MissionBooker T. Washington High School is committed to being a premier urban high school by working collaboratively with parents and community members to provide a challenging and diverse education in a safe and orderly environment for ALL students. This partnership will produce students who are critical thinkers, lifelong learners and productive citizens in a global society.
Phone: (757) 628-3575
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Dr. Margie G. Stallings
Happy Spring Mighty Bookers,
It is hard to believe that the ending of the 2016-2017 school year is just around the corner. While we have accomplished a great deal, there is still work to complete. Our testing calendar has been finalized with testing sessions from May 1 through June 13. I encourage each of you to visit the school’s website for the testing dates and times.
The Advanced Placement tests will be administered, beginning May 1, 2017. On May 15, 2017, the first of the Spring Non-Writing End of Course Standards of Learning tests will be administered. Testing calendars will be placed on the website and sent via the mail. As we approach the testing sessions, I encourage all students to take advantage of teacher supports through after school remediation and pull-outs during the school day. After school remediation is scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:15 – 3:55 PM. Students only need to let teachers know they plan to participate. In some instances, Saturday remediation will occur; however, it is on a case by case basis.
Our goal is to finish the school year strong with reaching full accreditation. Our teachers and students have worked hard and tirelessly to meet the requirements deemed by the state for this to occur. I ask that you have conversations with your child(ren) regarding the importance of the upcoming tests and the need for proper preparation to experience success and passing rates. Students arriving to school daily and on time is the first step to achieving the goal of passing their tests. I ask for your continued support as the days left in this school year are quickly dwindling.
School counselors are finalizing course selections with students for the 2017-2018 school year. Please discuss the course selections with your child(ren) and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact your child’s school counselor.
Thank you again for your continued support.
With Booker Pride,
Margie G. Stallings, Principal
Mr. Couther’s Students are winners in Achilles Kids CompetitionMr. Couther’s Block 5 Adaptive Physical Education class has been participating in the Achilles Kids competition sponsored by Adidas all school year. The students were challenged to walk/run a marathon by the end of the year. They completed this goal and a special awards ceremony was held at the track. All students won 1st place as they crossed the finish line to cheers, applauds, and big smiles from on lookers. The students then came inside where they had a pizza party and where they were presented with a FREE pair of Adidas sneakers.A BIG THANK YOU TO….Mr. Couther, the awesome paraprofessionals, supportive teachers, and volunteers who made this event a success.
BTW Students Participate in Community Service
Culinary students prepared a feast with the guidance of Ms. Reed. The yummy meal was served at Park Place Minitries. Ms. Devine and Ms. Jackson also volunteered.
BT Washington Students & the Norfolk Academy Literacy Fellows Reading & Book Signing
The 2016-17 BTW-Norfolk Academy Literacy Cohort will hold a book reveal and signing celebrating the release of their first published literacy project: No One Can Change Me But Me. This event will be hosted by Prince Bookstore, which is located on 109 E. Main Street in downtown Norfolk. It is scheduled to take place Thursday, June 8, 2017, at 6:00 p.m.!
Please join us for this literary event and congratulate these talented students.
No One Can Change Me But Me is a collection of powerful essays that examine the lives and hopes of some of Norfolk’s young writers. Inspired by Colum McCann’s presentation at the ODU Literary Festival this past September, where he spoke about the work of his nonprofit Narrative 4, Elizabeth Johnson and David Kidd, Norfolk Academy English teachers and Co-Directors of the Literacy Fellows Program, and Sharon Davidson-Cook, an English teacher at Booker T. Washington High School, brought their students together to share and write the stories of the moments that have shaped their lives. Read More
8 BTW Studdents Awarded @ Norfolk Public Schools Juried Art ExhibitionCongratulations to the Visual Arts students for placing29 students were accepted into the Juried art exhibition that was on display at Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center on Newport Ave. Three arts professionals in our community judged over 500 works of art from all of our NPS High Schools. In the end BTW reined triumphant with 8 award winners which is unprecedented!Second Best in show- Cornelius ScottFirst Place in Digital Photo- Lavorge CoxFirst Place in Darkroom Photo- Ebony LindseyFirst Place in Mixed Media- Merceedes BondsFirst Place in Drawing and Painting- Jaheria WilsonThird Place in Drawing and Painting- Anna NixonThird Place in Ceramics- Krysta Parkinsand Jurors Choice Award- Tavion Sears
Students and Staff Attend Leadership Conference
Booker T. Washington students and staff attened the 21st VHSL Ken Tilly Student Leaders
Conference held in Northern, Virginia on the weekend of April 29-30, 2017. The theme of the
conference was “Undefined Possibilities”. Student leaders from BTW learned the impact of
going back to their schools and implementing student centered programs that will impact ALL
students regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation/identification, and/or
disability.They learned that no one should be defined and all of us are unique.
The students participated in activities to build trust and patience. They also participated
in a bon fire, a sock hop, roasted marshmallows, connected with students from all across
Virginia, and learned the importance of networking.
They TRULY enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to get away and experience life
outside of Norfolk, Virginia.
Students were accompanied by Ms. Alexis Rogers and DJ Alexander, Head Football Coach.
Foodbank Fundraiser sposered by BTW & NSU Atheletes
BTW’s Varsity Softball & Baseball has joined with NSU’s Baseball program as they sponsor the fourth annual fundraiser benefiting the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. Our softball & baseball teams will be collecting can good items starting today and ending Tuesday, May 9th. If you can please assist our student/athletes with their community service project by bringing in any can good items. All donated items can be placed in the donation box located in guidance or given to any softball or baseball player. Thanks for your assistance.
National Library Month & Poetry Month Activities in the Library Media Center Were Slamming
The Annual Poetry Slam was another success with more talented poets. There were even several tissues needed to dry up the tears. Read More
Poem in Your Pocket Day-Pocket size poems were handed out during all lunches on Friday, April 21.
The final celebration to close out National School Library Month was the Animation Fest. The library media center was filled with games, gaming, videos, costumes, comic books, food and tons of fun. Read More
Doctors and BTW Student Care Center Volunteers Visit Health and Physical Education Classes
The BTW Student Care Center, student volunteers, and visiting doctors spent all day in the Health and Physical Education classes. The students learned all about Blood Pressure and even had hands on practice taking each other’s blood pressure in class.The BTW Physical Education Department wishes to thank the BTW Student Care Center and visiting doctors for their expertise and time
ACCESS Commitment Day @ ODUThis event celebrated the students who have been accepted to college and completed all steps to the college admissions. process.
NPS Student Representative to the School Board Time-line for Student selection process for 2017-18 school year
April 3rd Application posted to district/school websites, hard copy in guidance office.
April 21st Application deadline for student participation in selection process.
Week of May 1st Interviews at each High School.
May 5th Two names submitted to Superintendent’s office from each high school.
May 10th Semi-finalists notified of interview date/time/location at central office.
May 19th Three finalists’ names submitted to the Superintendent.
Week of May 29th Superintendent interviews the three finalists
June 7th Superintendent makes recommendation to the Board of Education.
June 21st Board of Education takes action to accept Superintendent’s recommendation.
Tallwood High School Invitational Track Meet Winners
Congratulations to Sheneequa Battle and Kevin Towns. Sheneequa placed 2nd in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Kevin placed 5th overall in the 100 meter dash and 8th in the 200 meter dash. Other members of the track team improved on their personal times. Congratulations to all runners.
JRROTC Leadership Boot Camp
Cadets will be attending this year’s Norfolk 5 Basic Leadership Training “Boot Camp” held out at Camp Pendleton Marine Corp Training Base in Virginia Beach. On Thursday they had lunch with alumni and then backed up to take the bus to Camp Pendleton.
Cornelius Scott wins Best in Show @ NSU
Cornelius Scott won Best in Show at the Hampton Roads Public School Juried Art Exhibition at Norfolk State University. He is the first student from BT Washington HS to win First in Show. His art piece is on exhibit at Wise Gallery on the NSU campus.
Congratulations Derrica Brown for Earning ODU Scholarship
Derrica Brown earned a full ride at Old Dominion University.
Spanish Honor Society Inductees
The Spanish Honor Society is proud to announce the 2017 inductees:
Shianne RandolphSociedad Honoraria Hispánica Chapter: Tirso de MolinaSponsor: Pura I. BellidoMotto: : ” Todos a Una”Induction Date: March 30, 2017
Three BTW Students are Participated in the Young Artists Young Authors ShowcaseCogratulations to Krysta Parkins, Kelli Redford, and Corey Mawyer who submitted their artwork in the Young Artists Young Authors Showcase sponsered by Sister Cities Association. Corey Mawyer Won the Third Place Award for Photography and will advance to the Sister Cities International competition.Young Artists Ÿ Young Authors“We’re Going Places”
Congratulations to Ms. Rogers BTW Teacher of the Year
Alexis Rogers is the Department Chair for the Physical Education department and the Varsity Track coach for the Booker T. Washington High School track team. She is a 1993 graduate of Indian River High School, where she was active in the overall life of the school. She went on to attend Virginia State University on a full track scholarship and earned an undergraduate degree in health, Physical Education. She also earned 2 Master’s degrees in Special Education from Cambridge College, and in Educational Leadership from Norfolk State University.
Special Recognition to New Teacher Ms. Farnam
Ms. Farnam is a first year science teacher here at BTW.
Congratulations to Shianne Randolph for William & Mary Scholarship
Shianne Randolph's attention to academics has rewarded her with a full scholarship from William and Mary
Washington Field Trip: An Engaging Success
The History and Social Science Department had the opportunity to take 42 students to Washington, DC to visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the National Museum of African American History and Culture for our culminating Black History Month event.
During the trip students were able to engage in an experiential learning experience that focused on various History and English SOL topics dealing with the Black Experience and Legacy here in America. In visiting the museum and memorials the students were able to not only engage in discovery and exploration of these topics, but also the rich dialogue and discussion that followed. As many of you have stated already, that in talking with students we are definitely able to see that they gained a lot from participating in this experience.
BTW Library Media Center Celebrated Dr. Seuss’ Birthday with Rapid Reading Relays, Because Literacy Matters
You are never too old to celebrate reading especially with Dr. Seuss. Students and staff joined in on the reading activities held in the BTW library media center. The Rapid Reading Relay required hopping, spinning, quiz questions answering and even a push up or two while reading “Green Eggs and Ham” and moving between the four relay stations with partners. Bella Pinto and Riley Davis-Pope were the student team winners and the winning staff team members were Mr. Rusnak and Ms. Farnam. One of the other activities was red cup stacking, of course on top of their heads, to bring to life “Ten Apples Up On Top”. Naturally no chasing or brooms were involved. Five was the highest number of cups stacked by several teams. To top off the reading event was eating yummy Thing 1 & 2 and Red Fish cupcakes donated by Farm Fresh Store #3672 @ 1069 Independence Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455 and other Seussian snacks. Ahh the joy of celebrating Mr. Theodor Seuss Geisel’s 113th birthday with great reading fun not just for one day but all year long. More photographs
Col. Wyatt Wraps Up Black History Month and Kicks of Women's History Month
Col. Wyatt drew attention to Nannie Helen Burroughs, an African American Woman, who contributions were overlooked by historians until recently. “Burroughs was an advocate of Frederick Douglass. She taught our children How to Think, as opposed to what to think. From the time she graduated from M Street School (Now Dunbar High School) in Washington, DC, she faced, fought, and overcame many of the same societal obstacles confronting us today. Circa 1950, she published a pamphlet entitled, A National Crusade Working To Improve America. Nannie was convinced that the character of our people, as a nation, was shaped by the training our children received in the home, church and school.” (nburroughsinfo.org/)
African-American History, Black Activist | Annapolis, MD
African-American History, Black Activist | Annapolis, MD
BTW FBLA Wins 6 Placements @Tidewater Spring Regional Conference
The FBLA Tidewater Spring Regional Conference was held at Landstown High School in Virginia Beach on Thursday, March 2nd. Booker T. Washington HS had 5 students in attendance: Awa Faye, Terence Payton, Capri Robinson, Dayla Thorne, and Brandon Caswell.
Congratulations goes out to the following FBLA members that placed in the following events:Taniyah Johnson, Accounting II, 3rd PlaceIndia Upshur, FBLA Principles and Procedures, 2nd PlaceBrandon Smith, Introduction to Parliamentary Procedures, 2nd PlaceNicole Evans, Securities and Investments, 3rd PlaceJakob Johnson, Help Desk, 3rd PlaceRhiannon Smith, Computer Applications, 2nd PlaceStudents that placed 2nd will have the opportunity to compete on the state level at the FBLA State Conference. The state conference will be held April 7-9 in Reston, VA.
Greek Community/Divine 9 Displays for Black History Month Living Museum
BTW Chorus Performs Traditional Gospel Song for Black History Living Museum
For the Black History Living Museum, the BTW chorus performed "City Called Heaven" a spiritual which was originally written by an African-American composer F. Hall Johnson for a solo voice. He was born in Athens, Georgia on March 12, 1888. His father was a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and his grandmother, who was born a slave, sang spirituals to him. The chorus sang the arrangement by Josephine Poelinitz. The choral arrangement had the parts written in a mark and detached manner which is consistent with traditional gospel-singing style.
Winners in Conference 27 Playoffs
Five BTW wrestlers who competed at New Kent High School are heading to the State Wrestling Tournament in Salem. Congratulations to Tyree Sutton, Timothy Miller, Kevin Mitchell, David Howard, and Que Cuffee! Tyree placed second over all in the state and Kevin placed fourth over all in the state.
BTW Forensics Team recently competed in Yorktown and came back with bragging rights. Chole-Elizabeth and Isabella Pinto won first place in Serious Duo Interpretation. De’yanna Bridges won third place in Storytelling. They will move on to regionals at New Kent High School. Great job!
Ladies Bookers have three 2017 All Conference Players. India Upsher is first team and Brianna Thomas-Brickhouse and Hailey Mack are second team. The Boys Basketball showed their athleticism too with three 2017 All Conference Players. Lamont Edwards is first team and Kameron Parker and Terrell Heath are second team. Fantastic!
BTW Participates in the 40th Annual ODU Model United Nations Conference
The Booker T. Washington High School Model United Nations Team gave up their 3- Day weekend and competed in the 40th Annual ODU Model United Nations Conference at the Norfolk Waterside Sheraton:
- Derrica Brown
- Nora Brooks
- Breana Teasley
- Mahagani Stewart
- Capri Robinson
Model UN is an educational simulation and academic competition in which students are assigned a country to represent and in turn learn about diplomacy, international relations, and conflict resolution among member countries of the United Nations. During competition students partake in the following lifelong skills: research, public speaking, analyzing and evaluating problems, debating, critical thinking, teamwork, leadership and writing.
After 40 hours of competition, against over 1000 students from across the country, the BTW Model UN Team earned several key recognitions this year including:
- Verbal Commendation - Nora Brooks (Morocco - SpecPol Committee)
- Verbal Commendation - Derrica Brown (Morocco - UN Global Forum on Women Committee)
In addition to these recognitions, Derrica Brown, Nora Brooks, Breana Teasley, and Capri Robinson all had resolutions to be accepted and passed in committee. Rose Conde, who was not able to compete due to an emergency also had one of her position papers to be accepted.
Envy Dance Team Outperforms @ Sweetheart Dance Explosion
Saturday at BTW the Sweetheart Dance Explosion was rocking the house. Envy won four 1st place awards for Solo, Duo, Trio, and Stand Battle. Congratulations!
Girls & Boys Basketball Conference 27
The Lady Bookers won against Lakeland High School with a final score of 59 to 57.
The Boys won againt York High School with a final score of 70 to 39.
BTW Students Attend Hidden Figures Movie Screening
Old Dominion University's Batten College of Engineering and Technology hosted the private screening of Hidden Figures. The movie was chosen because it relays the role African American Female mathematicians played in history to help put a man on the moon. The movie is also a tool for inspiring students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Further information can be found in the article on News @ ODU.
Sojourner Truth and Shirley Chisholm Visit The Black History Month Living Museum
Sojourner Truth (portrayed by Rev. Joyce Nyhaug) and Shirley Chisholm (portrayed by Mrs. Martins) visited The Black History Living Museum on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Sojourner Truth discussed her journey from slave to abolitionist and women’s rights advocate. Shirley Chisholm talked about her career as the first African American woman elected to the United States Congress. She was also an educator and an author.
Barbara Jordan and Dorothy Height Speak at The Black History Month Living Museum
Monet McCann portrayed Barbara Jordan, a lawyer and educator who was a congresswoman from 1972 to 1978. She was the first African-American congresswoman to come from the deep South and the first woman ever elected to the Texas Senate (1966). Ms. Jordon captured the attention of President Lyndon Johnson, who invited her to the White House for a preview of his 1967 civil rights message.
Mrs. Wright-Wilkins portrayed Dorothy Height, a civil rights activist who spent more than 80 years working for racial equality and women's rights. Her work often centered around the ways racism and sexism were inextricably linked struggles for black women. As one of the organizers of the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, Height was the only woman seated on the speaker's platform.
Students Role-play as Norfolk Police Officers
In developing a greater partnership between BTW and Norfolk Police Department, the Community Affairs division visited the school and had the students participate in role-play scenarios so the students could gain a greater appreciation for what the police encounter every day. The officers also demonstrated how quickly a police situation can escalate and how to the students can protect themselves. They were sponsored by the BTW History and Social Science Department. Read more
Congratulations to Kaysean Edwards and Anthony Mitchell for being awarded athletic scholarships. Kaysean will be attending Ferrum College and Anthony will be attending Fort Scott Community College.
Black History Month Begins
The Black History Month Living Museum opened February 1st and will be open all month. Guests from the past visit daily at the Living Museum in front of the office at 8:00 AM. Come listen to these historical leaders tell their roles in history.
Additional artifacts are located at the History Corner upstairs on the Social Studies hall.
FBLA Food Drive
Together we can solve hunger. The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is holding its yearly Food Drive. We are asking for the support of the entire BTW family. You can support the Food Drive by donating canned and boxed food items. Your donations support the Southeastern Virginia Foodbank which supports needy families and the homeless.
Boxes for collection are located throughout the school. The boxes will be picked up on Thursday, February 9th.
Teachers if you need a box, please call Ext. 3121. Monetary donations will be collected in homerooms on Feb. 1 and 2 as well.
NJROTC 1st Place Winners
Congratulations to NJROTC for their accomplishments at the Gloucester High School Drill Competition on Saturday, January 21. They came in 1st place in the Unarmed Standard Basic Drill and 3rd place in the Armed Standard Basic Drill.