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Superintendent's Report to the School Board
August 18, 2009

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

Last week the division’s final summer school session concluded.  Thank you to the elementary, middle, and high school staff members who facilitated summer sessions at nearly two dozen sites, and congratulations to those seniors who received their high school diplomas in graduation ceremonies held at their respective high schools.  Our schools and administrative offices return to a five-day work week this week and resume their normal operating hours. 

It won’t be long before the division’s school buses are back on the road for the start of a new school year, and the fleet will eventually have a new facility to call home.  A celebration was held on July 30th to mark the construction phase of the new
78,000-square foot building on Harper’s Road that will serve as the main facility for the oversight of student transportation. It’s exciting to share with you that this facility will be the first of its type in Virginia – possibly the country – to incorporate wind energy into its design and efficiencies. We will hear more about this new building and its special features during the “Information” portion of this tonight’s meeting.

The Office of Student Activities hosted several events this summer at Virginia Wesleyan College to help students and staff prepare for the upcoming year. Activity advisers participated in two days of instructional sessions regarding facilitating success among student organizations.  Several hundred middle-school and high-school student leaders attended overnight leadership workshops, learning more about leadership philosophy, group dynamics, decision making, and problem solving. In addition, the office helped coordinate Debate and Forensics Workshops and hosted the Diversity Workshop in conjunction with the Office of Equity Affairs.

This week, sixty students are attending the Advanced Technology Center’s sixth-annual summer camp.  In addition to diverse hands-on activities ranging from computer repair to modeling and simulation, companies such as Cox Communications, Pace Collaborative Engineering, and Northrop Grumman are visiting with students to offer additional engineering and technology programs.

More than 750 football players, coaches, and school administrators attended the S.O.A.R. Symposium last week.  S.O.A.R. is an acronym for Scenarios, Options, Action and Results, and the event was designed to stress the power of positive thinking and actions as an antidote to teen violence.The event was organized by Robert Jackson, head football coach at Salem High School; Keith Burnell,a local businessman and former New York Jets running back; and Dr. Don Robertson, principal of Salem High School. Modeled after a seminar for National Football League rookies, the three-hour event featured presentations to encourage students and coaches to talk candidly about the risks students face, such as gang involvement, and to share strategies for addressing those risks.

The Virginia Beach Education Foundation distributed a total of $25,000 this summer to several of our schools for innovative learning projects that will impact thousands of our students this school year. The seven schools receiving “School-Wide Grants” are:   Bayside High School, Birdneck Elementary School, Creeds Elementary School, John B. Dey Elementary School, Green Run High School, Malibu Elementary School, and Woodstock Elementary School.  This fall, the Education Foundation will award $75,000 to teachers in the form of “Building Futures Grants.”

Congratulations to Chris Bruno, a coordinator in the Department of Technology, who has been selected to serve on the Board of Virginia Electronic Student Information Systems.  The primary mission of this organization is to provide a forum for identifying issues critical to the use of student information software across the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Additionally, the Virginia Department of Education plans to consult with this organization to solicit input from school divisions regarding state reporting requirements. 

Congratulations to Ocean Lakes High School graduate Paul M.  He is one of sixteen scholarship recipients from across the nation in the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Scholarship Essay Program.  The recipients are selected based on high school academic and athletic performance and the student’s written essay addressing the topic “How High School Athletics has Impacted my Life.”

The Legal Studies Academy at First Colonial High School is celebrating the acceptance of its first academy graduate into law school. Emily Snyder, of First Colonial’s Class of 2006, will begin classes at Regent University’s law school this month. Emily completed her studies at the University of Mary Washington in just three years and graduated in May – making her the first Legal Studies Academy graduate eligible for law school. 

Mr. Chairman and members of the School Board, this concludes my report for the evening.

 

 


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