4 Early Release/Parent Academy
16 SB Meeting 6:30 p.m.
25 Senior Convocation
5 Q1 Ends
5 Early Release
6 Parent Conferences
13 SB Meeting 6:30 p.m
21-23 Thanksgiving Holiday
6 Early Release
18 SB Meeting 6:30
19 Early Release
20-31 Winter Break
CCPS Schools will be on a one-hour delay tomorrow, Monday, October 15th in an effort to provide our students and families with additional time to prepare for the bus stop and the school day.
Parents and students spent the evening walking around to classrooms searching for the next fun reading or math activity. Students had the chance to:
Justify their answers to "Which One Doesn't Belong"
Search, identify, and color letters in the "ABC Sensory Bin"
Build catapults to estimate and measure distance Create funny phrases and stories with "Fall Mad Libs"
Take home a book after creating their own "Seasonal Poem"
Practice their number sense with a variety of card games Practice computation skills in the "Zombie Attacks" room
Kinesthetics was the theme as students took a "Book Walk" for prizes
Take home resources and even a homemade scrapbook!
In recent weeks, considerable concern has been expressed regarding the presence of mold in the cafeteria of the high school. This community concern is certainly understandable. However, we hope that it is also accompanied by a sense of confidence that school system leadership has taken the steps necessary to address the situation effectively. We realize that maintaining the confidence of our community is also built on our commitment to communicate quickly and thoroughly with you. Consequently, the purpose of this letter is to share the results of extensive testing and to advise you of our actions thus far.
Last Friday, Sept. 21, Mold USA, a national mold inspection and consultation company, conducted extensive testing at the high school. Specifically, samples were taken from the cafeteria dining room area; heating and air conditioning vents were also swabbed for testing; and comparative air quality samples were taken (i.e. outdoor air samples are to be compared with indoor air samples from the affected area). Results revealed that spore counts for all indicators were light to undetectable in the high school cafeteria, thus testing below all normal limits.
Per the events of this past week, the school division has done the following to address the situation in the interim:
While we regret any inconvenience and concern this situation has caused, we trust you can see that the CCPS response to this situation was immediate. Not only were the affected tiles removed and professional air quality testing secured, students and staff were relocated from the affected area in a timely manner. With this last round of testing complete, our students will return to the cafeteria tomorrow, Friday, September 28 to resume regular dining service. Additionally, the school division will be completing a full building test for mold at both school buildings and will share the results when we receive them late next week.
In the meantime, school system leadership thanks you for your ongoing support during this challenging time.
During Mr. Brown’s Civics classes students had the opportunity not only to be introduced to replica primary document of the Declaration of Independence but also had the opportunity to explore the Bill of Rights in depth with partners. Students were given the opportunity to modernize these documents by putting them in their own words.
It is official! The Virginia Department of Education has released final results and they show that for a second consecutive year both CCES and CCHS are fully accredited by the state. Way to go CCPS students and staff!
This morning, the Virginia’s Secretary of Education, Atif Qarni, visited CCES with officials from the Governor’s and Educational Offices, to deliver school supplies for our teachers and students. The Secretary was treated to a tour of CCES and was able to see everything, from our newly-installed playground equipment for greater student equity, to our teacher classrooms. He took time to talk to our teachers and wish them well for the coming school year. Additionally, we had a great opportunity to speak with the Secretary regarding the challenges we continue to work with here in Charles City, as well as some of the possible legislative items that his office and the Governor can support in the upcoming General Assembly Session to assist us in better assisting our students.
Our Central Office has moved! Our new location is at 10035 Courthouse Road, Charles City, VA 23030.
Well….we did it! For the second year in a row, Charles City High School made the top state and national rankings of high schools, maintaining its consistent Bronze Medal Ranking in the nation (within the top 20% of high schools in the country) and moving up to what appears to be 71 in the rankings of top 118 high schools in their statewide rankings in Virginia. The link below should take everyone to the report and overview for the 2018 data:
While this is one ranking and set of indicator criteria, as I shared last year, the national nature and name-recognition that goes with this publication and their annual rankings of high schools, colleges and universities is significant.
Congratulations to our faculty and staff for their continued success. We are pleased to be able to count our high school among the best in the state and the nation!
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