Oct 30

Suffolk Public Schools Specialty Program Information Nights

Suffolk Public Schools will be holding information nights for specialty programs throughout the months of November and December.  Applications for the programs will be available after each information night.  For more information about any of the programs, please contact Dr. Maria Lawson-Davenport at marialawson-davenport@spsk12.net or (757) 925-6750.

Link to flyer: Specialty Program Flyer

Oct 18

Governor’s Summer Residential Academies 2018

Summer Residential Governor’s Schools provide gifted high school juniors and seniors with intensive educational experiences in foreign language, visual and performing arts; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology; or through mentorships in marine science, medicine and health sciences, or engineering.

Each Summer Residential Governor’s School focuses on one special area of interest. Students live on a college or university campus for up to four weeks each summer. During this time, students are involved in classroom and laboratory work, field studies, research, individual and group projects and performances, and seminars with noted scholars, visiting artists, and other professionals. In the three mentorships, students are selected to work side-by-side with research scientists, physicians, and a variety of other professionals. A director and a student-life staff provide supervision of students 24 hours a day, throughout the program. For more information, please contact Dr. Maria Lawson-Davenport, Supervisor of Advanced Instruction K-12 at marialawson-davenport@spsk12.net or 757-925-6760.


Sep 19

University of Virginia Summer Enrichment Program 2018

An exciting opportunity for gifted and high ability students currently in grades 4-10! Online application available at http://curry.virginia.edu/sep

Link to Flyer:  UVA Summer Gifted Program

Sep 14

Suffolk Public Schools College and Career Readiness Fair

Suffolk Public School College Fair will be held on Monday, October 2, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 PM at King’s Fork High School. Representatives from more than 40 colleges and universities will share information about their schools and answer all your questions about admission requirements, tuition, programs of study, financial aid, and student life.

Suffolk Public Schools College and Career Readiness Fair will be held on November 18, 2017 at King’s Fork Middle School. Workshop sessions will be provided on a variety of topics within the areas of Planning for High School, Preparing for College, and Transitioning to the Workforce.  Colleges, schools, and employers will also be available at information tables throughout this event.

College and Career Flyer

Mar 21

Saturday Enrichment Program for High-Ability Learners

The College of William and Mary is offering an enrichment program this school year.
SEP is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning for students in grades K-12.
The program is not meant to supplant the regular school curriculum; rather, it recognizes the importance of allowing able youngsters to explore additional specialized areas of science, mathematics, humanities, and arts, that are not typically studied in the regular classroom.

Mar 16

Tidewater Regional Governor’s School Accepting Applications

The Tidewater Regional Gove­­rnor’s School for Science and Technology

Identified gifted students currently in grades three, four, five, and six from Isle of Wight County, Franklin Public Schools, Suffolk Public Schools, and Southampton Public Schools are eligible and are urged to apply to The Tidewater Regional Governor’s School for Science and Technology.  The program is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and the participating school divisions.

Session Theme: Forensics: Capturing STEM Imaginations!

Objective: Students, using forensic technologies and techniques, will conduct investigations and participate in mock trials based on collected and analyzed evidence.


The Tidewater Regional Governor’s School program will offer students the opportunity to solve real-world problems related to STEM topics and methodologies by exploring the world of forensics, using scientific tests or techniques used in connection with the detection of crime.  Working in cross-age groups, students will research relevant topics relating to crime scene investigation, evidence collection, and related legal proceedings, culminating in a mock trial scenario that will evaluate their gained knowledge and experience.  At least one class day will be devoted to off-site field trip(s) that will provide students with vital, novel experiences that support the session theme. Depending on the scope of students’ chosen role in the final project, a variety of technology options will be made available to students to accomplish necessary tasks. Activities that support the session theme will be planned and carried out by TRGS teachers. Students will present their technology experience, through any means reasonable, during the concluding day of the program to visiting families, district guests, and the public.  Instructors who have experience working with gifted students and STEM education will act as facilitators of learning. In addition, expert speakers will provide participants relevant information and resources that will enhance the overall learning experience.

Session Schedule:
Monday – Thursday during the weeks of July 10-13 and July 17-20, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Pioneer Elementary School, 150 Pioneer Road, Suffolk, Virginia

Please see the link below for an application.  Applications must be returned to the child’s school by March 31st, 2017

TRGS StudentApplication&ParentLetter2017


Mar 06

Gifted Open Nomination Period

March kicks off the beginning of  open nominations for gifted eligibility.  Students currently in grades 3-7, who have not been tested for the gifted program in the last 12 months are eligible for nomination.  Parents, teachers, administrators, and students may nominate a student for gifted services.  Nomination forms can be accessed from school offices, gifted resource teachers, or the gifted blog.  For more information, please contact Dr. Maria Lawson-Davenport at marialawson-davenport@spsk12.net or (757) 925-6759.

Please complete the attached referral form and submit it to your school’s gifted resource teacher by March 31, 2017.  Testing dates will take place in April and May and will vary with each school.


Oct 07

Summer Residential Governor’s School Accepting Applications

The 2017 Summer Residential Governor’s School is now accepting applications.  Students in grades 10 and 11 are eligible to apply.  Programs are available in the following areas:

  • Humanities
  • Math, Science, and Technology
  • Marine Science
  • Agriculture
  • Medicine and Health Sciences
  • NASA/NIA Mentorship
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Foreign Languages

Applications are available on the Virginia Department of Education website:

Academics and Performing Arts


Foreign Language Academies


Please see the following school counselors for more information:

Kings Fork High School–Bruce Baxter

Lakeland High School–Tabatha Bowers

Nansemond River High School–Anne Fike

Sep 08

UVA Summer Enrichment Program 2017

The University of Virginia is hosting its annual Saturday and summer residential enrichment programs for gifted and high-achieving students.  The deadline for applying is February 15th.  Please see the link below for more information.


Aug 29

Scholarship Fair

Scholarship Sharing Non-Profit Scholarship & College Fair helps students to learn about local and national nonprofit and community organization scholarships opportunities to pay for college. It also helps students to network with participating college’s admissions and financial aid representatives to gain insights on enrollment, scholarship, and financial aid opportunities at their institutions.

Nonprofits with scholarship programs will distribute brochures with information on their scholarship requirements, and when applications open and close each year.

College representatives will speak to student attendees about financial aid and scholarship opportunities at their schools, as well as enrollment requirements for their institutions. Several colleges will conduct on-site admissions and waive fees.

50 nonprofits and 50 colleges exhibiting!

Scholarship Fair 2016 Flier


Virginia Wesleyan College Batten Center

1584 Wesleyan Drive, Norfolk, VA 23502

Date: September 17 & 18 of 2016

Time: 12 – 5 pm

Who can attend: Virginia & Washington DC Middle School Students, High School Students 9-12, current College Undergraduate & Graduate Students, Adult Learners

Individuals can register to attend at http://www.scholarshipsharing.org/#!2016-scholarship-fair/itftl to avoid lines the day of the event.

If you have any questions regarding the event please contact me by email at: scholarshipsharing@gmail.com or Call: 804-577-8513 or 757-632-5185