The 2011-2012 Annual Report is here! It will be sent home with our students in the next few days. At this time, you may view it online at http://tinyurl.com/CCS-2011-2012AnnualReport
I am so pleased to share the news with you regarding our progress. It's been another stellar year for Cullman City Schools (CCS)! We are proud and thankful to deliver a good news story. Isn't it exciting that Bloomberg/Businessweek.com selected Cullman as the Best Place to Raise Kids in Alabama? Read about it at http://tinyurl.com/cullmanbestplacetoraisekids
CCS enjoys strong community support as evidenced by this year's passage of a new county-wide half-cent sales tax earmarked for education. Appreciation is extended to Cullman County Superintendent Billy Coleman for his leadership in this important effort. CCS will receive 22% of this new half-cent sales tax (based on student enrollment), and it will be used for much needed capital improvements. Plans for a new and improved Cullman High School are in progress. CCS, one of Alabama's 14 school districts to have a three month reserve, is financially strong. We attribute this declaration to the leadership of the City Council and Mayor (past and present) who established the half-cent sales tax years ago. Additionally, funds entrusted to us are managed well by Chief School Finance Officer Russell Raney, the Board of Education and administrators.
In 2011-2012, CCS served as one of four National Educational Technology Site Visits by the National School Boards Association. CCS received a $100K Appalachian Regional Commission Grant for technology. Cullman City Primary School received Alabama's International Reading Association's Exemplary Reading Program Award while East Elementary took 2nd place. Cullman Middle School was one of nine schools in Alabama to be named a Council of Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS) Banner School. Cullman High School was awarded the prestigious A+ College Ready Grant. Our Comprehensive, Algebra II and Geometry Math Teams all claimed State Championships along with the CHS Cheerleaders, and Tennis Players Allison Howell, Hannah Cornelius, McKenzie Bussman and Kelsie Morgan. The Cullman Middle School Math Team earned eleven 1st place trophies during the school year. Blue Ribbon Elementary Schools East and West sent students to Space Camp with West starting its first-ever 5K Pathway Run to help defray costs.
The CCS Board of Education, President Steven Sides, Vice-President Suzanne Harbin, and Members Kim Addison, Brenda Howell and Jason Neal, is one of seven boards to approve academic goals for our students after completing the Alabama Association of School Boards (AASB) Lighthouse Committee work. Also, the Board earned the AASB President's Award for two consecutive years for its commitment to professional learning.
CCS offers a total educational experience for our students in academics, athletics and the arts. In this year's report, read about the first-ever movie created by our theatre department, the state award-winning video created by CHS Media Class, musical productions that took place in our schools, and superior ratings for band and choral. Chamber Beautification Awards were presented to all of our schools and central office, validating the exemplary pride demonstrated by our faculty, staff and students. Capture the highlights of our stellar athletic programs and the phenomenal accomplishments of star athletes like Keegan Thompson. Read about role model students such as K.J. Jones, an Alabama Public Television Young Hero, and learn about their philanthropic efforts as evidenced by their giving of money, food, and time through clubs, and individual efforts.
Celebrate our high standards of excellence while reading about our students' academic achievements that surpass state and national averages. This year, our students ranked 2nd on Alabama's high-stakes (ARMT+) tests! The Class of 2012 earned $6,552,587 in scholarships. The Cullman community has been the recipient of more than 19,100 hours of volunteer efforts by our students since our Community Service Seal Program began in 2007. In this innovative program, students are invited to volunteer 100 hours during their high school years.
I respectfully submit this annual report, a historical artifact for the 2011-2012 school year, while acknowledging that it continues to be my great honor to serve as your superintendent.
With warmest regards,
Cullman City Schools (CCS) - a good news story!
Cullman student earns Martin Methodist College honors
A Cullman County resident received academic honors during the fall semester at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tenn.
Darcie Wilson of Cullman was named to the dean’s list with a semester grade point average between 3.5 and 3.9.
Homeschool series a hit at Wallace State
For the past three weeks, homeschool students in Cullman County and surrounding areas have learned the basics of drawing, computer graphics and painting as part of a series of classes held at Wallace State Community College.
North Alabama DEA Drug Task Force Lt. Matt Gentry shares information with students at WSCC
The Social Sciences (Psychology and Sociology) and Human Services departments at Wallace State Community College recently hosted Lieutenant Matt Gentry from the North Alabama DEA Drug Task Force. He informed the students about current illegal drug abuse trends and trafficking in our region.
Holly Pond Elementary's Spelling Bee
Holly Pond Elementary School recently held their school Spelling Bee. Winners are, from left, Casey Brown, fifth grade, first place; and runner up, Abigail Kusz, fourth grade. Casey will represent the school in the county-wide Spelling Bee at Fairview School.
West Point Middle School placed first at scholars' invitational
West Point Middle School Scholars' Bowl competed Jan. 18 in the 2014 Cullman Middle School Scholars’ Bowl Invitational. West Point finished first place. These four students received special recognition for their high scores: from left, Will Parker, Billy Ellis, Tom Parker and Bailee Drummond.
West Point Middle School's Scholar Bowl at county tourney
West Point Middle School Scholars' Bowl competed in the Cullman County Scholars' Bowl Tournament Dec. 13, 2013, at Wallace State Community College where they placed first in the county.
Cullman Community Lions Club makes a donation
At a recent meeting, Cullman Community Lions Club President Janice Osborne, left, presented a check for $500 to Vinemont High School Leo Club President Destiny Langford to help with a project the Leo Club is presently working on to benefit their school.
Kenya Relief seeking educators for July 3-15 trip
The July 3-15, 2014, Kenya Relief Teacher's Team is forming now. This team will provide professional development for local Kenyan teachers as well as visit local schools and hand out much needed school supplies.
Studies find Neanderthal genes in modern humans
Neanderthal genes lurk among us. Small traces of Neanderthal DNA have been confirmed in the areas of the genome that affect skin and hair of modern humans, according to two new studies that also give clues as to which Neanderthal traits may have been helpful - or harmful - to the survival of our species.
Archaeologists unearth the tomb of a previously unknown Egyptian pharaoh
Archaeologists from the University of Pennsylvania announced this month that they have unearthed the tomb of a previously unknown Egyptian pharaoh.
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