Braintree Printing recently helped fourth graders at Lewis and Clark Elementary School in Ruther Glen, VA become published authors. The Massachusetts digital printing and offset printing company, which operates a successful book printing business, donated printing services so students could publish 200 original paperback books of poetry. Read the full article on the Braintree Publishing website.
The Caroline Middle School STEMulating Energy Project is a 21st Century Learning Center program that shows advocacy for increased STEM education for all students. The STEMulating Energy Project uses project-based learning and real-world problem solving skills to improve learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The projects completed by the students in this program are centered on the theme, “Energy”. Some of these projects include: robotics, technical drafting, engineering, and alternative energy. The students also visit the Science Museum of Virginia and receive mentoring and support from Caroline Middle School teachers and SimVentions, Inc. engineers. By advocating for improved and increased STEM education, the Caroline Middle School STEMulating Energy Project provides students with the skills and knowledge they will need to be successful in school and the 21st Century.
The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) has released its 17th annual VSBA Showcases for Success directory, highlighting successful K-12 programs in Virginia’s public schools. From school safety and community outreach, to classroom programs and after-school clubs, a wide range of programs are included. This year’s theme was the VSBA’s new tagline, “Leadership – Advocacy – Support”. As shown in the directory, the emphasis on leadership, advocacy, and support is found at every level of the educational process.
“In addition to highlighting some of the best practices taking place in Virginia’s schools, the Showcases for Success directory can serve as a starting point to develop similar programs in other school divisions,” said Barbara J. Coyle, VSBA executive director.
The directory is available on the VSBA web site at www.vsba.org/showcases. The attached release contains the list of participating school divisions.
Caroline County Public Schools will open 2 hours late for all students and staff on Tuesday, March 26, 2013!
On Wednesday, March 20th both CMS bands, the Beginning Band and the Intermediate/Advanced bands performed for a panel of judges in the VBODA District 15 Band Assessment (formerly festival). Students receive ratings on a scale from I (Superior) through V (Poor) based on their stage performance. Both bands scored a rating of II (Excellent), the 2nd highest rating possible. This event comprises bands from Caroline, Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George, and Lancaster counties. Thank you to all parents that took the time out of their busy schedules to chaperone this trip. All bands are directed by Ms. Karen Mott. Way to go CMS bands!