Student working on computerOn Thursday, February 22 the Cumberland County Schools Celebrated Digital Learning Day. Check out photos from schools around the county. All grade levels were included on this exciting day! #DLDay2018
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Published by Laurie Pender on March 1, 2018

        


NC Geographic Alliance: Geography ; from the mountains to the sea witten beside map of North CarolinaCongratulations to Douglas Byrd Middle School (DBMS) Science teacher, Mrs. Talicia Smith, and Librarian, Mrs. Kristy Sartain, for winning a North Carolina Geographic Alliance Geo-Inquiry Institute Fellowship. They were chosen from more than 30 team applications to travel to NCCAT at Ocracoke over the summer and learn how to implement the Geo-Inquiry Process into their teaching.   Topics they will learn include: History and Geography of NC Coasts and National Parks • What is Geo-Inquiry and what are useful methods • Virtual Reality implementation in the classroom • StoryMaps and GIS applications available online • Creating and editing videos and photographs during field trips on Ocracoke Island. The Geo-Inquiry Process relies on using a geographic perspective, offering a unique lens to analyze space, place, and the interconnections between both the human and natural world. Using both a geographic perspective and the Geo-Inquiry Process, students begin to connect complex components, see patterns, and make connections that change their communities. 
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Published by Laurie Pender on February 26, 2018

        


2017 Bright Ideas Grants Awarded by Lumbee River EMCFive teachers from CCS were recently recognized for being awarded Bright Ideas Grants from Lumbee River EMC. The following grants were among the top 12 applicants out of hundreds that were received: Dr. Heather Kaiser from New Century International Elementary School for her project “Boosting Global Citizenship with Geographic Awareness”; Victoria Gemelli from Seventy-First Classical Middle for her project “Makey Makey Me An Innovator”; Donna Pope from John Griffin Middle School for her project “Taking Flight in our Makerspace”; Jean Pelezeo from Stoney Point Elementary School for her project “Light Up – Students Learning with Wearable Electronics”; and Kristy Sartain from Douglas Byrd Middle School for her project “Learning to Code with R2-D2 Droids”. 

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Published by Laurie Pender on February 24, 2018

        


Owen Elementary School BusOn February 21, 2018, Cumberland County School leaders, community members, and the staff and students at William H. Owen Elementary School honored their school bus drivers for demonstrating a commitment to safety and dedication to their profession. The recognition commenced with a luncheon and presentation of certificates by Principal Gemette McEachern and Assistant Principal Latreicia Allen. The luncheon featured special guests in attendance including Interim Superintendent Tim Kinlaw, Sheriff Ennis Wright of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, and Robert Guzman, CCS Transportation Area Supervisor.
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Published by Laurie Pender on February 23, 2018

        


Logo of the 2017-2018 National PTA Reflections Art Program Titled Within ReachThe original artwork of 14 students in the CCS was recently selected from 41 who participated in the Cumberland County District PTA Council’s Reflections Program. This year’s theme was “Within Reach.” The students competed in six different categories within three grade divisions. Congratulations to the 14 local winners, whose artwork was submitted to the NCPTA for state-level judging. They are as follows:


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Published by Laurie Pender on February 23, 2018

        


Red and Blue image of gears surrounded by red text that reads Gear Up College and Career Readiness Evaluation ConsortiumStaff at Douglas Byrd Middle School held the official ribbon-cutting for the Fayetteville State University GEAR UP Program on Thursday, February 15. GEAR UP is funded by the US Department of Education and the purpose of the program is to prepare middle and high school students for college through academic preparation programs. GEAR UP will begin working with students in the seventh grade and continue to support them through their freshman year in college. GEAR UP provides early college preparation and awareness services through tutoring, mentoring, academic advising, career exploration, college visits, financial aid information, student success workshops, Saturday academies, and summer enrichment camps. Applications are available in the front office for any student interested in participating in the program.

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Published by Laurie Pender on February 22, 2018

        


(L-R) Nakol Lovett, Linda Posey, and Renarta Moyd. (Not pictured Laurie Pender)

(L-R) Nakol Lovett, Linda Posey, and Renarta Moyd. (Not pictured Laurie Pender)

School public relations professionals across the state were honored on Friday, January 26 for the products of their craft during the North Carolina School Public Relations Association’s (NCSPRA) annual Blue Ribbon Awards for Effective Communications celebration at the O. Henry Hotel in Greensboro. Thirty-eight school districts were recognized for outstanding work and received a total of 306 awards in eight categories. 
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Published by Laurie Pender on February 19, 2018

        


MATHCOUNTS written in red and white textThe 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 19, 2018

        


Colorful sign that reads, It's OK 2 Ask...about suicideAccording 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 17, 2018

        


Middle and High School Students perform during All-County Chorus concertCumberland County Schools will present the 2018 All-County Choral Concerts on Saturday afternoon, February 17 at the Crown Coliseum.  Over 600 elementary, middle & high school choral music students will perform in the two concerts.  The elementary concert featuring the county-wide combined All-County Elementary Choir is at 2:00 p.m.  The secondary county-wide concert featuring the All-County Middle School Choir and All-County High School Choir is at 4:15 p.m.  To prepare for these concerts, choral students participate in a two-day choral clinic.  Choral repertoire will include a variety of classical and contemporary choral music.  The concert is free and open to the public.  Guest clinicians are invited to direct the three choirs. 
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Published by Laurie Pender on February 15, 2018

        


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