Teacher of the Year Displays a Heart of Service — 3rd- & 5th-Grade Teacher at New Century International Elementary School Takes the Title

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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Published on September 11, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (Week of September 13 – 19, 2015)

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

This year’s top 10 finalists are as follows:

Jack Britt District – Ashlee Garrison from New Century International Elementary

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

Cape Fear District – Jennifer Evans from Cape Fear High

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

Pine Forest District – Michelle McKinney from Long Hill Elementary

Terry Sanford District – Jennifer Jordan from Walker-Spivey Elementary

Seventy-First District – Martina Graham from Anne Chesnutt Middle

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

South View District – Jesse Autry from South View High School

Westover District – Tamika Kelly from Morganton Road Elementary

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

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

 

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Published on September 11, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Colonial Williamsburg’s Lafayette to Attend Festival of Yesteryear

The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex will celebrate Lafayette’s birthday in grand style with our annual Festival of Yesteryear: A Celebration of Early America on Saturday September 12, 2015 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm in Arsenal Park. This year we are pleased to announce that renowned historical re-enactor Mark Schneider will attend as the Marquis de Lafayette. The Marquis will give a historical performance at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm and will also be interacting with visitors between performances.

Mark Schneider was born and raised in the small town of Setauket, New York on Long Island. After completing High School, Mark moved to Virginia where he attended Christopher Newport University and received a B.A. in History. Mark then joined the United States Army where he served as a Cavalry Scout performing Armored Reconnaissance for the First Armored Division in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Germany and The United States. Upon completion of his tour of duty, Mark started working for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in 1997. Since arriving at Colonial Williamsburg, Mark has performed in a variety of different jobs such as brick making, carpentry, coachman, Theatrical Interpreter and now for the Revolutionary City program. Mark is currently in the Nation Builder program where he performs as the Marquis de Lafayette. While at Colonial Williamsburg, Mark has performed as a variety of different characters ranging from Mark Antony, Mann Page, James Madison, Benedict Arnold, Banastre Tarleton, Le Comte de Rochambeau and many others. Mark also portrays Napoleon Bonaparte internationally and has appeared since 2005 in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, and Russia.

Mark Schneider will give performances as Lafayette at 11. 1 and 3 at the Festival of Yesteryear.

Mark Schneider will give performances as Lafayette at 11. 1 and 3 at the Festival of Yesteryear.

Focusing on the Colonial and Revolutionary War periods, the Festival of Yesteryear features costumed re-enactors demonstrating various aspects of daily life including medicine, music, toys and games, silhouette drawing, and militia drills. The merry cadences of Tryon Palace’s renowned Fife and Drum Corp will transport the crowd back to colonial days with performances at 10:00, 12:00, and 2:00 pm. Living history groups include Camp Flintlock, Dry’s Militia and the North Carolina Highland Regiment. Musket firing demonstrations will take place at 10:30, 12:30, and 2:30 pm.

Be sure to visit Apprentice Alley, where children can participate and learn a variety of trades through hands on crafts and activities. Take a photo in our pillory, a wooden frame with holes for your head and hands that was a popular punishment in colonial days.

Parents and children at "Apprentice Alley" during the 2014 Festival of Yesteryear.

Parents and children at “Apprentice Alley” during the 2014 Festival of Yesteryear.

Concessions will be available on site from R-Burger. Fayetteville’s newest high quality mobile food vendor will be serving fresh ground hamburgers, specialty burgers, and fresh cut fries. R-Burger strives to love people and serve them tasty food!

Admission to the event and all activities are FREE! Activities take place in Arsenal Park located in the Haymount Historic District on the old Arsenal grounds at Arsenal Ave. and Myrover St. minutes from downtown Fayetteville. For more information visit ncculture.com and search Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex.

This event is held in partnership with the Lafayette Birthday Celebration held annually in Fayetteville. For more Lafayette Birthday Celebration events visit lafayettesociety.org.

This project is supported by the Arts Council in part by contributions from businesses, individuals, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County, and the NC Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources. Additional funds provided by the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex Foundation, Inc.

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For more information about the museum, call 910-486-1330 or access www.museumofthecapefear.ncdcr.gov. The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, located on the corner of Bradford and Arsenal avenues in Fayetteville, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is part of the Division of State History Museums, Office of Archives and History, within the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information on cultural resources is available at www.ncculture.com.



Cumberland County Educator to Receive Prestigious Professional Development Award from the N.C. Association of Educators

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                          CONTACT:  Linda Powell-Jones

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

Linda.Powell@ncae.org

 

Cumberland County Educator to Receive Prestigious Professional Development Award

from the N.C. Association of Educators

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published on May 15, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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InnovateHER top 10 finalist goes to DC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT: Lexi Hasapis Center for Economic Empowerment & Development, Women’s Business Center. 910.323.3377 ext. 30 lhasapis@ncceed.org www.ncceed.org 230 Hay Street

The Women’s Business Center of Fayetteville at CEED nominee, CJ Scarlet of Tiger Eye Security Sensor, has been selected as an InnovateHER top 10 finalist and will represent our region at the Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week to compete for a total of $30,000.00 in prize money May 4-8, 2015.

Six businesswomen sent in business plans prior to the event and pitched in person or via Skype. Angie Allison, from Charlotte, pitched “Milk-Shake”, a breast-feeding supplement beverage. Christianah Adesida, from Fayetteville, pitched Xtiroyal Desgin’s reversible suit. Nicole Rivers, from Hope Mills, pitched D.E.M.S.’s feminine hygiene disposable bags. Charlene Ellis, from Atlanta Georgia, pitched Ellis Mobile App, an app that would connect parents with surrounding licensed day cares. Jamie Rohrbauck, from Apex, pitched Expedite Group’s errand service business that companies can offer as a benefit for their employees. CJ Scarlet, from Clayton, pitched Tiger Eye Security Sensor, a wearable personal security device that uses Bluetooth technology to activate.

 

The WBC hosted a Pitch Party Tuesday March 31, 2015 at CEED, 230 Hay Street. Ashton Fox, Toni King, and Jonn Thomas judged the Pitch Party.

 

CJ Scarlet moved on to the national competition against more than 100 other businesses. Her business plan and support packet was submitted to the Small Business Administration April 1, 2015 by CEED.

 

“All the presenters had strong business ideas and concepts. It wasn’t easy for the judges to choose just one nominee. CJ and Tiger Eye had a compelling personal passion for the business and it shined through her presentation and business plan. We cannot be more thrilled for CJ!” says Lexi Hasapis, WBC Director.

 

Ashton Fox said, “Unfortunately there is a tremendous need for the role Tiger Eye could play in apprehending assailants of women.  I also think it would encourage women who have been raped to report the offense, if they were wearing the device.”

The SBA InnovateHER challenge focused on products or services that have a measurable impact on the lives of women and families, have the potential for commercialization, and fill a need in the marketplace.

 

CJ Scarlet                                                    Tiger Eye Security Sensor                  919.606.9376 9                                    Seven Oaks Drive Clayton, NC 27520                             cj@tigereyesensor.com                   www.tigereyesensor.com

 

SBA National Small Business Week https://www.sba.gov/nsbw/nsbw

Lynn Douthett   SBA District Director Lynn.Douthett@sba.gov   704-344-6563

Lexi Hasapis         WBC of Fayetteville                                                910.323.3377 ext.30        230 Hay Street Fayetteville, NC 28301

LHASAPIS@ncceed.org                       www.wbcfay.org

Angie Allison                                            angieallison1@gmail.com

Christianah Adesida                          ade_nik@yahoo.com

Nicole Rivers                                               rivers.nicole@yahoo.com

Charlene Ellis                                          cander115@gmail.com

Jamie Rohrbauck                                    jamie@dustandmop.com

 

Published on April 17, 2015 by Lexi Hasapis  
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Phone: 910-323-3377


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

Board of Education Meeting and Public Forum

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

 

Making Smart Choices

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

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

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

 

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

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

Career and Trades Day

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

 

“Getting To Know You…”

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

 

Upcoming Teacher Job Fair

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

 

Garden Beautification Day

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

 

Looking Ahead…

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

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

 

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Published on April 10, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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Civil War Bands: Their Purpose in the Army

FAYETTEVILLE – The Museum of the Cape Fear invites you to a presentation on Civil War Bands by Dr. Robert Downing on May 9 at 2:00 pm. Many local residents will recognize Dr. Downing as the founder of the Regiment Band, 11th NC Troops. He founded the band in 1981 with a group of dedicated musicians from Fayetteville. Since their founding, they have performed at numerous events around the country, including many concerts at the museum.

The Regimental Band, 11th North Carolina Troops

The Regimental Band, 11th North Carolina Troops

Though retired, Dr. Downing now conducts presentations to keep alive the history and the purpose of Civil War bands. At the presentation, there will be 5 original Civil War-era instruments on display as well as many reproduction instruments representative of the time period.

“Dr. Downing has a great deal of knowledge about the Civil War and more knowledge about Civil War Bands then anyone I’ve ever known,” says Leisa Greathouse, curator of education. “To sit and listen to him talk about a subject he holds very dear is both enjoyable and educational.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information please call 910/486-1330. More information about the museum can be found at www.ncdcr.gov/ncmcf. The presentation is part of the community’s 31 Day Salute observance held throughout the entire month of May.

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The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, located on the corner of Bradford and Arsenal avenues in Fayetteville, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The museum is part of the Division of State History Museums, Office of Archives and History, within the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported  Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources serves as a champion for North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy.  To learn more, visit www.ncculture.com.

 



The Women’s Business Center at CEED nominates local businesswoman, CJ Scarlet of Tiger Eye Security Sensor, for the national Small Business Administration (SBA) InnovateHER Challenge for National Small Business Week in May.

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The Women’s Business Center of Fayetteville at CEED nominates local businesswoman, CJ Scarlet of Tiger Eye Security Sensor, for the national Small Business Administration (SBA) InnovateHER Challenge for National Small Business Week in May.

The WBC hosted a Pitch Party Tuesday March 31, 2015 at CEED, 230 Hay Street.

Six businesswomen sent in business plans prior to the event and pitched in person or via Skype. Angie Allison, from Charlotte, pitched “Milk-Shake”, a breast-feeding supplement beverage. Christianah Adesida, from Fayetteville, pitched Xtiroyal Desgin’s reversible suit. Nicole Rivers, from Hope Mills, pitched D.E.M.S.’s feminine hygiene disposable bags. Charlene Ellis, from Atlanta Georgia, pitched Ellis Mobile App, an app that would connect parents with surrounding licensed day cares. Jamie Rohrbauck, from Apex, pitched Expedite Group’s errand service business that companies can offer as a benefit for their employees. CJ Scarlet, from Clayton, pitched Tiger Eye Security Sensor, a wearable personal security device that uses Bluetooth technology to activate.

Ashton Fox, Toni King, and Jonn Thomas judged the Pitch Party.

CJ Scarlet will move on to the national competition. Her business plan has been submitted to the Small Business Administration for consideration for National Small Business Week’s next round of competition and a chance to win a total of 30,000 from Microsoft.

“All the presenters had strong business ideas and concepts. It wasn’t easy for the judges to choose just one nominee. We cannot wait to hear back regarding how CJ does in the next level of competition ” says Lexi Hasapis, WBC Director.

Ashton Fox said, “Unfortunately there is a tremendous need for the role Tiger Eye could play in apprehending assailants of women.  I also think it would encourage women who have been raped to report the offense, if they were wearing the device.”

The SBA InnovateHER challenge focuses on products or services that have a measurable impact on the lives of women and families, have the potential for commercialization, and fills a need in the marketplace.

Lexi Hasapis       WBC of Fayetteville           910.323.3377 ext.30     230 Hay Street Fayetteville, NC 28301

LHASAPIS@ncceed.org                                      www.wbcfay.org

 

CJ Scarlet       Tiger Eye Security Sensor          919.606.9376 9    Seven Oaks Drive Clayton, NC 27520                cj@tigereyesensor.com               www.tigereyesensor.com

 

Angie Allison                                          angieallison1@gmail.com

Christianah Adesida                             ade_nik@yahoo.com

Nicole Rivers                                           rivers.nicole@yahoo.com

Charlene Ellis                                         cander115@gmail.com

Jamie Rohrbauck                                  jamie@dustandmop.com

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


Upcoming Events in the Cumberland County Schools (March 29 – April 4, 2015)

Exceptional Children’s Beginners’ Fair Scheduled
Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) 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. Parents who attend 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 along the child’s transition in to kindergarten. For more information about the Exceptional Children’s Beginners’ Fair, call 910.484.6761.

Upcoming School Calendar Highlights
April 1 – 2
Intersession for Year-Round Schools

April 3
Pupil Holiday/Teacher Workday for Traditional Schools, Year-Round Schools, A.B. Wilkins High, Cross Creek Early College High, Cumberland International Early College High and Howard Health & Life Sciences High

April 6
Pupil/Teacher Holiday for A.B. Wilkins High, Cross Creek Early College High, Cumberland International Early College High and Howard Health & Life Sciences High

April 6 – 10
Pupil Holidays/Required Annual Leave for Traditional and Year-Round Schools

April 7 – 10
Pupil Holiday/Required Annual Leave for Howard Health & Life Sciences High

Spring Fling Dance and Parent Resource Fair
The Cumberland County Special Education PTA (SEPTA) and the Dorothy Gilmore Therapeutic Recreation Center have partnered to host a night of dancing (wheelchair accessible) with a deejay, food and fun for the families of children with special needs. The Spring Fling will take place on Thursday, April 2 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Dorothy Gilmore Therapeutic Recreation Center, located at 1600 Purdue Drive/Fayetteville, NC 28304. While the children are busy having fun, parents can stroll throughout the Center to learn more about the services and resources Cumberland County and surrounding areas can offer the special needs community.

Published on March 30, 2015 by Renarta Clanton Moyd  
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SBA Launches Innovate HER Business Challenge for Innovations That Empower Women’s Lives:

SBA Launches Innovate HER Business Challenge for Innovations That Empower Women’s Lives:

Focus is on marketable products and services that will help families, women thrive
Release Date:
Monday, March 16, 2015
Release Number:
15-19
Contact:
Cecelia Taylor (202) 401-3059

WASHINGTON – Addressing the needs of women and the role they play in America’s  economy, the U.S. Small Business Administration has launched a nationwide competition for entrepreneurs who are developing products and services that will enhance the lives of women and their families.

“The landscape of the U.S. economy has evolved drastically during the last 50 years, and women played a significant role in that change,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet.      “We are harnessing the power of America’s entrepreneurs to develop products, services and technologies that support women as they deal with the challenges of work and home.  This innovation challenge will both help strengthen the economy and empower women to succeed.”

InnovateHER: 2015 Innovating for Women Business Challenge kicked off in early March with local competitions hosted by universities, accelerators, clusters, scale-up communities, SBA’s resource partners, and other local organizations.  The SBA is seeking entrepreneurs who have created a product or service that will have a measurable impact on women and their families, fills a need in the marketplace, and has the potential for commercialization.

Those entrepreneurs selected by local judges will make it to the semi-final round.  An executive committee comprised of SBA officials will review the semi-final nomination packages and select no more than 10 finalists.  The finalists will compete for a total of $30,000 in prize money provided by Microsoft.

The 10 finalists will travel to the District of Columbia on May 8th where they’ll pitch their products and ideas to a panel of expert judges during SBA’s National Small Business Week.

For details on contest rules and a list of local competitions, visit www.sba.gov/innovateHER.

Published on March 25, 2015 by Lexi Hasapis  
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Phone: 910-323-3377


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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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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Actress Glenn Close’s Sister Jessie is scheduled as featured speaker at 2015 Clinical Update

994490_773404696051589_979571116555554694_nFayetteville – 2015 Clinical Update and Psychopharmacology Review, set for Feb. 26 and 27 at NC State University’s McKimmon Conference and Training Center in Raleigh, welcomes Jessie Close as its featured plenary speaker. An ambassador for Bring Change to Mind, a non-for-profit organization founded by her sister, actress Glenn Close, Jessie fights stigma and misunderstanding to create a clearer picture of mental disorders. Her own struggle with bipolar disorder and alcoholism provides the backbone to a courageous story and an enlightened perspective on the state of mental health in America. Her book, Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness, was released, January 13, 2015 by Grand Central Publishing and is a co-authored by Pete Early. Jessie will be available to sign her book for conference attendees at the Quail Ridge Books booth on Thursday, Feb. 26.

Most of her life, Jessie lived with anxiety, confusion and paranoia. As a teenager, she dropped out of high school and contemplated suicide. Jessie recalls, “I lived many years without medication, then, at age 45, I was put on two medications for bipolar disorder. I drank to calm the mania.” She was an alcoholic and mentally unstable. Then her eldest son, Calen, was diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder, a form a schizophrenia. Jessie asked her sister, Glenn, to help battle the stigma and misunderstanding of mental illness. In 2009, Glenn founded BringChange2Mind.org, an outreach and stigma-fighting mental health advocacy group that provides invaluable resources and inspiration to people and families in need. Jessie also blogs about living with mental illness for BringChange2Mind.org and has made appearances on Good Morning America, Katie, Erin Burnett, and Piers Morgan.

Additional featured speakers for the conference include, Jeff Swanson, Ph.D. on the topic of Gun Violence and Mental Illness; Lori Raney, M.D. on Evidence Based Approaches to Integrated Care, and Andy Short, Ph.D. and Allan Chrisman, M.D. on Mental Health in Disaster Response.

Continuing the tradition of providing quality content for practitioners of mental health, developmental disability, and substance abuse services, the 2015 Clinical Update and Psychopharmacology Review offers information on a variety of topics related to the treatment of mental illness. In addition to SR-AHEC and Wake AHEC, the conference is jointly sponsored by the Duke Department of Psychiatry, the UNC Department of Psychiatry, the NC Psychiatric Association, the NC Psychological Association and The Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse.

Click here for more details on the conference or contact Southern Regional AHEC Administrator for Mental Health Continuing Education John Bigger, at 910-678-7207 or by e-amil at John.Bigger@sr-ahec.org.

 



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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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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