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WANTED: Bus Drivers

May 15, 2015

Suffolk Public Schools is currently hiring Substitute Bus Drivers.  Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and have reached 19 years of age by the first day of school with three years driving experience.  You are required to hold a CDL license, which you can obtain through our training department. Training lasts between 3-4 weeks, five days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Rate of pay – $11.20 per hour. Apply online at www.spsk12.net

 

Suffolk Public Schools is currently hiring Substitute Bus Aides.  Applicants must have any combination of education and experience equivalent to completion of 8th-grade and some experience in working with children.  Training lasts three days from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Rate of pay – $7.93 per hour. Apply online at www.spsk12.net

 


Early Start Pre-Screening Applications Now Available

April 20, 2015

Click here for EARLY START PRE-SCREENING APPLICATION for 2015-16.

Requirements:

  • Child must be Suffolk resident

  • Child must be 4 years of age by Sept. 30, 2015

This form does NOT guarantee acceptance into the program.

You will receive an appointment date to have your child screened for the Early Start program.

Acceptance letters will be mailed the week of August 3, 2015. 

 


Will Your Child Need to Ride the Bus in 2015-16?

May 26, 2015

To adequately plan for the 2015-2016 school year, families are being asked to fill out a Student Transportation Information Form.  This form will provide the transportation department with the correct information regarding where each child will be picked up or dropped off, or if they will not need transportation services.
If your family is requesting services outside of your assigned school zone, please contact the Administrative Services Department at (757) 925-5572.  If your child receives special transportation services through the special education department, please contact them at (757) 925-5764.
This form needs to be returned to school by June 12, 2015.

 

 

 

 


Congratulations to City-Wide Teachers of the Year

April 15, 2015

Congratulations to Catherine Williams (Lakeland High) – 2015 City-Wide Teacher of the Year…

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Elementary TOY_BTWTeresa Abdulbaaqee (Booker T. Washington Elementary) –
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Teacher of Year…

 

Sandee Darden (King’s Fork Middle) –
City-Wide Middle School
Teacher of the Year…

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Amanda Bondi (Pioneer Elementary) –
City-Wide Rookie Teacher of the Year


Info on Voluntary Majority-to-Minority Transfer Option at Three Elementary Schools

April 29, 2015

The voluntary Majority to Minority transfer option currently in place at Booker T. Washington Elementary and Pioneer Elementary will be expanded to Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary for the 2015-16 school year.

Because of a long-standing federal court order requiring desegregation of Suffolk Public Schools, the U.S. Department of Justice was required to review and approve the zoning plan.  The district can further desegregation  by adopting a voluntary Majority to Minority transfer option at Pioneer Elementary School, Booker T. Washington Elementary School and Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary.

The schools will be holding information meetings to explain the optional transfer in more detail:

  • Wednesday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m. – Pioneer Elementary
  • Monday, May 11 at 5:30 p.m. – Booker T. Washington Elementary
  • Monday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m.- Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary

Here are a few facts about the voluntary Majority to Minority transfer option:

  • A majority is defined by the largest percentage of students by race. For example, a school with 60 percent white students would be considered a “majority white” school, and a school with 60 percent black students would be considered a “majority black” school. Booker T. Washington Elementary is currently 89% black, making it a “majority black” school. Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary is currently 75% black, making it a “majority black” school, Pioneer Elementary is currently 70% while, making it a “majority white” school.
    • Students attending a majority school will be allowed the opportunity to attend a school where they will be in the minority.
    • For example, black students assigned to Booker T. Washington and Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary will be given the opportunity to attend Pioneer Elementary, and white students assigned to Pioneer Elementary will be given the opportunity to attend Booker T. Washington or Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary.
  • The division will make space available at Pioneer, Booker T. Washington, and Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary for students who choose to participate in the voluntary Majority to Minority transfer.
  • The division will provide free transportation and ensure reasonable travel time on a school bus for those students participating in the voluntary Majority to Minority transfer option.
  • Students will be allowed to complete their elementary education at the school they started under the Majority to Minority transfer option.
  • Students who choose to attend Pioneer Elementary under the transfer option will be allowed to attend middle school at Forest Glen Middle School. Students who choose to attend Booker T. Washington Elementary or Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary under the transfer option will be allowed to attend middle school at John F. Kennedy Middle School. These students could also choose to attend the middle school which they are zoned to attend.
  • Siblings will be given preference in the event there is a waiting list.

Attached is a voluntary Majority to Minority option form. This form should be submitted to Pamela Connor, Director of Elementary Leadership, School Administrative Offices, in the self-addressed envelope provided by June 1, 2015. Questions may be directed to either your school principal or Pamela Connor (at 925-6760).

 

Link here for the April 27, 2015 letter mailed to the home addresses of students eligible for the transfer option at Booker T. Washington Elementary and Pioneer Elementary.

Completed forms are due June 1, 2015:

This form should be submitted to Pamela Connor, Director of Elementary Leadership, School Administrative Offices, in the self-addressed envelope provided in the April 27 mailing.  Questions may be directed to either your school principal or Pamela Connor (at 925-6760).

 


Nine Seniors Earn Community College Associate Degree Before Their High School Graduation

May 21, 2015

On May 15, three Lakeland High School seniors and six Nansemond River High School seniors graduated from Paul D. Camp Community College with an associate’s degree.  Next month, they will walk the stage at SPS commencement exercises to receive their high school diploma.

Since 2010, a total of 12 seniors in Suffolk Public Schools have taken advantage of the community college’s dual-enrollment program, which allows high school students to simultaneously earn both college and high school credits.

“It is wonderful to see these students reach the goals they’ve worked so hard to attain,” PDCCC Dual Enrollment Coordinator Jeanette Pellegrin stated. “It takes extreme time-management skills and dedication to achieve this accomplishment.”

Interim college president Dr. Bill Aiken said, “This program is essential to those students who are focused on completing academic and career goals at a faster pace than the traditional student.”

Students are required to earn 61 college credit hours to be awarded the college’s general studies associate’s degree.  At the same time, they must complete the requirements for an advanced studies high school diploma, which is 26 high school credits.  While some courses count toward both high school credits and college credits, these dedicated students must also take some college-required courses over the summer, online, or in the evenings.  Dual-credit (DC) courses taught at the high schools follow a college curriculum, and include DC Pre-Calculus, DC U.S. History, DC Biology, DC English Composition, DC Government, and DC Psychology.   Students pursuing the associate’s degree must also take college-only courses, such as Introduction to Micro-Computers, a Fine Arts course in music or art, Public Speaking, College Survival Skills, and Practical Reasoning.

For dual-credit courses taught at the high school, students pay a reduced tuition cost.  For courses taken at the college, students pay full tuition.  The result is still saving families the cost of four full years of college. Another advantage is that students’ community college coursework is typically accepted by Virginia universities which can reduce the length of time needed to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Congratulations to the following Suffolk Public Schools’ community college graduates:

  • Lakeland High School … Reagan Colley, 17, will be attending Old Dominion University in the fall to pursue her Ph.D. in Pediatric Audiology. She benefited from the dual enrollment courses because they gave her a head start on college. An honor graduate, she is the daughter of Michelle and Jeffrey Colley of Suffolk.
  • Nansemond River High School … Rachel Hamilton, 18, is ranked in the top 13 percent of a class of 344. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Beta Club. She is a member of Fusion Dance Team and the Academy of Classical and Contemporary Dance. Hamilton is involved in numerous community service projects and is the recipient of the Academic Excellence Award (2012-present) for maintaining a 3.5 or higher GPA. She will attend Old Dominion University in fall and major in Biology. She then plans to transfer to a dental school before pursuing a specialist degree in Orthodontics.
  • Nansemond River High School … Richard R. Hyman III, 18, is this year’s NRHS valedictorian — No. 1 in a class of 344.  He is enrolled in Project Lead the Way: Pathways to Engineering; and member of the National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, Beta Club and FIRST Robotics team. Hyman plans to attend the University of Central Florida to study Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering. He aspires to explore outer space with his own inventions, establish an engineering firm, and run for U.S. President. The honor graduate is the son of Estrella and Richard Hyman Jr.
  • Lakeland High School … Lexus Isom, 18, serves as President of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority’s Rhoer Club (youth group) and Secretary of the FBLA. Isom is also a member of the Upward Bound Program, as well as an active participant in the community. She will attend George Mason University and major in Health, Fitness and Recreation. She plans to be a physical therapist. An honor graduate, she is the daughter of Sheila Sears of Suffolk.
  • Lakeland High School … Travis Jones, 18, is a member of the National Honor Society and Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society. He performs volunteer work with the Salvation Army. Jones has been offered scholarships to Averett University, Ferrum College and Bridgewater College. He plans to major in Psychology and Pre-Law at one of these schools and ultimately become a lawyer. The honor graduate is the son of Ronald and Trina Jones of Suffolk.
  • Nansemond River High School …  John T. “Tommy” Lowry, 18, is a member of the National Honor Society and volunteers with Young Life organization. He will attend George Mason University to major in Computer Engineering. The honor graduate is the son of Keith and Noelle Lowry of Suffolk.
  •  Nansemond River High School … Christine Pinell, 18, is involved in Project Lead the Way: Pathways to Engineering at NRHS, athletics and the FIRST Robotics team. She is a member and leader in Girl Scouts, where she was the recipient of the Silver Award. Her service to the community has included the Nansemond River Preservation Alliance, Impact Hampton, Point Harbor Student Ministry and the Suffolk Center for the Cultural Arts. Pinell will attend the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, majoring in Architecture. The honor graduate is the daughter of Cindy and Adam Pinell of Suffolk.
  • Nansemond River High School … Trinity Torres, 18, will graduate from NRHS with an Advanced Diploma and is ranked in the top 10 percent of a class of 344. She is an active member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club and Student Council, and serves as Vice President of the FBLA. Torres has organized and led numerous initiatives, including River Revolution/B.O.L.D. and Fusion Youth Group. She plans to attend the College of William and Mary to major in International Relations and minor in Global Policy. She then wants to go to law school with the goal of working in International Business Law or Immigration Law. The honor graduate is the daughter of Estella and Angel Torres of Suffolk.
  • Nansemond River High School … Jordan West, 18, will graduate from NRHS with an Advanced Diploma. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Beta Club. She was selected to Virginia Girl’s State and to attend University of Virginia’s Society of Women Engineers High School program. West has received numerous academic awards, and has been offered scholarships from University of Alabama School of Engineering and University of South Carolina for full-tuition. She plans to attend the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa to pursue a degree in Biological Engineering before applying to medical school. She wants to become a dermatologist. The honor graduate is the daughter of David and Ruth West.

Celebrating 20-, 25- and 30-Year Employees … Thank You for Your Commitment

April 30, 2015


Congratulations to 73 veteran employees with Suffolk Public Schools who are being recognized for their commitment to the students we serve.
 
Those with 30 years of service started here in 1986 … the same year the space shuttle Challenger exploded … and Oprah Winfrey made her national TV debut.
 
Those with 25 years began their careers here in 1991 … the same year Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested after remains were discovered in his apartment … and Disney released “Beauty and the Beast.” 
 
Those with 20 years started in 1996 … the same year Mad Cow Disease hit the UK … and the online auction website Ebay launched. 


Kindergarten Registration – Wednesday, May 13 … plus Videos about Getting Ready for Kindergarten

May 7, 2015

KINDERGARTEN Registration for 2014-15 …  Link here for 2015-16 informational brochure on Kindergarten.

NEW Local Videos in March 2015:

 

Link here for WHAT TO BRING

Spring Registration Dates:

  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015 – 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the school your child will attend
  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015 – 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the school your child will attend

These two dates will benefit parents who may need the choice for the sake of convenience. Call secretary Keesha Hicks at 925-6759 for more information.

 

Enrollment Process

Students entering Kindergarten must have reached their fifth birthday on or before September 30th of the year in which they enroll.

Students must register at the school to which they are zoned before beginning classes. School attendance zones can be found using the “School Messenger” tab to the right.  A specific street number and street address must be used after you link to the SCHOOL ZONE LOCATOR. 

At the time of registration, the parent or legal guardian (proof of guardianship required) must submit two (2) proofs of residency in the City of Suffolk.  Post office boxes and drivers’ licenses are not considered proofs of residency.  Acceptable proofs of residency include, but are not limited to:

  • Utility company statement,
  • Rental lease, rental agreement, deed or mortgage contract,
  • City of Suffolk receipt for paid personal property taxes

To enroll a child in a public school division in Virginia, state law required the parent/guardian provide certain information to the school division:

    • Birth Certificate, original certificate of birth or certified copy
    • School Entrance Physical and Immunization Certificate completed by a physician. This form may be obtained from any Suffolk public school, the Suffolk City Health Department, family practice medical office, or military medical clinic
    • Immunization Record
    • Expulsion Statement, if applicable

 

Immunizations Required by Virginia Law

  • 4 DTP or DTaP – at least one dose after 4th birthday
  • 4 Polio – at least one dose after 4th birthday
  • 2 Measles – 1st dose on/after 12 months of age; 2nd dose prior to entering kindergarten
  • 2 Mumps – 1st on/after 12 months of age; 2nd dose prior to entering kindergarten
  • 1 Rubella – on/after 12 months of age
  • Note: Measles, Mumps, Rubella requirements are also met with 2 MMR – 1st dose on/after 12 months of age; 2nd dose prior to entering kindergarten
  • 3 Hep B – (2 doses if Merck adult formulation given between 11 – 15 years of age)
  • 2 Varicella – to susceptible children born on/after January 1, 1997; 1st dose on/after 12 months of age; 2nd dose prior to entering kindergarten

 


School Board Approves 2015-16 Budget … Sends to City Council for Funding

March 30, 2015

The Suffolk School Board approved the 2015-16 Budget at a special meeting on March 18.  The budget plan has been sent to City Council, who must vote for funding.


 Click here for the full board-approved budget plan.


Click here for the PowerPoint highlights presented to the School Board.

 

The School Board also received the final consultant’s report from a Pay & Classification Plan study.

Click here for the full document

Click here for the consultant’s PowerPoiner presentation.

Click here for the PowerPoint reviewing the Superintendent’s recommendations.


Need Money for College? Visit Scholarship Hub

September 18, 2014

The school division’s Scholarship Hub is an online, local resource for high school seniors searching for scholarships.

This central site can be searched by criteria, such as career, college major, GPA, and extracurricular activities. You can access Scholarship Hub at http://scholarships.spsk12.net.

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.

Share Your Scholarship – If your community group has a scholarship suitable for Scholarship Hub, please send information by email to scholarships@spsk12.net.  For more information, call the School Administrative Offices at 925-6752.



Thanks to Businesses at Career Expo

April 16, 2015

The 24th Annual Career Expo was held Thursday, April 2, providing high school seniors in Career & Technical Education programs the opportunity to practice their job-seeking skills.  They crafted resumes, and then participated in mock interviews with some of the following participating businesses:

 BASF

 Beach Ford

 Chick-fil-A

 Children’s Harbor Suffolk

 Coastal Logistics Group, Inc.

 E. V. Williams, Inc.

 Electronic Systems

 Food and Nutrition Services – Suffolk Public Schools

 Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD)

 Hilton

 Liebherr Mining Equipment Newport News Co.

 Lowe’s

 Luckstone

 MBP

 McEntire Design ~ Architects SEVA Design Build LLC

 Norfolk Naval Shipyard Apprentice Program

 Northrop Grumman Corporation

 Public Works Engineering–City of Suffolk

 QVC

 Schwan’s

 Starr Motors

 Suffolk Farm Service Agency

 Suffolk Fire and Rescue

 SunTrust

 T. E. Cooke ~ Overton Funeral Home Inc.

 The Children’s Center

 Turntine Insurance Agency Inc.

 Virginia Home Performance

 Virginia Ship Repair Association

 Wal-Mart


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