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The Constellation April 2019
Published by Beverly McClellan on April 1, 2019

April 2019
Volume 11, Issue 8

The Constellation:

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

 Read Across America Day

The North Carolina Association of Educators’ local chapter is the Cumberland County Association of Educators (CCAE).  CCAE along with the Fayetteville Police Department held an inspiring Read Across America Day in downtown Fayetteville on Saturday, March 2, 2019.  This day was also Dr. Suess’ birthday and numerous citizens, both young and old, participated in the celebration of his birth and of reading. FEES media coordinator, Ms. McClellan, assisted in organizing the event and carried the “Thank A Teacher If You Can Read This!” sign during one of the activities held at the Museum of the Cape Fear. 

Members of CCAE and supporters of the Read Across America Day pose


March is Music in the Schools Month

Founded in 2000, AccuRadio was the first multichannel, customizable Internet Radio property. During this school year students attending Ferguson-Easley Elementary School (FEES) were counted in the 1.5 million listeners this station has. Why? Because the media coordinator would customize the channels played in the media center.  For example, in February, Black History Month, jazz channels were selected. In March,  Women’s History Month, the media coordinator selected classical music channels.  AccuRadio was the perfect resource to help FEES celebrate Music In the Schools Month.  Students were dedicated to discovering music styles that they had not heard before. In April the music focus will highlight the islands. The media coordinator was ecstatic because students and staff could enjoy the best music and it was always free.


Pink Ladies and Published Author

March was also Women’s History Month. Our students joined the celebration by doing research on women who lived in various places in the world and made positive impacts on our world. One student group at FEES is called the Pink Ladies of Distinction and it is directed by our school counselor, Mrs. Hayes.  Often guest speakers help these girls to develop skills, increase education, and enhance their confidence levels.  The media coordinator, Ms McClellan, invited a published author, Carol Boston Weatherford, to visit the FEES Media Center and read her poetry, fiction and nonfiction to the Pink Ladies. This literary session was ideal to celebrate Women’s History Month. Professor and author Weatherford read her book to the students about Lena Horn.  Learning about Lena Horn allowed students to join the celebration of Music in the Schools Month too which is also held in March. While the author was reading, classical music was playing in the background.  Listening to the classical music helped the Pink Ladies to feel joyful and having time to talk to an author of 55 books helped the Pink Ladies to feel unique.

Carol Boston Weatherford, author, shares her works with the FEES Media Center.














Positive Behavior Intervention and Support

Recently, a Cumberland County Schools coach from the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) team visited FEES.  Various classrooms were visited. Ms. Antorey Scott also visited the media center.  Ms. McClellan, media coordinator, answered all of this lead coach’s questions.  In addition, the coach got to see Mrs. Melvin’s kindergarten media class in action — checking in books, checking out books,  reading biographical information about various women, listening to classical music, and using the word for the week “belated” as they wished Dr. Seuss a Happy Belated Birthday!  Ms. Scott was accompanied by our school counselor, Mrs. Hayes, who said, “the media center was alive with the addition of the Dr. Seuss decorations and the excitement of the students…and that[her] day was brightened too.”  The FEES media center has a variety of academic, social/emotional development resources for students and staff to use to support positive behavior.

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Belated Was the Word













Each student learned about the word “belated” during the week following Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March 4-8, 2019.  His birthday was on the Saturday before on March 2nd.  Students used dictionaries from the Reference Collection to look the word up.  Then with glee they used the word in a powerful sentence, “We wish you a Happy Belated Birthday, Dr. Seuss!”


49th Annual Representative Assembly of the North Carolina Association of Educators

Representatives from Cumberland County Association of Educators at the North Carolina Association of Educators 49th Representative Assembly

Ferguson-Easley Elementary media coordinator, Ms. McClellan, was one of seven delegates from Cumberland County Association of Educators at the 49th Annual Representative Assembly of the North Carolina Association of Educators. On March 23, 2019, she had the pleasure of successfully introducing New Business Items (NBI) to the Representative Assembly of Delegates. 

In fact, the first NBI introduced at this convention was by media coordinators and Ms. McClellan was one of those coordinators.
“The NCAE Representative Assembly directs the NCAE Board of Directors to advocate to fully fund school media libraries and fund and protect media center/librarian, media coordinator positions on all academic levels.”
The rationale for this NBI was due to the statewide significant reduction of funds for hiring of Master of Library Science 076 positions and replacing these positions with parent volunteers.  Teachers, who are not librarians, are also across the state checking out books to their students. Also, the average age of many schools media center’s materials are aged and outdated. The rationale includes the belief that state funds should be increased for both print and digital resources for school libraries/media centers and for funds to be increased for supplementary, periodicals, and instructional supplies.
The 49th Annual Representative Assembly had 446 delegates registered.  NBI number 1 was adopted by a 100% vote.
The second NBI that she worked on was for updates on the progress of work on business be provided to members through our NCAE News Bulletin on a regular basis.
“The NCAE Representative Assembly requests that progress on New Business Items passed during the Representative Assembly be reported in the NCAE News Bulletin on a quarterly basis and to make this a standing practice for the future efforts to be explored.”
The rationale for this NBI is to encourage NCAE to be transparent.  Communication with members helps to encourage members, particularly those who submit NBIs, to be allowed to work on and be actively involved with the business items that have been adopted. 
Another NBI that was adopted highly emphasized “the funding for school counselors, nurses, social workers, and media coordinators. It requested a 5% pay raise and $15.00 minimum wage for school personnel. This NBI also identified the need to restore masters/advanced degree pay, and the reinstatement of retirement benefits; and also to expand Medicaid.”

As the NCAE Student Services Division Vice President and Region 6 Director, Ms. McClellan, also was asked to provide the invocation for the Student Services Division Breakfast.















In April we look forward daily to celebrating reading, poetry,  and thinking green to support our belief in the protection of the Earth.The FEES Family also enjoys and supports the BOOK FAIR.

April 2nd is the date for the Ferguson-Easley Elementary Reading & EOG event with several reading activities conducted in the media center for students and parents.  April 9th – 17th , also in the media center, is the Book Fair. Students focused on reading poetry books shelved in the 800s of the media center and books in the 300s to help with the celebration of “thinking green.”


ALL-STAR  Collaborations:

  • With the FEES Media Advisory Committee:  Gibbs &  Agor.  
  • With Rhonda Florence, North Carolina Association of Educators-Student Services Division.
  • With Cumberland County Association of Educators leadership about Read Across America Day and other business.
  • With CCS resource personnel for maintenance including David Starling and technology including Centrea Moore.
  • With Cumberland County Schools central services personnel including Jody Hawley, Laura Walters, Pamela Phelps, and Jackie Colvin. 
  • With  Henry, Harris,  Morris, Senegar, Brown-Thompson, Garza, 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, Murphy, Hales, and McDowell.
  • With lead coach for CCS’ PBIS team, Antorey Scott.
  • With Harris about Black History event.
  • With Hilliard, Agor and Milsap on new students and media.
  • With Hayes and Milsap about PBIS and multi-tiered Systems of Support.
  • With FEES employees concerning the Fixed Assets and resources needed and with Fayetteville State University volunteer, Avery Johnson, for the inventory.
  • With Cumberland County Schools psychologist, Mary Katherine Canaday.
  • With Fayetteville Observer Newspaper representatives and Discount Subscription Services representatives about periodical subscriptions for the media center and classrooms.
  • With Huggins to plan for the Reading/EOG event.
  • With North Carolina Association of Educators-Cumberland County Association of Educators planners for the state convention.
  • With Fayetteville State University professor/author Carol Boston Weatherford and FEES school counselor Hayes for Womens’ History Month literary event for Pink Ladies.
  • With Angel Hoggard, Laurie Pender & Bobbi-Jo Pova on the FEES Webpage.