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February 2020

 

The Constellation Newsletter

Volume 12, Issue 6                            

The Constellation:

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

 

“Character, Leadership, Citizenship, Wellness and Scholarship”

Ferguson-Easley Elementary School Media Center

Beverly McClellan, Media Coordinator

Many of the books in our media center have been shifted to new shelves for the new year. For the third nine weeks many students will focus on checking out books in the five and nine hundreds of our Dewey organized media center.  This gives them chances to learn about math, science, history and biography. We are also reading electronic books in the 500s.

Students also continued to receive The Fayetteville Observer newspaper as a result of that newspaper’s donation to our media center.

Let each one of us resolve to have an exciting Black History Month.  Let us read as much as we can during February to successfully reach our goal and to learn something new about African-American History and/or Black HistoryIt is Twenty-Twenty and in the FEES Media Center books we have plenty.

THE MORE YOU READ,
THE SMARTER YOU WILL BE…

MOST DEFINITELY!

All students were able to select resources to use to learn about Black History.  Displays promoted the various books that we have on this subject.  Students read about the traditions, cultures, and diversity of this celebration during media classes.

They continued learning about the Winter season too.  There were opportunities for students to read both fiction and nonfiction books, to read books from the general collection and the supplementary collection too. 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

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Published by Beverly McClellan on February 1, 2020

        


Cumberland County SchoolsDRESS 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.  

 

 

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Published by Beverly McClellan on January 1, 2020

        


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.

 

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Published by Beverly McClellan on January 1, 2020

        


December 2019

The Constellation Newsletter

Volume 12, Issue 4                            

The Constellation:

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

 THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE FEES BOOK FAIR

Cumberland County Schools has authorized media programs to organize fundraisers to assist with building school budgets to purchase resources for media centers.  At Ferguson-Easley Elementary School we have organized school fundraising events and we have encouraged parents, guardians and other community members to support these events.

Our Thanksgiving was improved when you, as a member of the FEES Family, supported the book fair.  Like many things book prices continue to increase.  As a result of the FEES Book Fair we were able to add thirty-nine hard-back books to our media collection.

Photo of new books from the book fair fundraising efforts

One note to remember is that it is not too late 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!  Make your donations and we thank you for your donations.

 

ARTS IN EDUCATION

What kind of music did you hear if you visited the media center in November?  You heard classical 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.

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 Thanksgiving and Native Americans.  Displays promoted the various books that we have on these subjects.  In addition, students continued studying about the season of Autumn.

There were opportunities for students to read both fiction and nonfiction books about Thanksgiving and Native Americans.  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 fun. Students will read about the traditions, cultures, and diversity of the celebration of Christmas during December and they will continue learning about Winter.

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

A retired Cumberland County Schools horticulturalist, Mr. Vines, worked with several classes with his donations of plants and supplies.  The plants continue to grow and make the media center look vibrant. Student in the first and second grades planted and protected their own with pride.Gardening project

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

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Published by Beverly McClellan on December 2, 2019

        


The Constellation Newsletter

 

October 2019
Volume 12, Issue 2

The Constellation:

An Assemblage, Collection or Gathering of a Splendid, Radiant or Excellent Sort
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Published by Beverly McClellan on October 1, 2019

        


The Constellation NewsletterAugust-September 2019
Volume 12, Issue 1

The Constellation:

An Assemblage, Collection or Gathering of a Splendid, Radiant or Excellent Sort
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Published by Beverly McClellan on August 12, 2019

        


May 2019
Volume 11, Issue 9

The Constellation:

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


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Published by Beverly McClellan on May 1, 2019