World Milk Day at Bowling Green Elementary

Caroline County Public Schools and Bowling Green Elementary School would like to thank Matthew Nuckols and his family-owned farm “Eastview Farm Inc.” and Michaela Sigmon, Miss Virginia, for celebrating World Milk Day with the students and staff at Bowling Green Elementary.

Cinderella the 1600 lb. Holstein tried to steal the show as she mooed her way into the hearts of all in attendance.

Mrs. Thomas and her second grade class at World Milk Day

Mrs. Thomas and her second grade class, along with Miss Virginia, Dr. Monroe (Director of School Leadership & Improvement), Matt Nuckolls (Dairy Farmer), Keith Conner (Director of Food Services), and Ms. Tinka Harris (School Board Member Port Royal).

2016-2017 school accreditation ratings

On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) released 2016-2017 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 2016-2017 school year, Caroline County Public Schools (CCPS) has two schools rated “Fully Accredited”, two schools rated “Partially Accredited”, and one school seeking the rating of “Partially Accredited: Reconstituted School” pending action by the Virginia Board of Education:

  • Bowling Green ES – Partially Accredited-Improving School;
  • Lewis and Clark ES – Fully Accredited;
  • Madison ES – Partially Accredited – Approaching Benchmark;
  • Caroline MS – Seeking the rating of Partially Accredited: Reconstituted School (TBD – 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, marked progress has occurred at all three elementary schools.   Most notably, each elementary school met or exceeded the accreditation benchmark in the areas of math, science, and social studies, with two of the three schools experiencing gains in English and Math ranging from 3 to 11 percentage points.

Despite falling short of the VDOE accreditation benchmarks by 6 percentage points in both English and mathematics, Caroline Middle School has experienced gains ranging from 1 to 8 percentage points in three out of four SOL content areas.  Consequently, leadership is optimistic that Caroline Middle School will meet or exceed the Virginia Department of Education SOL benchmarks and join Caroline High School as a fully accredited school.

Caroline schools are celebrating academic successes and embracing a collective, laser-like focus on teaching and learning for the 2016-2017 school year. Click below to learn more about VDOE Accreditation, the Division/School Report Cards, and Frequently Asked Questions.

Frequently Asked Questions:
2016-2017 School Accreditation Ratings FAQ

VDOE Accountability Guide:

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