NPS Now Newsletter

December 2021

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A message from the Superintendent

What a remarkable month we have had in Norfolk Public Schools! The administration of NPS collaborated with the staffs of the Virginia Department of Public Health and the Norfolk Department of Public Health to provide in-school vaccination clinics for our young scholars aged five to 11 following federal approval of COVID-19 vaccines for these children. Should you desire more information about vaccinations for children, please visit the website of the NPS Department of Student Wellness.

Additionally, our School Board followed my recommendations to provide relief and respite to our teachers and staff by extending the Thanksgiving and Memorial Day holidays, closing schools for winter and spring breaks, and shifting teacher workdays from half days to full days on specific dates. We hope that these changes to our academic calendar allow teachers and other staff greater flexibility to manage the continuing challenges of the pandemic.

NPS also virtually hosted its annual Specialty Programs Showcase to inform parents/guardians and students about the incredible opportunities for specialized, rigorous programs in our middle and high schools. For more information click to The application deadline will be here soon!

No matter how you celebrate this season, enjoy your winter break!

NPS Schools Host Multiple Vaccine Clinics for Students Aged 5-11

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During the week of November 15-19, 2021, multiple vaccination clinics took place across the division for Norfolk Public Schools’ students aged 5-11. Approximately 2,000 students received their first doses.

“Overall, the clinics went very well," said Dr. Dennis Moore, Senior Director of Student Wellness. "We experienced a good response and were able to serve a lot of students.”

Moore said those students who received the shot will be able to return in three weeks for their second doses. Reminders and consent forms for the second doses will go home with students soon.

For more information on future vaccination clinics at NPS and around the City of Norfolk, follow NPS’ Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Community Partner Corner

The Life Enrichment Center (LEC), a non-profit organization, provides one-on-one tutoring in 10 of Norfolk's Public Schools. LEC partners mobilize, equip, and deploy law enforcement and faith-based and college/university volunteers to work with students at least one hour a week for one academic year. Their efforts are helping to improve reading proficiency for students. LEC continues to provide support, even during the current COVID-19 pandemic conditions, by combining traditional tutoring methods with distance learning techniques and technologies. Thank you, LEC!

Norfolk Public Schools welcomes positive, collaborative, meaningful partnerships between our schools and our communities to enhance student academic learning and success. For more information on community engagement, contact LaEunice Brown, Community Engagement Coordinator, Office of Communications & Community Engagement, 628-3459.

In-person Job Fair Slated for Mid-December

NPS will host another in-person job fair on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, from 9 a.m. to noon. at the Facilities Complex located at 966 Bellmore Avenue in the City of Norfolk.

We will be holding interviews on site for classified positions!

For the latest openings at NPS, you can always visit The Department of Human Resources webpage.

We want to hear from you!

ARP/ESSER stands for the American Rescue Plan Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds. This federal money is to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impacts of COVID-19 on students' academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs.

In the most recent distribution, Norfolk was awarded $113,301,572.62 in ESSER III funds.

Norfolk Public Schools seeks community engagement and feedback throughout the year on how to use these ARP ESSER III Funds most effectively to support our students. NPS has used this funding to expand summer school options, provide free one-to-one online tutoring, purchase school supplies and personal protective equipment, implement software to support online learning, and purchase water filling stations scheduled for installation in schools.

Read the full plan here. We want to hear what you think as well as your ideas for additional supports. Contact us at 757-628-3459 or

We Love Our School Psychologists!

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It was an honor to spotlight our School Psychologists during National School Psychology Week, November 8 - 12. NPS’ School Psychologists dedicate their efforts to support the growth and development of the children in their care. Check out this series of videos for a glimpse into their efforts.

The First Title I Division-wide Family Engagement Committee Meeting is in the Books!

The first Title I Division-wide Family Engagement Committee met virtually on Wednesday, November 10, to discuss the work Title I does in our school division.

Title I is a section of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA). The program provides supplemental federal funds to local education agencies to assist schools with high percentages of economically disadvantaged students. This assistance is aimed at helping students reach proficiency on state academic achievement standards.

More than 20 people worked together at the first meeting to recraft the mission, vision, and goals for Title I.

Teacher in Residence Program Applications Due January

Do you know someone who wants to teach?

The Teacher in Residence (TIR) Program is now accepting applications. TIR offers a tuition-free master’s degree through Old Dominion University with licensure in math, science, or special education, all while earning a stipend during the program!

For more information on the TIR Program, and to apply click here.

Applications are due by January 7, 2022.

Questions, contact Dr. Kala Burrell-Craft at

Specialty Programs Showcase

Norfolk Public Schools is now accepting applications for specialty programs.

Specific programs include:

  • The Academy of the Arts at Booker T. Washington High School
  • The Academy of Leadership and Military Science at Lake Taylor High School
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Granby High School
  • The Leadership Center for the Sciences and Engineering at Norview High School
  • The Medical and Health Specialties Program at Maury High School
  • The Norfolk Science, Technology and Advanced Research (NORSTAR) Program at The Rosemont Center
  • The Academy of International Studies at Rosemont
  • Young Scholars at Rosemont
  • International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program at Academy for Discovery at Lakewood
  • Medicine and Health Care at Blair Middle School
  • Southside STEM Academy at Campostella

Applications are also being accepted for the Ghent School lottery and the Academy for Discovery at Lakewood 3rd-grade program.

Please visit our website at for information, including our Specialty Programs Virtual Showcase videos for middle and high school students. You can also find these videos on our YouTube Channel:

Applications must be completed and returned no later than Monday, January 31, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.

Norfolk Public Schools Special Education Parent Resource Center welcomes new staff!

The Department of Learning Support-Special Education Services is pleased to welcome Ms. Anita Boone-Millington to Norfolk Public Schools as the new Parent Resource Center Technician! Ms. Boone-Millington can be reached at or (757) 852-4674 Ext. 3025.

The NPS Special Education Parent Resource Center serves families of children with disabilities, provides support, referrals, and a resource library, helps families navigate educational processes and provides training sessions.


The Rosemont Center

(Inside the Academy of International Studies At Rosemont)

1330 Branch Road

Norfolk, VA 23513

Room 316

Hours of Operation:

Monday through Thursday

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

(Call or email for an appointment)


Blair Middle School: City Champions

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Maury High School: Region 5b Champions

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State Cross Country : Girls

Lily Guinn/Maury High School : 3rd place in the state meet
Cassidy Fernandez/Norview High School: 14th Place in the state meet

State Cross Country: Boys

Ryan Harris/Granby High School: 12th place at the state meet

Maury Signing Day

NPS Sports: 2021 Maury Signing Day

Winter Break Schedule

Schools are closed for Winter Break on December 20-31, 2021.

We wish you happy holidays and look forward to seeing you again on Monday, January 3, 2022, to finish out the rest of the school year strong!

For a printable version of this year’s recently updated Academic Calendar, click here.

Preschool Enrollment Numbers Increase

The Department of Early Learning and Title I has been working hard to increase preschool enrollment and the data shows it! In just one month, from August to September, numbers increased by 20 percent. Walks, mailings, yard signs, a targeted and consistent social media campaign, and an entertaining commercial featuring Norfolk Public Schools’ staff were all part of the effort to inform parents and guardians about the benefits of preschool.

To apply for NPS’ preschool programs, visit the Department of Early Learning and Title I webpage.

ODU Football Teacher Appreciation Game

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Some of our outstanding teachers joined Superintendent Dr. Sharon I. Byrdsong at Old Dominion University’s Kornblau Field to accept a $5,000 gift card to Michaels Stores during the teacher appreciation event! Teachers cheered ODU to victory!

Thank you, and good luck to Ms. Christine Smith

Farewell and thank you to Ms. Christine Smith for her three years of service as the School Board Member representing Ward 4. We wish Ms. Smith success in her next endeavors.

The School Board will review names of individuals interested in serving on the School Board for Ward 4. The submission deadline was November 23, 2021, with interviews scheduled for December 6-10, 2021.

Visit for full details.

Child Find

Norfolk Public Schools participates in public awareness activities, screening, and a referral process to identify, locate, and evaluate children, age birth to 21, who reside in the City of Norfolk and are in need of special education services or adaptations and accommodations under Section 504.

Section 504 is a federal mandate that requires schools to ensure that in relationship to their non-disabled peers, students with disabilities have equal opportunities to earn the same results, get the same benefit, and obtain the same level of achievement.

Please contact the following if you suspect your child is in need of services:

  • Student currently enrolled in an NPS school: Contact your child’s school of attendance to begin the referral process.
  • Non-enrolled school-age student: Contact the Department of Learning Support-Special Education Services at (757) 628-3950 or by e-mail at
  • Non-enrolled preschool child (ages 2 to 4 years old): Contact the Department of Learning Support-Special Education Services Preschool Assess­ment Team (PAT) at (757) 852-4630 Ext. 3510 or by e-mail at

BIG Feet Meet 2021

NPS Now: Big Feet Meet

Norfolk Public Schools and Special Olympics Virginia teamed up to provide an afternoon of fun physical activity for 300 middle school students with special needs.

The NPS Department of Learning Support and volunteers from Old Dominion University helped to make this an exciting opportunity for inclusion, diversity, and unity as they celebrated the joy of sports with our students.

Click the arrow to watch highlights of this wonderful event!