Dr. Anderson’s family will have a celebration of her life at Heritage Clubhouse in Lake Land’or, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Halloween. For more details, please see the following article from the Free Lance Star newspaper.

Dr. Mary Anderson

The Virginia Board of Education has revised its school accreditation standards to better inform the public about the progress of schools toward meeting the commonwealth’s high expectations for student learning and achievement. The revised Standards of Accreditation (SOA) — which will become effective on October 8 — create new ratings to differentiate schools that are close to meeting the requirements for full accreditation, or that are making significant progress, from those that are not.

New State Accreditation Ratings to Recognize Improving Schools

Parent Portal letters are now available at each school for grades 3 through 12. The letters have an Access username, Access password, and instructions for setting up your ParentPortal account.

If you had previously set up a Parent Portal account, it will remain the same.

Grants Fund STEM-Related In-Service Training for 258 Teachers

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has awarded grants totaling more than $213,000 to nine partnerships between school divisions and colleges and universities to increase content knowledge and sharpen classroom skills of teachers in science and mathematics.

The awards were made through VDOE’s Mathematics and Science Partnership mini-grant competition, which was announced last July. School divisions were encouraged to submit proposals to create partnerships that would provide professional development to teachers. The professional development proposals focus on supporting the implementation of the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) and the 2010 Science SOL.

Grants were awarded to fund the following six mathematics projects:
· Building Teacher Capacity in Mathematics Instruction to Support English Language Learners – $38,081 for Chesterfield County Public Schools and Virginia Commonwealth University to serve 65 teachers.

· Improving Mathematics of Teachers in Lunenburg County (IMathTLC) – $23,330 for Lunenburg County Public Schools and Longwood University to serve 18 teachers.

· Integrated Professional Learning Communities (K-8) Centered around Applied Math & Applied Science to Support Vertical Best Practices – $13,173 for Spotsylvania County Public Schools and the University of Mary Washington to serve 15 teachers.

· Numbers & Number Sense and Computation and Estimation – $19,510 for Norton Public Schools and Virginia Tech to serve 15 teachers.

· Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning for Middle School Teachers – $19,459 for Caroline County Public Schools and Virginia Commonwealth University to serve 15 teachers.

· Supporting Math Process Goals through Research-Based Teaching Practices – $21,400 for Henrico County Public Schools and Norfolk State University to serve 60 teachers.