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

        


Logo for the Institute for Community Leadership

Congratulations to the following CCS’ employees for recently being applauded as graduates of the Institute of Community Leadership (ICL): David Barrett, a teacher at Terry Sanford High School; Sonja Brown, the data manager at Spring Lake Middle School; Derrell Handberry, a receiving clerk at Operations; Justin Hall, the maintenance dispatch at Operations; and Ocie Stroud-Melvin, a criminal justice teacher at South View High School. The six successfully completed the leadership training class. ICL is Fayetteville and Cumberland County’s joint community leadership program designed to identify, develop, and, empower community members who want to participate in activities that lead to community leadership, volunteer service, and membership on local boards and commissions.

**PLEASE NOTE: ICL Participant applications for Class XV (2018-2019) are currently being accepted. To learn more about ICL or to complete an application, visit www.leadership4us.org. The application deadline is July 17, 2018.
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Published by Laurie Pender on May 21, 2018

        


PBIS Award WinnersOn Friday, May 11, 2018, the annual PBIS Awards Day was held. The winners are:
 
PBIS Coach of the Year – Tracie Espinoza of Ireland Drive Middle 
PBIS Staff Member of the Year – Joyce Henry of Raleigh Road Elementary 
PBIS Parent and Community Involvement Award – J.W. Coon Elementary 
PBIS School of the Year – E.E. Miller Elementary 
PBIS Discipline Award for Elementary Schools – Alma O. Easom Elementary 
PBIS Discipline Award for Secondary Schools – Gray’s Creek Middle 
PBIS Dedication of Service Awarded to the Parents of Tamara Sessoms – Sherwood Park Elementary 
 
DoDEA also presented Westover High, South View High, South View Middle, and Ireland Drive Middle with certificates for their participation with PBIS. 
 
We look forward to seeing each one of our PBIS schools next year as we continue to promote positive school climates that increase academics and positive social behaviors. 
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Published by Laurie Pender on May 14, 2018

        


Assistant Principals of the year are pictured from left to right, Tremaine Canteen, SLMS; Joseph Fankibi, Lake Rim Elementary; and Juelle McDonald PFHS

CCAPAP 2018 Assistant Principals of the Year (pictured l-r) Dr. Tremaine Canteen from Spring Lake Middle School, Joseph Fankibi from Lake Rim Elementary School, and Juelle McDonald from Pine Forest High School

Members of the Cumberland County Association of Principals and Assistant Principals (CCAPAP) announced their 2018 Assistant Principals of the Year during a special banquet on April 26 in the Metropolitan Ballroom (Downtown Fayetteville). Educational leaders from across the county recognized the hard work and dedication of three assistant principals from a local elementary, middle, and high school. Congratulations are extended to Assistant Principals Dr. Tremaine Canteen from Spring Lake Middle School, Joseph Fankibi from Lake Rim Elementary School, and Juelle McDonald from Pine Forest High School for receiving such a distinguished honor!

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Published by Bobbi Jo Pova on April 27, 2018

        


Eastover-Central Elementary Schools Battle of the Books Team - Region 4 Champs!The Elementary Battle of the Books (EBOB) team from Eastover-Central Elementary won the Region 4 Elementary Battle of the Books competition today, Friday, April 20!  Seven school districts participated in the competition at the CCS’ Educational Resource Center (Bladen, Clinton City, Cumberland, Hoke, Moore, Robeson, Sampson).  Way to go, Eastover!  The final results were:

1st:  Cumberland County (Eastover Central Elementary)
2nd: Robeson County (Deep Branch Elementary)
3rd:  Hoke County (Rockfish Hoke Elementary)
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Published by Laurie Pender on April 20, 2018

        


Cumberland County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Marvin Connelly Jr.The Cumberland County Schools (CCS) recently welcomed their new superintendent: Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr. 

During a special meeting of the Cumberland County Board of Education on Wednesday, April 11, the Board of Education approved Dr. Connelly as superintendent of the CCS. He currently serves as the Chief of Staff and Strategic Planning in the Wake County Public School system.

Hundreds of school system employees, community members, and the media crowded into the Board Room of the Central Services’ Building for an opportunity to see and meet the new superintendent.

Dr. Connelly has served in the Wake County Public Schools as a teacher assistant, teacher, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent in addition to his current role. Previously, he also served as an officer in the U.S. Army (82nd Airborne Division).

Dr. Connelly succeeds former superintendent Dr. Frank Till, effective July 1, 2018. CCS’ Associate Superintendent of Auxiliary Services Tim Kinlaw has served as the interim superintendent since June 2017.

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Published by Laurie Pender on April 11, 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

        


This is a cake decorated with white icing and yellow letters congratulating Eastover-Central Elementary as a National Blue Ribbon Exemplary High Performing School Award Finalist Congratulations Eastover-Central Elementary School for being nominated as a state finalist for a National Blue Ribbon Exemplary High Performing School. Eastover-Central will represent North Carolina in this process. There are nearly 2,600 schools in our state and, as only 9 were selected for this honor, it is an accolade which we should all be extremely proud of and celebrate greatly!

 

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Published by Bobbi Jo Pova on January 31, 2018

        


Picture of Beaver Dam Elementary School staff holding a banner that reads 2017 Title 1 Distinguished School Nominee!Congratulations to Beaver Dam Elementary on being recognized as a Title I Distinguished School Nominee for the 2017-18 school year.  Beaver Dam was selected 1 of only 2 Title 1 schools in NC to be recognized for high performance for two or more consecutive years. There were 1,433 eligible schools!

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Published by Laurie Pender on December 8, 2017

        


Lavette McMillan - 2018 Principal of the Year holding bouquet of flowersFayettevilleLavette C. McMillan, principal of New Century International Middle School, was announced today as the Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) 2018 Principal of the Year (POY). The announcement came during the school system’s 2018 Principal of the Year Luncheon.

McMillan 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 2018 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year. 

The 15-year education veteran has served as a school administrator for 11 years and started her career in the field after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Hispanic Studies Education as a N.C. Teaching Fellow from East Carolina University in 2002. She later obtained a master’s degree in School Administration from Fayetteville State University (FSU). 

McMillan has been the principal at New Century International Middle for two years but was the founding principal of Cumberland International Early College High School in 2011. In this time, the educational leader said that she has learned that it takes teamwork and ‘growing leaders’ to bring about positive student outcomes. “As principal, my greatest lesson learned is that I cannot do it all by myself. I must delegate responsibility to the leaders in my building… I articulate the vision clearly and effectively and then, provide opportunities for others to lead in the building… I have done this by creating leadership teams based on different needs of the school. These leadership teams are given responsibilities with guidance from me and are allowed to create and implement processes to complete the tasks. I have learned that teams have to feel that it is okay to fail and that they have my support. I continue to observe staff in my building and give them opportunities to use and strengthen their leadership skills. I feel it is my job to grow the leaders in my building.”

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

  • Principal of the Year Award from the Cumberland County Board of Education;
  • Cash award and floral arrangement from the CCS;
  • Engraved desk clock from Herff Jones;
  • Commemorative Principal of the Year ring from Jostens;
  • $5,000 check for school use from Lafayette Ford Lincoln;
  • $1,000 check for personal use from Lafayette Ford Lincoln; and
  • $500 gift basket of local restaurants and vendors from Up & Coming Weekly and Kidsville News!

All seven POY nominees [Cindy Anderson (Stoney Point Elementary), Regina Blanding (J.W. Coon Elementary), Dr. Michele Cain (Cumberland Road Elementary), Lavette McMillan (New Century International Middle), V. Lee Spruill (Cape Fear High), Michael Tucker (Cliffdale Elementary), and Todd Yardis (Ed V. Baldwin Elementary)] 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; and  a professional photograph from Lifetouch Photography.

 The regional Wells Fargo Principals of the Year will be announced in January 2018 while the announcement of the 2018 North Carolina Wells Fargo Principal of the Year will be made during a state-wide awards event in the spring of 2018.

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Published by Laurie Pender on October 4, 2017

        


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