COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 19

April 29, 2005

 

ADMINISTRATIVE


TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:

Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience Survey

 

Earlier this year the Chesapeake Executive Council, comprised of Governor Mark R. Warner, the governors of Maryland and Pennsylvania, the administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the mayor of the District of Columbia, and the chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Commission met to discuss policy initiatives aimed at accelerating the protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. One outcome of the meeting was a resolution reaffirming the Executive Councils commitment to educating students about the Chesapeake Bay and the watersheds of each of the respective jurisdictions.

 

The Endorsement of the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience is a commitment to providing every student in Virginia with a meaningful watershed educational experience before graduation from high school. It is Virginias goal to include watershed field experience opportunities for all students in the commonwealth regardless of the watershed in which they reside. This resolution can be found at http://www.chesapeakebay.net/2005exec.htm, and a definition of a meaningful watershed educational experience can be found at http://www.chesapeakebay.net/pubs/doc-c2k_meaningful_bay_experience.pdf.

 

As previously announced in Superintendents Informational Memorandum No. 10 dated January 14, 2005, the Department of Education is collecting information related to the status of Virginia students participation in meaningful watershed educational experiences and other closely related environmental education indicators in support of the Chesapeake 2000 Agreement. The Department of Education will use this important information in its report to Governor Warner in June 2005.

 

Please complete the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) electronic survey by June 1, 2005, at https://eb01.vak12ed.edu/ssws using your school divisions Single Sign-On for Web Application Systems (SSWS) login and password. A copy of the electronic survey is attached. If you (or the person completing the survey) do not have access to the MWEE survey application through SSWS, please contact your local SSWS administrator for assistance.

 

If you have questions about the meaningful watershed educational experience survey or assistance identifying your school divisions SSWS administrator, please contact Eric M. Rhoades (eric.rhoades@doe.virginia.gov), coordinator of science, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, at (804) 225-2676.

 

JLD/EMR

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2005/adm019a.pdf