CTAE: Students Can Start Certification & Careers in High School

CTAE: Students Can Start Certification & Careers in High School

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February is National CTAE Awareness Month!

Note:  We are producing a video series this spring spotlighting a different Career Pathway at each of our six high schools.  In honor of National CTAE Awareness Month, watch our first video here, focusing on the Architectural and Engineering Design program at Etowah High School.  New videos will be released over the next few months.

While the Cherokee County School District is well known for its rigorous college-prep curriculum, our high schools also offer more than 20 different career certifications in technology, healthcare, video production, automotive, welding, and more!

“We’ve taken career education to the next level by continuously shaping our programs to align with local industry needs and national certification standards,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “These classes not only prepare students for the workforce or technical college, but also give hands-on skills to college-prep students that can benefit them in their careers and in life.”

While most CCSD graduates enroll in college or a technical school program within a few months of completing high school, about 25% of each graduating class enters the workforce directly after earning a high school diploma.

What many parents remember as “vocational classes” are aligned today under the state CTAE (Career Technical and Agricultural Education) program and are grouped by Career Pathways.  “Pathway Completers” are those students who earn three or more credit hours within a single Pathway, which can lead to certification and advanced job readiness.

CCSD’s CTAE program also leverages partnerships with local industry and workforce development entities, as well as Chattahoochee Technical College, to ensure students are ready to take their next step after high school.  CCSD students can earn recognized industry credentials, participate in work-based learning and apprenticeship opportunities, and serve as leaders through programs like SkillsUSA, JROTC and industry-related clubs and competitions.

“We have students graduating with full-time welding jobs lined up,” Dr. Hightower said of one example of the CTAE program’s many successes, noting that the benefits extend to college-bound students as well.  “We also have students headed to nursing and pre-med programs as certified nursing assistants – knowledge that puts them ahead of their classmates and qualifies them for a great part-time job.”

Programs vary by school; the current list of Pathways can be found here:  http://cherokeek12.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/2017-18-Career-Pathways-Options.pdf   For more information on Georgia’s CTAE program, see the DOE website at http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/CTAE/Pages/default.aspx

Message from the Superintendent: School Safety

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Please see the Feb. 16, 2018 message below from Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower:

Dear Parents,

Like many of you, I have spent the past two days reflecting on the horror that occurred on the campus of Stoneman Douglas High School and praying for Parkland and our country.

Such a tragedy is the greatest fear not only of every parent, but also of every educator and every Superintendent of Schools.

While our School District long has been a leader in ensuring school safety and security, we continuously evaluate what more we can do to protect our children and our employees.

Following the Sandy Hook school shooting tragedy, we established the Superintendent’s Ad Hoc Safety and Security Committee.  This group, made up of CCSD police and school operations leaders, Principals, parents and our community’s sheriff and municipal police chiefs, visited every one of our schools to audit security measures and procedures and reviewed all of our District safety policies and protocols.

The recommendations from that group have led to important improvements made over the last five years, such as the addition of more POST-certified officers to our CCSD School Police Department; the redesign of school entrances, and installation of electronic front-door buzzer and camera systems and security foyers; and the introduction of the School Messenger notification system being used to send you this message.

Knowing the past effectiveness of this Committee, I’ve called upon CCSD School Police Chief Mark Kissel, who serves as chairman of the group, to hold a series of meetings beginning next month.  We’ve notified Committee members today of our need for their assistance, and we appreciate their service.

The focus of these meetings will be to assess current and emerging school safety initiatives, determine the programmatic, operational and fiscal impact of CCSD’s safety and security protocols and practices, and provide me with recommendations this spring prior to the presentation of my recommended Annual Budget to the School Board.  If you have any input you would like to share with the Committee, please email it to Chief Communications Officer Barbara P. Jacoby at barbara.jacoby@cherokeek12.net.

As you know, three educators lost their lives protecting the children of Stoneman Douglas High School.  Our School District’s team – from the teachers in the classroom to the leaders on our School Board – cares about your children as if they were their own.  That care is what makes Parkland so heart-breaking for us and why I’ve called upon this Committee to take action.

Dr. Brian V. Hightower
Superintendent of Schools

Board Briefs: School Board Begins Annual Leadership Hiring Process

The School Board on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, began its annual leadership hiring process with the approval of the Superintendent of Schools’ recommendations to fill two central administration vacancies.

With its approval of the Superintendent’s monthly personnel recommendations, the Board appointed Dr. Shannon Carroll as the new Supervisor for Instructional Technology and Rocky Simpson as the new Coordinator of Maintenance.  With these approvals, the Board next month can proceed with approving recommendations for Principal openings, and, in April, approve appointments for Assistant Principals and any other subsequently vacant leadership positions.

“Both of these appointments add more depth to our leadership strength,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said of Dr. Carroll and Simpson.  “Shannon, in her current role as a curriculum coordinator, has been a critical resource for STEM instruction, and we know she will expertly guide our use of classroom technology.  We’re so proud of Rocky, who’s a graduate of Cherokee High, for coming back to us after college to use his expertise to support our schools.”

Dr. Carroll joined CCSD in 1993 as a teacher and, after a classroom career that included twice earning her school’s Teacher of the Year title, moved into District leadership roles in curriculum and professional development.  Mr. Simpson joined CCSD in 2002 after earning his degree from Kennesaw State University.

The School Board also:

• Recognized Holly Springs ES STEM Academy as a Microsoft Showcase School;

• Recognized CCSD as the recipient of the National Employer Support of the Guard

and Reserve Patriotic Employer Award;

• Recognized Carmel ES teacher Merry Willis and Holly Springs ES STEM Academy teacher Lisa Lougheed as Global Minecraft Mentors;

• Recognized Woodstock HS economics teacher Josh Sailers as the 2018 Georgia Economics Teacher of the Year;

• Recognized E.T. Booth Middle School as a Common Sense Certified School for Digital Citizenship;

• Recognized the Woodstock ES FIRST Lego League (FLL) Robotics Team as first-place winners in Core Values for Team Work at the State finals and as Super Regionals champions;

• Recognized Sequoyah High School junior Hanna Palmer for being elected to the 2018-2019 Georgia DECA State Executive Officer Team;

• Recognized State and Regional Champions from the Etowah High School wrestling team;

• Approved a resolution recognizing March 1, 2018 as “PTA Day in the Cherokee County School District”;

• Adopted International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for students and educators;

• Approved the renewal of Partnership Agreements with Aramark Management Services, Cherokee County Historical Society and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society;

• Approved month

ly financial reports;

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

• Approved special lease agreements; and,

• Met in Executive Session to discuss personnel, real estate and student disciplinary matters.

Next meeting: 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2018

School Board Hires New Creekview HS Head Football Coach!

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Adam Carter

The Cherokee County School Board has hired Adam Carter to serve as Creekview High School’s head football coach!

The School Board on Thursday voted unanimously to tap Coach Carter, who helped lead his previous team to the 6A Georgia State Championship title in 2016, to teach physical education and health classes and coach the Grizzlies effective March 1.

“Adam Carter is a highly motivated, intelligent coach. He fits the criteria required by all of our stakeholders,” said Principal Dr. Mark Merges, who plans to soon host a meet-and-greet event to introduce Coach Carter to the community. “Coach Carter brings a positive, family-oriented atmosphere to the Creekview football program, encouraging athletes, parents and the community to be involved.”

Coach Carter comes to Creekview from Valdosta High School where he served as the football team’s Defensive Coordinator, helping lead the team to its Region and State Championships titles in 2016, and also served as head track coach, bringing home a 6A Region 1 Championship win. His prior roles include defensive coordinator for the football programs at Marietta High School, Bradwell Institute in Hinesville, and Camden County High School, where he also led the track team to win Regions. He additionally coached football at Reinhardt University and South Carolina State University.

“Building a program of excellence, both on and off the field, will be the commitment of my team, my staff and myself,” said Coach Carter, who will be moving to Cherokee County with his wife, Molly. “We will use the game of football as an avenue to support the growth and development of quality, high-character young men who excel in the classroom, the field, and in life.”

He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from the University of West Georgia and his master’s degree in health and kinesiology with an emphasis in coaching from Georgia Southern University.

“I have been blessed with opportunities in my career due to hard work, leadership and my knowledge of the game,” said Coach Carter, who is studying to earn his specialist degree in health and physical education from Jacksonville State University. “I plan to build a football program that takes pride in hard work, dedication, and commitment.”

Creekview HS Athletic Director Dr. Kevin Higgins said he’s eager to begin working with Coach Carter.

“I think Adam is the right fit for our community and our players,” he said. “The Creekview family is excited to welcome Coach Carter as a Creekview Grizzly.”


Congratulations to CCSD’s STAR Students and Teachers!

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Congratulations to this year’s Cherokee County School District STAR Students and Teachers!

The Canton and Woodstock Lions Clubs this week honored CCSD students and teachers at their annual STAR Student and Teacher Recognition Ceremony at the Cherokee Arts Center in downtown Canton. These honorees will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the March 15, 2018 School Board meeting.

The overall Cherokee County STAR Student is Sasha Stogniy from Woodstock High School, and her STAR Teacher is Kelly Burke.

The STAR, or Student Teacher Achievement Recognition, Student honor is awarded to the student from each Cherokee County public and private high school with the highest score on any single test date of the SAT (taken through the November test date of their senior year) and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average. Each honored student is invited to select his or her favorite teacher to be named that school’s STAR Teacher.

High school STAR Students compete for system titles, and the overall Cherokee County STAR Student is Sasha Stogniy from Woodstock High School! Her STAR Teacher is Kelly Burke.

System STAR Students compete for region-wide honors in the 12 STAR Regions, and Region winners are invited to Atlanta to compete for the state PAGE (Professional Association of Georgia Educators) STAR scholarships and awards. STAR Teachers continue on with their STAR Students at every level of the program.

“We congratulate all of our STAR Students and Teachers on this admirable achievement!” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “Thank you to the Lions Clubs and PAGE for celebrating these shining examples of excellence in education. We look forward to recognizing these stars next month with our School Board!”

Cherokee HS
STAR Student: Stephanie Bradley
STAR Teacher: Roy Lange

Creekview HS
STAR Student: Kristen Farmer and Will Touchstone
STAR Teacher: Jason Hardin and Tom Armstrong

Etowah HS
STAR Student: Sean Waldron
STAR Teacher: Brian Heglund

River Ridge HS
STAR Student: Simon Yang
STAR Teacher: Tracye Bulger

Sequoyah HS
STAR Student: Alyssa Cagle
STAR Teacher: Dr. Cathy Murphy

Woodstock HS
STAR Student: Sasha Stogniy
STAR Teacher: Kelly Burke


Five CCSD Seniors Advance as National Merit Scholarship Finalists!

photo of finalistsFive Cherokee County School District high school seniors have been named 2018 National Merit Scholarship 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.  As Finalists, they now will compete for 7,500 scholarships worth about $32 million to be awarded this spring.

“What an honor for these students, their families, our teachers and our School District!” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “Earning this recognition is a considerable achievement, and we’re so proud of them and the opportunities this success offers.”

Less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors are selected for this recognition by The National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Students are named semi-finalists based on outstanding 2016 PSAT scores.  The pool of 16,000 semi-finalists is narrowed further for the finalist level through an application process that reviews students’ 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 National Merit Scholarship Corporation estimated that only 15,000 students would be named Finalists.


CCSD Leader Elected as President of Statewide Special Education Organization!

Charlette M. Green

A Cherokee County School District leader is speaking up for Special Education students and educators at the state level!

Charlette M. Green, CCSD’s Executive Director of Special Education, is serving a one-year term as president of the Georgia Council of Administrators of Special Education.

The organization, known as GCASE, is part of the International Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) and is dedicated to improving schools’ services to children with special needs. The group provides its members the opportunity to study issues and solutions through discussion and publications.

“Our School District is focused on ensuring that every child receives the best education possible, and Ms. Green’s role with our organization is critical to achieving that mission,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “She is a leader in her field, and we’re proud that she is representing our School District and advocating for our State’s special education students and educators.”

In her role as President, Ms. Green leads a Board of Directors made up of representatives from 18 districts across the state and ad-hoc members from other organizations. As President, Ms. Green also represents GCASE on the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders and CASE Board of Directors.

“I believe that it is important for CCSD to have representation at the State and National levels to ensure that we remain progressive and at the forefront of meeting the needs of students with disabilities,” said Ms. Green, who joined CCSD in 2008. “It is also important to share what we have found to be effective in CCSD with others, as we have and will continue to make great strides for our students with disabilities. Serving as the President of GCASE is an opportunity for me to share and learn from others to benefit our students, families, and staff in CCSD.”

Ms. Green, who earned her bachelor’s degree in audiology and speech pathology and master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Florida State University, began her career in 1999 as an elementary school speech-language pathologist. She went on to work as a special education representative and local education advisor at the school level and as an education program specialist for the Georgia Department of Education. She joined CCSD as a supervisor for Special Education and has led the department since 2009.

She is frequently published and requested as a conference presenter, and has earned numerous awards including being named a 2014 Fellow of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, 2013 Professional of the Year by the Georgia Administrators in Education Leadership and 2012 Outstanding New Special Education Administrator of the Year by GCASE.

A member of GCASE for more than 10 years, Ms. Green previously has served as its Co-Chair of Professional Learning Committee, Vice President, and President-Elect.


CCSD Launching New Online System for Kindergarten Registration Beginning March 12!

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Kindergarten teacher Danielle Kononen, Liberty Elementary School’s 2018 Teacher of the Year, works with students on a lesson.

The Cherokee County School District is launching a new online system for kindergarten registration beginning March 12, 2018!

Instead of handwriting information on a pile of paper forms in a school office, parents can log in from home to the Registration Gateway via CCSD’s website.  Through the user-friendly process that takes about 15 to 20 minutes, parents will enter their own identification information, such as emergency contact names and numbers, which will increase accuracy and eliminate redundancy.  Required enrollment documents (birth certificate, proof of residency, etc.) also can be scanned and uploaded to the system from home.

After entering all their information online into our secure system, parents will be asked to schedule an appointment to bring the legally required documents for enrollment to the school.  During this appointment, your records will be verified by the front office (and scanned and uploaded if you were unable to do this from home), and your child will participate in a brief assessment with a teacher to gauge his or her kindergarten readiness.

The Registration Gateway will be open from March 12 through 31 for parents of children who will begin kindergarten in the 2018-19 school year (must be born on or before Sept. 1, 2013), and children who are starting school for the first time but are ready to enter the first grade (must be born on or before Sept. 1, 2012).

Additional online systems will go live later this spring for registering Pre-K students and students new to CCSD in any grade, and the dreaded “first day forms” for all students will be replaced with an online process this summer for the start of the new school year.

“Parents have been pleading with us for years to spare them from paper forms, so we’re very excited to have the technology capabilities to roll out these new online systems,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “This system not only is easier for parents, it also will reduce the cost and waste associated with paper forms, and eliminate the need for staff to spend valuable time typing information from forms into our student information system.”

Want to get ready now for when the kindergarten Registration Gateway opens?  Click here for easy instructions, helpful hints and a list of the legally required documents.

Counselors Share Insights into Their Work for National School Counseling Week

In honor of National School Counseling Week (Feb. 5-9), we asked some of our amazing school counselors about the challenges and rewards of their job.  Here is what they shared:

What would it surprise parents most to know about your job as a school counselor?

  • I think parents would be surprised, in general, if they spent “a day in the life of a middle school counselor!”  We play so many different roles-part of administrative team, testing coordinators, 504 chairs, classroom guidance, small group, individual counseling, teacher collaborators, parent collaborators, transition coordinators, program managers. . . the list goes on and on.   Michelle Martin, Dean Rusk MS
  • A lot of parents are shocked when we tell them that we have 300-400 kiddos on our caseload, depending on your school and department size. It’s always funny to see their reactions, astonishment, and the infamous “How do you do it? . . . lots of self-care, coffee, and chocolate! Hillary Nichols, Woodstock HS
  • I think it would surprise parents to know how much school counseling has evolved over the years.  School counselors now use evidence-based practices and data collection to make informed decisions on how to best help and support the whole child.  On an individual basis, school counselors address the social/emotional needs of students to remove barriers to learning so students can be successful in the classroom. School counselors work to be proactive as opposed to reactive and advocate for student success in all realms (academically, socially/emotionally and vocationally). Danielle Mabeus & Kim Holstein, Bascomb ES
  • I treat and care for their children like I do my own. That means loving them when they are struggling and telling them the truth when faced with choices. Wendy Fort, Sequoyah HS
  • How much I worry about their students when things aren’t going their way.  We try not to, but school counselors frequently take the job home with us.  Tracy Tuck, Cherokee HS
  • Parents would be surprised to know the struggles that students come to school with (home life, social pressure, mental health) and have to try and focus and perform academically.  There are students in our school system across all walks of life that struggle, and the most normal part of their day might be the time between when they get on the bus in the morning until they get off the bus in the afternoon. Cliff Hamilton, Teasley MS

What advice would like to share with parents who have children about to start school?

  • EVERY child needs unconditional love from his or her parents and family members. The love, security, and acceptance trio are the bedrock for a child’s good mental health. Make sure children know that your love is not dependent on looks or grades or accomplishments. Above all, make sure your children know that you love them without any boundaries, and always will. Your child’s self-confidence will grow in a home environment of unconditional love. They also need to know as they grow older that they will not find this kind of love on social media. Dede Manzella, Woodstock MS
  • Encourage them to be themselves.  Communicate with their students teachers and support the teachers.  If the student is dealing with something difficult, get in touch with the school counselor and advocate for your student and get them connected to the help the school system provides.  Cliff Hamilton, Teasley MS
  • Let them fail, allow failure to be a teacher, allow them to experience the consequences of their choices both good and bad, give them time in their daily schedule to be a kid and listen to them. Wendy Fort, Sequoyah HS
  • Parents are so focused are preparing them academically, but things that would benefit them most is to develop listening and following directions skills, respect for adults, doing things the first time they are told, and practicing social skills such as sharing, taking turns, winning and losing at games, talking and listening to friends.  The academics will come if the appropriate behavior is there first. Elizabeth Ray, Carmel ES
  • For students starting high school, encourage them to be advocates for themselves and to take the initiative to ask questions so that they can take ownership in choices that will affect their future.  As school counselors, we are here to help and guide them with those decisions. Kristie Sikes, Creekview HS
  • Never stop having open and honest conversations with your kids; even working with 8th graders, where kids often try to distance themselves from parents, many of my students say they want to have more authentic conversations with their parents. Most don’t want to initiate the conversations and it may not seem like they are paying attention, but they definitely are. Phillip Crane, Mill Creek MS
  • In my opinion, building resilient students is the most important aspect of our jobs as educators and as parents.  Life will be unpredictable and unpleasant at times, however, if our children develop skills to face those times without internalizing the negative aspects, they will most likely be successful academically and personally.  My advice to parents is to encourage your children to recognize their strengths and draw upon them in times of difficulty. Angela Wilson, Creekland MS
  • Set a routine early on in life with your child. Young children need consistency in their lives. Mable Ferry, Hasty ES
  • First I would say…they will be FINE! They are going to feed off of your emotions and feelings so make sure you illustrate a positive outlook toward school and they will adopt a positive outlook toward school. Make it clear to your child that you value their education and that you respect our role as educators.  I promise we respect your role as their parents! Don’t forget our goal is to encourage independence and a love of learning in your child. Janeen Bastin, Oak Grove ES
  • It’s okay to need a box of tissues! Michelle Martin, Dean Rusk MS

What are the biggest challenges you face in your job?

  • Trying to help students become more resilient.  Social media has made our children more self-conscience, more venerable and less compassionate.  They live in a world where they can reach us (parents) no matter how far away they are within seconds.  This can be a blessing and a curse.  It gives parents comfort but at the same time, has made children much less able to deal with situation on their own making their resiliency decrease dramatically.  Michelle Martin, Dean Rusk MS
  • Learning everything I need to know to help students and parents. Wendy Fort, Sequoyah HS
  • I enjoy everything from the small talks to the big lessons. Seeing my students smile lets me know that I have done my job. My biggest challenge is trying to meet all of my students’ needs. I have to remind myself that I cannot fix everything. Jenilee Curtis, Knox ES
  • Middle school for almost all students is a time of rapid growth physically, cognitively and socially.  For many it is awkward and finds them lacking in confidence.  I enjoy establishing rapport with our students and then encouraging them as they navigate these unchartered waters and achieve success.  Celebrating that success with them is a lot of fun, too. Rod Metcalf, Woodstock MS
  • As a middle school counselor, the biggest challenges I face in my job is policing social media and picking up the pieces of the broken children that are damaged in its wake. I have been doing this job for 26 years and I promise you that I have never seen such a pervasive, negative influence that can get to our children like social media. Dede Manzella, Woodstock MS
  • Turning the “school counselor switch” off when I get home. We pour our heart and soul into our students. It’s a privilege being present and experiencing the highs and lows with our students. But it’s also really hard to not take those hard moments home, especially when you have a student suffering or experiencing some of life’s low points. Hillary Nichols, Woodstock HS
  • All stakeholders in our school communities need to trust us to do what is best for our students. We are needed to help students who grieve, families who need food and students who need help learning to study. School Counselors cover a broad spectrum.  We connect everyone. Brenda Hall, Knox

What do you enjoy most about your job as a school counselor?

  • I love seeing our students face obstacles, overcome them and mature. If they can leave our school more equipped to be successful at life than we have succeeded. Wendy Fort, Sequoyah HS
  • The best part of my job is the authentic relationships I form with every student at my school.  As the sole counselor for all of the school, I know and work with all the students.  I feel like every child is part of my family. Kim Driscoll, Mountain Road ES
  • The thing I enjoy most about my job as school counselor is being able to show respect to a child by taking the time to listen! Tina Word, Macedonia ES
  • What I like most about being a school counselor is that there is no “typical” day. Every day is different and brings new challenges. My favorite part of counseling is teaching students the skills and strategies to get through life’s ups and downs, teaching them to see the glass as “half full” and teaching them healthy coping skills. I also love assisting students with the college application process. Once I help them break the application process down into parts, they realize that the task is not as stressful as they thought it would be. Lindsay Gueren, Woodstock HS
  • Working with students and parents directly. I love that we get to offer support during the difficult times and also celebrate with them at the other times. Alicia Davis, Mill Creek MS
  • I love meeting with students and parents and helping them figure out the best post-secondary options that meet the student’s individual needs and desires. Kristie Sikes, Creekview HS
  • Every person who works in education changes lives-teachers, administrators, custodians-anyone can make a difference in a child’s life.  I love when I’ve worked with a teacher to help a student and not only does it make a difference in that student’s world but I see that teacher’s spark come back because they were able to truly help a child.  It’s really amazing! Michelle Martin, Dean Rusk MS
  • I love building positive relationships with students. My favorite though, is that I love seeing my seniors pop in my office to update me on their post-secondary plans. It’s such a joy seeing their dreams come to fruition during their senior year. Hillary Nichols, Woodstock HS
  • I enjoy building a positive rapport with my students and their families.  I want to be seen as a helper and someone who can bring calm to the storm.  Middle School is a very difficult time for students because so many different things are happening at once.  My favorite part of my job is that I have the chance to impact students’ lives in a meaningful way. Angela Wilson, Creekland MS
  • Knowing that I make a difference in a child’s life is all the gratification I need. The most rewarding part of my job is how much the kids love me and giving them the skills and knowledge they need to move on in life. Mable Ferry, Hasty ES
  • Definitely the kids.  I know this generation is said to be unable to handle real life, but every day I see so much resiliency and strength in my students.  Tracy Tuck, Cherokee HS


CCSD Student Athletes Commit to Colleges on National Signing Day

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More than six dozen Cherokee County School District student-athletes were recognized in a ceremony Wednesday at the Northside Hospital Cherokee Conference Center in Canton for signing scholarship commitment letters to compete at the college level.

The event, sponsored by Northside Hospital Cherokee and Senior Series title sponsor Varsity Brands, along with Perimeter North Medical Associates, Northside Cherokee Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and Northside Family Medicine & Urgent Care, is coordinated annually by the School District’s Office of School Operations to recognize student athletes, along with their parents, coaches, athletic directors and principals, for making their college choices for a variety of sports on National Signing Day.

 While national signing day focuses mainly on football, Cherokee County students were recognized today for commitments to compete in a variety of sports, including basketball, football, golf, lacrosse, softball, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball, and more.  Photos of all the signees present for the program will be posted on the CCSD Facebook page, and a video about the event can be seen here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0buGPrZXuLA.  The students recognized Wednesday include (roster below photos):









School Athlete Sport College/University
Cherokee Matthew Hager Baseball Berrry College
Cherokee Laiken Wade Basketball Limestone College
Cherokee DeMond Ellison Football Mercer University
Cherokee Justin Magers Football Concordia University Chicago
Cherokee Khalil Walker Football Kentucky Christian University
Cherokee Madison Comer Soccer Piedmont College
Cherokee Kaleigh Killeen Soccer University of Southern Mississippi
Cherokee Alejandra Medina Soccer Oxford College of Emory
Cherokee Catriona Michel Soccer University of West Georgia
Cherokee Cris Ramos Soccer Emmaunel College
Cherokee Macy Werner Soccer North Central College
Cherokee Taylor Cates Softball Kennesaw State University
Cherokee Ryanne White Softball Emmanuel College
Cherokee Ellie Johnson Track Augusta University
Cherokee Morgan Bonitatibus Volleyball Reinhardt University
Creekview Zach McClure Baseball Anderson University
Creekview Kennedy Cater Basketball Emory University
Creekview Sydney Rumble Basketball Truett McConnell
Creekview Anna Hyde Cross Country University of North Georgia
Creekview Ashleigh Meeker Cross Country/Track Berry College
Creekview Peyton Rich Golf Young Harris College
Creekview Walker Winslette Golf Huntingdon College
Creekview Dariana  Blanton Lacrosse Lee University
Creekview Brooke Holmstrom Lacrosse University of Cincinnati
Creekview Sydney Smith Soccer Life University
Creekview Mackenzie Cherry Soccer Coastal Carolina University
Creekview Madison Cherry Softball Limestone College
Creekview Brooke Ramey Softball Reinhardt University
Creekview Anna Belle Tippens Softball Wallace Community College
Creekview Amy Vetula Softball Lipscomb University
Etowah Weston Campbell Baseball Reinhardt University
Etowah Justin Dowdy Baseball Berry College
Etowah Jackson Sisk Baseball Georgia State University
Etowah Nicholas Torres Baseball Long Island University-Brooklyn
Etowah Adrian Cohen Basketball Tusculum College
Etowah Carter Ingersoll Basketball Claremont McKenna College
Etowah Jake Weitkamp Football Berry College
Etowah Lexie Dawson Golf University of Alabama-Birmingham
Etowah Caleb Greiner Golf MaryMount California University
Etowah Mason Armistead Lacrosse Piedmont College
Etowah Jackson Lambert Lacrosse Berry College
Etowah Maddie  Billings Softball Georgia Tech
Etowah Skylar Wallace Softball University of Alabama
Etowah Tegan Brown Swim Barton College
Etowah Grant Williford Tennis Loyola University-Maryland
Etowah Madison Brady Volleyball Reinhardt University
Etowah Jessie  Cohen Volleyball Kennesaw State University
Etowah Maddie Froman Acrobatics/Tumbling Fairmont State University
River Ridge Nick Blubaugh Baseball Georgia Southwestern State University
River Ridge Branson Bowling Baseball Chattanooga State
River Ridge Connor Pavolony Baseball University of Tennessee
River Ridge Chris Williams Baseball Florida International University
River Ridge Andrew Herring Football Rhodes College
River Ridge Paige Taylor Softball Georgia State University
River Ridge Natalie Waldo Swim Sweet Briar College
River Ridge Lauren Talele Volleyball Georgia College and State University
Sequoyah Rachel Renner Diving University of Tennessee
Sequoyah Noah Sherburn Football Tiffin University
Sequoyah Daniel  Brazell Lacrosse University of Montevallo
Sequoyah Gabby Garner Lacrosse Lindenwood University
Sequoyah Elisabeth Dunlap Soccer Reinhardt University
Sequoyah Emily Feyerabend Soccer Anderson University
Sequoyah Aylin Lopez Soccer Life University
Sequoyah Paulina Ortega Soccer Life University
Sequoyah Darcy Fisher Softball Lee University
Sequoyah Bailee Zeitler Softball Georgia Tech
Sequoyah Kristina Friedrichs Swim Colorado State University
Sequoyah Karen Morris Volleyball Gardner Webb University
Sequoyah Jaila Williams Acrobatics /Tumbling Baylor University
Sequoyah Deja Robinson Volleyball Mississipi State University
Woodstock Caleb Bartolero Baseball Troy University
Woodstock Dylin Hardeman Basketball Columbus State University
Woodstock Latrell  Bankston Football Hutchinson Community College
Woodstock Garrett Bass Football Murray State
Woodstock Noah Frith Football Liberty University
Woodstock Louis Hall Football Furman University
Woodstock Carson Clark Lacrosse Saint Leo University
Woodstock Jacob Pinson Lacrosse Reinhardt University
Woodstock Emilee Harris Volleyball The University of West Georgia