2017 Bright Ideas Grants Awarded by Lumbee River EMCFive teachers from CCS were recently recognized for being awarded Bright Ideas Grants from Lumbee River EMC. The following grants were among the top 12 applicants out of hundreds that were received: Dr. Heather Kaiser from New Century International Elementary School for her project “Boosting Global Citizenship with Geographic Awareness”; Victoria Gemelli from Seventy-First Classical Middle for her project “Makey Makey Me An Innovator”; Donna Pope from John Griffin Middle School for her project “Taking Flight in our Makerspace”; Jean Pelezeo from Stoney Point Elementary School for her project “Light Up – Students Learning with Wearable Electronics”; and Kristy Sartain from Douglas Byrd Middle School for her project “Learning to Code with R2-D2 Droids”. 

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Published by Laurie Pender on February 24, 2018

        


Owen Elementary School BusOn February 21, 2018, Cumberland County School leaders, community members, and the staff and students at William H. Owen Elementary School honored their school bus drivers for demonstrating a commitment to safety and dedication to their profession. The recognition commenced with a luncheon and presentation of certificates by Principal Gemette McEachern and Assistant Principal Latreicia Allen. The luncheon featured special guests in attendance including Interim Superintendent Tim Kinlaw, Sheriff Ennis Wright of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, and Robert Guzman, CCS Transportation Area Supervisor.
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Published by Laurie Pender on February 23, 2018

        


Logo of the 2017-2018 National PTA Reflections Art Program Titled Within ReachThe original artwork of 14 students in the CCS was recently selected from 41 who participated in the Cumberland County District PTA Council’s Reflections Program. This year’s theme was “Within Reach.” The students competed in six different categories within three grade divisions. Congratulations to the 14 local winners, whose artwork was submitted to the NCPTA for state-level judging. They are as follows:


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Published by Laurie Pender on February 23, 2018

        


Red and Blue image of gears surrounded by red text that reads Gear Up College and Career Readiness Evaluation ConsortiumStaff at Douglas Byrd Middle School held the official ribbon-cutting for the Fayetteville State University GEAR UP Program on Thursday, February 15. GEAR UP is funded by the US Department of Education and the purpose of the program is to prepare middle and high school students for college through academic preparation programs. GEAR UP will begin working with students in the seventh grade and continue to support them through their freshman year in college. GEAR UP provides early college preparation and awareness services through tutoring, mentoring, academic advising, career exploration, college visits, financial aid information, student success workshops, Saturday academies, and summer enrichment camps. Applications are available in the front office for any student interested in participating in the program.

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Published by Laurie Pender on February 22, 2018

        


(L-R) Nakol Lovett, Linda Posey, and Renarta Moyd. (Not pictured Laurie Pender)

(L-R) Nakol Lovett, Linda Posey, and Renarta Moyd. (Not pictured Laurie Pender)

School public relations professionals across the state were honored on Friday, January 26 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. Thirty-eight school districts were recognized for outstanding work and received a total of 306 awards in eight categories. 
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Published by Laurie Pender on February 19, 2018

        


MATHCOUNTS written in red and white textThe 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 19, 2018

        


Colorful sign that reads, It's OK 2 Ask...about suicideAccording to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, suicide is the third leading cause of death for North Carolinians between the ages of 10 to 24.  Unfortunately, stigma, myths, and misinformation about suicide prevent both adults and young people from discussing this topic.  Recognizing the signs and symptoms of suicide and knowing who to call for help is one way to prevent suicide.
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Published by Laurie Pender on February 17, 2018

        


Middle and High School Students perform during All-County Chorus concertCumberland County Schools will present the 2018 All-County Choral Concerts on Saturday afternoon, February 17 at the Crown Coliseum.  Over 600 elementary, middle & high school choral music students will perform in the two concerts.  The elementary concert featuring the county-wide combined All-County Elementary Choir is at 2:00 p.m.  The secondary county-wide concert featuring the All-County Middle School Choir and All-County High School Choir is at 4:15 p.m.  To prepare for these concerts, choral students participate in a two-day choral clinic.  Choral repertoire will include a variety of classical and contemporary choral music.  The concert is free and open to the public.  Guest clinicians are invited to direct the three choirs. 
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Published by Laurie Pender on February 15, 2018

        


Imagine.  You are a member of a team that transports approximately 27,000 students daily to their designated schools within Cumberland County. You greet each student on your school bus with a smile while recognizing that you play a key role in ensuring that they meet and exceed their academic and behavioral expectations. For many Cumberland County Schools bus drivers, this is the important role that they play on a daily basis. In celebration of Love the Bus Month, a nationally recognized event sponsored by the American School Bus Council (ASBC), Cumberland County Schools recognizes the Transportation Department for their continuous commitment to safety.

With 435 traditional and Exceptional Children buses traveling 27,500 miles a day, the Transportation Department works diligently to ensure the safety of each child during their commute to and from school. Under the direction of Executive Director Dianne Grumelot, the department is comprised of five area supervisors and four routing analysts that collaborate with administrators and drivers across the county. Each school bus is equipped with the Synovia GPS system to assist the department in identifying geographical locations, vehicle performance, and maintenance needs. The CCS Transportation Department also facilitates an annual summer training session with administrators and bus drivers to share the safety resources available including a dispatch representative and 20 mechanics that are trained to respond effectively to maintenance concerns.

CCS bus drivers accept an important responsibility and are therefore recognized for their hard work. Administrators and EC Lead Drivers submit monthly nominations to the Area Supervisors
for the Area Driver of the Month award based on the driver’s interactions with students, exemplary performance, and adherence to the CCS Bus Driver Agreement. The Transportation  Department then selects one Area Driver of the Month to be recognized as the CCS Bus Driver of the Month who is awarded by the Auxiliary Services Committee.

It is inevitable that the CCS Transportation Department greatly contributes to the overall success of the Cumberland County Schools system. Their commitment to safety and their dedication to their profession positively influence the many students that they serve. The department continues to impact lives one mile at a time.

Latreicia Allen
Assistant Principal
William H. Owen Elementary School

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Published by Laurie Pender on February 12, 2018

        


North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper paid the students and staff at Ed V. Baldwin Elementary School a special visit on Feb. 8. During his time there, he talked with teachers and other educators about the need for a solution to the classroom-size crisis in North Carolina.

 

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Published by Laurie Pender on February 9, 2018

        


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