Adult Education and Resource Fair

Caroline High School
August 9, 2018
5:00PM-8:00PM

2018 Participating Vendors
Adult Education
Labor Finders
Head Start
Germanna Workforce
CHS PTSO
Virginia Employment Commission
Caroline Social Services
Caroline Parent Resource Center
5 Rings Financial
Caroline’s Promise

For more information contact: Anthony McNeill, M. Ed.
19155 Rogers Clark Blvd. Milford VA 22514 (804) 633-5088 ext. 1810

Adult Education Classes in Caroline County

Classes in English for Adults- Reading, Writing, Conversation, Listening
T/TH 6-8:30pm Sept. 10, 2018-Dec. 6, 2018
Location: CT Smith, 7278 Ladysmith Rd, Ruther Glen
Cost: FREE
Contact: Rappahannock Area Regional Adult Education
Tel: 540-898-8165 or 804-633-5088 ext 1810

GED Classes: Classes to prepare for GED testing for adults
-Preparation for Reading Language Arts, Math, Science, & Social Studies
M/W 9:30am-12; T/TH 6-8:30pm Sept. 10, 2018-Dec. 6, 2018
Location: CT Smith, 7278 Ladysmith Rd, Ruther Glen
Cost: FREE
Contact: Rappahannock Area Regional Adult Education
Tel: 540-898-8165 or 804-633-5088 ext 1810

Caroline County School Board Approves New Attendance Policy

In an effort to align Caroline County Public School’s (CCPS) attendance policy with the Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) new chronic absenteeism requirement for accreditation, Caroline has established attendance teams at each school and has partnered with the Caroline County Department of Social Services to support families in ensuring that students come to school on time and ready to learn. The policy revision promotes a team approach to improving attendance in an effort to increase achievement, close performance gaps between student subgroups, and to reduce the dropout rate.
The VDOE chose to include chronic absenteeism as a non-academic indicator when judging school quality. Students who miss more than 10 percent of the school year — or approximately 18 days — for any reason will negatively impact his/her school’s accreditation rating. Chronic absenteeism incorporates all absences: excused, unexcused, and out of school suspensions. The focus on chronic absenteeism is to reduce the academic consequences of lost instructional time and to minimize absences before students miss so much school that they fall behind. It recognizes that students miss school for many understandable issues such as illness or homelessness for which a punitive response is not appropriate. However, what helps is working with families to share the importance of attendance and to remedy the underlying problems that lead to chronic absenteeism.
To address chronic absenteeism using a “Connect and Correct” strategy, CCPS has established attendance teams made up of student support specialists, counselors, teachers, social workers, administrators, attendance clerks, stakeholders from the department of social services, and central office staff. Attendance teams have weekly meetings to complete the following tasks:
• monitor rising absences (students who miss 3 or more days per month)
• contact families via phone and letter to alert them of attendance concerns
• contact home to inform parents if attendance meeting is needed (Student Support Specialists)
• hold attendance meetings as needed with the appropriate stakeholders at the table to support families
• make home visits if contact cannot be established by phone or letter
• initiate attendance incentive programs for students with high absence rates
• announce school-wide incentives and celebrate a culture of “It’s cool to be in school.”

Through heightened collaboration between division personnel and school attendance teams, CCPS experienced a significant reduction at each school in chronic absenteeism. The chart below shows the percentage of students at each school who missed more than 15 days in 2017 compared to 2018.

MES
2017-28%
2018-7%
LCES
2017-10%
2018-5%
BGE
2017-43%
2018-10%
CMS
2017-15%
2018-7%
CHS
2017-20%
2018-13%

CCPS is excited about this reduction in chronic absenteeism and looks forward to our continued partnership with community agencies to foster excellence in attendance for all students who attend Caroline County Public Schools.

Pre-Kindergarten at CCPS

Caroline County Public Schools offers pre-kindergarten at the elementary level to provide school readiness skills to eligible children with the greatest need. Eligibility is based on the poverty level of family income guidelines and other at-risk factors. Parents or guardians must complete the pre-application screening form, application, and parent questionnaire Eligible children will be administered a screening inventory.

To be eligible for prekindergarten your child must be 4 years old by September 30, 2018. (No exceptions).
Eligible children must live in Caroline County and reside in the attendance zone of the designated elementary school (No exceptions).
Completing the application does not guarantee enrollment.
Children participating in the screening process does not guarantee enrollment.
Acceptance into the program is based on eligibility and not first come, first serve.

For more information, please visit the link below:

Pre-Kindergarten at CCPS

Caroline County School Nutrition Department Wins VSBA Award

Caroline County Public Schools is happy to announce that the Caroline School Nutrition Program was selected as an award winner in the seventh annual Food for Thought Competition, a competition between Virginia’s school divisions to showcase their programs that combat childhood hunger, provide healthy school meals, and encourage wellness and physical activity.

The Division was selected for their entry in the Healthy School Meals category. The entry highlighted the new digital menu/messaging system which was implemented this year.

“The new Digital Menu / Messaging System was developed in conjunction with our IT department and our partners at NutriSlice – with feedback from our customers – the students”, stated Keith Conner, who oversees the Division’s School Nutrition Program. He further stated “the Department had previously worked with NutriSlice to offer a mobile app for parents, staff and students which provided them easy to access nutritional details about our menu. With the success of that roll out we decided to expand our efforts with an additional focus on the nutritional education side. The electronic menu display boards allow us to present nutritional information, interesting fun facts, as well as the daily menu, in a format well received by the students”.

For more information about this and other exciting programs being rolled out in Caroline, please visit the CCPS website.

Keitch Conner accepting award

Back to School and Open House Information

Back to School Nights:
LCES
Sept 6 5:30-7:00 pm
BGE
Sept. 6 5:30-7:00 pm
MES
Sept. 6 5:30-7:00 pm
CMS
Sept. 5 5:30-7:00 pm

Open House Information:

Wednesday, August 8 CMS Open House 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 pm
Thursday, August 9 All Elementary Open Houses 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 9 CHS Open House 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.