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 the facilitator speaking to a group parents.Cumberland Road Elementary recently held their first Parent Wellness Session. Parents gathered to receive resources, materials, and the facts on managing a child with Asthma. One of  the School Health Advisory Council members, Holly Lawing, Pediatric Asthma Coordinator of Cape Fear Valley Medical Center led the session. One goal of the sessions is to reduce absences related to chronic diseases. Parents learned the signs and symptoms of when rescue inhalers are not enough and controlled medication should be considered. All parents received a packet containing the proper school form for an asthma medication plan, an asthma tracker booklet, and a resource guide for living with asthma. They were also able to take home necessary equipment such as spacers and nebulizer kits. The proper use of the equipment was demonstrated by Ms. Lawing. Parents were encouraged to ask specific questions and express their concerns for their child. At the conclusion of the session Kenya Mathis, 4th and 5th grade parent stated, “I loved it.”

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Published by Laurie Pender on February 13, 2017

        


Image of a school bus surrounded by hearts with the words, Love the Bus!Districts and schools across the state and nation will show their love this week for their school bus drivers along with their valentines. Nationally, February is recognized as Love the Bus month; and in North Carolina, Feb. 13-17 is School Bus Driver Appreciation Week.

 

In North Carolina, more than 800,000 students board over 13,000 school buses each day. Their drivers must complete rigorous training and be certified to drive a bus.

Derek Graham, Transportation Services section chief for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, said the state’s bus drivers earn the week of recognition every day of the school year. “Student safety is the top priority for our school bus drivers,” Graham said. “It’s good to have a week when we can express our appreciation for all they do to ensure that students arrive to and from school safely.”

Gov. Roy Cooper has proclaimed Feb. 13-17 as School Bus Driver Appreciation Week in North Carolina, and urges all school communities to take a moment to thank bus drivers for all they do.

The Love the Bus program, launched in 2007 and coordinated by the American School Bus Council, is not only a way to raise awareness and appreciation for the hundreds of thousands of school bus drivers nationwide, but it also provides an opportunity for parents and children to learn more about the safety and environmental benefits of school bus transportation. Nationwide, school buses represent 25 percent of the miles traveled by students, but they account for fewer than 4 percent of the injuries that occur during students’ commutes to and from school each day.

Parents, teachers and children are encouraged to visit the American School Bus Council’s website to share stories about their favorite bus drivers and make interactive valentines to email or print and give to their bus driver. Additional information on the American School Bus Council is available online.

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Published by Laurie Pender on February 13, 2017

        


Image of text reading it's ok 2 ask about suicide.According 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 2, 2017

        


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