Watch Here for Updated Info on 2017 Summer Learning Opportunities

Information will be updated here regularly to inform students about Summer Learning Opportunities for the Summer of 2017.  Many deadlines are just weeks away.


William & Mary Courses in Law for High School Students

The Center for Legal and Court Technology (CLCT), at the College of William & Mary Law School, in conjunction with the Center for Gifted Education at the William & Mary School of Education, provides interactive and thought-provoking classes for high school students.  Fred Lederer, Chancellor Professor of Law and Director, CLCT, exposes high school students to basic topics in law such as what is the law, how it is made, how judges can change the law, and how to resolve disputes.

Courses include Introduction to U.S. Law, Introduction to Torts, Introduction to Evidence, Introduction to U.S. Law, and Introduction to Search & Seizure.

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2017 Cybersecurity Summer Academy at NSU
The Information Assurance Research Education and Development Institute (IAREDI) at Norfolk State University is hosting a one week Cybersecurity summer academy for high school students (rising 9th through 12th graders), from June 19 – June 23, 2017. Camp hours are 9:00 am through 4:00 pm. The event is sponsored by the Department of Energy, and the goal of this program is to increase Cybersecurity awareness among high school students and introduce them to cyber security professions. The ultimate goal is to increase the number of cyber security professionals in the nation as currently the USA has a shortage of Cybersecurity professionals in the workplace.

United States Naval Academy — Summer STEM Programs held June 2017 .. click for more info

For rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders.  Application deadline is April 15.

Christopher Newport University’s Summer Humanities Instituteclick for more info

Application Deadline – March 15


Join Education Unlimited® for a residential summer program on a prestigious college campus this summer. Make lifelong memories with new and old friends, gain access to the very best instructors and learn from an exciting, dynamic curriculum not typically offered in school year institutions.

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TCC  is offering summer camps for grades 3-12.  Please see the link below for more information.

Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts offers 3 programs this summer for students ages 6 and up.  See the link below for more information.


Girls Inc. is sponsoring a co-ed summer camp in the Hampton Roads area.  See the link below for more information.


The Governor’s School for the Arts is hosting summer camps throughout the month of July.  Please see the link below for more information and costs.


The Big Blue Summer Camp is an 8-week day camp for boys and girls ages 6-12 and is an American Camp Association® accredited camp. Big Blue Summer Camp focuses on helping campers develop friendship skills, independence, teamwork, family citizenship, competence, interest in exploration, responsibility, affinity for nature and confidence in problem solving. Every week campers will participate in the following activities: swimming, rock-wall, arts & crafts, and general fun & games. Some weeks will include a field trip to some local attractions. See the link below for more information.


Hampton University is the setting for over 21 special programs during the summer. These programs provide valuable enrichment and academic opportunities for participants of all ages. Some programs are day camps and other are residential.  A fee may be required for some programs.  Please see the link below for more information about each program.


Summer STEAM is a free, one-week, residential academy intended to inspire and expose rising 6th-8th grade students drawn from across the Commonwealth of Virginia to STEAM content, applied learning, and leadership developing opportunities.


  • Governor’s School Summer Residential Academies for 2017 … click for more info
  • Each high school selects applicants before February 2017. 
  • BLAST 2017 Summer Program     … click for more info
    The Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) Program goal is to increase students’ curiosity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  The program is for current 8th and 9th graders with STEM interests who have a C+ or greater grade point average (2.3 or greater).  Participants may attend BLAST only one time.  There is no charge for either of the two three day programs which will tale place at Old Dominion University and Virginia Tech.  Applications are due by Feb. 6.  For more information, visit


Phillips Academy Andover Summer Session     This 5-week academic program takes place on the campus of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.  Participants may choose from among 60 courses.  Hybrid and online programs are also available.  For more information and to apply go to

Duke University Summer Session  2017     Current 10th and 11th graders may consider applying for this month-long summer session that will take place in July 2017.  For more information, visit the Duke University Summer Session 2017 website or contact Nicki Charles, Ed.D at

2017 High School Diplomats Program     Current sophomores and Juniors may apply for this 10-day “cultural exchange program”  that will take place on July 25th-August 5th on the campus of Princeton University.  For more information and to apply go to

Experiment Leadership Institute 2017     There are two opportunities:  1) India Public Health and Community Development; and 2) South Africa Youth Leadership in Peace, Politics, and Human Rights.  Both programs develop and enhance leadership skills, language skills, and problem-solving skills as well as cultivate global competency and a complex understanding of the world.  Both programs are fully funded and take place over a six-week period in the summer of 2017.  Rising seniors may apply but must not be older than 18 years old at the time of the exchange.  The application deadline is January 18th.  For more information go to or call 1-800-345-2929.

Experiment Summer Abroad 2017     There are 30 programs in 24 countries.  Two new programs are:  1) India Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Social Justice.  Participants will learn about modern and traditional healthcare practices and health care access. 2) Brazil Culture and Environmental Sustainability. Participating students learn about Brazil’s culture as well as about the opportunities and challenges facing sustainability and environmental conservation. Both programs develop and enhance leadership skills, language skills, and problem-solving skills as well as cultivate global competency and a complex understanding of the word.  The application deadline is January 18th.  For more information go to or call 1-800-345-2929.


Deadlines Expired:

Community Service — List of Volunteer Opportunities Now Available

Updated 3-14-17 … Click here for a list of current Volunteer Opportunities for 2016-17.

  • The information contained herein is distributed by Suffolk Public Schools as a public service. The community service opportunities listed here from organizations outside of Suffolk Public Schools are not sponsored, endorsed, or in any way connected to Suffolk Public Schools or the Suffolk City School Board.

Suffolk Public Schools is committed to preparing our students with the skills they will need to adapt to a rapidly changing world. New local and state graduation requirements will be implemented for rising ninth grade students, beginning September 2013 and beyond.  The new requirements will contribute to and enhance our students’ ability to accomplish their educational, personal, and career goals.

Community Service
The community service requirement is designed to promote civic responsibility through active participation in service experiences, to enhance the students’ ability and desire to impact the community, to foster a sense of caring for others, and to develop a habit of volunteer service to those in need as a part of the College and Career Readiness initiative. Students must earn 50 hours of community service before graduation.

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It’s Not Rocket Science? But Wait, It Is

Current 6th- and 7th-graders interested in a free week this summer at NASA Space Camp should apply now.  Northrup Grumman Foundation is sponsoring two (2) students from Suffolk Public Schools.  The application deadline is March 17, 2017.

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Thank Your School Counselor

The week of February 6 – 10 is National School Counseling Week, recognizing the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

Counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing academic concerns, personal social skills, and career awareness for post-secondary options.

This year’s theme is “School Counseling: Helping Students Realize Their Potential,” and is sponsored by the American School Counselor Association.

Visit their website at for more information.

Two Organizations Searching for Great Teachers to Recognize

Click on the headline to find out more about the Virginia Lottery’s Super Teacher program and Barnes & Noble’s My Favorite Teacher program.


Click on the pictures for a PDF of the info flyer.



New Course Interest Surveys

Attention students in Grades 7-11!  Your opinion is needed and is very important to Suffolk Public Schools.  The school division is proposing two (2) new high school family and consumer sciences courses for next year, Nutrition and Wellness and Introduction to Fashion Careers, and we need you to answer a very short survey.  The links to both surveys are posted below.  Please click and respond to these surveys.  Thank you!

Introduction to Fashion Careers Survey

Nutrition and Wellness Survey


Changes in Half & Full Days – Jan 25 to Feb 1

  • Changes in Half Days & Full Days for Middle & High School Students

    In addition, the first semester has also been extended two days.  The first semester will end on February 1st instead of January 30th.  This change will affect the four half-days currently scheduled only for middle and high schools.  January 25th and 26th will change to full days.  In addition, January 31st and February 1st will change to half days.

    • John F. Kennedy Middle School will have FULL days on January 27th and January 30th.  (JFKMS was closed Oct. 11th for power failure, and has to make up that day. )
    • The elementary school schedule will not change from Jan. 25th through Feb. 1st because they were never scheduled for early dismissal days.
    • References to “half day” above is the same as an “early dismissal” day.  Middle schools dismiss at 11:25 a.m. and high schools dismiss at 12:25 p.m.  The exam schedule has also been revised as follows:

    Changes in Exam Schedules


    • Thursday, January 26 – Full Day; Block 1 Exam
    • Friday, January 27 – Half Day; Block 2 Exam & Block 4 Exam
    • Monday, January 30 – Half Day; Block 3 Exam & Block 5 Exam
    • Tuesday, January 31 – Half Day; Block 6 Exam & Block 7 Exam
    • Wednesday, February 1 – Half Day (Teacher Clerical afternoon)


    • Friday, January 27 – Half Day (except for John F. Kennedy Middle School who will be full day.*)
    • Monday, January 30 – Half Day (except for John F. Kennedy Middle School who will be full day.*)
    • Tuesday, January 31 – Half Day for all 4 middle schools
    • Wednesday, February 1 – Half Day (Teacher Clerical afternoon)

    * JFKMS was closed Oct. 11th for power failure, and has to make up that day.  All other schools were open.

    Due to the recent schedule changes, the first semester was extended two days.  The first semester will end on February 1, 2017 instead of January 30, 2017.  The exam schedule has also been revised.


    Make-Up Days Set for Feb. 13, Feb. 20 & March 15

    Students will make up three (3) instructional days for the Jan. 9-11 snow closings. The approved 2016-17 calendar sets President’s Day (Feb. 20th) and the March 15th Staff Development Day (which was an early dismissal day) as two of the make-up days. However, to remain in compliance with Virginia Department of Education required instructional hours, the Suffolk School Board voted that the Feb. 13th Parent-Teacher Conference Day will now be used as a make-up day.  This will provide the third make-up day for students.  Parents can schedule teacher conferences before and after school.




Make-Up Days Set for Feb. 13, Feb. 20 & March 15

The approved schedule below will allow students to make up lost instructional time due to snow days January 9 – 11, 2017.  The approved 2016-17 calendar indicates that President’s Day (Feb. 20) and the March 15th Teacher Work Day, (an early dismissal day), are the next two days which should be used as make-up days. However, to remain in compliance with Virginia Department of Education required instructional hours, it was approved by the Suffolk School Board that the Parent Teacher Conference Day scheduled for February 13, 2017 also be used as a make-up day.  This will provide a full make up day for students.


Make-Up Schedule
Days Missed Make-Up Day Type of Day
January 9, 2017 February 13, 2017 (Odd) Parent-Teacher Conference Day
January 10, 2017 February 20, 2017 (Even) President’s Day
January 11, 2017 March 15, 2017 (Odd) Teacher Work Day (Full Day)


Due to the recent schedule changes, the first semester was extended two days.  The first semester will end on February 1, 2017 instead of January 30, 2017.  The exam schedule has also been revised.

How Does SPS Announces Schedule Changes?

Emergency School Closings:  

When a decision is made to close Suffolk Public Schools because of weather conditions, or to close a single school for other reasons, detailed information will be provided in the following places:

  • Television stations … WVEC-13, WAVY-10, WTKR-3 … and their websites
  • School Messenger … Automated phone calls with a recorded message will begin calling the homes of students and staff. The numbers called are based on the contact information stored in the division’s database.
  • SPS Website …
  • SPS Facebook …
  • A recorded message will be available after hours at 925-6750.

Make-Up Days for 2016-17

  • The first two days missed will be covered by the extra instructional hours that are built into the school schedule.
  • NOTE:  These built-in hours have already been “claimed” when schools were closed on 9-22-16 and on 10-10-16.
  • The next days missed could be made up on Presidents’ Day, February 20, 2017, and on March 15, 2017 (staff development day).  Additional time missed will be made up by adding time to the instructional day.

Information about Delayed Opening

Suffolk Public Schools will consider opening schools on a one-hour delay or two-hour delay, due to inclement weather, hazardous conditions, power outages, or other emergency situations. Bus pick-ups for all students would begin either one hour or two hours later than normal pick-up times.

“Delayed Opening” means that any before-school child care will also open under the same delay. . Breakfast would not be served on either delayed opening schedule. Lunch would be served. Dismissal time and after-school activities would remain the same unless otherwise noted.

Elementary schools offering YMCA childcare will follow this revised schedule:

  • On the mornings of school delays, the YMCA before-school program provided at the schools themselves will be cancelled.
  • If schools dismiss early, the YMCA after-school program will remain open until 6 p.m.
  • If schools are closed, there will be no YMCA childcare in those elementary schools.

 Families Need to Plan Ahead

If an early closing of school becomes necessary, students need to know what to do and where to go when they get off the school bus. There may be times that school dismissal will be delayed beyond regular school hours due to extreme weather conditions or for other reasons. The same assortment of communication tools listed above will be used when possible.



If schools are closed, there will be no YMCA childcare in those elementary schools.

Have You Thanked Your Principal Lately? …

The key to student success is a great school … and the key to a great school is a great principal.

Virginia School Principals Appreciation Week will be celebrated January 22-28.  Gov. Terence McAuliffe authorized the week as an opportunity to recognize the hard work of Virginia school principals and to recognize the importance of principals in ensuring that every child has access to a quality education.

According to the governor’s proclamation, school principals work cooperatively to direct, develop, and inspire all members of the school staff and student body, and to communicate effectively with parents to engage them in the learning process.  Principals serve as educational leaders, responsible for managing the policies, regulations, and procedures necessary to ensure a safe and effective learning environment for all students in Virginia.

Principals and teachers are entrusted with the opportunity and the responsibility of guiding, directing, nurturing, mentoring, and imparting knowledge to Virginia’s children while they are in school.  Principals must work collaboratively with teachers, staff, students, parents, and the community at large to proactively prepare students to be self-reliant and productive citizens.

National Principal Month was celebrated in Suffolk Public Schools in October.  The school division has 19 principals, 32 assistant principals, and three (3) deans of students who work diligently to support the Suffolk Public Schools’ motto – Every Child a Star … Together, We Help Them Shine!

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