Feb 17

Need PD Points?


Looking for professional development opportunities for the summer? Need to earn some points for renewal?


Then look no further than the

Suffolk Public Schools PD News Blog.

It lists the most up-to-date local, regional, and online professional learning opportunities for teachers and administrators.


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Feb 09

Google My Maps Online Professional Development Registration is Open

Learn about the Google My Maps service launched by Google in April 2007 that enables users to create custom maps for personal, educational use or for sharing.  Users can add points, lines, and shapes on top of Google Maps using an editor within the service.  As a teacher, there are many instructional uses for My Maps – for use across all subjects.  Virtual field trips, virtual book reports, art exhibitions, history lessons, literature trips – just to name a few!

Online course begins Monday, February 22, 2016.
Runs 4 weeks – will end on Friday, March 25th
10 Recertification/STAR Points
Complete the registration in Edivation to join the course. Registration is limited to 30 participants.

Feb 01

Is TAC slow?

If TAC is running slowly, it may be time to do some “housekeeping.”

Having a large number of reports saved in TAC will affect functionality and the ability to generate additional reports. Look to see if you have a large number of reports on the Home screen under Reports. In the image below, notice the minimal size of the Report scroll feature. This user has never deleted any reports and may experience slower than usual performance.

  • ReportsTo delete all reports, fill the check box on the reports header row (this will select all reports) and then click the delete button.
  • To only delete certain reports, fill the check box to the right of the desired reports and then click the delete button.


Feb 01

Summer Teacher Employment for Extended School Year Program

Teachers interested in working this summer for the ESY Program must complete the online application by close of business, February 3, 2016.


ESY Employment Online Application

Jan 26

Coming Soon – Interactive Achievement

Interactive Achievement onTRAC Assessment Management System (AMS) is a balanced online assessment system that uses formative, interim, and summative assessments to measure student performance and progress in ways that address immediate student needs, inform instruction, and guide continuous educational improvement.

The onTRAC Longitudinal Data System (LDS) is structured around six fundamental areas – state summative data, intervention tracking, performance monitoring, an early warning system, and student data across multiple distinct data points (i.e. attendance, discipline, grades).

Dec 02

Read Around the Planet

Registration for the 15th Annual Read Around the Planet event is now open!

Read Around the Planet is a celebration of reading that promotes collaboration through video conferencing technology. Teachers that want to participate can register on the TWICE site after creating an account. Registration is open from December 1, 2015 through January 15, 2016. Read Around the Planet events will take place between February 22, 2016 and March 4, 2016. After teachers register for the event, they will be matched with teachers from across the planet that also want to participate. Checkout the Teacher Packet for more information.


Nov 20

Family Involvement in Education Month

Governor Terence R. McAuliffe and the Virginia Board of Education signed Certificates of Recognition proclaiming November 2015 as Family Involvement in Education Month.  Family involvement is an ongoing process that increases active participation, two-way communication, and collaboration between families, schools and communities with the goal of educating the whole child to ensure maximum achievement and success.

The full text of the Governor’s Certificate of Recognition and the Virginia Board of Education’s Resolution announcing Family Involvement Month can be found at the VDOE site:  http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2015/273-15a.pdf.

For additional Family Involvement Resources please visit:  www.doe.virginia.gov/families.

The VDOE will be featuring innovating family engagement initiatives currently underway in school divisions across Virginia on its Web site throughout the month of November.

May 14

SPS Shines Bright for March of Dimes

On Saturday, April 25 in downtown Suffolk, close to 300 school employees wearing hot pink team shirts joined the annual March for Babies. Together, they raised more than $23,613!

Congratulations to this year’s top fund-raising schools:

  • First Place
    …  Creekside Elementary School, raising $3,933
  • Second Place
    …  John Yeates Middle  School, raising $3,436
  • Third Place
    …  Northern Shores Elementary School, raising $2,650
  • Honorable Mentions:
    … Pioneer Elementary School, $1,706
    … Booker T. Washington Elementary School, $1,633
    … Driver Elementary School, $1,612

Did you know that each year, 1 out of every 8 babies is born too early?  That’s half a million babies in the United States alone.  Premature birth is the leading killer of America’s newborns.  Those who survive often have lifelong health problems.

Since 1989, Suffolk Public Schools has fielded a team each year at the March for Babies.  Why?  First, the school division sees first-hand the impact being born too early can have on a child.  Students with special needs share a special place in our hearts.  Second, as an employer, the division wants to educate its staff members on the ways to reduce the risk of premature babies in their own families.

Cunninghams NICU Graduation Day

This year, the 2015 Suffolk Ambassador is the son of one of our elementary school teachers.  Mom Meagan Cunningham shares their story:

   Thomas Gray Cunningham was born on June 29, 2014 at 25 weeks gestation. He weighed 1 pound, 7 ounces, and measured only 12 inches long. Since he was 15 weeks early, his eyes were still fused shut. Thomas fought for every breath, facing daily challenges caused by his extreme prematurity. He spent 105 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD) and came home monitor-free. While in the hospital, he had a number of blood transfusions, and underwent two surgeries. The doctors are unsure as to why Thomas came so early. We are honored to share Thomas’ story to help others understand the seriousness of premature birth and the importance of supporting the March of Dimes’ mission to ensure all babies are born healthy and at full term.



Apr 01

If You’re Retiring, We Want to Celebrate with You

If you plan to retire July 1, 2015, please contact Human Resources by Friday, April 24.  By doing so, we can make sure you are included in our Retirement Banquet celebration and receive your well-deserved retirement gift.  If you have not met to complete your paperwork, please contact Erma Goodman or Beth Simpkins  at 925-6758 to schedule an appointment.