Archive for August, 2017

September is Attendance Awareness Month

August 31, 2017

School attendance is essential to academic success, but too often parents, students and sometimes teachers do not realize how quickly absences, excused as well as unexcused, can add up to academic trouble.  At the same time principals, division leaders, and community members often do not know if chronic absence is a significant problem in local schools.

Research shows that missing as little as two days every month, or ten percent of the school year is considered chronic absenteeism.  Missing school can translate into third-graders unable to master reading, sixth-graders failing courses and ultimately, teens dropping out of high school.

This September will mark the fifth annual Attendance Awareness Month campaign, an opportunity to rally our community, advocates, policymakers, volunteers, funders, and supporters around the importance of attendance and its role in academic achievement.  The campaign is spearheaded by Attendance Works, a national and state initiative that promotes better policy and practice around school attendance.

Check back with the MCPS Blog all this month for additional information about how attendance is linked with academic success.

Let’s get 2017-2018 off to a great start!


Calling All Charger Football Players!

August 23, 2017

Middlesex Community,

We need your help promoting this year’s Junior Varsity Football program. We are danger of not being able to field a team due to uncharacteristically low turnout thus far. Given the teams we play, it would be irresponsible for us to move forward with only a handful of student athletes – especially when many are younger. Without back-up support and younger athletes, our competition against seasoned, older players would result in possible injury.

We are hopeful that with your support, we will find more student athletes who want to learn and grow together in this wonderful sport!

If you or your child have any questions, please contact Athletic Director, Matt Stamm, or MHS Principal, Susan Fleet at (804)758-2132.

We hope to see you!



MCPS Schools Once Again Fully Accredited

August 16, 2017

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) released official results of state testing today, and Middlesex County Public Schools (MCPS) continues to shine.  Virginia public schools administer 29 state assessments each year, tests that are based on the the Commonwealth’s Standards of Learning (SOL).  The results of these assessments, along with graduation rates, provide the framework for Virginia’s school accountability system and the VDOE’s School Quality Profiles.

Once again, all MCPS schools have met the state’s benchmarks and achieved full accreditation.

“We are extremely proud of this accomplishment,” noted superintendent Dr. Peter Gretz, “but the state tests are singular measures of proficiency. We want our students’ learning to move far beyond those minimum standards.”

The division has embodied a philosophy that by focusing on what’s ultimately best for students and pursuing an engaging, relevant instructional model, student performance on the SOL tests will continue to excel.

“Our students need to be practicing 21st century disposition skills such as creativity, communication, and collaboration,” Gretz continued. “We will be seeking more opportunities for students to engage in project-based experiences that require these essential skills. We’re confident that by focusing on deeper learning and skill building, SOL achievement will come as a byproduct of that great instruction.”

A comprehensive report of student achievement data including a deep analysis of specific student subgroup performance will be presented during a school board meeting this fall.


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