No Decision Yet about Status for Tomorrow (Wed Jan 17)

No decision has been made yet about the school division’s status for tomorrow.  Any official announcements are made through School Messenger recorded calls to students and parents, through our social media channels, and through local television stations.

Because of upcoming exams, middle and high school students should consider taking home all their study materials.  Elementary students might want to bring home additional study items as well.

Making a decision about delaying school opening, dismissing school early, or cancelling school is always based on student safety on school buses.  Sometimes the predicted sleet or snow might not have started, but a team of administrators makes its decision based on the National Weather Service forecast.

A decision will be made later this evening or early morning.

Schedule Changes in Early Dismissal & Exam Days; Make-Up Days Set

Details added below about Exam Schedules

Below you will find the changes to the SPS 2017-18 adopted calendar. Please note that the SPS 2017-18 adopted calendar includes one “banked day” for inclement weather, which we are using. The adjustment to our schedule addresses the additional lost instructional time and satisfies state requirements regarding student clock hours at all levels – elementary, middle, and high.

  • Middle and high school exams were originally scheduled for January 23-26. Middle and high school exams will now be administered January 30- February 2.
  • January 24 was originally scheduled to be an early release for middle and high schools. January 24 will now become a full student day for all schools.
  • January 25 was originally scheduled to be an early release for middle and high schools. January 25 will now become a full student day for all schools.
  • January 26 was originally scheduled to be an early release for all schools. January 26 will now become a full student day for all schools.
  • January 29 was originally scheduled to be an early release and half day clerical for all schools. January 29 will now become a full student day for all schools.
  • High school exams will begin on January 30 (Odd Day).  This will be a full day for all schools.
  • January 31 was originally scheduled to be a full day for all students.  January 31 will now be an early release exam day (Even Day) for middle and high schools only. Elementary schools will continue to be full day.
  • February 1 was was originally scheduled to be a full day for all students.  February 1 will now be an early release exam day (Odd Day) for middle and high schools only. Elementary schools will continue to be full day.
  • February 2 was was originally scheduled to be a full day for all students.  February 2 will now be an early release for all schools.  This will be an exam day (Even Day) for middle and high schools.
  • The second semester will begin on February 5 for all students.
  • February 16 was originally scheduled to be a Parent Teacher Conference Day. February 16 will now be a full school day for students and staff.   Parent Teacher Conference will be held at parent and/or teacher request from Feb. 15 through Feb. 23.
  • February 19 (Presidents’ Day) was originally scheduled to be a holiday for students and staff.  February 19 will now be a full school day for students and staff.  Report cards will be distributed.
  • March 6 was originally scheduled to be a Staff Development Day with no students in school.  March 6 will now become a full student day for all schools.  Interim Reports issued.

Middle School – REVISED Early Dismissal Exam Bell Schedule

NOTE:  All Middle School SOL testing will take place on January 24, with make-up date on Jan. 30.

 

Wed Jan 31 – Even Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
7:00-7:25 Report to 1st period Report to 3rd period Report to 2nd period
7:25-9:08 1st period Exam 3rd period Exam 2nd period Exam
9:11-11:25 2nd period ClassLunch Pick-up 10:15-10:40 4th period ClassLunch Pick-up 10:45-11:10 6th period ExamLunch Pick-up 9:15-9:40 

 

Thur Feb 1 – Odd Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
7:00-7:25 Report to 2nd period Report to 4th period Report to 3rd period
7:25-9:08 2nd period Exam 4th period Exam 3rd period Exam
9:11-11:25 3rd period ClassLunch Pick-up 10:15-10:40 5th period ClassLunch Pick-up 10:45-11:10 5th period ClassLunch Pick-up 9:15-9:40

 

Fri Feb 2 –  Even Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
7:00-7:25 Report to 3rd period Report to 5th period Report to 1st period
7:25-9:08 3rd period Exam 2nd period Class(transition to 5th pd at 9:05) 1st period Exam
9:11-11:25 4th period ClassLunch Pick-up 10:15-10:40 5th period ExamLunch Pick-up 10:45-11:10 7th period ExamLunch Pick-up 9:15-9:40

High School – REVISED Early Dismissal Exam Bell Schedule

 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018:   ODD Full Day

  • Block 1 Exam (8:25-10:20)
  • 3rd Block Class (10:25-11:44)
  • Regular schedule will be followed for remainder of the day
  • All CCAP students will follow their regular daily schedule

Wednesday, January 31, 2018:    EVEN Half Day

  • Block 2 Exam (8:25 – 10:15)
  • Block 4 Exam (10:20 – 12:25)
  • Schools will make their own Lunch Schedule
    • 1st lunch – 10:20 – 10:45
    • 2nd lunch – 10:55 – 11:20
    • 3rd lunch – 11:30 – 11:55
    • 4th lunch – 12:00 – 12:25
    • Dismissal @ 12:25

Thursday, February 1, 2017:   ODD Half Day

  • Block 3 Exam (8:25-10:15)
  • Block 5 Exam (10:20-12:25)
  • Teachers and students will follow 5th block (odd day) lunch schedule
    • 1st lunch – 10:20 – 10:45
    • 2nd lunch – 10:55 – 11:20
    • 3rd lunch – 11:30 – 11:55
    • 4th lunch – 12:00 – 12:25
    • Dismissal @ 12:25

Friday, February 2, 2018:    EVEN Half Day

  • Block 7 Exam (8:25 – 10:15)
  • Block 6 Exam (10:20 – 12:25)
  • Teachers and students will follow 6th block (even day) lunch schedule
    • 1st lunch – 10:20 – 10:45
    • 2nd lunch – 10:55 – 11:20
    • 3rd lunch – 11:30 – 11:55
    • 4th lunch – 12:00 – 12:25
    • Dismissal @ 12:25

Repeat of Bulleted List at Top of Page
Days Missed Make-Up Days Type of Day
1-4-18 (Thurs) NA Covered by the extra day built into the calendar
1-5-18 (Fri) 1-29-18 (Mon) Clerical Day
1-8-18 (Mon) 2-16-18 (Fri) Parent Teacher Conference Day
1-9-18 (Tues) 2-19-18 (Mon) President’s Day
1-10-18 (Wed) 3-6-18 (Tues) Professional Development Day

 

 

Day Current Schedule New Schedule New Exam Schedule
1-24-18 (Wed) Half Day (Secondary) Full Day
1-25-18 (Thur) Half Day (Secondary) Full Day
1-26-18 (Fri) Half Day (All) Full Day
1-29-18 (Mon) Half Day (All) Full Day
1-30-18 (Tues) Full Day (1st day of the Second Sem) Full Day High School Exams (Odd Day)
1-31-18 (Wed) Full Day Half Day (Secondary) Middle & High Exams (Even Day)
2-1-18 (Thur) Full Day Half Day (Secondary) Middle & High Exams (Odd Day)
2-2-18 (Fri) Full Day Half Day (All Schools) Middle & High Exams (Even Day)
2-5-18 (Mon) Full Day Full Day (1st day of the Second Sem)

 

Searching for College Money?

updated 1-11-18 …
Scholarship Hub is a local resource for high school seniors to locate scholarships.

High school guidance counselors will continue to distribute scholarships including those linked to specific colleges, athletic opportunities and other focused awards, not listed on the Hub.

 

Read the latest Scholarship Hub entries.
(PDF updated 1-11-18)

 

Community Service Opportunities UPDATE 12-14-17

Updated December 14, 2017… Click here for a list of current Volunteer Opportunities for 2017-18

 

  • 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.

Read All about It …

2017-18 Student Community Service Opportunities_11-8-17

High School Specialty Programs Applications Available

 

Applications for specialty programs are now available.


  • Governor’s School for the Arts: Deadline—December 15, 2017
    Application Information Link: http://www.gsarts.org/index.php/auditons


  • Suffolk Public Schools’ Specialty Programs
    Common Application Link: https://goo.gl/forms/2tOXJhjQbHYTkpS13


    • Project Lead the Way Engineering: Deadline—January 8, 2018
      Application Information Link: https://goo.gl/VwBRVG


    • Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science: Deadline—January 8, 2018
      Application Information Link: https://goo.gl/ounjHD


    • International Baccalaureate: Deadline—January 8, 2018
      Application Information Link: https://goo.gl/PFreKW


  • For more information please see your school counselor or www.spsk12.net

     

  • Click on the image below to open the PDF flyer … and the links from the PDF will take you to the information and web-based applications.

   

 

 

Information nights for three of the four high school specialty programs have been held:

  • Governor’s School for the Arts on Nov. 14
  • Project Lead the Way – Biomedical Sciences on Nov. 15
  • Project Lead the Way – Pathways to Engineering program on Nov. 16

 

UPCOMING INFORMATION NIGHTS 

  • December 5 – Info Night on Advanced Placement & Dual Enrollment Courses, and College & Career Academy at Pruden
  • December 7 – International Baccalaureate Info Night

 

 

Back-to-School Central

Find out bus schedules, orientation dates, school supply lists, and more.

Click on the headline to open this post.  Then click here for Back-to-School Central information page. 

 

Jump Start Your Summer Assignments

Get a jump start on your Summer 2017 reading lists and high school assignments.

Click on the headline of this post to open.

Then you can get to this live link: Click here for Summer Assignments.

Graduation to Stream Live on YouTube

Graduation 2017 on YouTube … Suffolk Public Schools is providing LIVE VIDEOSTREAMING of this year’s graduation ceremonies from the Ted Constant Center in Norfolk.

Any mobile device or computer with Internet connection should be able to view the YouTube streaming. At the time of the ceremony on Saturday, June 10, go to http://graduation.spsk12.net/

  • Graduation ceremonies for Nansemond River High School will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 10 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk. This event is for ticketed guests only. Call the school at 923-5240 for more information.
  • Graduation ceremonies for Lakeland High School will be held at 12 noon Saturday, June 10 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk. This event is for ticketed guests only. Call the school at 923-4101 for more information.
  • Graduation ceremonies for King’s Fork High School will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 10 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk. This event is for ticketed guests only. Call the school at 925-5790 for more information.

 

 

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.

 

UPDATED May 9, 2017:

Old Dominion University / Cybersecurity & Computer Programming Summer Camp

Rising 6th- through 8th-graders … Funded by NASA and the Virginia Space Grant Consortium

Register by June 2.

Click here for the website.


 

ARDX Foundation – START (Smart Teens Accepting Responsibility Today

Paid summer internship for rising high school seniors in the Hampton Roads area.  Focus on real-world business experience, project management, customer service skills, and community service.


Sister Cities International

Sister Cities International welcomes students ages 14-18 to participate in the 2017 Youth Leadership Summit at the 61st
Annual Conference in Virginia Beach, VA from July 12-16!

Applications can be found at the following website: http://sistercities.org/YLS
Applications should be returned to the address below:
Suffolk Sister Cities International
P.O. Box 769
Suffolk, VA 23439
Transportation will not be provided for this event. Scholarship funds may be available and will be determined by the number of students who apply. Students may contact Maryanne Persons by email at ma6persons@gmail.com for more information.
Suffolk, VA 23439

Virginia Tech – Engineering Summer Opportunities

The Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED) at Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering is seeking to increase the numbers of students from under-represented groups who pursue and earn engineering degrees. While the deadlines for most of our programs have passed for 2017, there are still a few opportunities, including a new one with Legacy International. Please help us get the word out to your students about some of the pre-college engineering programs for middle to high school students offered at Virginia Tech.

  • TechGirls … In partnership with Legacy International, CEED operates the TechGirls program for high school girls coming from North Africa and the Middles East. Four US girls are invited to join these students in an 8-day coding class at Virginia Tech from July 16 – 25, 2017. All expenses are covered. Applications are due Friday, April 21 and are open to 15-17 year old girls who are US citizens. For more information and the application link go here:  http://www.legacyintl.org/our-programs/techgirls/us-youth-ambassadors-and-techgirls/
  • PCI  (Pre-College Initiative) … PCI is co-sponsored by Virginia Tech’s National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED), with the goal of increasing the number of African American students who are prepared to enter college, ideally majoring in engineering, math, science, and other technical disciplines. The program consists of a series of five daylong events held on Saturdays over the course of the academic year. Activities include lab tours, demonstrations, hands on activities and presentations designed to help students prepare for the college application process. Dates for the spring semester are February 25, March 18 and April 22, 2017. There is a one-time $10 registration fee when students apply. Transportation is not provided.
  • Imagination … Imagination, a one-week science and math camp for rising seventh and eighth graders, introduces participants to the exciting and fun world of technology, engineering, and science … not by watching, but by doing! There will be two sessions of this day camp:  July 10 – 14 and July 17 – 21. Free bus transportation is provided to and from Roanoke for the first session and to and from Martinsville for the second session. Cost is $150, but scholarships are available. While this is a day camp, we have students who stay with friends and family, rent/share hotel rooms or Airbnb, stay in RV’s and even camp! The deadline for application is April 28, 2017.

2017 Oliver Hill/Samuel Tucker Pre-Law Institute

The Institute is free to participants (high school students) and will be held June 26-30, 2017 at the University of Richmond.  Click here for the website with the application link. The deadline to submit an application is May 15, 2017.  If you have any questions, please contact the Co-Directors, Alicia Roberts and Christina Spratley, at hilltuckerinstitute@gmail.com


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.

Link to program info:  http://education.wm.edu/centers/cfge/announcements/2017-courses-in-law-for-gifted-high-school-students.php


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.

Link to program info:  https://www.nsu.edu/cset/csetgraduate/ia/outreach


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.

Link for more information: https://www.educationunlimited.com/pages/all_camps_summary


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

https://www.tcc.edu/academics/career-exploration-camps


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

http://www.suffolkcenter.org/classescamps/summer-camps/


 

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

http://girlsincofgreaterpen.com/summer-camp-2016-registration-now-open/


 

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.

http://www.gsarts.net/index.php/29-gsa/141-summer-art-camp


 

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.

https://www.odu.edu/partnerships/community/summercamps/bigbluecamp


 

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.

http://www.hamptonu.edu/academics/summer/programs.cfm


 

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.

https://vasteam.org/summer-steam/about-summer-steam/

 


  • 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 http://blast.spacegrant.org/

 

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 www.andover.edu/summer.

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 nicki.charles@duke.edu.

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 www.highschooldiplomats.com.

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 experiment@worldlearning.org 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 experiment@worldlearning.org or call 1-800-345-2929.

 

Deadlines Expired:

New Course Interest Surveys

Attention students in Grades 7-11!  Your opinion is needed and very important to Suffolk Public Schools.  The school division is proposing two (2) new  Information Technology courses for next year, Computer Systems II with Cyber Security Infusion and Network Administration I with Cyber Security Infusion, 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!

Computer Systems II with Cyber Security Infusion

Network Administration I with Cyber Security Infusion

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