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Board Business Briefs: School Board Approves Budget, Safety Improvements CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday night approved the budget for next school year, which calls for a tax rate reduction, increased investment in school safety and pay raises for teachers and support staff.

The 1.5 mills decrease in the tax rate, which was unanimously approved, is the first reduction proposed since 2014 and was prompted by the rise in property values.  While most homeowners will see an increase in their tax bill due to their property value rising, the increase will be less due to the School Board’s action.   

Six CCSD Class of 2022 Graduates Earn $1,000 ABM Scholarships CCSD 2022 ABM Scholars 6 16 22

Six Cherokee County School District Class of 2022 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 traditional 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.

Join the #CCSDfam as a School Nutrition Coordinator! Job ad school nutrition coordinator 6 15 22

The Cherokee County School District is seeking a professional with experience in nutrition, dietetics and/or food service to serve as a School Nutrition Coordinator.  This leadership position supports the department’s operations, including training programs and promotions.  It offers competitive compensation, excellent benefits, a great work calendar and schedule, opportunities for professional development and career advancement, and a wonderful work environment and team!  Join the #CCSDfam & apply now by clicking Jobs@CCSD at www.CherokeeK12.net  For more information, please call 770.721.8419 or email Tina.Farmer@cherokeek12.net.

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Cindy Brown of Sequoyah High School! SHS SSOTY 22

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 Sequoyah High School: Cindy Brown! #CCSDfam

CCSD Students Place in Statewide Architecture Competition CCSD 2022 State Architecture Winners 6 2 22

Cherokee County School District students placed in the statewide architecture career skills competition!

Three Sequoyah High School students in the Career Pathway for pre-architecture won honors in Georgia’s American Institute of Architects High School Design Competition, which is considered the top competition in the state for high school architecture students.

CCSD Congratulates Career and Technical Competition Winners CCSD 2022 Georgia Career Technical Winners 6 2 22

Six Cherokee County School District students placed at Georgia’s Career and Technical Instruction Competition!

The competition offers students the opportunity to demonstrate skills from their chosen Career Pathway, with presentations judged by skilled professionals from that career field.

Congratulations to CCSD's Retiring Educators! CCSD 2022 Retiring Teachers and Staff 6 1 22

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

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

Two CCSD Class of 2022 Graduates Win National Merit College Awarded Scholarships CCSD 2022 National Merit College Award Scholarship Winners 6 1 22

Two Cherokee County School District Class of 2022 graduates have earned National Merit college-awarded scholarships!

Sequoyah High School Class of 2022 graduate Riley Hartman earned a National Merit University of Georgia Scholarship, and Creekview High School Class of 2022 graduate Benjamin “Ben” Webster V earned a National Merit University of Alabama Scholarship. 

CCSD To-Go Meal Orders Due 8 a.m. Thursday for Monday Pick Up SummerFeedingProgram

We are pleased to offer to-go meal service at no charge during summer break for any child age 0-18 in Cherokee County.
 
Meal pick up will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Mondays at Cherokee High School’s North Campus (930 Marietta Hwy, Canton, GA 30114; North Campus is to the right of the main campus) and Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy (3219 Hunt Road, Acworth, GA 30102).

CCSD Class of 2022 Graduates Headed to U.S. Service Academies, Military Service CCSD 2022 US Military Service Academies 5 31 22

Sixty members of Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2022 have committed to military service, including six selected for prestigious U.S. Service Academies!

“Thank you to each of these students for making the important decision to serve our country,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “We’re proud of you and grateful to you and your families, and I know our entire community appreciates your service.”

CCSD Recognizes Two Outstanding Educators with Superintendent's Game Changer Awards! OGES GC 1

Superintendent Dr. Brian V. Hightower recently recognized two extraordinary educators for their instructional excellence! 

 

Valedictorians and Salutatorians Honored, Along with Chosen Teachers Vals and Sals

The Cherokee County School District and School Board celebrated the Class of 2022 Valedictorians and Salutatorians at its 22nd  Annual Scholar Recognition Banquet.

Superintendent's Message to the Class of 2022 GRAD SHOT 2022 (5)

Dear Class of 2022, 

Every day, we write another page in the story of our lives.  

This week marks the start of a new chapter for you, as you graduate from high school and begin your next adventure.

5/25/2022 CCSD Message from the Superintendent uvalde

Dear CCSD Families,
 
Our hearts are with Uvalde. 
 
And just as after Sandy Hook and Parkland, we know that this tragedy not only has filled you with the same heartbreak, but also with anger and worry. 
 

CCSD Announces Class of 2022 Valedictorians, Salutatorians! Class of 2022 CCSD Vals and Sals 5 23 22

Congratulations to the Valedictorians and Salutatorians for the Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2022! 

These outstanding students and their parents will be honored on Wednesday by the School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the Annual Scholar Recognition Banquet.  The event is sponsored by CCSD Partners including presenting sponsors the Cherokee County Educational Foundation and LGE Community Credit Union.  Each student also is invited to select a favorite teacher, and these teachers are honored at the banquet as well.

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.

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

UPDATE 5/23/22: Great news! The USDA waiver has been extended for July so the weekly to-go bag model will continue in July. #CCSDfam #CCSDserves

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.”  

Celebrating Student Excellence

Student Achievement Recognition 2022

Community Service Letter 2022

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.

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.

CCSD Students Excel at State Literary Competition Championships CCSD state literary champions 5 16 22

Cherokee County School District high school students excelled at the statewide literary championships!

The students earned individual and team honors at the Georgia High Schools Association event, which includes writing, public speaking, acting and singing competitions, and Cherokee High School’s team was named the 7A State Champion.

CCSD Graduating Seniors Earn $5,000 Local Scholarship CCSD sawnee scholars 5 16 22

Three Cherokee County School District Class of 2022 graduating seniors have earned $5,000 scholarships from a local organization!

Anna Connelly of Creekview High School and Tafton Barber and Wesley Lanter of Sequoyah High School each have been named recipients of the Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation Youth Scholarship.

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.

Congratulations to Sequoyah Innovation Zone Nurse of the Year: Jenny Juneghani! SIZ 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

 

Meet a 2021-22 Student Delegate to the School Board: Elyse Robbins of Sequoyah HS! SHS 22 Advisor

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. Meet the last one for this school year! #CCSDfam

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 Celebrates Future Educators CCSD Future Educators Day - Creekview HS 5 6 22

The Cherokee County School District celebrated its future educators this week!

High schools across the country held “signing day” events as part of National Teacher Appreciation Week to honor graduating seniors who plan to pursue careers in education.  Cherokee, Creekview, Etowah, Sequoyah and Woodstock High School all hosted events.

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

Two CCSD Teachers Inducted into Sports Hall of Fame CCSD 2022 Sports Hall of Fame Teachers 5 4 22

Two Cherokee County School District teachers will be inducted into the Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame this month!

Etowah High School head baseball coach and PE teacher Greg Robinson and Creekview High School career tech teacher Wyatt Wilkie will be inducted as part of the organization’s annual enshrinement banquet scheduled on Friday.

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. 

Cinderella Musical is Coming!

Come see an awesome show. Purchase Tickets Online HERE

May Show

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 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.

Two CCSD Students Selected for Prestigious Art Exhibit CCSD Student Artists 3 28 22

Two Cherokee County School District students have been selected to show their work in a prestigious art exhibit!

A sculpture by Etowah High School senior Amelia Ganues and a graphite pencil drawing by Sequoyah High School junior Paige Wolosiewicz will be featured in the Atlanta High School Art Exhibition.  

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.

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.

Sport Physical Fair

Come get your physical for sports. Two locations and two dates available.

Who: Cherokee County Athletes
When: April 16 at Cherokee High School North Campus or April 23 at Woodstock High School
Cost: $20 (Must be pre-paid at the time of registration. No refund or transfers to another student.)

REQUIRED PAPERWORK
• Each athlete is required to fully complete the following Preparticipation Physical Evaluation (PPE)
(PPE) sections prior to arrival:
» HISTORY FORM (page 1 & 2)
» Signature of athlete and parent/legal guardian on (page 2)
» Shared Emergency Information section (page 4)
• Each athlete must present completed paperwork to school representative at check-in.
• We recommend that athletes arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment time to have paperwork reviewed.

Register for a time slot: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a4daca92ba5fc1-ccsd1 

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. 

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

CCSD Fast Fact! CCSD fast fact 3 15 22
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 

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

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

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 

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.

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Dr. Brent Hollers of Sequoyah HS and Cherokee College & Career Academy! MTT_Sequoyah HS (Hollers) 2 28 22

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

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.

CCSD Surprises District's Teacher of the Year Four Finalists CCSD Teacher of the Year Finalists 2 16 22

The Cherokee County School District today surprised four outstanding teachers with the news they are finalists for the 2022 CCSD Teacher of the Year award!

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower visited their classrooms with balloons, flowers and the announcement that they were selected by the judging committee as the top four teachers of all CCSD schools’ and centers’ Teachers of the Year. 

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.  

Logan Webster - State Wrestling Champion

Congratulations Logan Webster!

Logan Webster Wrestling 2022

6A State Wrestling Champion!

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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. 

CCSD Students Excel at Tech Fair, Advancing to State Georgia Student Technology Competition logo

Cherokee County School District students excelled in this year’s Student Technology Competition, with 41 placing first at regions and earning a spot at the upcoming state championships! 

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.

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.  

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.  

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Travis King of Sequoyah HS! Travis King

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 Sequoyah High School Teacher of the Year Travis King!

Sequoyah High School 2021 Teacher of the Year Travis King makes a positive impact on his students’ lives in the classroom, on the field and throughout their lives.

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. 

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

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.

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... .”

Sequoyah Honors Lamp of Knowledge Recipients Lamp of Knowledge

View the following video that honors those recipients of the Lamp of Knowledge. SHS Lamp of Knowledge

The Lamp of Knowledge is a prestigious award given to seniors every year who have achieved a high level of academic excellence, and an academic letter.

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.

CCSD Students Celebrate Holidays by Helping Those in Need Carmel ES 2

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. 

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.  

CCSD Connections Newsletter for December Now Online image CCSD Connections newsletter December 2021

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.     

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Jacob Carnes of Sequoyah HS! VOTY SHS 21

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Sequoyah High School 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Jacob Carnes! #CCSDfam

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.

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.

Misinformation About CCSD and COVID-19 Vaccines CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

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.  

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.

CCSD Connections Newsletter for November & Nov. 19 DLD Announcement CCSD Connections newsletter image November 2021

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!

CCSD Reminder: Student Holiday Nov. 2 Nov 2 Student Holiday Reminder

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.  

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

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

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

CCSD 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.  

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

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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.

SHS Wrestling History

Two of the most storied careers in Cherokee County Wrestling History happened to be at the exact same time. The Wilkie twins, Justin and Wyatt, were apart of an elite era of Sequoyah Wrestling history, which included their two older brothers as well. This period included several individual region and team region titles as well as a few individual State Championships and a pair of team State Championships.

Wyatt WilkieWyatt Wilkie is a 1999 graduate of Sequoyah High School where his prowess in wrestling set him apart as one of the best wrestlers in Cherokee County history. Wilkie was the first wrestler in county history to win a state championship as a freshman. He also led the 1996 Sequoyah High School wrestling team to the first team state championship in county history. After winning two individual GHSA state titles, Wilkie accepted a scholarship to Cumberland College where he became the first county wrestler to become a two college All-American. Wilkie returned to Cherokee County as an assistant coach at Sequoyah before becoming the first head wrestling coach at Creekview High School.

 

 

 

Justin WilkieJustin Wilkie is a 1999 graduate of Sequoyah High School. Like his twin brother, Justin is apart of Cherokee County Wrestling history as a 4X GHSA State Placer, the first pair to do so. Justin capped off his high school career with a state championship in 1999, that also helped Sequoyah win their 2nd team title, and a county wrestler of the year award. After completing his storied high school career, Justin joined the Army and become a doctor.

Region’s One-Act Play Competition Region’s One-Act Play

Congratulations to SHS Drama for taking Runner-up in the Region’s One-Act Play Competition this past Saturday!

Congratulations also go to following individuals:

  • region’s best actress:  Claire Clemons
  • region’s best actor: Aidan Nemec
  • Region all-star cast winners:  Teagan Durham and Alex Gilliam

Come see both the award winning play, Fortress, along with Miss Havisham’s Expectations, in SHS’s A Night of One-Acts.  Performances are: Wednesday-Saturday, November 4-6 at 7 p.m.  Tickets available online. 

EOC Milestones are Here!

End of Course (EOC) milestones will be administered on the following dates:

  • American LiteratureApril 27 and 28, 2022 (this is a two-day test)
    • Dual enrollment students taking American Literature are required to take this EOC. 
  • Algebra 1:  May 2, 2022
  • Biology:  May 4, 2022
  • United States History:  May 6, 2022

All digital students are expected to take their EOC milestone at 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.  

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.  

SHS Student Center Now Open Student  Center

We are super excited to announce that our “Student Center” is now up and running during all four lunches periods! 

While there is administrative and counselor oversight of the center, the goal is for the center to truly be student-centered and student-led.  Each lunch period has two Student Supervisors who are responsible for recruiting and assigning student tutors, overseeing tutoring requests, and communicating with those students requesting peer tutors.

All peer tutors earn community services hours for their time spent tutoring.  If you have students who would like to be a tutor, please encourage them to swing by the Student Center during their lunch period and speak to the Student Supervisor on duty.

Thank you so much for supporting our students in this new adventure!  The hope is that all students will benefit from these opportunities!

 

CCSD Students Earn Region, State Honors at Technology Competition CCSD 2022 State Technology Fair 4 28 22

Cherokee County School District students earned Regional and State honors through the annual Georgia Student Technology Competition!
 
The statewide competition offers students in Grades 3-12 the opportunity to showcase their skills through 16 categories and vie for honors at Regional and State fairs.  

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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.

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.

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
 

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!  

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. 

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.  

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.

CCSD Announces Annual Child Find Efforts Child find logo

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

CCSD Hosts Awareness Games for Special Athletes oath

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

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.

Public Auction for School District Surplus Property November 13 auction ad

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

CCSD Team Wins at State Robotics Championships CCSD State Robotics 4 18 22

A Cherokee County School District team won at a statewide robotics championship!

Sequoyah High School’s team earned runner-up at the Georgia FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition, the highest finish for any CCSD team since the competition began. 

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.

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.

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.  

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.”

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Erin Krantz of Sequoyah HS! SHS SSOTY 21

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 Sequoyah HS: Erin Krantz! #CCSDfam

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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.  

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.