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Closing Summer School Letter

Dear Parents/Guardians:

It is hard to believe that summer school is rapidly coming to a close. The summer school program has been extremely rewarding and successful for everyone. Our outstanding instructional staff has provided many meaningful learning experiences and activities for the children. We are also very thankful to the Bowling Green Fire and Rescue Department for a fun learning experience. Your support and encouragement have also been invaluable to their educational success.

Assessments are scheduled for July 23 & 24 (Wednesday and Thursday). A progress report summarizing your child’s performance during summer school will be sent home on the last day, Friday, July 25th. Your child’s home school will also receive a copy of the report to be filed in cumulative folders.

We will have our “End of Summer School Celebration” for elementary students on July 25th to applaud our students’ success. This happy and fun filled celebration will be held in the cafeteria from 12:15-1:00pm. Awards, refreshments, and entertainment will be provided during that time. Dismissal time will remain at 1:00pm. Please feel free to join us for some fun and happiness.

We hope you have found the summer school experience to be meaningful and enjoyable for both you and your child. We have sincerely enjoyed working with such a great group of children and parents. Have a great 2014-2015 school year!

Sincerely,

Carol Blackwell
Elementary Summer School Principal

CCPS Announces New Principal at Bowling Green Elementary School

The School Board approved L. Michelle Jones as the new Principal for Bowling Green Elementary School. She holds one Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University and another Master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Phoenix. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and History, with a minor in Music Education from Fayetteville State University.

Ms. Jones’s administrative experience includes serving as Principal and Assistant Principal at Southside Elementary School in Dinwiddie, Virginia. Ms. Jones was a former teacher at Jacob L. Adams Elementary School in Henrico County. Her awards and recognitions include Title I School 2005, 2007-2012, Board of Education Excellence Award 2009 and 2010, and Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award 2011 and 2012.

Ms. Jones is a firm believer in the following quote: “No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” She also believes that an excellent administrator is one who looks beyond the disadvantages and focuses on the untapped potential of a child. As an administrator, she strives each and every day to make a difference in the lives of children.

Ms. Jones will begin her new position July 29, 2014.

CCPS Announces New Principal at Lewis and Clark Elementary School

The Caroline County School Board, at its meeting on July 14, 2014, named Ms. Cynthia Aref as Principal of Lewis and Clark Elementary School. She has a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

Ms. Aref comes to Caroline County from Stafford County Public Schools, where she served as Assistant Principal at Hampton Oaks Elementary School for eight years. She has been a classroom teacher at the first, third, and fifth grade levels in Fairfax, Virginia and in Charles County, Maryland.

Ms. Aref believes that an excellent administrator collaborates with her staff by sharing ideas and goals, and together they are always working in the same direction. As a school administrator, Ms. Aref endeavors to be flexible and open-minded.

Ms. Aref will begin her new position July 16, 2014.

Press Release – Renovation Projects

The long awaited work has begun on the Caroline County Schools Capital Improvements projects that were overwhelmingly approved in the fall bond referendum. Construction began on the Caroline High School Track Renovation project approximately three weeks ago after Precision Sports Surfaces of Charlottesville, VA submitted a bid of $285,778 which was substantially under the budgeted amount of $435,000.00. Because the project was nearly $150,000.00 under budget, the Caroline County School Board approved a $55,000 upgrade to the rubberized track surface for a total project cost of $340,778.00. The new upgraded track surface will feature three layers of black rubber granules topped by 2 additional layers of blue rubber granules that will give the track surface a blue finish. The upgrade provides a thicker rubber track than was originally planned and improves the overall lifespan of the surface. The old rubber track surface has been stripped off and the drainage improvements along the sides of the football field has begun. The track project is anticipated to be complete in time for the fall football season.

Crews from the J. H. Knighton Lumber Company got the improvements at Madison Elementary School jump started last week when they arrived on-site and began clearing trees from the new property that will have the new bus drop off loop located on it. Caroline County Public Schools is very grateful for the efforts of the J. H. Knighton Lumber Company as this will allow the building contractor to begin work on the new bus drop off loop immediately in early August.

Personnel from the Maintenance Department of Caroline County Public Schools removed the playground equipment from its current location. The equipment will be re-installed at its new location behind the Madison Elementary School building. The playground was re-located to move it farther away from the road and to allow room for the new addition which will connect all three existing classroom wings. The new addition will house a new school front entrance, a new administration and guidance area, two new computer labs, a new media center and four new classrooms. A new visitors drop-off and pick-up area along with expanded parking is planned where the current bus loading area is located.

A pre-bid meeting was held at Madison Elementary School on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. The meeting allows interested contractors an opportunity to review the construction plans, see the school and site and meet the people that they may be working with should they be the low bidder for the project. So far, nine General Contractors from Winchester to the Tidewater area have expressed interest in the additions and renovation project at Madison Elementary School. Bids are due on July 17, 2014 with construction anticipated to begin in early August and be completed by mid-July of 2015.

Architects and engineers are entering the detailed stages of planning for the new additions and renovations to the Caroline High School. The design team spent the last three months of the school year meeting with faculty and staff to develop a design that will allow the high school to be expanded to accommodate 1600 students. Work is anticipated to begin on the high school project this fall and will take approximately two years to complete.

Parent Summer School Letter

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Welcome to Summer School 2014! We are happy to have the opportunity to serve you and your child this summer. Currently, your child is enrolled in the Reading and Math session which will begin on Monday, June 30, at 8:00 am and end on Friday, July 25th. (July 4th-Holiday) Our theme for this summer is “Happy”.

Please note: Summer School for all students in kindergarten through fifth grade will be held in the 8th grade wing of Caroline Middle School.

Buses will drop off students in the back of the school and car riders must be dropped off in the front. All students will meet in the School Cafeteria upon arriving to school. Teachers will meet students and provide room assignments.

The hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Parents may drop students off at 7:50 a.m. in the cafeteria. It is important that your child arrive on time; however, there is no supervision prior to 7:50 a.m. Car riders must be picked up and signed out promptly at 1:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. If students will be checked out early, they will need to be signed out by an authorized adult in the Elementary Summer School Office (C117). Photo identification is required. Please park in designated parking.

All students will receive a hot lunch during the summer school program. Fees will remain the same as during the school year.

The summer school session is 19 days long. In an effort to maximize instructional time and provide a classroom climate conducive to learning, we maintain very high expectations for students to follow classroom procedures and display appropriate behavior.

Summer school offers a time of reflection, growth, and preparation for the upcoming year. We look forward to sharing these experiences with your child. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to call Caroline Middle School at 633-6561 or send an email to cblackwell@ccps.us. We excitedly anticipate working with you and your child this summer! :)

Thank you,
Ms. Carol Blackwell
Summer School Principal

*If you have been notified that your child does not have to attend summer school, please disregard this notice.