60% of Caroline Schools Earn Full Accreditation

On Wednesday, September 13, 2017, The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) released 2017-2018 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 2017-2018 school year, Caroline County Public Schools (CCPS) has three schools rated “Fully Accredited”, and two schools seeking the rating of “Partially Accredited: Reconstituted School” pending action by the Virginia Board of Education:

  • Bowling Green ES – Seeking the rating of Partially Accredited: Reconstituted School (Pending Action by the Virginia Board of Education);
  • Lewis and Clark ES – Fully Accredited;
  • Madison ES – Fully Accredited;
  • Caroline MS – Seeking the rating of Partially Accredited: Reconstituted School (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, Madison Elementary School’s increased English (reading) performance resulted in the school earning full accreditation for the 17-18 school year. Additionally, all three CCPS elementary schools met or exceeded the accreditation benchmark in the areas of math, science, and social studies. While Bowling Green Elementary School missed the VDOE benchmark for English by 4 percentage points, the school division remains confident that a marked reduction in teacher attrition, the addition of research-based instructional programs, and the ongoing delivery of focused professional development will lead to the school’s attainment of full accreditation status.

Caroline Middle School continues to exceed the required SOL accreditation benchmark of 70% in the content areas of history and science. Despite falling short of the VDOE accreditation benchmarks in English and mathematics, the Caroline County Public School leadership team is optimistic that CMS will meet or exceed all Standards of Learning benchmarks and join Caroline High School as a fully accredited school during the 2018-2019 school year. Under new leadership, Caroline Middle has embraced new educational programs and embedded an intervention/enrichment block into the daily schedule to positively impact teaching and learning.

Caroline schools are celebrating academic successes and embracing a collective, laser-like focus on teaching and learning for the 2017-2018 school year. Click below to learn more about VDOE Accreditation, the VDOE School Quality Profiles, and CCPS Frequently Asked Questions.

CCPS Accreditation FAQ:
https://www.ccps.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2017-2018-School-Accreditation-Ratings-FAQ.pdf

VDOE Accountability Terminology:
http://www.doe.virginia.gov/statistics_reports/school_report_card/accountability_terminology.shtml

VDOE Accreditation Media Release:
http://www.doe.virginia.gov/news/news_releases/2017/09_sep13.shtml

VDOE School Quality Profiles:
http://schoolquality.virginia.gov/

Required Parent Notifications

At the start of each school year, there are many notifications that schools are required to make. Some of these are included in the Student Code of Conduct, student handbooks, and other documents. If you would prefer to have a paper copy of any of the information or notification documents, one will be provided upon your request by contacting your child’s school or the School Board Office (804-633-5088).

https://www.ccps.us/required-notifications/

Solar Eclipse – Monday, August 21, 2017

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s) of CCPS Students:

On Monday, August 21, 2017, the moon will pass between the earth and the sun for the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse since 1918. Millions of Americans in 12 states will be able to watch this solar spectacle that will turn day into night for a few brief minutes. Virginia is among the 12 states that have been declared to be a “best place” to experience this rare phenomenon. Because prime visibility will occur in the Richmond area between the school hours of 1:00-4:00 p.m., Caroline County Public Schools will implement the following schedule modifications and educational opportunities to ensure the safety of our students and staff:

On Monday, August 21:

  • All students will report to school/class at their normally scheduled time.
  • Outdoor recess for elementary students will occur prior to 1:00 p.m.
  • Elementary students will dismiss at 4:10 p.m. to ensure safe travel after the completion of the solar eclipse.
  • Middle and high school students will dismiss at their normal times. Safety tips related to the solar eclipse will be provided to all secondary students prior to departure.
  • Should a parent be concerned about his/her teenage driver being distracted by the eclipse while behind the wheel, a written excuse to depart at 12:00 p.m. must be submitted to the CHS office.
  • All after school activities will remain inside until 4:10 p.m. Please note, the evening activity bus may be delayed by 10-15 minutes due to the altered elementary departure time.
  • While CCPS has instituted appropriate precautionary measures, should a parent elect to keep his/her child home for the day an excused absence will be granted with a parent note. DOWNLOAD: CCPS Solar Eclipse Opt-Out of Viewing Form (PDF)

Schools have planned activities surrounding this “once-in-a-lifetime” educational opportunity. The level of participation will vary by campus. Classroom activities may include integrated instructional activities, watching the live NASA broadcast, and/or viewing the eclipse using school provided official eyewear. Solar eclipse glasses brought from home will not be permitted. Schools selecting to view the eclipse will be sending home a parent permission form.

NASA and The American Astronomical Society have outlined safety measures for viewing the 2017 solar eclipse. Please go to the link provided for additional information: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.

As always the safety of our students is in the forefront of every decision. Thank you for helping us make the 2017 solar eclipse a safe and memorable educational opportunity for Caroline County Public Schools’ students.

Thank you,

CCPS Instructional Department