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VBCPS earns 2018 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award

For the second consecutive year, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) has been named an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for demonstrating superior energy efficiency in its buildings and facilities. Only 163 honorees were selected across the nation from amongst Fortune 500 companies, schools, hospitals, retailers, manufacturers,…
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The Week in Photos: March 26-30

Virginia Beach Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society hosted a community Easter egg at the school. Students from feeder elementary schools came out to collect eggs, decorate cookies and take pictures with the Easter bunny. Congratulations to fifth-grader Cera Luciani, one of the amazing safety patrols at Fairfield Elementary. Cera received a Certificate of Recognition for…
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March 2018 ‘I Make a Difference’ recipients

Congratulations to the following staff members whose colleagues presented them with the “I Make a Difference” recognition during March: Adult Learning Center:  Brenda Hornbaker, Rachel Lee, Lisa Markovic Bayside High:  Marilyn Mayhew, Butch Caldwell, Leah Thorton, Michele Parker Bayside Middle:  Lars Eisenbraun, Shiela Anacta, Rebecca Yaple Brandon Middle: Todd Perdue, Krisha Loftus, Richard Garner, Alicia Pahl-Cornelius Creeds…
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2018 Employee Survey administered in April

Don’t miss your chance to be heard! An email invitation to participate in the 2018 Employee Survey will be sent to all school division employees April 9. The survey, which closes April 27, gives you and your colleagues the opportunity to give your opinions and make suggestions on issues such as working conditions, professional development,…
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Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) is celebrating the five finalists for 2019 Citywide Teacher of the Year! Through the continuing Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign, the division celebrates 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 of its finalists for VBCPS…
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The Week in Photos: March 19-23

Making the most of the building’s features is a daily occurrence at Old Donation School. Fourth-graders used the “runnel” to make observations and models of erosion and deposition. The runnel mimics the erosion caused by a river in the natural world. Students looked for evidence of where weathered-down sediment was present and then watched as water was released…
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Malibu March Madness promotes employee wellness

Malibu Elementary Principal Micah Harris notes what every school staff member and student knows all too well. “Our two longest months are, of course, February and March with no days off,” she said. Recognizing that staff morale may need a boost, Harris and a few other new principals brainstormed ideas to lift staff spirits and decided to incorporate…
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School division honors NBCTs

It was an evening filled with hugs, smiles and hearty applause as principals, colleagues, division administrators and family members attended a reception to celebrate the school division’s newest 24 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) as well as the 10 staff members who renewed their certification. The event was held March 20 at the Virginia Beach…
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Congratulations to the 2017-18 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 2017-18: High Schools and Centers Adult Learning Center, Brenda Kopek Advanced Technology Center, James Reich Bayside High School, Ryan Kurpiel Cox High School, Claye Rhea First Colonial High School, Sam Scarborough Green Run High School,…
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The Week in Photos: March 12-16

Participating in Cradles vs. Cranes Day, the first day of a spring sports spirit week at Ocean Lakes High School, were students ​Justin Costello, Lindsay Magnant, Vian Ozic, Haleigh Simonis, Delaney Hinkley, Rei Silva, Esra Mulkey, and Assistant Principal Darcy Parker. Students at Old Donation School acted as participants in a Geologic Response Team analyzing information…
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EdCamp brings together new teachers from across Hampton Roads

New teachers from across Hampton Roads and as far as Spotsylvania County made their way to Virginia Beach on Saturday, March 3 to spend the morning with fellow colleagues and experienced mentors. By noon, they left not only reenergized but with countless practical ideas to leverage classroom practices. “EdCamps are dynamic, participant-driven events that revolve…
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The Week in Photos: March 5-9

Mehki Washington, first-grader at Arrowhead Elementary, showed off his bright smile while working a library activity. Representatives from the Virginia Beach Reading Council visited Creeds Elementary March 5 to surprise Diane Marx with the news that she was named the Virginia State Reading Association (VSRA) Reading Teacher of the Year. Marx, a third-grade teacher, was recognized…
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Diane Marx named Virginia Reading Teacher of the Year

In November, representatives from the Virginia Beach Reading Council visited Creeds Elementary to surprise third-grade teacher Diane Marx with the announcement that she was selected as the local council’s Reading Teacher of the Year. On Monday, March 5, another group of special guests visited Creeds to surprise Marx with the news that she was named…
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The Week in Photos: Feb. 26-March 2

  The Indian Lakes Elementary SCA recently led a donation drive to collect socks for Seton Youth Shelters. The school collected a total of 470 pairs of socks and SCA representatives presented the donation to Jennifer Sieracke, from Seton Youth Shelters, at their Feb. 26 SCA meeting. Several students at Pembroke Elementary enjoyed trying out the new therapy…
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February 2018 ‘I Make a Difference’ recipients

Congratulations to the following staff members whose colleagues presented them with the “I Make a Difference” award during February: Adult Learning Center: Kim Bader, Bonnie Flora, Connie McManus Bayside High: Tamara Welch, Christopher Felton, Devan Smith, Barry Fordham Bayside Middle: Beverly Felder, Nancy Goss, Shonnika Norman, Joanne Bland Brandon Middle: Vina Gerber, Sheri Gray, Kelly Bradley,…
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VBCPS staff invited to 2nd annual Joy Fair Feb. 28

Joy Ambassadors and the Office of Professional Growth and Innovation invite all staff members to attend the school division’s Joy Fair, Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Operational Smile headquarters at 3641 Faculty Blvd. in Virginia Beach. Similar to last year’s event, attendees are invited to enjoy the fun the entire time…
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The Week in Photos: Feb. 18-23

A group of volunteers from Providence Presbyterian Church visit Fairfield Elementary every Monday to read with students as part of the school’s Reading Cafe program. Teachers choose two to three students to come to the library after eating lunch and to read with a volunteer.Students in Laurie Yates’ landscaping/turf management class at the Technical and Career Education Center are…
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Red Mill Elementary teachers compete in mock Winter Olympics

In honor of the Winter Olympics and to show their school spirit, Red Mill Elementary staff members participated in multiple events Friday, Feb. 23. Students cheered on the eight teams that competed in speed skating, chair slalom, curling and bobsledding. The fourth-grade team of Melissa Murphy, Nicole Martinette, Stacey Brown, Daniel Koach and Katherine Chavarria…
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Students and staff recognized by Daughters of American Revolution

Four local chapters of the Daughters of American Revolution (DAR) hosted an Excellence in American History recognition ceremony Feb. 22 to celebrate the accomplishments of 22 Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ students and teachers. The nonprofit organization was founded in 1890 with the mission of promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism. Representatives from the Francis…
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Tweet this week with fellow VBCPS educators about “Mindful” strategies

Join other Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) educators on Twitter this Thursday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. for an hour of rich dialogue about incorporating “Mindfulness” into your work, classroom or life. Akilah Ellison, professional learning specialist with the Office of Professional Growth and Innovation (PGI) will moderate the chat. According to her, mindfulness…
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