Fayetteville, NC – During the Aug. 15 Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) 2019-2020 Convocation amid cheers of support from an audience of 6,000 employees, the 2020 Teacher of the Year, Assistant Principal of the Year and Principal of the Year finalists were announced. They are as follows:
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Published by Angel Hoggard on August 23, 2019

        


Fayetteville, NC – Close to 150 Beginning Teachers took advantage of the opportunity this week to shop for 10 FREE classroom supply items in Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) Beginner Teacher Store.

A steady flow of first-year teachers, who have less than six-months experience, stopped by the Store, located in the Driver Education Building, to pick up bulletin board borders, cut-outs, storage bins, math manipulatives and much more.

“Shopping at the Store was a wonderful experience,” said General McJimson III, an American History teacher at Seventy-First High School. “I picked up a lot of great products for my classroom.”

CCS’ Beginning Teacher Support Coordinator Kari Grates said that McJimson joined others in their overwhelmingly positive comments about the Store. “They (Beginning Teachers) have been excited, thrilled and appreciative for items to get their classrooms ready, ” said Grates. “The first days of school and preparation for students is daunting, even for veteran teachers, so the idea of having a store that can help get teachers prepared with supplies and moral support is one of a kind.”

CCS’ Express Feature Video of the Week highlights local Beginning Teachers and their shopping experience in the CCS’ Beginning Teacher Store. Also, check out the inspiring story of Beginning Teacher General McJimson III as he endeavors to make a difference in the classroom.

 

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Published by Angel Hoggard on August 23, 2019

        


Fayetteville, NC – More than 6,000 Cumberland County Schools (CCS) employees dressed in their school/department t-shirts converged on the Crown Agri-Expo Center today to kick off the new school year, which begins for Traditional schools on August 26.

The three-hour event, which embraced a nautical theme (“Setting Sail: Strategic Plan 2024“), featured marching bands, student and staff performances and the newly adopted Strategic Plan 2024, which was presented by administrators in a game-show format with school personnel as participants.
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Published by Angel Hoggard on August 16, 2019

        


Fayetteville, NC – The Cumberland County Board of Education has selected Joseph Sorce to serve as the next representative from District 6. Sorce was chosen from a pool of 14 candidates.

Sorce will fill the vacancy left by Peggy Hall, who resigned in June. District 6 is the southwest area of Cumberland County, including Gray’s Creek, Hope Mills, and Stoney Point.

“We’re excited to have Mr. Sorce join our Board,” said Donna Vann, chair of the Board. “We had an unusually large and deep pool of candidates … extremely talented people with a real commitment to our school system and our community. Their strong interest has affirmed that this Board and Dr. Connelly — and his team — are on the right path and that our Strategic Plan is the blueprint for moving our students forward.”

Sorce is a retired elementary school teacher and former president of the Cumberland County Association of Educators. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Edinboro University of PA and a Master of Science degree in instructional media from Indiana University of PA. He also holds a Birth-K degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

“I am deeply honored to be able to serve in this capacity,” Sorce said. “I want to make a difference, and this gives me the opportunity to do that.”

 

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Published by Angel Hoggard on August 15, 2019

        


Fayetteville, NC – For 19 years, Cumberland County Schools (CCS) displayed a logo featuring a book to symbolize a thirst for knowledge, a seedling to represent the re-creation of public schools and a horizon to exemplify the school system’s eye on the future. The Cumberland County Board of Education approved a new CCS logo at its June meeting, which builds upon the former logo.

With the help of Dr. Bill Harrison, the former superintendent of CCS, the Board officially retired the school system’s previous logo at Tuesday night’s Board meeting. Board chair Donna Vann presented a framed copy of the former logo to Harrison along with a newly minted CCS challenge coin.
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Published by Angel Hoggard on August 14, 2019

        


Fayetteville, NC – Following the recommendation of Superintendent Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr., the Cumberland County Board of Education approved two major leadership appointments during Tuesday night’s Board meeting. Brian Edkins will serve as principal of Cape Fear High School and Dr. Pamela Adams-Watkins has been named the executive director of the Exceptional Children’s Department.

Edkins, who served as the long-time principal of South View High School, returns to CCS from recently serving as the principal of Scotland High School in Laurinburg, NC. He has a career in public education that spans more than 25 years.
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Published by Angel Hoggard on August 13, 2019

        


Fayetteville, NC – More than 60 graduates from Cumberland County Schools (CCS) walked across the stage Thursday during the district’s summer graduation ceremony, which was held at Jack Britt High School.

Family and friends gathered to celebrate the graduates, who all worked hard over the summer to earn the necessary credits to graduate.
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Published by Angel Hoggard on August 7, 2019

        


Image of Jackson Nance from GCHS holding a letter standing in front of a glass doorJackson Nance, a rising junior at Gray’s Creek High School, was one of 100 students nationwide to be selected to attend the 2019 Eastern Native Youth Food Sovereignty Summit in Presque Isle, Maine from August 1-4, 2019. Jackson is the son of Jodie Brown Nance, an EC teacher at E.E. Smith High School, and Jeff Nance, a Health and P.E. teacher at Gray’s Creek High School. Visit the 2019 Eastern Native Youth Food Sovereignty Summit website for more information on this event.
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Published by Angel Hoggard on July 29, 2019

        


Student Services Team Member Talks With Student Who Wants To Come Back To SchoolOrganizers of Cumberland County Schools’ Get-Back-In-School Launch Party are calling it a huge success after nearly 50 young people decided to re-enroll in high school! They said they worked hard to make the event ‘a true experience’ for each student.

In its sixth year, the Launch Party encourages students who have dropped out of school to ‘drop back in [school].’ Each attendee was greeted at the door and received a personal ambassador who helped them navigate their way through the process. They were taken to a room of school counselors who talked with the student, reviewed their transcript and assessed the number of credits needed to graduate. From there, they were led to the auditorium where nearly 20 representatives from the school district and various community agencies made them aware of available resources to help eliminate obstacles that could hinder them getting their diploma.
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Published by Laurie Pender on July 18, 2019

        


Fayetteville, NC – On Monday, July 22, about 1,682 students who attend E.E. Miller Elementary School, Anne Chesnutt Middle School and Reid Ross Classical Middle and High Schools will be heading back to the classroom.

Throughout the morning, CCS’ Superintendent Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr., along with Sen. Kirk DeViere plan to be on hand to help students usher in a great school year and visit classrooms, according to the following schedule:

7:00 a.m.               School bus to drop off Dr. Connelly and students at Anne Chesnutt Middle School (2121 Skibo Road/28314).
7:00 – 7:45 a.m.    Dr. Connelly & Sen. deViere to greet students and tour Chesnutt Middle.
8:00 – 8:30 a.m.    Dr. Connelly to observe first-day happenings at E.E. Miller Elementary (1361 Rim Road/28314).
8:50 – 9:30 a.m.    Dr. Connelly to observe first-day happenings at Reid Ross Classical Middle & High Schools (3200 Ramsey Street/28301).
9:30 a.m.               Year-Round School visits to conclude.

NOTE: All media are invited to attend; however, students will not have signed photo/video parental consent forms on file at this time.
 
For additional information, call CCS’ Communications & Public Relations Department at 910.678.2303.
 
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Published by Angel Hoggard on July 18, 2019

        


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