Newport News Public Schools – Update July 2021

Alexander honored as Virginia Lunch Hero

NNPS Child Nutrition employees have distributed meals for pick up at schools and neighborhood sites since the pandemic closed schools in March 2020.

When school opened for virtual instruction last fall, Child Nutrition Services (CNS) employees in Newport News Public Schools stepped up to ensure that meal service could continue for all students.

Throughout this school year, the CNS team has ensured that students received a healthy breakfast, snack, lunch and supper every day, whether attending classes in-person, virtually or through the hybrid model. They began by serving meals for pick up at schools and added mobile meals-to-go sites to ensure that families who didn’t live near a neighborhood school could also be served.

Cathy Alexander

With assistance from transportation and school security employees, thousands of students were served from familiar yellow buses in seven neighborhoods throughout Newport News. The CNS leadership team has served families consistently and has maintained meal service even when schools were closed for holiday breaks.

At its May meeting, the Newport News School Board honored Cathy Alexander, director of Child Nutrition Services, for her leadership and to acknowledge her as a winner of the 2021 Virginia Lunch Hero award presented by No Kid Hungry, a national campaign launched in 2010 by Share Our Strength, a nonprofit working to solve problems of hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world.

Aviation Academy soars to list of Top Schools

Students in the Aviation Academy at Denbigh High School built storage lockers used on the International Space Station.

The Aviation Academy at Denbigh High School has been named a Top School in Virginia Living magazine’s 2021 list of notable programs.

A team of students at Aviation Academy participated in HUNCH (High school students United with NASA to Create Hardware) to build special lockers used on the International Space Station. Only one other school in the U.S. took part in the program.

Virginia Living published the list of Top Schools in its March/April issue. The list highlights a selection of approximately 200 outstanding Virginia public and private institutions from preschool to graduate level that boast exemplary programs and achievements. The Aviation Academy at Denbigh High School was one of only four Hampton Roads public school systems or programs included in the list.

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