City-Wide College Night set for Monday, Oct. 3

September 28, 2016

A City-Wide College Night – open to students and parents from all high schools – will be held Monday, October 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lakeland High School.  The high schools take turns hosting the College Night.

The event is open to students and parents from all 3 high schools – Lakeland, King’s Fork, and Nansemond River.

Representatives from more than 40 colleges and universities will share information about their schools and answer questions about admission requirements, tuition, programs of study, financial aid, and student life.  For more information, contact your high school guidance counselor.



Students Share Talents at Peanut Fest – Performance on Friday, Oct. 7

September 28, 2016

Suffolk Public Schools will again have a major presence at this year’s Peanut Fest which will be held Thursday, October 6th through Sunday, October 9th.  Come out and support the students who will be sharing their talents! Student musicians will perform on the Family Stage on Friday, October 7th.

IF WEATHER PERMITS … The performance schedule is as follows:

    • 10:30    FGMS Orchestra and LHS Orchestra
    • 11:00    FGMS Band and FGMS Chorus
    • 11:30    JYMS Chorus and JYMS Band
    • 12:00    KFMS Band and KFMS Choir
    • 12:30    KFMS Orchestra and KFHS Orchestra
    • 1:00      NRHS Orchestra
    • 1:30      NRHS High Fidelity
    • 2:00      KFHS Choir
    • 2:30      LHS Cavalier Singers & Bella Voce
    • 3:00      JFKMS Band and JFKMS Choir

IF WEATHER PERMITS … Selected student artwork representing all 18 schools, and some art teacher artwork will be displayed in the Blue Entrance Tent … one of two entrance tents.

Call Bethanne Bradshaw, Public Information Officer, at 925-6752 for more information.

College & Career Readiness Fair – Saturday, Nov. 19

September 28, 2016

College & Career Readiness Fair – Nov. 19

WHAT:        College & Career Readiness Fair

WHO:          Students in Grades 7-12, and Parents

WHEN:        Saturday, November 19
WHERE:      King’s Fork Middle School


Link here to REGISTER NOW.

  • 8 a.m. – Opening Remarks in Auditorim
  • 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Workshop Sessions
  • 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – College Info Tables and Other Exhibitors

Preferred Registration due November 10.  

  • Reservations accepted through Nov. 18
  • Walk-In participation allowed.

Workshop sessions on a variety of topics within the areas of Planning for High School, Preparing for College, and Transitioning to the Workforce.  Colleges, schools, and employers will also be available at information tables throughout this event.

These topics are only categories of workshops to be offered.

Preparing for High School

  • Specialty Programs  (International Baccalaureate, Project Lead the Way engineering, Governor’s School for the Arts, the Pruden Center for Industry & Technology)
  • Career Interest Inventory
  • Making the Transition to High School

 Planning for College

  • PSAT, SAT, ACT College Aptitude Tests
  • Advanced Studies Options: AP, Dual Credit, Honors
  • Preparing Your Pocketbook & Your Child for College

 Transitioning to the Workforce

  • Career Opportunities & Apprenticeships in Hampton Roads
  • Job Search Skills
  • Military Options for Grads


  • PSAT, SAT, ACT College Aptitude Tests
  • Advanced Studies Options: AP, Dual Credit, Honors
  • Preparing Your Pocketbook & Your Child for College

 Transitioning to the Workforce

  • Career Opportunities & Apprenticeships in Hampton Roads
  • Job Search Skills
  • Military Options for Grads


Watch VIDEO Now: First-Day-of-School Photos

September 7, 2016

Thank you for sharing your First Day of School photos with us.

Watch the video now on Facebook at SuffolkVAPublicSchools



DSC01005        brothers_2






Physics in Motion — Hip-Hop Science Show at JFKMS … Watch the Video Now!

September 15, 2016

Suffolk middle school students will never look at science and engineering the same way again!

Honeywell and NASA are proud to support their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education program by bringing the award-winning, hip-hop educational experience FMA Live! Forces in Motion to middle school students in Suffolk.  The high-energy show was live at John F. Kennedy Middle School on Sept. 12, and at Forest Glen Middle School on Sept. 16.  Select students from John Yeates Middle School and King’s Fork Middle School travel to the two sites to participate.

The presentations were brought to SPS by Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) via the Navy School Liaison Officer of Norfolk Naval Shipyard.

The popular show incorporates hip-hop music and dancers with student volunteers and onstage, interactive science experiments to demonstrate how physics plays a role in everyday life. Each performance focuses on Newton’s Universal Law of Gravity and Three Laws of Motion. Named after Newton’s Second Law of Motion [Force equals Mass times Acceleration], FMA Live! uses music videos and interactive scientific demonstrations to teach and inspire students to pursue STEM careers.

Demonstrations will involve both students and teachers, a Velcro wall, a gigantic soccer ball, blow-up wrestling suits, and the “Newtonator”.

Click here to see all the excitement at John F. Kennedy Middle School:




What’s Up? Read the latest SPS news release

September 27, 2016

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?

Image requirements: Acceptable image types: .jpg, .tif, .png … Subjects must be in focus … Layout: Both landscape and portrait layouts are preferred … High resolution preferred: 300 dots per inch (dpi)

Thanks for being our partner!

Understanding the Closings & Delays

September 21, 2016

Emergency School Closings

When a decision is made to close Suffolk Public Schools because of weather conditions, or to close a single school for other reasons, detailed information will be provided to area TV stations.  A recorded message will be available after hours at 925-6750. Automated phone calls with a recorded message will begin calling the homes of students and staff. The numbers called are based on the contact information stored in the division’s database.

If an early closing of school becomes necessary, students need to know what to do and where to go when they get off the school bus. There may be times that school dismissal will be delayed beyond regular school hours due to extreme weather conditions or for other reasons. The same assortment of communication tools listed above will be used when possible.

Delayed Opening

Suffolk Public Schools will consider opening schools on a one-hour or two-hour delay, due to inclement weather, hazardous conditions, power outages, or other emergency situations. Bus pick-ups for all students would begin either one hour or two hours later than normal pick-up times.

“Delayed Opening” means that any before-school child care will also open under the same delay.  Elementary student early drop-off would be delayed until 10:30 a.m. Breakfast would not be served on either delayed opening schedule. Lunch would be served. Dismissal time and after-school activities would remain the same unless otherwise noted.

Elementary schools offering YMCA childcare will follow this revised schedule:

  • On the mornings of school delays, the YMCA before-school program will open under the same delay. For example, if SPS has a 2 hour delay, buildings will open at 8:30 a.m. instead of 6:30 a.m. for the YMCA before school program.
  • If schools dismiss early, the YMCA after-school program will remain open until 6 p.m.
  • If schools are closed, there will be no YMCA childcare in those elementary schools.  However, students enrolled in those school site programs can be brought to the main Suffolk YMCA on Godwin Boulevard at no additional cost.

Suffolk Parks & Recreation Department will announce changes to their schedule independently, since their centers are separate from the school building.

Make-Up Days for 2016-2017

The first two days missed will be covered by the extra instructional hours that are built into the school schedule. The third day missed could be made up on Nov. 8, 2016 (Virtual Clerical Day).  The fourth day missed could be made up on Presidents’ Day, February 20, 2017.  The fifth day missed could be made up on March 15, 2017 (Clerical Day).  Additional time missed will be made up by adding time to the instructional day.