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Gearing up for the CWRA

A new assessment will be gauging your students’ capabilities for beyond high school. Students enrolled in English 11 courses will soon be taking part in the College and Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA), developed by the Council for Aid to Education (CAE).  The CWRA is a problem-based test designed to measure critical thinking, analytic reasoning, problem…
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Sending love to Linkhorn

Linkhorn Park knows how to look out for one of their own. Andrew Brown, a fourth-grade teacher at Linkhorn Elementary School, is currently fighting cancer. To help support the Brown family, the school has a “jeans day” every Wednesday, where staff pay $2 or more to wear jeans as well as either the color blue…
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Elvis has left the building…and entered Larkspur

Larkspur Middle School’s Spirit Week got a special boost from rock and roll royalty. The King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley stopped by for the day. Tell your friends! Follow us!  
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ELA wants to hear from you

The Department of Educational Leadership and Assessment is preparing for the 2013 School Climate Survey for Teachers, Administrators, and Teacher Assistants.  This online survey provides an excellent opportunity for school-based staff to provide feedback about the division’s schools. Data from the survey are reported as part of the Annual School Report Card and are also…
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Getting creative with assessments

Looking for some new ideas on how to assess your students’ learning? Check out the article written by Princess Anne High School’s Betsy DiJulio in School Arts Magazine. http://www.schoolartsdigital.com/schoolarts/201211#pg35 In the article, DiJulio uses a recent example of basing her assessments off the popular Food Network TV show, “Chopped.” Feel free to leave other creative…
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VBCPS staff tapped for expertise

Several staff members from across the division have been asked to take on great responsibilities at local and regional events as well as to serve on professional committees. Virginia Beach’s administration is proud to have the school system so well represented and wishes the best in all future endeavors. Congratulations to the following Virginia Beach…
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Halpin earns Quality Connection ACCOLADE

Kathy Halpin, a Quality Connection Distance Learning Teacher Assistant at Kempsville High School, earned an ACCOLADE award from the VBCPS Quality Connection team. To earn an ACCOLADE award, one must give a special contribution to the students, staff or Quality Connection program. Nominated by Karen Plymale at Tallwood High School, Halpin recently went the extra…
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Congratulations to VBCPS’ Teachers of the Year

Congratulations to the following teachers of the year who have been named Teacher of the Year by their respective school. Each of these teachers will be evaluated to see who will be named Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ Division Teacher of the Year. Adult Learning Center Sandra D. Turner Advanced Technology Center Katharine Sargent Alanton…
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Eight is enough at Malibu

Octuplets were spotted in the hallway at Malibu Elementary on SCA Twin Day – staff members got into their best elf attire. Tell your friends! Follow us!  
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Centerville’s special sing-a-long

Centerville, home of the dolphins, had a special guest helping to get the staff into the holiday spirit: Santa Dolphin. Santa Dolphin and his Centerville Podsters sang songs with their iPod in the annual singalong.   Tell your friends! Follow us!  
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Pembroke plays Santa

Pembroke celebrated the holiday season by helping out members of their own community. Staff members picked names, and bought gifts to give to the Toys for Tots program. More than 40 staff members participated in the giveaway. Tell your friends! Follow us!  
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Bayside’s best worst outfit

The tacky Christmas sweater has struck again. Staff at Bayside High School got into the the spirit, but it was Marilyn Mayhew who took the crown for the worst ensemble. Tell your friends! Follow us!  
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Giving at Glenwood

Tis’ the season to be giving at Glenwood Elementary School! The generous staff at Glenwood has gone beyond any expectation to extend holiday blessings for 35 of its families. Collectively the staff has donated and wrapped an excess of 650 presents which were provided for 78 children and their families. Tell your friends! Follow us!…
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Windsor Oaks breaks it down for principal

The Windsor Oaks staff has been secretly practicing a special performance for their principal, Michael Maloney, for the past month. They surprised him today it at their holiday breakfast and service award ceremony. Check out a clip of the performance, by clicking here. Tell your friends! Follow us!  
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Supporting Sandy Hook

In light of the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School., VBCPS has partnered with its sister divisions in Hampton Roads to unite our efforts to provide comfort to the Newtown, Conn., community. If you feel led to help the Sandy Hook families and community, we would encourage you to donate to the Sandy Hook School…
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Ocean Lakes boasts multiple Coaches of the Year

Congratulations to Ocean Lakes, which had 3 Beach District Coaches of the Year for the fall sports season. Coaches Jack Wheeler and Shari Bishop have been named Beach District Girls Volleyball Co-Coach of the Year and to Coach Chris Scott for being awarded the Beach District Football Coach of the Year. These coaches show their…
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Centerville’s ‘tacky’ holiday breakfast

The holiday spirit abounds at Centerville.  Principal Tom Chowns welcomed staff and retirees to a catered breakfast last week, where there was also a stiff competition in the “Tacky Christmas sweater” contest. Check out some of the best – or worst – dressed: Tell your friends! Follow us!  
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Fussell completes elite training program

Ashley Fussell, transportation area supervisor for Virginia Beach City Public Schools, has completed the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) Special Needs Transportation (SNT) Training Program.  Fussell became one of 39 NAPT members in the nation to complete this program. The NAPT Special Needs Transportation training program provides numerous opportunities for transportation personnel serving students…
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Parkway is ready for some football

Parkway Elementary School had “Wacky Sports Shirts” where students and teachers dressed in their favorite sports attire. Football teams emerged as the favorites. Tell your friends! Follow us!  
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Encourage your students to enroll in Parent Portal

As we head into the halfway point of the second nine weeks, you are undoubtedly getting inundated with requests from students for updates on their grades. VBCPS staff encourages you to use this opportunity to urge students to work with their parents and sign up for access to Parent Portal. Among the many highlights of…
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