May 13-17, 2019, is Custodial Staff Appreciation Week! Chesapeake Public Schools is appreciative of our dedicated custodial staff. They work tirelessly maintaining our buildings and supporting our students and staff. Take time this week to thank these professionals for all that they do.
May 6-10, 2019, is National Nurse Appreciation Week! Chesapeake Public Schools is appreciative of the dedicated team of nurses maintaining the health and happiness of our students and staff. Take time this week to thank these professionals for all that they do.
Chesapeake Public Schools appreciates our dedicated volunteers and honors their contributions to our schools during Public School Volunteer Week. Donating their time, parent and citizen volunteers play a vital role in assisting with classroom and school activities, establishing a support network that benefits students, families, and the community. Join us as we highlight just a few of our many volunteers this week on social media. #PublicSchoolVolunteerWeek
Administrative Professionals Week (April 22-26) and Administrative Professionals Day (April 24) is the time to celebrate the contributions of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists, and other administrative support professionals in the workplace. Join Chesapeake Public Schools in thanking all of our administrative professionals this week for the vital role they play in the success of our school system.
Congratulations to Autumn Hobbs from Western Branch Primary and Zoe Valderrama from Indian River Middle School for placing in the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Tidewater Regional Art Contest. Autumn placed third in the elementary category and Zoe placed first for middle school. The contest began in 1989 to promote the artistic talents of Virginia’s public school students. The winning art is displayed in the offices of the VSBA in Charlottesville and the Richmond offices of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Congratulations to the Student Council Associations (SCAs) at Western Branch Middle School (WBM) and Grassfield High School (GFH) who recently earned the National Gold Council of Excellence award. The National Student Council’s (NatStuCo) National Council of Excellence (NCOE) program distinguishes outstanding student councils at the middle and high school level that consistently provide quality leadership activities and service to their schools and communities. With two levels of recognition, the NCOE designation is awarded to those SCAs that have met all NatStuCo requirements, and the National Gold Council of Excellence award goes to those councils that demonstrate the highest levels of leadership and meet additional standards set by NatStuCo.
Oscar Smith High School (OSH) recently participated in the Elie Wiesel Writing and Visual Arts competition. This annual event honors Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel, who wrote more than 60 books, including a work based on his experiences as a prisoner in the concentration camps. Six students placed in this year’s competition (pictured left to right): Nadiah Barekzi (Poetry, Honorable Mention), Kiera Cleveland (Essay, 2nd Place), Emma King (Poetry, 3rd Place), Izabella Sara (Poetry, 2nd Place), Reina Rodriguez (Poetry, 1st Place), and Zaria Hall (Multimedia, 2nd Place). OSH teachers and sponsors, Ms. Foss and Ms. McMillin, participants, and winners are to be congratulated for their efforts and achievements.
Congratulations to the Grassfield High School Winter Guard. After winning the Atlantic Indoor Association Scholastic A1 Championship in March, the group traveled to Dayton, Ohio, for the World Guard International (W.G.I.) World Championships. They competed against 167 other units in the Scholastic A division. Their show, “Red Rain,” came in 17th in the World Finals. Learn more about their performance.
On April 6, 2019, G. A. Treakle Elementary (TES) and Deep Creek Middle (DCM) School students participated in the first “Youth Resilience Expo” held at Nauticus in Norfolk, VA. The selected inventors and environmentalists from elementary, middle, and high schools shared ideas and projects addressing sea-level rise and climate change. As part of the Elizabeth River Project’s strategic plan to prepare and empower students, the expo explored the importance of a positive resiliency plan for sea-level rise. Participants also addressed flood prevention methods, watershed resiliency, and reduction of the carbon footprint.
Fifth-graders from TES worked on easing erosion and flooding in front of their school. A garden was created using native plants, a rain barrel was installed to reduce runoff and provide water for the plants, and two bird feeders and a birdbath were added to the garden. The TES gardeners planted roses, bluestem beach grass, a butterfly bush, and hostas, providing a habitat promoting pollination. They were recognized as a River Star School by the Elizabeth River Project.
Students at Deep Creek Middle School also presented their project addressing the issue of single-use plastics.
The goal of the annual Youth Resilience Expo is to inspire and reward students for their actions. Funds for the program come from grants to Elizabeth River Project from NOAA’s Environmental Literacy Grant Program, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, and Dollar Tree Foundation. The Rotary Club of Norfolk sponsored student resilience awards.
Chesapeake Public Schools (CPS) is a proud owner of WHRO Public Media. WHRO is owned and operated by 19 school divisions throughout Hampton Roads, including CPS. We are proud to support their mission to provide educational programming and resources to our communities. In the coming days, you’ll see ownership plaques installed in all our schools to highlight this partnership. Learn more about WHRO’s educational services.