Dec 12

Power School Outage

Power School is continuing to experience an outage.  Students and teachers should not access or use PowerSchool until the current issue is resolved.

Dec 13

Take Your Legislators to School Day

Two state delegates who represent parts of Suffolk accepted the invitation to Take Your Legislators to School Day on Wednesday, Dec. 13.   Del. Cliff Hayes (third from right) posed for a photo at Hillpoint Elementary with school administrators, the Superintendent, and several School Board members.  Del. Chris Jones participated earlier before the tour, as the group shared issues related to public education before the 2018 Virginia General Assembly session which starts in January.  Unable to attend were State Senators Louise Lucas, John Cosgrove, and Thomas Norment, and State Delegates Matthew James and Emily Brewer.

Dec 12

Rezoning Timeline Updated: Dec. Input Session Added

The timeline for rezoning decisions has been revised:
  • Thursday, December 14, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. – Public Input Session #2
  • Wednesday, December 20, 2017 – Preliminary drafts of options posted on division’s website.
  • Thursday, January 11, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. — Public Input Session #3
  • Thursday, February 8, 2018 – Formal presentation to School Board
  • Thursday, March 8, 2018 – School Board votes on final rezoning plan

UPDATE: 
The Suffolk School Board at its Nov. 9, 2017 work session clarified that it has also requested a city-wide rezoning option.  In addition, staff is working on rezoning proposals for the new Florence Bowser Elementary and the new Col. Fred Cherry Middle School to open in September 2018.

At the work session, staff presented the following criteria as they begin to develop options.

Division-Wide Rezoning Criteria  … Elementary, Middle & High

  • Establish contiguous attendance zones using
    established roadways and geographical features to
    the greatest extent possible
  • Respect established neighborhood boundaries where possible
  • Redistribute student population to more efficiently
    take advantage of available seats in all buildings
  • Reduce mobile unit usage across the division
  • Attempt to create more efficient bus routes
  • Attempt to maintain diversity that closely matches the school division overall

Florence Bowser Elementary Rezoning criteria:

  • Open FBES with @850 students in September 2018
  • Include the current Driver Elementary student population of 596 students and expand the current Driver attendance zone to include 250-275 additional students from Creekside Elementary
  • Maintain attendance zone using established roadways
    and geographical features to the greatest extent possible
  • Respect established neighborhood boundaries where possible
  • Reduce mobile unit usage at schools affected by rezoning
  • Attempt to maintain diversity that closely matches the school division overall

Col. Fred Cherry Middle Rezoning Criteria

  • Open CFCMS with @650 students in September 2018
  • Redraw the current JYMS zone to eliminate overcrowding
  • Maintain a contiguous attendance zone using established roadways and geographical features to the greatest extent possible
  • Respect established neighborhood boundaries where possible
  • Reduce or eliminate the use of mobile units at JYMS
  • Attempt to maintain diversity that closely matches the school division overall

 

Suffolk Public Schools will open two new schools in September 2018.  The new Florence Bowser Elementary School, located on Nansemond Parkway, will house 1,000 students.   The new Col. Fred Cherry Middle School, located on Burbage Drive, will house 800 students. Designed to be future-ready, both schools have open areas for flexible, project-based learning activities.

School administrators and staff are currently working through data to develop rezoning options.  The current student population of Driver Elementary School will most likely be moved to the new Florence Bowser Elementary School, as well as some students currently attending the overcrowded Creekside Elementary School.  Driver will close as an elementary school and transform into the Excel Academy at Driver, a personalized learning center designed to accelerate learning and achievement of students who have not met success in a traditional classroom.  Col. Fred Cherry Middle School is expected to alleviate overcrowding at John Yeates Middle School.


Timeline for rezoning decisions:


 Thursday, November 9, 2017

    • 4:30 p.m. – Suffolk School Board Work Session: Rezoning Criteria presented to Board
    • 6:30 p.m. – Public Input Session #1
    • Both sessions will be held in City Council Chambers, located on the first floor of City Hall at 442 W. Washington St.

  • December 2017
    • Rezoning proposals made available to the public on the school division’s website

  • Thursday, January 11, 2018
    • 6:30 p.m. — Public Input Session #2
    • City Council Chambers, located on the first floor of City Hall at 442 W. Washington St.

  • Thursday, February 8, 2018
    • 7 p.m. — Formal presentation to School Board
    • City Council Chambers, located on the first floor of City Hall at 442 W. Washington St.

  • Thursday, March 8, 2018
    • 7 p.m. — School Board votes on final rezoning plan
    • City Council Chambers, located on the first floor of City Hall at 442 W. Washington St.

 

 

 

Dec 12

Superintendent’s 2-Minute Drill 12/08/17

Check out the latest update from Superintendent Dr. Deran Whitney.

 

Dec 11

Congrats Reading Teachers of the Year!

Congratulations to the following Reading Teachers of the Year!

Elementary Buildings Secondary Buildings
School Teacher JFKMS James Carpenter
BTWES Michael Watson FGMS Barbara Espinosa
CES Leticia Rouse JYMS Ginnie German
DES Jamey Brown KFMS Shameka Bellamy
EFES Venus Usanga
HES Amy Espinosa KFHS Kimblyn Moore
KSES Renee Russell LHS Erin Badran
MBJES Brittany Chavis NRHS Kim Beverly
NPES Twanya Vogel
NSES Traci Mettler TWS Rebecca Davidson
OES Brenda Snashell
PES Bonita Bertero

The Suffolk Reading Council will honor these teachers at the annual banquet in May.

Dec 11

Holiday Greetings from the Superintendent

Enjoy viewing the annual holiday cards from Dr. Whitney, featuring SPS student artwork.

 

 

Dec 08

Ditch the Textbook Digital Summit – There’s Still Time to Register!

You still have time to join Matt Miller’s Digital Summit, a nine day, FREE virtual profession development event. This PD event encompasses a series of videos featuring discussions on technology, pedagogy, and more. Learn more and register today at http://ditchsummit.com/.

Matt Miller has also reopened the videos from the 2016 Digital Summit. If you missed that opportunity you can view the 2016 sessions for a limited time.  Find those sessions and certificates on the 2016 Digital Summit site.

That’s two summits for the price of one folks!

Recertification and STAR points will be awarded after the winter break so save your certificates of participation. A single point will be awarded for each session.

 

Dec 07

Coming to Suffolk Public Schools in January 2018 …

The Quit for Life program can help you keep your New Year’s Resolution to stop smoking in 2018.  This nationally recognized program is offered by the American Cancer Society.

If you enroll, you get powerful support to help you quit, including:

  • Free nicotine patches or gum
  • One-on-one phone coaching
  • Quit Guide
  • Text tips & reminders
  • Member website

Earn 200 wellness points upon successfully completing the program.

Click here for a printable 2-page flyer with more details.

Dec 06

Superintendent’s 2-Minute Drill

Learn what’s happening in Suffolk Public Schools Now!

Dec 04

Google Certification

Have you been contemplating Google Certification? Now is your chance to take either the Level 1 or Level 2 assessment for FREE. Complete this form to get your FREE voucher for the test you need.

Get Your FREE Google Certification Voucher

The voucher will allow you to register to test with Google for Education. Learn more about the Google Educator certification  on the Google Training Center site.

Google Training Center

Look for information about turning your successful Google Certification into recertification and STAR points on the portal after the winter break.

 

Nov 27

Nominate a Colleague for the Superintendent’s Star Award

The next deadline is December 15, 2017 to Nominate a Colleague for a Star Award!

A new web-based form is now available to make nominations for Star Awards easy as 1-2-3.

Link here for details on the award program.

Link here for the NOMINATION FORM.

Deadlines for submission are December 15, 2017 for recognition in February 2018, and March 31, 2018 for recognition in May 2018.

Nov 21

Can You Spell F-U-N?

The 2nd annual Grown-Up Spelling Bee to benefit the Suffolk Education Foundation will be held Saturday, February 10, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to all who supported the Suffolk Education Foundation’s first annual Grown-Up Spelling Bee, held in 2016.  Kil-Bee’s Revenge of the Words captured the title (Kilby Shores), with Alpha Bees as first runner-up (Pioneer & Oakland).  Here are some photos from the BUZZ-tastic night!

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NOTE:  Contact Bethanne Bradshaw for the 2018 event.

Nov 20

Employee Wellness News …

Biometric screening registration is now available on Viverae Connect (click), the Viverae® app, or by phone (1-888-848-3723).  Biometric screening is worth 50 points toward your program goal.

Reminder:  Complete the required MHA and Biometric Screening (or, annual physical screening) by 05/15/2018 to receive your $200 **taxable income** Wellness Award. Talk with your building Wellness Champion for more details.

 


SPS Employees,

Are you ready for Employee Wellness Challenge #1?

Challenge #1 – Gift a Greeting 
Read more about Challenge #1 here: Suffolk Public Schools-Gift a Greeting Challenge Flyer

Register: Register and track your progress on connect.viverae.com or the Viverae® mobile app under the Well-being section.

SIGN-UP: 10/30/17- 11/20/17

CHALLENGE STARTS: 11/10/17

CHALLENGE ENDS: 12/8/17

25 WELLNESS POINTS EARNED IF COMPLETED

Daily max challenge points: 2 per day

Incentive:  The first 200 members that register and complete the Gift a Greeting Challenge will earn (1) Leave One Hour Early Ticket.  Good for any day that does not disrupt the main schedule.  Leave must be submitted and date arranged at least 1 week in advance to your building administrator.  Not valid during SOL Testing (school level).

Approved Leave Valid the Date Issued Through May 15, 2018

Are you interested in Employee Wellness Challenge Incentives for the 2017-2018 School year?  Incentives are connected to challenges that will be released throughout the school year

Read about this here:  Incentives List for 2017-2018

See https://wellness.spsk12.net/ or talk with your Wellness Champion for more Details.

Read about your Champion here:  SPS WELLNESS CHAMPIONS 2017-2018

Nov 20

Ditch that Textbook Digital Summit

It’s BACK!

This year’s Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit  (DTTDS) offers nine professional development activities over nine days. A different speaker will present with Matt Miller each day from December 15-23. Videos of the interviews will be available until December 31. Like any other conference, when it’s over, it’s over and the videos will disappear.

  • Register by December 15, 2017.
  • Participate in all of the events or only the ones that interest you.
  • Collect your daily certificate of completion.
  • Earn STAR points for the events you complete. Details will be posted on the portal when school resumes in January about how to get credit for the events you complete.

Learn more and register at – http://ditchsummit.com/

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