Budget Work Session

BUDGET WORK SESSION

CAROLINE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD

A special budget work session of the Caroline County School Board will be held on March 27, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room at the School Board Office.

Approved 17-18 Instructional Calendar

We are pleased to announce that the 2017-2018 instructional calendar was adopted by the School Board on Monday evening. Options A and C were presented to the Board for second review. The Board approved Option C and thanked the Calendar Committee for garnering stakeholder input from various Superintendent Advisory Committees, community and employee survey data, and school board member feedback.

View: 2017-2018 Instructional Calendar (PDF)

Caroline Teacher Selected for The 2017 Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture Award

The National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Farm Credit announced that eight general education teachers from around the country have been selected as winners of the National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award for 2017.

These kindergarten-through-12th grade teachers won the award for the innovative ways they use agricultural concepts to teach core subject areas of reading, writing, math, science, social studies, STEM and more.

“We’re proud of these award-winning teachers who demonstrate so well how effective agriculture can be when used as a teaching tool,” said Dr. Victoria LeBeaux, the National Agriculture in the Classroom Program Leader for USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), which provides federal leadership and annual funding for NAITC.

“These teachers exemplify how easily connections to agriculture can be made in classroom instruction,” said Chris Fleming, president of NAITCO. “We honor them for the strides they make in agricultural literacy in their classrooms every day.”

Jessica Pittman, a first grade teacher in Caroline County, uses counting different types of seeds to teach math, a Virginia Ag shapes lesson to teach geometry, and an aeroponic growing system to teach science, among other subject areas.

They will be honored by at the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference “Show Me Agriculture,” to be held June 20-23 at the Sheraton Kansas City Crown Center in Kansas City, MO. NAITCO is a non-profit organization representing most of the 50 state Agriculture in the Classroom programs around the country. Its mission is to educate K-12 teachers and students about the importance of agriculture by providing them with web-based materials, workshops and awards programs that demonstrate how agriculture can be used to effectively teach core subject areas.

Review of the Educational Technology Plan for Virginia: 2017-2022 – Request For Stakeholder Review and Comments

At the February 2017 Board of Education meeting, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will provide a report on the timeline for the development of the Educational Technology Plan for Virginia: 2017-2022.  It is anticipated that the plan will be completed by November 2017.

An important part of this development process is the solicitation of comments from teachers, instructional technology resource teachers, librarians, administrators, curriculum supervisors, professional organizations, businesses, and other members of the public. Please inform personnel in your school division, and other stakeholders, that they may review and comment on both the current 2015-2017 Addendum to the Educational Technology Plan for Virginia: 2010-2015 and the proposed outline for the Educational Technology Plan for Virginia: 2017-2022. Comments will be received through February 2017.

The VDOE is also seeking individuals who are qualified and available to participate in small focus group meetings in early March. All those interested in participating should complete the short Interest Form – Attachment A, by February 6, 2017. Please email the form to jean.weller@doe.virginia.gov or mail form to Jean Weller at the Department of Education, P.O. Box 2120, 22nd Floor, Richmond, VA  23218.  Focus group participants will be selected on the basis of interest and experience. Selected participants will be notified by February 15, 2017. Focus Group meetings will be held March 1-3, 2017 in Richmond, VA (participants will attend only one day of these meetings).

If you have questions about this process, please contact Jean Weller, Instructional Technology Specialist, Office of Technology and Virtual Learning, by email at jean.weller@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2825.

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