Preschool Registration and Kindergarten Enrollment

CCPS continues with preschool registration and kindergarten enrollment! Information can be found on the homepage of the CCPS website and families can begin the process by completing the required documents using LINQ, the online registration system. If your child will turn age 5 prior to September 30th, then he/she is eligible for kindergarten. If your child is 4 years old prior to September 30th, then he/she may qualify for preschool. We encourage families to begin the process early. Summertime is on time for preschool and kindergarten registration!

2021-22 CCPS Virtual Academy

Greetings CCPS and Caroline County home school families,

If you were unable to attend the April 22 or 29 Virtual Academy informational sessions for rising students in grades 3-12, please view the recording of the presentation linked below. There is also a link to some frequently asked questions that have been generated to provide further information. If you would like to express interest in the virtual academy, please contact your child’s school by Friday, April 30, 2021.

Testing Reminders

Required state testing for students in grades 3-12 begins Tuesday, 4/27/21 and continues through 5/21/21.    Read the information below or click on the link to access the attached infographic with important testing reminders.

Testing Reminders.pdf

Get plenty of sleep and eat a health breakfastA well-rested and well-fed student equals focus and stamina.

Steady and Slow Pace yourself on test day and use your test taking strategies. Do not stay on one question for too long. Use the available tools on the test. Show your work on the provided scratch paper. Do your best!

 

Charge your device. Do not forget to charge your device the night before. Bring your charger to school on the day of testing.

Prepare for testing before testing day.  In person and virtual students who are taking the SOL:  Practice items are available on the web-based Test Nav site. Virtual students who are taking the Remote Progress Test:  Visit the Virginia Remote Student Progress site to complete a browser checkup, access practice items, and view troubleshooting information before test day.

CCPS 2021 Employee Recognitions

2021 CCPS Teacher of the Year – Doug Allison

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Congratulations to Doug Allison, Caroline County Public Schools Teacher of the Year! Mr. Allison is a health and physical education teacher and the head football coach at Caroline High School. Doug has been with Caroline County Public Schools since March 2018. Mr. Allison received his Bachelor of Science degree in History from Randolph Macon College and his Master’s of Education degree from George Mason University.

Joshua Just, CHS Principal, states, “Coach Allison has re-invented teaching in the past year to meet the needs of both in person and virtual learners. Doug’s enthusiasm is contagious and observable during his social emotional check in policy, which has allowed him to connect with all learners. Coach truly cares about instruction and the overall well being of all students under his direction.” As head football coach, Coach Allison has orchestrated food drives, car washes, and programs for elementary schools to demand higher player accountability, community engagement, and G.R.I.T.!

Mr. Allison will represent Caroline County Public Schools in the Region III Teacher of the Year process. We are thankful to Doug for his dedication to the children of Caroline and are proud to call Coach Allison, Teacher of the Year for the 2021-2022 school year.

2021 CCPS Novice Teacher of the Year – Kyle Turton

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Congratulations to Kyle Turton (second from the left), Caroline County Public Schools Novice Teacher of the Year! Mr. Turton is a history teacher at Caroline Middle School. Kyle has been with Caroline County Public Schools since July 2019. Mr. Turton received his Bachelor of Science degree in Inclusive Adolescent Education/History from St. John Fisher College in New York.

Corinne Griggs, CMS Principal, states, “Mr. Turton is thoughtful when interacting with students, taking into consideration their individual needs and abilities to support learning and safety. Kyle has built strong relationships with his students resulting in higher engagement in the classroom.” Mr. Turton’s ability to connect extends well beyond the classroom walls. Kyle serves as a Destination Imagination coach, as well as a host of various clubs for students to engage in during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Caroline County Public Schools is proud to call Kyle Turton its Novice Teacher of the Year for the 2021-22 school year.

2021 CCPS Support Staff employee of the year

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Congratulations to Tracey Robinson, Caroline County Public Schools Support Staff of the Year! Mrs. Robinson has been a paraprofessional at Madison Elementary School since November 2011.

Teresa Hicks, MES Principal, states “Mrs. Robinson comes to work everyday with a smile, positive attitude, and willingness to do what she can to support her team and students.” For the past 10 years, Tracey has supported the MES Kindergarten team and students. Mrs. Robinson was nominated by a staff member at Madison and in her nomination submission, the staff member wrote, “As you enter a Kindergarten classroom that Mrs. Robinson is supporting, you may not know which one of us is the teacher.” Mrs. Robinson is extremely involved in the day to day instruction that takes place.

Caroline County Public Schools is proud to call Tracey Robinson its Support Staff of the Year for the 2021-22 school year.

Caroline County Public Schools is also proud to recognize the winners for Teacher of the Year at each of our schools.

Bowling Green Elementary – Megan Satterwhite
Lewis and Clark Elementary – Pualani Smith
Madison Elementary – Amber Mauney
Caroline Middle School – Sharon Swanton
Caroline High School – Doug Allison

Caroline County Public Schools would also like to recognize the school winners for Novice Teacher of the Year at each of our schools.

Bowling Green Elementary – Meghan McReynolds
Lewis and Clark Elementary – Nicole Bagley
Madison Elementary – Shayuna Olson
Caroline Middle School – Kyle Turton
Caroline High School – Lorin Mello

Caroline County Public Schools would also like to recognize the school winners for Support Staff of the Year at each of our schools.

Bowling Green Elementary – Sade Pleasants
Lewis and Clark Elementary – Jessica Boyd
Madison Elementary – Tracey Robinson
Caroline Middle School – Quintara Freeman
Caroline High School – Delonte Coleman
Central Office – Vicki Morrow

Caroline Cruiser

CCPS is excited to announce that the Caroline Cruiser is ready to hit the road. In the coming days and weeks you will see the Cruiser traveling around the community visiting community businesses and neighborhoods. Our community bus will be full of materials and supplies and be a helpful resource for our students and families. Caroline County Public Schools would like to thank the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Value City/American Signature, Drainfield Solutions, Hornes Restaurant, Sonny Merryman, Spirit of Excellence, the Rollins Family & the Wilson Family for donating to wrap the bus!

#OneCaroline

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Spring Testing for Students in Grades 3-11

Caroline County Public Schools will administer Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments from April 26 to May 26, 2021. Parents and guardians of virtual students will need to complete an online form to facilitate logistics related to SOL testing. Please review the following information and complete the online form by Monday, March 15, 2021.

 SOL Testing Information for 2021

All school divisions in Virginia are required to administer SOL assessments which are designed to measure students’ mastery of the standards. These assessments may also be used for students to earn verified credits to meet graduation requirements. 

The SOL assessments must be administered in person and test dates this year will depend on whether your student is utilizing the in-person learning option or the virtual learning option. 

The following tests will be administered:

Content Grades
Reading 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and EOC*
Mathematics 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and EOC* 
Science 5, 8 and EOC* 
Social Studies EOC* 

* End-of-Course (EOC) tests are associated with high school credit courses used to meet graduation requirements (English 11, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, World History I, World History II, and Virginia and U.S. History). 

Per emergency guidelines, students who are enrolled in World History I and World History II will complete a locally-developed performance task and district common assessment rather than taking the related SOL test. Students will receive a locally awarded verified credit based upon their grade in the course and the results from the local assessments.

Based upon emergency guidelines, the Superintendent of Public Instruction requested and received a state- level waiver to give local divisions the flexibility to choose to administer local alternative assessments in lieu of administering the required Virginia Studies, Civics and Economics, and Grade 8 Writing Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in the 2020-2021 school year. Students will not be administered the Standard of Learning tests in these areas but will complete local alternative assessments that include a combination of performance tasks and accompanying summative assessments in Performance Matters. Parents will receive a division-generated score report at the end of the school year.

In Person Students

Students who have chosen the in-person learning option for spring 2021 will complete SOL tests during the school day on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays within the testing window. Specific test dates and additional information will be shared at a later time.

Virtual Students

Students who have chosen the virtual learning option for spring 2021 will complete SOL tests at school on one or more of the following Wednesdays:  April 28, May 5, 12, or 19.  Transportation will be provided, if needed.  However, please note that if your student utilizes CCPS transportation they will remain at school until the end of the school day.  Additionally, lunch will be provided, as needed. All health and safety procedures will be followed. Specific test dates and additional information will be shared at a later time. 

During this pandemic year, parents can refuse to have their student come in to test for one or more of the required state assessments due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students who do not test because of concerns related to COVID-19  will receive a NS, or no score, on their related assessments. Despite these special circumstances, results from the SOL assessments provide important information to help monitor student learning and provide instructional support. Schools are expected to meet SOL participation requirements and may have federal / state imposed required actions for not meeting those targets. In addition, some SOL tests are needed for students to earn verified credits in order to meet graduation requirements. Students only need a 350 on a SOL passed this year in order to earn a locally awarded verified credit for that course. If a student does not complete testing for a course with an accompanying verified credit, they will be required to test in a future SOL administration.