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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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Caroling with Point O’View

Faculty and staff at Point O’View Elementary School spent a night out this week to treat their local neighborhood and communities with a night of caroling. Check out the pictures below from their night spreading some holiday cheer. Tell your friends! Follow us!  
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VDOE shares strategies for reducing math SOL test times

The Virginia Department of Education has released strategies on how math teachers can best prepare students to finish their SOL tests within the allotted testing time period. In response to concerns from school divisions about the amount of time it took some students to complete the new math SOL tests last year, the VDOE surveyed…
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VBCPS earns highest recognition for budget

Virginia Beach City Public Schools has earned the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), which is the highest recognition in governmental budgeting. In order to qualify for the honor, VBCPS had to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting, which include satisfying nationally recognized guidelines for budget presentation. VBCPS’ budget…
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Coston, Tri-Campus featured in Virginia Teacher

The latest edition of Virginia Teacher features Diamond Spring Elementary School Principal Gloria Coston. In the piece, Coston’s history in education is highlighted as well as the personal values that have served her well in administration and in life. The magazine, which is free and available in a hard copy format in your school or…
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Do you know a member of the Compass Keeper Club?

This January, VB Schools will be launching its own honor society to highlight the extraordinary work of the men, women and students of this district. Each week, the division will initiate a member into the Compass Keeper Club, an organization whose sole requirement for membership is to demonstrate outstanding work or service within Virginia Beach…
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VBCPS School Board approves new high school schedule; elementary and middle school schedules to change

Last night, the Virginia Beach School Board approved the redesign of the high school master schedule for the 2013-2014 school year. In the new schedule, high school students will take six to eight classes on an A/B schedule and have a 30 minute daily lunch block. The schedule also will include the addition of a…
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Two of Landstown’s own named to “Ten Who Care” list

Kudos to Landstown High School Assistant Principal Paula Johnson and Science Teacher Jeff Stewart, who were both recently honored for their community commitments as recipients of WAVY-TV’s “Ten Who Care” Award. Johnson was noted for her support of the annual “Angel Tree” project at her church, which has grown ten-fold under her direction, and her…
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VB Schools named to the AP District Honor Roll

Virginia Beach City Public Schools is one of only 12 Virginia school divisions being recognized by the College Board with placement on the third Annual AP District Honor Roll. The division earned the honor for increasing the availability of Advanced Placement (AP) courses while also increasing the percentage of students scoring 3 or higher on…
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VB and VBCPS agree to new revenue sharing formula

The Virginia Beach School Board approved a revenue sharing agreement with the City of Virginia Beach at its Nov. 20 meeting. Under the new agreement, the school system will receive funding from twice the amount of revenue streams from the city, but at a lower percentage. The new agreement will give VBCPS 32.37 percent of…
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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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