Recent News

A message from the Superintendent regarding online threats
Posted on 09/22/2021
PPS Superintendent address the threats made via social media posts.  READ MORE...
PPS offers new Hiring Incentive Program
PPS offers new Hiring Incentive Program
Posted on 08/10/2021
The Portsmouth Public Schools Department of Human Resources has unveiled a new way to bring high-quality candidates into the PPS workforce by providing new and current employees a chance to take home some extra money.  READ MORE...
PPS once again brings Excellence in Financial Reporting award
PPS once again brings Excellence in Financial Reporting award
Posted on 08/09/2021
The Portsmouth Public Schools Department of Budget and Finance has once again earned the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.  READ MORE...
PPS earns state Excellence in Workforce Readiness award
PPS earns state Excellence in Workforce Readiness award
Posted on 07/21/2021
The Portsmouth Public Schools (PPS) was named an Excellence in Workforce Readiness Award Winner by the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) at the annual VSBA Conference on Education.  READ MORE...
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Hillian-Sanders named national CLD Teacher of the Year
Posted on 07/14/2021
Brighton Elementary School’s Lenette Hillian-Sanders has been named one of just two national Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD) 2021 Teachers of the Year. Hillian-Sanders earned his honor after being named the Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities Teacher of the Year this past spring.  READ MORE...
Overkamp named a DoD STEM Ambassador
Overkamp named a DoD STEM Ambassador
Posted on 06/30/2021
Heather Overkamp, a science teacher at I.C. Norcom High School, has been named a 2021 Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Ambassador.  READ MORE...
Douglass Park student accepted to National Youth Leadership Forum
Douglass Park student accepted to National Youth Leadership Forum
Posted on 06/16/2021
Jerome Griffin, Jr, a sixth-grade student at Douglass Park Elementary School, has been accepted to the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF), where he will participate in the summer Explore STEM program for middle school students.  READ MORE...
Churchland Middle student earns national Reflections award
Churchland Middle student earns national Reflections award
Posted on 05/24/2021
Laila Jones, seventh-grade student at Churchland Middle School, came in second place in the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Reflections competition in the intermediate literature category.  READ MORE...
For second consecutive year, Churchland High School earns ‘Best High School’ title
For second consecutive year, Churchland High School earns ‘Best High School’ title
Posted on 05/07/2021
According to rankings released from the U.S. News & World Report, Churchland High has been named a 2021 Best High School. It is the second consecutive year Churchland has earned the Best High School honor.  READ MORE...
Norcom senior named city’s Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador
Norcom senior named city’s Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador
Posted on 04/26/2021
Trinity Allen, a senior at I.C. Norcom High School, has been named the Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador for the City of Portsmouth and a runner-up to the Hampton Roads Youth Poet Laureate contest.  READ MORE...
Norcom NJROTC unit places first in multi-state competition
Norcom NJROTC unit places first in multi-state competition
Posted on 04/22/2021
The I.C. Norcom Navy JROTC team placed first in the National Academic Examination for Area 5 (which is made up of 47 teams from Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and Washington, D.C.).  READ MORE...
Churchland sophomore named Virginia representative to Ms. Amazing
Churchland sophomore named Virginia representative to Ms. Amazing
Posted on 04/22/2021
Hillian-Sanders earns state Teacher of the Year honor by VCLD
Hillian-Sanders earns state Teacher of the Year honor by VCLD
Posted on 04/20/2021
Brighton Elementary School’s Lenette Hillian-Sanders has been named the 2021 Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities (VCLD) Teacher of the Year.  READ MORE...
PPS again earns ASBO Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting
PPS again earns ASBO Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting
Posted on 04/19/2021
Portsmouth Public Schools has again earned national recognition for its financial planning and budgeting prowess.  READ MORE...
Sisters both get accepted to renowned Naval Academy seminar
Sisters both get accepted to renowned Naval Academy seminar
Posted on 04/02/2021
Two sisters in Portsmouth Public Schools have both been accepted to the 2021 Naval Academy Summer STEM Seminar, a competitive program that draws more than 5,000 applications from across the country and only selects 280 students for each of its three sessions.  READ MORE...
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2021 PTA Reflections Award Winners Announced
Posted on 03/24/2021
The Portsmouth Council of PTAs has named the winners for the 2021 Reflections Contest.   READ MORE...
After school activities cancelled for March 18
After school activities cancelled for March 18
Posted on 03/18/2021
Due to weather forecasts calling for severe thunderstorms this evening, all PPS afterschool activities, including athletic practices, are cancelled for today, March 18.  READ MORE...
Churchland High School earned prestigious Harry F. Byrd, Jr. Leadership Award
Churchland High School earned prestigious Harry F. Byrd, Jr. Leadership Award
Posted on 03/08/2021
Myles Hunt, a senior at Churchland High School, has been named a 2021 recipient of the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. Leadership Award.  READ MORE...
Students to return to in-person learning April 12
Students to return to in-person learning April 12
Posted on 03/04/2021
The School Board of the City of Portsmouth voted 6-3 today to approve a school reopening plan that would allow students in prekindergarten through sixth grade to return for in-person instruction on a hybrid schedule (two days in person, three days virtual).  READ MORE...
PPS to hold March 4 meeting virtually
PPS to hold March 4 meeting virtually
Posted on 03/02/2021
Brighton Feeding site temporarily closed
Brighton Feeding site temporarily closed
Posted on 03/02/2021
School schedules adjusted for first four weeks of March
School schedules adjusted for first four weeks of March
Posted on 02/22/2021
For the first four weeks of March, the division is altering the school calendar to hold flipped learning days on both Wednesdays and Thursdays.  READ MORE...
Portsmouth School Board calls for a special meeting to discuss reopening plan
Portsmouth School Board calls for a special meeting to discuss reopening plan
Posted on 02/18/2021
At tonight’s meeting of the School Board of the City of Portsmouth, the Board called for a special meeting to discuss a possible plan to reopen schools.  READ MORE...
Portsmouth Public Schools and Portsmouth Health Department are ‘Here to Help’
Portsmouth Public Schools and Portsmouth Health Department are ‘Here to Help’
Posted on 02/01/2021
With schools operating virtually for almost a full calendar year, Portsmouth Public Schools and the Portsmouth Health Department are working to remind students, staff members and families there is support for those who may be feeling the mental and emotional toll of being apart this long.  READ MORE...
CHS Feeding Site closed
CHS Feeding Site closed
Posted on 02/01/2021
The Churchland High School Feeding Program Site will be closed beginning tomorrow, Feb. 2, until further notice for kitchen maintenance.  READ MORE...
Two PPS teachers named to two leading educational advisory boards
Two PPS teachers named to two leading educational advisory boards
Posted on 01/29/2021
Two Portsmouth Public Schools teachers have been added to two separate educational advisory boards.  READ MORE...
Churchland Primary and Intermediate Feeding Site closed until Feb. 3
Posted on 01/21/2021
The Churchland Primary and Intermediate School Feeding Site will be closed from Jan. 22 through Feb. 3.  READ MORE...
PPS School Board appoints Costella Williams to Board
Posted on 01/20/2021
In a special meeting of the School Board of the City of Portsmouth, the Board voted to appoint Costella Williams as the interim member of the Board, filling the position left by De’Andre Barnes following his election to City Council. Williams will serve this role beginning Jan. 20 through Nov. 2.  READ MORE...
CMS teacher named to national educational advisory
Posted on 01/19/2021
Amanda Bell, an eighth-grade science teacher at Churchland Middle School, has been named to JASON Learning’s Teacher Advisory Panel.  READ MORE...
Churchland High School teacher to be honored by Urban League of Hampton Roads
Posted on 01/15/2021
Churchland High School Science Teacher Isaiah Marriner will be honored as a “Rising Leader” by The Urban League of Hampton Roads. Marriner will be one of just eight distinguished leaders to be honored at the organization’s 37th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Leaders Event.  READ MORE...
PPS cancels winter sports
Posted on 01/13/2021
After a thorough review of the city's health metrics, administration has made the difficult decision to cancel all winter sports for the 2020-2021 season.  READ MORE...
Patillo, Atkinson elected School Board chairman, vice-chairwoman
Patillo, Atkinson elected School Board chairman, vice-chairwoman
Posted on 01/08/2021
At its Jan. 7 reorganizational meeting, the School Board of the City of Portsmouth elected a new chairman, Rev. Cardell Patillo, and vice-chairwoman, LaKeesha “Klu” Atkinson.  READ MORE...
PPS to remain in all-virtual setting through start of the second semester
PPS to remain in all-virtual setting through start of the second semester
Posted on 01/07/2021
At the Jan. 7 meeting of the School Board of the City of Portsmouth, the Board voted to keep students in an all-virtual setting until COVID-19 positivity rates drop dramatically.  READ MORE...
Longshoremen make children at three Portsmouth schools smile  with the donation of brand-new bicycles
Longshoremen make children at three Portsmouth schools smile with the donation of brand-new bicycles
Posted on 12/18/2020
This year three Portsmouth elementary schools, Simonsdale, Westhaven and Hodges Manor, participated in the program. On Friday, Dec. 18, each school received 25 bicycles to share with some very deserving students.  READ MORE...
PPS Athletics temporarily suspends conditioning and practices
PPS Athletics temporarily suspends conditioning and practices
Posted on 12/16/2020
Effective Thursday, Dec. 17, all Portsmouth Public Schools athletic practices and conditioning will be suspended throughout the Winter Break (Dec. 21-Jan.1). Athletic practices can resume on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.  READ MORE...
Five take their oaths of office for Portsmouth School Board
Five take their oaths of office for Portsmouth School Board
Posted on 12/03/2020
Two current Portsmouth School Board members and three School Board members- elect recently took their oaths of office in individual swearing-in ceremonies held in the city’s Judicial Center.  READ MORE...
Three Portsmouth schools to be renamed beginning in July 2021
Three Portsmouth schools to be renamed beginning in July 2021
Posted on 12/03/2020
Following months of input from the community and two public hearings, the School Board of the City of Portsmouth has voted to officially change the name of three of its schools: Woodrow Wilson High School, James Hurst Elementary School and John Tyler Elementary School.  READ MORE...
Woodrow Wilson High School Teacher Selected to Participate In Prestigious Fellowship Program
Woodrow Wilson High School Teacher Selected to Participate In Prestigious Fellowship Program
Posted on 11/30/2020
Karen Roberts, a career and technical education teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School, is one of 24 teachers nationwide selected to participate in the National Leadership Fellowship Program for the Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE).  READ MORE...
Churchland High School's MCJROTC Unit Receives Naval Honor School Designation
Churchland High School's MCJROTC Unit Receives Naval Honor School Designation
Posted on 11/30/2020
For the second year, Churchland High School’s Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (MCJROTC) unit has been awarded the Naval Honor School designation. The Marine Corps Training and Education Command, headquartered in Quantico, recently notified the school of its selection.  READ MORE...
Swearing-in Ceremonies Scheduled for Portsmouth School Board Members
Swearing-in Ceremonies Scheduled for Portsmouth School Board Members
Posted on 11/23/2020
Two current Portsmouth School Board members, who were recently re-elected, and two newly elected Board members will be sworn into office at ceremonies to be held in Portsmouth Circuit Court.  READ MORE...
Portsmouth City School Board Vacancy Announcement
Portsmouth City School Board Vacancy Announcement
Posted on 11/19/2020
Portsmouth School Board approves changes due to COVID-19
Portsmouth School Board approves changes due to COVID-19
Posted on 11/17/2020
Portsmouth School Board Approves a Number of Changes to Address the Region’s Increase in COVID-19 Cases  READ MORE...
Portsmouth School Board receives two financial awards
Portsmouth School Board receives two financial awards
Posted on 11/14/2020
The Portsmouth School Board has received two prestigious financial awards. They are a Certificate for Excellence in Financial Reporting Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and the Meritorious Budget Award from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO)  READ MORE...
PPS School Board to host special meeting Nov. 17
PPS School Board to host special meeting Nov. 17
Posted on 11/13/2020
The Portsmouth School Board has scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m. at John Tyler Elementary School.  READ MORE...
PPS return-to-work/school plans outlined
PPS return-to-work/school plans outlined
Posted on 11/05/2020
In its Thursday, Nov. 5 meeting, the Portsmouth School Board set Monday, Nov. 23 as the date all employees will be expected to return to their physical work locations on their normal operating schedules. Instructional staff will be permitted to work remotely on Wednesdays (Flipped Learning Days).   READ MORE...
PPS Feeding Program to accommodate weekend meals
PPS Feeding Program to accommodate weekend meals
Posted on 10/30/2020
PPS to continue virtual learning through December 2020
PPS to continue virtual learning through December 2020
Posted on 10/08/2020
At the Oct. 8 meeting of the School Board of the City of Portsmouth, the Board voted to continue virtual learning for all students through the end of 2020. The last school day before winter break is Friday, Dec. 18.  READ MORE...
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...
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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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