Words Community Volunteers on School Watch with an image of an eye Members of the Board approved a school watch program that will use community volunteers to help safeguard local schools. The volunteers, who will be known as School Angels, will “provide an extra pair of eyes and ears” on school campuses across the district. They will work to alert administrators to any suspicious activities around schools; greet parents, students, and visitors; provide directional campus information, and inform administrators of any physical safety and security concerns. Plans are for the volunteers, who have to successfully pass a volunteer background check, to receive training in radio communications and on crisis management and the emergency handbook. Interim Superintendent Tim Kinlaw told the Board that a program facilitator will be needed to not only train, but recruit volunteers from across the County.

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Published by Laurie Pender on March 14, 2018

        


pictured (l-r) are Teacher Michelle Quinn from Pine Forest High School, Principal Dr. Tonjai Robertson from South View High School, Cape Fear Market President of Wells Fargo Greg Reames, and Teacher Brandy Powers from Ponderosa Elementary School.Fayetteville, NC – 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 March 13 Cumberland County Board of Education meeting.
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Published by Laurie Pender on March 14, 2018

        


Blank Calendar with Red HeaderCompleting the semester and its testing prior to Winter Break, ending the school year on May 24, and front loading professional development to the beginning of the school year are just three reasons Board members gave the proposed CCS’ 2018-2019 School Calendar a unanimous ‘thumbs up.’ According to Ron Phipps, the associate superintendent of CCS’ Evaluation and Testing, the school system must have a minimum of 1,025 hours or 185 days per school year. With the new calendar, the CCS will use the hour requirement option. Phipps proposed adding 10 minutes to the end of the school day to help facilitate bus routes between the elementary, middle, and high schools. Also, under the proposed calendar, Winter Break will be from December 21 – January 7 and at least four days will be built into the calendar for inclement weather make-up days.

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Published by Laurie Pender on March 14, 2018

        


It's PI Day! PI=3.141592 written on a chalkboardPi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.141592.

Let’s spark excitement around this IRRATIONAL number on Wednesday, 3/14. Tweet pics, videos, etc of your students’ Pi Day experience and include the hashtag #CCSpiday2018 and tag @CCSSecondaryEd to be included in the contest.

We can’t wait to see all of the student engagement!

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Published by Laurie Pender on March 14, 2018

        


Next Step

A report on Board action
Cumberland County Board of Education
Regular Meeting
March 13, 2018 
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Published by Laurie Pender on March 14, 2018

        


Cumberland County Board of Education
Fayetteville, North Carolina
February 13, 2018

The Cumberland County Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., in the Central Services Board Room, with the following board members present: Susan Williams, Carrie Sutton, Peggy Hall, Donna Vann, Porcha McMillan, Greg West, Alicia Chisolm and Rudy Tatum. (Judy Musgrave was not in attendance this evening) Others present were Superintendent Tim Kinlaw, Associate Superintendents Ron Phipps, Ruben Reyes and Mary Black; 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 March 14, 2018

        


Jack Britt student, Anna Buzzard, chosen for prestigious Leadership ProgramCumberland County Schools (CCS) is proud to announce a participant in the Francis Hesselbein Student Leadership Program. Francis Hesselbein Student Leadership Program is designed to highlight students that display great leadership potential and will deliver the knowledge they learned to sustain their school’s Student 2 Student (S2S) group. The leadership program is held twice a year during the Fall and Spring semesters. The exclusive leadership program only chooses 12 students worldwide to participate in the life-changing experience each semester.
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Published by Laurie Pender on March 12, 2018

        


The Reid Ross Middle Schools’ Girls’ Basketball team recently won the Classical Challenge. The team is super excited to hold onto the trophy for the year!

Reid Ross Classical Middle School's Girls Basketball Team

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Published by Laurie Pender on March 12, 2018

        


Healthy lunch tray with vegetables, sandwich, fries, and milkSchool cafeteria manager, Christina Osborne, recently visited Washington, DC to advocate for child nutrition. Osborne recently received the 2018 Josephine Martin National Policy Fellowship by The School Nutrition Foundation. Check out the recent article published in the Fayetteville Observer about her trip!

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Published by Laurie Pender on March 12, 2018

        


Third Grade Students Reading in the LibraryState Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson announced today that the Department of Public Instruction is making almost $5 million available to school districts and charter schools in North Carolina to be used for additional K-3 literacy support. Every district and charter school with early elementary grades will receive $200 for each K-3 reading teacher to purchase literacy materials.  

“Early-grade teachers are working extremely hard to get students reading on track by the end of third grade, and we are very pleased to be able to support them with these resources,” Johnson said. “Rather than make the decisions for them in Raleigh, we want districts and principals to partner with their K-3 reading teachers to decide what materials they need for their students and classrooms.” 
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Published by Laurie Pender on March 8, 2018

        


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