CCPS is excited to launch a secondary 1:1 initiative during the 2018-2019 school year. As outlined in our strategic plan, Pathways 2022, every 6th through 12th grader will receive a Chromebook during the weeks of September. This digital device will become an essential learning tool within our blended learning classrooms. The purposeful integration of technology will enhance students’ college and career readiness and 21st century skills such as creativity, innovation, communication, collaboration, and digital citizenship.
To support parental awareness regarding the 1:1 initiative, one parent/guardian per household will be responsible for viewing the CCPS 1:1 Parent Orientation Video currently available on the CMS and CHS websites. Thank you for completing this brief 15-minute video by Friday, August 17 to prevent uninterrupted delivery of your student’s device. Thank you!
Join us on August 29 to start a chain reaction of kindness, compassion, and positivity across our community and beyond!
A Story of Inspiration, Courage, and Kindness
What is Rachel’s Challenge?
Rachel’s Challenge exists to equip individuals to replace acts of violence, bullying, discrimination and negative activity with acts of respect, kindness and compassion.
The program is dedicated to the memory of Rachel Scott, the first student killed in the tragic shootings at Columbine High School in 1999. Hailed as one of the most powerful intervention programs ever shared in public schools, Rachel’s Challenge provides a stunning and inspiring story that holds the power to transform lives.
More than 23 million people have heard Rachel’s story in live settings around the world. It is reported that, as a result, at least eight school shootings have been prevented and more than 500 suicides have been averted.
Rachel’s Challenge Activities
August 29, 2018 at Caroline Middle School
No cost (free)
5th/6th – Rachel’s Challenge Assembly (10:00)
7th/8th Rachel’s Challenge Assembly (8:30)
Rachel’s Challenge Student Ambassador Training (Afternoon)
Did you know… that Caroline County Public Schools in conjunction with Rural Family Development (RFD Head Start) offer three application-based opportunities for youngsters to attend … Virginia Preschool Initiative (LCES and MES), Title I PreK (BGES), and RFD Head Start (LCES, MES, and Central Office)?
CCPS and RFD Head Start are currently accepting applications for all three programs. To access the PreK application and learn more about each program’s family income guidelines and other at-risk criteria, please visit www.ccps.us (click on Departments, Curriculum and Instruction, Federal Programs, and Prekindergarten). Parents or guardians will be required to submit the pre-application screening form, application with required items, and parent questionnaire.
All prekindergarten inquiries can be directed to the Director of Educational and Federal Programs, Mrs. Dolly Lindsay – firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-633-5088. We look forward to filling each PreK seat!
Caroline County Public School’s application to Cohort 5 of the Virginia Tiered System of Supports (VTSS) has been accepted. VTSS is a coordinated, tiered approach to improving educational outcomes through a continuum of evidence-based academic, behavioral, and mental wellness supports for all students. Through this initiative, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will provide training and technical assistance in the implementation of VTSS. Additionally, our school division has been awarded $20,000 under a state grant program to further support our VTSS implementation efforts.
The VTSS Grant Team members included: Principal Karen Foster; Assistant Principals Corinne Griggs, Rachel Bourgeois, and Jessica Bucceri; and Dr. Pat Taylor Smith, Supervisor of HR and Student Services.
On June 24, 2018, 362 Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadets, along with 71 JROTC instructors, from 36 high schools in Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina converged upon Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University at Blacksburg, Virginia for a 6-day summer camp.
During this period all of the cadets participated in adventure training activities which consisted of rappelling off of a twenty-foot or forty-foot tower, undergoing drownproofing lessons, navigating an obstacle course, learning the basics of air rifle safety and familiarization, and a few other adventurous training activities. In addition to these activities, the cadets also received classroom instruction and hands-on practice in various Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) areas. These areas included computer coding, developing assists for the elderly, engineering a solution to a real-world challenge, and investigating how diseases spread and the methods that can be used for their diagnosis.
Additionally, these cadets received information on how to apply to college, what to look for in a college, and what to expect in college experiences. These classes, as well as those mentioned above, were spearheaded by Virginia Tech faculty and staff, who volunteered their own time, along with several high school teachers, to provide this educational experience for these young high school students who were tasked to develop design projects during their stay.
This was also a leadership camp where cadet leadership positions were changed each day in order to provide leadership training and experience to as many cadets as possible. Being militarily-oriented, the cadets marched in formation wherever they went. During their 6 days at Virginia Tech the cadets marched approximately 50 – 60 miles. This was a lot of marching and an accomplishment in itself.
This mixed adventure training and STEM project camp was the first of its kind, designed to increase awareness and interest in STEM career opportunities and foster academic competencies in specific STEM fields. It served to provide educational empowerment by cultivating student attitudes, aspirations and behaviors to embrace change and innovation with assertiveness and conviction along with the adventure training for an added twist.
The Fourth Brigade of the U.S. Army Cadet Command sponsored this camp with assistance from the Virginia Tech Center for Enhancement of Engineering Diversity and 360 Cradle to Careers (a nonprofit organization). The cadets were housed in one of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets dormitories and ate their meals at the dining facility on campus. Undoubtedly, if you ask most cadets they will tell you that the food court-style dining facility was one of the best, if not the best experience they had while there. While most of the events took place on campus, Historical Smithfield Plantation, located nearby, provided the site for several of the outdoor activities.
The camp culminated on Friday, June 29 when the cadets took turns displaying and explaining the various projects they undertook during the course of that week. This project display was open to the public and various school districts had representatives who attended. These displays were impressive and some of the comments from the cadets were that they wished they had more time to further develop their ideas and they some planned to take what they had learned and further their research/study when they returned to school.
As the first week of school draws to a close, we look forward to the Chromebook distribution process in the coming weeks. There is much energy and excitement surrounding this Pathways 2022 Strategic Plan initiative. To support a successful launch, we invite all CCPS stakeholders to utilize the comprehensive Chromebook FAQ document located at www.ccps.us under the parent tab. This document addresses 1:1 logistics including the $40 technology fee, distribution plans, student usage, and parent role. Additionally, this resource will be regularly updated throughout our inaugural year to ensure that all CCPS families are knowledgeable and informed. Should the answer to your question not be included in this document, please reach out to the CMS/CHS administration or Central Office staff.
On August 1, 2018 the Virginia Department of Education released preliminary accreditation results for schools across the Commonwealth. Based upon these projections, Caroline County Public Schools is positioned to experience the most successful accreditation ratings experienced over the past ten years.
These rankings reflect the Virginia Department of Education’s first implementation of the newly adopted accreditation model. The 18-19 school year serves as the Department of Education’s transition between the old and new Standards of Accreditation. For the current school year, the VDOE measured school performance utilizing the accreditation system deemed most favorable for each school.
Previously, accreditation status was based primarily on Standards of Learning (SOL) results, but now calculations will take into account a series of School Quality Indicators. These will include student achievement in the areas of math, English, and science; student growth in math and English; achievement gaps among race, ethnicity, economically disadvantaged, students with disabilities, and English learners; and chronic absenteeism. Virginia high schools are also measured on three additional indicators: dropout rate, graduation completion index, and college, career, and civic readiness index (Class of 2022).
The new Standards of Accreditation include three ratings: accredited, accredited with conditions, and accreditation denied. Based upon preliminary data, it is anticipated that 4 out of 5 schools will achieve full accreditation. While one school is expected to earn a rating of accredited with conditions, achievement data indicate tremendous growth and momentum for achieving full accreditation status for the 19-20 school year. Official statewide, division, and school pass rates will be released to the public on August 22 with finalized accreditation ratings being published on September 27.