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PPS adopts new calendar; changes elementary school tiers for 2024-25 school year
PPS adopts new calendar; changes elementary school tiers for 2024-25 school year
Updated on 02/29/2024
At the Feb. 29 meeting of the School Board of the City of Portsmouth, the School Board voted to approve a school calendar with a pre-Labor Day start for the 2024-25 school year. This change was implemented to best align with neighboring school divisions in the region.  
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Brighton Elementary Principal receives Phenomenal Woman Award
Brighton Elementary Principal receives Phenomenal Woman Award
Updated on 02/23/2024
Congratulations to Brighton Elementary's Dr. Heather Neal for being named a Phenomenal Woman Educator by the Portsmouth Outreach Foundation! 
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CHS senior receives regional art award
CHS senior receives regional art award
Updated on 02/16/2024
Congratulations to Churchland High School's Zion McCallister on receiving the 2024 Hampton Roads Student Gallery Honoree Award! 
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