2018-2019 Instructional Calendar

On Monday, February 12, 2018, the CCPS School Board approved the 18-19 Instructional Calendar. The calendar is the result of a process that takes into consideration public feedback and the recommendations of a committee comprised of CCPS staff, parents, and a school board representative.

Here are a few highlights of the newly adopted calendar that may support family and staff planning:

  • The first day of school will be Monday, August 13.
  • Fall break for students will be Friday, October 12 – Monday, October 15.
  • Winter break for students will be Friday, December 21 – Friday, January 4, 2019. Students will return to class on Monday, January 7, 2019.
  • Winter break for students will be Friday, December 21 – Friday, January 4, 2019. Students will return to class on Monday, January 7, 2019.
  • Spring break will be April 1-5, 2019 (The first week of April will now be used as a consistent spring break to support alignment with some neighboring divisions. An extended weekend will be provided around the holiday.)
  • The last day of school for students will be Wednesday, May 21, 2019 (Half Day).

To view and print the full calendar, click on the following link: 2018-2019 Caroline County Public Schools Calendar (Printable PDF)

Sarah B. Calveric, Ph.D.
Assistant Superintendent of Instruction
Caroline County Public Schools

CCPS FY19 Operational Budget Presentation

Thank you for taking a moment to learn about the CCPS FY19 budget process.

We welcome your questions, comments, or suggestions at our online budget feedback form.

All information will be compiled and reviewed by the school board office budget team. A frequently asked question document will be developed and posted to our website in the near future.

Budget Information Session Presentation

Figures included in this presentation are subject to change.

Printable PDF document that includes presentation slides and notes.

Parent Online Session: Take Home Device Pilot

There are currently 15 digital champion teachers at Caroline Middle School and Caroline High School are participating in a 1:1 pilot program. In August, each digital champion received a classroom Chromebook cart to use with their students while at school. The learning management system, Schoology, was introduced to the pilot teachers and is being used as the platform to support blending learning experiences.

To further extend our pilot year, two classrooms, one at the middle school and one at the high school will become 1:1 “take home device” users. Students will be able to use their Chromebooks to complete homework, projects, or conduct research in any of their classes. Students who do not have internet access at home will be able to download assignments before they leave class. When students return to school and log into their Chromebooks, their homework will automatically be uploaded. Additionally, students participating in the “take home” pilot will serve as our student digital advisory team which will help inform and educate the digital champion planning team and resolve any hurdles which may hinder a successful 1:1 implementation during the 2018-2019 school year. Most importantly, these students will have additional opportunities to engage in personalized learning experiences at school and home.

Mrs. Didlake’s second period (CHS) and Mrs. Vanderherchen’s fifth period (CMS) classes have been identified as a “take home device” pilot classrooms.

Parent’s who have opted for the online session, please click on your child’s class below:

Mrs. Didlake’s second period

Mrs. Vanderherchen’s fifth period

Caroline County Teacher Announced as VFW National Teacher of the Year

We are pleased to announce that Caroline Middle School’s U.S. History II teacher, Ms. Sara Gibson has been selected as both the Virginia State Veterans of Foreign War’s Teacher of the Year as well as the VFW National Teacher of the year.
The VFW Teacher of the Year award contest recognizes three exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment and passion for teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students. Each year, a classroom elementary, junior high, and high school teacher whose curriculum focuses on citizenship education topics can be nominated for the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award. Winners receive $1,000 for their own professional development, $1,000 for their respective schools, plus a free trip to New Orleans, La., where the awards will be presented during the 118th VFW National Convention this July.
In addition to the traditional awards, the top 10 high school category nominees will receive a special tuition grant to attend a summer Freedoms Foundation’s Medal of Honor Legacy graduate program. The accredited course, which includes up to three graduate credit hours, focuses on character-building and developing responsible citizens through the study of history and social sciences.
Caroline County Public Schools celebrate Ms. Gibson’s accomplishments and are fortunate for the learning opportunities her students receive on a daily basis as well as the impact she has on our community!

Sara Gibson in Korea
Sara Gibson

Inclement Weather Plan

Team Caroline,

Recent encounters with Mother Nature have provided Caroline County Public Schools with a natural opportunity to remind families of the school division’s inclement weather plan. As noted on the back of the 2017-2018 instructional calendar (located at www.ccps.us – under Division tab), CCPS has identified February 16 and April 9 as potential inclement weather make-up days. At this time, February 19 and April 9 will not be used as make-up days; however, the CCPS leadership team will continue to monitor the impact of any future closings on state requirements and instruction.

The Code of Virginia requires that school divisions’ instructional calendars reflect a minimum of 990 instructional hours. The 2017-2018 instructional calendar currently exceeds 990 hours which provides the division with flexibility to use “banked hours” to address the loss of instructional time due to inclement weather. School Board Office staff closely monitors lost instructional hours to ensure we remain in compliance with this regulation. This is especially critical at the secondary level as Caroline High School operates on a 4×4 schedule which equates to courses being one semester long. We must ensure that these semester-long high school courses align with state regulations by offering at least 495 hours of instruction per semester.

We respectfully reserve the right to inform you of any calendar changes should future closings necessitate a change to our current school calendar.

Thank you!