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Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Sandy Kreh of Avery ES! voty Avery ES 2019 3 19 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to 2019 Avery ES Volunteer of the Year Sandy Kreh!

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
 

Seniors Take Final Shots on the Court in Varsity Brands Senior Classic Games basketball action shot

Basketball season officially came to a close for CCSD’s high school seniors last Thursday night, as they played their final high school games together at Etowah High School in the Varsity Brands Senior Classic.  CCSD also presented a donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as part of the event. 

Superintendent of Schools Presents First of His 2019 Game Changer Awards! 2019 CCSD Game Changer - Instructional Support 1 3 18 19

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower on Monday presented the first of his four top awards for instructional excellence!

Dr. Hightower surprised CCSD Supervisor of Digital Learning Joy Silk with his Superintendent’s 2019 Game Changer Award for Instructional Support during a meeting Monday with her Office of Curriculum & Instruction colleagues, who rose for a standing ovation.

CCSD Celebrates Young Authors Writing Contest Winners! CCSD Young Authors 2019 3 18 19

Congratulations to the winners of CCSD’s 2019 Georgia Young Authors Competition!  This contest showcases the excellent writing instruction that is taking place in each of CCSD’s schools in Grades K-12. 

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Tabatha Box of Etowah HS! Etowah HS toty 19

Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week... please help us celebrate Etowah High School 2019 Teacher of the Year  Tabatha Box!

Etowah High School math teacher Tabatha Box loves teaching math -- so much so that the way to her heart on Valentine’s Day was a gift of a skirt patterned with equations.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Media Specialist of the Year: Jacqueline Zaski of Arnold Mill Elementary School! ZASKI Jacqueline

Our school media specialists are extraordinary, and we’re profiling our Innovation Zones’ Media Specialists of the Year to celebrate them. Please read all about the River Ridge Innovation Zone 2019 Media Specialist of the Year: Jacqueline Zaski of Arnold Mill Elementary School!

Arnold Mill Elementary School Media Specialist Jacqueline Zaski sees her role as an educator who uses the media center as her classroom.

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

Meet a CCSD 2019 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Kathy Frost of ACE Academy ssoty ACE Academy 3 14 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 ACE Academy Support Staff Employee of the Year Kathy Frost! 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

Meet a CCSD 2019 Partner of the Year: The Premier Group Real Estate Firm for Woodstock MS poty Woodstock MS 3 13 19

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here every week... congratulations to 2019 Woodstock Middle School Partner of the Year: The Premier Group Real Estate Firm!  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! #CCSDfam

CCSD Celebrates Work-Based Learning Program with Regional Guests WBL Regional Meeting 1 3 14 19

The Cherokee County School District celebrated its Work-Based Learning program with regional guests and special recognitions of partners that help with this important career education initiative.

The Work-Based Learning program provides CCSD high school students the opportunity to explore possible careers through working in school partners’ places of business.  The School District this month for the first time hosted a regional Work Based Learning meeting, with high school career education teachers from across the state in attendance to learn about one of CCSD’s programs: healthcare science.  

Learn About CCSD's Registered Dietitian! 2019 Registered Dietitian Day 3 13 19

Happy Registered Dietitian Day! We appreciate CCSD's own registered dietitian Linda Dittrich, whose work makes our School Nutrition menus healthier and ensures choices are available for children with different dietary needs. #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2019 Volunteer of the Year: Cecilia Marin of Arnold Mill ES! voty Arnold Mill ES 3 12 19

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight one here every week... congratulations to 2019 Arnold Mill ES Volunteer of the Year Cecilia Marin!  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

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

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

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

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Kara Reeder of E.T. Booth MS! ET Booth MS toty 2019

E.T. Booth Middle School seventh-grade science teacher Kara Reeder does more than ensure students master STEM knowledge – she “truly changes the trajectory of students’ lives.”

One parent shared how, before Ms. Reeder’s class, her son didn’t like science class much.  But after Ms. Reeder’s hands-on lessons connected to real-life experiences, that all changed.  Now, she said, he’s a STEM Pathway student at Etowah High School focused on a career in engineering.

Meet a CCSD 2019 Zone Media Specialist of the Year: Pam Morris of Bascomb ES MORRIS Pam

Our school media specialists are extraordinary, and we’re profiling our Innovation Zones’ Media Specialists of the Year to celebrate them. Please read all about the 2019 Etowah Innovation Zone Media Specialist of the Year Pam Morris of Bascomb Elementary School!

No day is the same for media specialist Pam Morris, due to the many roles and responsibilities she has taken on at Bascomb Elementary School.

CNN Features Etowah High School Student Athlete's Inspirational Story CNN Positive Athlete video image Matthew Lane 3 11 19

Want to be inspired? Check out CNN's feature on Matthew Lane, an Etowah High School senior basketball player and Positive Athlete Georgia honoree, who overcame cancer and now shares his story with students. The story features footage from his recent visit to speak to Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy fifth-graders. As Matthew says: "Stay positive. Stay positive. Stay positive." #CCSDfam https://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2019/03/07/positive-athlete-matthew-lane.cnn/video/playlists/cnn-positive-athlete/

CCSD Celebrates Top Partners and Volunteers at Sixth Annual Recognition Ceremony 2019 POY and VOY (3)

The Cherokee County School District celebrated outstanding school community partners and volunteers at the Sixth Annual CCSD Partner of the Year and Volunteer of the Year Recognition Ceremony.

The ceremony on Thursday, March 8, 2019 at CCSD’s Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility honored a Partner of the Year and a Volunteer of the Year for each individual school and center.  The evening included the surprise announcement of the CCSD Partner of the Year and Volunteer of the Year selected from that pool of 79 honorees.

CCSD Celebrates Support Staff & Honors Employees of the Year! Borg surprise (2

The Cherokee County School District celebrated the important role of support staff at its inaugural Support Staff Employee of the Year Awards on Tuesday evening.

The celebration honored one Support Staff Employee of the Year from each of CCSD’s schools, centers and central office divisions.  Each of the 46 honorees were recognized by the Superintendent of Schools and School Board members, received a plaque and gifts of appreciation including a $100 Visa card funded by sponsors, and enjoyed a reception with their family, Principals and other CCSD leaders.

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!

Meet a CCSD 2019 School Teacher of the Year: Bonnie Jackson of Dean Rusk Middle School! Dean Rusk MS toty 2019

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 Dean Rusk Middle School 2019 Teacher of the Year Bonnie Jackson!
Bonnie Jackson is a teacher’s teacher.  

Meet a CCSD 2019 Zone Media Specialist of the Year: Anne Nechvatal of Cherokee HS NECHVATAL Anne

Our school media specialists are extraordinary, and we’re profiling our Innovation Zones’ Media Specialists of the Year to celebrate them. Please read all about the Cherokee Innovation Zone honoree, Anne Nechvatal of Cherokee High School!

Anne Nechvatal has made a lasting impact on the profession of media specialist, with countless colleagues throughout CCSD and statewide naming her as inspiration and mentor.

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 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, Principal Named Finalists for National School Spirit Awards! national school spirit awards 2 28 19

The Cherokee County School District and one of its leaders are finalists for national school spirit awards!

The Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards celebrate schools, organizations and individuals who “go above and beyond the call of duty to build school pride, student engagement and community spirit.”  

The finalists list just released by the company names Woodstock High School Principal Mark Smith as a contender for its Most Spirited Principal award, and CCSD for the Spirit of St. Jude Award.  Winners will be announced at the company’s School Spirit Awards Show in Orlando on May 11.  

301 CCSD Students Recognized as Superintendent's Key Scholars Key Scholars

The Cherokee County School District recognized 301 extraordinary high school juniors as Superintendent’s Key Scholars!

22 CCSD Students Headed to State Science & Engineering Fair! CCSD Science Fair 2 27 19

Twenty-two Cherokee County School District students are headed to the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair next month!

CCSD’s top young scientists and engineers recently competed at the Northwest Georgia Regional Science and Engineering Fair, where 22 students – all from three schools: E.T. Booth Middle, Freedom Middle and Woodstock High -- earned first-place and the opportunity to advance to the State event.  The State fair is at the University of Georgia from March 28-30.  

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!

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.  

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.

Board Briefs - Special Edition: School Board Members Meet With Legislative Delegation Georgia Capitol Building

The Cherokee County School Board on Friday, Dec. 14, presented its 2019 Legislative Partnership Priorities to members of the county’s Legislative Delegation, including pleas for continued local control of educational decisions and increased State funding for school safety and security.

The annual breakfast meeting hosted by the School Board included a review by School Board Chair Kyla Cromer of those Priorities, as well as time for the legislators to share what issues they plan to advocate for during the session.

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