Six students from Cumberland Middle School (CMS) participated in Destination Imagination (DI), which is a non-profit, volunteer-led, cause-driven organization. DI’s purpose is “to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders.” CMS students participated in the Challenge program, which is one of the most popular offerings. In this program, teams choose one of seven Challenges, which could be in STEM, Improv, Visual Arts, Service Learning, or Early Learning. In working to solve DI Challenges, teams learn 21st century skills (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, citizenship, and courage) as well as patience, persistence, ethics, and respect for others.
Academic tournaments take place around the world where DI teams have the opportunity to present their solutions to Challenges to trained appraisers. In addition, students have fun and gain confidence in their ability to problem solve. Members of the CMS team included Kristen Caleb, Cooper Ellis, Calvin Foster, Wyatt Pence, Shelia Robinson, and Michael Ross. Sponsors included Mrs. Jamey Thompson, Mrs. Wendy Tillett, and Dr. Christine Ross. These students were recognized for their participation in DI at the April 13, 2015, meeting of the Cumberland School Board.
FRONT ROW: Michael Ross, Cooper Ellis, Wyatt Pence. BACK ROW: Kristen Caleb, Shelia Robinson, Calvin Foster.
The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) sponsors an annual Art Show each spring for participating members. Each school division may enter three pieces of student art: elementary, middle, and high school. The student art is then judged at the Regional Forum, with winners receiving ribbons and certificates. The overall winning piece of student art is framed and rotated for display in the offices of the Secretary of Education, the Department of Education, and the VSBA for one year before being returned to the student.
This year’s VSBA Side Regional Forum was held on March 10, 2015, at Chesterfield Career and Technical Center at 13900 Hull Street, Midlothian, VA. The following students were recognized by the Cumberland County School Board for their participation in the Forum: Kyrra-Mae Hodges, grade 12; Juan Bonilla-Olmos, grade 6; and Christina Jones, grade 4.
The following students were recognized as Students of the Month at the April 13, 2015, meeting of the Cumberland School Board: Ayla Finnegan (grade 3, daughter of Jenna and Patrick Finnegan), Sydney Gilbert (grade 7, daughter of Eric and Tracy Gilbert of Farmville), and Isaiah Johnson (grade 9, son of Ms. Nora Johnson of Cumberland).
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.
The members of the Superintendent’s Panel were recognized at the March meeting of the Cumberland School Board. Members meet every other month to receive division highlights directly from the Superintendent and provide input and feedback on issues within the division. The goal of the panel is to ensure quality instruction, services, and opportunities are available for all students at Cumberland County Public Schools. Panel members pictured include the following: ROW 1: Glory Cubbage (2nd grade), Maddison McDaniel (Kindergarten), and Brittney Price (10th grade). ROW 2: Jacob Copp (3rd grade), Calvin Foster (5th grade), Mia Johnson-Taylor (6th grade), Jason Cooke (7th grade), Nick Yoder (8th grade), Ross Fillman (12th grade), and Thomas Huddleston (12th grade liaison). NOT PICTURED: Ashley Lorenzo-Alvarez (1st grade), Kennedy Williams (4th grade), Drew Davenport (4th grade), Ty-Esha Hatcher (9th grade), and Marya Elasha (11th grade).
The members of the 2014-2015 Wrestling Team were presented to the School Board on March 9, 2015, for their outstanding performance in the district this year: Trevon Foster (5th Place and All 1A East Region), Joseph Kingsley (5th Place and All IA East Region), Keavon Perkins (3rd Place and All 1A East Region, VHSL Qualifier), Gustabo Lopez (4th Place & All 1A East Region, VHSL Qualifier), and Kavidrick Brooks (4th Place and All 1A East Region VHSL Qualifier). Not pictured is Head Coach Lewis Longenecker.
Each year, the Cumberland Woman’s Club holds an Art Contest which is open to students in kindergarten through twelfth grades. The winners for this year were recognized at the March meeting of the Cumberland School Board.
Top Caption: The following elementary students were recognized for submitting winning artwork: ROW 1: Alyssa Blevins (2nd grade, 1st Place Winner, Title: Native American Portrait), Kelly Womack (Kindergarten, 1st Place Winner, Title: Winter Bear), Lilly McConkey (4th grade, 1st Place Winner, Title: Black Rose), Samara Long (4th grade, 1st Place Winner, Title: Winter Buck), and Makayla Johnston (2nd grade, 1st Place Winner, Title: The State Bird). NOT PICTURED: Khamani Jackson (1st grade, 1st Place Winner, Title: Water Lily), Gabe Hamby (4th grade, 1st Place Winner, Title: Bridge Over Water Lilies), and Jayven Holman (4th grade, 1st Place Winner, Title: Red Horse).
Middle Caption: The following middle school students were recognized for submitting winning artwork. ROW 1: Zoe Leonard (8th grade, 1st Place Winner, Marker, Scratchboard, Pencil), Autumn Ludgate (6th grade, 1st Place Winner, Pastels), Ebony Aruaz-Tellez (6th grade, 1st Place Winner, Watercolors), Linden Czeizinger (7th grade, 1st Place Winner, Tempera, Colored Pencil), Kathy McConkey (5th grade, 1st Place Winner, Marker). ROW 2: Breanna Scott (6th grade, 1st Place Winner, Mixed Media). NOT PICTURED: Lydia Perschino (6th grade, 1st Place Winner, Fibers), Trequan Trent (7th grade, 1st Place Winner, Pen & Ink), and Shakisha Ayers (8th grade, 1st Place Winner, Acrylic).
Bottom Caption: The following high school students were recognized for submitting winning artwork. ROW 1: Lora Long (2nd Place—Tempera), Heather Bartulewicz (1st Place—Oil Pastel), Michael Turner (1st Place—Watercolor, 2nd Place—Marker), Melissa Marshall (1st Place—Mixed Media, 3rd Place—Oil Pastel), Evan Arrighi, (1st Place—Charcoal, 2nd Place—Pen), and Marya Elasha (1st Place—Marker, 1st Place—Pen, 3rd Place—Pen). NOT PICTURED: Christian Allen (1st Place—Pencil, 1st Place—Colored Pencil, 2nd Place—Colored Pencil), Jacob Butz (3rd Place—Pen), Lia Dalton (1st Place—Acrylic), Rose Giles (2nd Place—Mixed Media), Annesha Harris (3rd Place—Watercolor), Nikki Irby (2nd Place—Oil Pastel, 3rd Place--Acrylic), Wesley Marshall (2nd Place—Pencil), Veronica Ortiz (2nd Place—Charcoal), JaVontae’ Pegram (3rd Place—Colored Pencil), Kayla Stockner (1st Place—Tempera), Sunnie Trieble (3rd Place—Charcoal), Vanesa Vazquez (3rd Place—Mixed Media), and Colby White (2nd Place—Acrylic, 3rd Place—Marker).
Five Cumberland High School JROTC Cadets participated in the Army National JROTC Air Rifle competition held at Camp Perry, Ohio. John Ryan Bapties finished 15th and 79th nationally; Coleman Phillips finished 16th and 80th nationally; Dylan Stimpson finished 20th and 86th nationally; Caleb Kinney finished 35th and 117th nationally; and Mierra Edwards finished 44th and 134th nationally. As a team, the cadets were ranked 5th at Camp Perry and are ranked 21st in the nation out of all Junior ROTC programs (Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines). According to CHS principal Jeffrey Scales, the success of the cadets at this event was an example not just of the Junior ROTC program, but for all students in Cumberland County Public Schools. He noted that these cadets have shown exceptional dedication to excellence in their training, combined with perseverance and patience, which has achieved outstanding results. They were recognized at the March 9, 2015, meeting of the Cumberland School Board for their exceptional performance.
Caption: Mr. Daniel Pimpel (coach), Colman Phillips, Jackson Michael Pryor, Dylan Stimpson, Caleb Kinney, Mierra Edwards, and John Ryan Bapties.
The Cumberland County School Board recognized the following students of the month at the March 9, 2015, meeting: Brittny Price (Grade 10, daughter of Bobby and Shannon Price of Cumberland); Destiny Pace (Grade 8, daughter of Jerry and Nadine King of Farmville, not pictured); and Cheyenne Crenshaw (Grade 4, son of Andy and Norma Crenshaw of Cumberland, not pictured).
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.