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Apply by Sept. 6 for CCSD's VILLA Parent Academy! CCSD 2018 VILLA Class 11 1 18

Want to learn more about the Cherokee County School District and how you can better support your child's education? CCSD's VILLA parent academy program is the answer!

CCSD is accepting applications through Sept. 6 for its third annual VILLA program that provides parents with a behind-the-scenes look at their School District.

Read the August CCSD Connections Parent Newsletter! newsletter image August 2019

The August edition of the CCSD Connections parent e-newsletter is now online here, and is filled with important news & updates.

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Lindsey Garrison of Ball Ground ES STEM Academy! MTT (Ball Ground ES) Garrison 8 19 19

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

Author-Illustrator Shanda McCloskey

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Author-illustrator, Shanda McCloskey, is coming to our school on Wednesday, September 11th!   

Shanda will make a special STEM presentation to our students and sign all purchased books!  Autographed books inspire children to read, aspire, and beyond!

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Book Fair

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The Arctic Adventure Book Fair is coming to BGSA!!

Come visit us from August 23rd-30th from 7:15-3:00 pm. 

**We will close at noon on August 30th. 

We will be open during Curriculum Night on August 29th!

Interested in volunteering??  Click here for more information: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0b4baaae2ea31-holiday

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August School Board Meeting Rescheduled to Thursday, August 22

The School Board's Strategic Work Session and regular School Board meeting originally scheduled for August 15 (which were cancelled due to a gas main leak in the vicinity) have been rescheduled for Thursday, August 22. The Superintendent/School Board Strategic Work Session will be held at 6:00 p.m., and the School Board meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. The Superintendent’s recommended, updated agenda will be re-posted to the School District website on Monday, August 19.

 

Please Reapply for Free or Reduced-Price Meals by Sept. 12 CCSD Kale 2 10 2 18

Please remember that applications for free or reduced-price meals must be updated every school year, per Federal guidelines.  Applications for this school year are due by Sept. 12 to avoid an interruption in status. 

You can apply online at www.lunchapplication.com or pick up a paper application in the front office of your child's school.  

If you have questions, please contact Paula Hilton at 770 721-8443 or paula.hilton@cherokee12.net.  Para español: Viri Gates a 770 721-8460 o Viri.Dudoit@cherokeek12.net.

CCSD Leaders, Teachers, Staff & Parents Win Top Georgia PTA Awards Georgia PTA Outstanding Principal - Christian Kirby 8 8 19

CCSD leaders, teachers, staff and parents earned top honors at this year’s Georgia PTA awards presentation… including Principal of the Year! 

Dr. Christian Kirby of Ball Ground ES STEM Academy won the top title for school leaders, which was presented at the organization’s annual summer conference.  He and the other CCSD honorees will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower at the School Board’s meeting next week.  

Read CCSD's Newly Published Class Act Magazine Online! Class Act cover 2019-20

You now can read CCSD's first-ever Class Act magazine online!

Thanks to the Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News and Cherokee Life Magazine, CCSD is able to share more news with you through this new publication.

Curriculum Night

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It’s Curriculum Night time!  CCSD Curriculum Night programs provide parents with an overview of what their children will learn this school year.  

Learn from your child's teachers what to expect this year.  While you are here, visit the book fair!  

For a full county list of Curriculum Night events, visit the schedule posted online here.

Order Spirit Wear

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Show off your school spirit with our new spirit wear!  Send the completed order form and payment to your child's teacher no later than August 23rd, 2019.  

Join PTA!

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Thank you for your interest in joining PTA! Becoming a member does not obligate you to volunteer but it does show your support for our school! Our goal is 100% membership, which means one membership for each student enrolled at Ball Ground. Anyone can join PTA - grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends and neighbors!

Ready to join?  Fill out the membership form and send in to your child's teacher.  

Be a PTA Volunteer!

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PTA is always looking for volunteers to help out through the year.  Our goal is to form committees to help plan and coordinate upcoming events.  Complete the Volunteer Sign Up form, please check off which one(s), and we will be in contact with you.  Thank you for your support!  

 

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It’s Curriculum Night time!  CCSD Curriculum Night programs provide parents with an overview of what their children will learn this school year.  Find the event for your child's school in the schedule posted online here.

Message from the Superintendent: #CCSD1stDay Superintendent of Schools Dr Brian V Hightower and Creekland MS sixth-grader Journey Cowart

If we could have ordered up a perfect morning for the first day of school, I’m not sure it would have been prettier than today.

Not only did the beautiful weather exceed expectations, so did our entire #CCSDfam.  

Celebrating #CCSD1stDay with a Welcome Back Video! IMG_2582 copy

CCSD is ready to celebrate the first day of school tomorrow, Aug. 1. We hope you enjoy this welcome-back video featuring messages from each of our schools! Please use the hashtag #CCSD1stDay tomorrow to share your photos with us. #CCSDfam #CCSDcares

CCSD Kicks Off New Social and Emotional Learning Twitter Account CCSD Cares twitter image 2019

The Cherokee County School District is increasing its efforts to support the emotional and mental health and well-being of students and staff through a new Social and Emotional Learning initiative.  Dr. Debra Murdock, who’s heading up the districtwide effort, has launched a new Twitter account @CCSDCares to share news about CCSD’s efforts… and to hear ideas from CCSD educators, parents and the community at large.  #CCSDCares  #CCSDfam   

Please Drive Safely Around CCSD School Buses bus stop arm

It's almost time for CCSD school buses to start rolling! Do you know the rules of the road when encountering school buses? When to stop and when you can keep going? Please check out this video - http://bit.ly/stop4bus - to learn more. #SafeCherokee

CCSD Continues to Top State Averages on Georgia Milestones! milestones logo

Cherokee County School District students topped State averages on the Georgia Milestones End-of-Grade and End-of-Course tests for the fifth consecutive year, with important gains in early literacy and math! 

The test assess students’ mastery of Georgia Performance Standards, which set expectations for what lessons students will learn in each grade. Students in Grades 3-8 take Milestones End-of-Grade exams every spring in select core subjects; high school students in specific courses (and eighth-graders taking the classes for high school credit) take Milestones End-of-Course exams.  Parents will receive their children’s scores next month.

Check out CCSD's First Day Facts Report! FDF art

What's new for CCSD this school year? What do I have left on my back-to-school to-do list? Check out CCSD's annual First Day Facts report - a two-page, quick read of important information to start your school year off right! #CCSDfam #CCSD1stDay

CCSD Launches STEM Partnership with Discovery Education CCSD Discovery Education 1 7 24 19

The Cherokee County School District this week launched a three-year partnership with a global education leader to improve STEM learning opportunities for elementary and middle school students! 

CCSD, already recognized nationally for its commitment to STEM education, now is working with Discovery Education, part of the same company as the Discovery TV network, so its classroom resources and professional development for teachers can enhance lessons and incorporate more real-world learning experiences.

CCSD Accepting Applications for School Nurses! school nurse job ad 2019

Please share our new job listing for school nurses -- this position offers a competitive compensation package with outstanding benefits, a great work calendar and schedule (work while your kids are in school... and enjoy vacation with them!), and a wonderful work environment and team. Join the #CCSDfam & apply now: http://bit.ly/JoinCCSDfam

CCSD Connections Newsletter for July Now Online - Important Back-to-School Info! CCSD Connections July 2019 image

The July edition of the CCSD Connections parent e-newsletter is now online here, and is filled with important back-to-school information! Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia.

Attention CCSD Parents: Book Sales Not Endorsed by CCSD

Attention CCSD Parents: Please be advised that we have received reports that a door-to-door salesman working in our community has allegedly told parents that he and his merchandise have been endorsed by CCSD.  That is untrue.  We have not and do not endorse any such materials or sales.  Thank you to the parents who brought this to our attention.   

Read All Summer Long!

Encourage Reading All Long!

According to Irish writer, Sir Richard Steele, “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” 

When children do not read during the summer months, research suggests they may lose up to three months of reading ability. Additional research supports growth in reading skills when a child is presented with opportunities to listen to books or stories.  Interacting with text helps children develop important background knowledge which, in turn, fosters engaged, independent readers.

While CCSD does not mandate nor assess summer reading, we strongly encourage children, along with their families, to participate in reading for enjoyment over the summer. Georgia Department of Education has provided an opportunity for students to read throughout the summer months.  Students can access quality books online with the intent to nurture the love of reading.  “Get Georgia Reading” offers a valuable resource called myOn by Renaissance that provides access to over 6,000 book titles, as well as daily news links, activities and suggestions for parents and children based on reading levels and interests.

This summer opportunity is available to students from May 6th through August 31st.  Follow the steps below to enjoy reading and the activities that are available to students all summer.   

Click here to find out how!!

Join PTA!

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Thank you for your interest in joining PTA! Becoming a member does not obligate you to volunteer but it does show your support for our school! Our goal is 100% membership, which means one membership for each student enrolled at Ball Ground. Anyone can join PTA - grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends and neighbors!

Ready to join?  Fill out the membership form and send in to your child's teacher.  

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