Free Concerts Open to Public – City-Wide Student Musicians … March 25, March 30, April 1

March 22, 2017

Community Invited to Three Free Concerts … Celebrating Music-in-Our-Schools Month … 

March is “Music in Our Schools Month” and raises awareness of the importance of music education for all children. Help us celebrate music in Suffolk Public Schools by attending these exciting live performances demonstrating the talents of our students. 
  • Saturday March 25 at 2 p.m.:  City-Wide Band Showcase concert at King’s Fork Middle School. Select middle and high school student instrumentalists will perform during this free event, which is open to the public.
  • Thursday, March 30 at 7: p.m.: STARS performance at King’s Fork High School. Elementary students in talented music classes will showcase an American-themed performance including vocals, instruments and choreography.
  • Saturday April 1 at 2 p.m.: City-Wide Orchestra Showcase concert at King’s Fork Middle School. Select middle and high school strings programs will perform in concert. This event is free and open to the public.

Early Start Pre-Screening Applications Now Available

March 2, 2017


Submitting this form does NOT guarantee acceptance into the program.  


  • Child must be Suffolk resident
  • Child must be 4 years of age by Sept. 30, 2017

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, 2017.

NOTE:  Because Early Start classes are not located in each elementary school, school placement will be determined based on Early Start zoning. Students are not guaranteed placement in the home-zoned school.  Transportation is provided.


Read This Week’s SPS News

March 22, 2017

Share your Suffolk Public Schools stories:  SUBMIT NEWS

You are part of the exciting things happening in our schools, and we would like to hear your stories and ideas. The information you share could be used in weekly media updates, YouTube videos, our website, and our social media channels. The electronic Submit News Form is now available on our website.

Tell us your story about hands-on learning, STEM, special lessons that differ from “regular” school day, use of technology or new equipment to enhance learning, family engagement events, community partnerships and volunteers, grants in action, new and innovative program or teaching strategy, and student or staff achievement

The form will prompt for details such as who, what, when, where, why and how.  Explain what is unique or interesting.  Explain why this event is happening.  What is the significance of hosting this event?  Is the feature related to a national or historic event? Is it unique in some way?  What about the event could attract media coverage?  How is this beneficial or different?

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Gifted Education Program Accepting Nominations

March 6, 2017

Students currently in grades 3-7, who have not been tested for the gifted program in the last 12 months are eligible for nomination.  Parents, teachers, administrators, and students may nominate a student for gifted services.  Nomination forms can be accessed from school offices, gifted resource teachers, or the gifted blog at

For more information, please contact Dr. Maria Lawson-Davenport at or (757) 925-6759.

Preschoolers for Integrated Role Model Program

March 1, 2017



Suffolk Public Schools is currently looking for parents of children without delays who are interested in exploring the opportunities provided to all children in this classroom following the 2017-18 elementary school schedule at no cost to the parent, with transportation being provided via school bus.


Suffolk Public Schools operates classrooms for children who are developmentally delayed (delays in cognitive, motor, communication or perceptual skills), ages 3 to 5. The integrated/role model program at Driver, Kilby Shores, Booker T. Washington and Northern Shores Elementary Schools offers the opportunity for children without developmental delays or disabilities to join the preschool classroom daily to develop friendships and learn together through play.  


To be considered for enrollment/interview, students must reside in the city of Suffolk and be 3 years old by September 5, 2017. Please be aware that spaces for this program are limited for each preschool site. Please use this link to be directed to our online application.  Applications for consideration must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. Friday, April 7, 2017.  Those who are selected for an interview will be contact by telephone.  Those who do not make it to the interview process will receive a letter by email or mail.


Questions may be directed to Jennifer Worrell, Preschool Educational Diagnostician for the Early Childhood Resource Center, at 925-6767.


Four Employees Honored for Helping Children with Disabilities

March 3, 2017

Congratulations to four Suffolk Public Schools employees being honored by the Pilot Club of Suffolk.  The organization recognizes several groups and individuals for their contributions to the community.

  • Anna Zander, a special education teacher at Booker T. Washington Elementary School, has been named the club’s 2017 Outstanding Teacher of Children with Disabilities.
  • Suzanne Cardwell, a special education paraprofessional at Nansemond Parkway Elementary School, was selected as the 2017 Outstanding Teacher Assistant of Children with Disabilities.
  • Christine Bradshaw, who transports special needs children at Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary School, has been named the 2017 Outstanding Bus Driver of Children with Disabilities.
  • Faith Holliman, a bus aide for students at John Yeates Middle School, has been named the 2017 Outstanding Bus Aide of Children with Disabilities.

The Pilot Club will host a reception for these honorees as well as other community leaders being recognized, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 20 at the YMCA Camp Arrowhead.  If you would like to attend, please email Suzanne Langston at


SEF Grown-Up Spelling Bee set for April 29

March 1, 2017


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