Harvard Model CongressFourteen Cape Fear High School students attended Harvard Model Congress (HMC) from February 17-21 in Boston, MA. Harvard Model Congress is the largest government simulation conference in the world. HMC is run entirely by Harvard students and is dedicated to teaching and inspiring leaders of tomorrow. HMC presents a unique opportunity for high school students to engage with American government through role-play and simulation in order to develop a better understanding of civic involvement and government function. Through a variety of congressional committees covering a broad spectrum of pressing federal issues and a diverse collection of Special Program Committees highlighting other aspects of the US government, HMC strives to provide a stimulating learning environment that fosters individual growth and group education.
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Published by Laurie Pender on March 2, 2016

        


GCMS-Battle of the Books TeamCongratulations to Gray’s Creek Middle School!  They won the 2016 Middle School Battle of the Books (MBOB) competition on Tuesday, March 1.  They will represent Cumberland County in the regional competition on April 7th.  All of the teams did a great job and represented their schools well.  We appreciate all of the hard work and participation of all of the students and coaches, as well as the support given by parents, school staff and administrators.

Results of the MBOB competition:

1st Place:  Gray’s Creek Middle School
2nd Place:  Hope Mills Middle School
3rd Place:  John Griffin Middle School
4th Place:  Mac Williams Middle School
5th Place:  New Century Middle School
Most Improved:  Spring Lake Middle School

**Elementary Battle of the Books:  Cluster Competitions- March 3, 4, 7, 8, 9; Finals- March 11

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Published by Laurie Pender on March 1, 2016

        


Fayetteville – Twenty-two middle school and 25 high school Science Olympiad Teams converged on the campus of Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) for ‘head-to-head’ competition in 23 events during the Feb. 27 Fayetteville Regional Science Olympiad.

The day of activities produced the following winning teams:

Middle School B Division

1st place – Seventy-First Classical Middle School
2nd place – The O’Neal School
3rd place – R. Max Abbott Middle School
4th place – Mac Williams Middle School
5th place – HOME (Home Offering Meaningful Education)

High School C Division

1st place – Terry Sanford High School
2nd place – Cape Fear High School
3rd place – Jack Britt High School
4th place – Massey Hill Classical High School
5th place – Robeson Early College High School

This year’s Spirit Awards were given to Seventy-First Classical Middle School and E.E. Smith High School for each team’s actions and spirit throughout the day of competition. 

Also, Marie Cash from the FTCC Math Department was given an Outstanding Honor Award for her many years of volunteering and leading the Write It, Do It event for both divisions. 

The top three teams in each division received bids for the State Science Olympiad Tournament, scheduled at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC) from April 22-23.

 

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Published by Laurie Pender on March 1, 2016

        


Carrie ChildersCarrie Childers, Cumberland County’s AIG Coordinator has been selected by The Board of Directors of the North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented (NCAGT) as one of three finalists for the 2016 NCAGT Outstanding Administrator of the Gifted Award. Carrie will represent Cumberland County School’s AIG Program at the North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented 42nd annual conference on March 4, 2016.

Carrie began her career in education as a 5th grade teacher before she transitioned into Gifted Education in 2001. Carrie has served Cumberland County Schools diligently as the Academically/Intellectually Gifted Coordinator for the past six years and is an AIG Regional Leader for the state of North Carolina.

Carrie’s knowledge of gifted education and her passion for educating children is contagious. She enthusiastically motivates her AIG staff to perform to the very best of their ability every day. One of her AIG teachers said, “Carrie remembers that each case that comes across her desk is a child, not just required numbers and forms.” She makes it a practice to “do right by the student”. Carrie is always supportive and keeps students and teachers in the forefront as she makes decisions that moves gifted education forward in Cumberland County.

Congratulations Carrie Childers, Cumberland County Schools’ AIG Coordinator and finalist for the 2016 NCAGT Outstanding Administrator of the Gifted Award!

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Published by Laurie Pender on February 25, 2016

        


 

MATHCOUNTSFayetteville – Four Cumberland County middle schools took top honors in the Feb. 13 South Central Chapter MATHCOUNTS Competition held at Snyder Memorial Church.

The top MATHCOUNTS teams received the following honors: 1st place – Mac Williams Middle School; 2nd place – John Griffin Middle School; 3rd place – Seventy-First Classical Middle School; and 4th place – Gray’s Creek Middle School. Fifteen middle schools from the Cumberland County School (CCS) system participated in the annual competition and 23 schools were represented during the day-long contest.

The top three individual students were Jonathan Piland from Mac Williams Middle School, Junhee Shin from John Griffin Middle School, and Justin Munoz from Mac Williams Middle School, respectively.  Seven of the top 10 individual students were from the following Cumberland County middle schools: Mac Williams, John Griffin, Gray’s Creek, Max Abbott, and Seventy First Classical. 

The top three teams and top individuals will go on to compete in state competition on March 5 at Carrboro High School in Carrboro, NC.

The MATHCOUNTS Competition Series is a middle school competition program, with live, in-person events in all 50 states.  During this competition, students engage in exciting, “bee-style” contests in which they compete against and alongside other bright, motivated students. At the local, state and national level, students win hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes every year.

2016 South Central Chapter Competition Individual Ranking

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Published by Laurie Pender on February 17, 2016

        


Sarah HennesseySarah Hennessey, Cumberland County’s AIG Teacher of the Year for 2015-2016 has just been selected by The Board of Directors of the North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented (NCAGT) as one of three finalists for the 2016 NCAGT Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted Award. Sarah will represent Cumberland County School’s AIG Program at the North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented 42nd annual conference on March 4, 2016.

Sarah is an exceptional AIG Discovery Teacher who serves our youngest, brightest learners in grades K-2 at seven elementary schools. She delights in telling others what her students are learning, how much they are growing, and that gifted services make a difference. She is a minds in motion teacher, pushing students to think in ways they have yet imagined possible. On any given visit to her schools the students are always asking when will they see her again and what will they be doing next. This is a true testament to her dedication, as kids are always honest in their opinions of you. One of her former students said, “Ms. Hennessey’s classroom was so captivating it is the only one of which I can remember minute details.” A fellow colleague expressed that “because she is remarkably intuitive, intelligent, and compassionate, she is able to make deep connections with gifted children.” Her commitment to her students, parents, school, and gifted programming is immeasurable. 

“What I do gives me more fulfillment than anyone can imagine. Being an educator is not merely my profession, it is my way of life.” – Sarah Hennessey

Congratulations Sarah Hennessey, Cumberland County Schools’ 2015-2016 AIG Teacher of the Year and finalist for the 2016 NCAGT Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted Award!

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Published by Laurie Pender on February 15, 2016

        


Educators Recognized at Power LunchEducators Dr. Crystal Brown, Pamela Story, and Melody Chalmers were honored at the Fayetteville Ladies Power Lunch on February 11, 2016 for their contributions to students in Cumberland County Schools. They were recognized by the Kidsville’s News and Literacy Foundation, which provides funding assistance for reading and educational resources at “no charge” to Cumberland and Hoke County School students.

The Fayetteville Ladies Power Lunch is dedicated to celebrating, inspiring, motivating and empowering women from all walks of life. Pictured with Chalmers, Story, and Brown, are Mr. and Mrs. Bill Bowman, along with Mrs. Barbara Till. Congratulations Ladies!
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Published by Laurie Pender on February 15, 2016

        


CTE MonthStudents and faculty in Cumberland County Schools are celebrating Career and Technical Education (CTE) in February.  This year’s theme for the month is CTE:  Opportunities for Career Success which highlights the critical need for career and technical education programs that provide students of today with the knowledge and skills necessary to be competitive in a global economy.
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Published by Bobbi Jo Pova on February 10, 2016

        


Sarah HennesseySarah Hennessey, AIG Discovery Teacher, was selected as the 2015-2016 Cumberland County Schools AIG Teacher of the Year, by an AIG TOY committee, based on professional and community activities, school/system committee work and staff development presentations, “extra mile” activities for her school and the AIG Program along with two essays relating to gifted education.

A packet of all of her achievements, written essays, and recommendation letters was sent to the North Carolina Association of Gifted and Talented to compete at the state level for the Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted Award. The announcement for this award will be made at the NCAGT Conference in March in Winston Salem. Congratulations Sarah Hennessey!

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Published by Bobbi Jo Pova on February 10, 2016

        


NCSPRA Blue Ribbon 2016 (Fuller, Moyd, Lovett, Posey, Pender & Spence)

NCSPRA Blue Ribbon Awards (l-r) Fuller, Moyd, Lovett, Posey, Pender & Spence

School public relations professionals across the state were honored for the products of their craft during the North Carolina School Public Relations Association’s (NCSPRA) annual Blue Ribbon Awards for Effective Communications celebration at the O. Henry Hotel in Greensboro on Jan. 29.  Thirty-nine school districts were recognized for outstanding work and received a total of 229 awards in eight categories. 

Included in the list of winners is Cumberland County Schools (CCS)’ Communications Specialist Renarta Clanton Moyd, Videographer Nakol Lovett, Communications’ Administrative Assistant Linda Posey, and Communications Secretary and Web Manager Laurie Pender.   
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Published by Laurie Pender on February 8, 2016

        


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