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Playing it up at Parkway

Parkway Elementary held its Student/Faculty basketball game last week – not only did staff dress out for the game, they also provided the spirit with their own cheerleading squad. More than 200 students, parents and faculty came out to the school to watch the game.   Tell your friends! Follow us!  
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Bayside Elementary goes waaaay back in time for ‘Genre Week’

Bayside Elementary teachers got the chance to break out some of their most literary garb for the school’s “Genre Week.” Some teachers, such as Nisha Jain, Lisa Thorne, Catherine Malley and Lin Henkin, were well prepared for the theme as shown in their “historical fiction” attire.     Tell your friends! Follow us!  
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75 years young

March 14 was a special day in the halls of Fairfield Elementary:  Ms. Vaughan was turning 75. Vaughan, who has been with Virginia Beach Schools for 34 years and who has two daughters in education (Jennifer Thorpe, a second-grade teacher at Kempsville Elementary and Kimberly Ritter, a media specialist at Young Park Elementary in Norfolk)…
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Windsor Oaks supports one of their own

Windsor Oaks Elementary teachers and staff wore pink to support retired teacher Debbie Delugo. While Delugo was unable to be at the school, she was given a copy of the pictures.   Tell your friends! Follow us!  
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KMES spikes the competition

Kempsville Meadows Elementary School won the Virginia Beach Elementary Schools (VBES) Staff Volleyball Championship. Each year, elementary school employees across Virginia Beach organize and represent their schools in their own fun and competitive volleyball league from January to March. The school that finishes fourth place in the playoffs agrees to run the league the following…
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Make new friends, but keep the old

In 1978, a group of 30 Girl Scouts – from various troops around the Hampton Roads area – took out for a trip of a lifetime. The Wider Opportunities program, which was sponsored by the now Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, offered an “England Bound” trip, which sent local girl scouts for a three…
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IPT assessment coming for fourth- and seventh-graders

Fourth- and seventh-grade teachers, be advised your students will soon be taking part in the spring administration of the Integrated Performance Task (IPT), a locally developed assessment modeled after the College and Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA) which is currently administered to 11th grade students in Virginia Beach. The IPT, a problem-based test designed to measure…
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New and updated English, science and math SOLs available for viewing

The new Reading, Writing and Science Standards of Learning (SOL) tests are now available on the Virginia Department of Education website for viewing or downloading. Narrated demonstrations of the items from the new technology-enhanced Reading, Writing & Science SOL tests are now available on the SOL Practice Items page of the VDOE website. The narrated…
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Summer school employment information available

If you are interested in summer school employment, please visit the Summer School Position Listing at http://www.vbschools.com/hr/summerschool/. There you will find information related to summer school.  Listed below are this year’s summer school locations. Elementary Schools: Birdneck, Diamond Springs, Indian Lakes, New Castle, and Trantwood (Please note, for these locations, positions are being staffed for…
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John B. Dey staff find their center

Once students leave school for the day, teachers at John B. Dey Elementary get their own recess time with some afterschool fitness classes. Back in January, 15 teachers first began their quest for fitness and stress relief by engaging in a soothing yoga class. This spring staff will continue their afterschool exercise sessions, but this…
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Twin day at Green Run Elementary

Seeing double? Green Run Elementary School SCA supervisors Lisa Foley and Molly Searfoss pose together as twins for the school’s SCA spirit day.   Tell your friends! Follow us!  
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VBCPS earns praise for participation in Where the Rubber Meets the Road campaign

Virginia Beach City Public Schools was recently honored by the Virginia Municipal League for its successful participation in the VML Insurance Programs (VMLIP) Where the Rubber Meets the Road campaign, which works to decrease losses related to vehicle incidents. As part of the campaign, the VMLIP provides participants with access, funding and the resources to…
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Get your Pearls of Wisdom Party tickets now

Teachers share pearls of wisdom with their students every day. On Saturday, April 13, help the Virginia Beach Education Foundation celebrate innovative teaching at the Pearls of Wisdom Party – an Oyster Roast and Barbeque at 24th Street Park in Virginia Beach. March 15 is the last day for VBCPS employees to buy their reduced-price ticket…
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Dr. Merrill addresses funding loss, rising workload for staff at Future Focus address

More demanding legislation amd decreases in public education funding have created a burdensome environment for today’s teachers, Superintendent James Merrill said during his Future Focus address, held Wednesday night at Landstown High School. “If you take the apparent desire to micromanage how schools and divisions are run and the growing list of mandates coupled with…
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Center for Green Schools looking to reward local teachers

The Center for Green Schools wants to reward teachers who have introduced creative ways to incorporate environmental learning into their classrooms. Those selected will earn a $250 Visa gift card and a place on our online map as one of the country’s leading sustainability educators. Applicants should explain how they will use the additional funding…
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Tallwood Elementary travels for technology

Talk about a road trip! Teachers from Tallwood Elementary recently attended the Innovation for New Technology Conference in Orlando, Fla., and while they were there made a new, technologically advanced friend. The FETC is one of the largest conferences to bring educators, education leaders and technology experts together. We attended general sessions, workshops and hands-on…
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Encourage black history education year round at the Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum

As Black History Month comes to a close, don’t forget to encourage students to visit the Training School/Union Kempsville High School (PACTS/UK) Museum, located directly inside the Renaissance Academy. The museums lends insight to guests of any age about the time in local history when PACTS/UK was the only school providing a secondary education for…
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Future Focus: For Children’s Sake

You are invited to this year’s Future Focus: For Children’s Sake, which will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Landstown High School. A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. preceding the 7 p.m. formal presentation, where Dr. Merrill will give his annual state of the schools address. This event is free and open…
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Pembroke welcomes students to the Wild, Wild Tech

The “Tech Leader” Sherriffs are at Providence Elementary! The Tech Leaders presented in an old fashion western theme, an inservice regarding “Bring Your Own Devices” and how the school can implement additional technology into the classroom. Tell your friends! Follow us!  
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HRSCLT honors VB counselors and administrators

Five Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ employees were honored this year at the Seventh Annual Hampton Roads School Counselor Leadership Team (HRSCLT) Professional Development Conference. Guidance counselors Lavell White, of Landstown High School, Dr. Amy Upton, of Great Neck Middle School and Anne Johnson, of Princess Anne Elementary School, each earned the 2013 Exemplary Professional…
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