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Keith Webb, executive director of plant services, has been named the 2019 National Plant Manager of the Year by the National School Plant Management Association (NSPMA).

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Webb manages the maintenance, repair, renovation and construction of four million square feet of space, 130 acres of grounds and 75 facilities.

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During his tenure, Webb has lead the school division's energy efficiency initiatives. NNPS completed one 12-year energy performance contract and has launched another 15-year contract, which allows the school division to complete many needed capital improvements while lowering energy costs.

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\"He understands how important it is for every instructional space to be available for use by our students and staff every day and he directs the work of his staff to make that a reality\" said Mary Lou Roaseau, Assistant Superintendent of Newport News Public Schools.

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Webb has served Newport News Public Schools for 27 years; climbing the ladder from assistant maintenance supervisor to Executive Director of the department. As a result of his leadership, Newport News Public Schools has received many awards and recognitions including: The American School and University Green Cleaning Award., Energy Star Status for several schools, The Virginia School Board Association's Green School Challenge, The Green Award from American School and University Magazine and Healthy Schools Campaign for the best K-12 cleaning program in the nation and the National School Plant Managers Association Facilities Master award.

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Webb manages a department of over 300 dedicated employees and shares his expertise with colleagues locally and nationally through Plant Service Manager organizations and other associations. \"Mr. Webb continues to work tirelessly for Newport News Public Schools to ensure that they remain in top-notch condition and that they maintain today's standards while facing numerous challenges along the way.\" said Greg Harrow, President of Virginia School Plant Management Association.

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A.K. Ramnarain, Director of Support Services for the Virginia Department of Education, said \"He has been an agent for positive change and is always researching new and different ways to manage and provide efficient support to his school division.\"

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American School & University and the National School Plant Management Association (NSPMA) created the National School Plant Manager of the Year award to recognize outstanding achievement and service to the school plant profession, as well as community involvement and dedication to improving the physical environment and promoting its importance to the education\tprocess.

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Newport News Public Schools is again recognized as one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation. NNPS is one of 623 school districts across the country recognized for its music education program; and one of only 18 in Virginia. The designation recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who work together to ensure access to music learning for all students as part of the school curriculum.

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NNPS offers music instruction beginning in kindergarten. At the elementary school level, students are introduced to music through the use of songs, movement, and instruments. In middle school, students may take band, orchestra or chorus and join performance ensembles. NNPS high schools offer more than 15 music courses including Advanced Placement music theory. High school ensembles perform numerous concerts each year.

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Community performances are an integral part of the NNPS music program. Student musical ensembles have played at the Ferguson Center for the Arts, the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, and at numerous grand openings, groundbreaking ceremonies and dedications.

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Newport News Public Schools has a diverse music curriculum which includes the Summer Institute of the Arts, an intensive six-week program in music, dance, theatre arts and visual arts each summer for rising 8th grade through rising 12th grade students; the Arts and Communications magnet at Huntington Middle School; and the Arts and Communications magnet at Woodside High School.

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Stars from Heritage and Achievable Dream high schools ran their way to a state title in the 4 x 200 meter relay during the indoor track state competition.

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Shirelle Linzy (An Achievable Dream HS student), JahNiyah Thomas, Angela Tubman and Jhala Williams led from start to finish winning in 1:47.08. These athletes are not only individual stand-outs, but together, they are state 4A champions.

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Morgan Merritt of Menchville High School was named the Virginia High School League Group 5 Field Hockey State Player of the Year. Merritt finished her four-year varsity career with 95 goals and 54 assists. She tallied 36 goals and 22 assists this season, breaking career school marks in both categories and for total points.

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Merritt was also named the 1st team All-State Group 5 mid fielder, and earned the region and district title as well. She was also voted the Daily Press Player of the Year, and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Player of the Month for September, October and November.

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Over 300 students presented projects in more than 17 categories at the 38th Annual All-City Science, Engineering and Technology Fair, held at Heritage High School on January 26. Students participating in the Fair earned medals, monetary prizes, trophies, and other prizes for their work in science, engineering, and technology through problem solving, investigation, communication, and inquiry.

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Twenty-one teams also participated in a STEM design challenge, in collaboration with PASCO. PASCO provides educators worldwide with innovative technology and solutions for teaching science.

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STEM Design Challenge winning teams:

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Science Fair: 17 categories at junior and senior levels with 1st, 2nd, 3rd places awarded
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38th Annual All-City Science, Engineering & Technology Fair Results
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Animal Science

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Junior
\r\nJacob Steen - 1st MPMS
\r\nNatalie Nickel - 2nd DMS
\r\nSarah Wright - 3rd GMS
Senior
\r\nLuke Wilson - 1st MHS
\r\nJohn Cho, Taylor Jury, Shelby Carroll - 2nd MHS
\r\nCole Younger and Ben Long - 3rd MHS
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Behavioral and Social Sciences

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Junior
\r\nJaMarriae Lawrence - 1st DMS
\r\nLily Kite - 2nd MPMS
\r\nElla Sturgis - 3rd GMS
\r\nNigel Adkins - HM CMS
\r\nBrooklyn Hunter - HM GMS
\r\nBrock Rash - HM MPMS
Senior
\r\nEmae Klompenhouwer - 1st MHS
\r\nAshley Schwartz - 2nd HHS
\r\nKathryn Nunez and Liliana Ramirez - 3rd MHS
\r\nDakota Overman and Jenna Oest - HM HHS
\r\nElizabeth Ellis - HM MHS
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Biochemistry

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Junior
\r\nAtiana Williams - HM GMS
\r\nNaomi Buckle - HM GMS
\r\nCharlie Gaskell and Sean Connell - HM GMS
Senior
\r\nAmil Pulley and Morgan Franklin - 1st WSHS
\r\nDeLeigh Steele - 2nd HHS
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Cellular and Molecular Biology

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Junior
\r\nAnje Klompenhouwer - 1st GMS
\r\nCarley Weisenberger - 2nd MPMS
\r\nAnysha Audrey - HM MPMS
\r\nAlexandria Umfleet - HM MPMS
Senior
\r\nIsabelle Villarreal, Evan Isham, Delaney Willis - 1st MHS
\r\nLeah Riley - 2nd MHS
\r\nAaron Nipp, Zach Kempf, Charlotte Acker - 3rd MHS
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Chemistry

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Junior
\r\nClaudia Lewis - 1st DMS
\r\nNicholas Pearce - 2nd DMS
\r\nWesley Tong and Nathan Rummel - 3rd WMS
\r\nD'Nasia Ponds and Leeasia Parrott - HM HTMS
\r\nCornelius Kendrick - HM DMS
\r\nJaydin Farrow - HM DMS
Senior
\r\nJoshua Stuck - 1st DHS
\r\nAlayna Sepulveda - 2nd DHS
\r\nSusannah Baker - HM WHS
\r\nKhe Sahn Tatem - HM WSHS
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Computer Science

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Junior
\r\nMichelle Hu - 1st DMS Rotary Scholarship
\r\nEvan Williams - 2nd GMS
\r\nBenjamin Larrieu - 3rd GMS
Senior
\r\nCharles Hu - 1st WSHS
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Earth and Planetary Science

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Junior
\r\n Colin Minter - 1st GMS
\r\n Joseph Fusica - 2nd DMS
\r\n Raiah Gilbert - 3rd MPMS
\r\n Cheyenne Stalter - HM GMS

Senior
\r\nMalachi Dowden and Kiara Wood - 3rd WSHS
\r\nAnya Shah - HM WHS
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Engineering: Electrical and Mechanical Receive the NN Shipbuilding Medal

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Junior
\r\nJaxon Kirsh - 1st GMS
\r\nDavid Hertzler - 2nd DMS
\r\nAngelaRose Uielea - 3rd DMS
Senior
\r\nCharlie Ippolito - 1st MHS
\r\nMichael Kelly-Galdamez - 2nd DHS
\r\nBrandon Hedgepath and Zachary Trias - 3rd WSHS
\r\nElvira Ayar Deleon and Dairin Rodriguez-Gomez - HM DHS
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Engineering: Materials and Bioengineering Receive the NN Shipbuilding Medal

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Junior
\r\n Tristan Klompenhouwer - 1st GMS
\r\n Isabel Dryer - 1st DMS
\r\n Anna Tucker - 3rd GMS
\r\n Aurelie Flowers - HM GMS

Senior
\r\nJohn Meier, Kaylie Manglicmont and James Norfleet - 1st MHS
\r\nCassady Pope - 2nd WHS
\r\nChantany'ce Martin and K'Shaun Hawks - 3rd WSHS
\r\nNedko Coon - HM DHS
\r\nMichael Garrett - HM MHS
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Environmental Science

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Junior
\r\nIsabelle Monge - 1st DMS
\r\nAaron Lin - 2nd DMS
\r\nCharles Griffiths - HM GMS
\r\nNaomi Hall - HM DMS

Senior
\r\n Libby Cummings, Madalene Goeller and Fernanda Cabrera - 2nd WHS

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Energy and Transportation

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Junior
\r\nSona Shah - 1st GMS
\r\nIliana Carroll - 2nd DMS
\r\nJennifer Vincente - 3rd DMS
\r\nJacob Rodriquez - HM DMS
\r\nSydney Marble - HM GMS
Senior
\r\nColin Maculley - HM HHS
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Environmental Science

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Junior
\r\nPeyton Bates - 1st DMS
\r\nAutumn Green - 2nd WMS
\r\nJohn Brock - 3rd GMS
Senior
\r\nSara Dunklee - 1st DHS
\r\nTrevor Wells - 1st MHS - Stockholm Water Prize
\r\nMeredith Olaya and Hien Tran - 3rd WSHS
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Mathematics

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Junior
\r\nCaitlyn Hollis - HM GMS
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Medicine and Health

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Junior
\r\nLaura Bier - 1st GMS Rotary Scholarship
\r\nThomas Hamilton - 2nd GMS Rotary Scholarship
\r\nRebecca Hyde - 3rd MPMS
\r\nBria Kearney - HM WMS
\r\nZakary Patterson - HM MPMS
\r\nNavaeh Branch - Rebound Chiropractic Award MPMS
\r\nAlaina Walker - Rebound Chiropractic Award CMS
Senior
\r\nHannah Dahl, Christiana Clark and Grace Pradham - 1st MHS
\r\nKaran Singh - 2nd MHS
\r\nJulie McCullough and Eric Young - 3rd MHS
\r\nDev Patel - 3rd DHS
\r\nLaura Reid, Helena Ly and Heather Crum - HM MHS
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Microbiology

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Junior
\r\nBryson Monk - 1st GMS
\r\nAnalei Monk - 1st GMS
Senior
\r\nMatt Meier and Jacob Cirrincione - 1st MHS
\r\nAlex Kropp and Caitlyn Davis - 2nd MHS
\r\nRebecca Cody and Morgan Merritt - 3rd MHS Rotary Scholarship and Rebound Chiropractic 1st place
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Physics and Astronomy - 1st place received JLAB book library

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Junior
\r\nLeAnn Vo - 1st GMS
\r\nAmir Hassan - 2nd MPMS
\r\nCasey York - 3rd GMS
\r\nSara Strick - HM GMS
\r\nSara Federico - HM DMS
\r\nJordyn Anderson - HM DMS
Senior
\r\nCaitlyn Davis, Joshua Lawrence and Ethan Ott - 1st MHS
\r\nArchie Bell - 2nd HHS
\r\nJordan Saunders - 3rd DHS
\r\nNicolas Santo - HM DHS
\r\nTaren Evans - HM WSHS
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Plant Sciences

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Junior
\r\n Lois Carpenter - 1st WMS
\r\n Myna Chassard - 2nd GMS
\r\n Tennacee Crumrine - 3rd DMS
\r\n Adreyanna Maddox and Makayla Hicks - HM WMS
\r\n Iris Ovalle - HM DMS
Senior
\r\nMary Amelia Wells - 1st WHS
\r\nAbby Rose and Ashley Morgan - 2nd MHS
\r\nJasmine Cummings - 3rd WSHS
\r\nCesarine Aylsworth - HM DHS\r\n

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Janelle Spitz, principal of Passage Middle School, was named Virginia Administrator of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Librarians (VAASL) during its annual awards banquet in November. The award is bestowed to an administrator for supporting the development of an exemplary school library program and for making an outstanding and sustained contribution advancing the role of the school library program as an agency for the improvement of education.

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Spitz has positioned Passage Middle School's library as an integral component of the school's literacy program which champions inquiry, reading advocacy and literacy through making. She is a strong advocate for her school library and its librarian, Patrice Lambusta. One of her notable accomplishments is the development of a makerspace. Spitz researched makerspace concepts and how they enhance learning through creativity and choice. Spitz and Lambusta worked together to design the space and incorporate some of Lambusta's ideas including an 80\"x 80\" LEGO Wall. Spitz also created a magnetized Scrabble board for students to play while they wait to check out books.

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\"As a reading advocate, Ms. Spitz models reading for pleasure by sharing new books she has read or plans to read on the school-wide morning announcements,\" said Mary Keeling, Library Media Services Supervisor for Newport News Public Schools. She also supported and helped plan a One Book/One School program initiated by Lambusta.

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Superintendent Dr. George Parker presented the State of the Schools Address on Thursday, November 29, where he shared some of the division's successes and opportunities with guests. Heritage High School's Category 5 Jazz Ensemble performed the prelude to start the event, while Menchville High School's Air Force JROTC Color Guard presented colors and Heritage High School student Olivia Cooper performed the National Anthem.

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At a reception held before the event, guests interacted with students from Denbigh High School's Aviation Academy, Crittenden Middle School, Discovery STEM Academy, Heritage High School's Governorâ??s STEM Academy, Riverside Elementary School, Warwick High School's Governor's Health Sciences Academy and B.T. Washington Middle School to learn more about their programs. Representatives from Bayport Credit Union, Community Knights and Newport News Shipbuilding were also present to talk about their partnerships with NNPS. Guests also enjoyed the music of the Menchville High School String Ensemble during the reception.

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The State of the Schools event was graciously sponsored by Bayport Credit Union, Newport News Shipbuilding and the Newport News Education Foundation.

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On Saturday, September 22, 2018, Habitat for Humanity, the City of Newport News, Newport News Public Schools and other community partners worked together to help veteran, elderly, disabled and low-income homeowners in a neighborhood near Crittenden Middle School make repairs to the exterior of their homes and yards.

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All labor and materials was provided on a sliding scale or free of charge to eligible homeowners, thanks to community sponsors and volunteers.

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Homeowners were helped with:

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High School students from Newport News Public Schools participated on a team that conducted extensive landscaping, gutter cleaning, debris removal and window screen replacement at a home on Center Avenue.

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Crittenden Middle School served as the staging area for supplies and materials and a kick-off event in the morning that featured Newport News Mayor McKinley Price. Volunteers from the school also helped beautify parts of the Crittenden courtyard with new mulch and other improvements.

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Teams of Newport News fourth and fifth-grade students worked together to design and build portable floating bridges at the latest Engineering Design Challenge. The design challenge, named River Rescue, presented with Endview Plantation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, blended history, engineering and math into one unique learning experience. Students from Heritage High School's Governor's STEM Academy served as STEM mentors for the student engineers.

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Students began by building background information through an interactive reader's theater to answer the question: How did engineering impact America's Civil War? A video then provided the teams a look into the current-day work of a military engineer. Applying their new background knowledge, teams were tasked with building a portable bridge that would float and support as much weight as possible.

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The teams were judged on how much weight their bridge could hold while remaining afloat. Saunders Elementary placed third, B.C. Charles Elementary placed second, and Greenwood Elementary School earned first place and a trophy to display in their school. The Design Challenge is part of the school district's ongoing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education initiative.

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