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Schedule Changes in Early Dismissal & Exam Days; Make-Up Days Set

January 15, 2018

Date Changes Now through March:

Below you will find the changes to the SPS 2017-18 adopted calendar. Please note that the SPS 2017-18 adopted calendar includes one “banked day” for inclement weather, which we are using. The adjustment to our schedule addresses the additional lost instructional time and satisfies state requirements regarding student clock hours at all levels – elementary, middle, and high.

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  • Middle and high school exams were originally scheduled for January 23-26. Middle and high school exams will now be administered January 30- February 2.
  • January 24 was originally scheduled to be an early release for middle and high schools. January 24 will now become a full student day for all schools.
  • January 25 was originally scheduled to be an early release for middle and high schools. January 25 will now become a full student day for all schools.
  • January 26 was originally scheduled to be an early release for all schools. January 26 will now become a full student day for all schools.
  • January 29 was originally scheduled to be an early release and half day clerical for all schools. January 29 will now become a full student day for all schools.
  • High school exams will begin on January 30 (Odd Day).  This will be a full day for all schools.
  • January 31 was originally scheduled to be a full day for all students.  January 31 will now be an early release exam day (Even Day) for middle and high schools only. Elementary schools will continue to be full day.
  • February 1 was was originally scheduled to be a full day for all students.  February 1 will now be an early release exam day (Odd Day) for middle and high schools only. Elementary schools will continue to be full day.
  • February 2 was was originally scheduled to be a full day for all students.  February 2 will now be an early release for all schools.  This will be an exam day (Even Day) for middle and high schools.
  • The second semester will begin on February 5 for all students.
  • February 16 was originally scheduled to be a Parent Teacher Conference Day. February 16 will now be a full school day for students and staff. Parent Teacher Conference will be held at parent and/or teacher request from Feb. 15 through Feb. 23.
  • February 19 (Presidents’ Day) was originally scheduled to be a holiday for students and staff.  February 19 will now be a full school day for students and staff. Report cards will be distributed
  • March 6 was originally scheduled to be a Staff Development Day with no students in school.  March 6 will now become a full student day for all schools.  Interim Reports issued

 

Middle School – REVISED Early Dismissal Exam Bell Schedule

NOTE:  All Middle School SOL testing will take place on January 24, with make-up date on Jan. 30.

 

Wed Jan 31 – Even Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
7:00-7:25 Report to 1st period Report to 3rd period Report to 2nd period
7:25-9:08 1st period Exam 3rd period Exam 2nd period Exam
9:11-11:25 2nd period Class

Lunch Pick-up 10:15-10:40

4th period Class

Lunch Pick-up 10:45-11:10

6th period Exam

Lunch Pick-up 9:15-9:40 

 

Thur Feb 1 – Odd Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
7:00-7:25 Report to 2nd period Report to 4th period Report to 3rd period
7:25-9:08 2nd period Exam 4th period Exam 3rd period Exam
9:11-11:25 3rd period Class

Lunch Pick-up 10:15-10:40

5th period Class

Lunch Pick-up 10:45-11:10

5th period Class

Lunch Pick-up 9:15-9:40

 

Fri Feb 2 –  Even Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
7:00-7:25 Report to 3rd period Report to 5th period Report to 1st period
7:25-9:08 3rd period Exam 2nd period Class

(transition to 5th pd at 9:05)

1st period Exam
9:11-11:25 4th period Class

Lunch Pick-up 10:15-10:40

5th period Exam

Lunch Pick-up 10:45-11:10

7th period Exam

Lunch Pick-up 9:15-9:40

High School – REVISED Early Dismissal Exam Bell Schedule

 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018:   ODD Full Day

  • Block 1 Exam (8:25-10:20)
  • 3rd Block Class (10:25-11:44)
  • Regular schedule will be followed for remainder of the day
  • All CCAP students will follow their regular daily schedule

Wednesday, January 31, 2018:    EVEN Half Day

  • Block 2 Exam (8:25 – 10:15)
  • Block 4 Exam (10:20 – 12:25)
  • Schools will make their own Lunch Schedule
    • 1st lunch – 10:20 – 10:45
    • 2nd lunch – 10:55 – 11:20
    • 3rd lunch – 11:30 – 11:55
    • 4th lunch – 12:00 – 12:25
    • Dismissal @ 12:25

Thursday, February 1, 2017:   ODD Half Day

  • Block 3 Exam (8:25-10:15)
  • Block 5 Exam (10:20-12:25)
  • Teachers and students will follow 5th block (odd day) lunch schedule
    • 1st lunch – 10:20 – 10:45
    • 2nd lunch – 10:55 – 11:20
    • 3rd lunch – 11:30 – 11:55
    • 4th lunch – 12:00 – 12:25
    • Dismissal @ 12:25

Friday, February 2, 2018:    EVEN Half Day

  • Block 7 Exam (8:25 – 10:15)
  • Block 6 Exam (10:20 – 12:25)
  • Teachers and students will follow 6th block (even day) lunch schedule
    • 1st lunch – 10:20 – 10:45
    • 2nd lunch – 10:55 – 11:20
    • 3rd lunch – 11:30 – 11:55
    • 4th lunch – 12:00 – 12:25
    • Dismissal @ 12:25

Repeat of Bulleted List at Top of Page
Days Missed Make-Up Days Type of Day
1-4-18 (Thurs) NA Covered by the extra day built into the calendar
1-5-18 (Fri) 1-29-18 (Mon) Clerical Day
1-8-18 (Mon) 2-16-18 (Fri) Parent Teacher Conference Day
1-9-18 (Tues) 2-19-18 (Mon) President’s Day
1-10-18 (Wed) 3-6-18 (Tues) Professional Development Day

 

Repeat of Bulleted List at Top of Page — Semester Extension & Exam Schedule Changes:
Day Current Schedule New Schedule New Exam Schedule
1-24-18 (Wed) Half Day (Secondary) Full Day
1-25-18 (Thur) Half Day (Secondary) Full Day
1-26-18 (Fri) Half Day (All) Full Day
1-29-18 (Mon) Half Day (All) Full Day
1-30-18 (Tues) Full Day (1st day of the Second Sem) Full Day High School Exams (Odd Day)
1-31-18 (Wed) Full Day Half Day (Secondary) Middle & High Exams (Even Day)
2-1-18 (Thur) Full Day Half Day (Secondary) Middle & High Exams (Odd Day)
2-2-18 (Fri) Full Day Half Day (All Schools) Middle & High Exams (Even Day)
2-5-18 (Mon) Full Day Full Day (1st day of the Second Sem)

Public Input for Rezoning & Schedule Change

January 12, 2018

Information on the Rezoning Preliminary Proposals for 2018-19

The Suffolk School Board invites public input on the Rezoning Plan proposals for the 2018-19 school year.  Rezoning is tied to the opening of the new Florence Bowser Elementary School and Col. Fred Cherry Middle School in September 2018.

Preliminary rezoning proposals were posted on the website of Suffolk Public Schools before Winter Break:  https://goo.gl/3jTcQp

You can use the interactive web-based map to see preliminary proposals based on a specific street address.  You can also see the proposed student enrollment, the building capacity and the student ethnicity for each school in each proposal.

School staff will use public input to develop final proposals to present to the School Board in February, and the board is expected to vote on final rezoning plans in March.

  • Preliminary proposals for the elementary schools include:
    • City-wide elementary zoning preliminary proposal; and
    • Florence Bowser & Creekside Only preliminary proposal.
  • Preliminary proposals for the middle schools include:
    • City-wide middle school zoning preliminary proposal; and
    • Fred Cherry & John Yeates Only preliminary proposal.
  • A preliminary rezoning proposal for the high schools will be considered, and compared to keeping current high school zones without changes.

Information on the School Schedule Change Discussion for 2018-19

The Suffolk School Board also invites public input on the possible School Schedule Changes for 2018-19 school year.  Information was posted on the website of Suffolk Public Schools before Winter Break:  https://goo.gl/hnXXr8

 

Opportunities for Your Feedback:

  • Provide your input on Rezoning using this online survey through Friday, Jan. 19:  https://goo.gl/7X4GoP
  • Provide your input on School Schedule Changes using this online survey through Friday, Jan. 19: https://goo.gl/5J3m69

School Board to Consider 2018-19 Schedule Changes

December 15, 2017

The Suffolk School Board at its Dec. 14, 2017 meeting heard suggestions from the Superintendent about changing the school schedule for the 2018-19 school year.  The board will make a decision in conjunction with its vote on the rezoning plan for 2018-19.


If you’d like to comment of this discussion, click here to open a survey form:  https://goo.gl/5J3m69

  • This survey will close Friday, Jan. 19.
  • The School Board will weigh the community input as one of many factors in its decision.

The information below was included in the 12-14-17 presentation to the Board:
Advantages of Proposed Changes to Tiers
  • Current tiers do not allow enough time between high school runs and Elementary A runs
    • (Tiers 2 and 3).
  • New proposal: One (1) hour between tiers which would allow more on-time arrivals.
  • New proposal: Elementary students home earlier in the afternoon.
  • New proposal: High school tier requires fewer drivers; therefore, more drivers will be available for athletic and activity runs.
  • In addition, research shows there are several benefits to later start times for high school students. This includes: increased attendance rates, increased academic performance, decreases in disciplinary action and decreases in student-involved car accidents.  Source:  American Psychological Association
Current Bus Tiers
Tier Schools Bus Arrival Start of School School Dismissal Buses Depart School
T1 FGM, JFK, JYMS, KFMS 7:00 7:25 2:00 2:10
T2 LHS, KFHS, NRHS 8:00 8:25 3:00 3:15
T3 DES, NSE, HPE, MBE, KSE 8:50 9:20 3:35 3:50
T4 PIO, BTW, EFE, OES, CSE, NPE 9:05 9:35 3:50 4:05
Proposed Bus Tiers
Tier Schools Bus Arrival Start of School School Dismissal Buses Depart School
T1 FGM, JFK, JYMS, KFMS, FCMS SECEP 7:00 7:25 2:00 2:15
T2 FBES, NSE,HPE, MBE, KSE, PIO, BTW, EFE, OES, CSE, NPE 8:00 8:35 3:00 3:15
T3 LHS, KFHS, NRHS 9:00 9:25 4:00 4:10
Advantages of Additional Time for Elementary Schools
  • Increased instructional time
  • Additional planning time during the school day
  • 10 additional minutes provides approximately 36 additional hours of instruction in a school year
  • This allows for about six banked days for inclement weather
  • More half days for teacher planning and record-keeping at the elementary level
Increasing Elementary Instructional Time
Current School Hours Proposed Hours
ELEMENTARY 6 hours 15 Min

(5 hours 35 Min)

6 Hours 25 Min

(5 hours 45 Min)

SECONDARY 6 Hours 35 Min

(6 Hours 5 Min)

6 Hours 35 Min

(6 Hours 5 Min)

Opportunity for Public Input:  

If you’d like to comment of this discussion, click here to open a survey form:  https://goo.gl/5J3m69

The School Board will weigh the community input as one of many factors in its decision.

Rezoning Preliminary Proposals for 2018-19

December 19, 2017

The Suffolk School Board invites public input on the Rezoning Plan proposals for upcoming school year 2018-19. Rezoning is tied to the opening of the new Florence Bowser Elementary School and the new Col. Fred Cherry Middle School in September 2018.

Please read through the information below before clicking on the link to see the preliminary drafts.

  1. Type into the School Location a street address with house number to see all five preliminary proposals for that address:

    – Elementary School Preliminary Proposals: 
    1) Current Zone ..2) Florence Bowser & Creekside Only preliminary proposal ..3) City-Wide Elementary Zoning preliminary proposal

    – Middle School Preliminary Proposals: 
    1) Current Zone .. 2) Col. Fred Cherry & John Yeates Only preliminary proposal ..3) City-Wide Middle Zoning preliminary proposal

    – High School Preliminary Proposals: 
    1) Current Zone ..2) High School Zoning preliminary proposal


  2. On the next page, click on the name of each preliminary proposal to see a map
  3. Click into a specific color-coded section on the map to see more information.

 

Click here to see the Preliminary Proposals.


If you’d like to provide comments, click here to open a survey.  

This survey will close on Friday, Jan. 19.

The School Board will weigh the community input as one of many factors in its decision.

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

 

Suffolk Public Schools will open two new schools in September 2018.  The new Florence Bowser Elementary School, located on Nansemond Parkway, will house 1,000 students.   The new Col. Fred Cherry Middle School, located on Burbage Drive, will house 800 students. Designed to be future-ready, both schools have open areas for flexible, project-based learning activities.

The timeline for rezoning decisions:
  • Thursday, January 11, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. — Public Input Session #3
  • Thursday, February 8, 2018 – Formal presentation to School Board
  • Thursday, March 8, 2018 – School Board votes on final rezoning plan
Division-Wide Rezoning Criteria for Elementary, Middle & High
  • Establish contiguous attendance zones using established roadways and geographical features to the greatest extent possible
  • Respect established neighborhood boundaries where possible
  • Redistribute student population to more efficiently
    take advantage of available seats in all buildings
  • Reduce mobile unit usage across the division
  • Attempt to create more efficient bus routes
  • Attempt to maintain diversity that closely matches the school division overall
Florence Bowser Elementary Rezoning criteria:
  • Open FBES with @850 students in September 2018
  • Include the current Driver Elementary student population of 596 students and expand the current Driver attendance zone to include 250-275 additional students from Creekside Elementary
  • Maintain attendance zone using established roadways
    and geographical features to the greatest extent possible
  • Respect established neighborhood boundaries where possible
  • Reduce mobile unit usage at schools affected by rezoning
  • Attempt to maintain diversity that closely matches the school division overall
Col. Fred Cherry Middle Rezoning Criteria
  • Open CFCMS with @650 students in September 2018
  • Redraw the current JYMS zone to eliminate overcrowding
  • Maintain a contiguous attendance zone using established roadways and geographical features to the greatest extent possible
  • Respect established neighborhood boundaries where possible
  • Reduce or eliminate the use of mobile units at JYMS
  • Attempt to maintain diversity that closely matches the school division overall

 

 


Homework Changes for Elementary Students

November 14, 2017

Starting Jan. 2, 2018, elementary students will be assigned less homework.

Kindergartners could get up to 10 minutes of homework, while first-graders could get 10 to 20 minutes. From there, the scale goes up 10 minutes per grade level. Second-graders – up to 20 minutes .. Third-graders – up to 30 minutes … Fourth-graders – up to 40 minutes … Fifth-graders – up to 50 minutes.

Read the recommendation accepted by the School Board at its Nov. 9, 2017 meeting.

Suffolk’s former regulation allowed for the largest potential amount of nightly homework for elementary students of any surrounding school division. It permitted teachers to assign up to 30 minutes’ worth of homework for kindergarten students, up to 45 minutes for first-graders, up to 60 minutes for second-graders and up to 90 minutes for third- through fifth-graders.

Parents are encouraged to let their child’s teacher know if homework regularly takes longer than the time listed in the regulation. The school division’s annual parent survey will also ask about the amount of homework their child receives.

The new policy will be implemented beginning Jan. 2.


Going Paperless: School Menus now Online

November 27, 2017

Don’t be alarmed when your child doesn’t bring home a printed lunch menu calendar for December.

Starting now, all breakfast and lunch menus will only be available online.

The best thing about the switch is that you will be able to view an image and description of food items, as well as nutrition information. Allergen information will soon be available.

This innovative and interactive site and mobile app make your school menus more convenient and informative than ever before.

Download the mobile app on Google Play or the App Store or visit our web link … spsk12.nutrislice.com


2018-19 Budget Process Underway

September 25, 2017

Click on the image for a downloadable PDF to print.

Budget Process Chart_2017


Does Your Organization have Community Service Opportunities for High School Students?

August 9, 2017

Community Service Required for Graduation

If you are a community organization with Volunteer Opportunities available to high school students, click here to share your information. 

 

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.

The information contained herein is distributed by Suffolk Public Schools as a public service. The community service opportunities listed here from 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.


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