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Monday, Jan. 22 is a regular school day
Published by Kristy Sartain on January 16, 2018
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Monday, January 22

Traditional calendar students will make up January 17, 2018, inclement weather day on Monday, January 22, 2018. January 22, 2018, was originally a traditional calendar teacher workday. January 22, 2018, will now be a regular school day.

        
Congratulations!
Published by Kristy Sartain on January 8, 2018
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Congratulations to Mrs. T. Smith and Mrs. Sartain for winning a North Carolina Geographic Alliance Geo-Inquiry Institute Fellowship. They will get to travel to NCCAT at Ocracoke over the summer and learn how to implement the Geo-Inquiry Process into their teaching. The Geo-Inquiry Process relies on using a geographic perspective, offering a unique lens to analyze space, place, and the interconnections between both the human and natural world. Using both a geographic perspective and the Geo-Inquiry Process, students begin to connect complex components, see patterns, and make connections that change their communities.

        
Congratulations!
Published by Kristy Sartain on January 8, 2018
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Congratulations to our Librarian, Mrs. Sartain, for winning a Bright Ideas Grant from Lumbee River EMC. Mrs. Sartain will be able to teach coding to students using the supplies and materials she will be able to purchase with the grant.

        
Battle of the Books/Crochet Club
Published by Kristy Sartain on January 7, 2018
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There will be no Battle of the Books or Crochet Club meeting on Tuesday, January 9.

Meetings will resume after school on Tuesday, January 23.

Remember, students must be picked up by 4:00 p.m.

Please see Mrs. Sartain for an updated schedule.

        
Wellness Tip
Published by Kristy Sartain on January 3, 2018
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Eat Less Salt/SodiumMost of us get more sodium than we need. Even if you go easy on the salt shaker, your sodium intake may still be high. Packaged and prepared foods such as ready-to-eat products or restaurants meals are common sources of sodium. Learn about common sources of sodium. Begin the new year by making small changes that lead to big wins. For more healthy tips, visit wellness.ccs.k12.nc.us.
        
DBMS wins Library Grant!
Published by Kristy Sartain on January 2, 2018
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DOUGLAS BYRD MIDDLE SCHOOL NAMED AS A 2017 RECIPIENT OF A LIBRARY GRANT

FROM THE LAURA BUSH FOUNDATION FOR AMERICA’S LIBRARIES

 On May 23, 2017, Douglas Byrd Middle School received a $5,600 grant from The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries.  More than $930,000 in grants will be distributed to 160 school libraries across the country this year for the purchase of books and reading materials. Douglas Byrd Middle was one of only eight schools in North Carolina chosen to receive this grant.

“As a former librarian, I know school libraries play an important role in improving student achievement and encouraging students to love reading.” said Mrs. Laura Bush. “With this grant, your librarian will make your library the perfect place for students to fall in love with reading.”

The librarian at DBMS, Kristy Sartain, is in her first year with Cumberland County Schools and her fourth year as a school librarian. “This year, I was able to really open up the library to students and have increased circulation over last year by more than 300%. I am lucky to have a principal, Mrs. Meshonda Williams, who is very supportive of the library and allows me to use some out-of-the-box ways to get students in here. This grant will allow me to purchase the books students are asking for, like graphic novels, mysteries, romance novels, and biographies of their favorite actors, artists, and athletes. I am a firm believer that every child can be a reader. They just need to find the right book that sparks it for them.”  Read more

        
Looking for job opportunities?
Published by Kristy Sartain on January 1, 2018
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CCS Human Resources

        
Congratulations to Mrs. Smith, the DBMS Teacher of the Year!
Published by Kristy Sartain on January 1, 2018
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Mrs. Smith, DBMS Teacher of the YearMy teaching philosophy is that every child can learn, we must only figure out how to reach them. Everyone is gifted at something. As an educator, it is my job to try and find that gift and help the child to see it. Discovering our strengths gives us the courage and fortitude to strengthen our weakness. I try to help my students see that challenges and failures are all apart of process that leads to success. In the words of Albert Einstein “You never fail until you stop trying. I have had the privilege to work at DBMS for six years. My first year was spent volunteering at the school and I discovered that some of the greatest and most talented children in Cumberland County are right here in the Douglas Byrd Community. There is greatness here! As a community, we must continue to expose and push our youth toward excellence. We have to help them see past the immediate and help them build dreams for the future. We must remind them of the great possibilities that await and the decisions they must make in order to be successful. We must support, encourage, and challenge them to be the best versions of themselves.

        
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