September 2011
volume 21 • issue 1


Back to School

Virginia Beach Schools Says "Farewell" to Retirees

New Faces, Familiar Places, They're Movin' On Up!

Economic Impact Study shows VBCPS has a profound and positive impact on the local economy

Health Sciences Academy students "attend" medical school

Custodial staff "shine" at annual celebration

Charting a Course for Parental Involvement with Parent Connection

STEM engineering in Virginia Beach Schools ties in to "Current Events"

Application Process for City's Workforce Housing Program Still Open


Custodial staff “shine” at annual celebration

Thank you to the approximate 700 custodians who work tirelessly every day (and night) to keep VBCPS’ schools and offices clean and tidy. In fact, believe it or not, this hard-working group is responsible for keeping more than 10 million square feet of flooring spotless on a daily basis.

Research has indicated time and again that the environment in which students learn and teachers teach has a profound influence on their overall success. Certainly, when schools and offices are clean and neat, when they “shine”, staff and students are more likely to do the same!

In celebration of custodians – their teamwork and importance to the success of Virginia Beach Schools – the Department of Administrative Support Services and the Office of Custodial Services sponsored their 12th Annual Custodial Appreciation Day, held June 20 at Salem High School. The event was specifically designed to pay tribute to these dedicated men and women whose pride, commitment, and teamwork are definitely reflected in their work.

This year, 73 custodial teams earned Gold awards for their schools. All were singled out for special recognition in honor of their exemplary practices. These awards are based on tours/inspections of the schools as well as consideration of the custodial staffs’ teamwork and proper use of chemicals in the schools. They serve as models of excellence to us all. Congratulations to the following schools:

Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

High Schools

In addition, four Impact awards were earned by the custodial teams at three schools and one office. These outstanding workers were cited as being the teams who most improved their respective schools’ overall cleanliness. Kudos to each team:

  The Office of Custodial Services “team” hands out gifts to attendees during the celebration. Pictured are Pat Tatom, custodian; Judi Cole, office associate; Sonja Turner, custodian; and Cheryl Hunter, administrative office associate.
  Once again, the Office of Food Services prepared a sumptuous buffet for the celebration!

Kempsville Middle School staff enjoyed the celebration. Pictured left to right are head day custodian Willis Cooper, administrative intern Ashley Babcock, assistant principal J.H. Phillips, and principal James Smith.

  Custodians Martha Burden and James Lewis enjoy the opportunity to see friends and renew acquaintances. Burden is a custodian in the School Administration Building while Lewis is a custodian at Brandon Middle.
  Custodial supervisors Michael Caffee, Mary Merrick, and Michael Kenon take a break from the festivities.
  Head custodians pose for a photo! Pictured left to right are Laskin Road Annex head day custodian Melvin Wilson, Vo-Tech head day custodian Warren Knight, and Vo-Tech head night custodian Donald Dozier.

As a point of information, the criteria for the 2012 Gold Award have become even more stringent this year. In fact, if any one of the following criteria is not met by the custodial teams in our schools and offices, they will be disqualified. Here are the updated criteria:

Look for posters listing these new criteria in your schools and root your custodial teams on!