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Kindergarten Registration for 2020-21 Opens Monday, January 27 girls reading

The Cherokee County School District is opening online registration for 2020-21 kindergarten students and first graders new to CCSD on Monday, January 27.  The Registration Gateway allows parents to log in from home via CCSD’s website and get enrollment forms filled out online, rather than filling them out by hand while waiting at a school office.

CCSD Hosts New Leaders Reception New Leaders Reception 1 2 14 20

The Cherokee County School District on Thursday evening hosted a New Leaders Reception for the School Board to meet the educators recommended by the Superintendent of Schools for leadership roles including Principal posts.  

Board Briefs: School Board Approves Appointments of New Principals, Leaders for Next School Year 2020 CCSD New Leaders 2 14 20

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 approved the appointments of new Principals and other leaders for next school year.

Woodstock MS Student Gets a Visit from Falcons Fullback falcons visit

Woodstock Middle School student Audric Agbavon got a surprise visit from Atlanta Falcons fullback Keith Smith at the school on Wednesday.  Audric's parapro, who contacted Smith through a mutual friend, worked with WMS administrators to arrange the lunchtime visit so Aubric could meet his favorite Falcons player. 

Sixes Elementary Adds New Playground for Students playground opening

Volunteers, students and school officials cut the ribbon on a new playground structure at Sixes Elementary School on Wednesday.  The PTA and surrounding community raised funds the last two years to replace an aging playscape with a new structure for students at the K-5 school. 

CCSD Announces Second Annual Support Staff Employees of the Year Awards ssoty announce 2020 2 12 20

The Cherokee County School District next month will present its second annual Support Staff Employees of the Year Awards!

The celebration on March 12 will honor one Support Staff Employee of the Year from each of CCSD’s schools, centers and central office divisions.  Each honoree will be recognized by the Superintendent of Schools and School Board members, receive a plaque and gifts of appreciation, and enjoy a reception with their family and Principal.  

Congratulations to CCSD's STAR Students and Teachers! CCSD STAR Students and Teachers 2020

Congratulations to the Cherokee County School District’s 2020 STAR Students and Teachers!

The STAR, or Student Teacher Achievement Recognition, Student honor is awarded to the high school senior from each Georgia public and private high school with the highest score on any single test date of the SAT (taken through the November test date of senior year), who also in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of his or her class based on grade point average.  

Superintendent, CCSD Named National Award Finalists! most spirited superintendent 2020 2 12 20

The Cherokee County School District and its Superintendent of Schools are finalists for national awards recognizing the best in school spirit and dedication to schools and students!

The Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards celebrate schools, organizations and individuals who “go above and beyond the call of duty to build school pride, student engagement and community spirit.”  

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Trina Hutchison of Knox ES STEM Academy! ssoty knox 2 12 20

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here every week. Please join us in thanking and congratulating Knox Elementary School STEM Academy Support Staff Employee of the Year Trina Hutchison!

Meet a CCSD School Police Officer: Capt. Ken Locke! meet officer Ken Locke 2 11 20

The Cherokee County School District’s School Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting our students and staff every day. We’re thankful for their service, and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam #SafeCherokee

Six CCSD High School Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists! CCSD 2019 National Merit Semi-Finalists

All six of the Cherokee County School District’s 2020 National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists have been named finalists!

They are: of Cherokee High School, Anna DeYoung; of Creekview High School, Jack Eno and Lyriel Todd; of River Ridge High School, Alicia Mazzurra and Sathvika Narasimhan; of Woodstock High School, Dayne J. Bergman.

CCSD School Wins $10,000 Grant for Healthy Schools Project! 2020 Super Heath Super You logo

A Cherokee County School District elementary school has won a $10,000 competitive national grant for a healthy schools project!

Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy is the Grand Prize and Title I Winner in the annual Super Health, Super You Community Challenge sponsored by Novo Nordisk and Discovery Education.

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Brooke Hopkins of Macedonia ES! MTT (Macedonia ES) Hopkins 2 10 20

We’re proud of our CCSD family’s outstanding teachers… and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam

Congratulations to the Woodstock Zone Counselor of the Year: Katherine Mckechnie of Sixes ES! coty whs zone 2020 - katherine mckechnie - sixes es.jpg

Congratulations to a CCSD 2020 Innovation Zone Counselor of the Year! Thank you to all CCSD counselors for the impact you make in our community! #CCSDfam #CCSDcares #NSCW2020

Congratulations to the Etowah Zone Counselor of the Year: Janeen Bastin of Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy! coty ehs zone 2020 - Janeen Bastin - Oak grove es

Congratulations to a CCSD 2020 Innovation Zone Counselor of the Year! Thank you to all CCSD counselors for the impact you make in our community! #CCSDfam #CCSDcares #NSCW2020

Woodstock HS Junior Earns Perfect ACT Score! perfect ACT score WHS Thomas Arntzen 2 7 10

A Cherokee County School District junior has achieved a perfect score on the ACT!

Woodstock High School junior Thomas Arntzen earned the top composite score of 36 on the college entrance and placement test.  On average, less than one-half of 1 percent of the 1.8 Million students who take the ACT each year earns the top score!  

CCSD High Schools Earn State Honors for AP Programs AP logo

Cherokee County School District’s high schools all have earned State honors for excellent Advanced Placement (AP) programs and performance that continues to exceed State and National averages!

Each of CCSD’s six traditional high schools today received recognition from the State as a 2020 AP Honor School for outstanding student performance and participation on AP exams, which offer students more challenging coursework and the opportunity to earn college credit.  This is the 10th consecutive year for all of CCSD’s high schools to earn State AP honors.  

Congratulations to the River Ridge Zone Counselor of the Year: Michelle Giles coty rrhs zone 2020 - michelle giles johnston es

It’s National School Counseling Week ... the perfect week to announce CCSD’s 2020 Innovation Zone Counselors of the Year! Stay tuned this week as we highlight each winner. Thank you to all CCSD counselors for the impact you make in our community! #CCSDfam #CCSDcares #NSCW2020

CCSD Celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day NGWSD

More than 700 female athletes from Cherokee County's six high schools participated in the county's annual celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD), held Monday, February 3, at Cherokee High School. NGWSD recognizes the contributions female athletes have made in their sports, acknowledges the challenges they have overcome, and celebrates the positive influence of sports participation for girls and women everywhere, as well as the impact of Title IX legislation that guarantees equal access to athletics for females. 

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Gabriela Fernandez-Guerrero of CCSD Preschool Centers! toty CCSD Preschool Centers 2 8 20

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate 2020 CCSD Preschool Centers Teacher of the Year Gabriela Fernandez-Guerrero of Hasty Preschool!

Congratulations to Sequoyah Zone Counselor of the Year: Chris Guy of Holly Springs ES STEM Academy! shs coty 2020

It’s National School Counseling Week ... the perfect week to announce CCSD’s 2020 Innovation Zone Counselors of the Year! Stay tuned this week as we highlight each winner. Thank you to all CCSD counselors for the impact you make in our community! #CCSDfam #CCSDcares #NSCW2020

Congratulations to Cherokee Zone Counselor of the Year: Kelly Schalliol of Tippens EC! coty chs 2020

It’s National School Counseling Week ... the perfect week to announce CCSD’s 2020 Innovation Zone Counselors of the Year! Stay tuned this week as we highlight each winner. Thank you to all CCSD counselors for the impact you make in our community! #CCSDfam #CCSDcares #NSCW2020

Parents of Special Education Students Asked to Take Annual Survey FlyerCCSD Survey 2020

The Georgia Department of Education's Special Education IDEA Parent Survey is now open to all families of students with disabilities through May 31.  Survey results help the State determine parents’ perception of the success of schools' parent engagement efforts. 

Cherokee HS Removed from State Support Program

Cherokee High School has been removed from a Georgia Department of Education support program for assisting English Learners and praised for its improvement efforts.

The school in November was added to the State’s Targeted Support and Improvement list to help its students who speak English as a second language make greater progress on the State’s Milestones standardized tests.

CCSD Annual Job Fair Set for Saturday, March 7 job flyer image

The Cherokee County School District will host its annual job fair on Saturday, March 7 for hiring new teachers, bus drivers, school nurses and school nutrition workers.  The District is also looking for psychologists and speech language pathologists.

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Leigh Ghorley of Johnston ES! ssoty Johnston ES 2 6 20

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here every week. Please join us in thanking and congratulating Johnston Elementary School Support Staff Employee of the Year Leigh Ghorley!

Meet a CCSD School Police Officer: Scott D. Ryder of Polaris! meet officer Ryder 2 4 20

The Cherokee County School District’s School Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting our students and staff every day. We’re thankful for their service, and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam #SafeCherokee

Congratulations to CCSD's 2020 Reading Bowl Winners! 2020 CCSD Reading Bowl - Indian Knoll ES

Congratulations to the winners of the annual CCSD Reading Bowl!  

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Bryan Wallace of Free Home ES! MTT (Free Home) Wallace 2 3 20

We’re proud of our CCSD family’s outstanding teachers… and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam

Congrats to This Month's #ThanksCCSD Drawing Winner! thanksccsd drawing winner feb 2020

As part of #thanksCCSD, one honoree is randomly selected monthly to receive a gift bag & $25 Visa card from Credit Union of Georgia

Clark Creek ES STEM Academy Wins Top Technology Education Award! 2020 ITEEA Program Excellence Award - Clark Creek ES STEM Academy 1 31 20

Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy for the second time has received an international organization’s top honor for excellence in technology and engineering education!

The school has been named the Georgia winner of the 2020 Program Excellence Award presented by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) and Paxton-Patterson.  Clark Creek previously earned this recognition in 2017.

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Dawn Mathis of Carmel ES! toty Carmel ES 2 1 20

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate 2020 Carmel Elementary School Teacher of the Year Dawn Mathis!

CCSD Students Excel at Tech Fair, Advancing to State! gastc logo

Cherokee County School District students excelled in this year’s Student Technology Competition, with 53 placing first at Regions! 

The statewide Georgia Student Technology Competition program includes 16 categories of competition for students in Grades 3-12. Three hundred and thirty-seven students put their technology skills to the test at the Piedmont Regional Technology Competition recently held at Woodstock MS: School. 

Superintendent of Schools Speaks at "State of County" Event CCSD State of the County 2020 1 1 29 20

Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower served as a keynote speaker for the 2020 "State of the County" event.

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Karla Reinhart of Liberty ES! ssoty liberty 1 30 20

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here every week. Please join us in thanking and congratulating Liberty Elementary School Support Staff Employee of the Year Karla Reinhart!

Meet a CCSD School Police Officer: Lead Investigator Cpl. Beth Endicott! meet officer Endicott 1 28 20

The Cherokee County School District’s School Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting our students and staff every day. We’re thankful for their service, and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam #SafeCherokee

CCSD School Reassignment Applications Accepted February 1-March 1 choices art

The window for school choice reassignments for 2020-21 within the Cherokee County School District is February 1-March 1. This includes applications for CCSD STEM and Fine Arts Academies.

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Kaitlin Forbes of Freedom MS! MTT (Freedom MS) Forbes 1 27 20

We’re proud of our CCSD family’s outstanding teachers… and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Annie King of Boston ES!  toty boston es 1 25 20

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate 2020 Boston Elementary School Teacher of the Year Annie King!

Woodstock MS Student Chefs Advance to State Competition Woodstock MS Student Chefs 1 24 20

A team of Woodstock Middle School students is a State finalist in the Georgia Department of Education’s Fueling Georgia’s Future Student Chef Competition!  

Two CCSD Teachers Named Top Science Educators in Georgia! GSTA Teachers of the Year 2020 1 24 20

Two CCSD teachers have earned top statewide awards for science educators!  

Karen Garland of Clark Creek ES STEM Academy is the Georgia Science Teachers Association 2020 Teacher of the Year for Elementary Schools, and Dr. Brian Heglund of Etowah HS is the Teacher of the Year for High Schools.

Board Briefs: School Board Approves Appointment of New Chief Operating Officer D Murdock

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 approved the appointment of a longtime CCSD leader as its next Chief Operations Officer.

Dr. Debra Murdock, a past Georgia High School Principal of the Year who currently serves as an Executive Director in the Office of School Operations, will begin leading the division this spring.

Cherokee HS Celebrates Opening of Food Pantry in Partnership with MUST Ministries Cherokee HS Food Pantry 1 1 16 20

Cherokee High School this morning welcomed community leaders to celebrate the official opening of its new food pantry in partnership with MUST Ministries and cut the ceremonial ribbon.

School Board Visits Sixes Elementary School School Board Sixes ES 1 1 16 20

Cherokee County School Board members regularly visit schools for tours with the Superintendent of Schools, members of his staff, and the school’s Principal and administrative team. This month, the visit was to Sixes Elementary School! #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Marsha Mattson of Bascomb ES! toty bascomb 1 18 20

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate 2020 Bascomb Elementary School Teacher of the Year Marsha Mattson!

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Tammy Grummer of Indian Knoll ES! ssoty ikes 1 16 20

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here every week. Please join us in thanking and congratulating Indian Knoll Elementary School Support Staff Employee of the Year Tammy Grummer!

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Hailey Burden of Arnold Mill ES! MTT (Arnold Mill ES) Burden 1 20 20

We’re proud of our CCSD family’s outstanding teachers… and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam

CCSD Georgia Lottery Pre-K Enrollment Begins in February RM Moore Pre-K 2

Open enrollment for the Cherokee County School District’s Georgia Lottery Pre-K Classes program begins in February!

Reminder: Use SafeSchools Alert to Report Safety Concerns Safe Schools

Safe Schools Alert

Please watch this brief video to learn more about SafeSchools Alert - CCSD's system to report a school safety concern by text, email, phone call, online message or app to school police and administrators. Reminder: This system does not replace 911; please call 911 in an emergency. #SafeCherokee

 

 

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