Community Service Opportunities UPDATE April 25, 2018

Updated April 25, 2018 … 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 …

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Driver Elementary Farewell Celebration – May 8

Celebrating 50 Years of History

– 1968 to 2018 –

Driver Elementary invites the community, former students and staff to join them Tuesday, May 8 at 6 p.m. for a special closing ceremony.

A special cake-cutting ceremony at 5:45 p.m. will be held for participants and guests.

Please RSVP to

Driver Elementary School will be closing its doors on June 15.

Students and staff will relocate in September to the newly constructed Florence Bowser Elementary School.

The Driver building will be used for parent and teacher resource centers, and possible alternative programs.

New School Websites to be Launched Over Break

We’re springing into action this Spring Break … even though schools are officially closed.

Suffolk Public Schools will be launching a new division website and new websites for each school.   Expected to “go live” on Tuesday, April 3, the web URL addresses will not change for the division site or for any of the school sites.

No changes are being made to Staff Blogs or the Student or Staff Portals.

Our new websites are designed to maximize functionality and ease of use for web visitors.  They will bring students, parents, staff, and community members news and information in a more concise, consistent fashion.

The new designs showcase information in an easier-to-read format including “quick links” to our most popular content.  We’re confident you’ll find the new websites easier to use and find the information important to you.

The new websites use responsive web design services to ensure its website can be easily read and navigated on a wide range of devices, from desktops to mobile phones and tablets.  The websites will also meet federal ADA compliance making information accessible to individuals with disabilities.

The division and school websites were last updated in 2011.   We are expanding our relationship with School Messanger, which has provided the division’s parent notification system since 2012.  School Messenger will now be hosting the new sites and providing support.

A mobile app for Suffolk Public Schools — which pulls information from the new web pages — will be ready to launch by June.


Searching for College Money?

updated 3-19-18…
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 3-19-18)


Nominations for Superintendent’s Star Award due April 15 …

The next deadline is April 15, 2018 to Nominate a Teacher or Staff Member for a Star Award!

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


A new web-based form is now available to make nominations for Star Awards easy as 1-2-3.


Link here for details on the award program.

Link here for the NOMINATION FORM.

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Summer in Italy? Sister Cities Planning Youth Exchange

… Are you interested in spending two weeks in Italy as part of the 2018 Suffolk Sister Cities’ Summer Youth Exchange?

… Are you interesting in hosting an Italian student ambassador here at home?

… Are you interested in attending the Sister Cities International Youth Leadership Summit?

DEADLINE:  March 28, 2018

Find out more by clicking here.

Read this PDF for details and an application.

27th Annual Career Expo

Enhance your interview skills with employers from the Hampton Roads area.  Click the link below to view the brochure for more information.

27th Annual Career Expo

Revised 2017-18 Calendar … New School Hours Start Feb. 5

Open this news article for a printable PDF of January 2018 to June 2018 calendar, revised because of make-up time.

Click on headline first to get to the calendar.  Click here to open. 

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.

School-Level Teachers of the Year

  • Booker T. Washington Elementary – Paige Kluck
  • Creekside Elementary – Leticia Rouse
  • Driver Elementary – Courtney Frarey
  • Elephant’s Fork Elementary – Ashby Stancill
  • Hillpoint Elementary – Jade Jones
  • Kilby Shores Elementary – Leah Moulton
  • Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary – Casey McKenna
  • Nansemond Parkway Elementary – Stacy Sammons
  • Northern Shores Elementary – Adrienne Bullock
  • Oakland Elementary – Lucy Willis
  • Pioneer Elementary – Katelyn Leitner
  • Forest Glen Middle – Leslie Wolfe
  • John F. Kennedy Middle – Tracie Smith-Banks
  • John Yeates Middle – Hope Paquette
  • King’s Fork Middle – William Carter
  • King’s Fork High – Matthew Fike
  • Lakeland High – Brian Rountree
  • Nansemond River High – Kristen Ellis
  • Turlington Woods – George Old
  • College and Career Academy at Pruden – Crystal Taylor

School-Level Rookie Teacher of the Year
* Schools not listed below did not have new teachers this year.

  • Booker T. Washington Elementary – Blake Eure
  • Creekside Elementary – Presley Rona
  • Driver Elementary – Linda Lewis
  • Hillpoint Elementary – Christyna Mencarini
  • Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary – Wayne Rau
  • Nansemond Parkway Elementary – Suzanne Cardwell
  • Northern Shores Elementary – Christopher Stadler
  • Pioneer Elementary – Haley Jones
  • Forest Glen Middle – Olivia Graham
  • John F. Kennedy Middle – Amanda Weisiger
  • John Yeates Middle – Tiffany Antonucci
  • King’s Fork Middle – Christina Bradshaw
  • King’s Fork High – Valencia Sykes
  • Lakeland High – Rebecca Sapp
  • Nansemond River High – Kelsey Sutter
  • College and Career Academy at Pruden – Varnestine Lefevre

Open House on Feb. 20 …

Middle & high school students are their parents …

Come learn more about opportunities at the College & Career Academy at Pruden.