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.
Congratulations to Katy DeRyder, a school health advisor at Southwestern Elementary School, who recently certified as a National Asthma Educator by the Consortium for Infant and Child Health at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS). Katy joins Michelle Prescott, who works at the Edwards Wilson Center as a Preschool Intake Nurse, as the division’s second certified National Asthma Educator. Both Katy and Michelle are knowledgeable and passionate advocates for students, staff members, and families living with asthma. Read more about the National Asthma Educator Certification Board on their website.
Rosa Garner has been a school bus driver with Chesapeake Public Schools since September of 2000. Mrs. Garner exhibits professionalism and dedication to the job and to her students. Mrs. Garner also works in our office taking parent calls and disseminating information vital to our success. Her positive attitude is on display daily in the way she executes her assigned duties and in her willingness to help other drivers.
Thank you, Mrs. Garner, for being an outstanding bus driver!
Mr. Lawrence was nominated by the staff at Grassfield High School for his willingness to assist and fill in where needed. In addition to transporting our students safely, he also offers to assist new drivers. He has been a part of our transportation team since May of 2008. Thank you, Mr. Lawrence, for being an outstanding member of our Chesapeake Public Schools family.
April is School Library Month, sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). This year’s theme is “Everyone Belongs @ Your School Library” emphasizing the essential role school library programs play in a student’s learning. Chesapeake Public Schools is proud to recognize our school librarians and their innovative programs. Visit our Library Services page for more information about resources available to students.
Every year, April is designated as the Month of the Military Child. Even though Chesapeake Public Schools recognizes the significance of our military families throughout the year, in April we emphasize the sacrifice and bravery of our students who are part of military families. April 10, 2019, is “Purple Up for Military Kids Day.” We hope you will join our schools and wear purple, a color representative of all military branches, to support these students. Visit our Military Resources page for more information and opportunities for our military-connected students and families.