School Board to Hold Public Input Session on Attendance Areas on Nov. 16

School Board to Hold Public Input Session on Attendance Areas on Nov. 16

The Cherokee County School Board will hold a Public Input Session on 2018-19 Attendance Areas at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 in its auditorium at 1205 Bluffs Parkway, Canton 30114.  The purpose is to hear from the community about possible solutions to Cherokee High School overcrowding.

The School Board will hear from as many as 15 speakers, who each will be allotted a maximum of 3 minutes.  Auditorium doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with a sign-up sheet for the speaker slots in the lobby.

We suggest that any groups working together to advocate for a specific solution designate a spokesperson to speak on the group’s behalf; the entire group is welcome to stand behind the spokesperson at the podium.  We also suggest speakers bring a copy of their remarks to give to CCSD staff, so the remarks can be copied and shared with the Board for further review.

The Board’s Policy for public participation in meetings is posted here; we would ask anyone planning to attend and participate in this input session to review these guidelines, as they also apply to any signage citizens bring… additionally, signs that block others from viewing the meeting will not be permitted.

The input session is a public hearing; Board Members will be listening and taking notes, but not responding to comments.  Citizens who are unable to attend can share their input with Board Members by using the contact information posted here.  The Board welcomes direct public input until its vote to approve a solution at the 7 p.m. Dec. 14 regular meeting in the school board auditorium.

Next week’s Public Input Session follows two rounds of public input meetings held by CCSD staff with parents, employees and others from the community (the initial presentation is online here).  Following the first round of four meetings, four possible solutions discussed by the community were closely reviewed by CCSD staff.  More detailed information including each plan’s financial impact was presented by CCSD staff during the second round of two meetings; that presentation is available online here.


CCSD Teacher Named Georgia Conservation Teacher of the Year!

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monarch butterfly

A Cherokee County School District teacher has been named the Georgia Conservation Teacher of the Year!

Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy Discovery Science Lab teacher Karen Garland has won the state title and a $1,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The award, made possible with funding from The Environmental Resources Network, is given annually to one third- through fifth-grade public or private school teacher in Georgia who demonstrates exceptional energy and innovation in teaching life sciences.

Karen Garland

Ms. Garland will use the grant to begin the “Campaigning for Pollinators” project, which was inspired by her students’ idea to convert a monoculture of grass outside their school into a healthy habitat for pollinators like butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.

“Clark Creek Elementary is dedicated to fostering all students’ innate curiosity by empowering them to be independent problem-solvers through a variety of opportunities,” Ms. Garland said. “Through this approach, students see how classroom subjects relate to the real world.”

Through the project, students will design the garden, plant native perennials and record the species observed to a citizen science database. Students will share the responsibilities of watering, weeding, and gathering data. A field guide of butterfly host and nectar plants will be created for use in the media center. As part of the school’s STEM Day in May, students will grow and distribute milkweed (the only host plant for monarch butterflies) and educational brochures to the community.

“We love that Mrs. Garland’s project is student-driven. Third-graders saw butterflies flying overhead, but they never stopped since there was nothing there for them to eat or drink,” said Linda May, DNR Environmental Outreach Coordinator. “The students understood the importance of pollinators and wanted to help, so they thought of ways to provide suitable habitat at their school.”

The judges were impressed by the project’s cross-curricular creativity, student collaboration across grade levels and in-kind donations. The project also will be funded with donations from Lowe’s, Cherokee County Master Gardeners, Save Our Monarchs and Monarchs Across Georgia.

Ms. Garland will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the Nov. 16 Board meeting.

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Etowah HS Drama Students Win Region, State Honors!

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Etowah High School drama students earned top honors at Region and State One Act Play competition!

 

Etowah High School drama students earned top honors at Region and State competition!

Seniors Jenna Klein and Adam Parbhoo were named Best Actress and Best Actor at the regional 7AAAAAAA One Act Play event, and went on to be named to the State’s All Star Cast.

Senior Brandon Huynh was named to the Region’s All Star Cast, and the school also won Best Tech and Best Ensemble honors at Regions for its performance of “Radium Girls.”  Their teacher is Charlotte Forrest.

Jenna Klein

Adam Parbhoo

Brandon Huynh

 


Creekview HS JROTC Raiders Win State Championship!

From left to right, front row: Manager Amber Walker, Natalie Sutherland, Tera Yeager, Bianca Tupman, Assistant Commander Jessica Hankin; back row: Warren Teachworth, Commander Thomas Musgrave, Aaron Freeman, Alex Godfrey, Jacob Schwarzman, Ryan Lamazares, Cole Reece, Manager Bailey Hall, and team coach, JROTC instructor First Sgt. Greg Anderson. Not pictured: Audrey Rupert.

The Creekview High School Army JROTC Program earned first place at the Georgia State Raider Championships!

The competition to determine the “best of the best” in Georgia was hosted in October by Spalding High School. Georgia has 12 JROTC Regions, each with 10 schools, and every Region sent its top three teams to the competition, based on their Region State Qualifying Competition. Creekview HS was the region winner.

Creekview HS JROTC instructor First Sgt. Greg Anderson coaches the team for the CrossFit-style competition — a six-hour series of athletic events, but with cadets completing all events as a team rather than as individuals.

Students on this year’s team, upon graduation, will be attending the United States Military Academy at West Point, University of Georgia and University of North Georgia, and will be serving in the United States Marine Corps, the United States Army, Army Reserves, and Georgia Army National Guard.

Team members are: Team Commander Thomas Musgrave, Assistant Commander Jessica Hankin, Alex Godfrey, Warren Teachworth, Tera Yeager, Natalie Sutherland, Cole Reece, Ryan Lamazares, Bianca Tupman, Audrey Rupert, Jacob Schwarzman and Aaron Freeman.

The team will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the Board’s Nov. 16 meeting.

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CCSD Honored with 16 State Awards for Public Relations!

Category: Photography – Gold Award, “Daddy’s Home” Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications

The Cherokee County School District won a record 16 awards from the Georgia School Public Relations Association (GSPRA) including three “Best in State” top honors!

The Annual Publications, Photography & Electronic Media Contest recognizes outstanding work produced by Georgia public schools, school systems, post-secondary institutions, educational agencies or education-related associations.  The  winners were announced at the Association’s recent Annual Conference.

Category: Photography – Silver Award, “Hugs & High Fives” Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications

“Our School District would not be as successful as it is today without our strong commitment to communications and community engagement,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “We’re honored to be recognized for the work we do each day to keep the public informed and look forward to further improving our connections with our community.”

The award-winning staff members will be recognized by the Superintendent of Schools and the School Board at the Nov. 16  meeting of the School Board.

Category: Crisis Communications

BEST IN CATEGORY & Gold Award

  • Barbara P. Jacoby, Chief Communications Officer, Office of Communications
  • Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications

Category: Marketing Campaign

BEST IN CATEGORY & Gold Award, CCSD Ed SPLOST Informational Campaign

  • Barbara P. Jacoby, Chief Communications Officer, Office of Communications
  • Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications

Category: Social Media

BEST IN CATEGORY & Gold Award

  • Barbara P. Jacoby, Chief Communications Officer, Office of Communications
  • Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications
  • Penny Dempsey, Facilitator, Communications, Office of Communications

Category: Annual Report

Gold Award

  • Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications

Category: Electronic Media

Silver Award, “To Close or Not to Close? Inclement Weather” Video

  • Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications
  • Brandon Grummer, Teacher, Etowah High School
  • John Carter, Assistant Principal, Teasley Middle School

Category: Excellence in Writing

Gold Award, “Teacher Appreciation Day”

  • Barbara P. Jacoby, Chief Communications Officer, Office of Communications

Silver Award, “Back to School”

  • Barbara P. Jacoby, Chief Communications Officer, Office of Communications

Category: Internet Web Site

Gold Award

  • Barbara P. Jacoby, Chief Communications Officer, Office of Communications
  • Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications
  • Bobby Blount, Chief Information Officer, Office of Technology & Information Services
  • Karla Tipton, Supervisor, Technology Support Services, Office of Technology & Information Services

Category: Special Event

Gold Award, “2017 Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration”

  • Barbara P. Jacoby, Chief Communications Officer, Office of Communications
  • Penny Dempsey, Facilitator, Communications, Office of Communications

Gold Award, “Partner of the Year & Volunteer of the Year”

  • Barbara P. Jacoby, Chief Communications Officer, Office of Communications
  • Penny Dempsey, Facilitator, Communications, Office of Communications

Category: Special Purpose Publication

Silver Award, CCSD FY18 Budget

  • Kenneth Owen, Chief Financial Officer, Office of Financial Management
  • Marjorie DeFrank, Director, Financial Management, Office of Financial Management
  • Mindy Woosley, Supervisor, Accounting & Budgets, Office of Financial Management
  • Tina Farmer, Director, School Nutrition, Office of Financial Management
  • Shannon Nolan, Supervisor, Purchasing, Printshop and Warehouse, Office of Financial Management
  • Connie Henderson, Coordinator, Payroll, Office of Financial Management
  • Jenna Williams, Coordinator, Financial Compliance & Reporting, Office of Financial Management
  • Tammie Hunter, Administrative Assistant, Office of Financial Management

Bronze Award, “First Day Facts”

  • Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications

Category: Newsletter/Newspaper

Gold Award, “Connection Points”

  • Bobby Blount, Chief Information Officer, Office of Technology & Information Services
  • Karla Tipton, Supervisor of Technology Support Services, Office of Technology & Information Services
  • Debbie Childress, Supervisor of Instructional Technology, Office of Technology & Information Services
  • Robby Carmichael, Director of Information Technology, Office of Technology & Information Services
  • Esther Brenneman, Facilitator of Instructional Technology, Office of Technology & Information Services
  • Derek Brock, Facilitator of Technology Support Services, Office of Technology & Information Services
  • Matt Roper, Facilitator of Technology Support Services, Office of Technology & Information Services
  • Chris Saxon, Supervisor of Technology Filed Services, Office of Technology & Information Services
  • Christina Clayton, Supervisor of Digital Learning, Office of Curriculum and Instruction

Gold Award, “District Delegate”

  • Penny Dempsey, Facilitator, Communications, Office of Communications

Category: Photography

Gold Award, “Daddy’s Home”

  • Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications

Silver Award, “Hugs & High Fives”

  • Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications

Ball Ground ES STEM Academy Principal Earns Doctorate Degree

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Dr. Christian A. Kirby

Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy’s Principal has achieved an educational milestone of his own!

Principal Christian A. Kirby is now Dr. Kirby, as this week he completed his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University.

“I chose to pursue a doctorate degree because I truly do consider myself a life-long learner,” Dr. Kirby said.  “I feel that I can constantly continue to learn and grow both professionally and personally.  This degree has challenged me to do this on both fronts.”

Dr. Kirby, who joined Ball Ground ES STEM Academy this year after serving as Principal at Little River ES, previously earned a Specialist in Educational Leadership and a Masters in Educational Leadership, both from KSU, and a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from North Georgia College & State University (now North Georgia University).

“I am blessed to have incredible support from a loving wife and children and to work in such an amazing school district!” Dr. Kirby said.  “Without the love and support from both home and work, this task would have been exponentially more difficult.”

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CCSD Hosting Dual Enrollment Information Night for All High School Parents

What is Dual Enrollment? Who can participate? What are the benefits? What are the challenges? If you have questions like these, please join us for a free CCSD Dual Enrollment Information Night open to all CCSD high school parents at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, at Etowah HS or Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Sequoyah HS. Dr. Rouel Belleza, CCSD Supervisor for Student Services, will present an overview of the program, which allows high school students to take college courses and earn both high school and college credit. For more information, email rouel.belleza@cherokeek12.net

Woodstock HS Earns Prestigious State STEM Certification!

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STEM Georgia logoWoodstock High School is the first high school in the Cherokee County School District to earn prestigious State STEM Certification… and only the 12th high school in all of Georgia!

A Georgia Department of Education State STEM Certification Team visited the school Wednesday to make the final determination as to whether the school had achieved the high standards required for the elite designation. The Team unanimously gave the school its seal of approval.

“The certification committee could not stop praising the efforts of Woodstock High School and the opportunities our students have to be part of such a rich experience,” Principal Mark Smith said.

Woodstock High School is the first high school and only the second school in CCSD, following Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy, to earn this distinction.

“For Woodstock High School, this is the culmination of several years’ worth of planning and implementation on the part of our teachers, parents, business partners, and students,” Principal Smith said of the accomplishment. “Moving forward, this will allow our students who choose to follow one of our STEM Pathways to be officially recognized by the State as having completed a certified STEM Pathway.”

The path to State STEM certification is a complex, multi-year process requiring strong evidence of meeting and exceeding standards in areas such as math and science instruction, technology integration, teacher collaboration, STEM competitions, and business partnerships.

Principal Smith and the school will be recognized for earning this State honor by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the Board’s Nov. 16 School Board meeting.

“This is an amazing accomplishment that the entire Cherokee County community can be proud of, and for which so many deserve kudos and thanks for their efforts and support,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We knew that Woodstock’s team was leading the charge on high school STEM education, and this recognition is an extraordinary validation that we’re on the right path in preparing students for the STEM careers of today and tomorrow. The lessons learned through this process have evolved into best practices that all of our schools can adopt. Congratulations on this outstanding achievement!”


CCSD Improves Performance, Exceeds State CCRPI Average!

CCRPI results chart

The Cherokee County School District for the sixth consecutive year has improved results and exceeded the State’s average College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) score, which annually rates student academic achievement and progress!

The School District’s 2016-17 CCRPI average, released today by the Georgia Department of Education, is 81.8, up from 81.6, and tops the statewide average of 75. Scores at all three levels of CCSD schools – elementary, middle and high – surpass State performance; only one CCSD school scores below 70, with a 67 – a decrease from three schools last year, and five schools scored above 90 – an increase from three schools last year.

“We’re so proud of our students, teachers and staff, parents and partners for the incredible dedication required to realize significant gains in achievement and progress,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “Making the needle move in this complicated formula is extremely challenging, especially as such ratings don’t fully reflect the advancements accomplished daily by our most at-risk students and their tireless teachers. We support the State DOE’s plans to further improve the accuracy of this index, as we work together to ‘educate the emerging generation’ for college and career readiness.”

Data used to calculate CCRPI scores, including Georgia Milestones test results and graduation rates, are reviewed by CCSD and school leaders and data teams upon receipt throughout the year. This immediate responsiveness allows CCSD to continuously improve as quickly as possible without waiting for calculation of the CCRPI.

Whenever a negative trend is spotted in this year-round data flow, the Superintendent of Schools is pre-authorized by the School Board to deploy a CCSD leadership team to schools experiencing challenges for an operational review resulting in specific recommendations for improvements.

CCRPI school results chart