The City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County, and nine local partners are working together to develop a new brand for our community. Designed to attract new businesses, residents, and tourists, this platform will be used to communicate their strengths, celebrate our diversity, and convey our potential.

The brand must be informed by many different perspectives to be successful. To accomplish this, they created the survey below where everyone can share their insights and ideas to help shape their message.

Based on input from local public, businesses, and educational leaders, the survey’s responses have been developed to draw an authentic picture of Fayetteville and Cumberland County. It is anonymous and unique to you with answers randomly presented. Please allow 15 minutes to fully complete the questions as the link will expire once activated and is limited to one response per device.

For more information about the branding initiative, visit https://www.brandingfcnc.com/.  To read more about the collaborative partnership behind this effort and recent updates, visit With One Voice: Branding Fayetteville & Cumberland CountyThank you very much for your participation. 

Survey Link: https://www.brandingfcnc.com/

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Published by Angel Hoggard on April 23, 2019

        


Image of a group of Employees looking up on a white backgroundOn Tuesday, April 30, 2019, Westover Middle School located at 275 Bonanza Drive in Fayetteville will host a Job Fair. The Job Fair will run from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. with the opportunity to meet employers with vacancies and have an on-site interview. This event is open to the public and community. Please email tinamitchell@ccs.k12.nc.us or shawanalindsay@ccs.k12.nc.us or call 910.864.0813 for further information. 

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Published by Angel Hoggard on April 23, 2019

        


Fayetteville – Three educators in the Cumberland County Schools (CCS) will be able to implement a special educational project at their respective schools after receiving the Wells Fargo Outstanding Educator Award. The award recognizes and helps foster excellence in education by providing two teachers and one administrator in CCS a $1,000 grant.
 
This year’s winners are as follows:
 
Elementary Teacher Award Winner – Carol Belanger, a Pre-K teacher at Ponderosa Elementary School, plans to use her grant money to add STEM materials to help her students make inferences, create structures and problem solve to prove their theories. 
 
Secondary Teacher Award Winner – April Scammahorn, a teacher at South View Middle School, will purchase water cycle simulation kits and a river basin model that includes watershed and tributary models. These hands-on materials will be used by all students at the school.
 
Administrator Award Winner – Casey Yates, assistant principal at Gray’s Creek High School, will use the funds to support a joint project with Gray’s Creek Middle School. For five years, the two schools have been working together to identify and support at-risk students. The funds will help provide guest speakers, additional resources, enrichment outings and field trips. The goal is to decrease discipline issues and absenteeism for students involved in the program. 
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Published by Angel Hoggard on April 23, 2019

        


Fayetteville – The Cumberland County Schools (CCS) is a recipient of a grant award from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) totaling $750,000 to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) initiatives. The five-year grant, which is entitled “Step Up Our STEM Game! STEM for All! STEM Everyday!” will provide academic support for military-connected students, including a STEM coach, professional development for staff members, computer carts and other STEM software.
 
The initiative is aimed to help students build critical skills that will increase academic performance on the Eighth Grade Mathematics End-of Grade (EOG) test and the composite scores on the ACT exam. Additionally, “Step Up Our STEM Game! STEM for ALL! STEM Everyday!” will support CCS faculty and administrators by providing professional development that will address new strategies and STEM applications to assist with math instruction.
 
“We are thrilled to receive this grant, which will provide funding for engaging and innovative academic resources,” said Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr., CCS superintendent. “This initiative will help us teach STEM like never before and positively impact student learning.”
                           
DoDEA awards grants to school districts to aid military-connected students as they transition to new military installations.
 
“Every move brings multiple stressors, such as starting new schools, making new friends and academics,” said Stefanie Shook, DoDEA grants project director. “Academics is the number one stressor that military-connected students face. This grant will allow us to expand our efforts to support military-connected students.”
 
CCS serves the third largest concentration of military-connected students in the world, providing support to more than 15,000 military-connected students and their military families.
 
For additional information regarding the DoDEA grant, please contact the DoDEA Grants Project Director Stefanie Shook at stefanieshook@ccs.k12.nc.us or 910.678.2454.
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Published by Angel Hoggard on April 23, 2019

        


Fayetteville – The Cumberland County Schools (CCS) will close for students on Wednesday, May 1, changing the day to an optional workday for teachers and staff. This decision was made after carefully monitoring the number of teachers and staff who have requested leave to attend the education rally in Raleigh on May 1.

“It was our hope to have an adequate number of teachers and substitutes to provide instruction for our students on May 1,” said CCS’ Superintendent Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr. “However, because of the increasing number of projected absences, we’ve made a data-driven decision with the safety and well-being of our students in mind.”

No make-up day for students or staff will be required. Prime Time will be available on May 1, 2019, at the all-day care site locations. Please call 678-2451 to reserve your child’s place. Parents will need to provide lunch and a beverage for their child. Parents registering after Monday, April 29, 2019, will also need to bring two snacks and two beverages in addition to their child’s lunch. 

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Published by Angel Hoggard on April 18, 2019

        


Cumberland County Public Library Internship OpportunityThe library has been given a grant through the Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association, to employ a paid intern for this summer. This position is available to high school juniors, seniors, or college freshman who will work one-on-one with a mentor to develop a connected learning project that will focus on providing access to library services for under-served youth and encourage interest in library services as a future career.
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Published by Angel Hoggard on April 18, 2019

        


Jaleigha Graham, Winner of a 2019 Kia SoulFayetteville – Congratulations to Jaleigha Graham a senior from Westover High School for winning a 2019 Kia Soul during this year’s “Driven 2 Excel” celebration tonight in the Crown Arena.
 
Graham and 630 other graduating seniors were invited to the event and in the running for the new car and college scholarships based on their attendance and academic achievements.
 
During the drawing, the Fort Bragg Federal Credit Union awarded Janai Wanambwa from South View High School with a $3,000 scholarship and Marcus Valldeperas, also from South View High School, received a $2,000 scholarship.
 
In its seventh year, the “Driven 2 Excel” car give-a-way is sponsored in part by the Beasley Media Group radio stations, Fayetteville Kia, the Fort Bragg Federal Credit Union, Circle K stores, Millstone Theaters and the Cumberland County Schools.
 
 
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Published by Laurie Pender on April 16, 2019

        


Amazing Acts (March 2019) - Melendez & CochraneFayetteville – Each month through Cumberland County Schools’ Amazing Acts of Character recognition program, schools are asked to nominate students who display character above and beyond expected behavior. Three students were recently selected from individual school nominations for displaying ‘amazing acts of character’ and will be recognized during the Cumberland County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of CCS’ Central Services building:
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Published by Angel Hoggard on April 10, 2019

        


We continue to seek your feedback on the components of the Strategic Plan that will drive Cumberland County Schools’ efforts over the next five years.

You are invited to preview the proposed vision, mission, and core values and share your feedback at two upcoming CCS Strategic Plan 2019 – 2024 Community Sessions:

Monday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Hope Mills Public Library
3411 Golfview Rd.
Hope Mills, NC 28348

Monday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Spring Lake Middle School
612 Spring Ave.
Spring Lake, NC 28390

To learn more about CCS’ strategic planning process, visit the Strategic Plan Website or call 910.678.2450. CCS Strategic Plan Community Update Flyer

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Published by Angel Hoggard on April 10, 2019

        


Fayetteville, NC – Through a unanimous vote, members of the Cumberland County Board of Education approved the district’s instructional materials adoption for mathematics last night during its monthly meeting. The approval means that students in elementary and high school math courses across the Cumberland County Schools (CCS) system will have new materials for the 2019-2020 school year. Middle school materials were selected in 2018.

This move puts K-5 Mathematics, Math I, Math II, Math III and AP Statistics and Calculus materials in the hands of children while aligning learning and teaching in all elementary and high school classrooms across the county.

“This adoption allows us to respond to the requests of our educators and provide each student with access to high-quality resources,” said Dr. Stacey Wilson-Norman, the chief academic officer of CCS’ Academic Services. “We are thankful to our school board and superintendent for listening and addressing the needs of our classrooms and ensuring that we have the tools necessary to support rigorous learning experiences for our students.”

The adoption of materials spans from 2019 – 2024 and aligns with the development of new standards by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for the next five through seven years.

In selecting the new math resources, CCS’ teachers and principals served on the Instructional Materials Advisory and participated in a Math Materials Adoption Road Show along with the community-at-large.

According to district administrators, the selections that were made are the highest rated in mathematics education. The materials are expected to arrive in the district by late June.

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Published by Angel Hoggard on April 10, 2019

        


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