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Raising Cybersmart Middle Schoolers

Parent Academy: Raising Cybersmart Middle Schoolers – Register Today!


How to reduce your child’s online risks


This workshop will explore online safety and responsibility for middle school children. Parents will learn about cyberbullying myths and realities, inappropriate content, and how to promote a positive digital reputation for their child.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2019 – 6:00PM





Seating is limited. Register online at or contact Dr. Felicia Highland at (757) 603-6541

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Lunar New Year2019 in Third Grade

Written by Janna O. (5th Grade Student Reporter)

Interview with Mrs. Moran-Alley about the Chinese Lunar New Year 

Janna: Did teachers choose this new unit or does it have to go according to each grade?

Mrs. Alley: Yes, it does go according to each and every grade.

Janna: How do teachers know about the Lunar New Year?

Mrs. Alley: The teachers read about the Lunar New Year and ask students who celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Janna: How do teachers explain the new unit?

Mrs. Alley: Teachers use PowerPoints, videos, books, and parent volunteers.

Janna: Is the Lunar New Year unit hard or complicated for some students?

Mrs. Alley: The Lunar New Year is part of the Ancient China unit and the children enjoy the   Ancient China unit, so it isn’t that complicated.

Janna: Is the Lunar New Year supposed to be taught to 3rd grade or not?

Mrs. Alley: The Lunar New Year unit isn’t necessarily taught to the 3rd graders but the teachers like to teach it to them.


Learn more about the Lunar New Year. Click below.

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New Teacher of the Year Award

Congratulations to Emma Zahren-Newman who is Matoaka’s first recipient of WJCC New Teacher of the Year Award.

As the oldest of 9, Emma Zahren-Newman has been working with kids her whole life. She is delighted to be teaching 3rd grade at Matoaka Elementary School where she brings together discovery, understanding, play, and respect. Emma is Matoaka’s Multicultural Engagement Advocate and spends her free time volunteering with the county’s Clean County Commission. So far her favorite subject to teach is science because students get to learn more about the world around them and how they can make a positive impact.

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Muscarelle Museum Visits Matoaka

Steve Prince, Distinguished Artist in Residence at the Muscarelle Museum at William and Mary, working with Matoaka 4th graders on portraits during Art Centers.artist in a classroom

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Fitness Testing in March is Fun with Mrs. Gibson

During the month of March 4th and 5th grade students will participating in their second round of fitness testing for the year. Goals have been set based off of fall scores and students are gearing up to match or beat their previous scores improving their fitness! Mrs. Gibson has given them a little extra encouragement to try and beat HER scores too! If you can beat Mrs. Gibson’s scores on any of the 5 fitness test she will give you an award!

Photo Submission for School Yearbook

Wanted: Your Photography