… As the countdown to Winter Break begins, we thought you’d like to see the winning student artwork selected for the Superintendent’s 2018 holiday cards …
What’s new in Google today? Quick access to the Activity Dashboard. Activity Dashboard lets you see who viewed a document over time, the number of document views each day, or gives you access to compose an email to collaborators.
Congratulations to the following SPS staff members who have been selected for this year’s Leadership Academy for Potential Principals!
Suffolk Public Schools is proud of all of its outstanding teachers — from those just starting their classroom careers to veterans who have impacted a generation of students. Congratulations to the teachers recently selected by their peers to represent their school in the city-wide recognition program for the 2019 Teacher of the Year and Rookie Teacher of the Year. City-wide winners will be announced in March, including one veteran teacher selected to represent Suffolk in the regional competition. Regional honorees then continue on to state and national recognition.
|Location||Teacher of the Year||Rookie Teacher of the Year|
|BTWES||Adriane Bradley-Gray||Kathy Rubio|
|CES||Amanda Giarratano||No Rookie to Nominate|
|EFES||Jessica Vargas||No Rookie to Nominate|
|FBES||Nichole Kincheloe||Taylor Flick|
|HES||Vickie Wilson||Hope Mounie|
|KSES||Lauren Bradley||Lauren Baker|
|MBJES||Shawn Tucker||No Rookie to Nominate|
|NPES||Qua Cummings||Barbara Sinclair|
|NSES||Melanie Burnor||No Rookie to Nominatee|
|OES||Julianne Tise||Kellee Sweeney|
|PES||Alexandra Eggleston||No Rookie to Nominate|
|CFCMS||Patricia Waegerle||Sarah Schweit|
|FGMS||Natalie Rotzler||No Rookie to Nominate|
|JFKMS||Jamilla Ford||Peyton Henderson|
|JYMS||Jennifer Putzig||Candice Jae|
|KFMS||Valerie Smith||Mary Mesisco|
|KFHS||Tiwana Copeland||Ashley Josshua|
|LHS||Ronald Daughtrey||Cassandra Eagan|
|NRHS||Angela McElroy||Sarah Crane|
|TWS||Janay Bradford||No Rookie to Nominate|
|CCAP||Anne Hudson||William Hallwig|
The Ditch that Textbook Digital Summit is back! This FREE virtual professional development event will occur from December 14th through December 31st. Register on the Ditch Summit site to participate in the event. This year’s presenters include:
Register here: http://ditchsummit.com/
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to recognize employees who demonstrate commitment, initiative, school spirit, creativity, and a great attitude.
Link here for details on the award program.
Link here for the NOMINATION FORM.
This year, SmartDollar can help you create a holiday budget before the season begins! With a little bit of planning, you can celebrate without having to worry about post-holiday bills.
Did we mention SmartDollar is completely FREE? That’s right – SmartDollar is a 100% paid-for benefit!
The VDOE is once again sponsoring free 6-week online courses in various topics that help teachers learn about technology integration. These facilitated courses require approximately 30 hours of work over the 6 weeks and a final project. Once completed, a certificate for 30 recertification credits is issued. Registration for the Winter session of courses begins on 12/3 and will continue until 12/21, unless the courses fill up first. No one will be able to sign up after 12/21 for the Winter session, which begins 1/16/19. To register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
Last sThe next “shopping day” is Thursday, Dec. 13 from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
… Remember: You are on your honor to only shop ONCE a MONTH …
Scheduled “Shopping Days”
What’s the purpose of the Teacher Supply Store?
The SPS Teacher Supply Store will offer Suffolk Public School teachers the opportunity to shop for free classroom supplies on a monthly basis. This initiative is a partnership with the Suffolk Education Foundation.
Where is it located?
The teacher supply store will be housed at the former Driver Elementary School building located at 4270 Driver Ln, Suffolk, VA 23435.
What’s the schedule for the store?
The store will be open every Thursday from 2:30-6:00 pm. During the 2018-19 school year the store will be open September 13 through April 26. Please note, the store will be closed on Thursday Dec. 20 and over Spring Break. The store will also open during extended hours on preservice days and on some teacher work days. Special store openings will be posted on the SPS website.
Does the Teacher Supply Store replace the $100 School Specialty Voucher that teachers usually receive?No. The Teacher Supply Store is in addition to the $100 School Specialty Voucher that teachers receive.
How often may I shop?
Teachers may shop once a month in the store.
Who is eligible to shop at the Teacher Supply Store?
Any teacher in Suffolk Public Schools who works in a school building directly with students. This includes classroom teachers, Special Education teachers, resource teachers, Title I Teachers etc.
What’s the process for shopping in the store? How does it work?
Teachers will be given a designated amount of “STAR Credit” each month to spend in the store. Once teachers arrive, they should follow the steps below to shop:
What types of supplies do you have in the store?
The store is stocked with everything from copy paper to markers, pencils, chart paper, glue sticks, office supplies, art paper and much, much more. The stock of the store may vary from, month to month based on donations that are provided to the store. But in general, teachers can expect to find a wide range of useful classroom resources on our shelves.
What’s the process for getting supplies for students who are unable to purchase school supplies?
School administrators and Guidance Counselors should contact our Parent Relations Facilitator, Bonnie Maki at 934-6202 if supplies are needed for specific students in your school. We are happy to coordinate with you individually to provide an opportunity for counselors and principals to come to the store to pick up items for students in need.
Binders … Children’s Books … Colored Pencils … Composition Books … Construction Paper … Copy Paper … Disinfecting Wipes (Lysol only, not Clorox on any with bleach) … Dry Erase Markers … File folders … Glue sticks … Hand sanitizer … Legal pads … Loose Leaf Paper … Markers … Paper clips … Pencils … Prize box items … Sticky notes … Tissues … Young Adult Books … Ziplock Baggies
How to Volunteer — Sign up here.
The Suffolk Education Foundation will coordinate the volunteer schedule, but if you are interested in helping on “shopping days” and/or with behind-the-scenes volunteer opportunities, please contact Bethanne Bradshaw, the division’s Public Information & Community Relations Officer, at 757.925.6752 or email@example.com
If you weren’t able to attend the State of the Schools Breakfast and Learning Fair on Nov. 16, you can catch the video shown at the event on our YouTube channel.
Suffolk Public Schools is preparing students for their futures each day. Through rich learning experiences, we are creating students who embody the skills they need to be successful in college and career. Suffolk students are mastering skills such as citizenship, creative thinking, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication.
New SPS videos are posted at least once a week, including the Superintendent’s 2-Minute Drills, news stories, and teacher features.
YouTube/SuffolkSchools … You can even subscribe.
These same videos are posted on the SPS division website home page, and each school’s home page.
Do not use previous product log in pages and remove all bookmarks.
Previous Absence Management User Credentials will no longer work.
A free community health fair will be held Saturday, November 3 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at King’s Fork High School.
… Free health screenings (cholesterol, BMI, etc.)
… Flu Shots
… Medication Review
… and more
This event is sponsored by Sentara Obici and Western Tidewater Diabetes Coalition.
Need a ride? I-Ride will Sentara Obici Hospital, Walmart and the City of Suffolk Commerce Street parking lot.
Are your SPS automated calls going to an old number? … Do you want to also get a Text message? … Do you want to add other numbers for emergency messages?
First, please note that the email pulled into School Messenger system is your SPS work email. If you’ve been here a while and you once have a 3-letter-first-name email, it might be that email that’s in the system.
Second, the phone number pulled into the system is the phone number you have on file in HR and finance. If you want SPS to know an updated number, please contact HR.
Here’s how to change your contact info in School Messenger:
Attend a free, no-obligation retirement planning seminar on Thursday, Nov. 15 to help turn your questions into answers.
Click here to register: https://goo.gl/fRk1Lb
Register for this seminar today with the following code: SCPSUF11AE
Tim Hewitt, Financial Advisor
Contact Human Resources if you have questions.
Teachers wanting to use the Drop Grade feature of TAC must set that up prior to loading report card grades for MP1. Please follow the attached directions to do this properly.
General Guidelines for the Drop Grade Feature
The Suffolk School Board announced administrative changes at its October 19th meeting:
Duplain is in her third year as graduation coach at Nansemond River High School, and taught elementary school for seven years, including a year at Elephant’s Fork Elementary. She earned her bachelor’s from Longwood University, her master’s from Old Dominion University and is working on her doctorate of education at ODU.
Zawodny is in her second year as literacy teacher at John Yeates Middle School, and taught for nine years at Creekside Elementary. She earned her bachelor’s from Christopher Newport University and her master’s degrees from CNU and Hampton University.
2018-2019 Marking Period Due Dates
|MP End Date||Teacher Due Date||MP Roll Forward Date||
RC Distribution Dates
|MP1||November 5||November 9||November 15||November 16 – PT Conference|
|MP2||January 28||February 4||February 7||
February 11 – via mail
February 15 – PT Conference
|MP3||April 5||April 11||April 23||April 24|
|MP4||June 13||ES & MS – June 7
HS – June 13
ES June 13
MS & HS June 14
Directions for the 2018-2019 Report Cards
Each October, National Principals Month recognizes the essential role that principals play in making a school great.
Principals are among the hardest working individuals in education. Principals set the academic tone for their schools, and it is their vision, dedication, and determination that provide the mobilizing force for achieving student success.
Each October, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of School Administrators seek to honor these unsung heroes for their tireless efforts in pursuit of excellence in education.
National Principals Month is a widely recognized celebration of the principalship, marked by national and state resolutions supporting the event, as well as acknowledgements from U.S. Senators and Representatives, and top government officials. However, the most important National Principals Month celebrations are the ones that take place in schools and communities across the country.
NOTE: The Virginia School Principals Appreciation Week is often declared by the Governor for the third week in January. However, that resolution has not yet been released for 2019. So we’re celebrating in October too.
Friday, Oct. 12 … Opening Two Hour Late
Creekside Elementary School only is CLOSED due to a power outage.
Parks & Rec before- and after-school programs are open on regular schedule except Creekside.
YMCA morning programs closed.