School news and notes: Princess Anne HS, Cox HS, Lynnhaven ES and Old Donation School

November 25, 2019

Princess Anne High School: For the third year in a row, PAHS has won the local WorldQuest competition, hosted recently by the World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads and featuring questions on world affairs. Swara Chokshi, Scott Durkin, Sama Kubba, Rohan Rathi, Michelle Sanford, and Nate Spiers competed against 19 other teams in four rounds of questioning, before being crowned the champions. "I initially joined WorldQuest this year because I believed that I had knowledge that I could contribute to our school's team; and because, participating in competition about global affairs would be excellent preparation for my anticipated career as a naval officer," said Durkin, a senior. Sophomore, Swara Chokski, said that, "WorldQuest is very beneficial because it provides me an opportunity to test my knowledge, and it shows that being an informed individual, regarding world events, is integral in order to contribute to society. Moreover, I had the chance to work with like-minded individuals that are passionate about world affairs, as well. Although this is the first year that I am participating, and I do not have much experience with it, I have already gained the benefit of it, by breaking boundaries, through participation in a high-level competition." The students will compete in the national competition in Washington, D.C., on April 25, 2020. As they look towards the future, senior Sama Kubba explained that, "Last year, we performed rather well at nationals, but we feel more confident about our skills this year and hope to prepare more. Again, we are always striving to be better versions of ourselves, and for us that now means studying, in addition to keeping up with current events. Although it’s an academic competition, its personally fulfilling, because it gives me an insight into how my future studies at college will be next year; and I can't think of anything more exciting than beginning to pursue my passion in life."


Lynnhaven Elementary School: ​​Foundry United Methodist Church recently donated 60 coats to students in-need.


Beach Funeral and Cremation Services recently donated food to families in need. Helping out were, Ms. Hartley; Demetria Cofield, school counselor; and Ms. Sanderlin.


​Third grade students, Jace Bailey, Abbey Cabral and Ashynn Deputy, recently collaborated and used their critical thinking skills to solve clues to their Simple Machines breakout, in the Learning Commons.  ​


​​​​​​​​Cox High School: Dual Enrollment teacher, Kerstin Devlin, recently took her students to Tidewater Community College's Joint Use Library, to listen to a lecture, regarding various types of research available there; and to get TCC student ID badges.


Art and catering students recently collaborated to create a work of 'art' to represent the Thanksgiving holiday. The idea of the collaboration was to show students that, two completely disciplines, can work together to gain a different perspective on learning, and that collaboration can yield amazing outcomes. The idea began with Van Veenhuyzen, who conducts a fall, still-life project each year for her students. However, this year, instead of simply drawing typical fall objects, she decided to incorporate fall foods made by Mrs. Goodman's catering classes.​


​​​Congratulations to the "Black Widows" teacher team for taking home the coveted, pink, Bling Ball, after winning the recently held annual Powder Puff football tournament.


Old Donation School: Second grade students recently learned about maps, with some amazing, fun, hands-on activities, through an outreach activity with Virginia MOCA.  They explored locations, features, and our world, to get the opportunity to be “Globe​ Trotters.”


​Gifted artists received a recent visit from guest artist, Spencer Tinkham, who showed students the process for carving and making his artwork, and then directed them to try it for themselves, with bars of soap. Principal, Dr.  Hedrick, even stopped by to participate.  Guest visits from professionals in the field take learning to the next level and make it come to life for students.


(Information submitted by Virginia Beach City Public Schools.)





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