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CCSD Message: Extracurricular Activities, Food Assistance CCSD_Identity_stacked_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, this is to advise that Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 extra-curricular practices, games and events can occur as planned.  We know you join us in our concern for CCSD families who experienced storm damage as well as our CCSD students who have not had access to free school meals during our closure.  We maintain a list of resources for food and general assistance on our website bulletin board at http://bit.ly/CCSDbboard.  Please contact these agencies if you need help, or if you can support them through financial donations and/or by volunteering.

Schools and Offices Closed Friday October 30

With multiple school power outages still ongoing likely through tomorrow morning and over 20 roads still impassible throughout the County, Cherokee County School District will be closed Friday, October 30. This will not be a Digital Learning Day due to the remaining widespread power outages.  A decision to allow Friday extracurricular events will be made mid-day based upon local conditions. 

Meet a CCSD 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Vicki Wheeler of Free Home ES! FHES SSOTY 2020

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here each week. Please join us in congratulating Free Home ES 2020 Support Staff Employee of the Year Vicki Wheeler! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD Schools and Offices Closed Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent of Schools, this is to announce that due to the National Weather Service Tropical Storm Warning and likely associated hazardous wind and flooding conditions during the early morning hours tomorrow, Cherokee County School District will be closed on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020.  This will not be a Digital Learning Day due to the likely event of expected widespread power outages throughout the morning.  A decision to allow Thursday extracurricular events will be made mid-day based upon local conditions. #SafeCherokee

CCSD Appreciates Its Bus Drivers! bus driver appreciation

CCSD recognized its school bus drivers on Tuesday morning with a drive-through breakfast and gifts.  CCSD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Hightower visited with drivers at two bus maintenance facilities, passing out Chick-fil-A biscuits and goody bags from sponsors. 

Board Business Briefs: School Board Hears of Potential State Funding Concerns BOE Meeting Oct. 15 2020 (1)

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday heard an update on potential State funding concerns for next school year.
 
During its pre-meeting work session, School Board members began the planning work for its annual Legislative Partnership Priorities, a list of top issues it would like to see addressed by Cherokee County’s State legislators during the General Assembly Session.  The report typically is shared by the School Board with the Delegation at a meeting in early December prior to the legislative session’s start in January.

10/5/2020 CCSD Message: School Operations Update CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised of several important decisions in regard to CCSD school operations:

  • HYBRID MODEL: The three high schools currently operating on a hybrid model – Creekview, Etowah and Woodstock High Schools – all will resume traditional in-person instruction (five days a week) beginning Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 (Monday, Oct. 12, is a scheduled school holiday for all students/professional development day for teachers and staff).  This decision does not affect students currently enrolled in Digital Learning. 
Read the October CCSD Connections parent newsletter! image - CCSD Connections parent newsletter Oct 2020

The October 2020 edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter and contains important information including updates on school operations for this month.  Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia, a CCSD Partner! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

CCSD To-Go Meal Orders for 9/28 due Friday 9/25 ccsd serves white square

If your student(s) is/are enrolled in Digital Learning or hybrid learning, we are pleased to offer to-go meal service for them! 

Meal pick up will be Monday, Sept. 28, in a designated area of your child’s school (car rider or bus lane) at a designated time.  Please contact your school nutrition manager for specific locations and serving times: CCSD School Nutrition Manager Contact Information

CCSD Recognizes 2020 Partner of the Year CCSD 2020 POTY 2 9 21 20

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating outstanding school community partners through its Seventh Annual CCSD Partner of the Year awards!

Through the annual program, every CCSD school selects a Partner of the Year to honor.  From that pool of outstanding partners, a committee of retired educators and community leaders selects an overall CCSD 2020 Partner of the Year.

Board Business Briefs: Construction of New Cherokee HS School Board Meeting Bar Association Donation 9 18 2020

The Cherokee County School Board during its meeting Thursday heard operations updates and talked about construction of a replacement Cherokee High School as a possible project to be funded in the next Education SPLOST renewal.

CCSD Message: Fall Break CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

Dear #CCSDfam,

We’re nearing the end of our seventh week of school with Fall Break ahead of us.  I hope this holiday allows our students and staff and all of their families time to rest, relax and recharge.

Whether you’re taking a vacation out of town or a staycation in Cherokee County, please keep your health and the health of your entire community in mind.

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Amanda Day of Free Home ES! MTT FHES (Day) 9 28 2020

We’re proud of our CCSD family’s dedicated teachers… and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

9/17/2020 CCSD Message: No To-Go Meals Service on 9/21 ccsd serves white square

CCSD School Nutrition will not offer to-go-meal service on Monday, Sept. 21, as CCSD schools will be closed for Fall Break.  You will receive an email the morning of Thursday, Sept. 24, with an online order form that is due by 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25, for to-go meal pick-up on Monday, Sept. 28.  If you need food assistance during Fall Break, please contact one of the community food banks serving Cherokee County, which we have listed on our website at http://bit.ly/ccsdhealthinfo  Reminder: All CCSD families who think they may qualify for free or reduced-price meals are asked to please complete the online application at www.lunchapplication.com.  This approval will be needed to receive free and reduced-price meals after the temporary USDA program providing free meals to all students ends on Dec. 31.

CCSD Names Winners of Second Annual Support Staff Employees of the Year Awards CCSD SSOTY ES 2

The Cherokee County School District has surprised the overall winners of its second annual Support Staff Employees of the Year Awards!

The awards program honors one Support Staff Employee of the Year from each of CCSD’s schools, centers and central office divisions, and one overall CCSD winner is selected for each of three categories: Elementary School; Middle School/High School/Centers; Central Office.  These overall winners are selected by a committee of retired educators and community leaders.  

CCSD Announces Second Annual Recipe Contest! Turnip the Volume 2020 logo

What's cooking, #CCSDfam? 

If you're a CCSD parent who loves to cook, please enter our second annual CCSD School Nutrition Parent Recipe Contest ... you could win a $100 Visa gift card and see your side-dish recipe featured on CCSD school lunch menus in October! 

UPDATE 10/14/20: CCSD School Nutrition Meals Free to All Students for Rest of School Year ccsd serves white square

UPDATE 10/14/2020: More great news for CCSD families ... the USDA funding for free school meals for all students has been extended through the end of the school year!

Cherokee County School District families are receiving a new form of economic stimulus: free school meals for all students!

CCSD School Nutrition beginning Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 will not charge any fees to any students for breakfasts or lunches through Dec. 31, 2020 (the end date is dependent on available funding), based on extended meal service flexibilities from the USDA.  There are no forms to complete or income eligibility requirements for this federally funded temporary relief program.  

9/4/2020 Message: CCSD Digital Learning Extension CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that he has decided to extend Digital Learning for elementary school students for the second nine-week grading period, which ends Dec. 18, 2020.

Parents/guardians of elementary school students currently enrolled in Digital Learning (kindergarten through fifth grade; and Special Education preschool and PreK) must complete a declaration form by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11; a link to the form will be emailed to them separately this afternoon.  

CCSD Recognizes 2020 Volunteers of the Year CCSD 2020 VOTY 1 9 4 2020

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating outstanding school volunteers through its Seventh Annual CCSD Volunteer of the Year awards!

Through the annual program, every CCSD school selects a Volunteer of the Year to honor.  From that pool of exceptional school volunteers, a committee made up of retired educators and community leaders selects an overall CCSD 2020 Volunteer of the Year.  This year’s winner is Brian Tomalavage, the Free Home Elementary School Volunteer of the Year!

Read the September CCSD Connections Newsletter CCSD Connections Sept 2020 image

The September edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter and includes a message from the Superintendent as well as news and updates. Thank you to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia! #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Cherokee County Educational Foundation Awards $56K in Grants CCEF 2020 Classroom Impact Grants 8 31 202

The Cherokee County Educational Foundation helped kick off the new school year in CCSD this month by presenting teachers and support staff with $56,000 in grants!

The nonprofit organization, since its 2012 formation to raise funds for CCSD teachers, programs and schools, has awarded more than $500,000 in grants to support teaching and learning.
The Foundation’s Classroom Impact Grants program offer competitive grants for projects costing up to $2,500, with a focus on new ideas for instruction that could be replicated throughout CCSD classrooms.

Join the #CCSDfam as a Substitute Teacher! Job Ad Sub Teachers 8 28 2020

We need dedicated substitute teachers to keep our in-person classrooms open as we continue providing this essential service to the children of our community.  Please sign up today so we can invite you to a training session.  Apply online at https://bit.ly/JobsCCSD  #CCSDfam  #CCSDunited

Join the #CCSDfam as a Substitute School Nutrition Worker Job Ad substitute SN workers 8 18 2020

Many of our students rely upon and look forward to our cafeteria’s homemade breakfasts and lunches and award-winning Farm to School recipes.  Our School Nutrition workers and lunchroom monitors are the everyday heroes who make this essential service happen!  Please consider signing up to serve as a substitute worker.  More information and the applications (look for Future Openings forms for each of these jobs) are online at https://bit.ly/JobsCCSD #CCSDfam #CCSDunited

Join the #CCSDfam as a Substitute School Nurse  Job Ad - substitute nurse 8 12 2020

CCSD’s school nurses are superheroes, and these dedicated essential workers need back-up as we continue to offer in-person school. 

Thank You to New Group Supporting CCSD Schools CCSD positivity FB group collage 8 10 202

Cherokee County School District teachers and staff were welcomed to work for the sixth day of school with sweet surprises from a new organization dedicated to encouraging them and lifting the entire community’s spirits.

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.

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 https://bit.ly/CCSDb2s 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.

Meet the New Principal: Julie Peppers of Free Home ES! Peppers_ Julie

Our Principals are dedicated leaders, and we’ll be introducing you over the coming days to Principals who are new to the role or who are serving at new schools this year.  Please help us celebrate Free Home Elementary School’s new leader: Principal Julie Peppers!

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 https://bit.ly/JobsCCSD

#CCSDunited

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 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 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
 

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 https://bit.ly/CCSDplan20.  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 https://bit.ly/CCSDbbb71620.    

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.

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!  

 

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 https://bit.ly/CCSDfaqs20.

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.

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 https://bit.ly/CCSDbbb7920

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.

 

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. 

https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/divisions-school-operations-school-enrollment

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. 

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 https://bit.ly/CCSD62220.  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 “no.reply@cherokee.k12.ga.us”

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.

CCSD Teacher Wins National Award Recognizing Inspiring Educators Keith Furstenberg

A Cherokee County School District teacher has won a national award recognizing inspiring educators!

Free Home Elementary School teacher Keith Furstenberg is the Georgia winner of the national Sanford Teacher Award, which includes a $10,000 prize.  He now advances to be considered for the National title and a $50,000 prize.  The awards program is sponsored by Sanford Programs, which was established through a gift from philanthropist and businessman Mr. T. Denny Sanford.

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.  

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 www.2020census.gov

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 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.

To-Go Meal Distribution Summer Schedule Begins June 1 CCSD Summer Meals Flier 2 2020

REMINDER: The summer schedule for our #CCSDserves to-go meal distribution by CCSD School Nutrition begins Monday, June 1!  Some locations and times have changed – check the flier above for details.  Please remember: a child must be present to receive a bag; do not come sick; do not stay at the site after picking up food.  More information is posted at bit.ly/CCSDserves  Thank you! #CCSDfam

 

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!

Meet a CCSD 2020 School Teacher of the Year: Alison Johnson of Free Home ES! toty free home es 5 23 2020

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 Free Home Elementary School Teacher of the Year Alison Johnson!

Help Your Child Keep Learning Over Summer Break summer fun resources (1)

To help parents keep their children on track for a great start back to school, CCSD has created a Summer Learning Adventure website of vetted resources for students of all ages!

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.

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.

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 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.  

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.

Phase 2 - Drop-off and Pick-up of Items

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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.

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.

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.  

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.

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

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 https://bit.ly/ccsdjob32320 Questions? Contact CCSD Recruiter Lindsay.Bowley@Cherokeek12.net. Join the #CCSDfam & apply now: http://bit.ly/jobsCCSD

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.

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. (https://gov.georgia.gov/document/2020-executive-order/03162001/download) This will extend CCSD’s current Digital Learning Days by two more days. We will keep you updated on any further extensions.

 

 

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.” 

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.

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.

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..  

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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: https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter Thanks to Credit Union of Georgia for its sponsorship! #CCSDfam

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.

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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: http://bit.ly/PTAday20 #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.

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 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.”  

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.

Meet a CCSD Teacher: Bryan Wallace of Free Home ES! MTT (Free Home) Wallace 2 3 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

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.

BETA Club Induction

Congratulations to our 2020 Jr. BETA Club MembersBETA

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.

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 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. 
 

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. 

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

CCSD Schools Celebrate Holidays with Service Projects Creekview HS CFA Leader Academy 12 16 19

Every holiday season, CCSD students, staff, parents & community partners join together to show how much CCSD cares about its families in need.  We hope you enjoy these photos from just a few of their many service projects. #CCSDfam #CCSDcares
 

Reminder: Use SafeSchools Alert to Report Safety Concerns Safe Schools

Safe Schools Alert

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

 

 

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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 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 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). 

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. 

Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Wendy Comelitti of Free Home ES! ssoty Free Home ES 10 24 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 Free Home Elementary School 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year Wendy Comelitti!

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

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.”

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter, and is filled with important news & updates. Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia! #CCSDfam

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! 

Please Share Our New Job Listing: Facility Maintenance Director job ad - fac maint dir 2019

Please share our new job listing for CCSD Director of Facility Maintenance! This leadership 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.

Enter CCSD's First-Ever Parent Recipe Contest! CCSD recipe contest squash 2019

What's cooking, #CCSDfam?  

If you're a CCSD parent who loves to cook, please enter our first-ever CCSD School Nutrition Parent Recipe Contest... you could win a $100 Kroger gift card and see your side-dish recipe featured on CCSD school lunch menus in October!  

CCSD Transportation Department Recertified for National Blue Seal of Excellence!  ASE logo 2019

The CCSD Transportation Department has earned recertification of its prestigious National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Blue Seal of Excellence!

CCSD in 2015 became one of the first school systems in the State to obtain this level of certification, and just learned that this important seal of approval has been extended again based on a close review of its staff’s knowledge and practices.

Enter CCSD's Fire Safety Essay & Poster Contests by Sept. 9 National Fire Prevention Week 2019 theme

CCSD students are invited to enter CCSD's Fire Safety Essay & Poster Contests by Sept. 9.

To raise awareness in observation of National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12, CCSD's Office of Safety & Security, in collaboration with Cherokee County Office of Fire & Emergency Services and Woodstock Fire Department, will sponsor districtwide fire safety contests.  The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) theme is: “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”

Board Briefs: School Board Approves New Strategic Plan Based on Community Input Blueprint 20-24 Five Priority Areas

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 approved Blueprint, a new long-range plan for the Cherokee County School District’s continued success, developed based on community input. 

The creation of the new five-year strategic plan, which is posted here, evolved over six months of meetings with students, families, teachers, support staff, business and community partners to determine what matters most to them and how CCSD could better serve them.

School Board Members Visit Schools Throughout CCSD! Steiner at Boston 2019 (8)

Cherokee County School Board Members visited schools throughout CCSD over the past week to see students already hard at work learning! We hope you enjoy this brief slideshow of photos from their visits.  #CCSDfam

23 CCSD Students Place at Georgia PTA Reflections! CCSD Georgia PTA Reflections Winners 2018-19

Twenty-three Cherokee County School District students placed in the 2018-19 Georgia PTA Reflections fine arts contest!

The annual PTA Reflections contest gives students in all grades and abilities the opportunity to create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts for the opportunity to earn recognition at the School, County, State and National levels. 

Apply by Sept. 6 for CCSD's VILLA Parent Academy! CCSD 2018 VILLA Class 11 1 18

Want to learn more about the Cherokee County School District and how you can better support your child's education? CCSD's VILLA parent academy program is the answer!

CCSD is accepting applications through Sept. 6 for its third annual VILLA program that provides parents with a behind-the-scenes look at their School District.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Modern Woodmen of America for Free Home ES! poty fhes 8 21 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Free Home Elementary School 2019 Partner of the Year: Modern Woodmen of America!

Read the August CCSD Connections Parent Newsletter! newsletter image August 2019

The August edition of the CCSD Connections parent e-newsletter is now online here, and is filled with important news & updates.

Rocket Run!

Non-students can participate in the Rocket Run too!

August School Board Meeting Rescheduled to Thursday, August 22

The School Board's Strategic Work Session and regular School Board meeting originally scheduled for August 15 (which were cancelled due to a gas main leak in the vicinity) have been rescheduled for Thursday, August 22. The Superintendent/School Board Strategic Work Session will be held at 6:00 p.m., and the School Board meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. The Superintendent’s recommended, updated agenda will be re-posted to the School District website on Monday, August 19.

 

Teacher of the Year!

Free Home Announces Teacher of the Year!

Please Reapply for Free or Reduced-Price Meals by Sept. 12 CCSD Kale 2 10 2 18

Please remember that applications for free or reduced-price meals must be updated every school year, per Federal guidelines.  Applications for this school year are due by Sept. 12 to avoid an interruption in status. 

You can apply online at www.lunchapplication.com or pick up a paper application in the front office of your child's school.  

If you have questions, please contact Paula Hilton at 770 721-8443 or paula.hilton@cherokee12.net.  Para español: Viri Gates a 770 721-8460 o Viri.Dudoit@cherokeek12.net.

CCSD Cancels 8/12-13/19 Outdoor Activities Due to Heat Advisory heat advisory

Due to the anticipated high heat index for today and Tuesday, August 13, 2019, the Cherokee County School District is cancelling all outdoor activities from 12:00 noon to 6:00 PM.  This includes curricular and extracurricular classes and activities.

Learn More About Partnering with Schools at Sept. 12 Event 2019 Partner Up

The Cherokee County School District is asking local businesses and organizations to Partner Up with CCSD!

Businesses and organizations are invited to learn more about partnering with CCSD schools by dropping in at the free event anytime between 4 and 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility auditorium (1205 Bluffs Parkway, Canton, 30114).  Participants can visit tables of school leaders, who will be grouped by geographic area, to share coffee and conversation with them about partnership opportunities.

Rocket Run!

Rocket Run September, 11th

Read CCSD's Newly Published Class Act Magazine Online! Class Act cover 2019-20

You now can read CCSD's first-ever Class Act magazine online!

Thanks to the Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News and Cherokee Life Magazine, CCSD is able to share more news with you through this new publication.

Back-to-School Forms Are Online--and Easy to Use

The Back-to-School Gateway is a paperless, online registration system for students already enrolled in CCSD schools that replaces the dreaded stack of “first-day forms” with a quick digital check and update of students’ existing contact and emergency notification information in CCSD’s records system.  Forms should be completed by Friday, August 9.

Learn About Your Child's Learning at Curriculum Night!  curriculum clip art

It’s Curriculum Night time!  CCSD Curriculum Night programs provide parents with an overview of what their children will learn this school year.  Find the event for your child's school in the schedule posted online here.

Message from the Superintendent: #CCSD1stDay Superintendent of Schools Dr Brian V Hightower and Creekland MS sixth-grader Journey Cowart

If we could have ordered up a perfect morning for the first day of school, I’m not sure it would have been prettier than today.

Not only did the beautiful weather exceed expectations, so did our entire #CCSDfam.  

Celebrating #CCSD1stDay with a Welcome Back Video! IMG_2582 copy

CCSD is ready to celebrate the first day of school tomorrow, Aug. 1. We hope you enjoy this welcome-back video featuring messages from each of our schools! Please use the hashtag #CCSD1stDay tomorrow to share your photos with us. #CCSDfam #CCSDcares

Birthday Announcements

The birthday announcements on our sign are available again this year with new slide images!!!

Click here for the form!

CCSD Kicks Off New Social and Emotional Learning Twitter Account CCSD Cares twitter image 2019

The Cherokee County School District is increasing its efforts to support the emotional and mental health and well-being of students and staff through a new Social and Emotional Learning initiative.  Dr. Debra Murdock, who’s heading up the districtwide effort, has launched a new Twitter account @CCSDCares to share news about CCSD’s efforts… and to hear ideas from CCSD educators, parents and the community at large.  #CCSDCares  #CCSDfam   

Please Drive Safely Around CCSD School Buses bus stop arm

It's almost time for CCSD school buses to start rolling! Do you know the rules of the road when encountering school buses? When to stop and when you can keep going? Please check out this video - http://bit.ly/stop4bus - to learn more. #SafeCherokee

CCSD Continues to Top State Averages on Georgia Milestones! milestones logo

Cherokee County School District students topped State averages on the Georgia Milestones End-of-Grade and End-of-Course tests for the fifth consecutive year, with important gains in early literacy and math! 

The test assess students’ mastery of Georgia Performance Standards, which set expectations for what lessons students will learn in each grade. Students in Grades 3-8 take Milestones End-of-Grade exams every spring in select core subjects; high school students in specific courses (and eighth-graders taking the classes for high school credit) take Milestones End-of-Course exams.  Parents will receive their children’s scores next month.

Check out CCSD's First Day Facts Report! FDF art

What's new for CCSD this school year? What do I have left on my back-to-school to-do list? Check out CCSD's annual First Day Facts report - a two-page, quick read of important information to start your school year off right! #CCSDfam #CCSD1stDay

CCSD Accepting Applications for School Nurses! school nurse job ad 2019

Please share our new job listing for school nurses -- this position offers a competitive compensation package with outstanding benefits, a great work calendar and schedule (work while your kids are in school... and enjoy vacation with them!), and a wonderful work environment and team. Join the #CCSDfam & apply now: http://bit.ly/JoinCCSDfam

Back-to-School Gateway Back Online

UPDATE 1:30 p.m. - The Gateway is back online and running - thank you!

The Back-to-School Gateway is currently offline due to technical difficulties. CCSD Technology staff are working with the system vendor to correct the issue as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience — we will post here when it's back online and ready to use.

CCSD Connections Newsletter for July Now Online - Important Back-to-School Info! CCSD Connections July 2019 image

The July edition of the CCSD Connections parent e-newsletter is now online here, and is filled with important back-to-school information! Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia.

Board Briefs: School Board Appoints Social and Emotional Learning Leader, New Principals CCSD leadership changes 7 19 19

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, July 18, 2019 appointed a longtime CCSD leader to head up the new Social and Emotional Learning initiative, as well as several resulting Principal changes.  

Dr. Debra Murdock, the former Principal of Cherokee High School and Georgia High School Principal of the Year, who has most recently served as the School Operations’ executive director overseeing middle and high schools, will take on the newly created role focused on developing new ways to better support students’ and employees’ emotional and mental health and well-being.

CCSD Staff Stay Busy with Work Over Summer Break MCMS construct 1

CCSD stays busy over the summer break, as departments continue to serve students through special programs and work begins to prepare for the new school year.  This slideshow video and the information below represents just some of the many projects underway over the summer.

CCSD Seeking Applications for Facility Technicians CCSD Facility Technician job ad 2019

Please share our new job listing for Facility Technician -- 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/CCSDFacilityTech Questions? Contact CCSD Recruiter Lindsay.Bowley@cherokeek12.net and 770.704.4256.

CCSD Seeking Applications for School Psychologists CCSD School Psychologist job ad 2019

Please share our new job listing for a School Psychologist -- 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/jobsCCSD Questions? Contact CCSD Recruiter Lindsay.Bowley@cherokeek12.net and 770.704.4256.

Cherokee Sheriff's Office Seeking Crossing Guards! crossing guard job ad 7 10 19

Please share this opportunity! We are so appreciative of the Cherokee Sheriff's Office and its dedicated crossing guards. #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD Volunteer of the Year: Sherry Wallace of Free Home ES! voty Free Home ES 7 9 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to Free Home Elementary School 2019 Volunteer of the Year Sherry Wallace!

Board Briefs: School Board Approves Budget, New Police Chief Sworn into Office CCSD Police Chief Swearing In 1 6 21 19

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, June 20, 2019 unanimously approved the Superintendent’s proposed budget for next school year and celebrated the swearing-in of a new CCSD School Police Chief.

CCSD Educators Complete Advanced Training in Co-Teaching! CCSD CIE 1 6 7 19

Seventy-five CCSD teachers have earned the Certified Inclusive Educator (CIE) designation after completing specialized training to better serve special education students.

The 10-month program, developed by CCSD’s special education department, provided teams of general education and special education co-teachers with training on best practices including research-based strategies and effective models, concluding with a capstone presentation by participants for their fellow teachers at their own schools.

Learning Is Fun at Summer Discovery! students working with pasta

CCSD's expanded elementary school enrichment program, Summer Discovery, was full of arts and crafts, Lego building, computer coding, cooking classes, singing and dancing-- and, a lot of smiles!  

Attention CCSD Parents: Book Sales Not Endorsed by CCSD

Attention CCSD Parents: Please be advised that we have received reports that a door-to-door salesman working in our community has allegedly told parents that he and his merchandise have been endorsed by CCSD.  That is untrue.  We have not and do not endorse any such materials or sales.  Thank you to the parents who brought this to our attention.   

Read the June CCSD Connections Newsletter! CCSD Connections June 2019 snip

The latest issue of our CCSD Connections parent newsletter is online now: https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter Thanks to Credit Union of Georgia for its sponsorship! #CCSDfam

Back-to-School Walk-Through/Open House Schedule Set! back to school file photo 18

The Cherokee County School District’s 2019-20 school year will begin on Thursday, August 1. 

Each school’s front office will be open daily beginning Monday, July 15; hours are limited, so please call before visiting.

CCSD Serves Free Summer Meals to Kids in Need CCSD 2019 Summer Feeding Program

CCSD is continuing its participation in the USDA Seamless Summer Option, which offers free meals to children during the summer – and rolling out a new delivery bus!

The meals are available to youth 18 years of age or younger; the program runs June 5 to July 19, Monday through Friday, with no meal service July 1-5. All meals must be consumed on site; the distribution sites and times are listed on the flier above; a menu is online here.

Free Reading Resources Can Stop the 'Summer Slide' books

When children do not read during the summer months, research suggests they may lose up to three months of reading ability. Stop the "summer slide" by taking advantage of free reading resources for students this summer. 

Message to Parents: New Anti-Vaping Policy no vaping image

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that the School Board has unanimously approved a new tougher anti-vaping policy for next school year.

While CCSD’s student discipline code already prohibits the possession or use of vaping devices and oils anywhere on campus, this new policy (click here to read) adds more serious repercussions.

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.

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.

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.

 

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

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 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

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

Summer Discovery Program

The Summer Discovery Program has extended the registration deadline to Friday, May 10th! 

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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.

Fuel Up to Play 60

Fuel Up to Play 60 Award Received

Board Briefs: School Board Names New Police Chief, Assistant Principals for Next School Year CCSD new leaders - APs 4 19 19

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, April 18, 2019 approved the appointment of a new CCSD School Police Chief and new assistant principals to fill vacancies for next school year. 

The School Board unanimously approved naming Major Buster Cushing, who currently serves as commander of field operations for the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, as the next CCSD School Police Chief effective July 1.  Major Cushing will fill the role held by retiring Chief Mark Kissel  since the Department’s establishment 20 years ago.

Online System for Registering New Students for 2019-20 Now Open!  slider new student registration gateway 2019-20 4 15 19

The Cherokee County School District’s online system for registering new students for the 2019-20 school year now is open to parents!

Parents can log in from home to the New Student Gateway by clicking here.  Parents who missed the window for online kindergarten registration in March also can register their children using the New Student Gateway.

2019-2020 Elementary Start Times

SCHOOL START TIMES FOR 2019-20

We've run the numbers, and we'll be able to add five more minutes of learning to the school day for elementary school students next year without disrupting bus routes. Beginning in August, the school day will start at 7:35 a.m. for all elementary school students. The schedules for our other schools will remain unchanged. As we continue to raise expectations for learning, while still allowing time for recess, friendship and fun, every minute helps.

CCSD Connections Newsletter for April Now Online CCSD Connections April 2019 image

The April edition of the CCSD Connections parent newsletter now is online here and features an important update on the school calendar issue -- and much more!

CCSD Summer Discovery Enrichment Program Now Accepting Applications! CCSD SUMMER DISCOVERY LOGO w dates

Upate:  Summer Discovery 2020 is tentatively scheduled for June 8-12.  Mark your calendars and look for registration information in early spring.

CCSD is expanding its week-long summer enrichment program to all rising first- through fifth-graders!

CCSD Summer Discovery program will be offered at Hickory Flat & Liberty Elementary Schools, and open to all CCSD students. Two sessions -- all taught by CCSD teachers -- will be offered (9 a.m.-Noon; 1-4 p.m.) June 3-7. The cost for the week-long program is $100 for one session or $190 for two sessions. Parents provide transportation and lunch.

Purple Up on April 10 to Support Military Kids! purple up day logo

Please join CCSD in supporting April as the Month of the Military Child by wearing purple on Wednesday, April 10, for Purple Up Day! #GAMilitaryChildMonth #CCSDfam  Learn more here

School Social Workers Assist Families in Need CCSD Social Workers

This is National Social Work Month, and CCSD has four full-time social workers who assist the families of our 42,000 students in overcoming challenges that might affect their education.  Our social workers strive daily to connect families with community resources and provide interventions to address situations like homelessness, hunger, truancy, drug abuse, neglect and other challenges.   Last year, CCSD’s three social workers made 793 home visits; handled more than 800 cases; made 1,500 parent contacts and provided assistance to 146 homeless students.   This year, with the addition of a fourth member to the social worker team, they are on a pace to work 1,000 referrals and  serve more than 230 homeless students. 

CCSD's Child Find Program Helps Identify Special Needs Students Child find logo

What is Child Find?
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 ages 3 to 21.

School Board Salutes Police Department for 20 Years of Exemplary Service CCSD School Police Department 20th 3 25 19

The Cherokee County School Board is celebrating the CCSD School Police Department for its 20 years of exemplary service.  

Led since its establishment by Chief Mark Kissel, who has announced he will retire at the end of this school year, the Department consists of 20 police officers certified by the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council, an Emergency Management Facilitator and office staff.

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Keith Furstenberg of Free Home ES! Free Home ES toty 19

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Free Home Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year Keith Furstenberg!

Physical Education teacher Keith Furstenberg’s selection as Free Home Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year by his peers is not only an honor, but also is especially remarkable, according to the Principal.

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CCSD's Communications Division today released the District's 2018 Annual Report of District Progress, showcasing CCSD student achievement and School District accountability across multiple metrics.  The report can be viewed here. 

Hometown Hero Hometown Hero

Mrs. Susanna Brooks honored today as our Hometown Hero.

Free Home ES Student Wins Statewide Essay Contest! insta DAR essay contest Free Home 3 12 19

A Cherokee County School District student has earned first place in Georgia in a statewide essay contest!

Free Home Elementary School fifth-grader Katie Rickert is her grade level’s winner of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s American History Essay Contest.

Partner of the Year Modern Woodmen of America

Free Home and CCSD recognized our Volunteer and Partner of the Year Thursday, March 7th. We appreciate all of our partners in Education.

Volunteer of the Year Volunteer of the Year - Sherry Wallace

Free Home and CCSD recognized our Volunteer and Partner of the Year Thursday, March 7th. We appreciate all of our volunteers! 

CCSD Will Be Recruiting at the Cherokee Career Expo! CherokeeCareerExpo

Missed our job fair, but still want to learn more about joining the #CCSDfam for next school year? We're participating in the Cherokee Career Expo from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at the Northside Hospital Cherokee Conference Center (1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton 30114). We're hiring teachers, school nurses, bus drivers, school nutrition cafeteria staff, clerical support and more! #CherokeeByChoice Click here for more: https://www.cherokeega.org/career-expo/

Read the latest CCSD Connections parent newsletter! CCSD connections newsletter March image

The March edition of the CCSD Connections parent newsletter now is online here and features an important update on the State-mandated school calendar issue and new troubling education legislation.  The newsletter also includes two brief surveys on our Strategic Plan and communications… please participate to help CCSD continuously improve!

Please Stop for School Buses! bus stop arm

Do you know the rules of the road when encountering school buses?  When to stop and when you can keep going?  Check out this video - http://bit.ly/stop4bus - to learn more. #SafeCherokee

CCSD Cafeterias Ready for National School Breakfast Week, March 4-8 CCSD National School Breakfast Week 1 2 28 19

The Cherokee County School District’s award-winning School Nutrition department will celebrate National School Breakfast Week from March 4 to 8 with special items on the menu at all CCSD school cafeterias including a fruit parfait on Tuesday and breakfast for lunch on Wednesday.  The week’s theme is “School Breakfast: Start Your Engines.” 

#CCSDfam #NSBW19

CCSD Kicks Off Second Annual "Get Cherokee Reading" Event! CCSD Get CCSD Reading 2019

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating the importance of literacy with its second annual month-long “Get CCSD Reading” campaign! 

In support of the statewide Get Georgia Reading initiative, the program kicks off with Read Across America Day on Friday, a nationwide reading event that coincides with renowned children’s book author and illustrator Dr. Seuss’s March 2 birthday.

CCSD Seeks to Score with Math Campaign and Competition CCSD Math Madness 2 27 19

The Cherokee County School District seeks to score with a new math campaign and competition connected to the excitement of college basketball’s “March Madness.”

The month-long CCSD Math Madness celebration begins this week in schools across CCSD, with activities planned by the Office of Curriculum & Instruction that encourage problem-solving, real-world math application… and fun!  Students in kindergarten through fifth grade also will have the chance to win prizes through an i-Ready Math March Madness competition using CCSD’s online math system.

CCSD Kicks Off Strategic Plan Initiative with Community Engagement Strategic Planning Community Meeting 2.25

The Cherokee County School District has kicked off a significant update to its five-year Strategic Plan and began the process with community engagement.

The School District, with the support of the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA), is developing a new plan aligned with the community’s vision for the future and designed to be better understood and appreciated by the community and more accurately implemented and measured by CCSD staff.

Save the Date: CCSD Expands Annual Summer Program CCSD Summer Discovery logo 2019

The Cherokee County School District is expanding its week-long summer enrichment program to all rising first- through fifth-graders! Previously offered as a program for specific schools, this year's fun and educational CCSD Summer Discovery program will be offered at two campuses, Hickory Flat and Liberty Elementary Schools, and open to CCSD students -- no matter the school they attend. Two sessions will be offered each day from June 3-7 (9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.), and students can enroll in one or both (students who enroll in both will have time to eat a lunch brought from home on campus). Parents will need to provide transportation for their students, as well as lunch; before- and after-care is not provided. More details -- including course offerings and costs -- will be shared with parents of elementary school students soon!

STEM Night

STEM Night at Free Home

CCSD Announces First-Ever Support Staff Employee of the Year Awards! Support Staff Employee of the Year Awards announcement 2 12 19

The Cherokee County School District next month will present its first-ever Support Staff Employee of the Year Awards!

The celebration on March 5 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. 

Please Help the Georgia PTA By Taking Survey PTA logo

Please help the Georgia PTA learn more about family engagement in our schools by taking this quick survey by Feb. 15: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4338471/8e40728cd90f  #CCSDfam

PTA News for February

Please read the newsletter from PTA for the upcoming events and news. We have a lot of fun activities coming up. 

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Read the latest CCSD Connections parent newsletter! CCSD Connections parent newsletter February 2019 image

The latest issue of our CCSD Connections parent newsletter is online now: https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter Thanks to Credit Union of Georgia for its sponsorship! #CCSDfam

CCSD Message 1/31/19: Full February Break

The Superintendent of Schools has determined the February Break will be a full week-long break for students.

Due to a mild winter so far, resulting in the need to close schools for only one full day, coupled with positive long-range forecasts, all CCSD schools will be closed Monday, Feb. 18, through Friday, Feb. 22, for the student holiday.  CCSD central offices will remain open as previously scheduled.       

Staff Appreciation Week

Staff Appreciation Week is Feb. 11 - 15

Staff Appreciation Week

CCSD Schools and Offices Closed Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 weather decision slider

Due to forecasts for possible inclement weather tomorrow, all CCSD schools and offices will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. We will continue to monitor conditions tomorrow to determine if further action is needed. Updates will be posted & emailed to parents. How do we decide? Learn more here (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/school-closure-decision-process). #SafeCherokee 

Superintendent to Make February Break Announcement by Jan. 31

The Superintendent of Schools will make an announcement by Jan. 31 as to whether classes will be held during the last three days of February Break.

As you know, schools are scheduled to be closed on Monday, Feb. 18, and Tuesday, Feb. 19 for student holidays.  The CCSD school calendar designates Wednesday, Feb. 20, through Friday, Feb. 22, as possible school holidays or inclement weather make-up days.

YEARBOOKS

Yearbooks for Sale

You can now purchase a yearbook through our online store by clicking the link below.  The price is $31.30. All orders will need to be placed by Friday, March 29th.  

https://sales.yearbookmarket.com/stores/freehomeelementaryschool/products

CCSD to Host Annual Job Fair on March 2 for Teachers, Bus Drivers & School Nutrition Workers CCSD 2019 Job Fair - March 2 - new

The Cherokee County School District will host its annual job fair on March 2 for hiring new teachers, bus drivers and school nutrition workers!

The fair is from 9 a.m. to noon at River Ridge High School in Woodstock, and offers job candidates the opportunity to meet CCSD and school leaders.  Candidates not only will have the opportunity to introduce themselves, but also the chance to ask questions.

CCSD Opening Online Registration for 2019-20 Kindergarten on Jan. 22 Calling All Kindergartners - online registration for 2019-20 begins Jan 22

The Cherokee County School District is opening online registration for kindergarten beginning Jan. 22!

The new online system introduced last year allows parents to log in from home to the Registration Gateway via CCSD’s website at www.cherokeek12.net instead of handwriting information on a pile of paper forms in a school office.  

Special Event Focused on Resources for Children with Special Needs Agency Information Fair 2019 Flier image

The Cherokee County School District presents an annual Agency Information Fair for parents, grandparents, teachers and caregivers to learn more about services in the community for children with special needs. This year's free event is on March 21. Please see the flier posted online here for more info, as well as this list of participating organizations.

Read the latest CCSD Connections parent newsletter! CCSD Connections Jan 19 newsletter image

The latest issue of our CCSD Connections parent newsletter is online now: https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter Thanks to Credit Union of Georgia for its sponsorship! #CCSDfam

Kindness Week

Kindness Week is quickly approaching. Please see the flyer attached.

CCSD Schools, Offices on 2-Hour Delay Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018

Due to forecasted icy road conditions, all CCSD schools and offices will operate on a 2-hour delay Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. Buses will pick up 2 hours late; school will end on time. We will closely monitor conditions overnight to determine if further action is needed.  Updates will be shared on our website and social media, and by email to parents.  How do we decide? Learn more here (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/school-closure-decision-process). #SafeCherokee 

Yearbooks!

Yearbooks are on sale now!

CCSD Middle and High Schools to Dismiss Early Dec. 21 school bus clip art

Cherokee County School District middle and high schools will have an early release day on Dec. 21, as students begin their winter holiday break.

On Friday, Dec. 21, all CCSD high schools and middle schools will dismiss on a half-day schedule, with buses departing early.  Elementary school dismissal is not affected and will remain 2:15 p.m.  Preschool program dismissal also is not affected.  The After School Program will not be offered at CCSD elementary schools.

STEM Night at Creekview High STEM Night

All 3rd - 5th graders are invited to attend STEM Night at Creekview High School on December 18th! 

Board Briefs: CCSD School Board Approves Legislative Partnership Priorities for 2019 Lawmaker Session Villa Participants

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, approved its annual Legislative Partnership Program outlining requests for the local Legislative Delegation’s consideration during the upcoming session, and local control topped the list. 

CCSD Focused on Further Improving Suicide Prevention Training CCSD School Training 2 11 9 18

The Cherokee County School District is focused on further improving suicide prevention training for its staff and offering more support to students in need.

This important issue long has been a part of professional development for staff, but CCSD is increasing its training and programs in response to the national rise in teen suicide rates, as well as the tragic deaths of students, teachers and parents in the community.

CCSD Adds App to Further Expand System for Reporting Safety Concerns SafeSchools Alert App Poster

Reporting safety concerns to the Cherokee County School District now is easier than ever with the roll-out of a new smartphone app!
 
The School District in August launched the new SafeSchools Alert system, which allows students, parents, school staff and everyone in the community to report safety concerns to CCSD School Police and administrators by text, email, online message or phone call, with the option to do so anonymously.  To further increase accessibility, the system now includes a new smartphone app, which can be downloaded at no cost.  

CCSD Schools Earn High Marks for School Climate Four stars clip art

Cherokee County School District schools have earned high ratings for cultivating a positive school climate! 
 
The District earned a 4-star average on the 5-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 5 stars.  The rating is based on a survey of students, parents and teachers; student discipline issue rates; and daily attendance.
 

CCSD, GBI to Co-Host Summit on Youth Suicide Prevention Nov. 5 Cherokee County Youth Suicide Prevention Summit flier

The Cherokee County School District and Georgia Bureau of Investigation next week will co-host a summit on youth suicide prevention.

The Cherokee County Youth Suicide Prevention Summit, which is open to the public, is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, at the Cherokee County Conference Center at 1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton 30114. 

Thanksgiving Food Drive Underway

Please send in donations for our Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. The food and supplies go to Free Home Families! 

Food Drive Flyer

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: http://jeffdobson.com/  Look for the "Upcoming Auctions" heading.

CCSD Opens Transition Academy to Support Students with Disabilities Ribbon Cutting Celebration

The Transition Academy helps young adults with cognitive disabilities make a smooth transition into the community after they exit the school system.

Red Ribbon Week Activities

Red Ribbon Week was developed in 1988 to promote awareness of the dangers of alcohol and other drugs. This year's National Theme is, "Life is a Journey, Travel Drug Free!" 

CCSD School Clinics Benefit from Northside Hospital Cherokee Support CCSD NHC Donation 10 17 18

Thanks to the support of partner Northside Hospital Cherokee, the Cherokee County School District received EpiPens at no cost for all of its schools!  The cost of the pens – auto-injectors that can be life-saving in cases of serious allergic reaction - was waived by manufacturer, Mylan, as part of its EpiPen4Schools program.  CCSD’s participation in the program was made possible by NHC Dr. Matthew Simmons, who wrote prescriptions for each school’s clinic. 

CCSD Class of 2018 Excels on ACT! CCSD ACT 2018 Results Graphic

More Cherokee County School District Class of 2018 students took the ACT exam than any previous class, while maintaining impressive averages and exceeding National and State averages!

Results released today show the Class of 2018 posted an excellent overall score of 23, while a record number took the challenging college entrance and placement examination: 1,809 students -- an 11-percent increase from the previous year.  The score ranks CCSD third among metro Atlanta counties and seventh in Georgia – out of 180 school districts!

CCSD Hosting PTA Program on Drug Addiction & Prevention Oct. 24 Sheriff Frank Reynolds

The Cherokee County School District next week will host a PTA-sponsored program for parents on drug addiction and prevention with guest speakers including Cherokee Sheriff Frank Reynolds.

CCSD Celebrates National School Lunch Week, Oct. 15-19 CCSD School Lunch Week 10 21 16

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating National School Lunch Week next week with special entrees!

The National School Lunch Program serves 30 million children every day, and this year’s celebration theme, “Lots 2 Love,” encourages students and school nutrition professionals to share what they love most about school lunch.

Cherokee Sheriff's Office Seeking More School Crossing Guards! Sheriff Office Crossing Guard Ad 10 11 18

The Cherokee Sheriff's Office is seeking more dedicated crossing guards to protect our students and keep traffic moving safely around our schools! #SafeCherokee

Veteran's Day information

Veterans' Day Assembly is being held on Friday, Nov. 9th. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

CHOA Cape Day

CHOA Cape Day

Fall Festival Information

Fall Festival is coming up!!  

Saturday, October 20th from 3-6pm


 

Express Gateway Now Open for Updating Student Information express gateway logo

Express Gateway update portal, the online system for parents to change phone, email or important information for students, is now available. 

CCSD's "Kickin' It With Kale" for Farm to School Month! Jaxsen Waldrop and Kale

CCSD is participating in Georgia’s Farm to School month celebration with special menu items including a Kickin’ it with Kale salad on Wednesday!  

The fresh kale, cranberry and apple salad will be available throughout CCSD cafeterias as a side choice at lunch on Wednesday, with students encouraged to try kale, a vegetable that may be new to them. 

CCSD High School Graduation Rate Continues to Climb 2018 Graduation Rate

The Cherokee County School District’s graduation rate has reached a new high, with 87.4% of the Class of 2018 earning a diploma within four years of entering high school.

Birthday Messages on Sign

Beginning October 1, you can now wish your student a HAPPY BIRTHDAY with a greeting on our school marquee!  We have three different options from which you can choose:  birthday cake, balloons and puppies.  If you would like to have your child’s name (first name and last name initial) displayed with a birthday greeting on our marquee, please return this form along with $20.00 cash or check made payable to Free Home Elementary.  The form can be turned in at any time during the school year as long as it is received at least one week before your child’s birthday.  Summer birthdays can be displayed on his/her half birthday.   The form is listed under the forms link on our page. 

CCSD School Nutrition Wins Top Award for Fresh and Healthy Meals! CCSD School Nutrition 2018 Golden Radish Award

The Cherokee County School District for the second consecutive year has earned Georgia’s top honor for preparing and serving fresh, healthy meals to students!

CCSD’s School Nutrition program, which serves 5 million meals each year in school cafeterias, earned the Golden Radish Award at the Platinum Level from the Georgia’s Departments of Agriculture, Public Health, Education and Georgia Organics.

Businesses & Organizations are Invited to Partner Up with CCSD Schools! CCSD Partner Up 2018 invite
Don't Forget to Reapply for Free or Reduced-Price Meals by Sept. 12! school lunch clip art

Applications for free and reduced-price meals must be completed every school year under Federal guidelines.  If your student was approved for free of reduced-price meals last school year, the approval has been extended for the first 30 operating days of the school year.  Previous year meal benefits will expire on Sept. 12, 2018 unless a new application is received.

CCSD Sponsoring Fire Safety Poster, Essay Contests for Students! Fire Prevention Week 2018 logo

CCSD's Office of Safety & Security, in collaboration with Cherokee County Office of Fire & Emergency Services and Woodstock Fire Department, is sponsoring a districtwide fire safety contest for students!

National Fire Prevention Week is October 7–13, 2018, and the theme is: “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”

Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week is October 7-13. The theme is: Look, Listen, Learn. Be Aware. Fire can happen anywhere.

The statewide fire drill will be on October 10th at 10:00 AM. There is also a poster contest and the entries are due on 9/11.Please check your email for more information. 

Chick-fil-A Night!

Join us at Chick-fil-A Canton MarketPlace on Thursday, August 30th from 4-8 PM. We are going to even set up an ice cream sundae bar, so make sure you purchase an ice cream! 

Grandparents' Day Invitation

Grandparents' Day is quickly approaching! Check under our FORMS link to locate your copy of the invitation.

#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. 

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.

CCSD Launches Online Back-to-School Gateway To Replace Paper Forms!

The Cherokee County School District today launches its Back-to-School Gateway, an online system designed to reduce paper waste and wasting parents’ valuable time!

The Back-to-School Gateway is a paperless, online registration system for students already enrolled in CCSD schools that replaces the dreaded stack of “first-day forms” with a quick digital check and update of students’ existing contact and emergency notification information in CCSD’s records system. 

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.

Moo've it Race updated info

More information

Health Clinic

Health Clinic for Back to School!

Moo've it Race!

Chick-fil-A Moo've it Race! August 11th at Etowah River Park

CCSD School Nutrition Wins State Award

 

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CCSD Farm to School program wins kudos

CCSD Employees Learn to "Stop the Bleed"

CCSD school nurses and Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services trained more than 300 school employees on how to stop severe bleeding in a victim. paramedic instructs teachers in medical training

Mrs. Carl is a GA Distinguished Principal 2016
School Supply Lists Posted!
Lunch Prices 2016-17
Cherokee Movie Night for Back to School Celebration
Young Author's Fair County Winner
CODE.ORG for Free Home Elem. Teachers
Mrs. Townley named Teacher of the Year!
Mrs. Susanna Brooks - Life Changer
Super Supporters of FHES
FHES supports March of Dimes
Kindergarten's special visitor!
The Free Home Elementary Christmas All School Review
Box Tops
Cape Day - October 21st
County-level Reflections Winners for Free Home
Elections held in 2nd grade...
Academic Bowl Team named
Science Olympiad Team named...
Essay winners for Daughters' of the American Revolution
Christmas donations...
Holiday Lights of Hope info
Spelling Bee Winners!
#encourage week January 9-13
Colorado State graduate student visits!
BETA Club 2016-17
Spelling Bee Winner! 2017
Read Across America Week
BINGO!!! Coming soon...
Young Author's Fair winners announced!
Hero Writers chosen!
Essay Winners Honored by the Daughters of the American Revolution
Elm Street Theater Improv Group visits
Science Olympiad Medals!
Mr. Greg Visits 4th & 5th grades
Science Olympiad Team is going the STATE!
GA Milestones Parent Q & A
Talent Show Date Announced
Schedule changes during Milestones
Academic Bowl Team takes League 4
Pack 469 Den 11 Service Project
Reinhardt University Football Players visit
Volunteer of the Year
Talent Show Application
Fifth graders Meet and Greet
American Legion Award
Canton Optimist Club Awards
Modern Woodmen donates $1000
Yearbook Dedication
Summer Reading Program
Financial Accounts
Science Olympiad Representing at STATE!
Change to School Meals Pre-Payment System
Meet and Greet
CANVAS!!!
Curriculum Night is August 22nd
Free Home Welcomes: Ms. Kim Hagood
Join PTA
Volunteer Application now available
Ice Cream Sales Volunteers NEEDED
Welcome letter from Ms. Hagood
Looking for updates from Mrs. Hagood?
Morning Traffic Pattern Changes for 2017-2018
Student Accident Brochure 2017-18
Eclipse August 21st Information
Grandparents' Breakfast information
Congratulations to Austin Hand
Mrs. Satty wins CCEF Contest!
The Green Team and Coach F
Balanced Literacy Mix
Need to FAX transportation changes?
Mrs. Kelly Wilkie named Free Home's Teacher of the Year
Fall Festival Vendor Information
Picture Day
Attendance affects students' academic achievement!
Lunchroom Ladies ROCK! 100% inspection
Rocket Run Results
Fall Festival Save the Date!
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night - October 6th
Screen on the Green
Hearing and Vision Screening!
Rocket Run Winners Lunch with the Fireman!
Fuel Up to Play 60 information
CCEF Shirts now available!
Chick-fil-A Night Success!
TPG - Partner in Ed
Coffee and Curriculum - updated with mix!
Red Ribbon Week DETAILS!!!
Reindeer Run!
Veteran's Day Assembly Invitation
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Teacher Fairy visited
Giving Tree Program
Plastic Bag Recycling Project
DAR Essay Winners Announced
CHS Career Pathways Program Students Give Back
FHES Spelling Bee Winners!
Mother & Son Olympic Night!
Father Daughter Dance
Recycling Plastic Bags WINNER is:
Hometown Hero Named
Change War information!
Elementary School Recycling Competition
Author Visits Books For Sale
Easter Egg Hunt at West Milford Farm
Free Home Family in Need Community Outreach
Box Tops Contest
How can I understand my child's reading level?
End of Year Activities

Want to know what events are taking place to wrap up the school year? Check your child's Canvas page calendar and our school's website calendar.

American Legion Honors

The American Legion Post 45 of Canton honored two very special 5th graders last night. Eli and Searlait were chosen based on courage, honor, leadership, service and patriotism.