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School Board Recognitions
December 17, 2013

6A. VSBA Green Public Schools Challenge – Platinum Certification
The School Board is pleased to recognize the Office of Facilities Planning and Construction for its work related to the school division earning the Platinum Level certification from the Virginia School Boards Association. Accepting the award on behalf of the office is the division’s sustainability officer, Tim Cole.

For the third consecutive year, Virginia Beach City Public Schools earned a Platinum Certification from the Virginia School Board Association’s (VSBA) Green Public Schools Challenge, which means VBCPS scored at the highest possible level for the contest.

School divisions earned points for implementing action items such as developing a divisionwide recycling collection program, adopting an anti-idling policy for school fleet vehicles as well as creating a divisionwide recognition program for teachers and staff who promote environmental concerns in their classrooms.

The competition included 30 possible action items in 12 categories. To earn a platinum certification, VBCPS had to earn a minimum of 175 points out of 200; the division once again earned 190 points.

6B. VSTE Multimedia Challenge State Winners
The School Board is also pleased to recognize the state winners of the Virginia Society for Technology in Education multimedia challenge.

Members of the winning team from Kellam High School include seniors:

  • Rebecca Beall
  • Andrew Brunner
  • Evan Burton
  • Joshua Copon
  • Michael German
  • Sarah Hinkle
  • Anthony Huff
  • Patrick McElligott
  • Josie Nicolato
  • Paige Putnam
  • Henry Reaume
  • Esteban Ruiz
  • Adriana Sanchez; and
  • Kylee Watkins

Also in Ms. Johnston’s class, but unable to attend this evening are

  • Mitchell Donahu
  • David Mulac
  • Kathryn Tucker; and
  • Chelsey Zirkle

The students were led by CRS Instructor Laura Howell, and their Honors 12 English teacher Karen Johnston, who is here to accept a plaque on behalf of the school.

The multimedia competition is part of V-S-T-E’s student technology integration challenge which encourages students and teachers to share the great products they create by using technology in the classroom. The classroom activities all must support Virginia’s Standards of Learning.

In this case, students read the British novel “Cry, the Beloved Country.” As an exit project to assess their learning, they selected a favorite character and used the computer program “Voki” to create an avatar for the character. Students also invented a “Who Am I?” game using specialized vocabulary to help identify the character of choice. The class assignment involved a variety of writings including a character essay. After the essay was completed and graded, the students wrote a paragraph to use in an oral presentation using a quote from the text and up to three clues from the text to help them identify the character. Google Presentation was used to publish their collaborative efforts. This was certainly a creative way to integrate technology into the English lesson. Please join me in congratulating Ms. Johnston and her students for earning the V-S-T-E award.

C. VHSL 2013 Boys Volleyball State Champions
The School Board is pleased to recognize the Virginia High School League 2013 State Boys Volleyball Champions from Princess Anne High School. Members of this outstanding team are:

  • Aaron Banasiewicz
  • Noah Banasiewicz
  • Kyle Barnes;
  • Jacob Crumbly;
  • Ryan Farmer;
  • Chase Howard;
  • Garrett Long;
  • Mario Raden;
  • Tanner Roughton
  • Courtland Scharenborg
  • Zach Sinacori
  • Alec Smith;
  • Zach Tavarez
  • Brandon Thieleman
  • Patrick Trainor;
  • Khaleef Walker; and
  • Grant Zou

Also on the team but unable to attend this evening is Andrew Butler.

The mighty Cavaliers are coached by Jeff Kinser and Tim Stacy who are here to accept the plaque on behalf of the team and school.

The Princess Anne boys varsity volleyball team had an outstanding 27 and 6 season heading into its first-ever Group 6A state championship game.

Their performance had nothing to do with beginner’s luck! The Cavaliers swept the reigning state champion, which just happened to be another Virginia Beach team, to bring home the 2013 title.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding student athletes from Princess Anne High School.

Last Modified on Monday, April 23, 2018