The Cumberland County Board of Education Auxiliary Services, Student Support Services and Finance Committees will meet on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, starting at 8:30 am in the Central Services Board Room, located at 2465 Gillespie Street, Fayetteville, NC. The meeting is open to the public.

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Published by Laurie Pender on September 1, 2017

        


yard sale items in a boxThe Athletic Department of Anne Chesnutt Middle School is hosting a community (parking lot) yard sale on Saturday, September 9, 2017, from 7:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The community is invited to rent a table from the school at a cost of $15.oo per table. Tables will be rented on a first come, first served basis. All money you raise will be yours to keep! They are inviting parents, and the local community to participate in this event. Set up will begin at 7:00 a.m. in front of the school. See you there!
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Published by Laurie Pender on August 31, 2017

        


Ms. Chalmers, E.E. Smith High School Principal addresses students during an assembly on the first day of school..At E.E. Smith High School, students filled the gym for a Back to School Assembly to kick off the 2017 – 2018 school year.  Melody Chalmers, the principal, welcomed students, staff, and visitors and reminded them of the school vision to foster a professional, collegial culture that breeds high expectations and high standards.  Student Government Association President, Hannah Childress, greeted the student body with a message to live up to the high expectations of the faculty and staff and to remain focused on their education the entire year.  
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Published by Laurie Pender on August 31, 2017

        


Fayetteville, NC – A group of 14 cafeteria managers from the Cumberland County School (CCS) system spent time during their summer break working with professional chefs while participating in the North Carolina K-12 Culinary Institute, held in Hoke and Sampson counties.  The managers were able to enhance their culinary skills as Child Nutrition professionals, including sampling new recipes, learning some speed-scratch cooking techniques, and practicing techniques for creating eye-appealing presentations of fresh fruits and vegetables.

The N.C. K-12 Culinary Institute, designed to enhance nutrition offerings, is funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture Professional Standards Training Grant. The face-to-face and virtual institute was developed by the NCDPI School Nutrition Section and Chef Cyndie Story’s K-12 Culinary Team, in order to meet five core objectives:

  • Improve student health, well-being, and academic success through nutritious, appealing meals at school;
  • Increase participation in high quality, enticing school nutrition programs;
  • Expand capacity of local school nutrition programs to purchase, prepare and serve fresh, locally grown produce;
  • Increase consumption of fruits, vegetables, and whole grain-rich foods; and
  • Provide continuing education opportunities for school nutrition personnel.

The 2017 North Carolina K-12 Culinary Institute graduates included Child Nutrition Managers from:

Cape Fear High School
Reid Ross Classical School/Cross Creek & Cumberland International Early Colleges
E. Smith High School/ Ramsey Street High School
Pine Forest Middle School/Raleigh Road Elementary School
South View Middle School
Cliffdale Elementary
Wayne Collier Elementary
Gallberry Farm Elementary
Howard Hall Elementary/Long Hill Elementary
Lake Rim Elementary
Montclair Elementary
Stedman Elementary/Stedman Primary
Stoney Point Elementary

With the eight cafeteria managers who completed the training in 2016 and Menu Planners Carissa Gemar Harris and Linda Johnson and Cafeteria Training Manager Mary Novotney, the CCS has a total of 25 child nutrition professionals who have graduated from the professional chef designed and lead NC K-12 Culinary Institute.

The graduates are deemed Chef Ambassadors and will share their training with fellow Child Nutrition professionals in Cumberland County through a ‘train it forward’ program. Recipes from the K-12 Culinary Institute that will be featured on the lunch menus throughout the school year will include Buffalo chicken on flatbread, stir-fry California blend, Southwest chicken salad, and more.

Participants in the recent Culinary Institute at the Hoke County Location

K-12 Culinary Institute Participants (Hoke County location) pictured are (l-r) Cafeteria Manager Amanda Mooney (PFMS), Cafeteria Manager Michelle McCall (SVMS), Cafeteria Manager Tammy West (EESHS), Cafeteria Manager Karlene Richardson (LRES), Cafeteria Manager Elizabeth Newton (Montclair), Cafeteria Manager Teresa Huff (RRCS), Cafeteria Manager Kim Mitchell (CES), and Culinary Institute Chef Cyndie Story.

Culinary Institute Participants at the Sampson County Location

K-12 Culinary Institute Participants (Sampson County location) pictured are (l-r) Culinary Institute Chef Lydia West, Cafeteria Manager Donna Macmaster (GFES), Cafeteria Manager Traci Gorham (SES), Cafeteria Manager Carla Barrett (CFHS), Cafeteria Manager Michael Parker (SPES), Cafeteria Manager Danielle Carpenter (CWCES), CNS Training Manager Mary Novotney, Cafeteria Manager Sherri Rambeaut (HHES), and Culinary Institute Chef Kelly Waldron.

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Published by Laurie Pender on August 30, 2017

        


The Cumberland County Board of Education Personnel and Curriculum Committees will meet on Thursday, August 31, 2017, starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Central Services Board Room, located at 2465 Gillespie Street, Fayetteville, NC. The meeting is open to the public.

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Published by Laurie Pender on August 28, 2017

        


Welcome Back, Everyone!

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Published by Laurie Pender on August 25, 2017

        


Bubble with the words back to school in it!The following Back-To-School OpEd from CCS’ Interim Superintendent Tim Kinlaw appeared in the Aug. 23 Fayetteville Observer.

Collaborate. Compete. Succeed.

Every new school year begins with great hopes and expectations for our students. Approximately 51,000 students will walk through the doors of Cumberland County schools this school year. We are excited to welcome each of them along with our employees for another successful year!

Each school year brings much anticipation, anxiety, eagerness, and hope. As Cumberland County Schools’ Interim Superintendent, I would like to take this opportunity to express my hopes for this school year.   
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Published by Laurie Pender on August 24, 2017

        


Pictured are POY Nominees (top to bottom) Lee Spruill (Cape Fear High), Michael Tucker (Cliffdale Elementary), Todd Yardis (Ed V. Baldwin Elementary), Lavette McMillan (New Century International Middle), Regina Blanding (J. W. Coon Elementary), Cynthia Anderson (Stoney Point Elementary), and Dr. Michele Cain (Cumberland Road Elementary).

During CCS’ 2017-2018 Back-to-School Kick-Off Leadership Celebration on Aug. 16, the 2018 Teacher of the Year finalist and the Principal of the Year (POY) nominees were announced and recognized for their hard work and commitment to education. From a pool of candidates, these exceptional educators were chosen to vie for the County’s top educational honors. In the coming weeks, a representative from each group will be selected to compete at the regional level. 

The TOY Attendance Area Finalists are Angelina Cobb (Jack Britt), Ashley Biagi (Seventy-First), Leslie Seals (South View), Latisha Edwards (Westover), Ashley Peterson (Pine Forest), Talicia Smith (Douglas Byrd), Samuel McMillan (Gray’s Creek), Jessica Cashwell (Cape Fear), Eddie Ford III (E.E. Smith), and Carla Burke (Terry Sanford).

The POY Nominees are Lee Spruill (Cape Fear High), Michael Tucker (Cliffdale Elementary), Todd Yardis (Ed V. Baldwin Elementary), Lavette McMillan (New Century International Middle), Regina Blanding (J. W. Coon Elementary), Cynthia Anderson (Stoney Point Elementary), and Dr. Michele Cain (Cumberland Road Elementary).

 

Congratulations! We’re proud of you!

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Published by Laurie Pender on August 21, 2017

        


Green sign reads walk and bike to schoolLooking for an event to spark a healthy, active new school year. Look no further! Register today to join the Walk to School Celebration taking place October 4th. Let’s get your students, staff, and community stepping to a healthier beat. To learn more about Walk to School Day visit the link below or contact Angela Hurley, Healthy Eating and Active Living Liaison at 910.678.2419.

http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/

 

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Published by Laurie Pender on August 19, 2017

        


5-6 years old boy and plate of cooked vegetables isolated on white

Trying different things can appear challenging such as being a new student at a school or taking a class for the first time. You have to be patient when introducing new things. The same goes for food. It may take more than a few tries for a child to accept an unfamiliar item. Check out these Resources for picky eaters and Handling a “choosy” eater. For more healthful tips, visit wellness.ccs.k12.nc.us.

Tip of the Week from MyPlate.gov

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Published by Laurie Pender on August 19, 2017

        


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