Principal of the Year Finalists standing on steps for photoThe 2019 Cumberland County Schools’ Principal of the Year (POY) will be announced during a special luncheon on Wednesday, October 24 at 11:30 a.m. in the Cumberland County Crown Ballroom. The following local principals have been selected by their peers to compete for the POY title: Dr. Michele Cain (Cumberland Road Elementary); Stephanie Rivers (Montclair Elementary); Christina Tucker (Ponderosa Elementary); Michael Tucker (Stoney Point Elementary); Jackie White (College Lakes Elementary); Dr. Christina DiGaudio (Ireland Drive Middle); and Dr. Pamela Adams-Watkins (Massey Hill Classical High). The local winner will go on to compete for the Sandhills/South Central Region POY title.

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Published by Laurie Pender on October 15, 2018

        


Eight Teacher of the Year Candidates two males, six females.Ten local teachers are anxiously awaiting the announcement of who will be chosen as the CCS’ 2019 Teacher of the Year (TOY) winner. A special dinner honoring them, as well as all 86 Teacher-of-the-Year representatives, will take place on Tuesday, October 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the Cumberland County Crown Ballroom. This year’s 10 finalists are as follows: Amber Wrench from the Cape Fear District, Richard Thomas from the Douglas Byrd District, Sarah Hughes from the E. E. Smith District, Amy Stovall from the Gray’s Creek District, Nattlie McArthur from the Jack Britt District, Emily Richards from the Pine Forest District, Valerie Israel from the Seventy-First District, Monica Robbins from the South View District, Doris Price from the Terry Sanford District, and Daniel Smith from the Westover District. The county-wide winner will go on to compete for the regional TOY title.

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Published by Laurie Pender on October 15, 2018

        


The Cumberland County Schools (CCS) will operate on a two-hour delay on Friday, October 12, and 12-month employees and Central Services staff will report at their normal time (Option A). This decision was made after consulting with Cumberland County Emergency Management and local law enforcement officials.

The purpose of the delay is to ensure that bus drivers can safely operate in the daylight to avoid road dangers and to ensure the safe travel of students to school.

There will be no morning Prime Time and school breakfast will not be served.

To receive updates regarding delays and school closings, visit our social media pages, facebook.com/CumberlandCoSch and twitter.com/CumberlandCoSch.

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Published by Laurie Pender on October 11, 2018

        


Schools ClosedFayetteville, NC – The Cumberland County Schools (CCS) is working closely with Cumberland County Emergency Management to monitor the path of Hurricane Michael. The safety of students and staff is our top priority.

Based on the State of Emergency issued by Governor Cooper and information received from the National Weather Service regarding the storm’s possible impact on Cumberland County, CCS will be closed on Thursday, October 11, for all staff and students (Option D). All after-school activities, events, and athletic events are canceled on October 11.

To receive updates regarding delays and school closings, visit CCS’ Website, www.ccs.k12.nc.us, and social media Pages,  facebook.com/CumberlandCoSch  and twitter.com/CumberlandCoSch.

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Published by Laurie Pender on October 10, 2018

        


Fayetteville, NC – Last night, the Cumberland County Board of Education approved Donell Underdue, Jr. as the new principal at E.E. Smith High School.

Underdue most recently served as a district-level administrator for Hillsborough County Public Schools in Tampa, Florida. During his tenure in the field of education, Underdue has served in various roles, including high school teacher, assistant principal, and principal.

He holds a master’s degree in school administration from East Carolina University and a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with social studies secondary certification from Shaw University.

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Published by Laurie Pender on October 10, 2018

        


The words make up days written in red on white signFayetteville, NC – Due to Hurricane Florence, students in the Cumberland County Schools (CCS) lost several days of valuable classroom instruction. Earlier this week, the State provided CCS with calendar flexibility, which eliminated the requirement for CCS to make up all of the days missed because of the hurricane.
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Published by Laurie Pender on October 10, 2018

        


The 9th Annual College Fair was a real success! Check out the photos below.


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Published by Laurie Pender on October 3, 2018

        


Driven 2 Excel LogpWHAT IS Driven 2 Excel?
The Beasley Media Group’s “Driven 2 Excel” program is a community enhancement campaign designed to reward high school seniors in Cumberland County who achieve high levels of academic achievement and exemplary attendance records throughout the 2018-2019 school year.
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Published by Laurie Pender on October 3, 2018

        


Southern Regional Area Health Education Center - AHEC logo

Cumberland County Schools Partners with SR-AHEC, Alliance MCO, to Build Coping Strategies for Youth

Fayetteville – The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has awarded $89,020 in a safety grant to Southern Regional Area Health Education Center (SR-AHEC) to fund a year-long strength-based resiliency training series, “Communities Fostering Resiliency in Youth”, for teachers/staff in the Cumberland County Schools and local community organizations.
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Published by Laurie Pender on October 2, 2018

        


Students from Eastover-Central School of the Arts sitting on a hardwood floor holding representations of the art programs offered at their schoolFayetteville, NC – Today, the U.S. Department of Education named Eastover-Central Elementary School of Arts as a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School. This honor is bestowed upon “Exemplary High Performing” schools that have their state’s highest achieving students (the top 15%), as measured by state assessments. 

“I’m pleased to celebrate with you as your school is named a National Blue Ribbon School,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a video message to the honorees.  “We recognize and honor your important work in preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives. Congratulations on your students’ accomplishments and for your extraordinary commitment to meeting their unique needs.”

Eastover-Central was one of 349 schools recognized across the country today, and one of eight schools recognized in North Carolina.

“The students, guardians, parents, greater school community, staff and faculty of Eastover-Central Elementary School of Arts are thrilled to be chosen for this distinction,” said Ashley Porter, principal of Eastover-Central. “As earning the National Blue Ribbon accolade is the highest honor bestowed upon a school in the United States, it is humbling and simultaneously emblematic of the daily dedication and hard work of all Eastover-Central stakeholders.”

U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School LogoThe coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. 

“We congratulate Principal Porter and the entire Eastover-Central school family on receiving the prestigious National Blue Ribbon School award,” said Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr., superintendent of the CCS. “This national honor recognizes the tremendous work being done at Eastover-Central to help each student achieve success in the classroom and beyond.”

Now in its 36th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed recognition on more than 8,800 schools. On November 7-8, school honorees will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

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Published by Laurie Pender on October 1, 2018

        


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