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What’s Happening at SFCMS
Published by Mary Potter on July 9, 2020
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Image of the word "EVENTS" in wooden letters on a white background attached to a clothesline with wooden clothespinsCurious about what is ahead for our school community?

Please regularly check our online school calendar for upcoming school wide events.

Students and their parents/guardians are encouraged to visit Cumberland@Home and check their Google Classrooms for online summer enrichment. Please note that Google Classroom and Google Meet information is not posted on our school website to help ensure the online safety of our students and staff.

Information about this year’s required summer reading is below.

        
ParentLink Hotline Opt-In
Published by Mary Potter on July 8, 2020
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If you or someone in your household blocked the number from which the automatic ParentLink calls originate, you will not receive any phone calls with updates from SFCMS or Cumberland County Schools from that number.

If you are accidentally opted-out of automated calls from ParentLink, you can opt-in by calling the ParentLink Hotline at 1-855-502-7867 and selecting Option 2. The user must call from the number that is blocked in order to change the status.

        
CCS Announces Update on School Calendars and Requests Parent Feedback
Published by Mary Potter on June 18, 2020
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Zoomed in image of a desk calendar with a pair of glasses folded and sitting on top of the calendar in the upper right cornerIn light of the restrictions put in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, students attending year-round schools (Anne Chesnutt Middle, E.E. Miller Elementary and Reid Ross Classical) will begin the 2020-2021 school year remotely. The first day of school for Cumberland County Schools’ (CCS) year-round students will be July 9.

The Cumberland County Board of Education approved revised calendars at its June 9 meeting. The start dates have been determined; however, the format of instruction for the following school calendars has not been finalized:

  • Early College High Schools: August 3
  • Cumberland Polytechnic High School: August 12
  • Traditional Schools and A.B. Wilkins High School: August 17

The district is reviewing and considering multiple options for schools based on guidance received from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI).

To assist with planning for the fall, the district has launched a parent survey to gather input and feedback about remote learning: https://forms.gle/PAiVkBFa7udx2i1Z7. Parents and guardians are encouraged to complete one survey per household.

“As we continue to monitor and follow COVID-19 guidance, we are exploring multiple scenarios and options for school in the fall,” said CCS Superintendent Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr. “Our final decision will be guided by directions from the Governor, along with state and local health officials. Our top priority is the safety of our students and staff.”

        
2020 CCS Summer Operating Hours
Published by Mary Potter on June 15, 2020
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Close-up image of a plain clock with the hour, minute, and second hands all pointing to 12June 15 through July 31, 2020
Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
CLOSED FRIDAYS

Because of COVID-19, CCS has advised staff to telework as much as possible. If you need to visit the school for any reason, please call 910-864-0092 or email Todd Yardis to make an appointment and to ensure there is office staff on campus for your visit.
        
Yearbooks Have Arrived!
Published by Mary Potter on June 6, 2020
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The company word "Lifetouch" written in blue script on a white background.Students may pick up pre-ordered yearbooks in a drive up fashion out of the cafe on the following schedule. Surplus yearbooks will also be sold for $25.00 by grade level while supplies last.

  • June 8 – 8th graders – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • June 9 – 7th graders – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • June 10 – 6th graders – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
UPDATE 6/10/2020 – If you have not picked up your pre-paid yearbook, please email Todd Yardis for an appointment.  All surplus yearbooks have been sold.
        
2020 Summer Reading Requirement
Published by Mary Potter on May 26, 2020
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In support of our commitment to continuous improvement and increased literacy, we will continue to require a summer reading assignment for all students who will attend Seventy First Classical for the 2020-2021 school year. We will not require a physical project.

Students are expected to read a book and to maintain a reading log which must be signed by parents. This reading log will be due at a date to be determined in August, after the start of school, and will count as a grade in your English Language Arts class. A completed log will receive a grade of 100. Incomplete logs will receive no credit.*

Since we will not be able to check books out to students over the summer this year, there are suggested titles, but students may read any book of their choice, fiction or nonfiction, so long as it is subject and age appropriate and approved by the parent. No picture books, audio books, graphic novels, Manga, or comic books are allowed for this assignment. Paper versions or eBooks are acceptable, as long as you are reading!

Suggested titles are as follows:

  • 6th Grade – Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town (The Young Reader’s Edition) (2012) by Warren St. John
  • 7th Grade – Schooled (2007) by Gordon Korman
  • 8th Grade – Unbroken: An Olympian’s Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive (The Young Adult Adaptation) (2014) by Laura Hillenbrand

*2020 SFCMS Summer Reading Log

        
Cumberland@Home Connections
Published by Mary Potter on April 30, 2020
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Slide image advertising Cumberland@Home Connections YouTube Channel with the wording of A YouTube Channel for students in kindergarten through eighth grade and Book Readings, “Do it yourself” Obstacle Courses, STEM challenges and much more along with the URL of www.cumberlandathome.ccs.k12.nc.us and both the CCS logo and the YouTube logo and a red half-circle in the bottom corner and a yellow half-circle in the top corner

        
An important message from Our Social Worker
Published by Mary Potter on April 10, 2020
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Ms. Holly Van Dyke, SFCMS’s Social Worker, would like to share the following resources with our families.

  • NC 2-1-1. Families may call NC 2-1-1 or visit them online for more information about local resources that assist with food, utilities, etc.
  • No Kid Hungry NC. Find meals for kids in our area by texting FOODNC to 877-877 or visit them online.
  • Alliance Flyers – Taking Care of Your Emotional Health. Call the Alliance 24-hour Access and Information Center at 1-800-510-9132, and a licensed clinician will assist you in finding the right kind of help.
  • SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline. Call 1-800-985-5990 to receive 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support for people experiencing emotional distress related to a natural or human-caused disaster.
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Call 1-800-273-8255 to reach 24/7, free, and confidential support for people in distress, prevention, and crisis resources for you or your loved ones. They also provide best practices for professionals.
        
News from Cumberland County Schools
Published by Mary Potter on April 1, 2020
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Image of teacher leading a class of middle schoolers using Google Expeditions with text reading "Every Minute Counts! From start to finish, class time matters!"Slide image advertising that CCS is hiring Bus Drivers with text of For a full job description, visit https://bit.ly/2Gr7Q1P or contact the Cumberland County Schools Transportation Office at 910-678-2581. and an image of a CCS Bus Driver and a red and yellow swoosh in the cornerText-only slide reading "Follow Cumberland County Schools on Twitter and Facebook! @CumberlandCoSch"