Nov 14

REWIRED: State of the Schools 2017 Video

Suffolk Public Schools is REWIRED!
From setting expectations and adopting innovation to strengthening instruction, we prepare all students to follow their passions and find success.
A focus on integrating technology and project-based learning enhances lessons for every learning style.
Watch the 2017 State of the Schools video, which made its debut at the annual Superintendent’s State of the Schools Breakfast & Learning Fair on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Nov 14

Elementary Homework Changes Set for Jan. 2

Starting Jan. 2, 2018, elementary students will be assigned less homework.

Kindergartners could get up to 10 minutes of homework, while first-graders could get 10 to 20 minutes. From there, the scale goes up 10 minutes per grade level. Second-graders – up to 20 minutes .. Third-graders – up to 30 minutes … Fourth-graders – up to 40 minutes … Fifth-graders – up to 50 minutes.

Read the recommendation accepted by the School Board at its Nov. 9, 2017 meeting.

Suffolk’s former regulation allowed for the largest potential amount of nightly homework for elementary students of any surrounding school division. It permitted teachers to assign up to 30 minutes’ worth of homework for kindergarten students, up to 45 minutes for first-graders, up to 60 minutes for second-graders and up to 90 minutes for third- through fifth-graders.

Parents are encouraged to let their child’s teacher know if homework regularly takes longer than the time listed in the regulation. The school division’s annual parent survey will also ask about the amount of homework their child receives.

The new policy will be implemented beginning Jan. 2.

Nov 03

2017-2018 Report Card Directions

Updated report card directions for the 2017-2018 school year are posted below.

Elementary School Directions

Middle School Directions

High School Directions

Nov 03

TAC Drop Lowest Grade Function

Teachers wanting to utilize the drop lowest grade feature of TAC must set up this feature before loading the MP1 report card grades. Please read and follow these directions carefully to apply this feature properly.

Drop Lowest Grade

Nov 02

Suffolk Reading Council Presents

“Suffolk Roots for Literacy” Fall Mini Conference

  • When: November 18th , 9:00-12:00
  • Where: Hillpoint Elementary School
  • Why: “Literacy is the Root of all Learning!” 3 STAR/Recertification Points
  •  *Keynote Speaker* – Mrs. Cathy Collier (Former VSRA President)
  • $5 for SRC Members
  • $10 for Non Members
  • Breakfast will be provided.
  • Registration begins Oct. 31st

Contact valeriesmith@spsk12.net to RSVP. Payment will be taken on the day of the conference. Cash & check accepted (Checks made payable to SRC). Space is limited.

Fall Mini Conference Flyer

Oct 18

2-Minute Drill 10/17/17

Watch the Superintendent’s 2-Minute Drill here

 

Oct 16

Wellness Program Kicks Off a New Year

Welcome to the 2018 Suffolk Public Schools Wellness Program. It’s time to get a fresh start on your journey to well-being!  Be on the lookout for incentive challenges to begin soon!

Already a Member?

Use your login from the previous school year

 

How to Register (New to Wellness Program)

Visit connect.viverae.com, click Register, and enter: Last Name and Date of Birth (DOB)

Identifier: SPS User Number and Registration Code: suffolk

 

Get Going!

Head to connect.viverae.com to complete your Member Health Assessment (MHA), Biometric Screening OR Annual Exam by 5/15/18 to earn your 200 points and a $200 Wellness Reward.

 

Don’t forget to download the Viverae® app for free by searching “Viverae” in the App Store or Google Play! Questions? Call Viverae at 888-VIVERAE (848-3723).

 

Link here for a PDF brochure with more information.

 

https://wellness.spsk12.net/ for more details.

Oct 09

Superintendent Encourages Your Support of United Way

Suffolk Public Schools believes it takes the whole community working together to reach our mutual goals.  Our community is what we make it and we have the power to choose to make a positive impact.
For the past three years, our school division had the opportunity to directly see the impact that we make when our employees give to the United Way of South Hampton Roads.  The organization’s United for Children initiative has provided significant financial support to our summer school programs – LEAP for elementary students and LAUNCH for middle school students.   Students from all elementary and middle schools received specialized hands-on attention to reduce summer learning loss and to improve their growing minds.  United for Children also brought several community partners and companies from Suffolk together to make possible the wellness and enrichment activities.

ACCESS College Foundation is now supported by United Way of South Hampton Roads.  ACCESS College Foundation provides advisors in our high schools and some of our middle schools – helping students who otherwise might not have had the opportunity to successfully take the path to attend college.

Suffolk Public Schools and its employees and community members care.   We care about our work, we care about each other, and we care about our community.  So does United Way.   United Way advances our community by creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on Education, Financial Stability, and Health – building blocks for a good quality of life.

This year, Suffolk Public Schools wants to continue to grow in its staff and student fundraising for United Way.  Our 2016-17 campaign increased by 26 percent, with total donations close to $47,000.  We cannot do it without you being an active participant in the campaign, showing your support and passion for our students and our community.  Each school has a campaign coordinator, who can provide you with your personalized pledge card.

Please invest in the future of our community and join me by giving as generously as you can.  United Way invites you to join the movement.  Change only happens if we all work together.

To learn more, go to www.unitedwayshr.org

Oct 09

SRC Fall Mini Conference – Looking for Presenters

Suffolk Reading Council is searching for presenters for the fall mini conference at Hillpoint Elementary on Saturday, November 18, 2017, from 9:00 to 12:00. Presenter perk – FREE conference registration. Breakfast will be provided. Presenters will run 4 -30 minute sessions. If interested in presenting at the SRC Mini-Confernece complete this FORM.

Sep 28

Interim Progress Report Directions

Directions for the Interim Progress Reports (IPRs) are posted below.

New this year and inlcuded in the directions is the load date for IPRs. The load date is two schools days before the IPR distribution. Here is a summary of these deadlines.

Interim Progress Report Dates for 2017 – 2018

 

Marking Period

Progress Report Distribution Date

Teacher Progress Report Load Date

MP1

October 4

October 2

MP2

December 13

December 11

MP3

March 2

February 28

MP4

May 8

May 4

 

 

Sep 28

Join the Suffolk Reading Council

When you join the Suffolk Reading Council you are doing so much and helping so many:

Professional Organization

  • Automatic membership in the Virginia State Reading Association (VSRA)
  • Option to join the International Literacy Association (ILA)
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Work with others who share your passion for promoting literacy
  • Access to a network of resources
  • Opportunity to attend the Virginia State Reading Conference

Members are Eligible for:

  • Undergraduate Scholarship (recipient must be a member or relative of a member)
  • Graduate Scholarship
  • VSRA Conference Fee Scholarship
  • SRC Banquet Discount
  • Grants
  • Reading Teacher of the Year
  • James D. Mullins Award (administrator)

We are now up and running!  Find our website on the staff portal.

The cost to join is $30 and can be done through the vsra.org website.

Sep 25

2018-19 Budget Process Underway

Click on the headline to view a visual explanation of the Annual Budget Process.

 

Budget Process Chart_2017

Sep 25

2-Minute Drill 9/21

Check out our latest 2-Minute Drill featuring Dr. Deran R. Whitney. Let’s make it a great year!

Watch here. 

Sep 14

Open Enrollment for Health & Dental Insurance – Sept. 18 to Oct. 6

Open enrollment will be held from September 18 to October 6 for your 2018 calendar year coverages.  Suffolk Public Schools has moved to a calendar year plan year for health, dental and supplemental insurances because of the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This information was included in the Benefits Guide booklet distributed earlier this year.

Each school office will have a schedule that lists the dates that the enroller will be in the buildings, and an additional  schedule of when Finance Department staff will be in the buildings for assistance with health benefit questions.

Employees are encouraged to use the ALEX online tool to assist in selecting a health plan that best meets their healthcare needs before they meet with an enroller.  Please make every effort to meet this schedule because the time the enrollers will be available to assist employees is limited.

For more information or questions regarding open enrollment, please contact the Finance department.

Enrollers Schedule for Signing Up for 2018 Coverage:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
18-Sep 19-Sep 20-Sep 21-Sep 22-Sep
HES, MBES, CES
(starting at 12 noon)
HES, MBES, CES HES, MBES, CES DES, NSES, KSES NSES, KSES, FGMS, TWS
25-Sep 26-Sep 27-Sep 28-Sep 29-Sep
NPES, OES, SAO SAO, EFES, JKMS EFES, KFMS, JYMS KFMS, JYMS, BTES KFMS, JYMS, BTES
2-Oct 3-Oct 4-Oct 5-Oct 6-Oct
KFHS, NRHS, LHS KFHS, NRHS, LHS KFHS, NRHS, LHS NRHS, PES, TECH NRHS

 

Finance Department Staff Schedule for On-Site Assistance:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
18-Sep 19-Sep 20-Sep 21-Sep 22-Sep
HES 12pm-1pm          MBES 2pm-3pm              CES 3:30pm-4:30pm MBES 8:30am-10am
CES 10:30am-12:30pm
HES 1:30-3:30pm
CES 8:30am-10am
HES 10:30am-12:30pm
MBES 1:30-3:30pm
NSES 8:30am -10:30am   DES 11:00am-1:00pm    KSES 1:30pm-3:30pm FGMS 7:00am-8:00am   KSES 8:30am -10:30am   TWS 11:00am-1:00pm    NSES 1:30pm-3:30pm
25-Sep 26-Sep 27-Sep 28-Sep 29-Sep
NPES 8:30am-noon      OES 1:00pm -4:00pm       SAO -Melissa/Ty EFES  8:30am -10:30am
JFKMS  11:00am-2:00pm
SAO Melissa/Ty
KFMS 8:30am -10:30am EFES 11:00am-12:30pm  JYMS 1:00pm-3:00pm JYMS 8:30am -10:30am KFMS 11:00am-12:30pm  BTWES 1:00-3:00pm BTWES 8:30am -10:30am JYMS 11:00am-12:30pm  KFMS 1:00-3:00pm
2-Oct 3-Oct 4-Oct 5-Oct 6-Oct
LHS 8:00am-10:00am KFHS 10:30am-12:30pm  NRHS 1:00pm-3:00pm KFHS 8:00am-10:00am NRHS 10:30am-12:30pm  LHS 1:00pm-3:00pm NRHS 8:00am-10:00am  LHS 10:30am-12:30pm  KFHS 1:00pm-3:00pm PES 10:00am-noon
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