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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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Woodside High School and Warwick High School have been named 2017-2018 W!SE Blue Star Schools for their students' performance on the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Test. The national certification test is given to\thigh school students upon completion of the personal finance course. To\tearn the Blue Star designation, students attending the school must achieve\tan 80% pass rate on the test with either a majority of students at a given grade level taking the test or an average score of 85% or higher by students who take the test.

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Twelve NNPS career and technical education teachers also earned recognition for their students' successful performance on the Financial Literacy Certification Test. Lisa McAlister and Linda Richardson (retired) (Denbigh High); Tiffanie Smith (Heritage High); Adrienne Caldwell and Diane Zawadski (Menchville High); Michael Bellamy, Kimberly Grant, Lisa Jones and Reginald Neely (Warwick High); and Stephen Brown, Jo Ella Evans and Tina Shorter (Woodside High) were named W!SE Gold Star teachers.

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To receive the Gold Star Award, a teacher must achieve a 93% pass rate on the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification test in at least one of their classes.

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Many elementary school students in Newport News will be teeing off for the first time this school year thanks to a grant from Virginia Natural Gas in partnership with The First Tee National School Program.

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All 24 elementary schools will launch the First Tee program as part of their Physical Education classes. Through safe, fun activities, elementary students will learn the basic skills of golf. The program was previously at six Newport News elementary schools.

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First Tee teaches golf and nine core values associated with the sport: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgement. Amy Jones, Instructional Supervisor of Health and Physical Education for NNPS is excited about the expansion of the program, \"Those core values fall in line with the social and emotional learning that are a part of our elementary PE programs.\"

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The First Tee Program is in more than 10,000 elementary schools across the U.S., and the program provides professional development for teachers, lesson plans and equipment.

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Governor Ralph Northam's office has announced that Nancy Sweat, the Executive Director of Curriculum and Development for Newport News Public Schools was selected to join the Commonwealth of Virginia's Standards of Learning (SOL) Innovation Committee by Secretary of Education Atif Qarni. Sweat is one of ten new members to the committee, which began under former Governor Terry McAuliffe in 2014.

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\"I am excited by this opportunity to both serve and learn on this committee. Envisioning and planning for the future of education in Virginia will be a thrilling challenge, and I believe in this committee's responsibility and commitment to make decisions that empower both students and our teachers through the work of Profile of a Graduate and beyond,\" said Sweat.

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The committee will provide the Board of Education and General Assembly with recommendations on changes to the SOL assessments, authentic individual student growth measures, alignment between the Standards of Learning and assessment, and ways to encourage innovative teaching in the classroom.

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\"The SOL Innovation Committee has done tremendous work over the years to make recommendations which have modernized Virginia's education system,\" said Governor Northam. \"We need systems in place to best measure the progress of our students and to ensure accountability, and I know this talented group will continue to find ways to provide every student in the Commonwealth with a great shot at success in life. I look forward to working with them as they chart out the next phase of their work.\"

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Virginia Secretary of Education Atif Qarni said the committee hopes \"to give thoughtful consideration to how we can better provide innovative learning experiences to all students in the classroom.\"

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Sweat, who has taught and worked in education for 31 years, joined NNPS in October 2010. She has held several positions in education including Secondary English supervisor, PK-12 curriculum supervisor, Executive Director of Secondary Curriculum and Development, and currently serves as the Executive Director of Curriculum and Development, PK-12.

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In September, adjustments were made to the 2018-2019 school operating calendar due to the school division's closure for Hurricane Florence. These adjustments not only accounted for the four missed days of instruction, but also provided \"banked\" instructional days in the event of additional weather-related closings.

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As you are aware, NNPS missed a full day of instruction on Friday, October 12, 2018, due to the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. Because of the banked time, no further calendar adjustments are needed.

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Newport News public schools are making steady progress in accreditation. Twenty-six schools are accredited, five more than last year.\r\n

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\r\n\tAcross the school division, the collective focus is advancing student\r\n\tachievement. Newport News educators are using a revised curriculum, new\r\n\tachievement goals and an extended learning program to increase student\r\n\tsuccess.\r\n

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\r\n\t\"I am proud of the progress that our students and staff are experiencing,\"\r\n\tsaid Dr. George Parker, superintendent of schools. \"While we have seen\r\n\tsignificant growth in accreditation and Standards of Learning test scores,\r\n\twe have more work to do. We want all of our students to be successful.\"\r\n

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\r\n\tFour additional elementary schools earned accreditation this year: B.C.\r\n\tCharles, Dutrow, Lee Hall and Palmer. Two more middle schools gained\r\n\taccreditation: Dozier and Gildersleeve. For the second consecutive year,\r\n\tall NNPS high schools earned accreditation.\r\n

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\r\n\tThe accreditation trend has steadily increased from 11 accredited schools\r\nin 2014 to 26 in 2018 (see graph below).

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\r\n\tFor the 2018-2019 school year, Marshall Early Learning Center; An\r\n\tAchievable Dream, B.C. Charles, Deer Park, Dutrow, General Stanford,\r\n\tGreenwood, Hilton, Jenkins, Kiln Creek, Lee Hall, Nelson, Palmer, Richneck,\r\n\tRiverside, Sanford and Yates elementary schools; Dozier, Gildersleeve and\r\n\tB.T. Washington middle schools; and An Achievable Dream, Denbigh, Heritage,\r\n\tMenchville, Warwick and Woodside high schools are accredited.\r\n

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\r\n\tTwelve schools are accredited with conditions: Carver, Discovery STEM\r\n\tAcademy, Epes, Hidenwood, McIntosh, Newsome Park, Saunders and Sedgefield\r\n\telementary schools; and Crittenden, Hines, Huntington and Passage middle\r\n\tschools.\r\n

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New accreditation system

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\r\n\tThe Virginia Department of Education adopted new standards for\r\n\taccreditation in November 2018 which are \"designed to promote continuous\r\n\tachievement in all schools, close achievement gaps and expand\r\n\taccountability beyond overall performance on Standards of Learning tests.\"\r\n\tThe new standards also recognize the academic growth of students making\r\n\tsignificant annual progress toward meeting grade-level expectations in\r\n\tEnglish/reading and mathematics.\r\n

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\r\n\tUnder the state board's revised Standards of Accreditation, schools are\r\n\tevaluated on school quality indicators grouped in three categories:\r\n\tacademic achievement, achievement gaps, and student engagement and\r\n\toutcomes. Performance on each indicator is rated at one of the following\r\n\tlevels:\r\n

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NNPS is committed to advancing student achievement

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\r\n\tNewport News Public Schools' academic action plan focuses on increasing\r\n\tliteracy and math skills, and giving students more learning time.\r\n

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\r\n\tAt the elementary level, an additional 2.5 hours a week of targeted\r\n\tinstruction for students is provided through the use of a daily\r\n\tintervention/enrichment block at all schools. Interventionists provide\r\n\tintensive instruction in reading and mathematics for students in need of\r\n\tadditional academic support and teacher coaches are focusing on developing\r\n\tteachers in mathematics and content integration.\r\n

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\r\n\tIn elementary and middle school, students may participate in numerous\r\n\textended learning opportunities including Saturday academies, afterschool\r\n\tlearning programs and SPARK, the Summer Program for Arts, Recreation and\r\n\tKnowledge.\r\n

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\r\n\tAt all grade levels, the written curriculum for teachers has been\r\n\tsimplified. Common, computer-based assessments are utilized to assist\r\n\tteachers with monitoring student progress. And students will work\r\n\tcooperatively with teachers to create success plans that set performance\r\n\tgoals which will be reviewed quarterly.\r\n

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\r\n\tNewport News Public Schools is increasing student achievement in all\r\n\tsubject areas and establishing a culture of success for all students.\r\n

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