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Congratulations to the 2013-14 Teachers of the Year
LaDawn Parson - Cool Spring Primary School
Jessica Robinson - Acquinton Elementary School
Sara Rowe - Hamilton Holmes MIddle School
Dana Walker - King William High School
Employee of the Month
During the month of May students at Cool Spring Primary were all aflutter about butterflies. Instead of just learning about butterflies, they got to experience this amazing life cycle first hand. Caterpillars were delivered to classrooms in small plastic jars, and were smaller than a pencil eraser. Students watched as they quickly grew, and then attached to the top of the jar in the shape of a “J”. They waited patiently while the caterpillars stayed inside their chrysalides, and kept close watch waiting for the moment they would emerge. Many classes were lucky enough to see at least one of their butterflies as it emerged from its chrysalis.
The first weekend in May was an exciting, adventurous, and successful one for the concert band students of King William High School. The band traveled overnight to Chicago, IL for a competition performance and sightseeing. The band performed very well, earning a first place finish in concert band, a first place overall for the festival and a superior rating by the judges.
This year, Acquinton Elementary School (AES) was chosen as a Gentlemen’s Club Literacy Site. The Peters Group partnered with the American Reading Company and added a literacy component to our National Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ Club programs. The Gentlemen’s Club at AES received 25 books to participate in the Peters Group 25 Book Challenge.
At Acquinton Elementary School (AES) the third grade students are all a buzz working hard to prepare for their upcoming SOLs. Third grade is the first year that King William County students are required to take the Virginia Standards of Learning assessments. Over the past month these students have been working hard to create their own SOL Review Games.
The Richmond Chapter of the Air Force Association (AFA) has selected Mr. Joe Harper of King William High School as the 2013 Teacher of the Year for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
This year’s 5th Grade students participated in a field study at the Science Museum of Virginia. Sound! Light! Earth structures! Oceans! Newton’s laws! These are just a few of the exhibits students interacted with while answering questions geared towards 4th and 5th Grade Science SOLs.
Student teams from Acquinton Elementary (Division I) and Hamilton-Holmes Middle Schools(Division II) both won 1st place in the "Tumble-wood" challenge in the regional Odysseyof the Mind competition at New Kent Middle School on Saturday, March 2, ensuring their participation in the State Finals Competition in Northern Virginia on Saturday, April 13.
King William High School was selected to receive at portrait of General George Washington from the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association through the Mount Vernon's “Portrait of Leadership Program”.
Cadets from King William High School recently attended a leadership luncheon presented by the Richmond Chapter of the Military Order of World Wars (MOWW).
The luncheon is sponsored annually by the MOWW, bringing Cadets and instructors from all services across the region. King William cadets networked with Army, Navy and Marine Cadets from high schools in the greater Richmond area. Cadets also met with active duty recruiters from the Army, Navy and Marine Corps and were briefed on the career opportunities available in each of the specific services.
Hamilton-Holmes Middle School students enrolled in Art 8 and Graphic Art 8 recently visited the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond. Students were given a fifty-minute guided tour of the museum where they learned about VMFA and its extensive collection of art. Students saw art that spans over 6,000 years of history and represents most major world cultures. After having lunch in the VMFA Best Café, students completed a scavenger hunt.
During the month of March, 45 second graders at Cool Spring Primary School participated in Jump Rope for Heart. Through this event, which is sponsored by the American Heart Association, the 45 students raised over $2500.00 to help raise awareness and fight heart disease.
King William High School seniors who attend the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School gave PowerPoint presentations of their independent research projects at the Tenth Annual Science Symposium, which took place at Virginia Commonwealth University on Saturday, March 9, 2013.