Free Community Workshops from WTCSB …

Teachers, counselors, coaches and others who work with teenagers and young adults might be interested in the free public training opportunities being offered by the Western Tidewater Community Services Board.

Times and Locations for Each Workshop Varies, so please contact Anderson Wright


Mental Health First Aid: for Youth and Young Adults: MHFA: Youth focuses on teaching individuals who work with youth and young adults about the various mental health challenges and disorders which often develop during adolescence and what can be done to help provide support.

Upcoming MHFA: YOUTH training dates:
Each date is a stand-alone session, with 4 options to take the single workshop … It is not a series.

March 09, 2018     June 08, 2018     September 7, 2018        November 9, 2018


Mental Health First Aid for Adults: MHFA: Adults teaches the public how to recognize symptoms of mental health problems, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide
a person toward appropriate treatments and other supportive help.

Upcoming MHFA training dates:
Each date is a stand-alone session, with 10 options to take the single workshop … It is not a series.

February 23, 2018       March 23, 2018       April 27, 2018        May 18, 2018

June 22, 2018            July 27, 2018       August 24, 2018        September 28, 2018

October 26, 2018     November 16, 2018


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training: ASIST is a 2-day, interactive workshop that provides a practical guide for the average person on how to provide suicide interventions.

Upcoming ASIST training dates – Two-Day Series:

March 15 – 16, 2018       October 18 – 19, 2018

REVIVE:  REVIVE teaches the public how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose emergency with the administration of naloxone (Narcan ®)

Upcoming REVIVE training dates:
Each date is a stand-alone session, with 5 options to take the single workshop … It is not a series.

March 14, 2018     May 09, 2018     July 11, 2018     September 12, 2018     November 07, 2018


Times and Locations for Each Workshop Varies, so please contact Anderson Wright to register.

Congratulations …

The Suffolk School Board has named two assistant principals and a dean of students.

  • Dana Bilby has been selected as assistant principal for the new Col. Fred Cherry Middle School.
  • Timothy Kubinak has been selected as assistant principal at John Yeates Middle School.
  • Dennis Tysinger has been selected as dean of students at Elephant’s Fork Elementary School

Bilby has been an assistant principal for six years, serving at Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary School for two years, and is currently in her fourth year at Hillpoint Elementary School.  She was a division-wide science lead teacher and academic coach for seven years, and an elementary school teacher for nine years.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from Longwood University and her master’s degree from Old Dominion University.

Kubinak is currently the division’s Supervisor of Science Instruction, and taught mathematics for 10 years at John Yeates Middle, two years at King’s Fork Middle, and a year at Turlington Woods School.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and his master’s from Hampton University.

Tysinger taught business education at King’s Fork High School for the past two years, and was a technology teacher at the College & Career Academy at Pruden for 10 years.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from Virginia State University and his master’s from Old Dominion University.

Learn More about the Proposed 2018-19 Budget

The Superintendent’s Proposed 2018-2019 Operating Budget was presented to the Suffolk School Board on February 8, 2018.

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Learn more at this link:

Now Available Online — SEF Grant Applications for 2018-19

The Suffolk Education Foundation announces that applications are now available for its 2018-19 instructional grant program.  Proposals are due electronically by email no later than Friday, April 20, 2018.

This year’s grant application is available online at the SEF’s website.


Ready to Quit Smoking?

The free Quit For Life® Program helps people learn to live without tobacco for all kinds of reasons. 

It can be hard to quit. That’s why the Quit For Life Program offers tobacco users powerful tools and support every step of the way.

The Quit For Life Program includes:

  • Phone coaching. Through a series of scheduled calls, the Quit Coach® team helps tobacco users create a quit plan, identify which prescription or over-the-counter medications might curb cravings and they provide tips and support throughout the quit journey. Program participants can also call the Quit Coach team anytime they need extra support.
  • Patches or Gum. The urge to smoke is powerful, but quit aids can help. Many Quit For Life participants qualify to receive nicotine patches or gum as part of the program.
  • Web Coach®.   With great tools and a friendly community of others trying to quit, this members-only website offers support 24/7.
  • Text2QuitSM.   Personal quit reminders are sent right to members’ mobile phones.


Enrolling is quick and easy.

Suffolk Public Schools employees will earn 200 wellness points upon successfully completing the program.

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


The Quit For Life Program is brought to you by the American Cancer Society and Optum. The two organizations have 40 years of combined experience in tobacco cessation coaching and have helped more than two million tobacco users. Together we will help millions more make a plan to quit, realizing the Society’s mission to save lives and create a world with more birthdays.  The Quit For Life Program provides information regarding tobacco cessation methods and related well-being support. Any health information provided by you is kept confidential in accordance with the law.

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

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.

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 website.

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. 

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
(starting at 12 noon)
25-Sep 26-Sep 27-Sep 28-Sep 29-Sep
2-Oct 3-Oct 4-Oct 5-Oct 6-Oct


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

2017 Convocation Video … Can You Find Yourself?

Get ready. Get set. GO!
Teachers prepare for students with team building and professional development.
Thanks for all of your enthusiasm for making this an AWESOME year!


Getting Assistance for PowerSchool Issues

For issues in PowerSchool, please use LiveAssist after logging into PowerSchool. To access LiveAssist it may be necessary to turn off the pop-up blocker.


  1. Launch LiveAssist from PowerSchool.
  2. In the address bar, click Pop-up blocked Pop-up blocked.
  3. Click the link for the pop-up window you’d like to see.
  4. To always see pop-ups for the site, select Always allow pop-ups from [site].
  5. Select Done.

Hurricane Preparedness Info

from Optima Health’s Employee Assistance Program …

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Click photo for a PDF to print.


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Student Computer and Email Credentials

Please see the following documents for information on getting students logged into the computer and into the GSuite account. These documents should NOT be printed and displayed publicly. This information is provided to support teachers and staff with the credentialing processes for students.

Returning students have the same computer and email password they used last year. If students cannot remember their computer password, classroom teachers have access to reset the password. See the Student Computer Login document for details. If students cannot remember their GSuite password, only the HelpDesk and MS/HS media specialists can reset the password. Teachers at CCAP, TW, and all elementary schools can request student GSuite password resets via the GSuite Password Reset link on the portal. Teachers at all MS and HS buildings should contact their media specialists for GSuite password resets.

Student Computer Login 

Student GSuite Login

2-Minute Drill 9/6/2017

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


Watch the First-Day-of-School Photo Show

Visit the division’s Facebook page at SuffolkVAPublicSchools to see five different slideshow videos.  We asked parents to submit first day of school photos of their kids … and we received close to 200 responses!


As of 12 noon Wednesday, Sept. 6, the videos reached more than 10,000 people … and counting!

What’s New for 2017-18 …

Click headline to read up on steps taken based on teacher feedback last semester.

Download as PDF.

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HelpDesk Coverage and Division Issues

During this time of year there is a high volume of calls and HelpDesk staff are responsible for tasks other than answering the HelpDesk. If you are not able to reach someone on the HelpDesk, submit a TSR or email Please be detailed with the information in the ticket or email.


There are known issues that we are working to resolve. These include:

  • PowerSchool Access – We had a Clever Sync issue that we think will be resolved tomorrow. Also, class rosters will not show until students are scheduled in eSchool.
  • TAC Roster Generation – Teachers are seeing an error message when they try to run the roster report in TAC. We are currently investigating this issue. This issue has been corrected.
  • Categories are missing in TAC – We are aware of this. Category assignment to courses will occur en masse tomorrow morning. Teachers that do not have categories in courses in TAC AFTER 2:00 P.M. on August 31, 2017 should email  Indicate the course and section where the categories are missing.

Connecting Your Computers


Computer 1: Hey, I hear people!

Computer 2: Woo hoo, that must mean school is about to start!

Computer 1: And it means someone is going to turn us around, brush the dust off us, and plug us in!

Computer 2: Amen, because I am sick of looking at this wall.


Are your computers unplugged? Are the cords in a pile? Do you need help getting everything connected and turned on? This presentation will take you through the steps to connect your computers properly. If you have difficulty with this task or run into a problem, please submit a TSR through the HelpDesk ticketing system. Technicians will address TSRs in the order received.



2-Minute Drill 08/23/17

Check out our first 2-Minute Drill hosted by Dr. Deran R. Whitney. These routine updates are intended to keep you informed and involved in our schools!

Staff Kicks Off New Year with a Cheer … Photos from Convocation

The pep band pumped up the crowd.  Cheerleaders from all three high schools revved up school spirit.

Close to 2,000 employees filled the high school gymnasium bleachers. They cheered for their schools’ accomplishments as they gathered to kick-off the new school year.  Teachers, administrators, office staff, teacher assistants, bus drivers, guidance counselors, custodians, school nurses, cafeteria workers, technology staff, maintenance workers, and other support staff gathered for this biennial event — the day that veteran teachers return to work.

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Edivate Registration for the Face-to-Face Training sessions will open at 8am on August 24, 2017. Trainings – All training opportunities are optional. 

Edivate Catalog Registration Directions