Denise Corbo, Loudoun School Board Member, At-Large

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

02/21/2020
Beth Barts-Leesburg District School Board Member

Beth Barts-Leesburg District School Board Member

Thank you to everyone who came to my coffee! We started chatting in my car as the library did not open till 1: 00 and ended in my car as well!

Next time I will make it for 3 hours so we don’t have people waiting and all coming at the beginning. It was very helpful to have Ms. Corbo there as she was able to talk to families as well.

No pictures as I want people to feel comfortable coming. Will have another one in May. I left with a bunch of extra donuts but other than that it was a great outreach opportunity! Thank you!

02/20/2020
Hillsboro Charter Academy

So proud!

HCA goes LIVE!!!
Engineers Week - EWeek #EWeek2020
#news4 #working4you #inthecommunity #HCA212
Loudoun County Public Schools ITEEA STEM Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association

So proud of Bellen for following her heart and passion to make a difference!I’ll never forget seeing multicultural Crayo...
02/20/2020
Loudoun County student uses crayons to raise diversity awareness

So proud of Bellen for following her heart and passion to make a difference!

I’ll never forget seeing multicultural Crayola Crayons for the first time in our teacher supply catalogue. I ordered a pack every year for each one of my students because seeing color and celebrating our differences IS that important!

A Loudoun County student is making a big impact on her community -- and she's still in elementary school! Bellen Woodard started the More Than Peach Project after she was tired of her friends and classmates referring to the peach crayon as the skin color crayon. Now, she’s hoping to raise awarenes...

Hillsboro Charter Academy
02/20/2020

Hillsboro Charter Academy

As part of our HCA Engineers Week - EWeek, our scholars met the two main engineers in charge of the road project in front of our school: Mr. Matt from Volkert and Mr. Dave from The Walsh Group. They will be outside our school for the next 428 days supervising the ReThink9 Hillsboro Road Project. They are excited to build outside of HCA and will be working with the school to show our scholars things like how to construct a retaining wall or build part of the roadway. The scholars asked questions and found out answers to how you make roads and heard the words “planning” and “collaboration” multiple times. Both engineers that visited this morning are construction engineers (on site every day) but both majored in civil engineering. As a sneak peak, equipment will arrive starting March 4! We are SO EXCITED to get to know our new “neighbors” for the next 428 days and can’t wait to continue the exploration of Civil Engineering! Thanks Mr. Matt and Mr. Dave!
#ThisisVolkert #HCA212 #EWeek2020 #E3Rocks

Loudoun County Public Schools
02/19/2020

Loudoun County Public Schools

Fourteen Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) high schools received Gold Certified School-Based Enterprises recognition for their school stores.
This award covers the 2019–2020 school year.
The certification process requires Student-Based Enterprises (SBE) student managers to complete a written project showcasing how their school store adheres to model business standards. The following Gold Certified schools are invited to participate in the exclusive SBE Academy and competitive events at the DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) from April 29 to May 2 in Nashville, Tennessee.
• Briar Woods High School
• Broad Run High School
• John Champe High School
• Dominion High School
• Freedom High School
• Independence High School
• Loudoun County High School
• Loudoun Valley High School
• Park View High School
• Potomac Falls High School
• Riverside High School
• Rock Ridge High School
• Stone Bridge High School
• Woodgrove High School
The ICDC competition will include up to 512 Gold Certified SBE teams nationwide.
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) recognizes school-based enterprises as one of 11 work-based learning (WBL) experiences. LCPS career and technical education (CTE) programs offer marketing students the opportunity to cooperatively manage and operate the school store, which is a retail business and learning laboratory.

Beth Barts-Leesburg District School Board Member
02/17/2020

Beth Barts-Leesburg District School Board Member

As a new member of the school board, I am proud to note that we presented a budget to the Board of Supervisors that allows for expansions in mental health, school security, pay increases for both classified staff and teachers and over 6M in Equity initiatives.

Due to the increase in the value of our homes the tax rate has been recommended to be lowered by one penny. However, this will leave a gap of 2.5 million for the schools. Please reference the chart below.

As I share my journey with you I can assure you that if we are made to reconcile I will not vote to reduce pay, take away the mental health enhancements or remove the security additions. I ask that you encourage the BOS to consider fully funding our budget so we can do the work you asked us to do. *Note the 16 SROs in the elementary schools mentioned below come out of the counties part of the budget not the schools.*

02/16/2020
Harris Mahedavi, Loudoun County School Board Member, Ashburn District

Harris Mahedavi, Loudoun County School Board Member, Ashburn District

This week's board meeting (Feb 11, 2020) have some of the following action items:

1. That the Loudoun County School Board approve the adoption of an alternative textbook for the AP US Government and Comparative Politics textbook, Essentials of Comparative Politics with Cases, Edition: Sixth AP, Authors: Patrick H. O’Neil, Karl Fields and Don Share, ISBN: 978-0-393-68056-0, and published by W.W. Norton.

2. February 2020 has been designated Black History Month across the nation in recognition of the stories, struggles, achievements and accomplishments of Black Americans. The Loudoun County School Board is issuing a proclamation recognizing Black History Month.

3. February 2020 has been designated Career and Technical Education Month in recognition of the achievements and accomplishments in Career and Technical Education (CTE). CTE are courses offered to students in grades 6 through 12 to prepare students for college and careers.

4. On October 8, 2019, the School Board appointed persons to serve on a committee to suggest names for a new Dulles North area elementary school (ES-23). The school naming committee was comprised of staff, parents, and citizens. Beverly Tate, Director of Planning Services, served as the staff contact for the naming committee.

-- Second Alternate: Elaine E. Thompson Elementary School

Elaine E. Thompson's life was lived in service of promoting education and expanding equality and opportunity for all. Her character exemplified what a community public school strives to be, inspirational; she was an influential leader, a model of achievement, and a champion of social justice. Elaine’s service and contributions to the County of Loudoun and its residents were so impactful that the Loudoun Board of Supervisors honored her with a resolution to recognize her life and long-lasting contributions. Prior to Elaine’s death, she donated her great-great-great grandfather’s “freedom papers” which he received here in Loudoun County. Her donation to the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) brought Loudoun County to national prominence. Indeed, Elaine E. Thompson was a model citizen of Loudoun County; naming a school after her would inspire and empower students to achieve and become active contributors to our county and the world. Elaine E. Thompson, a life-long Loudoun County resident and influential community leader died on October 9, 2016.

5. On October 8, 2019, the School Board appointed persons to serve on a committee to suggest names for a new Dulles South area elementary school (ES-29). The school naming committee was comprised of staff, parents, and citizens. Beverly Tate, Director of Planning Services, served as the staff contact for the naming committee.

-- Recommendation: Manahoac Elementary School

The Manahoac [manəˈhəʊək] were a small group of Siouan-speaking Native Americans who inhabited the area at the time of European contact. They occupied the valley along the Rappahannock River fall line to the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is thought the Manahoac people numbered around 1,500. Captain John Smith encountered the Manahoac during his trip up the Rappahannock River in 1608. The Manahoac confederacy of Virginia consisted of perhaps a dozen tribes, of which the names of eight have been preserved.

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Please share your thoughts/concerns concerning the above action items via email - [email protected]

Do copy School Member At-Large, Denise Corbo, [email protected] on the emails as well.

02/16/2020
Harris Mahedavi, Loudoun County School Board Member, Ashburn District

Harris Mahedavi, Loudoun County School Board Member, Ashburn District

I want to thank the constituents that joined me & Denise Corbo, Loudoun School Board Member, At-Large today at Ashburn Library as part of the monthly Ashburn District School Board Hours, and shared their concerns and issues. Some of the highlights of the issues raised:

1. Child Find Study
2. Mental health challenges
3. Elementary and Middle School Children's access to unwanted web domains via Chromebook
4. Culture of AOS, AET and MATA, including counselor assignments, and missed opportunities at home school because of commute to ACL.

I enjoyed visiting Woodgrove HIgh School and Tuscarora High School yesterday!
02/13/2020

I enjoyed visiting Woodgrove HIgh School and Tuscarora High School yesterday!

Loudoun County Public Schools
02/13/2020

Loudoun County Public Schools

Today is Crossing Guard Appreciation Day. Be sure to thank your school’s crossing guard for helping you get to and from school safely each day.

In honor of the occasion, the Virginia Safe Routes to School program recognized Virginia’s Most Outstanding Crossing Guards for 2020. Dina Perry of Belmont Station Elementary was one of six crossing guards in the Commonwealth selected for the honor.

Parents praised the impact Perry has on both students and parents. She teaches safety, learns the names of all the students and brightens everyone’s day. They called her “an amazing and dedicated member of the community.”

Perry was surprised at work this morning with flowers and a certificate. She was joined by Belmont Station Dean Meredith Wetmore, Principal Lori Mercer and Mark Pankau and Janice Jennings of Loudoun County Public Schools Safe Routes to School.

Congratulations!
02/12/2020

Congratulations!

Loudoun Valley High School has been named one of 100 state winners in the 10th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest.

Now the Vikings have some homework to do.

As the winner for the state of Virginia, Loudoun Valley will receive $15,000 in technology from Samsung, including a video kit. Valley’s students will use these tools to produce a three-minute video about their project addressing student safety.

Once Valley’s video is submitted in the next round of competition, a total of 20 schools will be named national finalists and will receive an additional $50,000 in technology products. From the pool of 20, five national winners will be announced. Those schools will receive $100,000 in technology.

The students’ project addresses the local issue of stop-sign violations and the threat they pose to pedestrians and drivers going to and from school. Their proposed project is an electronic add-on system for any stop sign called iStop. The interactive system gives drivers feedback on their speed and rewards them if they come to a legal stop.

It is the second time math teacher Jose Rodriguez’s students have earned the honor. Another team from the school’s STEM Club was the state winner in 2016.

Team members include: Ryan Ebrahimi, Alison Pike, Jeffrey Polivka, Christina Thornton, Daniel Weist and Thomas Weist.

It was so wonderful visiting LCHS last week and seeing one of my best friends and former colleague serving as Assistant ...
02/11/2020

It was so wonderful visiting LCHS last week and seeing one of my best friends and former colleague serving as Assistant Principal! Ms. Tartaglia (Lisa Marie) has a special heart for our EL, underprivileged and underrepresented students. She helps families fill out sports applications and has created school based capstone projects for special needs children and those who do not have transportation. Thank you for being a powerhouse for our children!!Loudoun County Public Schools Sharon Tropf

I’m so proud of Hillsboro Charter Academy!
02/07/2020

I’m so proud of Hillsboro Charter Academy!

Such an HONOR and SURPRISE!!! ❤️🚀❤️⚙️❤️Congratulations to our STELLAR STEAM TEAM! Hillsboro Charter Academy was recognized as the 2019 Program of the Year by the Virginia Children’s Engineering Council for the dedication to the teaching of engineering to elementary scholars and elementary teachers through VCEC!
Loudoun County Public Schools
#VCEC2020 #STEAMTeam #HCA212 #E3

Thank you Lisa Marie for inviting us to learn more about this amazing project. The collaboration between departments art...
02/07/2020

Thank you Lisa Marie for inviting us to learn more about this amazing project. The collaboration between departments art, math and foreign language and schools LCHS and Evergreen Mill Elementary students is wonderful. Thank you to the LCPS teachers for their dedication and for going above and beyond for our students.

Denise Corbo and I spent the afternoon watching a collaborative effort in action between the LCHS senior government classes and 4th graders from Evergreen Elementary.

This three month long project brings ART 1, AP Spanish, Senior Government and 4th graders together to create their very own book based on the 4th grade social studies curriculum.

Watching the faces of both the teens and young students as they worked together reviewing their project and planning the next steps was the best part of my week!

The Seniors will visit Evergreen on a field trip to review the project, have lunch and join in recess with their co-creators! 😉

Thank you to Ms. Tartaglia and Ms. Cody for inviting us and sharing such a great example of creativity and connecting our school communities in partnership!

Loudoun County Public Schools
02/06/2020

Loudoun County Public Schools

The Loudoun County School Board adopted its Proposed Fiscal Year 2021 Budget during a special work session on Tuesday, February 4, at the Loudoun County Public Schools Administrative Offices in Ashburn.

The School Board reduced the Superintendent’s Proposed Budget of $1,395,801,804 by $16,712,198. This resulted in a School Board Proposed Budget of $1,379,089,606. The county local transfer was reduced by $15,912,198 from the Superintendent’s Proposed Budget, from $967,873,261 to $951,961,063.

The changes from the Superintendent’s Proposed Budget were the result of 22 adopted motions by the School Board. These motions included:

To view full article visit, https://tinyurl.com/t2f36pu

02/05/2020

Last night the School Board made revisions to the Superintendent's proposed budget and decreases the proposal by 16+ mil.
Next stop... The Board of Supervisors!
✅ The Superintendent’s Proposed Budget- $1,395,801,804.
✅ School Board Revisions - ($16,712,198)
✅ School Board Adopted Budget - $1,379,089,606

02/05/2020

So excited about the boards unanimous approval to revive the Technology Steering Committee to study the technology in our schools- "I move that the School Board directs staff to conduct an in-depth study of the current technology effectiveness relating to classroom instruction and productivity, to further analyze the costs associated and prepare a proposal for the school board consideration relating to the use of unspent FY20 funds to purchase technology equipment and peripherals. The study results, analysis and staff recommendations would be presented to the technology Steering Committee of the School Board."

Thank you Stephanie Rast for bringing this article to my attention. I’ve been talking with many of our elementary classr...
02/02/2020
Experts say widely used reading curriculum is failing kids

Thank you Stephanie Rast for bringing this article to my attention. I’ve been talking with many of our elementary classroom teachers, Specialized Instructional Facilitators of Reading (formerly the reading resource teachers), elementary EL and SPED teachers who all have concerns over the Lucy Calkins program adopted In Loudoun County. The tool used to assess literacy, DRA and PALS, have both shown declining scores since 2015-16. I’m interested in learning more about our literacy data and the conversations that have taken place to address the falling scores.

A first of its kind review finds Lucy Calkins' materials don't align with the science of reading.

01/31/2020

Looking forward to visiting Meadowland Elementary School today. 27 or more years ago, I was a #mustang teacher under the leadership of one of the best, Dennis Young. Visiting today as a school board member representing every student in Loudoun is surreal. #givingback ❤️

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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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