Jan 25

Superintendent’s 2-Minute Drill

Check out the latest Superintendent’s 2-Minute Drill by clicking the link below.  Dr. Whitney discusses the snow days, make-up time and Parent Teacher Conferences.

2-Minute Drill

Jan 24

UPDATE: Making Up for Snow Days Jan. 17-18

January 24, 2018

Snow days on January 17-18, 2018 will be made up by adding 10 minutes to the end of the school day. The additional minutes will be added beginning February 5 (the start of second semester) and continue through June 14 (the last day of school).

Revised Bell Schedule
Current Schedule New Schedule w/ additional 10 minutes
Middle School 7:25 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 7:25 a.m. – 2:10 p.m.
High School 8:25 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 8:25 a.m. – 3:10 p.m.
Elementary A 9:20 a.m. – 3:35 p.m. 9:20 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Elementary B 9:35 a.m. – 3:50 p.m. 9:35 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

*Please note, the odd/even calendar has been updated in E-School and on the website to reflect the adjusted schedule.

Make-Up Days and Exam Schedule Changes from Snow Days – Jan. 4-5  & Jan. 8-10

 

Below you will find the changes to the SPS 2017-18 adopted calendar. Please note that the SPS 2017-18 adopted calendar includes one “banked day” for inclement weather, which we are using. The adjustment to our schedule addresses the additional lost instructional time and satisfies state requirements regarding student clock hours at all levels – elementary, middle, and high.  Please click here for additional details.

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  • Middle and high school exams were originally scheduled for January 23-26. Middle and high school exams will now be administered January 30- February 2.
  • January 24 was originally scheduled to be an early release for middle and high schools. January 24 will now become a full student day for all schools.
  • January 25 was originally scheduled to be an early release for middle and high schools. January 25 will now become a full student day for all schools.
  • January 26 was originally scheduled to be an early release for all schools. January 26 will now become a full student day for all schools.
  • January 29 was originally scheduled to be an early release and half day clerical for all schools. January 29 will now become a full student day for all schools.
  • High school exams will begin on January 30 (Odd Day).  This will be a full day for all schools.
  • January 31 was originally scheduled to be a full day for all students.  January 31 will now be an early release exam day (Even Day) for middle and high schools only. Elementary schools will continue to be full day.
  • February 1 was was originally scheduled to be a full day for all students.  February 1 will now be an early release exam day (Odd Day) for middle and high schools only. Elementary schools will continue to be full day.
  • February 2 was was originally scheduled to be a full day for all students.  February 2 will now be an early release for all schools.  This will be an exam day (Even Day) for middle and high schools.
  • The second semester will begin on February 5 for all students.
  • February 16 was originally scheduled to be a Parent Teacher Conference Day. February 16 will now be a full school day for students and staff. Parent Teacher Conference will be held at parent and/or teacher request from Feb. 15 through Feb. 23.
  • February 19 (Presidents’ Day) was originally scheduled to be a holiday for students and staff.  February 19 will now be a full school day for students and staff. Report cards will be distributed
  • March 6 was originally scheduled to be a Staff Development Day with no students in school.  March 6 will now become a full student day for all schools.  Interim Reports issued

Jan 23

Is your child missing a coat, hat, mittens, or lunchbox?

Please check our lost and found for any missing items.  The lost and found tables will be set up in the main lobby beginning on Wednesday,  January 25th.  Any items not claimed by Friday, February 2, will be discarded.

Jan 12

Schedule Changes in Early Dismissal & Exam Days; Make-Up Days Set

Below you will find the changes to the SPS 2017-18 adopted calendar. Please note that the SPS 2017-18 adopted calendar includes one “banked day” for inclement weather, which we are using. The adjustment to our schedule addresses the additional lost instructional time and satisfies state requirements regarding student clock hours at all levels – elementary, middle, and high.  Please click here for additional details.

  • Middle and high school exams were originally scheduled for January 23-26. Middle and high school exams will now be administered January 30- February 2.
  • January 24 was originally scheduled to be an early release for middle and high schools. January 24 will now become a full student day for all schools.
  • January 25 was originally scheduled to be an early release for middle and high schools. January 25 will now become a full student day for all schools.
  • January 26 was originally scheduled to be an early release for all schools. January 26 will now become a full student day for all schools.
  • January 29 was originally scheduled to be an early release and half day clerical for all schools. January 29 will now become a full student day for all schools.
  • High school exams will begin on January 30 (Odd Day).  This will be a full day for all schools.
  • January 31 was originally scheduled to be a full day for all students.  January 31 will now be an early release exam day (Even Day) for middle and high schools only.  Elementary schools will continue to be full day.
  • February 1 was was originally scheduled to be a full day for all students.  February 1 will now be an early release exam day (Odd Day) for middle and high schools only. Elementary schools will continue to be full day.
  • February 2 was was originally scheduled to be a full day for all students.  February 2 will now be an early release for all schools.  This will be an exam day (Even Day) for middle and high schools.
  • The second semester will begin on February 5 for all students.
  • February 16 was originally scheduled to be a Parent Teacher Conference Day. February 16 will now be a full school day for students and staff.  Parent Teacher Conference will be held at parent and/or teacher request from Feb. 15 through Feb. 23.
  • February 19 (Presidents’ Day) was originally scheduled to be a holiday for students and staff.  February 19 will now be a full school day for students and staff.  Report cards will be distributed
  • March 6 was originally scheduled to be a Staff Development Day with no students in school.  March 6 will now become a full student day for all schools.  Interim Reports issued

Jan 02

Emergency School Closings, Delays and Early Dismissals

Emergency School Closings, Delays and Early Dismissals

Families Need to Plan Ahead
If an early closing of school becomes necessary, students need to know what to do and where to go when they get off the school bus. There may be times that school dismissal will be delayed beyond regular school hours due to extreme weather conditions or for other reasons.
When a decision is made to alter the schedule of Suffolk Public Schools because of weather conditions or other emergencies, detailed information will be provided in the following places:

  • FASTEST WAY to GET UPDATES:  Use the SPS Facebook Page … www.facebook.com/SuffolkVAPublicSchools/
  • Television stations … WVEC-13, WAVY-10, WTKR-3 … and their websites
  • School Messenger … Automated phone calls with a recorded message will begin calling the homes of students and staff. The numbers called are based on the contact information stored in the division’s database.
  • SPS Website …www.spsk12.net
  • SPS Facebook … www.facebook.com/SuffolkVAPublicSchools/
  • A recorded message will be available after hours at 925-6750

Social Media
Stay Connected through our SPS Social Media sites.

Stay Informed about Weather and Changing Events
The time to prepare is now! Help us keep you informed of regular news and changing events by following our social media channels. Sites are updated regularly, especially when events are rapidly changing. Stay tuned!

Take Steps to Be Ready for the Winter Storm Watch
With winter storms predicted, please take these steps now to be prepared.
1) Update your students about where to go when they get off the bus, should schools close early.
2) Remember, when schools are opening under a 1- or 2-hour delay, bus pickups begin 1 or 2 hours later than normal. With incredibly cold temperatures, please prepare students by dressing them in layers with hats and gloves.
3) Early dismissals, delays and school closings can affect before- and after-school care programs. Check with your provider now to learn about their winter weather plans. Note: No breakfast is served on days with delayed openings.
4) Make sure we know how you’d prefer to receive updates. Click the link below to confirm your phone numbers and emails are up to date.  School Messenger

For more information on closings and delays, click here.

 

 

Dec 20

January and February Important Dates

Jan. 2              School Reopens

Jan 10             Custodian Appreciation Day

Jan. 15            Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Jan 22-26        Virginia School Principals Appreciation Week

Jan 26             Early Dismissal for all students

Jan. 29            FULL DAY OF SCHOOL

February                     African American History Month

Career & Technical Studies Month

School Board Appreciation Month
Feb. 5-9                       National School Counseling Week

Feb. 13                        PTA Meeting

Feb. 14                        Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

Feb. 16                        FULL DAY OF SCHOOL

Report Cards distributed

Feb. 19                       FULL DAY OF SCHOOL

Dec 20

Superintendent’s 2-Minute Drill

Changes are before us in Suffolk Public Schools. Don’t miss your chance to be involved in those decisions.

Check out the lastest 2-Minute Drill for information about rezoning and a proposed time change for shool start and dismissal times.

2-Minute Drill

Dec 15

School Board to Consider 2018-19 Schedule Changes

The Suffolk School Board at its Dec. 14, 2017 meeting heard suggestions from the Superintendent about changing the school schedule for the 2018-19 school year.  The board will make a decision in conjunction with its vote on the rezoning plan for 2018-19.  At the bottom of this page is an opportunity for you to share you input.

The information below was included in the 12-14-17 presentation to the Board:
Advantages of Proposed Changes to Tiers
  • Current tiers do not allow enough time between high school runs and Elementary A runs
    • (Tiers 2 and 3).
  • New proposal: One (1) hour between tiers which would allow more on-time arrivals.
  • New proposal: Elementary students home earlier in the afternoon.
  • New proposal: High school tier requires fewer drivers; therefore, more drivers will be available for athletic and activity runs.
  • In addition, research shows there are several benefits to later start times for high school students. This includes: increased attendance rates, increased academic performance, decreases in disciplinary action and decreases in student-involved car accidents.  Source:  American Psychological Association
Current Bus Tiers
Tier Schools Bus Arrival Start of School School Dismissal Buses Depart School
T1 FGM, JFK, JYMS, KFMS 7:00 7:25 2:00 2:10
T2 LHS, KFHS, NRHS 8:00 8:25 3:00 3:15
T3 DES, NSE, HPE, MBE, KSE 8:50 9:20 3:35 3:50
T4 PIO, BTW, EFE, OES, CSE, NPE 9:05 9:35 3:50 4:05
Proposed Bus Tiers
Tier Schools Bus Arrival Start of School School Dismissal Buses Depart School
T1 FGM, JFK, JYMS, KFMS, FCMS SECEP 7:00 7:25 2:00 2:15
T2 FBES, NSE,HPE, MBE, KSE, PIO, BTW, EFE, OES, CSE, NPE 8:00 8:35 3:00 3:15
T3 LHS, KFHS, NRHS 9:00 9:25 4:00 4:10
Advantages of Additional Time for Elementary Schools
  • Increased instructional time
  • Additional planning time during the school day
  • 10 additional minutes provides approximately 36 additional hours of instruction in a school year
  • This allows for about six banked days for inclement weather
  • More half days for teacher planning and record-keeping at the elementary level
Increasing Elementary Instructional Time
Current School Hours Proposed Hours
ELEMENTARY 6 hours 15 Min(5 hours 35 Min) 6 Hours 25 Min(5 hours 45 Min)
SECONDARY 6 Hours 35 Min(6 Hours 5 Min) 6 Hours 35 Min(6 Hours 5 Min)
Opportunity for Public Input:  

If you’d like to comment of this discussion, click here to open a survey form:  https://goo.gl/5J3m69

Dec 13

Homework Changes for Elementary Students

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.

Dec 13

Rezoning Timeline Updated: Dec. Input Session Added- rezoning will impact Creekside

The Suffolk School Board invites public input on the Rezoning Plan options for upcoming school year 2018-19.

City-wide rezoning is being explored as the division opens the new Florence Bowser Elementary School and the new Col. Fred Cherry Middle School.

The timeline for rezoning decisions has been revised:
  • Thursday, December 14, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. – Public Input Session #2
  • Wednesday, December 20, 2017 – Preliminary drafts of options posted on division’s website.
  • Thursday, January 11, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. — Public Input Session #3
  • Thursday, February 8, 2018 – Formal presentation to School Board
  • Thursday, March 8, 2018 – School Board votes on final rezoning plan
Division-Wide Rezoning Criteria for 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
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