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7/13/20 CCSD Message: Reopening Plan FAQs Update CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that we have made updates to the CCSD Reopening of School FAQs which is posted online at https://bit.ly/CCSDfaqs20.

7/9/20 CCSD Message: Reopening Approved  reopen slider

Dear #CCSDfam,
 
I begin this message by expressing gratitude: thank you to the School Board for its unanimous approval tonight of our CCSD Reopening of School Plan, thank you to the citizens who attended to share their opinions and thank you to those who, instead of attending, emailed or called to share their thoughts.  You can read a recap of tonight’s meeting online at https://bit.ly/CCSDbbb7920

7/4/2020 CCSD Message: Graduation Update tassel slider 2020

Dear #CCSDfam,

It’s been awhile since we could say we’re bringing you good news, but I hope many of you will see this message as such.
 
Working with our graduation host, First Baptist Church of Woodstock, we are excited to announce a plan that will allow us to accommodate up to two guests per Class of 2020 graduating senior for our in-person ceremonies, as scheduled (https://bit.ly/CCSD2020), later this month.  Graduating seniors will receive an email in their CCSD account from their Principal later this month with instructions on ticketing for guests and arrival.

Food Distribution Update: More Meals Available at All Sites, Fresh Produce Boxes at CHS 7 days of meals

CCSD's Summer Feeding Program will add weekend meals to the food distributions for the final two dates (July 13 and July 20), increasing the meals per child from 5 days of breakfast and lunch to 7 days.  Cherokee HS site will also have 200 boxes of fresh produce to give away the next two pickup days, one box per family.  The produce boxes are made possible through USDA's Farmers to Families program.  Meal distribution sites, times and guidelines are on the website here.

Board Business Briefs: Reopening of Schools Plan Approved CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

The Cherokee County School Board at its called meeting tonight unanimously approved the Superintendent’s recommended CCSD Reopening of School Plan, which calls for both the return to schools for traditional learning and the launch of an improved digital learning choice.

 

Registration Gateway Online for New Student Registration

CCSD's online registration system for new student enrollment is back online after maintenance earlier this week. If you click the link and still see the maintenance screen, please clear the cache on your computer and refresh your browser, the window should open. 

https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/divisions-school-operations-school-enrollment

7/8/20 CCSD Message: School Reopening CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that Cherokee County School Board Chair Kyla Cromer has called for a School Board meeting to be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 9, 2020 to consider approval of the Superintendent’s recommended CCSD Reopening of School Plan. 

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Rachel Maddox of Johnston ES! toty johnston es 6 27 20

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week ... please help us celebrate 2020 Johnston Elementary School Teacher of the Year Rachel Maddox!

Reminder: CCSD Return to School Questionnaire due June 29

Dear CCSD Parents/Guardians: 

This is just a reminder that, if you have not already, please complete the CCSD return-to-school questionnaire by 5 p.m. Monday, June 29.  The message we emailed to you on Monday, including a link to the questionnaire, is posted at https://bit.ly/CCSD62220.  You need your child’s student ID and a unique code to complete it; these were sent to you on Monday in a separate email from “no.reply@cherokee.k12.ga.us”

CCSD Publishes Annual Financial Facts Report fimancial facts cover art

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.

CCSD Teacher Wins National Award Recognizing Inspiring Educators Keith Furstenberg

A Cherokee County School District teacher has won a national award recognizing inspiring educators!

Free Home Elementary School teacher Keith Furstenberg is the Georgia winner of the national Sanford Teacher Award, which includes a $10,000 prize.  He now advances to be considered for the National title and a $50,000 prize.  The awards program is sponsored by Sanford Programs, which was established through a gift from philanthropist and businessman Mr. T. Denny Sanford.

CCSD Message to High School Students CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

Dear #CCSDfam 

We are sending the message below to all of our high school students, many of whom have reached out to us with concerns about the issues of diversity, equity and tolerance.  We’re sharing this message with not only the parents of our high school students, but also the parents of all of our students, so you will be aware of its contents and can consider having a conversation at home about this topic.  We are very aware of where our role ends and where yours begins, and that we must work together to help our students succeed.  

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Darlene Palmisiano of Indian Knoll ES! toty ikes 6 19 2020

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week ... please help us celebrate 2020 Indian Knoll Elementary School Teacher of the Year Darlene Palmisiano!

Board Business Briefs: Review of Proposed Budget, Reopening Plans CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

The Cherokee County School Board at its work session and regular meeting this evening reviewed the proposed CCSD budget for next school year, which balances a State funding shortfall without the need for furlough days or a tax rate increase, and heard an update on school reopening plans.

Six CCSD Students Earn College Scholarships from ABM CCSD 2020 ABM Scholarship Winners 6 18 20

Six Cherokee County School District Class of 2020 graduates have earned scholarships from ABM Industry Groups LLC.

Clark Creek ES STEM Academy Wins School Garden Award CCSD Golden Shovel Award 6 16 20

Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy has earned an award for its outstanding school garden!

The school has won the Cherokee County Farm to School Third Annual Golden Shovel Award, which includes a $100 grant.  The award is presented annually by the Cherokee County Farm to School Committee, made up of local agriculture leaders and educators, to one CCSD school garden each spring.

2020 Census: It's Not Too Late to Be Counted census

If you have not completed your 2020 U.S. Census Survey, there is still time!  95% of households receive their census invitation in the mail (these were sent in March, with reminders sent in April).  As of June 14, 62% of Cherokee County residents have responded (compared to 57% in Georgia and 61% across the U.S.).  Every household has the option of responding online, by mail or by phone.  Households that have not responded may receive a visit from a census worker between Aug. 11 and Oct. 31 to help complete the form and ensure everyone is counted.  For more about the census and how the data is used, go to www.2020census.gov

CCSD Middle, High School Students Place at 4-H Competition CCSD 2020 4-H Middle and High First Place 6 16 20

Cherokee County School District middle and high school students competed at the Georgia 4-H Northwest District Project Achievement Competition, with five earning first-place honors.

Thirty-eight CCSD students in grades 7-12 participated in the event, competing in a field of 582 students.  For the contest, students choose an area of interest, research it, create a portfolio and make a presentation.  Students are judged on their presentation and their portfolio, which includes their project work, as well as information about their leadership and citizenship activities and community service.

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Heather Teachworth of Johnston Preschool! MTT (CCSDPreK) Teachworth 6 15 20

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

Sequoyah HS Class of 2020 Graduate Earns Waste Management Scholarship McGARRY Jack

A Sequoyah High School Class of 2020 graduate has earned the annual $5,000 college scholarship awarded by Waste Management/Pine Bluff Landfill.

Boston ES Earns Digital Citizenship Certification Common Sense Digital Badge 2019-20

Boston Elementary School has earned national certification for digital citizenship!

The school has been recognized as a Common Sense Certified School for Digital Citizenship by Common Sense Education.  The national nonprofit organization guides educators in teaching students how to use technology safely and adopt positive digital skills and habits.

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Cynthia Rudin of Holly Springs ES STEM Academy! toty holly springs 6 13 20

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week ... please help us celebrate 2020 Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy Teacher of the Year Cynthia Rudin!

CCSD Message: Budget Update I-1 ALL DRAFT

Dear #CCSDfam, 

In any other time, a potential 11% cut in State education funding would not be a cause for optimism, but we are in challenging times.  As the initial forecast called us to brace for a 14% cut and a $32 Million loss for our School District, we are grateful for the 3% difference now projected by the Governor.

CCSD Celebrates Winners of Short Story Competition CCSD 2020 Short Story Competition Winners 6 10 2020

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating the winners of its second annual Short Story Competition.

CCSD Students Win at Statewide Technology Competition CCSD Georgia Student Technology Winners 6 9 2020

Sixteen Cherokee County School District students placed at this year’s statewide Georgia Student Technology Competition, with five earning the top honor!

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Maxine Ezell of Tippens Education Center! MTT (Tippens EC) Ezell 6 8 2020

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

Three CCSD Schools Earn National Awards for Character Education Promising Practices logo

Three Cherokee County School District schools have earned national awards for exemplary character education programs!

Character.org, the leading nonprofit organization supporting character education, has honored Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy, Freedom Middle School and Liberty Elementary School with Promising Practices awards.  Only 246 schools nationwide were honored, and they are the only Georgia schools recognized!

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Meleda Vacca of Hickory Flat ES! toty hfes 6 6 2020

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week ... please help us celebrate 2020 Hickory Flat Elementary School Teacher of the Year Meleda Vacca!

Message from the Superintendent BVH Pre-K

Dear #CCSDfam, 

One of the best parts of my role as your Superintendent is visiting our schools to see our students and educators working together.

Two CCSD Educators Earn National STEM Honors CCSD 2020 Discover Ed DENny Award winners 6 3 20

Two Cherokee County School District educators have earned national awards for excellence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education!

CCSD Message: Reopening Update CCSD logo

Dear #CCSDfam,

Over the summer break, our high school campuses usually stay busy as student athletes and coaches prepare for fall sports.

Two CCSD Class of 2020 Graduates Win National Merit Scholarships 2020 CCSD National Merit University Scholarships 6 3 20

Two Cherokee County School District Class of 2020 graduates have earned special National Merit Scholarships awarded by universities!

Cherokee High School graduate Anna DeYoung has won a National Merit Scholarship from the University of Georgia; Creekview High School graduate Jack Eno has won a National Merit Scholarship from the University of Mississippi.  

CCSD Accepting Applications for Preschool Openings Ralph Bunche Center Sunflowers 8 12 19

The Cherokee County School District is continuing to accept applications for two of its preschool centers for next school year.

CCSD Shares Tributes from Top Students, Honored Teachers 2020 CCSD Vals Sals and Honored Teachers 6 1 2020

At the close of the school year, CCSD presents its Annual Scholar Recognition Banquet to recognize the graduating class’s valedictorians and salutatorians.  The event is made even more memorable through tribute speeches by the students to honor their most influential teacher, and the speeches those teachers then give about their students.  

Meet a Teacher: Andrea Shurtleff of Knox ES STEM Academy! MTT (Knox ES) Surtleff 6 1 202

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

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Arlene Freeland of Freedom MS! toty fms 5 30 2020

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week ... please help us celebrate 2020 Freedom Middle School Teacher of the Year Arlene Freeland!

To-Go Meal Distribution Summer Schedule Begins June 1 CCSD Summer Meals Flier 2 2020

REMINDER: The summer schedule for our #CCSDserves to-go meal distribution by CCSD School Nutrition begins Monday, June 1!  Some locations and times have changed – check the flier above for details.  Please remember: a child must be present to receive a bag; do not come sick; do not stay at the site after picking up food.  More information is posted at bit.ly/CCSDserves  Thank you! #CCSDfam

 

Message from the Superintendent to the Class of 2020 CCSD Class of 2020 tassel square

Dear #CCSDfam,

The message below is to our graduating Class of 2020 seniors.  I am sharing it with all of you, for I know you hold in your hearts the same hopes as I do for their success.  You can see each of their names posted on our website at https://bit.ly/CCSD2020.

Congratulations to CCSD's Class of 2020! tassel slider 2020

7/4/2020 UPDATE: Graduates will be permitted up to two guests. Details: https://www.cherokeek12.net/News/message7420

7/4/2020 UPDATE: Graduates will be permitted up to two guests. Details: https://www.cherokeek12.net/News/message7420Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2020, made up of 3,035 students, will celebrate the end of its senior year today!

CCSD high schools will host senior parades from 7 to 9 p.m. today (May 29) to celebrate with students and their families.  Students will be able to pick up, via a drive-through station, their diplomas and special recognition items.  Students are encouraged to wear their caps and gowns.

CCSD Recognizes Retiring Senior Staff ssr photos revised

Four longtime Cherokee County School District leaders have retired this year following successful careers of service to the community.

Congratulations to this year’s retiring senior staff: Deputy Superintendent and Chief Operations Officer Trey Olson, Executive Director for Administrative Leadership Beth P. Long, Director of Facility Maintenance Ronald Barnes, and Supervisor of Facility Maintenance Randy Evans.

CCSD Thanks Retiring Principals for their Service CCSD 2020 Retiring Principals 5 27 2020

Retiring school Principals usually are celebrated by their school communities with receptions, receiving lines and plenty of cake, cards and hugs.

While those festivities can’t happen as they usually would, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower donned a mask and set out to thank each of CCSD’s five retiring Principals in person: Donna Bertram of Holly Springs ES STEM Academy, Karen Carl of Little River ES, Sheila Grimes of Freedom MS, Victoria “Vicky” Thom of CCSD Preschool Centers, and Paula White of Carmel ES.  

CCSD Congratulates Retiring Educators, Support Staff CCSD retirement image 5 26 2020

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating its educators and support staff who are retiring after exemplary service!

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Stacy Campbell of Liberty ES! MTT (Liberty ES) Campbell 5 25 2020

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

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Alison Johnson of Free Home ES! toty free home es 5 23 2020

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate 2020 Free Home Elementary School Teacher of the Year Alison Johnson!

CCSD Thanks School Board Student Delegates CCSD 2019-20 Student Delegates 5 22 2020

The Cherokee County School District congratulates its School Board Delegates on completing their year of service!

For the past 20 years, the School Board has invited an outstanding high school senior to serve a one-year term as its Student Advisor; and the program later expanded to include a senior Student Delegate from each high school.  The Advisor role rotates among CCSD’s high schools; all of the Delegates are asked to give input and feedback to the School Board.

Help Your Child Keep Learning Over Summer Break summer fun resources (1)

To help parents keep their children on track for a great start back to school, CCSD has created a Summer Learning Adventure website of vetted resources for students of all ages!

Board Briefs: School Board Hears School Reopening Plans, Budget Update CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

The Cherokee County School Board during its May meeting, which was held this evening virtually and streamed online, heard school reopening plans and a budget update.

CCSD Announces Class of 2020 Valedictorians and Salutatorians CCSD 2020 Vals and Sals

Congratulations to the valedictorians and salutatorians for the Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2020!

CCSD Students Place at Statewide 4-H Competition CCSD 2020 4H Georgia Winners 5 21 2020

Fourteen Cherokee County School District students placed at the statewide Georgia 4-H Project Achievement Competition!

Mountain Road ES Earns Digital Citizenship Certification Common Sense Education School Logo 2020

Mountain Road Elementary School has earned national certification for digital citizenship!

The school has been named a Common Sense Certified School for Digital Citizenship by Common Sense Education.  The national nonprofit organization works with educators to help students understand and safely use technology and develop successful digital skills and habits.

CCSD Recognizes Top Staff from Special Education Team CCSD 2020 Special Education Staff of the Year 5 19 20

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating four of its outstanding special education team members!

Four members of the Department of Special Education received its top annual honors during a ceremony on Monday held virtually online.

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Sierra Shipley of Little River ES! MTT (Little River ES) Shipley 5 18 20

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

5/18/2020 Message: Graduation Update; Summer Resources CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

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

GRADUATES: The Superintendent has authorized a special #2020CCSDGrads recognition for the Class of 2020 on Friday, May 29.  As part of the last weekly observance when our high school football stadiums are illuminated for 20 minutes at 8:20 p.m. (20:20 military time) on Fridays, we will hold Class of 2020 parades at the schools from 7 to 9 p.m.  Principals will send more information about this event to the parents of seniors.  Graduates will drive through a pick-up area for honor cords, medals and other special regalia and, as a gift to every senior from their Principal, each will receive an embroidered school patch to affix to their keepsake graduation robes.  These patches, which have adhesive backing, feature the same design as those on the rental gowns used for past commencement ceremonies.

Two Cherokee HS Graduating Seniors Commit to U.S. Air Force Academy 2020 CCSD Service Academies - Air Force 5 18 20

Two Cherokee County School District Class of 2020 graduating seniors are on their way to earning impressive wings!

Cherokee High School’s Patrick Dahlen and Jackson King have accepted appointments to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, one of the nation’s prestigious and extremely competitive U.S. Service Academies.  

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: David Armistead of Etowah HS! toty ehs 5 16 2020

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate 2020 Etowah High School Teacher of the Year David Armistead!

 

Five CCSD Graduating Seniors Headed to U.S. Service Academies CCSD US Service Academies 5 12 2020

Five Cherokee County School District Class of 2020 graduating seniors are headed to our nation’s elite U.S. Service Academies!

Acceptance to one on the country’s elite military academies is a prestigious honor, as enrollment is very limited with appointees selected based on excellent records of academic performance, athletic achievement, leadership skills and community service.  

CCSD Honored with National Award for Educational Technology DOD_color_HR

The Cherokee County School District has earned national recognition for its effective use of educational technology!

The District has been selected by the District Administration educational leadership organization as the Districts of Distinction award winner in the Educational Technology category.  

CCSD Graduating Senior Wins Prestigious National Merit Scholarship! Sathvika Narasimhan

A Cherokee County School District Class of 2020 graduating senior has earned the prestigious National Merit Scholarship!

Sathvika Narasimhan of River Ridge High School is one of only 2,500 graduating seniors in the nation -- of the 1.5 Million students who took the 2018 PSAT exam -- to be awarded the highly competitive $2,500 scholarship by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Creekview HS Graduating Senior Earns Partner Scholarship COOK Siena

A member of Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2020 has earned a college scholarship from a CCSD community partner! 

Creekview High School graduating senior Siena Cook has won a $2,500 scholarship awarded by East West Bank.  The scholarship was open to one graduating senior from Creekview HS and awarded based on an application, essay questions and references.

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Dr. Michelle Francis-Sullen of Teasley MS! MTT (Teasley MS) Francis-Sullen 5 11 2020

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

15 CCSD Seniors Named Georgia Scholars CCSD 2020 Georgia Scholars 5 11 20

Fifteen Cherokee County School District graduating seniors have been recognized with a top State honor!

The Georgia Department of Education identifies and honors high school seniors who have achieved excellence in school and community life as Georgia Scholars, a title that only 295 seniors statewide have earned this year.  Georgia Scholars receive a special diploma seal.

Cherokee HS Senior Wins Maritza Mott Scholarship FERRELL AnnaLee

A Cherokee High School Class of 2020 graduating senior has won the 2020 Maritza Mott Scholarship!

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Heather Stone of E.T. Booth MS! toty et booth ms 5 9 2020

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate 2020 E.T. Booth Middle School Teacher of the Year Heather Stone!

Cherokee HS, Creekview HS Seniors Win New Scholarships dickerson scholarship 20

Two Cherokee County School District graduating seniors have earned new college scholarships from a community foundation!

The winners of the inaugural college scholarships, which are $5,000 each, from the Jason T. Dickerson Family Foundation are: Will Howe of Cherokee High School and Katelynn Cornette of Creekview High School.

E.T. Booth MS Team Wins Regional Stock Market Competition ET Booth Stock Market 5 8 20

A team of Cherokee County School District students has won first place in a regional competition testing students’ financial knowledge!

Sequoyah HS Teacher Earns National Scholarship WEBB Allison

A Cherokee County School District teacher has earned a national scholarship to study abroad!

Sequoyah High School teacher Allison Webb has won the American Council on the Teaching for Foreign Languages’ French Langue Scholarship, awarded to only three teachers nationwide each year.  Ms. Webb teaches both French and Spanish at Sequoyah HS.

Educator Organization Awards College Scholarship to Future Teacher NEWELL Bailey

A Creekview High School graduating senior has won a college scholarship to help pursue her dream of becoming a teacher!

The Gamma Eta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, which is made up of active and retired female educators in Cherokee County, has selected Bailey Newell as its 2020 scholarship recipient.  The chapter presents one scholarship a year to an outstanding female CCSD graduating senior who plans to earn an education degree. 

Five CCSD Students Win Top Honors at State Social Studies Fair CCSD 2020 State Social Studies Fair 5 6 20

Five Cherokee County School District students earned top honors at the State Social Studies Fair!

The statewide competition capped off the annual contest through which students explore a social studies area -- Sociology/Social Psychology, History, Anthropology, Economics, Geography or Political Science -- and complete a research project.  The Georgia Council for the Social Studies, which organizes the program, moved the competition online due to school closures and announced winners this week.    

Tippens EC Counselor Named CCSD 2020 Counselor of the Year! CCSD 2020 Counselor of the Year 5 5 2020

School Counselor Kelly Schalliol found success in her first career supporting the mental health of adults, but knew she could do more to help those in need.

If she counseled them as children, she realized, she “could make a longer-lasting impact.”

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Michael Dayton of Sequoyah HS! MTT (Sequoyah HS) Dayton 5 4 20

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

5/4/2020 CCSD Message: #ThankATeacher Teacher Appreciation 2020 - Bascomb ES

Dear #CCSDfam,

A school in the first week of May overflows with joy and appreciation.  

Children march through the door carrying carefully wrapped packages – plenty of coffee mugs, yes, but also handmade treasures.  Teachers enjoy catered lunches and desserts baked up by PTA volunteers.  Hallways glitter with Teacher Appreciation Week posters, and the celebration spills over to social media, where we scroll through tributes to teachers of today and yesterday.

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Hannah Braswell of Dean Rusk MS! drms toty 5 2 2020

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate 2020 Dean Rusk Middle School Teacher of the Year Hannah Braswell!

CCSD Announces High School 2020 Summer School Options CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

The Cherokee County School District will offer online summer school from June 3-23 for high school students.

River Ridge HS Senior Named U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Semi-Finalist! MAZZURRA Alicia

A River Ridge High School senior has been named a U.S. Presidential Scholars Program semi-finalist!

Alicia Mazzurra is one of only 700 students nationwide, including only 17 from Georgia, to qualify for the final round of the national competition.  These semi-finalists are considered to be among the best and brightest of the 3.6 million graduating seniors in the nation’s Class of 2020.

Sequoyah HS Selected for AP Capstone Program AP Capstone logo

Sequoyah High School has been selected for an international program offering select graduates a prestigious recognition.

Starting next school year, Sequoyah HS students will have the opportunity to begin earning the AP (Advanced Placement) Capstone Diploma from The College Board, a program focused on strengthening research, collaboration, and communication skills to further prepare for college and career success.

Cherokee HS Senior Earns National Merit Scholarship GOOCH Rachel

A Cherokee High School senior has earned a National Merit Special Scholarship!

Rachel Gooch has won the ADP Henry Taub Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by ADP Foundation and named for the company’s late founder, who believed in the “invaluable benefits of higher education.”  She will be attending the University of Georgia to major in art history.

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Jamielou Phillips of Clark Creek ES STEM Academy! MTT (Clark Creek ES) Phillips 4 27 2020

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

4/27/20 CCSD Message: Graduation Dates graduation-caps

Dear #CCSDfam,

We lined up in the warm gym, waiting in the alphabetical order we knew by heart.  We scanned the crowded bleachers for familiar faces, including the permitted three we knew best.  And though my only role was to walk across a stage and accept my diploma, my palms stayed anxiously damp.

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Jason Hubbard of Creekview HS! toty cvhs 4 25 2020

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate 2020 Creekview High School Teacher of the Year Jason Hubbard!

Apply by May 29 for ABM College Scholarship ABM logo

ABM Industry Group LLC will award one $1,000 college scholarship to a Class of 2020 graduating senior from each of CCSD's six high schools. Completed applications and references are due by May 29, 2020. The application and reference form are online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/bulletin-board-2 #CCSDfam

13 CCSD Students Selected for Governor's Honors CCSD governors honors 4 24 2020

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

11 CCSD Students Place at State Science & Engineering Fair CCSD State Science Fair MS HS Winners 4 23 2020

The Cherokee County School District was well represented at the 72nd Georgia Science & Engineering Fair for middle and high school students, with 11 students placing, including two first-place awards and three Best in Category honors! 

CCSD Enrollment for Next School Year Underway Registration Gateway image

While Cherokee County School District schools and office remain closed, registration for students new to CCSD for the 2020-21 school year is underway.

Etowah HS Celebrates Kindness and Compassion EHS dude be nice 4 22 20

Etowah High School, in the week prior to the school closures, held its first “dude. be nice.” campaign – a schoolwide social and emotional learning project and celebration of kindness and compassion. 

Woodstock HS Earns State Technology Awards Woodstock HS TSA Awards 4 22 20

Woodstock High School students placed at the statewide Technology Student Association competition, with the Principal and a dedicated volunteer also earning top awards!

Etowah HS Names Volleyball Head Coach Etowah HS Volleyball Bryan Jones 4 22 20

Etowah High School has named its next head volleyball coach -- and didn’t have to look beyond Eagle Mountain.

Bryan Jones, who teaches PE at neighboring E.T. Booth MS, will bring more than 20 years of playing and coaching experience to lead Etowah’s volleyball program.

CCSD Publishes Annual Report of District Progress CCSD Annual Report 2019_Page_1

The Cherokee County School District’s newly published Annual Report of District Progress offers the community a snapshot of the past year’s successes.

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Rita Modrzynski of River Ridge HS! MTT (River Ridge HS) Modrzynski 4 20 20

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

4/20/20 CCSD Message: Expectations & Outlook Artwork by Mill Creek MS sixth-graders Isabella and Olivia Kennison

Dear #CCSDfam,

Amid the memes floating around, there’s one reminding us “we’re not all in the same boat” in this sea change.

While online learning is working well for many students and families, it is not for all.  We see this in system data; technology requests; teacher and parent feedback; and in our survey results, especially the thousands of comments from students and parents.  

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Ana Cahill of Creekland MS! toty cms 4 18 20

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate 2020 Creekland Middle School Teacher of the Year Ana Cahill!

CCSD Names New Assistant Principals, Head Coach AP appointments 2020-21

The School Board on Thursday evening also approved monthly personnel recommendations, which included the appointment of new assistant principals and a new head girls basketball coach for Creekview HS.  

The new assistant principals are filling vacancies created by retirements, advancements and enrollment growth.

Board Briefs: School Board Approves Ending School Early CCSD Board Photo 2018-19

The Cherokee County School Board this evening unanimously approved the Superintendent of Schools’ recommendation to end school early on May 8 and to postpone a decision on high school graduation ceremonies until July 1.

4/15 CCSD Message: Last Day, Graduation 4 15 20 Message image

Dear #CCSDfam,

We have learned many lessons over the past month, and some of those have been lessons re-learned.

Like that our school families connect and strengthen even if our buildings are closed.  Our children show us their resilience, their optimism — their best, when put to the test.  And that it sometimes is hard to see the rainbow beyond the storm clouds, but it’s still there.
 

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Isobel Mason of Woodstock HS! MTT (Woodstock HS) Mason 4 13 2

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

Liberty ES Supports Cherokee HS through Service Project Liberty ES Service 1 4 13 20

Liberty Elementary School, a national School of Character, is committed to service learning, and that mission has not stopped during the school closure.

Liberty’s Student Leadership Team, prior to the closing of schools last month, launched a school initiative to help stock the Cherokee High School “Care Pantry.”  This pantry, which complements the MUST Ministries food pantry housed at Cherokee HS, provides students in need and their families with basic household items and toiletries.  

4/3/20 Message from the Superintendent: Grading 4 3 20 Message Image

Dear #CCSDfam,

Grace. This word has become a mantra for me and for my leadership team over the last three weeks. It defines how I expect all of our employees to always treat students, parents and each other, and especially so in this challenging time.

CCSD Students Place at K-5 State Science Fair CCSD Science Lexi Johnston 4 1 20

Congratulations to Cherokee County School District’s elementary school State Science Fair champions!

Eight elementary school students from CCSD placed at the Third Annual Georgia College K-5 State Science Fair, which was held before the school closures in Milledgeville.  All of the students who advanced to the State competition after regional success are from Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy.

4/1/2020 Gov. Extends Closure of Schools for Rest of School Year DLD no dates

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that Gov. Brian Kemp has extended his closure of all schools statewide through the close of the school year.  This announcement also cancels all events scheduled to take place at CCSD schools, all CCSD special events and extra-curricular activities, and all community leases of CCSD facilities through May 31, 2020.   Over the coming days, the Superintendent and staff will develop recommendations for School Board approval regarding operations and programming for the remainder of the year.  This will include time-sensitive topics such as the completion of the academic year, final grades and graduation.  In the interim, CCSD will continue Digital Learning Days; Spring Break (April 6-10) will be observed as scheduled with no Digital Learning Days. #SafeCherokee

3/31/2020 CCSD Technology Update DLD no dates

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that CCSD’s Office of Technology is ending its successful distribution of CCSD laptops for students to borrow for use during the school closure.  This distribution initially was only to take place on the last day of classes at schools on March 13, but Technology staff have worked hard to continue the process to meet students’ needs.  CCSD has distributed 3,112 devices to students and will fulfill another 500 pending requests by Friday.  If you are a CCSD parent and your child is without any access to any device on which to do their Digital Learning Days assignments, please notify your child’s teacher by 5 p.m. today, March 31, 2020.  If Technology is unable to fulfill your request, staff will let your child’s teacher know immediately so you can make other arrangements.

3/30/2020 Message from the Superintendent CCSD Strong Chalk Mosaic 3 30 20

Dear #CCSDfam, 
 
While we know the past week has not been easy, and the news that Georgia’s schools will remain closed through April 24 caused many families more stress, I am filled with hope.

River Ridge HS Junior Earns Perfect ACT Score! Reilly Amason

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

River Ridge High School junior Reilly Amason earned the top composite score of 36 on the challenging college entrance and placement test. Less than one-half of 1 percent of the 1.8 Million students who take the ACT each year accomplish this feat.

Meet the Teacher: Felicia Berenger of Bascomb ES! MTT (Bascomb ES) Berenger 3 30 20

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

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Katherine Dobson of Clayton ES! toty Clayton ES 3 28 20

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate 2020 Clayton Elementary School Teacher of the Year Katherine Dobson!

Mountain Ed Hiring for Cherokee Campus Mountain Education Charter High School Job Posting 3 26 20

CCSD is partnering with Mountain Education Charter High School for its evening high school program beginning in June … and more employees are needed to staff the program!

Gov. Extends School Closings to 4/24/2020 DLD no dates

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that the Governor has extended the statewide closure of all schools, including the Cherokee County School District, through April 24, 2020.  The Governor said he will make a decision prior to April 24 as to whether schools will re-open this school year.  This extended closure also means all events scheduled to take place at CCSD schools, all CCSD special events and extra-curricular activities and all community leases of CCSD facilities are cancelled through April 24.  CCSD will continue Digital Learning Days through April 3 and then again from April 13-24; Spring Break will be observed as scheduled from April 6-10 with no Digital Learning Days.  Also during this extended closure, CCSD will continue providing technology, Canvas and other learning support, as well as the #CCSDserves to-go meal program.  Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower again expressed how much he appreciates the dedication of our students, parents and employees during this challenging time: we are here to support you -- we are all in this together. #CCSDfam

3/25/20 Message from the Superintendent ccsdserves blue square

Dear #CCSDfam, 
 
Our entire CCSD family continues to impress me as we navigate through this storm together.

Online teaching and learning continues to strengthen, as our teachers gauge success and trade best practices, and as our students and families adjust to this challenge and develop new routines.  We continue to loan technology to students in need and provide technology and Canvas support.  We know online teaching and learning isn’t easy – we are here to help you succeed. 

Please Share Our New Job Listing: Culinary Specialist Job ad - culinary specialist 3 24 20

Please share our new job listing for CCSD School Nutrition culinary specialist!  This professional will assist with planning and developing culinary processes for our School Nutrition Program. This position offers a competitive compensation package with outstanding benefits (including State Health Benefit Plan & Teachers Retirement System), a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team. Job description & minimum qualifications posted at https://bit.ly/ccsdjob32320 Questions? Contact CCSD Recruiter Lindsay.Bowley@Cherokeek12.net. Join the #CCSDfam & apply now: http://bit.ly/jobsCCSD

Meet the Teacher: Andrea Ingham of Clayton ES! MTT (Clayton ES) Ingham

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

CCSD Appoints New Leaders, Thanks Retirees CCSD new leaders 03 19 20

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday approved the appointment of several new leaders for next school year following additional retirement announcements.

3/20/20 Message from the Superintendent ccsdserves blue square

Dear #CCSDfam, 

I have never been as proud to serve as your Superintendent as I have been this week.

Our CCSD community always rises to overcome challenges and meet needs, whether it’s a family devastated by a house fire or a student who can’t afford eyeglasses.  And our students and educators always impress me with their daily hard work that has resulted in admirable academic, athletic, and artistic accomplishments.

Board Briefs: CCSD School Closure Extended Through Spring Break CCSD Board Photo 2018-19

The Cherokee County School Board tonight heard plans to further extend the closure of all Cherokee County School District schools and offices through the previously scheduled Spring Break. 

The School Board, as part of its monthly required meeting, reviewed a status update from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower that included his announcement that the closure would be extended.

3/19/2020 Message: CCSD School Closure Extended Through Spring Break DLD no dates

The Cherokee County School Board tonight heard plans to further extend the closure of all Cherokee County School District schools and offices through the previously scheduled Spring Break. 

CCSD Seniors Share Final Game on the Court basketball hug

Basketball season officially came to a close for CCSD’s high school seniors last Tuesday night, as they played their final high school games together March 10 at Creekview 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.

 

CCSD Expands School Closure To-Go Student Meals ccsd serves white square

CCSD is expanding its school closure to-go student meals program to include additional sites and to extend to Spring Break.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said, although CCSD will not earn federal funding reimbursement for the additional sites or for feeding students during spring break, it is the right thing to do.

 

New Scholarships Announced for Cherokee HS, Creekview HS JTD Family Foundation Email Logo

A local nonprofit foundation is sponsoring two new college scholarships for CCSD students!

 

 

Meet the Teacher: Amy Keith of Carmel ES! MTT (Carmel ES) Keith

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

Governor Closes All Schools through March 31, 2020

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that the Governor has mandated school closures through March 31, 2020. (https://gov.georgia.gov/document/2020-executive-order/03162001/download) This will extend CCSD’s current Digital Learning Days by two more days. We will keep you updated on any further extensions.

 

 

Thank You School Board Members! CCSD Board Photo 2018-19

The Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) has announced the week of March 16-20, 2020 as “School Board Member Appreciation Week.” 

3/13/2020 Message to Parents: Resources During Closure heart logo higher rez

Dear Parents:

On behalf of the Superintendent, this message is to update you on resources you may need during the two-week closure of CCSD schools from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020.

CCSD Schools Closed Beginning 3/16/2020

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that all Cherokee County School District schools and offices will be closed for two weeks from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020.  We will use Digital Learning Days during this closure to continue teaching and learning.

CCSD Gets High Marks for Financial Efficiency FESR rating

The Cherokee County School District for the third consecutive year has earned 4.5 stars on the state's Financial Efficiency Star Rating. This score is among the best ratings in the State-- only 10 other school districts of the 180 in Georgia earned a 4.5..  

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Meet a CCSD School Police Officer: John Farkas of Woodstock HS! meet the officer John Farkas WHS 3 10 20

The Cherokee County School District’s School Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting our students and staff every day. We’re thankful for their service, and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam #SafeCherokee

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Erin Frady of Avery ES! MTT (Avery ES) Frady 3 9 20

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

Cherokee HS Student Wins Regional Essay Contest Cherokee HS Optimist Essay 3 9 20

A Cherokee High School student has won a regional essay contest!

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Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Karen Garland of Clark Creek ES STEM Academy! toty Clark Creek 3 7 20

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate 2020 Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy Teacher of the Year Karen Garland!

International Technology Director Visits Creekland MS iste visit in computer lab

A Director for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) visited Creekland Middle School last week to see first-hand how CCSD teachers are incorporating technology in the classroom.

3/5/20 Message to Parents: Coronavirus Planning CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK
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March Edition of CCSD Connections Parent Newsletter Online CCSD Connections March 2020 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

#ThankASocialWorker: Kristen Braid! CCSD Social Worker - Kristen Braid 2020

It's National School Social Work Week! Shout out to CCSD’s four social workers who assist the families of our 42,000 students! They are on pace to work 1,000 referrals and serve 220 homeless students. Stay tuned this week as we highlight our social workers. #CCSDfam #CCSDcares

Meet a CCSD School Police Officer: Emergency Management Facilitator Danielle Ross! meet the officer Ross 3 3 20

The Cherokee County School District’s School Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting our students and staff every day. We’re thankful for their service, and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam #SafeCherokee

CCSD Kicks Off Partnership with Mountain Education Charter High School MECHS logo

The Cherokee County School District is kicking off its new partnership with Mountain Education Charter High School, with classes set to begin in Woodstock this summer.

The Cherokee County School Board recently unanimously approved contracting with Mountain Ed to take over CCSD’s evening high school program, currently known as Polaris Evening Program.  Beginning in June, Mountain Ed will run the evening school program at the Etowah East building on the Etowah HS campus, and expand services using the same successful model already in place in counties across north Georgia.  Just as with Polaris, there will be no charge to students to enroll in evening classes with Mountain Ed; classes are open to students ages 15-21, and to age 22 for special education students.

#ThankASocialWorker: Perry Marshall CCSD Social Worker - Perry Marshall 2020

It's National School Social Work Week! Shout out to CCSD’s four social workers who assist the families of our 42,000 students! They are on pace to work 1,000 referrals and serve 220 homeless students. Stay tuned this week as we highlight our social workers. #CCSDfam #CCSDcares

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Kelly Cooks of Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy! MTT (Hasty ES) Cooks 3 2 20

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

CCSD Special Education Department Offers March 12 Program for Parents

The CCSD Special Education Department will present a "parent university" program on March 12.

Freedom MS Wins History Bowl! Freedom MS History 3 2 20

Freedom Middle School won the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Academic History Bowl!

Clark Creek ES STEM Academy Teacher Earns More State Honors! GARLAND Karen 202

A Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy teacher is continuing to stack up impressive honors and awards!

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Tracie Galvis of Cherokee HS! toty Cherokee HS 2 29 20

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate 2020 Cherokee High School Teacher of the Year Tracie Galvis!

CCSD Recognizes 318 Superintendent's Key Scholars CCSD Key Scholars 1 2 28 20

The Cherokee County School District recognized 318 extraordinary high school juniors as Superintendent’s Key Scholars! 

During the 15th Annual Superintendent’s Key Scholar Recognition Ceremony held on Wednesday at Cherokee High School, these outstanding students were recognized for their scores achieved on the Practice SAT (PSAT).  The program was sponsored by Cobb EMC and LGE Community Credit Union.

Mountain Road Elementary Celebrates 30 Years 30 years

Mountain Road Elementary School held a 30-year celebration on February 27.  The school invited former teachers and administrators and families back to the school for a reception.  Participants were able to reminisce about the school and review yearbooks, scrapbooks and other memorabilia.  A gallery of photos from the event can be viewed here

Parents Encouraged to Attend a Parent University Session in March CCSD Parent University 2019-20

The Cherokee County Council PTA has set the schedule for its Parent University program presented in collaboration with CCSD and community partners.

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Cherokee HS Media Specialist Wins CCSD Title for Second Time! CCSD Media Specialist 1 2 26 20

Cherokee High School Media Specialist Anne Nechvatal will have to find wall space to display another honor, as the past Georgia Media Specialist of the Year has earned the Cherokee County School District’s title again! 

Meet a CCSD School Police Officer: Scott King of Etowah HS! Meet the Officer Scott King 2 24 20

The Cherokee County School District’s School Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting our students and staff every day. We’re thankful for their service, and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam #SafeCherokee

32 CCSD Students Headed to State Science & Engineering Fair! Clark Creek ES STEM Academy Science Fair 2 25 20

Thirty-two Cherokee County School District students are advancing to Georgia Science and Engineering Fairs next month!

CCSD’s top young scientists and engineers recently competed at the Northwest Georgia Regional Science and Engineering Fair, where 32 students – all from three schools: Clark Creek ES STEM Academy, E.T. Booth Middle, and Woodstock High -- earned first-place and the opportunity to advance to the State events.  

Today is PTA Day in CCSD! PTA Day CCSD 2020

Today is PTA Day in CCSD, as proclaimed by the Cherokee County School Board! We appreciate our PTA and its volunteers who give so much of their time, talent, treasure and hearts to support our students, staff and schools. More: http://bit.ly/PTAday20 #CCSDfam

Meet the Teacher: Elizabeth Huffaker of Creekland MS! MTT (Creekland MS) Huffaker 2 24 20

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

CCSD Staff Member Earns Recognition for Community Service Garth Gherardini with Modern Woodmen shares why Cory Steinberg was nominated by her peers and selected for the Hometown Hero Award. 

A Cherokee County School District staff member today earned recognition for her community service!

Apply for a Paid Summer Internship! CherokeeInternshipProgram20

CCSD is partnering for the third year with the Cherokee Office of Economic Development to offer the 2020 Summer Internship Program for high school students! Learn more here about this six-week program to learn & earn this summer. #CherokeeByChoice

Meet the Student Delegate: Zakwan Khan of Woodstock HS Woodstock HS Student Delegate profile 2019-20

Every school year, each CCSD high school selects one Student Delegate to the School Board to represent the student voice. One Delegate is named the Student Advisor and sits with the Board at its meetings. We’ll introduce you to them all this year! #CCSDfam

CCSD Conducts Multi-Agency Emergency Response Drill CCSD Emergency Response Drill 1 2 21 20

The Cherokee County School District on Thursday conducted a multi-agency emergency response drill to practice school evacuation and reunification plans.

The drill was held during the winter break to avoid disrupting classes, with activity taking place at Cherokee High School in Canton, CCSD’s offices in Canton, and First Baptist Church of Woodstock.  Hundreds of law enforcement and public safety officers, volunteer role-players including students and parents, and CCSD employees worked together to act out an emergency scenario at the school, evacuation of the school, and reunification of students and staff with their families at the church.

Emergency Response Drill Set for Feb. 20, 2020 at Cherokee HS barricade image

Please be advised that a multi-agency emergency response drill will take place on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 on the campuses of Cherokee High School and First Baptist Church of Woodstock.  CCSD schools are closed for winter break this week.  There will be high numbers of first-responders in these areas, and traffic will be affected by emergency vehicles and temporary lane closings.  If possible, please avoid the areas.  Thank you for your patience as we practice emergency response procedures!  #SafeCherokee

CCSD Hosts New Leaders Reception New Leaders Reception 1 2 14 20

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

Board Briefs: School Board Approves Appointments of New Principals, Leaders for Next School Year 2020 CCSD New Leaders 2 14 20

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 approved the appointments of new Principals and other leaders for next school year.

Woodstock MS Student Gets a Visit from Falcons Fullback falcons visit

Woodstock Middle School student Audric Agbavon got a surprise visit from Atlanta Falcons fullback Keith Smith at the school on Wednesday.  Audric's parapro, who contacted Smith through a mutual friend, worked with WMS administrators to arrange the lunchtime visit so Aubric could meet his favorite Falcons player. 

Sixes Elementary Adds New Playground for Students playground opening

Volunteers, students and school officials cut the ribbon on a new playground structure at Sixes Elementary School on Wednesday.  The PTA and surrounding community raised funds the last two years to replace an aging playscape with a new structure for students at the K-5 school. 

CCSD Announces Second Annual Support Staff Employees of the Year Awards ssoty announce 2020 2 12 20

The Cherokee County School District next month will present its second annual Support Staff Employees of the Year Awards!

The celebration on March 12 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.  

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Trina Hutchison of Knox ES STEM Academy! ssoty knox 2 12 20

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 Knox Elementary School STEM Academy Support Staff Employee of the Year Trina Hutchison!

Congratulations to CCSD's STAR Students and Teachers! CCSD STAR Students and Teachers 2020

Congratulations to the Cherokee County School District’s 2020 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.  

Superintendent, CCSD Named National Award Finalists! most spirited superintendent 2020 2 12 20

The Cherokee County School District and its Superintendent of Schools are finalists for national awards recognizing the best in school spirit and dedication to schools and students!

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.”  

Meet a CCSD School Police Officer: Capt. Ken Locke! meet officer Ken Locke 2 11 20

The Cherokee County School District’s School Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting our students and staff every day. We’re thankful for their service, and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam #SafeCherokee

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

All six of the Cherokee County School District’s 2020 National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists have been named finalists!

They are: of Cherokee High School, Anna DeYoung; of Creekview High School, Jack Eno and Lyriel Todd; of River Ridge High School, Alicia Mazzurra and Sathvika Narasimhan; of Woodstock High School, Dayne J. Bergman.

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Brooke Hopkins of Macedonia ES! MTT (Macedonia ES) Hopkins 2 10 20

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

CCSD School Wins $10,000 Grant for Healthy Schools Project! 2020 Super Heath Super You logo

A Cherokee County School District elementary school has won a $10,000 competitive national grant for a healthy schools project!

Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy is the Grand Prize and Title I Winner in the annual Super Health, Super You Community Challenge sponsored by Novo Nordisk and Discovery Education.

Congratulations to the Woodstock Zone Counselor of the Year: Katherine Mckechnie of Sixes ES! coty whs zone 2020 - katherine mckechnie - sixes es.jpg

Congratulations to a CCSD 2020 Innovation Zone Counselor of the Year! Thank you to all CCSD counselors for the impact you make in our community! #CCSDfam #CCSDcares #NSCW2020

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Gabriela Fernandez-Guerrero of CCSD Preschool Centers! toty CCSD Preschool Centers 2 8 20

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate 2020 CCSD Preschool Centers Teacher of the Year Gabriela Fernandez-Guerrero of Hasty Preschool!

Congratulations to the Etowah Zone Counselor of the Year: Janeen Bastin of Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy! coty ehs zone 2020 - Janeen Bastin - Oak grove es

Congratulations to a CCSD 2020 Innovation Zone Counselor of the Year! Thank you to all CCSD counselors for the impact you make in our community! #CCSDfam #CCSDcares #NSCW2020

Woodstock HS Junior Earns Perfect ACT Score! perfect ACT score WHS Thomas Arntzen 2 7 10

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

Woodstock High School junior Thomas Arntzen earned the top composite score of 36 on the college entrance and placement test.  On average, less than one-half of 1 percent of the 1.8 Million students who take the ACT each year earns the top score!  

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Leigh Ghorley of Johnston ES! ssoty Johnston ES 2 6 20

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 Johnston Elementary School Support Staff Employee of the Year Leigh Ghorley!

CCSD High Schools Earn State Honors for AP Programs AP logo

Cherokee County School District’s high schools all have earned State honors for excellent Advanced Placement (AP) programs and performance that continues to exceed State and National averages!

Each of CCSD’s six traditional high schools today received recognition from the State as a 2020 AP Honor School for outstanding student performance and participation on AP exams, which offer students more challenging coursework and the opportunity to earn college credit.  This is the 10th consecutive year for all of CCSD’s high schools to earn State AP honors.  

Congratulations to the River Ridge Zone Counselor of the Year: Michelle Giles coty rrhs zone 2020 - michelle giles johnston es

It’s National School Counseling Week ... the perfect week to announce CCSD’s 2020 Innovation Zone Counselors of the Year! Stay tuned this week as we highlight each winner. Thank you to all CCSD counselors for the impact you make in our community! #CCSDfam #CCSDcares #NSCW2020

CCSD Celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day NGWSD

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 3, 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. 

Parents of Special Education Students Asked to Take Annual Survey FlyerCCSD Survey 2020

The Georgia Department of Education's Special Education IDEA Parent Survey is now open to all families of students with disabilities through May 31.  Survey results help the State determine parents’ perception of the success of schools' parent engagement efforts. 

Meet a CCSD School Police Officer: Scott D. Ryder of Polaris! meet officer Ryder 2 4 20

The Cherokee County School District’s School Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting our students and staff every day. We’re thankful for their service, and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam #SafeCherokee

Congratulations to Sequoyah Zone Counselor of the Year: Chris Guy of Holly Springs ES STEM Academy! shs coty 2020

It’s National School Counseling Week ... the perfect week to announce CCSD’s 2020 Innovation Zone Counselors of the Year! Stay tuned this week as we highlight each winner. Thank you to all CCSD counselors for the impact you make in our community! #CCSDfam #CCSDcares #NSCW2020

Cherokee HS Removed from State Support Program

Cherokee High School has been removed from a Georgia Department of Education support program for assisting English Learners and praised for its improvement efforts.

The school in November was added to the State’s Targeted Support and Improvement list to help its students who speak English as a second language make greater progress on the State’s Milestones standardized tests.

CCSD Annual Job Fair Set for Saturday, March 7 job flyer image

The Cherokee County School District will host its annual job fair on Saturday, March 7 for hiring new teachers, bus drivers, school nurses and school nutrition workers.  The District is also looking for psychologists and speech language pathologists.

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Bryan Wallace of Free Home ES! MTT (Free Home) Wallace 2 3 20

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

Congratulations to Cherokee Zone Counselor of the Year: Kelly Schalliol of Tippens EC! coty chs 2020

It’s National School Counseling Week ... the perfect week to announce CCSD’s 2020 Innovation Zone Counselors of the Year! Stay tuned this week as we highlight each winner. Thank you to all CCSD counselors for the impact you make in our community! #CCSDfam #CCSDcares #NSCW2020

Congratulations to CCSD's 2020 Reading Bowl Winners! 2020 CCSD Reading Bowl - Indian Knoll ES

Congratulations to the winners of the annual CCSD Reading Bowl!  

Congrats to This Month's #ThanksCCSD Drawing Winner! thanksccsd drawing winner feb 2020

As part of #thanksCCSD, one honoree is randomly selected monthly to receive a gift bag & $25 Visa card from Credit Union of Georgia

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Dawn Mathis of Carmel ES! toty Carmel ES 2 1 20

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate 2020 Carmel Elementary School Teacher of the Year Dawn Mathis!

Clark Creek ES STEM Academy Wins Top Technology Education Award! 2020 ITEEA Program Excellence Award - Clark Creek ES STEM Academy 1 31 20

Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy for the second time has received an international organization’s top honor for excellence in technology and engineering education!

The school has been named the Georgia winner of the 2020 Program Excellence Award presented by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) and Paxton-Patterson.  Clark Creek previously earned this recognition in 2017.

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Karla Reinhart of Liberty ES! ssoty liberty 1 30 20

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 Liberty Elementary School Support Staff Employee of the Year Karla Reinhart!

CCSD Students Excel at Tech Fair, Advancing to State! gastc logo

Cherokee County School District students excelled in this year’s Student Technology Competition, with 53 placing first at Regions! 

The statewide Georgia Student Technology Competition program includes 16 categories of competition for students in Grades 3-12. Three hundred and thirty-seven students put their technology skills to the test at the Piedmont Regional Technology Competition recently held at Woodstock MS: School. 

Superintendent of Schools Speaks at "State of County" Event CCSD State of the County 2020 1 1 29 20

Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower served as a keynote speaker for the 2020 "State of the County" event.

Meet a CCSD School Police Officer: Lead Investigator Cpl. Beth Endicott! meet officer Endicott 1 28 20

The Cherokee County School District’s School Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting our students and staff every day. We’re thankful for their service, and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam #SafeCherokee

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Kaitlin Forbes of Freedom MS! MTT (Freedom MS) Forbes 1 27 20

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

CCSD School Reassignment Applications Accepted February 1-March 1 choices art

The window for school choice reassignments for 2020-21 within the Cherokee County School District is February 1-March 1. This includes applications for CCSD STEM and Fine Arts Academies.

Meet the Student Delegate: Valerie Ambriz of Sequoyah HS! Sequoyah HS Student Delegate profile 2019-20

Every school year, each CCSD high school selects one Student Delegate to the School Board to represent the student voice. One Delegate is named the Student Advisor and sits with the Board at its meetings. We’ll introduce you to them all this year! #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Annie King of Boston ES!  toty boston es 1 25 20

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate 2020 Boston Elementary School Teacher of the Year Annie King!

Woodstock MS Student Chefs Advance to State Competition Woodstock MS Student Chefs 1 24 20

A team of Woodstock Middle School students is a State finalist in the Georgia Department of Education’s Fueling Georgia’s Future Student Chef Competition!  

Two CCSD Teachers Named Top Science Educators in Georgia! GSTA Teachers of the Year 2020 1 24 20

Two CCSD teachers have earned top statewide awards for science educators!  

Karen Garland of Clark Creek ES STEM Academy is the Georgia Science Teachers Association 2020 Teacher of the Year for Elementary Schools, and Dr. Brian Heglund of Etowah HS is the Teacher of the Year for High Schools.

Join the #CCSDfam as a Director of Risk Management & Benefits job Ad - Director RMB 2020

Please share our new job listing for Director of Risk Management & Benefits -- this position offers a competitive compensation package with outstanding benefits, a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team.

Kindergarten Registration for 2020-21 Opens Monday, January 27 girls reading

The Cherokee County School District is opening online registration for 2020-21 kindergarten students and first graders new to CCSD on Monday, January 27.  The Registration Gateway allows parents to log in from home via CCSD’s website and get enrollment forms filled out online, rather than filling them out by hand while waiting at a school office.

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Hailey Burden of Arnold Mill ES! MTT (Arnold Mill ES) Burden 1 20 20

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

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Marsha Mattson of Bascomb ES! toty bascomb 1 18 20

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate 2020 Bascomb Elementary School Teacher of the Year Marsha Mattson!

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Tammy Grummer of Indian Knoll ES! ssoty ikes 1 16 20

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 Indian Knoll Elementary School Support Staff Employee of the Year Tammy Grummer!

Board Briefs: School Board Approves Appointment of New Chief Operating Officer D Murdock

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 approved the appointment of a longtime CCSD leader as its next Chief Operations Officer.

Dr. Debra Murdock, a past Georgia High School Principal of the Year who currently serves as an Executive Director in the Office of School Operations, will begin leading the division this spring.

Cherokee HS Celebrates Opening of Food Pantry in Partnership with MUST Ministries Cherokee HS Food Pantry 1 1 16 20

Cherokee High School this morning welcomed community leaders to celebrate the official opening of its new food pantry in partnership with MUST Ministries and cut the ceremonial ribbon.

School Board Visits Sixes Elementary School School Board Sixes ES 1 1 16 20

Cherokee County School Board members regularly visit schools for tours with the Superintendent of Schools, members of his staff, and the school’s Principal and administrative team. This month, the visit was to Sixes Elementary School! #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD School Police Officer: Michael Hunt of River Ridge HS! meet the officer Michael Hunt RRHS 1 14 20

The Cherokee County School District’s School Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting our students and staff every day. We’re thankful for their service, and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam #SafeCherokee

CCSD Earns Positive Credit Ratings Benefitting Taxpayers CCSD logo

The Cherokee County School District earned positive credit ratings from the world’s top agencies, benefitting the community’s taxpayers.

Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s financial service companies this month reaffirmed CCSD’s Aa2 and Aa+ ratings, respectively, and awarded Stable outlooks to both, which places the District in an outstanding position for future growth. 
 

CCSD Teacher Wins National Science Teaching Award! SOMERS Ann-Margaret

A CCSD teacher has won a top national fellowship for STEM educators!

Mill Creek Middle School eighth-grade science teacher Ann-Margaret Somers is one of only 26 teachers in STEM fields from across the country selected as 2019-20 Teacher Fellows by the Northrop Grumman Foundation and National Science Teaching Association (NSTA).

Meet a CCSD Teacher: David Armistead of Etowah HS! MTT (Etowah HS) Armistead

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

CCSD Student Named PTA Reflections Theme Contest Finalist JACKSON Olivia

A Cherokee County School District student is a national finalist in a PTA contest!

E.T. Booth Middle School sixth-grader Olivia Jackson is one of only five students from Georgia selected as National PTA Reflections theme finalists.

CCSD Student Wins in Regional Essay Contest DAVIS Grey

An E.T. Booth Middle School student is the Cherokee County winner in a regional essay contest!

Sixth-grader Grey Davis was honored for her entry into the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District’s annual water essay contest.

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Kellie Henson of Ball Ground ES STEM Academy! toty ball ground es stem academy 2020 1 11 20

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate 2020 Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy Teacher of the Year Kellie Henson!

Dean Rusk Student Named County Spelling Champ spelling bee winners

Dean Rusk Middle School sixth-grader Riley O’Neill correctly spelled “piratical” and then “hurriedly” to claim the title as the county’s top speller at the 2020 Cherokee County School District Spelling Bee Thursday night at Cherokee High School.  Brayden McPhillips of Woodstock Middle School captured second, and Laura Hand of Creekland Middle School placed third. 

CCSD Teacher Selected to Serve on State Science Education Board GARLAND Karen

A Cherokee County School District teacher has been selected to serve on a statewide science education board!

Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy science lab teacher Karen Garland was tapped to serve on the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia’s Board as its Council of Outdoor Learning Chair. 

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Laura Killen of Holly Springs ES STEM Academy! ssoty hses 1 9 20

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 Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy Support Staff Employee of the Year Laura Killen!

Read the latest CCSD Connections parent newsletter! CCSD Connections newsletter image January 2020

The January edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online here and includes updates on safety and security and other important information. Thanks to Credit Union of Georgia for its sponsorship! #CCSDfam

Four CCSD Schools Honored by Governor for Academic Success and Progress gov awards academic1 8 20

Four Cherokee County School District schools have been recognized by the Governor for academic success and progress!
 

Meet a CCSD School Police Officer: Lt. Richie Rich! meet the officer Rich CCSD 1 7 20

The Cherokee County School District’s School Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting our students and staff every day. We’re thankful for their service, and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam #SafeCherokee

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Michael Gaudio of Johnston ES! MTT (Johnston ES) Gaudio 1 6 20

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

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Northside Hospital Cherokee for ACE Academy! poty ACE 12 22 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to ACE Academy 2019 Partner of the Year Northside Hospital Cherokee!

CCSD JROTC Team Ranked No. 6 in Nation! Creekview HS Raiders 1 12 20 19

The Creekview High School Army JROTC Female Raider Team is ranked No. 6 in the Nation!

The team placed first in numerous regional competitions, third at the State Championships, and sixth at Raider Nationals this fall.  

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Suzanne Newman of Little River ES! ssoty Little River ES 12 19 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 Little River Elementary School Support Staff Employee of the Year Suzanne Newman!

CCSD Schools Celebrate Holidays with Service Projects Creekview HS CFA Leader Academy 12 16 19

Every holiday season, CCSD students, staff, parents & community partners join together to show how much CCSD cares about its families in need.  We hope you enjoy these photos from just a few of their many service projects. #CCSDfam #CCSDcares
 

CCSD Georgia Lottery Pre-K Enrollment Begins in February RM Moore Pre-K 2

Open enrollment for the Cherokee County School District’s Georgia Lottery Pre-K Classes program begins in February!

CCSD Publishes Second Annual Comprehensive Annual Financial Report cover CAFR FY2019

The Cherokee County School District has published its second annual Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, which is considered the gold standard in government financial reporting.  

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Target at Woodstock Square for Arnold Mill ES! poty ames 12 18 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Arnold Mill Elementary School 2019 Partner of the Year Target at Woodstock Square!

Please Share Our New Job Listing: Special Education Specialists job ad Special Education Dec 2019

Please share our new job listing! These Special Education team positions offer competitive compensation packages with outstanding benefits (including State Health Benefit Plan & Teachers Retirement System), a great work calendar, and a wonderful work environment and team. Job description & minimum qualifications posted at http://bit.ly/CCSDspecial Questions? Contact CCSD Recruiter Lindsay.Bowley@Cherokeek12.net. Join the #CCSDfam & apply now: http://bit.ly/jobsCCSD

Meet a CCSD School Police Officer: Mike Dames of Sequoyah HS! meet officer Mike Dames SHS 12 17 19

The Cherokee County School District’s School Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting our students and staff every day. We’re thankful for their service, and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam #SafeCherokee
 

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Barry White of Woodstock ES! voty Woodstock ES 12 17 19

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

Middle and High Schools on Early Dismissal Schedule this Friday, Dec. 20

This Friday, December 20, is an Early Dismissal Day for middle and high schools; elementary schools, preschool centers and Tippens Education Center will dismiss on time; no After School Program will be offered. Early dismissal will be at noon for Creekland MS, Teasley MS, Cherokee HS, Creekview HS, Etowah HS, River Ridge HS, Sequoyah HS, Woodstock HS, ACE Academy; and at 12:45 p.m. for E.T. Booth MS, Freedom MS, Dean Rusk MS, Mill Creek MS and Woodstock MS. 

Please Share Our New Job Listing: School Administrators  job ad School Administrator Dec 2019

Please share our new job listing! These school leadership positions offer competitive compensation packages with outstanding benefits (including State Health Benefit Plan & Teachers Retirement System), a great work calendar, and a wonderful work environment and team. Job description & minimum qualifications posted at http://bit.ly/CCSDadm Questions? Contact CCSD Recruiter Lindsay.Bowley@Cherokeek12.net. Join the #CCSDfam & apply now: http://bit.ly/jobsCCSD

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Scott L. Martin of Creekview HS! MTT (Creekview) Martin 12 16 19

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

CCSD Educator Elected to Board for Statewide Teachers Group Woodstock HS Teacher Named to Ga ESOL Teachers Board 12 16 19.png

A Cherokee County School District teacher has been elected to serve on a state board of educators.

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Casey Wheeler of Arnold Mill ES! toty ames 12 14 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 2020 Arnold Mill Elementary School Teacher of the Year Casey Wheeler! 
 

26 CCSD Students Advancing to Regional Social Studies Fair! CCSD Social Studies Fair First-Place Winners 2019-20

The Cherokee County School District’s Social Studies Fair saw impressive participation, with 26 first-place winners advancing to the Northwest Regional Social Studies Fair in February!

CCSD Teacher Named to Inaugural National Extraordinary Educators Group Olivia Ruggirello

A Cherokee County School District teacher has been named to a new national group of top educators!

Johnston Elementary School kindergarten teacher Olivia Ruggirello is one of 31 teachers from across the country selected by Curriculum Associates for its inaugural Extraordinary Educators recognition program.

Board Briefs: School Board Reaffirms Stand Against Vouchers CCSD Board Photo 2018-19

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 reaffirmed its opposition to vouchers by joining Georgia’s largest coalition of school systems in its stand against giving taxpayer dollars to private schools.

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Jenny Juneghani of Hickory Flat ES! ssoty hickory flat es 12 12 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 Hickory Flat Elementary School Support Staff Employee of the Year Jenny Juneghani!

School Board and Superintendent Visit Clayton ES School Board Visit to Clayton ES 1

Cherokee County School Board members regularly visit schools for tours with the Superintendent of Schools, members of his staff, and the school’s Principal and administrative team.  This month, the visit was to Clayton Elementary School, where they learned from Principal Carrie O’Bryant about efforts to increase attendance and STEM learning, visited classrooms, and enjoyed a lunch from the school cafeteria.

Freedom MS Educator Earns CCSD Outstanding Paraprofessional Award! CCSD Special Education Paraprofessional Award 12 12 19

A Freedom Middle School paraprofessional has been named the Cherokee County School District’s Outstanding Paraprofessional Award winner for the year!

Maria Rogers earned the Department of Special Education’s newly established honor, which will be presented annually to one paraprofessional working in a special education classroom, in recognition of her excellent service to students and support of colleagues.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Alfa Insurance - Brad Crawford Agency for Avery ES!  poty Avery ES 12 11 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Avery Elementary School 2019 Partner of the Year Alfa Insurance - Brad Crawford Agency! 

Reminder: Use SafeSchools Alert to Report Safety Concerns Safe Schools

Safe Schools Alert

Please watch this brief video to learn more about SafeSchools Alert - CCSD's system to report a school safety concern by text, email, phone call, online message or app to school police and administrators. Reminder: This system does not replace 911; please call 911 in an emergency. #SafeCherokee

 

 

Meet a CCSD School Police Officer: Brian Stevenson of Creekview HS! meet officer Brian Stevenson CVHS 12 10 19

The Cherokee County School District’s School Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting our students and staff every day. We’re thankful for their service, and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam #SafeCherokee
 

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Teddye Holloway of Tippens EC! voty Tippens 12 10 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to Tippens Education Center 2019 Volunteer of the Year Teddye Holloway!

 

Community Partners Join Together to Open Food Pantry at Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy ribbon cutting

Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy officially opened its school-based food pantry Monday with a ribbon cutting and reception with partners and volunteers.  The food pantry is a  partnership with MUST Ministries, which has opened more than three dozen school-based food pantries in Cobb and Cherokee counties.

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Mollie Guy of Holly Springs ES STEM Academy! MTT (Holly Springs ES) Guy 12 9 19

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

Learn More About a Student Delegate: Madison Johns of Etowah HS! delegateEHS19

Every school year, each CCSD high school selects one Student Delegate to the School Board to represent the student voice. One Delegate is named the Student Advisor and sits with the Board at its meetings. We’ll introduce you to them all this year! #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Wesley Marshall of ACE Academy! toty ACE Academy 12 7 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 2020 ACE Academy Teacher of the Year Wesley Marshall!

Senior Bowl Celebrates One Last Night on the Gridiron senior bowl

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 at Etowah High School stadium for the 6th Annual Cherokee County School District Senior Bowl.

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Stephanie Greene of Macedonia ES! ssoty Macedonia ES 12 5 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 Macedonia Elementary School Support Staff Employee of the Year Stephanie Greene!

VILLA Parent Academy Sees Record Participation!  CCSD 2019 VILLA Graduation

The Cherokee County School District’s third annual VILLA Program, which encourages and celebrates parent engagement, saw record participation this year.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Keller Williams Realty Partners - The Jenny and Penny Team for Bascomb ES! poty Bascomb ES 12 4 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Bascomb Elementary School 2019 Partner of the Year Keller Williams Realty Partners - The Jenny and Penny Team!

Meet a CCSD School Police Officer: Joseph Cordero of Freedom MS! meet the officer Cordero 12 3 19

The Cherokee County School District’s School Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting our students and staff every day. We’re thankful for their service, and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam #SafeCherokee
 

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: David Harrison of Teasley MS! 58854406-6D97-482F-A312-E4648C9D8C01.png

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to Teasley Middle School 2019 Volunteer of the Year David Harrison!

CCSD Connections Parent Newsletter for December Now Online CCSD connections image Dec 2019

The December edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online here. Thanks to Credit Union of Georgia for its sponsorship! #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Gale Connelly of Woodstock MS! MTT (Woodstock MS) Connelly 12 2 19

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

CCSD School Named a Georgia Title I Distinguished School! distinguished title i school clark creek 12 2 19

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

CCSD Student Named to GSBA Youth Advisory Council! GSBA Youth Advisory Council - Callahan Pace 12 2 19

A Cherokee County School District student has been named to a prestigious public education advisory group!

Creekview High School sophomore Callahan Pace is one of only eight high school students from across the state selected to serve on the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) Youth Advisory Council.

Congratulations to CCSD Anti-Vaping Student PSA Video Contest Winners! anti-vaping psa video screenshot

CCSD this fall held its first-ever student video PSA contest to raise awareness about the dangers of vaping.

Board Briefs: School Board Hears Update on Social and Emotional Learning Initiative CCSD Anti-Vaping Student Video PSA Contest Winners 11 22 19

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 heard an update on CCSD’s Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) initiative, including projects underway to increase counseling services and create a “parent university” program for providing parents more information to help their children’s safety and well-being.

Inaugural Flag Football Season Culminates in County Championship flag football

Cherokee and Sequoyah played in November for the county championship as CCSD's inaugural season of Girls High School Flag Football draws to a close. 

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: New Victoria Baptist Church for Boston ES! poty Boston ES 11 20 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Boston Elementary School 2019 Partner of the Year New Victoria Baptist Church!

Meet a CCSD School Police Officer: William Pauley of Sequoyah HS! meet the officer Pauley SHS 11 19 19

The Cherokee County School District’s School Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting our students and staff every day. We’re thankful for their service, and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam #SafeCherokee
 

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Alyssa Cheek of Sixes ES! voty sixes es 11 19 19

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

New Car Delivered to Teacher of the Year! family with car

Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy PE teacher  Barry Dalton was surrounded by excited first graders today when his new car was delivered, his prize for being selected as the CCSD Teacher of the Year for the county.  Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram offers the CCSD Teacher of the Year a free one-year lease on the vehicle of their choosing from the Canton dealership.  Manager David Booth was on hand to present the keys to Coach Dalton, who selected a silver Jeep Gladiator truck as his ride for the next 12 months.  

CCSD Announces Child Find Efforts Child find logo

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 age 3 to 21 years old.

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Lisa Soranno of Mill Creek MS! mtt mill creek ms 11 18 19

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

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Thania Molina of Mill Creek MS! ssoty mill creek ms 11 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 Mill Creek Middle School 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year Thania Molina!

CCSD Earns Top Awards for Communications and Community Engagement 2019 CCSD Grad Jump

The Cherokee County School District won top awards for communications and community engagement including two “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 in October; CCSD earned the highest total number of awards presented with 17 Gold Awards – including two “Best in State” honors -- and four Silver Awards.

Meet a CCSD School Police Officer: Sgt. Chris Mendel of Etowah HS! meet officer Mendel EHS 11 12 19

The Cherokee County School District’s School Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting our students and staff every day. We’re thankful for their service, and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam #SafeCherokee
 

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Woodstock HS Band Dads for Woodstock HS! voty WHS 11 12 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to Woodstock High School 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Woodstock High School Band Dads!

Thank You, CCSD School Psychologists! SPAW 2019 Poster

It's National School Psychology Awareness Week! We greatly appreciate all that our CCSD school psychologists do to help our students succeed. #CCSDfam

River Ridge HS Senior Earns Perfect ACT Score! perfect ACT Callie Goins 11 12 19

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

River Ridge High School senior Callie Goins achieved the top composite score of 36 on the challenging college entrance and placement test.  Of the 1.8 Million students who take the ACT each year, less than one-half of 1 percent accomplish this feat.

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Alyse Chester of Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy! MTT (Oak Grove ES) Chester 11 11 19

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

CCSD Leader Named 2020 Georgia Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year! MONTI Katherine

UPDATE 11/11/19: She won!!! Congratulations to E.T. Booth Middle School Assistant Principal Kathie Monti, who today was named Georgia’s Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year! #CCSDfam

A Cherokee County School District leader has been named a finalist for the statewide title of 2020 Georgia Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year!

E.T. Booth Middle School Assistant Principal Kathie Monti is one of two leaders announced as finalists for the award presented by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals.  The award, which is open to middle school assistant principals statewide, recognizes “outstanding school leaders who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students.”  

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Gary Howell of Freedom MS! ssoty Freedom MS 11 6 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 Freedom Middle School 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year Gary Howell!

CCSD School Receives $5,000 Donation for STEAM Lab! Rotary Donation to Hasty 11 7 19

The Rotary Club of Canton today presented Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy with a $5,000 donation!

The Club gave the gift funded through the Rotary District Grant match program to Hasty as part of their ongoing partnership, which supports the Canton school through donations of time, talent and treasure.

CCSD Schools Score High for School Climate four stars image

Cherokee County School District schools continue to score high among their community members for fostering a positive school climate and culture!

The District earned a four-star average on the five-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 five stars.  The rating is based on a survey of students, parents and teachers; student discipline issue rates; and daily attendance.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Soleil Charity Committee for Johnston Preschool Center! poty johnston preschool 11 6 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Johnston Preschool Center 2019 Partner of the Year Soleil Charity Committee!

Meet a CCSD School Police Officer: Emergency Communications Facilitator Bob Williams! meet officer Bob Williams 11 5 19

The Cherokee County School District’s School Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting our students and staff every day. We’re thankful for their service, and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam #SafeCherokee

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Monica Orrico of Sequoyah HS! voty shs 11 5 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to Sequoyah High School 2019 Volunteer of the Year Monica Orrico!

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

Congratulations to CCSD Teacher of the Year Barry Dalton! A9BBE6CF-66F9-4237-B79F-437F9ED499BB.jpeg

The Cherokee County School District rolled out the red carpet and shone the spotlight on superstar educators tonight at the 2020 Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration.

Befitting the event’s Oscars-inspired theme, with the opening of an envelope … Barry Dalton of Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy was surprised with the news he is the CCSD Teacher of the Year! 

CCSD Connections Newsletter Now Online: Schools Closed on March 24 CCSD Connections image 11 5 19

The November edition of the CCSD Connections parent e-newsletter now online here is filled with important information including two updates to the school calendar. 

There will be early dismissal for middle school and high school students on Friday, Dec. 20; elementary school dismissal will be on time, but After School Program will not be offered.   

There will be no school on Tuesday, March 24, the date of the Presidential Primary Election, in order to ensure the safety and security of students, as many schools are used as polling sites.  March 24 will be a Digital Learning Day, with assignments provided online for students to complete at home.  More information about how Digital Learning Days will work on March 24, as well as on any inclement weather days this fall and winter, is in the newsletter.

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Heidi Bentle of Woodstock MS! woodstock ms toty 11 4 19

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the stories of our school’s Teachers of the Year... please help us celebrate Woodstock Middle School 2019 Teacher of the Year Heidi Bentle!

As a child, Heidi Bentle dreamed of becoming an inventor – learning how things work, taking them apart and reassembling them to make them better.  

CCSD’s Annual Surplus Equipment Auction to Be Held This Saturday auction ad

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. 9, 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/  Look for the "Upcoming Auctions" heading.

CCSD Shares Retired Educators' Stories ccsd logo screen

To celebrate the annual Retired Educators Day on the first Sunday in November, CCSD every fall records brief StoryCorps-inspired oral history interviews with retired educators.  The full “Learning from Legends: Retired Educators Share Their Wisdom” video is posted on our YouTube channel at http://bit.ly/19legends. We hope you enjoy the excerpt below!  #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Dr. Derek Engram of Woodstock HS! Woodstock HS toty 19

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the stories of our school’s Teachers of the Year... please help us celebrate Woodstock High School 2019 Teacher of the Year Dr. Derek Engram!

Woodstock High School history teacher Dr. Derek Engram has seen many successes over his career.

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Katie Grooms of Woodstock ES! Woodstock ES toty 2019

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the stories of our school’s Teachers of the Year... please help us celebrate Woodstock Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year Katie Grooms!

Woodstock Elementary School Teacher of the Year Katie Grooms makes magic happen for the littles in her classroom every day.

Congratulations to CCSD's Middle School Academic Bowl Winners! 2019 CCSD Middle School Academic Bowl - Freedom MS

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 and Teasley Middle School placed third at the event, which is organized by CCSD’s Office of Curriculum & Instruction and was hosted this year by Dean Rusk Middle School.  The cost of this year’s event was sponsored by a community partner, Garth Gherardini with Modern Woodmen of America!

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River Ridge HS Junior Earns Perfect ACT Score! RRHS perfect ACT maya osborne 11 1 19

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

River Ridge High School junior Maya Osborne earned the top composite score of 36 on the college entrance and placement test.  On average, less than one-half of 1 percent of the 1.8 Million students who take the ACT each year earns the top score! 

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Danelle Anderson of Mountain Road ES! ssoty mountain road 10 31 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 Mountain Road Elementary School 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year Danelle Anderson!

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 School Teacher of the Year: April Popham of Tippens EC! Tippens EC toty 19

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the stories of our school’s Teachers of the Year... please help us celebrate Tippens Education Center 2019 Teacher of the Year April Popham!

One parent describes the students who Tippens Education Center Teacher of the Year April Popham serves as “star-shaped pegs in a world of square-shaped holes.”

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Christian Egner Foundation for Ralph Bunche Center! poty Ralph Bunche 10 30 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Ralph Bunche Center 2019 Partner of the Year Christian Egner Foundation!

CCSD Class of 2019 Excels on ACT CCSD ACT 2019

The Cherokee County School District Class of 2019 earned average ACT scores that topped National averages and, for the second consecutive year, ranked No. 7 overall in Georgia!

The Class scored an impressive overall score of 22.7, exceeding Georgia’s 21.4 and the Nation’s 20.7, on the challenging college entrance and placement examination.  The score ranks CCSD fourth among metro Atlanta counties and seventh in Georgia – out of 180 school districts!

Meet a CCSD School Police Officer: Jay Burns of Cherokee HS! meet officer Jay Burns - Cherokee HS 10 29 19

The Cherokee County School District’s School Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting our students and staff every day. We’re thankful for their service, and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam #SafeCherokee

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Roy Blackwell of River Ridge HS! voty rrhs 10 29 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to River Ridge High School 2019 Volunteer of the Year Roy Blackwell!

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Ashlyn Grummer of Indian Knoll ES! MTT (Indian Knoll ES) Grummer

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

Dual Enrollment Information Sessions Set for November 7 and 11 ROAD TO GRADUATIONS

Explore the option of Dual Enrollment!  The Cherokee County School District invites students and parents who are interested in learning more about Dual Enrollment to our annual information nights coming up November 7 and 11.

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Nicholas Garcia of Teasley MS! Teasley 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 Teasley Middle School 2019 Teacher of the Year Nicholas Garcia!

School Board Visits Mill Creek Middle School School Board Visit Mill Creek MS 1 10 25 19

Cherokee County School Board members regularly visit schools for tours with the Superintendent of Schools, members of his staff, and the school’s Principal and administrative team.  This month, the visit was to Mill Creek Middle School, where they learned from Principal Matthew May about efforts to increase academic success and Social and Emotional Learning, enjoyed a School Nutrition lunch from the cafeteria and visited classrooms. #CCSDfam

CCSD Performance Improves and Continues to Exceed State Accountability Scores Elem writing

The Cherokee County School District’s performance has improved, and, for the seventh consecutive year, has exceeded the State’s average College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) accountability system score.

The scores, released today by the Georgia Department of Education, annually calculate student academic achievement and progress.  The School District’s 2018-19 CCRPI average is 83, an increase from 79 the previous year, and exceeding the State average of 76.  Scores at all three levels of CCSD schools also improved from the previous year and surpassed State performance: 86 elementary (77 Georgia); 80 middle (72); 82 high (77). 

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Wendy Comelitti of Free Home ES! ssoty Free Home ES 10 24 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 Free Home Elementary School 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year Wendy Comelitti!

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: Chick-fil-A at Riverstone for Cherokee HS! poty Cherokee HS 10 23 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Cherokee High School 2019 Partner of the Year Chick-fil-A at Riverstone!

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!
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We Appreciate Our CCSD School Bus Drivers! bus driver breakfast

October 21-25 is National School Bus Safety Week, and this is also the time we honor our school bus drivers and thank them for the great job they do keeping children safe on the ride to and from school.  Thanks to sponsors Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and the Chick-fil-A restaurants in Cherokee County, CCSD drivers were treated to breakfast on Tuesday and given Chick-fil-A gift cards and a bag of treats.  CCSD schools also held special events or provided tokens of thanks for their drivers. 

Meet a CCSD School Police Officer: Katrina Adams of Dean Rusk MS! MEET OFFICER Katrina Adams - Dean Rusk MS 10 22 19

The Cherokee County School District’s School Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting our students and staff every day. We’re thankful for their service, and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam #SafeCherokee

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Debra Smith of R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy! voty RM Moore 10 22 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy 2019 Volunteer of the Year Debra Smith!

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

Annual Georgia Probe College Fair Visits Cherokee County on Oct. 29 probe 2019

Save the date: The Georgia Probe College Fair will make its annual stop in Cherokee County from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 29 at Cherokee High School (Cherokee North Campus) at 930 Marietta Highway, Canton. Learn more: http://gaprobe.org #CCSDfam

School Nutrition Staff Celebrate National Farm to School Month cider press

October is National Farm to School Month!  CCSD School Nutrition staff  toured a local farm on October 14 during the district's professional development day, learning more about how local produce is grown as well as engaging in some fun fall educational activities-- such as pressing apple cider and grinding dried corn.

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Jenny Sullivan of Mountain Road ES! MTT (Mountain Road ES) Sullivan 10 21 19

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

CCSD Students Win in Statewide Fire Safety Essay Contest! CCSD Fire Safety State Winners 10 21 19

Two Cherokee County School District students have placed in the statewide National Fire Prevention Week essay contest!

CCSD’s Office of Safety & Security, in collaboration with Cherokee County Office of Fire & Emergency Services and Woodstock Fire Department, sponsored the district level of the statewide poster and essay contests.

Board Briefs: School Board Begins Legislative Priorities Process CCSD Board Photo

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 began the development of its annual Legislative Partnership Priorities outlining its stand on statewide education issues.

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Nadia Jones of Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy! ssoty oak grove 10 17 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 Oak Grove Elementary School Fine Arts Academy 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year Nadia Jones!

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: YANMAR Evo Center for Clark Creek ES STEM Academy! poty clark creek 10 16 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy 2019 Partner of the Year YANMAR Evo Center!

Meet a CCSD School Police Officer: German Rivas of Cherokee HS! meet officer Rivas - Cherokee HS 10 15 19

The Cherokee County School District’s School Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting our students and staff every day. We’re thankful for their service, and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam #SafeCherokee

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Katherine Freeman for Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy! voty oak grove 10 15 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to Oak Grove Elementary School Fine Arts Academy 2019 Volunteer of the Year Katherine Freeman!

Students Invited to Thank Educators Through #thanksCCSD Project thanks CCSD icon

Can you remember a teacher or another school staff member from your childhood who made a positive difference in your life?  Did you ever thank them?

“We know our School District is a family of caring teachers, counselors, bus drivers, cafeteria staff and many more, all focused on doing their best to serve our students …  and a new districtwide initiative will now give students the opportunity to thank them!” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “We’re excited to begin #thanksCCSD and honor those among us who go above and beyond.”

Bascomb ES Mom Squashes the Competition! squash the competition

Bascomb ES mom Christen Winkelman won the CCSD School Nutrition Parent Recipe contest with her entry of a casserole (entitled "Squash the Competition Sweet Casserole") that bested 60 other appetizing ways to prepare squash, the Georgia Organics' Farm-to-School Month's vegetable of the year. 

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: LaTonya McGruder of Sixes ES! sixes 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 Sixes Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year LaTonya McGruder!
 

CCSD Celebrates Georgia Pre-K Week with Special Guests and Partners group photo of teachers and students

CCSD schools celebrated Georgia Pre-K week with visits from school partners and special guests.  CCSD provides multiple programs for students who have not reached kindergarten age, including Georgia Lottery funded Pre-kindergarten, Head Start for 4-year-olds, and preschool programs for 3 and 4-year-olds.  

Learn More About CCSD's Blueprint Strategic Plan Blueprint 20-24 Five Priority Areas

Want to learn more about what's next for CCSD? 

The Cherokee County School Board recently approved CCSD Blueprint: a long-range plan for continued success.  This strategic plan will guide CCSD's work for the next five years.  You can learn more about Blueprint, and keep up with CCSD's progress in accomplishing the goals set by the plan, by visiting this new webpage.

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: June Pollack of Etowah HS! ssoty ehs 10 10 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 Etowah High School 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year June Pollack!

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: Help A Child Ministry for Clayton ES! poty clayton es 10 9 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Clayton Elementary School 2019 Partner of the Year Help A Child Ministry!

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!
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Meet a CCSD School Police Officer: Ryan Bleisath of Teasley MS! meet officer teasley MS 10 8 19

The Cherokee County School District’s School Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting our students and staff every day. We’re thankful for their service, and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam #SafeCherokee

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Cynthia Tunon of Woodstock MS! voty wms 10 8 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to Woodstock Middle School 2019 Volunteer of the Year Cynthia Tunon!

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

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Misty Harper of Dean Rusk MS! MTT (Dean Rusk MS) Harper 10 7 19

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

Athletes and Volunteers Make a Great Team for Special Olympics Awareness Games athletes on field course

Hundreds of athletes and volunteers participated in the CCSD Special Olympics Awareness Games on Friday morning at River Ridge High School.  

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Paul Peacock of Sequoyah HS! Sequoyah HS

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 Sequoyah High School 2019 Teacher of the Year Paul Peacock!

Sequoyah High School teacher Paul Peacock definitely wants his students to leave his class at the end of the year more knowledgeable about U.S. history.

CCSD Connections Newsletter for October Now Online Connections newsletter image October 2019

The October edition of the CCSD Connections parent e-newsletter now online here is filled with important information including an update on CCSD’s Digital Learning Day plan for inclement weather.  Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia. #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Dottie Townsend for R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy! ssoty rm moore 10 3 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 R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year Dottie Townsend!

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 SAT Scores Rank Second in Metro Atlanta, Top 10 in Georgia SAT infographic

Additional data released this week by the Georgia Department of Education shows CCSD's Class of 2019 scored among the highest in the state on the SAT. 

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Northside Hospital Cherokee for Creekland MS! poty cms 10 2 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Creekland Middle School 2019 Partner of the Year Northside Hospital Cherokee!

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!
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CCSD Surprises Four CCSD Teacher of the Year Finalists! TOTY ACCENT 2

The Cherokee County School District today surprised four teachers with the news they are CCSD Teacher of the Year Finalists!

Meet a CCSD School Police Officer: Beth Jeffreys of Creekland MS! meet the officer Creekland MS - Beth Jeffreys 10 1 19

The Cherokee County School District’s School Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting our students and staff every day. We’re thankful for their service, and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam #SafeCherokee

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Heather Crachi of Mountain Road ES! voty Mountain Road ES 10 1 19

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

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

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Michelle Perona of Sixes ES! MTT (Sixes ES) Perona 9 30 19

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

CCSD Class of 2019 Outscores State, Nation on SAT sat logo

Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2019 topped State and National averages on the SAT, according to results released today by the College Board!

CCSD Student Earns Top Congressional Award congress award gold seng 9 23 19

A Cherokee County School District student has earned the prestigious Congressional Award Gold Medal!

Cherokee High School junior Rebekah Seng, who is a member of the JROTC program at Cherokee HS, joins an elite group, as only about 500 students in the United States earn the Gold Medal each year.

CCSD Teacher Earns 2019 Educator Award from Yale University ROBERTS Dr Wendy

Dr. Wendy Roberts of Sequoyah High School has won the 2019 Yale Educator Award – one of only 55 teachers worldwide to be honored.

The Award recognizes outstanding educators from around the world “who support and inspire their students to perform at high levels and to achieve excellence long before they attend Yale,” according to the University.

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Katie Freeman of River Ridge HS! River Ridge HS 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 River Ridge High School 2019 Teacher of the Year Katie Freeman!
 

Board Briefs: School Board Reviews Report on Overcrowding and School Boundaries

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 reviewed CCSD’s annual report on school overcrowding, which will not lead to any school boundary redrawings for next school year.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said, based on the limited enrollment growth of 350 additional students and lack of any “critically overcrowded” schools, he will not recommend any redistricting for next school year.

CCSD Building a Stronger Career Education Program! CCSD CTAE logo

The Cherokee County School District is building a stronger career education program to prepare students for more choices and opportunities after graduation!
 
Career, Technical and Agricultural Education, or CTAE, has long been rooted in CCSD high schools, with dozens of programs offered and refined over the years based on student interest and workforce needs.  
 
 

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Emily Iwane of E.T. Booth MS! ssoty et booth ms 9 19 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 E.T. Booth Middle School 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year Emily Iwane!

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Alison Hughes of R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy! rm moore 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 R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy 2019 Teacher of the Year Alison Hughes!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Woodmont Golf & Country Club for Creekview HS! poty cvhs 9 18 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Creekview High School 2019 Partner of the Year: Woodmont Golf & Country Club!

CCSD Leaders Celebrate Farm-to-School Success CCSD Platinum Golden Radish 1 9 18 19

Cherokee County School District leaders celebrated the success of its farm-to-school initiative at a statewide awards ceremony this week.

CCSD’s School Nutrition program for the third consecutive year has earned the Platinum Golden Radish Award, the highest honor for farm-to-school initiatives.  The 2019 Golden Radish Awards on Tuesday at the Mercedes Benz Stadium was attended by Cherokee County School Board Chair Kyla Cromer and CCSD Chief Financial Officer Ken Owen, School Nutrition Director Tina Farmer and Facilitator Toni Hedges.

CCSD Graduation Rate Continues to Exceed State Averages graduation-caps

The Cherokee County School District’s graduation rate continues to exceed State averages with 87% of the Class of 2019 earning a diploma within four years of entering high school.

CCSD’s performance tops the State’s rate of 82% -- an all-time high since the State began using a new formula required by Federal law.  Georgia’s rate has increased by 12 percentage points since 2012, while CCSD has climbed nearly 15 points.

Meet a CCSD School Police Officer: Chris Taylor of E.T. Booth MS! meet the officer ET Booth MS - Chris Taylor 9 17 19

The Cherokee County School District’s School Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting our students and staff every day. We’re thankful for their service, and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam #SafeCherokee

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Mary Ogg of Mill Creek MS! voty MCMS 9 17 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to Mill Creek Middle School 2019 Volunteer of the Year Mary Ogg!

CCSD Students Named to State School Superintendent's Student Advisory Council state superintendent student advisory council 2019-20

Seven Cherokee County School District students have been named to the State School Superintendent’s 2019-20 Student Advisory Council!

They are: Etowah HS ninth-grader Ila Prabhuram, who also was selected to serve last school year; E.T. Booth MS eighth-graders Madeline May and Anvita Rautray; Teasley MS eighth-grader Nick Whyte; Woodstock HS seniors Laney Broussard and Ella Elbeck; and Woodstock MS seventh-grader Marisol Borrero.

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Danielle Cosey of Woodstock ES! MTT (Woodstock ES) Cosey

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

Businesses & Organizations Learn How to Partner Up with CCSD Schools CCSD 2019 Partner Up 1 9 13 19

Representatives from more than 50 businesses and organizations throughout the community came out Thursday to Partner Up with CCSD schools!

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Amy McCravy of Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy! oak grove 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 Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy 2019 Teacher of the Year Amy McCravy!

Amy McCravy is a “top draft pick” teacher – when she’s interested in a job, there’s no one a Principal wants more.

28 CCSD Schools Honored at State Level for Health and PE Programs 2019 ccsd shape honor roll 9 13 19

Twenty-eight Cherokee County School District schools have been honored at the State level for excellence in health and PE programs!

The schools all earned recognition on the Governor’s SHAPE (Student Health and Physical Education) Honor Roll, which rewards outstanding commitment to the health and well-being of Georgia’s students through fitness and nutrition.

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Virginia Elder of River Ridge HS! ssoty River Ridge HS 9 12 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 River Ridge High School 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year Virginia Elder!

CCSD School Nutrition Scores a Three-peat with Another State Platinum Award 2019 Golden Radish Logo

The Cherokee County School District School Nutrition program has scored a three-peat with its third consecutive Platinum-level Georgia Golden Radish Award!

CCSD’s program, which serves 5 million meals each year in school cafeterias, again earned the top award from Georgia’s Departments of Agriculture, Public Health and Education, and Georgia Organics.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Russell Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry for Dean Rusk MS! poty dean rusk ms 9 11 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Dean Rusk Middle School 2019 Partner of the Year: Russell Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry!

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

Six Cherokee County School District high school seniors today were named 2020 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists!

They are: of Cherokee High School, Anna DeYoung; of Creekview High School, Jack Eno and Lyriel Todd; of River Ridge High School, Alicia Mazzurra and Sathvika Narasimhan; of Woodstock High School, Dayne J. Bergman.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Robin and Alan Wallman of Macedonia ES! voty Macedonia ES 9 19 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to Macedonia Elementary School 2019 Volunteers of the Year Robin and Alan Wallman!

Meet a CCSD School Police Officer: Andy Farmer of Woodstock MS! meet the police officer Andy Farmer 9 10 19

The Cherokee County School District’s School Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting our students and staff every day.  We’re thankful for their service, and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam #SafeCherokee

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Jeffrey Ehlers of E.T. Booth MS! MTT (ET Booth MS_2) Ehlers 9 9 1 9

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

CCSD Teacher Tapped to Lead Master Teacher Workshop at Facebook River Ridge HS Facebook Teacher 9 9 19

A River Ridge High School computer science teacher was tapped to lead a Master Teacher Workshop at Facebook’s headquarters! 

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Amy Kerwood of Mountain Road ES! Mountain Road 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 Mountain Road Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year Amy Kerwood!

September's CCSD Connections Parent E-Newsletter Now Online CCSD Connections September 2019 image snip

The September edition of the CCSD Connections parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter, and is filled with important news & updates. Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia! #CCSDfam

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Christy Bennett of Dean Rusk MS! ssoty dean rusk ms 9 3 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 Dean Rusk Middle School 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year Christy Bennett!

Congratulations to CCSD's 2020 School Teachers of the Year! toty statuette

Congratulations to CCSD's School Teachers of the Year!

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 2020 Teacher of the Year! 

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: The Premier Group Real Estate Firm for E.T. Booth MS! poty et booth ms 9 4 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to E.T. Booth Middle School 2019 Partner of the Year The Premier Group Real Estate Firm!

New Video Highlights Cherokee Summer Internship Program 2019 cherokee summer internship video image

Thirteen CCSD high school students spent the summer learning and earning through the Cherokee Summer Internship Program!

The second annual program was sponsored by the Cherokee Workforce Collaborative, through which CCSD, county government, business and industry, university and nonprofit leaders work together to support local workforce growth.

First CCSD Teachers Earn International Certification for Educational Technology Use ISTE Certification logo

Five Cherokee County School District teachers have earned international certification for excellence in effective use of educational technology in the classroom!

The teachers -- Kim Bennett, Kerri Gainer, Connie Garrison, Elizabeth Huffaker and Traci Rollman – who all serve at Creekland Middle School, are the first in CCSD to achieve ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Certification. 

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Scott Steinbrenner of Little River ES! voty little river es 9 3 19

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

CCSD Educator Wins State Middle School PE Teacher of the Year Award! KRUG Debbie

A Cherokee County School District educator has earned the statewide Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award!

E.T. Booth Middle School teacher Debbie Krug has won the top honor from the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (GAHPERD). 

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Leah Parrott of Macedonia ES! macedonia 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 Macedonia Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year Leah Parrott!

Please Share Our New Job Listing: Facility Maintenance Director job ad - fac maint dir 2019

Please share our new job listing for CCSD Director of Facility Maintenance! This leadership position offers a competitive compensation package with outstanding benefits (including State Health Benefit Plan & Teachers Retirement System), a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Lori Jones of Sequoyah HS! SSOTY SHS 8 29 1

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 Sequoyah High School Support Staff Employee of the Year Lori Jones!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: GAMEDAY: A Southern Sports Grill for Etowah HS!  poty ehs 8 28 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to 2019 Etowah High School Partner of the Year: GAMEDAY: A Southern Sports Grill!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Sharmaine Christie of Liberty ES! voty Liberty 8 27 19

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

Enter CCSD's First-Ever Parent Recipe Contest! CCSD recipe contest squash 2019

What's cooking, #CCSDfam?  

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

CCSD Transportation Department Recertified for National Blue Seal of Excellence!  ASE logo 2019

The CCSD Transportation Department has earned recertification of its prestigious National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Blue Seal of Excellence!

CCSD in 2015 became one of the first school systems in the State to obtain this level of certification, and just learned that this important seal of approval has been extended again based on a close review of its staff’s knowledge and practices.

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Kaye Rogers of Boston ES! mtt boston es 8 26 19

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

Enter CCSD's Fire Safety Essay & Poster Contests by Sept. 9 National Fire Prevention Week 2019 theme

CCSD students are invited to enter CCSD's Fire Safety Essay & Poster Contests by Sept. 9.

To raise awareness in observation of National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12, CCSD's Office of Safety & Security, in collaboration with Cherokee County Office of Fire & Emergency Services and Woodstock Fire Department, will sponsor districtwide fire safety contests.  The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) theme is: “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Karen Reynolds of Little River ES! little river 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 Little River Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year Karen Reynolds!

Board Briefs: School Board Approves New Strategic Plan Based on Community Input Blueprint 20-24 Five Priority Areas

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 approved Blueprint, a new long-range plan for the Cherokee County School District’s continued success, developed based on community input. 

The creation of the new five-year strategic plan, which is posted here, evolved over six months of meetings with students, families, teachers, support staff, business and community partners to determine what matters most to them and how CCSD could better serve them.

School Board Members Visit Schools Throughout CCSD! Steiner at Boston 2019 (8)

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

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Margie Paul of Creekview HS! ssoty cvhs 8 22 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 Creekview High School Support Staff Employee of the Year Margie Paul!

23 CCSD Students Place at Georgia PTA Reflections! CCSD Georgia PTA Reflections Winners 2018-19

Twenty-three Cherokee County School District students placed in the 2018-19 Georgia PTA Reflections fine arts contest!

The annual PTA Reflections contest gives students in all grades and abilities the opportunity to create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts for the opportunity to earn recognition at the School, County, State and National levels. 

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Modern Woodmen of America for Free Home ES! poty fhes 8 21 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Free Home Elementary School 2019 Partner of the Year: Modern Woodmen of America!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Pam Sheldon of Knox ES STEM Academy! voty Knox ES 8 20 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to Knox Elementary School STEM Academy 2019 Volunteer of the Year Pam Sheldon!

CCSD Leaders Enjoy Cherokee Tribune Partnership Lunch CCSD - Cherokee Tribune Partnership Luncheon 2019

Cherokee County School District leaders today enjoyed the annual Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News – CCSD Partnership lunch!

For nearly two decades, the newspaper has hosted school leaders for a yearly back-to-school luncheon at Williamson Bros Bar-B-Q in Canton to thank them for their service to the community. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Angie Nalls of Liberty ES! Liberty 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 Liberty Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year Angie Nalls!

CCSD Teacher Earns Prestigious Fulbright Award! DASHER Elaine

A Cherokee County School District teacher has won a prestigious Fulbright award!

Sequoyah High School English teacher Elaine Dasher has been selected by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to receive a Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Grant.  She is one of only 76 teachers nationwide to earn the prestigious award this year.

August School Board Meeting Rescheduled to Thursday, August 22

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

 

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Deena Smith of Sixes ES! ssoty sixes es 8 15 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 Sixes Elementary School Support Staff Employee of the Year Deena Smith!

2 CCSD Schools Earn National PTA Recognition national pta school of excellence logo

Two Cherokee County School District schools have earned national recognition from the PTA!

Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy and Mill Creek Middle School have been named National Schools of Excellence by the parent and teacher organization.

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

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

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

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

School Board Visits Mountain Road Elementary School School Board Mountain Road Visit 1

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 visit was to Mountain Road Elementary School, where they learned from Principal Melinda Roulier about efforts to increase Social and Emotional Learning and partner with the PTA in fundraising activities, enjoyed a School Nutrition lunch from the cafeteria, and visited Teacher of the Year Kelly Gilstrap’s kindergarten classroom. #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: The Premier Group Real Estate Firm for Freedom MS! poty fms 8 14 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Freedom Middle School 2019 Partner of the Year: The Premier Group Real Estate Firm!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Khrista Sargenski of Johnston ES! voty johnston es 8 13 19

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

Meet the Teacher: Kym Van Hout of Hickory Flat ES! mtt hfes 8 12 19

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

CCSD Announces Anti-Vaping Student PSA Video Contest  image CCSD Anti-Vaping Student PSA Contest 2019

The Cherokee County School District is sponsoring a video contest with a $500 prize to seek students’ help in raising awareness of the dangers of vaping.

CCSD students in grades 6-12 are invited to create and enter by Oct. 1, 2019 a short public service announcement-style video that educates students about the health dangers of vaping.  Entries will be judged for message, quality and creativity.  One winner will receive $500 sponsored by the Service League of Cherokee County.

 

CCSD Cancels 8/12-13/19 Outdoor Activities Due to Heat Advisory heat advisory

Due to the anticipated high heat index for today and Tuesday, August 13, 2019, the Cherokee County School District is cancelling all outdoor activities from 12:00 noon to 6:00 PM.  This includes curricular and extracurricular classes and activities.

Learn More About Partnering with Schools at Sept. 12 Event 2019 Partner Up

The Cherokee County School District is asking local businesses and organizations to Partner Up with CCSD!

Businesses and organizations are invited to learn more about partnering with CCSD schools by dropping in at the free event anytime between 4 and 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility auditorium (1205 Bluffs Parkway, Canton, 30114).  Participants can visit tables of school leaders, who will be grouped by geographic area, to share coffee and conversation with them about partnership opportunities.

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Nicole Waldrep of Knox ES STEM Academy! knox 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 Knox Elementary School STEM Academy 2019 Teacher of the Year Nicole Waldrep!

Knox Elementary School STEM Academy first-grade teacher Nicole Waldrep is praised by colleagues as an advocate, a saint, a friend -- and their 2019 Teacher of the Year.

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Kathy Murphy of Creekland MS! ssoty cms 8 8 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 Creekland Middle School Support Staff Employee of the Year Kathy Murphy!

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

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

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

School Bus Drivers Recognized for Outstanding Performance wanda reeves

CCSD school bus drivers, bus technicians and transportation support staff engaged in annual training together in July, brushing up on safety procedures and preparing to run routes for 2019-20. Several transportation employees were recognized during the training for recent achievements.  

 

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Rotary Club of Canton for Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy! poty hasty es 8 7 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy 2019 Partner of the Year: Rotary Club of Canton!

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
 

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

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

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

Meet a CCSD Volunteer of the Year: Christine Dagostino of Indian Knoll ES! voty indian knoll es 8 6 19

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

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
 

Back-to-School Forms Are Online--and Easy to Use

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.  Forms should be completed by Friday, August 9.

Meet the New Principal: Dr. Sue Zinkil of Creekview HS! ZINKIL Sue

Our Principals are dedicated leaders, and we’ve been introducing you to Principals who are new to the role or who are serving at new schools this year. Please help us celebrate Dr. Sue Zinkil, who this school year began leading Creekview High School!

Dr. Sue Zinkil’s new leadership appointment didn’t take her too far from her previous post.

Meet the Teacher: Savannah Parham of R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy! MTT (RM Moore ES) Parham 8 5 19

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

Learn About Your Child's Learning at Curriculum Night!  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.  Find the event for your child's school in the schedule posted online here.

Meet the New Principal: Todd Sharrock of E.T. Booth MS! SHARROCK Todd

Our Principals are dedicated leaders, and we’ll be introducing you over the coming days to Principals who are new to the role or who are serving at new schools this year. Please help us celebrate Todd Sharrock, who this school year will begin leading E.T. Booth Middle School!

Todd Sharrock soared onto the radar of CCSD leaders for his success in teaching science and helping propel Creekview High School students to national and international aeronautics championships.

CCSD Class of 2019 Graduate Earns Top UGA Fellowship Danielle Emefiele

An Etowah High School Class of 2019 graduate is headed to college with a top scholarship!

CCSD Schools Honored for Encouraging More Walking safe routes to school ga logo

Three CCSD schools have been recognized by Safe Routes to School Georgia as excellent partners in encouraging students to walk more!  Clayton ES and Woodstock ES are Gold-level honorees, and Bascomb ES is Bronze. #CCSDfam

CCSD Wins State Award for Outstanding Service to Special Needs Students CCSD Adaptive Technology Award 8 2 19

CCSD has earned a State award for providing outstanding service to special needs students!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Sharon Tatum of Teasley MS! ssoty teasley ms 8 1 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 Teasley Middle School Support Staff Employee of the Year Sharon Tatum!

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

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

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

Meet the New Principal: Mike Santoro of Woodstock MS! SANTORO Mike

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

Woodstock Middle School’s new Principal has hit home runs throughout his career as an award-winning teacher, coach and leader… and he can’t wait to begin the season with his new team.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Three Sisters Gifts and Home Accents for Hickory Flat ES! poty hickory flat 7 31 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Hickory Flat Elementary School 2019 Partner of the Year: Three Sisters Gifts and Home Accents!

Celebrating #CCSD1stDay with a Welcome Back Video! IMG_2582 copy

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

CCSD Seeking Applications for JROTC Instructor jrotc instructor job ad 2019

Please share our new job listing for a JROTC instructor -- this position offers a competitive compensation package with outstanding benefits (State Health Benefit Plan! Teachers Retirement System!), a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team. Join the #CCSDfam & apply now: http://bit.ly/jobsCCSD Questions? Contact CCSD Recruiter Lindsay.Bowley@cherokeek12.net and 770.704.4256.

Meet the New Principal: Carrie O'Bryant of Clayton ES! OBRYANT Carrie

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

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Catherine Shook of Holly Springs ES STEM Academy! voty holly springs 7 30 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy 2019 Volunteer of the Year Catherine Shook!

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

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

Meet the New Principal: Jennifer McIntosh of Knox ES STEM Academy! MCINTOSH Jennifer

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

As a teacher, Jennifer McIntosh helped build the internationally recognized, award-winning Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy, and now is bringing that expertise to her new role as Principal of Knox Elementary School STEM Academy.

#SafeCherokee Campaign Wins National Award CCSD-Sheriff Office Video Image

CCSD has earned the National School Public Relations Association's prestigious Golden Achievement Award in recognition of its #SafeCherokee campaign.

Please Drive Safely Around CCSD School Buses bus stop arm

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

Meet the New Principal: Dr. Ashley Kennerly of Sixes ES! KENNERLY Dr Ashley

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

A rising star among CCSD’s leaders, it’s fitting that Dr. Ashley Kennerly will serve in her first Principal role at Sixes Elementary School, home of the Sixes Stars.

CCSD Educators Gather Together for First Time in 26 Years CCSD Ed Talks 1 7 26 19

Cherokee County School District educators today gathered together as a whole for the first time in 26 years.

Nearly 3,000 educators, administrators and other staff attended CCSD’s first “CCSD Ed Talks” professional development session held at First Baptist Church of Woodstock.  Not since 1993 have all of CCSD’s teachers, administrators and education support staff attended such an event together.

CCSD Leaders Gather for Annual Workshop CCSD Symposium Workshop 1 7 26 19

Cherokee County School District this week gathered for their annual workshop to learn more about new programs and initiatives for the coming school year.

The day at Cherokee High School began with presentations by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower on leadership and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), followed by break-out sessions with central office staff on topics such as CCSD’s tougher new repercussions for vaping on campus, and a speech by Georgia Teacher of the Year Tracey Pendley on creating equity in education.

CCSD Preschool Centers Have Openings for This School Year! CCSD Preschool Ad 7 25 19

Do you know a preschool-age child who isn’t enrolled in preschool? CCSD’s Preschool Centers have Head Start class openings at Ralph Bunche Center in Canton and Johnston Preschool in Woodstock. Please see the flier above for more information! #CCSDfam #CCSD1stDay

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

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

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

Meet the New Principal: Dr. Richie Carnes at Creekland MS! Meet the Principal - Richie Carnes - CMS 7 25 19

Our Principals are dedicated leaders, and we’ll be introducing you over the coming days to Principals who are new to the role or who are serving at new schools this year.  Please help us celebrate Dr. Richie Carnes, who will be leading Creekland Middle School! #CCSDfam

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Glenda Lanier of Clayton ES! ssoty clayton es 7 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 Clayton Elementary School Support Staff Employee of the Year Glenda Lanier!

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

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

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: City of Holly Springs for Holly Springs ES STEM Academy! poty hses 7 24 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy 2019 Partner of the Year: City of Holly Springs!

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

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

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

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

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

Woodstock HS Technology Students Place at Nationals! Woodstock HS Technology 7 24 19

Woodstock High School’s Technology Student Association members earned a second-place team win and a first-place individual win at the National competition in a field of 8,000 students!

The students, who won at the State competition to advance to Nationals in Washington, D.C., this summer are: Jack Bortle, Malachi Brewer, Gregory Carroll, Olivia Kelly, Drew Mathena, Anna Mitchell, Elizabeth Mitchell, Katelyn Provost, and Michael Rehman.  Their coach is technology teacher Karen Zayance.

Back-to-School Gateway Back Online

UPDATE 1:30 p.m. - The Gateway is back online and running - thank you!

The Back-to-School Gateway is currently offline due to technical difficulties. CCSD Technology staff are working with the system vendor to correct the issue as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience — we will post here when it's back online and ready to use.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Sheila Zeigler of Hickory Flat ES! voty hfes 7 23 19

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

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

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

CCSD School Wins Prestigious Georgia School Bell Award!  clark creek school bell award 7 22 19

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy earning the prestigious School Bell Award!

The Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals presents the distinguished Award to 10 schools in Georgia each year in recognition of outstanding curriculum and organizational leadership initiatives… this is the eighth time in the last decade that a CCSD school has been honored.

CCSD High School Student Ranked Nationally for Career Skills! Cherokee HS SkillsUSA Nationals 1 7 22 19

A Cherokee County School District student is nationally ranked for his automotive transportation career skills – the first-ever CCSD student to be named to the top 5!

Cherokee High School rising senior Austin Ledbetter competed at the Skills USA National contest this summer in Louisville and now is ranked No. 5 in the Nation in collision repair technology!  Students who earned gold at their state SkillsUSA competition were invited to the National event to test their hands-on career skills.

Looking for a CCSD School Supply List? composition book

New this school year, CCSD has published a one-stop shop webpage featuring all elementary and middle schools' lists.  Check it out here!

Board Briefs: School Board Appoints Social and Emotional Learning Leader, New Principals CCSD leadership changes 7 19 19

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, July 18, 2019 appointed a longtime CCSD leader to head up the new Social and Emotional Learning initiative, as well as several resulting Principal changes.  

Dr. Debra Murdock, the former Principal of Cherokee High School and Georgia High School Principal of the Year, who has most recently served as the School Operations’ executive director overseeing middle and high schools, will take on the newly created role focused on developing new ways to better support students’ and employees’ emotional and mental health and well-being.

CCSD Staff Stay Busy with Work Over Summer Break MCMS construct 1

CCSD stays busy over the summer break, as departments continue to serve students through special programs and work begins to prepare for the new school year.  This slideshow video and the information below represents just some of the many projects underway over the summer.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Dawn Beasley of Tippens Education Center! ssoty tippens 7 18 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 Tippens Education Center Support Staff Employee of the Year Dawn Beasley!

CCSD Leaders Prepare for New Year at Leadership Symposium CCSD Leadership Symposium 1 7 18 19

Cherokee County School District leaders kicked off the new school year with the fourth annual CCSD Leadership Symposium professional development event!

Thanks to the support of community partners, CCSD school and district leaders attended a keynote address on Wednesday at River Ridge High School and will participate in an all-day training workshop next week.

This year’s event was made possible by Presenting Sponsors, Cherokee County Educational Foundation and Northside Hospital Cherokee; and Platinum Sponsors, ABM Industry Groups, Credit Union of Georgia, Goshen Valley and HP.

CCSD Partner Sponsors Breakfast for School Police Officers & Principals Police and Principals Breakfast 1 7 18 19

CCSD’s Office of School Operations presented a training session for CCSD’s School Police Department and Principals. Credit Union of Georgia, a CCSD Partner, sponsored a meet-and-greet breakfast at the start of session to thank the officers and leaders and help them kick off a successful and safe new school year. Credit Union of Georgia President and CEO Brian Albrecht, Canton Branch Manager Jason Blakey and Business Development Officer Kelly Nagel attended the event to show their support. #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Kona Ice of Cherokee for Indian Knoll ES! poty ikes 7 17 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Indian Knoll Elementary School 2019 Partner of the Year: Kona Ice of Cherokee!

CCSD Seeking Applications for Facility Technicians CCSD Facility Technician job ad 2019

Please share our new job listing for Facility Technician -- 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/CCSDFacilityTech Questions? Contact CCSD Recruiter Lindsay.Bowley@cherokeek12.net and 770.704.4256.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Theresa Spears of Freedom MS! voty freedom ms 7 16 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to Freedom Middle School 2019 Volunteer of the Year Theresa Spears!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Nancy Stephan of Clark Creek ES STEM Academy! ssoty clark creek 7 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 and congratulating 2019 Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy Support Staff Employee of the Year Nancy Stephan!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: The ONE Taekwondo Center for Johnston ES! poty johnston 7 10 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Johnston Elementary School 2019 Partner of the Year: The ONE Taekwondo Center!

CCSD Seeking Applications for School Psychologists CCSD School Psychologist job ad 2019

Please share our new job listing for a School Psychologist -- this position offers a competitive compensation package with outstanding benefits, a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team. Join the #CCSDfam & apply now: http://bit.ly/jobsCCSD Questions? Contact CCSD Recruiter Lindsay.Bowley@cherokeek12.net and 770.704.4256.

Cherokee Sheriff's Office Seeking Crossing Guards! crossing guard job ad 7 10 19

Please share this opportunity! We are so appreciative of the Cherokee Sheriff's Office and its dedicated crossing guards. #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD Volunteer of the Year: Sherry Wallace of Free Home ES! voty Free Home ES 7 9 19

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

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Diane Dumond of Woodstock ES! ssoty woodstock es 7 5 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 Woodstock Elementary School Support Staff Employee of the Year Diane Dumond!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: EF2 Realty Team for Knox ES STEM Academy! poty knox 7 3 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Knox Elementary School STEM Academy 2019 Partner of the Year: EF2 Realty Team!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Michael Beck of Etowah HS! ehs voty 7 2 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to Etowah High School 2019 Volunteer of the Year Michael Beck!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Wendy Wemmer of Cherokee HS! ssoty cherokee hs 6 27 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 Cherokee High School Support Staff Employee of the Year Wendy Wemmer!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for Liberty ES! poty liberty 6 25 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Liberty Elementary School 2019 Partner of the Year: Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Susan Honea of E.T. Booth MS! voty et booth ms 6 25 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to E.T. Booth Middle School 2019 Volunteer of the Year Susan Honea!

Board Briefs: School Board Approves Budget, New Police Chief Sworn into Office CCSD Police Chief Swearing In 1 6 21 19

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, June 20, 2019 unanimously approved the Superintendent’s proposed budget for next school year and celebrated the swearing-in of a new CCSD School Police Chief.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Jayne Woodyard of Woodstock MS! ssoty woodstock ms 6 20 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 Woodstock Middle School Support Staff Employee of the Year Jayne Woodyard!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: EF2 Realty Team of Little River ES! ssoty lres 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Little River Elementary School 2019 Partner of the Year: EF2 Realty Team!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Kathy Tucker of Dean Rusk MS! voty drms 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to Dean Rusk Middle School 2019 Volunteer of the Year Kathy Tucker!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Katie Flowers of CCSD Preschool Centers! ssoty preschool 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 Preschool Centers Support Staff Employee of the Year Katie Flowers!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Stevi B's Pizza Buffet at Riverstone for Macedonia ES! poty macedonia 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Macedonia Elementary School 2019 Partner of the Year: Stevi B's Pizza Buffet at Riverstone!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Joe Greene of Creekview HS! voty cvhs 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to Creekview High School 2019 Volunteer of the Year Joe Greene!

CCSD Employees Win in Wellness Challenge! CCSD Wellness JPK 6 7 19

The Cherokee County School District partnered with Northside Hospital Cherokee to offer employees the opportunity to get healthier and earn prizes through a Spring Wellness Challenge. 

Cherokee HS JROTC Program Earns Top Merit Award Cherokee HS JROTC Award 6 7 19

The Cherokee High School Air Force Junior ROTC Program has been selected as one of 102 units to receive the 2018-19 Air Force JROTC Distinguished Unit with Merit Award. 

CCSD Students Earn Top Award for Marketing at Career Competition! deca marketing award shs 6 7 19

Sequoyah High School DECA student marketing association members earned top honors at the 2019 DECA International Career Development Conference in Orlando. 

School Board Celebrates Successful Year of Service by Students CCSD Student Delegates 6 7 19

The Cherokee County School Board celebrated its Students Advisor and Student Delegates with a special send-off at the student representatives’ last meeting of the year.

CCSD Student Places at International Science & Engineering Fair! KHAN Zakwan

A Cherokee County School District student has placed at the International Science and Engineering Fair!

Woodstock High School rising senior Zakwan Khan earned honorable mention in the Addiction Science category for his project “The Role of the Cat-2 Gene in the Development of Substance Abuse.”

 

CCSD Congratulates Winners of First-Ever Minecraft Challenge! CCSD Minecraft Challenge 6 7 19

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating the winners of its first-ever Minecraft Challenge!

Students from across CCSD were challenged by the Office of Technology & Information Services to design a “school of the future,” with a focus on ensuring this school for 100 years from now would be more accessible, inclusive and sustainable.

CCSD Educators Complete Advanced Training in Co-Teaching! CCSD CIE 1 6 7 19

Seventy-five CCSD teachers have earned the Certified Inclusive Educator (CIE) designation after completing specialized training to better serve special education students.

The 10-month program, developed by CCSD’s special education department, provided teams of general education and special education co-teachers with training on best practices including research-based strategies and effective models, concluding with a capstone presentation by participants for their fellow teachers at their own schools.

CCSD Teacher Honored for Services to Blind, Low Vision Students CCSD Lions Award 6 7 19

A Cherokee County School District teacher has won a statewide award for her service to children with visual impairments!

Katie Proctor, who teaches students who are blind or have low vision, was presented with the Lions of Georgia’s Anne Sullivan Award for her “exemplary work with individuals with visual impairments.” 

CCSD Class of 2019 Graduate Appointed to U.S. Air Force Academy! Woodstock HS Anna Fournaris 6 7 19

A Woodstock High School Class of 2019 graduate has been appointed to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy!

Anna Fournaris, who served as the school’s Navy Junior ROTC commanding cadet officer, is headed to the service academy in Colorado Springs, Co. later this month to begin her studies.  She plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science and go on to serve after graduation as an air battle manager for the Air Force.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Jody Page of the Office of Curriculum & Instruction ssoty c and i 6 6 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 Curriculum & Instruction Support Staff Employee of the Year Jody Page!

Learning Is Fun at Summer Discovery! students working with pasta

CCSD's expanded elementary school enrichment program, Summer Discovery, was full of arts and crafts, Lego building, computer coding, cooking classes, singing and dancing-- and, a lot of smiles!  

Attention CCSD Parents: Book Sales Not Endorsed by CCSD

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

Congrats to CCSD Leaders Named Rising Stars! CCSD Top 10 in 10 1 6 6 19

We’re so proud of our two leaders recognized by the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce this morning as part of its “Top 10 in 10” 2019 class of rising young stars! Congratulations to Dr. Ashley Kennerly, new Principal of Sixes Elementary School (second from right); and Melissa Sneed, supervisor of special education for CCSD (third from left), and their fellow honorees. #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Northside Hospital Cherokee for Mill Creek Middle School! poty mcms 6 5 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Mill Creek Middle School 2019 Partner of the Year: Northside Hospital Cherokee!

Congratulations to CCSD's School Psychologist of the Year! CCSD Golden Cranium 6 5 19

The Cherokee County School District 2019 School Psychologist of the Year is Wendy Barker!

Ms. Barker, who serves Little River Elementary School and provides support to CCSD’s Preschool Assessment Team, was presented with the “Golden Cranium” Award by her colleagues.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Creekland MS PTSA for Creekland MS! voty Creekland MS 6 4 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to Creekland Middle School 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Creekland Middle School PTSA!

 

Thank you for Supporting Officers at Graduation! roly poly graduation thank you 6 1 19

Thank you to Roly Poly of Woodstock for providing lunches to CCSD School Police Department, Cherokee Sheriff’s Office & Woodstock Police Department Officers who together made our Class of 2019 graduation ceremonies a better and safer experience for students & their families and friends. We appreciate these officers and are glad you do, too. #CCSDfam #2019CCSDgrads

Thank You For Supporting Police Officers! sams graduation thank you 5 31 19

Thank you to Roly Poly of Woodstock for providing lunches to CCSD School Police Department, Cherokee Sheriff’s Office & Woodstock Police Department Officers who together made our Class of 2019 graduation ceremonies a better and safer experience for students & their families and friends. We appreciate these officers and are glad you do, too. #CCSDfam#2019CCSDgrads

Cherokee HS Graduate Shows True Heart of a Warrior graduation day

Cherokee High School’s graduation ceremony Thursday night included almost 600 students who walked across the stage in bright red caps and gowns to receive their coveted diplomas; however, the journey of a few dozen steps was particularly significant for one young man, Elijah Cook

Congratulations to CCSD's Golden Apple Teachers! CCSD Golden Apple 1 5 31 19

Fourteen 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 one teacher from each selected school; honorees are chosen by their colleagues in recognition of distinctive service, enthusiasm, initiative and expertise. 

Liberty ES Wins Two National Awards for Service Learning!  Liberty ES Promising Practices

Liberty Elementary School continues to build upon its national recognition as a School of Character with work that has earned an additional two Promising Practices Awards!

The international organization Character.org, which has repeatedly honored Liberty ES a leader in character education and service learning, presented the two awards in recognition of the school’s “Caring for Caritas” and “Birthday Bins and Meal Kits for Foster Families” projects.

CCSD Student & Kindness Award Featured on ABC World News Tonight yancy abc news snip 5 30 19

Did you see it? Mill Creek Middle School eighth-grader Christopher Yancy and his Kindness Award were featured on the ABC World News Tonight national news broadcast on May 30, 2019! 

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Karen Cohen of Boston ES! ssoty boston es 2019

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 Boston Elementary School Support Staff Employee of the Year Karen Cohen!

Thank You for Supporting Police Officers! cfa grad thank you ad 2019

Thank you to Chick-fil-A of Cherokee County for providing dinners to CCSD School Police Department, Cherokee Sheriff’s Office & Woodstock Police Department Officers who together are making our Class of 2019 graduation ceremonies a better and safer experience for students & their families and friends. We appreciate these officers and are glad you do, too. #CCSDfam #2019CCSDgrads

CCSD Honors Top Grads and Teachers at Scholar Recognition Banquet! CCSD 2019 Scholar Recognition Banquet

The Cherokee County School District and School Board celebrated the Class of 2019 Valedictorians and Salutatorians at its 19th Annual Scholar Recognition Banquet.

The evening at the Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility auditorium on Wednesday was attended by the Scholars and their parents; the teacher each Scholar chose as the most influential in his or her education; CCSD’s high school Principals; the Superintendent of Schools and members of his senior staff; and the School Board.

Read the June CCSD Connections Newsletter! CCSD Connections June 2019 snip

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 Partner of the Year: Airborne Canton Aerial Adventure Park for Mountain Road ES! poty Mountain Road ES 5 29 20

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Mountain Road Elementary School 2019 Partner of the Year: Airborne Canton Aerial Adventure Park!

Congratulations to CCSD's Class of 2019! grad jump 2019

Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2019, made up of 3,000 students, will walk across the stage for graduation ceremonies next week! 

All ceremonies will be held at First Baptist Church of Woodstock (11905 Highway 92, Woodstock, 30188). The ceremonies will be streamed on www.fbcw.org so family and friends who are unable to attend still can participate.

Back-to-School Walk-Through/Open House Schedule Set! back to school file photo 18

The Cherokee County School District’s 2019-20 school year will begin on Thursday, August 1. 

Each school’s front office will be open daily beginning Monday, July 15; hours are limited, so please call before visiting.

CCSD Serves Free Summer Meals to Kids in Need CCSD 2019 Summer Feeding Program

CCSD is continuing its participation in the USDA Seamless Summer Option, which offers free meals to children during the summer – and rolling out a new delivery bus!

The meals are available to youth 18 years of age or younger; the program runs June 5 to July 19, Monday through Friday, with no meal service July 1-5. All meals must be consumed on site; the distribution sites and times are listed on the flier above; a menu is online here.

Free Reading Resources Can Stop the 'Summer Slide' books

When children do not read during the summer months, research suggests they may lose up to three months of reading ability. Stop the "summer slide" by taking advantage of free reading resources for students this summer. 

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Brittany Stalling of Johnston ES!  Johnston ES 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 Johnston ES 2019 Teacher of the Year Brittany Stalling!

Johnston Elementary School Teacher of the Year Brittany Stalling remembers when she realized her life’s calling.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Counselor of the Year: Heather Chesnut of Clayton ES! heather chesnut

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 2019 Cherokee Innovation Zone Counselor of the Year: Heather Chesnut of Clayton Elementary School!

CCSD Announces Class of 2019 Valedictorians, Salutatorians! 2019 ccsd vals sals

Congratulations to the Valedictorians and Salutatorians for the Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2019! 

These students and their parents will be honored by the School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the 19th 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 Fourth-Grader Wins Regional Poetry Contest! Arnold Mill ES Poetry Contest 5 24 19

Arnold Mill Elementary School fourth-grader Sara Ali has won first place in a regional poetry contest!

Her poem, “Pop goes the Seedlet,” entered into competition by the Canton Trayletaah Garden Club, won first place in the Garden Club of Georgia Poetry Contest.  She then advanced to also win first place from the Deep South Garden Clubs of the National Garden Club, serving Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

CCSD Honors Retiring Leaders at Reception senior staff retirement 2019 (13)

The Cherokee County School District celebrated four retiring leaders with a special reception.

The Senior Staff Retirement Reception on Thursday afternoon honored CCSD Police Chief Mark Kissel, Director of Facility Construction Phil Parrott, Supervisor of Curriculum Tammy Castleberry and Coordinator of Curriculum Judy Withey.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Vickie Bryant of the Office of Human Resources! ssoty CCSD HR 5 23 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 Human Resources Support Staff Employee of the Year Vickie Bryant!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: The Premier Group Real Estate Firm for Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy! poty Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy 5 22 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Oak Grove Elementary School Fine Arts Academy 2019 Partner of the Year: The Premier Group Real Estate Firm!

CCSD to Graduate 3,000-plus Seniors Next Week! tassels stock

Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2019, made up of more than 3,000 students, will walk across the stage for graduation ceremonies next week!

CCSD Class of 2019: Apply for June 3 for ABM $1,000 College Scholarship! ABM LOGO

Attention all CCSD Class of 2019 graduating seniors (and their parents): ABM Industry Groups has just partnered with CCSD to offer a new $1,000 college scholarship. One grad from each of CCSD's six high schools will win a $1,000 scholarship to be presented next month. The application (which is easy) and reference letters are due by June 3. The application and reference form are online here.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Denise Mason of Clark Creek ES STEM Academy! voty Clark Creek ES STEM 5 21 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy 2019 Volunteer of the Year Denise Mason!

CCSD Principal Earns Top Community Service Honor! Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy Principal Award 1 5 21 19

Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy Principal Rodney Larrotta has earned a top honor for community service!

The Rotary Club of Canton today presented Principal Larrotta with its 2019 Jean Harris Service Above Self Award, which honors an outstanding volunteer from the community each year.

Join the #CCSDfam as a Programming Specialist CCSD programming specialist ad 5 21 19

Please share our new job listing for a Programming Specialist -- 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/programspec Questions? Contact CCSD Recruiter Lindsay.Bowley@cherokeek12.net 

Message to Parents: New Anti-Vaping Policy no vaping image

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that the School Board has unanimously approved a new tougher anti-vaping policy for next school year.

While CCSD’s student discipline code already prohibits the possession or use of vaping devices and oils anywhere on campus, this new policy (click here to read) adds more serious repercussions.

School Board Recognizes Waste Management Scholarship Winner! Marla Prince of Waste Management celebrates with scholarship winner River Ridge HS graduating senior Billie O’Bryant.

The Cherokee County School Board recently recognized the winner of the annual Waste Management/Pine Bluff Landfill Scholarship!  The longtime Partnership Agreement between the School Board and Waste Management of Metro Atlanta specifies one $5,000 scholarship will be awarded by the company to a graduating senior from a CCSD high school each year.  The Class of 2019 school is River Ridge High School, and the company’s Pine Bluff Community Advisory Board scholarship committee selected Billie O’Bryant as the winner from a pool of outstanding applicants.  Marla Prince of Waste Management joined the School Board in making the special presentation at its May meeting.  This is the 12th anniversary of the annual scholarship presentation! #CCSDfam

PHOTO: From left to right, Marla Prince of Waste Management and scholarship winner River Ridge HS graduating senior Billie O’Bryant.

CCSD Students Soar at Social Studies Fair! ccsd social studies fair winners 2019

Cherokee County School District students excelled in this year’s Social Studies Fair, with 16 projects advancing to Regionals and four students placing at the Georgia Council for the Social Studies State competition!

Through the annual event, students explore social studies in the areas of Sociology/Psychology, History, Anthropology, Economics, Geography and Political Science and complete a research project.

School Board Celebrates Inaugural LGE Community Credit Union Scholarship! CCSD LGE Scholarship 5 20 19

The Cherokee County School Board has recognized the winner of the inaugural LGE Community Credit Union Scholarship!  The newly established Partnership Agreement between the School Board and credit union specifies one $5,000 scholarship will be awarded by the Bank to a graduating senior from a CCSD high school each year, with a focus on outstanding community service.  The Class of 2019 winner selected by the credit union’s scholarship committee is Chase Thomas of Etowah High School! 

Woodstock HS Senior Wins State Award for Excellence! Woodstock HS State Award 5 20 19

A Woodstock High School senior has earned a top award from the Georgia Department of Education!

Albani Andreina Arenas Tovar has earned the Excellence in English Learner Education Award, which recognizes an English Learner who has excelled in her school and community.  Albani and her teacher, Jamie Vogan, both were recognized in a recent ceremony at the State Capitol by State Superintendent of Schools Richard Woods.

School Board Recognizes Inaugural East West Bank Scholarship Winner! CCSD East West Bank Scholarship 5 20 19

The Cherokee County School Board has recognized the winner of the inaugural East West Bank Scholarship!  The newly established Partnership Agreement between the School Board and bank specifies one $2,500 scholarship will be awarded by the Bank to a graduating senior from a CCSD high school each year. 

Cherokee HS Senior Wins Georgia Award of Excellence! Cherokee HS State Award 1 5 20 19

A Cherokee High School senior is one of only 17 students statewide to win a top honor from the Georgia Department of Education.

Jack Edmondson has earned the Award of Excellence, which recognizes Georgia high school seniors with special needs who achieve academic and/or extracurricular accomplishments.  He was honored by State Superintendent of Schools Richard Woods at a recent ceremony at the State Capitol and joined by his Cherokee HS geometry teacher Lorri-Ann Brogdon, who nominated him for the award.

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Patti Nations of Indian Knoll ES! indian knoll es

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 Indian Knoll Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year Patti Nations!

Indian Knoll Elementary School Teacher of the Year Patti Nations felt called to her profession as a young girl, transforming everywhere she went into a classroom for her siblings or stuffed animals.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Counselor of the Year: Katherine McNamara of Avery ES! Kathy McNamara

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 Creekview Innovation Zone 2019 Counselor of the Year Katherine McNamara of Avery Elementary School!

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!

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. 

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.

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!

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

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!

 

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.

 

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

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!

 

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

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

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!

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

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. 

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. 

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

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

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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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.  

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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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. 

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

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.

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 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.

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

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: 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.

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.  

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

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.

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

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! 

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.

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

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!

CCSD Summer Discovery Enrichment Program Now Accepting Applications! CCSD SUMMER DISCOVERY LOGO w dates

Upate:  Summer Discovery 2020 is tentatively scheduled for June 8-12.  Mark your calendars and look for registration information in early spring.

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.

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 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.

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.

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. 

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

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 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 av