Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Superintendent's Monthly Report to the School Board

Superintendent's Report
July 15, 2008

Chairman Edwards, Vice Chairman Bellitto, and members of the Board –

I would like to begin tonight by welcoming back to school the teachers and staff at our four year-round elementary schools – Corporate Landing, Plaza, Point O' View and Seatack. They returned to work yesterday to prepare for the upcoming school year, and students will arrive on Monday, July 21 for the first day of school. We wish the staff and students at our year-round schools every success as they begin the new year.

The 2007-2008 traditional school year concluded with several noteworthy events in June. Students, staff, faculty and families at Lynnhaven Middle School celebrated the success of the Lynnhaven Legacy project. Through the construction of three rain gardens and an outdoor classroom, students received hands-on lessons in environmental education. It is an exciting project that captured the attention of the local media, and here is a clip from the news story broadcast on WAVY-TV 10.

Parkway Elementary School's Parent Involvement Committee held a health fair on Saturday, June 7. Students and parents participated in physical fitness activities, enjoyed healthy snacks and received information related to health and nutrition. The event also featured a tree-planting ceremony to commemorate the school's 20th anniversary.

On the same day, Luxford Elementary School held a groundbreaking ceremony to begin construction on the new Luxford Dragon Trail. The running and walking track will be completed for the start of school in September. The groundbreaking celebration followed the PTA's Dragon Dash in which more than 200 students participated.

On June 11, 240 students from 15 elementary schools were invited to participate in Oceans of Success, an educational field trip rewarding improved academic performance. For the fifth consecutive year, Judge Thomas Shadrick and attorneys Jeffrey Breit and John Drescher sponsored and participated in the trip to the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center.

The Virginia Beach Public Schools Education Foundation recently held its 14th Annual Golf Tournament at Heron Ridge Golf Club. School employees, community members and business professionals participated in the event which raised more than $43,000 to support the Education Foundation's grant programs.

The school division celebrated the service of 263 retiring employees at a citywide dinner on June 20. Sarah Chapman and Judith Easton each received special recognition for 40 years of service, as did Lula Mae Lewis who retired after 43 years as a school bus driver. Congratulations and thank you to all of our retirees.

Cox High School principal Brian Matney was named the 2008 Outstanding Principal by the Curry School of Education Foundation. The award recognizes a University of Virginia Curry School graduate who demonstrates a commitment to excellence in administration and supervision. Dr. Matney will formally receive this award in Charlottesville in October.

Congratulations to the students and staff at Thalia Elementary School. Their work led to the school's property being designated a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. Their commendable projects included creating an outdoor classroom, filtering river drainage, growing oysters, caring for plants and constructing bird houses. Over 96,000 habitats have been certified nationwide including more than 2,800 schools.

John B. Dey Elementary, Larkspur Middle and Tallwood High schools each received a 2008 Geddy Award from WHRO on June 10. The Award recognizes regional public schools that have effectively integrated technology into the curriculum, as well as increased overall school efficiencies.

Lastly this evening, the Virginia High School League announced the names of the schools receiving the Claudia Dodson Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity Award for the 2007-2008 school year. Seven Beach District High Schools were among the award recipients, including: Bayside, First Colonial, Frank W. Cox, Landstown, Ocean Lakes, Salem and Tallwood. Congratulations to the athletes, coaches, students and fans at these schools.

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

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