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Congratulations to VBCPS’ newest National Board Certified Teachers

Congratulations to the school division’s 24 newest National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) as well as those who renewed their certifications. NBCTs received their notifications in December while staff receiving renewals were notified in October. These newest honorees now bring the school division’s total of NBCTs to 144 – the fourth highest in the Commonwealth. This…
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Students share their thoughts on the work of school principals

Principals Appreciation Week is January 22-26. In celebration of the leadership, support and significant difference that principals make in their buildings, we asked second- and fourth-grade students a few questions about the work of principals. Here is what they said. What is the best part about being a principal? “That you’re the director of the…
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Sick leave bank open enrollment Jan. 15-Feb. 15

Following a review of the school division’s regulations and procedures regarding the use of sick leave banks, VBCPS’ administration recommended combining the six sick leave banks into one bank, effective Jan. 1. Membership into the sick leave bank will remain voluntary for benefit-eligible employees, and the Department of Human Resources is offering a special enrollment…
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Three makeup days identified for Winter Storm Grayson school closures

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) will use Jan. 29 and Feb. 19 to make up two of the instructional days lost during Winter Storm Grayson. Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence has decided to waive a third snow day for students by using time built in to the 181-day school calendar. Additionally, given the length of time…
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School division updates regulations regarding employee leave

Following the Department of Human Resources’ review of the school division’s current policies and regulations relating to leave and leave options for employees, several revisions took effect Jan. 1. In an email to all Virginia Beach City Public Schools staff members Dec. 11 to provide summaries of the upcoming changes, Human Resources shared the following explanation…
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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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December 2017 ‘I Make a Difference’ award winners

Congratulations to the following staff members whose colleagues presented them with the “I Make a Difference” award during December: Bayside High:  Sam Hamilton, Steve Brown, Lin Johnson Brandon Middle: Susie Metsker, Dan Rhudy Cox High: Susan Sigler, Angie Noe, Karen Cole Creeds Elementary: Sarah Cicatko, Jennifer Walburn, Lori Kirste Diamond Springs Elementary: Valerie Morris, Jie…
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The Week (and a half) in Photos: Dec. 11-20

Larkpur Middle sixth-grade teachers dressed as M&Ms for Matching Monday, the first day of the school’s spirit week. The Adult Learning Center announced that Karra Shikimachi is the center’s 2019 Teacher of the Year. Seventh-graders at Old Donation School participated in a Top Chef contest at the school, which involved crafting a healthy menu, preparing the food and…
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John Pienkowski wins national ‘Outstanding New Educator’ award

In September, Brandon Middle School science teacher John Pienkowski learned he had been selected as one of five finalists for the National Association for Alternative Certification (NAAC) 2018 Outstanding New Educator Awards. According to the NAAC, award nominees are in their first three years of teaching, were certified through an alternative route program that is a…
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The Week in Photos: Dec. 4-8

Sophomores Isaiah McKinney, Batool Ayaz and Ally Grabarczyk kicked off winter spirit week at Ocean Lakes High by dressing as memes. Advanced Technology Center Cybersecurity Systems Technology students Lillian Davis, Jeffrey Whitson and William Dickerson brought the holiday season to life by decorating their class cyber tree. It was complete with hard drives, processors, cooling…
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VBEF awards $150,000 and celebrates 71 grant projects

Welcome to the STEMnasium. Widening the World through Publishing. Fin-tastically Fun Sustainability. Planting the Seeds of Tomorrow: Literacy Garden. Making with Minecraft These are only five of the 71 grant projects recognized by the Virginia Beach Education Foundation (VBEF) at its annual Teacher Grants Improve Futures (TGIF) Celebration Dec. 6. Thanks to the foundation’s many grant…
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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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