Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower listens as Dr. Debra Murdock talks about the importance of Social and Emotional Learning and how CCSD will be making this a priority, against the backdrop of somber national statistics regarding teen suicide.
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Cherokee County School District leaders this week gathered for their annual workshop to learn more about new programs and initiatives for the coming school year.
The day at Cherokee High School began with presentations by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower on leadership and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), followed by break-out sessions with central office staff on topics such as CCSD’s tougher new repercussions for vaping on campus, and a speech by Georgia Teacher of the Year Tracey Pendley on creating equity in education.
The workshop is part of the two-day Superintendent’s Leadership Symposium, which was made possible by Presenting Sponsors, Cherokee County Educational Foundation and Northside Hospital Cherokee; and Platinum Sponsors, ABM Industry Groups, Credit Union of Georgia, Goshen Valley and HP. The first day of the Symposium featured nationally renowned educator, speaker and author Dr. Tyrone Howard.
“We greatly appreciate the support of community partners that enables us to bring our leaders together to hear from education thought leaders, share best practices and learn from each other,” Dr. Hightower said.
The workshop also included presentations by CCSD partners including the Cherokee County Council of PTA, Goshen Valley and the Service League of Cherokee County on the services they provide to schools and students in need.
Georgia Teacher of the Year Tracey Pendley speaks to administrators about how teachers change lives.
CCSD administrators spent the day hearing about new protocols, policy changes, new initiatives and other essential information that will affect the new school year.
School Board Chair Kyla Cromer, who visited the workshop to show her support, shares a laugh with School Nutrition leaders during lunch.
Cherokee County Council of PTA President Olga Spivey, right, and her board are introduced at the workshop and thanked for providing breakfast. Officers are, from left to right, Parliamentarian Latresse Bray, Treasurer Monica Orrico, Second Vice President Catherine Shook, Secretary Kathy Sanders, and First Vice President Susan Honea.
Service League of Cherokee County President Jaimee Moss, who also is a teacher at R.M. Moore ES STEM Academy, shares with administrators the ways the nonprofit organization can support their students.
ABM Industry Groups LLC gave away two sets of Atlanta Braves tickets and suite package through a drawing at the event’s close. From left to right, Regional Vice President Alan Odom and District Manager Doug McKee of ABM and Creekview HS Assistant Principal Caroline Miley.
Jason Blakey with Credit Union of Georgia, a Platinum Sponsor for the event, announces a new contest for customers during the workshop’s lunch provided by the Credit Union.
Zach Blend with Goshen Valley, a Platinum Sponsor for the event, thanks school leaders for their work with children.