NNPS Virtual Block Party: An Uplifting Start for the 2020 School Year
September 20, 2020
On September 10th, NNPS student led podcast, The Vibe, celebrated this school year’s return to learn by holding a virtual party. Hundreds of students, staff, and families joined the live YouTube stream to watch various local talents, hear guest speakers, and participate in social media giveaways. Two of our staff, Wyatt Lee and Kailani Vera took part in this energetic event, and reported their takes.
“The Vibe” hosts first ever virtual block party
Have you heard about “The Vibe”? If you are a student, teacher or parent, “The Vibe” might be just what you’re looking for in positive interactions with all members of the community. Last night, I was able to tune into “The Vibe”, via YouTube. I simply searched NNPStelecom and was easily directed to the site.
On last night’s episode of “The Vibe”, host; Jordan, Jada and Anya gave the stage to guest speakers, a young talented rapper and TikTok great, “Tammy”. There were also lots of giveaway prizes to those that tuned in. Such prizes included: gift cards from Jason’s Deli, Mellow Mushroom and Grab Bags sponsored by One Life Fitness.
Guest speakers included: Dr. Parker, Mr. Brown, Dr. Campbell, Dr. Gerald and The Chief of the Newport News Police Department, Chief Drew. Dr. Parker focused his ideas around the new year and the challenges we will face. Most importantly, he reminded us that he is proud of us. Brown inspired the group to set and meet goals, and build a strong foundation and commitment. ?? Campbell gives us hope for tomorrow. The audience was engaged by positive reinforcement as Campbell reminded us of the challenges of the unknowns. Drew brought humor to the stage, playing along to jealousy in stage and production set-up. He wished all a great year!
Performances included: ‘Lil Rick Rogers and Tammy, TikTok great! ‘Lil Rick Rogers provided the audience with an original rap that included lots of freestyle magic. He has a great journey ahead in the world of music. Speaking of a great journey, let’s talk about Tammy Ortery. She has been smashing the internet scene. She can be found appearing on TikTok, the GMA’s and the 757. On Monday, she will make an appearance on the “Steve Harvey Show”. She definitely represents our community through positive dance and skits. She comes from Newport News’ very own Warwick High School as the Guidance Secretary. She has always wanted to be an entertainer but has worked for NNPS for 20+ years. She is fantastic and keeps us smiling.
Take Away from the evening, as the host and guest perform the “Electric Slide”, it reminds me that we are all “electric”! Some of us produce large volts and others small but no matter what, the power would be out if we didn’t work together. Let’s stay energized and light up our year!
NNPS students show their spirit at Virtual Block Party
On Thursday September 10th, the Newport News Public School district kicked off the 2020-21 school year with an all new event: an online virtual block party. Hosted by NNPS The Vibe, a student-led talk show, over 850 people across the city joined a live YouTube stream that celebrated the students and staff of the upcoming school year. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many families have found themselves adjusting to virtual learning. While new changes may seem unconventional, the Newport News Public school district motivated students online with engaging activities, guest speakers, and showcases of student and faculty talents.
While the show was running, parents, students, and staff had the opportunity to submit selfies of themselves or their family on Twitter. Participants were randomly drawn to receive a gift card from local businesses such as One-Life Fitness, Jason’s Deli, or Mellow Mushroom. Announcements for winners were interspersed throughout the show.
The Virtual Block Party also included a plethora of students and staff who were each excited to begin this semester. One video featured students from various Newport News high schools who each had a motivational message. Another video featured teachers and staff jokingly lip-syncing to “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye from their desks at home or in school. Steve Drew, the Chief of Police, made a quick appearance to wish students a safe academic year. Local talents made an appearance as well. Viral sensation, “TikTok Tammy”, a school employee, danced on stage, and 3rd grader Lil Rick Rogers rapped an original song.
Despite the uncertainty of the 2020-21 school year, the district can utilize online platforms for learning, entertainment, and as well as keeping connected. There is still a sense of vibrancy and endurance to be found in the students and staff of the Newport News Public school district, and the Virtual Block Party certainly illustrated their spirit.