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Mattie McMurry named winner of 2016 Jolene Litton ABCD Award

posted Aug 16, 2016, 5:09 AM by Greg Shull

The 2016 Jolene Litton ABCD (Above and Beyond the Call of Duty) Award was presented to Mattie McMurry, a second-grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School, at the LeGrand Center.

The ABCD Award is presented each year to an educator in Cleveland County Schools who effectively models the use of technology, encourages unique and innovative technology projects, and practices them within his/her school. The award is sponsored by the Foundation and the Cleveland County Schools’ Technology Services Department.

The following excerpt was taken from a statement from Technology Services Director Tim Wease about how Mrs. McMurry went above and beyond the call of duty:

This year's recipient was Mattie McMurry, a second-grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary. She models an exemplary use of technology within reading centers, parent communications, and educational apps. Mrs. McMurry uses technology to meet individual student needs and various learning styles.

Wease presented Mrs. McMurry with an award and a perpetual plaque to take back to her school. Mrs. McMurry also received an iPad from the Cleveland County Schools’ Technology Services Department.

The ABCD Award was first presented in 2005 to honor Jolene Litton and her service to the students and teachers of Cleveland County Schools. Mrs. Litton was among the first curriculum/technology coordinators in the district, serving at Boiling Springs Elementary.


CCS employees awarded at bus banquet

posted Aug 16, 2016, 5:08 AM by Greg Shull

On May 12th, Cleveland County Schools recognized Donna Gaston, a Jefferson Elementary Teacher Assistant and former Cleveland County student, as the recipient of the Donald K. Byrnes School Bus Driver of the Year. The competition and award was named in honor of Don Byrnes, a retired CCS school transportation director. 

The two other Drivers of the Month were Elaine Wilson of Burns Middle School and Vicki Stamey of Washington Elementary. Participants of the Bus Driver of the Month program were able to compete against other winners to become Bus Driver of the Year. 

Gaston was praised by the Jefferson Elementary administration for taking ownership of her bus, updating her routes, and caring about other people.

"I've known Ms. Gaston for a long time. I first got to know her when I taught her daughter at Shelby Middle School, but I've gotten to know her so much better during this competition," said David Pless, director of transportation for CCS. "She has a beautiful, caring spirit. She's one of those great people that has the ability to laugh and have fun, but when it comes to the safety of her bus route, it's all business!"  

The Bus Driver of the Year program involved a panel interview, a pre-trip inspection demonstration and a road test. This annual award is given to drivers who follow in the dedicated footsteps of Mr. Byrnes throughout his long and successful career in school transportation. Sponsors are J. Morgan Co. and Royster Oil Co.

The Dave Hinson Awards were presented to drivers who display excellence and exhibit qualities of service as Mr. Hinson did during his many years of service with Cleveland County Schools. There were multiple deserving recipients from each county school. 

Kevin Queen was honored as the 2015-2016 W.D. Smith Bus Administrator of the Year. This award was given to an administrator who demonstrated the qualities of the late Mr. Smith, a former CCS transportation director who was known for his dedication, passion, attention to detail, and positive attitude. 

Pless said Queen had been earning this award for the last 6 years by doing even small tasks like paperwork well. 

"He treats his drivers well, he treats other people the way he wants to be treated, he does what he says he's gonna do, and he takes care of business," Pless said.  "I'm a big Kevin Queen fan."

Pless said he felt blessed and thankful to be able to work with the great team of all the bus drivers, administrators, and transportation staff.

See below for downloadable event photos. 

Bus Driver Banquet


309 students receive scholarships at 12th Annual Senior Scholars Banquet

posted Aug 16, 2016, 5:07 AM by Greg Shull

For years, top academic seniors of Cleveland County have received scholarship awards for having a cumulative GPA of 4.0 or higher. This year, over 300 students within the county’s five high schools were granted a $500 A. Mickey Church Scholarship from the Cleveland County Schools Educational Foundation, amounting to a total of over $150,000 in rewarded scholarship money. 


The 12th Annual Senior Scholars Banquets were held at the LeGrand Center on May 2nd and May 5th. Parents, donors, presenters and staff members from throughout the county gathered to congratulate recipients. 

The Turner Trucking Co. Academic Awards Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Foundation last October at the River Bend YMCA Golf Club, kicked off fundraising for the scholarship money presented. Many of the tournament’s benefactors and patron sponsors attended the banquet and presented scholarships to the senior recipients. 

See below for downloadable event photos.

Senior Scholars Banquets



A Merry Little Math Day

posted Jan 8, 2016, 7:04 AM by Greg Shull

Students gathered together at Gardner-Webb University for the 23rd annual mathematics competition sponsored by the Cleveland County Schools’ Educational Foundation, PPG Industries, and Laughlin Furniture Outlet. This year’s holiday-themed competition – “Have Yourself a Merry Little Math Day” inspired creativity and competitive spirit. 


Participating students were from Boiling Springs, Casar, Fallston, Springmore, Township Three, Union and Washington elementary schools, and Kings Mountain and Shelby intermediate schools. 

The Casar Elementary Number Nutcrackers were the overall problem-solving champions for the day. The Boiling Springs Rounding Reindeer team finished second overall, and the Springmore Elementary Merry Mathematicians finished third overall.

Additional competition categories and winners include: 

Most Creative and Inspirational Poster Winner
  • Washington Equation Elves 

Problem Solving Tasks and Winners: 
  • Task 1: Rudolph and His Friends - Students had to use their understanding of fractions to solve a variety of problems as fast as possible. The winning team for this task: Casar Elementary Number Nutcrackers 
  • Task 2: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas - Students had to apply their understanding of the place value system. The winning team for this task is: Boiling Springs Rounding Reindeer 
  • Task 3: We are Santa’s Elves - Students had to design and construct buildings, along with calculating area, perimeter, and volume. The winning team for this task: Casar Elementary Number Nutcrackers 
  • Task 4: 12 Days of Christmas - Students had to use their knowledge of the order of operations to solve and write numerical expressions. The winning team for this task: Boiling Springs Rounding Reindeer 
Team Award
Working together, sharing ideas, and communicating while solving math challenges are vital to any team’s success. The following team exhibited outstanding collaboration: Fallston Polar “Express”ions 

Highest Scoring Students on Each Team: 
  • Boiling Springs Rounding Reindeer: Logan Canipe 
  • Casar Elementary Number Nutcrackers: Aubrey Highland 
  • Fallston Polar “Express”ions: Brynne Beaver 
  • Kings Mtn. Intermediate Operation Christmas Ninja Pigs 1: Makylah Reid 
  • Kings Mtn. Intermediate Operation Christmas Ninja Pigs 2: Calum Bolin 
  • Kings Mtn. Intermediate Operation Christmas Ninja Pigs 3: Lillian Lutz 
  • Shelby Intermediate: Merry Math Magicians Team 1: Meredith Benfield 
  • Shelby Intermediate Merry Math Magicians Team 2: Jack Berkowitz 
  • Shelby Intermediate Merry Math Magicians Team 3: Logan Lacy 
  • Springmore Elementary Merry Mathematicians: Andrew Epley 
  • Township Three Elementary Gifted Girls: Karlia Lee 
  • Union Elementary Team Nice: Cody Fender 
  • Washington Elementary Equation Elves: Nick Vinson

Phyllis Ramsey Named 2014-2015 School Bus Driver of the Year

posted Jun 12, 2015, 5:40 AM by Greg Shull

On May 12th, Cleveland County Schools recognized Phyllis Ramsey, a Washington Elementary Teacher Assistant, as the recipient of the Donald K. Byrnes School Bus Driver of the Year. The competition and award is named in honor of Don Byrnes, a retired CCS school transportation director. 


The Dave Hinson Awards were presented to drivers who display excellence and exhibit qualities of service as Mr. Hinson did during his many years of service with Cleveland County Schools. There were multiple, deserving recipients from each county school. 

Van Canipe was honored as the 2014-2015 W.D. Smith Bus Administrator of the Year. This award was given to an administrator who demonstrates the qualities of the late Mr. Smith, a former CCS transportation director who was known for: dedication, passion, attention to detail, and positive attitude. 

The two other Drivers of the Month were Richard Kendrick of Casar Elementary and Wendy Whitaker of Township Three Elementary. Participants of the Bus Driver of the Month program were able to compete against other winners to become Bus Driver of the Year. The Bus Driver of the Year program involved a panel interview, a pre-trip inspection demonstration, and a road test. This annual award is given to drivers who follow in the dedicated footsteps of Mr. Byrnes throughout his long and successful career in school transportation. Sponsors are J. Morgan Co. and Royster Oil Co.


11th Annual A. Mickey Church Academic Awards

posted Jun 12, 2015, 5:38 AM by Greg Shull   [ updated Jun 12, 2015, 5:39 AM ]

Top academic seniors of Cleveland County received $116,500 in scholarship funds at the 11th Annual Senior Scholars Banquet on May 8th. Nearly 240 students between the county’s five high schools were awarded at the LeGrand Center. 


This is the eleventh year each eligible student received a $500 A. Mickey Church Scholarship from the Cleveland County Schools’ Educational Foundation. Parents, donors, presenters and staff members from throughout the county gathered to congratulate recipients. 

Scholarship money presented was generated by the Turner Trucking Co. Academic Awards Golf Tournament sponsored by the Foundation last October at the River Bend YMCA Golf Club. Many of the tournament’s Benefactors and Patron Sponsors attended the banquet and presented scholarships to the senior recipients. 


2015 CCS Robotics Championship

posted Jun 12, 2015, 5:34 AM by Greg Shull   [ updated Jun 12, 2015, 5:36 AM ]

Cleveland County Schools' robotics teams came together at Central Services for the 2015 Glenn Lumber Co. and Laughlin Furniture Robotics Championship on March 20th.  The teams tested their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) knowledge and skills by facing a variety of challenges with and without their robots. 

The experience included robot runs, a pre-designed project presentation, designing a "City of the Future" in a makerspace area and more. The teams were tested most at the robot run tables where they complete an assortment of tasks on a thematic playing surface, using their team's LEGO-based robot. 

  • 1st Place Project Award Winner:  West Elementary Lego Legends
  • 1st Place Robot Run Winner: Crest Middle Six Circuits
  • 1st Place Team Spirit Winner: James Love Robo Knights
  • 1st Place Teamwork Winner: Kings Mtn. Intermediate Robot of Steel
  • 2nd Runner Up Overall Tournament Score: Union Brainstormers
  • 1st Runner Up Overall Tournament Score: The Clockwork Builders of Boiling Springs Elementary
  • Overall Tournament Champion: Crest Middle Six Circuits

A member of each team received the Tanner Denton Spirit Award, an award in its inaugural year created in honor of the late Tanner Denton, son of Travis and Melanie Denton. Tanner was an honor student at Jefferson Elementary School, who loved the Boy Scouts, Minecraft, singing, and soccer. Tanner was a member of the jump rope club and the robotics club.

The students chosen for this award are humble, caring, a team player, helpful, knowledgeable, and a problem solver, just like Tanner.

  • Bethware Elementary Mechanical Minds: Alayna Patrick
  • Boiling Springs Elementary The Clockwork Builders: Haley Glenn
  • Burns Middle Brainy Bunch: Aiden Lail
  • Burns Middle Mindstorms: Jake Self
  • Casar Zing: Dylan Mistretta
  • Crest Middle Six Circuits: Casey Greene
  • Crest Middle Biohazards: Alana Gates
  • East Elementary Einsteins: Jacob Hamrick
  • Fallston Elementary K-9 Mind Control: Jake Harrison
  • Grover Elementary Lego My Robo: Marcos Richardson
  • James Love Elementary Robo Knights: Kamari Singleton
  • Jefferson Elementary Rocyclers: Maya Emerson
  • Kings Mtn. Middle Robo-Dawggz: Allison Dennis
  • Kings Mtn. Intermediate N.E.R.D.S.: Marlee Arnold
  • Kings Mtn. Intermediate Robot of Steel: Kennedy Barns
  • Marion Elementary Brain Sweepers: Elijah Rabb
  • North Elementary Cyber Tigers: Julianna Williams
  • Shelby Intermediate Muscle Minds: Erin White
  • Shelby Intermediate Space Botz: Katie Allen
  • Shelby Intermediate Shelby Shockers: Caitlin Allen
  • Shelby Middle: Austin Foulk
  • Springmore Elementary Einsteins: Allie MacArthur
  • Union Elementary Brain Stormers: Nash Pressley
  • Washington Elementary Mindstormers: Andrew Parsons
  • West Elementary Lego Legends: Jake Lloyd





Exceptional Children’s Yvonne Franz receives annual Jolene Litton ABCD Award

posted Jun 12, 2015, 5:32 AM by Greg Shull

The 2015 Jolene Litton ABCD (Above and Beyond the Call of Duty) Award was presented to Yvonne Franz, a teacher for the visually impaired, on March 26 at the LeGrand Center. 


The ABCD award is presented each year to an educator in Cleveland County Schools who effectively models the use of technology and encourages unique and innovative technology projects and practices within his/her school. The award is sponsored by the Foundation and the Cleveland County Schools’ Technology Services Department. 

The following excerpt was taken from a statement from Technology Services Director Cheryl Lutz about how Ms. Franz went above and beyond the call of duty: 

Ms. Franz recently created a GoFundMe account for a student who uses an iPad on a daily basis to not only access academics successfully, but to communicate with peers and adults. The venture was successful as Ms. Franz was able to raise the full amount of money necessary for the purchase of an iPad for the student’s post-graduation use. The student will now be able to continue to interact with others and engage in the learning process.

Technology Services Director Dr. Cheryl Lutz presented Ms. Franz with an award and a perpetual plaque to take back to her school. Ms. Franz also received an iPad from the Cleveland County Schools’ Technology Services Department. 

The ABCD Award was first presented in 2005 to honor Jolene Litton and her service to the students and teachers of Cleveland County Schools. Mrs. Litton was among the first curriculum/technology coordinators in the district- serving at Boiling Springs Elementary.

The event was recorded and will be aired on C19 beginning April 3rd.

Top seniors honor favorite teachers

posted Jun 12, 2015, 5:31 AM by Greg Shull

Thirteen top academic seniors in Cleveland County Schools recognized their favorite teachers and educators at the 25th Annual Hoyt & Anne Dover Bailey Teaching Excellence Awards program on March 26th at the LeGrand Center. 


The event featured top academic seniors from Burns, Crest, Cleveland Early College, Kings Mountain and Shelby high schools who honored their teachers who made a difference in their lives. Students offered formal "thank you" sentiments as their favorite teachers stood by their side in front of over 125 in attendance.

Hoyt Bailey sponsors this annual event through the Foundation.  Mr. Bailey is a former member of the Cleveland County Board of Education and a longtime member of the Foundation Board of Directors.  Mr. Bailey attended the event, receiving a standing ovation for his commitment to education.

Honored educators and the senior scholars who nominated them were as follows:
  • Kathy Beam, Burns High School (Charlcy Carpenter of BHS)
  • Chris Bennett, Burns High School (Chris Proctor of BHS)
  • Dawn Blackburn, Shelby High School (Parker Campbell of SHS)
  • Richard Cabaniss, Crest High School (Taylor Mitchell of CHS)
  • John Champney, Shelby High School (Alyssa McNeary of SHS)
  • James Edwards, Shelby High School (Blanton Gillespie of SHS)
  • Kathy James, North Elementary School (Kyle Carroll of BHS)
  • Margaret Ledford, Grover Elementary School (Mackenzie Smith of KMHS)
  • Rachel Lowery, Kings Mountain Intermediate School (Sarah Scism of KMHS)
  • Jalisa Pettis, Cleveland Early College High School (Chris Goddard of CECHS)
  • Dan Potter, Kings Mountain High School (Tyler Batchler of KMHS)
  • Andy Roberts, Crest High School (Marian Knotts of CHS)
  • Brenda Wellmon, Crest High School (Taylor Coles of CHS)

 

 The event was recorded and will be aired on C19 beginning April 3rd.



A passionate Crest High Spanish teacher has been selected as this year’s Hoyt Q. Bailey Agape Award recipient

posted Jun 12, 2015, 5:29 AM by Greg Shull

The CCS Educational Foundation honored Becca Sisk with the 2015 Secondary Agape Award on March 26th at the LeGrand Center. The award includes a $500 cash prize and is given annually by the Foundation to a teacher who motivates and creates opportunities for student success. 


According to Crest High administrators, “Becca Sisk works with the community and has helped tutor many neighbors, athletes, and struggling students with their schoolwork. She is one of the most requested teachers by students because they know she will help them, never judge them! She never allows a student to fail; rather, she motivates them to work beyond their potential by working with them individually before and after school.” 

Foundation President George Litton announced Mrs. Sisk as the Secondary Agape Award recipient. He also recognized these teachers as nominees for the 2015 Secondary Agape Award from their schools: 
  • Danna Floyd of Burns High 
  • Megan Johnson of Burns Middle 
  • Jalisa Pettis of Cleveland Early College High 
  • Karen Sain of Crest Middle 
  • Sherrod Blackburn of Kings Mountain High 
  • Richard Rupp of Kings Mountain Middle 
  • Aubry Hollifield of Shelby High 
  • Thomas Wease of Shelby Middle 
  • Tammy Brackett of Turning Point Academy
 The event was recorded and will be aired on C19 beginning April 3rd.


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