Caroline County Public Schools Starts 2018-19 School Year with All Teacher Positions Filled

Caroline County students will return for the 2018-19 school year to all classroom positions being fully staffed. There are immeasurable benefits to having a qualified teacher in every classroom. At the beginning of 2017-18, Caroline had seven teacher vacancies which were staffed by long-term substitutes, which is never an ideal situation.

Even with today’s shortage of teacher candidates, CCPS was able to recruit and hire for all teaching positions. Caroline implemented numerous strategies to ensure we were hiring the best and the brightest for 2018-2019. In addition to listing openings on the CCPS website, the Human Resources Department reached out to local colleges for available graduates, posted openings on Indeed, and advertised on the CCPS Facebook page which has 4,227 followers. The administrative staff recruited graduates from Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York colleges and offered 15+ early letters of intent. This was the second year of an employee referral incentive funded by Grand Canyon University, which provided the referring staff member a gift card in return for a successful teacher referral. Additionally, the division offered a signing bonus for many of their hard-to-fill positions.

“I am delighted that we are starting off the year fully staffed. In the past, we have started with vacancies and had to use long-term substitutes,” said School Board Chairman, George Spaulding.

Teacher retention will be the focus for this school year. Once CCPS finds good teachers, we want to keep them here.

CCPS K-12 Profile of a Graduate

In 2015, the Virginia Board of Education (VBOE) received a number of recommendations from the Standards of Learning Innovation Committee regarding the future of teaching and learning in the commonwealth. It was noted that earning a diploma must be about more than passing a prescribed series of courses and tests. Additionally, the board also heard from higher education, businesses and the military that graduates need skills and attributes such as critical thinking, creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and citizenship to be successful in life.

In response, the board elected to redesign the high school experience and develop a “Profile of a Virginia Graduate.” In December 2017, the Board of Education adopted the Profile of a Graduate which describes, “the knowledge, skills, experiences and attributes that students must attain to be successful in college and/or the work force and to be “life ready” in an economy and a world characterized by rapid change.” The board determined that a life-ready Virginia graduate must:

  • Achieve and apply appropriate academic and technical knowledge (content knowledge);
  • Demonstrate productive workplace skills, qualities, and behaviors (workplace skills);
  • Build connections and value interactions with others as a responsible and responsive citizen (community engagement and civic responsibility); and
  • Align knowledge, skills and personal interests with career opportunities (career exploration).

The Profile of a Graduate was referenced by the Board of Education as they reviewed the commonwealth’s diploma standards to ensure that high school graduates are prepared for success after high school. This new legislation which was passed by the 2016 General Assembly, and signed by Governor Terry McAulliffe, requires that diploma standards align with the Profile of a Virginia Graduate. The graduation changes are noted below and become effective with first-time ninth graders in the fall of the 2018-2019 school year (graduating class of 2022).

  • Emphasis on “5 C’s – critical thinking, creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and citizenship
  • Reduction in credits verified by SOL test
    • Advanced Diploma  = 9 verified credits to 5 verified credits
    • Standard = 6 verified credits to 5 verified credits
  • Introduction of broader types of assessments (Performance Based Assessments)
  • Stronger connections to careers and workforce
  • Emphasis on “real world” problems

Caroline County Public Schools is passionate about the adopted changes and has worked throughout the 2017-2018 school year with various stakeholder committees to develop a CCPS K-12 Profile of a Graduate. Using the CCPS strategic plan, Pathways 2022, as a guiding document, the school-based committees have generated short and long-term goals aimed at identifying clearly defined K-12 leveled learning experiences and 5C’s mastery rubrics, engagement strategies, and higher order thinking question banks to support the purposeful inclusion of critical thinking, creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and citizenship within the classroom. Additionally, the creation of experiential learning opportunities are being further developed, such as internships, externships, apprenticeships, volunteer work, and capstone projects which support career exploration.

The finalized CCPS K-12 Profile of a Graduate model was unveiled to the school board and instructional leaders in July 2018 and rolled out to the student body, staff, and community at the start of the 2018-2019 school year. The purposeful alignment of curriculum and instruction with the CCPS Profile of a Graduate will support the attainment of the division’s vision: “Empowering the next generation of learners, thinkers, and leaders.”

CCPS K-12 Profile of a Graduate

The CCPS K-12 Profile of a Graduate website is online! Start now at or or

Logo graphic that says explore today, impact tomorrow. Profile of a Graduate.

2018-2019 Student Fees

With the new school year upon us, please see the approved list of student fees for the 2018-2019 school year:

We look forward to seeing students and parents at Open House in the coming days. Note: Open House dates and times are available on each school’s website.

Adult Education and Resource Fair

Caroline High School
August 9, 2018

2018 Participating Vendors
Adult Education
Labor Finders
Head Start
Germanna Workforce
Virginia Employment Commission
Caroline Social Services
Caroline Parent Resource Center
5 Rings Financial
Caroline’s Promise

For more information contact: Anthony McNeill, M. Ed.
19155 Rogers Clark Blvd. Milford VA 22514 (804) 633-5088 ext. 1810

Adult Education Classes in Caroline County

Classes in English for Adults- Reading, Writing, Conversation, Listening
T/TH 6-8:30pm Sept. 10, 2018-Dec. 6, 2018
Location: CT Smith, 7278 Ladysmith Rd, Ruther Glen
Cost: FREE
Contact: Rappahannock Area Regional Adult Education
Tel: 540-898-8165 or 804-633-5088 ext 1810

GED Classes: Classes to prepare for GED testing for adults
-Preparation for Reading Language Arts, Math, Science, & Social Studies
M/W 9:30am-12; T/TH 6-8:30pm Sept. 10, 2018-Dec. 6, 2018
Location: CT Smith, 7278 Ladysmith Rd, Ruther Glen
Cost: FREE
Contact: Rappahannock Area Regional Adult Education
Tel: 540-898-8165 or 804-633-5088 ext 1810

Caroline County School Board Approves New Attendance Policy

In an effort to align Caroline County Public School’s (CCPS) attendance policy with the Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) new chronic absenteeism requirement for accreditation, Caroline has established attendance teams at each school and has partnered with the Caroline County Department of Social Services to support families in ensuring that students come to school on time and ready to learn. The policy revision promotes a team approach to improving attendance in an effort to increase achievement, close performance gaps between student subgroups, and to reduce the dropout rate.
The VDOE chose to include chronic absenteeism as a non-academic indicator when judging school quality. Students who miss more than 10 percent of the school year — or approximately 18 days — for any reason will negatively impact his/her school’s accreditation rating. Chronic absenteeism incorporates all absences: excused, unexcused, and out of school suspensions. The focus on chronic absenteeism is to reduce the academic consequences of lost instructional time and to minimize absences before students miss so much school that they fall behind. It recognizes that students miss school for many understandable issues such as illness or homelessness for which a punitive response is not appropriate. However, what helps is working with families to share the importance of attendance and to remedy the underlying problems that lead to chronic absenteeism.
To address chronic absenteeism using a “Connect and Correct” strategy, CCPS has established attendance teams made up of student support specialists, counselors, teachers, social workers, administrators, attendance clerks, stakeholders from the department of social services, and central office staff. Attendance teams have weekly meetings to complete the following tasks:
• monitor rising absences (students who miss 3 or more days per month)
• contact families via phone and letter to alert them of attendance concerns
• contact home to inform parents if attendance meeting is needed (Student Support Specialists)
• hold attendance meetings as needed with the appropriate stakeholders at the table to support families
• make home visits if contact cannot be established by phone or letter
• initiate attendance incentive programs for students with high absence rates
• announce school-wide incentives and celebrate a culture of “It’s cool to be in school.”

Through heightened collaboration between division personnel and school attendance teams, CCPS experienced a significant reduction at each school in chronic absenteeism. The chart below shows the percentage of students at each school who missed more than 15 days in 2017 compared to 2018.


CCPS is excited about this reduction in chronic absenteeism and looks forward to our continued partnership with community agencies to foster excellence in attendance for all students who attend Caroline County Public Schools.