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CCS WILL BE CLOSED FOR STUDENTS MARCH 16 THROUGH AT LEAST MONDAY, MARCH 30
Published by Pam Hayes on March 16, 2020
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Fayetteville, N.C. – In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Roy Cooper announced the closure of all North Carolina Public Schools earlier today.

Cumberland County Schools (CCS) will be closed for students beginning Monday, March 16 through at least Monday, March 30, according to an email from State Superintendent Mark Johnson. This includes the Prime Time Before and After School Program.

Monday, March 16 will remain a teacher workday for employees. As the district learns more, information will be sent to employees regarding work schedules.

CCS believes that its students deserve to have equitable access to engaging learning that prepares them to be collaborative, competitive, and successful in our global world. While the district cannot replace the value of the teacher-student interaction in the classroom, educators are working to provide supplemental resources and activities that will help students remain engaged in learning while schools are closed.

The district is finalizing a plan to provide meals to students while they are out of school.

CCS will provide updates about the reopening of schools on a regular basis as district administrators monitor this situation and receive updates from the state.

Families are encouraged to visit the CDC website for the most accurate and timely information about the virus. For more information, visit: www.cdc.gov/COVID19 and for additional guidance visit  www.coronavirus.ccs.k12.nc.uswww.co.cumberland.nc.us/covid19, and www.ncdhhs.gov/.

        
Buy Your Yearbook
Published by Pam Hayes on March 13, 2020
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Picture of a opened yearbook

 

Buy your yearbook now for only $32 before it is too late. To purchase visit the Media Center or go to SchoolCashOnline.com

        
Teacher Workday
Published by Pam Hayes on March 9, 2020
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Work Day Clipart Teacher Work Day

 

 

Monday, March 16th, is a Teacher Workday. No school for students.

        
AIG Teacher of the Year
Published by Pam Hayes on March 6, 2020
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Bianca McDavid, CCS 2019-2020 Academically and Intellectually Gifted TOY

Congratulations to Bianca McDavid, Cumberland County Schools’ 2019-2020 Academically/Intellectually Gifted Teacher of the Year. She was chosen by her colleagues as the CCS AIG TOY and was then nominated for the state level competition by the AIG Coordinator, Carrie Childers.

Recently, the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented (NCAGT) selected McDavid as one of three finalists for the 2020 NCAGT Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted Award. Her nomination is an acknowledgment of both her past and present accomplishments as well as her colleagues’ belief in her ongoing success.

McDavid currently serves as an AIG Teacher/Consultant at Mac Williams Middle School for students in grades 6-8. She provides academic, intellectual, and social/emotional services to roughly 220 identified AIG students through direct instruction, classroom consultation and advisement. She works in 18 cluster classes, helping teachers meet the needs of the gifted students in the regular classroom through extension, enrichment, and acceleration.

McDavid will be recognized at the 45th Annual NCAGT Conference on March 6, 2020, in Winston-Salem as Cumberland County Schools’ AIG Teacher of the Year and a finalist for the 2020 NCAGT Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted Award.

        
UPDATED 2019-2020 Student Handbook
Published by Pam Hayes on February 4, 2020
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DRESS CODE UPDATE:
Effective September 24, 2019

By Direction of Superintendent Marvin Connelly, Jr.:

Dress Code Guidelines

Clothes must be worn in a way such that genitals, buttocks, stomach, breasts, and nipples are fully covered with opaque fabric.  All items listed in the “must wear” and “may wear” categories below must meet this basic principle.

Students Must Wear:

  • A Shirt (with fabric in the front, back, and on the sides under the arms) that reaches at least to the waist 
  • Pants/jeans or the equivalent (for example, a skirt, sweatpants, leggings, a dress or shorts).  All shorts, skirts or dresses must reach at least mid-way between the thigh and waist.
  • Shoes

Students May Wear:

  • Religious headwear
  • Hoodie sweatshirts (wearing the hood over the head is not allowed)
  • Fitted pants, including opaque leggings, yoga pants and “skinny jeans” as long as the shirt entirely covers the buttocks
  • Ripped jeans, as long as the rip is at  least midway between thigh and waist
  • Athletic attire

Students Cannot Wear:

  • Clothes with violent language or images
  • Images or language depicting drugs or alcohol (or any illegal item or activity)
  • Hate speech, profanity, pornography
  • Images or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment based on any protected class or consistently marginalized groups
  • Any clothing that reveals visible undergarments
  • Swimsuits
  • Accessories that could be considered dangerous or could be used as a weapon
  • Hats (except as a religious observance)
  • Pajamas or bedroom shoes

 

As noted above, MWMS and all CCS schools will make any necessary religious accommodations for any type of headgear or head coverings otherwise restricted or prohibited by this dress code.

 

No student will receive Out of School Suspension based solely upon violation of an existing school dress code.

        
MWMS Student Laptop Agreement
Published by Pam Hayes on February 4, 2020
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CCS Technology Acceptable Use Policy

MWMS Student Laptop AgreementLaptop with Books coming out

Beginning 2018-2019 Mac Williams Middle School will provide each student in with a Chromebook which will be carried from class to class, but not taken home.  The device will be used to enhance instruction and each student is responsible for following all guidelines set forth in the Cumberland County Schools Internet Use Agreement and G-Suite for Education Permission Form. Although this agreement authorizes the student’s use of the device for the year, the device is the property of the district and must be returned upon the district’s request or on the last day of the student’s attendance for the school year. In using the device, the student is subject to and must comply with all district policies, procedures, and regulations. A violation of any of these policies could result in loss of network privileges, loss of right to use the laptop, or appropriate discipline. Read more

        
ParentLink Hotline Opt-In
Published by Pam Hayes on February 4, 2020
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3 different cell phonesIf you blocked the number that the automatic ParentLink calls come from, you cannot receive any phone calls from that number.

If you accidentally opted-out of automated calls from ParentLink, you can opt-in by calling the ParentLink Hotline at 1-855-502-7867 and selecting Option 2.  The user must call from the number that is blocked in order to change the status.

        
Blended Learning for Parents
Published by Pam Hayes on December 4, 2019
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Are you interested in learning more about how your child is learning this year at Mac Williams Middle School?  Read the information provided at the link below to learn more about Blended Learning:

Blended Learning for Parents