Superintendent's Report April 17. 2001

Superintendent's Report
April 17, 2001


Mr. Chairman and members of the Board, my report this month highlights just a few of the many activities and accomplishments from across our district. It is but a "brief slice" of the noteworthy news occurring throughout the school division.

On Wednesday, March 21, more than thirty Virginia Beach businesses hosted approximately forty Princess Anne High School students as part of the twelfth annual Central Business District Association's (CBDA) Internship Day. This annual activity is the result of a partnership between Princess Anne High School and the CBDA. Students and their mentors-for-the-day met at Princess Anne High School at 8:00 a.m. The students then accompanied the adults to their workplaces, where they received a taste of the real world of work prior to attending CBDA's monthly luncheon meeting. Students then learned from guest speaker Mark Warner, managing director of Columbia Capital.

On March 27, Barbara Elmer's fifth grade class at Princess Anne Elementary School, presented original projects at their second "Invention Convention." The students were challenged to create an invention and convincingly present it to the rest of the school as a "must have" in helping with solutions to everyday challenges. Contest participants were encouraged to create a marketing plan for their invention, perform a cost analysis, plan an advertising campaign, and design their own business cards. Solutions for chasing loose basketballs during a driveway game; and, creating closet storage space for a younger sibling are examples of some of the inventions created by students. Hats off to these budding fifth grade entrepreneurs!

At 7:00 p.m. this evening, White Oaks Elementary School will host Virginia Beach's first PTA/Technology Night On-Line. At this "virtual" PTA meeting, parents, students, teachers, and friends of White Oaks will simply log into their computers at home to participate in the PTA meeting. Participants who log on can read biographical sketches of PTA board members, explore academic pavilions, work interactive puzzles, use GroupWise remote access to send and receive e-mail, and more. Teachers, administrators, and PTA board members may be available on-line to send and receive e-mail messages during the meeting.

The Real Estate Marketing Class at First Colonial High School is currently working towards real estate licensure. This marketing class is the only group of high school students in Virginia working towards this license. Following the completion of the course, the students will be able to take the licensing exam and become licensed real estate agents.

On March 30, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction hosted the "Aloha" (which stands for --A Learning Odyssey for High Achievement) Conference at Corporate Landing Middle School. This staff development opportunity was attended by over 400 pre- Kindergarten through Grade 12 teachers and administrators. Highlights of this training event were featured speaker, Dr. Robin Fogarty, who addressed the topic "Instruction is Assessment", and many breakout sessions on instruction, assessment, and raising test scores --presented by educators in our school system. Kudos to C & I, especially the Office of Programs for Exceptional Children, for this highly successful staff conference.

Our sixth annual "Career Connection: Transition to the Future career and job fair was held on April 5 at Tallwood High School. This event brings together more than 150 career and community agency representatives and over 650 students and their parents for the purpose of providing information about careers and services. Students and parents have an opportunity to speak first-hand with professionals as they explore post secondary opportunities. Thanks to co-cordinators, Sally Holloman and Jinxey Poniatowski and our Departments of Technical and Career Education, Guidance, and the Office of Programs for Exceptional Children for coordinating this city-wide event.

Several congratulations are in order this evening. . .
Congratulations to Mr. Sid Rader, teacher at Princess Anne High School, who was recently recognized as a Distinguished Technology Educator by the International Technology Education Association. This association provides a means for recognizing outstanding performance and accomplishment in the field of professional technology education. Mr. Rader chairs the Technology Education Department at PA High and has taught Industrial Arts and Technology Education in Virginia Beach City Public Schools since 1974.

Hats off to Ashley P., an Advertising Design II student at the Technical and Career Education Center, who has been notified that her poster entitled "2001: A Strawberry Odyssey, May 26-27," has been selected as the official poster of the 18th Annual Strawberry Festival.

More good news from the Technical and Career Education Center-- Instructor George Fausel and students in the Electronics and Computer Repair II course have received their A+ Certification in computer repair. Mr. Fausel and the students took the certification exam in the Tech Center's Prometric Testing Center, the first such testing center in a high school!

Mr. Chairman, this concludes my report.
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