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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 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 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.

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Robert McCright of Hickory Flat Elementary School! HFES 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 Hickory Flat ES: Robert McCright! #CCSDfam

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.

Meet a CCSD 2022 Volunteer of the Year: Hetal Pandya of Clark Creek ES STEM Academy! CCES VOTY 22

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Clark Creek ES STEM Academy 2022 Volunteer of the Year: Hetal Pandya! #CCSDfam

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. 
 

Meet a CCSD 2022 School Partner of the Year: Smile Doctors by Williams Orthodontics of Bascomb Elementary School! Bascomb POTY 22

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Bascomb Elementary School 2022 Partner of the Year: Smile Doctors by Williams Orthodontics!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction #CCSDfam

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Amanda Powell of Sixes ES! MTT_Sixes ES (Powell) 5 23 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

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.

Meet a 2022 School Teacher of the Year: Julie Miles of Ball Ground ES STEM Academy! Ball Ground TOTY Julie Miles

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 2022 Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy Teacher of the Year Julie Miles!

Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy Teacher of the Year Julie Miles found her career path as a college student volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club.

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.”  

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Mary Shea from the Office of Human Resources! OHR 22 SSOTY

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 CCSD’s Office of Human Resources: Mary Shea! #CCSDfam

CCSD Team Places in Statewide Environmental Competition Etowah HS Environment 5 19 22

A Cherokee County School District team placed in a statewide environmental competition!

The Etowah High School team of Emma Garcia, Zoe Goins, Ryan Kennedy, Jonathan Linville, Rheagan Murtadi and Alayna Roper placed third overall in the Georgia Envirothon Contest, as well as first place in the event’s wildlife competition.  The team is coached by teacher Lara McDonald. 

Cherokee HS Students Win New Community Scholarship CCSD 2022 Stevens Aviation Scholarship Winners 5 18 22

Three Cherokee High School students have earned a new community scholarship focused on aviation to honor the memory of a longtime pilot.

The Don Stevens Memorial Scholarship supports Cherokee High School students who are pursuing their private pilot's license.  Mr. Stevens was a retired captain for Delta Airlines and the longtime chairman of the Cherokee County Airport Authority.  His family created the scholarship, with the assistance of the Cherokee County Educational Foundation, to both honor his memory and help students with the expenses of training and obtaining their private pilot’s licenses. 

Meet a CCSD 2022 Volunteer of the Year: Tiffany Bird of Teasley MS! TMS VOTY 22

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Teasley MS 2022 Volunteer of the Year: Tiffany Bird! #CCSDfam

CCSD Team Places at National Rocketry Competition

A Cherokee County School District team placed at the national rocketry competition!

Creekview High School’s aeronautics program qualified two teams for The American Rocketry Challenge National finals held this past weekend in The Plains, Va., with one team placing sixth in the nation overall.  The contest challenged teams with building a rocket, with specific weight requirements, to carry two eggs to an altitude of 835 feet in a flight of 41 to 43 seconds without breaking the eggs.  

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 Received 1,200th Online #thanksCCSD Submission! MCMS 1200

Just last week, CCSD received its 1,200th online #thanksCCSD submission!  Dr. Hightower made a special recognition presentation to Mill Creek MS sixth-grader Anya Chand, who made the submission, and Mill Creek MS teacher Lee Smith, whom she had thanked.  Through the generosity of Credit Union of Georgia, each received a $100 Visa gift card presented by Cherokee Area Manager Jason Blakey! #thanksCCSD  #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2022 School Partner of the Year: Modern Woodmen of America of Dean Rusk Middle School! DRMS POTY 22

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Dean Rusk Middle School 2022 Partner of the Year: Modern Woodmen of America!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction #CCSDfam

Coach Brown Celebrated as CCSD Coach of the Year coach of the year

Cherokee County School District recognized Woodstock High School’s Jeff Brown as its 2022 Coach of the Year on Friday by surprising him at school with a plaque and gifts from sponsors.

CCSD Students, Educators and Volunteers Honored by PTA CCSD 2022 PTA Awards 5 17 22

Cherokee County School District students, educators and volunteers were honored by the PTA with regional awards!

The Georgia PTA District 13 Spring Conference & Awards Ceremony, which recently was held in Woodstock, recognized outstanding PTA volunteers, teachers, nurses, administrators and students from Cherokee and Forsyth Counties.

School Board Member Earns Regional Educational Honor CCSD School Board Member Honored 4 29 22

Congratulations to Cherokee County School Board member Patsy Jordan, who yesterday was named the Central Region Teacher of the Year for Mountain Education Charter High School!  A longtime educator, Ms. Jordan earned the CCSD Teacher of the Year award during her tenure in our school district and, since retirement, she has served as a teacher for Mountain Ed's evening school programs in Pickens and Dawson counties. 

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.

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Tracey Sharrock of Creekland MS! MTT_Creekland MS (Sharrock) 5 16 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

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.

Meet a 2022 School Teacher of the Year: Heather Massey of Avery ES! Avery ES 2022 TOTY Heather Massey

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 2022 Avery Elementary School Teacher of the Year Heather Massey!

Avery Elementary School Teacher of the Year Heather Massey is known among students, parents and colleagues as not only an exceptional teacher, but also a role model, cheerleader and caring listener.

Congratulations to Creekview Innovation Zone Nurse of the Year: Kim Bishop! SNOTY CVIZ 22

National School Nurse Day is May 11, 2022, and this week, we introduced you to CCSD’s 2022 Innovation Zone Nurses of the Year! Meet our last winner to be highlighted. Thank you to all CCSD nurses for the care you provide daily to our students and staff! #CCSDfam #SND2022

Cherokee County Educational Foundation Awards $50K in Grants 2022 CCEF Impact Grants 5 13 22

The Cherokee County Educational Foundation helped celebrate the end of the school year by presenting Cherokee County School District teachers and support staff with $50,000 in grants!

The nonprofit organization, since its 2012 formation to raise funds for CCSD teachers, programs and schools, has awarded more than $1 Million in grants to support teaching and learning.

CCSD Congratulates Golden Apple Award Winners! CCSD Golden Apple 1 5 13 22

Thirteen Cherokee County School District teachers have been honored as this year’s Golden Apple Award winners!

The Gamma Eta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional organization of active and retired women educators, for the past 24 years has presented the annual awards.  The honor recognizes one teacher from each selected school for distinctive service in education and for demonstrating ethics in all professional relationships, enthusiasm and initiative, and knowledge and skills in his/her education field.  

Congratulations to Cherokee Innovation Zone Nurse of the Year: Ana Maria Scoretz! CIZ 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 CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Lisa Sheehan of Creekview High School! CVHS 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 Creekview HS: Lisa Sheehan! #CCSDfam

Digital Citizenship Certification Renewed for Schools common Sense School logo

Two CCSD schools have received renewals of their national digital citizenship certification.

Oak Grove Elementary School STEAM Academy and Macedonia Elementary School have received Common Sense School re-certification through 2023 from the national nonprofit organization Common Sense.  Schools achieve this designation by demonstrating a strong commitment to teaching students to think critically and to use technology responsibly.

CCSD Senior Named U.S. Presidential Scholar! Ty Hubert

5/12/2022 UPDATE: Congratulations to Creekview High School graduating senior Ty Hubert, who today was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar!

Only 161 graduating seniors nationwide earn this prestigious title, and Ty is one of only three in Georgia! In addition to national recognition, Ty, who will be attending the U.S. Air Force Academy, will receive an invitation to an all-expenses paid trip to the White House as part of the honor.

“Ty is an incredibly impressive student and leader, and we’re so proud to see him recognized nationally for his dedication to excellence,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “This award is truly well-earned, as Ty has put in the work: in academics, athletics, school involvement and community service. Congratulations to Ty, his family, his teachers and coaches and everyone who has supported his success, as I know you are just as excited for him. We are fortunate as a nation that he has chosen a military service academy for his next chapter, and we wish him all the best.”

#2022CCSDgrads #CCSDfam

 

Congratulations to River Ridge Innovation Zone Nurse of the Year: Betty Miller! RRIZ 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 CCSD 2022 Volunteer of the Year: Casey Hall of Johnston ES! JES VOTY 22

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Johnston ES 2022 Volunteer of the Year: Casey Hall! #CCSDfam

CCSD Recognizes Business Partner, School Nutrition Leader with Awards  Gamechanger Blakey (3)

The Cherokee County School District today recognized a local business leader for his educational advocacy and CCSD’s School Nutrition director for her leadership!

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower presented the 2021-22 Superintendent’s Game Changer Award for Instructional Advocacy to Jason Blakey of Credit Union of Georgia and the award for Instructional Support to CCSD School Nutrition Executive Director Tina Farmer.  The presentations were made at a CCSD senior staff meeting, and Mr. Blakey’s colleagues from Credit Union of Georgia were invited to attend as part of the surprise.

CCSD High School Senior Earns National Merit Scholarship  Justin Bolsen

A Cherokee County School District graduating senior has earned a prestigious 2022 National Merit Scholarship!

Justin Bolsen of Creekview HS is among the top 2,500 seniors in the U.S. to earn the $2,500 scholarship awarded by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.  

CCSD Teacher Wins Statewide Hero Award Savannah Porter

A Cherokee County School District teacher has earned a statewide award recognizing educators as heroes!

Grace Ed Technologies has named Creekview High School teacher Savannah Porter as one of the three winners of its 2022 Teacher Heroes Awards.

Congratulations to Etowah Innovation Zone Nurse of the Year: Cathy Alexander! EIZ 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 CCSD 2022 School Partner of the Year: Rotary Club of Canton of Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy! HES POTY 22

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy 2022 Partner of the Year: Rotary Club of Canton!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction #CCSDfam

CCSD Class of 2022 Graduating Senior Wins $25,000 Local Scholarship Keira McHugh

A Cherokee County School District Class of 2022 graduating senior has earned a $25,000 college scholarship from a community foundation!

It is the third year of the annual college scholarships presented by the Jason T. Dickerson Family Foundation.  The scholarship requirements, beyond the perennial requirement for community service, are set by the foundation each year.   This year’s scholarship application was limited to students planning a career in veterinary medicine, with one scholarship awarded.

27 CCSD Students Place in Statewide Reflections Contest CCSD 2022 PTA Reflections 5 10 22

Twenty-seven Cherokee County School District students earned state honors through the 2021-22 Georgia PTA Reflections fine arts contest! 

The annual competition offers students in all grades and abilities the opportunity to create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.  Students can earn recognition at the School, District, State and National levels.  This year's theme was “I Will Change The World By... .”

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 the CCSD Teacher: Emerald Phillips of Little River ES! MTT_Little River ES (2_Phillips) 5 9 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

CCSD Student Earns Georgia Award of Excellence Sarah Liebert

A Cherokee County School District student has won the Georgia Award of Excellence!

Cherokee High School Class of 2022 graduating senior Sarah Liebert earned the award presented by the Georgia Department of Education to recognize graduating seniors who overcome special needs to achieve academic and/or extracurricular accomplishments.

Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy Earns Digital Citizenship Recognition Common Sense School logo

Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy has earned national digital citizenship recognition!

The school has received Common Sense School certification from the national nonprofit organization Common Sense.  Schools achieve this designation by demonstrating a strong commitment to teaching students to think critically and to use technology responsibly.

Congratulations to Woodstock Innovation Zone Nurse of the Year: Kimberly Horton! 22 WIZ SNOTY

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

Meet a 2022 School Teacher of the Year: Alisha Talley of Arnold Mill ES! 2022 TOTY Arnold Mill- Alisha Talley

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 2022 Arnold Mill Elementary School Teacher of the Year Alisha Talley!

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.

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Cassie Fainter of Freedom Middle School! FMS 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 Freedom MS: Cassie Fainter! #CCSDfam

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

Meet a CCSD 2022 Volunteer of the Year: Kristin Hornsby of Free Home ES! FHES VOTY 22

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Free Home ES 2022 Volunteer of the Year: Kristin Hornsby! #CCSDfam

CCSD Celebrates Outstanding and Retiring Leaders CCSD GameChanger Dr Nicole Holmes 5 4 22

The Cherokee County School District this week celebrated two district award-winning administrators and recognized retiring district and school leaders.

The recognitions were made during the school year’s final monthly Principals’ meeting, which was attended by all CCSD school principals and district leadership staff, as well as by School Board Chair Kyla Cromer.  

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 Students, Reading Bowl Teams Earn State Literary Honors CCSD 2022 Tome Literacy State Individual Winners 5 4 22

Cherokee County School District students earned accolades at the annual statewide literary competition!

Tome Literacy Society is a national organization dedicated to promoting reading among fourth- through 12th-grade students through club activities, community service and competition.  The program also focuses on developing “self-esteem, leadership skills, strong values, and critical thinking, creativity, and imagination in the digital age.”

Meet a CCSD 2022 School Partner of the Year: New Victoria Baptist Church of Boston Elementary School! Boston POTY 22

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Boston ES 2022 Partner of the Year: New Victoria Baptist Church!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction #CCSDfam

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. 

Meet the CCSD Teacher: John Wilson of E.T. Booth MS! MTT_ET Booth MS (Wilson) 5 2 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

Meet a 2022 School Teacher of the Year: Whitney Robinson of ACTIVE Academies! ACTIVE Academies 2022 Teacher of the Year Whitney Robinson

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 2022 ACTIVE Academies Teacher of the Year Whitney Robinson!

Whitney Robinson, a math teacher at ACE Academy, earned the respect of her ACTIVE Academies campus colleagues by demonstrating daily her commitment to help struggling students succeed.

CCSD Celebrates Outstanding ESOL Teacher, EL Student CCSD Exemplary EL Student 2022

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating its Exemplary English for Speakers of Other Languages Teacher of the Year and Exemplary English Learner Student of the Year!

The 2022 honorees are teacher Denise Terrezza of Freedom Middle School and Sequoyah High School senior Daniel Chirinos Gil.  The Georgia Department of Education annually recognizes one outstanding ESOL teacher and EL student from each school district.  

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Jodi Henderson of R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy! RMM 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 R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy: Jodi Henderson! #CCSDfam

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.  

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 Congratulates Winners of Elementary School Academic Bowl CCSD ES Academic Bowl - Macedonia ES

The Cherokee County School District congratulates the winners of its annual Elementary School Academic Bowl!

Organized by CCSD’s Office of Curriculum & Instruction, the event held earlier this month at Dean Rusk Middle School offered teams the opportunity to demonstrate their academic knowledge through competition.  Schools were divided into leagues, with league winners then advancing to semi-finals, with a final round to determine the overall winners.

CCSD Students Win Honors at State Science & Engineering Fair! CCSD 2022 Georgia Science and Engineering Fair State Winners 4 27 22

Cherokee County School District students earned honors at the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair, including a top prize!

CCSD’s top young scientists and engineers earlier this year competed at the Northwest Georgia Regional Science and Engineering Fair.  Eight middle and high schools students placed at regionals to earn the opportunity to advance to the state fair held this month at the University of Georgia.

Meet a CCSD 2022 Volunteer of the Year: Chelsey Queen of Oak Grove ES STEAM Academy! OGES VOTY 22

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Oak Groves ES STEAM Academy 2022 Volunteer of the Year: Chelsey Queen! #CCSDfam

CCSD Student Wins $5,000 Local Scholarship CCSD 2022 Waste Management Scholarship 4 27 22

Creekview High School Class of 2022 graduating senior Ashley Tippens has earned this year’s Waste Management/Pine Bluff Landfill Scholarship! 

The $5,000 scholarship is presented to a graduating senior each year as part of the company’s partnership agreement with CCSD.  The designated school rotates annually, with Creekview HS selected for the Class of 2022 school, and all graduating seniors from the designated school have the opportunity to apply.  This is the 15th anniversary of the scholarship.  A committee of community, Waste Management and CCSD representatives reviews and scores applications to select a winner who has excelled in academic, extra-curricular activities and community service.

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. 

Meet a CCSD 2022 School Partner of the Year: Nothing Bundt Cakes Woodstock of Woodstock Middle School! WMS POTY 22

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Woodstock MS 2022 Partner of the Year: Nothing Bundt Cakes Woodstock!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction #CCSDfam

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.

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Nikki Mason of Woodstock ES! MTT_Woodstock ES (2_Mason) 4 25 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

New Pre-K Class to be Added at Holly Springs ES STEM Academy Pre-K play at RM Moore

CCSD will be expanding its Pre-K program and adding a class at Holly Springs ES STEM Academy for the 2022-23 school year.  Applications can be submitted starting today; the application window will close at 12 noon on Friday, May 13.  Children who will turn 4 on or before September 1, 2022 are eligible.  For more information, go to https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/pre-k-registration

Join the #CCSDfam as a Maintenance/Facility Technician!  CCSD job ad maint facility tech 4 19 22

CCSD is seeking skilled Maintenance/Facility Technicians to keep our schools and offices running safely and smoothly.  CCSD offers employees excellent compensation and benefits, a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team.  Join the #CCSDfam & apply now by clicking Jobs@CCSD at www.CherokeeK12.net.  Questions about this opportunity?  Contact Rocky Simpson via email at rocky.simpson@cherokeek12.net or by phone at 770.721.8452.

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.

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Lois Boggs of Indian Knoll Elementary School! IKES 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 Indian Knoll Elementary School: Lois Boggs! #CCSDfam

17 CCSD Students Selected for Governor's Honors CCSD 2022 Governors Honors 4 21 22

Seventeen Cherokee County School District high school students have been selected for the prestigious Georgia Governor’s Honors Program! 

The statewide summer honors program for Georgia’s top rising high school juniors and seniors offers four weeks of college-level instruction at Berry College in Rome.  Students tapped for the competitive program receive academic instruction, and cultural and social enrichment focused on helping them become the “next generation of global critical thinkers, innovators and leaders.”  Students are selected based on overall excellence in academics, extra-curricular activities and leadership, as well as exceptional skills and talents in a specific area of study. 

Superintendent of Schools Earns State Award CCSD Superintendent Award 4 20 22

Cherokee County’s Superintendent of Schools has earned state recognition for his leadership!

Dr. Brian V. Hightower was presented with the Georgia School Superintendents Association President’s Award for Outstanding Leadership today during the association’s spring conference.

Meet a CCSD 2022 Volunteer of the Year: Becky Thompson of Tippens Education Center! TEC VOTY 22

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Tippens Education Center 2022 Volunteer of the Year: Becky Thompson! #CCSDfam

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.

CCSD Students Participate in Communication Contest CCSD DHH Contest 4 20 22

Cherokee County School District students recently participated in the Optimist Club’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communication Contest.

This year’s theme was “Staying Optimistic in Challenging Times,” and Johnston ES fifth-grader Amelia Nelson won first place in the oral competition held at Woodstock High School and Teasley MS seventh-grader Aidan Dyke placed first in the signing competition.

Meet a CCSD 2022 School Partner of the Year: Chick-fil-A, Canton Marketplace of Macedonia Elementary School! MES POTY 22

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Macedonia ES 2022 Partner of the Year: Chick-fil-A, Canton Marketplace!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction #CCSDfam

Full STEAM Ahead! Oak Grove ES STEAM Academy Earns State Certification STEAM Cert

Oak Grove Elementary School STEAM Academy celebrated the news of its State STEAM certification on Monday with cake, snacks, balloons and beads, as well as party horns—to blow off STEAM! Oak Grove is the first STEAM certified school in Cherokee County.

CCSD Students Advance to Young Authors State Competition CCSD 2022 Young Georgia Authors 4 19 22

Cherokee County School District students are advancing to the state level of the Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition!

The annual writing contest is open to students in grades kindergarten through 12 and provides an opportunity for schools to encourage writing in a variety of genres.  Each CCSD school submits a top entry for each grade level to compete at the district level.  District first-place winners then advance to regional competition for the opportunity to compete statewide.

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Kyle Freunscht of Dean Rusk MS! MTT_Dean Rusk MS (2_Freuncht) 4 18 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

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. 

Meet a 2021-22 Student Delegate to the School Board: Brian Bradley of River Ridge HS! RRHS Delegate

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. We’ll introduce you to them all this year! #CCSDfam!

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.  

CCSD Media Specialist of the Year Named Region Winner! MSOTY 2022 LESLIE HICKS (1)

UPDATE 4/15/22: CCSD Media Specialist of the Year Leslie Hicks of Knox ES STEM Academy has been named the Region winner! Ms. Hicks now advances to represent the region in the Georgia Library Media Association’s competition for Georgia Library Media Specialist of the Year. Congratulations!

You won’t hear “shhhhh” in Knox Elementary School STEM Academy’s media center.

The bright and cozy library buzzes with learning and fun under the leadership of media specialist Leslie Hicks, who today was named Cherokee County School District’s 2022 Media Specialist of the Year.  

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Johnny Gibson of Mill Creek Middle School! MCMS 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 Mill Creek Middle School: Johnny Gibson! #CCSDfam

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.

Annual Consolidated LEA Improvement Plan Review Stakeholder Meetings CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

The Cherokee County School District will hold its annual Consolidated LEA Improvement Plan (CLIP) Review Stakeholder meetings later this month.

Under authorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act, CCSD, as a Local Educational Agency (LEA), is provided federal funds for initiatives designed to meet the educational needs of eligible students.  

Meet a CCSD 2022 Volunteer of the Year: Little River ES PTA Executive Board of Little River ES! LRES VOTY 22

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Little River ES 2022 Volunteer of the Year: Little River ES PTA Executive Board! #CCSDfam

10 CCSD Seniors Named 2022 Georgia Scholars CCSD Georgia Scholars 4 13 22

Ten Cherokee County School District high school seniors have been selected for the prestigious Georgia Scholar recognition!

The Georgia Department of Education program honors high school seniors who exhibit excellence in their school and community life.  Honorees demonstrate dedication to academic success, participation in interscholastic events and leadership through extra-curricular activities.  

School Board Chair Honored With Community Service Award CCSD School Board Chair Rotary Award 4 12 22

Cherokee County’s School Board Chair was honored today with a top award for community service!

Kyla Cromer, who has served on the School Board since 2014, received the Jean Harris “Service Above Self” Award from the Rotary Club of Canton.  The prestigious award, presented by the county’s oldest civic club, recognizes one non-Rotarian a year for significant contributions through volunteerism in education, health or economic and personal development to benefit the lives of women and children.

Meet a CCSD 2022 School Partner of the Year: Northside Hospital Cherokee of ACE Academy! ACE POTY 22

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to ACE Academy’s 2022 Partner of the Year: Northside Hospital Cherokee!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction #CCSDfam

CCSD Students Place at State Technology Careers Competition CCSD State TSA Winners 4 12 22

Four Cherokee County School District students earned top honors at the state technology careers competition!

The students won first-place awards at the annual competition sponsored by the Georgia Technology Student Association, which is one of the state’s Career and Technical Student Organizations designed to provide extra-curricular opportunities aligned with Career Pathway programs.  These organizations give students the opportunity to participate in career-oriented extra-curricular activities including community service, leadership roles and demonstrating their career skills at statewide competitions.

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Barbara Scharich of Macedonia ES! MTT_Macedonia ES (Scharich) 4 11 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

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Yudy Soro of Carmel Elementary School! Carmel 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 Carmel ES: Yudy Soro! #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2022 School Partner of the Year: EF2 Realty Team of Creekland Middle School! CMS POTY 22

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Creekland Middle School 2022 Partner of the Year: EF2 Realty Team!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction #CCSDfam

State Superintendent Surprises CCSD's Georgia Teacher of the Year Finalist CCSD State Superintendent Visit 2 4 1 22

A Cherokee County School District teacher and one of her classes enjoyed a surprise today: a visit from State Superintendent of Schools Richard Woods!

The statewide education leader visited the classroom of Indian Knoll Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Chelsea Leming to congratulate her on recently being named one of Georgia’s 10 Teacher of the Year finalists.

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 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 Elementary Students Succeed at Science Olympiad CCSD Science Olympiad Hickory Flat - 1st Place 4 1 22

Cherokee County School District students demonstrated their science skills at a countywide competition, with eight teams advancing to the state contest!

More than 520 students from elementary schools throughout CCSD competed in the Cherokee County Science Olympiad, which offered 18 science challenges and the first-ever CCSD Speed Building Competition.  Cobb Electric Membership Corporation and Gas South sponsor the annual event, which gives students the opportunity to test their knowledge and skill in challenges like Bridge Building, Egg Drop and Water Rockets.

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Kaitlyn Childers of Holly Springs ES STEM Academy! HSES 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 Holly Springs ES STEM Academy: Kaitlyn Childers! #CCSDfam

CCSD Celebrates Teachers of the Year at Legacy Makers Banquet CCSD 2022 Teacher of the Year 1 3 31 22

The Cherokee County School District saluted educators Thursday night at the 2022 Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration.

The Legacy Makers event held at the Northside Hospital Cherokee Conference Center in Canton honored the Teacher of the Year for every CCSD school, including four finalists who were announced in February.  Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower opened an envelope at the event’s conclusion to announce that Cherokee High School teacher Jonathan Gustin, is the 2022 CCSD Teacher of the Year! 

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.”

CCSD Message: Misinformation about CCSD Operations CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that serious misinformation about CCSD is being circulated on social media. 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower has no plans to ask the School Board to privatize bus drivers or School Nutrition or any other part of CCSD operations.  The School Board also has had no discussions about privatizing these services.

Meet a CCSD 2022 Volunteer of the Year: Myrieé Graham of Liberty ES! LES VOTY 2022

 

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Liberty ES 2022 Volunteer of the Year: Myrieé Graham! #CCSDfam

CCSD Expands Open CCSD Transparency Website sunshine slider

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.  

Meet a CCSD 2022 School Partner of the Year: Credit Union of Georgia of Woodstock High School! WHS POTY 22

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Woodstock High School 2022 Partner of the Year: Credit Union of Georgia!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction #CCSDfam

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.

Johnston ES Earns National Technology Education Recognition Common Sense School logo

Johnston Elementary School has earned national technology education recognition!

The school has earned digital citizenship certification from the national nonprofit Common Sense.  The designation recognizes Johnston ES for demonstrating a strong commitment to teaching students to use technology responsibly and think critically.

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Justin Brown of Woodstock MS! MTT_Woodstock MS (Brown) 3 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

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.  

CCSD Names 2022 Counselor of the Year! CCSD Counselor of the Year 1 3 25 22

River Ridge High School counselor Kati Kong says, in many ways, she sees herself as a Band-Aid.

An experienced counselor with a master’s degree in her field, Ms. Kong for 16 years has helped hold students together during their most challenging moments.

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 Middle School Students Win Statewide Academic Bowl Event Freedom MS Academic Bowl 1 3 25 22

A Cherokee County School District team has won a statewide academic bowl event!

The Freedom Middle School academic bowl team for the second consecutive year earned first place at the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site History Bowl.  The competition for middle and high school students focuses on U.S. history including presidential history, world history, geography and economics.

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Dan Wolfe of Clayton Elementary School! Clayton 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 Clayton Elementary School: Dan Wolfe! #CCSDfam

Ball Ground ES STEM Academy Expands Food Pantry to Meet Additional Needs pantry reopening

Ball Ground ES STEM Academy held a ribbon cutting this week for its expanded and enhanced food pantry, complete with a new name:  Ball Ground Cares Closet.

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.

CCSD Announces Annual Child Find Special Education Program Child find logo

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

What is Child Find?
The purpose of Child Find is to identify, locate, and evaluate children and youth, who are suspected of having or have a diagnosed disability or developmental delay, in order to provide free appropriate Special Education services.  The Cherokee County School District serves children from three years through 21 years of age.

Meet a CCSD 2022 Volunteer of the Year: Scott Strickland of Etowah HS! EHS VOTY 2022

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Etowah HS 2022 Volunteer of the Year: Scott Strickland! #CCSDfam

CCSD Middle School Students Compete in STEM Contest CCSD Middle School STEM Contest 3 23 22

Cherokee County School District middle schools recently competed in a countywide contest testing their STEM knowledge!

Presented by the Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA), the fifth annual local Georgia Association of Water Professionals’ Model Water Tower Competition gives students from all CCSD middle schools the opportunity to plan, design and build a water tower. 

Meet a CCSD 2022 School Partner of the Year: Modern Woodmen of America of Ball Ground ES STEM Academy BGES POTY 22

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Ball Ground ES STEM Academy 2022 Partner of the Year: Modern Woodmen of America!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction #CCSDfam

Join the #CCSDfam as a School Psychologist! CCSD 2022 job ad school psychologist 3 22 22

The Cherokee County School District is seeking school psychologists for next school year to support Special Education services.  These positions offer a competitive compensation package with outstanding benefits, a great work calendar and schedule, a wonderful work environment and team, and opportunities for professional development and advancement.  Valid Service Certification in school psychology is required.  Join the #CCSDfam & apply now: visit www.cherokeek12.net and click Jobs @ CCSD.  Questions? Contact CCSD Recruiter Lindsay.Bowley@cherokeek12.net and 770.704.4256.

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Kelly Burleson of Bascomb ES! MTT_Bascomb ES (Burleson)3 21 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

Join the #CCSDfam as a Computer Science and Cybersecurity Teacher! CCSD 2022 job ad Computer Science Cybersecrity teacher 3 21 22

The Cherokee County School District is seeking a computer science and cybersecurity teacher for the Cherokee College & Career Academy program for next school year!  This position offers a competitive compensation package with outstanding benefits, a great work calendar and schedule, a wonderful work environment and team, and opportunities for professional development and advancement. Join the #CCSDfam & apply now: visit www.cherokeek12.net and click Jobs @ CCSD.  Questions? Contact CCSD Recruiter Lindsay.Bowley@cherokeek12.net and 770.704.4256.

Cherokee HS Students Advance to National Career Skills Competition CCSD Cherokee HS Careers 3 21 22

Cherokee County School District students have earned top honors in a statewide career skills competition!

A team of Cherokee High School students placed in welding and healthcare science events at the Georgia Skills USA competition, with students advancing to nationals for welding fabrication.

Knox ES STEM Academy Earns Digital Citizenship Recognition Common Sense School logo

Knox Elementary School STEM Academy has earned national digital citizenship recognition!

The school has received Common Sense School certification from the national nonprofit organization Common Sense.  Schools achieve this designation by demonstrating a strong commitment to teaching students to think critically and to use technology responsibly.

Georgia School Board Appreciation Week - Thank You, Mike Chapman! 2022 Georgia School Board Appreciation Week - Mike Chapman 3 20 22 Sun

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, Clark Menard! 2022 Georgia School Board Appreciation Week - Clark Menard 3 19 22 Sat

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 

Meet a 2021 CCSD Teacher of the Year: Amanda Williams of Woodstock MS! Amanda Williams

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 Woodstock Middle School Teacher of the Year Amanda Williams!

Woodstock Middle School 2021 Teacher of the Year Amanda Williams tells a story every year in her reading class to encourage discouraged readers.

Georgia School Board Appreciation Week - Thank You, Rick Steiner! 2022 Georgia School Board Appreciation Week - Rick Steiner 3 18 22 Fri

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 
 

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 Hosts New Leaders Reception CCSD New Leaders 1 3 18 22

The Cherokee County School District on Thursday evening hosted a New Leaders Reception for the School Board to meet the educators recommended by the Superintendent of Schools for school and district leadership roles.  

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 

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Joan Watkins of Macedonia Elementary School! MES 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 Macedonia Elementary School: Joan Watkins! #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Joan Watkins of Macedonia Elementary School! MES 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 Macedonia Elementary School: Joan Watkins! #CCSDfam

Georgia School Board Appreciation Week - Thank You, Patsy Jordan! 2022 Georgia School Board Appreciation Week - Patsy Jordan 3 16 22 Wed

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 

Meet a CCSD 2022 Volunteer of the Year: Maria Salazar of Woodstock MS! WMS VOTY 22

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Woodstock MS 2022 Volunteer of the Year: Maria Salazar! #CCSDfam

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

Georgia School Board Appreciation Week - Thank You, Kelly Poole! 2022 Georgia School Board Appreciation Week - Kelly Poole 3 15 22 Tues

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 

Meet a CCSD 2022 School Partner of the Year: Nothing Bundt Cakes Woodstock of Arnold Mill Elementary School! AMES POTY 22

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Arnold Mill ES 2022 Partner of the Year: Nothing Bundt Cakes Woodstock!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction #CCSDfam

CCSD Student Attending National Conference as State Delegate Laney Cline

A Cherokee County School District student is attending a national educational conference as a state delegate and has earned a prestigious leadership award!

Cherokee High School junior Laney Cline will represent Georgia at the National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C. this month.  Laney also earned the elite title of Master 4-H’er -- the highest award offered in 4-H -- by achieving selection to the national conference.  To earn the title, students must demonstrate the core 4-H concepts of belonging, mastery of learning, generosity and independence.  

CCSD Fast Fact! CCSD fast fact 3 15 22
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

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Tameika McLean of Mill Creek MS! MTT_MIll Creek MS (McLean) 3 14 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

CCSD Successfully Completes First Step of Accreditation Renewal CCSD PreK accreditation 2022

The Cherokee County School District has successfully completed the first step of accreditation renewal, with the process accomplished last week for its Pre-K program!

Accreditation is the highest level of overall accountability for school systems.  The independent review assesses not only success in teaching, but also governance and stewardship of taxpayer resources.  The school district’s accreditation by Cognia, which is considered the top accreditation organization in the world by both public and private schools and school systems, colleges and universities, is up for its five-year review this month. 

Mill Creek MS Earns National Technology Recognition Common Sense School logo

Mill Creek Middle School has earned national recognition for teaching students to safely use technology.

The school was awarded Common Sense School digital citizenship certification by the national nonprofit organization Common Sense.  Mill Creek MS achieved the certification through its outstanding efforts to educate students to think critically, use technology responsibly and navigate the technology safety challenges of cyberbullying, plagiarism and privacy issues. 

Meet a 2021 CCSD Teacher of the Year: Stacy Ambles of Woodstock HS! Stacy Ambles

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 Woodstock High School Teacher of the Year Stacy Ambles!

Woodstock High School 2021 Teacher of the Year Stacy Ambles brings both professional and personal perspectives to her role as a Special Education teacher.

CCSD Names District 2022 Partners of the Year, Volunteers of the Year CCSD 2022 Partner of the Year 1 3 11 22

The Cherokee County School District celebrated outstanding school community partners and volunteers at the annual CCSD Partner of the Year and Volunteer of the Year Recognition Ceremony held Thursday night.

The ceremony honored a Partner of the Year and a Volunteer of the Year for each individual school and center.  The evening included the surprise announcement of the CCSD Partner of the Year and Volunteer of the Year selected from that pool of 79 honorees.

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Stefan Zimmerman from the Office of Technology & Information Services! 22 TS&I SSOTY

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 CCSD’s Office of Technology & Information Services: Stefan Zimmerman! #CCSDfam

River Ridge HS Senior Wins National Merit Corporate Scholarship Rachel Kim

A Cherokee County School District senior has won a National Merit corporate scholarship!

Rachel G. Kim of River Ridge High School, who earlier this year was named a National Merit finalist, this week earned the National Merit Raytheon Scholarship.  She plans to study computer science.

State Superintendent of Schools Visits CCSD CCSD Superintendent Woods Visit 1 3 9 22

Georgia’s State Superintendent of Schools visited the Cherokee County School District today and promoted the importance of studying the U.S. Constitution.

The statewide education leader met with all of Hickory Flat Elementary School’s fourth-graders and answered their questions about his role in government. 

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

Boston ES Earns Digital Citizenship Recognition Common Sense School logo

Boston Elementary School has earned national digital citizenship recognition!

The school has been awarded Common Sense School certification by the national nonprofit organization Common Sense.  Schools earn this designation by demonstrating their commitment to preparing students to think critically and use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate, while also preparing them for the perils that exist in the online realm, such as loss of privacy, cyberbullying and plagiarism. 

CCSD JROTC Program Receives Highest Accolades Etowah HS JROTC 3 8 2

A Cherokee County School District JROTC program has received the highest accolades awarded!

The Etowah High School Air Force Junior ROTC program recently earned an overall unit assessment score of Exceeds Standards, the highest rating available.  Only one time prior in its 27-year history has Etowah’s JROTC earned this elite score, which ranks the program in the top 12% worldwide.

CCSD Earns Top State Awards for School Communications chs grad walk 2021 (6)

The Cherokee County School District earned top awards for communications and community engagement including “Best in State” honors!

The Georgia School Public Relations Association’s annual awards program recognizes outstanding work by public schools, school systems, post-secondary institutions, and educational agencies and associations.  The winners were announced by the association on Friday; CCSD earned 19 awards, including 13 Gold Awards, four Silver, and two “Best in State” awards – a tie for the most of these highest honors.

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Dori Fauls of Clark Creek ES STEM Academy! MTT_Clark Creek ES (Fauls) 3 7 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

CCSD Teacher of the Year Named Georgia Teacher of the Year Finalist! CCSD Georgia Teacher of the Year Finalist 1 3 7 22

The Cherokee County School District Teacher of the Year today was named a Georgia Teacher of the Year Finalist!

Chelsea Leming, a fifth-grade teacher at Indian Knoll Elementary School, is one of 10 outstanding educators announced today as one step closer to the statewide title.

Meet a 2021 CCSD Teacher of the Year: Laurie McArthur of Woodstock ES! Laurie McArthur

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 Woodstock Elementary School Teacher of the Year Laurie McArthur! 

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Linda Wilson of Bascomb Elementary School! BES 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 Bascomb Elementary School: Linda Wilson! #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.

21 CCSD Students Headed to State Science & Engineering Fair! GSEF logo

Twenty-one Cherokee County School District students are advancing to Georgia Science and Engineering Fairs this month!

CCSD’s top young scientists and engineers recently competed at the Northwest Georgia Regional Science and Engineering Fair, where 21 students placed to earn the opportunity to advance to the State events.  

CCSD Veterinary Science Students Named State Champions Creekview HS Vet Science 3 2 22

A team of Cherokee County School District veterinary science students has been named state champions!

The Creekview High School and Creekland Middle School students competed in the Georgia FFA Veterinary Science Career Development Event where they earned first place in the junior division with a 21-point lead.  The competition is designed to “promote college and career readiness by providing opportunities to develop technical knowledge and demonstrate practical skills in the field of veterinary science.”  

River Ridge HS Cafeteria Earns 20th Consecutive Perfect Health Inspection Score River Ridge HS Cafeteria 3 1 22

A Cherokee County School District cafeteria team has earned its 20th consecutive perfect health inspection score!

The River Ridge High School cafeteria staff recently achieved this impressive milestone, which is an exceptional run even in a district where school cafeterias average 99.06% on the health inspections held twice each year.

CCSD Student Named One of Top 21 Youth Leaders in Georgia Ila Prabhuram

A Cherokee County School District student is one of the top 21 youth leaders in Georgia! 

Etowah High School junior Ila Prabhuram has been honored by the 21st Century Leaders nonprofit organization with its 2022 Georgia Youth Leadership Award.  The annual awards recognize the “extraordinary achievements of 21 inspirational high school students from across Georgia and their commitment to leadership in their communities and schools.”

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

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Hector Solis of Dean Rusk Middle School! DRMS 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 Dean Rusk Middle School: Hector Solis! #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.

Woodstock Middle School Named A McDonald’s Golden Grants Winner  check presentation

Woodstock Middle School was awarded $20,000 through the McDonald’s Golden Grants Program this week and plans to use the funding for new technology in the school's Computer Science classroom. 

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Liz Garced of Cherokee High School! CHS 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 Cherokee High School: Liz Garced! #CCSDfam

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.  

Free Home ES Earns Recognition for Digital Citizenship Common Sense School logo

Free Home Elementary School’s digital citizenship program has earned national recognition.

The school was awarded Common Sense School certification by the national nonprofit organization Common Sense.  The honor recognizes schools that demonstrate exemplary commitment to educating students to use technology responsibly, think critically, and handle the challenges of technology use including cyberbullying, plagiarism and privacy issues. 

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Haley Phillips of Johnston ES! MTT_Johnston ES (Phillips) 2 14 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

CCSD Student Named to All National Symphony Orchestra Ryan Lofland

A Cherokee County School District student is considered one of the best musicians in the nation!

Etowah High School senior Ryan Lofland was selected for the National Association for Music Education’s All National Symphony Orchestra and earned the position of sitting top chair in the country for tuba.  A three-year member of the Georgia All-State Band, Ryan won a spot in the national group by undergoing a rigorous audition process.  

CCSD Celebrates Share the Love Contest Winners CCSD Share the Love Free Home ES 2 2 14 22

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating its first-ever Share the Love contest winners!

Thanks to the sponsorship of Credit Union of Georgia, CCSD this month gave families the opportunity to nominate an outstanding CCSD employee to win a $250 Visa gift card.  The contest was announced in the monthly CCSD Connections parent newsletter, and four winners were selected at random from all of the nominations.

Meet a 2021 CCSD Teacher of the Year: Maggie Power of Tippens EC! Maggie Power

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 Tippens Education Center Teacher of the Year Maggie Power!

Tippens Education Center 2021 Teacher of the Year Maggie Power’s students are small, but face big challenges.

Congratulations to River Ridge Innovation Zone Counselor of the Year: Kati Kong! coty RRHS IZ 22

It’s National School Counseling Week ... the perfect week to announce CCSD’s 2022 Innovation Zone Counselors of the Year! We highlighted one winner each day this week, and here's our last one. Thank you to all CCSD counselors for the impact you make in our community! #CCSDfam #nscw2022

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.

Congratulations to Woodstock Innovation Zone Counselor of the Year: Elizabeth Ray! COTY WHS IZ 2022

It’s National School Counseling Week ... the perfect week to announce CCSD’s 2022 Innovation Zone Counselors of the Year! Stay tuned this week as we highlight each winner. Thank you to all CCSD counselors for the impact you make in our community! #CCSDfam #nscw2022

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Teresa Foster of Sixes Elementary School! SES 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 Sixes Elementary School: Teresa Foster! #CCSDfam

CCSD Math Competition Adds Up to Success! math competition

The inaugural CCSD Elementary School Math Competition drew several hundred young mathematicians to the event last week, putting their ciphering skills to the test in timed individual and team competitions.   When all the answers were submitted and checked, Knox ES STEM Academy took first-place honors with the most accumulated points, with Avery ES claiming second place. 

CCSD Team Places at State Robotics Competition Mill Creek MS Lego State 1 2 10 22

A Cherokee County School District robotics team placed at the state tournament!

The Mill Creek MS Lego Cats - Navy team earned the third place overall Champion’s Award at the statewide First Lego League competition held this month at Georgia Tech.  This success followed their win of the Core Values trophy for their bracket both at Regionals and Super Regionals competitions.  

Congratulations to Etowah Innovation Zone Counselor of the Year: Jill Cole! coty ehs iz 22

It’s National School Counseling Week ... the perfect week to announce CCSD’s 2022 Innovation Zone Counselors of the Year! Stay tuned this week as we highlight each winner. Thank you to all CCSD counselors for the impact you make in our community! #CCSDfam #nscw2022

Bascomb ES Earns Digital Citizenship Recognition Common Sense School logo

Bascomb Elementary School has earned national recognition for its digital citizenship program.

The school has achieved Common Sense School certification, which is awarded by the national nonprofit organization Common Sense.  The award honors schools that have shown outstanding commitment to educating students to think critically and use technology responsibly, while also preparing them for the challenges of using technology including privacy issues, cyberbullying and plagiarism.

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 Creekview Innovation Zone Counselor of the Year: Angel Jane! COTY CVHS IZ 22

It’s National School Counseling Week ... the perfect week to announce CCSD’s 2022 Innovation Zone Counselors of the Year! Stay tuned this week as we highlight each winner. Thank you to all CCSD counselors for the impact you make in our community! #CCSDfam #nscw2022

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.

Congratulations to Cherokee Innovation Zone Counselor of the Year: Leontta Warren! COTY CHS IZ 22

It’s National School Counseling Week ... the perfect week to announce CCSD’s 2022 Innovation Zone Counselors of the Year! Stay tuned this week as we highlight each winner. Thank you to all CCSD counselors for the impact you make in our community! #CCSDfam #nscw2022

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Christy Espinoza of Carmel ES! MTT_Carmel ES (Espinoza) 2 7 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

Congratulations to Sequoyah Innovation Zone Counselor of the Year: Tina Rogers SIZ COTY 2022

It’s National School Counseling Week ... the perfect week to announce CCSD’s 2022 Innovation Zone Counselors of the Year! Stay tuned this week as we highlight each winner. Thank you to all CCSD counselors for the impact you make in our community! #CCSDfam #nscw2022

Meet a 2021 CCSD Teacher of the Year: Beth DuLong of Teasley MS! Beth P. DuLong

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 Teasley Middle School Teacher of the Year Beth DuLong!

Teasley Middle School 2021 Teacher of the Year Beth DuLong loves reading.  She loves helping students improve their ability to read and increase their enthusiasm for reading even more.

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.  

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Mary Hansen from the Office of Safety & Security! OS&S 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 CCSD’s Office of Safety & Security: Mary Hansen! #CCSDfam

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.

River Ridge HS Senior Earns Positive Athlete Georgia Award River Ridge HS Positive Athlete Georgia 2 2 22

A River Ridge High School senior has earned a Positive Athlete Georgia award for her exemplary community service.

Tressie Polk recently was honored with a $1,000 award sponsored by Academy Sports + Outdoors in recognition of outstanding student athletes who also contribute to their schools and communities through significant volunteer service.  

CCSD Congratulates Elementary and Middle School Reading Bowl Winners CCSD Reading Bowl - ET Booth MS 2 2 22

The Cherokee County School District congratulates the winners of the 2022 CCSD Reading Bowl!

The annual event, which was held at E.T. Booth Middle School, is a timed competition designed by the Office of Curriculum & Instruction to encourage reading, develop reading comprehension skills and offer a fun extra-curricular academic opportunity.  

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. 

Creekview HS Agriculture Program Earns National Award CCSD Creekview HS Award 2 1 22

A Cherokee County School District program has received a national award for providing outstanding career education.

The Creekview High School agriculture program, led by teacher Pauline Benton, is one of six agricultural education programs nationwide to earn the Outstanding Secondary/Middle School Program Award from the National Association of Agricultural Educators.  Ms. Benton accepted the award at the organization’s recently held annual conference.

Join the #CCSDfam as a Supervisor for Professional and Staff Development CCSD job ad supervisor PD 1 31 22

The Cherokee County School District is seeking a Supervisor for Professional/Staff Development to join our outstanding leadership team for next school year.  This district leadership position offers a competitive compensation package with excellent benefits, a balanced school calendar, opportunities for professional development and career advancement, and a wonderful work environment and team.  Candidates must have education experience and a master’s degree; education administration experience is preferred.  Join the #CCSDfam & apply now by clicking Jobs@CCSD at www.CherokeeK12.net  Questions?  Contact CCSD Recruiter Lindsay.Bowley@cherokeek12.net and 770.704.4256.

Meet a 2021-22 Student Delegate to the School Board: Emily Collins of Etowah HS! EHS Delegate 21-22

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. We’ll introduce you to them all this year! #CCSDfam!

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Jessica Jones of Sixes ES! Jessica Jones

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 Sixes Elementary School Teacher of the Year Jessica Jones!

Sixes Elementary School 2021 Teacher of the Year Jessica Jones understands her students’ struggles on a personal level.

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! 

CCSD Lego League Teams Win at Super Regionals, One Advances to State CCSD First Lego League Super Regionals - Mill Creek MS 1 27 22

Two Cherokee County School District First Lego League teams won at Super Regionals, with one advancing to the State Tournament!

The Mill Creek MS Lego Cats - Navy team and the Clark Creek ES STEM Academy BrickMasters team each won the Core Values trophy for their bracket, and the Lego Cats – Navy team also earned a high enough overall score to move on to the state event.

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Dedra Turner of Avery Elementary School! AES 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 Avery Elementary School: Dedra Turner! #CCSDfam

CCSD Presents First-Ever Elementary School Math Competition CCSD elementary school math competition 2021-22

The Cherokee County School District will present its first districtwide elementary school math competition next week!  

Designed by the Office of Curriculum & Instruction, the event’s goals are to encourage students’ interest in math, develop their problem-solving skills and inspire them to excel and have fun with mathematics.  

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.  

Join the #CCSDfam as Director for Capital Improvements CCSD job ad director capital improve 1 25 22

The Cherokee County School District is seeking a Director for Capital Improvements to oversee major construction projects as a member of our outstanding leadership team.  This district leadership position offers a competitive compensation package with excellent benefits, opportunities for professional development and career advancement, and a wonderful work environment and team.  Candidates must have supervisory or administration experience in construction or a related field and a bachelor’s degree, with a master’s degree preferred.  Full details about the position are online at https://bit.ly/ccsdjobDCI  Join the #CCSDfam & apply now by clicking Jobs@CCSD at www.CherokeeK12.net  Questions?  Contact CCSD Recruiter Lindsay.Bowley@cherokeek12.net and 770.704.4256.

Woodstock ES Earns Digital Citizenship Recognition Common Sense School logo

Woodstock Elementary School has been honored with a national digital citizenship recognition.

The school has earned Common Sense School certification from the national nonprofit organization Common Sense.  Schools earn this designation by demonstrating their commitment to preparing students to think critically and use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate, while also preparing them for the perils that exist in the online realm, such as loss of privacy, cyberbullying and plagiarism. 

Meet the CCSD Teacher - Anna Jurnack of Mountain Road ES! MTT_Mountain Road ES (Jurnack) 1 24 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

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.

Special Education Parent Survey Open Through May 31 PM Flyer - NT

The Georgia Department of Education's annual Special Education parent survey is open through May 31.

To access the survey, visit the website at www.gadoe.org/Parent-Survey or scan the QR code in the image above.

CCSD Celebrates 100th Day of School CCSD 100th day 1 1 21 22

CCSD students are 100 days smarter! We hope you enjoy these photos of today's many 100th day of school celebrations ... students (and teachers) marked the milestone with a dress-up day, counting to 100 activities, special crafts and more. #CCSDfam

Join the #CCSDfam as a School Nutrition Worker! CCSD job ad school nutrition worker 1 21 22

CCSD is looking for School Nutrition Workers to join us in serving our kids!  The starting hourly rate has been increased to $14 an hour -- and includes full benefits for a 6 to 6.5 hour work day.  This position follows the school calendar and offers professional development and advancement opportunities, as well as a great work team and environment.  Apply now by clicking Jobs@CCSD at www.CherokeeK12.net and selecting any of the School Nutrition Worker listings at various schools.  Questions?  Contact School Nutrition at cassandra.higgins@cherokeek12.net and 770.721.8419. #CCSDfam

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. 

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Tiffany Gilbert of Clark Creek ES STEM Academy! CCES 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 Clark Creek ES STEM Academy: Tiffany Gilbert! #CCSDfam

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

Join the #CCSDfam as a Curriculum Director! CCSD job ad curriculum director 1 19 22

The Cherokee County School District is seeking a Curriculum Director to join our outstanding leadership team for next school year.  This district leadership position offers a competitive compensation package with excellent benefits, a balanced school calendar, opportunities for professional development and career advancement, and a wonderful work environment and team.  Candidates must have a master’s degree or higher in education, as well as at least five years of teaching experience; educational leadership experience preferred.  Join the #CCSDfam & apply now by clicking Jobs@CCSD at www.CherokeeK12.net  Questions?  Contact CCSD Recruiter Lindsay.Bowley@cherokeek12.net and 770.704.4256.

Join the #CCSDfam as a School Principal! CCSD job ad Principal 1 18 22

The Cherokee County School District is seeking school Principals to join our outstanding leadership team for next school year.  These positions offer competitive compensation packages with excellent benefits, a balanced school calendar, 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  Questions?  Contact CCSD Recruiter Lindsay.Bowley@cherokeek12.net and 770.704.4256.

Meet the CCSD Teacher - Allison Hawkins of Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy! MTT_Hasty ES (Hawkins) 1 17 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

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Autumn Hamilton of River Ridge HS! Autumn Hamilton

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 River Ridge High School Teacher of the Year Autumn Hamilton!

River Ridge High School 2021 Teacher of the Year Autumn Hamilton is “not just an English teacher,” according to her students.

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.

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Patti Eisenhauer of Arnold Mill Elementary School! AMES 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 Arnold Mill Elementary School: Patti Eisenhauer! #CCSDfam

Creekland MS Student Repeats Feat as County's Top Speller Bee winners

Creekland Middle School eighth-grader Huck Wallace correctly spelled “reggae” and then “resplendence” to claim the title as the county’s top speller for the second year in a row at the 2022 Cherokee County School District Spelling Bee Wednesday night at Cherokee High School.  Miller Inthirathvongsy of Clark Creek ES STEM Academy (fourth grade) captured second, and Isabella Melo-Moreira of Arnold Mill ES (fifth grade) placed third. All three will advance to the regional Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) bee, which will be held at Etowah HS February 26. 

Meet the CCSD Teacher - Jennifer Kay of Liberty ES! MTT_Liberty ES (Kay) 1 10 21

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

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Patty Corneillie of R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy!   Patty Corneillie

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 R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy Teacher of the Year Patty Corneillie! 

Hundreds of former students are better readers thanks to the dedication of R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy 2021 Teacher of the Year Patty Corneillie.

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Sara D'Antuono of River Ridge High School! RRHS SSOTY 2022

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 River Ridge High School: Sara D'Antuono! #CCSDfam

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... .”

CCSD Publishes Fourth Annual Comprehensive Financial Report image FY21 ACFR Report 1 5 22

The Cherokee County School District has published its fourth Annual Comprehensive Financial Report, an optional additional level of transparency considered the gold standard in government financial reporting.  

Compiled by Chief Financial Officer Kenneth Owen and the Office of Financial Management, the 2021 fiscal year report presents financial records already created by CCSD, such as budgets, audits and management reports, in one consolidated publication designed for the community as a whole to better understand their school district’s finances.  

CCSD Student Wins Regional Essay Contest Woodstock MS Essay Contest 1 5 22

A Woodstock Middle School student is a regional essay contest winner! 

Seventh-grader Sawyer Swift was named the Cherokee County overall winner by the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District for his entry into its 20th annual water essay contest.

Meet the CCSD Teacher - Ashley Rivera of Arnold Mill ES! MTT_Arnold Mill ES (Rivera) 1 3 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

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.

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Biff McGhee from the Office of Support Services! OSS SSOTY 2022

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 CCSD’s Office of Support Services: Biff McGhee! #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Dawn Patini of Mountain Road Elementary School! MRES SSOTT 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 Mountain Road Elementary School: Dawn Patini! #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Allegro Business Products of Tippens Education Center! TEC POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Tippens Education Center 2021 Partner of the Year: Allegro Business Products!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Christy Cook of Oak Grove ES STEAM Academy! Christy Cook

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 Oak Grove Elementary School STEAM Academy Teacher of the Year Christy Cook!

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 Teams Succeed at Lego Robotics Event CCSD Lego League - RM Moore ES STEM Academy 12 17 21

Cherokee County School District teams succeeded at the First Lego League Regional competition, with three earning trophies and four advancing to Super Regionals!

R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy’s Braves Build Masters earned the Grand Champion prize at the Regional competition held last weekend at Mill Creek Middle School. Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy’s BrickMasters claimed the Innovation Project award, and Mill Creek Middle School’s Lego Cats - Navy Team won the Core Values honor.  All three teams will be headed to the next level of competition in January, along with the Oak Grove Elementary School STEAM Academy Apex Eagles team, which also qualified at Regionals to advance.

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.

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Missy Venezia of E.T. Booth Middle School! ETBMS 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 E.T. Booth Middle School: Missy Venezia! #CCSDfam

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. 

CCSD Adds Free Little Libraries to Elementary Schools CCSD Little Free Libraries 1 12 15 21

The Cherokee County School District has added Free Little Libraries to more of its elementary school campuses in time for students to begin using them over the winter break.

With the cost sponsored by Credit Union of Georgia, a CCSD Partner, the little library boxes are being built by CCSD high school students in the construction Career Pathway program.  

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Truett’s Grill, Chick-fil-A of Mill Creek MS! MCMS POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Mill Creek MS 2021 Partner of the Year: Truett’s Grill, Chick-fil-A!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

Join the #CCSDfam as a School or District Administrator job ad School and District Administrators 12 14 21

The Cherokee County School District is seeking School and District administrators for next school year, with openings for school Principals and Assistant Principals and an Executive Director for Staffing.  These leadership positions offer competitive compensation packages with outstanding benefits, a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team.  Join the #CCSDfam & apply now by clicking Jobs@CCSD at www.CherokeeK12.net  Questions?  Contact CCSD Recruiter Lindsay.Bowley@cherokeek12.net and 770.704.4256.

Meet the CCSD Teacher - Jennifer Kay of Liberty ES! MTT_Liberty ES (Kay) 12 13 21

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

Meet a 2021-22 Student Delegate to the School Board: Ty Hubert of Creekview HS! CVHS Delegate

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. We’ll introduce you to them all this year! #CCSDfam!

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Jenny Sullivan for Mountain Road ES! Jenny Sullivan

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 Mountain Road Elementary School Teacher of the Year Jenny Sullivan!

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.

CCSD Team Wins Community Wellness Challenge CCSD Northside Wellness Challenge 1 12 10 21

A Cherokee County School District team has won a community wellness challenge!

The Walk This Weigh Team from Cherokee High School was the overall winner in the Northside Hospital Cherokee Fall Wellness Challenge, a community competition sponsored by the hospital with prizes for teams that met health, fitness and wellness goals.  Team members are Chrissy Davis, Lori Johnson, Jennifer Pittman and Rene Swanson.  

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Jennifer McInnis of Woodstock ES! WES 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 Woodstock Elementary School: Jennifer McInnis! #CCSDfam

School Board Members Visit E.T. Booth MS CCSD School Board Visit E.T. Booth MS 1 12 9 21

Cherokee County School Board members regularly visit schools for tours with the Superintendent of Schools, members of his staff, and the school’s Principal and administrative team.  This month, the visit was to E.T. Booth Middle School, where the group met with Principal Todd Sharrock and his leadership team, toured the school and enjoyed a School Nutrition lunch from the cafeteria. 

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Soleil Book Clubs of R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy! RMM VOTY 21

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Soleil Book Clubs! #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: McDonald's at Woodmont Village of Macedonia ES! MES POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Macedonia ES 2021 Partner of the Year: McDonald's at Woodmont Village!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Carson Ivester of R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy! MTT_RM Moore ES (Ivester) 12 6 21

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

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Ryan Brumbelow of Mill Creek MS! Ryan Brumblelow

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 Mill Creek Middle School Teacher of the Year Ryan Brumbelow!

Mill Creek Middle School Teacher of the Year Ryan Brumbelow is “that” teacher, according to his colleagues, who makes connecting with his students look easy.

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 Celebrates Support Staff & Honors Employees of the Year! CCSD 2021 SSOTY Winners - Williams 12 3 21

The Cherokee County School District celebrated the important role of support staff at its Fourth Annual Support Staff Employees of the Year Awards on Thursday evening.

The celebration honored one Support Staff Employee of the Year from each of CCSD’s schools, centers and central office divisions.  Each of the honorees was recognized by the Superintendent of Schools and School Board members, received a plaque and gifts of appreciation including a $150 Visa card funded by sponsors, including Presenting Sponsor, the Cherokee County Educational Foundation, and Platinum Sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia.

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.     

CCSD Teacher Named Georgia STEM Scholar! CCSD Georgia STEM Scholar - Mill Creek MS 12 1 21

A Cherokee County School District teacher has been named a 2022 Georgia STEM Scholar!

Mill Creek Middle School teacher Ann-Margaret Somers, who teaches eighth-grade science and physical science and serves as the school’s science department chair, earned the honor from the Georgia Youth Science & Technology Centers.  Only about two dozen elementary and middle school teachers from a pool of statewide nominees are recognized each year as STEM Scholars.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: FMS PTSA Executive Board! FMS VOTY 21

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Freedom MS 2021 Volunteer of the Year: FMS PTSA Executive Board! #CCSDfam

CCSD School Wins State Award for Family Engagement CCSD State family engagement Teasley 11 30 21

A Cherokee County School District school has won a State award for family engagement!

Teasley Middle School was named a winner in the Family School Partnership Competition sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education as part of Family Engagement Month.  

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Buffalo's Woodstock of River Ridge HS! RRHS POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to River Ridge HS 2021 Partner of the Year: Buffalo’s Woodstock!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

Meet the CCSD Teacher - Chrissy Snelson of Indian Knoll ES! MTT_Indian Knoll ES (Snelson) 11 29 21

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

Indian Knoll ES Earns National Technology Certification Common Sense School logo

Indian Knoll Elementary School has been recognized as a Common Sense School by the national nonprofit organization Common Sense.

The school earned the designation by demonstrating its commitment to preparing students to think critically and use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate, while also preparing them for the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying.

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

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Capovilla and Williams Law Firm of Mountain Road ES! MRES POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Mountain Road ES 2021 Partner of the Year: Capovilla and Williams Law Firm!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Annette Fountain of Little River ES! LRES 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 Little River Elementary School: Annette Fountain! #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Robin Ballew of Macedonia ES! Robin Ballew

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 Macedonia Elementary School Teacher of the Year Robin Ballew!

Macedonia Elementary School Teacher of the Year Robin Ballew from a young age felt called to teach, especially children with special needs.

Congratulations to CCSD's Middle School Academic Bowl Winners! CCSD Academic Bowl 2 11 19 21

Creekland Middle School earned the top trophy at this year’s Cherokee County School District Middle School Academic Bowl!  

Dean Rusk Middle School’s team placed as runner-up at the event this week, which is organized by CCSD’s Office of Curriculum & Instruction and sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation.  

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Irinda Lundeen of Liberty ES! LES 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 Liberty Elementary School: Irinda Lundeen! #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.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: CMS PTSA Executive Board of Creekland MS! CMS VOTY 21

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Creekland Middle School 2021 Volunteer of the Year: CMS PTSA Executive Board! #CCSDfam

CCSD Celebrates National Educational Support Professionals Day! ESPD

Today is National Educational Support Professionals Day ... thank you to all CCSD employees who support our teachers and students by keeping our schools safe, healthy and operating smoothly. #CCSDfam #EducationalSupportProfessionalsDay #WeLoveOurESPs

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.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Rotary Club of Woodstock of Oak Grove ES STEAM Academy! OGES POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Oak Grove ES STEAM Academy 2021 Partner of the Year: Rotary Club of Woodstock!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

Meet the CCSD Teacher - Michelle Kozak of Hickory Flat ES! MTT_Hickory Flat ES (Kozak) 11 15 21

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

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Kortney Dempsey of Tippens EC! TEC 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 Tippens Education Center: Kortney Dempsey! #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Stephanie Telaro of Little River ES! Stephanie Telaro

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 Little Elementary School Teacher of the Year Stephanie Telaro!

Little Elementary School Teacher of the Year Stephanie Telaro knows firsthand the struggles some of her students face.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: John Chadwick from the Transportation Department! TD 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 the CCSD Transportation Department: John Chadwick! #CCSDfam

CCSD Celebrates Veterans Day with Lessons, Observances CCSD Veterans Day Thank You

Cherokee County School District students have been learning about and honoring veterans this week, with observances continuing today on Veterans Day. Thank you to all the veterans in our community! #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Melissa Fournier of Teasley MS! TMS VOTY 21

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Teasley Middle School 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Melissa Fournier! #CCSDfam

CCSD Leaders Tour New i-Grad, C3 Academies igrad tour

CCSD Leadership toured the ACTIVE Academies campus recently,  where two new programs were added for 2021-22 to give high school students additional flexibility and choices for their education.  i-Grad Virtual Academy and C3 Academy joined ACE Academy and Transition Academy on the campus this year, located on Knox Bridge Highway in Canton, greatly expanding the opportunities for high school students looking at alternatives to the traditional classroom or college/career path.

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.  

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Education First Fund Realty Team of Johnston ES JES POTY

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Johnston ES 2021 Partner of the Year: Education First Fund Realty Team!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

CCSD School Nurse Honored by Governor with Georgia RISE Award CCSD Georgia RISE Award Winner 11 9 21

A Cherokee County School District school nurse has been honored by the Governor with the prestigious Georgia RISE (Recognizing Inspirational School Employees) Award!

Oak Grove Elementary School STEAM Academy School Nurse Nadia Jones is one of only two Georgians selected by Governor Brian P. Kemp for the award, which honors school support staff.

Meet the CCSD Teacher - John Murnan of Etowah HS! MTT_Etowah HS (Murnan) 11 8 21

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

CCSD Leaders Tour Oak Grove ES STEAM Academy STEAM design image

CCSD School Board Members and District leaders recently toured Oak Grove ES STEAM Academy to get an overview of how the school is blending STEM into its Fine Arts instruction.  Oak Grove ES is the District's first STEAM academy, adding a new component to the District's Academies program, which was founded in 2012. 

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.

Meet a 2021-22 Student Delegate to the School Board: Lillie Cate Ergle of Cherokee HS! CHS Delegate 21-22

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. We’ll introduce you to them all this year! #CCSDfam!

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Gladys Stubbs of Holly Springs ES STEM Academy! HSES 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 Holly Springs STEM Academy: Gladys Stubbs! #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Tracy Wagoner of Liberty ES! Tracy Wagoner

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 Liberty Elementary School Teacher of the Year Tracy Wagoner!

Liberty Elementary School 2021 Teacher of the Year Tracy Wagoner has been a teacher for her whole life.

Join the #CCSDfam as a Special Education Facilitator! job ad Special Education Facilitator 11 5 21

CCSD is seeking Special Education professionals to join our team of Special Education Facilitators!  Facilitators manage educational services for students served through IEP plans, lead parent-team IEP meetings, and train teachers and staff among other roles.  These positions offer competitive pay and benefits including outstanding healthcare and retirement plans, professional development, advancement opportunities and a great work schedule, team and environment.  More information about the position is at https://bit.ly/CCSDspecialfac.  Apply now by clicking Jobs@CCSD at www.CherokeeK12.net.  Questions?  Contact CCSD Recruitment Coordinator Lindsay Bowley at lindsay.bowley@cherokeek12.net or 770.704.4256. #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Maria Hicks of Indian Knoll ES! ikes 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 Indian Knoll ES: Maria Hicks! #CCSDfam

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!

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Kim Cordrey of CCSD Preschool Centers! ccsdpsc voty 21

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to CCSD Preschool Centers 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Kim Cordrey! #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Credit Union of Georgia of Hickory Flat ES! HFES POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Hickory Flat ES 2021 Partner of the Year: Credit Union of Georgia!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

CCSD Honors Retired Educators with "Learning from Legends Video" CCSD logo screen

The Cherokee County School Board proclaimed Sunday, Nov. 7, as Retired Educators Day in recognition of the outstanding service by educators during their careers and their continued service as volunteers.  As part of CCSD’s partnership with the Cherokee Retired Educators Association, since 2015 we have recorded Storycorps-inspired oral history interviews with select retired educators to celebrate Retired Educators Day.  The trailer for this year’s “Learning from Legends: Retired Educators Share Their Wisdom” video, featuring Jim Brookshire, Les Conley and Dr. Janice Fuller, is above.  The full hour-long video, as well as several videos from past years, are on the CCSD YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/CherokeeGASchools  In its proclamation, the School Board asked “students, staff and the community to reflect upon and show appreciation for the contributions of educators in their lives” … please thank a retired educator today! #CCSDfam

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Claire Hexom of Free Home ES! MTT_Free Home ES (Hexom) 11 1 21

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

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.  

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Ana Vescio of Woodstock ES! WES 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 Woodstock ES: Ana Vescio! #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Jill Oliver of Knox ES STEM Academy! Jill Oliver

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 Knox ES STEM Academy Teacher of the Year Jill Oliver!

New Agri-Science Lab at Creekview Expands Career Options for Students sign

A new agri-science lab on the Creekview HS campus is allowing students to learn new skills and think about possible career paths, thanks to Ed SPLOST construction dollars. 

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Renee McClelland of Woodstock MS! WMS 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 Woodstock MS: Renee McClelland! #CCSDfam

Newest Ed SPLOST Projects Add Space and Amenities for Woodstock MS and HS WMS tour

CCSD School Board members toured the new classroom addition at Woodstock Middle School as well as the new auxiliary gymnasium at Woodstock High School Oct. 22 to see the School District's latest Ed SPLOST funded projects. 

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Gwen Parker of Holly Springs ES STEM Academy! HSES VOTY 21

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Holly Springs ES STEM Academy 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Gwen Parker! #CCSDfam

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.  

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Heritage Presbyterian Church of Etowah HS! EHS POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Etowah HS 2021 Partner of the Year: Heritage Presbyterian Church!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

Meet the CCSD Teacher - Josh Weaver of Woodstock HS! MTT_Woodstock HS (Weaver) 10 25 21

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

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Meredith Peacock of Johnston ES! Meredith Dayoub Peacock

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 Johnston Elementary School Teacher of the Year Meredith Peacock!

 

It's National School Bus Safety Week - Meet Bus Driver Vicky Thomas and Bus Attendant Rodney Grant! NSBSW Vicky and Rodney
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.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Nora Vizuete of R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy! RMMES 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 R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy: Nora Vizuete! #CCSDfam

It's National School Bus Safety Week - Meet Bus Driver Louisa Rodriguez-Vital! NSBSW Louisa

It’s National School Bus Safety Week, and we want to recognize the ones who are responsible for keeping our students safe on the bus!   Meet school bus driver Louisa Rodriguez-Vital! #CCSDfam

Q.  What led you to become a CCSD bus driver?

A. I had a child in school and no family in this Country, but I needed to work.  My husband suggested that I should try driving a bus – that way, when my child was out of school, I would be out of school and not have to put him in daycare; this worked out great for us.  I enjoyed driving right away. 

Q.  What do you love most about your job?

A.  I love the children and their different personalities.  I enjoy hearing the stories they tell, whether it's about a vacation trip or birthday party … whatever comes to mind, even questions about math just like your own kids would ask. 

Q.  What would you like others to know about driving a bus for CCSD? 

A.  If you’re thinking about becoming a bus driver, you must have patience and a love for children.  Discipline and bus safety rules should come first.  Show the children respect, and they will do the same.   Be positive and smile as you greet your students and parents, as well.  You will be trained by CCSD trainers - just give it a try!

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!  

School Board Members Visit Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy School Board Visit Hasty 2 10 21 21

Cherokee County School Board members regularly visit schools for tours with the Superintendent of Schools, members of his staff, and the school’s Principal and administrative team.  This month, the visit was to Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy, where they met with Principal Dr. Maria Rosario-Regan and her leadership team and enjoyed a School Nutrition lunch from the cafeteria. 

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Creekview HS PTSA Executive Board of Creekview HS! CVHS VOTY 21

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Creekview HS 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Creekview HS PTSA Executive Board! #CCSDfam

It's National School Bus Safety Week - Meet Bus Driver Gail Hyde! NSBSW Gail

It’s National School Bus Safety Week, and we want to recognize the ones who are responsible for keeping our students safe on the bus!   Meet school bus driver Gail Hyde! #CCSDfam

Q.  What led you to become a CCSD bus driver?

A.  My youngest child started to school, and I found I had more time.  A friend asked me to sub for her and that got me started.  I loved it and have made many great friends through driving a bus.

Q.  What do you love most about your job?

A.  I love working with children.  I have been driving so many years that I'm driving second and third generation children of my former students. 

Q.  What would you like others to know about driving a bus for CCSD?  

A.  It's a great job with wonderful benefits.  It is perfect for all ages, but especially mothers with school age children because you are away the same hours your children are.  In this season of life, it is great because I have time to work around home and attend appointments during the off hours.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Little River United Methodist Church of Little River ES! LRES POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Little River ES 2021 Partner of the Year: Little River United Methodist Church!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

It's National School Bus Safety Week - Meet Bus Driver Christine Minter! NSBSW Christine

It’s National School Bus Safety Week, and we want to recognize the ones who are responsible for keeping our students safe on the bus!   Meet school bus driver Christine Minter! #CCSDfam

 

Q.  What led you to become a CCSD bus driver?

 

A.  After 11 years as a full-time stay-at-home mom, I became a CCSD bus driver to supplement our family's income.  My almost three-year-old son was still at home with me;  I needed a job but did not want to pay daycare expenses.  When my older kids' bus driver told me that my son could be on the bus with me once he turned three, I was sold!  Good pay, amazing job, take my last child with me … Amen - sign me up!

 

Q.  What do you love most about your job?

 

A.  I love being able to interact with so many different kinds of people, especially my students.

 

Q.  What would you like others to know about driving a bus for CCSD? 

 

A.  When you drive a school bus for the CCSD, they train you well, pay you well and provide excellent benefits.  It is by far the most rewarding, challenging and fun job I have ever had.  I genuinely look forward to going to work every day.

Southern Okra Corn Salsa Wins 3rd Annual Recipe Contest! okra winner group photo

Creekview Zone parent Brittany Dean’s “Southern Okra Corn Salsa” won over the judges’ taste buds and made her the winner of CCSD’s 3rd Annual Parent Recipe Contest! 

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 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.

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Missy Keller of Knox ES STEM Academy! MTT_Knox ES (Keller) 10 18 21

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

It's National School Bus Safety Week - Meet Bus Driver Tammy Stephens! NSBSW Tammy 21

It’s National School Bus Safety Week, and we want to recognize the ones who are responsible for keeping our students safe on the bus! Meet school bus driver Tammy Stephens! #CCSDfam

Q.  What led you to become a CCSD bus driver?

A.  I graduated from Cherokee High School in 1979, and Mr. Bell (Principal of then Ralph Bunche ES) came to our house and asked who wanted a job.  I said, ‘me,’ and he hired me for the Head Start program and later as a parapro at Tippens and Johnston.  Then, in 1986, I became a bus driver because I love kids and wanted to continue working with them - being a bus driver allowed for that, but also worked for my schedule, because I could be off when my son was off.

Q.  What do you love most about your job?

A.  I enjoy what I do and have always had a passion for children.  I feel they need an advocate, and I’m it. Driving for Cherokee County has been an experience that I would not trade for anything!

Q.  What would you like others to know about driving a bus for CCSD?  

A.  If you love kids, it’s the job for you, but you really have to have a passion for them because it can sometimes be difficult.  You must have patience, good driving skills and a love for children!

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Paula Neubert of Holly Springs ES STEM Academy! Paula Neubert

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 Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy Teacher of the Year Paula Neubert!

Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy Teacher of the Year Paula Neubert sees her greatest accomplishment in the lasting relationships she builds with students.

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 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.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Vicki Holroyd from the Office of Financial Management! OFM 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 CCSD’s Office of Financial Management: Vicki Holroyd! #CCSDfam

CCSD Named Finalist for Governance Team of the Year Award CCSD 2021 Governance Team of the Year State Finalist 10 14 21

The Cherokee County School District has been named a finalist for the 2021 Governance Team of the Year Award presented by the Georgia School Boards Association!
 
Three awards are presented annually to recognize top School Boards and Superintendents of Schools for outstanding leadership and dedication to continuous improvement.  One winner is selected in three categories based on school district enrollment: small, 1-3,000 students; medium, 3,001-10,000 students; and large, 10,000+ students.  

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Courtney Dewitt of Boston ES! Boston VOTY 21

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Boston ES 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Courtney Dewitt! #CCSDfam

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.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Liberty ES! LRES POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Liberty ES 2021 Partner of the Year: Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram! Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

Meet the CCSD Teacher - Heather Morris of Creekview HS! MTT_Creekview HS (Morris) 10 11 21

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

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Rebecca Wooten of Hickory Flat ES! Rebecca Wooten

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 Hickory Flat Elementary School Teacher of the Year Rebecca Wooten!

Hickory Flat Elementary School Teacher of the Year Rebecca Wooten teaches students who face significant challenges completing tasks most people take for granted.

Celebrating Georgia Pre-K Week pre-k week

CCSD Pre-K sites celebrated Georgia Pre-K Week (Oct. 4-8) with a variety of events, including guest readers and special activities. 

Partnership with County Leads to Renovation of Historic Hickory Flat Gym gym renovation

Community leaders gathered at the historic Hickory Flat Gym this week to celebrate the preservation and conversion of the 1950s building into a community center through a partnership between CCSD and the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners. 

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Terry Vorobel of Woodstock HS! WHS 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 Woodstock HS: Terry Vorobel! #CCSDfam

CCSD Connections Newsletter for October 2021 Now Online! image CCSD Connections parent newsletter October 2021

The October 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.  Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia! #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Mill Creek MS PTSA Executive Board of Mill Creek MS! MCMS VOTY 21

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Mill Creek MS 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Mill Creek MS PTSA Executive Board! #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: The Premier Group of E.T. Booth MS! ETBMS POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to E.T. Booth MS 2021 Partner of the Year: The Premier Group!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

Meet the CCSD Teacher - Laura Peterson of Cherokee HS! MTT_Cherokee HS (Peterson) 10 4 21

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

My Stop Bus App Down for Maintenance versatrans my stop logo

Please be advised that the Versatrans My Stop Bus Tracking System began experiencing technical difficulties today and will be down for maintenance tomorrow (Oct. 5, 2021).  This is the app that CCSD parents can use to track the location of their child's school bus on its way to the bus stop each morning and afternoon.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Meet a 2021-22 Student Delegate to the School Board: Jason Adkins of Woodstock HS! whs delegate 21-22

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. We’ll introduce you to them all this year! #CCSDfam!

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Cristin Bell of Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy! Cristin Bell

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 Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy Teacher of the Year Cristin Bell!

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

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: North Georgia Knitting Guild of Woodstock MS! WMS VOTY 21

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Woodstock MS 2021 Volunteer of the Year: North Georgia Knitting Guild! #CCSDfam

CCSD Theatre Programs Announce 2021-22 Season CCSD 2021-22 Theatre Season

The curtain will rise next month for the Cherokee County School District's 2021-22 theatre season! 

All CCSD high schools, as well as select middle schools and the districtwide Academy Street Theatre Group program for elementary through high school students, will present shows throughout the school year. 

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Warrior Xpress of Freedom MS! FMS POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Freedom MS 2021 Partner of the Year: Warrior Xpress!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

CCSD Student Named to State School Superintendent's Student Advisory Council CCSD Student to State Superintendent Student Advisory Council 2021-22

A Cherokee County School District student has been named to the State School Superintendent’s 2021-22 Student Advisory Council!

Cherokee High School junior Weston Olds is among the 66 high school students from across the state selected for the prestigious role.  They were chosen by State School Superintendent Richard Woods from more than 1,000 applications statewide based on their answers to essay questions about improving public education.

Meet the CCSD Teacher - Laurie Maselli of Johnston Preschool Center! MTT_CCSD PreK (Maselli) 9 27 21

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

CCSD Parent Named to State Education Panel GA DOE logo

A Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy parent has been named to a statewide education panel!  

CCSD Celebrates First AP Capstone Program Graduates AP capstone logo

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating its first class of AP Capstone Program graduates!

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Travis Colkitt of Johnston ES! JES 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 Johnston ES: Travis Colkitt! #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Jennifer Puckett of Knox ES STEM Academy! KES VOTY 21

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Knox ES STEM Academy 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Jennifer Puckett! #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Rising Hills Church of Indian Knoll ES IKES POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Indian Knoll ES 2021 Partner of the Year: Rising Hills Church!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

CCSD Increases School Nutrition Worker Pay - Apply Now! job ad School Nutrition Worker 9 17 21

CCSD is looking for School Nutrition Workers to join us in serving our kids!  The work day is 6.5 hours and the schedule follows the school calendar.  The starting hourly rate has been increased to $12.59 an hour for School Nutrition Workers, as well as to $12 an hour for part-time School Nutrition workers and substitutes, and $10.50 an hour for lunchroom monitors.  The School Nutrition Worker position offers full time benefits, professional development, advancement opportunities and a great work team and environment.  Apply now by clicking Jobs@CCSD at www.CherokeeK12.net and selecting any of the School Nutrition Worker listings at various schools.  Openings for part-time School Nutrition workers and substitutes and lunchroom monitors also are posted.  Questions?  Contact School Nutrition at cassandra.higgins@cherokeek12.net and 770.721.8419. #CCSDfam

School Board Reviews Plans for Education SPLOST Renewal 2021-lincoln-penny

The Cherokee County School Board at its regular meeting on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, reviewed plans for the Education SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) up for renewal by voters in the Nov. 2 election.

The Cherokee County School District, for the past 24 years, has used a 1-percent Education SPLOST to fund capital improvement projects, which include constructing new schools and facilities and renovating existing ones; funding technology infrastructure; buying school buses; and purchasing land for future schools.  

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Julie Fowler of Ball Ground ES STEM Academy! BGES 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 Ball Ground ES STEM Academy: Julie Fowler! #CCSDfam

CCSD Educators Earn International Technology Honors CCSD MIEE and Fellow 9 16 21

Twenty-seven Cherokee County School District teachers and staff have been recognized as instructional technology experts, and one has earned a national fellowship!

They have been named to the 2021-22 class of Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts (MIEE), and CCSD Instructional Technology Specialist Merry Hofmeister additionally is one of only 32 educators in the U.S. and three in Georgia named a Microsoft Innovative Educator Fellow.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Sarah Aker of Hickory Flat ES! HFES VOTY

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Hickory Flat ES 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Sarah Aker! #CCSDfam

CCSD Class of 2021 Increases SAT Scores, Outscores State & Nation 2021 SAT INFOGRAPHIC

Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2021 increased average SAT scores by 25 points and outscored the State and Nation, according to results released today by the College Board.

The CCSD Class of 2021 earned an average total score of 1125 on the curriculum-based college entrance and placement exam, which exceeds the National public school average by 87 points and the State by 48 points.  The gap between CCSD and U.S. averages widened by 17 points.

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. 

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: SERV International of Cherokee HS CHS POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Cherokee HS 2021 Partner of the Year: SERV International!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

CCSD Announces Third Annual Recipe Contest! Livin La Vida Okra

What's cooking, #CCSDfam?  

If you're a CCSD parent who loves to cook, please enter our third annual CCSD School Nutrition Parent Recipe Contest ... you could win a $100 Visa gift card and see your side-dish recipe featured on CCSD school lunch menus in October!  

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Crystal Bennett of Ball Ground ES STEM Academy! MTT_Ball Ground ES (Bennett) 9 13 21

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

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Dr. Chad Barner of Freedom MS! Freedom MS TOTY Dr. Chad Barner

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 Freedom Middle School Teacher of the Year Dr. Chad Barner!

Freedom Middle School Teacher of the Year Dr. Chad Barner has conducted his own science experiment for the past 28 years.

Mill Creek MS Teacher to the Rescue! Mill Creek MS Hero 9 10 21

A Cherokee County School District teacher recently came to the rescue for a student!

Mill Creek Middle School seventh-grade teacher Leslie Coleman performed the Heimlich maneuver to rescue student Chloe Weeks from choking.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Vicki Ross from the Office of Human Resources! OHR 2021 SSOTY

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 the Office of Human Resources: Vicki Ross! #CCSDfam

CCSD Connections Newsletter for September Now Online image CCSD Connections September 2021

The September 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

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Marc and Madolyn Rudloph of Dean Rusk MS DRMS VOTY 21

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Dean Rusk MS 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Marc and Madolyn Rudloph! #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: EF2 Education First Fund Realty Team of Avery ES AES POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Avery ES 2021 Partner of the Year: EF2 Education First Fund Realty Team!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

Indian Knoll ES Named Microsoft Showcase School IKES Microsoft Showcase School

Indian Knoll Elementary School has earned global recognition for its dedication to effectively using technology for teaching and learning!

The school has been selected by Microsoft as a 2021-22 Microsoft Showcase School in honor of its successful integration of educational technology in the classroom to benefit students and teachers.  Only 38 schools were selected as Showcase Schools, and Indian Knoll ES is the only school in Georgia named to the list.

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Bonnie Smith of Avery ES! MTT_Avery ES (Smith) 9 6 21

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

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Katie Garrison of Free Home ES! Free Home ES 2021 TOTY Katie Garrison

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 Free Home Elementary School Teacher of the Year Katie Garrison!

Free Home Elementary School Teacher of the Year Katie Garrison heard the calling to become a teacher as a student volunteer at Vacation Bible School.

CCSD Special Educator Director Earns National Board Certification GREEN Charlette

The Cherokee County School District’s Special Education leader has earned National Board Certification!

Executive Director Charlette Green earned the Board Certified Specialist in Child Language designation in child language from the American Board of Child Language and Language Disorders.  The honor recognizes her expertise in child language and language disorders and significant contributions to the field.  The national organization is dedicated to “promoting high-quality services by speech-language pathologists to children and adolescents ages birth through 21 years whose language learning may be characterized as typical, at-risk, or atypical.” 

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Cindi Blevins of Creekview HS! CVHS SSOTY

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 thanking the 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Creekview HS: Cindi Blevins! #CCSDfam

CCSD Increases Substitute Teacher Pay - Next Training Session is Sept. 14 job ad substitute teachers 9 2 21

CCSD is looking for substitute teachers to join us in serving our kids!  We recently increased our sub rate to $150 for daily subs and $185/day for certified long-term subs.  Subs can hand-pick how frequently they want to work as well as where they want to accept jobs.  Although no previous teaching experience is required, we train our subs on how to foster a seamless learning experience for our students.  Please help us share this opportunity with those who might be interested!  The next workshop is Sept. 14.  Applications can be submitted to our 2021-22 Substitute Teacher posting at https://bit.ly/JobsCCSD  Contact Katie.Munson@cherokeek12.net with questions.  #CCSDfam
 

Report Shows No Schools 'Critically Overcrowded'

Enrollment for the Cherokee County School District has increased beyond expectations, but for the ninth consecutive year, no schools are considered “critically overcrowded.”

The annual Inventory of School Housing report, which is developed based on the 20-day enrollment count (Aug. 27) of 41,901 and is posted below, shows the impact of sustained enrollment growth and highlights where additional classroom space soon will be needed. 

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Mandi Fishback of Clark Creek ES STEM Academy! CCES VOTY 21

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Clark Creek ES STEM Academy 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Mandi Fishback! #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Affinity Home Lending of Bascomb ES! BES POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Bascomb ES 2021 Partner of the Year: Affinity Home Lending!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

CCSD Cybersecurity Students Visit CCSD Technology Office CCSD Cybersecurity 1 8 31 21

The Cherokee County School District Cybersecurity program’s first class of students took a field trip to CCSD’s Technology & Information Services offices.

The new Career Pathway program is the inaugural offering for the CCSD College & Career Academy, also known as the C3 Academy, housed on the ACTIVE Academies campus in Canton.  The 23 students, who are led by teacher Brent Hollers, spent a morning at CCSD’s Technology offices to learn how its staff protects the School District from external and internal threats on a daily basis. 

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Tabatha Box of i-Grad Virtual Academy! Meet the Teacher i-Grad Virtual Academy Tabatha Box 8 30 21

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

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Joshua Saye of Etowah HS! Joshua Saye

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 Etowah High School Teacher of the Year Joshua Saye …

Over his 19 years as an art teacher, Etowah High School Teacher of the Year Joshua Saye has created many masterpieces.

Mobile Agriculture Classroom Visits Clark Creek ES STEM Academy kids in ag classroom

Fourth-grade students at Clark Creek ES STEM Academy were able to visit the State's Mobile Agriculture Classroom this week, which was parked just outside their backdoor thanks to the support of the Cherokee Farm Bureau.

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.  

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Jenn Bradley of Cherokee HS! CHS 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 Cherokee HS: Jenn Bradley! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Recognizes 2021-22 Student Advisor and Delegates to the School Board CCSD Student Delegates 1 8 26 21

The Cherokee County School Board recently congratulated its new class of Student Delegates!

The School Board has included a Student Advisor position on its board since 1999, and, for the past 11 years, a Student Delegate from each high school also has been selected.  These outstanding high school seniors serve for one year to give input and feedback to the School Board and to the Superintendent of Schools and his senior staff; the advisor role, which includes the opportunity to sit on the dais with the School Board, is rotated among the district's high schools.  The innovative engagement program earned the School Board the Georgia School Boards Association’s 2020 Leading Edge Award.

Substitute Teacher Training Workshops Set for Sept. 2 and 14 - Apply Now! job ad substitute teachers 8 26 21

CCSD will host its next substitute teacher training workshops on Sept. 2 and 14 and now is accepting applications.  Please sign up today by applying online for 2021-22 Substitute Teacher at https://bit.ly/JobsCCSD  Questions? Please contact Katie Munson at 770-479-1871 or katie.munson@cherokeek12.net  #CCSDfam

CCSD School Receives Grant from Subaru Woodstock ES Subaru Donation 8 26 21

A Cherokee County School District school has received a grant from Subaru!

Woodstock Elementary School recently accepted the $3,000 donation from Subaru of Kennesaw to support teachers and students through Subaru of America’s Subaru Loves Learning initiative.  

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Allison Turner of Arnold Mill ES! AMES VOTY 21

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Arnold Mill ES 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Allison Turner! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Publix "Tools for School" Campaign to Benefit CCSD Families publix donation

Representatives from Publix Supermarkets donated  $63,540 in Publix gift cards to the Cherokee County School District on Wednesday, August 24, to help families in need as the 2021-22 school year gets underway.  The gift cards are the result of the annual “Tools for School” community outreach fundraiser conducted by Publix, with the proceeds from each store going back into the local community. 

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Northside Hospital Cherokee of ACE Academy ACE POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to ACE Academy 2021 Partner of the Year: Northside Hospital Cherokee!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

Join the #CCSDfam as a Part-Time Worker! job ad ASP and lunchroom monitor 8 23 21

The Cherokee County School District is seeking After School Program (ASP) workers and lunchroom monitors!  These part-time jobs offer the opportunity to work on school days close to home to support your community’s children.  Lunchroom Monitors work during school hours; ASP is offered at elementary schools until 6 p.m.

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Leslie Bryant of Freedom MS! Meet the CCSD Teacher: Leslie Bryant of Freedom MS

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

School Board Members Visit Free Home ES Free Home ES Visit 8 23 21

Cherokee County School Board members regularly visit schools for tours with the Superintendent of Schools, members of his staff, and the school’s Principal and administrative team.  This month, the visit was to Free Home Elementary School, where they met with Principal Julie Peppers and her leadership team and enjoyed a School Nutrition lunch from the cafeteria. 

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Cathy Fernandez of E.T. Booth MS! E.T. Booth MS Teacher of the Year Cathy Fernandez

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 E.T. Booth Middle School Teacher of the Year Cathy Fernandez …

In the hands of E.T. Booth Middle School Teacher of the Year Cathy Fernandez, even a Rubik’s Cube becomes a social studies lesson.

Board Business Briefs: School Board Hears Opening of School Report CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

The Cherokee County School Board at its strategic work session on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 heard an opening of school report, including efforts being made to maintain in-person school operations.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower and his staff presented the School Board with an update on the opening, both highlighting news like enrollment growth and the Governor’s visit, and addressing COVID-19’s impact on staffing and implemented solutions. 

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Sunny Rae Harike of Creekland MS! CMS 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 Creekland MS: Sunny Rae Harike! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

High School Football Season Kicks Off football classic

It's time for Friday Night Lights! 

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Sixes ES PTA Executive Board of Sixes ES! SES VOTY 21

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Sixes ES 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Sixes ES PTA Executive Board! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Woodstock City Church of Clark Creek ES STEM Academy! CCES POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Clark Creek ES STEM Academy 2021 Partner of the Year: Woodstock City Church!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Shari Tolan of Teasley MS! MTT_Teasley MS (Tolan) 8 16 21

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

CCSD Continues to Exceed State Averages on Georgia Milestones GA-Milestones-Logo-360

Cherokee County School District students exceeded State averages on the Georgia Milestones End-of-Grade and End-of-Course tests for the sixth consecutive year, with expected decreases locally and statewide due to the pandemic’s impact on instruction.

The annual tests, which were not administered in 2020 due to the pandemic, assess students’ mastery of Georgia Performance Standards, which set expectations for what lessons students will learn in each grade.  Results are used by teachers and administrators to improve instruction for specific students as well as develop new overall instructional best practices. 

CCSD High Schools Earn National Sports Safety Award Safe Sports School logo

The Cherokee County School District’s high schools have earned a national award for athletic safety.
 
Cherokee, Creekview, Etowah, River Ridge, Sequoyah and Woodstock High Schools have received the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Safe Sports School award, which recognizes secondary schools that meet recommended National standards to improve safety in student athletics.  The award “reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention, and treatment.”

CCSD Substitute Teacher Workshop on Sept. 14 - Apply Now! CCSD job ad substitute teacher 8 16 21

CCSD will host its next substitute teacher training workshop on Sept. 14 and now is accepting applications.  Please sign up today by applying online for 2021-22 Substitute Teacher at https://bit.ly/JobsCCSD  Questions? Please contact CCSD HR at 770-479-1871 or katie.munson@cherokeek12.net  #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Laura Herrera of Dean Rusk MS! Laura Herrera

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 Dean Rusk Middle School Teacher of the Year Laura Herrera!

Dean Rusk Middle School Teacher of the Year Laura Herrera sees her role as preparing students for future success in life.

Guest Reader Surprises Daughter Upon Return from Duty Carmel Colonel Surprise

Carmel ES second-grader Kaili Woodburn has been hugging a "daddy bear" the last two months while her father was training cadets three states away, but today she got to hug the real thing when Lt. Col. Woodburn slipped into the media center to surprise his daughter and read to her class. 

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Dawn Welch from the Office of Curriculum & Instruction! OCI 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 the Office of Curriculum & Instruction: Dawn Welch! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Enrollment Grows in Second Week of School! Enrollment 8.12

Our enrollment has grown to 41,514 students from our opening day enrollment! We see this growth pattern every year, with enrollment usually peaking at the 20th day of school. We will post a 20th day enrollment report at the end of August on our website as we do every year. Welcome to our new families! #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Kristy Drake of Avery ES! AES VOTY 21

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Avery ES 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Kristy Drake! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Connections Newsletter for August Now Online CCSD Connections August newsletter image 8 11 21

The August 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

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: The Christian Egner Foundation of CCSD Preschool Centers! CCSDPS POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to CCSD Preschool Centers 2021 Partner of the Year: The Christian Egner Foundation!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

Two CCSD Schools Honored by National PTA CCSD PTA School of Excellence Winners - RRHS WHS 8 10 21

Two Cherokee County School District schools have been honored by the National PTA for excellence!

River Ridge High School and Woodstock High School are winners of the National PTA School of Excellence award, a two-year title that recognizes outstanding partnerships between local PTAs and schools “to build an inclusive and welcoming school-community where all families contribute to enriching the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.”  

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

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Lauren Thompson of Boston ES! MTT_Boston ES (Thompson) 8 9 21

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 
 

CCSD Earns National Recognition for Excellence in Financial Reporting CCSD GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting 8 9 21

The Cherokee County School District has earned National recognition for excellence in financial reporting!

CCSD’s Office of Financial Management, which prepares all financial reports and the annual budget among its many responsibilities, this month received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Financial Officers Association for its Fiscal Year 2020 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
 

 

CCSD School Named a Georgia Title I Distinguished School! Clark Creek ES STEM Academy - Title I Distinguished 8 9 21

A Cherokee County School District elementary school has been named a 2021 Georgia Title I Distinguished School!

Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy achieved the prestigious recognition, awarded only to the top 5% of Title I schools in the State, based on its students’ academic success and progress.  Title I schools are those that serve higher populations of students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Morgan Hudson of Creekview HS! Morgan Hudson

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 Creekview High School Teacher of the Year Morgan Hudson!

Creekview High School Teacher of the Year Morgan Hudson brings history to life for her students through technology.

CCSD Welcomes Georgia Governor and First Lady For School Visit Kemp @ BGES 8.6 (34)

The Cherokee County School District today welcomed Governor Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp for a visit to Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy!  

During the visit, the Governor and First Lady toured classrooms and participated in a roundtable discussion on education issues with Cherokee County School Board Members and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, school and PTA leaders, and local elected officials including Cherokee County Commission Chairman Harry Johnston and Ball Ground Mayor Rick Roberts.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Susan Grant of Macedonia ES! MES 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 Macedonia ES: Susan Grant! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Schools Win State Honors for Excellence in Education CCSD School Bell Awards 8 5 21

Two Cherokee County School District schools have earned top state honors for excellence in education, and a third received recognition for an outstanding school business partner.

Indian Knoll Elementary School and Macedonia Elementary School both have won the prestigious School Bell Award from the Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals, and Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy earned the Education Patron Award.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Woodstock ES PTA Executive Board of Woodstock ES! WES VOTY 21

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Woodstock ES 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Woodstock ES PTA Executive Board! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: New Victoria Baptist Church of Boston ES Boston POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Boston Elementary School 2021 Partner of the Year: New Victoria Baptist Church!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

Meet the New Principal: Andy Hall of i-Grad Virtual Academy! Meet the Principal - i-Grad Virtual Academy- Andy Hall 8 2 21

Our Principals are dedicated leaders, and we’ve been introducing you in recent days to Principals who are new to the role or who are serving at new schools this year.  Please help us celebrate Andy Hall, who this school year is leading i-Grad Virtual Academy!

i-Grad Virtual Academy Lead Administrator Andy Hall not only is a new school leader, he’s also leading CCSD’s newest school.

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Robyn West of Dean Rusk MS! MTT_Dean Rusk (West) 8 2 21

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
 

CCSD Message: Happy New Year Little River ES - Motes

Please see the following message from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower and enjoy some our of #CCSD1stDay photos in the slideshow posted above.

Like many of you, I woke up earlier than usual this morning to celebrate our new year.  While I didn’t have a child’s shoelaces to tie or ponytails to fasten, my day needed to start as early as possible so I could see as many smiles as possible.

Meet the New Principal: Erica Morrie of Mountain Road ES! Meet the Principal - Mountain Road ES - Erica Morrie 8 1 21

Our Principals are dedicated leaders, and we’ll be introducing you over the coming days to Principals who are new to the role or who are serving at new schools this year.  Please help us celebrate Erica Morrie, who this school year will begin leading Mountain Road Elementary School!

Mountain Road Elementary School Principal Erica Morrie loves adventure and is ready to take on a new one this school year.

Meet the New Principal: Christy Rich of Macedonia ES! Meet the Principal - Macedonia ES - Christy Rich 7 31 21

Our Principals are dedicated leaders, and we’ll be introducing you over the coming days to Principals who are new to the role or who are serving at new schools this year.  Please help us celebrate Christy Rich, who this school year will begin leading Macedonia Elementary School!

Macedonia Elementary School Principal Christy Rich’s own career path is a lesson for her students and teachers and staff in pursuing goals and serving others.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Liesl New of Creekland MS! Liesl New

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 Creekland Middle School Teacher of the Year Liesl New!

Creekland Middle School Teacher of the Year Liesl New makes history relevant for her eighth-grade students by connecting them to it.

Meet the New Principal: Dr. Carolyn Daugherty of Bascomb ES! Meet the Principal - Bascomb ES - Dr. Carolyn Daugherty - 7 30 21

Our Principals are dedicated leaders, and we’ll be introducing you over the coming days to Principals who are new to the role or who are serving at new schools this year.  Please help us celebrate Dr. Carolyn Daugherty, who this school year will begin leading Bascomb Elementary School!

Bascomb Elementary School Principal Dr. Carolyn Daugherty is happy to be home in the Etowah Zone.

Superintendent Meets with Cherokee County Council PTA Leaders CCSD Superintendent PTA Board Meeting 7 30 21

As part of the Cherokee County School District’s back-to-school preparations, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower held his first meeting with the Cherokee County Council PTA’s new executive board.

Meet the New Principal: Melinda Roulier of Ball Ground ES STEM Academy! Meet the Principal - Ball Ground ES STEM Academy - Melinda Roulier 7 29 21

Our Principals are dedicated leaders, and we’ll be introducing you over the coming days to Principals who are new to the role or who are serving at new schools this year.  Please help us celebrate Melinda Roulier, who this school year will begin leading Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy!

Principal Melinda Roulier can’t wait to get to know her new Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy family.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Cathy Alexander of Etowah HS! EHS 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 Etowah HS: Cathy Alexander! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Message: CCSD Use of ParentSquare ps logo image

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.

Meet the New Principal: Tia Bryller of Woodstock MS! Meet the Principal - Woodstock MS - Tia Bryller 7 28 21

Our Principals are dedicated leaders, and we’ll be introducing you over the coming days to Principals who are new to the role or who are serving at new schools this year.  Please help us celebrate Tia Bryller, who this school year will begin leading Woodstock Middle School!

Woodstock Middle School Principal Tia Bryller is a new face in the Woodstock Zone, but she knows middle school by heart.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Pastor Nathaniel Long of Free Home ES! FHES VOTY 21

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Free Home ES 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Pastor Nathaniel Long! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Honors its First Ever CCSD School Nurse of the Year CCSD Nurse of the Year 1 7 28 21

The Cherokee County School District celebrated back-to-school for its school nurses with the presentation of the first-ever CCSD School Nurse of the Year Award!

The new awards program was developed in the spring with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a CCSD Partner.  On National School Nurse Appreciation Day in May, a top school nurse was selected from each Innovation Zone (a high school and its feeder schools) and surprised with award presentations.  The Zone winners advanced to the CCSD School Nurse of the Year Award judging, with the winner selected by a panel of nursing professionals and retired educators. 

Meet the New Principal: Mike Santoro of Creekview HS! Meet the Principal - Creekview HS - Mike Santoro 7 27 21

Our Principals are dedicated leaders, and we’ll be introducing you over the coming days to Principals who are new to the role or who are serving at new schools this year. Please help us celebrate Mike Santoro, who this school year will begin leading Creekview High School!

An award-winning educator and coach, Principal Mike Santoro is headed back to high school.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: The UPS Store of Woodstock HS WHS POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Woodstock High School 2021 Partner of the Year: The UPS Store!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Jada Hanson of Clayton ES! clayton es toty Jada Hanson

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 Clayton Elementary School Teacher of the Year Jada Hanson!

Clayton Elementary School Teacher of the Year Jada Hanson remembers when a teacher changed her life for the first time.

First Time for CCSD Concert Band to be Selected for State Conference Sequoyah HS Band GMEA 7 23 21

A Cherokee County School District concert band for the first time has been selected to perform at the prestigious Georgia Music Educators Association State Conference!

The Sequoyah High School Symphony Band, under the leadership of Director of Bands and Orchestra Casey Eubanks, will perform at the statewide association’s 2022 event to be held in January at the Classic Center in Athens.  The band earned the honor through a recorded music submission process used to audition for the special opportunity.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Lisa Burns of Dean Rusk MS! DRMS 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 Dean Rusk MS: Lisa Burns! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Connections Back to School Newsletter Now Online snip CCSD Connections July 2021

It’s less than two weeks until the first day of school for CCSD on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021!  Please check out the July edition of the CCSD Connections newsletter at https://bit.ly/CCSDconnections, which includes important back-to-school info and a message from the Superintendent.  Don’t forget to visit the Back-to-School Gateway at https://bit.ly/CCSDb2s when it opens Monday, July 26, as we need the parents of all students – both in-person and Digital Learning – to update emergency contacts and provide other important “first day forms” information. Thank you to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia! #CCSDfam

CCSD Digital Learning 2021-22 Program Update CCSD DL guide image

On behalf of the Superintendent, please review the following updates about CCSD’s Digital Learning program for the 2021-22 School Year. 

We have outlined the highlights of the program and back-to-school preparations below.  We encourage you to review the CCSD Digital Learning Models for SY2021-22 Guidebook, which explains the learning models and expectations in greater detail, and is posted online at https://bit.ly/CCSDdlguide21.

CCSD School Buses Get Ready to Hit the Road! school bus inpsection

CCSD's Transportation Department spends the summer break getting its fleet of big yellow buses inspected and ready for another 4 million miles on Cherokee County roads. In the days before the start of the school year, CCSD’s school buses can be spotted out on the county's roads and highways, running their routes.  One practice run with their bus is required, but many drivers practice more times in their own vehicles.

CCSD School Nutrition Announces Plans for 2021-22 School Year CCSD FRP Meal Application Graphic

Cherokee County School District’s School Nutrition department is beginning the new school year with announcements including that it will continue to provide breakfasts and lunches to all students at no cost to them … for the entire 2021-22 school year!

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Ambrea Holman of River Ridge HS! RRHS VOTY 21

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to River Ridge HS 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Ambrea Holman! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Chick-fil-A, Riverstone of Teasley MS TMS POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Teasley Middle School 2021 Partner of the Year: Chick-fil-A, Riverstone!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

Join the #CCSDfam as a School Bus Driver! job ad CCSD school bus driver 7 20 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.  Check out the video at http://bit.ly/CCSDbusvideo to learn more about a day in the life of a CCSD school bus driver!  Join the #CCSDfam & apply now by clicking Jobs@CCSD at www.CherokeeK12.net.  Questions? Please contact CCSD Recruitment Coordinator Lindsay Bowley at Lindsay.Bowley@cherokeek12.net and 770.704.4256.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Rebecca Coleman of Clark Creek ES STEM Academy! Clark Creek ES STEM Academy 2021 TOTY Rebecca Coleman

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 Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy Teacher of the Year Rebecca Coleman!

Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy Teacher of the Year Rebecca Coleman is the kind of teacher students remember for a lifetime.

CCSD Board Business Briefs for July 15, 2021 School Board Meeting 7 15 2021

The Cherokee County School Board at its meeting on Thursday, July 15, 2021 took the following action:

  • Approved the monthly personnel report, which included the appointment of Adam Johnson, a 13-year CCSD teacher who has taught and coached track at Cherokee High School, as a new assistant principal at Woodstock High School;
Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Simone Alsup of Carmel ES! Carmel 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 Carmel ES: Simone Alsup! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Heather Baird of E.T. Booth MS! ETBMS VOTY 21

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to E.T. Booth MS 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Heather Baird! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Message: Opening of School Update CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that, based on the Governor’s decision through Executive Order to end the Public Health State of Emergency on June 30, 2021, and the significant improvement of the state of public health, we are returning to pre-pandemic school operations for the 2021-22 school year, which begins Aug. 2.  More back-to-school information will be shared with our families in the July edition of the CCSD Connections newsletter on July 22.

CCSD Summer Meals Weekly Order Form - Due July 15 Summer Feeding 2021 FLYER

If your children are 0-18 years old, we are pleased to offer summer to-go meal service for them! 

Meal pick up will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, July 19, at Cherokee High School's Cherokee North building, Creekview High School and Etowah High School's Etowah East building.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Zach's Grading & Tree Removal of Ball Ground ES STEM Academy BGES POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Ball Ground ES STEM Academy 2021 Partner of the Year: Zach's Grading & Tree Removal!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Dr. Jodi Burn of Cherokee HS! Cherokee HS TOTY 2021 Dr. Jodi Burn

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 Cherokee High School Teacher of the Year Dr. Jodi Burn!

Cherokee High School Teacher of the Year Dr. Jodi Burn sees star power in every student.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Sue Hotaling from the Office of School Operations! OSO SSOTY 2021

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 the Office of School Operations: Sue Hotaling! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Lanae Collier of Cherokee HS! CHS VOTY 21

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Cherokee HS 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Lanae Collier! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Summer Meals Weekly Order Form - Due July 8 Summer Feeding 2021 FLYER

If your children are 0-18 years old, we are pleased to offer summer to-go meal service for them! 

Meal pick up will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, July 12, at Cherokee High School's Cherokee North building, Creekview High School and Etowah High School's Etowah East building.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Bethel Tabernacle of R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy RMMES POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy 2021 Partner of the Year: Bethel Tabernacle!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Bill Barsh of Carmel ES! Carmel ES 2021 TOTY Bill Barsh 7 3 21

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 Carmel Elementary School Teacher of the Year Bill Barsh!

Carmel Elementary School has its own “Mister Rogers,” and his name is Bill Barsh.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Lynnette Greene of Mill Creek MS! MCMS 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 Mill Creek MS: Lynnette Greene! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Nikki Chambley of Indian Knoll ES! VOTY IKES 21

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Indian Knoll ES 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Nikki Chambley! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: NT Nails, Hickory Flat of Sequoyah HS SHS POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Sequoyah HS 2021 Partner of the Year: NT Nails, Hickory Flat!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Megan Vogel of CCSD Preschool Centers! CCSD Preschool Centers 2021 TOTY Megan Vogel 6 26 21

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 CCSD Preschool Centers Teacher of the Year Megan Vogel!

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Joanna Campos of Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy! HES POTY 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 Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy: Joanna Campos! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Students Earn Region, State Honors at Technology Competition CCSD 2021 State Technology Competition Winners 6 24 21

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.  
 

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Woodstock HS PTSA of Woodstock HS! WHS VOTY 21

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Woodstock HS 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Woodstock HS PTSA! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Ten CCSD Student Athletes Honored by Positive Athlete Georgia 2021 CCSD Positive Athlete Georgia Regional Award Winners 6 23 21

Ten Cherokee County School District student athletes have been honored by Positive Athlete Georgia!

The students have been honored with 2021 Positive Athlete Georgia Regional Awards by Positive Athlete Georgia, a subsidiary of Celebrate Positive LLC, which promotes the benefits of positivity to young athletes around the world.  Hines Ward, a former Forest Park High School, University of Georgia and Pittsburgh Steelers football star, formed Positive Athlete with local businessman Scott Pederson.

CCSD Summer Meals Weekly Order Form - Due June 24 Summer Feeding 2021 FLYER

If your children are 0-18 years old, we are pleased to offer summer to-go meal service for them! 

Meal pick up will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, June 28, at Cherokee High School's Cherokee North building, Creekview High School and Etowah High School's Etowah East building.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Trotter & Patel Pediatrics Dentistry & Orthodontics of Creekland MS CMS POTY 2021

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Creekland MS 2021 Partner of the Year: Trotter & Patel Pediatrics Dentistry & Orthodontics!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

CCSD Class of 2021 Graduates Honored by Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame CCSD Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame Honored Seniors Class of 2021 - 6 22 21

Twelve Cherokee County School District Class of 2021 graduates have been 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. 

Six CCSD Class of 2021 Graduates Earn $1,000 ABM Scholarships CCSD 2021 ABM Scholarships 6 21 21

Six Cherokee County School District Class of 2021 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 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.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Brenna Lloyd of Boston ES! Boston ES 2021 TOTY Brenna Lloyd 6 19 21

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 Boston Elementary School Teacher of the Year Brenna Lloyd!

Board Business Briefs: School Board Approves Budget School Board Meeting auditorium 6 17 2021

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, June 17, 2021 unanimously approved its budget for next school year, which is balanced without a tax rate increase and includes hiring 125 new teachers above and beyond enrollment growth to help bridge any pandemic-related learning opportunity losses.  

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Shawn Lisle of Bascomb ES! BES 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 Bascomb ES: Shawn Lisle! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Linda Postell and Patti Tressler of ACE Academy! ACE VOTY 2021

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to ACE Academy 2021 Volunteers of the Year: Linda Postell and Patti Tressler! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Class of 2021 Graduates Win $2,500 Scholarships CCSD 2021 Dickerson Family Foundation Scholarships 6 16 21

Ten Cherokee County School District Class of 2021 graduates have earned $2,500 college scholarships from a community foundation!

It is the second year of the annual college scholarships presented by the Jason T. Dickerson Family Foundation, which have expanded from the inaugural awarding of two scholarships to 10.

CCSD Summer Meals Weekly Order Form - Due June 17 Summer Feeding 2021 FLYER

If your children are 0-18 years old, we are pleased to offer summer to-go meal service for them! 

Meal pick up will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, June 21, at Cherokee High School's Cherokee North building, Creekview High School and Etowah High School's Etowah East building.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: The Church @ War Hill (War Hill West Campus) of Clayton ES Clayton POTY 2021

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Clayton ES 2021 Partner of the Year: The Church @ War Hill (War Hill West Campus)!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

CCSD Celebrates Special Education Staff of the Year Award Winners CCSD 2020-21 Special Education Staff of the Year Award Winners 6 15 21

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating four of its outstanding Special Education team members!

Four members of the Department of Special Education received its top annual honors during the annual Special Education Staff of the Year Awards ceremony.  They are: CCSD Occupational Therapist/Physical Therapist of the Year Amy Peart; CCSD School Psychologist of the Year Laura Killen; CCSD Special Education Facilitator of the Year Kortney Dempsey; and CCSD Speech Language Pathologist of the Year Stacy Irwin.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Suzy Gebhart of Bascomb ES! Suzy Gebhart

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 Bascomb Elementary School Teacher of the Year Suzy Gebhart!

Bascomb Elementary School Teacher of the Year Suzy Gebhart loves a challenge.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Amanda Hoffman of Freedom MS! FMS 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 Freedom MS: Amanda Hoffman! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Three CCSD Graduating Seniors Headed to U.S. Service Academies, 50 to Military Service CCSD 2021 military service 6 10 21

More than 50 of the Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2021 graduates have committed to military service, including three selected for prestigious U.S. Service Academies!

“We’re deeply proud and grateful for the decision each of these graduates has made to serve our country.  Thank you to you all, and thank you to your families,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “We also congratulate our three graduates selected for U.S. Service Academies – we know how hard each of you worked to earn these appointments.  We are grateful for your dedication and for all of our teachers and coaches who supported you along the way.”

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: LRES PTA Executive Board of Little River ES! LRES VOTY 2021

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Little River ES 2021 Volunteer of the Year: LRES PTA Executive Board! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Summer Meals Weekly Order Form - Due June 10 Summer Feeding 2021 FLYER

If your children are 0-18 years old, we are pleased to offer summer to-go meal service for them! 

Meal pick up will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, June 14, at Cherokee High School's Cherokee North building, Creekview High School and Etowah High School's Etowah East building.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Lil' Angels Photography of Holly Springs ES STEM Academy HSES POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Holly Springs ES STEM Academy 2021 Partner of the Year: Lil' Angels Photography!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

CCSD Recognizes Middle School Writing Contest Winners CCSD 2021 Middle School Writing Contest winners image 6 7 21

The Cherokee County School District congratulates the winners of its middle school writing contest!

Layne M. Davidson of Dean Rusk Middle School won the seventh-grade division for her children’s book, “Flowers from London,” and Chloe Feibus of Creekland Middle School won the eighth-grade division for her story “The Mend”  in the 2021 Writing Contest organized by CCSD’s Office of Curriculum & Instruction.  Their winning stories are published below:

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Jennie Allen of Ball Ground ES STEM Academy!  toty 2021 ball ground es stem academy - Jennie Allen

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 Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy Teacher of the Year Jennie Allen!

CCSD Celebrates Winners of Minecraft Design Challenge CCSD Minecraft Winners 6 4 21

The Cherokee County School District recently celebrated the winners of its second annual Minecraft Student Build Challenge!

The competition, organized by CCSD’s Office of Technology and Information Services, challenged students in all grades to use Redstone in Minecraft: Education Edition to build a device that could make the world a better place.

CCSD Staff Honored with Chamber Young Professionals Award Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Top 10 in 10 2021

Three Cherokee County School District staff members earned honors from the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce!

Cherokee HS Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Jeremy Adams, Coordinator of Recruitment Lindsay Bowley and River Ridge HS Media Specialist Savannah Holcomb received the Chamber's Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch honor, which recognizes outstanding leaders who are 40 or younger, at the organization's June meeting.

Creekview HS Student Praised as Hero for Response to House Fire CVHS student hero 6 4 21

We're so proud of Creekview High School rising junior Jaymel Napoleon!  His heroism saved his family and his neighbors from a fire that destroyed several houses including the home of Creekview HS teacher Rachel Velardez.  Read about if here in the AJC. #CCSDfam 

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Taylor Johnson of Avery ES! AES 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 Avery ES: Taylor Johnson! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Connections Newsletter for June 2021 Now Online  image CCSD Connections newsletter June 21

The June 2021 edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter.  Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia, a CCSD Partner.  #CCSDfam

CCSD Students Earn Region, State Honors in Career Skills Competitions CCSD CTAE logo

Seventeen Cherokee County School District students have earned Region and State honors for achievements in career skills competitions.

All CCSD high schools offer Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) programs and Career Pathway classes as well as aligned Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs).  The CTSOs give students the opportunity to participate in career-oriented extra-curricular activities including community service, leadership roles and demonstrating at statewide competitions the skills they’ve learned in class.

Two CCSD Schools Earn State Safety Awards Georgia Safe Routes to School Logo

Two CCSD schools have earned recognition from Safe Routes to School for their efforts to encourage students to walk and bike more and stay safe! 

Bascomb Elementary School and Clayton Elementary School both earned the Gold Partner Award from the nonprofit organization.

Congratulations to the 2021 Waste Management/Pine Bluff Landfill Scholarship Winner! CCSD 2021 WM Pine Bluff Scholarship winner 6 3 21

Etowah High School Class of 2021 graduating senior Margaret Bradley has earned this year’s Waste Management/Pine Bluff Landfill Scholarship!

The $5,000 scholarship is presented to a graduating senior each year as part of the company’s partnership agreement with CCSD.  The designated school rotates annually, with Etowah selected for the Class of 2021 school, and all graduating seniors from the designated school have the opportunity to apply.  This is the 14th anniversary of the scholarship.

CCSD School Nutrition Program Earns State Recognition CCSD School Nutrition Vision Award 6 3 21

The Cherokee County School District School Nutrition program has earned top honors from the Georgia Department of Education.

The program earned the State’s 2020 Vision District award in recognition of its outstanding efforts to use Georgia grown foods on school cafeteria menus.  CCSD has received numerous accolades for its Farm to School initiative and collaboration with community partners including the Cherokee County Farm Bureau.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Christy Hopewell of Mountain Road ES! MRES VOTY 21

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Mountain Road ES 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Christy Hopewell! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Three CCSD Class of 2021 Graduates Win National Merit Special Scholarships CCSD 2021 National Merit special scholarships 6 2 21

Three Cherokee County School District Class of 2021 graduates have earned National Merit special scholarships!

Cherokee High School graduate Dylan Iovino, who plans to pursue a degree in chemical engineering, has won a National Merit university scholarship from the University of Alabama.  Etowah High School graduate Benjamin Willett, who plans to pursue a career in finance, has won a National Merit university scholarship from the University of Georgia.  River Ridge High School graduate Audrey Norton has won a National Merit corporate scholarship from Crum & Forster and plans to attend the University of North Carolina.  

CCSD Summer Meals Weekly Order Form - Due June 3 Summer Feeding 2021 FLYER

If your children are 0-18 years old, we are pleased to offer summer to-go meal service for them! 

Meal pick up will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, June 7, at Cherokee High School's Cherokee North building, Creekview High School and Etowah High School's Etowah East building.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Sixes United Methodist Church (Shepherds Class) of Sixes ES! SES POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Sixes ES 2021 Partner of the Year: Sixes United Methodist Church (Shepherds Class)!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

CCSD Students Selected for Governor's Honors Program CCSD Governors Honors 2021 6 1 21

Fourteen Cherokee County School District students have been selected for the competitive Georgia Governor's Honors Program.

The four-week summer instructional program at Berry College for rising high school juniors and seniors is designed to provide students with academic, cultural and social enrichment “necessary to become the next generation of global critical thinkers, innovators and leaders.”  Students live and study on the campus in Rome from June 20 to July 17.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Alicia Thrower of Avery ES! TOTY Avery ES 2021 Alicia Thrower

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 Avery Elementary School Teacher of the Year Alicia Thrower!

Congratulations to CCSD's Retiring Educators! CCSD retirement image 5 28 2021

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

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

“Congratulations to each of our retirees for dedicating your career to serving our community’s children,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “Whether you served in a classroom or behind the scenes, you made a positive difference in the lives of our students.  I know our entire community has benefitted from your exemplary service and joins me in wishing you the best as you enjoy your hard-earned retirement.”

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: April Simmons of Hickory Flat ES! HFES SSOTY

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 Hickory Flat ES: April Simmons! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Honors Top Grads, Teachers at Scholar Recognition Banquet CCSD 2021 Vals and Sals 5 27 21

The Cherokee County School District and School Board celebrated the Class of 2021 Valedictorians and Salutatorians at its 21st Annual Scholar Recognition Banquet.

The special event on Wednesday evening was attended by the Scholars and their parents; the teacher each Scholar chose as the most influential in his or her education; CCSD’s high school Principals; the Superintendent of Schools and members of his senior staff; and the School Board.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Michelle Ledford Brown of Tippens EC! TEC VOTY 21

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Tippens EC 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Michelle Ledford Brown! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Superintendent’s Message to the Class of 2021: Finish Strong image Congratulations to the Class of 2021

Dear CCSD Family,

The message below is to our graduating Class of 2021 seniors.  I am sharing it with all of you, as they are the future of our community.  You can see each of their names posted on our website at http://bit.ly/CCSDclassof2021.


Dear Class of 2021,

The finish line is in sight.

Congratulations to CCSD's Class of 2021! CCSD Class of 2021 caps

Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2021, made up of 2,995 students, will walk across the stage for graduation ceremonies this week!

All ceremonies 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.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Modern Woodmen of America of Dean Rusk MS DRMS POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Dean Rusk MS 2021 Partner of the Year: Modern Woodmen of America!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Jennifer Dupoux of Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy! MTT Hasty ES (Dupoux) 5 24 21

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 #CCSDunited

Join the #CCSDfam as a Facility Technician! job ad - facility tech 2021

CCSD is seeking skilled Maintenance/Facility Technicians to keep our schools and offices running safely and smoothly.  More information about this opportunity is at http://bit.ly/CCSDfactech.  CCSD offers employees excellent compensation and benefits, a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team.  Join the #CCSDfam & apply now by clicking Jobs@CCSD at www.CherokeeK12.net  Questions about this opportunity?  Contact Rocky Simpson via email at rocky.simpson@cherokeek12.net or by phone at 770.721.8452.

Orders Due 8 a.m. May 25 for Last Day of School To-Go Meals Distribution CCSD heart logo cmyk

CCSD is offering a special to-go free meal service for all students on the last day of school! 

Meal pick up will be Friday, May 28, in a designated area of your child’s school (car rider or bus lane) at a designated time.  Here are the locations and times for this distribution: http://bit.ly/CCSDmeals528.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Debbie Baluch of Arnold Mill ES! Debbie Baluch

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 Arnold Mill Elementary School Teacher of the Year Debbie Baluch! 

Board Business Briefs: School Board Reviews Budget, Prohibits CRT CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday reviewed the recommended budget for next school year, which includes hiring more teachers to lower class size while not raising the school property tax millage rate, and adopted a resolution that prohibits implementing Critical Race Theory (CRT) and The 1619 Project.  

Matt Cates Named CCSD 2021 Coach of the Year coach of the year

Cherokee County School District recognized its inaugural Coach of the Year this week by surprising the winner, Matt Cates of Cherokee HS, with a plaque and gifts from sponsors.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Betty Miller of Arnold Mill ES! AMES SSOTY 2021

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 Arnold Mill ES: Betty Miller! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Mike Maxwell of Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy! oges voty 2021

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Mike Maxwell! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Huber Corporation of Knox ES STEM Academy KES POTY 2021

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Knox ES STEM Academy 2021 Partner of the Year: Huber Corporation!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Logan Hostetter of Creekland Middle School! MTT Creekland MS (Hostetter) 5 17 21

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 #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Jeffrey Hutto of ACE Academy! TOTY 2021 ACE Academy - Jeffrey Hutto

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 ACE Academy Teacher of the Year Jeffrey Hutto!

CCSD Staff, Parents Honored with Cherokee County Council PTA Awards CCSD 2021 Cherokee County Council PTA Awards 5 14 2

Cherokee County School District staff and PTA units and leaders have been honored with top awards by the Cherokee County Council PTA!

Congratulations to the winners and best wishes as they advance to regional and State opportunities for recognition.

CCSD Teachers Honored with Golden Apple Awards CCSD Golden Apple Awards 5 14 21

Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Golden Apple Award presented to top teachers this week by the Gamma Eta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International!  

Twelve CCSD schools were invited to recognize an honoree this year, and they are: Katelyn Sugar of Arnold Mill ES, Beth Smith of Ball Ground ES STEM Academy, Laura Wagner of Bascomb ES, Liane Moler of E.T. Booth MS, Heather Barton of Etowah HS, Lacy Savage of Free Home ES, Morgann Anderson of Indian Knoll ES, Meredith Rocker of Johnston ES, Janet Marotte of Knox ES STEM Academy,  Kristin Covington of Mountain Road ES, Stephanie Collett of R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy, Rachel LaChine of Sequoyah HS.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Carla Cornelison from the Office of Support Services! OSS SSOTY 2021

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 the Office of Support Services: Carla Cornelison! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Dana Gardner and Tammy Willis of Liberty ES! LES VOTY 2021

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Liberty ES 2021 Volunteers of the Year: Dana Gardner and Tammy Willis! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Honors School Nurses with New Awards CCSD School Nurse Appreciation 2021

The Cherokee County School District celebrated National School Nurse Appreciation Day with the presentation of its inaugural Nurse of the Year Awards!

The top school nurse selected for each Innovation Zone (a high school and its feeder schools) was surprised with award presentations on Monday and today.  They now advance to a CCSD Nurse of the Year Award program, with the winner to be selected by a panel of nursing professionals and retired educators and announced at a new professional development event for school nurses this summer.  

Two CCSD High School Seniors Earn National Merit Scholarships CCSD National Merit Scholarship Winners 5 12 21

Two Cherokee County School District graduating seniors have earned 2021 National Merit Scholarships!

Nathan Davis of Creekview HS and Jeremy Jeong of Sequoyah HS are among the top 2,500 seniors in the U.S. to earn the prestigious $2,500 scholarship awarded by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.  

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Family Tradition, Woodstock of Woodstock MS WMS POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Woodstock MS 2021 Partner of the Year: Family Tradition, Woodstock!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Dana Leverette of Cherokee HS! MTT Cherokeee HS (Levrette) 5 10 21

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 #CCSDunited

CCSD School Earns Digital Citizenship Certification Common Sense Digital Certification logo

R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy has earned national digital citizenship certification!

The school has been named a Common Sense Certified School for Digital Citizenship by Common Sense Education, a national organization that helps educators teach students to understand and safely use technology and to develop successful digital skills and habits.

School Lunch Hero Day lunch hero

School Lunch Hero Day was observed on Friday in appreciation of school cafeteria workers nationwide! To show their appreciation, Cherokee County School Board members and CCSD senior staff worked the line in multiple Cherokee County School District lunchrooms.

 

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Joy Harrison of Clark Creek ES STEM Academy! CCES SSOTY 2021

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 Clark Creek ES STEM Academy: Joy Harrison! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Connections Newsletter for May - End-of-Year Updates image CCSD connections newsletter May 21

The May 2021 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 updates and reminders and a message from the Superintendent.  Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia, a CCSD Partner.  #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Celebrates Future Educators CCSD Future Educators Signing Day 5 6 21

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating future educators this month!

High schools are holding “signing day” events as part of Teacher Appreciation Month to honor graduating seniors who plan to pursue careers in education.

Three CCSD Seniors Named U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Semi-Finalists CCSD US Presidential Scholars Program Semifinalists 5 6 21

Three Cherokee County School District Class of 2021 seniors have been named finalists for a top national honor.

As semi-finalists for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, Koryn Todd of Creekview High School, Annelise Axelsson of River Ridge High School and Sophia Abbott of Woodstock High School are among only 700 students from the more than 3 million graduating seniors in the nation’s Class of 2021 selected to advance in the prestigious recognition program.  Only 18 students from Georgia were named semi-finalists.

CCSD Celebrates Yes I Can Award Winners Yes I Can Awards logo

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating its Yes I Can Award winners.

The Yes I Can Awards celebrate the achievements of children and youth with exceptionalities.  The awards encourage students to seek their highest potential, and increase public awareness of the abilities, aspirations, and personal qualities of those with disabilities. 

35 CCSD Students Place in Statewide Reflections Contest CCSD 2021 Georgia PTA Reflections Winners 5 6 21

Thirty-five Cherokee County School District students earned honors through the 2020-21 Georgia PTA Reflections fine arts contest! 

The annual competition offers students in all grades and abilities the opportunity to create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.  Students can earn recognition at the School, District, State and National levels.  This year's theme was “I Matter Because …”

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Volunteer of the Year: Susan McElhannon of Etowah HS! EHS VOTY 2021

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Etowah HS 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Susan McElhannon! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Student Earns Georgia Award of Excellence ACE Academy Award of Excellence winner 5 5 21

A Cherokee County School District student has won the Georgia Award of Excellence.

ACE Academy Class of 2021 graduate Michael Benjamin Gerow earned the award presented by the Georgia Department of Education to recognize graduating seniors who overcome special needs to achieve academic and/or extracurricular accomplishments.

CCSD Students Graduate from Regional Leadership Program Model ARC 2021 Graduates 5 5 21

Two Cherokee County School District students have graduated from a regional leadership program.

Etowah High School sophomore Ila Prabhuram and Woodstock High School junior Fawzan Khan were among 29 outstanding high school students selected to participate in the Model Atlanta Regional Commission (MARC) youth leadership program, which recently concluded for the school year.

CCSD Student Earns First Place in Prestigious National Art Competition Creekview HS Congressional Art Award Winner 5 5 21

A Cherokee County School District student has won first place in a prestigious National art competition!

Creekview High School senior Paige Nash earned top honors in the 40th Annual Congressional Art Competition and will represent the 11th Congressional District in the National exhibit.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Macedonia United Methodist Church (Mother’s Cupboard) of Free Home ES! FHES POTY 2021

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Free Home ES 2021 Partner of the Year: Macedonia United Methodist Church (Mother’s Cupboard)!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

CCSD Teacher Wins Statewide Hero Award LAW Jeremy

A Cherokee County School District teacher has earned a statewide award recognizing educators as heroes!

Grace Ed Technologies today, National Teacher Appreciation Day, announced the three winners of its 2021 Teacher Heroes Awards including Cherokee High School teacher and coach Jeremy Law.

Sequoyah HS Music Facility Named for Beloved Band Director

 

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CCSD Student Wins Statewide Scholarship Etowah HS Bynum Scholarship Winner 5 4 21

A Cherokee County School District student has earned a statewide scholarship!

Etowah High School senior McKenzie Anderson has earned the 2021 Southeastern States Pupil Transportation Conference Buster Bynum Scholarship.

CCSD Student Wins National Photography Contest Mill Creek MS Photo Contest Winner 5 4 21

A Cherokee County School District student has won a national photography contest! 

Mill Creek Middle School eighth-grader Annie Mercer earned third place in the middle school division of the 2021 Jostens Photo Contest, sponsored by the company known for its yearbooks and other school memorabilia. 

Message from the Superintendent: Teacher Appreciation Day CCSD Teacher Appreciation Day 2021

Please see the message below from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower:

Every teacher, whether in his second year or in her 30th year, has them saved.

These treasures take many forms: the handmade cards with imperfect spelling and perfect love, the well-worn first “best teacher” mug turned pens holder and the shiny new one filled with coffee, the dried store-bought carnation and the dried playground dandelion.

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Amber McFarland of R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy! MTT RM Mooore ES (McFarland) 5 3 21

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 #CCSDunited
 

Registration Now Open for High School Summer School CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

Registration is now open for CCSD High School 2021 Summer School.

Summer School will be offered from June 3-23, 2021 with options for Credit Recovery and Initial Credit.

Creekview HS FFA Grows with $5,000 Gift Creekview HS Pilgrims 4 29 21

Creekview High School’s agriculture program is growing even more thanks to a generous donation. 

Pilgrim’s of Canton donated $5,000 through its Hometown Strong Program to the school’s agriculture program and FFA chapter.  Teacher Pauline Benton said the donation will assist in training FFA members for the Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event, help continue community service programs that feed the food insecure and those in poverty in the community, and provide leadership scholarships for students to attend the National FFA Convention. 

11 CCSD Seniors Named Georgia Scholars ga scholars square image

Eleven CCSD seniors have been selected for the prestigious Georgia Scholar recognition, State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced Thursday.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Pam Cheever of ACE Academy! ACE SSOTY 2021

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 ACE Academy: Pam Cheever! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Schools Named to "Best High Schools" List US News logo

All six CCSD high schools made the U.S. News and World Report’s “Best High Schools” list for 2021, which was released by the publication this week.   Creekview HS led the county in the rankings at number 2,342 out of 24,000 high schools in the country; five of CCSD’s high schools – Creekview, Etowah, River Ridge, Sequoyah and Woodstock – also ranked in the Top 100 in Georgia of the more than 400 high schools in the state and fell within the top 15% nationwide. 

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Volunteer of the Year: Nicole Balejcsik of Johnston ES! JES VOTY 2021

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Johnston ES 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Nicole Balejcsik! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Join the #CCSDfam as an EBD Teacher! job ad EBD teacher 4 28 21

The Cherokee County School District is seeking EBD teachers for numerous schools for next school year.  This position offer competitive compensation and outstanding benefits, a balanced school calendar, and wonderful work environments and caring teams.  Apply now by clicking Jobs@CCSD at www.CherokeeK12.net and clicking on any of the openings for an EBD teacher.  For more information, please contact Amy Graham, Director of Staffing at amy.graham@cherokeek12.net and 770.704.4306. #CCSDfam

Join the #CCSDfam as a School Nutrition Worker! job ad School Nutrition Worker 4 27 21

The Cherokee County School District is seeking School Nutrition Workers for numerous schools for this school year and next school year.  This position offer competitive compensation and outstanding benefits, a schedule that follows the school calendar, and wonderful work environments and caring teams.  Apply now by clicking Jobs@CCSD at www.CherokeeK12.net and selecting any of the School Nutrition Worker listings at various schools.  For more information, please contact Cassandra Higgins at cassandra.higgins@cherokeek12.net and 770.721.8419. #CCSDfam

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Michelle Young of CCSD Preschool Centers — Holly Springs! MTT CCSD Preschool (Young) 4 26 21

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 #CCSDunited

Meet the Student Delegate: Lexie-Anne Rodkey CHS Student Delegate 2021-22

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 Teachers of the Year at Legacy Makers Banquet TOTY CHELSEA (4)

The Cherokee County School District saluted educators Thursday night at the long-awaited 2021 Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration.
 
The annual banquet to recognize all of CCSD’s school Teachers of the Year and to announce the overall winner is usually held in the fall.  This year’s program was delayed due to the pandemic, and additional safety measures were enacted for Thursday night including limiting guests.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Cali Mondello of River Ridge HS! RRHS SSOTY 2021

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 River Ridge High School: Cali Mondello! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Congratulations to CCSD's STAR Students and Teachers CCSD STAR Students 2021 4 22 21

Congratulations to the Cherokee County School District’s 2021 STAR Students and Teachers!

The STAR, or Student Teacher Achievement Recognition, Student honor is awarded to the high school senior from each Georgia high school with the highest score on any single test date of the SAT taken by the contest deadline, who also in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.  Each honored student is invited to select their favorite teacher to be named that school’s STAR Teacher.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Volunteer of the Year: Rebecca Wright of Macedonia ES! MES VOTY 2021

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Macedonia ES 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Rebecca Wright! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Seven CCSD Students Place at Georgia Science & Engineering Fair Georgia State Science Fair 4 21 21

Seven Cherokee County School District students placed at the Georgia Science & Engineering Fair!

The students, who all attend E.T. Booth Middle School, earned high honors at the competition for middle and high school students, including two best in state awards and several other top prizes.  The 73rd Fair took place virtually over the past several weeks and followed a regional competition where nine E.T. Booth Middle School students earned an invite to the State competition and 10 won special awards.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Amber Cloy Photography of Creekview HS! CVHS POTY 2021

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Creekview HS 2021 Partner of the Year: Amber Cloy Photography!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Susan Parris of Liberty ES! MTT Liberty ES (Parris) 4 19 21

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 #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Volunteer of the Year: Alanna Blake-Lawlor of Bascomb ES! Bascomb VOTY 2021

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Bascomb ES 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Alanna Blake-Lawlor! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

School Board Visits Hickory Flat ES CCSD School Board Visit Hickory Flat ES 1 4 16 21

Cherokee County School Board members regularly visit schools for tours with the Superintendent of Schools, members of his staff, and the school’s Principal and administrative team.  This month, the visit was to Hickory Flat Elementary School, where they met with Principal Kerry Estep and her leadership team and enjoyed a School Nutrition lunch from the cafeteria. #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Board Business Briefs: School Board Approves New School Calendars new leaders 4 16 21

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, April 15, approved school calendars for three more years and appointed several new leaders for next school year.

The approved calendars for the 2022-23, 2023-24 and 2024-25 school year now are posted at http://bit.ly/CCSDcalendars.  They were developed by a committee of CCSD employees and parents and use the same balanced calendar model as currently in place.  

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Darlene Gaddis of Boston ES! SSOTY Boston 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 Boston Elementary School: Darlene Gaddis! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Connections Newsletter & Graduation Update CCSD Connections image April 2021

The April 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.  Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia, a CCSD Partner.

GRADUATION UPDATE: Following a meeting this afternoon relative to graduation ceremony planning, we are pleased to announce that CCSD Class of 2021 graduating seniors will be allowed tickets for six guests to attend their ceremony next month at First Baptist Church of Woodstock.  We are very appreciative for the opportunity to expand guest capacity for this special event in light of the Governor’s change in pandemic restrictions.  The event also will be livestreamed, as it has been in years past, to allow guests who cannot attend to watch the ceremony from home.

 

16 CCSD Students Named to All-State Band and Orchestra GMEA all state band and orchestra

Sixteen Cherokee County School District high school and middle school students have 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 will be held virtually on Friday afternoon and Saturday. 

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: City of Woodstock of Woodstock ES! WES POTY 2021

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Woodstock ES 2021 Partner of the Year: City of Woodstock!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

Meet the Teacher: Michelle Campbell of Little River ES! MTT Little River ES (Campbell) 4 12 21

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 #CCSDunited 

Woodstock HS Career Education Program Receives $5,000 Donation Woodstock HS Career Donation 4 2 21

Woodstock High School’s career education program has received a boost from a local business.

Pilgrim’s of Canton donated $5,000 through its Hometown Strong Program to the school’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) program.

CCSD Partners with Office of Economic Development to Offer Fourth Annual Cherokee Summer Internship Program SocialPost-01

The Cherokee County School District has partnered with the Cherokee Office of Economic Development to provide summer employment opportunities for rising high school juniors and seniors as part of the Fourth Annual Cherokee Summer Internship Program. The interactive, mentorship-based program runs from June 7 – July 16, 2021. 

“These internships are an outstanding opportunity for our students to spend their summer break learning about careers in their community, while also earning money for their time,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “We’re so thankful to the Office of Economic Development and the participating businesses for continuing to offer this program to our students.”

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Robert Williams from the Office of Safety & Security! OS&S SSOTY 2021

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 the Office of Safety & Security: Robert Williams! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Announces i-Grad Information and Application - Due April 30  i-Grad Virtual Academy logo

We are excited to share application and enrollment information about i-Grad Virtual Academy (Grades 9-12) with you.  Applications for the 2021-22 School Year open on April 1, 2021 and are due by April 30, 2021.  Students and parents must complete the online form and get at least one recommendation from their current school.  The application process will give students the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to be successful in a virtual environment.  Application decisions and notifications will begin in early May, and accepted students/parents will be contacted with enrollment information.  

CCSD Recognizes 230 Superintendent's Key Scholars for Academic Success