Blank Calendar with Red HeaderCompleting the semester and its testing prior to Winter Break, ending the school year on May 24, and front loading professional development to the beginning of the school year are just three reasons Board members gave the proposed CCS’ 2018-2019 School Calendar a unanimous ‘thumbs up.’ According to Ron Phipps, the associate superintendent of CCS’ Evaluation and Testing, the school system must have a minimum of 1,025 hours or 185 days per school year. With the new calendar, the CCS will use the hour requirement option. Phipps proposed adding 10 minutes to the end of the school day to help facilitate bus routes between the elementary, middle, and high schools. Also, under the proposed calendar, Winter Break will be from December 21 – January 7 and at least four days will be built into the calendar for inclement weather make-up days.

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Published by Laurie Pender on March 14, 2018

        


It's PI Day! PI=3.141592 written on a chalkboardPi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.141592.

Let’s spark excitement around this IRRATIONAL number on Wednesday, 3/14. Tweet pics, videos, etc of your students’ Pi Day experience and include the hashtag #CCSpiday2018 and tag @CCSSecondaryEd to be included in the contest.

We can’t wait to see all of the student engagement!

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Published by Laurie Pender on March 14, 2018

        


Jack Britt student, Anna Buzzard, chosen for prestigious Leadership ProgramCumberland County Schools (CCS) is proud to announce a participant in the Francis Hesselbein Student Leadership Program. Francis Hesselbein Student Leadership Program is designed to highlight students that display great leadership potential and will deliver the knowledge they learned to sustain their school’s Student 2 Student (S2S) group. The leadership program is held twice a year during the Fall and Spring semesters. The exclusive leadership program only chooses 12 students worldwide to participate in the life-changing experience each semester.
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Published by Laurie Pender on March 12, 2018

        


Healthy lunch tray with vegetables, sandwich, fries, and milkSchool cafeteria manager, Christina Osborne, recently visited Washington, DC to advocate for child nutrition. Osborne recently received the 2018 Josephine Martin National Policy Fellowship by The School Nutrition Foundation. Check out the recent article published in the Fayetteville Observer about her trip!

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Published by Laurie Pender on March 12, 2018

        


Third Grade Students Reading in the LibraryState Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson announced today that the Department of Public Instruction is making almost $5 million available to school districts and charter schools in North Carolina to be used for additional K-3 literacy support. Every district and charter school with early elementary grades will receive $200 for each K-3 reading teacher to purchase literacy materials.  

“Early-grade teachers are working extremely hard to get students reading on track by the end of third grade, and we are very pleased to be able to support them with these resources,” Johnson said. “Rather than make the decisions for them in Raleigh, we want districts and principals to partner with their K-3 reading teachers to decide what materials they need for their students and classrooms.” 
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Published by Laurie Pender on March 8, 2018

        


Mac Williams Middle School Battle of the Books Team posing with awards and trophy.Congratulations to Mac Williams Middle School for winning the CCS’ Middle School Battle of the Books!  They will represent CCS in the MBOB Regional competition on April 13th.  Teams competed by reading and answering questions about the 27 books on the NC Battle of the Books list.

All 16 CCS’ middle school teams did a fantastic job!  Special thanks to all of the teams and coaches for their hard work and dedication. 


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Published by Laurie Pender on March 6, 2018

        


Roy Mayhew, School Social Worker at Luther "Nick" Jeralds Middle SchoolRoy Mayhew, School Social Worker at Luther “Nick” Jeralds Middle School has received the 2018-19 CCS’ School Social Worker of the Year Award. This award is given to a social worker who has made outstanding contributions to the social-emotional needs, and general welfare of students.  Mr. Mayhew is described by Pamela Story, CCS’ Social Work Coordinator, as a strong mentor, team player, and advocate, with a heart of pure gold. He will now compete for the NCSSWA regional and state social worker of the year. Congratulations Mr. Mayhew!

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Published by Laurie Pender on March 5, 2018

        


Image of cartoon characters including milk carton, banana, pear, and waffle.To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available for school breakfast, Cumberland County schools will celebrate National School Breakfast Week during March 5-9, 2018.

Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for many families to find time for a healthy breakfast. However, US Department of Agriculture data shows that more and more students are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in their school cafeterias. The School Breakfast Program currently serves more than 14 million students every day. Studies show that students who eat school breakfast are more likely to:
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Published by Laurie Pender on March 5, 2018

        


Group photo of National Board Certified Teachers in the Cumberland County Schools along with the Superintendent and School Board ChairA reception was held on Tuesday, February 27 to honor all 192 CCS’ National Board Certified Teachers and to recognize the 3 newly certified National Board Teachers: Melissa Bishop, Laura Ransom, and Daniel Sitz. Additionally, the 14 teachers who successfully renewed their National Board certification were also honored. These teachers are: Laura Booth, Kimberly Fertig, Shannon Hancock, Angela Haynes. Jan Hinson, Jennifer Jones, Julia Jordan, Lynne Lewis,  Lisa Packer, Christy Parker, Andrea Hildel-Reyes, Emily Spruill, Susan Ward, and Donna White. 
 
 Cumberland County School Board Chair Carrie Sutton, Superintendent Tim Kinlaw, and Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) Principal of the Year (POY) Lavette McMillan provided remarks to thank these teachers for their commitment to continued professional growth for the students of CCS.
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Published by Laurie Pender on March 3, 2018

        


Image of a globe with the words Science Olympiad written in greenKudos are extended to the following Science Olympiad Teams in the Cumberland County Schools for placing during the annual Fayetteville Regional competition on Feb. 24 at FTCC:

Division B – Middle School
Varsity
1st – Seventy-First Classical Middle School
2nd – St. Michael’s School
3rd – Pine Forest Middle School
4th – St. John Paul School
5th – The O’Neal School
6th – Western Harnett Middle School
 
Junior Varsity
1st – Seventy-First Classical Middle School
2nd – Western Harnett Middle School
3rd – St. Michael’s School
 
Division C – High School
Varsity
1st – Jack Britt High School
2nd – Terry Sanford High School
3rd – Cross Creek Early College High School
4th – Cape Fear High School
5th – Lumberton High School
6th – Cumberland International Early College High School
 
Junior Varsity
1st – Jack Britt High School
2nd – Cross Creek Early College High School
3rd – Lumberton High School
 
A total of 56 teams from 38 schools competed!  
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Published by Laurie Pender on March 2, 2018

        


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