processRequest([{"headline":"Partial government shutdown poses no immediate impact to NNPS","blurb":"","description":"The partial shutdown of the federal government will not impact instruction or the day-to-day operations of Newport News Public Schools. Various agencies have been impacted by the lapse in federal funding, but the U.S. Department of Education is funded through Sept 30, 2019...","body":"

The partial shutdown of the federal government will not impact instruction or the day-to-day operations of Newport News Public Schools. Various agencies have been impacted by the lapse in federal funding, but the U.S. Department of Education is funded through September 30, 2019 and is not at risk of shutting down in the short term. According to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. James Lane, federal fiscal year 2019 grants from the U.S. Department of Education are expected to be received by Virginia on schedule this summer.

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Funding to support the operation of the school division (including grant funding) comes from three primary sources - the state (59%), the City of Newport News (34%) and the federal government (7%). NNPS also receives a small amount of revenue from non-resident tuition, and fees and receipts from athletic activities.

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School division officials are closely monitoring operations at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), one of the federal agencies impacted by the partial shutdown. The USDA provides the funding for various child nutrition programs administered by Newport News Public Schools and other school divisions across the country. The USDA announced that claims for reimbursement for child nutrition programs would continue to be processed through March 2019. Should the shutdown continue past March, the NNPS Child Nutrition Services Department would utilize its positive cash balance to continue breakfast and lunch service at all school sites.

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NNPS is supportive of families impacted by the shutdown.

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NNPS staff, students and families are assisting our friends and neighbors impacted by the partial government shutdown. Across the district, schools are collecting and distributing food, clothing and other supplies to assist local families.

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Donna Thornton was selected as the Social Worker of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Social Workers.

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Thornton supports students by addressing a variety of issues that might have an impact on the student's ability to learn including social/emotional stressors, truancy, family challenges, substance abuse, mental health issues and crises.

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\"Mrs. Thornton is a servant at heart and is dedicated to reaching and helping as many children and families as she can,\" said Richard Dirmeyer, supervisor of student advancement for Newport News Public Schools.

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Thornton has spent her 28-year professional career as a school social worker with Newport News Public Schools serving students in preschool, elementary and middle school.

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She is an active member of the Virginia Association of School Social Workers, where she has twice served as the Tidewater chair (1996-2000 and 2012-2017) and as state president (1998-2000). She currently serves as secretary of the Tidewater region.

\r\n","body2":"","publish_date":"Jan 22, 2019","image_1_path":"","image_1_caption":"","image_2_path":"190122074425125_thornton.jpg","image_2_caption":"Donna Thornton (center) receives recognition from Superintendent Dr. George Parker (left) and School Board Chairman Gary Hunter (right).","image_3_path":"","image_3_caption":"","image_4_path":"","image_4_caption":"","image_5_path":"","image_5_caption":"","url":"http://sbo.nn.k12.va.us/news/archive/2019-01-22_Social-worker-named-tops-in-state.html","news_id":"2460"},{"headline":"NNPS invites furloughed employees to join its substitute team","blurb":"","description":"Newport News Public Schools is encouraging furloughed federal employees to join its dedicated team as substitute teachers.","body":"

Newport News Public Schools is encouraging furloughed federal employees to join NNPS' dedicated team as substitute teachers.

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A Federal Employee Substitute Teacher Job Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at the NNPS Human Resources Office located at 12507 Warwick Boulevard in Newport News. Applicants can expect onsite interviews and on-the-spot job offers. Temporary, part-time, and full-time employment opportunities are available.

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No prior teaching experience is required. Applicants must have at least 30 college credits with a minimum 2.5 grade point average. Applicants should bring resumes and copies of college transcripts or degrees.

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Degreed substitute teachers earn $80 per day and non-degreed substitute teachers earn $65 per day.

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For more information on how to join the NNPS team and for a complete list of job openings, furloughed employees may visit www.nnschools.org/employment or call the Human Resources Department at (757) 881-5061.

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Download the job fair flyer.

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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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The Links, Incorporated and Newport News Public Schools City-Wide Student Council Association will present \"Linking With Our Community Against Human Trafficking: A Community Symposium for Students and their Families\" from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, at Warwick High School.

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The event will include interactive workshops for high school students and adults; and presentations by state lawmakers and law enforcement.

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Admission is free and lunch is included. Register online by January 18. ","body2":"","publish_date":"Jan 15, 2019","image_1_path":"","image_1_caption":"","image_2_path":"","image_2_caption":"","image_3_path":"","image_3_caption":"","image_4_path":"","image_4_caption":"","image_5_path":"","image_5_caption":"","url":"http://sbo.nn.k12.va.us/news/archive/2019-01-15_Community-Symposium-on-the-Prevention-of-Human-Trafficking.html","news_id":"2455"},{"headline":"First Step pre-screening registration is now open","blurb":"","description":"First Step pre-screening registration is now open","body":"null","body2":"","publish_date":"Jan 02, 2019","image_1_path":"","image_1_caption":"","image_2_path":"","image_2_caption":"","image_3_path":"","image_3_caption":"","image_4_path":"","image_4_caption":"","image_5_path":"","image_5_caption":"","url":"http://sbo.nn.k12.va.us/academic/firststep.html","news_id":"2444"},{"headline":"Hiring Open House, Feb. 2","blurb":"","description":"NNPS is hiring! Open House, Saturday, February 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Hines Middle School","body":"","body2":"","publish_date":"Dec 17, 2018","image_1_path":"","image_1_caption":"","image_2_path":"","image_2_caption":"","image_3_path":"","image_3_caption":"","image_4_path":"","image_4_caption":"","image_5_path":"","image_5_caption":"","url":"http://sbo.nn.k12.va.us/hr/hr_docs/jobs_openhouse.pdf","news_id":"2442"},{"headline":"NNPS Interview Expo, Feb. 16","blurb":"","description":"Interview Expo, Saturday, February 16, 2019, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Hines Middle School","body":"","body2":"","publish_date":"Dec 17, 2018","image_1_path":"","image_1_caption":"","image_2_path":"","image_2_caption":"","image_3_path":"","image_3_caption":"","image_4_path":"","image_4_caption":"","image_5_path":"","image_5_caption":"","url":"http://sbo.nn.k12.va.us/hr/hr_docs/jobs_interviewexpo.pdf","news_id":"2441"},{"headline":"Superintendent presents State of the Schools Address","blurb":"","description":"Superintendent presents State of the Schools Address","body":"

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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A new partnership program will grant early admission to Christopher Newport University to as many as 75 highly qualified Newport News high school sophomore students per year.

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At a ceremony at Warwick High School on November 28, Christopher Newport University President Paul Trible and Newport News Public Schools Superintendent Dr. George Parker III signed the Memorandum of Understanding that will guide the Community Captains program.

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\"We are extremely pleased that more students from our schools will have the opportunity to attend Christopher Newport University, a nationally ranked institution that we are fortunate to have in our community,\" Parker said. \"This program offers myriad advantages to our students, including ongoing mentorship by CNU volunteers, additional college and career advisement, and the ability to experience a class at CNU as a high school senior.\"

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\"We are eager to welcome these well-qualified Community Captains to Christopher Newport University,\" Trible stated. \"We are committed to doing everything in our power to help these students learn and grow while we deepen the bond between our university and the city that we call home.\"

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The program is open to 10th graders if they will be a first-generation college student or if they qualify for free or reduced lunch. Eligible students must have a high school GPA of 3.4 or a PSAT score of at least 1150.

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During their years in the program, the Community Captains will have access to on-campus learning opportunities, CNU student mentors, and ongoing guidance and support through all aspects of preparing for college. As high school seniors, Community Captains will have the option of taking a free Christopher Newport statistics class and earn college credit. If they maintain their 3.4 GPA and fulfill all program requirements, they will be offered final acceptance to the University.

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The first class of Community Captains, all 10th graders, will be selected in spring 2019 from An Achievable Dream, Heritage and Warwick high schools. They will be Christopher Newport University freshmen in 2021 and graduate in 2025. About 25 NNPS students already enroll at Christopher Newport University every year and have a strong record of success, both in college and beyond.

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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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