Mary McArthur Students See How Things Work at the Cumberland County Schools' Central Services BuildingOn Friday, Oct. 19, the third-grade students of Mary McArthur elementary school traveled to Central Services to better understand the way the school system is run. They were greeted by Mr. Jonathan Frantz, Social Studies Curriculum Specialist, and Ms. Donna Vann, CCS Board of Education Vice-chair. After Ms. Vann answered some student questions, Dr. Marvin Connelly spoke with the students and selected some students to serve as board members, superintendent, attorney, and cabinet members to model how board policies are developed and implemented.
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    Published by Laurie Pender on October 19, 2018

            


    Pictured: Westover High School Collision Repair students with Rene’ Muffett (center), Business Marketing & Customer Relations Specialist for Rick Hendrick Chrysler Jeep.

    Pictured: Westover High School Collision Repair students with Rene’ Muffett (center), Business Marketing & Customer Relations Specialist for Rick Hendrick Chrysler Jeep.

    Students in the Cumberland County Schools have access to work-based learning opportunities throughout the school year. Westover High School students recently enrolled in the Collision Repair Program toured the Rick Hendrick Chrysler Jeep Dealership on McPherson Church Road.
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      Published by Laurie Pender on October 17, 2018

              


      Nore Brantley, High School to Work Partnership Coordinator, accepts the ACT Work Ready Community Award for Cumberland County at the ACT Workforce Summit in New Orleans.

      Nore Brantley, High School to Work Partnership Coordinator, accepts the ACT Work Ready Community Award for Cumberland County at the ACT Workforce Summit in New Orleans.


      Cumberland County was recognized as an ACT Work Ready Community at the ACT Workforce Summit in New Orleans on October 9 after completing a two-year certification process.
       
      The process began in 2016 when a steering committee was formed to develop a plan for Cumberland County to become a certified Work Ready Community. That plan included strategies to build employer support for the initiative and increase the high school graduation rate.
       
      Businesses can register their support for the National Career Readiness Certificate by visiting workreadycommunities.org/NC/051. For additional information about how to earn the Career Readiness Certificate, individuals can call the Cumberland County NCWorks Career Center at 910-486-1010 or visit 414 Ray Ave, Fayetteville NC.
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        Published by Laurie Pender on October 17, 2018

                


        Teacher from Gray’s Creek High School Clinches the TOY Title

        CCS' 2019 Teacher of the Year Amy StovallFayetteville – “I consider my greatest contribution to be that of bringing together diverse groups of students in order to create beautiful music together,” said Cumberland County Schools’ 2019 Teacher of the Year (TOY) Amy Stovall, a chorus and music teacher at Gray’s Creek High School.

        The announcement of the 2019 Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) Teacher of the Year was made during an annual dinner in the Cumberland County Crown Ballroom tonight. The presentation took place in front of 86 Teacher-of-the-Year candidates, their guests, school administrators, School Board members, and business partners.
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          Published by Laurie Pender on October 16, 2018

                  


          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

                      


              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

                              


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