CCSD Graduation Rate Rises to New Heights

CCSD Graduation Rate Rises to New Heights

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The Cherokee County School District’s four-year graduation rate is rising to new heights!

The School District’s four-year graduation rate climbed to a record high of 86.5% for 2017, up from 84.7% for 2016, according to a new report from the Georgia Department of Education. The rate also continues to exceed the statewide average, topping the State’s 2017 rate of 80.6%.

“While we are proud of this significant improvement, we remain committed to the success of all students… the inverse of these rates is not a ‘dropout’ rate, but includes many of our most challenged students,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “These students often need a little more time and support to earn their diploma whether due to special needs, a medical issue or struggles at home.”

school graduation ratesDr. Hightower said several programs, including ACE Academy alternative day school, Polaris Evening School, online credit recovery courses, graduation coaching and the CHOICE special education program, have contributed to increasing rates.

“Graduation is the celebration of our students’ lifetime of work so far, supported by their families, teachers and the entire school community,” Dr. Hightower said. “Together, we are ensuring that our ‘emerging generation’ is ready for future success!”

CCSD Outscores State, Nation on Redesigned SAT

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UPDATE 10/17/17: Detailed reports from The College Board show CCSD’s 2017 SAT scores to be among the highest in Georgia– and first among county school districts in Metro Atlanta! All of CCSD’s high schools earned average scores in the top 15% of high schools in the state, with a total score difference of less than 6% among CCSD schools.

Students who take the SAT also complete a questionnaire when they register for the test, which generates additional information about a school district’s test takers, from class rank and college preferences to intended majors and degrees. CCSD students who ranked in the top 10% of their class scored nearly 200 points higher than the district average, with a score of 1316!

Students taking the SAT can select 3-5 colleges to send their scores to; CCSD students chose Kennesaw State University, University of Georgia and University of North Georgia as their top three public universities inside the state. University of Alabama, Auburn University and University of Tennessee were the top out-of-state colleges chosen by CCSD’s class of 2017, and Reinhardt University, Emory University and Mercer University led the private college list.

CCSD students taking the SAT last year were most interested in fields of study that involved healthcare, engineering and business. Students whose parents held a bachelor’s degree or higher tended to score 100 points better than those students whose parents had only a high school diploma.


9/26/17: Cherokee County School District’s Class of 2017 outscored the State and National averages on the newly redesigned SAT, according to data released today by the College Board.

The test now includes two 800-point sections: Evidence Based Reading & Writing (ERW) and Mathematics, with a possible total score of 1600; in recent years, the test included three 800-point sections, with a possible total score of 2400. The third section, a writing exam, is now optional.

The CCSD Class of 2017 earned an average total score of 1121 (569 ERW; 552 Math), which tops the National average by 61 points and the State average by 71 points. The curriculum-based, college entrance and placement exam is the most commonly recognized measure of achievement for high school students.

“While increasing test scores is not our focus, this exceptional performance shows we’re succeeding in our mission of preparing students for college and career readiness,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “Congratulations to these students, their families, teachers and everyone in our CCSD community who makes accomplishments like this possible!”

All CCSD high schools achieved an average score above the National and State average on the exam, which measures critical reading and mathematics abilities that are related to successful performance in college.

As the test was redesigned, it’s impossible to be compared to last year’s results, but CCSD continues to perform higher than National and State levels with strong participation… which also was illustrated by outstanding ACT college-entrance exam results released earlier this month.

These scores will be analyzed by Principals and their Leadership and Data Management Teams to review teaching practices and set new performance goals. Counselors also use the results to recommend entrance exams that best suit each student’s strengths and needs.

“Our School District is dedicated to ‘Educating the Emerging Generation,’ and that’s a responsibility we don’t take lightly,” Dr. Hightower said. “We’re focused on continuous improvement, and we will use these results to further hone our practices to ensure each child in our community receives the best education possible.”

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Message from the Superintendent: Protest Organized by Sen. Williams

UPDATE: The following message was sent today, Sept. 27, 2017, to River Ridge High School and Mill Creek Middle School parents:

Dear Parents,

On behalf of the Superintendent, we appreciate your patience with our successful additional security measures in preparation for the protest held today by Sen. Williams.

We also are grateful for our CCSD School Police Department’s strong partnerships with the law enforcement community; the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office and Marshal’s Office greatly assisted us today in ensuring the protest stayed off campus at the roadside right-of-way.

None of us knows what could have happened today had we not made clear our plans to maintain a safe and secure learning environment for our students and staff. We’ve all seen how protests advertised as peaceful have gotten out of control, and we are unwilling to take such a risk with our students’ and our employees’ safety.

As we have repeatedly stated publicly, we do not agree with the teacher’s actions, and we support our students’ Constitutional right to express political opinions. The Superintendent has authorized an administrative investigation, which is ongoing. We don’t rush administrative investigations or violate employees’ due process and lead taxpayers into costly litigation in order to please a politician or special interest group.

Thank you for entrusting your children to us each day; we are committed to providing them a safe and secure learning environment and the best education possible.

Barbara P. Jacoby
Chief Communications Officer
Cherokee County School District


POSTED 9/25/17

Dear Parents, On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that the following message has been sent to Sen. Williams. We take the safety and security of your children very seriously and have planned additional precautions even beyond those noted below. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your school’s front office so they can assist you.

Senator Williams,

On behalf of the Superintendent, this message is to advise you that the protest you’ve scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, according to your social media posts, will not be permitted on the River Ridge High School/Mill Creek Middle School campus or any other CCSD school campus, in accordance with federal and state laws.

Unfortunately, your protest was planned and announced by you and your campaign without any prior conversation with the Superintendent or his staff.  During today’s conversation, you were advised of the current situation regarding due process for the employee to whom you have referred.

We have determined that your protest, while advertised by you as “peaceful,” cannot be guaranteed as such, and will significantly disrupt teaching and learning and may endanger the safety of more than 3,200 students and staff.

While we strongly support the Constitutional right to air grievances through peaceful protest, we support the courts’ interpretation that this right is limited in regard to school campuses.  You may be unaware that the RRHS/MCMS campus, which serves Grades 6-12, has no public sidewalks or adequate right-of-way for congregating or parking; the signage you’ve advertised as your protest location is on school property.

In the interest of public safety and preventing a disruption of school activity, access to the RRHS/MCMS campus will be restricted all day on Wednesday, Sept. 27, to anyone other than RRHS/MCMS students, employees and parents who are dropping off/picking up their children or participating in other school-approved activities. Students, employees and parents are to bring appropriate identification.

School police officers and other public safety personnel will be monitoring the driveway entrances and elsewhere on campus to ensure students and employees stay safe and secure; and the campus will be on Code Yellow all day (no outside activities).  Traffic likely will be impacted; we encourage students to ride the bus and all drivers in the area to consider alternate routes.

Again, we strongly support the Constitutional right to air grievances, and, to that end, we invite you to consider an alternate location at our Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility at The Bluffs in Canton.  This campus includes a flagpole courtyard, which would provide a location for you and your supporters to congregate, and there is the opportunity for parking; please contact Police Chief Mark Kissel if you are interested in this location, so we can ensure adequate parking is available.

Also, please be aware that our School Board’s next meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 at the facility at The Bluffs. The meeting is conducted in public, and the agenda is published on our website one week in advance.  The Board hears public comment at all of its meetings, and the guidelines are posted on our website as well.

As we have repeatedly stated publicly, and to you in a phone conversation earlier today, we do not agree with the teacher’s actions, and we support our students’ Constitutional right to express political opinions.  As you were told today, the Superintendent has authorized an administrative investigation, which is ongoing, and, as a result, we cannot discuss disciplinary action to ensure the Constitutional right of due process is afforded to all employees.


Barbara P. Jacoby
Chief Communications Officer
Cherokee County School District

CCSD ACT Scores Rank Second Among Metro Atlanta Counties

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Additional information about district ACT scores released by the state last week shows that all six CCSD high schools are ranked in the top 15 percent of high schools in Georgia, and CCSD’s average score places it second among Metro Atlanta county districts.

CCSD’s six high schools showed less than a 7 percent difference in average composite scores, demonstrating a consistent level of student achievement across the county.  2017 marks the second year that more CCSD seniors took the ACT than the SAT (and some students take both exams).  SAT scores are expected to be released later this week.

Georgia’s average ACT score of 21.4 ranks it 25th among the 50 states and Washington, DC.

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Clayton ES PE Teacher Wins Awards, Grant for Walking Program

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Clayton ES PE teacher Coach Anne Cross, left, is presented with the Walk in Circles Award by Patti Pittman, North Georgia Region School Outreach Coordinator for the Georgia Safe Routes to School Resource Center.

Clayton Elementary School’s PE teacher is a State award and grant winner!

PE teacher Coach Anne Cross recently won a first-place Fire Up Your Feet award and $1,500 grant and a Walk in Circles Award from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and Georgia Safe Routes to School Resource Center.

Fire Up Your Feet is aimed at increasing physical activity before, during and after school, and provides resources and rewards to schools for outstanding programs. Clayton ES and Coach Cross also earned a runner-up Fire Up Your Feet award and $250 grant last fall.

Coach Cross earned the awards for her initiatives including the Get Yourself Moving (GYM) walking/jogging before-school and recess program. In addition to tracking their laps, students also measure their steps during the day, as they travel from class to class, to the cafeteria and other destinations… all of which adds a math component to their healthy practices. Sometimes, according to Coach Cross, students even choose to take “the long way” back to class to earn more steps.

“Our school is already very active, but most any physical challenge that I put before our student body is accepted and well-received,” Coach Cross said. “The students tell me that I am crazy for thinking that they can log as many miles as I challenge them to do, but so far they always meet the goals I set for them.”


CCSD PTAs, Staff & Parents Win Top Georgia PTA Awards

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The Cherokee County School District swept top Georgia PTA Awards for Principals, school nurses and school PTAs!

The Georgia PTA presents statewide awards to outstanding educators, PTAs and parents at its annual conference, and CCSD claimed an impressive list of high honors. The CCSD winners were recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the Board’s September meeting.

Dr. Kerry P. Martin

“We’re extremely proud to see our parents and employees applauded at the State level, as they our vital to our School District’s success,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “The PTA devotes thousands of volunteer hours in our schools, raises significant funds for school needs and advocates on behalf of our schools, our teachers and public education… and we can’t thank them enough for their dedicated service.”

Dr. Kerry Martin, Principal of Mill Creek MS, won the Outstanding Principal Award for middle schools.

“To be named Outstanding Principal of the Year is a huge honor,” Dr. Martin said. “I am committed to collaborating with all stakeholders to make our school the best it can be. In the end, it’s all about the students. If they, too, believe that I’m outstanding, that is the validation I need to continue doing what I love, supporting students in a positive way.”

Whitney Nolan

Whitney Nolan, Principal of Hickory Flat ES, won the Outstanding Principal Award for elementary schools.

“Just to be nominated for this award by our nationally recognized PTA at Hickory Flat is both an honor and a blessing!” she said. “Serving this community as principal is one of the most fun and rewarding experiences of my life. I have stated many times that as the leader of Hickory Flat Elementary, I do not want the community to follow me — I want the community to join me. Being selected as the Outstanding Principal Award recipient for doing what I absolutely love makes it that much sweeter.”

Thania Molina

Mill Creek MS School Nurse Thania Molina won the Georgia PTA Outstanding School Nurse Award. After earning local and District 13 PTA honors, she was recognized as the best school nurse in the state for the significant and exceptional service she provides to the students and staff of her school.

Two CCSD PTA parent volunteers earned the prestigious Visionary Award: Sue Palermo of Johnston ES and Scott Steinbrenner of Little River ES. This high honor recognizes PTA volunteers who demonstrate an “above and beyond” approach to addressing and resolving community issues and concerns.

Sue Palermo

Scott Steinbrenner


CCSD PTAs swept the elementary division for the top honor of Outstanding Local Unit, with Little River Elementary School winning first place, Johnston Elementary School placing second, and Bascomb Elementary School ranking third.

The Georgia PTA recognizes excellence by school PTAs in fulfilling the organization’s various standards, and two CCSD PTAs won recognition for their projects.

Mill Creek MS was honored as the best in Georgia for Standard 1: Welcoming All Families. Little River ES was named tops in the State for Standard 4: Speaking Up for Every Child.

“We feel very strongly that Mill Creek MS should be inclusive of all students and families,” Dr. Martin said, noting the school PTSA last school year for its “Welcoming All Families” project made a specific effort to ensure students with special needs were included in recognitions such as Student of the Month and embraced programs including the Special Olympics and Exceptional Children’s Week.

“During Exceptional Children’s Week, we cherished the theme, ‘Every Child is a Different Kind of Flower and Together Make a Beautiful Garden,’” she said. “All students were supplied packets of wildflower seeds in science class to promote the message of inclusion. Our PE teachers embraced the week by modifying activities to promote empathy exercises to teach tolerance and understanding.”

Little River ES PTA made children with special needs the focus of its “Speaking Up for Every Child” project.

The PTA enlisted the participation of local businesses to help raise funds to enhance the school’s observance of Exceptional Children’s Week and arranged for a local drama troupe to educate and engage all students through a special performance.

Clark Creek ES STEM Academy PTA earned the Presidents Membership Award. Outstanding Advocacy Awards were earned by the PTAs of: Johnston ES, Mill Creek MS, River Ridge HS and Woodstock HS. Platinum Target Membership Awards were earned by the PTAs of: Hickory Flat ES, Mountain Road ES and Sixes ES.

The following schools earned Model PTA Awards: Bascomb ES, Freedom MS, Hickory Flat ES, Indian Knoll ES, Johnston ES, Little River ES, Mill Creek MS, Mountain Road ES, River Ridge HS and Woodstock HS.

31 CCSD Schools Named to Georgia’s SHAPE (Student Health and Physical Education) Honor Roll

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Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower participates in the lunchtime walking club at Sixes Elementary School – a Platinum-level honoree – with Coach Shona Roberts and students.

Thirty one Cherokee County School District schools have been named to the Governor’s SHAPE (Student Health and Physical Education) Honor Roll!

The recognition honors their commitment to the health and well-being of Georgia’s students through fitness and nutrition… an increase from 27 last school year!

The Honor Roll program recognizes and rewards the schools, students and teachers that demonstrate excellence on measures of SHAPE participation, data reporting, and student wellness. The Governor’s SHAPE initiative is a statewide program merging governmental, philanthropic and academic and
business communities to address childhood obesity.

Schools also receive prizes from the SHAPE program ranging from banners to sports equipment based on the medal level they achieved.

The 31 CCSD schools and their PE and Health teachers who made the recognition possible were recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the Board’s Sept. 14 meeting:

PLATINUM (14 of 96 statewide)

Avery ES
Chance Cain, Jason Fitts

Ball Ground ES STEM Academy
Jennie Allen

Bascomb ES
Ed Koschewa, Nettie Mosteller and Barry Stafford

Boston ES
Rena Ehlers and Scott Lambert

Clark Creek ES STEM Academy
Chris Sears, Kaila Muecke and Michael Bergeron

Clayton ES
Anne Cross

Indian Knoll ES
Scott Barber and Jason Bermudez

Johnston ES
Michael L’Esperance and Josh Philpot

Knox ES
James Adams and Debbie Buckner

Liberty ES
Sherri Knox, Jose Lago and Rick Meyers

Little River ES
Laurie Hall, Reggie Kimball and Joshua Sams

Macedonia ES
J.J. Cantrell and Brooke Hopkins

Sixes ES
Casey LeMaire and Shona Roberts

Woodstock MS
Rusty Harrelson, Darren Clark, Josh Foster, Lynn Kavanaugh and Sam Young

GOLD (7 of 25 statewide)

Creekland MS
Ray Catlett, Keith Fountain, Julie McRae, Stacy Rich and Matt Rumble,

Dean Rusk MS
Jake Hester, Syretha Marble, Steve McGowan, Janet Roach, Paul Singer and Julie Swanson

E.T. Booth MS
Daniel Barkes, Amanda Candelario, Phil Dutko, Bill Elliott, Trip Holton, Deborah Krug, Mike Roga, Erin Schuler, and Leigh Anne Shaw

Freedom MS
Karen Baker, Steve Blackwell, Patty Bonk, Laura Dunlap and Brad DuVall

Holly Springs ES STEM Academy
Amanda Anderson and Sharon Peters

Mill Creek MS
Thomas Fountain, Jana Galloway, Eliot Gaylean, Matt Harrelson, Donna Ross and Dana Townsend

Teasley MS
Don Deaton, Paige English, Connie Gaddis and Brian Puckett

SILVER (9 of 55 statewide)

Arnold Mill ES
Pat Neder and Allyson Phillips

Canton ES STEM Academy
Katie Manley and Pam Davis

Etowah HS
Lindsey Alexander, Courtney Hatchett, Brandon Chester, Howie DeCristofaro, Rob Graner, Charles Higdon, Rodney Hunter, Chris Pack, Kim Robertson and Greg Robinson

Free Home ES
Keith Furstenberg

Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy
Clint Shaw and Griff Tatum

Hickory Flat ES
Corinne Ingram

Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy
Chris O’Cleary

River Ridge HS
Julie Winfield, Scott Bradley, Sarah Goodbread, Deb Lea and Barry Lakes

Woodstock ES
Stefanie Cunningham and Scott Fortes

BRONZE (1 of 16 statewide)

Woodstock HS
Jeff Brown, Brent Budde, Kingston Clark, Anita Dodd, Alex Gray, Jarred Hughes, Josh Pierce,
Mike Powell, Mallory Ranfos and Tom Sheehan

CCSD Announces School-Level Teacher of the Year Winners

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Congratulations to the Cherokee County School District’s School Teachers of the Year winners!

At the start of every school year, each CCSD school is asked to select its own Teacher of the Year.  These school-level winners now are eligible for the honor of Cherokee County School District’s 2018 Teacher of the Year!

The Districtwide competition will be judged by a panel of community leaders based on applications submitted by the school-level winners.  The CCSD winner will be surprised in his or her classroom by the Superintendent of Schools this fall and will be honored, along with each school’s winner, at the 2018 Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration in November.

The CCSD winner will be entered into the Georgia Teacher of the Year competition.

2018 CCSD School Teachers of the Year

Lynda Frederickson, ACE Academy

Tasha Cox Stancil, Arnold Mill Elementary School

Holly Miller, Avery Elementary School

Renay Wigley, Ball Ground ES STEM Academy

Judy Eason, Bascomb Elementary School

Jennifer Haygood, Boston Elementary School

Laurie Maselli, CCSD Preschool Centers

Cathy Fitts, Canton ES STEM Academy

Heidi Sansone, Carmel Elementary School

Shannon Hemphill, Cherokee High School

Nicole Brookshire, Clark Creek ES STEM Academy

Rebecca Heard, Clayton Elementary School

Chad Lanier, Creekland Middle School

Jason Hardin, Creekview High School

Mindee Calabrese, Dean Rusk Middle School

John Wilson, E.T. Booth Middle School

Brandon Grummer, Etowah High School

Kelly Wilkie, Free Home Elementary School

Janelle Haysman, Freedom Middle School

Mark Thompson, Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy

Jennifer Bledsoe, Hickory Flat Elementary School

Valerie Wallace, Holly Springs ES STEM Academy

Angela Barnes, Indian Knoll Elementary School

Erin Myers, Johnston Elementary School

Amy Dickinson, Knox Elementary School

Danielle Kononen, Liberty Elementary School

Megan Mayfield, Little River Elementary School

Kirsten Hargadon, Macedonia Elementary School

Kathleen Burns, Mill Creek Middle School

Amanda Farmer, Mountain Road Elementary School

Heather Burgess, Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy

Amberly Brown, R.M. Moore Elementary School

Amanda Sue Farist, River Ridge High School

Julie Geoghagan, Sequoyah High School

Dr. Kyle Shugart, Sixes Elementary School

Cassandra Fainter, Teasley Middle School

Kristen Irwin, Tippens Education Center

Carla Page, Woodstock Elementary School

Jamie Vogan, Woodstock High School

Stephanie Vidrine, Woodstock Middle School

Board Briefs: School Board Hears Plans for Relieving Cherokee HS Overcrowding



Etowah HS student delegate Katie Bishop leads the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The School Board on Thursday, September 14, 2017, heard plans for a public review of options to relieve overcrowding at Cherokee High School.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said he and his senior staff have been closely monitoring Cherokee High School enrollment, which now tops 2,600 — and developing options to provide relief.

While the campus is not “critically overcrowded” due to solutions already implemented, the Superintendent has committed to gathering public input to make a recommendation for School Board action… to take effect in the 2018-19 school year.

“This is a transparent process,” Dr. Hightower said.  “We will hold meetings that are open to the public, and we want to hear from everyone who has an opinion or concern about the possible solutions.”

Not only is the campus now home to 14 mobile units with 28 classrooms and 22 floating teachers, but 700 students crowd the cafeteria for each lunch period.  Only 196 students – a fraction of the 458 seniors – are able to park on campus (no underclassmen have the opportunity); and hallways, restrooms and other infrastructure cannot comfortably accommodate any further growth.

“Unfortunately, due to our School District’s decades of rapid growth coupled with a tax base that cannot generate enough revenue for us to ‘pay as we go’ with construction, we have a ‘mortgage’ to pay off from our aggressive building and major renovations plan… and not enough borrowing capacity to fund construction of a new high school ($70+ Million) in the next five years,” Dr. Hightower said.

While Dr. Hightower already had advised the School Board of his plans to include construction of a new high school campus to relieve Cherokee HS, which will take approximately three years to build, in the 2021 Education SPLOST referendum, he said Thursday that he strongly believes a solution is needed now.

“If we were two years from a solution, I might say we could do double sessions or another solution that would only involve Cherokee High School’s campus,” Dr. Hightower said.  “But we’re not in that kind of timeframe.”

To begin the recommendation process, Attendance Focus Group Meetings will be held Oct. 9-12 (a detailed schedule is below).  These meetings are open to the entire community: parents, employees, volunteers, partners, neighbors.  At these meetings, the Superintendent’s staff will share current data, projected growth and possible solutions.

The most important factors the Superintendent will take into consideration when reviewing these solutions are whether the changes will negatively impact teaching and learning and whether the recommendations will be fiscally responsible.  He will make a recommendation to the School Board at its November meeting, with a vote scheduled for the December meeting.

“No matter what options are considered during the process, I want our employees to know they will not lose their position with CCSD because of the solution the School Board chooses.  You will have a home,” he said.  “We’re in growth mode, and we need all the teachers and staff we have… and we’ll need more as we continue to grow.”

Several possible solutions already are being floated by parents in the community involving various schools in the Cherokee Innovation Zone, including ACE Academy.  All would require a shift of students or programs… and would need additional analysis as part of this input process.

The schedule of meetings is below – the public can attend any and all meetings, all of which are from 7 to 9 p.m.:

Canton ES STEM Academy: Oct. 9

Knox ES: Oct. 10

R.M. Moore ES: Oct. 11

Cherokee HS and ACE Academy: Oct. 12 at Cherokee HS auditorium

Also on Thursday, the School Board voted to advertise the CCSD Downtown Center, which is the name used for the offices at the Historic Canton High School building, and adjacent larger corner parking lot for sale.

The School Board also:

• Heard Strategic Work Session presentations on “Trends in Education” including topics such as the Canvas learning management system, the Balanced Literacy model, middle school STEM activities and a pilot program to use cameras in classrooms to improve instruction;
• Recognized Woodstock High School Navy JROTC Cadet Lt. Commander Katlyn Deveau as winner of National-level Legion of Valor Award;
• Recognized Georgia PTA State-level award winners;
• Recognized 19 CCSD educators for earning Apple Vanguard certification;
• Recognized 16 CCSD educators for earning Microsoft Innovative Educator Classroom certification;
• Recognized 10 CCSD educators as Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts;
• Recognized 31 CCSD schools and their PE and Health teachers for being named to the Governor’s SHAPE (Student Health and Physical Education) Honor Roll;
• Recognized Creekview HS Senior Elhana Kelley for her election to the Area 1 North Region FFA Officer Team;
• Approved a proclamation in honor of Constitution Week;
• Approved a proclamation recognizing September as National Attendance Awareness Month;
• Approved the renewal of Partnership Agreements with Cobb EMC, Hobgood Baseball Inc., North Georgia Regional Education Services Agency, Piedmont College and Sequoyah Regional Library System; • Approved out-of-state and overnight student field trips; • Approved monthly financial reports;
• Approved the issuance of a tax anticipation note;
• Approved the surplus of property to be sold at CCSD’s annual surplus auction on Oct. 7 (more information posted here);
• Approved granting an easement to the Cherokee County Water & Sewerage Authority;
• Approved special lease agreements;
• Approved monthly personnel recommendations; and,
• Approved the annual contract with Ninth District Opportunity Inc.

Next meeting: 7 p.m. Thursday, October 19, 2017

Creekview HS senior Elhana Kelley is congratulated by the Board and Superintendent for her election to the Area 1 North Region FFA Officer Team.

The School Board recognized PE teachers from CCSD schools that were named to the Governor’s SHAPE Honor Roll.

The School Board recognized CCSD teachers for earning Apple Vanguard Certification as well as those earning Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert certification.

The School Board recognized Georgia PTA State-level award winners for 2016-17, including Model PTAs, Outstanding Principals, Outstanding Units, membership awards, as well as the 2017 Georgia PTA Outstanding School Nurse– Thania Molina from Mill Creek MS.

CCSD Celebrates School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists

Sixty-five speech-language pathologists – or SLPs, as they also are known – serve CCSD’s students who have difficulties with communication.

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating its School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists as part of the statewide appreciation week for these professionals.

Sixty-five speech-language pathologists – or SLPs, as they also are known – are highly trained professionals responsible for evaluating and treating CCSD students who have difficulty with communication.

Students who struggle with language also may struggle with understanding instruction, expressing what they know, or with making friends… but the work of speech-language pathologists assists them in overcoming these challenges.

“I know the positive difference these professionals make in the lives of children. I appreciate them, and hope you will join me in thanking them for their service,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “From teaching a child to say her first words to teaching a significantly impaired child to ask for help using a communication device, their contributions to the lives of students with these special needs are tremendous and long-lasting.”