EVENTS & TRADITIONS

Jacksonian & Jeffersonian Societies

Students are divided into two school societies: Jacksonian and Jeffersonian. The two societies are named for the distinguished Tennessee and Virginia United States Presidents. Children of alumni are placed on the society of their families in order to promote legacy and pride. Students can earn points for their team through academics, attendance, service, and extra-curricular participation. The competition comes to a pinnacle at the end of the year at field day. On this day, the points are tallied and the winning society houses the school trophy.

Back to School Picnic

The annual Back to School picnic is a great way to kick off the school year!  Held in the first few days that school is back in session, this event gives families a chance to relax together and get to know families who are new to the Sullins community.  This annual event is sponsored by our PTO and always provides a fun time for children and parents!

Annual BBQ & Auction

From the first BBQ to raise money for books to the 50th Anniversary Gala, each year Sullins hosts a fundraising event to raise unrestricted dollars for the school.  The BBQ was originally hosted at the home of Bill and Ruth King in the 1970s.  While the event may have changed over the years, the essence of school spirit and generosity continue to ring true.  In the '90s, we began silent and live auctions at the BBQ.  

Primary School Thanksgiving Celebration

The Monday before Thanksgiving is a very special one for our Primary school students. They share a feast with their families, perform a special song they have learned, and have a special ceremony to receive their "Native American name".

Grandparents' Day

The first Grandparents' Day celebration at Sullins Academy was held in 1978 with a program and small reception.  Traditionally on the Tuesday prior to Thanksgiving, the program is still the main attraction of the Grandparents' Day.  We have added a bake sale, the book fair is open, and a breakfast or reception continues to be part of this school tradition.  It is a wonderful time to welcome extended family and friends into our school and allows our students a chance to show off to some of their biggest fans!

Cookies & Milk with Santa

Ho! Ho! Ho! Open to the community for children up to 12 years of age, this evening event is a fun opportunity to enjoy milk & cookies, make a Christmas craft, and get their picture made with Santa.

Field Day

Every year our whole school participates in a field day during the last week of school. The morning begins with a bag piper playing the school's Alma Mater as each grade ascends the stairs to the field.  After relays, races, and games, the students enjoy picnic lunches, before participating in the class dance-off.  The finale of the event is when the Washington County Fire Department makes a visit to "cool" everyone off!

End of Year Ceremonies

Sullins ends the school year with several events.  Our Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten students have ceremonies to celebrate the end of the year with their classmates and families.  The eighth grade class is honored at an evening graduation where several longstanding awards are given: Friendship Cup, Citizenship Cup, Alumna Cup, and the Head of School Cup. Anna S. Morgan Award of Academic Excellence, the Sudie Wike Academic Award, and the Arther D. Adair Foreign Language Award are also awarded to graduating eighth graders.

On the last day of school, Awards Day is held for the 1st - 7th grade students.  Awards are given for academics, related arts, character, attendance, and community service.  

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Located in Bristol VA, Sullins Academy develops students in grades PS-8 into

confident, lifelong learners who have the academic, character, and leadership skills to succeed in high school and beyond.

SULLINS ACADEMY

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