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

        


Pictured: Westover High School Collision Repair students with Rene’ Muffett (center), Business Marketing & Customer Relations Specialist for Rick Hendrick Chrysler Jeep.

Pictured: Westover High School Collision Repair students with Rene’ Muffett (center), Business Marketing & Customer Relations Specialist for Rick Hendrick Chrysler Jeep.

Students in the Cumberland County Schools have access to work-based learning opportunities throughout the school year. Westover High School students recently enrolled in the Collision Repair Program toured the Rick Hendrick Chrysler Jeep Dealership on McPherson Church Road.
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Published by Laurie Pender on October 17, 2018

        


Image of Uncle Sam dressed in red, white, and blueMilitary Academies Fair
Date: Oct 25 2018, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Fort Bragg Child and Youth Services is hosting the 11th Annual Military Academies Fair.  This is a college fair that features only the service academies, Military colleges, corps of cadets schools, and representatives from post-secondary ROTC programs.
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Published by Laurie Pender on October 17, 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

        


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention LogoThe More Than Sad family of programs has taught over a million students, parents, and educators how to be smart about mental health. During the October 19 More Than Sad: Suicide Prevention for Parents workshop parents will learn how to recognize signs of depression and other mental health problems, initiate a conversation with their child, and get him or her help. Join us at the Cumberland County Schools’ English as a Second Language (ESL) Office located at 1307 Hillsboro Street in Fayetteville from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

For more information, or if you have questions, please contact Omayra Black at 910.484.1176.

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Published by Laurie Pender on October 16, 2018

        


Principal of the Year Finalists standing on steps for photoThe 2019 Cumberland County Schools’ Principal of the Year (POY) will be announced during a special luncheon on Wednesday, October 24 at 11:30 a.m. in the Cumberland County Crown Ballroom. The following local principals have been selected by their peers to compete for the POY title: Dr. Michele Cain (Cumberland Road Elementary); Stephanie Rivers (Montclair Elementary); Christina Tucker (Ponderosa Elementary); Michael Tucker (Stoney Point Elementary); Jackie White (College Lakes Elementary); Dr. Christina DiGaudio (Ireland Drive Middle); and Dr. Pamela Adams-Watkins (Massey Hill Classical High). The local winner will go on to compete for the Sandhills/South Central Region POY title.

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Published by Laurie Pender on October 15, 2018

        


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