Lewis and Clark Teacher to Participate in National Education Program

Judy Deichman, a teacher at Nottoway Middle School, and Courtney Lander, a teacher at Lewis and Clark Elementary School, have been selected from a pool of more than 500 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute for the week of July 29-August 2, 2013.

Each year, the Library of Congress provides the opportunity for a carefully chosen group of K-12 educators to attend one of its five teacher institutes in Washington, D.C.

During the five-day program, participants work with Library education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available on the Library’s website.

Educators attending the teacher institutes develop primary-source-based teaching strategies that they can take back to their school districts, apply in the classroom and pass along to colleagues. Teaching with primary sources is a powerful way to help students ask engaged, probing questions, develop critical-thinking skills, and construct knowledge. All educators can access classroom materials, teaching tools and strategies for teaching with primary sources from the Library’s site for teachers at www.loc.gov/teachers.

Applicants to the Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institutes reflect the diversity of the world of K-12 education. Participants in a teacher institute session typically include school library media specialists and school administrators, in addition to classroom teachers. Those selected come from many different states, representing large metropolitan school districts and smaller, rural school districts. The expertise provided by the Library of Congress during the institutes can benefit every level of K-12 education.

Primary sources are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects that were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience. Students working with primary sources become engaged learners while building critical-thinking skills and constructing new knowledge. Teachers working in the Library’s collections will explore the largest online collection of historical artifacts with access to millions of unique primary sources for use in instruction.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled integrated resources to Congress and the American people. The Library serves the public, scholars, Members of Congress and their staffs—all of whom seek information, understanding and inspiration. Many of the Library’s resources and treasures may also be accessed through the Library’s website at www.loc.gov.

Congratulations to Ms. Lander!

School Board Special Meeting

There will be a special meeting of the Caroline County School Board on Monday, July 22, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. at the new Bowling Green Elementary School (formerly BGP) prior to a joint meeting with the Board of Supervisors at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Services Building.

Cadets Excel at JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge

DSC_0001On a hot Thursday afternoon, 15 cadets from Caroline High School joined 565 fellow cadets from 43 schools for a challenging week of training and competition at Ft. A.P. Hill.  During the period 27 June – 2 July 2013, the cadets participated in an opening ceremony, rappelling, leaders’ reaction course, confidence course, marksmanship, orienteering, leadership instruction, and a graduation ceremony.  They also competed in squad and platoon drill and sports competition in basketball and volleyball.  On a daily basis, the cadets were evaluated in the areas of appearance, leadership, drill & ceremonies, teamwork, and motivation/attitude.

During the closing ceremonies, awards were presented to the top cadets based on their performance during the week.  Two Caroline High School cadets, Tamarya Cook and Thomas Thorne, earned the Mastery of JCLC Objectives Trophy which placed them among the top 3% of the 565 cadets at JCLC!  Cadet Hunter Brooks placed 2d out of 565 cadets in knockout drill competition!  LTC (R) Bob Pyner, the Senior Army Instructor, at Caroline High School, remarked, “All of our cadets learned a great deal at JCLC and performed exceedingly well under tough conditions.  MSG Payne, the cadet’s Army Instructor, and I are very proud of their performance…they were simply outstanding!”

Fellow JCLC graduates included cadets Gabby Amshoff, Nykema Barnett, Mick Campos, Danielle Coleman, Britanie Costa, Jacob Donald, Jacoby Garnett, Dalton Harding, Jimmy Hayes, Ryan Ledbetter, Christopher Marshall, and Collin Taylor.