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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 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.

Creekland's Annual Blood Drive red cross

Support CMS and the American Red Cross by donating blood on Nov. 5th.

More info here

Annual Georgia Probe College Fair Visits Cherokee County on Oct. 29 probe 2019

Save the date: The Georgia Probe College Fair will make its annual stop in Cherokee County from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 29 at Cherokee High School (Cherokee North Campus) at 930 Marietta Highway, Canton. Learn more: http://gaprobe.org #CCSDfam

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.

Information about End of Grade Scores that will be sent home on Aug 12th testing
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.

Order School Supplies supplies

Save time and enjoy more of you summer by ordering school supplies on-line here:

 

Supply lists

 

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.

8th Grade Dance -May 10th dance

Tickets are on sale now for the 8th Grade Dance.  

Meeting for Upcoming 8th Graders enrolled in High School Credit Classes save the date

If your upcoming 8th grader is enrolled in High School Credit classes for next year, make plans to attend an informational meeting on Thursday, April 18th at 6:00 in the Cafeteria. 

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!

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. 

Congratulations Reagan Pastor reagan

We are proud of Reagan, she earned 3rd Place in the State Technology Competition.  

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. 

March Students of the Month hands clapping

Celebrating these Awesome Students this month - Congratulations!

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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.

Support our CMS Artists at the County Art Show paint

Cherokee Art Council

94 North Street

Canton, Ga 30014

Open House Reception: Thursday, April 11th from 6-8 pm

Gallery Hours: 

Friday, April 12th from 11:00 - 5:00

Saturday, April 13th from 12:00 - 5:00

 

CMS Presents Oklahoma wagon wheel

Come out to see our Drama Club's production of Oklahoma.  Thursday, March 21st and 22nd at 6:30.  

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. 

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/

Order your Grizzly Games T-shirt grizzly

Don't forget to order your Grizzly a t-shirt for Grizzly Games this year - deadline is March 15th. See this Information and Order Form.

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!

Book Fair book fair

Be sure to stop by the Spring Book Fair in the Media Center.  March 8th - 15th.

Parent Night 3/13 from 4:00-5:45

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 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.

Join us for BINGO bingo

Be sure to join us on Friday March 1st for BINGO.  

More details here: BINGO

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. 

Congrats to our Academic Teams! academic team

The two academic teams, the veterans and the novice, placed second and first respectively in their divisions yesterday in the second annual North Gwinnett Middle School Invitational Tournament. The novice team finished 8-0 and the veterans concluded the tournament with 8-1 record.

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

Help Us Celebrate Super Hero Day hero

Help us support our Special Olymics by being part of our Super Hero Day.

 

 

 

 

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 

Debby Amoss - Celebration of Life Debby

We will be celebrating the life of one of our own, Debby Amoss, on Sat. Feb 2nd @ The Wheeler House.  A special celebration for such a SPECIAL LADY!

Meet Madison Forbes - Our 8th Grade Player of the Week player of the week

Shout out to Madison - she is our 8th Grade Player of the Week.  Thankful for her and so glad she is a Grizzly!

Meet Reese Hugo - Our 7th Grade Player of the Week player of the week

Spotlight on Reese this week! 

She is our 7th Grade Player of the Week. So glad she is a Grizzly! 

Meet Emma Smithwick

Meet Emma Smithwick, our 8th Grade Girls Player of the Week (week of 1/8).  So thankful that she is a Grizzly.player of the weekt Emma, our 8th grade Player of the Week for Lady Girzzlies. So thankful that Emma is a Grizzly.

Meet Dacey Hogan

Meet Dacey, our 7th Grade Girls Basketball Player of the Week for week of Jan 8th.  So glad she is a Grizzly!

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Reminder: CCSD Middle and High Schools Dismiss Early Friday 12/21/18  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.

Attention 8th Grade Parents attention

Don’t miss the very important Information Night/Elective Fair for parents & rising 9th graders @ CVHS on Tuesday, January 15th @ 6:30 in the auditorium/cafeteria!  

Congrats to our December Students of the Month

We are proud of our December Students of the Month. Thank you all for being awesome Grizzlies!

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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 

Looking for the Perfect Holiday Gift? holiday flyer

Get some GRIZZLY wear for your favorite Grizzly.  Place your order on- line here.  Hurry - Deadline is Friday, Nov. 30th.

Lady Grizzlies 8th Grade Player of the Week player of the week

We would like to recognize Reese Brauer as our 8th Grade Player of the Week.  Read more about this awesome young lady.  

Lady Grizzlies 7th Grade Player of the Week player of the week

We would like to recognize Camryn Deaton as our 7th Grade Girls Player of the Week.  Read more about this fantastic young lady.

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. 

Cape Day - Oct 19th cape day

Be a hero!  Support Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) by paying $2 to wear a cape on Friday, October 19th.  All proceeds go to CHOA.

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.

Congratulations to the Boys 2018-19 Basketball Team

Great Tryouts - thanks to all that came out. Click the link above to view the team members.

Aeronautics Club club picture of members

Parent and Student informational meeting is on 8/31 @ 4:00 in Mr. Dodge's room.

Chicken and Waffles Day chicken and waffles

Be sure to join us in celebrating Chicken and Waffles Day on Friday, Aug. 24th.  The cafeteria will be serving Chicken and Waffles for lunch.

Drama Club - First Meeting Aug 15th drama

Join us on Mondays and Wenedsdays for Drama Club.  See flyer for all of the info. Drama Information

Academic Bowl Team Try-Outs academic bowl

Are you interested in an award winning academically challenging program that will provide you with multiple opportunities to travel locally and out of state? Stop by room 202 and ask Dr. Nazemzadeh for more information. The tryouts for this year’s team will be held on August 14th and August 15th 3:45-5:50 in room 202.

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. 

CCSD School Counselors Learn About Career Options for Students CCSD Counselors explore careers for students

Summer Externship program gives CCSD counselors a peek into careers in local industries

CCSD School Nutrition Wins State Award

 

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CCSD Farm to School program wins kudos

Summer Office Hours

Creekland Summer Office & Registration Hours

CMS Summer Office Hours:

May 29th - June 8th: 7:30 - 3:30

July 17th - July 24th: 8:00 - 3:00

July 25th - July 31st: 8:00 - 4:00

CCSD Administrators Among County's Top Young Professionals CCSD Administrators Among County's Rising Stars

Three of the Chamber of Commerce "Top 10 in 10" Young Professionals this year are CCSD administrators.

2018-19 Walk-Through Dates Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Families, make plans to attend 2018-19 Walk-Through:

Friday, July 27th (1:00-3:00): All returning 7th and 8th Graders

Saturday, July 28th (9:00-11:30): 6th Graders “Bear Walk”

Grizzly Girls Youth Lacrosse lacrosse

Spring Girls Youth Lacrosse Information

* This is not a school sponsored sport

Red Ribbon Week red ribbon week

Celebrate Red Ribbon Week with us!

CMS Basketball Tryout Posting basketball

Job well done by all! 

Congratulations to all that made the 2019-20 basketball teams!

 

BOYS:

7th grade: 1,3,5,11,12,13,15,17,20,22,23,24

8th grade: 7,8,11,12,13,15,16,17,18,22

 

Girls were made aware of the teams at tryouts today.

 

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.

Congrats to Gabby Aiello and Madison Carpenter player of the week

Gabby and Madison are our Players of the Week.  Learn more about these wonderful young ladies that we are so proud to call Grizzlies.

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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.

Meet Kayla Ward - 8th Grade Player of the Week player of the week

We have some of the VERY BEST here at CMS.  Meet our 8th Grade Player of the Week.....Kayla Ward.  Glad she is a Grizzly.

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.

Chick fil a Moo've it Race Aug 11th moo've it race

Let's go Grizzlies!
Sign up for this fun event to support CMS.

Register herehttps://www.cfamooveit.com/

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

Exam Schedule exam schedule
Book Fair Info BOOK FAIR

CMS Book Fair –

Aug 30 – Sept 6th

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Parent night is Tuesday, September 3rd from 4:00 pm through the end of Curriculum night.  Parents receive 5% off on book purchases on parent night.  The homeroom on each grade level that purchases the most books receives a coke social.

SIGN UP TO WORK THE BOOK FAIR HERE

 

 

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.

We Love Our Counselors counselor week

We have some of the BEST!  A huge Thank You to Kathy Harris, Angela Wilson, and Kevin Dibble for everything they do to help our students and staff.

Meet Sydney Shipley - 7th Grade Player of the Week player of the week

We have some of the VERY BEST here at CMS.  Meet our Player of the Week for 7th Grade.......Sydney Shipley. Glad she is a Grizzly.

Lady Grizzlies 8th Grade Player of the Week yokley

We spotlight a player each week.  Meet Camryn Yokley - 8th Grade.  So happy she is a Grizzly!

Congratulations Emma Smithwick smithwick student of the day

Shout out to Emma for being reconized as the CCSD Student of the Day.  A super deserving young lady.  Glad she is a Grizzly!

Grizzlies, Let's Dance dance

Join us for the Back to School Bash (Dance) on Thursday 8/9.  Students will stay after school and need to be picked up at 6:00.  Cost is $5

Change to School Meals Pre-Payment System
Are You Ready for Some Basketball? basketball

Enjoy our Basketball Hype Video.

We can't wait to see you at the games.

Game Schedule

Picture Day: Friday, Aug 16th Camera

SMILE!

Fall Picture Day is Friday Aug. 16th.  

High School Credit Classes and Peer Helper Class Applications important

Attention: Current 7th Graders that,are interested in taking a High School Credit Elective class or being a peer helper next year - COMPLETE the on-line application here.  DEADLINE is Feb 8th.  

Current 7th graders have the opportunity to apply to be considered for the following High School Credit Elective Classes and Peer Helper Class:

Visual Arts: APPLY HERE

Introduction to Business and Technology: APPLY HERE

Peer Helper Class: Complete this application and hand deliver to Ms. Cody in room 204

Current Band and Chorus students have the opportunity to take a high school credit band or chorus class.  These students will need to see Mr Boyle (band) or Ms. Reed (Chorus) for information about applying for these classes. 

 

Congrats, Christina! Our 7th grade player of the week. christina

Shout out to Christina Warren, our 7th grade girls player of the week. So glad this awesome young lady is a Grizzly!

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.

Lady Grizzlies 7th Grade Player of the Week Cork

We spotlight a player for each week. Meet Lindsay Cork - 7th Grade. So glad she is a Grizzly!

Basketball Season is Near basketball chair

* UPDATED INFO......If you are intrested in trying out for our 7th or 8th grade CMS basketball teams please see the REQUIRED physical form below and the try-out schedule. 

 

Picture Day - Aug. 15th camera

Smile Grizzlies smiley

Picture Day is Wednesday, Aug 15th. 

Car Rider Guidelines
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

Congratulation Peace Poster Contest Winners Peace poster contest

Lions International Peace Poster Contest Winners

1st Place Winner: Kinley Sikes

2nd Place Winner: Charlotte Selman

3rd Place Winner: CharliAnne Clemens

Grizzly Parent Seminar parent summit

Make plans to attend the first in a series "Grizzly Parent Seminar".

This meeting will focus on:

Social and Emotional Learning for Middle and High School Students & Suicide Prevention and Possible Warning Signs.

Thursday, Sept. 19th @ 6:30 

Creekview High School

Tournament Play Gets Underway Tonight for CCSD Basketball Teams basketball players

CCSD high school and middle school basketball teams ended their regular seasons last week and begin tournament play tonight, lasting through the week.  All six of CCSD's high schools will have both their boys' and girls' teams involved in regional tournaments to determine seeding/eligibility for the state tournament, which kicks off February 15.  CCSD middle schools will begin the county tournament schedule tonight to determine the county champion for boys and girls teams, 7th and 8th grade.  Schedules/brackets can be found here

Congrats Rylee, our 8th Grade Player of the Week player of the week

Shout Out to this Outstanding young lady!! Rylee is our 8th grade player of the week.  So glad she is a Grizzly!!

 

Haven't Purchased a Yearbook Yet? Don't miss this chance to win $1,000 yearbook

Jostens is running a promotion this week only where anyone that purchases a book is entered into a chance for a $1,000 Amazon Gift Card as well as other prizes. Order Here.

The Creekland Players Presents "The Little Mermaid" The Little Mermaid

You don't want to miss this performance.  This will be a great show for all ages. We are proud of these students and sponsors. 

Regional Technology Fair cyber

The Technology Fair is earlier this year.  The registration deadline is Nov. 15th.  See Mrs. Bennett (room 201)ASAP if you are intrested in competing.  Get more information here. The Regional fair will be held on Dec 15th at Woodstock Middle School.  

Book Fair book fair

Grizzlies, make sure you plan on visiting our Book Fair.  You can even order books on-line.

Purchase Your Yearbook

Order early and save money.  Place order before 8/31 and icons are FREE.  Read here for more info:

Yearbook Information

CMS Clubs
Congratulations to CCSD Anti-Vaping Student PSA Video Contest Winners! anti-vaping psa video screenshot

CCSD this fall held its first-ever student video PSA contest to raise awareness about the dangers of vaping.

Congratulations to CCSD's Middle School Academic Bowl Winners! 2019 CCSD Middle School Academic Bowl - Freedom MS

Freedom Middle School earned the top trophy at this year’s Cherokee County School District Middle School Academic Bowl!  Creekland Middle School came in second and Teasley Middle School placed third at the event, which is organized by CCSD’s Office of Curriculum & Instruction and was hosted this year by Dean Rusk Middle School.  The cost of this year’s event was sponsored by a community partner, Garth Gherardini with Modern Woodmen of America!

#CCSDfam

High School Credit Classes Parent Meeting

An informational meeting for parents of 8th graders enrolled in high school credit classes will be held on Aug.6th @ 6:30 in the CMS cafeteria.

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

Lady Grizzlies Player of the Week (8th) player of the week

Meet Reagan, our 8th Grade Player of the Week.  We are so glad she is part of our Grizzly Family.  Learn a little more about this awesome young lady. 

Lady Grizzlies 7th Grade Player of the Week player of the week

Huge Shout Out to Karina Harrington - She is our 7th grade player of the week.  We are super glad she is a Grizzly.  Learn a little more about this wonderful young lady.
 

Dress Code
CMS Student Council Food Drive corn

Please support the Food Drive that is sponsored by our Student Council that benefits Must Ministries. 

Find the list of needed items here. 

Dual Enrollment Information Sessions Set for November 7 and 11 ROAD TO GRADUATIONS

Explore the option of Dual Enrollment!  The Cherokee County School District invites students and parents who are interested in learning more about Dual Enrollment to our annual information nights coming up November 7 and 11.

Back to School Dance: Aug 8th (4-6) dance

Let's Dance: Aug. 8th 4:00- 6:00 in the CMS Cafe.

Message from Nurse Carol about picking up Medicine. nurse

All Medicine(s) must be picked up by a parent or guardian by the last day of school (May 29th).

Thanks, Nurse Carol

Lady Grizzlies Players of the Week paw

Spotlighting a couple of Awesome Grizzlies this week. 

We are so thankful for these young ladies and what they bring to our program.

Lady Grizzlies Player of the Week (7th) player of the week

Meet Olivia, our player of the week.  Proud to say that she is a Grizzly!  Learn a little more about this wonderful young lady. 

Lady Grizzlies 8th Grade Player of the Week player of the week

Huge Shout Out to Nicole Frausto  - She is our 8th Grade Player of the Week.  Learn a little more about this fantastic young lady.  We are so glad she is a Grizzly.

*AUDITIONS* play auditions

The Academy Street Theatre Group is having auditions for "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" on Sept. 26th or 27th.  Read Flyer for more information.

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.”     

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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 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). 

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!”

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7th and 8th grade basketball tryouts are Sept. 30th - Oct. 2nd.

REQUIRED Athletic Physical Forms

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.

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 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.       

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

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. 

Color Run Race Results color run

Fantistic race.  Thanks to our amazing PTA and all the volunteers.  See race results here.

Need some extra help with classes? Grizzly Bear

Our school provides academic support during our Extended Instruction Program (ExP). During this time, students may receive additional tutoring in ELA/Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies as well as getting assistance with class and/or homework in a supervised environment.

EXP Information Letter

EXP Enrollment Form

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 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.

Parent Info for High School Classes in 8th Grade
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.

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.  

2019 Color Run color run

Don't miss our 2019 Color Run - FUN for the entire family! Sign up TODAY HERE

Read more info here.

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.

Middle School Students Ready to Play Ball in STEM Showcase Jordan visits TMS

CCSD middle schools will send about 100 students to the Battery at SunTrust Park this Sunday to participate in the Atlanta Braves Science of Baseball STEM Showcase, showing off what they've learned this year using the Science of Baseball curriculum.

Congratulations U13 Jr. Grizzlies! lacrosse

Way to go Jr. Grizzlies Lacrosse. U13 Champs

Students of the Month for Jan. som list

Huge THANK YOU to these wonderful Grizzlies!  They were reconized as Students of the Month for January.  

Join us for the 2nd Annual Merry Marketplace snowflake

Join us on Nov 30th to shop at our Merry Marketplace as you come out to support our Grizzly Basketball and Cheer Teams.  The marketplace will be open from 4:00 - 8:00 in the cafeteria at CMS.

Here is information about this awesome event: Holiday Flyer

If you are intrested in being a vendor at this event see this Informational Flyer

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.

Annual CMS Blood Drive blood drive

Please plan on supporting The Red Cross at our annual CMS Blood Drive on Nov. 6th from 7:00am - 5:00 pm here at CMS.  Sign up here

If you have questions contact Traci Palmer

There will be prizes for students that recruit donors and for the homeroom with the most donors.

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.

Aeronautics Club Application club picture of members

If you are intrested in appliying for this club - complete this application

#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.

Intramurals begin on Aug. 16th after school
Meet our 6th grade Junior Grizzlies Tennis Team tennis

Meet our 6th Grade Junior Tennis Team.

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

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.

Know #TheRealCost of vaping. no vaping

No matter what’s in your vape, you’re breaking CCSD rules by having it on campus. The punishment is as tough as suspension and expulsion, so don’t risk your future success. #SafeCherokee

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 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 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.”

Intramural Season is Here Grizzly Bear

Plan to participate in the CMS Intramural Progam.  See the Intramural Form for information and permission.  

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.

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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

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. 

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.

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.

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.  

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.

CCSD Announces High School 2019 Summer School Options CCSD Summer School 2019 Course Recovery Sessions

The Cherokee County School District will offer a variety of summer school learning opportunities from June 5-25 for high school students including rising ninth-graders.

In addition to offering a wide selection of courses for students who need to retake classes not passed during the regular school year, Personal Fitness and Health courses will be offered for initial high school credit.  

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.

Sign Up for the CMS Color Run color un

You don't want to miss the CMS Color Run on Saturday, Oct. 27th. .  Sign up here

Businesses & Organizations are Invited to Partner Up with CCSD Schools! CCSD Partner Up 2018 invite
Friends Club is Accepting Applications friends club

Learn more about applying for Friends Club here.

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.

Attention All CMS Students: We Need Your Input
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.”

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.

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November Jr. Beta meeting this Wed., Nov. 13th in the CMS Cafe AFTER 2nd load.

 Bring in 2 canned goods or non-perishable food items to donate to those in need.

 As always, check our website for more information.  

Go to our Jr. Beta Club website for additional information and meeting dates. Please check often for frequently updated information.

Remember, the REMIND app will not be used this year to send out reminders. 

 

 

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.

 

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 Middle School Students Generate STEM Day Solutions stem logo

Georgia STEM Day 2019 had students in CCSD middle school classrooms working in teams to creatively solve problems and generate solutions.  Using videos and materials developed by the Georgia Tech Research Institute, students tackled their assigned problems across multiple subject areas throughout the day—and got to pitch their ideas to GTRI scientists and researchers to determine feasibility and get feedback to tweak their proposals. 

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.

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 Students Improve Performance on AP Exams 2018 AP Infographic

CCSD high school students improved their performance on College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams in 2018, with 74% of students scoring a 3 or higher, up from 71% in 2017 and again exceeding state and national averages. 

Congrats to two of our own Grizzlies 2 students

Sean Czerner(8th) and Brayden Fuentres(8th) we selected to be part of the State Superintendent's Student Advisory Council.  There were a total of four students selected from CCSD.  Two of them are our Grizzlies - we are very proud of them.

Congratulations to these outstanding students, who we know will be excellent representatives for their schools and our School District on this important statewide council,” Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools said.  “We look forward to seeing them further extend their influence as young leaders.”

Members were selected, from 1,000-plus applicants submitted by students statewide, based on their community service and answers to essay questions about public education and how it can improve.  The students will talk with Superintendent Woods about topics including how State policies affect their classrooms; participate in service projects; and serve as the Superintendent’s student ambassadors.

 

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.

August Students of the Month grizzly bear

Congrats to these awesome Grizzlies for being selected as a student of the month for August.   

 

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.

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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.

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.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: Northside Hospital Cherokee for Creekland MS! poty cms 10 2 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week -- congratulations to Creekland Middle School 2019 Partner of the Year Northside Hospital Cherokee!

The Partner of the Year from every CCSD school is recognized at an annual ceremony sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation. Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more!
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First CCSD Teachers Earn International Certification for Educational Technology Use ISTE Certification logo

Five Cherokee County School District teachers have earned international certification for excellence in effective use of educational technology in the classroom!

The teachers -- Kim Bennett, Kerri Gainer, Connie Garrison, Elizabeth Huffaker and Traci Rollman – who all serve at Creekland Middle School, are the first in CCSD to achieve ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Certification. 

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!  

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 Announces Anti-Vaping Student PSA Video Contest  image CCSD Anti-Vaping Student PSA Contest 2019

The Cherokee County School District is sponsoring a video contest with a $500 prize to seek students’ help in raising awareness of the dangers of vaping.

CCSD students in grades 6-12 are invited to create and enter by Oct. 1, 2019 a short public service announcement-style video that educates students about the health dangers of vaping.  Entries will be judged for message, quality and creativity.  One winner will receive $500 sponsored by the Service League of Cherokee County.

 

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   

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 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. 

Congratulations to the 2018-19 Basketball Teams basketball

Come support your favorite Grizzlies on the basketball court this year.  

Basketball Schedule

 

 

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. 

CMS Teacher of the Year
Need Extra Help with School Work? school books

We would love to see you at EXP if you need extra help with school work.

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Meet a CCSD School Police Officer: Beth Jeffreys of Creekland MS! meet the officer Creekland MS - Beth Jeffreys 10 1 19

The Cherokee County School District’s School Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting our students and staff every day. We’re thankful for their service, and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam #SafeCherokee

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.

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 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

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!

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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. 

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Buy Your Yearbook Now bear

Don't wait, buy your yearbook on-line HERE

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.

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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.

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’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'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. 

Be sure to purchase your Yearbook
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.

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.

2019-20 Character Education Words of the Week character words

CMS will spend each week focusing on different character education word.  Find the list here.

Meet the New Principal: Dr. Richie Carnes at Creekland MS! Meet the Principal - Richie Carnes - CMS 7 25 19

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 Dr. Richie Carnes, who will be leading Creekland Middle School! #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. 

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

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

Academic Team Wins academic team wins

The academic team finished first and second in the veteran and the novice divisions of the GATA north respectively. This was the first of 2018-2019 school year competitions.

CMS Basketball Tryouts
Welcome Dr. Richard (Richie) Carnes carnes

Creekland wants to welcome and introduce our new principal Dr. Richard (Richie) Carnes.  

 

 

#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

Thank you for your support for Hurricane and Flood Relief #creeklandcares
Meet a 2019 CCSD Support Staff Employee of the Year: Kathy Murphy of Creekland MS! ssoty cms 8 8 19

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize one here every week. Please join us in thanking and congratulating 2019 Creekland Middle School Support Staff Employee of the Year Kathy Murphy!

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

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

School Supply Lists pencils

Please find the School Supply Lists HERE

CMS Basketball Schedule
Need help setting up your Parent Canvas Account? computer lab

Need help setting up your parent accounts in Canvas?  

Canvas Parent Instructions

CCSD Launches STEM Partnership with Discovery Education CCSD Discovery Education 1 7 24 19

The Cherokee County School District this week launched a three-year partnership with a global education leader to improve STEM learning opportunities for elementary and middle school students! 

CCSD, already recognized nationally for its commitment to STEM education, now is working with Discovery Education, part of the same company as the Discovery TV network, so its classroom resources and professional development for teachers can enhance lessons and incorporate more real-world learning experiences.

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.

Support Riverfest - Sept. 23rd & 24th
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.

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

Open House/Walk Through Dates for 2019-20 School Year save the date

Creekland's Open House/Walk Through Dates:

Sat. July 27th:

6th Grade 8 (Bear Walk) 8:30 - 11:30  (parent meeting 10:30)

Tues. July 30th

7th & 8th (drop in) 3:00-5:00

Summer Personal Fitness & Health Opportunity soccer

Many students choose to take the 9th grade classes Personal Fitness & Health over the summer to open a spot for another class in 9th grade. Cherokee County offers an excellent opportunity at Cherokee H.S. that is only 3 weeks long, and offers credit for both Personal Fitness & Health. Please see the attached information about how to register for these classes.

Information Form

Information Form (Spanish)

Congratulations Brayden Fuentes for being selected to serve on the State Superintendent's Student Advisory Council!
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

Summer Office Hours open

School Summer Office Hours:

     June 3rd – June 12th 7:30am-3:30pm

      July 8th – July 19th 7:30am – 3:30pm

 

Read about more summer and registration info here

Summer School Registration Forms Now Online summer school

Registration forms now are online for CCSD's summer school learning opportunities from June 5-25 for high school students including rising ninth-graders.

In addition to offering a wide selection of courses for students who need to retake classes not passed during the regular school year, Personal Fitness and Health courses will be offered for initial high school credit.  

Apply to be part of our STEM Club
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.

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

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

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

CMS Annual Blood Drive - Nov. 7th
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.

Proud of our 8th Grade Chorus for preforming at the Braves game.
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.

We are proud of our Sept. Students of the Month
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.

Congratulations to our Academic Bowl Team
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.

Congratulations to our Grizzly Cafeteria
CMS Basketball Schedule
Bright Ideas Grant Winners
CMS Academic Team Wins County Championship
October Students of the Month
Another Big Win for our Academic Team - Way to Go!
Support CMS - Sign up for the Reindeer Run
Grizzly Basketball Theme Nights
Congratulations to Kinley Sikes
Thank you Grizzly Family!
Congrats to our November "Students of the Month"
Technology Competition
Exam Schedule
December Students of the Month
Save the DATE for Sports Physicals for the 2018-19 school year
8th Grade Parent Night/Elective Fair at CVHS
Another Big Win for our Academic Bowl Team
Drama Club Meeting
Congrats to our Grizzly Academic Teams
Congrats to all of our Grizzlies that competed in the CCSD Tech Competition
January Students of the Month
Dr. Zinkil receives check from CCEF
So Proud of our Grizzly, Caden!
Canvas Parent Instructions
CMS is offering some great opportunities for extra help.
Milestone and EOC Testing Schedule
Relay for Life - Join our TEAM!
Creekland Drama Club - Spring Play
We appreciate all of our Volunteers and Partners
Congratulations to our Students of the Month for March
Congrats to Danielle Satterfield
Are You Ready for Grizzly Games?
8th Grade Masquerade Dance
8th Graders - Interested in Taking Personal Fitness & Health this Summer?
CMS and CHS Students will be competing in a National Rocketry Competition
Help support our school as you shop at our local Kroger.
Attention Upcoming 8th Graders

If you are an upcoming 8th grader, read below about the High School credit classes and year long classes you may be able to take during your connection time next year.

The high school classes are year long classes and students will be unable to withdraw after the first quarter.  The grade received will be count toward the the student's high school GPA.

Students are encouraged to apply if interested, space is limited. Students will be notified if they get selected to take the course.

Congrats Art Show Winners

Congratulations to our winners from Cherokee County’s Annual Art Show:

1st Place goes to: Kaelin Kerschner and Mackenzie Miles

2nd Place goes to: Devon Hall and Lauren Denereaz

3rd Place goes to: Camryn Yokley and Aaliyah Butts

Honorable Mention goes to: Devon Hall, Julia Barfield, Sydney Howard, Connor Vitak and those who helped with the Grizzly Bear from Visual Arts Class.

Attention Upcoming 7th Graders:

Please read application below about the Peer Helper Program/Class.  Upcoming 7th graders have the opportunity to apply to be part of this program - complete the application below.

This class will take place during one of your connection classes next year.  Students will be notified if they are selected to participate.

Application

Attention current 8th grade FCA members....

Current FCA 8th graders, if you are interested in a leadership FCA position next year at Creekview, complete this application: FCA Leadership Application

Exam Schedule
Monday, May 21st ELA/Reading/Foreign Lang
Tuesday, May 22nd Math
Wednesday, May 23rd Science
Thursday, May 24th Social Studies
Friday, May 25th (1/2 Day) Connections
Congrats Students of the Month - April

Attention Parents .......

REMINDER…  ALL student medications must be picked up from the clinic by 3pm on May 25th.  Any medication left after that will be destroyed. 

Thank you,

Carol Reed, RN

Creekland MS Nurse