Someone is filling up their water bottle at the Elkay refillable water fountain.The misperceptions of tap water and the look of older water fountains have deterred students, staff, and administrators from using them.  Unfortunately, this has led many people to sugary beverages or expensive bottled water to quench their thirst.  Through the Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) grant, the Central Services building has received a water fountain makeover.  An Elkay refillable water fountain was placed in the building upstairs in November 2016.  It was strategically placed on the 2nd floor to encourage staff to get up and walk the stairs to a refreshing drink.  The concept worked according to Renarta Moyd, “I love it, I love it, I love it!!”  The EZ water fountain motivates me each day to get up from my desk and walk.  The ultimate reward is a cool refreshing drink of water.” 
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Published by Laurie Pender on March 1, 2017

        


Celebrate National School Breakfast Week by taking the School Breakfast Challenge!“Take the School Breakfast Challenge” Encourages Cumberland County School Families to Choose Breakfast at School

Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for families to find time for a healthy breakfast. However, US Department of Agriculture data show that more students are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in their school cafeterias.  To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available with school breakfast, Cumberland County Schools will recognize National School Breakfast Week during March 6-10, 2017.
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Published by Laurie Pender on February 28, 2017

        


Students from Seventy-First High School learn Chinese through teleconference Digital Learning Day 2017 was a success in Cumberland County Schools! On February 23rd, students, teachers, and administrators across the district showcased their knowledge of educational digital technologies by participating in activities utilizing digital tools, resources and content. Digital Learning Day is a national event that started in 2012. It’s about enhancing the learning experience for all students and targeting the skills needed in today’s world. Both students and teachers are embracing new innovative ways to teach and learn.
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Published by Laurie Pender on February 27, 2017

        


Image of Todd McCabe accepting award from Larell Higginbotham.Todd McCabe, Cumberland County Schools’ 2017 Teacher of the Year, was recently honored at Liberty Point Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) Annual Awards program held at Campground Methodist Church. He was selected as the Chapter’s Outstanding History Teacher of the Year and, currently, teaches at John Griffin Middle School. Larell Higginbotham, a NSDAR prospective member, presented Mr. McCabe with an engraved statue of an American Eagle with raised wings.

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Published by Laurie Pender on February 21, 2017

        


Image of the winner, first, and second runner up in the CCS' Spelling Bee competition.Nine students competed in the final round of the county spelling bee on Friday, February 17. The finalists gathered at the Cumberland County Educational Resource Center for the championship round, which ended when Kendal Win correctly spelled paparazzo. Kendal is a 7th-grade student at Pine Forest Middle School.  Nazifa Rahman, a 5th grader from Stoney Point Elementary School was the first runner-up and Connor Voorhees, an eighth grader at New Century International Middle School, was the second runner-up.

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Published by Laurie Pender on February 21, 2017

        


Each year CCS selects one deserving elementary, middle and high school counselor for the School Counselor of the Year Award.  Principals and school counselors were asked to nominate a school counselor who they felt exemplified the role of the school counselor. 
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Published by Bobbi Jo Pova on February 20, 2017

        


Image of Amazing Acts of Character Nominees for January are Antonio Rojas, Surya Munogoti, Caleb Michael RogersThe 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 three students who were introduced to the board members and received a trophy.  

The January 2017 honorees are as follows:

Caleb-Michael Rogers, a seventh grader at New Century International Middle School (NCIMS)According to NCIMS Counselor Laura Moore, the 13 year old joined the wrestling team for the first time this year, and because of his positive attitude and work ethic, he has emerged as a leader on the team. She recalls at a recent home wrestling match observing Caleb make “a remarkably kind and respectful gesture.” One of Caleb’s teammates got pinned, was very upset, and refused to shake the hand of his opponent and the opponent’s coach, which is customary. “Caleb, without any word from his coaches, jumped up and went and shook the opponent’s and coach’s hands and congratulated them,” said Moore. “He truly showed great sportsmanship and represented his school very well. Caleb just instinctively knew what the right thing to do was and did it!”

Surya Munugoti, a junior at Terry Sanford High School (TSHS)Lola Widman, the school counselor at Max Abbott Middle, said that this 16 year old works as a tutor in a program where students in TSHS’ Global Studies Academy tutor students at her school in math or reading.  Widman said that Surya has “stood out from the outset for his outstanding performance.” She said that he genuinely cares about helping the students, works diligently to assist them, and checks to see if they are making progress in their math classes. According to Widman, each semester, tutors are only asked to volunteer twice a week for a set number of weeks. Surya has chosen to exceed the number of days per week and weeks than what is required. “He (Surya) has provided a great service to our students and to our school,” said Widman. “We are extremely fortunate and grateful for his help, especially considering the fact that he does not need the community service hours offered for this tutoring program. Instead, he is helping our students because he is intrinsically motivated to help others!”

Antonio Rojas, a junior at Douglas Byrd High School (DBHS) – DBHS Principal Dr. Zoletta Taylor is applauding this 17 year old’s level of compassion. Recently, Antonio wrestled an opponent from an area high school who had Down’s syndrome. According to Dr. Taylor, Antonio treated the match like any other and wrestled vigorously with his opponent; however, “because of his compassion for the student’s disability,” Antonio chose to take a personal loss to his wrestling record.

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Published by Bobbi Jo Pova on February 17, 2017

        


Image of MATHCOUNTS logo that reads Fun & Challenging Programs for U.S. Middle School StudentsThe 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 motivated ‘mathletes’. At the local, state and national level, students win hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes every year.


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Published by Laurie Pender on February 16, 2017

        


Image of 2017 Outstanding Educator Award Winners l-r Reames, Edwards, Anderson, Simmons and May - Feb 15 -2017Fayetteville – The Wells Fargo Outstanding Educator Award recognizes and helps foster excellence in education by presenting two teachers and one administrator in the Cumberland County Schools a $1,000 grant to implement a special educational project at their respective schools.

Greg Reames, Cape Fear Market President of Wells Fargo, presented this year’s awards and an engraved hand worked glass apple to the three educators during the Feb. 14 Cumberland County Board of Education meeting. The winners were as follows:
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Published by Laurie Pender on February 15, 2017

        


Image of counselors enjoying their appreciation celebrationNational School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), was celebrated from February 6–10, 2017.   This week was a reminder of all of the hard work and dedication that Professional School Counselors provide to their students, faculty, and families.  It is important to understand that school counselors are there to help the growth of our students academically, personal/socially, and in their exploration of careers.  In order to create an environment where growth can occur, school counselors help advocate for the needs of the students as well as collaborate with key stakeholders such as parents and teachers.  School Counselors can be seen as the bridge that brings family and school together.  Cumberland County School’s School Counselors were recognized by their principals throughout the week and had a breakfast celebration on the morning of February 10.

The theme of this year’s School Counseling Celebration was: CCS School Counselors: Professionals Who Exemplify GRIT (Generating Relentless Inner Toughness).  This theme was determined because school counselors are an integral influence in helping our students build resilience and GRIT.  In addition, the role of the school counselor requires just what the words stands for Generating Relentless Inner Toughness.  Every school counselor experiences good and bad throughout their days, but no matter what they have to keep going and pushing through.  Whether it be a child who is depressed and hurting themselves to a student earning a scholarship and getting into college.  Overall, the school counselor is a constant solid that is there to help support and fight for each and every student. 

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Published by Laurie Pender on February 13, 2017

        


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