Superintendent's Report
September 16, 2003

Mr. Chairman, members of the Board, and citizens of our community, I'm pleased to share information and provide a review of some recent events taking place in our system, as well as, inform you of the accomplishments of some of our students and staff.

Our traditional school year is off to a great start. Preliminary analysis of our fifth day student count reported by schools, indicates that 75,107 students (within 281 of projections at this point) are enrolled in our schools. Our elementary school student population is estimated to be 33,234; middle school figures estimate 18,850 students at that level; and our high school student population is estimated to be 23,023 students.

Staff is working diligently to actively engage all of our students in meaningful and relevant learning experiences. For example, students at Plaza Middle School will research climate and related topics by experiencing real-time contact with scientists on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA ) research vessel Ka'imimoana. Former VBCPS Teacher Nancy Lewis, now a NOAA Teacher at Sea, will broadcast live to students in Earth Science teacher, Glenda Simmons, and Gifted Resource Teacher, Suzanne Forehand's classrooms. The students will perform experiments and email scientists with their questions.

Several congratulations are in order. . .

Kudos to athletes, coaches, fans, faculty, and administration at Frank W. Cox, Kempsville, Landstown, Ocean Lakes, and, Princess Anne High Schools for receiving the Virginia High School League (VHSL) Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity Award for the 2002-03 school year. We are particularly proud of our five high schools given only eleven Virginia high schools received this honor. Ocean Lakes has received this award for eight of the nine years it has been in existence. Ocean Lakes, Salem, and Tallwood High Schools were also awarded the "Stay in the Game Award" for not having any players or coaches ejected from an athletic contest for the entire year.

Congratulations to Corporate Landing Middle School student, Michelle Corbin, whose artwork was featured in the Virginia Council on Economic Education's Economic Concepts Calendar. Michelle's work illustrated the public goods and services available to a community.

Kudos to Margie Cole, Teacher at Kellam High School, for receiving the Henry C. Lee Award from the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine. Ms. Cole's class on Criminal Psychology was recognized as being the best high school course in support of forensic science in Virginia.

Hats off to Lisa Walker, Gifted Resource Teacher at Tallwood High School who has been selected as the State Gifted Teacher of the Year by the Virginia Association for Gifted and Talented. Ms. Walker has created many innovative programs for students at Tallwood and has presented at seminars and conferences across the country.

Congratulations to School Resource Officer at Landstown Middle School --Master Police Officer, Dana Johnson, for being selected as School Resource Officer of the Year for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Officer Johnson works out of the Virginia Beach Police Department's -1st precinct.

Congratulations to 20 "volunteer" volunteer coordinators and school staff who recently earned certification as School Volunteer Coordinators last Wednesday by completing 8 hours of training in the effective coordination and management of school volunteers. The training was designed to improve their skills in recruiting, assigning, training, recognizing, and evaluating the effectiveness of school volunteer initiatives.

Finally, I'd like to recognize the members of our School Board who recently participated in the Virginia School Board Association's Academy. VSBA has presented Certificates of Recognition, which were placed at your seats this evening, that recognize your commitment to effective school board governance.

Mr. Chairman, this concludes my report for this evening.