News From The Nest

LHS Parent Newsletter--Year 20, Volume 9, December 7, 2020

Welcome, Dr. Johnson!

At its Tuesday, December 1 meeting, the Virginia Beach School Board approved the superintendent’s recommendation and appointed Dr. Paula Johnson as the next principal of Landstown High School. Dr. Johnson has a distinguished career in education with over 30 years of service. She has served as an elementary, middle and high school teacher, school improvement specialist, high school assistant principal and currently serving as the principal of Bayside Middle School. Dr. Johnson says she feels as though she is returning home having served as a teacher at Landstown from 2001 – 2005, assistant principal at Landstown from 2006 – 2013 and now returning as principal.


Dr. Johnson is a dynamic leader with an incredible work ethic. She knows the Landstown community and already loves our kids. LHS will flourish under her leadership and I know you will join me in welcoming her back to the Eagle Nation family.


Over the next two weeks, Dr. Johnson and I will work together to ensure a smooth transition. She will also be working to transition Bayside Middle to her successor. I will remain in the building through Friday, December 18 and will be available remotely through the end of December. Dr. Johnson will be in the building full time starting Monday, December 21.

Return to Virtual Learning

As of December 7, the COVID-19 health metrics for the Eastern Virginia Region are at 477.7 cases per day and 10.1% for percent positivity. Per the division's Fall 2020 Plan, that puts us in the red/red zones, therefore we will continue with virtual instruction, and this will now include the designated groups of students with disabilities who had recently returned to in-person learning.


Please know that teachers are expected to begin every lesson synchronously (live) at the start time listed on the published bell schedule. Synchronous instruction for each course will be approximately 45–60 minutes per class period. Teachers and students are expected to remain available during the entire class period. If your student is experiencing difficulties with internet connectivity or accessing a class for the entire block, please feel free to contact your child's counselor or administrator for assistance. We are committed to helping our students successfully navigate this virtual environment.

Meals on Wheels!

Food service will continue. VBCPS is providing breakfast, lunch and dinner at no charge to ALL children (age 18 and under) at all VBCPS schools, regardless of individual eligibility or whether they receive instruction virtually or in-person. Meals are provided via the drive by/pickup model, with bagged meals provided Monday–Friday, 10:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m., with the Friday bag containing food for Saturday and Sunday. The bus delivery service will also continue to select neighborhoods. The chart below shows the Landstown HS zones serviced by bus delivery.

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Heritage Week Poster Contest Winners

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Congratulations to our November Students of the Month:


Freshman: Trenton Frey, nominated by Mrs. Euman

Sophomore: Victoria Crenshaw, nominated by Ms. Wong

Junior: Jada Cumberland, nominated by Mrs. Morris

Senior: John Brickhouse, nominated by Mrs. Wood

Password Reset and Recovery in ClassLink

Effective November 30, secondary students will be required to configure and enable password reset and recovery in ClassLink. The process is simple and involves setting up a mobile number or a series of recovery questions that students can use to reset or recover a forgotten password. Secondary students will be prompted to complete this configuration when they login Nov. 30.


Additionally, effective December 14, a policy will be enforced that will require secondary students to change their passwords every 90 days. Secondary students who have not changed their password in the 90 days prior to December 14 will be required to do so when they attempt to log in on that date. This is the same policy that was temporarily relaxed in March to simplify student access to network and digital resources.


We strongly recommend that secondary students change their passwords at some point prior to Dec. 14 to avoid any instructional impacts on that date. Please note also that this 90-day password change policy will be implemented for elementary students at the beginning of their second semester (Feb. 2, 2021). Reinstating the 90-day password change policy will help to ensure network and data security.

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Resources for Military Families

Tutor.com is a free resource for military families. Many military families use this resource and find it helpful. In addition, free coaching is available for military parents. The links below give more information.


https://youtu.be/n5tHWlY7CM4


Flyer on tutoring subjects with study skills and life skills education for students

https://www.tutor.com/cmspublicfiles/WWW/2020_MIL_Subject_List.pdf


Facts about tutor.com for military parents

https://www.tutor.com/cmspublicfiles/WWW/MIL_T10_Parents_2019.pdf


Free coaching available for military parents

https://www.tutor.com/cmspublicfiles/WWW/2020_Mil_ParentCoaching_RackCard.pdf

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Click on the QR code above to access a wealth of resources available to our students and families!

Announcements & Reminders

COVID Website: The division had created a new COVID website. You can see it here.


AP Registration: AP Registration opened on November 16th. You will register and pay for AP exams via Total Registration. More information is forthcoming. In the meantime, make sure your student has joined the AP Classroom of his or her teachers. If your student does not know the code, have them email the teacher.


Accessing the Building: Access to the building must be made through an appointment. Office hour appointments are now between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Call the main office at 648-5500 if you need an appointment.


Parent-Teacher Conferences: Our amazing School Counseling department coordinates parent-teacher conferences through Zoom approximately twice a month on Thursdays. To register for a conference, please use this form. A couple days before the conference, your child’s counselor will email you the specific time and Zoom information. You are also encouraged to check out the LHS School Counseling website to see the all the information and resources available.

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Tutoring Resources

Check out this one-stop shop for available tutoring resources!

REPEATED ITEMS

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Reflections Contest

Students in Pre-K through grade 12, and a special artist division, are able to create theme-based artwork in dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography or visual arts. This year's theme is, "I Matter Because . . ." Please encourage your students to participate. You can find more information about the program here.
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Senior Portraits

Seniors can sign up to take their senior portrait with Prestige Lifetouch. The link to schedule an appointment is on our school website. Click Our School, then Eagle News, and scroll down until you see Class of 2021. Seniors are encouraged to have their portrait done before winter break to ensure they are in the yearbook. For questions, contact Mrs. Bell (etbell@vbschools.com) or Mrs. Thompson (hgthomps@vbschools.com)

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher conferences will be held virtually on Thursdays in 20-minute increments from 2:05 to 3:05 p.m. The dates for the first term are: 12/17, 1/7, and 1/21.
Easy Reference Sheet for Students

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Quick Reference Sheet

List of important LHS phone numbers

Club & Class Sponsor Info

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VHSL Coach & Sponsor Information

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PTSA Member Hub Site

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PTSA MEMBERSHIP FORM

Click here for a hard copy of the PTSA membership form

Please Log Your Volunteer Hours!

VBCPS values and promotes active engagement of the community in all our schools. The Office of Family and Community Engagement coordinates many volunteer opportunities for community members to interact and contribute to the academic achievement of our students and the overall continuous improvement of VBCPS. Volunteer opportunities may include:


  • Serving in a PTA/PTO/PTSA

  • Serving as tutors, mentors or guest speakers

  • Providing assistance in classrooms, cafeterias, libraries or main offices

  • Organizing student enrichment and recognition activities

  • Supporting special events, athletics, school planning councils and advisory boards


Please be sure to log your volunteer hours through the VBCPS Get Connected database. VBCPS uses this information to quantify the value of volunteer service and apply for divisionwide federal grants that benefit our schools and students!

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High School Handbook

Click here to view the school division's handbook for all high school students