Image of baggies and plastic containers full of soda pull tabs sitting on a tableStudents and staff at New Century International Middle School (NCIMS) have been bringing in soda tabs to help pay off library overdue fees since January. Mrs. Sands, NCIMS Media Coordinator, offered students ten cents towards their library overdue fees for each tab they brought in. Students without fees also participated and the credit was used to apply towards other students’ debts. One student brought in enough soda tabs to cover all of the overdue fees for the whole school. NCIMS Custodian, Chad Slade, also contributed by bringing in gallon jugs full of tabs that his family had been collecting.
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Published by Angel Hoggard on March 22, 2019

        


Shahadah Muhammad kneeling down planting a treeStudents in Douglas Byrd’s Academy of Green Technology have recently embarked on a carbon sequestration study to monitor the impacts of trees on carbon emissions and their abilities to provide environmental and educational benefits to the community. Carbon banks are forests that are managed to absorb carbon dioxide from the air and ultimately reduce the effects of global warming. Douglas Byrd’s carbon sequestration study is a part of a large carbon bank at the Cumberland County Schools Educational Resource Center.

As the trees grow, the students will measure variables such as trunk diameter, tree height, dry weight (the weight of the tree when it has been allowed to dry and all the water has been removed) and green weight (the weight of the tree when it is alive) to calculate their carbon sequestration values. Shahadah M. a 16-year-old sophomore in the Academy of Green Technology is participating in the carbon sequestration study. Shahadah’s personal interest in science, especially the topic of climate change, led him to pursue the project.

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Published by Angel Hoggard on March 22, 2019

        


High school students in the park on a sunny day cleaning with recycle bins wearing green shirts with recycling symbol Pine Forest High School’s Green Team is having a recycling collection event on Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on their campus located at 525 Andrews Road. For those that wish to volunteer, there will be a need to help collect and sort. Plastic and aluminum will be collected and there will be an opportunity to have a photograph taken with costumed characters. 

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Published by Angel Hoggard on March 22, 2019

        


The County Tournament for the Middle School Forensic program of Cumberland County Schools was recently held at Mac Williams Middle School (MWMS). The county tournament serves as the culminating event for a season of competition that also includes four Fall Festivals, three Mini-tournaments, and two District tournaments. Over 230 middle school students from all CCS middle schools competed for First through Tenth Place in three rounds of competition. Students participated in the Speech and Debate categories of Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Original Oratory, Extemporaneous Speaking, Duo Interpretation, Storytelling, and Public Forum. 

The Middle School Forensic program is an extracurricular activity designed to enhance the personal and academic growth of its participants. Its activities focus on the use of higher order thinking in the appreciation and interpretation of literature through performance and the enhancement of research and writing skills for public speaking.

Middle school student winners in First Place in each category are as follows:
Humorous Interpretation- Abigail M. from Max Abbott 
Dramatic Interpretation- Savannah C. from Mac Williams 
Extemporaneous Speaking- Cheryl L. from Seventy-First Classical 
Original Oratory- Anastasyn C. from John Griffin 
Storytelling- Yahira W. from Anne Chestnutt
Duo Interpretation- Erica L. and Ava B. from Gray’s Creek
Public Forum- Lucy T. and Joanna L. from John Griffin

Schools receiving Sweepstakes Awards are as follows:
First Place- Gray’s Creek
Second Place- Max Abbott
Third Place- John Griffin
Fourth Place- South View

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Published by Angel Hoggard on March 21, 2019

        


Cynthia Rios from Cumberland Polytechnic Accepting AwardRecently, Cynthia Rios, a teacher at Cumberland Polytechnic High School (CPHS), received the distinguished and honored “Kate Parks Kitchin Adviser of the Year Award” at the North Carolina Association of Student Councils conference. The award recognizes Ms. Rios’ ability to inspire leadership, dependability, and responsibility by being an example in these areas. 

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Published by Angel Hoggard on March 20, 2019

        


Westover High School WolverinesWestover High School (WOHS) is holding a “pave the track!” 5k Street/Trail, Run/Walk with the hopes of raising money to prepare the terrain and install a quality paved surface on the school’s track. This event will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019, and will begin at 8:30 a.m. on their campus located at 277 Bonanza Drive in Fayetteville. Please contact Col. Eli Ballard or CSM Caldwell for more information at 910.864.0190 extensions 221 or 219. Registration cost is $25.00, please register prior to April 6, by using the Printable Spring Spirit II 5k Application Form or the morning of the event from 6:30-7:30 a.m. 

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Published by Angel Hoggard on March 18, 2019

        


Congratulations to all the Elementary School Battle of the Books Teams who competed over the last few weeks!  Congratulations to Vanstory Elementary School for earning 1st Place! They will represent Cumberland County at the regional level competition. This event was successful through the hard work of the school teams, coaches, officials, and Technology, Communications and IT & Media Services of Cumberland County Schools. 
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Published by Angel Hoggard on March 18, 2019

        


Luther Nick Jeralds Middle School Junior Beta Club Raised Funds for St. Jude Children’s Research HospitalDuring the month of February, the Luther Nick Jeralds Middle School (LNJMS) Junior Beta Club hosted a campaign to raise funds for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The goal set by the chapter was $2,000.00. The club’s fundraiser was held over the course of the month and included events designed to get the entire LNJMS family involved. Students, parents, and teachers participated in coin drives, bingo tournaments and more!
With the help and guidance of the Beta Chapter sponsor, Mrs.Phyllis Cannon; Beta Chapter president, Nylah Stewart; and Beta Chapter vice-president, Quynh Pham, the LNJMS Beta Club Chapter exceeded its goal of $2,000.00 by raising $2,185.00. Because of the generous donations of the students and staff at Luther Nick Jeralds Middle School, many more children can receive the benefits of the St. Jude Research Hospital.

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Published by Angel Hoggard on March 14, 2019

        


Amazing Act (January & February 2019) - Carlson, Harris-Willette, MixonFayetteville – Each month through Cumberland County Schools’ Amazing Acts of Character recognition program, schools are asked to nominate students who display character above and beyond expected behavior. Three students were recently selected from individual school nominations for displaying ‘amazing acts of character’ and were recognized during the Cumberland County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m.
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Published by Angel Hoggard on March 14, 2019

        


Congratulations to all the Middle School Battle of the Books Teams who competed on Thursday, March 7, 2019!  It was an exciting day of competition with only one point separating the 1st and 2nd Place teams.  Congratulations to John Griffin Middle School for earning 1st Place!  They will represent Cumberland County at the regional level competition on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Richmond County.  This event was successful through the hard work of the school teams, coaches, officials, and Technology, Communications and IT & Media Services of Cumberland County Schools. 
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Published by Angel Hoggard on March 13, 2019

        


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