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For the second consecutive year, Cumberland County Public Schools held a QuickStart Tennis Camp for two weeks beginning June 16, 2013. Students at the elementary school took lessons from Ms. Nicole Parker, a QuickStart Tennis Pro. Funding for the program was provided by the Central Virginia QuickStart Tennis Association. The program uses the “play to learn” strategy, whereby students are introduced to an age-appropriate progression of skills. The activities in the program work on agility, coordination, balance, reaction time, and footwork.

Students received lessons in tennis in the CMS gym, starting with the basics and practicing their teamwork. Coach Parker maintains a QuickStart Tennis blog. After the second day she noted, “Seeing these students having FUN with what I was teaching them is my ultimate job because I want them to like playing tennis, so making up games and playing them is the best way to do that! For tomorrow, I asked my students to go home and think of some fun games to play for class. We will see what interesting games I get from them in the morning.” The blog can be accessed here.

Each year, the Virginia Tech School of Education honors outstanding programs that support students, families, and communities. This year, Cumberland County Public Schools took home the top honor with a $1,000 monetary award for the Education for Sustainability program.
The Education for Sustainability program integrates STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) learning with Career and Technical Education, providing students with opportunities to cultivate their environmental, social, and economic awareness. This dynamic, affordable, innovative, cross-cultural program targets students in all demographic areas grades 9-12 and provides cross-cultural experiences that make education relevant. Students receive instruction in renewable energy and sustainability concepts critical to thriving in the 21st Century.

The program originator is Angela Whittaker at Cumberland High School. Dr. Amy Griffin, Superintendent of CUCPS, accepted the award on behalf of the school division.

Under the direction of coaches Heather Sutton and Hannah Rhodes, Cumberland County Public Schools offered a volleyball clinic for middle and high school students this summer. The purpose of the clinic was to get students involved in the sport and to provide them with intensive, focused training so that they could improve their skills and increase their self-confidence. Former CHS graduate Ivana Rich, who is currently the head Women’s Volleyball Coach at Virginia State University, helped conduct the clinic. Coach Sutton commented, “This week has been a great opportunity for our girls as well as girls from other schools to come together and receive instruction from Ivana Rich. Ivana is an excellent coach who always keeps the girls engaged and excited about learning more about volleyball.  This week has been a great learning opportunity and I look forward to seeing the girls implement the skills they've learned throughout the week as we approach fall season.”

Cumberland High School student Chelsea Deane attended the FBLA State Officer Training, held June 18-20, 2013, at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) is an organization of young people who are interested in pursuing careers in business. The Officer Training focused on developing leadership, communication, and team skills. Participants attended workshops, social functions, and a final banquet. Chelsea is the State Vice President.

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