Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Jeff Dingeldein

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.


In recognition of “VSBA Take Your Legislator to School Month,” Cumberland County Public Schools invited Delegate Tommy Wright to visit Cumberland Elementary School (CES) and to have lunch in the cafeteria. Delegate Wright—who represents the counties of Amelia, Cumberland, Lunenburg (part), Mecklenburg, and Nottoway—visited classrooms and interacted with students. He gave an impromptu lesson to the students in Mrs. Layne’s third grade class on how government operates. During lunch in the CES cafeteria, he discussed educational issues currently being debated in the General Assembly.


Ms. Kathryn Garrett (Assistant Principal), Mrs. Ginny Gills (Principal), Delegate Tommy Wright, and Dr. Chip Jones (Assistant Superintendent) get ready to tour the elementary school before having lunch in the cafeteria.

Ms. Kathryn Garrett (Assistant Principal), Mrs. Ginny Gills (Principal), Delegate Tommy Wright, and Dr. Chip Jones (Assistant Superintendent) get ready to tour the elementary school before having lunch in the cafeteria.



Delegate Wright and a group of students

Delegate Wright answers questions about how government operates in Mrs. Kateri Layne’s third grade room.

Jordan Newman, a 10th grade Future Farmers of America (FFA) member at Cumberland High School, competed at the National Agriscience Fair at the 90th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN, from October 25 -28, 2017.  Jordan's project was "Does the Sex of the Lamb Affect the Weekly Weight Gain from Week 1 Until Weaning?"  He competed in the Animal Systems, Division 3 category.  There were 32 entries in his division from across the United States.  Jordan was awarded 10th place overall with a silver rating.  Participants in the National Agriscience Fair were recognized at a luncheon.

Over 63,000 members and guests attended the National Convention this year.  During the convention, in addition to competing, FFA members participated in workshops, leadership development activities, and enjoyed the opportunity to meet FFA members from across the United States.  Jordan met FFA members from as far away as Alaska, California, and Puerto Rico.  Attendees had the opportunity to visit with representatives from Agriculture colleges from across the country and visit at the trade Expo. Jordan said that he enjoyed the competition and that he was already thinking about a project for next year, since he definitely wanted to earn a trip back to the National Convention. 

He was accompanied on the trip by Alex Parker, a 9th grade FFA member.  The boys participated in convention sessions held at the Bankers Life Field House (home of the
Indiana Pacers), attended a Rascal Flatts concert at Lucas Oil Stadium (home of the Indianapolis Colts), attended workshops, and visited the Expo showcasing many, many agriculture related companies and colleges. They also visited the NCAA Hall of Champions, which is near theconvention center.

Jordan Newman displays his board at the FFA National Convention.

Jordan Newman displays his board at the FFA National Convention.


Alex Parker and Jordan Newman proudly display their FFA jackets at the National Convention.



Jordan Newman stands with Mr. Henry Paris, retired agriculture instructor and volunteer with the Cumberland FFA.


     Cumberland County Public Schools (CUCPS) celebrated National School Bus Safety Week on October 16-20, 2017. This event is held annually during the third full week of October and provides an opportunity for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety. This year’s theme is “STOP ON RED!”

     As part of National School Bus Safety Week, CUCPS held School Transportation Employee Appreciation Day on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Members of the Transportation Department were treated to a continental breakfast, featuring donuts, muffins, pastries, and an assortment of beverages.


Members of the transportation staff enjoy food and conversation in honor of National School Bus Safety Week.


Staff members were treated to an assortment of donuts, muffins, pastries, and beverages at the Transportation Staff Appreciation Breakfast.

Twenty-one Cumberland High School students enrolled in Building Trades I recently completed the 10 hour OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Safety in Construction class. This class trains workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of hazards in the workplace. After successful completion of the course, participants are awarded their OSHA cards, which are issued by the Department of Labor. The training covers such topics as fall protection, personal protective equipment, electrical safety, excavation hazards, and life-saving equipment.

Building Trades instructor David Sullivan said, “I am very proud of them!” He added that students in his Energy and Power and Sustainability classes also completed training and received their OSHA cards.

Building Trades I students receiving their OSHA 10 Cards include the following: FRONT ROW: Christian Jackson and Damon Sims.

BACK ROW: Orianna Anthony, Troy Ortiz, Michael Blevins, Chris Johnston, Julie Westbrook, Cesar Gamez, Ziahir Berry, Malachi McLean, Sultan Abassi, Brian Simpson, and Josh Marsh.


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.

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