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September 28: Breakfast in the Cafe

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2018

Please join our GRAB N GO BREAKFAST

~in the hallway across from the gym~

for a delicious SAUSAGE OR CHICKEN BISCUIT or HONEYBUN

and welcome our

local Highschool football players and cheerleaders

along with a CELEBRITY GUEST!

We will also be joined by The Atlanta Community Food Bank

in celebration of Breakfast Kickoff in September!

Thank you for your support of our breakfast program and

we look forward to feeding you the

most important meal of the day!

DRMS Lunchroom Staff 😊

Back To School Bash

Back To School Bash: August 24 at 4:15-6:00

Information Flyer

CCSD School Nutrition Wins State Award

 

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CCSD Farm to School program wins kudos

Red Ribbon Week: October 24-31

Red Ribbon Week

Dean Rusk Middle will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week October 24th-October 31st. 

Our theme this year will be “Around the World,” “Life is a Journey, Travel Drug-Free.”

Encourage your children to showcase their commitment to staying drug-free by sharing where their drug-free journey has taken them by posting their “Drug-Free Selfie” on our DRMS Red Ribbon Week Padlet.

DRMS will be having a contest to see who has traveled the furthest in 2018.

 

 

Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving Break

Menchie's and Kona Ice Days
Curriculum Night

Curriculum NIght: Tuesday, August 28 at 6:30

Curriculum Night Letter to Parents

Intramurals

Intramurals is a free program for all students who attend DRMS.

> •    Basketball will be offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays starting on Wednesday, September 5th and end on Thursday,      September 27th. 

> •    Time: 7:30 am-8:20am.

> •    Students must be dropped off between 7:25-7:35am in the car rider lanes in front of the school. Students must remain in their car until a coach is present. We will not take early students or late students. No exceptions.

> •    Students need to arrive dressed to participate.

> •    The Intramural Permission Form must be turned in prior to participating in Intramurals. 

Permission Form

Food Drive for Must Ministries

Food Drive

Talent Show Auditions

Talent show auditions

Musical Auditions

Musical Auditions

CCSD Launches Online Back-to-School Gateway To Replace Paper Forms!

The Cherokee County School District today launches its Back-to-School Gateway, an online system designed to reduce paper waste and wasting parents’ valuable time!

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

DRMS Basketball

Link for all things about Basketball

http://deanruskbasketball.weebly.com/

 

November 9 Away Game at Creekland has been moved to December 14

November Basketball Games

December Basketball Games

January Basketball Games

February Basketball Games

Club Meetings
School Kiosk Annoucements

School Kiosk

Welcome

 

Girls Basketball Tryouts

Girls Basketball tryouts will be Oct. 2nd-5th from 7-8:30am

Girls Basketball Tryouts

GHSA Physical Form

Athletics Consent Form

Congratulations National Latin Exam Winners
Generic Supply list

 

Teachers may have different lists at the beginning of the year. This is just a generic list per grade level.

Generic School Supply List

Yearbook Information

 

Link for Ordering Yearbook

 

August 2018-December 2018

Plain $40/Personalized $45

January 2019-February 2019

Plain $45/Personalized $50

March 2019

Plain $50/Personalized $55

On Distribution Day (May 2019)

$65 plain only

Talent Show

Talent Show

CCSD, GBI to Co-Host Summit on Youth Suicide Prevention Nov. 5 Cherokee County Youth Suicide Prevention Summit flier

The Cherokee County School District and Georgia Bureau of Investigation next week will co-host a summit on youth suicide prevention.

The Cherokee County Youth Suicide Prevention Summit, which is open to the public, is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, at the Cherokee County Conference Center at 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton 30114. 

DRMS Junior Beta Club

126 inductees....Welcome to the DRMS Junior Beta Club!

My Stop Bus Tracking System Expands to all CCSD Schools Versatrans My Stop logo

The Cherokee County School District is expanding to all schools its system that allows parents to track their child’s school bus on a smart phone or computer!

The Transportation Department began testing the Versatrans My Stop system last school year, and after a successful pilot, the system will be available to all CCSD parents beginning July 30 – just in time for the first day of school on Aug. 1.

Fall Book Fair Volunteers Needed
7th and 8th Grade Cheer Tryouts

Time for Cheer tryouts

Due to unforeseen events, the cheer dates are not starting after September break

Packet is due No later then Monday Sept. 24th completely filled out and signed.

Clinic is Monday, Sept 24 – Wednesday, Sept 26 from 4:20 – 5:15

Tryouts are Thursday Sept 27 starting at 4:20

Application for Cheerleading

Cheerleading Tryout Packet

Physical Forms - A complete physical packet must contain each of the following documents:

Cherokee County Athletics Site

 

Calendar

Tentitive Cheer Calendar

 

8th Grade Trip to Savannah

8th Grade Savannah Field Trip Dates – March 26th – 28th

 

Cost:

Student - $410

Chaperone - $450

 

Payment Due Dates

Deposit Due – Friday, September 28th ($150)

2nd Payment – Friday, November 16th ($150)

Final Payment – Thursday, December 20th ($110)

 

(Total Payment can be made at any time)

 

Student Forms:

All students need to have a completed permission form and medical form to attend the trip.

 

Chaperones:

If you would like to be a Chaperone on the 8th Grade field trip, please contact Mr. Colvin and pay the deposit to hold your spot ($150).

You also must complete and submit the Volunteer application to the front office. 

 

Any questions, please contact Mr. Colvin, david.colvin@cherokeek12.net or Mrs. West, robyn.west@cherokeek12.net

Savannah Trip Flyer

Field Trip Permission Form

Volunteer/Mentor Application

Field Trip Deposit Reminder

Congratulations to our very own, Lindsey Mason!

A Cherokee County School District educator has been selected as an elite National STEM Scholar!

 

Dean Rusk Middle School sixth-grade science teacher Lindsey Mason earned the prestigious honor from the National STEM Scholars Program.  Only 10 middle school science educators in the nation are selected each year!

CCSD Employees Learn to "Stop the Bleed"

CCSD school nurses and Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services trained more than 300 school employees on how to stop severe bleeding in a victim. paramedic instructs teachers in medical training

Club Information

How do I know if my student’s club or activity is meeting?

Check the Student Activities Page. We try to list how sponsors communicate meetings, practices and rehearsals with parents. If nothing is listed, you may contact the sponsor by email.

CCSD Introduces MealViewer Website & App Showcasing School Cafeteria Menus MealViewer app logo

The Cherokee County School District will begin offering students and parents a closer look at school cafeteria menus this school year with the new MealViewer To Go app and website.

The system, which launches today, not only lists what’s on the breakfast and lunch menu each day, but includes photos and nutritional information.  The menu for the first day of school is available now through MealViewer, with more menus, photos and nutritional information being added daily in preparation for the start of school.

Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Bonnie Jackson! Dean Rusk Middle School Teacher of the Year.

Bonnie Jackson: Teacher of the Year

 

Special thanks to all of the amazing teachers who were nominated for Teacher of the Year.

Teacher of the Year nominations

1.1 Initiative

Dean Rusk is a 1 to 1 Initiative School

Guidlines for Use of CCSD Issued Devices

Laptop Orientation

Why do we have a 1.1 Initiative? Please view this presentation to learn more.

Menchie's Wednesday

Wednesday’s is Menchie’s Day at Dean Rusk.  Students can buy a Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt during their lunch period for $3.00.

Starts Wednesday August 8

DRMS PE Department Receives Gold Recoginiton For Georgia Shape Award

Congratulations to DRMS PE Coaches and Wellness Committee for the Gold Recognition of the GA Shape Award. The GA Shape Award recognizes elementary, middle and high schools for their dedication to creating a healthy school environment and a culture of wellness for staff, students and community.  Congrats DRMS!!   

Yearbook Distribution

YEARBOOKS ARE HERE!

Students can purchase yearbooks for $60 from the school store from 8:15-9:00 starting on TUESDAY, MAY 15th!

If you pre-ordered a yearbook, ask your HR teacher about your grade level distribution plan.

Video Survival Guide for Students

7th Grade Lit/Comp recently produced Videos to help student transitioning to a new school or community, which sometimes can be difficult. There are new people to meet, new procedures to follow, and a new building to navigate. Students created a video survival guide for new students.

End of Year Information
Awards Program Information – Parents of students receiving an award will be notified by invitation.

Monday, May 14th – 6th grade Awards Program at 9:30 a.m. in the gymnasium.

Monday, May 14th – 7th grade Awards Program at 12:45 p.m. in the gymnasium.

Friday, May 25th – 8th grade Awards Program at 9:45 a.m. in the gymnasium.

Field Day Information – This event is designed for students only.
CCSD School Counselors Learn About Career Options for Students CCSD Counselors explore careers for students

Summer Externship program gives CCSD counselors a peek into careers in local industries

CCSD Publishes 2018-19 First Day Facts report first day facts image

How many students are expected in CCSD schools this school year?

How many new teachers will be in the classrooms?

Who is my new Principal?

Find the answers to these questions and many more in the 2018-19 First Day Facts publication, which shares new information about the upcoming school year.

#CCSD1stDay Message from Superintendent of Schools

Please see the following message to parents from Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower:

Today, we found silver linings in our rain clouds. 

No one wants to hear a forecast for rain on the first day of school.  It soaks those new school clothes and backpacks, but, of greater importance, it also makes the morning traffic more challenging and dangerous.

Our teachers and leaders carried on, many getting drenched as they greeted car riders in the process, but remaining enthusiastic and welcoming.  And you carried on, too, and we appreciate the patience and kindness you showed, especially as buses were slowed by the rain and car rider lines grew long.

CCSD’s Annual Surplus Equipment Auction Set for 11/10/18 2018 CCSD Surplus Auction November 10 - 9 am

Going once, going twice, gone! Your bid can be the winning one at CCSD’s annual surplus equipment auction, which is open to the public, and begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the CCSD Central Warehouse (201 Mountain Brook Court, Canton, 30115). The sale preview starts at 7:30 a.m. More information is listed on the auctioneer's website: http://jeffdobson.com/

Board Briefs: CCSD School Board Approves Legislative Partnership Priorities for 2019 Lawmaker Session Villa Participants

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, approved its annual Legislative Partnership Program outlining requests for the local Legislative Delegation’s consideration during the upcoming session, and local control topped the list. 

Register for Band, Chorus and Orchestra
CCSD Adds Expanded System for Reporting Safety Concerns safeschools alert logo

The Cherokee County School District is adding an expanded system for reporting safety concerns!

The SafeSchools Alert system will allow students, parents, school staff and everyone in the community to anonymously report safety concerns by text, email, online message or phone call.  This system will replace the previous anonymous tip hotline.

CCSD Adds App to Further Expand System for Reporting Safety Concerns SafeSchools Alert App Poster

Reporting safety concerns to the Cherokee County School District now is easier than ever with the roll-out of a new smartphone app!
 
The School District in August launched the new SafeSchools Alert system, which allows students, parents, school staff and everyone in the community to report safety concerns to CCSD School Police and administrators by text, email, online message or phone call, with the option to do so anonymously.  To further increase accessibility, the system now includes a new smartphone app, which can be downloaded at no cost.  

CCSD Continues to Exceed State Averages on Georgia Milestones!

For the fourth consecutive year, Cherokee County School District students exceeded State averages on the Georgia Milestones End-of-Grade and End-of-Course tests!  CCSD has exceeded State averages every year since the tests that measure mastery of Georgia Performance Standards began.

“We are focused on increasing students’ mastery of the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in college, career and life,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “These Milestones results show our students and teachers are consistently and successfully getting the job done.  I’m so proud of them, their families and our partners and volunteers -- we’re in this together with the same goal: making our community’s future the best it can be.”     

Don't Forget to Reapply for Free or Reduced-Price Meals by Sept. 12! school lunch clip art

Applications for free and reduced-price meals must be completed every school year under Federal guidelines.  If your student was approved for free of reduced-price meals last school year, the approval has been extended for the first 30 operating days of the school year.  Previous year meal benefits will expire on Sept. 12, 2018 unless a new application is received.

Dean Rusk MS Kicks Off Breakfast Program with Special Guests Breakfast Kickoff Crew

Dean Rusk MS held a breakfast kickoff with the Atlanta Community Food Bank on Friday September 28th from 8:15 - 9 am while students arrived for school.  

CCSD Focused on Further Improving Suicide Prevention Training CCSD School Training 2 11 9 18

The Cherokee County School District is focused on further improving suicide prevention training for its staff and offering more support to students in need.

This important issue long has been a part of professional development for staff, but CCSD is increasing its training and programs in response to the national rise in teen suicide rates, as well as the tragic deaths of students, teachers and parents in the community.

New Student Registration Link
Congratulations to our own Lindsey Mason Lindsey Mason

 

Cherokee County School District educator has been selected as an elite National STEM Scholar!

 

Dean Rusk Middle School sixth-grade science teacher Lindsey Mason earned the prestigious honor from the National STEM Scholars Program.  Only 10 middle school science educators in the nation are selected each year!

CCSD School Nutrition Wins Top Award for Fresh and Healthy Meals! CCSD School Nutrition 2018 Golden Radish Award

The Cherokee County School District for the second consecutive year has earned Georgia’s top honor for preparing and serving fresh, healthy meals to students!

CCSD’s School Nutrition program, which serves 5 million meals each year in school cafeterias, earned the Golden Radish Award at the Platinum Level from the Georgia’s Departments of Agriculture, Public Health, Education and Georgia Organics.

CCSD Celebrates National School Lunch Week, Oct. 15-19 CCSD School Lunch Week 10 21 16

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating National School Lunch Week next week with special entrees!

The National School Lunch Program serves 30 million children every day, and this year’s celebration theme, “Lots 2 Love,” encourages students and school nutrition professionals to share what they love most about school lunch.

CCSD Schools Earn High Marks for School Climate Four stars clip art

Cherokee County School District schools have earned high ratings for cultivating a positive school climate! 
 
The District earned a 4-star average on the 5-star scale in the Georgia Department of Education’s annual ratings, which measure how a community views the quality of its school’s culture and character; the highest possible rating is 5 stars.  The rating is based on a survey of students, parents and teachers; student discipline issue rates; and daily attendance.
 

CCSD Sponsoring Fire Safety Poster, Essay Contests for Students! Fire Prevention Week 2018 logo

CCSD's Office of Safety & Security, in collaboration with Cherokee County Office of Fire & Emergency Services and Woodstock Fire Department, is sponsoring a districtwide fire safety contest for students!

National Fire Prevention Week is October 7–13, 2018, and the theme is: “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”

CCSD Hosting PTA Program on Drug Addiction & Prevention Oct. 24 Sheriff Frank Reynolds

The Cherokee County School District next week will host a PTA-sponsored program for parents on drug addiction and prevention with guest speakers including Cherokee Sheriff Frank Reynolds.

CCSD Students Improve Performance on AP Exams 2018 AP Infographic

CCSD high school students improved their performance on College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams in 2018, with 74% of students scoring a 3 or higher, up from 71% in 2017 and again exceeding state and national averages. 

CCSD Promotes #SafeCherokee Message with New Video Safe Cherokee video still 2018

We need your help in spreading an important message as our students head back to school: #SafeCherokee  Please check out this brief video - http://bit.ly/CCSDSafeCherokee - featuring Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower and Cherokee Sheriff Frank Reynolds, and a united force of our community’s law enforcement and public safety officers and first-responders. 

Businesses & Organizations are Invited to Partner Up with CCSD Schools! CCSD Partner Up 2018 invite
CCSD Opens Transition Academy to Support Students with Disabilities Ribbon Cutting Celebration

The Transition Academy helps young adults with cognitive disabilities make a smooth transition into the community after they exit the school system.

CCSD High School Graduation Rate Continues to Climb 2018 Graduation Rate

The Cherokee County School District’s graduation rate has reached a new high, with 87.4% of the Class of 2018 earning a diploma within four years of entering high school.

Express Gateway Now Open for Updating Student Information express gateway logo

Express Gateway update portal, the online system for parents to change address, phone, email or important information for students, is now available. 

Cherokee Sheriff's Office Seeking More School Crossing Guards! Sheriff Office Crossing Guard Ad 10 11 18

The Cherokee Sheriff's Office is seeking more dedicated crossing guards to protect our students and keep traffic moving safely around our schools! #SafeCherokee

CCSD Class of 2018 Excels on ACT! CCSD ACT 2018 Results Graphic

More Cherokee County School District Class of 2018 students took the ACT exam than any previous class, while maintaining impressive averages and exceeding National and State averages!

Results released today show the Class of 2018 posted an excellent overall score of 23, while a record number took the challenging college entrance and placement examination: 1,809 students -- an 11-percent increase from the previous year.  The score ranks CCSD third among metro Atlanta counties and seventh in Georgia – out of 180 school districts!

CCSD School Clinics Benefit from Northside Hospital Cherokee Support CCSD NHC Donation 10 17 18

Thanks to the support of partner Northside Hospital Cherokee, the Cherokee County School District received EpiPens at no cost for all of its schools!  The cost of the pens – auto-injectors that can be life-saving in cases of serious allergic reaction - was waived by manufacturer, Mylan, as part of its EpiPen4Schools program.  CCSD’s participation in the program was made possible by NHC Dr. Matthew Simmons, who wrote prescriptions for each school’s clinic. 

CCSD's "Kickin' It With Kale" for Farm to School Month! Jaxsen Waldrop and Kale

CCSD is participating in Georgia’s Farm to School month celebration with special menu items including a Kickin’ it with Kale salad on Wednesday!  

The fresh kale, cranberry and apple salad will be available throughout CCSD cafeterias as a side choice at lunch on Wednesday, with students encouraged to try kale, a vegetable that may be new to them.