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     Poquoson High to test drive 'Bring Your Own Device' program
Poquoson City Public Schools is considering a program that allows students to bring their personal devices including cellphones, tables or computers, to school.

Amy Colley, assistant superintendent, discussed the new initiative the School Board during its work session, which followed its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night.

Colley said the program would be rolled out slowly giving teachers and students time to adjust to the change in policy. "For our older students there is a policy right now of not to use it, so we will have to have that debate of when it appropriate," Colley told the board.

For the first semester of the school year that is about to begin Sept. 2, "Bring Your Own Device" will start at Poquoson High School in select classrooms where teachers have volunteered to test the program.

Following ongoing professional development and tweaks suggested by the teachers involved in the trial run, the program will be implemented school-wide during the second semester.

Board Chairman Garry Carter said he hopes the program will be implemented carefully.

"I hope it is tempered," Carter said. "I hope it's not a feet-first, all-in that totally ditch other methods of learning that have been so successful for so long."

Colley stressed that the devices would not take the place of traditional teaching, pencils or books, but as a supplemental tool.

"I don't think you'll see a classroom of students doing this," Colley said bowing her head with thumbs moving as if tapping out a text message. "That's not what this looks like. I think it will accelerate their learning. The students will really, very much lead us through this"
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   Daily Press      Wednesday - August 20, 2014

     Poquoson Police conduct training at Primary school
The Police City Police will be conducting a training exercise at Poquoson Primary School from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Steve Pappas, director of operations for the Poquoson City Public Schools, told the School Board about the training during its meeting Tuesday.

“This helps them become familiar with our schools in case that knowledge is needed during some emergency or event," Pappas said.

Superintendent Jennifer Parish said the police force has conducted similar trainings at each of the system's four schools.   

   Daily Press      Wednesday - August 20, 2014

     Poquoson's Burden, 61, earns gold in FINA World Masters Championships in diving
Never in his wildest dreams could Jim Burden picture himself as a world champion. But he is.

The 61-year-old Poquoson resident earned that global distinction by winning a gold medal in the 1-meter springboard diving event at the FINA World Masters Championships Aug. 5-6 in Montreal, Canada.

Burden, competing for Team USA, won the gold by topping his 60-64 age group, which included a 10-man field from six countries. He also won a bronze medal in 3-meter diving.

Winning the two medals was an extraordinary accomplishment for Burden, who had stopped diving competitively for 38 years because of a serious injury he sustained as a diver for East Carolina University in the early 1970s. He didn't start competing again until last November.

He had no idea he would do so well in Montreal.

“My expectations were essentially not to embarrass myself or Team USA,” he said.
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   Daily Press      Tuesday - August 19, 2014

     Farm Fresh establishes call center after data breach
Farm Fresh patrons worried that their personal credit and debit card information may have been compromised after a recent data breach can have their concerns and questions fielded by the grocery store chain.

Officials with SuperValu, which owns Farm Fresh, set up a call center at 9 a.m. Monday, according to a news release.

The number is 855-731-6018.

The breach potentially affected more than 180 of the company's stores that operate under the Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher’s, Shop ’n Save and Shoppers Food & Pharmacy banners.

All of its Hampton Roads locations were affected during the breach, company officials announced, including a number of stores on the Peninsula.

Officials have not determined if cardholder data was in fact stolen, and there is no evidence of any misuse of data. The advisory was issued as a precaution, according to the release.
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   Daily Press      Tuesday - August 19, 2014

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