Get Real Curriculum Gets ‘Thumbs Up’
Get Real: Comprehensive Sex Education That Works received the approval of the Board. The middle school program delivers accurate, age-appropriate information and emphasizes healthy relationship skills and family involvement over the course of 27 classroom lessons. The Get Real curriculum empowers parents to communicate their morals and values about sexual health and staying healthy. Each lesson has a take-home family activity to encourage ongoing conversations between students and the trusting adults in their lives.
Research has shown that among students who received Get Real, 16 percent fewer boys and 15 percent fewer girls had sex compared to their peers who did not receive Get Real. Boys and girls who received Get Real increased their negotiation skills and left the 8th grade more equipped to communicate within relationships about delaying sex or setting boundaries. There were 489 documented teen pregnancies in Cumberland County in 2014 (among teens age 15 – 19).
Betty Musselwhite, the associate superintendent of School Support, introduced to the Board the following individuals/groups:
Gray’s Creek Middle School Battle of the Books State Championship Team – The following members of the Battle of the Books Team from Gray’s Creek Middle School were presented to the Board for recently being named State Champs: Students Nikolas Ayers, Mastewal Bailey, Nicholas Berry, Kine’ Clark, Anthony Correale, Julia Draughon, Matthew Roberts, Juanita Romero, Theodore Schwamm and Isabella Witherow; Coach Mary Ellen Oxendine; and Parent Volunteers Alice Ann Campbell and John Campbell. According to Jody Hawley, the executive director of CCS’ Information Technology/Media Services, this is the first time a school in the CCS has won the state championship title.
Cumberland County Association of Principals and Assistant Principals (CCAPAP) – Assistant Principal Teresa Warner and members of the CCAPAP Scholarship Committee presented the following 16 local high school graduates as recipients of the 2015-2016 CCAPAP
Pine Forest High Hunter Jones
Seventy-First High Lizmarie Ramos
Jack Britt High Blair Hobbs
South View High Caleb Edkins
Douglas Byrd High Mia Jamison
Cape Fear High Andrew Goncharov
Gray’s Creek High Derek Esterly
Westover High Taylor Hicks
Terry Sanford High Nashmil Islam
E.E. Smith High Shauntre Lilley
Cross Creek Early College High Daria Brown
Cumberland International Early College High Cedric Craig
Howard Health & Life Sciences High Nakaya Melvin
Massey Hill Classical High Christina Larkin
A.B. Wilkins High Alexis Diaz-Aguilar
Reid Ross Classical High Jocelyn Kearney
The $1,000 scholarship for each student will be used for college expenses.