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Board Business Briefs: School Board Reviews Budget and Proposed Tax Cut CCSD School Board and Student Delegates 5 20 22

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday night reviewed the proposed budget for next school year, which calls for a reduction in the tax rate for all property owners and well-deserved pay increases for teachers and support staff.

The proposed 1.5 mills decrease in the tax rate is the first reduction proposed since 2014 and has been recommended by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower in light of rising home values.

Announcements for May 20th

Parking for Next School Year: We will have 1 day the week before school starts to purchase parking permits. Please pick up a pink parking application outside of 2302 before school is out. Only the pink parking applications will be accepted.

Attention applicants for Voice of the Ridge. Please check your school email for your audition time today.

CCSD Summer Feeding Program Kicks off June 6, Donations Needed SummerFeedingProgram

The CCSD School Nutrition Summer Feeding program will kick off June 6, and community donations are requested to make it a success.

“We care about our students’ well-being all the time, and we know that providing meals over summer break is a hardship for some families,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “We’re so fortunate to have a dedicated School Nutrition team, an outstanding partner in MUST Ministries and a supportive community working together to feed our students over the summer.”  

Announcements for May 19th

The River Ridge JROTC Instructors proudly congratulate Noah Leiker and Madison Morgan for being appointed as the Fall and Spring Group Commanders for the JROTC Program.  Their efforts directly resulted in their unit receiving the Distinguished Unit with Merit Award from Headquarters JROTC.  Aim high Noah and Madison!

CCSD Student Athletes Honored by Positive Athlete Georgia CCSD Positive Athlete State Winners and Scholarship Winners 5 18 22

Cherokee County School District student athletes have been honored by Positive Athlete Georgia, with 11 regional winners, two state winners and two state scholarship winners!

The 2022 Positive Athlete Georgia Awards are presented by the Positive Athlete Georgia organization, which promotes the benefits of positivity to young athletes around the world.  Football star player Hines Ward formed Positive Athlete with businessman Scott Pederson.

Announcements for May 18th

Congratulations to the girls track team and their 9th place finish at the state track meet. Joy Tchamabe placed 6th in the shot. Cayden Crismon, 4th in the 3200. 4x800 3rd place finish of Crismon, Caitlin Johnson, Alyssa Roberts and Kelly Miles. Mataya Gayle placed 3rd in the 300 hurdles. Miles, Gayle, Alyssia Amedee and Riley Zacherl in the 4x400 placing 5th.

CCSD Students, Educators and Volunteers Honored by PTA CCSD 2022 PTA Awards 5 17 22

Cherokee County School District students, educators and volunteers were honored by the PTA with regional awards!

The Georgia PTA District 13 Spring Conference & Awards Ceremony, which recently was held in Woodstock, recognized outstanding PTA volunteers, teachers, nurses, administrators and students from Cherokee and Forsyth Counties.

CCSD Will Celebrate Graduation May 26-28 2022 TASSELS (1)

Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2022 will walk across the stage for graduation ceremonies next week!

The ceremonies for CCSD’s 2,936 graduating seniors 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.

Announcements for May 17th

The spring edition of the literary magazine, Lit 2022, is now available for purchase for $10. Payment can be made through the school website or to Mrs. Bulger in room 1116, and copies can be picked up there as well. 

ALL LIBRARY BOOKS ARE NOW DUE!  END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR IS HERE—RETURN ALL LIBRARY BOOKS!!!

There will be a Cross Country informational meeting after school on Wednesday @ 4:15 pm in room 1313 (Hooper’s room). For more information, please contact Coach Bisgrove or Coach Hooper.

CCSD Students Named to All-State Chorus GMEA logo

Eighty-six Cherokee County School District high school and middle school students won seats in the prestigious Georgia Music Educators Association All-State Chorus and Reading Chorus.

Announcements for May 16th

Parking for Upcoming Seniors and Upcoming Juniors will be May 17th-19th 

7:45- 8:10 in the Athletic Office 2302 and  2nd half of all lunches. 

You must have the Pink application.. No Parking will be sold after the 19th . Check the River Ridge Website for July Purchase dates.

Cherokee County Educational Foundation Awards $50K in Grants 2022 CCEF Impact Grants 5 13 22

The Cherokee County Educational Foundation helped celebrate the end of the school year by presenting Cherokee County School District teachers and support staff with $50,000 in grants!

The nonprofit organization, since its 2012 formation to raise funds for CCSD teachers, programs and schools, has awarded more than $1 Million in grants to support teaching and learning.

Announcements for May 12th

Attention Knights!

Auditions will be held for the Voice of the Ridge next week. If you are interested in presenting the announcements each morning. Please pick up an application in Ms. Barber's office 1201 or print the attached application. Complete and turn in by this Friday May 13th - you may turn into my office or you may scan and upload to stephanie.barber@cherokeek12.net

Congratulations to River Ridge Innovation Zone Nurse of the Year: Betty Miller! RRIZ SNOTY 22

National School Nurse Day is May 11, 2022, and this week, we will introduce you to CCSD’s 2022 Innovation Zone Nurses of the Year! Stay tuned as we highlight one winner each day. Thank you to all CCSD nurses for the care you provide daily to our students and staff! #CCSDfam #SND2022

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Announcements for May 11th

Attention Knights!

Auditions will be held for the Voice of the Ridge next week. If you are interested in presenting the announcements each morning. Please pick up an application in Ms. Barber's office 1201 or print the attached application. Complete and turn in by this Friday May 13th - you may turn into my office or you may scan and upload to stephanie.barber@cherokeek12.net

CCSD Class of 2022 Graduating Senior Wins $25,000 Local Scholarship Keira McHugh

A Cherokee County School District Class of 2022 graduating senior has earned a $25,000 college scholarship from a community foundation!

It is the third year of the annual college scholarships presented by the Jason T. Dickerson Family Foundation.  The scholarship requirements, beyond the perennial requirement for community service, are set by the foundation each year.   This year’s scholarship application was limited to students planning a career in veterinary medicine, with one scholarship awarded.

27 CCSD Students Place in Statewide Reflections Contest CCSD 2022 PTA Reflections 5 10 22

Twenty-seven Cherokee County School District students earned state honors through the 2021-22 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 Will Change The World By... .”

Announcements for May 10th

Congratulations to the state qualifiers in track and field, boys and girls 4 x 200 relay teams, girls 4x800 and 4x400 relay teams as well as individuals in the Shot Put, 100/300 hurdles, 800, and 3200 meter run. In all 20 athletes have qualified.  State begins Thursday in Carrollton GA.

Announcements for May 9th

Attention Class of 2022:

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! We in CCSD’s Division of Technology & Information Services wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Before you leave CCSD, we want to make sure that you know what to do with your files and email stored in CCSD’s Office365 cloud space.

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CCSD Celebrates School Lunch Hero Day super hero lunch day

Friday May 6 marked the 10th year of recognizing School Lunch Hero Day, which is celebrated the first Friday of May to pay tribute to the heroes of School Nutrition who keep students supplied with nutritious meals for breakfast and lunch throughout the school year.

CCSD Support Staff Job Fair Set for May 26 Classified CCSD Goodwill JF Flyer May 26 2022

The Cherokee County School District will present a Job Fair focused on hiring support staff for next school year from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at our technology campus at 1020 Keeter Road, Canton, 30114.

CCSD Connections Newsletter - End of Year Announcements  image CCSD Connections parent newsletter May 2022

The May 2022 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 announcements including May 27 early dismissal for middle and high school students and plans for the summer meal program.  Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia! #CCSDfam

Announcements for May 5th

Seniors get those Senior Slide Show pics in before May 6th! Maximum of five photos per senior. Email pictures to RRHSseniorslideshow@gmail.com

Announcements for May 4th

Seniors get those Senior Slide Show pics in before May 6th! Maximum of five photos per senior. Email pictures to RRHSseniorslideshow@gmail.com

See more regarding senior email accounts which will go away the last day of school...

CCSD Message: Teacher Appreciation Day CCSD 2022 Happy National Teacher Appreciation Day

A message to the community from Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower …

Many years ago, rural families would thank their valued teachers with the crops from their farms. 
 
After this tradition had passed, the apple, the prettiest of these crops, continued to be given for generations as a gift to favorite teachers. 

Announcements for May 2nd

The Lady Knights Girls Lacrosse team will be taking on Johns Creek in the SWEET 16 of the GHSA State Lacrosse Playoffs on Tuesday, May 3rd at 6:30pm at Johns Creek. It’s the first time in the history of the Girls Lacrosse program that they girls have advanced to the Sweet 16. GO KNIGHTS!

Announcements for April 29th

Excellent region track meet:

All 4 girl relay events qualified for Sectionals: 4x1,4x2 1st place, 4x4 2nd, 4x8 4th.

The following boys relays also qualified for Sectionals: 4x2 3rd, 4x4 4th.

There were 10 individual qualifiers and 4 school records broken for girls.

1 record equaled on the boys side. All are in the top 32 relay or individuals in 6A. Sectionals will be here at the Ridge next Saturday. Let’s go Knights. See athletic website for more in-depth article shortly.

NOTICE: False Information About CCSD on Social Media CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

 

NOTICE: Due to the rising volume of false information currently being circulated about our school district and our outstanding teachers and staff, we will be updating our Fact vs. Fiction webpage at https://bit.ly/CCSDfacts on a more frequent basis.  If you have a question about something you’ve seen on social media or received via mail or email about our schools, our staff or our curriculum, please reach out to your school or contact us directly at the Ask CCSD Helpdesk at https://bit.ly/AskCCSD  #CCSDfam
 

Announcements for April 28th

Calling all freshman, sophomores and juniors - Do you want to have a voice for your class and be a part of your school's decisions? Rising Seniors, are you interested in leading the student body? Then the time has come for you to step up and run for office! 

An SGA and class officer interest meeting will take place this Friday during homeroom. More information can be found on Canvas. We hope to see you on Friday.

CCSD Seniors Honored by Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame CCSD Sports Hall of Fame Students 4 27 22

Twelve Cherokee County School District Class of 2022 graduating seniors will be 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. 

Announcements for April 27th

Congrats to our River Ridge Knights Boys Soccer team in advancing to the Final Four with their win over Lakeside last night on PK's. Please let Coach Thomas, his staff and all our players how proud we are of their history making season. They will travel to Dalton Friday night for the semifinals. 

Seniors get those Senior Slide Show pics in before May 6th! Maximum of five photos per senior. Email pictures to RRHSseniorslideshow@gmail.com

THE BUTLER DID IT. Final show is tonight at 7pm. Don’t miss it.

CCSD Partner Receives Top Community Award CCSD Partner Honored 4 26 22

A Cherokee County School District business partner and volunteer has received a top community award!

Kevin Williams, operator of Cherokee County Chick-fil-A, today was honored with the Liberty Bell Award by the Blue Ridge Bar Association at its annual Law Day observance.

Announcements for April 26th

ATTENTION Students & Staff of River Ridge…We desperately need your help. We need your detective skills to help discover WHO DID IT? Come see the final two shows of THE BUTLER DID IT in the RRHS Theater & See if you can crack the case… and see if, in fact, THE BUTLER DID IT. Final two shows are Tuesday & Wednesday at 7pm. Don’t miss it.

Announcements for April 25th

ATTENTION Students & Staff of River Ridge…We desperately need your help. We need your detective skills to help discover WHO DID IT? Come see the final two shows of THE BUTLER DID IT in the RRHS Theater & See if you can crack the case… and see if, in fact, THE BUTLER DID IT. Final two shows are Tuesday & Wednesday at 7pm. Don’t miss it.

Board Business Briefs: Positive Financial Outlook Board Business Briefs 4 22 22

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday heard good news about the school district’s financial outlook due to increasing home values and discussed ways to reduce the burden on taxpayers, while also using some of the windfall to make teacher and staff pay more competitive.

Announcements for April 22nd

Come out tonight for the funniest Murder Mystery show in River Ridge history. THE BUTLER DID IT has shows on Friday, Saturday, Tuesday & Wednesday at 7pm & Saturday at 4pm. Come see the funniest show of the season. 

Announcements for April 21st

Congrats to baseball on back to back region championships! With a record of 17-3 they clinched the 6A Region 7 Championship last night!

CONGRATULATIONS to the Girls Lacrosse team as they defeated Allatoona last night 14-11. The win puts the Knights at 10-5 on the season and 6-1 in Region play and gives them a chance to compete for the #2 seed in the GHSA State Playoffs Friday night against Cherokee. The 10 wins is the first season in school history with double digit wins and the 6 wins in Region play is also the most region wins in a season in school history. Congrats ladies and GO KNIGHTS!!

28 CCSD Students Named to All-State Band and Orchestra GMEA logo

Twenty-eight Cherokee County School District high school and middle school students 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 were recently held at the Classic Center in Athens.

Announcements for April 20th

Come out tonight and watch your Varsity Baseball team take on Sequoyah.  The Knights have an opportunity to secure the Region Championship with a victory.  Game time is 5:55 with temperatures around 70 degrees, and as always, the field will be the best in the state of Georgia! GO KNIGHTS!

Announcements for April 19th

Congrats to the boys and girls golf team for breaking school records for total team scores in their Area Tournament yesterday. Also, congrats to Brady Wentz for shooting a school record of 77.

Do you love to cheer? Do you enjoy watching basketball? Would you like to be part of a team? Basketball Cheer is for you! Join us on Wednesday at 7:45 in Ms. VanderVeen’s room 1103 for more information about upcoming try outs.

Announcements for April 18th

Congratulations to the girls track team for their 3rd place finish this past weekend at the Buffalo’s River Ridge Invitational. 2 school records were broken. Joy Tchambe in the Shot Put and Seirra Reid in the Triple Jump.  The team competes Wednesday at Creekview and then next week is the region championship also at Creekview.

Meet a 2021-22 Student Delegate to the School Board: Brian Bradley of River Ridge HS! RRHS Delegate

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!

CCSD Announces High School 2022 Summer School Options CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

CCSD High School 2022 Summer School will be offered from June 6 - 24, 2022 with options for Credit Recovery and Initial Credit as detailed below.  

Announcements for April 15th

Seniors: the deadline to apply for the Jasmine Luke Scholarship is Monday the 18th. Turn the application in to Ms. Barber in 1201.

If you are a senior who was in TSA and is not currently in an Engineering class, please come see Mrs. Haggerty in room 1308 regarding honor cords.

CCSD Connections Newsletter - Digital Learning Day May 24 CCSD Connections April 2022 image

The April 2022 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 district’s accreditation renewal, as well as other important information.  Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia!

There will be no school on Tuesday, May 24, the date of the Primary Election, in order to ensure the safety and security of students due to the use of schools as polling sites.  May 24 will be a Digital Learning Day, with assignments provided online for students to complete at home.  Bags with a breakfast and lunch for students will be available for pick up at all schools that morning at no charge; order forms will be emailed to all parents on Friday, May 20.

Prom Court Nominations

Attention Seniors: Announcing the 2021-2022 Prom King and Queen Court – Congratulations to the following seniors:

Announcements for April 14th

Do you love to cheer? Do you enjoy watching basketball? Would you like to be part of a team? Basketball Cheer is for you! Join us on Wednesday April 20th at 7:45 in Ms. VanderVeen’s room 1103 for more information about upcoming try outs.

Announcements for April 13th

Prom tickets are on sale through go fan for $85 and ticket sales end on the Thursday. The Venue is the Southern Exchange Ballroom – The Cellar on April 16th at 6pm. The theme is Urban Knights.

Announcements for April 12th

Announcing the 2021-2022 Prom King and Queen Court – Congratulations to the following seniors for making court:

Announcements for April 11th

Congratulations to our Boys Soccer Team as they captured the Region Championship on Friday, April 1st. This was the first Region Championship in Boys Soccer in school history. Please let Coach Thomas, his staff, and our players know how proud we are of their accomplishment. They will host Alexander on Friday at 7:00, here at The Ridge in the first round of the GHSA State Playoffs. Our Girls Soccer team has qualified as the 4th seed for the first round of the State Playoffs and will travel to Dalton on Thursday, game time is 5:30.

Info Session on April 14 for CCSD Student 2023 Spring Break Tour to London and Paris CCSD International Trip April 2023 4 1 22

The Cherokee County School District is offering 2022-23 high school students the opportunity to participate in an educational travel experience to explore London and Paris during Spring Break 2023!

A limited number of additional spots have been opened for this district-wide tour announced earlier this year.  A virtual informational session will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, 2022.  Students are welcome to attend the informational session, but at least one parent or guardian must be in attendance.

CCSD Schools Earn Top AP Honors AP 2021 Graphic

Cherokee County School District’s high schools, for the 12th consecutive year, have earned top honors for outstanding Advanced Placement (AP) programs and performance!

All of CCSD’s high schools have been named Georgia 2022 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 exams earned passing scores of 3 or higher on 73% of the 5,028 tests administered last school year, exceeding the Georgia rate of 60% and the National rate of 54%.  This passing rate ranks CCSD 10th in the State and 2nd among metro Atlanta counties.  

Announcements for April 1st

CONGRATULATIONS to the JV and Varsity Lacrosse teams for their sweep of Marietta last night. The JV got things started with a big 15-1 win and the Varsity finished things off with a 15-10 win in the nightcap. The Ladies are now 8-3 on the season and 5-0 in the Region. Everyone have a great spring break. GO KNIGHTS!!

CCSD Recommended for Accreditation Renewal! CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

The Cherokee County School District received excellent news today: the district’s international accreditation as a high-quality school system is recommended for renewal for another five years!

“Accreditation is the gold standard for school districts – it provides independent assurance to parents, employees and taxpayers as to the excellence of their public schools,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “I’m incredibly proud of the work that all of our employees do every day to provide the best possible education and care to each of our students.  Thank you to the amazing parent volunteers and business and community partners who support us.  None of this would be possible without the outstanding leadership of our School Board, its vision for our future and its strong stewardship of the resources entrusted to them by our community.”

CCSD Message: Misinformation about CCSD Operations CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that serious misinformation about CCSD is being circulated on social media. 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower has no plans to ask the School Board to privatize bus drivers or School Nutrition or any other part of CCSD operations.  The School Board also has had no discussions about privatizing these services.

Announcements for March 31st

Prom tickets are on sale through go fan for $80. The Venue is the Southern Exchange Ballroom – The Cellar on April 16th at 6pm. The theme is Urban Knights. Students if you are bringing a date from another school, make sure you pick up a prom approval form and get your date approved! Copies can be found in the front office on the counter and in 1201.

CCSD Expands Open CCSD Transparency Website sunshine slider

As part of national Sunshine Month, observed every March to highlight the importance of open government and transparency, the Cherokee County School District has updated its Open CCSD website.

CCSD is committed to transparency and accountability.  Open CCSD at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/open-ccsd was established in 2013 to provide the community with a clear understanding of its operations and stewardship of fiscal resources.  

Announcements for March 30th

Congratulations to the Lady Knights Soccer Team for taking Riverwood to the Dungeon beating them 4-0. This win advances them to the state playoffs. 

Knights baseball fans, come out tonight as we take on the Chattahoochee Cougars in a double-header for Senior Night!  Game 1 will begin at 5pm as the 4th ranked Knights look to keep their momentum during region play…Thanks for all the support this season and Go Knights!

CCSD Students Advancing to State 4-H Leadership Roles, Competition CCSD 4-H Leaders and Winners 3 29 22

Cherokee County School District students are advancing to State 4-H Competition, with two students elected to statewide leadership roles.

The 4-H extra-curricular program, sponsored locally by the UGA Cooperative Extension Office, offers students the opportunity to learn new skills, improve their teamwork and leadership skills and serve their community.

Military Ball Royal Court Winners

The River Ridge High School JROTC celebrated its annual Military Ball this weekend and would like to honor its Royal Court Winners:

Announcements for March 29th

Knights! Do you want to start Spring Break with a kick?  SALT’S kickball tournament next Friday during 5th, 6th and 7th periods. Ticket sales are until Thursday during all lunches. Tickets are $1 cash and wristbands will be given after purchasing a ticket. Wristbands will be needed to enter the stadium to watch the tournament.   Tickets can also be purchased at the gate if your teacher is bringing you down.  Hope to see you there!!

Announcements for March 28th

Congratulations to the Varsity Baseball Team on winning their series versus Cambridge High School this past week.  A collective effort from every member has placed the team atop the region and in the Top 10 Statewide Rankings as they head into the final stretch of the season.  Come out this Wednesday night to recognize our graduating seniors as we take on Chattahoochee High School in a Double Header.  Game 1 will begin at 5PM with Senior Night Ceremonies taking place immediately after Game 2.  Thanks for everyone’s support this season and Go Knights!

CCSD Names 2022 Counselor of the Year! CCSD Counselor of the Year 1 3 25 22

River Ridge High School counselor Kati Kong says, in many ways, she sees herself as a Band-Aid.

An experienced counselor with a master’s degree in her field, Ms. Kong for 16 years has helped hold students together during their most challenging moments.

Students Gain Valuable Workforce Insight from Employability Fair speaker in classroom

More than 50 CCSD high school students spent the day sharpening their workforce skills recently thanks to a new venture created by CCSD and community partners.

Announcements for March 25th

Congratulations to Marie Fallon for breaking the school record in pole vault last night at Sequoyah with a height of 8’6’’!

Congrats to our girls golf team for their win over Pickens yesterday. The Knights were led by Junior Miranda Murphy.

CCSD's School Nutrition Summer Meals Program Earns National Honors CCSD School Nutrition Award 3 24 22

The Cherokee County School District has earned national honors for its School Nutrition summer meals program!

The school district every summer participates in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Seamless Summer Option, which offers free meals to children in need during the summer.  The high quality of CCSD’s program earned the USDA’s Silver Turnip the Beet Award.  CCSD School Nutrition is one of only a dozen school districts in Georgia to earn the national honor and one of only 84 nationwide.

Announcements for March 24th

Prom tickets are on sale through go fan for $80. The Venue is the Southern Exchange Ballroom – The Cellar on April 16th at 6pm. The theme is Urban Knights. Students if you are bringing a date from another school, make sure you pick up a prom approval form and get your date approved! Copies can be found in the front office on the counter and in 1201.

Announcements for March 23rd

CONGRATULATIONS to the JV & Varsity Girls Lacrosse Teams as they completed their 3rd Sweep of the season by taking down the Warriors of North Cobb. The JV defeated the Warriors 10-5 and in the night cap celebrating Senior Night, the Varsity won 13-7. Congrats again to our Six Super Seniors Sammy Glendening, Bridget McGuinness, Maggie Cawston, Haley Warholak, Mackenzie Aceto, and Maggie Gallion. We would also like to thank the River Ridge JROTC Saber Team for their participation. GO KNIGHTS!!

Announcements for March 22nd

It’s SENIOR NIGHT…the Girls Varsity Lacrosse team will be celebrating their six Seniors tonight (Samantha Glendening, Bridget McGuinness, Maggie Cawston, Haley Warholak, Mackenzie Aceto, and Maggie Gallion) as they take on the North Cobb Warriors. Please come on out to The Ridge tonight and support these young ladies. Game time is 7:00 with Senior Recognition starting at approximately 6:30 following the Junior Varsity game. The Weather is going to be great…GO KNIGHTS!

Announcements for March 21st

The track Knights competed this past weekend at the Roswell relays.  The girls 4x400 relay team of Alyssa Roberts, Riley Zacherl, Alyssia Amedee and Mataya Gayle finished 3rd in the event. The teams will host the county meet this Saturday here at the Ridge so come watch your peers compete.

Board Business Briefs: School Board Amends Budget for Employee Bonuses, Appoints New School Leaders Board Business Briefs 3 18 22

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, March 17, 2022 approved a budget amendment to accept state funding for eligible part-time and full-time staff to receive a one-time bonus and appointed new school leaders for next school year. 

Announcements for March 18th

CONGRATS to the Varsity girls lacrosse team as they defeated East Paulding last night 17-11. Scoring goals for the Knights were Sammie Glendening, Emery Polk, Maggie Gallion, Kayla Cleaveland, Kaitlyn Manderano, and Riley Parker. The win puts the Knights at 5-2 overall and 3-0 in the Region.  The Lady Knights return to action next Tuesday night for Senior Night against North Cobb. Come on out and support these young ladies and the Senior Knights.

Georgia School Board Appreciation Week - Thank You, John Harmon! 2022 Georgia School Board Appreciation Week- John Harmon 3 17 22 Thurs

It’s Georgia School Board Appreciation Week, and we’ll be shining the spotlight on each of our representatives to thank them for their service.  #CCSDfam 

Announcements for March 17th

Congratulations to the River Ridge Men's Chorus and Mastery Women's Chorus for earning all SUPERIOR ratings in performance and sight reading at their state performance evaluation yesterday.  Superior ratings are the highest level that can be achieved.  Congratulations chorus! 

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CCSD Presents March 28 Program for Special Education Students' Parents, Teachers CCSD Special Education Community Agency Fair - Canton - March 28

CCSD presents an annual Agency Information Fair for parents and teachers to learn more about services in the community for children with special needs. This year's event is on March 28. #CCSDfam

Announcements for March 16th

CONGRATULATIONS to the JV and Varsity girls lacrosse team as they completed the sweep of North Atlanta last night. The JV got things started off with the 12-5 victory over the visiting Warriors. In the nightcap, the Varsity disposed of the Warriors by the score of 14-5. The victories put the JV at 2-0 on the season and the Varsity at 4-2 Overall and 2-0 in the Region. GO KNIGHTS

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Announcements for March 15th

Congratulations to our boys golf team for setting 2 school records yesterday! The boys shot a team low of 161 and had an individual low score of 35 shot by Junior, Brady Wentz, in their win over Cherokee.

Georgia School Board Appreciation Week - Thank You, Kyla Cromer! 2022 Georgia School Board Appreciation Week - Kyla Cromer 3 14 22

It’s Georgia School Board Appreciation Week, and we’ll be shining the spotlight on each of our representatives to thank them for their service.  #CCSDfam

Announcements for March 14th

Congratulations to the Varsity Baseball Team on their second sweep of the season, placing them atop of the region and number 6 in the state.  Come out today as they continue region play versus John’s Creek here at the Ridge.  Game time is 5:55 and Go Knights!

Announcements for March 11th

CONGRATULATIONS to the JV and Varsity Girls Lacrosse Teams as they swept the Wolverines from Woodstock last night. The JV Team defeated Woodstock 12-1 and the Varsity followed that up with an 8-7 victory in the night cap. Scoring for the JV were Kaitlyn Mulligan, Iris Goldfuss, Bella Spears, Kate Hewgley, Sophia Pearl, Antonella Susino, and Kayla Cleaveland. Sophomore Goal Keeper Valerye Susino was solid in goal on the night.

River Ridge HS Senior Wins National Merit Corporate Scholarship Rachel Kim

A Cherokee County School District senior has won a National Merit corporate scholarship!

Rachel G. Kim of River Ridge High School, who earlier this year was named a National Merit finalist, this week earned the National Merit Raytheon Scholarship.  She plans to study computer science.

Announcements for March 10th

FBLA is holding a Prom Dress pop-up shop in the Armory. Stop by and find your prom dress and shoes for free. Extra dresses will be donated to North Georgia Angel House. The times are Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:45-8:10 and Tuesday, Thursday: 3:20-4:00. If interested, remember to sign up to volunteer and receive service hours. 

Announcements for March 9th

FBLA is holding a Prom Dress pop-up shop in the Armory. Stop by and find your prom dress and shoes for free. Extra dresses will be donated to North Georgia Angel House. The times are Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:45-8:10 and Tuesday, Thursday: 3:20-4:00. If interested, remember to sign up to volunteer and receive service hours. 

There will be an FBLA meeting in Mrs. Klemm's room 1312 this Thursday at 7:45am discussing important events and many service hour opportunities. 

National School Social Worker Week - We Appreciate You! NSSWW 22

In recognition of National School Social Worker Week, please join us in thanking CCSD’s six social workers and two student support specialists who are dedicated to their mission of “ensuring that no student in Cherokee County gains less than full advantage of the educational opportunities provided by the school system as a result of family problems or school attendance problems.” We appreciate their service and dedication to the families of our 42,000 students! Learn more about our school social workers at https://www.cherokeek12.net/.../divisions-school...#CCSDfam

Announcements for March 8th

If you are a Friends Club member or would like to join the Friends Club, we are having a meeting this Thursday at 7:45am in the Media Center. We will have some very important information on upcoming activities so please come if you can. If cannot make the meeting, come by room 1206 and see Mr. Woodburn for important information. See you on Thursday!

Announcements for March 7th

FBLA is holding a Prom Dress pop-up shop in the Armory. Stop by and find your prom dress and shoes for free. Extra dresses will be donated to North Georgia Angel House. The times are Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:45-8:10 and Tuesday, Thursday: 3:20-4:00. If interested, remember to sign up to volunteer and receive service hours. 

Announcements for March 4th

CONGRATULATIONS to the Lady Knights Lacrosse Team for their thrilling come from behind victory over Etowah last night. Down 8 to 4 at halftime and down 10-6 with just over 11 minutes to play, the girls fought their way back to secure the 12 to 11 win. Freshman, Kaitlyn Manderano led the Knights with 7 goals and Junior, Riley Parker had a hat trick scoring three goals. Seniors Sammie Glendening and Maggie Gallion recorded a goal each as well. Great job ladies…GO KNIGHTS

#GetCCSDReading Challenges

Pick your reading challenge. Complete your challenge and show the RRHS media specialists for a prize!

CCSD Connections Newsletter for March 2022 Now Online! image CCSD Connections newsletter March 2022

The March 2022 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 special reading and math events and the district’s upcoming accreditation review.  Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia!  #CCSDfam 

Announcements for March 3rd

The Student Athlete Leadership team is looking for 3 more clubs or sports teams to enter the Helping Hospital Heroes Kick ball tournament on April 1st during 5,6,7 periods.  If your club is interested, please contact Coach Schultz in 1305.  Entry fee is $50 a team and all of the proceeds go to helping our Cherokee County Hospital Heroes.

CCSD Celebrates Read Across America Week!

It's Read Across America Week and #GetCCSDReading Month! CCSD schools are celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday, the importance of literacy and favorite books ...with guest readers, dress-up days, reading challenges and incentives and much more! We hope you enjoy this slideshow of photos from some of the festivities.

Announcements for March 2nd

Attention ALL KNIGHTS!! You are needed at the RIDGE TONIGHT @ 7:00 pm to cheer on the Knights in the Elite 8 State Playoffs! It is a white out so come wearing your best white and blue River Ridge gear!!! Be there tonight @ 7! Wear white!!  Let's Go Knights!!!

River Ridge HS Cafeteria Earns 20th Consecutive Perfect Health Inspection Score River Ridge HS Cafeteria 3 1 22

A Cherokee County School District cafeteria team has earned its 20th consecutive perfect health inspection score!

The River Ridge High School cafeteria staff recently achieved this impressive milestone, which is an exceptional run even in a district where school cafeterias average 99.06% on the health inspections held twice each year.

Announcements for March 1st

Prom tickets are on sale now on the GoFan app! Get yours before the price increases! The Venue is the Southern Exchange Ballroom – The Cellar on April 16th  at 6pm. Theme is Urban Knights.

Announcements for February 28th

Congrats to our Boys and Girls Basketball Teams as they advance to the Elite Eight. Our Boys will host Langston Hughes Wednesday at 7:00 and our Girls will be on the road Wednesday at Lovejoy gametime at 6:30.

Board Business Briefs: School Board Hears Student Support Services Update CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

The Cherokee County School Board at its regular meeting on Thursday, Feb. 17, heard an update on CCSD’s student support services efforts including suicide prevention.

Announcements for February 18th

Congratulations to both girls and boys basketball teams for advancing to the region championship games. Both teams will play Sequoyah tonight at Creekview. Girls play at 7:00 and boys at 8:30.

Announcements for February 17th

Seniors interested in attending Chattahoochee Technical School’s Senior Day Field Trip on March 18th, please pick up a parent permission form in the Counseling Office.  The Senior day’s information session will include: an admissions and financial aid overview, program exploration where students will speak with instructors and see the facilities, a free application session, lunch, and prizes!  The cost is $5 that goes towards bus transportation to the Appalachian campus.  Turn your permission form in ASAP because we can only take 25 students on the field trip.   

Announcements for February 16th

River Ridge High School students are just weeks away from traveling to exciting destinations such as England, Ireland, Greece, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic and France!  If you missed these opportunities, no worries!  In 2023 we will be traveling to Spain and Portugal, and you are invited to join!  If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please scan the QR codes found around the building or come see Mrs. Bulger in room 1116!

CCSD High School Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists 2022 CCSD National Merit Finalists 2 15 22

All seven Cherokee County School District high school seniors named 2022 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists advanced this week to be named Finalists!

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.  

Announcements for February 15th

Students, are you an Arnold Mill Elementary Alumni?  Would you like to go back and read to younger AMES students? Your former elementary librarian, Ms. Zaski, is looking for previous AMES students to read to K-5 students on Wed., March 2nd. If you’re interested, see YOUR librarian, Ms. Rubin, for more details and to sign up!! Sign-ups are due by Thursday!

Attention ALL NHS members, we will have our next meeting TOMORROW at 7:45 AM in the auditorium.  See you in the morning!

Announcements for February 14th

The Valentine's Day podcast episode is on Spotify and the link is on the RRHS.podcast Instagram. It features couples games with the Belli’s and the Farists.

Work-Based Learning Applications are due by Wednesday. You can see Ms. Gibson in the counseling suite A16.

Congratulations to River Ridge Innovation Zone Counselor of the Year: Kati Kong! coty RRHS IZ 22

It’s National School Counseling Week ... the perfect week to announce CCSD’s 2022 Innovation Zone Counselors of the Year! We highlighted one winner each day this week, and here's our last one. Thank you to all CCSD counselors for the impact you make in our community! #CCSDfam #nscw2022

CCSD Recognizes 229 Superintendent's Key Scholars for Academic Success CCSD Key Scholars patches

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating 229 exemplary high school juniors as Superintendent’s Key Scholars!  

These top students were recognized, through the 17th Annual Superintendent’s Key Scholar Recognition Ceremony on Thursday night, for scores achieved on the PSAT that rank them in the top 10% nationwide.

Announcements for February 11th

Work-Based Learning Applications are due by February 16th. You can see Ms. Gibson in the counseling suite A16.

Students if you are interested in Peer Facilitation as an elective please stop by 1201 at some point today and pick up an application.

Announcements for February 10th

It’s the FINAL DAY to purchase Valentine Grams! Valentine Grams will be sold during ALL lunches. The cost is $1 for one Valentine gram or 3 grams for $2. This is a great way to show your appreciation for that amazing friend, excellent teacher, or special someone. Candy is included with the gram and we will take cash or credit card for online payment.  Please know the following information when purchasing: Recipient’s First and Last Name, English Teacher and Class Period for English. 

CCSD Students Honored with College Board Awards CCSD 2022 College Board National Recognition Awards

The College Board is honoring 37 Cherokee County School District students through its National Recognition Programs awards!

The programs are designed by the College Board to provide recognition opportunities for high school seniors and juniors in underrepresented groups.  Students may apply for the National African American Recognition Award, National Hispanic Recognition Award, National Indigenous Recognition Award and National Rural and Small Town Recognition Award.  To be considered for recognition, students must have a GPA of at least 3.5 and either exceptional test scores placing them in the top 10% in their state on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10, or scores of 3 or higher on two of more Advanced Placement (AP) exams.

Announcements for February 9th

FBLA is hosting a Prom Dress Drive. The dresses will be collected in Mrs. Klemm's room 1312. Per one dress donated, you will receive 4 service hours and collections end February 18th. FBLA is also hosting a Book Drive. If you donate 4 books to Mrs. Klemm's room 1312, you will be able to receive 1 service hour.

Congratulations to CCSD's STAR Students and Teachers! CCSD 2022 STAR Students and STAR Teachers 2 8 22

Congratulations to the Cherokee County School District’s 2022 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 and who also ranks in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of his or her class based on grade point average.  Each honored student is invited to select his or her favorite teacher to be named that school’s STAR Teacher.

GHP Semi Finalist

The following students have been selected as a semi-finalist and are invited to participate in the state level interviews for the Governor’s Honors Program:

Chloe Martin for Communicative Arts

Isabella Shiltsova for Science

Nandita Bipin for Social Studies

Samuel Wallace for Social Studies

Cassandra Ellenberger for Visual Arts

Announcements for February 8th

Congratulations to State Wrestling Qualifier Sam Estep, as well as our Sectional placers Wiley Goins and Alanna Garner. These wrestlers will be traveling to Macon Thursday for the State Tournament.

Announcements for February 7th

Congratulations to all cadets and our JROTC Instructors for scoring the highest possible rating for their Unit Evaluation on Friday!  They scored an “Exceeds Standards” and will be designated as a Distinguished Unit with Merit for the third consecutive time.  This honor ranks them among the top 15 percent of 875 Air Force JROTC units world-wide. 

CCSD Message: COVID-19 Update CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

We are continuing to closely monitor COVID-19 cases among students, staff and our community at large and to review our related protocols.  

While community case levels remain at a very high range, we are seeing a definite trend of declining cases -- both for our schools and our community.  If case levels continue to decline, we anticipate parent visits to the cafeteria and extended parent/volunteer visits to classrooms can safely resume on Feb. 28 following February Break (Feb. 21-25).  

CCSD Teacher Job Fair Set for March 5 Teacher Job Fair Flyer 2022 with BitlyUrl

Don’t miss your opportunity to become a teacher in an outstanding metro Atlanta school district!  The Cherokee County School District on Saturday, March 5, will host its annual Teacher Job Fair for next school year.  There will be both an in-person event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 5, at River Ridge High School (400 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, 30188), and virtual online interview appointments also will be available.  

Announcements for February 4th

The River Ridge High School JROTC program welcomes Headquarters, Region 5 Director, Mr. Rob Atkins, for their triennial unit evaluation.  Our JROTC program, Led by Cadet Colonel Jadyn Depaolo and Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Alyssa Rivera, has a record of scoring extremely high in their unit evaluations.  Let’s wish our JROTC Instructors and all cadets the best of luck.  Thanks for being with us today, and welcome to the Ridge, Mr. Atkins! 

CCSD Connections Newsletter for February 2022 Now Online image CCSD Connections February 2022

The February 2022 edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter and includes an important message from the Superintendent about school choice, enrollment, CCSD’s reaccreditation and the opportunity to nominate a CCSD teacher or support staff member to win one of four $250 gift cards through the CCSD Share the Love contest.  Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia! #CCSDfam

CCSD Announces 2022 School Partners of the Year, Volunteers of the Year CCSD 2022 School POTY VOTY Winners 2 3 22

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating its top school Partners of the Year and Volunteers of the Year!

The annual recognition program, now in its ninth year, recognizes a Partner of the Year and a Volunteer of the Year for each individual school and center who are selected based on their outstanding service for the past year.

River Ridge HS Senior Earns Positive Athlete Georgia Award River Ridge HS Positive Athlete Georgia 2 2 22

A River Ridge High School senior has earned a Positive Athlete Georgia award for her exemplary community service.

Tressie Polk recently was honored with a $1,000 award sponsored by Academy Sports + Outdoors in recognition of outstanding student athletes who also contribute to their schools and communities through significant volunteer service.  

Announcements for February 3rd

Friday is senior night for basketball. Come out and watch the #1 ranked girls at 6:00 and #7 ranked boys at 7:30 vs Creekview. Both boys and girls teams are undefeated in the region. We will recognize our seniors in between the girls and boys games.

Announcements for February 2nd

The Diversity Awareness Program will meet Thursday after school in the media center. All members are encouraged to wear masks and we will socially distance. Come join us as we begin our celebration of Black History Month at the Ridge.

CCSD School Choice Month, New Enrollment Kicks Off Feb. 1 CCSD CHOICES MONTH

February is CCSD School Choice Month, which includes both the opportunity to request a reassignment and the kickoff for Pre-K, kindergarten and Grades 1-12 new student enrollment for the 2022-23 School Year. 

Announcements for February 1st

FCCLA is having a shoe drive. Make room in your closet and donate prom shoes and purses. Each donation gives you 2 service hours. There will be a Pop Up Shop March 2-18th. All extra items will be donated to the North Georgia Angel House. Drop off items in Ms. Pierce’s room (1318)

Announcements for January 31st

Wrestling had 5 wrestlers make it out of region this past weekend and qualify for sectionals. They were as follows:

Announcements for January 28th

FBLA will be hosting a Prom Dress Drive. The dresses will be collected in Mrs. Klemm's room 1312. Per one dress donated, you will receive 4 service hours and collections end February 18th. FBLA is also hosting a Book Drive beginning Friday. If you donate 4 books to Mrs. Klemm's room 1312, you will be able to receive 1 service hour.

Superintendent of Schools Participates in "State of the County" CCSD State of the County 1 27 22

Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower this week participated in the annual “State of the County” program.

Presented by the regional Council for Quality Growth nonprofit organization, the luncheon on Wednesday featured reports by Cherokee County Board of Commissioners Chairman Harry Johnston, Cherokee Office of Economic Development President Misti Martin and Dr. Hightower.

Announcements for January 27th

Big shout out to the drama department on their opening night of Footloose! The last shows are Friday at 6:30 & 8:30 pm. Tickets are still available at GoFan.co  under RIVER RIDGE HIGH EVENTS.

CCSD to Host First-Ever Support Staff Job Fair Feb. 16 CCSD Support Staff job fair 2022

Mark your calendar!  The Cherokee County School District’s first-ever Job Fair focused on support staff will be from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, at our technology campus at 1020 Keeter Road, Canton, 30114.  

Announcements for January 26th

Big shout out to the drama department on their opening night of Footloose! There are shows on Wednesday & Friday at 6:30 & 8:30 pm each night. Tickets are still available at GoFan.co  under RIVER RIDGE HIGH EVENTS.

CCSD Named a CyberStart America District of Distinction CyberStart America logo

The Cherokee County School District has been named a national District of Distinction in a competition to prepare students for cybersecurity careers!

The school district earned the designation from CyberStart America, a national organization established to provide high school students with free access to cybersecurity learning resources written and developed by industry professionals.  

Announcements for January 25th

Don’t miss the musical spectacular event that will make you “KICK OFF YOUR SUNDAY SHOES. Tuesday – January 25th, Wednesday – January 26th & Friday – January 28th with shows at 6:30 & 8:30 pm each night. Tickets are still available at GoFan.co  under RIVER RIDGE HIGH EVENTS.

Announcements for January 24th

Huge congratulations to Coach Sarah Goodbread and the River Ridge Swim Team for an amazing victory at the 2022 Cherokee County Championships.  The team became only the second team in 15 years to take down reigning champion Etowah High School.  The team won the combined event by 75 points over its next closest competitor, with the boys team taking first and the girls team second.  23 swimmers contributed points to the win and 35 swimmers posted best times of the season.

CCSD Message: COVID-19 Update CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

As shared with you earlier this month, in preparation for our on-time return to in-person learning on Jan. 4, we implemented several changes in CCSD COVID-19 protocols, with a timeline to review those changes today. 

2022 Senior Superlatives

Here's a list of the 2022 Senior Superlatives:

Announcements for January 21st

River Ridge Basketball teams won against Sequoyah last night 60-50 for the girls and 71-57 for the boys! Go Knights!

Announcements for January 20th

Pack the gym tonight as basketball takes on Sequoyah. Girls at 6:00 and boys at 7:30! Let's go Knights!

Save the Date: CCSD Teacher Job Fair on March 5! Save the Date 2022 CCSD Teacher Fair

Save the Date!  The Cherokee County School District’s annual Teacher Job Fair will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 5, with in-person interviews at River Ridge High School and virtual online interview appointments available.  The event will focus on hiring teachers for the 2022-23 school year, with a separate event to be announced for positions including bus drivers, paraprofessionals, technology professionals and School Nutrition workers.  We will post instructions at www.cherokeek12.net and on CCSD social media next month explaining how you can sign up for online appointments if you choose to participate virtually.  #CCSDfam

Announcements for January 19th

THE Musical spectacular of the year is moving its dates. FOOTLOOSE will be January 25th, 26th & 28th at 6:30 & 8:30 pm each night in the RRHS Theater.

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Announcements for January 18th

The Young Authors Fair Writing Competition is now accepting applications! Submit your original writing entries to the RRHS Library no later than Wed. Jan. 26th.  See Ms. Rubin in the library with any questions.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Autumn Hamilton of River Ridge HS! Autumn Hamilton

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 River Ridge High School Teacher of the Year Autumn Hamilton!

River Ridge High School 2021 Teacher of the Year Autumn Hamilton is “not just an English teacher,” according to her students.

CCSD Connections Newsletter for January 2022 Now Online image CCSD Connections newsletter January 2022

The January 2022 edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter.  The Superintendent’s message includes an announcement about the expansion of CCSD’s school choice program.  Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia! #CCSDfam

Board Business Briefs: School Board Reviews Blueprint Goals School Board Meeting 1 13 2022

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Jan. 13, reviewed a progress report on accomplishing Blueprint strategic plan goals and heard operational updates including the planned expansion of CCSD’s school choice program.

Announcements for January 13th

It is time to “KICK OFF YOUR SUNDAY SHOES” in the feel good musical event of the year. “Footloose – Youth Edition” is in the River Ridge Theatre Jan 21st, 22nd & 25th at 6:30 & 8:30 nightly. Tickets are only $7 & are available at GoFan.co – under River Ridge High Events. Don’t miss the musical event of 2022 – January 21st, 22nd, & 25th at 6:30 & 8:30 each night.

Announcements for January 12th

Any young lady who is interested in trying out for Lacrosse needs to listen up. The first day of tryouts are on Monday, January 17th at 12:00pm in the Football Stadium. In order to tryout, you must have an updated athletic physical on file in the athletic office. If you have any questions regarding tryouts, please contact Coach Phillips immediately. GO KNIGHTS!

Announcements for January 11th

The Young Authors Fair Writing Competition is now accepting applications! Submit your original writing entries to the RRHS Library no later than Wed. Jan. 26th.  See Ms. Rubin in the library with any questions.

Announcements for January 10th

Student Parking: Currently there are no parking spots available and the waitlist is full. Parking at River Ridge without a parking decal or parking at Mill Creek is not allowed and can result in a fine, your vehicle being towed and loss of parking privileges for the next school year.

Announcements for January 7th

Attention all interested in trying out for tennis. Tryouts are next week right after school at the River Ridge Tennis Courts. Girls tryouts will be Monday and Tuesday. Boys Tryouts will be Wednesday and Thursday. All students must have updated physical/insurance in order to tryout. Please contact Coach Smith or talk to him in Room 2405 with any questions.

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Sara D'Antuono of River Ridge High School! RRHS SSOTY 2022

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 congratulating the 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year for River Ridge High School: Sara D'Antuono! #CCSDfam

CCSD to Host Virtual Job Fair for Special Education Openings on Jan. 28 CCSD Special Education Job Fair Ad

The Cherokee County School District on Friday, Jan. 28, will host a virtual job fair for applicants for Special Education positions for next school year including: board certified behavior analysts, educational audiologists, occupational and physical therapists, physical and health impairment teachers, school psychologists, Special Education facilitators, speech language pathologists and vision teachers. 

Congratulations to PTA Reflections Contest CCSD District Winners 2021-22 PTA Reflections CCSD Awards Logo

The Cherokee County School District winners of the annual PTA Reflections fine arts contest have been named, with top district winners now advancing to state competition!

The annual competition offers students in all grades and of all abilities the opportunity to create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts 2D and 3D.  Students can earn recognition at the school, district, state and national levels.  This year's theme is “I Will Change the World By... .”

Announcements for January 6th

Student Parking: Currently there are no parking spots available and the waitlist is full. Parking at River Ridge without a parking decal or parking at Mill Creek is not allowed and can result in a fine, your vehicle being towed and lose of parking privileges for the next school year.

Announcements for January 5th

There will be no Debate club meeting this week.

The word of the week is self-confidence. Self-confidence is a positive attitude and trust in one’s self; sense of security and self-assurance.

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Announcements for January 4th

Welcome back faculty and students! 

SGA junior class is excited to introduce a fundraiser to work towards a cure for the children heavily suffering and battling with cancer.

CCSD Message: COVID-19 Update CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

As we prepare for the reopening of schools on Tuesday, Jan. 4, please be advised of several changes in CCSD COVID-19 protocols in response to new Department of Public Health guidance and the rising cases resulting from the Omicron variant.

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CCSD schools have been busy celebrating the holiday season by giving to others and serving the community through volunteering.  Thank you to all the teachers and staff who coordinate these opportunities for meaningful service learning!  We hope you enjoy this slideshow of a few of the many outstanding activities.

CCSD Message: TikTok Threats

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised we are aware of the national news reports and social media posts about a TikTok challenge related to school violence today. This challenge did not originate locally, and there have been no threats reported in regard to any CCSD schools. The challenge, according to news reports, was started by a student in Utah who did not want to attend school today. We take all threats seriously, and our CCSD Police Department will continue to be on alert, monitor the situation and communicate with local law enforcement agencies.

CCSD Announces 2022 School Teacher of the Year Winners CCSD School TOTY 12 16 21

Congratulations to the Cherokee County School District’s 2022 School Teachers of the Year winners!

Every fall, 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 2022 Teacher of the Year. 

Announcements for December 13th

SGA junior class is excited to introduce a fundraiser to work towards a cure for the children heavily suffering and battling with cancer. With our annual student faculty basketball game, all proceeds will be provided to St. Jude to fight for the cure. How can you help? Check out the river ridge SGA Instagram page to join in our jersey making contest! All students and faculty are able to participate.  

Board Business Briefs: School Board Celebrates 2021 Accomplishments School Board Dec 9 2021

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Dec. 9, celebrated the School District winning the Georgia 2021 Governance Team of the Year Award with a review of accomplishments from the past year.

Announcements for December 10th

Come out tonight to support our River Ridge basketball teams as they face Riverwood @ 6 and 7:30, also come out to support our state runner up softball team as they get presented in between games! 

Announcements for December 9th

River Ridge SGA presents our first “River Ridge Gives Back” of the year. This year's slogan is "warm their soles". This means that for every pair of clean and new socks you put under our stationed Christmas tree, this will be going back to help the less fortunate. 

Announcements for December 8th

Friday night between the boys and girls basketball games, our very own State Runner up softball team will be recognized! Please come out to watch the girls basketball at 6:00, followed by the presentation to softball and then the boys game at 7:30.

Announcements for December 7th

There will be a meeting for all girls interested in playing soccer TODAY at 3:15 in Coach Whitaker's room 1309.

FBLA will be having donuts and a surprise guest speaker this Thursday at 7:45 am in Mrs. Klemm's room 1312. Be sure to attend!

Announcements for December 6th

River Ridge SGA presents our first “River Ridge Gives Back” of the year. This year's slogan is "warm their soles". This means that for every pair of clean and new socks you put under our stationed Christmas tree, this will be going back to help the less fortunate. 

Cherokee County School Board Earns State Award for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative GSBA Leading Edge Award logo

The Cherokee County School Board has earned top state honors for exemplary leadership and innovation practices in recognition of its Social and Emotional Learning initiative.

For the third consecutive year, the Georgia School Boards Association has awarded the Cherokee County School Board its Leading Edge Award in the Culture, Climate & Organizational Efficacy category.  The awards, presented in seven categories, recognize innovative practices by School Boards and School Districts that make a significant and positive impact on students.  This year, the districtwide Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) initiative earned the honor, following previous wins for CCSD’s Student Advisor and Student Delegates to the School Board program and VILLA parent academy.  

Announcements for December 3rd

Make sure to come and support your River Ridge Knights basketball teams at 6:00 and 7:30 pm at John's Creek today!

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The December 2021 edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter and includes an important message from the Superintendent about CCSD earning the State’s highest honor for leadership and dedication to providing the best education possible to every child!  Thank you to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia.  

Cherokee County School District Earns State's Highest Honor CCSD Governance Team of the Year Award 12 2 21

The Cherokee County School District has earned the State’s highest honor for leadership and dedication to providing the best education possible to every child.

The Governance Team of the Year Award is awarded to the School Board and Superintendent of Schools of only one Georgia school district in each of the three size categories -- small, medium and large – by the Georgia School Boards Association.  CCSD earned the honor for large districts, which are those with more than 10,000 students.     

Announcements for December 2nd

The submission process has begun for the literary magazine, otherwise known as “Lit”, giving all students an opportunity to share any art, photography, or writing they might have. Currently, first priority submissions will end Friday, but submissions may go until January 7th. To learn more, look for posters around the school or go to RRHSlit.mag   More information can also be found in Mrs. Bulger's room 1116. 

Announcements for December 1st

The Diversity Awareness Program would like to invite you to our International Dinner tonight from 6 to 8 pm. DAP members, remember that this week's meeting is taking place today, to prepare for the International Dinner, and next week's meeting on December 9th will be our Holiday Party.  Everyone is welcome!

Announcements for November 30th

Science Olympiad students need to check Canvas and come see Ms. Bellini.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Buffalo's Woodstock of River Ridge HS! RRHS POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to River Ridge HS 2021 Partner of the Year: Buffalo’s Woodstock!

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

Announcements for November 29th

Hey everyone! Join Diversity Awareness Program Wednesday at 6pm for an International dinner.

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Board Business Briefs: School Board Approves Legislative Priorities CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Nov. 18, approved its 2022 Legislative Partnership Priorities, which advocate for continued local control of public education decisions and the end of State educational funding budget cuts.

Announcements for November 18th

Are you good at digital art? Do you want to help spread positivity around the school? River Ridge’s Girls Supporting Girls club is hosting a T-shirt contest open to all students at the Ridge. The winner of this contest will have the shirt design sold to fellow river ridge students! The deadline for submissions is TODAY! Stop by Ms. Mulvey’s room (510) for a flyer!

GHP State Level Nominees

Please congratulate the following students for moving on to the GHP State levels:

Announcements for November 17th

Are you good at digital art? Do you want to help spread positivity around the school? River Ridge’s Girls Supporting Girls club is hosting a T-shirt contest open to all students at the Ridge. The winner of this contest will have the shirt design sold to fellow river ridge students! The deadline for submissions is Thursday! Stop by Ms. Mulvey’s room (510) for a flyer!

CCSD To-Go Meals - Nov. 19 Digital Learning Day Orders Due 8 a.m. Nov. 18 ccsd serves white square

CCSD School Nutrition is pleased to offer to-go meal service at no charge for all CCSD students for the Friday, Nov. 19, Digital Learning Day.  The meal kit will include one breakfast and one lunch.

Announcements for November 16th

RRHS PTSA Food Pantry Drive: the Amory Food Pantry needs to be restocked. We are looking for items such as: Men/Women’s deodorant, toothpaste, canned goods, yogurt, loaves of bread, shampoo/conditioner. Please drop items either by the front office or room 1312 by this Friday

Announcements for November 15th

There will be a track informational meeting on Tuesday for all athletes and their parents at 6:30 PM in the auditorium.  All should plan to attend.  If you have any questions, see Coach Schultz or Coach Dugan.

Announcements for November 12th

Attention ALL NHS members, we will have our next meeting on Wednesday, November 17th at 7:45 AM in the auditorium.  See you then!

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Please be advised that false rumors are deliberately being spread in our community about CCSD and COVID-19 vaccinations.  CCSD is NOT holding ANY COVID-19 vaccination events for our students at our schools or elsewhere.  

Announcements for November 10th

Congratulations girls varsity flag football for the 20-6 win over Creekview last night to seal the 2nd seed going into area playoffs! River Ridge will host round 1 next Tuesday.

Announcements for November 9th

There will be a SALT meeting in Coach Schultz room Wednesday morning at 7:45 to discuss our Do Good December initiative. See you then.

CCSD Announces Fourth Annual Support Staff Employees of the Year Awards CCSD Support Staff 11 8 21.

The Cherokee County School District next month will celebrate excellent service at its fourth annual Support Staff Employees of the Year Awards!

The recognition ceremony on December 2 will honor one Support Staff Employee of the Year from each of CCSD’s schools, centers and central office divisions.  Each honoree will be congratulated by the Superintendent of Schools and School Board members and receive a plaque and gifts of appreciation before an audience of honorees and their families, Principals and CCSD leaders.

Announcements for November 8th

Congratulations to RRHS Swim Team for a great win Friday night, taking 1st in the Boys, Girls, and combined competitions. See more...

Announcements for November 5th

First Priority will now be meeting in M6 on Tuesday mornings starting at 7:45am. Looking for a place to discuss faith and meet new friends? Come check out First Priority in M6 every Tuesday morning.

Good luck to football in their game at Cambridge tonight!

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The November 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 

CCSD Message: Absences on Friday, Nov. 5 CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, we recognize and celebrate the historic World Series win by the Atlanta Braves, a valued CCSD Partner.  We love our hometown team and are so proud of their accomplishments this season.  While we are not cancelling school for Friday’s victory parade and celebration, any student absences for students who attend that event will be counted as “unexcused but without academic penalty.”  While our policies do not permit excused absences for such occasions, the designation of “unexcused but without academic penalty” provides students the important opportunity to make up all missed work and tests next week.  For those families who choose to attend Friday’s celebratory parade that will travel through Fulton and Cobb Counties, we hope you have a safe and memorable experience and we’ll see you back in class on Monday!

Announcements for November 4th

First Chapter Friday for the month of November is this Friday. Join us in the library at 7:55am on Friday.

First Priority will now be meeting in M6 on Tuesday mornings starting at 7:45am. Looking for a place to discuss faith and meet new friends? Come check out First Priority in M6 every Tuesday morning.

Announcements for November 3rd

Attention students, would you like to be more involved in our school? Would you like to gain service hours and help the community? High School Ambassadors is the club for you! Please join us today after school in Mr. Strassner’s room at 3:30. We hope to see you there. 

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CCSD Reminder: Tuesday, Nov. 2, is a student holiday for Election Day as a safety precaution due to the use of many schools as polling sites.  It is not a Digital Learning Day.  It is a Professional Learning Day, with teachers and staff attending training sessions focused on improving instruction and support services in areas including reading, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), history, Career Pathways, Special Education and Gifted education.  

Announcements for November 1st

Congratulations to the varsity softball team for finishing their season as the 6eorgia GHSA state runner up! Way to go ladies!

Announcements for October 29th

Tickets for tonight's home game against John's Creek can be purchased on the GoFan App. No cash will be accepted at the gate. Parking may also be purchased on the App. Tonight is Senior Night so come out and show your support!

Announcements for October 28th

It is not too late to see amazing sites in Portugal and Spain as River Ridge heads overseas in Spring 2023.   EF is offering a $200 deduction in price until this Friday.  You can get more information from Mrs. Bulger in room 1116 or by scanning the QR code on signs found around the school!

Facts About the Nov. 2 Education SPLOST Renewal CCSD Ed SPLOST Factsheet 2021

Cherokee County’s 1-percent Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (Ed SPLOST) is up for a renewal on the Nov. 2 General Election ballot, with early voting underway now.  This post is design to provide the community with accurate information about the continuation of the existing penny sales tax.  More information about the Ed SPLOST is on our website at https://bit.ly/CCSDsplostinfo.  

Announcements for October 27th

Tickets for Friday Night's home game against John's Creek can be purchased on the GoFan App. No cash will be accepted at the gate. Parking may also be purchased on the App. Friday night is Senior Night so come out and show your support!

Announcements for October 26th

Friday night is Senior Night so come out and show your support! Let's go Knights!!

Announcements for October 25th

Congrats to girls Cross County for making it to State this past weekend! Good luck on November 6th!

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.

Announcements for October 22nd

The fall One Act is finally here. Make plans to see “THE INSANITY OF MARY GIRARD” TODAY, MONDAY & TUESDAY at 7pm and 8:30pm. We have two different cast that will be featured each night. Tickets are only $5 and can be purchased online at GoFan.co

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!  

Announcements for October 21st

Congratulations to the varsity softball team on their 2nd round sweep over Evans to punch their ticket to Columbus! They will play Pope on Thursday at 5pm in the Elite 8.

Announcements for October 20th

Congratulations to the girls flag football team for beating Blessed Trinity 20-7 last night.  Senior night will be this Thursday starting at 4:45.

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.  

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

Announcements for October 19th

Tickets for Friday night’s game at Sequoyah may be purchased on GoFan. No cash accepted at the gate. Parking will be $5.00 and can be purchased with cash or look for the GoFan link for parking on Social Media.

Announcements for October 18th

Congratulations to your Lady Knights volleyball team on being Region Runner Up!!!  Way to go Ladies---Knight Nation is PROUD of you!!!

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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.

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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.

Announcements for October 15th

Please check out River Ridge's first Podcast titled "RidgeTalks".  This is a student produced effort focusing on a variety of interesting topics.  Find the link on the school website under the Student Productions button!

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.  

Announcements for October 14th

Last call to join Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honors Society. We will have our first meeting Thursday, October 21st in Mrs. Sand’s room 2314 at 7:50. If you cannot attend, be sure you stop by to see Mrs. Sand before the Thursday meeting date.

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 composite average are: English, 22.4; Math, 22.8; Reading, 23.9; Science, 23.3.

Announcements for October 13th

Varsity softball team swept 1st round of the state playoffs last night against Alexander! Way to go ladies!

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Announcements for October 12th

Good luck to the volleyball team at Region today!  The team travels to Johns Creek this week to compete for top 4 in the Region and to qualify for State!  Go compete and work hard ladies.  You got this! 

Announcements for October 8th

Good luck to our football team on their big game against Creekview tonight at the Ridge! Be there!

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

Announcements for October 7th

AP Scholarship applications are available now and are due by Friday! You must be registered to take exams in both Total Registration and AP Classroom. Please see your AP teacher or Mrs. Freeman for more information.

Announcements for October 6th

AP Scholarship applications are available now and are due by Friday! You must be registered to take exams in both Total Registration and AP Classroom. Please see your AP teacher or Mrs. Freeman for more information.

Announcements for October 5th

AP Scholarship applications are available now and are due by October 8th! You must be registered to take exams in both Total Registration and AP Classroom. Please see your AP teacher or Mrs. Freeman for more information.

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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.

Announcements for October 4th

Attention all teachers and students!  Tomorrow will be the last regular season home game for your Lady Knights Volleyball team!  It’s also Senior night!  Please consider coming to the game at 5pm to cheer on the team and support our 2 seniors!  Hope to see you there!

Announcements for October 1st

Good luck to our Varsity Football team tonight here at the Ridge! GO KNIGHTS!

If you have not purchased Homecoming tickets, you can purchase at the door.

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Announcements for September 30th

There will be a Reading Bowl Meeting in the Library tomorrow, Friday, at 7:45am.

Hey Knights!  The volleyball team is playing today at 5pm against Milton!  Bring that school spirit!

Announcements for September 29th

Any boy trying out for basketball must be at meeting in gym at 7:50am on Friday morning. Contact Coach Darling in room 2405 if you have any questions

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Announcements for September 28th

AP Scholarship applications are available now and are due by October 8th! You must be registered to take exams in both Total Registration and AP Classroom. Please see your AP teacher or Mrs. Freeman for more information.

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Announcements for September 27th

River Ridge's Homecoming is this Saturday!  Come out for an incredible "Night at the Museum!" Tickets can be purchased on Go Fan for $25! 

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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.  

Announcements for September 17th

Make sure you purchase your tickets to the home football game tonight against Chattahoochee on GoFan. Go Knights!

Announcements for September 16th

FCA will meet on Friday at 7:30 in the auditorium---All are welcome to enjoy fellowship, music and a speaker. If you would like to order a shirt, see Coach Davis in room 1213. Deadline to order is this Friday.

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. 

Announcements for September 15th

The word of the week is school pride. School pride is care and satisfaction in your school’s achievement and success.

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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!  

Announcements for September 14th

Attention ALL NHS members, we will have our next meeting tomorrow at 7:45 AM in the auditorium.  See you then!

2021 Homecoming Court

Congratulations to the 2021 Homecoming Court Members – you will need to stop by room 2308 to pick up your Homecoming Expectation Letter.

Announcements for September 13th

Hey Knights! Make sure you’re at the volleyball games tomorrow starting at 5:30! The Lady Knights take on Sequoyah and then Riverwood!  Let’s pack the gym and make it fun! 

Announcements for September 10th

Attention ALL NHS members, we will have our next meeting on Wednesday, September 15th at 7:45 AM in the auditorium.  See you then!

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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

Announcements for September 9th

Our River Ridge Homecoming theme this year will be Night at the Museum. The Homecoming parade will be on Wednesday, September 29th. While the dance is scheduled for Saturday, October 2nd.

Announcements for September 8th

If you are interested in attending the Georgia National Fair on Monday, October 11th, please come by Mrs. Haggerty’s, room 1308, for details.  Forms and fees are due no later than Friday.

Announcements for September 7th

Congratulations to the River Ridge Air Force ROTC Raider Team! "Raider" is a very popular athletic competition held within JROTC programs around the United States and is the equivalent of the Army ROTC "Ranger" competition in college.   

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Announcements for September 3rd

Congratulations to the varsity Softball team on their huge region win last night over Creekview! 

Congratulations to our Lady Knights varsity Volleyball team for their 2 phenomenal wins last night against Denmark and North Cobb Christian! 

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. 

Announcements for September 2nd

It’s game day at the Ridge!  Come cheer on your Lady Knights volleyball team at 5pm and 7pm in their first home opener!  Let’s bring that school spirit and make it a fun night of volleyball! Good luck ladies! 

Announcements for September 1st

Are you interested in science?  Do you like talking with others about science?  Are you competitive?  Join Science Olympiad.  We go in depth about different topics and compete at tournaments around the state.  See Ms. Bellini in Room 2121 if you are interested.  Our first meeting is Thursday at 7:45 am.

Announcements for August 31st

If travel has been a dream of yours, please check the travel options we are currently offering.

Announcements for August 30th

All girls interested in trying out for the Basketball Cheerleading Squad should attend an informational meeting Tuesday, at 3:15 pm, in room 2115 with Ms. Patrillou and Ms. Vander Veen. Please be on time. 

Announcements for August 27th

Good luck to football as they travel to take on Woodstock tonight!

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

Announcements for August 26th

Someone once said, "We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us."  There is no better education than to see the world.  If travel has been a dream of yours, please check the travel options we are currently offering...

Announcements for August 25th

Attention all underclassmen, picture day for all freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will be on Friday.  Pictures will take place during your English class. Don’t get left out of the yearbook! Pre-order now and save $10 before picture day.

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.

Announcements for August 24th

FCCLA meeting Wednesday morning at 7:45 in Ms. Pierce’s room 1318.  All members and anyone interested in joining, please make sure to attend.

Announcements for August 23rd

The Gymnastics team will be hosting a meet and greet with the team on Tuesday at 7:50 am in room 1406. Come grab a donut and get information about the team, how to sign up and where to train.

Announcements for August 20th

Pack the stadium as football takes on Lassiter tonight at 7:30! Let's go Knights!

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It's time for Friday Night Lights! 

Announcements for August 19th

River Ridge’s first ever Girls supporting Girls club will be having their first meeting Friday at 7:15 am in Ms. Mulvey’s art room (510). All information will be shared on the @rr.girlssupportinggirls Instagram page. For any personal questions, please see Phoenix Borrego or Ms. Mulvey. 

Announcements for August 18th

RRHS Reading Bowl will have their first meeting this Thursday at 7:45 in the media center. If you are interested or have questions, see Ms. Rubin in the media center.

Announcements for August 17th

Congratulations to the varsity softball team on their big region win last night over Sequoyah! Way to go girls!

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

Announcements for August 16th

Attention ALL NHS members, we will have our first meeting of the year on Wednesday at 7:45 AM in the auditorium. See you then!

Announcements for August 13th

Attention ALL NHS members, we will have our first meeting of the year on Wednesday, August 18th at 7:45 AM in the auditorium. See you then!

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

Announcements for August 12th

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The River Ridge school newspaper, The Shield, is looking for journalists!  Student journalism is a great way to get involved in the school and learn more about journalism as a career.  Our first meeting will be Friday morning, at 7:45 am, in Ms. Nelson's room, 1112.

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

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Announcements for August 11th

Good luck to the Lady Knights volleyball team on their game of the season at Milton today.  JV will play at 5pm and Varsity will play at 6pm.  Please wish them luck and go Lady Knights!

Two CCSD Schools Honored by National PTA CCSD PTA School of Excellence Winners - RRHS WHS 8 10 21

Two Cherokee County School District schools have been honored by the National PTA for excellence!

River Ridge High School and Woodstock High School are winners of the National PTA School of Excellence award, a two-year title that recognizes outstanding partnerships between local PTAs and schools “to build an inclusive and welcoming school-community where all families contribute to enriching the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.”  

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

Announcements for August 10th

Are you looking to build your leadership skills, meet new people, give back to your community? Then FCCLA is perfect to you! Come to our initial muffins and membership meeting Wednesday @ 7:30 in Ms. Pierce room 1318!! 

Announcements for August 9th

There will be an interest meeting for any young lady interested in participating in Girls Lacrosse Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. in M6 which is located in the Media Center.

Announcements for August 6th

Football season kicks off tonight at 7:30 here at the Ridge against Cherokee! Just a reminder that tickets for sporting events can be purchased on the River Ridge GoFan page.

Announcements for August 5th

Very important message for Student Drivers: Starting Friday, you must have a decal on your vehicle to drive to school. Parking can be purchased before school in the Rotunda of the student parking entrance. If you have purchased parking, please pick up your decal before or after school in the Rotunda of the student entrance.

Announcements for August 4th

The Sports Medicine Program will have a meeting with Mrs. Chelsey Beckham in the main gym B103 Thursday after school until 4:30.

Coach Lewis will be having a flag football interest meeting in room 2212 this Friday at 7:45 in the morning.

Announcements for August 3rd

Student Parking: Parking Passes may be purchased during the 2nd half of all lunches today. After that it will be before school ONLY!

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.

Announcements for August 2nd

Good morning River Ridge students and staff! We are looking forward to a great year! Everyone should be in Homeroom first this morning.

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.

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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.

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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!

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Ambrea Holman of River Ridge HS! RRHS VOTY 21

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to River Ridge HS 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Ambrea Holman! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

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;
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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.

CCSD Staff Honored with Chamber Young Professionals Award Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Top 10 in 10 2021

Three Cherokee County School District staff members earned honors from the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce!

Cherokee HS Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Jeremy Adams, Coordinator of Recruitment Lindsay Bowley and River Ridge HS Media Specialist Savannah Holcomb received the Chamber's Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch honor, which recognizes outstanding leaders who are 40 or younger, at the organization's June meeting.

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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 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.

Three CCSD Class of 2021 Graduates Win National Merit Special Scholarships CCSD 2021 National Merit special scholarships 6 2 21

Three Cherokee County School District Class of 2021 graduates have earned National Merit special scholarships!

Cherokee High School graduate Dylan Iovino, who plans to pursue a degree in chemical engineering, has won a National Merit university scholarship from the University of Alabama.  Etowah High School graduate Benjamin Willett, who plans to pursue a career in finance, has won a National Merit university scholarship from the University of Georgia.  River Ridge High School graduate Audrey Norton has won a National Merit corporate scholarship from Crum & Forster and plans to attend the University of North Carolina.  

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.

Announcements for May 21st

Girls Lacrosse Meeting...

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.  

Announcements for May 21

Today is the last day to pre-purchase parking for the 21-22 school year. Paperwork and payment will be accepted in the athletic office 2302 during all lunches.

Announcements for May 20th

Students if you did not pick up your yearbook yet, go by the front office and get yours TODAY!

Announcements for May 19th

Yearbooks are in - pick up in the front office!

Announcements for May 18th

The girls and boys track teams had an incredible state championship this past weekend in Carrollton.

Announcements for May 14th

Parking for 2021-2022 school year on sale next week starting Tuesday!

Announcements for May 13th

Parking for 2021-2022 school year starts next TUESDAY!

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.  

Announcements for May 11th

Culture Fair this Thursday!

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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.

Announcements for May 6th

Culture Fair coming next week!

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.

Announcements for May 4th

Great things are happening in the coming months for those who dream of seeing the world! 

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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.

Announcements for May 3rd

Student Drivers: This is a reminder that you must park in the parking spot assigned to you. If you do not have a parking decal you may not park on campus or at Mill Creek.

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

Announcements for April 30th

Congrats to baseball in advancing in the first round of State Playoffs!

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. 

Announcements for April 29th

Armory Food Pantry diaper drive ends Friday! 

Announcements for April 28th

This past Friday the Varsity Gymnastics Team competed in the State preliminaries up against the top level gymnasts in the state schools.  

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

Announcements for April 27th

Would you like to be the “Voice of the Ridge”? We are taking applications for next year’s Voice of the Ridge. Applications can be found in 1201. All applications are due by TODAY! 

Announcements for April 26th

Tonight is the last night of RADIUM GIRLS presented by the RRHS Drama Club.

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.

Announcements for April 23rd

CONGRATULATIONS to the Girls Varsity Lacrosse team for their THRILLING come from behind victory last night over Mount Paran.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Cali Mondello of River Ridge HS! RRHS SSOTY 2021

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 congratulating the 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year for River Ridge High School: Cali Mondello! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

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.

Announcements for April 22nd

Northside Hospital is Hosting a Physical Fair at Cherokee High School this Saturday.

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Announcements for April 21st

CONGRATULATIONS to the Varsity Girls Lacrosse team for their 9-4 win over Woodstock last night.

Announcements for April 20th

Congratulations to the River Ridge Gymnastics Team!!

Announcements for April 19th

The final epic stage production of the year is finally here...

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.  

Announcements for April 16th

Congratulations to Brody Allen for winning the GHSA Region Championship for Boys Solo Vocal Performance. 

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. 

Announcements for April 15th

Congrats to our Knights Baseball team on winning the Region Championship for the first time in the school’s history! Way to go guys!

Announcements for April 14th

CONGRATS to the JV girls lacrosse team for their 11-5 victory over East Paulding last night. 

Announcements for April 13th

HOSA Business Meeting on Thursday, April 15th, at 7:45am in Room 1303 – Officers report by 7:30am.

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Announcements for April 12th

Physical Fairs coming up. See more...

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.”

Announcements for April 2nd

Congratulations to Ciara Miles for breaking the 1600 meter record and Mataya Gayle for her breaking her 300 meter hurdle record at the county championships. 39 personal best were also set by many hard working athletes. 

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. 

Announcements for April 1st

Congrats to our track teams!

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.

Announcements for March 31st

Congrats to our Governor's Honors Finalists!

Announcements for March 30th

Last day for shoe drive!

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)

Announcements for March 29th

Shoe Drive - only two days left to participate!

Announcements for March 26th

Good luck to our Winter Guard competing at the State Championships tomorrow!

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.  

Announcements for March 25th

Big congratulations to orchestra in the Superior Ratings at LPG!

Announcements for March 24th

Congratulations to Sergio Villegas Espana!! See more...

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 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. 

Announcements for March 23rd

Sideline Cheer tryouts coming up! See more...

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.

Announcements for March 22nd

Congratulations to the following swimmers for being named to the 2021 GHSSCA All State Team:

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.

Announcements for March 19th

Seniors - get those cap and gowns ordered if you haven't already done so!

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.

Announcements for March 17th

Cap and gowns can still be ordered. See below...

Announcements for March 16th

Shoe Drive = Service Hours...see more

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.

Announcements for March 15th

Cap and gown pick up...

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. 

Announcements for March 10th

Seniors: If you were not able to pick your cap and gown up yesterday, you can see Ms. Livesay in 1201 to pick it up.

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.  

Announcements for March 9th

Cap and Gown pick up is TODAY!!

Announcements for March 8th

Seniors - cap and gown pick up is TUESDAY!!

Announcements for March 5th

Lady Knights will host Westlake tonight at 6:00 in the Final Four game. Good luck ladies!

Announcements for March 4th

Congratulations to the Girls Lacrosse team for their 16-3 victory over Gainesville last night.

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.  

Announcements for March 3rd

Lady Knights advance to the Final Four for the first time in school history with a 74-57 win over Grovetown!!

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

Announcements for March 2nd

Good luck Lady Knights basketball team!

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.

Announcements for March 1st

The Lady Knights will be at HOME vs the Grovetown Lady Warriors Tuesday night...

Meet the Student Delegate: Simran Patel of River Ridge HS! RRHS delegate 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

Announcements for February 26th

The Girls Gymnastics team will be having their first competition this Saturday at World of Gymnastics @ 4:30. Good luck ladies!

Announcements for February 25th

Yearbook staff applications are due back to Mrs. Cleveland in room 1118 by this Friday. Late applications will not be accepted.

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.   

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A Cherokee County School District student has won a statewide science poster contest!

River Ridge High School senior Riley Herrick earned top honors in the Georgia Association of Conservation Districts' competition to promote conservation education.

Announcements for February 24th

Good luck to our boys basketball team as they travel to Kell for the 1st round of the GHSA State Playoffs...

Announcements for February 23rd

Good luck to our Lady Knights as they host Kennesaw Mountain today at 6:00 in the first round of the GHSA State Playoffs!

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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  

Announcements for February 22nd

Congratulations to the girls basketball team for winning the Region Championship on Saturday...

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.  

Announcements for February 12th

February is Career Technical Education Month!

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.

Announcements for February 11th

Congratulations to the River Ridge Varsity Swim Team for their solid performances at last weekend's GHSA 6A Swim and Dive Championships.

Announcements for February10th

HOSA Business Meeting this Thursday @ 7:45am in Room 1303.  See Mrs. Davis or a HOSA officer if you have any questions.

Announcements for February 9th

HOSA Business Meeting this Thursday @ 7:45am in Room 1303.  See Mrs. Davis or a HOSA officer if you have any questions.

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)

Announcements for February 8th

Wrestling would like to congratulate Seniors Jesus Perez, Camden Cochran, and Julia Morgan for qualifying for the state tournament in Macon this week. 

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: LGE Community Credit Union of River Ridge HS! RRHS POTY 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to River Ridge HS 2020 Partner of the Year: LGE Community Credit Union!

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

Announcements for February 4th

February is Career Technical Education Month!

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.  

Announcements for February 3rd

National Girls and Women in Sports Day!

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.

Announcements for February 2nd

Interested in photography, art, and design?

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

Announcements for February 1st

The following students were picked as semi-finalist for the Governor’s Honors Program. Congrats to the following students:

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. 

Announcements for January 29th

Interested in photography, art, and design?

Announcements for January 28th

Seniors: Please stop by the hallway outside room 1118 to verify your name and portrait for the yearbook...

Announcements for January 27th

The RRHS Drama Department presents "THE CURIOUS SAVAGE" (Written by JOHN PATRICK) tonight at 7pm. This is the last night of the show. Tickets are available at   Go fan.com   under River Ridge High Events.

Announcements for January 26th

All boys and girls planning on playing golf this year need to stop by room 1208 (Mr. Farist) at some point today!

Announcements for January 25th

The RRHS Drama Department presents "THE CURIOUS SAVAGE" (Written by JOHN PATRICK) tonight, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7pm. Tickets are available at   Go fan.com   under River Ridge High Events.

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.

Announcements for January 20th

Coming soon from the drama department...

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.

Announcements for January 19th

Orchestra had 8 students who auditioned for All-State orchestra and made second round based on their score.

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.  

Announcements for January 14th

Two contests sponsored by CCSD...

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.

Announcements for January 8th

Students don’t forget that both breakfast and lunch are FREE for the remainder of the school year!

Announcements for January 7th

Congrats to wrestling on their big win over Pickens 47-30 last night. 

Students – both breakfast and lunch are FREE for the remainder of the school year! Enjoy!

Announcements for January 6th

Welcome back students and staff!

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.

12/12/20 CCSD Message: Temporary Closure of River Ridge HS CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, this is to advise you that that we are, effective immediately, temporarily closing in-person learning at River Ridge High School.  The school will reopen for in-person classes on Wednesday, Jan. 6.
 

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. 

Announcements for December 11th

Good luck to our football team as they take on Lee County in the Elite 8 game today at 7:30!!

Announcements for December 10th

Good luck to our football team as they take on Lee County in the Elite 8 game Friday at 7:30!!

Announcements for December 9th

Good luck to our girls flag football team as they travel to Grayson High school today for the first round of the state playoffs!

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.

Announcements for December 8th

HOSA Business Meeting this Thursday @ 7:45am in Room 1302.  If you can’t attend the meeting, please read the follow-up email or see an officer for more information.

Announcements for December 7th

Congratulations to our football team for beating Rome 42-10 Friday night. They remain undefeated and advance to the Elite 8. They will play here at the Ridge @ 7:30 against Lee county. Tickets will go on sale later this week. Let’s pack the ridge! Go Knights! 

Dec 2020 Exam Week Information

Click here to view December 2020 exam week information.

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

Announcements for December 4th

Good luck to our football team as they take on Rome in the second round of playoffs!

Announcements for December 3rd

Looking for an adventure of a lifetime? Travel to Greece and Italy. First stop Athens and Delphi then on to Florence and Rome.  Spring break 2022 with Ms. Mulvey. Sign up for the virtual meeting in room 510 for Tuesday Dec. 8th.  

Announcements for December 2nd

Seniors the deadline for ordering cap and gowns is approaching quickly!  Orders can be placed on the Herff Jones website.

RRHS HOSA completes thanksgiving service project HOSA Thankfulness
Announcements for December 1st

Seniors the deadline for ordering cap and gowns is approaching quickly! Orders can be placed on the Herff Jones website.

Announcements for November 30th

Congrats to our football team on their big win Friday in the first round of playoffs. The next game is this Friday at 7:30 here at the Ridge. Students watch for a link in your email for tickets tomorrow!

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.

Governor's Honors State Level for River Ridge HS

Congrats to the following students who made it the state level of the Governor’s Honors Program:

2020 GHP State Level Nominees
CCSD Message: Temporary Closure of River Ridge HS CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, this is to advise you that that we are, effective immediately, temporarily closing in-person learning at River Ridge High School.  The school will reopen for in-person classes on Monday, Nov. 30.

River Ridge HS in-person students will learn from home from Monday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Nov. 20, with classwork provided through the Canvas learning management system in a manner similar to that which was utilized during the spring school closures.  Teachers and staff will report to the campus next week and will be available online during regular school hours.  The building will be thoroughly sanitized over this weekend in advance of staff returning.  The closure has no effect on River Ridge HS students already enrolled in Digital Learning.  

Announcements for November 13th

Next Wednesday will be Thanksgiving lunch in the cafeteria.

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.  

Announcements for November 12th

Make ups/retakes for yearbook photos will happen during all lunches TODAY. If you were absent on picture day or need a retake made, report to the stage to be photographed during your lunch period.

Announcements for November 11th

Thank you to all Veterans! 

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%.

Announcements for November 10th

Make ups/retakes for yearbook photos will happen during all lunches Thursday. If you were absent on picture day or need a retake made, report to the stage to be photographed during your lunch period.

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Alyx Buckner of River Ridge HS! MTT RRHS (Buckner) 11 9 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

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.  
 
 

Announcements for November 9th

Congrats to our football team on their big win over Sequoyah. 8-0!!!

The next HOSA Business Meeting will be held Tuesday @ 7:45am in Room 1303.

Announcements for November 6th

The next HOSA Business Meeting will be held Tuesday, November 10th @ 7:45am in Room 1303.

Announcements for November 5th

Good luck to our Cross Country team who is heading out today to compete in the State Race in Carrollton!

Announcements for November 4th

IT IS HERE…

THE WAIT IS OVER…

“18 & Life” is tonight at 7pm. The show will run Nov 4th & 5th.

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.

Announcements for November 2nd

Congratulations to our 2020 Homecoming King and Queen: Jordan Jefferson and Leah Henry!!!

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

Announcements for October 28th

Students just a quick announcement about school lunches – only ONE lunch per person per day is free. Any additional lunches/ items must be paid for.

Announcements for October 27th

ASVAB Score Interpretation Session is Wednesday:

Announcements for October 26th

HOSA Meeting on Tuesday @ 7:45am in Room 1303. Not a member? Come to the meeting and see what HOSA is all about!

Hillary Okpeseyi- College Board 2020-2021 African American Scholar Hillary Okpeseyi
2020 Teacher Homecoming Court

Here is our 2020 Homecoming Teacher Court:

Announcements for October 23rd

Varsity softball team split with Buford last night. They will play game 3 tonight at Buford at 5:00. Let’s go ladies!! 

Announcements for October 22nd

Good luck to our Softball team in their game today against Buford in the State Tournament!!

Theme for River Ridge vs Creekview football game is Construction. Good luck to our Varsity Knights as they travel to Creekview tomorrow.

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. 

Announcements for October 21st

Photography Club informational meeting is Thursday in room 510 which is Ms. Mulvey’s room.

Governor's Honors Nominees for River Ridge HS

Congratulations to the follow students who have been nominated for the Governor's Honors Program...

Announcements for October 20th

Lady knights swept Kennesaw Mountain in the 1st round of the state playoffs last night. They will head to Buford on Thursday for the sweet 16. 

Announcements for October 19th

Congrats to our varsity football team on their big win Friday! 5-0!! Go Knights!

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.

Announcements for October 16th

The Fall One Act Play is only days away...

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Laura Hardin of River Ridge HS! RRHS SSOTY 2020

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here each week. Please join us in congratulating River Ridge HS 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year Laura Hardin! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Announcements for October 15th

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Diversity Awareness Program will present one fact about the Hispanic culture:

Día de los Muertos is not another version Halloween. It is an opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of departed loved ones. Like any other celebration, Día de los Muertos is filled with music and dancing. 

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!

Announcements for October 14th

Art Club informational meeting this Thursday and Photography Club informational meeting Thursday October 22nd in room 510 which is Ms. Mulvey’s room.

Announcements for October 13th

Good luck to our volleyball team at the Region tournament this week!  The girls play here at the Ridge at 5pm tonight against Chattahoochee.  Good luck girls and go compete!

Announcements for October 12th

Seniors an important informational FAFSA meeting Tuesday @ 6:30pm-8pm in the River Ridge High School Auditorium.  Seniors and their parents are invited. Students and parents will come to the auditorium and will be able to interact with Mr. Hillard virtually.

2020 Homecoming Court 2020 Homecoming Court

Congrats to everyone who made Homecoming court! Here are the results for the 2020 Homecoming Court:

Announcements for October 9th

Seniors mark your calendar! There will be an important informational FAFSA meeting Tuesday October 13th @ 6:30pm-8pm in the River Ridge High School Auditorium.  Seniors and their parents are invited. Students and parents will come to the auditorium and will be able to interact with Mr. Hillard virtually.

Announcements for October 8th

Interested in making a positive difference in the community, volunteering, networking, working on leadership skills, and making friends? Then come the FCCLA, Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America informational meeting on Friday @ 7:45 in room 1318.  Muffins will be served because FCCLA would be muffin without you! 

Announcements for October 7th

Interested in making a positive difference in the community, volunteering, networking, working on leadership skills, and making friends? Then come the FCCLA, Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America informational meeting on Friday @ 7:45 in room 1318.  Muffins will be served because FCCLA would be muffin without you! 

Announcements for October 6th

Spirit night at Buffalo’s this Thursday benefiting the RRHS band. Whether you eat in or get carry out from Buffalo’s, tell them you are with River Ridge this Thursday!

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. 
Announcements for October 5th

Knights: Future Business Leaders of America is hosting their first meeting in Mrs. Klemm's room, 1312, Tuesday at 7:30am. They will have donuts and icebreakers, so DONUT forget!

Infinity Strong, a student lead peer group, that focuses on anti-bulling and suicide awareness will be meeting on Tuesday @7:45 in RM 510

Announcements for October 2nd

Congratulations to the Lady Knights volleyball team on their region win over Centennial!  The varsity team is 3-0 in region!  The girls take on Creekview and Sequoyah Saturday at 4pm and 5pm at Creekview for some more region game competition!  Wish the girls luck and go lady knights!

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. 

Announcements for October 1st

Congratulations to Leticia N. for winning this month’s Library Sora Challenge! She and one lucky friend will be meeting Nicholas Sparks in person this Saturday at Fox Tale Book Shoppe in Downtown Woodstock! Way to go Leticia!!

Announcements for September 30th

Congratulations to our Lady Knights volleyball team on their 2 region wins over Johns Creek and Chattahoochee!  The girls will play at home Thursday at 6pm for another Region game against Centennial. Come out and show support!

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. 

Announcements for September 28th

Underclassmen picture day is Wednesday. Pictures will be taken through English classes. Photo packages can be pre-ordered online at www.cady.com for a discount, or you can bring your order form to the photographers when you have your picture made. Bring your biggest smile and dress to impress!

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Ansley Sand of River Ridge HS! toty river ridge hs 9 26 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 River Ridge High School Teacher of the Year Ansley Sand!

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.

Announcements for September 18th

Underclassmen picture day is coming up September 30th, the Wednesday after break. Pictures will be taken through English classes. Photo packages can be pre-ordered online at www.cady.com for a discount, or you can bring your order form to the photographers when you have your picture made. Bring your biggest smile and dress to impress!

Senior portrait sessions can be scheduled at www.cady.com. Pictures must be taken at the studio by December 2nd to be included in the senior section of the yearbook.

 

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.

Announcements for September 17th

Today is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, which is observed each year on September 17 to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787, and “recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.” Come by the display board in the atrium outside the media center to check out the celebration. Also, use the QR code in your Social Studies classes to sign up for a time in the media center to register to vote today! 

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.  

Announcements for September 16th

Hey Everyone! This week, DAP is sponsoring Diversity Awareness Week at the Ridge. Today we wear blue to support all of our students with diverse abilities. “Wear Blue & Be Proud to be You!” All music you hear was chosen by our students with special needs. Tomorrow we encourage everyone to wear yellow to raise awareness for those with mental health concerns. If you would like to help promote Diversity Awareness here at the Ridge, join DAP tomorrow, after school in M6—all staff and students are welcome.

 

Announcements for September 15th

Varsity softball beat Roswell 9-1 last night. They are back at it today against Johns Creek for a double header at 5 and 7. 

There are only 104 tickets are left for this Friday Night's game against Etowah. Get yours now before they are gone!

Diversity Awareness Week 2020 Diversity Week 2020
Announcements for September 14th

If you would like to audition to be on the Voice of the Ridge Morning Announcement Team, please stop by 1201 to pick up an application. All applications are due TODAY at the end of the school day. Auditions will be held on Wednesday.

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.

Announcements for September 11th

Students: tonight’s game against Woodstock has been sold out. If you have purchased a ticket but did not purchase parking, you will need to do so even if you plan to park at Mill Creek Middle School. All of these lots will be closed off and a parking pass will be required to park for tonight’s game. The parking pass can be purchased on our GoFan page.

Varsity softball team had another big county win last night defeating Etowah 5-3.

Voice of the Ridge Auditions

If you would like to audition to be on the Voice of the Ridge morning announcement team, please stop by 1201 to pick up an application. All applications are due Monday at the end of the school day. Auditions will be held on Wednesday.

Announcements for September 10th

Friday’s football theme is USA out! Wear your red, white and blue and support our Knights. Use the GOFAN app to purchase a ticket to the game.

Students – listen up! Free breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria until further notice!

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.

Announcements for September 9th

Congrats to the lady nights varsity volleyball team on their 2 solid wins over Kell and Kings Academy.  The team is back in action this Saturday at North Cobb in a tournament- good luck ladies and keep up the hard work!

Friday’s football theme is USA out! Wear your red, white and blue and support our Knights. Use the GOFAN app to purchase a ticket to the game.

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.  

Announcements for September 8th

The following announcement is regarding ACT Testing. Beginning with the September ACT test, masks are required in order to take the test. You must provide your own mask. Face shields do not count. If you choose to wear a face shield, you must wear a mask also. Any additional questions, please email testact@act.org

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.  

Announcements for September 4th

There will be a Technology Student Association meeting on Wednesday, September 9th from 3:20 – 4:00 in room 1308.  All students who are interested in coding or coding competitions are also invited to attend.  Any questions, see Mrs. Haggerty

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!

Announcements for September 3rd

Attention all Knights!  Today is our Senior night for volleyball!  Come show your 7 Lady Knight Seniors some support as we face Mt. Paran and Etowah at 5pm and 7pm!  The team is currently 7-2 and playing some exciting volleyball!  Don’t miss out on these home games Tonight!

Announcements for September 2nd

The Varsity softball team had a huge region win last night defeating Creekview 2-0! They play again Thursday at Cherokee high school.

Volleyball’s senior night game is Thursday at 5:00 PM so please come out and give your Lady Knights some support! 

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

Announcements for September 1st

Volleyball’s senior night game is Thursday at 5:00 PM so please come out and give your Lady Knights some support!  We are proud of you ladies, keep up the hard work!

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.

Announcements for August 31st

Volleyball’s next home game is Thursday at 5pm AND it’s SENIOR night for our 7 amazing seniors so please come students and teachers and give your Lady Knights some support!  We are proud of you ladies, keep up the hard work!

ASVAB Testing 10/1 @ RRHS ASVAB Testing 2020
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

Announcements for August 28th

There will be an interest meeting for Mountain Biking Sept 3rd in Room 2205 @ 7:45. See Ms. Wilmert with any questions.

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

Announcements for August 27th

Varsity softball team had a big county win last night beating Cherokee 12-4. They are back in action tonight at Sequoyah. 

There will be a Flag Football meeting this Friday morning at 7:50 in room 2212 for any girls NOT receiving emails from Coach Lewis.

Announcements for August 26th

Congratulations to the Varsity Lady Knights volleyball team for their very exciting 5 set match win over North Cobb Christian last night!  The team’s next home game is September 3rd at 5pm AND it’s SENIOR night for our 7 amazing seniors so please come students and teachers and give your Lady Knights some support!  We are proud of you ladies, keep up the hard work!

Nine CCSD Graduates Earn Business Association Scholarships 2020 TLBA Scholarships 8 25 2020

Nine Cherokee County School District Class of 2020 graduates have earned scholarships from a local business association!

The Towne Lake Business Association this month awarded $500 scholarships to three students from each of the high schools in its membership area.  From Etowah, River Ridge and Woodstock High Schools, students were honored for success in one of three areas: Entrepreneurial, Leadership and Work Based Learning.  The Association presents the scholarships annually with proceeds from its golf tournament and other fundraising.

Announcements for August 25th

All girls interested in trying out for the Varsity Basketball Cheerleading squad should attend an informational meeting on Friday, August 28th at 3:30 p.m., in room 2115 with Ms. Patrillou. Please be on time.

Announcements for August 24th

Attention Student Drivers: River Ridge does not issue one day passes to drive to school. You must have purchased a decal to drive to school. Decals are available in the Athletic Office.

Announcements for August 21st

Attention Student Drivers: River Ridge does not issue one day passes to drive to school. You must have purchased a decal to drive to school. Decals are available in the Athletic Office.

Announcements for August 20th

Girls Lacrosse Interest Meeting…Any young lady interested in playing girls lacrosse next spring should plan on attending an interest meeting this Friday, August 21st at 7:45 in the Health Classroom in the Gym (B301). If you have any questions, see Coach Phillips in the PE Office or Coach Hewgley in Room 2322.

Physicals Now on Canvas! Physicals on Canvas
Announcements for August 19th

Varsity softball team had a huge region win last night defeating Sequoyah 6-4! Way to go ladies! They are back in action Thursday at Creekview.

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

Announcements for August 18th

Come out this evening and support your Lady Knights volleyball teams at their first home opener!  The varsity team is currently 5-0 and would love to see you in the stands at 5pm and 7pm!  Both the varsity and JV play Kell and S. Forsyth.  Get your tickets purchased on Go Fan and show your school spirit!  Good luck tonight ladies!!

Announcements for August 17th

Robotics will meet today at 3:20 in room 1308.  Please have your rides out front at 4:00 p.m. Any questions, see Mrs. Haggerty.

There will be a meeting with Coach Whitaker Tuesday after school in room 1311 for all girls interested in playing soccer. You can see Coach Whitaker for details.

Announcements for August 14th

Robotics will meet on Monday at 3:20 in room 1308.  Please have your rides out front at 4:00 p.m. Any questions, see Mrs. Haggerty.

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. 

Announcements for August 13th

Varsity softball team defeated Etowah last night 3-2. They are back in action Friday at Woodstock high school.

Announcements for August 12th

Varsity softball team defeated Allatoona High School last night 9-1. They are back in action tonight against Etowah at 5:55. 

Congratulations to both the Varsity and JV lady Knights volleyball teams as both defeated Denmark and Mt. Pisgah, putting the 2 teams at 2-0 for the start of their season!  Great job ladies and keep it up!

Mr. Akins wins CCEF Impact Grant Chris Akins CCEF Impact Grant
Announcements for August 11th

Good luck to our Lady Knights Volleyball Varsity and JV teams as they travel to Denmark HS for their first games of the season.  Go compete ladies and good luck!

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.

Announcements for August 10th

The first meeting for the Diversity Awareness Program is Thursday, August 13th after school in room 1104. We invite any students/staff who are interested in meeting to come join us. In the meantime, please visit our website by scanning the QR codes posted in the hallways. Hope to see you there!

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.

Announcements for August 7th

Lost and found from the end of last year will be donated TODAY! If you lost something last year, you may want to swing by 1201 and see if you can find your item before its gone!

Attention students in the RRHS Drama Club....Tonight is the awards ceremony. The ceremony will be at 7pm in the theater and all current drama club students are invited. You must bring your "Covid Waiver" form signed in order to attend. 

Announcements for August 5th

Student drivers: please do not park in the front lot or at Mill Creek Middle School. Starting Friday if you are parked out front or at Mill Creek you will be towed. If you need a parking decal, please come by the Athletic Office 2302.

Announcements for August 4th

If you are interested in joining the drama club and auditioning for the cast or crew of the fall play, please see Coach Fields in room 913 this week.

All schedule changes must be requested through the link that students should receive in their school email.

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.

Announcements for August 3rd

Happy first day of school!

Student Drivers: For the first week of school if someone is parked in your space please find another spot. Starting August 10th you must have a decal to park.

Ms. Hardin is accepting parking paperwork each morning from 7:30-8:10 in her office (2302). You may not bring paperwork between class periods.

 

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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.

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.

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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 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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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!

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.

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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.  

CCSD Graduating Senior Wins Prestigious National Merit Scholarship! Sathvika Narasimhan

A Cherokee County School District Class of 2020 graduating senior has earned the prestigious National Merit Scholarship!

Sathvika Narasimhan of River Ridge High School is one of only 2,500 graduating seniors in the nation -- of the 1.5 Million students who took the 2018 PSAT exam -- to be awarded the highly competitive $2,500 scholarship by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

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.

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.

River Ridge HS Senior Named U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Semi-Finalist! MAZZURRA Alicia

A River Ridge High School senior has been named a U.S. Presidential Scholars Program semi-finalist!

Alicia Mazzurra is one of only 700 students nationwide, including only 17 from Georgia, to qualify for the final round of the national competition.  These semi-finalists are considered to be among the best and brightest of the 3.6 million graduating seniors in the nation’s Class of 2020.

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

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.

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Rita Modrzynski of River Ridge HS! MTT (River Ridge HS) Modrzynski 4 20 20

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

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.  

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.

River Ridge HS Junior Earns Perfect ACT Score! Reilly Amason

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

River Ridge High School junior Reilly Amason earned the top composite score of 36 on the challenging college entrance and placement test. Less than one-half of 1 percent of the 1.8 Million students who take the ACT each year accomplish this feat.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

Announcements for March 13th

Congratulations to the following wrestling knights for their all county achievement:

Maverick Cooper 1st team

Jesus Perez and Julia Morgan honorable mention

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
Announcements for March 12th

Chattahoochee Tech has invited River Ridge Seniors to participate in their annual Senior Day at the Chat Tech Jasper campus. For only $5.00 you’ll get an admissions overview, campus tour, lunch, prizes, games, and giveaways! Money is due TODAY. Money and permission slip should be turned in to the counseling office.

Announcements for March 11th

Prom tickets are now on sale! You can purchase them through the link on the River Ridge homepage. The current ticket price is $70, so buy your tickets now before the price goes up. Prom guest forms are due by this Friday so make sure to get yours today and get it completed and turned in!

Announcements for September 10th

Chattahoochee Tech has invited River Ridge Seniors to participate in their annual Senior Day for seniors who do not yet have a plan for next year. Senior day will be a field trip to the Chat Tech Jasper campus. For only $5.00 you’ll get an admissions overview, campus tour, lunch, prizes, games, and giveaways! Money is due Thursday. Get more information in the counseling office.

3/9/2020 Message to Parents: COVID-19 Case CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK
Announcements for March 9th

CONGRATS to the JV and Varsity Girls Lacrosse teams as they swept the North Cobb Warriors here at The Ridge last Friday. The JV defeated the Lady Warriors by a score of 6-5 while the Varsity won their contest 16-4. Both teams are back in action tonight as they head to Etowah. JV Games starts at 5:30 while the Varsity Contest will get under way around 7:00. GO KNIGHTS

Announcements for March 6th

The Lady Knights lacrosse play tonight in their first area contest of the season here at The Ridge as they take on North Cobb. The JV will get things started at 5:30 and the Varsity will follow at 7:00. Please come out and support these young ladies…it will be Chick-Fil-A night at the Concession Stand. GO KNIGHTS!

3/5/20 Message to Parents: Coronavirus Planning CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK
Announcements for March 5th

Exceptional Children's Week is this week.  Tomorrow please come to school wearing your pajamas because "Dreams do come true".  Please note that pajamas must be school attire appropriate.  All those who wish to wear PJ's to school must donate $1.  The proceeds will benefit the Cherokee County Special Olympics.  Thank you FBLA for organizing this fundraiser.

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

Announcements for September 10th

National Beta Club Induction for sophomores is tonight in the auditorium @ 6:30pm. Check Canvas for more details.

Prom tickets are now on sale! You can purchase them through the link on the River Ridge homepage. The current ticket price is $70, so buy your tickets now before the price goes up.

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.

Announcements for March 3rd

National Beta Club Induction for sophomores is THIS WEDNESDAY in the auditorium @ 6:30pm. Check Canvas for more details.

Prom tickets are now on sale! You can purchase them through the link on the River Ridge homepage. The current ticket price is $70, so buy your tickets now before the price goes up.

Announcements for March 2nd

The Art Department will be traveling to Rome & Greece Spring break 2022. For info stop by the art room to see Ms. Mulvey or come to the meeting today at 7PM.

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.

Announcements for February 28th

The boys and girls track team had an outstanding meet Wednesday against Woodstock. Congratulations to Paige Ewald for breaking the girls 3200 meter school record.  The record stood for 7 years.  The next time the Knights are on the track will be next Wednesday here against Roswell with field events starting at 4:30 and running at 5:30.

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.

Announcements for February 27th

Spots are still available on the 2021 Knights Abroad trip to France and Spain. Reduced prices until tomorrow.  For more information, please see Mrs. Bulger in room 1116 or Mrs. Hamilton in room 1110.

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Announcements for February 26th

Seniors: that Herff Jones will be re-delivering graduation announcements during lunch on Thursday, February 27th. Orders can be placed and payments can be made at www.highschool.herffjones.com.

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

Announcements for February 25th

Spots are still available on the 2021 Knights Abroad trip to France and Spain. Reduced prices until the end of February.  Get in on this deal and see the world!  For more information, please see Mrs. Bulger in room 1116 or Mrs. Hamilton in room 1110.

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

Announcements for February 24th

Seniors: that Herff Jones will be re-delivering graduation announcements during lunch on Thursday, February 27th. Orders can be placed and payments can be made at www.highschool.herffjones.com.

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.

Announcements for February 14th

Spots are still available on the 2021 Knights Abroad trip to France and Spain. Reduced prices until the end of February.  Get in on this deal and see the world!  For more information, please see Mrs. Bulger in room 1116 or Mrs. Hamilton in room 1110.

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.  

Announcements for February 13th

Don’t forget to buy tickets to the Student Faculty Basketball game this Friday!! Tickets on sale during all lunch periods for $3.

There will be a Diversity Club Meeting today in Room 2115.  Feel free to join us as we prepare for Cultural Diversity Day in March.  We look forward to seeing you there.

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.”  

Announcements for February 12th

Thursday is the FIRST EVER Girls Slow Pitch Softball informational meeting!! Meet in room 2308 after school to try on uniforms and go over rules and expectations! Hope to see you there!!

Don’t forget to buy tickets to the Student Faculty Basketball game this Friday!! Tickets on sale during all lunch periods for $3 starting today.

Announcements for February 11th

CONGRATULATIONS to the Varsity Girls Lacrosse team. The Lady Knights kicked off the 2020 Campaign with a thrilling 11-10 victory over Forsyth Central last night in a nasty cold rain to put them 1-0 on the season. Next up for the Lady Knights will be the Chiefs of Sequoyah. The game is Wednesday at Sequoyah with the JV getting things started at 5:30 with the Varsity to follow at 7:00.

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.

Announcements for February 10th

Wrestling would like to congratulate Maverick Cooper and Jesus Perez for making the state tournament this week in Macon. 

HEY KNIGHTS!! Thursday, February 13th is the FIRST EVER Girls Slow Pitch Softball informational meeting!! Meet in room 2308 after school to try on uniforms and go over rules and expectations! Hope to see you there!!

Announcements for February 7th

Congratulations to the following winners of this year’s Young Author’s fair: 10th grade winner is Emily Flair, 11th grade winner is Ginny Edmondson, and 12th grade winner is Alicia Mazzura. Congratulations again and thank you to all students who submitted.

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.  

Announcements for February 6th

February is Black History Month and today we would like to recognize Langston Hughes. Hughes wrote literature about the black experience that reminded black Americans of their African heritage – many of these works you read in your English classes today!

2020 Senior Superlatives

Congrats to our 2020 Senior Superlatives:

Announcements for February 5th

The Lady Knights basketball team will take the court tonight against South Cobb in the region quarterfinals, playing for a birth in the state tournament. The game tips at 6 at Sequoyah high school. Make plans to come cheer them on, we want a big student section running the war lodge.

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.

Announcements for February 4th

Senior Class of 2020: Herff Jones will be delivering graduation announcements during lunch on Wednesday, February 12th. Orders can be placed and payments can be made at www.highschool.herffjones.com.

Announcements for February 3rd

Want to meet new people and hang out with students from all across the county? Tonight we kick-off the first YoungLife club of the year. The theme is Jersey club and it’s at 7:27pm at Bradshaw clubhouse. See Ms. Turner in the library or Chelsey Beckham if you have any questions!

Announcements for January 31st

Exceptional Children's Week celebrates our differences and encourages inclusion. Show your support by purchasing and wearing "Don't Dis My Abilities" t-shirt, designed by Simone Goins.  Deadline to order the shirt is Friday, February 14th and costs only $15.  Order forms are available in the front office. Exceptional Children's Week is the first week of March.

Announcements for January 30th

You can preorder your literary magazine before Valentine's Day, February 14th, for only $6.  Orders can be placed online on the school website or can be paid in cash or check in room 1116.

Announcements for January 29th

You can pre-order your literary magazine before Valentine's Day, February 14th, for only $6.  Orders can be placed online on the school website or can be paid in cash or check in room 1116.

Who's Who 2019-2020

In the yearbook, "Who's Who" features the top 10 seniors who have been influential during their time at RRHS as chosen by the faculty.  Nominations were based on academic standing, contributions to their classmates, or leadership they have shown in and out of school. Congratulations to the following seniors who were selected as this year’s Who’s Who...

Announcements for January 28th

The last performance of Annie will be tonight at 7:00. Tickets are $10. Please come out and show your support!

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.

Announcements for January 27th

Congratulations to the River Ridge Varsity Swim Team for an amazing performance at the 2020 Cherokee County Championships.  The Boys team finished 1st and the girls 2nd, falling short of the overall title by a mere 20 points.  The team posted many notable accomplishments along the way including:

Announcements for January 24th

The Drama department will be performing Annie starting tonight. Shows will run Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday at 7:00. Tickets are $10.

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.

Announcements for January 23rd

Diversity Members we will meet today after school in Room 2115.  If you are not a part of the Diversity Organization, we welcome you to come join us. If you like to bring people together, make a difference and see positive change, we want you. Please see Ms. Poole, Ms. Culpepper or Ms. Bass if you have questions or would like to join.

Announcements for January 22nd

Family Engagement Night!  "Think Before You Post"...

Announcements for January 21st

The Drama department will be performing Annie starting Friday. Shows will run Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday at 7:00. Tickets are $10.

Announcements for January 17th

Tryouts for anyone wishing to participate in Girls Lacrosse will be held on Tuesday, January 21st and Wednesday, January 22nd from 3:30 – 5:15 in the Stadium.

Any boys looking to play lacrosse this season, tryouts are Monday and Tuesday from 5:15-6:45. 

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.