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Every VBCPS fifth-grader invited to take part in NAS Oceana STEM Lab Learning Day
08/25/2018
For the second year in a row, more than 5,500 Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) fifth-graders will head to Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana for a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Lab Learning Day.
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Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Chief Academic Officer tapped to lead Henrico County Schools
06/05/2018
Virginia Beach Schools' Chief Academic Officer Dr. Amy Cashwell was appointed today as the next superintendent of Henrico County Public Schools, a diverse school community outside of Richmond serving approximately 50,000 students.
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VBCPS hosts 10th annual STEM Trifecta June 7
05/31/2018
Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) will host the 2018 STEM Trifecta Thursday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.
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2018-19 federal grant information presented to School Board
05/23/2018
At its May 22 meeting, the School Board of the City of Virginia Beach received information on federal grants for which Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) intends to apply for school year 2018-19.
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Celebrate the Class of 2018 with VBGradwall
05/15/2018
Families and friends of graduates in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Class of 2018 may share their congratulations now by posting a message on the VBGradWall.
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VBCPS to launch Virtual Learning Days to bank time in 2018-19 school year
05/10/2018
In an effort to expand students' academic experiences inside and outside of the classroom and to help bank instructional time to use in cases of school cancelations due to weather conditions, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) will implement two Virtual Learning Days in the 2018-19 school year.
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Follin named 2019 Citywide Teacher of the Year
05/04/2018
Melissa Follin, a third-grade teacher at Old Donation School (ODS), is the 2019 Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Citywide Teacher of the Year.
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What does the future of learning look like and how can we best prepare students for what's next? Virginia Beach City Public Schools wants to hear from you
04/27/2018
Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) has been selected by education design lab 2Revolutions (2Rev) as the sole national partner district on a Carnegie Corporation project.
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Virginia Beach City Public Schools to end reporting of class rank
04/25/2018
Based on research and community input, the School Board of the City of Virginia Beach voted to implement a new Latin Honors System to report graduates' academic achievement, beginning with the Class of 2022.
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Community invited to give feedback on school safety and security
04/24/2018
Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence and members of the division's newly created Blue Ribbon Panel on School Safety and Security would like to hear from the community on the important topic of school safety.
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2018 Model Partners and Volunteers of the Year honored at community celebration
04/19/2018
Students and staff of Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) benefit from the support of thousands of school volunteers and community partners each year. It is estimated that more than 23,000 individuals and 2,000 partners donated approximately 340,000 hours of service last school year.
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All VBCPS high schools earn top student council honor
04/18/2018
All 11 Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) comprehensive high schools earned the 2018 National Gold Council of Excellence Award from the National Association of Student Councils (NASC).
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Ten VBCPS high schools earn nation’s highest student council award
04/18/2018
Ten of Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ (VBCPS) 11 comprehensive high schools earned the 2017 National Council of Excellence Award from the National Association of Student Councils (NASC)
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Kindergarten Registration event to be held Tuesday, April 24
04/13/2018
Tuesday, April 24, the Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) annual kindergarten registration and orientation event will take place at 9 a.m. at all of the division's elementary schools (except Newtown and Bettie F. Williams since those schools do not have kindergarten programs).
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Green Run defends national title as Navy JROTC champions
04/10/2018
For the second consecutive year, Green Run's Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC), comprised of students from Green Run High School (GRHS) and Green Run Collegiate (GRC), won first place at the NJROTC Nationals Academic, Athletic and Drill Championship held April 6- 7 in Pensacola, Florida.
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VBCPS to convene Blue Ribbon Panel on school safety
04/10/2018
Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence has announced that Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) will bring together community leaders and security experts to form a Blue Ribbon Panel on School Safety and Security.
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VBCPS again earns ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award
04/09/2018
For the second consecutive year, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) has been named an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for demonstrating superior energy efficiency in its buildings and facilities.
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Beach Bags food drive brings in record results
04/04/2018
The Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Beach Bags food drive held March 22 was the division's most successful drive to date, bringing in more than 12,000 pounds of food and more than $18,000 in donations from the community.
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School division issues "Call to Action" for Citizens' Advisory Committee members
03/29/2018
The School Board of the City of Virginia Beach is looking for parents, grandparents, community members and staff to serve as members of the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), the Community Advisory Committee for Gifted Education (CAC) and the General Advisory Council for Technical and Career Education.
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VBCPS to host Beach Bags food drive March 22
03/14/2018
Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) and the Virginia Beach Education Foundation (VBEF) are partnering with WTKR NewsChannel 3, Southern Bank, Whole Foods Market and Pembroke Mall to host a Beach Bags food drive Thursday, March 22.
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VBCPS awarded school bus replacement funds from EPA
03/13/2018
Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) was selected to receive $160,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to offset purchase costs of new school buses. Only 141 school bus fleets in 32 states were selected to receive funding, which are rebates through the 2010 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding.
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Special education and gifted education advisory committees host meetings March 12
03/06/2018
Two committees that serve as advisory bodies to the School Board will hold their next meetings Monday, March 12.
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Community invited to learn more about upcoming school construction projects
03/05/2018
Virginia Beach City Public Schools invites the community to attend any one of four upcoming meetings to weigh in on possible scenarios regarding the funding and timeline for the next 15 schools up for modernization or replacement.
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VBCPS Partnership Expo and PTA Vendor Fair celebrates collaborative efforts between schools and community
02/28/2018
The Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Office of Community Engagement will host the 2018 VBCPS Partnership Expo and PTA Vendor Fair Saturday, March 10, from 9-11 a.m. at Old Donation School
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VBCPS is recognized with Design Achievement Award
02/22/2018
Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) has been awarded the Design Achievement Award by the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design as part of its inaugural Virginia by Design awards.
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Hampton Roads superintendents speak out on school safety
02/21/2018
The leadership of school divisions throughout Hampton Roads are banding together to send a simple message to students: Threats, including social media threats, are dangerous and will not be tolerated.
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VBCPS continues full-day kindergarten implementation, announces 12 new schools
02/14/2018
As part of its multiyear implementation plan to transition all its elementary schools from half-day to full-day kindergarten (FDK) models, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) announced the following schools will move to full-day programs for the 2018-19 school year: Alanton, Arrowhead, Indian Lakes, Kempsville, Kempsville Meadows, King's Grant, Landstown, Ocean Lakes, Providence, Salem, Windsor Woods and Woodstock.
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Special education and gifted education advisory committees host meetings Feb. 12
02/06/2018
Two committees that serve as advisory bodies to the School Board will hold their next meetings Monday, Feb. 12.
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VBEF Pearls of Wisdom event scheduled for April 14
01/29/2018
The Virginia Beach Education Foundation (VBEF) will host its ninth annual Pearls of Wisdom Oyster Roast and Barbecue Saturday, April 14, from 1-5 p.m. at the 24th Street Park at the Virginia Beach oceanfront.
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School division announces additional snow day makeup plans
01/25/2018
Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) will add 15 minutes to the school day Feb. 12 - May 4 to make up the remaining four instructional days lost due to snow this month.
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Special education and gifted education advisory committees host meetings Jan. 29
01/23/2018
Two committees that serve as advisory bodies to the School Board will hold their next meetings Monday, Jan. 29.
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Three snow makeup days identified, first semester extended due to Winter Storm Grayson
01/12/2018
Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) will use Jan. 29 and Feb. 19 to make up two of the instructional days lost during Winter Storm Grayson.
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Anderson re-elected as School Board chairwoman, McDonald elected vice chairman
01/10/2018
At its Jan. 9 meeting, the School Board of the City of Virginia Beach re-elected Beverly M. Anderson as chairwoman and elected Joel McDonald as vice chairman.
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First lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe and Pam Northam to visit VBCPS in celebration of division's innovative breakfast offerings
12/12/2017
Virginia’s first lady Dorothy McAuliffe, incoming first lady Pam Northam and representatives from No Kid Hungry Virginia will visit Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) to learn about the school division’s diversified approach to ensuring more students start the day with a healthy breakfast.
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VBCPS receives 2017 Learning Counsel Digital Curriculum Strategy Award
12/05/2017
Virginia Beach City Public Schools was among the 10 school districts and one school honored with the 2017 Learning Counsel Digital Curriculum Strategy Award. According to a Learning Counsel article about the award, recipients “were recognized for their work to not only transform the way they teach but for their management-level restructuring for digital delivery.”
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VBEF awards record $150,000 for teacher grants
11/29/2017
The Virginia Beach Education Foundation (VBEF) will award a record $150,000 in grant funding to support innovative projects and learning programs in Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS).
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School Board approves calendars for 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years
11/28/2017
At its Nov. 21 meeting, the School Board of the City of Virginia Beach approved school calendars for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years.
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VBCPS named a 2017 Certified Green School Division
11/20/2017
Virginia Beach City Public Schools is one of 30 school divisions named a 2017 Certified Green School Division by the Virginia School Boards Association.
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VBCPS survey seeks feedback on school facilities long-range plan
11/15/2017
Virginia Beach City Public Schools invites the community to participate in an online survey to give feedback on what should be considered when prioritizing school buildings for renovation or replacement.
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Football field conditions prompt changes to two regional playoff games
11/09/2017
Due to continued rain and current field conditions, two regional playoff games scheduled for Friday, Nov. 10, are being moved to alternate locations.
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Lynnhaven Middle School to house An Achievable Dream Academy middle school program
11/08/2017
Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, Virginia Beach City Public Schools and An Achievable Dream Academy will extend their partnership to begin a middle school program within Lynnhaven Middle School.
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SEAC and VBCPS host Community Resource Fair for individuals with disabilities
11/07/2017
The Virginia Beach Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) and the Virginia Beach City Public Schools Office of Programs for Exceptional Children will host the 2017 Community Resource Fair Monday, Nov. 13, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Landstown High School.
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CAC meeting scheduled for Nov. 13
11/07/2017
The Community Advisory Committee for Gifted Education (CAC) will hold its next meeting Monday, Nov. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at Ocean Lakes High School located at 885 Schumann Drive.
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School division seeks input on school facilities
11/06/2017
Virginia Beach City Public Schools is seeking feedback on how the division should prioritize the modernization and replacement of schools for the next 15 years.
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New VBCPS microsite helps families navigate K-12 experience
10/13/2017
Families of Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) now have a new resource to navigate their K-12 journey.
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Share your feedback for the 2018-19 and 2019-2020 school year calendar options
10/11/2017
In an effort to provide families as much planning time as possible, the school division has moved to a biennial school calendar development process; creating calendars for two school years at a time.
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Virginia Beach schools awarded Governor's Security and Equipment Grant
10/10/2017
Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) was awarded $60,792 by Governor Terry McAuliffe in School Security and Equipment grants.
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Special education and gifted education advisory committees host meetings Oct. 16
10/09/2017
Two committees that serve as advisory bodies to the School Board will hold their next meetings Monday, Oct. 16.
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Five more Virginia Beach schools receive state VIP awards
10/05/2017
Five additional Virginia Beach schools earned a 2017 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) Award, according to an updated report from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).
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VBCPS achieves record graduation and dropout rates; outperforms state
09/27/2017
The Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Class of 2017 posted both the division’s highest On-Time Graduation (OTG) rate and lowest dropout rate since 2008, the first year the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) began using cohort-based calculations for these reports.
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Virginia Beach students lead the region and top national scores on SAT
09/27/2017
For the seventh consecutive year, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) outperformed the nation on the SAT.
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VBCPS hosts Navigating the Journey, a PreK-12 resource fair, Oct. 12
09/18/2017
Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) is hosting a new citywide event, Navigating the Journey, to provide more information about the programs, pathways and services available to students throughout their educational experience - prekindergarten through graduation.
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VBCPS receives $4 million DoD grant for NMSI College Readiness Program
09/15/2017
In a special ceremony today at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) was presented a $4 million Department of Defense grant to implement the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) College Readiness Program in five more VBCPS high schools: Cox, Kempsville, Landstown, Ocean Lakes and Princess Anne.
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Cashwell selected as Top 30 Education Technology Leader by CDE
09/07/2017
Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Chief Academic Officer Dr. Amy Cashwell has been selected as one of the Center for Digital Education’s (CDE) 2017 Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers.
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Special education and gifted education advisory committees host meetings Sept. 11
09/06/2017
Two committees that serve as advisory bodies to the School Board of the City of Virginia Beach will hold their next meetings Monday, Sept. 11.
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VBCPS and 23 of its schools earn state VIP awards
08/08/2017
Governor Terry McAuliffe and the state Board of Education (BOE) named Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) and 23 of its schools 2017 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) award winners
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100 percent of Virginia Beach schools projected to earn full SOL accreditation
07/25/2017
Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) is projecting 100 percent of its 82 testing schools will earn full Standards of Learning (SOL) accreditation for the 2017-2018 school year.
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School division decides to postpone conversations about potential change to school start times
07/18/2017
At its annual summer retreat, the School Board decided not to move forward immediately with any plan to modify school start times, and instead chose to revisit the conversation in three to four years.
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Green Run High School earns second-year $50,000 grant from VDOE
07/06/2017
For the second year in a row, Green Run High School (GRHS) has been awarded a $50,000 High School Innovation Planning Grant from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)
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VBCPS and Summer Food Service Program partner to provide free meals for local children
07/05/2017
As part of the Summer Food Service Program, which is an initiative funded by the Virginia Department of Health (VDOH), breakfast and lunch will be available for free for children 18-years-old and younger at select Virginia Beach schools this summer.
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Williams named new head football coach at Green Run High School
07/03/2017
Green Run High School (GRHS) has named Brandon Williams as the new head coach for the school's varsity football team.
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VBCPS Class of 2017 offered a record $87.4 million in scholarships
06/12/2017
Graduating seniors in Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ (VBCPS) Class of 2017 have earned and accepted the highest scholarship amounts of any VBCPS graduating class.
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Schedule for all Virginia Beach middle schools and Old Donation School to shift by 10 minutes next school year
06/08/2017
Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, the instructional day for middle schools in Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) will shift 10 minutes
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Special education and gifted education advisory committees host meetings June 12
06/06/2017
Two committees that serve as advisory bodies to the School Board will hold their next meetings Monday, June 12.
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Student teams compete in STEM Trifecta June 8
06/01/2017
Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) will host the 2017 STEM Trifecta Thursday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.
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Federal grant information presented to School Board
05/17/2017
At its May 16 meeting, the School Board of the City of Virginia Beach received information on federal grants for which Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) intends to apply for school year 2017-18
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VBCPS announces first phase of full-day kindergarten implementation
05/16/2017
Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) is beginning a multiyear implementation plan to transition its elementary schools from a half-day to a full-day kindergarten program.
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Kempsville Elementary teacher named Super Teacher by Virginia Lottery
05/16/2017
Kempsville Elementary School students and staff are celebrating the surprise announcement made in a schoolwide assembly today that Amy Watson is a 2017 Virginia Lottery Super Teacher.
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All Virginia Beach comprehensive high schools ranked among "America's Most Challenging"
05/15/2017
The Washington Post recently released its annual rankings of "America's Most Challenging High Schools" and, for the fifth consecutive year, all of Virginia Beach City Public Schools' (VBCPS) 11 comprehensive high schools made the list. Only 12 percent of America's approximately 22,000 public high schools earned a spot in this year's rankings, which according to the newspaper, "identify those schools working hardest to challenge students from all backgrounds with courses such as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate."
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VBGradWall now available to celebrate the Class of 2017
05/15/2017
As Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) prepares for upcoming graduation ceremonies, families and friends of the graduating Class of 2017 may begin the celebration by posting a congratulatory note on VBGradWall.
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Dr. Aaron C. Spence honored as Virginia’s Superintendent of the Year
05/09/2017
Virginia Beach City Public Schools Superintendent Aaron C. Spence has been named the 2018 Virginia Superintendent of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS). Spence was selected from a pool of eight regional finalists among Virginia’s 132 public school division superintendents.
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Pontifex named 2018 Citywide Teacher of the Year
05/04/2017
Amanda Pontifex, a fifth-grade teacher at Shelton Park Elementary School, is the 2018 Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Citywide Teacher of the Year. Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence made the announcement at the division's annual dinner honoring Teachers of the Year held May 4 at the Westin Virginia Beach Town Center.
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Special education and gifted education advisory committees host meetings May 8
05/04/2017
Two committees that serve as advisory bodies to the School Board will hold their next meetings Monday, May 8
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2017 Model Partnerships and Volunteers of the Year honored at citywide celebration
04/28/2017
Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) students and staff benefit from the support of thousands of school volunteers and community partners each year.
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Virginia Beach schools among best in state according to U.S. News & World Report
04/26/2017
Six of Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ (VBCPS) 11 comprehensive high schools are among Virginia’s top performing schools, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings of America’s best high schools released yesterday
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