Office of Academic Rigor

  • The Office of Academic Rigor works to develop the gifts and talents evident in our children by working with all of our stakeholders to create a wide range of engaging learning experiences that nurture our students’ social, academic, and emotional growth.

    "Fair isn't everyone getting the same thing; fair is everyone getting what they need in order to be successful."

  • Students in WordMasters Challenge


    A team representing Bay View Elementary achieved Highest Honors in the recent WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. The fifth grade team scored an impressive 189 points out of a possible 200 in the first of three meets this year, placing eighth in the nation. 

     Competing in the difficult Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, fifth graders Amaru Ismail and Haley Ritchie earned a perfect score of 20 on the challenge. Nationally, only 67 fifth graders achieved this result. Other students from Bay View Elementary who achieved outstanding results in the meet include fourth grader William Robles and fifth graders Grey Baker, Angelina Graham, Cadyn Olson and Shawn Sipe. The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ by Maryanne Quinn. 

     The WordMasters Challenge™ is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words (considerably harder than grade level), and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships.  Working to solve the analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically.  Although most vocabulary enrichment and analogy-solving programs are designed for use by high school students, WordMasters Challenge™ materials have been specifically created for younger students in grades three through eight.  They are particularly well suited for children who are motivated by the challenge of learning new words and enjoy the logical puzzles posed by analogies.

Contact Information

  • Ms. Valerie Tuck
    Senior Coordinator

    The Rosemont Center
    7000 West Tanners Creek Drive
    Room 318
    Norfolk, VA 23513

    Office Hours
    Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Phone (757) 852-4674
    Fax (757) 852-4677


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