Two-Hour Delay – Tuesday, Jan. 27

January 27, 2015

All schools and offices will open today under a 2-hour delay.

  • Bus pick-ups for all students would begin two (2) hours later than normal pick-up times.
  • Any before-school child care housed in our schools will also open under the same 2-hour delay.
  • Breakfast will not be served. Lunch would be served.
  • Dismissal time and after-school activities would remain the same unless otherwise noted.


Congratulations to City-Wide PTA Reflections Winners

January 20, 2015

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Congratulations to the following students for their award-winning entries in the local PTA Reflections entries competition.

This year’s theme was “The world would be a better place if . . .”    K-12 students are invited to create theme-based artwork in dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography or visual arts.

First-place winners at the city-wide level will move on to compete at the Southeastern District level.  First-place winners at the Southeastern District level are then forwarded to compete at the Virginia state-wide level.

The Suffolk PTA Council will celebrate city-wide winners and above at a reception later this spring.


Student winners on the city-wide level include:

Dance Choreography:

  • Primary (K-2), 1st place: Canyon Goetsch, Northern Shores Elementary
  • Intermediate (3-5), 1st place: Alexis Griffith, Oakland Elementary; 1st place: Kenzie Tolovian, Northern Shores Elementary

Music Composition:

  • Intermediate (3-5), 1st place: Makala Baines, Driver Elementary; 2nd place: Kenzie Tolovian, Northern Shores Elementary

Film Production:

  • Intermediate (3-5), 1st place: Karolyn Morris, Driver Elementary ; 2nd place: Aiden Wall, Oakland Elementary; 3rd place: Kenzie Tolovian, Northern Shores Elementary


  • Primary (K-2), 1st place: Kameron Johnson, Northern Shores Elementary; 2nd place: Brinkley Johnson, Kilby Shores Elementary
  • Intermediate (3-5), 1st place: Alexis Griffith, Oakland Elementary School; 2nd place: Isabella Tucker, Northern Shores Elementary; 3rd place: Kylee Welch, Driver Elementary
  • Middle (6-8), 1st place: Arianna Fisher, Forest Glen Middle; 2nd place: Kaylea Spiroff, John Yeates Middle
  • Senior (9-12), 1st place: Trinity Woodson, Lakeland High


  • Primary (K-2), 1st place: Danny Holloman, Northern Shores Elementary
  • Intermediate (3-5), 1st place: Nathaniel Holloman, Northern Shores Elementary; 2nd place: Steven Borrall, Oakland Elementary
  • Middle (6-8), 1st place: Mackenzie West, Forest Glen Middle; 2nd place: Madison Roach, John Yeates Middle

Visual Arts:

  • Primary (K-2), 1st place: James Yanez, Northern Shores Elementary; 1st place: Ryan Rocha, Oakland Elementary; 2nd place: Sunshine Torrey, Northern Shores Elementary; 3rd place: Jayden Caston-Joe, Mack Benn, Jr Elementary; 3rd place: Claire Hamby, Driver Elementary
  • Intermediate (3-5), 1st place: Trent Sterner, Driver Elementary; 2nd place: Steven Borrall, Oakland Elementary; 3rd place: Victoria Wilkins, Kilby Shores Elementary; 3rd place: Yvonne Sinson, Northern Shores Elementary; 3rd place: Najsstaziia Riveria-Murillo, Mack Benn, Jr Elementary
  • Middle (6-8), 1st place: Kyleigh Hasson, Forest Glen Middle; 2nd place: Rebecca Lemen, John Yeates Middle; 3rd place: Kristen Gerton, John F Kennedy Middle

Facebook – Fastest Info on School Closings & Delays

January 13, 2015

ATTENTION:  Facebook will be the fastest way to get school closing and delay information … While parents and staff will still receive an automated phone call about any changes in the SPS school schedule, the same information will be posted simultaneously on the SPS Facebook fan page.  Childcare providers, media, parents, and any interested citizens are encouraged to follow the SPS fan page to get immediate updates.  The page is listed as “Suffolk VA Public Schools” and can be found at  For more information, call Bethanne Bradshaw in the School Administrative Offices at 925-6752.

Early Dismissal Day – Monday, Jan. 26

January 13, 2015

Students will be dismissed early because of clerical half day for teachers on Monday, January 26.  Lunch is served before dismissal at all schools. Middle school – 11:25 a.m.; High schools – 12:25 p.m.; Elementary “A” – 1:05 p.m., includes Driver, Florence Bowser, Hillpoint, Kilby Shores, Mack Benn, and Northern Shores; Elementary “B” – 1:20 p.m., includes Booker T. Washington, Creekside, Elephant’s Fork, Nansemond Parkway, Oakland, and Pioneer.


STAR AWARD: Nominate Outstanding SPS Employees for Recognition

November 5, 2014

A new web-based form is now available to make nominations for Star Awards easy as 1-2-3.

Link here for details on the award program.

Link here for the new web form.

Star Award flyer_poster_finalDeadlines for submission are Dec. 15 for recognition at the February 2015 meeting of Suffolk School Board, and March 15 for recognition at the April/May 2015 meeting.



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.

Submit Issues about School Messenger Calling System

January 14, 2015

Please follow this link to the Contact Us form:  CONTACT US

If you don’t have students or staff associated with SPS, give us the phone number we need to delete and say “Not SPS”

If you have students or work for SPS and need assistance in making changes to School Messenger, please provide your name, your child’s name, and a phone number to call you.