Caroline County Public Schools is thrilled to announce the launch of a new primary critical thinking program called Young Explorers. Young Explorers is designed to address a wide variety of critical thinking skills and strategies and to challenge students to think in different ways. The goal of the program is to recognize and cultivate the talents and abilities of all children in Caroline County at an early age, as well as identify students who may be underrepresented in the gifted program. Gifted specialists and classroom teachers collaborate to plan and teach these daily lessons that address topics such as mindset, memory, deductive reasoning, vocabulary, algebraic thinking and more. The program is implemented at the second grade level in all three elementary schools in Caroline County including Bowling Green, Madison and Lewis and Clark.
CCPS is committed to increasing achievement for all students through a variety of best practices, innovative teaching strategies, data analysis, differentiation, and providing students a safe and caring learning environment. As we strive to achieve excellence at the state and national levels,it is pertinent that we recognize the needs of all students, particularly culturally diverse and economically disadvantaged students who may not be reaching their full potential. By implementing the Young Explorers program and observing students more closely, we will have a better understanding of each student who comes through our doors and respond appropriately to their feelings, behaviors, and needs. CCPS is very dedicated to providing classrooms where potential is actively nurtured and valued.
The Young Explorers program was developed by CCPS gifted specialists Barbara Miller, Lindsey Rose, and Chelsea Spiegel. Dr. Joanne Jones, Director of Curriculum shared, “Caroline is excited about the potential of the program and would like to thank Chesterfield and Hanover Counties for their collaborative support and shared successes with similar programs.”
Caroline County Public Schools would like to cordially invite you to an exciting evening on October 6, 2017. We will begin from 4pm to 5:30pm with tours of the newly renovated Caroline High School. We will then hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:30pm to mark this special occasion followed by the 2017 Homecoming Parade and a tailgate for you to enjoy.
We hope that you can make plans to attend this monumental time in our schools history as we have just recently approved our 5 year strategic plan, Pathways 2022, which will also be highlighted at the event.
PDF print version of invitational flyer
In celebration of the roll out of the new Caroline County Public School’s Strategic Plan, Pathways 2022, CCPS is launching “October Outreach: Project 22.”
The Strategic Plan includes a goal for School and Community Relationships which fosters the involvement of families in the education of their students. The October initiative strives to highlight ways the schools and community can work together.
“October Outreach” will highlight ways parents and students can contribute to the community through volunteerism and generosity. Each student, teacher, family, and community member/business partner is asked to log 22 acts of kindness and/or participation. A kick-off video will be shared with students and faculty, and each student will receive a flyer listing 22 ideas for contribution. Students are encouraged to return the flyer listing their personal choice of volunteerism to his/her school by November 3, 2017.
As October nears, ask yourself how YOU could support the schools and community. Could you read to a child for 22 minutes? Could your pantry spare 22 canned goods for a Caroline food bank? Could you spare 22 minutes to attend a school sporting event? Could you write 22 notes of encouragement? No act of kindness is too small. In the spirit of Pathways 2022, support your school and community!
October Outreach 22 Ways
Volunteer 22 Minutes in a CCPS School
Donate 22 Canned Food Items to a Caroline Organization/Food Bank
Read for 22 Minutes Per Day
Donate 22 School Supplies to a CCPS School
Read 22 Books in October
Donate $22 to a Hurricane Relief Fund
Write 22 Notes of Encouragement
Give 22 Compliments
Perform 22 Random Acts of Kindness
Donate 22 Items to Hurricane Relief Efforts (Diapers, Baby Wipes, Adult Depends, Hygiene Products, and Household Cleaning Items)
Recycle 22 Items at Home
Learn 22 New Words
Complete 22 Minutes of Physical Activity Per Day
Engage in 22 Minutes/Day of Non-Screen Time
Complete 22 Minutes of Studying Per Day
Volunteer 22 Minutes of School/Community Beautification
Meet 22 New Colleagues/Students
Donate 22 Trinkets for the Classroom/Homeroom Goody-Box
Complete 22 Minutes of Coding Per Week (Code.org., Madewithcode.com)
Attend a School Function for a Least 22 Minutes
Complete 22 Minutes of Journaling, Drawing, or Instrument Playing Per Week
Paint and Hide 22 Rocks
PDF print version of promotional flyer
CCPS is excited to partner with the Caroline Education Foundation to offer teachers/educators the opportunity to apply for a CEF Innovation Grant. A total of $3,500 in funding is available for the 2017-2018 school year. Innovation Grants encourage and reward creative instructional approaches supportive of college and career readiness, technology integration, critical thinking/problem solving, STEM/STEAM, project based learning, cross-curricular literacy, student leadership/collaboration, etc.
Best wishes as to CCPS educators as they embark on the grant writing journey! Please note, all grant related documents can be located on the CCPS website under the Community tab (click on Foundation).