John B. Cary Elementary School

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Principal's Message

  • Principal Leading with Love, Teaching with Love, Reopening with Love

    Opening Quote: “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” Maya Angelou

    August 30, 2020

    Welcome Back!

    Let me first say, welcome back to all of my awesome families who have been with us over the years. Also, let me say welcome to our awesome new families and thank you for joining us on this journey. You have selected to be a part of Cougar Nation. Our school is a place where love is, whether in person or in this virtual space. When it comes to leading with love and teaching with love… Love will go where like is afraid to tread. So, let’s be mindful of this moment in history and understand the urgency of this hour. We often hear about what the 22nd Century learner would need in order to be successful. Many believe that it is a complex matrix of ideas that will move our students further, faster. People tend to focus on some new learning that needs to take place. Truth be told, the 22nd Century skillset is really an old skillset that needs to be revisited. This is why I am so excited about our EL Reading and Eureka Mathematics curriculum choices.

    The new EL Reading and Eureka Mathematics curriculum offers problem solving and critical thinking. These are skills that have always been around. Whether humans were solving the complexities of travel across the Potomac River in the 1600’s or traveling to the moon, complex real world problems have always been there. There are two essential questions that we must ask ourselves, “How do we create a learning atmosphere where children want to know? And, “How do we gain access to opportunities for every student?” We must continue to create a culture within our school where students are being prepared for careers that have not been created-even in this virtual environment.

    John B. Cary Elementary School’s mission includes a commitment to engage in high quality environmental stewardship of our natural, human and material resources. To that end, we are moving aggressively to transform our elementary school campus into 22nd century model that meets its educational and community goals without degrading the ecological, social, and economic systems on which our region and all of our futures depend. In brief, we are moving our campus in the direction of leaving no carbon footprint within the next two years and peak our students interest in Green career paths early in their development. Thus, creating scientists and leaders with an eye on protecting the environment.

    What an exciting year ahead!!! Key to our success in this virtual space is Communication and Collaboration. Let’s pull together and stay together; and our children will be the prime benefactors of our collective synergy. Please know that… We are made for this!

    Our schools website will be our central location for up to the minute information.

    Yours in Service,

    Mr. Michael Powell-Principal

    Mrs. Ketia Singleton–Academic Dean 




  • Welcome to John B. Cary Elementary School where we take pride in our scholars and their academics. John B. Cary is the The W.R.I.T.E. (Writing and Reading Incorporated Together Everyday) School!


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    The Cougar Call

    The newsletter was emailed to all Cougar families. Here is the link for all to enjoy! 


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    Happy Hispanic Heritage Month


    Tue, Sep 15, 2020 – Thu, Oct 15, 2020

    National Hispanic Heritage Month is a period from 15 September to 15 October in the United States for recognizing the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.



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    The Lit Limo will be at John B Cary every Friday afternoon from 4:30-4:50.
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    News from Mrs. Cauthorne

    Important Information from our Cary School Counselor

    •           Mrs. Cauthorne

      Hello Cary Cougar Families,      

      As we all adjust to the time away from school amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to assure you that I will continue to dedicate my time to serving our school community and providing school counseling services for your child. I recognize that this may be a stressful and challenging time for many families and your children are likely to want to have access to counseling support. My desire is to provide students, families, and the Cougar community with support, strategies, and resources that promote the growth and academic success for all our students. Please feel free to reach out via email at I hope that everyone stays safe, healthy, and positive! We will get through this together. Stay tuned for a link to my virtual counseling office. I look forward to seeing you all when we return!



      Mrs. Cauthorne

      School Counselor

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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - October 23, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, My apologies for the technical glitch that held up my RPS Direct last night! Here's what was supposed to go out: I just finished participating in the Policy Pathways 2020 Awards Ceremony, which honored Governor Wilder and six area youth, including Terri Lee from Franklin Military, Jazz Miles from Richmond Community, and DeJia Graham from Franklin Military (see bios below). Policy Pathways is an innovative education program whose mission is to prepare young people to lead in the policy sector. This evening's celebration was incredibly inspiring, and that's in no small part due to the visionary leadership of Dr. D. Pulane Lucas, President and CEO of Policy Pathways. I also want to recognize School Board Member Dawn Page, who serves on the organization's Board of Directors, and School Board Vice-Chair Cheryl Burke, who nominated all three of the RPS students who received awards tonight. Click above to read more!

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  • RPS Direct Update - October 22, 2020

    Dear #RPS Strong Family, I'm reaching out with this special RPS Direct to share that an RPS employee has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual works at Linwood Holton Elementary School and was last there on 9-22. Though the employee's presence at this RPS site occurred nearly a month ago, we still encourage anyone who was at this location on the date listed above to monitor their symptoms and reach out to their primary care provider if they have any concerns. Individuals can also contact RCHD’s COVID-19 hotline at (804) 205-3501. Our number one priority remains the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. We will continue to work in close collaboration with the Richmond City Health District to ensure the well-being of the entire RPS community.

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