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DSC 0023Open House for Cumberland County Public Schools will be held on Thursday, August, 7, 2014. Cumberland High School and Cumberland Middle School will still hold Open House from 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. However, the elementary school (grades Prek-4) will host Open House from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. This change is to allow for cleaning and classroom set up following the installation of the new HVAC system.

Parents and students are also reminded that the first day of school for students will be Monday, August 11, 2014. Speaking for the division, Superintendent Amy Griffin said, “We look forward to working with your children for the 2014-2015 school year.”

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Wellness & Physical Activity Award-1--RevisedThree school divisions received top honors in the 2014 Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Food for Thought competition. Winning divisions were recognized by Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe at the VSBA Conference on Education, which took place in Richmond, on Thursday, July 22, 2014. The competition was created in 2012 to educate, engage, and empower school leaders to address childhood hunger and provide all students in Virginia with healthier, more nutritious school meals. This was the third year the awards were given out.

The competition was divided into three separate categories—Healthy School Meals, Meal Access to Fight Hunger, and Wellness and Physical Activity. Judges, including two professional nutritionists, a food bank professional, and a former school board member selected the winners from 21 entries.

This year Cumberland County Public Schools (CUCPS) won in the category of Wellness and Physical Activity. Last year, CUCPS won in the category of Healthy School Meals.

First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe presented the Food for Thought award to CUCPS representatives. Pictured are Dr. Chip Jones, Assistant Superintendent; Mr. George Reid, Jr., Vice Chairman of the School Board; First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe; Mrs. Liz Jamerson, Director of Human Resources; and Dr. Amy Griffin, Superintendent.

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DSC 0011On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, School Board members, administrators, and students attended the 29th annual Conference on Education, which brought together educational leaders from across the state. Sponsored by the Virginia School Boards Association, the event provided opportunities for participants to learn about successful educational practices occurring throughout the state, and featured over 40 mini-workshops on topics such as school law, curriculum and instruction, technology integration, community relations, school safety, testing, finance, special education, and community partnerships. Participants also had the opportunity to hear from Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, and National PTA President Dr. Otha Thornton.

Among the presenters at the mini-workshops were three Cumberland students from the Little Duke Leaders. Students included Shaiann Allen, Addison Carney, and Abigail Winslow. They conducted their mini-workshop on how to start an elementary student leadership organization. Other attendees from CUCPS included Mr. Lee Dowdy, Mr. George Reid, Dr. Amy Griffin, Dr. Chip Jones, Mrs. Liz Jamerson, and Mrs. Ginny Gills. Dr. Jones and Mrs. Jamerson had a display at the Partnership Fair. In addition, CUCPS was presented with the Food for Thought award in the category of Wellness and Physical Activity.

The VSBA is a voluntary, nonpartisan organization of Virginia school boards which promotes excellence in public education through advocacy, training, and services. The Association offers conferences, information, training, and counseling designed to meet the needs of the Commonwealth’s educational leaders.

Front Page Photo:  Under the direction of Cumberland Elementary School principal Ginny Gills (standing), Little Duke Leaders Abigail Winslow, Addison Carney, and Shaiann Allen conducted a mini-workshop on starting an elementary school leadership group.

Photo:  Mr. George Reid (center), Vice Chairman of the Cumberland School Board, attended one of the many mini-workshops held at the Conference on Education.

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Open House Sign--CroppedCumberland County Public Schools will hold an Open House for parents and students on Thursday, August 7, 2014, from 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. In addition, Pre-Kindergarten Open House will be held on the same day from 2:00 to 3:00 P.M. All parents are encouraged to attend to meet teachers, discuss schedules, review supply lists, and pay fees.

Supply lists for the 2014-2014 school year can be found at the following addresses:

Cumberland Elementary School Supply List: 2014-15 Student Supply List (2).docx

Cumberland Middle School Supply List:

Needed supplies for high school students vary, depending on the class. Teachers will provide specific lists to students at Open House or on the first day of class.

Parents may also view the list of 2014-2015 Bus Routes at CUCPS hopes that all students and parents will have a happy and productive school year.

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JCLC 2014 cadetsFour Junior ROTC cadets attended the Junior Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC) held at the State Military Reservation Pendleton at Virginia Beach from June 15, 2014, through June 20, 2014. While at JCLC, the cadets stayed in a military barracks and ate in the Army dining facility with cadets from all over Virginia and North Carolina. They were assigned leadership positions, mostly as squad leaders, at some point during the week.

In addition, the cadets participated in a variety of activities, including the following: rappelling, obstacle course, Leader’s Reaction Course, survival skills, construction of a one-rope bridge, land navigation (day and night), first aid/CPR, drown proofing waterborne/small boat operations, platoon drill competition, and a Modified Army Physical Fitness Test.

All four cadets successfully completed all aspects of JCLC and will be sharing their knowledge with other cadets when school begins in August.

Pictured: Taylor Wright, Reese Summerall, Chris Giles, and Caleb William Kinney.

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summerMonday, June 16, 2014, was the opening day for Summer School for Cumberland County Public Schools. Buses arrived for the opening day, which started at 8:00 A.M. and ended at 1:00 P.M. Summer School provided opportunities for students in grades 3 through 12 to participate in tutoring, academic preparatory activities, remediation, credit recovery, and enrichment activities such as Quick Start Tennis. Summer School will end on July 16, 2014.

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DSC 0086--EditedMary Huddleston, Cumberland student liaison to the School Board, and Ivy Arbaugh, alternate student liaison, graduated from Cumberland High School. Student liaisons are expected to attend all regular, open meetings and complete assignments for research and data collection when requested by the School Board. While they do not attend closed sessions and do not vote, they do provide a direct link to student concerns and issues.

Both students achieved an advanced studies diploma as well as getting an Associate’s degree in General Studies from Southside Virginia Community College. Mary is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Huddleston of Farmville and she plans to attend Virginia Tech in the fall to become a future equine veterinarian. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Phi Theta Kappa. Ivy, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Arbaugh of Cumberland, plans to attend James Madison University to major in international business. She has played volleyball, basketball, softball, and cheered; and was a member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Next year’s student liaisons to the School Board were approved at the May meeting. Wyatt Salinas will serve as liaison and Alexa Massey as alternate liaison.

Mary Huddleston was recognized at the May meeting of the Cumberland School Board for her service as Student Liaison to the School Board for 2013-2014. Not pictured was Ivy Arbaugh, who served as Alternate Liaison.

Wyatt Salinas was approved at the Student Liaison to the School Board for 2014-2015. Alternate Student Liaison will be Alexa Massey (not pictured).

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DSC 0014--EditedFive staff members of Cumberland County Public Schools (CUCPS) received recognition at the 8th Annual Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium (SVRTC) Awards Banquet held on March 27, 2014, at Longwood University.

Mr. Chris Hartley, Supervisor of IT for CUCPS, was awarded the regional Technology Leadership Award. This competitive award recognizes an administrator, educator, or community member who advances technology in the educational setting. He was selected by a team of professionals from Longwood University’s Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices.

Three division winners were also recognized. Mrs. Sherrie Snead, Cumberland Middle School (CMS) 6th grade English teacher, was the recipient of the division Technology Teacher Award for CUCPS. This award is given to a classroom teacher who advances learning through integration of technology into the curriculum. Mrs. Amanda Stoltzfus, Cumberland Elementary Reading Specialist, received the Technology Instructional Support Award, which is given to an instructional support person who advances a school division’s technology environment through providing crucial instructional technology support. Mrs. Stoltzfus was instrumental in training teachers how to utilize new reading assessment programs and interpret data. Mrs. Wendy Tillett, CMS special education teacher, received the Technology Support Award. This award recognizes a technology support person that advances a school division’s technology environment through providing crucial tech support. Mrs. Tillett helped test pilot and troubleshoot the implementation of strategic software applications such as EduWidgets as well as assistive technologies.

The SVRTC is an organization dedicated to improving education and economic growth in the region. It began in 1995 when the State Superintendent of Public Instruction made funds available for the development of a consortium that would address the issue of the technology divide that existed in rural Southside Virginia. It is now composed of 33 school divisions and partner entities in the area. Its mission is to assist members with coordinating the acquisition and effective integration of emerging technologies to enhance learning.

Photo:  CUCPS staff members being recognized at the SVRTC Banquet include Mrs. Sherrie Snead, Mrs. Wendy Tillett, Mr. Chris Hartley, and Mrs. Amanda Stoltzfus.

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little duke groupThe Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) has released its 18th annual VSBA Showcases for Success directory, highlighting successful K-12 programs in Virginia’s public schools. From school safety and community outreach, to classroom programs and after-school clubs, a wide range of programs are included. This year’s theme was the VSBA’s tagline, “Leadership – Advocacy – Support.” Criteria for inclusion in the directory focused on leadership, advocacy, and support at every level of the educational process.

Cumberland Elementary School was recognized for its Little Duke Leaders program. This program was started this year with the purpose of developing leaders who will learn the leadership skills that will enable them to help others and make a difference in their communities.

“In addition to highlighting some of the best practices taking place in Virginia’s schools, the Showcases for Success directory can serve as a starting point to develop similar programs in other school divisions,” said Gina G. Patterson, VSBA executive director.

The directory is available on the VSBA web site at A total of 119 programs from 62 school divisions are included.

Cumberland Elementary School Little Duke Leaders: FRONT ROW:  Abigail Winslow, Addison Carney, Shaylynn Rublee, Bianca Brevard, Shaiann Allen, Robert Trent, Joshua Alexander, Lydia Hurt. MIDDLE ROW: Nia Davis, Dawson Atkins, Juniper Ludgate, Isabelle Atkins, Jamiya Vick, Maya Bell, Taylor Hughes, Emily Eroh. BACK ROW: Kyler Gilliam, Brandon Diming, Kamirah Brown, Sheliá Robinson, ShaNyla Allen, Cole Dalton, Callie Dominick.

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ShaVonna Holman,a sophomore at Cumberland High School, has been selected to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Virginia Leadership Seminar held at James Madison University this summer. Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop the global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. HOBY programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students. HOBY programs provide students selected by their schools to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences. There will be more than 250 high school students from across the state of Virginia who are planning to attend and participate in group building activities, group leadership exercises and team activities. ShaVonna will have the opportunity to live on a college campus and experience long but enjoyable days at the seminar.

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Forensics Champs

On February 22, 2014, the Cumberland Forensics team competed with teams from the area at Galileo Magnet High School in Danville, VA. They came home as the Conference 44 champions. Individual results included the following:

Impromptu Speaking—Alexa Massey, 1st Place; and Morgan Duncan, 4th Place

Dramatic Interpretation—Katy Smith, 2nd Place; and John Jefferies, 3rd Place

Original Oratory—Amatul Fulani, 2nd Place

Humorous Interpretation—Leah Wells, 1st Place; Riley Giles, 3rd Place

Extemporaneous Speaking—Brittny Price, 1st Place; Madeline Johnston, 4th Place

Poetry Reading—Chelsea Deane, 1st Place; Treyanna Randolph, 3rd Place

Prose Reading—Kaylyn Sparkman, 4th Place, Rebecca Stevens, 5th Place

Storytelling—Tamara Wright, 2nd Place; Zyaira Booker, 4th Place

Serious Duo—Katy Hougland and Demory Williamson, 1st Place

Humorous Duo—Kathleen Edwards and Shana Swanson, 1st Place

Students will now compete in the 1A East Regional Competition on March 1, 2014, at West Point High School.


ROW 1: Madaline Johnston (grade 9), Katey Hougland (grade 9), Demory Williamson (grade 9), Tamara Wright (grade 12), and Kateleen Edwards (grade 9). ROW 2: Shayna Swanson (grade 9), Brittny Price (grade 9), Alexa Massey (grade 11), Charles Haigh (Coach), Leah Wells (grade 9), Kaylyn Sparkman (grade 8), Morrgan Duncan (9), and Riley Jo Giles (9). ROW 3: Amatul-Malik Fulani (grade 10), John Jefferies (grade 9), Zyaira Booker (grade 9), Kathryn Smith (grade 10), Treyanna Randolph (grade 9), Rebekah Stevens (grade 9), and Chelsea Deane (grade 12).

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