NCDPIFour Cumberland County Schools were among those honored Wednesday, October 7 by State Superintendent June Atkinson for having the highest four-year cohort graduation rates among schools in the state in 2014-15.

“I am so proud of the teachers, school counselors, coaches, principals and district leaders, and others who have worked tirelessly to make sure more students are graduating from North Carolina’s public schools than ever before. Their dedication and tenacity enabled the state to reach the all-time high graduation rate of 85.6 in 2014-15,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson. “As we honor the schools and districts that do an exceptional job keeping students in school and on track for graduation, I am hopeful that these award winners will continue to share best practices and serve as models for districts and schools across the state.”
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Published by Laurie Pender on October 7, 2015

        


Melody ChalmersFayettevilleMelody Chalmers, principal of E. E. Smith High School, has been chosen as the Cumberland County Schools’ 2016 Principal of the Year (POY).

Chalmers now moves on to compete with 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 2016 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year. 

The 17-year education veteran has served as a school administrator for 10 years and started her career in the field after receiving a bachelor’s degree in English Education from North Carolina A & T University in 1998. Seven years later, she obtained a master’s degree in School Administration from Fayetteville State University. Throughout her career, she has received numerous educational recognitions and certifications, along with presenting at various state-wide conferences.
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Published by Laurie Pender on October 7, 2015

        


Reading Rocks!Thousands of walkers are needed to show their support for literacy on Saturday, October 17 at 9:00 a.m. in Festival Park (Downtown Fayetteville). The opening ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. In its 12th year, the annual event helps bring about community awareness regarding the importance of literacy and becoming life-long learners. Last year, thousands of walkers participated and raised over $250,000. All proceeds from the Walk-A-Thon will be used to purchase books and learning tools that will benefit students in the CCS.

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Published by Laurie Pender on September 28, 2015

        


Air Quality Flag Program

 

 

 

 

The school flag program promotes awareness of air quality and helps children, parents, school personnel and the community be aware of daily air quality conditions. Each day the participating school raises a flag that corresponds to how clean or polluted the air is. The color of the flag matches EPA’s Air Quality Index (AQI): green, yellow, orange and red. On unhealthy days, the school can use this information to adjust physical activities to help reduce exposure to air pollution, while still keeping people active. The primary goal of the program is to help protect children’s health when the Air Quality Index reaches an unhealthy level. Air pollutants may affect sensitive groups such as asthmatics. Some of the effects of air pollutants may include:

  • Increased respiratory symptoms, such as irritation of the airways, coughing, or difficulty breathing.
  • Decreased lung function
  • Aggravated asthma
  • Development of chronic bronchitis
  • Chest tightness; chest pain
  • Irregular heartbeat

One benefit of the program is to reduce asthma related absenteeism among students. 

Check out some of our schools who are taking part in the program.

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Published by Laurie Pender on September 23, 2015

        


ESL Training BadgeThe Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) English as a Second Language Department (ESL) is excited to announce that on June 22 2015, 24 teachers from across the county completed the first ESL Training Badge program.  These teachers participated in 60 hours of specialized ESL training in order to strengthen instruction and better support the academic achievement of English Language Learners (ELL) in our district.

The overarching goals of the ESL Training Badge program are to:

1)  help teachers effectively carry out their responsibility for the teaching and learning of ELLs

 2) expand teachers’ knowledge of how language functions within academic content teaching

 3) provide teachers with practical research-based protocols, methods, and strategies to integrate subject area content, language, and literacy development per the expectations of the state of North Carolina and Cumberland County Schools

4) provide supplemental preparation for teachers with an interest in pursuing the NC ESL Add-on Licensure and taking the ESL Praxis – English to Speakers of Other Languages (5361).

For more information about this program, please contact Deborah Wilkes, ESL Coordinator, or Anita Crowley, ESL Instructional Facilitator/Coach at (910) 484 1176.

Teachers Earn ESL Training Badge

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Published by Laurie Pender on September 21, 2015

        


Ashlee Garrison

Ashlee Garrison, 15-16 TOY

3rd & 5th-Grade Teacher at New Century International Elementary School Takes the Title

Fayetteville – “My parents taught me the ‘value of investing’ in others and the invaluable ‘returns’ on those relations,” said Cumberland County Schools’ 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year (TOY) Ashlee Garrison, a 3rd– and 5th-grade teacher at New Century International Elementary School. “My parents always told me that out of all things one may have in his or her life, people are the most important and relationships are our most precious ‘assets.’ Because of my parents’ stellar example, it was always in my heart to serve my community, and to this day the nurturing part of my soul still overflows into my personal and professional relationships as an educator.”

The announcement of the 2015-2016 Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) Teacher of the Year was made during the annual dinner in the ballroom at the Embassy Suites Hotel Monday evening, September 14. The presentation took place in front of 85 Teacher-of-the-Year candidates, their guests, school administrators, School Board members, and business sponsors.

Garrison received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and her Master of Arts degree in Reading Education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2013.
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Published by Laurie Pender on September 14, 2015

        


2016 POY Nominees Fayetteville – Seven Cumberland County Schools’ principals were recently announced as the school system’s 2016 Principal of the Year Nominees. In a little more than a month, one school administrator will be named Cumberland County Schools’ 2016 Principal of the Year.

The big announcement will be made during this year’s invitation-only brunch, scheduled for Wednesday, October 7 at 11:00 a.m. in the Richard M. Wiggins Conference Center at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

CCS’ 2016 Principal of the Year Nominees are as follows:

– Michele Cain from Cumberland Road Elementary School
– Monica Carter from Long Hill Elementary School
– Jeanna Daniels from Beaver Dam Elementary School
– Felix Keyes from New Century International Elementary School
– Suzanne Owen from Rockfish Elementary School
– Tonjai Robertson from Anne Chesnutt Middle School
– Melody Chalmers from E.E. Smith High School

The winner will represent the county in his/her vie for the regional title.

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Published by Laurie Pender on September 3, 2015

        


Jenny Scott, 2015-2016 Media Coordinator of the Year

Jenny Scott, 2015-2016 Media Coordinator of the Year

The Department of Information Technology/Media is excited to announce Jenny Scott from Baldwin Elementary School as the 2015-2016 Media Coordinator of the Year. Candace Cox, the Media Clerk at Gallberry Farm Elementary has been named the 2015-2016 Media Clerk of the Year.

Candace Cox, 2015-2016 Media Clerk of the Year

Candace Cox, 2015-2016 Media Clerk of the Year

Congratulations to both of these ladies who are being recognized for their excellence and dedication to students and staff. They impact the educational needs of students directly, through the latest digital resources as well as traditional materials. They work with students, directing them in the use of technology in the library, as well as recommending tools for research and learning. Also, school media coordinators help to promote education of students, collaborating with  teachers to acquire the needed materials for classroom instruction.

 

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Published by Laurie Pender on August 20, 2015

        


2015-2016 Attendance Area WinnersAnd, the Winner is… 

Fayetteville – Ten Cumberland County Schools’ teachers will be sitting on the edge of their seats awaiting the announcement of the 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year (TOY) winner, during the school system’s annual Teacher of the Year Dinner next month.

The invitation-only event is scheduled for Monday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Richard M. Wiggins Conference Center at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

The attendance area finalists, who were announced during CCS’ Aug. 12 Back-To-School event, are as follows:

Cape Fear – Jennifer Evans from Cape Fear High
Douglas Byrd – Joy “Caroline” Sanchez from Massey Hill Classical High
E. E. Smith – John Doerner from Reid Ross Classical High
Gray’s Creek – Jennifer Jasinski from Gray’s Creek Middle
Jack Britt – Ashlee Garrison from New Century International Elementary
Pine Forest – Michelle McKinney from Long Hill Elementary
Seventy-First – Martina Graham from Anne Chesnutt Middle
South View – Jesse Autry from South View High
Terry Sanford – Jennifer Jordan from Walker-Spivey Elementary
Westover – Tamika Kelly from Morganton Road Elementary

The county-wide winner will go on to compete for the regional title.

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Published by Laurie Pender on August 13, 2015

        


The CCS Quest for Student Success is a video that highlights several new initiatives that are being put in place during the 2015-16 school year. This video was premiered at our annual Back to School kickoff event. 

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Published by Laurie Pender on August 12, 2015

        


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