PURPLE UP! Show your support on April 13

thumbnail of children playing in purple for military children April is the Month of the Military Child, providing an opportunity to recognize and honor the service of Virginia’s youngest heroes–over 73,000 military connected children. Show your support for the annual Purple Up! for Military Kids celebration by wearing purple on Purple Up Day, Friday, April 13, 2018.

Occupational Therapy Month

Thumb nail of a hand squeezing a therapy ballThe American Occupational Therapy Association has designated the month of April as Occupational Therapy Month.  Occupational therapists are part of a vitally important profession that helps students participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities.  Their holistic and customized approach to evaluations, interventions, and outcomes helps a child with disabilities participate in school and in social situations and stay as independent as possible.  Join Chesapeake Public Schools in recognizing and thanking our occupational therapists!

Theatre in Our Schools

Theatre in Our SchoolsHere 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.

National School Library Month 2018

Picture of a BookSchool Library Month is the American Association of School Librarians’ celebration of school librarians and their programs. Join Chesapeake Public Schools as we celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning.

IRMS AVID National Demonstration School

AVID National Demonstration School logoIndian River Middle School was recently revalidated as an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) National Demonstration School!  AVID National Demonstration Schools are selected as exemplary models of the AVID College Readiness System.  Demonstration Schools undergo a rigorous validation process and are required to be revalidated every few years to ensure high levels of implementation with quality and fidelity to AVID strategies school-wide.  IRMS has been an AVID National Demonstration School since the 2004-2005 school year. 
Congratulations, IRMS!

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

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.

Chesapeake Teachers Achieve National Board Certification

Congratulations to our division’s new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) – Alice Fraser, B. M. Williams Primary School; Michele Gephart, Oscar Smith High School; Cristin Jones, Great Bridge Intermediate School; Jamie Miller, Great Bridge Intermediate School; and Susan Nye, Southeastern Elementary School. We would also like to extend congratulations to Donna Rodriquez, Greenbrier Primary School, who recertified as a National Board Certified Teacher. Newly certified and recertified NBCTs were recognized at the Southeastern Virginia National Board Certified Teachers Regional Network (SEVA) 2018 NBCT Recognition Reception, held at Virginia Wesleyan University on Friday, February 2, 2018.

Chesapeake’s National Board Certified Teachers Dalphine Joppy, Jamie Miller, Cristin Jones, Michele Gephart, Amie Seigle Pictured from left to right
: Dalphine Joppy, Chesapeake Public Schools director of staff development; Jamie Miller, Great Bridge Intermediate School teacher; Cristin Jones, Great Bridge Intermediate School teacher; Michele Gephart, Oscar Smith High School teacher; Amie Seigle, Chesapeake Public Schools staff development administrator

Not pictured: Alice Fraser, B. M. Williams Primary School teacher; Susan Nye, Southeastern Elementary School teacher; Donna Rodriguez, Greenbrier Primary School teacher

Congratulations again to all of Chesapeake’s National Board Certified Teachers!

2018 Teachers of the Year

Blue RibbonForty-seven Chesapeake teachers, each representing their individual schools, were recognized at the Teacher of the Year Ceremony on March 15, 2018, at Indian River High School. From the forty-seven teachers, four were selected as the Elementary, Middle, High, and Chesapeake Teacher of the Year. Congratulations to these outstanding teachers!

The 2018 Chesapeake Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Sandra Barrett, is a sixth grade math and science teacher at Indian River Middle School and has twelve years of teaching experience, four of which have been in Chesapeake.

The 2018 Elementary Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Stacy E. Caylor, is a fourth grade teacher at G. W. Carver Intermediate School and has thirteen years of teaching experience, all of which have been in Chesapeake.

The 2018 Middle School Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Angela J. Levorse, is a middle school special education cross-categorical teacher at Greenbrier Middle School and has twenty-five years of teaching experience, seven of which have been in Chesapeake.

The 2018 High School Teacher of the Year, Ms. Laura Agudelo, is a high school theatre teacher at Grassfield High School and has twelve years of teaching experience, all of which have been in Chesapeake.

View the complete list of the 2018 Teachers of the Year