November 20, 2001
Mr. Chairman, members of the Board, and citizens of our community, my report this evening contains information about recent events and activities, as well as staff and student accomplishments.
The ACCESS Program, sponsored by the Tidewater Scholarship Foundation, assists high school students in the Tidewater area with the college application process and in securing financial aid. In addition, a mentoring program is available for high school freshmen. ACCESS also provides "last-dollar" scholarships to eligible students who demonstrate an unmet financial need.
In Virginia Beach, the guidance departments of Bayside and Green Run High Schools provide services through ACCESS counselors. In the last two years, these counselors have served 816 seniors in the two high schools and assisted those students in securing more than $2 million dollars in financial aid as well as more than $60,000 in scholarships.
At John B. Dey Elementary, Assistant Principal Dave French keeps the school's bus drivers informed about upcoming happenings at the school and important safety concerns through a transportation newsletter called "The Dey Express." In this publication, bus drivers are congratulated on their performance, encouraged by inspirational quotes, and reminded of the need to be especially conscious of safety as they transport students.
The Virginia Beach Branch of the NAACP recently recognized three outstanding students at its Freedom Fund Banquet. Mr. Edwards, Mr. Ablowich, Ms. Brooks, Mr. Rose and Mr. Stewart attended the dinner.
Chennay M. is a fifth grader at Bettie F. Williams Elementary in the gifted cluster class. She has been on the honor roll for the last three years and is a member of both the school's chorus and its broadcasting team as an anchorperson and camera operator.
Kimberlie W. is an eighth grader at Bayside Middle School, where she is enrolled in advanced classes, serves on the school's yearbook staff, and participates in the drama club.
Felicia G. is a senior at Bayside High, where she is a member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She maintains a 3.75 GPA and has been recognized by the Latin Club and The Virginian-Pilot.
Members of the Cox High School newspaper and yearbook staff recently received Gold Medalist distinctions from the Virginia High School League for their publication of The Talon and The Falcon Press. Susan Buchanan and Ginny James advise the students who created these publications.
First Colonial High's literary arts magazine Genesis earned first place honors from the Virginia High School League. Sue Stephany advised the student staff, who created the 80-page magazine that was published in June 2001.
At the grand opening of Sam's Club on November 1, the store awarded a check for $3,000 to its partner in education, Bayside Elementary. Bayside Elementary students participated as cub scouts in the presentation of colors and students happily accepted the check-the largest single gift of the $16,000 donated to the community by Sam's Club that day.
Daniel Keever, student activities director at Ocean Lakes High, along with Ocean Lakes Senior Erin G., accepted a check for $1,500 from Sam's Club at that ceremony.
This donation will be applied to the cost of a community service project to be performed by approximately 1,500 students from throughout the United States in June 2002, as part of the National Association of Student Councils conference.
Daniel serves as chair of the committee planning this monumental event, which will bring advisors and students in delegations representing student councils from every state. Erin is the student chair of the community service project committee for the conference.
Rosemont Forest Elementary celebrated Veteran's Day with two assembly programs that honored current and veteran military personnel as well as students who wrote winning essays about their appreciation for veterans. Most touching was a first grader, who wrote that his father was his hero because "he's in the Navy and he kisses me goodnight."
Congratulations are in order this evening.
I'm pleased to announce that Virginia Beach City Public Schools' has nine teachers who have earned National Board Certification with another expecting to learn her status in the next few weeks. Our National Board Certified teachers are:
- Kimberly Cassidy - Birdneck Elementary School
- Debbie Gaskin - Christopher Farms Elementary School
- Annmarie Stark - Indian Lakes Elementary School
- Shelly Deneau - White Oaks Elementary School
- Cathy Sussewind - Great Neck Middle School
- Susan Jones - Kemps Landing Magnet School
- Marcella Rust - Kemps Landing Magnet School
- Karen Shinn - Kempsville High School; and
- Andrea Phillips - Landstown High School
Independence Middle School Social Studies Teacher Margaret Miller was honored at the 37th Annual Conference of Virginia Social Studies Educators as Virginia Social Studies Teacher of the Year. Criteria for the honor included innovative instruction, leadership in the profession, and creating lessons that develop critical thinking skills. Margaret was nominated by Virginia Beach City Public Schools Social Studies Coordinator Georgeanne Hribar.
Annmarie Stark, a fourth grade teacher at Indian Lakes Elementary, recently received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching at the annual conference of the Virginia Association of Science Teachers. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jo Lynne DeMary presented the award, which was established by The White House and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. As a state finalist, Annmarie will be one of three Virginia elementary science teachers considered for the national award. In February, one elementary, middle, and high school math or science teacher will be chosen from each state and U.S. territory. These winners will receive $7,500 educational grants for their individual schools, a presidential citation, and a trip to Washington, D.C. for a series of recognition events.
The Virginia Beach Reading Association recently honored third-grade Teacher Karen Clevinger as Virginia Beach Reading Teacher of the Year. Karen coordinates a tutoring program at Glenwood and helped create a new language arts curriculum map for reading teachers throughout the city to use to prepare students to meet the reading Standards of Learning. As a citywide reading teacher of the year, Karen will now be considered for State Reading Teacher of the Year honors to be announced in the Spring.
Mr. Chairman, this concludes my report.