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Overview of Local Assessments

posted Nov 14, 2014, 3:30 PM by bcps web   [ updated Nov 14, 2014, 3:30 PM ]

On September 18, 2014 the Board of Education approved guidelines for locally developed assessments that will replace five discontinued Standards of Learning (SOL) tests. 

Legislation approved by the 2014 General Assembly (HB 930 and Senate Bill 306) eliminated the following SOL tests, effective with the 2014-2015 school year. 

  •       Grade 3 History/Social Science
  •       Grade 3 Science
  •       Grade 5 Writing
  •       US History I
  •       US History II

The intent of this legislation was to eliminate some of the tests used for accountability and to encourage greater use of assessments that are designed to inform instruction. 

The state now requires each school division to locally assess students’ progress in these courses.  In grade 3-5, we will give a cumulative course assessment in late spring to satisfy the requirement.  Currently, we administer benchmark assessments in US History I and US History II.  The benchmarks provide teachers with information about what students have learned as well as the concepts and skills that your child has not yet mastered. 

Local assessments results for your child may be found in Parent Portal.  They will not be used in the calculation of your child’s nine weeks or final course grade.  If you are unable to access Parent Portal, contact the school and they will provide you a paper copy of the assessment results.  

Community College Access Program (CCAP) Information Meeting

posted Nov 12, 2014, 4:08 PM by bcps web   [ updated Nov 12, 2014, 4:09 PM ]


CCAP is a program that makes college available tuition-free to 2015 graduates of public high schools in the localities of Botetourt County, Craig County, Franklin County, Roanoke City, Roanoke County and Salem. CCAP could cover the entire cost of tuition for two years at Virginia Western Community College. The program supports as many students as possible based on student need and available CCAP funds.

Event: CCAP Parent Information Meeting

When:  Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

Where:  Greenfield Education and Training Center, 57 South Center Dr., Daleville

Why attend:  Gather information about the program with opportunities to ask questions.

*Informational meetings will be held at Virginia Western on December 4 and January 15 if you are unable to attend on November 20. More information at www.virginiawestern.edu.

Fall 2014 Parent Meeting- Gifted Education

posted Oct 30, 2014, 7:37 AM by bcps web   [ updated Oct 30, 2014, 7:40 AM ]

Date: Monday, November 3, 2014

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Central Academy Middle Forum

What: Informational meeting for parents of students in the Gifted Education Program

 Meeting Agenda

 

    •   STEM-H & Governor’s School
    •  Advanced Studies English
    • Expectations for Middle School
    • Kingore Chart: Gifted Learner vs. High Achiever vs. Creative Learner
    • Parent Enrichment for students: Community events for Gifted Learners

 

 

 

       Sponsored by Botetourt County Public Schools

Gifted Education

Enterovirus D68: EV-D68 FACTS

posted Sep 22, 2014, 8:57 AM by bcps web   [ updated Sep 22, 2014, 9:16 AM ]

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of the many non-polio enteroviruses.  EV-D68 infections are thought to occur less commonly than infections with other enteroviruses, but they have received a lot of media attention lately. We’re currently in middle of the enterovirus season, and EV-D68 infections are likely to decline later in the fall. This document is meant to provide you with some basic information regarding EV-D68.  If you have specific concerns regarding your health  or symptoms you or a family member may be experiencing, you should contact your health care provider.

Non-polio enteroviruses are very common viruses.  They cause about 10 to 15 million infections in the United States each year.  Anyone can become infected with non-polio enteroviruses.  Infants, children, and teenagers are more likely to become infected and get sick, because they do not yet have immunity or protection from previous exposures to the viruses.  Infants and people with weakened immune systems have a greater chance of developing complications.

You can become infected with non-polio enteroviruses by having close contact with an infected person.  You can also become infected by touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

Prevention and Treatment:

You can help protect yourself and others from infections by:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after using the restroom and changing diapers
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces with standard disinfectants
  • Keeping children home from school or day care when they are sick
  • Ensuring optimal control of asthma

 There is no specific treatment or vaccine  for non-polio enterovirus infections.  People with mild illness caused by non-polio enterovirus infection typically only need to treat symptoms.  They usually recover completely.  However, some illnesses caused by non-polio enteroviruses can be severe enough to require hospitalization.

Symptoms:

Most people who are infected with non-polio enteroviruses do not get sick, or they only have mild illness.  Symptoms of mild illness may include:  fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, skin rash, mouth blisters, muscle and body aches.  You should see a health care provider if you or your child is experiencing new onset of wheezing or an increase in asthma symptoms.  As always, if you are concerned about your symptoms, you should contact your health care provider. 

 

Additional Resources:

Hand washing information:

http://www.cdc.gov/handwashing

Cover Your Cough Information:

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/covercough.htm

 

References:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 

http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV-D68.html?s

Virginia Department of Education:

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/index.shtml

School Board Meeting

posted Aug 12, 2014, 5:58 PM by bcps web   [ updated Oct 30, 2014, 8:02 AM ]

November 13, 2014 

Location
: School Board Office, 143 Poor Farm Road   Fincastle, VA

Time: 6:30-Agenda will be available in BoardDocs.

New Grading Scale

posted May 20, 2014, 1:24 PM by bcps web   [ updated May 20, 2014, 3:36 PM ]

Botetourt County Public Schools has adopted a new grading scale which will be effective the 2014 - 2015 school year.

National School Nurse Day- May 7, 2014

posted May 2, 2014, 9:10 AM by bcps web   [ updated May 2, 2014, 9:19 AM ]

To acknowledge the accomplishments of school nurses and their effort toward meeting student's needs.

May 7, 2014, is National School Nurse Day. Join the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) by celebrating National School Nurse Day as a way to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting.

Today’s children face more chronic health illnesses (e.g., asthma, diabetes, food allergies, etc.) than ever before. The knowledge, assessment skills, and judgment of licensed professional school nurses help ensure the provision of quality health care to children. School nurses take on a variety of roles every day. For many children, the school nurse is the only health professional they may have access to, except in emergencies. This becomes even more important as the prevalence of chronic social, emotional, and other health problems increase.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), asthma is the leading chronic illness among children and adolescents in the United States. On average, in a classroom of 30 children, about three are likely to have asthma. Further, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Today, approximately one in every 400 children and adolescents has type 1 or type 2 diabetes. According to a study released in 2013 by the CDC, food allergies among children increased approximately 50 percent between 1997 and 2011. The CDC reports that food allergies are a growing food safety and public health concern that affect an estimated 4-6 percent of children in the United States. School nurses help develop, implement, and monitor Individualized Healthcare Plans for these students.

Thanks for all you do for the teachers and students of Botetourt County Schools!

 

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Meeting

posted Apr 7, 2014, 10:47 AM by bcps web

Please come and join us on Tuesday, April 29th   for a Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) meeting.  The meeting will take place at Lord Botetourt High School in the school library at 7 pm.  In support of Autism Awareness Month, the SEAC will provide an informational presentation on the characteristics of Autism and give a brief update on the school division’s involvement with VCU/ Autism Center for Excellence.  The regular business meeting will take place prior to the presentation at which time the Annual Plan will be presented to SEAC members for review.  

 

The Botetourt County Special Education Advisory Committee functions to advise the school division of needs in the education of children with disabilities. In addition, the SEAC assists in the development of long-range plans, priorities and strategies for meeting the identified needs of children with disabilities.  The SEAC is comprised of parents of students with disabilities, representatives of local agencies, community members and school representatives. Your participation is important and greatly appreciated.

 

You may attend some or all of the SEAC meetings. Our Special Education Advisory Committee meetings are open for public access.  If you would like more information regarding your local SEAC, you may contact Julie A. Baker, Supervisor of Special Education, at 473-8263. 

 

 

 

Together…we accomplish more!

Draft Calendar for the 2014-2015 School Year Survey

posted Feb 21, 2014, 4:33 AM by bcps web   [ updated Apr 14, 2014, 5:25 PM ]

The development of the 2014-2015 school calendar is a complex process and we appreciate your willingness to provide input. The length of the school year must be at least 180 teaching days or 990 teaching hours. Your feedback will be used to help determine the best placement of instructional days, workdays, holidays, and breaks during the school year.

 

Pre Labor Day Draft Calendar
        

All survey responses must be submitted by Friday, March 7, 2014.
Thanks!

School Board Meeting

posted Feb 5, 2014, 8:00 AM by bcps web   [ updated Apr 28, 2014, 11:21 AM ]

May 8, 2014

Location
: School Board Office, 143 Poor Farm Road   Fincastle, VA

Time: 6:30-Agenda will be available in BoardDocs.

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