The County Tournament for the Middle School Forensic program of Cumberland County Schools was held on Saturday, March 4, 2017.  The Middle School Forensic program is an extracurricular activity designed to enhance the personal and academic growth of its participants.  Its activities focus on the use of higher order thinking in the appreciation and interpretation of literature through performance and the enhancement of research and writing skills for public speaking.  New Century International Middle School served as the host school with Isaac Frazier as the host coach for the countywide tournament.  Special thanks go to Mr. Frazier, Lavette McMillan, New Century Middle School principal and her faculty and staff for providing excellent hospitality and a great day of competition. 
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Published by Laurie Pender on March 21, 2017

        


2017 Juried High School Art Show - Emily Lombardi, Cape Fear High School - 1st Place SculptureThe annual High School Juried Art Show offers Cumberland County Schools’ high school Visual Arts students the opportunity to have their artwork adjudicated by a Guest Juror for possible selection in the art show.  The Art Show was on display from March 7-17, 2017.  Students competed for First place, Second place, Third place or an Honorable Mention in the categories of Drawing, Painting, Sculpture and Mixed Media/Other. 

Student awards were presented at the Opening Reception on March 7.  Dr. Rollinda Thomas served as the 2017 Juror.  Dr. Thomas is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Coordinator of Art Education at Fayetteville State University. This student Visual Arts event was made possible through the kind assistance of the staff of the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County.  For more information, please contact Lydia Stewart, Arts Education Supervisor for Cumberland County Schools at (910) 678.2622.
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Published by Laurie Pender on March 21, 2017

        


The Cumberland County Board of Education will conduct a special meeting to discuss capital needs on Thursday, March 23 at 12:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the Central Services building, located at 2465 Gillespie Street. The meeting is open to the public.

 

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Published by Laurie Pender on March 20, 2017

        


Children standing with alphabet letters.The Cumberland County Schools’ Early-In Special Education Preschool Program will hold its annual Exceptional Children’s Beginners’ Fair on Thursday, April 6, 2017. The fair will be held at the Educational Resource Center located at 396 Elementary Drive in Fayetteville from 5:15 – 6:45 p.m.
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Published by Laurie Pender on March 20, 2017

        


Keep Calm and Purple Up! for Military KidsSince 1986, April has been designated as the Month of the Military Child.  The Month of the Military Child is a month-long celebration to honor the sacrifices made by our military-connected students as they selflessly support their parent(s) who are, or were, in the military.  Cumberland County is rich with the tradition of military service and every one of the Cumberland County Schools has military-connected students. 

The school day closest to April 15 is designated as Purple Up Day. Everyone is encouraged to wear purple to celebrate the military child. Purple is the designated color because it is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue. Cumberland County Schools will be celebrating PurpleUp Day on April 13.

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Published by Laurie Pender on March 20, 2017

        


Girl and boy holding their books, ready for school.The CCS has a continuing Child Find procedure in place to locate all children with disabilities residing in the county including children with disabilities attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disability, and who are in need of special education and related services.

On Thursday, April 6, 2017, in room #4 of the Educational Resource Center (ERC) located at 396 Elementary Drive in Fayetteville, the Cumberland County Schools will hold an informational meeting for parents and the community.

Children with disabilities in private schools or home schools may be eligible for services.

For more information about this meeting, call 910.678.2440.

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Published by Laurie Pender on March 20, 2017

        


Elementary Battle of the Books LogoCongratulations to Eastover Central Elementary School! They won the Elementary Battle of the Books (EBOB) Finals today and will represent the CCS in the EBOB Regionals on April 28 in Bladen County.  We would also like to congratulate Howard Hall Elementary (2nd Place) and Vanstory Elementary (3rd Place)!  All of the EBOB teams did a great job!  Thanks to all of the participating teams and coaches for working so hard this year!

Good luck to Eastover Central Elementary!  We know you will represent CCS well in the regional competition.


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Published by Laurie Pender on March 17, 2017

        


Cumberland County Board of Education
Fayetteville, North Carolina                                                                                
February 14, 2017

The Cumberland County Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 6:30 p.m., in the Central Services Board Room, with the following board members present: Carrie Sutton, Susan Williams, Porcha McMillan, Donna Vann, Greg West, Judy Musgrave, Rudy Tatum, Alicia Chisolm and Peggy Hall. Others present were Superintendent Frank Till, Associate Superintendents Tim Kinlaw, Betty Musselwhite, Clyde Locklear, Allison Violette, Ruben Reyes and Mary Black; Board Attorney David Phillips; Ft. Bragg representative, representatives of the principals association, media representative, district PTA representative, representatives of the NCAEOP, representatives of retired CCS employees associations, representatives from Communities in School and representatives of the teacher assistants association. 
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Published by Laurie Pender on March 17, 2017

        


Amazing Acts of Character-February Recipients : Ja’Ciel Smith, Evelyn Hartman, Elizabeth AbernathyThe Amazing Acts of Character Recognition Program celebrates Cumberland County Schools’ students who meritoriously display an act of good character that goes above and beyond expected pleasant behavior.  Beginning January 2017, each month, all nominees receive a certificate recognizing their act by the Counselor Coordinator.  In addition, a multidisciplinary Central Services Committee may recommend an elementary, middle and/or high school winner to the School Board, and the students are invited to attend the Board of Education meeting.

This month there were three students who were introduced to the board members and received a trophy.  

The February 2017 honorees are as follows:

Ja’Ciel Smith, a first-grader at E.E. Miller Elementary School (EEMES)According to EEMES Counselor Dr. Dawn Holt, the seven-year-old recently “showed accountability for his actions above and beyond a typical first-grade student.” Ja’Ciel thought he had lost his library book. “Being responsible, he brought in the money to pay for his lost book,” said Dr. Holt. Subsequently, the school’s media coordinator found the book on a shelf and issued a refund to Ja’Ciel, but called his home to report that the book had been found. Dr. Holt said Ja’Ciel’s mother had no knowledge of the fact that her son had even lost a book. After further inquiry, Ja’Ciel reported that he had taken the money from his own piggy bank to pay for the lost book because he wanted to ‘do the right thing.’ “He showed great personal responsibility in working through an existing problem, choosing an appropriate response, and following through …” said Dr. Holt.  

Elizabeth Abernathy & Evelyn Hartman, third graders at Stoney Point Elementary School (SPES) – The eight-year-olds’ teachers and the counselor said that over the winter break both girls came up with the idea to help raise awareness and money for children who are fighting cancer. They decided to establish a GoFundMe account for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Elizabeth and Evelyn recorded a video of themselves sharing their idea and goal that was posted on their parents’ Facebook pages. The girls also created a flyer and speech that was shared during their door-to-door visits throughout their neighborhood. According to their teachers and counselor, Elizabeth and Evelyn met their $300 goal within a few days. In an Amazing Acts of Character nomination application, the educators wrote: “They [Elizabeth & Evelyn] showed care and concern for children at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. They were excited to help those who are less fortunate and spent hours raising money and awareness. Elizabeth and Evelyn are two amazing little girls with enormously large hearts.”

 

 

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Published by Bobbi Jo Pova on March 16, 2017

        


March 14, 2017 was designated by the North Carolina School Counselor Association (NCSCA) as North Carolina School Counseling Legislative Day.  Legislative Day is formed as a means to allow NC school counselors to advocate to the state Senators and Representatives about their role in schools and improving student growth and development. This year was the first in many that some of the Cumberland County Schools’ school counselors wanted to be part of that voice.  Nine school counselors across levels (central office, elementary, middle, and high) took the opportunity to meet with different legislators, including those that represent Cumberland County, to discuss what is currently working and to advocate for what is still needed.   As a group, the CCS school counselors came back feeling heard and empowered and are looking forward to participating in future legislative events.

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Published by Bobbi Jo Pova on March 15, 2017

        


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