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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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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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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Foster Kids Treated To Pre-Screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Movie

Contact: Kirk Ferguson

The Federal Savings Bank

Phone:910-633-3337

Fax: 910-292-6008

Email: kferguson@thefederalsavingsbank.com

For Immediate Release

Foster Kids Get VIP Screening of Star Wars Rogue One

Free Movie Night An Early Christmas Gift

Fayetteville, NC, December 12, 2016:  More than 50 children from the Falcon Children’s Home will get to see the hottest movie of the year, before it opens to the general public! Two area business professionals wanted to give back to the community – so they’re hosting an exclusive premier of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and they invited the local foster kids to attend.

Brendan Rodden, financial advisor with Raymond James and Associates in Raleigh, and Kirk Ferguson, Fayetteville mortgage banker with The Federal Savings Bank, were putting together a VIP customer appreciation event for their clients, when they realized that they had some extra tickets.

Instead of leaving empty seats, they decided to cut their customer list short – and invite the kids from Falcon Children’s Home instead. 50 to 70 children are expected to attend. All attendees will be given a seat, a drink, and a bag of popcorn to fully enjoy the first new stand-alone Star Wars movie since the original in 1977.

Understanding the value of this occasion to a child, Rodden and Ferguson are thrilled to make Christmas a little brighter for some children who need it most.

The VIP pre-screening will take place this Thursday, December 15th at 6:45 pm, at Patriot 14 theatre, 4761 Lake Valley Drive, Fayetteville, NC, 28303. Two children from Falcon Children’s Home, and employees will be available for interviews. You may shoot video of the children entering the theatre, receiving their snacks and taking their seats. Please avoid recognizable images of children not authorized for interviews.

 

 

Kirk Ferguson, Mortgage Banker

           The Federal Savings Bank | 300 N. Elizabeth Street, Suite 3E, Chicago, IL 60607
           direct: (910) 292-6007
           fax: (910) 292-6008
           cell: (910) 633-3337
           email: kferguson@thefederalsavingsbank.com
           web: www.thefederalsavingsbank.com/kirkferguson
               NMLS# 1502065

Press release

Published on December 14, 2016 by Christi Lowe  



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  
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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  
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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  
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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  
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Cumberland County Schools’ Amazing Acts of Character Recipients for April 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.

Eight 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, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of CCS’ Central Services building. The honorees are as follows:

Josaleen Yates, Rihanna Garcia and LaNaya Mitchell, first graders at T.C. Berrien Elementary SchoolAccording to School Social Worker Reta Elliot, Josaleen, Rihanna and LaNaya “showed courage and did what true citizens do in a real emergency situation.” Recently when entering the classroom from recess, the six-year-old girls noticed a classmate who was having a seizure. Apparently the student was light headed, dizzy and began staggering while attempting to walk. “The little team of students, immediately assisted the student in need by helping her walk safely on the stairwell to make sure she didn’t get hurt,” said Elliot. While the teacher assisted in the situation, Josaleen, Rihanna and LaNaya made sure everyone stayed calm and helped lead the student to a safer area.

Esther Cazares, Abigail Thorne, Luenice Fonseca, Jada Myrick and Hayley Rupert at Cumberland Mills Elementary School – Teacher LaTonya Brewington, School Counselor Aliena Maples and the Kindergarten teachers at Cumberland Mills Elementary School all agree that Esther, Abigail, Luenice, Jada and Hayley are “wonderful role models and show excellent citizenship to all students” at the school. This school year, the five girls were nominated to help kindergarten students during breakfast time and with AR reading or general tasks based on their outstanding character. Mid-year it was noted by their teachers that they are disciplined, self-starters who initiate positive behavior and have kind and caring spirits. “These young ladies are trusted to help our kindergarten students with minimal supervision or direction,” said the school counselor and teachers. “Esther, Abigail, Jada, Luenice and Hayley first complete their responsibilities and then take time out of their morning routine every day to help assist kindergarten students with their responsibilities. All five of these young ladies are wonderful role models to others on how to be a great citizen.”

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 May 6, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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School Administrators Announce Assistant Principals of the Year

Fayetteville –Three Cumberland County school administrators were recently announced as the 2016 Cumberland County Schools’ Assistant Principals of the Year.  They are as follows:

  • Elementary School Level – Chad McLamb, C. Wayne Collier Elementary
  • Middle School Level – Tim Lancaster, Westover Middle
  • High School Level – Meshonda Williams, Terry Sanford High School

The announcement was made at the annual Assistant Principals’ Banquet on April 21. During this time each year, the CCAPAP gathers to celebrate the hard work, commitment, and dedication assistant principals render to students, faculty, and families.

McLamb, Lancaster, and Williams were nominated and voted on by their fellow assistant principals from across the school district.

Note: McLamb and Williams have recently been named the principal of Morganton Road Elementary School and Douglas Byrd Middle School, respectively.

 A photo of the honorees is below: (l-r) Tim Lancaster, Meshonda Williams and Chad McLamb.

2016 Assistant Principals of the Year (Lancaster, Williams & McLamb)

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Published on April 29, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Cumberland County Schools’ 2016 Wells Fargo Outstanding Educator Award Recipients

Fayetteville – The Wells Fargo Outstanding Educator Award recognizes and helps foster excellence in education by presenting two teachers and one administrator in the Cumberland County Schools a $1,000 grant to implement a special educational project at their respective schools.

Wells Fargo, N.A., Business Relationship Manager and Assistant Vice President Keith Crumpler presented this year’s awards and an engraved hand-work glass apple to the following three educators during the April 12 Cumberland County Board of Education meeting:

Elementary Teacher Award – Brittany Horne, a teacher at Cumberland Road Elementary School, plans to use her grant money to fund “Strengthening Minds and Bodies through Gross Motor Activities.”  Through the project, approximately 32 children, ages 4 – 5, will be able to take part in activities each day during recess that strengthens their gross motor skills. The funds will be used to purchase platform stilts, a two-wheel scooter, a 12” tricycle with helmets, a four-ring basketball hoop and an active-play gross motor kit that includes hoola hoops, juggling balls, jump ropes, etc. The students will be tested at the beginning and end of the school year to see evidence of growth.

Secondary Teacher Award – Tatum Weaver, a teacher at Cumberland International Early College High School, will implement an “Arts in Social Studies” project that will allow her to insert hands-on activities into her social studies classroom. Grant funds will be used to purchase an Art in History kit that provides materials to help her Civics and Economics students recreate Colonial teapots from the American Revolution. Through the one-time project, students will learn what led to the Revolution, Colonial life during this era as well as enjoy a fun, hands-on activity that will improve their retention of information.

Administrator Award – Todd Yardis, the principal of Ed V. Baldwin Elementary School, will use the funds to develop a makerspace in the school’s media center where students can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover by using a variety of tools and materials. The makerspace will help support the school’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program, which has an inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. Through the funding, a doodling pen, Legos, and a 3-D printer are a few of the tools students will be able to use in the makerspace to help spark their creativity and sharpen their technology, research and problem-solving skills.

Wells Fargo Outstanding Educators of the Year 2016 (Horne, Yardis & Weaver)

Pictured are (l – r) Brittany Horne from Cumberland Road Elementary School, Todd Yardis from Ed V. Baldwin Elementary School, and Tatum Weaver from Cumberland International Early College High School.

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Published on April 14, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (Weeks of March 20 & 27, 2016)

Celebrating Women’s History Month
South View High School (SVHS) Ladies of the View are sponsoring a special program to observe Women’s History Month (March) on Tuesday, March 22 at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium at SVHS. Organizers of the event promise it will empower, inspire and entertain those who attend!

 

Exceptional Children’s Beginners’ Fair is ‘Coming to Town!’
Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) Early-In Special Education Preschool Program is sponsoring its Exceptional Children’s Beginners’ Fair on Wednesday, March 23 from 5:15 – 6:45 p.m. at the Educational Resource Center, located at 396 Elementary Drive. Parents who attend can expect an overview of the kindergarten transition process and an explanation of the various kindergarten curriculums. Also school-age program specialists and teachers will be there to answer questions and discuss curriculum, individualized education plans, expectations, and environments to help along the child’s transition into kindergarten. For more information about the Exceptional Children’s Beginners’ Fair, call 910.484.6761.

Upcoming School Calendar Highlights
March 25
Pupil Holiday/Teacher Workday for the Traditional Schools, A.B. Wilkins High School, Cross Creek Early College High School, Howard Health & Life Sciences High School and Cumberland International Early College High School

March 28

Pupil/Teacher Holiday for A.B. Wilkins High School, Cross Creek Early College High School, Howard Health & Life Sciences High School and Cumberland International Early College High School

March 28 – April 1

Pupil Holidays/Required Annual Leave for Traditional and Year-Round Schools

March 29 – 31
Pupil Holidays/Required Annual Leave for Howard Health & Life Sciences High School

 

A Part of Spring Cleaning
CCS’ Go Green Initiative is co-sponsoring an e-waste and shredding event on Saturday, April 2 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the Cumberland County Courthouse (Gillespie Street). E-Waste includes eliminating household items with a cord, e.g., TV’s less than 50”, stereos, computers, printers, lamps, radios, small kitchen appliances, etc. Only residential paper items can be shredded, including those that have a paper clip or staple.

 LOOKING AHEAD…
April 2016  Let’s Talk Education Radio Show: “More Than Just Soil & Seeds”During the April edition of Let’s Talk Education, the show’s host, Renarta Clanton Moyd, will talk with Media Clerk Marina Shelton from E. Cashwell Elementary School and Assistant Principal Tara Bratcher from Cumberland Road Elementary School on Monday, April 4. They will discuss how school gardens are having a positive impact on student learning. Tune in from 11:34 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on WIDU 1600 AM or visit www.widuradio.com.

 

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Published on March 18, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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A Legendary Weekend

Immediate Release
March 18, 2016

Kevin Hight
Student Government Association Adviser
Terry Sanford High School
910.484.1151

NEWS RELEASE

The weekend of March 11-13, 2016, saw over 500 delegates from across North Carolina descend on Terry Sanford High School for the 90th NC Association of Student Councils state convention. This year’s theme of “Where Leadership Legends Begin” proved to be a good one as the keynote speakers included UNC-Chapel Hill and NBA legend Michael Jordan, Grammy-Award winner KJ Scriven, Harlem Globetrotter legend Dexter Williams, NC Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. June Atkinson and a video message from NASCAR legend Richard Petty. Delegates also heard from Lt. Col. Ken Dwyer and retired Master Sgt. James Jordan while on a two-hour visit to the Airborne and Special Operations Museum and NC Veterans Park. Tours of the museum were given by active duty and veteran soldiers, so students truly learned first-hand about the sacrifices and dedication of these true legends. They also completed over 25,000 meals for people in underdeveloped nations through a grant provided by Wells Fargo and the Stop Hunger Now program.

It was also a legendary weekend of success for delegates from the Cumberland County schools as many council and individual awards were won. The following high schools were named Honors Councils in the North Carolina Association for Student Councils (NCASC): South View, Gray’s Creek, Pine Forest, Seventy-First, E.E. Smith, Douglas Byrd, Massey Hill Classical, Howard Health & Life Sciences, and Terry Sanford. Cross Creek Early College won the Distinguished Donor Award for the 4th year in a row. This year, they gave over $4,500 to the state association’s charity, Victory Junction.

Ten students from Terry Sanford were recognized for receiving the Distinguished Student Leader Award by the NASC upon completion of a rigorous portfolio application. Twelve students from across the county were inducted into the NCASC Hall of Fame. Principal David Culbreth of Pine Forest High School was named Administrator of the Year. Kellie Aldridge of Southview won the Bronze Service Award for 15+ years as an SGA adviser from the National Association of Student Councils. Kevin Hight of Terry Sanford won the Silver Service Award for more than 20 years as an SGA adviser from the NASC and also the Distinguished Service Award from the NCASC.

Finally, Terry Sanford and Grays Creek high schools were recognized for their service during the current year as President School and Central District Vice Chair School, respectively. Jeremy
Ruiz from Douglas Byrd High School was elected Central District Chair for the 2016-2017 school year, which means his school will host the district conference next fall. Massey Hill Classical won two offices: Hannah McCarthy was elected State Communications Officer and Jenna Nabors won Central District Vice-Chair. With this election, a Cumberland County school has served on the state board every year since 2003, including the 2014-2015 school year when the county had five schools holding six offices.

 

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Published on March 18, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Community Comes Together to Stop Child Abuse

WHAT: “Break the Chain of Child Abuse”

WHEN: Friday, March 18, 2016
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Crown Expo Center
1960 Coliseum Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28306

WHY: Children from Cumberland County will join colorful paper chains together as a symbol to break the chains of child abuse.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
• “Champion for Children” awards will be presented to one professional, one volunteer and one agency/group who have gone above and beyond to reduce child abuse in our community.

• The ceremony is a joint effort between the Child Advocacy Center, the Cumberland County Schools, the Cumberland County Department of Social Services, the Cumberland County Family Court, the Partnership for Children of Cumberland County, Fort Bragg Army Community Services, the Fort Bragg Schools, and the Cumberland County Guardian Ad Litem Program.

• Presenting Sponsor: The Exchange Club of Greater Fayetteville

• For more information, contact 910.678.2621 or 910.486.9700.

Published on March 14, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Exceptional Children’s Beginners’ Fair (March 23, 2016)

index_8Cumberland County Schools’ Early-In Special Education Preschool Program is sponsoring an Exceptional Children’s Beginners’ Fair on Wednesday, March 23 from 5:15 – 6:45 p.m. at the Educational Resource Center, located at 396 Elementary Dr./Fayetteville, NC  28391. Parents who attend can expect an overview of the kindergarten transition process and an explanation of the various kindergarten curriculums. Also, school-age program specialists and teachers will be there to answer questions and discuss curriculum, individualized education plans, expectations, and environments to help facilitate their child’s transition in to kindergarten. For more information about the Exceptional Children’s Beginners’ Fair, call 910.484.6761.

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Published on March 14, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (Week of March 13, 2016)

School Social Worker of the Year to be Announced, Celebrated
Cumberland County Schools’ Social Work Services will observe National School Social Work Month and honor the school system’s School Social Worker of the Year during a special ‘by-invitation-only’ celebration. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 16 from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. in the auditorium at ERC. For more information, contact CCS’ Social Work Coordinator Pamela S. Story at 910.678.2402.

 

March 17 Nurturing Parent Workshop

The CCS system’s Pre-K, Early Intervention and English As A Second Language Departments are part of a Cumberland County Partnership for Children’s initiative to provide Nurturing Parenting Workshops throughout the County. An upcoming parent workshop titled “Ways to Enhance Positive Brain Development in Children and Teens” is scheduled on Thursday, March 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Hillsboro Center, 1307 Hillsboro Street/Fayetteville. The workshop is FREE and open to the public. For more info, call 910.483.7370.

 

Breaking the Chain of Child Abuse

In observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month (April), the community will come together to symbolically ‘break the chain of child abuse” during a special ceremony on Friday, March 18 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. in the Crown Expo Center. Hundreds of children from across Cumberland County will join colorful paper chains together and then ‘break the chains’ to symbolize a stop to the abuse of children.  Also, the Champion of Children Awards will be presented to one professional, one volunteer, and one agency/group that has gone above and beyond to reduce abuse in the community. The ceremony, sponsored by the Exchange Club of Greater Fayetteville, is a joint effort between numerous agencies and entities in Cumberland County. For more information about the Break the Chain of Child Abuse event, call 910.678.2621 or 910.486.9700.

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Published on March 14, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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‘Amazing Acts of Character’ for February 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.

One student was 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, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of CCS’ Central Services building. The honoree is as follows:

Bryson McClure, a kindergartener at Glendale Acres Elementary SchoolAccording to Kindergarten Teacher Lee Ann Morris, Bryson has exhibited the trait of trustworthiness on more than one occasion this school year. The six year old’s teacher said that recently her class played a game of Alphabet BINGO where prizes were awarded. Bryson won a prize. Upon placing his prize in his cubbie, he found that someone had accidentally put their prize in his cubbie as well. “He quickly came to me and turned over the treat, saying it wasn’t his,” said Morris. “He wanted to be sure that whomever won it [the prize], got it back. He could have easily said nothing and kept both prizes. Instead, Bryson told the truth about what he found in order to make sure it was returned to the rightful owner.” Morris said that on another occasion, the students were awarded Cub Coins for good behavior. Bryson found some of the coins on the floor in their classroom. Instead of keeping the coins, he returned them to her. “As a young student, he [Bryson] is definitely on the right track,” said Morris. “He has a good heart and I trust him to do the right thing whether there is an adult around or not.”

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 March 2, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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