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Orientation for Early Start, and Grades 1-5 will be held on Thursday, August 28 from 9 a.m. to noon. Labeled supplies may be brought to school at this time. Early Start parents please come at 10 a.m. to meet the teachers/classroom. Kindergarten Kick-off / Orientation will be held that same day tentatively from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Call the school at 934-6226 for more information.
School Hours for 2014-2015
Middle School – 7:25-2:00 (7 am Bus Arrival)
High School – 8:25-3:00 (8 am Bus Arrival)
Elementary A – 9:20-3:35 (8:50 Bus Arrival)
- Driver, Florence Bowser, Hillpoint, Kilby Shores, Mack Benn, Northern Shores
Elementary B – 9:35-3:50 (9:05 Bus Arrival)
- Booker T. Washington, Creekside, Elephant’s Fork, Nansemond Parkway, Oakland, Pioneer
2014-15 Early Dismissal Times
- Middle School – 11:25 a.m.
- High School – 12:25 p.m.
- Elementary A – 1:05 p.m.
- Elementary B – 1:20 p.m.
Breakfast and lunch for ALL Booker T. Washington Elementary School students will be free. Money is only needed if they want to buy a snack out of the Cafeteria.
Suffolk Public Schools will be implementing a new grade book, Teacher Access Center, for the 2014-2015 school year. As a result, parents/guardians will no longer use GradeSpeed Parent Connection to monitor student academic progress. A new resource, Home Access Center (HAC), is the parent component of Teacher Access Center and will provide parental access to student academics. Those parents/guardians wishing to transition from GradeSpeed Parent Connection to the new progress monitoring system, Home Access Center, are required to complete and return this form to your child’s school. Parents must provide a valid email address to establish an account. Parents with children in multiple schools are required to complete and return a separate form for each school attended by June 12, 2014. Home Access Center accounts will be generated and access information will be shared with parents via email prior to the start of the 2014-2015 school year.
An awesome app will be available for iOS devices and will soon be available for Android devices on June 1. The app is called Master the Math, and will be free of charge to students, families, and educators. Master the Math is an educational game that features over 800 questions from 19 released Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to help students prepare for SOL examinations with a focus on the mathematics curriculum from grades three to eight. The release date will enable students to take advantage of summer break to refresh their mathematics knowledge. For more information, please see the link below.
Dr. David Reitz, Principal
Before coming to Booker T. Washington Elementary School, my professional career was within the Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Virginia Beach, VA for many years. I held the positions of elementary teacher and elementary assistant principal. Although my former school district was very large in comparison to Suffolk, what I find comparable is the child-centered approach to education that characterizes both districts and results in an excellent school program. Most recently, I was the assistant principal at Nansemond River High School, but the majority of my experience lies within the elementary school setting. I live in Olde Towne Portsmouth in a restored 1901 home that was featured on HGTV. I grew up in Western Pennsylvania, and attended the University of Pittsburgh. Upon completion of by degree I accepted a job with Virginia Beach City Public Schools and have been in the area since 1993. I completed my master’s degree in administration at ODU and my doctorate from Virginia Tech. I spend most of my time outside of work with my one year old Chocolate Lab named Abby, working on my home, biking the local trails, and enjoying the many blessings life has to offer. Throughout my career I have become a collector of frogs and you will see part of my collection in my office. I love to eat Doritos, pizza, and peanut butter. My greatest initiative is to provide the leadership that will facilitate a school environment to provide differentiated instruction to meet the needs of each student to the best of our ability. The educational program must be academically challenging, engage each student by linking the curriculum to previous knowledge and experience, and also be exciting to promote further exploration of new ideas. Parents, teachers, support staff, and administration all have an important role to encourage our children to become active learners. It is my sincere desire to provide expanded opportunities for our students to acquire the skills to become productive citizens in a vastly changing society.
Gwendolyn Williams, Assistant Principal
Words cannot express how excited I am to be welcomed into the Booker T. Washington family. My greatest aspiration has always been to serve people! It is for that reason I elected to enter the field of education. I’ve been in education for eighteen years now and for me it is a call to action. As a child, school was a safe place for me and I’ve loved learning for as long as I can recall. I have served as teacher, academic coach and elementary assistant principal at Northern Shores Elementary. I’ve earned degrees from Virginia State and Norfolk State Universities. Most recently, I received the Educational Specialist degree from Old Dominion University. I am a native of Portsmouth, Virginia, a wife of a Navy retiree and mother to two children ages 21 and 19. I am a member of the Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority Inc., a public service organization dedicated to meeting the needs of people. I understand the power of education and it is my strong desire to empower others.