Image of the winner, first, and second runner up in the CCS' Spelling Bee competition.Nine students competed in the final round of the county spelling bee on Friday, February 17. The finalists gathered at the Cumberland County Educational Resource Center for the championship round, which ended when Kendal Win correctly spelled paparazzo. Kendal is a 7th-grade student at Pine Forest Middle School.  Nazifa Rahman, a 5th grader from Stoney Point Elementary School was the first runner-up and Connor Voorhees, an eighth grader at New Century International Middle School, was the second runner-up.

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Published by Laurie Pender on February 21, 2017

        


Each year CCS selects one deserving elementary, middle and high school counselor for the School Counselor of the Year Award.  Principals and school counselors were asked to nominate a school counselor who they felt exemplified the role of the school counselor. 
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Published by Bobbi Jo Pova on February 20, 2017

        


Image of Amazing Acts of Character Nominees for January are Antonio Rojas, Surya Munogoti, Caleb Michael RogersThe 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 January 2017 honorees are as follows:

Caleb-Michael Rogers, a seventh grader at New Century International Middle School (NCIMS)According to NCIMS Counselor Laura Moore, the 13 year old joined the wrestling team for the first time this year, and because of his positive attitude and work ethic, he has emerged as a leader on the team. She recalls at a recent home wrestling match observing Caleb make “a remarkably kind and respectful gesture.” One of Caleb’s teammates got pinned, was very upset, and refused to shake the hand of his opponent and the opponent’s coach, which is customary. “Caleb, without any word from his coaches, jumped up and went and shook the opponent’s and coach’s hands and congratulated them,” said Moore. “He truly showed great sportsmanship and represented his school very well. Caleb just instinctively knew what the right thing to do was and did it!”

Surya Munugoti, a junior at Terry Sanford High School (TSHS)Lola Widman, the school counselor at Max Abbott Middle, said that this 16 year old works as a tutor in a program where students in TSHS’ Global Studies Academy tutor students at her school in math or reading.  Widman said that Surya has “stood out from the outset for his outstanding performance.” She said that he genuinely cares about helping the students, works diligently to assist them, and checks to see if they are making progress in their math classes. According to Widman, each semester, tutors are only asked to volunteer twice a week for a set number of weeks. Surya has chosen to exceed the number of days per week and weeks than what is required. “He (Surya) has provided a great service to our students and to our school,” said Widman. “We are extremely fortunate and grateful for his help, especially considering the fact that he does not need the community service hours offered for this tutoring program. Instead, he is helping our students because he is intrinsically motivated to help others!”

Antonio Rojas, a junior at Douglas Byrd High School (DBHS) – DBHS Principal Dr. Zoletta Taylor is applauding this 17 year old’s level of compassion. Recently, Antonio wrestled an opponent from an area high school who had Down’s syndrome. According to Dr. Taylor, Antonio treated the match like any other and wrestled vigorously with his opponent; however, “because of his compassion for the student’s disability,” Antonio chose to take a personal loss to his wrestling record.

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Published by Bobbi Jo Pova on February 17, 2017

        


Image of MATHCOUNTS logo that reads Fun & Challenging Programs for U.S. Middle School StudentsThe MATHCOUNTS Competition Series is a middle school competition program, with live, in-person events in all 50 states.  During this competition, students engage in exciting, “bee-style” contests in which they compete against and alongside other motivated ‘mathletes’. At the local, state and national level, students win hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes every year.


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Published by Laurie Pender on February 16, 2017

        


Image of 2017 Outstanding Educator Award Winners l-r Reames, Edwards, Anderson, Simmons and May - Feb 15 -2017Fayetteville – The Wells Fargo Outstanding Educator Award 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.

Greg Reames, Cape Fear Market President of Wells Fargo, presented this year’s awards and an engraved hand worked glass apple to the three educators during the Feb. 14 Cumberland County Board of Education meeting. The winners were as follows:
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Published by Laurie Pender on February 15, 2017

        


Next Step

A report on Board action
Cumberland County Board of Education
Regular Meeting

February 14, 2017 
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Published by Bobbi Jo Pova on February 15, 2017

        


Cumberland County Board of Education
Fayetteville, North Carolina
January 10, 2017

The Cumberland County Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, January 10, 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 and Peggy Hall. (Mrs. Chisolm was not in attendance tonight) Others present were Superintendent Frank Till, Associate Superintendents Tim Kinlaw, Betty Musselwhite, Ron Phipps, 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 and representatives of the teacher assistants association. 
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Published by Laurie Pender on February 15, 2017

        


Image of Hidden Figures Movie PosterThe Black History Club of Seventy-First High School recently attended a special viewing of the wildly acclaimed movie Hidden Figures.  As a group, we understand that we cannot begin to solve any issue without transparency.  As Taraji P. Henson stated during their acceptance speech, Katherine G. Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughn are hidden no more because someone was transparent enough, to tell the truth.  Many of not just the students, but adults as well, were not aware that Katherine G. Johnson calculated the trajectory for Alan Shepard, the first American in space.  The Black History Club invited others to join them for this special viewing where they were afforded an opportunity to learn about what was left out of the history books.  Join Seventy-First and the Black History Club as they continue to partner and empower our youth!


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Published by Laurie Pender on February 13, 2017

        


Image of the facilitator speaking to a group parents.Cumberland Road Elementary recently held their first Parent Wellness Session. Parents gathered to receive resources, materials, and the facts on managing a child with Asthma. One of  the School Health Advisory Council members, Holly Lawing, Pediatric Asthma Coordinator of Cape Fear Valley Medical Center led the session. One goal of the sessions is to reduce absences related to chronic diseases. Parents learned the signs and symptoms of when rescue inhalers are not enough and controlled medication should be considered. All parents received a packet containing the proper school form for an asthma medication plan, an asthma tracker booklet, and a resource guide for living with asthma. They were also able to take home necessary equipment such as spacers and nebulizer kits. The proper use of the equipment was demonstrated by Ms. Lawing. Parents were encouraged to ask specific questions and express their concerns for their child. At the conclusion of the session Kenya Mathis, 4th and 5th grade parent stated, “I loved it.”

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Published by Laurie Pender on February 13, 2017

        


Image of a plate of food in a buffet lineTip of the Day from ChooseMyPlate.gov

Planning to dine out with family and friends? Be sure to decode the menu to choose healthier options. Navigate the buffet and look for items that are roasted, baked, braised, broiled, poached, seared, grilled, steamed, or sauteed. The saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars found in foods and beverages are important for you to think about as you build your healthy eating style. Learn more about Choosing Foods and Beverages.

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Published by Laurie Pender on February 13, 2017

        


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