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Improvement of recommended employee salary increase a possibility

In its Tuesday, May 7 meeting, the School Board adopted a resolution that amended an earlier budget proposal sent to City Council. The resolution paves the way for a 3 percent salary increase for employees, effective September 1. The increase would be executed this way: Base salaries would be increased by 2 percent and 1…
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Davenport named Mayor of Pungo

Talk about a promotion! Robin Davenport, principal of Creeds Elementary, will go from leading a school to leading more than 100,000 people – for a weekend at least. He has been named the Honorary Mayor of Pungo for the Strawberry Festival. Davenport has been involved with and served on the Strawberry Festival board for 30…
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Drosinos named ‘Super Teacher’ by Virginia Lottery

Karen Drosinos, a kindergarten teacher from Pembroke Elementary, has been selected as one of only eight educators statewide to receive a Virginia Lottery Super Teacher Award. The award, sponsored by the Virginia Lottery, the Virginia PTA and Virginia-based The Supply Room Companies, consists of a $2,000 cash prize and an additional $2,000 classroom credit from…
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It’s Crazy Hat Day at Green Run Elementary

The Crazy Hat Day fever got to the whole school at Green Run Elementary. Custodians Lawrence Benson and Barbara Butts pose in their hats for the school’s Student Council Association. Tell your friends! Follow us!  
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Centerville helps raise autism awareness

Talk about getting dressed up for a good cause. Centerville Elementary staff commemorated Autism Awareness Month by wearing shirts and wrist bands. Tell your friends! Follow us!  
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Green Run Collegiate to hold teacher information sessions

Teachers, are you looking to get in on the ground floor of a unique opportunity? Find out more by attending an information session designed to introduce teachers to the first public charter school in Virginia Beach, Green Run Collegiate, a school focusing on college preparation. Information sessions have been scheduled for teachers interested in being…
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Ms. Parkway meets Ms. America

“No one is going to show me up in my building.” Showing off her own tiara and wand, Parkway Elementary School assistant principal Denise Fockler got her picture taken with Ms. America Mallory Hytes Hagan, who visited the school to talk to fourth- and fifth-grade classes about the importance of never giving up on their…
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Gantt named 2014 Citywide Teacher of the Year

Carrie Gantt, an English teacher and Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow instructor at Princess Anne High School, has been named the 2014 Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Citywide Teacher of the Year.  VBCPS Superintendent James G. Merrill made the announcement this morning with a surprise visit to Gantt’s classroom. “Carrie’s lessons are among the most…
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Bayside’s fashionable philanthropy

Bayside Elementary Staff go out of their way to support Autism Awareness Month. More than $280 dollars was raised through t-shirt sales that will benefit the National Autism Association. Tell your friends! Follow us!  
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ODU names Soccio Outstanding Graduate Student

Tammie Soccio, a library resource specialist at Glenwood Elementary, has been named the Oustanding Graduate Student in Library Science for the 2012-13 academic year from the Old Dominion University Darden College of Education. Congratulations! Tell your friends! Follow us!  
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Brewington named National Administrator’s Award winner

The Educational Theatre Association’s Governing Board has selected Virginia Beach City Public School’s Fine Arts Coordinator John Brewington as a recipient of the Educational Theatre Association’s National Administrator’s Award. Brewington is one of just three recipients of this award nationwide. Brewington has been with the division for 28 years, and has served as the Fine…
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Glenwood makes Songs Of Learning for SOLs

At Glenwood, SOLs are not scary – and they have the songs to prove it. Music teacher Peggy Muse coordinates “Mighty Minds,” a musical and SOL motivational program, with the school’s third-grade teachers. Teachers and staff have roles of subjects in school, and they are dressed like superheroes in black capes with a separate principal…
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Point O’View goes a little crazy for SCA

Point O’View Elementary’s SCA sponsored Crazy Hat/Hair Day at the school, and staff stepped up to the challenge. Check out these hair-raising pictures:   Tell your friends! Follow us!  
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Fairfield turns up the H.E.A.T.

Fairfield Elementary School’s professional development theme is “Turning Up the H.E.A.T.” Taking that theme in stride, the men at Fairfield recently showed off their “smokin’ hot” cooking skills by preparing breakfast, including custom ordered omelets, Belgian waffles, and pancakes, for the entire school staff . Tell your friends! Follow us!  
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Zano up for “Live with Kelly & Michael” honors

*Update: Help us out! Rick Zano is a finalist! Voting is opening at 10 a.m. for the grand winner. Stop by livekellyandmichael.com to vote for Mr. Zano. Voting ends 3 p.m. on May 6! Help a fellow teacher out! Rick Zano, a social studies teacher at Princess Anne High School, is a semi-finalist in the…
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‘Easter Bunny’ makes special delivery to Cooke staff

On the Staff Day, which happened to be the last day before Spring Break, Cooke teachers worked hard to complete third quarter report cards and prepare their classrooms for the fourth grading period. Then, they received a surprise knock on their classroom doors. The Easter Bunny (Principal Barbara Sessoms) and her helper (Assistant Principal Casey…
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2014 Citywide Teacher of the Year Finalists named

The five finalists for the Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ 2014 Citywide Teacher of the Year were announced in an email from Superintendent James Merrill earlier this week. These finalists have been selected from all of the individual schools’ teachers of the year. The 2014 Citywide Teacher of the Year finalists are: Amy Abbott, gifted…
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VBCPS “Meet & Greet” scheduled for April 29

The Sixth Annual “Meet & Greet” Event for eligible Voluntary and Priority Teacher Transfers, as well as eligible Classified Employees is scheduled for Monday, April 29 at Green Run High School from 4:30- 6 p.m.   Tell your friends! Follow us!  
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Thalia celebrates massive food drive results

Thalia Elementary School held a fantastically successful food drive to benefit the SCA’s Beach Bag Collection Drive. In one week, the school brought in more than 3,500 food items to be donated to local students in need. To cheer on students and staff, principal Pam Pastros and assistant principal Peggy Simeone brought out their best…
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Centerville raises Pennies for Patients

Pennies for Patients is a successful Centerville SCA campaign to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The three classes who raised the most money won the right for those teachers to cut the hair of volunteer staff members. The school raised more  than $2200 and celebrated with a hair-raising event!      …
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