Image of Reading Rocks! LogoThrough this year’s Reading Rocks! Walk-A-Thon literacy effort, schools throughout the district collectively raised $172,695.22! Each school will keep 100% of the funds it raised to purchase books and learning tools and devices for its students. Congratulations are extended to the following award-winning schools:


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Published by Laurie Pender on January 16, 2018

        


Logo of the North Carolina Department of Public InstructionNorth Carolina continues to lead the nation in numbers of teachers who have earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, with 616 additional teachers gaining the endorsement last month from the Arlington, Va., based organization.

Nearly 21,500 teachers in North Carolina have attained national certification, which is based on a rigorous performance-based assessment that typically takes from one to three years to complete and measures what accomplished teachers and counselors should know and be able to do.
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Published by Laurie Pender on January 8, 2018

        


Principals from the winning schools of the #GoBeKindCCS Challenge holding bannersAs a way to bring a new perspective to a continued “bullying epidemic,” we decided to focus on replacement behaviors and emphasize the importance of kindness.  How a kind act can make the giver and the receiver.  We challenged our CCS students to help their school reach 5,000 kind acts over the month of October.  We had an ultimate goal of reaching 100,000 for the district!  This goal was achieved and exceeded!  CCS students, staff, and faculty completed 139,939 acts of kindness during the month of October.  We had 5 schools recognized for the number of acts they completed individually.  We had a high school winner, a middle school winner, a secondary small schools of choice winner, a large elementary winner, and a small elementary winner.

South View HS was the High School winner with 2960 completed acts of kindness

John Griffin MS was the middle school winner with 1269 completed acts of kindness

Cross Creek EC was the school of choice winner with 503 completed acts of kindness

Honeycutt Elementary was the large elementary winner with 16,310 completed acts of kindness

and Mary McArthur was the small elementary winner with 21,837 completed acts of kindness


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Published by Laurie Pender on December 19, 2017

        


Image of person sitting at a desk working on a budgetFayetteville, NC – In September 2016, the Cumberland County Board of Education directed the Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) Human Resources’ Department to begin the process of conducting a comprehensive salary study. The major goals of this study were to ensure that the CCS had an internally equitable pay structure and that this pay structure was externally competitive.  
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Published by Laurie Pender on December 13, 2017

        


Students check and recheck their work as they refurbish computers during the 5th Annual Computer Refurbishment Day.Cumberland County Schools’ 5th Annual Computer Refurbishment Day is being hailed a huge success!  Executive Director of Technology Kevin Coleman said the 156 students from the Academies of Information Technology at Gray’s Creek and Pine Forest high schools refurbished nearly 500 computers on Dec. 2 for CCS’ families who may be unable to afford one. The students worked alongside Technology staffers by taking 1,000 discarded computers and using half of them as parts to refurbish the other half. “This effort truly demonstrates the dedication of CCS’ staff and students to help those less fortunate in our community,” said CCS’ Interim Superintendent Tim Kinlaw.  


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Published by Laurie Pender on December 8, 2017

        


Image of points on a graph moving upwards.At the Dec. 6 CCS’ Managerial Leadership Institute, administrators recognized local schools that exceeded expected growth expectations, met expected growth expectations, had a 96% or higher Graduation Rate, and had a 100% Graduation Rate. The principals were invited to dress in a “festive” outfit as part of the celebration.


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Published by Laurie Pender on December 8, 2017

        


Public Meeting to be held to get information about what you want in a new superintendent.Fayetteville, NC – The Cumberland County Board of Education is seeking direct input from interested members of the community to assist it in defining the qualities and characteristics of the next superintendent of the Cumberland County Schools (CCS).

The Board of Education is hosting a public forum to hear input and wants to encourage community members to speak at the public forum, scheduled for Thursday, November 30, 2017, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Educational Resource Center, located at 396 Elementary Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28301.

In addition to the forum, the Board would like to remind parents and other community members to participate in a short community survey that can be accessed and completed online by clicking the survey link on the CCS’ webpage.

CCS’ Next Superintendent: Tell Us What You Think

All surveys must be completed by December 4 with results to be compiled and presented by the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) at the regular School Board meeting on December 12.

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Published by Laurie Pender on November 16, 2017

        


Pictured left to right in photo is Caitlin B., Keysha J., Serina G., Mr. Chad Barbour, Darren H., Kobe J., and Christian G.On November 13, 2017, students enrolled in the Adobe Visual Design Course at South View High were presented their Adobe Certified Associate Certificate by Mr. Chad Barbour, Principal of the Career and Technical Education Department.

To earn their Adobe Certified Associate Certificate these students had to pass an industry-recognized credentialing exam that demonstrates their proficiency in digital skills for using Adobe Photoshop CC for image editing.

The first Certification Certificate was given to Darren Hoffman. He the first student in the Cumberland County School System to achieve this certification. The following students also received their Certification Certificate: Caitlin B., Christian G., Serina G., Kobe J., and Keysha J.

These six students have joined an elite community of individuals with proven expertise in digital communications. Adobe certification is an industry standard of excellence, and it’s the absolute best way to communicate their proficiency in leading products from Adobe.

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Published by Laurie Pender on November 15, 2017

        


Publix Partners Program Image - Earn money for your school.As Part of the Company’s Commitment to Education, the Publix Partners Program has Contributed More Than $34.6 Million to Schools

Fayetteville, NC — Publix Super Markets recently donated $5,500 to area schools in Fayetteville as part of the company’s commitment to education and to commemorate the opening of the first Publix store in Fayetteville that took place on Nov. 11. 

Eleven schools within a two-mile radius of the new Publix, each received a $500 check from Publix Super Markets, Inc. The checks were distributed to the schools’ principals during the store’s “Sneak-Peek” event on Nov. 10.

“Publix was founded in 1930 with the philosophy of being involved as responsible citizens in our communities,” said Kim Reynolds, Publix media and community relations manager. “Through our support of education, we strive to enrich the lives of students and assist in preparing them for future success.”

The 11 schools receiving the donation were:

  • School representatives receive $500 checks from the new Publix Store in Fayetteville, NC.Ashley Elementary School
  • Douglas Byrd High School
  • Douglas Byrd Middle School
  • Fayetteville Christian School
  • Glendale Acres Elementary School
  • Guys School Inc.
  • Ireland Drive Middle School
  • Max Abbott Middle School
  • Patrick Catholic School
  • Terry Sanford High School
  • H. Owen Elementary School

In addition, Publix announced its launch of Publix Partners in Fayetteville, NC.  Since its inception in 1994, Publix Partners has contributed $34.6 million to schools in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. In 2016, $1.7 million was donated to schools as part of this program. Publix Partners provides schools the opportunity for parents, faculty, staff, family, and friends to raise unrestricted funds for their school through purchases made at Publix. Schools interested in participating in Publix Partners should contact their local Publix store manager or visit www.publix.com/partners.

Program highlights:

  • Schools open a Publix Partners account by contacting the local Publix store manager.
  • Once the school’s application is processed, Publix sends a packet to the school that includes cards with the school’s account number. The cards are then distributed to parents, teachers, family an, friends.
  • Participants present their Publix Partners card to the cashier whenever they make a purchase at Publix.
  • Publix credits the schools account with every dollar participants spend and awards the school with a check(s), amount based on purchases.
  • The card does not require activation by the participant, never expires, may be used year round on any item in the store (with a few exclusions), and is valid at any Publix in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. 

Publix is privately owned and operated by its 188,000 employees, with 2016 sales of $34 billion. Currently Publix has 1,158 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. The company has been named one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 20 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized among the top in the grocery business. For more information, visit the company’s Website, corporate.publix.com.

Publix Contact: 
Kim Reynolds
704-424-5017 x71014

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Published by Laurie Pender on November 14, 2017

        


PowerUP! Be a Positive Charge written on a light blub.During the week of November 13–17, 2017, schools throughout the country will celebrate National School Psychology Awareness Week to highlight the important work school psychologists and other educators do to help all students thrive. This year’s theme is “Power Up! Be a Positive Charge.” Our goal is to highlight how taking a small positive action can create momentum for positive change. The idea is that a small spark—a new skill, a piece of knowledge, an extra effort, a kind gesture—can create the connections necessary for students to develop critical academic and social-emotional skills. Sparks can include action words such as dream, laugh, connect, imagine, create, encourage, share, listen, help, explore, try, and speak up. Students can be both the recipients and conduits of a positive charge that generates personal achievement, growth, and resilience, and sense of belonging and community. 

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Published by Laurie Pender on November 14, 2017

        


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