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