Newport News Public Schools update for August 2018

Congratulations Class of 2018!

Nearly 1,800 students graduated from Newport News Public Schools (NNPS), completing a demanding course of study that ensures they are college, career and citizen-ready.

The Class of 2018 earned more than $51 million in awards and scholarships from universities, colleges and military institutions throughout the country. Nearly half of the graduates earned an Advanced Studies Diploma, which requires an additional year of study in advanced math, laboratory science and history/social science and three years of study in a world language.

Newport News students earned more than 2,600 career and technical industry certifications, giving them access to advanced post-secondary opportunities and high-skilled internships and careers. Through the Early College program, dual-enrollment initiatives, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement and Honors courses, 85% of high school students were enrolled in rigorous coursework during the 2017–18 school year. Students were also active in their school communities with more than 87% of all high school students participating in clubs, activities and sports as part of the school division’s Youth Development initiative.

Through innovative instruction and learning designed to build the skills, knowledge and expertise needed for 21st-century success, the graduates of Newport News Public Schools are prepared for success.

Todd Stadium earns national recognition

Todd Stadium, home of NNPS football and track and field events, was one of 91 winners to earn recognition as a Field of Excellence by Pioneer Athletics. The Fields of Excellence awards program honors outstanding athletic fields and the hardworking crews who diligently maintain the fields.

Randy Davis, landscape supervisor, and Phillip Hunter, grounds and equipment manager, were acknowledged for their efforts in ensuring that the field at Todd Stadium is well maintained and in superior condition.  As noted by Pioneer Athletics,
“A Field of Excellence happens when the efforts of a talented crew, a well-maintained surface and the best in paint, equipment and accessories all come together.”

Teachers recognized for contributions to NASA eClips project

Several teachers from Newport News Public Schools were recognized for their contributions to the National Institute of Aerospace’s NASA eClips Project. The eClips project is a suite of educational resources that include videos, educator guides and supporting classroom materials designed to increase STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) literacy in the classroom while telling the NASA story.

Michelle Jackson from Gildersleeve Middle School and Lolita Clark from Lee Hall Elementary School used interactive lessons paired with student-produced videos as part of the NASA eClips Focus Group to challenge common science misconceptions.

Mandy Villarreal from Kiln Creek Elementary, Sharon Andrews from Booker T. Washington Middle School, Latiffany Prince from Passage Middle School and Laura Schmitt from Discovery STEM Academy provided valuable feedback on educational resources as members of the eClips Teacher Advisory Group.

Carl Daniels, a telecommunications teacher, assisted TV production students in developing Subject Matter Experts as Educators videos that focus on STEM careers.

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