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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.  

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 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 compositive 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

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 CCSD Key Scholars patches

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating 230 extraordinary high school students as Superintendent’s Key Scholars!  

These outstanding sophomores and juniors were recognized, through the 16th Annual Superintendent’s Key Scholar Recognition Ceremony held virtually on Thursday night, for scores achieved this year on the Practice SAT (PSAT) that rank them in the top 10% nationwide. 

Sequoyah HS Receives $5,000 Donation for FCCLA Sequoyah HS FCCLA Donation

Sequoyah High School has received a generous gift for its Family, Career and Community Leaders of America program.

Pilgrim’s of Canton has donated $5,000 through its Hometown Strong Program to the career education and service club.

CCSD Students Earn State Literary Honors & Reading Bowl Championship CCSD TOME State Winners 4 1 21

Cherokee County School District students earned accolades at the annual statewide literary competition – including a State championship for the Freedom Middle School Reading Bowl team!

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Volunteer of the Year: Karen Jordan of Ball Ground ES STEM Academy! BGES VOTY 2021

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Ball Ground ES STEM Academy 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Karen Jordan! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Message: Reminders and Updates CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised of the following reminders and updates:

SPRING BREAK
CCSD schools and offices will be closed Monday, April 5, through Friday, April, 9, with classes resuming April 12.  We ask that all students and their families please follow COVID-19 safety precautions over the break, including social distancing, wearing a mask, staying home when you’re sick, and getting tested if you’re symptomatic or if you have had a close contact with someone who is positive.  If you will be travelling during the break, please review the CDC’s guidance at http://bit.ly/covidtravel21; CCSD is not requiring students quarantine due to travel, but if you choose to self-quarantine your children for this reason, please let your child’s school know.

CCSD Announces High School 2021 Summer School Options CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

CCSD High School 2021 Summer School will be offered from June 3-23, 2021 with options for Credit Recovery and Initial Credit as detailed below.  More detailed registration information will be released in mid-April.

18 CCSD Students Place at Elementary School State Science Fair CCSD State K-5 Science Fair 3 31 21

Eighteen Cherokee County School District students placed at the elementary school State Science Fair!

Eight CCSD students placed first, seven placed second and three placed third at the Fourth Annual Georgia College K-5 State Science Fair.  The event, presented by Georgia College & State University, was held virtually this month with live-stream project presentations and interviews of students by judges. 

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: The Premier Group of Carmel ES! CES POTY 2021

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Carmel ES 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

Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy Teacher Earns National STEM Honor CCSD Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy - Discovery Ed DEN STAR Educator 3 30 21

An Oak Grove Elementary School Fine Arts Academy teacher has earned a national STEM honor.

Third-grade teacher Tammy Owen was selected as a DEN STAR Educator by Discovery Education, a program for top STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teachers that offers them professional learning opportunities, and event kits containing resources to share with other educators.

Meet the Teacher: Paula Neubert of Holly Springs ES STEM Academy MTT Holly Springs ES (Neubert) 3 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 #CCSDunited

CCSD Offering Free To-Go Meals for Spring Break - Orders Due 3/30 spring break clip art

CCSD is offering a special to-go free meal service for all students for Spring Break!

Meal pick up will be Friday, April 2, in a designated area of your child’s school (car rider or bus lane) at a designated time.  Location and Pick up Time by School. (https://bit.ly/CCSDmealpickup)

CCSD Students Advance to Young Authors State Competition CCSD Young Georgia Authors Region Winners 3 26 21

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.  The District winners then advance to Regional competition for the opportunity to compete statewide.

CCSD Names 2021 Partners of the Year, Volunteers of the Year CCSD Volunteer of the Year 1 3 25 21

The Cherokee County School District today named the winners of its eighth annual CCSD Partner of the Year and Volunteer of the Year Awards.

While the traditional recognition ceremony could not be held this year, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower surprised the overall CCSD winners this morning.  He only needed to visit one school, as for the first time in the awards’ history, both winners are from the same school: Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy in Canton.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Becky Price of E.T. Booth MS! ETBMS 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 E.T. Booth Middle School: Becky Price! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Message: After School Activities Cancelled March 25

On behalf of the Superintendent, all after-school and evening extra-curricular activities for today, March 25, 2021, are cancelled due to severe weather.  Elementary School After School Program will be offered as usual.  

CCSD Student Creates Winning Logo Design for State Science Fair Woodstock HS Science Fair Design 3 24 21

A Cherokee County School District student has created a winning logo design for this year’s Georgia Science & Engineering Fair.

Woodstock High School senior Angela Smith earned top honors for her design that will be used to craft the event’s official keepsake pin for participants and will be featured at the event and in the event program.  Angela, who won $150 for her work as well as copies of the pin featuring her design, is a student in the WHS Graphic Design program led by Isobel Mason, the school’s 2020 Teacher of the Year.  

CCSD Names 2021 Counselor of the Year! CCSD Counselor of the Year 1 3 23 21

Clayton Elementary School’s school counselor sees her mission in three parts: to connect, to educate and to advocate.

Heather Chesnut meets and exceeds that mission with love, hope and a lot of hard work, according to her students, their families and her colleagues.  

“She is a safe haven,” one parent shared, noting her children have been strongly supported by Ms. Chesnut as they navigated through family challenges over the past two years.  “She goes above and beyond what is required of a school counselor.”

Ms. Chesnut earlier this year was selected by colleagues as the Cherokee Innovation Zone’s Counselor of the Year in recognition of her outstanding service for the past nine years, and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower surprised her Tuesday with the honor that she’s the Cherokee County School District 2021 Counselor of the Year! 

CCSD Digital Learning Declaration Form Due April 2 2021-22 School Year OPTIONS graphic

On behalf of the Superintendent, as announced last week (http://bit.ly/ccsdbbb321), in addition to traditional in-person learning for the 2021-22 School Year, CCSD will continue to offer a Digital Learning option for students in Grades K-12 for the first semester (Aug. 2-Dec. 17).  Any further extension of Digital Learning will be considered in the fall. 

Join the #CCSDfam as an Automobile Service Technology Instructor! job ad auto teacher 3 23 21

CCSD is seeking an Automobile Service Technology Instructor for Sequoyah High School for the 2021-22 school year.  Industry certification is required.  More information about this opportunity is at http://bit.ly/CCSDauto21.  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 Sequoyah HS Assistant Principal Laura Kudlak at laura.kudlak@cherokeek12.net.

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Elida Sapere of Woodstock MS! MTT Woodstock MS (Sapere) 3 22 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

School Board and Superintendent Visit Creekland MS CCSD School Board Creekland MS 1 3 22 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 Creekland Middle School, where they met with Principal Dr. Richie Carnes and his leadership team and enjoyed a School Nutrition lunch from the cafeteria. #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Annual Special Education Agency Fair a Virtual Event on March 31 2021_DigitalAgencyInformationFair

The Cherokee County School District Special Education Department will present its annual Agency Information Fair through a virtual event on March 31.

Parents and teachers are invited to participate to learn more about services, resources and organizations that support students with special needs.

CCSD Board Business Briefs: Operations Update, Leadership Appointments new leaders 3 19 21

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, March 18, 2021, heard school operations updates on plans for special events including graduation ceremonies and proms, as well as details for next school year including the continuation of a Digital Learning option.  

The School Board also approved several appointments for CCSD school leadership roles for next school year including new Principals for Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy and Mountain Road Elementary School, as well as the naming of the District’s first administrator focused on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Melanie Parrott of Mountain Road ES! MRES 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 recognizing the 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Mountain Road Elementary School: Melanie Parrott! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Message: Digital Learning, Graduation, Prom CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, as shared with the School Board at its meeting tonight, he has announced plans for Digital Learning for next school year; high school prom; and graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021.

Shottenkirk Jeep Raffle Raises $145,000 for Schools jeep raffle

CCSD high schools raised more than $145,000 this year selling $5 raffle tickets for a chance to win a 2021 Jeep Wrangler, donated by Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership in Canton.  Schools sold more than 29,000 tickets to hopeful future Jeep owners, and Tuesday night Lynn Cole of Ball Ground was the lucky winner!

CCSD Schools Closed March 18, 2021 Due to Severe Weather

On behalf of the Superintendent, due to the threat of severe weather, all CCSD schools will be closed for in-person learning on Thursday, March 18, 2021.  Teachers and staff will not report to schools.  Teachers will post assignments for students in Canvas.  If your child does not have access to technology or should your household be without power due to the severe weather, makeup opportunities will be extended. A decision has not yet been made about extra-curricular activities scheduled for after school and evening.

WHS Lady Wolverines Take Second Place in State Basketball Tournament basketball

The Woodstock HS Lady Wolverines basketball team had an historic 2020-21 season, earning a spot on the court at the GHSA State Championship game in Macon last Saturday.  As the final buzzer sounded, the Lady Wolverines had to settle for second place, losing to Marietta HS 52-47.  Thank you, ladies, for an exciting and memorable season.  The team made its entire school and community proud!!   A gallery of photos from the championship game can be viewed at https://bit.ly/WHSBBALL2021

Join the #CCSDfam as a High School Basketball Coach! job ad bball coach 3 15 21

CCSD is seeking a Boys Basketball Head Coach for Cherokee High School for the 2021-22 school year.  Head coaching experience is preferred, but not a must.  CCSD coaches also work as certified teachers; all teaching fields will be considered for this coaching position.  More information about this opportunity is at http://bit.ly/CCSDbball21.  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?  Please contact Cherokee HS Athletic Director Jeremy Adams at Jeremy.adams@cherokeek12.net.

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Katie Fasnacht of Clark Creek ES STEM Academy! MTT Clark Creek ES (Fasnacht) 3 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 #CCSDunited

CCSD to Begin Annual Parent University Program on March 16 SY20-21 Spring Restorative Practices Parent University - March 16 - May 11

The Cherokee County School District this week will begin a new series for its Parent University program, an annual initiative focused on providing parents with expert guidance to help their children be more successful in school and in their lives overall.

For this school year's series, which begins Tuesday, March 16, and will be conducted through live sessions on Microsoft Teams, CCSD is partnering with Nathan Maynard, author of the bestselling book "Hacking School Discipline," to focus on how to build students' social-emotional competencies through restorative practices. 

For more information click here.

CCSD Recognizes School Board for Leadership and Service CCSD Board Photo 2018-19

The Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) has announced the week of March 15-19, 2021 as “School Board Member Appreciation Week.” 

CCSD joins a statewide celebration this week to salute the efforts of local school board members.  As constitutional officers of Georgia, school board members are responsible for setting educational policies, employing school personnel, providing buildings and equipment, operating a transportation system and disbursing school funds.  As community leaders, school board members serve as advocates for the children in local public schools and must study, evaluate and decide what actions are in the best interest of those students.

CCSD Successfully Vaccinating Employees at Districtwide Event CCSD Vaccination Event 3 12 21

The Cherokee County School District is successfully vaccinating employees at a districtwide event this week in collaboration with the Department of Public Health.

The two-day event began Thursday and continues today at Canton First Baptist, with a goal of vaccinating 2,850 full-time and part-time CCSD employees.  Additional employees, including substitute teachers, will be vaccinated by DPH by special priority appointments next week.

CCSD Student Advances to State School Nutrition Art Contest CCSD Nutrition Art Contest 2 3 12 21

A Cherokee County School District student is advancing to the State School Nutrition art contest!

Holly Springs ES STEM Academy fifth-grader Cameron Womack has won the Cherokee County and District 7 levels of competition in the Georgia School Nutrition Association’s annual art contest and now advances to the state-level competition.

CCSD Honors Winners of Third Annual Support Staff Employees of the Year Awards post CCSD Support Staff Employees of the Year Awards 3 11 21

The Cherokee County School District today surprised the overall winners of its third annual Support Staff Employees of the Year Awards!

The awards program honors one Support Staff Employee of the Year from each of CCSD’s schools, centers and central office divisions, and one overall CCSD winner is selected for each of three categories: Elementary School; Middle School/High School/Centers; Central Office.  

CCSD Teacher Named Top Agriculture Educator in Nation! Garland American Ag (5)

A Cherokee County School District teacher is a top agriculture teacher in the Nation!

Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy teacher Karen Garland on Wednesday was surprised with the announcement that she is a 2021 Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture Award winner, one of only eight educators honored nationwide.

Join the #CCSDfam as a School Nutrition Facilitator! job ad School Nutrition Facilitator 3 11 21

The Cherokee County School District is seeking an outstanding nutritionist/dietitian to serve as a School Nutrition Facilitator.  This position offer excellent compensation and benefits, a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team. 

CCSD Message: School Closure Update CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised we have received official confirmation that the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be administered by the Department of Public Health (DPH) to our employees during our mass vaccination event this Thursday and Friday (March 11-12).  This means that we will NOT need to close in-person learning on April 15 and 16 for a second round of vaccinations.  

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Jada Hanson of Clayton ES! MTT Clayton ES (Hanson) 3 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 #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: J.M. Huber Corporation of Knox ES STEM Academy! KES POTY 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Knox ES STEM Academy 2020 Partner of the Year: J.M. 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 a CCSD 2020 School Volunteer of the Year: Laurel Canyon Optimist Club of Ralph Bunche Preschool Center! RBC VOTY 2020

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Ralph Bunche Preschool Center 2020 Volunteer of the Year: Laurel Canyon Optimist Club! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: Modern Woodmen of America of Holly Springs ES STEM Academy! HSES POTY 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Holly Springs ES STEM Academy 2020 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 a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Sue King of E.T. Booth MS! etbms SSOTY 2020

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 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for E.T. Booth Middle School: Sue King! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Volunteer of the Year: Debbie Champion of Clayton ES! Clayton VOTY 2020

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Clayton Elementary School 2020 Volunteer of the Year: Debbie Champion! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Message: Digital Learning Days - March 11-12, 2021 CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, all CCSD schools will be closed for in-person learning on Thursday, March 11, and Friday, March 12, 2021 in order to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to CCSD employees.  We understand this closing may create hardships, but it is the best way for our organization, in partnership with the Department of Public Health (DPH), to quickly vaccinate all interested CCSD employees as soon possible.  

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: EF2 Realty Team Powered by Keller Williams Realty Partners of Teasley MS! TMS POTY 2 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Teasley Middle School 2020 Partner of the Year: EF2 Realty Team Powered by Keller Williams Realty Partners!

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 Connections Newsletter for March 2021 Now Online CCSD Connections March 21 image

The March 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.  #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Student Wins Third Place in National Humanities Contest CCSD Humanities Bee Winner 3 2 21

A Cherokee County School District student placed in the top three in the National Humanities Bee!

Creekland Middle School seventh-grader Abigail Moore won third place at the national competition, which was held virtually for this school year.  The academic bowl-style event tests middle and elementary school students’ knowledge in literature, art history and technique, music history and theory, dance, film, religion, mythology, and philosophy.

E.T. Booth MS ES Earns Digital Citizenship Certification Common Sense Digital Citizenship logo

E.T. Booth Middle School has earned national certification for digital citizenship!

The school has been named a Common Sense Certified School for Digital Citizenship by Common Sense Education, a national nonprofit that assists educators in teaching students to develop successful digital skills and habits and to understand and safely use technology.

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: NASA Tophat, Cherokee of Johnston ES! JES POTY 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Johnston Elementary School 2020 Partner of the Year: NASA Tophat, 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

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Dr. Kyle K. Shugart of Sixes ES! MTT Sixes ES (Shugart) 3 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 #CCSDunited

Join the #CCSDfam as a School Bus Driver! CCSD job ad bus driver 3 1 21

The Cherokee County School District is seeking school bus drivers for next school year!  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.

Meet the Student Delegate: Simran Patel of River Ridge HS! RRHS delegate 2020-21

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! #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Cheryl Holcomb from the Office of Human Resources! OHR SSOTY 2020

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 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for the Office of Human Resources: Cheryl Holcomb! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Volunteer of the Year: Jeff Stokes of Creekview HS! CVHS VOTY 2020

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Creekview High School 2020 Volunteer of the Year: Jeff Stokes! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

E.T. Booth MS Educator Wins CCSD Media Specialist of the Year Award CCSD MSOTY 1 2 26 21

E.T. Booth Middle School media specialist Amanda Graves doesn’t wait for students to visit her library.

She dons a biker vest and peddles a custom tricycle down the school’s halls to deliver books to them as the “Book Biker.”  She stocks a vending machine inside the school with books, instead of snacks, to feed their hunger for knowledge.  She fills a Little Free Lending Library on the school’s campus with books they can borrow at any hour.  She surprises them by appearing in costume – an inflatable T. Rex among the most memorable – to remind them of books’ power to spark imagination and joy.

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: Knox Bridge Dental Care of Freedom MS! FMS POTY 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Freedom Middle School 2020 Partner of the Year: Knox Bridge Dental Care!

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 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Alesia Register of Woodstock HS! WHS SSOTY 2020

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 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Woodstock High School: Alesia Register! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Student Headed to National Competition for History Essay CCSD History Essay Winner 2 24 21

A Cherokee County School District student’s history essay is headed to National competition!

Creekland Middle School sixth-grader Abbie Rickert won the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution’s American History Essay Contest at both the Hightower Trail Chapter, Northwest Georgia District level and the State level.  The annual essay contest is for fifth- through eighth-grade students and has a different theme each year.  This year, the essay theme was “The Boston Massacre,” commemorating the 250th anniversary of this event.

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Jennifer Severson of Indian Knoll ES! IKES 2020 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 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Indian Knoll Elementary School: Jennifer Severson! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Volunteer of the Year: Charlie Thomas of Liberty ES! LES VOTY

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Liberty Elementary School 2020 Volunteer of the Year: Charlie Thomas! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Students Continue to Top National, State Averages on AP Exams CCSD 2021 AP Exams infographic

Cherokee County School District’s high schools, for the 11th consecutive year, have earned top honors for outstanding Advanced Placement (AP) programs and performance that continues to exceed National and State averages!

All of CCSD’s high schools today were named Georgia 2021 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 exam earned passing scores of 3 or higher on 72% of the 4,640 tests administered last school year, as compared to 61% for Georgia and 59% nationwide.  In looking specifically at the Class of 2020, including those who did not take AP courses or exams, 32% of all CCSD graduates scored at least a 3 or higher on one exam or more, as compared to 23% for Georgia and 24% nationwide.   

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A Cherokee County School District student has won a statewide science poster contest!

River Ridge High School senior Riley Herrick earned top honors in the Georgia Association of Conservation Districts' competition to promote conservation education.

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: ACME Property Group of Mountain Road ES! MRES POTY

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Mountain Road Elementary School 2020 Partner of the Year: ACME Property 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

Sixes ES Earns Digital Citizenship Certification 2020 Common Sense Recognition Badge

Sixes Elementary School has earned national certification for digital citizenship!

The school has been honored as a Common Sense Certified School for Digital Citizenship by Common Sense Education.  The national nonprofit assists educators in teaching students how to understand and safely use technology and develop successful digital skills and habits.

CCSD Educators Honored by the Georgia Youth Science & Technology Centers CCSD STEM Scholars Awards 2 23 21

The Cherokee County School District recently hosted a ceremony honoring three teachers with awards from the Georgia Youth Science & Technology Centers.

The statewide STEM education organization earlier this school year named E.T. Booth MS teacher Daniele Deneka and Teasley MS teacher Scott Reece as 2021 STEM Scholars and last year named Clark Creek ES STEM Academy teacher Karen Garland a 2020 STEM Scholar.  The awards recognize teaching excellence and outstanding commitment to instilling appreciation for science and math in elementary and middle school students.  As its traditional award events were cancelled, the organization scheduled a special presentation event to be held at CCSD’s administrative offices.

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Nancy Glozier of Tippens EC! TEC SSOTY 2020

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 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Tippens Education Center: Nancy Glozier! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Rachel LaChine of Sequoyah HS MTT Sequoyah HS (LaChine) 2 22 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 School Nurse! job ad school nurses 2 22 21

The Cherokee County School District is seeking RNs or LPNs to join its team of School Nurses.  These positions offer excellent benefits, a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team.  Details are posted at http://bit.ly/CCSDnurses21  Join the #CCSDfam & apply now by clicking Jobs@CCSD at www.CherokeeK12.net  Sign up today for the CCSD Virtual Job Fair on March 6 to learn more and talk with a CCSD School Nurse!  Info at https://bit.ly/CCSDjobs21  

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: Buffalo's, Canton of Hickory Flat ES! HFES POTY 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Hickory Flat Elementary School 2020 Partner of the Year: Buffalo's, 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

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Lori Karnes of Mill Creek MS! MCMS SSOTY 2020

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 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Mill Creek Middle School: Lori Karnes! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Volunteer of the Year: Jennifer Carpenter of Woodstock MS! WMS VOTY 2020

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Woodstock Middle School 2020 Volunteer of the Year: Jennifer Carpenter! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: Matiak Foundation of Etowah HS! EHS POTY 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Etowah High School 2020 Partner of the Year: Matiak 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

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Terry Cornelison from the Office of Support Services! SS SSOTY 2020

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 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for the Office of Support Services: Terry Cornelison! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Teri Potts of Cherokee HS! CHS SSOTY 2020

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 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Cherokee High School: Teri Potts! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Volunteer of the Year: Sarah Reed of Holly Springs ES STEM Academy! HSES VOTY 2020

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Holly Springs ES STEM Academy 2020 Volunteer of the Year: Sarah Reed! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: Canton Optimist Club of Free Home ES! FHES POTY 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Free Home Elementary School 2020 Partner of the Year: Canton Optimist Club!

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 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Rebecca Warren of Creekland MS! CMS SSOTY 2020

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 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Creekland Middle School: Rebecca Warren! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: Chick-fil-A, Towne Lake of Woodstock MS! WMS POTY 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Woodstock Middle School 2020 Partner of the Year: Chick-fil-A, Towne Lake!

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 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Kim Bishop of Ball Ground ES STEM Academy! BGES SSOTY 2020

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 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Ball Ground ES STEM Academy: Kim Bishop! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Volunteer of the Year: Staci Powell of Carmel ES! Carmel VOTY 2020

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Carmel ES 2020 Volunteer of the Year: Staci Powell! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Board Business Briefs: New School Leader Appointments CCSD new leaders 2 12 21

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, approved several appointments for CCSD school leadership roles for next school year.

As part of the monthly personnel report, the School Board accepted the retirements of many longtime educators throughout CCSD including Bascomb Elementary School Principal Kathleen Chandler.  

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: Rotary Club of Canton of Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy! HES POTY 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy 2020 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

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Angie Morgan of Sixes ES! SES SSOTY 2020

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 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Sixes ES: Angie Morgan! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD High School Seniors Advance to be Named National Merit Finalists CCSD 2021 National Merit Finalists 2 11 21

All five of the Cherokee County School District’s 2021 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists have advanced to be named Finalists!

They are: of Cherokee HS, Dylan Iovino; of Creekview HS, Nathan Davis; of Etowah HS, Ben Willett; of River Ridge HS, Nicholas Audinet; and of Sequoyah HS, Jeremy Jeong.

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Volunteer of the Year: Renee Johnson of Teasley MS! TMS VOTY 2020

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Teasley MS 2020 Volunteer of the Year: Renee Johnson! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Surprises District's Teacher of the Year Finalists toty finalists

Four Cherokee County School District teachers learned today that they will advance as finalists for the CCSD Teacher of the Year award!  Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower visited their classrooms to make the surprise announcement that they are the top four teachers of all CCSD schools’ and centers’ Teachers of the Year.

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: Alma Coffee of Boston ES! BES POTY

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Boston ES 2020 Partner of the Year: Alma Coffee!

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 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Dawn Mueller of Woodstock ES! WES SSOTY 2020

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 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Woodstock ES: Dawn Mueller! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Alicia Thrower of Avery ES! MTT Avery ES (Thrower) 2 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 #CCSDunited

CCSD To-Go Meal Orders for February Break Due 8 a.m. 2/9 ccsd serves white square

CCSD is offering a special to-go free meal service for all students for the February Winter Break!

Meal pick up will be Friday, Feb. 12, in a designated area of your child’s school (car rider or bus lane) at a designated time.  Location and Pick up Time by School. (https://bit.ly/CCSDmealpickup)

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: LGE Community Credit Union of River Ridge HS! RRHS POTY 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to River Ridge HS 2020 Partner of the Year: LGE Community Credit Union!

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 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Danielle Ross from the Office of Safety and Security! OS&S SSOTY 2020

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 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for the Office of Safety and Security: Danielle Ross! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Volunteer of the Year: Chanda Schwab of Mountain Road ES! MRES VOTY

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Mountain Road ES 2020 Volunteer of the Year: Chanda Schwab! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet the Student Delegate: Brinn Dameron of Creekview HS! Creekview HS Student Delegate Profile 2020-21

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#CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: The Premier Group of E.T. Booth MS! ETBMS POTY 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to E.T. Booth MS 2020 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 a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Kayce Davidson of R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy! RMMES SSOTY 2020

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 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy: Kayce Davidson! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Ellie Babb of Avery ES! AES SSOTY 2020

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 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Avery ES: Ellie Babb! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Volunteer of the Year: Natalia Jones of Little River ES! LRES VOTY 2020

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Little River ES 2020 Volunteer of the Year: Natalia Jones! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Get Ready to Learn! Kindergarten Registration Opens February 8 kindergarten student

Get ready to learn! The Cherokee County School District is opening online registration for 2021-22 kindergarten students, as well as first graders new to CCSD, on Monday, February 8.  

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant, Macedonia of Macedonia ES! MES POTY 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Macedonia ES 2020 Partner of the Year: Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant, Macedonia!

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 Connections Newsletter for February 2021 Now Online CCSD Connections Feb 21 image

The February 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 #CCSDunited

Seven CCSD Seniors Named U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Candidates CCSD 2021 US Presidential Scholars Candidates

Seven Cherokee County School District Class of 2021 seniors have been named candidates for a prestigious national honor.

As candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, they are among the 4,000 best and brightest of the more than 3 million graduating seniors in the nation’s Class of 2021 and now have the opportunity to advance in the academic competition.

Join the #CCSDfam as an Administrator! job ad district admins 2 2 21

The Cherokee County School District is seeking two dynamic experienced educational leaders to serve as District-level administrators for next school year.  

Application Window for CCSD Pre-K Lottery Open Feb. 8-March 12 Georgia Pre K logo

The application window for CCSD's Pre-K program lottery begins Monday, Feb. 8, and continues through March 12.

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Nancy Partin of Clark Creek ES STEM Academy! CCES SSOTY 2020

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 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Clark Creek ES STEM Academy: Nancy Partin! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Liane Moler of E.T. Booth MS! MTT ET Booth MS (Moler) 2 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 #CCSDunited

CCSD Announces Winners of Student Mask Usage PSA Contest Elementary School First Place - Keiko Bruno

The Cherokee County School District today surprised the winners of its poster and video contests to seek students’ help in encouraging mask usage among their classmates.

CCSD students in grades 6-12 were invited to create and enter a short public service announcement-style video that educates students about the benefits of mask usage by students at school, and students in grades K-12 were invited to design and enter a poster promoting the same message.  The winning videos and posters will be used in CCSD schools and on CCSD websites and social media to promote student mask usage.

CCSD Earns Three Best in State Awards for School Communications CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

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

The Georgia School Public Relations Association’s Annual Publications, Photography & Electronic Media Contest recognizes outstanding work by public schools, school systems, post-secondary institutions, and educational agencies and associations.  The winners were announced by the Association last week; CCSD earned the highest total number of awards presented, with 15 Gold Awards and three “Best in State” awards among its numerous honors.

Sign Up Now: CCSD 2021 Job Fair a Virtual Event on March 6 CCSD 2021 Job Fair Instructions

Sign up now! The Cherokee County School District’s annual Job Fair will be a virtual event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 6. The event will focus on hiring teachers, bus drivers, school nurses, School Nutrition workers and more for the 2021-22 school year. Visit http://bit.ly/CCSDjobfair21 to sign up to participate. #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: Horace Mann Insurance, The Holman Agency of Mill Creek MS! MCMS POTY 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Mill Creek MS 2020 Partner of the Year: Horace Mann Insurance, The Holman Agency!

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 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Joanne Waver of Johnston ES! JES SSOTY 2020

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 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Johnston Elementary School: Joanne Waver! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

1/30/2021 CCSD Message: Weekly Grade Report Error

Please be advised that due to a technical error the weekly grade and attendance reports emailed to parents this morning are inaccurate. We are working to address the issue and will send new reports in as timely a manner as possible.
 

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Volunteer of the Year: Mitzi Hamilton of Dean Rusk MS! DRMS VOTY 2020

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Dean Rusk MS 2020 Volunteer of the Year: Mitzi Hamilton! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

School Reassignment Request Window Opens February 1 school choice

The window for school choice reassignments  for 2021-22 within the Cherokee County School District is February 1-March 1. This includes applications for CCSD STEM and Fine Arts Academies. 

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: Allegro Business Products of Tippens EC! TEC POTY 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Tippens Education Center 2020 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 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Goulal Tuboi from the Office of Technology & Information Services! Tech SSOTY 2020

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 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for the Office of Technology & Information Services: Goulal Tuboi! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Creekland MS Student Takes Top Speller Honors huck with trophy

Creekland Middle School seventh-grader Huck Wallace claimed the title as the county’s top speller at the 2021 Cherokee County School District Spelling Bee held January 21.  Huck spelled “dubiously” and then “immolate” to take the top honors.  Alessia Colby of Woodstock Elementary School captured second, and Joey Shipley of Teasley Middle School placed third. 

Woodstock HS Student Wins Statewide Design Contest Woodstock HS Graphic Design 1 28 21

A Woodstock High School senior has won a statewide design contest, earning a grant for her school’s graphic design program.

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Volunteer of the Year: Dusty Elmore of Arnold Mill ES! AMES VOTY 2020

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Arnold Mill ES 2020 Volunteer of the Year: Dusty Elmore! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: MUST Ministries of Cherokee HS! CHS POTY 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Cherokee HS 2020 Partner of the Year: MUST Ministries!

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 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Kim Sugar of Clayton ES! Clayton 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 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Clayton Elementary School: Kim Sugar! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Morgan LeShane of Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy! MTT Oak Grove ES (LeShane) 1 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 #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: Kiwanis Club of Greater Cherokee of Woodstock ES! WES POTY 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Woodstock ES 2020 Partner of the Year: Kiwanis Club of Greater 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

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Donna Chandler of CCSD Preschool Centers! CCSD PK

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 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for CCSD Preschool Centers: Donna Chandler! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Volunteer of the Year: Lorna Westphal of Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy! OGES VOTY 2020

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy 2020 Volunteer of the Year: Lorna Westphal! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: Northside Hospital Cherokee of Creekland MS! CMS POTY 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Creekland Middle School 2020 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

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Sheryl Puccio from the Office of School Operations! OSO SSOTY 20

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 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for the Office of School Operations: Sheryl Puccio! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

1/21/21 CCSD Message: Reopening of Schools on Jan. 25 CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that all CCSD schools will reopen for in-person learning on Monday, Jan. 25.  

Thank you for your patience during our temporary closure as we worked to return staffing levels to our operational needs.  Thank you to our teachers and support staff for their outstanding work to continue providing engaging instruction and services to students.

Meet a CCSD 2020 Volunteer of the Year: PTA President Kathryn Ely and Hasty PTA Members of Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy! HES VOTY 2020

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy 2020 Volunteers of the Year: PTA President Kathryn Ely and Hasty PTA Members! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Offers Virtual Program for Parents of Special Education Students CCSD Special Education Parent University - Virtual event 9-12 March 1

The Cherokee County School District's Special Education department will offer a virtual program for parents of Special Education students.

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: Cherokee Farm Bureau of Avery ES! AES POTY 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Avery Elementary School 2020 Partner of the Year: Cherokee Farm Bureau!

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

Board Business Briefs: School Board Hears Updates on COVID-19, State Funding Cromer Swearing In Jan 2021

The Cherokee County School Board at its meeting Thursday night heard updates on State education funding and the state of public health.  

CCSD Connections Newsletter for January Now Online CCSD connections Jan 2021 image

The January 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 about the continued temporary closure of schools due to COVID-19. 

CCSD Increasing Pay for Substitute Teachers Sub Pay Increase Ad 2021

CCSD is providing a temporary pay incentive to substitutes. The incentive will begin immediately and expire May 15, 2021.

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Stacy Franks of Carmel ES! CES SSOTY

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here each week. Please join us in congratulating the 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Carmel ES: Stacy Franks! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

1/14/21 CCSD Message: School Closures Extended CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMY

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that all CCSD schools will remain temporarily closed for in-person learning through Friday, Jan. 22, with a tentative reopening date of Monday, Jan. 25.  This difficult decision was made based on continuing high levels of staff absences and substitute teacher shortages due to positive cases and quarantines, as well as the current level of community spread and its resulting impact on emergency medical services and hospitals.  

A Story of #CCSDfam Kindness and Gratitude Even Through Tragedy Bonnie and Liz
Meet a CCSD 2020 School Volunteer of the Year: Kathy Sanders of Clark Creek ES STEM Academy! CCES VOTY 2020

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week ... congratulations to Clark Creek ES STEM Academy 2020 Volunteer of the Year Kathy Sanders! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Free Home ES Teacher Featured by Statewide Learning Program CCSD Lets Learn GA - Coach Furstenberg

Free Home ES PE teacher Coach Keith Furstenberg, the school’s 2019 Teacher of the Year and 2020 Georgia winner of the national Sanford Teacher Award, is featured in a new video as part of the Georgia Department of Education and GPB collaboration, “Let’s Learn Georgia.”

School Board Meeting on Jan. 14 to be Live-Stream Only CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

The Cherokee County School Board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 will be a live-stream only meeting.
 
School Board members, the Superintendent of Schools and his senior staff will participate remotely from separate locations.  

Save the Date: CCSD Job Fair on March 6 Save the Date - 2021 CCSD Job Fair

Save the Date! The Cherokee County School District’s annual Job Fair will be a virtual event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 6. The event will focus on hiring teachers, bus drivers, school nurses and School Nutrition workers for the 2021-22 school year. We will post instructions at www.cherokeek12.net and on CCSD social media the first week of February explaining how you can sign up to participate. #CCSDfam

Join the #CCSDfam as a Cyber Security teacher! job ad cyber security teacher 1 12 21

The Cherokee County School District is seeking a dynamic Cyber Security teacher to help start its first-ever Cyber Security high school career program for next school year!  This position offers a competitive compensation package with outstanding benefits, a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team. Join the #CCSDfam & apply now: http://bit.ly/CCSDcyber  Questions? Contact CCSD Recruiter Lindsay.Bowley@cherokeek12.net and 770.704.4256.

 

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Heather Amos of Hickory Flat ES! MTT Hickory Flat ES (Amos) 1 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 #CCSDunited

1/11/21 CCSD Message: Schoolwide Communications CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, this message is to advise you of changes to schoolwide communications.

All CCSD schools now are using the Canvas system for sending all schoolwide emails.  This is separate from the School Messenger system for CCSD emergency notifications.  In order to receive emails from your school, such as Principal newsletters and other important news specific to your child’s school, please be sure to set up a Canvas parent account if you have not already done so.  If you already are receiving emails through Canvas from your child’s teacher (the email will have the Canvas icon at the bottom), then you have set up a parent account and don’t need to take additional steps.  If you need to set up a Canvas parent account, please follow the instructions at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/canvas.  

1/8/21 CCSD Message: Closure of CCSD Schools CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

Dear CCSD Families,

When we welcomed our students back for in-person learning on Wednesday to fulfill our commitment of providing the best education possible to our students, we did so with the knowledge of the state of public health in our community.

Cases are higher in our community, our state and our nation than ever before.  Health experts are voicing concerns that a new COVID-19 strain now circulating in our nation will spread faster among everyone, including school-age children.  Our hospitals are full.

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Kelley Muller of Boston ES! Boston SSOTY 2020

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here each week. Please join us in congratulating the 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Boston Elementary School: Kelley Muller! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Message: Friday Jan. 8 Closure of E.T. Booth MS CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, this is to advise you that that we are temporarily closing in-person learning at E.T. Booth Middle School for Friday, Jan. 8.  Whether the school will reopen for in-person learning on Monday, Jan. 11, has not yet been determined.    

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Volunteer of the Year: Tiffany Bird of Knox ES STEM Academy! KES VOTY 2020

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week ... congratulations to Knox ES STEM Academy 2020 Volunteer of the Year Tiffany Bird! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: The Premier Group of Indian Knoll ES! IKES 2020 POTY

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Indian Knoll Elementary School 2020 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

Registration Gateway System Experiencing Technical Issues

The Registration Gateway system is experiencing technical issues; we have contacted the vendor to request assistance.  If you need immediate help with enrollment, please contact the registrar for your child's school by email.   The directory of registrars is online here; email addresses use the format first.name@cherokeek12.net  Please do not call today (Jan. 5) as registrars are working from home due to the districtwide Digital Learning Day. 

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Kris Henderson of Tippens Education Center! MTT Tippens EC (Henderson) 1 4 2020

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
 

1/4/21 CCSD Message: Return to School CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

Dear CCSD Families, 
 
Four days ago, we welcomed a new year and new hopes for an end to COVID-19.  The hope I feel is very real, but it is not yet reality, which is why we all must continue to take COVID-19’s impact on our community, including our schools, very seriously.  We know that cases are rising, and we are closely monitoring cases among our students and staff.

New Student Link for i-Ready iready logo

If your student uses i-Ready for assignments, there is a new link and log-in process for students utilizing the resource from home.  Please see specific instructions at

https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/iready-login-student

Join the #CCSDfam as a School Psychologist job ad school psychologist 1 4 21

Please share our new job listing for a School Psychologist -- this position offers a competitive compensation package with outstanding benefits, a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team. Join the #CCSDfam & apply now: https://cherokeega.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=167 Questions? Contact CCSD Recruiter Lindsay.Bowley@cherokeek12.net and 770.704.4256.

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Terri Glasok of ACE Academy! ACE SSOTY 2020

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here each week. Please join us in congratulating the 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for ACE Academy: Terri Glasok! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: Tidwell Strimban Injury Lawyers of Woodstock HS! WHS POTY 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Woodstock High School 2020 Partner of the Year: Tidwell Strimban Injury Lawyers!

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 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Robert Fortner of Bascomb ES! Bascomb SSOTY 2020

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here each week. Please join us in congratulating the 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Bascomb Elementary School: Robert Fortner! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

12/18/20 Message from the Superintendent: Outlook for 2021 CCSD heart logo cmyk
Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Sara Ezell from the Office of Financial Management! OFM SSOTY 2020

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here each week. Please join us in congratulating the 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for the Office of Financial Management: Sara Ezell! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Announces 2021 School Teacher of the Year Winners CCSD 2021 School TOTY Announcement Collage 12 17 20

Congratulations to the Cherokee County School District’s 2021 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 2021 Teacher of the Year. 

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Volunteer of the Year: Alyson Conley of Macedonia ES! MES VOTY 2020

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week ... congratulations to Macedonia Elementary School 2020 Volunteer of the Year Alyson Conley! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: YANMAR EVO//Center of Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy! OGES POTY 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy 2020 Partner of the Year: YANMAR EVO//Center!

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

Deadline extended - CCSD Announces Student Mask Usage PSA Video and Poster Contests mask clip art

The Cherokee County School District is sponsoring two contests to seek students’ help in encouraging mask usage among their classmates.

CCSD students in grades 6-12 are invited to create and enter a short public service announcement-style video that educates students about the benefits of mask usage by students at school, and students in grades K-12 are invited to design and enter a poster promoting the same message.  Entries for both contests are due Jan. 19 and will be judged for message, quality and creativity. 

CCSD Reminder: Early Dismissal Dec. 18, Digital Learning Day Jan. 5 Early-Dismissal-Clipart

CCSD REMINDER:

EARLY DISMISSAL ON FRIDAY, DEC. 18: All in-person CCSD high school and middle school students will be dismissed early on Friday, Dec. 18 (the early dismissal schedule is online at https://bit.ly/early1218). Elementary school After School Program is cancelled.

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Jacob Pendergraft of Dean Rusk MS! MTT Dean Rusk MS (Pendergraft) 12 14 2020

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 Distributing Holiday Break To-Go Meals - Orders Due 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15 Happy Holidays clip art

CCSD is offering a special to-go free meal service for all students for the December Holiday Break!

Meal pick up will be from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at four locations only – Cherokee High, Creekview High, Etowah High and River Ridge High – and you will choose the location on your form.  You do not have to live in that school’s attendance area to pick up there.

12/13/20 CCSD Message: Temporary Closure of Arnold Mill ES

On behalf of the Superintendent, this is to advise you that that we are, effective immediately, temporarily closing in-person learning at Arnold Mill ES.  The school will reopen for in-person classes on Wednesday, Jan. 6.

In-person students will learn from home on Monday, Dec. 14- Friday, Dec. 18 with classwork provided through the Canvas learning management system in a manner similar to that which was utilized during the spring school closures.  Teachers and staff will report to campus next week and will be available online during regular school hours.  The building has been thoroughly sanitized over this weekend in advance of staff returning.  The closure has no effect on students already enrolled in Digital Learning. 

 

12/12/20 CCSD Message: Temporary Closure of River Ridge HS CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, this is to advise you that that we are, effective immediately, temporarily closing in-person learning at River Ridge High School.  The school will reopen for in-person classes on Wednesday, Jan. 6.
 

12/12/20 CCSD Message: Temporary Closure of Sequoyah HS CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, this is to advise you that that we are, effective immediately, temporarily closing in-person learning at Sequoyah High School.  The school will reopen for in-person classes on Wednesday, Jan. 6.
 

12/12/20 CCSD Message: Temporary Closure of Woodstock HS CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, this is to advise you that that we are, effective immediately, temporarily closing in-person learning at Woodstock High School.  The school will reopen for in-person classes on Wednesday, Jan. 6.
 

Cherokee County School Board Earns State Honors 2020 Exemplary School Board Badge

The Cherokee County School Board has earned top state honors for exemplary leadership and innovation practices.

The Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) has awarded the Cherokee County School Board its 2020 Exemplary School Board designation.  The statewide recognition program honors school boards that consistently meet standards of excellence and model best practices; it is a three-tiered program, and Exemplary is the highest level of achievement.  In order to earn this status, school boards must demonstrate commitment to

Board Business Briefs: Land Purchase for New Cherokee HS Approved Board Biz Briefs - Steiner 12 11 2020

The Cherokee County School Board during its meeting Thursday approved the purchase of land for the potential site of a new Cherokee High School.

The 88-acre site is north of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and adjacent to the current Teasley MS campus in Canton’s Riverstone area, and the land cost is $87,500 per acre to be paid for with current Ed SPLOST funds. 

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Olivia Byess 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 one here each week. Please join us in congratulating the 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Hickory Flat Elementary School: Olivia Byess! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

School Board and Superintendent Visit Knox ES STEM Academy School Board Visit Knox 1 12 10 2020

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 Knox ES STEM Academy, where they met with Principal Jennifer McIntosh and her leadership team, watched a video featuring both in-person and Digital Learning students and staff reviewing their successes so far this school year, and enjoyed a School Nutrition lunch from the cafeteria. #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Student Wins PTA Reflection Theme Search Contest at State Level, Headed to Nationals PTA Reflections Theme Contest Winner 12 9 2020

A Cherokee County School District student has won the PTA Reflections 2020-21 Theme Search competition at the State level and is headed to Nationals.

Etowah High School sophomore Evan Weber is one of only five Georgia students, from the pool of entries submitted by students statewide, chosen to advance in the contest to propose the nationwide fine arts contest’s theme.

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Volunteer of the Year: Kimberle Crosby of Etowah HS! EHS VOTY 2020

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week ... congratulations to Etowah High School 2020 Volunteer of the Year Kimberle Crosby! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: Modern Woodmen of America of Dean Rusk MS! DRMS POTY 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Dean Rusk MS 2020 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

January 5: Digital Learning Day vote button

DIGITAL LEARNING DAY ON TUESDAY, JAN. 5: Due to the planned use of our schools that serve as polling sites for the General Election runoff vote, we will not hold in-person school on Tuesday, Jan. 5, which was to be the first day back at school after the Winter Break. Instead, in-person students will participate in a Digital Learning Day and complete their lessons at home online using Canvas and Microsoft Teams; teachers and staff will be working at their schools. This change will not impact students already enrolled in Digital Learning.

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Sandy Rivera of Knox ES STEM Academy! MTT Knox ES (Rivera) 12 7 2020

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 Teacher Selected to Serve as Statewide Virtual Specialist GARLAND Karen 12 2020

A Cherokee County School District teacher has been selected by the Georgia Department of Education to share her science instruction knowledge with educators statewide.

Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy science teacher Karen Garland is one of only seven educators statewide tapped as a virtual specialist to advise the GaDOE on best practices for science instruction and help lead online professional development sessions for fellow science teachers.  The virtual specialists each represent a different grade level, with Ms. Garland selected to advise on teaching kindergarten through second grade.

CCSD Connections Newsletter for December Now Online CCSD Connections Dec 2020 image

The December 2020 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 changes to COVID-19 precautionary quarantine protocols and two changes to the school calendar.  Thank you to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia, a CCSD Partner.  #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Gina Nelson of Freedom MS! FMS SSOTY 2020

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here each week. Please join us in congratulating the 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Freedom Middle School: Gina Nelson! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Volunteer of the Year: Alexandra Stark of R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy! RMMES VOTY 2020

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week ... congratulations to R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy 2020 Volunteer of the Year Alexandra Stark! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Students Learning About Careers Through Mobile Workshop CCSD Be Pro Be Proud 12 2 20

Students at all six CCSD high schools are learning about career opportunities through a new program: Be Pro Be Proud Georgia.

The program, started by the Cherokee Office of Economic Development, kicked off its mobile career education workshop’s inaugural tour by visiting all six CCSD high schools this semester, with 2,920 CCSD students and educators participating in the visits.  The mobile workshop delivers digital and virtual simulator experiences to teach students about Georgia’s most in-demand skilled professions. 

Two CCSD Teachers Named Georgia STEM Scholars CCSD 2021 Georgia STEM Scholars 12 2 2020

Two Cherokee County School District teachers have been named 2021 Georgia STEM Scholars!

E.T. Booth Middle School teacher Daniele Deneka and Teasley Middle School teacher Scott Reece, who both teach engineering and technology Connections classes, earned the honor from the Georgia Youth Science & Technology Centers.  Each year, only about two dozen teachers from a pool of statewide nominees are recognized as STEM Scholars.

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: AME Companies and The Foundation for Ashley's Dream of Sequoyah HS! SHS POTY 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Sequoyah HS 2020 Partner of the Year: AME Companies and The Foundation for Ashley's Dream!

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: Cody Lamanac of Teasley MS! MTT Teasley MS (Lamanac) 11 30 2020

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 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Daniela McBride of Liberty ES! Liberty SSOTY 2020

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here each week. Please join us in congratulating the Support Staff Employee of the Year for Liberty Elementary School: Daniela McBride! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Volunteer of the Year: MCMS PTSA Executive Board Members of Mill Creek MS! MCMS VOTY 2020

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week ... congratulations to Mill Creek MS 2020 Volunteers of the Year: Mill Creek MS PTSA Executive Board Members! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: The Premier Group of Sixes ES! Sixes POTY 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Sixes ES 2020 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

Board Business Briefs: School Board Approves Legislative Priorities, Extends Superintendent's Contract

The Cherokee County School Board during its meeting Thursday approved extending Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower’s contract through June 2024 and adopted its annual Legislative Partnership Priorities.

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Cory Steinberg from the Office of Curriculum & Instruction! C&I SSOTY 2020

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here each week. Please join us in congratulating the Support Staff Employee of the Year for the Office of Curriculum & Instruction: Cory Steinberg! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Volunteer of the Year: Teddye Holloway of Tippens Education Center! TEC VOTY 2020

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week ... congratulations to Tippens Education Center 2020 Volunteer of the Year Teddye Holloway! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Thank You CCSD Educational Support Professionals!

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 #CCSDunited #EducationalSupportProfessionalsDay

 

 

Thanksgiving Comes Early for Two CCSD Families CCSD Kidney Donation 1 11 17 2020

The season of Thanksgiving began early this year for two Cherokee County School District families, who now are forever linked through the gift of life.

Sixes Elementary School Special Education teacher Jeannie Cordaro is recovering from a successful surgery last week to donate a kidney to Trey Powell, the husband of Dean Rusk Middle School seventh-grade teacher Leslie Powell.

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: EF2 Realty Team with Keller Williams Realty Partners of Clark Creek ES STEM Academy! Clark Creek 2020 POTY

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Clark Creek ES STEM Academy 2020 Partner of the Year: EF2 Realty Team with Keller Williams Realty Partners! 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 Message: COVID-19 Status and Rumors CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, this message is to update you to the fact that the number of COVID-19 cases in both Cherokee County and across the country is on the rise, and what happens outside of our schools impacts what happens inside our schools and our ability to keep schools open.  

CCSD Students Test New Minecraft World Little River ES Minecraft 4 11 16 2020

Little River Elementary School fourth-graders in teacher Samantha Westerlind’s class had the amazing opportunity to beta test the Minecraft: Education Edition lesson for the Hour of Code 2020, “A Tale of Two Villages.”  In this lesson, students learn how to use basic coding concepts to bring two villages together, while applying essential 21st century skills like problem solving and critical thinking.  

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Ansleigh Gregory of Freedom MS! MTT FMS (Gregory) 11 15 2020

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

Order Thanksgiving Break To-Go Meals by 8 a.m. 11/17 thanksgiving-1

CCSD is offering a special to-go free meal service for all students for Thanksgiving Break!

Meal pick up will be from 4-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at two locations only – Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy in Canton and Carmel ES in Woodstock – and you will choose the location on your form.  You do not have to live in that school’s attendance area to pick up there.

Meet the Student Delegate: Analise Black of Etowah HS! EHS Student Delegate 2020-21

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! #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Jefferson Doyle of Woodstock MS! WMS Teacher of the Year 2020

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 2020 Woodstock Middle School Teacher of the Year Jefferson Doyle!

CCSD Message: Temporary Closure of River Ridge HS CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, this is to advise you that that we are, effective immediately, temporarily closing in-person learning at River Ridge High School.  The school will reopen for in-person classes on Monday, Nov. 30.

River Ridge HS in-person students will learn from home from Monday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Nov. 20, with classwork provided through the Canvas learning management system in a manner similar to that which was utilized during the spring school closures.  Teachers and staff will report to the campus next week and will be available online during regular school hours.  The building will be thoroughly sanitized over this weekend in advance of staff returning.  The closure has no effect on River Ridge HS students already enrolled in Digital Learning.  

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Yesica Cruz of Teasley MS! TMS SSOTY 2020

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here each week. Please join us in congratulating Teasley MS 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year Yesica Cruz! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Join the #CCSDfam as an HR Certification Specialist job ad HR Certification Specialist 2020

CCSD is seeking a Human Resources Certification Specialist!  The job description, including required qualifications and duties & responsibilities, is at: https://bit.ly/CCSDHRcert  To apply: Click Jobs@CCSD at www.CherokeeK12.net.  For more information, please contact CCSD Recruitment Coordinator Lindsay Bowley at Lindsay.Bowley@cherokeek12.net and 770.704.4256. #CCSDfam

CCSD on Nov. 20 to Distribute Free Meals to All Students for Thanksgiving Week cornucopia image

CCSD School Nutrition will offer a special meal pick-up on Friday, Nov. 20, for free meals for the week of Thanksgiving Break!  

This service, funded by USDA grants, is open to all CCSD students and to any child age 0-18.  

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Volunteer of the Year: Tessa Craig of Creekland MS! CMS VOTY 2020

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week ... congratulations to Creekland MS 2020 Volunteer of the Year Tessa Craig! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Seats Open for Students at CCSD Head Start Preschool PreK openings 9 9 2020

The Cherokee County School District has in-person openings in Head Start preschool classes.

Students who are 3 or 4 years old (as of Sept. 1, 2020) and meet family income eligibility requirements are eligible for the open seats at Johnson Preschool Center in Woodstock and Ralph Bunche Preschool Center in Canton.

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: Cherokee Theatre Company of Carmel ES! Carmel POTY 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Carmel ES 2020 Partner of the Year: Cherokee Theatre Company!

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 Graduation Rate Hits New High! CCSD Grad Rate 2020

The Cherokee County School District’s graduation rate has hit a new high, topping 90% for the first time in recent years with 90.3% of the Class of 2020 earning a diploma within four years of entering high school.  

The CCSD graduation rate is an increase from 86.9% achieved by the Class of 2019, according to a new report from the Georgia Department of Education released today.  All six CCSD high schools reported higher grad rates for the Class of 2020, with Creekview HS reporting the top rate of 96.2%.

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Alyx Buckner of River Ridge HS! MTT RRHS (Buckner) 11 9 2020

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 Bus Driver! CCSD school bus driver ad 11 9 2020

Please share this information … we’re seeking more school bus drivers to join our CCSD family!  To apply: Click Jobs@CCSD at www.CherokeeK12.net.  For more information, please contact CCSD Recruitment Coordinator Lindsay Bowley at Lindsay.Bowley@cherokeek12.net and 770.704.4256. #CCSDfam

 

CCSD Message: Digital Learning for ES Extended CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, Digital Learning will be extended as a learning choice for the second semester (Jan. 5 – May 28, 2021) for all elementary school students and Special Education preschool and PreK students currently enrolled in the program.  Parents of students currently enrolled in Digital Learning for these grades will receive a separate email later today with a link to the online declaration form that is due by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, 2020.  
 
 

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Isobel Mason of Woodstock HS! WHS toty 11 7 20

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 2020 Woodstock High School Teacher of the Year Isobel Mason!

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Kim Moody of Holly Springs ES STEM Academy! HSES SSOTY 2020

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here each week. Please join us in congratulating Holly Springs ES STEM Academy 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year Kim Moody! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet CCSD 2020 School Volunteers of the Year: Woodstock ES PTA Executive Board Members of Woodstock ES! WES VOTY 2020

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week ... congratulations to Woodstock ES 2020 Volunteers of the Year: Woodstock ES PTA Executive Board Members! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: Keller Williams Realty Partner Penny + Co of Bascomb ES Bascomb POTY 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Bascomb ES 2020 Partner of the Year: Keller Williams Realty Partner Penny + Co!

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

Creekview HS FFA Receives National Recognition Creekview HS FFA 11 3 2020

The Creekview High School FFA Chapter during the National FFA annual conference received official recognition as a Top 10 National Model of Excellence chapter!  

The Chapter was named a finalist for the honor earlier this fall in recognition of its exemplary efforts in growing leaders, building communities, and strengthening agriculture, with the overall top chapter in the Nation named during the convention that recently was held virtually.  

CCSD Announces Annual Child Find Efforts CCSD heart logo cmyk

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 Teacher: Jodie Mercer of Bascomb ES! MTT Bascomb ES (Mercer) 11 2 2020

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

Read the CCSD Connections parent newsletter for November CCSD Connections November 2020 image

The November 2020 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.

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Dillon Scott of Woodstock ES! toty woodstock es 10 31 2020

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 2020 Woodstock Elementary School Teacher of the Year Dillon Scott!

CCSD Message: Extracurricular Activities, Food Assistance CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, this is to advise that Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 extra-curricular practices, games and events can occur as planned.  We know you join us in our concern for CCSD families who experienced storm damage as well as our CCSD students who have not had access to free school meals during our closure.  We maintain a list of resources for food and general assistance on our website bulletin board at http://bit.ly/CCSDbboard.  Please contact these agencies if you need help, or if you can support them through financial donations and/or by volunteering.

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Vicki Wheeler of Free Home ES! FHES SSOTY 2020

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here each week. Please join us in congratulating Free Home ES 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year Vicki Wheeler! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Schools and Offices Closed Friday October 30

With multiple school power outages still ongoing likely through tomorrow morning and over 20 roads still impassible throughout the County, Cherokee County School District will be closed Friday, October 30. This will not be a Digital Learning Day due to the remaining widespread power outages.  A decision to allow Friday extracurricular events will be made mid-day based upon local conditions. 

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Volunteer of the Year: Michael Burton of Boston ES! Boston VOTY 2020

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week ... congratulations to Boston ES 2020 Volunteer of the Year Michael Burton! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Schools and Offices Closed Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent of Schools, this is to announce that due to the National Weather Service Tropical Storm Warning and likely associated hazardous wind and flooding conditions during the early morning hours tomorrow, Cherokee County School District will be closed on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020.  This will not be a Digital Learning Day due to the likely event of expected widespread power outages throughout the morning.  A decision to allow Thursday extracurricular events will be made mid-day based upon local conditions. #SafeCherokee

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: Credit Union of Georgia of Johnston Preschool Center JPC POTY 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Johnston Preschool Center 2020 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

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Jenn Straw of Carmel ES! MTT Carmel ES (Straw)

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 Schools Earn $10K in "Bright Ideas" Grants CCSD Amicalola Grants 10 26 20

Cherokee County School District schools have earned more than $10,000 in this fall’s Bright Ideas Grants!

The competitive Bright Ideas Grants are awarded by Amicalola EMC to the most innovative ideas from schools in their service area.  Fifteen CCSD projects won a total of $10,841 in this season’s cycle of funding, which was presented to recipients this month.

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Melinda Meadow of Tippens Education Center! toty Tippens 10 24 20

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 2020 Tippens Education Center Teacher of the Year Melinda Meadow!

Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy Teacher Wins STEM Grant GATEC 2020 Winner Holt Hasty ES

A Cherokee County School District teacher is one of only five in the state to win a competitive STEM grant!

Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy teacher Rebekah Holt, who leads the school’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) Lab classes, earned the $3,000 Georgia Educational Technology Consortium Innovation Grant for her Mindful Designs project.  The grants are awarded to the State’s most innovative educational technology projects to improve teaching and learning.

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Barbara Gentile of Woodstock MS! WMS SSOTY 2020

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here each week. Please join us in congratulating Woodstock MS 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year Barbara Gentile! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Volunteer of the Year: Melissa Meyer of Sixes ES! SES VOTY 2020

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week ... congratulations to Sixes ES 2020 Volunteer of the Year Melissa Meyer! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Appreciates Its Bus Drivers! bus driver appreciation

CCSD recognized its school bus drivers on Tuesday morning with a drive-through breakfast and gifts.  CCSD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Hightower visited with drivers at two bus maintenance facilities, passing out Chick-fil-A biscuits and goody bags from sponsors. 

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant, Macedonia of Creekview HS! CVHS POTY 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Creekview HS 2020 Partner of the Year: Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant, Macedonia!

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 Team Selected for NASA Student Launch Program Creekview HS NASA Student Launch Teams 2020

A Cherokee County School District team has been selected for the prestigious NASA Student Launch Program!

Creekview High School’s rocketry team has earned a spot in the competitive project open to high-achieving teams from universities, high schools and middle schools.  Middle and high school teams qualify to participate by finishing in the top 20 of The American Rocketry Challenge the previous year.  Creekview’s team, the 2018 International Champion, regularly ranks in the Nation’s top 20.

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Kelly Hammond of Ball Ground ES STEM Academy! MTT Ball Ground ES (Hammond) 10 19 2020

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

Hickory Flat ES Mom Wins CCSD Parent Recipe Contest CCSD Parent Recipe Contest 1 10 19 20

A Hickory Flat Elementary School mom turned up the flavor in a cornbread recipe to win the second annual CCSD School Nutrition Parent Recipe Contest!  

Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy Earns Digital Certification Common Sense Digital Citizenship logo

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

The school has been honored by Common Sense Education as a Common Sense Certified School for Digital Citizenship.  The national organizations helps schools teach students how to use technology safely and adopt positive digital skills and habits.

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Scott Reece of Teasley MS! toty Teasley MS 10 17 20

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 2020 Teasley Middle School Teacher of the Year Scott Reece!

Board Business Briefs: School Board Hears of Potential State Funding Concerns BOE Meeting Oct. 15 2020 (1)

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday heard an update on potential State funding concerns for next school year.
 
During its pre-meeting work session, School Board members began the planning work for its annual Legislative Partnership Priorities, a list of top issues it would like to see addressed by Cherokee County’s State legislators during the General Assembly Session.  The report typically is shared by the School Board with the Delegation at a meeting in early December prior to the legislative session’s start in January.

CCSD Students Named to State School Superintendent's Student Advisory Council  State Superintendent Student Advisory Council 2020

Cherokee County School District students have been named to the State School Superintendent’s 2020-21 Student Advisory Council!

Creekview HS sophomore Kylie Buchanan and Woodstock HS junior Fawzan Khan are among the 64 high school and middle school students from across the state selected for the prestigious role.  They were chosen by State School Superintendent Richard Woods from more than 1,400 applications statewide based on their answers to essay questions about improving public education.

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Laura Hardin of River Ridge HS! RRHS SSOTY 2020

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here each week. Please join us in congratulating River Ridge HS 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year Laura Hardin! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

School Board Members Visit Tippens Education Center School Board Visit Tippens 1 10 15 2020

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 Tippens Education Center, where they learned from Principal Kim Barger about efforts to support their students’ special needs and the goal of transitioning back to their former school, and enjoyed a School Nutrition lunch from the cafeteria with Ms. Barger, Assistant Principal Wes Satterfield and CCSD Counselor of the Year Kelly Schalliol, who works at Tippens. #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Volunteer of the Year: Emily Meyer of Johnston ES! JES VOTY 2020

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week ... congratulations to Johnston ES 2020 Volunteer of the Year Emily Meyer! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Class of 2020 Tops Nation, State on ACT CCSD 2020 ACT infographic

The Cherokee County School District Class of 2020 earned average ACT scores that topped National and State results and continued to rank among Georgia’s top 10 county school systems!

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: Maria Sims Group and Zack Bobo Real Estate of Clayton ES! Clayton POTY 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Clayton ES 2020 Partner of the Year: Maria Sims Group and Zack Bobo Real Estate!

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 Named Top Agriculture Educator in State! CCSD Georgia FFA Teacher of the Year 1

A Cherokee County School District teacher is the top agriculture educator in the State!

Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy teacher Karen Garland has been named the 2020 Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year by Georgia Farm Bureau. 

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Bernard Walker of Woodstock HS! MTT WHS (Walker) 10 12 2020

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 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Katie Blanchard of Sixes ES! toty Sixes ES 1- 9 2020

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 2020 Sixes Elementary School Teacher of the Year Katie Blanchard!

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Cheryl Rohmer of Little River ES! LRES SSOTY 2020

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here each week. Please join us in congratulating Little River Elementary School 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year Cheryl Rohmer! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Volunteer of the Year: James Butler of Cherokee HS! CHS VOTY 2020

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week ... congratulations to Cherokee High School 2020 Volunteer of the Year James Butler! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: Chick-fil-A, Riverstone of Ball Ground ES STEM Academy! BGES 2020 POTY

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Ball Ground ES STEM Academy 2020 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

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Casey Wheeler of Arnold Mill ES! MTT Arnold Milll ES (Wheeler) 10 5 2020

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

10/5/2020 CCSD Message: School Operations Update CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised of several important decisions in regard to CCSD school operations:

  • HYBRID MODEL: The three high schools currently operating on a hybrid model – Creekview, Etowah and Woodstock High Schools – all will resume traditional in-person instruction (five days a week) beginning Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 (Monday, Oct. 12, is a scheduled school holiday for all students/professional development day for teachers and staff).  This decision does not affect students currently enrolled in Digital Learning. 
Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Tiffany Weck of Sequoyah HS! toty SHS 10 3 2020

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 2020 Sequoyah High School Teacher of the Year Tiffany Weck!

CCSD Students Creating Prosthetic Limbs for Those in Need Sequoyah HS e-Nable Project 1 10 1 2020

Sequoyah High School senior Daniel McCrobie has always liked engineering and figuring out how parts work together.

Through his school’s FIRST Robotics team formed last year, Daniel has figured out how he can be a part of life-changing work: making prosthetic limbs for those in need.  

The team recently formed an e-Nable chapter, joining the international online collective of “Digital Humanitarian” volunteers dedicated to using shared designs and 3D printers to craft free and low-cost prosthetic limbs for adults and children.

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Shay Langston of Knox ES STEM Academy! KES SSOTY 2020

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here each week. Please join us in congratulating Knox Elementary School STEM Academy 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year Shay Langston! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Read the October CCSD Connections parent newsletter! image - CCSD Connections parent newsletter Oct 2020

The October 2020 edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter and contains important information including updates on school operations for this month.  Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia, a CCSD Partner! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

School and Community Leaders Celebrate Opening of Mountain Ed's Cherokee Site ribbon cutting

School and community leaders celebrated the official opening of Mountain Education Charter High School's Cherokee County location Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce.  Mountain Ed's Cherokee satellite, located in the Etowah East building on the Etowah HS campus, currently has 144 students enrolled in the alternative evening program. 

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Volunteer of the Year: Jeanette Smith of Indian Knoll ES! IKES 2020 VOTY

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week ... congratulations to Indian Knoll Elementary School 2020 Volunteer of the Year Jeanette Smith! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Partner of the Year: EF2 Realty Team with Keller Williams Realty Partners of Arnold Mill ES! AMES POTY 2020

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Arnold Mill Elementary School 2020 Partner of the Year: EF2 Realty Team with Keller Williams Realty Partners!

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

Additional SAT Data Shows CCSD's Average Score Is in the Top 10% in Georgia sat w state ranks

Additional information about the Class of 2020’s SAT results was recently released by the Georgia Department of Education.  CCSD’s average score of 1100 ranks 3rd among Metro Atlanta counties and places the district 12th overall in the state, out of 180 school districts (top 10%).  When compared to school districts that test at least 500 students, CCSD is 4th overall.  All six CCSD high schools fell in the top 20% of high schools statewide when comparing average composite scores. 

CCSD Educator Donating Kidney to Student Joy and Maggie meet for the first time as they prepare for their upcoming transplant

A Cherokee County School District employee on Friday will donate a kidney to a Cherokee High School student who she had never met until learning of her urgent need.

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Amanda Day of Free Home ES! MTT FHES (Day) 9 28 2020

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 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Ansley Sand of River Ridge HS! toty river ridge hs 9 26 2020

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 2020 River Ridge High School Teacher of the Year Ansley Sand!

CCSD To-Go Meal Orders for 9/28 due Friday 9/25 ccsd serves white square

If your student(s) is/are enrolled in Digital Learning or hybrid learning, we are pleased to offer to-go meal service for them! 

Meal pick up will be Monday, Sept. 28, in a designated area of your child’s school (car rider or bus lane) at a designated time.  Please contact your school nutrition manager for specific locations and serving times: CCSD School Nutrition Manager Contact Information

CCSD Recognizes 2020 Partner of the Year CCSD 2020 POTY 2 9 21 20

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating outstanding school community partners through its Seventh Annual CCSD Partner of the Year awards!

Through the annual program, every CCSD school selects a Partner of the Year to honor.  From that pool of outstanding partners, a committee of retired educators and community leaders selects an overall CCSD 2020 Partner of the Year.

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Jill Mossinger of R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy! toty RM Moore ES STEM Academy 9 19 2020

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 2020 R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy Teacher of the Year Jill Mossinger!

Special thanks to our 2020 Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration's Presenting Sponsors: Cherokee County Educational Foundation, Credit Union of Georgia, Northside Hospital Cherokee and Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Canton.
#CCSDfam #CCSDunited

*Photo taken in November 2019

Board Business Briefs: Construction of New Cherokee HS School Board Meeting Bar Association Donation 9 18 2020

The Cherokee County School Board during its meeting Thursday heard operations updates and talked about construction of a replacement Cherokee High School as a possible project to be funded in the next Education SPLOST renewal.

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Gwen Freeman of Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy! HES SSOTY 2020

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here each week. Please join us in congratulating Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year Gwen Freeman! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Message: Fall Break CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

Dear #CCSDfam,

We’re nearing the end of our seventh week of school with Fall Break ahead of us.  I hope this holiday allows our students and staff and all of their families time to rest, relax and recharge.

Whether you’re taking a vacation out of town or a staycation in Cherokee County, please keep your health and the health of your entire community in mind.

9/17/2020 CCSD Message: No To-Go Meals Service on 9/21 ccsd serves white square

CCSD School Nutrition will not offer to-go-meal service on Monday, Sept. 21, as CCSD schools will be closed for Fall Break.  You will receive an email the morning of Thursday, Sept. 24, with an online order form that is due by 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25, for to-go meal pick-up on Monday, Sept. 28.  If you need food assistance during Fall Break, please contact one of the community food banks serving Cherokee County, which we have listed on our website at http://bit.ly/ccsdhealthinfo  Reminder: All CCSD families who think they may qualify for free or reduced-price meals are asked to please complete the online application at www.lunchapplication.com.  This approval will be needed to receive free and reduced-price meals after the temporary USDA program providing free meals to all students ends on Dec. 31.

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Volunteer of the Year: Dacia Shackelford of Woodstock HS! WHS VOTY 2020

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week ... congratulations to Woodstock High School 2020 Volunteer of the Year Dacia Shackelford! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Names Winners of Second Annual Support Staff Employees of the Year Awards CCSD SSOTY ES 2

The Cherokee County School District has surprised the overall winners of its second annual Support Staff Employees of the Year Awards!

The awards program honors one Support Staff Employee of the Year from each of CCSD’s schools, centers and central office divisions, and one overall CCSD winner is selected for each of three categories: Elementary School; Middle School/High School/Centers; Central Office.  These overall winners are selected by a committee of retired educators and community leaders.  

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Price Spinnenweber of Woodstock ES! MTT WES (Spinnenweber) 9 14 20

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

17 CCSD Students Place in Statewide Reflections Contest CCSD Georgia PTA Reflections Winners 2020 9 14 20

Seventeen Cherokee County School District students placed in the 2019-20 Georgia PTA Reflections fine arts contest!

The annual contest gives 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 for the opportunity to earn recognition at the School, District, State and National levels.  This year's theme was “Look Within.”

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Julie McNally of Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy! Oak Grove ES toty 2020 9 12 2020

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 2020 Oak Grove Elementary School Fine Arts Academy Teacher of the Year Julie McNally!

CCSD Announces Second Annual Recipe Contest! Turnip the Volume 2020 logo

What's cooking, #CCSDfam? 

If you're a CCSD parent who loves to cook, please enter our second 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! 

CCSD Class of 2020 Outscores National, State SAT Averages SAT INFO 2020

Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2020 outscored State and National averages on the SAT, according to results released this week by the College Board.

The CCSD Class of 2020 earned an average total score of 1100 on the curriculum-based college entrance and placement exam, which exceeds the National public school average by 70 points and the State by 57 points.

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Volunteer of the Year: Linda Fulton of Avery ES! Avery ES VOTY 2020

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week ... congratulations to Avery Elementary School 2020 Volunteer of the Year Linda Fulton! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD High School Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists post CCSD National Merit 2021 9 9 2020

Five Cherokee County School District high school seniors today were named 2021 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists!

They are: of Cherokee HS, Dylan Iovino; of Creekview HS, Nathan Davis; of Etowah HS, Ben Willett; of River Ridge HS, Nicholas Audinet; and of Sequoyah HS, Jeremy Jeong.

CCSD Reopens Enrollment for PreK Classes at 2 Schools PreK openings 9 9 2020

The Cherokee County School District has reopened enrollment for in-person openings in PreK classes at two of its schools.

These spots usually only are available through an annual lottery drawing in March, so this is a rare opportunity for a seat in a tuition-free, accredited preschool program.

UPDATE 10/14/20: CCSD School Nutrition Meals Free to All Students for Rest of School Year ccsd serves white square

UPDATE 10/14/2020: More great news for CCSD families ... the USDA funding for free school meals for all students has been extended through the end of the school year!

Cherokee County School District families are receiving a new form of economic stimulus: free school meals for all students!

CCSD School Nutrition beginning Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 will not charge any fees to any students for breakfasts or lunches through Dec. 31, 2020 (the end date is dependent on available funding), based on extended meal service flexibilities from the USDA.  There are no forms to complete or income eligibility requirements for this federally funded temporary relief program.  

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Hillary Grummer of Creekview HS! MTT CVHS (Grummer) 9 7 2020

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 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Kelly Gilstrap of Mountain Road ES! toty Mountain Road ES 9 4 2020

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 2020 Mountain Road Elementary School Teacher of the Year Kelly Gilstrap!

Special thanks to our 2020 Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration's Presenting Sponsors: Cherokee County Educational Foundation, Credit Union of Georgia, Northside Hospital Cherokee and Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Canton.
#CCSDfam #CCSDunited

9/4/2020 Message: CCSD Digital Learning Extension CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that he has decided to extend Digital Learning for elementary school students for the second nine-week grading period, which ends Dec. 18, 2020.

Parents/guardians of elementary school students currently enrolled in Digital Learning (kindergarten through fifth grade; and Special Education preschool and PreK) must complete a declaration form by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11; a link to the form will be emailed to them separately this afternoon.  

CCSD Recognizes 2020 Volunteers of the Year CCSD 2020 VOTY 1 9 4 2020

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating outstanding school volunteers through its Seventh Annual CCSD Volunteer of the Year awards!

Through the annual program, every CCSD school selects a Volunteer of the Year to honor.  From that pool of exceptional school volunteers, a committee made up of retired educators and community leaders selects an overall CCSD 2020 Volunteer of the Year.  This year’s winner is Brian Tomalavage, the Free Home Elementary School Volunteer of the Year!

CCSD Speech Language Pathologist Named to National Board HOWARD Patti

A Cherokee County School District Special Education leader has been named to a national advisory role!

CCSD Lead Speech Language Pathologist Dr. Patti Howard recently was selected by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to serve on its Clinical Specialty Certification Board, a prestigious national appointment.

CCSD School Earns Little Free Library Grant ET Booth MS Little Free Library 9 3 2020

A Cherokee County School District media specialist has earned a grant to extend services outside of the media center’s walls!

E.T. Booth Middle School media specialist Amanda Graves successfully applied for a Little Free Library grant from the national nonprofit organization.

Read the September CCSD Connections Newsletter CCSD Connections Sept 2020 image

The September 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 as well as news and updates. Thank you to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet the Teacher: Paige Chandler of Johnston ES! MTT Johnston ES (Chandler) 8 31 2020

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

Cherokee County Educational Foundation Awards $56K in Grants CCEF 2020 Classroom Impact Grants 8 31 202

The Cherokee County Educational Foundation helped kick off the new school year in CCSD this month by presenting teachers and support staff with $56,000 in grants!

The nonprofit organization, since its 2012 formation to raise funds for CCSD teachers, programs and schools, has awarded more than $500,000 in grants to support teaching and learning.
The Foundation’s Classroom Impact Grants program offer competitive grants for projects costing up to $2,500, with a focus on new ideas for instruction that could be replicated throughout CCSD classrooms.

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Wendy Perez of Mill Creek MS! Mill Creek Middle School_ Wendy Perez toty 8 29 2020

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 2020 Mill Creek Middle School Teacher of the Year Wendy Perez!

CCSD Names 2020-21 Student Advisor and Student Delegates to the School Board 2020-21 CCSD Student Delegates to the School Board

The Cherokee County School District has named the 2020-21 Student Advisor and Student Delegates to the School Board.

The School Board has included a Student Advisor position on its board since 1999, and for the past 10 years, a Student Delegate from each high school also has been selected.  These students serve for one year to give input and feedback to the School Board; the advisor role is rotated among the district’s high schools

Join the #CCSDfam as a Substitute Teacher! Job Ad Sub Teachers 8 28 2020

We need dedicated substitute teachers to keep our in-person classrooms open as we continue providing this essential service to the children of our community.  Please sign up today so we can invite you to a training session.  Apply online at https://bit.ly/JobsCCSD  #CCSDfam  #CCSDunited

8/26/2020 CCSD Message: Sept. 3 Reopening of Closed High Schools CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, CCSD’s three high schools temporarily closed for in-person learning – Creekview HS, Etowah HS and Woodstock HS – all will reopen for in-person learning using a hybrid model on Thursday, Sept. 3.  Teachers at these schools will participate in additional training over the next week to prepare for this transition while we continue with the existing remote-learning model until that time.

The hybrid model will remain in place at these three high schools until at least Oct. 9, which is the last day of the first nine-week grading period.  An announcement will be made as soon as possible as to what operations will look like after Oct. 9; this decision will be made for each school individually based on the state of public health in each school community.

Microsoft Recognizes 42 CCSD Teachers as Instructional Technology Experts MIEE 20-21 logo

Microsoft Education has recognized 42 Cherokee County School District teachers and staff as instructional technology experts!

They have been named to the 2020-2021 class of Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts.  The technology company selects educators, support staff and school leaders who show exceptional understanding of how technology can improve learning for this recognition, which includes access to new tools and an exclusive online network for sharing best practices.

CCSD Direct Instruction for Digital Learning Middle School Students Begins Aug. 27

As CCSD continues to navigate unchartered waters utilizing a Digital Learning platform for middle school instruction, we are creating additional supports for our student’s success. Within this new support, students enrolled in Middle School APEX courses will now be able to receive direct instruction and support from CCSD teachers twice a week for ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies starting on Thursday, August 27, 2020.

Sequoyah HS Band Honored with Regional Invitation Sequoyah High School Symphony Band 2020

A Cherokee County School District band has earned regional recognition!

The Sequoyah High School Symphony Band has been selected to perform at the University of Alabama High School Honor Band Festival to be held Feb. 4-7, 2021. 

Nine CCSD Graduates Earn Business Association Scholarships 2020 TLBA Scholarships 8 25 2020

Nine Cherokee County School District Class of 2020 graduates have earned scholarships from a local business association!

The Towne Lake Business Association this month awarded $500 scholarships to three students from each of the high schools in its membership area.  From Etowah, River Ridge and Woodstock High Schools, students were honored for success in one of three areas: Entrepreneurial, Leadership and Work Based Learning.  The Association presents the scholarships annually with proceeds from its golf tournament and other fundraising.

Teasley MS Staff Save Student from Choking Teasley MS Heroes 8 25 2020

A Teasley Middle School student was saved from choking on a Life Saver by two life-savers of his own.

Counselor Adina Walker and science teacher Jason Sirard came to the rescue of seventh-grader Kane Chandler when they saw him in distress during school on Thursday.  They used the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge the candy and save Kane.

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Madison Black of Mill Creek MS! MTT MCMS (Black) 8 24 2020

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 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Brooke Hopkins of Macedonia ES! macedonia toty 8 22 2020

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 2020 Macedonia Elementary School Teacher of the Year Brooke Hopkins!

Meet the New Principal: Whitney Nolan of Freedom MS! NOLAN Whitney

Our Principals are dedicated leaders, and we’ve been introducing you to Principals who are new to the role or who are serving at new schools this year.  Please help us celebrate Freedom Middle School’s new leader: Whitney Nolan!

Over her six years as Principal of Hickory Flat Elementary School, Whitney Nolan led an inspiring movement to spread kindness, embrace social and emotional learning and promote unity.

Water Outage at Ralph Bunche Center

A water main break has resulted in a temporary water outage at Ralph Bunche Center.  Per standard procedures, bottled drinking water and hand sanitizer will be available to students and staff; a reserve tank of non-drinkable water will be used to operate restrooms; and our School Nutrition staff will adjust food preparation practices.  Afternoon half-day classes have been cancelled.

 

Water Outage at ACE Academy

A water main break has resulted in a temporary water outage at ACE Academy.  Per standard procedures, bottled drinking water and hand sanitizer will be available to students and staff; a reserve tank of non-drinkable water will be used to operate restrooms; and our School Nutrition staff will adjust food preparation practices. 

Water Outage at Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy

A water main break has resulted in a temporary water outage at Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy.  Per standard procedures, bottled drinking water and hand sanitizer will be available to students and staff; a reserve tank of non-drinkable water will be used to operate restrooms; and our School Nutrition staff will adjust food preparation practices. 

 

CHS Closure Due to Water Outage

On behalf of the Superintendent, Cherokee High School classes are closed today (Friday, Aug. 21, 2020) effective immediately due to a water main break. This break has affected several other schools and city officials do not expect a quick repair. The CHS campus is too large to cover with available water buffalo systems, making it unsafe to operate schools today. Students already on campus can eat breakfast. Buses will be returning students home as quickly as possible.  There will not be online instruction provided as teachers and staff also cannot work on campus.  Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Board Business Briefs: School Board Discusses School Reopening CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

The Cherokee County School Board at its regular meeting tonight heard an update on the start of the school year, and talked about a possible “hybrid” model for the reopening of three temporarily closed high schools.

After a wide-ranging discussion of current school operations and possible operational changes, the School Board voted, 5-1, with Vice Chair Kelly Poole dissenting and John Harmon absent, to authorize Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower to make adjustments, as he determines are needed, to the Reopening of School Plan in order to reopen Creekview, Etowah and Woodstock High Schools on Aug. 31.  The motion specifically excluded authorizing a student mask mandate at this time.

School Board Members Tour New Classrooms tour of sequoyah

School Board Members and CCSD administrative leadership this week toured two of the School District's latest facility improvement projects that are already in use enhancing student learning. 

17 CCSD Students Receive State Honors for Duke TIP Duke TIP 8 20 2020

Seventeen Cherokee County School District students have been recognized by Duke University for their outstanding SAT and ACT scores … that they earned last school year as seventh-graders!

Meet the New Principal: Amanda Schoeniger of Holly Springs ES STEM Academy! Schoeniger_amanda

Our Principals are dedicated leaders, and we’ve been introducing you to Principals who are new to the role or who are serving at new schools this year.  Please help us celebrate Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy’s new leader: Amanda Schoeniger!

Meet the New Principal: Rodney Larrotta of Cherokee HS! LARROTTA, RODNEY

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 Cherokee High School’s new leader: Rodney Larrotta! 

Join the #CCSDfam as a Substitute School Nutrition Worker Job Ad substitute SN workers 8 18 2020

Many of our students rely upon and look forward to our cafeteria’s homemade breakfasts and lunches and award-winning Farm to School recipes.  Our School Nutrition workers and lunchroom monitors are the everyday heroes who make this essential service happen!  Please consider signing up to serve as a substitute worker.  More information and the applications (look for Future Openings forms for each of these jobs) are online at https://bit.ly/JobsCCSD #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Honors Young Georgia Authors Winners CCSD Young Authors State Winners 8 18 2020

Two Cherokee County School District students have earned statewide honors in 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 submitted a top entry for each grade level to compete at the District level.  The District winners then advanced to regional competition for the opportunity to compete statewide, and state contest entries were judged over the summer break.

Meet the Teacher: Melissa Phillips of Boston ES! MTT Boston ES (Phillips) 8 17 2020

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

8/16/2020 CCSD Message: Creekview HS Closure CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that we are, effective immediately, temporarily closing in-person learning at Creekview High School.  Reopening is tentatively scheduled for Monday, Aug. 31.  This decision was made with the support of School Board Members and in consideration with the Department of Public Health.

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Belinda Jackson of Little River ES! toty little river es 8 15 2020

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 2020 Little River Elementary School Teacher of the Year Belinda Jackson!

Meet the New Principal: Todd Miller of River Ridge HS! MILLER Todd

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 River Ridge High School’s new leader: Todd Miller! 

Woodstock MS Wins Makerspace Project Grant! Woodstock MS Grant 8 14 20