The Suffolk School Board announced administrative changes at its July 14 meeting:
- David LeFevre has been named as a Coordinator of Student Services.
- Garrick Rhoads has been named principal at Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary School.
LeFevre has been principal at Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary School since 2013, and has held administrative roles in Virginia Beach, Loudon County and Martinsburg, West Virginia, where he started as a teacher. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Shepherd College and his master’s degree from West Virginia University.
Rhoads has been assistant principal at Elephant’s Fork Elementary School since 2015 and also served in the same role at Nansemond Parkway Elementary for a year. He was a teacher at Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary for 13 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Radford University and his master’s degree from Regent University.
Corey Hamlin will become assistant principal at Elephant’s Fork Elementary School.
Announced at its June 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 Supervisor of Science Instruction.
Transfers include the following:
- Chanel Woods will be principal at Booker T. Washington Elementary School,
- Lori Mounie will be principal at Pioneer Elementary School, replacing Danielle Belton who has resigned.
- Roberta Branch will be assistant principal at Nansemond Parkway Elementary School.
- Lisa Rath will be assistant principal at Oakland Elementary School.
- Barbara Tidd will be assistant principal at Pioneer Elementary School.
Conner has been assistant principal at Nansemond Parkway Elementary for three years, and previously taught for 11 years in Surry County Public Schools. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree from the College of William and Mary.
Brock has been an academic coach at Creekside Elementary for three years, taught for a year at Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary, and served in Norfolk Public Schools for 10 years as an instructional specialist, assistant principal, and principal. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Norfolk State University.
Clarke has been an assistant principal in Hampton Public Schools for four years. She has been a special education teacher, behavior specialist, and special education coordinator in several area school divisions. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Audrey Cohen College and her master’s degree from Regent University.
Taylor has been Suffolk’s science instructional specialist this past year, and taught science in Portsmouth and Chesapeake public schools for four years. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University and her master’s degree from Liberty University.
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 400), to 10 individuals recommended by Suffolk Public Schools Administrators. This fall coursework will be offered to individuals seeking endorsement in the area of Special Education (General Curriculum).
Among other requirements set forth in the Licensure Regulations for School Personnel and state statute, individuals seeking a Provisional (Special Education) License with an endorsement in special education must complete a prerequisite course that includes “foundations for educating students with disabilities and an understanding and application of the legal aspects and regulatory requirements associated with identification, education, and evaluation of students with disabilities.” The Old Dominion University course (SPED 400) will meet this course requirement.
The cost of applying to Old Dominion University, the tuition for the course, and the cost of the textbook and fees will be covered by Suffolk Public Schools. The only cost to participants will be the cost of transportation to and from the class which will be held at the Old Dominion Tri-Cities Center.
Space is limited to 10 participants on a first-come, first served basis. Applicants should submit their interest application using the Google link provided by July 16, 2018. Interested applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, must not have been previously employed under a provisional license in special education, and must be recommended by an administrator who has worked with the candidate.
Applicants must submit the following forms:
- Online Interest Form. The Online Interest Form must be completed online at Selected applicants will be notified of acceptance.
- School Administrator (or Designee) Recommendation Form. This form will be emailed to the administrator that you list on your interest form upon submission.
For information about the course, please contact Dr. Rodney Brown, Director of Human Resources or Diane Glover, Director of Special Education.
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 years
- Wilma Archer-Jack, JYMS, Cafeteria Associate, 10 years
- Karen Bailey, CES, Teacher Asst., 13 years
- Cynthia Barrett-Walloe, SAO, Admin. Asst., 20 years
- Janette Belote, NSES, Teacher, 33 years
- Gail Bess, SAO, Coordinator, 41 years
- Dale Blake, LHS, ROTC Instructor, 14 years
- Debbie Bunch, JYMS, Teacher, 35 years
- Elizabeth Butler, MBES, Teacher, 28 years
- Deborah Creekmur, NRHS, Teacher, 30 years
- Laurie Curtis, JYMS, Teacher, 13 years
- Eva Daniel, NPES, Teacher, 4 years
- Gilbert Dawes, Jr., CCAP, Teacher, 13 years
- Deborah Eaton, SAO, Admin. Asst., 15 years
- Mary Eberwine, KFHS, Guidance Counselor, 15 years
- Phyllis Elmore, LHS, Teacher, 17 years
- Amy Espinosa, HES, Teacher, 35 years
- James Fowler, KFHS, Teacher, 11 years
- Inga Francis, NRHS, Teacher, 14 years
- Melissa Gardner, SAO, Accounting Tech. II, 33 years
- Mary Gray, MBES, Teacher Asst., 8 years
- Joyce Hale, NRHS, Cafeteria Associate, 14 years
- Robin Healey, KSES, Teacher, 10 years
- Virginia Hill, Transp. Dept., Bus Driver, 44 years
- Dona Hindlin, NRHS, Teacher, 13 years
- Sharon Holsinger, KSES, Teacher Asst., 15 years
- Charlene Jerlin, KFHS, Guidance Director, 19 years
- Montina Jones, JFKMS, Teacher, 6 years
- Mary Joyner, PES, Teacher, 22 years
- Christina Klein, JYMS, Teacher, 30 years
- Coleen Lee, EFES, Teacher, 27 years
- Sherri Lilley, KSES, Teacher, 42 years
- Patsy Markham, KSES, Teacher, 34 years
- Lisa McNair, Transp. Dept., Bus Aide, 11 years
- Roland Myers, KSES, Teacher, 18 years
- Lillie Parker, NRHS, Custodian, 20 years
- Juanita Parker, KSES, Speech Pathologist, 33 years
- Loretta Parker, Transp. Dept., Bus Driver, 21 years
- Judith Perry, KFMS, Teacher, 15 years
- Herlene Plowden, KFHS, Custodian, 14 years
- Deborah Rasberry, KSES, Teacher, 19 years
- Scott Reed, LHS, Teacher, 16 years
- Bernette Rodgers, Transp. Dept., Bus Aide, 14 years
- Linda Skeeter, KFMS, Teacher Asst., 34 years
- Sherri Story, KFHS, Teacher, 12 years
- Phyllis Thibodeau, MBES, Teacher, 26 years
- Gloria Tucker, NSES, Custodian, 7 years
- Anita Wellenstein, DES, Teacher, 12 years
- Diane Whitley, LHS, Teacher Asst., 17 years
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.
We’re proud of our top students!!
This August join educators from around the world in the first ever #HiveSummit. This event is a free, 14 day virtual educational conference featuring nine speakers.
Get Your Ticket
You don’t want to miss out on being in the hive! Get your ticket here to make sure you don’t miss any of the sweet goodness.
- Website for information – https://hivesummit.org/
- Registration – https://hivesummit.org/?page_id=201
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 fifth grade students will develop problem-solving and leadership skills as they learn how to play a new instrument. Through ukulele instruction, students develop music literacy skills as well as interpersonal skills nurtured through a supportive and purposeful learning environment. ($1,140 – Rena Long)
- Making STEM Come to Life — Col. Fred Cherry Middle School … A do-it-yourself, hands-on learning center called Makerspace provides students a work space for creating, investigating, sharing, and learning that uses technology, tools, and collaboration with other students. The Makerspace stations will include coding, 3D printing, robotics, electric circuits, deconstruction, and freestyle inventing. ($1,517 – Shawn Green)
- Virtual Field Trip Devices – Lakeland High School … Virtual reality technology will allow earth and environmental science students to see almost first-hand how the planet changes. Using individual devices, they will experience what it means to be in volcano tunnels, climb through the world’s largest cave system, and visit the moon to see the beauty of Earth from outer space. ($631 – Teri Sheffield)
- Building Up S.T.E.A.M. — Kilby Shores Elementary School … Elementary students do more than check out books from the library. With invention kits and a 3-D printer, students will make hands-on connections across the curricular areas to work on engineering, computer coding, simple machines, problem solving, and critical thinking. T.E.A.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. ($1,930 – Allison Greene)
- Wreck this Journal — John Yeates Middle School … Students will receive individual copies of the wildly popular book, Wreck This Journal, which helps students evaluate their writing in fresh, active and engaging exercises that they truly enjoy. The project promotes literacy, develops a reading culture, supports freedom of expression, and demonstrates the power of books to connect and change lives. ($869 – Jennifer Pitre)
- Communication and Making Choices: King’s Fork High School … By using new communication devices, students with disabilities can be more independent as they interact with their teachers and peers. With voice-out devices and switches, students with medical issues and poor motor control will gain autonomy and self-esteem as they gain the ability to do tasks most take for granted, such as asking a teacher for help or practicing their job readiness skills at the student-run coffee kiosk. ($952 – Lori Wilson)
- Magazine for the Middle – Col. Fred Cherry Middle School & John Yeates Middle School … In this project-based learning experience, students will publish regular magazine for print and online, where they will write articles, advice columns, biographies, poems, and more. Run like a business, the project will give students a way to practice their English lessons, and provide an authentic audience of their peers, teachers and community members. ($1,663 – Lauren Rubash)
- Designing Prosthetics — Lakeland High School … Students in the Biomedical Sciences program will get hands-on experience in the growing field of biomedical engineering. Students will learn how these biotechnology professionals change the lives of those who are in need of a prosthetic organ, limb, or joint. Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical students might collaborate with PLTW Engineering students at Nansemond River High. ($1,841 – Sarah McDonald)
- Game Plan for the Music Classroom — Florence Bowser Elementary School … Elementary students will benefit from a cutting-edge curriculum that includes a repertoire rich in folk, literature, nursery rhymes, and traditional singing games. Students learn the music concepts of rhythm, melody, harmony, form and timbre by moving, speaking, singing, notating music, listening, and playing. ($1,924 – Jeannie Baird)
- Reading Along the Way — Forest Glen Middle School … Students will build their reading confidence using a developmental reading laboratory kit that provides high-interest subject matter and immediate feedback. Through independent reading, a series of four-page booklets will improve basic compre-hension, phonics, grammar, and word-study skills. The booklets encourage those who might shy away from “big books.” ($1,031 – Lori Cratsley)
- Advancing Advanced Students in Earth Science — John Yeates Middle School … High-achieving students will be able to explore topics beyond the science textbook, using a classroom set of Chromebooks and educational programs offered through Google Classroom. The added technology will provide resources to strengthen scientific investigation, scientific reasoning, and the analysis of maps, models and charts.
($2,000 – Mary Francisci)
Awards are made following an application process and review by a committee from the Suffolk Education Foundation’s board of directors. Selection criteria include academic impact on the most students, collaboration with other programs, and potential for sustainability.
Anyone interested in contributing to the instruction grants funds of the Suffolk Education Foundation can send their tax-deductible donation to P.O. Box 394, Suffolk VA 23439-0394. Please note to which fund your contribution should be credited. General donations are also accepted to help the Foundation in its other programs, including college scholarships, employee recognitions, and tuition assistance for high school students taking dual-credit college courses.
The Suffolk Education Foundation (SEF) was founded in 1993 and received its IRS 501(c)(3) status in the same year. Since that time, the board has worked hard by developing a variety of fundraisers to raise additional donations and to ensure that students and staff of Suffolk Public Schools receive scholarships and classroom grants on an annual basis.
The mission of the Suffolk Education Foundation is to support Suffolk Public Schools by connecting the community’s talents and resources to expand educational opportunities for students and staff. Over the past 20 years, Foundation investment assets have grown to more than $450,000. By supporting Suffolk Public Schools, the Foundation is ensuring that the Suffolk community will have talented leaders and citizens long into the future.
This summer, VDOE will offer several six-week online courses on integrating technology into classroom instruction. These courses are at no cost to Virginia educators. Courses are conducted online (no face-to-face meetings) and take approximately 30 hours, or 5 hours per week, to complete. Courses are facilitated by Virginia educators. Participants will receive a certificate at the end of the course that can be used towards 30 recertification points. Course dates are July 11 through August 12. Registration is open now through June 29, or until classes are full.
To register, please send an email to Jean.Weller@doe.virginia.gov. The email must include:
- Your name
- Name of the course you want to take
- Your preferred summer email
- Name of your school division
You will receive an email confirming your registration approximately a week after receipt of your email. More complete information about the course will be sent to you by your facilitator a few days before the course begins. Below is a list of courses with the individual syllabus attached. Please read the syllabus before signing up to ensure you will benefit from the class.
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 staff members — out of 72 nominees — were selected as top honorees for the Star Award recognition.
Division-Wide Instructional Staff Award:
Technology Teacher at Nansemond River High School
Division-Wide Support Staff Award:
Bus Driver at Pioneer Elementary School
Dawn Rountree was nominated by parent Cheryl Hendricks, whose daughter is a junior in the Project Lead the Way Engineering program at Nansemond River High School. ”Even faced with caring for a seriously ill family member, she still keeps on top of things,” Hendricks wrote. “She never falters in believing that her students can accomplish what sometimes seems an impossible task. Her students become successful because she is their support beam both inside the classroom and out.” Hendricks applauded how Rountree eagerly brings in examples of how their classroom work replicates real-life job scenarios. “Being proficient in many different engineering and technologically-based genres also helps immensely” as Rountree guides her students toward areas of their own interest and aptitude. Whether it’s using robotics, printing in 3-D, or creating actual home models, “she is to be highly commended on thinking outside the box and allowing our kids this instructional versatility,” Hendricks said. Rountree recently drove to Richmond to see a female junior receive an NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award, and also helped that student start a coding program at Driver Elementary School. Mrs. Rountree is “already a star in the eyes of her students,” who treated her and her husband to a Valentine’s date night at Smithfield Station. Hendricks asked: “How many teachers do you think in this district have that much support from their students? This star does, and then some.”
Jovannie Copeland was nominated by teacher Jill Gwaltney, who praised Copeland’s devotion to the well-being of the students who ride her bus. “Never before have I seen a bus driver help students like I see Mrs. Copeland do every week,” said Gwaltney, adding that it’s not uncommon to see her checking on “her children” each day at Pioneer Elementary. During a recent thunderstorm, Mrs. Copeland took time to escort each of her bus students to their individual house to make sure they arrived home safely. Last month, when Mrs. Copeland passed a student riding his bicycle to school, she made sure to find him after she arrived at school to make sure he had made it safely. “Every day, she is impacting the lives of these students by speaking words of life to them,” and starting their day in a positive way with her warm smile and hugs. “It is obvious that this is not just a job for Mrs. Copeland. This is a passion, and Suffolk Public Schools is blessed to have her. She’s changing lives…one student at a time.”
- Jennifer Conner, assistant principal at Nansemond Parkway Elementary School
- Karen Jones, a guidance counselor at Kilby Shores Elementary
- Rena Long, a music teacher at Oakland Elementary School
- Stephanie Morris, a special education teacher at Driver Elementary School
- Carol Payton, an art teacher at Driver Elementary School
- Karen Perkerson, a special education coach at Lakeland High School
- Yvette Pierce, a special education teacher at John F. Kennedy Middle School
- Lugonda Vann, student services liaison at the College & Career Academy at Pruden
- Melissa Zawodny, a literacy teacher at King’s Fork Middle & John Yeates Middle schools
- Keba Baldwin, director of transportation
- Custodial Staff at Oakland Elementary (Patricia Artis, Angelia Gilchrist, Donald Gilchrist, and Valerie Powell)
- Kendra Holloway, a secretary at Oakland Elementary
- Sheila Uzzle Parker, a bus driver at Oakland Elementary
- Holly Wulfkehle, a teacher assistant at Oakland Elementary
Suffolk Public Schools is comprised of more than 2,000 employees whose sole purpose is to educate, feed, transport and administer to more than 14,000 students each school day. To recognize the outstanding work and contributions of our employees in each semester of a school year, Suffolk Public Schools has established the Superintendent’s Star Award. Employees selected as Star Award winners will receive a recognition certificate signed by Superintendent, a feature story on the division’s website and staff portal, a $50 check provided by the Suffolk Education Foundation, and a 4-by-3-foot vinyl congratulations banner to be displayed at the winner’s work location. First semester nominations for the 2018-19 school year will be due in December 2018, and second-semester nominations will be due in March 2019.
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 Special Education Process, to 120 individuals recommended by Virginia division superintendents or designees. This summer, coursework for individuals interested in employment for the 2018-2019 school year will be taught as a compressed, five-week online course for one summer session, Summer II (June 25-July 31, 2018).
Among other requirements set forth in the Licensure Regulations for School Personnel: This link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website. and state statute, individuals seeking a Provisional (Special Education) License with an endorsement in special education must complete a prerequisite course that includes “foundations for educating students with disabilities and an understanding and application of the legal aspects and regulatory requirements associated with identification, education, and evaluation of students with disabilities.” The Radford University course will meet this course requirement.
The cost of applying to Radford University as a non-degree seeking student and the tuition for the course will be covered under the grant. The only cost to participants will be the purchase of one $35 textbook.
Applicants should apply by Tuesday, May 29. Space is limited to 120 participants, and each region will have approximately 15 slots with no more than two nominees from any one school divisions on a first-come, first served basis. After May 29, any slots remaining will be awarded with geographic and division distribution consideration.
Nominees eligible to apply, must have completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university or college (transcripts must be submitted), have expressed a commitment to pursue the teaching field of special education, demonstrate a willingness to apply for open special education teaching positions in the nominating school division upon completion of the course, not have previously completed an equivalent course either at the undergraduate or graduate level, must not currently be employed or previously been employed under a provisional license in special education, and must be recommended by a school division superintendent or designee who has hired or is considering employing as a special educator in the 2018-2019 school year.
Applicants must submit the following forms:
- School Division Superintendent (or Designee) Recommendation Form. This form attached should be submitted by the Division Superintendent or Designee to Radford University by the close of business on May 29.
— Suffolk paraprofessionals interested need to complete Page 1 of this Word form linked here: School Division Superintendent or Designee Recommendation Form-This is a Word document. and submit it as an email attachment to Rodney Brown, SPS Director of Human Resources, by Sunday, May 27. Please rename the Word file after completing Page 1 to your First Name Last Name (i.e. Bethanne Bradshaw)
- Online Participation Interest Form. The Participant Interest Form: This link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website. must be completed by the nominated individual online by the close of business on May 29.
- Application to Radford University as a Non-Degree Seeking Student. The accepted nominees will be notified by the Radford University grant staff. Additional directions and assistance will be provided to participants about the process for applying to Radford University as a non-degree seeking student and course registration process.
For information about the course, please contact Dr. Debora Bays Wilbon, Program Area Leader, Special Education, Radford University, at email@example.com: Email link. or (540) 831-5190. You also may contact Dr. Liz Altieri, Coordinator, Graduate Programs in Special Education, Radford University at firstname.lastname@example.org: Email link. or (540) 831-5590. Please contact Ms. Johnelle Torbert, Special Education Human Resources Development Specialist, Virginia Department of Education, at Johnelle.Torbert@doe.virginia.gov: Email link. or (804) 371-2475 if you have questions about this grant opportunity.
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.
• September 4, 2018 – First Day of School
• November 6, 2018 – Virtual Clerical Day (Election Day)
• November 16, 2018 – Parent/Teacher Conference Day
… No School for Students
… Staff Development Day for non-instructional staff
• November 22 – 23, 2018 – Thanksgiving Holiday
• December 21, 2018 – January 1, 2019 – Winter Break
• January 29, 2018 – Clerical Day for All Teachers
… Early Dismissal for All Students
… No School for Students
… No School for Students
• April 15 – April 19, 2019 – Spring Break
• June 8, 2019 – Graduation Ceremonies
• June 13, 2019 – Last day of school
• June 14, 2019 –Teacher Clerical Day
Make Up Days
• If additional days are missed due to inclement weather, the make-up schedule will be determined by the school board.
● Ten (10) days of pre-service for new teachers
● Seven (7) days of pre-service for returning teachers
● First day of school must be the Tuesday after Labor Day
● Must have at least 180 instructional days — equivalent of 990 hours
● Election days in November and May should be used either as staff development, clerical or a combination of staff development and clerical
• When Easter occurs prior to the 15th of April, Spring Break is scheduled the week following Easter
–Spring Break ~ April 15 – April 19, 2019
• When Easter occurs on or after April 15, Spring Break should be scheduled the week preceding Easter
• School Administrators
• Bus Drivers Representative
• School Admin Office Representatives
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. “Research shows students do better in school when their families are involved. We hope this new communication tool will encourage more parents to participate in school activities, to share ideas with decision-makers, and to reach out more easily if their child needs help.”
Download on your mobile device today to receive:
- Convenience on the Go … One-stop spot to receive emergency notifications, calendar events, school menus, and links to Home Access Center, School Bus Tracker, Volunteer Connect, and more.
- Personalized Communication … You select which school(s) you want to access.Connect to one or more news feeds or calendars all in one place.
- Quick Access … Visit the “Schools” section for quick access to your school’s phone number, website information, and location map.Click to call or visit the website right from the app.
- Up-to-Date Information … Check out the latest district-wide and school news all in one place.Stay in the loop with what’s happening in Suffolk Public Schools and at your child’s school.
- Push Notifications … Select “yes” when you download the app to receive the latest push notifications from the division and your school.Learn quickly about cancelled events, schedule changes, and other reminders.
- Calendar Coordination … Add events to your personal calendar directly from the “Events” section on the app.
In April, Suffolk Public Schools launched its new division and school websites. The mobile app pulls information directly from those sites.
The new web face is more than just a simple visual makeover. The redesign goes deeper, and:
- Replaces outdated web technology with current functions expected by web visitors
- Delivers news and information in a more concise, consistent fashion
- Provides easier-to-read format including “quick links” to the most popular content
- Allows web content to be responsive so easily navigated on any mobile device, such as a tablet or cell phone
- Meets federal ADA compliance making information accessible to individuals with disabilities
- Provides alternate language options for families with English Language Learners
- Offers a robust Search tool to locate keyword content
- Delivers emergency messages to all school websites simultaneously
- Offers freshly picked SPS videos to all school sites at the same time and places them as part of front-page news
- Adds links to division and school social media accounts, such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
- Connects to automated notification system to send announcements by phone, email, text, and now by mobile app
Suffolk Public Schools is expanding its relationship with School Messenger, which has provided the division’s parent notification system since 2012. School Messenger will now be hosting and providing support for the new websites, mobile app and notification system, allowing parents to receive automated announcements by phone, email, text, and now by mobile app.
To all SPS Employees:
To open the survey, please click here: SPS Employee Wellness Program Survey
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 them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event. Visit the website: www.gotrshr.org
We are in need of 5K Volunteers for Sunday, May 20 at Virginia Wesleyan University. Groups are welcome and may volunteer together in the same capacity.
Suffolk Public Schools currently has teams at Driver, Mack Benn, Northern Shores and Pioneer for a total of 64 girls this season. All of our elementary schools have had a team for at least one season in the last 5 years.
GOTR event coordinators are in dire need of a total of 30 Course Marshals, assigned to parts of the course to ensure runner safety and that they follow the correct course path – easy job but it the most important! Also, eight (8) EXPERIENCED Face Painters are needed.
Here are some of the many ways you can volunteer:
- Cape Ceremony 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
- Cheer Station – General 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
- Course Marshal 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
- Face Painting 11:30 am – 3:00 pm (Experience Required)
- Finish Line Food 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
- Finish Line Medals 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
- General Volunteer 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
- Happy Hair 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
- Inflatable Attendant for Bounce House 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
- Information Tent 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
- Merchandise Tent 11:30 am – 4:00 pm
- Set Up Crew 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
- Water Stop 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
- Take Down Crew 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Register to volunteer here:
Be a part of the magic and leave inspired by the enthusiasm which is undeniably contagious. Thank you in advance for your support!
For more information, contact:
Barbara Patterson Oden (in SAO)
Girls on the Run Hampton Roads
Suffolk Public Schools is collecting public input for an adoption of World Language textbooks for the upcoming school year. The public is welcome to review the considered textbooks at the North Suffolk Public Library and Morgan Memorial Library during regular library hours. Participants may review textbooks and complete the survey linked below to provide feedback prior to the adoption. The survey will be available until May 23, 2018. Questions about the adoption process may be directed to Dr. Maria Lawson-Davenport at email@example.com or 757-925-6750.