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In this issue:
- NNPS to host College On-Site Admissions Night for high school seniors
- Wake Up and Read
- NNPS accepting magnet school applications
- News, Notes and Calendar
NNPS is hosting a College On-site Admissions Night from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 13, at Warwick High School. The event is open to all Newport News high school seniors, who will have the opportunity to apply to 27 colleges and universities and receive their admission status immediately.
Interested students must bring multiple copies of their official school transcripts, SAT/ACT scores and copies of recommendation letters (and application fees, if applicable).
Some participating colleges and universities will waive application fees during the event. Admissions representatives from Arts Institute of Virginia Beach, Barton College, Bluefield College, Bryant and Stratton College, Chowan University, Christopher Newport University, Elizabeth City State University, Ferrum College, Hampton University, Johnson and Wales University, Liberty University, Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School, Norfolk State University, North Carolina Wesleyan University, North Carolina Central University, Randolph College, Regent University, Shaw University, Shenandoah University, St. Augustine's College, Thomas Nelson Community College, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, University of Virginia's College at Wise, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University, Virginia Wesleyan College and William Peace University will be present to process applicants.
In addition, representatives from various career sectors will be available to speak with students who do not plan to pursue a degree from a traditional two or four-year college or university.
For more information, students may contact their school counseling office or view online.
Preschool and elementary school students and their families are invited to Wake Up and Read from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 31, at Gildersleeve Middle School. The interactive program will include a read-a-thon, a Battle of the Books for fifth-grade students, a scavenger hunt, local authors, a coffee house featuring a poetry slam and free verse, digital literacy stations, and arts and crafts.
Free bus transportation will be provided for families from the following locations: Peninsula Boys and Girls Clubs, 429 Thorncliff Drive; Courthouse Green Townhomes, Old Courthouse Way and Hustings Lane; Warwick Mobile Homes, 12095 Jefferson Avenue; South Morrison Family Education Center, 746 Adams Drive; An Achievable Dream Academy, 726 16th Street; Doris Miller Community Center, 2814 Wickham Avenue; Ivy Baptist Church, 50 Maple Avenue; and Newsome Park Elementary School, 4200 Marshall Avenue. Buses will pick up families from each location at 9 a.m. and at 9:30 a.m., and will depart Gildersleeve at 1:30 p.m.
Wake Up and Read is presented by NNPS' Family Engagement Specialists. For more information, call 591-4500.
Newport News Public Schools is now accepting applications for its magnet programs for the 2015-2016 school year. Applications for magnet programs are available on the NNPS website, at the school administration building at 12465 Warwick Boulevard and at each Newport News public school through January 16, 2015. The deadline for applications is January 16, 2015.
Magnet programs offer a specialized focus in the curriculum or a distinctive type of environment or instruction, and serve students from across the city. Magnet programs give students the opportunity to focus in such areas as environmental science; marine science; communication and performing arts; aviation; international studies; and math, science, technology and engineering.
All students are eligible to apply and bus transportation is provided. All programs are built around the same core curriculum and meet all state Standards of Learning.
For more information, visit www.nnschools.org/magnet or call 591-4500.
Elementary Students Dive into Engineering Challenge
The second NNPS Engineering Design Challenge was held on Friday, December 12, at Newsome Park Elementary School. Teams of fourth and fifth-grade students representing each NNPS elementary school were tasked with designing and building a robotic arm that could recover artifacts from the sunken USS Monitor's Turret.
The team from B.C. Charles Elementary School earned first place in the challenge; Hilton students came in second place, and Newsome Park secured a third place finish after competing in a tie-breaker against Greenwood Elementary.
The design challenge was sponsored by The Mariners' Museum and Park and is a component of the school division's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education initiative that prepares students to take full advantage of STEM opportunities in higher education and career fields by providing students with numerous opportunities to engage in STEM-related learning experiences.
Menchville Recognized for Financial Literacy Education
Menchville High School has been named a Blue Star school in recognition of its students successful performance on the 2013-2014 W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Test. W!SE, or Working in Support of Education, is an organization dedicated to providing educational support services and building financial literacy.
To earn the Blue Star recognition, a school must achieve a 75-percent pass rate on the standardized financial literacy test and have either a majority of students in a particular grade level take the test or have the students who took the test achieve an average score of 80 percent or higher.
The financial literacy certification test is administered to students at the end of a course in personal finance. Students passing the test earn the W!SE Certified Financially Literate designation.
NNPS Awarded for Budget Excellence
Newport News Public Schools has earned a Meritorious Budget Award for its 2014-2015 annual budget. Presented by the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), the award acknowledges NNPS for excellence in budget presentation.
The school district's budget document received high marks from professional reviewers. The summary report noted that the budget document "provides sufficient information for the lay person as well as the detail-oriented expert to understand the budgeting process used by the District and detailed information about the various funds and their uses."
The ASBO Meritorious Budget Awards program promotes and recognizes excellence in school budget presentation. After a rigorous review by professional auditors, the award is conferred only on school divisions that have met or exceeded stringent criterion which includes budget goals and objectives, an explanation of the allocation of human and financial resources, a summary of revenues and expenses and an explanation of significant financial trends and initiatives.
This is the fifth year that NNPS has earned the award. The school district's budget may be viewed online at http://sbo.nn.k12.va.us/budget/archive/2015approved.pdf.
NNPS Certified as a Green School Division
Newport News Public Schools is one of 33 school divisions in Virginia to be certified "green" through the Virginia School Boards Association's Green Schools Challenge, a competition designed to encourage environmental policies and practical actions that reduce carbon emissions and increase environmental awareness. The awards were announced during the association's annual convention in November.
NNPS received a gold certification for earning "green" points for its practices. To earn the designation, the school division had to be evaluated against 30 benchmarks for energy efficiency, waste management, green buildings, vehicles, educational opportunities, and teamwork with local government. Points are given for energy management policies and practices. The use of recycled paper and outdoor classrooms are encouraged.
Newport News Public Schools has implemented energy improvement programs, launched recycling programs, integrated conservation into the curriculum and created outdoor classrooms.
Mark Your Calendar
NNPS school calendars and marking periods can be viewed at www.nnschools.org/calendars.
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