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Class of 2017: ALC student encourages all to 'think positive'

By all accounts, Kiara White was quiet and withdrawn when she enrolled in GED preparation classes at the Adult Learning Center (ALC) more than a year ago. "I thought maybe she was shy," recalled ALC instructor Sandra Turner. "She didn't want to collaborate or partner with anyone.

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Rosemont Forest students get 'cheeky' with science

"Ewwwww," Brad Ward's fifth-grade students called out in unison. Ward scraped cells from inside his mouth using a toothpick and placed them on a microscope slide, modeling the steps of the "cheek to cheek" classroom experiment the students were about to conduct themselves.

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Weeds, beware - the Greenhouse Girls are here

Meet the Greenhouse Girls - Kendall Coss, Kailey Ramirezhuezo and Aneeya Rao. Don't let their delicate flower headbands fool you. They battle unruly weeds. They construct benches. And they convert car and truck tires into planters. All with their bare hands. "Weeds don't stand a chance around the Greenhouse Girls," proclaimed Seatack Elementary gifted resource teacher Marie Culver.

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PAMS hosts St. Baldrick's Bash to conquer childhood cancer

"When we asked the school if they would let us put this on here they jumped on board immediately," said Patty Furco. "It's an undertaking to support Abby and other kids with cancer and to help raise awareness and funds, and they were excited to just help."

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Project GRIT sponsors STEM-a-thon for fifth-graders

White Oaks Elementary fifth-grader Michael Jarvis says he likes science because "you can test different things and figure out quite a few interesting things." There is, however, one question he hasn't figured out yet. "I've always wondered what peanut butter is," he said. "Is it liquid? Is it a solid?

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Students make a 'big' impression with sculptures

Step one: Ask students to research the life and accomplishments of famous artists such as Salvador Dali, Georgia O'Keeffe, Vincent van Gogh, Maya Lin, Leonardo da Vinci and Pablo Picasso, among others. Step two: Add chicken wire, paper strips, glue, cardboard, duct tape and acrylic paint. What do you get?

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Students prepare to compete in Little Feet Meet March 27

The way Glenwood Elementary third-grader Bristol Duncan talks about fellow Glenwood student Hailey Belen, you would think they had known each other for years. However, Duncan just moved to Virginia in December and it wasn't long before she hit it off with Belen.

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VTFT students gain more appreciation for teachers through internships - The Core

High school juniors and seniors have been in classrooms for more than a dozen years and have had equally as many teachers. For students in the school division's Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow (VTFT) classes, those years of experience have informed their class discussions about the profession and qualities of great teachers.

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Cooperative coloring teaches students about compromise and collaboration

Can ants and aliens really get along? What about camels, cats and dogs? Do mermaids work together under the sea? Will wolves play nicely in a pickup game of football? Trantwood Elementary School counselor Lisa Lee got answers to these questions and more when she asked second-graders to participate in a cooperative coloring activity.

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Theater students and third-graders collaborate to create original plays

The Three Little Pigs have started a band. Little Red Riding Hood has turned to a life of crime. And Fairy Godmother has lost her magic. That is only part of the drama for a cast of characters in "Once Upon a Time: Reporting Live," one of two original plays performed at elementary schools throughout the spring by seniors in the Visual and Performing Arts Academy (VPAA) at Salem High School.

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Lunch buddies making a difference at Malibu

National Mentoring Month is recognized each January to focus attention on the need for and importance of mentors who volunteer their time to assure positive outcomes for young people. VBCPS is fortunate to have many individuals from the community, businesses, military, faith-based organizations and government agencies who mentor students in our schools.

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Gifted visual arts students create museum of living art

The class bell rings just in time for Virginia Beach Middle School's special guests. Monet's water lilies need a bathroom break. Warhol's pop art is pooped. Munch wants a break from "screaming." And Franz Marc's blue horse finds a stool and sits. It's tough to be a real-life work of art.

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Birdneck student builds awareness for disability

Fifth-grader Devin Johnson knows people will have questions. He would rather they just ask him instead of whispering under their breath or behind his back. He's experienced both at other schools, which is why he asked his teachers if he could host an assembly for all of his fifth-grade peers.

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Student leaders 'move mountains' at Bayside High

"You'll MOVE MOUNTAINS! Why fit in when you were born to stand out? Today you are You, that is truer than true. There's no one alive who is Youer than You!" - Dr. Seuss Elbrus, Lhotse, Makalu and Rainier.

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Recognize a 'Great Teacher' today

Ask GeKobe Bell to share some qualities of great teachers and the Landstown Elementary second-grader will give you six. "One, they're very nice. Two, they love all their students," he began. "Three, they're caring. Four, they have the right tools for the right students.

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Girl Scout Troop 174 establishes Kindness Rock Garden at Kellam

Shelby Galley and her fellow Cadettes in Girl Scout Troop 174 have been doing a lot of thinking about kindness. "We need kindness or else this world would kind of be a rough place," said Galley, a rising eighth-grader at Princess Anne Middle School (PAMS).

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Student-made sculpture will 'dance' in ocean-friendly garden

Speaking to an art class of fifth-graders, local sculptor Debra Chako described the clay firing process in terms she thought they would better understand. "If you think about it, cookies are baked at 350 degrees and these will be baked at 2,200 degrees," Chako told a stunned audience.

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2018 Citywide Teacher of the Year Amanda Pontifex

Amanda Pontifex, a fifth-grade teacher at Shelton Park Elementary School, is the 2018 Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Citywide Teacher of the Year. Pontifex was selected as the citywide winner from an initial pool of 87 Teachers of the Year.

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Cooke students support school partner's efforts to end hunger

The Friday night before Thanksgiving week, volunteers gathered at Virginia Beach United Methodist Church (VBUMC), put on hairnets, helped each other with plastic gloves and then waited patiently for further instructions. "​How many of you had breakfast at home or school this morning," asked Kate Millman, a program manager with Stop Hunger Now and 2005 graduate of Landstown High School.

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Parent workshop provides overview of gifted education program

More than 40 parents in room C9 at Landstown Middle School sat, stood and leaned for one of the first breakout sessions of the morning. "How many of you have gifted students?" asked Dornswalo Wilkins-McCorey, instructional specialist in the school division's Office of Gifted Education.

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Eagles press on and up at IMS leadership workshop

Former Virginia Beach Education Foundation (VBEF) president Tom Wilson was a leader in his community who supported education his entire life. Therefore, it is befitting that a VBEF grant awarded to support leadership training for students was underwritten by The Tom Wilson Memorial Fund.

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North Landing ecology club downright 'batty' to build homes

Three words from North Landing Elementary School (NLES) third-grade teacher Tracy Coffin are the most anticipated of the afternoon. "Let's. Start. Building!" Students grab construction kits. Adult volunteers secure hammers. Materials and instruction sheets are scattered across cafeteria tables. The battle of the birds, butterflies, bees and bats begins.

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NJROTC cadets reflect on leadership, service and sacrifice

"Being a military child, I know there is so much more than, 'thank you for your service,'" said junior Clara Enninful. "There's thank you for giving up your sleep. Thank you for picking up and moving when you don't want to. Thank you for going places you never thought you'd go.

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Michelle Wu wins Microsoft Office Specialist national championship

Princess Anne High School (PAHS) student Michelle Wu has been named the 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) U.S. National Champion in Microsoft Word® 2013. The 16-year-old, rising junior earned the title among 85 other finalists at the national competition held in Orlando, Florida, June 18-20.

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'Green Screen Supreme' grant provides creative learning opportunities

When Mary Sutterluety prepared her Innovative Learning Grant application for the Virginia Beach Education Foundation (VBEF), she invoked a Chinese proverb to highlight the anticipated benefits of a project she titled "Green Screen Supreme." "Tell me, I'll forget. Show me, I'll remember. Involve me, I'll understand."

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Patriots serve their community in afterschool program

National Mentoring Month is recognized each January to focus attention on the need for and importance of mentors who volunteer their time to assure positive outcomes for young people. VBCPS is fortunate to have many individuals from the community, businesses, military, faith-based organizations and government agencies who mentor students in our schools. Their work will be highlighted on The Core throughout January.

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Students participate in community-based instruction at MOCA

As part of the division's partnership with the Office of Programs for Exceptional Children and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), middle school and high school students have the opportunity to visit MOCA through the museum's Student Art Start (SAS) program.

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Volunteers of VBCPS: Amy Sawyer

In the preschool lab at the Virginia Beach Technical and Career Education (TCE) Center, children ages three to five years old are learning the letters of the alphabet. Q is for quilts and queens. R is for rainbows and rockets. And V is for volunteers - volunteer Amy Sawyer that is.

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The luck of the dragons is on display at White Oaks

This St. Patrick's Day and all throughout March, the shamrocks are in bloom at White Oaks Elementary School. The hundreds of lucky charms covering the branches of a paper tree near the school entrance display messages and illustrations from students and staff.

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VBCPS celebrates National Volunteer Month

They are busy in our school libraries, classrooms, cafeterias and concession stands. They assist with academics, athletics, activities and the arts. They offer their expertise in science, math, fine arts and fitness. They read with students. They eat with students. They tutor. They listen. They lend a hand.

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Great Dreams Need Great Teachers: Winn and Wyman

When Lisa Knorr's son Brysen told her he attributed his motivation to set high goals to his fifth-grade teachers Heather Winn and Stephanie Wyman, she decided others should know that, too. In her email to the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign, Knorr wrote of the Woodstock Elementary School teaching team: "Stephanie Wyman and Heather Read More...

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Volunteers of VBCPS: Tim Jennison

Tim Jennison really doesn't want to talk about the fact that he was named Pembroke Elementary School's Volunteer of the Year. But, everyone else does. "He is not our Volunteer of the Year, he is our Hero of the Year," says one teacher in the hallway. "He's the most amazing man," says another passerby.

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Red Mill Elementary team wins 2017 Global Invent It! Challenge

"Young inventors - The Earth needs your help!" began the challenge for the 2017 Global Invent It! competition."On your own or with a team, submit your innovative solution to a real world environmental problem." Solutions to problems such as water scarcity, climate change, air pollution, water pollution, endangered species, invasive species and natural resource loss were suggested to participants.

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Schools showcase instructional technology integration

Students using technology in schools is an idea Aaron Spence remembers needing to defend a decade ago. "That just blows my mind now," the Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Superintendent told the audience of students, staff, families and community members.

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OLHS students encouraged to reach beyond the horizon

Though "Beyond the Horizon" is the theme for Ocean Lakes High School's (OLHS) Founders Week, guest speaker Lt. Heidi Beemer inspired students to consider destinations even beyond our atmosphere. Beemer, a 2004 OLHS Math and Science Academy graduate, hopes to be a crew member on the Mars One mission to establish a permanent human settlement on the red planet.

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Butterflies liven up the library for pre-kindergarteners

Volunteer Barbara Imrich didn't have to ask the Parkway Elementary School pre-kindergarteners twice. They all knew where the creepy-crawly bug in the storybook was going. "I gotta go! I gotta go! I gotta go to Mexico!" they chanted in unison.

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2016 Citywide Teacher of the Year Bradley Ward

Bradley Ward, a fifth-grade inclusion teacher at Rosemont Forest Elementary School, is the Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) 2016 Citywide Teacher of the Year. Ward, a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, was selected as the citywide winner from an initial pool of 87 teachers of the year and has been teaching for 16 years, 11 of which have been with VBCPS.

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Students and alumni value lessons learned in VBCPS leadership programs

Speaking at the school division's Official for a Day (OFAD) program, Trina Chakrabortty reflected on her own OFAD experience in 2002 as a senior at Princess Anne High School (PAHS). The program partners VBCPS high school students with school and city officials for a half day of job shadowing, and Chakrabortty joined then-city manager Jim Spore to review plans for the area to be developed as Town Center.

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Second-graders get ready for summer with water safety lessons

"Go Justin! Go Justin! Go Justin!" chant White Oaks Elementary School (WOES) second-graders clutching kickboards. The cheers from the deep end of the pool demonstrate the positive mental attitude instructor Alexis Hutsko believes makes a difference for children learning to swim. "In my class we're not allowed to say, 'I can't do it,'" said Hutsko.

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VPAA theatre students perform 'Jumping Mouse' at elementary schools

Seniors in the Visual and Performing Art Academy (VPAA) at Salem High School are using all they've learned in their theatre studies to perform "The Jumping Mouse" at 11 elementary schools. The high school performers hope younger students will learn important lessons as well.

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Actor Terry O'Quinn discusses career with Landstown students

At first, they were hesitant to speak-likely overcome with a mix of nerves and awe. Who could blame them? It's not every day that a famous television and film actor walks into your first block theatre class to take questions and discuss his career.

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Students use their artistic talents to thank teachers

It's been two years since Jennifer Olansen was in Rebekah Pignaloso's social studies class, but she hasn't forgotten the positive impact the sixth-grade teacher made on her and others. "I always remember her being so nice to everybody and always wanting everybody to do their best and trying to help them succeed no matter what," Olansen said.

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Work underway on the 11th 'House Students Built'

In March, with days of questionable weather, Technical and Career Education (TCE) Center students in Charlie McDaniel's masonry class began to lay the foundation for a house at 1905 Evar Place in Virginia Beach. Under sunny skies at the end of May, McDaniel and his students looked with pride at their completed work.

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VBCPS teacher soars with the Navy's Blue Angels

Just days before more than 5,000 fifth-graders descend upon Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana for a one-of-kind field trip, one of their teachers was treated to a sneak preview from a unique perspective; the rear seat of an F/A-18 Hornet jet fighter.

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Summer literacy program instills joy of reading

Brookwood Elementary School's Camp Read S'more begins the same way every morning. "I don't know, but I've been told!" shout 10 campers. The other 90 students in the cafeteria echo, "I don't know, but I've been told!" "Summer reading's good as gold!" Summer reading's good as gold!

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Memorial garden dedicated in honor of CLMS student

It was important to Leora Friedman they get this right. "We all worked together knowing that it had to be special," said the eighth-grader and Corporate Landing Middle School (CLMS) SCA President. "We made stepping stones and we all came out and planted the flowers together."

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PAHS hosts ceremony for West Building graduates

"We're here to celebrate 10 students - 10 very special students to my heart and I'm sure to all of yours," began Wayne Varney, special education coordinator at Princess Anne High School (PAHS). "Students who come to the West Building at Princess Anne arrive to us with challenges they face daily that most of us will never know what they go through," Varney continued.

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LSA students learn keys to mock trial success at Harvard seminar

The interest brochure for the Harvard Mock Trial High School Seminar Program promises participants will "Unlock Your Inner Mock" with a variety of educational experiences in the two-day program. In November, 29 students from the Legal Studies Academy (LSA) at First Colonial High School did just that during the weekend seminar held at Harvard University in Boston.

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Kindergarten readiness is FUNdamental at Thoroughgood

Thoroughgood. Where Seagulls...Learn to Fly! Encouraging words on hallway signs hang high above the heads of preschoolers walking hand-in-hand with their parents to room 33. The future Seagulls are greeted by smiling Thoroughgood Elementary teachers and invited to find a seat on a colorful rug adorned with animals and other objects from A to Z.

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Education Foundation recognizes grant recipients at TGIF Celebration

Kurt Williams, WTKR-TV news anchor, welcomed audience members to the Virginia Beach Education Foundation's TGIF Celebration and then asked a question. "You do know today is Monday, right?" Indeed, they did. Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) employees and community members gathered at the Sandler Center Monday, Nov.

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Volunteers of VBCPS: Russell Torrisi

Proudly wearing a Kemps Landing "Tiger Team" t-shirt, Russell Torrisi greets his fellow Tigers as they enter the room. Though not officially a member of the school staff, the volunteer's weekly visits to review pre-algebra lessons with sixth-graders has earned him an honorary spot on the team - and a t-shirt.

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STARTALK gets students to 'start talking' in foreign languages

When Nathaniel Garcia's fifth-grade teacher asks him in September what he did this summer, he might just answer her in Russian. Fifth-grader Shaniya Purchas might use Chinese to describe her favorite activities for her teacher and friends. Neither student traveled overseas to acquire these new foreign language skills, rather they attended the school division's STARTALK Summer Academy held at Christopher Farms Elementary School.

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VBMS staff greet students at Atlantis Neighborhood Community Day

Open houses, transition programs and meet-the-teacher nights. School calendars are filling up with events that invite students and families to the building to prepare for the new school year. Virginia Beach Middle School (VBMS) administrators and staff recently took their back-to-school efforts into the community to visit current VBMS students and meet future Seahawks at the Atlantis Apartments' Neighborhood Community Day Aug.

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Students lead and learn while planning school leadership workshop

With less than 48 hours before Bayside High School's Leadership Workshop staff was going to welcome more than 80 delegates Saturday morning, the student leaders' to-do lists were long. Rehearse lines in skit practice. Practice dance steps for staff introduction. Finalize instructional materials. Organize and label t-shirts. Call student delegates.

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Brandon Middle students support a shorter walk to water

As guests arrived for Brandon Middle School's parent night event April 21, they received a turquoise brochure with the title "Water is Life." "Would you like to carry a bucket?," asked seventh-grader Michaela Offer, holding a decorated black bucket filled with eight bottles of water. Noticing the individual's perplexed look, Offer clarified.

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2018 Teacher of the Year finalist: Jamey Lovin

Jamey Lovin’s brother will be the first to tell you his sister was born to be a teacher. He was Lovin’s first “student” when he was 3 years old. According to him, Lovin would rush home every day from kindergarten, sit him down and teach him everything she learned that day.

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Volunteers of VBCPS: Edna Carr

Edna Carr has a standing appointment on the second floor of the Adult Learning Center (ALC) every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. "Mrs. Carr is a dedicated and dependable volunteer," said ALC volunteer coordinator Dianne Dollins. "She is always on time and prepared to tutor.

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Maker Expo showcases students' 3D printer products

White Oaks Elementary School students created "Eye Jewels" to dress up eyeglasses or sunglasses and help build self-confidence. Larkspur Middle School students designed "E-wrap" to keep your ear phones from getting tangled when stored. Salem High School students created a variety of "Sun Pow" designs to personalize the solar-powered device chargers they pitched to judges.

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Students learn world languages in STARTALK academies

Anesa Redd, a rising sixth-grader at Brandon Middle School, said she's been wanting to learn Russian for "a long time." "I just don't really like speaking English," she said. "It's boring." "Boring" is not a word any students are using to describe their experiences in the STARTALK Chinese and Russian Summer Academies hosted by Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) for the ninth year.

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2018 Teacher of the Year finalist: Sharon Byrd

Actress Judy Garland and a pair of ruby red slippers made famous the line, “There’s no place like home.” Home for Sharon Byrd and her high school actors is portable No. 7, located behind Salem High School.

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Student 'doubles' support homebound services and attend classes

"Everyone get goggles. We have a lot to do in a little bit of time," announced Kathy Brasington. The Kellam High School chemistry teacher had a shortened class period due to citywide Standards of Learning (SOL) testing and her students had a lab to complete.

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Making a difference through mentoring

When Love Tate is older, the third-grader would like to be a mentor. "Because it's fun," said Tate. "And it's important. They help you with school." Academics is one area in which mentors may provide support; however, Tate's mentor Sue Bowser emphasizes it doesn't mean only former teachers, like herself, should consider the opportunity.

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VBCPS students educate and entertain at VSBA regional event

The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Tidewater Region hosted its Spring Network Forum at Kellam High School, and Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) students and staff were present to showcase various sustainability projects and fine arts performances.

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STEM camp showcases the power of science

Students standing on the front lawn of Lynnhaven Elementary School were asked to count down from five to initiate the launch. "Five! Four! Three! Two! One!" they shouted and shielded their eyes from the sun as they watched the plastic soda bottle, propelled by pressurized air, lift into the sky.

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Worm Wednesday brings senior citizens to Creeds Elementary

Velma Cartwright loves visiting the Senior Resource Center and knows the schedule well. "Monday is dominoes," she said. "Tuesday is cards." Thursdays are marked for "exercise," and Fridays bring yoga lessons. The center's consistent calendar was thrown for a loop when "Worm Day" was scheduled for a recent Wednesday.

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Volunteers of VBCPS: Denise Hoffman

When Denise Hoffman learned about the school division's Beach Bags program last school year, she contacted Christopher Farms Elementary School (CFES) counselor Betsy Hobbs to inquire about contributing to the program. "I was going through my children's folders and I came across the Beach Bags application," said Hoffman.

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Kellam students give second life to outdoor power equipment

"I'd love to see them all go into technical careers," said Tim Kennedy of the 192 students enrolled in his technical education classes at Kellam High School. "There is a big demand for trained technicians now, and the future looks even better."

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Summer program is jam-packed with learning to prevent 'summer slide'

"Where is an animal's heart? The same place as ours?" Kathy Shambo asked the rising fourth-graders gathered in front of her. "Where do you put your hand for the Pledge of Allegiance?" Shambo, Virginia Beach SPCA humane education director, prompted. "That's right. That's where your heart is, and it's the same place for an animal."

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Jump Start helps students prepare for the school year

First-grader Jada will have a jump start on the new school year after getting her first-ever haircut. "I've been growing it for six years," she told the Rudy and Kelly hairstylist set up in a Larkspur Middle School classroom.

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TOES 'Heart-to-Heart' partnership supports school on Eastern Shore

Three Oaks Elementary School (TOES) students know how to keep their hearts healthy. "Cardio!" they respond in unison. "That's right - cardio! You guys know this," affirmed PE teacher Nick Jensen. "Cardiorespiratory endurance is that big word we've been using in PE. You do cardio to make your heart stronger."

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Design challenge takes force and motion lessons to new heights

Orville and Wilbur Wright's path to flight more than 100 years ago was not without challenges. Creeds Elementary School fifth-graders can relate. "This stapler is out of staples," said Ashlyn Freeman trying to bind together two triangular pieces of aluminum foil. Minor mechanical difficulties.

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SAPLINGS program provides parents strategies to support learning

Anne Corso introduced herself to parents gathered in the Chrysler Museum auditorium and briefly explained how docents, who already left with students for gallery tours, would use artwork to engage their children's critical and creative thinking skills. "I imagine some of you are thinking, 'Well, that's all fine, but why am I here on a Saturday morning?'

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Raku firing to brighten night sky at VPAA Raku-B-Que

"Bin people, get ready!" shouted Melissa Schapell over the sound of the propane gas tank heating a kiln outside Salem High School. The "bin people," better known as Visual and Performing Arts Academy (VPAA) students in Schappell's ceramics class, were ready. You have to be when you are about to receive pottery at 1850 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Students feel the ViBe with community murals

Students in the school division's gifted visual arts program at Virginia Beach Middle School (VBMS) are only a few blocks away from what has become known as the city's ViBe creative district. The close proximity and shared artistic passion make them natural partners for collaboration, according to representatives at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).

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Digital learning on display at Anchor School Showcase

Students and staff at the school division's 11 Digital Learning Anchor Schools have been tinkering, troubleshooting, experimenting, exploring, creating and collaborating with technology for months now. That's by design, explained Chief Academic Officer Amy Cashwell. "It's not every day you're given a project in which you can really tell schools, 'We're going to give you some devices and we really want you to explore.

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Fitness fun for families at Parent Connection workshop

Two brothers joined other students shooting basketballs in the elementary school gym while they waited for the evening's activities to begin. "I wish I could dunk it," lamented the younger of the two boys just before he launched a ball in the air from the free throw line.

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Students show how it's cool to be kind

Emily, a Brookwood Elementary School fourth-grader, knows just what to do if someone is mean or rude to her. "I would be kind to them," she said, "because maybe there's something going on with them. So, I would still be kind to give them an example."

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VB School of Practical Nursing celebrates its 52nd commencement

"You are at the beginning of your journey as a member of a proud and trusted profession," Virginia Beach School of Practical Nursing (VBSPN) Director Rosa Abbott told graduates. "People will seek your advice, if they haven't already, refer to your knowledge for answers, look to your actions for guidance and most of all," continued Abbott, "will trust your expertise with their very lives."

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Creeds ABC Buddies tutor and mentor kindergartners

At neighborhood social gatherings, Anne Horsley is often asked about area preschools and activities to prepare children for kindergarten. She has one universal piece of advice. "To me," said the reading specialist in her office at Creeds Elementary School, "the number one factor of reading success is if your child comes into kindergarten knowing their letters, they're off at a running start."

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TCE Center prepares students for various postgraduate opportunities

The Virginia Beach Technical and Career Education (TCE) Center that sits on North Landing Road is an unassuming building with a simple exterior. Current students say a lot of people don't even notice it or know it exists, despite the fact that the center has provided career-training opportunities for high school juniors and seniors since 1972.

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Orientation programs support student transitions to middle and high school

Eighth-graders admitted to feeling nervous on their first day of middle school. High school seniors remember being uncertain about what to expect as freshmen. These experienced students are now sharing lessons learned with rising sixth-graders and ninth-graders in transition programs hosted by the division's secondary schools before the new school year.

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Student artwork features military deployments, patriotism and pride

"I have lived in a lot of different states, so I've experienced more," Corporate Landing Middle School (CLMS) eighth-grader Chyanne Weber told First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe and other invited guests. "I've lived in Georgia, Florida, California, Texas, Michigan, Oregon, Montana," continued Weber. "I can't remember all the others."

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'Secret coders' kick off book talks at Parkway Elementary

Students reading for the fun of it. Reading...just because. That's what Parkway Elementary School principal Krista Barton-Arnold wants, and she has a plan. "The secret is that there are no strings attached to it. You don't have to take a test, don't have stop and ask questions along the way," said Barton-Arnold.

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Spanish night showcases language skills and culture

When the stage curtain opened for the evening's first musical performance, there was a collective, "Awwww," from the audience. There stood rows of smiling first-graders dressed as Indians, complete with construction paper feather headbands they decorated themselves. Parents and other relatives raised phones, lifted tablets and focused cameras to capture 6-year-olds singing "Ten Little Indians."

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Creeds Elementary is caught up in reading Charlotte's Web

They stepped off the buses one by one. Fancy Nancy, Flat Stanley, Super Duck and Olivia the Pig. Spiderman, Batman, Clifford the Dog and Pete the Cat. Thing 1, two Minions and a Hungry Caterpillar. Along with capes, gowns, face paint and felt ears, the characters carried backpacks and lunchboxes.

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GSWLA hosts sixth student exchange with Chinese secondary school

It is the first trip to the U.S. for 10 students from Harbin Cambridge No. 3 Middle School in China, and they are eager to learn more about American culture, food and education during their 10-day stay. However, they gladly took time to answer fourth-graders' questions about their own culture, food and education while visiting Princess Anne and Landstown elementary schools Feb.

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School social workers create bridge between school and home

They are praised for going above-and-beyond to support students and families. They work tirelessly behind the scenes to make connections and access additional resources. They collaborate with teachers, administrators, school counselors, support staff and community agencies to remove barriers to education. They are school social workers, and we celebrate their efforts during National School Social Work Week, March 6-12.

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Creeds students play homemade instruments in fine arts parade

They carried banjos, drums and guitars. The played French horns, trombones and cymbals. They shook maracas, tambourines and spoons. And all of the instruments that Creeds Elementary School students carried and played were handmade. The school celebrated Fine Arts Month by having students create and play their own musical instruments in a schoolwide parade held March 17.

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Great Dreams Need Great Teachers: Gabe Howard

The sixth-graders in Suzanne Bruehl's class at Great Neck Middle School (GNMS) were just about to begin group work when Superintendent Aaron Spence asked if he could interrupt the lesson led by gifted resource teacher Gabe Howard. Spence wanted to share a letter about Howard submitted to the Great Dreams Need Great Teachers campaign by parent Read More...

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VBCPS students finish strong in Shamrock races

The cold, windy and rainy weekend March 19-20 didn't dampen the spirits of thousands of Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) students and staff who participated in races associated Shamrock Marathon Weekend, hosted by J&A Racing. According to race organizers, 3,110 students from 50 VBCPS elementary schools participated in the Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile.

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Ukulele playing develops students' music literacy skills

It is Music in Our Schools Month, and the sweet sounds coming from Thoroughgood Elementary School are those of students learning to play ukuleles. "Some kids don't like the recorder," said music teacher Cris Pelausa about what is typically used in music classes to teach note reading.

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CTE programs provide pathways to postgraduate success

"This is getting ready to be our busy season," said Sara Lockett, director of technical and career education for Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS). It's difficult to imagine a time of the year when Lockett and her career and technical education (CTE) administrators and teachers are not busy.

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Cooperative coloring teaches students about compromise and collaboration

Can ants and aliens really get along? What about camels, cats and dogs? Do mermaids work together under the sea? Will wolves play nicely in a pickup game of football? Trantwood Elementary School counselor Lisa Lee got answers to these questions and more when she asked second-graders to participate in a cooperative coloring activity.

The Core
Winter program offers authentic learning experience for ASL students

For 30 years, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters and teachers of students with hearing impairments have hosted a citywide holiday program for their students. On Dec. 15, students, staff and parents gathered for festive games, holiday stories and even an appearance by Santa, who used ASL to find out what is on students' wish lists.

The Core
Live streaming safari takes students to South Africa

As students took their seats for the 8,000 mile journey to a South African game reserve, Three Oaks Elementary School instructional technology specialist Gayle Wuesthoff let the safari guides know the fourth-graders were almost ready. "Brilliant!" was the enthusiastic reply from several time zones away. "Let me know when you are ready.

The Core
Popular building bricks serve as learning tools at two schools

Max and Mia have a problem. Actually, they have three problems, and they all involve baking, buying and selling cupcakes. Second-graders at Christopher Farms Elementary (CFES) are clamoring for Max and Mia's cupcakes - but not because they are a favorite dessert.

The Core
Christopher Farms celebrates Grandparents Week

Hollywood glamour is not exclusive to awards shows this time of year. Christopher Farms Elementary School (CFES) is rolling out the red carpet for some celebrities of its own. It's Grandparents Week at CFES, and the school's PTA added extra glitz and gold to the cafeteria foyer to make visitors feel like Hollywood stars.

The Core
Surprise VIPs remind classmates: 'Be more awesome'

Counting down the school days until summer break is an annual ritual for students. While many are eager to leave their classrooms behind for vacation, Christina Clark's third graders can't wait to get to their desks at King's Grant Elementary. Actually, there's one desk they want - the VIP, or Very Important Person, table.

The Core
VB School of Practical Nursing celebrates its Class of 2017

"Excited, relieved and proud." That's how Aminah Spain described feeling about her graduation from the Virginia Beach School of Practical Nursing (VBSPN). Spain was one of 15 students celebrated by family, friends and staff at the VBSPN 53 rd Commencement April 28. "The world needs you," Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Superintendent Aaron Spence told the graduates.

The Core
Art exhibit features experiences of military-connected children

The moon helps Madeline, an Arrowhead Elementary fourth-grader, keep her dad close at heart when he is away from home. It inspired her illustration entitled "Deployment Moon." "When I look at the moon I know he is always there for me and my family," wrote Madeline her artist's statement.

The Core
PAMS students build awareness for dyslexia

October is recognized as Disability History and Awareness Month in Virginia. Princess Anne Middle School (PAMS) eighth-grader Ainsley Proctor wants people to know that October is also National Dyslexia Awareness Month. "Dyslexia Awareness Month is an opportunity to enlighten educators and the community about dyslexia and to celebrate the many achievements of those with dyslexia," Proctor told school board members at their Sept.

The Core
Kingston student reaps rewards of 100-mile running challenge

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step," according to a Chinese proverb. Fifth-grader Brady McPherson began a 100-mile journey months ago with a single step, and ended it Oct. 18 to thunderous applause from his fifth-grade peers at Kingston Elementary School.

The Core
Students encouraged to T.H.I.N.K. before they post

Their mission was clear: A cyber crook has stolen the key to good digital citizenship and locked it away in these boxes. Work together with your group to unlock each puzzle and you will be rewarded. Digital citizenship? The fifth-graders weren't entirely sure what that meant, but they were about to find out.

The Core
VBCPS named Best Community for Music Education for sixth year

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) has earned national recognition as one of the Best Communities for Music Education as designated by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation. VBCPS is one of 527 school districts in the nation and one 15 school divisions in Virginia to earn the BCME distinction this year.

The Core
Student entrepreneurs spark success at Junior Achievement competition

Earlier this school year, Junior Achievement (JA) of Greater Hampton Roads matched business professionals with Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) students and staff to participate in the JA Company Program. The 13-week program introduces students to the key elements involved in organizing and operating a business.

The Core
Pre-kindergarteners enjoy sights and sounds of fall with farm field trip

As each yellow school bus arrived at Hunt Club Farm, curious eyes peered through windowpanes to see what awaited outside. Horses and hay bales. Pigs and pumpkins. Goats and geese. Oh my! It was the first field trip of the school year for pre-kindergarten students as part of their classroom studies on the changing seasons, living animals and life processes.

The Core
Bayside graduate brings life of leadership experience to Princeton

Look at her now! On May 30, 2014, Myesha Jemison, Bayside High School valedictorian, was featured as a Compass Keeper on the Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) blog The Core. The 2014 Compass Keeper story began as follows: There is no denying Myesha Jemison's academic abilities.

The Core
First-ever Creeds STEM Airplane Challenge takes flight

"We're not going to be happy until the school buses from every single school in Virginia Beach come here to find out what's behind the dinosaurs," Mike Potter told the crowd of students and teachers. Many in attendance admitted they had always wondered what was behind the dinosaur statues on Princess Anne Road.

The Core
Registration open for Nov. 18 Beach Girls Rock workshop

"You See a Girl, I See the Future" is the theme for the first Beach Girls Rock! (BGR) workshop of the 2017-2018 school year. Held Saturday, Nov. 18 from 8 a.m. to noon at Landstown High School, it is one of three BGR workshops offered this year for Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) female students in grades 5-8.

The Core
Happy Day Café celebrates another great year of service

It's always a great day in the Happy Day Café! Just ask the students who work there and their regular customers who always leave with a smile. The café has two locations, operating at the school division's Laskin Road Annex and Plaza Annex, and provides work experience opportunities for high school students with disabilities.

The Core
Students are 'stars of the show' at Little Feet Meet

The T-shirts worn by students, staff and volunteers encouraged everyone to be a fan of "Respect. Friendship. Acceptance. Unity. Inclusion." Respect, friendship, acceptance, unity and inclusion were in abundance at the Little Feet Meet hosted by Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) in partnership with Special Olympics Virginia April 18.

The Core
Students pitch new products at 2017 Maker Expo

The early bird gets the worm, advises the well-known proverb. It proved to be true for two teams who arrived early to the school division's third annual Maker Expo held Feb. 17 at the Advanced Technology Center. Members of Salem High School's 3D Devils team were set up and standing by their product board more than an hour before the event began.

The Core
Red Mill student shares story of survival with new classmates

The first day of school for Abby Furco's fifth-grade classmates was Tuesday, Sept. 6. For Furco, it was Thursday, Oct. 13, and she couldn't be more excited. She was dressed for the special occasion, as any 10-year-old girl would be, wearing a long sleeve pink shirt adorned with a heart made of silver sparkles.

The Core
Pre-kindergarteners receive gifts and joy from The Noblemen

It was their final holiday event for Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) pre-kindergarteners, and The Noblemen were ready. Trucks, Transformers and dolls. Stuffed animals, footballs and board games. Hidden on the Windsor Woods Elementary School stage, volunteers sorted through gifts The Noblemen collected as part of their annual toy drive.

The Core
Schools celebrate U.S. Navy's 241st birthday with Navy volunteers

Joshua Lytle doesn't like to be the center of attention. The Navy Petty Officer admitted he even felt uncomfortable being in the spotlight at his promotion ceremony. However, PO2 (AW/SW) Lytle was willing to be the center of attention for hundreds of high-fiving Ocean Lakes Elementary School (OLES) students arriving to school Thursday.

The Core
12/30/2016
OLHS student video gives a voice to attention deficit disorder - The Core

The culminating activity for the poetry unit in Tasha Hurst's creative writing class was just what the students asked for - spoken word. Spoken word is poetry recited out loud that focuses on word play, intonation and voice inflection among other aspects that the Ocean Lakes High School (OLHS) English teacher discussed with her students.

The Core
03/14/2017
VBCPS student among finalists for NASA art contest - The Core

Story Update: On March 21, NASA announced the voting results online and Alaura Knoop was named the 2017 Grand Prize Runner-Up in its Centennial Student Art Contest. NASA Langley Research Center is asking the nation to choose the grand prize winner in its Centennial Student Art Contest.

The Core
04/25/2017
The Class of 2030 registers for kindergarten - The Core

For Carden Williams, the choice was easy. "Do you want the side that has 'Class of 2030' or 'Ready for Kindergarten?'" asked the photographer. "Ready for Kindergarten!" he remarked without hesitation. His enthusiasm was shared by the hundreds of children who attended the Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) annual kindergarten registration and orientation event April 25 at elementary schools across Virginia Beach.

The Core
05/02/2017
Student earns perfect score on Workplace Readiness Skills assessment - The Core

Since 2011, the Career and Technical Education Consortium of States (CTECS) Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth Assessment has been administered to more than 11,000 Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) students. Cameron Brown has the distinction of being the first VBCPS student to earn a perfect score.

The Core
05/11/2017
No two days are ever the same for school nurses - The Core

During National Nurses Week in May, one day is set aside to celebrate the school nurses who help lead the charge for the health and wellness of students. We asked three registered nurses (RN) working for Virginia Beach City Public Schools to share reflections about their work and describe a typical day in the school clinic, which, we learned, is anything but typical.

The Core
04/11/2017
'We Are VBSchools' blog shares perspectives and passions daily - The Core

For one year, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) has shared the perspectives, passions and viewpoints of its students, staff and volunteers on the interactive blog, "We Are VBSchools." The blog, launched April 7, 2016, includes a new entry every day and has more than 365 stories to share.

The Core
10/13/2017
Military school counselors offer college planning workshop - The Core

Planning for, applying to and financing college is no easy task. Virginia Beach City Public Schools two military-connected school counselors, Amanda Yoder and Star Wiggins, saw a need to provide more information when they began working with military-dependent students years ago.

The Core
10/14/2017
Pre-K hosts new 'Chew and Chat' series for parents - The Core

Prekindergarten (pre-K) Family Engagement Specialists Karen Kagel and Tonya Evans wanted to find a new way to connect with families and share resources outside of a school setting. On Oct. 10, they welcomed more than 100 prekindergarten parents and guardians to the first-ever "Chew and Chat."

The Core
03/31/2017
New academy celebrates and seeks community partners - The Core

What do you do with an idea? At the Entrepreneurship and Business Academy (EBA), just about anything you want. The school division's newest academy opened at Kempsville High School in September and already has a long list of individuals and organizations to thank for their support.

The Core
05/08/2017
Students are 'stars of the show' for 2018 Citywide Teacher of the Year - The Core

Amanda Pontifex knew the audience extended beyond those in the ballroom for the school division's Teacher of the Year dinner. Her Shelton Park Elementary fifth-graders were chatting in Google Hangouts while waiting for the announcement and some were watching via Facebook Live to see if their teacher would be named the 2018 Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Citywide Teacher of the Year.

The Core
05/14/2017
Students show 'no worries' in performance of 'Lion King' - The Core

Kiara Taliaferro and Brent Wang thought Grant Rose needed to lighten up. The pair of Old Donation School (ODS) eighth-graders had an idea. As "Lion King" characters Timon and Pumbaa, Taliaferro and Wang started to explain their "problem-free philosophy." "Hakuna Matata!" they sang. "What a wonderful phrase."

The Core
11/04/2017
Students prepare entries for Art of the Military Child contest - The Core

November, recognized as Military Family Appreciation Month, is the perfect time for students to begin working on illustrations for the school division's annual Art of the Military Child art contest. Open to all Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) students, the contest features artwork related to being a military child.

The Core
01/25/2018
Kindness of Birdneck pre-kindergartner is recognized by The Noblemen - The Core

Wearing animal shirts, headbands, hats and costumes on a spirit day to celebrate The Great Kindness Challenge Jan. 22-26, Birdneck Elementary students and staff showed that they are "Wild About Kindness." That's why pre-kindergartner (pre-K) Amelia Hardy was dressed like a penguin when Pete Reuss called her to the front of the cafeteria for a special recognition.

The Core
08/22/2017
Military-connected student clubs help ease transitions - The Core

Bayside High School junior Morgan McHenry knows how it feels to be a new student. "I've lived mostly in Virginia, Georgia, Hawaii, and once in Florida, but in many different houses and many different schools in each city, moving back and forth between each one of them," she said.

The Core
05/17/2017
'Super Teacher' surprised at schoolwide assembly - The Core

It had all the makings of a great pep rally. Cheerleaders. Large crowd. High fives. Banners and music. What Kempsville Elementary School (KES) Principal Lori Hasher told all students and staff was that the schoolwide assembly May 16 was to get energized for the upcoming Standards of Learning (SOL) tests.

Kaleidoscope
10/21/2016
Kingston student reaps rewards of 100-mile running challenge - Kaleidoscope

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step," according to a Chinese proverb. Fifth-grader Brady McPherson began a 100-mile journey months ago with a single step, and ended it Oct. 18 to thunderous applause from his fifth-grade peers at Kingston Elementary School.

The Core
03/08/2018
Seatack students learn their 'ABCs' and more at iFLY - The Core

The focus of the afterschool lesson for a small group of fifth-graders from Seatack Elementary An Achieveable Dream Academy was the ABCs. Robert Pizzini wanted to make sure the students understood their importance. "At the age of 10, 11 and 12, this is really where you develop the skills that you're going to have for the rest of your life," he told them.

The Core
06/10/2017
VBCPS celebrates high school graduates June 13-17 - The Core

"Real" and "rewarding" are two words Daisia Nyayieka used to describe her feelings about graduating from high school. "'Real' because it's a wake-up call," said the Tallwood senior class president, "and it's 'rewarding' to know that with all that you've done these past four years, you get to take it on to take a different step and a different path.

Kaleidoscope
08/18/2016
Freeman receives Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators - Kaleidoscope

Chris Freeman, AP environmental science teacher at Kellam High School, has been selected to receive the 2016 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE). The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) administers the award in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to recognize outstanding teachers and students in grades K-12 who employ Read More...

The Core
03/29/2018
Salem High student stars in new 'Tanked Jr.' series - The Core

When it comes to fish, Salem High School ninth-grader Abby Fedorowicz says she has earned a reputation. "I'm kind of a fish nerd," she explained. "When I was like 9 or 10, I got a betta fish and that blossomed into two different tanks.

The Core
01/24/2018
First Colonial student selected for 2018 Disney Dreamers Academy - The Core

Marquis Thomas thought he was going to New York with his grandmother, Dawn Boyer, for a mentoring program related to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Sitting on the set of the television show "Good Morning America," the First Colonial High School sophomore thought something was amiss but he still did not make the connection to the Disney Dreamers Academy application Boyer convinced him to submit early in the fall.

The Core
04/04/2018
Student mural highlights autism awareness - The Core

Business Park Drive, a winding road near Topgolf Virginia Beach and I-264, is home to various businesses and organizations, all with fairly nondescript building facades. That was before Tallwood High School senior Shannon Wilms and local artist Sam Welty stood on a boom lift March 30 to begin tracing Wilms' mural design on multiple walls of the AERMOR building located at 207 Business Park Drive.

The Core
04/18/2018
VBCPS hosts first-ever Virginia DoDEA Grantee Collaboration - The Core

With the sound of Navy jets heard through the conference room walls, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Superintendent Aaron Spence welcomed attendees to the first-ever Virginia Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Grantee Collaboration. "In Virginia Beach we are deeply connected to the military as are the rest of us here in Virginia.

Kaleidoscope
01/26/2018
Division celebrates employees' decades of service to VBCPS - Kaleidoscope

Between the two of them, Donnie Parker and Dennis Middleton have 90 years of service to Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS). They were two of the more than 350 employees honored at the division's "Celebration of Service," a dinner hosted by the Department of Human Resources Jan.

The Core
04/24/2018
PAMS hosts St. Baldrick's Bash to conquer childhood cancer - The Core

"When we asked the school if they would let us put this on here they jumped on board immediately," said Patty Furco. "It's an undertaking to support Abby and other kids with cancer and to help raise awareness and funds, and they were excited to just help."

The Core
03/09/2018
Anna Fox wins grand prize in NASA Langley student art contest - The Core

"I don't really like a lot of attention," shared Anna Fox, a seventh-grader in the gifted visual arts program at Virginia Beach Middle School. She may need to get a little more used to attention after being named the grand prize winner of NASA Langley Research Center's annual student art contest.

Kaleidoscope
06/28/2017
Cingel selected as ASCD 2017 Emerging Leader - Kaleidoscope

Ana Cingel, secondary science coordinator in the Department of Teaching and Learning, is among 46 education professionals selected by ASCD for its 2017 class of Emerging Leaders. According to an ASCD news release, "the Emerging Leaders program recognizes and prepares young, promising educators to influence education programs, policy and practice on both the local and national Read More...

Kaleidoscope
09/06/2017
Holland art teacher selected for exhibit at Sandler Center - Kaleidoscope

Scott Fredrick, art teacher at Holland Elementary School, has been selected by the City of Virginia Beach's Office of Cultural Affairs to exhibit his artwork in the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Gallery. The exhibit, titled "Built to Last," is free and open to the public Sept. 7 through Nov.

Kaleidoscope
10/31/2016
VSTE names Cashwell 2016 Outstanding Leader of the Year - Kaleidoscope

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Chief Academic Officer Dr. Amy Cashwell has been named Outstanding Leader of the Year by the Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE). The organization honors one leader and one teacher in Virginia each year who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in implementing technology to improve education.

Kaleidoscope
08/09/2017
Moore becomes first VBCPS National Geographic Certified Educator - Kaleidoscope

Stacey Moore loves science. You could say it is in her blood. "Everything growing up was a science lesson," said Moore of her childhood with her father, a science teacher. It's hard to imagine that the third-grade teacher's enthusiasm for science could increase but her participation in the National Geographic Educator Certification program did just that.

Kaleidoscope
06/22/2017
Milan to enjoy first summer break in four decades - Kaleidoscope

When Linda Milan leaves Woodstock Elementary School for the last time June 29, it will be with 44 years of service to Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS). The school administrative associate works as the school's bookkeeper, a perfect fit for her love of math.

Kaleidoscope
06/28/2018
VBCPS celebrates retirees at citywide dinner - Kaleidoscope

Earlier this school year, seven Providence Elementary School staff members (Melissa Knight, Helen Ryan, Denise Adams, Ann Holcombe, Donna Roenker, Linda Seybold and Sarah Muth) announced their plans to retire and created "Farewell Tour" shirts to celebrate the milestone and their pride for working at Providence.

Kaleidoscope
11/08/2016
Jennings' painting "Bloom" selected for 2017 VBEF Commemorative Print - Kaleidoscope

The Virginia Beach Education Foundation (VBEF) has featured artwork by students and staff in its annual Commemorative Print since 1999. At its annual TGIF (Teacher Grants Improve Futures) Celebration Nov. 2, the VBEF announced that "Bloom," a painting by Rachel Jennings, will be featured on its 2017 Commemorative Print.

Kaleidoscope
03/10/2018
Diane Marx named Virginia Reading Teacher of the Year - Kaleidoscope

In November, representatives from the Virginia Beach Reading Council visited Creeds Elementary to surprise third-grade teacher Diane Marx with the announcement that she was selected as the local council's Reading Teacher of the Year. On Monday, March 5, another group of special guests visited Creeds to surprise Marx with the news that she was named Read More...

Kaleidoscope
12/15/2016
Hall named VB Reading Council Administrator of the Year - Kaleidoscope

"We just walked through the library five minutes ago!" exclaimed Cari Hall to the more than 35 people now gathered in the room to surprise her. The library was the most fitting place to present Rosemont Elementary School's principal with the Virginia Beach Reading Council's (VBRC) Administrator of the Year Award.

The Core
06/13/2018
Pre-K students celebrate countdown to summer and kindergarten - The Core

Diamond Springs Elementary pre-kindergartener Ratyle Abdalla was all smiles on her fifth birthday. Abdalla and her classmates, however, were focused on another equally important "five" - balloon No. 5 on their class countdown to summer and kindergarten. Altimar Williams was the lucky student to have his name drawn by his teacher, Mary Dodson, from the five remaining names.

Kaleidoscope
06/19/2017
Celebrating VBCPS retirees - Kaleidoscope

Christopher Farms Elementary School's (CFES) marquee bid a fond farewell to students and staff for the summer months. For CFES art teacher Sheila Escajeda, the end of this school year marks a new beginning indeed. She is retiring after 40 years of service to Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS).

Kaleidoscope
05/10/2018
Chrissy Love selected as 2018 School Nurse of the Year - Kaleidoscope

Strawbridge Elementary School's nurse Chrissy Love says she didn't realize how much she would like school nursing when she left her job as an emergency room nurse five years ago. "It's more than just nursing skills - those I've had for a long time," said Love.

Kaleidoscope
Gifted visual arts teachers win national art education award

The Judy Chicago Art Education Award is presented to innovative art educators that have utilized the work of artist Judy Chicago. The annual award, which consists of a check for $1000 and a certificate, is administered by the Penn State School of Visual Arts.

Kaleidoscope
John Pienkowski wins national 'Outstanding New Educator' award

In September, Brandon Middle School science teacher John Pienkowski learned he had been selected as one of five finalists for the National Association for Alternative Certification (NAAC) 2018 Outstanding New Educator Awards. According to the NAAC, award nominees are in their first three years of teaching, were certified through an alternative route program that is a Read More...

Kaleidoscope
Leigh Drake's artwork selected for VBEF 2018 Commemorative Print

Beginning in November, the Virginia Beach Education Foundation (VBEF) invited the public to cast its online vote for the foundation's 2018 Commemorative Print. Each of the five options, artwork created by Virginia Beach City Public Schools employees, was on display Dec. 6 at the VBEF's annual Teacher Grants Improve Futures (TGIF) Celebration where it also Read More...

Kaleidoscope
Administrators applaud 'amazing' accreditation announcement

In a word: Amazing. In three words: We did it! Those are the words Bayside Middle School tweeted to share the superintendent's announcement that 100 percent of the division's testing schools are projected to earn full Standards of Learning accreditation. The news provided the perfect celebratory ending to the 2017 Administrators' Conference, "Be Amazing: A Call for Read More...

Kaleidoscope
Kempsville Elementary celebrates 'Super Teacher' Amy Watson

Cheerleaders from neighboring Kempsville High School clapped, stomped and cheered as Kempsville Elementary students entered the cafeteria. Every great pep rally needs cheerleaders and there were high fives and handshakes for everyone. The elementary school's principal, Lori Hasher, invited the cheerleaders to make this SOL pep rally extra special.

The Core
High school scholars recognized by VB Rotary Club

"Be a Gift to the World," was the message printed on the small flag hanging from the stage podium. One by one, guest speakers and award recipients at the Virginia Beach Rotary Club (VBRC) Annual Scholars Recognition Dinner shared what they consider to be gifts in their respective worlds.

News Releases

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Dr. Aaron Spence named Region II Superintendent of the Year

Virginia Beach City Public Schools Superintendent Aaron Spence has been named Region II Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS). He was selected from among the 16 division superintendents comprising Region II.

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VBCPS continues full-day kindergarten implementation, announces 12 new schools

As part of its multiyear implementation plan to transition all its elementary schools from half-day to full-day kindergarten (FDK) models, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) announced the following schools will move to full-day programs for the 2018-19 school year: Alanton, Arrowhead, Indian Lakes, Kempsville, Kempsville Meadows, King's Grant, Landstown, Ocean Lakes, Providence, Salem, Windsor Woods and Woodstock.

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VBCPS Class of 2018 offered a record $104.7 million in scholarships

Graduating seniors in Virginia Beach City Public Schools' (VBCPS) Class of 2018 have earned and accepted the highest scholarship amounts of any VBCPS graduating class. As reported to high school guidance offices, seniors have been offered a record $104,784,639 in scholarships and have accepted $63,910,257* to date.

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VBCPS receives $4 million DoD grant for NMSI College Readiness Program

In a special ceremony today at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) was presented a $4 million Department of Defense grant to implement the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) College Readiness Program in five more VBCPS high schools: Cox, Kempsville, Landstown, Ocean Lakes and Princess Anne.

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VBCPS hosts 10th annual STEM Trifecta June 7

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) will host the 2018 STEM Trifecta Thursday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The 10th annual event features robotics, maker and cyber security challenges in which students from more than 71 schools will showcase their skills after months of preparation in afterschool activities that emphasize science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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VBEF awards record $150,000 for teacher grants

The Virginia Beach Education Foundation (VBEF) will award a record $150,000 in grant funding to support innovative projects and learning programs in Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS).

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School Board approves new Entrepreneurship and Business Academy

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) expanded its academic options for students with the School Board's approval Oct. 6 of a new Entrepreneurship and Business Academy. The new academy will be located at Kempsville High School, and rising ninth-grade students are eligible to apply for admission for school year 2016-17.

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Lynnhaven Elementary School awarded 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant

Lynnhaven Elementary School has been awarded a 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). The school will use the federal grant funding, totaling $106,573, for programming designed to increase student achievement in literacy, math and science through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities and to increase parental engagement in the academic program.

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VBCPS awarded $1.5 million DoDEA grant for Project G.R.I.T.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) was awarded a $1.5 million grant by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Educational Partnership through Military-Connected Academic and Support Programs (MCASP). The five-year grants were awarded to 48 military-connected public school districts to strengthen family-school-community relationships and enhance student achievement for military-connected students.

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Free named 2017 Citywide Teacher of the Year

Jenna Free, an English teacher and Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow (VTfT) instructor at Tallwood High School, has been named the 2017 Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Citywide Teacher of the Year. Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence made the announcement in a surprise visit to one of Free’s AP English classes.

Vbschools
VBCPS receives 2017 Learning Counsel Digital Curriculum Strategy Award

Virginia Beach City Public Schools was among the 10 school districts and one school honored with the 2017 Learning Counsel Digital Curriculum Strategy Award. According to a Learning Counsel article about the award, recipients "were recognized for their work to not only transform the way they teach but for their management-level restructuring for digital delivery."

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Red Mill Elementary receives Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award

"We are thrilled with the national recognition of Red Mill's commitment to creating an active environment for its students," said Virginia Beach City Public Schools Superintendent Aaron Spence. "We know that providing educational experiences for students that foster healthy lifestyles and social and emotional development are critical to developing the whole child.

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Cashwell named VSTE 2016 Outstanding Leader of the Year

Dr. Amy Cashwell, chief academic officer for Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS), has been named Outstanding Leader of the Year by the Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE). The organization honors one leader and one teacher in Virginia each year who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in implementing technology to improve education.

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School-city partnership earns state award as Outstanding Mentoring Program

The Virginia Beach READS mentoring program is a collaborative partnership between Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS), Virginia Beach GrowSmart and the Virginia Beach Office of Volunteer Resources to support the goal of all Virginia Beach students reading proficiently by third grade. The grade-level benchmark is often cited as a predictor of on-time graduation.

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VBGradWall now available to celebrate the Class of 2016

Virginia Beach City Public Schools' (VBCPS) graduation season begins this week with the Adult Learning Center's ceremony May 11 and concludes with Cox High School's commencement June 18. VBGradWall is now available for families, friends, students and staff to send notes of congratulations to members of the graduating Class of 2016.

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‘The Art of Being a Military Child’ exhibit opens with reception April 6

Throughout April, the Month of the Military Child, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) student artwork will be featured at Lynnhaven Mall. "The Art of Being a Military Child" exhibit showcases students' artistic interpretations of what it means to be a military dependent, including deployments, transitions, patriotism, family and school.

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High school academic programs featured at citywide information night Oct. 19

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) will host its annual Academy and Advanced Academic Programs Night Wednesday, Oct. 19 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Representatives from the division's eight high school academy and advanced academic programs will be present to discuss their programs and answer questions.

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Higher education opportunities featured at College Night Oct. 25

Representatives from more than 170 colleges, universities, proprietary schools and the military will be present at Virginia Beach City Public Schools' (VBCPS) College Information Night Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

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VBCPS Class of 2016 offered record $76.8 million in scholarships

The Virginia Beach City Public Schools' (VBCPS) Class of 2016 has both earned and accepted the highest amounts of scholarships for any VBCPS graduating class. As reported to high school guidance offices, graduating seniors have been offered $76,885,151 in scholarships and have accepted $49,841,012* to date.

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Volunteers of the Year and Model Partnerships honored at citywide celebration

Each year, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) benefits from the support of thousands of volunteers and community partners who generously contribute their time, talents and resources to support students and staff. It is estimated that more than 23,000 individuals donated more than 658,000 hours last school year.

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STEM Trifecta features robotics, maker and cybersecurity challenges

Students from more than 60 schools will showcase their skills in the areas of robotics, entrepreneurship and cybersecurity at the Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) STEM Trifecta, Friday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

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Little Feet Meet

The second annual Virginia Beach City Public Schools Little Feet Meet is an opportunity for young students with developmental disabilities to participate in developmentally-appropriate races, throwing events and jumping events with assistance from a general education peer.

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La Noche Española at Christopher Farms

Christopher Farms Elementary School hosted Spanish Night, or La Noche Española, Friday, March 11, for students in grades 1-5 to showcase their language acquisition as well as their cultural knowledge with food and facts.

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St. Baldrick's Bash to Conquer Childhood Cancer

Princess Anne Middle School (PAMS) and Abby Furco, a two-time cancer survivor and PAMS sixth-grader, hosted a St. Baldrick's Bash. More two dozen students, teachers, administrators and parents volunteered to have their heads shaved to help raise funds for the St. Baldrick's Foundation.

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School of Practical Nursing 54th Commencement

The Virginia Beach School of Practical Nursing hosted its 54th Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2018. Established in 1972, the VBSPN’s 18-month program is open to high school seniors and adults and provides hands-on instruction in a lab at the Virginia Beach Technical and Career Education Center and in internships at various clinical facilities throughout the city and region.

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Creeds STEM Airplane Challenge

Creeds Elementary hosted the first-ever STEM Airplane Challenge. Taking place at the Military Aviation Museum, the challenge required all fifth-graders to design and create planes that would fly the slowest for a distance of 8 meters, fly the fastest for a distance of 8 meters and fly the farthest.

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Fine Arts Parade

Creeds Elementary School celebrated Fine Arts Month by having students create and play their own musical instruments in a schoolwide parade.

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Digital Learning Anchor Schools Showcase

At the 2017 Digital Learning Anchor Schools Showcase students and educators from the school division’s 15 Digital Anchor Schools showcased how they are using technology to support a student-centered learning program.

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Maker Expo

Elementary, middle and high school students on 43 teams from 29 different schools put their entrepreneurial skills to the test at the third annual Virginia Beach City Public Schools Maker Expo.

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Beach Girls Rock!

Female students in grades 5-8 from Virginia Beach elementary and middle schools were excited to attend the Beach Girls Rock workshop hosted by Landstown High School.

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2018 STEM Trifecta

More than 1,000 students from 71 schools participated in the school division's 10th annual STEM Trifecta held June 7, 2018, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Awards were presented to elementary, middle and high school teams competing in three different categories: Robotics Challenge, Maker Challenge and Cyber Security Challenge.

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The Art of Being a Military Child exhibit

The Art of Being a Military Child exhibit is featured at Lynnhaven Mall in April, and the school division joined various partners in hosting a reception for student artists and their families. The exhibit is the culmination of an art contest open to all VBCPS students to which more than 710 entries were submitted.

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Navigating the Journey

VBCPS students and families attended Navigating the Journey, a new event hosted by the school division to share more information about all of the resources, services and programs available to students in grades PreK-12.

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VBEF Grant: Eco-Heroes at Seatack Elementary

Seatack Elementary An Achievable Dream Academy was awarded a Virginia Beach Education Foundation sustainability impact grant to support its project "Eco-Heroes: Saving Our Planet One Child at a Time." Students worked with local artist Debra Chako to create a sculpture for the school's ocean friendly garden.

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Happy 50th Anniversary, First Colonial

First Colonial High School’s first graduating class was in 1966, and the school celebrated its 50th anniversary with a hallway parade, flashback photos and birthday cake for all students and staff. The school’s leadership workshop staff also welcomed delegates and kicked off a weekend of leadership training.

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Celebrating VBSchools Retirees

Virginia Beach City Public Schools celebrated the combined 8,760 years of service of 376 retirees with a dinner at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

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06/06/2017
VBSchools Graduates (Three Words)

We asked graduating seniors in the Class of 2017 to use only three words to describe their feelings about graduating or to describe their next steps after high school. #vbcpsgrad

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VBCPS World Language Immersion Program

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) offers partial immersion programs in Spanish at select elementary and middle schools. The school division hopes to expand the program to include more schools and additional world languages.