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
Snow Make-Up Day for Students
Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) will be in session April 3 to make up the instructional time lost during last week's snowstorm.
Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence has decided to waive the three remaining snow days for students by using time built into the 183-day school calendar.
The makeup plan is as follows:
- April 3 (originally designated a staff day) will be a makeup day for Feb. 17
- Feb. 18-20 will not be made up by students; employees will make up the lost time
Since joining the division, Spence has gathered input on makeup day possibilities. He held in-depth conversations with division staff, School Board members, the Superintendent's Student Advisory Council, parent associations and a variety of teachers, parents and students. A recurring theme of the feedback gathered was the stress inherent in missing instructional time and the constraints of the options available to the division in the school year calendar.
"It is clear that we must always give priority to honoring instructional time, but we must also recognize and address the stress these kinds of extreme events and calendar changes place on our community," Spence said. "I believe this plan strikes a balance between ensuring our students get maximum time in the classroom and recognizing the flexibility a 183-day calendar provides."
Should additional days be missed in the 2014-2015 school year due to inclement weather, time will be made up by adding minutes to the school day and/or by extending the school year. State law requires school divisions to provide instruction for a minimum of 180 days or 990 hours each school year.
Approved External Professional Learning Program Opportunities
A resource page has been created intended to communicate external professional learning activities that have been pre-approved for PLP points. External professional learning opportunities are activities that are sponsored by an organization other than Virginia Beach City Public Schools. The following is the link to the External Professional Learning Opportunities:
This link can also be found on the Professional Learning Program page. Because these activities are sponsored by external organizations, registration occurs through the organization and not through the MyLeamingPlan system.
To save teacher and administrator time, the organizations sponsoring activities featured on this page have partnered with the Center for Teacher Leadership to streamline the reporting process for points, thereby eliminating the need for individual requests for points to be submitted and approved through MyLeamingPlan. Interested staff should read the posted information carefully to note the registration procedure, including any fees, and the process to receive points, typically through a sign-in sheet at the event.
Student Registration Link
We have created a student registration link which can be found under the Quick Links section (bottom right-hand corner of the school home page) and under the Parent Resources on the Resources section wherein you can find electronic student registration forms. This link will take you to the Virginia Beach City Public Schools Student Registration page. There you will find a link labeled "Enrollment Form." You may complete this form online and print it, or you can download the form and complete it.
On this site, you will also find important registration information such as:
1) Documents to bring for registration
2) Virginia enrollment requirements
3) Required immunizations
4) Where to get immunizations
5) Physical form
and lots more!
Please Note: All required documents and immunization is needed at the time of enrollment and no incomplete packets will be accepted.
For more information about these forms or registration procedures, please contact our main office at (757)648-2280.
Walmart Gives Back
Click the link to read about Walmart giving back to College Park Elementary teachers featured in the Kaleidoscope:
New Online Volunteer Web Database
Teachers, staff and PTA Volunteer in Education Coordinators at each school are now able to post volunteer opportunities that will engage parents and community members in our classrooms to support students.We encourage you to visit the link below (or click the clipart with raised hands on the right side of the screen above the "Teacher Webpages" link in the school homepage) and complete the required fields to upload a request for assistance (tutors, mentors, technical advisors for STEM Clubs, assistants for fine arts and PE classes, classroom helpers, office and cafeteria helpers, etc.).
Once submitted, an email will be generated to the Office of Community Engagement to approve the volunteer/opportunity and post on the site. You will be notified that your request has been posted and I will be copied as well as the PTA VIE Coordinator who will assist with the volunteer process. Potential volunteers, families and community members, will visit www.vbschools.com/getconnected and respond directly to the posting to sign up. They will also log their service hours here using any computer or smartphone with Internet access. The goal is to streamline the volunteer match system and to increase the number of volunteer hours reported each year. VIE Coordinators will contact references which community volunteers are required to provide and will conduct training to share volunteer procedures as well as to ensure that volunteers have read, understand and will abide by the division’s GUIDELINES for School Volunteers. The VIE Coordinator is also asked to keep an updated list of approved community volunteers who will be volunteering at the school several times throughout the year. You will meet with volunteers to explain assignment(s) and your expectations. This new system makes it easier for them to find opportunities to become more actively involved in our classrooms and schools. Please remind all volunteers and partners working with you and your students to log their valuable hours of service on the site.
Box Tops, Farm Fresh Receipts, and Labels for Education
College Park Elementary School is collecting the following in order to purchase additional supplies for the school:
* Box Tops for Education
* Farm Fresh Receipts
* Labels for Education
Please make sure to save these items and send them to the office. Every box top, label, and receipt helps!
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.
The GREEN TEAM is a group of students who will be responsible for these gardens and ensuring that they truly are an educational success. Students will work directly in the gardens in order to grow fresh produce for our community. Be on the lookout this year for more information about signing up to be a part of this club!
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.