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A Picture of the Battle of the Books Team from Eastover Central Elelmentary SchoolCumberland County Schools sponsors a program for a team of students from each elementary school to compete for the distinction of being the county champions.

Battle of the Books is a voluntary, competitive reading program for students in both 4th and 5th grades. The purpose is to encourage students to read good books and have fun while competing with peers.

Recommended students may try out for this team. The team will consist of 8-10 students. Once a child makes the team they must read all 20 of the books from the book list provided for that year’s Battle of the Books.
They must also write questions on each book after reading it.
The EOC BOB team meets 1-2 times a week after school.

Official Battle of the Books List

Title                                                         Author

*At the Bottom of the World               Bill Nye & Gregory Mone
Ban This Book                                        Alan Gratz
Becoming Naomi Leόn                         Pam Muñoz Ryan
Blood on the River                                 Elisa Carbone
**Found                                                   Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Fourteenth Goldfish                      Jennifer L. Holm
How to Steal a Dog                                Barbara O’Connor
The Old Willis Place                              Mary Downing Hahn
Rain Reign                                               Ann M. Martin
Ruby Holler                                             Sharon Creech
Runaway Twin                                        Peg Kehret
Save Me a Seat                                        Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan
A Snicker of Magic                                 Natalie Lloyd
Stella by Starlight                                   Sharon M. Draper
A Wrinkle in Time                                 Madeleine L’Engle

*Jack and the Geniuses – Book  1
**The Missing Series – Book 1

Champion Beat combined with EOC Strings students

Champion Beat combing with Strings Students

All students in the fourth and fifth grade have the opportunity to join the Eastover Central Champion Beat. This is a singing group that performs many different types of music and incorporates some movement. The Champion Beat performs at events such as Grandparent’s Day, the Winter Program, and the Spring Program. This is a great opportunity for children to gain confidence and have fun with music and simple choreography.



The Ambassadors will initiate creative programs to develop and sustain a culture of character and success.  The Ambassadors are 4th and 5th Grade students.  They will complete an application and will be selected by a committee.  The Ambassadors will meet once a month on Friday after school from 2:40 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Creative Champions Art Club
The Creative Champions consist of Fourth and Fifth grade students and is sponsored by Mrs. McHugh. This group of students will continue to explore a variety of media and enjoy furthering the development of their visual arts through after-school exploration of these concepts.

Eastover Little Players is offered to interested 4th and 5th graders.  Students must learn a short monologue and present it in front of a panel of judges for a production that will be performed in the spring.  Actors may be asked to sing or dance in the auditions as well. The Eastover Little Players meets after school; parents are required to pick up their students on these days.  The children who are members of this class will be exposed to all aspects of putting on a play.


An image of a Military dad with his son playing soccerThe Patriot Kids Club supports and encourages the academic success of the military child. They meet once a month by grade level. Through this club, Eastover-Central Elementary School of Arts provides military students and their families with tools necessary for:
  • An easy transition into a new school environment
  • Familiarity with their new community
  • Networking with other Eastover-Central military students and families
  • Support during deployments

An image of the Science Olympiad logo encouraging exploring the world of scienceEastover-Central Elementary is proud to offer Science Olympiad to students in grade levels 3-5.  The NCSO events align with the NC Standard Course of Study and provide opportunities for students to be challenged, inspired, and excited while fostering an interest in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math.    Students will acquire knowledge in these areas by exploring and experimenting with STEM subjects while preparing for the NCSO Regional Tournament where students will team up to compete in 19 different events with the hopes of medaling in their events and becoming Regional Champions.

The study of Strings helps your child develop an appreciation of the Arts and specifically orchestral music. When considering the idea of Multiple Intelligences, this discipline offers a chance for your child to enhance his or her musical, kinesthetic, spatial, intrapersonal, interpersonal, and logical-mathematical intelligences. For all students, developing a positive self-image is important. Studying strings requires self-discipline. When a student achieves a goal because he or she has learned this self-discipline and receives positive results, self-confidence is built. This, in turn, helps the image the student has of him/herself to be a positive one. Students develop and utilize fine and gross motor skills and the work requires precision and accuracy.

Parental Involvement
Parental involvement is critical to the success of the child. The parent is asked to participate in the lesson along with the child. This way the parent understands what the instructor is attempting to teach and can reinforce this at home.

Pioneering with Pre-Kindergarten
Many years ago, Eastover-Central chose to be a School of the Arts. In our effort to expand and explore new avenues of Arts study for our students, we decided to offer our Pre-Kindergarten students the opportunity to study violin beginning in the fall of 2004.

Pre-Kindergarten moves on…
As each new school year began, Eastover-Central added a new grade level to our expanding strings program. We are proud to say that we now offer strings to every student on every grade level in the school! The program is required for all students from Pre-K through Second Grade. Instruments on this level are still provided by the school and parent involvement is still very important. The program becomes optional in Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grades, and these students are required to provide their own instruments.

Fifth Grade Strings
In the fifth grade, students are offered the chance to take Strings. They are given the opportunity to study the violin, viola, and cello. The string bass is too large an instrument for study at this time. Parents are asked to rent the instruments and to pay for all materials. Students are given the opportunity to perform for the winter and spring programs and for a countywide concert as well.

Published by Sandra Ezzelle on November 8, 2018
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