May 12

Gifted Fair – Monday, May 18

The division-wide annual Gifted Fair will be held on Monday, May 18, beginning at 6 p.m. at King’s Fork Middle School.

This event for student and parents will feature:

  • Interactive demonstrations
  • Student project displays from QUEST participants
  • Local summer camp information
  • Website resources for parents
  • Ideas for parents on summer activities for gifted students

For more information on the gifted education program, call Dr. Maria Lawson-Davenport,advanced instruction specialist, at 925-6760.

Gifted Fair Flier 2015

May 07

Kindergarten Registration – Wednesday, May 13 … plus Videos about Getting Ready for Kindergarten

KINDERGARTEN Registration for 2014-15 …  Link here for 2015-16 informational brochure on Kindergarten.

NEW Local Videos in March 2015:


Link here for WHAT TO BRING

Spring Registration Dates:

  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015 – 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the school your child will attend
  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015 – 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the school your child will attend

These two dates will benefit parents who may need the choice for the sake of convenience. Call secretary Keesha Hicks at 925-6759 for more information.


Enrollment Process

Students entering Kindergarten must have reached their fifth birthday on or before September 30th of the year in which they enroll.

Students must register at the school to which they are zoned before beginning classes. School attendance zones can be found using the “School Messenger” tab to the right.  A specific street number and street address must be used after you link to the SCHOOL ZONE LOCATOR. 

At the time of registration, the parent or legal guardian (proof of guardianship required) must submit two (2) proofs of residency in the City of Suffolk.  Post office boxes and drivers’ licenses are not considered proofs of residency.  Acceptable proofs of residency include, but are not limited to:

  • Utility company statement,
  • Rental lease, rental agreement, deed or mortgage contract,
  • City of Suffolk receipt for paid personal property taxes

To enroll a child in a public school division in Virginia, state law required the parent/guardian provide certain information to the school division:

    • Birth Certificate, original certificate of birth or certified copy
    • School Entrance Physical and Immunization Certificate completed by a physician. This form may be obtained from any Suffolk public school, the Suffolk City Health Department, family practice medical office, or military medical clinic
    • Immunization Record
    • Expulsion Statement, if applicable


Immunizations Required by Virginia Law

  • 4 DTP or DTaP – at least one dose after 4th birthday
  • 4 Polio – at least one dose after 4th birthday
  • 2 Measles – 1st dose on/after 12 months of age; 2nd dose prior to entering kindergarten
  • 2 Mumps – 1st on/after 12 months of age; 2nd dose prior to entering kindergarten
  • 1 Rubella – on/after 12 months of age
  • Note: Measles, Mumps, Rubella requirements are also met with 2 MMR – 1st dose on/after 12 months of age; 2nd dose prior to entering kindergarten
  • 3 Hep B – (2 doses if Merck adult formulation given between 11 – 15 years of age)
  • 2 Varicella – to susceptible children born on/after January 1, 1997; 1st dose on/after 12 months of age; 2nd dose prior to entering kindergarten

May 06

BTWES 2015 SOL Testing Calendar

Please click on the link below for the BTWES full SOL Testing Calendar.

2015 Testing schedule for parents

May 06

Young Authors’ Reception has been rescheduled

The Young Authors’ Reception that was originally set for tonight, May 5, has been rescheduled to May 26.Young Authors Invitation (3)

May 06

Volunteers During Testing

Standard of Learning State Assessments (SOL’s) will begin on Monday, May 11, 2015.  During the testing day, there will be no volunteers permitted to work in their designated area(s) or classroom(s) for grades K-5.  Volunteering opportunities may be limited due to SOL testing is not timed.  Therefore, if the testing day concludes before the end of the instructional day, it is suggested that you call the school to inquire on the testing status and if the building is reopened to volunteers.

Thank you for your flexibility during this time.

Apr 22

“Parent Perception Survey: How Are We Doing? Tell Us What You Think.”

Attention, Parents:
Students are our #1 priority, and as parents, your opinions matter to us.

That’s why you are invited to share with us how you feel your child’s school is doing.

Suffolk Public Schools
2015 Parent Perception Survey
Available April 27 through May 10

As part of the school division’s assessment of each school’s educational environment, parents of students are being invited to participate in the 2015 Parent Perception Survey.

The survey will be conducted starting Monday, April 27 and will continue until May 10, 2015.

Click here for Parent Info flyer.

Schools will use the information from the survey to help identify areas for improvement. This survey provides an excellent opportunity for parents to provide feedback about Suffolk Public Schools and to express perceptions about the learning environment at their child’s school.

An informational email was sent to parents on Tuesday, April 21.  Principals also sent out recorded School Messenger telephone calls to inform families of the upcoming opportunity.

On Monday, April 27, the official survey invitation will be emailed and will include a school-specific web link to take parents directly to an online survey for each child’s school.  The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Responses will remain anonymous and be combined with responses of other families at the school.

Additionally, schools with the highest percentage of parent responses will each be awarded $500.

If preferred, parents can pick up a paper copy of the survey at their child’s school.

Contact Bethanne Bradshaw, Public Information Officer, at (757) 925-6752 or by email at for more information.

Mar 30

Gifted Education Program Accepting Nominations

  • Suffolk Public Schools is now accepting student nominations for next year’s Gifted Education program for students in grades 3-7.
  • Parents, teachers, administrators and community members can nominate a student for gifted services by Friday, April 17.
  • Forms should be submitted to the school’s gifted teacher or Maria Lawson-Davenport, Advanced Instruction Specialist, via e-mail to
  •  Link here for a flyer.


Mar 24

Free SOL Tutoring for Grades 3-5!!

SOL Review Flye3rd grade

Mar 20

Help Us Raise Funds for March of Dimes!!

dance flier

march of dimes spirit day flier

Mar 18

March Book of the Month: The Juice Box Bully by Bob Sornson & Maria Dismondy

Have you ever seen a bully in action and done nothing about it? The kids at Pete’s new school get involved, instead of being bystanders. When Pete begins to behave badly, his classmates teach him about “The Promise”. Will Pete decide to shed his bullying habits and make “The Promise”? Read The Juice Box Bully to find out!