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Matney completes LEAD Virginia Program

Dr. Brian K. Matney, principal of Landstown High School: Governor’s STEM and Technology Academy, recently graduated as a member of LEAD Virginia’s Class of 2012. He is the first K-12 building-level educator in the state to graduate from the program, and was among 50 fellow graduates recognized at a gala affair at Richmond’s historic Jefferson…
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Superintendent Spotlight Award nominations due May 3

All VBCPS staff are invited to submit nominations for the Superintendent Spotlight Award for colleagues who exceed expectations and contribute in an exemplary manner throughout the school year. Nominations must be in by May 3, 2013. The Superintendent’s Recognition Committee will review nominations in May, and Dr. Merrill will surprise recipients with award presentations at…
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Pembroke Meadows’s Turkey of the Year

Pembroke Meadows Elementary School held their annual “Turkey of the Year” food drive for the Bayside Lions Club. Students donated canned food items and put them in a teacher’s basket of their choice. The teacher with the most items (this year’s winner was Sarah Branch) in their basket won the title of “Turkey of the…
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‘Wear Jeans Wednesday’ at John B. Dey helps Red Cross

“Wear Jeans Wednesday” for the month of November at John B Dey Elementary has already collected more than $500 for the Red Cross. Tell your friends! Follow us!  
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VBCPS earns first platinum facility designation

The U.S. Green Building Council announced Virginia Beach’s Pupil Transportation Services Maintenance Facility Replacement achieved Platinum LEED Certification. This is VBCPS’ first building to earn a platinum certification, and it is also the first building in the region to do so. The 87,500 square foot building is the first facility of its type in Virginia…
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Huff named Virginia Beach Reading Teacher of the Year

College Park Elementary School’s Tammie Huff has been named the Virginia Beach City-Wide Reading Teacher of the Year. Huff was presented the honor while working with her students on research in the library. From here, Huff’s application will now be sent on the state level as the Virginia Beach nominee. Congratulations!     Tell your…
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Sessoms earns James Mullins Leadership Award

Barbara Sessoms is the recipient of the the James Mullins Leadership Award for 2012-13. For the past five years as principal of W. T. Cooke Elementary School, Sessoms has embraced language and literacy learning.  She strongly advocates achieving teaching endorsements in new and differentiated language arts strategies by supporting and encouraging participation in school, city,…
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Jackson named Counselor of the Year

Tracy L. Jackson, coordinator of Guidance Services for Virginia City Public Schools, was named the 2012 Counselor of the Year award by the Virginia Counselor Association. Ms. Jackson will receive this award at the annual state conference held in Fredericksburg, VA on Nov. 16. The association stated that “her dedication to the field of counseling…
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New elementary curriculum resources available

The elementary school curriculum has seen a variety of adjustments and changes this year due to changes in the Standards of Learning. In light of these changes, many teachers have requested additional resources to aid in the day-to-day implementation of the new curriculum. From that feedback, administration has worked to create several avenues for teachers…
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French receives 2012 Educational Technology Leadership Award

Tallwood Elementary School Principal David French has been named the 2012 Educational Technology Leadership Award winner for Region II. The award recognizes outstanding leadership in assisting school divisions to effectively use and integrate educational technologies in teaching and learning. Nominated by the Virginia Beach Department of Technology, French has embraced the role of technology in…
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VBCPS welcomes Virginia’s Teachers for Tomorrow 2012

The Department of Human Resources recently welcomed 224 students from the Virginia’s Teachers for Tomorrow (VTfT) program to the school administration building. VTfT is designed to inspire high school students to return to the classroom as teachers by exposing them to a world-class curriculum and hands-on experience through field trips, guest speakers and classroom observation.…
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VBCPS seeks feedback for proposed high school schedule

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, the VBCPS High School Scheduling Committee presented a proposal to the School Board to redesign the master schedule for all division high schools for the 2013-14 school year. The committee developed this recommendation because the current high school schedule is no longer adequate for students who must meet new high school…
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Tech Center’s Chili/Soup Cook Off

While the students are away, teachers will…cook. During the teacher work day on Tuesday, Nov. 6, teachers at the Tech Center had their annual Chili/Soup Cook Off, where teachers could bring in chili and soup for all to taste and then vote for during their lunch break. This year, first place went to Maureen Rogers…
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Newly constructed schools earn high praise

Three of Virginia Beach’s schools are earning accolades for their sustainable designs and construction. Both Great Neck Middle School and College Park Elementary School earned Honor Awards in the Sustainable Development category for the 2012 Virginia Beach Planning Commission Design Awards. Earlier this year, College Park also earned a Special Recognition Award from the Planning…
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Skiles named VSTE Teacher of the Year

The 2012 Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) Teacher of the Year is Norene Skiles, the library media specialist at Windsor Oaks Elementary. The Teacher of the Year award recognizes and honors one Virginia teacher who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in implementing technology to improve education. Congratulations! Tell your friends! Follow us!…
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New SOL tests rolled out this year

The Virginia Department of Education is unveiling new reading, writing and science SOL tests this school year. Among the changes in the reading and writing exams, the test components will be rearranged – with more stand-alone reading and writing items found throughout the exam as opposed to just at the end.  Additionally, there will be…
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Bayside Middle’s rock stars

A simple telephone app finished the punk rock character that teacher Mark Mugler assumed for costume day on Halloween. A smart phone taped to a fake guitar allowed him to swipe its touch screen and produce realistic guitar music. Mugler, a seventh grade social studies teacher at Bayside Middle School, walked through the hallways before…
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Green Run Elementary gets in the pink spirit

The Green Run Elementary staff poses in pink shirts that they wore in honor of breast cancer awareness month. Tell your friends! Follow us!  
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Green Run’s Chesire named an “Unsung Hero”

Candice Cheshire, a library media assistant at Green Run High School, has been awarded a $2,000 ING Unsung Heroes grant for her program “READERZ”. Cheshire is one of only 100 winners–and 1,300 applicants– nationwide to receive the grant money. The money will be used to bring her “READERZ” program to life. The “READERZ” program consists…
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Kempsville Elementary’s entrance transformed

Two weeks ago, the staff, students and parents of Kempsville Elementary were pleasantly surprised to find the eight poles lining the roof of the front entrance were being repainted a creamy tan. Some thought at first it was just a welcome change of color over the drab, plain white that had been on the poles…
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