November is Native American Heritage MonthThe celebration of National American Indian Heritage Month has happened every November since a resolution was signed by President George H.W. Bush in 1990.  How did this month-long celebration begin?

It began as a one-day celebration to pay homage to America’s First People. The first state to recognize American Indian Day was New York-in 1916.

Dr. Arthur Parker, (Seneca Nation) director of the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Rochester, New York was one the first advocates of American Indian Day.
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Published by Laurie Pender on November 6, 2017

        


Pictured are (l-r) NCSTA District 4 Director Erica Cain, Brian Thompson from Terry Sanford High, Karen Steele from John Griffin Middle, and Veronica Stender from Long Hill Elementary.

Erica Cain, Brian Thompson, Karen Steele, and Veronica Stender

Congratulations to CCS’ Teachers Veronica Stender at Long Hill Elementary, Karen Steele at John Griffin Middle, and Brian Thompson at Terry Sanford High on recently being announced as the North Carolina District 4 Outstanding Science Teachers for Elementary, Middle, and High Schools, respectively! The Oct. 19 announcement came during the North Carolina Science Teachers Association (NCSTA) 47th Professional Development Institute Conference awards ceremony held at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, NC.  Pictured are (l-r) NCSTA District 4 Director Erica Cain, Brian Thompson from Terry Sanford High, Karen Steele from John Griffin Middle, and Veronica Stender from Long Hill Elementary.

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Published by Bobbi Jo Pova on November 1, 2017

        


Cumberland County School Counselors take it to the next level during their 3rd Annual Money Night for Seniors and their parents.  An event that started with 5 school counselors (Donna Craig; EE Smith High School), Rangel McLaurin (Reid Ross Classical High School), Jennifer Theel (Cumberland International High School), Retired Counselor, Jackie Mardis (Cross Creek Early College High School), and Dr. Tanya Sandidge (Westover High School), is now a Cumberland County School Counselor event. 
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Published by Bobbi Jo Pova on October 24, 2017

        


This is a picture of the green Salvation Army Angel Tree with a yellow star on top and the logo for the Salvation Army.The Salvation Army would like to help bring joy to children this Christmas. The Angel Tree program helps children up to 12 years old and seniors ages 65+ who would otherwise not receive anything for Christmas. Each child’s or senior’s name is on a tag, along with their wish list for Christmas. The Angel Tree in Cross Creek Mall will have dozens of tags hanging on the tree, waiting to be adopted by loving people who will shop for gifts for the children or the seniors. The program starts this Monday, October 23, 2017.

Christmas Application Guidelines 2017- English Version

Christmas Application Guidelines 2017- Spanish Version

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Published by Bobbi Jo Pova on October 20, 2017

        


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

        


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