What’s Happening in the CCS? (February 19 – 25, 2017)

Pupil Holiday/Teacher Workday
Students, faculty, and staff at schools throughout the Cumberland County School system will observe a pupil holiday/teacher workday on Monday, February 20.

 

CCS to Host ICL
The Cumberland County Schools (CCS) will play host to nearly 35 local future leaders on Tuesday, February 21 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the CCS’ Central Services’ Board Room. During their visit, the Institute for Community Leadership (ICL) participants will learn how to effectively serve on the School Board or on any other local board or commission. Also, the participants will engage in a panel discussion about community volunteerism and how to become mentor to a young child or teen in need. Reps from the school system and several community groups will share information with the participants about various mentor opportunities and ways they can make a difference in the life of a child.

 

Upcoming Board Committee Meetings
The Cumberland County Board of Education Curriculum and Personnel Committees will meet on Thursday, February 23, 2017, starting at 9:00 a.m. in the Central Services Board Room, located at 2465 Gillespie Street/Fayetteville.  The committee meetings are open to the public.

 

Digital Learning Day Observance
In observance of Digital Learning Day (February 23), the fifth graders at Westarea Elementary School will participate in student-led presentations and exhibitions about the various biomes of the world using digital technology. The STEM experience gets underway at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 23 in the school’s cafetorium. For additional information, call the school at 910.488.1705.

 

BIG Chinese New Year Celebration
CCS’ World Language Department presents its Chinese New Year Celebration on Thursday, February 23 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Seventy-First High School. The public has also been invited to attend and enjoy the numerous informational booths, games, and interactive activities from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. For more information, e-mail carmenvillalobos@ccs.k12.nc.us.

 

Honoring the Past to Strengthen the Future
Westarea Elementary School will be presenting its annual Black History programs on Friday, February 24. This year’s theme is the African-American Contributors Awards. The student-led performing arts program honors the contributions of current and historic African-American men and women who have made a difference, motivated a change, created new opportunities, and achieved the unachievable. The first program featuring kindergarten through second graders will begin at 9:00 a.m., while the program highlighting third through fifth graders starts at 1:00 p.m.

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Published on February 21, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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‘Amazing Acts of Character’ for January 2017

Fayetteville – Each month through Cumberland County Schools’ Amazing Acts of Character recognition program, schools are asked to nominate students who display character above and beyond expected behavior.

Three students were recently selected from individual school nominations for displaying ‘amazing acts of character’ and will be recognized and honored during the Cumberland County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, February 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of CCS’ Central Services building. The honorees are as follows:

Caleb-Michael Rogers, a seventh grader at New Century International Middle School (NCIMS)According to NCIMS Counselor Laura Moore, the 13 year old joined the wrestling team for the first time this year, and because of his positive attitude and work ethic, he has emerged as a leader on the team. She recalls at a recent home wrestling match observing Caleb make “a remarkably kind and respectful gesture.” One of Caleb’s teammates got pinned, was very upset, and refused to shake the hand of his opponent and the opponent’s coach, which is customary. “Caleb, without any word from his coaches, jumped up and went and shook the opponent’s and coach’s hands and congratulated them,” said Moore. “He truly showed great sportsmanship and represented his school very well. Caleb just instinctively knew what the right thing to do was and did it!”

Surya Munugoti, a junior at Terry Sanford High School (TSHS)Lola Widman, the school counselor at Max Abbott Middle, said that this 16 year old works as a tutor in a program where students in TSHS’ Global Studies Academy tutor students at her school in math or reading.  Widman said that Surya has “stood out from the outset for his outstanding performance.” She said that he genuinely cares about helping the students, works diligently to assist them, and checks to see if they are making progress in their math classes. According to Widman, each semester, tutors are only asked to volunteer twice a week for a set number of weeks. Surya has chosen to exceed the number of days per week and weeks than what is required. “He (Surya) has provided a great service to our students and to our school,” said Widman. “We are extremely fortunate and grateful for his help, especially considering the fact that he does not need the community service hours offered for this tutoring program. Instead, he is helping our students because he is intrinsically motivated to help others!”

Antonio Rojas, a junior at Douglas Byrd High School (DBHS) – DBHS Principal Dr. Zoletta Taylor is applauding this 17 year old’s level of compassion. Recently, Antonio wrestled an opponent from an area high school who had Down’s syndrome. According to Dr. Taylor, Antonio treated the match like any other and wrestled vigorously with his opponent; however, “because of his compassion for the student’s disability,” Antonio chose to take a personal loss to his wrestling record.

The Amazing Acts of Character Committee selects winners based on school nominations. The winners are then recognized at the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, where they are presented with a special trophy and certificate.

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Published on February 13, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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What’s Happening in the CCS? (February 12 – 18, 2017)

Board of Education Meeting and Public Forum

The Cumberland County Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, February 14 at 6:30 p.m. for its regular monthly meeting and public forum in the Board Room of the Central Services’ building, located at 2465 Gillespie Street. The Board plans to recognize January’s Amazing Acts of Character recipients, the Cape Fear High School Varsity Football Team as the 2016 NC Eastern 4-A Champs, the 2017 Wells Fargo Outstanding Educator Award recipients, local North Carolina School Public Relations Association 2016 Blue Ribbon Award winners, and members of the Board of Education. The meeting is open to the public.

 

Gran’daddy Junebug to Pay Visit to Elementary School
During a special assembly at Glendale Acres Elementary School, the students, faculty, and staff will get the chance to hear master storyteller Mitch ‘Gran’daddy Junebug’ Capel perform on Wednesday, February 15 at 1:15 p.m. According to event organizers, his performance promises to be high energy with lots of audience participation. The school’s PTA matched a grant with the Arts Council to bring Gran’daddy Junebug to the school for an assembly. The Arts Council’s Artist in Schools program is supported in part by the CCS, the North Carolina Arts Council, the City of Fayetteville, and Cumberland County. For more information, contact Deborah Dowd at 910.484.9031.

 

“At Hope Mills Middle School, We Love Our Bus Drivers!”

In observance of Love the Bus/Bus Driver Appreciation Week, 10 local officials have been invited by the staff at Hope Mills Middle School (HMMS) to see their bus drivers in action on Wednesday, February 15 from 2:20 – 3:30 p.m. Community officials will be assigned to ride one of the 10 buses leaving the middle school to drop students off at their homes. According HMMS administrators, almost three quarters of their student body (about 422 students) ride their school buses each day to and/or from school. For more information about the special appreciation observance, contact HMMS Assistant Principal Melissa Davis at 910.425.5106.

 

Mid-Year Celebration for a New Car

As part of the Beasley Media Group’s “Driven 2 Excel” program, CCS’ seniors and their parents will gather in the Crown Arena on Thursday, February 16 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. to celebrate being a half-a-school year closer to winning a 2016 Kia Soul. To qualify, the seniors must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher and have no more than five absences during the qualification period. In conjunction with the CCS and other community partners, Beasley Media Group has joined with Fayetteville Kia and the Fort Bragg Federal Credit Union to reward qualifying students with fantastic incentives for their academic performance. 

 

Cumberland County Spelling Bee Competition

Fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout Cumberland County will put their spelling skills to the test on Friday, February 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The final rounds of Cumberland County’s Spelling Bee competition will take place in Room 3 of the Educational Resource Center, located at the 396 Elementary Drive 28301/Fayetteville.

 

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Published on February 13, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Cumberland County Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten Registration for 2017-2018 School Year

Parents can attend any one of the following registration sites from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on the designated dates:

Date                            Attendance Area                                          Location

Friday, Feb. 24            Douglas Byrd                                                   *ERC

Friday, March 3           Gray’s Creek/Jack Britt/South View           Gray’s Creek Recreation Center

Friday, March 10         Pine Forest/E.E. Smith                                  College Lakes Recreation Center

Friday, March 17         Seventy-First/Westover                                 Westover Recreation Center

Friday, March 24         Cape Fear                                                          Eastover Recreation Center

* ERC is CCS’ Educational Resource Center, located at 396 Elementary Drive/Fayetteville.

Applicants must be 4 years old on or before August 31, 2017, to register.
They must reside in Cumberland County.
Parents should bring the following information:
Certified birth certificate, shot record, current utility bill (gas, water, lights ONLY), proof of income, court-ordered custody papers or military special power of attorney & TDY/Deployment Orders (if applicable), and parent/guardian’s valid driver’s license/state ID.

For more information, call 910.483.7370.

Published on February 3, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Bureau Books 45 Events First Half FY 16/17

Cumberland County, NC –  In the first half of the 2016/17 fiscal year, the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) secured 45 future meetings, tournaments and group tours for Cumberland County in the coming months and years. These events, which represent 12,862 room nights at county hotels, will impact Cumberland County’s economy at $4.3 million.

Additionally, in the first half of FY 16/17, the FACVB

  • Attended 7 trade shows where staff made 350 contacts with planners and event organizers. Generated 107 leads for future meetings, tournament and group business. These leads represent 12,372 room nights at area hotels and an economic impact of $11 million
  • Serviced 6,826 inquiries at three visitor centers, distributed 35,100 Fayetteville Area Visitor Guides and fulfilled 138 group service requests.
  • Relaunched GoFayetteville.com as a blog covering things for visitors and locals to experience in Cumberland County. Grew users of the site by more than 300%. Launched a facebook page to support the blog.  Posted 21 stories, covering the top areas of visitor interest.
  • Introduced new collateral materials for group tour planners. The materials allow for a personalized package to be sent in response to planner inquires.  Learn More.
  • Worked with Cumberland County municipalities and other partners to develop Heroes Homecoming IV, which honored World War II Veterans. See the event recap here: HeroesHomecoming.com
  • Revised our email promotions campaign with heavy visual components. See sample HERE.
  • Secured 1672 listings for area events in trade magazines and on media websites.
  • Issued 17 press releases, facilitated two travel writer visits and secured 77 pieces of publicity in travel and local media.

“Everything begins with a visit,” says John Meroski, FACVB president and CEO.  “Our organization works hard to increase the number of visitors, expenditures and, in turn, taxes collected.”
ABOUT THE FACVB 

The FACVB is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com  or call 1-888-98-HEROES.

 

 

 

Published on February 1, 2017 by Melody Foote  
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What’s Happening in the CCS? (January 29 – February 4, 2017)

Pupil Holiday/Required Teacher Workday
Students, faculty, and staff at schools that follow the Traditional calendar will observe a pupil holiday/required teacher workday on Monday, January 30.

School System to Meet with the Legislative Delegation
The Cumberland County Board of Education and the Cumberland County Legislative Delegation will meet to discuss items of mutual importance. The meeting will take place on Friday, February 3 starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Board Room of the Central Services’ Building, located at 2465 Gillespie Street, Fayetteville, NC 28306. The meeting is open to the public.

Looking Ahead …

Upcoming Observances

February 5 – 11 — CCS’ Suicide Awareness Week

February 6 – 10 — National School Counseling Week

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Published on January 30, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Recognizing & Celebrating School Counselors

Fayetteville – National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from February 6–10, 2017, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

“The special week honoring school counselors provides recognition to those who implement comprehensive school counseling programs, which are a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st Century,” said Cumberland County Schools’ Counseling Coordinator Kristy Curran.

In a proclamation signed by the Cumberland County Board of Education Chair, Curran cited school counselors for (1) being actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests, and talents; (2) working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of rearing children in today’s world; (3) focusing on positive ways to enhance students’ social/personal, educational, and career development; and (4) working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic, and optimistic aspirations for themselves. Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master’s degree in guidance and counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.

“School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career awareness in post-secondary options and personal/social skills,” said Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., the executive director of ASCA. “Comprehensive school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success.”

More than 100,000 school counselors nationwide will be participating in the week’s festivities. Many school counselors will be hosting special events and activities to call attention to the myriad benefits of a comprehensive school counseling program.

 

As part of its celebration for National School Counseling Week, the Cumberland County School system, as a whole, will be recognizing its school counselors with an appreciation breakfast, while individual schools will choose to recognize with different activities. Parents or community members with specific questions or concerns about school counseling programs should contact the school counselors at their local schools. Additional information can also be found on ASCA’s website, www.schoolcounselor.org.

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is a worldwide nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, Va. Founded in 1952, ASCA supports school counselors’ efforts to help students focus on academic, career and social/emotional so they not only achieve success in school but are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. The association, which is the school counseling division of the American Counseling Association, provides professional development, publications and other resources, research, and advocacy to more school counselors around the globe.

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Published on January 30, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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“It’s OK 2 Ask”

Fayetteville – According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, suicide is the third leading cause of death for North Carolinians between the ages of 10 to 24.  Unfortunately, stigma, myths and misinformation about suicide prevent both adults and young people from discussing this topic.  Recognizing the signs and symptoms of suicide and knowing who to call for help is one way to prevent suicide.

To raise awareness, Cumberland County Schools (CCS) is observing Suicide Awareness Week from February 5 – 11.  CCS’ staff, students, parents, and community members are invited to join our efforts. Show your support by (1) spreading the word; (2) knowing the signs; and
(3) knowing who to call!

Help spread the word.  The Cumberland County School system joins the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services in their campaign to ensure that our youth know that “It’s OK 2 Ask.” 

  1. Let others know that “It’s OK 2 Ask” by wearing the national suicide prevention colors, turquoise and purple, on February 8.
  2. Take a ‘selfie’ or ‘usie’ holding the sign, “It’s OK 2 Ask.”
  3. Send your photo to shirleycarter@ccs.k12.nc.us
  4. Look for the photo gallery on the CCS’ Website (www.ccs.k12.nc.us).

Know the Signs and Symptoms.  Some of the common signs and symptoms of suicide are as follows: threatening and talking about wanting to hurt or kill themselves; making preparations, e.g., trying to get firearms, pills or other ways of killing themselves; talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide, hopelessness; withdrawing from friends, family, or school; and experiencing difficulty sleeping or sleeping all the time. (Note: This is not an exhaustive or definitive list. These are merely potential warning signs and a signal to get help.)  View the video from the Mayo Clinic below for more information about teen suicide prevention.

Prevent Teen Suicidehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BByqa7bhto

Know who to call.  If you are concerned that someone is suicidal, help is only a telephone call away. Both local and national resources are available 24/7.

  • 911 Emergency Services
  • Contact Crisis Helpline
    • 485.4134
  • Alliance Behavioral Health Care – Health & Information Line
    • 510.9132
  • Cape Fear Valley Behavioral Health – Roxie Center
    • 615.3333
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    • 273.TALK (8255)
  • Veterans’ Suicide Hotline
    • 273.8255 Select # 1
  • Hearing Impaired TTY Users
    • 799.4TTY (4889)
  • En Espanol
    • 628.9454

A school counselor, school social worker, and a school psychologist are available in all of our schools. They are also available to link parents and students to community resources.

For more information, contact Natasha Scott, the executive director of CCS’ Student Services, at 910.678.2433 or natashascott@ccs.k12.nc.us.

 

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Published on January 30, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Fayetteville Bureau Introduces New Group Tour Materials

Fayetteville, North Carolina – New group tour marketing materials introduced by the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) allow for customizable packaging of ideas based on group interests.

Pictures of New Group Tour Collateral 

one-page profile sheet provides a broad overview of Fayetteville and surrounding Cumberland County. In addition to an overview of the types of experiences groups can enjoy in Cumberland County, the teaser piece includes stunning photography of ZipQuest, one of the top 10 zip lines in the United States, the 77-acre Cape Fear Botanical Garden, the 1897 EA Poe House and other locales.

The profile sheet was introduced at the American Bus Association in Cleveland, Ohio earlier this month.  “Operators attending ABA want small simple reminder of the destinations they speak with,” says John Meroski, FACVB President and CEO.  “This design allows for an easy discussion to determine the group’s interests.”

After identifying the interests of the planner and group, Tourism Sales Manager Jessica Bennett will send a follow-up package customized to that specific group. “A series of individual cards, each promoting a specific attraction or community site, allow for a personalized follow-up package,” says Bennett.

More than 29 different cards are available, showcasing the variety of community amenities. The cards compliment and support the profile sheet.  For follow-up, Bennett adds a note containing her contact information with the specially-selected cards, and sends to the planner.

“With these new collateral pieces, we are giving the planner a jump-start in their research,” says Meroski.  “We’re putting ideas for customized Cumberland County experiences in their hands.”

ABOUT THE FACVB  

The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com  or call 1-888-98-HEROES. Cumberland County is the America’s first military sanctuary.

Published on January 27, 2017 by Melody Foote  
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Jessica Bennett Certified as Travel Industry Specialist

Fayetteville, NC–  The American Bus Association (ABA) recognized Jessica Bennett, Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) Tourism Sales Manager, for successfully completing the course requirements to earn her Certified Travel Industry Specialist (CTIS) designation.  All graduates were honored at a special ceremony during the 2017 ABA Marketplace in Cleveland, Ohio.

“Jessica achieving this certification is another example of the dedication she brings to her efforts to recruit group tourism to Cumberland County,” says John  Meroski, FACVB President and CEO.

Available to any employee of an ABA-member organization, the CTIS program is the first university-administered certification program in the group travel industry. It is administered for ABA by Indiana University /Purdue University Indianapolis. Participants completed five correspondence courses over the past year, and attended and evaluated eight Industry Advancement Seminars.

The certification process is rigorous and demanding.  “These graduates are rightfully viewed by their peers as dedicated individuals who care about their profession,” says Peter J. Pantuso, CTIS, President and CEO, ABA., The program has graduated 600 since its inception in 1989.

Follow THIS LINK  to download photo of Jessica receiving her certification from Pete Pantuso, President of ABA. 

ABOUT THE AMERICAN BUS ASSOCIATION

The American Bus Association is the trade organization of the intercity bus industry with more than 1000 motorcoach owner and tour company members in the United States and Canada.  Another 2,900 members are travel and tourism organizations and suppliers of bus products and services who work in partnership with the North American motorcoach industry. 

ABOUT THE FACVB 

The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com  or call 1-888-98-HEROES. Cumberland County is America’s first military sanctuary. 

Published on January 24, 2017 by Melody Foote  
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PWC Building Business Rally Scheduled April 6

The Fayetteville Public Works Commission invites local vendors to meet representatives of PWC departments and learn about their supply, equipment and service needs.  The April 6, 2017 event will be held from 4 pm to 7 pm at the PWC Operations Center, 955 Old Wilmington Rd in Fayetteville.   Admission is free  and open to local businesses.  PWC’s Procurement Department will be available to help with vendor registration.

Published on January 11, 2017 by Carolyn Justice-Hinson  
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Cumberland County Schools’ ‘Amazing Acts of Character’ for November & December 2016

Fayetteville – Each month through Cumberland County Schools’ Amazing Acts of Character recognition program, schools are asked to nominate students who display character above and beyond expected behavior.

Four students were recently selected from individual school nominations for displaying ‘amazing acts of character’ and will be recognized and honored during the Cumberland County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of CCS’ Central Services building.

The November 2016 honoree is as follows:

Hailey Blair, a sixth grader at Gray’s Creek Middle School (GCMS)According to Patricia Brewer, Hailey’s English/Language Arts teacher, the 11 year old is a “great person who is a good example for her peers.” Recently, Hailey received a graded paper from one of her teachers. Upon reviewing the graded paper, she noticed that her teacher had incorrectly scored it. The circled grade on the front of the paper was slightly higher than what it should have been. “Hailey respectfully brought this error to the attention of her teacher,” said Brewer. “Because of Hailey’s honesty and integrity in this situation, the teacher rewarded her by letting her keep those few extra points.”

The December 2016 honorees are as follows:

Margaret “Maggie” Kane, a third grader at Long Hill Elementary School – During Maggie’s recent participation in a St. Baldrick’s Foundation event, Mary Katherine Mouton, Maggie’s third-grade teacher, said the eight year old “demonstrated courage, compassion, and empathy that is remarkable for anyone, much less an eight year old.” According to Mouton, Maggie, who has a close relative that is a cancer survivor, decided two years ago to grow her hair and donate it to a child who has lost their hair because of cancer. Through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for childhood cancer research, Maggie and her family sponsored a fundraising event at a local pizza restaurant. More than $10,000 was raised through the effort and “true to her word,” Maggie had her head shaved and donated her hair to Wigs for Kids. “Maggie is an inspiration and model for all of us!” said Mouton. “Thank you, Maggie!”

 

Miranda Draughon, a fourth grader at Gray’s Creek Elementary School – According to Kelly Tucker, the media coordinator at Miranda’s school, the 10 year old is “a child with exceptional character.” During the Cumberland County Schools’ annual Reading Rocks! Walk-A-Thon for literacy effort, Miranda decided to take action by helping to buy books for the school media center. Tucker said she didn’t ask her parents for money or raid her piggy bank. Instead, Miranda enlisted the help of two friends from her church to help make bookmarks to sell at church. “As a result of her leadership, caring, and sense of responsibility, Miranda raised $28 for our library,” said Tucker.

Jayden Townsend, a fifth grader at Morganton Road Elementary School – Courtney Sides, the school counselor at Jayden’s school, said that the 10 year old demonstrated an incredible amount of bravery and caring when recently, she saved her brother who was being viciously attacked by a dog. According to Sides, in November, Jayden, her mother, and little brother were visiting the home of friends in South Carolina. Jayden went outside to check on her brother when she noticed a dog [Rottweiler] on top of her brother. “She ran over, picked up the dog, and threw him,” said Sides. “Jayden picked up her brother and tried to get him into the house, but the dog attacked again.” She put her brother down and told him to run into the house while she fended off the dog. According to Sides, Jayden’s brother was hospitalized, but has since returned to school. “She thought of her brother before herself,” said Sides. “She put herself in harm’s way to rescue him. It is not every day that you see someone help others, much less put themselves at risk. Through her heroic acts, she saved her little brother. We feel as though she should be recognized for her bravery and heroism.”

The Amazing Acts of Character Committee selects winners based on school nominations. The winners are then recognized at the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Education, where they are presented a special trophy and certificate.

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Published on January 9, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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What’s Happening in the CCS? (January 8 -14, 2017)

Board of Education Meeting and Public Forum
The Cumberland County Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. for its regular monthly meeting and public forum in the Board Room of the Central Services building, located at 2465 Gillespie Street. The Board plans to recognize the recipients of the newly created CCS’ Champion of Children Award and November and December’s Amazing Acts of Character recipients.

January 2017 Get Connected TV Show: “Cumberland Polytechnic High School: The Polytech Way– During January’s edition of the Get Connected TV show, CCS’ Chief Communications Officer Renarta Clanton Moyd is joined by Cumberland Polytechnic High School Principal Dan Krumanocker, School Counselor Brittany Raines, and Students Asia Hannans and Jared Little. They are discussing the numerous learning opportunities at the school system’s newest high school that is located on the campus of Fayetteville Technical Community College. To watch the show, tune in to FCE-TV – Cable Channel 5 on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at noon or visit the school system’s Website (www.ccs.k12.nc.us).

Looking Ahead …

MLK Day Observance & Teacher Workday w/Staff Development
In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, a pupil/teacher holiday will be observed by the Cumberland County Schools on Monday, January 16. Central Services will be closed as well. A pupil holiday/required teacher workday/staff development day will be observed on Tuesday, January 17 at schools that do not follow the traditional calendar. 

Middle & High School Choice Fair & Parent Meeting
The CCS system will sponsor its 2017-2018 Secondary Choice Fair on Tuesday, January 24 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the Educational Resource Center (ERC) auditorium, located at 396 Elementary Drive in Fayetteville.  The Fair will highlight booths from area middle and high schools that have information about Choice schools, academies, or programs that are accepting student applications for next school year.  Also, a Fort Bragg E.E. Smith Parent Meeting will take place from 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. in Room 3 at ERC. For more information about the Secondary Choice Fair or the Fort Bragg E.E. Smith Parent Meeting, call 910.678.2407.
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Published on January 9, 2017 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Southern Regional AHEC Receives $505,000 Grant from The Duke Endowment for Psychiatric Advance Directives

Fayetteville – Southern Regional Area Health Education Center of Fayetteville has received a $505,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to fund the implementation and dissemination of mental health crisis planning through psychiatric advance directives. Psychiatric advance directives (PADS) are legal documents that permit individuals with mental illnesses to declare their preferences and instructions for future mental health treatment, or appoint a surrogate decision maker through a health care power of attorney, in advance of an incapacitating psychiatric crisis. The Endowment grant will be used to train community volunteers to facilitate the completion of PADS and educate providers and health systems on how to use them.

“Psychiatric patients in crisis often experience prolonged hospital emergency room stays due to a statewide shortage of psychiatric beds and alternative community services,” says Southern Regional AHEC board member Marvin S. Swartz, M.D., professor and head of the Division of Social and Community Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center, director of the Duke AHEC Program and director of the National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives. “Many of these patients face these long stays, in part, because they are too ill to give a good history or consent to treatment.”

He also said that most people need help in creating psychiatric advance directives as legal documents and, until now, there have been few resources to help complete them. “We are excited that this timely funding from The Duke Endowment will help to facilitate training that has been shown to prevent and manage these psychiatric crises by providing clinicians with well-designed crisis plans, advance consent to treatment and a legally appointed person to make decisions for the patient during a crisis.” Training from the grant will be implemented through a unique partnership with the NC Evidence-Based Practice Center at SR-AHEC, the National Alliance for Mental Illness-NC, the NC Division of Health and Human Services, the National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives at Duke, regional Medicaid Managed Behavioral Health Care organizations and clinicians across the state.

For more information on this grant program, contact SR-AHEC marketing director Karen Mantzouris at 910-678-7269 by telephone or by e-mail at karen.mantzouris@sr-ahec.org or visit our website at www.sr-ahec.org. Specific information on training will also be available on the NC EBP Center site at www.ncebp.org.
Based in Charlotte and established in 1924 by industrialist and philanthropist James B. Duke, The Duke Endowment is a private foundation that strengthens communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds and enriching spirits. Since its founding, it has distributed more than $3 billion in grants. The Endowment shares a name with Duke University and Duke Energy, but all are separate organizations.



Company with Diabetes Medical App to Collaborate With Southern Regional Area Health Education Center

Team leaders from Voluntis, Inc., a Paris-based medical technology company, are scheduled to visit Southern Regional Area Health Education Center, located at 1601 Owen Drive, on Tuesday, October 11th as part of an evidence-gathering mission. The company will collaborate with Southern Regional AHEC to optimize the way users in a family medicine setting interact with its digital diabetes products.

Pioneering therapeutic companion software, Voluntis innovates healthcare by embedding connectivity in therapeutics and medical intelligence in software. Dedicated to managing chronic conditions, Voluntis’ companion software aims to enable treatment personalization, to support team-care coordination and to improve real-world outcomes. Harnessing its proprietary technology, Voluntis has developed digital solutions for diabetes, respiratory diseases, cancer, anticoagulation treatments and hemophilia. Voluntis is headquartered in Paris, France, and has offices in Boston, USA.

 

Published on September 30, 2016 by Karen Mantzouris  
http://www.southernregionalahec.org


PWC Fleet Management Named 43rd Best in Americas

The Public Works Commission of the City of Fayetteville has been recognized for outstanding operations of its Fleet Management by the NAFA Fleet Management Association. PWC was named #43 Best Fleet operations in The Americas, at the Association’s conference in Austin, Texas earlier this spring.

 

Of over 38,000 public fleet departments in North America, PWC was one of 1,900 who were identified as being superior by their peers, other national recognitions, site visits by the judges, and best business practices.  PWC received an exceptional rating based on the 12 criteria of the contests performance measures to ultimately be named the 43rd best operations in the Americas.

 

Criteria for the award included: Use of technology, accountability, pricing, customer service, innovation, efficiency, and continuous improvements are all best business practices in the public sector.

 

PWC maintains over 1,800 vehicles and equipment for both PWC and the City of Fayetteville. They have also been recognized as an NC Smart Fleet Champion Award winner, presented by the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center and NC DOT.   Champion is the award’s highest designation and recognizes PWC’s efforts to reduce transportation-related emissions, and increase efficiency.

Published on June 17, 2016 by Carolyn Justice-Hinson  
http://www.faypwc.com


Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (June 2016)

End-of-Year Schedule for Schools

As the school year comes to an end, students, faculty and staff at Year-Round and Traditional schools in the CCS will follow the schedule below:

Year-Round Schools

Friday, June 3                         Last Day for Students/Pupil Early Release
Monday, June 6                      Teacher Workday
Tuesday, June 7                      Required Teacher Workday
Wednesday, June 8                 Teacher Workday – Optional

Traditional Schools

Wednesday, June 8                 Last Day for Students/Pupil Early Release
Thursday, June 9                     Required Teacher Workday
Friday, June 10                       Required Teacher Workday
Monday, June 13                    Teacher Workday – Optional

 

Get Connected TV Show for June 2016 — “SGA: Students Taking a Stand” — During June’s edition of Get Connected, CCS’ Communications Specialist Renarta Clanton Moyd is joined by Terry Sanford SGA Officers Nathaniel Browning and Jay Shah, Cross Creek Early College High School SGA Officer Morgan O’Neill and Adviser Kenneth Huffman. They discuss the important role SGA plays in the school and in the lives of students on the their leadership development journey. To watch the show, tune in to FCE-TV – Cable Channel 5 on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at noon or visit the school system’s Website (www.ccs.k12.nc.us).

 

NEW — LIVE Broadcasts of ‘The Big 10’ Graduations Scheduled

The school system in conjunction with Fayetteville Technical Community College, the Crown, and Time Warner Cable (TWC) will air LIVE broadcasts of the June 9 and 10 high school graduation ceremonies from the floor of the Cumberland County Crown Coliseum. From the comfort of their homes, TWC subscribers will be able to watch CCS’ students walk across the stage to get their diplomas on FCE-TV – Cable Channel 5 according to the following schedule:

 

Thursday, June 9

Douglas Byrd High School                             8:00 a.m.

Westover High School                                  11:00 a.m.

Terry Sanford High School                             2:00 p.m.

Pine Forest High School                                 5:00 p.m.

South View High School                                8:00 p.m.

Friday, June 10

E.E. Smith High School                                  8:00 a.m.

Gray’s Creek High School                            11:00 a.m.

Cape Fear High School                                   2:00 p.m.

Seventy-First High School                              5:00 p.m.

Jack Britt High School                                    8:00 p.m.

In a continuing effort to serve the worldwide community, the CCS in conjunction with the Crown Coliseum will offer live Webcasts of the June 9 – 10 graduation ceremonies. View the commencement exercises according to the above schedule, by visiting the following link: http://www.crowncomplexnc.com/events/event-streaming. If a password is requested, type: classof2016.

Graduation ceremonies for Howard Health & Life Sciences High School, A.B. Wilkins High School, Cumberland International Early College High School, Cross Creek Early College High School, Massey Hill Classical High School and Reid Ross Classical High School held in Seabrook Auditorium (Fayetteville State University) or in the Crown Theatre will be archived on the Crown’s Website  http://www.crowncomplexnc.com/events/event-streaming. The ceremonies will not be available for viewing until the week of June 13.

 

Media Covering June 9 & 10 Graduation Ceremonies

All media covering the June 9 and 10 ceremonies are reminded to

(1) enter and exit through the West VIP Entrance at the Crown Coliseum;

(2) upon your arrival, ask security to contact a member of the CCS’ Communications Department; and

(3) wear your credentials in plain sight.

No photographers will be allowed on the arena floor or at the mid-level or bottom of the escalators at the Crown.

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Published on June 3, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
http://ccs.k12.nc.us/


CROWN COMPLEX TRAFFIC NOTIFICATION FOR CUMBERLAND COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATIONS JUNE 3, JUNE 9 AND JUNE 10

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Crown Complex will host multiple graduations for Cumberland County Schools in the Coliseum and the Theatre throughout the day on June 3, June 9 and June 10. Due to the large volume of patrons expected for each event, the following traffic and security plan will be implemented.

The general parking facilities will open to the public beginning at 6:30 a.m. on June 9 and 10. The general parking facilities will open to the public beginning at noon on June 3.  Patrons are encouraged to arrive at the facility approximately an hour before their respective graduation time. Parking is first-come-first-serve; there is no fee for parking at the venue and at the designated satellite parking areas established by the Crown Complex. Vehicles parked in areas not under the jurisdiction of the Crown Complex may be subject to tow.

 

The high school graduation breakdown is as follows:

Friday, June 3: Crown Theatre

Massey Hill Classical: 2:00 p.m.

Reid Ross Classical: 5:00 p.m.

 

Thursday, June 9: Crown Coliseum

Douglas Byrd: 8:00 a.m.

Westover: 11:00 a.m.

Terry Sanford: 2:00 p.m.

Pine Forest: 5:00 p.m.

South View: 8:00 p.m.

 

Friday, June 10: Crown Coliseum

E.E. Smith: 8:00 a.m.

Gray’s Creek: 11:00 a.m.

Cape Fear: 2:00 p.m.

Seventy-First: 5:00 p.m.

Jack Britt: 8:00 p.m.

 

Patrons are encouraged to arrive early in order to expedite the entry process.

 Venue parking lots open at 6:30 a.m.,  please follow the direction of on-site traffic control.

 

For patrons traveling northbound on Interstate 95 (Lumberton Area): Vehicles traveling northbound on Interstate 95 should take Exit 40 (I-95BUS N/US-301 N). Travel north on US-301 until directed by Fayetteville Police Department to turn RIGHT on to East Mountain Drive and will enter the complex via the East Mountain Drive side of the Crown Complex.

 

For patrons traveling southbound on Interstate 95 (Dunn/Benson Area): Vehicles traveling southbound on Interstate 95 should take Exit 46B (NC-87N). Travel north on HWY 87 until Exit 100 – Owen Drive. Fayetteville Police Department will direct traffic to turn LEFT on to East Mountain Drive and use the entrance on the East Mountain Drive side of the Crown Complex.

 

For patrons traveling southbound on US-301 (Eastover Area): Vehicles traveling southbound on US-301 should use HWY 87 south to Exit 100 – Owen Drive. Fayetteville Police Department will direct traffic to turn LEFT on to East Mountain Drive and use the entrance on the East Mountain Drive side of the Crown Complex.

 

For patrons traveling northbound on US-301 (Grays Creek Area): Vehicles traveling northbound on US-301 will be directed by Fayetteville Police Department to turn RIGHT on to East Mountain Drive and will enter the complex via the East Mountain Drive side of the Crown Complex.

 

For patrons traveling on MLK Freeway (North Fayetteville/Ramsey Street Area): Use Exit 100 – Owen Drive.  Fayetteville Police Department will direct traffic to turn LEFT on to East Mountain Drive and use the entrance on the East Mountain Drive side of the Crown Complex.

 

For patrons traveling east on Owen Drive (Cross Creek Mall Area): Vehicles are to use both thru lanes to cross US-301.  Fayetteville Police Department will be directing traffic toward the facility. Vehicles will enter via the Owen Drive side of the Crown Complex.

 

For patrons traveling on All-American Expressway (Fort Bragg Area): Vehicles travelling on All American Expressway are to continue east onto Owen Drive.  Vehicles are to use both thru lanes to cross US-301.  Fayetteville Police Department will be directing traffic toward the facility. Vehicles will enter via the Owen Drive side of the Crown Complex.

 

Immediately following the event:

Patrons are asked to follow the direction of Crown Complex parking attendants and the Fayetteville Police Department to ensure a safe and speedy departure.

  • Traffic exiting on to Owen Drive will be directed toward either Business 95/Highway 301 or NC Highway 87. Signage will be used to direct traffic back into Fayetteville.

There are NO U-Turns allowed on this road.

  • Traffic directed on to East Mountain Drive will be allowed to continue to West Mountain Drive or turn Southbound onto Business 95/Highway 301.

No traffic will be allowed to turn Northbound onto Business 95/Highway 301 from East Mountain Drive.

 

Prohibited items on Crown Complex property:

  • Weapons or controlled substances of any kind.
  • Smoking in any of the facilities, this includes electronic cigarettes.
  • Animals (with the exception of service animals).
  • Food, beverages or containers of any size.
  • Flash photography, selfie sticks, iPads or professional cameras with detachable lenses.

 

Contact our main office at 910-438-4100 for more information if needed.

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Published on May 27, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
http://ccs.k12.nc.us/


E.E. Smith High School Principal Named N.C. Principal of the Year

FayettevilleMelody Chalmers, the principal of E. E. Smith High School, was announced on May 12 as the 2016 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year. The announcement came during a state-wide luncheon in Cary.

State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson commended Chalmers on her selection. “Melody is known as an innovative problem solver who is committed to the academic and personal growth of each of her students and teachers. Her staff and students truly benefit from the nurturing learning environment she promotes.”

In naming Chalmers the 2016 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year, Juan Austin, Wells Fargo Carolinas Community Affairs senior vice president, said, “Melody has a special ability to recruit and retain quality teachers in her school, and student achievement is remarkable. Our education system has never been at a more critical juncture than now and with administrators like Melody we all see how dedication and effort connects with students, staff and parents.”

The 18-year education veteran received a bachelor’s degree in English Education in 1998 from North Carolina A&T State University and a master’s degree in School Administration in 2005 from Fayetteville State University.

She has served her entire administrative career in the Cumberland County Schools (CCS) having worked as assistant principal at E. E .Smith High and Warrenwood Elementary from 2004-2009, principal at Cross Creek Early College High from 2009-2011, and now principal of E.E. Smith High. Throughout her career, she has received numerous educational recognitions and certifications, and has presented at various state-wide conferences.

As Wells Fargo Principal of the Year, Chalmers receives $3,000 for personal use and $3,000 for her school. She also receives professional development and resources supporting global awareness in the curriculum for her staff thanks to Education First Tours, and a custom-made NC Principal of the Year signet ring and pendant from Jostens, Inc.

Chalmers will continue to lead her school for the next year; however, Wells Fargo will furnish her with a stipend to travel across the state serving as an ambassador for education. She will serve as a member of the State Superintendent’s Principals’ Advisory Committee, and as an adviser to the State Board of Education and the Board of Directors for the NC Public School Forum. In addition, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction will sponsor her enrollment and completion of the Education Policy Fellowship Program.  She will also chair the 2017 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year Selection Committee.

“Melody has committed herself to making the community where she grew up better by educating the children,” said CCS’ Superintendent Dr. Frank Till. “Now, she will be a role model for the state.”

Chalmers is the fourth principal from the Cumberland County School system to be selected for this honor in the 33-year history of Wells Fargo NC Principal of the Year. She joins the following list of outstanding principals:

1990                Dr. John R. Griffin from E.E. Smith High School

1996                Mary D. McDuffie from Seventy-First High School

2003                Nina Rene’ Corders from E.E. Smith High School

Having received today’s honor, Chalmers succeeds Pactolus School Principal Steve Lassiter from the Pitt County School system.

 2016 NC Principal of the Year Melody Chalmers w State Superintendent Dr June Atkinson (May 2016) Pictured is (l-r) State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson and 2016 N.C. Principal of the Year Melody Chalmers during the May 12 announcement at a state-wide luncheon in Cary.

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Published on May 18, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
http://ccs.k12.nc.us/


Local Schools Win Top Awards at Middle School Forensics State Finals

On Saturday, April 30, the 2016 Middle School Forensics State Final was held at Rogers-Herr Middle School in Durham.  Students participated in six separate events: Public Forum, Extemporaneous Speaking, Duo Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, and Original Oratory.  In the Interpretation categories, students performed memorized literary works, and in Original Oratory students presented their own original persuasive speeches.  Students participating in Extemporaneous Speaking came prepared to speak on three topics—US Politics, Africa and the Middle East, and the US Economy—but did not know what questions they would answer before drawing them before the beginning of the round.  They then had 30 minutes to prepare a persuasive speech.  And in Public Forum Debate, teams argued for or against pulling U.S. troops from Okinawa.

 

Below are the top six ranking students in each category and the top six ranking schools:

Humorous Interpretation

6- Arianna Herring, 71st Classical Middle School, Fayetteville

5- Antonio Santiago, New Century International Middle School, Fayetteville

4- Bomani Mwamba, New Century International

3- Joy Bao-Dai, Jay M Robinson Middle School, Charlotte

2- Rachel Curtis, Jay M Robinson

State Champion- Vinitha Sunkara, Jay M Robinson

 

Dramatic Interpretation

6-Colby Blackwell, Pine Forest Middle School, Fayetteville

5- Ramaya Wike, Gray’s Creek Middle School, Hope Mills

4- Arianna Darden, Mac Williams Middle School, Fayetteville

3- Rebecca McCartney, 71st Classical

2- Reagan Amos, Meadowview Magnet Middle School, Mt. Airy

State Champion- Julia Dyer, New Century International

 

Extemporaneous Speaking

6- Peyton Warren, Gray’s Creek

5- Nadia Hussein, JN Fries Magnet School, Concord

4- Jackson Lewer, Jay M Robinson

3- Aditya Senthil, JN Fries

2- Luke Suh, New Century International

State Champion- Rashad Rahman, 71st Classical

 

Original Oratory

6- Faith Frizzi, JN Fries

5- Naina Mittal, 71st Classical

4- Sherry Liu, Jay M Robinson

3- Kaylee Newcomer, Gray’s Creek

2- Emily Rogers, Mac Williams

State Champion- Naomi Ovrutski, Jay M Robinson

 

Duo Interpretation

6- Josie Savnik and Tayshlei Owens, Mac Williams

5- Silas Benavides and Aaron Pizzaro, New Century International

4- Pate Fuller and Riley Hall, 71st Classical

3- Hannah Daniels and Damian Gunter, Gray’s Creek

2- Josh Hurd and Christyna Regan, JN Fries

State Champions- Rakshita Kothapalli and Meghna Iyer, Jay M Robinson

 

Public Forum

6- Hope Bartlinski and Emma Warrick, New Century International

5- Asia Murchison and Richelle Ntumy, 71st Classical

4- Himanshu Kunwar and Andres Hui, 71st Classical

3- Krithika Senthil and Mastawal Tirfe, JN Fries

2- Tisha Abdul and Tanmayee Kanagala, JN Fries

State Champions- Devin Desai and Luke Draygo, Jay M Robinson

 

And the top six schools:

 

6- Mac Williams Middle School, Fayetteville

5- Gray’s Creek Middle School, Fayetteville

4- JN Fries Magnet School, Concord

State Third Place- New Century International Middle School, Fayetteville

State Runner-up- 71st Classical Middle School, Fayetteville

State Champion- Jay M Robinson Middle School, Charlotte

 

Middle School Forensics is one of 23 competitions that will determine the best high school and middle school in the state.  The NCASA Scholastic Cup and NCSSM Challenge Cup will be awarded to the high schools and middle schools with the best overall performance among the 23 major scholastic competitions in North Carolina.  Points are awarded for participation and excellence in NCASA and partner competitions.

 

 

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Published on May 6, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
http://ccs.k12.nc.us/


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