Activity Bus Routes 2014-15

school-busActivity bus runs for Athletics and Band will begin Monday, August 4, 2014. The Lakeland High School activity bus routes can be accessed from the link below. Activity Bus Routes

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Activity Bus Routes 2014-15


Activity bus runs for Athletics and Band will begin Monday, August 4, 2014.

The Lakeland High School activity bus routes can be accessed from the link below.

Activity Bus Routes

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Nansemond River High School Summer Band Camp 2014

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Summer Band Camp for the Magnificent Marching Warrior Band begins on Monday, August 4, 2014 @ 8 a.m.

Who:  All students zoned to attend Nansemond River High School for the 2014 -15 school year.  Rising 8th and 9th grade students from John Yeates Middle School are eligible to participate in band camp at Nansemond River.  If you play flute, clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, or tuba and zoned for Nansemond River HS, you are eligible to participate in Summer band camp.  Percussion players must audition on the spot Aug 4.  Dancer, flag, and majorette auditions will be held on Thursday, July 31 @ 1 p.m. **** I MIGHT audition for alternates on Monday Aug 11.****

When is summer band camp?:  Mon – Thurs. Aug 4  - 22

Time: 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. **(Bus transportation will be provided) Busses will begin running Monday morning at 6:15 a.m.

** Parents are advised to bring your student to school on Monday no later than 8 a.m. and the student can ride the bus home at the end of camp.  The bus driver will let the student know the place and time to catch the bus for the remainder of the camp.**

What to bring?  Your instrument / reeds / mouthpiece / hat  / sneakers / NO BOOTS / lunch / personal snacks for breaks / a thermos for ice and cold water / A GREAT ATTITUDE and ENTHUSIASM

COST:  Summer band camp is $60 due on Aug 4.   Band Dues is $250 deadline Sept 4, 2014.

All band students must have a physical in order to participate in marching band.  Physicals will be conducted by a Certified Nurse Practitioner at Nansemond River HS on Monday, August 4,  from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Students 15 yrs and under must have a parent present for the physical.  Physicals are $10 cash only.  Otherwise, you may have a physical completed by your personal physician, Urgent Care, or Patient First.  All marching band students are required to have a physical. DEADLINE FOR PHYSICALS,  AUGUST 11 .  

We are looking forward to having a fun and exciting marching band season! 

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Come on and find out what it takes to be a WARRIOR!!!

For more information please contact Mr. Woodis @ 757-923-4101 or email  Please complete your registration in the charms system if you already have your log in.    See you on Monday morning!!!

“You don’t know what it takes to be a WARRIOR!!!”


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2014-15 School Supply List

BTW Supply List 2014-2015

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Text Message & Email Reminders

Would you like to receive text messages or emails from me to remind you about important information, such as upcoming tests, projects, etc.?  It’s easy!
Remind is a FREE service, but standard messaging rates apply for texting.  Your information will remain private!  Parents are also welcome to join!


Text the appropriate code below to (571) 982-7936.

AP Biology:  @mrsficklen

Block 1 – Hon Biology:  @ficklen1

Block 6 – Hon Biology:  @ficklen6

Block 7 – Hon Biology:  @ficklen7


Send an email to the appropriate address below.  Leave the subject line blank.

AP Biology:

Block 1 – Hon Biology:

Block 6 – Hon Biology:

Block 7 – Hon Biology:


Keep in mind that all assignments will be posted on your class calendar.  (You have the option of copying assignments into your personal Google calendar!)

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Welcome to a new school year!  I am looking forward to an exciting year with many adventures to extend and enrich your school career.  Please check back here frequently for announcements and additional resources to help you navigate through your study of Civics. Feel free to contact me either through this site, my email, or through phone at school.

Michael McClain
7th Civics
King’s Fork Middle School

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Freshman Transition Program 8-14-14

Class-of-2018Lakeland High School will hold a Freshman Transition Program on August 14, 2014 from 1:00 – 4:30 pm.  Rising 9th Grade students will be able to tour our school and learn about the numerous academic, extra-curricular and support programs available at Lakeland High School.  Transportation will be provided.  Parents are welcome to attend.

Students must be registered in order to attend.  Space is limited.  You may register at the link below or call the school at  757-925-5790.   You may also register in person at Lakeland Monday through Thursday between 7:30 am – 5:30 pm.  The deadline for registration is Tuesday, August 5, 2014.

9th Grade Transition Registration Link



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Back to School Orientation

Orientation for grades 1-5, Mrs. R. Johnson and Mrs. S. Garcia is set for Thursday, August 28, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in classrooms. Kindergarten orientation will begin in the cafetorium at 10:00am and will transition to individual classrooms.  Labeled supplies may be brought to school at this time.

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School Administrators – New Faces & New Places

Announcing some changes in school administrators:

  • Melody Mondell – Supervisor of Math Instruction
  • Dana Bilby – Hillpoint Elementary School. Asst. Principal
  • Lorri Banks – Kilby Shores Elementary. Asst. Principal
  • Catherine Pichon – Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary. Asst. Principal
  • Garrick Rhoads – Nansemond Parkway Elementary. Asst. Principal
  • Darrell Medley  – Northern Shores Elementary. Asst. Principal
  • Danielle Belton, Ed.D. – Pioneer Elementary. Asst. Principal
  • Marion Looney-Gill – John Yeates Middle School. Asst. Principal
  • LaToya Floyd – King’s Fork High School. Asst. Principal
  • Tina Paul – Lakeland High School. Asst. Principal

Newcomers to the assistant principal positions include:

  • Garrick Rhoads, who most recently was a teacher at Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary (6 years).  He earned his bachelor’s from Radford University and his master’s from Regent University.
  • Darrell Medley, who is coming to Suffolk from New Jersey, where he’s been a school counselor, assistant principal, and principal.  He earned his bachelor’s and a master’s from the University of Virginia, and a second master’s degree from Caldwell College.
  • Marion Looney-Gill, who has been teacher and academic coach at King’s Fork Middle School and John F. Kennedy Middle School (16 years), and taught for six years outside of Virginia..  She earned her bachelor’s from Western Kentucky University, her master’s from North Carolina State University, and administrator certificate from George Washington University.
  • Tina Paul, who served as Dean of Students at Lakeland High School last year, and taught at Nansemond River High School for 18 years.  She earned her bachelor’s from Virginia State University and her master’s from Regent University.


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Looking for fun summer activities?

Are your kids getting bored this summer?

Are you looking for some great educational activities?

Do Word Frog, Caterpillar Counting, Cells Alive!, Powhatan Indian Village, and Mr. Picasso’s Head sound like fun?

Check out STAR- Suffolk Teaching Activities and Resources on the SPS website.

STAR contains hundreds of games, resources, and activities in Math, English, Science, Social Studies and specialties like Art and Foreign Language!!

Click this link  and let the fun begin!!


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Senior Portraits Info

The make up day for senior portraits at NRHS will be on August 20 and 21.  Students must have their picture taken by Sept 24to be included in the yearbook.  Please contact Jostens to schedule an appointment – 420-9417.

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Start Practicing Your Typing at Home!

We will be typing a lot this year! To help you become more proficient in typing, you may want to start practicing at home. If you have access to a computer at home, there are many online (free) programs that help you become familiar with the keys on a keyboard. You will be allowed to type all of your Writing and Reading assignments that are completed in the classroom and at home (if you have access).

Remember: Practice may not make us perfect, but it sure does help us get better!!

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Regions of Virginia Website

An awesome website to visit is the Virginia Trekkers website. Here, you can watch videos (podcasts) and explore activities on the 5 Regions of Virginia. (You can visit their website and explore ALL of the regions!



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Back to School Orientation

Orientation for Early Start, and Grades 1-5 will be held on Thursday, August 28 from 9 a.m. to noon. Labeled supplies may be brought to school at this time. Early Start parents please come at 10 a.m. to meet the teachers/classroom.  Kindergarten Kick-off / Orientation will be held that same day tentatively from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Call the school at 934-6226 for more information.

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New School Hours 2014-2015

School Hours for 2014-2015

Middle School - 7:25-2:00     (7 am Bus Arrival)
High School - 8:25-3:00      (8 am Bus Arrival)

Elementary A - 9:20-3:35    (8:50 Bus Arrival)

  • Driver, Florence Bowser, Hillpoint, Kilby Shores, Mack Benn, Northern Shores

Elementary B - 9:35-3:50    (9:05 Bus Arrival)

  • Booker T. Washington, Creekside, Elephant’s Fork, Nansemond Parkway, Oakland, Pioneer

2014-15 Early Dismissal Times

  • Middle School – 11:25 a.m.
  • High School – 12:25 p.m.
  • Elementary A – 1:05 p.m.
  • Elementary B - 1:20 p.m.
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Back to School Orientation

Orientation for Grades K-5 will be held Thursday, August 28th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Early Start Orientation will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Early Start Classrooms.  Parents will have an opportunity to meet with their child(rens) teacher and to familiarize themselves with the school.  Call the school at 923-5250 for more information.

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2014 – 2015 NPES Orientation

Nansemond Parkway Elementary orientation will be held on Thursday, August 28 for grades K-5 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and Early Start from 11 a.m. to 12 noon.

Call the school at 923-4167 for more information.


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Back to School Orientation

back to school 2Orientation for Pre-K through Grade 5 will be held Friday, August 29 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

K-5 students and parents will go directly to their assigned classrooms. Labeled supplies may be brought to school at this time

Early Start students and parents  will meet in the cafeteria from 9:00 – 9:30.  Labeled supplies may be brought to school at this time

Please call the school at 934-6214 for more information.

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Volunteer Forms

We look forward to parents volunteering for the new school year 2014-2015. Please click on the link below, print out the form, and return to the office for approval. Thank you.

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School Orientation 2014-15

Florence Bowser Elementary School … Orientation for students will be held on Thursday, August 28 for Early Childhood SPED classes, Early Start, Kindergarten and First Grade from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.  Kindergarten parents will report to the cafeteria at 9 a.m. to meet with all kindergarten teachers.  All other parents will report to their child’s homeroom class. Parents are encouraged to bring their supplies (labeled with student’s name) to orientation. Call the school at 923-4164 for more information.

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