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Chesapeake Public Schools Job Fair

Job Fair logoChesapeake Public Schools is holding a job fair on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, from 11 AM to 4 PM. It will be held at the Central Library, 298 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322. Bus Drivers, Bus Assistants, School Nutrition Workers and Custodians are needed. For more information call Chesapeake Public Schools at 757-547-0001

Fine Arts Month—Celebrating Art, Music, Theatre, and Dance in Our Schools

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Across Virginia this March, student presentations in local communities will showcase how the fine arts fuse creativity and innovation into learning.  The month also presents an opportunity to acknowledge the fine arts educators.  Not only do they assist students in reaching high standards in the fine arts, they also serve their school communities as “fine arts educational leaders” by collaborating with classroom teachers to integrate the fine arts with other core academic disciplines.

Youth Art Month is a month of recognizing and promoting art education. It also emphasizes the value of participating in art for all children. This year’s theme is, “Building Community Through Art.”  Exhibits are on display at local branches of Chesapeake Public Libraries and at the upcoming Chesapeake Public Schools (CPS) Elementary Exhibit at the Old Dominion University Tri-Cities Center, Suffolk Campus, beginning March 15, 2018. Several schools are hosting their own exhibits; please contact the schools for the respective dates.

Dance in Education Month engages the artistic processes of creating, performing, and critical analysis.  These processes require students to read symbol systems, use critical thinking skills, employ nonverbal reasoning and communication, exchange ideas, work cooperatively and collaboratively with others, and interact within a multicultural society.   Dance is far more than exercise or entertainment; it is a powerful medium to express one’s values, thoughts, and aspirations.

The National Association for Music Education has declared March as National Music in Our Schools Month.  This is a time to recognize the importance of music in our schools and the impact a quality music education program can have on students’ lives.  CPS is proud that the school division has a long and rich history of offering high-quality music education programs for our students overseen by a group of talented teachers. 

Theatre in Our Schools Month (TIOSM) advocates and celebrates the benefits of theatre education for youth development.  The purpose of TIOSM is to raise awareness of theatre education’s power not only to raise SAT scores, reading comprehension, and academic achievement, but also to stimulate innovation and creativity among students.  It is also a reminder that all students should have access to quality theatre education.  Here is a list of upcoming productions at our local high schools:

  • “Elephant’s Graveyard” at Deep Creek High School, May 10-11, 2018 @7p.m.
  • “Beauty and the Beast” at Grassfield High School, April 26-28, 2018 @7p.m.
  • “Antigone” at Great Bridge High School, April 12-14, 2018 @7p.m.
  • “Little Shop of Horrors” at Hickory High School, May 4-5, 11-12, 2018 @7p.m.
  • “A Chorus Line” at Indian River High School, April 26-28, 2018 @7:15p.m.
  • “Farewell to Galatea” and “The Keys” at Oscar Smith High School, May 3-5, 2018 @7p.m.
  • “A Night of One Acts” at Western Branch High School, March 28, 2018 @7p.m.
Join us this month as we recognize and embrace the contribution of art, dance, music, and theatre by attending art exhibits, drama productions, dance performances, and musical presentations.

NSTA Shell Science Lab Challenge – National Finalist Paula Labbe

NSTA National Science Teachers AssociationCongratulations to Paula Labbe, 8th grade science teacher at Deep Creek Middle School, for being selected as a finalist in the National Science Teacher Association’s Shell Science Lab Challenge. The annual Shell Science Lab Challenge Competition recognizes outstanding middle and high school programs for their exemplary approaches to science lab instruction utilizing limited school and laboratory resources. The Challenge will showcase the work of teachers, representing their schools, who submit innovative, replicable strategies to deliver quality lab experiences with limited equipment/resources, and award teachers/schools with additional tools, resources, and rich professional development opportunities needed to support high-quality science teaching and strengthen their existing capabilities.

Virginia Schools to Watch

Virginia Schools to Watch LogoWestern Branch Middle School has been designated as a 2018 Virginia School to Watch. Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition! Congratulations also to Hickory Middle School for being re-designated as a Virginia School to Watch for 2018. Hickory Middle School originally received this distinction in 2015.

Schools to Watch is an initiative launched by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform in 1999. Through the Schools to Watch initiative, the National Forum identifies schools across the United States that are well on their way to meeting the Forum’s criteria for high performance. Forum members believe that three things are true of high-performing middle-grades schools:
  • They are academically excellent;  these schools challenge all students to use their minds well.
  • They are developmentally responsive; these schools are sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescence.
  • They are socially equitable;  these schools are democratic and fair, providing every student with high-quality teachers, resources, and supports.
To achieve this level of performance, high-performing schools establish norms, structures, and organizational arrangements to support and sustain their trajectory toward excellence. They have a sense of purpose that drives every facet of practice and decision-making.

Outstanding Bus Driver Award

Smiling Bus Driver Jennifer AdamsJennifer Adams has been chosen as the Bus Driver of the Month for February 2018. Mrs. Adams has been working for Chesapeake Public Schools since 2014 and has been such a welcomed addition to our school system. She works in the Grassfield section of the city but is willing to assist in any area where help is needed. She transports our students daily in a safe and timely manner and always does so with a smile on her face. We are so appreciative for her dedication to the students. Thank you, Mrs. Adams, for being an outstanding bus driver! The following drivers were also nominated for the month of February: Barbara Lakey, Laray Lee, Angela Cupp, Peggy Castello, Kelly Hinds,
Gay Sutton, and Sonya Reynolds.

Virginia Student Councils Achievement Awards

Va Student Concils Association - VSCAThe following schools’ Student Council Associations (SCA) have been awarded the Virginia Student Councils Achievement Award for the 2017-2018 school year: Grassfield High School, Hickory High School, Hugo A. Owens Middle School, Oscar Smith High School and Western Branch Middle School. Only 24 student councils in the Commonwealth of Virginia are recognized with this prestigious award each year. They will be recognized at the VSCA State Convention on March 18, 2018. These SCA groups are to be commended for their dedication to student council and their community.

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