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DSC 0011 013CUCPS Students Demonstrate 21st Century Learning

Students in Cumberland High School and Cumberland Middle School demonstrated their 21st Century learning skills at the February 9, 2015, meeting of the Cumberland School Board. Two different groups presented.

The first students were from Mrs. Kim Page’s middle school class. Mrs. Page attended a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) training sponsored by the Longwood Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP) over the summer. During this training, teachers studied problem-based learning and used Hummingbird Robotics kits. Mrs. Page then implemented what she had learned into the classroom and her students used the kits to complete a problem-based project that incorporated STEM learning. The students created their projects from scratch with minimal assistance from the teacher. Using their prior knowledge, context clues, and their own research, students were able to construct and power miniature Ferris wheels and then created a video to showcase their learning.

The second group of students to present was from Mrs. Myrna Barr’s class. Mrs. Barr also attended the STEM training at Longwood and incorporated a STEM problem-based lesson into her Spanish curriculum. Using the Hummingbird Robotics kits, high school students were asked to create robots that would help them teach English to Spanish speaking students in Lima, Peru. As part of the project, students also learned about opportunities afforded them to teach abroad.

Students in Mrs. Page’s class presented projects to the Cumberland School Board. Students included the following: FRONT ROW: Helena Trent, Nasir McDonald, Lena Parker, and Michael Ross. BACK ROW: Calvin Foster, Iyana Smith, and Mrs. Kim Page (teacher).

Students in Mrs. Myrna Barr’s Spanish class displayed their robots. Presenters included
Mrs. Myrna Barr (teacher), Christian Allen, Carrie Hughes, and Alyssa Yonce.

kindergarten registrationCumberland Elementary School will hold registration for Kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year on April 16, 2015, from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., and Kindergarten Orientation is April 24, 2015, from 9:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.  Anyone who needs more information should contact Mrs. Joanne Lafoon, guidance counselor, at 804-492-4212

snowman makeup daysFebruary 16, 2015, (which was originally scheduled to be a professional development day for teachers) and March 19, 2015 (which was originally scheduled to be a Parent-Teacher Conference Day) will now be snow make up days. Students will report to school for a regular school day on both of these days.

VSBA StudentsTwo Cumberland High School students—Haven Langhorne and Wyatt Salinas—attended the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Student Leadership Workshop held in Williamsburg as part of the VSBA Annual Conference. The Student Leadership Workshop is designed to develop leadership skills and to foster opportunities for students to assume leadership roles. During the annual conference, more than 1,000 school board members, superintendents, division administrators, education officials, and others gather to learn about nationwide and statewide trends, to meet and learn from key policy officials, and to bring back new best management practices to their home school divisions.