Caroline County Public Schools Announces Natalee Tuck as Special Education Coordinator/Danny Younce as Pupil Transportation Coordinator

Caroline County Public Schools is excited to announce Mrs. Natalee Tuck will be joining the Special Education team as Compliance Coordinator, filling the position vacated by Mr. James O’Reilly. Mrs. Tuck will begin on 8/1/2020. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University and earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Grand Canyon University. Mrs. Tuck has worked as a Special Education Teacher for Caroline County Public Schools since 2004. She has also served as the Special Education and Child Study/Eligibility Chairperson from 2006-2014 for Lewis and Clark Elementary School. CCPS welcomes Natalee Tuck as the Special Education Compliance Coordinator.

Natalee Tuck

Caroline County Public Schools is excited to announce Danny Younce will be joining the Transportation team as the Pupil Transportation Coordinator, filling the position vacated by Mr. Erick Childs. He will begin on 6/16/2020. Mr. Younce attended Germanna Community College with a focus on business and career development coursework and is a member of the Virginia Association of Pupil Transportation. He served as a bus driver for Stafford County before attaining the position of Route Manager for Prince William County Schools in 2014. Mr. Younce plans to use his interpersonal and organizational skills to assist the transportation department and build upon the goals.

Danny Younce

CCPS Superintendent, Dr. Sarah Calveric Selected for the Virginia Superintendents Leadership Academy

Caroline County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Sarah Calveric has been selected as a participant in the inaugural cohort of the Virginia Superintendents Leadership Academy (VSLA). Dr. Calveric is one of fifteen superintendents chosen to take part in the first-ever VSLA program. The Leadership Academy will provide participants with a unique Professional Learning Community designed to meet the challenges and opportunities of Virginia superintendents.

The VSLA curriculum is organized around the acquisition of leadership competencies identified in the Profile of a Virginia Leader, which was presented to the Virginia Board of Education in July 2020. The cohort of colleagues will engage in sessions that promote leadership strategies that help superintendents adapt to ever changing challenges facing schools and unforeseen problems that undoubtedly will occur in the future. Throughout the year-long program, Dr. Calveric will complete a capstone project focused on a problem of practice specifically focused on Caroline County Public Schools.

Caroline County Public Schools is proud of Dr. Calveric’s commitment to professional growth and congratulates her on participating in the Virginia Association of School Superintendents’ VSLA Academy.

Dr. Sarah Calveric

Health Requirements for Enrollment Reentry

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) encourages school divisions to communicate the importance of getting immunizations and physicals required for school enrollment to parents or guardians of school-age children. Although the COVID-19 pandemic initially disrupted or limited services offered by local health departments and providers, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that parents proceed with well-child physicals and immunizations through their local health care providers. Planning ahead to complete these state requirements for school enrollment will ensure a smooth and safe start when schools reopen.
The Code of Virginia requires that children receive a comprehensive physical examination
(§ 22.1-270) within 12 months prior to the start of school and be adequately immunized (§ 22.1-271.2) before entering public kindergarten or elementary school. Other required immunizations include Human Papillomavirus (HPV) for girls entering sixth grade; and a Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (Tdap) booster for entry into seventh grade.
Additional resources are available for families of uninsured and underinsured children or those impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic.
● The VDH, Vaccines for Children Map indicates participating providers for immunizations by region. Parents may contact local clinics directly for information and hours of service.
● The Virginia Community Healthcare Association works with a statewide network of clinics that bill for public and some private insurance. Many clinics provide a sliding scale for those without insurance and offer free immunizations in partnership with the VDH.
● The Virginia Association of Free Clinics are independent, nonprofit, volunteer-driven and community-based organizations. Each clinic sets its own eligibility requirements and guidelines, and all must be contacted directly for assistance.

School divisions are reminded that children of military families, without documentation of immunizations, should be immediately enrolled and shall have up to 30 days from the date of enrollment to obtain any immunizations required by the receiving state. The Interstate Compact on the Educational Opportunity of Military Children (§ 22.1-360) does not waive the physical examination requirement for these children. If the pupil’s health record indicates that a physical was conducted prior to admission to another school or school division then the receiving school is permitted to use such a report when enrolling the student (§ 22.1-270). School divisions should consider the current challenges that military families may face in scheduling physical examinations as a result of COVID-19 and find ways to support families in securing the required physicals.
Regular requirements for physicals and immunizations do not impact the immediate enrollment mandate in the McKinney-Vento Act for students experiencing homelessness. Students who are eligible for McKinney-Vento rights and services should be immediately enrolled unless additional requirements, specifically implemented to address the pandemic, are being placed on all students. In such cases, the additional requirements would apply as comparable requirements. The student/family should be referred to the Local Homeless Education Liaison who can ensure the family receives assistance with any barriers caused by the requirements, including connecting the family with additional community services.
If you have additional questions, please contact Tracy White, School Health Specialist at VDOE, by email at Tracy.White@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at (804) 786-8671 or Joanna Pitts, School Health Specialist at VDH, by email at Joanna.Pitts@vdh.virginia.gov.

Caroline County teacher receives free “Thank-You” vacation

Thousands of Virginia educators received a digital thank-you note in the Virginia Lottery’s Thank a Teacher campaign. One lucky Virginia teacher received that and a lot more! Elizabeth Flaherty, fourth grade teacher at Lewis and Clark Elementary School in Caroline County, won a Virginia-themed vacation courtesy of the Lottery and $5,000 in credit to the Supply Room for her school.

Flaherty’s name was drawn from nearly 3,000 entries submitted by teachers who entered a special code from their thank-you notes in the prize drawing. On June 3, Virginia Lottery officials surprised Flaherty with the good news via Zoom. The video chat included an additional surprise with an appearance by First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam, who thanked Flaherty and surprised her with a special fieldtrip for her class to the Executive Mansion once school resumes in the fall.

The award-winning Thank a Teacher campaign was held in conjunction with National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 8 – 10). During that week, thousands of digital thank-you notes were sent to Virginia K-12 public school teachers by their students, parents or other Virginians. The cards each had one of three pieces of artwork designed by Virginia elementary, middle and high school students in the Thank a Teacher Art Contest.

When teachers received the thank-you notes, they could use a unique web code on the note to enter for a chance to win the grand prize.

The Thank a Teacher campaign is a partnership between the Virginia Lottery, the Supply Room, and the Virginia PTA. It’s an initiative to celebrate those teachers whose hard work and inspiration have made a difference in so many lives.

The Virginia Lottery is good fun for a great cause. The winning ticket was bought in Greene County, which received more than $1.6 million in Lottery funds for K-12 public education last fiscal year. For more information and a complete list of Lottery funds distributed to Virginia school districts, visit the Virginia Lottery’s Giving Back page.

The Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.7 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating entirely on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Lottery generated a record $650 million for Virginia’s public schools in Fiscal Year 2019. An additional $6.5 million in unclaimed prizes was deposited in the Virginia Literary Fund in FY19, which provides low-interest loans to localities for public school construction, renovations and technology upgrades.

Marcia Stevens Announced as the 2020 VASBO Cardinal Award Winner

Marcia Stevens

Since 2009, members of the Virginia Association of School Business Officials have recognized one outstanding School Finance Officer with the coveted Cardinal Award. The Virginia Cardinal Award is VASBO’s premier recognition honoring a colleague who exemplifies professionalism, leadership, and innovation in the field of school business/finance management. On June 1, 2020, VASBO announced, Caroline County Public Schools’ Chief Operations Officer, Mrs. Marcia Stevens, as the 2020 Cardinal Award recipient. Mrs. Stevens will attend the Southeast Association of School Business Officials (SASBO) Conference in Biloxi, Mississippi in April 2021, where she will be recognized as the Outstanding School Business Official for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Mrs. Stevens joined Caroline County Public Schools in 2018 as Director of Budget and Finance. She readily embraced various roles – serving as the school division’s chief financial authority, collaborating with the senior leadership team, engaging in strategic planning, and building transparent and trusting relationships among CCPS staff, the School Board, and local government. Marcia’s commitment to sound operating procedures, accountability measures, and ethical decision-making partnered with her honest, fair, and consistent demeanor reflect the skills essential to strong organizational effectiveness and efficiency.

In 2019, Mrs. Stevens transitioned into the role of Chief Operations Officer where she has continued to craft strong fiscal policy and practices which have been readily embraced by staff, praised by the School Board, and admired by county government. Beyond logistical enhancements, Marcia has remained attentive to the needs of her employees – instituting professional learning throughout the “operation’s house” to strengthen usage of current technologies, while simultaneously implementing new mechanisms for greater efficiency.

Caroline County Public Schools is proud of Mrs. Stevens and congratulates her on being named VASBO’s 2020 Cardinal Award recipient.

Student Materials Pick-Up

CCPS is offering an opportunity to retrieve student belongings which may have been left behind at school due to the COVID-19 school closure. While schools are unable open the doors to allow families inside, we will offer curbside pick-up of materials.

Please visit your school website to complete the document required for pick-up. You will schedule a date/time in the document within the timeframes noted below.

  • Secondary Pick Up Schedule: June 8th- 11th
  • Elementary Pick Up Schedule: June 15th-18th

Please remain in your vehicle for curbside pickup.

Student Materials Pick-Up Flyer (PDF)

Caroline County Public Schools Announces Mrs. Corinne Griggs as New Principal of Caroline Middle School

Caroline County Schools is pleased to announce that Mrs. Corinne Griggs has been named the new principal of Caroline Middle School. Mrs. Griggs replaces Mr. Darin Thompson who was appointed Principal of Varina High School at the Henrico County School Board Meeting on May 28, 2020.
A Caroline County resident and native Virginian, Mrs. Griggs graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with both her Bachelors in English and Master of Teaching degrees as well as a Post-Masters in Educational Leadership and Supervision. For the past three years Mrs. Griggs has served as Assistant Principal at Caroline Middle School. Additionally, Mrs. Griggs was selected to participate in a two-year leadership cohort through University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education’s Statewide Communities of Practice for Excellence. Corinne has also served as an instrumental leader in Caroline County Public Schools’ development and implementation of the Virginia Tiered Systems of Support.
Prior to joining the Caroline team in 2017, Mrs. Griggs began her education career in Chesterfield County where she was a teacher and soccer coach at Matoaca Middle School as well Providence Middle School. Before becoming an integral member of the CMS Eagle family, Corinne worked as an Assistant Principal at G. W. Carver Middle School.
We are excited to celebrate Mrs. Griggs’ promotion to CMS principal and look forward to the succession planning that will occur between the incoming and outgoing leaders. Please join Caroline County Public Schools in welcoming Mrs. Griggs to her new position and congratulating Mr. Thompson on his new leadership opportunity in his home county.

Corinne Griggs