The Missing Man Table with one empty chair.In observance of Veterans’ Day (Nov. 11), CCS’ Central Services building has on display in its lobby a Missing Man Table. As visitors enter the building, they will notice a special table set for one. The manner in which the table is decorated helps all to remember our brothers and sisters in arms:
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Published by Laurie Pender on November 7, 2018

        


Project Kindness 2018 Presents CCS Got Talent

Twelve students and employees in the Cumberland County Schools competed in the CCS Got Talent show on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at Jack Britt High School.

The show, which was a part of Project Kindness 2018, featured an array of talents that represented a variety of age groups. Some participants danced, others sang melodious songs, and one participant even provided the audience with an entertaining magic show.

Brandon Turner, who shared lyrical poetry, and Jamara Kirklin, who danced, tied for first place. It was an enjoyable evening for all in attendance.

During the event, several CCS students showcased their artwork and were recognized for their talents. 

It was an exciting event for everyone in attendance. 

 

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Published by Laurie Pender on November 7, 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

        


Ferguson-Easley Elementary School's Principal and Assistant Principal stand to be recognized.Members of the Ferguson-Easley Elementary School (FEES) family enjoyed learning, participating, and saluting during October.  The Terrific Kids program organized by the school counselor, Mrs. Hayes, helped to make many students happy by celebrating their positive behavior.  Students also participated in a variety of activities while celebrating Red Ribbon Week including being motivated by guest speaker, Mr. L. Wayne Smalls.
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Published by Laurie Pender on November 5, 2018

        


Sign on front lawn of Ferguson-Easley Elementary School that reads FEES Rocketry Day - Blasting off against drugs.Students in various costumes and visitors (Representatives from Fayetteville Police, Florence Rogers Trust, Fayetteville Fire Department, Fayetteville State University, & Cumberland County Schools) joined the Ferguson-Easley Elementary School (FEES) family to lift their “spirits” as they blasted off Rocketry Day. In fact, the event continued the school’s promotion of Red Ribbon programs to keep students standing firmly against drugs.  STEM Resource Teacher, Ms. Harris, worked with each grade level to prepare for the day’s special event.


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Published by Laurie Pender on November 5, 2018

        


First place (tie) winner of the CCS got Talent show, Jamara Kirklin dances.

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Published by Laurie Pender on November 5, 2018

        


Dancing on stageStudents from across the Cumberland County Schools (CCS) danced the night away during the “Fall Evening of Dance” event on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at Jack Britt High School.

The evening featured dance pieces from 11 high school dance programs. The choreography for each piece was created by the students with guidance from their dance teachers.
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Published by Laurie Pender on November 1, 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

        


National Disabilities Employment Awareness MonthObserved each October, National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a nationwide campaign that celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities throughout American history and emphasizes the importance of ensuring that all Americans have access to the services and supports to enable them to work. Although led at the national level by the Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), the true spirit of NDEAM lies in the many observances held across the nation every year. The Department announced the annual theme this year is “America’s Workforce: Empowering all”.    


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Published by Laurie Pender on October 24, 2018

        


Mary McArthur Students See How Things Work at the Cumberland County Schools' Central Services BuildingOn Friday, Oct. 19, the third-grade students of Mary McArthur elementary school traveled to Central Services to better understand the way the school system is run. They were greeted by Mr. Jonathan Frantz, Social Studies Curriculum Specialist, and Ms. Donna Vann, CCS Board of Education Vice-chair. After Ms. Vann answered some student questions, Dr. Marvin Connelly spoke with the students and selected some students to serve as board members, superintendent, attorney, and cabinet members to model how board policies are developed and implemented.
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Published by Laurie Pender on October 19, 2018

        


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