elizabeth…
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The Week in Photos: April 23-27

Rosemont Elementary School fourth-grade students enjoyed coding with Scratch Jr. during their makerspace time in the library. Students have a variety of stations to choose from every month, ranging from those that support STEM skills, like coding and math games, to creativity and visualizing with poetry and reading. Fairfield Elementary School staff members are proud to be “Schoology Champions,”…
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2019 Citywide Teacher of the Year finalist: Melissa Follin

This is the fourth article in a series of profiles about each finalist for Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ 2019 Citywide Teacher of the Year. The citywide winner will be announced at the Teacher of the Year dinner hosted by the Virginia Beach Education Foundation May 3. Melissa Follin has teaching in her blood. As…
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2019 Citywide Teacher of the Year finalist: Gregory Hogan

This is the third article in a series of profiles about each finalist for Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ 2019 Citywide Teacher of the Year. The citywide winner will be announced at the Teacher of the Year dinner hosted by the Virginia Beach Education Foundation May 3. Gregory Hogan is a seventh-grade social studies teacher…
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2019 Citywide Teacher of the Year finalist: Kathleen Trace

This is the second article in a series of profiles about each finalist for Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ 2019 Citywide Teacher of the Year. The citywide winner will be announced at the Teacher of the Year dinner hosted by the Virginia Beach Education Foundation May 3. Kathleen Trace grew up in a family of…
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Last day to submit Employee Survey is quickly approaching

Don’t miss your chance to be heard! The last day to participate in the 2018 Employee Survey is this Friday, April 27. A survey invitation was emailed to all employees April 9. Your response to the survey, which is anonymous, will give the school division input on issues that directly affect you as an employee.…
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The Week in Photos: April 16-20

Glenwood Elementary School fourth-graders use yoga on Mondays to add a fresh start to their week.​ National Guard Culinary Specialist and Cox High School alumna Taylor Cunningham visited culinary students at Cox to speak about the techniques used in the field to feed masses of troops, including Meals Ready to Eat (MREs). ​For North Landing Elementary…
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2019 Citywide Teacher of the Year finalist: Katherine Anderson

This is the first article in a series of profiles about each finalist for Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ 2019 Citywide Teacher of the Year. The citywide winner will be announced at the Teacher of the Year dinner hosted by the Virginia Beach Education Foundation May 3. Katherine “Katie” Anderson had a love of English…
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The Week in Photos: April 9-13

Trantwood Elementary School is celebrating Autism Awareness Month by “growing” awareness. Each student and staff member decorated a puzzle piece to create a beautiful, and still growing, school tree. In promotion of Autism Awareness Month at Princess Anne High School, four teachers shared their personal journeys as parents of children on the autism spectrum. At a…
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Office of TCE names educator and credentialing award winners

The school division’s Office of Technical and Career Education (TCE) recently presented its annual educator and credentialing awards as well as announced its selection as one of 16 recipients of a statewide career and technical education grant from the Virginia Department of Education. Kathy Ferrell, counseling department chairperson at Green Run High School, was named…
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