Superintendent's Update

Superintendent's Update
Posted on 11/19/2021
Letter image from the Superintendent

November 19, 2021


Good afternoon NCPS Students, Families, & Staff:


NEW!!! COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Ages 5-11 at the Northumberland Health Department, 6373 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville, VA 22473.  Please click here for the Registration Link. This clinic will be for the 5-11 year old age group only. All minors MUST be accompanied by an adult (age 18 and older). If a parent/guardian does not come with the minor they MUST send a copy of the signed registration form with the child. Any child arriving at the clinic without an adult or proper forms will be turned away. Click the link below to access all the Forms.

Upcoming COVID-19 Testing Drive Thru Event. 

NCPS will host three drive thru COVID-19 TESTING events in the NHS Bus Loop. The events are open and free to the public on Saturday November 20 and Saturday, December 4. 


NES Parent-Faculty Organization (PFO) Hosted Nocturnal Night Hike. On Saturday, November 13, at 6:30 PM, the NES PFO hosted this fun event. Students and families brought flashlights and learned about nocturnal animals and wildlife! 

NHS Fall Festival. The Fall Festival was held on Friday, November 12, from 12 - 3 PM. This was a fun social event for high school students planned by the Student Council Association (SCA) and sponsor Mrs. Anjelica Scott. NHS partnered with Ultimate Amusements to provide indoor and outdoor entertainment for our students. NHS extends a huge thank you to the 2020 After Prom Committee.  The 2020 After Prom Committee assisted in funding this event.  


Cheer Squad Visits Old Dominion University. The Lady Indies had a marvelous time at Old Dominion University (ODU) on Saturday, November 13. Some shared this was their first college tour, while others put this university on their list of colleges to attend. “The experience was so fulfilling as a coach,” stated Cheer Coach Shanita Curry. The ladies were able to see the band, cheer, and dance squad perform. 


NHS Student Abby Jennings will participate in Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Abby will dance in this year's Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Last year Abby sent an audition tape and application last and was selected, but the parade was canceled. So this year, she is one of 600 dancers chosen by Spirit of America to perform!!!  There are only two dancers attending from Virginia. Congratulations, Abby!!!


Spring Virtual Virginia Spring Application (Grades 6-12) Deadline.

Parent / guardians interested in registration for the Virginia Department of Education’s online learning program “VIRTUAL VIRGINIA” will need to complete and submit the application by December 1. Here is the Virtual Virginia Link for application information.



NCPS Calendar Change Reminder. 

Students and staff will observe a Fall Break, Monday through Friday, November 22 - 26, 2021. 






Encouraging an Attitude of Gratitude this Thanksgiving Season. Model practicing gratitude. Emotions are contagious. 

  • Express thanks to your families, friends, neighbors, and strangers, and ensure that your children see you behaving gratefully. 

  • Encourage “gratitude” thinking. For example, if your child wins the spelling bee, help her identify all those who helped along the way. Suggest she say “thank you” in person or by writing a note to someone who made a particular difference. 

  • Share gratitude daily. Make time in the morning or at dinner for the family to share at least one thing for which each person is grateful. This can be balanced with one thing that was difficult that day, but starting with gratitude reinforces positive connections and resources. 

  • Reinforce grateful behavior. Watch for grateful behavior or language in your child. Identify it when it happens and reinforce him for it. For example: “That was thoughtful of you to thank your friend for helping you with homework. Good for you. I'm sure it made him feel good and made your friendship stronger.” 

  • Use visual reminders. Put notes in your child’s lunchbox reminding her to be thankful for her health, sibling, dog, etc. Share something for which you are grateful. 


Health & Pandemic Impact Update:

Please be reminded of the school division’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard, which is located on our website www.nucps.net.



The purpose of the dashboard is to keep you informed with accurate and transparent information regarding the Covid-19 impact on our school community. The dashboard is updated daily with any Coronavirus data, including the number of any positive cases and the number of individuals in quarantine. 


Our Covid-19 dashboard also contains helpful information for families from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) including 


Please know any vaccinated student and/or staff member has the option of providing a copy of his/her vaccination card to the school nurse. At NES, our school nurse is Mrs. Susan O’Bier (sobier@nucps.net), and at NMS & NHS, our school nurse is Mrs. Lori Rice (lrice@nucps.net). Our school nurses are working extremely hard during this difficult time, and we appreciate them very much!


NCPS is working with the Three Rivers Health District to potentially schedule drive thru testing on Saturdays. Please stay tuned for more information. NCPS continues to follow the NCPS Health and Safety in NCPS Schools: Layered Prevention Strategies


Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Wishing you and your family a safe, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving Break!!!


Sincerely,



Holly Wargo, Superintendent

Northumberland County Public Schools

(804) 994-1349 / (804) 466-2277

hwargo@nucps.net




 

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