Cumberland High School student Bobbie Umberger has been selected as a candidate for the United States Presidential Scholars Program.
February has been designated as School Board Appreciation Month. The role of school boards is critical. They are responsible for developing policy, they must oversee the budget, and they must be assessable to the public and accountable for the overall success of their school divisions. Members of the Cumberland School Board are as follows:
Ms. Ginger Sanderson, Chairman, District 1
Mr. George Lee Dowdy, III, Member, District 2
Mrs. Eurika Tyree, Vice Chairman, District 3
Mr. George Reid, Jr., Member, District 4
Dr. Christine Ross, Member, District 5
During the school year, the Cumberland School Board recognizes students of the month at regular meetings. The following students were recognized at the meeting held on Monday, December 11, 2017: Avery Lohr, first grader, daughter of Lindsey and Adam Lohr; Sidney Caban, fifth grader, daughter of Yvette and Manuel Caban; and Toby Watkins, ninth grader, son of Matthew Watkins and Karen Lake of Cumberland.
Sidney Caban, from Cumberland Elementary School, attended the December meeting of the Cumberland School Board, where she received her plaque for being named Student of the Month for CMS. Also receiving plaques were Avery Lohr and Toby Watkins.
The following new staff members were recognized by the Cumberland School Board at the November 2017 meeting: Ms. Megan Crump, Cumberland Elementary School teacher; Ms. Kristen Mosley, Cumberland Middle School art teacher; and Mr. Jamaal Artis, Cumberland High School health and physical education teacher.
New staff members presented to the School Board members at the December meeting included Mr. Jamaal Artis, Ms. Kristen Mosley, and Ms. Megan Crump.
Mrs. Ginny Gills was recognized by the Cumberland School Board for being selected to participate in the University of Virginia/Curry School of Education SCOPE 13 program. SCOPE stands for Statewide Communities of Practice for Excellence. With the philosophy of “Leading People, Leading Learning” SCOPE 13 is a two-year leadership development program of high potential school administrators through the establishment of a statewide community of educational leaders and practitioners.
Mrs. Virginia “Ginny” Gills, principal of Cumberland Elementary School, was recognized for being selected to participate in the SCOPE 13 program.
Each fall Longwood University’s College of Education and Human Services and Longwood Center for Visual Arts sponsor the Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition. The following students were recognized at the November 2017 meeting of the Cumberland School Board for being selected to have their work displayed in the Hull Building until May of 2018: Alexa Anguiano-Mancilla, Cumberland Elementary School; Travon Brown and Kennadi Collins, Cumberland Middle School; and Brandon Caban, Cumberland High School.
Brandon Caban attended the Cumberland School Board meeting to be recognized for having work selected to be included in the Longwood University Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition.
Each month the Cumberland School Board recognizes community members who make a difference. At the meeting held on November 6, 2017, the School Board recognized Doris and Jerry Seal, who are the Coordinators of the Cumberland Mobile Food Pantry.
Jerry Seal is a life-long resident of Cumberland. In addition to working with the Mobile Food Pantry, he serves on the STEPS Board, the Crossroads Board, and the Piedmont Senior Resource Board. Doris Seal, a retired educator, currently attends Longwood University. They are both Board members of Cumberland Community Cares and both attend Cumberland Community Church. They have two sons, who both live in the county.
As Coordinators of the Mobile Food Pantry, they have partnered with Central Virginia Food Bank to distribute food to numerous Cumberland County residents, including Cartersville residents. They have been active in securing volunteers, equipment, and donations to increase the ability of the Food Pantry to provide food for the citizens of Cumberland. They have also worked with CUCPS to recruit students to assist with the Food Pantry, which has shown students the importance of service to community.
Jerry and Doris Seal were recognized by the Cumberland School Board for their work as Coordinators of the Cumberland Mobile Food Pantry.
The following new staff members and associates were recognized by the Cumberland School Board at the November 2017 meeting: Ms. Beverly Hill, Cumberland Elementary School paraprofessional; Ms. Sabrina Walker, Cumberland Middle School math teacher; and Mr. Schermaly Raymond, the Cortez Math Lab Administrator at Cumberland High School.
New staff members and associates at CUCPS include Ms. Beverly Hill, Ms. Sabrina Walker, and Mr. Schermaly Raymond.
During the school year, the Cumberland School Board recognizes students of the month at regular meetings. The following students were recognized at the meeting held on Monday, November 6, 2017: Osage Angle, second grader, son of Megan and Geoffrey Angle; Luis Alvarez, eighth grader, son of Guillermo Lorenzo Perez and Adela Alvarez; and Sierra Urban, tenth grader, daughter of Connie Kittrell and Paul Urban.
Osage Angle from Cumberland Elementary School, Luis Alvarez from Cumberland Middle School, and Sierra Urban
from Cumberland High School were recognized by the members of the Cumberland School Board at the November 2017 meeting.
On October 9, 2017, Cumberland Seniors Brandon Caban, Muhammed Fulani, Ty’shon Scott, Jonathan Langhorne, Matthew Thompson, and Davidrick Brooks were recognized by the Cumberland School Board for participating in the Call Me Mister program at Longwood University. This free six-day program was led by Dr. Maurice Carter, who was assisted by two Cumberland High School graduates, Bryant Winbush and DelMonté Langhorne. These graduates served as mentors for the high school students who attended the program.
The Call Me MISTER program is a national teacher leadership program that not only prepares young men for a successful career as an elementary or secondary teacher, but also provides them with resources that will place them in a position where they can effectively impact the lives of children.
Matthew Thompson, Ty-Shon Scott, Bryant Winbush, and Dr. Maurice Carter
The following new teachers were recognized by the Cumberland School Board at the October 9, 2017, meeting: Mrs. Victoria Davis, Cumberland Elementary School 3rd grade teacher; Ms. Sarah Rowley, Cumberland Middle School 5th grade math teacher, and Mr. David Muncy, Cumberland High School Algebra I teacher.
New CUCPS staff members recognized at the October School Board meeting include
Mr. David Muncy, Ms. Sarah Rowley, and Mrs. Victoria Davis.