Superintendent's Report
January 21, 2003

Mr. Chairman, members of the School Board and citizens of our community, I'm pleased to share with you a few of the many recent events taking place throughout our division and some recent accomplishments of students and staff.

January has long been recognized by our schools as "Reading Month". Students, staff, and community have been actively engaged in special activities that promote reading. For example, Hermitage Elementary students have been participating in a variety of reading activities centered on the theme "Explore the World. . .READ!" Community volunteers have been reading to students; and animals have accompanied SPCA volunteers to schools to read with students. Activities also included a bookmark design contest at Hermitage.

Several congratulations are in order this evening. . .

Hats off to Mrs. Betty Oliver, fourth grade teacher at Woodstock Elementary, who was unanimously, awarded the VFW Post 392 Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, National Citizenship Education Teacher Award. Ms. Oliver was selected for her community involvement, the organizing of historical field trips for her grade level, involvement in student activities, and her coordination of citizenship activities for Woodstock students.

In addition, congratulations are also in order for Kemps Landing Magnet School Civics teacher, Dennis Borgerding, who has been selected by the The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Department of Virginia, to receive its 2002 National Citizenship Education Teacher Award at the middle school level. Mr. Borgerding was recognized for his outstanding performance in promoting civic responsibility, flag etiquette, and patriotism among KLMS students, faculty and staff.

Kudos, once again, to the staff in our Department of Budget and Finance for receiving the Government Finance Officers Association's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for adhering to the highest principles of governmental budgeting. The assessment involved a review of our policy document, financial plan, operations guide, and communications device, all of which were rated proficient.

Finally, congratulations to First Colonial High School's Marching Patriots who were selected to perform during halftime at the 2003 Fed Ex Orange Bowl in Miami on January 2nd. FC's Band was chosen from a nationwide pool and was one of only 12 high school bands in the country to receive such recognition. In addition to the halftime spectacular, the Marching Patriots, directed by Mr. Frank Garcia, performed in the Parade Contest of Champions and the pregame show.

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