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Board Business Briefs: School Board Reviews Ed SPLOST Projects School Board Meeting 1 10 21 21

The Cherokee County School Board at its Thursday, Oct. 21 work session, reviewed projects proposed for the Education Special Purpose Location Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) renewal up for a vote on Nov. 2, with Early Voting now underway.

CCSD Graduation Rate Hits New High CCSD Class of 2021 Graduation Rate 10 21 21

The Cherokee County School District’s graduation rate has hit a new high, with 90.82% of the Class of 2021 earning a diploma within four years of entering high school!  

Southern Okra Corn Salsa Wins 3rd Annual Recipe Contest! okra winner group photo

Creekview Zone parent Brittany Dean’s “Southern Okra Corn Salsa” won over the judges’ taste buds and made her the winner of CCSD’s 3rd Annual Parent Recipe Contest! 

Bus Driver Appreciation Celebrated with Drive-Through Event bus driver appreciation

CCSD recognized its school bus drivers on Tuesday morning with a drive-through breakfast and gifts.  

It's National School Bus Safety Week - Meet Bus Driver Gail Hyde! NSBSW Gail

It’s National School Bus Safety Week, and we want to recognize the ones who are responsible for keeping our students safe on the bus!   Meet school bus driver Gail Hyde! #CCSDfam

Q.  What led you to become a CCSD bus driver?

A.  My youngest child started to school, and I found I had more time.  A friend asked me to sub for her and that got me started.  I loved it and have made many great friends through driving a bus.

Q.  What do you love most about your job?

A.  I love working with children.  I have been driving so many years that I'm driving second and third generation children of my former students. 

Q.  What would you like others to know about driving a bus for CCSD?  

A.  It's a great job with wonderful benefits.  It is perfect for all ages, but especially mothers with school age children because you are away the same hours your children are.  In this season of life, it is great because I have time to work around home and attend appointments during the off hours.

CCSD Announces Annual Child Find Efforts Child find logo

The Cherokee County School District participates in the statewide Child Find program to help identify students eligible for Special Education services.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Creekview HS PTSA Executive Board of Creekview HS! CVHS VOTY 21

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Creekview HS 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Creekview HS PTSA Executive Board! #CCSDfam

CCSD Hosts Awareness Games for Special Athletes oath

Hundreds of athletes, peer helpers, CCSD staff and community volunteers participated in the annual CCSD Awareness Games on Friday, October 15, at River Ridge HS.

Public Auction for School District Surplus Property November 13 auction ad

Going once, going twice..... sold! Your bid can be the winning one at CCSD’s annual surplus equipment auction, which is open to the public, and begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13, at the CCSD Central Warehouse (201 Mountain Brook Court, Canton, 30115). The sale preview starts at 8:00 a.m.

CCSD Named Finalist for Governance Team of the Year Award CCSD 2021 Governance Team of the Year State Finalist 10 14 21

The Cherokee County School District has been named a finalist for the 2021 Governance Team of the Year Award presented by the Georgia School Boards Association!
 
Three awards are presented annually to recognize top School Boards and Superintendents of Schools for outstanding leadership and dedication to continuous improvement.  One winner is selected in three categories based on school district enrollment: small, 1-3,000 students; medium, 3,001-10,000 students; and large, 10,000+ students.  

CCSD Class of 2021 Increases ACT Averages and Tops Nation, State CCSD 2021 ACT graphic

The Cherokee County School District Class of 2021 increased average ACT scores and exceeded National and State scores!
 
The Class scored an outstanding 23.2 average, increasing from 22.6 in 2020, and topping Georgia’s 22.6 and the Nation’s 20.3 averages on the competitive college entrance and placement examination.  The scores ranked CCSD in the top 10% in the State.  Students earn a score on a scale of 1 to 36.  The average CCSD scores by subject on the ACT used to calculate the overall compositive average are: English, 22.4; Math, 22.8; Reading, 23.9; Science, 23.3.

CCSD Connections Newsletter for October 2021 Now Online! image CCSD Connections parent newsletter October 2021

The October 2021 edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter and includes a message from the Superintendent.  Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia! #CCSDfam

Meet the CCSD Teacher - Heather Morris of Creekview HS! MTT_Creekview HS (Morris) 10 11 21

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

My Stop Bus App Down for Maintenance versatrans my stop logo

Please be advised that the Versatrans My Stop Bus Tracking System began experiencing technical difficulties today and will be down for maintenance tomorrow (Oct. 5, 2021).  This is the app that CCSD parents can use to track the location of their child's school bus on its way to the bus stop each morning and afternoon.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

CCSD Increases School Nutrition Worker Pay - Apply Now! job ad School Nutrition Worker 9 17 21

CCSD is looking for School Nutrition Workers to join us in serving our kids!  The work day is 6.5 hours and the schedule follows the school calendar.  The starting hourly rate has been increased to $12.59 an hour for School Nutrition Workers, as well as to $12 an hour for part-time School Nutrition workers and substitutes, and $10.50 an hour for lunchroom monitors.  The School Nutrition Worker position offers full time benefits, professional development, advancement opportunities and a great work team and environment.  Apply now by clicking Jobs@CCSD at www.CherokeeK12.net and selecting any of the School Nutrition Worker listings at various schools.  Openings for part-time School Nutrition workers and substitutes and lunchroom monitors also are posted.  Questions?  Contact School Nutrition at cassandra.higgins@cherokeek12.net and 770.721.8419. #CCSDfam

School Board Reviews Plans for Education SPLOST Renewal 2021-lincoln-penny

The Cherokee County School Board at its regular meeting on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, reviewed plans for the Education SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) up for renewal by voters in the Nov. 2 election.

The Cherokee County School District, for the past 24 years, has used a 1-percent Education SPLOST to fund capital improvement projects, which include constructing new schools and facilities and renovating existing ones; funding technology infrastructure; buying school buses; and purchasing land for future schools.  

CCSD Educators Earn International Technology Honors CCSD MIEE and Fellow 9 16 21

Twenty-seven Cherokee County School District teachers and staff have been recognized as instructional technology experts, and one has earned a national fellowship!

They have been named to the 2021-22 class of Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts (MIEE), and CCSD Instructional Technology Specialist Merry Hofmeister additionally is one of only 32 educators in the U.S. and three in Georgia named a Microsoft Innovative Educator Fellow.

CCSD Educators Earn International Technology Honors CCSD MIEE and Fellow 9 16 21

Twenty-seven Cherokee County School District teachers and staff have been recognized as instructional technology experts, and one has earned a national fellowship!

They have been named to the 2021-22 class of Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts (MIEE), and CCSD Instructional Technology Specialist Merry Hofmeister additionally is one of only 32 educators in the U.S. and three in Georgia named an Microsoft Innovative Educator Fellow.

CCSD Class of 2021 Increases SAT Scores, Outscores State & Nation 2021 SAT INFOGRAPHIC

Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2021 increased average SAT scores by 25 points and outscored the State and Nation, according to results released today by the College Board.

The CCSD Class of 2021 earned an average total score of 1125 on the curriculum-based college entrance and placement exam, which exceeds the National public school average by 87 points and the State by 48 points.  The gap between CCSD and U.S. averages widened by 17 points.

CCSD High School Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists CCSD Classof 2022 National Merit Semifinalists 9 15 21

Seven Cherokee County School District high school seniors today were named 2022 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists!

They are: of Creekview HS, Justin Bolsen, Callahan “Cal” Pace and Benjamin “Ben” Webster V; of River Ridge HS, Rachel G. Kim; of Sequoyah HS, Riley Hartman and Wesley Lanter; and of Woodstock HS, Leo Blatnik.  Less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors earn the title of National Merit Semifinalist. 

CCSD Announces Third Annual Recipe Contest! Livin La Vida Okra

What's cooking, #CCSDfam?  

If you're a CCSD parent who loves to cook, please enter our third annual CCSD School Nutrition Parent Recipe Contest ... you could win a $100 Visa gift card and see your side-dish recipe featured on CCSD school lunch menus in October!  

CCSD Connections Newsletter for September Now Online image CCSD Connections September 2021

The September 2021 edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter and includes a message from the Superintendent.  Thank you to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia. #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Cindi Blevins of Creekview HS! CVHS SSOTY

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here.  Please join us in thanking the 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Creekview HS: Cindi Blevins! #CCSDfam

CCSD Increases Substitute Teacher Pay - Next Training Session is Sept. 14 job ad substitute teachers 9 2 21

CCSD is looking for substitute teachers to join us in serving our kids!  We recently increased our sub rate to $150 for daily subs and $185/day for certified long-term subs.  Subs can hand-pick how frequently they want to work as well as where they want to accept jobs.  Although no previous teaching experience is required, we train our subs on how to foster a seamless learning experience for our students.  Please help us share this opportunity with those who might be interested!  The next workshop is Sept. 14.  Applications can be submitted to our 2021-22 Substitute Teacher posting at https://bit.ly/JobsCCSD  Contact Katie.Munson@cherokeek12.net with questions.  #CCSDfam
 

Report Shows No Schools 'Critically Overcrowded'

Enrollment for the Cherokee County School District has increased beyond expectations, but for the ninth consecutive year, no schools are considered “critically overcrowded.”

The annual Inventory of School Housing report, which is developed based on the 20-day enrollment count (Aug. 27) of 41,901 and is posted below, shows the impact of sustained enrollment growth and highlights where additional classroom space soon will be needed. 

CCSD Police Department Earns State Recognition CCSD School Police Department 2021-22

The Cherokee County School District Police Department has earned State recognition!

The Department was notified this month that its status as a Certified Agency, first achieved in 2006, has been renewed by the Joint Review Committee of the State of Georgia Law Enforcement Certification Program.  

CCSD Recognizes 2021-22 Student Advisor and Delegates to the School Board CCSD Student Delegates 1 8 26 21

The Cherokee County School Board recently congratulated its new class of Student Delegates!

The School Board has included a Student Advisor position on its board since 1999, and, for the past 11 years, a Student Delegate from each high school also has been selected.  These outstanding high school seniors serve for one year to give input and feedback to the School Board and to the Superintendent of Schools and his senior staff; the advisor role, which includes the opportunity to sit on the dais with the School Board, is rotated among the district's high schools.  The innovative engagement program earned the School Board the Georgia School Boards Association’s 2020 Leading Edge Award.

Substitute Teacher Training Workshops Set for Sept. 2 and 14 - Apply Now! job ad substitute teachers 8 26 21

CCSD will host its next substitute teacher training workshops on Sept. 2 and 14 and now is accepting applications.  Please sign up today by applying online for 2021-22 Substitute Teacher at https://bit.ly/JobsCCSD  Questions? Please contact Katie Munson at 770-479-1871 or katie.munson@cherokeek12.net  #CCSDfam

Join the #CCSDfam as a Part-Time Worker! job ad ASP and lunchroom monitor 8 23 21

The Cherokee County School District is seeking After School Program (ASP) workers and lunchroom monitors!  These part-time jobs offer the opportunity to work on school days close to home to support your community’s children.  Lunchroom Monitors work during school hours; ASP is offered at elementary schools until 6 p.m.

High School Football Season Kicks Off football classic

It's time for Friday Night Lights! 

CCSD Continues to Exceed State Averages on Georgia Milestones GA-Milestones-Logo-360

Cherokee County School District students exceeded State averages on the Georgia Milestones End-of-Grade and End-of-Course tests for the sixth consecutive year, with expected decreases locally and statewide due to the pandemic’s impact on instruction.

The annual tests, which were not administered in 2020 due to the pandemic, assess students’ mastery of Georgia Performance Standards, which set expectations for what lessons students will learn in each grade.  Results are used by teachers and administrators to improve instruction for specific students as well as develop new overall instructional best practices. 

CCSD High Schools Earn National Sports Safety Award Safe Sports School logo

The Cherokee County School District’s high schools have earned a national award for athletic safety.
 
Cherokee, Creekview, Etowah, River Ridge, Sequoyah and Woodstock High Schools have received the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Safe Sports School award, which recognizes secondary schools that meet recommended National standards to improve safety in student athletics.  The award “reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention, and treatment.”

CCSD Substitute Teacher Workshop on Sept. 14 - Apply Now! CCSD job ad substitute teacher 8 16 21

CCSD will host its next substitute teacher training workshop on Sept. 14 and now is accepting applications.  Please sign up today by applying online for 2021-22 Substitute Teacher at https://bit.ly/JobsCCSD  Questions? Please contact CCSD HR at 770-479-1871 or katie.munson@cherokeek12.net  #CCSDfam

CCSD Enrollment Grows in Second Week of School! Enrollment 8.12

Our enrollment has grown to 41,514 students from our opening day enrollment! We see this growth pattern every year, with enrollment usually peaking at the 20th day of school. We will post a 20th day enrollment report at the end of August on our website as we do every year. Welcome to our new families! #CCSDfam

CCSD Connections Newsletter for August Now Online CCSD Connections August newsletter image 8 11 21

The August 2021 edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter and includes a message from the Superintendent.  Thank you to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia.  #CCSDfam

Join the #CCSDfam as a School Bus Driver!  job ad CCSD school bus driver 8 10 21

The Cherokee County School District is seeking school bus drivers! These positions offer excellent benefits (full-time benefits for part-time work, with at least four hours of pay per day guaranteed), a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team. A Georgia Class B CDL Driver’s License with School Bus & Passenger endorsements is required; CCSD provides drivers with specialized training. Job details are posted at https://bit.ly/CCSDbusdriver

Creekview Aeronautics Places 3rd Aeronautics Team

Creekview Aeronautics' drone team has placed 3rd at the 2021 UAS4STEM (Drone) Search and Rescue Nationals at AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI.  It is the highest finish for Creekview in its history in the competition (2015).  Team members include captains Michael Pena and Johnny Schaly, Pilots, Noah Clary, Dylan Cox, and Nigel Gallagher, Ground control and crew Bella Giuliano, Christian Richards, and Emerson Shi.

 

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Morgan Hudson of Creekview HS! Morgan Hudson

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 2021 Creekview High School Teacher of the Year Morgan Hudson!

Creekview High School Teacher of the Year Morgan Hudson brings history to life for her students through technology.

CCSD Message: Happy New Year Little River ES - Motes

Please see the following message from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower and enjoy some our of #CCSD1stDay photos in the slideshow posted above.

Like many of you, I woke up earlier than usual this morning to celebrate our new year.  While I didn’t have a child’s shoelaces to tie or ponytails to fasten, my day needed to start as early as possible so I could see as many smiles as possible.

Superintendent Meets with Cherokee County Council PTA Leaders CCSD Superintendent PTA Board Meeting 7 30 21

As part of the Cherokee County School District’s back-to-school preparations, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower held his first meeting with the Cherokee County Council PTA’s new executive board.

CCSD Message: CCSD Use of ParentSquare ps logo image

CCSD this school year will begin using the ParentSquare messaging system for Principal communications. 

This system will be used by Principals to send messages for their school, such as newsletters, updates and reminders, to all parents.  Principals also will use this system to notify parents if there has been a positive COVID-19 case in their child’s class and to monitor for symptoms.  ParentSquare also will be used, beginning in mid-August, to send the weekly progress reports for attendance and grades to all parents.

Meet the New Principal: Mike Santoro of Creekview HS! Meet the Principal - Creekview HS - Mike Santoro 7 27 21

Our Principals are dedicated leaders, and we’ll be introducing you over the coming days to Principals who are new to the role or who are serving at new schools this year. Please help us celebrate Mike Santoro, who this school year will begin leading Creekview High School!

An award-winning educator and coach, Principal Mike Santoro is headed back to high school.

CCSD Connections Back to School Newsletter Now Online snip CCSD Connections July 2021

It’s less than two weeks until the first day of school for CCSD on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021!  Please check out the July edition of the CCSD Connections newsletter at https://bit.ly/CCSDconnections, which includes important back-to-school info and a message from the Superintendent.  Don’t forget to visit the Back-to-School Gateway at https://bit.ly/CCSDb2s when it opens Monday, July 26, as we need the parents of all students – both in-person and Digital Learning – to update emergency contacts and provide other important “first day forms” information. Thank you to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia! #CCSDfam

CCSD Digital Learning 2021-22 Program Update CCSD DL guide image

On behalf of the Superintendent, please review the following updates about CCSD’s Digital Learning program for the 2021-22 School Year. 

We have outlined the highlights of the program and back-to-school preparations below.  We encourage you to review the CCSD Digital Learning Models for SY2021-22 Guidebook, which explains the learning models and expectations in greater detail, and is posted online at https://bit.ly/CCSDdlguide21.

CCSD School Buses Get Ready to Hit the Road! school bus inpsection

CCSD's Transportation Department spends the summer break getting its fleet of big yellow buses inspected and ready for another 4 million miles on Cherokee County roads. In the days before the start of the school year, CCSD’s school buses can be spotted out on the county's roads and highways, running their routes.  One practice run with their bus is required, but many drivers practice more times in their own vehicles.

CCSD School Nutrition Announces Plans for 2021-22 School Year CCSD FRP Meal Application Graphic

Cherokee County School District’s School Nutrition department is beginning the new school year with announcements including that it will continue to provide breakfasts and lunches to all students at no cost to them … for the entire 2021-22 school year!

Join the #CCSDfam as a School Bus Driver! job ad CCSD school bus driver 7 20 21

The Cherokee County School District is seeking school bus drivers!  These positions offer excellent benefits (full-time benefits for part-time work, with at least four hours of pay per day guaranteed), a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team.  A Georgia Class B CDL Driver’s License with School Bus & Passenger endorsements is required; CCSD provides drivers with specialized training.  Job details are posted at https://bit.ly/CCSDbusdriver.  Check out the video at http://bit.ly/CCSDbusvideo to learn more about a day in the life of a CCSD school bus driver!  Join the #CCSDfam & apply now by clicking Jobs@CCSD at www.CherokeeK12.net.  Questions? Please contact CCSD Recruitment Coordinator Lindsay Bowley at Lindsay.Bowley@cherokeek12.net and 770.704.4256.

CCSD Board Business Briefs for July 15, 2021 School Board Meeting 7 15 2021

The Cherokee County School Board at its meeting on Thursday, July 15, 2021 took the following action:

  • Approved the monthly personnel report, which included the appointment of Adam Johnson, a 13-year CCSD teacher who has taught and coached track at Cherokee High School, as a new assistant principal at Woodstock High School;
CCSD Message: Opening of School Update CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that, based on the Governor’s decision through Executive Order to end the Public Health State of Emergency on June 30, 2021, and the significant improvement of the state of public health, we are returning to pre-pandemic school operations for the 2021-22 school year, which begins Aug. 2.  More back-to-school information will be shared with our families in the July edition of the CCSD Connections newsletter on July 22.

CCSD Summer Meals Weekly Order Form - Due July 15 Summer Feeding 2021 FLYER

If your children are 0-18 years old, we are pleased to offer summer to-go meal service for them! 

Meal pick up will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, July 19, at Cherokee High School's Cherokee North building, Creekview High School and Etowah High School's Etowah East building.

CCSD Summer Meals Weekly Order Form - Due July 8 Summer Feeding 2021 FLYER

If your children are 0-18 years old, we are pleased to offer summer to-go meal service for them! 

Meal pick up will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, July 12, at Cherokee High School's Cherokee North building, Creekview High School and Etowah High School's Etowah East building.

Ten CCSD Student Athletes Honored by Positive Athlete Georgia 2021 CCSD Positive Athlete Georgia Regional Award Winners 6 23 21

Ten Cherokee County School District student athletes have been honored by Positive Athlete Georgia!

The students have been honored with 2021 Positive Athlete Georgia Regional Awards by Positive Athlete Georgia, a subsidiary of Celebrate Positive LLC, which promotes the benefits of positivity to young athletes around the world.  Hines Ward, a former Forest Park High School, University of Georgia and Pittsburgh Steelers football star, formed Positive Athlete with local businessman Scott Pederson.

CCSD Summer Meals Weekly Order Form - Due June 24 Summer Feeding 2021 FLYER

If your children are 0-18 years old, we are pleased to offer summer to-go meal service for them! 

Meal pick up will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, June 28, at Cherokee High School's Cherokee North building, Creekview High School and Etowah High School's Etowah East building.

CCSD Class of 2021 Graduates Honored by Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame CCSD Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame Honored Seniors Class of 2021 - 6 22 21

Twelve Cherokee County School District Class of 2021 graduates have been honored by the Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame! 

The community organization each spring recognizes the most outstanding male and female senior athletes from each of CCSD’s high schools.  Honorees are nominated by high school administrators based on the outstanding athletic contributions the seniors made during their high school career.  This recognition is a separate program from the Hall of Fame’s annual induction ceremony honoring individuals who have distinguished themselves in the field of athletics in Cherokee County. 

Six CCSD Class of 2021 Graduates Earn $1,000 ABM Scholarships CCSD 2021 ABM Scholarships 6 21 21

Six Cherokee County School District Class of 2021 graduates have earned scholarships from ABM Industry Groups LLC!

The company, which provides custodial services for CCSD schools, each year awards a $1,000 scholarship to one graduating senior from each of CCSD’s high schools.  The six winners are selected by a scholarship committee of retired CCSD educators and ABM representatives based on a student’s involvement in school and community activities and service; personal essays; and references.

Board Business Briefs: School Board Approves Budget School Board Meeting auditorium 6 17 2021

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, June 17, 2021 unanimously approved its budget for next school year, which is balanced without a tax rate increase and includes hiring 125 new teachers above and beyond enrollment growth to help bridge any pandemic-related learning opportunity losses.  

CCSD Class of 2021 Graduates Win $2,500 Scholarships CCSD 2021 Dickerson Family Foundation Scholarships 6 16 21

Ten Cherokee County School District Class of 2021 graduates have earned $2,500 college scholarships from a community foundation!

It is the second year of the annual college scholarships presented by the Jason T. Dickerson Family Foundation, which have expanded from the inaugural awarding of two scholarships to 10.

CCSD Summer Meals Weekly Order Form - Due June 17 Summer Feeding 2021 FLYER

If your children are 0-18 years old, we are pleased to offer summer to-go meal service for them! 

Meal pick up will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, June 21, at Cherokee High School's Cherokee North building, Creekview High School and Etowah High School's Etowah East building.

CCSD Celebrates Special Education Staff of the Year Award Winners CCSD 2020-21 Special Education Staff of the Year Award Winners 6 15 21

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating four of its outstanding Special Education team members!

Four members of the Department of Special Education received its top annual honors during the annual Special Education Staff of the Year Awards ceremony.  They are: CCSD Occupational Therapist/Physical Therapist of the Year Amy Peart; CCSD School Psychologist of the Year Laura Killen; CCSD Special Education Facilitator of the Year Kortney Dempsey; and CCSD Speech Language Pathologist of the Year Stacy Irwin.

Three CCSD Graduating Seniors Headed to U.S. Service Academies, 50 to Military Service CCSD 2021 military service 6 10 21

More than 50 of the Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2021 graduates have committed to military service, including three selected for prestigious U.S. Service Academies!

“We’re deeply proud and grateful for the decision each of these graduates has made to serve our country.  Thank you to you all, and thank you to your families,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “We also congratulate our three graduates selected for U.S. Service Academies – we know how hard each of you worked to earn these appointments.  We are grateful for your dedication and for all of our teachers and coaches who supported you along the way.”

CCSD Summer Meals Weekly Order Form - Due June 10 Summer Feeding 2021 FLYER

If your children are 0-18 years old, we are pleased to offer summer to-go meal service for them! 

Meal pick up will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, June 14, at Cherokee High School's Cherokee North building, Creekview High School and Etowah High School's Etowah East building.

Creekview HS Student Praised as Hero for Response to House Fire CVHS student hero 6 4 21

We're so proud of Creekview High School rising junior Jaymel Napoleon!  His heroism saved his family and his neighbors from a fire that destroyed several houses including the home of Creekview HS teacher Rachel Velardez.  Read about if here in the AJC. #CCSDfam 

CCSD Connections Newsletter for June 2021 Now Online  image CCSD Connections newsletter June 21

The June 2021 edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter.  Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia, a CCSD Partner.  #CCSDfam

CCSD Students Earn Region, State Honors in Career Skills Competitions CCSD CTAE logo

Seventeen Cherokee County School District students have earned Region and State honors for achievements in career skills competitions.

All CCSD high schools offer Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) programs and Career Pathway classes as well as aligned Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs).  The CTSOs give students the opportunity to participate in career-oriented extra-curricular activities including community service, leadership roles and demonstrating at statewide competitions the skills they’ve learned in class.

CCSD Celebrates Future Educators CCSD Future Educators Signing Day 5 6 21

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating future educators this month!

High schools are holding “signing day” events as part of Teacher Appreciation Month to honor graduating seniors who plan to pursue careers in education.

CCSD School Nutrition Program Earns State Recognition CCSD School Nutrition Vision Award 6 3 21

The Cherokee County School District School Nutrition program has earned top honors from the Georgia Department of Education.

The program earned the State’s 2020 Vision District award in recognition of its outstanding efforts to use Georgia grown foods on school cafeteria menus.  CCSD has received numerous accolades for its Farm to School initiative and collaboration with community partners including the Cherokee County Farm Bureau.

CCSD Summer Meals Weekly Order Form - Due June 3 Summer Feeding 2021 FLYER

If your children are 0-18 years old, we are pleased to offer summer to-go meal service for them! 

Meal pick up will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, June 7, at Cherokee High School's Cherokee North building, Creekview High School and Etowah High School's Etowah East building.

CCSD Students Selected for Governor's Honors Program CCSD Governors Honors 2021 6 1 21

Fourteen Cherokee County School District students have been selected for the competitive Georgia Governor's Honors Program.

The four-week summer instructional program at Berry College for rising high school juniors and seniors is designed to provide students with academic, cultural and social enrichment “necessary to become the next generation of global critical thinkers, innovators and leaders.”  Students live and study on the campus in Rome from June 20 to July 17.

Congratulations to CCSD's Retiring Educators! CCSD retirement image 5 28 2021

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating its retiring educators and support staff!

The majority of the retirees noted below are ending their careers at the close of this school year; some retired earlier in the year based on their retirement eligibility date.

“Congratulations to each of our retirees for dedicating your career to serving our community’s children,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “Whether you served in a classroom or behind the scenes, you made a positive difference in the lives of our students.  I know our entire community has benefitted from your exemplary service and joins me in wishing you the best as you enjoy your hard-earned retirement.”

CCSD Honors Top Grads, Teachers at Scholar Recognition Banquet CCSD 2021 Vals and Sals 5 27 21

The Cherokee County School District and School Board celebrated the Class of 2021 Valedictorians and Salutatorians at its 21st Annual Scholar Recognition Banquet.

The special event on Wednesday evening 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.

Superintendent’s Message to the Class of 2021: Finish Strong image Congratulations to the Class of 2021

Dear CCSD Family,

The message below is to our graduating Class of 2021 seniors.  I am sharing it with all of you, as they are the future of our community.  You can see each of their names posted on our website at http://bit.ly/CCSDclassof2021.


Dear Class of 2021,

The finish line is in sight.

Congratulations to CCSD's Class of 2021! CCSD Class of 2021 caps

Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2021, made up of 2,995 students, will walk across the stage for graduation ceremonies this 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.

Join the #CCSDfam as a Facility Technician! job ad - facility tech 2021

CCSD is seeking skilled Maintenance/Facility Technicians to keep our schools and offices running safely and smoothly.  More information about this opportunity is at http://bit.ly/CCSDfactech.  CCSD offers employees excellent compensation and benefits, a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team.  Join the #CCSDfam & apply now by clicking Jobs@CCSD at www.CherokeeK12.net  Questions about this opportunity?  Contact Rocky Simpson via email at rocky.simpson@cherokeek12.net or by phone at 770.721.8452.

Orders Due 8 a.m. May 25 for Last Day of School To-Go Meals Distribution CCSD heart logo cmyk

CCSD is offering a special to-go free meal service for all students on the last day of school! 

Meal pick up will be Friday, May 28, in a designated area of your child’s school (car rider or bus lane) at a designated time.  Here are the locations and times for this distribution: http://bit.ly/CCSDmeals528.

Board Business Briefs: School Board Reviews Budget, Prohibits CRT CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday reviewed the recommended budget for next school year, which includes hiring more teachers to lower class size while not raising the school property tax millage rate, and adopted a resolution that prohibits implementing Critical Race Theory (CRT) and The 1619 Project.  

CCSD Honors School Nurses with New Awards CCSD School Nurse Appreciation 2021

The Cherokee County School District celebrated National School Nurse Appreciation Day with the presentation of its inaugural Nurse of the Year Awards!

The top school nurse selected for each Innovation Zone (a high school and its feeder schools) was surprised with award presentations on Monday and today.  They now advance to a CCSD Nurse of the Year Award program, with the winner to be selected by a panel of nursing professionals and retired educators and announced at a new professional development event for school nurses this summer.  

Two CCSD High School Seniors Earn National Merit Scholarships CCSD National Merit Scholarship Winners 5 12 21

Two Cherokee County School District graduating seniors have earned 2021 National Merit Scholarships!

Nathan Davis of Creekview HS and Jeremy Jeong of Sequoyah HS are among the top 2,500 seniors in the U.S. to earn the prestigious $2,500 scholarship awarded by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.  

CCSD Connections Newsletter for May - End-of-Year Updates image CCSD connections newsletter May 21

The May 2021 edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter and includes important end-of-year updates and reminders and a message from the Superintendent.  Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia, a CCSD Partner.  #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Three CCSD Seniors Named U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Semi-Finalists CCSD US Presidential Scholars Program Semifinalists 5 6 21

Three Cherokee County School District Class of 2021 seniors have been named finalists for a top national honor.

As semi-finalists for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, Koryn Todd of Creekview High School, Annelise Axelsson of River Ridge High School and Sophia Abbott of Woodstock High School are among only 700 students from the more than 3 million graduating seniors in the nation’s Class of 2021 selected to advance in the prestigious recognition program.  Only 18 students from Georgia were named semi-finalists.

35 CCSD Students Place in Statewide Reflections Contest CCSD 2021 Georgia PTA Reflections Winners 5 6 21

Thirty-five Cherokee County School District students earned honors through the 2020-21 Georgia PTA Reflections fine arts contest! 

The annual competition offers students in all grades and abilities the opportunity to create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.  Students can earn recognition at the School, District, State and National levels.  This year's theme was “I Matter Because …”

State Literary Competition Winners State Literary Quartet Runner-Up

The State Literary Competition was held this past weekend, and Creekview is proud to be home to several top placers!  The Creekview Quartet of Carson Allen, Max Evangelista, Logan Nalley, and Connor Vitak placed 2nd, Abigail Gallagher placed 2nd in the Rhetorical Essay category, and Shelby McDonald placed 4th in the Girls Solo.  Congratulations to all!

CCSD Student Earns First Place in Prestigious National Art Competition Creekview HS Congressional Art Award Winner 5 5 21

A Cherokee County School District student has won first place in a prestigious National art competition!

Creekview High School senior Paige Nash earned top honors in the 40th Annual Congressional Art Competition and will represent the 11th Congressional District in the National exhibit.

Message from the Superintendent: Teacher Appreciation Day CCSD Teacher Appreciation Day 2021

Please see the message below from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower:

Every teacher, whether in his second year or in her 30th year, has them saved.

These treasures take many forms: the handmade cards with imperfect spelling and perfect love, the well-worn first “best teacher” mug turned pens holder and the shiny new one filled with coffee, the dried store-bought carnation and the dried playground dandelion.

Registration Now Open for High School Summer School CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

Registration is now open for CCSD High School 2021 Summer School.

Summer School will be offered from June 3-23, 2021 with options for Credit Recovery and Initial Credit.

Creekview HS FFA Grows with $5,000 Gift Creekview HS Pilgrims 4 29 21

Creekview High School’s agriculture program is growing even more thanks to a generous donation. 

Pilgrim’s of Canton donated $5,000 through its Hometown Strong Program to the school’s agriculture program and FFA chapter.  Teacher Pauline Benton said the donation will assist in training FFA members for the Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event, help continue community service programs that feed the food insecure and those in poverty in the community, and provide leadership scholarships for students to attend the National FFA Convention. 

11 CCSD Seniors Named Georgia Scholars ga scholars square image

Eleven CCSD seniors have been selected for the prestigious Georgia Scholar recognition, State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced Thursday.

CCSD Schools Named to "Best High Schools" List US News logo

All six CCSD high schools made the U.S. News and World Report’s “Best High Schools” list for 2021, which was released by the publication this week.   Creekview HS led the county in the rankings at number 2,342 out of 24,000 high schools in the country; five of CCSD’s high schools – Creekview, Etowah, River Ridge, Sequoyah and Woodstock – also ranked in the Top 100 in Georgia of the more than 400 high schools in the state and fell within the top 15% nationwide. 

Join the #CCSDfam as a School Nutrition Worker! job ad School Nutrition Worker 4 27 21

The Cherokee County School District is seeking School Nutrition Workers for numerous schools for this school year and next school year.  This position offer competitive compensation and outstanding benefits, a schedule that follows the school calendar, and wonderful work environments and caring teams.  Apply now by clicking Jobs@CCSD at www.CherokeeK12.net and selecting any of the School Nutrition Worker listings at various schools.  For more information, please contact Cassandra Higgins at cassandra.higgins@cherokeek12.net and 770.721.8419. #CCSDfam

CCSD Celebrates Teachers of the Year at Legacy Makers Banquet TOTY CHELSEA (4)

The Cherokee County School District saluted educators Thursday night at the long-awaited 2021 Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration.
 
The annual banquet to recognize all of CCSD’s school Teachers of the Year and to announce the overall winner is usually held in the fall.  This year’s program was delayed due to the pandemic, and additional safety measures were enacted for Thursday night including limiting guests.

Congratulations to CCSD's STAR Students and Teachers CCSD STAR Students 2021 4 22 21

Congratulations to the Cherokee County School District’s 2021 STAR Students and Teachers!

The STAR, or Student Teacher Achievement Recognition, Student honor is awarded to the high school senior from each Georgia high school with the highest score on any single test date of the SAT taken by the contest deadline, who also in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.  Each honored student is invited to select their favorite teacher to be named that school’s STAR Teacher.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Amber Cloy Photography of Creekview HS! CVHS POTY 2021

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Creekview HS 2021 Partner of the Year: Amber Cloy Photography!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

Board Business Briefs: School Board Approves New School Calendars new leaders 4 16 21

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, April 15, approved school calendars for three more years and appointed several new leaders for next school year.

The approved calendars for the 2022-23, 2023-24 and 2024-25 school year now are posted at http://bit.ly/CCSDcalendars.  They were developed by a committee of CCSD employees and parents and use the same balanced calendar model as currently in place.  

CCSD Connections Newsletter & Graduation Update CCSD Connections image April 2021

The April 2021 edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter and includes a message from the Superintendent.  Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia, a CCSD Partner.

GRADUATION UPDATE: Following a meeting this afternoon relative to graduation ceremony planning, we are pleased to announce that CCSD Class of 2021 graduating seniors will be allowed tickets for six guests to attend their ceremony next month at First Baptist Church of Woodstock.  We are very appreciative for the opportunity to expand guest capacity for this special event in light of the Governor’s change in pandemic restrictions.  The event also will be livestreamed, as it has been in years past, to allow guests who cannot attend to watch the ceremony from home.

 

16 CCSD Students Named to All-State Band and Orchestra GMEA all state band and orchestra

Sixteen Cherokee County School District high school and middle school students have won seats in the prestigious Georgia Music Educators Association All-State Band and Orchestra.

Students audition for these selective performance opportunities.  This year's All-State Band and All-State Orchestra Events will be held virtually on Friday afternoon and Saturday. 

CCSD Partners with Office of Economic Development to Offer Fourth Annual Cherokee Summer Internship Program SocialPost-01

The Cherokee County School District has partnered with the Cherokee Office of Economic Development to provide summer employment opportunities for rising high school juniors and seniors as part of the Fourth Annual Cherokee Summer Internship Program. The interactive, mentorship-based program runs from June 7 – July 16, 2021. 

“These internships are an outstanding opportunity for our students to spend their summer break learning about careers in their community, while also earning money for their time,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “We’re so thankful to the Office of Economic Development and the participating businesses for continuing to offer this program to our students.”

CCSD Announces i-Grad Information and Application - Due April 30  i-Grad Virtual Academy logo

We are excited to share application and enrollment information about i-Grad Virtual Academy (Grades 9-12) with you.  Applications for the 2021-22 School Year open on April 1, 2021 and are due by April 30, 2021.  Students and parents must complete the online form and get at least one recommendation from their current school.  The application process will give students the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to be successful in a virtual environment.  Application decisions and notifications will begin in early May, and accepted students/parents will be contacted with enrollment information.  

CCSD Recognizes 230 Superintendent's Key Scholars for Academic Success CCSD Key Scholars patches

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating 230 extraordinary high school students as Superintendent’s Key Scholars!  

These outstanding sophomores and juniors were recognized, through the 16th Annual Superintendent’s Key Scholar Recognition Ceremony held virtually on Thursday night, for scores achieved this year on the Practice SAT (PSAT) that rank them in the top 10% nationwide. 

CCSD Students Earn State Literary Honors & Reading Bowl Championship CCSD TOME State Winners 4 1 21

Cherokee County School District students earned accolades at the annual statewide literary competition – including a State championship for the Freedom Middle School Reading Bowl team!

CCSD Message: Reminders and Updates CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised of the following reminders and updates:

SPRING BREAK
CCSD schools and offices will be closed Monday, April 5, through Friday, April, 9, with classes resuming April 12.  We ask that all students and their families please follow COVID-19 safety precautions over the break, including social distancing, wearing a mask, staying home when you’re sick, and getting tested if you’re symptomatic or if you have had a close contact with someone who is positive.  If you will be travelling during the break, please review the CDC’s guidance at http://bit.ly/covidtravel21; CCSD is not requiring students quarantine due to travel, but if you choose to self-quarantine your children for this reason, please let your child’s school know.

CCSD Announces High School 2021 Summer School Options CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

CCSD High School 2021 Summer School will be offered from June 3-23, 2021 with options for Credit Recovery and Initial Credit as detailed below.  More detailed registration information will be released in mid-April.

CCSD Offering Free To-Go Meals for Spring Break - Orders Due 3/30 spring break clip art

CCSD is offering a special to-go free meal service for all students for Spring Break!

Meal pick up will be Friday, April 2, in a designated area of your child’s school (car rider or bus lane) at a designated time.  Location and Pick up Time by School. (https://bit.ly/CCSDmealpickup)

CCSD Message: After School Activities Cancelled March 25

On behalf of the Superintendent, all after-school and evening extra-curricular activities for today, March 25, 2021, are cancelled due to severe weather.  Elementary School After School Program will be offered as usual.  

CCSD Digital Learning Declaration Form Due April 2 2021-22 School Year OPTIONS graphic

On behalf of the Superintendent, as announced last week (http://bit.ly/ccsdbbb321), in addition to traditional in-person learning for the 2021-22 School Year, CCSD will continue to offer a Digital Learning option for students in Grades K-12 for the first semester (Aug. 2-Dec. 17).  Any further extension of Digital Learning will be considered in the fall. 

CCSD Names 2021 Counselor of the Year! CCSD Counselor of the Year 1 3 23 21

Clayton Elementary School’s school counselor sees her mission in three parts: to connect, to educate and to advocate.

Heather Chesnut meets and exceeds that mission with love, hope and a lot of hard work, according to her students, their families and her colleagues.  

“She is a safe haven,” one parent shared, noting her children have been strongly supported by Ms. Chesnut as they navigated through family challenges over the past two years.  “She goes above and beyond what is required of a school counselor.”

Ms. Chesnut earlier this year was selected by colleagues as the Cherokee Innovation Zone’s Counselor of the Year in recognition of her outstanding service for the past nine years, and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower surprised her Tuesday with the honor that she’s the Cherokee County School District 2021 Counselor of the Year! 

CCSD Annual Special Education Agency Fair a Virtual Event on March 31 2021_DigitalAgencyInformationFair

The Cherokee County School District Special Education Department will present its annual Agency Information Fair through a virtual event on March 31.

Parents and teachers are invited to participate to learn more about services, resources and organizations that support students with special needs.

CCSD Board Business Briefs: Operations Update, Leadership Appointments new leaders 3 19 21

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, March 18, 2021, heard school operations updates on plans for special events including graduation ceremonies and proms, as well as details for next school year including the continuation of a Digital Learning option.  

The School Board also approved several appointments for CCSD school leadership roles for next school year including new Principals for Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy and Mountain Road Elementary School, as well as the naming of the District’s first administrator focused on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives.

CCSD Message: Digital Learning, Graduation, Prom CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, as shared with the School Board at its meeting tonight, he has announced plans for Digital Learning for next school year; high school prom; and graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021.

Shottenkirk Jeep Raffle Raises $145,000 for Schools jeep raffle

CCSD high schools raised more than $145,000 this year selling $5 raffle tickets for a chance to win a 2021 Jeep Wrangler, donated by Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership in Canton.  Schools sold more than 29,000 tickets to hopeful future Jeep owners, and Tuesday night Lynn Cole of Ball Ground was the lucky winner!

CCSD Schools Closed March 18, 2021 Due to Severe Weather

On behalf of the Superintendent, due to the threat of severe weather, all CCSD schools will be closed for in-person learning on Thursday, March 18, 2021.  Teachers and staff will not report to schools.  Teachers will post assignments for students in Canvas.  If your child does not have access to technology or should your household be without power due to the severe weather, makeup opportunities will be extended. A decision has not yet been made about extra-curricular activities scheduled for after school and evening.

Creekview FFA Has Two 1st Place Winners FFA 1st Place Winners

Jeb Stewart recently won 1st place in Area 1 Vegetable Production Proficiency, and Ryan Dickson won 1st place in the Agricultural Electrification CDE.  Details are available on the Creekview FFA blog.  Congratulations to both!

CCSD to Begin Annual Parent University Program on March 16 SY20-21 Spring Restorative Practices Parent University - March 16 - May 11

The Cherokee County School District this week will begin a new series for its Parent University program, an annual initiative focused on providing parents with expert guidance to help their children be more successful in school and in their lives overall.

For this school year's series, which begins Tuesday, March 16, and will be conducted through live sessions on Microsoft Teams, CCSD is partnering with Nathan Maynard, author of the bestselling book "Hacking School Discipline," to focus on how to build students' social-emotional competencies through restorative practices. 

For more information click here.

CCSD Recognizes School Board for Leadership and Service CCSD Board Photo 2018-19

The Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) has announced the week of March 15-19, 2021 as “School Board Member Appreciation Week.” 

CCSD joins a statewide celebration this week to salute the efforts of local school board members.  As constitutional officers of Georgia, school board members are responsible for setting educational policies, employing school personnel, providing buildings and equipment, operating a transportation system and disbursing school funds.  As community leaders, school board members serve as advocates for the children in local public schools and must study, evaluate and decide what actions are in the best interest of those students.

CCSD Successfully Vaccinating Employees at Districtwide Event CCSD Vaccination Event 3 12 21

The Cherokee County School District is successfully vaccinating employees at a districtwide event this week in collaboration with the Department of Public Health.

The two-day event began Thursday and continues today at Canton First Baptist, with a goal of vaccinating 2,850 full-time and part-time CCSD employees.  Additional employees, including substitute teachers, will be vaccinated by DPH by special priority appointments next week.

CCSD Honors Winners of Third Annual Support Staff Employees of the Year Awards post CCSD Support Staff Employees of the Year Awards 3 11 21

The Cherokee County School District today surprised the overall winners of its third annual Support Staff Employees of the Year Awards!

The awards program honors one Support Staff Employee of the Year from each of CCSD’s schools, centers and central office divisions, and one overall CCSD winner is selected for each of three categories: Elementary School; Middle School/High School/Centers; Central Office.  

Join the #CCSDfam as a School Nutrition Facilitator! job ad School Nutrition Facilitator 3 11 21

The Cherokee County School District is seeking an outstanding nutritionist/dietitian to serve as a School Nutrition Facilitator.  This position offer excellent compensation and benefits, a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team. 

CCSD Message: School Closure Update CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised we have received official confirmation that the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be administered by the Department of Public Health (DPH) to our employees during our mass vaccination event this Thursday and Friday (March 11-12).  This means that we will NOT need to close in-person learning on April 15 and 16 for a second round of vaccinations.  

CCSD Message: Digital Learning Days - March 11-12, 2021 CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, all CCSD schools will be closed for in-person learning on Thursday, March 11, and Friday, March 12, 2021 in order to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to CCSD employees.  We understand this closing may create hardships, but it is the best way for our organization, in partnership with the Department of Public Health (DPH), to quickly vaccinate all interested CCSD employees as soon possible.  

CCSD Connections Newsletter for March 2021 Now Online CCSD Connections March 21 image

The March 2021 edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter and includes a message from the Superintendent.  Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia, a CCSD Partner.  #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Join the #CCSDfam as a School Bus Driver! CCSD job ad bus driver 3 1 21

The Cherokee County School District is seeking school bus drivers for next school year!  These positions offer excellent benefits (full-time benefits for part-time work, with at least four hours of pay per day guaranteed), a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team.

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Volunteer of the Year: Jeff Stokes of Creekview HS! CVHS VOTY 2020

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Creekview High School 2020 Volunteer of the Year: Jeff Stokes! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Students Continue to Top National, State Averages on AP Exams CCSD 2021 AP Exams infographic

Cherokee County School District’s high schools, for the 11th consecutive year, have earned top honors for outstanding Advanced Placement (AP) programs and performance that continues to exceed National and State averages!

All of CCSD’s high schools today were named Georgia 2021 AP Honor Schools for exceptional student performance and participation on AP exams, which offer students more challenging coursework and the opportunity to earn college credit.  Overall, CCSD students who took the exam earned passing scores of 3 or higher on 72% of the 4,640 tests administered last school year, as compared to 61% for Georgia and 59% nationwide.  In looking specifically at the Class of 2020, including those who did not take AP courses or exams, 32% of all CCSD graduates scored at least a 3 or higher on one exam or more, as compared to 23% for Georgia and 24% nationwide.   

Join the #CCSDfam as a School Nurse! job ad school nurses 2 22 21

The Cherokee County School District is seeking RNs or LPNs to join its team of School Nurses.  These positions offer excellent benefits, a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team.  Details are posted at http://bit.ly/CCSDnurses21  Join the #CCSDfam & apply now by clicking Jobs@CCSD at www.CherokeeK12.net  Sign up today for the CCSD Virtual Job Fair on March 6 to learn more and talk with a CCSD School Nurse!  Info at https://bit.ly/CCSDjobs21  

CCSD Board Business Briefs: New School Leader Appointments CCSD new leaders 2 12 21

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, approved several appointments for CCSD school leadership roles for next school year.

As part of the monthly personnel report, the School Board accepted the retirements of many longtime educators throughout CCSD including Bascomb Elementary School Principal Kathleen Chandler.  

CCSD High School Seniors Advance to be Named National Merit Finalists CCSD 2021 National Merit Finalists 2 11 21

All five of the Cherokee County School District’s 2021 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists have advanced to be named Finalists!

They are: of Cherokee HS, Dylan Iovino; of Creekview HS, Nathan Davis; of Etowah HS, Ben Willett; of River Ridge HS, Nicholas Audinet; and of Sequoyah HS, Jeremy Jeong.

CCSD To-Go Meal Orders for February Break Due 8 a.m. 2/9 ccsd serves white square

CCSD is offering a special to-go free meal service for all students for the February Winter Break!

Meal pick up will be Friday, Feb. 12, in a designated area of your child’s school (car rider or bus lane) at a designated time.  Location and Pick up Time by School. (https://bit.ly/CCSDmealpickup)

Meet the Student Delegate: Brinn Dameron of Creekview HS! Creekview HS Student Delegate Profile 2020-21

Every school year, each CCSD high school selects one Student Delegate to the School Board to represent the student voice. One Delegate is named the Student Advisor and sits with the Board at its meetings. We’ll introduce you to them all this year! #CCSDfam#CCSDunited

Get Ready to Learn! Kindergarten Registration Opens February 8 kindergarten student

Get ready to learn! The Cherokee County School District is opening online registration for 2021-22 kindergarten students, as well as first graders new to CCSD, on Monday, February 8.  

CCSD Connections Newsletter for February 2021 Now Online CCSD Connections Feb 21 image

The February 2021 edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter and includes a message from the Superintendent.  Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Seven CCSD Seniors Named U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Candidates CCSD 2021 US Presidential Scholars Candidates

Seven Cherokee County School District Class of 2021 seniors have been named candidates for a prestigious national honor.

As candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, they are among the 4,000 best and brightest of the more than 3 million graduating seniors in the nation’s Class of 2021 and now have the opportunity to advance in the academic competition.

CCSD Announces Winners of Student Mask Usage PSA Contest Elementary School First Place - Keiko Bruno

The Cherokee County School District today surprised the winners of its poster and video contests to seek students’ help in encouraging mask usage among their classmates.

CCSD students in grades 6-12 were invited to create and enter a short public service announcement-style video that educates students about the benefits of mask usage by students at school, and students in grades K-12 were invited to design and enter a poster promoting the same message.  The winning videos and posters will be used in CCSD schools and on CCSD websites and social media to promote student mask usage.

Sign Up Now: CCSD 2021 Job Fair a Virtual Event on March 6 CCSD 2021 Job Fair Instructions

Sign up now! The Cherokee County School District’s annual Job Fair will be a virtual event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 6. The event will focus on hiring teachers, bus drivers, school nurses, School Nutrition workers and more for the 2021-22 school year. Visit http://bit.ly/CCSDjobfair21 to sign up to participate. #CCSDfam

1/30/2021 CCSD Message: Weekly Grade Report Error

Please be advised that due to a technical error the weekly grade and attendance reports emailed to parents this morning are inaccurate. We are working to address the issue and will send new reports in as timely a manner as possible.
 

School Reassignment Request Window Opens February 1 school choice

The window for school choice reassignments  for 2021-22 within the Cherokee County School District is February 1-March 1. This includes applications for CCSD STEM and Fine Arts Academies. 

1/21/21 CCSD Message: Reopening of Schools on Jan. 25 CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that all CCSD schools will reopen for in-person learning on Monday, Jan. 25.  

Thank you for your patience during our temporary closure as we worked to return staffing levels to our operational needs.  Thank you to our teachers and support staff for their outstanding work to continue providing engaging instruction and services to students.

CCSD Offers Virtual Program for Parents of Special Education Students CCSD Special Education Parent University - Virtual event 9-12 March 1

The Cherokee County School District's Special Education department will offer a virtual program for parents of Special Education students.

Board Business Briefs: School Board Hears Updates on COVID-19, State Funding Cromer Swearing In Jan 2021

The Cherokee County School Board at its meeting Thursday night heard updates on State education funding and the state of public health.  

CCSD Connections Newsletter for January Now Online CCSD connections Jan 2021 image

The January 2021 edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter and includes a message from the Superintendent about the continued temporary closure of schools due to COVID-19. 

CCSD Increasing Pay for Substitute Teachers Sub Pay Increase Ad 2021

CCSD is providing a temporary pay incentive to substitutes. The incentive will begin immediately and expire May 15, 2021.

1/14/21 CCSD Message: School Closures Extended CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMY

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that all CCSD schools will remain temporarily closed for in-person learning through Friday, Jan. 22, with a tentative reopening date of Monday, Jan. 25.  This difficult decision was made based on continuing high levels of staff absences and substitute teacher shortages due to positive cases and quarantines, as well as the current level of community spread and its resulting impact on emergency medical services and hospitals.  

Save the Date: CCSD Job Fair on March 6 Save the Date - 2021 CCSD Job Fair

Save the Date! The Cherokee County School District’s annual Job Fair will be a virtual event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 6. The event will focus on hiring teachers, bus drivers, school nurses and School Nutrition workers for the 2021-22 school year. We will post instructions at www.cherokeek12.net and on CCSD social media the first week of February explaining how you can sign up to participate. #CCSDfam

Join the #CCSDfam as a Cyber Security teacher! job ad cyber security teacher 1 12 21

The Cherokee County School District is seeking a dynamic Cyber Security teacher to help start its first-ever Cyber Security high school career program for next school year!  This position offers a competitive compensation package with outstanding benefits, a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team. Join the #CCSDfam & apply now: http://bit.ly/CCSDcyber  Questions? Contact CCSD Recruiter Lindsay.Bowley@cherokeek12.net and 770.704.4256.

 

1/11/21 CCSD Message: Schoolwide Communications CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, this message is to advise you of changes to schoolwide communications.

All CCSD schools now are using the Canvas system for sending all schoolwide emails.  This is separate from the School Messenger system for CCSD emergency notifications.  In order to receive emails from your school, such as Principal newsletters and other important news specific to your child’s school, please be sure to set up a Canvas parent account if you have not already done so.  If you already are receiving emails through Canvas from your child’s teacher (the email will have the Canvas icon at the bottom), then you have set up a parent account and don’t need to take additional steps.  If you need to set up a Canvas parent account, please follow the instructions at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/canvas.  

1/8/21 CCSD Message: Closure of CCSD Schools CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

Dear CCSD Families,

When we welcomed our students back for in-person learning on Wednesday to fulfill our commitment of providing the best education possible to our students, we did so with the knowledge of the state of public health in our community.

Cases are higher in our community, our state and our nation than ever before.  Health experts are voicing concerns that a new COVID-19 strain now circulating in our nation will spread faster among everyone, including school-age children.  Our hospitals are full.

Registration Gateway System Experiencing Technical Issues

The Registration Gateway system is experiencing technical issues; we have contacted the vendor to request assistance.  If you need immediate help with enrollment, please contact the registrar for your child's school by email.   The directory of registrars is online here; email addresses use the format first.name@cherokeek12.net  Please do not call today (Jan. 5) as registrars are working from home due to the districtwide Digital Learning Day. 

1/4/21 CCSD Message: Return to School CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

Dear CCSD Families, 
 
Four days ago, we welcomed a new year and new hopes for an end to COVID-19.  The hope I feel is very real, but it is not yet reality, which is why we all must continue to take COVID-19’s impact on our community, including our schools, very seriously.  We know that cases are rising, and we are closely monitoring cases among our students and staff.

Join the #CCSDfam as a School Psychologist job ad school psychologist 1 4 21

Please share our new job listing for a School Psychologist -- this position offers a competitive compensation package with outstanding benefits, a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team. Join the #CCSDfam & apply now: https://cherokeega.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=167 Questions? Contact CCSD Recruiter Lindsay.Bowley@cherokeek12.net and 770.704.4256.

12/18/20 Message from the Superintendent: Outlook for 2021 CCSD heart logo cmyk
Deadline extended - CCSD Announces Student Mask Usage PSA Video and Poster Contests mask clip art

The Cherokee County School District is sponsoring two contests to seek students’ help in encouraging mask usage among their classmates.

CCSD students in grades 6-12 are invited to create and enter a short public service announcement-style video that educates students about the benefits of mask usage by students at school, and students in grades K-12 are invited to design and enter a poster promoting the same message.  Entries for both contests are due Jan. 19 and will be judged for message, quality and creativity. 

CCSD Reminder: Early Dismissal Dec. 18, Digital Learning Day Jan. 5 Early-Dismissal-Clipart

CCSD REMINDER:

EARLY DISMISSAL ON FRIDAY, DEC. 18: All in-person CCSD high school and middle school students will be dismissed early on Friday, Dec. 18 (the early dismissal schedule is online at https://bit.ly/early1218). Elementary school After School Program is cancelled.

CCSD Distributing Holiday Break To-Go Meals - Orders Due 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15 Happy Holidays clip art

CCSD is offering a special to-go free meal service for all students for the December Holiday Break!

Meal pick up will be from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at four locations only – Cherokee High, Creekview High, Etowah High and River Ridge High – and you will choose the location on your form.  You do not have to live in that school’s attendance area to pick up there.

Cherokee County School Board Earns State Honors 2020 Exemplary School Board Badge

The Cherokee County School Board has earned top state honors for exemplary leadership and innovation practices.

The Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) has awarded the Cherokee County School Board its 2020 Exemplary School Board designation.  The statewide recognition program honors school boards that consistently meet standards of excellence and model best practices; it is a three-tiered program, and Exemplary is the highest level of achievement.  In order to earn this status, school boards must demonstrate commitment to

Board Business Briefs: Land Purchase for New Cherokee HS Approved Board Biz Briefs - Steiner 12 11 2020

The Cherokee County School Board during its meeting Thursday approved the purchase of land for the potential site of a new Cherokee High School.

The 88-acre site is north of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and adjacent to the current Teasley MS campus in Canton’s Riverstone area, and the land cost is $87,500 per acre to be paid for with current Ed SPLOST funds. 

January 5: Digital Learning Day vote button

DIGITAL LEARNING DAY ON TUESDAY, JAN. 5: Due to the planned use of our schools that serve as polling sites for the General Election runoff vote, we will not hold in-person school on Tuesday, Jan. 5, which was to be the first day back at school after the Winter Break. Instead, in-person students will participate in a Digital Learning Day and complete their lessons at home online using Canvas and Microsoft Teams; teachers and staff will be working at their schools. This change will not impact students already enrolled in Digital Learning.

CCSD Connections Newsletter for December Now Online CCSD Connections Dec 2020 image

The December 2020 edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter and includes a message from the Superintendent about changes to COVID-19 precautionary quarantine protocols and two changes to the school calendar.  Thank you to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia, a CCSD Partner.  #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Thank You CCSD Educational Support Professionals!

Today is National Educational Support Professionals Day... thank you to all CCSD employees who support our teachers and students by keeping our schools safe, healthy and operating smoothly. #CCSDfam #CCSDunited #EducationalSupportProfessionalsDay

 

 

CCSD Message: COVID-19 Status and Rumors CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, this message is to update you to the fact that the number of COVID-19 cases in both Cherokee County and across the country is on the rise, and what happens outside of our schools impacts what happens inside our schools and our ability to keep schools open.  

Order Thanksgiving Break To-Go Meals by 8 a.m. 11/17 thanksgiving-1

CCSD is offering a special to-go free meal service for all students for Thanksgiving Break!

Meal pick up will be from 4-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at two locations only – Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy in Canton and Carmel ES in Woodstock – and you will choose the location on your form.  You do not have to live in that school’s attendance area to pick up there.

CCSD on Nov. 20 to Distribute Free Meals to All Students for Thanksgiving Week cornucopia image

CCSD School Nutrition will offer a special meal pick-up on Friday, Nov. 20, for free meals for the week of Thanksgiving Break!  

This service, funded by USDA grants, is open to all CCSD students and to any child age 0-18.  

CCSD Graduation Rate Hits New High! CCSD Grad Rate 2020

The Cherokee County School District’s graduation rate has hit a new high, topping 90% for the first time in recent years with 90.3% of the Class of 2020 earning a diploma within four years of entering high school.  

The CCSD graduation rate is an increase from 86.9% achieved by the Class of 2019, according to a new report from the Georgia Department of Education released today.  All six CCSD high schools reported higher grad rates for the Class of 2020, with Creekview HS reporting the top rate of 96.2%.

Join the #CCSDfam as a Bus Driver! CCSD school bus driver ad 11 9 2020

Please share this information … we’re seeking more school bus drivers to join our CCSD family!  To apply: Click Jobs@CCSD at www.CherokeeK12.net.  For more information, please contact CCSD Recruitment Coordinator Lindsay Bowley at Lindsay.Bowley@cherokeek12.net and 770.704.4256. #CCSDfam

 

CCSD Message: Digital Learning for ES Extended CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, Digital Learning will be extended as a learning choice for the second semester (Jan. 5 – May 28, 2021) for all elementary school students and Special Education preschool and PreK students currently enrolled in the program.  Parents of students currently enrolled in Digital Learning for these grades will receive a separate email later today with a link to the online declaration form that is due by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, 2020.  
 
 

Creekview HS FFA Receives National Recognition Creekview HS FFA 11 3 2020

The Creekview High School FFA Chapter during the National FFA annual conference received official recognition as a Top 10 National Model of Excellence chapter!  

The Chapter was named a finalist for the honor earlier this fall in recognition of its exemplary efforts in growing leaders, building communities, and strengthening agriculture, with the overall top chapter in the Nation named during the convention that recently was held virtually.  

CCSD Announces Annual Child Find Efforts CCSD heart logo cmyk

What is Child Find?
The purpose of Child Find is to identify, locate, and evaluate children and youth, who are suspected of having or have a diagnosed disability or developmental delay, in order to provide free appropriate Special Education services.  The Cherokee County School District serves children from three years through 21 years of age.

Read the CCSD Connections parent newsletter for November CCSD Connections November 2020 image

The November 2020 edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter and includes a message from the Superintendent.

CCSD Message: Extracurricular Activities, Food Assistance CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, this is to advise that Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 extra-curricular practices, games and events can occur as planned.  We know you join us in our concern for CCSD families who experienced storm damage as well as our CCSD students who have not had access to free school meals during our closure.  We maintain a list of resources for food and general assistance on our website bulletin board at http://bit.ly/CCSDbboard.  Please contact these agencies if you need help, or if you can support them through financial donations and/or by volunteering.

Schools and Offices Closed Friday October 30

With multiple school power outages still ongoing likely through tomorrow morning and over 20 roads still impassible throughout the County, Cherokee County School District will be closed Friday, October 30. This will not be a Digital Learning Day due to the remaining widespread power outages.  A decision to allow Friday extracurricular events will be made mid-day based upon local conditions. 

CCSD Schools and Offices Closed Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent of Schools, this is to announce that due to the National Weather Service Tropical Storm Warning and likely associated hazardous wind and flooding conditions during the early morning hours tomorrow, Cherokee County School District will be closed on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020.  This will not be a Digital Learning Day due to the likely event of expected widespread power outages throughout the morning.  A decision to allow Thursday extracurricular events will be made mid-day based upon local conditions. #SafeCherokee

CCSD Schools Earn $10K in "Bright Ideas" Grants CCSD Amicalola Grants 10 26 20

Cherokee County School District schools have earned more than $10,000 in this fall’s Bright Ideas Grants!

The competitive Bright Ideas Grants are awarded by Amicalola EMC to the most innovative ideas from schools in their service area.  Fifteen CCSD projects won a total of $10,841 in this season’s cycle of funding, which was presented to recipients this month.

CCSD Appreciates Its Bus Drivers! bus driver appreciation

CCSD recognized its school bus drivers on Tuesday morning with a drive-through breakfast and gifts.  CCSD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Hightower visited with drivers at two bus maintenance facilities, passing out Chick-fil-A biscuits and goody bags from sponsors. 

CCSD Team Selected for NASA Student Launch Program Creekview HS NASA Student Launch Teams 2020

A Cherokee County School District team has been selected for the prestigious NASA Student Launch Program!

Creekview High School’s rocketry team has earned a spot in the competitive project open to high-achieving teams from universities, high schools and middle schools.  Middle and high school teams qualify to participate by finishing in the top 20 of The American Rocketry Challenge the previous year.  Creekview’s team, the 2018 International Champion, regularly ranks in the Nation’s top 20.

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant, Macedonia of Creekview HS! CVHS POTY 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Creekview HS 2020 Partner of the Year: Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant, Macedonia!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

Board Business Briefs: School Board Hears of Potential State Funding Concerns BOE Meeting Oct. 15 2020 (1)

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday heard an update on potential State funding concerns for next school year.
 
During its pre-meeting work session, School Board members began the planning work for its annual Legislative Partnership Priorities, a list of top issues it would like to see addressed by Cherokee County’s State legislators during the General Assembly Session.  The report typically is shared by the School Board with the Delegation at a meeting in early December prior to the legislative session’s start in January.

CCSD Students Named to State School Superintendent's Student Advisory Council  State Superintendent Student Advisory Council 2020

Cherokee County School District students have been named to the State School Superintendent’s 2020-21 Student Advisory Council!

Creekview HS sophomore Kylie Buchanan and Woodstock HS junior Fawzan Khan are among the 64 high school and middle school students from across the state selected for the prestigious role.  They were chosen by State School Superintendent Richard Woods from more than 1,400 applications statewide based on their answers to essay questions about improving public education.

CCSD Class of 2020 Tops Nation, State on ACT CCSD 2020 ACT infographic

The Cherokee County School District Class of 2020 earned average ACT scores that topped National and State results and continued to rank among Georgia’s top 10 county school systems!

10/5/2020 CCSD Message: School Operations Update CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised of several important decisions in regard to CCSD school operations:

  • HYBRID MODEL: The three high schools currently operating on a hybrid model – Creekview, Etowah and Woodstock High Schools – all will resume traditional in-person instruction (five days a week) beginning Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 (Monday, Oct. 12, is a scheduled school holiday for all students/professional development day for teachers and staff).  This decision does not affect students currently enrolled in Digital Learning. 
Read the October CCSD Connections parent newsletter! image - CCSD Connections parent newsletter Oct 2020

The October 2020 edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter and contains important information including updates on school operations for this month.  Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia, a CCSD Partner! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

School and Community Leaders Celebrate Opening of Mountain Ed's Cherokee Site ribbon cutting

School and community leaders celebrated the official opening of Mountain Education Charter High School's Cherokee County location Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce.  Mountain Ed's Cherokee satellite, located in the Etowah East building on the Etowah HS campus, currently has 144 students enrolled in the alternative evening program. 

Additional SAT Data Shows CCSD's Average Score Is in the Top 10% in Georgia sat w state ranks

Additional information about the Class of 2020’s SAT results was recently released by the Georgia Department of Education.  CCSD’s average score of 1100 ranks 3rd among Metro Atlanta counties and places the district 12th overall in the state, out of 180 school districts (top 10%).  When compared to school districts that test at least 500 students, CCSD is 4th overall.  All six CCSD high schools fell in the top 20% of high schools statewide when comparing average composite scores. 

CCSD To-Go Meal Orders for 9/28 due Friday 9/25 ccsd serves white square

If your student(s) is/are enrolled in Digital Learning or hybrid learning, we are pleased to offer to-go meal service for them! 

Meal pick up will be Monday, Sept. 28, in a designated area of your child’s school (car rider or bus lane) at a designated time.  Please contact your school nutrition manager for specific locations and serving times: CCSD School Nutrition Manager Contact Information

CCSD Recognizes 2020 Partner of the Year CCSD 2020 POTY 2 9 21 20

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating outstanding school community partners through its Seventh Annual CCSD Partner of the Year awards!

Through the annual program, every CCSD school selects a Partner of the Year to honor.  From that pool of outstanding partners, a committee of retired educators and community leaders selects an overall CCSD 2020 Partner of the Year.

Board Business Briefs: Construction of New Cherokee HS School Board Meeting Bar Association Donation 9 18 2020

The Cherokee County School Board during its meeting Thursday heard operations updates and talked about construction of a replacement Cherokee High School as a possible project to be funded in the next Education SPLOST renewal.

CCSD Message: Fall Break CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

Dear #CCSDfam,

We’re nearing the end of our seventh week of school with Fall Break ahead of us.  I hope this holiday allows our students and staff and all of their families time to rest, relax and recharge.

Whether you’re taking a vacation out of town or a staycation in Cherokee County, please keep your health and the health of your entire community in mind.

9/17/2020 CCSD Message: No To-Go Meals Service on 9/21 ccsd serves white square

CCSD School Nutrition will not offer to-go-meal service on Monday, Sept. 21, as CCSD schools will be closed for Fall Break.  You will receive an email the morning of Thursday, Sept. 24, with an online order form that is due by 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25, for to-go meal pick-up on Monday, Sept. 28.  If you need food assistance during Fall Break, please contact one of the community food banks serving Cherokee County, which we have listed on our website at http://bit.ly/ccsdhealthinfo  Reminder: All CCSD families who think they may qualify for free or reduced-price meals are asked to please complete the online application at www.lunchapplication.com.  This approval will be needed to receive free and reduced-price meals after the temporary USDA program providing free meals to all students ends on Dec. 31.

CCSD Names Winners of Second Annual Support Staff Employees of the Year Awards CCSD SSOTY ES 2

The Cherokee County School District has surprised the overall winners of its second annual Support Staff Employees of the Year Awards!

The awards program honors one Support Staff Employee of the Year from each of CCSD’s schools, centers and central office divisions, and one overall CCSD winner is selected for each of three categories: Elementary School; Middle School/High School/Centers; Central Office.  These overall winners are selected by a committee of retired educators and community leaders.  

17 CCSD Students Place in Statewide Reflections Contest CCSD Georgia PTA Reflections Winners 2020 9 14 20

Seventeen Cherokee County School District students placed in the 2019-20 Georgia PTA Reflections fine arts contest!

The annual contest gives students in all grades and abilities the opportunity to create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts for the opportunity to earn recognition at the School, District, State and National levels.  This year's theme was “Look Within.”

CCSD Announces Second Annual Recipe Contest! Turnip the Volume 2020 logo

What's cooking, #CCSDfam? 

If you're a CCSD parent who loves to cook, please enter our second annual CCSD School Nutrition Parent Recipe Contest ... you could win a $100 Visa gift card and see your side-dish recipe featured on CCSD school lunch menus in October! 

CCSD Class of 2020 Outscores National, State SAT Averages SAT INFO 2020

Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2020 outscored State and National averages on the SAT, according to results released this week by the College Board.

The CCSD Class of 2020 earned an average total score of 1100 on the curriculum-based college entrance and placement exam, which exceeds the National public school average by 70 points and the State by 57 points.

CCSD High School Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists post CCSD National Merit 2021 9 9 2020

Five Cherokee County School District high school seniors today were named 2021 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists!

They are: of Cherokee HS, Dylan Iovino; of Creekview HS, Nathan Davis; of Etowah HS, Ben Willett; of River Ridge HS, Nicholas Audinet; and of Sequoyah HS, Jeremy Jeong.

UPDATE 10/14/20: CCSD School Nutrition Meals Free to All Students for Rest of School Year ccsd serves white square

UPDATE 10/14/2020: More great news for CCSD families ... the USDA funding for free school meals for all students has been extended through the end of the school year!

Cherokee County School District families are receiving a new form of economic stimulus: free school meals for all students!

CCSD School Nutrition beginning Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 will not charge any fees to any students for breakfasts or lunches through Dec. 31, 2020 (the end date is dependent on available funding), based on extended meal service flexibilities from the USDA.  There are no forms to complete or income eligibility requirements for this federally funded temporary relief program.  

9/4/2020 Message: CCSD Digital Learning Extension CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that he has decided to extend Digital Learning for elementary school students for the second nine-week grading period, which ends Dec. 18, 2020.

Parents/guardians of elementary school students currently enrolled in Digital Learning (kindergarten through fifth grade; and Special Education preschool and PreK) must complete a declaration form by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11; a link to the form will be emailed to them separately this afternoon.  

CCSD Recognizes 2020 Volunteers of the Year CCSD 2020 VOTY 1 9 4 2020

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating outstanding school volunteers through its Seventh Annual CCSD Volunteer of the Year awards!

Through the annual program, every CCSD school selects a Volunteer of the Year to honor.  From that pool of exceptional school volunteers, a committee made up of retired educators and community leaders selects an overall CCSD 2020 Volunteer of the Year.  This year’s winner is Brian Tomalavage, the Free Home Elementary School Volunteer of the Year!

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Hillary Grummer of Creekview HS! MTT CVHS (Grummer) 9 7 2020

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

Read the September CCSD Connections Newsletter CCSD Connections Sept 2020 image

The September edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter and includes a message from the Superintendent as well as news and updates. Thank you to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Cherokee County Educational Foundation Awards $56K in Grants CCEF 2020 Classroom Impact Grants 8 31 202

The Cherokee County Educational Foundation helped kick off the new school year in CCSD this month by presenting teachers and support staff with $56,000 in grants!

The nonprofit organization, since its 2012 formation to raise funds for CCSD teachers, programs and schools, has awarded more than $500,000 in grants to support teaching and learning.
The Foundation’s Classroom Impact Grants program offer competitive grants for projects costing up to $2,500, with a focus on new ideas for instruction that could be replicated throughout CCSD classrooms.

CCSD Names 2020-21 Student Advisor and Student Delegates to the School Board 2020-21 CCSD Student Delegates to the School Board

The Cherokee County School District has named the 2020-21 Student Advisor and Student Delegates to the School Board.

The School Board has included a Student Advisor position on its board since 1999, and for the past 10 years, a Student Delegate from each high school also has been selected.  These students serve for one year to give input and feedback to the School Board; the advisor role is rotated among the district’s high schools

Join the #CCSDfam as a Substitute Teacher! Job Ad Sub Teachers 8 28 2020

We need dedicated substitute teachers to keep our in-person classrooms open as we continue providing this essential service to the children of our community.  Please sign up today so we can invite you to a training session.  Apply online at https://bit.ly/JobsCCSD  #CCSDfam  #CCSDunited

8/26/2020 CCSD Message: Sept. 3 Reopening of Closed High Schools CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, CCSD’s three high schools temporarily closed for in-person learning – Creekview HS, Etowah HS and Woodstock HS – all will reopen for in-person learning using a hybrid model on Thursday, Sept. 3.  Teachers at these schools will participate in additional training over the next week to prepare for this transition while we continue with the existing remote-learning model until that time.

The hybrid model will remain in place at these three high schools until at least Oct. 9, which is the last day of the first nine-week grading period.  An announcement will be made as soon as possible as to what operations will look like after Oct. 9; this decision will be made for each school individually based on the state of public health in each school community.

Microsoft Recognizes 42 CCSD Teachers as Instructional Technology Experts MIEE 20-21 logo

Microsoft Education has recognized 42 Cherokee County School District teachers and staff as instructional technology experts!

They have been named to the 2020-2021 class of Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts.  The technology company selects educators, support staff and school leaders who show exceptional understanding of how technology can improve learning for this recognition, which includes access to new tools and an exclusive online network for sharing best practices.

Board Business Briefs: School Board Discusses School Reopening CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

The Cherokee County School Board at its regular meeting tonight heard an update on the start of the school year, and talked about a possible “hybrid” model for the reopening of three temporarily closed high schools.

After a wide-ranging discussion of current school operations and possible operational changes, the School Board voted, 5-1, with Vice Chair Kelly Poole dissenting and John Harmon absent, to authorize Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower to make adjustments, as he determines are needed, to the Reopening of School Plan in order to reopen Creekview, Etowah and Woodstock High Schools on Aug. 31.  The motion specifically excluded authorizing a student mask mandate at this time.

Join the #CCSDfam as a Substitute School Nutrition Worker Job Ad substitute SN workers 8 18 2020

Many of our students rely upon and look forward to our cafeteria’s homemade breakfasts and lunches and award-winning Farm to School recipes.  Our School Nutrition workers and lunchroom monitors are the everyday heroes who make this essential service happen!  Please consider signing up to serve as a substitute worker.  More information and the applications (look for Future Openings forms for each of these jobs) are online at https://bit.ly/JobsCCSD #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Honors Young Georgia Authors Winners CCSD Young Authors State Winners 8 18 2020

Two Cherokee County School District students have earned statewide honors in the Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition!

The annual writing contest is open to students in grades kindergarten through 12 and provides an opportunity for schools to encourage writing in a variety of genres.  Each CCSD school submitted a top entry for each grade level to compete at the District level.  The District winners then advanced to regional competition for the opportunity to compete statewide, and state contest entries were judged over the summer break.

8/16/2020 CCSD Message: Creekview HS Closure CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that we are, effective immediately, temporarily closing in-person learning at Creekview High School.  Reopening is tentatively scheduled for Monday, Aug. 31.  This decision was made with the support of School Board Members and in consideration with the Department of Public Health.

Join the #CCSDfam as a Substitute School Nurse  Job Ad - substitute nurse 8 12 2020

CCSD’s school nurses are superheroes, and these dedicated essential workers need back-up as we continue to offer in-person school. 

Thank You to New Group Supporting CCSD Schools CCSD positivity FB group collage 8 10 202

Cherokee County School District teachers and staff were welcomed to work for the sixth day of school with sweet surprises from a new organization dedicated to encouraging them and lifting the entire community’s spirits.

8/7/2020 Message from the Superintendent: Thank You! CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

The following message is from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower:

Today is the fifth day of school – and, this year, that is an amazing milestone.

As I said when we began the week, we would not have been able to reopen schools in person, simultaneously launch a new Digital Learning program and start the school year on time without your patience, grace, flexibility and support.

8/3/2020 Message from the Superintendent: #CCSDUnited CCSD First Day - CCSDunited

The following message is from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower:

Today we began the first day of a school year unlike any ever before – and we succeeded because of you.

Creekview HS Teacher Earns National Recognition BENTON Pauline

A Cherokee County School District teacher has earned national recognition for her work in career education!

Creekview High School teacher Pauline Benton, who leads the school’s successful Career Pathway agriculture program, is the FFA National Teacher Ambassador for Georgia.

7/29/2020 CCSD Back-to-School Updates & Reminders aBack to school 2020-21 (48)

CCSD Back-to-School Updates & Reminders: 

The CCSD Back to School Gateway at https://bit.ly/CCSDb2s now is open!  Whether your CCSD student is returning in-person or learning online, we need you to please complete the Gateway “first day forms” as soon as possible.  The Gateway includes updating emergency contacts, confirming transportation plans, signing up for free and reduced price lunch, and much more.  To use the Gateway, you will need your child’s Student ID (the code they use in the cafeteria and to log in to computers) and GTID (the longer code on your child’s report card); if you don’t have these, your child’s school can provide them to you.

Join the #CCSDfam as a Substitute Teacher! Substitute Teacher ad 7 27 2020

CCSD is ready for the new school year with 500 temporary substitute teachers signed up to serve ... but we've heard from more who want to join us! 

We're opening up three training sessions next month - on Aug. 7, 10 and 13 - for community members who want to work as substitute teachers.  Spaces are limited, so sign up now at https://bit.ly/JobsCCSD

#CCSDunited

Ceremonies Celebrate the Class of 2020 graduation day

Updated photo galleries from CCSD graduations held July 23-26 can be viewed at https://www.cherokeek12.net/gallery.  Those who wish to purchase DVDs or digital downloads of any of the high school graduation ceremonies can do so online at https://cherokeecountygrad.com/

7/27/2020 CCSD Newsletter: Back to School Info image CCSD Connections parent newsletter July 2020

It’s one week until the first day of school for CCSD on Aug. 3, 2020!  Please check out the July edition of the CCSD Connections newsletter at https://bit.ly/CCSDconnections, which includes important back-to-school info and a message from the Superintendent.  Don’t forget to visit the Back-to-School Gateway at https://bit.ly/CCSDb2s when it opens July 29, as we need the parents of all students – both in-person and Digital Learning – to update emergency contacts and provide other important “first day forms” information. #CCSDunited
 

7/16/20 CCSD Message: Decision Reminder and Rumors CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, please see the following announcements:

• The Cherokee County School Board at its meeting tonight made no changes to the current CCSD Reopening of School Plan at https://bit.ly/CCSDplan20.  The School Board unanimously approved CCSD’s annual budget, which includes significant investments in our reopening plan including more than $4 Million in additional health and safety measures.  You can read the Board Business Briefs recap at https://bit.ly/CCSDbbb71620.    

Board Business Briefs: CCSD Annual Budget Approved New Leaders appointments 7 16 2020

The Cherokee County School Board at its regular meeting tonight unanimously approved the Cherokee County School District’s annual budget, which, despite a $25 Million State education funding cut, was balanced without the need for furlough days or a millage rate increase.

CCSD Launches Fact vs. Fiction Page to Address Rumors CCSD Facts vs Fiction log

The Cherokee County School District has launched a Fact vs. Fiction webpage!  

 

7/13/20 CCSD Message: Reopening Plan FAQs Update CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that we have made updates to the CCSD Reopening of School FAQs which is posted online at https://bit.ly/CCSDfaqs20.

Parking Pass Update

With the county's decision to start school August 3rd we will move forward with the sale of parking passes.  Detailed instructions will be emailed early in the week of July 13.  Senior sales will be Wednesday, July 15 at 8 a.m. through Thursday, July 16 at midnight.  Parking pass sales for Juniors who are work release and/or dual enrolled will be Friday, July 17 starting at 8 a.m. through midnight.  Remaining passes for juniors and seniors will be sold on Tuesday, July 21 at 8 a.m. until passes are sold out.  Those still needing spaces will be placed on a waiting list.  Sophomores are NOT allowed to purchase due to limited parking.

Food Distribution Update: More Meals Available at All Sites, Fresh Produce Boxes at CHS 7 days of meals

CCSD's Summer Feeding Program will add weekend meals to the food distributions for the final two dates (July 13 and July 20), increasing the meals per child from 5 days of breakfast and lunch to 7 days.  Cherokee HS site will also have 200 boxes of fresh produce to give away the next two pickup days, one box per family.  The produce boxes are made possible through USDA's Farmers to Families program.  Meal distribution sites, times and guidelines are on the website here.

7/9/20 CCSD Message: Reopening Approved  reopen slider

Dear #CCSDfam,
 
I begin this message by expressing gratitude: thank you to the School Board for its unanimous approval tonight of our CCSD Reopening of School Plan, thank you to the citizens who attended to share their opinions and thank you to those who, instead of attending, emailed or called to share their thoughts.  You can read a recap of tonight’s meeting online at https://bit.ly/CCSDbbb7920

Board Business Briefs: Reopening of Schools Plan Approved CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

The Cherokee County School Board at its called meeting tonight unanimously approved the Superintendent’s recommended CCSD Reopening of School Plan, which calls for both the return to schools for traditional learning and the launch of an improved digital learning choice.

 

Registration Gateway Online for New Student Registration

CCSD's online registration system for new student enrollment is back online after maintenance earlier this week. If you click the link and still see the maintenance screen, please clear the cache on your computer and refresh your browser, the window should open. 

https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/divisions-school-operations-school-enrollment

7/8/20 CCSD Message: School Reopening CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that Cherokee County School Board Chair Kyla Cromer has called for a School Board meeting to be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 9, 2020 to consider approval of the Superintendent’s recommended CCSD Reopening of School Plan. 

7/4/2020 CCSD Message: Graduation Update tassel slider 2020

Dear #CCSDfam,

It’s been awhile since we could say we’re bringing you good news, but I hope many of you will see this message as such.
 
Working with our graduation host, First Baptist Church of Woodstock, we are excited to announce a plan that will allow us to accommodate up to two guests per Class of 2020 graduating senior for our in-person ceremonies, as scheduled (https://bit.ly/CCSD2020), later this month.  Graduating seniors will receive an email in their CCSD account from their Principal later this month with instructions on ticketing for guests and arrival.

Reminder: CCSD Return to School Questionnaire due June 29

Dear CCSD Parents/Guardians: 

This is just a reminder that, if you have not already, please complete the CCSD return-to-school questionnaire by 5 p.m. Monday, June 29.  The message we emailed to you on Monday, including a link to the questionnaire, is posted at https://bit.ly/CCSD62220.  You need your child’s student ID and a unique code to complete it; these were sent to you on Monday in a separate email from “no.reply@cherokee.k12.ga.us”

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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.

CCSD Message to High School Students CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

Dear #CCSDfam 

We are sending the message below to all of our high school students, many of whom have reached out to us with concerns about the issues of diversity, equity and tolerance.  We’re sharing this message with not only the parents of our high school students, but also the parents of all of our students, so you will be aware of its contents and can consider having a conversation at home about this topic.  We are very aware of where our role ends and where yours begins, and that we must work together to help our students succeed.  

Board Business Briefs: Review of Proposed Budget, Reopening Plans CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

The Cherokee County School Board at its work session and regular meeting this evening reviewed the proposed CCSD budget for next school year, which balances a State funding shortfall without the need for furlough days or a tax rate increase, and heard an update on school reopening plans.

Six CCSD Students Earn College Scholarships from ABM CCSD 2020 ABM Scholarship Winners 6 18 20

Six Cherokee County School District Class of 2020 graduates have earned scholarships from ABM Industry Groups LLC.

2020 Census: It's Not Too Late to Be Counted census

If you have not completed your 2020 U.S. Census Survey, there is still time!  95% of households receive their census invitation in the mail (these were sent in March, with reminders sent in April).  As of June 14, 62% of Cherokee County residents have responded (compared to 57% in Georgia and 61% across the U.S.).  Every household has the option of responding online, by mail or by phone.  Households that have not responded may receive a visit from a census worker between Aug. 11 and Oct. 31 to help complete the form and ensure everyone is counted.  For more about the census and how the data is used, go to www.2020census.gov

CCSD Middle, High School Students Place at 4-H Competition CCSD 2020 4-H Middle and High First Place 6 16 20

Cherokee County School District middle and high school students competed at the Georgia 4-H Northwest District Project Achievement Competition, with five earning first-place honors.

Thirty-eight CCSD students in grades 7-12 participated in the event, competing in a field of 582 students.  For the contest, students choose an area of interest, research it, create a portfolio and make a presentation.  Students are judged on their presentation and their portfolio, which includes their project work, as well as information about their leadership and citizenship activities and community service.

CCSD Message: Budget Update I-1 ALL DRAFT

Dear #CCSDfam, 

In any other time, a potential 11% cut in State education funding would not be a cause for optimism, but we are in challenging times.  As the initial forecast called us to brace for a 14% cut and a $32 Million loss for our School District, we are grateful for the 3% difference now projected by the Governor.

Creekview's Robert Rose finishes 3rd in Microsoft Office Specialist Certification for the State of Georgia

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Message from the Superintendent BVH Pre-K

Dear #CCSDfam, 

One of the best parts of my role as your Superintendent is visiting our schools to see our students and educators working together.

CCSD Message: Reopening Update CCSD logo

Dear #CCSDfam,

Over the summer break, our high school campuses usually stay busy as student athletes and coaches prepare for fall sports.

Two CCSD Class of 2020 Graduates Win National Merit Scholarships 2020 CCSD National Merit University Scholarships 6 3 20

Two Cherokee County School District Class of 2020 graduates have earned special National Merit Scholarships awarded by universities!

Cherokee High School graduate Anna DeYoung has won a National Merit Scholarship from the University of Georgia; Creekview High School graduate Jack Eno has won a National Merit Scholarship from the University of Mississippi.  

CCSD Shares Tributes from Top Students, Honored Teachers 2020 CCSD Vals Sals and Honored Teachers 6 1 2020

At the close of the school year, CCSD presents its Annual Scholar Recognition Banquet to recognize the graduating class’s valedictorians and salutatorians.  The event is made even more memorable through tribute speeches by the students to honor their most influential teacher, and the speeches those teachers then give about their students.  

To-Go Meal Distribution Summer Schedule Begins June 1 CCSD Summer Meals Flier 2 2020

REMINDER: The summer schedule for our #CCSDserves to-go meal distribution by CCSD School Nutrition begins Monday, June 1!  Some locations and times have changed – check the flier above for details.  Please remember: a child must be present to receive a bag; do not come sick; do not stay at the site after picking up food.  More information is posted at bit.ly/CCSDserves  Thank you! #CCSDfam

 

Message from the Superintendent to the Class of 2020 CCSD Class of 2020 tassel square

Dear #CCSDfam,

The message below is to our graduating Class of 2020 seniors.  I am sharing it with all of you, for I know you hold in your hearts the same hopes as I do for their success.  You can see each of their names posted on our website at https://bit.ly/CCSD2020.

Congratulations to CCSD's Class of 2020! tassel slider 2020

7/4/2020 UPDATE: Graduates will be permitted up to two guests. Details: https://www.cherokeek12.net/News/message7420

Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2020, made up of 3,035 students, will celebrate the end of its senior year today!

CCSD high schools will host senior parades from 7 to 9 p.m. today (May 29) to celebrate with students and their families.  Students will be able to pick up, via a drive-through station, their diplomas and special recognition items.  Students are encouraged to wear their caps and gowns.

CCSD Recognizes Retiring Senior Staff ssr photos revised

Four longtime Cherokee County School District leaders have retired this year following successful careers of service to the community.

Congratulations to this year’s retiring senior staff: Deputy Superintendent and Chief Operations Officer Trey Olson, Executive Director for Administrative Leadership Beth P. Long, Director of Facility Maintenance Ronald Barnes, and Supervisor of Facility Maintenance Randy Evans.

CCSD Congratulates Retiring Educators, Support Staff CCSD retirement image 5 26 2020

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating its educators and support staff who are retiring after exemplary service!

CCSD Thanks School Board Student Delegates CCSD 2019-20 Student Delegates 5 22 2020

The Cherokee County School District congratulates its School Board Delegates on completing their year of service!

For the past 20 years, the School Board has invited an outstanding high school senior to serve a one-year term as its Student Advisor; and the program later expanded to include a senior Student Delegate from each high school.  The Advisor role rotates among CCSD’s high schools; all of the Delegates are asked to give input and feedback to the School Board.

Help Your Child Keep Learning Over Summer Break summer fun resources (1)

To help parents keep their children on track for a great start back to school, CCSD has created a Summer Learning Adventure website of vetted resources for students of all ages!

Board Briefs: School Board Hears School Reopening Plans, Budget Update CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

The Cherokee County School Board during its May meeting, which was held this evening virtually and streamed online, heard school reopening plans and a budget update.

CCSD Announces Class of 2020 Valedictorians and Salutatorians CCSD 2020 Vals and Sals

Congratulations to the valedictorians and salutatorians for the Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2020!

Creekview Students Place in Film Festival

Dr. Pruitt's film students have a great showing at the Cherokee County Film Festival!!

CCSD Recognizes Top Staff from Special Education Team CCSD 2020 Special Education Staff of the Year 5 19 20

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating four of its outstanding special education team members!

Four members of the Department of Special Education received its top annual honors during a ceremony on Monday held virtually online.

5/18/2020 Message: Graduation Update; Summer Resources CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised of the following updates:

GRADUATES: The Superintendent has authorized a special #2020CCSDGrads recognition for the Class of 2020 on Friday, May 29.  As part of the last weekly observance when our high school football stadiums are illuminated for 20 minutes at 8:20 p.m. (20:20 military time) on Fridays, we will hold Class of 2020 parades at the schools from 7 to 9 p.m.  Principals will send more information about this event to the parents of seniors.  Graduates will drive through a pick-up area for honor cords, medals and other special regalia and, as a gift to every senior from their Principal, each will receive an embroidered school patch to affix to their keepsake graduation robes.  These patches, which have adhesive backing, feature the same design as those on the rental gowns used for past commencement ceremonies.

Five CCSD Graduating Seniors Headed to U.S. Service Academies CCSD US Service Academies 5 12 2020

Five Cherokee County School District Class of 2020 graduating seniors are headed to our nation’s elite U.S. Service Academies!

Acceptance to one on the country’s elite military academies is a prestigious honor, as enrollment is very limited with appointees selected based on excellent records of academic performance, athletic achievement, leadership skills and community service.  

Creekview students win big at the Cherokee Student Film Festival Awards!

Grizzly filmmakers won 3 of 4 individual categories, Audience Choice, and 2nd Place Overall!

CCSD Honored with National Award for Educational Technology DOD_color_HR

The Cherokee County School District has earned national recognition for its effective use of educational technology!

The District has been selected by the District Administration educational leadership organization as the Districts of Distinction award winner in the Educational Technology category.  

Creekview HS Graduating Senior Earns Partner Scholarship COOK Siena

A member of Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2020 has earned a college scholarship from a CCSD community partner! 

Creekview High School graduating senior Siena Cook has won a $2,500 scholarship awarded by East West Bank.  The scholarship was open to one graduating senior from Creekview HS and awarded based on an application, essay questions and references.

15 CCSD Seniors Named Georgia Scholars CCSD 2020 Georgia Scholars 5 11 20

Fifteen Cherokee County School District graduating seniors have been recognized with a top State honor!

The Georgia Department of Education identifies and honors high school seniors who have achieved excellence in school and community life as Georgia Scholars, a title that only 295 seniors statewide have earned this year.  Georgia Scholars receive a special diploma seal.

Cherokee HS, Creekview HS Seniors Win New Scholarships dickerson scholarship 20

Two Cherokee County School District graduating seniors have earned new college scholarships from a community foundation!

The winners of the inaugural college scholarships, which are $5,000 each, from the Jason T. Dickerson Family Foundation are: Will Howe of Cherokee High School and Katelynn Cornette of Creekview High School.

Educator Organization Awards College Scholarship to Future Teacher NEWELL Bailey

A Creekview High School graduating senior has won a college scholarship to help pursue her dream of becoming a teacher!

The Gamma Eta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, which is made up of active and retired female educators in Cherokee County, has selected Bailey Newell as its 2020 scholarship recipient.  The chapter presents one scholarship a year to an outstanding female CCSD graduating senior who plans to earn an education degree. 

5/4/2020 CCSD Message: #ThankATeacher Teacher Appreciation 2020 - Bascomb ES

Dear #CCSDfam,

A school in the first week of May overflows with joy and appreciation.  

Children march through the door carrying carefully wrapped packages – plenty of coffee mugs, yes, but also handmade treasures.  Teachers enjoy catered lunches and desserts baked up by PTA volunteers.  Hallways glitter with Teacher Appreciation Week posters, and the celebration spills over to social media, where we scroll through tributes to teachers of today and yesterday.

CCSD Announces High School 2020 Summer School Options CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

The Cherokee County School District will offer online summer school from June 3-23 for high school students.

4/27/20 CCSD Message: Graduation Dates graduation-caps

Dear #CCSDfam,

We lined up in the warm gym, waiting in the alphabetical order we knew by heart.  We scanned the crowded bleachers for familiar faces, including the permitted three we knew best.  And though my only role was to walk across a stage and accept my diploma, my palms stayed anxiously damp.

Apply by May 29 for ABM College Scholarship ABM logo

ABM Industry Group LLC will award one $1,000 college scholarship to a Class of 2020 graduating senior from each of CCSD's six high schools. Completed applications and references are due by May 29, 2020. The application and reference form are online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/bulletin-board-2 #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Jason Hubbard of Creekview HS! toty cvhs 4 25 2020

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 Creekview High School Teacher of the Year Jason Hubbard!

13 CCSD Students Selected for Governor's Honors CCSD governors honors 4 24 2020

Thirteen Cherokee County School District high school students have been selected for the prestigious Georgia Governor’s Honors Program! 

CCSD Enrollment for Next School Year Underway Registration Gateway image

While Cherokee County School District schools and office remain closed, registration for students new to CCSD for the 2020-21 school year is underway.

4/20/20 CCSD Message: Expectations & Outlook Artwork by Mill Creek MS sixth-graders Isabella and Olivia Kennison

Dear #CCSDfam,

Amid the memes floating around, there’s one reminding us “we’re not all in the same boat” in this sea change.

While online learning is working well for many students and families, it is not for all.  We see this in system data; technology requests; teacher and parent feedback; and in our survey results, especially the thousands of comments from students and parents.  

CCSD Names New Assistant Principals, Head Coach AP appointments 2020-21

The School Board on Thursday evening also approved monthly personnel recommendations, which included the appointment of new assistant principals and a new head girls basketball coach for Creekview HS.  

The new assistant principals are filling vacancies created by retirements, advancements and enrollment growth.

Board Briefs: School Board Approves Ending School Early CCSD Board Photo 2018-19

The Cherokee County School Board this evening unanimously approved the Superintendent of Schools’ recommendation to end school early on May 8 and to postpone a decision on high school graduation ceremonies until July 1.

4/15 CCSD Message: Last Day, Graduation 4 15 20 Message image

Dear #CCSDfam,

We have learned many lessons over the past month, and some of those have been lessons re-learned.

Like that our school families connect and strengthen even if our buildings are closed.  Our children show us their resilience, their optimism — their best, when put to the test.  And that it sometimes is hard to see the rainbow beyond the storm clouds, but it’s still there.
 

4/3/20 Message from the Superintendent: Grading 4 3 20 Message Image

Dear #CCSDfam,

Grace. This word has become a mantra for me and for my leadership team over the last three weeks. It defines how I expect all of our employees to always treat students, parents and each other, and especially so in this challenging time.

4/1/2020 Gov. Extends Closure of Schools for Rest of School Year DLD no dates

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that Gov. Brian Kemp has extended his closure of all schools statewide through the close of the school year.  This announcement also cancels all events scheduled to take place at CCSD schools, all CCSD special events and extra-curricular activities, and all community leases of CCSD facilities through May 31, 2020.   Over the coming days, the Superintendent and staff will develop recommendations for School Board approval regarding operations and programming for the remainder of the year.  This will include time-sensitive topics such as the completion of the academic year, final grades and graduation.  In the interim, CCSD will continue Digital Learning Days; Spring Break (April 6-10) will be observed as scheduled with no Digital Learning Days. #SafeCherokee

3/31/2020 CCSD Technology Update DLD no dates

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that CCSD’s Office of Technology is ending its successful distribution of CCSD laptops for students to borrow for use during the school closure.  This distribution initially was only to take place on the last day of classes at schools on March 13, but Technology staff have worked hard to continue the process to meet students’ needs.  CCSD has distributed 3,112 devices to students and will fulfill another 500 pending requests by Friday.  If you are a CCSD parent and your child is without any access to any device on which to do their Digital Learning Days assignments, please notify your child’s teacher by 5 p.m. today, March 31, 2020.  If Technology is unable to fulfill your request, staff will let your child’s teacher know immediately so you can make other arrangements.

3/30/2020 Message from the Superintendent CCSD Strong Chalk Mosaic 3 30 20

Dear #CCSDfam, 
 
While we know the past week has not been easy, and the news that Georgia’s schools will remain closed through April 24 caused many families more stress, I am filled with hope.

Mountain Ed Hiring for Cherokee Campus Mountain Education Charter High School Job Posting 3 26 20

CCSD is partnering with Mountain Education Charter High School for its evening high school program beginning in June … and more employees are needed to staff the program!

Gov. Extends School Closings to 4/24/2020 DLD no dates

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that the Governor has extended the statewide closure of all schools, including the Cherokee County School District, through April 24, 2020.  The Governor said he will make a decision prior to April 24 as to whether schools will re-open this school year.  This extended closure also means all events scheduled to take place at CCSD schools, all CCSD special events and extra-curricular activities and all community leases of CCSD facilities are cancelled through April 24.  CCSD will continue Digital Learning Days through April 3 and then again from April 13-24; Spring Break will be observed as scheduled from April 6-10 with no Digital Learning Days.  Also during this extended closure, CCSD will continue providing technology, Canvas and other learning support, as well as the #CCSDserves to-go meal program.  Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower again expressed how much he appreciates the dedication of our students, parents and employees during this challenging time: we are here to support you -- we are all in this together. #CCSDfam

3/25/20 Message from the Superintendent ccsdserves blue square

Dear #CCSDfam, 
 
Our entire CCSD family continues to impress me as we navigate through this storm together.

Online teaching and learning continues to strengthen, as our teachers gauge success and trade best practices, and as our students and families adjust to this challenge and develop new routines.  We continue to loan technology to students in need and provide technology and Canvas support.  We know online teaching and learning isn’t easy – we are here to help you succeed. 

Please Share Our New Job Listing: Culinary Specialist Job ad - culinary specialist 3 24 20

Please share our new job listing for CCSD School Nutrition culinary specialist!  This professional will assist with planning and developing culinary processes for our School Nutrition Program. This position offers a competitive compensation package with outstanding benefits (including State Health Benefit Plan & Teachers Retirement System), a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team. Job description & minimum qualifications posted at https://bit.ly/ccsdjob32320 Questions? Contact CCSD Recruiter Lindsay.Bowley@Cherokeek12.net. Join the #CCSDfam & apply now: http://bit.ly/jobsCCSD

3/20/20 Message from the Superintendent ccsdserves blue square

Dear #CCSDfam, 

I have never been as proud to serve as your Superintendent as I have been this week.

Our CCSD community always rises to overcome challenges and meet needs, whether it’s a family devastated by a house fire or a student who can’t afford eyeglasses.  And our students and educators always impress me with their daily hard work that has resulted in admirable academic, athletic, and artistic accomplishments.

3/19/2020 Message: CCSD School Closure Extended Through Spring Break DLD no dates

The Cherokee County School Board tonight heard plans to further extend the closure of all Cherokee County School District schools and offices through the previously scheduled Spring Break. 

CCSD Seniors Share Final Game on the Court basketball hug

Basketball season officially came to a close for CCSD’s high school seniors last Tuesday night, as they played their final high school games together March 10 at Creekview High School in the Varsity Brands Senior Classic.  Senior players made the most of the evening, cutting up and having fun, taking a few playful shots at each other as well as the rim.

 

Creekview TSA has Great Showing at State

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Creekview TSA worked hard all year on projects to compete at the State TSA Conference in Athens, GA March 12-14, 2020.  We were very fortunate GA TSA modified the schedule to accommodate the school closures that started after the start of the conference.  Two hundred chapters attend the conference with 2,927 total participants.  Creekview entered 12 events including dragster, fashion design, technology problem solving, coding, debate, board game design, structural engineering, and system control.  Tucker Johnson placed 4th in flight endurance and most of the other events placed in the top 20.

CCSD Expands School Closure To-Go Student Meals ccsd serves white square

CCSD is expanding its school closure to-go student meals program to include additional sites and to extend to Spring Break.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said, although CCSD will not earn federal funding reimbursement for the additional sites or for feeding students during spring break, it is the right thing to do.

 

New Scholarships Announced for Cherokee HS, Creekview HS JTD Family Foundation Email Logo

A local nonprofit foundation is sponsoring two new college scholarships for CCSD students!

 

 

Governor Closes All Schools through March 31, 2020

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that the Governor has mandated school closures through March 31, 2020. (https://gov.georgia.gov/document/2020-executive-order/03162001/download) This will extend CCSD’s current Digital Learning Days by two more days. We will keep you updated on any further extensions.

 

 

Thank You School Board Members! CCSD Board Photo 2018-19

The Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) has announced the week of March 16-20, 2020 as “School Board Member Appreciation Week.” 

3/13/2020 Message to Parents: Resources During Closure heart logo higher rez

Dear Parents:

On behalf of the Superintendent, this message is to update you on resources you may need during the two-week closure of CCSD schools from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020.

CCSD Schools Closed Beginning 3/16/2020

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that all Cherokee County School District schools and offices will be closed for two weeks from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020.  We will use Digital Learning Days during this closure to continue teaching and learning.

CCSD Gets High Marks for Financial Efficiency FESR rating

The Cherokee County School District for the third consecutive year has earned 4.5 stars on the state's Financial Efficiency Star Rating. This score is among the best ratings in the State-- only 10 other school districts of the 180 in Georgia earned a 4.5..  

3/12/2020 Message to Parents: CCSD Cancellations CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK
3/9/2020 Message to Parents: COVID-19 Case CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK
3/5/20 Message to Parents: Coronavirus Planning CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK
3/4/20 Message to CCSD Parents: Coronavirus Rumors CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK
March Edition of CCSD Connections Parent Newsletter Online CCSD Connections March 2020 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

CCSD Kicks Off Partnership with Mountain Education Charter High School MECHS logo

The Cherokee County School District is kicking off its new partnership with Mountain Education Charter High School, with classes set to begin in Woodstock this summer.

The Cherokee County School Board recently unanimously approved contracting with Mountain Ed to take over CCSD’s evening high school program, currently known as Polaris Evening Program.  Beginning in June, Mountain Ed will run the evening school program at the Etowah East building on the Etowah HS campus, and expand services using the same successful model already in place in counties across north Georgia.  Just as with Polaris, there will be no charge to students to enroll in evening classes with Mountain Ed; classes are open to students ages 15-21, and to age 22 for special education students.

CCSD Recognizes 318 Superintendent's Key Scholars CCSD Key Scholars 1 2 28 20

The Cherokee County School District recognized 318 extraordinary high school juniors as Superintendent’s Key Scholars! 

During the 15th Annual Superintendent’s Key Scholar Recognition Ceremony held on Wednesday at Cherokee High School, these outstanding students were recognized for their scores achieved on the Practice SAT (PSAT).  The program was sponsored by Cobb EMC and LGE Community Credit Union.

Parents Encouraged to Attend a Parent University Session in March CCSD Parent University 2019-20

The Cherokee County Council PTA has set the schedule for its Parent University program presented in collaboration with CCSD and community partners.

2/26/2020 Message to Parents: Coronavirus CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK
Today is PTA Day in CCSD! PTA Day CCSD 2020

Today is PTA Day in CCSD, as proclaimed by the Cherokee County School Board! We appreciate our PTA and its volunteers who give so much of their time, talent, treasure and hearts to support our students, staff and schools. More: http://bit.ly/PTAday20 #CCSDfam

Apply for a Paid Summer Internship! CherokeeInternshipProgram20

CCSD is partnering for the third year with the Cherokee Office of Economic Development to offer the 2020 Summer Internship Program for high school students! Learn more here about this six-week program to learn & earn this summer. #CherokeeByChoice

CCSD Conducts Multi-Agency Emergency Response Drill CCSD Emergency Response Drill 1 2 21 20

The Cherokee County School District on Thursday conducted a multi-agency emergency response drill to practice school evacuation and reunification plans.

The drill was held during the winter break to avoid disrupting classes, with activity taking place at Cherokee High School in Canton, CCSD’s offices in Canton, and First Baptist Church of Woodstock.  Hundreds of law enforcement and public safety officers, volunteer role-players including students and parents, and CCSD employees worked together to act out an emergency scenario at the school, evacuation of the school, and reunification of students and staff with their families at the church.

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.

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.”  

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.

ACT Rescheduled

Due to inclement weather on Saturday, ACT testing was cancelled at all CCSD locations. ACT officials will be contacting all students to inform them that Saturday’s ACT has been invalidated. The ACT has been rescheduled at Creekview High School on February 22nd.  Students will be receiving emails from ACT with additional instructions, including what to do if you cannot retake the test on February 22nd.  Questions can be answered by contacting the ACT once you receive their email.

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.  

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. 

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.

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!  

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. 

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.

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.

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.

CCSD Earns Positive Credit Ratings Benefitting Taxpayers CCSD logo

The Cherokee County School District earned positive credit ratings from the world’s top agencies, benefitting the community’s taxpayers.

Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s financial service companies this month reaffirmed CCSD’s Aa2 and Aa+ ratings, respectively, and awarded Stable outlooks to both, which places the District in an outstanding position for future growth. 
 

Read the latest CCSD Connections parent newsletter! CCSD Connections newsletter image January 2020

The January edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online here and includes updates on safety and security and other important information. Thanks to Credit Union of Georgia for its sponsorship! #CCSDfam

CCSD JROTC Team Ranked No. 6 in Nation! Creekview HS Raiders 1 12 20 19

The Creekview High School Army JROTC Female Raider Team is ranked No. 6 in the Nation!

The team placed first in numerous regional competitions, third at the State Championships, and sixth at Raider Nationals this fall.  

CCSD Schools Celebrate Holidays with Service Projects Creekview HS CFA Leader Academy 12 16 19

Every holiday season, CCSD students, staff, parents & community partners join together to show how much CCSD cares about its families in need.  We hope you enjoy these photos from just a few of their many service projects. #CCSDfam #CCSDcares
 

26 CCSD Students Advancing to Regional Social Studies Fair! CCSD Social Studies Fair First-Place Winners 2019-20

The Cherokee County School District’s Social Studies Fair saw impressive participation, with 26 first-place winners advancing to the Northwest Regional Social Studies Fair in February!

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Scott L. Martin of Creekview HS! MTT (Creekview) Martin 12 16 19

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

Reminder: Use SafeSchools Alert to Report Safety Concerns Safe Schools

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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

 

 

Meet a CCSD School Police Officer: Brian Stevenson of Creekview HS! meet officer Brian Stevenson CVHS 12 10 19

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
 

Senior Bowl Celebrates One Last Night on the Gridiron senior bowl

More than 200 senior football players, cheerleaders, marching band members and JROTC cadets had one last night under the lights as CCSD high schools came together at Etowah High School stadium for the 6th Annual Cherokee County School District Senior Bowl.

VILLA Parent Academy Sees Record Participation!  CCSD 2019 VILLA Graduation

The Cherokee County School District’s third annual VILLA Program, which encourages and celebrates parent engagement, saw record participation this year.

CCSD Connections Parent Newsletter for December Now Online CCSD connections image Dec 2019

The December edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online here. Thanks to Credit Union of Georgia for its sponsorship! #CCSDfam

CCSD Student Named to GSBA Youth Advisory Council! GSBA Youth Advisory Council - Callahan Pace 12 2 19

A Cherokee County School District student has been named to a prestigious public education advisory group!

Creekview High School sophomore Callahan Pace is one of only eight high school students from across the state selected to serve on the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) Youth Advisory Council.

Congratulations to CCSD Anti-Vaping Student PSA Video Contest Winners! anti-vaping psa video screenshot

CCSD this fall held its first-ever student video PSA contest to raise awareness about the dangers of vaping.

Board Briefs: School Board Hears Update on Social and Emotional Learning Initiative CCSD Anti-Vaping Student Video PSA Contest Winners 11 22 19

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 heard an update on CCSD’s Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) initiative, including projects underway to increase counseling services and create a “parent university” program for providing parents more information to help their children’s safety and well-being.

Inaugural Flag Football Season Culminates in County Championship flag football

Cherokee and Sequoyah played in November for the county championship as CCSD's inaugural season of Girls High School Flag Football draws to a close. 

CCSD Announces Child Find Efforts Child find logo

The purpose of Child Find is to identify, locate, and evaluate children and youth, who are suspected of having or have a diagnosed disability or developmental delay, in order to provide free appropriate Special Education services.  The Cherokee County School District serves children from age 3 to 21 years old.

Thank You, CCSD School Psychologists! SPAW 2019 Poster

It's National School Psychology Awareness Week! We greatly appreciate all that our CCSD school psychologists do to help our students succeed. #CCSDfam

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Cherokee County School District schools continue to score high among their community members for fostering a positive school climate and culture!

The District earned a four-star average on the five-star scale in the Georgia Department of Education’s annual ratings, which measure how a community views the quality of its school’s culture and character; the highest possible rating is five stars.  The rating is based on a survey of students, parents and teachers; student discipline issue rates; and daily attendance.

CCSD Connections Newsletter Now Online: Schools Closed on March 24 CCSD Connections image 11 5 19

The November edition of the CCSD Connections parent e-newsletter now online here is filled with important information including two updates to the school calendar. 

There will be early dismissal for middle school and high school students on Friday, Dec. 20; elementary school dismissal will be on time, but After School Program will not be offered.   

There will be no school on Tuesday, March 24, the date of the Presidential Primary Election, in order to ensure the safety and security of students, as many schools are used as polling sites.  March 24 will be a Digital Learning Day, with assignments provided online for students to complete at home.  More information about how Digital Learning Days will work on March 24, as well as on any inclement weather days this fall and winter, is in the newsletter.

CCSD Class of 2019 Excels on ACT CCSD ACT 2019

The Cherokee County School District Class of 2019 earned average ACT scores that topped National averages and, for the second consecutive year, ranked No. 7 overall in Georgia!

The Class scored an impressive overall score of 22.7, exceeding Georgia’s 21.4 and the Nation’s 20.7, on the challenging college entrance and placement examination.  The score ranks CCSD fourth among metro Atlanta counties and seventh in Georgia – out of 180 school districts!

Dual Enrollment Information Sessions Set for November 7 and 11 ROAD TO GRADUATIONS

Explore the option of Dual Enrollment!  The Cherokee County School District invites students and parents who are interested in learning more about Dual Enrollment to our annual information nights coming up November 7 and 11.

CCSD Performance Improves and Continues to Exceed State Accountability Scores Elem writing

The Cherokee County School District’s performance has improved, and, for the seventh consecutive year, has exceeded the State’s average College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) accountability system score.

The scores, released today by the Georgia Department of Education, annually calculate student academic achievement and progress.  The School District’s 2018-19 CCRPI average is 83, an increase from 79 the previous year, and exceeding the State average of 76.  Scores at all three levels of CCSD schools also improved from the previous year and surpassed State performance: 86 elementary (77 Georgia); 80 middle (72); 82 high (77). 

We Appreciate Our CCSD School Bus Drivers! bus driver breakfast

October 21-25 is National School Bus Safety Week, and this is also the time we honor our school bus drivers and thank them for the great job they do keeping children safe on the ride to and from school.  Thanks to sponsors Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and the Chick-fil-A restaurants in Cherokee County, CCSD drivers were treated to breakfast on Tuesday and given Chick-fil-A gift cards and a bag of treats.  CCSD schools also held special events or provided tokens of thanks for their drivers. 

Annual Georgia Probe College Fair Visits Cherokee County on Oct. 29 probe 2019

Save the date: The Georgia Probe College Fair will make its annual stop in Cherokee County from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 29 at Cherokee High School (Cherokee North Campus) at 930 Marietta Highway, Canton. Learn more: http://gaprobe.org #CCSDfam

Creekview Student Compete in National Fair

Creekview TSA took 16 members to the Georgia National Fair to compete in 6 events. Jaden Hyatt won 3rd place in Computer Integrated Manufacturing and Nathan Sewell won 10th place in Mouse Trap Car.

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FFA Members Earn Egg Candling License
Students Invited to Thank Educators Through #thanksCCSD Project thanks CCSD icon

Can you remember a teacher or another school staff member from your childhood who made a positive difference in your life?  Did you ever thank them?

“We know our School District is a family of caring teachers, counselors, bus drivers, cafeteria staff and many more, all focused on doing their best to serve our students …  and a new districtwide initiative will now give students the opportunity to thank them!” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “We’re excited to begin #thanksCCSD and honor those among us who go above and beyond.”

Learn More About CCSD's Blueprint Strategic Plan Blueprint 20-24 Five Priority Areas

Want to learn more about what's next for CCSD? 

The Cherokee County School Board recently approved CCSD Blueprint: a long-range plan for continued success.  This strategic plan will guide CCSD's work for the next five years.  You can learn more about Blueprint, and keep up with CCSD's progress in accomplishing the goals set by the plan, by visiting this new webpage.

Creekview Students Attend Skilled Trade Fair

Creekview High School CTI and CHOICE programs took 12 students to the Skilled Trades and Apprenticeships fair on October 2, 2019. Students were able to speak with companies/schools such as Georgia Power, Superior Plumbing, Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association, Chattahoochee Technical College and many more. At this fair, students were able to learn about opportunities that are available for them after high school that are not necessarily the four year college route.

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Athletes and Volunteers Make a Great Team for Special Olympics Awareness Games athletes on field course

Hundreds of athletes and volunteers participated in the CCSD Special Olympics Awareness Games on Friday morning at River Ridge High School.  

CCSD Connections Newsletter for October Now Online Connections newsletter image October 2019

The October edition of the CCSD Connections parent e-newsletter now online here is filled with important information including an update on CCSD’s Digital Learning Day plan for inclement weather.  Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia. #CCSDfam

CCSD SAT Scores Rank Second in Metro Atlanta, Top 10 in Georgia SAT infographic

Additional data released this week by the Georgia Department of Education shows CCSD's Class of 2019 scored among the highest in the state on the SAT. 

CCSD Class of 2019 Outscores State, Nation on SAT sat logo

Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2019 topped State and National averages on the SAT, according to results released today by the College Board!

CCSD Building a Stronger Career Education Program! CCSD CTAE logo

The Cherokee County School District is building a stronger career education program to prepare students for more choices and opportunities after graduation!
 
Career, Technical and Agricultural Education, or CTAE, has long been rooted in CCSD high schools, with dozens of programs offered and refined over the years based on student interest and workforce needs.  
 
 

Creekview FFA Dairy Cattle Team Takes 1st!!

The Creekview FFA Dairy Cattle Team under the direction of FFA Advisor, Pauline Benton, placed 1st in the Senior and Junior FFA Dairy Cattle Evaluation Career Development Event at the Chattahoochee Fair in Clarkesville, GA on September 11,2019.

The Dairy Cattle Evaluation CDE is designed to provide a competitive event for agriculture education students, emphasizing skills in dairy cattle evaluation, selection, and dairy herd management. Students were required to evaluate 4 classes of dairy heifers and provide their placing. After placing the animals they were required to give one set of oral reasons to the judge to justify their placing using appropriate terminology.

FFA members competing from left to right are Lauren Kimber 5th Sr division, Asa Phillips 3rd Sr division, Eli Cook 1st Jr division, Andrew Carlisle 4th Sr Division and Jeb Stewart 1st Sr Division. FFA members will go on to compete in the FFA State Dairy Cattle Evaluation in Tifton, GA this December.

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Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Woodmont Golf & Country Club for Creekview HS! poty cvhs 9 18 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Creekview High School 2019 Partner of the Year: Woodmont Golf & Country Club!

CCSD Graduation Rate Continues to Exceed State Averages graduation-caps

The Cherokee County School District’s graduation rate continues to exceed State averages with 87% of the Class of 2019 earning a diploma within four years of entering high school.

CCSD’s performance tops the State’s rate of 82% -- an all-time high since the State began using a new formula required by Federal law.  Georgia’s rate has increased by 12 percentage points since 2012, while CCSD has climbed nearly 15 points.

CCSD School Nutrition Scores a Three-peat with Another State Platinum Award 2019 Golden Radish Logo

The Cherokee County School District School Nutrition program has scored a three-peat with its third consecutive Platinum-level Georgia Golden Radish Award!

CCSD’s program, which serves 5 million meals each year in school cafeterias, again earned the top award from Georgia’s Departments of Agriculture, Public Health and Education, and Georgia Organics.

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

Six Cherokee County School District high school seniors today were named 2020 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists!

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.

September's CCSD Connections Parent E-Newsletter Now Online CCSD Connections September 2019 image snip

The September edition of the CCSD Connections parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter, and is filled with important news & updates. Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia! #CCSDfam

Congratulations to CCSD's 2020 School Teachers of the Year! toty statuette

Congratulations to CCSD's School Teachers of the Year!

At the start of every school year, each CCSD school is asked to select its own Teacher of the Year.  These school-level winners now are eligible for the honor of Cherokee County School District 2020 Teacher of the Year! 

New Video Highlights Cherokee Summer Internship Program 2019 cherokee summer internship video image

Thirteen CCSD high school students spent the summer learning and earning through the Cherokee Summer Internship Program!

The second annual program was sponsored by the Cherokee Workforce Collaborative, through which CCSD, county government, business and industry, university and nonprofit leaders work together to support local workforce growth.

Please Share Our New Job Listing: Facility Maintenance Director job ad - fac maint dir 2019

Please share our new job listing for CCSD Director of Facility Maintenance! This leadership position offers a competitive compensation package with outstanding benefits (including State Health Benefit Plan & Teachers Retirement System), a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team.

Enter CCSD's First-Ever Parent Recipe Contest! CCSD recipe contest squash 2019

What's cooking, #CCSDfam?  

If you're a CCSD parent who loves to cook, please enter our first-ever CCSD School Nutrition Parent Recipe Contest... you could win a $100 Kroger gift card and see your side-dish recipe featured on CCSD school lunch menus in October!  

CCSD Transportation Department Recertified for National Blue Seal of Excellence!  ASE logo 2019

The CCSD Transportation Department has earned recertification of its prestigious National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Blue Seal of Excellence!

CCSD in 2015 became one of the first school systems in the State to obtain this level of certification, and just learned that this important seal of approval has been extended again based on a close review of its staff’s knowledge and practices.

Enter CCSD's Fire Safety Essay & Poster Contests by Sept. 9 National Fire Prevention Week 2019 theme

CCSD students are invited to enter CCSD's Fire Safety Essay & Poster Contests by Sept. 9.

To raise awareness in observation of National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12, CCSD's Office of Safety & Security, in collaboration with Cherokee County Office of Fire & Emergency Services and Woodstock Fire Department, will sponsor districtwide fire safety contests.  The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) theme is: “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”

Board Briefs: School Board Approves New Strategic Plan Based on Community Input Blueprint 20-24 Five Priority Areas

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 approved Blueprint, a new long-range plan for the Cherokee County School District’s continued success, developed based on community input. 

The creation of the new five-year strategic plan, which is posted here, evolved over six months of meetings with students, families, teachers, support staff, business and community partners to determine what matters most to them and how CCSD could better serve them.

School Board Members Visit Schools Throughout CCSD! Steiner at Boston 2019 (8)

Cherokee County School Board Members visited schools throughout CCSD over the past week to see students already hard at work learning! We hope you enjoy this brief slideshow of photos from their visits.  #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Margie Paul of Creekview HS! ssoty cvhs 8 22 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 Creekview High School Support Staff Employee of the Year Margie Paul!

Apply by Sept. 6 for CCSD's VILLA Parent Academy! CCSD 2018 VILLA Class 11 1 18

Want to learn more about the Cherokee County School District and how you can better support your child's education? CCSD's VILLA parent academy program is the answer!

CCSD is accepting applications through Sept. 6 for its third annual VILLA program that provides parents with a behind-the-scenes look at their School District.

Read the August CCSD Connections Parent Newsletter! newsletter image August 2019

The August edition of the CCSD Connections parent e-newsletter is now online here, and is filled with important news & updates.

August School Board Meeting Rescheduled to Thursday, August 22

The School Board's Strategic Work Session and regular School Board meeting originally scheduled for August 15 (which were cancelled due to a gas main leak in the vicinity) have been rescheduled for Thursday, August 22. The Superintendent/School Board Strategic Work Session will be held at 6:00 p.m., and the School Board meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. The Superintendent’s recommended, updated agenda will be re-posted to the School District website on Monday, August 19.

 

Please Reapply for Free or Reduced-Price Meals by Sept. 12 CCSD Kale 2 10 2 18

Please remember that applications for free or reduced-price meals must be updated every school year, per Federal guidelines.  Applications for this school year are due by Sept. 12 to avoid an interruption in status. 

You can apply online at www.lunchapplication.com or pick up a paper application in the front office of your child's school.  

If you have questions, please contact Paula Hilton at 770 721-8443 or paula.hilton@cherokee12.net.  Para español: Viri Gates a 770 721-8460 o Viri.Dudoit@cherokeek12.net.

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The Cherokee County School District is sponsoring a video contest with a $500 prize to seek students’ help in raising awareness of the dangers of vaping.

CCSD students in grades 6-12 are invited to create and enter by Oct. 1, 2019 a short public service announcement-style video that educates students about the health dangers of vaping.  Entries will be judged for message, quality and creativity.  One winner will receive $500 sponsored by the Service League of Cherokee County.

 

CCSD Cancels 8/12-13/19 Outdoor Activities Due to Heat Advisory heat advisory

Due to the anticipated high heat index for today and Tuesday, August 13, 2019, the Cherokee County School District is cancelling all outdoor activities from 12:00 noon to 6:00 PM.  This includes curricular and extracurricular classes and activities.

Learn More About Partnering with Schools at Sept. 12 Event 2019 Partner Up

The Cherokee County School District is asking local businesses and organizations to Partner Up with CCSD!

Businesses and organizations are invited to learn more about partnering with CCSD schools by dropping in at the free event anytime between 4 and 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility auditorium (1205 Bluffs Parkway, Canton, 30114).  Participants can visit tables of school leaders, who will be grouped by geographic area, to share coffee and conversation with them about partnership opportunities.

Read CCSD's Newly Published Class Act Magazine Online! Class Act cover 2019-20

You now can read CCSD's first-ever Class Act magazine online!

Thanks to the Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News and Cherokee Life Magazine, CCSD is able to share more news with you through this new publication.

Back-to-School Forms Are Online--and Easy to Use

The Back-to-School Gateway is a paperless, online registration system for students already enrolled in CCSD schools that replaces the dreaded stack of “first-day forms” with a quick digital check and update of students’ existing contact and emergency notification information in CCSD’s records system.  Forms should be completed by Friday, August 9.

Meet the New Principal: Dr. Sue Zinkil of Creekview HS! ZINKIL Sue

Our Principals are dedicated leaders, and we’ve been introducing you to Principals who are new to the role or who are serving at new schools this year. Please help us celebrate Dr. Sue Zinkil, who this school year began leading Creekview High School!

Dr. Sue Zinkil’s new leadership appointment didn’t take her too far from her previous post.

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Learn About Your Child's Learning at Curriculum Night!  curriculum clip art

It’s Curriculum Night time!  CCSD Curriculum Night programs provide parents with an overview of what their children will learn this school year.  Find the event for your child's school in the schedule posted online here.

Message from the Superintendent: #CCSD1stDay Superintendent of Schools Dr Brian V Hightower and Creekland MS sixth-grader Journey Cowart

If we could have ordered up a perfect morning for the first day of school, I’m not sure it would have been prettier than today.

Not only did the beautiful weather exceed expectations, so did our entire #CCSDfam.  

Celebrating #CCSD1stDay with a Welcome Back Video! IMG_2582 copy

CCSD is ready to celebrate the first day of school tomorrow, Aug. 1. We hope you enjoy this welcome-back video featuring messages from each of our schools! Please use the hashtag #CCSD1stDay tomorrow to share your photos with us. #CCSDfam #CCSDcares

CCSD Kicks Off New Social and Emotional Learning Twitter Account CCSD Cares twitter image 2019

The Cherokee County School District is increasing its efforts to support the emotional and mental health and well-being of students and staff through a new Social and Emotional Learning initiative.  Dr. Debra Murdock, who’s heading up the districtwide effort, has launched a new Twitter account @CCSDCares to share news about CCSD’s efforts… and to hear ideas from CCSD educators, parents and the community at large.  #CCSDCares  #CCSDfam   

Please Drive Safely Around CCSD School Buses bus stop arm

It's almost time for CCSD school buses to start rolling! Do you know the rules of the road when encountering school buses? When to stop and when you can keep going? Please check out this video - http://bit.ly/stop4bus - to learn more. #SafeCherokee

CCSD Continues to Top State Averages on Georgia Milestones! milestones logo

Cherokee County School District students topped State averages on the Georgia Milestones End-of-Grade and End-of-Course tests for the fifth consecutive year, with important gains in early literacy and math! 

The test assess students’ mastery of Georgia Performance Standards, which set expectations for what lessons students will learn in each grade. Students in Grades 3-8 take Milestones End-of-Grade exams every spring in select core subjects; high school students in specific courses (and eighth-graders taking the classes for high school credit) take Milestones End-of-Course exams.  Parents will receive their children’s scores next month.

Check out CCSD's First Day Facts Report! FDF art

What's new for CCSD this school year? What do I have left on my back-to-school to-do list? Check out CCSD's annual First Day Facts report - a two-page, quick read of important information to start your school year off right! #CCSDfam #CCSD1stDay

CCSD Accepting Applications for School Nurses! school nurse job ad 2019

Please share our new job listing for school nurses -- this position offers a competitive compensation package with outstanding benefits, a great work calendar and schedule (work while your kids are in school... and enjoy vacation with them!), and a wonderful work environment and team. Join the #CCSDfam & apply now: http://bit.ly/JoinCCSDfam

Back-to-School Gateway Back Online

UPDATE 1:30 p.m. - The Gateway is back online and running - thank you!

The Back-to-School Gateway is currently offline due to technical difficulties. CCSD Technology staff are working with the system vendor to correct the issue as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience — we will post here when it's back online and ready to use.

CCSD Connections Newsletter for July Now Online - Important Back-to-School Info! CCSD Connections July 2019 image

The July edition of the CCSD Connections parent e-newsletter is now online here, and is filled with important back-to-school information! Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia.

Board Briefs: School Board Appoints Social and Emotional Learning Leader, New Principals CCSD leadership changes 7 19 19

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, July 18, 2019 appointed a longtime CCSD leader to head up the new Social and Emotional Learning initiative, as well as several resulting Principal changes.  

Dr. Debra Murdock, the former Principal of Cherokee High School and Georgia High School Principal of the Year, who has most recently served as the School Operations’ executive director overseeing middle and high schools, will take on the newly created role focused on developing new ways to better support students’ and employees’ emotional and mental health and well-being.

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CCSD stays busy over the summer break, as departments continue to serve students through special programs and work begins to prepare for the new school year.  This slideshow video and the information below represents just some of the many projects underway over the summer.

CCSD Seeking Applications for Facility Technicians CCSD Facility Technician job ad 2019

Please share our new job listing for Facility Technician -- this position offers a competitive compensation package with outstanding benefits, a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team. Join the #CCSDfam & apply now: http://bit.ly/CCSDFacilityTech Questions? Contact CCSD Recruiter Lindsay.Bowley@cherokeek12.net and 770.704.4256.

CCSD Seeking Applications for School Psychologists CCSD School Psychologist job ad 2019

Please share our new job listing for a School Psychologist -- this position offers a competitive compensation package with outstanding benefits, a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team. Join the #CCSDfam & apply now: http://bit.ly/jobsCCSD Questions? Contact CCSD Recruiter Lindsay.Bowley@cherokeek12.net and 770.704.4256.

Cherokee Sheriff's Office Seeking Crossing Guards! crossing guard job ad 7 10 19

Please share this opportunity! We are so appreciative of the Cherokee Sheriff's Office and its dedicated crossing guards. #CCSDfam

Board Briefs: School Board Approves Budget, New Police Chief Sworn into Office CCSD Police Chief Swearing In 1 6 21 19

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, June 20, 2019 unanimously approved the Superintendent’s proposed budget for next school year and celebrated the swearing-in of a new CCSD School Police Chief.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Joe Greene of Creekview HS! voty cvhs 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to Creekview High School 2019 Volunteer of the Year Joe Greene!

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 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.

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.   

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

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. 

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 Class of 2019: Apply for June 3 for ABM $1,000 College Scholarship! ABM LOGO

Attention all CCSD Class of 2019 graduating seniors (and their parents): ABM Industry Groups has just partnered with CCSD to offer a new $1,000 college scholarship. One grad from each of CCSD's six high schools will win a $1,000 scholarship to be presented next month. The application (which is easy) and reference letters are due by June 3. The application and reference form are online here.

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.

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.

Certificate of Attendance for Driver's License

***IF ANY STUDENT IS GOING TO APPLY FOR THEIR DRIVER'S LICENSE OVER THE SUMMER (WHEN SCHOOL IS OUT) PLEASE READ CAREFULLY***

All Certificate of School Enrollment forms for the DDS (Georgia Department of Driver Services (see attached form) MUST be requested prior to the last day of school (5/29).  Please see Mrs. West in the front office  to obtain and/or to submit the form.

 This  statement : Within thirty (30) days, submit this original form to a Department of Driver Services Customer Service Center." (located on the bottom of the attached DDS form) is NOT applicable over the summer vacation.  In other words, the form IS valid through the months of June and July since school is not in session.

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18 CCSD Students Selected for Georgia Governor's Honors CCSD governors honors finalists 2019

Eighteen Cherokee County School District high school students have been selected for the elite Georgia Governor’s Honors Program!

The statewide summer honors program for select rising high school juniors and seniors offers four weeks of college-level instruction at Berry College in Rome.

CCSD Student Athletes Honored as Positive Role Models! positive athlete collage 2019

Twelve CCSD student athletes have been honored as Regional winners and two as State winners by Positive Athlete Georgia!

More than 3,000 students are nominated annually by coaches, principals, athletic directors, teachers and parents.  Awards are presented for specific sports and regions, with a top award presented to one male and one female student for the entire state.

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.

5/29/19 Early Release Schedules for High Schools, Middle Schools school bus clip art

Cherokee County School District high schools and middle schools will have early release days later this month, which will affect traffic in the surrounding areas.

 

CCSD Observes National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Mental Health Awareness Day 2019

Today is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, advocated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The Cherokee County School District joins in this observance as we care deeply about the health and well-being of all of our students. Our school counselors, nurses, social workers and psychologists are here to help. We have developed a resource page for parents to learn more about mental health resources and suicide awareness and prevention: http://bit.ly/ccsdresources #CCSDfam #NCMHAD

National School Nurse Day: We Appreciate You! national school nurse day 2019

Please join us in thanking our school nurses today on National School Nurse Day! They provide exceptional care for our students, staff and visitors each day. #SND2019 #CCSDfam

CCSD High Schools Named to "Best High Schools" List us news best high schools badge

All six Cherokee County School District high schools have been named to U.S. News and World Report’s “Best High Schools” list!

The magazine’s prestigious list is based on factors including academic performance, college readiness, graduation rates and success of disadvantaged students. 

#ThankATeacher - National Teacher Appreciation Day! thank you teacher appreciation 2019

Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day! We appreciate our outstanding teachers and all that they do every day to serve our community. #CCSDfam #ThankATeacher

FFA Has Great Showing at State Convention
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

CCSD Connections Newsletter for May Now Online image of CCSD Connections May 2019 newsletter

The May edition of the CCSD Connections parent newsletter now is online here and features info on graduation, summer camp (the deadline to apply for CCSD Summer Discovery is Friday) -- and much more!  Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia.

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First-Ever CCSD Student Film Festival on Sunday! Cherokee Student Film Festival flier

Coming to a screen near you... a film festival featuring CCSD student filmmakers! The first-ever Cherokee Student Film Festival is on Sunday in the Cherokee High School auditorium as a result of a collaboration between CCSD and the Cherokee Office of Economic Development. Admission is free! See the flier for more info. #CCSDfam

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Board Briefs: School Board Names New Police Chief, Assistant Principals for Next School Year CCSD new leaders - APs 4 19 19

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, April 18, 2019 approved the appointment of a new CCSD School Police Chief and new assistant principals to fill vacancies for next school year. 

The School Board unanimously approved naming Major Buster Cushing, who currently serves as commander of field operations for the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, as the next CCSD School Police Chief effective July 1.  Major Cushing will fill the role held by retiring Chief Mark Kissel  since the Department’s establishment 20 years ago.

Student Athletes Recognized for College Scholarship Commitments signing day commitment

CCSD recognized 32 additional high school student athletes Wednesday who had signed scholarship letters of intent to play their sport at the college level. 

High School Students: Apply by May 25 for Summer Internships! InternshipFlyer2019_Final

CCSD is partnering for the second year with the Cherokee Office of Economic Development to offer high school students an outstanding career education opportunity: the 2019 Summer Internship Program! Applications due by May 25. Check out the flier (or visit https://www.cherokeega.org/internship/) to learn more about this six-week program to learn & earn this summer. #CherokeeByChoice

CCSD High Schools March in Washington, D.C. Parade Creekview HS Band at Parade 4 15 19

The Creekview High School Band and Sequoyah High School Band represented the Cherokee County School District in the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on Saturday in Washington, D.C.! The parade, which includes a march down Constitution Avenue, is the culmination of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival Celebration held each year. Fifteen bands from across the United States and the Bahamas were chosen to perform. #CCSDfam

Online System for Registering New Students for 2019-20 Now Open!  slider new student registration gateway 2019-20 4 15 19

The Cherokee County School District’s online system for registering new students for the 2019-20 school year now is open to parents!

Parents can log in from home to the New Student Gateway by clicking here.  Parents who missed the window for online kindergarten registration in March also can register their children using the New Student Gateway.

Summer School Registration Forms Now Online summer school

Registration forms now are online for CCSD's 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.  

CCSD Students Succeed at State Literature Competition! CCSD Tome - Avery ES 4 11 19

Cherokee County School District students excelled at the statewide literature competition!

The Tome Student Literary Society, a National organization dedicated to promoting a love and appreciation of literature among fourth- through 12th-grade students, held its annual TomeCon competition and teams from six CCSD school participated and won top honors.

CCSD Connections Newsletter for April Now Online CCSD Connections April 2019 image

The April edition of the CCSD Connections parent newsletter now is online here and features an important update on the school calendar issue -- and much more!

Let's Clear the Air on Vaping's Dangers CCSD 2019 Factsheet - Vaping

No matter what you call it - vaping, Juul-ing, e-cigarettes – or how harmless the devices may seem, let’s clear the air: these are dangerous devices not permitted in schools.

CCSD takes vaping as seriously as any other tobacco product or marijuana, and the repercussions to a student’s health and school record are not worth risking. A 2018 national study released reported 1 in 5 high school students have tried vaping.

Purple Up on April 10 to Support Military Kids! purple up day logo

Please join CCSD in supporting April as the Month of the Military Child by wearing purple on Wednesday, April 10, for Purple Up Day! #GAMilitaryChildMonth #CCSDfam  Learn more here

School Social Workers Assist Families in Need CCSD Social Workers

This is National Social Work Month, and CCSD has four full-time social workers who assist the families of our 42,000 students in overcoming challenges that might affect their education.  Our social workers strive daily to connect families with community resources and provide interventions to address situations like homelessness, hunger, truancy, drug abuse, neglect and other challenges.   Last year, CCSD’s three social workers made 793 home visits; handled more than 800 cases; made 1,500 parent contacts and provided assistance to 146 homeless students.   This year, with the addition of a fourth member to the social worker team, they are on a pace to work 1,000 referrals and  serve more than 230 homeless students. 

CCSD Teachers Elected to Lead Statewide Music Education Organizations! MARTIN Scott and Laura

Two Cherokee County School District music educators have been elected to lead the State’s choral music education organizations!

Scott Martin, choral director at Creekview High School, was elected the Choral Chair Elect for the Georgia Music Educators Association. Laura Martin, choral director at E.T. Booth Middle School, was elected the President-Elect for the Georgia American Choral Directors Association.

Thank You to Sponsors of CHOICE Program Incentives! thank you CHOICE donations 3 27 19

Thank you to these outstanding partners for donating to the CHOICE program that helps students who need extra support in order to graduate on time! Does your company want to donate incentives for this program? Or a financial contribution for a scholarship? Please contact penny.dempsey@cherokeek12.net for more information. #CCSDfam

CCSD's Child Find Program Helps Identify Special Needs Students Child find logo

What is Child Find?
The purpose of Child Find is to identify, locate, and evaluate children and youth, who are suspected of having or have a diagnosed disability or developmental delay, in order to provide free appropriate Special Education services.  The Cherokee County School District serves children ages 3 to 21.

School Board Salutes Police Department for 20 Years of Exemplary Service CCSD School Police Department 20th 3 25 19

The Cherokee County School Board is celebrating the CCSD School Police Department for its 20 years of exemplary service.  

Led since its establishment by Chief Mark Kissel, who has announced he will retire at the end of this school year, the Department consists of 20 police officers certified by the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council, an Emergency Management Facilitator and office staff.

2019 Junior/Senior Prom

 

School Board Approves New Creekview HS Head Football Coach CVHS Coach Trevor Williams

The Creekview High School Grizzly football program is under new management, with the unanimous vote tonight by the Cherokee County School Board to hire Trevor Williams as head coach.

Coach Williams most recently served at South Forsyth High School as its football team’s defensive coordinator and as a Special Education specialist and credit recovery program co-director.  A Cherokee County native, Coach Williams graduated from Sequoyah High School.

CCSD High Schools Win State Honors at Literary Competition! CCSD 2019 State Literary Winners

Cherokee County School District students excelled at the Georgia High School Association’s State Championships for Literary Teams, with one team winning the overall prize and nine students earning first-place awards!

Seniors Take Final Shots on the Court in Varsity Brands Senior Classic Games basketball action shot

Basketball season officially came to a close for CCSD’s high school seniors last Thursday night, as they played their final high school games together at Etowah High School in the Varsity Brands Senior Classic.  CCSD also presented a donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as part of the event. 

CCSD Releases Annual Report of District Progress ardp cover art

CCSD's Communications Division today released the District's 2018 Annual Report of District Progress, showcasing CCSD student achievement and School District accountability across multiple metrics.  The report can be viewed here. 

CCSD Celebrates Work-Based Learning Program with Regional Guests WBL Regional Meeting 1 3 14 19

The Cherokee County School District celebrated its Work-Based Learning program with regional guests and special recognitions of partners that help with this important career education initiative.

The Work-Based Learning program provides CCSD high school students the opportunity to explore possible careers through working in school partners’ places of business.  The School District this month for the first time hosted a regional Work Based Learning meeting, with high school career education teachers from across the state in attendance to learn about one of CCSD’s programs: healthcare science.  

CCSD Will Be Recruiting at the Cherokee Career Expo! CherokeeCareerExpo

Missed our job fair, but still want to learn more about joining the #CCSDfam for next school year? We're participating in the Cherokee Career Expo from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at the Northside Hospital Cherokee Conference Center (1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton 30114). We're hiring teachers, school nurses, bus drivers, school nutrition cafeteria staff, clerical support and more! #CherokeeByChoice Click here for more: https://www.cherokeega.org/career-expo/

Read the latest CCSD Connections parent newsletter! CCSD connections newsletter March image

The March edition of the CCSD Connections parent newsletter now is online here and features an important update on the State-mandated school calendar issue and new troubling education legislation.  The newsletter also includes two brief surveys on our Strategic Plan and communications… please participate to help CCSD continuously improve!

Please Stop for School Buses! bus stop arm

Do you know the rules of the road when encountering school buses?  When to stop and when you can keep going?  Check out this video - http://bit.ly/stop4bus - to learn more. #SafeCherokee

CCSD Cafeterias Ready for National School Breakfast Week, March 4-8 CCSD National School Breakfast Week 1 2 28 19

The Cherokee County School District’s award-winning School Nutrition department will celebrate National School Breakfast Week from March 4 to 8 with special items on the menu at all CCSD school cafeterias including a fruit parfait on Tuesday and breakfast for lunch on Wednesday.  The week’s theme is “School Breakfast: Start Your Engines.” 

#CCSDfam #NSBW19

CCSD Kicks Off Second Annual "Get Cherokee Reading" Event! CCSD Get CCSD Reading 2019

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating the importance of literacy with its second annual month-long “Get CCSD Reading” campaign! 

In support of the statewide Get Georgia Reading initiative, the program kicks off with Read Across America Day on Friday, a nationwide reading event that coincides with renowned children’s book author and illustrator Dr. Seuss’s March 2 birthday.

301 CCSD Students Recognized as Superintendent's Key Scholars Key Scholars

The Cherokee County School District recognized 301 extraordinary high school juniors as Superintendent’s Key Scholars!

CCSD Kicks Off Strategic Plan Initiative with Community Engagement Strategic Planning Community Meeting 2.25

The Cherokee County School District has kicked off a significant update to its five-year Strategic Plan and began the process with community engagement.

The School District, with the support of the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA), is developing a new plan aligned with the community’s vision for the future and designed to be better understood and appreciated by the community and more accurately implemented and measured by CCSD staff.

Spring 2019 Final Exam Schedule
Six CCSD Basketball Teams in "Sweet 16" Round of State Playoffs This Week girls basketball playoffs

UPDATE:  The Cherokee Lady Warriors and the Creekview Lady Grizzlies will advance to the Elite 8 round of State Tournament play.  Cherokee will host Rockdale and Creekview will host Forest Park; Cherokee playsTuesday night (Feb. 26), 6:30 pm at Cherokee; Creekview plays Wednesday at 6 pm.

CCSD Media Specialist of the Year Now A Region Winner! MSOTY 2019 (6)

Update: CCSD Media Specialist of the Year Anne Thiers of Creekview HS has been chosen as a Regional Winner by Georgia Library Media Association (GLMA).  The surprise announcement was made yesterday by Ge-Anne Bolhuis, North Central Georgia/Region 2 Representative for GLMA.  Anne will go on to compete for the Georgia Library Media Specialist of the Year, representing CCSD and all of Region 2.  Congratulations!

Creekview High School’s media specialist can add another accolade to her growing list: Cherokee County School District 2019 Media Specialist of the Year!

Anne Thiers, who has won her Innovation Zone’s title for the last two years and co-sponsored and coached the school’s reigning State Champion Reading Bowl team to multiple region and state championships, was surprised with the honor Wednesday morning before an auditorium of her colleagues and family. 

State Tournament Hoops Action Begins Friday player with trophy

Nine CCSD basketball teams are in the hunt for a state title after the close of region tournaments last week. Cherokee HS Girls team and the Etowah Eagles Boys team each earned Region Champion titles, while seven additional teams earned playoff berths.

CCSD Announces First-Ever Support Staff Employee of the Year Awards! Support Staff Employee of the Year Awards announcement 2 12 19

The Cherokee County School District next month will present its first-ever Support Staff Employee of the Year Awards!

The celebration on March 5 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. 

Female Athletes Celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day coach of the year

More than 650 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 Wednesday, February 6, at Woodstock 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. 

CCSD High Schools Earns State Recognition for AP Programs! AP logo

Cherokee County School District’s high schools all have earned State recognition for outstanding Advanced Placement (AP) programs!

Each of CCSD’s six traditional high schools has earned recognition from the State as a 2019 AP Honor School for commendable student performance and participation on AP exams.  CCSD’s high schools all have been named to the State’s AP Honor List each of the last nine years.  As a district, CCSD ranks fifth overall in Georgia for AP exam pass rates.

Please Help the Georgia PTA By Taking Survey PTA logo

Please help the Georgia PTA learn more about family engagement in our schools by taking this quick survey by Feb. 15: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4338471/8e40728cd90f  #CCSDfam

Student Athletes Celebrate College Scholarship Commitments scholarship signer

CCSD recognized 58 high school seniors today who have signed scholarship letters of intent to play their sport at the college level.  The Signing Day event at the Northside Hospital Cherokee Conference Center in Canton recognized students who will be playing football, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, softball, basketball, swimming, tumbling, volleyball, golf and track. 

Tournament Play Gets Underway Tonight for CCSD Basketball Teams basketball players

CCSD high school and middle school basketball teams ended their regular seasons last week and begin tournament play tonight, lasting through the week.  All six of CCSD's high schools will have both their boys' and girls' teams involved in regional tournaments to determine seeding/eligibility for the state tournament, which kicks off February 15.  CCSD middle schools will begin the county tournament schedule tonight to determine the county champion for boys and girls teams, 7th and 8th grade.  Schedules/brackets can be found here

Read the latest CCSD Connections parent newsletter! CCSD Connections parent newsletter February 2019 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

CCSD Message 1/31/19: Full February Break

The Superintendent of Schools has determined the February Break will be a full week-long break for students.

Due to a mild winter so far, resulting in the need to close schools for only one full day, coupled with positive long-range forecasts, all CCSD schools will be closed Monday, Feb. 18, through Friday, Feb. 22, for the student holiday.  CCSD central offices will remain open as previously scheduled.       

CCSD Schools and Offices Closed Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 weather decision slider

Due to forecasts for possible inclement weather tomorrow, all CCSD schools and offices will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. We will continue to monitor conditions tomorrow to determine if further action is needed. Updates will be posted & emailed to parents. How do we decide? Learn more here (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/school-closure-decision-process). #SafeCherokee 

Superintendent to Make February Break Announcement by Jan. 31

The Superintendent of Schools will make an announcement by Jan. 31 as to whether classes will be held during the last three days of February Break.

As you know, schools are scheduled to be closed on Monday, Feb. 18, and Tuesday, Feb. 19 for student holidays.  The CCSD school calendar designates Wednesday, Feb. 20, through Friday, Feb. 22, as possible school holidays or inclement weather make-up days.

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

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.

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.  

Summer School 2019
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

Reminder: CCSD Middle and High Schools Dismiss Early Friday 12/21/18  school bus clip art

Cherokee County School District middle and high schools will have an early release day on Dec. 21, as students begin their winter holiday break.

On Friday, Dec. 21, all CCSD high schools and middle schools will dismiss on a half-day schedule, with buses departing early.  Elementary school dismissal is not affected and will remain 2:15 p.m.  Preschool program dismissal also is not affected.  The After School Program will not be offered at CCSD elementary schools.

Four CCSD Schools Honored by Governor for Academic Progress and Success Greatest Gains and Highest Performance 12 19 18

Four Cherokee County School District schools have been honored by the Governor for academic progress and success!
 
Avery Elementary School and R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy earned top Gold Awards and Creekview High School won Silver in the “Greatest Gains” ratings announced by Gov. Nathan Deal.  These awards recognize only 112 schools statewide that earned a three-year average CCRPI (College and Career Ready Performance Index) Progress Score ranking in at least the 93rd percentile.  

Seniors Bid Farewell to the Gridiron in 2018 Varsity Brands Senior Bowl Senior Bowl football game 2018

More than 200 senior football players, cheerleaders, marching band members and JROTC cadets had one last night under the lights as CCSD high schools came together for the 2018 Varsity Brands Senior Bowl.  The White team, comprised of players from Cherokee, Creekview and River Ridge HS, claimed the win over the Gray team, formed from Etowah, Sequoyah and Woodstock.  All proceeds from the charity game went to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 

CCSD Schools, Offices on 2-Hour Delay Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018

Due to forecasted icy road conditions, all CCSD schools and offices will operate on a 2-hour delay Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. Buses will pick up 2 hours late; school will end on time. We will closely monitor conditions overnight to determine if further action is needed.  Updates will be shared on our website and social media, and by email to parents.  How do we decide? Learn more here (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/school-closure-decision-process). #SafeCherokee 

CCSD Middle and High Schools to Dismiss Early Dec. 21 school bus clip art

Cherokee County School District middle and high schools will have an early release day on Dec. 21, as students begin their winter holiday break.

On Friday, Dec. 21, all CCSD high schools and middle schools will dismiss on a half-day schedule, with buses departing early.  Elementary school dismissal is not affected and will remain 2:15 p.m.  Preschool program dismissal also is not affected.  The After School Program will not be offered at CCSD elementary schools.

Board Briefs: CCSD School Board Approves Legislative Partnership Priorities for 2019 Lawmaker Session Villa Participants

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, approved its annual Legislative Partnership Program outlining requests for the local Legislative Delegation’s consideration during the upcoming session, and local control topped the list. 

CCSD Focused on Further Improving Suicide Prevention Training CCSD School Training 2 11 9 18

The Cherokee County School District is focused on further improving suicide prevention training for its staff and offering more support to students in need.

This important issue long has been a part of professional development for staff, but CCSD is increasing its training and programs in response to the national rise in teen suicide rates, as well as the tragic deaths of students, teachers and parents in the community.

CCSD Adds App to Further Expand System for Reporting Safety Concerns SafeSchools Alert App Poster

Reporting safety concerns to the Cherokee County School District now is easier than ever with the roll-out of a new smartphone app!
 
The School District in August launched the new SafeSchools Alert system, which allows students, parents, school staff and everyone in the community to report safety concerns to CCSD School Police and administrators by text, email, online message or phone call, with the option to do so anonymously.  To further increase accessibility, the system now includes a new smartphone app, which can be downloaded at no cost.  

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CCSD Schools Earn High Marks for School Climate Four stars clip art

Cherokee County School District schools have earned high ratings for cultivating a positive school climate! 
 
The District earned a 4-star average on the 5-star scale in the Georgia Department of Education’s annual ratings, which measure how a community views the quality of its school’s culture and character; the highest possible rating is 5 stars.  The rating is based on a survey of students, parents and teachers; student discipline issue rates; and daily attendance.
 

CCSD Hosting Dual Enrollment Information Night for All High School Parents dual enrollment clip art

What is Dual Enrollment? Who can participate? What are the benefits? What are the challenges? If you have questions like these, please join us for a free CCSD Dual Enrollment Information Night open to all CCSD high school parents at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at Sequoyah HS or Thursday, Nov. 15, at Etowah HS. 

CCSD, GBI to Co-Host Summit on Youth Suicide Prevention Nov. 5 Cherokee County Youth Suicide Prevention Summit flier

The Cherokee County School District and Georgia Bureau of Investigation next week will co-host a summit on youth suicide prevention.

The Cherokee County Youth Suicide Prevention Summit, which is open to the public, is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, at the Cherokee County Conference Center at 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton 30114. 

Creekview ROTC Raiders are State Champs Again!!!

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Congratulations to the JROTC Raider Team for winning 1st in State for the second year in a row.  Cadet Command Sergeant Major Dylan Burgess led the team to defend last years State Title by winning 1st and 2nd place trophies in every event, the only team to do so. Next weekend they travel to Nationals in central Georgia to compete against 24 other states in the country.

 

Top Row: Alex Godfrey, Kendrick Jean, Team Commander Dylan Burgess, Warren Teachworth, Jacob Schwarzman, Tera Yeager, Coach 1SG Greg Anderson

Bottom Row:  Karla Gonzalez, Will Testerman, Audrey Rupert, Safyrah Jean

Not Pictured: Phil Wahlbom, Natalie Sutherland

Physical Forms for the 2018-2019 School Year
PTSA Announces Reflections contest winners!
CCSD’s Annual Surplus Equipment Auction to Be Held This Saturday auction ad

Going once, going twice, gone! Your bid can be the winning one at CCSD’s annual surplus equipment auction, which is open to the public, and begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the CCSD Central Warehouse (201 Mountain Brook Court, Canton, 30115). The sale preview starts at 7:30 a.m. More information is listed on the auctioneer's website: http://jeffdobson.com/  Look for the "Upcoming Auctions" heading.

CCSD Class of 2018 Outscores State, Nation on SAT CCSD SAT Results 2018

Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2018 outscored the previous class, topped State and National averages and ranked second among metro Atlanta counties on the SAT, according to results released today by the College Board!
 
The CCSD Class of 2018 earned an average total score of 1122, an increase from last year’s 1121, on the curriculum-based, college entrance and placement exam – the most commonly recognized measure of achievement for high school students.  The score exceeds the National public school average by 73 points and the State by 68 points… and ranks CCSD as the ninth highest-performing school district statewide!

CCSD Opens Transition Academy to Support Students with Disabilities Ribbon Cutting Celebration

The Transition Academy helps young adults with cognitive disabilities make a smooth transition into the community after they exit the school system.

CCSD Students Improve Performance on AP Exams 2018 AP Infographic

CCSD high school students improved their performance on College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams in 2018, with 74% of students scoring a 3 or higher, up from 71% in 2017 and again exceeding state and national averages. 

CCSD School Clinics Benefit from Northside Hospital Cherokee Support CCSD NHC Donation 10 17 18

Thanks to the support of partner Northside Hospital Cherokee, the Cherokee County School District received EpiPens at no cost for all of its schools!  The cost of the pens – auto-injectors that can be life-saving in cases of serious allergic reaction - was waived by manufacturer, Mylan, as part of its EpiPen4Schools program.  CCSD’s participation in the program was made possible by NHC Dr. Matthew Simmons, who wrote prescriptions for each school’s clinic. 

CCSD Class of 2018 Excels on ACT! CCSD ACT 2018 Results Graphic

More Cherokee County School District Class of 2018 students took the ACT exam than any previous class, while maintaining impressive averages and exceeding National and State averages!

Results released today show the Class of 2018 posted an excellent overall score of 23, while a record number took the challenging college entrance and placement examination: 1,809 students -- an 11-percent increase from the previous year.  The score ranks CCSD third among metro Atlanta counties and seventh in Georgia – out of 180 school districts!

CCSD Hosting PTA Program on Drug Addiction & Prevention Oct. 24 Sheriff Frank Reynolds

The Cherokee County School District next week will host a PTA-sponsored program for parents on drug addiction and prevention with guest speakers including Cherokee Sheriff Frank Reynolds.

Fall 2018 Final Exam Schedule
CCSD Celebrates National School Lunch Week, Oct. 15-19 CCSD School Lunch Week 10 21 16

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating National School Lunch Week next week with special entrees!

The National School Lunch Program serves 30 million children every day, and this year’s celebration theme, “Lots 2 Love,” encourages students and school nutrition professionals to share what they love most about school lunch.

Cherokee Sheriff's Office Seeking More School Crossing Guards! Sheriff Office Crossing Guard Ad 10 11 18

The Cherokee Sheriff's Office is seeking more dedicated crossing guards to protect our students and keep traffic moving safely around our schools! #SafeCherokee

Curtains Up on CCSD's High School Theater Season! CHS play poster 10 5 18

Curtains up! CCSD's high school theater season kicks off tonight at Cherokee High School and continues with fall shows from all of our outstanding troupes! #CCSDfam

18 CCSD Seniors Named National Merit Commended Students! national merit commended 2018-19

Eighteen Cherokee County School District high school seniors have been named National Merit Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation!  

This recognition is based on the high scores the students earned on the PSAT.  Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, some become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses that will be awarded in the spring.

Express Gateway Now Open for Updating Student Information express gateway logo

Express Gateway update portal, the online system for parents to change phone, email or important information for students, is now available. 

CCSD's "Kickin' It With Kale" for Farm to School Month! Jaxsen Waldrop and Kale

CCSD is participating in Georgia’s Farm to School month celebration with special menu items including a Kickin’ it with Kale salad on Wednesday!  

The fresh kale, cranberry and apple salad will be available throughout CCSD cafeterias as a side choice at lunch on Wednesday, with students encouraged to try kale, a vegetable that may be new to them. 

CCSD High School Graduation Rate Continues to Climb 2018 Graduation Rate

The Cherokee County School District’s graduation rate has reached a new high, with 87.4% of the Class of 2018 earning a diploma within four years of entering high school.

Creekview Remembers 9/11

Creekview's JROTC leads the memorial for the victims of 9/11.rrrrr

CCSD School Nutrition Wins Top Award for Fresh and Healthy Meals! CCSD School Nutrition 2018 Golden Radish Award

The Cherokee County School District for the second consecutive year has earned Georgia’s top honor for preparing and serving fresh, healthy meals to students!

CCSD’s School Nutrition program, which serves 5 million meals each year in school cafeterias, earned the Golden Radish Award at the Platinum Level from the Georgia’s Departments of Agriculture, Public Health, Education and Georgia Organics.

All Sports Pass Winners Announced

The PTSA held a drawing for students the joined PTSA and 4 lucky winners won All-Sports Passes!!!

Devin Schulman

Braeden Garriques 

Will Jones

Hannah Kimber

A big Thank You to Dr. Merges and Creekview for the Passes!! 

We hope you all enjoy the games.

Go Grizzlies!!
 

Businesses & Organizations are Invited to Partner Up with CCSD Schools! CCSD Partner Up 2018 invite
PTSA Reflections Contest 2018-2019

         PTSA REFLECTIONS

Enjoy Drawing, Photography, Writing, Film Production? Enter the Reflections contest!!

*Looks good on College applications*

Entries due on October 5th

 

  • This year’s Reflection program theme is, HEROES AROUND ME
  • Tell your story through dance, a short film, a poem or story, an original song, a photo or visual work of art. Pick up a PTA Reflections Entry Form today from the front office or at http://www.cccpta.com/reflections/
    return by October 5th to the front office.
Don't Forget to Reapply for Free or Reduced-Price Meals by Sept. 12! school lunch clip art

Applications for free and reduced-price meals must be completed every school year under Federal guidelines.  If your student was approved for free of reduced-price meals last school year, the approval has been extended for the first 30 operating days of the school year.  Previous year meal benefits will expire on Sept. 12, 2018 unless a new application is received.

CCSD Sponsoring Fire Safety Poster, Essay Contests for Students! Fire Prevention Week 2018 logo

CCSD's Office of Safety & Security, in collaboration with Cherokee County Office of Fire & Emergency Services and Woodstock Fire Department, is sponsoring a districtwide fire safety contest for students!

National Fire Prevention Week is October 7–13, 2018, and the theme is: “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”

UGA Vet for a Day

UGA Vet for a Day---- Any current high school juniors or seniors who are interested in a career in Veterinary Medicine? If so, please go to bit.ly/2Bs4dZ9 and fill out the application for this year's Vet School For A Day on September 19!

Creekview FFA earns national recognition!!

Creekview High School FFA Leadership team has received the highest Chapter Rating by the National FFA organization.  See the attached press release.

The students pictured are Elhana Kelly, Savanna Duncan, Austin Mitchell, Seth Watkins, & Mackenzie Sewell.  Teacher is Pauline Benton.

Recognition letter and photo

 

The Creekview FFA will be recognized at the national convention in October.

#CCSD1stDay Message from Superintendent of Schools

Please see the following message to parents from Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower:

Today, we found silver linings in our rain clouds. 

No one wants to hear a forecast for rain on the first day of school.  It soaks those new school clothes and backpacks, but, of greater importance, it also makes the morning traffic more challenging and dangerous.

Our teachers and leaders carried on, many getting drenched as they greeted car riders in the process, but remaining enthusiastic and welcoming.  And you carried on, too, and we appreciate the patience and kindness you showed, especially as buses were slowed by the rain and car rider lines grew long.

CCSD Promotes #SafeCherokee Message with New Video Safe Cherokee video still 2018

We need your help in spreading an important message as our students head back to school: #SafeCherokee  Please check out this brief video - http://bit.ly/CCSDSafeCherokee - featuring Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower and Cherokee Sheriff Frank Reynolds, and a united force of our community’s law enforcement and public safety officers and first-responders. 

Homecoming September 7 & 8 2018

Homecoming Theme is "Creekview County Fair" 

Parade- Sept. 7 @ 6 pm

Homecoming Parade Application

Parade payment --ENTER YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS BEFORE SUBMITTING PAYMENT!!!

Football Game- Sept. 7 @ 7:30 pm vs. Osborne (Game Theme is USA) 

Dance- Sept. 8 from 6-10 pm. 

Tickets          Permission Form for Non Creekview Guests

2018-2019 PTSA Membership Form
CCSD Continues to Exceed State Averages on Georgia Milestones!

For the fourth consecutive year, Cherokee County School District students exceeded State averages on the Georgia Milestones End-of-Grade and End-of-Course tests!  CCSD has exceeded State averages every year since the tests that measure mastery of Georgia Performance Standards began.

“We are focused on increasing students’ mastery of the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in college, career and life,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “These Milestones results show our students and teachers are consistently and successfully getting the job done.  I’m so proud of them, their families and our partners and volunteers -- we’re in this together with the same goal: making our community’s future the best it can be.”     

CCSD Publishes 2018-19 First Day Facts report first day facts image

How many students are expected in CCSD schools this school year?

How many new teachers will be in the classrooms?

Who is my new Principal?

Find the answers to these questions and many more in the 2018-19 First Day Facts publication, which shares new information about the upcoming school year.

My Stop Bus Tracking System Expands to all CCSD Schools Versatrans My Stop logo

The Cherokee County School District is expanding to all schools its system that allows parents to track their child’s school bus on a smart phone or computer!

The Transportation Department began testing the Versatrans My Stop system last school year, and after a successful pilot, the system will be available to all CCSD parents beginning July 30 – just in time for the first day of school on Aug. 1.

CCSD Introduces MealViewer Website & App Showcasing School Cafeteria Menus MealViewer app logo

The Cherokee County School District will begin offering students and parents a closer look at school cafeteria menus this school year with the new MealViewer To Go app and website.

The system, which launches today, not only lists what’s on the breakfast and lunch menu each day, but includes photos and nutritional information.  The menu for the first day of school is available now through MealViewer, with more menus, photos and nutritional information being added daily in preparation for the start of school.

CCSD Adds Expanded System for Reporting Safety Concerns safeschools alert logo

The Cherokee County School District is adding an expanded system for reporting safety concerns!

The SafeSchools Alert system will allow students, parents, school staff and everyone in the community to anonymously report safety concerns by text, email, online message or phone call.  This system will replace the previous anonymous tip hotline.

CCSD School Counselors Learn About Career Options for Students CCSD Counselors explore careers for students

Summer Externship program gives CCSD counselors a peek into careers in local industries

CCSD School Nutrition Wins State Award

 

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