• June 6Seniors: mandatory grad practice at 10:35 a.m. at the VBCC on Monday, June10.
  • June 5Good luck to spring sports athletes as they continue into post-season play.
  • June 5Seniors: mandatory graduation meeting held at the school on Tuesday, June 11, at noon.
  • May 29Graduation will take place on June 14, at 1 p.m., at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.
  • April 9Monday, April 15, is a staff day; no school for students.
  • April 8Good Luck to all spring sports teams as they continue regular season play.
  • February 20Leadership Workshop will begin Friday, March 22 - Sunday, March 24, at Silver Beach on the Eastern Shore.
  • February 20The annual Falcon Forum conference will take place the week of March 18- March 22.
  • November 29Orchestra's winter concert will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 19, featuring a guest artist from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
  • November 29Underclass course/elective selection: come to the gym during One Lunch during the week of Monday, Dec. 11- Friday, Dec. 15.
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Staff Spotlight of the month: Mrs. Machay

Public speaking and theater teacher Mrs. Machay was chosen for “Staff Spotlight” for the month of February. Machay has been teaching for 24 years and continues to enhance students’ confidence in and out of the classroom and/or stage.

Q: What steps have you taken to become a teacher?

A: “I went to grad school and I have a Master’s in Education and an undergrad in Theater and English literature. I taught English and public speaking for 14 years and then I took over the theater department 10 years ago. I taught advanced acting and performing arts in high school right outside of New York City.”

Q: How would you describe your teaching style?

A: “First and foremost, I think I am student-centered and student-led. I give the instruction and I like to let kids step into their own power and voice and figure things out on their own. I’m always there to guide them and answer questions and whatnot, but I feel like the best way to learn is to just get in there and do.”

Q: What extracurricular activities are you involved in?

A: “Theater. All things theater. Drama club, one-act play, theater director, sponsor of the thespian honors society, and was the forensics coach for 23 years.”

Q: What is your life motto?

A: “Always be open to the lesson and the opportunity even when something first presents itself as an obstacle, challenge, or failure. Always take what you need to learn from it because the universe is giving you exactly what you need at that moment. That’s really hard to do sometimes because life gets hard. But when I approach things like that, the whole situation seems better and it always teaches me a lesson.”

Q: What do you want your students to take away from your class? 

A: “The number one thing I think I want kids to take away from their time with me is, I might get emotional, that they have a voice. They deserve to use it in the world and using it for good is crucial. It’s what they’re put here to do. They own all of their power. All of it. And no one gets to define them or write their chapters for them. It’s all up to them. As soon as they really learn that and embrace their power, the sky is the limit.”

Q: What is most rewarding about your job?

A:  “The kids. Being present when those light bulbs go off, and all of a sudden, they’re doing things they didn’t think they could do. When they accomplish that, they’re like, “What’s next?” That’s the coolest thing about teaching.”


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Ava Rassool
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Sophomore Editior Journalism II Student I've been playing soccer for 11 years for my club team, and this will be my second year playing for Cox. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family, going to the beach, and traveling.  
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Sophomore Journalism II Student I am on the Cox Coquette team and have been dancing for 12 years. I love summer and the beach, but in the winter, snowboarding and skiing are my favorite winter sports!

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