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

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:  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


CCSD Celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day

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More than 700 female athletes from Cherokee County’s six high schools participated in the county’s annual celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD), held Monday, February 5, at Cherokee High School. NGWSD recognizes the contributions female athletes have made in their sports, acknowledges the challenges they have overcome, and celebrates the positive influence of sports participation for girls and women everywhere, as well as the impact of Title IX legislation that guarantees equal access to athletics for females.

National Girls and Women in Sports Day is celebrated in all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies, and activities honoring athletic achievements and encouragement of female participation in sports.  Cherokee County School District takes part in this special day by hosting its own event, which it has done since 2005.

“Thirteen years ago, we began this tradition,” said Laiken Wade, a basketball player who helped coordinate the event as part of her Senior Project at Cherokee HS. “Today, we put our rivalries aside, come together and celebrate.  We celebrate our schools, we celebrate our coaches, we celebrate our peers, and we celebrate our awesomeness!”

“The National Girls and Women in Sports Day Coalition knows that educating the public about the power of this legislation is critical to its enforcement,” said event coordinator Tonya Sebring, athletic director at Woodstock HS. ”The more you understand Title IX and the rights it protects, the more you can advocate for others not as fortunate as us.

“This year’s National Theme is Play Fair Play IX,” Sebring told the crowd.  “As a way to celebrate this day and the support of our School District, the 2018 Theme for CCSD is ‘WE play fair, WE play IX’.”

The program honors a coach each year for his/her contributions and support of female athletes. This year’s recipient was Anita Dodd from Woodstock HS.  Coach Dodd has led girls’ sports teams in Cherokee County for more than 30 years, coaching teams in volleyball, cheerleading, basketball, lacrosse and golf. Last year, Dodd was the Cherokee County Golf Coach of the Year and led the Lady Wolverines to a 7th place finish in the state, producing the division 7A low medalist and state champion Abby Bolt.

Each school also honored an alumna, an athlete of the year and a team of the year.

  • Cherokee High School honored alumna Bree Wells; Athlete of the Year Taylor Cates; and selected Lady Warriors Basketball as Team of the Year.
  • Creekview High School honored alumna Ansley Henson; Athletes of the Year Makena Gates and Emilie Wilkie; and selected Lady Grizzlies Softball as Team of the Year.
  • Etowah High School honored alumna Kelsey Hodgson; Athlete of the Year Skylar Wallace; and selected Lady Eagle Softball and Volleyball as Teams of the Year.
  • River Ridge HS honored alumna Angel Cornista; Athlete of the Year Ryley Decoteau; and selected Lady Knights Basketball as Team of the Year.
  • Sequoyah HS honored alumna Jordan Haley; Athlete of the Year Ashley Painter; and Lady Chief Volleyball as Team of the Year.
  • Woodstock HS honored alumna Emily Bowman; Athlete of the Year Anna Burnett; and selected the Wolverines’ Competition Cheer Squad as Team of the Year.


The event was attended and supported by high school principals and athletic directors, as well as Superintendent of School Dr. Brian Hightower, School Board Chair Kyla Cromer, and School Board Members Patsy Jordan and Kelly Poole. Event sponsor was Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

A video about this event can be viewed here:

CCSD Earns High Marks from State for Financial Efficiency!

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Financial Efficiency Ratings Chart

The Cherokee County School District has earned high marks from the State for its financial efficiency!

The State’s Financial Efficiency Star Rating system measures school district’s spending per student in relation to those students’ academic performance according to the College and Career Ready Performance Index. Ratings range from a half a star to five stars, which is the highest possible.

The Cherokee County School District has earned 4.5 stars, which is not only an increase from 2017’s rating of 4, but also is among the best ratings in the State! Only nine school districts, including CCSD, of the 180 districts in Georgia earned a 4.5, and only three earned a 5. The rating earned by CCSD also is tied for the best among metro Atlanta county school districts!

“Our School Board is known for its strong financial stewardship, our educators are known for their determination to help every student succeed, and these ratings back up that well-deserved reputation,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “Despite the financial challenges of continued State austerity budget cuts and rising healthcare and benefits costs, we remain committed to keeping our focus on the classroom and using our taxpayers’ investment in our community’s future wisely.”

The State’s new rankings also show the CCSD’s average per-pupil spending of $7,949 is among the lowest in Georgia. Of the 180 school districts in Georgia, only 21 spend less… putting CCSD in the top 15% for conservative spending.

In addition to district scores, the Department of Education and Governor’s Office of Student Achievement this year published ratings for individual schools. Those schools with higher rates of poverty and which qualify for additional funding through the federal Title I program earn lower ratings due to the formula used.

“Parents should not be misled by these lower scores,” Dr. Hightower said of the ratings earned by CCSD’s Title I schools. “We invest more in these schools and the academic gains come more slowly, but those gains are worth every extra minute and every extra dollar. These children, who face the greatest challenges and are the most at risk in our community, must not be left behind.”

CCSD Offers School Choice Options

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Education Choices logo

Did you know that the Cherokee County School District offers a variety of school choice options?

From reassignment to a school with open seats to “move on when ready” high school programs to STEM Academies, CCSD is nationally recognized for the educational choices it offers families.

Fourteen CCSD elementary schools have open seats next school year for students from outside the attendance zone, including most STEM and Fine Arts Academies.  Parents need to apply for reassignment to these schools by March 1, and the application process and window now is the same for all schools including the Academies.  Applications are online here.  No middle or high schools are open for this type of reassignment next school year due to capacity limitations.

High school choice options including alternative schools, virtual school and dual enrollment have varying timelines and requirements; parents should contact their child’s high school counselor for more information.

Want to learn more about these choices and more?  Check out our annual Education Choices report here


Sequoyah HS Student Elected to State Board!

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Hanna Palmer

A Sequoyah High School student has been elected to serve on the 2018-19 Georgia DECA State Executive Officer Team!

Hanna Palmer, a junior, will serve as the Vice-president of Hospitality… and is the first Sequoyah High student ever selected to serve at the State level of DECA, the student marketing association.  The school’s chapter is the 17th largest in the State.

DECA’s Executive Officers are elected by the student members to provide leadership for the upcoming academic year.  They represent more than 219,000 members and develop a program in support of the organization’s strategic plan.

In her role, Hanna will be responsible for: planning, organizing, and implementing a statewide project to increase existing chapters’ activities and membership levels and to establish new chapters in schools; creating a statewide membership campaign; and putting into practice the hospitality element of DECA.

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


CCSD Congratulates Reading Bowl Winners!

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The Creekview HS team of Caitlyn Bergey, Gillian Brown, Caitlin Canfield, Jack Eno, Abigail Gallagher, Grace Godwin, Megan Halverson, Kelsey Henson, Alex Kaye, Emily McGhee and Victoria Padgett and Coaches Liana Howard and Anne Thiers celebrates its first-place win.

The Cherokee County School District congratulates its annual Reading Bowl winners and two high school teams advancing to Divisional competition!

The CCSD high school bowl winner, Creekview High School, and runner-up, River Ridge High School, will compete March 3 at the Divisional level and vie for the opportunity to move on to the State level.

Mill Creek Middle School won CCSD’s middle school-level competition, and Indian Knoll Elementary School earned first place in the elementary-school event!

The Creekview HS team, coached by Liana Howard and Anne Thiers, is made up of: Caitlyn Bergey, Gillian Brown, Caitlin Canfield, Jack Eno, Abigail Gallagher, Grace Godwin, Megan Halverson, Kelsey Henson, Alex Kaye, Emily McGhee and Victoria Padgett.  The River Ridge HS team, coached by Keara Rubin, is made up of: Bipasha Bipin, Julia Boll, Celeste Bryson, Marissa Henager, Sathvika Narasimhan, Grace Pfohl and Michelle Stevens.

The Indian Knoll ES team, coached by Kim Brown, Allison Eubanks, and Jennifer Lewis, is made up of: Luke Barber, Blakely Freeman, Isabel Harper, Kelly Rojo, Meagan Schroter, Ava Smith, Reagan Waycaster and Lauryn Young.

The Mill Creek MS team, coached by Linda Chapman, Lori Evans, and Meg Veith, is made up of: Maulik Durani, Sarah Fraser, Seraphina Jaggie, Benny Kim, Sharon Pradeep, Emily Regalado, Lorelei Sanders and Matthew Stevens.


Indian Knoll ES Principal Dr. Ann Gazell, back row left, congratulates the first-place winning team of Luke Barber, Blakely Freeman, Isabel Harper, Kelly Rojo, Meagan Schroter, Ava Smith, Reagan Waycaster and Lauryn Young, which is coached by Kim Brown, Allison Eubanks and Jennifer Lewis.

Mill Creek MS Principal Dr. Kerry Martin, far right, congratulates the team of Maulik Durani, Sarah Fraser, Seraphina Jaggie, Benny Kim, Sharon Pradeep, Emily Regalado, Lorelei Sanders and Matthew Stevens, which is coached by Linda Chapman, Lori Evans and Meg Veith, on its first-place win.

River Ridge HS: River Ridge HS Principal Darrell Herring congratulates the school’s team, which placed second and also moves on to Divisionals: Sathvika Narasimhan, Celeste Bryson, Bipasha Bipin, Julia Boll Grace Pfohl, Marissa Henager, Michelle Stevens and Coach Keara Rubin.

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