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$150,000 to programs for students with autism from VFW Post 4066

posted Jun 22, 2018, 9:07 AM by Henry Gilmore   [ updated Jun 22, 2018, 9:58 AM by Greg Shull ]

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Shelby Post #4066 has made it their mission to help students with autism by supporting the SAIL (Social and Academic Instruction for Life) program with Cleveland County Schools. This year, the VFW contribution of $50,000 brought the total to a little over $150,000.

These funds were raised through a variety of fundraising events including annual golf tournaments, barbecue dinners, auctions, poker runs, raffles, yard sales, and private donations.

“The dedication and commitment to serving the children of this community, which the men and women of the Shelby VFW Post 4066 have shown through their fundraising efforts, is a testimony to their desire to make the world a better place,” said Dr. Nellie Aspel, director exceptional children.

Over the years, the contributions have funded summer camp scholarships, specialized curricular materials, technology, college scholarships, staff training and parent events.

“I am always inspired when I have the privilege of talking with them about their plans,” added Aspel. “Their passion and enthusiasm for raising awareness about Autism have certainly made a difference in our community.”

The check was presented on June 6th to a group of students, staff, parents and community members where the students gave poems and cards to the members of the VFW to show their appreciation.

Shelby VFW Post 4066 gives over $58,000.00 to SAIL Program for Students with Autism!

Driving Our Future

posted Jun 5, 2018, 12:42 PM by Greg Shull

Bus drivers from around the county came together to celebrate another successful school year in the area of school transportation. The bus driver of the year and bus administrator of the year were named at the event in front of a large group of bus drivers, school and district administrators, and elected officials.

Kay Bowen of Boiling Springs Elementary took top honors as she was named the 2018 Donald K. Byrnes Bus driver of the Year.

“I’m in total shock,” said Bowen after being recognized as driver of the year. “Anybody could have won, and it’s an honor.”

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.

“I love my job, love what I do, and love driving my bus,” added Bowen.

Dave Hinson Awards were also 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.

Robin Edwards was honored as the 2017-2018 W.D. Smith Bus Administrator of the Year. This award was given to her as she 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.

“Our drivers have high expectations for our students,” said Edwards when asked about what she attributes the award to about her transportation responsibilities at Crest Middle. “They treat our students as their own children.”

Service – Commitment – Dedication

posted Jun 3, 2018, 5:34 AM by Greg Shull

The 2018 class of retiring CCSers recently came together to celebrate over 1,500 years of service to the students of Cleveland County. Attended by nearly 45 of the 2017-2018 retirees, a banquet was held at The LeGrand Center to honor their legacy and years of heartfelt dedication.

“I am retiring with mixed emotions because I love what I do,” said Julie Daves, ACTIVE coordinator at Shelby Middle. “I will definitely miss it but am looking forward to spending time with my family.”

Accompanied by a variety of school and district administrators, the retirees enjoyed a time of celebration and remembrance as many fond stories and farewells were shared throughout the evening. They were also presented with a commemorative apple as a symbol of their hard work and commitment.

“The banquet provided a great way to celebrate retirement,” added Daves. “Cleveland County Schools will always hold a special place in my heart.”

The CCS retirees averaged around 23 years of service with the longest tenure celebrated by Alison Mintz with 36 years of service above self.

“On behalf of Cleveland County Schools, I would like to thank all of our retirees for a job well done,” said Greg Shull, director of communications. “Please join us in celebrating their successes, legacies, and dedication as these trailblazers spurred bright futures for many years.”

Enrolled, Enlisted, Employed - Timothy Hines

posted May 18, 2018, 10:10 AM by Henry Gilmore   [ updated May 18, 2018, 10:14 AM ]

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Last Day of School, Graduation Schedule

posted May 15, 2018, 11:04 AM by Greg Shull

All elementary and intermediate schools will release at 11 a.m. while middle and high schools are set to release at 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 8.  The last school day for Cleveland Early College High is May 16.

The 2018 graduation schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, May 16
  • Cleveland Early College High at 6 p.m. at the LeGrand Center

Thursday, May 24
  • North Shelby School at 10 a.m. at the Carlos Young Gymnasium

Friday, June 8
  • Shelby High at 7 p.m. at Keeter Stadium
  • Turning Point Academy at 5 p.m. in the TPA Gymnasium

Saturday, June 9
  • Burns High at 9 a.m. at Ron Greene Stadium
  • Crest High at 9 a.m. at Sid Bryson Stadium
  • Kings Mtn. High at 9 a.m. at Gamble Stadium

Community Invests In, Celebrates Academic Excellence

posted May 8, 2018, 5:43 AM by Greg Shull   [ updated May 8, 2018, 5:44 AM ]

Over 200 seniors were honored at the 13th Annual A. Mickey Church Academic Awards at the LeGrand Center. Awarded for their academic achievement of a 4.0 GPA (Grade Point Average) or higher and placing in the top twenty percent of their cohort at their school, each senior was granted $500 for post-secondary tuition purposes.

Although over $100,000 was awarded, the focus for the evening of excellence was on the students as they were recognized individually by the Cleveland County Schools Educational Foundation among nearly 900 in attendance at the coveted banquet.

“This culminating event is truly exceptional as we celebrate the educational journey of the top seniors from each high school within the county,” said Greg Shull, director of communications for Cleveland County Schools. “These seniors exemplify greatness as they combine for nearly 500,000 days of K-12 educational excellence.”

The only of its kind, the banquet honored students from the county’s six high schools as parents, donors, presenters, and educators gathered to formally congratulate the best of the best.

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.

CCS School & Family Magazine

posted Apr 27, 2018, 7:02 AM by Greg Shull

Click here to read the spring edition of the CCS School & Family magazine.

VFW Post 4066 Recognized for Contributions to Students With Autism

posted Apr 24, 2018, 6:21 AM by Henry Gilmore   [ updated Apr 26, 2018, 11:04 AM by Greg Shull ]

April is Autism Awareness Month and Community Partner, VFW Post 4066, is raising $50,000.00 to support SAIL for students with autism. 

“It’s elementary … my dear Watson”

posted Apr 20, 2018, 1:51 PM by Greg Shull   [ updated May 10, 2018, 8:01 AM ]

Sherlock Holmes, a fictional private detective created by Sir Arthor Conan Doyle, would have enjoyed the mysteries that were around every corner during Mystery Day at Central Services.

Elementary students were able to put their detective hats on during Mystery Day for a unique experience that included fingerprinting, chemistry experiments, a life-size game of Clue, and escape room, and more.

“The Mystery Day experience provides a fun incentive to read mysteries as the students undergo a challenging day alongside students from other schools,” said Nicole Taylor, the AIG teacher at Township Three Elementary.

Students read 10 mystery books and met their Accelerated Reader (AR) goals for the first three quarters of the school year to be able to attend Mystery Day.

“In the escape room, you have to look and think about everything,” said Elizabeth Bolt, one of our superstar students at West Elementary. “It’s so fun! My all-girl team was able to escape the room by unlocking all sorts of locks.”

The students filled the halls and meeting spaces throughout Central Services, and the worked through a variety of challenges and enjoyed some unforgettable educational experiences.

“This is a very interactive science-based, problem-solving experience intertwined with an interesting twist of mystery,” said Amy Mittelman, the AIG teacher at Fallston Elementary.

Mystery Day evolves each year as new challenges are added or are modified to fit the needs of the attending students. Some challenges, such as the life-size game of Clue, require deep thought and partnership between students of differing schools.

“It is nice to see students from different schools working together to create a fun, enjoyable experience, “said Adam Cooke, a teacher at West Elementary.




2018 Fun Run Results

posted Apr 19, 2018, 12:28 PM by Greg Shull   [ updated Apr 19, 2018, 3:26 PM ]

The official results are in for the 13th Annual Cleveland County Schools Fun Run. This year’s Fun Run was held at Shelby High School and thanks to the help of many volunteers, the students were able to have an enjoyable race experience in front of a captive audience of family, school staff members, and various other supporters.

Students ran in both a half-mile and two-mile competitions. Sadie Oliver of Shelby Intermediate took the overall win for females in the two-mile race while Damon Cook of Shelby Intermediate was the overall winner for males. Georgia Cruise of West Elementary took the overall win for females in the half-mile race and Kaiden Byers was the fastest male.

Top placements are as follows. Event pics can be found at the bottom of this article.

Two-mile Race Females

Overall Winners 

  • 1st-Sadie Oliver of Shelby Intermediate
  • 2nd-Morgan Setzer of Springmore Elementary
  • 3rd-Anna Schweppe of Shelby Intermediate


  • 1st-Ada Morgan of Jefferson Elementary
  • 2nd-Zoe Farmer of Bethware Elementary

1st Grade

  • 1st-Jasmin Munoz of James Love Elementary
  • 2nd-Jacey-Grace Raduly of Boiling Springs Elementary
  • 3rd-Farrah Famer

2nd Grade

  • 1st-Alyvia Berkowitz of Jefferson Elementary
  • 2nd-Alana McDaniel of Grover Elementary
  • 3rd-Elyna Phongsa of Bethware Elementary

3rd Grade

  • 1st-Grace Hodge of Union Elementary
  • 2nd-Leah Crowell of North Elementary
  • 3rd-Zoey Glover of Marion Elementary

4th Grade

  • 1st-Cooper Bridges of Jefferson Elementary
  • 2nd-Olivia Carrillo of North Elementary
  • 3rd-Catelyn Bailey of Springmore Elementary

5th Grade

  • 1st-Cadence Setzer of Springmore Elementary
  • 2nd-Sarah Breen of Fallston Elementary
  • 3rd-Hannah Huffstetler of Washington Elementary


Two-mile Race Males

Overall Winners 

  • 1st-Damon Cook of Shelby Intermediate
  • 2nd-Graham Warlick of  Fallston Elementary
  • 3rd-Grady Morgan of Shelby Intermediate


  • 1st-Brooks Walker of Jefferson Elementary
  • 2nd-Grabriel Miller of Washington Elementary
  • 3rd-Blayre Mitchell of Bethware Elementary

1st Grade

  • 1st-Landon Wilson of Bethware Elementary
  • 2nd-Cruz Scott of Jefferson Elementary
  • 3rd-Andrew Harris of Boiling Springs Elementary

2nd Grade

  • 1st-A’Mon Parker of Bethware Elementary
  • 2nd-Jaxon Chapman of Bethware Elementary
  • 3rd-Kai Frishmuth of North Elementary

3rd Grade

  • 1st-Landon Hogston of Springmore Elementary
  • 2nd-Joel Cook of Jefferson Elementary
  • 3rd-Eli Morgan of Jefferson Elementary

4th Grade

  • 1st-Joseph Williams of West Elementary
  • 2nd-Drew Dixon of Jefferson Elementary
  • 3rd-Colton Willyoung of Bethware Elementary

5th Grade

  • 1st-Gavin Cutler of Kings Mountain Intermediate
  • 2nd-Jameson Brown of Fallston Elementary
  • 3rd-Hayden Mills of Kings Mountain Intermediate

Half-mile Race Females


  • 1st-Georgia Cruise of West Elementary
  • 2nd-Tallula Sharp of Jefferson Elementary
  • 3rd-Anita Soto of Union Elementary

1st Grade

  • 1st-Millie Barbee of Jefferson Elementary
  • 2nd-Avalina Richardson of Union Elementary
  • 3rd-Asia Abraham of Washington Elementary

2nd Grade

  • 1st-Avery Cruise of West Elementary
  • 2nd-Jasmine Suarez of East Elementary
  • 3rd-Serenity Derrick of Grover Elementary

3rd Grade

  • 1st-Makenzie Sanders of Marion Elementary
  • 2nd-Kaitlyn Hastings of Washington Elementary
  • 3rd-Ta-Nya Cofield of Marion Elementary

4th Grade

  • 1st-Aiyanna Ross of James Love Elementary
  • 2nd-Madison Hastings of Washington Elementary
  • 3rd-Addison Champion of Springmore Elementary

5th Grade

  • 1st-Brook Wasman of Kings Mountain Intermediate
  • 2nd-Kayleigh Greene of Fallston Elementary
  • 3rd-Alexa Jones of Kings Mountain Intermediate


Half-mile Race Males


  • 1st-Kaiden Byers of Marion Elementary
  • 2nd-Isaiah Camp of Marion Elementary
  • 3rd-Juan Tinoco of North Elementary

1st Grade

  • 1st-London Cornwall of Fallston Elementary
  • 2nd-Devin Hord of West Elementary
  • 3rd-Brian Buttrick of Fallston Elementary

2nd Grade

  • 1st-Bryce Wellmon of Fallston Elementary
  • 2nd-Jaharie Linder of Marion Elementary
  • 3rd-Wyatt Leonhardt of Fallston Elementary

3rd Grade

  • 1st-Brock Melton of Springmore Elementary
  • 2nd-Bryson Brown of James Love Elementary
  • 3rd-Lathan Peeler of Casar Elementary

4th Grade

  • 1st-Romeo Sanders of Marion Elementary
  • 2nd-Geocarlo Arce of Marion Elementary
  • 3rd-Bly Borders of Jefferson Elementary

5th Grade

  • 1st-Tony Hawk of Shelby Intermediate
  • 2nd-Isaiah Wood of Kings Mountain Intermediate
  • 3rd-Joshua Woods of Shelby Intermediate


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