CHS Students Win At Virginia State Beta Club Leadership Summit

On October 6-7, 2016, 18 members of the Caroline High School Senior Beta Club joined over 100 other members from all over the state for the Virginia Beta Club Leadership Summit. Held at the Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, the summit not only aided the Betas in developing stronger leadership skills, but also afforded them the opportunity to demonstrate how well they worked together to solve short and long term problems. Each club was allowed to submit a team in the Rapid Response Challenge as well as the Service Snapshot.

In the Rapid Response Challenge, teams of 5-8 students must work collaboratively in order to solve a problem using given materials in a limited amount of time. They are scored on creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking.

In the Service Snapshot, club members find a need in their community and develop a community service project that addresses that need. A team of 2-4 members presented the club’s plan to the judges. The projects were scored on creativity of service project, collaboration of club, communication of ideas and presentation skills. For their project, the CHS Beta Club chose to assist a local family whose five year old daughter has cancer. The students developed a plan that includes several fundraisers to help with medical bills.

Both CHS Beta teams achieved Mastery status in their category and advanced to their respective competitions this summer at the National Senior Beta Club Convention in Orlando, Florida.

Pictures (left to right):
Rapid Response Team
Back row-Katelynn Southworth, Anthony Dowdy, Isabella Marshall, Owen Wright
Front row-Adria-Leigh Griffin, Madison Boling, Isabella Perez, Autumn Kirven
Service Snapshot
Brianna Queen, Sierra Butler, Madison Gillespie
Leadership Summit Group
Back Row-Aiden Hall, Anthony Dowdy, Davon Courtney, Isabella Marshall, Madison Boling, Owen Wright
Middle Row-Adria-Leigh Griffin, Madison Gillespie, Jazmyn Smith,Katie Byers, Autumn Kirven, Morgan Smith
Back Row-Taylor Schaum, Heaven Hall, Katelynn Southworth, Brianna Queen, Sierra Butler, Isabella Perez

World Milk Day at Bowling Green Elementary

Caroline County Public Schools and Bowling Green Elementary School would like to thank Matthew Nuckols and his family-owned farm “Eastview Farm Inc.” and Michaela Sigmon, Miss Virginia, for celebrating World Milk Day with the students and staff at Bowling Green Elementary.

Cinderella the 1600 lb. Holstein tried to steal the show as she mooed her way into the hearts of all in attendance.

Mrs. Thomas and her second grade class at World Milk Day

Mrs. Thomas and her second grade class, along with Miss Virginia, Dr. Monroe (Director of School Leadership & Improvement), Matt Nuckolls (Dairy Farmer), Keith Conner (Director of Food Services), and Ms. Tinka Harris (School Board Member Port Royal).

2016-2017 school accreditation ratings

On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) released 2016-2017 school accreditation ratings, which are a reflection of student performance on Standards of Learning assessments. Schools achieve accreditation based on SOL exam pass rates. For the 2016-2017 school year, Caroline County Public Schools (CCPS) has two schools rated “Fully Accredited”, two schools rated “Partially Accredited”, and one school seeking the rating of “Partially Accredited: Reconstituted School” pending action by the Virginia Board of Education:

  • Bowling Green ES – Partially Accredited-Improving School;
  • Lewis and Clark ES – Fully Accredited;
  • Madison ES – Partially Accredited – Approaching Benchmark;
  • Caroline MS – Seeking the rating of Partially Accredited: Reconstituted School (TBD – Pending Action by the Virginia Board of Education); and
  • Caroline HS – Fully Accredited.

As CCPS continues to navigate the more rigorous VDOE accountability measures, there is increasing optimism as changes in instructional practices and professional development have resulted in improved student achievement at several schools.  Specifically, marked progress has occurred at all three elementary schools.   Most notably, each elementary school met or exceeded the accreditation benchmark in the areas of math, science, and social studies, with two of the three schools experiencing gains in English and Math ranging from 3 to 11 percentage points.

Despite falling short of the VDOE accreditation benchmarks by 6 percentage points in both English and mathematics, Caroline Middle School has experienced gains ranging from 1 to 8 percentage points in three out of four SOL content areas.  Consequently, leadership is optimistic that Caroline Middle School will meet or exceed the Virginia Department of Education SOL benchmarks and join Caroline High School as a fully accredited school.

Caroline schools are celebrating academic successes and embracing a collective, laser-like focus on teaching and learning for the 2016-2017 school year. Click below to learn more about VDOE Accreditation, the Division/School Report Cards, and Frequently Asked Questions.

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2016-2017 School Accreditation Ratings FAQ

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