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Newport News Public Schools

12465 Warwick Boulevard  •  Newport News, VA 23606  •  Phone: (757) 591-4500

Accomplishments & Goals

Dr. Ashby KilgoreAshby 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.
 

What I am excited about in 2014-2015

Welcome to the start of the new school year. This new beginning brings the excitement of many possibilities for our students and for us as we work together to ensure that our students are college, career and citizen-ready.

Educating our city's children is a great privilege, and thanks to our collective commitment and leadership, we are continuing to open doors and make connections for young people. Much has been accomplished, but there is still much to do to advance student learning and success in NNPS.

As we look forward to another year of initiating, collaborating and learning, I want to share 25 things that I am excited about:

Learning

  1. Our continued focus on developing college, career and citizen-ready skills with our students in the classroom and in our activities
  2. Simplified lesson designs: using learning targets and strategies to determine what students learn each day
  3. Streamlined literacy and math curricula
  4. New classroom laptops for all third, fourth and fifth-grade classrooms
  5. The dual immersion kindergarten classes in Spanish and English at Saunders and Palmer
  6. A newcomer ESL center to support students entering NNPS from other countries
  7. Launching the Bring Your Own Device initiative in all secondary classrooms
  8. Beginning the year with a focus on youth development, accompanied by the delay in the administration of assessments
  9. Extra intervention time in elementary school schedules
  10. Fewer SOL tests required by the state
  11. Using Interactive Achievement to target academic interventions and provide a menu of assessments for students
  12. Flexible use of ISS for shorter periods

Success

  1. The increase in elementary math SOL scores
  2. The 20 schools that made progress in two or more SOL tests
  3. The 16 schools that exceeded the English and math SOL benchmarks
  4. Piloting students' tracking their SOL mastery and CCC achievement – Are YOU interested?
  5. The summer STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) experience in elementary, middle and high schools
  6. Our new teachers who attended over 250 UEd sessions – a great example that smart is something you become

Connections

  1. Launching a teacher advisory group
  2. An afterschool meal program for students
  3. Newly remodeled elementary school offices designed for welcoming and greeting visitors
  4. The changing role of School Resource Officers from compliance to youth development partners
  5. The input of various focus groups including the Communications Forum and staff focus groups
  6. Success plans to partner with students who need help with attendance, behavior and/or coursework, "ABC students"
  7. Our dedicated employees and their commitment to our students and NNPS!

Have a successful school year,
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Ashby C. Kilgore, Ed.D., Superintendent

 

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