Commemorative Plate that reads U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon Schools 2018Earlier today, Eastover-Central Elementary School of Arts was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The coveted National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. 
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Published by Laurie Pender on November 8, 2018

        


CCS Outstanding Secondary Mathematics Teacher, Ms. Makkeddah GilchristThe North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) strive to recognize and reward Secondary Teachers who exemplify mathematics teaching excellence by nurturing students’ enthusiasm and enhancing everyday classroom experiences.  This recognition is for those teachers who succeed in motivating students to excel in mathematics and who are leaders in their mathematics community. 

Congratulations to Mrs. Makkeddah Gilchrist of New Century International Middle School on being chosen by Cumberland County Schools as our Outstanding Secondary Mathematics Teacher for 2017-18!  Mrs. Gilchrist is a 7th/8th-grade math teacher and serves as a Math teacher leader for Cumberland County Schools.  Makkeddah received special recognition at the NCCTM Conference held in Greensboro, NC on Thursday, November 1st.  

 

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Published by Laurie Pender on November 6, 2018

        


Michael Tucker 2019 Principal of the YearFayetteville, NC – Michael C. Tucker, principal of Stoney Point Elementary School, was announced today as the Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) 2019 Principal of the Year (POY). The announcement came during the school system’s 2019 Principal of the Year Luncheon in the Crown Ballroom.

The 19-year education veteran has served as a school administrator for 11 years and started his career in the field after receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Fayetteville State University (FSU). He later obtained two master’s degrees, one in modern American history from Temple University and the other in school administration from FSU.

While this is Tucker’s first year as the principal of Stoney Point Elementary, he has served as an administrator in several elementary schools around the county. Through the years, he said he has come to see that the classroom teacher is the most important factor in student academic achievement. “… it is my duty as principal to encourage, support, and develop teachers to help students reach their full academic potential. One of the ways I keep my staff focused on student learning is reminding them that although they teach elementary students, they play a major role in helping students graduate from high school. If students leave elementary school reading, writing, and problem-solving on or above grade level, they will be able to successfully advance through secondary school and have the skills necessary to graduate career and college ready.”

As the CCS’ Principal of the Year winner, Tucker received the following:

• The Principal of the Year Award from the Cumberland County Board of Education;
• A cash award and a floral arrangement from the CCS;
• An engraved desk clock from Herff Jones;
• A commemorative Principal of the Year ring from Jostens;
• Two season tickets to the Fayetteville Marksmen Hockey games and access to the Marksmen Ice Box Suite  
• A $5,000 check for school use from Lafayette Ford Lincoln; and
• A $1,000 check for personal use from Lafayette Ford Lincoln.

All seven POY nominees [Dr. Pamela Adams-Watkins from Massey Hill Classical High School, Dr. Michele Cain from Cumberland Road Elementary School, Dr. Christina DiGaudio from Ireland Drive Middle School, Christina Tucker from Ponderosa Elementary School, Michael Tucker from Stoney Point Elementary School, Stephanie Wall Rivers from Montclair Elementary School, and Jackie White from College Lakes Elementary School ] received a mounted certificate-plaque from the Cumberland County Board of Education; a cash award, one unit of professional credit, and an iPad from the CCS; a professional photograph from Lifetouch Photography; a pair of tickets to an upcoming event from the Crown Complex; and a personalized goodie box from Tiff’s Touch Sweet Treats.

Tucker 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 chosen as the 2019 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year.   

The regional Wells Fargo Principals of the Year will be announced in January 2019, and the announcement of the 2019 North Carolina Wells Fargo Principal of the Year will be made during a state-wide awards event in the spring.

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Published by Laurie Pender on October 24, 2018

        


Teacher from Gray’s Creek High School Clinches the TOY Title

CCS' 2019 Teacher of the Year Amy StovallFayetteville – “I consider my greatest contribution to be that of bringing together diverse groups of students in order to create beautiful music together,” said Cumberland County Schools’ 2019 Teacher of the Year (TOY) Amy Stovall, a chorus and music teacher at Gray’s Creek High School.

The announcement of the 2019 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 October 16, 2018

        


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Published by Laurie Pender on July 10, 2018

        


New Superintendent, Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr., takes the oath of office with his wife, Joyce Connelly by his side. The oath was administered by Cumberland County District Court Edward Pone.Before a standing-room-only crowd, Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr., the newly hired Cumberland County Schools’ Superintendent, recently took the oath of office with his wife, Joyce Connelly, by his side. The oath was administered by Cumberland County District Court Judge Edward Pone.

After being sworn in, Dr. Connelly thanked the Board for the opportunity to lead the Cumberland County Schools. In his brief comments, he said that his focus will be on “getting students 4-C ready (via critical thinking, creativity, communications, and collaboration)” in order to raise the academic, behavioral, and social/emotional outcomes of students.
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Published by Bobbi Jo Pova on July 10, 2018

        


Pictured are: (l-r) CCS’ Superintendent Dr. Marvin Connelly, Associate Superintendent Ron Phipps, and Retired Associate Superintendent Ricky Lopes. Congratulations to CCS’ Associate Superintendent of Evaluation and Testing Ron Phipps! He was recently announced as this year’s recipient of the Dr. Joseph Locklear/Ricky Lopes Central Services’ Staff Member of the Year Award. This honor recognizes a Central Services’ staff member who exemplifies excellent customer service at all times.
 
 
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Published by Laurie Pender on June 18, 2018

        


Jack Britt High School's Ladies Softball Team Wins 4A State TitleJoin us in congratulating the Jack Britt High School’s Lady Buccaneers Fast Pitch Softball Team for being named the FIRST EVER fastpitch softball state champions in Cumberland County history! The team won 4A State Softball Championship in Raleigh on Saturday! Additionally, MacKenzie George from Jack Britt was the 4A Softball State Championship MVP!
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Published by Laurie Pender on June 4, 2018

        


AEF - Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship ProgramWASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fourteen accomplished K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers from across the United States have been named 2018-2019 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellows. The fellows will spend 11 months serving in a federal agency or U.S. Congressional office in Washington, D.C., engaged in the national STEM education arena.
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Published by Laurie Pender on May 25, 2018

        


The room is full of wonderful people to include retirees, family members and co-workers to celebrate this special timeCumberland County’s Human Resources Department, led by Ruben Reyes, hosted their annual Retirement Ceremony to honor those employees that retired in the School Year 2017-2018.  The ERC Auditorium was filled with joy and enthusiasm as retirees gathered to be honored.  Guest speakers, Board Chair, Carrie Sutton, Interim Superintendent, Tim Kinlaw commended the group for the difference they made in the lives of our future.  Special guest and motivational speaker, Michael Mozingo serenaded the group of retirees. The evening ended with the distribution of certificates and applause.  We wish them the best of health, luck, and success in this next chapter of life.

 

 

 

 

 

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Published by Bobbi Jo Pova on May 22, 2018

        


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