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Ashby C.Kilgore, Ed.D., Superintendent
As Superintendent of Newport News Public Schools, Dr. Ashby C. Kilgore promotes building a foundation of high expectations, rigorous content, and persistent support for students and teachers, using increased time for instruction, technology tools, and literacy and mathematics coaches. Recognized as an innovative leader, she focuses the school division's work on equipping students with the knowledge and opportunities necessary for the 21st century to ensure that all students graduate college, career and citizen-ready. Learn more about Dr.Kilgore.
A Back To School Message from Dr. Kilgore
NNPS is preparing students for college, careers, and citizenship
Thank you for your support of Newport News Public Schools. As we look forward to the start of school on September 8, I wanted to take an opportunity to share some of our accomplishments from the 2014-2015 school year.
Our graduates are prepared for success
Commencement exercises were held in June and over 1,700 Newport News students graduated from our six high schools having completed a rigorous course of student that has ensured that they are college, career and citizen-ready. Here are some interesting facts about our 2015 graduates:
- The class of 2015 earned over $34 million in scholarship offers from universities, colleges and military institutions throughout the country.
- 44.5 percent of our graduates earned an Advanced Diploma
- 73 percent earned four credits in math or science, and 86 percent took at least one Honors, Advanced Placement, or International Baccalaureate course.
- 648 or 37% graduated with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
- 327 or 19% graduated with honors
- 321 or 19% graduated with highest honors
- 62 graduates completed the Early College Program, earning over 1,100 college credit hours
- NNPS students earned over 1,500 career and technical education credentials giving them access to technical, high-skilled careers and advanced post-secondary opportunities.
Newport News Public Schools has laid the groundwork for these graduates, now these young people are prepared for future success.
NNPS Earns High School Innovation Planning Grant
Newport News Public Schools has been awarded a Virginia Department of Education High School Innovation Planning Grant to establish an innovative two-year pilot program at Heritage High School that will create college, career and citizen-ready micro academies to provide students with flexible scheduling, additional online learning opportunities, expanded exploration of college and career options, job shadowing, and long-term internships.
The program will allow students to spend their freshman and sophomore years exploring career pathways in specific career clusters with the goal of applying what they have learned through social entrepreneurship opportunities and early career programs during their junior and senior years.
The $50,000 grant, one of five awarded across the state, was announced by the Governor’s Office on June 24.
Governor's STEM Academy Program Earns Exemplary Standards Award
The modeling and simulation program at Heritage High School Governor’s STEM Academy earned the 2015 Governor’s Career and Technical Education Exemplary Standards Award.
The modeling and simulation program provides students with a rigorous, hands-on course of study in programming, advanced programming, digital simulation, and modeling and simulation. Students in this track of the Governor’s STEM Academy, learn to develop web and mobile applications, in addition to gaining experience in computer animation by solving problems involving 3D object manipulation, texture mapping, lighting concepts and environmental geometry.
NASA and Denbigh High School Aviation Academy Earn State Partnership Award
NASA Langley Research Center and Denbigh High School Aviation Academy were awarded the 2015 Secondary Business and Industry Partnership Award at the Virginia Career and Technical Education Creating Excellence Awards.
NASA Langley Research Center’s long-standing partnership with the Aviation Academy provides additional educational resources and support for its curriculum, leading students to successful transitions to further education and the workplace.
STEM is Thriving
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is key to a prosperous community and quality careers in our region, which includes numerous scientific, military and advanced manufacturing facilities. NNPS has embarked on an aggressive STEM education initiative that prepares students to take full advantage of STEM opportunities in higher education and career fields. Along with STEM, students learn "soft skills" such as teamwork, timeliness, creative problem-solving, leadership and communication. With nine STEM-specific schools and hands-on STEM activities available in all others, our students are gaining competitive advantage in a growing job market.
During 2014-2015, NNPS held four citywide Elementary Engineering Design Challenges giving students the opportunity to collaborate in a rigorous, career-based challenge.
Have a successful school year,
Ashby C.Kilgore, Ed.D., Superintendent