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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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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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