(L-R) Nakol Lovett, Linda Posey, and Renarta Moyd. (Not pictured Laurie Pender)

(L-R) Nakol Lovett, Linda Posey, and Renarta Moyd. (Not pictured Laurie Pender)

School public relations professionals across the state were honored on Friday, January 26 for the products of their craft during the North Carolina School Public Relations Association’s (NCSPRA) annual Blue Ribbon Awards for Effective Communications celebration at the O. Henry Hotel in Greensboro. Thirty-eight school districts were recognized for outstanding work and received a total of 306 awards in eight categories. 
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Published by Laurie Pender on February 19, 2018

        


MATHCOUNTS written in red and white textThe MATHCOUNTS Competition Series is a middle school competition program, with live, in-person events in all 50 states.  During this competition, students engage in exciting, “bee-style” contests in which they compete against and alongside other motivated ‘mathletes’. At the local, state and national level, students win hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes every year.
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Published by Laurie Pender on February 19, 2018

        


Colorful sign that reads, It's OK 2 Ask...about suicideAccording 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 17, 2018

        


Middle and High School Students perform during All-County Chorus concertCumberland County Schools will present the 2018 All-County Choral Concerts on Saturday afternoon, February 17 at the Crown Coliseum.  Over 600 elementary, middle & high school choral music students will perform in the two concerts.  The elementary concert featuring the county-wide combined All-County Elementary Choir is at 2:00 p.m.  The secondary county-wide concert featuring the All-County Middle School Choir and All-County High School Choir is at 4:15 p.m.  To prepare for these concerts, choral students participate in a two-day choral clinic.  Choral repertoire will include a variety of classical and contemporary choral music.  The concert is free and open to the public.  Guest clinicians are invited to direct the three choirs. 
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Published by Laurie Pender on February 15, 2018

        


Imagine.  You are a member of a team that transports approximately 27,000 students daily to their designated schools within Cumberland County. You greet each student on your school bus with a smile while recognizing that you play a key role in ensuring that they meet and exceed their academic and behavioral expectations. For many Cumberland County Schools bus drivers, this is the important role that they play on a daily basis. In celebration of Love the Bus Month, a nationally recognized event sponsored by the American School Bus Council (ASBC), Cumberland County Schools recognizes the Transportation Department for their continuous commitment to safety.

With 435 traditional and Exceptional Children buses traveling 27,500 miles a day, the Transportation Department works diligently to ensure the safety of each child during their commute to and from school. Under the direction of Executive Director Dianne Grumelot, the department is comprised of five area supervisors and four routing analysts that collaborate with administrators and drivers across the county. Each school bus is equipped with the Synovia GPS system to assist the department in identifying geographical locations, vehicle performance, and maintenance needs. The CCS Transportation Department also facilitates an annual summer training session with administrators and bus drivers to share the safety resources available including a dispatch representative and 20 mechanics that are trained to respond effectively to maintenance concerns.

CCS bus drivers accept an important responsibility and are therefore recognized for their hard work. Administrators and EC Lead Drivers submit monthly nominations to the Area Supervisors
for the Area Driver of the Month award based on the driver’s interactions with students, exemplary performance, and adherence to the CCS Bus Driver Agreement. The Transportation  Department then selects one Area Driver of the Month to be recognized as the CCS Bus Driver of the Month who is awarded by the Auxiliary Services Committee.

It is inevitable that the CCS Transportation Department greatly contributes to the overall success of the Cumberland County Schools system. Their commitment to safety and their dedication to their profession positively influence the many students that they serve. The department continues to impact lives one mile at a time.

Latreicia Allen
Assistant Principal
William H. Owen Elementary School

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Published by Laurie Pender on February 12, 2018

        


North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper paid the students and staff at Ed V. Baldwin Elementary School a special visit on Feb. 8. During his time there, he talked with teachers and other educators about the need for a solution to the classroom-size crisis in North Carolina.

 

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Published by Laurie Pender on February 9, 2018

        


Celebrating Love the Bus WeekSchool bus drivers across North Carolina will bask in well-earned attention next week during School Bus Driver Appreciation Week, as individual schools and districts recognize drivers’ key role through various events and celebrations. Nationally, February is Love the Bus month, aimed to raise awareness and appreciation for the safe experience of riding the bus to and from school.
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Published by Laurie Pender on February 9, 2018

        


Logo for Fayetteville State UniversityIt’s EXPO time again.  The Elementary Education Departement at Fayetteville State University (FSU) is sponsoring its 3rd annual expo titled “Fall in Love with Math, Science and the Arts EXPO 2018.” The event will take place on Saturday, February 10, 2018, from 1:00 -3:30 p.m. in the Capel Arena on the campus of FSU. Children PreK-12 and their families will engage in hands-on activities in the areas of math, science, reading, technology, engineering, art and Black History. 
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Published by Laurie Pender on February 9, 2018

        


Celebrate National School Counseling WeekNational School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counseling Association (ASCA), highlights the impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success, develop/grow personally, and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February.  School counselors are actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests, and talents.
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Published by Laurie Pender on February 6, 2018

        


Students working together on class projectOn February 5th, South View Middle School was able to get a sneak peek of Expeditions Augmented Reality (AR). Augmented reality is a technology that allows a computer-generated image to be superimposed on a user’s view of the real world (similar to a Snapchat filter), allowing users to place digital objects in real spaces. Augmented reality generates a new dimension to learning and makes it easier for students to grasp abstract concepts.
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Published by Laurie Pender on February 6, 2018

        


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