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 students in hands on learning and research based strategies.
We are in the process of making plans for renovations and additions to Caroline High School and Madison Elementary. These are needed due to growing enrollment and safety concerns. At the School Board meeting on October 13, 2014, the plans for both projects will be approved.
At the School Board meeting on September 8, 2014, 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 13, 2014 School Board meeting.
Groundbreaking ceremonies at CHS and MES have occurred, as a kick off to the new construction. This is an exciting time for our students, staff, and community. Please go to ccps.us for updates on these projects.
The first meeting of the CCPS Assessment Review Team was held on Monday, September 22, 2014, with fifteen of the twenty members present. Team members included parents, teachers, and building and division level administrators. A discussion of the current practice of using assessments to direct instruction included information on assessments that are required by the state, those implemented by the school division, and those used by teachers. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 21, 2014. Parents, teachers, staff, and community members who have suggestions or concerns they would like for the assessment team to consider are asked to put them in writing. Please send them to Dr. Daryl Chesley, Director of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mrs. Kathleen Beane, Director of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction (email@example.com).
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.
National School Bus Safety Week is October 20-24, 2014. The theme for this year is “At my Stop, you Stop!” Please remember to review the bus safety rules with your child. National School Bus Safety Week, an active and evolving public education program,ˇis an excellent way for everyone – parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties – to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety. Designed to promote school bus safety, school districts throughout the country have been observing a School Bus Safety Week – held during the third week in October each year.
“Read Aloud to a Child Week” is observed October 19-25, 2014. The theme this year is “Perseverance”. 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.
National School Lunch Week is observed October 13-17, 2014. This program offers nutritious, low cost meals which help to foster good health and habits in our students. Please download our new App called Nutrislice, which can be accessed at ccps.nutrislice.com. The App can be used to get daily menus along with nutritional information.
I want to encourage parents, grandparents, and community members to become involved in our children and young adults’ lives. Please visit our website under Volunteers for information and to access the application.
Below are important events that are taking place in each of the schools in October. Please contact your child’s school for additional information on the following events:
Bowling Green Elementary
|September 29th – October 9th||Book Fair||————|
|October 9th||Title 1 PAC Information Night and Dinner||5:45 p.m. -7:30 p.m.|
|October 13th- 17th||National School Lunch Week||————-|
|October 15th||Take Your Parents to Lunch Day||11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.|
|October 24th||Muffins for Moms||8:45 a.m.|
Lewis and Clark Elementary
|October 2nd||Parent Coffee||9:00 a.m.|
|October 3rd||Picture Day||———–|
|October 6th||PTA Skateland||6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.|
|October 13th-17th||Book Fair
Book Fair Family Night
4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
|October 17th||PTA Costume Ball Dance||6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.|
|October 21st||PTA meeting||6:30 p.m.|
|October 24th||School Spirit day
|Grade level times vary. Please contact the school office for times.|
|October 28th and 29th||Parent conferences||4:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.|
|October 31st||Story Book Character Day||————-|
|October 3rd||PTA Student Movie||4:00 p.m.|
|October 10th||PTA Talent Show Auditions||4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.|
|October 16th||PTA Meeting||4:30 p.m.|
|October 24th||Career Day||1:00 p.m. ? 3:30 p.m.|
|October 27th – 31st||School Spirit Week||———–|
|October 27th||Honors Assemblies||K & 1st- 9:10 a.m.
2nd & 3rd – 10:00 a.m.
4th & 5th – 2:10 p.m.
|October 28th||Parent/Teacher Conferences
Guiseppe’s Spirit Night
|4:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
|October 30th||Parent/Teacher Conferences||4:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.|
Caroline Middle School
|October 8th-15th||Benchmark Testing||————-|
|October 18th||CMS Strings play at Harvest Festival in Bowling Green||————-|
|October 22nd||Parent Coffee/Workshop||6:30 p.m.|
|October 24th||Student of the Month Recognition
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
|October 30th||Picture Day & Club Picture Day||————-|
Caroline High School
|October 3rd , 17th and 31st||Football Game||7:00 p.m.|
|October 11th||Fall Fun Day||8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.|