Family Reunion Redefined

    There are lots of good things about family reunions: seeing loved ones you haven’t seen in a while, good food, and of course the chance to catch up and tell stories. These same good things were what made this year’s State of the School System breakfast feel like

A Record-Setting Partnership

How do you end up in the Guinness Book of World Records…without even realizing it?  Recently, Chesapeake students, teachers, and administrators did just that by joining students from Virginia Beach to break the record for the largest field trip!  About 1,500 students from Title I schools in Chesapeake attended the

Active Threat Response Training

Our first week of school is behind us and, Hurricane Dorian aside, it was a smooth opening this year.  It is truly inspiring to see the eagerness on the faces of elementary students, the curiosity on the faces of middle school students, and the focus on the faces of our

Shadow a Student Series – Two for the Road

Happy summer!  I hope you’re using this time to relax and refresh and to enrich the lives of the young people around you.  If you have been keeping up with my blog, you’ll know that I issued a Shadow a Student Challenge to administrators back in the spring.  It was

Congratulations, Class of 2019!

Wow! That’s really the best way to describe how I felt attending my first commencement ceremonies for all seven of our high schools last week. There is nothing that makes me prouder to be a superintendent than to see our students walk across the stage to receive their high school

Shadow a Student Series – Truitt Intermediate

Spring can be a particularly busy season for educators. As administrators, in particular, your days can quickly be filled with meetings, testing schedules, teacher observations, and so many other tasks. But the spring can also be a great time to evaluate and reflect on the practices that have shaped your

Shadow a Student Series – Directors

Spring can be a particularly busy season for educators. As administrators, in particular, your days can quickly be filled with meetings, testing schedules, teacher observations, and so many other tasks. But the spring can also be a great time to evaluate and reflect on the practices that have shaped your

Shadow a Student Series – Norfolk Highlands Primary

Spring can be a particularly busy season for educators. As administrators, in particular, your days can quickly be filled with meetings, testing schedules, teacher observations, and so many other tasks. But the spring can also be a great time to evaluate and reflect on the practices that have shaped your

Shadow a Student Series – Camelot Elementary

Spring can be a particularly busy season for educators. As administrators, in particular, your days can quickly be filled with meetings, testing schedules, teacher observations, and so many other tasks. But the spring can also be a great time to evaluate and reflect on the practices that have shaped your