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CCSD Earns International Recognition for Excellence in Education CCSD_Identity_horizontal_CMYK

The Cherokee County School District has earned international recognition for excellence in education!

The district is one of only 38 school districts in the world to today be named a 2022 Cognia School System of Distinction by the international accreditation organization.

CCSD Connections Parent Newsletter September Edition Now Online image CCSD Connections parent newsletter September 2022

The September edition of the CCSD Connections parent newsletter now is online at https://bit.ly/CCSDconnections with the latest CCSD news, including the announcement of an Oct. 12 Digital Learning Day for high school students not taking the PSAT or SAT at school that day.  

Meet a 2022 School Teacher of the Year: Paige Chandler of Johnston ES! Johnston- Paige Chandler

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 2022 Johnston Elementary School Teacher of the Year Paige Chandler!

Johnston Elementary School Teacher of the Year Paige Chandler teaches in the “heart” of the school: the media center.

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Michelle Helvey of Boston ES! Boston SSOTY 22

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 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Boston ES: Michelle Helvey! #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2022 Volunteer of the Year: Ann Farmer of Carmel ES! Carmel VOTY 22

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Carmel Elementary School 2022 Volunteer of the Year: Ann Farmer! #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD 2022 School Partner of the Year: Allegro Business Products of L.R. Tippens Education Center! TEC POTY 22

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to L.R. Tippens Education Center 2022 Partner of the Year: Allegro Business Products!

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! #CCSDPartnersInAction #CCSDfam

Meet a 2022 School Teacher of the Year: Tara Costello of Indian Knoll ES! Indian Knoll- Tara Costello

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 2022 Indian Knoll Elementary School Teacher of the Year Tara Costello!

As a child, Indian Knoll Elementary School Teacher of the Year Tara Costello’s extended family experienced many challenging times.

Board Business Briefs: Annual School Improvement Plans Approved

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday approved the annual school improvement plans for all CCSD schools.

As part of the district’s plan to continuously improve schools, every school is required to prepare an improvement plan for each new school year.  

Every school is required, as part of its plan, to establish two three-year specific measurable goals to improve student achievement.  The plan must include research-based strategies addressing student learning at all learning levels, teacher professional development plans, timelines for student learning intervention strategies and explain how student learning progression will be monitored and measured.

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Donna Mele of Ball Ground ES STEM Academy! BGES SSOTY 22

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 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Ball Ground ES STEM Academy: Donna Mele! #CCSDfam

CCSD Pathway Profiles: Engineering Drafting and Design and Architectural Drafting and Design CCSD Pathway Profiles: Engineering Drafting and Design and Architectural Drafting and Design

The Cherokee County School District offers 38 Career Pathway high school programs, which provide students with a wide selection of job exploration and preparation electives.  Through CCSD Pathway Profiles, we’ll regularly share highlights with you from one of these programs.  This week’s profile focuses on Engineering Drafting and Design and Architectural Drafting and Design, which is offered at Sequoyah High School and Etowah High School.

CCSD High School Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists 2023 National Merit Semifinalists 9 14 22

Five Cherokee County School District high school seniors today were named 2023 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists!

They are: of Cherokee HS, Griffen C. Bon and Braden R. Flournoy; of Creekview HS, Kylie A. Buchanan; of Etowah HS, Ty S. Phillips; and of Sequoyah HS, Paige L. Falcomata.  Less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors earn National Merit Semifinalist recognition. 

Meet a CCSD 2022 Volunteer of the Year: Melissa Owens of Knox ES STEM Academy! KES VOTY 22

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Knox ES STEM Academy 2022 Volunteer of the Year: Melissa Owens! #CCSDfam

Meet the Police Officer: Patty Garcia of Dean Rusk MS! Meet the Police Officer - Garcia - DRMS 9 14 22

The Cherokee County School District’s Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting our students and staff every day. We’re thankful for their service and will regularly introduce you to our officers through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam #SafeCherokee

Meet a CCSD 2022 School Partner of the Year: Rotary Club of Woodstock of Oak Grove ES STEAM Academy! oges poty 22

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Oak Grove ES STEAM Academy 2022 Partner of the Year: Rotary Club of Woodstock!

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! #CCSDPartnersInAction #CCSDfam

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Lia Bobo of Dean Rusk MS! MTT_Dean Rusk MS (Bobo) 9 12 22

We’re proud of our CCSD family’s dedicated teachers … and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam

Meet a CCSD Homegrown Hero - Dr. Richard Carnes! HGH RC

Some of our most extraordinary students are now some of our most extraordinary employees! Here, we will regularly celebrate CCSD alums who are now CCSD employees … meet a Homegrown Hero! #CCSDfam

Meet a 2022 School Teacher of the Year: Karen Schnell of Holly Springs ES STEM Academy! Holly Springs- Karen Schnell

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 2022 Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy Teacher of the Year Karen Schnell!

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: David Ammons of CCSD's Department of Transporation! Trans SSOTY 22

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 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year for CCSD’s Department of Transportation: David Ammons! #CCSDfam 

CCSD Pathway Profiles - Law Enforcement Services and Forensic Science Pathway Profiles - Law Enforcement Services and Forensic Science

The Cherokee County School District offers 38 Career Pathway high school programs, which provide students with a wide selection of job exploration and preparation electives.  Through CCSD Pathway Profiles, we’ll regularly share highlights with you from one of these programs.  This week’s profile focuses on the Law Enforcement Services and Forensic Science program, which is offered at Cherokee HS, Creekview HS and River Ridge HS.

Meet a CCSD 2022 Volunteer of the Year: Robert Moore of Creekland MS! CMS VOTY 22

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Creekland Middle School 2022 Volunteer of the Year: Robert Moore! #CCSDfam

Meet the Police Officer: Christopher Shaw of Cherokee HS! Meet the Police Officer - Shaw - CHS 9 7 22

The Cherokee County School District’s Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting our students and staff every day. We’re thankful for their service and will regularly introduce you to our officers through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam #SafeCherokee

Microsoft Recognizes 36 CCSD Educators as Instructional Technology Experts MIE Expert logo

Microsoft Education has recognized 36 Cherokee County School District teachers and staff as among the nation’s top instructional technology experts!

They have been named to the 2022-23 class of Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts (MIEE).  The technology company selected only 830 educators, support staff and school and school district leaders nationwide, considered among the best at understanding how technology can improve learning, for this elite recognition. 

Meet a CCSD 2022 School Partner of the Year: Guthrie's of Liberty Elementary School! LES POTY 22

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Liberty Elementary School 2022 Partner of the Year: Guthrie’s!

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! #CCSDPartnersInAction #CCSDfam

#CCSDPartnersInAction - Laurel Canyon Optimist Club PIA Clayton LCOC

We appreciate the support of our partners and the difference they are making in our schools! 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! #CCSDPartnersInAction #CCSDFam

Meet a 2022 School Teacher of the Year: Gina Haggerty of Hickory Flat ES! Hickory Flat- Gina Haggerty

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 2022 Hickory Flat Elementary School Teacher of the Year Gina Haggerty!

Hickory Flat Elementary School Teacher of the Year Gina Haggerty teaches fourth-graders English language arts, social studies … and community.

CCSD Celebrates New Class of AP Capstone Graduates AP Capstone Diploma logo

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating its latest class of AP Capstone program graduates, including the first cohort from Sequoyah High School!  

AP Capstone is a two-year project-based learning program designed to help students develop critical thinking, research, collaboration, and presentation skills that are crucial to academic success.  The elite program, which was developed by The College Board in partnership with colleges and universities, is offered in select high schools nationwide, with Etowah High School graduating its first class in 2019 and Sequoyah High School graduating its first class in 2022.  River Ridge High School will be eligible to graduate its first class in 2023, and Woodstock High School started the program this school year.  

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Christine Ruff of Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy! HES SSOTY 22

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 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy: Christine Ruff! #CCSDfam

CCSD Pathway Profiles: Health Science - Diagnostics/Clinical Lab CCSD Pathway Profile - Health Science Diagnostics Clinical Lab 2022

The Cherokee County School District offers 38 Career Pathway high school programs, which provide students with a wide selection of job exploration and preparation electives.  Through CCSD Pathway Profiles, we’ll regularly share highlights with you from one of these programs.  This week’s profile focuses on the Health Science: Diagnostics/Clinical Lab program offered at River Ridge High School, which is one of five different Healthcare Science Career Pathway programs available in CCSD schools. 

CCSD Earns Second Consecutive National Recognition for Excellence in Financial Reporting CCSD Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting 9 1 22

The Cherokee County School District has earned national recognition for the second consecutive year for excellence in financial reporting!

CCSD’s Office of Financial Management this week received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Financial Officers Association for its Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report.  

Meet a CCSD 2022 Volunteer of the Year: Theresa Spivey of Freedom MS! FMS VOTY 22

Volunteers make a positive difference in our schools, which is why we spotlight them here ... congratulations to Freedom Middle School 2022 Volunteer of the Year: Theresa Spivey! #CCSDfam

Meet the Police Officer: Samira Rezagholizadeh of Mill Creek MS! Meet the Police Officer - Rezagholizadeh - MCMS 8 31 22

The Cherokee County School District’s Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting our students and staff every day. We’re thankful for their service and will regularly introduce you to our officers through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam #SafeCherokee

CCSD Student Graduates from Air Force JROTC Flight Academy lexi ly photo

A Cherokee County School District student is taking flight after graduating from an elite program!

Cherokee High School senior and Air Force JROTC Cadet Col. Lexi Ly completed the AFJROTC Flight Academy with “flying colors,” according to instructors. 

CCSD School Nutrition Announces Annual Parent Recipe Contest CCSD Parent Recipe Contest Logo 2022

The Cherokee County School District’s School Nutrition department is searching for the best kid-friendly spinach recipes!

The fourth annual CCSD School Nutrition Parent Recipe Contest in celebration of National Farm to School Month offers parents the opportunity to earn a $100 Visa gift card sponsored by Credit Union of Georgia and see their recipe featured on school lunch menus.  This year’s featured vegetable, which is selected annually by Georgia Organics, is spinach, and the contest theme is “Are you ‘Spinach to Win It?!’”

Meet a CCSD 2022 School Partner of the Year: Menchie's Frozen Yogurt of Creekview High School! CVHS POTY 22

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Creekview High School 2022 Partner of the Year: Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Riverstone!

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! #CCSDPartnersInAction #CCSDfam

Meet the CCSD Teacher: Shelley Anderson of Creekland MS! MTT_Creekland MS (Anderson) 8 29 22

We’re proud of our CCSD family’s dedicated teachers … and every week, you’ll get to know one of them better through a Q&A posted here. #CCSDfam

Meet a #CCSDNotable - Drew Waters! Notable Waters

We are proud of our CCSD alums and the great things they are accomplishing! We will be sharing some of our #CCSDNotables with you throughout the year. #CCSDfam

Meet a 2022 School Teacher of the Year: Allison Hawkins of Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy! Hasty ES- Allison Hawkins

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 2022 Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy Teacher of the Year Allison Hawkins!

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Nikki Quinn of Tippens Education Center! TEC SSOTY 22

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 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Tippens Education Center: Nikki Quinn! #CCSDfam

CCSD Pathway Profiles: Construction and Carpentry 2022 CCSD Pathway Profile - Construction and Carpentry

The Cherokee County School District offers 38 Career Pathway high school programs, which provide students with a wide selection of job exploration and preparation electives.  Through CCSD Pathway Profiles, we’ll regularly share highlights with you from one of these programs.  This week’s profile focuses on the Construction and Carpentry program, which is offered at Etowah and Cherokee High Schools:

Drab to Fab: Little River ES Unveils Tech Lab Makeover lab reveal

Little River ES unveiled its technology lab makeover this week, giving PTA officers and a few students a sneak peek at the colorful new room with work stations, new furniture and fun features like LED light strips and gaming themes. 

Meet a CCSD 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year: Lori Duffy of Teasley Middle School! TMS SSOTY 22

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 2022 Support Staff Employee of the Year for Teasley Middle School: Lori Duffy! #CCSDfam

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