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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Elementary School Principal Grabs This Year’s Principal of the Year Title

index_8FayettevilleKim Robertson, principal of Elizabeth Cashwell Elementary School, has been selected as the 2014-2015 Cumberland County Schools’ Principal of the Year (POY).

Robertson now moves on to compete with other local award recipients from the Sandhills/South Central Region of the state. After the state selection process is completed, one principal will be selected as the 2015 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year.

The 20-year education veteran has served as a school administrator for 11 years and started her career in the field after receiving a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Fayetteville State University (FSU) in 1992. Eleven years later, she obtained a master’s degree in school administration also from FSU. Throughout her career, she has served in numerous educational leadership positions and was recently appointed to serve on the North Carolina Educator Effectiveness and Compensation Task Force representing School Principals.

As an administrator, Robertson said she firmly believes that the greatest gift she, as a principal, can give her students is a great teacher. “It is my desire to ensure that our children have the very best [teacher] in front of them each day,” said Robertson. “A big part of my current strategic plan is attracting and retaining the best and the brightest [teachers]. It is abundantly clear to me that people with the right skills AND motivation are an unstoppable force.” Robertson said she sees herself as “motivator in chief” and works daily to empower her teachers. “An effective leader cannot and should not be everywhere trying to make everything happen and everyone successful,” said Robertson. “An effective leader mines talent and gives it the tools that guarantee success, even when you are not there. Empowering talented people with autonomy and guidelines has a profound impact on our planning. The talent at my disposal can anticipate and see around corners. Our current and future story is filled with broken paradigms, non-existent status quo, and growth for EVERY student in our school. The conditions have been set and our team is exceeding expectations and rising to the challenge daily.”

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

  • Principal of the Year Award from the Cumberland County Board of Education
  • Cash award and floral arrangement from the CCS
  • Engraved desk clock from Herff Jones
  • Commemorative Principal of the Year ring from Jostens
  • $5,000 check for school use from LaFayette Ford
  • $1,000 check for personal use from LaFayette Ford
  • $100 gift certificate from Maid 2 Shine
  • A weekend stay in the Presidential Suite at Embassy Suites – Fayetteville/Fort Bragg
  • Gift certificate for pet service of choice from Pet Tastics

All seven POY nominees [Dr. Thomas Benson (Westover High), Michele Cain (Cumberland Road Elementary), Jeanna Daniels (Beaver Dam Elementary), Felix Keyes (New Century International Elementary), Scott Pope (Max Abbott Middle), Kim Robertson (Elizabeth Cashwell Elementary), and Michael Tucker (Cliffdale Elementary)] received a mounted certificate/plaque from the Cumberland County Board of Education, a cash award and one unit of professional credit from the CCS, an iPad Mini from the CCS’ Technology Department, a professional photograph from Lifetouch Photography, a gift card for housecleaning services from Maid 2 Shine, and a chauffeured limousine ride to the Luncheon from Exclusive Shuttle & Limo Service.

This year, as a show of appreciation, all CCS’ principals received gift certificates from Newk’s Eatery and Maid 2 Shine housecleaning service. Their names were also entered in a drawing to receive two His & Her fragrance baskets from Belk and Macy’s in Cross Creek Mall.

The regional Wells Fargo Principals of the Year, who will be announced in January 2015, will receive $1,000 for their school and $1,000 for personal use. The 2015 State Wells Fargo Principal of the Year can expect to receive $3,000 for his/her personal use and for his/her school. The winner will be announced in the spring of 2015 at a state-wide awards event.

 

Published on September 19, 2014 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Protecting Your Child from the Dangers of Sex Trafficking

Did you know that approximately 100,000 American children are exploited through sex trafficking every year? Most of these child victims were first exploited at the age of 13.

To learn more about the signs and dangers of child sex trafficking, join the Cumberland County Schools on Thursday, September 25 at E. E. Smith High School from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. A film will be shown about the true story of two ‘All-American’ teenage girls tricked into trafficking. Dr. Sharon Cooper, a national expert on the topic, will facilitate a discussion on how the community is affected by this serious issue.

For more information, contact Natasha Scott at 910.678.2433. This event is being sponsored by the Cumberland County Schools’ Student Services’ Parent Education Task Force.

Published on September 12, 2014 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (September 7 – 13, 2014)

“The Envelope, please…”
Ten teachers in the Cumberland County Schools (CCS) are anxiously awaiting the announcement of the 2014-2015 CCS’ Teacher of the Year. A banquet honoring them as well as all schools’ Teacher-of-the-Year representatives will take place on Monday, September 8 at 6:30 p.m. 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 – Myra Dunham from John Griffin Middle

Douglas Byrd District – Jennifer Czechowski from Massey Hill Classical High

Cape Fear District – Michael Williams from Cape Fear High

Gray’s Creek District – Christopher Draughon from Gray’s Creek Elementary

Pine Forest District – Shanelle Chalmers from Manchester Elementary

Terry Sanford District – Estelle Vorreyer from Terry Sanford High

Seventy-First District – Shonette Simmons from Anne Chesnutt Middle

E.E. Smith District – Joshua Long from Cumberland International Early College High

South View District – Marlow Artis from South View Middle

Westover District – Yashica Davis from Morganton Road Elementary

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

Board of Education Meeting and Public Forum
The Cumberland County Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, September 9 at

6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Central Services building, located at 2465 Gillespie Street. The meeting will begin with a public forum session.

 Back-To-School Chat w/the Superintendent on CCS’ New TV Show Set

During September’s edition of “Get Connected,” Dr. Frank Till joins the show’s host, Renarta Clanton Moyd, to discuss the school system’s newly adopted strategic goals and initiatives. He also shares the official “CCS’ Strategic Goals” video. To view the show, visit the school system’s Website (www.ccs.k12.nc.us) or tune into FCE-TV – Cable Channel 5 on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. or Saturdays and Sundays at noon.

Looking Ahead…

 “Let’s Talk Education” Radio Show Now Airs the 1st & 3rd Mondays   

During September’s second monthly edition of “Let’s Talk Education,” CCS’ Superintendent Dr. Frank Till and Social Work Coordinator Pamela Story will join the show’s host, Renarta Clanton Moyd, to talk about the school system’s newest initiative, Mentoring Works, and how caring adults can become involved. This show will air on Monday, September 15 from 11:30 a.m. until noon on WIDU 1600 AM or visit www.widuradio.com to listen.

Published on September 8, 2014 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Local Non-Profits Join with the School System to Recruit Mentors

Fayetteville, NC — The Cumberland County School (CCS) system, the United Way of Cumberland County and its community partners have joined forces to launch a county-wide campaign that supports mentoring.

“We believe that Mentoring Works and research supports our belief,” said Natasha Scott, the executive director of CCS’ Student Services. According to Mentor: The National Mentoring Partnership (Mentor), mentoring guarantees that a young person has someone who cares and is available to help them navigate day-to-day challenges. Moreover, a meaningful relationship with a caring adult has numerous benefits for youth. It increases self-esteem, improves attitudes about school, and decreases the likelihood that youth will become involved in criminal activity.

After months of planning, the group has created two Websites (addresses below) to inform the public of local mentoring opportunities and how to get involved. Additional events are planned to inform the public. “Through this effort, the group endeavors to see an increase in the number of approved mentoring relationships between students and caring adults,” said Scott.

Adults with a sincere interest in supporting a young person should visit the United Way of Cumberland County http://www.unitedway-cc.org/projects/mentor-recruitment/ or the Cumberland County Schools’ http://cvs.ccs.k12.nc.us/ Websites to identify their preferred mentoring experience. All mentors must complete a criminal background check and submit to the guidelines established by each agency/program.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”                           — Margaret Mead

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MEDIA: For additional information, contact CCS’ Executive Director of Student Services Natasha Scott at natashascott@ccs.k12.nc.us.

Published on August 22, 2014 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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2014-2015 School Year Begins for Year-Round Students

Fayetteville – Year-round schools in Cumberland County will open their doors to students for the 2014-2015 school year on Monday, July 14.

After a three-week intersession, approximately 2,800 Cumberland County school students will return to their respective year-round schools for a new year filled with learning.

The following schools will welcome and dismiss students on Monday according to the bell schedule (in parentheses):

  • Ed V. Baldwin Elementary – Legion Road (7:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.)
  • T.C. Berrien Elementary – North Street (8:00 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.)
  • E.E. Miller Elementary – Rim Road (7:45 a.m. & 2:15 p.m.)
  • Anne Chesnutt Middle – Skibo Road (7:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.)
  • Reid Ross Middle & High – Ramsey Street (8:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.)

Motorists should be mindful that while more than 30 school buses will return to the roads, reduced speed limits will be enforced in designated school zones.

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Published on July 14, 2014 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Volunteers Needed for Free Dental Program, August 1-2 at Crown Expo Center

Fayetteville – Thousands of adults in Cumberland County need dental care, but can’t afford it. On Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2, the NC Missions of Mercy, an affiliate of the NC Dental Society, is coming to Fayetteville to provide free dental services to at least 1,000 needy adults. The two-day clinic, hosted by The CARE Clinic, Better Health and Operation Inasmuch, is scheduled to be held at the Crown Expo Center (formerly Charlie Rose Agri-Expo Center). Both dental professionals and community volunteers are needed. To sign-up or for more information, go to http://www.ncdental.info select “Volunteer” at the top of the page, then select from the drop-down menu.

The North Carolina Missions of Mercy project, sponsored by the North Carolina Dental Society is a free clinical program that delivers care to adults who need dental treatment, but who cannot afford to see a dentist or do not otherwise have access to care. NCMOM is a stopgap measure to help people in pain or who have oral problems that can lead to other health issues. It is not a health care program. NCMOM dentists and dental teams are all volunteers who donate their time and pay their own expenses. NCMOM is funded by the North Carolina Dental Health Foundation as well as other charitable donations.

Even though its clinics are conducted in a large open setting with up to 70 dental chairs, NCMOM is committed to assuring the same level of care and dignity that is provided in a dental office or clinic.

Performance and Statistical Results

Since its beginning in 2003, the program has held over 88 two-day clinics across North Carolina from Murphy to Kill Devil Hills. Over the years the program has continued to grow and the number of patients served is increasing yearly statewide. The program has provided more than 14.5 million dollars in free dental care to over 37,000 Carolinians and has received both statewide and national recognition

Clinics are generally set up with 20 to 80 chairs and services are provided for 300 to 1000 patients per two-day event. The volunteers include dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, laboratory technicians and scores of professional and general volunteers from across the state. Additionally, the program enjoys a good relationship with the UNC School of Dentistry and ECU School of Dental Medicine through their student volunteer organizations. Dental students participate as volunteer providers during each clinic and are an important part of the overall program.

Patients are encouraged to bring their own food/snacks, water and medications they take daily, while standing in line.

For more information, contact Cathy Ory, executive director of The CARE Clinic at 910-485-3710.



Local Students ‘Flipping the Script’ on Staying in School

Fayetteville – Students in the Cumberland County Schools (CCS) recently ‘Flipped the Script’ in support of dropout prevention and awareness.  Nine area schools created public service announcements and music videos that highlighted reasons to stay in school through graduation.  Each video featured creativity and original student work.

The contest culminated with a May 20 red-carpet event at the Cape Fear Regional Theatre. The winners in each category were announced. Each winning school was presented 10 Amazon Kindle Fire devices and covers.

The winners are as follows:

Elementary Category – Howard Hall Elementary School

Middle School Category – South View Middle School in partnership with the Office of Indian Education

High School Category – Massey Hill Classical High School

The red-carpet affair also featured special guest Lieutenant Colonel John W. Bates, who is a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Army. He currently serves as the Secretary of the General Staff for the U.S. Army Reserve Command at Fort Bragg, NC.  He shared with the audience his personal experiences as a ninth-grade high school dropout who made the decision to ‘drop back into school’ when he was 20 years old.

Winning videos will be featured on the CCS’ Homepage (www.ccs.k12.nc.us) throughout the coming weeks.

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Published on May 30, 2014 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Calendar Highlights in the Cumberland County Schools (June 1 – 7, 2014)

Upcoming Board Committee Meetings
The Cumberland County Board of Education Auxiliary Services, Student Support Services, Finance, Policy/Student Assignment and Legislative Committees will meet on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 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.

Commencement Exercises Scheduled for 2 More Schools
Graduation exercises for two more high schools in the CCS will take place on Friday, June 6 in the Seabrook Auditorium on the campus of Fayetteville State University, according to the following schedule:

5:00 p.m.                     Massey Hill Classical High School

8:00 p.m.                     Reid Ross Classical High School

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

  • Enter and exit through the front lobby at Seabrook Auditorium (Fayetteville State University).
  • Upon arrival, ask security to contact a member of the CCS’ Communications Department.
  • Wear your credentials in plain sight.

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Published on May 30, 2014 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Senior at Gray’s Creek High Wins This Year’s New Car!

Driven 2 Excel 2014 Winner - Taylor Sullivan (2)

Fayetteville – Congratulations to Taylor Sullivan*, a senior at Gray’s Creek High School, on winning the “Driven 2 Excel” 2014 Toyota Scion during a give-a-way celebration last night at the Rick Hendrick Toyota Scion dealership in Fayetteville.
Taylor and 563 other graduating seniors were in the running for the new car and college scholarships based on their attendance and academic achievements. During the drawing, Talour Ford from Seventy-First High School received a $3,000 scholarship and Tiana White from Pine Forest High School was awarded a $2,000 scholarship from the Fort Bragg Federal Credit Union.
In its second year, the “Driven 2 Excel” give-a-way is sponsored in part by the Cumberland County Schools, the Beasley Broadcasting Group, Rick Hendrick Toyota Scion, and the Fort Bragg Federal Credit Union.

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Published on May 23, 2014 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Calendar Highlights in the Cumberland County Schools — May 25 – 31, 2014

Memorial Day to be Observed
In observance of Memorial Day, Monday, May 26 will be a student and teacher holiday. Cumberland County Schools’ Central Services offices will also be closed.

Upcoming Teacher Workday
A 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 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 27 at 6:00 p.m. The end-of-the-year event will take place in the auditorium at the Educational Resource Center. This year’s theme is “Proud to Be a TA.”

It’s Testing Time
Students throughout the CCS will be taking End-of-Grade tests at area elementary and middle schools from Wednesday, May 28 – Friday, May 30. Also, End-of-Course assessments will begin at local middle and high schools on Tuesday, June 3.

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

Terry Sanford Bulldog Dash/Bash
The Booster Club at Terry Sanford High School is sponsoring the Terry Sanford Bulldog Dash/Bash on Saturday, May 31 at 8:00 a.m. Money raised through the fun run/walk will go to support all of the student athletes at Terry Sanford High. The 5K course begins and ends on the school’s track. Baseball/softball games, a corn-hole tournament, and food are planned after the awards ceremony near the track. For more information, call 910.391. 2183.

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Published on May 23, 2014 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Efforts of Superintendent, School System Applauded

The North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities (NCASA) held its fourth Annual Meeting today at Simon G. Atkins Academic and Technology High School in Winston-Salem. Outstanding students, educators, and schools were recognized for their contributions and success in scholastic competitions. The following educators and students were recognized for their outstanding contributions to scholastic activities in the 2013-2014 school year:

Administrator of the Year: Frank Till, Superintendent, Cumberland County Schools. Dr. Till was instrumental in dramatically increasing the participation of Cumberland County schools in scholastic activities, leading them to winning the 2014 School District Cup.

Principal of the Year: Susan Bunch, Principal, Mount Airy Middle School. Ms. Bunch has created a comprehensive scholastic program from scratch in her first year as school principal. She is frequently seen supporting her students at events throughout the state.

Scholastic Director of the Year: Angela Jordan, Brunswick Early College High School. Ms. Jordan led the only new NCASA member high school to compete in all five NCASA competitions. She also served as coach of all five teams. Her leadership led the school to a ninth place overall finish, the best for any new small member high school.

Coach of the Year: Melissa Leftwich, Visual Arts Educator, Jay M Robinson Middle School of Charlotte. Ms. Leftwich has led her Art Showcase team to two consecutive runaway state championships. Her students have won 11 of the possible 14 individual state titles, a feat unmatched in any activity or sport anywhere in the state.

Middle School Student of the Year: Miranda Straubel, Lucas Middle School of Durham. Miranda competed in four different scholastic competitions at her school, winning the school spelling bee, serving on the school quiz bowl and MATHCOUNTS teams, and competing in The Quill. She led her The Quill team to a state title and won an individual state title in the Argumentative text type.

Note: Two winners were chosen for High School Student of the Year.

High School Student of the Year: Gitanjally Nagulpally, Millbrook High School of Raleigh. Anjali is the club president of the MHS quiz bowl team. Her efforts led the team to attend the National Quiz Bowl Tournament for the first time, an experience that had a significant positive impact on the entire team. She led this year’s team to a third place finish in the State Tournament. Anjali was also instrumental in starting a quiz bowl team at the feeder middle school for MHS, leading a group of students that works with the middle school each week to help start and build their team.

High School Student of the Year: John Henry Jackson, Atkins High School of Winston-Salem. John Henry competes and excels on many academic and sports teams at Atkins including Twelve, The Quill, quiz bowl, chess, and Technology Student Association. He led his teams to a second place finish in The Quill, a third-place finish in Twelve and a state championship in TSA.

The following schools and districts were recognized for their outstanding performance in NCASA and Cup Partner competitions:

NCASA Scholastic Cup: Myers Park High School of Charlotte. Myers Park is recognized as the best high school in North Carolina. They participated in eleven NCASA and Cup Partner competitions winning state titles in Twelve and Art Showcase.

NCSSM Challenge Cup: Jay M Robinson Middle School of Charlotte. Robinson is recognized as the best middle school in North Carolina. They participated in eight NCASA and Cup Partner Competitions, earning first place points in five competitions and second place points in two others.

Unity School Cup: Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy of Rutherford County. Thomas Jefferson is recognized as the best 6-12 independent or charter school in North Carolina. Their high school earned top-five finishes in three NCASA competitions.

School District Cup: Hickory Public Schools for small school districts. HPS was led by Hickory High School who finished in the top ten in four NCASA competitions and Grandview Middle School who earned first place points in Envirothon.

School District Cup: Surry County Schools for medium school districts. All SCS schools competed in scholastic competitions.

School District Cup: Cumberland County Schools for large school districts. CCS was led by Seventy-First Classical Middle School who finished second overall among all middle schools and Jack Britt HS and Terry Sanford HS who both finished in the top ten among all high schools.

The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics and William Peace University were recognized for continued support of NCASA and scholastic activities in North Carolina.

Joe Childers, principal of Atkins High School was re-elected by member schools as the NCASA president.

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Published on May 15, 2014 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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The Cumberland County Schools — A School District Cup Winner

Contact: Leon Pfeiffer, NCASA Executive Director, 919.771.9272
For Immediate Release:

May 5, 2014

 Cumberland County Schools — A School District Cup Winner

With all North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities (NCASA) and Cup Partner Competitions complete, Cup Points have been awarded for all competitions. In addition to awarding the NCASA Scholastic Cup and NCSSM Challenge Cup, the best school districts in North Carolina with the School District Cups will also be recognized. These are awarded to the best small, medium, and large school districts in North Carolina based on the performance of their schools in all major scholastic competitions.

This year’s winners are Hickory Public Schools, Surry County Schools, and Cumberland County Schools. The School District Cups will be awarded to these LEA’s at the May 12 NCASA Annual Meeting hosted by Atkins High School in Winston-Salem.

Hickory Public Schools won among all small school districts in North Carolina – those with five or fewer secondary schools. They were led by Hickory High School’s 110 points earned primarily through their success in Twelve, Art Showcase, and Show Choir. Grandview Middle School also contributed to HPS success by earning first place points in Envirothon. Their combined 170 points were just ahead of second place Elizabeth City – Pasquotank Public School’s 165 points and third place Gates County School’s 160 points. Points for a small school district’s top middle school and high school are combined to determine the School District Cup points.

Surry County Schools won among all medium school districts in North Carolina – those with six to eleven secondary schools. They were led by Gentry Middle School, Pilot Mountain Middle School, and North Surry High School. Points for a medium school district’s top four schools are combined to determine the School District Cup points.

Cumberland County Schools won among all large schools districts in North Carolina – those with more than eleven secondary schools. They were led by second-place NCSSM Challenge Cup finisher Seventy-First Classical Middle School and top ten high schools Jack Britt High School and Terry Sanford High School. Their 838 points were ahead of second- place Iredell-Statesville School’s 439 points and third- place Durham Public School’s 425 points. Points for a large school district’s top eight schools are combined to determine the School District Cup points.

To be eligible for the School District Cup, half or more secondary schools in a district must be NCASA member schools and participate in one or more NCASA or Cup Partner Competitions. The Cup Partners for 2013-2014 are Science Olympiad, Envirothon, Odyssey of the Mind, Technology Student Association, NC Chess Association, Battle of the Books, MATHCOUNTS, State Math Contest, Economics Challenge, and Tarheel Forensic League. NCASA competitions are Twelve, Quiz Bowl, Show Choir, Art Showcase, and The Quill. Complete rules governing all Cups are in Section X of the NCASA Competition Rules linked here: http://www.ncscholastic.org/index.php/competition-rules

Complete top-five standings of all eligible school districts are shown below:

Small School Districts:

1 – Hickory Public Schools

2 – Elizabeth City – Pasquotank Public Schools

3 – Gates County Schools

4 – Newton-Conover City Schools

5 – Alexander County Schools

 

Medium School Districts:

1 – Surry County Schools

 

Large School Districts:

1 – Cumberland County Schools

2 – Iredell-Statesville Schools

3 – Durham Public Schools

 

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Published on May 8, 2014 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Calendar Highlights in the Cumberland County Schools (Week of May 4, 2014)

Super Fitness Field Day
CCS’ Health Services Department will hold its annual Super Fitness Field Day on Friday, May 9 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 Competitions: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
Middle and High Competitions: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
For more information, contact CCS’ Health Services Director Shirley Johnson at 910.678.2406.

Huge Community Garage Sale
Pine Forest High School is hosting a Huge Community Garage Sale on Saturday, May 10 from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the school’s student parking lot. Proceeds from the event will be used  toward hosting the North Carolina Association of Student Councils (NCASC) State Convention next year.

‘Color Me Buc’ Runs
Jack Britt High School is sponsoring color and fun runs on Saturday, May 10 at the school. The 1-Mile Fun Run begins at 8:30 a.m. The 5K Color Run starts at 9:15 a.m. Proceeds from both events will benefit Gold Star Teen Adventures and Jack Britt Athletics.

Looking Ahead…

‘Driven 2 Excel’ 2014 Car Give-A-Way Celebration
Qualified high school seniors in the CCS will be receiving a special invitation to attend a celebration of academic success. The school system, Rick Hendrick Toyota-Scion, Beasley Broadcast Group radio stations and the Fort Bragg Federal Credit Union are sponsoring the annual “Driven 2 Excel” 2014 SCION Give-A-Way Celebration on Tuesday, May 20 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Rick Hendrick Toyota-Scion dealership (1969 Skibo Road/Fayetteville). The students will get the chance to enjoy lots of food, music, prizes, and talk with 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 2014 Toyota SCION!

 

Published on May 3, 2014 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Calendar Highlights in the Cumberland County Schools (Week of April 27, 2014)

2014 Flipping the Script – Dropout Awareness & Prevention Student Video/Music Contest
The CCS has asked students of all ages 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 will be posted on the CCS’ YouTube channel and made available for voting from Monday, April 28 – Friday, May 9. The video with the most ‘likes’ on each grade level will be selected as the winner. The winning elementary, middle and high schools will be donated Amazon Kindle Fire tablets.

 Legislator to Visit Anne Chesnutt Middle    
N.C. Rep. Marvin Lucas will pay the students and staff at Anne Chesnutt Middle School a visit on Tuesday, April 29 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. At this time, Rep. Lucas will visit the school’s Language Immersion classrooms to observe students at work.

 Orchestra Festival Highlights Talents of Over 1,000 Local Students
The CCS and the Cumberland County Board of Education present the 34th Annual Spring Orchestra Festival on Tuesday, April 29 and Thursday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Cumberland County Crown Arena.  The April 29 student performance will feature 5th- and 6th-grade orchestra students along with a special presentation by students from Eastover-Central Elementary School and the Cumberland County Middle School Youth Orchestra. The May 1 performance will highlight the musical stylings of 7th and 8th graders along with the All-County High School Orchestra and the Cumberland County Youth Orchestra. This year’s theme revolves around nature. A variety of the musical selections will express the many forms and facets of the natural world. The festival is free and open to the public.

Dance! Dance! Dance!
Hundreds of students throughout the school system will be participating in the Spring Evening of Dance on Wednesday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium at JackBrittHigh School. 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.

ALL School Board Committee to Meet May 1
ALL Cumberland County School Board committees will meet on Thursday, May 1 beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Personnel and Curriculum committees normally meet on the last Thursday of the month. Since this date occurred during spring break, those committees will now meet on May 1. The Auxiliary, Student Support, Finance and Policy/Student Assignment committees would normally meet on the first Tuesday of the month.  Since this date occurs on Election Day, those committees will also meet on May 1. The committee meetings will be held in the auditorium of the Educational Resource Center (ERC), located at 396 Elementary Drive/Fayetteville.  Committee meetings are open to the public.

Get Connected TV Show for May 2014: “Child Abuse Prevention & Child Trafficking”
During May’s edition of Get Connected, CCS’ Executive Director of Student Services Natasha Scott, CCS’ Social Work Coordinator Pamela Story and Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center Roberta Humphries join the show’s host, Renarta Clanton Moyd, to discuss the joint efforts being made by the school system and the Advocacy Center to stop child abuse and child trafficking in Cumberland County. 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 ).

 VSAF: “Very Seussville Arts”
CCS’ Exceptional Children’s program presents the 33rd Annual Very Special Arts Festival (VSAF) on Friday, May 2 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: “Very Seussville 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 Nicole Sinclair or Marsha Tyson in the Exceptional Children’s Office at 910.484.3391.

Make-Up Day Scheduled for 4 Area High Schools
Because of inclement weather experienced from February 11 – 14, students and staff at Howard Health & Life Sciences High School, Cross Creek Early College High School, Cumberland International Early College High School and A.B. Wilkins High School will attend school on Saturday, May 3 to make up time missed from classroom instruction.  The schools will operate on a two-hour early release schedule.

Published on April 25, 2014 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Ribbon Walk & Ride — Save the Date & Early Bird Registration

Save the date for the 9th Annual Ribbon Walk & Ride in Downtown Fayetteville on Saturday, September 20, 2014.

Last year, over  1,400 participants, 95 teams and 75 sponsors showed their support to fight against cancer, and more than  $114,800  was raised to benefit cancer patients in the local community.

Early-bird registration is open until April 30! To register, start a team or become a sponsor, visit www.ribbonwalkforcancer.org.

 

Published on April 7, 2014 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Calendar Highlights in the Cumberland County Schools (April 6 – 12, 2014)

**April 5 Event — Make-Up Day Scheduled for Year-Round Schools

Because of inclement weather experienced from February 11 – 14, students and staff that follow the year-round calendar will go to school on Saturday, April 5 to make up time missed from classroom instruction.  The schools will operate on a two-hour early release schedule.

 Planting “Pinwheels for Prevention”

In observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month (April), the students at Montclair Elementary School (555 Glensford Drive) will be planting a garden of pinwheels on the front lawn of the school Monday, April 7 at 1:30 p.m. The pinwheels, which will help bring about public awareness of child abuse prevention, were created and designed by the students. For more information about the pinwheel planting, call the school at 910.868.5124.

 Year-Round School Intersession

Students and staffs at schools that follow the year-round calendar will be on intersession from Monday, April 7 – Thursday, April 17.

 April 8 Board Meeting & Public Forum RESCHEDULED

The Cumberland County Board of Education’s regular monthly Board meeting and public forum scheduled for April 8, has been rescheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m.

 ‘No Passports Needed’ at Vanstory Hills Elementary School

Vanstory Hills Elementary School students will soon depart on the ultimate international field trip — no passports needed — with the arrival of one of the world’s largest maps of Europe. The National Geographic Traveling Map of Europe, measuring 26 feet by 26 feet, will enable students to embark on a mock tour of the world’s second smallest continent, while learning about its rich history and diverse geography. Designed for grades K-8, the map will be on loan to Vanstory Hills on Tuesday, April 8 and culminate with a community/family night on Thursday, April 10 at 6:00 p.m.  The vibrant vinyl map will guide students through lessons and fun activities related to Europe’s climate, natural resources, famous landmarks, demographics and more. Teachers will be provided with a trunk of accessories designed to enhance the lessons and encourage student engagement in content-rich games suitable for various age groups and class sizes. For more information, call the school at 910.483.0809.

 In the ‘Shark Tank’

The first-ever $6,000 Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Fayetteville Business Pitch Competition will take place Tuesday, April 8 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. in Festival Hall of the AIT building, located at 421 Maiden Lane. During the event, seven bright Young Entrepreneurs will be presenting their business plans to a select group of Investor Judges.  Each student will have six minutes to present on what their business does and what they need in terms of financial support from the Investor Panel. At 6:45 p.m., the judges will recess to decide how much of the $6,000 investment fund will be allocated, if any, to each Young Entrepreneur. The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is a partnership between the Fayetteville Regional Chamber, the Cumberland County Schools, and Methodist University’s Center for Entrepreneurship. For more information about the Competition, call 910.433.6774.

 Exceptional Children’s Beginners’ Fair

The CCS’ Exceptional Children’s Department is sponsoring the Exceptional Children’s Beginners’ Fair on Thursday, April 10 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at W.H. Owen Elementary School (4533 Raeford Road). The event is for students with special needs who will begin Kindergarten in Fall 2014. School-age program specialists and teachers will be available to answer questions and discuss curriculum, student expectations, etc. in order to help facilitate the child’s transition into Kindergarten. For more information, call the CCS’ Early-In Special Education Preschool Office at 910.484.6761.

Get Connected TV Shows in April 2014

“2013-2014 CCS’ Principal and Teacher of the Year”

During April’s edition of Get Connected, CCS’ Principal of the Year Mellotta Hill from Howard Hall Elementary School and Teacher of the Year Amy Noble from Max Abbott Middle School will join the show’s host, Renarta Clanton Moyd, to discuss their distinguished honors. To watch the show, visit the school system’s Website (www.ccs.k12.nc.us) or tune into FCE-TV – Cable Channel 5 on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. or Saturdays and Sundays at noon.

***SPECIAL PRESENTATION***  “Grammy-Nominated Rap Artist J.Cole & The Dreamville Foundation at Westover High”

During a special one-hour edition of Get Connected, Grammy-nominated recording artist and Dreamville Foundation founder J.Cole, Westover High School Dreamville Book Club Facilitator Toni Golding,  Adviser Christian Williams, and Member Bobby Pickett will join the show’s host, Renarta Clanton Moyd, to discuss the Dreamville Book Club’s positive impact on local students. To watch the show, visit the school system’s Website (www.ccs.k12.nc.us) or tune into FCE-TV –Cable Channel 5 at a special time — Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m.

 The Dangers of Child Sex Trafficking Workshop

In observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month (April), the CCS, the Child Advocacy Center, the Cumberland County District PTA and Shared Hope International have ‘teamed up’ to present a workshop to help raise the community’s awareness about the dangers of child sex trafficking. The free event takes place Thursday, April 10 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Douglas Byrd High School. A documentary by Shared Hope International that explores the shocking true story of two “All–American” teenage girls tricked into trafficking will be presented. Fayetteville Pediatrician Dr. Sharon Cooper will share helpful information with parents and child advocates about how to protect our children from being victims of sex trafficking.  For more information, call 910.678.2433.

 Teacher Job Fair Planned

The Cumberland County Schools’ Human Resources Department is sponsoring a teacher job fair on Saturday, April 12 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.

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Published on April 5, 2014 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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