Eight CCSD High School Seniors Named 2017 Georgia Scholars!

Eight CCSD High School Seniors Named 2017 Georgia Scholars!

Photos of CCSD 2017 Georgia Scholars

Eight Cherokee County School District high school seniors have been named 2017 Georgia Scholars!

Through the Georgia Scholar program, the Georgia Department of Education identifies and honors high school seniors who have achieved excellence in all phases of school and community life including carrying “exemplary course loads” and excelling in all courses, successfully participating in inter-scholastic and extra-curricular activities. Only 183 graduating seniors from schools across Georgia will receive the honor, which includes a seal for his or her diploma.

The CCSD honorees are: from Creekview HS, Austin Griffin, Michelle McCord, Austin Miles, Jack Pace and Haleigh Streak; from River Ridge HS, Cecelia Fornuto; from Sequoyah HS, Daniel Gordon; and from Woodstock HS, Abbey Barrett.

“I offer my sincere congratulations to each of our 2017 Georgia Scholars,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “These students have exemplary academic performance but they’ve also gained soft skills by taking on leadership roles within their schools and communities. I am confident we will hear great things about their accomplishments in the near future.”


Avery ES Wins CCSD Elementary School Academic Bowl!

Avery ES team members and coaches celebrating their first-place victory are, from left to right, front row: Cameron Thrower, Dakota Youngblood, Tatum Carmichael, Christina Warren, Adriana Palmer; back row: Coach Ruth Knott, Carina Rossi, Andrés Klementzos, Captain Xander Candelario, Captain Kinley Sikes, Cody Webb, Coach Kristi Eno and Principal Dr. Lisa Turner.

Avery ES team members and coaches celebrating their first-place victory are, from left to right, front row: Cameron Thrower, Dakota Youngblood, Tatum Carmichael, Christina Warren, Adriana Palmer; back row: Coach Ruth Knott, Carina Rossi, Andrés Klementzos, Captain Xander Candelario, Captain Kinley Sikes, Cody Webb, Coach Kristi Eno and Principal Dr. Lisa Turner.

Avery Elementary School is the winner of the Cherokee County School District’s annual elementary school academic bowl!

The four league winners who played in the semi-final rounds on Saturday were Avery, Arnold Mill, Free Home and Sixes Elementary Schools. Avery and Arnold Mill then “battled it out” in the final round, with Avery edging Arnold Mill by 10 points for the win.

Avery ES team members and coaches are: Cameron Thrower, Dakota Youngblood, Tatum Carmichael, Christina Warren, Adriana Palmer, Coach Ruth Knott, Carina Rossi, Andrés Klementzos, Captain Xander Candelario, Captain Kinley Sikes, Cody Webb and Coach Kristi Eno.

Arnold Mill ES team members and coaches are: Cullen Moore, Aijaz Syed, Nate Griesbeck, Drew Gintert, Dellaina McCarty, Caden Banks, Kaiden Smith, Mitchell Gallion, Sarah Conkle and Coach Christina Dowdy.

Arnold Mill ES team members and coaches celebrating their second-place win are, from left to right, front row: Cullen Moore, Aijaz Syed, Nate Griesbeck, Drew Gintert, Dellaina McCarty, Caden Banks, Kaiden Smith, Mitchell Gallion, and Sarah Conkle; back row: Coach Christina Dowdy and Assistant Principal Dr. Christy Bowling

Arnold Mill ES team members and coaches celebrating their second-place win are, from left to right, front row: Cullen Moore, Aijaz Syed, Nate Griesbeck, Drew Gintert, Dellaina McCarty, Caden Banks, Kaiden Smith, Mitchell Gallion, and Sarah Conkle; back row: Coach Christina Dowdy and Assistant Principal Dr. Christy Bowling.


CCSD Credit Rating Continues to Improve, Save Taxpayer Dollars

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The Cherokee County School District’s credit rating continues to improve — an achievement that saves taxpayer dollars.

The School District’s already positive Aa3 and AA- levels, as rated by Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s financial service companies, were upgraded this week to Aa2 and AA- Positive, another step toward the goal of acquiring the top AAA rating from both agencies.

“A perfect rating is our goal, which is a challenge, as factors such as State funding and the local economy are considered, but we’re up the challenge,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said, noting CCSD’s Division of Financial Management led by Assistant Superintendent Kenneth Owen deserves high praise for its efforts to upgrade the rating. “Our credit rating impacts costs including rates for insurance and for borrowing, and continuous improvement saves taxpayer dollars by keeping those rates low.”

Moody’s upgraded its rating to Aa2 from Aa3 to reflect CCSD’s improved financial position, as a result of strong revenue performance, enhanced expenditure controls and replenished reserves, and improved revenue due to an expanding tax base as the local and State economy recovers. The company specifically noted among CCSD’s credit strengths its use of Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) proceeds to retire bond debt from school construction and other capital infrastructure costs.

Standard & Poor’s revised the outlook on its AA- rating to Positive from Stable, which reflects an opinion of “improved financial performance” and points to an increasing likelihood of achieving AAA within the next two years if CCSD’s funding reserves continue at current levels or increase.

The company cited as strengths CCSD’s operating performance, strong available fund balance and moderate overall debt coupled with local economy and tax base growth. Standard & Poor’s also upgraded CCSD’s management score to Good from Standard, noting improved financial operations, such as budget development and monitoring, in the past two fiscal years.

Dr. Hightower said efforts are underway to further improve CCSD’s financial position including an adjustment of the tax collection timeline to as it relates to the timing of the annual infusion of local tax dollars into the operating budget.


15 CCSD Students Earn Honors at State Technology Fair

CCSD Technology Fair logo

Fifteen Cherokee County School District students earned top honors at the Georgia Educational Technology Fair!

The School District entered 46 projects into the State Fair based on students’ outstanding first-place performance at the Regional competition coordinated by Mill Creek MS Assistant Principal Dr. Richie Carnes. The 15 students who placed at State competed there against more than 1,000 other students in a range of categories such as robotics, animation and project programming.

CCSD students who placed first, second or third at State are:

First Place
Shaaz Ali, Clark Creek ES STEM Academy – Literacy Challenge
Evan Fistel, Dean Rusk MS – Robotics
Averie LaBarbera, Holly Springs ES STEM Academy – Video Production
Riley Mulkey, Dean Rusk MS – Animation
Christopher Newhouse, Woodstock HS – Technology Literacy Challenge

Second Place
Connor Campbell and Ethan Durst, E.T. Booth MS – Audio Production
Adam Nay and Cateline Ward, Etowah HS – Video Production
Reagan Pastor, Creekland MS – Internet Applications
Tyler Richards, Sequoyah HS – Project Programming

Third Place
David Holbrook and Tyler Wilson, Carmel ES – Mobile Apps
Brett Lougheed, Dean Rusk MS – Project Programming
Matt Moore, Creekland MS – Digital Game Design
Jack Sapere, E.T. Booth MS – Animation
Chandler Stevenson, Freedom MS- Robotics
Byron Sullivan, Sequoyah HS – Digital Game Design

Two students, Christopher Newhouse and Byron Sullivan, also won $250 scholarships at the State Fair.

Students who earned first-place at Regions will be recognized for that achievement and subsequent placement at States by the Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools and School Board at the April 20 School Board Meeting.


CCSD Announces 2017 Summer School Options for Students

The Cherokee County School District is offering summer school opportunities for students to earn credit for high school classes or gain recovery credit for high school classes not passed during the regular school year.

The District is also offering an opportunity for specifically identified rising 9th grade students to participate in a Summer Bridge program to preview core 9th grade content, with an emphasis on high school transition skills and processes.

Details and complete registration information can be found on the Cherokee County School District website under Parents and Community and then chose Forms, http://cherokeek12.net/forms/

High School Summer School
Regular Summer School courses will be offered at Cherokee HS (for Cherokee, Creekview and Sequoyah students) and Etowah HS (for Etowah, River Ridge and Woodstock students).

These classes are for initial credit or credit recovery. Courses are offered based upon sufficient demand (see listing on registration materials). Classes are June 5 -June 23, meeting for four hours daily, either 8 a.m. to noon or 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Attendance at all classes is mandatory.

Early Registration will be available from May 1-26 and students may register in the counselors’ office at their home high school.  Registration will also be Tuesday, May 30 from 8 a.m. to noon at Cherokee HS (for Cherokee, Creekview and Sequoyah students) and Etowah HS (for Etowah, River Ridge and Woodstock students).  Cost is $200 per class/half credit.  Cash or money order payment required at registration.

Online Credit Recovery through Apex
These classes will be offered at each high school, except Woodstock HS, who will attend Apex classes at Etowah HS at Etowah East.  Registration, will be May 1-26 at each high school through the counselors’ office.  Students must attend until online coursework is complete.  Cost is $200 per class/half unit of credit.  Cash or money order payment required at registration.

Personal Fitness and Health for Rising 9th Graders
Rising 9th graders may elect to take a half unit of Personal Fitness and/or Health for high school credit.  Classes are June 5-June 23, meeting for four hours daily (either Personal Fitness 8 a.m. to noon or Health 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. offered at Cherokee HS (for Cherokee, Creekview and Sequoyah students) and Etowah HS (for Etowah, River Ridge and Woodstock students).  No transportation is provided. Attendance at all classes is mandatory.  Registration is May 1-15 at each middle school’s main office.  Cash or money order payment required at registration.  Cost is $200 per course/half unit of credit.

Bridge Program for Rising 9th Graders
A summer “Bridge” opportunity for specifically identified rising 9th graders will take place at each high school as an opportunity to preview core concepts for 9th grade content with an emphasis on high school transition skills.  These students will be selected as a collaborative initiative between the zone high schools and middle schools.  Each high school will host a Bridge program for this purpose.

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Student Athletes Sign Scholarship Commitments to Compete at College Level

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Landon Ruzicka of Creekview HS prepares to sign with Quincy University in Illinois to play baseball.

Thirty-nine Cherokee County School District student-athletes were recognized in a ceremony Wednesday at the Northside Hospital Cherokee Conference Center in Canton for signing scholarship commitment letters to compete at the college level.

The event, sponsored by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Senior Series title sponsor Varsity Brands, is one of two signing ceremonies coordinated annually by CCSD’s Division of School Operations to recognize student athletes, along with their parents, coaches, athletic directors and principals, for making their college choices for a variety of sports.

These students join the 74 who were recognized in February on National Signing Day.

Dr. Brian Hightower congratulates athletes and their families.

This stellar group of athletes signed letters of intent to compete in basketball, baseball, football, lacrosse, soccer, cheer, swimming, cross country, track, tennis, golf, wrestling and, for the first time in CCSD athletic scholarships, cycling.

Photos of all the signees present for the program will be posted on the CCSD Facebook page.

The students recognized today include:

ATHLETE                       HS        SPORT              COLLEGE

Eli Mayberry                  CHS      Basketball                       Glenville State College (WV)

Claire Dunlap                CHS      Lacrosse                          Reinhardt University

Dakota Stewart             CHS      Soccer                             Life University

Adie Powell                    CHS      Swimming                       Barton College (NC)

Hudson Cloud               CVHS   Baseball                          Georgia Highlands

Landon Ruzicka             CVHS   Baseball                          Quincy University (IL)

Jenny Miller                   CVHS   Cheer                               Georgia Tech

Brady Keran                   CVHS   Golf                                  Kennesaw State University

Austin Patchanian         CVHS   Lacrosse                          Piedmont College

Jake Rogers                   CVHS   Lacrosse                          Piedmont College

William Francoletti       CVHS   Soccer                             Delta State University (MS)

Jimmy Schoppy             CVHS   Soccer                             Bridgewater College (VA)

Caitlyn McFarland        CVHS   Track                               Piedmont College

Bryce Davis                   CVHS   Wrestling                        Ashland University (OH)

Brady Barker                 EHS      Baseball                          Tennessee Tech (TN)

Hayden Neal                 EHS      Basketball                       Oglethorpe University

Blake Wilson                 EHS      Cycling                            Milligan College (TN)

Alan Michael Harris     EHS      Football                           Berry College

Collin Mitchell               EHS      Football                           Birmingham Southern University (AL)

Ryan Hines                    EHS      Golf                                  Middle Tennessee State University (TN)

Noah Fitzgerald            RRHS   Baseball                          Chattanooga State Community College (TN)

Justin Economu            RRHS   Football                           Emory and Henry College (VA)

Jarrod Fletcher              RRHS   Football                           Shorter College

Kalon Smith                   SHS      Baseball                          Covenant College

Chandler Clark              SHS      Football                           Millsaps College (MS)

Jarvis Goolsby               SHS      Football                           Brevard College (NC)

Zachary Henley             SHS      Football                           Millsaps College (MS)

Bobby Hewitt III           SHS      Football                           Kentucky Wesleyan College (KY)

Xavier Ransby               SHS      Football                           Maryville College (TN)

Darius Smith                  SHS      Football                           Monmouth College (IL)

Zach Stark                      SHS      Football                           Birmingham Southern University (AL)

Grant Jacobs                 WHS    Baseball                          Shorter University

Jason Woszczynski      WHS    Baseball                          Georgia Highlands College

Josiah Jaqua                  WHS    Cross Country               Mercer University

Liam Byrne                     WHS    Football                           Georgia Tech

Logan Cox                      WHS    Football                           Georgia Southern University

Cory Long                      WHS    Lacrosse                          North Greenville University (SC)

Sydney Bridge               WHS    Tennis                             Piedmont College

Kara Landsiedel            WHS    Tennis                             Piedmont College

Cherokee High School athletes, along with Principal Todd Miller and Athletic Director Jeremy Adams.

Creekview High School athletes, along with Principal Mark Merges and Athletic Director Kevin Higgins.

Etowah High School athletes, along with Athletic Director Bob Van Alstyne.

River Ridge HS athletes

Sequoyah High School athletes, along with Principal Elliott Berman and Athletic Director Craig McKinney.

Woodstock High School athletes along with Principal Mark Smith and Athletic Director Tonya Sebring.

 


CCSD Teacher Named to Apple Distinguished Educator Class of 2017!

Apple Distinguished Educator logoA Cherokee County School District teacher has been named to the Apple Distinguished Educators Class of 2017!

Woodstock Elementary School teacher Kristen Brooks is the first CCSD educator to achieve this distinguished honor, which Apple began in 1994 to recognize K-12 and higher education pioneers who use the company’s products to transform teaching and learning.

Kristin Brooks

Kristin Brooks

Ms. Brooks and her fellow Class of 2017 honorees were hand-picked from thousands of applicants and join 2,500 visionary educators and innovative leaders worldwide previously named to this elite group. Apple Distinguished Educators serve as advisors, authors and ambassadors for Apple and as advocates for their peers in the classroom.

“Our mission is to educate the emerging generation, and we must continue to advance our teachers’ technology knowledge to best prepare students for future success in our digital world,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “Teachers like Ms. Brooks understand that students need to do more than engage with technology – they need to develop a sense of ownership so they can fully benefit from all these tools offer. Congratulations to Ms. Brooks, who I know will continue to share her knowledge with not only her students, but also her peers throughout our District.”

Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Brooks created and launched CCSD’s first iPad Lab at Woodstock ES. She is a 2016 Apple Educator, Apple Vanguard Certified, a Certified BrainPOP Educator, OSMO Ambassador and Seesaw the Learning Journal Ambassador, as well as winner of a 2015 PBS Digital Innovator Award.

“Kristen is a true innovator for our students, is a model for other teachers and schools, and she has been a featured speaker at national conferences,” Woodstock ES Principal Kim Montalbano said. “It is exciting to see such a tremendous recognition of her vision and hard work.”


CCSD School Nutrition Wins National Honor!

The Cherokee County School District School Nutrition program has won a National honor!

The program has been recognized with the Silver Turnip the Beet Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – one of only 49 winners in the country.

The award recognizes CCSD’s summer meal program, which provides breakfast and lunches at no charge to students in need served by summer school programs, as well as at select locations throughout the community.

The District participates in the USDA Seamless Summer Option, which offers the free meals during the summer for children 18 years of age or younger; off-campus sites served by CCSD through the program include: G. Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA in Canton, Cherokee Outdoor Family YMCA in Woodstock and East Gate Mobile Home Park and Hidden Falls Mobile Home Park in southwest Cherokee.

Almost one-third of CCSD students qualify for free or reduced-price meals during the school year, and this program ensures that children continue to have access to nutritious meals throughout the summer break. The program is funded by USDA; no CCSD funds are expended for this program.

The goal of the Turnip the Beet Award, according to the USDA, is to recognize programs that go “above and beyond to ensure their meals are both nutritious and appetizing.” Applications were evaluated on criteria including: serving local foods; serving a variety of vegetables and fruits throughout the week; serving whole grains and low-fat or fat-free dairy products; and serving culturally-appropriate meals.


Two CCSD Schools Recognized by State for Academic Improvement

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Two Cherokee County School District elementary schools have been recognized by the Georgia Department of Education for academic improvement.

Canton Elementary School logo

Hasty Elementary School logo

Canton Elementary School STEM Academy and Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy today were removed from the State’s “Focus” list of Title I schools requiring additional support in order to improve student performance. Title I schools enroll a significant percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch; these two schools enroll CCSD’s highest percentages of those students, as well as those who come from a household where English is a second language. No other CCSD schools are on the list.

The two schools have increased their rates for successfully closing the “Achievement Gap” on the Career and College Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), which factors in Georgia Milestones test results. This achievement in ensuring more students are mastering performance standards resulted in their exit from the “Focus” list they joined in 2015.

Both schools also recently were named to the GaDOE’s 2016 “Beating the Odds” list of schools earning CCRPI scores that exceeded expectations for student performance taking into account such factors as socio-economic challenges faced by students.

As it has in other instances of student performance concerns, CCSD sent a team of District leaders to both of these campuses in 2015 for a review of instructional and operational practices and resources. Following the visit, recommended changes were made to improve teaching and learning with continuing support from the CCSD team.

“We have made it a standard operating practice to focus greater support and resources on schools when we identify student performance issues in order to improve teaching and learning,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said, noting the team also has been dispatched to other schools not flagged by the State. “We believe it takes unequal resources to meet unequal needs, and I’m very pleased and proud to see our attention to these schools and their unique challenges has paid off with better performance. Kudos to the teachers, staff, parents, volunteers and partners who have worked diligently to ensure all of these children receive the best education possible.”


CCSD 2017-18 Registration for Prekindergarten Classes Set for May 1-12

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Cherokee County School District 2017-18 registration for Georgia Lottery Prekindergarten Classes at Ball Ground ES STEM Academy, Canton ES STEM Academy, Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy, Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy, R.M. Moore ES and Johnston ES Preschool Center is May 1-12.  Additional information is below, as are links to fliers in English and Spanish.

Flier (English)

Flier (Spanish)

Where:

Ball Ground ES STEM Academy, Canton ES STEM Academy, Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy, Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy, R.M. Moore ES and Johnston ES Preschool Center

When:

Open Enrollment begins Monday, May 1, 2017 and ends Friday, May 12, 2017 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. each day. Names will be drawn at each school on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 3 p.m., to fill available spaces. (Out of District students will be admitted only after all 4-year olds who live within the school attendance area have been enrolled).

Who:

Students who are 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2017 are eligible to enroll in Georgia Lottery Pre-K.

What to bring:

1. Proof of Date of Birth:
Certified Copy of Birth Certificate.
A certified copy of the student’s birth certificate, certified hospital issued birth record or birth certificate; a passport, an adoption record; a religious record signed by an authorized religious official; or, If none of these evidences can be produced, an affidavit of age sworn to by the parent/legal guardian accompanied by a certificate of age signed by a licensed, practicing physician. The certificate completed by the physician must verify that a physical examination has occurred, and that the physician believes the age indicated on the affidavit is substantially correct.

2. Proof of Immunization and Health Screening:
Certificate of Immunization (DPH Form 3231). This form must be obtained from the Public Health Department or your Physician. Note: Parents/legal guardians who are seeking a religious waiver from the State immunization requirement must request a waiver form from the appropriate school staff.

3. Certificate of Vision, Hearing, Dental, and Nutrition Screening (DPH Form 3300). This form must be obtained from the Public Health Department or your Physician.

4. Proof of Social Security Number:
Official copy of child’s Social Security card or a signed waiver.

5. Proof of Parent/Guardianship:
Provide a picture ID at the time of enrollment. The name on the ID should match the name on the documentation being provided for enrollment.

6. Proof of Residency:
For Parents/Legal Guardians Who Own Their Residence – One Item:
a current residential property tax statement (if there is no tax bill, then the purchase/closing information for the residence can be used). The record must include the name of the parent/legal guardian.

For Parents/Legal Guardians Who Are Renting a Residence – Two Items:
(1) a lease or rental agreement consisting of the written evidence that the agreement is valid; and (2) a District-designated affidavit signed by the property owner which will allow for appropriate verification of residency.

For Parents/Legal Guardians Who Are Occupying Another Person’s Home – Two Items:
(1) a District-designated affidavit signed by the parent/legal guardian;
and
(2) a District-designated affidavit signed by the property owners.