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Cumberland School Board members and school administrators joined the nearly 1,000 Virginia other school board members, educators, governing officials, attorneys, and legislators attending the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) 28th annual Conference on Education in Richmond, VA, on July 23, 2013. The purpose of the conference was to offer participants the opportunity to learn about successful educational practices occurring throughout the state.

Participants attended their choice of more than 60 mini-workshops on topics such as school law, curriculum and instruction, technology integration, community relations, school safety, testing, finance, special education, and community partnerships. The presenters included educators from state and local levels, university and college professors, business representatives, and attorneys.

Cumberland presenters included Liz Jamerson, Director of Human Resources, and Chip Jones, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations, who conducted a workshop titled “21st Century Learning: How to Get Started.” School Board members attending included Mr. G. Lee Dowdy, Mr. George Reid, and Mrs. Eurika Tyree.

Attendees also heard remarks from Randi Richards-Lutz, National School Administrator of the Year for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Richards-Lutz is the career and technical administrator for Culpeper County Public Schools (Virginia).

At the Conference, CUCPS was presented with the VSBA Food for Thought award in the Meal Access to Fight Hunger category. This award is given to a school division that documents the implementation of a program that helps reduce child hunger.

Pictured receiving the Food for Thought Award were Mr. Chip Jones, Mrs. Eurika Tyree, Mr. Lee Dowdy, and Mrs. Liz Jamerson.


Parent volunteers have begun the process of repainting the Kindergarten and the 1st Grade pods at Cumberland Elementary School. On Saturday, July 20, 2013, Mrs. Blevins and Mr. Winslow painted for almost 12 hours on the Kindergarten pod. On Sunday, these two volunteers, along with Mr. Blevins, finished the Kindergarten pod and began work on the 1st Grade pod. Work will continue until both pods have a fresh coat of paint, which will serve as the background for murals. The murals will be painted by a second set of volunteers.

Mrs. Ginny Gills, CES Assistant Principal, commended the volunteers for their efforts. She also expressed her gratitude to Sherwin Williams of Farmville for donating this first batch of paint; to Mr. Baptiste, who donated some painting supplies; and to Mr. Chris Shores, who worked with Sherwin Williams to make the donation possible.


Nine middle and high school students from Cumberland County Public Schools participated in the Governor’s Youth Development Academy, held at Longwood University. The Academy was designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in school, at home, and in the workplace as well as to build personal strengths and school engagement. The Academy focused civics education, financial literacy, community service, preventive health, personal character development, and leadership. Students in the program participated in numerous activities, including a trip to Washington, D.C. Student goals for the program included exploring postsecondary opportunities and careers and building relationships with peers.

Rising ninth and tenth grade students were eligible to attend the Academy. Cumberland students attending included Infinity Anderson, Matthew Bapties, Kierra Braxton, Davonte Copeland, Marva Elasha, Amatul Fulani, Brandon Leabough, Alexis Smith, and Trevis Trent. Students from the neighboring counties of Amelia, Buckingham, Lunenburg, and Prince Edward also attended.

Harry Wong--CHS AdminA team of administrators from Cumberland County Public Schools attended the 9th annual Vision to Practice Institute sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education, held July 9-11, 2013. The institute provides world-class professional development to school division personnel on the latest research and practices related to education. The theme for this year was “Crossroads:  Redefining the Educational Experience,” and it focused on current educational reforms, including college- and career-readiness, accountability and support, and effective instruction.

One of the speakers for the event was Dr. Harry Wong, one of the foremost authorities on the effective teacher. Dr. Wong is a former award-winning high school science teacher and the recipient of both the Horace Mann Outstanding Educator and the National Teachers Hall-of-Fame Lifetime Achievement award. He co-presented with his wife, Dr. Rosemary Wong, who is a former elementary school teacher and the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus recognition from Southeastern Louisiana University and Louisiana State University and the Silicon Valley Woman of Achievement Award. Together the Wongs co-authored The First Days of School, a best-selling book that provides advice on the improvement of instruction, classroom management, and teacher expectations of students. Their session was entitled "How to Create an Effective School with Effective Teachers, Instantly."

Other speakers at the institute included Alan November, Dr. David Way, Murray Banks, Dr. Bill Daggett, and Dr. Steve Perry. The institute attracts over 500 Virginia educators representing every region of the state.