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Welcome

 

 

Upcoming 6th Grade Parent Meeting Information

DEAN RUSK MIDDLE SCHOOL TRANSITION SCHEDULE

FOR RISING SIXTH GRADE STUDENTS

 

 

Parent Nights at Dean Rusk Middle School Feeder Schools

 

Indian Knoll Elementary:  Tuesday, March 5 at 6:30 pm

 

Hickory Flat Elementary: Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30 pm

 

Holly Springs Elementary: Tuesday, March 19 at 6:30 pm

 

Mountain Road Elementary: Tuesday, March 26 at 6:30 pm

 

 

Ms. Dawn Weinbaum, Principal at Dean Rusk, and Dr. Dianne Steinbeck, 6th Grade Assistant Principal, will visit each elementary school, share a brief presentation about life at Dean Rusk, and answer questions about the transition to middle school.

 

 

Students Visit Dean Rusk Middle School

 

Holly Springs: Wednesday, May 1 at 9:15 am

 

Mountain Road and Hickory Flat: Wednesday, May 8 at 9:15 am

 

Indian Knoll: Thursday, May 9 at 9:15 am

 

 

 

Students will have an opportunity to tour the Dean Rusk Middle School campus visiting various classrooms, the cafeteria, and the gym. In addition, students will view a presentation about what they will experience as a middle school student at Dean Rusk.

 

 

Parent Night at Dean Rusk Middle School: Tuesday, May 14th at 6:30 pm

 

The Dean Rusk Administrative Team and Counselors welcome parents of rising sixth grade students for a discussion about the transition to middle school and the exciting opportunities that await students at Dean Rusk.

8th Grade Students & Parents Attention Class of 2023! Message from SHS Principal, Mr. Van Alstyne

8th Grade Students & Parents

Attention Class of 2023!

Message from SHS Principal, Mr. Van Alstyne

 

Attention future Sequoyah Chiefs!!

 

Sequoyah High School administration, staff, and teachers are excited to begin the process of welcoming the class of 2023!  Over the next few months, we look forward to meeting with rising 9th graders and their families as we prepare for the 2019-20 school year. 

 

Please take a moment to review the attached transition schedule, as well as the course descriptions for the variety of electives offered to 9th grade students at Sequoyah High School. 

 

While it may seem as though high school is a long way off, August 1st will be here before we know it!! 

 

GO CHIEFS!!

 

Robert Van Alstyne, Principal

 

All question should be sent to SHS.Schedules@cherokee.k12.ga.us

 

SHS 2019-20 Course Elective Descriptions for rising 9th Grade Students

SHS Elective Selection Sheet for rising 9th Grade Students

SHS Transition Schedule for Class of 2023

 

 

 Congratulations to Aidan Christian who qualified for the State Round of the National Geography Bee

Congratulations to Aidan Christian who qualified for the State Round of the National Geography Bee.  The State Bee will be held on March 29 at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA. Good luck to Aidan!

Support Staff of the Year for DRMS.

Congratulations to Christy Bennett who received Support Staff of the Year for DRMS. This could not go to a more deserving person! Thank you Mrs. Bennett for going above and beyond for our students day after day and for always having a smile on your face!

Mrs. Bennett

 

A huge congratulations to our very own Coach Marble!

She was one of five inductees inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame on Feb. 2nd at UNG. What an outstanding honor!  We are so proud for her! Congratulations, Coach Marble!!!!!!  

7 Mindsets Initiative

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year to our Dean Rusk Middle School community. As we begin our second semester together, I want to share a new initiative for our students here at DRMS. As you know, our school day includes a built-in advisement timeframe each day called “Chieftain Chat.” During this time on Wednesdays, we will be implementing the DRMS initiative of 7 Mindsets.

We hope you, as parents, will begin to hear about these Mindsets from your students and will see this as an opportunity to encourage and support the 7 Mindsets initiative. Although academics are extremely important, the 7 Mindsets focuses on students’ social-emotional learning and will tap into your students’ unlimited life potential. Here at DRMS, we believe that each student has the potential for greatness in their life. As a staff, we want our focus on the 7 Mindsets to have a positive impact on our school as a whole and each student individually.

Attached you will find an introductory document describing the initiative and the 7 Mindsets. This information may provide a platform for family discussions concerning all aspects of school life. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s grade-level counselor. As always, we appreciate your partnership and support of Dean Rusk Middle School.

Thank you,

Ms. Weinbaum, Principal

7 Mindsets Summary for Parents

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

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

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.

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

CCSD Celebrates Young Authors Writing Contest Winners! CCSD Young Authors 2019 3 18 19

Congratulations to the winners of CCSD’s 2019 Georgia Young Authors Competition!  This contest showcases the excellent writing instruction that is taking place in each of CCSD’s schools in Grades K-12. 

CCSD Releases Annual Report of District Progress ardp cover art

CCSD's Communications Division today released the District's 2018 Annual Report of District Progress, showcasing CCSD student achievement and School District accountability across multiple metrics.  The report can be viewed here. 

CCSD Will Be Recruiting at the Cherokee Career Expo! CherokeeCareerExpo

Missed our job fair, but still want to learn more about joining the #CCSDfam for next school year? We're participating in the Cherokee Career Expo from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at the Northside Hospital Cherokee Conference Center (1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton 30114). We're hiring teachers, school nurses, bus drivers, school nutrition cafeteria staff, clerical support and more! #CherokeeByChoice Click here for more: https://www.cherokeega.org/career-expo/

Read the latest CCSD Connections parent newsletter! CCSD connections newsletter March image

The March edition of the CCSD Connections parent newsletter now is online here and features an important update on the State-mandated school calendar issue and new troubling education legislation.  The newsletter also includes two brief surveys on our Strategic Plan and communications… please participate to help CCSD continuously improve!

Please Stop for School Buses! bus stop arm

Do you know the rules of the road when encountering school buses?  When to stop and when you can keep going?  Check out this video - http://bit.ly/stop4bus - to learn more. #SafeCherokee

CCSD Cafeterias Ready for National School Breakfast Week, March 4-8 CCSD National School Breakfast Week 1 2 28 19

The Cherokee County School District’s award-winning School Nutrition department will celebrate National School Breakfast Week from March 4 to 8 with special items on the menu at all CCSD school cafeterias including a fruit parfait on Tuesday and breakfast for lunch on Wednesday.  The week’s theme is “School Breakfast: Start Your Engines.” 

#CCSDfam #NSBW19

CCSD Kicks Off Second Annual "Get Cherokee Reading" Event! CCSD Get CCSD Reading 2019

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating the importance of literacy with its second annual month-long “Get CCSD Reading” campaign! 

In support of the statewide Get Georgia Reading initiative, the program kicks off with Read Across America Day on Friday, a nationwide reading event that coincides with renowned children’s book author and illustrator Dr. Seuss’s March 2 birthday.

CCSD Kicks Off Strategic Plan Initiative with Community Engagement Strategic Planning Community Meeting 2.25

The Cherokee County School District has kicked off a significant update to its five-year Strategic Plan and began the process with community engagement.

The School District, with the support of the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA), is developing a new plan aligned with the community’s vision for the future and designed to be better understood and appreciated by the community and more accurately implemented and measured by CCSD staff.

CCSD Announces First-Ever Support Staff Employee of the Year Awards! Support Staff Employee of the Year Awards announcement 2 12 19

The Cherokee County School District next month will present its first-ever Support Staff Employee of the Year Awards!

The celebration on March 5 will honor one Support Staff Employee of the Year from each of CCSD’s schools, centers and central office divisions.  Each honoree will be recognized by the Superintendent of Schools and School Board members, receive a plaque and gifts of appreciation, and enjoy a reception with their family and Principal. 

Please Help the Georgia PTA By Taking Survey PTA logo

Please help the Georgia PTA learn more about family engagement in our schools by taking this quick survey by Feb. 15: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4338471/8e40728cd90f  #CCSDfam

Tournament Play Gets Underway Tonight for CCSD Basketball Teams basketball players

CCSD high school and middle school basketball teams ended their regular seasons last week and begin tournament play tonight, lasting through the week.  All six of CCSD's high schools will have both their boys' and girls' teams involved in regional tournaments to determine seeding/eligibility for the state tournament, which kicks off February 15.  CCSD middle schools will begin the county tournament schedule tonight to determine the county champion for boys and girls teams, 7th and 8th grade.  Schedules/brackets can be found here

Read the latest CCSD Connections parent newsletter! CCSD Connections parent newsletter February 2019 image

The latest issue of our CCSD Connections parent newsletter is online now: https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter Thanks to Credit Union of Georgia for its sponsorship! #CCSDfam

CCSD Message 1/31/19: Full February Break

The Superintendent of Schools has determined the February Break will be a full week-long break for students.

Due to a mild winter so far, resulting in the need to close schools for only one full day, coupled with positive long-range forecasts, all CCSD schools will be closed Monday, Feb. 18, through Friday, Feb. 22, for the student holiday.  CCSD central offices will remain open as previously scheduled.       

CCSD Schools and Offices Closed Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 weather decision slider

Due to forecasts for possible inclement weather tomorrow, all CCSD schools and offices will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. We will continue to monitor conditions tomorrow to determine if further action is needed. Updates will be posted & emailed to parents. How do we decide? Learn more here (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/school-closure-decision-process). #SafeCherokee 

Superintendent to Make February Break Announcement by Jan. 31

The Superintendent of Schools will make an announcement by Jan. 31 as to whether classes will be held during the last three days of February Break.

As you know, schools are scheduled to be closed on Monday, Feb. 18, and Tuesday, Feb. 19 for student holidays.  The CCSD school calendar designates Wednesday, Feb. 20, through Friday, Feb. 22, as possible school holidays or inclement weather make-up days.

CCSD to Host Annual Job Fair on March 2 for Teachers, Bus Drivers & School Nutrition Workers CCSD 2019 Job Fair - March 2 - new

The Cherokee County School District will host its annual job fair on March 2 for hiring new teachers, bus drivers and school nutrition workers!

The fair is from 9 a.m. to noon at River Ridge High School in Woodstock, and offers job candidates the opportunity to meet CCSD and school leaders.  Candidates not only will have the opportunity to introduce themselves, but also the chance to ask questions.

CCSD Announces High School 2019 Summer School Options CCSD Summer School 2019 Course Recovery Sessions

The Cherokee County School District will offer a variety of summer school learning opportunities from June 5-25 for high school students including rising ninth-graders.

In addition to offering a wide selection of courses for students who need to retake classes not passed during the regular school year, Personal Fitness and Health courses will be offered for initial high school credit.  

Special Event Focused on Resources for Children with Special Needs Agency Information Fair 2019 Flier image

The Cherokee County School District presents an annual Agency Information Fair for parents, grandparents, teachers and caregivers to learn more about services in the community for children with special needs. This year's free event is on March 21. Please see the flier posted online here for more info, as well as this list of participating organizations.

Read the latest CCSD Connections parent newsletter! CCSD Connections Jan 19 newsletter image

The latest issue of our CCSD Connections parent newsletter is online now: https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter Thanks to Credit Union of Georgia for its sponsorship! #CCSDfam

Reminder: CCSD Middle and High Schools Dismiss Early Friday 12/21/18  school bus clip art

Cherokee County School District middle and high schools will have an early release day on Dec. 21, as students begin their winter holiday break.

On Friday, Dec. 21, all CCSD high schools and middle schools will dismiss on a half-day schedule, with buses departing early.  Elementary school dismissal is not affected and will remain 2:15 p.m.  Preschool program dismissal also is not affected.  The After School Program will not be offered at CCSD elementary schools.

CCSD Schools, Offices on 2-Hour Delay Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018

Due to forecasted icy road conditions, all CCSD schools and offices will operate on a 2-hour delay Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. Buses will pick up 2 hours late; school will end on time. We will closely monitor conditions overnight to determine if further action is needed.  Updates will be shared on our website and social media, and by email to parents.  How do we decide? Learn more here (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/school-closure-decision-process). #SafeCherokee 

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

 

tina farmer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CCSD Farm to School program wins kudos

Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving Break

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.

 

 

Registration for School Music Programs for upcoming 6th Graders

Registration LInk for DRMS Music Programs

DRMS Fine Arts Brochure

Talent Show Auditions

Talent show auditions

Food Drive for Must Ministries

Food Drive

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

Curriculum Night

Curriculum NIght: Tuesday, August 28 at 6:30

Curriculum Night Letter to Parents

Menchie's and Kona Ice Days
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. 

CCSD Middle and High Schools to Dismiss Early Dec. 21 school bus clip art

Cherokee County School District middle and high schools will have an early release day on Dec. 21, as students begin their winter holiday break.

On Friday, Dec. 21, all CCSD high schools and middle schools will dismiss on a half-day schedule, with buses departing early.  Elementary school dismissal is not affected and will remain 2:15 p.m.  Preschool program dismissal also is not affected.  The After School Program will not be offered at CCSD elementary schools.

DRMS Basketball

Link for all things about Basketball

Team LInk: http://deanruskbasketball.weebly.com/

Game Schedule

 

January Basketball Games

February Basketball Games

school store during basketball

Girls Basketball Tryouts

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

Girls Basketball Tryouts

GHSA Physical Form

Athletics Consent Form

Club Meetings
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. 

Talent Show

Talent Show

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

Congratulations National Latin Exam Winners
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

 

Fall Book Fair Volunteers Needed
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.

DRMS Junior Beta Club

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

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

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

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

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

CCSD 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

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!

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!!   

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.

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.

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

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

CCSD’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/

#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 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.

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

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 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 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.

Register for Band, Chorus and Orchestra
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.

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.  

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

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

CCSD Continues to Exceed State Averages on Georgia Milestones!

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

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

CCSD 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 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 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.

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!

New Student Registration Link
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 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 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 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.

Businesses & Organizations are Invited to Partner Up with CCSD Schools! CCSD Partner Up 2018 invite
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. 

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!

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

Express Gateway Now Open for Updating Student Information express gateway logo

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

CCSD 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.

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.