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Week in Photos: Oct. 30-Nov. 4

North Landing Elementary PE teachers, Ken Magee, Michelle Davis and Jackie Lowery show their spirit for Jump Rope for Heart 2017. Luxford Elementary students celebrated Disability History and Awarness Month by decorating a puzzle piece in a way that represented them. The puzzle pieces created a bulletin board to show that despite our differences, everyone…
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Dodgers’ biggest fan works at Bayside Elementary

With the calendar turning to November, many teachers are removing October decorations from their classroom doors and hallways. With Game 7 of the World Series tonight, Bayside Elementary preschool teacher Mary Taylor is keeping up her decorations a little longer. Her colleagues Kristen Daugherty and Brooke Gadberry have been adding articles and photos of Taylor’s son,…
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October 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 October: Adult Learning Center:  Maura Tipping, Alice Thomas, Dan Stringent Bayside Elementary: Rebecca Pederson, Tracy Taylor Bayside High:  Ryan Kurpiel, Derek Richburg, Daniel Keros, Diana Scofield Bayside Middle: Towanna Hunter, Sheila Snead, Nancy Hardison, Matt Cornelison, Jennifer Bryan-Mendez Bayside…
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Four Kempsville Elementary teachers receive VBSFCU DoGood awards

The Virginia Beach Schools Federal Credit Union (VBSFCU) recently visited Kempsville Elementary to recognize four teachers with awards from its DoGood fund. Teachers submit an application to be considered for a DoGood award, a fund to which the VBSFCU adds each time a customer closes a loan or opens a new account. The credit union hopes the…
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The Week in Photos: Oct. 23-27

Princess Anne Elementary staff members Nicole Cherry and Lindsey Yetter celebrated Disability History and Awareness Month by participating in Step Up for Down Sydrome, a 5K run and awareness walk organized by the Down Syndrome Association of Hampton Roads. Fairfield Elementary families had a blast at its Skate Dojo Monster Mash. Kempsville Elementary’s morning announcements team have…
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New books added to Virtual Reference Library

If you’re looking for new professional reading material or book to support your work, try the school division’s Virtual Reference Library (VRL). Offered by the Office of Professional Growth and Innovation, this online library is a collection of 518 full-length professional books on a variety of topics relevant to educators. An exciting new addition this…
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National Conference Grants awarded to ITS and LMS recipients

In September, the Department of Teaching and Learning (DTAL) offered the opportunity for two instructional technology specialists (ITS) and two library media specialists (LMS) to expand their professional learning by applying for DTAL National Conference Grants. Congratulations to the following elementary and secondary specialists who recently were surprised with the grant selection announcements at their…
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SOLabration celebrates school division’s 100 percent accreditation

Next time you’re visiting Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ administration building, look up. There is one more flag proudly flying below the United States flag and the Commonwealth of Virginia flag. It’s a flag that denotes an achievement that the entire school division is proudly celebrating: 100 percent full Standards of Learning (SOL) accreditation. On Oct. 24,…
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Open Enrollment 2018 closes Friday

Open enrollment for 2018 closes this Friday, Oct. 27, at 5 p.m. Enrollment is mandatory, meaning that all full-time equivalent employees must elect or decline coverage for 2018. This includes coverage for health, dental, legal, identity theft protection, flexible spending for health care and dependent care, and health savings account benefits. To enroll, access the BENEFITFOCUS…
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The Week in Photos: Oct. 16-20

Joining the nationwide Socktober campaign, sixth-grade students at Plaza Middle are collecting socks during the month of October to donate to The Lighthouse Center, a day program in Virginia Beach for homeless adults. At Kempsville Meadows Elementary, Office Associate Lisa Trimm and Assistant Principal Robyn Backer are the Federal Card Fairies. They hope to motivate all students…
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Dey ‘lights up Puerto Rico’ in honor of staff member

A native of Bayamon City in Puerto Rico, Bernice Ladikos returns to the island each summer to be with her family members who still live there: her mother, sister, uncles, nephews and nieces. The John B. Dey Elementary cafeteria monitor’s family was not exempt from the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Maria in September. Ladikos…
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Free flu shots available

BEWell (Beach Employee Wellness) is hosting four flu clinics in November for school division employees and their spouses. The employee and spouse must be covered by the Optima Health Plan offered through the school division or the city of Virginia Beach. The flu shots are free. Simply bring your employee badge, current pay stub or…
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Green Run Collegiate awarded $25,000 SkillsUSA Lowe’s Grant

Green Run Collegiate (GRC) was awarded a $25,000 SkillsUSA Lowe’s Grant to support the expansion of its service learning garden. According to GRC staff, the service learning garden project will integrate the biology, Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID), and the International Baccalaureate curricula. During the interdisciplinary learning experience, students will learn how to build garden beds…
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The Week in Photos: Oct. 9-14

During the divisionwide professional learning day Oct. 9, teachers at Bayside Middle showed their creativity and innovator’s mindset by creating representations of fixed, growth and innovator’s mindsets using Play-Doh, pipe cleaners and Post-it notes. Cox High Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow students McKenna Nacey, Zhenja Lourenco, Sarah Baust, Kylie Hines and Katherine Stauch became the teachers on…
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Physical therapists treated to a ‘swell’ celebration

The school division’s occupational therapy staff held a celebration at the special education annex to recognize their colleagues, physical therapists, in honor of Physical Therapy Month. In keeping with the celebration theme, “Our Physical Therapists are Swell,” the faces of all 13 physical therapy staff members were superimposed onto surfer images. Lucy Leyden, physical therapy department…
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The Week in Photos: Oct. 2-6

Corporate Landing Elementary School staff members celebrated the beginning of Disability History and Awareness Month by wearing deaf awareness shirts to recognize the hearing-impaired students at their school. October is recognized as Disability History and Awareness Month in Virginia. North Landing Elementary School’s cafeteria staff displayed some of the fall harvest vegetables they received to…
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September 2017 ‘I Make a Difference’ award winners

Congratulations to the following staff members who were recipients of the “I Make a Difference” award at their respective schools in September: Adult Learning Center – Joyce Halstead, Linda Fello, Bernice Wilson, Sharon McAllister Bayside High – Tatiana Kasyanik, Nicole Ingalls, Julie Spencer, Becca Wilson Brandon Middle – Pam Barnard, Gladys Johnson, Cynthia White, Margaret Sun Corporate Landing Middle…
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The Week in Photos: Sept. 25-29

Students Aayan Simelton and Margarita Hannah are enjoying learning how to program Bee-Bot, a coding robot, with their kindergarten teacher, Stephanie Kemether, in Diamond Springs Elementary School’s new STEM lab. Kindergarten and first-grade students will visit the lab each week to create, collaborate and learn. Kindergartners at Brookwood Elementary School are also working with Bee-Bots to…
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It’s time to enroll for 2018 benefit coverage

Open Enrollment for 2018 benefits begins Oct. 2 and closes Oct. 27 at 5 p.m. Enrollment is mandatory, meaning that all full-time equivalent employees must elect or decline coverage for 2018. This includes coverage for health, dental, legal, identity theft protection, flexible spending for health care and dependent car, and health savings account benefits. “It’s…
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School division celebrates National Board Certified Teachers

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) currently has 126 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs), making the school division the fourth highest in the Commonwealth of Virginia with educators who have this distinction – an accomplishment worthy of recognition. For that reason, the Office of Professional Growth and Innovation (PGI) hosted a back-to-school networking reception Sept.…
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