CTE Program New Course Surveys

Attention students in Grades 7-11!  Your opinion is needed and very important to Suffolk Public Schools as we continue to bring you new CTE programs.  The school division is proposing five (5) new  courses for next year to be held at The College and Career Academy at Pruden (CCAP), and we need you to answer a very short survey on each course.  The courses proposed will be Game Design and Development, Barbering, Electricity, Plumbing, and Medical Assistant.  The links to all surveys are posted below.  Please click and respond to each survey.  Thank you!

Surveys are now closed.  Thank you for your participation!

Is Your Teacher on This List?

Suffolk Public Schools is proud of all of its outstanding teachers — from those just starting their classroom careers to veterans who have impacted a generation of students.  Congratulations to the teachers recently selected by their peers to represent their school in the city-wide recognition program for the 2018 Teacher of the Year and Rookie Teacher of the Year.  City-wide winners will be announced in March, including one veteran teacher selected to represent Suffolk in the regional competition. Regional honorees then continue on to state and national recognition.

Location Teacher of the Year Rookie Teacher of the Year
BTWES Adriane Bradley-Gray Kathy Rubio
CES Amanda Giarratano No Rookie to Nominate
EFES Jessica Vargas No Rookie to Nominate
FBES Nichole Kincheloe Taylor Flick
HES Vickie Wilson Hope Mounie
KSES Lauren Bradley Lauren Baker
MBJES Shawn Tucker No Rookie to Nominate
NPES Qua Cummings Barbara Sinclair
NSES Melanie Burnor No Rookie to Nominatee
OES Julianne Tise Kellee Sweeney
PES Alexandra Eggleston No Rookie to Nominate
CFCMS Patricia Waegerle Sarah Schweit
FGMS Natalie Rotzler No Rookie to Nominate
JFKMS Jamilla Ford Peyton Henderson
JYMS Jennifer Putzig Candice Jae
KFMS Valerie Smith Mary Mesisco
KFHS Tiwana Copeland Ashley Josshua
LHS Ronald Daughtrey Cassandra Eagan
NRHS Angela McElroy Sarah Crane
TWS Janay Bradford No Rookie to Nominate
CCAP Anne Hudson William Hallwig

Nominations for Superintendent’s Star Award due Dec. 15

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to recognize employees who demonstrate commitment, initiative, school spirit, creativity, and a great attitude.

First semester nominations for the Superintendent’s Star Award program are due by Dec. 15, 2018. 

Link here for details on the award program.

Link here for the NOMINATION FORM.

Apply for Summer Residential Governor’s Schools

Application Deadline – Dec. 14. ….

Summer Residential Governor’s Schools provide gifted high school juniors and seniors with intensive educational experiences in foreign language, visual and performing arts; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology; or through mentorships in marine science, medicine and health sciences, or engineering.

Each Summer Residential Governor’s School focuses on one special area of interest. Students live on a college or university campus for up to four weeks each summer. During this time, students are involved in classroom and laboratory work, field studies, research, individual and group projects and performances, and seminars with noted scholars, visiting artists, and other professionals. In the three mentorships, students are selected to work side-by-side with research scientists, physicians, and a variety of other professionals. A director and a student-life staff provide supervision of students 24 hours a day, throughout the program. For more information, please contact Dr. Maria Lawson-Davenport, Supervisor of Advanced Instruction K-12 at marialawson-davenport@spsk12.net or 757-925-6760.



Student Survey on BYOD – Deadline is Wednesday

BE SURE to TELL US WHAT YOU THINK about “Bring Your Own Device” options …

Dear Middle School & High School Students,

We are collecting input related to the school division’s current Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy. This policy allows students to bring their privately-owned electronic devices (e.g., smart phone, tablet, etc.) to school and connect to the division’s wireless network while on school property. At the teacher’s discretion, students can then have the ability to use their devices for class activities and assignments. This survey should take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete and your input is extremely appreciated. Please use the link below to respond to the survey.


Information Night for Governor’s School for the Arts

Learn about the Governor’s School for the Arts on Monday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at King’s Fork Middle School.  * Students in Grades 8-10

Application Deadline—December 14, 2018

Application Information Link:  http://www.gsarts.org/index.php/auditons

Community Service Opportunities – UPDATE Nov. 27, 2018

  • Suffolk Public Schools is sharing these community service opportunities as a public service.  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.
  • Library of Virginia is looking for volunteers to do online computer work to transcribe documents from Virginia’s history.   They are currently seeking volunteers to help with “Virginia Untold: African American Narrative” and with “Profiles of Honor: Virginia’s Commemoration of the World Wars.”  Items and collections updated weekly.  Want an account?  Need more info?  Send an email to makinghistory@virginiamemory.com
  • Nursing Careers and Pathways Inc. is looking for peer tutors for middle and high school students in the program, particularly in math and science.  Program participants meet the first and third Saturdays of each month through June 1 at Sentara Obici Hospital.  Contact Regina McKinney for details (rmckinneycrna@gmail.com / (757) 218-6871)  — posted 10-24-18

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.


Each October, National Principals Month recognizes the essential role that principals play in making a school great.

Principals are among the hardest working individuals in education. Principals set the academic tone for their schools, and it is their vision, dedication, and determination that provide the mobilizing force for achieving student success.

Each October, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of School Administrators seek to honor these unsung heroes for their tireless efforts in pursuit of excellence in education.

National Principals Month is a widely recognized celebration of the principalship, marked by national and state resolutions supporting the event, as well as acknowledgements from U.S. Senators and Representatives, and top government officials. However, the most important National Principals Month celebrations are the ones that take place in schools and communities across the country.

NOTE:  The Virginia School Principals Appreciation Week is often declared by the Governor for the third week in January.  However, that resolution has not yet been released for 2019.  So we’re celebrating in October too.

Searching for College Money?

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.


October is Bullying Prevention Month

Suffolk Public Schools joins both a state and national focus this month to promote awareness of school bullying.  The Suffolk School Board passed a resolution last month to demonstrate how educators, community leaders and parents play a critical role in creating a climate where bullying is not tolerated.  It has been proven that when adults and children stand together bullying ends.

Childhood bullying is a significant problem nationwide. It can cause school absenteeism, mental and physical stress, poor school performance, poor self-esteem, and in some cases, school violence or suicide.  Statistics show that 160,000 children in the United States miss school each day as a result of being bullied.  More than 20 percent of school-aged children report being bullied each year – upwards of 13 million students.

“More than one of every five school-aged children report being bullied,” said Julie Hertzog, director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, which sponsors Unity Day and founded National Bullying Prevention Month in 2006. “It’s important these students know they are not alone and that they have the right to feel safe. By joining together and wearing ORANGE on Unity Day, we can send the unified message that we care about student’s physical and emotional health and that bullying will no longer be accepted in this society.” 

Schools throughout SPS will participate in Unity Day by wearing orange on Wednesday, October 24.  The theme is “Together against Bullying: United for Kindness, Acceptance, and Inclusion.”  Wearing orange on Unity Day sends a powerful message of support, hope, and unity again bullying.

The bullying prevention efforts in Suffolk Public Schools include school-level campaigns, classroom discussions led by guidance counselors, and an expanding school-wide programs which teach, model and provide incentives for positive behavior.

In addition, the division has an anonymous Bullying Tip Line — (757) 538-5438 – and an online Bullying Complaint form.   Information on what SPS considers to be bullying is highlighted at www.spsk12.net/programs/bullying-prevention as well as in the Student Handbook and the Student Code of Conduct.