On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, Cumberland High School held a Junior Ring Ceremony in the Cafetorium. Juniors were presented with their rings by CHS principal Dr. Jeffrey Scales, who was himself a graduate of CHS. Parents, teachers, and administrators were in attendance to watch students put on their rings. Then the Juniors participated in the traditional “ring turning” rite by having friends and teachers turn the ring the number of times equal to the last two digits of the class year.
Nick Yoder is presented with his Junior ring by high school principal Dr. Jeffrey Scales.
CHS Juniors proudly display their new rings.
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.
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.
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.
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.