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The Constellation NewsletterAPRIL 2020

 

Volume 12, Issue 8

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

ALL-STAR COLLABORATIONS

Bookmark for AASL's promotion of School Library Month

The media coordinator, Ms. McClellan, collaborated with each faculty member on plans for incorporating media resources in lessons especially because April is National  School Library Month and it is also National Poetry Month.

All students are able to participate in these observances.  Students and teachers continue to use the free online sources recommended by the media coordinator to increase the minutes spent reading.  Some of the resources will remain on display from our February celebration of Black History Month and the March celebration of Women’s History Month. Books on display promote the various subjects available in our media center. Reading and recommending books and periodicals to read are great ways to participate.

National Poetry Month, an idea from the Academy of American Poets, was started in April 1996. Over the years, it has become one of the largest literary celebrations in the world with people and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

There were opportunities for students to read both fiction and nonfiction books with the exact same titles too. When a class reads a title together they can help each other out with comprehension. They can also compare books in a series that were written by the same author. Prioritizing reading a title as a class increases making reading more fun for each member of the class. During April students had fun reading about the season of Spring since it started on March 19th.  Students really like reading ebooks (electronic books) about a variety of subjects.

The Donors Choose grant for Kindergarten through Second graders for media made it possible for us to get the opportunity to continue reading the periodical, Times for Kids. Front cover of an issue of Time for Kids

Now they are launching the TIME for Kids Digital Library—a collection of 2020 TIME for Kids. The e-magazine format lets kids flip through magazines as they would have done with print editions. The digital library will be free for the rest of this school year, made possible by Google, AT&T, HP and PwC Charitable Foundation.

Each week, they will offer four grade-specific editions of TIME for Kids (new or from the archives). They have also promised to add monthly new editions of Your $, a financial-literacy e-magazine.

Educators can also use the virtual-learning plans and complete access to the teaching materials at timeforkids.com and in the weekly newsletter. Both families and educators can stay informed by reading all of the articles available at timeforkids.com.  We are familiar with ebooks so now it is time to familiarize ourselves with E-MAGAZINES.

Image of chairs facing a book fair sign with plants in them

 

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.

 

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 (which is now located in the Supplementary Room) in the media center.

The media coordinator collaborated with the Media Advisory Committee (MAC), Mrs. McDowell, Mr. Agor, Ms. Gibbs, Mrs. Huggins, Ms. Jones, Ms. Tipton, Ms. Senegar, Mrs. Bethea, Mrs. Trogdon, Mrs. Williams, Ms. Roey, Ms. Parsons, Ms. Colvin, Ms. Hoggard, Mr. Chapman along with Ms. Snells (from PTO) to continue building and coordinating a strong media program.

The Professional Room is now combined with the Supplementary Room. This was done so that our new guidance counselor, Ms. Roey, could share the previous space allocated as the Professional Room with our social worker, Mrs. Williams, as their joint office. 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).

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE FEES MEDIA CENTER
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.
Ferguson-Easley Elementary Media Center hosts Book FairOur media center was improved when you, as a member of the FEES Family, supported the first book fair. Like many things, book prices continue to increase. As a result of the first FEES Book Fair for this school year, we were able to add hard-back books to our media collection. While it may be doubtful we look forward to scheduling our second book fair for this year…or we will simply wait until next school year.

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.

FEES mascot, the ALL-STARARTS IN EDUCATION
Earlier in this school year we played instrumental Reggae music in the media center.  Numerous students requested that this kind of music be replayed.

What kind of music do  you think you will hear when you next visit the media center?  If your answer is instrumental Reggae music then you would be correct. 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.

Not only will our students enjoy the Reggae music, but so will our teachers.  In Cumberland County Schools there are 290 international teachers and ten are assigned to FEES.  Global experiences are gained by our students when they interact with international teachers and when they listen to various genres of music.

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Published by Beverly McClellan on April 1, 2020

        


The Constellation NewsletterMARCH 2020

 

Volume 12, Issue 7

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

Image of books sitting on a table displayTHANK 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 media center was improved when you, as a member of the FEES Family, supported the first book fair. Like many things, book prices continue to increase. As a result of the first FEES Book Fair for this school year, we were able to add hard-back books to our media collection.  We look forward to scheduling our second book fair for this year.

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.
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Published by Angel Hoggard on March 1, 2020

        


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

        


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

        


November 2019

Volume 12, Issue 3             The Constellation Newsletter

The Constellation:

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

 

“READING SURE ‘NUFF ROCKS”

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!

 

ARTS IN EDUCATION

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.

 

ALL-STAR COLLABORATIONS

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 (fees.ccs.k12.nc.us).

 

 

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Published by Beverly McClellan on November 1, 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

        


June 2019
Volume 11, Issue 10

The Constellation:

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


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Published by Beverly McClellan on June 1, 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