Bethanne Bradshaw

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New Faces … New Places

The Suffolk School Board announced several elementary school administrative changes at its June 14 meeting. Jennifer Conner has been named principal at Nansemond Parkway Elementary School. Bernette Brock has been named assistant principal at Booker T. Washington Elementary School. Taiia Clarke has been named assistant principal at Hillpoint Elementary School. Shalise Taylor has been named …

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Tuition Free Course to become Special Ed Teacher … Interest Letter Due July 16

2018 Tuition-Free Prerequisite Course for a Provisional (Special Education) License Offered at Old Dominion University (Tri-Cities Center) *ONLY 10 Slots Available Division-wide Interest Application Due July 16, 2018 To address the critical shortages of teachers in special education, Suffolk Public Schools will offer a tuition-free course, Foundations of Special Education: Legal Aspects and Characteristics (SPED …

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50 Employees Give 1,000+ Years

Fifty retirees from Suffolk Public Schools were recently celebrated at the 2018 Retirement Banquet. The years of service below are those years with Suffolk Public Schools only – a total of 1,025 years of service to Suffolk students! Congratulations to the following retirees: Johnnie Adams-Coleman, HES, Teacher Asst., 9 years Fatiyah Ali, MBES, Teacher, 4 …

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SPS Recognized for Support of United Way

Representatives from schools who significantly increased their United Way support for 2017-18 were celebrated at United Way’s Annual Awards Luncheon on June 7.   Left to right, Quintina Speller-Williams, EFES; Gwendolyn Williams, FGMS; Tara Moore, CES; Jessica Vargas, EFES; Lauren-Marie Banks, HES; and Traci Mettler, NSES.

Wellness Program Names YMCA Membership Winners

Congratulations to the following staff members for winning  a one-year YMCA Membership! Are you looking for more ways to be involved in the SPS Employee Wellness Program?  Contact annemccoy@spsk12.net Congrats! Tomika Doleman,  Martha Griffin,  Keisha Jones,  Edward Lane,  Leslie Moring,  Lynette Phillips, Tracy Rountree,  Jacqueline Stephenson, Bonnie Wagner.  Jennifer Worrell

Foundation Awards $15,000 in Instructional Grants

The Suffolk Education Foundation is proud to announce its financial support of the following classroom instructional programs which will impact more than 2,500 students during the 2018-19 school year.  The Suffolk Education Foundation has funded more than $300,000 in instructional grants over the years. Strumming Up Some Fun! – Oakland Elementary School … Fourth and …

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We want to talk to you …

Calling All SPS Staff who are Certified Personal Trainers. We want to talk to you. Please contact annemccoy@spsk12.net

Star Award Winners & Honorees Shine Brightly

Congratulations to 16 division employees who have been named winners of the Superintendent’s Star Award for Second Semester 2017-18. A recognition reception was held on Thursday, May 24.  Judges consider initiative, school spirit, creativity, commitment, and attitude to recognize those who are making a real difference in the lives of students.  A total of 16 …

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Paraprofessionals Offered Tuition-Free Online Course

Attention all SPS Teacher Assistants … If interested, your request for the Superintendent’s Recommendation is due Sunday, May 27 …  To address the critical shortages of teachers in special education, the Virginia Department of Education has awarded a grant to Radford University to offer, tuition-free, the course, EDSP 651-Students with Diverse Learning Needs and the …

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Key Dates in 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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2018-19 Teacher Salary Scale

Get Connected …  Introducing the New Mobile App for Suffolk Public Schools

Stay in touch with Suffolk Public Schools by using our brand new mobile app. “Connecting with families where they are is important.  Today’s parents prefer mobile technology, and for that reason, we expect this new mobile app to strengthen communication between families and schools,” said Bethanne Bradshaw, Public Information & Community Relations Officer for Suffolk Public Schools.  …

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You Are Invited

To all SPS Employees: You are invited to take an Employee Wellness Program Survey.  This survey is for all staff.  You do not have to be actively using Viverae Connect to participate.   To open the survey, please click here: SPS Employee Wellness Program Survey Survey closes at 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 25, 2018. Thank you for …

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Run, Don’t Walk to Volunteer at the Girls on the Run 5K on May 20

As a leader of an organization dedicated to community service, Girls on the Run Hampton Roads would like to invite you and the members of your organization to support the 800-plus girls from all over Hampton Roads participating in our Spring program. At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes …

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Job Fairs for Teachers, Nurses & Bus Drivers … to be held Saturday, May 19

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Friday, May 4 — School Lunch Hero Day …

School Lunch Hero Day is a national celebration to recognize and honor the dedicated school nutrition program professionals who prepare healthy and delicious school meals for our students every school day. To recognize their hard work and dedication, Suffolk Public Schools will join schools around the country in celebrating School Lunch Hero Day on Friday, May …

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Teacher Appreciation Week – May 7- 11 …

As part of Teacher Appreciation Week, Suffolk Public Schools is supporting the 2018 “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 …

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Celebrating School Nurses …

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 is National School Nurse Day! We honor more than 95,000 school nurses in the United States who make a difference in the lives of children every day! The theme this year is School Nurses: Advocates for 21st Century Student Health. Five Ways a School Nurse Benefits the School Attendance — School nurses improve …

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Wednesday, May 2 @ FGMS – 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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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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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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