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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 

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.

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.

CCSD to Offer Second Annual Parent Academy Program

The Cherokee County School District is accepting applications for its second annual parent academy program.

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.

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.

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