News From The Nest

LHS Parent Newsletter--Year 18, Vol. 10, 06/03/2019

The tragic event that occurred on Friday, May 31, has had an impact on all of us. When we see things like this on television, it may seem surreal and distant. We are tempted to think that something like that would never happen here. Friday's event destroyed that sense of dispassion and we will be forever changed.

Throughout the upcoming week, school counselors, Student Support Services and staff in the department of School Leadership are available to help anyone who is having difficulty dealing with their grief. These resources are available to all staff and students. Please notify an administrator if your student is in need of assistance.

Landstown High School remains steadfast in our commitment to student safety. Our admin and security teams are vigilant and dedicated to putting the physical and emotional well-being of our students at the forefront of everything we do. We have tremendous support from our Safe Schools office as well as the Department of School Leadership to ensure our students are loved and cared for at all times. Please don't hesitate to contact us at 648-5500 if your student requires additional supports during this difficult time.

Senior Final Assessments






Graduation Information

As you may have seen in the recent press release, several VBCPS graduation times have been changed including ours. Our graduation is now Saturday, June 15 at 6 p.m. The change was necessary because of the construction of the new athletic complex which eliminated most of the parking for the Convention Center. Each senior will receive two parking passes--one for the senior's vehicle and one for family. Only vehicles with this special parking pass will be permitted to enter 19th Street via Birdneck Road to park in the Convention Center lots. Additionally, all those wishing to attend graduation must have a graduation ticket.

Drop-off and Ride Sharing: Based on recommendations from VBPD regarding traffic flow, we are asking all drop-off/ridesharing traffic to exit 264 onto Parks Avenue (the first right after the Birdneck Road exit while heading east). Only those with parking passes should enter 19th Street via Birdneck Road.

Handicapped Parking: In order to utilize the handicapped spaces, guests must have one of our graduation parking passes and an official handicapped license plate or hang tag. There are a limited number of spaces available. They are located to the west of the building and across from the ballrooms. For those needing special assistance, we will continue to offer golf cart shuttle service from all lots that require a parking pass. If needed, they may check-out and use a VBCPS wheelchair while inside the Convention Center.

Towne Bank Parking Lot (21st/Parks Ave): The Towne Bank Parking Lot (approx. 125-150 spaces) have been reserved for use for our graduation. A shuttle service will be provided by VBCC to and from this parking lot.

19th Street Lot for Parking: These spaces are first-come, first-served and are open to the public. We’ve been assured by the Convention Center and Republic Parking, that those who park in the municipal lots will not be charged a parking fee if they mention they are attending a graduation ceremonies.

Celebrate the Class of 2019 with the VBGradWall

Family members and friends of graduates in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Class of 2019 may share their congratulations now by posting a message on the VBGradWall. Messages can be shared using #VBCPSGrad on Twitter and Instagram or directly on the VBGradWall page on The wall will be available through June 30.

Final Assessments for Underclassmen

Final assessments for students in grades 9 -11 will be held June 11 - 14. The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, 6/11--Blocks 1A and 2A

Wednesday, 6/12--Blocks 1B and 2B

Thursday, 6/13--Blocks 3A and 4A

Friday, 6/14--Blocks 3B and 4B

The first exam will run from 7:20 to 9:20 and the second exam will run from 9:30 to 11:35.

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Student Transportation Information for 2019-2020

All students in grades 9 - 11 received a "Registration for Student Transportation" form from their Block 1A teachers last week. Students must return the student transportation form before the last day of school to guarantee his transportation to and from school on a school bus next year. This data will be used by the Department of Transportation to develop bus stops and routes this summer. This form is not optional; all students in grades 9-11 must return this form whether he thinks he will ride the school bus next year or not. Parents may also access the form online at: Complete the Registration for Student Transportation here.

Upcoming Events

June 3

Senior Assessments 1B/2B

Academy Senior Celebration, 6:00, Auditorium

June 4

Senior Assessments 1A/2A

AP Chemistry Demo Day

Chorus & Orchestra Banquet, 6:00, Cafeteria

June 5

Senior Assessments 3B/4B

SCA Officer Inductions, 2:15, Auditorium

Spring Sports Banquet, 6:00, Cafeteria

June 6

Senior Assessments 3A/4A

Academic Letter Awards, 7:30, Auditorium

Chorus Concert, 7 p.m., Auditorium

June 7

Senior Awards & Recognition Assembly, 8:30 a.m., Gym

Senior Day Celebration, Stadium

June 10

Grad Walk @ various elementary schools,

Graduation Rehearsal, 5:30, VB Convention Center

June 11

Final Assessments 1A/2A

Adjusted Dismissal, 11:35

School Planning Council Meeting 5 p.m. Library

PTSA Board Meeting, 6 p.m., Library

June 12

Final Assessments 1B/2B

Adjusted Dismissal, 11:35

June 13

Final Assessments 3A/4A

Adjusted Dismissal, 11:35

June 14

Final Assessments 3B/4B

Adjusted Dismissal, 11:35

June 15

Graduation, 6 p.m. VB Convention Center

Your PTSA Needs You!

YOUR PTSA Board needs folks to step up to fill positions on the board for the 2019-2020 school year. Please contact Missy Dunaway at if you might like to become more involved or would like more information. We need the Eagle Nation to benefit from a strong PTSA and our seniors to get the All Night Grad party they deserve!

Virginia Beach Digital Campus Summer Courses

Registration and payment processes for online summer school courses provided through Virginia Beach Digital Campus (VBDC) can be accessed through a link on the Distance Learning website ( ). Registration and payment for online summer school courses begins May 1 at noon. Registration will continue until sections are filled or until June 20 at noon. Information about summer school course offerings and processes has been available on the site since April 3.

Before families register students for online summer school courses, VBDC recommends that students consult with home school counselors about the appropriateness of their academic plan. In addition, the Distance Learning website offers Frequently Asked Question about the experience of online learning including a new program, the Student Online Assessment of Readiness (S.O.A.R.). This free assessment will help families decide if the student has the skills and dispositions necessary for fully online coursework. Results of the S.O.A.R. are private and are linked to a free Schoology course in which students can work to develop the necessary skills.

Senior All-Night Grad & Yard Signs

Don’t miss out! Only a few weeks left to get an All-Night Grad ticket for $75! Senior yard signs are still available $25 each!

Get forms and information to purchase at .

Attention All Landstown Parents! Prize Donations Needed!

Looking for a way to help celebrate our seniors for All-Night Grad? We've made a SignUp of ideas! The list has suggestions, including ideas of prize basket items to be collected. Feel free to get creative! Thanks so much for your generosity in advance!

Attendance Waiver Information

Students who have accumulated more than six absences in any class in the second semester should complete an attendance waiver packet. If no waiver packet is received, the student will receive a grade of "N" or no credit for the semester.

Process for Seniors

Mrs. Everhart will run the necessary attendance report on Friday, May 17. Parents of seniors will receive an alert now message on Friday, May 17 concerning attendance waivers. Senior waivers will be made available on Monday, May 20 in the attendance office. Senior waivers will be due on Monday, June 24.

Process for Underclassmen

Mrs. Everhart will run the necessary attendance report on Friday, May 31. Parents of underclassmen will receive an alert now message on Friday, May 31 concerning attendance waivers. Underclassmen waivers will be made available on Monday, June 3 in the attendance office. Underclassmen waivers will be due on Tuesday, July 2. Teachers will continue to take and count attendance through June 14.


The following students received awards at the Annual Art Exhibition at Pembroke Mall:

Nita Nicole Arabella Dalisay, First Place
Tim Delrosario, Honorable Mention

Mercedes Felciano, First Place

Nicole Tria, Honorable Mention

Also a shout out to Mateo Paras who came in third place for his skateboard design (pictured here) at the Steel Pier Classic Surf and Art completion. He will receive a trophy and a cash prize.

Twenty-seven students were recently inducted into the National Honor Society.

Sophomore Mia O'Neil won a state championship in track in the 400.

Our SCA earned the prestigious National Gold Council of Excellence Award from the National Association of Student Councils (NASC). This award recognizes student councils for their records of leadership, service and activities that improve the school and community.

LHS was named in the top 100 schools in Virginia by U.S. News and World Report.

The first ever LHS Underwater Robotics Team recently attended a competition. They had many extremely complex challenges that they were able to overcome successfully during their recent competition. While they didn't take first place, they made a strong showing and learned a great deal from the experience. Team members included: Cole Reibel, Amanda Morgan, Brice Zimmerman, Savannah Doss, and Harold Scholten. This team went to elementary schools and discussed the reason to build Underwater ROV's and talked about the importance of STEM and learning how to solve problems as a team.

Jennifer Renne's STEM Academy students participated in the following competitions recently:

  • Extreme Redesign: Engineering Secondary Education--178 students entered in this category. Justice Starks received Honorable Mention for his design.
  • 2019 8th Annual Global Invent It Challenge--Out of 253 entries, our team took Honorable Mention for their design.
  • Hampton Roads TECH RAMP Competition--Our team received the Up and Coming Award with a $150 prize.

The APICS students put on an amazing talent show in May!

Junior Mason Kennedy was accepted into the Summer Residential Governor’s School for Math, Science, and Technology. He was selected from applicants across the state and it is quite an honor.

Angela Henry, Orchestra teacher, was "Tagged by the Superintendent" recently.

LHS had 112 students in attendance at the ACCESS college day event.

Millie Hernandez and our custodial team earned the Gold Award. This is the 10th year in a row that LHS has earned this award!

Congratulations to Mark Alberda, Wendy Barcroft, Heidi Calma, Erik Moore, and Krissy Sanderlin whose proposals have been chosen for presentation at the VBCPS Digital Learning Summer Summit 2019.

Jada Cumberland earned her Microsoft Office Specialist Master Certification. Which means she is now certified in Microsoft 2016 Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Word Expert and Excel Expert. To date, the Computer Information Systems and ADV. CIS students have earned 91 Microsoft Office 2016 Specialist Certifications. Also, our I.T. Fundamental students have earned over 50 IC3 Certifications (Internet and Computing Core) in Key Applications, Computing Fundamentals, and Living Online. Kudos to their teacher, Christy Murchison, for leading this important work.

Feshman Chelsea Samuels is the Region 6A tennis champion.

Our Girls Tennis Team had a big victory over Kellam in the region quarterfinals. They now continue to the state tournament!

Kudos to our Latin Dance Club students. They are the first High School Latin Dance Club in Hampton Roads and they made their first ever debut public performance. According to sponsor, Maria Desimone, "They were perfect!" You can see their performance here:

Congratulations to Rachel White and Kelly Singer whose submission for a presentation at this summer's citywide leadership conference has been accepted. The title of their presentation is, "Excavating Allegiances to Foster Equity."

Ron Shaneyfelt has been selected by the VBEA to receive the Whole Village Award for 2019. The award will be presented on Wednesday, June 5 at Princess Anne High School.

Dwight Robinson has been selected as the Male Coach of the Year by the Virginia Beach Sports Club.

Alyssa Norris and Michael Christmas were recognized as our athletes of the year by the Virginia Beach Sports Club. Nash Euman was our VBSC scholarship winner.

Senior, Vaelyn Dulce presented at the School Board Workshop on Tuesday, May 28. Vaelyn and a fellow ATC student presented on a current paid internship to develop an application M.A.P. (Military Assistance Portal). The development goal of M.A.P. is to assist military families and VBCPS faculty with identifying available military resources throughout the Hampton Roads Community.

Our Best Buddies Club received a donation from Kaufman & Canoles to help them continue their work with this great program.

Our Operation Smile Club students who created blankets to donate to their charity.

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Difference Makers

Each week, a staff member is selected to receive the "I Make a Difference" award at our school. The first recipient is selected by our Teacher of the Year. Subsequent recipients are selected by the previous awardee.

May 13: Tim Blum, Special Education

May 20: Mike Wilder, Special Education

May 27: Allison Haley, Counseling

June 3: Ricky Hailey, Counseling

Report Card Calendar (MP4)

Beginning Date--April 1

Progress Reports Issued--May 10

Ending Date--June 14

Report Cards Issued--June 21

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