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The Constellation – December 2018
Published by Beverly McClellan on December 1, 2018

December 2018
Volume 11, Issue 4

The Constellation:

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


Ferguson-Easley Elementary School Media Center Information
Beverly McClellan, Media Coordinator

Reading Rocks!

Thank  YOU!

Yes, You made it possible for our media center to raise funds to purchase new books by supporting the READING ROCKS! Cumberland County Schools Fundraising Campaign.  Look forward to seeing brand new books added to the New Book Collection shelves.

Until the new books get on our shelves let’s be sure to visit the following free learning websites and read what they have to offer.






When using the FEES Media Center, if possible be sure to select books that are cataloged as Accelerated Readers.  For short we call these books AR.  We have AR books in hardback, paperback and we also have digital books that are AR too.  Students can find their favorites by browsing the media center shelves and/or by browsing our Destiny Catalog at:   At this location the CCS Destiny web site will come up for you to select our school name (Ferguson-Easley) and be welcomed to our school’s catalog.

Any AR books that are digital are called electronic books or EBOOKS.  

Let us be encouraged to read our EBOOKS by going to the FEES Destiny Online Catalog ( and narrowing your search to the material type designated for Electronic Books.
If your EBOOK requires a username and password, use one of the following to gain access.
User Name: fees     Password: 123                        OR                  User Name: fees     Password: fees
Several of our EBOOKS are from the CAPSTONE collection.  For access: From the FEES Destiny Online Catalog first, click on the ebook title, then click on the “Read the Capstone Interactive eBook Now!

Just follow the above directions and read as many electronic books as you can.  Electronic Books (EBOOKS) are the books that inspire our students to connect to information through digital technology. Be a great digital citizen and encourage others to be also. Let us continue to increase our circulation of FEES electronic books (EBOOKS) from our fantastic digital shelves.

A new EBOOK was shared on November 7th with the faculty and staff to honor veterans.  Please check your email from Ms. McClellan to open the EBOOK entitled, Remembering Our Heroes by Kelly Rodgers.


All across America on November 6th United States citizens who were 18 years old and registered voters went to their polls and cast their votes.  At Ferguson-Easley Elementary School the High Expectations Correlate executed an activity to get our students involved.  We held an assembly for candidates for Student Government Association Officers.  The third, fourth and fifth graders participated in this assembly to hear speeches and see videos of the candidates.  Then on November 7th students in these three grades came to the media center where voting booths were set up for them to individually submit their votes electronically.  As they waited their turn to cast their votes the media coordinator gave them a  “Did You Know” quiz on North Carolina voter eligibility.

Guess who the first voters were at our school on November 7th.  The first voters were the students running for the office of president (see them pictured below).  Who do you think they voted for? 

FEES Student Government Candidates for 2018














Another great section of the media center is the Periodical Section.  This is the section that houses magazines and newspapers.  Our local newspaper is The Fayetteville Observer.  Classrooms also get this newspaper delivered to them.  While many like to read this newspaper in hardprint, others prefer to read it online at:  We also have been granted a subscription to The USA Today newspaper.  It is available to the FEES Family at:

User Name:  54577

Password:  usatoday


Research can be amazing while using the database called NCWISEOWL.  This is a state supported online resource for our students to use by going to:  See the media coordinator for the NCWiseOwl password.  You can go to encyclopedias, periodicals and various other reference sources using NCWISEOWL.  This is a reliable and appropriate reference for K-12 students.


A great big thank you is extended to each person who made a purchase at our Autumn Book Fair.  In addition to individual purchases a grant was used to make purchases from the Book Fair too.  By using the Family 59 Foundation Grant over one hundred copies of books were purchased to build our General Collection.  Our Autumn Book Fair was held in November during National Family Literacy Month.


FEES students for school Spelling Bee Contest 2018The media center also hosted the High Expectations Correlate’s Spelling Bee on November 30th.  From this competition the winner proceeds to represent our school at the county competition.  The goal for participants is to gain admission to the Scripps National Spelling Bee which will be held in Washington, DC.  Judges  Lonnie Williams, Shanice Brown, and Chad Thompson helped the school competition to be successful. Three students prepared for the Spelling Bee.  They were two fifth graders (Aayden and Joshua) and one fourth grader (Nataya).  In the photo they share their opinion of the Spelling Bee List– EASY.  Chair of the school’s High Expectations Correlate, Mrs. Brown-Thompson, said “These three will help each other to learn the 2018-2019 Spelling Bee list and prepare for the County competition.”

Judges for Spelling Bee 2018










Students and staff also appreciated the Thanksgiving and Native American collection of books.  These books generally circulate during the month of November. They help us to celebrate Native American Heritage Month.  AccuRadio, an online radio station, also helped us to celebrate because we listened to their broadcasts of Native American music.  We also used YouTube by searching the subject, Native American Dance.  There we saw Native American Dance and regalia.

Can you guess what special book collection will be promoted next?

If you guessed that in December we will promote the Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah Collection, then your guess would have been accurate.


ALL-STAR  Collaborations:

  • With the FEES Media Advisory Committee:  Huggins, Gibbs,  Agor, Melvin & R. Washington.  
  • With Rhonda Florence, North Carolina Association of Educators.
  • With Cumberland County Association of Educators leadership and Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr.,
  • With Dr. Melotta Hill, Dr. Mary Black, Ms. M. Boyd, and Lindsay Whitley – Cumberland County Schools.
  • With Bitsy Griffin, North Carolina School Library Media Association and Senegar, Black, Morris for Battle of the Books.
  • With Kathy Parker, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
  • With CCS resource personnel for maintenance and technology including C.M. Moore.
  • With Cumberland County Schools central services personnel including Jody Hawley, Laura Walters and Jackie Colvin. 
  • With  Henry, Harris,  Morris, Senegar, Brown-Thompson, Hayslett, B. Davis, Gibbs, Leslie, Tipton, Hayes, McRae, Nunez, Payton, Young, Chapman, Linton, Wood, Patrick, L. Melvin, D. Washington, Huggins, Rivera, Rankin-Brown, Chalmers, Walker, Carless-Black,  Black, Milsap, McLeod, Hales, and McDowell.
  • With Morrison, Black, Rankin-Brown, McDowell for the November 6th school election event.
  • With the High Expectations Correlate for the Spelling Bee.
  • With Milsap, Hayes, and Huggins for the Fire Department bicycle promotion.
  • With the FEES Parent Teacher Organization leaders.
  • With Kathleen Henry, CCS AIG teacher for use of  Accelerated Book Collection.
  • With Dr. Hales and Mrs. McLeod.
  • With FEES employees concerning the Fixed Assets and resources needed.
  • With Jim Parker and Jennifer from SEBCO Books in preparation for Reading Rocks purchases.
  • With Scholastic Books representatives.
  • With Laurie Pender on the FEES Webpage.