Cumberland County Public Schools held a New Teacher Institute on July 28th and 29th for teachers new to the division. The Institute provided new teachers with the opportunity to find out about the school division, to set up their computer access, create their webpages, meet their mentors, and get an overview of division expectations. Further professional development was provided during the in-service week, including training on revising pacing guides, giving benchmark tests, developing alternate SOL assessments, and using data to drive instruction.
New staff members at Cumberland Elementary School include Mrs. Elizabeth Wiles (2nd grade), Mrs. Pamela Stepco (3rd grade math and science), Mrs. Tina Boyer (3rd grade reading and social studies), Mrs. Tamatha Gordon (reading specialist), and Ms. Suzanne Page (3rd grade reading, math, science, and social studies).
New staff members at Cumberland Middle School include Mr. Andrew Newton (8th grade English), Ms. Carol Gillispie (Algebra I), and Mr. William Gordon (Band).
New staff members at Cumberland High School include Mr. Charles Hale (history), Mrs. Mary Freeman (Special Education), Sgt. David Patteson (JROTC), and Col. William Carter (JROTC). (Not pictured is Mr. Edgar Knapp (economics and football coach).
You are invited to attend a Strategic Plan Forum to hear what experts have to say about being Future Ready and to provide input that will be used to develop the CuCPS long-range Strategic Plan. More Information
Teachers of the Year were recognized at the May meeting of the Cumberland School Board. In order to be nominated for this honor, teachers must meet the following criteria: should inspire the love of learning in all students, be concerned for individual students, display ability and willingness to work cooperatively with fellow professionals, work effectively with the community, remain abreast of current educational theories and practices, be willing and able to make contributions to the field of education, and have demonstrated innovative practices.
The Teacher of the Year for Cumberland Elementary School (CES) was Rachel Lynn Price. Mrs. Price has been a teacher at Cumberland County Public Schools (CUCPS) for 15 years. She currently teaches fourth grade science and stated that “Becoming a teacher was as natural as breathing.” According to Mrs. Virginia Gills, CES principal, Mrs. Price is an exemplary educator who is well respected and appreciated by her students and her colleagues. This is Mrs. Price’s second Teacher of the Year school-level acknowledgement.
The Teacher of the Year for Cumberland Middle School (CMS) was Mrs. Devonna Blevins-Marble. She is in her second year as a teacher at CMS, where she teaches eighth grade English. She taught previously at a neighboring county and is very active in community and professional organizations. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English and the National Education Association. Mr. Jeffrey Dingeldein, CMS principal, noted that she avidly attends professional development opportunities to hone her craft and that she does her best to provide a safe, secure learning environment where her students can grow.
The Teacher of the Year for Cumberland High School (CHS) was Mrs. Myrna Barr, who has been a Spanish teacher at CUCPS since the 2008-2009 school year. Mrs. Barr teaches students at both CHS and CMS, and she says, “Teaching in the 21st Century is a challenge like no other. Pedagogy today is complicated. It involves more than just getting in front of the class and lecturing and assuming that students understand.” This year she integrated STEM activities into foreign language classes and took students on a trip to Puerto Rico over spring break.
Mrs. Rachel Price was selected to be the Division Teacher of the Year for 2015. She will represent Cumberland in the regional Mary V. Bicouvaris Virginia Teacher of the Year competition.
Top: Mrs. Rachel Price was named the Division Teacher of the Year for Cumberland County Public Schools.
Bottom: Mrs. Myrna Barr, CHS Teacher of the Year, and Mrs. Devonna Blevins-Marble, CMS Teacher of the Year, were recognized at the May meeting of the Cumberland School Board.
Cumberland High School's Summer Program will run Monday through Friday, from June 8 to July 9.
Coach Brian Boland, of the University of Virginia (UVA) Men’s tennis, and QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia extended a special invitation to Cumberland County Elementary School students to attend a UVa tennis match held at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Virginia on March 27, 2015. Twenty-one third grade students and 8 adults were able to watch both the women’s and men’s teams to witness college-level tennis play. The two teams played simultaneously in the stadium, first completing the doubles matches, followed by the singles matches. CavMan, the UVA mascot, treated students to a surprise visit and took pictures with the students. The players also took a few minutes to have an informal autograph session between matches. The girls had an opportunity to meet Taylor Wingo and Marie-Ambroisine Faure (from France). Everyone was able to chat with the 2013 ACC Male Athlete of the Year as well as UVA graduate and men’s tennis standout Jarmere Jenkins, who was willing to sign an autograph for each student. UVa Sports Promotion provided the students with CavMan’s crew t-shirts, UVA tennis team posters, and drawstring bags containing bio cards of current tennis team members.
All students at Cumberland High School are invited to attend this event and encouraged to bring a parent, guardian, or grandparent and make it a special evening. The program promotes and supports a community of learners through academic and enrichment opportunities for both students and their families. The evening will focus on the family, resources available to the community, and becoming “Motivated for Life.” Please read the attached flyer for more details of the evening's events.
(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.
CUCPS Students Demonstrate 21st Century Learning
Students in Cumberland High School and Cumberland Middle School demonstrated their 21st Century learning skills at the February 9, 2015, meeting of the Cumberland School Board. Two different groups presented.
The first students were from Mrs. Kim Page’s middle school class. Mrs. Page attended a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) training sponsored by the Longwood Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP) over the summer. During this training, teachers studied problem-based learning and used Hummingbird Robotics kits. Mrs. Page then implemented what she had learned into the classroom and her students used the kits to complete a problem-based project that incorporated STEM learning. The students created their projects from scratch with minimal assistance from the teacher. Using their prior knowledge, context clues, and their own research, students were able to construct and power miniature Ferris wheels and then created a video to showcase their learning.
The second group of students to present was from Mrs. Myrna Barr’s class. Mrs. Barr also attended the STEM training at Longwood and incorporated a STEM problem-based lesson into her Spanish curriculum. Using the Hummingbird Robotics kits, high school students were asked to create robots that would help them teach English to Spanish speaking students in Lima, Peru. As part of the project, students also learned about opportunities afforded them to teach abroad.
Students in Mrs. Page’s class presented projects to the Cumberland School Board. Students included the following: FRONT ROW: Helena Trent, Nasir McDonald, Lena Parker, and Michael Ross. BACK ROW: Calvin Foster, Iyana Smith, and Mrs. Kim Page (teacher).
Students in Mrs. Myrna Barr’s Spanish class displayed their robots. Presenters included
Mrs. Myrna Barr (teacher), Christian Allen, Carrie Hughes, and Alyssa Yonce.