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American Education Week, Nov. 16-20, 2015

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(11/6/2015) - Newport News public schools are advancing and preparing students to be college, career and citizen-ready. Academic achievement is increasing, students are taking more rigorous coursework, and students are participating in service learning in all grades.

During the local commemoration of American Education Week, NNPS is celebrating student achievement and advancement:

  • More Schools Earn Accreditation
    Fifteen Newport News schools are fully accredited and 17 are partially accredited for 2015 -2016 by the Virginia Department of Education. Newport News Public Schools' academic action plan focuses on increasing literacy and math skills, providing students with more time for extra help and making more time for learning by giving fewer tests.
  • Newport News students posted gains on all Standards of Learning tests
    Students raised achievement in English, math, science and social studies across the school division while taking more rigorous tests designed by the Virginia Department of Education to better prepare students to meet national and international benchmarks for college and career readiness.
  • NNPS students are preparing for successful futures
    • More high-school students are earning industry certifications, preparing them for future careers. In 2015, NNPS students earned 1,858 certifications, compared to 741 in 2011.
    • 89% of high school students completed an honors, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate course, and 680 high school students were dual enrolled in a college course.
    • 66% of middle school students earned high school credit; 45% of middle school students successfully completed Algebra I.
  • NNPS' graduation rate reaches all-time high
    By keeping the focus on college and career readiness, NNPS' graduation rate has increased to 89.5% in 2015 from 72.9% six years ago. During the same time period, the dropout rate has decreased to 2.4%, lower than the state average. NNPS' dropout prevention and recovery program provides an array of services to help students graduate on time (in four years).

American Education Week Activities

All schools are commemorating American Education Week by focusing on our mission: ensuring that all students graduate college, career and citizen-ready.

Schools are highlighting college, career and citizen-ready skills in action with student showcases and exhibitions, tours and special events.

Crittenden Middle:

On Monday, November 16, staff will wear their caps and gowns for the morning homeroom to discuss their experiences in college to students. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the different high school magnet programs that are available to them on Tuesday, November 17. On Wednesday, November 18, students will kick-off the Seeking Opportunities Within Mentoring Partnership during their lunch periods. Parents will be able to attend lunch with their students on Thursday, November 19 for the annual Thanksgiving Day meal. Friday, November 20 will have students wearing their favorite high school or college t-shirt.

Denbigh High:

On Monday, November 16, Denbigh students will write a note to a faculty or staff member thanking them for the impact they've had on their education. A college, career and citizen-ready skill will be highlighted on the morning show on Tuesday, November 17 and students will write what they like about their school. Denbigh and the Aviation Academy will host an open house on Wednesday, November 18. Another college, career and citizen-ready skill will be highlighted on the Thursday, November 19 morning show. The week will end with everyone encouraged to wear his or her favorite college sweatshirt or t-shirt.

Dozier Middle:

On Monday, November 16, Dress for Your Career Day will be held; where students dress the part of their future career. Tuesday, November 17 will be a student showcase and family bingo night where students will showcase their work and projects for families. College Day will have students and staff wearing their favorite college shirt on Wednesday, November 18. There will be a 6th grade afterschool dance immediately after school on Thursday. Parents are invited to attend an open house on Friday, November 20 to visit and have lunch with their student. There will also be a 7th and 8 th grade dance Friday evening.

Enterprise Academy:

On Wednesday, November 18, there will be an Open House showcasing student-created Career displays. Students will write a note to their favorite staff member on Thursday, November 19 and on Friday, students will have guest speakers and participate in College Spirit Day by wearing their favorite college t-shirt or sweatshirt.

Gildersleeve Middle:

Gildersleeve students will kick-off American Education Week by dressing for their future career on Monday, November 16. On Tuesday, November 17, students will wear their Gildersleeve colors and host a college, career and citizen-ready open house and expo for visitors. Students will thank a special educator in their lives on Wednesday, November 18. Teachers, staff and students will wear their favorite college t-shirt or sweatshirt on Thursday, November 19 with teachers and staff sharing their college experience with students. On Friday, November 20, students are encouraged to dress crazy to show how "crazy" they are about Gildersleeve.

Hidenwood Elementary:

The morning show crew will give a speech about the importance of being college, career & citizen-ready with teachers incorporating the theme with student poems, essays and pictures on Monday, November 16. Students will come dressed for success on Tuesday, November 17. On Wednesday, November 18, students and staff will wear their favorite college shirt. There will be an open house on Thursday, November 19 for parents to go into their student's classroom and learn math games and strategies that they can take home with them. On Friday, November 20, students will dress as their chosen career and can discuss their career choice with classmates.

Hines Middle:

Students at Hines Middle School will celebrate American Education week with a college, career and citizen-ready poster/poetry contest on Monday, November 16. On Tuesday, students will participate in a brief discussion after homeroom teachers read literary works from Native American and Hispanic American authors. Cafeteria staff will prepare a We are Thankful for Our Families lunch and sixth grade students will hold a student-led conference night! College Spirit Day will be on Friday, November 20, as students and staff will wear apparel representing their favorite college and judging will be held for the college, career and citizen-ready poster/poetry contest.

Jenkins Elementary

On Tuesday, November 17, students will design college, career and citizen-ready posters to display outside of their classrooms. "My College Story" will have teachers sharing their college stories with students on Wednesday, November 18. Thursday, November 19, students will dress the part of their future career and parents and/or community members can share career information with classes. Jenkins students and staff will end the week with College Spirit Day, wearing apparel representing their favorite college and a Smart, Safe and Supportive Celebration.

Magruder Elementary:

On Monday, November 16, parents are invited to come and read books to their student's class. Heritage High School students will visit students on Tuesday, November 17 to talk about their future college or career plans as well as read a book to the class. Wednesday, November 18 will have parents in the classroom helping with a STEM activity as well as learning about STEM careers. On Thursday, November 19, students will have the opportunity to enjoy lunch with their parents. There are two events scheduled on Friday, November 20, as parents are invited to come and share information about their career with their student's class, and students are encouraged to dress for their future career or wear a college/Armed Forces shirt and give a brief oral presentation to the class about their future career.

McIntosh Elementary:

Students are encouraged to wear their favorite college jersey, shirt or sweatshirt as part of College Spirit Day on Monday, November 16. Tuesday, November 17 there will be an open house from 10 - 11 a.m. for parents to spend time in the classroom to observe college, career and citizen-ready skills as well as any STEM activities that students have been working on. Students will write essays about being principal for a day while several students will be invited to experience the daily duties of being a principal on Wednesday, November 18. On Thursday, November 19 students are encouraged to dress up as their future career. Friday, November 20 will be McIntosh Pride Day, as students are supposed to wear their favorite McIntosh gear to show pride in their school.

Menchville High School:

Menchville will be having an open house during American Education Week, giving parents the opportunity to enjoy a variety of activities from all departments. Fine Arts classes which will highlight music, drama and art. Science classes will focus on labs, World Language will have hallway displays for parents and information on summer residential programs which are available for language study. Social Studies will be working on Globalization Activities with students and in math teachers will show how math is important to their future careers and community.

Riverside Elementary:

Parents will be invited to read to the class or participate in special lessons throughout the week. Riverside students will write thank you notes or draw pictures for Riverside staff members who have helped them and will then be delivered to that staff member. Students will also draw or write pictures on the topic of "What I Like Best about Riverside." For College Day on Wednesday, November 18, students from Hampton and Christopher Newport universities will come talk to classes about college. There will also be a display of staff members' college pennants entitled, "We Went to College; You Can Too!" On Friday, November 20, Riverside will hold a Citizen of the Month reception with a student from Warwick High School to speak about respect to the student body.

Saunders Elementary:

On Wednesday, November 18, students in will participate in grade-specific activities throughout the day. Kindergartners will have a "Fall Festival Rotation," while first-grade students will have Author Circles. Second-grade students will have math games/stations and third graders will take part in a "Build a Tower" STEM activity. Fourth-grade students will participate in activity stations to review Jamestown and fifth-grade students will take part in an activity titled "Wax Museum," which highlights different careers. Parents are invited to share information about their native country in a Newcomers Class as well.

Yates Elementary:

Yates will host a week full of events for students and parents starting on Monday, November 16 with Mates Monday, where students are encouraged to wear Yates' school colors of red white or blue while education quotes will be read during the Morning Show to highlight the importance of education. November 17 is Hats on to Education Tuesday, students will put on their "thinking caps" and start to decide what they want to do with their education. College Spirit Day is on Wednesday, November 18 to highlight colleges that staff members attended as well as talk to students about the process of getting into college! On Thursday, November 19, students are encouraged to dress for their future career. And on Friday, November 20, students will bring in items to help a local church make meals for those in need.