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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.

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.

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.


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.

Meet Our Amazing IKES Administration teachers

IKES has an amazing administration! Learn more by reading their bios

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.

Meet a CCSD Volunteer of the Year: Christine Dagostino of Indian Knoll ES! voty indian knoll es 8 6 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to Indian Knoll Elementary School 2019 Volunteer of the Year Christine Dagostino!

The Volunteer of the Year from every CCSD school is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation. Do you volunteer to help a CCSD school? Contact the Principal of your local school (http://cherokeek12.net/schools/) to learn how you can help! #CCSDfam

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.


Interested in joining PTA and signing up to paint the rock? Click 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

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.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Kona Ice of Cherokee for Indian Knoll ES! poty ikes 7 17 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to Indian Knoll Elementary School 2019 Partner of the Year: Kona Ice of Cherokee!

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

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.

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Patti Nations of Indian Knoll ES! indian knoll es

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Indian Knoll Elementary School 2019 Teacher of the Year Patti Nations!

Indian Knoll Elementary School Teacher of the Year Patti Nations felt called to her profession as a young girl, transforming everywhere she went into a classroom for her siblings or stuffed animals.

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

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.

And the Award Goes To... students

PTA Presidents Jenn Severson and Rachel Chapman along with Principal Kim Cerasoli attended the 13th District of GA PTAs Spring Conference! Our PTA won numerous membership awards and 3rd place for District & County Outstanding Local Unit. PTA $200 Scholarship Recipient Awards went to Ava Grace Burt, James Gilreath, and Izzy Mongelluzzi. The Cherokee County Council PTA Birney Butler Outstanding Educator Award was presented to music teacher Julie Bryant. The Cherokee Council PTA also named Kim Cerasoli as the 2018-19 Outstanding Principal. Our IKES PTA earned some of the highest awards in the district! Congratulations to IKES, our PTA and EVERYONE who supports our school. Thanks for a very successful year!

April Employee of the Month - Mrs. Phillips teachers

Congratulations to Mrs. Brandy Phillips our Indian Knoll Elementary School Employee of the Month for April.  Brandy wears many hats within the school building as our Instructional Lead Strategist (ILS). Most recently, Mrs. Phillips served as our building testing coordinator and did a phenomenal job with the organization of our testing groups and scheduling.  She also works closely with IKES families to develop educational plans for children who might have specific needs.  Our teachers gave her a standing ovation at the faculty meeting after this recognition because they greatly value her as a teacher leader.  She mentors and trains teachers throughout the year.  Partner in Education, The Keller Williams Premier Group provided her with a $25 Woodstock gift certificate and the IKES PTA also gave her a treat.  The school is very fortunate to have such a dedicated and conscientious employee who helps all staff members whenever there is a need!  

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.

Congratulations to CCSD's Elementary School Academic Bowl Winners! CCSD 2019 ES Academic Bowl Indian Knoll ES 4 17 19

Indian Knoll Elementary School is the winner of the Cherokee County School District’s 2019 Elementary School Academic Bowl.

All 23 elementary schools participated in the event, with Indian Knoll ES, Macedonia ES, Avery ES, Boston ES winning their leagues and advancing to the semi-finals.  Macedonia Elementary School won second place.

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.

Employee of the Month March teachers

Congratulations to First Grade Teacher Carli Marinelli our Indian Knoll Elementary School Employee of the Month for March. Mrs. Marinelli does a wonderful job differentiating for her class on a regular basis. Her instruction is very engaging, hands-on, and technology based. Carli has also developed positive relationships and her students feel part of a classroom family. She is highly respected in the community and with our staff. The Premier Group (TPG) Keller Williams, and our IKES PTA presented her with goodies and gift certificates. We celebrate this dedicated teacher today and all year long! Thanks for your dedication and professionalism.

3rd Quarter IKES Bird House Meeting students with juggler

Our 3rd Quarter Bird House Meeting was a BLAST!! We cheered on our fellow firebirds' accomplishments including perfect attendance, all A honor roll, and Pride of the Flock classroom winners. Congratulations to the YELLOW FALCON BIRD HOUSE and the Pride of the Knoll, Citlali Cruz in Mrs. Bond's 4th Grade classroom. We take pride in recognizing the efforts of our students for outstanding behavior, attendance, and academic excellence! #IKESrocks

Want to see more pictures? Click on the Photo Gallery on our website to view photos. 

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 Students Succeed at Regions, Six Place at State! CCSD Georgia Student Technology Competition 2019 3 29 19

Cherokee County School District students excelled in this year’s Student Technology Competition, with 53 placing first at Regions and six placing at State!

The statewide program includes 16 categories of competition for students in Grades 3-12.  Two hundred and eighty students put their technology skills to the test at the Piedmont Regional Technology Competition held earlier this school year at Woodstock Middle School. 

Indian Knoll ES Counselor Named CCSD 2019 Counselor of the Year! CCSD 2019 Counselor of the Year 1 3 27 19

Indian Knoll Elementary School Counselor Colleen DeLosh deeply understands the struggles of the students she serves.

Not only did she, of course, attend school like them, but she also as a young person experienced her parents’ divorce, moving and a sibling’s drug addiction – all issues that make life even more challenging for her own students.

Both of her parents were good listeners, but Ms. DeLosh needed a “neutral” party to confide in, lean on and learn from… and she found that person in a school counselor.

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.

IKES 4th Grader St. Baldrick's Challenge student

Indian Knoll Elementary School fourth grader Connor Schroter participated in the St. Baldrick's challenge. Conner raised $631.00 for childhood cancer research this year.  Connor is the son of Stephen and Jennifer Schroter. The school applauds this selfless act and his fundraising efforts for this cause.

Donation from Rebecca Cooper of Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage Company teachers

The Indian Knoll Administration graciously accepted a $500.00 donation from Rebecca Cooper from the Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage Company.  As a real estate agent, Ms. Cooper allows her clients to select a school at the closing to receive a monetary donation.  This generous donation was made on behalf of the Snook family.  They have a 2nd grade daughter named Zanna who will soon be attending Indian Knoll Elementary School.  The school is very appreciative of this gift and will use the money support enrichment in the classroom.

CCSD Releases Annual Report of District Progress ardp cover art

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. 

Math Boot Camp 2nd Grade teachers and students

The Indian Knoll Elementary School second grade teachers hosted a week of “Math Boot Camp”.  The teachers developed rigorous, hands-on math activities and had the students rotate to every classroom to practice their addition and subtraction facts.  Each classroom selected their top three math students and the children participated in a math bowl as their culminating activity. Indian Knoll Elementary School teachers are always looking for creative and innovative ways to engage students and to instill the love for learning. Congratulations to our top three winners!

Penny Wars for St. Jude students

Indian Knoll Elementary School is hosting a “Penny War” this week to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  PBIS house teams are competing against each other to raise the most money.  Mrs. Pepper’s class recently counted over 3000 coins for the Pelican team. This is one of several fundraisers the school participates in to support St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital care, treatment, training, education, and cancer research. Cherokee County Schools was recently recognized for their efforts to support this organization which focuses specifically on childhood cancer.

Employee of the Month February teachers

Let’s celebrate 3rd grade teacher, Kristin Towns who was our February Employee of the Month. During the school year, Mrs. Towns has consistently integrated technology across the curriculum and challenges her students.  She is a life-long learner and enjoys continued professional development.  She is always the first teacher to try something new and innovative. Kristin is always super enthusiastic about her lessons and provides her class with hands-on, rigorous, and engaging activities.  She inspires her students to reach new heights. She also has developed positive relationships with all of her stakeholders and her class is truly a family.  Mrs. Towns is always very positive and valued at IKES.  She was presented with a certificate, gift cards, and a gift from the PTA.  We appreciate her dedication and service to the school.

IKES Basketball Stars list of student names

Look out world! IKES students are not only smart and kind, but they are also athletic! Our IKES CYB Final 4 basketball teams 🏀 were recognized on the morning news!!! Way to go FIREBIRDS. We are so proud of you all! 

Read Across America FUN students

IKES celebrated Read Across America with some amazing events! 

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!

Happy Valentine's Day technology projects

Happy Valentine's Day from the IKES Tech Lab! First Graders created fact and opinion photo journals in Adobe Spark! #IKESRocks

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. 

IKES Counselors are Fabulous teachers

Happy Counselor's Appreciation Week to Mrs. DeLosh and Mrs. Waycaster! The faculty and staff showered them with tokens of their appreciation this week. We are also excited to pass the Counselor of the Zone torch to Mrs. DeLosh. She will represent the Sequoyah Zone and compete for the district title of Counselor of the Year. We are blessed to have both of these fabulous ladies at IKES. 
Counselor of the Zone 2018-19, Lori Waycaster
Counselor of the Zone 2019-20, Colleen DeLosh

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

Employee of the Month - January teachers

Congratulations to special education teacher Micha Guice who was named the IKES January Employee of the Month. Mrs. Guice coordinates our garden lessons, and takes an active role in facility grounds beautification.  She plans science lessons that reflect grade-level state standards and the IKES garden.  In fact, she also stocks our farmers market so we can enjoy the food straight out of the garden. In the classroom, she is a very hands-on teacher.  Her students learn through engaging and meaningful experiences. We are thrilled to celebrate her positive impact on student achievement.  Micha was awarded a $20 Woodstock Downtown Gift Certificate from TPG Keller Williams as well as a gift from the PTA.  Congratulations, you are a shining star FIREBIRD! 

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

IKES 3rd Grade Colonial Day teachers

IKES 3rd grade students celebrated Colonial Day by taking a trip back in time. A speaker from the Sons of the American Revolution spoke about the 13 colonies. Also, students made homemade biscuits and butter, reenacted a New England Reader's Theater using green screen app, completed a Canvas Webquest, and played colonial games. 

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.       

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 

100 Days Smarter students

Our IKES Firebirds are 100 days smarter!!  Check out our Kindergarten students and teachers who aged overnight! 

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.

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.  

Bird House Meeting 2nd Quarter house meeting mascots

If you heard cheering last Friday, that was just our IKES Firebirds celebrating during our house meeting! We cheered on our fellow firebirds' accomplishments including perfect attendance, all A honor roll, and Pride of the Flock classroom winners. Congratulations to the HAWK GREEN BIRD HOUSE and the Pride of the Knoll, Everrett Smith in Dr. Latimer's 3rd Grade classroom. We take pride in recognizing the efforts of our students for outstanding behavior, attendance, and academic excellence! #IKESrocks

Want to see more pictures? Click on the Photo Gallery on our website to view photos. 

CCSD Georgia Lottery PreK Classes Enrollment Begins in February students

Open enrollment for the Cherokee County School District’s Georgia Lottery Pre-K Classes program begins in February for an earlier start to the annual process.
The earlier start, which has been moved up from the spring, will provide parents more time to seek other preschool options should their 4-year-old not win a spot in the lottery drawing for the program’s limited seats.
Classes will be offered at: Ball Ground ES STEM Academy, Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy, Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy, R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy and Johnston ES Preschool Center.
Parents can apply between 8 a.m. and noon on Mondays through Fridays from Monday, Feb. 4, through Friday, March 1, at the participating schools as noted above.  Names will be drawn at 3 p.m. on March 6 to fill available spaces.  



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

December Employee of the Month Katie Smith teachers

Congratulations to 5th Grade Teacher Dr. Katie Smith the Indian Knoll Elementary School Employee of the Month for December, 2018.  Katie is a teacher leader who co-sponsors the Jr. Beta Club and serves as the school Cherokee County Service League representative.  Outside of school she also serves on the Cherokee County Service League Board and commits her time and talents to helping residents with specific needs. Dr. Smith is best known for her warm heart, passion for education, and ability to accommodate for every learner. Dr. Smith was recognized at the IKES Believes program where the students donated toys to Must Ministries and sang holiday songs. Dr. Smith received a $20 gift certificate and a goodie bag from the IKES PTA.  We applaud her service to the school and the district. #CCSDfam #IKESRocks

Dino-Mite Book Fair book fair dinosaur logo

Our Dino-Mite Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that provides a wonderful selection of books that kids want to read.  At the book fair, you'll find engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Reading for pleasure inside and outside of school has real and long-lasting benefits. All purchases benefit our school. See you at the book fair!

Techno Wizards Compete in Piedmont Regional Technology Fair students

Students from Indian Knoll Elementary School competed in the Piedmont Regional Technology Competition on December 15.  Participating students created a technology-based project in categories such as 3D modeling, digital game design, and robotics.  Of the 32 Indian Knoll students who competed, 23 of them earned first, second, or third place.  Our 12 first place winners will represent Cherokee County at the Georgia Student Technology Competition in Macon on March 19.

Sequoyah Innovation Zone teachers and students

Sequoyah High School Principal Mr. Robert Van Alstyne is meeting with all middle and elementary feeder schools and building relationships throughout the Sequoyah Innovation Zone. Along with student leaders, he is sharing his vision for goal setting and a focus on earning a high school diploma. This week, he met with Indian Knoll fifth graders who are the class of 2026 and recognized four students for their outstanding character and academic achievements. Anjali Gavalas, Riley O’Neil, Lila Jacobs and Asher Bennett were given “honor” stoles to inspire them to continue to dream big.

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 

IKES Chorus Performance for County Principals students

Our mighty Firebirds performed for Principals and District Administrators today under the direction of Music Teacher Julie Bryant and assistant director Barbara Haley. What a great way to start the holiday season. They did a wonderful job and proudly represented IKES today. 

Employee of the Month Mandy Latimer teachers

Third grade teacher, Dr. Mandy Latimer was named the Indian Knoll Employee of the Month for November.  She is a teacher leader who takes on many additional duties and responsibilities for her team, the school, and the district. Dr. Latimer serves as the EXP tutoring administrator and represents IKES in the CCSD Teacher Leader Academy. She redelivers math curriculum information to the staff, schedules field trips for the third-grade team, and leads the Hospitality Committee.  Mandy also supports the community and serves as a liaison for Bees Knees food delivery.  Most importantly, she is a nurturing and dedicated teacher who provides rigorous and meaningful instruction to her students every day!  We appreciate Dr. Latimer and congratulate her as she represents IKES this month.

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.

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. 

IKES Holiday Shop

2018 IKES Holiday Shop is coming the first week in December! Students love the annual tradition of picking small gifts for friends and love ones. Look for more information from your child's teacher on the date/time their class will shop. If you have the capacity, we are always seeking volunteers to work in the holiday shop helping students select gifts. Please register to volunteer at 2018 IKES Holiday Shop Volunteer sign-up.

Mrs. Rein's Class Wins Plastic Bag Competition students

Mrs. Rein's class collected the most plastic bags at Indian Knoll for the plastic bag competition! Way to go Mrs. Rein's class! 

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.

IKES Employee of the Month - October teachers

Congratulations to Indian Knoll Elementary School kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Whitney Tippens. Mrs. Tippens is named our October Employee of the Month due to her conscientious efforts to provide exemplary instruction to her students. She works with our kindergarten students and meets every child's need on a daily basis. Mrs. Tippens is extremely organized, and provides a warm environment for her students. The IKES PTA and partner in education, TPG at Keller Williams provided her with a gift certificate and other goodies at the last faculty meeting.  We celebrate Ms. Tippens this month and all year long for the wonderful job she does.

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. 

CCSD’s Annual Surplus Equipment Auction Set for 11/10/18 2018 CCSD Surplus Auction November 10 - 9 am

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. 10, 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/

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.

IKES Students are 50 Days Smarter students

We celebrated the 50th day of school here at IKES! Students dressed in fifties attire to celebrate being 50 days smarter! #IKESRocks

First Quarter Bird House Celebration Bird House Meeting #1

Our first quarter Bird House Celebration was a HIT! IKES recognized students with perfect attendance, outstanding behavior, and school pride! Our bird house with the most Dojo points schoolwide was the BLUE EAGLES!!! The blue eagles were invited to the very first house carnival! Do you want to see pictures of all the fun? Check out our Photo Gallery on our webpage under the parents section. 

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

TOTY Parade teachers

"Go BIG or go home...." Our Teacher of the Year, Patti Nations was the hit of the SHS Homecoming Parade! Mrs. Nations, IKES staff, and her students enjoyed celebrating her BIG day in a BIG way! We ROCKED the parade. #CCSDRocks

Waffle House Food Truck Visits IKES waffle house food truck

Thank you CCEF for bringing the Waffle House food truck to Indian Knoll! It was delicious and so much fun!

Indian Knoll Olympians student athletes

Special thanks to River Ridge High School for hosting the CCSD Special Olympics this year! Our IKES student athletes were sent off in fashion with a school-wide parade and celebration! Our Firebirds made signs and cheered on Mrs. Pepper's class before they boarded the bus this morning. In addition, we appreciate our Friends Club students for assisting with this very special day! We all had a fabulous time!#CCSDfam #IKESRocks

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. 

IKES Fundraiser cake fundraiser picture

IKES Fundraiser is October 1st to the 16th! Packets were sent home Monday, October 1st and are due October 16th! 

IKES Employee of the Month - September teachers

Our September IKES Employee of the Month is Early Intervention Program (EIP) teacher, Mrs. Terri Harris. She is a teacher leader who takes initiative and always goes “above and beyond” for our IKES students. Terri works in a variety of classrooms and is very productive.  Mrs. Harris is student focused and prides herself in creating engaging and hands-on activities for her students. In addition to outstanding and meaningful instruction, Terri leads the school math committee.  She develops and implements many incentives for student success. Mrs. Harris was awarded a gift from the IKES PTA and a Woodstock Downtown Gift Certificate from business partner Keller Williams-TPG. We value Mrs. Harris and are excited to celebrate her commitment to IKES this month. Congratulations! 

Kindergarten Community Helpers students dressed as community helpers

Kindergarten community helpers marched through the hallways of IKES! Check out these future leaders! 

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.

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.

IKES Musicians students in music class

Indian Knoll's Music teacher, Mrs. Bryant is amazing. Here is a glimpse into her fourth grade class: 

Fourth graders are playing instruments from treble staff notation and learning how to read music! 


Media Center Happenings students reading a book

Everyone knows we have the BEST Media Specialist in Georgia; after all, she IS the Georgia Media Specialist of the Year! Check out what is happening in the Media Center! 

Third grade students practiced using Destiny Discover (our online library catalog) to search for books and then used the call number to locate the books on the shelf.  Students demonstrated that they found the books by taking “shelfies” and uploading them to the Seesaw app!  Our third graders can use the media center independently now!

Businesses & Organizations are Invited to Partner Up with CCSD Schools! CCSD Partner Up 2018 invite
Employee of the Month Kim Brown teachers

Kim Brown is the Indian Knoll Employee of the Month for August!  Mrs. Brown leads our Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program and has worked very hard with the Spark Committee to kick off the new year.  She assisted with new school signage, organized the first student assembly, and was instrumental with ordering and distribution of all the students’ house t-shirts.  The IKES PTA and TPG Keller Williams sponsors this monthly award and provided Kim with a $20.00 gift certificate to downtown Woodstock and other treats. We appreciate her willingness to always go the extra mile, her dedication to the school, and the leadership she demonstrates.

Army Sergeant Surprises Son sergeant, son, and wife eating lunch

Indian Knoll Elementary School first grader Kaden Cook was surprised by his father on September 4th, 2018 when he arrived unexpectedly in his classroom.  Army Sergeant Eric Cook is on his second tour of duty in Iraq and was granted a brief leave before he returns to finish out his last nine months in Iraq. Kaden’s mother Jessica Hill and father Sgt. Eric Cook joined him for lunch at the school. Kaden was ecstatic to see his father and to be able to eat lunch with him. Indian Knoll is a school community that is known for their commitment to honor the military and veterans throughout the year.  We thank Sergeant Cook for his bravery and service to our country today and throughout the year!

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.

Firebirds LOVE STEM! teambuilding

Our firebirds have been teambuilding in STEM with Mrs. Wos!

Indian Knoll's Teacher of the Year educators

Congratulations to this year's Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Patti Nations! Mrs. Nations teaches kindergarten at IKES, and she is an impeccable eductor! 

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.”

Grandparent's Breakfast students and grandparent

Friday, September 7th (Last Names A-L) 

Monday, September 10th (Last Names M-z)

7:00-8:00 AM

Students can enjoy donuts and juice with their grandparents!  Lifetouch will also be here for pictures.  

Indian Knoll Artists lion art

Indian Knoll has the best art teacher around, Mrs. Norton! Check out our Firebird Artists! 

Enchanted Forest Book Fair enchanted forest book fair logo

Our next Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the media center from September 7 through 14!  The theme is “Enchanted Forest Book Fair: Let Your Imagination Grow!” 


Here are our hours of operation.

Thursday, September 6: teacher preview 2:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. 

Friday, September 7: open 7:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Monday, September 10: open 7:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Tuesday, September 11: open 8:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. 

Wednesday, September 12: open 8:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. 

Thursday, September 13: open 8:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. 

Friday, September 14: open 8:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. 

September 7 – 19: order online at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/indianknollelementaryschool3


Our book fair will need lots of volunteers to be a success!  Please contact our media specialist Jennifer Lewis at jennifer.lewis@cherokeek12.net if you are interested in helping.

Curriculum Nights books and apple

Curriculum Nights

August 20, 2018 - 1st, 3rd, and 4th - 6:30-7:15

August 21, 2018 - 2nd and 5th - 6:30-7:15

IKES Summer Readers IKES Summer Readers

Indian Knoll Elementary School students had a great summer at the Sequoyah Regional Library System!  With school support and encouragement, 33 IKES children participated in reading this summer through “Libraries Rock!” Summer Reading Program 2018! 

Our IKES  students have been so enthusiastic, and have really enjoyed being at the library this summer. We are very proud of these super Firebird readers and have acknowledged their achievement on the morning news and with a small goodie bag.


IKES Media Specialist Jennifer Lewis and Principal Kim Cerasoli are excited to promote the Sequoyah Summer Reading Program and look forward to a continued partnership!

Interested in painting the IKES spirit rock? painted rock

The Spirit Rock is a great way to send a message for all to see! Paint the Spirit Rock to celebrate birthdays, recognize achievements or offer well wishes and words of support!


Interested in Volunteering at IKES? hand with volunteer
IKES Bird House Reveal Bird House Reveal

Exhilarating describes our first Friday at IKES as each class learned what bird house they will represent for the 18-19 school year! Students will be earning points for their house by displaying positive behavior and following our schoolwide positive behavior matrix. All students will receive a t-shirt displaying his/her birdhouse.

#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.  

Meet the Teacher Micha Guice

Meet one of IKES incredible teachers, Micha Guice!

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.

CCSD School Nutrition Wins State Award


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CCSD Farm to School program wins kudos

CCSD Media Specialist Named Tops in Georgia Jennifer Lewis

Indian Knoll's Jennifer Lewis is the 2018 Library Media Specialist of the Year for Georgia

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

Canvas Account Sign Up
Veterans Day Celebration
Staff Development Day; No School for Students
Reading/STEM Night
Academic Bowl
Thanksgiving Lunches
IKES Believes Program
No School Monday, 1/8/18
Menchie's Day
Report Cards
Tryouts for the IKES Talent Show
Bingo Night
Agency Information Fair
Milestones Testing for Grades 3-5
Field Day Week!

Field Day Week:  May 7th-11th!

Monday, 5/7:  K and 1st

Tuesday, 5/8:  2nd

Wednesday, 5/9:  3rd

Thursday, 5/10:  4th

Friday, 5/11:  5th