Teachers Present at Virginia Children's Engineering Conference

Posted on: Friday, February 24, 2017

Yorktown Elementary School (YES) science teacher Barbara Westlund and educational technology facilitator Shellye Wardensky presented three sessions at the Virginia Children's Engineering Conference in Roanoke in February. The three sessions were titled Engineering Basics, LEGO Education StoryStarter: Making Literacy Tangible, and Great iPad Apps for STEM. Read more

Dinner Theater Success

Posted on: Friday, February 24, 2017

Waller Mill Elementary School’s annual Dinner Theater was a huge success this year! The Fine Arts Magnet program’s show was entitled Sunshine and Rainbows. The students shined in their performance and the audience was treated like royalty by student servers. Read more

Trip Back in Time

Posted on: Friday, February 24, 2017

The fourth grade classes at Bethel Manor Elementary School went back in time on their field trip to Williamsburg this month. The students spent the day experiencing life during Virginia’s colonial period. This experience allowed the students the opportunity to bring what they learn in class to a much higher level, meaning, and understanding. Read more

School Spirit with a Twist

Posted on: Friday, February 24, 2017

Schools hold spirit days for students and staff throughout the year for a variety of reasons, but Tabb Middle School put a twist on their spirit day this week. On Thursday, faculty and staff put away their traditional Tabb Tiger orange & black and filled the halls with navy, red and silver to show their support for Grafton High School (GHS) freshman Andrew Stonier. You may recall we shared his story and students' efforts to raise money for the family earlier this month. Tabb Middle raised $1,200 to help Andrew and his family by donning their Clipper wear. Read more

Virtual Field Trip

Posted on: Friday, February 24, 2017

All York County School Division elementary schools collaborated to develop a virtual field trip, via Skype, to tour the Maggie Walker National Historic Site in Richmond. Students in more than 40 classrooms in all ten elementary schools went online simultaneously to interact with YCSD teachers who interviewed site staff and toured the building live online. In so doing, students developed their understanding of Maggie Walker's importance as a civil rights activist. Read more

100th Day of School

Posted on: Friday, February 17, 2017

Students and teachers are more than halfway through the school year and were delighted to participate in traditions to mark the 100th day of school on Wednesday, February 15. In addition to pretending to be 100 years old, students engaged in various lessons related to the number 100, such as bringing and counting 100 small items; wearing 100th day crowns; stringing necklaces with 100 rings; counting to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s; and doing jumping jacks to 100. Read more

Bethel Manor Elementary School Parent University

Posted on: Friday, February 17, 2017

Bethel Manor Elementary School (BMES) held a Parent University for the fifth grade parents this month. Parent Universities are held at schools throughout the year to focus on specific ways parents can help support their children’s education. This month’s event at BMES focused on SOL testing and middle school requirements. Parents walked away with a better understanding of end-of-year requirements and ideas to use at home. Read more

Band Recruitment Efforts

Posted on: Friday, February 17, 2017

Tabb Middle School (TMS) band students visited Bethel Manor Elementary, Mt. Vernon Elementary and Tabb Elementary schools over the last two weeks to give the younger students a taste of the middle school band program prior to the rising sixth grade Course Registration Information Night on February 16. Small groups of student musicians played short, easily recognizable songs during each school's morning program and added a quick plug to consider joining the band program. TMS students were proud to represent the program and are receiving accolades on their performances. Read more

Breakout EDU for Learning

Posted on: Friday, February 17, 2017

Grafton Middle School (GMS) French students recently completed a Breakout EDU activity in class. Breakout EDU, a concept similar to the popular Escape Room game, requires participants to solve a series of puzzles and locate clues to open a locked box within a specified time. For each activity solved, students earn the combinations for locks on the box. GMS French students were able to complete all their French activities to save their teacher’s children from the Queen of Hearts. Breakout EDU is used to create ultra-engaging learning games for students. These games teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, core academic subjects, and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve. Read more

The Arts at Bethel Manor Elementary School

Posted on: Friday, February 10, 2017

The Virginia Opera visited Bethel Manor Elementary School (BMES) last week. The actors performed the play "The Three Little Pigs" for students in first through fourth grade. The play was interactive and the students were involved throughout the performance. It was a great twist to a very popular fairy tale. Read more

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