PTA Reflections Contest

Do you enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? Then join us and have fun unleashing your inner artist with PTA Reflections! This year’s theme, “Look Within,” calls for your own unique interpretation through the arts. Pick up submission guidelines and an entry form today in the office and return by October 28th. Winners can receive prizes and scholarships. Email Kelly Jaworsky ( if you have any questions.

2020 Youth Ambassador Program – 8th grade only

2020 Youth Ambassador Program – 8th grade only

The mission of the Virginia Beach City Association (VBSCA) is to foster international understanding, friendship, and cooperation by promoting people-to-people exchanges and continuing relationships between our city and citizens.

Through partnerships with our sister cities, student exchanges and culturally diverse programs, with the support of our elected official we are helping to foster peace through understanding throughout the world.

Apply to become a youth ambassador and win a scholarship! Read the application (page 2) for more information.

Application is HERE. Deadline is Friday, November 15

Governor’s School for the Arts Information Night

Monday, November 18, 2019
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Plaza Middle School, Auditorium
3080 S. Lynnhaven Road, Virginia Beach

The Virginia Department of Education and the school divisions of Chesapeake, Franklin, Isle of Wight, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Southampton, Suffolk and Virginia Beach sponsor the Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA). Students enrolled in these school divisions are eligible to attend.

Students interested in applying for selection to attend the Governor’s School for the Arts for grades 9 – 12 may join Governor’s School for the Arts representatives to learn about the programs and the application/audition process

Governor’s School is tuition free and is located at The Governor’s School for the Arts at 254 Granby Street in downtown Norfolk. Transportation is provided by the individual school divisions. Instructional departments for the Governor’s School for the Arts consist of Dance, Instrumental Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre & Film, Visual Arts and Vocal Music. Students attend their home high school for classes in the morning and travel to Norfolk to attend three hours of GSA classes in the afternoon.

Talented students in this intensive and accelerated program may earn up to three high school credits each year. Approximately three hundred and fifty students in grades nine through twelve comprise the student body with over sixty professional artists, university professors and art educators providing instruction for the students.

For more information, contact your Tina Cerja at 757.648.4850, the Governor’s School for the Arts at 757.451.4711, or the Office of K-12 and Gifted Programs at 757.263.1188.

SENG Virginia Beach Mini Conference

As part of the division’s overall strategic goal to utilize and expand social-emotional learning practices, the Office of K-12 and Gifted Programs is co-hosting a one-day Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) mini conference in Virginia Beach at Kellam HS on Saturday, November 2, 2019.

Longtime renowned scholar, author, and advocate for gifted education, Dr. James Delisle, will serve as the opening Keynote speaker. Other nationally recognized authors, experts in the field of gifted education, and conference presenters include  Dr. Tracy Cross, Dr. and Keri Guilbault. Additional presenter information and conference schedule will be available in the near future on the SENG website. Please note that space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

You can register at the conference by visiting the SENG organization’s website at

SENG Virginia Beach Mini Conference- Nov 02, 8:00 AM – 04:00 PM at Kellam High School, 2665 W Neck Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456, USA

Gifted Scholar Parent Education Series

LMS Gifted Scholar Parent Education Series

Gifted Parents,

I am excited to announce that this year I will continue to host the Gifted Parent Education Series! This is a four-part series which will focus on various aspects of gifted education.The goal of these meetings is to provide on-going professional development for parents to collaboratively meet the cognitive and affective needs of gifted learners. These meeting will give the parents of LMS gifted scholars the opportunity to create a collaborative community to gain and exchange information and advocate for gifted education.

The sessions are scheduled in the months of October, November, February, and March and will be held in the Lynnhaven Middle Media Center from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The dates for the sessions are as follows:

Part 1- October 15 – My Child Is Gifted Identified, But What Does That Mean? Exploring Characteristics and Programming Options for Gifted Scholars

Part 2 – November 19 – I’m Not Weird, I’m Gifted: Understanding the Social Emotional Needs of Your Gifted Scholar

Part 3 – February 18 – What It Means To Be 2E: How to Navigate the World of Twice Exceptionality

Part 4 – March 17 – The VBCPS 2020-2025 Local Plan for the Education of the Gifted

Mark your calendars now!!! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at or 757.487.4850. Questions can also be answered by contacting Martha Palmer by email or by phone at 757.263.6870.

Welcome Gifted Bluefish to the 2019-2020 School Year



Welcome to the LMS Gifted interactive page of communication where we encourage scholars, parents/guardians, teachers, all LMS staff, and community members to work together in showing our Gifted Bluefish pride! I am located in Room 301A and can be reached at with any questions, comments, or concerns! Testing dates, great opportunities, tips, awesome things happening in the classroom, and more will be posted on this site throughout the school year.

My name is Tina Cerja and I am the LMS Gifted Resource Teacher. I am very excited for this opportunity to serve the gifted scholars of Lynnhaven Middle. I received by BA in English from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and have a Master’s Degree in Gifted Education from Regent University.This will mark my 27th year as an educator and my 6th year in Virginia Beach. I have taught previously in North Carolina and Georgia. I have been involved with gifted scholars for the past 12 years. I am married to my wonderful husband Thomas and we have 4 extraordinary children: Cecilia- a graduate of James Madison’s Honors Program and she will graduate with her Master’s Degree from the University of Northern Iowa in the Spring, Tommy- a junior in Norfolk State University’s Honors College, Ari- a freshman in First Colonial High School’s Legal Studies Academy, and Cross- a fifth grader at Linkhorn Park Elementary.