Making a difference … In the classroom … In the cafeteria … In the clinic.

Take time to thank our teachers, teacher assistants, food service workers, and school nurses.  These employees are the focus of national recognition weeks coming up in May.

Suffolk Public Schools celebrates National Teacher Appreciation Week from May 1 to May 5, but has also set aside Wednesday, May 3 as Teacher Assistant Appreciation Day.

Share your appreciation as well to our school nutrition employees who help keep our students and staff healthy and well.  School Lunch Hero Day is Friday, May 5.

Nurses also deserve applause.  National School Nurse Day is Wednesday, May 10.


National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 1 – May 5

As part of Teacher Appreciation Week, Suffolk Public Schools is supporting the 2017 “Thank a Teacher” campaign, led by the Virginia PTA and the Virginia Lottery. The campaign encourages students, parents and members of the community to send thank-you notes to teachers across the Commonwealth to recognize their hard work and dedication. Last year, more than 30,000 thank-you notes were sent to Virginia’s public school teachers.  We hope you will join us and take part in “Thank a Teacher” by recognizing even more teachers this year. Visit to send an electronic thank-you note to a deserving teacher in your life or check with your individual schools to see what they have planned – many PTAs are hosting thank-you note-writing stations and events!

  • Throughout the week, schools will be honoring classroom teachers with a variety of events.
  • The division’s Teacher of the Year Banquet is Tuesday, May 2. This invitation-only celebration recognizes each school’s Teacher of the Year, as well as the City-Wide Teachers of the Year (Andrae Riddick of King’s Fork High School), the City-Wide Middle School Teacher of the Year (Emma Neave of John F. Kennedy Middle School), and the City-Wide Elementary School Teacher of the Year (Natalie Street of Creekside Elementary).
  • Thursday, May 4 is Teacher Assistant Day: Please take a moment on this day to show the teacher assistants at your school how much they mean to you.


School Lunch Hero Day … The school nutrition staff in Suffolk Public Schools strives to make lunchtime the favorite part of every student’s day. From their friendly greetings in the cafeteria and the love they dish out with every student meal, to how they encourage kids to eat more fruits and vegetables, our school nutrition professionals are truly heroes. On Friday, May 5, students will show their appreciation for their school nutrition staff as part of School Lunch Hero Day.  Students will shower their school lunch heroes with thanks, cards, and recognition. School Lunch Hero Day gives schools and communities the opportunity to thank school nutrition professionals.  For more information visit  Call Brian Williams, Director of Food & Nutrition Services, at 925-5789 for additional details.


National School Nurse Day celebrated Wednesday, May 10 … We honor our school nurses who make a difference in the lives of children every day! The theme this year is “Healthy Nurse. Healthy Students.” School nurses lead the way to advance health and support education by ensuring that students are safe, healthy, and ready to learn. Learn more at  Call Dr. Suzanne Rice, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, at 925-6761 for additional information.