Eastover Central - Regional Winners 2017Congratulations to the Battle of the Books team from Eastover Central Elementary!  They won the Regional competition today in Bladen County.  Seven counties participated in the competition.  Way to go Eastover Central Elementary!

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Published by Laurie Pender on April 28, 2017

        


Students building something using a RigamajigMany kids experience intense emotional impact when a parent is deployed or has returned home from military service. Play is crucial for kids to relieve toxic stress, restore normalcy and stay active and healthy.  Stoney Point Elementary School hosted an event to unveil its new Rigamajig creative play tool on April 24, 2017. The Rigamajig empowers kids to use their own imagination to build a play space of their dreams, using a collection of wooden planks, wheels, and pulleys that allow kids to build and rebuild play structures with their imaginations. This type of play can be a solution for military families to help kids have fun, healthy and positive experiences together.  
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Published by Laurie Pender on April 25, 2017

        


2017 School Bus Driver ROADeo Winners Holding PlaquesThe CCS’ Transportation Office recently sponsored its annual School Bus ROADeo at the Crown Expo Center. The winners of the event were as follows: Edward Campbell-1st place, E. E. Smith High; Mary Smith-2nd place, E. E. Smith High; Debbie Robatalle-3rd place, EC Transportation; Hurley Williams-4th place, EC Transportation; and Janice Weaver-5th place, Jack Britt High. The alternates, should one of the top five be unable to attend the District Competition will be William Jackson from Anne Chestnutt, and Larry Carter from EC Transportation.

The Cumberland County Schools will be hosting the District ROADeo on Thursday, April 27 at the Crown Complex in the East parking lot.  The event will start around 8:30 a.m. and will include participants from other counties as well as the top five winners from Cumberland County.  The top 10 winners from the District ROADeo on April 27 will advance to the State ROADeo which will be held at the NC State Fairgrounds on May 25.  The winner at the State level will advance to the National level.

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Published by Laurie Pender on April 14, 2017

        


Ja'Brilyn C. , a junior at Westover High, is holding his certificate honoring him as a student with Amazing Acts of CharacterThe 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 was one student who was introduced to the board members and received a trophy.  

The March 2017 honoree is as follows:

Ja’Brilyn C., a junior at Westover High School (WOHS) – According to WOHS’ Lead Success/Instructional Coach Brenda Minor, this 16-year-old “possesses a compassionate mind and an unpretentious heart each morning before coming to school.” Apparently, Ja’Brilyn walks his little brother and several elementary school children to their bus stop before school. “Ja’Brilyn supervises and ensures their safety as he walks all of them to the school bus stop,” said Minor. “He stands there with them until the bus arrives and the children safely board the school bus. Once the bus pulls off, Ja’Brilyn gets into his car and drives himself to Westover High School.” Minor said the school is proud of the fact that neighborhood parents trust Ja’Brilyn to walk with, watch, and make sure their young children board the school bus every day.

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Published by Bobbi Jo Pova on April 13, 2017

        


Text reading World Climate Simulation - your turn to negotiateFayetteville, NC– On March 11th the Go Green Initiative hosted Cumberland County’s first World Climate Simulation during day two of the 2017 Sandhills Clean Energy Summit. The World Climate Simulation is a role-playing exercise of the UN climate change negotiations for large groups, typically 8-50 people (although it has been adapted for use in groups as large as 500). Developed by Climate Interactive and MIT, this model-based game parallels the COP22 climate conference that was held in Marrakesh, Morocco in November of 2016.
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Published by Laurie Pender on April 12, 2017

        


Green vegetables growing in a garden to support April as National Garden MonthApril is the national garden month and several schools have taken advantage of getting their hands dirty.
The Healthy Eating and Active Living Liaison was awarded a grant from Action for Healthy Kids to promote nutrition and physical activity initiatives within the schools. After partnering with Jason Weathington, Horticulture Agent from NC State University, the planting began. Check out the gardens at Beaver Dam Elementary, Cliffdale Elementary, and C. Wayne Collier Elementary schools. If your school has a garden, share your experience with us. Please send photos to Angela Hurley, Healthy Eating, and Active Living Liaison at angelahurley@ccs.k12.nc.us. For more information and pictures, visit, CCS’ Wellness Website

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Published by Bobbi Jo Pova on April 10, 2017

        


Dr. Till accepts the Raymond Sarbaugh Leadership AwardThe North Carolina Association of School Administrator’s (NCASA) Raymond Sarbaugh Leadership Award is given annually to an individual who has shown outstanding leadership in public school service and a commitment to enhancing and supporting the efforts of NCASA on behalf of his or her fellow school administrators. The award is named for NCASA’s first full-time and longest-serving Executive Director, the late Raymond Sarbaugh. This year’s Sarbaugh Award Winner is Cumberland County Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Frank Till, Jr.
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Published by Laurie Pender on April 4, 2017

        


Pinwheels for Prevention planted in front of tree.April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the time to heighten awareness and take action, on ways to stop child abuse in our community. As citizens, it is our responsibility to support the healthy development of children. The positive childhood we want for them requires a safe, loving, and supportive environment. Research shows that children thrive physically, mentally, socially, emotionally, and academically when they are nurtured. If you suspect that a child in Cumberland County, is being neglected or abused, the number to call is 910.677.2450.
 
Pinwheels for prevention can be seen in vases, and gardens throughout Fayetteville, this month. The blue and silver pinwheel serves as the symbol of a bright, shiny, and carefree future that every child deserves. Learn the facts, take a stand, and protect our most precious citizens, this month and every month.
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Published by Laurie Pender on April 3, 2017

        


North Carolina Association of Scholastic Activities - North Carolina MapOn Saturday, April 1, the 2017 Middle School Forensics State Final was held at New Century International Middle School of Fayetteville.  Students participated in six separate events: Public Forum, Extemporaneous Speaking, Duo Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, and Original Oratory.  In the Interpretation categories, students performed memorized literary works, and in Original Oratory, students presented their own original persuasive speeches. 
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Published by Laurie Pender on April 3, 2017

        


Keep Calm and Purple Up! for Military KidsSince 1986, April has been designated as the Month of the Military Child.  The Month of the Military Child is a month-long celebration to honor the sacrifices made by our military-connected students as they selflessly support their parent(s) who are, or were, in the military.  Cumberland County is rich with the tradition of military service and every one of the Cumberland County Schools has military-connected students. 

The school day closest to April 15 is designated as Purple Up Day. Everyone is encouraged to wear purple to celebrate the military child. Purple is the designated color because it is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue. Cumberland County Schools will be celebrating PurpleUp Day on April 13.

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Published by Laurie Pender on April 1, 2017

        


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