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8/7/2020 Message from the Superintendent: Thank You! CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

The following message is from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower:

Today is the fifth day of school – and, this year, that is an amazing milestone.

As I said when we began the week, we would not have been able to reopen schools in person, simultaneously launch a new Digital Learning program and start the school year on time without your patience, grace, flexibility and support.

8/3/2020 Message from the Superintendent: #CCSDUnited CCSD First Day - CCSDunited

The following message is from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower:

Today we began the first day of a school year unlike any ever before – and we succeeded because of you.

Bascomb Virtual Tour 2020
7/29/2020 CCSD Back-to-School Updates & Reminders aBack to school 2020-21 (48)

CCSD Back-to-School Updates & Reminders: 

The CCSD Back to School Gateway at now is open!  Whether your CCSD student is returning in-person or learning online, we need you to please complete the Gateway “first day forms” as soon as possible.  The Gateway includes updating emergency contacts, confirming transportation plans, signing up for free and reduced price lunch, and much more.  To use the Gateway, you will need your child’s Student ID (the code they use in the cafeteria and to log in to computers) and GTID (the longer code on your child’s report card); if you don’t have these, your child’s school can provide them to you.

Join the #CCSDfam as a Substitute Teacher! Substitute Teacher ad 7 27 2020

CCSD is ready for the new school year with 500 temporary substitute teachers signed up to serve ... but we've heard from more who want to join us! 

We're opening up three training sessions next month - on Aug. 7, 10 and 13 - for community members who want to work as substitute teachers.  Spaces are limited, so sign up now at


July 30th Meet and Greet

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Kindergarten and New to Bascomb students may meet their teachers in person on July 30th following the schedule below.  All other students, including digital learners, will have a virtual meet and greet.

Kindergarten last names A – D 1:00-1:30 p.m. in person.

Kindergarten last names E – M 2:00-2:30 p.m. In person

Kindergarten last names N – Z 3:00-3:30 p.m. In person

Only new 1st grade families 12:30-1:15 p.m. In person

Only new 2nd grade and 3rd grade families 1:30-2:15 p.m. In person

Only new 4th grade and 5th grade families 2:30-3:15 p.m. In person

7/27/2020 CCSD Newsletter: Back to School Info image CCSD Connections parent newsletter July 2020

It’s one week until the first day of school for CCSD on Aug. 3, 2020!  Please check out the July edition of the CCSD Connections newsletter at, which includes important back-to-school info and a message from the Superintendent.  Don’t forget to visit the Back-to-School Gateway at when it opens July 29, 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. #CCSDunited

Meet and Greet, July 30th

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First Day of School, August 3rd

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Food Distribution Update: More Meals Available at All Sites, Fresh Produce Boxes at CHS 7 days of meals

CCSD's Summer Feeding Program will add weekend meals to the food distributions for the final two dates (July 13 and July 20), increasing the meals per child from 5 days of breakfast and lunch to 7 days.  Cherokee HS site will also have 200 boxes of fresh produce to give away the next two pickup days, one box per family.  The produce boxes are made possible through USDA's Farmers to Families program.  Meal distribution sites, times and guidelines are on the website here.

Registration Gateway Online for New Student Registration

CCSD's online registration system for new student enrollment is back online after maintenance earlier this week. If you click the link and still see the maintenance screen, please clear the cache on your computer and refresh your browser, the window should open.

Reminder: CCSD Return to School Questionnaire due June 29

Dear CCSD Parents/Guardians: 

This is just a reminder that, if you have not already, please complete the CCSD return-to-school questionnaire by 5 p.m. Monday, June 29.  The message we emailed to you on Monday, including a link to the questionnaire, is posted at  You need your child’s student ID and a unique code to complete it; these were sent to you on Monday in a separate email from “”

Board Business Briefs: Review of Proposed Budget, Reopening Plans CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

The Cherokee County School Board at its work session and regular meeting this evening reviewed the proposed CCSD budget for next school year, which balances a State funding shortfall without the need for furlough days or a tax rate increase, and heard an update on school reopening plans.

2020 Census: It's Not Too Late to Be Counted census

If you have not completed your 2020 U.S. Census Survey, there is still time!  95% of households receive their census invitation in the mail (these were sent in March, with reminders sent in April).  As of June 14, 62% of Cherokee County residents have responded (compared to 57% in Georgia and 61% across the U.S.).  Every household has the option of responding online, by mail or by phone.  Households that have not responded may receive a visit from a census worker between Aug. 11 and Oct. 31 to help complete the form and ensure everyone is counted.  For more about the census and how the data is used, go to

CCSD Message: Budget Update I-1 ALL DRAFT

Dear #CCSDfam, 

In any other time, a potential 11% cut in State education funding would not be a cause for optimism, but we are in challenging times.  As the initial forecast called us to brace for a 14% cut and a $32 Million loss for our School District, we are grateful for the 3% difference now projected by the Governor.

Message from the Superintendent BVH Pre-K

Dear #CCSDfam, 

One of the best parts of my role as your Superintendent is visiting our schools to see our students and educators working together.

CCSD Recognizes Retiring Senior Staff ssr photos revised

Four longtime Cherokee County School District leaders have retired this year following successful careers of service to the community.

Congratulations to this year’s retiring senior staff: Deputy Superintendent and Chief Operations Officer Trey Olson, Executive Director for Administrative Leadership Beth P. Long, Director of Facility Maintenance Ronald Barnes, and Supervisor of Facility Maintenance Randy Evans.

CCSD Congratulates Retiring Educators, Support Staff CCSD retirement image 5 26 2020

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating its educators and support staff who are retiring after exemplary service!

Board Briefs: School Board Hears School Reopening Plans, Budget Update CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

The Cherokee County School Board during its May meeting, which was held this evening virtually and streamed online, heard school reopening plans and a budget update.

Happy Nurse's Day Ms. Tracy!


April 28 - Marco's Support Night 11am - 10pm

Order Marco's Curbside, Carryout, or Delivery on April 28th from 11am - 10pm and support night funds will supply Northside Cherokee Hospital staff with meals, snacks, and desserts. Be sure to mention Bascomb when placing your order. 

Marco's Support Night

CCSD Names New Assistant Principals, Head Coach AP appointments 2020-21

The School Board on Thursday evening also approved monthly personnel recommendations, which included the appointment of new assistant principals and a new head girls basketball coach for Creekview HS.  

The new assistant principals are filling vacancies created by retirements, advancements and enrollment growth.

Board Briefs: School Board Approves Ending School Early CCSD Board Photo 2018-19

The Cherokee County School Board this evening unanimously approved the Superintendent of Schools’ recommendation to end school early on May 8 and to postpone a decision on high school graduation ceremonies until July 1.

4/15 CCSD Message: Last Day, Graduation 4 15 20 Message image

Dear #CCSDfam,

We have learned many lessons over the past month, and some of those have been lessons re-learned.

Like that our school families connect and strengthen even if our buildings are closed.  Our children show us their resilience, their optimism — their best, when put to the test.  And that it sometimes is hard to see the rainbow beyond the storm clouds, but it’s still there.

4/3/20 Message from the Superintendent: Grading 4 3 20 Message Image

Dear #CCSDfam,

Grace. This word has become a mantra for me and for my leadership team over the last three weeks. It defines how I expect all of our employees to always treat students, parents and each other, and especially so in this challenging time.

3/31/2020 CCSD Technology Update DLD no dates

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that CCSD’s Office of Technology is ending its successful distribution of CCSD laptops for students to borrow for use during the school closure.  This distribution initially was only to take place on the last day of classes at schools on March 13, but Technology staff have worked hard to continue the process to meet students’ needs.  CCSD has distributed 3,112 devices to students and will fulfill another 500 pending requests by Friday.  If you are a CCSD parent and your child is without any access to any device on which to do their Digital Learning Days assignments, please notify your child’s teacher by 5 p.m. today, March 31, 2020.  If Technology is unable to fulfill your request, staff will let your child’s teacher know immediately so you can make other arrangements.

3/30/2020 Message from the Superintendent CCSD Strong Chalk Mosaic 3 30 20

Dear #CCSDfam, 
While we know the past week has not been easy, and the news that Georgia’s schools will remain closed through April 24 caused many families more stress, I am filled with hope.

Mountain Ed Hiring for Cherokee Campus Mountain Education Charter High School Job Posting 3 26 20

CCSD is partnering with Mountain Education Charter High School for its evening high school program beginning in June … and more employees are needed to staff the program!

Gov. Extends School Closings to 4/24/2020 DLD no dates

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that the Governor has extended the statewide closure of all schools, including the Cherokee County School District, through April 24, 2020.  The Governor said he will make a decision prior to April 24 as to whether schools will re-open this school year.  This extended closure also means all events scheduled to take place at CCSD schools, all CCSD special events and extra-curricular activities and all community leases of CCSD facilities are cancelled through April 24.  CCSD will continue Digital Learning Days through April 3 and then again from April 13-24; Spring Break will be observed as scheduled from April 6-10 with no Digital Learning Days.  Also during this extended closure, CCSD will continue providing technology, Canvas and other learning support, as well as the #CCSDserves to-go meal program.  Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower again expressed how much he appreciates the dedication of our students, parents and employees during this challenging time: we are here to support you -- we are all in this together. #CCSDfam

3/25/20 Message from the Superintendent ccsdserves blue square

Dear #CCSDfam, 
Our entire CCSD family continues to impress me as we navigate through this storm together.

Online teaching and learning continues to strengthen, as our teachers gauge success and trade best practices, and as our students and families adjust to this challenge and develop new routines.  We continue to loan technology to students in need and provide technology and Canvas support.  We know online teaching and learning isn’t easy – we are here to help you succeed. 

Please Share Our New Job Listing: Culinary Specialist Job ad - culinary specialist 3 24 20

Please share our new job listing for CCSD School Nutrition culinary specialist!  This professional will assist with planning and developing culinary processes for our School Nutrition Program. This 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. Job description & minimum qualifications posted at Questions? Contact CCSD Recruiter Join the #CCSDfam & apply now:

Digital Learning Spirit Days!

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3/20/20 Message from the Superintendent ccsdserves blue square

Dear #CCSDfam, 

I have never been as proud to serve as your Superintendent as I have been this week.

Our CCSD community always rises to overcome challenges and meet needs, whether it’s a family devastated by a house fire or a student who can’t afford eyeglasses.  And our students and educators always impress me with their daily hard work that has resulted in admirable academic, athletic, and artistic accomplishments.

Specials Calendars

Specials Class Schedule 

April 2020

May 1 - 8 we will have a Virtual Family Field Day! Information Coming Soon! During the last 6 days of our digital learning days for the 2019-20 school year, we invite our Bascomb students to participate in virtual field day activities.  Choose as many activities as you wish during this last week of school together. 

3/19/2020 Message: CCSD School Closure Extended Through Spring Break DLD no dates

The Cherokee County School Board tonight heard plans to further extend the closure of all Cherokee County School District schools and offices through the previously scheduled Spring Break. 

CCSD Expands School Closure To-Go Student Meals ccsd serves white square

CCSD is expanding its school closure to-go student meals program to include additional sites and to extend to Spring Break.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said, although CCSD will not earn federal funding reimbursement for the additional sites or for feeding students during spring break, it is the right thing to do.


Governor Closes All Schools through March 31, 2020

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that the Governor has mandated school closures through March 31, 2020. ( This will extend CCSD’s current Digital Learning Days by two more days. We will keep you updated on any further extensions.



Meet the Teacher: Felicia Berenger of Bascomb ES! MTT (Bascomb ES) Berenger 3 30 20

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

Thank You School Board Members! CCSD Board Photo 2018-19

The Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) has announced the week of March 16-20, 2020 as “School Board Member Appreciation Week.” 

March 5 - Picture Day!

pic day 2020

Mrs. Chandler's Chat Video 2/28
February 10 - 14 Friendship Bracelets for Sale to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

friendship bracelets

March 2020 Specials Calendar

March Specials 2020


VILLA Parent Academy Sees Record Participation!  CCSD 2019 VILLA Graduation

The Cherokee County School District’s third annual VILLA Program, which encourages and celebrates parent engagement, saw record participation this year.

Recycle your ink cartridges! Contest ends December 11th!

popcorn party

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.

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:  Look for the "Upcoming Auctions" heading.

January Specials Calendar

January 2020 Specials calendar

October 3 - Braves Day!

Braves Day

Etowah Zone Technology and Book Drop Off

Etowah Zone Grad celebration

Attention Bascomb Families!

If you have CCSD books or technology, the last day to return them is Wednesday, May 27th from 9am - noon at Etowah High School for all students in the Etowah Zone. Please enter the campus from Eagle Drive. Turn left at the Etowah Electronic Marquee sign and then proceed down the C-drive. Please do not exit your cars! Staff members will collect items through your car window.

Welcome Ms. Currie, Assistant Principal!


Ms. Currie is a Georgia native and grew up in Golden Isles of Georgia.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Early Childhood Education, Master’s Degree from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Early Childhood Education and Specialist’s Degree from Piedmont College in Curriculum and Instruction.  She has a Gifted Endorsement and an Instructional Coaching Endorsement.  Ms. Currie began her teaching career 23 years ago in Savannah, Georgia.  Twelve years ago, she joined the Cherokee County School District.  She has experience teaching 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades.  She also served as the Instructional Lead Strategist at Indian Knoll Elementary. Ms. Currie was appointed as an Assistant Principal at Bascomb in 2020.

May 20th - 5th Grade Promotion Parade @ 5pm

5th grade parade

Bascomb Event Cancellations for March 2020

The Bascomb March events below have been canceled or postponed. Additionally, all field trips for the remainder of the year have been canceled or postponed.

Click here to read the statement provided by CCSD about the cancellation/postponement of special events and field trips.

The school building will be closed from March 16 – 27, 2020.  We will utilize digital learning days during the closure. Report cards will be sent home when students return to school. 


Mrs. Chandler's Chat Video 3/6/20
February 25 - PTA Meeting 6pm

February 25 - PTA Meeting 6pm

Mrs. Chandler's Chat Video

Mrs. Chandler Chat Video 12/9

December 21 - January 6 - Holiday Break

December 21 - January 6 - Holiday Break

October 15 & 17 - Menchie's Frozen Yogurt for sale during lunch

menchie's oct 15


menchie's oct 17

October Specials Calendar

oct 2019 specials

3/13/2020 Message to Parents: Resources During Closure heart logo higher rez

Dear Parents:

On behalf of the Superintendent, this message is to update you on resources you may need during the two-week closure of CCSD schools from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020.

January 20 - No School

January 20 - MLK

January 7 - Students Return


Grade Level Holiday Celebrations

Holiday Celbrations

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.”

Mrs. Chandler's Chat Video

October 16 - Bus Driver Appreciation Day

bus driver appreciation

October 21 - 25 - Red Ribbon Week


Red Ribbon Week

October 1 - PTA Meeting 6pm

pta oct 2019

7/16/20 CCSD Message: Decision Reminder and Rumors CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, please see the following announcements:

• The Cherokee County School Board at its meeting tonight made no changes to the current CCSD Reopening of School Plan at  The School Board unanimously approved CCSD’s annual budget, which includes significant investments in our reopening plan including more than $4 Million in additional health and safety measures.  You can read the Board Business Briefs recap at    

5/18/2020 Message: Graduation Update; Summer Resources CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised of the following updates:

GRADUATES: The Superintendent has authorized a special #2020CCSDGrads recognition for the Class of 2020 on Friday, May 29.  As part of the last weekly observance when our high school football stadiums are illuminated for 20 minutes at 8:20 p.m. (20:20 military time) on Fridays, we will hold Class of 2020 parades at the schools from 7 to 9 p.m.  Principals will send more information about this event to the parents of seniors.  Graduates will drive through a pick-up area for honor cords, medals and other special regalia and, as a gift to every senior from their Principal, each will receive an embroidered school patch to affix to their keepsake graduation robes.  These patches, which have adhesive backing, feature the same design as those on the rental gowns used for past commencement ceremonies.

CCSD Schools Closed Beginning 3/16/2020

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that all Cherokee County School District schools and offices will be closed for two weeks from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020.  We will use Digital Learning Days during this closure to continue teaching and learning.

March 5-13 - Spring Scholastic Book Fair

Class Schedule 

Volunteer Sign Up Genius

book fair 2020

Visit us for the special early opening before S.T.E.M. Night on March 5th from 2:00 - 5:30.

Regular hours will begin on March 9th.

book fair 2020 hours

January 31 - Pajama Day for Relay for Life

January 31 - Pajama Day

December 19 - Etowah Zone Night

etowah zone night

November 5 - No School for Students (Election Day)

Election Day

October 28th - November 1st - Required Canvas Homework for All K-5 Students

Canvas HW

October 18 - Bobcat Boogie Fun Run and 5K

Bobcat Boogie 2019

Join us for the 5th Annual Bobcat BOOgie 5K and Fun Run at Bascomb Elementary
School in Woodstock, GA. It's going to be a scary good time!

Event details and Schedule

Race Day Registration and Packet Pickup: Begins at 5:15 p.m.

Fun Run: Starts at 6:30 p.m

5K: Starts at 6:45 p.m.

Parking: ARRIVE EARLY! Parking will be available at Hillside UMC with shuttle
service to Bascomb. Limited parking is available at the school but you MUST arrive
prior to 6:15 p.m. and you will not be able to leave the parking lot prior to 7:45 p.m.
Roads will be closed from 6:15-7:45 p.m. for the safety of our runners along the

October 2 - Walk to School Day

walk 2 school 2019

Board Business Briefs: CCSD Annual Budget Approved New Leaders appointments 7 16 2020

The Cherokee County School Board at its regular meeting tonight unanimously approved the Cherokee County School District’s annual budget, which, despite a $25 Million State education funding cut, was balanced without the need for furlough days or a millage rate increase.

3/12/2020 Message to Parents: CCSD Cancellations CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK
March 10 - Hot Wheels Skate Night fundraiser for March of Dimes

skate night

February 3-14 - Kids Heart Challenge

Kids Heart Challenge

January 13 - Report Card Day

January 13 - Report Card Day

January 22 - Blood Drive

blood drive jan 2020

December 5 - Music Makers

Music Makers Rose Creek

November 9 - Books on Blankets Event

BOB Event

October 28 & 29 - Plastic Bag Recycling at Bascomb

plastic bag recycling

October 3 - Peace, Love, Pizza Bascomb Night


CCSD Launches Fact vs. Fiction Page to Address Rumors CCSD Facts vs Fiction log

The Cherokee County School District has launched a Fact vs. Fiction webpage!  


CCSD Gets High Marks for Financial Efficiency FESR rating

The Cherokee County School District for the third consecutive year has earned 4.5 stars on the state's Financial Efficiency Star Rating. This score is among the best ratings in the State-- only 10 other school districts of the 180 in Georgia earned a 4.5..  

March 9-13 - Marker Recycling Contest

marker recycling

March 2-6 - Exceptional Children's Week Canned Food Drive

canned food drive march 2020

February 6 - Class Picture Day

Pic Day 2020

pic day 2020

January 14 - Marcos's Pizza Night for 2nd & 3rd Graders

Marcos Night 2nd Grade 2020

January 23 - Coffee with the Counselors (Digital Safety)

coffee with counselro

December 6 - Cookies and Cocoa with Santa

Cookies and cocoa 2019

October 31 - Crazy Hat, Hair & Sock Day, $1 donation to benefit Cherokee County Animal Shelter

crazy hat hair sock day

November 7 - Chick-fil-A Night with your Specials Teachers

cfa nov

October 5 - Smile Run to Benefit CCSD Special Education programs

Smile run

7/13/20 CCSD Message: Reopening Plan FAQs Update CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that we have made updates to the CCSD Reopening of School FAQs which is posted online at

Message from your Bascomb Administrators!

March 13 - Sports and Math Day

sports and math

March 2-6 - Exceptional Children's Week

exceptional children week 2020

February 6 - Counselor Appreciation Day

Counselor day 2020

January 24 - Bingo Night
December 9-13 - Holiday Shop for Students

holiday shop 2019

November 11 - Veteran's Day Breakfast, RSVP by November 5th

Veterans day invite


CLICK HERE to RSVP by November 5th

Would you like to share a photo of a Veteran that you would like to honor? 

Click this link to share your photo(s), even if your Veteran cannot attend.


October 9 - PTA Reflections Awards Ceremony

Reflections Awards 2019

Join us in the Bascomb Cafeteria for the Awards Ceremony!

7/9/20 CCSD Message: Reopening Approved  reopen slider

Dear #CCSDfam,
I begin this message by expressing gratitude: thank you to the School Board for its unanimous approval tonight of our CCSD Reopening of School Plan, thank you to the citizens who attended to share their opinions and thank you to those who, instead of attending, emailed or called to share their thoughts.  You can read a recap of tonight’s meeting online at

3/9/2020 Message to Parents: COVID-19 Case CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK
March 2 - 6 - National School Breakfast Week

Bascomb has two options for school breakfast! Students can purchase a full breakfast in the cafeteria and we also have a grab and go cart on the 200 hall.  Both offer delicious and nutritious choices.

school bfast week


February 7 - Talent Show

Talent show 2020

January 27 - Coffee with the Counselors (App Awareness)

coffee with counselors

December 10 & 12 - Music Makers Holiday Performances

December 10 & 12 - Music Makers Holiday Performances

November 18 - Cafeteria Staff Appreciation Day

cafe appreciation

October 10 - PIcture Day Make-UPs

Pic Day Make Ups 2019

Board Business Briefs: Reopening of Schools Plan Approved CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

The Cherokee County School Board at its called meeting tonight unanimously approved the Superintendent’s recommended CCSD Reopening of School Plan, which calls for both the return to schools for traditional learning and the launch of an improved digital learning choice.


Bascomb's Virtual Field Day

virtual field day

The Fliprid page will be frozen on May 8th, but you may view the videos submitted through the end of May. 

March 5 - S.T.E.M. Family Night at Bascomb

stem 2020

February 10 - 14 - Animal Shelter Donation Drive

Paws and Claws donation drive 2020

Marcos Pizza Nights -

Attention all 4th and 5th Grade Families! 

If you order a pizza from Marco's Pizza in Towne Lake on November 19th, your pizza will be served (dine-in, carry-out, or delivery) in a pizza box decorated by your student!

Don't worry, other grades will get a turn too! 

January 14th - 2nd and 3rd Grade

March 17th - Kindergarten and 1st Grade

Marcos Pizza Night grades 4 & 5






October 14 - No School for Students

oct 14 no school

7/8/20 CCSD Message: School Reopening CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that Cherokee County School Board Chair Kyla Cromer has called for a School Board meeting to be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 9, 2020 to consider approval of the Superintendent’s recommended CCSD Reopening of School Plan. 

Five CCSD Students Win Top Honors at State Social Studies Fair CCSD 2020 State Social Studies Fair 5 6 20

Five Cherokee County School District students earned top honors at the State Social Studies Fair!

The statewide competition capped off the annual contest through which students explore a social studies area -- Sociology/Social Psychology, History, Anthropology, Economics, Geography or Political Science -- and complete a research project.  The Georgia Council for the Social Studies, which organizes the program, moved the competition online due to school closures and announced winners this week.    

February 11 - Music Maker's Concert

music makers concert 2020

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. 

CCSD Publishes Annual Financial Facts Report fimancial facts cover art

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.

5/4/2020 CCSD Message: #ThankATeacher Teacher Appreciation 2020 - Bascomb ES

Dear #CCSDfam,

A school in the first week of May overflows with joy and appreciation.  

Children march through the door carrying carefully wrapped packages – plenty of coffee mugs, yes, but also handmade treasures.  Teachers enjoy catered lunches and desserts baked up by PTA volunteers.  Hallways glitter with Teacher Appreciation Week posters, and the celebration spills over to social media, where we scroll through tributes to teachers of today and yesterday.

February 12 - Marco's Pizza Night for 3rd Grade

marcos pizza 3rd grade 2020

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. 

CCSD Message to High School Students CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

Dear #CCSDfam 

We are sending the message below to all of our high school students, many of whom have reached out to us with concerns about the issues of diversity, equity and tolerance.  We’re sharing this message with not only the parents of our high school students, but also the parents of all of our students, so you will be aware of its contents and can consider having a conversation at home about this topic.  We are very aware of where our role ends and where yours begins, and that we must work together to help our students succeed.  

CCSD Recognizes Top Staff from Special Education Team CCSD 2020 Special Education Staff of the Year 5 19 20

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 a ceremony on Monday held virtually online.

#ThankASocialWorker: Kristen Braid! CCSD Social Worker - Kristen Braid 2020

It's National School Social Work Week! Shout out to CCSD’s four social workers who assist the families of our 42,000 students! They are on pace to work 1,000 referrals and serve 220 homeless students. Stay tuned this week as we highlight our social workers. #CCSDfam #CCSDcares

February 13 - Peace, Love, & Pizza Night

peace love pizza 2020

November 25 - 29 Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving break 2019

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.

Bubblegum Day!

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CCSD Honored with National Award for Educational Technology DOD_color_HR

The Cherokee County School District has earned national recognition for its effective use of educational technology!

The District has been selected by the District Administration educational leadership organization as the Districts of Distinction award winner in the Educational Technology category.  

Parents Encouraged to Attend a Parent University Session in March CCSD Parent University 2019-20

The Cherokee County Council PTA has set the schedule for its Parent University program presented in collaboration with CCSD and community partners.

February 17 - 21 - Winter Break

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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). 

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.  

CCSD Message: Reopening Update CCSD logo

Dear #CCSDfam,

Over the summer break, our high school campuses usually stay busy as student athletes and coaches prepare for fall sports.

4/27/20 CCSD Message: Graduation Dates graduation-caps

Dear #CCSDfam,

We lined up in the warm gym, waiting in the alphabetical order we knew by heart.  We scanned the crowded bleachers for familiar faces, including the permitted three we knew best.  And though my only role was to walk across a stage and accept my diploma, my palms stayed anxiously damp.

4/20/20 CCSD Message: Expectations & Outlook Artwork by Mill Creek MS sixth-graders Isabella and Olivia Kennison

Dear #CCSDfam,

Amid the memes floating around, there’s one reminding us “we’re not all in the same boat” in this sea change.

While online learning is working well for many students and families, it is not for all.  We see this in system data; technology requests; teacher and parent feedback; and in our survey results, especially the thousands of comments from students and parents.  

3rd Quarter Report Cards

The previously scheduled, March 25th Report Card day is delayed.  Students will take report cards home when they return to school after our March 16-27 Digital Learning Days.

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26 CCSD Students Advancing to Regional Social Studies Fair! CCSD Social Studies Fair First-Place Winners 2019-20

The Cherokee County School District’s Social Studies Fair saw impressive participation, with 26 first-place winners advancing to the Northwest Regional Social Studies Fair in February!

Recycle your old cell phones by January 17th!

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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 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 Enrollment for Next School Year Underway Registration Gateway image

While Cherokee County School District schools and office remain closed, registration for students new to CCSD for the 2020-21 school year is underway.

CCSD Publishes Annual Report of District Progress CCSD Annual Report 2019_Page_1

The Cherokee County School District’s newly published Annual Report of District Progress offers the community a snapshot of the past year’s successes.

March 31 - Marco's Night for 1st Grade

When families with first grade Bascomb students dine-in or order out, their pizza will be served in a box decorated by the student. 

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CCSD Earns Positive Credit Ratings Benefitting Taxpayers CCSD logo

The Cherokee County School District earned positive credit ratings from the world’s top agencies, benefitting the community’s taxpayers.

Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s financial service companies this month reaffirmed CCSD’s Aa2 and Aa+ ratings, respectively, and awarded Stable outlooks to both, which places the District in an outstanding position for future growth. 

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

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.

4/1/2020 Gov. Extends Closure of Schools for Rest of School Year DLD no dates

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that Gov. Brian Kemp has extended his closure of all schools statewide through the close of the school year.  This announcement also cancels all events scheduled to take place at CCSD schools, all CCSD special events and extra-curricular activities, and all community leases of CCSD facilities through May 31, 2020.   Over the coming days, the Superintendent and staff will develop recommendations for School Board approval regarding operations and programming for the remainder of the year.  This will include time-sensitive topics such as the completion of the academic year, final grades and graduation.  In the interim, CCSD will continue Digital Learning Days; Spring Break (April 6-10) will be observed as scheduled with no Digital Learning Days. #SafeCherokee

Kindergarten & New First Grader Registration

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Board Briefs: School Board Approves Appointment of New Chief Operating Officer D Murdock

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 approved the appointment of a longtime CCSD leader as its next Chief Operations Officer.

Dr. Debra Murdock, a past Georgia High School Principal of the Year who currently serves as an Executive Director in the Office of School Operations, will begin leading the division this spring.

CCSD Connections Parent Newsletter for December Now Online CCSD connections image Dec 2019

The December edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online here. Thanks to Credit Union of Georgia for its sponsorship! #CCSDfam

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.

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.

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Four Cherokee County School District schools have been recognized by the Governor for academic success and progress!

Reminder: Use SafeSchools Alert to Report Safety Concerns Safe Schools

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Please watch this brief video to learn more about SafeSchools Alert - CCSD's system to report a school safety concern by text, email, phone call, online message or app to school police and administrators. Reminder: This system does not replace 911; please call 911 in an emergency. #SafeCherokee



Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Keller Williams Realty Partners - The Jenny and Penny Team for Bascomb ES! poty Bascomb ES 12 4 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Bascomb Elementary School 2019 Partner of the Year Keller Williams Realty Partners - The Jenny and Penny Team!

3/4/20 Message to CCSD Parents: Coronavirus Rumors CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK
Dean Rusk Student Named County Spelling Champ spelling bee winners

Dean Rusk Middle School sixth-grader Riley O’Neill correctly spelled “piratical” and then “hurriedly” to claim the title as the county’s top speller at the 2020 Cherokee County School District Spelling Bee Thursday night at Cherokee High School.  Brayden McPhillips of Woodstock Middle School captured second, and Laura Hand of Creekland Middle School placed third. 

Recycling Program Sponsored by Bascomb Girl Scouts

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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! 

2/26/2020 Message to Parents: Coronavirus CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK
Read the latest CCSD Connections parent newsletter! CCSD Connections newsletter image January 2020

The January edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online here and includes updates on safety and security and other important information. Thanks to Credit Union of Georgia for its sponsorship! #CCSDfam

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, and is filled with important news & updates. Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia! #CCSDfam

Today is PTA Day in CCSD! PTA Day CCSD 2020

Today is PTA Day in CCSD, as proclaimed by the Cherokee County School Board! We appreciate our PTA and its volunteers who give so much of their time, talent, treasure and hearts to support our students, staff and schools. More: #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Marsha Mattson of Bascomb ES! toty bascomb 1 18 20

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 2020 Bascomb Elementary School Teacher of the Year Marsha Mattson!

Board Briefs: School Board Hears Update on Social and Emotional Learning Initiative CCSD Anti-Vaping Student Video PSA Contest Winners 11 22 19

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 heard an update on CCSD’s Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) initiative, including projects underway to increase counseling services and create a “parent university” program for providing parents more information to help their children’s safety and well-being.

Pre-Order your Bascomb Yearbook and Save Money!

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Board Briefs: School Board Approves Appointments of New Principals, Leaders for Next School Year 2020 CCSD New Leaders 2 14 20

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 approved the appointments of new Principals and other leaders for next school year.

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.

Kindergarten Registration for 2020-21 Opens Monday, January 27 girls reading

The Cherokee County School District is opening online registration for 2020-21 kindergarten students and first graders new to CCSD on Monday, January 27.  The Registration Gateway allows parents to log in from home via CCSD’s website and get enrollment forms filled out online, rather than filling them out by hand while waiting at a school office.

CCSD SafeSchools Alerts

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March Edition of CCSD Connections Parent Newsletter Online CCSD Connections March 2020 image

The latest issue of our CCSD Connections parent newsletter is online now: Thanks to Credit Union of Georgia for its sponsorship! #CCSDfam

CCSD Conducts Multi-Agency Emergency Response Drill CCSD Emergency Response Drill 1 2 21 20

The Cherokee County School District on Thursday conducted a multi-agency emergency response drill to practice school evacuation and reunification plans.

The drill was held during the winter break to avoid disrupting classes, with activity taking place at Cherokee High School in Canton, CCSD’s offices in Canton, and First Baptist Church of Woodstock.  Hundreds of law enforcement and public safety officers, volunteer role-players including students and parents, and CCSD employees worked together to act out an emergency scenario at the school, evacuation of the school, and reunification of students and staff with their families at the church.

CCSD Annual Job Fair Set for Saturday, March 7 job flyer image

The Cherokee County School District will host its annual job fair on Saturday, March 7 for hiring new teachers, bus drivers, school nurses and school nutrition workers.  The District is also looking for psychologists and speech language pathologists.

CCSD School Reassignment Applications Accepted February 1-March 1 choices art

The window for school choice reassignments for 2020-21 within the Cherokee County School District is February 1-March 1. This includes applications for CCSD STEM and Fine Arts Academies.

CCSD Announces Second Annual Support Staff Employees of the Year Awards ssoty announce 2020 2 12 20

The Cherokee County School District next month will present its second annual Support Staff Employees of the Year Awards!

The celebration on March 12 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.  

Superintendent, CCSD Named National Award Finalists! most spirited superintendent 2020 2 12 20

The Cherokee County School District and its Superintendent of Schools are finalists for national awards recognizing the best in school spirit and dedication to schools and students!

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.”