Mac Williams Middle School Battle of the Books Team posing with awards and trophy.Congratulations to Mac Williams Middle School for winning the CCS’ Middle School Battle of the Books!  They will represent CCS in the MBOB Regional competition on April 13th.  Teams competed by reading and answering questions about the 27 books on the NC Battle of the Books list.

All 16 CCS’ middle school teams did a fantastic job!  Special thanks to all of the teams and coaches for their hard work and dedication. 


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Published by Laurie Pender on March 6, 2018

        


Roy Mayhew, School Social Worker at Luther "Nick" Jeralds Middle SchoolRoy Mayhew, School Social Worker at Luther “Nick” Jeralds Middle School has received the 2018-19 CCS’ School Social Worker of the Year Award. This award is given to a social worker who has made outstanding contributions to the social-emotional needs, and general welfare of students.  Mr. Mayhew is described by Pamela Story, CCS’ Social Work Coordinator, as a strong mentor, team player, and advocate, with a heart of pure gold. He will now compete for the NCSSWA regional and state social worker of the year. Congratulations Mr. Mayhew!

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Published by Laurie Pender on March 5, 2018

        


Group photo of National Board Certified Teachers in the Cumberland County Schools along with the Superintendent and School Board ChairA reception was held on Tuesday, February 27 to honor all 192 CCS’ National Board Certified Teachers and to recognize the 3 newly certified National Board Teachers: Melissa Bishop, Laura Ransom, and Daniel Sitz. Additionally, the 14 teachers who successfully renewed their National Board certification were also honored. These teachers are: Laura Booth, Kimberly Fertig, Shannon Hancock, Angela Haynes. Jan Hinson, Jennifer Jones, Julia Jordan, Lynne Lewis,  Lisa Packer, Christy Parker, Andrea Hildel-Reyes, Emily Spruill, Susan Ward, and Donna White. 
 
 Cumberland County School Board Chair Carrie Sutton, Superintendent Tim Kinlaw, and Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) Principal of the Year (POY) Lavette McMillan provided remarks to thank these teachers for their commitment to continued professional growth for the students of CCS.
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Published by Laurie Pender on March 3, 2018

        


Image of a globe with the words Science Olympiad written in greenKudos are extended to the following Science Olympiad Teams in the Cumberland County Schools for placing during the annual Fayetteville Regional competition on Feb. 24 at FTCC:

Division B – Middle School
Varsity
1st – Seventy-First Classical Middle School
2nd – St. Michael’s School
3rd – Pine Forest Middle School
4th – St. John Paul School
5th – The O’Neal School
6th – Western Harnett Middle School
 
Junior Varsity
1st – Seventy-First Classical Middle School
2nd – Western Harnett Middle School
3rd – St. Michael’s School
 
Division C – High School
Varsity
1st – Jack Britt High School
2nd – Terry Sanford High School
3rd – Cross Creek Early College High School
4th – Cape Fear High School
5th – Lumberton High School
6th – Cumberland International Early College High School
 
Junior Varsity
1st – Jack Britt High School
2nd – Cross Creek Early College High School
3rd – Lumberton High School
 
A total of 56 teams from 38 schools competed!  
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Published by Laurie Pender on March 2, 2018

        


Map of Cumberland County with the words Institute for Community Leadership ICL

The Institute for Community Leadership (ICL) is accepting applications for Class XV (2018-2019), which will start in September. Participants attend seven monthly sessions that highlight such topics as leadership styles, team building, and communications. ICL is a joint community effort that identifies, develops and empowers community members who are able and willing to commit to leadership roles in the Fayetteville/Cumberland County area. In April, ICL will be graduating 35 participants. The program, which is at no cost to participants, is sponsored by the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County, the Cumberland County Schools, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville Technical Community College, and Methodist University. Participants must be a Cumberland County resident. The application is available online at www.leadership4us.org. The deadline is July 17. For additional information about the Institute for Community Leadership, call 910.672.2142.

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Published by Laurie Pender on February 28, 2018

        


Cast of Suessical the Musical pose with Media Coordinator Melanie BellThrough an Artists in Schools grant from the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, a group of actors from Cape Fear Regional Theater’s production of SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL came to Max Abbott Middle School on February 23rd and held two performances for our students. The performances were scheduled to celebrate Cumberland County Schools “Reading Rocks” and recognize “Read Across America” which takes place annually across the nation on March 2nd, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Read more

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Published by Laurie Pender on February 26, 2018

        


Burroughs Wellcome Fund written in black lettersCheck out this article by Alderman Road Elementary School Teacher Andi Webb on Climate Change at the Arctic’s Edge. Webb is a Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers grant recipient through Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

Read her article here.

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Published by Laurie Pender on February 26, 2018

        


NC Geographic Alliance: Geography ; from the mountains to the sea witten beside map of North CarolinaCongratulations to Douglas Byrd Middle School (DBMS) Science teacher, Mrs. Talicia Smith, and Librarian, Mrs. Kristy Sartain, for winning a North Carolina Geographic Alliance Geo-Inquiry Institute Fellowship. They were chosen from more than 30 team applications to travel to NCCAT at Ocracoke over the summer and learn how to implement the Geo-Inquiry Process into their teaching.   Topics they will learn include: History and Geography of NC Coasts and National Parks • What is Geo-Inquiry and what are useful methods • Virtual Reality implementation in the classroom • StoryMaps and GIS applications available online • Creating and editing videos and photographs during field trips on Ocracoke Island. The Geo-Inquiry Process relies on using a geographic perspective, offering a unique lens to analyze space, place, and the interconnections between both the human and natural world. Using both a geographic perspective and the Geo-Inquiry Process, students begin to connect complex components, see patterns, and make connections that change their communities. 
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Published by Laurie Pender on February 26, 2018

        


2017 Bright Ideas Grants Awarded by Lumbee River EMCFive teachers from CCS were recently recognized for being awarded Bright Ideas Grants from Lumbee River EMC. The following grants were among the top 12 applicants out of hundreds that were received: Dr. Heather Kaiser from New Century International Elementary School for her project “Boosting Global Citizenship with Geographic Awareness”; Victoria Gemelli from Seventy-First Classical Middle for her project “Makey Makey Me An Innovator”; Donna Pope from John Griffin Middle School for her project “Taking Flight in our Makerspace”; Jean Pelezeo from Stoney Point Elementary School for her project “Light Up – Students Learning with Wearable Electronics”; and Kristy Sartain from Douglas Byrd Middle School for her project “Learning to Code with R2-D2 Droids”. 

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Published by Laurie Pender on February 24, 2018

        


Owen Elementary School BusOn February 21, 2018, Cumberland County School leaders, community members, and the staff and students at William H. Owen Elementary School honored their school bus drivers for demonstrating a commitment to safety and dedication to their profession. The recognition commenced with a luncheon and presentation of certificates by Principal Gemette McEachern and Assistant Principal Latreicia Allen. The luncheon featured special guests in attendance including Interim Superintendent Tim Kinlaw, Sheriff Ennis Wright of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, and Robert Guzman, CCS Transportation Area Supervisor.
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Published by Laurie Pender on February 23, 2018

        


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