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 Dancing TigersMs. Lewis and Commander from USS Carter HallKim Jones, JTES PTA PresidentDr. Nichols speaks with a student about her Science Fair ProjectRev. Patillo and sailors from USS Carter Hall judging Science Fair projectsLaura Nelson, Science Coordinator, speaks with a student about her Science Fair projectAziyah and Malik Heru, Fastest Children in the Nation!Ms. Lewis with USS Carter Hall sailors on the newly painted JTES playground.

JTES Dancing Tigers

Ms. Lewis and Commander from USS Carter Hall

Kim Jones, JTES PTA President

Dr. Nichols speaks with a student about her Science Fair Project

Rev. Patillo and sailors from USS Carter Hall judging Science Fair projects

Laura Nelson, Science Coordinator, speaks with a student about her Science Fair project

Aziyah and Malik Heru, Fastest Children in the Nation!

Ms. Lewis with USS Carter Hall sailors on the newly painted JTES playground.


Mrs. Lewis

Welcome to our new Assistant Principal, 
Mr. Eric Jamison!

Please join us in
Congratulating, Ms. Katie Staub, 
John Tyler's 2018 Teacher of the Year!

 Important Dates:  

SOL Testing: May 8-June 8, 2018
Memorial Day- No School: May 28, 2018
6th Grade Spirit of Norfolk Trip: June 7, 2018
Field Day and Classroom Celebrations:  June 12, 2018
Kindergarten Program:  June 13, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.
6th Grade Move-Up Ceremony: June 14, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.
Students' Last Day of School:  June 15, 2018

Join OUR TEAM - JOIN the JTES PTA for only $5.00

John Tyler Elementary School's regular hours are from 8:40 a.m. - 3:28 p.m.  Please note that the dismissal time reflects an additional eight minutes added to our instructional day due to the recent snow days. Children are dismissed at 12:55 p.m. on early release days.

​Breakfast starts daily at 8:20 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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