Alexis Michael, Aubrey Burnette, and Jada Dockery holding their certificates and trophies for displaying amazing acts of character

Alexis Michael, Aubrey Burnette, and Jada Dockery

The Amazing Acts of Character Recognition Program celebrates Cumberland County Schools’ students who meritoriously display an act of good character that goes above and beyond expected pleasant behavior.  Beginning January 2017, each month, all nominees receive a certificate recognizing their act by the Counselor Coordinator.
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Published by Laurie Pender on October 11, 2017

        


Fayetteville, NC – In observance of Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) Kindness Awareness Month, the Anti-Bullying Task Force and the DoDEA Grant Project are challenging every school in the district to complete at least 5,000 acts of kindness throughout October. ‘The kindest elementary, middle, and high school in Cumberland County’ will be recognized at the Nov. 14 Cumberland County Board of Education Meeting.
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Published by Laurie Pender on October 9, 2017

        


“Recipes for Success” during #NSLW17

Chefs hat with the words School Lunch: Recipes for SuccessTo recognize the National School Lunch Program and the 30 million children it serves every day, Cumberland County schools will recognize National School Lunch Week from October 9-13, 2017. The theme, “Recipes for Success” is an opportunity to promote healthy school meals.

National School Lunch Week will emphasize the healthy foods that are offered daily at Cumberland County schools.

“School lunches are healthier than ever, with more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and less fat and sodium,” said Beth Maynard, Executive Director of Child Nutrition Services.  “National School Lunch Week helps us educate parents and students about all the benefits of our lunch program and the appealing choices we offer.”

The federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides nutritionally balanced, healthy meals to students every day. The program, which has been serving the nation’s children for over 60 years, requires school meals to meet federal nutrition standards like offering fruits and vegetables every day, serving whole grain-rich foods, and limiting fat, calories, and sodium.

The “Recipes for Success” campaign is made possible by the nonprofit School Nutrition Association.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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Published by Laurie Pender on October 5, 2017

        


Lavette McMillan - 2018 Principal of the Year holding bouquet of flowersFayettevilleLavette C. McMillan, principal of New Century International Middle School, was announced today as the Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) 2018 Principal of the Year (POY). The announcement came during the school system’s 2018 Principal of the Year Luncheon.

McMillan now moves on to compete against other local award recipients from the Region IV Sandhills/South Central Region of the state.  After the state selection process is completed, one principal will be selected as the 2018 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year. 

The 15-year education veteran has served as a school administrator for 11 years and started her career in the field after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Hispanic Studies Education as a N.C. Teaching Fellow from East Carolina University in 2002. She later obtained a master’s degree in School Administration from Fayetteville State University (FSU). 

McMillan has been the principal at New Century International Middle for two years but was the founding principal of Cumberland International Early College High School in 2011. In this time, the educational leader said that she has learned that it takes teamwork and ‘growing leaders’ to bring about positive student outcomes. “As principal, my greatest lesson learned is that I cannot do it all by myself. I must delegate responsibility to the leaders in my building… I articulate the vision clearly and effectively and then, provide opportunities for others to lead in the building… I have done this by creating leadership teams based on different needs of the school. These leadership teams are given responsibilities with guidance from me and are allowed to create and implement processes to complete the tasks. I have learned that teams have to feel that it is okay to fail and that they have my support. I continue to observe staff in my building and give them opportunities to use and strengthen their leadership skills. I feel it is my job to grow the leaders in my building.”

As the CCS’ Principal of the Year winner, McMillan received the following:

  • Principal of the Year Award from the Cumberland County Board of Education;
  • Cash award and floral arrangement from the CCS;
  • Engraved desk clock from Herff Jones;
  • Commemorative Principal of the Year ring from Jostens;
  • $5,000 check for school use from Lafayette Ford Lincoln;
  • $1,000 check for personal use from Lafayette Ford Lincoln; and
  • $500 gift basket of local restaurants and vendors from Up & Coming Weekly and Kidsville News!

All seven POY nominees [Cindy Anderson (Stoney Point Elementary), Regina Blanding (J.W. Coon Elementary), Dr. Michele Cain (Cumberland Road Elementary), Lavette McMillan (New Century International Middle), V. Lee Spruill (Cape Fear High), Michael Tucker (Cliffdale Elementary), and Todd Yardis (Ed V. Baldwin Elementary)] received a mounted certificate/plaque from the Cumberland County Board of Education; a cash award, one unit of professional credit, and an iPad from the CCS; and  a professional photograph from Lifetouch Photography.

 The regional Wells Fargo Principals of the Year will be announced in January 2018 while the announcement of the 2018 North Carolina Wells Fargo Principal of the Year will be made during a state-wide awards event in the spring of 2018.

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Published by Laurie Pender on October 4, 2017

        


North Carolina Board of Education State SealState Superintendent Mark Johnson recently paid a visit to students and staff at Cumberland Polytechnic High School in an effort to garner support for early college programs across North Carolina. He spent about two hours at the high school, which is located on the campus of Fayetteville Technical Community College, to see the successful pathway the school’s 250 students are taking to get job skills training, college credits toward certification, associate degrees, and college credits. The State Superintendent walked across the campus to tour welding and graphic design classes and talked with students, teachers, and school administrators about the advantages of expanding early college programs.

 

 


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Published by Laurie Pender on September 27, 2017

        


Carrie Childers has been named the 2017 Gifted Coordinator award.The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) announced today that Carrie Childers has received a 2017 Gifted Coordinator Award. Ms. Childers is an Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Coordinator with Cumberland County (NC) Schools, and she was selected because of her continuing support of all gifted and talented students in her district.  
 
NAGC will recognize Ms. Childers at the NAGC 64th Annual Convention(NAGC17) in Charlotte, NC, November 9-12, 2017.


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Published by Laurie Pender on September 21, 2017

        


Students Will Receive a Free Device and Free Wireless Service In First Year of the Program

Fayetteville, NC – September 19, 2017 – Sprint (NYSE: S) and the Cumberland County School (CCS) system announced today that 1,180 local high school students will receive the equipment and connectivity they need to complete their schoolwork from home as part of the 1Million Project. The 2017-2018 school year marks the first year of the initiative with more 180,000 students in 1,300 schools across 30 states. Every year over the next five years, hundreds of thousands of high schoolers who lack internet access at home will join and benefit from the 1Million Project. The ambitious goal is to connect one million students in that time to help level the playing field and help eliminate ‘the homework gap.’
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Published by Laurie Pender on September 20, 2017

        


Leslie Seals , the Cumberland County Schools' 2018 Teacher of the Year is from Rockfish Elementary SchoolTeacher from Rockfish Elementary School Takes the Title

Fayetteville – “When we create a real difference in a student academically, emotionally or behaviorally, I feel we have accomplished what is sometimes not recognized by others but is more valuable to the future of our communities and world than a test score,” said Cumberland County Schools’ 2018 Teacher of the Year (TOY) Leslie Seals, a 4th-grade teacher at Rockfish Elementary School.

The announcement of the 2018 Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) Teacher of the Year was made during an annual dinner in the Cumberland County Crown Ballroom tonight. The presentation took place in front of 86 Teacher-of-the-Year candidates, their guests, school administrators, School Board members, and business partners.
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Published by Laurie Pender on September 18, 2017

        


Black and Gold Anne Chesnutt Middle School HornetACMS recently participated in a partnership with Cross Creek Subaru. Subaru invited their customers who came to their dealership throughout August to help customize book labels and write notes of encouragement to young readers on bookmarks. Books were labeled and encouraging bookmarks were placed inside all 150 award-winning science books. ACMS received the donation on Friday, September 8th. A variety of science books have been distributed to the Science teachers at ACMS for classroom use. The titles cover a wide variety of science themes that include animals, physics, space, sports, and climate change. This donation was greatly appreciated by Anne Chestnutt Middle School!
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Published by Laurie Pender on September 11, 2017

        


Red and Blue Cumberland County District PTA Council LogoNearly 40 PTA Officers from across the Cumberland County School system took part in a special leadership training session on Sept. 9 at the West Regional Library, sponsored by the Cumberland County District PTA Council (CCDPTAC).

State and District PTA officers shared valuable information and tips with the participants on how to become an effective PTA president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, chairman, and committee head. Information was also shared about the Council’s Oct. 14 Community Day and annual Arts Reflections Contest.
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Published by Laurie Pender on September 11, 2017

        


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