The CES Bulldog News

Week of January 15, 2023

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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Important Dates:

Monday, January 16th

- All Schools/Offices Closed (MLK, Jr. Day)

Wednesday, January 18th

- Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Meeting: Westside Elementary Library from 6:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.

Friday, January 20th

- PTA Pizza & Bingo Night 6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.

Upcoming Important Dates:

January 23rd: Winter Growth Assessment - Reading Grades 3 & 5

January 24th: Winter Growth Assessment - Reading Grade 4

January 25th: Virginia Studies Benchmark - Grade 4

January 26th & 27th: Three Hour Early Dismissal for MS/HS: Regular Day for Elementary Schools

January 27th: End of Second Quarter/First Semester

January 30th: Student Holiday/Staff Workday

January 31st: Student Holiday/Staff Professional Learning Day

February 1st: Start of Second Semester

February 2nd: Winter Growth Assessment - Math Grades 3 & 5

February 3rd: Winter Growth Assessment - Math Grade 4

February 15th: Report Cards Issued

February 18th: PTA Sweetheart Dance 6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.

February 20th: All Schools/Offices Closed (Presidents' Day)

March 3rd: Interim Reports Issued

March 13th: Student Holiday/Staff Professional Learning Day

March 21st: Family Engagement/Art Auction 6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.

April 5th: End of Third Quarter

April 10th-14th: All Schools/Offices Closed (Spring Break)

April 26th: Report Cards Issued

April 28th: Elementary Student Holiday - Teacher Work Day (Regular day for MS/HS)

April: Grandparents' Lunch - Final Date TBD

May 12th: Interim Reports Issued

May 12th: Muffins with Moms 8:00a.m. - 8:45a.m.

May 29th: All Schools/Offices Closed (Memorial Day)

June 9th: Field Day (more information to come)

June 14th: Three Hour Early Dismissal for All Schools

June 15th: Three Hour Early Dismissal for All Schools; Last Day of School/End of Fourth Quarter/Second Semester; Elementary & Middle School Report Card Issued

June 16th: Staff Work Day/High School Graduations

June 19th: All Schools/Offices Closed (Juneteenth)

June 20th: Begin Summer Hours

June 27th: High School Report Cards Mailed Home

IWCS School Calendar 2022-2023


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Our 2nd Graders Learn About Weather from Meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler


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IWCS is Accepting Preschool Applications for the 2023-2024 School Year

IWCS - Preschool Webpage

IWCS - Preschool Application


Please contact Preschool (VPI) Coordinator: Haley Cooprider


Phone: 757-357-0758

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Class Snacks/Treats Must Be Store Bought

Only store bought items with labeled ingredients may be sent to school for student consumption during special events, such as birthdays or other celebrations. Thank you!


This Week's Menu

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CES Parent Advisory Council Representative

Our CES Parent Advisory Council Representative for the 2022-2023 school year is Ms. Samantha Jones. The Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) provide opportunities for the Superintendent and division administrators to listen to questions and concerns and respond to their issues. If you would like to share questions or concerns with Ms. Jones, please see her contact information below.


Phone: 757-653-4757


Get creative with the Virginia Lottery’s annual Thank a Teacher Art Contest!

Each year, we encourage students, parents and the general public to send thank-you notes to Virginia’s deserving public school teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week in May. For the last five years, these thank-you notes have featured winning artwork by three Virginia public-school students.

Virginia’s teachers deserve our thanks and we’re once again calling on K-12 public school students to submit custom artwork for the sixth annual Thank a Teacher Art Contest!

The Art Contest is open to Virginia K-12 public school students, and one top-prize winner will be selected from each level; elementary school, middle school and high school. The three winners will not only get to see their artwork featured on the 2023 notecards, they’ll also receive individual cash prizes and win money and prizes for their school!


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January 2023 - ISLE Award: Carrsville Elementary

The award focuses on the four broad areas of the Strategic Plan: Inspire, Succeed, Lead, Empower. The first letter of each word spells ISLE. When read together, the sound you hear is “I’ll Inspire” or “I’ll Succeed”, giving everyone ownership of the key actions throughout the plan.

Across CES, people are demonstrating acts of inspiration, success, leadership, and empowerment. The ISLE award welcomes nominations that demonstrate how someone in the CES community has embodied one of these areas.

From October through June, four nominees will be selected for recognition--one in each category-- and will be highlighted on our social media pages, website, and newsletters for our school and for IWCS.

Thank you for taking time to nominate someone for a Carrsville Elementary ISLE Award.

CES ISLE Award Nomination Form


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Attention K-2 Families:

Did you know that your child can access ST Math on a home device? If you'd like for your child to continue to practice ST Math at home, your child can access ST Math through their Clever page. Questions? Please contact your child's teacher for assistance.
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CES 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.

Check Out the Special Education Parent Resource Center Website!

Click here.


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Preschool Corner (Great Resources for Kindergarten Friends, Too!)

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IWCS Student Code of Conduct 2022-2023

Click here for the Code of Conduct document.


ISLE Be Safe

The ISLE Be Safe Anonymous Online Reporting System allows students or parents to anonymously report or notify school officials of incidents or actions that may pose danger to individuals or the school. Message topics may include bullying, cyberbullying, family difficulties, self-harm, cutting , drug and alcohol abuse, student depression, harassment, weapon-related issues or abnormal student behavior.

Click here to be directed to the link.


Carrsville Elementary Let's Talk!

Carrsville Elementary School strives to maintain open and transparent dialogue with parents, employees, and citizens. The Let's Talk platform streamlines communications by connecting you with the school staff best equipped to answer your questions. You will receive a response within 2 business days.

Let's Talk! is not a replacement for phone calls or conversations. We look forward to hearing from you in the manner most convenient for you. In the event of an emergency, please call 911.

Click here to access the Carrsville Elementary "Let's Talk" link.


Student School Attendance

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Message from IWCS

As we resume normal school operations and begin to move past the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that families understand the importance of regular, on-time attendance to school. As demonstrated by the recent COVID-19 closures, absences from school have a tremendous impact on student learning and achievement. In an effort to help every student meet with success, the division wants to take a moment to remind families of the attendance policies and regulations for Isle of Wight County Schools. It is especially important to note the expectations for student attendance as it relates to student retention and course credit.

Elementary school students may not be promoted to the next grade if unexcused absences from school total more than ten (10) days.

Middle school students may not be promoted to the next grade nor granted credit for a course if unexcused absences from school or from a class which earns high school credit total more than ten (10) days.

High school students may not be granted credit for a course if unexcused absences from class total more than five (5) class periods for a semester course, or ten (10) class periods for year-long courses.

The entire policy JED and regulation JED-R may be found on the division's website by clicking: Board → Policy → J. Students → JED and/or JED-R. Please contact Mrs. Hatfield, CES Principal, if you have any questions.



When a student has missed school, a note from the parent/guardian must be received by the school office. The note must contain the following information:

- reason for the absence,

- the date(s) of the absence,

- the signature of the parent or other authorized person, and

- a telephone number where the parent or other authorized person may be reached during the day.

When a note is not submitted, the absence will be considered unexcused. Each student is allowed 5 notes per semester. Please submit doctor's notes or other professional notes to excuse a student if the absence is due to an appointment. School personnel will implement the following steps to improve attendance:

1st - 2nd continuous unverified/unexcused absences - AUTOMATED CALL home is made

3rd unverified/unexcused absences - CALL home is made

4th unverified/unexcused absences - LETTER is sent home

5th-7th unverified/unexcused absences - ATTENDANCE IMPROVEMENT PLAN is developed with follow-ups

8th unverified/unexcused absences - Attendance Care Team makes TRUANCY REFERRAL and meeting scheduled with administrator

10th unverified/unexcused absences - TRUANCY court process initiated

12th-15th unverified/unexcused absences - family may be referred to Social Services/CARES team

15th + unverified/unexcused absences - CHINS disposition/CHINS order filed; other violations may result per court liaison or judge

*CHINS: Child in Need of Services/Supervision


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Dr. Theo Cramer, IWCS Superintendent