CCSD 2017-18 Report Shows No Schools “Critically Overcrowded”

CCSD 2017-18 Report Shows No Schools “Critically Overcrowded”

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For the fifth consecutive year, none of CCSD’s schools are considered “critically overcrowded,” reflecting long-standing successful management practices and School Board policies governing student enrollment growth forecasts and school construction project planning.

A report with additional information is available here.

Woodstock HS Student Wins Prestigious Legion of Valor Award!

Katlyn smiles after the award is presented. She is one of only two recipients in Georgia and north Florida this year.

Watch this brief video about the outstanding Cadet and her award!

A Cherokee County School District student has won the prestigious Legion of Valor Award, the highest honor a Junior ROTC cadet can receive!

Woodstock High School Navy JROTC Cadet Lt. Commander Katlyn Deveau is one of only two cadets in Area 12, which includes all of Georgia and Northern Florida, to win the honor this year.

Lt. Mark Fagan, the school’s Senior Naval Science Instructor, presented the award to Katlyn as a surprise during her first period Naval Science class on Wednesday morning.

Navy JROTC Cadet Lt. Commander Katlyn Deveau, center, with her Legion of Valor award; she is pictured with her parents, Mark and Shannon Deveau.

Katlyn also was presented the Cadet Achievement ribbon for outstanding performance as a cadre at Area 12 Leadership Academy.

Her parents, Mark and Shannon Deveau, were present for the award and shared their proud congratulations with their daughter afterwards.

Lt. Mark Fagan presents Katlyn with the prestigious Legion of Valor award during Naval Science class at Woodstock HS.

CCSD Schools Celebrate Eclipse with Learning and Fun!

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Woodstock Middle School students are ready for the eclipse’s passage over the campus.

Watch a video with highlights from CCSD’s observance of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse!


Schools throughout the Cherokee County School District celebrated the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse with activities that merged learning and fun!

Each classroom teacher developed a class plan for learning about the eclipse, and lessons ranged from science experiments to creating eclipse-inspired art to enjoying Moon Pies and Sun Chips while observing the eclipse. All classes that planned activities to observe the eclipse outside provided students with eclipse glasses.

Bascomb ES fourth-graders Brayan Rivera and Nathasya Yata display their eclipse-inspired artwork.

Third-graders Jason Tzun-Lucas and Myrka Cruz Lucas are ready for the eclipse (and Moon Pies) in teacher Wendy Landry’s class at Canton Elementary School STEM Academy.

Cherokee HS students and staff don their approved eclipse glasses to observe the passage.

These Clayton Elementary School Cougars dressed for the occasion. From left to right: Knox Blackwell, Lauren Blackwell, Cheyann Massey, Nora Leigh Stansell and Principal Abbey Philpot.

School Board Member Patsy Jordan creates a pinhole projector to show students at Creekland Middle School, where she viewed the eclipse.

Ms. Jordan used her CCSD business card to make a projector.

Creekland Middle School students watch the eclipse as the sky darkens to twilight for its passage.

Creekview High School students learn about history and science by observing the eclipse.

Freedom Middle School students headed outside with eclipse glasses to learn from the special event.

E.T. Booth Middle School students stretch out on the athletic fields to enjoy the view.


Kindergartners in Indian Knoll Elementary School teacher Brandy McConnell’s class made eclipse hats and crafts and enjoyed Moon Pies! From left to right, Karley Gilliam, Bianca Montour, Charlotte Waites, Berkley Powers and Wesley Waters.


Johnston Elementary School kindergartners in teacher Brittany Scanlon’s class are ready to celebrate with their special eclipse hats! From left to right, front row: Abigail Sargenski, Zoe Longoria, Olivia Paller, Hailee Brannon, Gracie Bohannon, Sophia Stockton, Carmen Mullins, Leah LaBrie; back row: Elijah Hazard, Lex McCoy, Joey Howell, Carson Croy, Alex Rider, Brendan Treanor, Will Thomas and Kyler Muffley.

Even CCSD’s preschoolers got in on the teaching and learning about the eclipse with lessons like the one being taught by teacher Anne Marie Corley at Ralph Bunche Center in Canton.

Sequoyah High School students took to the track to see the eclipse’s passage race across the county.

Woodstock High School hosted a viewing party at the stadium for students.










CCSD Names 2017-18 Student Advisor, Student Delegates to School Board

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower thanks the 2017-18 Student Advisor and Delegates following their first School Board Meeting of service on August 17, 2017. From left to right, front row: Katie Bishop, Etowah HS; Arely Gonzalez-Labra, ACE Academy; Student Advisor Ashlee Floyd, Cherokee HS; Katherine Relick, Woodstock HS; back row: Christian Fanning, River Ridge HS; Bryce Goodwyn, Creekview HS; and Theodore “Teddy” Campbell, Sequoyah HS.

The Cherokee County School District has named the 2017-18 Student Advisor and Student Delegates to the School Board.

The School Board has included a Student Advisor position on its board since 1999, and for the past seven years, a Student Delegate from each high school also has been selected. These students serve for one year to give input and feedback to the School Board; the advisor role is rotated among the county’s high schools.

“Our mission is ‘Educating the Emerging Generation,’ and we best serve our students at a governance and policy-making level by engaging with them and gaining their perspective,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We appreciate our Advisor and Delegates’ service and look forward to working with this outstanding group of young leaders. We know they will be outstanding representatives for their schools and inspire our School Board and me to continue striving for excellence for them and all of our students.”

This year’s Student Advisor is Ashlee Floyd of Cherokee HS. The Student Delegates are: Arely Gonzalez-Labra of ACE Academy; Bryce Goodwyn of Creekview HS; Katie Bishop of Etowah HS; Christian Fanning of River Ridge HS; Theodore “Teddy” Campbell of Sequoyah HS; and Katherine Relick of Woodstock HS.

The students began their service at the School Board meeting on August 17.

Students selected to serve as Student Advisor or Student Delegates share common traits: they excel in the classroom, often ranking in the top 10 percent of their class and earning titles like valedictorian; they are involved in their school, often participating in numerous clubs, sports and organizations; and they seek out opportunities to serve and lead.

Cherokee HS, Ashlee Floyd
• Recipient of: Academic Letter, Superintendent’s Key Scholar Award, UGA Honors, Mock Trial Team Region Champion
• Member of: Beta Club, Mock Trial Team, National Honor Society, Academic Bowl and Alpha Gamma Council
• Volunteers for: Northside Hospital and River Green Peanut Butter Drive

ACE Academy, Arely Gonzalez-Labra
• Recipient of: Excellence in American Literature, Excellence in Math and Diamond Dolls
• Member of: ACE Academy Student Council, Book Club, Special Education Speech Class Assistants, DECA Club, National Novel Writing, Strikers Allstar Cheerleading and Passion CrossFit Training
• Volunteers for: Revolution Youth Group

Creekview HS, Bryce Goodwyn
• Recipient of: Academic Letter, Lamp of Knowledge, Scholar Athlete, Superintendent’s Key Scholar Award, Georgia Certificate of Merit, DAR U.S. History Award, Optimist Club Student of the Year, 1st Team All-Region in Soccer, 2nd Team All-Region in Soccer and Soccer Letter (all four years)
• Member of: Varsity Soccer (Varsity Captain), National Honor Society, Model UN, Habitat for Humanity and National Spanish Honor Society
• Volunteers for: Gardening Project with Creekview HS Varsity Soccer Program

Etowah HS, Katie Bishop
• Recipient of: Academic Letter, Superintendent’s Key Scholar Award, Varsity Lacrosse Letter for two years and Community Service Letter for two years
• Member of: Student Government (Student Body President), Beta Club, National Honor Society, Math Team and Model UN
• Volunteers for: Vacation Bible School with her church, Shop with an Eagle and other various activities through SGA (150+ hours of community service)

River Ridge HS, Christian Fanning
• Recipient of: Microsoft Power Point Certification and Academic Letter
• Member of: Student Advisory Board (Senior Class President), Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy Program, Crusading Knights Community Service Club and Junior Varsity Cross Country (2015-16)
• Volunteers for: Woodstock City Church, Co-leader for River Ridge Challenger Basketball Program and with Crusading Knights Service Club

Sequoyah HS, Theodore “Teddy” Campbell
• Recipient of: AP Scholar Award from College Board, Principal’s Academic Achievement Award for PSAT, Georgia Certificate of Merit, SHS Award for highest GPA (three years in a row) and Triple Letter in Varsity Tennis
• Member of: Varsity Tennis, Beta Club, National Honor Society, Student Government (Past Class President) and Habitat for Humanity
• Volunteers for: Habitat for Humanity and local Tennis Academy

Woodstock HS, Katherine Relick
• Recipient of: Math Award, Superintendent’s Key Scholar, UGA Merit Award and Teen Leadership Program Completion Participant
• Member of: National Honor Society, Beta Club, Student Government (Vice-president), Women in Science & Engineering, Science National Honors Society, Math National Honors Society and Giving Children Hope Club (President)
• Volunteers for: Anna Crawford Children’s Center Student Advisor, SPLASH (a volunteer group that teaches children with special needs to swim), Cherokee Family Violence Center and as a Sunday School teacher with her church

CCSD Dedicates Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility

Former Superintendent Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo delivers remarks at the dedication ceremony for the facility named in his honor, alongside the bronze plaque that will hang in the building.


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The Cherokee County School District on Thursday evening dedicated the Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility.

The facility at The Bluffs in Canton (1205 Bluffs Parkway, Canton GA 30114) includes an office building and an auditorium, which will be used for Cherokee County School Board meetings, CCSD professional development and training activities and community events.

Dr. Brian V. Hightower, Superintendent of Schools, speaks about Dr. Petruzielo’s significant contributions to the growth of the Cherokee County School District.

The 15-acre campus is named for the longtime former Superintendent of Schools, known to many as “Dr. P,” who dedicated himself to public education over his impressive 50-year career, with CCSD honored by his leadership for the last 17 of those years

“We commonly say within our organization that ‘great leaders don’t create followers… they create other leaders,’” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said in his remarks to honor Dr. Petruzielo. “I count myself as one of the leaders he cultivated. I would not be your Superintendent today without his guidance and support.”

School Board Chair Kyla Cromer welcomes everyone to the dedication ceremony.

The ceremony featured a speech by Dr. Petruzielo, who received two standing ovations and who highlighted CCSD’s numerous accomplishments during his tenure, while also recognizing and thanking numerous former and current School Board members and CCSD leaders in the audience.

“This is the most important and the most appreciated professional honor which I have received during my 50 years as an educator, 25 years as a Superintendent of Schools and 17 years at the helm of the Cherokee County School District,” he said. “Thank you… and may God continue to bless Cherokee County’s public schools!”

Dr. Petruzielo did not shy away in his speech from the passionate stand for public education that, as School Board Chair Kyla Cromer noted in her remarks, “sometimes put a political bullseye on his back.”

“He showed courage and made sacrifices, and the fruits of this are the generations of children who will be our community’s and our world’s leaders for years to come,” she said in her tribute.

CCSD School Board members, along with architects and staff from the CCSD Support Services Division join Dr. Petruzielo and his family to cut the ribbon dedicating the facility named in his honor.

The many accomplishments he recounted in his speech ranged from organizational improvements and engagement practices to strategic planning and forecasting and advocacy initiatives… the latter of which often put Dr. Petruzielo in the headlines for his fierce fight on behalf of public schools and the children they serve.

“I remember telling legislators, School Board members, teachers, Principals, parents, taxpayers and media what they needed to hear – rather than what was politically expedient… including whenever students, staff or the School District were not being treated with the support and respect they deserved in negative public statements or policy proposals from misguided – and now former – local officials and state lawmakers and even a now former School Board member or two,” he said, drawing applause from the audience.

The facility, with a 12,000-square-foot auditorium and nearly 75,000 square feet of space in the administration building, provides CCSD with the professional office, meeting and training space it needs today, with room for future growth. The Divisions of Communications, Curriculum and Instruction, Financial Management, Human Resources, School Operations and the Superintendent’s Office now can be housed together under one roof.

Dr. Petruzielo is surrounded by well wishers at the reception following the dedication of the new facility. Pictured here is the ground floor lobby area of the Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility.

“We’re able to celebrate tonight because of our community’s support,” Dr. Hightower said. “Without our neighbors supporting the continuation of our 1-percent Education SPLOST sales tax, we would not have been able to build or significantly improve 20 schools over the last 15 years, and we would not have been able to finally build this professional facility for our outstanding District leadership team and our community.”

Dr. Hightower noted that the facility not only increases CCSD’s operational efficiency as a major business enterprise, it also is energy and resource efficient, with great care taken in incorporating features such as LED lighting throughout, locally resourced materials, drought-resistant landscaping and heat-reflective window panels.

Kenneth Harless served as architect for the facility, which was constructed by Womack, Lewis & Smith. CCSD Chief Support Services Officer Bill Sebring led the project with Director of Facility Construction Phil Parrott and Supervisor of Construction Steve Werner.

Dr. Petruzielo tours the hallways of the Curriculum and Instruction Division with his family.

One of the basic offices housed in the Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility.

Dr. Petruzielo and his family toured offices and meetings facilities at the new building. Chief Academic Officer Dr. Nicole Holmes gave a tour of her office and the Curriculum and Instruction division.

The celebration on Thursday included a dedication ceremony and unveiling of plaques honoring Dr. Petruzielo to be displayed in both buildings, as well as a ribbon cutting, building tours and a reception sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation (CCEF), which was established during the former Superintendent’s tenure.

“While this building is named in his honor, his real legacy is far greater than what can be captured in bricks and mortar,” Dr. Hightower said. “His legacy is the successful organization and operations of our school district, a generation of leaders he cultivated, and the thousands and thousands of students and families whose futures he made so much brighter.”

The ceremony on Thursday also marked the installation of the inaugural class of the Cherokee County Educators Hall of Fame. An initiative of CCEF, the Hall of Fame annually will welcome new members in recognition of their exceptional service to public education in our community. A plaque listing Hall of Fame members is housed in the new auditorium.

The inaugural class is made up of Dr. Petruzielo and retired Superintendent of Schools Gene Norton, retired Assistant Superintendent Janice Prather, retired Principal Dr. Frankie Shepherd and former CCSD teacher and current School Board Member Patsy Jordan.

Board Briefs: Cherokee County School Board Launches Parent Academy Program

VILLA logo

The School Board on Thursday, August 17, 2017, held its first meeting in its new auditorium and announced plans to offer a parent academy program this fall in collaboration with the Georgia School Boards Association.

Thursday’s meeting was the first held in the auditorium of the Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility at The Bluffs in Canton and followed a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting.

“Today is a milestone for CCSD,” School Board Member Patsy Jordan said in her Inspiration moment remarks that open the meeting, and then connected the opening with CCSD’s 2017-18 theme of family.  “This building is equipped to house part of our CCSD family.”

The Georgia School Boards Association’s parent academy program, VILLA (Volunteer Instructional Leadership Learning Academy), will be piloted in the Cherokee County School District this fall.  School Board members on Thursday night reviewed the program application, which will be shared with the community today.  Applications are posted online here and due to CCSD by Sept. 5.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said the free program likely will be offered annually, and the first class set for this fall will be open to 24 participants.  Beginning on October 9, The class will meet for six sessions; five meetings will be on Monday evenings, and one will be a Monday morning field trip to several schools.

Participants will learn more about CCSD, including an overview of its governance model and the role of School Board members, Major System Priorities and CCSD day-to-day operations.  The program will include question-and-answer sessions with School Board members, the Superintendent and senior staff.

School Board Chair Kyla Cromer, who during her last campaign talked about the idea of creating such program, said Thursday she was glad to see this “citizen awareness opportunity” become reality.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for our community to learn more about our award-winning school district,” Dr. Hightower said, adding that community input is integral to the success of CCSD, especially it’s strategic planning and vision casting efforts.

Also on Thursday, the School Board took the first step in constructing additional classrooms at Mill Creek Middle School by sending a request to the State, as the project will be built using Education SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) and State construction funds.  The project will add 16 regular classrooms, four science labs, a family consumer science classroom and a Global Learning Theatre; construction is planned to begin next spring.

The School Board also:

• Recognized  Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy for winning the Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals’ 2017 School Bell Award;

• Recognized CCSD Lead Nurse Gwen Chambers as the Georgia Association of School Nurses’ 2017 Georgia School Nurse Administrative of the Year;

• Recognized CCSD’s Office of Communications for winning three National awards from the National School Public Relations Association;

• Recognized eight CCSD schools for being named 2017 National Beta Schools of Merit;

• Recognized Johnston Elementary School for being named to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s 2017 List of America’s Healthiest Schools;

• Recognized Donna Lloyd, Creekview HS Career Pathway teacher, as the winner of Georgia’s Work-Based Learning “Top Gun WBL Educator” Award’

• Recognized Sequoyah High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC Unit for winning the Silver Star Community Service with Excellence Award;

• Recognized State and Regional champions from Creekview HS for track and field and Woodstock HS for baseball;

• Recognized CCSD’s 2017 Georgia State Summer Aquatics Special Olympic Games Gold Medal recipients;

• Recognized CCSD’s 2017 Special Olympics Bowling Winter Games Gold Medal recipients;

• Recognized CCSD’s 2017 Georgia State Summer Soccer Special Olympics Games Gold Medal recipients;

• Recognized the 2017-18 Student Advisor to School Board and the Student Delegates

• Approved the renewal of Partnership Agreements with the Cherokee Tribune, City Waleska, Delta Kappa Gamma – Gamma ETA Chapter, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service and Upper Etowah River Alliance;

• Approved out-of-state and overnight student field trips;

• Approved monthly financial reports;

• Approved the monthly capital outlay projects report;

• Approved special lease agreements;

• Approved monthly personnel recommendations;

• Approved ratifying the millage rate, which is unchanged from last year at 19.45 mills.

Next meeting: 7 p.m. Thursday, September 14, 2017 

CCSD Announces Dates for 2017-18 Curriculum Nights

It’s Curriculum Night time!

CCSD Curriculum Night programs provide parents with an overview of what their child will be learning during the 2017-18 school year.

These event are coordinated through each of the local schools/Innovation Zones, but the tentative scheduling is as follows:

Elementary School: Fourth Week of School (Week of 8/21)

Middle School: Fifth Week of School (Week of 8/28)

High School: Sixth Week of School (Week of 9/5)

“Additional Use”: Seventh Week of School (Week of 9/11)

Elementary Schools Date(s) Grade Level(s) Time(s)
Arnold Mill ES August 21 Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd 6:00-7:30 p.m.
August 22 3rd, 4th, 5th 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Avery ES August 23 Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th 6:30 p.m.
August 24 1st, 3rd, 5th 6:30 p.m.
Ball Ground ES August 24 All grade levels 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Bascomb ES August 21 2nd 6:00-7:00 p.m.
August 21 5th 7:00-8:00 p.m.
August 22 1st 6:00-7:00 p.m.
August 22 4th 7:00-8:00 p.m.
August 24 Kindergarten 6:00-7:00 p.m.
August 24 3rd 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Boston ES August 21 4th, 5th 6:00-7:00 p.m.
August 22 1st, 2nd 6:00-7:00 p.m.
August 24 Kindergarten, 3rd 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Canton ES August 24 PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd 5:00-6:00 p.m.
August 24 3rd, 4th, 5th 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Carmel ES August 22 All grade levels 5:30-6:00 p.m. or 6:30-7:00 p.m.
Clark Creek ES August 22 Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd 6:00-7:00 p.m.
August 24 3rd, 4th, 5th 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Clayton ES August 24 All grade levels 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Free Home ES August 22 All grade levels 5:00-5:45 p.m. or 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Hasty ES August 24 Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd 5:00-6:30 p.m.
August 24 3rd, 4th, 5th 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Hickory Flat ES August 15 Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd 6:30-7:30 p.m.
August 17 3rd, 4th, 5th 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Holly Springs ES August 15 All grade levels 5:00-5:45 p.m. or 6:00-6:45 p.m.
Indian Knoll ES July 26 Kindergarten 6:00-7:00 p.m.
August 15 1st, 4th 6:30-7:30 p.m.
August 17 2nd, 3rd, 5th 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Johnston ES August 21 All grade levels 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Knox ES July 27 Kindergarten 6:00 p.m.
August 15 3rd, 4th, 5th 6:00 p.m.
August 17 1st, 2nd 6:00 p.m.
Liberty ES August 15 1st 5:30 p.m.
August 17 Kindergarten 5:30 p.m.
August 22 2nd 5:30 p.m.
August 22 4th 7:00 p.m.
August 24 3rd 5:30 p.m.
August 24 5th 7:00 p.m.
Little River ES August 22 Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd 6:00-7:00 p.m.
August 24 3rd, 4th, 5th 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Macedonia ES August 23 Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd 5:30-6:15 p.m. or 6:15-7:00 p.m.
August 24 3rd, 4th, 5th 5:30-6:15 p.m. or 6:15-7:00 p.m.
Mountain Road ES August 15 All grade levels 5:00-5:45 p.m. or 6:15-7:00 p.m.


Oak Grove ES August 21 Kindergarten (Academic

Parent Teacher Team)

6:00-7:30 p.m.
August 21 2nd 6:00 p.m.
August 22 1st (Academic Parent

Teacher Team)

4th (Academic Parent

Teacher Team)

6:00-7:30 p.m.
August 24 3rd (Academic Parent

Teacher Team)

6:00-7:30 p.m.
August 24 5th 6:00 p.m.
R.M. Moore ES August 24 All grade levels 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Sixes ES August 21 Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th 5:30-7:30 p.m.
August 22 1st, 3rd, 5th 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Woodstock ES August 22 Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd 6:00-8:00 p.m.
August 24 3rd, 4th, 5th 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Middle Schools Date(s) Grade Level(s) Time(s)
Creekland MS August 29 All grade levels 6:30 p.m.
Dean Rusk MS August 22 All grade levels 6:30 p.m.
E.T. Booth MS August 29 6th 6:30 p.m.
August 31 7th, 8th 6:30 p.m.
Freedom MS August 29 All grade levels 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Mill Creek MS August 28 6th 5:30-6:30 p.m.
August 29 7th, 8th 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Teasley MS August 29 All grade levels 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Woodstock MS August 31 All grade levels 6:00-8:00 p.m.
High Schools Date(s) Grade Level(s) Time(s)
Cherokee HS September 5 All grade levels 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Creekview HS September 5 All grade levels 6:30 p.m.
Etowah HS September 5 All grade levels 6:30 p.m.
River Ridge HS September 11 All grade levels 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Sequoyah HS August 29 P.T.A.

All grade levels

6:45 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

Woodstock HS September 5 All grade levels 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Educational Centers Date(s) Grade Level(s) Time(s)
ACE Academy August 24 All grade levels 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Johnston Preschool August 22 Preschool 6:00-7:00 p.m.
L.R. Tippens

Education Center

Sept. 7 All grade levels 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Oak Grove


August 21 Preschool 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Polaris Evening


September 6 All grade levels 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Ralph Bunche


August 24 Preschool 6:00-7:00 p.m.


CCSD Teacher Named Top Work-Based Learning Educator in Georgia!

Ms. Lloyd is congratulated by Dwayne Hobbs, program delivery manager for the Georgia Department of Education’s Career, Technical and Agricultural Education program.

A Cherokee County School District teacher has been named the top Work-Based Learning educator in Georgia!

Donna Lloyd, a Career Pathway teacher at Creekview HS, has won Georgia’s Work-Based Learning “Top Gun WBL Educator” award!

The award is presented by the Georgia Department of Education’s Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education division; the Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Resource Network; and the Work-Based Learning/Youth Apprenticeship Affiliate of the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education as part of their annual conference for select Work-Based Learning (WBL) teachers.

During the conference held during summer break, the best of the best WBL teachers from across the state are given the chance to compete and hone their skills; the WBL program gives students the opportunity to receive credit while working in an environment related to their Career Pathway.

Throughout the three-day conference, participants were awarded points for their performance in group activities and the quality of documents created.

Individual events were: create a speech to students, parents, school staff, and business owners; create an end-of-year infographic, which provided important milestones of their individual programs; set up display booths; create business cards and program pamphlets; and create student employer recruitment materials. Group activities were: mock presentation to the school leadership team and breakout “escape game” that required teamwork, communication and recognizing the skills of others.

Ms. Lloyd was named winner of the “Top Gun WBL Educator” award for her top score!

She will be congratulated by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools during the August 17 School Board meeting.

PHOTO: Ms. Lloyd is congratulated by Dwayne Hobbs, program delivery manager for the Georgia Department of Education’s Career, Technical and Agricultural Education program.

CCSD Plan for Aug. 21 Solar Eclipse

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On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that a plan is in place to ensure the 2017 Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21 is a safe and educational opportunity for all of our students.

DISMISSAL: Bus dismissal for grades K-12 will be delayed by 30 minutes on Aug. 21 to avoid elementary school dismissal during the eclipse’s passage through the area; K-12 Special Education bus routes will be delayed by 45 minutes.  Car riders’ release to the line also will be delayed by 30 minutes; parents who do not want to wait may park and come into the front office to check their children out.  Middle school/high school dismissal is affected because bus drivers must first complete elementary school routes.  CCSD Preschool Centers dismissal, which is earlier in the afternoon, will not be affected.

ABSENCES: Many parents have inquired about school absences and early check-outs so as to experience this event as a family. Recognizing the historical significance of this event, the Superintendent has authorized the following provision: Absences and early check-outs related to this event will be unexcused, but make-up work will be accepted without academic penalty. Schools will not treat this absence as truancy.

CLASS ACTIVITIES: Students will participate in a related educational activity at school at the time of eclipse’s passage (approximately 2:35 p.m.). Your child’s school will communicate specific plans to you this week (Aug. 7-11); activities will vary by class, and not all activities will be conducted outside. If your child’s class activity is outside, the teacher will provide a permission slip for you to sign and return. If you don’t give permission, your child will watch streaming video of the eclipse inside.

ASP: The Elementary School After School Program (ASP) for participating students will begin following dismissal and end at the usual time (6 p.m.).

QUESTIONS: If you have additional questions, please contact the Principal of your child’s school.

CCSD Announces Class of 2018 Graduation Ceremony Schedule

Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2018 will walk across the stage for graduation ceremonies, which all will be held at First Baptist Church of Woodstock (11905 Highway 92, Woodstock, 30188), at these times and dates:
• River Ridge HS: 4 p.m., Thursday, May 24
• Etowah HS: 8 p.m., Thursday, May 24
• Creekview HS: 4 p.m., Friday, May 25
• Woodstock HS: 8 p.m., Friday, May 25
• Cherokee HS: 9 a.m., Saturday, May 26
• Sequoyah HS: 1 p.m., Saturday, May 26
The ceremonies will be streamed on so family and friends who are unable to attend still can participate.