CCPS Summer Reading Program

Enjoy a good book this summer!

CCPS believes that all students should continue reading during summer months to improve academic skills.  Research shows that students who read during the summer retain more learning and begin the school year more prepared than those who do not engage in reading.

We have compiled a list of books that are thought provoking, informative, inspiring, and will capture your interest!  All students should read at least one title.  Advanced students should read at least two titles.  We encourage parents to participate in the book selection.  If there are concerns about
a recommended title, please encourage your child to select a different book to read.

Get your summer book list on your school’s website:

Books can be found at local libraries and through local book vendors.  Visit your local library this summer!

Staffing Updates

Director of Elementary Education Announced for Caroline County Public Schools

Mrs. Terrie Haley was named the new Director of Elementary Education at the special called Caroline County School Board meeting on July 1, 2019.
Mrs. Haley graduated from Norfolk State University with her Bachelors of Arts Degree in English. She has a Master’s of Science Degree in Educational Leadership from Hood College.
Mrs. Haley has been principal at Madison Elementary School since July 2015. Prior to this appointment, she was an assistant principal at Caroline Middle School from 2013-2014 and assistant principal at Lewis and Clark Elementary School from 2014-2015.
Mrs. Haley’s instructional expertise, growth mindset, and strong professional demeanor will be assets in this role. Her knowledge and commitment to the division’s strategic plan, Pathways 2022, will focus Mrs. Haley’s work in this new position. Welcome!
The position of Director of Elementary Education has been restructured from the Director of Leadership and Improvement.

Terrie Haley
Terrie Haley

Principal Announced for Madison Elementary School

Ms. Teresa Hicks was named the new Principal for Madison Elementary School at the special called Caroline County School Board meeting on July 1, 2019.
Ms. Hicks graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with her Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education in Special Education. Ms. Hicks has an endorsement in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia.
Prior to becoming Assistant Principal at Madison Elementary in 2015, Ms. Hicks served as a special education, kindergarten, and first grade teacher with Caroline County Public Schools. She was named Madison Elementary’s Teacher of the Year in 2001, 2002, and 2004.
Ms. Hicks begins her tenure as Principal with extensive knowledge of the Madison community: students, staff, parents, and business partners. Her extensive understanding of the “Mustang Way” will enable Ms. Hicks to continue the momentum that she has contributed to over the past three decades.
Caroline County Public Schools welcomes Ms. Hicks to her new role as principal of Madison Elementary School.

Teresa Hicks
Teresa Hicks

Principal Announced for Bowling Green Elementary School

Mrs. Cynthia Heckstall was named the new Principal of Bowling Green Elementary School at the special called Caroline County School Board meeting on July 1, 2019.
Mrs. Heckstall graduated from Fairmont State University with her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Elementary Education. She has a Master’s of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and an endorsement in Administration and Supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Mrs. Heckstall has been a principal with Richmond City Public Schools since August 2016. Prior to this appointment, she was an assistant principal with Richmond City Public Schools for eight years. Her extensive instructional experience, strong understanding of social emotional learning, and strength in teacher retention and recruitment will be tremendous assets to the BGES school community.
Mrs. Heckstall will be providing opportunities for teachers and parents to meet and greet her, along with sharing her vision for the Bowling Green Elementary School community.
Mrs. Heckstall will begin her new position on July 2, 2019. Caroline County Public Schools welcomes Mrs. Cynthia Heckstall.

Cynthia Heckstall
Cynthia Heckstall

Dr. Joanne Jones Departure for New Position

Caroline County Public Schools wishes Dr. Joanne Jones well as she transitions at the end of July to Newport News Public Schools to serve as Executive Director of Curriculum and Development.
While serving as CCPS Director of Curriculum and Instruction since July 2016, Dr. Jones was instrumental in the success of the following curriculum and instructional initiatives: 6-12 Chromebook rollout, Math/History textbook adoptions, professional learning community implementation (PLCs), professional development planning/delivery, and Units of Study Writing Program selection/implementation.
We wish Dr. Jones well in this new endeavor. The former Director of Curriculum and Instruction position has been restructured to Director of Secondary Education for the 2019-2020 school year. We welcome Mrs. Karen Foster, former CMS Principal, to this position.

Dr. Joanne Jones
Dr. Joanne Jones

Director of Secondary Education Announced for Caroline County Public Schools

Mrs. Karen Foster was named the new Director of Secondary Education at the special called Caroline County School Board meeting on July 1, 2019.
Mrs. Foster graduated from James Madison University with both her Bachelors of Science and Master of Education degrees. Mrs. Foster has been the Principal at Caroline Middle School since June 2017. During this time, CMS achieved math SOL accreditation, increased achievement in reading, and decreased disciplinary infractions. As CMS Principal, Mrs. Foster also supported the 1:1 Chromebook initiative, offered numerous social emotional learning supports, and implemented the use of new history/math textbooks and the Units of Study writing program.
Prior to coming to Caroline, Mrs. Foster was the Principal and Assistant Principal of Post Oak Middle School in Spotsylvania. She also served in Stafford County for 15 years in a variety of positions, including a high school teacher, County Behavior Specialist, Assistant Principal, and as a Supervisor for Special Education at the Central Office level.
Mrs. Foster’s secondary expertise, instructional knowledge, and professionalism will be tremendous assets in this new role. Caroline County Public Schools welcomes Mrs. Karen Foster as the Director of Secondary Education

Karen Foster
Karen Foster

Mrs. Dolly Lindsay, Director of Instructional and Federal Programs Announces Retirement

Mrs. Dolly Lindsay announced her plans to retire from Caroline County Public Schools on July 1, 2019. Mrs. Lindsay served the students, staff, and families of Caroline County Public Schools for eighteen years. She has served as the Director of Instructional and Federal Programs for the past 11 years. Prior to serving in this capacity, Mrs. Lindsay served as principal at both Bowling Green Primary and Bowling Green Elementary and assistant principal at Caroline Middle School. Prior to her appointment with Caroline County Public Schools, she served as an administrator, student services coordinator, teacher consultant, department chairperson, and teacher at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Michigan, California, and Minnesota.
Mrs. Lindsay will retire with 18 years of employment with Caroline County Public Schools. Congratulations and thank you for your service.

Dolly Lindsay
Dolly Lindsay

Dahlgren Demonstrations at the Summer Academic Program

Dahlgren presented demonstrations for students at the Summer Academic Program last week. This partnership addresses Community Outreach and Critical Thinking, as outlined in CCPS Strategic Plan, Pathways 2022. The students learned about electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics and aerodynamics, chemical reactions and vacuums. We look forward to more collaboration with Dahlgren in the future to support our STEM instruction!

Teachers with students
Teachers worked with students to make their own slime.

Freshmen Transition

Welcome to all CHS rising freshmen! The Freshmen Transition program will provide tips for excelling next school year, allow you to meet members of the staff, and get to know your peers. Please register today for a fun and informative time! We are excited to meet the new members of the Cavalier family. Go to Freshmen Transition Registration to register.

Principal Announced for Caroline High School

Mr. Joshua Just was named the new Principal of Caroline High School at the Caroline County School Board meeting on June 10, 2019.

Mr. Just graduated from Bethany College with his Bachelors of Science Degree in Chemistry. He has a Master’s of Arts Degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix.

Mr. Just has been an Assistant Principal at Atlee High School since June 2018. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Principal at Caroline High School from 2015-2018. Mr. Just was also the Director of Student Activities at Hanover High School from 2013-2015.

Mr. Just will begin his new position on July 1, 2019. Caroline County Public Schools welcomes Mr. Joshua Just.

Caroline County teacher receives free “Thank-You” vacation

Thousands of Virginia educators received a thank-you note in the Virginia Lottery’s Thank a Teacher campaign. One lucky Virginia teacher received that and a lot more! Laura Callahan, fifth grade teacher at Lewis and Clark Elementary School in Caroline County, won a four-day, three-night Virginia-themed vacation courtesy of the Lottery and the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

Callahan’s name was drawn from nearly 5,000 entries submitted by teachers who entered a special code from their thank-you notes in the prize drawing. On May 24, Virginia Lottery officials surprised Callahan at her school with the good news. She now has a choice of taking a Virginia-themed mountain-lovers or wine-lovers vacation.

The award-winning Thank a Teacher campaign was held in conjunction with National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10). During that week, more than 50,000 thank-you notes were sent to Virginia K-12 public school teachers by their students, parents or other Virginians. The cards, which could be hard-copy or electronic, each had one of three pieces of artwork designed by Virginia elementary, middle and high school students in the Thank a Teacher Art Contest.

When teachers received the thank-you notes, they could use a unique web code on the note to enter for a chance to win the grand prize.

The Thank a Teacher campaign is a unique partnership between the Virginia Lottery, the Virginia Tourism Corporation, and the Virginia PTA. It’s an initiative to celebrate those teachers whose hard work and inspiration have made a difference in so many lives.

When it comes to education, the Virginia Lottery is good fun for a great cause. For more information and a complete list of Lottery funds distributed to Virginia school districts, visit the Virginia Lottery’s Giving Back page.

Now in its 30th year, the Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.6 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated more than $600 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2018. In addition, more than $14 million in unclaimed Virginia Lottery prizes went to Virginia’s Literary Fund in FY18 for school construction and technology upgrades. For more info, visit our website, download our app, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on YouTube. Please play responsibly.

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Thank a Teacher Winner

CCPS Summer Academic Program

We are excited that your child will be attending the CCPS Summer Academic Program at Caroline Middle School. Please review the following:

• Summer Program, June 3-June 27, 2019 from 8:00-1:00 (Students enter the building at 7:45 AM from the Bus or Parent Transportation).

• Breakfast and lunch will be served daily at no cost to students.

• Transportation is provided. Please look on the division web page on May 24th to check your child’s bus number.

• Routes are designed to stop at K-5 students’ homes unless they live in a community. In communities, there are designated stops. Therefore, if you have small children, please be at the bus stop with them in the mornings and in the afternoons. Routes will be posted on Tuesday, May 28th on the CCPS Web page.

• Parents who are transporting students by car may drop students off at 7:45 AM for breakfast.

• Our academic focus will be in reading and math. However, STEM Days will be planned and K-5 students will participate in one field trip on June 20th to the Caroline County Fair. Information about this trip will be forthcoming, once the program begins.

If you have questions before June 3rd, please contact:
Elementary: Geoff White (804) 448-0175
Middle School: Corinne Griggs (804) 633-6561
High School: Ray Hancock (804) 633-9886
Transportation: (804) 633-6562
Summer School Telephone Number (June 3-27): (804) 633 6561

CCPS FY20 Budget Updates May (Volume 5)

CCPS FY20 Budget Updates May – Vol 5 (Print PDF version)

Education, Awareness, & Advocacy

Education, awareness, and advocacy efforts continue on the FY20 Budget development. Since March, CCPS has had the following budget meetings:

  • Recorded five budget informational videos to update staff and the community on the budget updates;
  • Met with our PTA Presidents, business leaders, and faith advisory committee;
  • Attended the County’s Budget Public Hearing on April 16, 2019;
  • Attended the County’s Budget work session on April 23, 2019;
  • Had a two-on-two meeting with the Board Chairmans and Vice Chairs which included an update on the results of the RFP for health insurance, compensation parity for all Caroline staff, funding sources, and CIP items;
  • Attended the May 14, 2019 Board of Supervisors Meeting for the adoption of the county budget and funding transfer to the schools.

Compensation Update

New FY20 monies received from the state and locality will enable CCPS to implement Phase II of the 2018 compensation study. The implementation of Phase II will result in an average salary increase of 3.38% for all CCPS staff. CCPS desires to recruit and retain highly qualified staff and will continue to request funding in order to continue to provide competitive salaries.

Health Insurance Update

Our last newsletter mentioned that CCPS had gone out for bid to investigate health insurance options for 19-20 plan year. Three carriers declined to quote stating they were not competitive. Anthem quoted both fully insured and self- insured plans utilizing a Healthkeepers product which is a HMO product and has a smaller physician network. Delta Dental also quoted both fully insured and self-insured plans. Based on the analysis of the product offerings, cost, smaller network of physicians and the adverse experience adjustment in which, CCPS would have to pay calculated on the medical claims for the current year to leave the plan, The Local Choice program remains the most cost effective program at this time. For the 19-20 plan year CCPS will offer KeyCare 250 plan, KeyCare 500 plan (new), and the High Deductible plan. CCPS will be monitoring the insurance claims over the next year and also instituting a wellness component for our employees.

FY20 Funding Gap Budget Adjustments

On May 14, 2019, the Board of Supervisors adopted the FY20 budget with the following funding for the schools:

  • $562,000 increase in the operational transfer for a total of $14,190,641
  • $115,214 increase in purchase of school buses for a total of $507,690
  • $43,524 increase for lease payments on prior purchased school buses for a total of $275,372 $145,000 increase for CIP for a total of $254,500
  • $2,221 decrease for local required match to the textbook fund for a total of $141,428
  • $218,719 of the school’s remaining one-time Anthem funds

In a separate motion, the Board of Supervisors approved an additional appropriation for operations in the amount of $350,000.

CCPS is appreciative of the additional support which was approved by the Board of Supervisors. These monies will be used to assist the schools in partially funding the three critical budget priorities: compensation, health insurance increase, and one Standards of Quality position. Despite this support, the CCPS FY20 budget remained with a funding gap of $441,567. To close the gap and to fully fund the FY20 budget priorities, the following budget adjustments were made through natural attrition or internal movement of employees:

  • Eliminate Science teacher
  • Eliminate Spanish teacher
  • Eliminate Math teacher
  • Eliminate 2.0 Special Education teachers
  • Eliminate Diversified Learning para
  • Eliminate 2.0 Special Education paras
  • Eliminate English teacher
  • Eliminate Diversified Learning teacher
  • Eliminate clerical staff position
  • Restructure Coordinator of Special Events position to Coordinator of Safety & Compliance
  • Add Administrative Dean position to elementary school with a population over 900 students
  • Non-compensation reduction of $36,000