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

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

CCSD Message: Opening of School Update CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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