Newport News Public Schools update – May 2021

Young Men of Distinction at An Achievable Dream Middle and High School earned first place in the 2021 Black History Virtual Trivia Bowl

Pictured, from left: Hopeton Bailey, Ty Kinney, Raekwon Perry, Lloyd McKeithan (sponsor), Richard Linyear III, Rickey Taylor, Trey Terry and Jaden Alexander

The Golden Fold of Alpha Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., which sponsored the competition, presented a trophy to the group and medals to each of the winning team members. To prepare for the competition, students learned Black history facts and attended training sessions over the course of five weeks. Their dedicated effort led to their victory over six other local teams. The Young Men of Distinction is a male mentorship program sponsored by An Achievable Dream Middle and High School and the Kappa Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Preschool observes Virginia Agriculture Literacy Week with special visit

In March, Watkins Early Childhood Center hosted First Lady Pam Northam and Virginia’s Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Dr. Janice Underwood, who visited to mark Virginia Agriculture Literacy Week. Mrs. Northam and Dr. Underwood spoke to students about bees, plants and their favorite things to eat before reading How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?, a book by Christine Butterworth that describes the steps in growing and processing foods found in a typical school lunch. Each class they visited received a copy of the book and commemorative coins embossed with the Virginia state seal and flower and Governor Ralph Northam’s name. Mrs. Northam also participated in a Zoom call with students in a dual immersion English learners’ class, and both officials met with the center’s child nutrition staff, thanking them on behalf of the governor for their work feeding students.

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