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State of Education in Cumberland County Event
Published by Beverly McClellan on January 14, 2020
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"Slide image of blue area captioned State of Education in Cumberland County with registration link below stating to register at bit.ly/stateofeducation2020 with date of Tuesday, February 4, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. and location of J.W. Seabrook Auditorium FSU Campus at 1200 Murchison Road, Fayetteville, NC 28301 in red and blue lettering with white background and sponsors of Cumberland County Schools, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville Technical Community College, and Methodist University in red and blue lettering with a yellow background"

        
Ferguson-Easley Elementary Parent Teacher Organization
Published by Beverly McClellan on January 10, 2020
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National PTO logoThe Ferguson-Easley Elementary School (FEES) Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is a group of parents, citizens, and organizations. The FEES PTO believes it is their duty to help students to learn and to encourage them to grow and to become responsible  citizens.

The FEES PTO mission is to help keep the school great in any capacity that they can.  They want to help any member of the staff on any level to continue the success and academic achievement of FEES students. The FEES PTO meets the third Thursday of each month from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the school’s cafetorium.

Officers for 2019-2020

Michelle Snells, president–E-mail: luv2work24@gmail.com

Mr. Wallace, vice president

Mrs. Bobo-Barber, treasurer

Mrs. Oliver, co-treasurer

Mrs. Williams, parliamentarian

Mr. McGuire, Sargent at Arms

 

        
HAPPY BRAND NEW READING YEAR!!!
Published by Beverly McClellan on January 1, 2020
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Whimsical cartoon cute star in top hat

This is a wonderful time to celebrate a brand new reading year.  It is our time to decide to resolve to do more reading starting immediately.  This reading resolution is purposeful.  It is necessary.

It is pertinent for each one of us to analyze our own situations and resolve to read more, and more, and more.  We can read Reference books, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Folklore.

Remember that in the FEES Media Center, We have books a PLENTY for the brand new year, Twenty-Twenty

        
Donors Choose Organization Congratulates Mrs. Huggins, Ms. McClellan, & Ms. Cauthen
Published by Beverly McClellan on January 1, 2020
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Let us give Mrs. Huggins a high five! Her classroom project PROGRAMMING ENGINEERS was recently funded.  The resources for this project will arrive soon.  The Kano Computer Kit Touch  will allow our students a chance to see how to build and code a tablet.

Reading nonfiction/informational text is a necessary skill.  Reading about real current events, things that are seen in the news, things that are focusing on the world around us is what students are interested in reading yet many students are intimidated with this type of  text.  With TIME FOR KIDS magazines, students will find the text less threatening because it is shorter than a full book, has plenty of graphics, and great photos too. Reading this magazine will inspire students to read even more.

The Donors Choose Organization recently acknowledged that Ms. McClellan, the media coordinator for Ferguson-Easley Elementary School (FEES),  submitted a TIMES FOR KIDS project that has been fully funded.  In addition, Ms. Cauthen’s TIMES FOR KIDS grant for the 4th Graders to read this periodical was also funded.  Congratulations to Ms. Cauthen!  Consequently, many FEES students will get the opportunity to read this magazine and learn about current events and increase their confidence in reading nonfiction/informational texts.

It  is not to late to donate to help the other FEES teachers who have submitted projects to Donors Choose.  They are:

Creativity is a “Peace” of Mind –Mrs. Patrick;

“Boomtastic” We Are SuperStars! –Mrs. Hayes; and

All-Stars Shoot for the Goal — Coach Wood.

Go to https://www.donorschoose.org/  and donate to these projects.

 

 

        
The Constellation January 2020
Published by Beverly McClellan on January 1, 2020
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January 2020

 

The Constellation Newsletter

Volume 12, Issue 5                            

The Constellation:

An Assemblage, Collection or Gathering of a Splendid, Radiant or Excellent Sort

 

HAPPY NEW “READING” YEAR!!!

The word resolution can be defined as an attempt to not waste any time doing something that will not positively affect your life or the lives of others.  It is to analyze, more than that it is to be determined to solve.  It is to come up with a solution.  Often people will even take the time to write a formal statement expressing that solution.

Edmentum cartoon image of open book with various reading genresLet each one of us resolve to have a HAPPY NEW READING YEAR.  Let us read as much as we can on purpose.  It is Twenty-Twenty and in the FEES Media Center brand new books we have plenty.

 

 

 

 

THANK YOU

Having a diverse collection of resources in the media center is a more effective way of getting students to learn. Having adequate resources, fiction and nonfiction books on a wide range of reading levels, and books on a variety of subjects are strategies to encourage students to build long-term knowledge. Pages of a book

Please support the unending campaign to raise funds to purchase books.  Make your donations to FEES Media Center and we thank you for your donations.

 

ALL-STAR COLLABORATIONS

The media coordinator, Ms. McClellan, collaborated with each faculty member on plans for incorporating media resources in lessons.

All students were able to select resources to use on the subjects of Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah/Chanukah.  Displays promoted the various books that we have on these subjects.  Students read about the traditions, cultures, and diversity of the celebration around the world for  Christmas during media classes. They continued learning about the Winter season too.  There were opportunities for students to read both fiction and nonfiction books about these subjects. When a class read a title together they could help each other out with comprehension.  They could also compare books in a series that were written by the same author.  This made reading more vibrant.

The Donors Choose grant for Kindergarten through Second graders for media made it possible for us to get the opportunity to read the periodical, Times for Kids.  

 The gardening project is still alive and well and in December we added a few holiday ornaments to the plants. Some students opted to take their plants home to use as gifts.

In addition, students continued reading The Fayetteville Observer newspaper and getting their own copy from time to time as a result of a grant from The Fayetteville Observer to our media center.

 The media coordinator collaborated with people from the: Cumberland County Association of Educators; North Carolina Association of Educators; and the National Education Association.  Resources from these advocates were shared with the FEES faculty and staff with displays of information in the Professional Room in the media center.  The vendor called Teacher Created Materials donated three ebooks to the FEES Media Center.  The titles for these ebooks are: Quick Science Lab: Is It Magnetic? – K-2; Writing Expository Texts: Academic Vocabulary Level 1; and Great Seal of the United States: Academic Vocabulary Level 5.

The media coordinator collaborated with the Media Advisory Committee (MAC), Mr. Agor, Ms. Gibbs, Mrs. Huggins, Ms. Jones, Mr. Chapman along with Ms. Snells (from PTO) to continue building and coordinating a strong media program.  The MAC also continued to discuss efforts to inspire and advise the FEES Family by using The Constellation, a newsletter, and the FEES website (fees.ccs.k12.nc.us).  In fact, the FEES website was once again declared Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant.

Members also worked with the FEES Committed Community Correlate to organize the Winter Festival programs which were scheduled for December 17th one for students during the school day and the other program in the evening.

Work was completed with Scholastic Book Fairs to schedule the event for March.

 

ARTS IN EDUCATION

Girl playing violin

What kind of music did you hear if you visited the media center in December?  You heard jazz instrumental music. One of the strategies that the media coordinator uses to make students feel good about coming to the media center is to incorporate the arts into education.  We play music.  In November we focused on classical music.

In December we focused our attention on listening to saxophones, trumpets, pianos, organs, and guitars.  Instrumental music is music without vocals.  The smooth jazz instrumentals that we played during December were conducive to learning. We even played Christmas jazz music during the week just before our Winter break.  Since we used the Spanish-English dictionary to look up the phrase “Feliz Navidad” (Merry Christmas) we also played  Spanish Christmas music too. Guess what kind of music we will play to open up 2020.

 

 

SPELLING BEE

Graphic of spelling beeEach year Cumberland County Schools hosts a spelling bee.  To participate a school has to decide on who will represent the school in the competition.  Mrs. Cauthen, chairman of the FEES Spelling Bee, held a competition in the media center on December 5th with fourth and fifth graders.  Two community members served as judges (Mrs. Margaret Covington & Ms. Snells, PTO president) along with CCS AIG teacher, Mrs. K. Henry.  Mr. Agor served as dictionary agent and Mrs. Cauthen called out the words to the students competing.  During the time of the Spelling Bee Ms. Jones assisted with students not participating.  Ms. McClellan set the media center up to look similar to what the setting will be like later during the final county competition.  Congratulations to: Nataya  Brown, first place;  Tafaro Pryce, second place; and Jeffery Yarboro, third place for winning our school’s Scripps National Spelling Bee.

 

        
Winter Musical Celebration
Published by Beverly McClellan on December 22, 2019
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On December 22nd  the Winter Season began.  In preparation our school had the Winter Musical Celebration on December 17th at 6:00 PM in the school’s cafetorium.  Families who attended the FEES Winter Musical Celebration had jolly holidays because each family was given both a box and a grocery bag of food to make their individual celebrations joyful.  Numerous families also received other presents too.

The gifts were delivered in person by members of the Kindah Temple #62 along with other volunteers.Photo of Members of Kindah Temple #62  Kindah Temple #62 is a dedicated partner with our school and closely works with the FEES Committed Community Correlate to mentor students and to support programs.  Hundreds of families received bountiful items of food.   It made many of us remember how similar Thanksgiving and Christmas really is.

 

Due to the Cumberland County Schools Traditional 10-Month calendar our school will not be open on December 23rd through January 7th for students with a two hour early release at 12:30 PM on Friday, December 20th.

 

 

        
Poem for the Ferguson-Easley Family
Published by Beverly McClellan on December 2, 2019
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School mascot
ACCELERATE ACCELERATE, WITH A BOOK I HAVE A DATE!
READING IS MY OPTIMUM FATE.
KNOWLEDGE IS THE OPENED GATE.
WITH LEARNING THERE IS NO NEED TO WAIT.
BELIEVE ME, TO GET SMARTER IT IS NEVER TOO LATE.
by Ms. McClellan, media coordinator
 
 
        
ALL-STARS Participate in the Community Eligibility Provision
Published by Beverly McClellan on December 1, 2019
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Cumberland County Schools Child Nutrition Services is pleased to announce the Community Eligibility Provision is being offered to Ferguson-Easley Elementary School (FEES) for this school year.   This provision enables each FEES All-Star student a free breakfast and a free lunch during days that school is in service and the student is in attendance.

 

        
Cumberland County Schools Dress Code Update
Published by Beverly McClellan on December 1, 2019
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Cumberland County Schools logo for 2019DRESS CODE UPDATE:

Effective September 24, 2019 

By direction of Superintendent Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr.: 

  1. All Cumberland County Schools will make any necessary religious accommodations for any type of headgear or head coverings otherwise restricted or prohibited under existing individual school dress codes. 
  1. No student shall receive Out of School Suspension based solely upon violation of an existing individual school dress code.  

 

 

        
2017-2018 North Carolina School Report Card for FEES Released
Published by Beverly McClellan on December 1, 2019
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Graphic NC School Report Card

 

 

 

The 2017-2018 North Carolina School Report Card for the 89 schools in Cumberland County was released on April 30, 2019. The report card for Ferguson-Easley can be found at:

https://ncreportcards.ondemand.sas.com/src/school?school=260361&year=2018&lng=en

The report card includes student performance and academic growth, school and student characteristics, and other details.

To compare the FEES report card to other schools go to:

https://ncreportcards.ondemand.sas.com/src