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Staff Development BlackboardCumberland County Public Schools will be closed for students on Monday, October 13,, 2014. This is a scheduled day for professional development for staff members. Students will return to school on Tuesday, October 14, 2014.

Media Honor RollEach year the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) recognizes members of the local media who have demonstrated the ongoing responsible and exemplary nature of reporting on this community’s public schools. Cumberland County Public Schools has selected the following people to be included on the 2014 VSBA Media Honor Roll: Ilsa Loeser and James Kendrick “Ken” Woodley, III. Both represent the Farmville Herald newspaper.

Ms. Ilsa Loeser receives her certificate of recognition for being named to the VSBA Media Honor Roll.

Ag Discovery ProgramCaylor Scales, a student at Cumberland High School, participated in an Ag Discovery Program over the summer break. Ag Discovery is an outreach program to help teenagers learn about careers in plant and animal science, wildlife management, and agribusiness. The program allows students to live on a college campus and learn about agriculture from university professors, scientists, and administrative professionals who work for the U.S. Government in a variety of fields. They study the life cycles and habits of insects (entomologists); research micro-organisms, such as bacteria and viruses (biotechnologists); examine cells and tissues under a microscope to identify diseases (plant pathologists); work to conserve and manage wild animals and their habitats (wildlife biologists); carry out animal health programs (veterinarians); provide education on the humane care and treatment of animals (veterinarians and animal care inspectors); and manage the business aspects of protecting plants and animals (agribusiness).

This 2- to 4-week summer boarding program for 2014 targets middle and high school students who are interested in learning more about plants, animals, and agribusiness. Students chosen to participate in Ag Discovery gain experience through hands-on labs, workshops, and field trips. Students also participate in character- and team-building activities and a variety of workshops.
This program was facilitated by Alcorn University (VSU) College of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Station on June 15-28, 2014, in Lorman, Mississippi, with collaboration from USDA partners and industry representatives.

Caylor was recognized by Cumberland School Board about her experiences at the September 8, 2014, meting.

YADAPP Group PhotoFor the second year, students from Cumberland High School(CHS) attended the annual Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Program (YADAPP) held July 14-18, 2014, at Longwood University. Students focused on the effects and prevention of drug abuse in their school and community and discussed how they could make a difference.  Conference activities ran from 9:00 A.M. until 10:00 P.M., and accommodations were provided by Longwood University.

As part of the Conference, each team was asked to develop a Strategies To Act Now Plan (STAN Plan). Cumberland was awarded a $250 mini-grant for their Plan. Their winning STAN Plan included awareness initiatives such as posters, anti-drinking or smoking promise banners, inviting guest speakers to discuss the challenges teens face and the consequences of poor choices, as well as a campus wide assembly. The students will present their STAN Plan to the CUCPS School Board in September and will start implementation by October of this year.  Team members included senior Vanessa Jones, juniors Josh Burgess and Tina Eubank, and sophomore Trevon Foster. They were joined by Youth Leader senior, Justin Caban, a participant on last year’s CUCPS team and led by the CUCPS student government sponsor, Charles Haigh.

Since YADAPP’s beginning in 1984, over 440 schools and 10,000 students have helped their schools learn about the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol.  This year's conference had 86 teams and nearly 90 adult sponsors from across the state. They shared ideas, and competed for STAN Plan mini-grants and Wheeler Awards; a $500 grant was awarded to the school that had the most successful implementation of their previous year's STAN Plan. To celebrate the program’s 30th anniversary, alumni from previous YADAPP conferences were in attendance.

YADAPP participants were recognized at the September 8, 2014, meeting of the Cumberland School Board.
YADAPP attendees included Vanessa Foster, Justin Caban (Youth Leader), Charles Haigh (Sponsor), Josh Burgess, and Trevon Foster. (Not pictured: Tina Eubank). More pictures are available at https://www.facebook.com/YadappGuy.