2018-19 School Reassignment Requests Accepted February 1-March 1

2018-19 School Reassignment Requests Accepted February 1-March 1

Parents who wish to utilize general reassignment as a school choice option within the Cherokee County School District next school year can make those requests during the next month.

The window for school reassignment/transfer requests for the 2018-19 school year opens Thursday, February 1 and continues through Thursday, March 1.  Fourteen CCSD elementary schools are “open” (meaning classroom space is available to accommodate students from outside the attendance zone) for requests, including most CCSD STEM and Fine Arts Academies.    This year there are no middle or high schools open for reassignment due to capacity limitations.  Information and application forms are accessible here.

There will not be a separate enrollment window for the STEM and Fine Arts Academies this year; those requests must be made within the same time frame with the same application (linked above).

Information about all CCSD school choice initiatives is shared in this document, CHOICES, here.

High school choice options outlined in the document (virtual school, dual enrollment, etc.) have varying timelines depending upon the program; parents should contact their child’s counselor to discuss these opportunities.

Fifteen CCSD Students Headed to State Science Fair!

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Sequoyah HS senior Theodore “Teddy” Campbell is headed to the State fair after winning first place and a Cobb EMC $50 prize at Regions, where he was congratulated by chemistry teacher, Brian Carnes.

Fifteen Cherokee County School District students are headed to the 70th Annual Georgia Science & Engineering Fair!

The students earned first-place awards at the Northwest Georgia Regional Fair on Saturday to qualify for the statewide competition, which is in March in Athens.

Creekland MS seventh-grader Danielle Satterfield won first place in the Physics & Astronomy category at the Northwest Georgia Regional Science & Engineering Fair. She also won a special award from Cobb EMC and Gas South, which included a $50 prize.

Bella Okray

Kaselynn Mitchell

Carolyn Forrester

Ava Leopard


All 13 Woodstock High School students who competed at the Regional fair placed, and nine are advancing to the State competition. Woodstock HS students make up nine of the 15 students from the Cherokee County School District who placed first at Regions and qualified for the State fair.

A list of the winners is below, as are lists of students who earned second- and third-place honors and special awards at the Regional fair.



1st Place Award and Invitation to Advance to State Science Fair

Student’s Name School Grade Teacher name Place
Alexia John Woodstock HS 12 Anna Grantham 1st Place
Anna Rives Woodstock HS 12 Anna Grantham 1st Place
Bella Okray and Kaselynn Mitchell Dean Rusk MS 7 Erin Hoerr 1st Place
Carolyn Forrester and Ava Leopard Mill Creek MS 7 Julie Schumaker 1st Place
Christopher Nikolov Woodstock HS 11 Anna Grantham 1st Place
Danielle Satterfield Creekland MS 7 Rob Ware 1st Place
Dayne Bergman Woodstock HS 10 Anna Grantham 1st Place
Delaney Caslow Woodstock HS 12 Anna Grantham 1st Place
Eliza Ndow Woodstock HS 11 Anna Grantham 1st Place
Eva Hansen Woodstock HS 12 Anna Grantham 1st Place
Jacob Tweddle Woodstock HS 10 Anna Grantham 1st Place
Theodore Campbell Sequoyah HS 12 Brian Carnes 1st Place
Zakwan Khan Woodstock HS 10 Anna Grantham 1st Place


2nd Place Awards

Student’s Name School Grade Teacher name Place
Laney Cline Teasley MS 7 Malinda Lipscomb 2nd Place
Bryce Hunter Woodstock HS 10 Anna Grantham 2nd Place
DJ Colonna Dean Rusk MS 7 Leslie Powell 2nd Place
Eduardo Morales ET Booth MS 7 Lawrence Gruszecki 2nd Place
Emily Sloan and Mackenzie Englert Woodstock HS 11 Anna Grantham 2nd Place
Luke Spivey Mill Creek MS 7 Andrea Sirard 2nd Place
Mason Mancini ET Booth MS 6 Lawrence Gruszecki 2nd Place
Sanjana Surapaneni ET Booth MS 8 Lawrence Gruszecki 2nd Place
Shane Dallas River Ridge HS 11 Chris Akins 2nd Place
William Mein & Hayden Callahan Teasley MS 6 Nancy Silka 2nd Place


3rd Place Awards

Student’s Name School Grade Teacher name Place
Caitlin Callahan Woodstock HS 10 Anna Grantham 3rd Place
Casen Stiber Woodstock MS 7 Lydia Olson 3rd Place
David McDonnell Dean Rusk MS 6 Teresa Hutto 3rd Place
Ethan Losasso River Ridge HS 11 Chris Akins 3rd Place
Evan Fistel Dean Rusk MS 7 Erin Hoerr 3rd Place
Javani Felder and Morgan Pittman River Ridge HS 12 Chris Akins 3rd Place
Kahlan Clark Woodstock MS 7 Savannah Bell 3rd Place
Kyle Egnar and William DeMartini Teasley MS 7 Jason Sirard 3rd Place
Lyla Dennis ET Booth MS 7 Lawrence Gruszecki 3rd Place
Madeline Ambry Woodstock MS 7 Lydia Olson 3rd Place
Olivia Lambert ET Booth MS 7 Lawrence Gruszecki 3rd Place
Owen Yager Teasley MS 6 Nancy Silka 3rd Place
Peyton Van Riper ET Booth MS 7 Lawrence Gruszecki 3rd Place
Riley Dunevent Freedom MS 7 Richardson 3rd Place



Cobb EMC and Cherokee County Water and Sewer Authority (CCWSA) Special Awards

Student’s Name School Grade Teacher name Partner in Education & Monetary Value of Gift Card
Christopher Nikolov Woodstock HS 11 Anna Grantham CCWSA $100
Dayne Bergman Woodstock HS 10 Anna Grantham CCWSA $50
Danielle Satterfield Creekland MS 7 Rob Ware Cobb EMC $50
Theodore Campbell Sequoyah HS 12 Brian Carnes Cobb EMC $50
Zakwan Khan Woodstock HS 10 Anna Grantham Cobb EMC $50
Laney Cline Teasley MS 7 Malinda Lipscomb Cobb EMC $50
Bryce Hunter Woodstock HS 10 Anna Grantham Cobb EMC $50
Peyton Van Riper ET Booth MS 7 Lawrence Gruszecki Cobb EMC $50
Catherine McNutt Mill Creek MS 7 Andrea Sirard Cobb EMC $50 &  CCWSA $50
Jacob Tweddle Woodstock HS 10 Anna Grantham CCWSA $100


Woodstock ES Places at State First Lego League Competition!

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From left to right, front tow: Coach Debby Pinion, Coach Neha Shah, Eddie Davis, Co-Captain Carly Goble, Captain Levi Little, Lauren Hunter, Emily Craig, GE Mentor Paul Hutto; second row: Coach Cindy Mauldin, Adam Elghonemy, Sarah Ebbs, Jordan DeFazio, Coach Danielle Cosey; back row: Bennett Keel, Principal Kim Montalbano, Maddy Brown.

Woodstock Elementary School’s robotics team members placed at State competition!

The team placed first in Core Values for Team Work at the First Lego League State Competition held on Saturday at Georgia Tech. The team will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the Feb. 15 School Board meeting.

The team qualified for State by placing first in Robot Design and earning a 100% on its Core Values presentation at the First Lego League Super Regionals competition.

In First LEGO League competition, each team designs and builds a robot based on the LEGO Mindstorms system. The robots are designed and then programmed by the team to solve a set of missions, which are laid out on a First LEGO League playing field with models made from LEGO bricks. Each team also completes a research project affiliated with the tournament theme (this year’s is Hydro Dynamics), where they research and analyze a problem. Awards are given for Robot Design, Core Values, Robot Performance, and Project.





E.T. Booth MS Earns National Certification for Digital Citizenship!

Category : CCSD

Common Sense School logo

E.T. Booth Middle School has earned national recognition for its efforts to teach students digital citizenship!

The school has been named a Common Sense Certified School for Digital Citizenship by Common Sense, a national nonprofit organization dedicated “to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology.”

The school was recognized for its work in preparing students to use digital media safely, including how to avoid dangers such as cyberbullying, plagiarism and loss of privacy. Media Specialist Amanda Graves coordinated the school’s certification process.

Amanda Graves

“E.T. Booth Middle School and its staff deserve high praise for giving students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large,” said Liz Kline, Vice President of Education Programs for Common Sense Education.

Ms. Graves, along with Principal Mike Manzella and his administrative team, will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the Feb. 15 school board meeting.


Two CCSD Teachers Named Global Minecraft Mentors!

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Two Cherokee County School District teachers have been selected for the Microsoft Education Global Minecraft Mentor Program!

Lisa Lougheed

Carmel ES teacher Merry Willis and Holly Springs ES STEM Academy teacher Lisa Lougheed were selected to join the elite group of 300 Mentors worldwide. The extensive application process hand-selected representatives from more than 70 countries.

“Game-based learning is gaining significant momentum worldwide, and it is great to see CCSD having a seat at the table to help steer the direction,” Chief Information Officer Bobby Blount said. “There is no doubt they will represent CCSD well.”

Ms. Lougheed and Ms. Willis will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the Board’s meeting on Feb. 15.

Merry Willis

The Program’s main objectives are to: gather expert feedback on Minecraft: Education Edition and related products; support educators on their Minecraft journey; and connect like-minded educators to push game-based learning forward around the world.

Mentors receive the following benefits: direct access to the Minecraft Education team for product feedback and support; A Minecraft: Education Edition Mentor account; advance notice about and early access to upcoming product releases; priority access and selection for webinars, speaking engagements, and other opportunities; an exclusive badge on education.minecraft.net; and other benefits.


Woodstock MS Student Takes Top Speller Honors

Woodstock Middle School seventh-grader Lydia Lord correctly spelled “endocrinologist” and then “incorrigible” to win the 2018 Cherokee County School District Spelling Bee Thursday night at Cherokee High School.

Thirty-one Cherokee County students put their spelling skills to the test in the Georgia Association of Educators and Cherokee County Association of Educators’ annual competition, which went a record 47 rounds over three hours before a winner was decided. Braden Flournoy, a seventh-grader at Freedom MS, won second place, and Sharon Pradeep, a student in sixth grade at Mill Creek MS, came in third.

It was a repeat performance for all three students, as Sharon, Braden and Lydia made up the three finalists in 2017, with Sharon in first last year, Braden in second, and Lydia in third. All three students will compete in the GAE Region Spelling Bee on February 24 in Cobb County.

Each elementary and middle school sent its school-level winner to the CCSD Spelling Bee in hopes of taking home the title and a chance to advance to the region competition. Students in grades 4-8 are eligible for the Bee.

More than 200 words were attempted during the event Thursday night, including tricky terms like “apparatchik,” “coati,” “prevaricate,” “desideratum” and “uncoquettish.” The three finalists went through 15 rounds of words together, and Braden and Lydia battled another 19 rounds before the competition was decided. All three finalists could be back for a third year in 2019, as they will all be eligible to spell again!

The event is sponsored each year by Cherokee County Association of Educators and the Georgia Association of Educators. Peta Murray is the GAE Spelling Bee Coordinator; John Carter and Ervina Armstrong served as callers of the words; Judges were Susan Newman, Ana Pettit and Frankie Shepherd. Kathryn Smithyman and Riva Newton were spotters (assisting speller advocates in the event of a question).

A video about the Bee is posted here on our YouTube channel, and photos of each school winner at the Bee are posted on our Facebook page.


CCSD Job Fair Set for Saturday, March 3

job fair flier

CCSD will hold its annual job fair for teacher candidates, as well as future bus drivers and school nutrition workers, on Saturday, March 3, from 9 am to 12 noon at River Ridge High School in Woodstock.  Job seekers can fill out an application online at https://www.applitrack.com/cherokee/onlineapp/default.aspx and then meet school administrators in person at the fair.


This fair is designed for teacher candidates graduating from educator preparation programs, as well as experienced educators who currently hold professional certification in Georgia or another state.


Join the team of caring professionals who provide breakfast and lunch to students.  Food service experience is preferred, but not required.


Become one of our trusted school bus drivers who provides safe transportation to and from school each day. CDL may be obtained after hiring.

2018 CCSD Job Fair March 3

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Teach Me: Working for CCSD

Be Part of the CCSDfam

Join Our CCSD Family as a School Bus Driver

School Nutrition Serves Up Thanksgiving Meals

CCSD Grads Return as Teachers

CCSD Welcomes Instructional Lead Strategists

CCSD Celebrates 2018 Teacher of the Year


CCSD Cadets Win Air Force Flight Academy Scholarships

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Three Cherokee County School District Air Force Junior ROTC cadets are among the first group of students in the nation selected for the newly launched AFJROTC Flight Academy scholarship, which will enable them to earn their private pilot’s license this summer at one of six partnering universities.

Cadets Walker Sosebee from Cherokee HS and Cohen Nunes from Etowah HS are two of 120 selected for the Flight Academy; Cadet Jared Johnson from Sequoyah HS won an alternate slot for the prestigious program.

From left: Sequoyah HS AFJROTC Lt. Col. Ronald Whittle, Cherokee HS AFJROTC Lt. Col. Eddy Stanfill, Cadet Walker Sosebee, Cadet Cohen Nunes, Cadet Jared Johnson, Etowah HS M. Sgt. Tanya Hagarman, and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower.

The Air Force is paying $2.4 million to teach 120 of its Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets (AFJROTC) how to fly, part of the service’s overall effort to address its pilot shortage. Recipients of the scholarship will take classes this summer, each course lasting between seven and nine weeks, according to the Air Force, to earn a private pilot license. Each scholarship in the initial round is valued at approximately $20,000 per cadet, according to AFJROTC’s Region 1 director and Flight Academy program acting director, Todd Taylor.

Lt. Col. Eddy Stanfill, senior aerospace science instructor for Cherokee High School’s AFJROTC program, coordinated a recognition program and reception for the three cadets from CCSD when the names of the recipients were released this month. The cadets, their parents and AFJROTC instructors gathered at Cherokee HS to receive their commendations and were recognized by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower.

“Congratulations to the parents and students – I know that you’ve put a lot of hard work into this process. And, to the commanders – it’s a real credit to your program to see students moving forward,” said Dr. Hightower. “Students sometimes have the opportunity to reach out and grab the golden ring, and this is an example of three students doing that. We are proud of you. We will pray for your safety as you go through this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Cherokee HS Principal Todd Miller added his praise for the students and the AFROTC program. “I think this is a huge honor, and it says a lot about our district that we had three of our students selected for this program when there were over 800 applicants,” said Mr. Miller.

Despite the steep competition for admission to the program, Lt. Col. Stanfill had no doubts about his cadet’s ability to stand out among hundreds of applicants.

“Walker has shown extraordinary diligence to academic, physical and social excellence in his four years of Air Force JROTC at Cherokee High School,” said Lt. Col. Stanfill. “He is a leader who exemplifies the Air Force core values of integrity, service to others, and excellence.”

Summer classes will take place at six partner universities: Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.; Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla; Kansas State University, Manhatten, Kan.; Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va.; Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.; and University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D.

The 120 AFJROTC cadets selected for the summer’s Flight Academy and the 250 planned for 2019 are but a drop in the large commercial and military pilot shortage bucket. Civilian airline industry experts project a demand for 117,000 new commercial pilots over the next 20 years. The Air Force is currently short of at least 1,500 pilots to fulfill its requirements.

To help fill those voids down the road, AFJROTC leaders’ end goal is to offer scholarships to 1 percent of its cadet corps, or 1,200 cadets, a year. The cadets will not incur a military commitment after getting their private pilot license through Flight Academy, nor does getting the license guarantee acceptance into one of the Air Force’s officer accessioning programs.

“We understand not all of the cadets graduating from the Flight Academy will elect to take a military track, but that’s OK as those young people electing to enter commercial aviation will have a positive impact on the overall national crisis,” said Brig. Gen. Michael Koscheski, Air Force Aircrew Crisis Task Force director.

Cadets who want to apply for scholarships covering the 2019 summer courses will be able to do so between Thanksgiving and Christmas of 2018. More information will be available to AFJROTC units in the fall.

Superintendent Hightower congratulates Cadet Jared Johnson.

Supt. Hightower is greeted by Cadets Jared Johnson, left, and Cohen Nunes, right.

Supt. Hightower congratulates Cadet Walker Sosebee.

Supt. Hightower congratulates Cadet Cohen Nunes.

CCSD Parents of Special Needs Students Asked to Complete Survey

survey flier

The Cherokee County School District is asking parents of special needs students to complete the Georgia Department of Education’s survey.

The GaDOE Division of Special Education will use the confidential results to identify needs and improve services.  The survey closes on May 15, 2018.

You may complete the survey online in English and Spanish at www.gadoe.org/Parent-Survey Or www.p2pga.org or www.parentmentors.org.  If you do not have access to take the online survey, please contact your child’s school for a paper copy of the survey.

Questions?  Please contact Charlette M. Green, Executive Director for CCSD Special Education, at 770.479.1871 or charlette.green@cherokeek12.net.

Spanish flier:

survey flier in Spanish


CCSD Make-Up Days to be Held During February Break

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On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that he has called for school to be held on three days during the February Break — Feb. 21, 22 and 23 — as inclement weather make-up days for all CCSD students. Please read the letter posted here (and here in Spanish) for further information including options for families that already have made travel plans for the February Break.

Text of letter is below:

22 January 201822 January 2018

Dear Parent,

Please be advised that my senior staff and I have reviewed various models and options for recovering the student instructional time lost to the four days missed this month due to inclement weather.  We have weighed at length the pros and cons of each of these options:

• Apply CCSD’s current State flexibility waiver to excuse/forgive the four January days (bringing the total days forgiven so far this school year to seven); or,

• Lengthen the school day by additional minutes to account for the four January days and/or implement an online learning recovery model; or,

• Utilize the three make-up days built into the February Break to account for three of the four January days, and excuse/forgive the one remaining missed day (bringing the total days forgiven so far this school year to four); or,

• Modify the existing calendar to create make-up days during Spring Break or by extending the School Year into the last week of May.

After carefully reviewing these options, we believe the best choice for the education of our students is to use our previously advertised February Break inclement weather make-up days, which was designed for recovering valuable instructional time in situations just like this.

Therefore, the February Break will now consist of a four-day weekend with all CCSD schools closed on February 19 and 20, but re-opening for February 21, 22 and 23 for inclement weather make-up days, as has been advertised on the 2017-18 School Year Calendar (attached) since its adoption in April 2015.  The fourth day missed earlier this month will be excused/forgiven for students; staff will be required to make up this missed time.  

We understand that some families already have committed to travel plans during the February Break and may be unable to reschedule without hardship.  We ask those parents to please communicate with their child’s teacher about assignments and make-up work to be completed upon return to school the following week.

I am committed to pursuing a districtwide online learning recovery model that would allow for the continuation of teaching and learning when schools close due to inclement weather. During the January closings, many CCSD teachers used our new Canvas learning management system and other technology resources to continue teaching and learning, but we must complete our districtwide plan and related training before a comprehensive online learning model will be ready for a successful launch next school year.


Dr. Brian V. Hightower

Superintendent of Schools