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CUCPS New Teachers

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)


DSC 0023Open House for Cumberland County Public Schools will be held on Thursday, August, 7, 2014. Cumberland High School and Cumberland Middle School will still hold Open House from 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. However, the elementary school (grades Prek-4) will host Open House from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. This change is to allow for cleaning and classroom set up following the installation of the new HVAC system.

Parents and students are also reminded that the first day of school for students will be Monday, August 11, 2014. Speaking for the division, Superintendent Amy Griffin said, “We look forward to working with your children for the 2014-2015 school year.”

Wellness & Physical Activity Award-1--RevisedThree school divisions received top honors in the 2014 Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Food for Thought competition. Winning divisions were recognized by Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe at the VSBA Conference on Education, which took place in Richmond, on Thursday, July 22, 2014. The competition was created in 2012 to educate, engage, and empower school leaders to address childhood hunger and provide all students in Virginia with healthier, more nutritious school meals. This was the third year the awards were given out.

The competition was divided into three separate categories—Healthy School Meals, Meal Access to Fight Hunger, and Wellness and Physical Activity. Judges, including two professional nutritionists, a food bank professional, and a former school board member selected the winners from 21 entries.

This year Cumberland County Public Schools (CUCPS) won in the category of Wellness and Physical Activity. Last year, CUCPS won in the category of Healthy School Meals.

First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe presented the Food for Thought award to CUCPS representatives. Pictured are Dr. Chip Jones, Assistant Superintendent; Mr. George Reid, Jr., Vice Chairman of the School Board; First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe; Mrs. Liz Jamerson, Director of Human Resources; and Dr. Amy Griffin, Superintendent.

DSC 0011On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, School Board members, administrators, and students attended the 29th annual Conference on Education, which brought together educational leaders from across the state. Sponsored by the Virginia School Boards Association, the event provided opportunities for participants to learn about successful educational practices occurring throughout the state, and featured over 40 mini-workshops on topics such as school law, curriculum and instruction, technology integration, community relations, school safety, testing, finance, special education, and community partnerships. Participants also had the opportunity to hear from Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, and National PTA President Dr. Otha Thornton.

Among the presenters at the mini-workshops were three Cumberland students from the Little Duke Leaders. Students included Shaiann Allen, Addison Carney, and Abigail Winslow. They conducted their mini-workshop on how to start an elementary student leadership organization. Other attendees from CUCPS included Mr. Lee Dowdy, Mr. George Reid, Dr. Amy Griffin, Dr. Chip Jones, Mrs. Liz Jamerson, and Mrs. Ginny Gills. Dr. Jones and Mrs. Jamerson had a display at the Partnership Fair. In addition, CUCPS was presented with the Food for Thought award in the category of Wellness and Physical Activity.

The VSBA is a voluntary, nonpartisan organization of Virginia school boards which promotes excellence in public education through advocacy, training, and services. The Association offers conferences, information, training, and counseling designed to meet the needs of the Commonwealth’s educational leaders.

Front Page Photo:  Under the direction of Cumberland Elementary School principal Ginny Gills (standing), Little Duke Leaders Abigail Winslow, Addison Carney, and Shaiann Allen conducted a mini-workshop on starting an elementary school leadership group.

Photo:  Mr. George Reid (center), Vice Chairman of the Cumberland School Board, attended one of the many mini-workshops held at the Conference on Education.