Wellness tipsThe Office of Health Services, SHAC, and the District PTA would like to thank all of the schools who participated in the Creating Healthy Schools contest. The time, dedication, creativity, and hard work were well represented in all of the videos. Congratulations to Mary McArthur Elementary and Massey Hill Classical High school for having the most ‘likes’ and winning the contest. Each winning school was awarded $500 from the Just Ask grant. The funds will be used to support creating a healthier learning environment. Again, thank you to all for a job well done.
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Published by Laurie Pender on June 12, 2017

        


Recipients of the Annual District PBIS AwardsThe CCS congratulates Stephanie Matarese of Elizabeth Cashwell Elementary for being named the 2017 PBIS Coach of the Year and Morganton Road Elementary School for being named the PBIS School of the year at the annual district celebration held on May 11th! Emily Thayer of Morganton Road Elementary and Tamara Hall of South View High were named the 2017 PBIS Staff Members of the Year! Grays Creek Middle and Alderman Road Elementary schools received awards for the lowest discipline and Douglas Byrd Middle took home the PBIS Parent and Community Involvement Award!

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Published by Laurie Pender on May 23, 2017

        


SFCMS - NCSSM Challenge Cup 2017-18Fayetteville – On Monday, May 8, 2017, Seventy-First Classical Middle School (SFCMS) was announced as the winner of the 2016-2017 North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities (NCASA) Challenge Cup for small middle schools at the Association’s Annual Meeting in Winston-Salem, NC. The award was accepted by Ms. Patricia Ramos, Principal of SFCMS, on behalf of the school.
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Published by Laurie Pender on May 18, 2017

        


Driven 2 Excel 2017Fayetteville – Congratulations to Eva Kelly, a senior from Jack Britt High School (JBHS), for winning a 2016 Kia Soul during this year’s “Driven 2 Excel” celebration last night in the Crown Arena. Kelly and 730 other graduating seniors were in the running for the new car and college scholarships based on their attendance and academic achievements.  During the drawing, Diana Cain from JBHS received a $3,000 scholarship and Kade Sibert from Westover High School was awarded a $2,000 scholarship from the Fort Bragg Federal Credit Union.  In its fifth year, the “Driven 2 Excel” car give-a-way is sponsored in part by the Cumberland County Schools, Beasley Media Group radio stations, Fayetteville Kia, and the Fort Bragg Federal Credit Union.
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Published by Laurie Pender on May 17, 2017

        


Cumberland County Schools' students recognized for displaying Amazing Acts of Character

(Kyle Jones, Euraja Anderson)

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.  In addition, a multidisciplinary Central Services Committee may recommend an elementary, middle and/or high school winner to the School Board, and the students are invited to attend the Board of Education meeting.

This month there were two students who were introduced to the board members and received a trophy.  

Kyle Jones, a kindergartener at Alma Easom Elementary School (AEES)According to Kyle’s teacher, Brenda Bolton, the six-year-old recently showed “great responsibility and compassion” for someone who had fallen ill. Bolton said Kyle was home alone with his grandmother when she suddenly became unresponsive. Knowing that he needed to get assistance, Kyle quickly dialed 9-1-1. “With the guidance of the 911 operator, Kyle was able to help assess the situation for them and provide the information needed to get immediate assistance for his grandmother,” said Bolton.

Euraja Anderson, a senior at E.E. Smith High School (EESHS)EESHS Principal Melody Chalmers said that 17-year-old Euraja has observed 9th-grade female students having difficulty transitioning and decided to do something about it. According to Chalmers, Euraja observed the girls respond negatively to peer pressure by acting out in class, being disrespectful toward their peers and adults, and not focusing on academics. Euraja had similar experiences as a 9th grader and was concerned that many of the students lacked self-esteem so she developed a plan. Chalmers said she approached the assistant principal with the idea of hosting a Girls’ Night In to promote positive self-awareness, healthful living, appropriate communication skills, and positive relationships. Euraja expanded the concept to include three Saturday morning sessions for all 9th-grade females that are led by teachers and facilitated by upperclassmen peer mentors, under Euraja’s leadership. According to Chalmers, the first session included teambuilding, goal-setting, and role-playing activities. Euraja has planned future sessions which include Zumba, meditation, and yoga.  “Euraja created a plan to address a need she observed in school,” said Chalmers. “She persevered despite obstacles that could have prevented her from reaching her goal. She was determined to make this vision a reality for the benefit of the 9th-grade females at our school and committed her time and effort to create this unique program for her peers.” 

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Published by Laurie Pender on May 10, 2017

        


Transforming Instruction 'the CCS Way'Kindergarten through 5th-grade Instructional Coaches, teachers, and their students recently gathered at the Educational Resource Center for nearly two hours to participate in the CCS’ Digital Learning Showcase. The educators and students set up booths from their respective schools to share with everyone, including parents, how they utilized digital tools, pictures, technology, etc., this school year in order to ‘transform instruction.’ Because of the Showcase’s success, event organizers have already begun planning next year’s ‘transformative experience.’
 
 
 
 
 


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Published by Laurie Pender on May 5, 2017

        


CCSNA members pack Sunshine Bags for Local StudentsThe Cumberland County School Nutrition Association (CCSNA) is proud to announce the success of its 2nd Annual Sunshine Bag Program. The program provides a ‘sunshine bag,’ which contains non-perishable foods and other products, to students in transition and/or need. The Bags help provide nourishment during Spring Break since the students do not have access to the support offered at school which includes school meals.  The Association distributed nearly 700 ‘Sunshine Bags’ to students this year. “We see students come through the cafeteria lines that rely on school meals as their primary source of nourishment,” said CCSNA President and South View High School Cafeteria Manager Tina West.  “Our goal is to provide them with some resources during the Break.  It is our way of extending our care to the students beyond the cafeteria.” CCSNA, made up of CCS’ cafeteria employees, conducted fundraisers, solicited community support, and collected donations to help fill the bags.   As students enjoyed the benefits of their bags during Spring Break 2017, CCSNA members have already begun planning for the 2018 Sunshine Bag Program.

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Published by Laurie Pender on May 3, 2017

        


Let's Talk EducationGREAT NEWS: This show will be rebroadcast on Monday, May 29 from 11:34 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

During the May 1 edition of Let’s Talk Education, the show’s host, CCS’ Superintendent Dr. Frank Till, will talk with Montclair Elementary School Principal Stephanie Rivers and Anne Chesnutt Middle School Assistant Principal Lakeshia Payton. They will discuss plans for the elementary and middle schools to become Magnet schools. To listen, tune in from 11:34 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on WIDU 1600 AM or visit www.widuradio.com.

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Published by Laurie Pender on May 2, 2017

        


Eastover Central - Regional Winners 2017Congratulations to the Battle of the Books team from Eastover Central Elementary!  They won the Regional competition today in Bladen County.  Seven counties participated in the competition.  Way to go Eastover Central Elementary!

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Published by Laurie Pender on April 28, 2017

        


Students building something using a RigamajigMany kids experience intense emotional impact when a parent is deployed or has returned home from military service. Play is crucial for kids to relieve toxic stress, restore normalcy and stay active and healthy.  Stoney Point Elementary School hosted an event to unveil its new Rigamajig creative play tool on April 24, 2017. The Rigamajig empowers kids to use their own imagination to build a play space of their dreams, using a collection of wooden planks, wheels, and pulleys that allow kids to build and rebuild play structures with their imaginations. This type of play can be a solution for military families to help kids have fun, healthy and positive experiences together.  
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Published by Laurie Pender on April 25, 2017

        


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