Monday, February 19, 2018
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On June 6, 2017, the Cumberland County School Board approved Mr. Michael Camden as the new principal of Cumberland Middle School, effective July 1, 2017. Mr. Camden, a former teacher at Cumberland Elementary School (CMS), is currently serving as the Assistant Principal for CMS. He came to the division from Hopewell City Public Schools, where he was the Supervisor of Alternative Programming and District Intervention. He has also served as an assistant principal and a principal for Mecklenburg County Public Schools. He was named Cumberland County Public Schools (CUCPS) Division Teacher of the Year in 2010. In addition, he has coached basketball and soccer. Mr. Camden has a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Longwood University and a Master of Supervision and Leadership from Liberty University.

Dr. Amy Griffin, Superintendent of CUCPS, stated, “The division is pleased to have Mr. Camden on our staff as the new principal of Cumberland Middle School. He is eager to get started and I invite everyone to join me in welcoming him to his new position.”

Below are the School Lunch prices for 2017-2018 school year:


  • Full Price (student): $1.10
  • Reduced:  $.30
  • Adult :     $1.50


  • Full Price (student):  $2.00
  • Reduced:    $.40
  • Adult:        $3.25
  • Al La Cart Items: $1.25

Cumberland students have had a long history of participating in the 4-H programs. Fourth grade club officers as well as those winners going to District competition were recognized at the May meeting of the Cumberland School Board. The officers for each homeroom are as follows:


The 4-H winners headed to District competition including the following: Brianna Barker, Addison Carney, Tamyah Copeland, Emily Eroh, Michael Fields, Alaina Gray, Hunter Harris, Lydia Hurt, Robby King, Promise Smith, and Troy Wise.

4-H Officers and Winners
The 4-H officers and winners receiving certificates at the School Board meeting including the following: FRONT ROW: Tamyah Copeland, Alaina Gray, Jamiya Smith, Promise Smith, Bre’Onna Brown, Cadence Hatcher, and Natalie Sullivan. BACK ROW: Mrs. Linda Eanes, Lydia Hurt, Emily Eroh, Amaris Wesseh, Kaylin Johnson, DaColby Harris, Jadelyn Staunton, Jakayla Minter, and Hunter Harris.

At the May meeting of the Cumberland County School Board meeting, the members of the Board recognized the two IT interns for the 2017-2018 school year. IT interns are typically juniors or seniors who have an interest and aptitude for working in the field of technology. The go through initial training by the IT staff in troubleshooting various devices and responding to Tech Support Requests. The two interns have learned how to reimage computers, download software, repair laptops, change interactive whiteboard bulbs, and provide support to both students and staff. According to Mrs. Anita Harris, the Instructional Technology Specialist, “Both young men are quick learners and eager to assist in any way they can. Teachers and staff members have been able to have their tech support requests be resolved in a more timely manner due to the invaluable assistance of these two young men.” She noted that the interns have a wonderful work ethic and have volunteered their time beyond the school day, even working on early release days. The two interns are as follows: 

  • Wyatt Long, who is the son of Ashley and Robert Long of Cumberland, is currently a senior. He plans to work at Food Lion over the summer and attend Longwood College in the fall.
  • Matthew Hazlegrove, who is the son of Catherine and Dennis Merkle of Farmville, is currently a junior. He is also hoping to get a summer job and will continue to be a Tech Intern next year.

Cumberland High School IT interns Matthew Hazlegrove and Wyatt Long were recognized by the School Board for their service to the school division.

At the May School Board meeting, members of the Cumberland School Board recognized Lorraine Foster, the Student Liaison to the School Board, for her service during the 2016-2017 school year.

Lorraine Foster will be graduating from Cumberland High School on May 10, 2017, with her advanced studies diploma. She is the daughter of Curtis Foster and Kim Thurston-Foster of Cumberland. Lorraine will be attending Norfolk State University in the fall and plans to major in Nursing.

At the close of her final meeting, she thanked the School Board members for allowing her the opportunity to be part of the School Board. She also noted that she had learned a lot from the experience.

As the Student Liaison, Lorraine Foster (far right) joins other members of the School Board including
Ms. Ginger Sanderson (Chairperson), Dr. Amy Griffin (Superintendent), and Mrs. Eurika Tyree (Vice Chairperson).

At the May 8, 2017 meeting of the Cumberland School Board, Students of the Month were recognized:

  • Kaylah Paras, the daughter of Howard and Tiffany Paras of Cumberland, was presented as the Valedictorian of the Class of 2017. She plans to attend Brown University in Rhode Island in the fall where she will major in International Relations or Business, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree, she plans to attend law school and become an attorney. 
  • John Jefferies, the son of John and Angela Jefferies of Columbia, was presented as the Salutatorian. He will be attending Virginia Tech and plans to major in Computer Science. His ultimate career goal is to become a software engineer and create operating software for a California company such as Apple, Microsoft, or Google.
  • Fifth grader Juniper Ludgate, the daughter of Pamela and Joshua Ludgate, was the Student of the Month for Cumberland Middle School. She says that when she finishes school, she aspires to become a farmer, specifically a produce farmer, but one who has lots of animals, including cows, horses, pigs, sheep, and goats.
  • Roger Jamerson, who is a first grader and the son of Roger and Crystal Jamerson, was presented at the Student of the Month for Cumberland Elementary School. He says he likes learning about history, reading, and playing outside. He said he looks forward to becoming a great reader and getting to read even bigger chapter books.


Students of the Month, from left to right, are: John Jefferies (12 th grade Salutatorian), Kaylah Paras (12 th grade Valedictorian), Juniper Ludgate (5 th grade), and Roger Jamerson (1 st grade).


In honor of Girl Scout Week, which is celebrated each March, the members of the Cumberland School Board recognized the local Girl Scout troops, including Troop 5201 Daisies and Brownies and Junior Troop 130 (4th and 5th grades). The Troops were commended for their impressive acts of community service, which included collecting water bottles and food donations for Backpacks of Love; volunteering at local churches; helping serve local law enforcement members, EMS volunteers, and firefighters with a dinner and recognition ceremony; donating toys and games to the Christmas Mother; decorating campsites at Bear Creek Lake State Park; raising funds to assist veterans in the area; and participating in Wreaths Across America. Mr. George Reid, long-time School Board member, commended the girls and told them “to keep doing what they do!”

Troop 5201 Brownies

Troop 5201 Brownies

Troop 5201 Daisies

Troop 5201 Daisies

Troop 130 Junior Girl Scouts

Troop 130 Junior Girl Scouts

Staff Member of the Month

The Cumberland School Board recognizes staff members at each meeting. At the March 13, 2017, meeting the School Board introduced Mrs. Mary Larson, who is the English Language Learner (ELL) teacher. While this is her first year at Cumberland County Public Schools, she has been a teacher for over seven years. Teaching was a second career for Mrs. Lawson, who spent twenty years in the business world before pursuing her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University, an MBA from Amberton University, and a Master’s degree from Western Michigan University.

Each month, the Cumberland School Board recognizes students of the month. The following students were recognized at the meeting held on Monday, March 13, 2017: Jakayla Minter, fourth grader, daughter of Jeffery Minter and Salina Mayo; Kwmaine Ayers, seventh grader, son of Samuel Davis and Juanita Ayers; and Tayanna Bradley, eleventh grader, granddaughter of Mrs. Alice Jefferson and niece of Ms. Lavonda Henderson..


Students of the Month recognized at the February meeting of the Cumberland School Board include the following: Jakayla Minter from Cumberland Elementary School, Kwmaine Ayers from Cumberland Middle School, and Tayanna Bradley from Cumberland High School were recognized as Students of the Month by the Cumberland School Board.

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