Community Service Opportunities – UPDATE Oct. 24, 2018

Updated Oct. 24, 2018 …  Open this post for a current list of 2018-19 opportunities.

  • 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.
  • Kilby Shores Elementary PTA is looking for middle & high school student volunteers to help with “Kid Movie & Adult Line Dancing Night” – Monday, Nov. 5, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the school.  For more information contact Sharon Holsinger ( / (757) 477-1437) — posted 10-24-18
  • 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 ( / (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.

Information Nights Set for High School Specialty Programs

Learn about International Baccalaureate, Engineering and Biomedical Sciences programs on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. at King’s Fork High School. *Current 8th-Grade Students ………

Learn about Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment and the College & Career Academy at Pruden on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. at King’s Fork High School. *Studentes in Grades 8-11 ………

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


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.

Apply for Summer Residential Governor’s Schools

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 or 757-925-6760.



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 as well as in the Student Handbook and the Student Code of Conduct.

College & Career Readiness Fair – Saturday, Nov. 17

Have you registered yet?  Open to all Middle School and High School students and their parents.

WHAT:        College & Career Readiness Fair

WHO:          Students in Grades 6-12, and Parents

WHEN:        Saturday, November 17

WHERE:      King’s Fork Middle School

Link here to REGISTER NOW.

Reservations encouraged.  Walk-In participation allowed.

  • 7:30 a.m. – Registration Opens
  • 8 a.m. – Opening Remarks in Auditorium
  • 8:30 a.m. – Workshop Session 1
  • 9:30 a.m. – Workshop Session 2
  • 10:30 a.m. – Workshop Session 3
  • 11:30 a.m. – Workshop Session 4
  • 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – College Info Tables and Other Exhibitors

The free event is designed for middle school students, high schools students, and their parents.  Each year, close to 400 participants benefit from this event. Reservations are encouraged, but walk-in participation is allowed. A Chick-fil-A lunch is provided to registered participants. (See the registration link below.)

During the College and Career Readiness Fair, participants are able to attend workshops covering a variety of topics within the areas of Planning for High School, Preparing for College, and Transitioning to the Workforce. Some of this year’s workshops include Developing a Four-Year High School Plan; Using Online College and Career Planning Tools; Graduating College Debt-free; and Discovering Non-Traditional Careers.

A variety of college, training institutes, and military representatives will have exhibit tables in the gym to speak with students and parents about post-secondary options. Again this year will be local companies sharing perspectives on career clusters, helping guests understand the training required, skills and aptitude needed, and types of occupations under that umbrella.  Some career cluster examples include Health Sciences, Human Services, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Hospitality & Tourism, and Law & Public Safety.

Register today at

High School Students Encouraged to Submit Questions for the Candidates

LHS Students Host Political Forums – Oct 11-12 ………………

With election of state and local officials just a month away, Lakeland High junior Paul Meadors has organized a two-night event to inform local voters of their choices.

Meadors is encouraging any high school student in Suffolk to submit questions they would like the candidates to answer to

The first event will focus on local government elections, with invitations extended to City Council candidates and School Board candidates. The local election forum will be held at Lakeland High on Thursday, Oct. 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

City Council candidates who have confirmed their participation include Leroy Bennett (Cypress Borough) and Mike Duman (Chuckatuck Borough).  Both incumbents are running unopposed.  The Holy Neck and Suffolk Boroughs also have City Council elections, and candidates have been invited.

School Board candidates who plan to participate include Sherri Story and Diane Foster, running for the Chuckatuck Borough seat, Karen Jenkins running for Cypress Borough, and Lorita Mayo and Sonya Allen, seeking the Holy Neck Borough seat. Voters in the Suffolk Borough will also elect a School Board member.  All candidates have been invited.

The second event — on Friday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. — will focus on state elections, with invitations to candidates for the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives 4th District.  Representatives for U.S. Senate candidates Timothy Kaine and Corey Stewart will participate, as well as 4th District candidates Ryan McAdams, Donald McEachin and Peter Wells.

Meadors is encouraging any high school student in Suffolk to submit questions they would like the candidates to answer to

“I wanted to do something within my interests which would positively impact my community and also to increase student civic engagement,” Meadors explained. “Thirdly, and finally, I wanted to create a more informed electorate going into the 2018 midterm elections.”

Suffolk Public Schools: OPEN Monday, Sept. 17

EVEN DAY for Middle & High Schools.

Key Dates on 2018-19 School Calendar

More instructional hours built into the 2018-19 School Year Calendar means fewer make-up days.

An additional 10 minutes will be added to the elementary instructional day next year … and the legislature agreed to allow the mandated 15-minute elementary recess to count toward instructional hours.


• September 4, 2018 – First Day of School

… Oct. 4 – Interim Reports Issued
… Nov 5 – End of 1st Grading Period

• November 6, 2018 – Virtual Clerical Day (Election Day)
     … No School for Students

… 2nd Grading Period Begins

• November 12, 2018 – Veterans’ Day Holiday

• November 16, 2018 – Parent/Teacher Conference Day
     … No School for Students
… Report Cards Distributed
     … Staff Development Day for non-instructional staff

• November 21, 2018 (early dismissal)

• November 22 – 23, 2018 – Thanksgiving Holiday

… Dec. 13 – Interim Reports Issued

• December 21, 2018 – January 1, 2019 – Winter Break

• January 2, 2019 – School Reopens

• January 21, 2019 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday

• January 23-28, 2019 – First Semester Exams

• January 24-28, 2019 – Early Dismissal for All Students

… Jan. 28 – End of 1st Semester (2nd Grading Period)
… Jan. 29 – 2nd Semester Begins (3rd Grading Period)

• January 29, 2019  –  Early Dismissal for All Students
… Clerical Half-Day for Teachers

• February 15, 2019 – Parent/Teacher Conference Day
… Report Cards Distributed
     … No School for Students

• February 18, 2019 – Presidents’ Day Holiday

… Mar. 4 – Interim Reports Issued

• March 5, 2019 — Staff Development for ALL staff
     … No School for Students

… Apr. 5 – End of 3rd Grading Period
… Apr. 8 – 4th Grading Period Begins

• April 15 – April 19, 2019  Spring Break

… Apr. 24 – Report Cards Distributed
… May 15 – Interim Reports Issued

• May 27, 2019 ​- Memorial Day Holiday

• June 8, 2019 – Graduation Ceremonies

• June 11-13, 2019 – Second Semester Exams

• June 12-13, 2019 – Early Dismissal for All Students

… End of Second Semester (4th Grading Period)
… Report Cards Distributed

• June 13, 2019 – Last day of school

• June 14, 2019 –Teacher Clerical Day

Make Up Days

• Up to nine missed days of school will be made up by the additional instructional hours built into the school calendar.

• If additional days are missed due to inclement weather, the make-up schedule will be determined by the school board.

Guiding Principles

● Ten (10) days of pre-service for new teachers

● Seven (7) days of pre-service for returning teachers

● First day of school must be the Tuesday after Labor Day

● Must have at least 180 instructional days — equivalent of 990 hours

● Election days in November and May should be used either as staff development, clerical or a combination of staff development and clerical

• When Easter occurs prior to the 15th of April, Spring Break is scheduled the week following Easter

     –Easter   ~   April 21, 2019
     –Spring Break  ~  April 15 – April 19, 2019

• When Easter occurs on or after April 15, Spring Break should be scheduled the week preceding Easter

Calendar Committee Members

• Parents
• Teachers
• School Administrators
• Bus Drivers Representative
• School Admin Office Representatives