With all the talk concerning the Commonwealth going to an A-F grading system to rate schools, I decided to ask students on my Superintendent's Student Panels what grade each of them would give his/her school and to justify the grade chosen. I was pleasantly surprised by what I heard. I figured that students would be our toughest critics; however, I found that they are very appreciative of the education they are receiving!
According to the elementary students on the panel, the overall grade for Cumberland County Elementary School would be an "A". Two of the students gave CCES an "A". One liked everything about her school and "thinks school is fun". The other student rated CCES an "A" for all the technology students have at their fingertips. Another student labeled the school a "B" because he likes school and is learning a lot. He also stated that "all the teachers are great!" One fellow gave the school a "C" since he wanted his entire family to come "C" (meaning see) his school. I thought that was funny!
Students at the middle school assigned the school an overall "B". They all had high praises for what and how they were learning at CMS. The eldest in the group, gave the school an "A-". She stated that the school and most teachers were great; however, she would like to see some students try harder. The other three students rated the school as a "B". According to them, the teachers and instruction were great but they, too, had some concerns about several students and their work habits.
My last session was with the high school panel. I cringed as I asked the question, afraid and preparing for the responses from a group of teenagers (I should know better, but have to be honest!). I have to say as the students responded with their assigned grades to CHS and told why, I had to fight back the tears! It was a very special moment where I felt so much pride not only for our schools but for the wonderfully reflective people our students had become.
The seven high school students on the panel, rated the high school an overall "A". All stated that they were attending a great school and were proud of their facilities and the technology. One stated that he was very appreciative of the school and really couldn't see asking for anything more. Two of the students assigned the school a "B" and stated that they thought the school was great but would like to see more emphasis on motivating students for life after high school. One expressed the need for increasing the preparation for students being responsible for their own learning.
At the end of the day, these discussions with our students left me feeling very upbeat and positive about the status of our three schools. As they say, "out of the mouth of babes"!
- Rodney Richardson placed 1st (170 lb weight division) in the Colonial Heights Kick-off Wrestling Tournament.
- The CHS Theatre Team performed in the 1A State Theatre Championship at Monticello High School. Students performed very well and placed quite high among the state's best theatre teams. The administration and staff would like to commend Ms. Duncan and her actors for setting a new standard for CHS Theatre.
- CHS Junior Ring Ceremony
- Student Work Displayed
- Student Learning at CCES
- Ms. Miller's Mouse Trap Car PBL
Juan Bonilla-Olmos is pictured holding a copy of Wonder, the book CMS students will read in January. Juan recommended this title as a part of the CMS literacy program.
Events for the Week:
- CCES Book Fair Begins
- School Board Meeting (6:00 Closed Session; 7:00 Open Session)
- CHS Financial Aid Night (6:00 pm)
- Board of Supervisors Meeting (7:00 pm)
- CCES Book Fair Open (5-7 p.m.)
- CCES Movie Night
Ben Westerhoff receives his Academic Jacket with his mother and brothers, Karl (2009) and Eric (2013).
I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving and took time to be with their family and friends. In the spirit of being truly thankful and giving last week, CuCPS students and staff gave items and their time to those in the community through donations to the food bank, making cards for soldiers, and adopting Christmas angels. The annual Academic Jacket Ceremony was held with 55 seniors honored with their jackets in the presence of their families and friends. It was a special way to begin the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Totally changing the subject, it is the beginning of budget season and we are asking for input on the 2014-2015 school year operating budget before development begins. The School Board and administration will seek input at the School Board Meeting on December 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the CMS/CHS Cafetorium.
Kailyn Gilliam and Tirrany Foster receive their Academic Jackets.
1st grade students enjoy the First Grade Pod Grand Opening.
Events for the Week:
- Tuesday: Superintendent's Student Panel Meetings
Little Duke Leaders
First grade students present their Long Ago and Today PBL products to other CCES students in their Museum Exhibition.
Our students and staff did an outstanding job representing Cumberland County Public Schools at the VSBA Annual Conference in Williamsburg last week. After receiving many honors and awards last year at the conference, we gave back this year in the form of several presentations. The elementary after-school German program was featured at the Student Achievement Fair while seniors Mary Huddleston and Ivy Arbaugh attended the Student Leadership Workshop with other School Board Student Liaisons across the Commonwealth. Mr. Jones and Mrs. Jamerson presented twice at the conference on the Green Schools Challenge and 21st Century Learning. It was great to see Cumberland participating and sharing at all levels, from students to Board members.
PreK Thanksgiving Parade
As we head into the Thanksgiving Holiday, I want to express my appreciation to all of the CuCPS family! I am truly blessed to work with and serve such wonderful students, staff, and community! I wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
Ivy Arbaugh and Mary Huddleston attend the VSBA Student Leader Workshop.
- As part of a Long Ago and Today PBL, the first grade pod was transformed into a Museum on Friday. Visitors were given guided tours of the past into the future to learn about the changes made in clothing, schools, shelter, how we get our food, and transportation. Pictures can be found at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.701811969831967.1073741973.243780738968428&type=1.
- CCES and CMS hosted Thanksgiving Lunch with families and friends. Over 225 family and friends were served on Tuesday!
- The Fall Sports Banquet was held on Thursday. Congratulations to all fall athletes!
- Articles from the November School Board Meeting can be found on our website at www.cucps.k12.va.us.
Mr. Kesner and students present at the VSBA Student Achievement Fair.
Events for the Week:
- Tuesday: Academic Jacket Ceremony (8:30)
- Wednesday-Friday: Schools Closed for Thanksgiving Break
3rd grade students conduct field work at Longwood University as part of their Ancient Greek and Roman Architecture PBL.
The culture at CuCPS is slowly transforming! From student testimonies at Town Hall meetings, to classroom visits, to a 21st Century Learning Review update, there is growing evidence of 21st Century learning in our schools! First, I have to say that the PBL units developed this fall are making quite a lasting impression on students and their parents. In several settings last week, I heard excitement from students, parents, and even teachers about the third grade Ancient Greek and Roman Architecture PBL, the first grade Past, Present, and Future PBL, and the kindergarten Maps and Globes PBL. During classroom visits, I saw small reading and math groups that were student-centered, student critique, students building earthquake proof structures, and much more! To top off the week, the team conducting the 21st Century Learning Review provided an update that consisted of lots of positives including statements from high school students who understand why coursework is more difficult and why we are having them collaborate. As one student put it, "I don't really like working in groups; however, I know why we have to do it. It's preparing us for work where we will have to work with others. It is like they (teachers) are trying to make us better people!" Another, when asked if students had anything else to say, told the group, "I just want you to know that Cumberland County Public Schools is a great school division!" That is quite a statement coming from a high school student!
ROTC Cadets present the Colors on Veteran's Day.
- ROTC Cadets presented the Colors at the Veteran's Day Breakfast hosted by the Cumberland Ruritans at the Cumberland Fire House. They made me so proud!
- Our 2nd Educator for a Day was a success! All participants were very impressed by their experiences!
- Check out articles about CuCPS in the Cumberland Today: http://issuu.com/cumberlandtoday/docs/20131111ctt
- Mrs. Gills participated and met the BOOK IT Principal Challenge on Friday!
BOOK IT Principal Challenge
Events for the Week:
- Thursday: The Fall Sports Banquet (6 pm)
- Next Week:
- 11/26: Academic Jacket Ceremony
- 11/27-29: Thanksgiving Break
CHS Theatre Team
Student-Led Conferences are the next focus for strategies that motivate and cultivate students who are responsible for their own learning. For years parent-teacher conferences have been the primary means of parent-teacher communication. Many schools are now trying something new -- student-led conferences that communicate not only how a student is doing but also why. Student-led conferences are a way to actively engage students in their learning. The following benefits have been found in these types of conferences:
- Students assume greater control of their academic progress.
- Students accept personal responsibility for their academic performance.
- Parents, teachers, and students engage in open and honest dialogue.
- Parents attend conferences at increased rates.
- Students learn the process of self-evaluation.
- Students develop organizational and oral communication skills.
Below are several student-led conference resources that include videos provided by Ron Berger and a recent article about student-led conferences being conducted in Albemarle County Public Schools, VA:
I look forward to hearing your ideas on how to make student-led conferences a reality in Cumberland County Public Schools!
Students in Mrs. Kinney's class access and analyze information through research during their history PBL.
- 31 Seniors were recognized at Senior Night during the Varsity Football game last Friday. Senior Mary Huddleston and Spinner took their last ride as the Duke Mascot!
- Ms. Davis' DE Design Multimedia students participated in Mock Interviews with peer Critique last week.
- Several highlights from my Principal Evaluation Site Visits last week included:
- 3rd grade students critiquing student work (East and Hughes);
- 3rd grade students working on their history PBL in Mrs. Kinney's class;
- Math groups throughout CCES; and
- Career Posters emphasizing why math is important in Mr. Meinhard's class!
The CHS Theatre Team was awarded the 1 A East Runner-Up Trophy this weekend. Ben Westerhoff, Sean Stinnett, Sylvia Fusari were all named All 1 A East Supporting Actors.
- The CHS Rifle Teams competed against seven teams last week. Our A team (John Bapties, Coleman Phillips, Haley Tillett and Mierra Edwards) was the top team and the B team (Jacob Landis, Dylan Stimpson, Jeremy Fitzgerald and Josh Burgess) came in 3rd. Individual results for our shooters were: Top Gun (all three positions): John Bapties #1, Coleman Phillips #2, and Haley Tillett #3; Standing position: Jeremy Fitzgerald #1, Jacob Landis #2, and Mierra Edwards #3; Prone position: Josh Burgess #3. Great job, Cadets!
- The following students were named to the Conference 44 Cross Country All-Academic Team: Nyesha Byakatonda, Marya Elasha, Ebony Jones, Annesha Harris, Karli Raby, and Matthew Horton.
- CHS Boys and Girls competed in the VHSL Regional Cross Country Championships in Williamsburg VA. Our girls placed 8th as a team and boys placed 7th. We have three runners who have qualified for the State Championships next week in Northern Va: Matthew Horton, Jared Halvorson, and Matthew Bapties. Good Luck at States!
- CCES Team WIN's Yard Sale was a success! There were kids' activities, face painting, lots of good food, and even pony rides. Students did a great job marketing and running several booths!
Honor Zalewski, CMS/CHS Librarian, attended and presented at the 2013 Virginia Association of School Librarians Conference. Her presentation was titled, Tips for the Solo Librarian. She found even pigs LOVE Libraries!
Events for the Week:
- ROTC Post Colors at the Ruritan Veteran's Day Breakfast (8 am)
- School Board Meeting (6 pm: Closed Session; 7 pm: Open Session)
- Board of Supervisors Meeting (7 pm)
- Educator for a Day
- Community Outreach Meeting (7 pm at the Randolph Fire and Rescue Squad Building)
- Community Outreach Meeting (7 pm at the Cartersville Rescue Squad Building)
On Tuesday, students will stay home as our teachers and administrators embark on a professional development field trip to hear educator and author, Ron Berger. Ron Berger has been a public school teacher in western Massachusetts for 25 years. He works with the Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound school network, Harvard Project Zero, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Ron Berger has a vision of educational reform that transcends standards, curriculum, and instructional strategies. He argues for a paradigm shift and school-wide embrace of an "ethic of excellence". He is guided by a craftsman's passion for quality, describing what is possible when teachers, students, and parents commit to nothing less than the best. Berger is not just idealistic, but realistic. He tells exactly how this can be done, from the blackboard to the blacktop to the school boardroom. He has provided the following resources for review and use: https://mbc-items-production.s3.amazonaws.com/items/documents/010/380/448/original/Links%20to%20Resources%20VA%20Presentation.pdf?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAJE3X3RZJLUZQKLMQ&Expires=1383580487&Signature=RcLSBtDobhC9y1JQ9gYR6i5bX8k%3D&response-content-type=application%2Fpdf .
Following the presentation, faculty and staff at each school are asked to have the following discussions with their peers:
- Brainstorm possible authentic projects aligned with your content standards at the essential knowledge and skills level.
- Brainstorm what Student-Led Conferences could look like at your school and in your classrooms.
- Brainstorm possible ways to incorporate Critique into your classrooms.
- Brainstorm possible ways to incorporate Critique with your peers.
- Brainstorm ideas for celebrating excellence in student work.
I look forward to hearing all the ideas that come from hearing Ron Berger speak and your collaborative discussions! I will continue with my series on ways to motivate and cultivate students who are responsible for their own learning next week. I know Ron Berger will do this topic much more justice on November 5th.
- There was lots of fun on Monday at the CCES Showcase and Fall Festival! Pictures can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cumberland-County-Public-Schools-VA/243780738968428.
- CMS held their Literacy Rally on Thursday!
- The Lady Dukes had three members make the All James River District Volleyball Team. Congratulations to Cassie Martin (2nd Team), Ivy Arbaugh (Honorable Mention) and Nicole Jefferson (Honorable Mention).
- All Conference 44 Cross Country Team Selection –Girls – Ebony Jones, Nyesha Byakatonda, Marya Elasha, Karli Raby, and Annesha Harris; Boys – Matthew Horton and Jared Havorsen.
- Matthew Horton was named JRD Runner of the Year for the second year in a row!
- James River District & All-Conference 44 Golf Team Selection – Chase Grubbs (2nd team JRD & 1st Ever State Qualifier) and Tyler Shores (Honorable Mention JRD).
- Check out pictures from Mrs. Kinney's Harvest Birds project and CCES Book Character Presentations on our Facebook page!
Events for the Week:
CCES Students and Staff honor Mrs. Barley for 44 years of Wonderful Service!
- Tuesday: Professional Development Day: Schools are Closed!
- Thursday: CuCPS Foundation Board Meeting (5:30)
- Veteran's Day
- School Board Meeting (7:00 Open Session; 6:00 Closed Session)
- Administrative Council Meeting
- Board of Supervisors Meeting (7)
- Educator for a Day
- Community Outreach Meeting at the Randolph Fire and Rescue Building (7)
- Community Outreach Meeting at the Cartersville Rescue Squad Building (7)
Providing students with an audience for their work other than their classmates and teachers is important in motivating students to produce quality work and cultivating students who are responsible for their own learning. According to Buck Institute, rigorous, effective, and meaningful work involves a public audience and is one of the eight essentials for PBL. Students present their work to other people, beyond their classmates and teacher. This “raises the stakes”, increasing students’ motivation to do high-quality work, and adds to the authenticity of the project.
In an excerpt from an ASCD publication, Steven Levy explains:
Writing teachers know about the power of audience. When you write an essay, you have to know who your audience will be so that you can adjust your message and style accordingly. Chorus and band directors know the power of audience. Why do students work so hard practicing the same passages over and over, week after week? Because the audience is coming for the concert!
But who is the audience for 99 percent of the work students do in school? Right—the teacher. If you happen to work with students who come to school eager to win their teachers' approval, you won't need to do much to motivate them. (There might be other problems ahead for students who do their work mainly to please their teachers, but that's another story.) But more and more students come to class with no desire to please their teachers and no vision of the role school might play on their path to success. The most effective way to engage these students in learning is to create an authentic audience, giving them a sense that someone else cares about their work. They need to have a vision of a product that matters. They need to learn content and develop skills to complete the product. One of the first things we need to consider when we design curriculum is how students can apply knowledge and skills in creating a product that will serve an authentic community need. (http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/nov08/vol66/num03/The-Power-of-Audience.aspx)
As an expert invited to participate in an audience for middle school student work, Jim Moulton found the following:
What I saw was a uniform desire to do their best, and a willingness to engage not only with content but also with their audience in a mature and thoughtful way. I am confident that the presence of a few extra caring adults in the room made a difference. (http://www.edutopia.org/student-presentations-public-audience)
And according to Bianca, a high school teacher,
Students need to experience reflection on learning, self-evaluation of their product and why it does or doesn’t meet their expectations. They need to be given the opportunity to explain the learning process involved in designing their product – whatever it may be. They need to learn to publicly value that learning is a process. We need them to step up and take ownership of their ideas, their experiences, their effort and their potential failures. It is through this process of public reflection that students develop the skills needed to be life-long learners. (http://biancahewes.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/5-tips-for-presenting-project-learning-to-a-public-audience/)
And most importantly, providing an audience for student work creates connectedness for students:
The more connected students feel to the needs of their authentic audience, the more they want to contribute significantly and do it well--and the more they grow up as young leaders who are contributing to constructive global change already, and will continue to do so throughout their lives because of these early transformative experiences. (http://principledlearning.org/1/post/2012/10/keeping-it-real-in-global-pbl-authentic-public-audience.html)
Lady Dukes Seniors include Ivy Arbaugh, Kailyn Gilliam, Nicole Jefferson, Samantha Johnson, Cassie Martin, Katelyn Showalter, and Tamara Wright.
- Seven Lady Duke Seniors were recognized at Senior Night.
- Sylvia Fusari and Sean Stinnett were recognized as All-Conference Actors for their performances at the Theatre 44 Competition.
- Congratulations to Matthew Horton for being named the 2013 JRD Cross Country Runner of the year. Matthew broke his own school record and finished first in the JRD Championships. He was also named 1st team All-District.
- Congratulations also goes to Jared Halverson and Matthew Bapties for finishing 5th and 6th in the JRD Cross Country Championships. They were also named to the All-District 1st Team.
- The Junior ROTC Rifle Team hosted Nottoway and Powhatan at the first rifle meet of the Central Virginia Rifle League. Cumberland's A team (John Bapties, Haley Tillett, Coleman Phillips, Mierra Edwards, Jacob Landis) was the top team out of the 6 teams that competed.
- Several Cumberland shooters took individual position medals: Coleman Phillips - 1st place top gun; Haley Tillett - 2nd place top gun; Mierra Edwards, 1st place standing; John Bapties - 1st place kneeling; Jeremy Fitzgerald - 1st place prone; Jacob Landis - 3rd place kneeling; and Josh Burgess - 3rd place prone. Well done Dukes!
- The Lady Dukes traveled to Amelia and both teams defeated the Lady Raiders. The JVs won in 3 sets and the Varsity volleyball team swept them in 3 sets. The win should raise the Varsity Dukes standing in Conference 44!
- Congratulations goes to the JV Lady Dukes for their win against Bluestone.
- PreK 4 student, James Ross, was featured on NBC12 Dress for the Weather picture on Friday.
- Mr. Jones accepted recognition from the Virginia Board of Education for our VSBA Food for Thought Award.
- FCCLA brought awareness to breast cancer with a Pink Out competition and a delicious pink cake served at lunch!
- The 2013 Walk for Education raised $7,400 which will be designated for Grants. The schools raised $3,732.26 and the community donated $3,667.74.
- Austin Gills of CCES, Alexa Massey of CHS, and Holley Tillett of CMS are selected young artists in the region whose work will be displayed in the Hull Education Center on Longwood University’s campus for the next year.
Events for the Week:
- Administrative Council Meeting (9-11)
- CCES Fall Showcase (5:30-7:00)
CHS Theatre Team Champions!
As we work towards preparing our students to be successful 21st Century learners, workers, and citizens, we are striving to cultivate students who are responsible for their own learning. In my last blog, I listed several ways to do this. This week's blog will focus on developing authentic learning and projects. I found detailed information and examples on authentic learning in a blog post by John Larmer. I recommend reading the actual post (link provided below).
During Authentic Learning/Projects:
- Students are producing work that is real to them.
- The work has a direct impact on or use in the real world.
- Students advocate for a cause, take action to improve the community, perform a service for someone, create a physical artifact to display or distribute, or express their own ideas about a topic in various media.
Larmer explains four ways a project can be authentic:
- The project meets a real need in the world beyond the classroom or products are used by real people.
- The project focuses on a problem, issue, or topic that is relevant to students' lives or a problem or issue that is actually being faced by adults in the world students will soon enter.
- The project sets up a scenario or simulation that is realistic.
- The project involves tools, tasks, or processes used by adults in real settings and by professionals in the workplace.
If we want students to be motivated and to take responsibility for their own learning, we must provide experiences for them that have meaning and purpose. Students need to understand why they need to learn certain concepts for reasons other than because we want them to or because it is a Standard of Learning (SOL) requirement. We need to teach the required content through authentic learning. Read more about Authentic Projects and Learning at http://www.edutopia.org/blog/authentic-project-based-learning-john-larmer.
- Congratulations to the CHS Theatre Team who are the Champions of the 2013 Conference 44 Theatre Competition with their performance of "The 11th"! The team now proceeds to competition on November 9th.
- The Boys Cross Country Team won their meet in Amelia. Individual places include: 1st - Matthew Horton, 5th Jared Halvorsen, 7th - John Bapties, 8th - Matthew Bapties, and 11th - Jacob Landis.
- Check out the article, Making Her Future, about Sylvia Fusari in the Farmville Herald.
- Great job to our Lady Dukes Volleyball Teams for wins last week!
- Enjoyed CHS student presentations in several classes last week. Ms. Miller's students wrote recipes of their favorite foods using limits, traded recipes, and then prepared the recipe for the class. Ms. Whittaker's students culminated a 7 1/2 week PBL on Climate Change with a group presentation that was very informative about the content and PBL process.
Events for the Week:
- October School Board Meeting (Location: CCES Cafeteria)
- Academic Review Workshop for Division Level Team
- Report Cards Home
- Gov. School Board Meeting (4 pm)
- 12 noon Dismissal for Students
- 1:00-3:00: Teacher Professional Development
- 4:00-7:00: Parent/Teacher Conferences
- 2013 Area Youth Art Exhibit at Longwood (Selected Works)
Kindergarten students roll up their sleeves to work on a Maps and Globes PBL
During conversations about raising expectations and improving student achievement, the topic of student motivation and student responsibility of learning always rises to the forefront of the discussion. Year after year, this question is addressed to me sometimes out of frustration but most of the time with the greatest intentions and sincerest of hearts. I have finally come to the conclusion that the answer will not be found in the traditional style of educating our students. Our current system of teaching, grading, and assessment will not promote nor cultivate motivated students that are responsible for their own learning.Through much research of practitioners such as Berger, Dweck, Esquith, Greenhill and Kay, Wagner, and many others, I have found several answers (listed below) to the age-old question of how to motivate students and make them responsible for their own learning.
- Authentic Learning/Projects that relate to real-world community work;
- Providing Audiences for student work;
- Students who set and monitor Goals for their own learning;
- Teaching students to have a Growth Mindset;
- Student-Led Conferences; and
- Developing a "Family of Families" Culture within the division, schools, and classrooms.
You will hear about several of the above items on November 5th from speaker, Ron Berger. I will be expanding on each topic in my next six upcoming Monday Blogs. Throughout the year, you will be asked to collaboratively brainstorm how we can embed these "answers" into the culture of CuCPS, our schools, and your classrooms. Our purpose is to prepare every student to be a successful 21st Century learner, worker, and citizen. We can do that by teaching our content through current century learning skills and developing students who are motivated and responsible for their own learning.
Events for the Week:
- End of Nine Weeks (Report Cards Home on 10/22)
- CHS 21st Century Learning Review
- Re-Licensure Meeting (3:30)
Last week, I embarked on an adventure of research about 21st Century Learning in schools across America. I found there are many innovative schools across the country shifting from a traditional system that is outdated to a current century model that prepares students to be authentic learners, workers, and global citizens. It was both liberating and daunting as I attended sessions, visited a school, and networked with other educators preparing for or already experiencing this transformation.
I began my journey with author Ron Berger. Ron is the Chief Academic Officer of Expeditionary Learning and author of the book, An Ethic of Excellence. Many of you have heard me speak about his work. Ron focused on the following points that spoke to me personally, as well as a parent and educator:
- The importance of students producing Quality Work;
- The importance of students having an audience for their work other than their teacher;
- Cultivating students that are obsessed with quality and commitment;
- Students and staff with Grit who understand the importance of Critique;
- Authentic Learning is connecting learning to the community;
- Great work should include a culminating activity that is public work;
- The Importance of Authentic Projects for real public audiences; and
- The idea of Student-Led Conferences in place of Parent/Teacher Conferences.
My next stop was the EdLeader21 Conference in Chicago. Believe it or not, this is how I spent some of my vacation time. I found great inspiration and was able to network with public and independent school leaders from across the United States. My favorite part of the conference was visiting the Catherine Cook School which is located in Chicago. This PreK-8th grade school touched my heart through the following:
- Their motto, “What School Should Be”;
- Believe it is their job to cultivate students that are good global citizens and ethical decision makers;
- Entrance of school was inviting with student artwork, student names, pictures of students, and student work everywhere! The school was very personalized to the students;
- They don’t use 21st Century Learning as a term anymore since we are 13 years into the century. They use the team Current Century Learning;
- Use project/problem based learning;
- Use authentic assessments;
- Have the Makers and Fixers culture;
- Use Reading and Writing Workshop (Lucy Calkins);
- Hiring Process includes teaching demonstrations;
- Using Dan Myers’ work in Math;
- Believes in Responsive Classrooms;
- Using the book, Mindset, by Dr. Carol Dweck, for Professional Development;
- Anchor Charts are displayed in classrooms;
- Core Values are posted in every space;
- Develop a school level theme each year;
- Participating in Design Thinking professional development;
- Use the Love and Logic approach; and
- Celebrates student work at Celebrate Excellence Night.
As you see, I came away from my week full of examples and ideas as well as inspired to stay on the path that we can teach the required content through 21st Century Learning skills. We can cultivate a culture for our students and staff that values quality, authenticity, and ethics. It was validating to see schools that have already transformed to this current century way of learning.
- This is Homecoming Week:
- CHS Spirit Week Themes:
- Monday - Blast from the Past Day
- Tuesday - Athletic Wear Day
- Wednesday - Wacky Tacky Day
- Thursday - Dress as Your Profession Day
- Friday - Blue and Gold Day
- CCES Spirit Week Themes:
- Monday ~ Pajama Day (no slippers, please)
- Tuesday ~ Sports Day
- Wednesday ~ Mismatched Wacky Tacky Day
- Thursday ~ Hat Day
- Friday ~ Duke Pride Spirit Day!
- The following are the 2013 Homecoming Class Representatives:
- Freshman Class– Brandon Leabough and Infinity Anderson;
- Sophomore Class – Dakoda Boyles and Kyera Broxton;
- Junior Class – Joe Kingsley and Savannah Harlow;
- Senior Class – Damien Robertson and Ti’Eisha Crump
- The following are the 2013 King and Queen Nominees:
- King Candidates – Dajon Booker, Justin Coleman, Cody Tyson, Jacob Dandridge, Joe Vaun Brown;
- Queen Candidates – Kimberly Morrison, Kailyn Gilliam, Mary Huddleston, Jabree Dean, Cassie Martin
- Chase Grubbs and Tyler Shores competed in the 1A East Regional Golf Tournament last week. Tyler scored a 91 and Chase scored a 79. Chase was named 2nd team all region and he becomes the first Cumberland golfer ever to qualify for the state 1A golf championship. Chase will be going to the state tournament on October 14-15 in Front Royal.
- The CHS Cross Country Teams would like to thank Major Amico, and Sargent Carrier, meet directors. Thanks also goes to parents volunteers, Mrs. Raby and Mrs. Bapties, along with all parents in attendance. Our runners performed very well last week.
- Boys results : Cumberland 18, Amelia 58, Prince Edward 69, Bluestone 77: Individual results : 1st Matthew Horton, 2nd John Bapties, 3rd Matthew Bapties, 5th place Jared Halvorsen, 7th Jacob Landis, 13th Joseph Kingsley; and
- Girls results : Amelia 18, Bluestone 43, Cumberland n/s, Pr. Edward n/s: Marya Elasha, Annesha Harris, Ebony Jones, and Carmen Meacham all had good performances.
- The following are the second Students/Staff of the Week for the 2013-2014 school year: Ari Booker – 12th grade; Tamara Lincoln – 11th grade; Kyle Shuart – 10th grade; Shayna Swanson – 9th grade; and Ms. Angela Whittaker – Staff Member of the Week.
- CCES raised a total of $2,161.99 for Walk for Education!
- Parents attended Senior Project Information Night with their children to learn about the process of preparing for college. There were 22 parents and 14 students! We even had a bonus speaker when Sgt. Williamson of the USMC just happened to be on campus! Many thanks to Mr. Meinhard, Ms. Duncan and Ms. Ewing for staying late, presenting and answering the questions!
- Check out the article, See You At The Pole Event, in the Farmville Herald.
- The CHS Theatre Department will have its 1st show of the season in preparation for conference competition. On October 18th at 7 p.m., they will present “The 11th”. They will be in competition on October 19th in the Cafetorium against 44 Conference schools starting at 10 a.m. Please support the CHS Theatre Team!
- The 2nd annual VAM charity event (BACKPACKS OF LOVE FALL CLASSIC) raised over $45,000 of which $33,000 was profit to use for the children of the Powhatan and Cumberland County school systems.
Events for the Week:
- Administrative Council Meeting (9-11)
- Board of Supervisors Meeting (7 pm)
- Homecoming Pep Rally and Football Game
Upcoming Important Dates:
- Monday, October 14: Schools and Offices Closed for the Columbus Day Holiday
- October 24:
- 12:00 noon dismissal for students
- 1-3 pm: Staff Professional Development
- 4-7 pm: Parent/Teacher Conferences