The CES Bulldog News

Week of May 22, 2022

IWCS - Vision & Mission

Vision: To create a learning environment that will enable every child to discover his or her unique gifts and talents.

Mission: To enhance and expand on each child’s unique gifts and talents to ensure every child is college, career and life ready.


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Congratulations GOTR!!!

Our CES girls ran their hearts out during the Girls on the Run event on Sunday, May 22nd. Thank you to all who helped support our girls!

Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a program that inspires girl empowerment by building self-confidence, kindness, and decision-making skills.


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Message From Dr. Thornton:

The Board of Supervisors approved returning $760,000 to the IWCS Instructional account during their meeting last night (May 19). This action will allow the division to move forward and give out contracts next week, as well as hire new positions, including testing facilitators, without making any cuts to personnel. The remaining amount of $812,507 will be set aside and available for the schools if and when needed.

There was a productive dialogue with the Board of Supervisors during the meeting. They asked thoughtful questions and we came to a positive agreement that benefits all school employees and students.

We appreciate those who contacted the Supervisors in support of restoring the school funding. We encourage you to also thank the Supervisors for taking the time to listen and work with the schools on a compromise.

You can watch last night’s meeting online at:

Thank you.

Jim Thornton, Ed.D.


Isle of Wight County Schools


Attendance Matters

Late arrivals and early pick-ups impact your student's learning. Please ensure that your child is at school for the entire school day: 8:55a.m. - 3:30p.m. (vehicle pick-ups) 3:50p.m. (bus riders).

Student Drop Off and Pick Up

Morning Drop Off:

Beginning at 8:35a.m. and 8:55a.m., please drop your child off in the main parking lot loop. Staff members will be there to receive your child(ren).

Afternoon Pick Up:

Beginning at 3:30p.m., afternoon pick up will begin. Vehicles are to line up in the bus loop in front of the school and looped through the main parking lot.

Students who are vehicle pick ups in the afternoon will not be released until 3:30p.m. For safety reasons, families are asked to remain in their vehicle until their student is delivered to their respective vehicle by a staff member.

Do you need to speak with your child's teacher?

Please contact your child's teacher to set up an appointment. Parents/guardians will not be permitted to visit their child's teacher/classroom between the hours of 8:30a.m. and 4:00p.m., during the instructional day, unless the meeting has been prescheduled.

Virtual Virginia Message

In the fall of the 2022-2023 school year, Isle of Wight County Schools will return to our previous use of the Virtual Virginia platform. Virtual Virginia courses will be utilized for the following reasons:

  1. A students wishes to access/take a course that we do not currently offer for in-person instruction (i.e. japanese, latin, etc.) or

  2. A student needs a course to graduate that will not fit in their current schedule.

IWCS will not be offering a full time virtual platform for students in the 2022-2023 school year. If you wish for your child to continue their schooling in a virtual platform you will need to withdraw from IWCS and enroll your student in a virtual program as a homeschool student. Please note, you will also need to submit your intent to homeschool with IWCS prior to completing the withdrawal paperwork. Information about home instruction can be found here:


Upcoming Important Dates:

This week:

Tuesday, May 24th

- 3rd Grade Math SOL Assessment

Wednesday, May 25th

- 4th Grade Math SOL Assessment

Thursday, May 26th

- 5th Grade Math SOL Assessment

Friday, May 27th

- SOL Make-Up Day


A Look Ahead:

- May 30 All Schools/Offices Closed (Memorial Day)

- June 1 4th Grade Virginia Studies SOL Assessment

- June 2 5th Grade Science SOL Assessment

- June 10 Student Holiday-Teacher Work Day

- June 13 Field Day (PK-5) - (More information to come.)

- June 14 Learning Center Registration Event @ CES with Mrs. Cooprider (8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.)

- June 15, 16 Three Hour Early Dismissal for All Schools

- June 15 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony

- June 16 Elementary & Middle School Report Cards Issued

- June 16 Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony (9:30a.m.) & Last Day of School

- June 17 Staff Work Day

- June 20 All Schools/Office Closed (Juneteenth)

- June 21 Begin Summer Hours

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Waterford Mentor - Summer

Our K-2 students will have the opportunity to use Waterford Mentor over the summer. Teachers will send the Mentor Codes home again, just like we did over winter break.

Check out these resources for more information:

- video



If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Henk, Reading Coach, at 757-357-8844.



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Family Resources:

CES has reading and math resources available for families to check out. These games and activities can be used at home to support your student's learning. Please email or call Mrs. Hatfield ( or Mrs. Reeder ( 357-8844 if you are interested in checking out these resources.
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Dr. James Thornton, Superintendent

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