Caroline County Public Schools (Virginia) will be CLOSED on Thursday, March 5, 2015, for students and staff. Twelve-month employees are on code Orange.

Saturday, March 14, 2015
11th Annual Family Fair – 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Caroline Middle School. FREE admission, FREE lunch, FREE child supervision with participating adult. Adults attend a choice of 3 informational sessions, more than 45 vendors, FREE blood pressure & child find developmental screenings, Door Prizes. Pre-Registration preferred-not required. Please pre-register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FamilyFair2015-Registration or sgayle@ccps.us or call 804-633-7083. Information also available at: http://prc.blogs.ccps.us/

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!!!!