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:
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!
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.