Caroline Middle School is pleased to announce that Heather Thompson has been awarded a mathematics grant from Explore Learning. Heather was successful in securing grant funds for a research affirmed math web based program called Reflex Math. The goal of the program is to help all students of all ability levels develop basic fact fluency with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. When students achieve automaticity with basic facts, they attain a level of mastery enabling them to retrieve the facts from long-term memory without conscious effort or attention. Extensive research demonstrates the critical role of fact fluency in middle school and beyond and is underscored by studies that show it is a significant predictor of student performance on achievement tests. Fact fluency can also predict performance on math concept problems, word problems, data interpretation problems, and mathematical reasoning items…all of which are tested on Virginia’s Mathematics Standards of Learning Assessments.

Heather currently teaches seventh grade mathematics and serves a one of our math team leaders. Congratulations, Heather! We are so proud of you and of all your work to promote excellence at Caroline Middle School.

Reminder- The March Caroline County School Board meeting will be held on Monday, March 16, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Caroline Middle School.

Caroline County Public Schools and the Virginia Department of Education join the Virginia Association of Visiting Teachers and School Social Workers (VT/SSW) and the School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA) in celebrating School Social Work Week, March 2-6, 2015. School social workers serve a vital role in supporting schools and school divisions in striving to achieve excellence in education for all students by promoting conditions for learning across home, school and community settings.School social workers provide an ecological holistic approach to ensuring student success. They assist children and families by examining those factors in the home, school and/or community that are impacting a student’s educational success and then assist in reducing those barriers to learning. For many students and families, school social workers are vital in navigating the bureaucracy of school systems and accessing social resources that foster an environment conducive to student success.

School social workers assist teachers and other staff members in understanding a student’s cultural and familial factors and help staff members meet the desired educational outcomes of diverse learners. They assist teachers by providing or directing educators to appropriate resources and by ensuring that they understand their role in the special education process. School social workers/visiting teachers work collaboratively with school personnel and parents to address attendance and truancy issues.

Join me in celebrating School Social Work Week and take a moment to acknowledge your school social workers. We have three school social workers in Caroline County – Sharon Stodulski serving BGES and CHS, Valeta Dixon serving Madison and Lewis and Clark, and Margarete Jeffer serving CMS.
A special thank you to them!!!!

Caroline County Public Schools (Virginia) will be CLOSED on Monday, March 2, 2015, for students and staff. Twelve-month employees report at 10 AM. Essential employees report on time.

Due to VDOT closing of the bridge over the Mattaponi River on Route 606 (Stonewall Jackson Rd.), buses will need to re-route due to detour. Please be patient with the buses as they deal with this change.