Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (Week of March 6, 2016)

Let’s Talk Education Radio Show for March 2016 -“Military Child in the CCS”
The show’s host , Renarta Clanton Moyd, will discuss with CCS’ Military Family and Youth Liaison Cathy Hurley the Month of the Military Child observance (April) as well as various programs for and the latest grant geared toward the needs of the military-connected child. Tune in to listen on Monday, March 7 from 11:34 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on WIDU 1600 AM or visit www.widuradio.com.

 

Board of Education Meeting and Public Forum
The Cumberland County Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Central Services building, located at 2465 Gillespie Street. The meeting will begin with a public forum session. The Board plans to recognize February’s Amazing Acts of Character recipient.

 

10th Annual Adult Spelling Bee
Educators from across the school system will put their spelling skills to the test during the Cumberland County Association of Principals and Assistant Principals’ (CCAPAP) 10th  Annual Adult Spelling Bee on Wednesday, March 9 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the cafeteria of South View High School. Teams of four, who will be representing different schools and departments throughout the county, will work together to spell various words. Last year through this effort, thousands of dollars in scholarship money was awarded to deserving high school seniors. For more information, contact CCAPAP member Crystal Brown at

crystalbrown@ccs.k12.nc.us.

 

Get Connected TV Show for March 2016 — “Military Child in the CCS”
During March’s edition of Get Connected, CCS’ Communications Specialist Renarta Clanton Moyd is joined by CCS’ Military Family and Youth Liaison Cathy Hurley and DoDEA Grant Project Coordinator Rebecca Legan. They will discuss the Month of the Military Child (April) as well as various programs and the latest grant to assist military-connected children. 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).

 

21st Annual Elementary Battle of the Books Competition
During the upcoming 21st Annual Elementary Battle of the Books competition, cluster teams will ‘go head to head’ in the quiz bowl-type tournament with hopes of earning the county title. Finals get underway at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 11 in the AIT Building, located in Downtown Fayetteville. Elementary Battle of the Books was established to help elementary school students develop a lifelong love of reading. For more information about the competition, call CCS’ Information Technology & Media Services Department at 910.678.2613.

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Published on March 2, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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School District Takes Top Honors in Math Competition

Fayetteville – Four Cumberland County middle schools took top honors in the Feb. 13 South Central Chapter MATHCOUNTS Competition held at Snyder Memorial Church.

The top MATHCOUNTS teams received the following honors: 1st place – Mac Williams Middle School; 2nd place – John Griffin Middle School; 3rd place – Seventy-First Classical Middle School; and 4th place – Gray’s Creek Middle School. Fifteen middle schools from the Cumberland County School (CCS) system participated in the annual competition and 23 schools were represented during the day-long contest.

The top three individual students were Jonathan Piland from Mac Williams Middle School, Junhee Shin from John Griffin Middle School, and Justin Munoz from Mac Williams Middle School, respectively.  Seven of the top 10 individual students were from the following Cumberland County middle schools: Mac Williams, John Griffin, Gray’s Creek, Max Abbott, and Seventy First Classical.

The top three teams and top individuals will go on to compete in state competition on March 5 at Carrboro High School in Carrboro, NC.

The MATHCOUNTS Competition Series is a middle school competition program, with live, in-person events in all 50 states.  During this competition, students engage in exciting, “bee-style” contests in which they compete against and alongside other bright, motivated students. At the local, state and national level, students win hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes every year.

 

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Published on February 18, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (Week of February 21, 2016)

NASA Astronaut to Visit Ferguson-Easley Elementary School

In observance of Black History Month, the faculty and staff at Ferguson-Easley Elementary School have invited NASA Astronaut Lt. Commander, U.S. Navy Victor J. Glover, Jr. to their school to be the featured speaker during their Black History Recognition Assembly on Monday, February 22 at 12:30 p.m. After the Assembly, a student/astronaut photo session has been scheduled.

Background Info: Glover hails from Pomona, CA, and Prosper, TX. He is an F/A-18 pilot and graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School. Glover holds degrees from California Polytechnic State University and Air University and Naval Postgraduate School. He is currently serving as a Navy Legislative Fellow in the U.S. Congress.

 

Feb. 25 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 “Praising Children and Their Behavior” is scheduled on Thursday, February 25 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Hope Mills Community Center, located at 5770 Rockfish Road. The workshop is FREE and open to the public. For more info, call 910.483.7370.

 

Hooray for District 7 Day!
The faculty, staff and students at District 7 Elementary School have plans to celebrate their students’ successes and their recent school recognitions as 2015-2016 N.C. National Title 1 Distinguished School of High Performance and 2015 Title 1 N.C. Rewards School. The celebration will take place on Friday, February 26 at 9:00 a.m. in the school’s auditorium. District 7 Elementary is located at 5721 Smithfield Road/Wade, NC  28395. For more information about the event, contact the school’s principal, Rhonda Hill, at 910.483.0001.

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Published on February 18, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (Week of February 14, 2016)

Pupil Holiday/Teacher Workday
Faculty, staff and students in the Cumberland County Schools will observe a pupil holiday/teacher workday on Monday, February 15.

 

February’s 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. Two upcoming parent workshops are scheduled:
Tuesday, February 16 – “Understanding Feelings” ~ Seabrook Park Neighborhood Resource Center – 708 Langdon Street
Thursday, February 25 – “Praising Children and Their Behavior” ~ Hope Mills Community Center – 5770 Rockfish Road.
Both sessions take place from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. All workshops are FREE and open to the public. For more info, call 910.483.7370.

 

School System to Host Institute for Community Leadership
The CCS will play host to nearly 35 local future leaders on Tuesday, February 16 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.

 

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 at Fayetteville Kia, located at 2012 Skibo Road, on Thursday, February 18 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. to celebrate being a half-a-school year closer to winning a 2015 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 has joined with Lumberton Kia, Fayetteville Kia and the Fort Bragg Federal Credit Union to reward qualifying students with fantastic incentives for their scholastic performance.

 

First-Ever FTS Student Art Exhibition
Students at Terry Sanford High School (TSHS) will display their finest works of art in this year’s FTS Student Art Exhibition throughout the month until March 4. The artwork will be on display in Fayetteville Technical Community College’s Art Gallery, located in the General Classroom Building (Room 221). The Exhibition’s opening reception has been postponed until Friday, February 19 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact TSHS Arts Education Teacher Kellie P. Perkins at 910.484.1151, ext. 461.

 

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Published on February 12, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (Week of January 31, 2016)

**Jan. 29 Event** State Superintendent to Visit 3 Local Schools FRIDAY
State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson will visit three Cumberland County schools on Friday, January 29. From 9:15 – 10:30 a.m., she will visit Westarea Elementary School (941 Country Club Drive) to speak to fourth and fifth graders attending the school’s Honor Society Induction and Men of Promise Escalation ceremony. The ceremony will be held in the school’s cafetorium. From there, Dr. Atkinson will spend time at Ponderosa Elementary School (311 Bonanza Drive) from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  She plans to tour the school and visit with students and teachers. Dr. Atkinson will end her visit to the CCS by speaking with teachers and students at Douglas Byrd Middle School (1616 Ireland Drive) from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. For questions, contact Sara Clark at the NC Department of Public Instruction at 919.807.3458 or sara.clark@dpi.nc.gov.

 

Final Parent Dialogue Session to be Held
The school system’s final Parent Dialogue Session is scheduled for Monday, February 1 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at South View High School. Insightful information about district initiatives, cyberbullying and sexting, and effective ways the school district communicates with parents will be shared. A Q & A session will follow. All parents have been invited to attend one of three helpful sessions scheduled in January and February. For more information, call 910.678.2303.

 

February 2016  Let’s Talk Education Radio Show: “Appreciating Our School Counselors”During the Feb. 1 edition of Let’s Talk Education, the show’s host, Renarta Clanton Moyd, will talk with CCS’ Counselors Coordinator Kristen Curran and E.E. Smith High School Counselor Gretchen Walker. They will discuss National School Counselor Appreciation Week and the work school counselors perform daily. Tune in from 11:34 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on WIDU 1600 AM or visit www.widuradio.com.

 

February 2016 Get Connected TV Show: “International Flavor in the Classroom” – During February’s edition of the Get Connected TV show, CCS’ Communications Specialist Renarta Clanton Moyd is joined by Executive Director of Elementary Education Jane Barnes, Gray’s Creek Elementary School Principal Cal Violette, and Dual Languages Program Director (VIF International Education) Kevin Smith. They are discussing the impact of international educators and global programming in CCS’ classrooms. 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).

 

Legislative Breakfast and Board Retreat
Members of the N.C. Legislative Delegation will join local school Board members and CCS’ Superintendents for breakfast on Tuesday, February 2 to discuss concerns and solutions to issues that plague North Carolina education and its educators. The Breakfast gets underway at 8:30 a.m. in the auditorium at the Educational Resource Center. Immediately following, members of the Board of Education will gather for their annual retreat, which is open to the public.

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Published on January 28, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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CCS’ Principal Grabs Regional Principal of the Year Title

Fayetteville – During one of Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) administrative training sessions this morning, E.E. Smith High School Principal Melody R. Chalmers was announced as the Wells Fargo 2016 Sandhills/South Central Regional Principal of the Year. A photo of Chalmers is below.

She was selected from nine other principals, who represented counties throughout south central North Carolina.  As the regional winner, Chalmers will participate in a portfolio review and interview by a state selection panel.

Announcement of the Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year will be made on May 12 during an awards event at the Umstead Hotel in Cary, NC.

In October, Chalmers was selected from six other local principals to represent the CCS’ system on the district level.

This is the second year in a row a principal from the Cumberland County School system has been chosen to represent the Sandhills/South Central Region in state competition.

 

2016 POY Nominee - Melody Chalmers

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Published on January 8, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (Week of January 10 – 16, 2016)

First of Three Parent Dialogue Sessions to be Held

Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) first Parent Dialogue Session is set for Monday, January 11 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Westover High School. All parents have been invited to attend one of three helpful sessions scheduled in January and February. Insightful information about district initiatives, cyberbullying and sexting, and effective ways the school district communicates with parents will be shared. A Q & A session will follow. For more information, call 910.678.2303.

 

 Board of Education Meeting and Public Forum
The Cumberland County Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, January 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Central Services building, located at 2465 Gillespie Street. The meeting will begin with a public forum session. The Board plans to recognize the Rebooting Cyber Awareness Video Contest winners and December’s Amazing Acts of Character recipients.

 

January 2016 Get Connected TV Show: “Homeless, But Not Hopeless– During January’s edition of the Get Connected TV show, CCS’ Communications Specialist Renarta Clanton Moyd is joined by CCS’ Social Work Coordinator Pamela Story and Special Needs Transportation Supervisor Vicki Wilson. They are discussing students and homelessness. 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).

 

 

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Published on January 8, 2016 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (Week of November 15, 2015)

**Nov. 14 Event – 4th Annual Turkey Trot
Gray’s Creek Elementary PTA is sponsoring the 4th Annual Turkey Trot on Saturday, November 14 at 8:00 a.m. at the school. There will be a 5K and 10K run and a kids’ one-mile fun run will follow. Prizes will be awarded to the top three female and male finishers.  For more information, call 910.483.3352.

**Nov. 14 Event — BBQ, Music & Fun
BBQ, music and fun will all be a part of Fayetteville’s annual When Pigs Fly All-American BBQ Festival on Saturday, November 14 from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. in Festival Park (Downtown Fayetteville). Proceeds collected during the event benefit the Communities In Schools of Cumberland County.

Nurturing Parent Workshop on Handling Stress, Anger
Cumberland County School (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 “Learning Positive Ways to Deal with Stress and Anger” is scheduled for Tuesday, November 17 from 10:00 a.m. until noon at CCS’ Educational Resource Center, located at 396 Elementary Drive in Fayetteville. The workshop is FREE and open to the public. For more information, call 910.483.7370.

A MUST-SEE SHOW: “Sexting and Cyberbullying
During November’s edition of the Get Connected TV show, Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) Communications Specialist Renarta Clanton Moyd is joined by CCS’ Counselors Coordinator Kristy Curran, CEO of Developmental and Forensic Pediatrics Dr. Sharon Cooper and Retired Cumberland County Chief District Court Judge Beth Keever. They are discussing the dangers and penalties of sexting and cyberbullying. 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).

Published on November 13, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Cumberland County Schools’ ‘Amazing Acts of Character’ for October 2015

Fayetteville – Each month through the school system’s character recognition program, ‘Amazing Acts of Character, schools are asked to nominate students who display character above and beyond expected behavior.

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

Donald Kunkel, a 5th grader at C. Wayne Collier Elementary School – Donald’s school counselor, Nakeida Prescod, says the 10 year old’s neighbor, Karen Hardwick, shared with her that since she fell and suffered hand, knee and ankle injuries, Donald has assisted her in various ways. According to the neighbor, Donald mows her lawn regularly, takes her newspaper to the front porch daily, rakes leaves in her backyard and takes her trash and recycling cans to the curb each week.  “The amazing part is that he does all these things on his own initiative,” said Hardwick, the neighbor. “When I have offered to pay for the services, Donald has turned down the offer. I don’t think he has any idea how much his work has helped me.” Prescod has observed Donald at school and agrees with his neighbor. “He is dependable and takes on responsibility with commitment,” said Prescod. “… I do not know of any other 10-year-old boy who would give up his own time to do the many thoughtful and helpful things that Donald has done for me,” said the neighbor. “He is a true blessing.”

Joshua Holston, an 8th grader at Reid Ross Classical Middle School – Joshua’s gym teacher, Pamela Carter, said the 13 year old recently found a wallet in the gym. “Instead of looking through it or taking anything [out of it], he brought it straight to me,” Carter said. The wallet contained money and according to its owner, nothing was missing. “It may not seem like a big deal, but Joshua did the right thing, the responsible thing,” said Carter, “many students do not make that choice and do not rise to the occasion. He deserves to be commended for doing what was right in this situation.”

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 November 4, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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CCS to Host Announcement of National Initiative in Observance of Veterans Day

WHAT:            National announcement of private-sector contribution supporting schools that serve                                       military families

WHEN:            Tuesday, November 10, 2015
1:00 p.m.

 WHERE:         Loyd Auman Elementary School
6882 Raeford Road
Fayetteville, NC  28304

WHY:               To honor and salute America’s veterans and military personnel, a major U.S. corporation                               will announce a national contribution to support schools that serve military-connected                                   students

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • The announcement will be made during a school assembly.
  • There will be interview opportunities with school faculty and staff, CCS’ administrators and the corporation’s executive officer.

 

Published on November 4, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (Week of November 8, 2015)

Veterans Day Book Parade
In observance of Veterans Day, all the students at Elizabeth Cashwell Elementary School will participate in the school’s Veterans Day Book Parade on Tuesday, November 10 at 8:45 a.m. in the parent parking lot at the school. In preparation for the event, each classroom has read a book about Veterans Day. Additionally, students will create and decorate a float to be displayed during the parade around school grounds.  There will even be a Grand Marshal Veteran to lead the parade. Area veterans and parents have been invited to attend. For more information, call the school at 910.424.2312.

 

November’s Nurturing Parent Workshops
Cumberland County School (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. Two upcoming parent workshops are scheduled: Tuesday, November 10 — Alternatives to Spanking and Tuesday, November 17 — Learning Positive Ways to Deal with Stress and Anger. Both sessions take place from 10:00 a.m. until noon at CCS’ Educational Resource Center, located at 396 Elementary Drive in Fayetteville. All workshops are FREE and open to the public. For more information, call 910.483.7370.

 

National Announcement Scheduled at Local Elementary School
In observance of Veterans Day, a national initiative announcement will be made during a school-wide assembly at Loyd Auman Elementary School on Tuesday, November 10 at 1:00 p.m. To honor and salute America’s veterans and military personnel, a major U.S. corporation will announce a national contribution to support schools that serve military-connected students.

 

Board of Education Meeting and Public Forum
The Cumberland County Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Central Services building, located at 2465 Gillespie Street. The meeting will begin with a public forum session. The Board plans to recognize October’s Amazing Acts of Character recipients, four local high schools with the highest four-year cohort graduation rate, a teacher assistant at Ponderosa Elementary School who saved a choking student, and a team of employees at South View High School who assisted a student in anaphylactic shock.

 

Observing the Sacrifices of Our Veterans
A student/teacher holiday is scheduled on Wednesday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. The Cumberland County Schools’ Central Services offices will be closed as well.

 

November 2015 Get Connected TV Show “Sexting and Cyberbullying
During November’s edition of Get Connected, Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) Communications Specialist Renarta Clanton Moyd is joined by  CCS’ Counselors Coordinator Kristy Curran, CEO of Developmental and Forensic Pediatrics Dr. Sharon Cooper and Retired Cumberland County Chief District Court Judge Beth Keever. They are discussing the dangers and penalties of sexting and cyberbullying. 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).

 

Turkey Trottin’
Gray’s Creek Elementary PTA is sponsoring the 4th Annual Turkey Trot on Saturday, November 14 at 8:00 a.m. at the school. There will be a 5K and 10K run and a kids’ one-mile fun run will follow. Prizes will be awarded to the top three female and male finishers.  For more information, call 910.483.3352.

 

When Pigs Fly: BBQ, Music & Fun
BBQ, music and fun will all be a part of Fayetteville’s annual When Pigs Fly All-American BBQ Festival on Saturday, November 14 from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. in Festival Park (Downtown Fayetteville). Proceeds collected during the event benefit the Communities In Schools of Cumberland County.

 

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Published on November 4, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Cumberland County Schools Awarded $1.5 Million DoDEA Grant

Fayetteville, NC — The Cumberland County School (CCS) system is pleased to announce the receipt of a grant award from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) totaling nearly $1.5 million.  The five-year grant titled “True North: Meeting the Individual Needs of the Military Child” will provide social-emotional support to military-dependent students in the CCS.

Expected to positively impact local educators and military families, the grant will serve the nearly one-third of students in the district who are military dependents.

Frequent moves, transitioning schools, and recurring parent deployments are a few of the issues that can challenge and distract a military-dependent student.  The project will increase support services for military-connected students in the CCS to reduce the number of office behavior referrals by providing two additional Military Student Transition Consultants (MSTC) and Student2Student programming at targeted schools.  Counselors will assess the social-emotional needs of incoming or referred military students and transition action plans will be developed and monitored.

Additionally, the grant will help support school faculty and administrators by providing professional training that addresses behavior issues and the needs of military students and families.

For additional information regarding the DoDEA Grant, contact CCS’ Military-Connected Academic and Support Program Project Director Rebecca Legan at 910.678.2454.

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Published on October 30, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (Week of October 25, 2015)

Red Ribbon Campaign  

Again this year, schools throughout the district will participate in the Red Ribbon Campaign from October 23 – 31. The effort is an organized anti-drug awareness program designed to coordinate the community’s resolve to fight drugs. The red ribbon became the symbol to eliminate the demand for drugs, and to enforce a commitment to a healthy, drug-free lifestyle with no use of illegal drugs. During the weeklong observance, several schools have planned activities that promote a drug-free lifestyle.

 

Oct. 29 Board Committee Meetings

The Cumberland County Board of Education Curriculum and Personnel Committees will meet on Thursday, October 29 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Central Services’ Board Room, located at 2465 Gillespie Street, Fayetteville, NC.  The meeting is open to the public.

 

50th Birthday Celebration

The students and staff at Montclair Elementary School will be celebrating 50 years of educational excellence at the school on Thursday, October 29 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. To commemorate the first day Montclair Elementary opened its doors to students in 1965, the public has been invited to tour the school and participate in a ‘birthday party’ in the school’s media center. Event organizers have also invited former students and staff members to attend. At 1:00 p.m., the Douglas Byrd High School Band will be a part of a special celebration parade, hosted by the school’s student body. The celebration continues on Friday, October 30 when A Decades Dance, also hosted by the student body, will take place. For more information about Montclair Elementary’s 50th Birthday Celebration, contact Alison Marrs at 910.868.5124.

 

Bell Bottoms, Afros and Platform Shoes

The PTA at Ferguson-Easley Elementary is sponsoring a 70’s dinner and dance titled “A Blast from the Past.” The event will take place Friday, October 30 from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. in the cafeteria on the campus of E. E. Smith High School. Everyone is encouraged to wear their favorite 70’s attire for a night filled with music, prizes, food and fun! For more information, call Ferguson-Easley Elementary School at 910.483.4883.

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Published on October 22, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Top Principal Honor Goes to High School Administrator

2016 Principal of the Year (Melody Chalmers)

FayettevilleMelody Chalmers, principal of E. E. Smith High School, was announced today as the Cumberland County Schools’ 2016 Principal of the Year (POY). The announcement came during the school system’s Principal of the Year Brunch.

Chalmers now moves on to compete with other local award recipients from the Region IV Sandhills/South Central Region of the state.  After the state selection process is completed, one principal will be selected as the 2016 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year.

The 17-year education veteran has served as a school administrator for 10 years and started her career in the field after receiving a bachelor’s degree in English Education from North Carolina A & T University in 1998. Seven years later, she obtained a master’s degree in School Administration from Fayetteville State University. Throughout her career, she has received numerous educational recognitions and certifications, along with presenting at various state-wide conferences.

As an administrator, Chalmers said she takes pride in grooming future effective educational leaders.  “Developing leaders to assume leadership roles in and outside of the school are integral to the legacy I want to leave behind. During the 2014-2015 school year, four of my best faculty members were moved to assistant principal positions at different schools in the county. While their transition to formal leadership roles was a great loss for our students, I am proud that I was part of their leadership development and that the opportunities they were afforded to lead at our school, prepared them to reach their goals … I encourage aspiring administrators in my school to be involved in the school improvement process, innovative in their approach to creating systems for increasing student achievement and responsive to managerial issues. I provide a support system for them to take risks with the understanding that I will be there to guide them when mistakes are made to mitigate negative effects. I take this responsibility seriously and am humbled to know that by actively supporting my faculty in achieving their professional goals, I am preparing the next generation of leaders to lead our schools.”

As the CCS’ Principal of the Year winner, Chalmers received the following:

  • Principal of the Year Award from the Cumberland County Board of Education
  • Cash award and floral arrangement from the CCS
  • Engraved desk clock from Herff Jones
  • Commemorative Principal of the Year ring from Jostens
  • $5,000 check for school use from LaFayette Ford
  • $1,000 check for personal use from LaFayette Ford
  • A weekend stay in the Presidential Suite at Embassy Suites – Fayetteville/Fort Bragg

All seven POY nominees [Michele Cain (Cumberland Road Elementary),  Monica Carter (Long Hill Elementary), Melody Chalmers (E.E. Smith High), Jeanna Daniels (Beaver Dam Elementary), Felix Keyes (New Century International Elementary), Suzanne Owen (Rockfish Elementary), and Tonjai Robertson (Anne Chesnutt Middle) ]  received a mounted certificate/plaque from the Cumberland County Board of Education, a cash award and one unit of professional credit from the CCS, an iPad Mini from the CCS’ Technology Department, and  a professional photograph from Lifetouch Photography.

This year, as a show of appreciation, the names of all CCS’ principals were entered into a drawing to receive two fragrance baskets from Belk and Macy’s in Cross Creek Mall and five $50 gift cards to the Renaissance European Day Spa from Beasley Media Group, Inc.

The regional Wells Fargo Principals of the Year, who will be announced in January 2016, will receive $1,000 for their school and $1,000 for personal use. The 2016 State Wells Fargo Principal of the Year can expect to receive $3,000 for his/her personal use and for his/her school.  The winner will be announced in the spring of 2016 at a state-wide awards event.

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Published on October 9, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (Week of October 11, 2015)

Radio Interviews Promoting Education & the Oct. 17 Walk-A-Thon
WFNC 640 AM’s Good Morning Fayetteville radio show hosts Goldy and Jim Cooke will interview the following guests about CCS’ Oct. 17 Reading Rocks! Walk-A-Thon and/or various topics related to education:
Interview Date & Time                                   Guest
Monday, October 12 @ 8:20 a.m.                  Walk-A-Thon Supporter John Malzone
Tuesday, October 13 @ 8:20 a.m.                  Walk-A-Thon Coordinator Jody Hawley
Wednesday, October 14 @ 7:40 a.m.             CCS’ Principals Mellotta Hill & Tom Hatch
Thursday, October 15 @ 7:20 a.m.                 CCS’ Superintendent Frank Till
National School Lunch Week (NSLW)
Schools in the CCS will join thousands across the country to observe 2015 National School Lunch Week (October 12 -16). This year’s theme, “School Lunch Snapshot,” is all about sharing the best images of today’s school lunches and showcasing how school lunch has changed over the years. Schools across Cumberland County will be celebrating NSLW with decorated cafeterias and numerous student promotions. The federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides nutritionally balanced, healthy meals to students every day.  The program, which has been serving the nation’s children for over 60 years, requires school meals to meet federal nutrition standards like offering fruits and vegetables every day, serving whole-grain rich foods, and limiting fat, calories, and sodium.

 

Board of Education Meeting and Public Forum
The Cumberland County Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Central Services building, located at 2465 Gillespie Street. The meeting will begin with a public forum session. The Board plans to recognize September’s Amazing Acts of Character honorees and be recognized for receiving two prestigious awards from the N.C. Green Building Council regarding sustainability and conservation.

 

‘Walking the Walk’ Through Literacy Awareness
Event organizers anticipate thousands of walkers across the community will show their support for literacy on Saturday, October 17 at 9:00 a.m. in Festival Park (Downtown Fayetteville) during the CCS’ Reading Rocks! Walk-A-Thon.  The opening ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. In its 12th year, the annual event helps bring about community awareness regarding the importance of literacy and becoming life-long learners. Last year, thousands of walkers participated and raised over $250,000. All proceeds from the Walk-A-Thon will be used to purchase books and learning tools that will benefit students in the CCS.

Published on October 9, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (Week of October 4, 2015)

Oct. 6 Board Committee Meetings
The Cumberland County Board of Education Auxiliary Services, Student Support Services, Survey and Personnel Committees will meet on Tuesday, October 6 starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Central Services’ Board Room, located at 2465 Gillespie Street, Fayetteville, NC.  The meeting is open to the public.

 

Consolidated College Fair – Helping CCS’ Students Make Important Decisions about Their Future
The CCS’ system and the Carolinas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Administration Officers are ‘teaming up’ for another year to offer area high school students access to approximately 70 in-and out-of-state colleges and universities. The annual 6th Consolidated College Fair takes place Tuesday, October 6 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Crown Expo Center. Parents are invited to come and learn how to obtain financial aid and complete the Federal Application for Student Aid. For more information, call the CCS’ Counseling Office at 910.678.2402.

 

CCS’ Principal of the Year Announcement to be Made
The 2016 Cumberland County Schools’ Principal of the Year (POY) will be announced during a special brunch on Wednesday, October 7 at 11:00 a.m. in the Richard M. Wiggins Conference Center in the Embassy Suites Hotel (Fayetteville/Fort Bragg).  The following local principals have been selected by their peers to compete for the POY title: Michele Cain (Cumberland Road Elementary), Monica Carter (Long Hill Elementary), Melody Chalmers (E.E. Smith High), Jeanna Daniels (Beaver Dam Elementary), Felix Keyes (New Century International Elementary), Suzanne Owen (Rockfish Elementary), and Tonjai Robertson (Anne Chesnutt Middle). The local winner will go on to compete for the Sandhills/South Central Region POY title.

 

Looking Ahead…

‘Walking the Walk’ Through Literacy Awareness – CCS’ Walk-A-Thon Nears
Thousands of walkers are needed to show their support for literacy on Saturday, October 17 at 9:00 a.m. in Festival Park (Downtown Fayetteville).  The opening ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. In its 12th year, the annual event helps bring about community awareness regarding the importance of literacy and becoming life-long learners. Last year, thousands of walkers participated and raised over $250,000. All proceeds from the Walk-A-Thon will be used to purchase books and learning tools that will benefit students in the CCS.

Published on October 2, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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CEED welcomes retired Business Banker, Stuart Walters to it’s staff

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Center for Economic Empowerment and Development (CEED) welcomes Stuart Walters, a retired banker with thirty years of experience in business banking to the Business Center staff.

Stuart commented on his new position by saying ” I have always enjoyed being involved with CEED. The opportunity to take a staff position presented itself after retiring from the bank. It seemed like a natural fit. I am passionate about helping small business clients gain access to capital.” Stuart retired from the banking industry at the end of August 2015. The last eighteen of those years were spent at First Citizens Bank where he was a Business Banker. He has served on the CEED Board of Directors for the past ten years.

1454710_685702544782399_1632256574_nAs a business counselor Stuart will be working one-on-one with clients to assist them in building their small business. He has created a hands-on curriculum for small businesses to identify and resolve credit issues that may be hindering their access to capital. According to the SBA, insufficient or delayed financing is the second most common reason for business failure.

Lexi Hasapis, Women’s Business Center Director says “We are ecstatic to have an industry expert like Stuart on our team!  If there is one thing I have learned it’s financial literary is key to unlocking small business opportunity. From government contracting to insurance, credit can impact one’s small business future and we will now have one more way to help our local small businesses sucCEED!”

The addition of Mr. Walters to the CEED Business Staff is exciting and beneficial. With his expertise in banking and business, he will be able to offer a wide range of assistance to small business.

Credit classes begin October 7, 2015. Pre-registration is required. For more information about this and other classes offered through the CEED Business Center, visit www.wbcfay.org/calendar/.

About Stuart Walters:

Stuart is a graduate of Terry Sanford High School and Wake Forest University. He also volunteers and supports the United Way of Cumberland County and Better Health of Cumberland County.

For more information about CEED contact Mandy McMillan at mmcmillan@ncceed.org or 910-323-3377.

Published on October 1, 2015 by Lexi Hasapis  
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Phone: 910-323-3377


‘Walking the Walk’ Through Literacy Awareness

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30,000 Walkers NEEDED

for

Cumberland County Schools’

12th Annual

Reading Rocks! Walk-A-Thon

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Opening Ceremony @ 8:30 a.m./The Walk-A-Thon @ 9:00 a.m.

Festival Park/Downtown Fayetteville

For more information or to become a sponsor, call 910.678.2613.

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Published on September 25, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Teacher of the Year Displays a Heart of Service — 3rd- & 5th-Grade Teacher at New Century International Elementary School Takes the Title

index_8Fayetteville – “My parents taught me the ‘value of investing’ in others and the invaluable ‘returns’ on those relations,” said Cumberland County Schools’ 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year (TOY) Ashlee Garrison, a 3rd– and 5th-grade teacher at New Century International Elementary School. “My parents always told me that out of all things one may have in his or her life, people are the most important and relationships are our most precious ‘assets.’ Because of my parents’ stellar example, it was always in my heart to serve my community, and to this day the nurturing part of my soul still overflows into my personal and professional relationships as an educator.”

The announcement of the 2015-2016 Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) Teacher of the Year was made during the annual dinner in the ballroom at the Embassy Suites Hotel Monday evening, September 14. The presentation took place in front of 85 Teacher-of-the-Year candidates, their guests, school administrators, School Board members, and business sponsors.

Garrison received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and her Master of Arts degree in Reading Education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2013.

She was inspired to become a teacher early in life. Garrison said she remembers her first-grade teacher allowed her to assist with and teach other students. Her second-grade teacher ‘added fuel to that fire of service.’ “To say she [her second-grade teacher] made going to school ‘fun,’ would be an understatement!” said Garrison. “She did a cartwheel if everyone got an answer right. She sang a song, if we made her proud. These are the small things that make a teacher special, and that made me realize, at the tender age of seven, that education would be my career field as an adult. I could not see how anyone would not want to go to work every day and have that much fun!”

From that point, Garrison said she had many more amazing teachers and mentors, as well as her parents, who held her accountable and pushed her to be her best.

Part of this quest for excellence includes Garrison’s teaching philosophy where she feels teachers should be accountable for serving the student by learning his or her individual learning needs.  “…teachers have the ability to

ignite a passion in their students. It is up to the teacher to determine how each child learns and provide opportunities that challenge and build confidence in their students, while focusing on the strengths and needs of the whole child as a learner and citizen,” said Garrison. “I want to emphasize that each piece of this philosophy is key to ensuring the success of all students…When a passion is ignited, a student’s potential is limitless, because now they have the power to continue seeking experiences that will build upon the experiences they had with the one teacher who made them realize what made them different and exceptional.” Garrison said she keeps a large toolbox of games, songs, technological presentations, etc. in her classroom that addresses individual learning styles and levels. She also hosts small group, team and individual meetings as ways of addressing the needs of all her students.

Outside the classroom, the six-year educator said she is concerned about teacher ‘exodus’ and low teacher morale. Garrison said she feels these are attributed to the sense of powerlessness teachers may experience as it pertains to “the lack of educator representation in North Carolina’s legislative processes.”  She feels that open and frequent communication between legislators and the public school system is one solution to the problem. “Teachers work to meet the needs of their students in the best way possible, and legislators work to meet the needs of their constituents in the best way possible,” said Garrison. “We have a common ground, and now we just need to bridge the gap through effective communication.”

Like legislators, she also has ‘constituents’ (her students) whom she serves by meeting their educational needs. “Educating children is a complex job that I feel honored to have the opportunity to do each and every day,” said Garrison. “…it is my mission to actively love my students and encourage them to be their best.”

As the 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year, Garrison received:

  • $400 and flowers from the Cumberland County Schools;
  • $300 from the Communities In Schools of Cumberland County (CISCC);
  • A one-year car lease of a 2015 Chevy Cruze from Reed-Lallier Chevrolet;
  • A commemorative custom-designed CCS’ Teacher of the Year ring from Jostens;
  • A ladies’ watch from Herff Jones;
  • A weekend stay in the Presidential Suite of the Embassy Suites Hotel;
  • A billboard ad from Lamar Advertising; and
  • A plaque from the Board of Education.

Other winners announced Monday evening were first runner-up Martina Graham from Anne Chesnutt Middle School, who received $300 from the CCS, $100 from CISCC, a plaque, and flowers;  and second runner-up Jennifer Jasinski from Gray’s Creek Middle School, who received $200 from the CCS, $100 from CISCC, a plaque, and flowers. The 10 district winners were awarded iPad Minis from the CCS’ Technology Department, $100 from the CCS, and a plaque. All TOY candidates received $100 from the CCS, a custom-framed certificate, and two hours of C.E.U. credit.

 

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Published on September 19, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Consolidated College Fair – Helping CCS’ Students Make Important Decisions About Their Future

The Cumberland County School (CCS) system and the Carolinas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Administration Officers are ‘teaming up’ to offer area high school students access to about 70 in-and out-of-state universities under one roof. The annual Consolidated College Fair takes place on Tuesday, October 6 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Crown Expo Center. Parents are also invited to participate in breakout sessions on how to obtain financial aid and complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  For more information, call the CCS’ Counseling Office at 910.678.2402.

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Published on September 11, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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