Info on 2017 High School Summer School

June 13, 2017

The 2017 summer school for high school students will be held at Lakeland High School from July 5 – August 3, Mondays through Thursdays only.

Tuition is charged for both repeat and new courses.

The following courses will be offered in the High School Summer Program if class enrollment is sufficient (minimum of 20 students).  Courses may be cancelled or offered through a virtual medium if enrollment is low.

Students do not have the option of selecting summer school sections. The staff will assign students to section(s) based on enrollment.  Students taking a single repeat course will be assigned to either a morning or afternoon section. Students taking two repeat courses or a new course will attend from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Summer School Administrator — Tina Paul — Lakeland High office (757) 925-5790

Regular Session

  • July 5 – August 3
  • Mondays through Thursdays only
  • REPEAT courses
    … Morning 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    … Afternoon 12 noon to 4 p.m.
  • NEW courses
    … 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    … Face-to-face on Mondays & Tuesdays
    … Edgenuity on Wednesdays & Thursdays

NOTE:  Some courses will be taught virtually/blended  and Some will be taught in virtual format only.  All virtual work must be completed by the last day of the summer school program.

Please open the PDF brochure LINKED HERE to see which courses.  Application is Linked Here.


New Course Offerings 

  • Algebra II
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • English 9
  • English 11
  • English 12
  • Government


Repeat Course Offerings

  • Algebra, Functions, and Data Analysis (AFDA)
  • Algebra I
  • Algebra II
  • Biology
  • Earth Science
  • Ecology
  • English 9
  • English 10
  • English 11
  • English 12
  • Economics & Personal Finance
  • Geometry
  • Government
  • World History/Geography I
  • Virginia and United States History

Tuition for Suffolk Residents

  • $150 for one (1) repeat course
  • $300 for two (2) repeat courses
  • $300 for one (1) new course

Tuition for Non-Suffolk Residents

  • $200 for one (1) repeat course
  • $400 for two (2) repeat courses
  • $400 for one (1) new course

All students must receive prior approval, in writing from their principal, in order to enroll in the Suffolk Public Schools High School Summer Program.

Registration Dates for Suffolk Residents

  • June 1 – June 22 … 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • King’s Fork High, Lakeland High, and Nansemond River High
  • Personal checks for tuition will be accepted until June 19 only.  After June 19, tuition must be paid in cash or by money order.
  • After June 22, registration will only be accepted at Lakeland High.
  • Proof of residency & permission letters are required for non-SPS students.

Registration Date for Non-Suffolk Residents

  • June 22 only … 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • at Lakeland High only
  • Cash or money orders only
  • Testing Identifier Number is required with permission letters and registration forms.

Tuition will NOT be refunded.  Students who plan to attend conventions, summer camps, conferences, athletic contests, or go on vacation during the summer school dates should NOT enroll in the program.

ATTENDANCE … Students will be dropped from a New Course after 2 days absent, and from a Repeat Course after 1 day absent. Three tardies (being late to class) equate to one day’s absence.

DISCIPLINE … Students are expected to follow the rules and regulations enforced during the regular school year.  If a student is dismissed because of conduct, tuition will NOT be refunded.


Thank You, Retirees, for Your Years of Service

May 30, 2017

This year’s retirees from Suffolk Public Schools were celebrated at the 2017 Retirement Banquet on Thursday, June 1.  The years of service below are those years with Suffolk Public Schools only.

Congratulations to the following retirees

  • Linda Artis, Custodian, PES, 12 years
  • Theresa Beale, Clerk, KFMS, 8 years
  • Randolph Billups, Teacher, LHS, 10 years
  • Janet Bronner, Teacher, HES, 34 years
  • Frances Butler, Teacher Assistant, NSES, 16 years
  • Daryl Chambers, Teacher, JYMS, 38 years
  • Susan Chaney, Bookkeeper, NRHS, 36 years
  • Gwendolyn Chappell, Bus Driver, Transportation, 16 years
  • Alton Christmas, Teacher, JYMS, 16 years
  • Mildred Cooper,  Bus Driver, Transportation, 15 years
  • Sharon Copeland, Teacher, KSES, 27 years
  • Vivian Covington, Principal, JFKMS, 39 years
  • Israel Cross, Custodian, NPES, 10 years
  • John Deloatch, Custodian, KFMS, 38 years
  • Judith Dempsey, Teacher Assistant, OES, 12 years
  • Charlene Dunne, Teacher, FGMS, 8 years
  • Barbara Edwards, Teachers, KFMS, 31 years
  • Phyllis Faulk, Bus Driver, Transportation, 18 years
  • Robert Firek, Technician, Technology Dept., 9 years
  • Patricia Galloway, Teacher, KFMS, 11 years
  • Barbara Gatling, Teacher, PES, 23 years
  • Vickie Gilmet, Teacher, EFES, 27 years
  • James Greene, Operations Foreman, Maintenance, 31 years
  • Kim Harcum, Teacher Assistant, NRHS, 17 years
  • Joan Harrell, Teacher, KFMS, 26 years
  • Sandra Hightower, Teacher, NSES, 17 years
  • Patricia Hillman, Teacher Assistant, JYMS, 15 years
  • Melba Holland, Teacher, BTWES, 31 years
  • Erdie Hutchings, Teacher, HES, 21 years
  • Martha Johnson, Bus Driver, Transportation, 28 years
  • Jane Jones, Teacher Assistant, PES, 8 years
  • Faye Kee, Teacher Assistant, JFKMS, 24 years
  • Chloricia Lake-Myers, Teacher, HES, 30 years
  • Janet Lambert, Teacher, NSES, 19 years
  • Karen Lashells, Teacher, KFMS, 24 years
  • Laurie Lasher, Teacher, FGMS, 12 years
  • Robert Lindemann, Mechanic, Transportation, 18 years
  • Amanda Madison, Cafeteria Associate, OES, 13 years
  • Debra McIntosh, Admin Assistant, NRHS, 29 years
  • Pamela McIntyre, Teacher, LHS, 11 years
  • Alta Mills, Teacher, PES, 30 years
  • Tamara Morings, Teacher, PES, 33 years
  • Julie Moyer, Instructional Specialist, SAO, 34 years
  • Linda Narron, Bus Driver, Transportation, 13 years
  • Esther Paul, Cafeteria Associate, MBES, 40 years
  • Amos Peterson, Teacher, LHS, 17 years
  • Carolyn Ricks, Supervisor, Print Shop, 28 years
  • LaVann Riddick, Custodian, JYMS, 11 years
  • Mary Rollins, Teacher, KFMS, 28 years
  • Paulette Ryans, Teacher, FGMS, 10 years
  • Paula Scott, Speech Pathologist, MBES, 17 years
  • Teresa Shaw, Teacher Assistant, HES, 15 years
  • Alan Stein, Teacher, LHS, 14 years
  • Polly Stevens, Bookkeeper, PES, 30 years
  • Faye Stringfield, Teacher, OES, 20 years
  • Maurice Tennessee, Bus Driver, Transportation, 13 years
  • Barbara Uzzle, Teacher Assistant, LHS, 36 years
  • Anita Warren, Teacher, NPES, 37 years
  • Janice White, Health Services Supervisor, SAO, 43 years
  • Gwendolyn Wiggins, Admin Assistant, KSES, 29 years
  • Catherine Williams, Teacher, LHS, 10 years
  • Bonnie Wright, Teacher Assistant, KFMS, 38 years
  • Gary Yagiello, Teacher, KFHS, 14 years

2017-18 Transportation Form Required

May 8, 2017

In order for Suffolk Public Schools to adequately plan for the 2017-2018 school year, we are requesting that you submit the attached form to the Transportation Department, at 120 Forest Glen Dr, Suffolk, VA, 23434.

You may also complete the attached form and email it to, or return it to your child’s school.

The forms are due by June 30, 2017, for currently enrolled students.  We will notify you only if we are unable to meet your request.

Any form received after August 11, 2017 will not be acted upon till September 20, 2017 in the order that they are received.

If you are requesting for your child to attend a daycare provider out of your assigned school zone, you will need to contact the Pupil Personal Department for Suffolk Public Schools at 925-6750.

If your child receives special needs transportation, please disregard this form as the special education department will be contacting you regarding your child’s transportation.



Again, thank you in advance for you willingness to provide Suffolk Public Schools with important information regarding your child’s transportation.


2017-18 Transportation Form to print — click here

Read This Week’s SPS News

June 20, 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?

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!

Superintendent’s Star Award Winners Honored

May 24, 2017

Congratulations to 25 division employees who have been named winners of the Superintendent’s Star Award for Second Semester 2016-17.  A recognition reception was held on Tuesday, May 23.

Judges consider initiative, school spirit, creativity, commitment, and attitude to recognize those who are making a real difference in the lives of students.

  • Division-Wide Instructional Staff Award:  Beth Langston,  Fourth-Grade Teacher at Pioneer Elementary School
  • Division-Wide Support Staff Award: Anita Reid, Teacher Assistant at Elephant’s Fork Elementary SchoolMay winners smBeth Langston was nominated by parent Amber Vann, who called her a “gem to her students, a gem to her peers,” and a gem for Suffolk Public Schools.  She praised Langston’s energy, deep caring, and positive attitude when reaching students, boosting staff morale, and volunteering to improve family engagement.  In the nomination, Vann wrote how she notices “the little things the teacher does to make learning fun and rewarding. Not everyone takes the time to find crafts, incentives, and interactive ideas to make learning fun.” This extra effort often provides the hook to grab the attention of struggling students and to boost their confidence, leading to better grades, she said.  Langston was also applauded for heading the Community School Garden project, teaching her class about agriculture. The hands-on experience of planting, watering, measuring plants, note taking and understanding the importance of how food grows is providing students a wonderful cause-and-effect lesson. She is also Pioneer’s STEM 360 grant leader, working with the Virginia Air & Space Museum which provides classroom experiments in science and engineering, as well as a free field trip to the museum. Vann added: “Ms. Langston works very hard with children who need additional help and support through tutoring, but never shows frustration or attitude, and most certainly does not give up on them .You can tell she takes teaching very seriously and wants the best for all of her students.”

Anita Reid was nominated by fifth-grade teacher Natalie Karakla, who praised Reid’s positive attitude and work ethic.  Working with fifth-graders during reading lessons, Reid “comes in every day with a smile on her face and an uplifting demeanor.  She looks at kids as people and is always willing to put their feelings and needs before anything else.” Karakla recalled how even on dreary, rainy days greeting students as they get off buses in the morning, Ms. Reid demonstrates compassion.  Karakla said one day: “I could hear her greeting the students and laughing with them. The next thing I knew she was walking down the sidewalk holding her umbrella over a student so he and his breakfast wouldn’t get wet.  It is evident she enjoys her time with the kids, helping them, guiding them, teaching them, and most importantly providing comfort for them knowing they can rely on her.”

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Additional Support Staff Honorees

  • Nicole Barrett – Transportation Department bus driver
  • Vera Blakeney – Lakeland High School paraprofessional
  • Christine Bradshaw – Transportation Department bus driver
  • Erika Darden – Nansemond River High School paraprofessional
  • Reginald Darden – Transportation Department bus driver
  • Maurice Fofana – King’s Fork High School part-time coach
  • Bernadette Fraser – Northern Shores Elementary School paraprofessional
  • Mary Neville – Kilby Shores Elementary School head custodian
  • Lillian Willie – Booker T. Washington Elementary School long-term substitute teacher

Additional Instructional Staff Honorees

  • Amy Blyth – Nansemond River High School teacher
  • Lynne Copeland – John Yeates Middle School teacher
  • Alice Cherrix – Creekside Elementary School teacher
  • Lori Cratsley – Forest Glen Middle School teacher
  • Laurie Curtis – JohInstructional nominees smn Yeates Middle School teacher
  • Lauren Ertekin – Lakeland High School teacher
  • Keshia Jones – John Yeates Middle School teacher
  • Michelle Mabrey – SPS nursing supervisor
  • Lisa Rath – Pioneer Elementary School assistant principal
  • Scott Reed – Lakeland High School teacher
  • Natalie Rotzler – Forest Glen Middle School teacher
  • Venus Usanga – Elephant’s Fork Elementary School teacher
  • Douglas Wagoner – Lakeland High School principal
The Superintendent’s Star Award program will continue in 2017-18. First semester nominations are due by December 15.  Second semester nominations are due by March 31.

Link here for details on the award program.Link here for the NOMINATION FORM.

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.