Virginia Students Thank Their School Divisions For Commitment to Tobacco- and E-Cigarette-Free Schools

60 Schools in 27 Virginia School Divisions Celebrate Tobacco-Free Spirit Day

WHAT

On February 14, 2018, join the 24/7 campaign, Y Street and the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth in celebrating Virginia school divisions with 100% comprehensive tobacco- and e-cigarette-free policies. While all school divisions in Virginia have policies prohibiting tobacco use, only 34 school divisions in Virginia currently have 100% comprehensive policies that prohibit the use, possession, and distribution of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, by anyone, anytime, anywhere on school property or at school events, including those that are off-site.

Chesterfield County Public Schools, Caroline County Public Schools, Cumberland County Public Schools, Harrisonburg City Public Schools, Henrico County Public Schools, Hopewell City Public Schools, Powhatan County Public Schools, Richmond City Public Schools and Rockingham County Public Schools are proud to be part of the thirty-four. In these 9 divisions, more than 167,000 students are protected from tobacco and e-cigarettes by this policy.

WHO

Students across Virginia will lead school-based events for Tobacco-Free Spirit Day to celebrate their tobacco- and e-cigarette-free pride while raising awareness of their division’s comprehensive policy.

Tobacco-Free Spirit Day is part of the 24/7 campaign, an initiative of Y Street, the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth’s award-winning high school volunteer program promoting a healthy Virginia. The 24/7 campaign partners with divisions across the state to adopt, implement and enforce 100% tobacco- and e-cigarette- free school policies.

Invited : Superintendents and School Board members in Chesterfield, Cumberland, and Caroline counties, see below for event times and locations.

WHY

Schools are places where youth learn inside and outside the classroom. While all school divisions in Virginia have a policy prohibiting tobacco use, only 34 out of 132 Virginia school divisions have 100% comprehensive tobacco- and e-cigarette free policies. Tobacco-Free Spirit Day is a chance for students and school communities to thank their divisions for their commitment to 100% tobacco-free schools . School divisions like Chesterfield County, Caroline County, Cumberland County, Harrisonburg City, Henrico County, Hopewell City, Powhatan County, Richmond City and Rockingham County are are sending a powerful message that tobacco and e-cigarettes have no place in the school environment.

WHEN

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (see below for specific times for each participating school).

WHERE

Caroline Middle School
11:17-12:50

Caroline High School
11:00-1:05

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.

Celebrating Black History Month


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Black History Month Activities At-A-Glance

Bowling Green Elementary School:

  • Sharing Black History facts during morning announcements
  • Incorporating Black History activities in daily instruction
  • Making books, quilts, and learning songs for the CCPS interdisciplinary project (2/27)
  • BGES Celebrates Dawn, the Community, and Union High School

Lewis and Clark Elementary School:

  • Spotlighting and creating books about influential African Americans
  • Presentation from Uncle Ty-Rone: Dream It, Believe It
  • Showcasing and reading Coretta Scott King Award winning books

Madison Elementary School:

  • PowerPoint presentations on African Americans past and present
  • Reading and writing poetry from famous African Americans
  • Completing biography paper bag projects to share on famous African Americans

Caroline Middle School:

  • Daily announcements include “Today in Black History”
  • Lessons and projects in history, science and weekly Eagle Hour
  • Trivia contests on famous African Americans

Caroline High School:

  • Streaming Black History Month PowerPoints
  • Reading and discussing the Bluford High Series book of choice
  • Daily questions on announcements about Black History Month
  • Black History Month facts posted on the website

Books for Black History Month

  • Elijah by Christopher Paul
  • Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill
  • Goin’ Someplace Special by Patricia McKissack
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Mine Eyes Have Seen by Bob Adelman
  • He said. She said. By Kwame Alexander
  • Loving vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell

Black History Community Events

February 2-25, 2018

  • Songs from the Soul: The evolution of African American music from spiritual to jazz to rap. Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn, Richmond, VA.

February 12, 2018

  • UMW Black History Month Jazz Ensemble Celebration at HCC Digital Auditorium (7:30)

February 13, 2018

  • The Tuskegee Airman at UMW George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium (7:30)

February 27, 2018

  • Rise Up for Education Celebration at 
Caroline High School (6:00-8:00)

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