Come to School EVERY DAY!


Despite the excellent cooperation most of you have shown and despite the considerable efforts exerted by the division, truancy – that is, the failure to attend school except for a valid reason – remains a serious problem for some of our students. As you know, truancy often leads to academic failure, dropping out of school, crime in the community, and many other problems. For those reasons, Virginia law requires that school-age children attend school and it requires that parents make sure their children attend school. The law also requires that the school file legal proceedings against every parent and child who fails to comply with Virginia’s compulsory attendance laws. In order to assist you in your parental and legal duties, and in order for us to comply with the laws, we are initiating a program and protocol to address truancy. We will continue to call your home following any absence via the automated calling system. Accordingly, it is important that you keep us advised of your current mailing address and phone number. Written notes explaining an absence must be received within five (5) days of an absence. Every absence is considered unexcused until a written explanation for the absence is received and approved by the principal or his/her designee. The student suffering an infectious or contagious disease, a serious illness, the severe illness of an immediate family member, the student’s exposure to a contagious disease, a death in the immediate family, fire or other serious damage to the home that requires the family to move and similar circumstances constitute excused absences. If your child accumulates a fifth (5) unexcused absences, you will be contacted and a parent and the student must attend an “in person” conference to discuss the particular causes or issues surrounding your child’s absences. The conference will ordinarily include a teacher, the administrator, the school’s social worker, and a Western Tidewater representative. At the conference, with your input, we will formulate a truancy plan to enable and facilitate attendance. When your child acquires their seventh (7) unexcused absence, you will be contacted by the school via mail, email or phone call to advise you of the absences. Should your child acquire their tenth (10) unexcused days,you will be contacted and a parent and the student must attend another “in person” conference to discuss the particular causes or issues surrounding your child’s absences. The conference will ordinarily include a teacher, the administrator, the school’s social worker, and a Western Tidewater representative. At the conference, with your input, we will formulate or revise the truancy plan to enable and facilitate attendance. If your child were to acquire an eleventh (11) unexcused absence, more serious steps will be taken: the child and you will meet with our Truancy Review Team which will be held at the Suffolk Court House. At the conference, with your input, we will formulate a truancy plan to enable and facilitate attendance. Students who receive an additional unexcused absence could prompt the school division to file legal proceedings against your child and/or you in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. The legal proceedings may include a criminal warrant against the parent(s) and/or a “child in need of supervision” petition. It will remain our policy that any student who has more than 20 unexcused absences during a school year must repeat the year unless there are extraordinary circumstances. Should you have any questions or concerns at all about these policies and procedures, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will be pleased to discuss any of this with you. As you know, we all share the same interest in seeing that your children receive a quality education that enables them to compete and succeed in our increasingly competitive and challenging world.

Students Work to Help Operation Smile Patients

Operation Smile:  “We dream of a world where no child
suffers from lack of access to safe surgery.  That’s why we do everything we do!”

On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, students from Mrs. Gay and Mrs. Travis’s classes met with the Women’s Club of Suffolk to make donations for Operation Smile. They partnered to earn community service hours by stuffing more than ten dolls each for the doctors to give to their patients after surgery.  The doctor will draw the face on the doll, and the doll is given to the patient to keep – these children often have no toys of any kind to play with.

Check out the Gallery on the front page for all the pictures.

Suffolk Women’s Club members in attendance:  Debra Carr, President, Melva West, Carolyn Bunch, Teresa Thompson, Shirley Forehand, and Patricia Sprague.

New Video Series – News Bites – Bus Tracker

This week Suffolk Public Schools rolls out NEWS BITES via YouTube.

Bus Tracker will soon be rolling into Suffolk Public Schools’ transportation department!
Using this new technology, Suffolk parents will be able to track their student’s bus in real time to determine pick-up and drop-off times. To find Bus Tracker, go to


Girl’s Talk Debuts!


Left to Right: Mrs. Mayo, Ms. Langston, and Ms. Jones lead “Girl’s Talk!”

Girl’s Talk at Turlington Woods has focused on the awareness of self-concept, finding one’s purpose, positive action, and establishing a foundation for healthier relationships. Girl’s Talk provides the young ladies with positive and supportive feedback about their thoughts and feelings and how those areas influence both positive and negative choices within their lives.  The recent focus on self-concept allowed for the young ladies to review a list of emotions both good and bad, and identify which emotions have applied individually to them within the past month. Additionally, the girls chose an emotion from each category to place on their self-expression boards to assist further in exploring and processing the first step of identification in order to implement change.

hqdefaultGirl’s Talk understands the value of supportive and healthy relationships. Covering the fundamental magnitude of formative relationships with parents and siblings shapes all future relationships and one’s ability to interact in a socially age-appropriate manner. Utilizing a metaphor the facilitators asked the young ladies to identify essential parts of a tree such as leaves, branches, and roots. Leaves provide shade, they sway back-and-forth, change with the seasons and fall off, and most people that we encounter daily are like leaves on a tree just there to come and go. Then we have branches which essentially seem strong and supportive, however, in terms of people, they can be tricky often seeming strong. When we step out on them or grab onto them in times of need they break because when they can’t benefit from us they have nothing to provide. Then you have roots on a tree which only has to be a few this is what helps the tree grow, and in life, we will only have a few people that come along that help us become better people and like that tree without those roots, we can’t grow. This metaphor was important for the young ladies to comprehend the value in the company they keep and how those around them can influence their choices.

Overall, the purpose of Girl’s Talk is to help the young ladies weekly to become more familiar with who they are as individuals. The group has utilized modeling behavior by allowing a session for former young ladies of the alternative school to come speak with the group about their experiences and the importance of making better choices.

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Turlington Grounds Continue to Improve

Students from all three high schools earned community service hours putting in hard work to grade and smooth the grounds where the bushes were removed earlier this summer.  Students were eager to get outside and exert some energy.  The school keeps improving.  Updates to follow!

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Class of 2017 Give Advice to Freshman Class

Make a Difference With United Way

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Good morning!
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year’s United Way Campaign.  This email will serve as the introductory meeting and initial request for participation with the United Way.  As a teacher with Suffolk Public Schools, the example you set through your talents and commitment to the community is priceless.  I would like to encourage everyone to participate in the United Way Campaign this year at any level with which they feel comfortable.
Your gift provides essential and emergency services — food, shelter, child-care of low-income families, emergency services for victims of violence, aid for local military families while a parent is deployed. But we believe we must do more. United Way’s new initiative, United for Children, is building a powerful coalition of public and private stakeholders to drive educational success for our poorest children with enough force and focus to break the cycle of poverty. Through donations like yours, we can expand our reach to make even more of a difference in our communities – for everyone.   Any gift you are able to contribute sends a powerful message to everyone in our community – that we are dedicated to making this an even better place to live.



Thanks for all the PENCILS!!!!!!

The students are actually getting work done everyday with no excuses~!thank-you-cartoon

If you are reading this and still would like to donate school supplies, we could use colored pocket folders and binders of any size.





EFFECTIVE today, 07188e5acd48bc83c10b3735fd0fde1fDecember 2nd






Students not abiding by these conditions with respect to searches or cell phone usage seen or heard by a teacher, will have the item(s) confiscated and such items will remain locked in the office until the PARENT picks up the item(s).

Please also keep in mind that the school building
closes at 3:00 p.m. daily.

Community Service Required for Graduation

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The community service requirement is designed to promote civic responsibility through active participation in service experiences, to enhance the students’ ability and desire to impact the community, to foster a sense of caring for others, and to develop a habit of volunteer service to those in need as a part of the College and Career Readiness initiative.  Students must earn 50 hours of community service before graduation.

Click Here for a list of Current Volunteer Opportunities for 2016-17

The information contained herein is distributed by Suffolk Public Schools as a public service. The community service opportunities listed here from organizations outside of Suffolk Public Schools are not sponsored, endorsed, or in any way connected to Suffolk Public Schools or the Suffolk City School Board.
Additional Opportunities from Yelp
1. American Red Cross-Suffolk Chapter
2. Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia
3. Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia
4. Virginia Housing & CommunityDevelopment Corporation
5. Institute For Defense Analyses
6. Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore
7. Bethel Lodge Seven Community Service/Non-Profit
8. Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia

Link here for Community Service Handbook – June 2016

Look for Dr. Whitney’s SPS Two-Minute Drill (Updates)

Connect now to the school division’s social media channels.

Facebook . . . /SuffolkVAPublicSchoolsClock

Twitter . . . @SufVAschools

You Tube . . . @SuffolkSchools

Website . . .


2-Minute Drill 10/17/2017 





Be Responsible, Respectable, and Safe to Get Ahead!


By clicking on the MATRIX – you can see clearly the expectations set forth by the principal, picture1Mr. Bynum.

Teachers are able to refer to the matrix to justify the actions of the individual.  This matrix is used when determining the score during that particular students behavior in the building.  Each week the scores are tallied and used to support the student’s behavioral improvement by participating in this philosophy.  In conjunction with this effort, students scoring a weekly average standard of more than 80% are able to participate in a team activity as a reward.