Newport News Public Schools – Update January 2020

NNPS Teachers Earn Recognition in Financial Literacy Education

Twelve career and technical education teachers earned recognition for their students’ successful performance on the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Test by being named Gold Star teachers. To receive the Gold Star Award, at least 93 percent of their students in one or more classes must pass the W!SE Financial Literacy Test.

Named as Gold Star teachers were Hope London, Lisa McAlister and Patricia Newman-Ricks from Denbigh High School; Lenise Cowling from Heritage High School; Adrienne Caldwell from Menchville High School; Michael Bellamy, Kimberly Grant, Lisa Jones and Reginald Neely from Warwick High School; and Stephen Brown, Janet Costello and Tina Shorter from Woodside High School.

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

Newport News Education Foundation Earns Grant for STEM Education

The Newport News Education Foundation was awarded a $300,000 One Community Transformation Grant from Newport News Shipbuilding to support STEM education in Newport News Public Schools (NNPS).

The Foundation’s proposal builds on STEM education through collaboration with the Brooks Crossing Innovation and Opportunity Center to provide technology training for more than 400 NNPS teachers, materials and equipment. The grant will also provide field experiences for 6,000 students at the Brooks Crossing Innovation and Opportunity Center.

The Brooks Crossing Innovation and Opportunity Center is home to the STEM Digital Innovation and Fabrication Lab. The lab is the first of its kind in Virginia and through hands-on and project-based learning will teach skills and technology utilization, serving as a resource for students, parents and citizens interested in learning about digital technologies used in design and fabrication. The lab is a partnership among Newport News Shipbuilding, Old Dominion University, the City of Newport News and its Economic Development Authority.

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