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Virginia designated February 8, 2017, as Crossing Guard Appreciation Day. This day, typically held on the second Wednesday of February, recognizes the valuable role crossing guards play in making sure students arrive to and depart from school safely. Crossing guards have the important job of controlling vehicular and pedestrian traffic so that students (as well as adults) can cross busy streets and highways.

Crossing guards for Cumberland County Public Schools include Mrs. Wanda Smith-Childress and Mr. Burley Booker. Substitute Crossing Guards include Ms. Robbee Brown and Mr. Omar Liggins.


CUCPS recognizes Crossing Guard Appreciation Day.



Mrs. Wanda Smith-Childress helps monitor traffic in front of Cumberland Middle School.


Mr. Burley Booker stops traffic on busy Route 60.


Ms. Robbee Brown, substitute crossing guard, assists students getting off the bus in front of CMS.

The Cumberland High School (CHS) Forensics Team swept both their second consecutive James River District competition this past Wednesday and their fourth consecutive conference championship at the Conference 42 Championship held on Saturday February 4. With several first, second, and third place finishes, the team is poised to defend the Region 1A East title at West Point next month.

The James River District competition was hosted by Goochland High School on February 1, and consisted of two rounds of competition. CHS students earned five first-place finishes including Seniors Brittny Price, extemporaneous speaking; Demory Williamson, serious interpretation; Madaline Johnston, prose interpretation; Kaylah Paras, poetry interpretation; and John Jefferies, humorous interpretation. Other notable winners included second place finishes for Penny Dorsey, Blessin Franklin, Munirah Fulani, Shayna Swanson, and the duo of Ella Kinney and Nick Overton; third place finishes were awarded to Acadia Czeizinger, Caylor Scales, and the duo of Raheema Fulani and Annabelle Williamson.

Their finishes earned CHS first place in the James River District for a second consecutive year.

On Saturday, the team continued their winning streak and won their fourth consecutive conference championship after sweeping the Conference 42 Forensics tournament.  

Under the leadership of team captain senior Demory Williamson, and Coach Charles Haigh, the CHS Forensics Team earned first place finishes for Brittny Price, Katey Hougland, John Jefferies, Kaylah Paras, Demory Williamson, Annabelle Williamson and Raheema Fulani. Team members Jenice Crump, Munirah Fulani, Kaylyn Sparkman, Penelope Dorsey, Caylor Scales, Acadia Czeizinger, Madaline Johnston, Shayna Swanson, Ella Kinney and Nick Overton all scored second place, and Blessin Franklin earned third. The team now prepares to defend the 1A East Regional title at West Point next month, and hopes to win their third consecutive regional championship.

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Team members pose with the Conference 42 trophy. FRONT ROW: Blessin Franklin, Raheema Fulani, Munirah Fulani, Kaylyn Sparkman, Caylor Scales, Katey Hougland, Demory Williamson (captain), Annabelle Williamson, Penny Dorsey, Jenice Crump, Acadia Czeizinger, and Carly Thompson. BACK ROW: Kaylah Paras, John Jefferies, Charles Haigh (coach), Brittny Price, Aleya Robert, Madaline Johnston, Nick Overton, and Ella Kinney.



Emily Eroh, a fourth grade student at Cumberland Elementary School, won the Cumberland County Public Schools Spelling Bee held January 13, 2017. Emily is the daughter of Ronnie and Jeri Eroh of Powhatan. She competed against other grade-level winners from grades 2-8 and successfully spelled “strange” to win. Runner up was Nekhijah Thornton, a first grader. He is the son of Ms. Royeshia Thornton of Cumberland. Other grade-level winners included Logan Elliott, 2nd grade, son of Brian Elliot and Tracy Stinson of Cumberland; Katherine Kinney, 3rd grade, daughter of William and Victoria Kinney of Cartersville; Annabelle Rico, 5th grade, daughter of Patrick and Heather Higgins of Cumberland; Willa Boyer, 6th grade, daughter of Ian and Tina McMichael of Farmville; Brady Mitchell, 7th grade, son of Randy and Kathy Mitchell of Cumberland; and Muzzammil Fulani, 8th grade, son of Ismael and Aisha Fulani of Cumberland.

The event took place in the Cumberland Elementary School media center. Two students, Sydney Winslow and Anthony Worrell, served as announcers for the event. Ms. Caroline Vick, the CMS Media Specialist, called the spelling words. The panel of judges included Ms. Pat Allard (Library Volunteer), Mrs. Tamatha Gordon (elementary Reading Specialist), and Ms. Ellen Maclin (Guidance Counselor).

            Emily received a Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, courtesy of Scripp’s National Spelling Bee and the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She will advance to the regional competition to be held on March 11, 2017, at 1:00 P.M., at the Library of Virginia in downtown Richmond. The winner of the Regional Spelling Bee will receive a $1,500 scholarship and an all-expenses-paid family trip to the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

            The Scripps National Spelling Bee is the nation’s largest and longest-running educational promotion, having been conducted for over 9 decades, and is sponsored by the E. W. Scripps Company. Local competitions are co-sponsored by newspapers, such as the Times-Dispatch, or other high-profile community organizations and businesses. The spelling bee was established to “help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.” To participate in the contest, students must be under 16 years of age, be enrolled in 8th grade or below, and attend a school which has officially enrolled in the program.


FRONT ROW: Nekhijah Thornton (Grade 1), Logan Elliott (Grade 2), Katherine Kinney (Grade 3), and Emily Eroh (Grade 4). BACK ROW: Annabelle Rico (Grade 5), Willa Boyer (Grade 6), Brady Mitchell (Grade 7), and Muzzammi Fulani (Grade 8).




Emily Eroh, winner of the Cumberland Spelling Bee, is presented with her new dictionary by Ms. Caroline Vick, Cumberland Middle School Media Specialist.




CES students Sydney Winslow and Anthony Worrell introduced the participants in the Cumberland Spelling Bee.

CMS Band Performs for School Board
14 December, 2016
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On Monday, December 12, 2016, members of the Cumberland Middle School Band performed at the meeting of the Cumberland School Board. Mr. Scott Gordon, band director, noted that the band has also performed in the various parades and at football games. Band members performing on Monday night included the following: Christian Adams, Ebony Arauz, Kwmaine Ayers, Albert Bryant, Tanai Carter, Jeremiah Gilliam, Caitlin Hartley, Olivia Hurt, Mya Johnson-Taylor, Anaya McClinton, Patricia Murrill, Jackson Overton, Mariah Paras, La-Teairra Pegram, Nyasia Reed, Michael Ross, Sieonna Taylor, and Helena Trent.