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Safety During Solar Eclipse — at Home and at School

August 20, 2017

AdobeStock_79399902-300x200On Monday, August 21, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible across the entire continental United States for the first time in almost 40 years.

  • The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers.
  • Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun.  They allow in too much sunlight.
  • Do not allow your children to look directly at the sun during this time. You may opt to keep them inside and view the extensive coverage of this event on television or computer.

While students are not back in session yet for the 2017-18 school year, Suffolk Public Schools does have some sports team and other groups meeting on Monday.  Coaches and advisors will take extra precautions to ensure the safety of students in their care.


Virginia is outside of the path of totality, meaning we will see a partially-eclipsed sun. Outside the path of totality, you must ALWAYS use a safe solar filter to view the sun directly.

  • Viewing the eclipse through a pinhole viewer is another option, but individuals should carefully follow the instructions for constructing a safe pinhole viewer.
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) also offer a guide for making your own pinhole projector.  Children should always be supervised when using solar filters and pinhole projectors.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and NASA both has recommendations on how to safely enjoy the solar eclipse.

The American Astronomical Society has a list of reputable vendors of solar filters & viewers.

 


Back-to-School Orientation Dates

August 14, 2017

Schools listed by Elementary, then Middle, then High

 

Booker T. Washington Elementary School … Orientation for Early Start and grades K-5 will be held Thursday, August 31  from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Labeled supplies may be brought to school at this time. Kindergarten orientation will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Parents will have a brief overview by staff and then report to respective classrooms for meet and greet with assigned teacher. All other students and parents should report to their assigned classroom to visit and meet the teacher. Call the school at 934-6226 for more information.

 

Creekside Elementary School … Orientation for grades 1-5, as well as Ms. Johnson and Ms. Rockett’s classes, will be held on Thursday, August 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Students and parents should report to their assigned homeroom class to visit and meet the teacher.  Labeled supplies for students may be brought to school at this time. Kindergarten orientation will begin promptly at 9 a.m. in the cafeteria.  Parents will have a brief overview by staff from 9 to 10 a.m. and then report to respective classrooms for meet and greet with their assigned teacher.  Call the school at 923-4251 for additional information.

 

Driver Elementary School  Orientation for students in ECSE, Early Start and grades K-5 will be held on Thursday, August 31 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Kindergarten parents will report to the cafeteria at 9 a.m. to meet with all kindergarten teachers. All other students and parents are to report to their child’s assigned homeroom class. Parents are encouraged to bring any supplies, labeled with student’s name to orientation.  Call the school at 923-4106 for more information.

 

Elephant’s Fork Elementary School … Orientation for Early Start and grades K-5 will be held Thursday, August 31.  Early Start and kindergarten orientation will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Kindergarten orientation will take place promptly at 9 a.m. in the gym for a quick overview and then teachers and parents will proceed to the kindergarten classrooms.  Orientation for grades 1-5 will take place from 11a.m. to 12 noon in the assigned classrooms.  Labeled supplies may be brought to school at this time.  Call the school at 923-5250 for more information.

 

Hillpoint Elementary School … Orientation for Early Start and grades K-5 will be held Thursday, August 31 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Labeled supplies may be brought to school at this time. Kindergarten orientation will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Parents will have a brief overview by staff and then report to respective classrooms for meet and greet with assigned teacher. All other students and parents should report to their assigned classroom to visit and meet the teacher. Call the school at 923-5252 for more information.

 

Kilby Shores Elementary School … Orientation for Early Start and grades K-5 will be held Thursday, August 31 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Labeled supplies may be brought to school at this time. Early Start orientation will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. Parents will have a brief overview by staff and then report to respective classrooms for meet and greet with assigned teacher. All other students and parents should report to their assigned classroom to visit and meet the teacher. Call the school at 934-6214 for more information.

 

Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary School … Orientation for grades K-5 will be held Thursday, August 31 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Kindergarten parents will meet in the cafeteria at 1:00 pm  for a brief introduction and then report to their child’s room. Grades 1-5 students and parents will report directly to their child’s assigned homeroom class.  Orientation for Early Start will be held the same day from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Call the school at 934-6224 for more information.

 

Nansemond Parkway Elementary School … Orientation for grades K-5 and Early Start will be held on Thursday, August 31. Early Start classroom visitations will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. along with a presentation in the cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. For K-5 students, classroom visitations will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Labeled supplies may also be brought to school at this time.  Call the school at 923-4167 for more information. 

 

Northern Shores Elementary School Orientation for grades 1-5, ECSE and Early Start will be held on Thursday, August 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Students and parents should report to their assigned homeroom class to visit and meet the teacher.  Kindergarten orientation will begin promptly at 9 a.m. in the cafeteria.  Parents will have a brief overview by staff from 9 to 10 a.m. and then report to respective classrooms for meet and greet with their assigned teacher.  Call the school at 923-4169 for additional information.

 

Oakland Elementary School … Orientation for Early Start and grades K-5 will be held Thursday, August 31 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Kindergarten orientation will begin promptly at 9 a.m. in the cafeteria. Parents will have a brief overview by staff and then report to respective classrooms for meet and greet with assigned teacher. All other students and parents should report to their assigned classroom to visit and meet the teacher.  Labeled supplies may be brought to school at this time.  Call the school at 923-5248 for more information.

 

Pioneer Elementary School  Orientation for students in  Early Start and grades K-5 will be held on Thursday, August 31 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Kindergarten parents will report to the cafeteria at 9 a.m. to meet with all kindergarten teachers. All other students and parents are to report to their child’s assigned homeroom class. Parents are encouraged to bring any supplies, labeled with student’s name to orientation.  Call the school at 925-5782 for more information.

 

Turlington Woods School … Orientation will be held for all students assigned to the Daytime Alternative Program on Thursday, August 31 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. It is mandatory for all students and parents/guardians to attend orientation before starting the program for the 2017-18 school year. If an alternate date and time is needed, the parent/guardian must contact the school to reschedule. Call the school at 934-6215 for more information.

Forest Glen Middle School … 
  • FGMS 6th Grade Transition Program and Picnic will be held Wednesday, August 23 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  This event will have scheduled parent and student sessions that will begin at 4 p.m.  Therefore, it is important that all participants plan to be present fromp.m. to 7 p.m.  The Forest Glen Middle School will sponsor a picnic at the end of the transition program for all 6th grade students and their parents in the cafeteria. Parents will be able to purchase PE uniforms, lock rental for the hall lockers and a FGMS agenda (a customized calendar/homework assignment notebook). The purpose of the transition program is to encourage parents to be active participants in their child’s middle school career, to introduce rising 6th graders to middle school life, and to establish a relationship between the parents, students, and teachers.  Parents and students will also learn about the format of semester courses, as well as Accelerated Reader (AR) requirements. Schedules will only be issued to 6th grade students who have received their Tdap booster shot and have provided documentation to the school.  The nurse will be available to verify shot records for those who have not submitted this documentation.  Avoid the line to see the nurse by submitting your child’s shot record prior to Wednesday, August 23. Call the school at 925-5780 for more information.
  • FGMS 7th & 8th Grade Orientation will be held on Thursday, August 31 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Students may pick up their schedules at this time. Gym uniforms, agendas, and locks will be available for purchase.  Call the school at 925-5780 for more information. 
John F. Kennedy Middle School …
  • JFKMS 6th Grade Transition/Orientation will be held on Wednesday August 23 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  This is a great opportunity to become familiar with the building and staff prior to the opening of school.  Class schedules and bus schedules will be available.  Schedules will only be issued to 6th grade students who have received their Tdap booster shot and have provided documentation to the school. Lockers, locks, agendas, and gym uniforms will be available for purchase as well. We look forward to partnering with you to provide the best educational experience for  your child this school year.  For more information please call the school at 934-6212.
  • JFKMS 7th & 8th Grade Orientation will be held on Thursday August 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Class schedules and bus schedules will be available.  Lockers, locks, agendas, and gym uniforms will be available for purchase as well. We look forward to partnering with you to provide the best educational experience for  your child this school year.  For more information please call the school at 934-6212.
John Yeates Middle School … 
  • JYMS 6th Grade Transition Night Wednesday, August 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  All sixth-graders and their families are invited to learn the basics of middle school, tour the building and pick up schedules upon presenting Tdap verification.  Avoid the line to see the nurse by submitting your child’s shot record prior to August, 23.  Fees for locks, gym uniforms and agendas may be paid during this time.  Contact the school at 923-4105 for more information.
  • JYMS 6th, 7th & 8th  Grade Orientation Orientation for grade 6-8 will be held on Thursday, August 31 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Gym uniforms, agendas, and locks will be available for purchase.  Contact the school at 923-4105 for more information. 
King’s Fork Middle School
  • KFMS 6th Grade Transition Night … Wednesday, August 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Enjoy pizza and a drink from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (student plus 2 guests), learn about all things sixth grade… lockers, classes, expectations from 5:30 to 6:00.  Parents will be able to tour the building learn how to read a student’s schedule, meet teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators, find answers for their questions about middle school and connect with former classmates and meet new classmates. Parents must RSVP for pizza dinner (student plus two guests) by phone at 923-5246 or by email at kfmsjaguars@gmail.com by Monday, August 21.Schedules will only be issued to sixth grade students who have received their T-dap booster shot and have provided documentation to the school. The nurse will be available to verify shot records for those who have not yet submitted this documentation. Avoid the line to see the nurse by submitting the shot record prior to Monday, August 21. Contact the school at 923-5246 for more information.
  • KFMS 6th, 7th & 8th  Grade Orientation … Orientation for grade 6-8 will be held on Thursday, August 31 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Schedules will be available for pick-up. Gym uniforms, agendas, and locks will be available for purchase.  Contact the school at 923-5246 for more information.

 

King’s Fork High School
  • KFHS Freshman Transition ProgramThursday, August 17 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Students and parents will have the opportunity to join the PTSA, purchase gym uniforms, meet the administrative team, tour the school and find out more about school clubs.  Registration is required. For more information, please call Cynthia Crandol at 923-5240.
  • KFHS Orientation for All Students Thursday, August 31 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Contact the school at 923-5240 for information.

 

Lakeland High School …
  • LHS Freshman Transition ProgramThursday, August 17 from 12:30 – 3:00  Parents and students will be able to tour the school and learn about the numerous academic, extracurricular and support programs available at Lakeland High School. You must register in order to attend.  Space will be limited so register early.  You may also register in person at Lakeland High School Monday through Thursday between 7:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.  The deadline for registration is Monday, August 14, 2017. Register on line at http://lhs.spsk12.net or call the school at 925-5790.
  • LHS Orientation for All Students Thursday, August 31, from 6:30 p.m to 8 p.m.  For more information, call the school at 925-5790.  

 

Nansemond River High School … 
  • NRHS Freshman Transition ProgramThursday, August 17 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  You will be able to tour the school and learn about the numerous academic, extracurricular and support programs available at Nansemond River High School.  For further information, call the school at 923-4101.
  • NRHS Orientation for All Students  Wednesday, August 30 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Students and parents will have an opportunity to visit teachers, make purchases, and pay any necessary fees during this time.  For more information, call the school at 923-4101.

 

The College and Career Academy at Pruden … Tuesday, August 29 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Currently enrolled as well as non enrolled students and parents in middle and high school are encouraged to tour the facility and meet the teachers.  The opening session will begin promptly at 6 p.m. in the teachers’ classrooms for those enrolled with schedules. All other visitors may enter any classroom to gather information for future enrollment.  Administrative and support staff will be available to answer questions about our FIRST Governor’s Academy, Public Works Academy, and Licensure/Certifications.  For more information, call the center at 923-5254.

 

 


Staff Pre-Service Professional Development Available Now

August 14, 2017

The start of the 2017-18 school year is just around the corner, and we are looking forward to having employees join us for Pre-Service Week activities.

Click here for a detailed Pre-Service Week schedule,

This year, convocation will be held on Thursday, Aug. 24 at King’s Fork High School.

Principals and department administrators will contact their building staff about meeting at the school (or office) and then carpooling or traveling by school bus to KFHS.

The program begins at 9 a.m. with refreshments served from 8 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.

All staff is invited to convocation. Each building is encourage to wear school colors and sit together as a group.

Because all employees will be attending, schools, departments and offices will be closed during this time.

 

Other schedule highlights are listed below.

  • New Teacher Orientation – Aug. 21 – 23 at King’s Fork Middle School
  • Convocation – Aug. 24  at King’s Fork High School, with remainder of the day staff reporting to schools and departments
  • Training at School Sites – Aug. 25
  • District-wide Professional Development – Aug. 28-29
If you need a paper copy of the schedule (once available), please visit any school office, or call 925-6758 to request a copy by mail.

More than 165 new teachers will be welcomed Monday, August 21 on the first of their three-day new teacher orientation sessions.  The New Teacher Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. at King’s Fork Middle School.  School Board members, City Council members and division administrators will welcome them to Suffolk Public Schools with a meal and some remarks.  In addition, Sabrina Hayes, the City-Wide Rookie Teacher of the Year, will share some comments from colleague. Principals will introduce their new staff – many of whom are coming to the division with previous classroom experience.  In addition, 24 instructors from the redesigned College & Career Academy at Pruden will be introduced, as they transition to the Suffolk-only program.  Call Bethanne Bradshaw at 925-6752 for more information.

 

This year’s Division-Wide Convocation for Staff on Thursday, August 24 will feature keynote speaker Dave Burgess, a New York Times best-selling author of Teach Like a Pirate and co-author of P is for Pirate.   Convocation will begin at 9 a.m. in the King’s Fork High School gymnasium, with 2,000 teachers, administrators and support staff attending.  The event is a kick-off for the 2017-18 school year — the day that veteran teachers return to work.   Participants will be encouraged and motivated by speakers from the School Board, City Council, and Superintendent Dr. Deran R. Whitney.

  • NOTE: Schools, offices and departments will be closed on Thursday, August 24 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon for this division-wide professional development event.  Parents and others are reminded to call or visit the school that day after 12 noon.
  • Convocation is expected to conclude by 11 a.m.
  • Burgess is well-known for his outrageously energetic performance style and inspirational, yet practical, message. His consulting company specializes in innovative, creative books and professional development programs designed to transform education and uplift educators to reach their full potential.
  • His message to all employees of Suffolk Public Schools will be “Thinking Outside the Box: A Crash Course in Creative Brainstorming.” He will discuss using their brains like Google, creating a GPS system for powerful teaching, and magically creating new ideas through Creative Alchemy. In addition, participants will learn how to overcome obstacles that stifle creativity by using the Wedding Photographer Principle.
  • Burgess was a keynote presenter in October 2016 at the Suffolk Excellence in Education Conference, which attracted 320 Suffolk educators as they focused on student engagement with a dash of technology.

Call Bethanne Bradshaw at 925-6752 for more information.

 

 

 

 


Transition Programs for 6th-Graders

August 20, 2017

 

  • Forest Glen Middle School – 6th Grade Transition Program and Picnic will be held Wednesday, August 23 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  This event will have scheduled parent and student sessions that will begin at 4 p.m.  Therefore, it is important that all participants plan to be present from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  The Forest Glen Middle School will sponsor a picnic at the end of the transition program for all 6th grade students and their parents in the cafeteria. Parents will be able to purchase PE uniforms, lock rental for the hall lockers and a FGMS agenda (a customized calendar/homework assignment notebook). The purpose of the transition program is to encourage parents to be active participants in their child’s middle school career, to introduce rising 6th graders to middle school life, and to establish a relationship between the parents, students, and teachers.  Parents and students will also learn about the format of semester courses, as well as Accelerated Reader (AR) requirements. Schedules will only be issued to 6th grade students who have received their Tdap booster shot and have provided documentation to the school.  The nurse will be available to verify shot records for those who have not submitted this documentation.  Avoid the line to see the nurse by submitting your child’s shot record prior to Wednesday, August 23. Call the school at 925-5780 for more information.

  • John F. Kennedy Middle School – 6th Grade Transition/Orientation will be held on Wednesday August 23 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  This is a great opportunity to become familiar with the building and staff prior to the opening of school.  Class schedules and bus schedules will be available.  Schedules will only be issued to 6th grade students who have received their Tdap booster shot and have provided documentation to the school. Lockers, locks, agendas, and gym uniforms will be available for purchase as well. We look forward to partnering with you to provide the best educational experience for  your child this school year.  For more information please call the school at 934-6212.

  • John Yeates Middle School – 6th Grade Transition Night … Wednesday, August 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  All sixth-graders and their families are invited to learn the basics of middle school, tour the building and pick up schedules upon presenting Tdap verification.  Avoid the line to see the nurse by submitting your child’s shot record prior to August, 23.  Fees for locks, gym uniforms and agendas may be paid during this time.  Contact the school at 923-4105 for more information.

  • King’s Fork Middle School – 6th Grade Transition Night … Wednesday, August 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Enjoy pizza and a drink from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (student plus 2 guests), learn about all things sixth grade… lockers, classes, expectations from 5:30 to 6:00.  Parents will be able to tour the building learn how to read a student’s schedule, meet teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators, find answers for their questions about middle school and connect with former classmates and meet new classmates. Parents must RSVP for pizza dinner (student plus two guests) by phone at 923-5246 or by email at kfmsjaguars@gmail.com by Monday, August 21.Schedules will only be issued to sixth grade students who have received their T-dap booster shot and have provided documentation to the school. The nurse will be available to verify shot records for those who have not yet submitted this documentation. Avoid the line to see the nurse by submitting the shot record prior to Monday, August 21. Call the school at 923-5246 for more information.

NRHS Senior Named to National Leadership Post

August 2, 2017

Brandon Eley Honored as National Beta Leadership Ambassador

 

Brandon Eley

Nansemond River High School senior Brandon Eley has been named as a 2017-18 Leadership Ambassador, one of only 10 Ambassadors selected from among 96 youth selected to attend the National Beta’s Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.  These honored Beta members from across the nation gathered for leadership training in late July.

This elite recognition is reserved for honorees who best demonstrate leadership through effective team work, inspiration to fellow peers, a courageous attitude, and honest character.

As Leadership Ambassador, Eley will represent National Beta at various sponsored events, promote Beta as part of organizational growth initiatives and advocate for leadership opportunities in his community. His first role will involve presenting to sponsors and educators who oversee activities during National Beta’s Infuse2.0 Educator Conference this September in Atlanta.

Eley, a senior at Nansemond River High School, is part of the division’s competitive Project Lead the Way four-year engineering specialty program.  He is drum major with the Nansemond River Marching Band and was elected Beta Virginia vice president. Eley plans to attend the University of Virginia to study engineering and also perform in the marching band.

About Suffolk Public Schools
Suffolk Public Schools is an innovative and technology-savvy school division that leads the area in classroom technology integration. More than 14,200 students attend the district’s 18 schools—11 elementary, four middle and three high schools—located in Virginia’s largest city. With computers accessible to every student, academic rigor, specialty course work, and community service requirements, Suffolk is preparing all students for college and career.

About National Beta
National Beta is the largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization in America. The organization recognizes outstanding achievement, promotes character and social responsibility, and encourages service involvement.

 


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.


Enrolling: The College & Career Academy at Pruden

July 11, 2017

Interested in career and technical education?

We are enrolling now for fall courses at The College & Career Academy at Pruden! For more information, click this link.

Call us today at 757-923-5254, if you are an adult learner or rising high school junior and senior and want to learn more.

 



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