Newport News Public Schools update – December 2023

Heritage High students share financial lessons with elementary students

Heritage High School students conducted a Jump$tart Teen Teach-in in October to share financial literacy lessons with students at Newsome Park Elementary School.

Several Heritage students conducted mini-lessons for students in grades 2, 4 and 5. A lesson on managing needs versus wants was taught at all three grade levels. The event was part of a national initiative with the Jump$tart Coalition as well as the school division’s partnership with BayPort Credit Union.

The Teen Teach-in offers high school students a way to demonstrate the financial knowledge they’ve gained and share it with their elementary school counterparts in a fun teaching and learning activity.

Riverside Health System donates AEDs to athletic program

Riverside Health System donated 13 AEDs, or Automated External Defibrillator devices, to the athletics department to support student-athletes. AEDs are used to support individuals experiencing sudden cardiac arrest.

John LaRue, director of Sports Physical Therapy at Riverside Health System, presented Lee Martin, NNPS athletic director, with the devices in September, in time for the fall athletic season.

Three units are installed at Todd Stadium, eight were donated to each middle school and each of the five high school athletic trainers received a unit to take with them to athletic events.

All NNPS schools and offices have an AED. The Riverside donation ensures that student-athletes have a dedicated unit.

Riverside Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Specialists is the official sports medicine team for NNPS.

Enid López Reed: Educator, author and voice artist

A Newport News Public Schools world language teacher has earned international fame as an author. Enid López Reed, or Maestra Reed as her students know her at Menchville High School, is a Puerto Rico native and acclaimed author.

Reed has written seven books in Spanish that interweave her personal experience with traditions from Puerto Rico and other Spanish-speaking countries. A testament to her authorship, Reed was recently featured at the Festival Del Libro at the Mayagüez Mall in Puerto Rico and was a finalist in the literary competition.

Reed has recorded more than 130 stories for Garbanzo, an online application that teaches users to speak Spanish through interactive storytelling. Locally, Reed shares Spanish stories and culture at the Second Sundays Art Festival in Williamsburg.

Reed says she writes “to provide [Spanish] voices a space in the world.” Her latest book, El Caldo Gallego, follows a man named Pedro as he searches a Spanish market for chorizo to make his famous dish, caldo gallego. As readers travel through the market with Pedro, they learn about several Spanish delicacies and the history of mercadillos (street markets) in Spain. Reed wrote the book with her students in mind and says it is perfect for a Level 2 Spanish class, as it comes complete with a glossary.