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

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

CCSD Message: Opening of School Update CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

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

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

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week ... please help us celebrate 2021 Clayton Elementary School Teacher of the Year Jada Hanson!

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

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

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

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

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Lisa Burns of Dean Rusk MS! DRMS SSOTY 21

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here.  Please join us in congratulating the 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Dean Rusk MS: Lisa Burns! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Join the #CCSDfam as a School Bus Driver! job ad CCSD school bus driver 7 20 21

The Cherokee County School District is seeking school bus drivers!  These positions offer excellent benefits (full-time benefits for part-time work, with at least four hours of pay per day guaranteed), a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team.  A Georgia Class B CDL Driver’s License with School Bus & Passenger endorsements is required; CCSD provides drivers with specialized training.  Job details are posted at https://bit.ly/CCSDbusdriver.  Check out the video at http://bit.ly/CCSDbusvideo to learn more about a day in the life of a CCSD school bus driver!  Join the #CCSDfam & apply now by clicking Jobs@CCSD at www.CherokeeK12.net.  Questions? Please contact CCSD Recruitment Coordinator Lindsay Bowley at Lindsay.Bowley@cherokeek12.net and 770.704.4256.

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

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week ... please help us celebrate 2021 Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy Teacher of the Year Rebecca Coleman!

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

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

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

  • Approved the monthly personnel report, which included the appointment of Adam Johnson, a 13-year CCSD teacher who has taught and coached track at Cherokee High School, as a new assistant principal at Woodstock High School;
Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Simone Alsup of Carmel ES! Carmel SSOTY 21

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here.  Please join us in congratulating the 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Carmel ES: Simone Alsup! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week ... please help us celebrate 2021 Cherokee High School Teacher of the Year Dr. Jodi Burn!

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

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

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here.  Please join us in congratulating the 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year for the Office of School Operations: Sue Hotaling! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Bill Barsh of Carmel ES! Carmel ES 2021 TOTY Bill Barsh 7 3 21

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week ... please help us celebrate 2021 Carmel Elementary School Teacher of the Year Bill Barsh!

Carmel Elementary School has its own “Mister Rogers,” and his name is Bill Barsh.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Lynnette Greene of Mill Creek MS! MCMS SSOTY 21

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here.  Please join us in congratulating the 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Mill Creek MS: Lynnette Greene! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Nikki Chambley of Indian Knoll ES! VOTY IKES 21

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

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: NT Nails, Hickory Flat of Sequoyah HS SHS POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Sequoyah HS 2021 Partner of the Year: NT Nails, Hickory Flat!

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

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Megan Vogel of CCSD Preschool Centers! CCSD Preschool Centers 2021 TOTY Megan Vogel 6 26 21

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week ... please help us celebrate 2021 CCSD Preschool Centers Teacher of the Year Megan Vogel!

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Joanna Campos of Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy! HES POTY 21

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here.  Please join us in congratulating the 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy: Joanna Campos! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Students Earn Region, State Honors at Technology Competition CCSD 2021 State Technology Competition Winners 6 24 21

Cherokee County School District students earned Regional and State honors through the annual Georgia Student Technology Competition!
 
The statewide competition offers students in Grades 3-12 the opportunity to showcase their skills through 16 categories and vie for honors at Regional and State fairs.  
 

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Woodstock HS PTSA of Woodstock HS! WHS VOTY 21

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

Ten CCSD Student Athletes Honored by Positive Athlete Georgia 2021 CCSD Positive Athlete Georgia Regional Award Winners 6 23 21

Ten Cherokee County School District student athletes have been honored by Positive Athlete Georgia!

The students have been honored with 2021 Positive Athlete Georgia Regional Awards by Positive Athlete Georgia, a subsidiary of Celebrate Positive LLC, which promotes the benefits of positivity to young athletes around the world.  Hines Ward, a former Forest Park High School, University of Georgia and Pittsburgh Steelers football star, formed Positive Athlete with local businessman Scott Pederson.

CCSD Summer Meals Weekly Order Form - Due June 24 Summer Feeding 2021 FLYER

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

Meal pick up will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, June 28, at Cherokee High School's Cherokee North building, Creekview High School and Etowah High School's Etowah East building.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Trotter & Patel Pediatrics Dentistry & Orthodontics of Creekland MS CMS POTY 2021

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Creekland MS 2021 Partner of the Year: Trotter & Patel Pediatrics Dentistry & Orthodontics!

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

CCSD Class of 2021 Graduates Honored by Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame CCSD Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame Honored Seniors Class of 2021 - 6 22 21

Twelve Cherokee County School District Class of 2021 graduates have been honored by the Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame! 

The community organization each spring recognizes the most outstanding male and female senior athletes from each of CCSD’s high schools.  Honorees are nominated by high school administrators based on the outstanding athletic contributions the seniors made during their high school career.  This recognition is a separate program from the Hall of Fame’s annual induction ceremony honoring individuals who have distinguished themselves in the field of athletics in Cherokee County. 

Six CCSD Class of 2021 Graduates Earn $1,000 ABM Scholarships CCSD 2021 ABM Scholarships 6 21 21

Six Cherokee County School District Class of 2021 graduates have earned scholarships from ABM Industry Groups LLC!

The company, which provides custodial services for CCSD schools, each year awards a $1,000 scholarship to one graduating senior from each of CCSD’s high schools.  The six winners are selected by a scholarship committee of retired CCSD educators and ABM representatives based on a student’s involvement in school and community activities and service; personal essays; and references.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Brenna Lloyd of Boston ES! Boston ES 2021 TOTY Brenna Lloyd 6 19 21

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week ... please help us celebrate 2021 Boston Elementary School Teacher of the Year Brenna Lloyd!

Board Business Briefs: School Board Approves Budget School Board Meeting auditorium 6 17 2021

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, June 17, 2021 unanimously approved its budget for next school year, which is balanced without a tax rate increase and includes hiring 125 new teachers above and beyond enrollment growth to help bridge any pandemic-related learning opportunity losses.  

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Shawn Lisle of Bascomb ES! BES SSOTY 21

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here.  Please join us in congratulating the 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Bascomb ES: Shawn Lisle! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Linda Postell and Patti Tressler of ACE Academy! ACE VOTY 2021

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to ACE Academy 2021 Volunteers of the Year: Linda Postell and Patti Tressler! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Class of 2021 Graduates Win $2,500 Scholarships CCSD 2021 Dickerson Family Foundation Scholarships 6 16 21

Ten Cherokee County School District Class of 2021 graduates have earned $2,500 college scholarships from a community foundation!

It is the second year of the annual college scholarships presented by the Jason T. Dickerson Family Foundation, which have expanded from the inaugural awarding of two scholarships to 10.

CCSD Summer Meals Weekly Order Form - Due June 17 Summer Feeding 2021 FLYER

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

Meal pick up will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, June 21, at Cherokee High School's Cherokee North building, Creekview High School and Etowah High School's Etowah East building.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: The Church @ War Hill (War Hill West Campus) of Clayton ES Clayton POTY 2021

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Clayton ES 2021 Partner of the Year: The Church @ War Hill (War Hill West Campus)!

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

CCSD Celebrates Special Education Staff of the Year Award Winners CCSD 2020-21 Special Education Staff of the Year Award Winners 6 15 21

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating four of its outstanding Special Education team members!

Four members of the Department of Special Education received its top annual honors during the annual Special Education Staff of the Year Awards ceremony.  They are: CCSD Occupational Therapist/Physical Therapist of the Year Amy Peart; CCSD School Psychologist of the Year Laura Killen; CCSD Special Education Facilitator of the Year Kortney Dempsey; and CCSD Speech Language Pathologist of the Year Stacy Irwin.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Suzy Gebhart of Bascomb ES! Suzy Gebhart

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week ... please help us celebrate 2021 Bascomb Elementary School Teacher of the Year Suzy Gebhart!

Bascomb Elementary School Teacher of the Year Suzy Gebhart loves a challenge.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Amanda Hoffman of Freedom MS! FMS SSOTY 21

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here.  Please join us in congratulating the 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Freedom MS: Amanda Hoffman! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Three CCSD Graduating Seniors Headed to U.S. Service Academies, 50 to Military Service CCSD 2021 military service 6 10 21

More than 50 of the Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2021 graduates have committed to military service, including three selected for prestigious U.S. Service Academies!

“We’re deeply proud and grateful for the decision each of these graduates has made to serve our country.  Thank you to you all, and thank you to your families,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “We also congratulate our three graduates selected for U.S. Service Academies – we know how hard each of you worked to earn these appointments.  We are grateful for your dedication and for all of our teachers and coaches who supported you along the way.”

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: LRES PTA Executive Board of Little River ES! LRES VOTY 2021

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

CCSD Summer Meals Weekly Order Form - Due June 10 Summer Feeding 2021 FLYER

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

Meal pick up will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, June 14, at Cherokee High School's Cherokee North building, Creekview High School and Etowah High School's Etowah East building.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Lil' Angels Photography of Holly Springs ES STEM Academy HSES POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Holly Springs ES STEM Academy 2021 Partner of the Year: Lil' Angels Photography!

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

CCSD Recognizes Middle School Writing Contest Winners CCSD 2021 Middle School Writing Contest winners image 6 7 21

The Cherokee County School District congratulates the winners of its middle school writing contest!

Layne M. Davidson of Dean Rusk Middle School won the seventh-grade division for her children’s book, “Flowers from London,” and Chloe Feibus of Creekland Middle School won the eighth-grade division for her story “The Mend”  in the 2021 Writing Contest organized by CCSD’s Office of Curriculum & Instruction.  Their winning stories are published below:

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Jennie Allen of Ball Ground ES STEM Academy!  toty 2021 ball ground es stem academy - Jennie Allen

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week ... please help us celebrate 2021 Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy Teacher of the Year Jennie Allen!

CCSD Celebrates Winners of Minecraft Design Challenge CCSD Minecraft Winners 6 4 21

The Cherokee County School District recently celebrated the winners of its second annual Minecraft Student Build Challenge!

The competition, organized by CCSD’s Office of Technology and Information Services, challenged students in all grades to use Redstone in Minecraft: Education Edition to build a device that could make the world a better place.

CCSD Staff Honored with Chamber Young Professionals Award Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Top 10 in 10 2021

Three Cherokee County School District staff members earned honors from the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce!

Cherokee HS Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Jeremy Adams, Coordinator of Recruitment Lindsay Bowley and River Ridge HS Media Specialist Savannah Holcomb received the Chamber's Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch honor, which recognizes outstanding leaders who are 40 or younger, at the organization's June meeting.

Creekview HS Student Praised as Hero for Response to House Fire CVHS student hero 6 4 21

We're so proud of Creekview High School rising junior Jaymel Napoleon!  His heroism saved his family and his neighbors from a fire that destroyed several houses including the home of Creekview HS teacher Rachel Velardez.  Read about if here in the AJC. #CCSDfam 

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Taylor Johnson of Avery ES! AES SSOTY 21

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here.  Please join us in congratulating the 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Avery ES: Taylor Johnson! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Connections Newsletter for June 2021 Now Online  image CCSD Connections newsletter June 21

The June 2021 edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter.  Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia, a CCSD Partner.  #CCSDfam

CCSD Students Earn Region, State Honors in Career Skills Competitions CCSD CTAE logo

Seventeen Cherokee County School District students have earned Region and State honors for achievements in career skills competitions.

All CCSD high schools offer Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) programs and Career Pathway classes as well as aligned Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs).  The CTSOs give students the opportunity to participate in career-oriented extra-curricular activities including community service, leadership roles and demonstrating at statewide competitions the skills they’ve learned in class.

Two CCSD Schools Earn State Safety Awards Georgia Safe Routes to School Logo

Two CCSD schools have earned recognition from Safe Routes to School for their efforts to encourage students to walk and bike more and stay safe! 

Bascomb Elementary School and Clayton Elementary School both earned the Gold Partner Award from the nonprofit organization.

Congratulations to the 2021 Waste Management/Pine Bluff Landfill Scholarship Winner! CCSD 2021 WM Pine Bluff Scholarship winner 6 3 21

Etowah High School Class of 2021 graduating senior Margaret Bradley has earned this year’s Waste Management/Pine Bluff Landfill Scholarship!

The $5,000 scholarship is presented to a graduating senior each year as part of the company’s partnership agreement with CCSD.  The designated school rotates annually, with Etowah selected for the Class of 2021 school, and all graduating seniors from the designated school have the opportunity to apply.  This is the 14th anniversary of the scholarship.

CCSD School Nutrition Program Earns State Recognition CCSD School Nutrition Vision Award 6 3 21

The Cherokee County School District School Nutrition program has earned top honors from the Georgia Department of Education.

The program earned the State’s 2020 Vision District award in recognition of its outstanding efforts to use Georgia grown foods on school cafeteria menus.  CCSD has received numerous accolades for its Farm to School initiative and collaboration with community partners including the Cherokee County Farm Bureau.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Christy Hopewell of Mountain Road ES! MRES VOTY 21

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

Three CCSD Class of 2021 Graduates Win National Merit Special Scholarships CCSD 2021 National Merit special scholarships 6 2 21

Three Cherokee County School District Class of 2021 graduates have earned National Merit special scholarships!

Cherokee High School graduate Dylan Iovino, who plans to pursue a degree in chemical engineering, has won a National Merit university scholarship from the University of Alabama.  Etowah High School graduate Benjamin Willett, who plans to pursue a career in finance, has won a National Merit university scholarship from the University of Georgia.  River Ridge High School graduate Audrey Norton has won a National Merit corporate scholarship from Crum & Forster and plans to attend the University of North Carolina.  

CCSD Summer Meals Weekly Order Form - Due June 3 Summer Feeding 2021 FLYER

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

Meal pick up will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, June 7, at Cherokee High School's Cherokee North building, Creekview High School and Etowah High School's Etowah East building.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Sixes United Methodist Church (Shepherds Class) of Sixes ES! SES POTY 21

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

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

CCSD Students Selected for Governor's Honors Program CCSD Governors Honors 2021 6 1 21

Fourteen Cherokee County School District students have been selected for the competitive Georgia Governor's Honors Program.

The four-week summer instructional program at Berry College for rising high school juniors and seniors is designed to provide students with academic, cultural and social enrichment “necessary to become the next generation of global critical thinkers, innovators and leaders.”  Students live and study on the campus in Rome from June 20 to July 17.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Alicia Thrower of Avery ES! TOTY Avery ES 2021 Alicia Thrower

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week ... please help us celebrate 2021 Avery Elementary School Teacher of the Year Alicia Thrower!

Congratulations to CCSD's Retiring Educators! CCSD retirement image 5 28 2021

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating its retiring educators and support staff!

The majority of the retirees noted below are ending their careers at the close of this school year; some retired earlier in the year based on their retirement eligibility date.

“Congratulations to each of our retirees for dedicating your career to serving our community’s children,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “Whether you served in a classroom or behind the scenes, you made a positive difference in the lives of our students.  I know our entire community has benefitted from your exemplary service and joins me in wishing you the best as you enjoy your hard-earned retirement.”

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: April Simmons of Hickory Flat ES! HFES SSOTY

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here.  Please join us in congratulating the 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Hickory Flat ES: April Simmons! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Honors Top Grads, Teachers at Scholar Recognition Banquet CCSD 2021 Vals and Sals 5 27 21

The Cherokee County School District and School Board celebrated the Class of 2021 Valedictorians and Salutatorians at its 21st Annual Scholar Recognition Banquet.

The special event on Wednesday evening was attended by the Scholars and their parents; the teacher each Scholar chose as the most influential in his or her education; CCSD’s high school Principals; the Superintendent of Schools and members of his senior staff; and the School Board.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Michelle Ledford Brown of Tippens EC! TEC VOTY 21

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Tippens EC 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Michelle Ledford Brown! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Superintendent’s Message to the Class of 2021: Finish Strong image Congratulations to the Class of 2021

Dear CCSD Family,

The message below is to our graduating Class of 2021 seniors.  I am sharing it with all of you, as they are the future of our community.  You can see each of their names posted on our website at http://bit.ly/CCSDclassof2021.


Dear Class of 2021,

The finish line is in sight.

Congratulations to CCSD's Class of 2021! CCSD Class of 2021 caps

Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2021, made up of 2,995 students, will walk across the stage for graduation ceremonies this week!

All ceremonies will be held at First Baptist Church of Woodstock (11905 Highway 92, Woodstock, 30188).  The ceremonies will be streamed on www.fbcw.org so family and friends who are unable to attend still can participate.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Modern Woodmen of America of Dean Rusk MS DRMS POTY 21

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Dean Rusk MS 2021 Partner of the Year: Modern Woodmen of America!

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

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Jennifer Dupoux of Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy! MTT Hasty ES (Dupoux) 5 24 21

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

Join the #CCSDfam as a Facility Technician! job ad - facility tech 2021

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

Orders Due 8 a.m. May 25 for Last Day of School To-Go Meals Distribution CCSD heart logo cmyk

CCSD is offering a special to-go free meal service for all students on the last day of school! 

Meal pick up will be Friday, May 28, in a designated area of your child’s school (car rider or bus lane) at a designated time.  Here are the locations and times for this distribution: http://bit.ly/CCSDmeals528.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Debbie Baluch of Arnold Mill ES! Debbie Baluch

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week ... please help us celebrate 2021 Arnold Mill Elementary School Teacher of the Year Debbie Baluch! 

Board Business Briefs: School Board Reviews Budget, Prohibits CRT CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday reviewed the recommended budget for next school year, which includes hiring more teachers to lower class size while not raising the school property tax millage rate, and adopted a resolution that prohibits implementing Critical Race Theory (CRT) and The 1619 Project.  

Matt Cates Named CCSD 2021 Coach of the Year coach of the year

Cherokee County School District recognized its inaugural Coach of the Year this week by surprising the winner, Matt Cates of Cherokee HS, with a plaque and gifts from sponsors.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Betty Miller of Arnold Mill ES! AMES SSOTY 2021

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here.  Please join us in congratulating the 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Arnold Mill ES: Betty Miller! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Mike Maxwell of Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy! oges voty 2021

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Mike Maxwell! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Huber Corporation of Knox ES STEM Academy KES POTY 2021

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Knox ES STEM Academy 2021 Partner of the Year: Huber Corporation!

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

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Logan Hostetter of Creekland Middle School! MTT Creekland MS (Hostetter) 5 17 21

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

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Teacher of the Year: Jeffrey Hutto of ACE Academy! TOTY 2021 ACE Academy - Jeffrey Hutto

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week ... please help us celebrate 2021 ACE Academy Teacher of the Year Jeffrey Hutto!

CCSD Staff, Parents Honored with Cherokee County Council PTA Awards CCSD 2021 Cherokee County Council PTA Awards 5 14 2

Cherokee County School District staff and PTA units and leaders have been honored with top awards by the Cherokee County Council PTA!

Congratulations to the winners and best wishes as they advance to regional and State opportunities for recognition.

CCSD Teachers Honored with Golden Apple Awards CCSD Golden Apple Awards 5 14 21

Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Golden Apple Award presented to top teachers this week by the Gamma Eta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International!  

Twelve CCSD schools were invited to recognize an honoree this year, and they are: Katelyn Sugar of Arnold Mill ES, Beth Smith of Ball Ground ES STEM Academy, Laura Wagner of Bascomb ES, Liane Moler of E.T. Booth MS, Heather Barton of Etowah HS, Lacy Savage of Free Home ES, Morgann Anderson of Indian Knoll ES, Meredith Rocker of Johnston ES, Janet Marotte of Knox ES STEM Academy,  Kristin Covington of Mountain Road ES, Stephanie Collett of R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy, Rachel LaChine of Sequoyah HS.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Carla Cornelison from the Office of Support Services! OSS SSOTY 2021

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here.  Please join us in congratulating the 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year for the Office of Support Services: Carla Cornelison! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Dana Gardner and Tammy Willis of Liberty ES! LES VOTY 2021

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Liberty ES 2021 Volunteers of the Year: Dana Gardner and Tammy Willis! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Honors School Nurses with New Awards CCSD School Nurse Appreciation 2021

The Cherokee County School District celebrated National School Nurse Appreciation Day with the presentation of its inaugural Nurse of the Year Awards!

The top school nurse selected for each Innovation Zone (a high school and its feeder schools) was surprised with award presentations on Monday and today.  They now advance to a CCSD Nurse of the Year Award program, with the winner to be selected by a panel of nursing professionals and retired educators and announced at a new professional development event for school nurses this summer.  

Two CCSD High School Seniors Earn National Merit Scholarships CCSD National Merit Scholarship Winners 5 12 21

Two Cherokee County School District graduating seniors have earned 2021 National Merit Scholarships!

Nathan Davis of Creekview HS and Jeremy Jeong of Sequoyah HS are among the top 2,500 seniors in the U.S. to earn the prestigious $2,500 scholarship awarded by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.  

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Family Tradition, Woodstock of Woodstock MS WMS POTY 21

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

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

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Dana Leverette of Cherokee HS! MTT Cherokeee HS (Levrette) 5 10 21

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

CCSD School Earns Digital Citizenship Certification Common Sense Digital Certification logo

R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy has earned national digital citizenship certification!

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

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School Lunch Hero Day was observed on Friday in appreciation of school cafeteria workers nationwide! To show their appreciation, Cherokee County School Board members and CCSD senior staff worked the line in multiple Cherokee County School District lunchrooms.

 

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Joy Harrison of Clark Creek ES STEM Academy! CCES SSOTY 2021

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here. Please join us in congratulating the 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Clark Creek ES STEM Academy: Joy Harrison! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Connections Newsletter for May - End-of-Year Updates image CCSD connections newsletter May 21

The May 2021 edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter and includes important end-of-year updates and reminders and a message from the Superintendent.  Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia, a CCSD Partner.  #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Celebrates Future Educators CCSD Future Educators Signing Day 5 6 21

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating future educators this month!

High schools are holding “signing day” events as part of Teacher Appreciation Month to honor graduating seniors who plan to pursue careers in education.

Three CCSD Seniors Named U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Semi-Finalists CCSD US Presidential Scholars Program Semifinalists 5 6 21

Three Cherokee County School District Class of 2021 seniors have been named finalists for a top national honor.

As semi-finalists for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, Koryn Todd of Creekview High School, Annelise Axelsson of River Ridge High School and Sophia Abbott of Woodstock High School are among only 700 students from the more than 3 million graduating seniors in the nation’s Class of 2021 selected to advance in the prestigious recognition program.  Only 18 students from Georgia were named semi-finalists.

CCSD Celebrates Yes I Can Award Winners Yes I Can Awards logo

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating its Yes I Can Award winners.

The Yes I Can Awards celebrate the achievements of children and youth with exceptionalities.  The awards encourage students to seek their highest potential, and increase public awareness of the abilities, aspirations, and personal qualities of those with disabilities. 

35 CCSD Students Place in Statewide Reflections Contest CCSD 2021 Georgia PTA Reflections Winners 5 6 21

Thirty-five Cherokee County School District students earned honors through the 2020-21 Georgia PTA Reflections fine arts contest! 

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

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Volunteer of the Year: Susan McElhannon of Etowah HS! EHS VOTY 2021

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

CCSD Student Earns Georgia Award of Excellence ACE Academy Award of Excellence winner 5 5 21

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

ACE Academy Class of 2021 graduate Michael Benjamin Gerow earned the award presented by the Georgia Department of Education to recognize graduating seniors who overcome special needs to achieve academic and/or extracurricular accomplishments.

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Two Cherokee County School District students have graduated from a regional leadership program.

Etowah High School sophomore Ila Prabhuram and Woodstock High School junior Fawzan Khan were among 29 outstanding high school students selected to participate in the Model Atlanta Regional Commission (MARC) youth leadership program, which recently concluded for the school year.

CCSD Student Earns First Place in Prestigious National Art Competition Creekview HS Congressional Art Award Winner 5 5 21

A Cherokee County School District student has won first place in a prestigious National art competition!

Creekview High School senior Paige Nash earned top honors in the 40th Annual Congressional Art Competition and will represent the 11th Congressional District in the National exhibit.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Macedonia United Methodist Church (Mother’s Cupboard) of Free Home ES! FHES POTY 2021

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Free Home ES 2021 Partner of the Year: Macedonia United Methodist Church (Mother’s Cupboard)!

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

CCSD Teacher Wins Statewide Hero Award LAW Jeremy

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

Grace Ed Technologies today, National Teacher Appreciation Day, announced the three winners of its 2021 Teacher Heroes Awards including Cherokee High School teacher and coach Jeremy Law.

Sequoyah HS Music Facility Named for Beloved Band Director

 

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CCSD Student Wins Statewide Scholarship Etowah HS Bynum Scholarship Winner 5 4 21

A Cherokee County School District student has earned a statewide scholarship!

Etowah High School senior McKenzie Anderson has earned the 2021 Southeastern States Pupil Transportation Conference Buster Bynum Scholarship.

CCSD Student Wins National Photography Contest Mill Creek MS Photo Contest Winner 5 4 21

A Cherokee County School District student has won a national photography contest! 

Mill Creek Middle School eighth-grader Annie Mercer earned third place in the middle school division of the 2021 Jostens Photo Contest, sponsored by the company known for its yearbooks and other school memorabilia. 

Message from the Superintendent: Teacher Appreciation Day CCSD Teacher Appreciation Day 2021

Please see the message below from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower:

Every teacher, whether in his second year or in her 30th year, has them saved.

These treasures take many forms: the handmade cards with imperfect spelling and perfect love, the well-worn first “best teacher” mug turned pens holder and the shiny new one filled with coffee, the dried store-bought carnation and the dried playground dandelion.

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Amber McFarland of R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy! MTT RM Mooore ES (McFarland) 5 3 21

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

Registration Now Open for High School Summer School CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

Registration is now open for CCSD High School 2021 Summer School.

Summer School will be offered from June 3-23, 2021 with options for Credit Recovery and Initial Credit.

Creekview HS FFA Grows with $5,000 Gift Creekview HS Pilgrims 4 29 21

Creekview High School’s agriculture program is growing even more thanks to a generous donation. 

Pilgrim’s of Canton donated $5,000 through its Hometown Strong Program to the school’s agriculture program and FFA chapter.  Teacher Pauline Benton said the donation will assist in training FFA members for the Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event, help continue community service programs that feed the food insecure and those in poverty in the community, and provide leadership scholarships for students to attend the National FFA Convention. 

11 CCSD Seniors Named Georgia Scholars ga scholars square image

Eleven CCSD seniors have been selected for the prestigious Georgia Scholar recognition, State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced Thursday.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Pam Cheever of ACE Academy! ACE SSOTY 2021

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here.  Please join us in congratulating the 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year for ACE Academy: Pam Cheever! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Schools Named to "Best High Schools" List US News logo

All six CCSD high schools made the U.S. News and World Report’s “Best High Schools” list for 2021, which was released by the publication this week.   Creekview HS led the county in the rankings at number 2,342 out of 24,000 high schools in the country; five of CCSD’s high schools – Creekview, Etowah, River Ridge, Sequoyah and Woodstock – also ranked in the Top 100 in Georgia of the more than 400 high schools in the state and fell within the top 15% nationwide. 

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Volunteer of the Year: Nicole Balejcsik of Johnston ES! JES VOTY 2021

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

Join the #CCSDfam as an EBD Teacher! job ad EBD teacher 4 28 21

The Cherokee County School District is seeking EBD teachers for numerous schools for next school year.  This position offer competitive compensation and outstanding benefits, a balanced school calendar, and wonderful work environments and caring teams.  Apply now by clicking Jobs@CCSD at www.CherokeeK12.net and clicking on any of the openings for an EBD teacher.  For more information, please contact Amy Graham, Director of Staffing at amy.graham@cherokeek12.net and 770.704.4306. #CCSDfam

Join the #CCSDfam as a School Nutrition Worker! job ad School Nutrition Worker 4 27 21

The Cherokee County School District is seeking School Nutrition Workers for numerous schools for this school year and next school year.  This position offer competitive compensation and outstanding benefits, a schedule that follows the school calendar, and wonderful work environments and caring teams.  Apply now by clicking Jobs@CCSD at www.CherokeeK12.net and selecting any of the School Nutrition Worker listings at various schools.  For more information, please contact Cassandra Higgins at cassandra.higgins@cherokeek12.net and 770.721.8419. #CCSDfam

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Michelle Young of CCSD Preschool Centers — Holly Springs! MTT CCSD Preschool (Young) 4 26 21

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

Meet the Student Delegate: Lexie-Anne Rodkey CHS Student Delegate 2021-22

Every school year, each CCSD high school selects one Student Delegate to the School Board to represent the student voice. One Delegate is named the Student Advisor and sits with the Board at its meetings. Meet the last one for this school year! #CCSDfam

CCSD Celebrates Teachers of the Year at Legacy Makers Banquet TOTY CHELSEA (4)

The Cherokee County School District saluted educators Thursday night at the long-awaited 2021 Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration.
 
The annual banquet to recognize all of CCSD’s school Teachers of the Year and to announce the overall winner is usually held in the fall.  This year’s program was delayed due to the pandemic, and additional safety measures were enacted for Thursday night including limiting guests.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Cali Mondello of River Ridge HS! RRHS SSOTY 2021

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here.  Please join us in congratulating the 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year for River Ridge High School: Cali Mondello! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Congratulations to CCSD's STAR Students and Teachers CCSD STAR Students 2021 4 22 21

Congratulations to the Cherokee County School District’s 2021 STAR Students and Teachers!

The STAR, or Student Teacher Achievement Recognition, Student honor is awarded to the high school senior from each Georgia high school with the highest score on any single test date of the SAT taken by the contest deadline, who also in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.  Each honored student is invited to select their favorite teacher to be named that school’s STAR Teacher.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Volunteer of the Year: Rebecca Wright of Macedonia ES! MES VOTY 2021

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

Seven CCSD Students Place at Georgia Science & Engineering Fair Georgia State Science Fair 4 21 21

Seven Cherokee County School District students placed at the Georgia Science & Engineering Fair!

The students, who all attend E.T. Booth Middle School, earned high honors at the competition for middle and high school students, including two best in state awards and several other top prizes.  The 73rd Fair took place virtually over the past several weeks and followed a regional competition where nine E.T. Booth Middle School students earned an invite to the State competition and 10 won special awards.

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: Amber Cloy Photography of Creekview HS! CVHS POTY 2021

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Creekview HS 2021 Partner of the Year: Amber Cloy Photography!

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

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Susan Parris of Liberty ES! MTT Liberty ES (Parris) 4 19 21

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

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Volunteer of the Year: Alanna Blake-Lawlor of Bascomb ES! Bascomb VOTY 2021

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Bascomb ES 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Alanna Blake-Lawlor! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

School Board Visits Hickory Flat ES CCSD School Board Visit Hickory Flat ES 1 4 16 21

Cherokee County School Board members regularly visit schools for tours with the Superintendent of Schools, members of his staff, and the school’s Principal and administrative team.  This month, the visit was to Hickory Flat Elementary School, where they met with Principal Kerry Estep and her leadership team and enjoyed a School Nutrition lunch from the cafeteria. #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Board Business Briefs: School Board Approves New School Calendars new leaders 4 16 21

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, April 15, approved school calendars for three more years and appointed several new leaders for next school year.

The approved calendars for the 2022-23, 2023-24 and 2024-25 school year now are posted at http://bit.ly/CCSDcalendars.  They were developed by a committee of CCSD employees and parents and use the same balanced calendar model as currently in place.  

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Darlene Gaddis of Boston ES! SSOTY Boston 21

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here.  Please join us in congratulating the 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Boston Elementary School: Darlene Gaddis! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Connections Newsletter & Graduation Update CCSD Connections image April 2021

The April 2021 edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter and includes a message from the Superintendent.  Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia, a CCSD Partner.

GRADUATION UPDATE: Following a meeting this afternoon relative to graduation ceremony planning, we are pleased to announce that CCSD Class of 2021 graduating seniors will be allowed tickets for six guests to attend their ceremony next month at First Baptist Church of Woodstock.  We are very appreciative for the opportunity to expand guest capacity for this special event in light of the Governor’s change in pandemic restrictions.  The event also will be livestreamed, as it has been in years past, to allow guests who cannot attend to watch the ceremony from home.

 

16 CCSD Students Named to All-State Band and Orchestra GMEA all state band and orchestra

Sixteen Cherokee County School District high school and middle school students have won seats in the prestigious Georgia Music Educators Association All-State Band and Orchestra.

Students audition for these selective performance opportunities.  This year's All-State Band and All-State Orchestra Events will be held virtually on Friday afternoon and Saturday. 

Meet a CCSD 2021 School Partner of the Year: City of Woodstock of Woodstock ES! WES POTY 2021

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

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

Meet the Teacher: Michelle Campbell of Little River ES! MTT Little River ES (Campbell) 4 12 21

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

Woodstock HS Career Education Program Receives $5,000 Donation Woodstock HS Career Donation 4 2 21

Woodstock High School’s career education program has received a boost from a local business.

Pilgrim’s of Canton donated $5,000 through its Hometown Strong Program to the school’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) program.

CCSD Partners with Office of Economic Development to Offer Fourth Annual Cherokee Summer Internship Program SocialPost-01

The Cherokee County School District has partnered with the Cherokee Office of Economic Development to provide summer employment opportunities for rising high school juniors and seniors as part of the Fourth Annual Cherokee Summer Internship Program. The interactive, mentorship-based program runs from June 7 – July 16, 2021. 

“These internships are an outstanding opportunity for our students to spend their summer break learning about careers in their community, while also earning money for their time,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “We’re so thankful to the Office of Economic Development and the participating businesses for continuing to offer this program to our students.”

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Robert Williams from the Office of Safety & Security! OS&S SSOTY 2021

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here.  Please join us in congratulating the 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year for the Office of Safety & Security: Robert Williams! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Announces i-Grad Information and Application - Due April 30  i-Grad Virtual Academy logo

We are excited to share application and enrollment information about i-Grad Virtual Academy (Grades 9-12) with you.  Applications for the 2021-22 School Year open on April 1, 2021 and are due by April 30, 2021.  Students and parents must complete the online form and get at least one recommendation from their current school.  The application process will give students the opportunity to demonstrate the ability to be successful in a virtual environment.  Application decisions and notifications will begin in early May, and accepted students/parents will be contacted with enrollment information.  

CCSD Recognizes 230 Superintendent's Key Scholars for Academic Success CCSD Key Scholars patches

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CCSD Message: Reminders and Updates CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

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

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

CCSD Announces High School 2021 Summer School Options CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

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

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

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

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

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

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Carmel ES 2021 Partner of the Year: The Premier Group!

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

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

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

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

Meet the Teacher: Paula Neubert of Holly Springs ES STEM Academy MTT Holly Springs ES (Neubert) 3 29 21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Becky Price of E.T. Booth MS! ETBMS SSOTY 2021

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here.  Please join us in congratulating the 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year for E.T. Booth Middle School: Becky Price! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Message: After School Activities Cancelled March 25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CCSD is seeking an Automobile Service Technology Instructor for Sequoyah High School for the 2021-22 school year.  Industry certification is required.  More information about this opportunity is at http://bit.ly/CCSDauto21.  CCSD offers employees excellent compensation and benefits, a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team.  Join the #CCSDfam & apply now by clicking Jobs@CCSD at www.CherokeeK12.net  Questions about this opportunity?  Contact Sequoyah HS Assistant Principal Laura Kudlak at laura.kudlak@cherokeek12.net.

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Elida Sapere of Woodstock MS! MTT Woodstock MS (Sapere) 3 22 21

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

School Board and Superintendent Visit Creekland MS CCSD School Board Creekland MS 1 3 22 21

Cherokee County School Board members regularly visit schools for tours with the Superintendent of Schools, members of his staff, and the school’s Principal and administrative team.  This month, the visit was to Creekland Middle School, where they met with Principal Dr. Richie Carnes and his leadership team and enjoyed a School Nutrition lunch from the cafeteria. #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

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

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

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

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

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

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Melanie Parrott of Mountain Road ES! MRES SSOTY 21

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here. Please join us in recognizing the 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Mountain Road Elementary School: Melanie Parrott! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Message: Digital Learning, Graduation, Prom CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

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

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

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

CCSD Schools Closed March 18, 2021 Due to Severe Weather

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

WHS Lady Wolverines Take Second Place in State Basketball Tournament basketball

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

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

CCSD is seeking a Boys Basketball Head Coach for Cherokee High School for the 2021-22 school year.  Head coaching experience is preferred, but not a must.  CCSD coaches also work as certified teachers; all teaching fields will be considered for this coaching position.  More information about this opportunity is at http://bit.ly/CCSDbball21.  CCSD offers employees excellent compensation and benefits, a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team.  Join the #CCSDfam & apply now by clicking Jobs@CCSD at www.CherokeeK12.net  Questions about this opportunity?  Please contact Cherokee HS Athletic Director Jeremy Adams at Jeremy.adams@cherokeek12.net.

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Katie Fasnacht of Clark Creek ES STEM Academy! MTT Clark Creek ES (Fasnacht) 3 15 21

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

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

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

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

For more information click here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CCSD Message: School Closure Update CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

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

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Jada Hanson of Clayton ES! MTT Clayton ES (Hanson) 3 8 21

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

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

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Knox ES STEM Academy 2020 Partner of the Year: J.M. Huber Corporation!

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

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Volunteer of the Year: Laurel Canyon Optimist Club of Ralph Bunche Preschool Center! RBC VOTY 2020

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

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

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Holly Springs ES STEM Academy 2020 Partner of the Year: Modern Woodmen of America!

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

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Sue King of E.T. Booth MS! etbms SSOTY 2020

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here.  Please join us in thanking the 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for E.T. Booth Middle School: Sue King! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The March 2021 edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter and includes a message from the Superintendent.  Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia, a CCSD Partner.  #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Dr. Kyle K. Shugart of Sixes ES! MTT Sixes ES (Shugart) 3 1 21

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

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

The Cherokee County School District is seeking school bus drivers for next school year!  These positions offer excellent benefits (full-time benefits for part-time work, with at least four hours of pay per day guaranteed), a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team.

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

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

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

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here. Please join us in thanking the 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for the Office of Human Resources: Cheryl Holcomb! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here.  Please join us in thanking the 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Woodstock High School: Alesia Register! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

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

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

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

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Jennifer Severson of Indian Knoll ES! IKES 2020 SSOTY

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here.  Please join us in thanking the 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Indian Knoll Elementary School: Jennifer Severson! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

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

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

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

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

All of CCSD’s high schools today were named Georgia 2021 AP Honor Schools for exceptional student performance and participation on AP exams, which offer students more challenging coursework and the opportunity to earn college credit.  Overall, CCSD students who took the exam earned passing scores of 3 or higher on 72% of the 4,640 tests administered last school year, as compared to 61% for Georgia and 59% nationwide.  In looking specifically at the Class of 2020, including those who did not take AP courses or exams, 32% of all CCSD graduates scored at least a 3 or higher on one exam or more, as compared to 23% for Georgia and 24% nationwide.   

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

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

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

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

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

Sixes ES Earns Digital Citizenship Certification 2020 Common Sense Recognition Badge

Sixes Elementary School has earned national certification for digital citizenship!

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

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

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

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

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

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here. Please join us in thanking the 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Tippens Education Center: Nancy Glozier! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Rachel LaChine of Sequoyah HS MTT Sequoyah HS (LaChine) 2 22 21

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

Join the #CCSDfam as a School Nurse! job ad school nurses 2 22 21

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

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

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

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

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

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here. Please join us in thanking the 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Mill Creek Middle School: Lori Karnes! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

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

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

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

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

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

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

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here. Please join us in thanking the 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for the Office of Support Services: Terry Cornelison! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

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

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here. Please join us in thanking the 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Cherokee High School: Teri Potts! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

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

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

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

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

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

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

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here. Please join us in thanking the 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Creekland Middle School: Rebecca Warren! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

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

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

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

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

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here. Please join us in thanking the 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Ball Ground ES STEM Academy: Kim Bishop! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

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

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

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

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

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

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

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy 2020 Partner of the Year: Rotary Club of Canton!

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

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

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here.  Please join us in thanking the 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Sixes ES: Angie Morgan! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here. Please join us in thanking the 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Woodstock ES: Dawn Mueller! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Alicia Thrower of Avery ES! MTT Avery ES (Thrower) 2 8 21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here. Please join us in thanking the 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for the Office of Safety and Security: Danielle Ross! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

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

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

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

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

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

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to E.T. Booth MS 2020 Partner of the Year: The Premier Group!

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

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Kayce Davidson of R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy! RMMES SSOTY 2020

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here. Please join us in thanking the 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy: Kayce Davidson! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

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

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here. Please join us in thanking the 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Avery ES: Ellie Babb! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The February 2021 edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter and includes a message from the Superintendent.  Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here. Please join us in thanking the 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Clark Creek ES STEM Academy: Nancy Partin! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Liane Moler of E.T. Booth MS! MTT ET Booth MS (Moler) 2 1 21

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

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

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

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

CCSD Earns Three Best in State Awards for School Communications CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here. Please join us in thanking the 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Johnston Elementary School: Joanne Waver! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

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

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

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

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

School Reassignment Request Window Opens February 1 school choice

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

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

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Tippens Education Center 2020 Partner of the Year: Allegro Business Products!

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

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Goulal Tuboi from the Office of Technology & Information Services! Tech SSOTY 2020

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here. Please join us in thanking the 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for the Office of Technology & Information Services: Goulal Tuboi! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Creekland MS Student Takes Top Speller Honors huck with trophy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Kim Sugar of Clayton ES! Clayton SSOTY

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

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Morgan LeShane of Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy! MTT Oak Grove ES (LeShane) 1 25 21

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

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

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

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

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

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here. Please join us in congratulating the 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for CCSD Preschool Centers: Donna Chandler! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

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

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

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

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Creekland Middle School 2020 Partner of the Year: Northside Hospital Cherokee!

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

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

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here. Please join us in congratulating the 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year for the Office of School Operations: Sheryl Puccio! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The January 2021 edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter and includes a message from the Superintendent about the continued temporary closure of schools due to COVID-19. 

CCSD Increasing Pay for Substitute Teachers Sub Pay Increase Ad 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Heather Amos of Hickory Flat ES! MTT Hickory Flat ES (Amos) 1 11 21

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

1/11/21 CCSD Message: Schoolwide Communications CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

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

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

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

Dear CCSD Families,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Indian Knoll Elementary School 2020 Partner of the Year: The Premier Group!

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

Registration Gateway System Experiencing Technical Issues

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

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

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

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

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

New Student Link for i-Ready iready logo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to the Cherokee County School District’s 2021 School Teachers of the Year winners!

Every fall, each CCSD school is asked to select its own Teacher of the Year.  These school-level winners now are eligible for the honor of Cherokee County School District 2021 Teacher of the Year. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CCSD REMINDER:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Olivia Byess of Hickory Flat ES! HFES SSOTY

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

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

Cherokee County School Board members regularly visit schools for tours with the Superintendent of Schools, members of his staff, and the school’s Principal and administrative team.  This month, the visit was to Knox ES STEM Academy, where they met with Principal Jennifer McIntosh and her leadership team, watched a video featuring both in-person and Digital Learning students and staff reviewing their successes so far this school year, and enjoyed a School Nutrition lunch from the cafeteria. #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

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

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

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

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

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

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

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Dean Rusk MS 2020 Partner of the Year: Modern Woodmen of America!

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

January 5: Digital Learning Day vote button

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The December 2020 edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter and includes a message from the Superintendent about changes to COVID-19 precautionary quarantine protocols and two changes to the school calendar.  Thank you to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia, a CCSD Partner.  #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Cody Lamanac of Teasley MS! MTT Teasley MS (Lamanac) 11 30 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Sixes ES 2020 Partner of the Year: The Premier Group!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank You CCSD Educational Support Professionals!

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Clark Creek ES STEM Academy 2020 Partner of the Year: EF2 Realty Team with Keller Williams Realty Partners! Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

CCSD Message: COVID-19 Status and Rumors CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CCSD Message: Temporary Closure of River Ridge HS CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CCSD Graduation Rate Hits New High! CCSD Grad Rate 2020

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

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

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

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

Join the #CCSDfam as a Bus Driver! CCSD school bus driver ad 11 9 2020

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

 

CCSD Message: Digital Learning for ES Extended CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CCSD Announces Annual Child Find Efforts CCSD heart logo cmyk

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

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

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

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

The November 2020 edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter and includes a message from the Superintendent.

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

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

CCSD Message: Extracurricular Activities, Food Assistance CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

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

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

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

Schools and Offices Closed Friday October 30

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

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

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

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

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

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

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Johnston Preschool Center 2020 Partner of the Year: Credit Union of Georgia!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week ... please help us celebrate 2020 Tippens Education Center Teacher of the Year Melinda Meadow!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CCSD Appreciates Its Bus Drivers! bus driver appreciation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cherokee County School Board members regularly visit schools for tours with the Superintendent of Schools, members of his staff, and the school’s Principal and administrative team.  This month, the visit was to Tippens Education Center, where they learned from Principal Kim Barger about efforts to support their students’ special needs and the goal of transitioning back to their former school, and enjoyed a School Nutrition lunch from the cafeteria with Ms. Barger, Assistant Principal Wes Satterfield and CCSD Counselor of the Year Kelly Schalliol, who works at Tippens. #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Ball Ground ES STEM Academy 2020 Partner of the Year: Chick-fil-A, Riverstone!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week ... please help us celebrate 2020 R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy Teacher of the Year Jill Mossinger!

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

*Photo taken in November 2019

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

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

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

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

CCSD Message: Fall Break CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

Dear #CCSDfam,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The annual contest gives students in all grades and abilities the opportunity to create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts for the opportunity to earn recognition at the School, District, State and National levels.  This year's theme was “Look Within.”

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

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week ... please help us celebrate 2020 Oak Grove Elementary School Fine Arts Academy Teacher of the Year Julie McNally!

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

What's cooking, #CCSDfam? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CCSD Speech Language Pathologist Named to National Board HOWARD Patti

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

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

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

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

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

Read the September CCSD Connections Newsletter CCSD Connections Sept 2020 image

The September edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter and includes a message from the Superintendent as well as news and updates. Thank you to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Cherokee County School District band has earned regional recognition!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Water Outage at Ralph Bunche Center

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

 

Water Outage at ACE Academy

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

Water Outage at Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy

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

 

CHS Closure Due to Water Outage

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

Board Business Briefs: School Board Discusses School Reopening CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

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

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

School Board Members Tour New Classrooms tour of sequoyah

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Principals are dedicated leaders, and we’ll be introducing you over the coming days to Principals who are new to the role or who are serving at new schools this year.  Please help us celebrate Cherokee High School’s new leader: Rodney Larrotta! 

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

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

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

Two Cherokee County School District students have earned statewide honors in the Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition!

The annual writing contest is open to students in grades kindergarten through 12 and provides an opportunity for schools to encourage writing in a variety of genres.  Each CCSD school submitted a top entry for each grade level to compete at the District level.  The District winners then advanced to regional competition for the opportunity to compete statewide, and state contest entries were judged over the summer break.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Principals are dedicated leaders, and we’ll be introducing you over the coming days to Principals who are new to the role or who are serving at new schools this year.  Please help us celebrate River Ridge High School’s new leader: Todd Miller! 

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

A Cherokee County School District school has earned a $1,000 grant to improve teaching and learning for in-person and Digital Learners!
 
Woodstock Middle School has earned the Walmart Community Grant to fund the “Take and Makerspace” project envisioned by Library Media Specialist Wendy Cope.

Meet the New Principal: Kim Hagood of Carmel ES! HAGOOD, KIMBERLY

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 Carmel Elementary School’s new leader: Kim Hagood!

Bascomb ES Paraprofessional Saves Choking Student Bascomb ES Life Saver

A Cherokee County School District paraprofessional is a life-saver!

Bascomb Elementary School paraprofessional Shawn Lisle was in the cafeteria during lunchtime on Tuesday when she saw a student in distress.

Join the #CCSDfam as a Substitute School Nurse  Job Ad - substitute nurse 8 12 2020

CCSD’s school nurses are superheroes, and these dedicated essential workers need back-up as we continue to offer in-person school. 

8/12/2020 Message: Woodstock HS Closing CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that we are temporarily closing in-person learning at Woodstock High School effective at the end of classes today (Aug. 12, 2020).  Reopening is tentatively scheduled for Monday, Aug. 31.  This decision was made with the support of School Board Members and in consideration with the Department of Public Health.

Sequoyah HS Honored with Statewide Selection Sequoyah Singers 2019-20 School Year

A Cherokee County School District choral group has been selected for a statewide honor!

State Superintendent of Schools Visits CCSD HASTY IV

The Cherokee County School District welcomed State Superintendent of Schools Richard Woods for a brief visit on Tuesday morning to see the CCSD Reopening of School Plan in action.

8/11/2020 Message from the Superintendent: Etowah HS Closing CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

The message below is from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower:

When we announced plans to reopen schools with options of in-person learning and Digital Learning at home, we made clear the challenges that came along with this choice for our families.

Meet the Teacher: Heather Towery of Indian Knoll ES! MTT IKES (Towery) 8 10 2020

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

Thank You to New Group Supporting CCSD Schools CCSD positivity FB group collage 8 10 202

Cherokee County School District teachers and staff were welcomed to work for the sixth day of school with sweet surprises from a new organization dedicated to encouraging them and lifting the entire community’s spirits.

8/7/2020 Message from the Superintendent: Thank You! CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

The following message is from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower:

Today is the fifth day of school – and, this year, that is an amazing milestone.

As I said when we began the week, we would not have been able to reopen schools in person, simultaneously launch a new Digital Learning program and start the school year on time without your patience, grace, flexibility and support.

Meet the New Principal: Matt Freedman of Little River ES! FREEDMAN_MATT

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 Little River Elementary School’s new leader: Matt Freedman! 

Meet the New Principal: Ann Jordan of Woodstock ES! Jordan_Ann

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 Woodstock Elementary School’s new leader: Principal Ann Jordan!

CCSD Preschool Centers Have In-Person Student Openings! Ralph Bunche Center Sunflowers 8 12 19

Still looking for an in-person preschool option for your child? The Cherokee County School District has openings at two of its preschool centers.

Meet the New Principal: Kathie Monti of Teasley MS! Monti_Katherine

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 Teasley Middle School’s new leader: Principal Kathie Monti!

8/3/2020 Message from the Superintendent: #CCSDUnited CCSD First Day - CCSDunited

The following message is from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower:

Today we began the first day of a school year unlike any ever before – and we succeeded because of you.

Meet the New Principal: Dr. Julie Dutko of Ball Ground ES STEM Academy! Dutko_Julie

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 Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy’s new leader: Principal Dr. Julie Dutko!

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Jessica DeLuca of Liberty ES! toty liberty 8 1 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 Liberty Elementary School Teacher of the Year Jessica DeLuca!

Meet the New Principal: Debbie Ritter of CCSD Preschool Centers! RITTER Debbie

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 CCSD Preschool Centers’ new leader: Principal Debbie Ritter!

Creekview HS Teacher Earns National Recognition BENTON Pauline

A Cherokee County School District teacher has earned national recognition for her work in career education!

Creekview High School teacher Pauline Benton, who leads the school’s successful Career Pathway agriculture program, is the FFA National Teacher Ambassador for Georgia.

Meet the New Principal: Kerry Estep of Hickory Flat ES! ESTEP Kerry

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 Hickory Flat Elementary School’s new leader: Principal Kerry Estep!

Meet the New Principal: Julie Peppers of Free Home ES! Peppers_ Julie

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 Free Home Elementary School’s new leader: Principal Julie Peppers!

7/29/2020 CCSD Back-to-School Updates & Reminders aBack to school 2020-21 (48)

CCSD Back-to-School Updates & Reminders: 

The CCSD Back to School Gateway at https://bit.ly/CCSDb2s now is open!  Whether your CCSD student is returning in-person or learning online, we need you to please complete the Gateway “first day forms” as soon as possible.  The Gateway includes updating emergency contacts, confirming transportation plans, signing up for free and reduced price lunch, and much more.  To use the Gateway, you will need your child’s Student ID (the code they use in the cafeteria and to log in to computers) and GTID (the longer code on your child’s report card); if you don’t have these, your child’s school can provide them to you.

Meet the New Principal: Dr. Maria Rosario-Regan of Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy! Rosario-Regan_Maria

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 Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy’s new leader: Principal Dr. Maria Rosario-Regan!

Join the #CCSDfam as a Substitute Teacher! Substitute Teacher ad 7 27 2020

CCSD is ready for the new school year with 500 temporary substitute teachers signed up to serve ... but we've heard from more who want to join us! 

We're opening up three training sessions next month - on Aug. 7, 10 and 13 - for community members who want to work as substitute teachers.  Spaces are limited, so sign up now at https://bit.ly/JobsCCSD

#CCSDunited

Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy Earns Digital Citizenship Certification Common Sense Education School Logo 2020

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

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

Ceremonies Celebrate the Class of 2020 graduation day

Updated photo galleries from CCSD graduations held July 23-26 can be viewed at https://www.cherokeek12.net/gallery.  Those who wish to purchase DVDs or digital downloads of any of the high school graduation ceremonies can do so online at https://cherokeecountygrad.com/

7/27/2020 CCSD Newsletter: Back to School Info image CCSD Connections parent newsletter July 2020

It’s one week until the first day of school for CCSD on Aug. 3, 2020!  Please check out the July edition of the CCSD Connections newsletter at https://bit.ly/CCSDconnections, which includes important back-to-school info and a message from the Superintendent.  Don’t forget to visit the Back-to-School Gateway at https://bit.ly/CCSDb2s when it opens July 29, as we need the parents of all students – both in-person and Digital Learning – to update emergency contacts and provide other important “first day forms” information. #CCSDunited
 

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Kelly Sample of Knox ES STEM Academy! toty Knox 7 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 Knox Elementary School STEM Academy Teacher of the Year Kelly Sample!

 

Walk-Through Schedules

This year the Walk-Through events are limited to new students only.  If your child will be attending a school for the first time at an entry grade level (kindergarten, sixth grade, ninth grade) or as a new enrollee,  please see the schedule for your child's school here. 

7/16/20 CCSD Message: Decision Reminder and Rumors CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, please see the following announcements:

• The Cherokee County School Board at its meeting tonight made no changes to the current CCSD Reopening of School Plan at https://bit.ly/CCSDplan20.  The School Board unanimously approved CCSD’s annual budget, which includes significant investments in our reopening plan including more than $4 Million in additional health and safety measures.  You can read the Board Business Briefs recap at https://bit.ly/CCSDbbb71620.    

Board Business Briefs: CCSD Annual Budget Approved New Leaders appointments 7 16 2020

The Cherokee County School Board at its regular meeting tonight unanimously approved the Cherokee County School District’s annual budget, which, despite a $25 Million State education funding cut, was balanced without the need for furlough days or a millage rate increase.

CCSD Launches Fact vs. Fiction Page to Address Rumors CCSD Facts vs Fiction log

The Cherokee County School District has launched a Fact vs. Fiction webpage!  

 

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.

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.

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

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. 

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.

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

Cherokee 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.

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