Amy Griffin's Blog

Character Counts!


Over 40 CHS students earned Associate Degrees and/or career certifications at the SVCC Graduation Ceremony on Saturday.

The community, current and former employees, and former students came out yesterday to honor and remember Mrs. Betty Scales. As I read Mrs. Jamerson's remarks about Mrs. Scales to the large crowd, it made me think about what a wonderful legacy she has left in the form of her family and in everyone she has touched.  Mrs. Jamerson described Mrs. Scales as having unfailing kindness, patience, a sense of humor, a community spirit, generosity, and integrity.  She was described as one that "never gave up on a student" and "lived the golden rule every day of her life".  Mrs. Jamerson said that Mrs. Scales was a true mentor, friend, and role model.  

I can not think of anything better that could be said about a person. We should all strive to follow Mrs. Scales' example and heed her advice to always "do the right thing." As the Class of 2015 graduates this Friday, my hope is that our students leave Cumberland County Public Schools with these admirable character traits.  As Billy Graham once stated, "The greatest legacy one can pass on to one's children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one's life, but rather a legacy of character and faith."

Senior Madison Glover was recognized at Softball Senior Night.

CuCPS Highlights:
  • Seniors did an outstanding job presenting their Senior Projects last Friday. 
  • Congratulations to the 2015 CuCPS Teachers of the Year:
    • CCES and Division:  Rachel Price
    • CMS:  DeVonna Blevins-Marble
    • CHS:  Myrna Barr
  • The School Board recognized our Retirees and Service Awards at a reception prior to the May School Board Meeting.
    • Best wishes to our retirees:  Rebecca Dove, Peter Amico, Steven Carrier, and Sherrie Snead


  • Over $5,000 was raised at the Drive 2 Give Fundraiser on Saturday.
  • The Girls and Boys Track Teams are the James River District Champions!
  • Check out Toneshia Ford in the Farmville Herald MVP Zone.

The School Board approved Ahkiya Allen and Hannah King as 2015-2016 School Board Student Liaisons.

Events for the Week:
  • Tuesday
    • 6:30  Baccalaureate Service
  • Wednesday
    • 4:00 GSSV Joint School Board Meeting
  • Thursday
    • 1:30  4th Grade Moving Up
  • Friday
    • 7:00 CHS Graduation
CuCPS will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2015, for the Memorial Day Holiday. Students and staff report back to school on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

Reflection Reminds us of Purpose

ROTC Change of Command Ceremony

The end of the school year can be stressful; however, I ask that each of you take the time to enjoy these last several weeks with our students. There is much to celebrate and many memories to make as we end the school year. Reflect on not only your students' accomplishments but your own professional and personal accomplishments. CuCPS is a family of not only academic successes but of kind and giving individuals. 

There were many memories made last week -- The ROTC Change of Command, Senior Night, and the Walking Dukes at Relay for Life (just to name a few!). I visited with Ms. Shelton's second students on Friday and spoke about honey bees.  I will always remember this special experience.  The students were eager to assist me, excited to learn about bees, and all 19 had to try on my bee suit which provided me quite a workout! What touched my heart was how thoughtful and sweet this group of students were. I gave each student a small sample of honey in a plastic bear bottle. Instead of wanting to keep the honey for themselves, they came up with the idea to give the honey to their moms for Mother's Day. 
Lastly, Senior Night celebrated how special and accomplished our students really are. From scholarship recipients, to lofty career goals, to college and career choices--our students validated that we are preparing students to be successful 21st Century learners, workers, and citizens. Having known these students since they were in first grade, I have to say that I was full of pride Friday night. 
I reiterate that if you are experiencing "end of year stress"-- take the time to look at our students' accomplishments.  It will bring you back to your purpose of becoming an educator.
The Walking Dukes
CuCPS Highlights:
  • The Class of 2015 celebrated Senior Night last Friday evening.  
  • JROTC Change of Command:  Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Cadet Battalion Commander Coleman Phillips for assuming command for next school year. Thank you to outgoing Battalion Commander Ajah Smith.
  • The Walking Dukes raised $1,126.55 for the American Cancer Association at Relay for Life!
  • Check out Science 8 student blog posts at
  • Cumberland and Nottoway competed as the Nottoland Cukes at the Powhatan Rumble at the Rodeo Off-Season Wrestling Tournament. The Cukes went on to place 3rd at the event:  Euengio Lopez (7th grader) and Co-Captain, Sean Stinnett (11th grader) placed 3rd in their weight classes; Co-Captain, Trevon Foster (10th grader) placed 2nd in his weight class; and  2x State Qualifier, Gustabo Lopez (11th grader) was the Champ in the "Super Heavy Weight" class.
  • The Varsity Baseball Team defeated Prince Edward at home. The JV Baseball Team also beat the Eagles in Farmville.
  • Congratulation to the Boys Soccer Team 4-1 defeat of Central in Victoria. This was a big James River District win for the Dukes.

  • Congratulations to Jacob Perry who will be attending Emory & Henry College to play baseball this fall.
  • The CHS Track Teams had a James River District meet at Prince Edward. The results were:
    • Girls score: Prince Edward 65, Cumberland 51, Lunenburg 33: CHS Top Performers: 100 hurdles 1st K. Broxton/Cumberland, 200 meters 1st E. Jones/Cumberland, 300 hurdles 1st A. Parran, 800 meters - 1st M. Elasha/ Cumberland, 4x800 relay - 1st Cumberland, Discus - 1st T. Ford/ Cumberland.
    • Boys score: Prince Edward 65, Cumberland 53, Lunenburg 34: CHS Top Performers: 110 hurdles – 1st D. Ridley/Cumberland, 300 hurdles – 1st D. Ridley/Cumberland, 800 meters - 1st D. Brown/Cumberland, 3200 meters - 1st J. Kingsley/Cumberland, 4x400 relay - 1st Cumberland, 4x800 relay - 1st Cumberland, Shot put - 1st T. Jackson/Cumberland, Discus - 1st T. Jackson/Cumberland, Long jump - 1st K. Perkins/Cumberland.
  • Annesha Harris and Tony Ford competed in the 2015 Kentucky Relays in Lexington Kentucky. Both athletes performed well in their events. Annesha placed 1st in the women's long jump and 2nd in the 100 hurdles, Tony placed 3rd in the men's long jump and 5th in the 110 hurdles. Both athletes also visited Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky.
Events for the Week:
  • Monday
    • 5:00 Retirement and Service Awards Reception
    • 7:00 School Board Meeting
  • Tuesday
    • CCES Focus School Visit
    • 7:00 Board of Supervisors Meeting
  • Wednesday
    • 12:00 noon Administrative Staff Meeting
  • Friday
    • 12:00 noon Early Dismissal for all CuCPS students
    • Senior Project Presentations
  • Saturday
    • 9:30 SVCC Graduation

Baby chicks in Ms. Wiesner's science classroom. 

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. -Henry Adams
With this week being Teacher Appreciation Week, I would like to thank our hard working and dedicated teachers at Cumberland County Public Schools. Our teachers work tirelessly to not only teach our students the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in life but build positive relationships that support and inspire our students to be their very best. I believe all of us can think of a teacher who inspired us to be the people we are today. Please take the time this week to tell a teacher, "Thank You."
My personal "Thank You" goes to Ms. Wanda Price, my 4th grade teacher at Belview Elementary School in Christiansburg, VA.  She not only taught me reading, writing, and arithmetic -- but took a personal interest in me by giving me old grade books and textbooks (she knew I wanted to be a teacher) and taught me how to draw animals out of alphabet letters. It was those personal touches that helped me believe in myself.
Who will you thank this week?  
CuCPS Highlights:
  • Congratulations to Brenton Morris who was awarded the 2015 VA Mayflower Society Scholarship.
  • 7th and 8th grade Masquerade Ball:
    • Best dressed 8th grade girls: Abigail, Miranda, and Daeja.
    • Best dressed 8th grade boys: Daijon, Michael, Noah, Kaijhaun, Isaiah, Christian, and Ziahir.
    • Best dressed 7th graders:  Graceyn, Tydria, Dashaouna, Kameryn, Amir, and Jack.

  • Prekindergarten visited the Cumberland Public Library on Friday.
  • Seniors had fun at their Senior Picnic despite rainy, cold weather!

  • Students, staff, and community members began work on the CCES Sunshine Garden last week.
  • There was an Appreciation Luncheon held for the Woman's Club, Garden, Club, and other partners for the Inspiration, Sunshine, and Monet gardens.
  • The Girls Soccer Team defeated Nottoway Monday, 2-0!
  • Cumberland Athletics varsity baseball player Jacob Perry was in the MVP ZONE of the Farmville Herald. 
  • Congratulations to 2015 Prom King & Queen – Chase Davis & Madison Glover; 2015 Prince & Princess: Ahmad Booker & Kyera Broxton. The administration would like to thank Mrs. Dawson, Mrs. Stanley and all students who decorated for the Prom. The ‘Glitz & Glam’ theme was very well done and was enjoyed by all.
  • The 2015 After Prom had 107 students to attend the event at Skyzone. The grand prize winners were: Cadajah Randolph ($100 Walmart Gift Card), Sean Stimpson (Beats Pill Speaker), Richard Johnson (RCA Tablet). 35 prizes were presented. Thank you to Ms. Royall, Ms. Earvin and Ms. Princess Royal for assisting.
Events for the Week:
  • Monday
    • 9:00 ROTC Change of Command
    • 6:30 p.m.  Football player/parent Informational Meeting 
  • Tuesday
    • Wear Red for Public Ed Day
  • Wednesday
    • 9:00 Signing Day
    • 6:00 Special Called School Board Meeting
    • 6:00 GSSV Senior Dinner
  • Friday
    • 6:00 Senior Night

Who Has Inspired You?

Prekindergarten performs at the CCES Celebrating Excellence Night.
I came across a blog post last week in my Twitter feed that reminded me our logo, Cumberland County Public Schools:  Student Centered, Teacher Inspired. David Cutler, a teacher in Boston, writes about what he has learned as a professional from teachers who have inspired him. He categorizes his thoughts into four areas:  Differentiate Instruction, Foster a Flexible Learning Environment, Don't Harshly Penalize Failure, and Encourage Problem Solving and Innovation. I found the following quotes from his "professional teachers" meaningful and aligned to the vision, mission, and purpose of our school division.
  • Differentiate Instruction: "I might teach the way that's uncomfortable to me, but that's fine. My success comes from my students' success." -Rick Wormeli
  • Foster a Flexible Learning Environment: "Allow students agency over how they use classroom time, and what sources they use to master concepts and complete work." -Mark Barnes
  • Don't Harshly Penalize Failure:  "Rigid retake policy only prove effective in one way- helping struggling students sense the futility in trying to recover." -Barnes and Wormeli
  • Encourage Problem Solving and Innovation:  "We need to be cranking out innovators, problem solvers, and creative thinkers, people that aren't afraid to take risks, people that don't want to just regurgitate answers, and people that are finding their passions in life,"  -Simon Hauger
I encourage everyone to read the entire blog post provided below and reflect not only on the content of the blog but on who and what have inspired you as a teacher to help cultivate and shape your beliefs, values, and teaching practices and made you the professional you are today.
First graders visit the Inspiration Garden.
CuCPS Highlights:
  • Congratulations to Michael Turner, Jessica Johnson, and Kiara Samuels for being awarded Ruritan Scholarships Thursday evening!
  • Congratulations to Kiara Samuels who was awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Educational Scholarship Foundation of the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC).
  • CHS Track Teams won their JRD meet at Prince Edward.
    • Girls score: Cumberland 65, Nottoway 40, Prince Edward 40, The Fuqua School 5.  4x800 relay - 1st ( M. Elasha, K. Raby, T. Dews, A. Parran), 100 hurdles - 1st A. Harris, 3rd K. Broxton, 4th A. Parran, 100 meters 1st Annesha Harris, 2nd Ebony Jones, 200 meters 1st Ebony Jones, 400 meters 2nd Ebony Jones, 800 meters - 2nd K.Broxton, 3rd M.Elasha, 1600 meters - 3rd T. Dews, 300 hurdles A. Harris, Discus - 1st Tonishea Ford, Shot Put - 3rd T. Ford, Long Jump - 1st A. Harris, 3rd E. Jones, Triple Jump - A. Harris, High Jump - 2nd A. Harris, 4th E. Jones
    • Boys score: Cumberland 73, Prince Edward 48, Nottoway 33, The Fuqua School 3. 4x800 relay- 1st ( D. Brown, D. Ridley, J. Brown, R. Allen) 110 hurdles - 1st T. Ford, 3rd D. Ridley, 100 meters - 3rd K.Perkins, 200 meters - 3rd K. Perkins, 400 meters - 2nd D. Brown, 4th J. Brown, 800 meters - 1st R. Allen, 1600 meters - 3rd C. Giles, 4th K. Shuart, 3200 meters - 2nd De. Trent, 3rd C. Giles, 4th K. Shuart, 300 hurdles - 1st T. Ford, 3rd - D. Ridley, Discus - 1st T. Jackson, 3rd D. Jackson, Shot Put - 1st T. Jackson, 2nd D. Jackson, 4th K. Perkins, Long Jump - 2nd T. Ford, Triple Jump - 1st T. Ford, 4x400 relay (T. Ford, D,Brown, J. Brown, R. Allen)

  • Quickstart Tennis of Central Virginia was awarded the first grant in the amount of $2,500 for the Courts for Cumberland project from the Titmus Foundation in Sutherland, VA. 
  • Over 310 students attending the CHS Good Behavior and Perfect Attendance Breakfast last week.
  • The CHS Prom and After Prom were held over the weekend. Looking forward to Prom pictures!
  • Varsity and JV Baseball Teams defeated Buckingham in the “Battle of Route 60”. 

  • Congrats to Annesha Harris and Tony Ford, they both were named girl's and boy's MVP in the Bob Murray Track & Field Invitational at King William HS. Our boy's team placed 4th out of 11 schools, and the girl's team placed 5th out of 11 schools.
    • Girls score: 1. Massaponax 119, 2. King William 115, 3. Brunswick 81, 4. Cumberland 61, 5. Amelia 35, 6. King & Queen, 31, 7. Essex 29, Windsor 27, 9. Middlesex 21, 10. Nandua 20, 11. Goochland 16.
    • CHS Individual results: 100 hurdles - 1st Annesha Harris, 100 meters - 8th Ebony Jones, 200 meters - 5th Annesha Harris, 7th Ebony Jones, 300 hurdles - 1st Annesha Harris, 400 meters - 4th Ebony Jones (state qualifier), Long jump - 1st Annesha Harris, 4th Ebony Jones, Triple jump - 1st Annesha Harris, Discus - 6th Tonishea Ford, Shot put - 7th Tonishea Ford 
    • Boys score: 1. Brunswick 160, 2. Middlesex 97, 3. Massaponax 61, 4. Windsor 55, 5. Cumberland 49, 6. Amelia 42, 7. Nandua 36, 8. King & Queen 35, 9. Goochland 34, 10. King William 31, 11. Thomas Jefferson (Richmond) 15
    • CHS Individual results: 110 hurdles - 2nd Tony Ford, 8th Darron Ridley, 200 meters - 1st Tony Ford, 300 hurdles - 2nd Tony Ford, 7th Darron Ridley, 400 meters - 8th JaQuan Brown, 800 meters - 6th Deitrich Brown, 4x800 relay - 5th , Long jump - 2nd Tony Ford, Triple jump - 5th Tony Ford, 4x800 relay state qualifiers (Deitrich Brown, Keavon Perkins, Jaquan Brown, Darron Ridley)
  • Congratulations to the following students who were winners in the Patriot Day Democratic Art Contest:
    • First place - ($30) Michael Turner's "Cumberland County Countryside: Jenkins Church Rd.";
    • Second Place - ($20) Tiara Beaty's "On the James";
    • Third Place - ($10) Ty'Esha Hatcher's "The Road to Success";
    • Honorable mentions ($5 ea) Chris Allen's "Cumberland Trinity" and Rose Giles' "Freedom Flight"
  • Congratulations to the newly elected 2015-16 FBLA Officers: Sean Stimpson-President; Lorraine Foster-Vice President; Daquan Trent-Secretary; Coleman Phillips-Treasurer; Kyle Shuart-Parliamentarian; Sharita Brown-Reporter.
  • Congratulations to the following CMS students for placing in the Woman's Club of Cumberland Writing Contest:
    • 1st Place - Brett Bamburg (First Place Alice Kyle District Winner), and Emmie Czeizinger (Third Place - Alice Kyle District Winner);
    • 2nd Place - Juan Bonilla-Olmos, Sammy Finch, Justin Stimpson, Teyanna Braxton, Owen Bladwin, and Ayana Speas;
    • 3rd Place - Gabriella Baker, Montana Bass, Maria Bonilla-Olmos, Autumn Holman, Abigail Heath, and Mason Ludgate;
    • Honorable Mention - Shelia Robinson, Lena Parker, Caleb Johnson, Michaela Woodson, Alivia Hanvey, Garrett Jensen, and Brett McHenry.
  • Shakisha Ayers, 1st place winner for the Patriot's Day Art Contest, holds her blue ribbon and a $50 gift card from the Cumberland Historical Society.

Events for the Week:

  • Monday
    • Region 8 Performance Based Assessment Workshop
  • Tuesday
    • Region 8 Performance Based Assessment Workshop
  • Wednesday
    • CMS Academic Review Visit
  • Thursday
    • Administrative Meeting
  • Friday:
    • Senior Picnic
    • Inspiration Garden Appreciation Lunch

There will be an Interest Meeting for all CHS parents, students, and staff  to go on the "Costa Rica Expedition 2017". The meeting will be held in room 4115, on Wednesday, April 29th, at 5:45 p.m. 

New additions to the Ag Program:  Baby bunnies and chicks!

A Simple Machine Saves the Day!

ROTC prepares to Present the Colors at the Patriot Night ceremony.
Ever wonder when learning about simple machines might come in handy? I had flashbacks of third grade simple machine projects yesterday as my husband and I used a pulley system to get a lawnmower unstuck from a steep embankment above a creek.  I wanted to take a picture of this interesting scene; however, at that exact moment my husband didn't find it as funny as I did. It was amazing how the pulley and rope brought the lawnmower up the steep hill.  I am sure you can imgaine the wonderful exercise in communication and collaboration my husband and I experienced during this episode (much like our first canoe trip).
Why do I tell this story? Honestly, I was having what they call "writer's block" so decided to write about something on my mind.  But now that I reflect more- I tell this story to remind us how important it is to find and show students how their learning is relevant to real world situations. A simple machine "saved the day".  And, another exercise in healthy communication and collaboration always makes one stronger!
Students in Puerto Rico!
There will be a 21st Century Grant Community Outreach Program this evening between 6:00 -8:00  p.m. with a variety of classes for students and adults: 3-D Printing, Adult Learner Opportunities, Child Abuse Prevention, In-Demand Careers, Cyber Bullying, Yoga, and a Maker Fair.  Light refreshments will be provided.

2015-2016 School Board Student Liaison Application Information:

Prekindergarten at Lewis Ginter!

CuCPS Highlights:

  • April School Board Meeting Highlights:
  • CHS students, Holly Tillett and Caylor Scales, taught middle school students how to salsa dance during PE classes. The two learned the dance on their spring break trip to Puerto Rico.
  • 4th grade had visitors from the Peter Francisco Soil & Water Conservation Services speak to classes about Watersheds, how humans impact the watershed on what they do to the land, and what steps humans should take to protect our our watersheds.
  • Mrs. Atkinson's 6th grade class taught 2nd and 4th grade classes about water, what makes water (H2O),and water adhesion. 
  • CHS winners of the Woman's Club of Cumberland Writing Contest: 
    • Sonny Dominick received 1st place locally and in the Alice Kyle District, while Carmen Meachum and Kaylyn Sparkman were 1st place locally and 2nd place in the Alice Kyle District.  
    • Other students who did very well locally were: Preston Sutton - 2nd place; Harleigh Marion, Dustin Clark, Chase Grubbs, Shayna Swanson, Sundina Trieble, Shavonna Holman, Bria Anderson and Hannah King received 3rd place; Chelsea Giles, Ellen Seal, Nicole Riddle, and Gillian Cubbage were honorable mention.
  • The CHS FBLA Chapter received 5th place for their American Enterprise Project and were designated as a Honor Chapter. Alexa Massey won 1st place in Impromptu Speaking which qualifies her to compete at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Chicago, IL, June 29-July 2. 
  • The CHS Track Teams had meets at Nottoway and Collegiate:
    • Collegiate Results: Girls: discus 1st Tonishea Ford, shot put 5th Tonishea Ford, 100 hurdles 2nd Annesha Harris, 300 hurdles 2nd Annesha Harris; Boys - 300 hurdles 1st Tony Ford, Long jump 1st Tony Ford, 110 hurdles 2nd Tony Ford, Discus 2nd Timothy Jackson, Shot put 2nd Timothy Jackson
    • Nottoway Results: Girls - 4x800 relay 1st (Danielle Dowdy, Marya Elasha, Crystal Dowdy, Kyera Broxton); 100 meters - 1st Ebony Jones, 800 meters - 1st Ebony Jones, 2nd Kyera Broxton, 4th Myra Elasha, 100 hurdles, 3rd Kyera Broxton, Triple Jump - 2nd Ebony Jones, 4th Kyera Broxton, Long Jump - 4th Ebony Jones Boys - 4x800 relay 1st (Keavon Perkins, Ronnie Allen, Matthew Bapties, Deitrich Brown), 100 meters - 2nd Keavon Perkins, 200 meters 3rd Keavon Perkins, 800 meters - 1st Deitrich Brown, 2nd Ronnie Allen, 1600 meters - 1st Matthew Bapties, 2nd John Bapties, 3200 meters - 1st John Bapties, 110 hurdles - 3rd Darron Ridley, 300 hurdles - 3rd Daron Ridley, Discus - 1st Darius Jackson, Shot Put - 1st Darius Jackson, Long jump - 4th Keavon Perkins


Events for the Week:

  • Monday
    • Interims Home
    • 6:00-8:00 p.m.  21st Century Grant Community Outreach Program 
  • Wednesday
    • 2:00 Administrative Council Meeting
    • 7:00 Special Called School Board Meeting
  • Thursday
    • 5:30-7:00 p.m.  CCES Celebrating Excellence Night
  • Friday
    • 9:30-11:00 Kindergarten Orientation
  • Saturday
    • 8:00 p.m.  CHS Prom
New additions to the Ag Family!

Spring is in the Air!

I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful Spring Break. Over the break, we had a group of students attend the Governor's Youth Development Academy, another group travel to Puerto Rico, and the Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Class of 2015 were named. I would like to congratulate Wyatt Salinas, Valedictorian, and Ross Fillman, Salutatorian.  Both gentlemen will represent the Class of 2015, CHS, and CuCPS well. It is hard to believe that graduation is just around the corner!
I am excited everyone is back and ready to LEARN!
Cumberland Landmarks by CMS students
April is the Month of the Military Child. On Wednesday, wear purple for Purple Up! for Military Kids Day. Also this weekend Cumberland County will be celebrating Patriot Day. The opening ceremony will take place on Friday at 7:00 p.m. at the Court House. Patriot Day events will take place at the middle school on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
CMS and CHS students experienced Civil War Live History with the help from several staff members- Mr. Brandt and Major Amico!
CuCPS Highlights:
  • GSSV seniors presented on the following topics at the Senior Symposium:
    • Kiara Samuels:  O-Range Vitamin C:  The Effect of the Temperature of the Storage Area on the Amount of Vitamin C that Navel Oranges Retain.
    • Wyatt Salinas: Buck$ 'N Balls: The Effect of Various Grades of Titleist Golf Balls on the Overall Distances They Traveled.
    • Jenna Dayton:  Make it Rain!: The Effect of the Concentration of Acid Rain on the Moss, Dicranum.
    • Joe Kingsley: Breaking Bread: The Effect of Sweeteners, With Preservation Capabilities, on Preservation of Bread. Joe also received special recognition for presenting his team's work at James Madison University.
  • Congratulations to the following Nursing Students for passing the State Nursing Exam: Angelique Mitchell, Kayla Lawson, Jessica Johnson, Bre Meinhard, Taylor Parker, Brenna Halvorsen, Brittany Lowe, Chakeria Davis, and Gina Rucci.
  • Congratulations to Kiara Samuels, Jessica Johnson, and Michael Turner for being awarded Cumberland Ruritan Scholarships.

Students attended the Governor's Youth Development Academy.  Students participated in community service at FACES and Habitat for Humanity.

  • CHS Track Teams results from Fork Union:.
    • Girls: Louisa 156, Cumberland 55, St. Anne's Belfield 31. CHS leaders were: Annesha Harris 1st long jump, 1st triple jump, 1st 100 hurdles, 1st 300 hurdles; Marya Elasha 2nd 800 meters, 4x400 relay 2nd (Ebony Jones, Kyera Broxton, Marya Elasha, A. Harris), 4x800 relay 2nd (Tyler Dews, Kyera Broxton, Ebony Jones, Marya Elasha); Tonishea Ford 2nd shot & discus
    • Boys: Fork Union 143, Louisa 90, Cumberland 21, St.Anne"s Belfield 5. CHS leaders were: T.J. Jackson 1st discus, 2nd shot put; Darius Jackson 3rd discus. 
  • CMS hosted the spring Celebrating Excellence Night. Pictures can be found at
  • CHS Track Team seniors Annesha Harris and Tony Ford performed very well at Douglass Freeman HS against 5A & 6A competition. Annesha was 1st place in the 100 & 300 hurdles and Tony was 1st place long jump. The meet featured 9 Central Virginia High Schools (Collegiate, Cumberland, Deep Run, Douglas Freeman, J.R.Tucker, Maggie Walker, Mills Godwin, St. Catherine's, and St. Christopher's).
  • Other members of the CHS Track Team went against Amelia and Bluestone. The Dukes were led by Deitrich Brown - 1st place 1600 meters, 4x800 relay& 4x400 relay; Ronnie Allen - 1st place 800 meters, 4x800 relay & 4x400 relay; Kyle Shuart - 1st place 3200; Christopher Giles - 2nd place 3200; Daquan Trent - 1st place 300 hurdles,2nd place 110 hurdles 1st place 4x800 relay,3rd place long & Triple jump; Jamie Trent - 1st place 4x400 relay; Jaquan Brown - 1st place 4x400 relay; Timothy Jackson - 1st place shot put & discus; Darius Jackson -2nd place shot put & discus; Marya Elasha 1st place 800 meters; Ebony Jones - 2nd place 100, 200 & 400 meters; Kyera Broxton -2nd place 100.

One of my favorite pictures:  PreKindergarten attending the Chef's Academy.

Events for the Week:
  • Monday
    • School Board Meeting (7:00 p.m.)
  • Tuesday
    • Board of Supervisors Meeting (7:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday
    • Purple Up! for Military Kids Day
    • CCES Focus School Visit
  • Thursday
    • Kindergarten Registration
    • Agriculture Advisory Committee Meeting (3:15 p.m.)
  • Friday
    • Patriot Day Opening Ceremony (7:00 p.m.)
  • Saturday
    • Patriot Day (10-4)
CCES and CMS, in collaboration with the Cumberland Woman's Club, have planted Pinwheel Gardens for Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Passion + Persistence = Excellence

2nd graders perform Shakespeare's Twelfth Night  
Wow!  Last week was AMAZING--from professional development opportunities for staff to a wide variety of quality experiences for our children! Beginning the week, a small cohort of teachers began the journey of developing performance based assessments. This is a start to developing assessments that assess at a higher cognitive level and show legislators that teachers are the best people to develop assessments. Lisa Meyers worked with CMS teachers on increasing student engagement as well as with CCES teachers on balanced literacy.  Lois Williams and Ruth Harbin Miles worked with CCES and CMS teachers in the area of math.
There was a multitude of cultural experiences and learning opportunities for our students.  2nd graders performed Shakespeare's Twelfth Night on Thursday and Friday. Their quality performance was professional and will have a long-lasting impact on mindsets and expectations. On Friday, 4th graders visited Jamestown; 3rd graders attended UVA tennis matches, and the high school hosted the Motivated for Life exhibits, dinner, and youth motivational speaker David Garcia. It is wonderful to see our students and staff taking advantage of expertise and cultural experiences in our community and beyond.
To conclude the week, our students showed our community, the region, and the state just how we measure up!  Alexa Massey was named a State Champion at the State Forensics Competition and the team placed 4th.  At the Charles City High School Track Invitational, Annesha Harris and Tony Ford were named Most Outstanding Performers against 6A, 5A, 4A and 1A competition.  As I have said many times-- CuCPS may be small and have less resources than others; however, we are mighty and strong! We can achieve above all others with passion and persistence. 
I would like to thank every staff member that make these opportunities and successes possible for our students.
2015 CHS All-State Forensics Team:  Brenton Morris, Alexa Massey, Brittny Price, and Wyatt Salinas
CuCPS Highlights for the Week:

Congratulations to our Medford Basketball Team who placed 5th!

  • The CHS Forensics Team tied for 4th place out of 23 teams for 1A level schools at the VHSL Forensics Championship.
  • Congratulations to Alexa Massey for being the State Champion in Impromptu category. Other strong CHS performers were: Brittny Price-Extemporaneous (3rd Place), and Brenton Morris / Wyatt Salinas-Dramatic Duo (3rd Place).
  • Below is the final placement of all CHS Forensics Team participants. 
    • Impromptu – 1st Place – Alexa Massey
    • Serious Dramatic Duo Interpretation – 3rd Place – Brenton Morris / Wyatt Salinas
    • Extemporaneous – 3rd Place – Brittny Price
    • Humorous Dramatic Duo Interpretation – 4th Place – John Jefferies / Shayna Swanson
    • Poetry Interpretation – 4th Place – Cheyenne Johnson
    • Serious Dramatic Duo Interpretation – 5th Place – Kyrra-Mae Hodges / Harleigh Marion
    • Storytelling – 6th Place – Riley Jo Giles
    • Serious Dramatic Interpretation – 6th Place – Justin Crawford
    • Prose Interpretation – 6th Place – Madeline Johnston

CCES students attend UVA Tennis Matches.

  • The CHS Track Teams participated in the Charles City High School Invitational Saturday and performed very well. Annesha Harris and Tony Ford were selected as Most Outstanding Performers against 6A, 5A, 4A and 1A competition. Below are the results:
    • Girls Score: 1. Warhill 135; 2. Patrick Henry (Ashland) 119; 3. Meadowbrook 60.50; 4. L.C.Bird 48.50; 5. Cumberland 50, 6. New Kent 31; 7. Matthews 30; 7. Sussex; 8. Central 30; 9. King & Queen 16; 10. Middlesex 14; 11. Windsor; 12. Nandua 9; 13. Petersburg 8; 14. Charles City 3.
    • Congratulations to Annesha Harris who was named Most Outstanding Performer - 1st Long jump, 1st Triple Jump, 1st 100 & 300 hurdles and Tonishea Ford - 4th discus, 8th shot put.
    • Boys Score: 1. Warhill 95; 2. Meadowbrook 73.50; 3. New Kent 69; 4. Patrick Henry (Ashland) 61; 5. Henrico 57.50; 6. Cumberland 52; 6. Petersburg 52; 8. L.C. Bird 42; 9. Windsor 38; 10. Matthews 24; 11. Middlesex 15.50; 12. Charles City 13.50; 13. King & Queen 13; 14. Nandua 10; 15. Sussex Central 7.
    • Congratulations to Tony Ford - 2nd long jump, 2nd 110 hurdles, 1st 300 hurdles, 5th 4x800 relay team of (Tony Ford, Deitrich Brown, Darron Ridley, Ronnie Allen) and Timothy Jackson- 1st Discus, 3rd shot put; Ronnie Allen -8th 800 meters; and Deitrich Brown 4th 800 meters.

  • The CHS Track Teams performed very well in Buckingham.
    • Girls Score: Cumberland 51, Randolph-Henry 48, Buckingham 44. The Girls were led by: 4x800 relay 1st place-- Ebony Jones, Annesha Harris, Kyera Broxton,Marya Elasha;100 meters & 200 meters 1st place -- Ebony Jones; 800 meters 1st Place-- Marya Elasha, 100 hurdles & 300 hurdles 1st Place-- Annesha Harris.
    • Boys Score: Buckingham 63, Cumberland 51, Randolph-Henry 44. Boys led by 4x800 relay 1st place--Tony Ford, Deitrich Brown, Daquan Trent, Darron Ridley; High jump, 300 hurdles 1st Place-- Tony Ford; Shot Put 1st Place-- Timothy Jackson;800 meters 1st Place-- Deitrich Brown.

CHS students with youth motivation speaker David Garcia.

  • Congratulations to the newest members of the CHS National Honor Society: Infinity “Bria” S. Anderson, Tayziana N. Booker, Shakiera Q. Branch, Lorraine P. Foster, Kasie M. Fowler, Allison P. Gilbert, Chelsea F. Giles, Riley Jo Giles, Charles “Chase” L. Grubbs, John D. Jefferies, III, Madaline O. Johnston, Lora Long, Wyatt D. Long, Harleigh D. Marion, Kaylah D. Paras, Mary Katherine Perry, Brittny L. Price, Zion P. Salmon, Rebekah M. Stevens, Trevis Ali Coles Trent, Demory M. Williamson, and Aniya Shalese Woodley.

Youth motivational speaker David Garcia wearing his new Cumberland Duke shirt!
Events for the Week:
  • Monday
    • 3:00 CHS Data Meeting
  • Tuesday
    • 8:30  Gov. School Senior Symposium
    • 3:00 CMS Data Meeting
  • Wednesday
    • 12:00  Administrative Staff Meeting
    • 3:00  CCES Data Meeting
  • Thursday
    • 5:00 CMS Celebrating Excellence Night
Spring Break:  April 6-10, 2015
  • Board of Supervisors Budget Hearing:  April 7 (7:00 p.m.)

Motivated for Learning and Life

I am so proud of our staff and students. We continue to get out of our "comfort zone" and "the box" in order to motivate learning for students and ourselves. Last week, I enjoyed spending time with Phyllis Langhorne, Kim Page, and Stacy Manuel as they were recognized with SVRTC awards for their use and support of technology.  I had the honor of having a private Art Show hosted by the seniors.  The artwork was beautiful and the invitation from the students meant so much to me. 
I visited CCES and CHS classrooms last week. I loved seeing flexible and comfortable learning environments in many CCES classrooms. While students took a spelling test in one classroom -- some students were seated at a table; several were in small comfortable chairs; one was laying on a sofa; and one was happily tucked in a cubby hole. Talk about an environment conducive to individual student learning.  At the high school, I saw German students describing their Dream Apocalypse zombie teams in German; Kahoots used for assessing learning in Astronomy; and Algebra II students using z-scores to solve real world problems.  You will also see examples of motivation from CMS in the highlights below -- a 5th grade Destination Imagination team,  Egg-speriment Labs, and collecting data from Hula Hoop activities. In the Friday edition of the Farmville Herald, Ilsa wrote a wonderful article about hummingbird robotics being used in Spanish.
Excitement Ahead...
We have an exciting week ahead of us!  A team of teachers will be heading to the Estes Center in Chase City to begin developing Performance Based Assessments for 3rd grade history and science, 5th grade writing, and 6th and 7th grade history.  As I have said before, instead of complaining about the amount of high-stakes testing, we must be able to show legislators alternatives. I look forward to this work and the products that will be designed for a more authentic way of assessing.  
Thursday, Mrs. Hoyt's second grade students will be performing Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. On Friday, CHS will host a Motivated for Life dinner and youth speaker, David Garcia. I heard Mr. Garcia speak several summers ago and he is outstanding! He will deliver a meaningful message filled with humor, inspiration, and motivation.
CuCPS Highlights:
  • For the first time, a 5th grade team competed in Destination Imagination competition.
  • Dr. Jones is highlighted in the SVCC Alumni Spotlight.

  • We would like to recognize the following basketball players who earned All-Conference 44 and 1A East Regional honors for the 2014-2015 season:
    • Girls Basketball
      • Infinity Anderson - 1st Team All-Conference 44
      • Annesha Harris - 1st Team All-Conference 44
    • Boys Basketball
      • Deitrich Brown - 1st Team All-Conference 44 & 2nd Team All-1A East Region
      • Ahmad Booker - 2nd Team All-Conference 44
      • Jeremiah Mayo - 2nd Team All-Conference 44
  • Pictures from my CCES visit:
  • 7th graders in Mrs. Grournard's class collected and analyzed data during an "Egg-speriment" Lab.

  • Math 8 Fun in Mrs. Finnegan's class:
    • Hula Hoop Activity: Students collected data to show the correlation in a table and then a scatter plot for the relationship between time allotted and the number of passes through a hula hoop groups could make.
    • Students also used blocks to model population samples of frogs with mutations and then created a table and made predictions based on their sampling data.
  • Senior Art Show pictures:

Events for the Week:

  • Monday
    • CMS Academic Review Workshop
  • Tuesday
    • Region 8 Performance Based Assessment Development 
  • Wednesday
    • Region 8 Performance Based Assessment Development 
  • Thursday
    • Mrs. Hoyt's Class Twelfth Night Performance (5:30 p.m.)
    • Board of Supervisors Budget Work Session (7:00 p.m.)
  • Friday
    • Mrs. Hoyt's Class Twelfth Night Performance (9:45 a.m.)
    • Motivated for Life Dinner and Speaker (5:00 p.m.)

CuCPS: Movers and Shakers!

2nd Grade Presidential Wax Museum
Finally-- we had a full week of school!  From student highlights, presentations, and celebrations to running a 5K, CuCPS students and staff didn't waste one single minute! We began the week with March School Board recognitions and highlights and a CMS student presentation to the Board of Supervisors on Climate Change.  The middle of the week consisted of a 2nd grade Presidential Wax Museum, a visit to Albemarle County Public Schools to learn about Maker Spaces, and FBLA bringing home gold from the Longwood Conference.  I have to say that the picture above of a student portraying George Washington has to be one of my all time favorites! The end of the week brought great excitement and fun with the celebration of Pi Day at CMS, the CCES PBIS Carnival, the CuCPS Foundation/Centra 5K, and the Longwood Center for Visual Arts Youth Art Exhibit.  There is never a dull moment around CuCPS!

CMS students present on Climate Change to the Board of Supervisors.

CuCPS Highlights:

  • Friday evening, KaTyra Brown (7th grade) represented CuCPS in the Richmond Times Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee.
  • Riley Jo Giles has been selected as the Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership conference attendee.
  • Caylor Scales has been selected to attend the “Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology” (BLAST) program at UVA this summer. 
  • Congratulations to our DAR Winners:  
    • Graceyn Cubbage won the essay contest.
    • Sam Cahoon won the 2015 DAR Good Citizen Award.

LCVA Youth Art Exhibit
Events for the Week:
  • Monday
    • 11:30  SVRTC Banquet
  • Tuesday
    • Tornado Drill
  • Wednesday
    • 9:00 CCES Supt. Student Panel
    • 10:00 Administrative Council
    • 1:00 CMS Supt. Student Panel
    • 2:00  CHS Supt. Student Panel
  • Thursday
    • Report Cards Home

Oh, What Fun!

1A-East Regional Champions
It is good to see the sun and warmer temperatures!  Even with a short school week due to inclement weather last week, our students and staff accomplished a great deal and had loads of fun!  CCES celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday with guest readers, wacky themes, and lots of spirit. I enjoyed reading The Cat in the Hat to several prekindergarten classes. 
FFA invoked enjoyment, laughter, and humility at CMS and CHS through fundraising efforts with mechanical bull and egg smashing events. To top off the week, the CHS Forensics Team became the 1A-East Regional Champions on Saturday. Additional results are listed below. They now proceed to state competition.
Delegate Wright brings Virginia Activity booklets to CCES 3rd and 4th graders.

Snow Make Up Days: 

(All Snow Make Up Days except for March 19, 2015, are listed in the approved 14-15 school calendar):

  • March 11 (full day, originally a Professional Development Day)
  • March 19 (full day, originally a Parent/Teacher Conference Day)
  • May 21 (full day, originally last day of school and early dismissal day)
  • May 22 (full day, extended year day)
  • May 26  (full day, extended year day)
  • May 27 (full day, extended year day)
  • May 28  (12:00 noon dismissal for students, extended year day)

The Class of 2015 Graduation Ceremony remains on Friday, May 22, 2015.  Spring Break remains intact and schools and offices will be closed for Memorial Day, May 25, 2015.


CCES Wacky Wednesday fun in celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday
CuCPS Highlights:
  • The CHS Forensics Team is the 2015 1A-East Regional Forensics Champion! 
    • After regional competition was held at West Point High School, CHS was awarded the 1A-East Regional Title. Nine entries with 12 students qualified to proceed to the state competition, and five others may be called upon as alternates.
    • The following students qualify to attend the State Competition on March 28th:
      • 1st Place 
        • John Jefferies and Shayna Swanson - Humorous Duo
        • Cheyenne Johnson - Poetry
        • Alexa Massey - Impromptu
        • Brenton Morris and Wyatt Salinas - Serious Duo
      • 2nd Place
        • Riley Jo Giles - Storytelling
        • Kyrra Mae Hodges and Harleigh Marion - Serious Duo
      • 3rd Place 
        • Justin Crawford - Dramatic Interpretation
        • Madaline Johnston - Prose Interpretation
        • Brittny Price - Extemporaneous
      • The following students are 4th place alternates:
        • Acadia Czeizinger - Prose Interpretation
        • Amatul-Malik Fulani - Original Oratory
        • Katey Hougland and Demory Williamson - Humorous Duo
        • Kaylah Paras - Poetry
      • The following students competed well and earned 5th place finishes:
        • Crystal Rundstrom - Storytelling
        • Chyann Taylor - Dramatic Interpretation
        • Logan Morris - Humorous Interpretation

Events for the Week:
  • Monday
    • 15-16 Prekindergarten Registration Begins  
    • 5:30-7:00  Art Exhibit
    • 7:00 March School Board Meeting
  • Tuesday
    • End of Nine Weeks (Reports home March 19)
    • CCES Focus School Visit and Meeting
    • VSBA Spring Forum and Art Show
    • 7:00 Board of Supervisors Meeting
  • Wednesday: 
    • Maker's Space Visit to Albemarle County Public Schools
  • Saturday
    • 9:00  CuCPS Foundation 5K Run/Walk
Youth Speaker, David Garcia, is coming to CHS!  Find out more information at:
Larry the llama has a new friend...a goat (on loan from Rob French).