Oct 31 2017

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.

Oct 25 2017

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 www.spsk12.net.


Oct 18 2017

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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Oct 13 2017

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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Sep 27 2017

Class of 2017 Give Advice to Freshman Class

Sep 27 2017

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.


Aug 30 2017


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.




Dec 02 2016


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.

Nov 14 2016

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 https://www.yelp.com/search?cflt=nonprofit&find_loc=Suffolk%2C+VA
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

Sep 06 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 . . . www.spsk12.net


2-Minute Drill 10/17/2017 





Oct 06 2015

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.