John Tyler Elementary School
3649 Hartford Street
Portsmouth, VA 23707
Phone: (757) 393-8879
Fax: (757) 393-5876


Welcome to John Tyler. We are a school with an outstanding faculty and staff who are committed to providing a student-centered environment where students will academically succeed.

                     - Ms. Heidi M. Lewis


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JTES teachers miss our Tigers!Teachers visited students with Perfect Attendance to celebrate!Teachers & Staff visited students with Perfect Attendance to celebrate!Teachers & Staff visited students with Perfect Attendance to celebrate!Congratulations to all of our Tigers with Perfect Attendance!JTES Celebrated Teachers with a Drive-Thru Teacher Appreciation Lunch!Appreciating our teachers while social distancing!JTES Teacher Parade!  We Miss Our TIGERS!

JTES teachers miss our Tigers!

Teachers visited students with Perfect Attendance to celebrate!

Teachers & Staff visited students with Perfect Attendance to celebrate!

Our Tigers rocked Perfect Attendance this year!

Congratulations to all of our Tigers with Perfect Attendance!

JTES Celebrated Teachers with a Drive-Thru Teacher Appreciation Lunch!

Appreciating our teachers while social distancing!

JTES Teacher Parade! We Miss Our TIGERS!



the governor of virginia has declared that all schools in the commonwealth, including portsmouth public schools, shall be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year, in an effort to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Additional Guidance will be released as it becomes available


Important Dates:

Last Day of School- June 12

Summer Office Hours:

Our main office will be open
Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m until July 6.

After July 6, our main office will be open
Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Visitors are asked to wear face coverings/masks
and practice social distancing during their visit.

Guidance Resources Available!

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JTES Counselors Care
is a website created by our JTES Guidance Team! This website is designed for students, parents, and staff.
to engage in interactive activities to help manage emotions,
learn coping skills, and other fun stress relieving activities!

Other community resources are also available. Enjoy exploring! 
Click JTES Counselors Care to explore the resources!

Congratulations to Mr. Clyde Parker, our 2019-20 Teacher of the Year!
Mr. Parker, 2019-20 Teacher of the Year

Order your JTES Yearbook today!  Click HERE to order online!

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Our Before/After Care provider for the 2019-20 school year will be AlphaBest! 
Clickherefor more information!
Alpha Best Before and After Care Flyer




Ms. Lewis, Principal of the Year

Kim Jones, Winner of President's Cup and PTA Volunteer of the Year

Join OUR TEAM - JOIN the JTES PTA for only $6.00

John Tyler Elementary School's regular school year hours are from 9:00 a.m. - 3:50 p.m. 
Children are dismissed at 1:30 p.m. on early release days.

Breakfast starts daily at 8:40 a.m.

Choose drinks with less added sugar. Teach kids how to recognize drinks that are high in added sugars. Encourage them to choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages. Kids should drink 2 to 3 cups of low-fat (1%) or fat-free milk a day, depending on age. 


Offer kids fruits and vegetables during meals and snacks. Try new fruits and veggies together as a family. 


Help kids discover fun ways to stay busy and active this summer. Limit TV and video game time to no more than 1-2 hours a day. 

Kids need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day. Help your family get moving with games, dancing, and more


Join Our PTA

PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy association in America. Today's PTA is comprised of 5 million parents, teachers, grandparents, caregivers, foster parents and other caring adults who share a commitment to improving the education, health, and safety of all children. We speak with one voice for every child.

Today, the issues affecting our children extend beyond their individual schools. The PTA's nationwide network provides parents with the forum and tools to collectively influence the decisions that affect children not only at their schools, but also throughout their districts, within their states, and across the nation. This mission is unique to the PTA. Learn more here.

To join, please contact Mrs. Kim Jones

Vision Statement

It is the vision of John Tyler Elementary School to fulfill our mandate as a public school, helping students attain the highest possible standards as established by our school board and our state.

In recognizing the need for a strong academic base, teachers (and staff) will stress skills in reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, and technology. The arts and physical education will be recognized for their importance in the development of the whole individual.

We Believe

  • We believe our school should provide a quality education for all students.
  • We believe in the important contribution parents, volunteers, and community partners can make, and we actively seek their participation in providing a quality program.
  • We believe our school should be a place where each student leaves with a sense of accomplishment and a desire to return the next day.

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