Portsmouth Public Schools

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01/17/2022

Mask Reminder: Gov. Youngkin’s executive order removing mask mandates for schools does not go into effect until Monday, Jan. 24. All students and staff are still expected to be masked while on school campuses this week. The School Board will be discussing this order more at its meeting this Thursday, Jan. 20. Any updates from that meeting will be shared.

Reminder: All schools and administrative offices will be closed tomorrow, Jan. 14, for an asynchronous learning day for ...
01/14/2022

Reminder: All schools and administrative offices will be closed tomorrow, Jan. 14, for an asynchronous learning day for students and telework day for staff. PPS will remain closed Monday, Jan. 17 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. #PPSShines

Reminder: All schools and administrative offices will be closed tomorrow, Jan. 14, for an asynchronous learning day for students and telework day for staff. PPS will remain closed Monday, Jan. 17 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. #PPSShines

01/09/2022
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There is a current vacancy on the School Board of the City of Portsmouth. Those interested in being considered as an interim appointment must apply by Jan. 14. Please read this announcement for more information:https://www.ppsk12.us/UserFiles/Servers/Server_794494/File/School_Board/2022_School_Board_Vacancy_Announcement.pdf

Over winter break, the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health released new guidance regarding the amount of quarantin...
01/04/2022

Over winter break, the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health released new guidance regarding the amount of quarantine time necessary after testing positive for COVID-19. Learn more about that here: https://www.ppsk12.us/cms/One.aspx?portalId=794578&pageId=68065975

Over winter break, the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health released new guidance regarding the amount of quarantine time necessary after testing positive for COVID-19. Learn more about that here: https://www.ppsk12.us/cms/One.aspx?portalId=794578&pageId=68065975

Weather Update: Due to today’s inclement weather and forecasts for freezing temperatures overnight and in the early morn...
01/03/2022

Weather Update: Due to today’s inclement weather and forecasts for freezing temperatures overnight and in the early morning hours, PPS will operate on a two-hour delay tomorrow, Jan. 4.

Weather Update: Due to today’s inclement weather and forecasts for freezing temperatures overnight and in the early morning hours, PPS will operate on a two-hour delay tomorrow, Jan. 4.

This is a reminder that tomorrow, Jan. 3, all schools and administrative offices will be back to their normal schedules ...
01/02/2022

This is a reminder that tomorrow, Jan. 3, all schools and administrative offices will be back to their normal schedules following winter break. We look forward to seeing all our students and staff back for the first school day of 2022! #PPSShines

This is a reminder that tomorrow, Jan. 3, all schools and administrative offices will be back to their normal schedules following winter break. We look forward to seeing all our students and staff back for the first school day of 2022! #PPSShines

As the holiday season comes to a close, enjoy the Manor High School Chamber Singers as they perform Eric Whitacre's "Glo...
12/28/2021
Music Monday ft The Manor High School Chamber Singers

As the holiday season comes to a close, enjoy the Manor High School Chamber Singers as they perform Eric Whitacre's "Glow" with words written by Edward Esch! https://youtu.be/m64uuRI8G9Y?rel=0 #HappyHolidays #MusicMonday #PPSShines

This week's Music Monday features The Manor High School Chamber Singers performing Glow. Our students continue to show and impress with their musical talents...

It's time for another Music Monday selection! In keeping with the holiday theme, the I. C. Norcom Concert Choir sings "N...
12/20/2021
Music Monday featuring The I.C. Norcom Concert Choir

It's time for another Music Monday selection! In keeping with the holiday theme, the I. C. Norcom Concert Choir sings "Nowell Canon" by Patrick Liebergen! https://youtu.be/X7jLywzeWaA?rel=0 #PPSShines #MusicMonday

I.C. Norcom presents Nowell Canon by Patrick LiebergenMusic Monday is a video series produced by the Portsmouth Public Schools Communications Office to displ...

Happy Holidays from Portsmouth Public Schools! Just as Superintendent Dr. Bracy, III sat down to prepare his holiday mes...
12/17/2021
Dr. Bracy III with a Special Holiday Message to You - Portsmouth Public Schools

Happy Holidays from Portsmouth Public Schools! Just as Superintendent Dr. Bracy, III sat down to prepare his holiday message, he received a surprise call from some students at Victory Elementary! See what happens next in this video! https://youtu.be/qx0T1MSJduI?rel=0 #PPSShines

Dr. Bracy III with a Special Holiday Message to You - Portsmouth Public SchoolsSuperintendent of schools for Portsmouth Dr. Bracy III has a few words for al...

In observance of the winter break, Friday, Dec. 17 will be an adjusted dismissal for all students, and then all schools ...
12/16/2021

In observance of the winter break, Friday, Dec. 17 will be an adjusted dismissal for all students, and then all schools and administrative offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 20 through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. Schools and offices will reopen on Monday, Jan. 3. #PPSShines

In observance of the winter break, Friday, Dec. 17 will be an adjusted dismissal for all students, and then all schools and administrative offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 20 through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. Schools and offices will reopen on Monday, Jan. 3. #PPSShines

Update: PPS will host another COVID-19 vaccine clinic for children ages 5-17, should families want to have their child v...
12/14/2021
Upcoming Vaccination Clinics

Update: PPS will host another COVID-19 vaccine clinic for children ages 5-17, should families want to have their child vaccinated. The new clinic will take place at Cradock Middle School on 12/22 and 1/12 from 3:30pm to 7:30pm. Learn more here: ppsk12.us/vaccine #PPSShines

Portsmouth Public Schools, in partnership with the Portsmouth Heath Department, have two new COVID-19 vaccination clinics scheduled for all children ages 5-17.

Music Mondays are back just in time for the holiday season! Start the week on a sweet note with the Churchland High Scho...
12/13/2021
Music Monday featuring The Churchland High School Choir

Music Mondays are back just in time for the holiday season! Start the week on a sweet note with the Churchland High School Chorus as they perform "A Marshmallow World" by Mark Hayes! #PPSShines #MusicMonday #HappyHolidays https://youtu.be/q922Lbj3nE4?rel=0

Music Monday featuring The Churchland High School ChoirMusic Monday is a video series displaying the various musical talents of Portsmouth Public Schools stu...

Santa paid a special visit to some of our students! Thank you to Portsmouth City School Board Chairman Dr. Cardell C. Pa...
12/13/2021
Santa Visits Portsmouth Public Schools

Santa paid a special visit to some of our students! Thank you to Portsmouth City School Board Chairman Dr. Cardell C. Patillo for spreading some holiday cheer! #PPSShines https://youtu.be/BZFpxP85YAE

Some of our students here in Portsmouth got a special visit from Santa! He posed for pictures, and gave holiday cheer. Thanks for taking time out of your bus...

In light of this morning's events at Norcom High School, PPS Superintendent Dr. Bracy has shared an important message re...
12/10/2021

In light of this morning's events at Norcom High School, PPS Superintendent Dr. Bracy has shared an important message regarding school safety. You can read his message here: https://ppsk12.us/cms/One.aspx?portalId=794578&pageId=67896277 #PPSShines

In light of this morning's events at Norcom High School, PPS Superintendent Dr. Bracy has shared an important message regarding school safety. You can read his message here: https://ppsk12.us/cms/One.aspx?portalId=794578&pageId=67896277 #PPSShines

The Portsmouth City School Board will hold a Regular Meeting tonight, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at 7 p.m. The meeting can ...
12/09/2021

The Portsmouth City School Board will hold a Regular Meeting tonight, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at 7 p.m. The meeting can be watched live on the division's page here: https://www.facebook.com/ppsVA/live #PPSShines

The Portsmouth City School Board will hold a Regular Meeting tonight, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, at 7 p.m. The meeting can be watched live on the division's page here: https://www.facebook.com/ppsVA/live #PPSShines

Be sure to check out the PPS K-3 art exhibits now on display at the Downtown and Churchland branches of the Portsmouth L...
12/08/2021
PPS K-3 Art Exhibit at the Portsmouth Public Library!

Be sure to check out the PPS K-3 art exhibits now on display at the Downtown and Churchland branches of the Portsmouth Library until Jan. 7, 2022! See their artwork early in this video produced by the PPS Art Department! Find hours and directions at portsmouthpubliclibrary.org #PPSShines

Enjoy the artwork of our K-3 students in this slideshow produced by the PPS Art Department!

Congratulations to Churchland Elementary and Churchland Academy, which have both earned "Best Elementary School" honors ...
12/06/2021

Congratulations to Churchland Elementary and Churchland Academy, which have both earned "Best Elementary School" honors from U.S. News and World Report! Learn more about this recognition here: https://www.ppsk12.us/news/recent_news/two_p_p_s_schools_named___best_elementary_schools_ #PPSShines

Congratulations to Churchland Elementary and Churchland Academy, which have both earned "Best Elementary School" honors from U.S. News and World Report! Learn more about this recognition here: https://www.ppsk12.us/news/recent_news/two_p_p_s_schools_named___best_elementary_schools_ #PPSShines

PPS and the Portsmouth Health Department are partnering together for two upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinics for children ...
12/03/2021

PPS and the Portsmouth Health Department are partnering together for two upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinics for children ages 5-17. Each clinic includes a date for a first dose and second dose. The first clinic will be 12/8 and 12/29 at Churchland High, and the second clinic will be 12/15 and 1/5 at Waters Middle. Visit ppsk12.us/vaccine for more info. #PPSShines

PPS and the Portsmouth Health Department are partnering together for two upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinics for children ages 5-17. Each clinic includes a date for a first dose and second dose. The first clinic will be 12/8 and 12/29 at Churchland High, and the second clinic will be 12/15 and 1/5 at Waters Middle. Visit ppsk12.us/vaccine for more info. #PPSShines

PPS Youth Risk Prevention's 2nd Annual Winter Clothing Drive is still underway! Donations of new cold weather apparel an...
12/02/2021

PPS Youth Risk Prevention's 2nd Annual Winter Clothing Drive is still underway! Donations of new cold weather apparel and hygiene products can be dropped off on Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 at S. H. Clarke, Rm. 10 from 8am-3pm.

PPS Youth Risk Prevention's 2nd Annual Winter Clothing Drive is still underway! Donations of new cold weather apparel and hygiene products can be dropped off on Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 at S. H. Clarke, Rm. 10 from 8am-3pm.

On Monday, Dr. Melvin Cotton took his oath of office as the newest elected member of the Portsmouth City School Board. C...
11/17/2021

On Monday, Dr. Melvin Cotton took his oath of office as the newest elected member of the Portsmouth City School Board. Clerk of Circuit Court Cynthia P. Morrison presided over Dr. Cotton's swearing-in ceremony held at the Portsmouth Circuit Court.

All three PPS preschools take part in The Literacy Lab, a program that helps prepare minority males for careers in educa...
11/15/2021
Literacy Lab Program Leading Men Fellowship in Portsmouth Public Schools

All three PPS preschools take part in The Literacy Lab, a program that helps prepare minority males for careers in education. In hosting this program, our students also benefit by having extra tutors and mentors in their classrooms. Learn more about the Literacy Lab here: https://youtu.be/mL-lm_YbGak #PPSShines

Literacy Lab Program Leading Men Fellowship in Portsmouth Public SchoolsLeading Men Fellowship is a partnership between Portsmouth Public School and the Lite...

On this Veterans Day, we thank all veterans for their service. To celebrate today, members of all three PPS Junior ROTC ...
11/11/2021
Happy Veterans Day

On this Veterans Day, we thank all veterans for their service. To celebrate today, members of all three PPS Junior ROTC programs took time to honor veterans and their contributions to the nation. See their message here: https://youtu.be/8Sf8w25vodM #VeteransDay #ThankYouVeterans

Happy Veterans Day from Portsmouth Public SchoolsJROTC students of Portsmouth Public Schools present to you a Veterans Day Poem. Thank a Veteran: A Veterans ...

As a reminder, all schools and administrative offices will be closed tomorrow, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.
11/10/2021

As a reminder, all schools and administrative offices will be closed tomorrow, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

As a reminder, all schools and administrative offices will be closed tomorrow, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

Next week is Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week! There will be free hygiene kits available on Monday, Nov. 15 in the Lon...
11/09/2021

Next week is Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week! There will be free hygiene kits available on Monday, Nov. 15 in the London Blvd. Rite Aid parking lot and Wednesday, Nov. 17 at the Portsmouth Public Library. Connecting Communities, LLC and Community of Change

Next week is Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week! There will be free hygiene kits available on Monday, Nov. 15 in the London Blvd. Rite Aid parking lot and Wednesday, Nov. 17 at the Portsmouth Public Library. Connecting Communities, LLC and Community of Change

The Portsmouth Health Department is offering COVID-19 vaccines every Wednesday in November from 3:30pm-7:30pm in the Oas...
11/08/2021

The Portsmouth Health Department is offering COVID-19 vaccines every Wednesday in November from 3:30pm-7:30pm in the Oasis Social Ministry parking lot located at 800 Williamsburg Ave. B. For more information, please contact the Portsmouth Health Department directly at (757) 393-8585 or check their website here: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/portsmouth/

The Portsmouth Health Department is offering COVID-19 vaccines every Wednesday in November from 3:30pm-7:30pm in the Oasis Social Ministry parking lot located at 800 Williamsburg Ave. B. For more information, please contact the Portsmouth Health Department directly at (757) 393-8585 or check their website here: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/portsmouth/

Last night, the School Board was presented an update on the work of the division's groundbreaking Health Sciences Academ...
11/05/2021
EVMS Health Science Academy

Last night, the School Board was presented an update on the work of the division's groundbreaking Health Sciences Academy. If you haven't already, make sure to check out this video highlighting this summer's academy: https://youtu.be/129pN55Pbq0 #PPSShines

PPS administration has made several changes to this year’s school calendar to provide some flexibility and added breaks ...
11/02/2021

PPS administration has made several changes to this year’s school calendar to provide some flexibility and added breaks for students and staff, including extending Thanksgiving break. See the calendar for more info: https://www.ppsk12.us/cms/One.aspx?portalId=794578&pageId=67611443 #PPSShines

PPS administration has made several changes to this year’s school calendar to provide some flexibility and added breaks for students and staff, including extending Thanksgiving break. See the calendar for more info: https://www.ppsk12.us/cms/One.aspx?portalId=794578&pageId=67611443 #PPSShines

As a reminder, tomorrow, Nov. 2, is a teacher workday so there is no school for students.
11/01/2021

As a reminder, tomorrow, Nov. 2, is a teacher workday so there is no school for students.

As a reminder, tomorrow, Nov. 2, is a teacher workday so there is no school for students.

Come out this Saturday, Oct. 30, for the 2nd Annual Youth Risk Prevention Extravaganza! There will be games, prizes, res...
10/26/2021

Come out this Saturday, Oct. 30, for the 2nd Annual Youth Risk Prevention Extravaganza! There will be games, prizes, resources and more! The fair will be held at I.C. Norcom High School from 12pm-3pm, with a parade at 12:30pm! #PPSShines

Come out this Saturday, Oct. 30, for the 2nd Annual Youth Risk Prevention Extravaganza! There will be games, prizes, resources and more! The fair will be held at I.C. Norcom High School from 12pm-3pm, with a parade at 12:30pm! #PPSShines

As a reminder, all Federal Impact Aid survey cards need to be completed fully and returned to your child's school by tom...
10/21/2021

As a reminder, all Federal Impact Aid survey cards need to be completed fully and returned to your child's school by tomorrow, Oct. 22.

As a reminder, all Federal Impact Aid survey cards need to be completed fully and returned to your child's school by tomorrow, Oct. 22.

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Mask Reminder: Gov. Youngkin’s executive order removing mask mandates for schools does not go into effect until Monday, Jan. 24. All students and staff are still expected to be masked while on school campuses this week. The School Board will be discussing this order more at its meeting this Thursday, Jan. 20. Any updates from that meeting will be shared.
Reminder: All schools and administrative offices will be closed tomorrow, Jan. 14, for an asynchronous learning day for students and telework day for staff. PPS will remain closed Monday, Jan. 17 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. #PPSShines
There is a current vacancy on the School Board of the City of Portsmouth. Those interested in being considered as an interim appointment must apply by Jan. 14. Please read this announcement for more information:https://www.ppsk12.us/UserFiles/Servers/Server_794494/File/School_Board/2022_School_Board_Vacancy_Announcement.pdf
Dr. Cardell Patillo and Ms. LaKeehsa Atkinson have been re-elected to serve as School Board chair and vice-chair. Learn more here: https://www.ppsk12.us/news/recent_news/patillo_atkinson_re-elected_as_board_chairs #PPSShines
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Over winter break, the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health released new guidance regarding the amount of quarantine time necessary after testing positive for COVID-19. Learn more about that here: https://www.ppsk12.us/cms/One.aspx?portalId=794578&pageId=68065975
Weather Update: Due to today’s inclement weather and forecasts for freezing temperatures overnight and in the early morning hours, PPS will operate on a two-hour delay tomorrow, Jan. 4.
This is a reminder that tomorrow, Jan. 3, all schools and administrative offices will be back to their normal schedules following winter break. We look forward to seeing all our students and staff back for the first school day of 2022! #PPSShines
As the holiday season comes to a close, enjoy the Manor High School Chamber Singers as they perform Eric Whitacre's "Glow" with words written by Edward Esch! https://youtu.be/m64uuRI8G9Y?rel=0 #HappyHolidays #MusicMonday #PPSShines
It's time for another Music Monday selection! In keeping with the holiday theme, the I. C. Norcom Concert Choir sings "Nowell Canon" by Patrick Liebergen! https://youtu.be/X7jLywzeWaA?rel=0 #PPSShines #MusicMonday
Happy Holidays from Portsmouth Public Schools! Just as Superintendent Dr. Bracy, III sat down to prepare his holiday message, he received a surprise call from some students at Victory Elementary! See what happens next in this video! https://youtu.be/qx0T1MSJduI?rel=0 #PPSShines
In observance of the winter break, Friday, Dec. 17 will be an adjusted dismissal for all students, and then all schools and administrative offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 20 through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. Schools and offices will reopen on Monday, Jan. 3. #PPSShines