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.
Published by Laurie Pender on February 8, 2016
Governor Pat McCrory has proclaimed February 8-12, 2016, as School Bus Driver Appreciation Week to honor our state’s school bus drivers and their record of safety. The proclamation can be read online at www.ncbussafety.org.
The Love the Bus program, founded in 2007 by the American School Bus Council, is celebrated on Valentine’s day and throughout February in school districts across the country as a way to raise awareness and appreciation for the hundreds of thousands of school bus drivers who safely transport children to and from school each day on 480,000 buses, the largest and safest transportation system in the country.
Published by Laurie Pender on February 5, 2016
Eight outstanding public school principals have been selected as Regional Wells Fargo North Carolina Principals of the Year and will now compete for the state title of 2016 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year. The winner will succeed the 2015 recipient, Steve Lassiter Jr., principal of Pactolus School (Pitt County Schools).
The regional principals of the year are:
Published by Laurie Pender on February 1, 2016
January is Mentor Appreciation Month. Thursday, January 21, 2016, was a very special day in Cumberland County Schools. In honor of National Mentor Month, school-based mentors were treated to a breakfast in their honor at the Educational Resource Center. Over 85 mentors and administrators were in attendance. The event also included a training session, Mentoring Makes a Difference. Mr. Kwain Bryant of Empowerment Exchange in Charlotte, North Carolina reminded mentors of the tough, but rewarding work of being a mentor.
Published by Bobbi Jo Pova on January 25, 2016
Lewis Chapel Middle School and Anne Chesnutt Middle School partnered with Communities In School of Cumberland County to host the 2nd Annual Chapel/Chesnutt Middle School Students and Parents College Night at Lewis Chapel Middle on Wednesday, January 20 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The Students and Parents College Night introduces middle school students and families to local colleges and universities. Students whose parents never attended college are less likely to take college preparation courses in high school, discuss college with their parents, and apply to college, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. The Students and Parents College Night provided the opportunity for the parents and students to work together on overall goal building. The program focused on admission requirements, degree pathways and paying for college, as well as helped students begin to develop their high school action plan. Additionally, the parents were provided information to encourage them to start, restart, or complete college. Overall, the program was a success and provided an opportunity to encourage post-secondary education to not only our Cumberland County students, but their parents and families as well.
Submitted by: Kristy Curran, CCS’ Counseling Coordinator.........................................................................................................................................
Published by Laurie Pender on January 21, 2016
In order to help schools, students, and parents with the issues of bullying, Cumblerland County Schools created a Bullying Prevention and Awareness Taskforce. This taskforce is made up of counselors, social workers, safe schools coordinators, sheriffs, police officers, and community members. During the month of November the taskforce created a “Rebooting Cyber Awareness” video contest for all CCS’ middle and high schools. Students were asked to create a video PSA on the social and legal consequences of cyberbullying and sexting. Both of these topics have become prevalent among youth and the Taskforce felt having students create the video message would be even more powerful. The CCS congratulates of all of the schools that submitted videos this year. The 2015-16 winners were Mac Williams Middle School and Gray’s Creek High School. On Tuesday January 12th both schools were recognized at the CCS’ School Board Meeting. Each winning group received a plaque to put up in their school and a gift bag of materials that will help them continue the culture of decreasing cyberbullying and sexting in their school. Please feel free to contact the members of the Bullying Prevention and Awareness Taskforce regarding any questions or concerns around the area of bullying. For more information, contact Kristen Curran at 910.678.2402.
Published by Laurie Pender on January 15, 2016
57 SCHOOLS NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED FOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT IN 2015
Washington D.C. – Fifty-seven U.S. schools have been named 2015 National Title I Distinguished Schools either for exceptional student performance overall or for significantly closing the achievement gap between student groups.
A project of the National Title I Association, the National Title I Distinguished Schools Program publicly recognizes qualifying Title I schools for the outstanding academic achievements of their students. We celebrate the efforts of schools across the country making significant improvements. The program has been in place since 1996, acknowledging the success of hundreds of schools in one of two categories:
Title I is the cornerstone of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It is the largest federally funded pre-college education program in the United States and provides funding to school districts to aid in the education of economically disadvantaged students.
The National Title I Association is a membership organization which includes the Title I Directors from each of the states and territories, who are charged with managing their state Title I program to ensure compliance with federal regulations and to ensure that all children – especially those living in poverty – have the opportunity to receive a high quality education.
The National Title I Association implemented the National Title I Distinguished Schools Program to highlight selected schools that have successfully used their Title I federal funds to improve the education for economically disadvantaged students. More information about all National Title I Distinguished Schools is available on the National Title I Association website: www.titlei.org.
The 2015 Distinguished Schools will be honored January 28th, 2016 at the 2016 National Title I Conference in Houston, TX. Download List of 2015 Schools. (States not listed did not participate in 2015.)
Published by Laurie Pender on January 12, 2016
The Cumberland County Association of Principals and Assistant Principals (CCAPAP) is proud to be able to present scholarships to qualifying Cumberland County Schools (CCS) high school seniors to help them defray the cost of higher education. Each year the association holds a fundraiser to accumulate funds so that we may offer a scholarship to each high school in our district.
In order to be considered for this scholarship students must:
Be a 2015-2016 Cumberland County Schools high school senior
Maintain a minimum weighted 2.5 GPA
Complete the essay portion of the scholarship as directed
Include an official sealed transcript with the application
Include a current report card with the application
Complete the Scholarship Application
Turn the completed packet in by the scholarship deadline to the specified location Students who are chosen to receive a scholarship will be notified in June. There will be one recipient from each of the high schools in Cumberland County. The amount of the scholarships will be determined by the amount of funds generated at our annual fundraiser. Our goal for this year is to raise enough funds to give each high school a $1,000.00 scholarship. All applicants will be notified regarding the outcome of the scholarship process.
The scholarship and all requested information must be postmarked OR delivered in person to the main office at Howard Hall Classical Elementary School (526 Andrews Road) no later than 4:00 pm on Thursday, April 07, 2016. Late applications will not be accepted.
Please be certain that your packet is addressed/labeled as follows:
Howard Hall Classical Elementary School
Published by Laurie Pender on January 12, 2016
Cumberland Community Foundation is partnering with the Cumberland County PTA Council on a new grant program. The SPICE (Strengthening Parent Involvement in Children’s Education) Grant program is designed to help families and communities improve education by increasing parental involvement in Cumberland County Schools. Local PTA units in Cumberland County will have the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $1,000 to fund programs that increase parental involvement in their schools.
Research shows that children perform better in school if their parents and families are involved. Jointly recognizing the significant impact of family involvement, Cumberland Community Foundation and the Cumberland County PTA Council have joined together to support Cumberland County’s children and the people that care for them.
For more information contact Victor Pace at email@example.com. You can learn more about the Cumberland County District PTA Council at ccdptac.ccs.k12.nc.us.
Cumberland Community Foundation is a 501-c-3 charitable organization that manages named charitable funds according to the wishes of the donor. The Foundation has more than $70 million in assets and awards grants of approximately $3 million annually to improve the community. Gifts of any size are welcome.
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Published by Laurie Pender on January 8, 2016
To ‘ring in the New Year,’ the Cumberland County School system is inviting all parents to attend one of three helpful dialogue sessions. Insightful information about district initiatives, cyberbullying and sexting, and effective ways the school district communicates with parents will be shared. A Q & A session will follow.
The Parent Dialogue Sessions are scheduled from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. on
Monday, January 11 @ Westover High School;
Monday, January 25 @ Pine Forest High School; and
Monday, February 1 @ South View High School.
Those in attendance will qualify for give-a-ways throughout the evening!
For more information, call 910.678.2303..........................................................................................................................................
Published by Laurie Pender on January 8, 2016