Thursday, December 13, 2018
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Jeff Dingeldein

Virginia’s Governor Ralph Northam proclaimed February to be Career and Technical (CTE) Month. This recognition was intended to highlight the cooperative efforts between CTE educators, CTE administrators, and business and industry representatives.

Brandon White, Student Liaison to the School Board, made a presentation to the members of the Cumberland School Board at their meeting held on Monday, February 12, 2018.

Cumberland County Public Schools joined 132 other school divisions throughout the state to celebrate School Board Appreciation Month in February. Almost 850 elected and appointed school board members throughout Virginia were recognized by schools and communities for their service and dedication to public education.

On Monday, February 12, 2018, the members of the Cumberland School Board recognized the students of the month for December and January.

The following staff members were recognized at the February 2018 meeting of the Cumberland School Board:  Sarah Bailey, Cumberland Elementary third grade teacher of science and social studies; Mark Beard, Cumberland High School custodian; Victoria Cook, Cumberland Middle School teacher of seventh grade life science; Jennifer Hendricks, Cumberland Middle School fifth grade teacher of Virginia Studies; Carly Keeshan, Cumberland Elementary second grade teacher; and Lisa Winslow, Cumberland High School nursing teacher.

Staff members


Staff members recognized at the February 2018meeting of the Cumberland School Board included Mr. Mark Beard, Mrs. Lisa Winslow, Ms. Jennifer Hendricks, and Ms. Victoria Cook. [Not pictured: Carly Keeshen and Sarah Bailey]



Due to inclement weather closing schools, February 2, February 19, March 23, April 20, May 23, and May 24, 2018 will be full school days. May 25, 2018 will be the last day of school and an early dismissal day for students. This is aligned to the approved 2017-2018 school calendar:

On Saturday, February 10, 2018, the Cumberland High School Forensics team competed in regional competition at Galileo Magnet School. Under the direction of Mr. Charles Haigh, the Cumberland team was named the Region 1B Forensics Champions for the fourth consecutive year. Mr. Haigh was named the Coach of the Year for the Region. Winners included the following:

Ramir Parker—2nd place Extemporaneous Speaking

Dawn Helton—3rd place Extemporaneous Speaking

Angela Finchum—1st place Impromptu Speaking

Chyann Taylor—2nd place Original Oratory

Penny Dorsey—3rd place Storytelling

Tanner Cochran—1stplace Humorous Interpretation

Cierra Jeffers—2nd place Humorous Interpretation

Acadia Czeizinger—1st place Serious Dramatic Interpretation

Blessin Franklin—1st place Prose Interpretation

Carly Thompson—2nd place Prose interpretation

Hallye Workman—1st place Poetry Interpretation

Essence Ayers—2nd place Poetry Interpretation

Rahemma Fulani and Annabelle Williamson—1st place Humorous Duo

Jamie Jones and Denise Mullins—1st place Serious Duo


Principal Jeffrey Scales congratulated the team on their outstanding accomplishment.



The 2018 Forensics Team, with the Region 1B trophy, included the following: Hallye Workman, Blessin Franklin, Carly Thompson, Jamie Jones, Tanner Cochran, Denise Mullins, Tanai Carter, Essence Ayers, Cierra Jeffers, Dawn Helton, Caylor Scales, Angela Finchum, Rahemma Fulani (Captain), Ramir Parker, Annabelle Williamson (Captain), Acadia Czeizinger, Penny Dorsey, and Chyanne Taylor.


Dr. Jeffrey Scales (CHS Principal) displays the team trophy and Coach Charles Haigh holds his Coach of the Year trophy.


Congratulations to the Region 1B Forensics Champions from Cumberland High School. This is the 4th consecutive year as the region champs. Mr. Haigh was the Region Coach of the Year. Congratulations to the Region 1B Forensics Champions from Cumberland High School. This is the 4th consecutive year as the region champs. Mr. Haigh was the Region Coach of the Year.


On Wednesday, January 26, 2018, Cumberland Middle School (CMS) was awarded a $500 donation from the Cumberland Convenience Store as part of the Educational Alliance program through Exxon Mobil. 


At the Cumberland School Board meeting held on Monday, February 12, 2018, Mr. Andrew Hoyt was named the new Assistant Principal of Cumberland Middle School (CMS). Mr. Hoyt, formerly the civics teacher, has functioned in other capacities while at CMS, including serving the Summer School Coordinator, the VTSS co-chairman, and an Administrative Liaison.



Cumberland High School student Bobbie Umberger has been selected as a candidate for the United States Presidential Scholars Program.

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