Spring Music Program
Wed Apr 9 (6 pm)
The fifth grade strings will perform at 6 p.m. followed by the fourth grade’s presentation of Music Matters by Teresa Jennings. It will be a wonderful night of celebrating music!
Mon-Fri Apr 14 - 18
School will be closed
In the News
The staff of the HES Press are pleased to share their quarterly publication with you via the Internet! Each time we publish our school newspaper, you can see it in color here! Paper copies are distributed to students in class.
HES March Madness - ACS & SCA
We hosted our SCA Spirit Week during our American Cancer Society Relay for Life "Penny War." Students brought in pennies to place in their grade level container each day. Any pennies counted toward their total, but any other coins or dollars counted against it. Every cent raised benefits the American Cancer Society through our school's Relay for Life team, Gail's Gang.
- On Monday students raised over $50 for the American Cancer Society - and Kindergarten was in the lead with the highest possible total - - Fifth grade was close behind.
- Tuesday, the total hit $195 for the ACS with third grade taking the lead.
- On Wednesday, the second grade tried to muster momentum with over $20 in pennies, but their success was not to be that day. Kindergarten took the lead again... while our grand total surpassed $350.
- Thursday - what a busy penny day! We counted out over $95 in pennies alone! Wow! Our total passed $575... we are so close! Think we can make our $750 goal? We'll see! Since Fifth Grade had a positive total, I'm sure other grade levels will try for the last laugh!
- Friday - The Hermitage Vikings raised over $1,000 for the American Cancer Society! Kindergarten won the war, but Fifth Grade raised the most money! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for scraping to the bottom of your wallets! Vikings are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
At the Ripe Age of One Hundred (days)
Each year, Hermitage Kindergarteners celebrate the 100th day of school in a very special way. This year's hundredth day, February 11, was no different. Students who were young and energetic yesterday seemed transformed today - complete with canes, wrinkled faces, and aged attire. Other classes celebrated using the Aging Booth app as a story starter or collections of 100 edible treats.
Hermitage Celebrates 50 Years and Blue Ribbon Award
Congratulations to Hermitage Elementary School, who is celebrating their 50th year in 2015! The students and staff have a lot to celebrate on their "birthday" - like being the recipient of the esteemed Department of Education's Blue Ribbon Award. Mrs. Coggin, principal, wanted to share the success with the community - inviting former staff and students, current families, and many School Board and City honored guests to a cupcake and punch reception in early February. Many guests enjoyed looking through past yearbooks, scrapbooks, and class photos, just like Nyla and her mom (pictured above).
Hermitage Super Reading Night
January, traditionally Reading Month, brought cool weather and a cooler event! The Reading Specialist, Mrs. Shiley, combined several resources to make this reading event extra special. The SCA hosted a spaghetti dinner to raise money for the SPCA. As an extra special treat, Hermitage Alumni, now sixth graders at Great Neck Middle School came out to serve the community under the direction of Cafeteria Manager, Mrs. Gassett and assistant, Mrs. Firestone. Mr. "K", our strings instructor, prepared his students for their first concert - as our dinner entertainment the evening. After dinner, families were invited to move into the gym, where a super hero themed puzzle awaited them. Students visited stations with exemplar reading selections for each grade level. After reading the passage, answering the question, and identifying the evidence, students earned letters to help them unscramble a secret phrase. Everyone was busy working - spread out on the gym floor - reading and puzzling together. Families who solved the puzzles earned highlighters, special pencils, and refrigerator magnets. As families left the gym with goodies, they had the opportunity to meet with some of the Virginia Beach SPCA's adoptable fur-friends, learn about the work the SPCA does, and enjoy stories read by volunteers. Over 250 folks came out for the evening which raised about $800 for the Virginia Beach SPCA and engaged students' reading super powers!
Characters Welcome at Hermitage ES
Characters welcome at Hermitage ES! On Thursday, January 15th in celebration of reading month, teachers and staff donned costumes to represent favorite book characters such as Harry Potter, Fancy Nancy, both Splat and Pete the Cat, Thing 1, Pinkalicious, and many more.
12 Good Deeds and SCA Help the Lions Club
As part of our 12 Good Deeds campaign, the SCA collected nonperishable food items from students for four weeks. During that time, students contributed over 830 items to donate to the Lions Club. Each day's progress was tracked on bar and line charts and students were challenged to make predictions and suggestions to improve participation.
Hermitage Reads for the Record
Hermitage Elementary enjoyed Bunny Cakes, that is, the book by Rosemary Wells. Hermitage students participated in Jumpstart's Read for the Record movement on October 21st. The 248 Viking students read together with children and adults worldwide in an attempt to break another world reading record. Jumpstart's Read for the Record campaign celebrates literacy and shines the spotlight on the importance of quality early education. To find out about the world reading record and keep up with the latest campaign news, you can visit Jumpstart's Read for the Record website http://www.jstart.org.
Hermitage SCA Supports the United Way
The Hermitage Elementary School Vikings showed their support for the cause this year through the SCA's Paws for a Cause campaign. Each student was challenged to bring in a quarter to earn a "paw" stamp on a classroom sheet. The SCA's goal was $200, just a small increase from their previous year's total of $185. The Little Vikings really came through this year, raising a total of $288 - that's more than 1150 paws for their cause! Way to go!
Superintendent or Auctioneer?
Hermitage staff were surprised by a visit from Dr. Spence, our newest Superintendent, during the annual United Way Auction. Dr. Spence acted as a spectator at first, but decided he needed to be a more integral part of the festivities. Staff raised more than $3400 for the United Way this year.
Blue Ribbon School
Teachers and staff at Hermitage Elementary celebrated big news yesterday. The school had been named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Hermitage is one of 10 schools in Virginia to achieve the honor. It was the second year the school achieved this honor – Hermitage previously earned a Blue Ribbon title in 2005. For more information about the award, see the school division's press release. To see the original article, visit the Kaleidoscope.