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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‘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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Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (Week of September 13 – 19, 2015)

“And, the Winner is…”
Ten teachers in the Cumberland County Schools (CCS) are anxiously awaiting the announcement of the 2015-2016 CCS’ Teacher of the Year. A special dinner honoring them, as well as all 85 Teacher-of-the-Year representatives will take place on Monday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Richard M. Wiggins Conference Center at the Embassy Suites Hotel. Organizers say the TOY announcement will be made at approximately 7:30 p.m.

This year’s top 10 finalists are as follows:

Jack Britt District – Ashlee Garrison from New Century International Elementary

Douglas Byrd District – Joy “Caroline” Sanchez from Massey Hill Classical High

Cape Fear District – Jennifer Evans from Cape Fear High

Gray’s Creek District – Jennifer Jasinski from Gray’s Creek Middle

Pine Forest District – Michelle McKinney from Long Hill Elementary

Terry Sanford District – Jennifer Jordan from Walker-Spivey Elementary

Seventy-First District – Martina Graham from Anne Chesnutt Middle

E.E. Smith District – John Doerner from Reid Ross Classical High

South View District – Jesse Autry from South View High School

Westover District – Tamika Kelly from Morganton Road Elementary

The county-wide winner will go on to compete for the regional title.

It’s a Block Par-TAY!!!
The Cumberland County District Parent Teacher Association Council (CCDPTAC) is sponsoring its first-ever Back-To-School Block Party on Saturday, September 19 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on the football field at Reid Ross Classical School. Those attending will be able to enjoy giveaways, line dancing, food from food trucks, music, Kids’ Zumba, raffles and much more!  CCS’ Superintendent Dr. Till, Major General Price and Fayetteville Mayor Roberston will be among the numerous special guests. Event organizers say information booths about individual school PTAs and community resources will be a part of the festivities as well.

 

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Published on September 11, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Cumberland County Educator to Receive Prestigious Professional Development Award from the N.C. Association of Educators

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                          CONTACT:  Linda Powell-Jones

June 5, 2015                                                                                  800-662-7924, ext. 212

Linda.Powell@ncae.org

 

Cumberland County Educator to Receive Prestigious Professional Development Award

from the N.C. Association of Educators

 

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Brian Freeman, a K-5 instructional coach at C. Wayne Collier Elementary School in Hope Mills, is the winner of the 2015 NCAE Linda Rader Professional Opportunity Award, given to an educator in support of developing their leadership responsibilities and/or professional growth. The award of $1,500, along with a plaque, will be presented to Freeman during a special celebration on Friday, June 5, at the Education Resource Center (395 Elementary Road, Fayetteville). The event begins at 6 p.m.

The award is named in honor of Gaston County educator Linda Rader, who served as an instructional leader and NCAE president. She was instrumental in the merger of the predominately African-American North Carolina Teachers’ Association (NCTA) and the predominately white North Carolina Education Association (NCEA), which came together to form NCAE in 1970.

An educator for 19 years, Freeman says there are three significant professional development events that have positively impacted his abilities as an educator – obtaining a master’s degree in elementary education, achieving National Board Certification (NBC), and earning NBC renewal. The icing on the cake, so to speak, he says was being selected as a Fulbright Fellow to study abroad in Japan. “This opportunity lit a spark and passion that helped me analyze myself under a new lens. I think during those two years, I probably grew the most, especially having to move from teaching second grade for 12 years to kindergarten.”

Freeman said he wants to continue to increase his leadership abilities as well as continue to grow in his professional development. Currently he is enrolled in the School Administration Program at UNC-Pembroke. “As a future administrator, it will be my responsibility to lay the groundwork for a successful public school by setting a clear direction and tone, investing in high-quality professional development, setting up mentors for new teachers, giving teachers the authority to make key instructional decisions, and elevating the importance of academic achievement. I have made a difference as a teacher, as an instructional coach, but the extent of a difference I can make as a ‘leader of leaders’ is beyond my wildest imagination!”

Described as a national award-winning teacher, Freeman has an extensive line of professional accomplishments. He served on the NCAE Board of Directors and as an NEA alternate director for three years, is a former commissioner for the Town of Red Springs, was the recipient of the NEA Magna Carta Fellowship to the UK, and was a Disney Teacher Honoree. His work has been featured in Our State Magazine, Good Housekeeping and Woman’s Day. He is a graduate of Pembroke University, where he earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

NCAE is the state’s largest education advocacy organization for public school employees and represents active, retired and student members.

 

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Published on June 5, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Fayetteville, NC, Ranked 31st Best City in the U.S. for Teachers

 

index_8Fayetteville, NC, Ranked 31st Best City in the U.S. for Teachers

New report shows Fayetteville is a great place for educators to live and work

Charlotte, N.C. GoodCall – A new report released by the GoodCall research team shows that Fayetteville was just ranked the 31st best place in the U.S. for teachers. The rankings were based on data collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Education Statistics and Indeed.com.

Fayetteville made the list due to high teacher pay, along with strong educational values, a low cost of living, and a solid job market for teachers. According to GoodCall analysis, Fayetteville has nearly 70 currently available teaching jobs.

“The teaching profession has become more and more challenging in recent years, due in large part to high-stakes testing and budget cuts”, says Paul Southerland, Senior Analyst for GoodCall. “We set out to find which cities still offer a great quality of life for teachers, and Fayetteville is certainly one.”

The methodology for the report took into account the average salary, number of teaching jobs, teaching jobs per capita, high school graduation rates, cost of living and amenities score for cities nationwide. The full report can be found here: http://www.goodcall.com/data-center/the-best-places-to-be-a-teacher-in-the-u-s/

About GoodCall: GoodCall.com is a consumer-focused website where people and information intersect. Founded in February 2015, GoodCall was born from the idea that in an increasingly complex online marketplace, consumers deserve access to the information they need to make educated financial decisions. From scholarships to college rankings and beyond, families visit GoodCall to find unbiased, unfiltered information to help make the decisions that will shape their future.

Media Contact:
Carrie Wiley, Public Relations Manager
GoodCall
www.goodcall.com
(631) 275-3806

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Published on May 29, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (Week of May 31 – June 6, 2015)

**May 30 Event — “The Golden Singers” in Concert
E.E. Smith High School presents its Spring Choral Concert featuring “The Golden Singers” on Saturday, May 30 at 5:30 p.m. at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, located at 1217 Murchison Road (Fayetteville). The choral group plans to delight concertgoers with a wide variety of vocal selections.

Upcoming Board Committee Meetings
The Cumberland County Board of Education Auxiliary Services, Student Support Services, Finance and Policy Committees will meet on Tuesday, June 2 starting at  8:30 a.m. in the Central Services’ Board Room, located at 2465 Gillespie Street (Fayetteville).  The meeting is open to the public.

Local Elementary School Plans American Cancer Society Relay Recess
The students, faculty and staff at Gallberry Farm Elementary School will participate in the American Cancer Society Relay Recess on Wednesday, June 3 beginning at 8:50 a.m. The event, which is geared toward bringing about cancer awareness, will include stations/booths that will provide information about sun safety, nutrition and remaining tobacco free. Organizers say there will also be a special wall dedicated to individuals who have been affected by cancer. The school is located at 8019 Byerly Drive in Hope Mills, NC.  For additional information about the event, call 910.424.1490.

Pomp and Circumstance for the Class of 2015 — Massey Hill Classical High School and Reid Ross Classical High School
High school seniors in the Cumberland County Schools will march across the stage to receive their diploma in the days and weeks to come. The school system’s second set of high school graduation exercises will take place on Friday, June 5 in the Cumberland County Crown Theatre, according to the following schedule:

  • Massey Hill Classical High School                   2:00 p.m.
  • Reid Ross Classical High School                     5:00 p.m.

All members of the media who cover the ceremonies are reminded to (1) enter and exit through the front lobby of the Crown Theatre; (2) ask security to contact a member of the CCS’ Communications Department, upon your arrival; and (3) wear your credentials in plain sight.

 

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Published on May 29, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (Week of May 24, 2015)

Memorial Day to be Observed
In observance of Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 will be a student and teacher holiday. Cumberland County Schools’ Central Services offices will be closed as well.

 

Upcoming Teacher Workdays
A required teacher workday is scheduled for Cross Creek Early College High School, Cumberland International Early College High School, Alger B. Wilkins High School, and Howard Health and Life Sciences High School on Tuesday, May 26. A second teacher workday (not required) is on Wednesday, May 27.

 

End-of-Year Teacher Assistants’ Banquet
Members of the Cumberland County Schools’ Association of Teacher Assistants will have their annual banquet on Tuesday, May 26 at 6:00 p.m. The end-of-the-year event will take place in the auditorium at the Educational Resource Center.

 

It’s Testing Time, Again
Students throughout the CCS will be taking End-of-Grade tests at area elementary and middle schools from Wednesday, May 27 – Thursday, May 28. Also, End-of-Course assessments will take place as follows:

Traditional and 4X4 Schools – Friday, May 29 – Thursday, June 11

Reid Ross Classical School – Tuesday, May 26 – Monday, June 8

All Middle Schools (Math 1) – Wednesday, June 3

 

Board Committee Meetings
The Cumberland County Board of Education Curriculum and Personnel Committees will meet on Thursday, May 28 starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Central Services’ Board Room, located at 2465 Gillespie Street. The meetings are open to the public.

 

Art Show & Honors Society Induction Ceremony
South View High School is sponsoring a student-run art show on Thursday, May 28 at 5:00 p.m. in the media center at the school. Immediately following the Art Show, several artistically talented art students will be inducted into the National Art Honors Society. The induction ceremony is slated to begin at 6:00 p.m. For more information about both events, contact SVHS Teacher Karrie Matias at karriematias@ccs.k12.nc.us.

 

End-of-Year Awards Banquet
Employees of CCS’ Child Nutrition Services and members of the School Nutrition Association are sponsoring their annual awards banquet on Thursday, May 28 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Crown Expo Center. This year’s theme is “Soaring With the Winds of Change.”

Published on May 21, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (Week of May 17 – 23, 2015)

May 2015 Let’s Talk Education Radio Show ~ “Efforts of the Cumberland County Youth Development Center” — During the May 18 edition of Let’s Talk Education on WIDU 1600 AM, CTE Executive Director Chip Lucas will discuss with the show’s host, Renarta Clanton Moyd, the numerous ways the Cumberland County Youth Development Center and its programs can benefit local students. To listen, tune in from 11:34 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on WIDU 1600 AM or visit www.widuradio.com.

Indian Education Parent Committee Meeting
The Indian Education Parent Committee meeting will take place on Monday, May 18 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the Central Services’ Board Room, located at 2465 Gillespie Street. The Parent Committee works directly with the Indian Education Program in providing information and insight about the educational needs of American Indian and Alaska Native students. For more information, contact the Indian Education Office at 910.678.2460.

“You Win a Brand New Car!!!”
Qualified high school seniors in the CCS are being invited to attend an upcoming celebration of academic success. The third annual “Driven 2 Excel” 2015 Car Give-A-Way Celebration will be held on Tuesday, May 19 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Fort Bragg Harley Davidson dealership (3950 Sycamore Dairy Road/Fayetteville). This ‘by invitation-only’ event is being sponsored by the school system, Beasley Broadcast Group radio stations, Fort Bragg Harley Davidson, Lumberton Kia Mazda, and the Fort Bragg Federal Credit Union. Students will get to enjoy food, music, and prizes as well as meet representatives from several colleges and universities. The names of seniors with an exemplary academic and attendance record will be placed in a drawing for the chance to win college scholarships or a brand new Kia Soul!

Inclement Weather Make-Up Day
Because of inclement weather earlier this school year, CCS’ students missed four school days. The days will be made up according to the following schedule:  Friday, May 22 remains the last day of school, but is now a full day for students and staff at the Early College High Schools, A.B. Wilkins High School and Howard Health and Life Sciences High School. March 27 became a student day instead of a required workday.

Pomp and Circumstance for the Class of 2015
High school seniors in the Cumberland County Schools will march across the stage to receive their diploma in the days and weeks to come. The first set of graduation exercises will take place on Friday, May 22 in Seabrook Auditorium on the campus of Fayetteville State University, according to the following schedule:

  • Howard Health & Life Sciences High School                   9:00 a.m.
  • Alger B. Wilkins High School                                              1:00 p.m.
  • Cumberland International Early College High School  4:00 p.m.
  • Cross Creek Early College High School                             8:00 p.m.

All media that cover the ceremonies are reminded to (1) enter and exit through the front lobby at Seabrook Auditorium (Fayetteville State University); (2) ask security to contact a member of the CCS’ Communications Department, upon your arrival; and (3) wear your credentials in plain sight.

Published on May 15, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (Week of May 10, 2015)

Board of Education Meeting and Public Forum

The Cumberland County Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, May 12 at

6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Central Services’ Building (2465 Gillespie Street/Fayetteville). The meeting will begin with a public forum session. The Board plans to recognize April’s Amazing Acts of Character recipients.

 

Looking Ahead…

“You Win a Brand New Car!!!”
Qualified high school seniors in the CCS are being invited to attend an upcoming celebration of academic success. The third annual “Driven 2 Excel” 2015 Car Give-A-Way Celebration will be held on Tuesday, May 19 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Fort Bragg Harley Davidson dealership (3950 Sycamore Dairy Road/Fayetteville). This ‘by invitation-only’ event is being sponsored by the school system, Beasley Broadcast Group radio stations, Fort Bragg Harley Davidson, Lumberton Kia Mazda, and the Fort Bragg Federal Credit Union. Students will get to enjoy food, music, and prizes as well as meet representatives from several colleges and universities. The names of seniors with an exemplary academic and attendance record will be placed in a drawing for the chance to win college scholarships or a brand new Kia Soul!

 

Pomp and Circumstance for the Class of 2015

High school seniors in the Cumberland County Schools will march across the stage to receive their diploma in the days and weeks to come (May 22, June 5, 11 and 12). Graduation exercises will be held according to the schedule in the below link:

http://ccs.k12.nc.us/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/2015-CCS-Graduation-Schedules.pdf

All media that cover the ceremonies are reminded of the following:

  • Enter and exit through the front lobby at Seabrook Auditorium (Fayetteville State University), the main entrance of the Crown Theatre, and the West VIP Entrance of the Crown Coliseum.
  • Upon arrival, ask security to contact a member of the CCS’ Communications Department.
  • Wear your credentials in plain sight.
  • Cover the exercises from behind the barrier surrounding the arena floor at the Crown.
  • Clearance will not be given to the arena floor and the mid-level or bottom of the escalators at the Crown.

 

Published on May 8, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Friends of the Library Author Event May 12: Drew Krepp

For Immediate Release – May 5, 2015
Contact:  Selena Beckman-Harned, (910) 483-7727 x1522
sbharned@cumberland.lib.nc.us

Friends of the Library Author Event May 12: Drew Krepp
Fayetteville native and author of The Salt Marsh King to speak at Headquarters Library

The Friends of the Library present author Drew Krepp Tuesday, May 12 at 7 p.m. at Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane. Fayetteville native Drew Krepp will talk about his debut novel The Salt Marsh King. The title of his talk is “Foul Weather and Fiction: An Exploration of Why Writers Find Such Value in the Use of Storms in Narratives.” According to Booklist, “Krepp writes beautifully about the water, its many moods and the significance of its actions.” Clyde Edgerton said of the novel that it “shuffles a deck of wealth, power, betrayal and family secrets and then deals us lucky readers a royal flush with suspense and tension ratcheted up degree by degree, page by page.” The author will have books for sale after the presentation.

For more information on this or other free programs at your library, visit www.cumberland.lib.nc.us or (910) 483-7727.

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Friends of the Library Book Sales May 12 and 16

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Selena Beckman-Harned, (910) 483-7727 x1522
sbharned@cumberland.lib.nc.us

Friends of the Library Book Sales May 12 and 16
Tuesday book sale open to Friends members only – join at the door!

Stock up on all your reading needs with thousands of books, magazines, CDs, DVDs and audio books in good condition donated by the Friends of the Cumberland County Public Library and local residents. Two book sales are planned – a special Friends members-only sale will be held Tuesday, May 12 from 5 – 8 p.m. Anyone who is not a member may join at the sale or through the library’s website. A sale open to the public will be held on Saturday, May 16 from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cash or check only.

The entrance to the book sale is at Headquarters Library through the back door near the benches by the creek.

Items in the sale have been donated to the Friends of the Library or have been discarded from the library’s collection. Proceeds provide the Friends with the ability to supplement library programs and services that would not otherwise be possible such as Summer Reading Clubs and the guest author speaker series.

For more information, call 483-7727 or visit www.cumberland.lib.nc.us.

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Foster Care Awareness Fair May 16

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Selena Beckman-Harned, (910) 483-7727 x1522

sbharned@cumberland.lib.nc.us

Foster Care Awareness Fair May 16

DSS hosts fair for potential foster parents at Cliffdale

Cliffdale Regional Branch, 6882 Cliffdale Road, is holding a Foster Care Awareness Fair on Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Cumberland County Department of Social Services describes the process of fostering and how you can make a difference to last a lifetime by becoming a foster parent. May is Foster Care Awareness Month.

Foster care is a temporary living arrangement for abused, neglected and dependent children who need a safe place to live when their parents or another relative cannot take care of them. Children may stay in foster for only a few days or much longer. Thousands of children in North Carolina ranging in age from infants to 18 years old enter the foster care system each year. The foster family, DSS and the birth family work together to return children to their own homes as quickly as possible.

For more information on this and other free programs and services at your library, visit www.cumberland.lib.nc.us or call (910) 483-7727.

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More information on foster care is available at www.ncdhhs.gov/dss/fostercare.

To find out more on how to become a licensed foster parent you can visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Licensing web page, call NC KIDS at 1-877-NCKIDS (1-877-625-4371) or contact Cumberland County’s Department of Social Services.



Tell Us Who Your Hero is This May @ Your Library

Youth in grades K-5 are invited to enter our “Who is Your Hero” contest during the month of May. Tell us who your hero is through art, media, written works or whatever you’d like. Bring your entries to the Youth Services desk at Cliffdale Regional Branch, 6882 Cliffdale Road, with your contact info attached before the close of business on May 29. All entries will be judged on originality and creativity. The top three entries will be awarded a prize.

For more information on this and other free programs and services at your library, visit www.cumberland.lib.nc.us or call (910) 483-7727.

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Library Accepting Applications From Local Authors

Writers from the Sandhills region are invited to participate in the Local Authors’ Showcase on 4th Friday, June 26, 2015. The event runs from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the Pate Room of Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane.

Local authors may submit an application to participate. Space is limited, and authors will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis. To register for a table at the event, published authors should download an application form from the library’s website: cumberland.lib.nc.libguides.com/authors. Please mail completed applications by May 15 to:

Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center

ATTN: Erika Earp

300 Maiden Lane

Fayetteville, NC 28301.

The Local Authors’ Showcase gives the community a chance to meet area writers and learn more about their books. For more information, please contact program coordinator Erika Earp at 483-7727 x1350 or eearp@cumberland.lib.nc.us.

For more information on this and other free programs at your library, visit www.cumberland.lib.nc.us or call (910) 483-7727.

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Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (Week of May 3 – 9, 2015)

*May 2 Event Reminder — Young Scientists Converge to Compete
The CCS will be hosting the Region IV Elementary Science Olympiad Competition on Saturday, May 2 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at South View High School. This event will highlight the scientific knowledge of 3rd– through 5th-grade students. Teams of 18 students from 26 local elementary schools will compete in science-related activities, e.g., planets and constellation identification, bottle rockets, identifying North Carolina rocks and minerals, STEM Engineering, paper airplanes, weather, identifying plants and animals, etc. The awards ceremony will take place at 1:15 p.m. For more information, contact K-5 Science Curriculum Specialist Angela Adams at 910.678.2447.

 

*May 2 Event Reminder — Speaking Spanish
CCS’ World Language Department is sponsoring the 2015 Spanish Quiz Bowl on Saturday, May 2 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on the campus of Lewis Chapel Middle School. Students from across Cumberland County will compete in the preliminary and final rounds at this time for a chance to be named this year’s Spanish Quiz Bowl Champions! For more information, contact Claudia Diaz at Max Abbott Middle School at 910.323.2201.

 

May 2015 Get Connected TV Show“What’s New with ESL (English As A Second Language)” — During May’s edition of Get Connected, CCS’ Communications Specialist Renarta Clanton Moyd is joined by ESL Coordinator Deborah Wilkes and ESL/Immigrant Parent Liaison Alexander Gonzalez to discuss the latest efforts of the ESL program in helping students and their parents adjust to the expectations of today’s classroom. 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).

 

May 2015 Let’s Talk Education Radio Shows

  • “The Superintendent Discusses Testing Tips & Helping Students Embrace Healthy Habits”– During the May 4 edition of Let’s Talk Education, the show’s host, Renarta Clanton Moyd, will discuss with Superintendent Dr. Frank Till testing tips and the importance of students embracing healthy habits. Tune in from 11:34 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on WIDU 1600 AM or visit widuradio.com.
  • “Efforts of the Cumberland County Youth Development Center” — During the May 18 edition of Let’s Talk Education, CTE Executive Director Chip Lucas will discuss how the Cumberland County Youth Development Center and its programs can benefit local students. Tune in from 11:34 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on WIDU 1600 AM or visit widuradio.com.


Engaging in
‘Real Talk’ with Teens
The Cumberland County Teen Wellness Task Force will present the 3rd Annual Real Talk event Thursday, May 7 at 6:00 p.m. at South View High School. Real Talk provides an overview of teen pregnancy in the county, allowing attendees to interact with vendors, enjoy food and refreshments, participate in raffle ticket drawings and hear from the Teen Prevention Education Program teams from Pine Forest and South View high schools. The event is free and open to the public. Teens and their parents are invited. The Health Department is the lead agency for the Teen Wellness Task Force, which includes Cumberland County Schools and other community partners. For more information, contact Trisha Barfield at 910.433.3705 or tbarfield@co.cumberland.nc.us.

Super Fitness Field Day
CCS’ Health Services Department will hold its annual Super Fitness Field Day on Friday, May 8 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  The event will take place on the athletic field of Reid Ross Classical School, located at 3200 Ramsey Street. The purpose of Super Fitness Field Day is to showcase the school system’s finest athletes who have completed rigorous qualification standards to participate in this year’s competitions. The day’s events include: curl-ups, pull-ups, flexed arm hang, standing long jump, rope skipping, shuttle run, 50-meter dash, 200-meter run, and the 800-meter run.  County physical fitness teachers and military soldiers will judge the eight physical fitness events. The competition schedule is as follows: Elementary Schools: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. and Middle and High Schools: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. For more information, contact CCS’ Health Services Director Shirley Johnson at 910.678.2406.

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
The students and staff at Elizabeth Cashwell Elementary School will be conducting a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the school’s new greenhouse and art kiln. The event will take place on Friday, May 8 at 1:30 p.m. School officials hope the new greenhouse and art kiln will help increase the students’ understanding of agriculture and appreciation of art. For more information, call Cashwell Elementary School at 910.424.2312.

Published on April 30, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
http://ccs.k12.nc.us/


Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (April 26 – May 2, 2015)

Annual “REAL MEN READ” Night
Luther “Nick” Jeralds Middle School is sponsoring Real Men Read Night on Monday, April 27 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Young men in grades 5th – 8th have been invited to participate in an evening of reading as they are encouraged to become self-motivated, life-long readers. During the Real Men Read Night, prominent educators and community members will read and help facilitate discussions in reference to motivational passages from their favorite book. For more information, contact the school’s media coordinator, Lanetta McEachern at 910.822.2570.

35th Annual Spring Orchestra Festival
The CCS and the Cumberland County Board of Education present the 35th Annual Spring Orchestra Festival on Tuesday, April 28 and Thursday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the Cumberland County Crown Arena. The April 28 student performance will feature the Beginning Orchestra, Intermediate Orchestra, students from Eastover-Central Elementary School and the Cumberland County Middle School Youth Orchestra. The April 30 performance will highlight the musical stylings of the Advanced Orchestra and String Ensemble along with the All-County High School Orchestra and the Cumberland County Youth Orchestra. The festival is free and open to the public.

Expect Only Greatness (E.O.G.) Night
Anne Chesnutt and Lewis Chapel middle schools are joining forces to sponsor Expect Only Greatness (E.O.G.) Night for all middle school students and their families on Wednesday, April 29 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on the campus of Anne Chesnutt Middle School (ACMS). During the evening of festivities, the students and their parents will receive information and resources about navigating the upcoming EOG (End-of-Grade) tests. For more info, contact ACMS Administrative Intern Lakeshia Payton at 910.867.9147.

Ever-Popular Spring Evening of Dance
Hundreds of students throughout the school system will be participating in the Spring Evening of Dance on Wednesday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the Crown Theatre. The evening performance features select dance pieces from the CCS’ high school dance programs. CCS’ All-County Dance Ensemble, an auditioned group of high school dance students, will be performing as well. Since 1998, the standing-room-only event has attracted dance lovers throughout the community. This event is free and open to the public.

“Cruisin’ thru the Arts”
CCS’ Exceptional Children’s program presents the 34th Annual Very Special Arts Festival (VSAF) on Friday, May 1 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Cumberland County Crown Expo Center. The artistic talents of exceptional children throughout the CCS will be presented using this year’s theme: “Cruisin’ thru the Arts.” Through funding from the Junior League of Fayetteville, the event will feature visual arts, creative writing, music, drama, and dance. For more information about the VSAF, call Julie Aul in the Exceptional Children’s Office at 910.678.2440.

Law Day 2015
In observance of CCS’ Law Day 2015, area lawyers, judges, and other representatives of the legal profession will visit elementary classrooms throughout the school system to talk with fifth-grade students on Thursday, April 30. The classroom discussions and presentations will encompass this year’s theme: “Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law.” For more information about Law Day 2015, contact CCS’ K-12 Social Studies Specialist Jonathan Frantz at 910.678.2426.

Young Scientists Converge to Compete
The CCS will be hosting the Region IV Elementary Science Olympiad Competition on Saturday, May 2 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at South View High School. This event will highlight the scientific knowledge of 3rd– through 5th-grade students. Teams of 18 students from 26 local elementary schools will compete in science-related activities, e.g., planets and constellation identification, bottle rockets, identifying North Carolina rocks and minerals, STEM Engineering, paper airplanes, weather, identifying plants and animals, etc. The awards ceremony will take place at 1:15 p.m. For more information, contact K-5 Science Curriculum Specialist Angela Adams at 910.678.2447.

Speaking Spanish
CCS’ World Language Department is sponsoring the 2015 Spanish Quiz Bowl on Saturday, May 2 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on the campus of Lewis Chapel Middle School. Students from across Cumberland County will compete in the preliminary and final rounds at this time for a chance to be named this year’s Spanish Quiz Bowl Champions! For more information, contact Claudia Diaz at Max Abbott Middle School at 910.323.2201.

Published on April 24, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
http://ccs.k12.nc.us/


Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (Week of April 12, 2015)

Board of Education Meeting and Public Forum

The Cumberland County Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Central Services building, located 2465 Gillespie Street. The meeting will begin with a public forum session. The Board plans to recognize March’s Amazing Acts of Character recipients and the following high school sports teams:  South View High School’s 2015 State Champion Indoor Track & Field Team, Jack Britt High School’s 2015 State Champion Team Wrestlers, and Terry Sanford High School’s 2015 State Champion Men’s Basketball Team.

 

Making Smart Choices

Sarah Panzau Evans, a two-time member of the National Junior College Athletic Association women’s volleyball All-America team, knew what it was like to be on top of her game and on top of the world. But, somewhere between life as a competitively driven high school athlete and the early years of college, Panzau Evans began heading down a destructive path. August 23, 2003, was the day her life would change forever as her car spun out of control. With a blood-alcohol level nearly four times the legal limit, the 21 year old decided to drive home drunk, missed a highway exit and rolled her car four times. Panzau Evans is now committed to speaking with students about how her life forever changed because of the poor decisions she made. Panzau Evans will be talking to students at three Cumberland County schools from April 14 – 16, according to the schedule below:

  • Tuesday, April 14 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. @ Jack Britt High School
    POC- Denise Garison, Principal
  • Wednesday, April 15 from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. @ Westover High School
    POC – Cherilyn Murray, Teacher
  • Thursday, April 16 from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. @ Seventy-First High School
    POC – Larry Parker, Assistant Principal

For additional information regarding Panzau Evans’ visit, contact CCS’ Health Services Director Shirley Johnson at 910.678.2406.

 

In Observance of April as the Month of the Military Child…

  • CCS’ students and staff have plans to ‘purple it up’ (wear purple) on Wednesday, April 15 in order to honor the sacrifices of military-connected students.
  •  A special student and staff assembly to honor the military-connected students at E.E. Smith High School will take place on Wednesday, April 15 at 8:30 a.m. in the school’s main gymnasium. COL Alexander Conyers, commander of the 16th MP Brigade at Fort Bragg, will serve as the special guest. He and his unit adopted E.E. Smith High three years ago. According to event organizers, COL Conyers will be making a special presentation during the assembly to express their appreciation for the strong partnership.

Career and Trades Day

Career and Trades Day, hosted by Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) in partnership with CCS’ Career and Technical Education program, will take place on Thursday, April 16 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the FTCC Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology Center, located at 2821 Procurement Circle/Fayetteville. The event promises displays, demonstrations, and hands-on activities for high school students from various careers and trades including construction, engineering, public service, healthcare, military, transportation and public safety. For more information about Career and Trades Day, call 910.678.2556 or 910.678.8225.

 

“Getting To Know You…”

Schools that follow the traditional and year-round calendars in the CCS will offer 2015-2016 kindergarten students and their parents the chance to see what a typical school day is like.  During the Friday, April 17 event, known as the CCS’ Elementary Education Department’s Beginners’ Day, students will be involved in activities appropriate for kindergarteners that include shared reading, singing, participating in center activities, and socializing with their future classmates.  At this time, parents will participate in the orientation/registration process. The times of Beginners’ Day activities vary from school to school. For more information, call the CCS’ Elementary Education Office at 910.678.2422.

 

Upcoming Teacher Job Fair

The Cumberland County Schools’ Human Resources Department is sponsoring a teacher job fair on Saturday, April 18 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Jack Britt High School (7403 Rockfish Road). Prospective teachers will get the opportunity to interview with principals during the fair with hopes of filling vacancies throughout the school system.

 

Garden Beautification Day

Everyone is being invited to bring their gardening gloves and tools in order to join the Walker-Spivey Elementary family in creating a beautiful garden and green space for the children in the school and community. The day of beautification takes place on Saturday, April 18 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Walker-Spivey Elementary School, located at 500 Fisher Street/Fayetteville. The Beautification Day is a joint effort between the school system, Communities In Schools Cumberland County and Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation. For more information, call 910.221.8800.

 

Looking Ahead…

Reid Ross Classical Celebrates N.C. Schools to Watch Designation

The North Carolina Association for Middle Level Education recently recognized Reid Ross Classical School as a 2015 N.C. School to Watch because the school exemplifies academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equality, and organizational structures/supports. A special celebration will be held in the Reid Ross Classical gymnasium on Monday, April 20 at 9:00 a.m. to recognize the teachers and students for achieving this distinction of excellence. The school has been invited to attend and present at the National Forum’s Schools to Watch Annual Conference in Washington, DC, from June 24 – 27, 2015.

 

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Published on April 10, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
http://ccs.k12.nc.us/


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