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VFW Post 4066 invests over $95,000 to Cleveland County autism program

posted Jul 21, 2017, 8:49 AM by Cleveland County Schools   [ updated Jul 21, 2017, 10:10 AM by Greg Shull ]

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #4066 began raising funds to support the SAIL (Social and Academic Instruction for Life) program four years ago and just contributed another $43,625 - a record high for their annual goal. 

“I just want to thank God that we can do something for the children of Cleveland County,” said Post #4066 Commander Gene Ramsey. 

These funds are used throughout Cleveland County Schools to provide training and student support. Such includes field trips, science kits, hands-on sensory objects, books, social-skills support materials, and more.

“At the high school level we offer student scholarships for camps and college trips as well as professional development and training for teachers to keep improving the use of evidence-based practices,” said Shelby High Teacher Rachel Bye.

This year’s check was presented to Exceptional Children’s Director Dr. Nellie Aspel and Superintendent Dr. Stephen Fisher along with a variety of staff, parents, and students on the front lawn of CCS Central Services. Attending teachers and students expressed their gratitude by presenting hand-crafted cards and paintings as well as a poem written and read by one of the students in the program.

“It feels so good to have community support behind what we do on a daily basis,” said Marion Elementary SAIL Teacher Becky Seidel.

Thanks to their steadfast commitment, the VFW post has now raised nearly $100,000 for the SAIL students of Cleveland County.

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Strong start at Graham Elementary

posted Jul 17, 2017, 8:12 AM by Greg Shull   [ updated Aug 9, 2017, 1:27 PM ]

The students at Graham Elementary were excited, ready, and dressed for success in their new school uniforms on the first day of school.

"We have had a great start to our first day of school," said Nelsa Feaster, principal at Graham Elementary. "Our students look amazing in their new uniforms and are already working eagerly in their classrooms." 

Classrooms appeared polished, primed for learning, and everyone seemed to be quite focused as if they haven't missed a beat since last school year.

"A beautiful thing about year-round school is the kids know exactly what to do and are excited to be back ready to go," added Feaster.

About Graham Elementary
Graham Elementary was originally located on Oak Street where it was built in 1927. It was relocated to 1100 Blanton Street in 1956 where it currently provides a year-round learning environment that serves a diverse community, offers quality educational opportunities, expects and nurtures success, and prepares all our students to be productive, responsible citizens.




Burns FFA takes top honors at state competition

posted Jul 14, 2017, 8:27 AM by Greg Shull

The Burns FFA Food Science and Technology team won the Food Science and Technology Career Development competition at the 89th North Carolina FFA State Convention. The team topped 46 competing teams and will represent North Carolina at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana this coming fall.

“The kids really bought into the concept of putting in work,” said Justin Blanton, an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Burns High. “They worked before, during, and after school and even came in on their summer vacation days to practice.”

The competition is designed to stimulate learning activities in the science and technology areas of the food industry. Competitors develop technical competence and understanding in areas of safety and sanitation, food and nutrition labeling and food processing. Also, participants distinguish products and aromas used in the food science industry.

The Burns High team included Justin Matthews, Nevan Horton, Kayla Price, and Aaron Smith.

Blanton added, “I am proud of our kids for their hard work and dedication to the Burns FFA Chapter.”

School Supply Lists

posted Jul 10, 2017, 11:15 AM by Greg Shull   [ updated Jul 10, 2017, 11:15 AM ]

Get ahead of the crowd and check out your school's recommended supply list for the 2017-2018 school year! 

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2017 Varsity Football Schedule

posted Jul 10, 2017, 6:17 AM by Greg Shull   [ updated Jul 10, 2017, 11:23 AM ]

It is almost time to call upon those renowned words of Michael Buffer, a famous ring announcer for boxing and professional wrestling, to kickstart the 2017 football season with, "Let's get ready to rumble!"  

It is no big secret that stadiums are filled on Friday nights in Cleveland County thanks to the supportive community, enthusiastic cheerleaders, and musical contributions of the high school marching bands.  This season looks to be packed full of exciting matchups.

Date Burns Crest Kings Mountain Shelby
8/18/2017 @ Alex Central S. Point OPEN @ Freedom
8/25/2017 OPEN @ TC Roberson @ S. Caldwell AC Reynolds
9/1/2017 @ Shelby OPEN TC Roberson Burns
9/8/2017 E. Rutherford @ Shelby @ Cuthbertson Crest
9/15/2017 Hendersonville Weddington Shelby @ Kings Mtn.
9/22/2017 Ashbrook @ Forestview @ Stuart Cramer @ S. Pointe, SC
9/29/2017 @ Hunter Huss Stuart Cramer N. Gaston OPEN
10/6/2017 Stuart Cramer @ Ashbrook @ Hunter Huss @ Chase
10/13/2017 @ Forestview Hunter Huss @ Ashbrook RS Central
10/20/2017 @ Kings Mtn. @ N. Gaston Burns @ E. Gaston
10/27/2017 Crest @ Burns Forestview E. Rutherford
11/3/2017 N. Gaston Kings Mtn. @ Crest @ S. Point

Bus Driver of the Year from East Elementary

posted Jun 7, 2017, 11:19 AM by Greg Shull

Jenny Hardee of East Elementary was named the 2017 Bus Driver of the Year for Cleveland County Schools at the annual bus driver banquet held at Shelby Middle. This annual award is named after Donald K. Byrnes, a retired CCS school transportation director, and current bus driver advocate.

Mrs. Hardee joins an elite group of drivers who drive students to and from school safely every day. Rising to the occasion, Hardee is the first school bus driver – since the initial awarding of this esteemed honor in Cleveland County – to obtain a perfect score on the examination portion of the completion.

“I am extremely proud of Mrs. Hardee for doing so well in this year’s competition,” said David Pless, transportation director at Cleveland County Schools. “She is a fantastic bus driver, and we are so very fortunate to have her on our team.”

“She [Jenny] is obviously very confident and loves working with the kids,” said Jodi Morgan of J. Morgan Co. “She has been at the same school her entire career and loves it and wouldn’t want to change – ‘wouldn’t rather be anywhere else.’”

This year’s two runners-up were Linda Bradshaw of Kings Mountain High and Mark Eskridge of Graham Elementary.

“Linda Bradshaw started as a student bus driver and has been around for lots of changes,” said Byrnes. “She is like a lot of our folks in the respect that she enjoys what she is doing and wants to continue doing it. She is very devoted not only to the job but to this particular this county.”

“Everybody knows Mark, said Phillip Glover, chairman of the Cleveland County Board of Education. “He has a passion and love for the students in Cleveland County Schools. He is just an outstanding person.” 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.

Service Above Self for Over 840 Years

posted May 27, 2017, 5:25 AM by Greg Shull

Nearly 40 retirees gathered at The LeGrand Center to celebrate over 840 combined years of love, care, and support provided to the students of Cleveland County. 

During the event, the retirees broke bread together and enjoyed an evening of laughter, reminiscence, and recognition.

“This is a milestone worth celebrating for many reasons,” said Jennifer Wampler, CCS Executive Director of Human Resources. “We absolutely commend them for accomplishing the personal goal of retirement.  Most important, we celebrate their work as they have all impacted the lives of our students and for that, we are most grateful.”

The retirees were presented with a commemorative apple as a symbol of their hard work and commitment.

“During this time, it brings me great pleasure to think of all the lives that have been impacted by our retirees,” said Dr. Stephen Fisher, superintendent of Cleveland County Schools.  “We applaud their efforts and thank them for their dedication to the students of Cleveland County.”

Superintendent Recognized as Best in Region

posted May 24, 2017, 8:21 AM by Greg Shull   [ updated May 24, 2017, 8:30 AM ]

Cleveland County Schools Superintendent Dr. Stephen Fisher is the 2017 Superintendent of the Year for the Southwest Region, which includes 11 public school districts.

Fisher will compete with other regional winners for the - title of North Carolina Superintendent of the Year shortly following the start of the 2017-18 school year.

“We appreciate Dr. Fisher’s leadership and vision for excellence,” said Phillip Glover, chairman of the Cleveland County Board of Education. “We are proud of him for this accomplishment and appreciate his efforts in making Cleveland County Schools a great place to be for our students and staff.” 

Glover announced Fisher’s selection as the Regional Superintendent of the Year at the May 22 school board meeting.

“We have an excellent school system in Cleveland County, and this honor represents the hard work and commitment our leadership team exhibits daily – for our schools and community,” said Fisher. “Great things are happening in our district, and I am proud to be part of such a special organization dedicated to serving our community.”

This is the second momentous recognition of its kind in recent months for Cleveland County Schools as Tony Fogleman was honored as the North Carolina CTE Administrator of the Year earlier this school year.

Graduation Season has Commenced

posted May 19, 2017, 6:06 AM by Greg Shull   [ updated May 19, 2017, 6:07 AM ]

The Cleveland County graduation season is underway as Cleveland Early College High held its 2017 ceremony this past Wednesday at The LeGrand Center.

The remainder of Cleveland County’s high school graduations are as follows.

Friday, June 9th
  • Shelby High: 7 p.m. in Keeter Stadium 
  • Turning Point Academy: 5 p.m. in the TPA Gymnasium 

Saturday, June 10th
  • Burns High: 9 a.m. at Ron Greene Stadium 
  • Crest High: 9 a.m. at Sid Bryson Stadium 
  • Kings Mountain High: 9 a.m. at Gamble Stadium


Students Honored for Academic Excellence at Annual Banquet

posted May 10, 2017, 3:13 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.

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