February is School Board Appreciation Month

Once again, the VSBA Board of Directors has designated February as School Board Appreciation Month.  The theme this year is School Boards Speak Out for Public Schools.  This theme reflects the efforts of thousands of men and women who advocate and shape the direction of our state’s public schools.

As citizen leaders, school board members face complex and demanding challenges.  Yet few people fully understand the scope and far reaching implications of board members’ responsibilities.  Virginians should recognize the vital contributions of these men and women and focus attention on the crucial role these elected public officials play in the education of our children.

Their job is to establish a vision for the education program, design a structure to achieve that vision, ensure schools are accountable to the community and strongly advocate continuous improvement in student learning.  That job entails an endless string of meetings and school functions to attend, reams of reports, agendas, proposals and other information to read and study; and a host of difficult decisions to make.  School Board members come from all walks of life.  They are farmers, secretaries, doctors, lawyers, homemakers, architects, retired teachers, truck drivers, professors, business owners and real estate agents, just to name a few.

Although they wear many hats in the workday world, school board members put on a collective hat when they get down to the business of leading their school divisions.  Board members must pull together as a team toward a common goal of helping all students achieve.  Though individual school board members may sometimes disagree on issues, their role as a member of the school board is to consistently strive toward the goal of high academic achievement.  Working together, school board members speak out for public schools and the students they serve.

Board members contribute hundreds and hundreds of hours each year leading their divisions.  Whether it be crafting policies, hiring top-notch administrators, listening to staff and student concerns or recognizing outstanding programs, board members always keep their eyes on the goal of student achievement.

The time spent in board meetings represents just a small fraction of the hours school board members spend leading in their divisions.  They also work hard at seminars and training sessions to keep abreast of the latest trends in educational leadership, are deeply involved in community activities and spend many hours in the schools and at extracurricular events.  Their love for learning, and concern and caring for students, staff and community, drives board members’ desire to lead so students can achieve.

In recognition of the dedicated service of school board members throughout Virginia, February has been designated as School Board Appreciation Month.  This is the time to show our recognition and to increase our understanding of how local board members work together to provide a better future for our children.  Please join Caroline County Public Schools and the state of Virginia to salute the men and women who provide grassroots governance of public schools.  Make a special effort to tell each school board member that his or her hard work has been noticed and is truly appreciated.

Thank you in advance for your support to make School Board Appreciation Month a success!

CMS History Club

history club

The start of the 2012-2013 school year brought along with it a new club at Caroline Middle School; the CMS History Club. The Club averages about twenty students each meeting and they work hard every meeting to learn, explore, and have fun with history. This year, the Club has taken on a rather large project. The Club sponsor’s, Ms. Firmin, Ms. Gibson, and Ms. Judd, were notified by Mr. Schwartz, a fellow history teacher, that the 38th parallel runs somewhere in Caroline County. The 38th parallel is the dividing line between North Korea and South Korea, and was the focal point for the Korean War. The United States was involved in the Korean War between 1950 and 1953, and over 100,000 American lives were lost. Despite these numbers, Korea has become America’s Forgotten War, being nestled between World War II and Vietnam.

The CMS History Club is hoping to help the Korean War gain recognition. With the help of the GIS Department at Fort A.P. Hill, the Club discovered that the 38th parallel runs right in front of the Caroline County High School. As a result, the Club has set a goal to raise $1550 to cover the cost of obtaining and placing a Virginia Historical Marker on the 38th parallel in front of the high school; the Club is currently filling out the appropriate paper work to apply for a marker. The Club also wishes to raise an additional $2000 so that a personalized plaque can be placed on the 38th parallel, which will be dedicated to the Americans who sacrificed for their country.

If you wish to learn more about the CMS History Club or its 38th parallel project, please contact Ms. Firmin, Ms. Gibson, or Ms. Judd through Caroline Middle School.  Donations to assist with the 38th parallel project are greatly appreciated.

2012-2013 Calendar Reminder

The following is a reminder of the 2012-2013 calendar changes that were previously announced in early December:
Wednesday, January 30, 2013- End of First Semester
Thursday, January 31, 2013- Student Holiday/Teacher Workday
Friday, February 1, 2013- Student Holiday/Teacher Workday
Please contact your child’s school if you have any questions.