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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
Read more »

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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

        


April 2019
Volume 11, Issue 8

The Constellation:

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

        


March 2019
Volume 11, Issue 7

The Constellation:

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

        


February 2019
Volume 11, Issue 6

The Constellation:

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

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Published by Beverly McClellan on February 1, 2019