June Update

As we come to the conclusion of another great school year, we would like to take time to thank all of the parents of CCPS students for trusting in us to provide a quality education for all.

As our budget process is finalized for the 2013-2014 school year, we are moving forward with our plans for the renovations and additions to Caroline High School and Madison Elementary School. Please check the CCPS website for timelines and updates for both of these projects. Project timelines are posted at the end of this message, also.

The Caroline County Teacher of the Year announced on May 8th was Rebecca Schieber. Congratulations! Nominees from each school are as follows: Bowling Green Elementary- Stephani Harrison, Lewis and Clark- Jenna Coyle, Madison Elementary- Michelle Mack, Caroline Middle School-Rebecca Schieber, Caroline High School- James Britton. We are very proud of each of these teachers for their dedication and outstanding performance.

Caroline County Public Schools also recognizes a Novice Teacher of the Year. Each school’s nominee has taught three years or less. The following are the nominees for Novice Teacher of the Year: Bowling Green Elementary- Tyler Jodon, Lewis and Clark- Kelly Smither, Madison Elementary- Nicole Kravits, Caroline Middle School- Jessica Lowden, Caroline High School-Lane Catlett. The Caroline County Public Schools Novice Teacher of the Year announced on April 23rd was Tyler Jodon. Congratulations!!!!

Caroline County Public Schools recognized a Support Staff of the Year. Nominees came from each school, maintenance, custodians, transportation and the school board administrative assistant staff. The following were the nominees for Support Staff of the Year: Donna Brown(BGE), Brenda Hackett (LCES), Deborah Haynes (MES), Gwendolyn Green (CHS), Rose Bohmann (SBO), Joyce Childs(Maintenance), Kathleen Brown (Cafeteria), Bessie Napier (LCES) William Harrell (CMS) and Ellis Sims (Transportation). The Caroline County Public Schools Support Staff of the Year announced at the April 23rd Recognition Banquet was Donna Brown a paraprofessional at Bowling Green Elementary. Congratulations!!!!

We also want to recognize our retirees who have dedicated many years to the students of Caroline County Public Schools. The following employees are retiring: Geneva Boone, Deborah Ernst, Gail Facer, Linda Olson, Gilda Robinson, Victoria Purdy, Helen Terrell, Beryl King, Gracie Taylor, Gracie Wright Cathy Burke, Gwendolyn Durrett, Suetta Gladfelter, Kenneth Paige, Robert Payne, Bessie Nappier, Linda Taylor, and Mervin Waller. We wish them many years of an enjoyable and healthy retirement.

We would like to take time to say congratulations to the Caroline High School graduating class of 2014. We wish them great success in their future endeavors. Many of these students are moving on to college. We commend their desire and drive to extend their education and learning. Some of the colleges to which these students have been accepted include: Air Force Academy, University of North Carolina, Clemson University, Radford University, Lynchburg College, University of South Caroline, North Caroline State, University of Virginia, Ferrum College, George Mason University, Longwood College, Penn State Harrisburg, Christopher Newport University, James Madison University, Virginia Wesleyan College, West Virginia University, and Chowan University.

Many of our schools have a summer reading program that they encourage the students to take part in during the summer. We would like to stress the importance of students reading over the summer. This keeps their minds fresh, active, and constantly learning. Please encourage your child to visit the library and find books that interest them. Set aside 15-20 minutes each day of quiet time for your child to read.

We hope that all of our Caroline County Public Schools families have a safe, restful, and enjoyable summer. We will look forward to seeing the shining faces of our returning students in August.

Caroline County Public Schools Renovations/Additions Timelines

Caroline High School Track Re-surfacing

The track re-surfacing design for Caroline High School is scheduled to be completed by May 7 and submitted to the County planning for review. It will be advertised on May 13 in the Caroline Progress, Freelance Star and Richmond Times and Dispatch. The delay in bidding is a result of a 3 week delay in obtaining the survey due to severe and extended winter weather. The bid package will allow interested contractors 14 days to provide a bid for the track project. Bids will be received on May 27 and will be presented to the Caroline School Board for approval at a special called meeting. Once awarded, work will begin on the track beginning June 2 and must be 100% complete by August 1, 2014.

Madison Elementary School Additions

The building design package for Madison Elementary is now approximately 85% complete. There was a 3 week delay in obtaining the survey for the existing property due to severe and extended winter weather. In addition, the purchase of the property, that was anticipated to be complete in April, is not scheduled to be finalized by the County Attorney until mid-May. Due to the delays noted above, the project bid schedule has had to be pushed back by approximately one month. Subject to School Board approval, the project will be advertised for bids on June 11. Bids will be received on Thursday July 10 and will be presented to the Caroline School Board for approval on July 14. Once awarded, work will begin on the project in late July. The project will be complete by August of 2015.

Caroline High School Additions and Renovations

The overall design package is scheduled to be complete by early August. Subject to School Board approval, the project will be advertised for bids on August 13. Bids will be received on September 11 and will be presented to the Caroline School Board for approval at a special called meeting. Once awarded, work will begin on the project in late September. The project will be complete by August of 2016.

May Update

With 81% of the community supporting the Bond Referendum for CCPS, on November 5, 2013, the schools will receive 25 million dollars for renovations. The Bond Referendum can be used solely for construction, which includes additions/renovations to CHS and MES. It will allow us to update our school facilities and to make them safe for our students. However, our schools still require funding support that will enable the students of Caroline to continue progressing in their education. The Bond Referendum has helped the school system achieve a very important goal. The updated facilities will assist in improving instruction. The request to the Board of Supervisors was for an additional 2.8 million and they funded us and additional $360,000. We appreciate their promise to try to work on our major funding needs for materials, equipment and competitive salaries which are needed to attract and retain qualified staff. We are already beginning on next year’s budget cycle and appreciate your continued support for the school system’s budget.

May 5th-9th is Teacher Appreciation Week which is dedicated to all the teachers in Caroline County. Our teachers exemplify the professional standards by motivating, challenging and engaging students in the learning process. Caroline County teachers stand firm on their commitment to education and have a standard of excellence when teaching the Virginia Standards of Learning and providing an enriched academic learning environment.

May 7th is dedicated to recognizing School Nurses. School nurses work greatly to enhance the educational process for students by helping them to meet their individual healthcare needs through assessments, delivery of intervention services, provision of emergency care, and by appropriately managing acute and chronic illnesses. School nurses work closely with parents, educators, and school administrators to ensure that students in Caroline are furnished with a healthy and safe environment for learning.

On Saturday April 5th, at the Roanoke Civic Center, a Caroline High School student competed in the State Power Equipment Technology (Small Engine) Competition through Skills USA (formerly VICA). We are pleased to report that Austin Borow, a junior at CHS, won that competition and has brought a gold medal back to Caroline. Austin won a gift card to Advance Auto Parts, a Snap-On tool set, a scholarship award, and he has qualified to represent the State of Virginia at the national competition later in June.

The Annual Caroline County Public Schools’ Art Show is just around the corner! Come out and see artwork and performances from all of the schools in Caroline County on May 2, 2014 from 5:00 PM-8:00 PM at Caroline High School.

Congratulations to Candice Roberts who was recommended by Senator Mark Warner for the USA Air force. During the Grand Opening of the YMCA, Mr. Roberts and Mr. Black from CHS CTE made sure she had the opportunity to introduce herself to the Senator and to shake his hand and personally thank him.

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Many seniors at Caroline High School have completed the application process to colleges and universities. Congratulations to the students for their acceptance. The list of colleges that student have been accepted to include: Radford University, Lynchburg College, University of South Carolina, North Carolina State, University of Virginia, Ferrum College, George Mason University, Longwood College, Penn State Harrisburg, Christopher Newport University, James Madison University, Virginia Wesleyan College, West Virginia University, and Chowan University.

The following is the proposed timeline for the construction for Caroline High School and Madison Elementary:

CHS Athletic Improvements
3/10 – Present Design Development Drawings to School Board
3/24/14 – Submit plans to County for review
4/2/14 – Advertise for Bids
4/14 – Present Final Design to School Board
5/1/14 – Receive Bids
5/12/14 – Present Bids to School Board for approval
5/13/14 – Issue notice to proceed
5/19/14 – Construction to begin
8/1/14 – Substantial Completion

MARCH/APRIL UPDATE

CCPS will receive 25 million dollars from the Bond Referendum passed by citizens of Caroline County on November 5, 2013. The Bond Referendum is to be used solely for construction, which includes additions/renovations to CHS and MES. It will allow us to update our school facilities and to make them safe for our students. However, our schools still require funding support that will enable the students of Caroline to continue progressing in their education. The Bond Referendum has helped the school system achieve a very important goal. The updated facilities will assist in improving instruction; however, we still require that the Board of Supervisors support our 2014-2015 funding request in order to realize our educational goals. Important dates are: February 11th- Dr. Killough presented the 2013-14 school budget proposal to the Caroline County Board of Supervisors. We need parent support at the March 11th Board of Supervisors meeting at the Community Services Building at 6:00 p.m. Your support for the school system’s budget at the Board of Supervisors meeting is greatly needed for our operational budget.

March 2-8, 2014 has been designated as School Social Worker’s Week. The School Social Workers provide supports for families and students that foster school success. Our Social Workers address a variety of issues including truancy, family conflict, abuse and neglect, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, mental health issues, and crisis intervention. For many students and families our School Social Workers are vital to the process of accessing social services that foster an environment conducive to student success. We would like to extend our appreciation to these ladies for their hard work and dedication to the students of Caroline County schools.

Other recognitions for March include: Music in our Schools and Youth Art Month and National Foreign Language Month. Music in our Schools Month aims to draw attention to the significance of music education in our schools and community. Art and music teachers in Caroline collaborate with classroom teachers to integrate the Virginia Standards of Learning across the curriculum in order to provide an opportunity for student to participate in school programs and community events. Learning a foreign language is more critical now, than ever in the past, as we form bonds linking us to places around the globe. The need to communicate is essential in corporate boardrooms and international peacekeeping efforts. Our foreign language teachers not only teach the language, they enrich lives by teaching humanity. We are thankful to have dedicated music, art, and foreign language teachers who broaden the students’ knowledge in these subjects.

Wednesday, April 23rd is Administrative Professionals Day. Administrative assistants, specialists, secretaries, bookkeepers, and clerks are a valuable asset in working with schools and departments on behalf of the students, staff, administrators, and families in Caroline County. The School Board recognizes and appreciates the hard work and dedication of the administrative professionals.

April has been designated as Autism Awareness Month. The first National Autism Awareness Month was declared by the Autism Society in April 1970.The aim of this month is educate the public about autism. Autism is a complex mental condition and developmental disability, characterized by difficulties in the way a person communicates and interacts with other people. Autism can be present from birth or from during early childhood (typically within the first three years). Autism is a lifelong developmental disability with no single known cause.

Amanda Norman, Aidan George, Robbie Cobb, Kendall Loescher, and Heceil Nieves-Bonilla represented LCES at the Caroline County Division Spelling Bee on February 6th. Our school champion, Miss Kayla Loescher, also represented our school.

Many seniors at Caroline High School have completed the application process to colleges and universities. Congratulations to the students for their early acceptance. The list of colleges that student have been accepted to include: Radford University, Lynchburg College, University of South Caroline, North Caroline State, University of Virginia, Ferrum College, George Mason University, Longwood College, Penn State Harrisburg, Christopher Newport University, James Madison University, Virginia Wesleyan College, West Virginia University, and Chowan University.

I would like to extend an invitation to the community to come out and support our students as they begin spring sports (softball, baseball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ tennis and boys’ and girls’ track). It should be a great season with possibility of some great victories.

The following is the proposed timeline for the construction for Caroline High School and Madison Elementary:

CHS Athletic Improvements
3/10 – Present Design Development Drawings to School Board
3/24/14 – Submit plans to County for review
4/2/14 – Advertise for Bids
4/14 – Present Final Design to School Board
5/1/14 – Receive Bids
5/12/14 – Present Bids to School Board for approval
5/13/14 – Issue notice to proceed
5/19/14 – Construction to begin
8/1/14 – Substantial Completion
9/1/14 – Final Completion

Madison ES Additions
3/10/14 – Present Design Development Drawings to School Board
4/14/14 – Present Final Design to School Board
4/18/14 – Submit site plans to County for review
4/30/14 – Advertise for bids
5/28/14 – Receive bids
6/9/14 – Present bids to School Board for approval
6/10/14 – Issue notice to proceed
6/16/14 – Construction to begin
7/3/15 – Substantial Completion
8/3/15 – Final Completion

CHS Additions and Renovations
3/10/14 – Present revised Schematic Design Drawings to School Board
3/21/14 – Send Design Development Drawings to Cost Estimator
4/14/14 – Present revised Design Development Drawings and Cost Estimate to School Board
5/12/14 – Update School Board on progress of Construction Documents
6/9/14 – Update School Board on Progress of Construction Documents
6/13/14 – Send 95% complete Construction Documents to Cost Estimator
7/14/14 – Update School Board and present 95% Construction Document Cost Estimate
8/1/14 – Submit plans to County for review
8/11/14 – Present final Construction Documents to School Board, request permission to Advertise for Bids
8/12/14 – Advertise for Bids
9/4/14 – Receive Bids
9/8/14 – Present Bids to School Board for Approval
9/9/14 – Issue notice to proceed
9/13/14 – Construction to begin
7/15/16 – Substantial Completion
8/15/16 – Final Completion

February Update

February has been designated as School Board Appreciation Month, and we would like to recognize the dedication and hard work of Caroline County’s School Board. The theme this year is “Hearts and Hands for Kids.” Recognizing board members for this commitment and sacrifice takes a combined effort on the part of all those they serve: administrators, school staff, students, and the community. Even though showing appreciation should be a year-round process, taking advantage of the designated School Board Recognition Month in February ensures that these important people receive some of the thanks they deserve.

George Spaulding, Chairperson
Nancy Carson, Vice-Chairperson
Mack Wright, Reedy Church District
Shawn Kelley, Madison District
Tinka Harris, Port Royal District
Dr. Mary Anderson, Western Caroline District

CCPS will be conducting a phone parent survey on the topics of uniforms, budget and instruction. The random group of parents will be selected and are highly encouraged to participate. This information will be used by the School Board to make a decision on the implementation of uniforms, budget, and staffing. We would like to thank parents in advance for their support with this.

We are moving forward with making plans for the renovations and additions to Caroline High School and Madison Elementary. Plans will be developed so that we can hopefully proceed with both of these projects by the summer of 2014. The Capital Improvements Plan committee developed a review committee and 17 architectural firms submitted proposals. The review committee narrowed it down to three finalists on December 12, 2013 and recommended to the board the architectural firm of OWPR. We have entered into negations with them. An Executive Committee has been formed to oversee the construction plans and designs. I would like to express thanks to the community for their strong support for the children of Caroline county.

National School Counseling Week 2014, “School Counseling: Building Magical Futures” will be celebrated from February 3-7, 2014, to provide all school counselors a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate how school counselors are the foundation in constructing healthy and happy school environments in Virginia. We would like to salute the CCPS school counselors for their dedication to the students in Caroline schools. The special week honors school counselors by recognizing professionals who have implemented comprehensive school counseling programs which actively engage students to examine their abilities, strengths, interests, and talents; work in partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children; and support teachers and other educators in providing an educational system where students can realize their potential.

School Board Clerk Appreciation Week falls in February and builds an awareness of the role school board clerks play in assisting school board members, superintendents, and local schools. In appreciation of her dedication and commitment to our schools and students, we would like to recognize Dr. Rebecca Broaddus, Caroline County Clerk of the Board. She is responsible for keeping accurate records of the meetings and proceedings of the School Board and a record of all official acts. The assistant Clerk of the Board is Mrs. Dolly Lindsay.

We would like to recognize the legacy and achievements of African Americans who made immense contributions to our Commonwealth and the country during Black History Month. Schools in Caroline County provide opportunities for students to learn about the rich cultural and historical heritage through literature, fine arts, programs, lessons and activities.

Our School Board Chair and Vice-Chair have been working with representatives of the Caroline County Board of Supervisors on the 2014-2015 school budget. The School Board has put emphasis on fixing the salary scales to be more competitive with surrounding counties and additional staff to improve instruction. The support of the community and parents is much needed as we continue to build an outstanding school division which is adequately funded.

Two of our 8th grade students will represent CMS at 2 very big upcoming events:

Kayla Sisco, clarinet player, was selected from over 1400 nominations across 7 states to represent CMS in the in the VA Tech honor Band. This event will be held this weekend, Jan. 24th – 26th, on the campus of VA Tech. This is a great honor for the selected students and they are exposed to the campus, the music department and present a concert to the public. Students receive music on Friday, practice it, and perform for the public on Sunday.

Eva Simulcik, clarinet player, she auditioned this past weekend at the District 15 Honor band auditions in Stafford, VA and placed 8th chair in the Symphonic Band (the highest band). This means she got the 8th highest score out of the 64 clarinet players that auditioned. She also auditioned against students from Stafford, Spotsylvania, Lancaster, King George, and Quantico schools. This group receives their music on Friday, Feb. 7th and presents a concert on Saturday, Feb. 8th. She will represent CMS in the District Honor band on Feb. 7-8 at North Stafford HS. In addition, both of these ladies are honor students, model students, and continue to be leaders in and outside of the band.

Many seniors at Caroline High School have completed the application process to colleges and universities. Congratulations to the students for their early acceptance. The list of colleges that student have been accepted to include: Radford University, Lynchburg College, University of South Caroline, North Caroline State, University of Virginia, Ferrum College, George Mason University, Longwood College, Penn State Harrisburg, Christopher Newport University, James Madison University, Virginia Wesleyan College, West Virginia University, and Chowan University.

January Update

We are moving forward with making plans for the renovations and additions to Caroline High School and Madison Elementary.   Plans will be developed so that we can hopefully proceed with both of these projects by the summer of 2014. The Capital Improvements Plan committee developed a review committee and 17 architectural firms submitted proposals.  The review committee narrowed it down to three finalists on December 12, 2013 and recommended to the board the architectural firm of OWPR.  We have entered into negations with them. I would like to express thanks to the community for their strong support for the children of Caroline county.

During the month of January the school system budget process for the 2014-2015 school year is in full swing. We have been working on a “bare bones” budget due to increased mandates and a massive need for technology and instructional materials, including textbooks. The School Board has given priority to instruction, staffing and fixing the salary scales.  In order to be competitive with surrounding counties, our salary scales for teachers and support staff must be addressed. We continue to ask for your support in our quest to build an adequately funded budget which will provide for the education that each child deserves.  As important dates arise, I will make sure to place those on this blog.

Two Uniform Forums were held on November 19, 2013 and December 17, 2013, to present the findings of the uniform committee and gather public input on uniforms.  The information from these forums will be provided to the Caroline County School Board so that they will be informed of the parent and public opinion.

Caroline High School is offering a SAT prep course after school.  They are also planning a Saturday Boot Camp for juniors before the spring test is taken.  There is a small fee for each of these courses.  We suggest that a student go to their counselor for advice in taking the SAT tests.  Please contact your child’s counselor if you are interested in your child attending either of these prep courses.  We encourage parental support to prepare their children for the SAT tests.

The Sheriff’s Department has provided CCPS with CDs to help parents monitor their child’s computer.  These CDs will be available in each school’s office.  Parents will be required to sign for them, as well as provide their email address.  Each school will receive 20 CDs for distribution. These were provided through a grant that the Sherriff’s Department was awarded.

December Update

We are excited about the passing of the Bond Referendum and are moving forward with making plans for the renovations and additions to Caroline High School and Madison Elementary.  A committee made up of school personnel and community members will be used to choose an architectural firm and plans will be developed so that we can hopefully proceed with both of these projects by the summer of 2014.  I would like to express thanks to the community for their strong support for the children of Caroline county.

During the month of December the school system budget process for the 2014-2015 school year is in full swing. We continue to ask for your support in our quest to build an adequately funded budget which will provide for the education that each child deserves.  As important dates arise, I will make sure to place those on this blog.  The primary focus of the budget will be to address salary raises for all staff so that we can retain the best possible staff to meet the needs of the children.

I would like to give kudos to the Caroline Middle School History Club for planning and arranging the 38th Parallel Dedication Ceremony on Veteran’s Day.  It was well attended and very moving.  Many could be seen wiping tears.  This club showed perseverance in their vision for the historical marker and it paid off.  I appreciate Kevin Whiteman, Scott Moser, Sara Gibson, Ruth Judd and the Board of Supervisors for their involvement in this program.  This is an example of great community involvement and setting an example for our children.

There will be a Uniform Forum and meeting on November 19, 2013 and December 17, 2013, both at 6:00, to present the findings of the uniform committee and gather public input on uniforms.  The information from these forums will be provided to the Caroline County School Board so that they will be informed of the parent and public opinion.  The November 19th meeting will be at Bowling Green Elementary School and the December 17th meeting will be held at Lewis and Clark Elementary School in the cafeterias.

Just a reminder that Lewis and Clark Elementary School is developing the Lewis and Clark Educational Trail, which will create an interactive experience for kids, provide the opportunity for creative play, and offer standards-based learning in the great outdoors.  In addition to creating a trail that is environmental, educational, and physical, this project will beautify the front of Lewis and Clark Elementary and establish a one-of-a-kind symbol of pride for students, teachers, and parents of Caroline County.  If you wish to make a donation, buy a brick, volunteer, or give resources, please call the school at 804-448-0175.  Engraved bricks are selling for $100, along with larger gift levels to reach their fundraising goal.  Additional information and an order form can be located at: http://lces.ccps.us/parents-students/educationaltrail/

The Sheriff’s Department has provided CCPS with CDs to help parents monitor their child’s computer.  These CDs will be available in each school’s office.  Parents will be required to sign for them, along with their email address.  Each school will receive 20 CDs for distribution. These were provided through a grant that the Sherriff’s Department was awarded.

Novemeber Update

We are in the process of making plans for the renovations and additions to Caroline High School and Madison Elementary.  These are needed for additional classrooms due to growing enrollment and safety concerns.  Students at these schools deserve adequate facilities that foster a safe environment and support strong instruction.  A Bond referendum will be placed on the ballot for the November 5th election.  Community support is greatly needed for these projects.  More information on these projects can be found here: http://www.ccps.us/2013/09/capital-improvement-projects-power-point/

American Education Week, November 18-22, 2013, presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education.  I truly believe that we have some of the best professional staff in Virginia who work hard to provide a quality education to our children every day.

Lewis and Clark Elementary School is developing the Lewis and Clark Educational Trail, which will create an interactive experience for kids, provide an opportunity for creative play, and offer standards-based learning in the great outdoors.  In addition to creating a trail that is environmental, educational, and physical, this project will beautify the front of Lewis and Clark and establish a one-of-a-kind symbol of pride for students, teachers, and parents of Caroline County.  If you wish to make a donation, buy a brick, volunteer, or give resources, please call the school at 804-448-0175.  Engraved bricks are selling for $100, along with larger gift levels to reach their fundraising goal.  Additional information and an order form can be located at: http://lces.ccps.us/parents-students/educationaltrail/

The community is invited to Caroline Middle School’s History Club Dedication Ceremony for the 38th Parallel Korean War Memorial.  It is being held on November 11, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.  The ceremony will be held in the Caroline High School parking lot on the corner of Devil’s Three Jump and Route 207.  If you are interested in purchasing a Memorial Brick for $50.00 please fill out the order form located at: http://cms.ccps.us/2013/09/11/support-the-history-club-and-purchase-korean-war-memorial-brick/

I would like to congratulate all of our CTE students from CHS on their accomplishments at the Virginia State Fair this year! The CHS FFA partnered with the Virginia Cooperative Extension to have a demonstration garden filled with different crops from the state.  The CHS Fine Arts department had great success at the state fair winning15 ribbons for 29 works of art submitted including 2 best in category ribbons.

I would also like to congratulate the CHS Athletic Training Department on winning the “2013 Day in the Life of an Athletic Trainer” contest hosted by SportsHealth.  The department won $2,500 in gift cards for use at SportHealth, which the department will use for equipment to help with rehabilitative services for injuries.

I want to encourage parents, grandparents, and community members to become involved in our children and young adults’ lives.  Our schools are implementing a new Volunteer Program.  Please visit our website under Volunteers for information and to access the application.

October Update

Another great school year has begun and the students in Caroline County are engaged in learning. As I walk through the schools, I see activities and lessons that involve the students in hands on learning and research based strategies.

We are in the process of making plans for the renovations and additions to Caroline High School and Madison Elementary.  These are needed due to growing enrollment and safety concerns.  Students at these schools deserve adequate facilities that foster a safe environment and support strong instruction.  Community support is greatly needed for these projects.

At the September 9, 2013 School Board meeting, elementary students who achieved a 600 (perfect score) on one or more SOL tests, were recognized and given a certificate.  The auditorium was packed with proud parents, grandparents, and community members.  We are very proud of these students who have excelled on these assessments.  The middle and high school students will be recognized at the October 14th School Board meeting.

The new Bowling Green Elementary is nearing completion.  It has been wonderful to see the teachers, administrators, and community members come together to help with this project.  A Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is planned for November 8, 2013 at 9:30 at BGE.  Please come out and celebrate with us!

Lewis and Clark Elementary School is developing the Lewis and Clark Educational Trail, which will create an interactive experience for kids, provide the opportunity for creative play, and offer standards-based learning in the great outdoors.  In addition to creating a trail that is environmental, educational, and physical, this project will beautify the front of Lewis and Clark Elementary and establish a one-of-a-kind symbol of pride for students, teachers, and parents of Caroline County.  If you wish to make a donation, buy a brick, volunteer, or give resources, please call the school at 804-448-0175.  Engraved bricks are selling for $100, along with larger gift levels to reach their fundraising goal.  Additional information and an order form can be located at: http://lces.ccps.us/parents-students/educationaltrail/

The community is invited to Caroline Middle School’s History Club Dedication Ceremony for the 38th Parallel Korean War Memorial.  It is being held on November 11, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.  The ceremony will be held in the Caroline High School parking lot closest to the Caroline Middle School.  If you are interested in purchasing a Memorial Brick for $50.00, please fill out the order form located on the Caroline Middle School website.

October is Disability History and Awareness Month.  Students with disabilities often encounter challenges when joining in school and community activities that students without disabilities do not face. Increasing public knowledge, awareness, and understanding of disabilities will help to ensure full participation of students with disabilities into the life of their schools and communities.  Helping to make others aware of the contributions that people with disabilities have made in Virginia promotes inclusive communities.

School Bus Safety Week is October 21-25, 2013.  The theme for this year is “Stand Back From the Yellow and Black”.  Please remember to review the bus safety rules with your child.

October 20-26, 2013 is Read Aloud to a Child Week.  The theme this year is “Environmental Awareness”.  Reading aloud is one of the most effective techniques that teachers and parents can use to positively impact their children’s success in school and in life.  Some of the benefits of reading aloud are increased vocabulary, listening skills, creativity, and imagination.

October 14-18, 2013 is National School Lunch Week.  This program offers nutritious, low cost meals which help to foster good health and habits in our students.

I want to encourage parents, grandparents, and community members to become involved in our children and young adults’ lives.  Our schools are implementing a new Volunteer Program.  Please visit our website under Volunteers for information and to access the application.

September Update

Welcome back!

On September 3, 2013, an exciting and wonderful new school year began. We welcomed our new teachers to our schools on August 13, 2013. They are highly qualified and ready to do a great job teaching our students.

There are many new and exciting things going on at our schools and throughout our school system. Our teachers have been working hard throughout the summer to prepare for the 2013-14 school-year, as have our custodians and maintenance staff preparing the schools and grounds. The technology department has completed the countywide fiber-optic wide-area-network. We are excited about the construction at the new Bowling Green Elementary School and we plan to have a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony after school begins. This newly renovated and enlarged school ensures that our students will receive a quality education in a facility that provides a safe and secure environment. We are excited about having a school that reflects the warmth and enthusiasm of the staff and administration.

I would like to welcome back all of our returning students, and I would like to welcome our new students. Caroline County Public Schools is a great school division with a major focus on student achievement and safety. We are proud to be “Caroline.” Please visit each school web site to keep updated on upcoming school events.

I want to encourage parents, grandparents, and community members to become involved in our children and young adults lives. Our schools are implementing a new Volunteer Program. Please visit our website under Volunteers for information and to access the application. We have a great school division with many opportunities, and we have an elite group of teachers and support staff.

It is my hope that everyone had a restful and blessed summer, and I am excited and looking forward to an outstanding 2013-14 school year.

June Update

As we come to the conclusion of another great school year, we would like to take time to thank all of the parents of CCPS students for trusting in us to provide a quality education for all.

As our budget process is finalized for the 2013-2014 school year, we want to continue to move forward with our plans for the renovations and additions to Caroline High School and Madison Elementary School.  On May 28th the School Board and Board of Supervisors approved a Bond Referendum for these projects. These are needed due to growing enrollment and current safety concerns.  Students at these schools deserve adequate facilities that foster a safe environment and support strong instruction.  Community support is greatly needed for these projects.  Please click on this link for pictures comparing Caroline High School to other counties and renovations to Madison Elementary.

The School Board voted at the April 15th meeting to move forward with school uniforms.  A committee has been formed, and the first meeting was held in May to discuss a uniform policy for both students and staff.  We appreciate your support as we move forward with this transition which will help minimize disruptive behavior, promote respect for oneself and others, build school/community spirit, and more significantly, help to maintain high academic standards.

Caroline County Public Schools recognized a Support Staff of the Year.  Nominees came from each school, maintenance, custodians, transportation and the school board administrative assistant staff.  The following were the nominees for Support Staff of the Year:  Fern Wilcox (BGP), Gladys Whitner (BGE), Elsa Monroe (LCES), Isabel Rivera (MES), Helen Jones (CHS), Melanie Terrell (SBO), Frank Carneal (Maintenance), and Gertie Bowman (Transportation).  The Caroline County Public Schools Support Staff of the Year announced at the April 23rd Recognition Banquet was Shermeka Baker-Latney.  Congratulations!!!! 

We also want to recognize our retirees who have dedicated many years to the students of Caroline County Public Schools.  The following employees are retiring:  Frances Carmack, Deborah Coleman, Ollie Clark, Carolyn DeShazo, Susan Huffman, Diane Griffis, Carolyn Carter, Diane Palmer, Vernessa Ware, Ann Dudley, Betty Dixon, Geneva Jeter, and Lisa Roarty.  We wish them many years of an enjoyable and healthy retirement.

Beginning in the 2013-14 school year, Caroline Middle School will be offering a pilot school-within-a-school concept using an online format.  Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 who are identified as either gifted or academically focused based on obtaining certain advanced proficiency level performance scores in any or all of the reading, math, science, and/or social studies assessments will be eligible.  Please contact CMS for applications.

We would like to take time to say congratulations to the Caroline High School graduating class of 2013. We wish them great success in their future endeavors. Many of these students are moving on to college. We commend their desire and drive to extend their education and learning.  Some of the colleges to which these students have been accepted include: American University, Culinary Institute of Virginia, East Carolina University, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, The Art Institute of Philadelphia, University of Florida, University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

Many of our schools have a summer reading program that they encourage the students to take part in during the summer.  We would like to stress the importance of students reading over the summer.  This keeps their minds fresh, active, and constantly learning.  Please encourage your child to visit the library and find books that interest them.  Set aside 15-20 minutes each day of quiet time for your child to read.

We hope that all of our Caroline County Public Schools families have a safe, restful, and enjoyable summer.  We will look forward to seeing the shining faces of our returning students in August.

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