Fayetteville – Cumberland County Schools’ 2016-2017 Reading Rocks! Award winners were announced today during a special presentation at the district’s monthly Leadership Institute.

Schools that topped this year’s Reading Rocks! fundraising charts are as follows:


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Published by Laurie Pender on December 7, 2016

        


Image of Kelly Griffin, Cumberland County Schools 2017 Academically/Intellectually Gifted Teacher of the YearKelly Griffin, Cumberland County School’s Academically/Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017 engages minds, encourages risk, supports struggle, cultivates wonder, and shares everything, enthusiastically. Close your eyes for a moment and think about this, “When was the last time you did something for the very first time?” For Kelly Griffin’s students, the answer to this question is TODAY, every day.

Kelly Griffin has spent the last 13 years of her career in gifted education. She currently serves as an AIG Teacher/Consultant at Gray’s Creek Middle School for students in grades 6-8. She works with 190 identified AIG students weekly. Kelly believes in learning and creating ideas with others, which she does regularly with colleagues, administration, and other AIG Teachers across the county.  She is a leader in innovative curriculum, spending countless hours preparing lessons and activities that are rigorous, relevant and unforgettable for her students. She feels that “an innovative classroom structure produces innovative learners”.

Kelly will now go on to compete for the 2017 NCAGT Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted. She will be recognized at the 43rd annual North Carolina Association for Gifted and Talented Conference in March 2017, in Winston-Salem as Cumberland County School’s AIG Teacher of the Year.

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Published by Laurie Pender on November 30, 2016

        


Image of Kendra Adams who was recently recognized as an Exceptional Childrens Teacher of Excellence! The Cumberland County Schools congratulates Kendra Adams from Westover High School who was recently recognized at the State EC Conference in Greensboro as an Exceptional Children’s (EC) Teacher of Excellence!  
 
Adams is an EC Teacher who has worked with students on the Autism Spectrum for more than seven years.  She teaches the Extensions to the Standard Course of Study to a wonderful group of students with ASD at Westover High School in Cumberland County.  She is a master teacher and despite the inherent challenges students with autism and significant cognitive disabilities have, she makes teaching look easy.  Her classroom is a place where students truly grow and reach toward their potential.  She loves technology and innovation and creates an environment that fosters the use of technologies for communication, learning, and leisure skills so that her students have the same types of access at school as typical students.  
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Published by Laurie Pender on November 22, 2016

        


Image representing the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Program used by schools in the Cumberland County School system.Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a data-driven school-wide initiative for improving social competence and academic achievement for all students. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) recognizes schools across the state each year for high implementation success of PBIS by awarding three levels of recognition; Green Ribbon, Model, and Exemplar. Schools recently received letters of recognition for their implementation for the 2015-2016 school year. Each school has worked extremely hard to receive this recognition!

Recipients of the esteemed NC PBIS Exemplar School – A record 15 Cumberland County Schools received the honor of Exemplar School. These schools include:             
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Published by Laurie Pender on November 22, 2016

        


Image of Cumberland County’s Outstanding Secondary Math Teacher, Kenneth WilliamsDuring the October 2016 North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics annual conference held in Greensboro, NC, Kenneth Williams was recognized by the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) as Cumberland County’s Outstanding Secondary Math teacher.
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Published by Laurie Pender on November 18, 2016

        


Image of Governor's School Logo announcing the Governor's School Nominees from the Cumberland County Schools.Congratulations to the 34 Academic nominees who have been selected by the CCS’ Superintendent’s Governor’s School selection committee and the 18 Performing Arts nominees selected at the school level. These students will compete for state selection to attend the prestigious five and a half week summer residential program for gifted high school students. The program is administered by the Public Schools of NC, the State Board of Education, and the Department of Public Instruction through the Exceptional Children Division.

Performing Arts students will audition in their areas in February. Academic and Performing nominees will receive notification of selections and non-selections in March.

CCS’ Academic Nominees     
Portia Washington (PFHS) English                                    Reagan Ford (GCHS) English
Nicole Delmolino (TSHS)  Math Nikhil Gordon (TSHS)    Math
Melissa Lu (TSHS) Math Rebecca Black (TSHS) Math
Daniel Soliman (PFHS)  Math Caroline Ha (JBHS)   Math
Mi-Ru Youn (JBHS) Math Krishna Patel (JBHS) Math
Shen Chung (RRCHS) Math Jaylen Spellman (SVHS)   Math
Jiawen He (CCECHS) Math Kunal Kaneria (TSHS)     Natural Science
Surya Munugoti (TSHS) Natural Science Selena Beal (TSHS)   Natural Science
Langston Huguley (PFHS) Natural Science Jacob Branham (CPHS) Natural Science
Kelsey Black (CFHS) Natural Science Wesley Britt (CFHS) Natural Science
Jessica Womble (CFHS) Natural Science Kelly He (JBHS)     Natural Science
Briana Chan (JBHS) Natural Science Rebecca Mitchell (SFHS) Natural Science
Sydnee Picazo (SFHS)   Natural Science Andrew Esterly (GCHS) Natural Science
Catherine Walwer (DBHS) Natural Science Ellin Heidgerken (PFHS) Social Science
Arington Duffer (PFHS) Social Science Janasia Miller (EESHS) Social Science
Anthony Nguyen (CIECHS) Social Science Mary Vorder Bruegge (MHCHS) Spanish
Meghan Smith (PFHS)  French Natalie Freeman (GCHS)   French
       
CCS Performing Arts Nominees     
Carolyn Rose-Grayson (MHCHS) Art Jaelyn Wilson (MHCHS)  Choral Music
Samantha Gephart (TSHS)   Art Nia Alexander (RRCHS)  Choral Music
Bryce Vorreyer (TSHS)  Art Madison Ford (JBHS) Choral Music
Edward Samuelian(MHCHS) Theater David Li (TSHS)   Instrumental Music
Mackenzie Ulibarri (GCHS) Theater                                   Amrita Mani (TSHS)   Instrumental Music
Melissa Smith (PFHS) Theater                                   Hahn Lheem (JBHS)  Instrumental Music
Claire Galt (TSHS)   Theater                                   Jae Ha (MHCHS)    Instrumental Music
Taylor Leonard (CFHS)  Dance                                      Jacob Twaddell (GCHS)    Instrumental Music
Taylor Jones (JBHS)   Dance                                      Kaleb Stubbs (TSHS)       Instrumental Music

 

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Published by Laurie Pender on November 16, 2016

        


Image of attentive audience at the recent GEMS and YMD Induction CeremonyThe faculty, staff, students, and families at Luther “Nick” Jeralds Middle School (NJMS) recently kicked off the 2016-2017 school year with an Inaugural Celebration. The celebration is the opening ceremony for two very special mentoring programs, G.E.M.S. (Gracefully Emerging Members of Society) and Y.M.D. (Young Men of Distinction).
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Published by Laurie Pender on October 14, 2016

        


Image with words about wellness and being healthy.Let’s make Cumberland County a healthier county! The Office of Health Services in partnership with the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is hosting a Year of Wellness. 

Parents, check out the new wellness website to receive fitness and nutritional tips to share with your child and learn about up and coming parent wellness sessions that will be provided throughout the district.  Learn more about the district wellness policy and ways the PTSA can help.
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Published by Laurie Pender on October 11, 2016

        


Image of Dr. Vernon Lowery, Principal of Westover High School and the CCS' 2017 Principal of the Year

Dr. Vernon Lowery

FayettevilleDr. Vernon S. Lowery, principal of Westover High School, was announced today as the Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) 2017 Principal of the Year (POY). The announcement came during the school system’s Principal of the Year Brunch.

Dr. Lowery now moves on to compete against other local award recipients from the Region IV Sandhills/South Central Region of the state.  After the state selection process is completed, one principal will be selected as the 2017 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year. 

The 17-year education veteran has served as a school administrator for nine years and started her career in the field after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology/Chemistry from Methodist University in 1999. She later obtained master’s degrees in Education (Secondary Biology) and School Administration from Fayetteville State University (FSU). 
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Published by Laurie Pender on October 5, 2016

        


Button that reads - Cumberland County - Join those who believe Mentoring WorksRepresentatives from various Cumberland County Schools and community agencies affiliated with the United Way of Cumberland County gathered on September 22 for the first annual School-Based Mentor/Volunteer Showcase. The event was held at the Educational Resource Center from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The Showcase allowed stakeholders to visit with school representatives and to learn about volunteer opportunities for the 2016-2017 school year. Some participants came seeking mission opportunities for their church, while others were recent graduates of community leadership programs looking to get involved with the community.

If you missed the event, it is not too late to get involved. Visit CCS’ Community Volunteer Services website (http://cvs.ccs.k12.nc.us/) to view a list of schools who are actively seeking volunteers. 
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Published by Laurie Pender on September 23, 2016

        


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