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National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

By Student Life


On August 4th, National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day gives us an opportunity to dunk American’s #1 favorite cookie. Whether yours are homemade or storebought, pour a glass of milk and enjoy.

Without chocolate chips, the cookie would still be number one. Or would it?

For that reason, we also recognize Ruth Graves Wakefield on National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. Thanks to her inventiveness and curiosity, chocolate chips and a cookie dough go together. And for this reason, we hover around ovens savoring the moment the timer dings.

How the Chocolate Chip Cookie Began

Imagine if Ruth Graves Wakefield hadn’t run out of baker’s chocolate for her cookie recipe that day in 1937. Because that’s what happened. The cookie recipe she was preparing called for baker’s chocolate and would have blended smoothly into the dough. However, she was out. And what if Mrs. Wakefield hadn’t considered using semi-sweet chocolate instead? She figured it would just melt into the dough and work much like the baker’s chocolate.


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Fayetteville students train to become drone pilots at Alpha Academy

By Student Life

Alpha Academy, a K-12th grade charter school, is providing free drone training to high school students.

“This academy is preparing the next workforce generation,” Jeffries Epps, CEO of STEMERALD City LLC, said.

Students can now earn a drone operator license through the academy’s Drone Remote Pilot Institute. Alpha Academy has partnered with STEMERALD City and Nine Ten Drones LLC to provide the training for staff and students.

“That is a certification that is given to them by the Federal Aviation Administration, which basically permits them to commercially fly drones and charge for their services,” Epps said.




The minimum starting pay for drone pilots is $75 an hour, he said. Many corporate-level companies, such as Amazon, are now using drone delivery. Students are required to program a drone using JavaScript, a scripting language designed to run inside webpages, and build a drone from a kit before they can be certified.

“The final phase now is certification,” Epps said. “We’ve taught them to think like drone pilots, we’ve taught them to build drones, now we are going to teach them the rules and regulations to be certified professional pilots.”


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Butterfly Project

By Student Life

Alpha Academy’s 2nd, 4th, and 5th graders helped to raise our caterpillars into beautiful butterflies.  Students enjoyed their new class pets that were provided by the NCSU Cooperative Extension of Cumberland County program.
Mr. Stinson of the Katherine Johnson STEM Institute presented the life cycle presentation to our 2nd grade students before giving each class 3 caterpillars to take care of.  After cocooning,  Mr. Stinson took the butterflies to their hotel in the STEM Lab and released them on 5/28/21.  Thank you to our Elementary students and teachers for taking such good care of them over the last couple of weeks.  Also big thank you to NCSU Ag Extension and Jessica Drake for providing a great learning experience for our students that discussed the life cycle of caterpillars in person!




International Museum Day

By Student Life

Each year since 1977, ICOM has organised International Museum Day, which represents a unique moment for the international museum community.

The objective of International Museum Day (IMD) is to raise awareness about the fact that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.” Organised on 18 May each year or around this date, the events and activities planned to celebrate International Museum Day can last a day, a weekend or an entire week. IMD was celebrated for the first time 40 years ago. All around the world, more and more museums participate in International Museum Day. Last year, more than 37,000 museums participated in the event in about 158 countries and territories.

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In Loving Memory of Rebecca Monica Harrell

By Student Life

Alpha Academy has suffered a tremendous loss. We are sadden by the passing of our beloved, Ms. Harrell. Please continue to pray for her family and Alpha Academy. She will be truly missed.

Mrs. Rebecca Monica Harrell age 45 of Raeford departed this life on Sunday, May 2, 2021.

Funeral service (INVITATION ONLY) will be held on Saturday, May 8th at 11:00 A.M. in Christ Worship Center Church in Hope Mills. Viewing will take place on Saturday, May 8th from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at Christ Worship Center Church.

She leaves to cherish her loving memories husband: Chris Harrell; mother: Cassie Tillman; grandmother, Rebecca G. Jackson; children: Efrain Denson, Keshia Harrell, Brianna Denson, and Sophia Harrell; siblings: Dennis Tillman, Bennie Tillman III, Tommy Tillman, Cassandra Scales, Evelena Bunche and Valerie Branch; three grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Service may be viewed via livestream at or Christ Worship Center Church facebook page.

Arrangements entrusted to Wiseman Mortuary Inc.

To send flowers to Rebecca’s family, please visit our floral store.



World Book Day

By Student Life

World Book Day changes lives through a love of books and shared reading. Our mission is to promote reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own. Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success – more than their family circumstances, their parents’ educational background or their income. We want to see more children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, with a life-long habit of reading for pleasure and the improved life chances this brings them. Designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, World Book Day is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. 

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School Fundraiser

By Student Life

Our school, now more than ever, needs your support and every purchase makes a difference! Shop for: gift wrap, kitchen, home items, candy & more. For our students to participate and sell 10 items. Order Form Entry Online Only By April 26, 2021 For any questions, please contact Michelle Campbell at or (910)2237711 

Shop online and Share with Family and Friends: Email, Text & Post to Social Media

TO REGISTER: Visit: or Text: “Register” to 636202-1400 
School ID: 237711
Student ID: Enter the last 7 digits of your phone number (If you are registering more than one student, just change the last number  of your phone number to create a second Student ID) kindle fire 

Register above to be entered into a drawing  for a chance to win a Kindle Fire Tablet! Share with Family, Friends & CoWorkers

Alpha Academy McKinney-Vento Program

By Fayetteville Observer

NCHEP is dedicated to ensuring that all children and youth experiencing homelessness have access to the public education to which they are entitled under the federal McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act. NCHEP works towards this goal by ensuring that North Carolina’s state policies are in compliance with federal law, by providing technical assistance to North Carolina’s local homeless education liaisons, and by providing informational and awareness materials to educators and other interested community members throughout North Carolina.

The North Carolina Homeless Education Program (NCHEP) is the Education for Homeless Children and Youths Program for the state of North Carolina. In January 2009, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction contracted with The SERVE Center at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


NCHEP is dedicated to ensuring that all children and youth experiencing homelessness have access to the public education to which they are entitled under the federal McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act. NCHEP works towards this goal by ensuring that North Carolina’s state policies are in compliance with federal law, by providing technical assistance to North Carolina’s local homeless education liaisons, and by providing informational and awareness materials to educators and other interested community members throughout North Carolina.


Initial questions should be directed to the  homeless liaison contact listed below:

Brandie Abraham | School Counselor/Dean of Students

Phone: (910)-223-7711 Ext 218


8th Grade Science Fair

By Katherine G. Johnson S.T.E.M Institute

Dear 8th Grade Parents/Guardians,


We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health as we continue to face the uncertainty in our community.
Below is important information concerning your student(s) 2021 Science Fair Project. Please read this letter in its entirety so that we can have safe transport for student materials and projects.
The purpose of our Science Fair this year is to foster Family Engagement. Families gain an opportunity to spend time together on a Science Fair Project that will promote a positive academic environment. Please approach this as time to spend on your student’s academic progression, deeper understanding, and application of what has been taught this year.
This pandemic situation has challenged us to look at various means to deliver meaningful academic instruction to our students and keep them engaged throughout the school year. This will be evident as we ask students and parents/guardians to work together on a cumulative and creative Science Fair Project. Students will have the choice of 2 options:
1. Create a Tri – Fold Presentation Board that highlights a topic they learned this year. Students will take a topic they are interested in or learned the most about to create an informational board to explain to younger students what they will be learning about in 8th grade.
2. Create a Prototype of a device that will help the Environment. Students will record a 2 minute video displaying the device, discussing its components, explaining how this will help the environment, and what science based research they have conducted that has led them to the conclusion that this will be helpful.
***Rubrics for these projects are attached. Please review these as the guide for your project completion***
The Science Fair Tri Fold/ Presentation Video must be completed by Friday, April 2nd.
Please mark your calendar identifying these vital dates during the remainder of this semester:
February 26th – Choose either Option 1 or 2
March 1st, 2nd, and 3rd – Students take their Tri – Fold Board home after testing (Option 1).
March 12th – Content developed and rough drafts created at home
Option 1: Rough drafts completed: Ex: state standard, title, topic, Why is this important, Why is this interesting? What would we need to know before learning about this topic? What is the most important item to know about this topic?
Option 2: Prototype #1 should be completed with a summary of how it helps the Earth
March 19th – Plan arrangement of information on board or in video
Option 1: Sketch arrangement of information on scrap sheet of paper. Will that information fit? Did I include all of the components listed above?
Option 2: Practice Videotaping. If this goes well keep the video. If not, erase and then film again with adjustments made.
March 26th – Create Tri-Fold OR Create the video. Look over your work!
Option 1: Create board by arranging, placing, decorating, coloring, and writing on Tri-Fold Board
Option 2: Record the entire video. Look at recording to ensure it satisfies requirements.
March 29th – Boards need to be dropped off this week at the Front office. Drop the boards off after 10 am but before 2 pm. Include student’s name and homeroom teacher on back of board
April 2nd – Boards Due by 2 pm. Videos submitted using Flip Grid by 2pm. Label with Name and Homeroom Teacher so that we can track these easily.
This assignment will be taken for a Grade
Thank you for continued support.
Chris Stinson
STEM Director