Come See the Trains!

Saturday, April 4th and 18th from 12:00 – 4:00 pm

Every 1st & 3rd Saturday our friends from the Cape Fear Railroaders showcase their model trains in our 3rd floor for the delight of children of all ages!!  Free admission unless you stay & play in the museum.

 

Published on March 27, 2015 by Aurora Crowell  
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2015 Summer Youth Employment Opportunity

index_8FAYETTEVILLE – The Workforce Development Center of Cumberland County’s Summer Youth Employment Opportunity helps young adults develop transferrable career ready skills, earn money, and acquire valuable work experience.

The program will run for five weeks (June 29 – August 1, 2015). Participants will work 35 hours a week and will be paid the minimum wage of $7.50 per hour. Approximately 175 jobs are expected to be available with public, non-profit, for profit, private, and governmental agencies.

The Summer Youth Employment Opportunity is part of an income-based program designed for rising high school juniors or seniors, high school dropouts, high school graduates and post-secondary students up to age 24. Applicants must be Cumberland County residents and meet the program eligibility requirements. Relatives or friends visiting for the summer do not meet the initial requirement to apply.

Pre-applications are available at the Fayetteville NC Works Career Center (Workforce Development Center), 410 Ray Avenue, or on the Cumberland County Schools Career and Technical Education Website (www.cte.ccs.k12.nc.us) under Workforce Development. Then, click on Pre-application. All information submitted will require supporting documentation. The closing date for submitting an application is April 30, 2015.

Employers interested in partnering with us are needed to provide valuable hands-on work experience to the youth and young adults. Wages and Workers’ Compensation are covered by the host agency. The deadline for worksite applications is May 1, 2015. The Worksite Request Form is also available at www.cte.ccs.k12.nc.us under Workforce Development. Then, click on Worksite Request Form.

For more information, call the Workforce Development Center at (910) 323-3421 ext. 2120.

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Published on March 20, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Cumberland County Schools’ UPCOMING Teacher Job Fair

If you’re looking to take your career in a new direction, the Cumberland County Schools’ Human Resources Department may have the job for you! Stop by the school system’s teacher job fair on Saturday, April 18 from 9:00 a.m. until noon at Jack Britt High School, located at 7403 Rockfish Road in Fayetteville. Bring 30 to 50 copies of your résumé. There are no fees, and pre-registration isn’t required. At the Job Fair, participants can interview with principals. Upon principal recommendation, preliminary contracts may be offered. For more information, call 910.678.2629/2628.

 

Published on March 20, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (March 22 – 28, 2015)

INCLEMENT WEATHER RESCHEDULE: Mid-Year Celebration for a New Car
As part of the Beasley Broadcast Group’s “Driven 2 Excel” program, CCS’ seniors and their parents will gather at the Fort Bragg Harley Davidson, located at 3950 Sycamore Dairy Road on Tuesday, March 24 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. to celebrate being a half-a-school year closer to winning a 2015 Kia Soul. To receive an invitation to the mid-year event, eligible seniors must have no more than five absences. In conjunction with the CCS’ and other community partners, Beasley Broadcast Group has joined with Lumberton Kia Mazda and the Fort Bragg Federal Credit Union to reward qualifying students with fantastic incentives.

Upcoming Board Committee Meetings
The Cumberland County Board of Education Auxiliary Services, Student Support Services, Curriculum and Personnel Committees will meet on Thursday, March 26 starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Board Room in the Central Services’ building, located at 2465 Gillespie Street.  The meetings are open to the public.

District PTA’s Sponsoring Community Wellness Fair
The Cumberland County District PTA is hosting the ARISE and “Spring into Wellness” Community [Wellness] Fair on Saturday, March 28 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Fellowship Fitness, Inc., located in the Sunny Plaza at 8130 Cliffdale Road. There will be cooking classes, Zumba, Step and Line dance classes, as well as door prizes and numerous giveaways. The fair is being presented by the District PTA Council from the Smart from the Start Community Outreach Grant through the National PTA. For additional information, e-mail ccdpta2@gmail.com or jbogan@nc.rr.com.

 

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Published on March 20, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Cumberland County Schools’ Exceptional Children’s Beginners’ Fair

Cumberland County Schools’ Early-In Special Education Preschool Program is sponsoring an Exceptional Children’s Beginners’ Fair on Tuesday, March 31 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Max Abbott Middle School. Those parents in attendance can expect an overview of the kindergarten transition process and an explanation of the various kindergarten curriculums. Also, school-age program specialists and teachers will be there to answer questions and discuss curriculum, individualized education plans, expectations, and environments to help facilitate the child’s transition to kindergarten. For more information about the Exceptional Children’s Beginners’ Fair, call 910.484.6761.

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Published on March 13, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (Week of March 15 – 21, 2015)

index_8“Going Green in the CCS”
During the March 16 radio show of Let’s Talk Education, CCS’ Go Green Initiative Coordinator Gloria Lengel will discuss with the show’s host, Renarta Clanton Moyd, the numerous efforts the school system is undertaking in support of sustainability. 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 CCS’ Indian Education Parent Committee Meeting, which is open to the public, will take place on Monday, March 16 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in Central Services’ Board Room, located at 2465 Gillespie Street, Fayetteville. The Parent Committee works directly with the school system’s Indian Education Program to provide information and insight on the educational needs of American Indian and Alaska Native students.

20th Annual Elementary Battle of the Books Competition
During the upcoming 20th 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 Tuesday, March 17 in the AIT building – Festival Hall, 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.

9th 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) 9th Annual Adult Spelling Bee on Wednesday, March 18 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 Janet Kehoe at janetkehoe@ccs.k12.nc.us.

District-Wide Community Night to Inform & Enlighten
Schools in the Seventy-First District will be hosting “Community Night” on Thursday, March 19 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Seventy-First High School. Parents will receive valuable information in break-out sessions about graduation requirements, safety and security, curriculum and instruction, technology, and resources for home. Also, there will be cultural arts performances and displays by students from area schools.

Joint Spring Concert Highlights Talented Teens
The Cumberland County Youth Orchestra (CCYO) and Middle School Youth Orchestra (MSYO) will perform in a joint spring concert on Thursday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium at Douglas Byrd High School. Under the direction of Wendy Closz from the Terry Sanford Attendance Area and Nathan Artley from the Pine Forest Attendance Area, the MSYO will perform Pioneer Sky, Snowflake, Cloud Dance, and Catharsis. The CCYO, under the direction of Kristin Stiteler from the Jack Britt Attendance Area and Milton Williams from the Westover Attendance Area, will perform Dubinuska, Symphony No. 7, and Night on Bald Mountain. CCYO will feature Clarinet soloist Kirsten Steininger, a student from Cape Fear High School. For additional information, call the CCS’ Arts Education Department at 910.678.2622.

 Students ‘Talk Interesting Landmarks’ for County-wide Oration Title
The CCS will host the final round of the county-wide Modern Woodmen of America Civic Oration Contest on Friday, March 20 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Room #3 of the Educational Resource Center. Elementary and middle school students will compete by presenting a speech that highlights this year’s theme: “An Interesting Landmark.” For more information about the competition, call 910.678.2465/2450.

Student Artwork Showcased & Judged
CCS’ Visual Arts students will have their work displayed in the CCS’ Juried Art Exhibition through Friday, March 20 at the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, located at 301 Hay Street/Fayetteville. Drawing, Painting, Sculpture and Mixed Media/Other are the Exhibition categories. Each piece will be evaluated by Dr. Ann Horton-Lopez, director of Art Education Graduate Programs at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. First-, second-, and third-place honors and the honorable mention distinction will be awarded to the young artists. For more information, contact CCS’ Arts Education Supervisor Lydia Stewart at 910.678.2413.

 

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Published on March 13, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Amazing Acts of Character Recipient (February 2015)

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

One student was recently selected from individual school nominations for displaying ‘Amazing Acts of Character’ and will be recognized and honored during the Cumberland County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of CCS’ Central Services building. The honoree is as follows:

Justin Edge, a 2nd grader at Glendale Acres Elementary School – Justin’s teacher, Leisa Jackson, said the seven year old is a very trustworthy student. “It is his nature to be honest and in everything he does, this trait comes out,” said Jackson. She has noticed that he monitors the classroom treasure box to see that only one treasure is taken and he often returns toys, paper, and pencils to their rightful owner. Justin’s level of honesty surpasses most. “If I say that it is too loud in the classroom and if someone was talking they should move their behavior chart color, Justin is the first to go to the board to move his color.” According to his mother, at home “he is a stickler for following rules and telling the truth, even if it could get him into trouble.” She has noted that he is always willing to speak up so that others are not corrected for something someone else has done.

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. A special trophy and certificate are presented to each student winner.

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Published on March 6, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (March 8 – 14, 2015)

Fayetteville Town Hall Meeting at Local High School
E.E. Smith High School is the site for a March 9 Fayetteville Town Hall Meeting sponsored by U.S. Representative David Price. The meeting gets underway at 6:00 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. Representative Price hopes local citizens will attend the event with questions or concerns about issues facing Congress. The Town Hall moderator is radio personality Kevin McCrimmon. Also, Price’s staff will be on hand to help citizens with any problems they are experiencing with federal agencies like the Social Security Administration or the Department of Veteran Affairs. For more information about the Fayetteville Town Hall Meeting, contact District Liaison William Munn at 910.549.8674 or William.Munn@mail.house.gov.

 

Board of Education Meeting and Public Forum

The Cumberland County Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, March 10 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 February’s Amazing Acts of Character recipient, Jack Britt High School State Championship Wrestling Team, and the Top 10% Growth Schools in the CCS.

Published on March 6, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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2015 Eastern Regional Basketball Tournament Coming to Cumberland County

Fayetteville – The Cumberland County School system will play host to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s 2015 Eastern Regional Basketball Tournament (ERBT) from Thursday, March 5 – Saturday, March 7.

According to the following schedule, a series of games will be played by the top men’s and women’s high school basketball programs on the hardwood in the Cumberland County Crown Arena and Coliseum:

 

Eastern Regional Semi-Final Games    (Participating teams to be announced Wednesday, March 4.)

Men

Thursday, March 5      3A       Crown Coliseum          4:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.

4A       Crown Coliseum          7:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.

Friday, March 6             1A       Crown Arena               4:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.

2A       Crown Arena               7:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.

 

Women

Thursday, March 5      2A       Crown Arena               4:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.

1A       Crown Arena               7:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.

Friday, March 6           4A       Crown Coliseum          4:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.

3A       Crown Coliseum          7:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.

 

Eastern Regional Championship Games

Saturday, March 7       Crown Coliseum                      Crown Arena

12:00 p.m.                   3A Men                                   2A Women

2:00 p.m.                     4A Men                                   1A Women

4:00 p.m.                     4A Women                              1A Men

6:00 p.m.                     3A Women                              2A Men

Admission is $9 at the gate.

Organizers are expecting approximately 15,000 basketball fans from across eastern North Carolina to attend.

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Published on February 27, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (February 22 – 28, 2015)

In Observance of Black History Month

The faculty, staff and students at Ferguson-Easley Elementary School will enjoy their annual Black History/Brotherhood Program on Monday, February 23 at 9:00 a.m. in the school’s cafetorium. The guest presenters of the hour will be Mr. Stephon Ferguson, nationally acclaimed orator on the works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Mr. Charles “Chuck” Fager, an author and civil rights supporter who marched with Dr. King. Students from E.E. Smith High School are slated to participate in the program. Also, a member of the Ferguson Family, the school’s namesake, has plans to attend the program in honor of the elementary school’s 50th anniversary. For more information about the event, contact Ms. Eloise Melvin, the Black History Program coordinator, at 910.483.4883.

 

RESCHEDULED EVENT — School System to Host Local Leadership Group
The CCS will play host to nearly 40 local future leaders on Tuesday, February 24 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the CCS’ Central Services’ building. During their visit, the Institute for Community Leadership (ICL) participants will learn how to effectively serve on the School Board or on any other local board or commission. Also, the participants will engage in a panel discussion about community volunteerism and how to become mentor to a young child or teen in need. Reps from the school system and several community groups will share information with the participants about various mentor opportunities and ways they can make a difference in the life of a child.

Upcoming Board Committee Meetings
The Cumberland County Board of Education Curriculum and Personnel Committees will meet on Thursday, February 26 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Room of the Central Services’ building, located at 2465 Gillespie Street. The meetings are open to the public.

Arte Indigena of Boruca

The students and staff at Seventy-First Classical Middle School are sponsoring an art show titled “The Arte Indigena of the Boruca” on Thursday, February 26 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the school. The art show is being made possible through a grant from Wells Fargo Outstanding Educator’s Award.

 

Published on February 19, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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2015 Outstanding Educator Award Winners

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

Wells Fargo, N.A., Business Relationship Manager and Assistant Vice President Keith Crumpler presented this year’s awards and an engraved hand-work glass apple to the following three educators during the Feb. 10 Cumberland County Board of Education meeting:

Elementary Teacher Award – Nisi Farley, a teacher at Ponderosa Elementary School, plans to use her grant money to fund the “Touch Screen Computers” project. Through the project, kindergarten, first-grade, and second-grade students with autism will be able to increase navigation and interaction with the computer through touch, replacing mouse actions that are often difficult for the students to manipulate.

Secondary Teacher Award – Andrea Burns, a teacher at Anne Chesnutt Middle School, will implement the “Engineering Is Elementary” project. Grant funds will be used to purchase the Engineering Everywhere tool to assist sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade science students in critical-thinking about engineering processes. This activity also supports the development of skills that prepare students’ STEM proficiencies.

Administrator Award – Dr. Crystal Brown, the principal of Ben Martin Elementary School, will use funds to support the “Math and Science Education Parents Nights” project to enhance parental participation and understanding of the math and science curriculum. This project will support parent involvement through resources and hands-on projects that help parents confidently reinforce concepts and skills at home.

Pictured below are (l-r) Keith Crumpler from Wells Farco, N.A.; Nisi Farley from Ponderosa Elementary School; Dr. Crystal Brown from Ben Martin Elementary School; and Andrea Burns from Anne Chestnutt Middle School.

Outstanding Educator Award 2015 (Crumpler, Farley, Brown & Burns)

Published on February 13, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (February 1 – 7, 2015)

February’s Let’s Talk Education Radio Shows
Feb. 2 — “N.C. Guide to Strengthening Our Public Schools”
The show’s host , Renarta Clanton Moyd, will discuss with Superintendent Dr. Frank Till the N.C. Guide to Strengthening Our Public Schools document presented to state legislators by school superintendents across North Carolina. Tune in to listen on Monday, February 2 from 11:34 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on WIDU 1600 AM or visit www.widuradio.com.

Feb. 16 – “Eastern Regional Basketball Tournament” (March 3 – 7)
The show’s host, Renarta Clanton Moyd, will talk with CCS’ Director of Student Activities Leon Mack and Terry Sanford High School Boys’ Varsity Basketball Head Coach Bill Boyette about Cumberland County hosting the Eastern Regional Basketball Tournament (March 3 – 7). Tune in to listen on Monday, February 16 from 11:34 a.m. – noon on WIDU 1600 AM or visit www.widuradio.com.

 

Upcoming Board Committee Meetings
The Cumberland County Board of Education Auxiliary Services, Student Support Services and Policy Committees will meet on Tuesday, February 3 starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Board Room in the Central Services’ building, located at 2465 Gillespie Street.  The meetings are open to the public.


‘Flipping the Script’
Event
A red carpet event will be held at the Cape Fear Regional Theatre on Tuesday, February 3 at 5:00 p.m. to announce the winners of Cumberland County Schools’ second annual Flipping the Script video competition. Students of all ages were encouraged to ‘flip the script’ and create an original song or PSA that communicates what they love about school and reasons for staying until graduation. All submissions were posted on the CCS’ YouTube channel and made available for voting. The video that received the most ‘likes’ on each grade level category will be announced. Those schools will be awarded Amazon Kindle Fire tablets.

 

Get Connected TV Show for February 2015
“Professional Development Opportunities in the CCS

During February’s edition of Get Connected, CCS’ Communications Specialist Renarta Clanton Moyd is joined by CCS’ Associate Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction Dr. Allison Violette and CCS’ Director of Professional Development Dr. Theresa Perry. The group will discuss the numerous professional development opportunities available to educators throughout the school system. 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 January 30, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (January 25 – 31, 2015)

**Jan. 24 Event — District PTA Sponsoring Community Wellness Fair
The Cumberland County District PTA is hosting the ARISE and “Spring into Wellness” Community [Wellness] Fair on Saturday, January 24 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Fellowship Fitness, Inc., located in the Sunny Plaza at 8130 Cliffdale Road. There will be cooking classes, Zumba, Step and Line Dancing classes, as well as door prizes and numerous giveaways. The fair is being presented by the District PTA Council from the Smart from the Start Community Outreach Grant through the National PTA. For additional information, e-mail ccdpta2@gmail.com or jbogan@nc.rr.com.

In Honor of Educator Shanda McAllister

The family of the late Shanda McAllister will present Ferguson-Easley Elementary School with a check on Monday, January 26 at 3:00 p.m. in the school’s media center. McAllister was a special education teacher who was devoted to the students at the school so much so that her family established a fund in her memory to support Ferguson-Easley School’s Backpack Buddies program. The program provides healthy non-perishable food items for students from low-income families on Friday afternoons so they will have food to eat during the weekend. For additional information regarding the presentation, call the school at 910.483.4883.

Indian Education Parent Committee Meeting
The Indian Education Parent Committee meeting will take place on Monday, January 26 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 on the educational needs of American Indian and Alaska Native students. For more information about the meeting, contact the Indian Education Office at 910.678.2460.

2015 Secondary Choice Fair
CCS’ Secondary Choice Fair will take place on Tuesday, January 27 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Educational Resource Center, 396 Elementary Drive. The fair will feature booths from middle and high schools with information about Choice schools, academies and programs that are accepting student applications for the 2015-2016 school year. All interested parents and students will be able to talk with booth representatives about the school system’s Choice offerings. For more information, call 910.678.2407.

Special High School Recruitment Event
Cumberland International Early College High School, Cross Creek Early College High School and Howard Health & Life Sciences High School are sponsoring a special student recruitment event on Thursday, January 29 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Seabrook Auditorium on the campus of Fayetteville State University. The schools hope to make prospective students and their parents more aware of the numerous educational opportunities each school has to offer. Students who attend these schools graduate with a high school diploma and up to 60 college credit hours. For additional information about the recruitment event, call 910.672.2844, 910.672.1499 or 910.485.1634.

Upcoming Board Committee Meetings
The Cumberland County Board of Education Curriculum and Personnel Committees will meet on Thursday, January 29 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Room of the Central Services’ building, located at 2465 Gillespie Street. The meetings are open to the public.

School’s First-Ever Blood Drive
Ramsey Street High School will be hosting its first-ever blood drive on Friday, January 30 from 11:30 – 3:30 p.m. on campus. For more information, call 910.437.5829.

Published on January 23, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Happenings in the Cumberland County Schools (December 14, 2014 – January 5, 2015)

Winter Holiday Schedule

CCS’ students and staff will take a winter break according to the following schedule:

 

December 15

Year-Round – Pupil Holiday/Teacher Workday

 

December 16 – 19

Year-Round – Intersession

 

December 19

Traditional, Alger B. Wilkins High School, Cross Creek Early College High School, Cumberland International Early College High School and Howard Health & Life Sciences High School – Pupil Early Release

 

December 22

Year-Round – Intersession

 

December 22 – 31

Winter Holidays/Required Annual Leave

 

January 1

Winter Holiday

 

January 2

Traditional – Pupil Holiday/Required Annual Leave

Year-Round – Intersession

Alger B. Wilkins High School, Cross Creek Early College High School, Cumberland International Early College High School – Pupil Holiday/Teacher Workday

Howard Health & Life Sciences High School – Pupil Holiday/Required Annual Leave

 

January 5

Year-Round – Pupil Holiday/Teacher Workday

 

Published on December 11, 2014 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Cumberland County Schools’ Amazing Acts of Character for November 2014

index_8Fayetteville – Each month through the school system’s character recognition program titled ‘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, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of CCS’ Central Services building. The honorees are as follows:

Jayden Davis, a 5th grader at Walker-Spivey Elementary School – Jayden’s teacher, Ramona McFadyen, describes the 10 year old as “a role model and a leader among his peers.” She said that Jayden is committed to honoring his moral and ethical values and principles daily. According to McFadyen, his adherence to upholding his values, in spite of possible social expectations, was exhibited recently when he was questioned as a witness to an incident at school. “His comment was ‘just because he is a good friend of mine doesn’t mean I’m not obligated to tell the truth,’” said McFadyen. His mettle was also tested recently, when after having been on the A Honor Roll his entire 3rd– and 4th-grade years, he was told he would be receiving the first B on his report card in 5th grade. “Some students would have been visibly upset, disappointed, or asked for extra work to bring up their grade in time for report cards,” said McFadyen. According to her, his response was: “I understand I earned the B. I’m a little sad, but I am going to try harder to earn an A next time.” McFadyen noted that Jayden’s core values are always visible in his patterns of behavior. “Jayden chooses his path with the support and guidance of his family,” said his teacher. “I am a witness to his integrity daily and am honored to share this year with him.”

Donavan Ross, a 10th grader at Massey Hill Classical High School – According to Donna Perdew, the safe schools coordinator at Massey Hill Classical High School, the 16 year old is a certified lifeguard who recently used his training to help save a schoolmate’s life. Perdew said that on October 16 during lunch, a student started choking. Donavan administered an abdominal thrust and dislodged the food from the student’s throat. “As a lifeguard, Donavan is trained to lend assistance when help is needed,” said Perdew. “He did not stop to think, he simply acted with skill and precision. His training, coupled with his quick response, saved another person’s life. This is truly an amazing act of character.”

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. A special trophy and certificate are presented to each student winner.

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Published on December 5, 2014 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (December 7 – 13, 2014)

**Dec. 6 Event – Technology Students Set to Refurbish Computers for Families in Need
About 200 Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) students from Pine Forest and Gray’s Creek high schools are volunteering their time and effort to help refurbish dated computers from various schools. The computers will be distributed to the homes of students who may be unable to afford one. The second annual Refurbished Computer Giveaway takes place Saturday, December 6 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the school system’s Operations Warehouse, located at 810 Gillespie Street. The students, assisted by CCS’ Technicians, will process more than 500 computers through about five stations before they are packaged and picked up by families (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) in time for the holidays.

 Board of Education Meeting and Public Forum
The Cumberland County Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, December 9 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 the Cumberland County District PTA’s Reflections Art Contest winners and November’s Amazing Acts of Character recipients. The oaths of office will be taken by returning Board member Greg West and newly elected Board members Judy Musgrave and Rudy Tatum. Also, the 2015 Board Chair and Vice Chair are scheduled to be announced.

Early Release for Year-Round Students
Students who attend schools that follow the Year-Round calendar will be released two hours early on Friday,
December 12.

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Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (October 26 – November 1, 2014)

National Red Ribbon Week (Oct. 27 – 31)

During National Red Ribbon Week, red ribbons are worn and displayed to present a unified and visible commitment toward the creation of a Drug-Free America. As part of the campaign, members of the Cumberland County Board of Education recently proclaimed Oct. 27 – 31 as Red Ribbon Week in the Cumberland County Schools (CCS). The observance encourages all citizens to participate in drug prevention education activities as a visible statement that the school system is strongly committed to a drug-free community.

 

Pupil Holiday/Required Teacher Workday/Staff Development  

Howard Health & Life Sciences, A.B. Wilkins, Cross Creek Early College, and Cumberland International Early College high schools will observe a pupil holiday, required teacher workday with staff development on Monday, October 27.

 

“Enforcing” Curriculum

In observance of National Crime Prevention Awareness Month, South View Middle School (SVMS) will be hosting “Enforcing” Curriculum – A Career Night, Curriculum Night, and Community Watch Night on Tuesday, October 28 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Students, parents and other community members who attend can expect to take part in the following: (1) Career Night – Participants will receive occupational information and insight from local law enforcement officers, lawyers, judges and lawmakers; (2) Curriculum Night – Participants will discuss reading materials that highlight the importance of law enforcement and good citizenship; and (3) Community Watch Night – Participants will be given life-changing advice about ways to improve the quality of local communities. Organizers say “Enforcing” Curriculum is the school’s way of combating violence in Cumberland County with awareness and information. Last year, more than 500 people attended the curriculum night. For more information, contact Marlowe Artis, an English/Language Arts instructor at SVMS, at 910.424.3131.

ESL Parent Nights for Pashtu, Spanish, Korean, and Arabic Speakers

Parents of ESL (English as a Second Language) students are being invited to attend a parent night gathering to learn more about (1) the services the CCS’ ESL Department offers students and their families; (2) the requirements for graduation; and (3) how to effectively communicate with school administrators. The Parent Nights will take place as follows:

For Pashtu-Speaking Parents  & Spanish-Speaking Parents
Tuesday, October 28 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Cumberland County Department of Social Services (1225 Hillsboro Street)

For Korean-Speaking Parents & Arabic-Speaking Parents
Tuesday, November 4 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
ESL Department (1307 Hillsboro Street)

For more information, call the ESL Department at 910.484.1176.

Building Character in Today’s Young People

Building self-esteem, respecting others, and communicating with teens are just a few of the topics that will be explored during in the “Building Character in Youth” Parent Workshop on Tuesday, October 28 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Character Academy at A. B. Wilkins High School. Consultant and Retired CCS’ Parent Facilitator Claire White will share helpful information with parents who are looking for ways to better communicate with and instill good character in their child. For more information about the Parent Workshop, contact Dr. Ron Godbolt at 910.868.2012.

ALL Upcoming Board Committee Meetings
Because Nov. 4 is Election Day, ALL Cumberland County Board of Education Committees will instead meet on Thursday, October 30 beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Board Room of the Central Services’ building, located at 2465 Gillespie Street.  The meetings are open to the public.

Published on October 24, 2014 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (October 5 – 11, 2014)

**Oct. 3 Event – Football Games Start Time Changed
Due to the possibility of severe thunderstorms, the start time for the Terry Sanford vs. Union Pines and Jack Britt vs. Pine Forest football games scheduled on Friday, October 3 have been changed to 6:30 p.m.

 Oct. 6 & Oct. 20 Let’s Talk Education Radio Shows –Topics: “Reading Rocks! Walk-A-Thon Celebrates 11 Years of Success” and “CCS’ 2014-2015 Teacher and Principal of the Year”
During the Oct. 6 edition of Let’s Talk Education, Superintendent Dr. Till and CCS’ Executive Director of Information Technology & Media Jody Hawley join the show’s host, Renarta Clanton Moyd, to discuss this year’s Walk-A-Thon and the success behind the event. During the Oct. 20 edition, Moyd will talk with the recently announced Teacher of the Year Myra Dunham from John Griffin Middle School and Principal of the Year Kim Robertson about receiving their esteemed honors and their life’s work. Tune in to listen on Monday, October 6 and Monday, October 20, respectively, from 11:34 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on WIDU 1600 AM or visit www.widuradio.com .

Upcoming Board Committee Meetings
The Cumberland County Board of Education Auxiliary Services, Student Support Services, Finance, and Legislative Committees will meet on Tuesday, October 7 starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Board Room in the Central Services’ building, located at 2465 Gillespie Street.  The meetings are open to the public

Looking Ahead…

THOUSANDS of Walkers Needed for Literacy Awareness

Thousands of walkers are needed to show their support for literacy on Saturday, October 18 at 9:00 a.m. in Festival Park (Downtown Fayetteville). In its 11th 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 $230,000. All proceeds from the Walk-A-Thon will be used to purchase books and learning tools that benefit students in the CCS.

Published on October 2, 2014 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (September 28 – October 4, 2014)

index_8Consolidated College Fair to Offer Exciting Options for Students
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 80 in- and out-of-state universities. The annual Consolidated College Fair takes place Tuesday, September 30 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.

 Legislators Back-To-School Program
In observance of this year’s Legislators Back-to-School effort, N.C. Representative Rick Glazier has been visiting numerous schools across the county to talk with students about the importance of getting an education. The final school visits on his schedule are as follows:

 

Date/Time School POC (Principal) Phone #
Sept. 29/1:00 p.m. South View Middle Janet Kehoe 424.3131
Sept. 30/8:30 a.m. Terry Sanford High David Haggerty 484.1151
Sept. 30/11:30 a.m. Max Abbott Middle Scott Pope 323.2201
Sept. 30/1:00 p.m. South View High Brian Edkins 425.8181
Oct. 2/8:30 a.m. District 7Elementary Rhonda Hill 483.0001
Oct. 3/1:30 p.m. Morganton Road Elementary Tim Gardner 867.4137
Oct. 9/9:00 a.m. Ed V. Baldwin Elementary Todd Yardis 424.0145

Year-Round Schools on Intersession
The students, faculty, and staff at year-round schools in the CCS system will be on intersession from Wednesday, October 1 – Friday, October 3.

Get Connected TV Show for October 2014: “The Military & Family Life Consultants in the Cumberland County Schools”
During October’s edition of Get Connected, CCS’ former Military & Family Life Consultant Anna Rodriguez and Shevelle Godwin, the School Liaison Officer from Fort Bragg Schools’ Support Services, join the show’s host, Renarta Clanton Moyd, to discuss the work that Military and Family Life Consultants accomplish in the CCS. To watch the show, tune into 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 September 26, 2014 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Local Media Coordinator Wins Regional Title

index_8Fayetteville – Pamela Sands, the media coordinator at New Century International Middle School, was recently announced as the N.C. Eastern Piedmont Region Media Coordinator of the Year.

The honor ranks her as one of four finalists in the running for Media Coordinator of the Year for North Carolina. The four regional finalists will be recognized for their excellence in media education at the North Carolina School Library Media Association (NCSLMA) annual conference on October 10, at which time the state finalist will be announced.

Before winning the regional title, Sands was selected as Media Coordinator of the Year for the Cumberland County Schools based on her exemplary service to the students and media center at New Century International Middle. She said she firmly believes that the media center is the heart of the school and without the resources and staff in the media center, the students and faculty would be without many necessary tools to help create student success.

This is Sands 17th year as an educator in the school district, her seventh year as a media coordinator, and her third year at New Century International Middle.

 

 

Published on September 19, 2014 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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