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Colonial Beach Schools rise to take on tougher SOLs

Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 10:23 am

Colonial Beach Public Schools Superintendent Kathleen Beane welcomed more than 100 teachers, paraprofessionals and staff to the 2013-2014 school year at the Riverboat on the Potomac during a breakfast last week.

Beane gave a short slide presentation of adequate yearly progress. More difficult math tests were added last year which proved challenging to students causing a dramatic decrease in scores throughout the state.

“The new and more rigorous standards are now truly the rule rather than the exception and we are prepared to assist our students to rise to this challenge to meet academic and career goals, said Beane.

For a Virginia school or school division to make AYP, more than 86 percent of students overall must demonstrate proficiency in reading, and more than 85 percent of students overall must demonstrate proficiency in mathematics.

Schools and school divisions that meet the annual objectives required by the federal No Child Left Behind law are considered to have made AYP toward the goal of 100 percent proficiency of all students in reading and mathematics by 2014.

The school administration came up with a theme

of T.E.A.M.: Together Everyone Achieves More. “Working as a collaborative team with our new vision, we are focused on rigor, relevance, and relationships in all aspects of our students’ education,” said Beane.

A new motto for the year was also introduced as CBPS: A New Year, A New Look.

The event was sponsored by the Colonial Beach Education Association and the elementary and high schools Parent Teacher Associations.

CBEA President Beverly Horner said this was the first time in more than a decade the entire staff was able to get together and celebrate the opening of school as one group. Riverboat owner, Penny Flanagan, said she was a staunch supporter of the schools and all they do for the community.

Elementary Principal Mary Fisher introduced the new elementary teachers for the year: Carolyn Dillard-Kindergarten, Nicole Mitchell-second and third grades, Sharon Burrell-fourth and fifth grades, Amanda Williams- Special Education, Jessica Branning-Special Education, Ashley Gingrich-Music, and Meredith Stroud-Library.

Middle and High School Principal Andrew Hipple, who is also new to CBPS, introduced the new upper grade teachers:Inger Brister-Special Education, Margie Swanger-Spanish, Sarah Walker-Social Studies, Jennifer Haas-Writing, John Mitchem-Health/P.E. And Driver’s Education, Paul Vecchione-Math, Karen Garner-Special Education, and Brianna Harrold-Art.

New staff included Mike Patierno-Athletic Director and Transportation Director, Wendy Mitchem-Director of Special Education, and Ed Barlowe-Maintenance Supervisor.

The school system also held a tailgate party before the first Varsity football game of the year in the high school parking lot to help welcome back students and introduce the new athletic director, Mike Patierno, to the community.

School Board Chair Tim Trivett introduced the town officials, school board members, and other well known citizens to the gathered groups. School Board member, Vicky Roberson, who also taught at CBPS for more than 20 years, and former member Michael Looney were in attendance. Town officials included Mayor Mike Ham, Vice-Mayor Tommy Edwards, Tim Curtin, Wanda Goforth and Linda Brubaker. Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors member Larry Roberson, who is also a former CBPS teacher, was also in attendance.