Superintendent's Update

Superintendent's Update
Posted on 01/27/2023
Letter image from the Superintendent


January 27, 2023

Dear NCPS Family,


I hope you are having a great week! Did you know Wednesday, January 25, is Report Card Day? Please be sure to check on your student’s report card and contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

Spotlight on Northumberland Elementary School’s BETA Club! 

Northumberland Elementary School’s BETA Club has been hard at work since their Induction Ceremony on November 15, 2022.  In November, BETA members assisted with the NES Thanksgiving Luncheon by helping families and visitors get to classrooms and various locations throughout the building. Members created holiday cards and donated stockings full of goodies for residents of the Lancashire Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Kilmarnock.  BETA members also helped the Guidance department by distributing hand sanitizer to each class.  This month, with support from Art teacher, Susan Lewis, members are working on turning the foyer into a sparkly snow globe. Thank you to NES Beta Club Co-Sponsors Mrs. Michele Jennings and Mrs. Nancy Jewell and their students for all of their contributions!!!

BETA members working on cards for Lancashire residents.

Mrs. Jewell delivering gifts to the Lancashire.


Be on the lookout for snow!  Hannah Donovan was excited to do her part.

Megan Jones shared her enthusiasm for glitter!

Jaden Palmer focused on his snowflakes!

Spotlight on NHS Varsity Boys’ Basketball

There are many benefits of joining the high school basketball team, such as:

  • You can develop leadership skills.

  • You get a chance to meet like minded people.

  • Being a member of a team can strengthen communication skills.

  • You will understand the power of teamwork.

  • You will develop endurance and increased physical fitness and overall wellness.



Indians getting ready for the tip off.

Seniors: #00 MJ Bromley, #15 DJ Rice, #24 CJ Williams

Juniors: #3 MJ Laws, #5 Cintez Gibson, #10 Khayleb Williams, # 11 Markiel Cockrell, #20 Jaden Crockett 

Sophomores: #2 Amanti Starks

Freshman: #1 Tyreek Lundy 


Tyreek Lundy penetrated through the Essex defense for the lay up.


Coach Jones and Coach Rich explaining defensive assignments.


Coach Jones and Coach Webb illustrating the offensive play.


Coach Webb and Coach Rich drawing up an inbounds play.


Coach Jones going over the game plan.


#1 Tyreek Lundy (left & right) dominating the board. #5 Cintez Gibson (center) scores two!


#3 MJ Laws (left) going up strong and attacking the basket.  #1 Tyreek Lundy (center) getting fouled on the way to the basket. 

#24 CJ Williams (right) extends for two points. 


Here is a Quick Peek of the Calendar!

Upcoming Dates:

January 25 - Report Cards

February 16 - Interim Quarter 3

February 20 - President’s Day Holiday

February 23 - Parent Conferences 4-6 PM

February 24 - Half Day Teacher Workday with Student Early Release at 12 PM

March 24 - End of Quarter 3

March 27 - Teacher Workday

March 31 - Report Cards

Attention Sophomores and Juniors!

Northern Neck Electric Cooperative is now accepting applications for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s 2023 Youth Tour program. The Youth Tour will take place June 19-23 in Washington, D.C. Eligible entrants must be a high school sophomore or junior, be a Northern Neck Electric Cooperative member, and submit an online application. Applications are due by 5 PM on Tuesday, January 31, 2023.

NEW: OPTIONAL Weekly COVID-19 Testing for NCPS Students & Employees 

The Virginia Department of Health is offering weekly COVID-19 testing in the schools for students and employees who register. This is entirely voluntary. Testing began on Thursday, November 3, 2022: 1:00 pm at NES and 1:30 pm at NMS/NHS. Testing will continue each Thursday that schools are open. Use the link below for additional information and documents for registration. 

Join the NCPS Family!

Current employee opportunities at NCPS can be found on our Job Listings page

Apply Here!


Help Your Child Have Good Attendance 

Just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school. How can you help your child attend school regularly?

  • Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day—make that the expectation. 

  • Help your child maintain routines such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s  sleep.

  • Find out if your child feels safe at school and engaged by their classes. Make sure they are not missing class because of behavioral issues. If you sense a concern, please contact your child’s school.

  • Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.

  • Be aware of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school, while students without many friends can feel isolated.

  • Encourage meaningful after-school activities including sports and clubs.

Virtual Learning Days 

for the 2022-23 School Year

This year, we will continue to use Virtual Learning Days when weather conditions are marginal and impact road or sidewalk safety conditions but are not so severe as to cause substantial impacts. On such days, buildings will not open. However, employees will work virtually, students will work virtually (not live) on assignments related to curriculum previously taught, and teachers and staff will provide posted office hours for students to check in as needed. This enables teachers to grade assignments and provides additional planning time. 




Please Charge Your Devices 

In the event of inclement weather during the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year, Northumberland County Public Schools (NCPS) will use virtual learning days (not live) to support the continuity of instruction for students. Virtual learning days will be announced by television, phone call, email, and NCPS official social media. A virtual learning day means:

  1. Teachers will have completed the necessary preparatory work for students to be fully equipped with asynchronous (not live)  assignments and resources utilizing CANVAS;

  2. General education and special education teachers will host student office hours from 9:00am-12:00pm. Students and/or parents will be able to connect with teachers via email; 

  3. Student Support Services will be available by contacting School Counselors, School Psychologist, and School Principals/Assistant Principals via email from 9 am -12 pm;

  4. Virtual Virginia (grades 6-12) students will continue with a full day of virtual instruction; 

  5. All after school and evening extra-curricular activities will be canceled; 

  6. Any student who may be unable to access virtual instruction and/or assignments will be provided sufficient opportunity to complete instruction and/or assignments without penalty; and, attendance will be determined by assignment completion. 


NCPS Mobile Text Alerts

NCPS is sending text messages, in addition to phone calls and email, to Parents and Guardians mobile phones with important updates regarding school closings, delays, safety alerts, and other notices as of November 1, 2022!   All text messages will be sent from 67587. 


For any parents and guardians that have not received a text message from NCPS, please contact the school to add your mobile phone number. In addition, parents and guardians can opt-out at any time by sending “Stop” to 67587.


Need SpiritWear?

What a perfect gift for our students, families, and Northumberland Fan Club!!! Visit the NCPS Spirit Wear site to check out fabulous SpiritWear!

Metal Detection Protocol at NES, NMS, & NHS

The safety and security of our students and staff is our number one priority. When entering each building, metal detection stations are in place. Here are some helpful things to review with your student:

  • Consider leaving metal objects at home if possible;

  • Line up as directed in the lobby area;

  • While in line, NMS & NHS students will unzip all zippers on bags, take out pencil pouches, and lunch boxes from bookbags, and empty all pockets (for example: phones, keys, and other electronics). Please remember to take off lunch lanyards too. Bags will be screened by Safety Check Staff;

  • Step forward as directed by a NCPS Safety Check staff;

  • Walk through detector when directed to do so;

  • If cleared, proceed to Grab & Go Breakfast station and then to class;

  • If not cleared, student will be directed to the wand station;

  • If contraband is found on a student, the items will be held, and an administrator will work with the student and family to address the contraband. Please be reminded these items can include, but are not limited to, e-cigarette, vape, juul pods or tobacco products of any kind, lighters, medication that has not been logged in with the school nurse (which includes any over the counter medication) pepper spray, etc.

Thank you, to our students, parents, families, and staff as we try to make each campus as safe as possible! 

Ways Parents Can Help Their Children Create Healthy Routines and a Habit of Getting to School On Time Every Day

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine. 

  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.

  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make them feel comfortable and excited about learning.

  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.

  • When possible, avoid medical appointments or extended trips when school is in session.

Safety Drill Notice

As you know, keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. Each school has an emergency preparedness plan to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Schools are required by state law to practice emergency drills, including lockdown drills, each year. Working together, we create a safe, secure environment for students to learn and grow in our schools.

Need Tech Help?

Resources for parents and students using NCPS Technology are available online. Click Here for More Information.

Anonymous Alerts: Help Us Keep Our Schools Safe!

What is Anonymous Alerts? Our anonymous reporting system enables students, parents, community, and staff  to anonymously report student bullying, behavioral, and/or campus safety concerns using a Web-based application, 24/7. The Anonymous Alerts reporting is simple and intuitive for any age to use. An individual can submit anonymous tips and conduct anonymous two-way communications with administrators, counselors and/or safety personnel. Click here to Review NCPS Anonymous Alerts. The link is located on the NCPS webpage as seen below.

Upcoming School Board Meeting

On Monday, February 13, 2023, the Northumberland County School Board will meet for a regular meeting at 4:30 (closed) and 6 PM (regular) for the purposes of student matters, personnel matters, and legal matters.

When? Monday, February 13, 2023, at 6 pm

How? In-Person & Electronic Format

Where? Meeting Location: 201 Academic Ln, Heathsville, VA 22473

Contact: [email protected] / [email protected]

Questions? Dial (804) 529-6134, extension 2004 / 2005

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 841 0250 3890; Passcode: NCPS

Dial by your location: 1 929 205 6099 US ; Meeting ID: 841 0250 3890; Passcode: 722451

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Have a great weekend!


Holly Wargo, Division Superintendent

Northumberland County Public Schools

Cell: (804) 994-1349

[email protected]

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