The Seahawk Scoop

March 29, 2021

Dear Beach Middle Families,

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. The countdown to Spring Break has begun.


Just a reminder that students will have early dismissal on Friday, April 2. We will begin dismissing walkers and parent pick up students at 1:53. I have attached the adjusted dismissal schedule below. The current grading period will end on April 14th. Students should ensure they get all late and make up work completed this week so as to have a relaxing vacation. We will also have an early dismissal day the week we return (April 14). The same schedule will be followed.


Information regarding SOL's was sent via AlertNow this past week. Please check your email if you haven't yet completed the survey. The survey was only sent to Option 1 students who opted out of SOL's for Term One and all Option 2 students.


Thank you for your continued support of Beach Middle. Have a Super Week!


#SeahawksSoar


Mrs. Scherr

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School Pictures- Option 2

If you are an OPTION 2 and ordered pictures you may pick them up beginning Tuesday, March 30, 2021 from the security desk from 9am-4pm. Any questions, please call Mr. Fox at 757-648-5071.

February Students of the Month

Congratulations to the following students for being selected as Students of the Month for February:


Grade 6: Josephine P., Catylyn S.

Grade 7: Jacob S., Cameron H.

Grade 8: Myah L., Carson S.

SCA Elections

The SCA is looking for motivated, reliable, responsible and hardworking leaders to serve as SCA officers for the 2021-2022 school year. Electronic applications to apply are now available here: VBMS SCA Election Packet 2021-2022 and are due on Tuesday, April 13th by 4:30pm. All current 6th and 7th graders are eligible to apply and you do not need to be currently involved with the SCA or have any previous experience! You just need to be a dependable student who is driven to be a role model and a student leader! Please reach out to Mrs. Collins or Mrs. Groves if you have any questions!

AVID

I am thrilled to announce that VBMS will be implementing the AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) program starting with the 2021-22 school year. This program is designed to support students who may possess a desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard, but may not truly have the opportunity to be college-ready. These are often the students who will be the first in their families to attend college and are from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. AVID Secondary equips teachers and schools with what they need to help these students succeed on a path to college and career success


Stay tuned for more information on this.

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Message from the VBMS PTA

We are still accepting individuals who are interested in being on the VBMS PTA board for the 2021-2022 school year

Please consider volunteering! Monthly meetings can be done virtually. VBMS needs our help. The following positions are available:

President: Responsible for presiding over meetings, reviewing financial and legal obligations, overseeing communication and event planning, and serving as a liaison between the faculty and staff and our student body and their families.

Vice-President: Supports the President in the responsibilities listed above.

If you or someone you know is interested, please email vbmspta@aol.com.


Not interested in holding an officer position, we can still use your help. Join the PTA today. Every dollar counts.

2021-22 Course Verification/Changes

Please review your students 2021-22 course requests in ParentVue. This can be done by clicking on the "Course Requests" tab on the left hand side. Once you have reviewed, please complete this Google Form to indicate your agreement with the courses OR note any changes.

2021-22 8th Grade PE Opt Outs

8th graders have the option to opt out of PE. In order to do so, please complete this Google Form. Opt outs must be submitted no later than April 1.

March Lunch Menu

Be in the VBMS Yearbook

Use the links below to send in pictures for the opportunity to be featured in this year’s yearbook! Not all submissions will be accepted and submissions are due May 5th. Late submissions will not be accepted.


https://images.jostens.com/416133937


Buy your yearbooks for $25 https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1119283/Virginia-Beach-Middle-School/. We encourage purchases to be made online. However, if this is not possible, in person students can purchase from Ms. Domingo in the gym during SEL. Virtual families may come to the school during regular hours and make the purchase.


8th grade recognition ads are also available at this website. Send your child off in style.

Scholarships for Seniors

If you have a Senior who went to VBMS, there are three scholarships they can apply for.


1. James Cook Memorial Scholarship please call Mrs. Griffey Hughes at 757-263-1069 or check Virginia Beach Scholarship Central for the application. $1,000 scholarship



2. Georgia Parks PTA Scholarship- $500.00 Scholarship- Application on the VBMS website


3. John Fox Student Activities and Academic Scholarship- $500.00 Scholarship- Application on the VBMS website

All applications are due by May 3, 2021 to the VBMS Guidance Office.

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SCA Community Outreach Project

During the month of March please donate travel size toiletry items for families in need. A collection box is located at the security desk. Virtual students can also participate by dropping items off anytime during school hours.

COVID Exposure Reminders

As we begin to transition back to in person learning, it is very important that we be informed of any possible exposure for our students and staff. If anyone in your home tests positive for COVID-19, or exhibits symptoms, please contact our school nurse, Ann James, or me, as soon as possible. It is vital to our return efforts that we have accurate information so that appropriate quarantine protocols are followed. The Self-Screening tool that all staff, students, and visitors should use before entering the school is below. Thank you very much for helping us keep our VBMS community safe and healthy.
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PTA Membership Form

The PTA membership form can now be completed online. A PDF is also attached at the bottom of this newsletter. We appreciate your support of the VBMS PTA.

https://virginiabeachms.new.memberhub.store/store

Virginia Beach Middle School

Office Hours: 8:30 AM-4:50 PM

We are only allowed to accept building visitors by appointment. Please contact the school and we will be glad to help you. Our Security desk is staffed at all times during business hours. If a parent or student needs to just drop something off and not enter the building, no appointment is necessary.