News From The Nest

LHS Parent Newsletter--Year 19, Volume 16, April 27, 2020

Deskside Chat with Dr. Spence: April 21, 2020

Emergency Learning Plan

In response to Governor Northam’s executive orders prompting the closure of all Virginia K-12 schools for the remainder of the school year, and with guidance from the Virginia Department of Education, the departments of Teaching and Learning and School Leadership have developed an “Emergency Learning” Plan. Beginning on April 27, Virginia Beach City Public Schools will shift to an emergency learning plan model designed to address specific, essential standards, while at the same time providing students with flexibility in meeting those standards.

Our priority as educators during this challenging time is to stay connected to our students, provide meaningful learning experiences and respond to each of our students at the highest level possible. The Emergency Learning Plan was developed to:

  • ENGAGE students at the highest possible level with aligned, meaningful learning;
  • ENHANCE student understandings through high-quality virtual teaching and meaningful feedback;
  • EMPOWER students in their learning process; and
  • ENSURE that the needs of all of our learners are met to the best of our collective ability.

Student Responsibilities:

  • Attend the classes as scheduled during the day or view recording of the lesson provided by the teacher
  • Work on assignments
  • Check in with teachers during office hours
  • Schedule time to unplug
  • Exercise, practice musical instrument, journal
  • Complete missed assignments
  • Prepare for Advanced Placement Exams

You can see more information about the Emergency Learning Plan here.

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Help from Bridge Church: Our friends at Bridge Church are excited to offer grocery relief to anyone who is in need. Feel free to share this link with someone you know who may need grocery relief.

Social Emotional Resources: The following resources were made available by Jostens:


Season 1, Episode 1 – Judgement

Season 1, Episode 11 – Aaron Davis (dreams, friends, perseverance)

Season 1, Episode 17 – Brent Aragon (changing your world)

Season 2, Episode 17 – Pressure

Season 3, Episode 19 – Insecurities

Season 3, Episode 24 – Failure

Season 4, Episode 6 – Ross Szabo (mental health)

Season 5, Episode 12 – Health and Wellness

Season 6, Episode 6 – Self Confidence

Season 6, Episode 7 – Self Reflection

Advanced Placement Exam Calendar

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Advanced Placement Information

During your child's scheduled AP exam, please make arrangements inside your home for your child to have a quiet work environment to complete the 45 minute AP exam. The exam schedule is pictured above. Also during the exam, your child will need to use an electronic device such as their Chromebook, laptop or desktop computer. To minimize any internet connection issues, try to not have anyone else in the home on your wireless signal during the scheduled exam time. If your child does not have a properly working electronic device, please reach out to Mrs. White ( to make arrangements as soon as possible.

AP teachers have created set office hours to ensure your child is well prepared for the AP exam. Please see the Landstown High School AP Teacher Office Hour Schedule below. If you do not see that course listed, then the teacher will be holding their live office hour during the set block time. We encourage all AP students to utilize these times leading up to their exam.

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Senior Information

As Dr. Spence indicated in his most recent Deskside Chat, the school division is working on a plan for the Class of 2020 graduation. Of course dates, times, and details will be dependent upon the Governor's decisions about opening of businesses and large gatherings. Once we have that information, details about obtaining honor cords will also be released.

Our PTSA is also offering a special yard sign for parents. Get your Senior's Yard Eagled Up! Your special recipient will be Eagled Up with a Eagled Up sign and some eagle signs in their yard on the evening before the request date and will stay in the yard for two days. They will be picked up on the second day in the evening. Have something special to say? We can leave a note. You can access the PTSA shop here:

Kudos to our math department. T&L sent invitations to content area instructional leaders throughout the district and an additional request to all math teachers to volunteer to curate and create materials for the division to provide for the fourth quarter. The following teachers either accepted their invitation or reached out to join these committees.

Lisa Berotti

Sarah Culpepper

Maria Delima

Karin Eakin

Lisa Ferran

Shaylee Laton

Tom Sanchez

Cool fact: Landstown math teachers represent a quarter of all the teachers who worked on these plans for the division!

Kudos to Hiliary Thompson, Melissa Calaman, Keith Leonard, Megan Wong, and Brian Phelps for representing LHS as a member of the Emergency Learning Plan team.

Congratulations to Hiliary Thompson and Katie Bennett whose application for the Intent to Innovate project was selected by the division.

Kudos to Angela Henry who helped design a portion of the division's Orchestral Essential Standards for the ELP. She also had a learning plan she created published by the Florida Orchestra in Tampa as a resource for the teachers in their surrounding districts. Angela has also been selected to serve on the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Orchestra Directors Resource Development Team. Way to go, Angela!!!

Congratulations to Hiliary Thompson who was selected to participate in the Project Ocean experience, but she is able to transfer the acceptance to summer 2021.

Kudos to Brandon Gardner who did yeoman's work in ensuring our students are recognized in the Scholastic Achievement program. He did an amazing job in a very short time period!

Congratulations to our SCA for earning the National Gold Council of Excellence Award from the National Association of Student Councils.

Congratulations to Josh Petitma for earning the prestigious Gates Scholarship!

A HUGE shout-out to all of the special education teachers who have created Distance Learning Plans and related PWNs for each of their students. This required collaborating with their parents and, separately, obtaining the parent’s consent. The special education teachers have also created individualized progress reports to share with parents to how each student’s progress (from Q3) on their IEP goals. True rock stars!

Congratulations to Alexis Philpot for her third place award in the Art of Being a Military Child contest. Her artwork is featured below.

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Virginia PTA 2020 Scholarship Program

Virginia PTA is proud to offer $1,000 scholarships to graduating Virginia high school students from an active PTA/PTSA in good standing. In keeping with the Vision and Mission of the PTA, these scholarships are awarded based on a demonstrated commitment to, and engagement in, volunteerism and community service. The number of scholarships awarded each year depends on proceeds of special Virginia PTA awards. You can find more information here.


You don't want to stand in a line to fill out paper forms and write a check to join the PTSA. Landstown PTA has a better way this year: our new school store.

In the Landstown PTA Membership Store, you have a year-round, one-stop-shop for:

  • PTA memberships-for yourself or your entire family
  • PTA memberships-for our community partners and businesses
  • To make donations to support your school also known as "Eagle Bucks"

Check out the PTA Membership Store today to get PTA memberships or make donations with no hassle and no lines at back-to-school night! Go to store Let's make this year's PTA one of the best ever!!


Click here to download the PTSA membership form.


This handbook contains important information for students and parents. Documents housed here are live and will be updated throughout the year.

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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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