Weather Update January 16, 2018

Due to the current weather forecast, Chesapeake Public Schools will be closed for all students and staff on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. The school division will operate on a CODE RED on Wednesday. Essential personnel report on time and check with supervisors regarding schedules. All athletic events and after-school activities will be cancelled.



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Deep Creek Middle School – Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge State Winner

block puzzle icon for samsungCongratulations to Deep Creek Middle School and teachers, Paula Labbe and Jonathan Neel, for being named the Virginia state winner in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a program that encourages students to solve real-world issues in their community using classroom skills in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM).

In November, Deep Creek Middle School was named one of the nation’s 255 state finalists, one of five state finalists in Virginia, and the only middle school in the state. Now named the state winner, Deep Creek Middle School will receive $25K in technology and a technology kit to produce a presentation video. From the presentation videos, Samsung will announce ten national finalists (March 1-25, 2018) to receive $50K in school technology and a trip to the Pitch Event. In early April, ten national finalists will present their prototype to a panel of judges. Samsung will announce three national winners who will each receive a $150K technology grant for their school, plus a Community Choice winner who will receive an additional $15K in technology for their school.

Paula Labbe and Jonathan Neel’s 8th grade students were chosen based on their proposal to use STEAM skills to address the health of oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. To tackle this project, students will build a salinity monitor and develop interventions to slow or stop the spread of parasite- infected oysters in the Chesapeake Bay.

Matthew Lawrence – All-Class 5 Region A Coach of the Year

coach matthew lawrenceCongratulations to Matthew Lawrence, Indian River High School Boys Volleyball Coach, for being named the All-Class 5 Region A Boys Volleyball Coach of the Year. Coach Lawrence and the Braves recently captured their first ever Class 5 A South Region championship giving the team their first state birth in school history. They finished their season as Class 5 A state runner-up. Coach Lawrence is very proud of his team, he states, “Coaching is easy when you have a team who is dedicated, has amazing work ethic, sportsmanship, and unity as a team. The boys strive to accomplish their goals and are the reason we have had success this year.” While Coach Lawrence highlights his team, he has played a vital role in shaping his players into well-rounded, student-athletes who exemplify the characteristics he acknowledges above.

Chesapeake’s Reading Teacher of the Year – Debra Moyer

Debra Moyer holding up banner - Chesapeake City Wide Reading Teacher of the YearDebra Moyer, English teacher at Great Bridge Middle School, has been selected as the Chesapeake Reading Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Moyer strives for every student to be successful and started this year by promoting literacy with a 40 Book Challenge. She has written a grant to incorporate narrative nonfiction books in her literature circles and continues to grow her classroom library. In addition to promoting literacy in her middle school classroom, Mrs. Moyer has been involved with the Tidewater Writing Project, the Creative Writing Club, and the GBM Debate team. She was also a recipient of a CRC Literacy Award and was published in The Journal of the Virginia Writing Project. Mrs. Moyer’s dedication to her students and their success in literacy is remarkable!

Katie Duke – All-Class 4 Region A Coach of the Year

coach katie duke of great bridge highCongratulations to Katie Duke, Great Bridge High School field hockey coach, for being named the All-Class 4 Region A Coach of the Year. Coach Duke and the Lady Wildcats recently captured the Class 4A state title, their second consecutive title.

Become a School Bus Driver!

front view of school busChesapeake Public Schools is currently seeking dependable, conscientious individuals to serve as bus drivers and bus assistants for our school division. We provide all training necessary to acquire a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and skills necessary for operating a school bus. Call 757-547-0001. School bus driver employment flier (pdf)

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