Driven 2 Excel 2017Fayetteville – Congratulations to Eva Kelly, a senior from Jack Britt High School (JBHS), for winning a 2016 Kia Soul during this year’s “Driven 2 Excel” celebration last night in the Crown Arena. Kelly and 730 other graduating seniors were in the running for the new car and college scholarships based on their attendance and academic achievements.  During the drawing, Diana Cain from JBHS received a $3,000 scholarship and Kade Sibert from Westover High School was awarded a $2,000 scholarship from the Fort Bragg Federal Credit Union.  In its fifth year, the “Driven 2 Excel” car give-a-way is sponsored in part by the Cumberland County Schools, Beasley Media Group radio stations, Fayetteville Kia, and the Fort Bragg Federal Credit Union.
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Published by Laurie Pender on May 17, 2017

        


Pomp and Circumstance 2017

Fayetteville – The Cumberland County School (CCS) system proudly salutes the nearly 3,500 high school seniors who will walk across the stage in the coming weeks to receive their diplomas.  CCS’ Graduation exercises will be held according to the following schedule:

Friday, May 19                    Seabrook Auditorium – Campus of Fayetteville State University
9:00 a.m.                              Cumberland Polytechnic High School
1:00 p.m.                              A.B. Wilkins High School
4:00 p.m.                              Cross Creek Early College High School
8:00 p.m.                              Cumberland International Early College High School

Wednesday, June 7          Cumberland County Crown Theatre
  2:00 p.m.                           Massey Hill Classical High School
5:00 p.m.                             Reid Ross Classical High School

Thursday, June 8              Cumberland County Crown Coliseum
  8:00 a.m.                           Westover High School
11:00 a.m.                            Douglas Byrd High School
2:00 p.m.                             Terry Sanford High School
5:00 p.m.                             Gray’s Creek High School
8:00 p.m.                             South View High School

Friday, June 9                    Cumberland County Crown Coliseum
  8:00 a.m.                            E.E. Smith High School
11:00 a.m.                            Seventy-First High School
2:00 p.m.                             Pine Forest High School
5:00 p.m.                             Cape Fear High School
8:00 p.m.                             Jack Britt High School

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Published by Laurie Pender on May 11, 2017

        


Cumberland County Schools' students recognized for displaying Amazing Acts of Character

(Kyle Jones, Euraja Anderson)

The Amazing Acts of Character Recognition Program celebrates Cumberland County Schools’ students who meritoriously display an act of good character that goes above and beyond expected pleasant behavior.  Beginning January 2017, each month, all nominees receive a certificate recognizing their act by the Counselor Coordinator.  In addition, a multidisciplinary Central Services Committee may recommend an elementary, middle and/or high school winner to the School Board, and the students are invited to attend the Board of Education meeting.

This month there were two students who were introduced to the board members and received a trophy.  

Kyle Jones, a kindergartener at Alma Easom Elementary School (AEES)According to Kyle’s teacher, Brenda Bolton, the six-year-old recently showed “great responsibility and compassion” for someone who had fallen ill. Bolton said Kyle was home alone with his grandmother when she suddenly became unresponsive. Knowing that he needed to get assistance, Kyle quickly dialed 9-1-1. “With the guidance of the 911 operator, Kyle was able to help assess the situation for them and provide the information needed to get immediate assistance for his grandmother,” said Bolton.

Euraja Anderson, a senior at E.E. Smith High School (EESHS)EESHS Principal Melody Chalmers said that 17-year-old Euraja has observed 9th-grade female students having difficulty transitioning and decided to do something about it. According to Chalmers, Euraja observed the girls respond negatively to peer pressure by acting out in class, being disrespectful toward their peers and adults, and not focusing on academics. Euraja had similar experiences as a 9th grader and was concerned that many of the students lacked self-esteem so she developed a plan. Chalmers said she approached the assistant principal with the idea of hosting a Girls’ Night In to promote positive self-awareness, healthful living, appropriate communication skills, and positive relationships. Euraja expanded the concept to include three Saturday morning sessions for all 9th-grade females that are led by teachers and facilitated by upperclassmen peer mentors, under Euraja’s leadership. According to Chalmers, the first session included teambuilding, goal-setting, and role-playing activities. Euraja has planned future sessions which include Zumba, meditation, and yoga.  “Euraja created a plan to address a need she observed in school,” said Chalmers. “She persevered despite obstacles that could have prevented her from reaching her goal. She was determined to make this vision a reality for the benefit of the 9th-grade females at our school and committed her time and effort to create this unique program for her peers.” 

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Published by Laurie Pender on May 10, 2017

        


Transforming Instruction 'the CCS Way'Kindergarten through 5th-grade Instructional Coaches, teachers, and their students recently gathered at the Educational Resource Center for nearly two hours to participate in the CCS’ Digital Learning Showcase. The educators and students set up booths from their respective schools to share with everyone, including parents, how they utilized digital tools, pictures, technology, etc., this school year in order to ‘transform instruction.’ Because of the Showcase’s success, event organizers have already begun planning next year’s ‘transformative experience.’
 
 
 
 
 


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Published by Laurie Pender on May 5, 2017

        


Eastover Central - Regional Winners 2017Congratulations to the Battle of the Books team from Eastover Central Elementary!  They won the Regional competition today in Bladen County.  Seven counties participated in the competition.  Way to go Eastover Central Elementary!

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Published by Laurie Pender on April 28, 2017

        


Students building something using a RigamajigMany kids experience intense emotional impact when a parent is deployed or has returned home from military service. Play is crucial for kids to relieve toxic stress, restore normalcy and stay active and healthy.  Stoney Point Elementary School hosted an event to unveil its new Rigamajig creative play tool on April 24, 2017. The Rigamajig empowers kids to use their own imagination to build a play space of their dreams, using a collection of wooden planks, wheels, and pulleys that allow kids to build and rebuild play structures with their imaginations. This type of play can be a solution for military families to help kids have fun, healthy and positive experiences together.  
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Published by Laurie Pender on April 25, 2017

        


Ja'Brilyn C. , a junior at Westover High, is holding his certificate honoring him as a student with Amazing Acts of CharacterThe Amazing Acts of Character Recognition Program celebrates Cumberland County Schools’ students who meritoriously display an act of good character that goes above and beyond expected pleasant behavior.  Beginning January 2017, each month, all nominees receive a certificate recognizing their act by the Counselor Coordinator.  In addition, a multidisciplinary Central Services Committee may recommend an elementary, middle and/or high school winner to the School Board, and the students are invited to attend the Board of Education meeting.

This month there was one student who was introduced to the board members and received a trophy.  

The March 2017 honoree is as follows:

Ja’Brilyn C., a junior at Westover High School (WOHS) – According to WOHS’ Lead Success/Instructional Coach Brenda Minor, this 16-year-old “possesses a compassionate mind and an unpretentious heart each morning before coming to school.” Apparently, Ja’Brilyn walks his little brother and several elementary school children to their bus stop before school. “Ja’Brilyn supervises and ensures their safety as he walks all of them to the school bus stop,” said Minor. “He stands there with them until the bus arrives and the children safely board the school bus. Once the bus pulls off, Ja’Brilyn gets into his car and drives himself to Westover High School.” Minor said the school is proud of the fact that neighborhood parents trust Ja’Brilyn to walk with, watch, and make sure their young children board the school bus every day.

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Published by Bobbi Jo Pova on April 13, 2017

        


Keep Calm and Purple Up! for Military KidsSince 1986, April has been designated as the Month of the Military Child.  The Month of the Military Child is a month-long celebration to honor the sacrifices made by our military-connected students as they selflessly support their parent(s) who are, or were, in the military.  Cumberland County is rich with the tradition of military service and every one of the Cumberland County Schools has military-connected students. 

The school day closest to April 15 is designated as Purple Up Day. Everyone is encouraged to wear purple to celebrate the military child. Purple is the designated color because it is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue. Cumberland County Schools will be celebrating PurpleUp Day on April 13.

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Published by Laurie Pender on April 1, 2017

        


3rd Annual Earth Day Event - April 25, 2017, at the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens FREE Public Admission 2-5 p.m.

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Published by Laurie Pender on April 1, 2017

        


The Human Resources department recently began using social media (i.e., Facebook and Twitter) as a platform to assist in efforts to recruit exceptional talent to the school district. Please take a moment to visit the pages below, like them, and share them with friends and family. 
 
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Published by Laurie Pender on March 31, 2017

        


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