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CCSD to Host Annual Job Fair on March 2 for Teachers, Bus Drivers & School Nutrition Workers CCSD 2019 Job Fair - March 2

The Cherokee County School District will host its annual job fair on March 2 for hiring new teachers, bus drivers and school nutrition workers!

The fair is from 9 a.m. to noon at River Ridge High School in Woodstock, and offers job candidates the opportunity to meet CCSD and school leaders.  Candidates not only will have the opportunity to introduce themselves, but also the chance to ask questions.

Board Briefs: School Board Reviews Budget Forecast, Legislative Issues BOE Swearing In 2019 (3)

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 heard a forecast for next year’s budget and weighed in on legislative issues anticipated to come up this session. 

The meeting began with the swearing in of four Board members, who all were re-elected to four-year terms: Mike Chapman, John Harmon, Clark Menard and Robert “Rick Steiner” Rechsteiner.  The School Board then elected Kelly Poole its vice chair, who will serve in the additional role through the end of the 2019.

CCSD Principal Named Finalist for Georgia Principal of the Year! MERGES, MARK

A Cherokee County School District Principal is a finalist for a statewide Principal of the Year Award!

Creekview High School Principal Dr. Mark Merges is one of six finalists for the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals’ Principal of the Year award.  

New Head Coach Named for River Ridge HS Football Program COLLINS Mike

River Ridge High School’s football program is welcoming a new head coach who built a statewide reputation for success after starting his career on Cherokee County fields.

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday night approved the hiring of Michael Collins to teach physical education at River Ridge High School and head up its football program, effective March 1.  Coach Collins most recently led teams in Cobb County (2010-2018; 2005-2007) and DeKalb County (2008-2009). 

CCSD Announces High School 2019 Summer School Options CCSD Summer School 2019 Course Recovery Sessions

The Cherokee County School District will offer a variety of summer school learning opportunities from June 5-25 for high school students including rising ninth-graders.

In addition to offering a wide selection of courses for students who need to retake classes not passed during the regular school year, Personal Fitness and Health courses will be offered for initial high school credit.  

School Board Visits Johnston Elementary School CCSD School Board Visits Johnston ES 1 1 17 19

The Cherokee County School Board regularly visits schools to meet with Principals and tour classrooms to see teachers and students at work.  On Wednesday, the School Board, joined by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower and senior staff members, visited Johnston Elementary School, led by Principal Laura Akers.  The group learned about the school’s new positive behavior and culture initiatives like Cat Packs, as well as efforts by teachers to share best practices for effective instruction through their Professional Learning Community job-alike group meetings.


Parents of Special Education Students Invited to Complete Survey online survey clip art

The Cherokee County School District invites parents of students who receive Special Education services to help improve schools by completing a survey.

CCSD Opening Online Registration for 2019-20 Kindergarten on Jan. 22 Calling All Kindergartners - online registration for 2019-20 begins Jan 22

The Cherokee County School District is opening online registration for kindergarten beginning Jan. 22!

The new online system introduced last year allows parents to log in from home to the Registration Gateway via CCSD’s website at www.cherokeek12.net instead of handwriting information on a pile of paper forms in a school office.  

STEM Learning Expands through Atlanta Braves Partnership CCSD Braves Science 1 1 14 19

Cherokee County School District middle school educators hit a home run for learning on Friday at SunTrust Park!  

The group of 28 teachers and seven administrators participated in the Atlanta Braves Science of Baseball Workshop, part of the Braves’ positive partnership with CCSD.

Three CCSD Teachers Nominated for National Award! CCSD lifechanger nominees 1 14 19

Three Cherokee County School District teachers have been nominated for a national honor!  Kristin Covington of Mountain Road Elementary School, Rebecca Heard of Clayton Elementary School and Mystic Henderson of Etowah High School are nominees for the 2018-2019 LifeChanger of the Year Award. 

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Lauren Garcia of CCSD's Preschool Centers CCSD Preschool Centers 2019 toty

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 CCSD Preschool Centers 2019 Teacher of the Year Lauren Garcia!

Teacher Lauren Garcia meets parents at the beginning of their own learning process: raising a child with special needs.  She teaches them expertly, as she does their children at the Johnston Preschool Center, about the importance of setting goals, valuing progress, and celebrating every success.

State Superintendent Listens to Student Pitch About Her Dream Project woods hightower manzella and ila in the media center

State School Superintendent Richard Woods came to ET Booth MS to hear a presentation by eighth-grader Ila Prabhuram, who serves on the State Superintendent's Student Advisory Council.  The Council is made up of 120 students from across Georgia to provide feedback and discussion about state board policies, as well as participate in service projects and serve as student ambassadors.

Special Event Focused on Resources for Children with Special Needs Agency Information Fair 2019 Flier image

The Cherokee County School District presents an annual Agency Information Fair for parents, grandparents, teachers and caregivers to learn more about services in the community for children with special needs. This year's free event is on March 21. Please see the flier posted online here for more info, as well as this list of participating organizations.

Read the latest CCSD Connections parent newsletter! CCSD Connections Jan 19 newsletter image

The latest issue of our CCSD Connections parent newsletter is online now: https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter Thanks to Credit Union of Georgia for its sponsorship! #CCSDfam

Teachers Learn Classroom Strategies to Assist Students Social and Emotional Learning

More than 100 CCSD teachers attended a workshop Monday on understanding Social Emotional Learning and its impact on student attitude, behavior, and achievement.  Teachers learned how to maintain a classroom environment where students can feel safe and build resilience, especially those students who have experienced trauma in their personal life and may be struggling. 

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Carmel ES 2019 TOTY

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 Carmel Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year Melanie Phillips!

Kindergarten teacher Melanie Phillips’ heart hurts when she hears her students described as “those kids.”

CCSD Students Celebrate the Holidays With Service Projects! Arnold Mill ES Giving Tree 12 19 18

Students throughout the Cherokee County School District celebrated the spirit of the season through service learning projects.  They, with the support of teachers and staff, parents, and school partners, collected thousands of donations of gifts, food and other necessities for families in need in their community.  Many also volunteered throughout the community to serve and spread holiday cheer.  Here are a few photos from the many ways our students helped make the community a better place this holiday season!  #CCSDfam  

CCSD Georgia Lottery PreK Classes Enrollment Begins in February Hasty ES preK 2018

Open enrollment for the Cherokee County School District’s Georgia Lottery Pre-K Classes program begins in February for an earlier start to the annual process.
The earlier start, which has been moved up from the spring, will provide parents more time to seek other preschool options should their 4-year-old not win a spot in the lottery drawing for the program’s limited seats.

Board Briefs - Special Edition: School Board Members Meet With Legislative Delegation Georgia Capitol Building

The Cherokee County School Board on Friday, Dec. 14, presented its 2019 Legislative Partnership Priorities to members of the county’s Legislative Delegation, including pleas for continued local control of educational decisions and increased State funding for school safety and security.

The annual breakfast meeting hosted by the School Board included a review by School Board Chair Kyla Cromer of those Priorities, as well as time for the legislators to share what issues they plan to advocate for during the session.

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