Department of Defense Education ActivityFayetteville, NC – The Cumberland County School (CCS) system is pleased to announce the receipt of a grant award from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) totaling $1.5 million for the second consecutive year.  The five-year grant titled “Staying on Course to True North: Supporting Our Heroes Most Valued Treasures” will provide social and emotional support to military dependent students in the CCS. 
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Published by Laurie Pender on September 7, 2016

        


TestingThe overall proficiency composite for Cumberland County Schools (CCS) for 2015-2016 increased for the third consecutive school year.  The overall composite for 2015-2016 was 56.8%, an increase of 3.3% from 2014-2015.   The CCS had 85% of schools who met or exceeded growth expectations, a 4% increase from 2014-2015.  The State of North Carolina had 73.6% of its schools to meet or exceed growth. “I am pleased with the results,” said CCS’ Superintendent Dr. Frank Till. “It is a credit to the hard work of our staff.”
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Published by Laurie Pender on September 1, 2016

        


Go Green InitiativeCliffdale Elementary was honored in June as the first Green School to be awarded the ‘Walk the Walk’, the most outstanding Green Certified School in Cumberland County.  This outstanding elementary school won with their unique approach to making sure their school’s climate reflected the commitment to our sustainable future.   
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Published by Laurie Pender on August 30, 2016

        


Tasha Russell (Westarea/Willis Manager) and Tina Henson (Britt Manager), attended the Institute in Sampson County.

Fayetteville – Eight cafeteria managers from the Cumberland County School system spent time this summer working with professional chefs while participating in the North Carolina K-12 Culinary Institute held in Sampson and Hoke counties (July 19 – 21). 

Attendees from the Institute in Hoke County.    (back row) Chanda Jones (Cumberland Rd/Howard Learning Academy), Precious Brayboy (Spring Lake Middle/Manchester), Christina Osborne (Cashwell), Cindy Brunette (Alderman Rd/Grays Creek), Annette Hunt (Armstrong), Lisa Guyer (Hefner);  (front row)  Chef Garrett Berdan and Chef Andy Montero.

Through the Culinary Institute, which is designed to enhance nutrition offerings, the managers were able to hone their culinary skills as Child Nutrition professionals by sampling new recipes, learning various speed-scratch cooking techniques, and practicing techniques for creating eye-appealing presentations for fresh fruits and vegetables. Recipes from the K-12 Culinary Institute that include Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Hawaiian Chicken Salad and the Fruit and Yogurt Parfait will be featured on lunch menus throughout the school year.

The N.C. K-12 Culinary Institute graduates include Child Nutrition Managers from Alderman Road/Gray’s Creek Elementary Schools; Armstrong Elementary School; Elizabeth Cashwell Elementary School; Bill Hefner Elementary School; Cumberland Road Elementary School/ Howard Learning Academy; Jack Britt High School; Spring Lake Middle/Manchester Elementary Schools; and Westarea Elementary/Margaret Willis Elementary Schools. The graduates have become Chef Ambassadors and will be working this school year to ‘train it forward’ to other Child Nutrition professionals in Cumberland County.

The N.C. K-12 Culinary Institute is funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture Professional Standards Training Grant.  The face-to-face and virtual institute was developed by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s School Nutrition Section and Chef Cyndie Story’s K-12 Culinary Team to meet five core objectives:

  • Improve student health, well-being and academic success through nutritious, appealing meals at school;
  • Increase participation in high quality, enticing school nutrition programs;
  • Expand the capacity of local school nutrition programs to purchase, prepare and serve fresh, locally grown produce;
  • Increase the consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grain-rich foods; and
  • Provide continuing educational opportunities for school nutrition personnel.
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Published by Laurie Pender on August 30, 2016

        


Cumberland County School (CCS) students returned to school today (Monday, August 29). This means that 440 yellow school buses are traveling local highways and byways throughout the county. Students, parents and motorists will need to work together to ensure the safety of children as they travel to and from school.

To help keep students safe, the CCS’ Transportation Department is asking the parents of bus-riding students to reacquaint their child with the ‘thumbs-up’ bus-boarding procedure:

  1. The child waits until the bus completely stops and the bus stop arm is extended.
  2. The driver holds his/her left palm up, letting the child know to wait for all traffic to halt.
  3. The child and the driver look both ways for traffic.
  4. When it is safe to cross the road, the driver gives the child a ‘thumbs up’ and points in the direction the child should cross the street.

The procedure was developed because an alarming number of motorists refused to stop when buses have their stop arms extended.

For additional information about the ‘thumbs up’ bus-boarding procedure, call CCS’ Transportation Department at 910.678.2581.

 

Cumberland County Schools’ Bus Transportation Facts:

* 440 school buses operate daily

* About of 26,000 students ride CCS’ buses daily

* CCS’ buses travel 4,680,000 miles per year

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Published by Laurie Pender on August 29, 2016

        


Mosquito Biting ArmThe Cumberland County Department of Public Health is aware of the heightened concerns associated with the Zika virus and has created an information hotline number (910.433.3824)to give up-to-date information on the status of Cumberland County  and the Zika virus. Also, the county webpage has been updated to include information directly from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  The Environmental Health section is continually providing free 4 month supplies of Mosquito Dunks to help in the reduction of the mosquito population by breaking the life cycle and preventing the eggs from maturing into biting adult mosquitoes.  Below are some helpful links that are on the county website.

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Published by Laurie Pender on August 17, 2016

        


During the Aug. 10 CCS’ Back-to-School Celebration, Superintendent Dr. Frank Till announced the following top educators: 

2017 Teacher of the Year (TOY) Finalists

2017 Teacher of the Year (TOY) Finalists

First Row (l-r): Jill Kelley (Rockfish Elementary); Dr. Tonia Bonner (A.B. Wilkins High); Qusheba Collins (Seventy-First High); Elizabeth Matthews (Cape Fear High); Kimberly Olivera (W.T. Brown Elementary); Back Row (l-r): Kenneth Williams (E.E. Smith High); Todd McCabe (John Griffin Middle); Kenneth Davis (Gray’s Creek High); Jonathan Waddell (Cliffdale Elementary); Not Pictured: Jennifer Czechowski (Massey Hill Classical)

  

 


 

2017 Principal of the Year Finalists

2017 Principal of the Year (POY) Finalists

Pictured are (l-r) Dr. Michele Cain (Cumberland Road Elementary); Tiffany Fogelquist (Ashley Elementary); Rose Ferguson (Howard Hall Elementary); Dr. Vernon Lowery (Westover High); Monica Carter (Long Hill Elementary); Regina Blanding (J.W. Coon Elementary); and Lavette McMillian (New Century International Middle)

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Published by Laurie Pender on August 15, 2016

        


American Councils for International EducationWashington, D.C., June 1, 2016 – Wael Ahmed from Egypt has been awarded a fellowship from the U.S. Department of State to participate in the 2016 Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP). He will teach Arabic for a full academic year at Anne Chesnutt Middle School in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Anne Chesnutt Middle School has participated in a nation-wide competition in order to host a TCLP teacher and Wael Ahmed is one of a total of 24 teachers who have been selected from China and Egypt for participation in TCLP.

TCLP is designed to increase the study and acquisition of important world languages in U.S. schools. This program enables primary and secondary schools to strengthen their teaching of critical languages by bringing Egyptian and Chinese teachers to the U.S. to teach Arabic and Chinese language for an academic year. Launched in 2006, TCLP has provided fellowships to over 200 primary and secondary school teachers of English from Egypt and China to teach in K-12 schools throughout the United States.

In addition to teaching their native languages, TCLP exchange teachers expand the understanding of the world in their U.S. host communities by establishing strong ties with teachers, students, parents and members of community, and by sharing information about their home countries and cultures. At the same time, teachers gain first-hand knowledge of the United States to share with students and fellow teachers in their home countries. Upon return, many of them establish lasting bonds between their U.S. host schools and their home schools in Egypt and China.

TCLP is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which promotes international mutual understanding through a wide range of academic, cultural, private-sector, professional and sports exchange programs. These exchanges engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes and emerging leaders in the United States and in more than 160 countries. Alumni of ECA exchanges comprise over one million people around the world, including more than 50 Nobel Laureates and more than 350 current or former heads of state and government.

TCLP is implemented by American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, an international nonprofit organization that prepares individuals and institutions to succeed in an increasingly interconnected world. Since 1974, American Councils has responded to the needs of the communities where it works with hundreds of robust, international education programs that include academic exchanges, language immersion, testing and assessment, professional training, community development, and scholarly research.

Media Contact: Zara Hovhannisyan, Senior Program Manager: zhovhannisyan@americancouncils.org 202.833.7522

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Published by Laurie Pender on August 8, 2016

        


George Brooks accepts award.The North Carolina Association of Career and Technical Education, Business Division announced at the 2016 CTE Annual Summer Conference, this year’s Teacher of the Year Award winner is George E. Brooks. The Teacher of the Year Award is given in recognition of being selected as the NCACTE-BE Teacher of the Year.

The 2015-2016 NCACTE-BE Teacher of the Year Award winner George Brooks, has received a B.S. in Business Administration from Methodist University and later his Business Education Teaching Certification from Fayetteville State University. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Vocational Education in Information Technologies at East Carolina University.  He began his teaching career at South View High School in Hope Mills has been inspiring to his students, staff and peers at South View High School for the past 20 years.

Mr. Brooks has been an active member of the state organization for past 17 years.  He has served as a member and chair of the Professional Development Committee and Resolutions Committee at the state level. Within the Business Division, he has served as the Committee Chairperson for the Professional Development Committee and Resolutions over the past several years. He was elected as the Business Division President-Elect, The Division President, and The Division Past President.

Mr. Brooks has given several teacher workshops, at both county teacher in-service meetings, as well as state and regional ACTE meetings to help teachers improve their technological skills with both teachers required computer programs, and programs to assist student learning. He is energetic and takes the initiative to promote NCACTE and ACTE at all meetings with peers and colleagues.

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Published by Laurie Pender on August 8, 2016

        


Scholarship UpdateEach year the CCS’ High School Counselors work diligently to let their students know about scholarship and grant opportunities that will help pay for college and post-secondary needs.  The Class of 2016 went above and beyond and earned a total of $74,605,708.53.  Of the 74 millions dollars, 10 million was affiliated with military scholarships, 9 million was affiliated with athletics, and 50.1 million was awarded for academic accomplishments and achievements.  These numbers alone show just how talented and well rounded our Cumberland County students are.
 
As we get ready for the 2016-2017 school year to begin, the Class of 2017 will begin their journey of college applications and scholarship searching once again with the help of their school counselors.  Students can start their search at the Consolidated College Fair on October 4th at the Crown Expo Center and as well as apply for the FAFSA in October.  Overall, the CCS’ School Counselors and the Counselor Coordinator wish them of the best of luck during these exciting times.
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Published by Laurie Pender on August 8, 2016

        


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