Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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The Superintendent's Proposed Budget for 2014-2015 has been posted on our Finance Page.  Here are links to those documents, as well:

Cumberland County Public Schools has adjusted the calendar for the current school year in order to compensate for days missed due to snow. The following changes to the calendar have been made:

  • February 13, 2014, (originally scheduled as an early dismissal day) will now be a full day for students. Parent/Teacher Conferences will not be held, although parents who wish to speak with teachers are encouraged to call for an individual appointment.
  • February 17, 2014, (originally Presidents’ Day holiday) will be a regular school day.
  • March 28, 2014, (originally scheduled as an early dismissal day) will be a full day for students.
  • April 21, 2014, will be a regular school day.
  • May 23, 2014, (added to the end of the school calendar) will be a regular school day.

Currently Spring Break is scheduled for March 31st through April 4th. However, if additional days are missed from school due to inclement weather, March 31st and April 1st will be used as make-up days. Any other missed days will result in an extension of the school year.

Other date changes to the calendar include the following:

  • February 17, 2014—Interim reports for the 3rd Nine Weeks grading period
  • March 19, 2014—End of 3rd Nine Weeks
  • April 25, 2014—Interim reports for the 4th Nine Weeks
  • May 23, 2014—End of 4th Nine Weeks

2014 Spelling Bee-8Robbie Hicks, a seventh grade student at Cumberland Middle School, won the Cumberland County Public Schools Spelling Bee held February 6, 2014. Robbie is the son of Ms. Shirley Hicks. He competed against other grade-level winners from grades 2-8 and successfully spelled “imperious” to win. Runner up was Dylan Myers, a fourth grader. His parents are Roger and Misty Myers. Other grade-level winners included Natalie Sullivan, 1st grade; Daniel Murrill, 2nd grade; Corey Frye, 3rd grade; Mya Johnson-Taylor, 5th grade; Annabelle Williamson, 6th grade; and Kavon Foster, 8th grade. Superintendent Amy Griffin noted, “We are very proud of all the participants!”

Robbie received a Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, courtesy of Scripp’s National Spelling Bee and the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He will advance to the regional competition to be held on March 8, 2014, at the Library of Virginia. The winner of the Regional Spelling Bee will receive a $1,500 scholarship and an all-expenses-paid family trip to the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is the nation’s largest and longest-running educational promotion and is sponsored by the E. W. Scripps Company. Local competitions are co-sponsored by newspapers, such as the Times-Dispatch, or other high-profile community organizations and businesses. The spelling bee was established to “help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.” To participate in the contest, students must be under 16 years of age, be enrolled in 8th grade or below, and attend a school which has officially enrolled in the program.

Students who participated in the Cumberland Spelling Bee will be recognized at an upcoming School Board meeting.

Photo on this page... FRONT ROW: Natalie Sullivan (Grade 1), Corey Frye (Grade 3), Daniel Murrill (Grade 2), and Dylan Myers (Runner Up, Grade 4). BACK ROW: Annabelle Williamson (Grade 6), Kavon Foster (Grade 8), and Robbie Hicks (Winner, Grade 7). NOT PICTURED: Mya Johnson-Taylor (Grade 5).

Front Page Photo:  Robbie Hicks, winner of the Cumberland Spelling Bee, displays his new dictionary as Mr. Dingledein, CMS principal, smiles in approval.

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The third grade science classes at Cumberland Elementary School have been studying the physical and behavioral adaptations of a chicken, starting with the egg, to the developing chick, to the adult chicken. Students started an embryology project with 30 eggs scheduled to hatch on January 28. Students began by cracking open an egg and listing all the adaptations they found inside. They watched in complete amazement as over 20 textbooks were stacked on top of a flat of eggs without crushing a single egg! Students also usedvinegar to create a "naked egg." They looked at the developing chick and identified several adaptations, both physical and behavioral, that ensure its survival. Students also studied the behavior and physique of an adult chicken and researched their adaptations

Next, using a candle, students predicted the hatch rate. Then they watched the baby chicks demonstrate some of those adaptations during the hatching/brooding time of their development. The tech team also installed a webcam over the brooder to allow the entire school (and community) to view the chicks hatching and brooding.

In the final stages of the project, students will also select a breed of chicken to research, listing adaptations unique to that breed and drawing a picture of the chicken and its egg. A PowerPoint that contains the researched information will be created during technology resource. Lastly, the students will present the PowerPoint and drawings to the class and then evaluate each other using a peer rubric.

Science teacher Rachel Price noted, “The students have been very excited about this project and have taken complete ownership of it. Whenever we switch from math to science, a cheer rings out in the room.” Other faculty members confessed to being excited by watching the hatching process on the webcam.