Newport News Public Schools update – February 2024

NNPS CODES! launched during Computer Science Education Week

All Newport News Public Schools (NNPS) students spent time learning computer coding as the school division launched NNPS CODES! during Computer Science Education Week December 4–8.

Each student participated in a minimum of one hour of coding activities that week, with optional material available to be integrated by teachers into planned lessons or existing curricula, according to Tami Byron, instructional supervisor for STEM.

A recommended 12-minute coding session each morning was suggested to allow students to complete a full hour of coding. Teachers received a slide deck to help them easily display the daily coding activities.

Additionally, teachers were encouraged to collaborate with their school’s assigned instructional technology coach to incorporate computer science standards into their week’s lesson plans. Spanning all grade levels, coding activities took many forms.

NNPS hosted Take Your Legislator to School Day at Watkins ECC

State legislators, aides and local leaders toured classrooms, listened to student performances and learned about funding needs as Newport News Public Schools marked Take Your Legislator to School Day on December 1 at Watkins Early Childhood Center.

“It is going to be a treat; what you are going to see is going to lighten your heart today,” said NNPS Superintendent Dr. Michele Mitchell.

By the time the visitors had been greeted by students, visited them during lessons and heard a singing performance during lunch, that was certainly the case. Watkins is one of the sites for the district’s Dual Language Immersion Program, so students were learning lessons and sang in both English and Spanish.

State Delegate Shelly Simonds, aides to U.S. Representative Bobby Scott and State Delegate Marcia Price, City Council members Tina Vick and Cleon Long, School Board Chairman Lisa Surles-Law, Vice Chairman Terri Best and board member Douglas Brown, as well as several members of the Newport News Education Foundation, were in attendance.

NNPS teachers receive award for financial literacy education

Nine NNPS Career and Technical Education teachers were honored with W!se’s 2022–23 Gold Star Teacher Award for their students’ successful performance on the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Test: Hope London and Lisa McAlister at Denbigh High School; Stephanie Gwaltney and Diane Cox at Menchville High School; Reginald Neely, Sheree Ficklin and Kimberly Grant at Warwick High School; Tina Shorter at Woodside High School; and Patricia Newman-Ricks at Summer School.

To earn the Gold Star Award, a teacher must have at least a 93 percent passing rate on the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Test in at least one class during the school year.

W!SE — Working In Support of Education — is an educational organization dedicated to building financial literacy, fostering business and social entrepreneurship and preparing students for college and the global workplace.