Newport News Public Schools – Update June 2021

Newport News Green Foundation launches food forest project

In April, community volunteers worked with Newport News Green Foundation and city staff to plant trees in the Mayer and Dorene Sarfan Food Forest on Chestnut Avenue.

In April, community volunteers helped Newport News Green Foundation begin tree planting for a “food forest” project on five acres of land on Chestnut Avenue. Thanks to a recent land donation from the Sarfan family, the Mayer and Dorene Sarfan Food Forest will sit on five acres of vacant land on Chestnut Ave in southeast Newport News.

The project will bring real world examples of sustainable gardening to kindergarten through fifth-grade students at Discovery STEM Academy across the street. Students will learn hands-on lessons about ecological gardening practices just steps away from their classrooms, and community members will be free to plant or harvest fruits and vegetables grown there.

Student vocalists earn membership in All-Virginia Chorus

Six choral students in Newport News Public Schools performed in a virtual event as members of the All-Virginia Chorus in April, after earning top placement at the district level and successfully auditioning for the state ensemble in February.

The students named to the All-Virginia Chorus from Warwick High School, where Lynn Ballou serves as choral director, are: Natalia Brown, Josiah DeSarro-Raynal and Abigail Goyette. From Woodside High School, where Emilio Pesante serves as choral director, All-Virginia Chorus members are Skyy Carter, Lyric Ellis and Lanasia Walls.

These vocalists were evaluated on vocal quality, intonation, rhythmic accuracy, interpretation, diction and sight reading. The students were recognized for their achievements at the Newport News School Board meeting in April.

All-Virginia Chorus members from Warwick High School honored by the School Board in April were Abigail Goyette and Natalia Brown, sopranos, and Josiah DeSarro-Raynal, bass.
From Woodside High School, the Board recognized Skyy Carter, Lyric Ellis and
Lanasia Walls, altos.

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