Bethanne Bradshaw

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Driver Elementary Farewell Celebration – May 8

Celebrating 50 Years of History – 1968 to 2018 – Driver Elementary invites the community, former students and staff to join them Tuesday, May 8 at 6 p.m. for a special closing ceremony. A special cake-cutting ceremony at 5:45 p.m. will be held for participants and guests. Please RSVP to driverpta@gmail.com Driver Elementary School will be …

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Teacher Recruitment Fair – May 19

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SPS Raises $28,700 for March of Dimes

Congratulations to our top school teams who raised money and awareness for this charity. … Hillpoint Elementary – $10,300 !!! … Pioneer Elementary – $4,420 … Creekside Elementary – $2,600 … John Yeates Middle – $2,190   Did you know that each year, 1 out of every 8 babies is born too early?  That’s half …

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Congratulations to Our Young Authors Winners

ºThanks to our dedicated teachers, children throughout Suffolk Public Schools are encouraged to submit a sample of their creative writing for a city-wide contest called Young  Authors. The categories include fiction, nonfiction, poetry and autobiography. This program is sponsored by the Suffolk Reading  Council. A celebration was held to honor all city-wide winners on Tuesday, …

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Board Approves 2018-19 School Calendar

More Instructional Hours Built into the 2018-19 School Year Calendar Means Fewer Make-Up Days …….. An additional 10 minutes will be added to the elementary instructional day next year … and the legislature agreed to allow the mandated 15-minute elementary recess to count toward instructional hours. Highlights • September 4, 2018 – First Day of School • November 6, …

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Wednesday, April 25 @ KFMS – Community Sessions Continue on Teen Depression

Suffolk Public Schools is expanding the same student mental wellness outreach offered at high schools to include all 8th grade students in middle schools.  The division is actively bolstering its student mental wellness curriculum and building a stronger safety net for Suffolk teens by engaging parents and caring adults in a new, division-wide initiative. Partnering …

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Librarians: The Original Search Engine

The month of April is School Library Month … Wednesday, April 18 has been designated by Suffolk Public Schools as a day to tell your library media specialist : “Thanks for all you do!” National Spokesperson New York Times bestselling author, Jason Reynolds, is the 2018 Spokesperson for School Library Month. “It’s impossible for me to talk about …

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Be Sure to Thank Our School Volunteers …

Suffolk Public Schools will celebrate volunteers during Public School Volunteer Week is April 16-20.   We would like to thank all of our volunteers for dedicating thousands of hours to our students and schools. Through their continued commitment, they help make our schools a great place for students to learn and grow. Close to 1,800 volunteers …

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Renewal Deadline and Retirement Reminder …

Announcements from the HR Department … License Renewal …  Teachers whose licenses expire June 30, 2018 may should renewal paperwork to Erma Goodman or Beth Simpkins in the Human Resources Department by May 7, 2018.  Call 925-6758 for details. Retiring? … Anyone who is interested in retiring July 1, 2018 should contact Erma Goodman or Beth Simpkins in the Human Resources Department at …

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Wellness Challenge #4: Dump the Slump

SPS Staff, Wellness Reminders are found below.  Each Challenge incentive below is for the first 200 members who register and complete each activity. Challenge #3 Challenge #3 has closes today.  However, you have until April 15, 2018 to post your points. Incentive: The first 200 who register and complete this challenge will receive a SPS Personal Size First Aid Kit. Challenge #4  …. Final …

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Tips on Our New Division & School Websites

While you were on Spring Break, we launched  our new division website and new websites for each school. TIP #1:   If you had been getting to the Staff Portal from the old SPS website, you will now need to go direct. Make a bookmark … http://staff.spsk12.net/ TIP #2:   The log-in at the top right is only for webmasters.  …

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Strategic Plan Draft Available for Review

In the December 2017 School Board Meeting, the Suffolk Public Schools Board of Education adopted new goals for the 2018-2023 school year. The new goals are: Ensure all students demonstrate academic growth and acquire skills to become productive citizens. Ensure all students learn in a supportive, safe and nurturing environment. Maintain efficient, effective and accountable …

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New Tiers for the 2018-19 School Year

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VRS Offering Two Seminars – Thursday, April 5

Workshops will be held on Thursday, April 5 at Tidewater Community College, Regional Workforce Development Center, 7000 College Drive, Suffolk VA  23435. The Virginia Retirement System (VRS) is hosting two sessions for to members and their guests. Nearing Retirement Workshop: Planning to retire within the next five years? During this half-day workshop, industry professionals will share information to help …

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2018 City-Wide Teachers of the Year Announced

Congratulations to Katelyn Leitner-Black, a 5th-grade teacher at Pioneer Elementary School, who has been selected as Suffolk Public Schools’ 2018 City-Wide Teacher of the Year. Congratulations also to William Carter of King’s Fork Middle School, who was named Middle School Teacher of the Year … Kristen Ellis of Nansemond River High School, who was named …

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Nominations Due for Superintendent’s Star Awards

Second semester nominations for the Superintendent’s Star Award program are due by April 15, 2018.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to recognize employees who demonstrate commitment, initiative, school spirit, creativity, and a great attitude. Link here for details on the award program. Link here for the NOMINATION FORM. Congratulations to 15 division employees who have …

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Open Nomination for Gifted Eligibility …

Students currently in grades 3-7, who have not been tested for the gifted program in the last 12 months are eligible for nomination. Parents, teachers, administrators, and students may nominate a student for gifted services.  Nomination forms can be accessed from school offices, gifted resource teachers, or the gifted blog at http://blogs.spsk12.net/spsgifted/gifted-open-eligibility-period For more information, …

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Gala Tickets Now on Sale – A Night at the Movies – April 27

Don’t Miss the Event of Year   Last year’s Gala sold-out, so get your tickets now!     Here’s your opportunity to support the music and art programs in Suffolk Public Schools by attending the Suffolk Education   Foundation’s fourth annual Gala in Celebration of the Arts in Suffolk Public Schools!  Buy your Gala tickets …

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Free Community Workshops from WTCSB …

Teachers, counselors, coaches and others who work with teenagers and young adults might be interested in the free public training opportunities being offered by the Western Tidewater Community Services Board. Times and Locations for Each Workshop Varies, so please contact Anderson Wright awright@wtcsb.org   Mental Health First Aid: for Youth and Young Adults: MHFA: Youth …

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Congratulations …

The Suffolk School Board has named two assistant principals and a dean of students. Dana Bilby has been selected as assistant principal for the new Col. Fred Cherry Middle School. Timothy Kubinak has been selected as assistant principal at John Yeates Middle School. Dennis Tysinger has been selected as dean of students at Elephant’s Fork …

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Learn More about the Proposed 2018-19 Budget

The Superintendent’s Proposed 2018-2019 Operating Budget was presented to the Suffolk School Board on February 8, 2018. Click on the headline to open the most. Learn more at this link:  https://www.spsk12.net/news_articles/learn-more-about-the-proposed-2018-19-budget/

Now Available Online — SEF Grant Applications for 2018-19

The Suffolk Education Foundation announces that applications are now available for its 2018-19 instructional grant program.  Proposals are due electronically by email no later than Friday, April 20, 2018. This year’s grant application is available online at the SEF’s website. Click here to connect to the online Grant Application.   

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