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School Board Recognitions
February 4, 2014

The School Board is pleased to recognize the students and staff of Plaza Middle School for being selected as the Virginia winner in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest.

Teachers Robert Carroll and Catherine Susewind are here to accept a plaque on behalf of the school.

The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest strives to raise interest in STEM learning across the country. Schools nationwide submitted project ideas ranging from reducing pollution through use of bikes made of bamboo to compelling government action to remove carcinogens from the community.

Plaza Middle School’s project involves gathering video footage of the bottom of the Lynnhaven River to determine the best place to transplant 2,000 oysters they are currently growing through a student restoration project.

As the state winner, Plaza earned $20,000 worth of Samsung technology for the school as well as a video production package. Students will now create a short video using the technology to highlight the school’s oyster project. The video will be reviewed in the next level of Samsung’s nationwide competition where 15 finalists have the opportunity to earn $35,000 in additional technology supplies. The top five schools in the nation can earn a technology package valued at $140,000.

Please join me in congratulating Plaza Middle School for earning this honor.

The School Board is pleased to recognize the students and staff of Diamond Springs, Newtown and Rosemont elementary schools for being named 2014 Title I Distinguished Schools by the Virginia Department of Education.

Representing Diamond Springs Elementary School are Principal Gloria Costen, Assistant Principal Teresa Ritzel and School Academic Coordinator Katie Young.

Joining us from Newton Elementary are: Principal Lavern Chatman, Title I Specialist Crystal Felton and second-grade student Jayden Brown.

And from Rosemont Elementary School: Principal Cari Hall, Assistant Principal Linda Morrissey, the 2015 Teacher of the Year Laura Silverman and 5th Grade Teacher Megan Chester.

When selecting the 2014 Distinguished Title I schools, the Virginia Department of Education reviewed student achievement data for the 2011-2012 and the 12-13 school years.

Diamond Springs, Newton and Rosemont all achieved a mean score at the 60th percentile for both English and mathematics; were fully accredited for a minimum of two consecutive years; and met or exceeded the annual measurable objectives for all students and for each subgroup for the current year and for the previous year.

I think you will agree that this is quite an accomplishment. Please join me in congratulating these 2014 Distinguished Title I schools.

6C. National Board Certified Teachers 2013
The School Board is pleased to recognize the following teachers for earning national board certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards:

  • Monet Baker, English teacher, Landstown High School
  • Suzanne Buhner, fourth-grade teacher, Old Donation Center
  • Latisha Burks, gifted resource teacher, Bayside High School
  • Sharon Byrd, drama teacher, Salem High School
  • Robert Carroll, seventh-grade teacher, Plaza Middle School
  • Teresa Davis, science coordinator, Department of Teaching & Learning
  • Lisa Ebert, marketing education teacher, Bayside High School
  • Debbie Lou Hague, social studies teacher, First Colonial High School
  • Brent Horner, science teacher, Landstown High School
  • Carrie Knoche, English teacher, First Colonial High School
  • Leah Krueger, art teacher, Old Donation Center
  • Meg Manugo, English teacher, Bayside High School
  • John Merritt, family & consumer science teacher, Kellam High School
  • Jennifer Morris, English teacher, Landstown High School
  • Jeanelle Paden, first-grade teacher, Brookwood Elementary School; and
  • Erin Richburg, art teacher, Salem High School

Also earning National Board certification but unable to attend this evening are:

  • Leah Donohue, Spanish teacher, Salem High School
  • Lynne German, music-vocal teacher,Salem High School
  • Mary Inman, seventh-grade teacher, Plaza Middle School
  • Jennifer Moller, fourth-grade teacher, Linkhorn Park Elementary School
  • Christopher Smead, science teacher, Bayside High School; and
  • Kenya Zickefoose, social studies teacher, Green Run High School.

Offered by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, National Board Certification is a voluntary certification system based on high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. As a symbol of professional teaching excellence, receiving this advanced teaching credential attests that an instructional staff member has been judged by his or her peers to be an accomplished educator, to make sound professional judgments about students’ learning and to act effectively on those judgments.

Candidates describe the process as a way to deepen subject-matter knowledge and to become more skillful in daily classroom instruction and student assessment, ultimately resulting in improved student learning. This year, VBCPS has the pleasure of honoring 22 new National Board Certified Teachers. In total, 135 VBCPS staff members have earned this distinction. Furthermore, Virginia Beach City Public Schools has been recognized as one of the top 20 districts in the nation based on the number of new National Board Certified Teachers.
Please join me in congratulating these outstanding teachers for their hard work and dedication to their profession!

Mr. Chairman, this concludes our scheduled recognitions for this evening.

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