Mr. Pratt from E.E. Smith High School receives a special award.The North Carolina Bandmasters Association recently presented the Award of Excellence to Roosevelt Pratt Jr, Nominee of the Southeastern District. In recognition of outstanding achievements and contributions to Public School Bands, through professional leadership, he has inspired and motivated excellence in Instrumental Music Performance. His record of service to the profession is one his colleagues see and admire.

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Published by Laurie Pender on November 29, 2018

        


Govenor's School logo in blue and orangeCongratulations to the 29 Academic nominees who have been selected by the CCS Superintendent’s Governor’s School selection committee and the 20 Performing Arts nominees selected at the school level. These students will compete for state selection to attend the prestigious five and a half-week summer residential program for gifted high school students. The program is administered by the Public Schools of NC, the State Board of Education, and the Department of Public Instruction through the Exceptional Children Division.
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Published by Laurie Pender on November 28, 2018

        


 
Jack Britt students participate in Job Shadowing event at Gillis Hill FarmsStudents from Jack Britt High School recently went to the Gillis Hill Farm located in West Fayetteville for a shadowing experience accompanied by CTE teachers Andrew Gillis and Pat Richardson. The students learned from their teacher Andrew Gillis about his farming business. Students learned about the farm’s business type, marketing practices, and the products and services offered to customers. They saw firsthand how different strategies taught in Entrepreneurship I and Accounting I were used to grow and strengthen the Gillis Hill Farm business, particularly in agritourism and ice cream retail sales. Students were allowed to sample the products and later went for a wagon ride (pictured on right) to the Gillis Hill Road Produce where they learned about direct marketing and retail principles used in the road-side stand business.
 
CVS Job Shadowing EventStudents from Douglas Byrd High School and Seventy-First High School recently participated in the FTCC/CVS Job Shadowing Event. This Job shadowing event gave students an opportunity to observe an employee performing their daily work routine in their environment. It also allowed students to explore a specific career and to get a realistic picture of the tasks performed for that job. This event was a very informative and hands-on experience that students really enjoyed. 
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Published by Laurie Pender on November 28, 2018

        


South View Students Receive Adobe CertificateCongratulations to the following students who recently received their Adobe Certified Associate for Adobe Photoshop CC 2015: Trevon Anderson, Jeremiah Bingham, Nathan Burchett, Destane Leak, Tristan Moulton, and David Ray.
 
The students, who are enrolled in the II31 Adobe Visual Design Course at South View High School were presented their Adobe Certified Associate Certificate for Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 on November 9th by Mr. Chad Barbour, SVHS Assistant Principal in charge of the Career and Technical Education Department. To earn the Adobe Certified Associate Certificate, students must pass an industry-recognized credentialing exam that demonstrates proficiency in digital skills for using Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 for image editing.
 
 
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Published by Laurie Pender on November 26, 2018

        


Spring Lake Broncos Botz Team standing beside an activity bus.Spring Lake Middle School’s Bronco Botz participated in the 4th Annual FLL (First Lego League) Bull City Scrimmage. This was the team’s first tournament.  They competed against 26 other teams from the region and won the Mission Control Team Spirit Award. Along with participating in the tournament, the students got to meet some of the students and staff at the North Carolina School of Mathematics and Science. Way to go Bronco Botz!

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Published by Laurie Pender on November 26, 2018

        


NC Music Educators AssociationEvery year, the NC Music Educators Association (NCMEA) sponsors three Honors Choral Clinics and concerts for auditioned elementary, middle and high school choral students from across the state. The three choral groups performed at the NCMEA In-Service Conference on Sunday, November 11 at the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem. The purpose of the Honors Choral experience is to advance the musical growth and learning of choral students through the study of choral/vocal technique and music literacy.
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Published by Laurie Pender on November 26, 2018

        


Fayetteville, NC – During the Cumberland County Board of Education’s November 20 regular monthly meeting, the following two school administrators were proudly announced:

The Principal of Reid Ross Classical School Felix M. Keyes returns to the Cumberland County Schools as the new principal at Reid Ross Classical Middle & High Schools. Keyes has a career in public education spanning 23 years in North Carolina. Since 2017, he has served as the principal at Hodge Road Dual Language Magnet Elementary School in the Wake County Public Schools. Prior to this, Keyes worked in the Cumberland County Schools as the principal of New Century International Elementary School and William H. Owen Elementary School, the assistant principal of two local schools, and started his career in education teaching elementary school in Hoke and Guilford counties. He has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (K-6) from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and a master’s degree in school administration from East Carolina University. 

The Director of Internal Auditing – Christine M. Jumalon will serve in the newly created position of Director of Internal Auditing for the Cumberland County Schools. The Certified Public Accountant comes to the school system from Fayetteville State University where she has worked as the Controller since 2014. Previously, she served as North Carolina’s Assistant State Auditor (Fayetteville Branch) and as an adjunct professor of business and accounting at DeVry University (online) and Fayetteville Technical Community College. Jumalon has served as the controller or assistant controller at various other institutions as well. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Campbell University and a master’s of business administration (MBA) from Regent University.

As the director of internal auditing, Jumalon will be responsible for planning and conducting all internal audits of financial activities and operations of the district to ensure compliance with school system financial management policies, state and federal regulations, and established auditing principles and procedures. She will also provide counsel and assistance to the Superintendent and other executive staff regarding business risks and effective internal control strategies.

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Published by Laurie Pender on November 21, 2018

        


Peter stands holding his trophy and certificate presented by the Board of EducationFayetteville – 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. 

One student was recently selected from individual school nominations for displaying ‘amazing acts of character’ and will be recognized during the Cumberland County Board of  Education meeting on Tuesday, November 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of CCS’ Central Services building:
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Published by Laurie Pender on November 21, 2018

        


Dr. Connelly updates the Board on his first 100 days

Fayetteville, N.C. – Tonight, Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr., superintendent of the Cumberland County Schools (CCS), presented his ‘First 100 Days’ presentation to the Cumberland County Board of Education. During his first 100 days as superintendent, Dr. Connelly has visited all 87 schools in the district, completed 30 speaking engagements, participated in 60 meetings with community agencies and groups, and met with a variety of stakeholders across the county, including students, educators, elected officials and a variety of community groups. His CLC3 (Connelly Listening to Cumberland County Citizens) community tour helped him learn about 1) things that are going well, 2) ways to better support students and staff, 3) ideas for what the school system’s focus should be, and 4) how all stakeholders can be involved in the process.

“Over the past 100 days, I’ve had powerful and insightful conversations with a diverse group of individuals, and we’re excited about moving forward with the development of our strategic plan,” said Connelly. “As we look to the future and continue our work to improve the academic outcomes of students, it will take all of us — teachers, administrators, parents, and community members—working together to ensure all students are prepared to succeed in school and in life.”

The journey continues as the school system moves to the next phase in the strategic planning process. CCS plans to develop a strategic plan development team, comprised of principals, teachers, district leaders, parents and community members, who will begin building the strategic plan. The goal is to collaboratively answer the question: “What do we want for our students and how do we achieve it together?” Over the next several months, the strategic plan development team will collaboratively establish goals, a mission and vision, and a shared set of core beliefs.

The district will convene a series of focus groups to collect additional input and continue to seek feedback from stakeholders. During the month of February, CCS plans to host a Town Hall meeting to update the community on the plan, with the goal of finalizing the plan in June 2019. The implementation of CCS’ new strategic plan is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2019.

“As I’ve said from the very beginning, we want a community-developed and community-driven strategic plan, and we’re certainly moving in the right direction,” said Connelly.

To learn more about CCS’ strategic planning process, visit http://strategicplan.ccs.k12.nc.us. Also, questions regarding the process should be directed to Melody Chalmers, assistant superintendent of District Transformation & Strategic Initiatives at 910.678.2458, or ccsstrategicplan@ccs.k12.nc.us.

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Published by Laurie Pender on November 20, 2018

        


Anne Chesnutt Middle School Robotics TeamOn Saturday, November 17, 2018, Anne Chesnutt Middle School hosted their first Robotics competition with the help of North Carolina A & T University Engineering Department.  At this First Lego League (FLL) Competition, the school hosted 16 schools from surrounding areas. The Anne Chesnutt Middle School Techno-Hive competed in the competition as well.
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Published by Laurie Pender on November 19, 2018

        


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