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CCSD Employees Win in Wellness Challenge! CCSD Wellness JPK 6 7 19

The Cherokee County School District partnered with Northside Hospital Cherokee to offer employees the opportunity to get healthier and earn prizes through a Spring Wellness Challenge. 

Cherokee HS JROTC Program Earns Top Merit Award Cherokee HS JROTC Award 6 7 19

The Cherokee High School Air Force Junior ROTC Program has been selected as one of 102 units to receive the 2018-19 Air Force JROTC Distinguished Unit with Merit Award. 

CCSD Students Earn Top Award for Marketing at Career Competition! deca marketing award shs 6 7 19

Sequoyah High School DECA student marketing association members earned top honors at the 2019 DECA International Career Development Conference in Orlando. 

School Board Celebrates Successful Year of Service by Students CCSD Student Delegates 6 7 19

The Cherokee County School Board celebrated its Students Advisor and Student Delegates with a special send-off at the student representatives’ last meeting of the year.

CCSD Student Places at International Science & Engineering Fair! KHAN Zakwan

A Cherokee County School District student has placed at the International Science and Engineering Fair!

Woodstock High School rising senior Zakwan Khan earned honorable mention in the Addiction Science category for his project “The Role of the Cat-2 Gene in the Development of Substance Abuse.”

 

CCSD Congratulates Winners of First-Ever Minecraft Challenge! CCSD Minecraft Challenge 6 7 19

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating the winners of its first-ever Minecraft Challenge!

Students from across CCSD were challenged by the Office of Technology & Information Services to design a “school of the future,” with a focus on ensuring this school for 100 years from now would be more accessible, inclusive and sustainable.

CCSD Educators Complete Advanced Training in Co-Teaching! CCSD CIE 1 6 7 19

Seventy-five CCSD teachers have earned the Certified Inclusive Educator (CIE) designation after completing specialized training to better serve special education students.

The 10-month program, developed by CCSD’s special education department, provided teams of general education and special education co-teachers with training on best practices including research-based strategies and effective models, concluding with a capstone presentation by participants for their fellow teachers at their own schools.

CCSD Teacher Honored for Services to Blind, Low Vision Students CCSD Lions Award 6 7 19

A Cherokee County School District teacher has won a statewide award for her service to children with visual impairments!

Katie Proctor, who teaches students who are blind or have low vision, was presented with the Lions of Georgia’s Anne Sullivan Award for her “exemplary work with individuals with visual impairments.” 

CCSD Class of 2019 Graduate Appointed to U.S. Air Force Academy! Woodstock HS Anna Fournaris 6 7 19

A Woodstock High School Class of 2019 graduate has been appointed to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy!

Anna Fournaris, who served as the school’s Navy Junior ROTC commanding cadet officer, is headed to the service academy in Colorado Springs, Co. later this month to begin her studies.  She plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science and go on to serve after graduation as an air battle manager for the Air Force.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Jody Page of the Office of Curriculum & Instruction ssoty c and i 6 6 19

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 2019 CCSD Office of Curriculum & Instruction Support Staff Employee of the Year Jody Page!

Learning Is Fun at Summer Discovery! students working with pasta

CCSD's expanded elementary school enrichment program, Summer Discovery, was full of arts and crafts, Lego building, computer coding, cooking classes, singing and dancing-- and, a lot of smiles!  

Attention CCSD Parents: Book Sales Not Endorsed by CCSD

Attention CCSD Parents: Please be advised that we have received reports that a door-to-door salesman working in our community has allegedly told parents that he and his merchandise have been endorsed by CCSD.  That is untrue.  We have not and do not endorse any such materials or sales.  Thank you to the parents who brought this to our attention.   

Congrats to CCSD Leaders Named Rising Stars! CCSD Top 10 in 10 1 6 6 19

We’re so proud of our two leaders recognized by the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce this morning as part of its “Top 10 in 10” 2019 class of rising young stars! Congratulations to Dr. Ashley Kennerly, new Principal of Sixes Elementary School (second from right); and Melissa Sneed, supervisor of special education for CCSD (third from left), and their fellow honorees. #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Northside Hospital Cherokee for Mill Creek Middle School! poty mcms 6 5 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Mill Creek Middle School 2019 Partner of the Year: Northside Hospital Cherokee!

Congratulations to CCSD's School Psychologist of the Year! CCSD Golden Cranium 6 5 19

The Cherokee County School District 2019 School Psychologist of the Year is Wendy Barker!

Ms. Barker, who serves Little River Elementary School and provides support to CCSD’s Preschool Assessment Team, was presented with the “Golden Cranium” Award by her colleagues.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Creekland MS PTSA for Creekland MS! voty Creekland MS 6 4 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to Creekland Middle School 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Creekland Middle School PTSA!

 

Thank you for Supporting Officers at Graduation! roly poly graduation thank you 6 1 19

Thank you to Roly Poly of Woodstock for providing lunches to CCSD School Police Department, Cherokee Sheriff’s Office & Woodstock Police Department Officers who together made our Class of 2019 graduation ceremonies a better and safer experience for students & their families and friends. We appreciate these officers and are glad you do, too. #CCSDfam #2019CCSDgrads

Thank You For Supporting Police Officers! sams graduation thank you 5 31 19

Thank you to Roly Poly of Woodstock for providing lunches to CCSD School Police Department, Cherokee Sheriff’s Office & Woodstock Police Department Officers who together made our Class of 2019 graduation ceremonies a better and safer experience for students & their families and friends. We appreciate these officers and are glad you do, too. #CCSDfam#2019CCSDgrads

Cherokee HS Graduate Shows True Heart of a Warrior graduation day

Cherokee High School’s graduation ceremony Thursday night included almost 600 students who walked across the stage in bright red caps and gowns to receive their coveted diplomas; however, the journey of a few dozen steps was particularly significant for one young man, Elijah Cook

Congratulations to CCSD's Golden Apple Teachers! CCSD Golden Apple 1 5 31 19

Fourteen Cherokee County School District teachers have been honored as this year’s Golden Apple Award winners!

The Gamma Eta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International presents the annual awards to one teacher from each selected school; honorees are chosen by their colleagues in recognition of distinctive service, enthusiasm, initiative and expertise. 

Liberty ES Wins Two National Awards for Service Learning!  Liberty ES Promising Practices

Liberty Elementary School continues to build upon its national recognition as a School of Character with work that has earned an additional two Promising Practices Awards!

The international organization Character.org, which has repeatedly honored Liberty ES a leader in character education and service learning, presented the two awards in recognition of the school’s “Caring for Caritas” and “Birthday Bins and Meal Kits for Foster Families” projects.

CCSD Student & Kindness Award Featured on ABC World News Tonight yancy abc news snip 5 30 19

Did you see it? Mill Creek Middle School eighth-grader Christopher Yancy and his Kindness Award were featured on the ABC World News Tonight national news broadcast on May 30, 2019! 

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Karen Cohen of Boston ES! ssoty boston es 2019

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 2019 Boston Elementary School Support Staff Employee of the Year Karen Cohen!

Thank You for Supporting Police Officers! cfa grad thank you ad 2019

Thank you to Chick-fil-A of Cherokee County for providing dinners to CCSD School Police Department, Cherokee Sheriff’s Office & Woodstock Police Department Officers who together are making our Class of 2019 graduation ceremonies a better and safer experience for students & their families and friends. We appreciate these officers and are glad you do, too. #CCSDfam #2019CCSDgrads

CCSD Honors Top Grads and Teachers at Scholar Recognition Banquet! CCSD 2019 Scholar Recognition Banquet

The Cherokee County School District and School Board celebrated the Class of 2019 Valedictorians and Salutatorians at its 19th Annual Scholar Recognition Banquet.

The evening at the Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility auditorium on Wednesday was attended by the Scholars and their parents; the teacher each Scholar chose as the most influential in his or her education; CCSD’s high school Principals; the Superintendent of Schools and members of his senior staff; and the School Board.

Read the June CCSD Connections Newsletter! CCSD Connections June 2019 snip

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

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Airborne Canton Aerial Adventure Park for Mountain Road ES! poty Mountain Road ES 5 29 20

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Mountain Road Elementary School 2019 Partner of the Year: Airborne Canton Aerial Adventure Park!

Congratulations to CCSD's Class of 2019! grad jump 2019

Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2019, made up of 3,000 students, will walk across the stage for graduation ceremonies next week! 

All ceremonies will be held at First Baptist Church of Woodstock (11905 Highway 92, Woodstock, 30188). The ceremonies will be streamed on www.fbcw.org so family and friends who are unable to attend still can participate.

Back-to-School Walk-Through/Open House Schedule Set! back to school file photo 18

The Cherokee County School District’s 2019-20 school year will begin on Thursday, August 1. 

Each school’s front office will be open daily beginning Monday, July 15; hours are limited, so please call before visiting.

CCSD Serves Free Summer Meals to Kids in Need CCSD 2019 Summer Feeding Program

CCSD is continuing its participation in the USDA Seamless Summer Option, which offers free meals to children during the summer – and rolling out a new delivery bus!

The meals are available to youth 18 years of age or younger; the program runs June 5 to July 19, Monday through Friday, with no meal service July 1-5. All meals must be consumed on site; the distribution sites and times are listed on the flier above; a menu is online here.

Free Reading Resources Can Stop the 'Summer Slide' books

When children do not read during the summer months, research suggests they may lose up to three months of reading ability. Stop the "summer slide" by taking advantage of free reading resources for students this summer. 

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Brittany Stalling of Johnston ES!  Johnston ES 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 Johnston ES 2019 Teacher of the Year Brittany Stalling!

Johnston Elementary School Teacher of the Year Brittany Stalling remembers when she realized her life’s calling.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Counselor of the Year: Heather Chesnut of Clayton ES! heather chesnut

Our school counselors are extraordinary, which is why we’re sharing the stories of our Innovation Zone Counselors of the Year… please help us celebrate 2019 Cherokee Innovation Zone Counselor of the Year: Heather Chesnut of Clayton Elementary School!

CCSD Announces Class of 2019 Valedictorians, Salutatorians! 2019 ccsd vals sals

Congratulations to the Valedictorians and Salutatorians for the Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2019! 

These students and their parents will be honored by the School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the 19th Annual Scholar Recognition Banquet on Wednesday.  Each student also is invited to select a favorite teacher, and these teachers are honored at the Banquet as well.

CCSD Fourth-Grader Wins Regional Poetry Contest! Arnold Mill ES Poetry Contest 5 24 19

Arnold Mill Elementary School fourth-grader Sara Ali has won first place in a regional poetry contest!

Her poem, “Pop goes the Seedlet,” entered into competition by the Canton Trayletaah Garden Club, won first place in the Garden Club of Georgia Poetry Contest.  She then advanced to also win first place from the Deep South Garden Clubs of the National Garden Club, serving Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

CCSD Honors Retiring Leaders at Reception senior staff retirement 2019 (13)

The Cherokee County School District celebrated four retiring leaders with a special reception.

The Senior Staff Retirement Reception on Thursday afternoon honored CCSD Police Chief Mark Kissel, Director of Facility Construction Phil Parrott, Supervisor of Curriculum Tammy Castleberry and Coordinator of Curriculum Judy Withey.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Vickie Bryant of the Office of Human Resources! ssoty CCSD HR 5 23 19

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 2019 CCSD Office of Human Resources Support Staff Employee of the Year Vickie Bryant!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: The Premier Group Real Estate Firm for Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy! poty Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy 5 22 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Oak Grove Elementary School Fine Arts Academy 2019 Partner of the Year: The Premier Group Real Estate Firm!

CCSD Principal Earns Top Community Service Honor! Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy Principal Award 1 5 21 19

Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy Principal Rodney Larrotta has earned a top honor for community service!

The Rotary Club of Canton today presented Principal Larrotta with its 2019 Jean Harris Service Above Self Award, which honors an outstanding volunteer from the community each year.

Message to Parents: New Anti-Vaping Policy no vaping image

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that the School Board has unanimously approved a new tougher anti-vaping policy for next school year.

While CCSD’s student discipline code already prohibits the possession or use of vaping devices and oils anywhere on campus, this new policy (click here to read) adds more serious repercussions.

School Board Recognizes Waste Management Scholarship Winner! Marla Prince of Waste Management celebrates with scholarship winner River Ridge HS graduating senior Billie O’Bryant.

The Cherokee County School Board recently recognized the winner of the annual Waste Management/Pine Bluff Landfill Scholarship!  The longtime Partnership Agreement between the School Board and Waste Management of Metro Atlanta specifies one $5,000 scholarship will be awarded by the company to a graduating senior from a CCSD high school each year.  The Class of 2019 school is River Ridge High School, and the company’s Pine Bluff Community Advisory Board scholarship committee selected Billie O’Bryant as the winner from a pool of outstanding applicants.  Marla Prince of Waste Management joined the School Board in making the special presentation at its May meeting.  This is the 12th anniversary of the annual scholarship presentation! #CCSDfam

PHOTO: From left to right, Marla Prince of Waste Management and scholarship winner River Ridge HS graduating senior Billie O’Bryant.

CCSD Students Soar at Social Studies Fair! ccsd social studies fair winners 2019

Cherokee County School District students excelled in this year’s Social Studies Fair, with 16 projects advancing to Regionals and four students placing at the Georgia Council for the Social Studies State competition!

Through the annual event, students explore social studies in the areas of Sociology/Psychology, History, Anthropology, Economics, Geography and Political Science and complete a research project.

School Board Celebrates Inaugural LGE Community Credit Union Scholarship! CCSD LGE Scholarship 5 20 19

The Cherokee County School Board has recognized the winner of the inaugural LGE Community Credit Union Scholarship!  The newly established Partnership Agreement between the School Board and credit union specifies one $5,000 scholarship will be awarded by the Bank to a graduating senior from a CCSD high school each year, with a focus on outstanding community service.  The Class of 2019 winner selected by the credit union’s scholarship committee is Chase Thomas of Etowah High School! 

Woodstock HS Senior Wins State Award for Excellence! Woodstock HS State Award 5 20 19

A Woodstock High School senior has earned a top award from the Georgia Department of Education!

Albani Andreina Arenas Tovar has earned the Excellence in English Learner Education Award, which recognizes an English Learner who has excelled in her school and community.  Albani and her teacher, Jamie Vogan, both were recognized in a recent ceremony at the State Capitol by State Superintendent of Schools Richard Woods.

School Board Recognizes Inaugural East West Bank Scholarship Winner! CCSD East West Bank Scholarship 5 20 19

The Cherokee County School Board has recognized the winner of the inaugural East West Bank Scholarship!  The newly established Partnership Agreement between the School Board and bank specifies one $2,500 scholarship will be awarded by the Bank to a graduating senior from a CCSD high school each year. 

Cherokee HS Senior Wins Georgia Award of Excellence! Cherokee HS State Award 1 5 20 19

A Cherokee High School senior is one of only 17 students statewide to win a top honor from the Georgia Department of Education.

Jack Edmondson has earned the Award of Excellence, which recognizes Georgia high school seniors with special needs who achieve academic and/or extracurricular accomplishments.  He was honored by State Superintendent of Schools Richard Woods at a recent ceremony at the State Capitol and joined by his Cherokee HS geometry teacher Lorri-Ann Brogdon, who nominated him for the award.

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Patti Nations of Indian Knoll ES! indian knoll es

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 Indian Knoll Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year Patti Nations!

Indian Knoll Elementary School Teacher of the Year Patti Nations felt called to her profession as a young girl, transforming everywhere she went into a classroom for her siblings or stuffed animals.

CCSD Opening New Student Summer Registration Center CSR Logo English

The Cherokee County School District is beginning a new service for families registering students for school.

The Centralized Summer Registration Center will allow parents to complete the process for registering students -- in any grade who will be new to CCSD for the 2019-20 school year -- early in the summer break, rather than waiting for school front offices to reopen.

Financial Facts: Highlights from CCSD's Proposed Budget financial facts image snip 2019

The Cherokee County School District has published its annual Financial Facts report, which provides highlights and snapshots from the proposed Annual Budget.

The report is posted online here and provides financial additional information to the community in advance of the School Board’s public hearings and budget adoption.

Reminder: Online Registration for New Students Open for 2019-20! registration reminder

Please help us spread the word: online registration for kindergartners and all students who will be new to CCSD for the 2019-20 school year is underway at https://registration.cherokeek12.net/. You can complete the online process in about 15 minutes and set up a time to visit the school and verify your required legal documents. Want to learn more about the learning that happens in our kindergarten classrooms? Check out the report: Ready to Learn: A Parent’s Guide to CCSD Kindergarten at http://bit.ly/CCSDkready #CCSDfam

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