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

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

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

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

CCSD Announces Child Find Efforts Child find logo

The purpose of Child Find is to identify, locate, and evaluate children and youth, who are suspected of having or have a diagnosed disability or developmental delay, in order to provide free appropriate Special Education services.  The Cherokee County School District serves children from age 3 to 21 years old.

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

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

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

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

The Georgia School Public Relations Association’s Annual Publications, Photography & Electronic Media Contest recognizes outstanding work by public schools, school systems, post-secondary institutions, and educational agencies and associations.  The winners were announced at the Association’s Annual Conference in October; CCSD earned the highest total number of awards presented with 17 Gold Awards – including two “Best in State” honors -- and four Silver Awards.

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Thania Molina of Mill Creek MS! ssoty mill creek ms 11 14 19

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

Thank You, CCSD School Psychologists! SPAW 2019 Poster

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CCSD Schools Score High for School Climate four stars image

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

The District earned a four-star average on the five-star scale in the Georgia Department of Education’s annual ratings, which measure how a community views the quality of its school’s culture and character; the highest possible rating is five stars.  The rating is based on a survey of students, parents and teachers; student discipline issue rates; and daily attendance.

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Gary Howell of Freedom MS! ssoty Freedom MS 11 6 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CCSD Shares Retired Educators' Stories ccsd logo screen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Danelle Anderson of Mountain Road ES! ssoty mountain road 10 31 19

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

The Support Staff Employee of the Year from every CCSD school and central office division is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation, and ABM Industry Groups LLC and Credit Union of Georgia. #CCSDfam

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

Freedom Middle School earned the top trophy at this year’s Cherokee County School District Middle School Academic Bowl!  Creekland Middle School came in second and Teasley Middle School placed third at the event, which is organized by CCSD’s Office of Curriculum & Instruction and was hosted this year by Dean Rusk Middle School.  The cost of this year’s event was sponsored by a community partner, Garth Gherardini with Modern Woodmen of America!

#CCSDfam

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

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

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

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: April Popham of Tippens EC! Tippens EC toty 19

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

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

CCSD Class of 2019 Excels on ACT CCSD ACT 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Teasley Middle School 2019 Teacher of the Year Nicholas Garcia!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We Appreciate Our CCSD School Bus Drivers! bus driver breakfast

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

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Wendy Comelitti of Free Home ES! ssoty Free Home ES 10 24 19

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

The Support Staff Employee of the Year from every CCSD school and central office division is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation, and ABM Industry Groups LLC and Credit Union of Georgia. #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Chick-fil-A at Riverstone for Cherokee HS! poty Cherokee HS 10 23 19

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

The Partner of the Year from every CCSD school is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation. Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more!
#CCSDfam

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

School Nutrition Staff Celebrate National Farm to School Month cider press

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Nadia Jones of Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy! ssoty oak grove 10 17 19

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here every week. Please join us in thanking and congratulating Oak Grove Elementary School Fine Arts Academy 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year Nadia Jones!

The Support Staff Employee of the Year from every CCSD school and central office division is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation, and ABM Industry Groups LLC and Credit Union of Georgia. #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: YANMAR Evo Center for Clark Creek ES STEM Academy! poty clark creek 10 16 19

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

Bascomb ES Mom Squashes the Competition! squash the competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Sixes Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year LaTonya McGruder!
 

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

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

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

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: June Pollack of Etowah HS! ssoty ehs 10 10 19

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

The Support Staff Employee of the Year from every CCSD school and central office division is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation, and ABM Industry Groups LLC and Credit Union of Georgia. #CCSDfam
 

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Help A Child Ministry for Clayton ES! poty clayton es 10 9 19

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

The Partner of the Year from every CCSD school is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation. Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more!
#CCSDfam

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Sequoyah High School 2019 Teacher of the Year Paul Peacock!

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

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

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

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

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

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Dottie Townsend for R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy! ssoty rm moore 10 3 19

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here every week. Please join us in thanking and congratulating R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year Dottie Townsend!

The Support Staff Employee of the Year from every CCSD school and central office division is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation, and ABM Industry Groups LLC and Credit Union of Georgia. #CCSDfam

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

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

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

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

The Partner of the Year from every CCSD school is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation. Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more!
#CCSDfam

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week ... please help us celebrate River Ridge High School 2019 Teacher of the Year Katie Freeman!
 

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

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

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

CCSD Building a Stronger Career Education Program! CCSD CTAE logo

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

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

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy 2019 Teacher of the Year Alison Hughes!

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

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here every week. Please join us in thanking and congratulating E.T. Booth Middle School 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year Emily Iwane!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CCSD Graduation Rate Continues to Exceed State Averages graduation-caps

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy 2019 Teacher of the Year Amy McCravy!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Virginia Elder of River Ridge HS! ssoty River Ridge HS 9 12 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Mountain Road Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year Amy Kerwood!

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

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

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

Congratulations to CCSD's School Teachers of the Year!

At the start of every school year, each CCSD school is asked to select its own Teacher of the Year.  These school-level winners now are eligible for the honor of Cherokee County School District 2020 Teacher of the Year! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Christy Bennett of Dean Rusk MS! ssoty dean rusk ms 9 3 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Leah Parrott of Macedonia ES! macedonia es toty 19

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Macedonia Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year Leah Parrott!

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

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

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

What's cooking, #CCSDfam?  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Little River Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year Karen Reynolds!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Margie Paul of Creekview HS! ssoty cvhs 8 22 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CCSD Teacher Earns Prestigious Fulbright Award! DASHER Elaine

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

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

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Angie Nalls of Liberty ES! Liberty ES toty 19

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Liberty Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year Angie Nalls!

August School Board Meeting Rescheduled to Thursday, August 22

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

 

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

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

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

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Deena Smith of Sixes ES! ssoty sixes es 8 15 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cherokee County School Board members regularly visit schools for tours with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, members of his staff and the school’s Principal and administrative team.  This week, the visit was to Mountain Road Elementary School, where they learned from Principal Melinda Roulier about efforts to increase Social and Emotional Learning and partner with the PTA in fundraising activities, enjoyed a School Nutrition lunch from the cafeteria, and visited Teacher of the Year Kelly Gilstrap’s kindergarten classroom. #CCSDfam

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Due to the anticipated high heat index for today and Tuesday, August 13, 2019, the Cherokee County School District is cancelling all outdoor activities from 12:00 noon to 6:00 PM.  This includes curricular and extracurricular classes and activities.

Learn More About Partnering with Schools at Sept. 12 Event 2019 Partner Up

The Cherokee County School District is asking local businesses and organizations to Partner Up with CCSD!

Businesses and organizations are invited to learn more about partnering with CCSD schools by dropping in at the free event anytime between 4 and 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility auditorium (1205 Bluffs Parkway, Canton, 30114).  Participants can visit tables of school leaders, who will be grouped by geographic area, to share coffee and conversation with them about partnership opportunities.

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Nicole Waldrep of Knox ES STEM Academy! knox es toty 19

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Knox Elementary School STEM Academy 2019 Teacher of the Year Nicole Waldrep!

Knox Elementary School STEM Academy first-grade teacher Nicole Waldrep is praised by colleagues as an advocate, a saint, a friend -- and their 2019 Teacher of the Year.

CCSD Leaders, Teachers, Staff & Parents Win Top Georgia PTA Awards Georgia PTA Outstanding Principal - Christian Kirby 8 8 19

CCSD leaders, teachers, staff and parents earned top honors at this year’s Georgia PTA awards presentation… including Principal of the Year! 

Dr. Christian Kirby of Ball Ground ES STEM Academy won the top title for school leaders, which was presented at the organization’s annual summer conference.  He and the other CCSD honorees will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower at the School Board’s meeting next week.  

School Bus Drivers Recognized for Outstanding Performance wanda reeves

CCSD school bus drivers, bus technicians and transportation support staff engaged in annual training together in July, brushing up on safety procedures and preparing to run routes for 2019-20. Several transportation employees were recognized during the training for recent achievements.  

 

Read CCSD's Newly Published Class Act Magazine Online! Class Act cover 2019-20

You now can read CCSD's first-ever Class Act magazine online!

Thanks to the Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News and Cherokee Life Magazine, CCSD is able to share more news with you through this new publication.

Back-to-School Forms Are Online--and Easy to Use

The Back-to-School Gateway is a paperless, online registration system for students already enrolled in CCSD schools that replaces the dreaded stack of “first-day forms” with a quick digital check and update of students’ existing contact and emergency notification information in CCSD’s records system.  Forms should be completed by Friday, August 9.

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Kathy Murphy of Creekland MS! ssoty cms 8 8 19

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

The Support Staff Employee of the Year from every CCSD school and central office division is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation, and ABM Industry Groups LLC and Credit Union of Georgia. #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Rotary Club of Canton for Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy! poty hasty es 8 7 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy 2019 Partner of the Year: Rotary Club of Canton!

The Partner of the Year from every CCSD school is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation. Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! 
#CCSDfam
 

Meet a CCSD Volunteer of the Year: Christine Dagostino of Indian Knoll ES! voty indian knoll es 8 6 19

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

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

Meet the New Principal: Dr. Sue Zinkil of Creekview HS! ZINKIL Sue

Our Principals are dedicated leaders, and we’ve been introducing you to Principals who are new to the role or who are serving at new schools this year. Please help us celebrate Dr. Sue Zinkil, who this school year began leading Creekview High School!

Dr. Sue Zinkil’s new leadership appointment didn’t take her too far from her previous post.

Learn About Your Child's Learning at Curriculum Night!  curriculum clip art

It’s Curriculum Night time!  CCSD Curriculum Night programs provide parents with an overview of what their children will learn this school year.  Find the event for your child's school in the schedule posted online here.

Meet the Teacher: Savannah Parham of R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy! MTT (RM Moore ES) Parham 8 5 19

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

CCSD Class of 2019 Graduate Earns Top UGA Fellowship Danielle Emefiele

An Etowah High School Class of 2019 graduate is headed to college with a top scholarship!

Meet the New Principal: Todd Sharrock of E.T. Booth MS! SHARROCK Todd

Our Principals are dedicated leaders, and we’ll be introducing you over the coming days to Principals who are new to the role or who are serving at new schools this year. Please help us celebrate Todd Sharrock, who this school year will begin leading E.T. Booth Middle School!

Todd Sharrock soared onto the radar of CCSD leaders for his success in teaching science and helping propel Creekview High School students to national and international aeronautics championships.

CCSD Schools Honored for Encouraging More Walking safe routes to school ga logo

Three CCSD schools have been recognized by Safe Routes to School Georgia as excellent partners in encouraging students to walk more!  Clayton ES and Woodstock ES are Gold-level honorees, and Bascomb ES is Bronze. #CCSDfam

CCSD Wins State Award for Outstanding Service to Special Needs Students CCSD Adaptive Technology Award 8 2 19

CCSD has earned a State award for providing outstanding service to special needs students!

Message from the Superintendent: #CCSD1stDay Superintendent of Schools Dr Brian V Hightower and Creekland MS sixth-grader Journey Cowart

If we could have ordered up a perfect morning for the first day of school, I’m not sure it would have been prettier than today.

Not only did the beautiful weather exceed expectations, so did our entire #CCSDfam.  

Celebrating #CCSD1stDay with a Welcome Back Video! IMG_2582 copy

CCSD is ready to celebrate the first day of school tomorrow, Aug. 1. We hope you enjoy this welcome-back video featuring messages from each of our schools! Please use the hashtag #CCSD1stDay tomorrow to share your photos with us. #CCSDfam #CCSDcares

Meet the New Principal: Mike Santoro of Woodstock MS! SANTORO Mike

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

Woodstock Middle School’s new Principal has hit home runs throughout his career as an award-winning teacher, coach and leader… and he can’t wait to begin the season with his new team.

CCSD Seeking Applications for JROTC Instructor jrotc instructor job ad 2019

Please share our new job listing for a JROTC instructor -- this position offers a competitive compensation package with outstanding benefits (State Health Benefit Plan! Teachers Retirement System!), a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team. Join the #CCSDfam & apply now: http://bit.ly/jobsCCSD Questions? Contact CCSD Recruiter Lindsay.Bowley@cherokeek12.net and 770.704.4256.

Meet the New Principal: Carrie O'Bryant of Clayton ES! OBRYANT Carrie

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

CCSD Kicks Off New Social and Emotional Learning Twitter Account CCSD Cares twitter image 2019

The Cherokee County School District is increasing its efforts to support the emotional and mental health and well-being of students and staff through a new Social and Emotional Learning initiative.  Dr. Debra Murdock, who’s heading up the districtwide effort, has launched a new Twitter account @CCSDCares to share news about CCSD’s efforts… and to hear ideas from CCSD educators, parents and the community at large.  #CCSDCares  #CCSDfam   

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Sharon Tatum of Teasley MS! ssoty teasley ms 8 1 19

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

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Three Sisters Gifts and Home Accents for Hickory Flat ES! poty hickory flat 7 31 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Hickory Flat Elementary School 2019 Partner of the Year: Three Sisters Gifts and Home Accents!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Catherine Shook of Holly Springs ES STEM Academy! voty holly springs 7 30 19

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

Meet the New Principal: Jennifer McIntosh of Knox ES STEM Academy! MCINTOSH Jennifer

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

As a teacher, Jennifer McIntosh helped build the internationally recognized, award-winning Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy, and now is bringing that expertise to her new role as Principal of Knox Elementary School STEM Academy.

#SafeCherokee Campaign Wins National Award CCSD-Sheriff Office Video Image

CCSD has earned the National School Public Relations Association's prestigious Golden Achievement Award in recognition of its #SafeCherokee campaign.

Please Drive Safely Around CCSD School Buses bus stop arm

It's almost time for CCSD school buses to start rolling! Do you know the rules of the road when encountering school buses? When to stop and when you can keep going? Please check out this video - http://bit.ly/stop4bus - to learn more. #SafeCherokee

Meet the New Principal: Dr. Ashley Kennerly of Sixes ES! KENNERLY Dr Ashley

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

A rising star among CCSD’s leaders, it’s fitting that Dr. Ashley Kennerly will serve in her first Principal role at Sixes Elementary School, home of the Sixes Stars.

CCSD Educators Gather Together for First Time in 26 Years CCSD Ed Talks 1 7 26 19

Cherokee County School District educators today gathered together as a whole for the first time in 26 years.

Nearly 3,000 educators, administrators and other staff attended CCSD’s first “CCSD Ed Talks” professional development session held at First Baptist Church of Woodstock.  Not since 1993 have all of CCSD’s teachers, administrators and education support staff attended such an event together.

CCSD Leaders Gather for Annual Workshop CCSD Symposium Workshop 1 7 26 19

Cherokee County School District this week gathered for their annual workshop to learn more about new programs and initiatives for the coming school year.

The day at Cherokee High School began with presentations by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower on leadership and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), followed by break-out sessions with central office staff on topics such as CCSD’s tougher new repercussions for vaping on campus, and a speech by Georgia Teacher of the Year Tracey Pendley on creating equity in education.

CCSD Preschool Centers Have Openings for This School Year! CCSD Preschool Ad 7 25 19

Do you know a preschool-age child who isn’t enrolled in preschool? CCSD’s Preschool Centers have Head Start class openings at Ralph Bunche Center in Canton and Johnston Preschool in Woodstock. Please see the flier above for more information! #CCSDfam #CCSD1stDay

CCSD Continues to Top State Averages on Georgia Milestones! milestones logo

Cherokee County School District students topped State averages on the Georgia Milestones End-of-Grade and End-of-Course tests for the fifth consecutive year, with important gains in early literacy and math! 

The test assess students’ mastery of Georgia Performance Standards, which set expectations for what lessons students will learn in each grade. Students in Grades 3-8 take Milestones End-of-Grade exams every spring in select core subjects; high school students in specific courses (and eighth-graders taking the classes for high school credit) take Milestones End-of-Course exams.  Parents will receive their children’s scores next month.

Meet the New Principal: Dr. Richie Carnes at Creekland MS! Meet the Principal - Richie Carnes - CMS 7 25 19

Our Principals are dedicated leaders, and we’ll be introducing you over the coming days to Principals who are new to the role or who are serving at new schools this year.  Please help us celebrate Dr. Richie Carnes, who will be leading Creekland Middle School! #CCSDfam

Check out CCSD's First Day Facts Report! FDF art

What's new for CCSD this school year? What do I have left on my back-to-school to-do list? Check out CCSD's annual First Day Facts report - a two-page, quick read of important information to start your school year off right! #CCSDfam #CCSD1stDay

CCSD Launches STEM Partnership with Discovery Education CCSD Discovery Education 1 7 24 19

The Cherokee County School District this week launched a three-year partnership with a global education leader to improve STEM learning opportunities for elementary and middle school students! 

CCSD, already recognized nationally for its commitment to STEM education, now is working with Discovery Education, part of the same company as the Discovery TV network, so its classroom resources and professional development for teachers can enhance lessons and incorporate more real-world learning experiences.

CCSD Accepting Applications for School Nurses! school nurse job ad 2019

Please share our new job listing for school nurses -- this position offers a competitive compensation package with outstanding benefits, a great work calendar and schedule (work while your kids are in school... and enjoy vacation with them!), and a wonderful work environment and team. Join the #CCSDfam & apply now: http://bit.ly/JoinCCSDfam

Woodstock HS Technology Students Place at Nationals! Woodstock HS Technology 7 24 19

Woodstock High School’s Technology Student Association members earned a second-place team win and a first-place individual win at the National competition in a field of 8,000 students!

The students, who won at the State competition to advance to Nationals in Washington, D.C., this summer are: Jack Bortle, Malachi Brewer, Gregory Carroll, Olivia Kelly, Drew Mathena, Anna Mitchell, Elizabeth Mitchell, Katelyn Provost, and Michael Rehman.  Their coach is technology teacher Karen Zayance.

Back-to-School Gateway Back Online

UPDATE 1:30 p.m. - The Gateway is back online and running - thank you!

The Back-to-School Gateway is currently offline due to technical difficulties. CCSD Technology staff are working with the system vendor to correct the issue as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience — we will post here when it's back online and ready to use.

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Glenda Lanier of Clayton ES! ssoty clayton es 7 25 19

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

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: City of Holly Springs for Holly Springs ES STEM Academy! poty hses 7 24 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy 2019 Partner of the Year: City of Holly Springs!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Sheila Zeigler of Hickory Flat ES! voty hfes 7 23 19

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

CCSD Connections Newsletter for July Now Online - Important Back-to-School Info! CCSD Connections July 2019 image

The July edition of the CCSD Connections parent e-newsletter is now online here, and is filled with important back-to-school information! Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia.

CCSD School Wins Prestigious Georgia School Bell Award!  clark creek school bell award 7 22 19

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy earning the prestigious School Bell Award!

The Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals presents the distinguished Award to 10 schools in Georgia each year in recognition of outstanding curriculum and organizational leadership initiatives… this is the eighth time in the last decade that a CCSD school has been honored.

CCSD High School Student Ranked Nationally for Career Skills! Cherokee HS SkillsUSA Nationals 1 7 22 19

A Cherokee County School District student is nationally ranked for his automotive transportation career skills – the first-ever CCSD student to be named to the top 5!

Cherokee High School rising senior Austin Ledbetter competed at the Skills USA National contest this summer in Louisville and now is ranked No. 5 in the Nation in collision repair technology!  Students who earned gold at their state SkillsUSA competition were invited to the National event to test their hands-on career skills.

Looking for a CCSD School Supply List? composition book

New this school year, CCSD has published a one-stop shop webpage featuring all elementary and middle schools' lists.  Check it out here!

Board Briefs: School Board Appoints Social and Emotional Learning Leader, New Principals CCSD leadership changes 7 19 19

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, July 18, 2019 appointed a longtime CCSD leader to head up the new Social and Emotional Learning initiative, as well as several resulting Principal changes.  

Dr. Debra Murdock, the former Principal of Cherokee High School and Georgia High School Principal of the Year, who has most recently served as the School Operations’ executive director overseeing middle and high schools, will take on the newly created role focused on developing new ways to better support students’ and employees’ emotional and mental health and well-being.

CCSD Staff Stay Busy with Work Over Summer Break MCMS construct 1

CCSD stays busy over the summer break, as departments continue to serve students through special programs and work begins to prepare for the new school year.  This slideshow video and the information below represents just some of the many projects underway over the summer.

CCSD Leaders Prepare for New Year at Leadership Symposium CCSD Leadership Symposium 1 7 18 19

Cherokee County School District leaders kicked off the new school year with the fourth annual CCSD Leadership Symposium professional development event!

Thanks to the support of community partners, CCSD school and district leaders attended a keynote address on Wednesday at River Ridge High School and will participate in an all-day training workshop next week.

This year’s event was made possible by Presenting Sponsors, Cherokee County Educational Foundation and Northside Hospital Cherokee; and Platinum Sponsors, ABM Industry Groups, Credit Union of Georgia, Goshen Valley and HP.

CCSD Partner Sponsors Breakfast for School Police Officers & Principals Police and Principals Breakfast 1 7 18 19

CCSD’s Office of School Operations presented a training session for CCSD’s School Police Department and Principals. Credit Union of Georgia, a CCSD Partner, sponsored a meet-and-greet breakfast at the start of session to thank the officers and leaders and help them kick off a successful and safe new school year. Credit Union of Georgia President and CEO Brian Albrecht, Canton Branch Manager Jason Blakey and Business Development Officer Kelly Nagel attended the event to show their support. #CCSDfam

CCSD Seeking Applications for Facility Technicians CCSD Facility Technician job ad 2019

Please share our new job listing for Facility Technician -- this position offers a competitive compensation package with outstanding benefits, a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team. Join the #CCSDfam & apply now: http://bit.ly/CCSDFacilityTech Questions? Contact CCSD Recruiter Lindsay.Bowley@cherokeek12.net and 770.704.4256.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Dawn Beasley of Tippens Education Center! ssoty tippens 7 18 19

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here every week. Please join us in thanking and congratulating 2019 Tippens Education Center Support Staff Employee of the Year Dawn Beasley!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Kona Ice of Cherokee for Indian Knoll ES! poty ikes 7 17 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Indian Knoll Elementary School 2019 Partner of the Year: Kona Ice of Cherokee!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Theresa Spears of Freedom MS! voty freedom ms 7 16 19

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

CCSD Seeking Applications for School Psychologists CCSD School Psychologist job ad 2019

Please share our new job listing for a School Psychologist -- this position offers a competitive compensation package with outstanding benefits, a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team. Join the #CCSDfam & apply now: http://bit.ly/jobsCCSD Questions? Contact CCSD Recruiter Lindsay.Bowley@cherokeek12.net and 770.704.4256.

Cherokee Sheriff's Office Seeking Crossing Guards! crossing guard job ad 7 10 19

Please share this opportunity! We are so appreciative of the Cherokee Sheriff's Office and its dedicated crossing guards. #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Nancy Stephan of Clark Creek ES STEM Academy! ssoty clark creek 7 11 19

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

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: The ONE Taekwondo Center for Johnston ES! poty johnston 7 10 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Johnston Elementary School 2019 Partner of the Year: The ONE Taekwondo Center!

Meet a CCSD Volunteer of the Year: Sherry Wallace of Free Home ES! voty Free Home ES 7 9 19

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

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Diane Dumond of Woodstock ES! ssoty woodstock es 7 5 19

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

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: EF2 Realty Team for Knox ES STEM Academy! poty knox 7 3 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Knox Elementary School STEM Academy 2019 Partner of the Year: EF2 Realty Team!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Michael Beck of Etowah HS! ehs voty 7 2 19

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

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Wendy Wemmer of Cherokee HS! ssoty cherokee hs 6 27 19

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

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for Liberty ES! poty liberty 6 25 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Liberty Elementary School 2019 Partner of the Year: Shottenkirk Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Susan Honea of E.T. Booth MS! voty et booth ms 6 25 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to E.T. Booth Middle School 2019 Volunteer of the Year Susan Honea!

Board Briefs: School Board Approves Budget, New Police Chief Sworn into Office CCSD Police Chief Swearing In 1 6 21 19

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, June 20, 2019 unanimously approved the Superintendent’s proposed budget for next school year and celebrated the swearing-in of a new CCSD School Police Chief.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Joe Greene of Creekview HS! voty cvhs 19

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

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Stevi B's Pizza Buffet at Riverstone for Macedonia ES! poty macedonia 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Macedonia Elementary School 2019 Partner of the Year: Stevi B's Pizza Buffet at Riverstone!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Katie Flowers of CCSD Preschool Centers! ssoty preschool 19

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here every week. Please join us in thanking and congratulating 2019 CCSD Preschool Centers Support Staff Employee of the Year Katie Flowers!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Kathy Tucker of Dean Rusk MS! voty drms 19

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

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: EF2 Realty Team of Little River ES! ssoty lres 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Little River Elementary School 2019 Partner of the Year: EF2 Realty Team!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Jayne Woodyard of Woodstock MS! ssoty woodstock ms 6 20 19

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

School Board Celebrates Successful Year of Service by Students CCSD Student Delegates 6 7 19

The Cherokee County School Board celebrated its Students Advisor and Student Delegates with a special send-off at the student representatives’ last meeting of the year.

CCSD Employees Win in Wellness Challenge! CCSD Wellness JPK 6 7 19

The Cherokee County School District partnered with Northside Hospital Cherokee to offer employees the opportunity to get healthier and earn prizes through a Spring Wellness Challenge. 

Cherokee HS JROTC Program Earns Top Merit Award Cherokee HS JROTC Award 6 7 19

The Cherokee High School Air Force Junior ROTC Program has been selected as one of 102 units to receive the 2018-19 Air Force JROTC Distinguished Unit with Merit Award. 

CCSD Students Earn Top Award for Marketing at Career Competition! deca marketing award shs 6 7 19

Sequoyah High School DECA student marketing association members earned top honors at the 2019 DECA International Career Development Conference in Orlando. 

CCSD Student Places at International Science & Engineering Fair! KHAN Zakwan

A Cherokee County School District student has placed at the International Science and Engineering Fair!

Woodstock High School rising senior Zakwan Khan earned honorable mention in the Addiction Science category for his project “The Role of the Cat-2 Gene in the Development of Substance Abuse.”

 

CCSD Congratulates Winners of First-Ever Minecraft Challenge! CCSD Minecraft Challenge 6 7 19

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating the winners of its first-ever Minecraft Challenge!

Students from across CCSD were challenged by the Office of Technology & Information Services to design a “school of the future,” with a focus on ensuring this school for 100 years from now would be more accessible, inclusive and sustainable.

CCSD Educators Complete Advanced Training in Co-Teaching! CCSD CIE 1 6 7 19

Seventy-five CCSD teachers have earned the Certified Inclusive Educator (CIE) designation after completing specialized training to better serve special education students.

The 10-month program, developed by CCSD’s special education department, provided teams of general education and special education co-teachers with training on best practices including research-based strategies and effective models, concluding with a capstone presentation by participants for their fellow teachers at their own schools.

CCSD Teacher Honored for Services to Blind, Low Vision Students CCSD Lions Award 6 7 19

A Cherokee County School District teacher has won a statewide award for her service to children with visual impairments!

Katie Proctor, who teaches students who are blind or have low vision, was presented with the Lions of Georgia’s Anne Sullivan Award for her “exemplary work with individuals with visual impairments.” 

CCSD Class of 2019 Graduate Appointed to U.S. Air Force Academy! Woodstock HS Anna Fournaris 6 7 19

A Woodstock High School Class of 2019 graduate has been appointed to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy!

Anna Fournaris, who served as the school’s Navy Junior ROTC commanding cadet officer, is headed to the service academy in Colorado Springs, Co. later this month to begin her studies.  She plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science and go on to serve after graduation as an air battle manager for the Air Force.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Jody Page of the Office of Curriculum & Instruction ssoty c and i 6 6 19

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

Learning Is Fun at Summer Discovery! students working with pasta

CCSD's expanded elementary school enrichment program, Summer Discovery, was full of arts and crafts, Lego building, computer coding, cooking classes, singing and dancing-- and, a lot of smiles!  

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Northside Hospital Cherokee for Mill Creek Middle School! poty mcms 6 5 19

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

Attention CCSD Parents: Book Sales Not Endorsed by CCSD

Attention CCSD Parents: Please be advised that we have received reports that a door-to-door salesman working in our community has allegedly told parents that he and his merchandise have been endorsed by CCSD.  That is untrue.  We have not and do not endorse any such materials or sales.  Thank you to the parents who brought this to our attention.   

Congrats to CCSD Leaders Named Rising Stars! CCSD Top 10 in 10 1 6 6 19

We’re so proud of our two leaders recognized by the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce this morning as part of its “Top 10 in 10” 2019 class of rising young stars! Congratulations to Dr. Ashley Kennerly, new Principal of Sixes Elementary School (second from right); and Melissa Sneed, supervisor of special education for CCSD (third from left), and their fellow honorees. #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Creekland MS PTSA for Creekland MS! voty Creekland MS 6 4 19

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

 

Congratulations to CCSD's School Psychologist of the Year! CCSD Golden Cranium 6 5 19

The Cherokee County School District 2019 School Psychologist of the Year is Wendy Barker!

Ms. Barker, who serves Little River Elementary School and provides support to CCSD’s Preschool Assessment Team, was presented with the “Golden Cranium” Award by her colleagues.

Thank you for Supporting Officers at Graduation! roly poly graduation thank you 6 1 19

Thank you to Roly Poly of Woodstock for providing lunches to CCSD School Police Department, Cherokee Sheriff’s Office & Woodstock Police Department Officers who together made our Class of 2019 graduation ceremonies a better and safer experience for students & their families and friends. We appreciate these officers and are glad you do, too. #CCSDfam #2019CCSDgrads

Thank You For Supporting Police Officers! sams graduation thank you 5 31 19

Thank you to Roly Poly of Woodstock for providing lunches to CCSD School Police Department, Cherokee Sheriff’s Office & Woodstock Police Department Officers who together made our Class of 2019 graduation ceremonies a better and safer experience for students & their families and friends. We appreciate these officers and are glad you do, too. #CCSDfam#2019CCSDgrads

Cherokee HS Graduate Shows True Heart of a Warrior graduation day

Cherokee High School’s graduation ceremony Thursday night included almost 600 students who walked across the stage in bright red caps and gowns to receive their coveted diplomas; however, the journey of a few dozen steps was particularly significant for one young man, Elijah Cook

Congratulations to CCSD's Golden Apple Teachers! CCSD Golden Apple 1 5 31 19

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

The Gamma Eta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International presents the annual awards to one teacher from each selected school; honorees are chosen by their colleagues in recognition of distinctive service, enthusiasm, initiative and expertise. 

Liberty ES Wins Two National Awards for Service Learning!  Liberty ES Promising Practices

Liberty Elementary School continues to build upon its national recognition as a School of Character with work that has earned an additional two Promising Practices Awards!

The international organization Character.org, which has repeatedly honored Liberty ES a leader in character education and service learning, presented the two awards in recognition of the school’s “Caring for Caritas” and “Birthday Bins and Meal Kits for Foster Families” projects.

CCSD Student & Kindness Award Featured on ABC World News Tonight yancy abc news snip 5 30 19

Did you see it? Mill Creek Middle School eighth-grader Christopher Yancy and his Kindness Award were featured on the ABC World News Tonight national news broadcast on May 30, 2019! 

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Karen Cohen of Boston ES! ssoty boston es 2019

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

Thank You for Supporting Police Officers! cfa grad thank you ad 2019

Thank you to Chick-fil-A of Cherokee County for providing dinners to CCSD School Police Department, Cherokee Sheriff’s Office & Woodstock Police Department Officers who together are making our Class of 2019 graduation ceremonies a better and safer experience for students & their families and friends. We appreciate these officers and are glad you do, too. #CCSDfam #2019CCSDgrads

CCSD Honors Top Grads and Teachers at Scholar Recognition Banquet! CCSD 2019 Scholar Recognition Banquet

The Cherokee County School District and School Board celebrated the Class of 2019 Valedictorians and Salutatorians at its 19th Annual Scholar Recognition Banquet.

The evening at the Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility auditorium on Wednesday was attended by the Scholars and their parents; the teacher each Scholar chose as the most influential in his or her education; CCSD’s high school Principals; the Superintendent of Schools and members of his senior staff; and the School Board.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Airborne Canton Aerial Adventure Park for Mountain Road ES! poty Mountain Road ES 5 29 20

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Mountain Road Elementary School 2019 Partner of the Year: Airborne Canton Aerial Adventure Park!

Read the June CCSD Connections Newsletter! CCSD Connections June 2019 snip

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

Congratulations to CCSD's Class of 2019! grad jump 2019

Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2019, made up of 3,000 students, will walk across the stage for graduation ceremonies next week! 

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

Back-to-School Walk-Through/Open House Schedule Set! back to school file photo 18

The Cherokee County School District’s 2019-20 school year will begin on Thursday, August 1. 

Each school’s front office will be open daily beginning Monday, July 15; hours are limited, so please call before visiting.

CCSD Serves Free Summer Meals to Kids in Need CCSD 2019 Summer Feeding Program

CCSD is continuing its participation in the USDA Seamless Summer Option, which offers free meals to children during the summer – and rolling out a new delivery bus!

The meals are available to youth 18 years of age or younger; the program runs June 5 to July 19, Monday through Friday, with no meal service July 1-5. All meals must be consumed on site; the distribution sites and times are listed on the flier above; a menu is online here.

Free Reading Resources Can Stop the 'Summer Slide' books

When children do not read during the summer months, research suggests they may lose up to three months of reading ability. Stop the "summer slide" by taking advantage of free reading resources for students this summer. 

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Brittany Stalling of Johnston ES!  Johnston ES toty

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Johnston ES 2019 Teacher of the Year Brittany Stalling!

Johnston Elementary School Teacher of the Year Brittany Stalling remembers when she realized her life’s calling.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Counselor of the Year: Heather Chesnut of Clayton ES! heather chesnut

Our school counselors are extraordinary, which is why we’re sharing the stories of our Innovation Zone Counselors of the Year… please help us celebrate 2019 Cherokee Innovation Zone Counselor of the Year: Heather Chesnut of Clayton Elementary School!

CCSD Announces Class of 2019 Valedictorians, Salutatorians! 2019 ccsd vals sals

Congratulations to the Valedictorians and Salutatorians for the Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2019! 

These students and their parents will be honored by the School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the 19th Annual Scholar Recognition Banquet on Wednesday.  Each student also is invited to select a favorite teacher, and these teachers are honored at the Banquet as well.

CCSD Fourth-Grader Wins Regional Poetry Contest! Arnold Mill ES Poetry Contest 5 24 19

Arnold Mill Elementary School fourth-grader Sara Ali has won first place in a regional poetry contest!

Her poem, “Pop goes the Seedlet,” entered into competition by the Canton Trayletaah Garden Club, won first place in the Garden Club of Georgia Poetry Contest.  She then advanced to also win first place from the Deep South Garden Clubs of the National Garden Club, serving Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

CCSD Honors Retiring Leaders at Reception senior staff retirement 2019 (13)

The Cherokee County School District celebrated four retiring leaders with a special reception.

The Senior Staff Retirement Reception on Thursday afternoon honored CCSD Police Chief Mark Kissel, Director of Facility Construction Phil Parrott, Supervisor of Curriculum Tammy Castleberry and Coordinator of Curriculum Judy Withey.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Vickie Bryant of the Office of Human Resources! ssoty CCSD HR 5 23 19

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here every week. Please join us in thanking and congratulating 2019 CCSD Office of Human Resources Support Staff Employee of the Year Vickie Bryant!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: The Premier Group Real Estate Firm for Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy! poty Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy 5 22 19

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

CCSD to Graduate 3,000-plus Seniors Next Week! tassels stock

Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2019, made up of more than 3,000 students, will walk across the stage for graduation ceremonies next week!

CCSD Class of 2019: Apply for June 3 for ABM $1,000 College Scholarship! ABM LOGO

Attention all CCSD Class of 2019 graduating seniors (and their parents): ABM Industry Groups has just partnered with CCSD to offer a new $1,000 college scholarship. One grad from each of CCSD's six high schools will win a $1,000 scholarship to be presented next month. The application (which is easy) and reference letters are due by June 3. The application and reference form are online here.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Denise Mason of Clark Creek ES STEM Academy! voty Clark Creek ES STEM 5 21 19

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

CCSD Principal Earns Top Community Service Honor! Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy Principal Award 1 5 21 19

Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy Principal Rodney Larrotta has earned a top honor for community service!

The Rotary Club of Canton today presented Principal Larrotta with its 2019 Jean Harris Service Above Self Award, which honors an outstanding volunteer from the community each year.

Join the #CCSDfam as a Programming Specialist CCSD programming specialist ad 5 21 19

Please share our new job listing for a Programming Specialist -- this position offers a competitive compensation package with outstanding benefits, a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team. Join the #CCSDfam & apply now: http://bit.ly/programspec Questions? Contact CCSD Recruiter Lindsay.Bowley@cherokeek12.net 

Message to Parents: New Anti-Vaping Policy no vaping image

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that the School Board has unanimously approved a new tougher anti-vaping policy for next school year.

While CCSD’s student discipline code already prohibits the possession or use of vaping devices and oils anywhere on campus, this new policy (click here to read) adds more serious repercussions.

School Board Recognizes Waste Management Scholarship Winner! Marla Prince of Waste Management celebrates with scholarship winner River Ridge HS graduating senior Billie O’Bryant.

The Cherokee County School Board recently recognized the winner of the annual Waste Management/Pine Bluff Landfill Scholarship!  The longtime Partnership Agreement between the School Board and Waste Management of Metro Atlanta specifies one $5,000 scholarship will be awarded by the company to a graduating senior from a CCSD high school each year.  The Class of 2019 school is River Ridge High School, and the company’s Pine Bluff Community Advisory Board scholarship committee selected Billie O’Bryant as the winner from a pool of outstanding applicants.  Marla Prince of Waste Management joined the School Board in making the special presentation at its May meeting.  This is the 12th anniversary of the annual scholarship presentation! #CCSDfam

PHOTO: From left to right, Marla Prince of Waste Management and scholarship winner River Ridge HS graduating senior Billie O’Bryant.

CCSD Students Soar at Social Studies Fair! ccsd social studies fair winners 2019

Cherokee County School District students excelled in this year’s Social Studies Fair, with 16 projects advancing to Regionals and four students placing at the Georgia Council for the Social Studies State competition!

Through the annual event, students explore social studies in the areas of Sociology/Psychology, History, Anthropology, Economics, Geography and Political Science and complete a research project.

School Board Celebrates Inaugural LGE Community Credit Union Scholarship! CCSD LGE Scholarship 5 20 19

The Cherokee County School Board has recognized the winner of the inaugural LGE Community Credit Union Scholarship!  The newly established Partnership Agreement between the School Board and credit union specifies one $5,000 scholarship will be awarded by the Bank to a graduating senior from a CCSD high school each year, with a focus on outstanding community service.  The Class of 2019 winner selected by the credit union’s scholarship committee is Chase Thomas of Etowah High School! 

Woodstock HS Senior Wins State Award for Excellence! Woodstock HS State Award 5 20 19

A Woodstock High School senior has earned a top award from the Georgia Department of Education!

Albani Andreina Arenas Tovar has earned the Excellence in English Learner Education Award, which recognizes an English Learner who has excelled in her school and community.  Albani and her teacher, Jamie Vogan, both were recognized in a recent ceremony at the State Capitol by State Superintendent of Schools Richard Woods.

School Board Recognizes Inaugural East West Bank Scholarship Winner! CCSD East West Bank Scholarship 5 20 19

The Cherokee County School Board has recognized the winner of the inaugural East West Bank Scholarship!  The newly established Partnership Agreement between the School Board and bank specifies one $2,500 scholarship will be awarded by the Bank to a graduating senior from a CCSD high school each year. 

Cherokee HS Senior Wins Georgia Award of Excellence! Cherokee HS State Award 1 5 20 19

A Cherokee High School senior is one of only 17 students statewide to win a top honor from the Georgia Department of Education.

Jack Edmondson has earned the Award of Excellence, which recognizes Georgia high school seniors with special needs who achieve academic and/or extracurricular accomplishments.  He was honored by State Superintendent of Schools Richard Woods at a recent ceremony at the State Capitol and joined by his Cherokee HS geometry teacher Lorri-Ann Brogdon, who nominated him for the award.

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Patti Nations of Indian Knoll ES! indian knoll es

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Indian Knoll Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year Patti Nations!

Indian Knoll Elementary School Teacher of the Year Patti Nations felt called to her profession as a young girl, transforming everywhere she went into a classroom for her siblings or stuffed animals.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Counselor of the Year: Katherine McNamara of Avery ES! Kathy McNamara

Our school counselors are extraordinary, which is why we’re sharing the stories of our Innovation Zone Counselors of the Year… please help us celebrate Creekview Innovation Zone 2019 Counselor of the Year Katherine McNamara of Avery Elementary School!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

CCSD Opening New Student Summer Registration Center CSR Logo English

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Hickory Flat Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year Corinne Snow!

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

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

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

CCSD Middle School Students Generate STEM Day Solutions stem logo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

CCSD Student Earns National Honor for Computing Skills! Sathvika Narasimhan19

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Retiring Principals Honored for Service retiring principals

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

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

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

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

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

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

CCSD Leader Selected to Present at National Conference HOWARD Patti

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

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

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

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

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

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy 2019 Teacher of the Year Sonja Chapman! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tippens Student Wins National Prize for Reading connor's honor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

School Social Workers Assist Families in Need CCSD Social Workers

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

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

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

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

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

What is Child Find?
The purpose of Child Find is to identify, locate, and evaluate children and youth, who are suspected of having or have a diagnosed disability or developmental delay, in order to provide free appropriate Special Education services.  The Cherokee County School District serves children ages 3 to 21.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Free Home Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year Keith Furstenberg!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Etowah High School 2019 Teacher of the Year  Tabatha Box!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to 2019 Woodstock Middle School Partner of the Year: The Premier Group Real Estate Firm!  The Partner of the Year from every CCSD school is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation.  Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDfam

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CCSD Will Be Recruiting at the Cherokee Career Expo! CherokeeCareerExpo

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

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

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Dean Rusk Middle School 2019 Teacher of the Year Bonnie Jackson!
Bonnie Jackson is a teacher’s teacher.  

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

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

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

Please Stop for School Buses! bus stop arm

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

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

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

#CCSDfam #NSBW19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Creekview High School 2019 Teacher of the Year Liana Howard!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

State Tournament Hoops Action Begins Friday player with trophy

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

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

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

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

Cherokee HS Student Earns Congressional Silver Medal Seng Silver Medal

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

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

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Creekland Middle School 2019 Teacher of the Year Laura Brown!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please Help the Georgia PTA By Taking Survey PTA logo

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

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

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

Tournament Play Gets Underway Tonight for CCSD Basketball Teams basketball players

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Superintendent to Make February Break Announcement by Jan. 31

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

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

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

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

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

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Carmel Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year Melanie Phillips!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hickory Flat Elementary Students Create Colonial Village Colonial Christmas learner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Bascomb Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year Leslie Kreiger!

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

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

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

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

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

Extra Law Enforcement Presence at Schools Used as Polls Today

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

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

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

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

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

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy 2019 Teacher of the Year Lisa Nations!

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

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

Woodstock High School students are economics state champions!  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Avery Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year Bonnie Smith!

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

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

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Arnold Mill Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year Brooke McMullen!

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

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

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate ACE Academy 2019 Teacher of the Year Pete Godfrey!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two Cherokee County School District nurses are statewide award finalists!

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

CCSD Assistant Principal Named Finalist for Statewide Title! Jessica Whitley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CCSD Continues to Exceed State Accountability Scores

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Georgia School Public Relations Association’s Annual Publications, Photography & Electronic Media Contest recognizes outstanding work by public schools, school systems, post-secondary institutions, and educational agencies and associations.  The winners were announced at the Association’s Annual Conference on Saturday; CCSD earned the highest total of “Best in State” awards presented, as well as six Gold, 11 Silver and four Bronze awards.

CCSD Students Improve Performance on AP Exams 2018 AP Infographic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community Partners Provide Wagons to CCSD Preschools Wagon Donation

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

CCSD Teacher Earns Educator Award from Yale University Matt Bartula

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Express Gateway Now Open for Updating Student Information express gateway logo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CCSD Parent Mentor Earns Statewide Honor! JoEllen Hancock

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

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

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

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

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

CCSD Teacher Earns Scholarship for Science Education Leaders! Victoria Corr

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

CCSD High School Graduation Rate Continues to Climb 2018 Graduation Rate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

At the start of every school year, each CCSD school is asked to select its own Teacher of the Year.  These school-level winners now are eligible for the honor of Cherokee County School District 2019 Teacher of the Year!  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cherokee County School Board Members Visit CCSD Schools!

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

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

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

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

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

The Cherokee County School District has named the 2018-19 Student Advisor and Student Delegates to the School Board.

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

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

Board Briefs: School Board Approves Leasing Gym to County

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

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

Mill Creek MS Student Wins Honor from Atlanta Braves!

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

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

 

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

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

CCSD Sets 2018-19 Curriculum Night Schedule curriculum clip art

 

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

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

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

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

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

Please share our new job listing for School Police Officer -- this position offers a competitive compensation package with outstanding benefits, a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team. Join the #CCSDfam & apply now: http://bit.ly/ApplyCCSDpolice

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

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

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

Friday Night Lights! CCSD Football Schedule Set football clip art

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

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

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

CCSD Parent Returns from Deployment and Surprises Son at School!

What an awesome #CCSD1stDay!

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

#CCSD1stDay Message from Superintendent of Schools

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

Today, we found silver linings in our rain clouds. 

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

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

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

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

CCSD Works Through the Summer to Provide Services, Prep Schools

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

Check out our new video: Welcome to Your School Cafeteria!

CCSD School Nutrition staff are ready to welcome students to the cafeteria and help them understand how the cafeteria line and cashier process works!  

You can view the brief video here: http://bit.ly/CCSDcafeteria  The video also features useful information for parents.  

CCSD Continues to Exceed State Averages on Georgia Milestones!

For the fourth consecutive year, Cherokee County School District students exceeded State averages on the Georgia Milestones End-of-Grade and End-of-Course tests!  CCSD has exceeded State averages every year since the tests that measure mastery of Georgia Performance Standards began.

“We are focused on increasing students’ mastery of the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in college, career and life,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “These Milestones results show our students and teachers are consistently and successfully getting the job done.  I’m so proud of them, their families and our partners and volunteers -- we’re in this together with the same goal: making our community’s future the best it can be.”     

CCSD Publishes 2018-19 First Day Facts report first day facts image

How many students are expected in CCSD schools this school year?

How many new teachers will be in the classrooms?

Who is my new Principal?

Find the answers to these questions and many more in the 2018-19 First Day Facts publication, which shares new information about the upcoming school year.

CCSD Launches Online Back-to-School Gateway To Replace Paper Forms!

The Cherokee County School District today launches its Back-to-School Gateway, an online system designed to reduce paper waste and wasting parents’ valuable time!

The Back-to-School Gateway is a paperless, online registration system for students already enrolled in CCSD schools that replaces the dreaded stack of “first-day forms” with a quick digital check and update of students’ existing contact and emergency notification information in CCSD’s records system. 

My Stop Bus Tracking System Expands to all CCSD Schools Versatrans My Stop logo

The Cherokee County School District is expanding to all schools its system that allows parents to track their child’s school bus on a smart phone or computer!

The Transportation Department began testing the Versatrans My Stop system last school year, and after a successful pilot, the system will be available to all CCSD parents beginning July 30 – just in time for the first day of school on Aug. 1.

CCSD Introduces MealViewer Website & App Showcasing School Cafeteria Menus MealViewer app logo

The Cherokee County School District will begin offering students and parents a closer look at school cafeteria menus this school year with the new MealViewer To Go app and website.

The system, which launches today, not only lists what’s on the breakfast and lunch menu each day, but includes photos and nutritional information.  The menu for the first day of school is available now through MealViewer, with more menus, photos and nutritional information being added daily in preparation for the start of school.

CCSD Adds Expanded System for Reporting Safety Concerns safeschools alert logo

The Cherokee County School District is adding an expanded system for reporting safety concerns!

The SafeSchools Alert system will allow students, parents, school staff and everyone in the community to anonymously report safety concerns by text, email, online message or phone call.  This system will replace the previous anonymous tip hotline.

Cherokee County School Board Tours Cherokee North

The Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools recently took a sneak peek at the newly renovated Cherokee North annex at Cherokee High School before it opens on the first day of school, Aug. 1.
 
Cherokee North, formerly the home of Canton Elementary School, will alleviate overcrowding at the main campus and prepare for increasing enrollment -- 2,797 students are expected this school year, with 881 of that total in the ninth grade.  Cherokee HS parents and students can get their first look at the school’s open house from 9 to 11 a.m. on July 30.

Board Briefs: School Board Approves Installation of More School Security Foyers

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, July 19, 2018, approved the installation of security foyers in 15 more schools, speeding up the project at the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools and his Safety and Security Ad Hoc Committee.

The foyers will be constructed over the next year at Avery ES, Bascomb ES, Boston ES, Clayton ES, Hickory Flat ES, Johnston ES, Macedonia ES, Mountain Road ES and Sixes ES, and Creekland MS, E.T. Booth MS, Freedom MS, Mill Creek MS, Teasley MS, and Woodstock MS.

CCSD School, District Leaders Prepare for New School Year at Leadership Symposium

The Cherokee County School District’s school and district leaders kicked off the new school year with the annual CCSD Leadership Symposium professional development event!

Thanks to the support of community partners, CCSD school and district leaders this week had the opportunity to attend two days of sessions designed to prepare them for the new school year.  This year’s event was held at Woodstock High School and was made possible by Presenting Sponsors, Cherokee County Educational Foundation and Credit Union of Georgia; and Platinum Sponsors, ABM Industry Groups, Goshen Valley and HP.

CCSD Hosts National Advanced School Resource Officer Course

The Cherokee County School District School Police Department this week hosted a national training program for officers from across the state!

In cooperation with the Georgia Association of Secondary School Law Enforcement Executives, CCSD hosted the National Association of School Resource Officers’ (NASRO) Advanced School Resource Officer Course at Teasley Middle School in Canton.

Superintendent Meets with PTA Leaders to Kick Off Year!

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower today met with Cherokee County Council of PTA leaders to kick off another school year of outstanding partnership!

Dr. Hightower said he looks forward to a great year ahead with the PTA, which he views as the Cherokee County School District’s most important partner.

“Our PTA gives unparalleled support for our students and staff, as evident through its thousands of hours of volunteer time, thousands of dollars in fundraising for school needs and thousands of voices advocating on our behalf,” Dr. Hightower said.  “We would not be able to succeed in our mission of ‘Educating the Emerging Generation” without the PTA, and we’re so grateful for all that they do.”

CCSD Sponsors Successful Summer Programs

More than 1,300 students participated in CCSD Summer School opportunities in June for academic help and credit recovery, to prepare for high school, or to take extra high school classes.

The high school credit recovery program culminated with a graduation ceremony at Etowah HS on Friday, with 50 students earning their high school diploma!  A record 42 students walked across the stage at the ceremony and received their diplomas from School Board Members Vice Chair Mike Chapman and Patsy Jordan.

Superintendent of Schools Presents Second 2018 Game Changer Award CCSD Game Changer Kyla Cromer 2018
Creekview HS Wins National Rocketry Challenge! 2018 Team America Rocketry Challenge - Creekview HS

UPDATE 5/12/18: Creekview HS Wins National Rocketry Challenge!

From Team America Rocketry Challenge:

The students from Creekview High School will now represent the United States at the International Rocketry Challenge at the Farnborough Air Show outside of London in July, facing off against teams from the UK, France and Japan.

Superintendent of Schools Presents 2018 Game Changer Award to Woodstock HS Teacher! 2018 Game Changer Award Kelly Burke

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower has surprised the third 2018 winner of his annual awards for instructional excellence!

Dr. Hightower presented a “Superintendent’s 2018 Game Changer Award” for Instructional Excellence to Woodstock High School Advanced Placement (AP) Physics teacher Kelly Burke during the school’s faculty meeting, which erupted in cheers and a standing ovation for the longtime and celebrated educator.

CCSD on May 10 to Offer Free Info Workshop on Becoming a Bus Driver

Retired? Looking for part-time work? Join a wonderful organization and serve your community’s children by becoming a CCSD bus driver for next school year! Learn more by attending a free workshop from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 10 (date change!) at our Transportation Office (1665 Hickory Road, Canton, 30115). Our bus drivers enjoy health benefits and a part-time schedule that doesn’t require working on weekends, holidays or during the summer, but offers the option to work extra hours. CCSD offers drivers outstanding professional development opportunities, and the CCSD Transportation maintenance department is the recipient of the National ASE Blue Seal of Excellence. Check out this brief video: http://bit.ly/CCSDBusDrivers #CCSDfam

CCSD Partner Awards College Scholarship to Class of 2018 Graduating Senior Oak Leaf Scholarship 2018

Congratulations to Cherokee High School senior Sarah Snyder, winner of the college scholarship presented annually by Oak Leaf Church, a Cherokee County School District Partner, to a graduating senior!

As part of its CCSD Partnership Agreement, Oak Leaf Church annually awards one $1,000 college scholarship to a graduating senior from Cherokee High School.  The Oak Leaf Church Scholarship Committee selected Sarah as this year’s recipient, and she recently was recognized at a Cherokee County School Board meeting.

CCSD Students Place at Tome State Competition! shs tome 2018

Cherokee County School District middle and high school students recently placed at the Tome Literacy Society’s State competition!

Tome is a National organization dedicated to promoting “multiple literacies among fourth- through 12th-grade students across the United States through: service; collaboration; competition-based club activities; and clean, entertaining, encouraging literature. All activities promote self-esteem, leadership skills, strong values, and nurture critical thinking, creativity, and imagination in the digital age.”

Bascomb ES Teacher Honored for Service to American Heart Association Bascomb ES Teacher Honored for Service to American Heart Association

A Bascomb Elementary School teacher has been recognized for her legacy of service to the American Heart Association!

Longtime PE teacher Nettie Mosteller, who is retiring at the end of the school year, was surprised by the Association with the special recognition and plaque presentation.

Message from the Superintendent: Please Join Me in Thanking a Teacher

Today, we celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day, and this week, we celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week.

While it’s important to officially mark this day and this week, we should not need a reminder to thank our community’s teachers.

We should keep them in our hearts all the time. We should not begrudge them the right to earn a living through their profession. We should remember the vital role they play in shaping our future.

Celebrating National School Nurse Day: Bridging the Gap! National School Nurse Day 2018

The Cherokee County School District is served every day by a team of 43 dedicated school nurses, who care for the whole student, whole school and whole community.

Today is National School Nurse Day, and this year’s statewide school nursing theme celebrates how these professionals are “Bridging the Gap” for the children and families they serve.

Superintendent Presents 2018 Game Changer Award to Holly Springs ES STEM Academy Educator! Superintendent’s 2018 Game Changer Award - Dr. Julie Dutko

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower has presented his final award of the year for instructional excellence!

Dr. Hightower surprised Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy instructional lead strategist Dr. Julie Dutko with his Superintendent’s 2018 Game Changer Award for Instructional Support during a meeting Tuesday with her colleagues, who cheered her on as she accepted the honor.

CCSD High Schools Named to “Best High Schools” List! us news and world report best high schools logo

Four Cherokee County School District high schools have been named to U.S. News and World Report’s “Best High Schools” list… an increase from three last year!

Creekview, River Ridge, Sequoyah and Woodstock High Schools earned Silver Medal spots on the magazine’s prestigious list based on factors including academic performance, college readiness, graduation rates and success of disadvantaged students.  Only 5,900 of the country’s 20,500 public high schools were named to the list released today.

GCA Holding Job Fairs for School Custodians

GCA, an ABM company, is seeking SCHOOL CUSTODIANS for the K-12 schools in Cherokee County. GCA is holding job fairs this weekend in Canton and Woodstock, and next week in downtown Canton. Candidates must apply in-person and qualified candidates** will be presented with an immediate contingent job offer* ON THE SPOT! (see details below)

Sixteen CCSD Students Selected for Georgia Governor’s Honors Program! ccsd gov honors 2018

Sixteen Cherokee County School District students have been selected for the competitive Georgia Governor’s Honors Program.

The four-week summer instructional program at Berry College for rising high school juniors and seniors is designed to provide students with academic, cultural and social enrichment “necessary to become the next generation of global critical thinkers, innovators and leaders.” Students live and study on the campus in Rome from June 17 to July 14.

CCSD Presents Leadership Degree and Certification Fair Newly appointed R.M. Moore ES Assistant Principal Denna Vance, left, speaks with Dr. Susan Padgett-Harrison about Kennesaw State University’s program.

The Cherokee County School District recently presented its first CCSD Leadership Degree and Certification Fair to share information on leadership degrees with interested teachers and leaders.

Forty-eight teachers and leaders attended the free session, which included one-on-one time with university representatives from Berry College, Kennesaw State University and Piedmont College. Berry and Piedmont College will be offering degree programs at CCSD facilities beginning this summer; KSU’s programs are fully online.

Sequoyah HS JROTC Wins Silver Star Award! SHS Silver Star Award 2018

The Sequoyah High School Air Force JROTC Program has earned the Silver Star Award for Excellence in Community Service for the second year in a row and its 11th consecutive Distinguished Unit Award from the Department Of The Air Force!

The Silver Star Award recognizes the top 5% of nearly 900 units nationwide based on community service in support of schools and local communities. The award is earned by units with the highest per cadet average of community service hours that are planned and conducted by cadets under the supervision of our instructors. This award also recognizes the personal growth and accomplishments of the cadets, contributions of the instructors as mentors, and the support of the school and local community.

Mill Creek MS Earns Digital Citizenship Certification common sense digital citizenship logo

Mill Creek Middle School has earned national certification for digital citizenship!

The school has been named a Common Sense Certified School for Digital Citizenship by Common Sense, a national nonprofit organization dedicated “to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology.”

5/25/18 Early Release Schedules for High Schools, Middle Schools

Cherokee County School District high schools and middle schools will have early release days next week, which will affect traffic in the surrounding areas.

Students at all CCSD high schools have the option of leaving campus early following final exams on varied schedules (check with your child’s school if you need the schedule) beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 21, through Thursday, May 24. High school buses will continue to depart on their usual afternoon schedule. Middle and elementary school dismissal is not affected.

CCSD Wins Top National Award for Excellence in Teaching Practices  Innovative District for 2018

The Cherokee County School District has won a top national award for excellence in teaching practices!

The International Center for Leadership in Education, a division of global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, has named CCSD an Innovative District for 2018 – one of only 11 school districts in the Nation to be recognized!

Teasley MS Teachers Win State Teaching Award! Dr. Jennifer Reynolds and Greg Koch of Teasley Middle School have earned the Georgia Council for Exceptional Children’s Co-Teaching Team of the Year Award for 2017-18.

Two Cherokee County School District teachers have won a statewide teaching award!

Dr. Jennifer Reynolds and Greg Koch of Teasley Middle School have earned the Georgia Council for Exceptional Children’s Co-Teaching Team of the Year Award for 2017-18.

The Science of Sports: Booth MS Students Learn STEM Lessons from Baseball Braves mascot, Blooper, entertained students at the completion of their STEM unit on the science of baseball.

Students on the 7th grade Lookout Mountain team at E.T. Booth MS have been learning about the science behind the sport of baseball as the center of their STEM classroom activities this spring. Students and teachers celebrated the end of the unit this week with a visit from Atlanta Braves mascot “Blooper,” along with prize giveaways of Braves tickets and memorabilia.

Through a CCSD partnership with the Atlanta Braves, the Booth MS team teachers were able to work with Science of Sport, a nonprofit organization that develops curriculum with the sole focus of bringing sports and STEM subjects together.   The new curriculum was a “home run” with students and teachers, and is expected to be expanded to other CCSD middle schools next school year, as the district focuses on increasing the STEM rigor in its middle schools.

Liberty ES Wins International Award for Character Education! Liberty ES National School of Character

A Cherokee County School District elementary school has won an international award for character education and service learning!

Liberty Elementary School on Friday, May 18, 2018 was one of 73 schools around the world — and the only one in Georgia — to be recognized by the nonprofit Character.org as a National School of Character.  The school will be honored at the organization’s 25th National Forum on Character in Washington, D.C. in October.

First Student Tech Academy Participants Celebrate Completion Graduates of the first CCSD Student Technology Academy.

Fifth-grade students from Sixes ES and Clark Creek ES STEM Academy recently celebrated completion of a pilot CCSD technology program where they learned advanced Microsoft program skills that they will be using in middle and high school, and beyond.

The CCSD Student Technology Academy (STA) is a pilot program that mimics an initiative known as the Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) for teachers. CCSD teachers have been earning the prestigious MIE endorsement by completing a 16-hour course, which is focused on 21st-century learning concepts combined with the acquisition of new skills using Microsoft tools in the classroom.

CCSD Announces Class of 2018 Valedictorians, Salutatorians vals sals 2018

Congratulations to the Valedictorians and Salutatorians for the Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2018!

These students and their parents will be honored by the School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the 18th Annual Scholar Recognition Banquet on Wednesday.  Each student also is invited to select a favorite teacher, and these teachers are honored at the Banquet as well.

CCSD Accepting Applications for School Police Officers! heroes wanted police job ad

HEROES WANTED: The Cherokee County School District is seeking applications from POST-certified police officers interested in joining our growing Police Department! Details at bit.ly/CCSDjoinPD Join the #CCSDfam to support the children we serve and our entire community!

River Ridge HS Student Wins Top Reading Award! reader of the year 2018

A Cherokee County School District student has been named the top high school reader in the State!

River Ridge High School junior Grace Pfohl won first place and the title of Reader of the Year for the Secondary category (Grades 9-12) at the Georgia Reading Association’s State Competition.  Students are nominated for the award by a reading or English teacher based on the quality, quantity and variety of their reading.  Winners are selected from nominees based on the student’s essay and teacher’s letter of recommendation.

CCSD Congratulates 13 Golden Apple Award Winners! golden apple winners 2018

Thirteen Cherokee County School District teachers have been honored as this year’s Golden Apple Award winners!

The Gamma Eta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International presents the annual awards to recognize one teacher from each selected school who exemplifies genuine care and dedication to students, strong instructional practices in the classroom and leadership within their school.  The School District is divided into three sets of schools for the awards, and, each year, the chapter invites one set of schools to select an honoree for each of their schools.

CCSD Announces Class of 2018 High School Graduates! school board grad robes

The Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2018 this week will walk across the stage for graduation ceremonies!

The ceremonies all will be held at First Baptist Church of Woodstock (11905 Highway 92, Woodstock, 30188):

• River Ridge HS: 4 p.m., Thursday, May 24
• Etowah HS: 8 p.m., Thursday, May 24
• Creekview HS: 4 p.m., Friday, May 25
• Woodstock HS: 8 p.m., Friday, May 25
• Cherokee HS: 9 a.m., Saturday, May 26
• Sequoyah HS: 1 p.m., Saturday, May 26

The ceremonies will be streamed on the FBC

CCSD Recognizes Six Regional, 3 State Winners for Social Studies Fair! Social Studies fair winner

Six Cherokee County School District projects submitted by students won at the Georgia Council for the Social Studies Northwest Regional Fair, with three going on to earn top honors at the State Fair!

The competition began locally, with 95 projects entered by schools into the CCSD Social Studies Fair.  Twenty-two projects placed first, earning those students the opportunity to compete at Regionals.

CCSD Congratulates Aramark Scholarship Winners! Aramark 2018 winners

The Cherokee County School District recently congratulated the 12 Class of 2018 winners of Aramark scholarships!

As part of its Partnership Agreement with CCSD, Aramark Education allotted funds for a $500 scholarship to be awarded to two outstanding Class of 2018 graduating seniors from each of CCSD’s traditional high schools.  The Aramark Scholarship Committee selected the winners, who were recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at a School Board meeting.

CCSD Recognizes Student Delegates to the School Board! Student Delegates and School Board

The Cherokee County School District recently recognized its Student Delegates to the School Board for the 2017-18 School Year in appreciation of their service!

The School Board has included a Student Advisor position on its board since 1999, and, for the past seven years, a Student Delegate from each high school.

CCSD Seventh-Graders Recognized by Duke University! Duke TIP logo

More than 30 Cherokee County School District seventh-graders have been recognized by Duke University for their SAT and ACT scores!

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) supports academically talented seventh-graders who have previously scored at or above the 95th percentile on a standardized test such as CogAT by providing them with the opportunity to take the SAT and ACT, which are college-entrance exams designed for above-average 11th– and 12th-grade students.

This year, 159 CCSD students participated in the program, with 37 students earning State honors, and five students additionally earning Grand-level recognition.

CCSD Honors Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition Winners!

A Cherokee County School District student won first place in the Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition!

The annual writing contest is open to students in grades kindergarten through 12 and provides an opportunity for schools to encourage writing in a variety of genres.  Each CCSD school submitted a top entry for each grade level to compete at the District level, with 176 school-level winners submitted.  District judges then selected a first-place winner for each grade level.

The District’s 13 first-place winners advanced to the Regional Educational Service Agency’s competition, where six earned first place, and one of those entries went on to earn first place at State. Dean Rusk MS eighth-grader Isabelle Blevins’ entry, “Hate to Love,” earned first place at District, Region and State competition!

Board Briefs: School Board Approves Budget, Approves Superintendent's Contract Renewal

The School Board on Thursday, June 21, 2018, approved the Annual Budget for 2018-19, which continues class-size reductions, increases safety and security spending and keeps the tax rate steady, and renewed the Superintendent of Schools’ contract through June 2021. 

The budget recommended by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower grows the day-to-day operating budget to $406 Million from the current $385 Million based on rising student enrollment, the restoration of the final $4 Million in State “austerity budget cuts,” and the property tax digest’s recovery to pre-Recession levels.  The millage property tax rate remains unchanged at 19.45 mills; the School Board held three public hearings prior to approval of the budget and millage rate.

Board Briefs: School Board Hears Safety & Security Recommendations, Approves School Calendars

The School Board on Thursday, May 3, 2018, heard the Superintendent of Schools’ recommendations for improving safety and security in CCSD schools and approved three more years of school calendars.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower in February, following the Parkland school shooting, re-established his Ad Hoc Safety and Security Committee, which initially formed after the Sandy Hook school shooting.

"On Valentine's Day, our hearts again were broken by a tragic school shooting, this time in Florida," Dr. Hightower said.  "As I shared after Parkland, while I would keep its families in my prayers, I also would take action to ensure the safety of our students, employees and schools."

Dr. Hightower asked the Cherokee County Sheriff, Chief Marshal, all of Cherokee's city Police Chiefs, parents and Principals from every one of CCSD's Innovation Zones and CCSD leaders to serve on the Committee, which was chaired by CCSD School Police Chief Mark Kissel.

CCSD Media Specialist of the Year Now A Region Winner! MSOTY 2019 (6)

Update: CCSD Media Specialist of the Year Anne Thiers of Creekview HS has been chosen as a Regional Winner by Georgia Library Media Association (GLMA).  The surprise announcement was made yesterday by Ge-Anne Bolhuis, North Central Georgia/Region 2 Representative for GLMA.  Anne will go on to compete for the Georgia Library Media Specialist of the Year, representing CCSD and all of Region 2.  Congratulations!

Creekview High School’s media specialist can add another accolade to her growing list: Cherokee County School District 2019 Media Specialist of the Year!

Anne Thiers, who has won her Innovation Zone’s title for the last two years and co-sponsored and coached the school’s reigning State Champion Reading Bowl team to multiple region and state championships, was surprised with the honor Wednesday morning before an auditorium of her colleagues and family. 

CCSD Message 1/31/19: Full February Break

The Superintendent of Schools has determined the February Break will be a full week-long break for students.

Due to a mild winter so far, resulting in the need to close schools for only one full day, coupled with positive long-range forecasts, all CCSD schools will be closed Monday, Feb. 18, through Friday, Feb. 22, for the student holiday.  CCSD central offices will remain open as previously scheduled.       

CCSD Wins Five National Awards for Communications! Annual Report Cover

The Cherokee County School District has earned five National awards for excellence in communications and public relations!

The National School Public Relations Association annually honors the best publications and electronic media produced by school districts nationwide as part of their communications efforts. 

“We can’t succeed without our community’s support, and our Office of Communications serves an important role in ensuring we not only share timely and relevant information with the community, but also provide opportunities for engagement,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “These National awards recognize our dedication to providing the best service possible, which we’re committed to further improving every day.”

CCSD Media Specialist Named Tops in Georgia Jennifer Lewis

Indian Knoll's Jennifer Lewis is the 2018 Library Media Specialist of the Year for Georgia

Etowah HS Announces Top Candidate for Boys’ Basketball Head Coach

As part of the June 15 School Board Meeting, Etowah High School will request approval of Jason Dasigner to lead its Boys’ Basketball Program as Head Coach.

First-Ever CCSD Student Film Festival on Sunday! Cherokee Student Film Festival flier

Coming to a screen near you... a film festival featuring CCSD student filmmakers! The first-ever Cherokee Student Film Festival is on Sunday in the Cherokee High School auditorium as a result of a collaboration between CCSD and the Cherokee Office of Economic Development. Admission is free! See the flier for more info. #CCSDfam

CCSD Teacher Named Finalist for National Award! cherokee hs teacher national speech debate educator 2019 - 1 31 19

A Cherokee County School District teacher is a finalist for a national education award!

Cherokee High School English, speech and forensics teacher Jamie Wills is a finalist for the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Educator of the Year Award.

Woodstock HS Names Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach

Woodstock High School has named Coach Pete Manderano as head coach for its men’s lacrosse program.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Amy Hagan of Carmel ES! CARM ES VOY 2019

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to Carmel Elementary School 2019 Volunteer of the Year Amy Hagan!

The Volunteer of the Year from every CCSD school is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation. Do you volunteer to help a CCSD school? Contact the Principal of your local school (http://cherokeek12.net/schools/) to learn how you can help! #CCSDfam

Etowah HS Cadet Earns $23K Air Force Summer Program Scholarship! Etowah HS Scholarship 1 28 19

n Etowah High School Junior ROTC Cadet is one of only 150 students nationwide and one of only six in Georgia awarded an Air Force JROTC Flight Academy scholarship to earn his private pilot’s license and college credits this summer!  

Kyle Raffety won the $23,000 competitive scholarship based on strong evidence of his commitment to the Air Force core values of integrity, service to others, and excellence.  

Cherokee County School Board Earns State Recognition for Governance & Leadership!

The Cherokee County School Board has earned state recognition for its outstanding governance and leadership!

The Georgia School Boards Association has awarded the Cherokee County School Board its 2018 Quality School Board designation.  The statewide recognition program celebrates school boards that consistently model best practices and meet specific high standards of excellence.

Superintendent of Schools Presents Four Inaugural “Game Changer Awards”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower has recognized the first class of recipients of an inaugural award he describes as his most important honor for Cherokee County School District employees.

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Sarah Munroe of Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy! Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy toty 19

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy 2019 Teacher of the Year Sarah Munroe!

Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy’s Teacher of the Year Sarah Munroe is a writing teacher, so what better praise than in the form of a letter written by one of her second-grade students.

Freedom MS Student Wins County Spelling Bee spelling bee trophies awarded

Freedom Middle School eighth-grader Braden Flournoy correctly spelled “rapacious” and then “affidavit” to claim the title as the county’s top speller at the 2019 Cherokee County School District Spelling Bee Thursday night at Cherokee High School. 

CCSD School Nutrition Wins State Award

 

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CCSD Farm to School program wins kudos

CCSD Employees Learn to "Stop the Bleed"

CCSD school nurses and Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services trained more than 300 school employees on how to stop severe bleeding in a victim. paramedic instructs teachers in medical training

CCSD Honors Class of 2017 Valedictorians, Salutatorians at Scholar Recognition Banquet

The Cherokee County School District and School Board honored the Class of 2017 Valedictorians and Salutatorians during the 17th Annual Scholar Recognition Banquet on Wednesday at Woodmont Golf & Country Club.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Counselor of the Year: Sarah Bigelow of Freedom Middle School! Sarah Bigelow

Our school counselors are extraordinary, which is why we’re sharing the stories of our Innovation Zone Counselors of the Year… please help us celebrate Woodstock Innovation Zone 2019 Counselor of the Year: Sarah Bigelow of Freedom Middle School!

Sarah Bigelow began her counseling career in social services, focused on helping children escape abuse and neglect.

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Jama McCartney of Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy! Clark Creek ES STEM Academy toty 19

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy 2019 Teacher of the Year Jama McCartney!

As an art teacher at Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy, Jama McCartney teaches children to shape clay into pottery.  Her colleagues say she’s just as gifted at shaping students into better people and her school into a better place.

Etowah HS Earns National Recognition for Raising Student Achievement!

Etowah High School has earned national recognition for its successful efforts to raise student achievement!

The school, led by Principal Robert Horn, has earned the Model Professional Learning Community at Work honor from Solution Tree, one of only 200 schools and districts in the nation – and the only school in Georgia — to do so.

The Cherokee County School District uses the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) model in all of its schools to encourage collaboration, the sharing of data and best practices, and professional development among teachers, who are grouped by subject area and/or grade level of instruction.

Etowah High School Wins State 7A Baseball Title

UPDATE: Etowah HS team member and Class of 2017 graduate Drew Waters was drafted by the Atlanta Braves!  He was the 41st pick overall and snapped up in the second round by the Braves on June 12, 2017.  He was named to USA Today’s ALL-USA Baseball First Team on June 13, 2017.

School Board Hosts Reception for New Leaders including Assistant Principals New Leaders 1 4 19 19

The Cherokee County School District recently hosted a New Leaders Reception for the School Board to meet the educators recommended by the Superintendent of Schools for leadership roles including assistant principal posts.  The reception, which was sponsored by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a CCSD Partner, gave School Board members the chance to meet and talk with the leaders before voting to approve their new roles for next school year.  The new leaders and their families enjoyed a warm welcome, refreshments and a small gift from Children’s Healthcare.  This is the second year for this tradition; an event was held last month for the School Board to meet additional new leaders including those recommended for Principal posts.
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CCSD Continues to Earn High Marks for Financial Efficiency! CCSD Financial Efficiency Chart 1 24 19

The Cherokee County School District continues to earn high marks from the State for its financial efficiency, tying for the best rating among metro Atlanta counties!   

The State’s Financial Efficiency Star Ratings measure school districts’ spending per student in relation to those students’ academic performance according to the College and Career Ready Performance Index.  Ratings range from a half-star to the highest rating of five stars.

Seven CCSD Students Selected for Model Atlanta Regional Commission Program

Model ARC program gives students insight into regional issues

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CCSD Participating in 2017 USDA Summer Meals Program

Cherokee County School District is again participating in the USDA Seamless Summer Option, which offers free meals to children during the summer.

School Board Approves New Head Basketball Coaches for River Ridge HS, Sequoyah HS new basketball coaches 4 19 19

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday night approved the hiring of two teachers who also will serve as head basketball coaches.

Aaron Darling, who currently teaches and leads the boys’ basketball program at Cambridge High School in Fulton County, will serve in the same role at River Ridge High School. 

Chris Yarbrough, who currently teaches and leads the girls’ basketball program at Northview High School in Fulton County, will serve in the same role at Sequoyah High School.

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Ben Sosebee of Cherokee High School Cherokee HS toty

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Cherokee High School 2019 Teacher of the Year Ben Sosebee!
Ben Sosebee is such a popular educator at Cherokee High School that students want to be in any and every class he’s teaching.
 

Clark Creek ES STEM Academy Wins State Award for Supporting Students SSTAGE

CCSD elementary school earns a Star Award for Promising Practices

CCSD Bus Drivers Headed to State Road-E-O!

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CCSD Supports Get Georgia Reading Campaign

Get Georgia Reading Campaign partner myON is delivering thousands of free books to computer and mobile devices that families can access 24 hours a day – every day – through Aug. 31.  Last summer, children throughout the state read 248,901 books and spent 55,831 hours reading.  This year, the Campaign is challenging Georgia to top last year’s numbers by reading more than 250,000 books and spending over 60,000 hours reading.  More info: http://getgeorgiareading.org/2017/05/03/summer-for-georgia-readers-begins-today/

Board Briefs: School Board Names New Police Chief, Assistant Principals for Next School Year CCSD new leaders - APs 4 19 19

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, April 18, 2019 approved the appointment of a new CCSD School Police Chief and new assistant principals to fill vacancies for next school year. 

The School Board unanimously approved naming Major Buster Cushing, who currently serves as commander of field operations for the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, as the next CCSD School Police Chief effective July 1.  Major Cushing will fill the role held by retiring Chief Mark Kissel  since the Department’s establishment 20 years ago.

CCSD to Host Annual Job Fair on March 2 for Teachers, Bus Drivers & School Nutrition Workers CCSD 2019 Job Fair - March 2 - new

The Cherokee County School District will host its annual job fair on March 2 for hiring new teachers, bus drivers and school nutrition workers!

The fair is from 9 a.m. to noon at River Ridge High School in Woodstock, and offers job candidates the opportunity to meet CCSD and school leaders.  Candidates not only will have the opportunity to introduce themselves, but also the chance to ask questions.

CCSD Teachers Serve as 2018 Advanced Placement (AP) Readers

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17 CCSD teachers selected to read AP exam essays

River Ridge HS Student Wins Congressional Art Contest!

A Cherokee County School District student has won a Congressional art contest!

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Cherokee HS Names Men’s Soccer Head Coach

Cherokee High School has named Samer Kaddah as its new Men’s Soccer Head Coach!

School Board Visits Woodstock Elementary School! School Board Visit - Woodstock ES 2 4 17 19

Cherokee County School Board members regularly visit schools for tours with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, members of his staff and the school’s Principal and administrative team.  This week, the School Board visited Woodstock Elementary School, where they learned from Principal Matt Freedman about new initiatives to further improve teaching and learning, increase parent engagement and business and community partnerships, and focus on a positive school climate.
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Board Briefs: School Board Reviews Budget Forecast, Legislative Issues BOE Swearing In 2019 (3)

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 heard a forecast for next year’s budget and weighed in on legislative issues anticipated to come up this session. 

The meeting began with the swearing in of four Board members, who all were re-elected to four-year terms: Mike Chapman, John Harmon, Clark Menard and Robert “Rick Steiner” Rechsteiner.  The School Board then elected Kelly Poole its vice chair, who will serve in the additional role through the end of the 2019.

CCSD Student Wins Regional Art Contest! Sequoyah HS Student Named Regional Winner

 

 

Sequoyah HS student named regional winner

Woodstock HS Announces Men's Basketball Head Coach

Josh Pierce to take over as head coach

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CCSD Class of 2017 Graduate Named Gatorade Georgia Baseball Player of the Year!

A Cherokee County School District Class of 2017 graduate has been named the Gatorade Georgia Baseball Player of the Year!

CCSD Teacher Selected to Present at Prestigious Conference! GILSTRAP Kelly

A Cherokee County School District teacher is one of only two teachers in the nation selected to present at an international conference for educators!

Mountain Road Elementary School kindergarten teacher Kelly Gilstrap was invited by the International Center for Leadership in Education to participate in pre-conference and conference presentations at its 27th Annual Model Schools Conference in Washington, D.C. in June.

The conference brings together global thought leaders, innovative districts, and model schools for educational leadership development and sharing best practices.  

CCSD Principal Named Finalist for Georgia Principal of the Year! MERGES, MARK

A Cherokee County School District Principal is a finalist for a statewide Principal of the Year Award!

Creekview High School Principal Dr. Mark Merges is one of six finalists for the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals’ Principal of the Year award.  

CCSD School Counselors Learn About Career Options for Students CCSD Counselors explore careers for students

Summer Externship program gives CCSD counselors a peek into careers in local industries

Cherokee HS Student Wins Georgia’s Most Positive Male Athlete Award

A Cherokee High School Class of 2017 graduate has been named Georgia’s Positive Male Athlete of the Year!

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Laurel Canyon Optimist Club of Tippens Education Center! poty Tippens 4 17 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Tippens Education Center 2019 Partner of the Year: Laurel Canyon Optimist Club!

The Partner of the Year from every CCSD school is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation. Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage to learn more!

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New Head Coach Named for River Ridge HS Football Program COLLINS Mike

River Ridge High School’s football program is welcoming a new head coach who built a statewide reputation for success after starting his career on Cherokee County fields.

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday night approved the hiring of Michael Collins to teach physical education at River Ridge High School and head up its football program, effective March 1.  Coach Collins most recently led teams in Cobb County (2010-2018; 2005-2007) and DeKalb County (2008-2009). 

GCA Seeking Applicants for School Custodians for CCSD Schools

CCSD vendor GCA is now hiring school custodians

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River Ridge HS Graduate Wins National Merit College Scholarship Irene Chen

Irene Chen plans to study business at Emory University

CCSD Congratulates Retiring Employees

The Cherokee County School District is saying thank you and goodbye to more than 100 employees retiring this school year.

“Our School District is not only an outstanding professional organization with a reputation for excellence, it’s also a family,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “While we don’t see them as often, retirees remain an important part of our family, and many return to volunteer in our schools as tutors and mentors. We appreciate them and wish them great joy in their retirement!”

 

Student Athletes Recognized for College Scholarship Commitments signing day commitment

CCSD recognized 32 additional high school student athletes Wednesday who had signed scholarship letters of intent to play their sport at the college level. 

CCSD Announces High School 2019 Summer School Options CCSD Summer School 2019 Course Recovery Sessions

The Cherokee County School District will offer a variety of summer school learning opportunities from June 5-25 for high school students including rising ninth-graders.

In addition to offering a wide selection of courses for students who need to retake classes not passed during the regular school year, Personal Fitness and Health courses will be offered for initial high school credit.  

CCSD Honors Class of 2018 Valedictorians, Salutatorians at Scholar Recognition Banquet CCSD 2018 Valedictorians and Salutatorians

The Cherokee County School District and School Board honored the Class of 2018 Valedictorians and Salutatorians during the 18th Annual Scholar Recognition Banquet.

CCSD Administrators Among County's Top Young Professionals CCSD Administrators Among County's Rising Stars

Three of the Chamber of Commerce "Top 10 in 10" Young Professionals this year are CCSD administrators.

CCSD School Nutrition Wins Two State “Best Practices” Awards

The Cherokee County School District’s School Nutrition program has won two State “Best Practices” Awards!

High School Students: Apply by May 25 for Summer Internships! InternshipFlyer2019_Final

CCSD is partnering for the second year with the Cherokee Office of Economic Development to offer high school students an outstanding career education opportunity: the 2019 Summer Internship Program! Applications due by May 25. Check out the flier (or visit https://www.cherokeega.org/internship/) to learn more about this six-week program to learn & earn this summer. #CherokeeByChoice

School Board Visits Johnston Elementary School CCSD School Board Visits Johnston ES 1 1 17 19

The Cherokee County School Board regularly visits schools to meet with Principals and tour classrooms to see teachers and students at work.  On Wednesday, the School Board, joined by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower and senior staff members, visited Johnston Elementary School, led by Principal Laura Akers.  The group learned about the school’s new positive behavior and culture initiatives like Cat Packs, as well as efforts by teachers to share best practices for effective instruction through their Professional Learning Community job-alike group meetings.

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CCSD Thanks Sponsors for Providing Meals for Officers Serving at Graduation!

Thank you to Chick-fil-A of Cherokee County, Roly Poly of Woodstock and Sam’s Club of Woodstock for providing meals and refreshments to CCSD School Police Department, Cherokee Sheriff’s Office & Woodstock Police Department Officers who together are making our Class of 2018 graduation ceremonies a better and safer experience for students & their families and friends.

CCSD Offering Free Summer Meals through USDA Program

CCSD is again participating in the USDA Seamless Summer OptionSummer Meals logo

Two CCSD Schools Win Top Media Center Awards

Two Cherokee County School District schools have won top State awards for their media center programs!

Congratulations to CCSD's Elementary School Academic Bowl Winners! CCSD 2019 ES Academic Bowl Indian Knoll ES 4 17 19

Indian Knoll Elementary School is the winner of the Cherokee County School District’s 2019 Elementary School Academic Bowl.

All 23 elementary schools participated in the event, with Indian Knoll ES, Macedonia ES, Avery ES, Boston ES winning their leagues and advancing to the semi-finals.  Macedonia Elementary School won second place.

Parents of Special Education Students Invited to Complete Survey online survey clip art

The Cherokee County School District invites parents of students who receive Special Education services to help improve schools by completing a survey.

CCSD Students Place at State Elementary Science Olympiad Georgia Science Olympiad

Clark Creek ES STEM Academy Team Maroon and Mountain Road ES Team Red recently competed at the State Elementary Science Olypiad competition, after tying for first place in the Cherokee County event.  Two Clark Creek students placed at the state competition.

CCSD to Offer Second Annual Parent Academy Program

The Cherokee County School District is accepting applications for its second annual parent academy program.

CCSD Publishes Annual Financial Facts Report

The Cherokee County School District has published its annual Financial Facts report, which provides highlights and snapshots from the proposed Annual Budget.

The report is posted online here and provides financial additional information to the community in advance of the School Board’s public hearings and budget adoption.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Lori Burton of Boston ES! voty boston es 2019 4 16 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to 2019 Boston Elementary School Volunteer of the Year Lori Burton!

The Volunteer of the Year from every CCSD school is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation. Do you volunteer to help a CCSD school? Contact the Principal of your local school (http://cherokeek12.net/schools/) to learn how you can help! #CCSDfam

CCSD Opening Online Registration for 2019-20 Kindergarten on Jan. 22 Calling All Kindergartners - online registration for 2019-20 begins Jan 22

The Cherokee County School District is opening online registration for kindergarten beginning Jan. 22!

The new online system introduced last year allows parents to log in from home to the Registration Gateway via CCSD’s website at www.cherokeek12.net instead of handwriting information on a pile of paper forms in a school office.  

CCSD Graduating Senior Wins Prestigious National Merit Scholarship! Joseph Young

A Cherokee County School District graduating senior has earned the prestigious National Merit Scholarship!

Etowah High School senior Joseph Young is one of only 2,500 students in the nation — of the 1.6 Million students who took the 2016 PSAT exam — to be awarded the $2,500 scholarship by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Board Briefs: School Board Reviews Budget – Smaller Class Sizes, Increased Safety & Security

The School Board on Thursday, May 17, 2018, reviewed the Superintendent of Schools’ recommended tentative Annual Budget for 2018-19, which calls for continued reduction in class sizes, greater spending on safety and security measures and no tax rate increase.

Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame Honors Outstanding CCSD Seniors

The Cherokee County Sports Hall of Fame as part of its recent annual banquet recognized a male and a female Outstanding High School Senior Athlete from each of the Cherokee County School District’s high schools.

CCSD High School Students Win Gold at State Careers Competition! Cherokee HS Skills Competition 1 4 15 19

Cherokee County School District Career Pathway students earned top honors in the State’s Skills USA competition testing their career knowledge and abilities!

Students from various programs at Cherokee High School and Sequoyah High School competed in the skilled trades and leadership events, with three winning gold medals, two earning silver and four achieving bronze.

STEM Learning Expands through Atlanta Braves Partnership CCSD Braves Science 1 1 14 19

Cherokee County School District middle school educators hit a home run for learning on Friday at SunTrust Park!  

The group of 28 teachers and seven administrators participated in the Atlanta Braves Science of Baseball Workshop, part of the Braves’ positive partnership with CCSD.

Sequoyah HS Student Earns International Award!

A Sequoyah High School student has won an international award for her marketing skills!

Hanna Palmer earned the Award of Excellence for Apparel & Accessories Marketing at the 2018 DECA International Career Development Conference in Atlanta.  The Conference was the pinnacle of competition for the student marketing association, where more than 19,000 students from around the world vied for international honors.

Johnston ES Wins National Healthy School Award

Johnston Elementary School has been named to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s 2017 list of America’s Healthiest Schools!

CCSD High Schools March in Washington, D.C. Parade Creekview HS Band at Parade 4 15 19

The Creekview High School Band and Sequoyah High School Band represented the Cherokee County School District in the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on Saturday in Washington, D.C.! The parade, which includes a march down Constitution Avenue, is the culmination of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival Celebration held each year. Fifteen bands from across the United States and the Bahamas were chosen to perform. #CCSDfam

Three CCSD Teachers Nominated for National Award! CCSD lifechanger nominees 1 14 19

Three Cherokee County School District teachers have been nominated for a national honor!  Kristin Covington of Mountain Road Elementary School, Rebecca Heard of Clayton Elementary School and Mystic Henderson of Etowah High School are nominees for the 2018-2019 LifeChanger of the Year Award.