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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

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

PTSA Krispy Kreme Fundraiser
Menchie's and Kona Ice Days
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



Tentitive Cheer Calendar


Curriculum Night

Curriculum NIght: Tuesday, August 28 at 6:30

Curriculum Night Letter to Parents

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. 

8th Grade Trip to Savannah

WHEN: March 26th-28th, 2019
Student - $410 Parents - $450
All meals, lodging, and admission included
$150 Deposit Due: 9/28 Final Payment Due: 12/20

Contact Mr. Colvin or Mrs. West

Savannah Trip Flyer

Club Meetings
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

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

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
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

School Kiosk Annoucements

School Kiosk

Word of the Week: School Pride

Fall Book Fair: Sept 5-14

PTSA Fundraiser

Optimist Club Meeting

Art Club

Student Council

National Honor Society Meeting

Relay For Life Meeting

Savannah Field Trip

reading club

Open Lab at 8:15

School Store






Menchies for Sale on Wednesdays

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.

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
Yearbook Distribution


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.

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

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 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.

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.

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

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 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 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.