June 11, 2021

Dear Students, Staff, and Families,

It’s a beautiful day for the senior graduation this evening! There are numerous end of year events planned at all the schools in the next couple of weeks. We are very fortunate to now have the opportunity to have outdoor social gatherings.

  • Congratulations to the Class of 2021!  You have persevered through one of the most challenging times that students have had to experience.  We are happy for you and your families.  Enjoy this well deserved accomplishment.

  • Congratulations to Jillian Pullano, a 4th grade teacher at Ashton School. Jillian was the recipient of the first Alan Shawn Feinstein Educator Award (ASF) for leading acts of kindness and good deed initiatives in the Ashton School community.  Jillian will receive $25,000 for Ashton School and herself.  Jillian was nominated by her principal, Nidia Karbonik.  

  • CumberlandFest is back this year.  This is the 30th anniversary of this beloved event.  In addition to providing a number of fun-filled activities for the community, money raised from this event is directed back into the community by providing grants to organizations that support the youth in the Town of Cumberland.  Jerry Schimmel, the Executive Director of CumberlandFest met with me recently.  He is looking for volunteers.  There are two documents for your consideration:  one is a Volunteer Registration Form and the other is a Youth Organization 2021 Grant Application.  Please consider helping with this year’s event.

    • Here is a description of the CumberlandFest:  CumberlandFest is the creation of the Cumberland Youth Activities Council (CYAC), a nonprofit 501c-3 that was formed in 1991 to raise money for youth athletic activities in Cumberland. For nearly three decades, CumberlandFest has been the area’s most anticipated summer event. Held annually at Diamond Hill Park during Victory Day Weekend in August, CumberlandFest includes a carnival midway of rides to thrill all ages, a wide array of musical acts, food vendors, an arts & crafts fair and other special events. Through the patronage of thousands of attendees, the assistance of hundreds of event volunteers and the community-wide support of business sponsors, CumberlandFest has contributed more than $1,000,000 to youth programs over its 29-year history.


Enjoy the weekend.


Robert A. Mitchell

Superintendent of Schools

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