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Middle School Students Ready to Play Ball in STEM Showcase Jordan visits TMS

CCSD middle schools will send about 100 students to the Battery at SunTrust Park this Sunday to participate in the Atlanta Braves Science of Baseball STEM Showcase, showing off what they've learned this year using the Science of Baseball curriculum.

Board Briefs: School Board Reviews Proposed Budget, Passes Anti-Vaping Policy New leaders appointed Thursday included, from left to right, Dr. Lyn Turnell as director of student assessment, Thomas Davis as supervisor of applications support services and Brandy Phillips as assistant principal for Ball Ground ES STEM Academy.

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, May 16, 2019 reviewed the Superintendent’s proposed budget for next school year and approved a new crackdown policy to stop student vaping.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Deanna Rechsteiner of Bascomb ES! ssoty bascomb es 5 16 19

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here every week. Please join us in thanking and congratulating 2019 Bascomb Elementary School Support Staff Employee of the Year Deanna Rechsteiner!

 

18 CCSD Students Selected for Georgia Governor's Honors CCSD governors honors finalists 2019

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

The statewide summer honors program for select rising high school juniors and seniors offers four weeks of college-level instruction at Berry College in Rome.

High School Students Succeed at Statewide Career Skills Competition! CCSD CTI State 5 16 19

The Cherokee County School District saw great success at the 2019 Career and Technical Instruction State Leadership Conference with 23 students competing and one earning a top-three win!

CCSD Students Win at Regional and State Science & Engineering Fairs! CCSD science fair state and region winner collage 2019

The Cherokee County School District was well represented at the 71st Georgia Science & Engineering Fair, with 20 Regional first-place winners, four State first-place winners and one student winning the State Fair’s Grand Award!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Bethel Tabernacle Church for R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy! poty rm moore 5 15 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy 2019 Partner of the Year: Bethel Tabernacle Church!

Community Partners Support CCSD Preschool Centers Kim Welch takes a photo of her daughter, Lyric, with Canton Police Officer Louis Salas.

The Ralph Bunche Center in Canton, a CCSD Preschool Center, welcomed community partners for the first time to its end-of-the-year program for prekindergarten students and their families.  After the students performed onstage at Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy, families visited information tables set up by the Cherokee County Health Department, City of Canton, MUST Ministries and Sequoyah Regional Library System. 

Ralph Bunche Center Celebrates Mother's Day! Credit Union of Georgia Business Development Officer Kelly Nagel serves up breakfast to a mom at Ralph Bunche Center.

CCSD elementary schools and preschools celebrated the special occasion with student-made crafts for moms and special events honoring mothers, like the Muffins for Mom breakfast on Friday morning at the Ralph Bunche Center, a CCSD Preschool Center. Thanks to Credit Union of Georgia for sponsoring and to Business Development Officer Kelly Nagel for volunteering!

 

CCSD Student Athletes Honored as Positive Role Models! positive athlete collage 2019

Twelve CCSD student athletes have been honored as Regional winners and two as State winners by Positive Athlete Georgia!

More than 3,000 students are nominated annually by coaches, principals, athletic directors, teachers and parents.  Awards are presented for specific sports and regions, with a top award presented to one male and one female student for the entire state.

CCSD Opening New Student Summer Registration Center CSR Logo English

The Cherokee County School District is beginning a new service for families registering students for school.

The Centralized Summer Registration Center will allow parents to complete the process for registering students -- in any grade who will be new to CCSD for the 2019-20 school year -- early in the summer break, rather than waiting for school front offices to reopen.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Ginny Harden of Cherokee HS! voty cherokee hs 5 14 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to Cherokee High School 2019 Volunteer of the Year Ginny Harden! The Volunteer of the Year from every CCSD school is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation. Do you volunteer to help a CCSD school? Contact the Principal of your local school (http://cherokeek12.net/schools/) to learn how you can help! #CCSDfam

 

CCSD School Police Chief Honored by Community for Service CCSD Police Chief Award 1 5 14 19

Congratulations to CCSD School Police Chief Mark Kissel on his Public Safety Employee of the Year Award presented today by the Rotary Club of Canton! Chief Kissel, at right, is retiring this year after a decorated career in law enforcement and public safety including the establishment of the CCSD School Police Department. We appreciate you and all that you have done for our community! #CCSDfam

Hospital CEO Earns Superintendent's Game Changer Award for Advocacy! CCSD Game Changer Advocacy 1 5 13 19

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower today presented his top annual award for an instructional excellence advocate to Northside Hospital Cherokee’s CEO!

Dr. Hightower surprised Billy Hayes with his Superintendent’s 2019 Game Changer Award for Instructional Advocacy during the monthly board meeting of the Cherokee County Educational Foundation, for which the hospital leader serves as board President.

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Corinne Snow of Hickory Flat ES! Corinne Snow

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 Hickory Flat Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year Corinne Snow!

Hickory Flat Elementary School Teacher of the Year Corinne Snow is not only a positive strong influence in the lives of her students, she also is one of the most positive people her colleagues have ever known.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Counselor of the Year: Danielle Mabeus of Bascomb ES! Danielle Mabeus

Our school counselors are extraordinary, which is why we’re sharing the stories of our Innovation Zone Counselors of the Year… please help us celebrate Etowah Innovation Zone 2019 Counselor of the Year Danielle Mabeus of Bascomb Elementary School!

CCSD Middle School Students Generate STEM Day Solutions stem logo

Georgia STEM Day 2019 had students in CCSD middle school classrooms working in teams to creatively solve problems and generate solutions.  Using videos and materials developed by the Georgia Tech Research Institute, students tackled their assigned problems across multiple subject areas throughout the day—and got to pitch their ideas to GTRI scientists and researchers to determine feasibility and get feedback to tweak their proposals. 

Financial Facts: Highlights from CCSD's Proposed Budget financial facts image snip 2019

The Cherokee County School District has published its annual Financial Facts report, which provides highlights and snapshots from the proposed Annual Budget.

The report is posted online here and provides financial additional information to the community in advance of the School Board’s public hearings and budget adoption.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Officer Michael S. Hunt Jr. of the Office of Safety & Security! ccsd safety and security ssoty 2019 5 9 19

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here every week. Please join us in thanking and congratulating 2019 CCSD Office of Safety & Security Support Staff Employee of the Year Officer Michael S. Hunt Jr.! #CCSDfam

5/29/19 Early Release Schedules for High Schools, Middle Schools school bus clip art

Cherokee County School District high schools and middle schools will have early release days later this month, which will affect traffic in the surrounding areas.

 

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: poty rrhs 5 8 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to River Ridge High School 2019 Partner of the Year: Georgia Army National Guard!

 

Elementary School Team Places in Top 10 in National Coding Contest! Little River ES Code Monkey 2 5 8 19

A Cherokee County School District team of elementary school students placed in the top 10 in a national computer coding challenge!

The Little River Elementary School "Coding Eagles" team placed ninth in the National Code Rush Challenge.

CCSD Student Earns National Honor for Computing Skills! Sathvika Narasimhan19

River Ridge High School junior Sathvika Narasimhan has earned a National honor for her achievements in computing.

She recently was presented the National Center for Women & Information Technology's Award for Aspirations in Computing at a ceremony held at Georgia Tech.

 

CCSD Observes National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Mental Health Awareness Day 2019

Today is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, advocated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The Cherokee County School District joins in this observance as we care deeply about the health and well-being of all of our students. Our school counselors, nurses, social workers and psychologists are here to help. We have developed a resource page for parents to learn more about mental health resources and suicide awareness and prevention: http://bit.ly/ccsdresources #CCSDfam #NCMHAD

Two CCSD Graduating Seniors Win Prestigious National Merit Scholarship! national merit scholarship winners 2019

Two Cherokee County School District graduating seniors have earned the prestigious National Merit Scholarship!

Kieran Black of Etowah High School and Jordan Vaughn of Sequoyah High School are two of only 2,500 students in the nation -- of the 1.6 Million students who took the 2017 PSAT exam -- to be awarded the $2,500 scholarship by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Principals Thank CCSD Office of School Operations CCSD School Operations Recognition 5 7 19

Cherokee County School District Innovation Zone Lead Principals, on behalf of all of their fellow Principals, presented gifts of appreciation to the Office of School Operations’ leaders on Tuesday at the last Principal’s Meeting of the school year. The group thanked Deputy Superintendent Trey Olson and Executive Directors Beth Long and Dr. Debra Murdock for their support over the past year. From left to right: Avery ES Principal Dr. Lisa Turner, Woodstock MS Principal David Childress, Creekview HS Principal Dr. Mark Merges, Ms. Long, Mr. Olson, R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy Principal Dr. Abby May, Woodstock ES Principal Matt Freedman, Dr. Murdock, Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy Principal Penny Valle, Hickory Flat ES Principal Whitney Nolan and Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy Principal Rodney Larrotta. #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Laurel Canyon Optimist Club for Ralph Bunche Center! voty Ralph Bunche 5 7 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to Ralph Bunche Center 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Laurel Canyon Optimist Club!

National School Nurse Day: We Appreciate You! national school nurse day 2019

Please join us in thanking our school nurses today on National School Nurse Day! They provide exceptional care for our students, staff and visitors each day. #SND2019 #CCSDfam

CCSD School Earns International STEM Certification! Clark Creek ES STEM Academy AdvancEd Certification 5 7 19

Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy this month became the first school in the Cherokee County School District - and only the 183rd in the world - to earn STEM certification from AdvancED, the international accreditation agency for educational institutions. 

Retiring Principals Honored for Service retiring principals

Three retiring CCSD principals were honored Tuesday by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower for their service to the children of Cherokee County.  David Childress of Woodstock MS, Cindy Crews of Sixes ES, and Tammy Sandell of Knox ES STEM Academy were given a standing ovation by their fellow principals for their combined 87 years of service as teachers and administrators in the Cherokee County School District.

CCSD High Schools Named to "Best High Schools" List us news best high schools badge

All six Cherokee County School District high schools have been named to U.S. News and World Report’s “Best High Schools” list!

The magazine’s prestigious list is based on factors including academic performance, college readiness, graduation rates and success of disadvantaged students. 

#ThankATeacher - National Teacher Appreciation Day! thank you teacher appreciation 2019

Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day! We appreciate our outstanding teachers and all that they do every day to serve our community. #CCSDfam #ThankATeacher

CCSD Leader Selected to Present at National Conference HOWARD Patti

A Cherokee County School District leader has been invited to present at a national conference!

CCSD Lead Speech-Language Pathologist Dr. Patti Howard will share her knowledge with colleagues from across the country at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Schools Connect Conference this summer.

Reminder: Online Registration for New Students Open for 2019-20! registration reminder

Please help us spread the word: online registration for kindergartners and all students who will be new to CCSD for the 2019-20 school year is underway at https://registration.cherokeek12.net/. You can complete the online process in about 15 minutes and set up a time to visit the school and verify your required legal documents. Want to learn more about the learning that happens in our kindergarten classrooms? Check out the report: Ready to Learn: A Parent’s Guide to CCSD Kindergarten at http://bit.ly/CCSDkready #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Sonja Chapman of Holly Springs ES STEM Academy! Holly Springs ES STEM Academy

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 Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy 2019 Teacher of the Year Sonja Chapman! 

A second-generation educator, Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy Teacher of the Year Sonja Chapman knew as a young girl that her calling was to be a superhero in the form of a teacher.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Counselor of the Year: Kelly Brangan of River Ridge High School! Kelly Brangan

Our school counselors are extraordinary, which is why we’re sharing the stories of our Innovation Zone Counselors of the Year… please help us celebrate River Ridge Innovation Zone 2019 Counselor of the Year Kelly Brangan of River Ridge High School!

For River Ridge High School Counselor Kelly Brangan, the highlight of her day is talking with students.

Celebrating School Lunch Hero Day! school lunch hero day 5 3 19

Today is School Lunch Hero Day in appreciation of school cafeteria workers nationwide! To show their appreciation, School Board members, the Superintendent of Schools (aka Captain Bowtie) and his senior staff, and community leaders worked the line of some of our lunchrooms today! #CCSDfam

Congratulations to 2019 Partners in Excellence! chamber PIE excellence awards 5 3 19

Congratulations to all of our outstanding Partners in Education that were recognized this week as Partners in Excellence by the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce! We appreciate you! #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Lisa Adams of Ball Ground ES STEM Academy! ssoty ball ground 5 2 19

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here every week. Please join us in thanking and congratulating 2019 CCSD Ball Ground ES STEM Academy Support Staff Employee of the Year Lisa Adams! The Support Staff Employee of the Year from every CCSD school and central office division is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation, and ABM Industry Groups LLC and Credit Union of Georgia. #CCSDfam

Tippens Student Wins National Prize for Reading connor's honor

Connor Oakes, a seventh-grader at LR Tippens Educational Center, has been named one of the 10 national winners of the HMH READ 180 Awards for 2019!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Corporate Office Furniture & Panels, Inc. of Sequoyah HS! poty shs 5 1 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Sequoyah High School 2019 Partner of the Year: Corporate Office Furniture & Panels, Inc.!  The Partner of the Year from every CCSD school is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation. 

CCSD Connections Newsletter for May Now Online image of CCSD Connections May 2019 newsletter

The May edition of the CCSD Connections parent newsletter now is online here and features info on graduation, summer camp (the deadline to apply for CCSD Summer Discovery is Friday) -- and much more!  Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: CCSD Transition Academy for Johnston Preschool Center! voty Johnston Preschool Center 4 30 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to Johnston Preschool Center 2019 Volunteer of the Year: CCSD Transition Academy! The Volunteer of the Year from every CCSD school is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation. 

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Cindy Saville of School Operations! ssoty ccsd office of school operations 4 25 19

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here every week. Please join us in thanking and congratulating 2019 CCSD Office of School Operations Support Staff Employee of the Year Cindy Saville! The Support Staff Employee of the Year from every CCSD school and central office division is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation, and ABM Industry Groups LLC and Credit Union of Georgia. #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Modern Woodmen of America of Sixes ES! poty sixes es 4 24 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Sixes Elementary School 2019 Partner of the Year: Modern Woodmen of America! The Partner of the Year from every CCSD school is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation. 

Spring Plant Sales This Month at Cherokee HS, Etowah HS marigold

It’s spring… and that means plant sale time!

CCSD’s high school agriculture Career Pathway classes and extra-curricular programs offer students hands-on learning opportunities including cultivating plants. Once those plants are ready to leave the greenhouse, students sell them as a fundraiser… giving the community another way to support career education!

Purple Up on April 10 to Support Military Kids! purple up day logo

Please join CCSD in supporting April as the Month of the Military Child by wearing purple on Wednesday, April 10, for Purple Up Day! #GAMilitaryChildMonth #CCSDfam  Learn more here

School Social Workers Assist Families in Need CCSD Social Workers

This is National Social Work Month, and CCSD has four full-time social workers who assist the families of our 42,000 students in overcoming challenges that might affect their education.  Our social workers strive daily to connect families with community resources and provide interventions to address situations like homelessness, hunger, truancy, drug abuse, neglect and other challenges.   Last year, CCSD’s three social workers made 793 home visits; handled more than 800 cases; made 1,500 parent contacts and provided assistance to 146 homeless students.   This year, with the addition of a fourth member to the social worker team, they are on a pace to work 1,000 referrals and  serve more than 230 homeless students. 

Superintendent of Schools Honors Teacher with 2019 Game Changer Award! CCSD Game Changer - Instructional Excellence 1 3 26 19

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 honored a teacher with the second of his four top annual awards for instructional excellence!

Dr. Hightower surprised E.T. Booth Middle School eighth-grade teacher Amy Loiselle with his Superintendent’s 2019 Game Changer Award for Instructional Excellence during a before-school faculty meeting there, which erupted into applause for the honoree.

CCSD's Child Find Program Helps Identify Special Needs Students Child find logo

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 ages 3 to 21.

Four CCSD Elementary School Science Olympiad Teams Headed to State! CCSD Science Olympiad 2019 Hickory Flat

Five hundred Cherokee County School District students competed in the CCSD Elementary Science Olympiad, with four teams now headed to State!

Hickory Flat ES Team Green earned first place in the competition, with Mountain Road ES Team Red placing second; and Knox ES STEM Academy Team Blue and Liberty ES tying for third.  These teams advance to the Georgia Elementary Science Olympiad on May 11 at Kennesaw State University.  

CCSD High School Students Compete at Statewide Culinary Event! Etowah HS Culinary 1 3 25 19

A Cherokee County School District culinary team competed at the State level with its Farm-to-School-inspired recipe!

The team of Etowah High School Family and Consumer Sciences students Isabelle Bridges, Milas Alexis Dominguez, Alexander Fiscarelli and Marie-Andree Girard was invited to cook up its Tex-Mex Quinoa Bowl at the Georgia Department of Education’s third annual Shake it Up Farm-to-School Student Chef Competition in Macon.  Only nine teams from across the state were invited to compete; Putnam County High School’s team won the cook-off. 

School Board Salutes Police Department for 20 Years of Exemplary Service CCSD School Police Department 20th 3 25 19

The Cherokee County School Board is celebrating the CCSD School Police Department for its 20 years of exemplary service.  

Led since its establishment by Chief Mark Kissel, who has announced he will retire at the end of this school year, the Department consists of 20 police officers certified by the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council, an Emergency Management Facilitator and office staff.

CCSD Hosts New Leaders Reception for Incoming Principals CCSD New Leaders 1 3 25 19

The Cherokee County School District recently hosted a New Leaders Reception for the School Board to meet the educators recommended by the Superintendent of Schools for leadership roles including Principal posts.  The reception, which was sponsored by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a CCSD Partner, gave School Board members the chance to meet and talk with the leaders before voting to approve their new roles for next school year.  The new leaders and their families enjoyed a warm welcome, refreshments and the gift of a journal from Children’s Healthcare.  This is the second year for this tradition, and a second event will be hosted next month for the School Board to meet additional new leaders including those recommended for Assistant Principal posts. #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Keith Furstenberg of Free Home ES! Free Home ES toty 19

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 Free Home Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year Keith Furstenberg!

Physical Education teacher Keith Furstenberg’s selection as Free Home Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year by his peers is not only an honor, but also is especially remarkable, according to the Principal.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Media Specialist of the Year: Mia Temples of Hickory Flat Elementary School! TEMPLES Mia

Our school media specialists are extraordinary, and we’re profiling our Innovation Zones’ Media Specialists of the Year to celebrate them. Please read all about the Sequoyah Innovation Zone 2019 Media Specialist of the Year Mia Temples of Hickory Flat Elementary School!

Hickory Flat Elementary School Media Specialist Mia Temples is in a league of her own, according to her Principal.

Board Briefs: School Board Names New Principals for Next School Year CCSD New Principals 2019-20

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, March 21, 2019 approved the appointment of five new Principals to fill vacancies for next school year, as well as a new head football coach for Creekview High School. 

The five new Principals are: for Clayton Elementary School, Carrie O’Bryant; E.T. Booth Middle School, Todd Sharrock; Knox Elementary School, Jennifer McIntosh; Sixes Elementary School, Dr. Ashley Kennerly; and Woodstock Middle School; Michael Santoro.

School Board Approves New Creekview HS Head Football Coach CVHS Coach Trevor Williams

The Creekview High School Grizzly football program is under new management, with the unanimous vote tonight by the Cherokee County School Board to hire Trevor Williams as head coach.

Coach Williams most recently served at South Forsyth High School as its football team’s defensive coordinator and as a Special Education specialist and credit recovery program co-director.  A Cherokee County native, Coach Williams graduated from Sequoyah High School.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Jeremy Gravley of CCSD Technology! ssoty Technology 2019 3 21 19

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here every week. Please join us in thanking and congratulating 2019 CCSD Office of Technology & Information Services Support Staff Employee of the Year Jeremy Gravley! The Support Staff Employee of the Year from every CCSD school and central office division is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation, and ABM Industry Groups LLC and Credit Union of Georgia. #CCSDfam

CCSD High Schools Win State Honors at Literary Competition! CCSD 2019 State Literary Winners

Cherokee County School District students excelled at the Georgia High School Association’s State Championships for Literary Teams, with one team winning the overall prize and nine students earning first-place awards!

School Board Visits Sequoyah High School CCSD School Board - Sequoyah HS 1 3 21 19

Cherokee County School Board members regularly visit schools for tours with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, members of his staff and the school’s Principal and administrative team.  This week, the School Board visited Sequoyah High School, where they learned from Principal Bob Van Alstyne about new Advanced Placement class offerings; an initiative with its feeder elementary and middle schools to enhance the family culture in the Innovation Zone; and improvements made to school safety and security.  The group enjoyed a lunch featuring new School Nutrition cafeteria offerings, followed by strawberry shortcake made from scratch by Family and Consumer Sciences students! #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Cherokee Insurance Center of Woodstock HS! poty Woodstock HS 3 20 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to 2019 Woodstock High School Partner of the Year: Cherokee Insurance Center! Learn more about partnering: https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Sandy Kreh of Avery ES! voty Avery ES 2019 3 19 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to 2019 Avery ES Volunteer of the Year Sandy Kreh!

The Volunteer of the Year from every CCSD school is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation. Do you volunteer to help a CCSD school? Contact the Principal of your local school (http://cherokeek12.net/schools/) to learn how you can help! #CCSDfam
 

Seniors Take Final Shots on the Court in Varsity Brands Senior Classic Games basketball action shot

Basketball season officially came to a close for CCSD’s high school seniors last Thursday night, as they played their final high school games together at Etowah High School in the Varsity Brands Senior Classic.  CCSD also presented a donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as part of the event. 

Superintendent of Schools Presents First of His 2019 Game Changer Awards! 2019 CCSD Game Changer - Instructional Support 1 3 18 19

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower on Monday presented the first of his four top awards for instructional excellence!

Dr. Hightower surprised CCSD Supervisor of Digital Learning Joy Silk with his Superintendent’s 2019 Game Changer Award for Instructional Support during a meeting Monday with her Office of Curriculum & Instruction colleagues, who rose for a standing ovation.

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

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

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Tabatha Box of Etowah HS! Etowah HS toty 19

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 Etowah High School 2019 Teacher of the Year  Tabatha Box!

Etowah High School math teacher Tabatha Box loves teaching math -- so much so that the way to her heart on Valentine’s Day was a gift of a skirt patterned with equations.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Media Specialist of the Year: Jacqueline Zaski of Arnold Mill Elementary School! ZASKI Jacqueline

Our school media specialists are extraordinary, and we’re profiling our Innovation Zones’ Media Specialists of the Year to celebrate them. Please read all about the River Ridge Innovation Zone 2019 Media Specialist of the Year: Jacqueline Zaski of Arnold Mill Elementary School!

Arnold Mill Elementary School Media Specialist Jacqueline Zaski sees her role as an educator who uses the media center as her classroom.

CCSD Releases Annual Report of District Progress ardp cover art

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

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Kathy Frost of ACE Academy ssoty ACE Academy 3 14 19

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here every week. Please join us in thanking and congratulating 2019 ACE Academy Support Staff Employee of the Year Kathy Frost! The Support Staff Employee of the Year from every CCSD school and central office division is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation, and ABM Industry Groups LLC and Credit Union of Georgia. #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: The Premier Group Real Estate Firm for Woodstock MS poty Woodstock MS 3 13 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to 2019 Woodstock Middle School Partner of the Year: The Premier Group Real Estate Firm!  The Partner of the Year from every CCSD school is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational 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! #CCSDfam

CCSD Celebrates Work-Based Learning Program with Regional Guests WBL Regional Meeting 1 3 14 19

The Cherokee County School District celebrated its Work-Based Learning program with regional guests and special recognitions of partners that help with this important career education initiative.

The Work-Based Learning program provides CCSD high school students the opportunity to explore possible careers through working in school partners’ places of business.  The School District this month for the first time hosted a regional Work Based Learning meeting, with high school career education teachers from across the state in attendance to learn about one of CCSD’s programs: healthcare science.  

Learn About CCSD's Registered Dietitian! 2019 Registered Dietitian Day 3 13 19

Happy Registered Dietitian Day! We appreciate CCSD's own registered dietitian Linda Dittrich, whose work makes our School Nutrition menus healthier and ensures choices are available for children with different dietary needs. #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Cecilia Marin of Arnold Mill ES! voty Arnold Mill ES 3 12 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to 2019 Arnold Mill ES Volunteer of the Year Cecilia Marin!  The Volunteer of the Year from every CCSD school is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation. Do you volunteer to help a CCSD school? Contact the Principal of your local school (http://cherokeek12.net/schools/) to learn how you can help! #CCSDfam

Free Home ES Student Wins Statewide Essay Contest! insta DAR essay contest Free Home 3 12 19

A Cherokee County School District student has earned first place in Georgia in a statewide essay contest!

Free Home Elementary School fifth-grader Katie Rickert is her grade level’s winner of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s American History Essay Contest.

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Kara Reeder of E.T. Booth MS! ET Booth MS toty 2019

E.T. Booth Middle School seventh-grade science teacher Kara Reeder does more than ensure students master STEM knowledge – she “truly changes the trajectory of students’ lives.”

One parent shared how, before Ms. Reeder’s class, her son didn’t like science class much.  But after Ms. Reeder’s hands-on lessons connected to real-life experiences, that all changed.  Now, she said, he’s a STEM Pathway student at Etowah High School focused on a career in engineering.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Zone Media Specialist of the Year: Pam Morris of Bascomb ES MORRIS Pam

Our school media specialists are extraordinary, and we’re profiling our Innovation Zones’ Media Specialists of the Year to celebrate them. Please read all about the 2019 Etowah Innovation Zone Media Specialist of the Year Pam Morris of Bascomb Elementary School!

No day is the same for media specialist Pam Morris, due to the many roles and responsibilities she has taken on at Bascomb Elementary School.

CNN Features Etowah High School Student Athlete's Inspirational Story CNN Positive Athlete video image Matthew Lane 3 11 19

Want to be inspired? Check out CNN's feature on Matthew Lane, an Etowah High School senior basketball player and Positive Athlete Georgia honoree, who overcame cancer and now shares his story with students. The story features footage from his recent visit to speak to Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy fifth-graders. As Matthew says: "Stay positive. Stay positive. Stay positive." #CCSDfam https://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2019/03/07/positive-athlete-matthew-lane.cnn/video/playlists/cnn-positive-athlete/

CCSD Celebrates Top Partners and Volunteers at Sixth Annual Recognition Ceremony 2019 POY and VOY (3)

The Cherokee County School District celebrated outstanding school community partners and volunteers at the Sixth Annual CCSD Partner of the Year and Volunteer of the Year Recognition Ceremony.

The ceremony on Thursday, March 8, 2019 at CCSD’s Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility honored a Partner of the Year and a Volunteer of the Year for each individual school and center.  The evening included the surprise announcement of the CCSD Partner of the Year and Volunteer of the Year selected from that pool of 79 honorees.

CCSD Celebrates Support Staff & Honors Employees of the Year! Borg surprise (2

The Cherokee County School District celebrated the important role of support staff at its inaugural Support Staff Employee of the Year Awards on Tuesday evening.

The celebration honored one Support Staff Employee of the Year from each of CCSD’s schools, centers and central office divisions.  Each of the 46 honorees were recognized by the Superintendent of Schools and School Board members, received a plaque and gifts of appreciation including a $100 Visa card funded by sponsors, and enjoyed a reception with their family, Principals and other CCSD leaders.

CCSD Will Be Recruiting at the Cherokee Career Expo! CherokeeCareerExpo

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

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Bonnie Jackson of Dean Rusk Middle School! Dean Rusk MS toty 2019

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 Dean Rusk Middle School 2019 Teacher of the Year Bonnie Jackson!
Bonnie Jackson is a teacher’s teacher.  

Meet a CCSD 2019 Zone Media Specialist of the Year: Anne Nechvatal of Cherokee HS NECHVATAL Anne

Our school media specialists are extraordinary, and we’re profiling our Innovation Zones’ Media Specialists of the Year to celebrate them. Please read all about the Cherokee Innovation Zone honoree, Anne Nechvatal of Cherokee High School!

Anne Nechvatal has made a lasting impact on the profession of media specialist, with countless colleagues throughout CCSD and statewide naming her as inspiration and mentor.

Please Stop for School Buses! bus stop arm

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

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

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

#CCSDfam #NSBW19

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

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

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

CCSD, Principal Named Finalists for National School Spirit Awards! national school spirit awards 2 28 19

The Cherokee County School District and one of its leaders are finalists for national school spirit awards!

The Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards celebrate schools, organizations and individuals who “go above and beyond the call of duty to build school pride, student engagement and community spirit.”  

The finalists list just released by the company names Woodstock High School Principal Mark Smith as a contender for its Most Spirited Principal award, and CCSD for the Spirit of St. Jude Award.  Winners will be announced at the company’s School Spirit Awards Show in Orlando on May 11.  

301 CCSD Students Recognized as Superintendent's Key Scholars Key Scholars

The Cherokee County School District recognized 301 extraordinary high school juniors as Superintendent’s Key Scholars!

22 CCSD Students Headed to State Science & Engineering Fair! CCSD Science Fair 2 27 19

Twenty-two Cherokee County School District students are headed to the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair next month!

CCSD’s top young scientists and engineers recently competed at the Northwest Georgia Regional Science and Engineering Fair, where 22 students – all from three schools: E.T. Booth Middle, Freedom Middle and Woodstock High -- earned first-place and the opportunity to advance to the State event.  The State fair is at the University of Georgia from March 28-30.  

CCSD Seeks to Score with Math Campaign and Competition CCSD Math Madness 2 27 19

The Cherokee County School District seeks to score with a new math campaign and competition connected to the excitement of college basketball’s “March Madness.”

The month-long CCSD Math Madness celebration begins this week in schools across CCSD, with activities planned by the Office of Curriculum & Instruction that encourage problem-solving, real-world math application… and fun!  Students in kindergarten through fifth grade also will have the chance to win prizes through an i-Ready Math March Madness competition using CCSD’s online math system.

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

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

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

Congrats to CCSD's Top Speller - Now Region Champion! CCSD Spelling Regional 2 25 19

Congratulations to Freedom Middle School eighth-grader Braden Flournoy, the Cherokee County School District’s spelling bee winner, who this past weekend won the Regional competition! He now advances to the Georgia Association of Educators’ State Spelling Bee on March 15 in Atlanta. #CCSDfam

Save the Date: CCSD Expands Annual Summer Program CCSD Summer Discovery logo 2019

The Cherokee County School District is expanding its week-long summer enrichment program to all rising first- through fifth-graders! Previously offered as a program for specific schools, this year's fun and educational CCSD Summer Discovery program will be offered at two campuses, Hickory Flat and Liberty Elementary Schools, and open to CCSD students -- no matter the school they attend. Two sessions will be offered each day from June 3-7 (9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.), and students can enroll in one or both (students who enroll in both will have time to eat a lunch brought from home on campus). Parents will need to provide transportation for their students, as well as lunch; before- and after-care is not provided. More details -- including course offerings and costs -- will be shared with parents of elementary school students soon!

Six CCSD Basketball Teams in "Sweet 16" Round of State Playoffs This Week girls basketball playoffs

UPDATE:  The Cherokee Lady Warriors and the Creekview Lady Grizzlies will advance to the Elite 8 round of State Tournament play.  Cherokee will host Rockdale and Creekview will host Forest Park; Cherokee playsTuesday night (Feb. 26), 6:30 pm at Cherokee; Creekview plays Wednesday at 6 pm.

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Creekview HS toty 19

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 Creekview High School 2019 Teacher of the Year Liana Howard!

Creekview High School teacher Liana Howard has a quote from “To Kill a Mockingbird” on her English classroom wall: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.”

Board Briefs: School Board Recognizes Retiring Leaders retirees and appointments - board meeting 02 14 19

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 recognized retiring Principals and the School District’s retiring police chief and approved appointments to fill several leadership vacancies for next school year. 

The monthly personnel recommendations made more news than usual due to the announcement of retirements of several longtime leaders and the naming of two Office of Curriculum & Instruction directors and a coordinator for 2019-20 operations.

Five CCSD Seniors Named National Merit Finalists! National Merit Finalist announcement 2 13 19

Five Cherokee County School District high school seniors have been named 2019 National Merit Scholarship Finalists!

Anne Greer of Cherokee High School, Kieran Black of Etowah High School, Mia McMahill of River Ridge High School, and Natasha Ambriz-Villela and Jordan Vaughn of Sequoyah High School now are in the running for possible scholarships.  

Author Relates Message of Kindness and Connection to Sequoyah HS Students schroff group photo

New York Times best-selling author Laura Schroff visited Sequoyah HS Tuesday, speaking to students and reinforcing the message from her book "An Invisible Thread," which is used in literature classes.

State Tournament Hoops Action Begins Friday player with trophy

Nine CCSD basketball teams are in the hunt for a state title after the close of region tournaments last week. Cherokee HS Girls team and the Etowah Eagles Boys team each earned Region Champion titles, while seven additional teams earned playoff berths.

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

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

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

Cherokee HS Student Earns Congressional Silver Medal Seng Silver Medal

Cherokee HS sophomore Rebekah Seng was presented the Congressional Award, Silver Medal today at the school by Georgia Congressman Barry Loudermilk's office.  State and Local Government Relations Director Mack Parnell from Congressman Loudermilk's staff presented the medal to Rebekah, who is a member of the JROTC program at Cherokee HS, in a small ceremony in the JROTC classroom with her parents and special guests.

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Laura Brown of Creekland Middle School creekland MS toty 2019

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 Creekland Middle School 2019 Teacher of the Year Laura Brown!

Creekland Middle School special education teacher Laura Brown’s eighth-graders complete a project each year called “The Power of One.”  They study the positive impact a prominent person in history, such as Malala Yousafzai or Jesse Owens, has made in the lives of others.

Female Athletes Celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day coach of the year

More than 650 female athletes from Cherokee County's six high schools participated in the county's annual celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD), held Wednesday, February 6, at Woodstock High School. NGWSD recognizes the contributions female athletes have made in their sports, acknowledges the challenges they have overcome, and celebrates the positive influence of sports participation for girls and women everywhere, as well as the impact of Title IX legislation that guarantees equal access to athletics for females. 

CCSD High Schools Earns State Recognition for AP Programs! AP logo

Cherokee County School District’s high schools all have earned State recognition for outstanding Advanced Placement (AP) programs!

Each of CCSD’s six traditional high schools has earned recognition from the State as a 2019 AP Honor School for commendable student performance and participation on AP exams.  CCSD’s high schools all have been named to the State’s AP Honor List each of the last nine years.  As a district, CCSD ranks fifth overall in Georgia for AP exam pass rates.

Congratulations to CCSD's STAR Students and Teachers STAR students and teachers 2019 2 8 19

Congratulations to the Cherokee County School District’s 2019 STAR Students and Teachers!

The STAR, or Student Teacher Achievement Recognition, Student honor is awarded to the high school senior from each Georgia public and private high school with the highest score on any single test date of the SAT (taken through the November test date of senior year), who also in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of his or her class based on grade point average. Each honored student is invited to select his or her favorite teacher to be named that school’s STAR Teacher.

CCSD Counselors Provide Needed Support and Encouragement National School Counseling Week art

CCSD employs 90 counselors across 39 schools and centers to provide support and guidance to our students. Thank you to all our counselors for their daily efforts to help students and families!  In recognition of National School Counseling Week, we asked our Innovation Zone Counselors of the Year to share some thoughts about being a school counselor-- what they enjoy most about their job and how parents can best help their children.  Parents are encouraged to reach out to their child's counselor if they have concerns, questions or need information or resources.  They are here to help! 

Congratulations to CCSD's Reading Bowl Winners! CCSD Reading Bowl - Avery ES 2 7 19

Congratulations to the winners of the annual CCSD Reading Bowl!  They are… for elementary school: Avery Elementary School, first place; R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy, second; and Little River Elementary School, third; middle school: Freedom Middle School, first place, and Dean Rusk Middle School, second; and high school: Creekview High School, first place, and River Ridge High School, second. #CCSDfam

Please Help the Georgia PTA By Taking Survey PTA logo

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

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Jane Jarrett of Clayton ES Clayton ES toty 2019
Student Athletes Celebrate College Scholarship Commitments scholarship signer

CCSD recognized 58 high school seniors today who have signed scholarship letters of intent to play their sport at the college level.  The Signing Day event at the Northside Hospital Cherokee Conference Center in Canton recognized students who will be playing football, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, softball, basketball, swimming, tumbling, volleyball, golf and track. 

Tournament Play Gets Underway Tonight for CCSD Basketball Teams basketball players

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

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

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

School Reassignment Requests Accepted February 1-March 1 for 2019-20 School Year playground fun

Parents who wish to utilize general reassignment as a school choice option within the Cherokee County School District next school year can make those requests during the next month.

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

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

Superintendent to Make February Break Announcement by Jan. 31

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

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

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

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

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Carmel ES 2019 TOTY

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 Carmel Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year Melanie Phillips!

Kindergarten teacher Melanie Phillips’ heart hurts when she hears her students described as “those kids.”

Join CCSD: We're Seeking a Supervisor of Application Support Services Job Ad - Support Applications Supervisor 2018

Please share this information… we’re seeking a Supervisor of Application Support Services to join our CCSD family!  To apply: Click Jobs@CCCSD at www.CherokeeK12.net.  For more information & to make referrals: contact CCSD Recruitment Coordinator Lindsay Bowley atLindsay.Bowley@cherokeek12.net and 770.704.4256. #CCSDfam

CCSD Students Celebrate the Holidays With Service Projects! Arnold Mill ES Giving Tree 12 19 18

Students throughout the Cherokee County School District celebrated the spirit of the season through service learning projects.  They, with the support of teachers and staff, parents, and school partners, collected thousands of donations of gifts, food and other necessities for families in need in their community.  Many also volunteered throughout the community to serve and spread holiday cheer.  Here are a few photos from the many ways our students helped make the community a better place this holiday season!  #CCSDfam  

Teasley MS Celebrates the Spirit of the Season Spirit of the Season

Teasley Middle School presented its annual Spirit of the Season program Friday morning in a school assembly. Students enjoyed entertaining skits, a dance presentation and performances by the chorus and band, all of which culminated in a presentation of their gifts to the community: 1600+ food items, 250+ toys and more than $2,000 in cash and gift card donations to make the holidays bright for area families. TMS also fulfilled holiday wishes for more than 200 families at the school.

Hickory Flat Elementary Students Create Colonial Village Colonial Christmas learner

The fourth grade classes at Hickory Flat Elementary School turned their hallway and classrooms into a Colonial Christmas village before the break with costumes, decorations and lessons from the early days of America. Students made ornaments, solved colonial STEM problems, created silhouettes and learned calligraphy, among their activities.

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

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

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

Four CCSD Schools Honored by Governor for Academic Progress and Success Greatest Gains and Highest Performance 12 19 18

Four Cherokee County School District schools have been honored by the Governor for academic progress and success!
 
Avery Elementary School and R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy earned top Gold Awards and Creekview High School won Silver in the “Greatest Gains” ratings announced by Gov. Nathan Deal.  These awards recognize only 112 schools statewide that earned a three-year average CCRPI (College and Career Ready Performance Index) Progress Score ranking in at least the 93rd percentile.  

Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy Wins Award for School Garden! Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy Golden Shovel Award 12 18 18

The Cherokee Farm to School Second Annual Golden Shovel Award was presented to Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy and teacher Mollie Guy!

Cherokee Farm to School is a collaboration between the Cherokee County Farm Bureau, local farms and agriculture businesses, and the Cherokee County School District and its School Nutrition program.  The award recognizes a teacher who goes above and beyond in school garden work at his or her school.  The winning school receives a raised garden bed from the Cherokee County Farm Bureau, and the honored teacher receives a trophy and a real shovel.

CCSD Bus Drivers Deliver Donations to Foster Children bus drivers deliver donations to goshen valley

CCSD bus drivers and other transportation employees donated food, treats, pillows, linens and other essentials for the boys in foster care at Goshen Valley Boys Ranch in Waleska.  The donations were delivered via school bus on Monday, December 17 by Deputy Superintendent Trey Olson, Transportation Director Jim Georges,  Transportation Specialists Joan Dillon and David Ammons, as well as driver Joseph "Sarge" Farrell, who drives the middle/high school route that serves the ranch. 

CCSD Student Wins Regional Essay Contest! Woodstock MS Essay 1 12 17 18

A Cherokee County School District student has won the region’s annual student essay contest on protecting water resources!

Woodstock Middle School seventh-grader Bryce Jones not only was named the Cherokee County winner in the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District’s annual contest, he also was named the regional winner out of more than 1,200 entries.

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Lori Moore of Boston Elementary School TOTY Lori Moore of Boston Elementary School

Lori Moore headed to college with plans to become a broadcast journalist.  

But she soon realized the headline she hoped would define her life story would be a different one: “Educator Makes Positive Impact on Students’ Lives.”

CCSD Schools Celebrate "Hour of Code" All Week! Little River ES Coding 12 14 18

The Cherokee County School District participated in the National Hour of Code event… but instead of just an hour, celebrated for an entire week!  Students participated both through lessons on computers and “unplugged” activities that taught them coding principles without using technology.  Here are a few photos of the many activities that happened districtwide! #CCSDfam #CCSDstem 

Board Briefs: CCSD Begins Personnel Hiring Process for Next School Year

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, began the School District’s personnel hiring process for next school year, which will not include significant growth.

The first step in this process is adoption of the Superintendent of Schools’ organizational chart, which will be in effect for the next two years, and was approved unanimously by the School Board.  As student enrollment growth has slowed, the plan calls for reorganizing central office Divisions and restructuring roles to allow for better use of current staff to serve changing needs.

Seniors Bid Farewell to the Gridiron in 2018 Varsity Brands Senior Bowl Senior Bowl football game 2018

More than 200 senior football players, cheerleaders, marching band members and JROTC cadets had one last night under the lights as CCSD high schools came together for the 2018 Varsity Brands Senior Bowl.  The White team, comprised of players from Cherokee, Creekview and River Ridge HS, claimed the win over the Gray team, formed from Etowah, Sequoyah and Woodstock.  All proceeds from the charity game went to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 

Students Ranked Nationally for Career Skills! Sequoyah HS Hotrodders 1 12 11 18

A group of Sequoyah High School students is nationally ranked for its career skills!

The Sequoyah Hot Rodders team of Automotive Technology students placed seventh at the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow National Engine Challenge Competition in Las Vegas… outscoring teams from across the country!

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

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

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Leslie Kreiger of Bascomb Elementary School Bascomb ES 2019 toty

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 Bascomb Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year Leslie Kreiger!

When new kindergartners walk through the door of teacher Leslie Kreiger’s Bascomb Elementary School classroom, they find themselves eye-to-eye with her.  

Connections Newsletter: Update Your Inclement Weather Early Dismissal Info by 12/7! inclement dismissal update 18

The latest issue of our CCSD Connections parent newsletter is online now! Read up on all the latest CCSD news including important info about inclement weather: Friday, Dec. 7, is the last day to update your inclement weather early dismissal transportation plan using our online system! #CCSDfam

CCSD School Named a Georgia Title I Distinguished School! title I distinguished school logo

A Cherokee County School District elementary school has been named a Georgia Title I Distinguished School!
                    
R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy has achieved the elite recognition awarded only to the top 5% of Title I schools in the State based on its students’ academic success and progress last school year.  Title I schools are those that serve higher populations of students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.

Extra Law Enforcement Presence at Schools Used as Polls Today

In cooperation with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, there will be an increased law enforcement presence today (12/4/18) at CCSD schools used as polling sites (http://bit.ly/runoff12418 ), with an emphasis on arrival, dismissal and ASP dismissal times. #SafeCherokee

Boston ES Named National Beta School of Distinction!   Boston ES Beta 12 3 18

Boston Elementary School has been named a 2018-19 National Beta School of Distinction!  

This award recognizes schools with Beta or Junior Beta Clubs that are growing and showing outstanding academic achievement, exemplary character, demonstrated leadership and service to others.

Meet a CCSD School Teacher of the Year: Lisa Nations of Ball Ground ES STEM Academy Ball Ground ES STEM Academy TOTY 19

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 Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy 2019 Teacher of the Year Lisa Nations!

Lisa Nations is a rock for Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy and her community.

Woodstock HS Students Win Statewide Economics Challenge! Woodstock HS Financial Champions 11 29 18

Woodstock High School students are economics state champions!  

A team of four seniors won first-place statewide in the Georgia Council of Economic Education’s Georgia Personal Finance Challenge.  They now head to the national competition in May!  

Canton Rotary Club Donates $5,000 to Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy rotary club partnership with hasty es fine arts academy 11 28 18

Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy celebrated its new partnership with the Rotary Club of Canton on Tuesday -- and accepted a generous donation to help its special needs students! Club members visited the school for lunch and a tour of its accessibility lab, which provides sensory learning opportunities for special needs students. The Club’s $5,000 donation presented on Tuesday will fund additional equipment for the lab, which was created by teacher Amy Jones.

Georgia First Lady Visits Two CCSD Elementary Schools Georgia First Lady Visit to CCSD 11 28 18

Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal visited two Cherokee County School District elementary schools this week to read to students.  During her visits to Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy and Oak Grove Elementary School Fine Arts Academy, Mrs. Deal read stories about achieving dreams and spoke to students about their own career aspirations.  She encouraged students to work hard and continue reading every day! #CCSDfam

Woodstock HS Navy Junior ROTC Team Headed to Area Championship! Woodstock HS Navy JROTC Brain Brawl 11 28 18

Congrats to the Woodstock High School Navy Junior ROTC Academic Team on winning the North Cobb Area 12 Brain Brawl, qualifying them for the Area Championship in March! Team members are, from left to right, Ansley Reed-Triola, Anna Fournaris, Ben Ziemecki, Harrison Provost, Noah Myers and Sebastian Escamilla. Their coach is teacher Lt. Mark Fagan. #CCSDfam

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

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

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

Meet a CCSD School Teacher of the Year: Bonnie Smith of Avery Elementary School! Avery ES TOTY 2019

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 Avery Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year Bonnie Smith!

A special U.S. flag hangs in the main hallway of Avery Elementary School that symbolizes the impact of its Teacher of the Year, Bonnie Smith.

Meet a CCSD School Teacher of the Year: Brooke McMullen of Arnold Mill Elementary School! Arnold Mill ES TOTY 2019

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 Arnold Mill Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year Brooke McMullen!

Teacher Brooke McMullen’s second-graders master more than State academic performance standards during their year in her Arnold Mill Elementary School classroom.

Meet a CCSD School Teacher of the Year: Pete Godfrey of ACE Academy! ACE Academy 2019 TOTY

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 ACE Academy 2019 Teacher of the Year Pete Godfrey!

CCSD Schools Salute Veterans with Special Programs Bascomb ES Veterans Day 2 11 12 18

Schools throughout the Cherokee County School District celebrated Veterans Day with special programs and lessons on Friday and today. Activities included breakfasts for veterans invited by their children or grandchildren who attend the hosting school, with guest speakers, musical performances by students and the presentation of colors by students active in Scout troops. Students also made special displays to honor veterans, including those in their families who have passed away and soldiers considered missing in action. #CCSDfam

CCSD VILLA Participants Take a Field Trip to Tour Schools VILLA Field Trip 2 11 9 18

The Cherokee County School District’s VILLA parent academy program participants took a field trip to tour schools this week – complete with a school bus ride!

VILLA (Volunteer Instructional Leadership Learning Academy) is a free six-week program that offers participants the opportunity to learn more about the public schools in their community.  In addition to classes with School Board and staff presentations on CCSD operations, participants take a field trip to see teaching and learning firsthand.

CCSD Leader Named Region 4-7A Athletic Director of the Year! ADAMS Jeremy - portrait with school sign

A CCSD leader has been named the Region 4-7A Athletic Director of the Year! 
 
Jeremy Adams, the athletic director and an assistant principal for Cherokee High School, now is in the running for the State title in recognition of his service to high school athletics and student athletes.
 

CCSD Schools Earn High Marks for School Climate Four stars clip art

Cherokee County School District schools have earned high ratings for cultivating a positive school climate! 
 
The District earned a 4-star average on the 5-star scale in the Georgia Department of Education’s annual ratings, which measure how a community views the quality of its school’s culture and character; the highest possible rating is 5 stars.  The rating is based on a survey of students, parents and teachers; student discipline issue rates; and daily attendance.
 

CCSD Drama Students Win Honors at Region One Act Play Contest! CCSD Region One Act Play 11 6 18

Cherokee County School District drama students shone at Regional One Act Play Contest competitions!

In Region 6-6A, Sequoyah High School hosted Regions and earned second place overall, with River Ridge High School placing fifth and Creekview High School competing.  

In Region 4-7A, Cherokee High School hosted the competition and placed second, followed by Etowah High School in third and Woodstock High School in fourth place.  

Cherokee HS Student's Photography Featured in New York Times Cherokee HS Photo Contest 1 11 2 18

A Cherokee County School District student’s photography and commentary on his generation has been published by the New York Times!

Cherokee High School junior Noah Lee is one of 36 high school students whose photograph was selected from thousands entered across the country at the media company’s request.  The Times asked teens to “analyze media and adult stereotypes about their generation — then take photos to counter them.”

Creekview High School JROTC Raider Team Named State Champs - Again! Creekview HS Riflery 2018

The Creekview High School JROTC Raider Team has won the U.S. Army State Championships for the second consecutive year and competes this weekend at Nationals! 

Student team commander Sgt. Major Dylan Burgess led his classmates to defend last year’s State title by winning first- and second-place trophies in every event at the State championships, the only team to do so.  The team now travels to Nationals this weekend to compete against 24 other states from across the country.  The CrossFit-style competition includes six hours of athletic events with cadets completing all events as a team rather than as individuals.

CCSD Celebrates Mill Creek ES Teacher as CCSD Teacher of the Year at Legacy Makers Banquet CCSD Teacher of the Year 3 11 3 18

The Cherokee County School District honored extraordinary educators with a dinner, tributes and gifts at the 2018 Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration on Thursday night... with a new twist: the surprise announcement of the CCSD Teacher of the Year at the event.

With the creation this year of a new Finalist level of recognition, also came the decision to make the announcement of the overall winner a surprise at the dinner, and Mill Creek Middle School PE and health teacher Dana Townsend received the exciting news at the end of the program!

CCSD Teacher Named to State School Superintendent's Advisory Council state supt teacher advisory council andrea sheldon 2018

A Cherokee County School District educator has been tapped to serve on the State School Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council!

Creekview High School American Sign Language (ASL) teacher Andrea Sheldon is among the select group of teachers from across Georgia selected to represent their profession on the board.  The Council meets twice a year to advise Georgia Superintendent of School Dr. Richard Woods on State-level education issues and provide him insight as to how those decisions impact classroom teachers and instruction.

CCSD VILLA Program Encourages Parent Engagement! CCSD 2018 VILLA Class 11 1 18

The Cherokee County School District’s second annual VILLA Program now underway encourages and celebrates parent engagement!

The parent academy program began last year in CCSD as a pilot initiative developed with the Georgia School Boards Association and with the support of Cherokee County School Board Chair Kyla Cromer, who championed the idea during her re-election campaign. 

Freedom MS Wins CCSD Middle School Academic Bowl! CCSD Middle School Academic - Freedom 11 1 18

Freedom Middle School earned the top trophy at this year’s Cherokee County School District Middle School Academic Bowl.  Creekland Middle School came in second at the event, which is organized by CCSD’s Office of Curriculum & Instruction and was hosted this year by Dean Rusk Middle School.

CCSD Hosting Dual Enrollment Information Night for All High School Parents dual enrollment clip art

What is Dual Enrollment? Who can participate? What are the benefits? What are the challenges? If you have questions like these, please join us for a free CCSD Dual Enrollment Information Night open to all CCSD high school parents at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at Sequoyah HS or Thursday, Nov. 15, at Etowah HS. 

CCSD Lead Nurse, School Nurse Named State Award Finalists march of dimes nurse award finalists 10 31 18

Two Cherokee County School District nurses are statewide award finalists!

CCSD Lead Nurse Gwen Chambers and Arnold Mill Elementary School Nurse Betty Miller are finalists for the March of Dimes 2018 Georgia Nurse of the Year Awards, which honor excellence in patient care, compassion, and service.

CCSD Assistant Principal Named Finalist for Statewide Title! Jessica Whitley

A Cherokee County School District leader has been named a finalist for the statewide title of 2019 Georgia Assistant Principal of the Year!

Creekview High School Assistant Principal Jessica Whitley is one of five leaders announced today as finalists for the award presented by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals.  The winner of the award, which is open to middle and high school assistant principals statewide, recognizes “outstanding school leaders who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students.”  

CCSD, GBI to Co-Host Summit on Youth Suicide Prevention Nov. 5 Cherokee County Youth Suicide Prevention Summit flier

The Cherokee County School District and Georgia Bureau of Investigation next week will co-host a summit on youth suicide prevention.

The Cherokee County Youth Suicide Prevention Summit, which is open to the public, is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, at the Cherokee County Conference Center at 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton 30114. 

CCSD School Earns National Recognition for Improving Instruction! Model PLC Logo 2018

Clark Creek Elementary School STEM has earned national recognition for its successful efforts to improve classroom instruction!

The school, led by Principal Joey Moss, has earned the Model Professional Learning Community at Work honor from Solution Tree, one of only 200 honored schools and districts in the nation – and only the second school in Georgia, following Etowah High School.

CCSD Continues to Exceed State Accountability Scores

The Cherokee County School District for the sixth consecutive year has exceeded the State’s average College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) accountability system score, which annually calculates student academic achievement and progress.

The School District’s 2017-18 CCRPI average, released today by the Georgia Department of Education, is 79, as compared to the State average of 76.6.  Scores at all three levels of CCSD schools surpass State performance: 78.9 elementary (77.8 Georgia); 76.5 middle (76.2); 81.2 high (75.3).  Significant formula revisions to this year’s system make it impossible to accurately compare these new averages to past results, according to the GDOE. 

Thank You to Our School Bus Drivers! Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast

CCSD held a Bus Driver Appreciation breakfast at its transportation depots this week, thanks to our sponsor Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Drivers were treated to biscuits, fruit and coffee, with door prizes and small tokens of appreciation from CHOA. 

CCSD’s Annual Surplus Equipment Auction Set for 11/10/18 2018 CCSD Surplus Auction November 10 - 9 am

Going once, going twice, gone! Your bid can be the winning one at CCSD’s annual surplus equipment auction, which is open to the public, and begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the CCSD Central Warehouse (201 Mountain Brook Court, Canton, 30115). The sale preview starts at 7:30 a.m. More information is listed on the auctioneer's website: http://jeffdobson.com/

CCSD Class of 2018 Outscores State, Nation on SAT CCSD SAT Results 2018

Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2018 outscored the previous class, topped State and National averages and ranked second among metro Atlanta counties on the SAT, according to results released today by the College Board!
 
The CCSD Class of 2018 earned an average total score of 1122, an increase from last year’s 1121, on the curriculum-based, college entrance and placement exam – the most commonly recognized measure of achievement for high school students.  The score exceeds the National public school average by 73 points and the State by 68 points… and ranks CCSD as the ninth highest-performing school district statewide!

CCSD Opens Transition Academy to Support Students with Disabilities Ribbon Cutting Celebration

The Transition Academy helps young adults with cognitive disabilities make a smooth transition into the community after they exit the school system.

CCSD Honored with Top State Awards for Communications CCSD Thanksgiving Friends 10 23 18

The Cherokee County School District won 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 at the Association’s Annual Conference on Saturday; CCSD earned the highest total of “Best in State” awards presented, as well as six Gold, 11 Silver and four Bronze awards.

CCSD Students Improve Performance on AP Exams 2018 AP Infographic

CCSD high school students improved their performance on College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams in 2018, with 74% of students scoring a 3 or higher, up from 71% in 2017 and again exceeding state and national averages. 

CCSD School Named Finalist for Three Statewide STEM Education Awards! STEM Education Awards logo

A Cherokee County School District elementary school is a finalist for three statewide STEM education awards!

The Technology Association of Georgia and the TAG Education Collaborative have selected Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy as a finalist for its 2018 Georgia STEM Education Awards.  

CCSD School Nutrition Honored at State Awards Ceremony! CCSD Golden Radish 10 22 18

Congratulations to CCSD's School Nutrition program, which formally accepted its Platinum-level Golden Radish Award at an awards ceremony in Atlanta today!

CCSD School Nutrition, which serves 5 million meals each year in our school cafeterias, for the second consecutive year won the award from Georgia’s Departments of Agriculture, Public Health and Education, and Georgia Organics.

CCSD Board Briefs: School Board Approves Purchase of Future School Site

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, purchased land for a replacement Canton Elementary School, the construction of which will be included in the 2021 Education Special Local Option Sales Tax renewal proposal. 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said the purchase of 63 acres on the east side of Reinhardt College Parkway (Highway 140) 2.8 miles north of the Riverstone Parkway/Waleska Road intersection for $26,000 an acre is a promise kept by him and the School Board. 

CCSD School Clinics Benefit from Northside Hospital Cherokee Support CCSD NHC Donation 10 17 18

Thanks to the support of partner Northside Hospital Cherokee, the Cherokee County School District received EpiPens at no cost for all of its schools!  The cost of the pens – auto-injectors that can be life-saving in cases of serious allergic reaction - was waived by manufacturer, Mylan, as part of its EpiPen4Schools program.  CCSD’s participation in the program was made possible by NHC Dr. Matthew Simmons, who wrote prescriptions for each school’s clinic. 

CCSD Class of 2018 Excels on ACT! CCSD ACT 2018 Results Graphic

More Cherokee County School District Class of 2018 students took the ACT exam than any previous class, while maintaining impressive averages and exceeding National and State averages!

Results released today show the Class of 2018 posted an excellent overall score of 23, while a record number took the challenging college entrance and placement examination: 1,809 students -- an 11-percent increase from the previous year.  The score ranks CCSD third among metro Atlanta counties and seventh in Georgia – out of 180 school districts!

CCSD Hosting PTA Program on Drug Addiction & Prevention Oct. 24 Sheriff Frank Reynolds

The Cherokee County School District next week will host a PTA-sponsored program for parents on drug addiction and prevention with guest speakers including Cherokee Sheriff Frank Reynolds.

CCSD Hosts Event to Encourage School Partnerships! CCSD Partner Up Event 1 10 12 18

Representatives from businesses and organizations throughout the community came out Thursday to Partner Up with CCSD schools!

Participants met one-on-one with leaders from CCSD's schools to share coffee and conversation about partnership opportunities. Thanks to Credit Union of Georgia for sponsoring the Partner Up event.

CCSD Celebrates National School Lunch Week, Oct. 15-19 CCSD School Lunch Week 10 21 16

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating National School Lunch Week next week with special entrees!

The National School Lunch Program serves 30 million children every day, and this year’s celebration theme, “Lots 2 Love,” encourages students and school nutrition professionals to share what they love most about school lunch.

Cherokee Sheriff's Office Seeking More School Crossing Guards! Sheriff Office Crossing Guard Ad 10 11 18

The Cherokee Sheriff's Office is seeking more dedicated crossing guards to protect our students and keep traffic moving safely around our schools! #SafeCherokee

Community Partners Provide Wagons to CCSD Preschools Wagon Donation

CCSD Preschools recently received a donation of six wagons, three of which are outfitted to carry medical equipment, to help children with special needs. 

CCSD Teacher Earns Educator Award from Yale University Matt Bartula

A Cherokee County School District teacher has earned a top educator honor presented by Yale University!

Matt Bartula of Sequoyah High School has won the 2018 Yale Educator Award – one of only 59 teachers worldwide to be honored.

Curtains Up on CCSD's High School Theater Season! CHS play poster 10 5 18

Curtains up! CCSD's high school theater season kicks off tonight at Cherokee High School and continues with fall shows from all of our outstanding troupes! #CCSDfam

18 CCSD Seniors Named National Merit Commended Students! national merit commended 2018-19

Eighteen Cherokee County School District high school seniors have been named National Merit Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation!  

This recognition is based on the high scores the students earned on the PSAT.  Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, some become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses that will be awarded in the spring.

CCSD High School Senior Earns Perfect ACT Score! Victoria Tori Ridgeway

A Cherokee County School District senior has achieved a perfect score on the ACT!

Etowah High School senior Victoria “Tori” Ridgeway earned the top composite score of 36 on the college entrance and placement test – a feat accomplished by, on average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT!  

CCSD Surprises Four CCSD Teacher of the Year Finalists! CCSD toty finalists 2018-19

The Cherokee County School District began a new tradition today by surprising four teachers with the news they are CCSD Teacher of the Year Finalists!

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower visited the four teachers’ classrooms to announce their selection, from the field of all CCSD schools’ and centers’ Teachers of the Year, to vie for the top honor.  

“Our School District truly is defined by the quality of our teachers, both their classroom instruction and the culture they create as role models and leaders,” Dr. Hightower said.  “With as many schools and teachers as we have, we certainly were ready to create another level of Teacher of the Year recognition.  We’re so proud of these finalists; they’re not just great educators -- they’re great people.”

The finalists are: Tabatha Box, math teacher at Etowah High School; Jama McCartney, art teacher at Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy; Karen Reynolds, first-grade teacher at Little River Elementary School; and Dana Townsend, PE teacher at Mill Creek Middle School.

Express Gateway Now Open for Updating Student Information express gateway logo

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

CCSD's "Kickin' It With Kale" for Farm to School Month! Jaxsen Waldrop and Kale

CCSD is participating in Georgia’s Farm to School month celebration with special menu items including a Kickin’ it with Kale salad on Wednesday!  

The fresh kale, cranberry and apple salad will be available throughout CCSD cafeterias as a side choice at lunch on Wednesday, with students encouraged to try kale, a vegetable that may be new to them. 

CCSD Student Selected for Harvard University High School Program! Laney Broussard

A Woodstock High School student has been selected for a Harvard University high school debate program!

Junior Laney Broussard is one of an elite group of students, selected from hundreds of applications, to participate on the 2019 Harvard Debate Council through the Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project.

CCSD Celebrating Farm to School Month! Georgia Farm to School Logo

October is Farm to School Month, and the Cherokee County School District and its School Nutrition Program are celebrating!  The CCSD School Nutrition Program has won state and national recognition for its commitment to serving fresh ingredients from local farms in cafeterias and educating students about agriculture and healthy eating. 

Dean Rusk MS Kicks Off Breakfast Program with Special Guests Breakfast Kickoff Crew

Dean Rusk MS held a breakfast kickoff with the Atlanta Community Food Bank on Friday September 28th from 8:15 - 9 am while students arrived for school.  

CCSD Honored at Georgia School Nutrition Association Awards Luncheon! CCSD School Nutrition Awards 1

The Cherokee County School District was honored with two awards at the Georgia School Nutrition Association’s annual fall luncheon this week! 

The School District’s School Nutrition program, which is led by Director Tina Farmer, was formally recognized at the event as a Georgia USDA Best Practice Award winner in the category of Farm to School Programs.  

The State announced this summer that CCSD had earned the prestigious award, which honors school nutrition programs that serve locally grown foods and educate students about them, for the second consecutive year.

CCSD Parent Mentor Earns Statewide Honor! JoEllen Hancock

A Cherokee County School District parent mentor has earned a top statewide award for her service!

JoEllen Hancock, a 13-year parent mentor who supports the families of students served by CCSD’s Office of Special Education, won the Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership’s 2018 Phil Pickens Award.

CCSD PE Teachers Named Georgia's Recreation Specialists of the Year! Amy Aenchbacher and Dave Martine

Two Cherokee County School District teachers have been named Georgia’s Recreation Specialists of the Year!

Amy Aenchbacher and Dave Martinez, who both work as adaptive physical education specialists for CCSD’s Special Education department, earned the honor from the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance (GAHPERD).

CCSD Teacher Earns Scholarship for Science Education Leaders! Victoria Corr

Woodstock MS teacher Victoria Corr has earned the Charles “Coach” Cooper Scholarship awarded by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) Foundation.

CCSD High School Graduation Rate Continues to Climb 2018 Graduation Rate

The Cherokee County School District’s graduation rate has reached a new high, with 87.4% of the Class of 2018 earning a diploma within four years of entering high school.

Board Briefs: School Board Supports Parents, Employees on Keeping School Calendar CCSD logo

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, voiced their support of parents and employees, who overwhelmingly voted in a recent survey to keep the current school calendar – and local control of it.  

In response to widespread media coverage of the formation of a Senate Study Committee to mandate a school start date after Labor Day for all Georgia public schools, the CCSD Office of Communications over the past week conducted a brief survey of parents, employees and the School Board’s Student Delegates.  The survey resulted in 8,305 responses from parents and 2,674 responses from employees.

CCSD Leaders Earn Top Honors for PE & Health Advocacy! GAHPERD State award winners 2018

Two Cherokee County School District leaders have earned top awards from a statewide organization in recognition of their advocacy for physical education and health programs!

Five CCSD High School Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists! CCSD 2019 National Merit Semi Finalists

Five Cherokee County School District high school seniors today were named 2019 National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists in the prestigious annual competition!

They are: of Cherokee HS, Anne Greer; of Creekview HS, Noah Tetpon; of Etowah HS, Kieran Black; of River Ridge HS, Mia McMahill; and of Sequoyah HS, Natasha Ambriz-Villela.  Less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors are named semi-finalists. 

Four CCSD Students Named to State School Superintendent's Student Advisory Council! State Superintendent Student Advisory Council 2018

Four Cherokee County School District students have been named to the State School Superintendent’s 2018-19 Student Advisory Council!

Woodstock HS junior Zakwan Khan, Creekland MS eighth-graders Sean Czerner and Brayden Fuentes, and E.T. Booth MS eighth-grader Ila Prabhuram are among the 120 students statewide selected to serve on the board of middle and high school students.  This is the second consecutive year Brayden has been chosen to serve. 

CCSD School Nutrition Wins Top Award for Fresh and Healthy Meals! CCSD School Nutrition 2018 Golden Radish Award

The Cherokee County School District for the second consecutive year has earned Georgia’s top honor for preparing and serving fresh, healthy meals to students!

CCSD’s School Nutrition program, which serves 5 million meals each year in school cafeterias, earned the Golden Radish Award at the Platinum Level from the Georgia’s Departments of Agriculture, Public Health, Education and Georgia Organics.

Businesses & Organizations are Invited to Partner Up with CCSD Schools! CCSD Partner Up 2018 invite
Don't Forget to Reapply for Free or Reduced-Price Meals by Sept. 12! school lunch clip art

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

Celebrating Smiles & Partnerships at the Ralph Bunche Center Smiles Rock Garden at Ralph Bunche Center

The Ralph Bunche Center in Canton, a CCSD Preschool Center, celebrated an exceptional school partner this week.

The Christian Egner Foundation, named for a student who passed away, raises funds to benefit the Center and other programs in the community that serve special needs children. The Foundation on Thursday celebrated its Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting, and the preschool hosted the ceremony at its playground. The ceremony included special singing by students and guests.

CCSD Announces School-Level Teacher of the Year Winners toty script apple

Congratulations to the Cherokee County School District’s School Teachers of the Year winners!

At the start of every school year, 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 2019 Teacher of the Year!  

CCSD Sponsoring Fire Safety Poster, Essay Contests for Students! Fire Prevention Week 2018 logo

CCSD's Office of Safety & Security, in collaboration with Cherokee County Office of Fire & Emergency Services and Woodstock Fire Department, is sponsoring a districtwide fire safety contest for students!

National Fire Prevention Week is October 7–13, 2018, and the theme is: “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”

Twenty-seven CCSD Schools Named to Georgia SHAPE Honor Roll georgia SHAPE logo

Twenty-seven Cherokee County School District schools have been named to the Governor’s SHAPE (Student Health and Physical Education) Honor Roll! 

The recognition honors the commitment of schools to the health and well-being of students through fitness and nutrition.  The PE and Health teachers who made these awards possible will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the Board’s Sept. 13 meeting.  Schools also receive prizes of banners and sports equipment from the SHAPE program based on the medal level they achieved.

TOTY Times Two: Husband and Wife Garner Teacher of the Year Honors Nick and Lauren Garcia Surprised as Teachers of the Year

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating a special pair of school Teachers of the Year!

Cherokee County School Board Members Visit CCSD Schools!

Cherokee County School Board Members visited schools throughout CCSD over the past week to see students already hard at work learning! We hope you enjoy this brief slideshow of photos from their visits.  #CCSDfam

Teasley MS Teacher Earns State Recognition for Math Instruction! STROUGO Dr Iona

A Teasley Middle School teacher has earned State recognition for excellence in teaching mathematics!

Dr. Iona Strougo is a 2018 State-level finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching!  The National awards program recognizes outstanding teaching and leadership in the two subject areas.

CCSD Names 2018-19 Student Advisor, Student Delegates to School Board stacked ccsd logo

The Cherokee County School District has named the 2018-19 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 eight 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 CCSD high schools.  

This year’s Student Advisor is Chase Thomas of Etowah HS.  The Student Delegates are: Jessica Rios of ACE Academy; Morgan Feltham of Cherokee HS; Ann Blakey of Creekview HS; Angelica Millen of River Ridge HS; Natasha Ambriz-Villela of Sequoyah HS; and Blake Adkins of Woodstock HS.

Board Briefs: School Board Approves Leasing Gym to County

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, approved leasing Hickory Flat Elementary School’s former gym to the Cherokee County government to use for community recreation purposes.  

The Cherokee County School District has maintained the original gym since the school community opted four years ago to discontinue its use in favor of the modern, air-conditioned gym.  When the Cherokee County government recently inquired with CCSD staff about possibly leasing the facility for community use, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower recommended the School Board approve such an agreement.

Mill Creek MS Student Wins Honor from Atlanta Braves!

A Mill Creek Middle School seventh-grader enjoyed a wiffle ball game of a lifetime with his classmates Tuesday as they celebrated his big heart.

The Atlanta Braves surprised Bronco Reese, a heart transplant recipient who then overcame cancer, with one of its Community Hero Awards.  The pep rally ceremony came complete with the Heavy Hitters drum line, Blooper mascot and half a dozen Braves players… including Woodstock High School grad Nick Markakis.

 

Three CCSD Schools Recognized for Supporting Safe Routes to School Georgia Safe Routes to School logo

Three CCSD schools have earned recognition from Safe Routes to School for their efforts to encourage students to walk and bike more and stay safe!  Clayton Elementary School earned the Gold Partner Award from the nonprofit organization, with Bascomb Elementary School and Woodstock Elementary School both winning Bronze Partner Awards. #CCSDfam

CCSD Sets 2018-19 Curriculum Night Schedule curriculum clip art

 

It’s Curriculum Night time! CCSD Curriculum Night programs provide parents with an overview of what their children will learn this school year. Hope to see you there! #CCSDfam 

Clark Creek ES STEM Academy Named Microsoft Showcase School! Microsoft Showcase School logo

Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy has earned global recognition for its leadership in effectively using technology for teaching and learning!

The school has been selected by Microsoft as a 2018-19 Microsoft Showcase School in honor of its successful integration of educational technology in the classroom to benefit students and teachers.  Only 39 schools nationwide were selected as Showcase Schools!  Clark Creek ES STEM Academy is one of only three schools in Georgia named to the list… which again also includes Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy. 

CCSD Seeking Applications for School Police Officers School Police officer job vacancy post 2018

Please share our new job listing for School Police Officer -- 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/ApplyCCSDpolice

Cherokee County PTA Units, Leaders Win State Awards national PTA logo

The Cherokee County School District’s school PTA units and leaders have won top State awards for their family engagement efforts! 

The Georgia PTA presents statewide awards to outstanding PTA units and parent leaders at its annual conference, and CCSD claimed an impressive list of high honors.  The CCSD winners will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the School Board’s Aug. 16 meeting.

Friday Night Lights! CCSD Football Schedule Set football clip art

Friday Night Lights time is nearly here!  Scrimmages kick off next week, with the regular season beginning Aug. 17.  Check out the full CCSD schedule for high school varsity football games below. Let's go, #CCSDfam! 

The Rain Isn't Stopping Our Best-Ever #CCSD1stDay CCSD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, right, visits with Woodstock High School Principal Mark Smith on #CCSD1stDay. 

The rain is not going to stop our students from having the best-ever #CCSD1stDay! We love seeing your photos... search for the hashtag to find more that your friends and neighbors are sharing on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. #CCSDfam

CCSD Parent Returns from Deployment and Surprises Son at School!

What an awesome #CCSD1stDay!

Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy parent U.S. Air Force Major John Lloyd returned home Wednesday from a six-month deployment in Kuwait and surprised his son in class on the first day of school.  Thank you for your service, and welcome home! #CCSDfam

#CCSD1stDay Message from Superintendent of Schools

Please see the following message to parents from Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower:

Today, we found silver linings in our rain clouds. 

No one wants to hear a forecast for rain on the first day of school.  It soaks those new school clothes and backpacks, but, of greater importance, it also makes the morning traffic more challenging and dangerous.

Our teachers and leaders carried on, many getting drenched as they greeted car riders in the process, but remaining enthusiastic and welcoming.  And you carried on, too, and we appreciate the patience and kindness you showed, especially as buses were slowed by the rain and car rider lines grew long.

CCSD Promotes #SafeCherokee Message with New Video Safe Cherokee video still 2018

We need your help in spreading an important message as our students head back to school: #SafeCherokee  Please check out this brief video - http://bit.ly/CCSDSafeCherokee - featuring Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower and Cherokee Sheriff Frank Reynolds, and a united force of our community’s law enforcement and public safety officers and first-responders. 

CCSD Works Through the Summer to Provide Services, Prep Schools

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CCSD's summer break doesn't mean days off and down time for all its employees.  The nine weeks of summer break are prime work time for many departments, which start preparing for the next school year as soon as the last bell rings in May.

Check out our new video: Welcome to Your School Cafeteria!

CCSD School Nutrition staff are ready to welcome students to the cafeteria and help them understand how the cafeteria line and cashier process works!  

You can view the brief video here: http://bit.ly/CCSDcafeteria  The video also features useful information for parents.  

CCSD Continues to Exceed State Averages on Georgia Milestones!

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

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

CCSD Publishes 2018-19 First Day Facts report first day facts image

How many students are expected in CCSD schools this school year?

How many new teachers will be in the classrooms?

Who is my new Principal?

Find the answers to these questions and many more in the 2018-19 First Day Facts publication, which shares new information about the upcoming school year.

CCSD Launches Online Back-to-School Gateway To Replace Paper Forms!

The Cherokee County School District today launches its Back-to-School Gateway, an online system designed to reduce paper waste and wasting parents’ valuable time!

The Back-to-School Gateway is a paperless, online registration system for students already enrolled in CCSD schools that replaces the dreaded stack of “first-day forms” with a quick digital check and update of students’ existing contact and emergency notification information in CCSD’s records system. 

My Stop Bus Tracking System Expands to all CCSD Schools Versatrans My Stop logo

The Cherokee County School District is expanding to all schools its system that allows parents to track their child’s school bus on a smart phone or computer!

The Transportation Department began testing the Versatrans My Stop system last school year, and after a successful pilot, the system will be available to all CCSD parents beginning July 30 – just in time for the first day of school on Aug. 1.

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

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

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

CCSD Adds Expanded System for Reporting Safety Concerns safeschools alert logo

The Cherokee County School District is adding an expanded system for reporting safety concerns!

The SafeSchools Alert system will allow students, parents, school staff and everyone in the community to anonymously report safety concerns by text, email, online message or phone call.  This system will replace the previous anonymous tip hotline.

Cherokee County School Board Tours Cherokee North

The Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools recently took a sneak peek at the newly renovated Cherokee North annex at Cherokee High School before it opens on the first day of school, Aug. 1.
 
Cherokee North, formerly the home of Canton Elementary School, will alleviate overcrowding at the main campus and prepare for increasing enrollment -- 2,797 students are expected this school year, with 881 of that total in the ninth grade.  Cherokee HS parents and students can get their first look at the school’s open house from 9 to 11 a.m. on July 30.

Board Briefs: School Board Approves Installation of More School Security Foyers

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, July 19, 2018, approved the installation of security foyers in 15 more schools, speeding up the project at the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools and his Safety and Security Ad Hoc Committee.

The foyers will be constructed over the next year at Avery ES, Bascomb ES, Boston ES, Clayton ES, Hickory Flat ES, Johnston ES, Macedonia ES, Mountain Road ES and Sixes ES, and Creekland MS, E.T. Booth MS, Freedom MS, Mill Creek MS, Teasley MS, and Woodstock MS.

CCSD School, District Leaders Prepare for New School Year at Leadership Symposium

The Cherokee County School District’s school and district leaders kicked off the new school year with the annual CCSD Leadership Symposium professional development event!

Thanks to the support of community partners, CCSD school and district leaders this week had the opportunity to attend two days of sessions designed to prepare them for the new school year.  This year’s event was held at Woodstock High School and was made possible by Presenting Sponsors, Cherokee County Educational Foundation and Credit Union of Georgia; and Platinum Sponsors, ABM Industry Groups, Goshen Valley and HP.

CCSD Hosts National Advanced School Resource Officer Course

The Cherokee County School District School Police Department this week hosted a national training program for officers from across the state!

In cooperation with the Georgia Association of Secondary School Law Enforcement Executives, CCSD hosted the National Association of School Resource Officers’ (NASRO) Advanced School Resource Officer Course at Teasley Middle School in Canton.

Superintendent Meets with PTA Leaders to Kick Off Year!

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower today met with Cherokee County Council of PTA leaders to kick off another school year of outstanding partnership!

Dr. Hightower said he looks forward to a great year ahead with the PTA, which he views as the Cherokee County School District’s most important partner.

“Our PTA gives unparalleled support for our students and staff, as evident through its thousands of hours of volunteer time, thousands of dollars in fundraising for school needs and thousands of voices advocating on our behalf,” Dr. Hightower said.  “We would not be able to succeed in our mission of ‘Educating the Emerging Generation” without the PTA, and we’re so grateful for all that they do.”

CCSD Sponsors Successful Summer Programs

More than 1,300 students participated in CCSD Summer School opportunities in June for academic help and credit recovery, to prepare for high school, or to take extra high school classes.

The high school credit recovery program culminated with a graduation ceremony at Etowah HS on Friday, with 50 students earning their high school diploma!  A record 42 students walked across the stage at the ceremony and received their diplomas from School Board Members Vice Chair Mike Chapman and Patsy Jordan.

Superintendent of Schools Presents Second 2018 Game Changer Award CCSD Game Changer Kyla Cromer 2018
Creekview HS Wins National Rocketry Challenge! 2018 Team America Rocketry Challenge - Creekview HS

UPDATE 5/12/18: Creekview HS Wins National Rocketry Challenge!

From Team America Rocketry Challenge:

The students from Creekview High School will now represent the United States at the International Rocketry Challenge at the Farnborough Air Show outside of London in July, facing off against teams from the UK, France and Japan.

Superintendent of Schools Presents 2018 Game Changer Award to Woodstock HS Teacher! 2018 Game Changer Award Kelly Burke

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower has surprised the third 2018 winner of his annual awards for instructional excellence!

Dr. Hightower presented a “Superintendent’s 2018 Game Changer Award” for Instructional Excellence to Woodstock High School Advanced Placement (AP) Physics teacher Kelly Burke during the school’s faculty meeting, which erupted in cheers and a standing ovation for the longtime and celebrated educator.

CCSD on May 10 to Offer Free Info Workshop on Becoming a Bus Driver

Retired? Looking for part-time work? Join a wonderful organization and serve your community’s children by becoming a CCSD bus driver for next school year! Learn more by attending a free workshop from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 10 (date change!) at our Transportation Office (1665 Hickory Road, Canton, 30115). Our bus drivers enjoy health benefits and a part-time schedule that doesn’t require working on weekends, holidays or during the summer, but offers the option to work extra hours. CCSD offers drivers outstanding professional development opportunities, and the CCSD Transportation maintenance department is the recipient of the National ASE Blue Seal of Excellence. Check out this brief video: http://bit.ly/CCSDBusDrivers #CCSDfam

CCSD Partner Awards College Scholarship to Class of 2018 Graduating Senior Oak Leaf Scholarship 2018

Congratulations to Cherokee High School senior Sarah Snyder, winner of the college scholarship presented annually by Oak Leaf Church, a Cherokee County School District Partner, to a graduating senior!

As part of its CCSD Partnership Agreement, Oak Leaf Church annually awards one $1,000 college scholarship to a graduating senior from Cherokee High School.  The Oak Leaf Church Scholarship Committee selected Sarah as this year’s recipient, and she recently was recognized at a Cherokee County School Board meeting.

CCSD Students Place at Tome State Competition! shs tome 2018

Cherokee County School District middle and high school students recently placed at the Tome Literacy Society’s State competition!

Tome is a National organization dedicated to promoting “multiple literacies among fourth- through 12th-grade students across the United States through: service; collaboration; competition-based club activities; and clean, entertaining, encouraging literature. All activities promote self-esteem, leadership skills, strong values, and nurture critical thinking, creativity, and imagination in the digital age.”

Bascomb ES Teacher Honored for Service to American Heart Association Bascomb ES Teacher Honored for Service to American Heart Association

A Bascomb Elementary School teacher has been recognized for her legacy of service to the American Heart Association!

Longtime PE teacher Nettie Mosteller, who is retiring at the end of the school year, was surprised by the Association with the special recognition and plaque presentation.

Message from the Superintendent: Please Join Me in Thanking a Teacher

Today, we celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day, and this week, we celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week.

While it’s important to officially mark this day and this week, we should not need a reminder to thank our community’s teachers.

We should keep them in our hearts all the time. We should not begrudge them the right to earn a living through their profession. We should remember the vital role they play in shaping our future.

Celebrating National School Nurse Day: Bridging the Gap! National School Nurse Day 2018

The Cherokee County School District is served every day by a team of 43 dedicated school nurses, who care for the whole student, whole school and whole community.

Today is National School Nurse Day, and this year’s statewide school nursing theme celebrates how these professionals are “Bridging the Gap” for the children and families they serve.

Superintendent Presents 2018 Game Changer Award to Holly Springs ES STEM Academy Educator! Superintendent’s 2018 Game Changer Award - Dr. Julie Dutko

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower has presented his final award of the year for instructional excellence!

Dr. Hightower surprised Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy instructional lead strategist Dr. Julie Dutko with his Superintendent’s 2018 Game Changer Award for Instructional Support during a meeting Tuesday with her colleagues, who cheered her on as she accepted the honor.

CCSD High Schools Named to “Best High Schools” List! us news and world report best high schools logo

Four Cherokee County School District high schools have been named to U.S. News and World Report’s “Best High Schools” list… an increase from three last year!

Creekview, River Ridge, Sequoyah and Woodstock High Schools earned Silver Medal spots on the magazine’s prestigious list based on factors including academic performance, college readiness, graduation rates and success of disadvantaged students.  Only 5,900 of the country’s 20,500 public high schools were named to the list released today.

GCA Holding Job Fairs for School Custodians

GCA, an ABM company, is seeking SCHOOL CUSTODIANS for the K-12 schools in Cherokee County. GCA is holding job fairs this weekend in Canton and Woodstock, and next week in downtown Canton. Candidates must apply in-person and qualified candidates** will be presented with an immediate contingent job offer* ON THE SPOT! (see details below)

Sixteen CCSD Students Selected for Georgia Governor’s Honors Program! ccsd gov honors 2018

Sixteen 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 17 to July 14.

CCSD Presents Leadership Degree and Certification Fair Newly appointed R.M. Moore ES Assistant Principal Denna Vance, left, speaks with Dr. Susan Padgett-Harrison about Kennesaw State University’s program.

The Cherokee County School District recently presented its first CCSD Leadership Degree and Certification Fair to share information on leadership degrees with interested teachers and leaders.

Forty-eight teachers and leaders attended the free session, which included one-on-one time with university representatives from Berry College, Kennesaw State University and Piedmont College. Berry and Piedmont College will be offering degree programs at CCSD facilities beginning this summer; KSU’s programs are fully online.

Sequoyah HS JROTC Wins Silver Star Award! SHS Silver Star Award 2018

The Sequoyah High School Air Force JROTC Program has earned the Silver Star Award for Excellence in Community Service for the second year in a row and its 11th consecutive Distinguished Unit Award from the Department Of The Air Force!

The Silver Star Award recognizes the top 5% of nearly 900 units nationwide based on community service in support of schools and local communities. The award is earned by units with the highest per cadet average of community service hours that are planned and conducted by cadets under the supervision of our instructors. This award also recognizes the personal growth and accomplishments of the cadets, contributions of the instructors as mentors, and the support of the school and local community.

Mill Creek MS Earns Digital Citizenship Certification common sense digital citizenship logo

Mill Creek 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, a national nonprofit organization dedicated “to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology.”

5/25/18 Early Release Schedules for High Schools, Middle Schools

Cherokee County School District high schools and middle schools will have early release days next week, which will affect traffic in the surrounding areas.

Students at all CCSD high schools have the option of leaving campus early following final exams on varied schedules (check with your child’s school if you need the schedule) beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 21, through Thursday, May 24. High school buses will continue to depart on their usual afternoon schedule. Middle and elementary school dismissal is not affected.

CCSD Wins Top National Award for Excellence in Teaching Practices  Innovative District for 2018

The Cherokee County School District has won a top national award for excellence in teaching practices!

The International Center for Leadership in Education, a division of global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, has named CCSD an Innovative District for 2018 – one of only 11 school districts in the Nation to be recognized!

Teasley MS Teachers Win State Teaching Award! Dr. Jennifer Reynolds and Greg Koch of Teasley Middle School have earned the Georgia Council for Exceptional Children’s Co-Teaching Team of the Year Award for 2017-18.

Two Cherokee County School District teachers have won a statewide teaching award!

Dr. Jennifer Reynolds and Greg Koch of Teasley Middle School have earned the Georgia Council for Exceptional Children’s Co-Teaching Team of the Year Award for 2017-18.

The Science of Sports: Booth MS Students Learn STEM Lessons from Baseball Braves mascot, Blooper, entertained students at the completion of their STEM unit on the science of baseball.

Students on the 7th grade Lookout Mountain team at E.T. Booth MS have been learning about the science behind the sport of baseball as the center of their STEM classroom activities this spring. Students and teachers celebrated the end of the unit this week with a visit from Atlanta Braves mascot “Blooper,” along with prize giveaways of Braves tickets and memorabilia.

Through a CCSD partnership with the Atlanta Braves, the Booth MS team teachers were able to work with Science of Sport, a nonprofit organization that develops curriculum with the sole focus of bringing sports and STEM subjects together.   The new curriculum was a “home run” with students and teachers, and is expected to be expanded to other CCSD middle schools next school year, as the district focuses on increasing the STEM rigor in its middle schools.

Liberty ES Wins International Award for Character Education! Liberty ES National School of Character

A Cherokee County School District elementary school has won an international award for character education and service learning!

Liberty Elementary School on Friday, May 18, 2018 was one of 73 schools around the world — and the only one in Georgia — to be recognized by the nonprofit Character.org as a National School of Character.  The school will be honored at the organization’s 25th National Forum on Character in Washington, D.C. in October.

First Student Tech Academy Participants Celebrate Completion Graduates of the first CCSD Student Technology Academy.

Fifth-grade students from Sixes ES and Clark Creek ES STEM Academy recently celebrated completion of a pilot CCSD technology program where they learned advanced Microsoft program skills that they will be using in middle and high school, and beyond.

The CCSD Student Technology Academy (STA) is a pilot program that mimics an initiative known as the Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) for teachers. CCSD teachers have been earning the prestigious MIE endorsement by completing a 16-hour course, which is focused on 21st-century learning concepts combined with the acquisition of new skills using Microsoft tools in the classroom.

CCSD Announces Class of 2018 Valedictorians, Salutatorians vals sals 2018

Congratulations to the Valedictorians and Salutatorians for the Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2018!

These students and their parents will be honored by the School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the 18th Annual Scholar Recognition Banquet on Wednesday.  Each student also is invited to select a favorite teacher, and these teachers are honored at the Banquet as well.

CCSD Accepting Applications for School Police Officers! heroes wanted police job ad

HEROES WANTED: The Cherokee County School District is seeking applications from POST-certified police officers interested in joining our growing Police Department! Details at bit.ly/CCSDjoinPD Join the #CCSDfam to support the children we serve and our entire community!

River Ridge HS Student Wins Top Reading Award! reader of the year 2018

A Cherokee County School District student has been named the top high school reader in the State!

River Ridge High School junior Grace Pfohl won first place and the title of Reader of the Year for the Secondary category (Grades 9-12) at the Georgia Reading Association’s State Competition.  Students are nominated for the award by a reading or English teacher based on the quality, quantity and variety of their reading.  Winners are selected from nominees based on the student’s essay and teacher’s letter of recommendation.

CCSD Congratulates 13 Golden Apple Award Winners! golden apple winners 2018

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

The Gamma Eta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International presents the annual awards to recognize one teacher from each selected school who exemplifies genuine care and dedication to students, strong instructional practices in the classroom and leadership within their school.  The School District is divided into three sets of schools for the awards, and, each year, the chapter invites one set of schools to select an honoree for each of their schools.

CCSD Announces Class of 2018 High School Graduates! school board grad robes

The Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2018 this week will walk across the stage for graduation ceremonies!

The ceremonies all will be held at First Baptist Church of Woodstock (11905 Highway 92, Woodstock, 30188):

• River Ridge HS: 4 p.m., Thursday, May 24
• Etowah HS: 8 p.m., Thursday, May 24
• Creekview HS: 4 p.m., Friday, May 25
• Woodstock HS: 8 p.m., Friday, May 25
• Cherokee HS: 9 a.m., Saturday, May 26
• Sequoyah HS: 1 p.m., Saturday, May 26

The ceremonies will be streamed on the FBC

CCSD Recognizes Six Regional, 3 State Winners for Social Studies Fair! Social Studies fair winner

Six Cherokee County School District projects submitted by students won at the Georgia Council for the Social Studies Northwest Regional Fair, with three going on to earn top honors at the State Fair!

The competition began locally, with 95 projects entered by schools into the CCSD Social Studies Fair.  Twenty-two projects placed first, earning those students the opportunity to compete at Regionals.

CCSD Congratulates Aramark Scholarship Winners! Aramark 2018 winners

The Cherokee County School District recently congratulated the 12 Class of 2018 winners of Aramark scholarships!

As part of its Partnership Agreement with CCSD, Aramark Education allotted funds for a $500 scholarship to be awarded to two outstanding Class of 2018 graduating seniors from each of CCSD’s traditional high schools.  The Aramark Scholarship Committee selected the winners, who were recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at a School Board meeting.

CCSD Recognizes Student Delegates to the School Board! Student Delegates and School Board

The Cherokee County School District recently recognized its Student Delegates to the School Board for the 2017-18 School Year in appreciation of their service!

The School Board has included a Student Advisor position on its board since 1999, and, for the past seven years, a Student Delegate from each high school.

CCSD Seventh-Graders Recognized by Duke University! Duke TIP logo

More than 30 Cherokee County School District seventh-graders have been recognized by Duke University for their SAT and ACT scores!

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) supports academically talented seventh-graders who have previously scored at or above the 95th percentile on a standardized test such as CogAT by providing them with the opportunity to take the SAT and ACT, which are college-entrance exams designed for above-average 11th– and 12th-grade students.

This year, 159 CCSD students participated in the program, with 37 students earning State honors, and five students additionally earning Grand-level recognition.

CCSD Honors Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition Winners!

A Cherokee County School District student won first place 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, with 176 school-level winners submitted.  District judges then selected a first-place winner for each grade level.

The District’s 13 first-place winners advanced to the Regional Educational Service Agency’s competition, where six earned first place, and one of those entries went on to earn first place at State. Dean Rusk MS eighth-grader Isabelle Blevins’ entry, “Hate to Love,” earned first place at District, Region and State competition!

Board Briefs: School Board Approves Budget, Approves Superintendent's Contract Renewal

The School Board on Thursday, June 21, 2018, approved the Annual Budget for 2018-19, which continues class-size reductions, increases safety and security spending and keeps the tax rate steady, and renewed the Superintendent of Schools’ contract through June 2021. 

The budget recommended by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower grows the day-to-day operating budget to $406 Million from the current $385 Million based on rising student enrollment, the restoration of the final $4 Million in State “austerity budget cuts,” and the property tax digest’s recovery to pre-Recession levels.  The millage property tax rate remains unchanged at 19.45 mills; the School Board held three public hearings prior to approval of the budget and millage rate.

Board Briefs: School Board Hears Safety & Security Recommendations, Approves School Calendars

The School Board on Thursday, May 3, 2018, heard the Superintendent of Schools’ recommendations for improving safety and security in CCSD schools and approved three more years of school calendars.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower in February, following the Parkland school shooting, re-established his Ad Hoc Safety and Security Committee, which initially formed after the Sandy Hook school shooting.

"On Valentine's Day, our hearts again were broken by a tragic school shooting, this time in Florida," Dr. Hightower said.  "As I shared after Parkland, while I would keep its families in my prayers, I also would take action to ensure the safety of our students, employees and schools."

Dr. Hightower asked the Cherokee County Sheriff, Chief Marshal, all of Cherokee's city Police Chiefs, parents and Principals from every one of CCSD's Innovation Zones and CCSD leaders to serve on the Committee, which was chaired by CCSD School Police Chief Mark Kissel.

CCSD Media Specialist of the Year Now A Region Winner! MSOTY 2019 (6)

Update: CCSD Media Specialist of the Year Anne Thiers of Creekview HS has been chosen as a Regional Winner by Georgia Library Media Association (GLMA).  The surprise announcement was made yesterday by Ge-Anne Bolhuis, North Central Georgia/Region 2 Representative for GLMA.  Anne will go on to compete for the Georgia Library Media Specialist of the Year, representing CCSD and all of Region 2.  Congratulations!

Creekview High School’s media specialist can add another accolade to her growing list: Cherokee County School District 2019 Media Specialist of the Year!

Anne Thiers, who has won her Innovation Zone’s title for the last two years and co-sponsored and coached the school’s reigning State Champion Reading Bowl team to multiple region and state championships, was surprised with the honor Wednesday morning before an auditorium of her colleagues and family. 

CCSD Message 1/31/19: Full February Break

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

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

CCSD Wins Five National Awards for Communications! Annual Report Cover

The Cherokee County School District has earned five National awards for excellence in communications and public relations!

The National School Public Relations Association annually honors the best publications and electronic media produced by school districts nationwide as part of their communications efforts. 

“We can’t succeed without our community’s support, and our Office of Communications serves an important role in ensuring we not only share timely and relevant information with the community, but also provide opportunities for engagement,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “These National awards recognize our dedication to providing the best service possible, which we’re committed to further improving every day.”

CCSD Media Specialist Named Tops in Georgia Jennifer Lewis

Indian Knoll's Jennifer Lewis is the 2018 Library Media Specialist of the Year for Georgia

Etowah HS Announces Top Candidate for Boys’ Basketball Head Coach

As part of the June 15 School Board Meeting, Etowah High School will request approval of Jason Dasigner to lead its Boys’ Basketball Program as Head Coach.

First-Ever CCSD Student Film Festival on Sunday! Cherokee Student Film Festival flier

Coming to a screen near you... a film festival featuring CCSD student filmmakers! The first-ever Cherokee Student Film Festival is on Sunday in the Cherokee High School auditorium as a result of a collaboration between CCSD and the Cherokee Office of Economic Development. Admission is free! See the flier for more info. #CCSDfam

CCSD Teacher Named Finalist for National Award! cherokee hs teacher national speech debate educator 2019 - 1 31 19

A Cherokee County School District teacher is a finalist for a national education award!

Cherokee High School English, speech and forensics teacher Jamie Wills is a finalist for the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Educator of the Year Award.

Woodstock HS Names Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach

Woodstock High School has named Coach Pete Manderano as head coach for its men’s lacrosse program.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Amy Hagan of Carmel ES! CARM ES VOY 2019

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to Carmel Elementary School 2019 Volunteer of the Year Amy Hagan!

The Volunteer of the Year from every CCSD school is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation. Do you volunteer to help a CCSD school? Contact the Principal of your local school (http://cherokeek12.net/schools/) to learn how you can help! #CCSDfam

Etowah HS Cadet Earns $23K Air Force Summer Program Scholarship! Etowah HS Scholarship 1 28 19

n Etowah High School Junior ROTC Cadet is one of only 150 students nationwide and one of only six in Georgia awarded an Air Force JROTC Flight Academy scholarship to earn his private pilot’s license and college credits this summer!  

Kyle Raffety won the $23,000 competitive scholarship based on strong evidence of his commitment to the Air Force core values of integrity, service to others, and excellence.  

Cherokee County School Board Earns State Recognition for Governance & Leadership!

The Cherokee County School Board has earned state recognition for its outstanding governance and leadership!

The Georgia School Boards Association has awarded the Cherokee County School Board its 2018 Quality School Board designation.  The statewide recognition program celebrates school boards that consistently model best practices and meet specific high standards of excellence.

Superintendent of Schools Presents Four Inaugural “Game Changer Awards”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower has recognized the first class of recipients of an inaugural award he describes as his most important honor for Cherokee County School District employees.

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Sarah Munroe of Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy! Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy toty 19

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 Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy 2019 Teacher of the Year Sarah Munroe!

Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy’s Teacher of the Year Sarah Munroe is a writing teacher, so what better praise than in the form of a letter written by one of her second-grade students.

Freedom MS Student Wins County Spelling Bee spelling bee trophies awarded

Freedom Middle School eighth-grader Braden Flournoy correctly spelled “rapacious” and then “affidavit” to claim the title as the county’s top speller at the 2019 Cherokee County School District Spelling Bee Thursday night at Cherokee High School. 

CCSD School Nutrition Wins State Award

 

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CCSD Farm to School program wins kudos

CCSD Employees Learn to "Stop the Bleed"

CCSD school nurses and Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services trained more than 300 school employees on how to stop severe bleeding in a victim. paramedic instructs teachers in medical training

CCSD Honors Class of 2017 Valedictorians, Salutatorians at Scholar Recognition Banquet

The Cherokee County School District and School Board honored the Class of 2017 Valedictorians and Salutatorians during the 17th Annual Scholar Recognition Banquet on Wednesday at Woodmont Golf & Country Club.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Counselor of the Year: Sarah Bigelow of Freedom Middle School! Sarah Bigelow

Our school counselors are extraordinary, which is why we’re sharing the stories of our Innovation Zone Counselors of the Year… please help us celebrate Woodstock Innovation Zone 2019 Counselor of the Year: Sarah Bigelow of Freedom Middle School!

Sarah Bigelow began her counseling career in social services, focused on helping children escape abuse and neglect.

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Jama McCartney of Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy! Clark Creek ES STEM Academy toty 19

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 Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy 2019 Teacher of the Year Jama McCartney!

As an art teacher at Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy, Jama McCartney teaches children to shape clay into pottery.  Her colleagues say she’s just as gifted at shaping students into better people and her school into a better place.

Etowah HS Earns National Recognition for Raising Student Achievement!

Etowah High School has earned national recognition for its successful efforts to raise student achievement!

The school, led by Principal Robert Horn, has earned the Model Professional Learning Community at Work honor from Solution Tree, one of only 200 schools and districts in the nation – and the only school in Georgia — to do so.

The Cherokee County School District uses the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) model in all of its schools to encourage collaboration, the sharing of data and best practices, and professional development among teachers, who are grouped by subject area and/or grade level of instruction.

Etowah High School Wins State 7A Baseball Title

UPDATE: Etowah HS team member and Class of 2017 graduate Drew Waters was drafted by the Atlanta Braves!  He was the 41st pick overall and snapped up in the second round by the Braves on June 12, 2017.  He was named to USA Today’s ALL-USA Baseball First Team on June 13, 2017.

School Board Hosts Reception for New Leaders including Assistant Principals New Leaders 1 4 19 19

The Cherokee County School District recently hosted a New Leaders Reception for the School Board to meet the educators recommended by the Superintendent of Schools for leadership roles including assistant principal posts.  The reception, which was sponsored by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a CCSD Partner, gave School Board members the chance to meet and talk with the leaders before voting to approve their new roles for next school year.  The new leaders and their families enjoyed a warm welcome, refreshments and a small gift from Children’s Healthcare.  This is the second year for this tradition; an event was held last month for the School Board to meet additional new leaders including those recommended for Principal posts.
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CCSD Continues to Earn High Marks for Financial Efficiency! CCSD Financial Efficiency Chart 1 24 19

The Cherokee County School District continues to earn high marks from the State for its financial efficiency, tying for the best rating among metro Atlanta counties!   

The State’s Financial Efficiency Star Ratings measure school districts’ spending per student in relation to those students’ academic performance according to the College and Career Ready Performance Index.  Ratings range from a half-star to the highest rating of five stars.

Seven CCSD Students Selected for Model Atlanta Regional Commission Program

Model ARC program gives students insight into regional issues

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CCSD Participating in 2017 USDA Summer Meals Program

Cherokee County School District is again participating in the USDA Seamless Summer Option, which offers free meals to children during the summer.

School Board Approves New Head Basketball Coaches for River Ridge HS, Sequoyah HS new basketball coaches 4 19 19

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday night approved the hiring of two teachers who also will serve as head basketball coaches.

Aaron Darling, who currently teaches and leads the boys’ basketball program at Cambridge High School in Fulton County, will serve in the same role at River Ridge High School. 

Chris Yarbrough, who currently teaches and leads the girls’ basketball program at Northview High School in Fulton County, will serve in the same role at Sequoyah High School.

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Ben Sosebee of Cherokee High School Cherokee HS toty

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 Cherokee High School 2019 Teacher of the Year Ben Sosebee!
Ben Sosebee is such a popular educator at Cherokee High School that students want to be in any and every class he’s teaching.
 

Clark Creek ES STEM Academy Wins State Award for Supporting Students SSTAGE

CCSD elementary school earns a Star Award for Promising Practices

CCSD Bus Drivers Headed to State Road-E-O!

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CCSD Supports Get Georgia Reading Campaign

Get Georgia Reading Campaign partner myON is delivering thousands of free books to computer and mobile devices that families can access 24 hours a day – every day – through Aug. 31.  Last summer, children throughout the state read 248,901 books and spent 55,831 hours reading.  This year, the Campaign is challenging Georgia to top last year’s numbers by reading more than 250,000 books and spending over 60,000 hours reading.  More info: http://getgeorgiareading.org/2017/05/03/summer-for-georgia-readers-begins-today/

Board Briefs: School Board Names New Police Chief, Assistant Principals for Next School Year CCSD new leaders - APs 4 19 19

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, April 18, 2019 approved the appointment of a new CCSD School Police Chief and new assistant principals to fill vacancies for next school year. 

The School Board unanimously approved naming Major Buster Cushing, who currently serves as commander of field operations for the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, as the next CCSD School Police Chief effective July 1.  Major Cushing will fill the role held by retiring Chief Mark Kissel  since the Department’s establishment 20 years ago.

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

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

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

CCSD Teachers Serve as 2018 Advanced Placement (AP) Readers

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17 CCSD teachers selected to read AP exam essays

River Ridge HS Student Wins Congressional Art Contest!

A Cherokee County School District student has won a Congressional art contest!

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Cherokee HS Names Men’s Soccer Head Coach

Cherokee High School has named Samer Kaddah as its new Men’s Soccer Head Coach!

School Board Visits Woodstock Elementary School! School Board Visit - Woodstock ES 2 4 17 19

Cherokee County School Board members regularly visit schools for tours with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, members of his staff and the school’s Principal and administrative team.  This week, the School Board visited Woodstock Elementary School, where they learned from Principal Matt Freedman about new initiatives to further improve teaching and learning, increase parent engagement and business and community partnerships, and focus on a positive school climate.
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Board Briefs: School Board Reviews Budget Forecast, Legislative Issues BOE Swearing In 2019 (3)

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 heard a forecast for next year’s budget and weighed in on legislative issues anticipated to come up this session. 

The meeting began with the swearing in of four Board members, who all were re-elected to four-year terms: Mike Chapman, John Harmon, Clark Menard and Robert “Rick Steiner” Rechsteiner.  The School Board then elected Kelly Poole its vice chair, who will serve in the additional role through the end of the 2019.

CCSD Student Wins Regional Art Contest! Sequoyah HS Student Named Regional Winner

 

 

Sequoyah HS student named regional winner

Woodstock HS Announces Men's Basketball Head Coach

Josh Pierce to take over as head coach

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CCSD Class of 2017 Graduate Named Gatorade Georgia Baseball Player of the Year!

A Cherokee County School District Class of 2017 graduate has been named the Gatorade Georgia Baseball Player of the Year!

CCSD Teacher Selected to Present at Prestigious Conference! GILSTRAP Kelly

A Cherokee County School District teacher is one of only two teachers in the nation selected to present at an international conference for educators!

Mountain Road Elementary School kindergarten teacher Kelly Gilstrap was invited by the International Center for Leadership in Education to participate in pre-conference and conference presentations at its 27th Annual Model Schools Conference in Washington, D.C. in June.

The conference brings together global thought leaders, innovative districts, and model schools for educational leadership development and sharing best practices.  

CCSD Principal Named Finalist for Georgia Principal of the Year! MERGES, MARK

A Cherokee County School District Principal is a finalist for a statewide Principal of the Year Award!

Creekview High School Principal Dr. Mark Merges is one of six finalists for the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals’ Principal of the Year award.  

CCSD School Counselors Learn About Career Options for Students CCSD Counselors explore careers for students

Summer Externship program gives CCSD counselors a peek into careers in local industries

Cherokee HS Student Wins Georgia’s Most Positive Male Athlete Award

A Cherokee High School Class of 2017 graduate has been named Georgia’s Positive Male Athlete of the Year!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Laurel Canyon Optimist Club of Tippens Education Center! poty Tippens 4 17 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Tippens Education Center 2019 Partner of the Year: Laurel Canyon Optimist Club!

The Partner of the Year from every CCSD school is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation. Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage to learn more!

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New Head Coach Named for River Ridge HS Football Program COLLINS Mike

River Ridge High School’s football program is welcoming a new head coach who built a statewide reputation for success after starting his career on Cherokee County fields.

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday night approved the hiring of Michael Collins to teach physical education at River Ridge High School and head up its football program, effective March 1.  Coach Collins most recently led teams in Cobb County (2010-2018; 2005-2007) and DeKalb County (2008-2009). 

GCA Seeking Applicants for School Custodians for CCSD Schools

CCSD vendor GCA is now hiring school custodians

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River Ridge HS Graduate Wins National Merit College Scholarship Irene Chen

Irene Chen plans to study business at Emory University

CCSD Congratulates Retiring Employees

The Cherokee County School District is saying thank you and goodbye to more than 100 employees retiring this school year.

“Our School District is not only an outstanding professional organization with a reputation for excellence, it’s also a family,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “While we don’t see them as often, retirees remain an important part of our family, and many return to volunteer in our schools as tutors and mentors. We appreciate them and wish them great joy in their retirement!”

 

Student Athletes Recognized for College Scholarship Commitments signing day commitment

CCSD recognized 32 additional high school student athletes Wednesday who had signed scholarship letters of intent to play their sport at the college level. 

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

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

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

CCSD Honors Class of 2018 Valedictorians, Salutatorians at Scholar Recognition Banquet CCSD 2018 Valedictorians and Salutatorians

The Cherokee County School District and School Board honored the Class of 2018 Valedictorians and Salutatorians during the 18th Annual Scholar Recognition Banquet.

CCSD Administrators Among County's Top Young Professionals CCSD Administrators Among County's Rising Stars

Three of the Chamber of Commerce "Top 10 in 10" Young Professionals this year are CCSD administrators.

CCSD School Nutrition Wins Two State “Best Practices” Awards

The Cherokee County School District’s School Nutrition program has won two State “Best Practices” Awards!

High School Students: Apply by May 25 for Summer Internships! InternshipFlyer2019_Final

CCSD is partnering for the second year with the Cherokee Office of Economic Development to offer high school students an outstanding career education opportunity: the 2019 Summer Internship Program! Applications due by May 25. Check out the flier (or visit https://www.cherokeega.org/internship/) to learn more about this six-week program to learn & earn this summer. #CherokeeByChoice

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The Cherokee County School Board regularly visits schools to meet with Principals and tour classrooms to see teachers and students at work.  On Wednesday, the School Board, joined by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower and senior staff members, visited Johnston Elementary School, led by Principal Laura Akers.  The group learned about the school’s new positive behavior and culture initiatives like Cat Packs, as well as efforts by teachers to share best practices for effective instruction through their Professional Learning Community job-alike group meetings.

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CCSD Thanks Sponsors for Providing Meals for Officers Serving at Graduation!

Thank you to Chick-fil-A of Cherokee County, Roly Poly of Woodstock and Sam’s Club of Woodstock for providing meals and refreshments to CCSD School Police Department, Cherokee Sheriff’s Office & Woodstock Police Department Officers who together are making our Class of 2018 graduation ceremonies a better and safer experience for students & their families and friends.

CCSD Offering Free Summer Meals through USDA Program

CCSD is again participating in the USDA Seamless Summer OptionSummer Meals logo

Two CCSD Schools Win Top Media Center Awards

Two Cherokee County School District schools have won top State awards for their media center programs!

Congratulations to CCSD's Elementary School Academic Bowl Winners! CCSD 2019 ES Academic Bowl Indian Knoll ES 4 17 19

Indian Knoll Elementary School is the winner of the Cherokee County School District’s 2019 Elementary School Academic Bowl.

All 23 elementary schools participated in the event, with Indian Knoll ES, Macedonia ES, Avery ES, Boston ES winning their leagues and advancing to the semi-finals.  Macedonia Elementary School won second place.

Parents of Special Education Students Invited to Complete Survey online survey clip art

The Cherokee County School District invites parents of students who receive Special Education services to help improve schools by completing a survey.

CCSD Students Place at State Elementary Science Olympiad Georgia Science Olympiad

Clark Creek ES STEM Academy Team Maroon and Mountain Road ES Team Red recently competed at the State Elementary Science Olypiad competition, after tying for first place in the Cherokee County event.  Two Clark Creek students placed at the state competition.

CCSD to Offer Second Annual Parent Academy Program

The Cherokee County School District is accepting applications for its second annual parent academy program.

CCSD Publishes Annual Financial Facts Report

The Cherokee County School District has published its annual Financial Facts report, which provides highlights and snapshots from the proposed Annual Budget.

The report is posted online here and provides financial additional information to the community in advance of the School Board’s public hearings and budget adoption.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Lori Burton of Boston ES! voty boston es 2019 4 16 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to 2019 Boston Elementary School Volunteer of the Year Lori Burton!

The Volunteer of the Year from every CCSD school is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation. Do you volunteer to help a CCSD school? Contact the Principal of your local school (http://cherokeek12.net/schools/) to learn how you can help! #CCSDfam

CCSD Opening Online Registration for 2019-20 Kindergarten on Jan. 22 Calling All Kindergartners - online registration for 2019-20 begins Jan 22

The Cherokee County School District is opening online registration for kindergarten beginning Jan. 22!

The new online system introduced last year allows parents to log in from home to the Registration Gateway via CCSD’s website at www.cherokeek12.net instead of handwriting information on a pile of paper forms in a school office.  

CCSD Graduating Senior Wins Prestigious National Merit Scholarship! Joseph Young

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

Etowah High School senior Joseph Young is one of only 2,500 students in the nation — of the 1.6 Million students who took the 2016 PSAT exam — to be awarded the $2,500 scholarship by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Board Briefs: School Board Reviews Budget – Smaller Class Sizes, Increased Safety & Security

The School Board on Thursday, May 17, 2018, reviewed the Superintendent of Schools’ recommended tentative Annual Budget for 2018-19, which calls for continued reduction in class sizes, greater spending on safety and security measures and no tax rate increase.

Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame Honors Outstanding CCSD Seniors

The Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame as part of its recent annual banquet recognized a male and a female Outstanding High School Senior Athlete from each of the Cherokee County School District’s high schools.

CCSD High School Students Win Gold at State Careers Competition! Cherokee HS Skills Competition 1 4 15 19

Cherokee County School District Career Pathway students earned top honors in the State’s Skills USA competition testing their career knowledge and abilities!

Students from various programs at Cherokee High School and Sequoyah High School competed in the skilled trades and leadership events, with three winning gold medals, two earning silver and four achieving bronze.

STEM Learning Expands through Atlanta Braves Partnership CCSD Braves Science 1 1 14 19

Cherokee County School District middle school educators hit a home run for learning on Friday at SunTrust Park!  

The group of 28 teachers and seven administrators participated in the Atlanta Braves Science of Baseball Workshop, part of the Braves’ positive partnership with CCSD.

Sequoyah HS Student Earns International Award!

A Sequoyah High School student has won an international award for her marketing skills!

Hanna Palmer earned the Award of Excellence for Apparel & Accessories Marketing at the 2018 DECA International Career Development Conference in Atlanta.  The Conference was the pinnacle of competition for the student marketing association, where more than 19,000 students from around the world vied for international honors.

Johnston ES Wins National Healthy School Award

Johnston Elementary School has been named to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s 2017 list of America’s Healthiest Schools!

CCSD High Schools March in Washington, D.C. Parade Creekview HS Band at Parade 4 15 19

The Creekview High School Band and Sequoyah High School Band represented the Cherokee County School District in the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on Saturday in Washington, D.C.! The parade, which includes a march down Constitution Avenue, is the culmination of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival Celebration held each year. Fifteen bands from across the United States and the Bahamas were chosen to perform. #CCSDfam

Three CCSD Teachers Nominated for National Award! CCSD lifechanger nominees 1 14 19

Three Cherokee County School District teachers have been nominated for a national honor!  Kristin Covington of Mountain Road Elementary School, Rebecca Heard of Clayton Elementary School and Mystic Henderson of Etowah High School are nominees for the 2018-2019 LifeChanger of the Year Award. 

CCSD Media Specialist of the Year Named Georgia Library Media Specialist of the Year!

UPDATE 6/12/17: CCSD Media Specialist of the Year Anne Nechvatal of Cherokee HS today was named the Georgia Library Media Specialist of the Year!  The surprise presentation was made today at the Georgia Library Media Association’s Summer Institute in Peachtree City.

Online System for Registering New Students for 2019-20 Now Open!  slider new student registration gateway 2019-20 4 15 19

The Cherokee County School District’s online system for registering new students for the 2019-20 school year now is open to parents!

Parents can log in from home to the New Student Gateway by clicking here.  Parents who missed the window for online kindergarten registration in March also can register their children using the New Student Gateway.

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Lauren Garcia of CCSD's Preschool Centers CCSD Preschool Centers 2019 toty

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 CCSD Preschool Centers 2019 Teacher of the Year Lauren Garcia!

Teacher Lauren Garcia meets parents at the beginning of their own learning process: raising a child with special needs.  She teaches them expertly, as she does their children at the Johnston Preschool Center, about the importance of setting goals, valuing progress, and celebrating every success.

CCSD High School Class of 2017 Graduate Wins National Merit Scholarship!

A Cherokee County School District Class of 2017 graduate has won a 2017 National Merit Scholarship!

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Kate Morris Freedom MS! freedom ms toty 19

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 2019 Freedom Middle School Teacher of the Year Kate Morris!

A defining lesson that Kate Morris teaches her reading and language arts special education students at Freedom Middle School is the preparation and delivery of a speech to the class.

State Superintendent Listens to Student Pitch About Her Dream Project woods hightower manzella and ila in the media center

State School Superintendent Richard Woods came to ET Booth MS to hear a presentation by eighth-grader Ila Prabhuram, who serves on the State Superintendent's Student Advisory Council.  The Council is made up of 120 students from across Georgia to provide feedback and discussion about state board policies, as well as participate in service projects and serve as student ambassadors.

Sequoyah HS Class of 2017 Graduate Headed to West Point

A Sequoyah High School Class of 2017 graduate is headed to West Point!

Summer School Registration Forms Now Online summer school

Registration forms now are online for CCSD's summer school learning opportunities from June 5-25 for high school students including rising ninth-graders.

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

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

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

CCSD to Host National Advanced School Resource Officer Course June 19-21

The Cherokee County School District School Police Department next week will host a national training program for officers from across the state!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Colleen Manuel of Support Services! ssoty ccsd support services 4 11 19

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here every week. Please join us in thanking & congratulating 2019 CCSD Office of Support Services Support Staff Employee of the Year Colleen Manuel! #CCSDfam

Teachers Learn Classroom Strategies to Assist Students Social and Emotional Learning

More than 100 CCSD teachers attended a workshop Monday on understanding Social Emotional Learning and its impact on student attitude, behavior, and achievement.  Teachers learned how to maintain a classroom environment where students can feel safe and build resilience, especially those students who have experienced trauma in their personal life and may be struggling. 

Board Briefs: Cherokee County School Board Approves 2017-18 Budget

The School Board on Thursday, June 15, 2017, unanimously approved the Superintendent’s Recommended 2017-18 Annual Budget, which funds improvements in teaching and learning and safety and security without a millage rate increase.

CCSD Students Succeed at State Literature Competition! CCSD Tome - Avery ES 4 11 19

Cherokee County School District students excelled at the statewide literature competition!

The Tome Student Literary Society, a National organization dedicated to promoting a love and appreciation of literature among fourth- through 12th-grade students, held its annual TomeCon competition and teams from six CCSD school participated and won top honors.

CCSD Georgia Lottery PreK Classes Enrollment Begins in February Hasty ES preK 2018

Open enrollment for the Cherokee County School District’s Georgia Lottery Pre-K Classes program begins in February for an earlier start to the annual process.
 
The earlier start, which has been moved up from the spring, will provide parents more time to seek other preschool options should their 4-year-old not win a spot in the lottery drawing for the program’s limited seats.

CCSD Lead Nurse Named Georgia’s School Nurse Administrator of the Year

A Cherokee County School District nurse has been named the top school nurse leader in the state!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Woodstock City Church for Teasley MS! poty Teasley MS 4 10 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Teasley Middle School 2019 Partner of the Year Woodstock City Church!  The Partner of the Year from every CCSD school is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational 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! #CCSDfam

Board Briefs - Special Edition: School Board Members Meet With Legislative Delegation Georgia Capitol Building

The Cherokee County School Board on Friday, Dec. 14, presented its 2019 Legislative Partnership Priorities to members of the county’s Legislative Delegation, including pleas for continued local control of educational decisions and increased State funding for school safety and security.

The annual breakfast meeting hosted by the School Board included a review by School Board Chair Kyla Cromer of those Priorities, as well as time for the legislators to share what issues they plan to advocate for during the session.

CCSD Lead Nurse Named Georgia’s School Nurse Administrator of the Year

A Cherokee County School District nurse has been named the top school nurse leader in the state!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Jennifer Flannery of Bascomb ES! voty Bascomb ES 4 9 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to 2019 Bascomb Elementary School Volunteer of the Year Jennifer Flannery! #CCSDfam

CCSD Middle Schools Offer Variety of High School Credit Courses

The Cherokee County School District is continuing to expand the menu of high school credit classes offered in its middle schools.

Arnold Mill Opens New Playground playground opening

Arnold Mill Elementary School students are enjoying a new playground at the school this week, thanks to the hard work of its PTA! 

Eight CCSD Schools Named National Beta Schools of Merit

Eight Cherokee County School District schools have been named 2017 National Beta Schools of Merit.

Superintendent of Schools Presents Chief Financial Officer with 2019 Game Changer Award! CCSD 2019 Game Changer - Instructional Leadership 1 4 10 19

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower today honored the Cherokee County School District’s Chief Financial Officer with the third of his four top annual awards for instructional excellence!

Dr. Hightower surprised CFO Kenneth Owen with his Superintendent’s 2019 Game Changer Award for Instructional Leadership during a morning meeting of senior staff, who rose to their feet to honor their colleague.

CCSD Wins Three National Awards for Communications

The Cherokee County School District has earned its first-ever National recognition for communications by bringing home three awards from the National School Public Relations Association!

CCSD Connections Newsletter for April Now Online CCSD Connections April 2019 image

The April edition of the CCSD Connections parent newsletter now is online here and features an important update on the school calendar issue -- and much more!

CCSD School Wins Prestigious Georgia School Bell Award!

The Cherokee County School District continues its Georgia School Bell Award-winning streak with Oak Grove Elementary School Fine Arts Academy earning the prestigious honor for 2017!

Let's Clear the Air on Vaping's Dangers CCSD 2019 Factsheet - Vaping

No matter what you call it - vaping, Juul-ing, e-cigarettes – or how harmless the devices may seem, let’s clear the air: these are dangerous devices not permitted in schools.

CCSD takes vaping as seriously as any other tobacco product or marijuana, and the repercussions to a student’s health and school record are not worth risking. A 2018 national study released reported 1 in 5 high school students have tried vaping.

Website Calendar Upgrade in Progress

The calendar feature of our webpage and school pages is being upgraded.  If you need a print version of the 2017-18 school calendar (which will be added back to the calendar button), you can access it here:

2017-18 CCSD Calendar (Print Version)

CCSD Summer Discovery Enrichment Program Now Accepting Applications! CCSD SUMMER DISCOVERY LOGO w dates

CCSD is expanding its week-long summer enrichment program to all rising first- through fifth-graders!

CCSD Summer Discovery program will be offered at Hickory Flat & Liberty Elementary Schools, and open to all CCSD students. Two sessions -- all taught by CCSD teachers -- will be offered (9 a.m.-Noon; 1-4 p.m.) June 3-7. The cost for the week-long program is $100 for one session or $190 for two sessions. Parents provide transportation and lunch.

Alert: Construction Traffic in River Ridge Zone

Drivers in the River Ridge Zone will want to plan ahead as area road construction will impact traffic congestion when students return to school on August 1.

CCSD to Hold Annual Comprehensive Plan Review Parent Meetings CLIP logo

The Cherokee County School District will hold its annual Comprehensive Improvement Plan Review parent meetings next month.

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

Change to School Meals Pre-Payment System

The Cherokee County School District has changed its school meal pre-payment account system for the 2017-18 school year.

CCSD Middle School Teacher Named 2019 Georgia STEM Scholar! REEDER Kara

A Cherokee County School District teacher has been named a 2019 Georgia STEM Scholar!

E.T. Booth Middle School seventh-grade science teacher Kara Reeder is one of only 23 teachers selected from a pool of statewide nominees to earn the honor from the Georgia Youth Science & Technology Centers.

Learn More About the Coming School Year in First Day Facts!

How many students are expected in CCSD schools this school year?

CCSD Teacher Wins Georgia's High School Top Math Teacher Award! MUISE Loretta

A Cherokee County School District teacher has earned the State’s top honor for math education!

Loretta Muise of Woodstock High School has been named the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ High School Teacher of Excellence for 2019!

CCSD Students Continue to Excel on Georgia Milestones!

Cherokee County School District students again exceeded State averages on the Georgia Milestones End-of-Grade and End-of-Course tests, which measure mastery of Georgia Performance Standards.  CCSD students have exceeded State averages every year since Milestones began three years ago!

CCSD Educator Recognized for Teaching Students Digital Citizenship BOYSEN Lisa

Clark Creek ES STEM Academy Media Specialist Lisa Boysen has been named a Common Sense Media Educator for her dedication to teaching students digital citizenship.

Common Sense, a national nonprofit organization focused on educating students and parents about digital media safety, honors educators and schools for preparing students to avoid online dangers such as plagiarism, loss of privacy and cyberbullying.

Cherokee County School Board Continues School Safety Initiative

The School Board on Thursday, July 20, 2017, unanimously approved the second phase of a safety initiative to install security foyers in schools, with six projects planned for this school year.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Media Specialist of the Year: Amy VanFossen of Woodstock Elementary School! VAN FOSSEN Amy

Our school media specialists are extraordinary, and we’re profiling our Innovation Zones’ Media Specialists of the Year to celebrate them. Please read all about the Woodstock Innovation Zone 2019 Media Specialist of the Year Amy VanFossen of Woodstock Elementary School!

Woodstock Elementary School media specialist Amy VanFossen is a “difference maker,” according to her Principal, and she earns the praise of colleagues, students and parents alike.

CCSD Employees Stay Busy During Summer Break

Summer months are far from slow in the Cherokee County School District, as employees, in addition to running summer school and meal programs, stay busy with facility maintenance, professional development and preparing operations for the new school year.

CCSD Students Succeed at Regions, Six Place at State! CCSD Georgia Student Technology Competition 2019 3 29 19

Cherokee County School District students excelled in this year’s Student Technology Competition, with 53 placing first at Regions and six placing at State!

The statewide program includes 16 categories of competition for students in Grades 3-12.  Two hundred and eighty students put their technology skills to the test at the Piedmont Regional Technology Competition held earlier this school year at Woodstock Middle School. 

School Bus Safety Reminders

More than 400 bright yellow school buses will be back on the roads in Cherokee County August 1 as the 2017-18 school year gets underway this week. Drivers should stay alert and watch for children waiting at roadside bus stops throughout the county during morning and afternoon routes. The start of the school year is also a good time for drivers (and parents of new drivers) to revisit Georgia law about encountering a school bus on the road and when it is legal to pass a stopp…ed bus:

CCSD Teacher Named a LEGO Education Ambassador! REECE Scott

Teasley Middle School Connections/Technology teacher Scott Reece has been named a LEGO Education Ambassador by the company's LEGO Master Educator program.  

The Master Educator Program is a community of early learning through secondary educators who embody the mission of LEGO Education to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow by enabling every student to succeed.  

Back-to-School Message from the Superintendent: Today’s a Picture Day!

Please see the following back-to-school message from Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower:

CCSD Teachers Elected to Lead Statewide Music Education Organizations! MARTIN Scott and Laura

Two Cherokee County School District music educators have been elected to lead the State’s choral music education organizations!

Scott Martin, choral director at Creekview High School, was elected the Choral Chair Elect for the Georgia Music Educators Association. Laura Martin, choral director at E.T. Booth Middle School, was elected the President-Elect for the Georgia American Choral Directors Association.

CCSD Starts 2017-18 School Year With Record 41,213 Students

UPDATE 8/4/17: The Cherokee County School District’s enrollment today reached 41,774 students… which is an increase of 369 students from last school year’s Day Four.  Today’s total remains under the peak-enrollment projection of 42,299, but enrollment has increased by 561 students since the first day of school.

CCSD Teacher Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award Rita Frady

Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy teacher Dr. Rita R. Frady has been honored with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who!

Award criteria include position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in the field of education are considered during the selection process.  Dr. Frady is in her 29th year as a Title I elementary music teacher.  She has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in the field of music education. 

CCSD Posts High School Varsity Football 2017-18 Schedule

Love the Friday Night Lights? It’s almost that time of year in Cherokee County… with high school varsity football kicking off next week. Here’s a schedule to keep and share with your fellow fans. Games begin at 7:30 p.m. and it’s $8 at the gate. #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: June Landers of Arnold Mill ES! ssoty arnold mill es 3 28 19

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here every week. Please join us in thanking and congratulating 2019 Arnold Mill Elementary School Support Staff Employee of the Year June Landers! The Support Staff Employee of the Year from every CCSD school and central office division is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation, and ABM Industry Groups LLC and Credit Union of Georgia. #CCSDfam

CCSD Teacher Named to Georgia Professional Standards Commission Board

A Cherokee County School District teacher has been named to an important State education board!

CCSD Students Earn 21st Century Leaders Georgia Youth Leadership Awards! CCSD 21st century leaders 3 28 19

Two Cherokee County School District high school students are among this year’s 21st Century Leaders Georgia Youth Leadership Award winners!

The youth leadership and talent development program annually selects 21 top youth leaders from throughout the State for the honor, including Cherokee High School junior Michael Garcia and Etowah High School junior Kailen Kim. 

School Board Members Visit Schools for First Week Peek!

School Board members visited schools across the Cherokee County School District this week for a “first week peek”!

Thank You to Sponsors of CHOICE Program Incentives! thank you CHOICE donations 3 27 19

Thank you to these outstanding partners for donating to the CHOICE program that helps students who need extra support in order to graduate on time! Does your company want to donate incentives for this program? Or a financial contribution for a scholarship? Please contact penny.dempsey@cherokeek12.net for more information. #CCSDfam

CCSD Announces Class of 2018 Graduation Ceremony Schedule

Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2018 will walk across the stage for graduation ceremonies, which all will be held at First Baptist Church of Woodstock (11905 Highway 92, Woodstock, 30188), at these times and dates:

Meet a CCSD Partner of the Year: Sojourn Community Church for Woodstock ES! poty woodstock es 3 27 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Woodstock Elementary School 2019 Partner of the Year Sojourn Community Church! #CCSDfam

CCSD Plan for Aug. 21 Solar Eclipse

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that a plan is in place to ensure the 2017 Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21 is a safe and educational opportunity for all of our students

Indian Knoll ES Counselor Named CCSD 2019 Counselor of the Year! CCSD 2019 Counselor of the Year 1 3 27 19

Indian Knoll Elementary School Counselor Colleen DeLosh deeply understands the struggles of the students she serves.

Not only did she, of course, attend school like them, but she also as a young person experienced her parents’ divorce, moving and a sibling’s drug addiction – all issues that make life even more challenging for her own students.

Both of her parents were good listeners, but Ms. DeLosh needed a “neutral” party to confide in, lean on and learn from… and she found that person in a school counselor.

CCSD Teacher Named Top Work-Based Learning Educator in Georgia!

A Cherokee County School District teacher has been named the top Work-Based Learning educator in Georgia!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Carolyn Timcoe of Ball Ground ES STEM Academy! voty bges 3 26 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to 2019 Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy Volunteer of the Year Carolyn Timcoe! The Volunteer of the Year from every CCSD school is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation. Do you volunteer to help a CCSD school? Contact the Principal of your local school (http://cherokeek12.net/schools/) to learn how you can help! #CCSDfam

CCSD Announces Dates for 2017-18 Curriculum Nights

It’s Curriculum Night time!

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

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

Board Briefs: Cherokee County School Board Launches Parent Academy Program

The School Board on Thursday, August 17, 2017, held its first meeting in its new auditorium and announced plans to offer a parent academy program this fall in collaboration with the Georgia School Boards Association.

CCSD Dedicates Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility

Watch a video celebrating the dedication: http://bit.ly/CCSD-FRP

The Cherokee County School District on Thursday evening dedicated the Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility.

CCSD Names 2017-18 Student Advisor, Student Delegates to School Board

The Cherokee County School District has named the 2017-18 Student Advisor and Student Delegates to the School Board.

CSD Schools Celebrate Eclipse with Learning and Fun!

Watch a video with highlights from CCSD’s observance of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse!

Woodstock HS Student Wins Prestigious Legion of Valor Award!

Watch this brief video about the outstanding Cadet and her award!

Report Shows No Schools “Critically Overcrowded”

For the fifth consecutive year, none of CCSD’s schools are considered “critically overcrowded,” reflecting long-standing successful management practices and School Board policies governing student enrollment growth forecasts and school construction project planning.

A report with additional information is available here.

Test of CCSD Emergency Notification System on Sept. 1

The Cherokee County School District tested its School Messenger emergency notification system on Sept. 1, 2017.

CCSD Class of 2017 Earns Record High Scores on ACT

The Cherokee County School District continues to excel at preparing students for college and career success!

CCSD Schools, Offices Re-opening Sept. 13, 2017

UPDATE 1:51 p.m. 9/10/17: Based upon Governor Deal’s declaration of an emergency and multiple weather briefings with Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency relative to impending heavy rains, strong wind and potential flooding and power loss from Hurricane Irma, the Superintendent of Schools is closing Cherokee County School District schools and offices and cancelling all district operations for Monday, Sept. 11, and Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.

AT&T, Comcast Offer Cherokee County Families Lower-Cost Internet Options

As CCSD, and other school districts around the country, expands its use of a digital environment for curriculum content delivery, the need and preference by students to access these resources anytime and from anywhere is steadily increasing.

Five Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists!

Five Cherokee County School District high school seniors today were named 2018 National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists!

CCSD Celebrates School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating its School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists as part of the statewide appreciation week for these professionals.

Board Briefs: School Board Hears Plans for Relieving Cherokee HS Overcrowding

The School Board on Thursday, September 14, 2017, heard plans for a public review of options to relieve overcrowding at Cherokee High School.

CCSD Announces School-Level Teacher of the Year Winners

Congratulations to the Cherokee County School District’s School Teachers of the Year winners!

31 CCSD Schools Named to Georgia’s SHAPE (Student Health and Physical Education) Honor Roll

Thirty one Cherokee County School District schools have been named to the Governor’s SHAPE (Student Health and Physical Education) Honor Roll!

CCSD PTAs, Staff & Parents Win Top Georgia PTA Awards

The Cherokee County School District swept top Georgia PTA Awards for Principals, school nurses and school PTAs!

Clayton ES PE Teacher Wins Awards, Grant for Walking Program

Clayton Elementary School’s PE teacher is a State award and grant winner!

PE teacher Coach Anne Cross recently won a first-place Fire Up Your Feet award and $1,500 grant and a Walk in Circles Award from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and Georgia Safe Routes to School Resource Center.

CCSD ACT Scores Rank Second Among Metro Atlanta Counties

Additional information about district ACT scores released by the state last week shows that all six CCSD high schools are ranked in the top 15 percent of high schools in Georgia, and CCSD’s average score places it second among Metro Atlanta county districts.

Message from the Superintendent: Protest Organized by Sen. Williams

UPDATE: The following message was sent today, Sept. 27, 2017, to River Ridge High School and Mill Creek Middle School parents:

CCSD Outscores State, Nation on Redesigned SAT

UPDATE 10/17/17: Detailed reports from The College Board show CCSD’s 2017 SAT scores to be among the highest in Georgia– and first among county school districts in Metro Atlanta! All of CCSD’s high schools earned average scores in the top 15% of high schools in the state, with a total score difference of less than 6% among CCSD schools.

CCSD Graduation Rate Rises to New Heights

The Cherokee County School District’s four-year graduation rate is rising to new heights!

The School District’s four-year graduation rate climbed to a record high of 86.5% for 2017, up from 84.7% for 2016, according to a new report from the Georgia Department of Education. The rate also continues to exceed the statewide average, topping the State’s 2017 rate of 80.6%.

CCSD Launches New Initiative to Emphasize K-5 Literacy

Learning to read is the very foundation of a child’s education. Without a solid grasp of reading and writing, students can struggle in other subjects and become discouraged, losing their enthusiasm for learning.

Woodstock MS Math Teacher Named CCSD 2018 Teacher of the Year!

Watch a video from the surprise presentation here.

UPDATE 4/17/18:

Cherokee County School District Teacher of the Year Stephanie Vidrine of Woodstock Middle School is a finalist for Georgia Teacher of the Year!  Please join us in cheering her on!

CCSD Senior Earns Perfect ACT Score!

A Cherokee County School District senior has achieved a perfect score on the ACT!

CCSD Teacher Wins State Career Education Grant

A Cherokee County School District teacher has won a State career education grant valued at $2,000!

CCSD Launches Inaugural Parent Academy Program

The Cherokee County School District this week launched its inaugural parent academy program.

CCSD Lead Nurse Named a Statewide Award Finalist!

A Cherokee County School District nurse is a statewide award finalist!

CCSD Announces Annual Child Find Efforts

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 3 years through 21 years of age.

CCSD High Schools, Theatre Group Raise Curtain on Fall Shows

Cherokee County School District high schools and its Academy Street Theatre Group program are ready to raise the curtain on fall shows!

CCSD Schedules 2nd Round of Attendance Area Focus Group Meetings

A second round of Attendance Area Focus Group meetings to review possible solutions to Cherokee High School overcrowding has been scheduled to provide information responsive to audience questions.

CCSD School Named Finalist for Top Statewide STEM Education Award!

A Cherokee County School District school has been named a finalist for a top statewide STEM education award!

CCSD Celebrates Third Annual Bus Driver Appreciation Week Breakfast!

Watch a video from the celebration here!

The Cherokee County School District Transportation Department on Tuesday celebrated its third annual Bus Driver Appreciation Week breakfast.

Board Briefs: School Board Hears Update on Cherokee HS Overcrowding

The School Board on Thursday, October 19, 2017, heard an update on meetings gathering community feedback on potential overcrowding mitigation plans for Cherokee High School.

While the campus doesn’t meet CCSD’s definition of “critically overcrowded” due to solutions already implemented, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said he’s committed to asking for the School Board’s approval in December of a plan for alleviating overcrowding beginning next school year.

 

Avery ES Wins First Annual ‘Golden Shovel’ Award for School Garden

Avery ES was selected as the first winner of the Cherokee Farm to School committee’s “Golden Shovel” award for its “Project Learning Garden,” implemented by second-grade teacher Lori Hohl.

CCSD Careers Teacher Selected for Elite State Leadership Program!

A Cherokee County School District Career Pathways teacher is among an elite group of educators selected for a State leadership program!

24 CCSD Students Honored as National Merit Commended Students!

Twenty-four Cherokee County School District high school seniors have been named National Merit Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation!

Message from the Superintendent: Etowah HS Arrests

Dear Parents,

On behalf of the Superintendent, this message is in response to today’s arrest of two of our students that is understandably generating significant media attention.

Cherokee High School Senior Earns Perfect ACT Score!

A Cherokee County School District senior has achieved a perfect score on the ACT!

Message from Superintendent: Three Etowah HS Students Charged for Disrupting School

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised the CCSD School Police Department today charged three Etowah High School students after their social media posts about an attack on the school caused a panic.

Superintendent of Schools Wins State Award for School & Community Relations

Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower has been honored with a top state award for school and community relations!

8 CCSD Students Named Wendy’s High School Heisman Winners, One a State Finalist!

Eight outstanding Cherokee County School District high school seniors have been named Wendy’s High School Heisman Winners, and one is a State award finalist!

 

The Cherokee County School District has earned the highest honor in the State for providing fresh, healthy meals to students!

The Cherokee County School District has earned the highest honor in the State for providing fresh, healthy meals to students!

CCSD Improves Performance, Exceeds State CCRPI Average!

The Cherokee County School District for the sixth consecutive year has improved results and exceeded the State’s average College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) score, which annually rates student academic achievement and progress!

Woodstock HS Earns Prestigious State STEM Certification!

Woodstock High School is the first high school in the Cherokee County School District to earn prestigious State STEM Certification… and only the 12th high school in all of Georgia!

CCSD Hosting Dual Enrollment Information Night for All High School Parents

What is Dual Enrollment? Who can participate? What are the benefits? What are the challenges? If you have questions like these, please join us for a free CCSD Dual Enrollment Information Night open to all CCSD high school parents at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, at Etowah HS or Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Sequoyah HS. Dr. Rouel Belleza, CCSD Supervisor for Student Services, will present an overview of the program, which allows high school students to take college courses and earn both high school and college credit. For more information, email rouel.belleza@cherokeek12.net

Ball Ground ES STEM Academy Principal Earns Doctorate Degree

Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy’s Principal has achieved an educational milestone of his own!

CCSD Honored with 16 State Awards for Public Relations!

The Cherokee County School District won a record 16 awards from the Georgia School Public Relations Association (GSPRA) including three “Best in State” top honors!

Creekview HS JROTC Raiders Win State Championship!

The Creekview High School Army JROTC Program earned first place at the Georgia State Raider Championships!

Etowah HS Drama Students Win Region, State Honors!

Etowah High School drama students earned top honors at Region and State competition!

Seniors Jenna Klein and Adam Parbhoo were named Best Actress and Best Actor at the regional 7AAAAAAA One Act Play event, and went on to be named to the State’s All Star Cast.

CCSD Teacher Named Georgia Conservation Teacher of the Year!

A Cherokee County School District teacher has been named the Georgia Conservation Teacher of the Year!

School Board to Hold Public Input Session on Attendance Areas on Nov. 16

The Cherokee County School Board will hold a Public Input Session on 2018-19 Attendance Areas at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 in its auditorium at 1205 Bluffs Parkway, Canton 30114.  The purpose is to hear from the community about possible solutions to Cherokee High School overcrowding.

CCSD Schools Celebrate Veterans Day with Special Events

Cherokee County School District schools honored our community’s veterans with special Veterans Day programs.  Students heard guest speakers and performed patriotic songs at Veterans Day assemblies, completed classroom activities to learn about veterans’ service and shared special breakfasts with their loved ones who have served our country.

Inaugural Class for CCSD Parent Academy Program Graduates!

The inaugural class for Cherokee County School District’s new parent academy program has graduated!

School Board Hears from Parents on Cherokee HS Overcrowding

The School Board on Thursday, November 16, 2017, heard from five parents during a public hearing on potential solutions to overcrowding at Cherokee High School.

The hearing, which was attended by a small crowd of parents and teachers, followed two rounds of community meetings to gather input in response to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower’s decision to trigger an Attendance Area Review process.

Four CCSD Schools Honored for Outstanding Academic Performance!

Four Cherokee County School District schools have been honored by Gov. Nathan Deal for outstanding academic performance!

Cherokee County School Board Shares Priorities with Legislative Delegation

The Cherokee County School Board on Friday, Nov. 17, continued its tradition of sharing its legislative partnership priorities with the local Legislative Delegation over breakfast.

Dealership Donates Truck to Raise $200K for CCSD High School Football & Band Programs

Raffle ticket sales are underway to raise $200,000 for CCSD’s high school football and band programs… and one lucky ticket-holder will win a 2017 Dodge Ram 1500 Truck valued at $48,700 donated by Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Canton!

CCSD Schools Earn High Marks for School Climate

The Cherokee County School District earned high marks from students, parents and employees for school climate, according to new data from the Georgia Department of Education.

CCSD Using New Online Payment System Starting on Dec. 18

The Cherokee County School District on Dec. 18, 2017 will switch from RevTrak to Online School Payments for online payment of school-related purchases.

CCSD 2017 Varsity Brands Senior Bowl Set for Dec. 7

UPDATE 12/14/17: Here’s a highlight video from the game and half-time celebrations!

Knox ES Earns National Certification for Digital Citizenship

Knox Elementary School has been named a Common Sense Certified School for Digital Citizenship this week by Common Sense, a national nonprofit organization dedicated “to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology.”

CCSD Monitoring Inclement Weather Forecast

Are you watching the weather?

So are we, in coordination with our valued community safety partners.

Please check out this brief video to learn more about how CCSD monitors inclement weather and decides whether to close school.  More info is on the same page posted below the video.

CCSD Schools Closed Monday 12/11/17

UPDATE 2:14 p.m. 12/10/17: All CCSD schools are closed Monday, December 11, 2017 for students and staff due to continued poor travel conditions on secondary roads and neighborhoods throughout the county as well as compromised access to multiple school campuses. #SafeCherokee

School Board Members Visit Police Department’s New Headquarters

School Board Members on Wednesday, Dec. 13, visited the Cherokee County School District School Police Department’s new headquarters.

Board Briefs: School Board Approves Plan to Relieve Cherokee HS Overcrowding

The School Board on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, approved a plan to relieve Cherokee High School overcrowding by using the neighboring Canton Elementary campus.

Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy Celebrates Food Pantry Partnership with MUST Cherokee

Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy in Canton on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 welcomed community leaders to cut the ribbon on its new food pantry to be stocked with support from MUST Ministries.

Holly Springs ES STEM Academy Named Microsoft Showcase School!

Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy is again being celebrated as a global leader in leveraging technology to improve teaching and learning!

CCSD Celebrates Newly Formed Student Services Department

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating a newly formed department organized to improve support to the whole child.

CCSD Earns Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Award

The Cherokee County School District has earned a National honor for its support of employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve.

Seven CCSD Teams Advance to First LEGO League Super Regionals

Seven CCSD teams will be heading to the First LEGO League Super Regionals next month at Kell High School after competing at a regional event last weekend. More than 32 schools across six neighboring school districts attended a regional First LEGO League competition on the Mill Creek MS campus on Saturday, Dec. 16, competing in three different groups.  Four CCSD teams won titles in various categories, led by a championship title win for Mill Creek MS LegoCats/Garnet team.  The other category wins included:

Woodstock HS JROTC Cadet Wins Major Scholarship!

A Woodstock High School Junior ROTC student has earned a major university scholarship!

CCSD Winners Headed to Georgia PTA Reflections Contest!

Cherokee County School District winners now are headed to the 2017-18 Georgia PTA Reflections competition.

CCSD Students Advance to Regional Social Studies Fair!

The Cherokee County School District’s Social Studies Fair saw impressive participation, with 22 first-place winners advancing to the 2018 Northwest Regional Social Studies Fair in March!

Instructional Lead Strategists Give Support and Feedback in the Classroom

Cherokee County School District launched multiple new initiatives this year to increase student achievement, and district leaders knew that teachers would need additional support as they integrated these new programs into their daily classroom activities.  To help teachers meet the challenge, CCSD created a new position called an Instructional Lead Strategist (ILS) at each elementary school, as well as targeted middle and high schools.

CCSD School Nutrition Seeking Partners for Summer Feeding Program

The CCSD School Nutrition Program is seeking potential new partners for its annual Summer Feeding Program!

Evening Activities for Tuesday, January 16 Are Cancelled

On behalf of the Superintendent, in anticipation of predicted inclement weather, all CCSD evening and extracurricular activities are cancelled for Tuesday, January 16. Elementary ASP will remain open; however, parents are encouraged to pickup their student(s) prior to 5:00 PM.

Schools Closed Wednesday, January 17

Based upon the National Weather Service’s forecast for additional snow accumulation resulting in icy roads, prolonged sub-zero temperatures and dangerously cold wind chills tonight and tomorrow morning, Cherokee County School District is closed Wednesday, January 17.

CCSD Schools Closed Thursday, January 18; School Board Meeting at 5:30 pm

Due to the NWS Special Weather Statement warning of extremely hazardous driving conditions and the extension of the wind chill advisory, the Cherokee County School District is closed on Thursday, January 18, for both students and staff.

CCSD Monitoring Road Conditions; Decision About 1/19/18 Operations Pending

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that a decision on whether to close Cherokee County School District schools and offices for Friday, January 19, 2018 is pending and may not be made until 5 a.m.

CCSD Schools Closed Friday, Jan. 19; 12-Month Employees Report

After communications with emergency management, roads/bridges and law enforcement officials and due to continued icy/hazardous conditions on secondary roads and at multiple school campuses in various areas of the County, Cherokee County School District is closed Friday, January 19, 2018.

Most CCSD 1/19/18 Evening, Weekend Activities to Take Place As Planned

On behalf of the Superintendent, due to improved road conditions, most extra-curricular events scheduled for this evening and this weekend will take place as planned including: 

Board Briefs: School Board Hears First Report on 2018-19 Budget

The School Board on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, heard its first report on anticipated revenue for the 2018-19 budget, including expectations that the State will continue withholding $4 Million as an “austerity budget cut” as recommended by Gov. Deal and further increase costs to school districts for providing employees with mandated health and retirement benefits.

CCSD Make-Up Days to be Held During February Break

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that he has called for school to be held on three days during the February Break — Feb. 21, 22 and 23 — as inclement weather make-up days for all CCSD students

CCSD Parents of Special Needs Students Asked to Complete Survey

The Cherokee County School District is asking parents of special needs students to complete the Georgia Department of Education’s survey.

CCSD Cadets Win Air Force Flight Academy Scholarships

Three Cherokee County School District Air Force Junior ROTC cadets are among the first group of students in the nation selected for the newly launched AFJROTC Flight Academy scholarship, which will enable them to earn their private pilot’s license this summer at one of six partnering universities.

CCSD Job Fair Set for Saturday, March 3

CCSD will hold its annual job fair for teacher candidates, as well as future bus drivers and school nutrition workers, on Saturday, March 3, from 9 am to 12 noon at River Ridge High School in Woodstock. 

Woodstock MS Student Takes Top Speller Honors

Woodstock Middle School seventh-grader Lydia Lord correctly spelled “endocrinologist” and then “incorrigible” to win the 2018 Cherokee County School District Spelling Bee Thursday night at Cherokee High School.

Two Cherokee County School District teachers have been selected for the Microsoft Education Global Minecraft Mentor Program!

Two Cherokee County School District teachers have been selected for the Microsoft Education Global Minecraft Mentor Program!

E.T. Booth MS Earns National Certification for Digital Citizenship!

E.T. Booth Middle School has earned national recognition for its efforts to teach students digital citizenship!

Woodstock ES Places at State First Lego League Competition!

Woodstock Elementary School’s robotics team members placed at State competition!

The team placed first in Core Values for Team Work at the First Lego League State Competition held on Saturday at Georgia Tech. The team will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the Feb. 15 School Board meeting.

Fifteen CCSD Students Headed to State Science Fair!

Fifteen Cherokee County School District students are headed to the 70th Annual Georgia Science & Engineering Fair!

2018-19 School Reassignment Requests Accepted February 1-March 1

Parents who wish to utilize general reassignment as a school choice option within the Cherokee County School District next school year can make those requests during the next month.

CCSD Congratulates Reading Bowl Winners!

The Cherokee County School District congratulates its annual Reading Bowl winners and two high school teams advancing to Divisional competition!

Sequoyah HS Student Elected to State Board!

A Sequoyah High School student has been elected to serve on the 2018-19 Georgia DECA State Executive Officer Team!

CCSD Offers School Choice Options

Did you know that the Cherokee County School District offers a variety of school choice options?

CCSD Earns High Marks from State for Financial Efficiency!

The Cherokee County School District has earned high marks from the State for its financial efficiency!

CCSD Celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day

More than 700 female athletes from Cherokee County’s six high schools participated in the county’s annual celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD), held Monday, February 5, at Cherokee High School. NGWSD recognizes the contributions female athletes have made in their sports, acknowledges the challenges they have overcome, and celebrates the positive influence of sports participation for girls and women everywhere, as well as the impact of Title IX legislation that guarantees equal access to athletics for females.

CCSD Student Athletes Commit to Colleges on National Signing Day

More than six dozen Cherokee County School District student-athletes were recognized in a ceremony Wednesday at the Northside Hospital Cherokee Conference Center in Canton for signing scholarship commitment letters to compete at the college level.

Counselors Share Insights into Their Work for National School Counseling Week

In honor of National School Counseling Week (Feb. 5-9), we asked some of our amazing school counselors about the challenges and rewards of their job.  Here is what they shared:

CCSD Launching New Online System for Kindergarten Registration Beginning March 12!

This is a news story about our upcoming Kindergarten Registration Gateway launch on March 12.  Click here for the Kindergarten Gateway Registration page where the link will go live and where you can find more information and a video welcome from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower!

CCSD Leader Elected as President of Statewide Special Education Organization!

A Cherokee County School District leader is speaking up for Special Education students and educators at the state level!

Five CCSD Seniors Advance as National Merit Scholarship Finalists!

Five Cherokee County School District high school seniors have been named 2018 National Merit Scholarship Finalists!

Congratulations to CCSD’s STAR Students and Teachers!

Congratulations to this year’s Cherokee County School District STAR Students and Teachers!

School Board Hires New Creekview HS Head Football Coach!

The Cherokee County School Board has hired Adam Carter to serve as Creekview High School’s head football coach!

Board Briefs: School Board Begins Annual Leadership Hiring Process

The School Board on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, began its annual leadership hiring process with the approval of the Superintendent of Schools’ recommendations to fill two central administration vacancies.

Message from the Superintendent: School Safety

Please see the Feb. 16, 2018 message below from Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower:

CTAE: Students Can Start Certification & Careers in High School

February is National CTAE Awareness Month!

Note:  We are producing a video series this spring spotlighting a different Career Pathway at each of our six high schools.  In honor of National CTAE Awareness Month, watch our first video here, focusing on the Architectural and Engineering Design program at Etowah High School.  New videos will be released over the next few months.

Message from CCSD: Social Media Posts About SHS

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that we are aware of social media posts by “Ray Andres” threatening “SHS.”  CCSD School Police investigated these posts on Feb. 21, 2018 and learned they refer to a high school in Ohio.  These posts are being circulated nationwide and causing similar alarm in other communities.  We take threats to the safety and security of our schools very seriously.  We appreciate the parents who contacted police immediately and directly to report these posts.

CCSD Piloting Bus Tracking System for Parents at Three Schools

The Cherokee County School District is expanding its pilot of a new system that allows parents to track their child’s school bus on a smart phone or computer!

The Transportation Department began testing the Versatrans My Stop system earlier this school year with selected individual parents, and that pilot now is ready to expand on March 5 to three schools: Arnold Mill Elementary School, Johnston Elementary School and Mill Creek Middle School. The School District’s goal is to expand access to the system to all CCSD parents at the start of next school year.

Two CCSD High School Groups Featured at National Choral Event This Week!

Two Cherokee County School District high school choral groups are featured at a national choral event this week!

Clark Creek ES STEM Academy Named a Georgia Reward School!

Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy has been named a Georgia High-Progress Reward School!

Message from the Superintendent: Student Political Activity

The following message was sent on behalf of the Superintendent of Schools to CCSD parents on Feb. 28, 2018:

CCSD to Begin Sending Parents Weekly Absence and Grades Reports

The Cherokee County School District on Saturday, March 3, 2018 will begin emailing parents a weekly school attendance and grades report.

CCSD Recognizes Superintendent’s Key Scholars for 2018

The Cherokee County School District recognized 331 extraordinary high school juniors as Superintendent’s Key Scholars!

STEM Certified: State Superintendent Presents Woodstock HS Official STEM Banner

State School Superintendent Richard Woods visited Woodstock High School this week to present the school’s official State STEM Certification banner, recognizing it as the 12th high school in all of Georgia to earn the prestigious honor. 

Woodstock ES Earns National Certification for Digital Citizenship!

Woodstock Elementary School has earned national recognition for its efforts to teach students digital citizenship!

CCSD Celebrates National School Breakfast Week!

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating National School Breakfast Week (March 5-9) with special menus and activities to encourage more children to enjoy a healthy breakfast!

 

Freedom MS Student Places at Regional Spelling Bee, Heads to State!

A Cherokee County School District student placed at the regional spelling bee and now is headed to the State competition!

Job Fair Draws More Than 600 Candidates

CCSD’s annual Job Fair on Saturday drew more than 600 people interested in positions as teachers, bus drivers or school nutrition workers.

CCSD Launches ‘Get Cherokee Reading’ Initiative

(Note:  a brief video about the bookmobile can be seen here.)

Cherokee County School District launched its month-long reading campaign, “Get Cherokee Reading,” on Monday morning by delivering books to Title I schools in the county.  Retired CCSD Media Specialist Rebecca Amerson drove her custom-painted “bookmobile” camper to Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy, Canton ES STEM Academy and Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy, loaded down with books provided by the CCSD Curriculum & Instruction Division.

CCSD Friends Share Favorite Stories for “Get Cherokee Reading”

As part of our “Get Cherokee Reading” campaign this month, we invited a few friends to read a favorite children’s book for videos to be played in our elementary school classrooms.

Indian Knoll ES Media Specialist Wins CCSD Honor for 2018

UPDATE 4/10/18…  Ms. Lewis has been named the North Central Georgia Regional Library Media Specialist of the Year for 2018!  She now is in the running for the Georgia Library Media Specialist of the Year Award.  The state winner will be announced at the GLMA Summer Institute, June 11-12 in Peachtree City.  All regional winners will also be honored at the conference opening ceremony.

School Social Workers Have A Heart for the Job

March is National Social Work Month, and the first week of March is dedicated specifically to School Social Workers.  CCSD has three full-time social workers who assist the families of our 42,000 students in overcoming challenges that might affect their education.  Our social workers strive daily to connect families with community resources and provide interventions to address situations like homelessness, hunger, truancy, drug abuse, neglect and other challenges.   Last year, our three social workers made 793 home visits; handled more than 700 cases; made 1,500 parent contacts and provided assistance to 146 homeless students.   Perry Marshall, David McFerrin and Tara Quinn-Schuldt share a few insights about their work:

CCSD Celebrates School Board Appreciation Week! CCSD Board Photo 2018-19

It’s School Board Appreciation Week, and we're shining the spotlight on each of our representatives to thank them for their service! #CCSDfam

Cherokee HS Principal Wins State Forensics Principal of the Year Award!

Cherokee County School District Principal has won the top honor awarded to school administrators by the statewide association for speech and debate coaches!

The Georgia Forensics Coaches Association selected Cherokee High School Principal Todd Miller as winner of its 2018 Principal of the Year Award.

CCSD Offers Agency Fair March 20 for Families of Students with Disabilities

CCSD’s Special Education Department will host an Agency Fair March 20 for families seeking resources for students with disabilities (SWD).  See the flyer here. The Agency Fair will be from 2:30 pm to 5 pm at the Cherokee County South Annex, located at 7545 Main Street, Building 200, Woodstock.  More than three dozen companies and agencies are typically present, offering resources from preschool to post secondary options.

Board Briefs: School Board Approves New Principals, Turf Installation

The School Board on Thursday, March 15, 2018, approved the appointment of new Principals for next school year and the voter-supported installation of artificial turf at all high schools.

Severe Weather Alert: Activities That Begin After 6 pm Are Cancelled for Monday Evening

On behalf of the Superintendent, be advised that due to the National Weather Service’s inclusion of Cherokee County into the Enhanced Risk Zone for severe weather Monday evening, CCSD will cancel all after-school activities, practices and programs that begin after 6:00 p.m. today (3/19/18).

WHS Principal Honored by Georgia Library Media Association

Woodstock High School Principal Mark Smith’s strong support for his media center and its programs is readily evident, whether he is cheering on the Reading Bowl team, tweeting about media center activities, or even spending 10 hours on the floor with a wrench, assembling new library tables in time for the first day of school. His dedication to his school’s media center recently earned Mr. Smith the Georgia Library Media Association’s Distinguished Administrator of the Year award. He was surprised with the award by students, administrators, media specialists and his family in, where else, the Woodstock HS media center on March 9.

CCSD Publishes Annual Report of District Progress

The Cherokee County School District has published its Annual Report of District Progress, which offers the community a snapshot of successes over the past year.

CCSD Announces High School 2018 Summer School Options

The Cherokee County School District is offering summer school opportunities for students to gain recovery credit for high school classes not passed during the regular school year. Additionally, Personal Fitness and Health courses will be offered for initial high school credit. The District is also offering an opportunity for specifically identified rising ninth-grade students to participate in a Summer Bridge program to preview core ninth-grade content, with an emphasis on high school transition skills and processes. Details and complete registration information can be found here.

Sports Physicals Offered at CCSD High Schools This Spring

Each of CCSD’s six high schools will offer sports physicals on site this spring at a cost of $20.  Payment is cash only.  Students can attend at ANY location, they do not have to go to the event at their school. 

CCSD Georgia Lottery PreK Classes Enrollment Begins April 30!

Open enrollment for the Cherokee County School District’s Georgia Lottery Pre-K Classes program begins April 30!

Spanish language version available here.

Heroes Wanted: CCSD Seeking Teachers, Bus Drivers, School Nutrition Workers

Heroes Wanted*: Seeking more awesome people who care about kids and public education to join the Cherokee County School District as teachers, support staff, bus drivers and school nutrition workers for the upcoming school year. Must love: competitive compensation packages (State Heath Benefit Plan! Teachers Retirement System! And much more!); being part of a growing organization (eighth-largest school system in Georgia); serving an incredible purpose (Educating the Emerging Generation); and working alongside the wonderful colleagues, students, partners and volunteers who make up the #CCSDfam.

*Capes provided.

CCSD Hosts Reception for New Leaders, School Board

The Cherokee County School District recently hosted a New Leaders Reception for the School Board to meet the educators recommended by the Superintendent of Schools for leadership roles including Principal posts.

Senior Classic Basketball Games Marked by Fun & Friendship

A brief video about the event can be viewed on the CCSD YouTube Channel here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS_Ym4ps2Vo

Basketball season officially came to a close for CCSD’s high school seniors Thursday night, as they played their final high school games together at Cherokee High School in the Varsity Brands Senior Classic.  Senior players made the most of the evening, cutting up and having fun, taking a few playful shots at each other as well as the rim.

Creekview HS Reading Bowl Team Wins State Championship!

Creekview High School’s Reading Bowl team has won the State Championships!

The team took home the big trophy from the statewide Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl competition on March 24 held at the University of Georgia. This follows a second-place win at States last school year.

Four CCSD Teams Headed to Georgia Elementary Science Olympiad!

More than 500 Cherokee County School District students competed in the Cherokee County Elementary Science Olympiad, with four teams now headed to State!

Sequoyah HS Wins State Literary Championship!

The Sequoyah High School Literary Team is the 2018 Georgia 6A Literary State Champion!

Schools Add Breakfast Carts with Grant Funds

Dean Rusk is one of the CCSD schools which implemented the “grab n go” breakfast program this year, where students can pick up a quick and portable breakfast on their way in from the bus. The program got a boost this week with the addition of a specialized cart to make it easier to load and transport food and beverages, as well as easily display them for quick access to students, made possible by grant funds.

CCSD Celebrates Partners of the Year, Volunteers of the Year at Fifth Annual Recognition Ceremony

The Cherokee County School District honored its top school community partners and volunteers at the Fifth Annual CCSD Partner of the Year and Volunteer of the Year Recognition Ceremony.

CCSD Online Resources to be Offline 3/30-3/31/18

The Cherokee County School District’s Office of Technology & Information Services will perform scheduled maintenance on CCSD’s fileservers from 11 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2018 through 2 a.m. Saturday, March 31, 2018.

Atlanta Braves Hosts CCSD Fundraiser Night April 18!

Exciting news… as part of the Cherokee County School District’s newly established Partnership Agreement with the Atlanta Braves, the club is hosting a Cherokee County Schools Night on Wednesday, April 18, at SunTrust Park during its Teacher Appreciation Week. 

Sequoyah HS Students Win at State Technology Skills Competition!

Two Sequoyah High School Automotive Technology SkillsUSA Team members placed at State competition, with one named State Champion!

Woodstock Middle School’s Rod Metcalf Named 2018 CCSD Counselor of the Year

Woodstock MS Counselor Rod Metcalf is described by his principal as “the heart and soul” of WMS, where he has supported and guided students since the school opened its doors in 1996. Mr. Metcalf’s dedication to the nurturing and motivating of thousands of students over 22 years led him to be selected as the Cherokee County School District’s Counselor of the Year for 2018.

CCSD Opens New Student Gateway Online Registration April 16!

The Cherokee County School District’s online system for registering new students opens to parents on April 16.

Spring Signing Day Event Honors Student Athletes

More than three dozen Cherokee County School District student-athletes were recognized in a ceremony Wednesday at the Northside Hospital Cherokee Conference Center in Canton for signing scholarship commitment letters to compete at the college level.  They join the first round of more than 70 signees who were honored in February on National Signing Day.

CCSD High Schools Earns State Recognition for AP Programs!

Cherokee County School District’s high schools all have earned State recognition for outstanding Advanced Placement (AP) programs!

CCSD Teacher of the Year is a Top 10 Finalist for Georgia Teacher of the Year!

Cherokee County School District Teacher of the Year Stephanie Vidrine of Woodstock Middle School is a Top 10 finalist for Georgia Teacher of the Year!  Please join us in cheering her on!

Woodstock HS Welcomes New Girls Basketball Coach!

The Woodstock High School Girls’ Basketball program is welcoming a new head coach who brings State tournament experience with her.

Board Briefs: School Board Appoints New School Leaders, Mill Creek MS Classroom Addition

The School Board on Thursday, April 19, 2018, approved the appointment of new School District and school leaders for next school year and a voter-supported classroom addition at Mill Creek Middle School.

CCSD Hosts New Leaders Reception for School Board

The Cherokee County School District hosted a New Leaders Reception on Thursday, April 19, 2018 for the School Board to meet the educators recommended by the Superintendent of Schools for School District and school leadership roles including Assistant Principals.

Woodstock HS Engineering & Technology Students Win Statewide Awards & Office!

Woodstock High School engineering and technology Career Pathway students recently won statewide honors and office and are advancing to Nationals!

CCSD Educator Selected as a National STEM Scholar!

A Cherokee County School District educator has been selected as an elite National STEM Scholar!

Hickory Flat ES Wins CCSD Elementary School Academic Bowl!

Hickory Flat Elementary School is the winner of CCSD’s Elementary School Academic Bowl and will be recognized by the School Board next week!

CCSD Students Place at State Science & Engineering Fair!

Thirteen Cherokee County School District students earned first-place awards at the Northwest Georgia Regional Science and Engineering Fair and advanced to State, where two won blue ribbons!

CCSD Credit Rating Further Improves, Benefiting Taxpayers

The Cherokee County School District’s credit rating has improved for the second consecutive year, an accomplishment benefitting taxpayers!

CCSD Student Athletes to be Honored by Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame

The Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame will honor a dozen top Cherokee County School District student athletes as part of its annual banquet.

Twelve CCSD Students Place at Georgia PTA Reflections, One Advancing to Nationals!

Twelve Cherokee County School District students placed in the 2017-18 Georgia PTA Reflections fine arts contest, with four winning first place and one advancing to Nationals!

Nine CCSD Graduating Seniors Earn Georgia Scholar Recognition!

Nine Cherokee County School District graduating seniors have been recognized as 2018 Georgia Scholars – a top honor awarded by the State!

Superintendent of Schools Presents First of 2018 Game Changer Awards!

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower today presented the first of his annual awards for instructional excellence! The surprise presentation of a “Superintendent’s 2018 Game Changer Award” was made to Avery Elementary School Principal Dr. Lisa Turner before a room full of her fellow Principals and District leaders.

CCSD Salutes Retiring Principals with Special Event

The Cherokee County School District thanked five retiring Principals with a special salute and luncheon on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower paid tribute to each retiring Principal – Donna Adams of CCSD Preschool Centers, Jan Adamson of R.M. Moore ES, Elliott Berman of Sequoyah HS, Dr. Ann Gazell of Indian Knoll ES and Darrell Herring of River Ridge HS — as part of the event before presenting a plaque of recognition and appreciation and turning the microphone over to them for remarks.

 

CCSD to Hold Annual Comprehensive Plan Review Parent Meetings

The Cherokee County School District will hold its annual Comprehensive Improvement Plan Review parent meetings later this month.

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

Cherokee HS Student Earns Congressional Bronze Medal

Cherokee HS freshman Rebekah Seng was presented the Congressional Award, Bronze Medal on May 1 at the school by Georgia Congressman Barry Loudermilk of the 11th District.  Rebekah, who is a member of the JROTC program at Cherokee HS, received the award in a small ceremony in the JROTC classroom with her parents and special guests. Only 18 students in Georgia qualified for the Bronze Medal this year.