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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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Cox staff pens monthly column for Great Neck Life magazine

Each month, residents in the Great Neck community get a glimpse into the world of Cox High School, thanks to the work of English/Journalism teacher and Newspaper Adviser Erin Tonelson. Tonelson met Amy Matzke-Fawcet, editor-in-chief of Great Neck Life magazine, at a training session over the summer at which Matzke-Fawcett was a guest speaker. The…
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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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