Fayetteville, NC – A group of 14 cafeteria managers from the Cumberland County School (CCS) system spent time during their summer break working with professional chefs while participating in the North Carolina K-12 Culinary Institute, held in Hoke and Sampson counties.  The managers were able to enhance their culinary skills as Child Nutrition professionals, including sampling new recipes, learning some speed-scratch cooking techniques, and practicing techniques for creating eye-appealing presentations of fresh fruits and vegetables.

The N.C. K-12 Culinary Institute, designed to enhance nutrition offerings, is funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture Professional Standards Training Grant. The face-to-face and virtual institute was developed by the NCDPI School Nutrition Section and Chef Cyndie Story’s K-12 Culinary Team, in order to meet five core objectives:

  • Improve student health, well-being, and academic success through nutritious, appealing meals at school;
  • Increase participation in high quality, enticing school nutrition programs;
  • Expand capacity of local school nutrition programs to purchase, prepare and serve fresh, locally grown produce;
  • Increase consumption of fruits, vegetables, and whole grain-rich foods; and
  • Provide continuing education opportunities for school nutrition personnel.

The 2017 North Carolina K-12 Culinary Institute graduates included Child Nutrition Managers from:

Cape Fear High School
Reid Ross Classical School/Cross Creek & Cumberland International Early Colleges
E. Smith High School/ Ramsey Street High School
Pine Forest Middle School/Raleigh Road Elementary School
South View Middle School
Cliffdale Elementary
Wayne Collier Elementary
Gallberry Farm Elementary
Howard Hall Elementary/Long Hill Elementary
Lake Rim Elementary
Montclair Elementary
Stedman Elementary/Stedman Primary
Stoney Point Elementary

With the eight cafeteria managers who completed the training in 2016 and Menu Planners Carissa Gemar Harris and Linda Johnson and Cafeteria Training Manager Mary Novotney, the CCS has a total of 25 child nutrition professionals who have graduated from the professional chef designed and lead NC K-12 Culinary Institute.

The graduates are deemed Chef Ambassadors and will share their training with fellow Child Nutrition professionals in Cumberland County through a ‘train it forward’ program. Recipes from the K-12 Culinary Institute that will be featured on the lunch menus throughout the school year will include Buffalo chicken on flatbread, stir-fry California blend, Southwest chicken salad, and more.

Participants in the recent Culinary Institute at the Hoke County Location

K-12 Culinary Institute Participants (Hoke County location) pictured are (l-r) Cafeteria Manager Amanda Mooney (PFMS), Cafeteria Manager Michelle McCall (SVMS), Cafeteria Manager Tammy West (EESHS), Cafeteria Manager Karlene Richardson (LRES), Cafeteria Manager Elizabeth Newton (Montclair), Cafeteria Manager Teresa Huff (RRCS), Cafeteria Manager Kim Mitchell (CES), and Culinary Institute Chef Cyndie Story.

Culinary Institute Participants at the Sampson County Location

K-12 Culinary Institute Participants (Sampson County location) pictured are (l-r) Culinary Institute Chef Lydia West, Cafeteria Manager Donna Macmaster (GFES), Cafeteria Manager Traci Gorham (SES), Cafeteria Manager Carla Barrett (CFHS), Cafeteria Manager Michael Parker (SPES), Cafeteria Manager Danielle Carpenter (CWCES), CNS Training Manager Mary Novotney, Cafeteria Manager Sherri Rambeaut (HHES), and Culinary Institute Chef Kelly Waldron.

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Published by Laurie Pender on August 30, 2017

        


Bubble with the words back to school in it!The following Back-To-School OpEd from CCS’ Interim Superintendent Tim Kinlaw appeared in the Aug. 23 Fayetteville Observer.

Collaborate. Compete. Succeed.

Every new school year begins with great hopes and expectations for our students. Approximately 51,000 students will walk through the doors of Cumberland County schools this school year. We are excited to welcome each of them along with our employees for another successful year!

Each school year brings much anticipation, anxiety, eagerness, and hope. As Cumberland County Schools’ Interim Superintendent, I would like to take this opportunity to express my hopes for this school year.   
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Published by Laurie Pender on August 24, 2017

        


Pictured are POY Nominees (top to bottom) Lee Spruill (Cape Fear High), Michael Tucker (Cliffdale Elementary), Todd Yardis (Ed V. Baldwin Elementary), Lavette McMillan (New Century International Middle), Regina Blanding (J. W. Coon Elementary), Cynthia Anderson (Stoney Point Elementary), and Dr. Michele Cain (Cumberland Road Elementary).

During CCS’ 2017-2018 Back-to-School Kick-Off Leadership Celebration on Aug. 16, the 2018 Teacher of the Year finalist and the Principal of the Year (POY) nominees were announced and recognized for their hard work and commitment to education. From a pool of candidates, these exceptional educators were chosen to vie for the County’s top educational honors. In the coming weeks, a representative from each group will be selected to compete at the regional level. 

The TOY Attendance Area Finalists are Angelina Cobb (Jack Britt), Ashley Biagi (Seventy-First), Leslie Seals (South View), Latisha Edwards (Westover), Ashley Peterson (Pine Forest), Talicia Smith (Douglas Byrd), Samuel McMillan (Gray’s Creek), Jessica Cashwell (Cape Fear), Eddie Ford III (E.E. Smith), and Carla Burke (Terry Sanford).

The POY Nominees are Lee Spruill (Cape Fear High), Michael Tucker (Cliffdale Elementary), Todd Yardis (Ed V. Baldwin Elementary), Lavette McMillan (New Century International Middle), Regina Blanding (J. W. Coon Elementary), Cynthia Anderson (Stoney Point Elementary), and Dr. Michele Cain (Cumberland Road Elementary).

 

Congratulations! We’re proud of you!

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Published by Laurie Pender on August 21, 2017

        


Enjoying breakfast before the meeting beginsMore than 300 CCS’ educators recently gathered on the campus of Gray’s Creek High School to celebrate ‘kicking-off’ another successful school year!

Interim Superintendent Tim Kinlaw and Cumberland County Board of Education Chairman Greg West welcomed the group with words of inspiration and motivation.

The 2018 Teacher of the Year finalists and 2018 Principal of the Year nominees were announced and recognized for their hard work and commitment to education. In the coming weeks, a representative from both groups will be selected to represent the county at the regional level. 
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Published by Laurie Pender on August 19, 2017

        


children ready to head back to school standing by a fenceAs the summer continues, parents and students will start getting ready to come back to school. The CCS has put together an online Back-to-School Guide, a one-stop-shop for all of your Back-to-School questions. Please visit the online guide to find open house schedules, school supply lists, bell schedules, lunch information and much more. Check out the Online Back-to-School Guide now!

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Published by Laurie Pender on August 15, 2017

        


Cumberland County Schools’ newest teachers recently gathered at South View High School for four information-packed days of learning ‘the nuts and bolts of the classroom.’  The nearly 265 Beginning Teachers were participants in the school system’s annual New Teacher Induction, held August 8 – 10. 


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Published by Laurie Pender on August 11, 2017

        


1st place winner- Anil G. from Seventy-First Classical Middle School holding trophy

Congratulations to Anil Gordon, a student at Seventy-First Classical Middle School, for receiving fourth-place honors in the Modern Woodmen of America’s 2017 National School Contest, held July 13-14.

 
The eighth grader, who received a medallion for this honor, competed against 23 other students from across the country. According to a representative from Modern Woodmen of America, the judges thought Anil’s speech showed “tremendous talent and effort.” 
 
Contest officials said that nearly 90,000 students participated at the local/school level by sharing their thoughts about this year’s speech topic: “What does it mean to be a hero?”  
 
 
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Published by Laurie Pender on August 10, 2017

        


Graduation Ceremony Summer 2017About 90 high school seniors, who represented 11 area schools, participated in Cumberland County Schools’ 2017 Summer Graduation Ceremony on Aug. 10.
 
The seniors marched across the auditorium stage at Jack Britt High School eager to receive their hard-earned diplomas.
 
Through his remarks to the graduates, Interim Superintendent of the CCS Tim Kinlaw congratulated them and encouraged them to “remember to stay positive, stay focused, and don’t give up in life.”


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Published by Laurie Pender on August 10, 2017

        


E. E. Smith Student Leaders Prepare for Success by attending Dr. W. T. Brown Student Leadership Academy On June 9, 2017, school ended for most of the students and teachers across the Cape Fear Region, but not for the faculty and staff at E. E. Smith High School. Teachers, administrators, students, and community volunteers have been hard at work sharpening their leadership skills and preparing to make the transition from middle school to high school as smooth as possible for rising 9th graders. This summer kicked off the 1st Dr. W. T. Brown Student Leadership Academy specifically designed for student leaders of clubs, organizations, and teams at E. E. Smith High School.
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Published by Laurie Pender on August 8, 2017

        


Douglas Byrd High School S2S TeamDouglas Byrd S2S (Student 2 Student program) consisting of students: Destiny R., Zinzili K., Shannon S., Amazia J., and Cassie A. along with their teacher sponsors: Stefanie Shook and Jennifer Ramirez were given the amazing opportunity to attend the MCEC (Military Child Education Coalition) National Training Seminar in Washington D.C. on July 30 through Aug 2nd. During this training seminar, Douglas Byrd High School students were afforded the opportunity to attend many amazing leadership seminars given by distinguished speakers such as Maj. Gen Charles Bolden (astronaut and retired Marine), Dr. Ken Ginsburg (renowned pediatric doctor) and Dr. Jill Biden.
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Published by Laurie Pender on August 8, 2017

        


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