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 March 20, 2017

        


Champion for Children Honorees (l-r) Natalie Godwin, David Jackson, David Gilchrist, and Linda Buie recognized during the March 14 Board Meeting.Cumberland County Schools’ Champion of Children Award Recipients Making A Difference  –  Instructional Coach Natalie Godwin from Armstrong Elementary School, Safe Schools Coordinator David Jackson from Jack Britt High School,  Teacher David Gilchrist from New Century International Middle School, and Athletic Assistant Linda Buie from South View High School were recognized as educators who are making a difference in our schools every day. These four are the second group of CCS’ employees to receive the school system’s newly created Champion for Children Award.

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Published by Bobbi Jo Pova on March 15, 2017

        


Renarta Moyd talks with guests about the International Baccalaureate Program at Baldwin ElementaryDuring March’s edition of Get Connected, CCS’ Chief Communications Officer Renarta C. Moyd is joined by representatives from local schools with International Baccalaureate (IB) programs (Ed V. Baldwin Elementary – Emilie Davenport & Jon Miller and South View High School – Brian Edkins & Dawn Curle). They are discussing aspects of their respective IB programs and how it benefits students. To watch the show, tune in to FCE-TV – Cable Channel 5 on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at noon or watch it now!
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Published by Laurie Pender on March 3, 2017

        


Image of a world with the words English as a Second Language (ESL) written on it.Cumberland County Schools English as a Second Language Department (ESL) along with Fayetteville Technical Community College is offering FREE ESL Classes. Parents can learn to speak English while their children are in school. We have open enrollment throughout the school year. 

Classes will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at 1307 Hillsboro Street Fayetteville, NC. For more information, call 910.484.1176.

 

El departamento de Inglés como Segundo Lenguaje de las escuelas del condado de Cumberland conjuntamente con Fayetteville Technical Community College, estará ofreciendo clases gratuitas de Inglés como Segundo Lenguaje. Aprenda a hablar Inglés mientras su (s) niño (s) están en la escuela.

Unase a nosotros todos los martes, miércoles y jueves de 9:00 a.m. a 1:00 p.m. en el 1307 Hillsboro St. Fayetteville, Carolina del Norte. Tenemos registración abierta durante el año escolar. Para más información puede llamar al departamento de Inglés como Segundo Lenguaje de las escuelas del condado de Cumberland al 910.484.1176.

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Published by Laurie Pender on February 21, 2017

        


Image of text reading it's ok 2 ask about suicide.According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, suicide is the third leading cause of death for North Carolinians between the ages of 10 to 24.  Unfortunately, stigma, myths, and misinformation about suicide prevent both adults and young people from discussing this topic.  Recognizing the signs and symptoms of suicide and knowing who to call for help is one way to prevent suicide.
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Published by Laurie Pender on February 2, 2017

        


The Cumberland County Board of Education and the Cumberland County Legislative Delegation will meet to discuss items of mutual importance. The meeting will take place on February 3, 2017, starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Board Room of the Administrative Building, 2465 Gillespie Street, Fayetteville, NC 28306. The meeting is open to the public.

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Published by Bobbi Jo Pova on February 1, 2017

        


Image of stakeholders in the Carbon Bank Initiative preparing to plant trees.The Cumberland County Schools (CCS) was the host site for a recent Carbon Tree Bank Planting, the first ever!

Local students and representatives from the Air Quality Stakeholders of Cumberland County, Sustainable Sandhills, Urban Offsets, and the Fayetteville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization gathered on the front lawn of the CCS’ Educational Resource Center for the tree planting kickoff. In the coming weeks, more trees will be placed at Gallberry Farm and Sunnyside elementary schools.

According to organizers of the project, this effort will help remove about 26K tons of CO2 from the atmosphere over the lifetime of the trees, which is roughly equivalent to taking 6,000 cars off the road for one year! 
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Published by Laurie Pender on January 12, 2017

        


Image of Globe covered in World Flags representing the Cumberland County Schools' Choice ProgramThe Choice application window is now open for the 17-18 School Year. The Choice Guide found below will outline and detail all of the Choice Programs currently accepting applications for the upcoming school year. NEW this year, for your convenience, you can submit your Choice application online!

2017-2018 Choice Guide

2017-2018 Choice Application

2017-2018 Choice Application [Spanish]

2017-2018 Choice On-Line Application

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Published by Laurie Pender on January 11, 2017

        


Image of Get Connected's host, Renarta Moyd, and her guests Todd McCabe (TOY) and Dr. Vernon Lowery (POY)During November’s edition of Get Connected, CCS’ Chief Communications Officer Renarta Clanton Moyd is joined by the school system’s 2017 Teacher of the Year Todd McCabe from John Griffin Middle School and 2017 Principal of the Year Dr. Vernon Lowery from Westover High School. They are discussing their professional journeys as well as their passions for educating children. 
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Published by Laurie Pender on November 14, 2016

        


Todd MCcabe, CCS' 2017 Teacher of the Year

Todd MCcabe, CCS’ 2017 Teacher of the Year

John Griffin Middle School Teacher Snatches the Title

Fayetteville – “I want all the children I teach to become productive members of society …,” said Cumberland County Schools’ 2017 Teacher of the Year (TOY) Todd McCabe, an 8th-grade Social Studies teacher at John Griffin Middle School, “… a society without hate, but full of compassion for all mankind.”

The announcement of the 2017 Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) Teacher of the Year was made during an annual dinner in the ballroom at the Embassy Suites Fayetteville tonight. The presentation took place in front of 86 Teacher-of-the-Year candidates, their guests, school administrators, School Board members, and business partners.

McCabe received his undergraduate degree in History from Fayetteville State University. Through the years, the 15-year teaching veteran has also received numerous teaching awards and is affiliated with various professional organizations.

McCabe, who is a military veteran, said his path to becoming a teacher was not a predictable one. “I did not come from a typical family unit that emphasized the importance of education and a lifelong love of learning,” said McCabe. “I unfortunately made numerous poor choices, until one teacher took the time to notice, to care and to guide me. He instilled in me that I had the power to guarantee my life’s outcome would be more positive than how it began. In time, his deed of mentoring me ignited my desire to teach.”

From there, it became McCabe’s personal quest to “lead our nation’s children” and help them realize “that despite their early beginnings, their own life endings can be positive.”

He said the contribution to education that he is most proud of is his work in preparing his students to be productive, global citizens. “An advantage of teaching social studies is that the topics we discuss from the past resonate into the future as well. Throughout my years of teaching, I have brought in guest mentors such as veterans from the Wounded Warrior Project. We have participated in various humane programs such as Operation Christmas Child. My students are learning that we must push our communities to affect change that benefits all, not just [those] within our school or on the local level, but globally as well,” said McCabe.

The seasoned educator said he also makes it a point to develop a rapport with his students by modeling compassion and caring for each child. “All in all, I believe that building relationships with my students and respecting them as individuals is the cornerstone of my teaching philosophy,” said McCabe.  “I attempt each day in my classroom and during my lessons to do away with the Me vs. Them notion. I embrace daily the idea of US and togetherness. For a student to learn in any classroom, I believe they must feel accepted as individuals, not only by the teacher, but by their classmates as well. In my classroom, we celebrate the differences that make each of us unique and by doing so, we give each of us individually ‘a voice.’”

McCabe describes his classes as high energy with movement and collaboration that occurs on a daily basis. “I strive to be the one class students don’t want to miss,” said McCabe.

Through the years, his approach in the classroom has impacted many young lives as seen in a letter a mother had written him about her daughter, who had just lost her father and was fearful of middle school and the burdens of life. The mother wrote: “When school started she was so afraid, and I was terrified, but then, she met you … I noticed her saying things like ‘Mr. McCabe is going to be so proud of me …’ You went beyond the call of a teacher and inspired my daughter to do very best and for that, I want you to know that you are being prayed for everyday for the rest of your life.” McCabe keeps the letter framed in his home office. He said it hangs there as a reminder of his mission. “I firmly believe that through my actions and commitment to helping others, this will impact my students and inspire them to do the same.”

As the 2017 Teacher of the Year, McCabe received:

  • $300 and flowers from the Cumberland County Schools;
  • $300 from the Communities In Schools of Cumberland County (CISCC);
  • A one-year car lease of a 2016 Chevy Cruze from Reed-Lallier Chevrolet;
  • A commemorative custom-designed CCS’ Teacher of the Year ring from Jostens;
  • An engraved man’s watch from Herff Jones;
  • A weekend stay in the Presidential Suite of the Embassy Suites Hotel; and
  • A plaque from the Board of Education.

Other winners announced Monday evening were first runner-up Jonathan Waddell from Cliffdale Elementary School, who received $200 from the CCS, $100 from CISCC, a plaque, and flowers;  and second runner-up Kenneth Davis from Gray’s Creek High School, who received $100 from the CCS, $100 from CISCC, a plaque, and flowers. The 10 district winners were awarded iPad Minis from the CCS’ Technology Department, $100 from the CCS, and a plaque. All TOY candidates received $100 from the CCS, a custom-framed certificate, and two hours of C.E.U. credit.    

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Published by Laurie Pender on September 12, 2016

        


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