Denise Corbo, Loudoun School Board Member, At-Large

Denise Corbo,  Loudoun School Board Member, At-Large Loudoun County School Board Member, At-Large.

05/12/2020
go.boarddocs.com

Here is the link to the budget information the board requested.

05/11/2020
www.loudoun.gov

Click the link and check out the State of Loudoun County Youth 2020 Report... Are we doing better or do we need to pay attention to the data?

School Board meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 12. Three action items and eight information items;✅ FY21 Operating Budget R...
05/11/2020

School Board meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 12.

Three action items and eight information items;
✅ FY21 Operating Budget Reconciliation;
✅ Exempt Employee Emergency Pay;
✅ School Board Policy 6210 Student Transportation - Annual Review of Walk Zones;
✅ Approval of the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) School Business Partnership (SBP) Executive Council Membership for the 2020-2021 School Year;
✅ Information regarding Class Rank;
✅ Information on School Calendar and Possible Changes to Last Day of School;
✅ COVID-19 Update on LCPS Continued Response;
✅ Recommendations Regarding School Board Member Participation on the Equity Committee and Leadership Role as Chair of the Discipline Committee.

The Loudoun County School Board will hold a virtual meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 12. All School Board members and staff representatives will participate electronically from remote locations. The LCPS Administrative Building will be closed, and no opportunities for public participation will be available there.

The full meeting agenda is available on the LCPS website.
Live public comment will be accepted virtually and aired in real time during this meeting. Citizens who wish to make live public comment may register by visiting the Citizen Participation link on the School Board webpage (https://www.lcps.org/Page/226240). Online and telephone registration will open through 5 p.m. Monday (telephone registrations may be made between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday at 571-252-1030).

To participate in the May 12, 2020, School Board meeting, please register here (https://tinyurl.com/ycmldqke).

The board will consider three action items during the meeting: Income Replacement and COVID-19 Time Limited Emergency Pay; Individual Learning Devices for K-2 Students; and Possible Contingency Planning Policy. The agenda also contains eight information items. The information items include:

• FY21 Operating Budget Reconciliation;
• Exempt Employee Emergency Pay;
• School Board Policy 6210 Student Transportation - Annual Review of Walk Zones;
• Approval of the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) School Business Partnership (SBP) Executive Council Membership for the 2020-2021 School Year;
• Information regarding Class Rank;
• Information on School Calendar and Possible Changes to Last Day of School;
• COVID-19 Update on LCPS Continued Response;
• Recommendations Regarding School Board Member Participation on the Equity Committee and Leadership Role as Chair of the Discipline Committee.

The Loudoun County School Board believes that strong community engagement and outreach are important components of a successful school system, even while the COVID-19 crisis requires special arrangements to safely conduct business while implementing recommended preventative measures. The meeting will be available for public viewing through the live-stream telecast (https://tinyurl.com/v3jlht6) on LCPS.org, and live on Comcast channel 18 and Verizon FIOS channel 43.

05/09/2020

✳️ Budget Update ✳️

✅ The School Board Budget Q&A will be posted in Board Docs. I’ll post the link when it’s available.
✅ Governor's Plan to Reopen - Thank you to Beth Burner Barts (Leesburg) and Harris Mahedavi - Candidate(Ashburn) for bringing this to our attention, the Governor of Virginia will present a school opening plan in a few weeks.
✅ Delay LCPS Budget Adoption - Pending Board approval, we may delay the budget adoption until after the Governor has shared his plan, from 5/26 to 6/9.
✅ Budget Reductions and Enhancements - After reading the line items, I am proposing that Dr. Williams creates two additional lists of reductions. One list of reductions to enhance step increases for classified and a second list of reductions to include enhancements to both classified and certified teachers. After receiving the detailed line item budget, there is plenty of funding in the "base" to make additional cuts in professional development, travel, consultants, programs, etc. that have not been considered and can be easily be put aside for a year and/or reallocated when portions of the $73 million of funding is released.

05/09/2020

We have line items!! The line items for programs was sent to board members yesterday evening. I’ll spend the next few days working on a proposal.

Here we go again... for those who don’t already know:
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05/07/2020

It’s hard to make budget cut recommendations when you have no access to the budget. I asked staff for the line item budget two weeks ago and have received nothing.

Loudoun County Public Schools
05/07/2020

Loudoun County Public Schools

Teacher Appreciation Week 2020 is one unlike any other. Loudoun County Public Schools Teachers are not in their classrooms right now, yet their contributions to our community have never been more important. Their virtual work to provide continuity of learning and social-emotional support for students is helping families through one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history. We invite families to email their teachers this week with messages of encouragement and thanks.

For the fifth year, the Virginia Lottery is encouraging students, parents and the general public to send thank-you notes to Virginia's deserving public school teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4 – 8. With both students and teachers working hard from home, now's your chance to send a digital thank-you note to show your appreciation. Your favorite teacher could win a Virginia vacation and prizes for your school! Visit https://thankateacherva.com/ to participate.

Recognition for this year’s Loudoun County Teacher of the Year nominees has been postponed due to COVID-19, so we are using Teacher Appreciation Week to highlight the outstanding work done by these nominees.

Denise Higgins, Pinebrook, Librarian
“Denise Higgins is the living definition of service leadership. She is the heartbeat of Pinebrook Elementary as she cares deeply for each person in our building – holding to excellence in academics and character equally. Denise’s positive attitude, can-do effort, and finding the good in any situation makes her a staff member that exhibits the very best that we wish for our students.”—Paul Thiessen, Principal

Kelley McNamee, Eagle Ridge, Music Teacher
“Kelley McNamee, Eagle Ridge Middle School Band Director, is our nominee for teacher of the year. Kelley was nominated by multiple parents for her dedication not only to her students, but all music students at Eagle Ridge and Briar Woods High School in her role as our Music Subject Area Lead Teacher and for her contributions to the BWHS Marching Band. In addition to multiple recognitions for the ERMS Band program and individual students, Mrs. McNamee, along with Mr. Matthew Pazanowski, has built an award winning Jazz Band at Eagle Ridge. Kelley puts everything she has into every class, and is that rare combination of both patience and push for her students – she fully understands their developmental level as middle school musicians, but continually pushes them to excel beyond it. We at Eagle Ridge are awfully proud of Mrs. McNamee and, under her leadership, the excellence of all of our music programs. Congratulations Kelley!”—Scott Phillips, Principal

Susan Simmons, Little River Elementary School, Fourth Grade Teacher
“Ms. Simmons has served as the team leader for 4th grade for several years, the social sciences contact for the school, the resource contact for inclusive classrooms, the lead mentor for the building, and finally, as a valued member of our school community attending almost every community event. She smiles through tough conversations, holds fast to the educational principles being presented that are based on data, and comforts parents as they work together to support the student. Ms. Simmons has a genuine and honest approach with families, ensuring they know she cares and truly understands. Ms. Simmons is consistently student focused – dedicated to doing ‘whatever it takes’ to best assist, support, and encourage all of her students. Just recently, Ms. Simmons took it upon herself to ensure one student was fully able to participate in the school’s Geography Bee. The student’s specific needs made him frozen with fear over the large space, especially filled with many people. So, she utilized all of her resources to make certain this student was comfortable and had various options and accommodations. She even used her lunch time to help him practice on stage to not become overwhelmed by the large space or a large group of people. Without her efforts, he would have not been successful at participating fully during this event or as successfully!”—Kevin Murphy, Principal

Lynne Avdellas, Harper Park Middle School, Social Science and Global Studies Teacher
“What makes Lynne Avdellas an outstanding teacher? Lynne is a student advocate. She works tirelessly to provide a safe, inclusive and caring environment for all students. Lynne is a champion for personalized learning at Harper Park. She is adept at leveraging technology to cultivate 21st century learners. Lynne is a lifelong learner who enthusiastically shares her passion for the history of the United States with her students and colleagues. Above all, Lynne possesses a servant heart that propels her towards ensuring successful outcomes for all the Harper Park community!”—Mary Beth Woodford, Assistant Principal

Melissa Anderson, Sanders Corner Elementary School, Fifth Grade Teacher
”Mrs. Anderson has a unique method of motivating her students. She holds them accountable for their work, while at the same time recognizing the pride that they take in reaching their goals. She works in tandem with her grade level team members, special education teachers, teacher assistants, specialist teachers, and administration to implement and design an effective instructional program for her students. She considers many people to be a partner in each child’s educational process. She understands that even with the maximum amount of data, her children cannot learn unless she works to foster positive relationships with her students.”—Michael Jacques, Principal

Annabelle Mills, Stone Hill Middle School, Music Teacher
“To put it plainly, Annabelle is simply magical. Her ability to connect with students and to inspire their creativity and passions is profound and deeply impactful. Mention her name to any of her students and you will immediately see the sparkle in their eyes that comes from the love and respect they have for her. ‘Where words fail, music speaks, all thanks to Mrs. Mills,’ wrote a parent, whose son is in her Adaptive Music classroom. This pilot program was created and implemented by Mrs. Mills to extend her musical touch to every single student here at Stone Hill Middle School.”—Kathryn Clark, Principal

Jean Nibbelink, J.L. Simpson Middle School, Math Teacher
“Ms. Nibbelink is a wonderful teacher who inspires her students to develop a love for math even if it is not their best subject. She simplifies complex concepts for all students by breaking them down into their most basic form. Further, her warmness as a teacher provides students the comfort to ask for help when they need without feeling intimidated or scared. One parent wrote, “My daughter is a good student but finds math to be her most challenging subject. Having had Ms. Nibbelink to teach her algebra made a huge difference in her math confidence.” She does not have Ms. Nibbelink for Geometry this year. However, she still seeks Ms. Nibbelink’s help occasionally when certain challenging topics come up.”—Katrina Smith, Assistant Principal

05/06/2020

✳️ School Board Update ✳️
Let us know what you think. ([email protected])

✅ My thoughts... Purchasing Chromebooks/iPads for grades K-2.
~ We must survey teachers and parents to justify the need.
~ Connecting with teachers and peers is the #1 benefit. How many families need/want them vs. how many don’t?
~ Three LCPS elementary schools are already using computers in K-2. I asked for staff to provide a list of pros and cons from the K-2 teachers who have been using them for 2 years.
~ How many K-2 students are currently engaging with teachers?

✅ My thoughts... If we make the purchase.
~ Learning packets and hands on activities need to continue to drive instruction.
~ We need extreme safety software limiting what students are able to access.
~ When we go back to school based learning the devises remain at school and become class sets.
~ Parents have an option to opt out.

✅ SB members will select a parent representative to join the SPRINT scenario team. I strongly believe there needs to be...
~ More teacher representation.
~ LEA representation.

✅ Meal distribution will continue over the summer. We will receive cost information at the next meeting

✅ SB will continue to meet weekly.

✅ SB decided not to end school early, what do you think? I would support allowing teachers additional workdays to provide time for end of the year classroom closure.

✅ I support lifting the limit for online summer classes.

Here we go...

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Please note that I will not comment or engage with posts from people who hide their identity, use my platform to post false information, name call and attempt to speak for me. There is a name for people like that and I’m not going to waste time with nonsense.

Loudoun County Public Schools
05/05/2020

Loudoun County Public Schools

The Loudoun County School Board will convene it’s virtual meeting at 4 p.m. today, May 5. The first item on the agenda is a closed session, for School Board members only, to address some legal matters confidentially. The board is expected to reconvene it’s open meeting shortly before 6 p.m., and the first agenda item will be the Public Comment period, at 6 p.m.

The meeting will be streamed live online at the LCPS-TV webpage (https://tinyurl.com/v3jlht6), and will be viewable on Comcast channel 18 and Verizon FIOS channel 43.

LCPS is providing this information so citizens can plan their viewing schedule effectively.

Loudoun County Public Schools
05/05/2020

Loudoun County Public Schools

Teacher Appreciation Week 2020 is one unlike any other. Loudoun County Public Schools Teachers are not in their classrooms right now, yet their contributions to our community have never been more important. Their virtual work to provide continuity of learning and social-emotional support for students is helping families through one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history. We invite families to email their teachers this week with messages of encouragement and thanks.

For the fifth year, the Virginia Lottery is encouraging students, parents and the general public to send thank-you notes to Virginia's deserving public school teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4 – 8. With both students and teachers working hard from home, now's your chance to send a digital thank-you note to show your appreciation. Your favorite teacher could win a Virginia vacation and prizes for your school! Visit https://thankateacherva.com/ to participate.

Recognition for this year’s Loudoun County Teacher of the Year nominees has been postponed due to COVID-19, so we are using Teacher Appreciation Week to highlight the outstanding work done by these nominees.

Michelle Amend, Little River Elementary, Kindergarten Teacher
“Mrs. Amend has had a wide range of experiences with parents and in a multitude of different types of meetings and educational needs. She has served as the team leader for kindergarten for a number of years, the health and wellness ambassador for the school, organizer of the Kindergarten Orientation, the advisor for the Teacher Cadet program (student teachers), and finally as a valued member of our school community. She has the ability to smile through tough conversations, hold fast to the educational principles being presented that are based on data, and to comfort parents to understand the process and needs for the student. Mrs. Amend is consistently student focused – dedicated to doing ‘whatever it takes’ to best assist, support, and encourage all of her students.”—Kevin Murphy, Principal

Scot Braun, Belmont Ridge Middle School, Civics Teacher
“Mr. Scot Braun is an asset to the Belmont Ridge school community. His biggest contribution to the school is his ability to build strong and lasting relationships with everyone he works with. Whether it is with his peers collaborating on lesson design or professional development, or with his students in and outside of his classroom, Mr. Braun lives a life which is dedicated to the people he interacts with. Mr. Braun cares about people and his lasting legacy is to leave a trail of good experiences and good memories wherever he goes and with whomever he meets.”—Felicia Lewis, Dean

David Stephenson, Farmwell Station Middle School, Business Education Teacher
“David Stephenson is one of those teachers that epitomizes what we want from all teachers. He inspires his students through building relationships with them that make school relevant and enjoyable. In our school he teaches every single student in his keyboarding class at one time or another. As a result, students talk to him daily as they walk through the halls whether they have class with him or not. He provides opportunities for students to connect with the real world in his Young Entrepreneur’s Club and through additional activities after school such as Shark Tank contestants presenting their ideas to local business judges. He makes learning meaningful and exciting! “—Sherryl Loya, Principal

Steven Bills, Stone Bridge High School, English Teacher
“Mr. Bills is a leader in education due to his superior content knowledge and his dedication to his students. Writing is thinking and the students that he serves all demonstrate their thinking with their amazing writing ability. Mr. Bills has led the Stone Bridge Writing Center to be one of the leading writing centers at the high school level in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Our students are highly prepared for the rigor of college writing because of the excellent work of Mr. Bills.”—Timothy Flynn, Principal

Megan O’Brien, Brambleton Middle School, Social Science and Global Studies Teacher
”Ms. O’Brien is an innovative teacher who is grounded in providing her students with authentic opportunities to interact with the Civics curriculum. She has led school wide service-learning activities to embed the importance of service into our students’ lives. She led this work by creating service-learning opportunities for 1500 students throughout Northern Virginia. Students worked with Arlington Cemetery, Boulder Crest Retreat, nursing homes, and our very own Brambleton Community. She is a collaborator, creator, critical thinker, contributor, and communicator in all aspects of her professional journey. As a teacher leader, she navigates change in her department with grace and a collaborative spirit.”—Renee Dawson, Principal

Tara Ballenger, Emerick Elementary, Second Grade Teacher
“Ms. Tara Ballenger inspires dreamers to become doers. She comes to school each day with the best attitude and loves each student that walks through her doors. She finds the best in each child and makes them feel loved. Her creativity leads to excitement in her classroom daily. She is a true gift to education.”—Dawn Haddock, Principal

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Denise Corbo was elected on November 5, 2019 to serve as the Loudoun County School Board At-Large member. She is an award-winning educator and nonprofit leader who focuses on children’s literacy. A gifted and talented resource teacher for Loudoun County Public Schools, she began her career teaching high school vocational education. After receiving a master’s degree in elementary education from Marymount University, she taught kindergarten and first grade and has served as a technology resource teacher. Corbo earned a provisional Elementary Administration and Gifted and Talented endorsements through the University of Virginia, in additional to the National Board Teacher Certification.

In addition to teaching gifted and talented students, Corbo currently serves as president and founder of StoryBook Treasures, a nonprofit reaching more than 6,000 students across five states, with the mission of putting books into the hearts, hands and homes of children.

During her 33 years in education, Corbo has worked with students of every age and income level. She observed that the one common factor for success in all students is achieving literacy. Thus, she devotes her life to sharing her passion, helping schools focus on the power of early literacy intervention and creating a positive culture of readers. Her mission is to show teachers how to be the inspiration to create readers who fall in love with books.

Recently named the Loudoun County Washington Post Teacher of the Year, Corbo has been featured on ABC’s WJLA News7 and local newspapers, and in 2018 she received a Virginia House Resolution highlighting her contributions to education.

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