Welcome back!

Welcome Back-Parent Letter

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Sign up for Remind

Remind is an app which allows you to receive news and information either via notifications or text messages.  It will be utilized to send important school information this year.  Please click the link below for more information on how to sign up for Remind.

Remind Hillpoint Parents Invite

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Senior Portrait Location Changed for 8-21 and 8-22

The location for Senior Portraits that are scheduled for Monday, August 21 and Tuesday, August 22 has been changed. Portraits will be taken in the PLTW lab (Mrs. Rountree’s room). Nansemond River has air conditioning in this area.

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blackboard-156494_960_720Orientation for Early Start and grades K-5 will be held Thursday, August 31 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Kindergarten orientation will begin promptly at 9 a.m. in the cafeteria. Parents will have a brief overview by staff and then report to respective classrooms for meet and greet with assigned teacher. All other students and parents should report to their assigned classroom to visit and meet the teacher.  Labeled supplies may be brought to school at this time.  Call the school at 923-5248 for more information.

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Welcome Back to a New School Year

Are you ready for the 2017-2018 school year to start?  Orientation will be August 31, from 2:00-4:00 pm.

Pre-K will meet in the Library.

Kindergarten will meet in the Cafeteria.

All other grade levels may proceed to your student’s assigned classroom.


Informational tables will be set up to help assist and answer in questions.  This would also be a great time to join the PTA and become an active member of the school!!


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No Activity Buses for Monday, August 21, 2017



No buses will be available on Monday, August 21, 2017.

Students must have their own transportation to and from Summer band camp at Nansemond River High School.  Summer camp hours will change August 21 thru 24

(3:00 pm  to 6:30 pm)

Buses will run again on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, August 22, 23, and 24.

First pick up will begin approximately 1:45 pm.

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Classroom Assignments/Orientation

Classroom assignments for the 2017-18 school year will be mailed out by Monday, August 28th. Orientation will take place from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 31st.

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This week’s Spark video: Use fun in the kitched to sharpen math skills!

Kids lose more math skills than any other subject over summer.

Any recipe uses math—from measurements to doubling a recipe—baking tasty treats teaches life and math skills.

Click the link below for fun ideas!

Math in the kitchen

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UPDATE Freshman Orientaion

  • NOTE:  The air conditioning at Nansemond River is being repaired and will not be working Thursday.
    Keeping the safety of all in mind, the Freshman Transition program will be abbreviated. Parents and students may pick up student schedules from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the hallway located directly in front of the auditorium, by the flagpole entrance.  All other sessions have been cancelled.  All schedules, including freshmen, will be mailed at the end of this week. 
  • Nansemond River High School – Freshman Transition Program … Thursday, August 17 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  For further information, call the school at 923-4101.
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Tuition Free Course to become Special Ed Teacher … Interest Letter Due August 25

Tuition-Free Prerequisite Course for a Provisional (Special Education) License Offered at Old Dominion University (Tri-Cities Center) – ONLY 10 Slots Available Division-wide
  • Interest Application Due August 25, 2017

To address the critical shortages of teachers in special education, Suffolk Public Schools will offer a tuition-free course, Foundations of Special Education: Legal Aspects and Characteristics (SPED 400), to 10 individuals recommended by Suffolk Public Schools Administrators. This fall coursework will be offered to individuals seeking endorsement in the area of Special Education (General Curriculum).

Among other requirements set forth in the Licensure Regulations for School Personnel       and state statute, individuals seeking a Provisional (Special Education) License with an endorsement in special education must complete a prerequisite course that includes “foundations for educating students with disabilities and an understanding and application of the legal aspects and regulatory requirements associated with identification, education, and evaluation of students with disabilities.” The Old Dominion University course (SPED 400) will meet this course requirement.

The cost of applying to Old Dominion University, the tuition for the course, and the cost of the textbook and fees will be covered by Suffolk Public Schools. The only cost to participants will be the cost of transportation to and from the class which will be held at the Old Dominion

Tri-Cities Center.

Applicants should submit their interest application using the Google link provided by August 25, 2017 .  Space is limited to 10 participants on a first-come, first served basis.

Interested applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, must not have been previously employed under a provisional license in special education, and must be recommended by an administrator who has worked with the candidate.

Applicants must submit the following forms:

  1. School Administrator (or Designee) Recommendation Form. This form should be submitted to Dr. Rodney Brown by e-mail at rodneybrown@spsk12. and


  1. Online Interest Form. The Online Interest Form must be completed online at https://goo.gl/forms/eGuN6MwYRwkqN0G22


Selected applicants will be notified by Suffolk Public Schools Human Resources Department.

For information about the course, please contact Dr. Rodney Brown, Director of Human Resources or Diane Glover, Director of Special Education.

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6th Grade Transition/Orientation

6th Graback to school2de Transition/Orientation will be held on Wednesday August 23 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  This is a great opportunity to become familiar with the building and staff prior to the opening of school.  Class schedules and bus schedules will be available.  Schedules will only be issued to 6th grade students who have received their Tdap booster shot and have provided documentation to the school. Lockers, locks, agendas, and gym uniforms will be available for purchase as well. We look forward to partnering with you to provide the best educational experience for  your child this school year.  For more information please call the school at 934-6212.



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Change to Freshman Orientation 8-17-17

Warrior Family:

Our school is undergoing a replacement of the heating and cooling systems. While our contractors are working diligently to complete the work, a majority of the building will be without air conditioning for the remainder of the week (August 17th and 18th).

Keeping the safety of all in mind, we have decided to abbreviate the Freshman Orientation that is scheduled for Thursday, August 17, 2017.  Parents and students may pick up student schedules from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM in the hallway located directly in front of the auditorium.  All other sessions have been cancelled.  All schedules, including freshmen, will be mailed at the end of this week. We apologize for this inconvenience.

The administration, faculty, and staff are looking forward to another amazing and successful year at Nansemond River High School.  We are excited to have you and your family play a major part of that continued success.

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Freshman Transition Program Notice

The Freshman Transition Program will run as scheduled for Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please be advised the A/C system is currently being repaired and is not operational.  Individuals suffering with medical conditions that may be affected may need to reconsider attending the program due to the building being extremely warm.

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Preservice Schedule 2017

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Click on the title to download a schedule. All documents are in PDF format.

Food Services-Transportation-Head Custodians

Elementary General-SpEd Teachers

Secondary Core Content Teachers

Special Education Teachers

Title I Teachers Revised 8/17/2017

Advanced Instruction Teachers


CTE-CCAP Teachers

Early Start-Childhood Teachers

Foreign Language Teachers


CPI Trainings – Edivate Registration for the CPI Training sessions will close on August 23, 2017 at 5pm.

United Way Coordinators

ESL Building Contacts

Planbook.com Training – Edivate Registration for the Face-to-Face Training sessions will open on August 24, 2017. All training opportunities are optional. 

Edivate Catalog Registration Directions

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Welcome to Planbook.com!

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Welcome to Planbook.com

Edivate Registration for the Face-to-Face Training sessions will open on August 24, 2017.  

All training opportunities are optional. 

Edivate Catalog Registration Directions

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FGMS 7th & 8th Grade Orientation

  • FGMS 7th & 8th Grade Orientation will be held on Thursday, August 31 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Students may pick up their schedules at this time. Gym uniforms, agendas, and locks will be available for purchase.  Also any 6th grade student that has completed their Tdap shot with an updated immunization record and did not get their schedule at the 6th grade transition program may attend. Call the school at 925-5780 for more information.
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Preservice Schedules to be Posted Wednesday, Aug. 16

The start of the 2017-18 school year is just around the corner, and we are looking forward to having employees join us for Pre-Service Week activities.

A detailed Pre-Service Week schedule will be posted here by Wednesday, Aug. 16.

This year, convocation will be held on Thursday, Aug. 24 at King’s Fork High School.

Principals and department administrators will contact their building staff about meeting at the school (or office) and then carpooling or traveling by school bus to KFHS.

The program begins at 9 a.m. with refreshments served from 8 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.

All staff is invited to convocation. Each building is encourage to wear school colors and sit together as a group.

Because all employees will be attending, schools, departments and offices will be closed during this time.


Other schedule highlights are listed below.

  • New Teacher Orientation – Aug. 21 – 23 at King’s Fork Middle School
  • Convocation – Aug. 24  at King’s Fork High School, with remainder of the day staff reporting to schools and departments
  • Training at School Sites – Aug. 25
  • District-wide Professional Development – Aug. 28-29
If you need a paper copy of the schedule (once available), please visit any school office, or call 925-6758 to request a copy by mail.

More than 165 new teachers will be welcomed Monday, August 21 on the first of their three-day new teacher orientation sessions.  The New Teacher Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. at King’s Fork Middle School.  School Board members, City Council members and division administrators will welcome them to Suffolk Public Schools with a meal and some remarks.  In addition, Sabrina Hayes, the City-Wide Rookie Teacher of the Year, will share some comments from colleague. Principals will introduce their new staff – many of whom are coming to the division with previous classroom experience.  In addition, 24 instructors from the redesigned College & Career Academy at Pruden will be introduced, as they transition to the Suffolk-only program.  Call Bethanne Bradshaw at 925-6752 for more information.


This year’s Division-Wide Convocation for Staff on Thursday, August 24 will feature keynote speaker Dave Burgess, a New York Times best-selling author of Teach Like a Pirate and co-author of P is for Pirate.   Convocation will begin at 9 a.m. in the King’s Fork High School gymnasium, with 2,000 teachers, administrators and support staff attending.  The event is a kick-off for the 2017-18 school year — the day that veteran teachers return to work.   Participants will be encouraged and motivated by speakers from the School Board, City Council, and Superintendent Dr. Deran R. Whitney.

  • NOTE: Schools, offices and departments will be closed on Thursday, August 24 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon for this division-wide professional development event.  Parents and others are reminded to call or visit the school that day after 12 noon.
  • Convocation is expected to conclude by 11 a.m.
  • Burgess is well-known for his outrageously energetic performance style and inspirational, yet practical, message. His consulting company specializes in innovative, creative books and professional development programs designed to transform education and uplift educators to reach their full potential.
  • His message to all employees of Suffolk Public Schools will be “Thinking Outside the Box: A Crash Course in Creative Brainstorming.” He will discuss using their brains like Google, creating a GPS system for powerful teaching, and magically creating new ideas through Creative Alchemy. In addition, participants will learn how to overcome obstacles that stifle creativity by using the Wedding Photographer Principle.
  • Burgess was a keynote presenter in October 2016 at the Suffolk Excellence in Education Conference, which attracted 320 Suffolk educators as they focused on student engagement with a dash of technology.

Call Bethanne Bradshaw at 925-6752 for more information.



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Open House: Thursday, August 31

This year’s open house will take place from 12:30-3:30 on Thursday, August 31.  Please come and meet your child’s teacher, see their classroom, drop off supplies, and get excited for the coming year!  Kindergarten families will start in the cafeteria at 12:30 before being escorted to their classrooms by the teachers.  We are excited for the start of a wonderful year!

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Sixth Grade Transition Night, Wednesday, August 23, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Enjoy pizza and a cold drink from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (student plus 2 guests, RSVP by August 21 by phone at 923-5246 or by Email at kfmsjaguars@gmail.com). Learn about all things 6th grade: lockers, classes, expectations from 5:30 to 6:00. Tour the building and learn how to read a student’s schedule. Meet teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators and find answers for all your questions about middle school. See Full Article for a PDF of this announcement.

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2017 Summer Assignments

spsAP Courses

AP Biology

AP Calculus

AP Chemistry

AP English Language

AP English Literature

AP European History

AP U.S. Government

***AP US History (Updated 8-15-17)

English Courses

Dialectical Journal Guidelines

English 9-12

Honors English 9

Honors English 10

Honors English 11

Honors English 12

Math Courses

Honors Algebra II

Honors Geometry

Math Analysis

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