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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

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.

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! 
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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.

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!

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.   

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