Parent Perception Survey: How Are We Doing? Email Survey will be Open April 27 – May 10

April 21, 2015

Attention, Parents:
Students are our #1 priority, and as parents, your opinions matter to us.

That’s why you are invited to share with us how you feel your child’s school is doing.

Suffolk Public Schools
2015 Parent Perception Survey
Available April 27 through May 10

As part of the school division’s assessment of each school’s educational environment, parents of students are being invited to participate in the 2015 Parent Perception Survey.

The survey will be conducted starting Monday, April 27 and will continue until May 10, 2015.

Click here for Parent Info flyer.

Schools will use the information from the survey to help identify areas for improvement. This survey provides an excellent opportunity for parents to provide feedback about Suffolk Public Schools and to express perceptions about the learning environment at their child’s school.

An informational email was sent to parents on Tuesday, April 21.  Principals also sent out recorded School Messenger telephone calls to inform families of the upcoming opportunity.

On Monday, April 27, the official survey invitation will be emailed and will include a school-specific web link to take parents directly to an online survey for each child’s school.  The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Responses will remain anonymous and be combined with responses of other families at the school.

Additionally, schools with the highest percentage of parent responses will each be awarded $500.

If preferred, parents can pick up a paper copy of the survey at their child’s school.

Contact Bethanne Bradshaw, Public Information Officer, at (757) 925-6752 or by email at for more information.

Early Start Pre-Screening Applications Now Available

April 20, 2015



  • 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. 


Congratulations to City-Wide Teachers of the Year

April 15, 2015

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




Elementary TOY_BTWTeresa Abdulbaaqee (Booker T. Washington Elementary) –
City-Wide Elementary School
Teacher of Year…


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




Rookie TOY_PIO

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

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:


 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


 McEntire Design ~ Architects SEVA Design Build LLC

 Norfolk Naval Shipyard Apprentice Program

 Northrop Grumman Corporation

 Public Works Engineering–City of Suffolk


 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

April is the Month of the Military Child

April 14, 2015

The month of April has been designated by Gov. Terry McAuliffe through proclamation as the Month of the Military Child — a special time to pay tribute to military children for their commitment, patience, courage, and unconditional support of their parents.

Across the nation, Wednesday, April 15 will be the day to “Purple Up! for Military Kids.”  Wearing purple on April 15 will show support for our military students and appreciation for their strength and sacrifices.  Purple is the color that symbolizes a combination of all branches of the military — Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red, and Navy blue.

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

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  For more information, call the School Administrative Offices at 925-6752.

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.