November 2021 Newsletter

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A message from the Superintendent

Welcome to the Norfolk Public Schools’ newsletter! We hope you enjoy the new look and format of this document! We want to ensure that we use every means possible to reach our parents/guardians and students. If you have not already done so, please follow Norfolk Public Schools on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on all things NPS – as well as to see lots of smiling students’ faces and our incredible teachers in action!

Additionally, please make sure to update your contact information on file at your child’s(ren’s) school, so that we have accurate telephone numbers and addresses should we need to reach you directly.

October brought many observances to our division, from disability history and awareness month to bullying prevention. Please join me in saying “thank you” to all our school principals as National School Principals Month draws to a close. These dedicated educators maintain the well-being of our students, staff, and schools throughout the year. We appreciate them always!

Thanks to those of you who participated in the first of our community engagement sessions as we begin our efforts toward strategic planning. We value your input on academics, infrastructure, culture, community engagement, operational effectiveness, and teacher recruitment. We will be working over the course of the next few months to evaluate, define, develop, and finally to implement our strategic plan. Please take our survey at https://forms.gle/RfSaEyUoBvW4Sgm5A, join us at future sessions, and follow our work at www.npsk12.com/strategicplanning.

Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday and know that each day I am thankful to be part of this extraordinary school division and that I am blessed to serve as your superintendent of schools.

Academy for Discovery at Lakewood Red, White, + Blue 5k + 1 Mile

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Academy for Discovery at Lakewood PTA invites you to join the ADL Family for their 6th Annual Red, White, + Blue 5K + 1 Mile on Saturday, November 13, 2021, at 8 a.m.


For more information, e-mail adlpta1701@gmail.com.

Specialty Programs Showcase

Norfolk Public Schools’ annual Specialty Program Showcase Night will be held virtually on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. for middle school programs and 6:00 p.m. for high school programs on Channel 47.

You can also view the showcase on Norfolk Public Schools' YouTube channel.

We invite you and your child(ren) to view this showcase to learn about the rigorous, specialized programs at each of our high schools and some of our middle schools. Showcase presentations highlight the unique course offerings and student opportunities for each program.

The dates for the programs' virtual open house nights are listed below. Please visit the website for each school for registration information.


Virtual Open House Dates for High School Programs:

  • Academy of the Arts (Booker T. Washington High School) November 10, 2021, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Academy of Leadership and Military Science (Lake Taylor High School) November 22, 2021, at 5:30 p.m.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (Granby High School) November 18, 2021, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Leadership Center for the Sciences and Engineering (Norview High School) November 9, 2021, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Medical and Health Specialties (Maury High School) December 1, 2021, at 6:00 p.m.


Virtual Open House Dates for Middle School Programs:

  • Academy of International Studies (Academy of International Studies at Rosemont) January 12, 2022, at 6:00 p.m.
  • International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (Academy for Discovery at Lakewood) January 6, 2022, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Medical, Healthcare and Engineering (Blair Middle School) January 17, 2022, at 6:00 p.m.
  • STEM Academy (Southside STEM Academy at Campostella) January 18, 2022, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Young Scholars (Academy of International Studies at Rosemont) January 12, 2022, at 6:00 p.m.


We hope you will make plans to join us for our showcase and open houses!

HRT Student Freedom Passes

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Young people from ages 13 to 17 can access unlimited rides on Hampton Roads Transit thanks to the Student Freedom Pass! Some NPS high school students have already received their passes for rides on HRT’s bus, ferry, and light rail services. HRT distributed passes at Lake Taylor High School in mid-October. Other schools will receive distributions on this schedule:


November 3, 2021 Norview High School

November 17, 2021 Booker T. Washington High School

December 15, 2021 Maury High School

TBD Granby High School


Service is available in the cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach.


For more information on the Student Freedom Pass, visit https://gohrt.com/programs/student-freedom-pass/.

Middle School Sports

Congratulations to our champions!

The Northside Stars girls softball team defeated Blair MS 10-9 to win the 2021 MS Softball Tournament. The Lakewood Eagles girls soccer team defeated Blair MS 1-0 to win the 2021 MS Girls Soccer Tournament. We salute all our young athletes for their spirited play!
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Free tutoring available through FEV Tutor

Norfolk Public Schools is providing free, school-sponsored, one-to-one online tutoring and homework help through FEV Tutor.


NPS’ students in grades 3 through 12 can receive tutoring in math, science, social studies and English language arts. Schedule a session, or access live tutors around the clock for last-minute homework help and coursework support.


Since this is a virtual service, tutoring can be accessed at anytime, anywhere with a computer/device, Internet connection, username, and password. Tutoring services integrate with NPS systems already in use such as Canvas and Clever.


If you have any questions about this free virtual tutoring program, please contact FEV Tutor directly at: va@fevtutor.com or call 855-763-2607. FEV's Support Team is happy to answer any questions and work with you to create a personalized tutoring experience that best suits your learner.


Take this opportunity to help your child(ren) reach their academic goals! Head to fevtutor.com now!

Congratulations to Ms. Allison Mickunas

Congratulations to Ms. Allison Mickunas, an ESL teacher at Norview High School, for winning the Channel 3/Virginia Lottery’s Great Teacher Award! Channel 3’s Blaine Stewart surprised Ms. Mickunas with the news at NHS, where she was surrounded by all of her students and Principal Dr. Walter Brower. You can catch the story here.

Child Find

Norfolk Public Schools participates in public awareness activities, screening, and a referral process to identify, locate, and evaluate children, ages birth to 21, who reside in the City of Norfolk and are in need of special education services or adaptations and accommodations. NPS provides these services to uphold the federal law under Section 504, which is designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs that receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education.


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 sped504compliance@nps.k12.va.us.
  • 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 sped504compliance@nps.k12.va.us.

NPS Special Education Advisory Committee

The Norfolk Public Schools Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is organized and functions in accordance with state and federal requirements. The Committee’s functions include the following:


  • Advise the local school division of needs in the education of children with disabilities;
  • Participate in the development of priorities and strategies for meeting the identified needs of children with disabilities;
  • Submit periodic reports and recommendations regarding the education of children with disabilities to the division superintendent/designee for transmission to the local school board;
  • Assist the local school division in interpreting plans to the community for meeting the special needs of children with disabilities for educational services;
  • Review the policies and procedures for the provision of special education and related services prior to submission to the local school board; and
  • Participate in the review of the local school division’s Special Education Annual Plan Application for Federal Flow-Through Funds, referred to as the Annual Plan.



For more information on SEAC membership and participating in future meetings, please visit https://www.npsk12.com/Page/17794.

Disability History and Awareness Month

Norfolk Public Schools enjoyed celebrating Disability History and Awareness Month in October by introducing the community to a few of our outstanding staff within the Department of Learning Support - Special Education Services. Check out the series of video vignettes that were created and featured on our social media pages here!

We’re hiring!

Norfolk Public Schools is hosting an in-person job fair for classified positions on Saturday, October 30, 2021, from 9 AM - 12 PM.


Applicants are encouraged to complete an online application at http://npsk12.com.