Dear Cumberland County Public Schools Community:
This school year has been packed with cold weather and winter storms. Currently, Cumberland County Public Schools has missed 14 days of school due to inclement weather and icy road conditions. We have also had additional delayed openings throughout the school year. There is not always an easy solution for make-up days. The solution must balance consistency and quality of instruction, “banked” instructional time, and preparation for end of year student work, projects, and assessments.
I am not a fan of using “banked” instructional time as a replacement for school days; however, times such as these require flexibility. Based on our current school schedules, we have a total of 10 “banked” school days. In balancing “banked time” with consistency of instruction, the following dates are now make-up days:
· February 17, 2014 (already completed)
· March 31, 2014
· April 1, 2014
· April 21, 2104
· May 23, 2014
Although the March 31st and April 1st dates interrupt Spring Break, this revised schedule still allows a shortened Spring Break from April 2-4, 2014. Making up days during spring, instead of the end of the school year, provides the necessary instructional time for seniors and assists if schools desire to push back writing SOL assessments.
On a positive note—due to starting school prior to Labor Day, at this point of the school year, we have completed 15 more school days than schools that did not open prior to Labor Day. This should assist us in the state writing assessments this month and with end of year projects and assessments.
I appreciate those who have been understanding during the time of missed school days and encourage everyone to have a positive outlook concerning our make-up days. This will help keep our students focused on learning during the remaining school days.
Lillian McConkey won a blue ribbon in the Cumberland Woman's Club Writing Contest.
In a recent national survey, teachers reported the following about why they chose teaching as a profession:
• 85% of teachers say they chose the profession in order to make a difference in children’s lives.
• 74% say they became a teacher to share their love of learning and teaching with others.
• 83% said they believe that teachers have the greatest impact on student achievement in school.
Most of us chose to teach because we wanted to make a difference in this world. Teachers do have the greatest impact on student achievement. As we diligently work day to day, sometimes we can't see or don't take the time to notice the impacts we have on our students. Pause each day and ground yourself in your purpose by reflecting on why you went into teaching. This will keep you encouraged and inspired to be persistent in your passion to make a difference in this world through our children.
CHS Woman's Club Writing Contest Winners: Left to right: Danielle Dowdy, John Meinhard, Erica Bryant, Sean Stimpson, Hannah King
- Congratulations to CuCPS Crossing Guard Fancelle Liggins for being named one of the six Most Outstanding Crossing Guards in Virginia!
- The Magnificent Marching Dukes were the guest band at Longwood University for the Women's Basketball finale!
- Congratulations to Francisca Sustaita for being selected as the 2014 Daughters of the America Revolution (DAR) Good Citizen winner for CHS.
- Forensics Tournament Results: CHS tied for 4th place at Regional Competition this year. The following students are proceeding to the state competition in Harrisonburg on March 29th: Brittny Price - 3rd place, Extemporaneous Speaking; Alexa Massey - 1st Place, Impromptu Speaking; Leah Wells - 3rd Place, Humorous Interpretation; Kateleen Edwards - 3rd Place, Humorous Duo Interpretation; Shayna Swanson - 3rd Place, Humorous Duo Interpretation; Katey Hougland - 3rd Place, Serious Duo Interpretation; and Demory Williamson - 3rd Place, Serious Duo Interpretation. The following students are 4th place alternates in their category: Amatul-Malik Fulani - 4th Place, Original Oratory and Tamara Wright - 4th Place, Storytelling. The remaining results are as follows: Chelsea Deane - 5th Place, Poetry; Treyanna Randolph - 6th Place, Poetry; Riley Giles - 6th Place, Humorous Interpretation; Katie Smith - 5th Place, Serious Dramatic Interpretation; and John Jefferies - 6th Place, Serious Dramatic Interpretation.
CCES 2nd place winners in the Cumberland Woman's Club Writing Contest. From Left to Right: DeAven Bland, Baileigh Meinhard, and Cameron Ingram.
CCES Cumberland Woman's Club Art Contest Winners
Events for the Week:
- Monday (Events will be re-scheduled due to CuCPS being Closed due to Inclement Weather)
- Read Across America at CCES
- 6:00 Youth Art Night at CMS and CHS
- 6:00 Longwood DE Economics and Personal Finance Course Information Night
Miss the baby chicks? Look how much they have grown!
Last week started as a challenge with the HVAC issues at the elementary school; however, the week ended with excitement when our students showed Duke Pride to our community, region, state, and the nation. Wrestlers Rodney Richardson and Gustabo Lopez earned the chance to compete in the State Wrestling Tournament. They made us proud by placing 7th (Rodney) and 8th (Gustabo) in the Commonwealth and both being named to the All-State Wrestling Team! If you haven't read the article in the Cumberland Today featuring Rodney, please do. It will tell you much about his background and character making his placement within the state even more meaningful. I remember when Rodney moved here in elementary school and his accomplishments academically and as an athlete make me very proud!
This week also ended with the CHS Forensics Team becoming the Conference 44 Champions! Individual results include: Impromptu: Alexa Massey 1st, Morgan Duncan 4th; Dramatic Interpretation: Katy Smith 2nd, John Jefferies 3rd; Original Oratory: Amatul Fulani 2nd; Humorous Interpretation: Leah Wells 1st, Riley Jo Giles 3rd; Extemporaneous: Brittny Price 1st, Madeline Johnston 4th; Poetry: Chelsea Deane 1st, Treyanna Randolph 3rd; Prose: Kaylyn Sparkman 4th, Rebecca Stevens 5th; Storytelling: Tamara Wright 2nd, Zyaira Booker 4th; Serious Duo: Katy Hougland & Demory Williamson 1st; and Humorous Duo: Kathleen Edwards & Shana Swanson 1st. Off to the regions they go! They now will compete in the 1A East Regional Competition on March 1, 2014 at West Point High School.
And last but not least, John Ryan Bapties participated in the Army JROTC National Air Rifle Competition in Ohio. Only the best marksmen in the country advance to this competition against all other military services.
From wrestling, to Forensics, to ROTC marksmanship, our students are competing and excelling with the best around the region, state, and nation!
CCES Little Duke Leaders
- The following highlights from the February School Board Meeting can be found on our website at www.cucps.k12.va.us:
- Little Duke Leaders
- Justin Caban, YADAAP Youth Leader
- Students of the Month
- Longwood Honors Band
- The following athletes were named to the 2014 All-Star Basketball Team: Annesha Harris, Infinity Anderson, and Jeremiah Mayo.
- Both the Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball teams won their quarterfinal Conference 44 Tournament games last week against Highland and Lunenburg.
- ShaVonna Holman has been chosen to represent CHS at the Hugh O’Brien Youth Foundation Leadership Conference to be held this summer at James Madison University.
- A 3rd Grade PBL was highlighted in the Winter 2014 SVRTC Newsletter. http://www.mybigcampus.com/items/winter-2014-svrtc-newsletter-2-pdf---12817337.
Events for the Week:
- 3:00 Curriculum Design Committee Meeting
- 6:30 Planning Commission CIP Public Hearing at the Community Center
- 3:00 CMS SLT
- 7:00 School Board Public Hearing on the School Operating Budget (CMS/CHS Cafetorium)
A pre-kindergarten student completing her Snow Day Learning Packet!
Are you an innovative educator? Innovative educators are principled- living life according to strong values. Their mission is to make a difference and they certainly don't take their job or an education for granted. According to Rachelle Wootten, innovative educators are not only principled- but reflective, learned, creative, connected, collaborative, and inquisitive. Take a look at her list and see if you qualify as an innovative educator:
- Reflective: You constantly examine your processes and concepts to make sure they are what is best for the students you teach.
- Learner: You take responsibility and initiative for your own learning.
- Creative: You are very uncomfortable with doing business as usual, especially when it yields no result. So you brainstorm ways to make things better. You may change a lesson to make it more engaging or increase student motivation. You may adopt a more unconventional approach to handling challenging students so as to develop a stronger rapport.
- Connected: You are connected to your students and trends in the profession.
- Collaborative: You work with other educators to solve problems and share successes so that students perform much better in the classroom.
- Inquisitive: You ask yourself: How can I improve? What did I do wrong? When is the best time for this approach? How should I adapt this for my struggling readers? What can I do to extend this lesson for my gifted students? What if I did it this way? Innovative educators are always asking questions.
Students work on their Snow Day Learning Packets...some happy, some not so much!
Students in Mrs. Page's class present their Black History Month Research.
- Congratulations to our elementary Cumberland Woman's Club Art Contest First Place Winners: Cole Bryant (Kindergarten); Jolene Mitchell (Kindergarten); Simone Williams (First Grade); Bre’Onna Brown (First Grade); Cameron Helton (Second); Shalania Baker (Second Grade); Vanessa Blackwell (Third Grade); Hope Carter (Fourth Grade); and Amanda Holt (Fourth Grade).
- Rodney Richardson is the 2014 1A-East Region 170 lb Wrestling Champion! Other results: Gustabo Lopez: 4th place; Matthew Bapties: 5th place; John Ryan Bapties: 6th place; Isaac Blanton: 6th place; and Joe Kingsley: 6th place.
- The Little Duke Leaders "stole the show" at the February School Board Meeting. They presented eloquently and had a wonderful message of kindness and service.
- We sent Snow Day Learning Packets home last week in anticipation of the snow storm. I look forward to hearing if this was a successful attempt at continuing student learning at home. Check out pictures of students completing Snow Day Learning and some FUN! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.744714065541757.1073741995.243780738968428&type=1.
Missing the baby chicks? Here is a picture of several that are living as pets at a local home/farm.
Events for the Week:
- Snow Make Up Day
- Interims Home
- CCES Faculty Meeting
- GSSV Joint Board Meeting
- School Board and Board of Supervisors Joint Budget Work Session
CCES celebrated the 100th Day of School on Monday, February 3, 2014!
Most educators go into education to make a difference. Guess what? You do! Researchers confer that the one single factor that affects student achievement above all else is the teacher. Further more, researchers have found that effective teachers engage students in their learning through competence in pedagogy and content; relatedness to students, and by giving autonomy to students in their learning. They have also concluded that an effective teacher must have all three of these characteristics as well as cultivate all three within students (Competence, Relatedness, and Autonomy). As we continue through the Academic Review process, we will delve into each of these categories that influence student engagement.
Speaking of making a difference!
When we are involved in daily routines, it is easy to forget what a difference we are making in the lives of our students, our students' families, the community, and even the world! Take the time to step back and reflect. You will see all the wonderful things our students and staff achieve each and every day! Examples of this can be found, even in January within a small division and many snow days, when there is still much to highlight and celebrate each day and week. Check out happenings around CuCPS on our Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cumberland-County-Public-Schools-VA/243780738968428.
- Congratulations to 7th grader, Robbie Hicks, for winning the CuCPS Spelling Bee! Runner Up is 4th Grader, Dylan Myers! The following grade level Bee winners participated: Natalie Sullivan (1), Daniel Murrill (2), Corey Frye (3), Mya Johnson-Taylor (5), Annabelle Williamson (6), and Kavon Foster (8). We are very proud of all the participants!
- Athletic News: Beginning in 2014-2015, the CuCPS Football program will be restructured to a Varsity Team (grades 9-12) and a Middle School Team (6-8). Middle school wrestling and cheer teams also will be added.
- CHS Varsity Girls and Boys Basketball Teams will be playing tonight in the 1st round of the James River District Tournament. The Girls who finished 5th in the James River District, will play at Goochland to take on the Lady Bulldogs starting at 7 p.m. The Boys finished 7th in the district and will have their 1st round game against Prince Edward in Farmville tonight at 7 p.m.
- The Varsity Boys Basketball Team defeated Amelia and Randolph Henry to avenge losses to both schools earlier in the year. The Varsity Girls defeated Randolph Henry in Charlotte C.H.
- Congratulations to our 2014 Cumberland Woman's Club Art Contest winners:
- CHS: Alysha Johnson, Justin Caban, Maria Godoy, Brian Roach, DaniJo Dalton, Khadeem Bumpass, Logan Ross, Sarah Massey, Kyrra Hodges, Colby White, Taylor McLarn, Kayla Trent, Hailey Knabe, Michael Turner, Lia Dalton, Heather Bartulewicz, Colin Haislip, Madison Glover, and Ebony Jones.
- CMS: (1st Place) Cailey Hurley, Zoe Leonard, Trequan Trent, Nadia Elasha, Christian Allen, Linden Czeinzinger, Autumn Holman, A’Jewelay Booker; (2nd & 3rd Place Winners) Zoe Leonard (2nd), Autumn Homan (3rd), Eli Whaley (2nd), Christian Allen (3rd), Linden Czeinzinger (2nd), Jack Giles (3rd), Angel O’Conner (2nd), Robert Baldwin (3rd), Elijah Howells (2nd), Crystal Tice (3rd), Zoe Leonard (2nd), Matthew Smith (3rd), Cailey Hurley (2nd), Linden Czeinzinger (3rd), and Crystal Tice (2nd).
- Congratulations goes to CMS teacher, Wendy Tillett, for earning her Master of Science Degree from Longwood University! A great example of life-long learning!
- CHS SLT Meeting
- School Board Meeting (Closed Session: 6 pm/Open Session: 7pm)
- CMS Faculty Meeting
- Board of Supervisors Meeting (7 pm)
Alexa Massey's painting titled, "Eyevolution", will be entered into the VSBA Spring Art Contest.
- Modeling Grit
- Not Grading Formative Assessment: formative assessment is practice
- Authentic Projects
- Ongoing Revision and Reflection: Remember Ron Berger?
- Celebrating Success
Truly preparing students to be 21st Century learners, workers, and citizens takes educators that can balance content (aligned written, taught, and assessed curricula to the standards at the essential knowledge and skills level) and 21st Century Learning. The content being the what we teach and the 21st Century learning skills being how the content is learned by students. This takes careful planning, implementation, and reflection.
On a lighter note...although inclement weather is a Superintendent's (as well as Assistant Superintendent's and Transportation Coordinator's) nightmare, every time I see the following commercial for NBC12, I do have to laugh and imagine many CuCPS staff are acting the same way as the children in this clip. If you haven't see this yet, enjoy!
- Justin Coleman has been chosen for the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C. He will be attending on February 14-16.
- Justin Caban has been chosen as a 2014 YADAPP youth leader. YADAPP is an annual Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Program that encourages students to work with each other to find solutions for drug and alcohol abuse among teens. Working with other Youth Leaders, Justin will be leading various activities in the program for over 400 students.
- Mr. Archer worked with the Little Duke Leaders to develop oral presentation skills. The Little Duke Leaders will be taking over CCES morning announcements in February.
- The CuCPS Foundation and Centra 5K at High Bridge will be held on March 15, 2014. Register at http://www.raceit.com/search/event.aspx?id=24677.
- Backpacks of Love will begin at CCES this March: http://www.backpacks-of-love.org/about.htm.
- Check out recognition from the January School Board Meeting at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cumberland-County-Public-Schools-VA/243780738968428.
Events for the Week:
It is wonderful to have our students and staff back from Winter Break. Everyone looks rested and ready to get back into the swing of things. As part of the Academic Review process, AR team members observed not only unpacked standards (what we were looking for!) but outstanding lessons taking place throughout the division. Earlier during the week, I had the honor of reading essays from students in Mrs. Kidder's writing class. They had some interesting and creative ideas on how to improve CMS! I really enjoyed reading their essays and noticed how much they have improved over the years. One of the eighth grade students saw me later during the week and with pride asked me if I was really proud of him as I had noted on his essay. Of course I was! This experience validated the importance of an audience for our students' work!
During my visits, I saw Ms. Whittaker's students engrossed in planting seeds in recycled material terrariums and 3rd grade students dissecting eggs in Miss East and Mrs. Riviere's class! Although many of the 3rd graders appeared "grossed out", I saw the gleam of excitement in their eyes! I hear there will be a webcam installed so we can all experience the hatching of chicks in 3rd grade. Talk about exciting and engaging!
I would like to thank our teachers for their hard work as they unpacked the standards over the summer and fall semester. CuCPS teachers and administrators will review the next steps on Friday at 1:15 p.m. in the CMS/CHS Cafeteria.
- John Bapties will participate in the Army JROTC Championships at Camp Perry, OH (Feb 20-22).
- The Cumberland Dukes took 2 out of 3 district duals at the Nottoway Quad Meet. The Dukes started the meet off with a 39 to 34 victory over Randolph Henry HS. Cumberland then defeated Amelia HS 60 to 18. John Ryan Bapties, Joe Kingsley, Coleman Phillips and AJ Wingo all earned a victory. Sean Stinnett and Mathew Horton had 2 wins for the quad. Rodney Richardson led the Dukes with 3 impressive victories for the evening. Cumberland Wrestling returns to action next week for a tri meet at Appomattox HS on Thursday 1/16/14 with wrestling starting at 6pm.
- Great article, 6 Words You Should Say Today: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rachel-macy-stafford/six-words-you-should-say-today_b_3863643.html
Did you know that your years of education can affect how long and how well you will live? Americans with fewer years of education have poorer health and shorter lives, and that has never been more true than today. In fact, since the 1990s, life expectancy has decreased for people without a high school education. Education is important not only for higher paying jobs and economic productivity, but also for saving lives and saving dollars.
Created by the VCU Center on Society and Health with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this video is part of the Education and Health Initiative, a larger project aiming to increase awareness and understanding of the important connections between education and health. More detailed information is available at http://societyhealth.vcu.edu.
Events for the Week:
- School Board Meeting (7:00 pm)
- Board of Supervisors Meeting (7:00 pm)
- Early Dismissal at 12:00 noon for Students (if no closings or delays earlier in the week)
- 1-3:00 pm: Professional Development for Teachers and Administrators
Monday, January 20th: CuCPS Closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
Happy New Year and Welcome Back! I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing break! Before we left for Winter Break, a division-led team along with a VDOE consultant conducted an Academic Review for the division and all three schools. Based on the findings, we have work to do aligning the written, taught, and assessed curriculum. There is good news. We have a "head start" with our previous work on unpacking the standards at the essential knowledge and skills level, teaching content at the appropriate cognitive level as well as through 21st Century Learning skills, and a focus on student-centered classrooms. On Friday, January 17th, we will meet as a division to review the findings and plans to move forward.
I want to thank everyone for being understanding and patient on Friday, December 20, 2013, as we waited for the Cartersville area to be clear and safe to send students and bus drivers into the area. Our parents and community were very appreciative and praised efforts to put students' safety first.
- The CuCPS Foundation float of Santa's Gingerbread House created and built by our middle and high school students won 1st Place in the Education Category and Best in Parade Float in the 2013 Christmas Parade!
- The following students will represent CuCPS at the Longwood University Honors Band in January: Daniel Friend, Trevon Foster, John Jefferies, Vanessa Jones, Rebekah Stevens, Mary Stewart, and Ben Westerhoff.
- The Dukes Wrestling Team took 2 out of 3 matches at the Fork Union Military Academy Quad Meet. Ben Westerhoff, Trevon Foster, Matthew Horton, Joe Kingsley, Jallen Williams, Sean Stinnett, Justin Caban and Zach Amos all earned victories for the Dukes. Issac Blanton and Rodney Richardson had 2 pins for the quad meet.
- Congratulations to Ms. Hopper for winning the FCCLA Ugly Sweater Contest.
- We received a wonderful email from a wrestling parent from Charlottesville commending our wrestling coaches and athletes. He states, "I wanted to make note of how sportsmanlike your team and coaches are... Their concern for fair and safe play is really impressive." Comments such as these make me very proud!
- The Cumberland High School wrestling team went 3-1 at the eight-team Nottoway Invitational Duals Tournament on Saturday, December 21. Matthew Horton (First place - 145 weight class); Issac Blanton (First place - 132 weight class); Gustabo Lopez (First place - 285 weight class); and Matthew Bapties (Third place - 106 weight class).
- The Boys Varsity Basketball team played in the Brunswick H.S. Holiday Tournament in Lawrenceville. Deitrich Brown was selected to the All-Tournament team.
- Check out pictures of Facebook of the following: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cumberland-County-Public-Schools-VA/243780738968428
- The outstanding CCES Winter Musical
- The 3rd Grade Ancient Civilization PBL Gallery Walk
Events for the Week:
- Students and Staff Return for 2nd Semester
- 3:30 Calendar Committee Meeting
- Unpacking Standards Review
- Report Cards Home
Other Important Dates to Remember:
- The Snow Make-Up Day for December 9, 2013, will be on Monday, February 17, 2014.
- Friday, January 17, 2014, is a 12:00 noon dismissal day for students. Teachers will have professional development from 1:00-3:30.
- CuCPS will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2014, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday.