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VBCPS Social Media Terms of Use Virginia Beach City Public Schools operates a number of social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and individual blogs. VBCPS recognizes there may be times when citizens disagree with school system policies, procedures and actions. Dissenting opinions thoughtfully and respectfully expressed are welcomed. Lively public discourse can be enlightening. That being said, wholesale efforts to dominate this page or rhetoric that is insultingly written will be deleted. Any content deemed to be slanderous, hateful or inappropriate for public discussion will be removed immediately, and VBCPS reserves the right to block users who repeatedly violate these terms of use. Examples of content that will be removed include: • Personal attacks or threats against any person or group • Solicitations or advertisements of any kind • Nudity or pornography • Profanity or vulgar language • References to or supporting use of tobacco and tobacco products • References to or supporting use of firearms or other weapons • References to or supporting use of alcohol • Posts by persons who are impersonating city officials or using false identities • Animal cruelty • Information affiliated with or promoting political campaigns • Posting someone else’s personal information (i.e., home address or phone number) without their written consent • References to specific, ongoing personnel cases This list can be added to at any time. For more information about posting protocol, contact the office of Media and Communication Development at 757-263-1000.

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: Homemade clay is a recipe for creative fun - Young children love to play with clay. Th...
06/19/2020

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: Homemade clay is a recipe for creative fun - Young children love to play with clay. They can squish it and pound it and form it into fascinating shapes. To make clay at home, prepare this recipe with your child: Mix 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, 4 teaspoons of cream of tartar, 2 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of cooking oil and a drop of food coloring. Cook and stir over medium heat until a soft ball forms. Let cool, knead and play! https://bit.ly/3hn1MIA

Office of Family and Community Engagement- VB Schools
06/19/2020

Office of Family and Community Engagement- VB Schools

VBCPS is excited to offer free virtual peer tutoring! Trained high school students from across the division are available to tutor in various subjects! Use the link to sign up today! https://bit.ly/VBVirtualPTRequest

Also known as Freedom Day, Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when the Union soldiers brought the news to Texas that...
06/19/2020

Also known as Freedom Day, Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when the Union soldiers brought the news to Texas that the war had ended and slaves were now free. https://bit.ly/37GjFgY

Juneteenth is the oldest known commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. If you’ve not had the opportuni...
06/19/2020
The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest known commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. If you’ve not had the opportunity to celebrate Juneteenth in the past, we hope you’ll be able to find some time today to self-reflect and perhaps learn more about the culture, history and experience of Black Americans. https://s.si.edu/37FqKhI

Juneteenth is a monumental yet often overlooked event in our nation’s history. On June 19, 1865, enslaved African Americans in Galveston Bay, Texas, were notified by Union troops they, along with all other enslaved black people in the state, were free by executive decree.

Keep sharing your #VBCPSGrad2020 photos!
06/18/2020

Keep sharing your #VBCPSGrad2020 photos!

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: Use music to encourage understanding - Teens often define themselves by their music pr...
06/18/2020

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: Use music to encourage understanding - Teens often define themselves by their music preferences. Tune in to your teen by asking them to take you on a "tour" of some of their favorite songs and artists. Once in a while, ask them to share the lyrics of a song they’re listening to. If you find the words offensive, talk to your teen. Ask, "What do you think about these words? Do you agree with their message?" Share music you love with your teen, too. https://bit.ly/2MRYVZV

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: For science fun, experiment with eggs - Try this science experiment with your child: P...
06/17/2020

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: For science fun, experiment with eggs - Try this science experiment with your child: Place a raw egg (in its shell) into a container with a lid. Pour in enough vinegar to cover the egg. Put the lid on. After two or three days, discard the vinegar. Touch the egg. Ask your child, "What do you think happened to the eggshell?" (It dissolved, leaving only the inner membrane to keep the egg together.) The rubbery egg can be gently bounced (from a low height) and squeezed. https://bit.ly/2XYCjxs

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: Show empathy when your teen has a problem - When teens have problems, many expect thei...
06/16/2020

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: Show empathy when your teen has a problem - When teens have problems, many expect their parents to either brush the problems aside or start nagging. So they stay silent. To open up communication, empathize with your teen. Say: "It looks like something went wrong for you today. I'm sorry," If they tell you what's going on, repeat what they say to confirm your understanding. Then, help them brainstorm solutions they think they could take. https://bit.ly/3cVf37B

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: Help your teen begin to think about careers - It's not too early for your teen to star...
06/15/2020

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: Help your teen begin to think about careers - It's not too early for your teen to start thinking about life after graduation. Encourage them to organize their thoughts by keeping a career notebook. They can head one section, "I love to …" and another "I can't stand to …." Have them create sections for information about colleges and careers that will let them explore their interests, such as their entry requirements. They'll get a better idea of what to focus on in high school. https://bit.ly/37qeSjJ

Join VBCPS in celebrating our custodians during Custodial Appreciation Week, June 15-19. Show your appreciation by shari...
06/15/2020

Join VBCPS in celebrating our custodians during Custodial Appreciation Week, June 15-19. Show your appreciation by sharing and tagging us in photos on social media. You can also drop off cards, letters or drawings in the designated box outside any school or building.

VBCPS is also pleased to announce that all of the division’s schools and buildings have obtained the Gold Award, which highlights custodial teams who have gone above and beyond with their duties and cleaning protocols. Congrats to our custodial teams!

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: Put senses to use during spelling practice - To help your child learn spelling words, ...
06/14/2020

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: Put senses to use during spelling practice - To help your child learn spelling words, have them write each word on an index card. Then, ask them to look at a word and spell it out loud three times. Have them "take a mental picture" of the word and put the card away. With their eyes closed, have them spell the word three times. Next, have them write it with his finger in salt spread out on a cookie sheet. Finally, they can check their spelling against the index card. https://bit.ly/2MDzhI9

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: Be patient as your teen 'tries on' independent thinking - Your teen is developing thei...
06/13/2020

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: Be patient as your teen 'tries on' independent thinking - Your teen is developing their own system of values, beliefs and priorities. They may start questioning your politics, your religious beliefs or your choice of friends. They may change their own friends or interests. Don't let this "trying on" of new attitudes try your patience. Your teen is thinking about their choices for the future. Stay as calm as possible and look for opportunities to discuss your values with your teen. https://bit.ly/3gXAfNG

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: Choose a nickname that's a sign of strength - Giving your child a special nickname can...
06/12/2020

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: Choose a nickname that's a sign of strength - Giving your child a special nickname can reinforce their positive character traits. Discuss your child's greatest character strength and how it will help them in life. Then find out how to say the strength in another language and turn it into a name. For example, a brave child might be called "El Valiente." When your child shows that strength, use the nickname. Explain what it means. If they like the name, it may stick. https://bit.ly/2MBt27G

We would like to invite you to a special website dedicated to the Class of 2020, featuring all the speeches and individu...
06/11/2020

We would like to invite you to a special website dedicated to the Class of 2020, featuring all the speeches and individual high school video tributes. #VBCPSGrad2020 https://bit.ly/2zulgda

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: Point out the positive side of mistakes and failures - Children need to learn how to h...
06/11/2020

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: Point out the positive side of mistakes and failures - Children need to learn how to handle failure if they are to succeed. If your child is facing up to a failure, don't minimize their feelings. Instead, help them see the situation more clearly. Tell them that mistakes give us information that allows us to make necessary changes and get smarter. You can also talk about what you've learned from failures. Above all, don't allow your child to lower their expectations for themselves. https://bit.ly/3gTXU1k

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: Limits keep screen time positive - Online learning has become an important part of sch...
06/10/2020

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: Limits keep screen time positive - Online learning has become an important part of school life. But along with the benefits of screen time come costs. Hours of gaming and goofing around online reduce your teen's time for reading, exercise and family. So, establish some digital boundaries. Limit screen time that's unrelated to school or family projects or maintaining friendships. Discuss internet safety and emphasize that nothing they post is private. https://bit.ly/30fdrmq

06/09/2020
06/09/2020

Thank you Virginia Beach City Government for partnering with us in this month long celebration of our #VBCPSGrad2020! https://bit.ly/3dLQRWE

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: Ask question that help your child find solutions - Your child is doing a math assignme...
06/09/2020

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: Ask question that help your child find solutions - Your child is doing a math assignment and they’re stuck. How can you help them solve the problem without doing it for them? Get your child talking. Ask them to tell you what they know about this type of problem. Then have them explain what they’ve done so far. Have they done any problems like this before? Often children will suddenly say, "Oh, I see. I divided when I should have multiplied." https://bit.ly/3eTyhf9

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: It's a lovely day for learning - If warm weather is making your teen's mind wander, he...
06/08/2020

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: It's a lovely day for learning - If warm weather is making your teen's mind wander, help them refocus their attention on studying. Ask questions about their assignments. What do they find interesting? Challenging? If they’re spending a lot less time studying than she used to, simply asking "Why are you spending less time on schoolwork?" may fix the problem. You might also suggest that they do their reading assignment outside. https://bit.ly/2UgG4f8

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: Review some basic rules of writing - Your teen's writing will be more effective if the...
06/07/2020

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: Review some basic rules of writing - Your teen's writing will be more effective if they follows a few rules. Remind them to limit paragraphs to one topic and include a topic sentence that tells the main idea. They should also use the active voice: "The boy ate the apple," not "The apple was eaten by the boy." Strong writers also avoid ambiguity and make each word count: "Tom had a dog, which wore a red collar, which was very old" should be "Tom's old dog wore a red collar." https://bit.ly/2XHvyP9

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: Send your child on a number hunt - To help your young child recognize numbers and some...
06/06/2020

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: Send your child on a number hunt - To help your young child recognize numbers and some of the ways people use them, send them on a number hunt. Choose a number, such as 12. Write it on a piece of paper. Now challenge your child to find that number somewhere in your home. They might find it on the clock or on a can in your cupboard. Talk about its purpose. Then it's your child's turn to write down a number and send you on a number hunt. https://bit.ly/2TLTxvt

VBCPS, in partnership with equity leaders across the Commonwealth, is hosting a virtual forum on equity, race and recent...
06/05/2020

VBCPS, in partnership with equity leaders across the Commonwealth, is hosting a virtual forum on equity, race and recent events that impact our local and global communities. The panel discussion includes VBCPS leaders and community members whose diverse backgrounds have influenced their personal, educational and professional endeavors toward inclusive excellence. https://bit.ly/2MzJplr

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: Sharpen skills with a creative writing game - Writers are careful observers. Here's a ...
06/05/2020

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: Sharpen skills with a creative writing game - Writers are careful observers. Here's a fun way to help your children build observation and writing skills. Bring some pencils and paper on a walk. Set a time limit, then challenge your kids to write down words for things they see around them (building, tree, etc.). They can also include descriptive words like tall or gray. When the time is up, see who can turn their word collection into the most creative sentence. https://bit.ly/2M7Mvge

Two VBCPS students recognized with Achievement Awards scholarships. Check out the story on The Core https://bit.ly/2XYUj...
06/04/2020

Two VBCPS students recognized with Achievement Awards scholarships. Check out the story on The Core https://bit.ly/2XYUjXg

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: Bird watching is science in action - To help your child connect with science, encourag...
06/04/2020

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: Bird watching is science in action - To help your child connect with science, encourage them to keep a record of the birds they see. They can draw them, write descriptions or take pictures. While they’re at it, discuss ways humans and birds are similar. You might ask, "Do you think baby birds are afraid when they learn to fly? Are there things you might be afraid to do but know you need to learn?" Help them go online to identify and learn more about birds in your area. https://bit.ly/2AmuHv1

Conversations – courageous conversations – about equity, race and recent tragic events can be difficult to have, yet, in...
06/04/2020

Conversations – courageous conversations – about equity, race and recent tragic events can be difficult to have, yet, individual and cultural conceptions of race impact every aspect of our daily lives. Words have impact, but so does silence. You are invited to a virtual community conversation, How to Talk About Equity, Race and Recent Events, next Tuesday, June 9, at 5 p.m., featuring a panel discussion that includes VBCPS leaders and community members whose diverse backgrounds have influenced their personal, educational and professional endeavors toward inclusive excellence. https://bit.ly/2AGuIKp

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: Encourage different kinds of learning this summer - Learning shouldn't end with the en...
06/03/2020

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: Encourage different kinds of learning this summer - Learning shouldn't end with the end of the school year. And the summer allows time for different kinds of learning. Help your teen learn a new "adult" life skill, such as cooking or basic home repairs. Have them look for available online classes at a local recreation center or community college. And encourage your teen to keep reading; thousands of free ebooks are available for download from public libraries, Kindle and more. https://bit.ly/2B3RhJg

Please take a moment to read a special message from Dr. Spence addressing some of the events affecting us locally, natio...
06/02/2020

Please take a moment to read a special message from Dr. Spence addressing some of the events affecting us locally, nationally and globally. https://bit.ly/2BmQqDD

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: A simple process encourages cooperation - Experts suggest these steps for motivating c...
06/02/2020

Parent Connection Tip of the Day: A simple process encourages cooperation - Experts suggest these steps for motivating children to do what they're asked. First, tell your child exactly what you want them to do. Next, link the behavior you want with something your child wants (that you're willing to deliver). "When your math is done, we can play a game." Then keep your promise when your child does what you've asked (and not before!). Finally, comment positively when your child cooperates. https://bit.ly/2TKMnaQ

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Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) operates a number of social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and individual blogs. VBCPS recognizes there may be times when citizens disagree with school system policies, procedures and actions. Dissenting opinions thoughtfully and respectfully expressed are welcomed. Lively public discourse can be enlightening. That being said, wholesale efforts to dominate this page or rhetoric that is insultingly written will be deleted. Any content deemed to be slanderous, hateful or inappropriate for public discussion will be removed immediately, and VBCPS reserves the right to block users who repeatedly violate these terms of use. Examples of content that will be removed include: • Personal attacks or threats against any person or group • Solicitations or advertisements of any kind • Nudity or pornography • Profanity or vulgar language • References to or supporting use of tobacco and tobacco products • References to or supporting use of firearms or other weapons • References to or supporting use of alcohol • Posts by persons who are impersonating city officials or using false identities • Animal cruelty • Information affiliated with or promoting political campaigns • Posting someone else’s personal information (i.e., home address or phone number) without their written consent • References to specific, ongoing personnel cases This list can be added to at any time. For more information about posting protocol, contact the office of Media and Communication Development at 757-263-1000.

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Are VB schools continuing with breakfast/lunch distribution over the summer?
I just wanted to say thank you for making graduation happen for these kids. Yes it was different , a bit surreal even, but it happened. It means the world. Thank you.
That survey was useless and pointless..no place for parents to put comments...
Good morning everyone! I am a parent of a graduating Landstown HS Senior (2020) who would love to have a yearbook. If there is anyone who may have purchased more than one and would like to sell or maybe you who know someone who is interested in selling one, can you please let me know? I would be interested in purchasing from you. This is for my son, Aaron Yancey. Thank you
PROVIDENCE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PARADE... My family is moving this summer and the teachers, administration, and staff at PES changed my kids lives. You will NEVER know the positive impact you have had and thank you will never be enough❤️❤️❤️
Congrats to the seniors who graduated this year! We want to help you flourish your passion, and continue your education in DENTAL🦷ASSISTING! We have TWO more $1,000 scholarships for any HS 2020 SENIOR that registers this year with us!
Can you re-evaluate the use of the phone and text messages? Those should be used for immediate action notification. Please stop sending messages to the phone and text to tell me to check my email. I’m one call a way from unsubscribing to all of it.
Hey VBCPS! I know you have tons of experts working on this, but may I suggest to have the kids attend school in 2 cohorts either Mon/Tues or Thurs/Fri, with Wednesday as the teacher work day? This would allow for the best sanitization practices. Also- siblings, even in different schools, should be able to attend in the same cohort. Thanks! Kimberly Span, MD and mom of 2 VBCPS kids.
I cannot fathom how Walmart has been able to stay open continuously through COVID to sell us junk from China, but my children cannot sit in a classroom more than two days a week this COMING SEPTEMBER. You are disrupting their academics, their athletics, and their socialization. Italy, one of the countries hardest hit by this virus, will reopen schools in September. This is either being done for reasons nescient or nefarious; let's see which it ends up being.
Crystal Wilkerson, a principal at Thalia Elementary, Virginia Beach, committed abominable, vile, heinous act towards my child. My ex-husband substitutes for teachers at Thalia free of charge as a volunteer who has a maniacal desire to have a sole custody of our child just in order to make me suffer and who physically abused me. To pay him for his work Crystal Wilkerson called judicial authorities and lied about me and my child with the purpose to deprive my child of his mother. Due to her call, I was separated from my son for six months. It cost me a lot of efforts and money to prove the inadequate behavior of Crystal Wilkerson in order to get my son back. I had to take the deposition on her and some other teachers from Thalia Elementary. Those teachers did not confirm Crystal Wilkerson’s lies. It is a shame that the Virginia Beach City Public Schools permits parents to substitute for teachers, but our children have to pay for that. I would like to know if Crystal Wilkerson has her own children and whether she is familiar with a mother’s feeling whose child was separated from her. What a despot a person should be if she purposely calls judicial authorities to bring her student grief and despair. Because of Crystal Wilkerson, I was prohibited any contact with my son, and my son for six months was running after each car he saw on the street that was similar to my car, this is how much he was missing his mother.
Dear VBCPS, I started my education in 1995 in the VBCPS system and completed K-12 in what I would consider the nation's TOP classrooms. Twenty-five years later, building on the solid foundation I received in your schools, I find myself in my seventh year of service as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy, and having just successfully earned my Master of Science degree. After six cumulative years of undergraduate and postgraduate work, I can say that no education will ever stand up to what I learned from my teachers and faculty in VBCPS. I am eternally grateful for the impact they had on my life—they were a MAJOR part in getting me where I am today. I am so happy that I have been able to keep in touch with many of them over the years, and since I have, I'd like to call a few of them out in recognition of their hard work. Among the list are teachers and faculty that weren't even my own... they just worked in classrooms near mine and found a way to be a positive impact in my life anyway(*). All of my teachers treated our classes as if we were a family, and so a family we remain today. THAT is what makes VBCPS so special! Gladys Puckett - Kindergarten Virginia Wilson - Kindergarten* Jeanne Claire - Kindergarten* Kellie Meyers Casbeer - Kindergarten* Gloria Allen - Physical Education Julia Quinones - Interpreter for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired* Thomas Paul - Interpreter for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired* Lisanne Jefferson (In memoriam) - First Grade* Nancy Meyers (In memoriam) - School Nurse Mary Anna Elser - Music Marsha Chappell - Fourth Grade Heidi Hurlburt Kaiktsian - Fourth Grade* Robin Chapman Herndon - Fourth Grade* Sharon Fussell - Fifth Grade Richard Sidone - Elementary Principal Bill Skaggs - Elementary Principal Dena Ruth McElligott - Sixth Grade (Algebra) Louisa Morrison - Sixth Grade (Social Studies) Jennifer McKendree - Seventh Grade (Life Science) Lori Long Pinner - Eighth Grade (Geometry) Susan Young - Eight Grade (Civics) Linda Blackmar Thompson - Eight Grade (English) Kim Crispen - Eighth Grade (Earth Science) Heather Green - Ninth Grade (Chemistry) Laura Wood - Tenth Grade (Cell Biology) Mark Clemente - Tenth Grade (AP Chemistry) Alexis Witham Jones - Tenth Grade (English) Eric Jaworski - Tenth Grade (Spanish IV) Madonna Monahan - Tenth Grade (AP European History) Darcy Bailey Pohl - Eleventh Grade (AP US History) Nicole Morgenthau - Eleventh Grade (English) George Piccillo - Twelfth Grade (AP Government) Shannon M. Kelly - Twelfth Grade (English) Catherina Stewart - Twelfth Grade (Math) Jeremy Schratwieser - Twelfth Grade (AP Biology) Christa Vogt - Twelfth Grade (Theatre) I would not be who I am today without their love, lessons, help, guidance, and mentorship. I thank them from the bottom of my heart for all they did for me and the thousands of other students they have impacted over their careers! With utmost respect and gratitude, Benjamin Sandridge
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