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/

Nov 16

Fall PD Series: Finding Success with ELL & Struggling Readers

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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 14

Congratulations …

The Suffolk School Board has appointed Andre Skinner as the Coordinator of Career & Technical Education and Adult Education, and Johnetta Vaughan as Supervisor of Math Instruction.


Skinner has served Suffolk Public Schools for 12 years, starting as a special needs liaison, high school teacher, principal, and most recently as director of the College & Career Academy at Pruden.  He also served as an assistant principal in Hampton Public Schools for six years.  He is replacing Gail Bess, who is retiring.  Skinner earned his bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University and his master’s and certificate of advanced studies from Cambridge College.

Vaughan has served Suffolk Public Schools for 10 years as a teacher and division-wide math specialist, and most recently as assistant principal at John F. Kennedy Middle School.  She also served as a math specialist and assistant principal in Portsmouth Public Schools for six years.  Vaughan earned her bachelor’s degree from Elizabeth City State University and her master’s degrees from OId Dominion University and Regent University.

Nov 10

Rezoning Discussion Expanded to Consider City-Wide

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.

 

 

 

Nov 09

Custodians are Life-Long Learners Too

Custodians from throughout Suffolk Public Schools received professional development on new equipment on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Click headline for more photos.

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

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 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

 

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