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PPS offers new Hiring Incentive Program
PPS offers new Hiring Incentive Program
Updated 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. 
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PPS once again brings Excellence in Financial Reporting award
PPS once again brings Excellence in Financial Reporting award
Updated 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. 
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PPS earns state Excellence in Workforce Readiness award
PPS earns state Excellence in Workforce Readiness award
Updated 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. 
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“One Team…One Mission…Excellence!”

The mission of James Hurst Elementary School is too continuously and successfully: provide literacy across all content areas, implement instructional rigor, provide innovation, and develop leadership skills that will prepare our students to achieve academic excellence, to compete in the real world, and to become productive citizens of the community.

The vision of James Hurst Elementary School is to create an environment conducive to teaching the head, the heart, and the hand; so that our students will develop self-discipline and self-confidence to learn to think, explore, create, and ultimately experience academic excellence.

James Hurst’s beliefs are indicative of our commitment to high expectations for all students, commitment to excellence, and a committed community of learners and stakeholders working together for success through continuous improvement. We believe:

  • All stakeholders are responsible for student success.
  • Instruction must be rigorous, data-driven, differentiated, standards-based, and implemented with research-based strategies, curriculum, and programs.
  • Student success in meeting high standards requires input and support from the home and community.
  • Provisions for academic excellence for all students should be provided in a caring, healthy, safe, secure environment.
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