Caroline District Spelling Bee Champion

Caroline Middle School is very proud to announce that our own Kayla Loescher is this year’s Caroline District Spelling Bee Champion. Kayla, a sixth grader, won the competition by spelling the word zeitgeist, a noun that means the general beliefs, ideas, and spirit of a time and place. Kayla participates in the ACE program here at CMS.

Virginia Middle School Students Take on NASA Engineering Challenges

Students at nine Virginia middle schools will take on after-school engineering challenges designed by NASA as part of a national initiative to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in schools and in the work force.

The students — using the engineering-design process and interacting with NASA experts — will attempt to solve real-world challenges facing the national space agency, including how to assist astronauts in peril, how to successfully parachute a spacecraft onto the surface of Mars and how to pack for a visit to the Moon. Students will have eight weeks beginning in February to brainstorm, design, build and create videos documenting their efforts and their solutions. Entries from each school are due on April 16 and winners will be announced on May 1.

Virginia is one of ten states chosen by NASA and the U.S. Department of Education to participate in the 2014-2015 Engineering Design Challenge. The participating middle schools — selected by the Virginia Department of Education based on NASA criteria — are all home to federally funded 21st Century Community Learning Center programs and are as follows:

Caroline Middle in Caroline County
Falling Creek Middle in Chesterfield County
Holmes Middle and Key Middle in Fairfax County
Peabody Middle in Petersburg
Thomas H. Henderson Middle and Thomas C.
Boushall Middle in Richmond
Stonewall Jackson Middle in Roanoke
Southampton Middle in Southampton County

Authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, the 21st Century Community Learning Center program provides students with tutoring and enrichment activities that complement regular academic programs outside regular school hours. In addition the program offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

Caroline County School Board Announces Superintendent Search

The Caroline County School Board announced today that it will begin the process of hiring a new superintendent by seeking public input on qualifications.

The school board has created a survey related to superintendent criteria, which is available at, and on the home page of the division web site. Hard copies of the survey will also be available at the school board administration office, at each school, and branches of the public library.

In addition to the survey, the board will hold a public hearing:

Date: February 12, 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Caroline Middle School Auditorium

“Hiring a new superintendent is the biggest task facing a school board and we want to make sure that the public has a voice in this process,” said School Board Chairman George Spaulding. “We hope that parents, staff and residents will take time to fill out the survey or attend the public hearing.”

The school board selected the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) to assist the board with the superintendent search.