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The Constellation for November
Published by Beverly McClellan on November 1, 2019

November 2019

Volume 12, Issue 3             The Constellation Newsletter

The Constellation:

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



Reference and Easy Sections.Like many things book prices continue to increase.  Cumberland County Schools has authorized media programs to organize fundraisers to assist with building budgets to purchase resources for media centers.  The community remembers these fundraisers as the READING ROCKS campaign.

At Ferguson-Easley Elementary School we have organized school events and we have encouraged parents, guardians and other community members to donate to our READING ROCKS fundraising campaign.

Students know that “reading sure ’nuff rocks” and they read and actively try to comprehend and remember information.  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.

Please support the READING ROCKS campaign!



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.  There is plenty of art to view in the media center and guess what?  We play music.

Last school year we played instrumental jazz music.  This school year we will continue to play jazz and we will add one more category of music.  We will play instrumental classical music.  Viewing art, reading books in the 700s, and listening to jazz and classical music helped to make our celebration of National Arts in Education Week & North Carolina’s Arts in Education Week joyful (September 8th-14th) and colorful. Most importantly in our media center our celebration of the arts continues throughout the school year.



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

Students in first grade used the Supplementary Collection to start reading from the Fly Guy series.  Students in the second grade used books in the Reference Collection to find out about the five countries that initiated the Hispanic Heritage Month, specifically using atlases and world maps. 

Display of Hispanic Heritage resources Hispanic Heritage Month was from September 15-October 15, 2019.  Students in third through fifth grades were introduced to the numerous opportunities for learning using the online resource called NCWISEOWL. Second through fifth grade classes also read various titles from the Supplementary Collection. When a class read a title together they could help each other out with comprehension and reading books in a class set became more fun. In November students will research the traditions, cultures, and diversity of Native Americans FEES Media Center display of books celebrating Native American Heritage Month to participate in the national celebration during their media class time.

The media coordinator collaborated with representatives from various grants concerning submitted applications. The media coordinator also collaborated with the FEES bookkeeper, Ms. Blount, on several media grants and funds that are already in the media center budget.  For example, the Donors Choose grant for Kindergarten through Second graders provided a reading opportunity. This grant paid for the periodical, Times for Kids, to be available for these classes to use during November.

Plants displayed

In addition during October and November,  a retired Cumberland County Schools horticulturalist, Mr. Vines, worked with several classes with his donations of plants and supplies. Along with reading about plants, students got to put their hands in dirt and plant seeds in honor of National Vegetarian Month which concluded on November first, World Vegan Day

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.Photograph of Tamika Walker Kelly , Carrianne Beverly McClellan,& Carol Stubbs, leaders of Cumberland County Association of Educators & North Carolina Association of Educators

The media coordinator collaborated with representatives from Scholastic to organize a November book fair for the FEES Family. The book fair provides opportunities for students, family members, faculty and staff to view and purchase reading materials and reading incentives. Results of a successful book fair include students wanting to read more and the increase of the FEES inventory of books.  The book fair was planned for November 12-14, 2019.

The media coordinator collaborated with the Media Advisory Committee (MAC),  Mr. Agor, Ms. Gibbs, Mrs. Huggins, Ms. Jones, along with Mr. Chapman to continue building and coordinating a strong media program.  We also designed an area in the Professional Room for the social worker, Mrs. Williams.  The MAC also continued to discuss efforts to inspire and advise the FEES Family by using The Constellation, a newsletter, and the FEES website (