Carrie Childers has been named the 2017 Gifted Coordinator award.The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) announced today that Carrie Childers has received a 2017 Gifted Coordinator Award. Ms. Childers is an Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Coordinator with Cumberland County (NC) Schools, and she was selected because of her continuing support of all gifted and talented students in her district.  
 
NAGC will recognize Ms. Childers at the NAGC 64th Annual Convention(NAGC17) in Charlotte, NC, November 9-12, 2017.


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Published by Laurie Pender on September 21, 2017

        


Students Will Receive a Free Device and Free Wireless Service In First Year of the Program

Fayetteville, NC – September 19, 2017 – Sprint (NYSE: S) and the Cumberland County School (CCS) system announced today that 1,180 local high school students will receive the equipment and connectivity they need to complete their schoolwork from home as part of the 1Million Project. The 2017-2018 school year marks the first year of the initiative with more 180,000 students in 1,300 schools across 30 states. Every year over the next five years, hundreds of thousands of high schoolers who lack internet access at home will join and benefit from the 1Million Project. The ambitious goal is to connect one million students in that time to help level the playing field and help eliminate ‘the homework gap.’
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Published by Laurie Pender on September 20, 2017

        


Leslie Seals , the Cumberland County Schools' 2018 Teacher of the Year is from Rockfish Elementary SchoolTeacher from Rockfish Elementary School Takes the Title

Fayetteville – “When we create a real difference in a student academically, emotionally or behaviorally, I feel we have accomplished what is sometimes not recognized by others but is more valuable to the future of our communities and world than a test score,” said Cumberland County Schools’ 2018 Teacher of the Year (TOY) Leslie Seals, a 4th-grade teacher at Rockfish Elementary School.

The announcement of the 2018 Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) Teacher of the Year was made during an annual dinner in the Cumberland County Crown Ballroom tonight. The presentation took place in front of 86 Teacher-of-the-Year candidates, their guests, school administrators, School Board members, and business partners.
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Published by Laurie Pender on September 18, 2017

        


Black and Gold Anne Chesnutt Middle School HornetACMS recently participated in a partnership with Cross Creek Subaru. Subaru invited their customers who came to their dealership throughout August to help customize book labels and write notes of encouragement to young readers on bookmarks. Books were labeled and encouraging bookmarks were placed inside all 150 award-winning science books. ACMS received the donation on Friday, September 8th. A variety of science books have been distributed to the Science teachers at ACMS for classroom use. The titles cover a wide variety of science themes that include animals, physics, space, sports, and climate change. This donation was greatly appreciated by Anne Chestnutt Middle School!
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Published by Laurie Pender on September 11, 2017

        


Red and Blue Cumberland County District PTA Council LogoNearly 40 PTA Officers from across the Cumberland County School system took part in a special leadership training session on Sept. 9 at the West Regional Library, sponsored by the Cumberland County District PTA Council (CCDPTAC).

State and District PTA officers shared valuable information and tips with the participants on how to become an effective PTA president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, chairman, and committee head. Information was also shared about the Council’s Oct. 14 Community Day and annual Arts Reflections Contest.
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Published by Laurie Pender on September 11, 2017

        


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For the 4th consecutive year, Cumberland County Schools (CCS) saw the district’s overall test score proficiency rise.  The overall composite for 2016-17 rose 0.5% to 57.3%, from 56.8% in 2015-16. The CCS had 79.5% of its schools meet or exceed growth expectations. The State of North Carolina had 73.7% of its schools meet or exceed growth.

End-of-Grade (EOG) Assessments
Elementary schools growth data are based on results from End-of-Grade Assessments in ELA/Reading, Math and Grade 5 Science. Elementary schools had 43 out of 48, or 90%, of schools who met or exceeded growth expectations, a decrease of 2% from 2015-16.  In the State of North Carolina, 80.3% of its elementary schools met or exceeded growth.
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Published by Laurie Pender on September 8, 2017

        


Fayetteville, NC – A group of 14 cafeteria managers from the Cumberland County School (CCS) system spent time during their summer break working with professional chefs while participating in the North Carolina K-12 Culinary Institute, held in Hoke and Sampson counties.  The managers were able to enhance their culinary skills as Child Nutrition professionals, including sampling new recipes, learning some speed-scratch cooking techniques, and practicing techniques for creating eye-appealing presentations of fresh fruits and vegetables.

The N.C. K-12 Culinary Institute, designed to enhance nutrition offerings, is funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture Professional Standards Training Grant. The face-to-face and virtual institute was developed by the NCDPI School Nutrition Section and Chef Cyndie Story’s K-12 Culinary Team, in order to meet five core objectives:

  • Improve student health, well-being, and academic success through nutritious, appealing meals at school;
  • Increase participation in high quality, enticing school nutrition programs;
  • Expand capacity of local school nutrition programs to purchase, prepare and serve fresh, locally grown produce;
  • Increase consumption of fruits, vegetables, and whole grain-rich foods; and
  • Provide continuing education opportunities for school nutrition personnel.

The 2017 North Carolina K-12 Culinary Institute graduates included Child Nutrition Managers from:

Cape Fear High School
Reid Ross Classical School/Cross Creek & Cumberland International Early Colleges
E. Smith High School/ Ramsey Street High School
Pine Forest Middle School/Raleigh Road Elementary School
South View Middle School
Cliffdale Elementary
Wayne Collier Elementary
Gallberry Farm Elementary
Howard Hall Elementary/Long Hill Elementary
Lake Rim Elementary
Montclair Elementary
Stedman Elementary/Stedman Primary
Stoney Point Elementary

With the eight cafeteria managers who completed the training in 2016 and Menu Planners Carissa Gemar Harris and Linda Johnson and Cafeteria Training Manager Mary Novotney, the CCS has a total of 25 child nutrition professionals who have graduated from the professional chef designed and lead NC K-12 Culinary Institute.

The graduates are deemed Chef Ambassadors and will share their training with fellow Child Nutrition professionals in Cumberland County through a ‘train it forward’ program. Recipes from the K-12 Culinary Institute that will be featured on the lunch menus throughout the school year will include Buffalo chicken on flatbread, stir-fry California blend, Southwest chicken salad, and more.

Participants in the recent Culinary Institute at the Hoke County Location

K-12 Culinary Institute Participants (Hoke County location) pictured are (l-r) Cafeteria Manager Amanda Mooney (PFMS), Cafeteria Manager Michelle McCall (SVMS), Cafeteria Manager Tammy West (EESHS), Cafeteria Manager Karlene Richardson (LRES), Cafeteria Manager Elizabeth Newton (Montclair), Cafeteria Manager Teresa Huff (RRCS), Cafeteria Manager Kim Mitchell (CES), and Culinary Institute Chef Cyndie Story.

Culinary Institute Participants at the Sampson County Location

K-12 Culinary Institute Participants (Sampson County location) pictured are (l-r) Culinary Institute Chef Lydia West, Cafeteria Manager Donna Macmaster (GFES), Cafeteria Manager Traci Gorham (SES), Cafeteria Manager Carla Barrett (CFHS), Cafeteria Manager Michael Parker (SPES), Cafeteria Manager Danielle Carpenter (CWCES), CNS Training Manager Mary Novotney, Cafeteria Manager Sherri Rambeaut (HHES), and Culinary Institute Chef Kelly Waldron.

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Published by Laurie Pender on August 30, 2017

        


Bubble with the words back to school in it!The following Back-To-School OpEd from CCS’ Interim Superintendent Tim Kinlaw appeared in the Aug. 23 Fayetteville Observer.

Collaborate. Compete. Succeed.

Every new school year begins with great hopes and expectations for our students. Approximately 51,000 students will walk through the doors of Cumberland County schools this school year. We are excited to welcome each of them along with our employees for another successful year!

Each school year brings much anticipation, anxiety, eagerness, and hope. As Cumberland County Schools’ Interim Superintendent, I would like to take this opportunity to express my hopes for this school year.   
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Published by Laurie Pender on August 24, 2017

        


Pictured are POY Nominees (top to bottom) Lee Spruill (Cape Fear High), Michael Tucker (Cliffdale Elementary), Todd Yardis (Ed V. Baldwin Elementary), Lavette McMillan (New Century International Middle), Regina Blanding (J. W. Coon Elementary), Cynthia Anderson (Stoney Point Elementary), and Dr. Michele Cain (Cumberland Road Elementary).

During CCS’ 2017-2018 Back-to-School Kick-Off Leadership Celebration on Aug. 16, the 2018 Teacher of the Year finalist and the Principal of the Year (POY) nominees were announced and recognized for their hard work and commitment to education. From a pool of candidates, these exceptional educators were chosen to vie for the County’s top educational honors. In the coming weeks, a representative from each group will be selected to compete at the regional level. 

The TOY Attendance Area Finalists are Angelina Cobb (Jack Britt), Ashley Biagi (Seventy-First), Leslie Seals (South View), Latisha Edwards (Westover), Ashley Peterson (Pine Forest), Talicia Smith (Douglas Byrd), Samuel McMillan (Gray’s Creek), Jessica Cashwell (Cape Fear), Eddie Ford III (E.E. Smith), and Carla Burke (Terry Sanford).

The POY Nominees are Lee Spruill (Cape Fear High), Michael Tucker (Cliffdale Elementary), Todd Yardis (Ed V. Baldwin Elementary), Lavette McMillan (New Century International Middle), Regina Blanding (J. W. Coon Elementary), Cynthia Anderson (Stoney Point Elementary), and Dr. Michele Cain (Cumberland Road Elementary).

 

Congratulations! We’re proud of you!

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Published by Laurie Pender on August 21, 2017

        


Enjoying breakfast before the meeting beginsMore than 300 CCS’ educators recently gathered on the campus of Gray’s Creek High School to celebrate ‘kicking-off’ another successful school year!

Interim Superintendent Tim Kinlaw and Cumberland County Board of Education Chairman Greg West welcomed the group with words of inspiration and motivation.

The 2018 Teacher of the Year finalists and 2018 Principal of the Year nominees were announced and recognized for their hard work and commitment to education. In the coming weeks, a representative from both groups will be selected to represent the county at the regional level. 
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Published by Laurie Pender on August 19, 2017

        


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