Amy Griffin's Blog

Student Engagement

 
 
During the middle school Academic Review visit, I observed an engaging lesson that brought non-fiction science together with the creation of poetry through accessing information, collaboration, creativity, student voice and choice, and communication. A true example of teaching the required content (the English SOL standards and essential knowledge) through 21st Century learning.  Each student began with finding five words in a science magazine that he/she would like to use in a class poem. After listing all the words chosen, students began working as a class and in pairs to develop a poem using the words.  As the class began "word smithing" each thought and line, a poem began to appear. Students were engaged with interesting and current event topics such as Ebola, robofish, etc. Below are final products from three different classes:
 
 
 
I was impressed to see every student engaged in many high-yield strategies. Kudos goes out to Miss Cannon who took the risk with this lesson which was truly student-centered with student choice and voice leading the way!

 

CuCPS Highlights:

  • Congratulations to KaTyra Brown, 7th grader, for winning the Cumberland Division Spelling Bee. She will represent Cumberland at the regional spelling bee. Pictures can be found at:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.930807443599084.1073742156.243780738968428&type=1.
  • CCES Safe Routes Grant information:  http://saferoutesinfo.org/about-us/newsroom/national-center-safe-routes-school-and-schwinn’s-helmets-heads-program-announce-20
  • CHS students attend VSUP Leadership Conference:  http://www.cucps.k12.va.us/index.php/component/k2/item/201-chs-students-attend-vsup-leadership-conference
  • Congratulations to the following Juniors for being selected to attend Boys & Girls State: Danielle Dowdy, Erica Bryant, Nicole Riddle, Ahkiya Allen (Girls State); Justin Crawford, Sean Stinnett (Boys State). This is the highest number of attendees to be chosen by the local American Legion for Cumberland High School.
  • The nail art club invited 5th grade girls to have their nails painted. The girls used different techniques that they had learned such as sponging, dotting, and striping.  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.929564390390056.1073742155.243780738968428&type=1
  • The Duke Boys played at Central. The Varsity Boys won 51-40 while the JV team lost by 11 points. 
  • Congratulations as both the JV and Varsity teams defeated the Lady Chargers in James River District action. 
  • The Duke Boys played at Rappahannock High School. The Varsity lost in a close game while the JV team won. B
  • The Varsity Lady Dukes defeated the Rappahannock Lady Eagles while our JV Girls played well in a tough loss.
  • The Middle School and High School Wrestling Teams had a dual match at Fork Union yesterday. Davidrick Brooks and Keavon Perkins both earned wins. 
  • Parents and students: the library has partnered with the schools to provide drop-off boxes for library materials. These boxes are located in the main office of each school and are marked with a sign. Students (and teachers) may return public library books to these boxes during the school week. Library staff will come once per week to empty the boxes.We hope that this new service will help school children return books before they owe late fees. Many thanks to Mr. Kinney's carpentry classes for building the boxes.

Events for the Week:  Happy Virginia School Principal Appreciation Week!
  • Monday
    • VSBA Capital Conference
    • 7:00  School Board Budget Work Session
  • Tuesday
    • 3:00  CMS Data Meeting
  • Thursday
    • 3:30  CCES Data Meeting
 
 

Student Leaders

CCES Superintedent Student Panel
 
It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that my favorite part of last week was listening to our students.  From student presentations at the January School Board Meeting to meeting with members of the Superintendent Student Panels from each school, I had the honor of learning from our students and providing them a voice. Our students taught me about climate change and Mars exploration. I heard about student experiences at a National Medical Congress and VSUP Leadership Conference. 
 
My time spent with students on the Superintendent Student Panels was enlightening and comical. Students from all three schools voiced that things were going well. The middle school students had a lengthy discussion about the new vending machine in the cafeteria (apparently the machine taunts them since they can't use it) and high school students were concerned that a 2-hour delay wasn't truly a 2-hour delay. I explained that the 2-hour delay was the easiest way that I knew to inform students of what time they would be picked up by bus; however, would think about announcing the actual time school starts at all three schools on several media outlets such as Facebook, the alert system, the website, etc. At all three schools, we had good discussions about what students were learning and what we could do to improve.
 
Lastly, I enjoyed observing our elementary students during a Focus School visit. During my first classroom visit, several students asked me if I would be their reading partner in the Reading Workstation. Of course I couldn't disappoint a child, so I put down my observation tool and listened to them proudly read. One student even assigned me a part in the story. In another classroom, students were writing stories. They chased me down before I left the classroom to read me what they had written. Kindergarten students in the third classroom impressed me greatly with their reading and writing skills.  
 
Moments such as these, make me so proud and remind me why I chose and remain in public education. A special thanks goes to our CuCPS faculty and staff who make learning and these experiences/opportunities possible for our students.
 
Gov. School Information Meeting
 
Special Announcement:
 
The Snow Make Up Day from last Wednesday, January 14, 2015, will be March 19, 2015, originally scheduled as a Student-Led/Parent-Teacher Conference Day. As of right now, we will keep Monday, February 16, 2015, as a Professional Development Day (no school for students).
 
 
CuCPS Highlights:
  • 4H Mentoring Program coming to CMS:  January is national mentoring month and mentoring is one thing that can help Cumberland’s children fight the odds, say community leaders. “I believe in the power of mentoring,” says Yvonne Earvin. “I believe you can make a difference in a young persons life if you spend time with them.” She is the coordinator for the 4-H Mentoring program, which is slated to start next month at Cumberland Middle School thanks to a $20,000 grant. Get all the details in today’s paper or online at www.farmvilleherald.com.
  • The CHS Forensics Team attended the annual Waynesboro High School Forensics Invitational on Saturday, January 10th. The results for the competition are as follows:
    • 3rd Place Alexa Massey (Impromptu)
    • 4th Place Brittny Price (Extemporaneous)
    • 4th Place Shayna Swanson (Prose)
    • 4th Place Cheyenne Johnson (Poetry)
    • 5th Place Kyrra-Mae Hodges (Poetry)
    • 5th Place Katey Hougland /Demory Williamson (Humorous Duo)
    • 6th Place Holly Tillett (Extemporaneous)
    • 6th Place Kayla Paras (Poetry)
  • The CHS Wrestling Team had a tri-meet against Amelia H.S. and Northumerland H.S. Cumberland swept the meet by defeating Region 1A East foe Northumberland HS, 54 to 30, and getting a district win against Amelia HS, 48 to 18. Davidrick Brooks, John Ryan Bapties, Keavon Perkins, Trevon Foster and 7th grader Blake Barker all earned pins last night. The Dukes next match is a Middle School and High School Dual at Fork Union Military Academy on January 21st at 4:30 p.m. Great job, Duke Wrestlers!
  • CHS Varsity basketball defeated Bluestone HS, 58-54, the Dukes were down 12 points in the 4th quarter and fought their way back for a big JRD win!

The hens in our Ag program have been busy laying eggs!

 

Events for the Week:

  • Tuesday
    • After School Program Begins
  • Wednesday
    • CMS Academic Review Visit
  • Thursday
    • 10:00 Division Spelling Bee
    • 1:00 Administrative Council Meeting
    • 4:00 Division Calendar Committee Meeting

Back in Action!

 
It was wonderful to see all the bright, shiny, and ready-to-learn students and staff as they returned back to school last week. If weather doesn't get in the way, we have a busy week ahead- a School Board meeting, Board of Supervisors meeting, Superintendent Student Panel meetings, a CCES Focus School visit, and the Division Spelling Bee. My hope is that we get full days of school in this week; however, I am somewhat depressed as I see the weather forecast for the week and the Freezing Rain Advisory scroll across the screen as I write. Why does the frozen participation always have to happen during the morning commute and always- west of Richmond???  Don't be surprised if we try a 3-hour delay if needed and appropriate this season.  Time will tell.
 

CuCPS Highlights:

  • Congratulations to Justin Caban for being the Herff Jones Believe In You Award winner for the class of 2015!
  • Congratulations to Mrs. Bryant for having her project on DonorChoose.com funded!
  • Cumberland Middle School and Cumberland High School Wrestling Teams faced Appomattox in a hotly contested dual meet. CHS defeated Appomattox HS for the 1st time since the program was reinstated 8 years ago. The Dukes were down by 6 points with 2 matches remaining. Coleman Phillips got a huge pin to tie the score at 30 a piece. Gustabo Lopez ended the dual with a big come from behind win to clinch a team victory with a final score of 33 to 30. Kajhaun Trent, Blake Barker, AJ Wingo, Nick Yoder, Sean Stinnett, Coleman Phillips and Gustabo Lopez earned wins last night. The CHS Dukes next match is at home against Amelia H.S. and Northumerland H.S. tomorrow. Wrestling starts at 4p.m. in the old gym. Great job, Duke Wrestlers!
  • The JV and Varsity teams defeated Wm. Campbell. The JV team won, 34-22 while the Varsity beat the Lady Generals, 51-37. 
  • The Cumberland County Public Schools Foundation, Inc. AND Centra Southside Community Hospital are sponsoring a 5K Run for Scholarships. The event will start at the River Road Entrance of the High Bridge Trail State Park and offers an out and back run across the legendary High Bridge.  Proceeds will go to scholarships for graduates of the Cumberland County High School. Participants who register before the March 1 deadline will receive a High Bridge t-shirt. Click here for complete information:  http://www.cucps.k12.va.us/images/Featured-Articles-Pics/Jan15/High%20Bridge%20Flyer%202015.pdf
Events for the Week:
  • Monday
    • 7:00 School Board Meeting
  • Tuesday
    • CCES Focus School Visit
    • 3:00 CHS SLT and Division Data Meeting
    • 7:00 Board of Supervisors Meeting
  • Wednesday
    • 9:00  CCES Supt. Student Panel Meeting
    • 10:00 CMS Supt. Student Panel Meeting
    • 1:00 CHS Supt. Student Panel Meeting
  • Thursday
    • 10:00 Division Spelling Bee
CuCPS will be closed on Monday, January 19, 2015, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
 

Insanity, Resolutions, and School Improvement

 
 
Albert Einstein defined insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results".  This leads me to wonder-- why then, are we so resistant to change?  Whether the opportunity/challenge of a new year's resolution, moving education into the 21st Century, or working towards school improvement, one can't keep doing the same thing over and over and expect different results. As a new year begins and the second semester takes off, I ask each of you to do the following:  
  • Have high expectations for yourself, peers, and students; 
  • Resolve to see yourself as a learner; and
  • as John Hattie says, "Know thy impact".

One of the most important lessons that we can teach our children is the value of life-long learning. We can teach this through modeling.  The lesson begins with us.

 

 
CuCPS Highlights:
  • Cumberland County Elementary School has been selected by the National Center for Safe Routes to School and Schwinn’s Helmets on Heads Program to receive a mini-grant for the Spring 2015 semester. Over 170 applications from across the country were submitted and the selection committee was particularly impressed by the creativity of PE teacher Glenda Grubbs for her proposed efforts to increase safe bicycling to school in our community. 

  • CHS and CMS basketball teams were busy the week prior and during the break:
    • CHS Basketball defeated Nottoway HS, 45-39, in the Brunswick HS Holiday Basketball Classic. The Dukes finished in 3rd place with a 2-1 record. Deitrich Brown was named to the 2014 All-Tournament Team. The Boy's and Girl's team will return to the court on Monday Jan 5th-vs- Amelia County.
    • CHS Varsity Boy's Basketball defeated Sussex Central HS, 51-49.
    • CHS Boy's Basketball defeated Nottoway HS with the JV Dukes- 38, Nottoway-34; and Varsity Dukes -56, Nottoway-46. The Dukes are in 3rd place in the JRD with a 5-2 overall record.
    • CMS defeated Prince Edward MS 37-28 in the Goochland MS Basketball Holiday Tournament. The Dukes finished in 3rd place.
    • Three of our four CHS Basketball teams won against Randolph-Henry. The JV and Varsity Lady Dukes won in Charlotte C.H. The JV score was 27-17 and the Varsity defeated the Lady Statesmen, 38-11. The Varsity Boys beat Randolph-Henry, 64-38. The JVs played well but lost 51-42.
    • The JV and Varsity Lady Dukes played William Campbell as a Conference 44 non-district game. The JV team won 28-18 and the Varsity lost a heart breaker, 48-46. 
    • The JV and Varsity Lady Dukes defeated the Prince Edward Lady Eagles. The JV team won, 29-22, while the Varsity team won 53-29. 
  • CHS Middle & Varsity Wrestling Teams lost a dual meet to Powhatan John Ryan Bapties, Trevon Foster and Nick Yoder all earned victories. The next match will be January 7th at Appomattox H.S.
  • 4th graders performed the annual CCES Winter Musical for a packed house. Pictures can be found at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.907020309311131.1073742153.243780738968428&type=1.

 
Events for the Week:
  • Monday
    • K-5 ELA Lesson Planning Meetings
  • Tuesday
    • CMS Academic Review Workshop
  • Thursday
    • Administrative Council Meeting
  • Friday
    • Report Cards Home
 
Meet Nicholas who was born during break at the Griffin Ranch!

Holiday Wishes

 
The CHS Junior Ring Ceremony was held on Thursday, December 11, 2014.
 
Twas the week before Winter Break and all through the division,
the students and staff were fulfilling the CuCPS vision...
 
From 5th grade students making Ferris Wheels using coding and Hummingbird Robotics to CHS students conducting a Fashion Show in Spanish, students throughout the division are learning using 21st Century skills. Serving our community also has been on top of the list with ROTC and the Marching Dukes participating in the Cumberland Christmas Parade and the Little Duke Leaders preparing to read aloud to students and senior citizens. With a week left of school before Winter Break, CMS will host and celebrate student learning at the Celebrating Excellence Expo Night and CCES will hold the annual Winter Musical.
 
As we conclude first semester and enter Winter Break, I would like to thank all the CuCPS faculty and staff for their hard work and dedication to the children of Cumberland.  I wish everyone a wonderful and safe holiday and a happy New Year!  Please be safe, relax, and enjoy time with your family and friends.
 
She sprang to the CuCPS Facebook page, to her team gave a shout-out,
While they all loaded school buses and cars to get about.
But I heard her exclaim, 'ere she blogged at the lake ,
 
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good break"
 
CuCPS Highlights:

Events for the Week:

Monday:
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m.  CMS Expo Night
Tuesday:
  • CCES Focus School Meeting
Thursday:
  • 7:00 p.m.  CCES Winter Musical
Friday:
  • 12:00 noon Dismissal for Students
  • 12:00-3:30  Teacher Collaborative Planning Day
  • End of the Semester (Report Cards Home:  January 9, 2015)
 
Winter Break:  Dec. 22, 2014-January 2, 2015
 
 

High Expectations for ALL Students

 
Carpentry students play Jenga.
 
Larry Rosenstock, co-founder and CEO of High Tech High, recently gave advice to educators on how to move public education forward.  Technology has changed society expeditiously with many systems and institutions transitioning with the times. He admits that public education is one of the greatest systems established and crucial to democracy; however, it has been slow to change with the times. He reminds educators to have high expectations for ALL students.  
 
He says, “Catch yourself every time you’re systematically mis-predicting who can and who can’t do what among your children. We mis-predict among race, gender, socio-economic status, and standardized test. It’s not democratic and it’s not moving us forward.”  
 

 
Let's pledge to do this. We need to stop saying that our children can't do this or that. I was taught at a very young age by my grandfather to never say, "I can't". This should also apply to what I say about others. Recent discussions with Dr. Lisa Meyers and these comments from Larry Rosenstock have reminded me that an increase in student achievement at Cumberland County Public Schools begins with us -- having high expectations for our students and believing in them are fundamental for their growth and the reason we got into public education in the first place.  
 

CuCPS Highlights:

  • The Dukes wrestled Nottoway in a Middle School/High School Dual. The Middle School had a solid showing in their 1st matches and the High School team wrestled Nottoway to a 42-42 draw. Nick Yoder, John Ryan Bapties, Davidrick Brooks, Trevon Foster and Joe Kingsley all earned wins. 
  • The JV and Varsity Boys defeated the Rappannock High School Raiders for their 1st victories of the season. 
  • Congrats to our CMS Boys and Girls Basketball teams for their wins against PE!
  • The CHS Scholastic Bowl teams had matches in Goochland. The Varsity team had close matches against Buckingham and Goochland while the JV team defeated Randolph-Henry but lost to Goochland in James River District competition.
  • Aumuni News:
    • The CHS Basketball Alumni Committee hosted the 6th Bi-annual Alumni Basketball Games & Hall of Fame (HOF) inductions on Saturday. The 2014 Class for the HOF consisted of Mr. Gary Cosby (Coach), Ms. Kempy Tillerson (Sponsor), Mrs. Sallie Hatcher (Supporter), and Mr. Will Robinson (Lifetime Achievement). The following teams will be inducted to the Hall: Luther P. Jackson 1967-1968, 3rd place State Team; the CHS 1977-1978 1st State Champions; and the 1978-1979 2nd State Champions.
    • Congrats to Christopher Foster, a CHS Alumnus, who joined the Virginia State Police.  Foster is now on patrol in Buckingham County. Foster is among the 50 troopers who graduated on Nov. 21 from the Virginia State Police Academy. 
Events for the Week:
  • Monday
    • 7:00 School Board Meeting
  • Tuesday
    • 3:30  CCES SLT Meeting
    • 7:00  Board of Supervisors Meeting
  • Wednesday
    • 10:00 CCES DLT Focus School Meeting
  • Sunday
    • Cumberland Christmas Parade
Winter Break Information:
  • Friday, December 19th:  Students will be dismissed at 12:00 noon
  • Winter Break:  December 22-Jan 2nd

#GivingTuesday

 
 
Tuesday, December 2, 2014, has been designated as Giving Tuesday, a national day of giving.  People from around the world will come together for one common purpose -- to celebrate generosity and to give.  The students and staff at Cumberland County Public Schools have always been generous to those in need.  My hope is that tomorrow each and every student and staff member will celebrate generosity by giving in some way and/or highlighting philanthropy from this school year.
 
There is not a better feeling in the world than the feeling of giving to others. Providing the opportunities and the "feeling of giving" to our children teaches empathy and compassion -- much needed traits in the world today.
 
From the song, We are the World:  
 
We are the world, we are the children 
We are the ones who make a brighter day 
So let’s start giving 
There's a choice we're making 
We're saving our own lives 
Its true, we'll make a better day 
Just you and me
 
I would like to highlight our various ways of participation. Please email me details and/or pictures of examples of giving from the 2014-2015 school year by this Friday. For more information or ideas for Giving Tuesday, visit the Giving Tuesday website, www.givingtuesday.org. Resources include a K-12 curriculum about giving.  
 
 
CuCPS Highlights:

CMS students are learning with their new teacher, Ms. Hazelgrove. Students taught Mrs. Tillett how to make a turkey out of an Oreo cookie!  

  • Results of the most recent Rifle Meet with Buckingham and Powhatan (25 shooters) were: #1 Top Gun - Dylan Stimpson; #2 Top Gun - Coleman Phillips; #3 Top Gun - William Kinney; #2 Standing Position - John Bapties; #1 Standing Position - Mierra Edwards. Our Air Rifle Team is currently #1 in the league which also includes Nottoway. Their final meet will be on December 11th.
  • The Cumberland High School Wrestling team had a successful scrimmage at Monticello High School. Davidrick Brooks, Zach Amos, Sean Stinnett, Trevon Foster, Joe Kingsley, A.J. Wingo and Gustabo Lopez all earned victories. The Dukes officially open the 2014-2015 season at home against Nottoway High School on Wednesday, December 3rd.

Events for the Week:

  • Monday:
    • CCES Book Fair Begins (open all week)
    • 6:00 CHS Student-Parent Driver's Safety Meeting
  • Thursday:
    • CCES Celebrate Excellence Night
 

Giving Thanks...

Students and families enjoy Thanksgiving Lunch!
 
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I hope everyone is taking the time during the hustle and bustle of the holiday to reflect on what you appreciate. It is easy to focus on the challenges, difficulties, and the only-ifs.  The CuCPS family has much to be grateful for-- we have quality staff members, students who are eager to learn, and a caring community. Even though we are a small, rural community with limited resources, we continue to show the world that we can compete and hold our own! 
 
I wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
 
Keep up with CuCPS and current trends and research in education on the CuCPS Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/CuCPS.
 
 
CuCPS Highlights:
  • News from the VSBA Annual Conference:
    • Cumberland County School Board Member George J. Reid, Jr. received the VSBA All Virginia School Board Award.
    • CuCPS was one of 33 “VSBA Certified Green School Divisions” in the VSBA Green Schools Challenge. 
    • Haven Langhorne and Wyatt Salinas attended the VSBA Student Leadership Workshop.
    • Ciera Whaley, Wesley Marshall, and Mrs. Davis participated in the Student Achievement Fair. They shared the Duke Store business plan.
  • Ahkiya Allen, Ebony Jones, and Alexa Massey attended the Conference for Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D. C. 
  • Kayla Paras was awarded $250.oo from a travel scholarship by EF, our travel sponsors to Puerto Rico. 
  • CHS student Brenton Morris received his Eagle Scout Badge.
  • CCES reading specialist Rachel Johnson was awarded $50 for books through a Mini-Economics Grant.  CCES teachers Miss Lane, Mrs. Riviere, and Mrs. Dobrowolski also received $50.00 from this grant.
  • Check out pictures from a CHS Site Visit:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.892474424099053.1073742138.243780738968428&type=1.
  • CHS student Holly Tillett produced a video about Technology at CuCPS for my visit to the White House: www.cucps.k12.va.us.
  • CCES and CMS hosted family members for Thanksgiving lunches last week. Pictures can be found on our Facebook page.
  • Members of CCES Team WIN and the Cartersville Garden Club are beautifying the Children's Memorial Garden at CCES.
  • CCES celebrated Mrs. Barley's 45 years of service.
Events for the Week:
  • Monday:
    • 6:00 CuCPS Town Hall Meeting
  • Tuesday:
    • 8:30 a.m.  Academic Jacket Ceremony
  • Wednesday-Friday:  Thanksgiving Break

The Future Ready Pledge

4th graders engage in closed circuit labs.
 
As a division, we have been working to move from a 19th/20th Century education model to the 21st Century. Our purpose is to prepare students to be successful life-long learners, workers, and citizens-- in the future, not the past nor present. We do this with a focus on teaching content through 21st Century learning skills at much higher cognitive levels. We must ensure students can effectively communicate and collaborate; critically think and problem solve; access and analyze information; have curiosity and imagination; and be innovative. These skills are evident in the Virginia Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework.  Several examples include:
 
  • The English standards and essential knowledge/skills include communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving.
  • Math standards (processing skills) and science standards include critical thinking and problem solving.
  • The history standards include accessing and analyzing information as well as critically thinking.
  • Many of the essential knowledge and skills of the standards across disciplines require students to create-- meaning new, unique applications of the content.
Along the topic of preparing our students for their future, I will be representing Cumberland County Public Schools at the Superintendents Summit at the White House this week.  During the Summit, I will once again sign the Future Ready Pledge along with 99 other selected superintendents from across the nation, President Obama, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. I am honored and humbled to have been selected.  I know that I have been selected due to the great team of professionals and students I serve. I pledge to:
 
  • Foster and Lead a Culture of Digital Learning Within Our Schools.
  • Help Schools and Families Transition to High-speed Connectivity.
  • Empower Educators through Professional Learning Opportunities.
  • Accelerate Progress Toward Universal Access for All Students to Quality Devices.
  • Provide Access to Quality Digital Content.
  • Offer Digital Tools to Help Students And Families 
  • Mentor Other Districts and Help Them Transition to Digital Learning.
I know I will have lots to tell once I return. Until then, you can research more about the Summit and the Future Ready Pledge at http://tech.ed.gov/futureready/attendees and http://tech.ed.gov/superintendentsummit/.
 
 
CuCPS Highlights:

FFA Officers and Mrs. Talbott present information on the new Ag Program at the Cumberland Woman's Club Meeting.

Events for the Week:

  • Monday
    • Driver's Education Meeting
  • Tuesday
    • VSBA Annual Conference
  • Wednesday
    • PreK-1st Grade Thanksgiving Feast
    • CMS Thanksgiving Feast
    • Supt. Summit at the White House
  • Thursday
    • Grades 2-4 Thanksgiving Feast
    • 5:00 Dual Enrollment Info Meeting
 
Wednesday, Nov. 26-28, 2014:  Thanksgiving Break (Schools Closed)

Memories

 
 
There were many happy memories made last week ranging from academics to athletics. A whopping 53 middle school students were inducted into the National Junior Honors Society while new Little Duke leaders joined the pack to begin service leadership for the 2014-2015 school year. Our students had various educational experiences including field trips to Bear Creek Lake State Park and Amazement Square.  4th graders learned from Native American expert, Mrs. Sawtelle, who taught them about Native American culture through stories and dance. Fall athletics are on the upswing with a great season for the first CMS football team, cross county athletes qualifying for state competition, and the Lady Dukes volleyball team earning runner-up in the conference and proceeding to the 1A-East Regional Volleyball Tournament. My favorite event of the week had to be the 8th grade Sock Hop.  I do believe the adults had just as much as fun as the students.  Make sure you check out Mrs. Snead, Ms. Rhodes, and Mrs. Chambliss in the pictures posted on our Facebook page.
 
As I reflect each Sunday in order to write this Blog, the accomplishments of our students and staff always make me proud and get my mind and heart in the right place to begin a new work week.  I would like to thank each CuCPS faculty and staff member for ensuring our students have all the opportunities they experience each and every day.  It is truly amazing to see how much happens over a week. What touched me the most about last week was seeing our teachers having such a great time with the students, from the Sock Hop to the 6th grade field trip-- teachers and staff were loving what they were doing!  That makes me proud!  
 
 
 

CuCPS Highlights:

  • 53 middle school students were inducted into the NJHS last week.
    • Congratulations to the following NJHS officers: President - Nadia Elasha; V. President - Cailey Hurley; Secretary - Abby Heath; Treasurer - Tayanna Bradley; and Historian - Cole Fillman.
  • The Little Duke Leaders have added new members this year!
  • Sports News:  
    • Our CHS Lady Dukes will be the #6 seed in the 2014 VHSL 1A-East Regional Volleyball Tournament tonight. The Lady Dukes will travel to #3 seed Mathews High School with game time at 6:00 p.m.
      • The Lady Dukes finished as the Conference 44 runner-up with a 13-8 record by defeating William Campbell, 3-1, and Highland HS, 3-0. 

  • The Cumberland High School Girls Cross Country Team finished in 10th place out of 17 in the 1A East Regional at Pocahontas State Park.
  • Congratulations to the following Boys Cross Country Team runners who qualified for the VHSL State competition to be held this week: Jared Halvorsen (4th), Mathew Bapties and John Ryan Bapties. 
  • The CMS Football team beat Nelson 42-0.
  • The following teams celebrated Senior Night:
    • Volleyball
    • Football
  • Alumni News: Article written by CHS alum, Allie Robinson Gibson:  http://www.tricities.com/news/article_a81d7058-6625-11e4-9ecd-0017a43b2370.html
  • Faculty and Staff News:
    • The Judith Randolph-Longwood Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, will hold its Nov. 11 meeting at the Farmville-Prince Edward Community Library in Farmville, at 3:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be Major Peter Amico, Commander R.O.T.C at Cumberland County High School. The topic of discussion will be “Training Our Young Men.”
    • Kindergarten and 1st grade teachers planned with Mrs. Ruth Harbin-Miles during collaborative planning.
    • 3rd grade teachers developed Table of Specifications (TOS) during collaborative planning.
Events for the Week:
  • Monday
    • School Board Meeting (Closed Session at 6:00 p.m. and Open Session at 7:00 p.m.)
  • Tuesday
    • Ruritan Veteran's Day Breakfast at the Cumberland Fire House
    • CCES Focus School Visit
  • Wednesday
    • Fall Sports Banquet (6:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday
    • Financial Aid Night (6:00 p.m.)
  • Friday
    • SVCC Health Science Fair in Chase City

Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, November 17th: Parent-Student Driver’s Education Meeting