Update: Educate and Innovate, A Letter from the Superintendent

A letter from the Superintendent was sent to our parent community addressing the Google Meet and Zoom use options, along with inquires on the potential for primary age students (PreK – 3) to return to school. The letter was sent on Thursday, September 17 at 6:00 p.m. to all parent emails on file in School Messenger. A link to the letter can also be found on our SPS website under Letters from the Superintendent.

September Wellness Newsletter

The Wellness Program will open soon.  We have some cool new programming and exciting incentives to earn.  Checkout the September Wellness Newsletter for more details.

September Newsletter

T-Mobile wants to say THANK YOU to all Suffolk Public School Teachers by giving you all a special treat!

During these unprecedented times, T-Mobile would like to thank all of the teachers for their hard work and dedication for this challenging upcoming school year.

Please print off the image below and stop by Sugar Mama’s Bakeshoppe and present the coupon for a FREE highly-rated CUPCAKE starting September 8th through October 8th. YOU ALL deserve a treat!

Sugar Mama’s Bakeshoppe
908 N. Main Street
Suffolk VA 23434

Click the link for a list of cupcake flavors!

Welcome To Your 2021 Benefits Enrollment

Please read the content in the image below carefully for information regarding your 2021 benefits enrollment.

Teacher Handbook and Guide for Virtual Learning

The following guidance documents have been created to assist teachers with virtual learning. Please review each document. It is important that teachers focus on completing tasks in the Getting Ready for the First Day – Teacher Guide. Teachers should refrain from experimenting or changing Canvas features that are not listed in the Getting Ready for the First Day guide. One feature that will cause significant issues with courses is Crosslisting. Crosslisting should not be implemented by any teacher without approval from the Teaching & Learning department.

~ SPS Virtual Learning Teacher Handbook 2020-2021
~ Educate & Innovate:Getting Ready for the First Day – Teacher Guide

Parent/Student Guides to Virtual Learning

The guides to virtual learning below contain detailed information for both parents and students related to the following topics:

2020-21 Calendar Overview
Definition of Terms
School Instructional Hours
Device Support/Internet Access
How Students Access Canvas
Parent Notifications
Attendance Expectations
First Day of School
School Schedules
Student Responsibilities and Expectations
Parent Responsibilities and Expectations
Parent/Student/Teacher Communication
Parent Resources and Support Documents

Parents’ Guide to Virtual Learning: Educate & Innovate

Student’s Guide to Virtual Learning: Educate & Innovate- Getting Ready for the First Day Student Guide

*Student access to Canvas will be available on Thursday, September 3.

Update: Desk/Chair Surplus Sale @ Driver Elementary

To assist our school community and families with creating a designated workspace for virtual learning, Suffolk Public Schools is providing the opportunity to purchase “used” student desks. and chairs.

This Thursday and Friday, you can purchase items for sale as part of our surplus inventory at Driver Elementary. Both desk/chair sets (1 desk + 1 chair) are selling for $1 – CASH ONLY and EXACT CHANGE. There is no limit to the amount you can purchase. However, there will not be a way to accept credit card payments.

* We have heard the concerns of our SPS family and have made revisions. While we share in the excitement from surrounding cities about the opportunity, the sale is for SUFFOLK RESIDENTS ONLY. ID will be required at the time of the purchase.

* There is a limit of 25 desk/chair combos per person/group.

* Students DO NOT have to be present to purchase the items.

Driver Elementary
420 Driver Ln, Suffolk, VA 23435

Thursday, September 3, 2020
8 a.m – 3 p.m. for families/school community

Friday, September 4, 2020
8 a.m. – 3 p.m. for families/school community
12 p.m. – 3 p.m. for faith-based organizations

New Teacher Orientation Schedule

Click the link below to view the schedule for the week of August 24, 2020.

New Teacher Orientation Schedule

UVA Administrative Cohort Opportunity for SPS

Program Details:
– Two-year, intensive M.Ed. program (2 courses per semester; 6 semesters)
– Combination of evening online & local face-to-face Saturday courses
– Intensive and authentic field-based experiences
– Mentoring by local school leaders and university faculty as instructors
– SPS must have at least 20 participants to make a cohort

Benefits to SPS:
– Building capacity for future SPS leaders
(average age for our building administrators – 47)
( 17 building administrators with 25 plus years in VRS)
– Alignment between UVA and SPS mission and vision

Benefits to the participant:
– Discounted tuition of 10% for SPS cohort (20 participants or more)
– Strength of the cohort model
– Intensive virtual and face-to-face program
– Opportunity to earn a degree from a top-ranked school of education

Child Care Registration is Open to Both Staff AND Parents

*Please be prepared to have a copy of your badge available to complete the registration.

  1. Visit https://www.alphabest.org/suffolkva
  2. Click on ENROLL NOW
  3. Select Suffolk, VA from the drop down shown
  4. Click the blue register icon (if you do not already have an account)
  5. Please select the option for SPS Staff
  6. Click register in the top right corner
  7. Continue to complete the registration

FAQs

1.)Is there a cost to SPS employees for this program?Any changes since the School Board Meeting on 8/6/20?  No cost to SPS employees with students that attend SPS schools.

2.) What if I am an SPS employee and my child attends a school outside of the SPS district? Is the AlphaBEST program still available for my child?  No. The program is only for SPS students whose parents work for SPS. SPS parents who have children that do not attend SPS, can signup during the next round of registration on 8/21/20. 

3.) Is the AlphaBEST program only offered to Pre-K – 5th grade students? The program is offered to children ages 4 – 12 years of age.

4.) How many days can my child attend the AlphaBEST program if I am a teacher and I only work two days (Essential Staff-Expectation of a Minimum of Two Days in Building/Other Days-Telework)? Can my child attend if I choose to work more than two days?  Employees that work beyond their required days must commit to a specific number of days per week during the first nine weeks and submit that in writing to their principal/supervisor. Example: If I am a teacher that is required to work from the building for two days, but because of poor home internet access I decide to work from school four days a week instead of two days. This person must submit that request in writing to their principal/supervisor and adhere to that schedule for the first nine weeks.

5.) Can the children of bus drivers and paraprofessionals attend this program? Example: a bus driver running food delivery on Tuesday and Thursday  All SPS employees that are not non-benefit employees can participate in this program.

6.) Are long term substitutes eligible to have their children enrolled in the AlphaBEST program? Long term- substitutes are not eligible for the AlphaBEST program.

7.) We were informed that the Alphabest program would be provided at no additional cost to employees, but when I go to register my child, there is a cost listed for the number of days I select.  I checked with Laura Taylor from AlphaBEST and she stated that the cost will not be passed along to the SPS parent but they must include a dollar amount to accurately bill the school district.    

Red Cross Blood Drive: Blood Donations Tested For COVID-19 Antibodies!

All slots are filled! Thank you SPS for showing your support.

(Please note that availability was limited due to social distancing guidelines.)

What’s New in SPS? 2020 – 2021 Administrative Changes

Welcome our new SPS Principals!

Candace Myrick, Principal, Oakland Elementary
Ms. Myrick served as the Assistant Principal at Creekside Elementary from 2017 – 2019 and at Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary School from 2019 – 2020. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Education from Norfolk State University, her Master’s of Business in Business Administration from Liberty University and her Master’s of Arts in Educational Leadership from Hampton University.

Kristal Taylor, Principal, Hillpoint Elementary
Ms. Taylor served as the Assistant Principal of Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary School for one year. She also served as the Assistant Principal of Elephant’s Fork Elementary for one year. Taylor received her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Norfolk State University, her Master’s of Education in a Master Teacher Program from Regent University, and became a Specialist in Educational Leadership from Old Dominion University.

Bernette Brock, Principal, Booker T. Washington Elementary
Ms. Brock served as the Assistant Principal of Booker T. Washington Elementary for two years. She also has combined experience as both a Principal and Assistant Principal, having served in the Norfolk Public School District for ten years. Brock received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Norfolk State University, her Master’s of Arts in Administration and Supervision from Norfolk State University, and her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Virginia Tech.

Welcome our new SPS Assistant Principals!

Shalise Taylor, Assistant Principal, Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary
Ms. Taylor served as the Supervisor of Science at the School Administrative Office for two years. Taylor received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Old Dominion University, her Master’s of Arts in Curriculum Instruction from Liberty University, her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Liberty University, and earned the title of Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership from Liberty University.

Leticia Rouse, Assistant Principal, Booker T. Washington Elementary
Ms. Rousse served as the Academic Coach at Creekside Elementary for two years. She has also devoted her time as a teacher for the past 12 years. Rouse received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Norfolk State University and her Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Old Dominion University.

Lauren Barrett, Assistant Principal, Elephant’s Fork Elementary
Ms. Barrett served as a teacher at Nansemond Parkway Elementary School for six years. She held the position of Math Coach at Elephant’s Fork Elementary for one year, as well as Dean of Students, also at Elephant’s Fork Elementary for one year. Barrett received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Longwood University and her Master’s of Education in Administration and Supervision also from Longwood University.

Welcome our new SPS Dean of Students!

Robert Casteen, Dean of Students, Elephant’s Fork Elementary

Mr. Casteen served as a teacher in the Chesterfield School District for four years, and as a teacher with Suffolk Public Schools at King’s Fork High School for five years. Casteen received his Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from Old Dominion University and his Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership from Regent University.

Tonya Spruill, Dean of Students, College and Career Academy at Pruden
Ms. Spruill served as a teacher at Lakeland High School for four years. She also served as the Grad Coach at Lakeland High School for four years. Spruill received her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Norfolk State University and her Master’s of Education in Practical Theology from Regent Univerity. She earned the title of Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership from Virginia Tech and received her Doctorate of Theology from Kingdom Life Bible Institute.

Additional administrative changes are as follows:

Elementary
Elementary Mrs. Tamesha Dabney-Principal of Oakland Elementary School will be leaving Suffolk Public Schools to become the Principal of Culpeper Elementary School. 

Mrs. Catherine Pichon-Principal of Hillpoint Elementary School will be transferred to serve as Principal of King’s Fork Middle School. 

Mrs. Chanel Woods-Principal of Booker T. Washington Elementary School will be transferred to serve as Principal of John F. Kennedy Middle School.

Middle
Mrs. Dana Bilby-Assistant Principal of Colonel Fred Cherry will be transferred to serve as Assistant Principal at John F. Kennedy Middle School. 

Mr. Melvin Bradshaw-Principal of Forest Glen Middle School will be transferred to serve as Community Engagement Facilitator for Suffolk Public Schools.

Mr. Roosevelt Brown-Assistant Principal of King’s Fork Middle School will be transferred to serve as Assistant Principal at Colonel Fred Cherry Middle School. 

Mrs. Marie Bullock-Assistant Principal of John F. Kennedy Middle School will be transferred to serve as Assistant Principal at Lakeland High School.

Dr. Shawn Green-Principal of Colonel Fred Cherry Middle School will be transferred to serve as Principal of Nansemond River High School. 

Ms. Jennifer Presson-Principal of King’s Fork Middle School will be transferred to serve as Principal of Forest Glen Middle School.

Mr. Bryan Thrift-Principal of John F. Kennedy Middle School is leaving Suffolk Public Schools to become the Principal of Smithfield High School in Isle of Wight. 

Mrs. Gwendolyn Williams-Assistant Principal of Forest Glen Middle School will be transferred to serve as Assistant Principal of Hillpoint Elementary School.

High 
Mr. Vershawn Eley-Assistant Principal of King’s Fork High School will be transferred to serve as Assistant Principal of King’s Fork Middle School. 

Mr. Dan O’Leary-Principal of Nansemond River High School will be transferred to serve as Principal of Colonel Fred Cherry Middle School.

Mr. Shaka Miller-Assistant Principal of Nansemond River will be transferred to serve as Assistant Principal of King’s Fork High School. 

Mr. Michael Milteer-Assistant Principal of the College and Career Academy at Pruden will be transferred to serve as Assistant Principal at Forest Glen Middle School. 

Mrs. Tina Paul-Assistant Principal of Lakeland High School will be transferred to serve as Assistant Principal at Nansemond River High School. 

Mr. Aston Williams-Dean of Students at Lakeland High School will be transferred to serve as Dean of Students at Nansemond River High School.

1,000 Point Pulse Challenge

Join the All NEW 1,000 Point Self Care Challenge! 
Registration Through Pulse Begins: 4/4/20Challenge Dates: 4/6 – 4/19/20****Points for this challenge will not post automatically.  They will be entered for each individual (who completed) manually.  Please allow time for this process to take place.
***Remember to log in to Pulse every day.  We now have additional programming including:

  • Aaptiv – Exercise Podcasts
  • MeQuilibrium – Stress Reduction Program
  • And… Sleep Guide

You have the ability to self report these activities.  Login to Pulse and click Tracking – Stats and choose the category that best meets that activity completed.

Questions: annemccoy@spsk12.net

Twitter: @SPSK12Wellness

Web: wellness.spsk12.net

Optima Health Webinar – Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

As we work through the details from yesterday’s announcement from Governor Northam, we want you to know that we are aware of the mental stress and anxiety this situation can have on our employees. Optima Health is providing a webinar entitled “Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19” tomorrow, March 25, at noon. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to receive tips/tools on how to navigate through stress during this time.

To join the zoom meeting, click on the link below:https://zoom.us/j/306025482?pwd=YnIxYk1PRUFsQzZNMDUwY21rK1NoUT09

To contact Optima Health for any additional questions or concerns, please visit www.Optimaeap.com.

Thinking to use telemedicine?

CLICK HERE, and follow these simple instructions designed for employees who might need or want to use telemedicine at this time. All copays are waived to encourage employees to use this option for doctor visits. 

March Specials at the Teacher Supply Store

What’s the purpose of the Teacher Supply Store?
The SPS Teacher Supply Store will offer Suffolk Public School teachers the opportunity to shop for free classroom supplies on a monthly basis.   This initiative is a partnership with the Suffolk Education Foundation.

What’s the schedule for the store?
The store will be open every Thursday from 2:30-6:00 pm. During the 2019-20 school year, the store will be open September 12 through April 23. Please note, the store will be closed the month of December and over Spring Break. The store will also open during extended hours on preservice days and on some teacher work days. Special store openings will be posted on the SPS website.

Does the Teacher Supply Store replace the $100 School Specialty Voucher that teachers usually receive?No. The Teacher Supply Store is in addition to the $100 School Specialty Voucher that teachers receive.

How often may I shop?
Teachers may shop once a month in the store.

Who is eligible to shop at the Teacher Supply Store?
Any teacher in Suffolk Public Schools who works in a school building directly with students. This includes classroom teachers, Special Education teachers, resource teachers, Title I Teachers etc.

What’s the process for shopping in the store? How does it work?
Teachers will be given a designated amount of “STAR Credit” each month to spend in the store. Once teachers arrive, they should follow the steps below to shop:

  1. Display your SPS badge to the Teacher Supply Store Associate or volunteers when you arrive
  2. You will receive a shopping bag.
  3. Shop for your items up to the maximum STAR Credit value
  4. Complete a brief store Check Out Form on your SMART Device or on the store computer.
  5. Check out at the counter with a Store Associate

What types of supplies do you have in the store?
The store is stocked with everything from copy paper to markers, pencils, chart paper, glue sticks, office supplies, art paper and much, much more. The stock of the store may vary from, month to month based on donations that are provided to the store. But in general, teachers can expect to find a wide range of useful classroom resources on our shelves.

What’s the process for getting supplies for students who are unable to purchase school supplies?
School administrators and Guidance Counselors should contact our Parent Relations Facilitator, Bonnie Maki at 934-6202 if supplies are needed for specific students in your school. We are happy to coordinate with you individually to provide an opportunity for counselors and principals to come to the store to pick up items for students in need.

Binders … Children’s Books … Colored Pencils … Composition Books … Construction Paper … Copy Paper … Disinfecting Wipes (Lysol only, not Clorox on any with bleach) … Dry Erase Markers … File folders … Glue sticks … Hand sanitizer … Legal pads … Loose Leaf Paper … Markers … Paper clips … Pencils … Prize box items … Sticky notes … Tissues … Young Adult Books … Ziplock Baggies 

Are you looking for more ways to earn Wellness Points?

Are you looking for more ways to earn Wellness Points?

  • Login to Pulse
  • Click on Programs and then “All”
  • Scroll Down to Whil – Emotional Intelligence
  • Complete 20 Whil Sessions in one month for 200 points!

OR

  • Login to Pulse
  • Click on Your Profile Picture
  • Then click on Recipes and Deals OR login directly by going to zipongo.com and using your Pulse login.
  • Track calories for 20 days in a month for 300 points!

May 15, 2020 is program completion day.  Staff with 40,000 points, completed bio metrics, and completed RHA (initial health survey) will earn a $200 (Taxable) reward.

Evening Activities Cancelled Due to Weather

Due to the winter weather advisory, Suffolk Public Schools has cancelled all after-school activities and programs for Feb. 20. The athletic teams traveling for state competitions will proceed as scheduled.

March Specials at the Teacher Supply Store

New Location:  John F. Kennedy Middle School …

Regular hours will be Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. … 
Drive around the left side of the building … Circle all the way around the building — beyond the Technology Center … Enter Door #20.
 

What’s the purpose of the Teacher Supply Store?
The SPS Teacher Supply Store will offer Suffolk Public School teachers the opportunity to shop for free classroom supplies on a monthly basis.   This initiative is a partnership with the Suffolk Education Foundation.

What’s the schedule for the store?
The store will be open every Thursday from 2:30-6:00 pm. During the 2019-20 school year, the store will be open September 12 through April 23. Please note, the store will be closed the month of December and over Spring Break. The store will also open during extended hours on preservice days and on some teacher work days. Special store openings will be posted on the SPS website.

Does the Teacher Supply Store replace the $100 School Specialty Voucher that teachers usually receive?No. The Teacher Supply Store is in addition to the $100 School Specialty Voucher that teachers receive.

How often may I shop?
Teachers may shop once a month in the store.

Who is eligible to shop at the Teacher Supply Store?
Any teacher in Suffolk Public Schools who works in a school building directly with students. This includes classroom teachers, Special Education teachers, resource teachers, Title I Teachers etc.

What’s the process for shopping in the store? How does it work?
Teachers will be given a designated amount of “STAR Credit” each month to spend in the store. Once teachers arrive, they should follow the steps below to shop:

  1. Display your SPS badge to the Teacher Supply Store Associate or volunteers when you arrive
  2. You will receive a shopping bag.
  3. Shop for your items up to the maximum STAR Credit value
  4. Complete a brief store Check Out Form on your SMART Device or on the store computer.
  5. Check out at the counter with a Store Associate

What types of supplies do you have in the store?
The store is stocked with everything from copy paper to markers, pencils, chart paper, glue sticks, office supplies, art paper and much, much more. The stock of the store may vary from, month to month based on donations that are provided to the store. But in general, teachers can expect to find a wide range of useful classroom resources on our shelves.

What’s the process for getting supplies for students who are unable to purchase school supplies?
School administrators and Guidance Counselors should contact our Parent Relations Facilitator, Bonnie Maki at 934-6202 if supplies are needed for specific students in your school. We are happy to coordinate with you individually to provide an opportunity for counselors and principals to come to the store to pick up items for students in need.

Binders … Children’s Books … Colored Pencils … Composition Books … Construction Paper … Copy Paper … Disinfecting Wipes (Lysol only, not Clorox on any with bleach) … Dry Erase Markers … File folders … Glue sticks … Hand sanitizer … Legal pads … Loose Leaf Paper … Markers … Paper clips … Pencils … Prize box items … Sticky notes … Tissues … Young Adult Books … Ziplock Baggies 

How to Volunteer … Sign up here.
If you are interested in helping on “shopping days” and/or with behind-the-scenes volunteer opportunities, please use the Sign-Up link above to select your day and time.   If you have questions, contact Lesa McNamara, store manager, lesamcnamara@spsk12.net 

How to Make Donations
Monetary donations will be accepted, as well as donations of office and school supplies.  Contact Lesa McNamara, store manager,  lesamcnamara@spsk12.net 

 

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Access SafeSchools Professional Development Courses for the Facilities and Planning Department and the custodian staff.

School safety is more complex today than ever before.  That’s why thousands of schools and districts use their market-leading programs to better manage compliance and prevent serious safety incidents across their campuses.  The subscription-based programs are proven to help busy administrators save time and money, but most importantly, they can help make schools even safer for students, staff, and parents.

K-12 Safety Suite

The suite of online safety and compliance programs has been specifically designed for school use and includes easy-to-use solutions for staff training, student training, tip reporting, SDS and chemical management, and incident management. Using SafeSchools programs, districts have reduced injuries and claims, resulting in significant savings each year, all while increasing safety and compliance!

Some Drugs Will No Longer Be Covered

As part of our routine formulary review process, changes to the National, Essential and Traditional Open Drug Lists take effect April 1, 2020. Most are multi-source brand drugs (those with generic equivalents) that will be removed from the lists or moved to a higher benefit tier. Generic or brand-name alternatives will be covered in their place.

The Food and Drug Administration follows a rigorous review process for approving generics to make sure they work just as well or better than their brand-name equivalent.

We’ll notify impacted members by mail starting January 31, 2020. The letters will tell members about other options they have for lower-cost alternative drugs that are covered.

Questions? Contact your broker or account rep.

Is Your Retirement Planning Full of Question Marks? …

Attend a free, no-obligation retirement planning seminar to help turn your questions into answers.

  • As you consider the future, you may be wondering:
    • Will I be able to retire comfortably?
    • How can I prevent running out of money during retirement?
    • Can someone answer my questions about the VRS Pension?
    • Would taking the Partial Lump-sum Option Plan (PLOP) be advantageous to me?
  • Learn the strategies you need at our retirement planning seminar. This seminar from VALIC can help you:
    • Estimate the cost of retirement
    • Understand how your Social Security benefit fits into your strategy
    • Develop a plan for pension income and retirement savings distributions (including PLOP)
    • Take action now to help achieve retirement goals
  • Wednesday, January 29
  • Tuesday, February 25
    • 4:30 p.m – 6 p.m.
    • 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 5 
    • 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
  • King’s Fork High School (Black Box Theater)

Click here to register:  https://tinyurl.com/sktbvf8

Presented by:
Tim Hewitt, Financial Advisor
VALIC
757.650.1319
tim.hewitt@valic.com

Contact Human Resources if you have questions.

Custodian Appreciation Day – Wednesday, Jan. 8

Suffolk Public Schools will be taking the opportunity to celebrate Custodian Appreciation Day.

Not part of a national event, this local celebration was created to ensure that this important segment of the school division’s workforce was given a day of well-deserved recognition for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.

Getting an Outside Phone Line

Starting Monday, December 9, every SPS phone will require you must press 8 to reach an outside line.

Press 8 to Escape! 

This change is the beginning of other safety enhancements to our phone systems coming soon.

For safety reasons now, we encourage leaders to share this information with ALL building staff and add a printed reminder on phones which are accessible in more public setting, such as information desks, offices, conference rooms, and the like.


Progress Reports

Interim Progress Report (IPR) dates for the 2020-2021 school year are as follows:

Marking PeriodProgress Report Distribution DateTeacher Progress Report Load Date
MP1October 8October 6
MP2December 14December 10
MP3March 4March 2
MP4May 14May 12

Teacher Access Center (TAC) Directions for completing Progress Reports:
Kindergarten Interim Progress Reports
Grades 1-12 Interim Progress Reports
Reading Foundations Interim Progress Reports

Canvas Tip of the Week – Zoom

Access these guides for step-by-step directions on using Zoom within Canvas.

Zoom Instructor Guides
Zoom Student Guide

Canvas Tip of the Week

Steps to assign Google LTI Assignments for teachers and how students will submit those assignments.

Canvas Instructor Guide: Assigning Google LTI Assignments
Canvas Student Guide: Completing Google LTI Assignments

Video Tutorial
Assigning Google LTI Assignments

Virtual YMCA Registration

The Virtual YMCA is Open to Any SPS Employee interested in an excellent workout with Certified Trainers, Equipment Checkout, and Social Interaction via Online Sessions in a Live or Recorded Format.

Live Programming Beginning 9/21/20: Monday’s and Wednesday’s
Programming Timing: 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

This Form is Due: 3PM, Thursday, September 17, 2020
Virtual YMCA Registration 

Questions:
Wellness Specialist: annemccoy@spsk12.net
Website: wellness.spsk12.net
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SPSK12Wellness_

COVID-19 Training

“In accordance with recommendations and requirements from CDC, VDH, VDOE and the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) staff training regarding COVID-19 has been developed for use by Virginia school divisions through a partnership between VDH, VDOE, and George Mason University.  This training has further been tailored to meet the specific needs of Suffolk Public Schools.  SPS district specific information has been added at the end of the presentation. All employees are required to watch this presentation and should view it & complete the signature form by October 2, 2020.”

https://youtu.be/jIr7GQP8450 – training video link
https://forms.gle/5qG7EvfLCVk8mSB48 – signature form
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1OdY7OCgtKxqVFNElEIVyF8X-tBhfqfTN7iTn7Re-TCw/edit?usp=sharing – presentation

Love Google Classroom?

If you loved the way Google Classroom passed documents to students and automatically saved everything in Google Drive, Canvas has the same functionality. You do NOT need to set up Google Classroom for this to work, you simply need to add the files to Canvas in a specific way. This video will show you how to add Google files in Canvas pages and assignments.

Adding Google Files in Canvas

Home Access Center Links

A temporary fix has been implemented for Home Access Center. Parents will access HAC with this link – Home Access Center (HAC) PARENT. Students will access HAC with this link – Home Access CENTER (HAC) STUDENT. Both links have been added to the Student Portal. If a student session times out, the student will need to return to the Student Portal to access the correct link to sign back in to Home Access Center.

Credential Changes – Frontline, TAC, and HAC

The following credential changes begin on Thursday, August 27, 2020.

Frontline – GSuite credentials
Teacher Access Center (TAC) – GSuite credentials
Home Access Center (HAC) students only – GSuite credentials

Growing with Canvas Cohort

Registration for the pre-service cohort of the Growing with Canvas course is now open for returning SPS teachers. Note that the Growing with Canvas training is mandatory for all teachers, but teachers do not need to join this cohort if they have already done the training this summer. Recertification points will be awarded upon completion of the course in Frontline. It is not necessary for teachers to upload their completion certificates. This cohort is separate from the new teacher cohort. That registration information was shared directly with new teachers in the NTO schedule & orientation.

To register for this cohort, complete this Registration FORM.

UPDATE – TAC and HAC Sign-in Change

Sign-in credentials for TAC and HAC (student accounts only) are changing to Google credentials. We are making this change to make it easier for those that have forgotten their Windows credentials. Beginning on Thursday, August 27, 2020, teachers will use their Google credentials to sign into TAC and students will use their Google credentials to sign into HAC.

Preservice Conference 2020: August 27 – September 4

What You Need to Know About

Preservice Conference 2020

Preservice Professional Learning Schedule

Virtual Learning Teacher Handbook:Educate and Innovate

New teachers, see orientation information below:

Growing with Canvas – Cohort 4 Registration Now Open!

Registration for Cohort 4 of the Growing with Canvas course is now open for teachers. Please note that training is voluntary right now but must be completed prior to the start of the school year.

The registration link included in the flyer is for the upcoming Cohort 4 with a start date of August 19th. Teachers will not receive information on how to access the course until the cohort start date of August 19th. Also, teachers must have access to their SPS email address in order to be enrolled in the course.  

Growing with Canvas Flyer

FREE COVID-19 Testing

The Suffolk News-Herald has announced free COVID-19 testing events offered by the Western Tidewater Health District. Dates, times and locations are listed below:

Aug. 14 — Sentara Obici Hospital, 2800 Godwin Blvd., Suffolk, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Aug. 15 — Sentara Obici Hospital, 2800 Godwin Blvd., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Aug. 17 — Paul D. Camp Community College, 100 N. College Drive, Franklin, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.

Aug. 21 — Sentara BelleHarbour, 3920A Bridge Road, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Aug. 22 — Sentara BelleHarbour, 3920A Bridge Road, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Aug. 24 — Main Street Baptist Church, 517 Main St., Smithfield, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.

Aug. 28 — Sentara Obici Hospital, 2800 Godwin Blvd., Suffolk, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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