CCSD School Choice Options Open February 1 for 2017-18

CCSD School Choice Options Open February 1 for 2017-18

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The window for school reassignment/transfer requests for the 2017-18 school year opens Wednesday, February 1 and continues through March 1.  Sixteen CCSD schools are “open” (meaning classroom space is available to accommodate students from outside the attendance zone) for requests.  Information and application forms are accessible here

The enrollment window for CCSD’s STEM and Fine Arts Academies will be open from March 15 to March 31.  Additional information on that process will be posted closer to the opening date.  CCSD STEM Academies include Ball Ground, Canton, Clark Creek and Holly Springs Elementary Schools; CCSD Fine Arts Academies include Hasty and Oak Grove Elementary Schools. More information on these programs can be found here.

Information about all CCSD school choice initiatives is shared in this document, CHOICES, at this link:  http://cherokeek12.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/CHOICES-2017-1.pdf


Super Spellers Advance to District Bee

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Little River Elementary School fifth-grader Sharon Pradeep correctly spelled “tortini” and then “chalupa” to win the Cherokee County School District Spelling Bee Thursday night at Cherokee High School.  Thirty-one Cherokee County students put their spelling skills to the test in the Cherokee County Association of Educators’ annual competition.  Freedom Middle School sixth-grader Braden Flournoy won second place, and Woodstock Middle School sixth-grader Lydia Lord came in third.  All three students will compete in the GAE District Spelling Bee on February 25th in Cobb County.

Each elementary and middle school sent its school-level winner to the Cherokee County Spelling Bee in hopes of taking home the title and a chance to advance to the district competition.  Students in grades 4-8 are eligible for the competition.  The group of spellers went through 12 rounds of words before a champion was declared in the event.  More than 115 words were attempted during the competition, including tricky terms like “graffiti,” obsequious,” “argentine” and “eponym.”

The event is sponsored each year by Cherokee County Association of Educators and the Georgia Association of Educators.  Jane Bates welcomed the audience and spellers on behalf of GAE; Dr. John Poidevant served as caller of the words; Kathryn Smithyman and Riva Newton were spotters (assisting speller advocates in the event of a question); and Nancy Mohn, Peta Murray and Susan Newman served as judges.

School Spelling Bee winners who participated in the county bee:

Arnold Mill ES               Brianna Burke

Avery ES                        Aiden Newman

Ball Ground ES              Bailey Hamilton

Bascomb ES                   Nickolas Woodall

Boston ES                      Jack Kennard

Canton ES                      Zach Prien

Carmel ES                      Ian Walstead

Clark Creek ES              Anvita Rautray

Clayton ES                     Evan Cato

Creekland MS               Victoria Momeh

Dean Rusk MS              Cristen Johnson

E.T. Booth MS               Caidan Landry

Free Home ES               Laura Hand

Freedom MS                 Braden Flournoy

Hasty ES                         Joshua Albright

Hickory Flat ES             Rylie Gramling

Holly Springs ES           Desiray Nared

Indian Knoll ES              Aidan Christian

Johnston ES                  Camryn DiSciullo

Knox ES                          Rylan Richardson

Liberty ES                      Madison Swann

Little River ES               Sharon Pradeep

Macedonia ES               Jack Burns

Mill Creek MS               Zander Burden

Mountain Road ES       Ayari Lopez

Oak Grove ES               Mandy Wood

R.M. Moore ES             Bella Stills

Sixes ES                          Taylor King

Teasley MS                    Adriana Collins

Woodstock ES              Evan Darden

Woodstock MS             Lydia Lord

 


Congratulations to CCSD’s Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the Cherokee County School District’s 2017 Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl competition!

The first- and second-place teams will proceed to the regional level of literary competition on Feb. 4, 2017 in Gainesville on their quest to earn the State title.

Arnold Mill Elementary School won the elementary school bowl, with Macedonia Elementary School placing second.

Freedom Middle School placed first in the middle school competition, and Mill Creek Middle School earned second.

Creekview High School won the high school showdown, and Etowah High School came in second.

Celebrating their success are Arnold Mill ES team members, from left to right, front row: Ramses Rivas, Dellaina McCarty, Jack Cavender, Michael Wells, Charlie Tyson; second row: Deliah Stanley, Kathryn Lamboley; back row: Coaches Jane Morris, Jacquie Zaski and Assistant Principal Dr. Christy Bowling.

 

Celebrating their success are Freedom MS team members: Haley Cook, Kaylan Effner, Braden Flournoy, Ashley Lyen, Parker Kuczmanski, Maddie Schaeffer, Celan Trowers, Michelle Voyles, Rylan Waters and Milan Yadav.  Coaches are teachers Allison Cook and Amber Effner.

Showing off their first-place awards are Creekview HS team members, from left to right, Gillian Brown, Grace Godwin, Emily McGhee, Tori Padgett, Kelsey Henson, Megan Halverson, Alex Kaye, Caitlin Canfield, Hannah Oliver and Alyssa Auten; and coaches media specialist Anne Thiers, far left, and teacher Liana Howard, far right.  Not pictured: Caitlyn Bergey, Thomas Roberts and Anika Duff.


Woodstock HS Assistant Principal Inducted into Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame & Named Region’s Athletic Director of the Year!

Woodstock High School Assistant Principal Tonya Sebring has been inducted into the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame and named the Region 4-AAAAAAA Athletic Director of the Year!

Election to the Hall of Fame is considered one of the most prestigious recognitions awarded to high school and college softball and baseball coaches in the State.  This year’s inductees were recognized by the organization, the official statewide organization for softball and baseball coaches, earlier this month.  She will be honored as a Region Athletic Director of the Year at the annual Georgia Athletic Director’s Association conference in Savannah, March 24-27.

Tonya Sebring

Assistant Principal Sebring, who also serves as the school’s Athletic Director, as a player, was the first fast-pitch recruit for Kennesaw State University and a member of its inaugural fast-pitch team.  She was inducted into the 2006 KSU Circle of Honor in recognition of her leadership in the sport.

She went on to coach at Woodstock High School from the school’s inception in 1996 until 2007.  Under her leadership, Woodstock’s team won three Region titles, State runner-up in 2005 and the State 5A Championship in 2006.  Coach Sebring was named Georgia’s High School 5A Coach of the Year in 2006.

In 2008, Coach Sebring took over the Etowah High School softball program.  In her second season, she led the Lady Eagles to their first Region Championship in the history of the school’s fast-pitch program.  During her four-year tenure at Etowah HS, she led her team three times to the State playoffs, advancing to the Sweet 16 her final season.

During her coaching career, Coach Sebring served for eight years as the State Softball Chair for the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association.  In 2012, Coach Sebring stepped down from coaching and entered into high school administration.

Assistant Principal Sebring will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the Feb. 2, 2017 School Board meeting.


Etowah HS Senior Earns Perfect ACT Score

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Etowah High School senior Nathan Baker has achieved a perfect score on the ACT!

Nathan Baker

Nathan earned the top composite score of 36 on a recent administration of the college entrance and placement test.

Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score.  Only 2,235 out of the nearly 2.1 million students who took the exam in 2016 earned a score of 36, according to ACT.

“[This] achievement on the ACT is significant and rare,” ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda said.

The ACT includes English, mathematics, reading and science sections; each section is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four.  Some students also take ACT’s optional Writing Test, but that score is reported separately and is not included within the composite.

ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges.  Exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead, according to ACT.

Nathan will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the School Board Meeting on Feb. 2, 2017.


School Board Welcomes Chair, 2 Board Members for New Terms; Purchases Land for School Site

School Board Chair Kyla Cromer is sworn into office on Thursday, Jan. 19, for a four-year term by Cherokee County Probate Court Judge Keith Wood, as her husband, Randy, and daughter, Mallory, look on.

School Board Member Patsy Jordan listens as Cherokee County Probate Court Judge Keith Wood administers her oath for another four-year term. Holding their father’s Bible for the ceremony is her sister, Shelley.

School Board Member Kelly Poole signs official documents after being sworn into office for a four-year term by Cherokee County Probate Court Judge Keith Wood.

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Jan. 19, welcomed Chair Kyla Cromer and members Patsy Jordan and Kelly Poole back for another four-year term, and purchased land for a future school site in northeast Cherokee.

The three Board Members were sworn in at the start of the meeting by Cherokee County Probate Court Judge Keith Wood; all three were elected in the November General Election without opposition.  Following the ceremonies, the Board selected Board Member Mike Chapman as its Vice Chair for the year.

The Board unanimously approved the purchase of 40 acres of property, for $13,000 an acre, at Flatbottom Road and Highway 372 near Ball Ground adjacent to existing CCSD holdings.  The site will expand CCSD’s holdings in northeast Cherokee and allow for future construction of multiple schools, such as a middle and high school, on one campus.

“While construction of these schools is not in our current Five-Year Facilities Plan, we expect residential development will quickly occur as the area’s infrastructure improves, and this purchase better positions us to prepare and respond,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said, noting CCSD similarly acquired property on Owens Store Road ahead of the growth in east Cherokee, and now that site is home to Creekland MS and Creekview HS.

The Board also unanimously approved a resolution requesting the Cherokee County Legislative Delegation pass local legislation increasing Board Chair compensation from $600 per month to $1,200 per month and increasing Board Member compensation from $600 per month to $1,000 per month.  The increase is the first since 2002 and takes into account the 2012 State legislation that created a countywide Board Chair and larger Board Member posts.

Cherokee County Council of PTA President Kathy Strom presented a letter, on behalf of her executive board and all school PTA Presidents, in support of the increase.

“Their compensation rates have not been adjusted in many years; and though they will never be appropriately compensated for the hours of travel and time they put into their roles, it certainly should not be a position that ends up costing them money to serve,” she said.  “Help us make this a school district that has competitive compensation to get the best to stay here with us.”

Board Members thanked the PTA for its support of their service.

“It’s not why we’re here,” Board Member John Harmon said of being thanked.  “But every now and again, it feels good when someone stands behind you.”

The Board heard the first or two readings to adopt an amended School Board Policy regarding student records, and learned of a related planned pilot project.  Dr. Hightower said he has authorized plans to pilot the installation of security cameras in several classrooms serving CCSD’s most challenged Special Education students to further enhance record-keeping, safety and security.

“We want to enhance security both for our students and our staff,” he said.  “We have an outstanding reputation for Special Education programs, and we work collaboratively with parents and teachers to ensure these children receive the highest-quality education and care possible.  This pilot is another way for us to focus on continuous improvement.”

The School Board also:

  • Recognized CCSD for fourth consecutive appearance on Annual AP (Advance Placement) District Honor Roll;
  • Recognized five CCSD Schools as National Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified Schools and nine CCSD Educators as National Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified Educators;
  • Recognized Cherokee HS senior Julia Kochansky, Creekview HS senior Kelly Hart and River Ridge HS senior Anabelle Paulino as National Hispanic Scholars;
  • Recognized CCSD staff for winning a record 15 Georgia School Public Relations Association (GSPRA) Publication Awards;
  • Recognized CCSD bus driver Brianna McNeese for life-saving actions by swiftly and successfully administering the Heimlich maneuver to a choking student;
  • Approved the renewal of the Partnership Agreement with the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners;
  • Adopted the Georgia Education Coalition 2017 Legislative Priorities;
  • Approved monthly financial and Education SPLOST reports;
  • Approved out-of-state travel;
  • Approved out-of-state and overnight student field trips;
  • Approved the monthly capital outlay projects report;
  • Approved monthly personnel recommendations including the retirements of several CCSD administrators and Principals; and,
  • Met in Executive Session for the Superintendent’s annual evaluation and to discuss a real estate matter, but took no action upon returning to open session.

Next meeting: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017

Additional photos from School Board meeting, including photos of recognitions:


CCSD Honored with 15 State Awards for Public Relations

The Cherokee County School District won 15 awards from the Georgia School Public Relations Association (GSPRA), as announced at the GSPRA 2016 Annual Conference on Dec. 6, 2016 in Augusta, a record total and including a “Best in State” top honor!

The Annual Publications, Photography & Electronic Media Contest recognizes outstanding work produced by Georgia schools, school systems, post-secondary institutions, educational agencies or education-related associations.

“Communication is necessary for a successful School District, and we’re so pleased to be recognized at this level for what we do day in and day out to keep students, parents, staff and the community at large informed,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “The past year was very significant for communications for us, with our rebranding campaign, the launch of our new website, our first marketing campaigns and the expansion of internal newsletters among other initiatives.  We appreciate the kudos from our State’s school public relations professional organization and will continue working daily toward improving our communications.”

The awards won by CCSD are coordinated and facilitated by the Division of Public Information, Communication and Partnerships and represent collaboration between and among multiple departments:

Best in Category, Image/Identity Package

Gold Award, Image/Identity Package

  • Dr. Brian V. Hightower, Superintendent of Schools
  • Bobby Blount, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Barbara Jacoby, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning
  • Carrie McGowan, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning

Gold Award, Internet Website (www.CherokeeK12.net)

  • Bobby Blount, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Tim Feltner, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Susan Campbell, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Barbara Jacoby, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning
  • Carrie McGowan, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning

Gold Award, Marketing Campaign (#WeAreCCSDTeachers) Here’s a link to the video included in the campaign.

  • Barbara Jacoby, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning

Gold Award, Newsletter: Connection Points

  • Bobby Blount, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Tim Feltner, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Debbie Childress, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Robby Carmichael, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Esther Brenneman, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Derek Brock, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Christina Clayton, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Chris Saxon, Division of Technology and Information Services

Gold Awards (3 Awards), Photography (“Let Me Win”; “Welcome Home”; AGUA Aquaponics Lab)

  • Carrie McGowan, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning

Silver Awards (2 Awards), Excellence in Writing (Teacher of the Year profiles; “You Are a Superhero”)

  • Barbara Jacoby, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning

Silver Award, Newsletter: Accolades

  • Carrie McGowan, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning

Silver Award, Newsletter: District Delegate

  • Penny Dempsey, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning

Silver Award, Social Media

  • Barbara Jacoby, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning
  • Carrie McGowan, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning
  • Penny Dempsey, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning

Silver Award, Special Purpose Publication: Financial Facts

  • Carrie McGowan, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning

Silver Award, Special Purpose Publication: Ready to Learn

  • Carrie McGowan, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning

A special award also was presented to one of CCSD’s parent leaders: Lisa-Marie Haygood of Cherokee County, President of Georgia PTA, who received the 2016 Outstanding Leadership in School-Community Relations Award.  The award, which is not necessarily presented annually, is the highest honor the Association awards to a non-public relations professional.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower and School Board Chair Kyla Cromer, left, congratulate Lisa-Marie Haygood of Cherokee County, President of Georgia PTA, who won GSPRA’s 2016 Outstanding Leadership in School-Community Relations Award.

Ms. Haygood has long been one of CCSD’s most vocal cheerleaders for public  schools. Starting from her days as room mom for her daughter’s kindergarten class, and rising through the ranks of the Cherokee County PTA and then District-level PTA, she always has been a go-to parent for advocating on behalf of children and the public schools they attend.  She took her advocacy efforts to the next level when she became President of the Georgia PTA last year and led the successful advocacy effort to defeat the Amendment One plan for Stake-takeover of public schools.

The award-winning staff members and Ms. Haygood will be recognized by the Superintendent of Schools and the School Board at the Jan. 19 meeting of the School Board.

“Let Me Win,” a photo from CCSD Special Olympics Awareness Games of CCSD Special Education Supervisor Sheryl Gould and Matthew Taylor, won a Gold Award in the GSPRA contest.

 

This photo of Canton ES STEM Academy student Alexis Reed working in the school’s AGUA Aquaponics Lab won a Gold Award in the GSPRA contest.

“Welcome Home,” a photo of U.S. Army Staff Sergeant E-6 Lyle Judson hugs sons, Ryan, and Dominic, in a surprise reunion at Indian Knoll ES upon his return from a deployment in Africa, won a Gold Award in the GSPRA contest.

 


CCSD 2017-18 Kindergarten/First Grade Registration Set for March 23 & 24

The Cherokee County School District has set the dates for 2017-18 registration for kindergarten and first-grade students who are entering school for the first time.

Registration will be held at all CCSD elementary schools 3:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 23, 2017 and 9 a.m. to Noon Friday, March 24, 2017.

Flier: CCSD Registration for 2017-18 Kindergarten and First Grade Set for March 23 – 24

Spanish translation: CCSD Registration for 2017-18 Kindergarten and First Grade Set for March 23 – 24 – SPANISH

Want to learn more about CCSD’s outstanding kindergarten program? Read the new edition of CCSD’s “Ready to Learn” brochure.

For information regarding documents needed for registration, please see the Student Enrollment section on the Forms page.

Children must be 5 years old on or before September 1 in order to be eligible for kindergarten, and 6 years old on or before September 1 to be eligible for first grade, according to Georgia law.  If your child does not meet these criteria, you might check with the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) for information on 4-year-old programs.

Additionally, the School Board’s Admission/Enrollment Policy may be viewed in the CCSD Online Policy Manual .

 


CCSD Makes AP Honor Roll for Fourth Consecutive Year as Students Continued to Exceed National Average

Cherokee County School District high school students not only continue to beat State and National averages on college-level Advance Placement (AP) exams, but CCSD also has earned national recognition for its AP achievement for the fourth consecutive year!

The School District is one of only 10 school districts in Georgia named to the College Board’s elite AP Honor Roll for 2016, and this was CCSD’s fourth consecutive year to earn the prestigious distinction.  With a passage rate of 70% among the 4,784 tests administered in the spring of 2016, CCSD exceeds the State average of 58% and the National average of 57%.

“Preparing students for college and career is our primary mission, and this recognition affirms that we’re delivering on that promise,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “I’m especially pleased to see both the number of courses offered and the number of students participating increase, as research shows the significant positive impact this rigor has on students’ future success.”

The AP program has grown significantly in CCSD, with AP courses and exams currently offered in 30 subjects… up from 26 last year.  The number of exams taken by CCSD students increased by 16% from 2015, and has risen by more than 80% in the last five years.

The AP Program allows high school students who score a 3, 4 or 5 on an AP exam to earn college credit in high school and, subsequently, to exempt those courses in college.  Studies show that students who participate in AP courses are more likely to earn higher scores on the SAT and ACT and to complete their college education…. AP exams were administered to 22% of all CCSD high school students in 2016. Passage of AP exams places students at an academic and financial advantage, studies show, as they can both begin classes in their major sooner and avoid tuition costs for exempted courses.

Selection for the 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data (from 2014 to 2016).  To qualify for the elite list, school districts must:

  • Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts;
  • Increase or maintain the percentage of exams passed by black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and
  • Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2016 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2014 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.

All of CCSD’s high schools additionally have been named Georgia AP STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) or AP STEM Achievement High Schools in recognition of outstanding student passage and participation levels and the variety of course offerings.

Principals annually review these scores with teachers, department heads and Data Management Teams to evaluate improvement strategies, including use of College Board preparatory materials and sharing best practices among teachers.

“Continuous improvement is more than a catch-phrase for us — it’s what we do, and new initiatives like our Instructional Framework standards for teaching and assessment will only further enhance our ability to build on successes like this,” Dr. Hightower said.  “I’m so proud of the team effort that makes such achievements possible, from the students and teachers in the classroom to the vast support network of staff, volunteers, partners and parents.  Congratulations to you all!”


Four CCSD Schools Honored by Gov. Deal for Outstanding Academic Performance

Four Cherokee County School District schools have been honored by Gov. Nathan Deal for outstanding academic performance!

E.T. Booth Middle, Woodstock Middle and Sequoyah High all have received Silver Awards for “Greatest Gains,” while Bascomb Elementary received a Bronze Award for “Highest Performing.”

“I congratulate all of the students, teachers and administrators in Georgia’s award-winning schools who worked tirelessly toward these accomplishments,” Gov. Deal said.  “The bright minds of Georgia’s students are the state’s most precious resource and I commend the schools that are exceeding expectations in preparing their students for future success.”

To earn “Greatest Gains” awards, schools must earn a three-year average CCRPI (College and Career Ready Performance Index) Progress Score that ranks in at least the 93rd percentile.  Only 139 schools in the State received a “Greatest Gains” award.

To earn “Highest Performing” awards, schools must earn a three-year average CCRPI Achievement Score in at least the 93rd percentile.  Only 130 schools in the State received a “Greatest Gains” award.

Winners receive a certificate to display at their school.  Sequoyah High and Woodstock Middle also were recognized last school year.

“We’re very proud of this accomplishment,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “These honors are the result of hard work happening in our schools on a daily basis.  These four schools, like many throughout our School District, are making continuous, significant gains in academic achievement, and the students, teachers and staff, parents and partners deserve a huge congratulations.”