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 …

Click on headline to open post and see flyer …

Click photo for a PDF to print.


Hurricane Preparedness_Final

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.

Welcome to! Flyer

Welcome to

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

Breakfast Welcomed More than 190 New Teachers

New Faces and New Places

Congratulations to three new administrators appointed by the Suffolk School Board on August 17.

  • Sara Williford – Supervisor of Health Services, Division-Wide
  • Barbara Tidd – Assistant Principal, Oakland Elementary School
  • Shaka Miller – Dean of Students, Elephant’s Fork Elementary School


  • Sara Williford has been named the division-wide Supervisor of Health Services. She has been the school nurse at Northern Shores Elementary School since 2008, and previously work as a RN at Sentara Obici Hospital.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Mennonite University.
  • Barbara Tidd has been named Assistant Principal at Oakland Elementary School, filling an administrative spot opened when Andrea Wilkins moved to Northern Shores Elementary.  She has been a teacher in SPS since 2014, serving at Driver Elementary, Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary, and John Yeates Middle School.  She previously taught in Virginia Beach Public Schools, the Southeastern Cooperative Education Program (SECEP), Charles County Public Schools, and St. Mary’s County Public Schools.  She earned her bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and a second master’s degree from Regent University.
  • Shaka Miller has been named Dean of Students at Elephant’s Fork Elementary School, a new position.  He was been a business education teacher at King’s Fork High School since 2011, and previously worked as a teacher assistant at Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary School.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from Morgan State University, and his master’s degree from Liberty University.



Congratulations to our leaders who are taking on new roles for the 2017-2018 school year. We are grateful for your dedication and service. These changes were approved at the July 13 School Board meeting.

New Faces and New Places

Lori White, assistant principal at John F. Kennedy Middle School, was promoted to principal of Northern Shores Elementary, replacing Tara Moore, who was transferred as principal to Creekside Elementary, which was vacant due to Katrina Rountree’s resignation.
Andrea Wilkins, Ed.D. dean at Oakland Elementary was promoted to assistant principal at Northern Shores Elementary, replacing Antoine London, who was transferred to John Yeates Middle School.
Johnetta Vaughan, math specialist was promoted to assistant principal at John F. Kennedy, replacing Lori White who was named principal at Northern Shores Elementary School.
Candace Myrick, teacher and AVID site Coordinator at John F. Kennedy Middle School, was promoted to assistant principal of Creekside Elementary School, replacing Robert Brennan, who resigned.
Amy Dail, lead transition teacher at Nansemond River High School, was promoted to assistant principal at King’s Fork High School replacing Kimberly Warholak, who resigned.
Tim Kubinak, science instructional specialist at Suffolk’s School Administration Office, was promoted to supervisor of science instruction, replacing Dr. Catherine Walsh, who resigned.

Lori White has been assistant principal in Suffolk Public Schools at John F. Kennedy Middle School since 2012.She also served as SPED data specialist, SPED compliance specialist and special education teacher in Suffolk Public Schools, starting in 2003. She earned her bachelor’s and education specialist degrees from University of Virginia, and master’s degree from Regent University.
Dr. Wilkins has been dean of students since 2014 serving at both Forest Glen Middle and Oakland Elementary Schools in Suffolk Public Schools. She also served as teacher at Pruden Center for Industry and Technology in Suffolk and at Crestwood Intermediate in Chesapeake Public Schools. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Norfolk State University, master’s degree from Regent University, and doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University.
Johnetta Vaughan has been math specialist for Suffolk Public Schools since 2015. She served as assistant principal and math specialist at Churchland Middle and High Schools in Portsmouth Public Schools starting in 2009. She began her career as math teacher in 2001 at Lakeland High School in Suffolk Public Schools. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Elizabeth City State University, master’s degree from Old Dominion University, and another master’s degree from Regent University.
Candace Myrick has been AVID coordinator since 2015 and business teacher since 2011 at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Suffolk Public Schools. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Norfolk State University, master’s degree from Liberty University, and an additional master’s degree from Hampton University.
Amy Dail has been lead transition teacher at Nansemond River High School in Suffolk Public Schools since 2016. She served as lead SPED teacher at John Yeates Middle School from 2010-2016. She also taught at SECEP from 2005 – 2010. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Bluefield State College and master’s degree from Liberty University.
Tim Kubinak was named science instructional specialist in 2017 for Suffolk Public Schools. He taught math for 12 years, serving at both John Yeates and King’s Fork Middle schools. He taught and served as director at the Tidewater Regional Governor’s School for Science and Technology and also taught at Turlington Woods Alternative School in Suffolk. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and master’s degree from Hampton University.


Congratulations to Bryan Thrift, who was named the principal at John F. Kennedy Middle School at School Board’s June 8 meeting. 

Thrift is currently principal at Riverside Elementary School in Newport News, where he has served for two years. From 2013 to 2015, he served as an assistant principal here at King’s Fork High School.  Thrift has also been an assistant principal and a special education teacher in Isle of Wight County Public Schools, and has taught in Northumberland County Public Schools and Hanover County Public Schools.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from Christopher Newport University and his master’s degree from the University of Phoenix.  He replaces Vivian Covington, who is retiring after 39 years with Suffolk Public Schools.

Convocation Set for August 24

This year’s Division-Wide Convocation for Staff on Thursday, August 24 will feature keynote speaker Dave Burgess, a New York Times best-selling author of Teach Like a Pirate and co-author of P is for Pirate.   Convocation will begin at 9 a.m. in the King’s Fork High School gymnasium, with 2,000 teachers, administrators and support staff attending.  The event is a kick-off for the 2017-18 school year — the day that veteran teachers return to work.   Participants will be encouraged and motivated by speakers from the School Board, City Council, and Superintendent Dr. Deran R. Whitney.

  • NOTE: Schools, offices and departments will be closed on Thursday, August 24 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon for this division-wide professional development event.  Parents and others are reminded to call or visit the school that day after 12 noon.
  • Convocation is expected to conclude by 11 a.m.
  • Burgess is well-known for his outrageously energetic performance style and inspirational, yet practical, message. His consulting company specializes in innovative, creative books and professional development programs designed to transform education and uplift educators to reach their full potential.
  • His message to all employees of Suffolk Public Schools will be “Thinking Outside the Box: A Crash Course in Creative Brainstorming.” He will discuss using their brains like Google, creating a GPS system for powerful teaching, and magically creating new ideas through Creative Alchemy. In addition, participants will learn how to overcome obstacles that stifle creativity by using the Wedding Photographer Principle.
  • Burgess was a keynote presenter in October 2016 at the Suffolk Excellence in Education Conference, which attracted 320 Suffolk educators as they focused on student engagement with a dash of technology.


Updated Report Card Reminder

For the 2016-2017 school year, all components of the report card must be completed by the following dates:

  • MP1 – November 10
  • MP2 – February 2
  • MP3 – April 18
  • MP4 – June 14 (elementary), June 12 (middle), June 16 (high) – PLEASE NOTE THIS HAS BEEN UPDATED!

For the 2016-2017 school year, the division will transition to the next marking period on the following dates: