Cumberland County Seal in blue and goldFAYETTEVILLE – Cumberland County was certified as an ACT Work Ready Community in May after completing a two-year certification process.

The ACT WRC initiative helps counties enhance their economic development efforts by ensuring members of the community, from students just entering the workforce to long-time employees, understand the skills employers require and how they can prepare themselves for success.

The initiative is powered by the ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), which is a portable credential that measures an individual’s foundational workplace skills, such as math and reading. Employers are assured that a candidate who holds an NCRC is prepared to quickly learn job-specific skills.
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Published by Laurie Pender on June 21, 2018

        


Pictured are: (l-r) CCS’ Superintendent Dr. Marvin Connelly, Associate Superintendent Ron Phipps, and Retired Associate Superintendent Ricky Lopes. Congratulations to CCS’ Associate Superintendent of Evaluation and Testing Ron Phipps! He was recently announced as this year’s recipient of the Dr. Joseph Locklear/Ricky Lopes Central Services’ Staff Member of the Year Award. This honor recognizes a Central Services’ staff member who exemplifies excellent customer service at all times.
 
 
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Published by Laurie Pender on June 18, 2018

        


Banner advertising the Summer Feeding Program out by the road at College Lakes Elementary SchoolThe Cumberland County Schools’ Child Nutrition Office recently held their Summer Feeding Program Kick-Off at Cliffdale Elementary School. Community participants for the celebration included No Kid Hungry, the Military Child Education Coalition, Cumberland County Library, Fayetteville/Cumberland Parks & Recreation Center, Second Harvest Food Bank, Fayetteville Police Department, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, CCS Transportation Dept (Buster the Bus), and Fayetteville Swamp Dogs mascot.
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Published by Laurie Pender on June 18, 2018

        


The following Summer Camps are available to Cumberland County School students.

Lil’ Top Chef Camp
Let us whisk your kid away for an exciting culinary learning experience while school’s out this summer. These hands-on, 4-day camps will get your kids in the kitchen, learning real cooking techniques and having a blast. All camps are for ages 6-18 and are separated into elementary, middle and high school levels. The cost of the camp covers the 4-day camp, cookbook, apron, and chef hat. The camps run Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Four sessions will be offered. For more information, contact Temia Weathersby at 910.425.8181 ext. 117 or 910.224.6031. 
Lil Chef Summer Camp Registration Information and Packet


Prime Time logo - colorful ball with a white star with the words Prime Time written in blackCumberland County Schools’ Prime Time Summer Camp 2018
Featuring eight weekly themes, three locations, daily snacks, and two weekly field trips! Open to children entering 1st grade through age 12. Prime Time Summer Camp will be held at C. Wayne Collier, Mary McArthur, and Howard Hall elementary schools. Camp will run June 11 – August 3 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. AM Extended Care and PM Extended Care will be available for an additional fee.
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Published by Laurie Pender on June 18, 2018

        


A remote control in hand.  Shallow depth of field, with focus on the remote.The school system in conjunction with Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC), The Crown, and Time Warner Cable (TWC)/Spectrum recently aired LIVE broadcasts of the June 12 and 13 high school graduation ceremonies from the Crown Coliseum.

If you missed graduation and didn’t get to see it, you can view any of Cumberland County Schools’ Graduations online now by visiting the Crown Website at live.crowncoliseum.com. The graduations will be available for viewing online until the end of June.

Some graduations will be aired on FCE-TV Cable Channel 5 according to the following schedule:

Friday, June 15, 2018

7:00 p.m. – Cumberland Polytechnical

8:00 p.m. – Cross Creek Early College

8:48 p.m. – A.B. Wilkins

9:41 p.m. – Cumberland International Early College

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Published by Laurie Pender on June 14, 2018

        


Myles Nooks Recipient of M.L. King Jr. Scholarship from the N.C. Association of EducatorsFAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Myles Nooks, a senior at E.E. Smith High School, is the recipient of a $1,000 Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship from the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE).

Presented by the NCAE Human and Civil Rights Commission, the scholarship provides financial assistance to graduating seniors who plan to further their education beyond high school. Selection criteria for students include character, personality, and scholastic achievement.
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Published by Laurie Pender on June 14, 2018

        


Seventy-First Classical Middle School Logo in Black and WhiteThe Seventy-First Classical Middle School Show Choir was invited to perform in Raleigh for the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).  State Superintendent Mark Johnson was there and spoke with the students about the importance of arts education and following their dreams.


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Published by Laurie Pender on June 7, 2018

        


female student in red tshirt holds plantStudents at Terry Sanford High School in Mr. Brian Thompson’s environmental science classes were introduced to Aquaponics this year for research and classroom lessons. Aquaponics combines fish culture with raising crops by placing the two together in a single ecosystem. Through a trial-and-error design process, Mr. Thompson’s students designed a replicable system with a small footprint that would be a simple addition to any classroom. The goldfish live in a tub on the bottom level, water is pumped up to the top level where seeds are germinating and then cascades down to the lower levels where stronger plants flourish under active lighting.

Aquaponics is one expression of the sustainability efforts happening at Terry Sanford high school. The agricultural method uses over 90% less water than conventional growing in soil, utilizes a much smaller footprint while expanding vertically, requires no pesticides and does not use artificial fertilizers. Different fish species can be selected for harvest in larger operations. The final system designed at Terry Sanford is small, inexpensive and reusable.
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Published by Laurie Pender on June 6, 2018

        


J.W. Coon Elementary School received a check in a random drawing of schools who had 100% participation in the Teacher Working Conditions Survey

Pictured are (l-r) J.W. Coon Principal Regina Blanding, Instructional Coach Samantha Talarico, and Sandhills Regional Educator Facilitator Tina Chapman Starr.  Not pictured is Teacher Tomeka Todote.


The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction partnered with the North Carolina Business Committee for Education and the North Carolina Association of Educators to award monetary incentives to schools that had 100% participation on 2018 Teachers Working Conditions Survey.  J. W. Coon Elementary School was one of the random draw winners and was recently presented a check for $500. Principal Regina Blanding said the money will be used to prepare for her teachers ‘a special last-day-of-school’ luncheon with gift cards and prizes! Congratulations, J.W. Coon Elementary!
 
 
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Published by Laurie Pender on June 5, 2018

        


Students eating a free meal provided by the summer feeding program!CCS Child Nutrition Services will operate the Summer Feeding Program (SFP) June 11 through July 27, 2018, at multiple sites throughout Fayetteville and Cumberland County. Kids ages 18 yrs and younger eat lunch for FREE. (No application required.)

To locate SFP free meals:

Online at  www.cn.ccs.k12.nc.us
Text “FoodNC” to 877- 877
Call toll-free:  1-866-3HUNGRY  (1-866-348-6479) or 1-877-8HAMBRE  (1-877-842-6273)

 

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Published by Laurie Pender on June 5, 2018

        


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