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D.C. Virgo Begins Fourth Year as a UNCW School

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy recently welcomed 209 students for the start of the 2021-22 academic year. The school, opened in partnership with UNCW in 2018, serves K-8 students in the downtown Wilmington area.

This year, D.C. Virgo returned to in-person learning following New Hanover County Schools’ year-round school calendar. More than 75 campus and community volunteers were on hand to greet students and families, alongside Virgo teachers and staff, as the school year got underway in mid-July. Two special volunteers – Dr. Clifford Barnett and Mr. Jerry Nash – have continued to greet students and families at car drop-off every morning since the school year began.

“We would like to thank all of our volunteers for helping Virgo get off to a great start this year,” said D.C. Virgo Principal Sabrina Hill-Black. “And special thanks to Dr. Barnett and Mr. Nash for their dedication and support. They help us start every day with positivity and are an inspiration for our students.”

Several teachers and staff members have joined the Virgo team over the past year. Please join us in welcoming them all to D.C. Virgo and UNCW:

  • Dakota Lehman, K-8 Art Teacher
  • Nikki Felder – EC  Teacher
  • Meagan Denny – 3rd Grade Teacher
  • Amy Lambe – 8th grade Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher
  • Rachel Garrity – 1st Grade Teacher
  • Jo’Landa Sidbury – PE and Health Teacher
  • Nathaniel Johnson - 4th Grade Teacher
  • Alex Gallo – Teaching Assistant
  • Camille Sykes - Teaching Assistant
  • Sterling Nix - Teaching Assistant
  • Linda Granger - Interventionist
  • Eva Battle - Interventionist
  • Marsha Corbett - Interventionist
  • Zoey Willis - Undergraduate Assistant
  • Mikayla Wagnes - Undergraduate Assistant

On July 31, D.C. Virgo held a Community Fair for students, families and community members. The event featured information booths hosted by community organizations including Turning The Wheel Wilmington, Resiliency Task Force New Hanover County, YWCA Lower Cape Fear, UNCWRecycles, City of Wilmington, NC Government, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, New Hanover County NAACP, Feast Down East, Easterseals UCP, Education InsideOut, Star-Studded Voices, ReddsPhotobooth and the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office.

In September, Virgo teachers and students celebrated Spirit Week with special days that included wearing funny hats, showing college spirit and dressing for success.

During the school’s intercession in late September and early October, Virgo teachers are holding an academic enrichment camp for students. Seventy-five Virgo students are participating in the program, which features reading, math, STEM and other enrichment opportunities.

“Intersession provides an opportunity for students and teachers to review, reflect and enhance,” said Hill-Black. “It offers teachers time to work toward specific literacy, math, and STEM activities planned specifically to engage learners while also providing skill and standard review and/or acceleration. Morning meetings and team building activities also provide continued opportunities for social-emotional learning and community building.”

For more information about D.C. Virgo visit the website.