On behalf of Dr. Calveric and the Senior Leadership Team, the board is pleased to announce that Caroline County Public Schools will celebrate January 20-26 as Principal’s Appreciation Week. The role of the Principal as the instructional leader is critically important to ensure students have access to high quality teaching and learning experiences. Our principals work diligently to help students and teachers excel, and their leadership and hard work are essential to the success of our schools. Please take a moment to thank your Principal this week!
CCPS has been excited to partner with the Caroline Education Foundation to recognize the CEF Innovation Grant recipients. CEF Innovation Grants were created to encourage and reward innovative classroom instructional approaches supportive of college and career readiness, technology integration, critical thinking/problem solving, STEM/TEAM, project based learning, student leadership/collaboration, etc. Recipients will be awarded Innovation Grants between the amounts of $200 minimum and $500 maximum. Congratulations to all Innovation Grant Winners!
This month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse culture, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.
Schools are encouraged to observe this month by reading books, providing engaging activities, having ceremonies, and programs. Teachers and students may also visit the online selected exhibits and collections at https://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/.
Caroline County Public Schools saw an overall increase in its on-time graduation rate, according to the Virginia Department of Education. The report, released in October of 2019, said that the on-time graduation rate for Caroline High School is 93.02%, up from 85% in 2018. The state average is 91.5%, down from 91.6% last year. The on-time graduation rate shows the percentage of students who have earned their diploma within four years of entering high school. According to the Virginia Department of Education, the percentage is determined by longitudinal student-level data and account for student mobility, retention and promotion patterns. Caroline High School exceeded all state target. CHS had a 6% increase in English Language Arts and a 2% increase in Math, while celebrating 2 consecutive years of surpassing the state targets in science. In addition to their academic and On-Time Graduation performance CHS also decreased their chronic absenteeism by 4%.
The School Board Office team and I would like to thank Lisa Stevens and Dr. Calveric for organizing our leadership team’s 2019 summer field trips to the Port Royal School & Museum, the Caroline Fair, and MC Dean. A lot of us on the SBO team are “Come Heres” and it was so engaging and educating to get see and learn about the community in which we serve. The central office team embarked on three summer field trips in the Caroline community: The Port Royal School and Museum, The Caroline Fair, and the final stop, M.C. Dean. In the pictures above Mrs. Cleo Coleman taught us about the day and life of a Caroline student “Back in the Day” and now all CCPS 4th graders will have that same experience through our partnership with the Port Royal School team.
Geoffrey Honan and the team at the Caroline Fair educated and motivated the students of CCPS with a behind-the-scenes look at how the fair works and it’s importance to the history of Caroline County.
Our final stop at MC Dean brought tears to our eyes to see some of our current and former Cavaliers on the job while leading teams of workers in the field of electrical engineering. This phenomenal business partner is helping our CHS students with 3E readiness (enlisted, employed, and enrolled) through their “apprenticeship to employment” program. Last year, Caroline High School had 12 graduates receive an MC Dean contract. This year CHS will have 20 student participants during the 19-20 school year. We cannot wait to see our young women and men cross the 2020 graduation stage and be greeted on the other side with an MC Dean job offer!