E-News from the PTRC

The VDOE has contracted with a company called GovDelivery/Granicus that will provide us with the capability to push information out to families directly.  The main focus will be Family Engagement in Education Month.  Families can sign up to receive these messages on our website, but they won’t know about it unless they actually visit the VDOE site!  In an effort to help us get the word out to families, I’d like to request that you send this link to the families with whom you work:https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/VADOE/subscriber/new

The VDOE has contracted with a company called GovDelivery/Granicus that will provide us with the capability to push information out to families directly.  The main focus will be Family Engagement in Education Month.  Families can sign up to receive these messages on our website, but they won’t know about it unless they actually visit the VDOE site!  In an effort to help us get the word out to families, I’d like to request that you send this link to the families with whom you work:https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/VADOE/subscriber/new

Other events in our region: 

  • The Youth Leadership Academy applications are now being accepted.
    The YLA program is an exciting opportunity for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors with disabilities. The Youth Leadership Academy is specifically designed to empower youth with disabilities from across Virginia with the personal and professional skills they need to succeed and become effective self-advocates. This intensive four-day training will take place July 13-16, 2020, on the campus of Virginia State University. All expenses are paid. 
  • PEATC Workshop – Disability Benefits: Medicaid Waivers and SSI
    Two Sessions on January 22, 2020 in Richmond (Faison Center)
    Morning session – 9:30 to 11:30 am 
    Evening session – 6:30 to 8:30 pm 
    These workshops are open to individuals with disabilities, their families, educators, and professionals. Navigating the world of disability benefits can be tricky, time consuming and overwhelming. This workshop will help make that process easier. Join us as we discuss in clear understandable language: what are VA’s Medicaid Waivers and what are Social Security benefits, who is eligible, and how do I apply.
  • The 8th Annual DSAGR Conference – From Possibilities to Practical Applications: Strengthening Education for Children with Disabilities     Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 9 am to 4 pm
    Join general & special educators, parents and other professionals from throughout Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region to discover how to better educate children and young adults with disabilities. Choose between our special education track or transition track or attend sessions from both tracks. Meet and share ideas with other attendees during the networking luncheon and visit with 34 exhibitors throughout the day. This is a DO NOT MISS event!
  • Behavior & DisciplineWhen your child has ADHD, standard discipline strategies don’t always work. To correct problem behaviors, learn about behavioral therapy, positive parenting, rewards and consequences, and more ideas to stop tantrums and outbursts. ADDitude Magazine has posted an entire pagfe of extremely useful articles to help you navigate this hard topic. It’s worth your time to browse this page. 
  • I’m Determined Academy – for transition aged youth and their parents
    February 29, 2020 from 9 am to 3 pm – a light Lunch will be provided

    CTC@Hull Street Road, Midlothian VA, 23112
    Youth with disabilities from across central Virginia will meet to identify ways to become better advocates and lead more self-determined lives. There will be: Many of the agencies that can help your student transition to life after high school; parent sessions; and challenges for students to help them work on problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration.
  • If you are struggling to find mental or behavioral health resources for your child or just may be confused about the mental health system, the Cameron K. Gallagher Mental Health Resource Center (CMHRC)  can help. The CMHRC is a free service of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. They can help families find resources in their community. Family Navigators help you understand the mental health options available for children and can help you in finding therapists, psychiatrists or other appropriate services. Their model uses the valuable experiences of others who have navigated the mental health system, providing one-on-one support and referral assistance to families across Virginia. You can call 804-828-9897 for support.
  • Anxiety in the Classroom – What it looks like, and why it’s often mistaken for something else
    There are many different kinds of anxiety, which is one of the reasons it can be hard to detect in the classroom. Click the link above to read Rachel Ehmke’ article posted by the Child Mind Institute.

You’re a Star!

January 2020 Award Winners

Mrs. White, Transition Coordinator and Mr. Hancock, Assistant Principal stand with You're a Star award winner, Derek Stoudt.

CHS Award Winner

Derek brought great ideas to Caroline County.  He continues to build positive relationships with the CHS students.  Thanks to Derek for his data collection ideas and initiatives.

Ms. Tuck stands with director, Mrs. Glass while holding her You're a Star award and bag of sweets.

LCE Award Winner

Natalee continues to lead the trail as the LCES department chair.  She jumped in this year with support for her department in behavior management strategies, reading instruction tips and training. She also provides support to the new teachers in her school.

Director Glass, Ms. Smithey, and Principal Heckstall stand together to honor Ms. Smithey's award that she is holding.  They are surounded by a neat and orderly classroom.

BGE Award Winner

As a new addition to BES, Jennifer immediately became involved in the school including SEAC.  Her data collection is above and beyond, she comes to meetings prepared and knowledgeable about her students and has creative strategies to implement in the classroom.  Jennifer is professional at every turn.

VASCD Conference

Caroline County was well represented at the Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development conference in Williamsburg in December.  Presentation on Social Emotional Learning was given by Dr. Monroe, Mrs. Glass, Mrs. Haley, Mrs. Foster, and Mrs. Brown.  Mrs. Hicks and Mrs. Schieber presented on STEM activities.   Congratulations for sharing the activities happening in Caroline County. 

Gallaudet University Field Trip

A CHS student and the World Language Teacher happily, stand together inside the 'Signing Store' at Starbucks near Gallaudet University.  Between them is a big white sign with dark letters that say 'Welcome' in both ASL and a standard font. The sign goes on to say 'to the Washington, DC Signing Store in a standard font.
A CHS student and the World Language Teacher stand together inside the ‘Signing Store’ at Starbucks near Gallaudet University. The 1st in this county that opened on H Street NE in October of 2018.
Caroline High students happily showing off tie dye tshirts that say 'Gallaudet University' while shopping at the gift shop at the university.
Caroline High School, World Language class students happily showing off tie-dye shirts from Gallaudet University while shopping at the gift shop at the university.
25-30 students and adults from Caroline stand together at the bottom of the stairs  in a foyer at Gallaudet University.  Each looking up to and smiling at the photographer at the top of the stairs and signing "I love you". The I love you sign is your dominant hand holding up your thumb, pointer, and pinkey fingers.
About 28 students and adults from Caroline stand together in a foyer at Gallaudet University making the ASL sign for “I love you”.