Inclement Weather

Good morning, Caroline families! CCPS has been closely monitoring the weather conditions slated for our region later today. Due to increasing intensity and possible tornadic activity, we will be conducting an early dismissal. Caroline High School and Caroline Middle School will dismiss at 12:30 p.m. and the elementary schools will depart at 1:45 p.m. Please note, all evening activities have been cancelled. As always, safety remains our first priority. We appreciate your support. Be safe!

Caroline County School Board Begins Negotiations for New Superintendent

The Caroline County Public School Board voted unanimously at its regularly scheduled meeting on October 8, 2018, to move into contract negotiations with Sarah B. Calveric, Ph.D. to become the next Superintendent of Caroline County Public Schools. Dr. Calveric has served as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for CCPS since 2016. The appointment is contingent on contract negotiations. George Spaulding, School Board Chairperson stated, “The Board had 5 excellent candidates, but selected Dr. Calveric due to her ability to keep the momentum moving forward for CCPS.”
Dr. Calveric began her career in Hanover County Public Schools in 1997, where she served as a special and general education teacher at the elementary and middle school levels. In 2002, she began her 11-year career as an elementary assistant principal and principal. In 2013, Dr. Calveric was named Director of Human Resources for Spotsylvania County Public Schools, where she worked collaboratively with colleagues and stakeholders to oversee leadership development, mentoring, recruiting and retention, feedback and evaluation, human relations, employee wellness, and numerous interdepartmental projects. As Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, Dr. Calveric has been instrumental in the development of Caroline’s five-year strategic plan, Pathways 2022, the crafting of the CCPS K-12 Profile of a Graduate, recruiting and retention efforts, leadership development, and numerous instructional initiatives such as increased school accreditation, the 1:1 Chromebook initiative, professional development, program analysis and development, and resource acquisition and allocation. Dr. Calveric also serves as an adjunct associate professor at University of Richmond, where she teaches Data for Decision Making to aspiring educational leaders. Additionally, she is a member of the VASCD Board of Directors as the Region III representative.
Dr. Calveric holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Special Education from the State University of New York at Geneseo, a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Sarah Calveric
Dr. Sarah Calveric

CCPS 18-19 Accreditation Updates

The following information provides accreditation highlights for all CCPS schools. Strengths (+) and growth opportunities (-) for each building are noted.

+Accredited for 18-19
+All Academic Achievement Indicators Exceeded State Standard (Math, English, and Science)
-Achievement Gap Group Performance for Students with Disabilities in English and Math
-Chronic Absenteeism (36.62% of students missed 10% or more of the 17-18 school year)

+Accredited for 18-19
+All Academic Achievement Indicators Exceeded State Standard (Math, English, and Science)
+ Chronic Absenteeism (19.15%)
+Math Achievement Gap Group Performance for All Gap Groups
-English Achievement Gap Group Performance for Students with Disabilities

+Accredited for 18-19
+All Academic Achievement Indicators Exceeded State Standard (Math, English, and Science)
+Math Achievement Gap Group Performance for Economically Disadvantaged and Black Students
-Achievement Gap Group Performance for Students with Disabilities in English and Math
-Chronic Absenteeism (39.5% of students missed 10% or more of the 17-18 school year)

+Accredited with Conditions for 18-19
+ Academic Achievement Indicators Exceeded State Standard (Math and Science)
+Chronic Absenteeism (19.26%)
-English Academic Achievement
-English and Math Academic Achievement
Group Performance for Students with
Disabilities and Black Students

+Accredited for 18-19
+All Academic Achievement Indicators Exceeded State Standard (Math, English, and Science)
+Chronic Absenteeism (19.73%)
+ Achievement Gap Group Performance for Hispanic Students
-Achievement Gap Group Performance for Students with Disabilities in English and Math
-Dropout Rate (7.97% – Level 2)
-Graduation and Completion Index (87.4% – Level 2

Caroline Moving in the Right Direction
On September 27, 2018 the Virginia Department of Education released accreditation results for schools across the Commonwealth. Caroline County Public Schools celebrates an increase in school accreditation with 4 out of 5 CCPS schools accredited and one school accredited with conditions. Caroline County Public Schools has a lot to celebrate based on the 17-18 SOL results. All buildings met with success in the academic achievement indicators of math and science. In the area of mathematics, the three elementary schools all scored over 82%, while Caroline Middle and Caroline High School exceeded the state target. All schools demonstrated success in science by exceeding the state target. In the 2018-19 school year, students with disabilities and chronic absenteeism will be a division focus. Each school has crafted a School Wide Plan that address specific areas of growth in each content area. The individualized School Wide Plans will encompass student specific goals, strategies, and assessment tools to drive quality instruction and enhance student achievement. Collaborative efforts between the central office team and school leadership will allow CCPS to progress monitor growth and provide the professional development needed for continue success.

For more information: Additional information regarding the Standards of Accreditation can be accessed at the Virginia Department of Education website at Accreditation. School accreditation ratings and pass rates are located on the newly updated Virginia School Quality Profiles at School Quality.

Friends of Rachel (F.O.R.) Club and Champion Zone Kids (C.Z.K.)

CMS students met after Rachel’s Challenge to start planning ways to spread kindness and compassion at the middle school and our community. During the planning meeting, students who expressed interest in being a part of the F.O.R. club decided to meet Monday mornings from 7:00-7:30 a.m. three times a month and the last Monday of the month after school from 3:00-5:00 for projects, lessons, and games! The next F.O.R. meeting is Monday, 9/17/18 @ 7:00 a.m.

Initial student led projects this year will include:

  1. Chain link challenge recognizing acts of kindness. Students will cut strips of construction paper to provide to classrooms and to decorate envelopes to hold the links for CMS and to share with elementary schools
  2. Day of kindness with a pep-rally, handprints, and activities in October

In addition to our F.O.R. club, all students also have the opportunity to become a Champion Zone Kid (C.Z.K.) at CMS.

Qualities of Champion Zone Kids:

  • Respects Themselves and Others
  • Chooses Positive Influences
  • Values Differences in Others
  • Speaks with Kindness and is Courteous
  • Helps Those Being Bullied
  • Includes Those Who are Left Out
  • Models Positive Behaviors
  • Rises Above the Crowd to Be a CHAMPION!

C.Z.K. will have a table setup during lunch on Friday, 9/21/18 with more information and a sign up sheet.

Any adults interested in helping support F.O.R. or C.Z.K., please contact the CMS Main Office.

Superintendent’s Monthly Update: August 2018

The Superintendent’s Update is an opportunity for parents & guardians, students, staff, school board, and Caroline residents to see the exciting things that are happening in our schools each month.  This division update gives a summary of important highlights as we…. Explore Today, Impact Tomorrow. 

August 2018 Update

Chromebook Distribution

Dear secondary parents! We are excited to begin Chromebook distribution at CHS this Thursday, 9/6 and Friday, 9/7 during 1st block classes. Distribution at CMS will take place next Tuesday and Wednesday (9/11 and 9/12) during English classes.

Students who have returned both the 1) Acceptable Use Policy form and the 2. ) Digital Citizenship document located in the Student Code of Conduct will be issued a Chromebook and adapter (cord) on their assigned distribution day.

Students who have not completed and turned in forms prior to distribution day will be required to visit the CHS or CMS IT Care Center to submit the documents and receive their Chromebook and adapter. To complete the forms, please remove pages 23, 29, and 30 from the Student Code of Conduct which was sent home during the first week of school or go to to print the forms (Student tab to Code of Conduct – print pages 23, 29, and 30).

We look forward to using our new learning management system, Schoology, to conduct the five days of introductory lessons which cover digital safety, Chromebook Apps, and Google Suite. Thank you for completing these forms, so we are able to achieve 100% student distribution!

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