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Newport News District and Curriculum

Newport News offers excellent education from early childhood through high school with special programs in aviation, telecommunication, and business. Newport News schools follow high state standards that propel the learning in English, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Economics, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, Computer Technology, Health and Physical Education. Students are assessed yearly through Standards of Learning (SOL) tests.

We currently cover the following Newport News-area school district: Newport News Public Schools.

Schools in Newport News include:

Deer Park Elementary School is located on 11541 Jefferson Ave, Newport News, VA 23601, Deer Park Elementary School covers grades PreK-5 and can be contacted at 757-591-7470.  Staff and faculty at Deer Park Elementary School are dedicated to the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional growth of all its students. The curriculum taught by teachers at the school emphasizes critical thinking and risk taking through discovery, collaboration and exploration. The curriculum also focuses on scientific study, problem solving, research skills, scientific tools and technology. Deer Park Elementary School is an environmental science magnet school. Students are encouraged to protect and care for the global environment. Another mission of the school is to ensure that students master the Virginia Standards of Learning. These standards outline the knowledge and skills students should have at the end of each grade level in different subject areas. In grade 4 English Language Arts, students focus on communication, reading, writing, and research. In fourth grade, emphasis is placed on reading and locating primary sources of information. Much of the reading material relates to the study of science, mathematics, history and social science. Students also use text organizers, ask questions, summarize texts, and draw conclusions to demonstrate reading comprehension. For more information on how SchoolTutoring Academy can help your child with reading and writing, please contact us.

Booker T. Washington Middle School is located on 3700 Chestnut Ave, Newport News, VA 23607, Booker T. Washington Middle School covers grades 6-8 and can be contacted at 757-928-6860.  The mission of Booker T. Washington Middle School is to prepare students to become lifelong learners who are self directed and self disciplined. Staff at Booker T. Washington Middle School provide students with a healthy, cooperative environment, and encourage students to have pride in their work and achievements. Booker T. Washington Middle School is a Marine Science and Pre-Advanced Placement Magnet school. The school includes science labs, an outdoor classroom, an aquatic lab, and aquariums exhibiting the environment of freshwater ponds, streams, rivers, the Chesapeake Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean. The school has partnerships with Nauticus and the Cousteau Society. Educators from the Virginia Marine Science Center also visit the school. As a pre-advanced placement magnet school, the curriculum taught at Booker T. Washington Middle School introduces and prepares students with the skills, habits, and concepts needed to help them succeed in AP courses and college. Students in Virginia schools are required to take the standards of learning (SOL) tests. In grade 8, students take SOL test in English, Mathematics and Science. SchoolTutoring Academy offers tutoring in all these subject. For more information, please contact us.

Menchville High School is located on 275 Menchville Rd, Newport News, VA 23602, Menchville High School covers grades 9-12 and can be contacted at 757-886-7722. In the 2016-2017 school year, there were 1545 students enrolled at Menchville High School. The mascot of the school is a Monarch. Among the schools in Newport News, Menchville High School in the top school for the number of students taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams. The school also has the highest rate of passing. Menchville High School has also been highly awarded, as it is a two-time winner of the National Blue Ribbon School award, and has also been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a New American High School. The athletic program at Menchville High School is also well awarded as it has received the Julian Rice Award for most outstanding athletic program in the Peninsula District multiple times. After completing high school, many students choose to attend a college or university. Part of the application process often includes taking SAT or ACT tests. SchoolTutoring Academy offers SAT and ACT test preparation tutoring sessions. For more information on how SchoolTutoring Academy can help you or your child with the ACT and SAT, please contact us.

Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Newport District Curriculum

An emphasis is put on helping students to organize their thoughts and writing efforts with a thematic approach in all areas of Language Arts. High school students complete a four year sequential program of Language Arts. The curriculum helps students be prepared for taking their assessments in English by preparing students to write well-structured and well researched documents that are grammatically correct. Reading complex literature and analyzing the material from different perspectives prepare students to carry these skills into the work world and higher education.

Academic progression builds yearly by previous experiences and standard, technical, and advanced diplomas are offered to graduates with various honor seals awarded for achievement. Newport News ascribes to the 21st Century classroom standards to teach students how to live and work in a global economy. They also align themselves to the New Basics curriculum to impart lessons in technology and entrepreneurship.

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All students can learn, regardless of who they are and where they come from. Teachers must try to maintain positive relationships with their students that cultivate their learning growth and their potential. It is important that teachers teach students that learning can happen at any age and improve student self-efficacy for learning new subjects.
Teach students to teach and they will lead. When students are challenged beyond grades they are held to a higher degree of purpose and accomplishment. It is paramount that both educators and parents be in lockstep to ensure consistency both at home and in the classroom – communication is key!
I believe that all students are entitled to learning a wholesome education regardless of any hindrances such as a disability. Those called to educate must have the knowledge, patience, and understanding needed to know what it takes to meet the needs all of learners regardless of their differences. Being able to provide differential instruction is the most beneficial way to reach every learner and tap into a level of knowledge they did not know existed.

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Keeping Informed: Recent Newport Educational News

  • Heritage High School Named a STEM Academy - Heritage High School was named a Governor's STEM Academy by the Virginia Board of Education. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and students will be able to choose from one of four focus areas in architecture/design, computers and technology, electronics/engineering, and modeling/simulation.
  • 2012 Green School Division - Newport News Public Schools division was certified as a 2012 Green School Division for energy efficiency, waste management, green building, and educational opportunities. It is 1 of 32 school divisions in Virginia to receive this achievement.
  • Woodside High Is an Exemplar in Access to Advanced Placement - Advanced Placement courses push students to achieve high collegiate standards and can help them excel in college by "testing the waters" with rigorous courses. Scores 3 and higher on the annual AP exams also can earn students credit in college. Woodside High treats AP like a sports team, allowing teachers to recruit students. They also assist with the cost of the annual exams and make it possible for students to strive for academic success.

Newport News Tutors Can Help Your Student Succeed

SchoolTutoring Academy works with young learners and students, all the way up through high school. We offer Pre-K and Kindergarten Tutoring as well as Elementary School Tutoring to build a strong learning foundation early on. We also offer comprehensive tutoring across all school subjects.

About Newport News, Virginia

Located in the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Area, Newport News is classified as a Independent City. The city’s development began in 1881, when the Peninsula Extension of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway reached the area of what is now Newport News. The railroad opened up transportation of coal through the Newport News area. Later, a large shipyard was built in the city. Today, the economy in Newport News still includes its shipyard, and it is also very connected to the military. One of the prominent members in the shipbuilding industry is the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, which at the time of it development, was the world’s largest shipyard. The city’s location on the end of the Virginia Peninsula on the northern shore of the James River make it a major transportation center as it is also linked via I-64. The closest airports to Newport News are the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport and the Norfolk International Airport.

The origin of the name of Newport News is not known, although one theory is that the city was named after Captain Christopher Newport, who while on a ship back to England after a period of starvation, encountered another ship with reinforcement of supplies and men. The town was then named after Newport’s “good news”. Today, visitors to Newport News can enjoy a variety of things to do, ranging from public parks, animal experiences, and cultural and arts events.

In 2017, the population of Newport News was 179,388, making it the sixth most populated city in the state. 23.5% of the population was under 18, 29.6% of the population was between 18-34, 24.2% was 35-54, 11.0% was 55-64 and 11.7% was over the age of 65. The median household income in the city was $50,089 in 2017

The Mariners’ Museum and Park

The Mariners’ Museum and Park is one of the largest maritime museums in North America and was designated as America’s National Maritime Museum by Congress. Originally founded in 1930, today, the museum’s collection contains approximately 32,000 artifacts, including works of art and objects related to Maritime history. The Mariners’ Museum and Park sits on an area of 550 acres and includes the 167-acre Lake Maury, along with the 5 mile long Noland Trail. The park is open daily to the public, and people who walk the trail can enjoy view of Lake Maury along the entire trail. Another famous park feature is the Lions Bridge, which is a dam that also provides scenic views of the James River. Visitors to the The Mariners’ Museum and Park  can enjoy 90,000 square feet of exhibition galleries and the International Small Craft Center. One Highlight of the museum’s collection is 210 tons of artifacts from the USS Monitor steam ship, built and used during the American Civil War. Other highlights include working steam engines, the world’s only known existing Kratz-built steam calliope, and important paintings and drawings by marine artists James Bard and Antonio Jacobsen.

Virginia Living Museum

The Virginia Living Museum includes an aquarium, science center, aviary, botanical preserve and planetarium. The museum showcases many of Virginia’s indigenous species. The main building of the museum includes exhibits of the environment of Virginia including the coastal plain, a 30,000 US Gallon Chesapeake Bay Exhibit, a two-story indoor exhibit of a cypress swamp, an Appalachian Mountain cove, a gallery of nocturnal life and more. The outdoor exhibits of the museum include a 5500 square foot aviary, a ¾ mile long boardwalk, and a butterfly garden. Visitors walking the trail have the opportunity to view animals such as bobcats, river otter, red wolves and pelicans living in their natural habitats.

U.S. Army Transportation Museum

Originally established in 1959, the U.S. Army Transportation Museum exhibits vehicles and other transportation-related equipment and memorabilia. The museum grounds include a main building, 4 outdoor parks, and an open air pavilion for aviation exhibits. Vehicles are displayed in a diorama format. One of the exhibits is dedicated to the Vietnam war, and includes a large diorama with the only surviving Vietnam era gun truck, Eve of Destruction. There is also an exhibit of a down Bell UH-1 Iroquois Helicopter in a rice paddy. There is also a rail section showcasing artifacts such as the railway cars using in the Berlin Duty Train, and various freight cars.

Interesting Facts

  • Newport News natives include American actress and singer Pearl Bailey and the American Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald.
  • Sister cities to Newport News include Neyagawa in Japan, Taizhou in China, and Greifswald in Germany.
  • Scientists come to Newport News to work in the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator facility, where there is a unique particle accelerator. More than 2000 scientists have used this research facility!
  • The city of Newport News contains 69 square miles of area, and is 23 mile long and 3 miles wide.

Chalk Talk: The Role of Play-Based Activities

We live in an achievement-oriented society and it can be stressful to children with the pressure to succeed. However, children can retain and learn more if they are also allowed to play with hobbies or sports. These activities can help give them the motivation to persevere in tough situations and develop character or may give them the motivation to succeed. Balance is the key, but remember to get your children moving every day.