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Leigh Drake’s artwork selected for VBEF 2018 Commemorative Print

Beginning in November, the Virginia Beach Education Foundation (VBEF) invited the public to cast its online vote for the foundation’s 2018 Commemorative Print. Each of the five options, artwork created by Virginia Beach City Public Schools employees, was on display Dec. 6 at the VBEF’s annual Teacher Grants Improve Futures (TGIF) Celebration  where it also…
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VBCPS receives 2017 Learning Counsel Digital Curriculum Strategy Award

Virginia Beach City Public Schools was among the 10 school districts and one school honored with the 2017 Learning Counsel Digital Curriculum Strategy Award. Accepting the award on behalf of the school division at the Learning Counsel’s Annual Gathering and National Awards event, was Director of Instructional Technology Bill Johnsen. According to a Learning Counsel article about…
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‘Great Teachers’ recognized at 8 schools

Teachers in eight schools were surprised with recognitions from the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign during the week of Nov. 27 through Dec. 1. Andrea Larson was just beginning the morning with her second-grade class at Glenwood Elementary when Chief Schools Officer Rashard Wright entered with a special recognition. The parent’s email to the…
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November 2017 ‘I Make a Difference’ award winners

Congratulations to the following staff members who received the “I Make a Difference” award from their colleagues during November: Adult Learning Center: Joyce Lovitt, Elgia Easter Bayside High: April Clark, Doug Richards, Maureen Loflin Bayside Sixth-Grade Campus: Darnell Wilson Brandon Middle: Ira Banks, Dave Hanvey, Ebony Hines-Woolard Centerville Elementary: Joy Josker, Kaci Tellefsen Christopher Farms Elementary: Danielle Minehan…
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The Week in Photos: Nov. 27-Dec. 2

At Princess Anne High School, Dr. Walck’s Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow students partnered with library media specialists Jenn Ludford and Courtney Porter to enhance their unit on children’s literature. After brainstorming their favorite books as children, discussing elements of a good children’s story and practicing different voices, students selected books from the Central Library to read…
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Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign recognizes 11 teachers

During the three-day school week before Thanksgiving, Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence and senior leaders from the Department of School Leadership delivered 11 recognitions from the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign. As part of the campaign, parents, students and others are encouraged to send an email to GreatTeachers@vbschools.com to share a positive story about a…
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Help select the 2018 VBEF Commemorative Print

Don’t miss your chance to help select the Virginia Beach Education Foundation’s (VBEF) 2018 Commemorative Print. The five entries, which are original artworks by Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) employees, are available for viewing online. The online voting process closes at 11:59 p.m. Dec. 5, and the winning print will be announced at the…
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Schoology: A one-stop shop for classroom teachers and students

VBOs. Class materials. Assessments. Parent feedback. After years of relying on individual platforms to provide these services, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) is working to bring one, comprehensive learning management system to students, teachers and staff across the division. In fact, a small number of schools are “test-driving” it now. Since September, all 15…
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The Week in Photos: Nov. 20-22

Adult Learning Center students in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes learned about Thanksgiving traditions and made related crafts. Parkway Elementary students and staff went to the Old Dominion University (ODU) women’s basketball game Monday, Nov 20. ODU graciously gave Parkway free tickets to bring students to the game. ​Zacarias Evans, a fifth-grade student in…
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Students, parents and administrators are grateful for great teachers and staff

Tallwood Elementary student Virginia Hill loves that Tamika Knox, her school’s head custodian, appreciates her sense of humor. “Every time I see her, I tell a joke,” said Hill. “I made up this one: ‘What did one puddle say to the other puddle? WAT-er you waiting for?’” “She laughs every time I tell a joke,”…
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‘Great Teachers’ recognized at Corporate Landing Middle

Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence visited Corporate Landing Middle Nov. 17 to surprise three teachers as part of the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign. Two parents sent emails to GreatTeachers@vbschools.com to share how Mary Letson, music/vocal teacher, has made a difference in the lives of their children. “When we tried to get our son to try some other electives…
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Three VBCPS teachers named Tech4Learning Innovative Educators

Karen Holl and Anna Keane, Newtown Elementary second-grade teachers, and Colleen Rowan, second-grade teacher at Centerville Elementary, are among 32 educators nationwide who been recognized by Tech4Learning as 2017 Innovative Educators for their broad and innovative uses of Tech4Learning tools. Holl, Keane and Rowan are among the 10 Virginia Beach City Public Schools teachers to…
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The Week in Photos: Nov. 13-18

White Oaks Elementary fifth-graders participated in activities to spread joy on National Kindness Day, Nov. 13. Lynnhaven Elementary welcomed Pastor Curtis Johnson as a guest reader to kick off American Education Week, sponsored by the National Education Association Nov. 13-17. Other guest readers visited throughout the week. Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence visited Three Oaks Elementary Nov.…
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Great Dreams Need Great Teachers: Tim Dishaw

Math has always been a struggle for their children, wrote two parents in emails to the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign. “To say he hated math class on every level would be a true and accurate statement,” described one parent. All of that has changed this year, according to the parents, thanks to Kempsville Middle School…
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Great Dreams Need Great Teachers: Jacqueline Davis

In her email to the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign, parent DaiToya Miles wrote that Jacqueline Davis “is everything that a teacher stands for,” and described her as a “supporter, motivator, encourager, confidant and leader.” Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence and Chief Schools Officer Rashard Wright visited Princess Anne High School Nov. 15 to surprise the English…
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Great Dreams Need Great Teachers: Amanda Townsend

“Dedicated,” “welcoming,” “selfless,” and “a blessing” are words two families used to describe Amanda Townsend, a special education teacher at Kempsville Middle School (KMS), in letters they wrote to the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign. Cheryl Woodhouse, senior executive director of middle schools, visited Townsend’s school Nov. 14 to share both families’ letters and to recognize…
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Great Dreams Need Great Teachers: Deb Fuge

It didn’t take long for Ryan and Danielle Gussie, a military family that relocated to Virginia Beach this summer, to find a “sense of comfort” with their son’s first-grade teacher Deb Fuge. In an email to the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign, Danielle wrote: “Like many military families in our position, we have lived in three states…
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The Week in Photos: Nov. 6-10

SCA officers from Indian Lakes Elementary attended the annual Elementary School Leadership Workshop at Virginia Beach Middle School Saturday, Nov 4. Pictured from left to right are: Paige Shultz, Christal Harris, Jacob Shinn, Christyn Harris, Emma Lewis and Chloe Hoffman North Landing Elementary first-grade teacher Amy Siverd was surprised in her classroom Monday, Nov. 6…
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Great Dreams Need Great Teachers: Capt. Tim Richardt

The day before the school division’s closure in observance of Veterans Day, Dr. Aaron Spence visited a Naval Science class for NJROTC cadets at First Colonial High School (FCHS). A FCHS parent submitted an email to the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign to recognize the instructor, Capt. Tim Richardt, for making a positive impact on the life…
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Great Dreams Need Great Teachers: Amy Siverd

“What a wonderful way to start the week,” remarked Amy Siverd after a surprise visit to her first-grade classroom on behalf of the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign. Elementary School Directors Sean Walker and Kathy Starr visited North Landing Elementary Nov. 6 to share with Siverd the letter submitted by a parent to praise…
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