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Cherokee County School Board Earns State Award for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative GSBA Leading Edge Award logo

The Cherokee County School Board has earned top state honors for exemplary leadership and innovation practices in recognition of its Social and Emotional Learning initiative.

For the third consecutive year, the Georgia School Boards Association has awarded the Cherokee County School Board its Leading Edge Award in the Culture, Climate & Organizational Efficacy category.  The awards, presented in seven categories, recognize innovative practices by School Boards and School Districts that make a significant and positive impact on students.  This year, the districtwide Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) initiative earned the honor, following previous wins for CCSD’s Student Advisor and Student Delegates to the School Board program and VILLA parent academy.  

CCSD Connections Newsletter for December Now Online image CCSD Connections newsletter December 2021

The December 2021 edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at and includes an important message from the Superintendent about CCSD earning the State’s highest honor for leadership and dedication to providing the best education possible to every child!  Thank you to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia.  

Cherokee County School District Earns State's Highest Honor CCSD Governance Team of the Year Award 12 2 21

The Cherokee County School District has earned the State’s highest honor for leadership and dedication to providing the best education possible to every child.

The Governance Team of the Year Award is awarded to the School Board and Superintendent of Schools of only one Georgia school district in each of the three size categories -- small, medium and large – by the Georgia School Boards Association.  CCSD earned the honor for large districts, which are those with more than 10,000 students.     

Meet a CCSD 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Jacob Carnes of Sequoyah HS! VOTY SHS 21

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Sequoyah High School 2021 Volunteer of the Year: Jacob Carnes! #CCSDfam

Board Business Briefs: School Board Approves Legislative Priorities CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Nov. 18, approved its 2022 Legislative Partnership Priorities, which advocate for continued local control of public education decisions and the end of State educational funding budget cuts.

CCSD To-Go Meals - Nov. 19 Digital Learning Day Orders Due 8 a.m. Nov. 18 ccsd serves white square

CCSD School Nutrition is pleased to offer to-go meal service at no charge for all CCSD students for the Friday, Nov. 19, Digital Learning Day.  The meal kit will include one breakfast and one lunch.

Misinformation About CCSD and COVID-19 Vaccines CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

Please be advised that false rumors are deliberately being spread in our community about CCSD and COVID-19 vaccinations.  CCSD is NOT holding ANY COVID-19 vaccination events for our students at our schools or elsewhere.  

CCSD Announces Fourth Annual Support Staff Employees of the Year Awards CCSD Support Staff 11 8 21.

The Cherokee County School District next month will celebrate excellent service at its fourth annual Support Staff Employees of the Year Awards!

The recognition ceremony on December 2 will honor one Support Staff Employee of the Year from each of CCSD’s schools, centers and central office divisions.  Each honoree will be congratulated by the Superintendent of Schools and School Board members and receive a plaque and gifts of appreciation before an audience of honorees and their families, Principals and CCSD leaders.

CCSD Connections Newsletter for November & Nov. 19 DLD Announcement CCSD Connections newsletter image November 2021

The November 2021 edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at and includes a message from the Superintendent.  Thank you to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia! #CCSDfam 

CCSD Message: Absences on Friday, Nov. 5 CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

On behalf of the Superintendent, we recognize and celebrate the historic World Series win by the Atlanta Braves, a valued CCSD Partner.  We love our hometown team and are so proud of their accomplishments this season.  While we are not cancelling school for Friday’s victory parade and celebration, any student absences for students who attend that event will be counted as “unexcused but without academic penalty.”  While our policies do not permit excused absences for such occasions, the designation of “unexcused but without academic penalty” provides students the important opportunity to make up all missed work and tests next week.  For those families who choose to attend Friday’s celebratory parade that will travel through Fulton and Cobb Counties, we hope you have a safe and memorable experience and we’ll see you back in class on Monday!

CCSD Reminder: Student Holiday Nov. 2 Nov 2 Student Holiday Reminder

CCSD Reminder: Tuesday, Nov. 2, is a student holiday for Election Day as a safety precaution due to the use of many schools as polling sites.  It is not a Digital Learning Day.  It is a Professional Learning Day, with teachers and staff attending training sessions focused on improving instruction and support services in areas including reading, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), history, Career Pathways, Special Education and Gifted education.  

CCSD High School Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists CCSD Classof 2022 National Merit Semifinalists 9 15 21

Seven Cherokee County School District high school seniors today were named 2022 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists!

They are: of Creekview HS, Justin Bolsen, Callahan “Cal” Pace and Benjamin “Ben” Webster V; of River Ridge HS, Rachel G. Kim; of Sequoyah HS, Riley Hartman and Wesley Lanter; and of Woodstock HS, Leo Blatnik.  Less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors earn the title of National Merit Semifinalist. 

CCSD Police Department Earns State Recognition CCSD School Police Department 2021-22

The Cherokee County School District Police Department has earned State recognition!

The Department was notified this month that its status as a Certified Agency, first achieved in 2006, has been renewed by the Joint Review Committee of the State of Georgia Law Enforcement Certification Program.  

Join the #CCSDfam as a School Bus Driver!  job ad CCSD school bus driver 8 10 21

The Cherokee County School District is seeking school bus drivers! These positions offer excellent benefits (full-time benefits for part-time work, with at least four hours of pay per day guaranteed), a great work calendar and schedule, and a wonderful work environment and team. A Georgia Class B CDL Driver’s License with School Bus & Passenger endorsements is required; CCSD provides drivers with specialized training. Job details are posted at

CCSD Message: CCSD Use of ParentSquare ps logo image

CCSD this school year will begin using the ParentSquare messaging system for Principal communications. 

This system will be used by Principals to send messages for their school, such as newsletters, updates and reminders, to all parents.  Principals also will use this system to notify parents if there has been a positive COVID-19 case in their child’s class and to monitor for symptoms.  ParentSquare also will be used, beginning in mid-August, to send the weekly progress reports for attendance and grades to all parents.

Region’s One-Act Play Competition Region’s One-Act Play

Congratulations to SHS Drama for taking Runner-up in the Region’s One-Act Play Competition this past Saturday!

Congratulations also go to following individuals:

  • region’s best actress:  Claire Clemons
  • region’s best actor: Aidan Nemec
  • Region all-star cast winners:  Teagan Durham and Alex Gilliam

Come see both the award winning play, Fortress, along with Miss Havisham’s Expectations, in SHS’s A Night of One-Acts.  Performances are: Wednesday-Saturday, November 4-6 at 7 p.m.  Tickets available online. 

Facts About the Nov. 2 Education SPLOST Renewal CCSD Ed SPLOST Factsheet 2021

Cherokee County’s 1-percent Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (Ed SPLOST) is up for a renewal on the Nov. 2 General Election ballot, with early voting underway now.  This post is design to provide the community with accurate information about the continuation of the existing penny sales tax.  More information about the Ed SPLOST is on our website at  

SHS Student Center Now Open Student  Center

We are super excited to announce that our “Student Center” is now up and running during all four lunches periods! 

While there is administrative and counselor oversight of the center, the goal is for the center to truly be student-centered and student-led.  Each lunch period has two Student Supervisors who are responsible for recruiting and assigning student tutors, overseeing tutoring requests, and communicating with those students requesting peer tutors.

All peer tutors earn community services hours for their time spent tutoring.  If you have students who would like to be a tutor, please encourage them to swing by the Student Center during their lunch period and speak to the Student Supervisor on duty.

Thank you so much for supporting our students in this new adventure!  The hope is that all students will benefit from these opportunities!


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Board Business Briefs: School Board Reviews Ed SPLOST Projects School Board Meeting 1 10 21 21

The Cherokee County School Board at its Thursday, Oct. 21 work session, reviewed projects proposed for the Education Special Purpose Location Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) renewal up for a vote on Nov. 2, with Early Voting now underway.

CCSD Graduation Rate Hits New High CCSD Class of 2021 Graduation Rate 10 21 21

The Cherokee County School District’s graduation rate has hit a new high, with 90.82% of the Class of 2021 earning a diploma within four years of entering high school!  

Bus Driver Appreciation Celebrated with Drive-Through Event bus driver appreciation

CCSD recognized its school bus drivers on Tuesday morning with a drive-through breakfast and gifts.  

CCSD Announces Annual Child Find Efforts Child find logo

The Cherokee County School District participates in the statewide Child Find program to help identify students eligible for Special Education services.

CCSD Hosts Awareness Games for Special Athletes oath

Hundreds of athletes, peer helpers, CCSD staff and community volunteers participated in the annual CCSD Awareness Games on Friday, October 15, at River Ridge HS.

Public Auction for School District Surplus Property November 13 auction ad

Going once, going twice..... sold! 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. 13, at the CCSD Central Warehouse (201 Mountain Brook Court, Canton, 30115). The sale preview starts at 8:00 a.m.

CCSD Class of 2021 Increases ACT Averages and Tops Nation, State CCSD 2021 ACT graphic

The Cherokee County School District Class of 2021 increased average ACT scores and exceeded National and State scores!
The Class scored an outstanding 23.2 average, increasing from 22.6 in 2020, and topping Georgia’s 22.6 and the Nation’s 20.3 averages on the competitive college entrance and placement examination.  The scores ranked CCSD in the top 10% in the State.  Students earn a score on a scale of 1 to 36.  The average CCSD scores by subject on the ACT used to calculate the overall composite average are: English, 22.4; Math, 22.8; Reading, 23.9; Science, 23.3.

Meet a CCSD 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Erin Krantz of Sequoyah HS! SHS SSOTY 21

We greatly value the outstanding support staff in our schools and central office divisions, which is why we recognize them here.  Please join us in congratulating the 2021 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Sequoyah HS: Erin Krantz! #CCSDfam