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Tech Center’s HVAC program earns HVAC Excellence accreditation

The Virginia Beach Technical and Career Education Center is celebrating the news that its heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) program has been recommended for accreditation through HVAC Excellence. The center’s HVAC program will be the third high school program in Virginia with HVAC Excellence accreditation. According to David Swanger, director of the Virginia Beach…
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School Plant works through full list of summer projects

The Monday after school was out, School Plant’s 166 craftsman descended across the division’s schools to start work on a multitude of remodeling and replacement projects. “We’re painting entire buildings. We’re doing lighting projects. We’re doing pipe lining projects as well as flipping school libraries,” said Eric Woodhouse, director of School Plant Services, the school…
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ILTs learning to become change agents

Supportive. Empowering. Relationship builder. Those were a few of the many words that the 24 instructional leadership teams (ILT) attending the first session of the new Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Leadership Academy shared with each other and then wrote on large sheets of paper when asked to describe mentors who impacted their lives.…
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VBCPS and 22 of its schools earn state VIP awards

Governor Terry McAuliffe and the state Board of Education (BOE) named Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) and 22 of its schools as recipients of 2018 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards. The VIP program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the Governor and…
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VBCPS celebrates retirees at citywide dinner

Earlier this school year, seven Providence Elementary School staff members (Melissa Knight, Helen Ryan, Denise Adams, Ann Holcombe, Donna Roenker, Linda Seybold and Sarah Muth) announced their plans to retire and created “Farewell Tour” shirts to celebrate the milestone and their pride for working at Providence. For the school division’s annual retirement dinner June 28, they had…
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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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Congratulations to ‘Tagged by Superintendent’ recipients

The following staff members were recipients of the Tagged by the Superintendent recognition for the second semester of school year 2017-18: High Schools and Centers Adult Learning Center, Stephen M. Anderson Advanced Technology Center, James Spruill Bayside High School, Katherine Schweizer Cox High School, Robert B. Wolfe First Colonial High School, Nancy Curtis Green Run High…
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The Week in Photos: June 11-16

For the first time ever, Bayside High School has a chapter of Delta Epsilon Phi – the National Honor Society for High School Students of German. Pictured during the induction ceremony were: Mr. Phillips, Rebecca Frameli, Daisha Stone, Nadia Irving, Daniel Tekleab, Austin Ridgeway, Sayf Eldomiaty, Parker Glatt, Sarah Jones, Blythe Brenner, Brent Schulte, Hannah…
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Jaworski wins David Cox FLAVA Award for Excellence in Foreign Language Teaching

Eric Jaworski, Ocean Lakes High School Spanish teacher and world languages department chairperson, has been selected by the Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA) as the winner of the 2018 David Cox FLAVA Award for Excellence in Foreign Language Teaching, K-12. According to the FLAVA website, the award recognizes a foreign language educator in grades…
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June 2018 ‘I Make a Difference’ recipients

Congratulations to the following staff members whose colleagues presented them with the “I Make a Difference” recognition during June: Bayside Middle: Tori Beck, Melvin Francis, Danette Holmes, Michelle Bantolino Brandon Middle: Michael Danz Green Run Elementary: Jaci Poates, Michelle Barrett Hermitage Elementary: Shane Whitney Kellam High: Maricela Rubin, Lynn Lecesse Larkspur Middle: Mike Baker, Taylor Mertz North Landing Elementary: Eric Wood, Stephanie Manny…
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The Week in Photos: June 4-June 9

During Diamond Springs Elementary School’s Leadership Day June 5, students performed songs for their parents to celebrate the special occasion. Also during Diamond Springs Elementary’s Leadership Day, students in Kimberly Ellis’ class celebrated their successful completion of kindergarten. Princess Anne Middle School teacher ​Erica Fritz cheered on seventh-grader Maggie Zohovetz before she took her math SOL. Bayside High School…
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PAHS selected as 2018 School Library Program of the Year

The Virginia Association of School Librarians (VAASL) contacted Princess Anne High School (PAHS) Library Media Specialists Jen Ludford and Courtney Porter Tuesday, June 5, to notify them of the good news. “It is with great joy that I get to inform you that Princess Anne High School has been selected as this year’s winner of…
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The Week in Photos: May 2018

Check out this recap of photos submitted by the division’s school media liaisons throughout May to share images of activities, instruction, celebrations, awards, SOL pep rallies, performances and special events taking place in their schools.   Tell your friends! Follow us!  
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May 2018 ‘I Make a Difference’ recipients

Congratulations to the following staff members whose colleagues presented them with the “I Make a Difference” recognition during May: Adult Learning Center: Glenda McElhaney, Melinda Saunders Bayside High: Carol J. Schesventer, Kenny Cornick, Brent Wooden, Rahime Young Bayside Middle: Jermaine Lauzon, Drew Wynn, Chris Kiernan, Katrina Halloran Brandon Middle: Kim Martineau, Donna Brinegar, Millie Robles, Kerri Hutchinson Cox High: Claye Rhea,…
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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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