News From The Nest

LHS Parent Newsletter--Year 20, Volume 5, October 19, 2020

Hats Off to Our Phenomenal Freshmen!

On October 8th, we welcomed over 330 of our ninth graders into the building for face-to-face classes. These students have done an outstanding job not only in the classroom and academics, but also with the health mitigation strategies in place. It has been a real joy to get to know these students who are new to the Nest over the past couple of weeks. We look forward to welcoming our sophomores, juniors, and seniors back in November. Stay tuned for updates on when and how these upperclassmen will return to the building.


Special thanks to Mrs. Blanshan in the Library for creating the great display shown below to welcome the class of 2024 to the building.

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Congratulations, LHS!

Thanks to the hard work of our teachers, counselors, support staff, and students our on-time graduation rate continues to increase. As you can see in the graphic below, we have gone from 88% to over 95% on-time graduation in just 5 short years and we are above the division rate of 94.2. Way to go, LHS!
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For Our Seniors From the Counseling Department

The Counseling Department would like to share information with you regarding the resources and supports we have available to you and your seniors as they navigate the college application and career planning process in this unusual time.

Schoology Support for Seniors:


  • All seniors have been added to the LHS School Counseling COURSE. If for some reason they cannot find the course in their course list, they may join the course using the access code PB37-SJZM-JRP9X.
  • The counselors have assigned seniors ‘assignments’ to keep them on track for important senior tasks this year, such as setting up an account to order transcripts, ordering their diploma, and setting up a senior planning meeting with their counselor.


Senior Presentation:


  • The senior presentation was shared with students through the Schoology Course. If you have trouble accessing the Schoology course, you can click here to view the presentation.


General Communication:


  • Students and parents are encouraged to visit the LHS School Counseling website to see all that the team has to offer.
  • In addition to the course mentioned above, all students are members of the LHS School Counseling GROUP, which counselors will continue to use to communicate important information to seniors throughout the year.
  • Counselors are available in person, by email, Schoology messaging, by phone, and by Zoom appointment.


College & Career Planning:


  • Counselors will be meeting with seniors to discuss the college application and career planning process.
  • The school division will also be hosting a series of panel discussions with many popular colleges and universities where you can receive information from various college admissions representatives from around the country and Virginia. The link to the first discussion can be found here.


Is My Senior on Track to Graduate?


  • All seniors have been sent a Schoology message from their school counselor with their ‘Notice of Senior Graduation Status’ attached.
  • Please make sure you review this important document together.


We look forward to assisting you and your students as you navigate this exciting time. Please feel free to reach out to your student’s school counselor with any questions or concerns.


School Counselors

Mr. Dandridge (student last names A-COD)

Ms. Lawrence (student last names COE-GRA)

Mrs. Rozier (student last names GRE-LLA)

Mrs. Cariello (student last names LO-OM)

Mrs. Cholick (student last names ON-SM)

Mr. Gardner (student last names SN-Z)

Mrs. Haley (Special Interests)

Graduation Date Set

Dr. Spence recently approved the 2021 graduation schedule. Landstown's graduation is set for Saturday, June 19, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. This date is, of course, dependent on schools being able to use the Convention Center for graduation at that time.

TCC Gateway Scholars Program

There is a new scholarship program at TCC geared towards recent high school graduates and GED recipients: TCC's Gateway Scholars Program.


They are now accepting applications from prospective students interested in beginning classes this Fall (beginning on Oct. 21) or for our Spring 2021 semester (starting in January). This would especially be a great opportunity for the upcoming early high school graduates who would be ready to begin college courses in January 2021.The scholarship provides funding for up to 12 college credits after the student's Financial Aid award is exhausted.


Please visit the TCC webpage for more detailed information. Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jaedda Hall directly at jhall@tcc.edu or 757-822-7324.

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Virginia Space Grant Consortium Pre-College Programs

The student application process is open now for all programs except for the Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) program, which opens in November, and the Pathways Flight Academies Program. In light of the urgent deadline for application, this information has been shared with math, science and Technology Center Education teachers through coordinators. The programs are as follows:


  • Grades 8 - 9: BLAST
    Application Available: mid-November; Application Deadline: TBA; for more information, visit https://vsgc.odu.edu/blast/

  • Grade 10: Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS)
    Application Deadline: Oct. 25; for more information, visit http://vsgc.odu.edu/spacecoast/

  • Grades 11 - 12: Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) Application Deadline: Oct. 25; for more information, visit http://vsgc.odu.edu/VASTS/

  • Grades 11 - 12: Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS)
    Application Deadline: Oct. 25; for more information, visit http://vsgc.odu.edu/VESSS/

  • Grades nine - 12: Pathways Flight Academies Program
    Application Deadline: TBA; for more information, visit http://vsgc.odu.edu/ pathwaysflightacademies/


    All programs have the potential for paid educator positions, and information is available on their respective websites. Questions may be directed to Mary Sandy, director, Virginia Space Grant Consortium, at 757-766-5210 or via email msandy@odu.edu. Thank you.

LHS Tutoring Available

We are excited to let you know that Ms. Karen Collins will be our SOL Math tutor again this year. She will be available via Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am -12 pm and on Fridays from 8 am - 2pm. Once sophomores, juniors, and seniors are in the building, she will offer tutoring face to face.


Various English teachers have volunteered to tutor via Zoom. on Mondays from 12:30 - 1:00 and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-3:30 pm.


Students must sign up if they want to attend tutoring.


Here is the Math link for students to sign up. Here is the English link. Math and English Teachers have put this within their Schoology courses.

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Principal's Student Advisory Board

The Principal's Advisory Board is a group that advises the principal on issues of concern to our student body. If you are interested in applying for this year's Student Advisory Board, please complete this Google Form.
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America's Safe Schools Week

October 17 through 23 has been designated as America's Safe Schools Week. LHS has been blessed with a great SRO (Officer Lipsey) and a dedicated security assistant team. We appreciate the hard work of our security assistants--Donikqa Banks-Packer, Avery Edmonds, Leslie Edwards, Charlie Holmes, Daniel Jimerson, Monica Miller, Robert Testa, and Wendy Zumbrum.

October 17-23 is National School Bus Safety Week

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Underclass Pictures

School pictures for underclassmen will take place on campus during normal school hours. In the coming days, order information, operational procedures, and appointment times will be sent through Schoology, parent email, and posted on our website.


Monday, November 2: 11th grade

Tuesday, November 10: All face-to-face students currently in the building

Monday, November 16: 10th grade

Monday, November 23: 9th grade

Monday, November 30: Make up day for 9th – 11th grade

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The Virginia Beach Public Library is hosting a "Coming to America" virtual discussion. Teens who register for the program can pick up a free copy of Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay from Central Library to read and discuss at the program on Tuesday, November 17.

Announcements & Reminders

School Planning Council: The School Planning Council reviews and monitors the school's Plan for Continuous Improvement to ensure that it honors the Virginia Standards for Accreditation, is aligned with the strategic plan for the School Division, reflects site and community needs based upon analysis of school data, and contains measurable objectives focused on student achievement. If you are interested in serving on the 2020-2021 School Planning Council, please email Dr. Askew by October 30th.


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.


Lunch Forms: While breakfast and lunch are currently free to all students, this provision is set to expire at the end of December. If you require free or reduced meal prices, please complete an application. Applications may be completed online at www.schoolcafe.com and application forms are also available at the principal's office in each school and at the central office. To apply for free or reduced price meals, households must only fill out one application per household online at www.schoolcafe.com or pick up the application form from your child’s school and return it to the school division.

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C-SPAN Documentary Contest

Student Cam 2021 is a contest for students to produce a five- to six-minute documentary using C-SPAN programming. This year’s contest focus is: “Explore the issue you most want the president and new Congress to address in 2021?” Students are asked to analyze the current and/or historical significance of their chosen issue and include differing viewpoints. For more information about this contest, check out this website.
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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.

REPEATED ITEMS

Transportation Information

The division's office of transportation has placed your child's bus information inside ParentVue. This information includes specifics regarding bus stop location, bus times and bus number. Instructions on how to access this information are included as attachments within this email.


Please remember:

  • The information within ParentVue is specific to your child.
  • The assignment of students to a specific bus stop is required for the 2020-2021 school year. This ensures buses are routed with the appropriate number of students on board, and to maintain the safest environment possible for all students and drivers.
  • To review the self-screening questions listed on the attached document.
  • Students may enter and exit the school bus ONLY at their designated stop.
  • To have your child(ren) at the stop at least 10 minutes before the scheduled bus arrival time.
  • Students should walk to the bus using sidewalks (when available) and maintain social distancing guidelines when walking with other students.
  • To ensure your student has a face covering.


If you think your child's bus stop is incorrect, please contact the VBCPS transportation office at 757-263-1545. If you do not see any bus stop information in ParentVue please contact your child’s school to request transportation.

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)

Honor Code

The Honor Code of Landstown High School embraces the concepts of personal integrity and mutual respect and is the school’s acknowledgement of the importance of excellence in all educational endeavors. Each year, students new to Landstown and their parents are asked to acknowledge their understanding of the Honor Code and the implications it can have on a student’s success if it is broken. Please view the digital copy of the honor code and acknowledgement form here.

Cumulative GPA in ParentVue/StudentVue

Effective September 30, cumulative grade point averages for all high school students will be displayed in the Course History section of ParentVue and StudentVue. The GPA will be visible on the right-hand side, under the heading Regular. The process to update GPAs in ParentVue and StudentVue will occur on the last day of each semester.

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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:

10/29

11/12

12/3

12/17

1/7

1/21

FEV Tutor Homework Help Available

A homework help program is now available through FEV Tutor Homework Help. Students can easily access homework help through the Classlinks Portal under FEV Tutor. Additional information about the program can be found through this FEV Tutor Informational Video.

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Opening of School Documents

The following documents will be available online at vbschools.com (https://www.vbschools.com/UserFiles/Servers/Server_78010/File/Docs/Parent_Form.pdf) and parent acknowledgment via ParentVue:


  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Compulsory School Attendance Law
  • Parental Responsibility and Involvement Requirements
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Notice
  • Notice of Graduation Requirements
  • Annual Notification of Guidance and School Counseling
  • Student Digital Device Agreement
  • School Counseling Opt-Out Form
  • School Board Policies, Regulations and Procedures
  • Code of Conduct Booklet


The following documents can be accessed by clicking on the link provided:


Easy Reference Sheet for Students

Click here to get a quick reference sheet for your student

Quick Reference Sheet

List of important LHS phone numbers

Parent Portal Information

Click here for a handy reference on navigating ParentVue and Schoology

Club & Class Sponsor Info

Click here for a list of club and class sponsors

VHSL Coach & Sponsor Information

Click here for a list of our coaches of VHSL sports & activities

PTSA Member Hub Site

Click here to join PTSA electronically

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

November Holidays

A reminder that the following holidays affect school schedules:

November 3

With Election Day now declared a state holiday, all school and administrative buildings will be closed for school division business and there will be no in-person or virtual learning. Monday, November 2, will continue to serve as a day of asynchronous learning time for students and as professional learning time with office hours for teachers. Classes for both Option 1 and Option 2 students will resume Wednesday, November 4.


November 10-11
In observance of Veterans Day, all schools and administrative offices will operate on an adjusted dismissal Tuesday, November 10, and will be closed Wednesday, November 11.

November 25-27
In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, all schools and administrative offices will operate on an adjusted dismissal Wednesday, November 25, and will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27.