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VBCPS earns Crystal Award in Sustainability

Congratulations are in order again for this division’s efforts in sustainability. VBCPS earned a Crystal Award in Sustainability at the VCU Energy and Sustainability Conference held in Richmond last month. The award recognizes outstanding leadership in sustainability best practices in a variety of industries, including local government, commercial real estate and manufacturing. VBCPS earned the…
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Rosemont Forest staff turns 100…sort of

Few people try and make themselves look older than what they really are. However, that’s exactly what staff at Rosemont Forest Elementary did. To celebrate 100 days of school and 100 days of being smarter, Rosemont Forest Kindergartner Teacher Janelle Berteau, Teacher Assistant Nadine Lentz, Teacher Sara Brola and Teacher Assistant Paula Farley became 100…
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Teachers became students to become authors

For both Karen O’Meara and Margie Belan, being a writer had always been a desire lurking in the shadows of their full-time careers as teachers. “I have always had a desire to write books for children,” O’Meara, now the assistant principal at Pembroke Elementary School, said. In fact, when she was still in the classroom,…
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Cooke’s ‘ugly’ fundraising idea

In an effort to raise money for Operation Smile, W.T. Cooke Elementary held a special “Ugly Tie Contest.” Cody Matthews and Jon Tierney displayed their ugly ties on the morning announcements every day for one week. Every day during lunch, students may donate money to fill out a ballot and cast their votes for the…
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Hayes goes to Richmond

Linda Hayes, principal of Pembroke Elementary, serves on the state board for the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals. Each year, Virginia Beach will send representatives to the General Assembly to provide input to educational bills that are being proposed. Hayes was able to meet with Gov. Bob McDonnell to provide feedback to some of…
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2013 Virginia Beach’s Best All Around Awards are here

Do you have an exceptional student who deserves some recognition? What about an extraordinary business partner, volunteer or colleague? The city of Virginia Beach wants to hear from you. Virginia Beach is currently seeking nominations of outstanding youth, youth groups, adults and businesses/organizations for the 2013 Virginia Beach’s Best All Around Awards.  Winners will be…
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Superintendent’s Estimate of Needs presented to School Board

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, Dr. Merrill presented the School Board with the Superintendent’s Estimate of Needs (SEON) for FY 2013-14. A brief summary of that presentation (as well as a link to the superintendent’s full presentation) is now posted on the Lowdown on Your School Dollars page on vbschools.com. This summary examines how the superintendent…
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Landstown High’s partnership with Rotary continues to thrive

For the past eight years, Landstown High School: Governor’s STEM & Technology Academy has enjoyed a wonderful partnership with the Rotary Club of Hampton Roads.  That relationship has led to a host of RCHR contributions – both monetarily and in volunteer hours – devoted to the students on Concert Drive.  Programs benefitting from the assistance…
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More than a century of service at Woodstock

Four members of the Woodstock Elementary School staff recently celebrated more than 100 years of dedicated service to Virginia Beach Schools! Vicki Wilmouth, 35 years, Susan Richardson, 25 years, Sheree Novick, 25 years, and Linda Milan, 40 years, are all at Woodstock now and have a combined 125 years of service. Thank you for all…
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VB staff knows how make to reading fun

VBCPS celebrates Reading Month in January, and this past month staff from across the division made books and reading come to life. Check out some of the highlights: Tell your friends! Follow us!  
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Pitre named Outstanding Educator of the Year

Congratulations to Jennifer Pitre, eighth-grade teacher at the Renaissance Academy, for being named Outstanding Educator of the Year by Wave City Care. In addition to her superb role in the classroom, Wave City Care also acknowledged the great lengths Pitre takes outside the classroom to ensure the academic and personal success of her students. Pitre…
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ATC’s Troxell travels to Brazil for graphic design competition

Lee Troxell, a digital design instructor at the Advanced Technology Center, traveled to Brazil to serve as the United States Expert in Graphic Design at the WorldSkills Americas competition. “Working with graphic design experts from all over the western hemisphere was an amazing experience,” Troxell said. “I am very proud to be able to bring…
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It is not too late to be heard

The 2013 School Climate Survey for Teachers, Administrators and Teacher Assistants is currently underway. By now all teachers, administrators and select teacher assistants should have received an email invitation for the online survey.  Don’t miss your chance to provide feedback about the division’s schools. The last day to complete the survey is Friday, March 1.…
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Bayside takes passion project to the skies

Jessica Johnson, a seventh-grade science teacher and club sponsor for The Green Team at Bayside Middle, has a longstanding relationship with a certain four-flippered reptile: the sea turtle. For five years, Johnson has volunteered as a part of the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center’s stranding team, which helps rehabilitate injured and abandoned wildlife. In…
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VBCPS redecorates for ‘Go Red’

Windsor Oaks Elementary is supporting the Virginia Beach Education Association’s community service project, “Paint the Town Red,” an initiative started by the American Heart Association. Lynnhaven Elementary staff members participated in a Go Red for Women fundraiser on Valentine’s Day. Bayside High School and Health Sciences Academy celebrated National Wear Red Day by sponsoring a…
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Virginia Beach named Best District in U.S. by USGBC

The U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools has named Virginia Beach City Public Schools as the Best School District in its annual Best of Green Schools list. This list highlights schools and districts from across the country that excel in creating healthy and high-performing learning places. Among many other accomplishments, VBCPS’ current LEED…
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TeacherDirect debuts subscription option to send SOL resources directly to your inbox

Here’s a new way to get new SOL information and tips sent right to your email The Virginia Department of Education’s TeacherDirect (located at  http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/teacher_direct/index.shtml) now offers a subscription option. By providing your email address, you can begin receiving weekly updates with information on SOL resources and other information. Each update will contain approximately 10…
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Celebrating a special 70th at Christopher Farms

Christopher Farms Elementary recently celebrated the 70th birthday of Charles “Chuck” Kenison, a fifth grade teacher at the school. Staff and faculty surprised Kenison with balloons and 70 cupcakes. And, as a special gift, staff members were each given a golden ticket to write down a favorite memory about Kenison. The tickets were collected and…
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Bringing Reader’s Theater to life

Looking for a way to make literature come alive? Check out Glenwood Elementary’s Library Media Specialist Tammie Soccia’s article in Library Media Connection magazine. In the article, Soccia highlights the use of Reader’s Theater, where students read and perform a script adaped from literature, but without staging essentials – such as props and costumes- which…
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Impending changes to your paycheck

The following is an email from Chief Financial Officer Farrell Hanzaker to all VBCPS staff detailing impending changes to your paycheck: Colleagues, It is likely that many of you followed the news regarding Congress’ work to avoid the fiscal cliff, which would have resulted had tax cuts put in place by former President George W.…
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