Spring Music Program
Wed Apr 9 (6 pm)
The fifth grade strings will perform at 6 p.m. followed by the fourth grade’s presentation of Music Matters by Teresa Jennings. It will be a wonderful night of celebrating music!
Mon-Fri Apr 14 - 18
School will be closed
In the News
STEM Robotics Club
College Park Elementary is proud to be one of the schools in the Virginia Beach City Public School System that offers the STEM Robotics club. In this club the students work weekly throughout the school year designing and building robots that meet various requirements and must be capable of performing an assigned task.
By participating in this program students learn to work like an engineer. In order to design and create these robots students must utilize problem solving skills, solder and program circuit boards, and create parts for their machine. If you are interested in becoming part of this club be on the lookout this month for more information. Selection is based upon previous attendance in the Summer STEM Camp as well as recommendations from teachers and administrators.
CPES Green Team
School Gardening engages students by providing a dynamic environment to observe, discover, experiment, nurture and learn. School Gardens are living laboratories where interdisciplinary lessons are drawn from real life experiences, encouraging students to become active participants in the learning process
College Park Elementary is fortunate enough to have several gardens that students have the opportunity to work and learn from. As any gardener knows, maintaining and caring for a garden is a lot of work. In order to make ours successful here at CPES we have implemented the GREEN TEAM.
College Park ES: LEED Platinum Certified
The US Green Building Council has announced that College Park Elementary School earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification. This official recognition makes College Park the first platinum level K-12 school in the state of Virginia. College Park’s certification also means Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) has had both the first LEED platinum level K-12 school in the state as well as the state’s first LEED certified public elementary school, which was Hermitage Elementary school in 2005.
The LEED for Schools Green Building Rating System, created by the US Green Building Council, promotes whole building sustainability while addressing the unique requirements of school buildings and their populations. Buildings can earn one of four levels of certification for their sustainability measures: certified, silver, gold or platinum, which is the highest possible certification to earn.
“We are extraordinarily proud to be home to the first LEED platinum school in Virginia,” said Tony Arnold, director of Facilities Planning and Construction for VBCPS. “Unquestionably, we are creating sustainable buildings, but, for our students, staff and community, we are also building a culture of being better stewards of our environment.”
College Park, which opened in 2012, is built around an integrated wetland rain garden that serves as a teaching area with platform and walkway decks. The school's site is a zero runoff site, which means it treats all of its own storm water. Water is collected from 80 percent of the school's roof area into three 25,000 gallon cisterns. This water is used for flushing toilets and contributes to the geothermal HVAC system. What run-off comes from roofs is poured into the rain garden, which is used as a teaching opportunity of the water cycle.
In addition, hallways, the gymnasium, cafeteria and all public spaces are heated by in-floor radiant heat from hot water solar collectors. Hot water for the kitchen and the rest of the building also comes from the same solar collectors.
College Park is the division’s eighth LEED certified building and the second VBCPS building to earn platinum honors. The division’s Pupil Transportation Services Maintenance Facility was also a LEED platinum certified building. In fact, in the past eight years, VBCPS has increased its square footage by five percent, but seen a decrease in energy costs of 20 percent.
CPES Physical Education Program 2014-2015
Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! The P.E. staff have planned a school year filled with fun activities and exciting learning experiences for your child! Through the course of my studies and previous experiences, I will challenge your child both physically and mentally. They will be introduced to a variety of games, activities, and skills that will progress throughout the school year. Examples include: basketball, throwing and catching, kickball, running club, floor hockey, soccer, Fitness testing, and dance. Moreover, students will also learn about sportsmanship, teamwork, and responsibility.
Additionally, We have many extracurricular events planned. They include the Operation Smile Final Mile in March. This is where students run one mile every Monday and complete 24 miles of a marathon. Then during the Shamrock Marathon in March, students finish the last mile with thousands of other students at the Oceanfront. It was a “ton-of-fun” last year, and we had about 20 students participate. This year, we would like to have over 50 students participate in this awesome event. Our Jump Rope for Heart event will be in November this year, and CPES raised over $700 for this great cause last year. The goal for this year is to raise over $1,000.00 and to teach students the importance of physical activity so they have a strong and healthy heart. Furthermore, we will have a Family Fitness Night and Field Day at the end of the year. Please check the CPES homepage for P.E. News and updates.
Safety is a main priority when students come to Physical Education class. In order to reach this goal, please discuss the following guidelines with your child:
- Proper shoes should be worn during gym class. Preferably tennis shoes or similar rubber bottom sole shoes. Open toed shoes, sandals, dress shoes, boots, flip flops, and slip-on’s (shoes without a back) are not allowed as they may endanger your child. If your child does wear the above mentioned shoes to school, please have your child bring a pair of old tennis shoes to gym class and they will be allowed to change into them before the start of class.
- Students should be appropriately dressed for physical activity.
- Please inform the physical education teacher and school nurse if your child has special circumstances, such as asthma that may affect their participation in physical activity.
- Students may be excused from physical activity if a written note is received by a member of the physical education staff. The note should include the number of days the student is to be excused from physical activity. If longer than 3 days, a doctor’s note is required.
Thank you for your support of the Physical Education Program and welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! If you have any questions or concerns, please call Mr. Brian Shelton at 757.648.2280 ext. 53751 or email him at [email protected]
Dear Parent/Guardian of College Park Elementary Students:
I am writing to share with you some important information about College Park Elementary School. Recently, Virginia Beach City Public Schools was advised by the Virginia Department of Education that College Park has been designated a Focus School for missing student performance benchmarks in mathematics and English on the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests.
I would like to take a moment to explain what it means to be a Focus School. The federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) – known since 2001 as No Child Left Behind - requires that states set Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) for increasing student achievement. In Virginia, the AMOs are based on the pass rates of students in subgroups (students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged students, early language learners, etc.)
College Park Elementary receives federal Title I funds. The U.S. Department of Education monitors the performance of the nation’s Title I schools closely. Under the federal ESEA legislation, all states must identify the 10 percent of their Title I schools contributing to state achievement gaps. College Park has been identified as falling into that category for Virginia. This designation is for a two-year period, and requires us to work with a state-approved coach to develop, implement and monitor intervention strategies to improve the performance of our students at risk of not meeting the achievement standards. College Park is now eligible for additional support from the school division and state, as we work together to improve teaching and learning, especially in the areas of reading and mathematics.
We know, as you do, that test scores are only one measure of a school. College Park is a fine school with a dedicated, hardworking staff, helpful parents, supportive business partners and terrific students. We will celebrate our successes while working hard to make necessary improvements. At College Park, we believe in ALL of our students and we will continue to create a learning environment in which they are actively engaged in learning. We will continue to have high expectations for success. We know that with our positive and student-centered school culture we will meet our goals.
If you have any questions about our Focus School designation and what this means for your child, please call me at 648-2280 or come by the school. I thank you for your support in the past and your continued belief in College Park Elementary School in the future.