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
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Shamrock Final Mile 2017
This year College Park Elementary will be participating in the Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile. This program is an extension of the Shamrock Marathon held annually in March. The goal of the final mile program is to have elementary students complete their own marathon, 26.2 miles, by running one mile at a time. Our students will run or walk 25.2 miles during P.E. class over the next 6 months. On race day, March 18, 2017, the students have the opportunity to run the final mile of their marathon at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront with 5,000 other elementary students.
The Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile gives students an exciting goal to work towards in addition to the benefits of a healthier lifestyle. Seeing the students accomplish their goal of running or walking a marathon is truly amazing. In addition, our students have an opportunity to help other children around the world through Operation Smile. This worldwide children’s medical charity is headquartered right here in Hampton Roads. Operation Smile has provided free surgeries to over 100,000 children worldwide born with cleft lips and cleft palates since 1982. As an optional but strongly recommended part of the final mile program, students may ask close friends and family for donations to help raise money for this wonderful charity.
In order to participate in the Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile students must register for the race. You can register your child for the race online at any time at www.shamrockmarathon.com. The Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile coordinator then contacts me to let me know your child has been registered. The registration fee is $20.00 through January 14, 2017 and $25.00 January 15, 2017 through race week. All participants receive a race T-shirt, goody bag, and gift from Operation Smile, special medal, and certificate upon completion of the race. Participants also receive coupon incentives beginning in January from various local restaurants, museums, etc.
I hope you consider this wonderful opportunity to have your child participate in a great event. If you have any questions regarding the event, please myself at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 757-648-2280 ext. 53751. You may also contact the Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile coordinator, Lori Cooper, at (757) 412-1056 or email@example.com.
Physical Education Specialist
TestNav8 Install for SOL Practice Test
ATTENTION PARENTS and STUDENTS!
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is upgrading the software used for online SOL testing which is now called TestNav8. With that said, parents and students can now be able to access the online SOL practice test on their own (non-VBCPS) devices. However, you need to download the TestNav8 application program because the online practice items are only available through using the TestNav8.
Below is the link to the webpage installation instructions for desktop and laptop computer and visuals of the TestNav8 apps for iPads, Android devices, and Chromebooks. It is also available under the PARENTS drop down menu, then click SOL Testing.
VBCPS School Meal
Click on the Download Flyer button below to view the flyer on how to apply for school meals online.
Mrs. Jordan Shines on Kaleidoscope
Binders enable students to track their data
(*** story piece on Kaleidoscope posted on October 3, 2016 ***)
Holding up a bright, orange-colored folder, College Park Elementary School teacher Elizabeth Jordan asked her fifth-grade students if they knew the purpose of the pages inside.
“It’s to see if my test score grows or shrinks,” said one student.
“It’s to track your data and if your parents have a meeting with the teacher they can also see what you know,” said fifth-grader Mayanna Brickhouse.
“It’s to keep our scores and make us aware of how we’re doing in class,” said her fellow fifth-grade classmate Keiana Mason.
They were all correct.
Inside were empty pages for the students to graph their assessment data for reading, math and science throughout the course of the year. Not only that, but there were also pages for students to set goals and make plans for reaching them.
One student who was having difficulty writing his goal knew exactly what write after his teacher gave him a helpful hint: “For example, if we have 10 minutes extra in class and you’re struggling in reading what can you do?” Do some silent reading, he enthusiastically responded.
“When we talk about analyzing data, we also include students,” said College Park Principal Sterling White. “Students have their own data binders where they write their own information such as ‘on this date I scored this much in reading’ and they also make goals. They watch the trends using their real-live data.”
Last year, the school used data binders in third, fourth and fifth grades, but expanded schoolwide this year.
“Kindergarten students will analyze different things because they don’t really have many assessments, but they are going to start analyzing data,” White added.
Student data binders were one of a multitude of approaches that the school began last year and helped the school achieve full accreditation – something that College Park had not done in three years. Overall, scores increased in all four content areas from last year: 17 percentage points in English, 19 percentage points in mathematics, 36 percentage points in history, and 41 percentage points in science.
“There’s no secret. It was just hard work by everyone,” White expressed when asked about his approach. “It’s about a belief system that all students can be successful.”
In addition to using data binders, the school also began departmentalizing in fifth grade by having students rotate classes to enable teachers to focus on specific content.
College Park also enacted weekly staff team meetings specifically to review data in addition to the monthly professional development sessions held after school. Monthly parent nights also provided families opportunities to make a difference by concluding the events with activities to help students at home. Students are also held to high expectations since this year the school started a full-fledged Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) system.
When asked about the data binders, Jordan said that when students see their data they take ownership and become invested.
“Visually seeing it makes it real. It makes them reflect and ask themselves why their scores might be going up or down. Most importantly, it helps them set goals to do better.”
Welcome to School Year 2016-2017!
We welcome all new and returning students and staff at College Park Elementary School. We hope you and your family have enjoyed a great summer break and we're excited to begin school year 2016–2017!
CPES Energy Star Facility Again!
The College Park Elementary School building was renewed as an Energy Star Facility again for 2016. In addition, College Park is the division’s eighth LEED certified building and the second VBCPS building to earn platinum honors. We'd like to applaud the continued support of the school's faculty and staff in achieving to get this rating. As our principal Dr. White says in his email to the CPES staff, "Thank you for doing your part in taking care of the future."
Student Registration Link
A student registration link can be found under the Quick Links section (right-handcorner 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.
Low-Cost Internet Service Available
Connect2Compete (C2C) is a program sponsored by a consortium of cable and Internet service
providers nationwide. Locally, Cox Communications participates by offering affordable Internet
access and devices to students and families that qualify for the National School Lunch Program. Recently, Cox Communications expanded its outreach to include families receiving services
through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program (SNAP).
For participating families, there are no deposits, no installation costs and no modem rental fees. The monthly rate for those who qualify is $9.95 and this discounted rate is guaranteed for two years with no contract. Eligible families with children enrolled in K-12 may apply for the Connect2Compete discounted service online or by phone. Instructions for applying for the service are included on the attached flyer from Cox Communications. Additional information is available by visiting www.connect2compete.org/cox. Below is the flyer for the program:
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.
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 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!
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.