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Students Honored for Academic Excellence at Annual Banquet

posted May 10, 2017, 3:18 PM by Greg Shull

Top academic seniors from around the county were honored at the LeGrand Center's largest one-day event where over 900 were in attendance for the 13th Annual Senior Scholars Banquet.  Parents, donors, presenters, and school staff members from around the county gathered to congratulate the seniors and recognize their academic efforts.

Over 200 attending seniors received a $500 A. Mickey Church Scholarship and was recognized individually by their donor(s).

"This event not only concludes another successful year for the Cleveland County Schools Educational Foundation and county school system, it culminates the sustained educational success of our senior scholars," said Dr. George Litton, president of the CCS Educational Foundation.  This would not have been possible without the support of our community as well as the dedication of our board of directors.

Some of the scholarship funds presented were 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. 



"For the attending seniors, this banquet represents over 2,700 years of educational excellence," said Jamey Davis, vice president of the CCS Educational Foundation.  "I am proud of each scholarship recipient and humbled to be part of an organization exclusively dedicated to honoring educational achievements."

About The Foundation
The CCS Educational Foundation was organized in 1986 by the Cleveland County Board of Education a non-profit corporation to solicit contributions to promote learning by recognizing and rewarding student and staff achievement.

Visit www.ccsedfoundation.org for additional information.


Marion Elementary’s Kristen Brackett Receives Coveted ABCD Award

posted Apr 18, 2017, 5:06 PM by Greg Shull   [ updated Apr 18, 2017, 5:09 PM ]

The 2017 Jolene Litton ABCD (Above and Beyond the Call of Duty) Award was presented to Kristin Brackett of Marion Elementary, at a ceremony held 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.

Technology Services Director Tim Wease presented Mrs. Brackett with an award and a perpetual plaque to take back to her school. She also received an iPad from the Cleveland County Schools Technology Services Department. Mrs. Brackett was nominated by Heather Self, the principal at Marion Elementary.

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.

New champions emerge at annual Math Field Day competition

posted Apr 18, 2017, 5:04 PM by Greg Shull


The Cleveland County Schools Central Services hosted the 24th annual mathematics competition sponsored by the Cleveland County Schools Educational Foundation, PPG Industries, and Laughlin Furniture Outlet. The holiday-themed competition – “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Math Day!” provided the opportunity for students to showcase their minds as they competed for top honors. 


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

The Shelby Intermediate Exponential Elves were the overall problem-solving grand champions for the day, edging out the defending champions, Casar Elementary Number Nutcrackers 2K16, who took second place. Rounding out the top three was KMIS Mathletes #1.


Problem Solving Tasks and Winners

  • Task 1: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – Students applied their knowledge in order of operations to solve numerical expressions. The winning team for this task is: Union Wise Men
  • Task 2: Santa Plans Hawaiian Vacation– Students designed and constructed swimming pool models. The winning team for this task is: Casar Number Nutcrackers 2K16
  • Task 3: Santa’s Christmas Eve Adventure – Students applied their knowledge of fractional concepts to reason about the size of fractions with different denominators and solve tasks requiring various operations. The winning team for this task is: Shelby Intermediate Exponential Elves
  • Task 4: Where Are You Christmas? – Students applied their knowledge of our base-10 system to examine and manipulate other place value systems. The winning team for this task: Casar Number Nutcrackers 2K16

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: KMIS Mathletes Team 3.

One competition titled, Do You Think What I Think?, required students to use their mental math skills to answer a total of 50 questions.  Students were not allowed to solve problems using paper or pencil.  They had to solve all problems mentally. The highest scoring students on each team for the Do You Think What I Think? challenge are as follows:

  • BSE’s Yuletide Chargers: Benjamin Rose
  • Casar’s Number Nutcrackers 2K16: Arlenn Hyland
  • Fallston’s Festive Factors: Tie: Jaden Pierce & Conner Smith
  • KMIS’s Mathletes Team 1: Reed Cooper
  • KMIS’s Mathletes Team 2: Matthew Morrow
  • KMIS’s Mathletes Team 3: Sara Kate Bridges
  • SIS’s Mathematical Elves: Maggie Alexander
  • SIS’s Exponential Elves: Ga’ Laysia McEntire
  • SIS’s Math Reindeer: Samiah Moore
  • Springmore’s Claus Dawgs: Allie Jones
  • Township Three’s Gifted Grinches: Chase Ledbetter
  • Union’s Wise Men: Zachary Currier
  • Washington’s Christmas II (pi): Michael Allen

Click here to watch the Math Field Day awards ceremony that was presented “live” by the CCS Media.


Students Revered for Courage and Strength of Character

posted Apr 18, 2017, 5:00 PM by Greg Shull

Elementary and intermediate schools honored student Heroes at the annual Carl DeBrew Heroes Program at the LeGrand Center. The Heroes were selected by their school for being successful while coping with learning disorders, physical handicaps or other circumstances.

Annually, the CCS Educational Foundation teams with Laughlin Furniture Outlet to recognize inspirational students in Cleveland County Schools. Each Hero is presented to the audience as their inspirational stories are shared and applauded.

“As their stories of courage, character, kindness and perseverance are shared by the caring educators, we are humbled in our efforts to give recognition,” said Tammy Scruggs, vice president of Fifth Third Bank and a member of the CCS Educational Foundation Board of Directors. “One can clearly see that the true gifts are the ones these children give daily with the loving smiles, hugs, care and concern they show for others’ in spite of their own adversities.”

Our Heroes did not leave empty-handed as they received personalized medallions, certificates, t-shirts, and backpacks filled with goodies.

“What an uplifting night,” said Jamey Davis, vice president of the CCS Educational Foundation. “To be reminded that many more people have overcome great adversities is humbling and it is an honor to be part of the Carl DeBrew Heroes experience.”

“I am grateful to Cleveland County Educational Foundation and Mr. Carl DeBrew for creating this opportunity for us to be blessed as we honor these TRUE HEROES who are such a blessing to others,” Scruggs added.

The program will air in coming weeks on Cleveland Community College’s Channel 19 on the local Time-Warner Cable network and will be shared via social media through the CCS Facebook Page.


Heroes honored are as follows:
  • Amber Duncan of Bethware Elementary
  • Kalen Williams of Boiling Springs Elementary
  • Sofia Janohy Escalona-Montes of Casar Elementary
  • Cody Bull of East Elementary
  • Zachary Minowicz of Fallston Elementary
  • Gwendelyn Hopper of Graham Elementary
  • Justen Brackett of Grover Elementary
  • Madisonne "Bella" Ferro of James Love Elementary
  • Sydney Meeks of Jefferson Elementary
  • Noah Funderburk of Kings Mountain Intermediate
  • Kadence Preston of Marion Elementary
  • Sila Murdan of North Elementary
  • Carson Parker of North Shelby School
  • Brykeem Bess of Shelby Intermediate
  • Kaliyah Allen of Springmore Elementary
  • Jayleen Ussery of Township Three Elementary
  • Andrew Marcum of Union Elementary
  • Kevonte Degree of Washington Elementary
  • Hayden Huss of West Elementary

Educators Recognized for Going the Extra Mile

posted Apr 18, 2017, 4:55 PM by Greg Shull

The CCS Educational Foundation honored Barry Brogdon of Cleveland Early College High, Emily Jackson of Marion Elementary, and Rayvis Key of Kings Mountain High as the 2016 Agape Award finalists on November 1st at the Hoyt Q. Bailey Agape program held at the LeGrand Center. The awards include $250 cash prizes for each and are given annually by the Foundation to teachers who motivate and create opportunities for student success.

"It is great that we have wonderful teachers that we as a Foundation are able to recognize in a tangible way," says Jay Rhodes, a member of the Educational Foundation Board of Directors.

These teachers were also recognized as school-level Agape Award winners and were presented with a certificate:
  • Tracy Smith of Bethware Elementary
  • Tiffany Smith of Boiling Springs Elementary
  • Meredith Royster of Burns High
  • Jackie Centofanti of Burns Middle
  • Leigh Ann Earwood of Casar Elementary
  • Erin McWhirter of Crest High
  • Heather Parker of Crest Middle
  • Jada Hardin of East Elementary
  • Gay Eskew of Fallston Elementary
  • Candice Thomas of Graham Elementary
  • Angela McCray of Grover Elementary
  • Katherine Gamble of James Love Elementary
  • Theresa Jones of Jefferson Elementary
  • Stephanie Ellis of Kings Mountain Intermediate
  • Camille Putnam of Kings Mountain Middle
  • Denise McGirt of North Elementary
  • Mrs. Shi Whisnant of North Shelby School
  • Andrea Richardson of Shelby High
  • Terri Byers of Shelby Intermediate
  • Erin Sims of Shelby Middle
  • Lisa Smith of Springmore Elementary
  • Lisa Philbeck of Township Three Elementary
  • Tara McCurry of Turning Point Academy
  • Pam Fish of Union Elementary
  • Christy Starr of Washington Elementary
  • Katie Bolt of West Elementary

CCS Educational Foundation Board of Director Member Tony Fogleman named North Carolina CTE Administrator of the Year

posted Apr 18, 2017, 4:53 PM by Greg Shull

Among five regional finalists, Tony Fogleman emerged as this year’s Career and Technical Education Administrator of the Year for the state of North Carolina. Each candidate submitted letters of support, written essays, and went through an interview process for consideration of the esteemed recognition.

“Tony and his team have invested valuable time and energy into bettering the program and the community," says Dr. Stephen Fisher, superintendent of Cleveland County Schools. "Mr. Fogleman continues to walk alongside industry leaders to make sure CTE students graduate career ready."

Initially, Mr. Fogleman was nominated anonymously for the regional award as he was voted on by his peers, an honor he found humbling. At that time, he said the regional award was more of a recognition of CTE in Cleveland County and all the work that has occurred locally. The state selection committee listed district accomplishments, innovative practices, and contributions to the CTE community among other attributes as criteria for the state recognition.

When Tony learned that he was named the state’s selection, he again credited his team, “The honor humbles me, but I attribute all of this to the great work that is happening daily in our CTE classrooms in Cleveland County,” he said.

As director, Fogleman oversees CTE programs at the middle and high schools and works with the teachers to make sure they have all the resources they need. He believes CTE teachers, students, local businesses, and industries all benefit from the partnerships by helping meet labor demands and preparing students with the skills they need for employment.

Fisher added, "Completing Career and Technical Education coursework in Cleveland County is more than just a sticker on a diploma or a certificate of completion; it is a commitment of preparedness to our local industry and an affirmation for students, knowing they are ready for the road ahead."

“We look forward to continuing our efforts in providing world-class CTE programs in Cleveland County,” added Fogleman.

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

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