Amy Griffin's Blog

Monday, Monday...

 
 
Why do we celebrate Fridays and dread Monday mornings? This is a question that author Todd Whittaker asks in his book, School Culture Rewired. Shouldn't we be celebrating Mondays?  In education, it is the start of the week to make a difference in a child's life. I also recently heard the quote/question, "Have you lost your why?" Have you lost your purpose?  If not, join me in celebrating Mondays! 
 
Happy Monday- now let's make a difference in our students' lives!
 
 
CuCPS Highlights:
  • Harris Makes CHS History:  http://www.farmvilleherald.com/2015/06/harris-makes-chs-history/
  • Cumberland County QuickStart PRO Summer School program with QuickStart PRO Rich Michaels wrapped up last week. To read all about the 4th year of tennis FUN go to http://www.quickstartcentral.org/pages/index.cfm?siteid=19916.
  • CCES Yearbooks are here and can be picked up between 12:45 and 4:45 p.m., Wednesday, July 1st, at the LPJ Center. Look for Mrs. Overstreet who will be distributing yearbooks. She will also have them during Open House, from 3:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 6. No worries if pick-up times don't work for you. Any yearbook not picked up will be sent home with your child the first week of school, including those of rising fifth graders who will be at CMS.
 

CMS summer school students went to a Richmond Flying Squirrels game last week. Haley caught a ball!

 
 
Events for the Week:
  • Monday
    • 10:00 Administrative Council Meeting
  • Wednesday
    • CCES Yearbook Pick-up:  12:45-4:45 p.m.
  • Thursday
    • No Summer School:  CuCPS is closed for the July 4th Holiday
2015 James Johnson Basketball Skills Camp: Friday July 10th, 5pm-8pm through Saturday July 11th, 9am-noon:
  • Where: Cumberland High School Gym
  • Who:  All-Cumberland students from 6th grade-12th grade 
  • What to Bring: Proper shoes & clothing for camp
  • Gatorade and water will be sold
CHS Hall of Fame Inductee Will Robinson will be this years guest coach/speaker. Coach Robinson has won over 500 basketball games in a 30 year career in Virginia and North Carolina.  Come on out and improve your basketball skills and have fun while doing so!

Refreshing Innovation during Summer School

 

Raspberry Pie?
 
As I walked down the hall, I heard buzzing and the words "raspberry pie" coming from a classroom. It is summer, so my mind drifted to bumble bees flying and tasting warm fruit pie with melting vanilla ice cream.
 
I was quite surprised as I entered the classroom. The buzzing was coming from a drone that students were flying and the pie referenced was Raspberry Pi hardware.  Students will be using their coding skills and these tools to create an amusement park.
 
Although I was a little disappointed that I wouldn't be tasting any delicious sugary pie -- I was very impressed with the initiative and innovation shown by the teacher and students. I am eager to see what will be produced in this class over the summer and even more excited about the Maker Spaces coming to all three schools in the fall.
 
Now-- I need to find a bakery!
 
 
 
CuCPS Highlights:
 
 

 

Motivational speaker Melvin Adams inspired summer school students, staff, and community members last Monday.

Events for the Week:
 
Monday-Thursday: Summer School
  • Monday
    • 1:30 Administrative Council Meeting
  • Tuesday
    • Region 8 Performance Based Assessment Workshop

Summer Reading for Educators

 
 
 
I am glad to report that we have students and staff back for Summer School. Last week, I saw many "getting to know you" activities and relevant hands-on learning taking place. From learning about simple machines through measuring how far a toy car went based on an incline to making 3D google glasses- I observed students having fun while learning. 
 
Summer learning is not just for students. Each summer, I establish a Summer Reading list for our faculty and staff.  This year I have selected a list of five books (some are reoccurring from previous lists):
 
 

Visible Learning for Teachers by John Hattie

 

Creating Innovators by Tony Wagner

Leaders of Their Own Learning by Ron Berger

 

Fair Isn't Always Equal by Rick Wormeli

 

6 Pillars of Dynamic Schools by Steven Edwards and Paul Chapman

CuCPS Highlights:

 
 
Events for the Week:
 
Summer School 2015: Monday-Thursday
  • Monday
    • 10:00 Melvin Adams, Motivational Speaker
    • 1:30 Administrative Council Meeting
 
Off-Season football practice starts on Monday June 15th from 5 - 7pm. Please bring proper work-out clothing with you. Cumberland Medical is still offering fall sports physicals for $35.  Parents must call to make the appointment, and will need to have all forms signed when the athlete comes for the appointment.
 

Summer Learning

 
Summer School begins today and I am eager to see the children. I have missed seeing their bright faces and hearing their laughter and conversations. Our students have many opportunities for fun and continued learning over the summer. Many are attending leadership academies/camps such as HOBY, Boys and Girls State, Governor's Youth Development, Governor's Summer Regional School, the Longwood TAG program, VT and UVA BLAST, the SVCC STEM Academy, etc. On Monday, June 15th, students, parents, and community members are invited to hear a motivational talk with former Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams. And let's not forget that students have summer reading.  Books were sent home with elementary and middle school students and the high school reading list can be found on the CHS school webpage. At CuCPS, there is no time for any type of learning decline during the summer!
 
CuCPS Highlights:
  • The Farmville Herald highlighted the CCES Children's Memorial Garden:  http://m.farmvilleherald.com/2015/06/memorial-gardens-dedicated-at-ces/
  • Congratulations to senior Annesha Harris -- She finished her high school career in grand fashion with three individual 'STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS' and two other top 5 finishes. Cumberland Athletics would like to thank Annesha for her hard work and dedication to the Cumberland athletic program, Annesha will always be remembered as one of the greatest athletes to walk the halls of Cumberland County Schools!
  • State Track Day 2 results:
    • Ebony Jones, Marya Elasha, Kyera Broxton and Annesha Harris- 4th place 4x400 Meter Relay
    • Tony Ford- 2nd place Boys 300 Hurdles (state runner-up)
    • Ebony Jones- 5th place Girls 400 Meters
    • Timothy Jackson- 2nd place Boys Discus (state runner-up )
    • Tony Ford- 5th place Boys Triple Jump
  • State Track Day 1 results:
    • Annesha Harris- 2015 State Long Jump Champion 18ft 5 1/2 inches (State Record ) 
    • Tony Ford- 3rd place Long Jump 
    • TJ Jackson- 7th place Boys Shot Put
    • Toniesha Ford- 3rd place Girls Discus
  • 2015 All-Conference 44 Teams
    • Tyler Shores, 2015 All-Conference 44 2nd Team Pitcher and Utility Player
    • Jacob Perry, 2015 All-Conference 44 1st Team Catcher
    • Brandon Leabough, 2015 All-Conference 44 1st Team Outfielder
    • Infinity Anderson, 2015 All-Conference 44 2nd Team Outfielder
    • John Bapties, 2015 All-Conference 44 2nd Team Defender
    • Matthew Bapties, 2015 All- Conference 44 2nd Team Midfielder
    • Colby White, 2015 All-Conference 44 1st Team Forward
    • John Gonzalez, 2015 All-Conference 44 1st Team Midfielder
  • Roof materials arrived for the roof replacement at CCES.
Events for the Week:
  • Monday
    • Summer School Begins
    • 7:00 June School Board Meeting
  • Tuesday
    • CCES Focus School Visit
    • 7:00 Board of Supervisors Meeting
  • Wednesday
    • 2:00 School Board Summer Work Session
Other Important Dates:
  • June 15:  Former Harlem Globetrotter & 2-time NCAA All-American Melvin Adams will have a motivational talk with students, parents and community members in the CHS Gym @ 10 a.m.
  • July 6 - 9:  The SVCC STEM Academy will take place in Keysville.  CHS has 62 slots for students from rising 9th  - 12th grades.  Transportation will be provided.
 

Celebrations, Recognition, and FUN!

 

 
Last week was filled with celebrations, recognition, and just plain FUN!  From Field Day and trips to Duke Fest, students and staff were able to enjoy time together. I have included some pictures; however, you can find pictures of many of the events on our Facebook and Instagram pages as well as on our website. Everyone have a wonderful and safe summer!
 

 

CuCPS Highlights:

  • First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe visited Backpacks of Love last week to bring awareness and recognition to their efforts in providing food to children in need.
  • Congratulations to the Lady Dukes Track Team who are the 2015 JRD Champs, 2015 Conference 44 Champs, and 2015 1-A East Region Champs!

  • Coach Jasey:  2015 1- A East Region Coach of the year;
  • Annesha Harris: 2015 Female Athlete of the year; and
  • TJ Ford:  2015 Male athlete of the year!
Events of the Week:
  • Monday
    • 10:00 Administrative Council Meeting
  • Tuesday
    • CCES DLT Meeting
  • Friday
    • School Law Conference

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To the Class of 2015...

 

Below was my speech to our graduates at Baccalaureate:

I became principal of Cumberland County Elementary School in August 2003.  The Class of 2015 was in first grade.  My first memory of this class was the students’ kindness and generosity with a Love for Shadasia event that supported a fellow student with cancer. 

You see, I knew our seniors before Madison Glover was Homecoming and Prom Queen; Annesha Harris and Tony Ford were Athletic Super Stars; Alexa, Sarah, and Kyrra were famous actors; and Wyatt Salinas was the very important Student Liaison to the School Board.  I knew them when they were children.

In order to prepare for tonight, I have been reminiscing through all of our Cumberland Yearbooks since 2004. Your 1st grade teachers were Mrs. Brooks, Mrs. Hamilton and Ms. MacDonald, Mrs Shrecengost and Mrs Hughes (multiage class), Mr. Hughes, Mrs. Manry, and Mrs. Saunders.  As second graders, you marched through the hallways and cafeteria protesting for women’s right to vote while you studied famous Americans in social studies.  We implemented a new reading program called Direct Instruction which was very popular (ha-ha). Do you remember the 3 A’s:  Attitude, Attendance, and Achievement?

During your 3rd grade year, you participated in various after school activities such as guitar, cooking class, drama, and bike safety. You also raised money and collected food for Hurricane Katrina victims.  When you walked across the elementary stage at the 5th grade Promotion Ceremony, I promised to see you graduate from Cumberland High School in 2015. Thankfully, I am going to be able to keep that promise.

Other memories of you at the elementary school are Walk for Education, Pennies for Patients, Jump Rope for Heart, St. Jude’s Marathon, Food Pantry can donations, 4-H, STARS, Accelerated Reader, the Valentine’s Day Read-In, Birds of Prey, Ocean in Motion, Smokey the Bear, and Family Movie Night.  Chase Davis was Santa in the 5th grade Winter Musical. And who could forget the day I rode into the cafeteria on the back of a motorcycle for the AR Kick-Off???

As you entered middle school, you grew inches and matured. I many times did a double take in pride and wonder of how you had grown physically, academically, and socially.  I quietly was your cheerleader because I knew the potential in each one of you and what you would become.  Your 8th grade Superlatives were:  Friendliest- Melissa Marshall; Most Musical- Breanna Halverson and Wyatt Salinas; BBF- Kayla Lawson and Kiara Samuels; Most Likely to Become President- Ian Oliver, Ross Fillman, and Jody Jefferies; Most Artistic- Stevie Trent and Chakeria Davis; Most Random- Colby White and Kayla Lawson; Most Likely to Find a Cure for Cancer- Kiara Samuels and Thomas Huddleston; Most Likely to Bring World Peace- Justin Caban, Wyatt Salinas, and Kiara Samuels, and Most Athletic- Tony Ford and Annesha Harris.

Before I knew it, you were freshman in high school.  I saw you blossom into leaders, advocates, artists, care-givers, actors, and athletes. You became involved in sports, clubs, ROTC, Theatre, Forensics, Career and Technical Courses, and the list goes on and on. 

I believe I have seen the most growth from the Graduating Class of 2015 during this senior year.  I have seen student leadership in you and I am so proud.  And just recently, we celebrated the outstanding Senior Night and Senior Project Day. I saw many proud seniors as they showed off their projects this year, projects ranging from building a cooker to building a drone.  Professional presentations included nursing to engineering. Most seniors all said the same thing in conclusion of Senior Project.  “It was a stressful process, but I am glad I accomplished it and learned a lot from it”.

I am most proud of two common themes that come from when I speak to our seniors individually. You appreciate the teachers that you have had over the years and knew that they supported and believed in you. The second theme was that you feel that you have a student culture of acceptance and respect for diversity.  That speaks volumes-- being appreciative and respectful of diversity will take you a long way.

As Wyatt read from scripture in Jeremiah 1:4, God has a plan for each and every one of you and as we look back, we can see that God’s guiding hand has brought you to this point in your lives.  So let’s look back with thanksgiving for God’s guidance, provision, and protection.  

Be thankful for those wonderful memories, but also the struggles: whether it was direct instruction reading in elementary school, Senior Project, or much more serious obstacles that you have overcome throughout the years.

In conclusion, I would like to thank our seniors for asking me to be a part of this service and most of all I would like to thank them for letting me be a part of their lives. You will always hold a special place in my heart.

CuCPS Highlights:

Events of the Week:

  • Tuesday:
    • 8:30 Kindergarten Awards
    • 10:00 PreK Awards
    • 12:00 2nd Grade Awards
    • 1:00 Roof Meeting
    • 1:30 1st Grade Awards
    • 6:00  Sports Banquet
  • Wednesday:
    • 8:15  4th Grade Awards
    • 8:45 CMS Awards
    • 10:00 3rd Grade Awards
    • 4:30  Costa Rica Trip 2017 Parent Information Meeting
    • 5:30 8th Grade Awards
  • Thursday:
    • Last Day of School/12:00 noon dismissal for students
    • CCES PBIS Big Event
    • CMS Field Day
    • 8:15  CHS Awards and Duke Fest
  • June 1st:  Summer Work Hours Begin:  Mondays-Thursdays 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  CuCPS Facilities will be closed on Fridays.

 

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 Scienceblog4u.weebly.com.
  • 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!