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Changes in Half & Full Days for Week of Jan 25-Feb 1

January 19, 2017

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

HIGH SCHOOL EXAM DAYS

  • 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)

MIDDLE SCHOOL EXAM DAYS

  • 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

January 19, 2017

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.


 

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

HIGH SCHOOL EXAM DAYS

  • 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)

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL EXAM DAYS

  • 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.


Gala Tickets on Sale: ’60s Dancing in the Streets – Feb. 24

January 18, 2017

  Don’t Miss the Event of Year
  Last year’s Gala sold-out, so get your tickets now!  

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Don’t miss your opportunity to support the music and art programs in Suffolk Public Schools by attending the Suffolk Education   Foundation’s third annual Gala in Celebration of the Arts in Suffolk Public Schools! 

Buy your Gala tickets now for a dinner and a fabulous night of entertainment by our students.  The third annual Celebration of     the Arts will welcome you on Friday, February 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Riverfront (100 East Constance Road.)  Proceeds will directly benefit the fine arts programs in Suffolk Public Schools.
The evening will feature live entertainment performed by Suffolk Public Schools’ middle school and high school student musicians and singers.  The 1960s theme continues beyond music to showcase the visual arts with a display of 50 original works created by student artists and art teachers from all Suffolk Public Schools’ secondary and elementary schools.

 

https://www.spsk12.net/files/2017/01/2017-SEF-Gala-Ticket-Information.pdf

  • Tickets are $35 a person. Proceeds benefit the music and arts programs in Suffolk Public Schools.

  • A table for 10 is $300

Two ways to buy tickets.

Event Sponsorships are still available.  Click here for more information.

 

For tickets, contact suffolkgala@gmail.com or call SEF president Jennifer Schmack at (757) 272-8718.

 

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?

The SEF Gala hits all your senses…from the visually stunning artwork and moving musical performances to the fabulous food and whimsical masks. Your generosity and support of this Gala directly benefits the most important thing in Suffolk — our students!  
                                          Sandra Darden, Art Teacher, King’s Fork Middle School

 

SEF supports the schools, helping with items that are more than “brick and mortar” but rather the “heart and soul” of teaching. The gala benefits our future innovators, dreamers, and artists – the ones who create the world in which we live.  Our students need to know their talent is valued and appreciated, and not just relegated to a test score. 
Dr. Joleen Neighbours, Fine Arts Department Chair, Nansemond River High School

 

 

The SEF Gala is a wonderful coming together of our extended arts community for a fabulous evening filled with both student and teacher works of art as well as musical performances. The best reason of all to attend is to enjoy this celebration of creativity right here in Suffolk, and to support the arts programs in our schools.   

Linda Hurwitz, Orchestra Director, John Yeates Middle School

 


VA School Principals Appreciation Week – Jan 22-28

January 4, 2017

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!


Latest News … Students Honored at Celebration

January 17, 2017

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Principal Honored with Community Leadership Award

January 10, 2017

Congratulations to Shawn Green, principal of John Yeates Middle School, who will be awarded the 2017 Community Leadership Award by the S. Delois Mayes Scholarship Foundation during its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day benefit brunch on Monday, January 16. 

According to Foundation president Ebony Wright, Green is being recognized for his extraordinary work with local youth. “Mr. Green is dedicated to encouraging student excellence and leadership both inside and outside the classroom. He has been instrumental in multiple mentoring programs throughout the region,” she said.

Nominated by John Yeates Middle School guidance counselor Sabrina Turner, Green “just has a special way with making a difference with the youth. He motivates them. He empowers them.” 

Green was assistant principal at John Yeates for nine years before leaving to be assistant principal at King’s Fork High School for a year. He then returned to John Yeates as principal this year.  

Green also serves as a mentor for the Virginia Commonwealth ChalleNGe, a National Guard program for troubled youth based in Virginia Beach. He volunteers for the Oasis homeless feeding in Portsmouth. His fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, also participates in several projects such as adopt-a-spot cleanups and school supply drives.

Green said he was surprised by the honor: “I just feel like it’s me doing my part for the young people in the community, whether it be through work, through my fraternity, or whether it’s just kind of being that big brother or father figure to somebody who needs some encouragement.”

The guest speaker for the event will be Aminah M. Collick, assistant regional counsel for the Social Security Administration in Atlanta. The event begins at 10 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Harbour View, 5921 Harbour View Blvd.  Tickets are $50. More information and tickets are available at www.sdmscholarshipfoundation.com

 


How SPS Announces Schedule Changes

January 4, 2017

Emergency School Closings, Delays & Early Dismissals

When a decision is made to alter the schedule of Suffolk Public Schools because of weather conditions or other emergencies, 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 …www.spsk12.net
  • SPS Facebook … www.facebook.com/SuffolkVAPublicSchools/
  • A recorded message will be available after hours at 925-6750

Make-Up Days for 2016-2017

  • 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.

Delayed Opening

Suffolk Public Schools will consider opening schools on a 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.  Elementary student early drop-off would be delayed until 10:30 a.m. 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.  However, students enrolled in those school site programs can be brought to the main Suffolk YMCA on Godwin Boulevard at no additional cost.

Suffolk Parks & Recreation Department will announce changes to their schedule independently, since their centers are separate from the school building.


Part of Wilroy Road Closed until February

January 4, 2017

Road work on Wilroy Road will close a section of the road for approximately 35 days, starting Jan. 4.

No traffic will be allowed on Wilroy Road, starting at the BASF Chemical plant up to the stoplight at Nansemond Parkway.

A detour will take traffic through the Wilroy Industrial Park, using Progress Road which connects Wilroy Road to Nansemond Parkway.


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