Image of attentive audience at the recent GEMS and YMD Induction CeremonyThe faculty, staff, students, and families at Luther “Nick” Jeralds Middle School (NJMS) recently kicked off the 2016-2017 school year with an Inaugural Celebration. The celebration is the opening ceremony for two very special mentoring programs, G.E.M.S. (Gracefully Emerging Members of Society) and Y.M.D. (Young Men of Distinction).
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Published by Laurie Pender on October 14, 2016

        


Image with words about wellness and being healthy.Let’s make Cumberland County a healthier county! The Office of Health Services in partnership with the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is hosting a Year of Wellness. 

Parents, check out the new wellness website to receive fitness and nutritional tips to share with your child and learn about up and coming parent wellness sessions that will be provided throughout the district.  Learn more about the district wellness policy and ways the PTSA can help.
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Published by Laurie Pender on October 11, 2016

        


Image of Dr. Vernon Lowery, Principal of Westover High School and the CCS' 2017 Principal of the Year

Dr. Vernon Lowery

FayettevilleDr. Vernon S. Lowery, principal of Westover High School, was announced today as the Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) 2017 Principal of the Year (POY). The announcement came during the school system’s Principal of the Year Brunch.

Dr. Lowery now moves on to compete against other local award recipients from the Region IV Sandhills/South Central Region of the state.  After the state selection process is completed, one principal will be selected as the 2017 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year. 

The 17-year education veteran has served as a school administrator for nine years and started her career in the field after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology/Chemistry from Methodist University in 1999. She later obtained master’s degrees in Education (Secondary Biology) and School Administration from Fayetteville State University (FSU). 
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Published by Laurie Pender on October 5, 2016

        


Button that reads - Cumberland County - Join those who believe Mentoring WorksRepresentatives from various Cumberland County Schools and community agencies affiliated with the United Way of Cumberland County gathered on September 22 for the first annual School-Based Mentor/Volunteer Showcase. The event was held at the Educational Resource Center from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The Showcase allowed stakeholders to visit with school representatives and to learn about volunteer opportunities for the 2016-2017 school year. Some participants came seeking mission opportunities for their church, while others were recent graduates of community leadership programs looking to get involved with the community.

If you missed the event, it is not too late to get involved. Visit CCS’ Community Volunteer Services website (http://cvs.ccs.k12.nc.us/) to view a list of schools who are actively seeking volunteers. 
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Published by Laurie Pender on September 23, 2016

        


Department of Defense Education ActivityFayetteville, NC – The Cumberland County School (CCS) system is pleased to announce the receipt of a grant award from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) totaling $1.5 million for the second consecutive year.  The five-year grant titled “Staying on Course to True North: Supporting Our Heroes Most Valued Treasures” will provide social and emotional support to military dependent students in the CCS. 
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Published by Laurie Pender on September 7, 2016

        


TestingThe overall proficiency composite for Cumberland County Schools (CCS) for 2015-2016 increased for the third consecutive school year.  The overall composite for 2015-2016 was 56.8%, an increase of 3.3% from 2014-2015.   The CCS had 85% of schools who met or exceeded growth expectations, a 4% increase from 2014-2015.  The State of North Carolina had 73.6% of its schools to meet or exceed growth. “I am pleased with the results,” said CCS’ Superintendent Dr. Frank Till. “It is a credit to the hard work of our staff.”
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Published by Laurie Pender on September 1, 2016

        


Tasha Russell (Westarea/Willis Manager) and Tina Henson (Britt Manager), attended the Institute in Sampson County.

Fayetteville – Eight cafeteria managers from the Cumberland County School system spent time this summer working with professional chefs while participating in the North Carolina K-12 Culinary Institute held in Sampson and Hoke counties (July 19 – 21). 

Attendees from the Institute in Hoke County.    (back row) Chanda Jones (Cumberland Rd/Howard Learning Academy), Precious Brayboy (Spring Lake Middle/Manchester), Christina Osborne (Cashwell), Cindy Brunette (Alderman Rd/Grays Creek), Annette Hunt (Armstrong), Lisa Guyer (Hefner);  (front row)  Chef Garrett Berdan and Chef Andy Montero.

Through the Culinary Institute, which is designed to enhance nutrition offerings, the managers were able to hone their culinary skills as Child Nutrition professionals by sampling new recipes, learning various speed-scratch cooking techniques, and practicing techniques for creating eye-appealing presentations for fresh fruits and vegetables. Recipes from the K-12 Culinary Institute that include Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Hawaiian Chicken Salad and the Fruit and Yogurt Parfait will be featured on lunch menus throughout the school year.

The N.C. K-12 Culinary Institute graduates include Child Nutrition Managers from Alderman Road/Gray’s Creek Elementary Schools; Armstrong Elementary School; Elizabeth Cashwell Elementary School; Bill Hefner Elementary School; Cumberland Road Elementary School/ Howard Learning Academy; Jack Britt High School; Spring Lake Middle/Manchester Elementary Schools; and Westarea Elementary/Margaret Willis Elementary Schools. The graduates have become Chef Ambassadors and will be working this school year to ‘train it forward’ to other Child Nutrition professionals in Cumberland County.

The N.C. K-12 Culinary Institute is funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture Professional Standards Training Grant.  The face-to-face and virtual institute was developed by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s School Nutrition Section and Chef Cyndie Story’s K-12 Culinary Team 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 the capacity of local school nutrition programs to purchase, prepare and serve fresh, locally grown produce;
  • Increase the consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grain-rich foods; and
  • Provide continuing educational opportunities for school nutrition personnel.
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Published by Laurie Pender on August 30, 2016

        


Mosquito Biting ArmThe Cumberland County Department of Public Health is aware of the heightened concerns associated with the Zika virus and has created an information hotline number (910.433.3824)to give up-to-date information on the status of Cumberland County  and the Zika virus. Also, the county webpage has been updated to include information directly from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  The Environmental Health section is continually providing free 4 month supplies of Mosquito Dunks to help in the reduction of the mosquito population by breaking the life cycle and preventing the eggs from maturing into biting adult mosquitoes.  Below are some helpful links that are on the county website.

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Published by Laurie Pender on August 17, 2016

        


Center for Disease Control's (CDC) LogoYour children may have heard about the Zika virus disease (Zika) outbreak and may have questions about it. Children can better cope with any disease outbreak when they know more about what is happening and that they can do something to help protect themselves, family, and friends.

It’s important that children understand anyone living in or  traveling to an area with Zika may be at risk for getting sick. People who are not living in or traveling to an area with Zika are not likely to get Zika. There are steps we can take to prevent catching and spreading Zika. 

By tailoring your conversation to your child’s age, developmental stage, and concerns, you can help him or her understand and cope with the current Zika outbreak.

Information from Center for Disease Control (CDC) about Zika

Zika Virus – CDC Respuesta SPANISH

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Published by Laurie Pender on August 4, 2016

        


Raleigh –  Twenty-two Chinese Guest Teachers today were paired with schools in 11 North Carolina school districts to provide expanded Chinese language and culture course offerings to students in elementary, middle and high schools during the upcoming school year. The CCS welcomes Chen Xujie to Anne Chesnutt Middle SchoolJin Meng to Seventy-First High School, and Xiong Yuanhuai to New Century International Middle School!

The Guest Teachers are provided through Go Global NC (formerly the Center for International Understanding), in partnership with the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI), College Board,  and Hanban, an organization affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education. This is the sixth straight year that Go Global NC has welcomed a team of teachers from China to provide authentic language learning in North Carolina schools. Read more . . .

News Release – 22 Chinese Guest Teachers Join NC School Communities (Aug 3 ’16)

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Published by Laurie Pender on August 3, 2016

        


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