2018 Regional Teachers of the Year Ceremony

Michelle Cottrell-Williams of Arlington County was announced as 2018 Regional Teacher of the Year on Sept. 18 during a ceremony at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. Sarah M. Adamson-Mair, kindergarten teacher at Lewis and Clark Elementary, was the Region 3 Teacher of the Year. Congratulations again to Mrs. Adamson-Mair on this accomplishment! She represented Caroline County well in this competition and we are very proud of her!

2018 Teacher of the Year Ceremony
2018 Teacher of the Year Ceremony
2018 Teacher of the Year Ceremony
2018 Teacher of the Year Ceremony
2018 Teacher of the Year Ceremony
2018 Teacher of the Year Ceremony

CTE Open House at CHS

The CTE Open House at CHS is 9/26/2017 from 3 to 7 pm. This is the same night as Parent Teacher Conferences! Come out and meet our teachers while learning about the career and technical programs offered in Caroline County.
• Auto Tech
• Agriculture
• Business
• Info. Systems
• Medical Science
• Sports Medicine
• TV Production
• Small Engines
• Cosmetology
• Culinary Arts
• Building Trades
• Carpentry
• Technical Drawing
• JROTC
• Criminal Justice
• Life Planning
Representatives from M.C. Dean and the Caroline County Fire Department will be here to discuss new partnerships with CHS and student opportunities for this upcoming school year. If you have any questions please contact Mr. Josh Just at jjust@ccps.us or call 804-633-9886.

60% of Caroline Schools Earn Full Accreditation

On Wednesday, September 13, 2017, The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) released 2017-2018 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 2017-2018 school year, Caroline County Public Schools (CCPS) has three schools rated “Fully Accredited”, and two schools seeking the rating of “Partially Accredited: Reconstituted School” pending action by the Virginia Board of Education:

  • Bowling Green ES – Seeking the rating of Partially Accredited: Reconstituted School (Pending Action by the Virginia Board of Education);
  • Lewis and Clark ES – Fully Accredited;
  • Madison ES – Fully Accredited;
  • Caroline MS – Seeking the rating of Partially Accredited: Reconstituted School (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, Madison Elementary School’s increased English (reading) performance resulted in the school earning full accreditation for the 17-18 school year. Additionally, all three CCPS elementary schools met or exceeded the accreditation benchmark in the areas of math, science, and social studies. While Bowling Green Elementary School missed the VDOE benchmark for English by 4 percentage points, the school division remains confident that a marked reduction in teacher attrition, the addition of research-based instructional programs, and the ongoing delivery of focused professional development will lead to the school’s attainment of full accreditation status.

Caroline Middle School continues to exceed the required SOL accreditation benchmark of 70% in the content areas of history and science. Despite falling short of the VDOE accreditation benchmarks in English and mathematics, the Caroline County Public School leadership team is optimistic that CMS will meet or exceed all Standards of Learning benchmarks and join Caroline High School as a fully accredited school during the 2018-2019 school year. Under new leadership, Caroline Middle has embraced new educational programs and embedded an intervention/enrichment block into the daily schedule to positively impact teaching and learning.

Caroline schools are celebrating academic successes and embracing a collective, laser-like focus on teaching and learning for the 2017-2018 school year. Click below to learn more about VDOE Accreditation, the VDOE School Quality Profiles, and CCPS Frequently Asked Questions.

CCPS Accreditation FAQ:
https://www.ccps.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2017-2018-School-Accreditation-Ratings-FAQ.pdf

VDOE Accountability Terminology:
http://www.doe.virginia.gov/statistics_reports/school_report_card/accountability_terminology.shtml

VDOE Accreditation Media Release:
http://www.doe.virginia.gov/news/news_releases/2017/09_sep13.shtml

VDOE School Quality Profiles:
http://schoolquality.virginia.gov/

Caroline County adopts a new K-8 writing program

Caroline Public Schools is very excited to implement a new writing program in grades kindergarten through grade 8 in its 2017-18 school year. Teachers met at the end of the school year to review several writing programs and chose the Lucy Calkins: Units of Study in Writing program to implement as a part of the balanced literacy program. During the summer, K-8 English-Language Arts teachers participated in professional develop led by highly qualified nationally certified presenters from the Teacher’s College of Columbia University.

The Lucy Calkins, Units of Study Writing program was developed through more than three decades of research and work by Lucy Calkins and her colleagues and is used with success in numerous Virginia school districts, as well as divisions across the country. Units of Study provides a thorough curriculum to help teach opinion, information, and narrative writing with increasing complexity to meet and exceed Virginia’s Standards of Learning in writing. The program fosters high level thinking and includes regular opportunities to synthesize, analyze, and critique writing. It offers tools to conduct strategic writing performance assessment to help monitor student progress and differentiate instruction. Units of Study provides exemplar texts that model writing objectives in all grades and encourages teachers to support students’ independence and fluency in writing while conferring with students individually to provide on-going feedback.

Students are getting acclimated to the program as they work in their K-8 writing folders donated by Caroline County business partners: Grand Canyon University, Best Promotional Products and Apparel, and Horace Mann. Students “publish” and share their work on a regular basis and are motivated to read the work of their peers in hallways all over their schools. If you have an elementary or middle school student attending a Caroline County Public School, there is no doubt that you will read and be impressed with his/her writing during your parent teacher conference.

Teachers are excited about the structure of the program and how it is organized to guide writing instruction from teacher to teacher and year to year. Mrs. Tamara Feggans, a teacher at Bowling Green Elementary School stated, “I appreciate that CCPS chose a program that will serve students from kindergarten through grade 8 so that each grade builds on learned skills as opposed to several different programs with no continuity.” She also shared, “Lucy Calkins Units of Study really taps into the student’s inner writer and gets them excited about writing every day!”

Dr. Joanne Jones, Director of Curriculum and Instruction emphasizes that Lucy Calkins Units of Study provides teachers with direct and explicit structures for teaching writing. “We are eager to implement this program because we know that our students will become better writers which will also promote better readers and learners to encourage college and career readiness. The CCPS Instructional Team is committed to making this program successful by providing on-going professional development and guiding our teachers and administrators through the process of learning and implementing best practices in writing that this program fosters.

Two students writing

Teacher and students in a classroom