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Updated: 2021-2022 Administrative Changes
05/27/2021
At the May 24 school board meeting, 11 changes were announced regarding administrators in and around our schools. At the June 14 school board meeting, two additional principals accepted the vacant positions with all principalships now filled for the upcoming school year. Please join us in congratulating them on their new assignments.
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CCS Graduation Schedule
04/30/2021
Graduation season is upon us and we are excited to announce the dates for the respective high school commencement ceremonies.
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Donna Suttle with her Cleveland Innovation students
Cleveland Innovation Students Release Butterflies at Central Services Office
04/29/2021
Cleveland Innovation students raised butterflies and watched them evolve over time. Mrs. Donna Suttle and her students then visited Central Services to release the butterflies in front of a captive audience.
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United Way Recognizes Cleveland County Schools for Outstanding Community Efforts
United Way Recognizes Cleveland County Schools for Outstanding Community Efforts
04/14/2021
United Way of Cleveland County recently announced their 2020 Spirit of North Carolina Awards for Campaign Growth. Amongst those who were recognized, Grover Elementary and Township #3 Elementary Schools were honored for their outstanding service to the community during the year 2020.
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Kindergarten Just Got Way Cooler
04/09/2021
Why settle for second best, go Team CCS! It's time to get your student registered for kindergarten.
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Burns High School Students Give Back to Healthcare Workers at Atrium Health
04/01/2021
Burns High School’s Nursing Fundamentals class of 2021 students worked alongside Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Project Management, and Art students to complete a mission project last month. The project aimed at honoring healthcare workers who have been working tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Cleveland Early College High School Teacher Featured on National Geographic
04/01/2021
Beverly Owens, 11th grade chemistry teacher at Cleveland Early College High School, was recently featured on National Geographic for her work to encourage student reflection on climate change.
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Fallston Elementary Student Wins Annual 2021 Star Spelling Bee
03/29/2021
The Shelby Star recently conducted their annual Spelling Bee on Wednesday, March 24th in the Cleveland Community College auditorium.
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North Elementary Encourages Reading Through New Program, “You’ve Been Book’ed”
03/08/2021
On February 3rd, North Elementary School celebrated World Read Aloud Day. As part of the celebration, Hugo’s Book Bus, an association through the Charlotte Hornets Foundation, hosted a zoom meeting with author and former New England Patriot, Malcolm Mitchell.
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Fallston Elementary Music Specialist Is Selected for Adopt-A-School Program
03/04/2021
Susan Fogleman, Music Specialist at Fallston Elementary School has been selected to be a participant in the Adopt-A-School Program, a new program that is organized through the North Carolina Symphony.
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Burns Middle School Recognized as Model Professional Learning Community
01/25/2021
For showing unrelenting effort to strive for high student achievement, Burns Middle School has been recognized by Solution Tree as a “Model Professional Learning Community at Work.” Burns Middle School is the first school in the Carolinas to receive this honor.
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West Elementary Earns National Recognition
12/29/2020
Highly regarded for academic achievement, stakeholder involvement, creativity, and innovative programs, West Elementary earns top honors as a 2020-2021 ESEA Distinguished School.
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Burns Middle Teacher Assistant Named Best in County
10/16/2020
Jeanne West of Burns Middle has been named the Teacher Assistant of the Year for Cleveland County Schools. She was recognized during a surprise visit by a small entourage that includes school administrators, district leaders, and school board members.
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VFW Donations Exceed $225,000 for Local Children with Autism
10/13/2020
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Shelby Post # 4066 has made it their goal to benefit students with autism. In continuing their support for the SAIL (Social and Academic Training for Life) initiative with Cleveland County Schools, the VFW donated $25,000 this year with a total giving amount exceeding $225,000 over the years.
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Principal of the Year Julie Rikard
Kings Mountain Administrator Named Principal of the Year
09/11/2020
During a surprise visit among a small group administrators, school board members, and select family members, Julie Rikard of Kings Mountain High was named the Principal of the Year for Cleveland County.
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Emily Parker of Union Elementary Named Teacher of the Year
08/28/2020
The 2020 Wells Fargo Teacher of the Year for Cleveland County is Emily Parker of Union Elementary. Initially nominated by her peers, Parker is known for being innovative, creative, and for bringing learning to life.
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FAQs
Return to Learning FAQs
08/06/2020
As promised, we have compiled a list of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) to help answer the burning questions about the upcoming school year.
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Return to Learning Cohort Schedule
08/05/2020
This infographic is provided to help cohorts better understand our hybrid return-to-learning model.
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KMHS Band Director Accepted Into Prestigious Organization
07/13/2020
Andrew Washburn, band director at Kings Mountain High School was recently accepted into the American School Band Directors’ Association (ASBDA), a prestigious honors organization for band directors with an emphasis on concert band.
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Graduation
Graduation Broadcasts
06/22/2020
The 2020 graduation season is upon us. You can view the graduation ceremonies using the following links.
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Summer Meal Program
06/22/2020
A shelf-stable breakfast is included with every lunch and the free meals are available to anyone 18 years of age and younger. Children do not have to be present to receive a meal.
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Cleveland County Schools Announces Partnership With Facebook To Support Remote Learning
06/19/2020
By providing Cleveland County Schools with the funds to acquire hundreds of Chromebooks to be used by students, Facebook has committed to the learning process and betterment of the overall education experience. ​
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Kidz Around Summer Care Update
06/19/2020
Due to current restrictions, we will not be able to offer Kids Around Summer Care this year. However, we will keep you updated regarding future opportunities as they become available.
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Casar PE Teacher Continuing To Teach During School Shutdown
05/12/2020
Since schools have been closed, Casar PE Teacher Leigh Ann Earwood has continued to teach. Each school day, Earwood shares a video on Casar School's Facebook Page. Recently, Ms. Earwood highlighted some of her horses, which she often discusses in her PE classes at school. Our students loved learning about Ms. Earwood's horses. These videos were featured in an article in The Shelby Star.
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CCSer Recognized Nationally as PBS Digital Innovator All-Star
05/12/2020
Jason Lineberger, Digital Learning Coordinator for Cleveland County Schools, was recently named a PBS Digital Innovator All-Star for his ability to integrate media and digital technology into his learning environment, and for his ability to inspire students to use media and emerging technologies. Among 19 others from across the nation, Lineberger is the only nominee from North Carolina to be inducted this year.
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School Board Approves Next Exceptional Children's Executive Director
05/12/2020
The Cleveland County Board of Education approved Wendy Fitch as executive director for the Exceptional Children's Department at the May 11 business meeting
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Dr. Nellie Aspel Featured on Tar Heel Teachers At Home
05/01/2020
Dr. Nellie Aspel currently serves as director of the Exceptional Children’s Department with Cleveland County Schools. Although she is soon to retire, she is finishing strong by making sure students with disabilities are fully supported during COVID-19.
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A ROBOTICS CELEBRATION
04/30/2020
North Elementary created a "Happy" compilation of a few moments captured during their robotics season.
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END-OF-YEAR GRADING AND STUDENT PROMOTION
04/30/2020
The State Board of Education has released grading guidelines that differ for elementary, middle, and high schools. However, additional information is forthcoming, especially for ninth through eleventh grades who will be presented grading options. If you have any questions about grading, please contact your student’s school.
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REMOTE LEARNING, GRADING GUIDELINES, AND GRADUATION
04/30/2020
Dear Parents and Guardians, I appreciate your support and encouragement during the challenging times surrounding COVID-19. The rapid response and makeover that has been implemented since the middle of March has been unbelievable. This transformation doesn’t just occur by chance; it takes a tremendous amount of work and dedication put forth by everyone to accomplish the great things happening in our school district.
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A Glimpse into Remote Learning with Jefferson's Evonne Jenkins
04/29/2020
Since schools began the Remote Learning Plan due to the COVID facilities shutdown mandate, Evonne Jenkins has been offering interactive sessions for students
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Keep Kids Learning Project - Partners in Education
04/24/2020
Miss Travis and Miss Taylor both received a $1000 grant from Donors Choose (as a part of a selected small group of teachers through a pilot program) that would allow them to purchase items their students need to be successful during this virtual learning time.
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KMMS SCIENCE TEACHER HELPS
04/24/2020
Beverly Owens, an eighth-grade science teacher at Kings Mountain Middle School, has been 3D printing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for local healthcare workers, facilities, and the hospital. Mrs. Owens has printed and distributed over 400 pieces of PPE gear to individuals in Shelby, Kings Mountain, and Gastonia.
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Crest Senior Shout-Outs
04/17/2020
Seniors from Crest High School have recorded shout-outs to the school faculty member who impacted them most during their educational tenure at Crest High.
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Cindy Estridge's Lesson on Calculating Molar Mass Highlighted on WUNC.org
04/10/2020
Cindy Estridge, a chemistry teacher at Kings Mountain, shared a lesson online about calculating molar mass. North Carolina Public Radio 91.5 (WUNC) interviewed Estridge about the lesson and the many other lessons she has shared online.
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Dr. Nellie Aspel Remarks featured in EdNC Article
04/09/2020
A recently published EducationNC (EdNC) article, “Everyone will be learning differently for a while — but what about students with learning differences?” article features comments from Dr. Nellie Aspel, the Director of Exceptional Children for Cleveland County Schools.
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OUR GREAT CUSTODIANS
04/03/2020
When we were told that our students could not attend school for two weeks, the North custodians, Roxanne Baucom and Elizabeth Champion, immediately began to clean and disinfect our school. Their hope, along with all of ours, was that we would return to school on March 30th and proceed with our year. However, when the Governor extended the students' return to school until at least the middle of May, Mrs. Baucom and Mrs. Champion didn't waste any time. They immediately started on some projects that they had not had time to get to last summer.
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VIRTUAL LEARNING-HIGH FIVE
04/02/2020
All of my students have not only connected to Google Classroom within three days after I opened it, but they also all submitted assignments. I have spoken to each student on the phone this week and they are all physically ready to return to school.
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Good News Amidst The Bad News
04/01/2020
As a school Social Worker at Township Three, I am so fortunate to have awesome community support on a daily basis, but especially during difficult times like we are experiencing now. Our school has had numerous individuals, organizations, churches, etc. contact us wanting to help. They have called wanting to volunteer to help deliver meals to our families, continue feeding our families through the weekend backpack ministry, donate school supplies, and money/gift cards to give families in need.
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THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
04/01/2020
There’s no place like home,” a yearning Dorothy Gale once chimed in the 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz. Who knew eighty years later, a pandemic would pressurize world leaders to direct folks to do just that- go home and stay home!
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BETTER HUMANS
04/01/2020
At Shelby Intermediate, one of the sayings we have is "Make your own weather." As the CoronApocalypse has forced us out of our comfort zones, I am taking comfort from the positive changes that have come out of this so far.
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SHOUT OUT TO CCS
04/01/2020
While at the doctor's office last week, a nurse overheard my conversation about teaching and communicating with my students online the past 2 weeks. She had so many questions about how things would work for her son and students in general, and was in a state of total confusion and worry about her child's education, how to move forward, would he be promoted, and so on. I then discovered that her son attended a middle school that is not within Cleveland County Schools.
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At-Home High Speed Internet Access Survey
03/15/2020
In the event students remain out of school for multiple weeks, we would like to know who has access to high speed internet at home. This information is vital in helping us manage our remote learning strategy. Parents or students, please click here to take the survey.
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Reading Legends Emerge!
03/11/2020
Teams of avid readers converged at CCS Central Services to put their knowledge to the test at the Cleveland County Book Challenge.
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Health Students - team work
Healthy Students
03/02/2020
In our schools, we encourage teamwork and goal-driven collaboration. This means we must be extra cautious in preventing further spread of cold, flu, and other sicknesses. School attendance is certainly the most important piece in the learning process, however, it is difficult for any student to excel during times of sickness.
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Aaliyah Thompson, a fourth-grader at Marion Elementary
Marion Student Wins County Spelling Bee
02/26/2020
Aaliyah Thompson, a fourth-grader at Marion Elementary, is the winner of the 2020 Star Spelling Bee. She will be heading to Washington D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee as Cleveland County's top speller. After several rounds of competition, Thompson out spelled 22 county competitors at Cleveland Community College to capture this year’s local title.
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NOW ACCEPTING TRANSFER APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR
01/31/2020
Transfer applications for the 2020-2021 school year are now available online and at individual schools. A new e-form process is also now an available option for transfer applicants.
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Junior Leadership Scholarly Expeditions
01/14/2020
The young scholars at Graham Elementary are getting a close look at a variety of services through off- and on-campus experiences as well as virtual expeditions.
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Crest Middle student Earns Prestigious Scholarship
01/13/2020
Briana Cox, a seventh-grader at Crest Middle, was recognized among her peers as this year's winner of the Victor E. Bell, Jr. Scholarship. Managed through the College Foundation of North Carolina, the scholarship – valued at $20,000 – is awarded to students for their achievement and potential for future success in college.
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Preschool Screenings for Upcoming School Year
01/08/2020
Preschool screenings for the upcoming school year will be held March 23 through March 27 at the Office of School Readiness. Screenings will be held by appointment only and can be scheduled by calling (704) 476-8064.
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Shelby High Junior Class President Helps Provide Warmth, Confidence, and Hope
01/08/2020
When Shelby High Junior Class President Katie Allen recently heard of a church providing coats for children in their community through a non-profit organization called Operation Warm, she thought it sounded like a good idea. Apparently, members of the Shelby community agreed with her.
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CCS FocUS Magazine - December Edition
12/31/2019
Enjoy this December 2019 edition of the CCS FocUS magazine.
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Burns High Teacher Named Regional Teacher of the Year
12/23/2019
After a rigorous selection process among 12 other district winners, Chad Beam of Burns High School has been named the Southwest Region’s Teacher of the Year. The surprise announcement was made to Beam in front of the entire Burns High student body in the gymnasium.
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A day of Mathmania and Holiday Additions
12/23/2019
The annual Math Field Day was recently held at CCS Central Services where mathematicians from around the county converged to test their skills. This year’s theme, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Math Day,” provided several unique, holiday-themed challenges.
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New Administrators Set to Lead North Shelby School
12/23/2019
At the December 16 school board meeting, the Cleveland County Board of Education approved Paula Stevens as the next principal of North Shelby School and Stephanie Hinson as assistant principa
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Transportation Facility Named After Former Standout
12/23/2019
Revered as one of the greatest transportation directors in the state of North Carolina, the Cleveland County Schools Bus Garage was recently dedicated to the late Dave Hinson
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CCS FocUS Magazine - November Edition
11/27/2019
Enjoy this November 2019 edition of the CCS FocUS magazine.
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Teachers Recognized and Awarded for Exhibiting Remarkable Care for Students
11/22/2019
Lesley Bumgardner of Burns High, Karen Gold of Casar Elementary, and Brian Blow of Marion Elementary were recognized as 2019 Hoyt Q. Bailey Agape Award winners.
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An Evening of Heroic Recognition
11/22/2019
For exhibiting qualities of courage and strength of character, student Heroes were honored at Central Services at the annual Carl DeBrew Heroes program sponsored by the Cleveland County Schools Educational Foundation and Laughlin Furniture Outlet.
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CCS FocUS Magazine - October Edition
10/26/2019
Enjoy this latest edition of the CCS FocUS magazine.
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Breaking News: CCS Classified Employees to begin receiving local supplement
10/17/2019
At the October 14 school board meeting, the Cleveland County Board of Education approved the superintendent’s plan to create a local supplement for classified employees. Approving the supplement at one percent, this is the first of its kind for Cleveland County Schools.
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Burns High Teacher Earns County’s Top Honors
09/06/2019
The Wells Fargo Teacher of the Year for Cleveland County is Chad Beam of Burns High.
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Suit Up and Show Up at Jefferson Elementary
09/04/2019
Take a look at this video featuring “Suit Up and Show Up” at Jefferson Elementary School.
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September 4, 2019 Bus Driver of the Year from Springmore Elementary
08/30/2019
Wanda Montgomery of Springmore Elementary was named the 2019 Bus Driver of the Year. With over 16 years of driving experience, she earned top honors as the county’s top driver.
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CCS FocUS Magazine Summer Edition
07/03/2019
Enjoy this 2019 summer edition of the CCS FocUS magazine, a monthly magazine highlighting the many great things happening in Cleveland County Schools. Go Team CCS!
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2020-2021 Traditional School Calendar Feedback Request
06/14/2019
We received lots of feedback on the 2020-2021 school calendar. One recommendation had tremendous support. This recommendation was to move the planning day/Kindergarten Orientation Day from April 1 to a day in March. We had two popular suggestions for what day in March should become the planning day.
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Administrative Changes
05/29/2019
The Cleveland County Board of Education approved the following administrative changes at the May 29 school board meeting.
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Proposed Calendar for the 2020-2021 School Year for Traditional Schools
05/21/2019
The Cleveland County Schools Calendar Committee has developed a calendar for the 2020-2021 school year for traditional schools for consideration. Please take a moment to tell us your thoughts about the proposed calendar. Before doing so, please review the following parameters from North Carolina's calendar law.
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A Celebration of Academic Excellence
05/17/2019
The 15th Annual Senior Scholars Banquet was held recently at The LeGrand Center to celebrate and reward the academic successes of the county’s top scholars. Nearly 200 seniors were honored as A. Mickey Church Scholarship recipients as they achieved at least a 4.0 GPA (Grade Point Average) and placed in the top twenty percent of their cohort at their respective schools.
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