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For the first time, students from Cumberland County Public School (CUCPS) attended the annual Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Program (YADAPP) held July 15-19, 2013, at Longwood University. Students focused on the effects and prevention of drug abuse in their school and community and discussed how they could make a difference.  Conference activities ran from 9:00 A.M. until 10:00 P.M., and accommodations were provided by Longwood University.

As part of the Conference, each team was asked to develop a Strategies To Act Now Plan (STAN Plan). Cumberland was awarded a $250 mini-grant for their Plan. Their winning STAN Plan included actions such as revamping the D.A.R.E. program, combining efforts with an anti-bullying campaign (Rachel's Challenge), and inviting guest speakers to discuss the challenges teens face and the consequences of poor choices. The students will present their STAN Plan to the administration in September 2014 and hope to start implementation by October of this year. 

Team members included three upcoming juniors Alex Blanton, Justin Caban, and Mierra Edwards, as well as sophomore Storm Hawk. Justin Caban has been chosen as a 2014 YADAPP Youth Leader. Working with other Youth Leaders, Justin will be leading various activities in the program for over 400 students.  They were led by the CUCPS student government sponsor, Charles Haigh. The students were recognized at the February meeting of the Cumberland School Board for their achievements.

Since YADAPP started in 1984, over 440 schools and 10,000 students have helped their schools learn about the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol.  This year's conference had over 100 teams from across the state that came together, shared ideas, and competed for STAN Plan mini-grants and Wheeler Awards. A $500 grant was awarded to the school that had the most successful implementation of their previous year's STAN Plan.

Photo:  Justin Caban, who was selected to be a YADAPP Youth Leader, was presented with a certificate of recognition for his achievement at the February meeting of the Cumberland School Board.

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Inspired by an idea by Addy Carney, a first grader in Mrs. Saunders’ homeroom, and Mrs. Gills’ passion for serving our community, an after-school service and leadership group for students in grades 1-4 called the Little Dukes Leaders has been founded.  The group meets twice a month after school to work on student-led service projects. Examples of their leadership include writing cards to soldiers, gifts to the Senior Citizens through the Cumberland Christmas Mother, and reading the morning announcements at the elementary school.

The students made a presentation to the School Board at the February meeting to provide information about the goals and projects of the organization. Their presentation highlighted their leadership and communication skills.

FRONT ROW:  Biance Brevard, Shaiann Allen, JaMyra Vick, Addison Carney, Abigail Winslow, Dawson Atkins, Samantha Price, Isabelle Atkins, Shaylynn Rublee, Juniper Ludgate, and Robert King. BACK ROW: Maya Bell, Alyssa Blevins, Lydia Hurt, Nia Davis, Kamirah Brown, Cole Dalton, Shelia' Robinson, ShaNyla Allen, Taylor Hughes, Brandon Diming, Callie Dominick, and Baileigh Meinhard. NOT PICTURED: Emily Eroh, Robert Trent, Joshua Alexander, Addison Meinhard, Emily Czeizinger, Kyler Gilliam, and Jessica Kotulak.

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The Superintendent's Proposed Budget for 2014-2015 has been posted on our Finance Page.  Here are links to those documents, as well:

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Cumberland County Public Schools has adjusted the calendar for the current school year in order to compensate for days missed due to snow. The following changes to the calendar have been made:

  • February 13, 2014, (originally scheduled as an early dismissal day) will now be a full day for students. Parent/Teacher Conferences will not be held, although parents who wish to speak with teachers are encouraged to call for an individual appointment.
  • February 17, 2014, (originally Presidents’ Day holiday) will be a regular school day.
  • March 28, 2014, (originally scheduled as an early dismissal day) will be a full day for students.
  • April 21, 2014, will be a regular school day.
  • May 23, 2014, (added to the end of the school calendar) will be a regular school day.

Currently Spring Break is scheduled for March 31st through April 4th. However, if additional days are missed from school due to inclement weather, March 31st and April 1st will be used as make-up days. Any other missed days will result in an extension of the school year.

Other date changes to the calendar include the following:

  • February 17, 2014—Interim reports for the 3rd Nine Weeks grading period
  • March 19, 2014—End of 3rd Nine Weeks
  • April 25, 2014—Interim reports for the 4th Nine Weeks
  • May 23, 2014—End of 4th Nine Weeks
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2014 Spelling Bee-8Robbie Hicks, a seventh grade student at Cumberland Middle School, won the Cumberland County Public Schools Spelling Bee held February 6, 2014. Robbie is the son of Ms. Shirley Hicks. He competed against other grade-level winners from grades 2-8 and successfully spelled “imperious” to win. Runner up was Dylan Myers, a fourth grader. His parents are Roger and Misty Myers. Other grade-level winners included Natalie Sullivan, 1st grade; Daniel Murrill, 2nd grade; Corey Frye, 3rd grade; Mya Johnson-Taylor, 5th grade; Annabelle Williamson, 6th grade; and Kavon Foster, 8th grade. Superintendent Amy Griffin noted, “We are very proud of all the participants!”

Robbie received a Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, courtesy of Scripp’s National Spelling Bee and the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He will advance to the regional competition to be held on March 8, 2014, at the Library of Virginia. The winner of the Regional Spelling Bee will receive a $1,500 scholarship and an all-expenses-paid family trip to the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is the nation’s largest and longest-running educational promotion 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.

Students who participated in the Cumberland Spelling Bee will be recognized at an upcoming School Board meeting.

Photo on this page... FRONT ROW: Natalie Sullivan (Grade 1), Corey Frye (Grade 3), Daniel Murrill (Grade 2), and Dylan Myers (Runner Up, Grade 4). BACK ROW: Annabelle Williamson (Grade 6), Kavon Foster (Grade 8), and Robbie Hicks (Winner, Grade 7). NOT PICTURED: Mya Johnson-Taylor (Grade 5).

Front Page Photo:  Robbie Hicks, winner of the Cumberland Spelling Bee, displays his new dictionary as Mr. Dingledein, CMS principal, smiles in approval.

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DSC 0029Cumberland fourth grade students learned about the tragic effects of bullying through a unit entitled “Speak Up and Out: A Bullying Project.” Using 21st Century learning skills, students interview parents and friends, held group discussions on their own experiences with bullying, and researched the negative effects of bullying. Students then created products to display their learning about bullying, which included Venn diagrams, posters, Wordless, and skits. Finally, students made a PowerPoint slideshow and presented their work to the members of the School Board at the January meeting, since January has been designated as Bullying Prevention Month by the Virginia School Boards Association.

Calvin Foster, Kamirah Brown, and Shelia Robinson introduce their project with a PowerPoint slideshow at the School Board meeting, while other fourth graders wait to present their skits.

 

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FRONT ROW: Ella Hobson, Helena Trent, and Alex Argueta. BACK ROW: Mariah Paras, Shelia Robinson, Kamirah Brown, Seth Whaley, Calvin Foster, and Dylan Myers.

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Angela WhittakerMs. Angela Whittaker, a career and technical education teacher at Cumberland High School,received the 2013 Virginia Conservation Educator of the Year Award.  The Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD) is a private nonprofit association of 47 soil and water conservation districts in Virginia and is classified accordingly as a 501 (c)(5).  The organization promotes leadership in the conservation of natural resources through stewardship and education programs.  It coordinates conservation efforts statewide to focus effectively on issues identified by local member districts.  Their mission is to serve and strengthen soil and water conservation districts in the stewardship of natural resources.  Each year they recognize one educator who embodies the mission of the organization and for their active improvement and saving of our state’s lands and water.  Ms. Whittaker will have a chance to continue to the national level competition over the coming months.

Kelly Snoddy (left) and Superintendent Amy Griffin (right) congratulate Ms. Angela Whittaker (center) for receiving the 2013 Virginia Conservation Educator of the Year Award.

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Justin Coleman

Justin Coleman, a Senior at Cumberland High School, has been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, DC on February 14-16, 2014.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

Justin Coleman was nominated by Dr. Connie Mariano, the Medical Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, to represent Cumberland High School based on his academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of medicine.

During the three-day Congress, Justin Coleman will join students from across the country and hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners talk about leading medical research; be given advice from Ivy League and top medical school deans on what is to be expected in medical school; witness stories told by patients who are living medical miracles; be inspired by fellow teen medical science prodigies; and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future in medicine and medical technology.

“This is a crucial time in America when we need more doctors and medical scientists who are even better prepared for a future that is changing exponentially,” said Richard Rossi, Executive Director, National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. “Focused, bright and determined students like Justin Coleman are our future and he deserves all the mentoring and guidance we can give him.”

The Academy offers free services and programs to students who want to be physicians or go into medical science. Some of the services and programs the Academy plans to launch in 2013 and 2014 are online social networks through which future doctors and medical scientists can communicate; opportunities for students to be guided and mentored by physicians and medical students; and communications for parents and students on college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships, career guidance and much more.

The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists was founded on the belief that we must identify prospective medical talent at the earliest possible age and help these students acquire the necessary experience and skills to take them to the doorstep of this vital career. Based in Washington, D.C., the Academy was chartered as a nonpartisan, taxpaying institution to help address this crisis by working to identify, encourage and mentor students who wish to devote their lives to the service of humanity as physicians, medical scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.

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The Cumberland County Public Schools Foundation, Inc. AND Centra Southside Community Hospital are sponsoring a 5K Run for Scholarships. The event will include a run across the legendary High Bridge which is a part of the High Bridge Trail State Park. Proceeds will go to scholarships for graduates of the Cumberland County High School. Participants who register before the March 1 deadline will receive a High Bridge t-shirt. Medals will be presented to the top three overall male and female finishers plus the top male & female finishers in the following categories: 12 & under, 13 – 19, 20 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49, 50 - 59, 60 and over. Timing and scoring of the 5K Run for Scholarships will be provided by Riverside Runners. Online registration is available at www.riversiderunners.com. Paper forms are also available at the Cumberland County School Board office, the Southside Virginia Family YMCA or at Riverside Runners in Lynchburg. Early registration deadline: March 1, 2013. Mail paper registration form and payment to: Cumberland County Public Schools Foundation, P. O. Box 170, Cumberland, VA 23040.  Click here for links to Event Flyer and Online Pre-Registration.

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theater1After a great showing in District competition, the Cumberland High School Theatre Team went to Regional Competition at West Point High School. Here they received the 3-1 A East Theatre Runner-up trophy. Now they will advance to the VHSL State competition to be held at Monticello High School in Charlottesville in December.

The CHS Theatre Team is excited by their performance in the Regional Competition.

Supporting actors included Ben Westerhoff, Sean Stinnett, and Sylvia Fusari—who pose with their coach, Mrs. Carlie Duncan.

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21st Century Highlight--Nov 2013In a display of 21st Century learning, several Cumberland High School students enrolled in the Dual Enrollment Humanities class presented their latest projects to the members of the School Board in November. Under the direction of instructor Judith Mosby, students had studied the works of Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and Karl Marx. Then students proceeded to analyze the lyrics to popular songs and interpret them in terms of the theories supported by each man. The students identified elements of the theories of each, including references to the unconscious mind, repression, and materialism.

Sean Stimpson, Megan Prouty, Mrs. Judith Mosby, Jada Harris, and Ahkiya Allen.

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