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2014 Homecoming 3The Dukes of Cumberland High School played their Homecoming football game on Friday, October 17, 2014, against the Barons of Bluestone High School. The Dukes won the game, with a final score of 44 to 20. During half-time, Chase Davis and Madison Glover were crowned Homecoming King and Queen.

Spirit week preceded the game, featuring numerous activities. Students dressed in theme clothing throughout the week, held a hall decorating contest, and sponsored a pep rally. Classes competed for the Spirit Stick, which was won by the Seniors.

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Parent-Teacher-Student ConferenceCumberland County Public Schools will host a Parent-Teacher-Student Conference on Thursday, October 23, 2014, from 11:00 A.M. until 7:00 P.M. All parents are invited to attend and to bring their students with them to be a part of the conference. Schools will be closed for regular school activities on this day. Parents are encouraged to set up appointments with teachers ahead of time.

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DSC 0020Cumberland Middle School students in Mr. Andrew Hoyt’s 8th Grade Civics class completed group projects that focused on citizen advocacy. Students had to brainstorm and identify an issue in their school or neighborhood that needed to be addressed. After identifying an issue, students had to reflect and determine whether the problem is causing harm or preventing good, and if so, determine whether a new policy or rule could address the issue. Students were expected to set goals, become experts, recruit allies, identify roadblocks, identify strategies, plan as a team, work with the media, and create a resource pool.

After students had completed their projects, they presented their work to the members of the Cumberland School Board at the October meeting.

Zoe Leonard displays the poster advocating for Healthy Living.

Zoe Leonard, Nadia Elasha, Tayanna Bradley, Kristen Daniel, and Hallye Workman explain their citizen advocacy projects to the School Board.

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TOMMr. Andrew Hoyt, Cumberland Middle School civics and economics teacher; Mrs. Lindsay Talbott, Cumberland High School agriculture teacher, and Mrs. Rachel Johnson, Cumberland Elementary School reading specialist.

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JaVontae PegramCumberland High School junior JaVontaé Pegram was recognized at the October meeting of the Cumberland School Board for participating in the Call Me MISTER program held at Longwood University over the summer. The Call Me MISTER (which is an acronym for Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models)  program is a national teacher leadership program that not only prepares young men for successful careers as elementary or secondary teachers, but also provides them with resources that will place them in a position to positively impact the lives of students.

In his presentation to the School Board, JaVontaé said that the program stressed the importance of not only getting an education, but in passing it on to future generations. He noted that he met other “MISTERs” from high schools around the state as well as Longwood faculty members. According to JaVontaé, one of the high points of the program was the trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the Smithsonian.

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1234Students of the Month recognized at the October meeting of the Cumberland School Board were Lunden Long (Grade 3, niece of Ashley Long of Farmville, top left), Lena Parker (Grade 5, daughter of Joe and Nicola Parker of Cumberland, top right), and Ariel Soth (Grade 11, daughter of Robbie and Sierra Brown of Farmville, bottom).

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October 2014 004Walk For Education Winners: Colby White (3rd place), Chelsea Giles (2nd place), Nick Wilson (1st place $50 gift card winner)

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DSC 0028Students in Cumberland County Public Schools participated in the annual Walk for Education, which is sponsored by the Cumberland County Public Schools Foundation, Inc. The event was held on Friday, September 26, 2014. The Walk is held annually to increase awareness of educational opportunities and to collect money to be used to promote education. Elementary, Middle, and High School students, teachers, and administrators—as well as family members and friends, all walked to help raise money for grants and scholarships.

Preliminary counts from schools showed that Cumberland Elementary School students raised a total of $1,715.65, Cumberland Middle School Students raised $844.40, and Cumberland High School students raised $663.57. This gave a grand total of $3,223.62 raised by students of CUCPS.

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Staff Development BlackboardCumberland County Public Schools will be closed for students on Monday, October 13,, 2014. This is a scheduled day for professional development for staff members. Students will return to school on Tuesday, October 14, 2014.

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West Point Award--John BaptiesCumberland High School student John Bapties was recognized at the September 8, 2014, meeting of the School Board for receiving the West Point Leadership Award. The award, sponsored by the West Point Society of Richmond, is given to an outstanding high school junior in the Greater Richmond Area who demonstrates exceptional performance in the areas of academics, athletics, community service, good citizenship, and leadership. To be eligible, a recipient must have attained an overall grade point average of at least 3.5 or be in the top 10% of his/her class, have participated in either a varsity or club sport, have rendered selfless service to the community, have exhibited the attributes of good citizenship, and have demonstrated the willingness and ability to inspire and lead others. John is currently a senior at CHS.

John Bapties was presented with his West Point Leadership Award by Major Peter Amico at the September meeting of the Cumberland School Board.

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Madison White--HOBYMadison White a junior at Cumberland High School, attended the HOBY Virginia Leadership Seminar held at James Madison University on May 29 – June 1, 2014. Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop a 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 were more than 250 high school students from across the state of Virginia who attended and participated in group building activities, group leadership exercises and team activities.

Madison was recognized for her achievement at the September 8, 2014, meeting of the Cumberland School Board. At the meeting, she made a brief presentation to discuss her experiences living on the JMU campus and meeting other youth leaders from across the state.

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