Five Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists!

Five Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists!

National Merit semi-finalists photosFive Cherokee County School District high school seniors today were named 2018 National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists!

They are: of Etowah HS, Joseph Young; of River Ridge HS, twin sisters, Claire and Irene Chen, and Simon Yang; of Woodstock, Preston Alsup.

“Congratulations to these extraordinary students, their families and their teachers!” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We are proud of your continued academic achievement on the path to college and career success. Our Merit Scholar semi-finalists are known for their accomplishments in the classroom and through extra-curricular and community activities, and we look forward to seeing them progress through this process… and, we hope, to earning scholarships!”

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which oversees the prestigious competition, has named 16,000 semi-finalists, who were selected from a pool of 1.6 Million students based on outstanding 2016 PSAT scores. Less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors are named semi-finalists.

To be considered as a finalist, the students next will submit a detailed application noting their academic achievements, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors; an endorsement and recommendation from a high school official; and an essay. Students also must earn SAT scores that confirm their PSAT performance.

The anticipated 15,000 finalists will compete for 7,500 scholarships worth about $32 million, which will be awarded in the spring.

AT&T, Comcast Offer Cherokee County Families Lower-Cost Internet Options

As CCSD, and other school districts around the country, expands its use of a digital environment for curriculum content delivery, the need and preference by students to access these resources anytime and from anywhere is steadily increasing.

These links outline lower-cost options available to Cherokee County families that face financial challenges in accessing the Internet and the criteria you must meet to qualify for the services from either company.



CCSD Schools, Offices Re-opening Sept. 13, 2017

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UPDATE 1:51 p.m. 9/10/17: Based upon Governor Deal’s declaration of an emergency and multiple weather briefings with Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency relative to impending heavy rains, strong wind and potential flooding and power loss from Hurricane Irma, the Superintendent of Schools is closing Cherokee County School District schools and offices and cancelling all district operations for Monday, Sept. 11, and Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.


We’re closely monitoring forecasts and the potential impact the storm may have on the community and our schools. Our Emergency Operations Facilitator is participating in National Weather Service debriefings and meetings with the county Emergency Operations Center. Information about how we will notify parents of any school closures, early dismissals or delays is here:

CCSD Class of 2017 Earns Record High Scores on ACT

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The Cherokee County School District continues to excel at preparing students for college and career success!

Scores released today show the Class of 2017 exceeded previous record high averages on the challenging ACT college entrance and placement examination. The students’ performance on the test also continues to top National and State averages!

“Our mission is to ‘educate the emerging generation’ in preparation for the challenges of higher education and the workplace, and these results show our community that our teachers are achieving that goal,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We are so proud of these students and their teachers, and we are so grateful for the leadership of our School Board and the support of our community that enables us to continuously exceed expectations!”

The CCSD average ACT composite/total score on the curriculum-based test is 23.2, rising from 23.1 last year and from 20.8 over the past decade; the State average increased to 21.4 (now ranked as the fifth in the U.S. among states that test at least half their students), and the National average rose to 21. Students earn a score on a scale of 1 to 36; the ACT is taken in lieu of or along with the SAT. Class of 2017 SAT scores are expected to be released later this month.

The CCSD Class of 2017 earned the system’s highest-ever scores across all subjects: Reading (24), English (22.9), Math (22.3) and Science (23) – and all of these subject scores exceed State and National averages. The number of CCSD seniors taking the ACT also climbed to 1,688, up from 1,623 the previous year.

When CCSD students enter college, according to State data, they also are more prepared than their peers, as 91.5 percent of graduates who enroll in a state college or university don’t need a single remedial class.

School and individual student ACT results are closely reviewed by Principals and their leadership and data-management teams to develop instructional improvement plans. Counselors also use the data to refine recommendations as to which entrance exams best position individual students for college admission and scholarship success. The ACT will be administered in CCSD this year on Sept. 9, Oct. 28, Dec. 9 and Feb. 10.

“While we celebrate these results, we remain focused on ensuring every student receives the best education possible and fulfilling the responsibility entrusted to us by their parents,” Dr. Hightower said. “Our country’s public schools provide a vital service to 51 million students and their families, and I believe there’s no greater public school system in our country than the one we have here in our community. We care about your children. We care about your children’s future. We care about your children’s future success.”

ACT Scores Chart

ACT Scores Chart

ACT Scores Chart

CCSD Statement on River Ridge High School 8/31/17 Incident

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Dear Parents,

On behalf of the Superintendent, this message is to provide you with more information about a story currently circulating in the media and on social media regarding an incident at one of our high schools.

In this regard, a River Ridge High School math teacher on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 erroneously told two students their shirts with campaign slogans were not permitted in class. Her actions were wrong, as the “Make America Great Again” shirts worn by the students are not a violation of our School District dress code. The teacher additionally — and inappropriately — shared her personal opinion about the campaign slogan during class.

The school’s Principal immediately met with and apologized to these students and their families. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower is deeply sorry that this incident happened in one of our schools; it does not reflect his expectation that all students be treated equally and respectfully by our employees.

While we cannot discuss disciplinary action against a teacher, we can assure you that the students face no disciplinary action. The Superintendent also is instructing all Principals to meet with their teachers and staff to review the dress code and remind them that their political opinions should not be shared with students.

Thank you for entrusting us with your children each day. We care about them and their future success!

Barbara P. Jacoby

Chief Communications Officer

Cherokee County School District


Test of CCSD Emergency Notification System on Sept. 1

The Cherokee County School District tested its School Messenger emergency notification system on Sept. 1, 2017.

As part of the test, we sent test messages to all CCSD parents and the emergency contacts they provided to their children’s schools, and all CCSD employees.

Between 4:30 and 7 p.m. on Sept. 1, parents should have received emails, texts and phone calls to the email addresses and phone numbers you provided to your child’s school. If you did not, please contact your child’s school next week to verify the information we have on file.

To receive School Messenger texts, you must additionally opt-in to the system by texting any one of the following words to the number 68453: subscribe, opt-in or yes. You should receive an automatic response that you’re registered for messages; if you don’t, please contact your wireless provider, as some do not accept SMS messages.

On the home page of this website, you’ll see a red “Emergency Notifications” button that links you to useful information about our notification system and other related topics.

The safety of our students and employees is a top priority; thank you for trusting us with that responsibility.