The School Board of the City of Virginia Beach voted to name Dr. Donald Robertson Jr. as superintendent at its meeting Jan. 23. A native of Hampton Roads, Dr. Robertson began his career as a math teacher with Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) in 1988 and progressed in leadership roles including assistant principal of Bayside High School, principal of Salem High School, chief strategy and innovation officer, chief schools officer, chief of staff and acting superintendent.
The Department of Teaching and Learning, in partnership with division teachers and instructional technology specialists, will be offering an amazing summer learning opportunity to all pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students who were enrolled in Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) during the 2022-23 school year!
Each week in July, high-quality literacy and numeracy lessons aligned to key grade level concepts will be posted and available to currently enrolled VBCPS students. These optional lessons will review and reinforce previously taught material to give our students a great learning boost before they begin the 2023-24 school year. For example, a 2022-23 kindergartener should access the kindergarten lessons to review key skills and concepts from kindergarten. Students are also welcomed to try lessons from a lower or higher grade level if they would like additional review or to challenge themselves.
The lessons will be provided in video format so students are able to engage at times that fit their family schedule and will remain posted through August. Helpful parent videos will accompany lessons to provide parents an overview of each week’s learning and highlight other resources available to students.
Students who were enrolled in VBCPS pre-kindergarten through fifth grade during the 2022-23 school year will be able to access the learning experiences and other resources using their VBCPS student login credentials via ClassLink. For incoming students who were not enrolled in VBCPS during the 2022-23 school year, a helpful list of summer learning tips and activities will be available to engage in throughout the summer. In addition, all incoming kindergarteners will have the ability to access SmartyAnts, an online foundational literacy skills program which adjusts to the needs of each learner.