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

December 12, 2017

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

Dec 12

Superintendent’s 2-Minute Drill

Check out the latest Superintendent’s 2-Minute Drill to hear about our high school football programs,  art students painting windows, volunteering and more!

2-Minute Drill


Dec 01

Breakfast and lunch menus are now available online!

Breakfast and lunch menus for all schools are available by clicking the link below.


Dec 01

Elf on the Shelf Family Reading Night

Come out to Creekside’s Elf on the Shelf Family Reading Night!

December 19, 2017

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Listen to a story with the Elf on the Shelf, learn reading strategies for home,

read with your family & take part in the AR challenge.

Nov 30

December and January Important Dates

 Dec. 1-20             March of Dimes holiday ornament sale begins

Dec. 6-12        Book Fair

Dec. 12-18      PTA Penguin Patch- holiday shopping for students

Dec. 12        PTA Meeting- Kindergarten performance- 6:00

Dec. 13           Interim Reports issued

Dec. 15         PTA Winter Dance, 6:30-8:00

Dec. 19           Elf on the Shelf Family Reading Night, 6:00-7:30

Dec. 21-Jan. 1                        Winter Break

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            Early Dismissal for all students

Nov 22

Superintendent’s 2- Minute Drill

Check out the link below to hear all about the State of the Schools event, homework reduction in our elementary schools and rezoning.

2-Minute Drill

Nov 16

Fall Picture Re-take Day- Wednesday, November 29

Absences:  If your child was absent on October 26, he/she will have a picture taken on November 29.  If you would like to order pictures, return the order form with payment on November 29.  If you need a new order form, contact Mrs. Topping in the office.

Re-takes:  If you paid for pictures on October 26 and do not like the picture, your child may have another picture taken.  Please send the picture packet back to school by November 29.  You must return the picture packet in order to have a new photograph taken.

Orders:  If you did not order pictures on October 26 but would like to do so now, you may do so using the order number on the proof.

Nov 15

The Nansemond River Marching Band is coming to Creekside!

As a fundraiser for the March of Dimes, the NRHS Marching Band will perform at Creekside on Tuesday, November 21st!  Students who contribute $3.00 by November 20th will get to see this exciting performance!

Nov 08

Creekside supports the United Way!

From October 24- November 3, CES students had fun while supporting the United Way.

A Gator Competition raised $742.00 and Spirit Week activities, including Storybook Character Dress-up Day, Hat Day, Crazy Hair Day and Pajama Day, brought in $1,172.00 for a total of $1,914.00 contributed to the United Way of South Hampton Roads!