Virginia BeachAn English class assignment that led high school students to write racial slurs and stereotypes on a poster "should not have happened," the school's administration said Friday. Virginia Beach City Public Schools administration found out about the poster on Friday, said school spokeswoman Eileen Cox. They are investigating what happened and what, if any, disciplinary action is necessary, she said. The assignment happened during a 10th grade English class at Kempsville High School, Cox said.The school, Cox said, is focusing on how to keep something similar from happening again. In a statement, the school began by saying "we will not try to justify or defend the language or phrases seen on a poster created in one of our classrooms." An image of the poster circulated on social media Friday. A student who said she was in the class shared one image, saying in her post "I'm tired of coming to school and having racist things said to me." The top of the poster says … [Read more...] about “Offensive poster” at Virginia Beach high school draws social media attention
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VIRGINIA BEACHMarines have a reputation for being tough, but when Jarrell Williams walked into Alanton Elementary School on Thursday, he couldn’t keep the tears from streaming down his face.The 33-year-old gunnery sergeant had returned home from a seven-month deployment to Kuwait earlier this month. But he’s stationed in California, so he didn’t get to his family in Virginia until recently. But he kept that a secret from his kids.His sons, Kobe, 6, a first-grader; and Kal-El, 8, who’s in second grade; attend the Virginia Beach elementary school and Thursday was just another day for them. They went to their morning classes and by lunchtime, were ready to eat.As they joined their classmates in the cafeteria, the principal, Charlene Garran, took the stage.Speaking into a microphone, Garran reminded her students that April was the month of the military child, a national recognition of children who have parents or guardians serving in the U.S. Armed … [Read more...] about Virginia Beach Marine returns home, surprises his sons in tearful reunion after deployment
Stellar jocks in Virginia Beach high schools: Don’t expect TV cameras on tripods, loads of reporters and misty-eyed proud parents at your college signing day.In fact, you can kiss such ceremonies goodbye from now on, all you football, basketball and lacrosse stars in the Virginia Beach Public Schools. Such staged events might harm the brittle psyches of the athletically awkward.We can’t have that.The division with 67,000 students likes to list “Teacher of the Year” winners among its individual schools, too. One lucky educator even garners the prestige of being citywide teacher of the year. What a striver he or she is!That’s gotta stop.The losing educators would be sooooo crestfallen; how could they ever get back in front of the classroom, knowing they’re less than the best?Why, teenage pupils would snicker in the knowledge they’ve got merely runners-up, instead of the crème de la crème assigning them homework. Just end the recognition … [Read more...] about If Virginia Beach schools discard top scholars, shouldn’t others lose recognition, too?
Dr. Robert Pellerin figures he inhaled plenty of toxic particles in the years before dentists began wearing protective face masks. The 73-year-old Virginia Beach dentist remembers, on occasion, even choking a little on airborne debris during particularly long sessions of grinding and polishing dental materials, and having to sit down to take a breather.It was a small thing – "a curiosity," he said – but one that came to mind four years ago when he was diagnosed with a rare and mysterious disease called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. The progressive, incurable ailment scars the lung tissue, causing it to harden and making it difficult to get oxygen into the blood. "Idiopathic" means the cause is unknown, but Pellerin theorized that the culprit was exposure to silica used in dental treatments like crowns, veneers and sealing materials.When seeking care at Inova's Advanced Lung Disease and Transplant Program in Falls Church, he shared his theory with Dr. Steven … [Read more...] about Virginia Beach dentist tips off CDC to cluster of dentists with rare pulmonary disease
WHAT’S RED, WHITE AND BLUE and shows a child’s patriotism in crayons, paint and markers? It’s an exhibit by Virginia Beach City Public Schools called “The Art of Being a Military Child.”The show includes more than 700 pieces from kindergarten to 12th-grade students and will be on display inside Lynnhaven Mall (near center court) through April 30.Natalie Meiggs, military programs coordinator for Virginia Beach City Public Schools, said the exhibit was developed to celebrate the Month of the Military Child. It’s a venue for military-connected and civilian youth to express the unique experiences they’ve had.“The military plays such an essential role in the culture of Virginia Beach,” said Meiggs. “What better way to tell this story but through the eyes of a child.”Students used 8 by 10 inch card stock to depict military subjects such as sacrifice, freedom, gratitude, moving and tearful goodbyes.Hendrix Lahiff, a … [Read more...] about Frequent moving, far-away parents: Virginia Beach art exhibit explores the lives of military children