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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. 

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

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

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

Summer School Registration Forms Now Online summer school

Registration forms now are online for CCSD's 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.  

Let's Clear the Air on Vaping's Dangers CCSD 2019 Factsheet - Vaping

No matter what you call it - vaping, Juul-ing, e-cigarettes – or how harmless the devices may seem, let’s clear the air: these are dangerous devices not permitted in schools.

CCSD takes vaping as seriously as any other tobacco product or marijuana, and the repercussions to a student’s health and school record are not worth risking. A 2018 national study released reported 1 in 5 high school students have tried vaping.

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