Cumberland County Public Schools (CUCPS) participates in the Longwood University Partnership Program, which provides Longwood elementary and middle education teacher candidates the opportunity to get into real classrooms and become prepared for their teaching careers. Each partnership student is assigned a cooperating teacher at either Cumberland Elementary School or Cumberland Middle School. The students then come on the CUCPS campus for four days each week in the fall semester. For half of each day, students work in classrooms with students. The other half of the day is spent in methodological preparation in reading/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
Partnership students arrived on Thursday, August 21, 2014, for a two-day orientation to CUCPS. First day events including an activity entitled CUCPS Decoded, whereby students used the school webpages, various documents, and pictures to learn about Cumberland. Students then brainstormed and collaborated to identify 21st Century Learning skills, reviewed the Department of Education resources, and received instruction on how to align the written, taught, and assessed curriculum. Students then had the opportunity to tour all three Cumberland schools. They ended the day with a Meet and Greet, where they were paired with their cooperating teachers. The second day of the orientation allowed students time to observe in their assigned classrooms and to become acclimated to school procedures and schedules.
After the first semester spent in the Partnership Program, some students will have the opportunity to return in the spring for student teaching. This is the second year that CUCPS has participated in the Longwood Partnership Program.
Monday, August 11, 2014, was the first day of school for students for the 2014-2015 school year. Cumberland Elementary School had received a new roof and HVAC system over the summer. Work was completed just in time for the doors to open for the regular school year.
Teachers had already returned on July 29, 2014, and were ready for students when they arrived. Over the summer, many teachers and administrators had participated in workshops, seminars, and college courses in order to improve knowledge and skills. The division has rededicated itself to fulfill its purpose, which is “to prepare each and every student to be successful 21st Century learners, workers, and citizens.”
Cumberland County Public Schools welcomed new teachers to the district with a New Teacher Institute. New teachers received an overview of the mission and goals of the division and participated in professional development to prepare them for the upcoming school year. Topics covered included 21st Century learning, curriculum alignment, and assessing student learning. In addition, new teachers were introduced to their mentors to help make the transition to CUCPS as smooth as possible.
Cumberland Middle School Teachers
Front Row: Kamaine Samarasinghe (Special Education), Jenna Finnegan (Math—8th grade), Katherine Tainsh (Math—5th-6th grade), Lisa Mattison (Reading—5th-6th grade), and Leslie Brown (Algebra I). Back Row: Craig Ultsch (Special Education), Jamey Thompson (Reading—5th grade), Cristin Morris (Math—8th grade), Caroline Vick (Library/Media Specialist), and Andrew Hoyt (Social Studies)
Cumberland Elementary School Teachers
Front Row: Frances Cox (Special Education), Rachel Johnson (Reading Specialist), Erica Gray (Special Education), and Chiara Hoyt (2nd grade). Back Row: Georgina Bolden-Handy (Special Education), Molly Andresakes (Speech-Language Pathologist), and Courtney Lane (Math—3rd grade). Not pictured is Donna Moore (3rd grade)
Cumberland High School Teachers
Rebecca Haigh (English, 12th grade) and Lindsay Talbott (Agriculture)