Newport News Public Schools update – April 2021

Woodside High Magnet student marks National News Literacy Week with segment aired on WTKR

Robbie Pritchett, a junior at Woodside High School’s Center for Arts and Communication magnet program, is off to an auspicious start as a tele-journalist. He recently produced a news segment for WTKR News 3 about expectations for the first 100 days of the Biden administration and the need for adults to listen to youthful voices. In the video, Pritchett interviews fellow students and shares his own hopes for the future.

Pritchett, who produces his school’s weekly television program, was invited to create the segment as part of National News Literacy Week, an annual event sponsored by the News Literacy Project to encourage students to be smart consumers of media.

Bellamy and Smith deemed Gold Star Teachers

Two Newport News Public Schools teachers earned W!se Gold Star Teacher Awards for 2019 – 2020.

Michael Bellamy, administrative assistant at Crittenden Middle School, and Tiffanie Smith, career and technical education teacher at Heritage High School, were honored for the performance of students they taught in Newport News summer school. These veteran teachers led their summer students to a 93 percent passing rate on the W!se Financial Literacy Education Test.

The recognition is presented by Working in Support of Education (W!se), an educational organization dedicated to building financial literacy, fostering business and social entrepreneurship and preparing students for college and the global workplace. The organization’s literacy certification program provides high school students with financial education and the opportunity to become certified financially literate. Students learn about personal finance prior to taking the W!SE standardized Financial Literacy test, a nationally recognized certification.

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