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Public Hearings for renaming schools to be held Sept. 28 and Oct. 5
Public Hearings for renaming schools to be held Sept. 28 and Oct. 5
Posted on 09/15/2020
The School Board of the City of Portsmouth is holding two public hearings to discuss the proposed renaming of Woodrow Wilson High School, James Hurst Elementary and John Tyler Elementary.  READ MORE...
PPS earns VDOE grant to prepare students for STEM competitions
PPS earns VDOE grant to prepare students for STEM competitions
Posted on 09/01/2020
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has awarded Portsmouth Public Schools (PPS) a $10,000 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) competition team grant.  READ MORE...
PPS Science Program earns $15,000 grant for new modeling and simulation pathway
PPS Science Program earns $15,000 grant for new modeling and simulation pathway
Posted on 08/31/2020
Daniel Lewandowski, a secondary science program specialist for Portsmouth Public Schools (PPS), received a $15,000 grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation.  READ MORE...
All PPS students to receive free meals for the 2020-2021 school year
All PPS students to receive free meals for the 2020-2021 school year
Posted on 08/27/2020
Norcom’s Heather Overkamp earns national Society for Science and the Public grant
Norcom’s Heather Overkamp earns national Society for Science and the Public grant
Posted on 08/20/2020
Heather Overkamp, a teacher at I.C. Norcom High School, has earned a $5,000 grant from The National Society for Science and the Public.  READ MORE...
Churchland High School teacher named one of the best math and science teachers in the country
Churchland High School teacher named one of the best math and science teachers in the country
Posted on 08/04/2020
Wilson High School teacher earns Society for Classical Studies Award for Excellence in Teaching
Wilson High School teacher earns Society for Classical Studies Award for Excellence in Teaching
Posted on 07/29/2020
Portsmouth Public Schools to start 2020-2021 school year with virtual instruction
Portsmouth Public Schools to start 2020-2021 school year with virtual instruction
Posted on 07/29/2020
CTE honor
PPS earns state CTE honor
Posted on 06/18/2020
The Portsmouth Public Schools (PPS) Career and Technical Education (CTE) Advisory Board has been selected by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) as the Region 2 winner of the 2020 Creating Excellence Advisory Award.  READ MORE...
VDOE
Five PPS schools earn 2020 Board of Education Continuous Improvement Award
Posted on 06/18/2020
Cradock Middle, I.C. Norcom High, Lakeview Elementary, Park View Elementary and Westhaven Elementary each earned the 2020 Board of Education Continuous Improvement Award.   READ MORE...
Portsmouth Council of PTAs announces annual organization honorees
Portsmouth Council of PTAs announces annual organization honorees
Posted on 06/11/2020
James Hurst Elementary named National Beta School of Distinction
James Hurst Elementary named National Beta School of Distinction
Posted on 06/05/2020
Information for new families enrolling at Churchland Elementary and Churchland Academy
Information for new families enrolling at Churchland Elementary and Churchland Academy
Posted on 04/30/2020
Simonsdale Elementary’s Apiphanie Hill named PPS Citywide Teacher of the Year
Simonsdale Elementary’s Apiphanie Hill named PPS Citywide Teacher of the Year
Posted on 04/26/2020
Churchland High School earns ‘Best High School’ honor from U.S. News and World Report
Churchland High School earns ‘Best High School’ honor from U.S. News and World Report
Posted on 04/21/2020
PPS Feeding Program Schedule
PPS Feeding Program Schedule
Posted on 03/27/2020
Dr. Elie Bracy, III named Region 2 Superintendent of the Year
Dr. Elie Bracy, III named Region 2 Superintendent of the Year
Posted on 03/18/2020
The latest information and updates on the Coronavirus
The latest information and updates on the Coronavirus
Posted on 03/10/2020
School Board votes against Funding Formula
School Board votes against Funding Formula
Posted on 03/06/2020
Portsmouth Public Schools unveils new ‘Shining Brighter Together’ logo
Portsmouth Public Schools unveils new ‘Shining Brighter Together’ logo
Posted on 01/24/2020
Churchland High School senior part of national journalism project
Churchland High School senior part of national journalism project
Posted on 01/23/2020
Parent, Patillo re-elected as Board chairman, vice-chair
Parent, Patillo re-elected as Board chairman, vice-chair
Posted on 01/13/2020
PPS named to the AP District Honor Roll
PPS named to the AP District Honor Roll
Posted on 12/05/2019
Portsmouth Public Schools (PPS) is one of the only 250 school divisions across both the United States and Canada to be named to the College Board’s 10th Annual AP ® District Honor Roll.  READ MORE...
Churchland Middle’s Perry-Campbell wins local doctoral competition
Churchland Middle’s Perry-Campbell wins local doctoral competition
Posted on 12/02/2019
Churchland Middle School Assistant Principal Janeen Perry-Campbell is currently working on her doctorate in education at Old Dominion University (ODU).  READ MORE...
Dr. Bracy
Dr. Bracy to earn CCIA honor for leadership in education
Posted on 11/12/2019
Portsmouth Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Elie Bracy, III has been named an honoree of Church and Community in Action (CCIA) for the organization’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast, which will be held Monday, Jan. 20, 2020.   READ MORE...
Calendar Survey
Calendar Survey Available Now
Posted on 11/04/2019
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Churchland Elementary Principal named President of VAESP
Posted on 10/25/2019
Churchland Elementary School Principal Dr. Jamill Jones has been named as the President of the Virginia Association of Elementary Schools Principals (VAESP).   READ MORE...
Wilson logo
Wilson High earns Project Ignition grant, students to attend the National Youth Leadership Council training
Posted on 10/21/2019
ASBO
Budget department earns ASBO Honor
Posted on 10/11/2019
Portsmouth Public Schools has earned the Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) for excellence in its budget presentation.   READ MORE...
Accreditation
Portsmouth Public Schools maintains accreditation standing
Posted on 09/30/2019
For the second year in a row, 14 of the 19 Portsmouth Public Schools (PPS) testing schools have earned full accreditation, according to data released today by the Virginia Department of Education. In 2015, the division just six of 19 schools were accredited.   READ MORE...
NJROTC
Churchland High School named Naval Honor School
Posted on 09/09/2019
Churchland High School’s Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (MCJROTC) program was recently designated as a Naval Honor School based on activity that took place during the 2018-19 school year.  READ MORE...
football
Football games rescheduled
Posted on 09/04/2019
In preparation for the anticipated weather later this week, high schools have all proactively moved their home football games scheduled for Friday night.   READ MORE...
School Board Meetings
School Board meeting announcement updates
Posted on 08/14/2019
Effective Sept. 1, 2019, School Board meetings/agendas will no longer be published in the Sunday Bridges.  READ MORE...
United Way
PPS donates more than $34,000 to United Way
Posted on 07/18/2019
Portsmouth Public Schools was recently honored with a special plaque honoring the division’s more than $34,000 donation to the United Way of South Hampton Roads.  READ MORE...
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Churchland math teacher named finalist for Presidential Award for instruction
Posted on 07/02/2019
Churchland High School's Aziz Zahraoui has been named a 2019 Virginia state-level finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).  READ MORE...
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Portsmouth Public Schools earns top financial reporting honor
Posted on 06/24/2019
Portsmouth Public Schools earned the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for the division’s comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).   READ MORE...
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Frances Johnson named PPS Nurse of the Year
Posted on 05/23/2019
At the last staff meeting for all Portsmouth Public Schools school nurses for the 2018-19 school year, Olive Branch Preschool Nurse Frances Johnson was named the 2019 School Nurse of the Year.   READ MORE...
Kindergartner
Portsmouth Public Schools hosting annual Preschool and Kindergarten Registration events
Posted on 05/09/2019
Families with rising preschoolers and kindergartners can attend one of a series upcoming registration events held by Portsmouth Public Schools (PPS) to help streamline the process and provide answers to questions about the division’s programs.  READ MORE...
Budget Planning
Important Budget Update: City Council Informally Agrees to Provide an Additional $2.6 Million
Posted on 04/10/2019
The city manager's budget proposal, if adopted, will cut the school system's request by $3.1 million.  READ MORE...
Rachael Lasky is the 2019 PPS Teacher of the Year
Rachael Lasky is the 2019 PPS Teacher of the Year
Posted on 03/28/2019
Portsmouth Public Schools has bestowed its highest teaching honor upon Rachael Lasky, a science teacher at William E. Waters Middle School.  READ MORE...
Good News
Tell us your good news!
Posted on 03/05/2019
PPS families, staff, and students can share positive and inspirational stories with us. Submissions will be reviewed and may be included in our “Good News” feature of our website.  READ MORE...
New online system launched for school and facility rentals
Posted on 01/24/2019
The school division now uses an online system to manage school and building rental requests.  READ MORE...
Dr. Bracy
Questions? Just ask Dr. Bracy!
Posted on 09/05/2018
Our superintendent Dr. Bracy is interested in hearing from you. If you have general questions, ideas, or concerns about the school division, let him know.  READ MORE...
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