The State of North Carolina has moved to a program of giving schools grades. Like Cumberland County, it has set a high bar for student achievement. You will receive your child’s school grade. The first year of grading needs to be looked at as a starting point. As a district, we’ve done well compared to other districts. Our district had 89% of our schools to meet or exceed expected growth.
The Cumberland County Board of Education adopted strategic goals that are bold and will continue to set the course of our district for the next three years. It requires us to look at everything. The goals are measurable and we will continue to give progress reports to the community. You will find a video of our Board of Education members highlighting the goals on our Website. We are initiating a quality process to make the needed changes to increase student learning. Our motto of True North: Committed to Growth for Every Child will be emphasized.
As parents, you have a role to play in your child’s education. We have several ways to communicate with you so that you can be more involved. Our current systems allow us to e-mail, text, or call you at various phone numbers. If you haven’t signed up to access the parent portal, please contact your child’s school. The site administrator will provide you with a password. It will allow you access to confidential information on your child such as grades and attendance.
In the Cumberland County Schools, we recognize the change and are making adjustments. This school year will see the implementation of a new testing schedule. The focus will be on the achievement of the individual teacher and student. We will be implementing a program to get students to school on time titled Every Minute Counts! From start to finish, class time matters.
We are also continuing an initiative to get more volunteers in schools. We are making available to the public an opportunity to mentor in our schools or with supportive agencies. Visit the Community Volunteer Services‘ Website to find numerous volunteer opportunities in our district.
I’m optimistic that together, as a county, we can make a difference for our children. It has been said that we are preparing our children for a world that we can’t imagine.
Thank you for supporting our children.
Published by Laurie Pender on September 8, 2015