Ten student winners stand holding their trophiesCongratulations to the following students for receiving awards in the Cumberland County District PTA Council’s Annual Art Reflections Competition: Glendale Acres Elementary – Adrian Cardenas, Adaleigh Hart, Nyla Ferguson, Oakley Baker, Gavin Campbell, Seven Green, Rosanna Pan, and Emmaline Waggy; Ashley Elementary – Anabelle Pearson, Ainsley Tabor, Marin Cardenas, Setornam Agbakpe, Emily Cline, Imari Fleming, Alexander Hallis, Finn Heath, and Camaree Montgomery;
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Published by Laurie Pender on May 1, 2018

        


hand holding sign that reads top performersEach month during the Auxiliary Committee meeting, Cumberland County Schools’ employees are honored for their outstanding commitment and service to the school system. During the May 1 committee meeting, the following people and schools were recognized:
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Published by Laurie Pender on May 1, 2018

        


Crowd shot from the Cumberland County Schools' job fair held Saturday, April 28, 2018.More than 400 potential candidates hoping to find just the right position ‘turned out’ for the Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) Teacher Job Fair, which took place Saturday, April 28 at Gray’s Creek High School.

“The turnout is exciting, and is a result of strategic recruiting efforts the district has engaged in to attract candidates from which principals can select,” said Ruben Reyes, the associate superintendent of CCS’ Human Resources. “Our mission is to ensure we have high-quality candidates so principals can hire excellent teachers and support personnel.”
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Published by Laurie Pender on April 30, 2018

        


The WinnersMembers of Seventy-First Classical Middle School’s Show Choir are still exuberant after winning state finals in the NC Association for Scholastic Activities’ 2018 North Carolina Show Choir Competition (Middle School Division) on Saturday (April 28) at Hillside High School in Durham. 


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Published by Laurie Pender on April 30, 2018

        


Assistant Principals of the year are pictured from left to right, Tremaine Canteen, SLMS; Joseph Fankibi, Lake Rim Elementary; and Juelle McDonald PFHS

CCAPAP 2018 Assistant Principals of the Year (pictured l-r) Dr. Tremaine Canteen from Spring Lake Middle School, Joseph Fankibi from Lake Rim Elementary School, and Juelle McDonald from Pine Forest High School

Members of the Cumberland County Association of Principals and Assistant Principals (CCAPAP) announced their 2018 Assistant Principals of the Year during a special banquet on April 26 in the Metropolitan Ballroom (Downtown Fayetteville). Educational leaders from across the county recognized the hard work and dedication of three assistant principals from a local elementary, middle, and high school. Congratulations are extended to Assistant Principals Dr. Tremaine Canteen from Spring Lake Middle School, Joseph Fankibi from Lake Rim Elementary School, and Juelle McDonald from Pine Forest High School for receiving such a distinguished honor!

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Published by Bobbi Jo Pova on April 27, 2018

        


All-County Dancers perform lift during Annual Spring Evening of Dance EventCumberland County Schools’ dancers were featured in the 2018 Spring Evening of Dance on Wednesday, April 25 at the Crown Theatre at 7:00 p.m. The performance featured selected dance pieces from the Cumberland County Schools’ high school dance programs, Mary McArthur A+ Elementary School and the 2018 All-County Dance Ensemble. Dance choreography for the performance was created and performed by the dance students with guidance from their dance teachers.
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Published by Laurie Pender on April 26, 2018

        


Eastover-Central Elementary Schools Battle of the Books Team - Region 4 Champs!The Elementary Battle of the Books (EBOB) team from Eastover-Central Elementary won the Region 4 Elementary Battle of the Books competition today, Friday, April 20!  Seven school districts participated in the competition at the CCS’ Educational Resource Center (Bladen, Clinton City, Cumberland, Hoke, Moore, Robeson, Sampson).  Way to go, Eastover!  The final results were:

1st:  Cumberland County (Eastover Central Elementary)
2nd: Robeson County (Deep Branch Elementary)
3rd:  Hoke County (Rockfish Hoke Elementary)
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Published by Laurie Pender on April 20, 2018

        


National Library Week April 8-14, 2018April is School Library Month, and April 8 through 14, 2018, is National Library Week. It is a time when libraries around the county, state, and nation celebrate all that the library is and represents.

Libraries and school media centers provide free and equal access to information and technology so that all learners can succeed regardless of varying background, ability, or socio-economic status. Researchers, including Stephen Krashen, Keith Curry Lance, and more, have proven repeatedly that reading and school libraries are critical to student growth and achievement. In fact, student achievement, including test scores, is empirically proven time and again to go up when a full-time qualified school media coordinator is on staff and when school districts invest in their media center’s collection. Literacy is the key to unlock all other learning. The more you read, the better you read, the more you understand, and the easier all other subjects become.

Libraries in general, and school media centers specifically, are no longer just a place to find books. They are vibrant learning centers where students of all ages are drawn for inquiry, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, and growth. CCS’ media centers include makerspaces and computer labs or carts and accommodate individual, small group, and whole class learning. Gone are the silent libraries from the days of old. Visit a CCS media center, and you will hear the vibrant sound of students growing.

In Cumberland County, circulation statistics prove that students, parents, teachers, and other staff know the value of a strong media center and how literacy is the core of all learning. According to Destiny, the CCS online catalog, over 104,400 books this month and over 2,705,000 books this school year have been circulated to our patrons.

The motto of Cumberland County Schools’ IT & Media Services Department is “CCS’ Media Centers are the Heart of the School.” They are the core from which all school resources and student engagement flows. The 82 full-time media coordinators dedicated to CCS’ students work tirelessly to make this true so be good to YOUR heart of the school. Visit and support your school’s media center today!

By Mary Pollard Potter
Media Coordinator, Seventy-First Classical Middle School
2017-2018 Media Coordinator of the Year, Cumberland County Schools

 

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Published by Laurie Pender on April 12, 2018

        


Cumberland County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Marvin Connelly Jr.The Cumberland County Schools (CCS) recently welcomed their new superintendent: Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr. 

During a special meeting of the Cumberland County Board of Education on Wednesday, April 11, the Board of Education approved Dr. Connelly as superintendent of the CCS. He currently serves as the Chief of Staff and Strategic Planning in the Wake County Public School system.

Hundreds of school system employees, community members, and the media crowded into the Board Room of the Central Services’ Building for an opportunity to see and meet the new superintendent.

Dr. Connelly has served in the Wake County Public Schools as a teacher assistant, teacher, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent in addition to his current role. Previously, he also served as an officer in the U.S. Army (82nd Airborne Division).

Dr. Connelly succeeds former superintendent Dr. Frank Till, effective July 1, 2018. CCS’ Associate Superintendent of Auxiliary Services Tim Kinlaw has served as the interim superintendent since June 2017.

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Published by Laurie Pender on April 11, 2018

        


Blue and yellow image of ICON logo with text that reads Innovative Career Opportunities NowThe ICON Summer Internship Program is co-sponsored by the Cumberland County Schools (CCS), City of Fayetteville, Public Works Commission (PWC), and the NCWorks Career Center. The goal is to hire 30+ youth to work 32 hours per week for six weeks in positions in the Cumberland County area.  Please see the following flyer for details. ICON Summer Internship 2018
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Published by Laurie Pender on April 11, 2018

        


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