Competent to Competitive
The Amelia County Public Schools has become a very competent public
school division at delivering the basic “Virginia Curriculum” as measured by the
SOL assessments. Teachers, students and parents are to be congratulated for
their commitment to successfully achieving the Standards of Learning (SOLs).
However, meeting state and federal standards are the first necessary steps in a
relevant and meaningful education in the 21st century.
The question before the community as presented through the confer-
ences is, will the basic Virginia curriculum result in our children being able to com-
pete later in the 21st Century? To adequately answer the question a series of free
community conferences were offered to parents and the public.
21st Century Parent/Community
Curriculum Steering Committee
On the evening of December 3, 2007,
thirteen parents and community members at-
tended the first meeting of the 21st Century
Parent/Community Curriculum Steering Com-
mittee that will help guide the Amelia County
Public Schools in preparing for 21st Century
The guest speaker for the evening was Mr.
Mr. Paul Nichols sharing some Paul Nichols, President of Virginia Advanced
enlightening facts about global Studies Strategies, which is a non-profit corpo-
education changes. ration that assists schools in seeking higher
His discussion focused around the research relat- “We must invest in
ing to 21st Century skills that stress higher rigor, students if we want to sus-
and curriculum relevance that demonstrates rela- tain economic growth.”
tionships to career paths and a student’s future.
The committee will meet again in early Dr. Zhang, Chinese
January and will break-out by school to start to Vice Minister of Education
discuss ideas and develop recommendations.
First Community Conference
Economics Winter Advisory
The first community conference examined future economic projects. Dr. In the case of school closings for inclement
Rodriguez, an economics professor from the University of Virginia, described eco- weather, you may receive information by:
nomic projection techniques and then looked into the economic future to the year
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trends are that China will be the largest economy, followed by the United States, and
India. The United States should retain the greatest per capita income of any nation,
but the relative size of our economy would be comparable to other nations. Rising
economic powers like China see education as a competitive strategy for economic
The nature of competition is changing as we
move into the 21st Century. People can compete on
a global basis without leaving home. Any part of a
job that can be digitized can be placed on the inter-
net and performed any place in the world. Jobs will 11 School Board Meeting, High School, 1:30—Student Recogni-
globally go to the best provider. Many warrantee tion
and service support information call centers are al- 18 Winter Band and Chorus Concert, High School, 7:30 PM
ready in India. 19 12:30 Dismissal – Winter Break Begins
According to Thomas J. Friedman, in 2005, 3 School Resumes
roughly 400,000 U.S, tax returns were prepared by 8 School Board Meeting, SBO, 6:30 PM—Budget Public Hear-
Indian accountants via the internet. Some medical ing
laboratory reporting and software engineering are 15, 16, 17 Exams (2 PM Dismissal)
being performed off-shore via the internet. Even 17 End of 2nd Quarter
educational tutorial services can be obtained from 18 Teacher Workday – Students Do Not Report
India via the internet. Dr. Peter Rodriguez explains to 21 Holiday – Students Do Not Report
the audience the future economic 25 Report Cards Issued
outlook and its impact on educa-
The trend of unbundling traditional white
collar professional jobs for competition digitally in the
Have a Happy and Safe Holiday!
global market has already started.
2008 Amelia County School Mrs. V. Kay Fletcher Second Community Conference
Board Amelia County School Board Competition
District 4 Representative
Catherine Wilkinson The second community conference featured Weldon “Skip” Hall, Amelia County
District I “In January of 2000 when I began serving
Board of Supervisors District II Representative; Dr. David Alexander, Professor and De-
on the School Board, I really had no idea
partment Head of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Virginia Tech; Diane
Damon Moyer what I was getting myself into. Over the
(Yadan) Wang and Sarah (Mo) Yun, Virginia Tech graduate students; Lyle Patzkowsky,
District 2 past eight years, I learned a great deal Baltimore County Public Schools Assistant Superintendent; Debbie Matusky, Coordinator
about public education. of the Baltimore County Public Schools Student Exchange Program; and Katrina Rigby
Henry Featherston and Dustin Natte, a senior and a junior at Dulaney High School in Baltimore County.
District 3 The opportunity to work with three
different superintendents and nine Board
members has been rewarding.
In the second community conference, it was stated that China has more top of the
Gary Lunsford class (top 25%) students than we have total students in all American schools. Students in
District 4 China take English starting in elementary school. It has been projected that by 2010,
As I begin to serve in a new capacity on
China will be the largest English speaking country in the world. Students in China
Ruby L. Dillard the Board of Supervisors, I look forward to take a one-time exam to determine if they will
District 5 taking the experience I’ve gained as a move from grade nine to grade ten. Only about
School Board member with me. 33% of elementary students move on to high
I plan to remain involved in Amelia County
Dr. Beatrice Clark-Booker
Public Schools through my
Amelia County School Board
children’s activities and
Again at the end of high school, students
District I Representative take a one-time exam to determine if they will go
to college. Only about 33% of the high school
Dr. Beatrice Clark-Booker students go on to college. Chinese parents sup-
Feel free to keep in touch.” port their children with their evening homework
leaves the Amelia County School Board
after eight years of service. and/or private evening classes.
As her service to the Board Top Chinese students are honored not 3rd Graders learn English in their
“Cannot use yesterday’s skills to com- school’s Language Lab in China
ends, Dr. Booker says, “It has been my just by the school and community but also by their
pete in tomorrow’s world.”
joy to serve the Amelia County School peers. Education is viewed as a strategy for indi-
Board for the past eight years. vidual economic prosperity and economic development. A photograph of a Chinese
“Diplomatic skills… and respect in an school with the English words on the outside of the school sums up their perspective,
interdependent world.” “Behave Well and Study Hard”. The Chinese are working hard to become competitive in
The job that the Board does in
working with the Superintendent, the the global market: the same market that many of our children will be competing in, in their
“All students must be internationally future.
entire school system, community and
parents is tremendous.
“Do in our time what is necessary to
I will continue to be available to serve “Industry is the father; education is the mother.”
prepare them for their time.”
this county and our children.” Luo, Xiaoming, Vice President, China Geely Automobile Group
The Journey Has Begun
Amelia County Public Schools
2007-2008 DIVISION GOALS
The Amelia County Public Schools has already started the journey of raising Institutionalize the Amelia Learning Process and PDSA
cycle to achieve above 80% student SOL success;
standards. The elementary reading program has been redesigned to work toward the maintain full state accreditation and full AYP compliance
School Board’s goal of ensuring that all students enter the third grade on or above in all schools.
grade level in reading and then continue to improve. The results are very encourag- Improve the primary reading program so that all students
ing. Based upon the Virginia Department of Education’s 2006-2007 report card data read above or on-grade level upon entering the third
for the greater Richmond area, Amelia’s third grade reading scores are at the top. See grade
graph. and maintain above or on-grade level reading
in grades 3 through 12.
3rd Grade SOL Reading Results Strive to meet identified parental expectations
In addition, a complete and improve parent satisfaction in each school.
review of our K-12 mathematics Engage the community in a conversation about moving
curriculum has been launched. the school system from curriculum competence to
preparing students for future career competitiveness.
Consideration will be given to
increasing rigor in elementary Continue to reduce special education
mathematics, providing algebra over-representation in all schools.
sooner and to more students,
and offering more advanced and High School students dress in pink
higher mathematics electives at in support of
the high school. Breast Cancer Awareness.
Along with increased rigor, the
issue of student and parental
responsibility also needs to be
addressed. The School Board is
considering a revision to its
Promotion and Retention Pol-
icy—IKE, at its December School
Board meeting. A revision to the
Reading Regulation IGA-R is
under review. The policy and the 2
regulation can be viewed on the
In honor of Veteran’s Day, Amelia
County Middle School students collect Elementary students engaged in learning
The journey from competent to competitive is a community journey. The Amelia donations to send to our troops in Iraq. during summer school.
educators stand ready for the journey.