Image of CCS' Social Worker of the Year Vanessa Wade sitting at a green table holding her plaqueFayetteville, N.C. – Today, the Cumberland County Schools (CCS) hosted its annual School Social Worker Appreciation Breakfast to recognize the work that school social workers do every day to support students. They provide important services to students to enhance their emotional well-being and improve their academic success.

“Our social workers are making a tremendous difference in our schools,” said CCS’ Superintendent Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr. “The work that social workers do on a daily basis often takes place behind the scenes; however, we reap the benefits in the form of lower dropout rates, increased school attendance and positive school cultures.”
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Published by Angel Hoggard on March 22, 2019

        


The County Tournament for the Middle School Forensic program of Cumberland County Schools was recently held at Mac Williams Middle School (MWMS). The county tournament serves as the culminating event for a season of competition that also includes four Fall Festivals, three Mini-tournaments, and two District tournaments. Over 230 middle school students from all CCS middle schools competed for First through Tenth Place in three rounds of competition. Students participated in the Speech and Debate categories of Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Original Oratory, Extemporaneous Speaking, Duo Interpretation, Storytelling, and Public Forum. 

The Middle School Forensic program is an extracurricular activity designed to enhance the personal and academic growth of its participants. Its activities focus on the use of higher order thinking in the appreciation and interpretation of literature through performance and the enhancement of research and writing skills for public speaking.

Middle school student winners in First Place in each category are as follows:
Humorous Interpretation- Abigail M. from Max Abbott 
Dramatic Interpretation- Savannah C. from Mac Williams 
Extemporaneous Speaking- Cheryl L. from Seventy-First Classical 
Original Oratory- Anastasyn C. from John Griffin 
Storytelling- Yahira W. from Anne Chestnutt
Duo Interpretation- Erica L. and Ava B. from Gray’s Creek
Public Forum- Lucy T. and Joanna L. from John Griffin

Schools receiving Sweepstakes Awards are as follows:
First Place- Gray’s Creek
Second Place- Max Abbott
Third Place- John Griffin
Fourth Place- South View

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Published by Angel Hoggard on March 21, 2019

        


United WayThis year, the Cumberland County Schools (CCS) raised $194,049.53 to support the United Way of Cumberland County. Today, during the monthly Leadership meeting, departments and schools were recognized for their contributions. Awards were presented in the following categories:

Campaign Achievement Awards
The Campaign Achievement Awards are presented to companies with at least 50% employee participation and either a $52 per capita gift or a 10 percent increase in employee giving over the previous years.
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Published by Angel Hoggard on March 20, 2019

        


Fayetteville – The Cumberland County Schools (CCS) is proud to announce that Dr. Mary W. Black, the acting superintendent of the CCS, was recognized today as one of five Marvin R. Pittman 2019 N.C. Champions for Education Award recipients. The announcement was made during a special luncheon at the Connecting Communities of Education Stakeholders Conference (CCES) in Greensboro.

According to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), the award recognizes individuals who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to student success, exemplify leadership in education, and make a significant impact on students throughout the state. Recognized in the award category of Support Staff Administrator, Dr. Black joins four other recipients who were honored in the categories of Support Staff, Volunteer, Teacher or Administrator.

During Dr. Black’s acceptance remarks, she expressed her humility in receiving an award marked by Dr. Marvin Pittman’s commitment to service and his passion and dedication to making the world a better place for students.
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Published by Angel Hoggard on March 19, 2019

        


Dr. Samuel Houston Jr. Leadership Award SelectionDr. Jane Fields, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education for CCS was recently announced as one of the recipients of the Dr. Samuel Houston Jr. Leadership Award. This honor is awarded to graduates of the NC School Superintendents’ Association and the NC Alliance for School Leadership Development’s Aspiring Superintendent Program. This program is designed to empower transformational education leaders for North Carolina’s public schools. View full press release.

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Published by Angel Hoggard on March 15, 2019

        


Amazing Act (January & February 2019) - Carlson, Harris-Willette, MixonFayetteville – Each month through Cumberland County Schools’ Amazing Acts of Character recognition program, schools are asked to nominate students who display character above and beyond expected behavior. Three students were recently selected from individual school nominations for displaying ‘amazing acts of character’ and were recognized during the Cumberland County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m.
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Published by Angel Hoggard on March 14, 2019

        


Donna Fields, executive director of OperationsFayetteville, NC – During the Cumberland County Board of Education’s March 12 regular monthly meeting, the following administrator was proudly announced:

Executive Director of Operations – Donna Fields will serve in the position of executive director of Operations for the Cumberland County Schools (CCS).

“I am excited about Mrs. Field’s promotion to executive director,” said Joe Desormeaux, the associate superintendent of CCS’ Auxiliary Services.“She will do a great job leading the Operations Department in supporting the district as we move forward in developing and implementing our strategic plan.”

 As the executive director of Operations, Fields will work to ensure that facilities throughout the district are efficiently operating, well maintained and adequately supplied. The department is a division of Auxiliary Services.
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Published by Angel Hoggard on March 13, 2019

        


Congratulations to all the Middle School Battle of the Books Teams who competed on Thursday, March 7, 2019!  It was an exciting day of competition with only one point separating the 1st and 2nd Place teams.  Congratulations to John Griffin Middle School for earning 1st Place!  They will represent Cumberland County at the regional level competition on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Richmond County.  This event was successful through the hard work of the school teams, coaches, officials, and Technology, Communications and IT & Media Services of Cumberland County Schools. 
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Published by Angel Hoggard on March 13, 2019

        


Recently, three Cumberland County Schools (CCS) leaders graduated from the Aspiring Superintendents Program, a leadership development program sponsored by the North Carolina School Superintendents’ Association (NCSSA).

Dr. Mellotta Hill, assistant superintendent of Elementary Instruction, Dr. Jane Fields, assistant superintendent of Secondary Instruction, and Dr. Mindy Vickers, director of School Support, participated in Cohort 3 of the program.

The primary objective of the program is to provide participating educators, who aspire to become superintendents, with information, knowledge, skills, and understanding through experiential learning. The program includes executive coaching, which is designed to support and assist them as they lead and manage school systems in North Carolina as district superintendents. Over time, the overall design is intended to result in enhanced student achievement.

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Published by Angel Hoggard on March 12, 2019

        


CCS Employees Rally Around Dr. Connelly

On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, employees across the Cumberland County Schools donned red t-shirts in support of Superintendent Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr. #CCS – Cumberland Connelly Strong.

 

 

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Published by Angel Hoggard on March 10, 2019

        


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