CCSD Teacher Wins State Career Education Grant

CCSD Teacher Wins State Career Education Grant

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Celebrating the grant are, from left to right, Freedom Middle School Careers teacher Amanda Whitmire, Learning Blade Vice President Joshua Sneiderman and Freedom MS Principal Sheila Grimes.

A Cherokee County School District teacher has won a State career education grant valued at $2,000!

Freedom Middle School Careers teacher Amanda Whitmire has been selected for the Learning Blade Middle School Grant Program: a partnership between Thinking Media/Learning Blade and The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement.

She is one of only 54 recipients selected statewide, and the sole winner from CCSD.

The program introduces more than 100 STEM careers and technologies to students through a literacy based format through which they solve problems, increase their STEM career knowledge, and learn about new career options.

“I believe Learning Blade will not only enhance student achievement, but also support college and career readiness,” Ms. Whitmire said.

PHOTO: Celebrating the grant are, from left to right, Freedom Middle School Careers teacher Amanda Whitmire, Learning Blade Vice President Joshua Sneiderman and Freedom MS Principal Sheila Grimes.


Woodstock HS Student Wins Prestigious Legion of Valor Award!

Katlyn smiles after the award is presented. She is one of only two recipients in Georgia and north Florida this year.

Watch this brief video about the outstanding Cadet and her award!

A Cherokee County School District student has won the prestigious Legion of Valor Award, the highest honor a Junior ROTC cadet can receive!

Woodstock High School Navy JROTC Cadet Lt. Commander Katlyn Deveau is one of only two cadets in Area 12, which includes all of Georgia and Northern Florida, to win the honor this year.

Lt. Mark Fagan, the school’s Senior Naval Science Instructor, presented the award to Katlyn as a surprise during her first period Naval Science class on Wednesday morning.

Navy JROTC Cadet Lt. Commander Katlyn Deveau, center, with her Legion of Valor award; she is pictured with her parents, Mark and Shannon Deveau.

Katlyn also was presented the Cadet Achievement ribbon for outstanding performance as a cadre at Area 12 Leadership Academy.

Her parents, Mark and Shannon Deveau, were present for the award and shared their proud congratulations with their daughter afterwards.

Lt. Mark Fagan presents Katlyn with the prestigious Legion of Valor award during Naval Science class at Woodstock HS.


CCSD Teacher Named Top Work-Based Learning Educator in Georgia!

Ms. Lloyd is congratulated by Dwayne Hobbs, program delivery manager for the Georgia Department of Education’s Career, Technical and Agricultural Education program.

A Cherokee County School District teacher has been named the top Work-Based Learning educator in Georgia!

Donna Lloyd, a Career Pathway teacher at Creekview HS, has won Georgia’s Work-Based Learning “Top Gun WBL Educator” award!

The award is presented by the Georgia Department of Education’s Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education division; the Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Resource Network; and the Work-Based Learning/Youth Apprenticeship Affiliate of the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education as part of their annual conference for select Work-Based Learning (WBL) teachers.

During the conference held during summer break, the best of the best WBL teachers from across the state are given the chance to compete and hone their skills; the WBL program gives students the opportunity to receive credit while working in an environment related to their Career Pathway.

Throughout the three-day conference, participants were awarded points for their performance in group activities and the quality of documents created.

Individual events were: create a speech to students, parents, school staff, and business owners; create an end-of-year infographic, which provided important milestones of their individual programs; set up display booths; create business cards and program pamphlets; and create student employer recruitment materials. Group activities were: mock presentation to the school leadership team and breakout “escape game” that required teamwork, communication and recognizing the skills of others.

Ms. Lloyd was named winner of the “Top Gun WBL Educator” award for her top score!

She will be congratulated by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools during the August 17 School Board meeting.

PHOTO: Ms. Lloyd is congratulated by Dwayne Hobbs, program delivery manager for the Georgia Department of Education’s Career, Technical and Agricultural Education program.


CCSD High Schools Earns State Recognition for AP Programs!

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Cherokee County School District’s high schools all have earned State recognition for outstanding Advanced Placement (AP) programs!

Each of CCSD’s six traditional high schools has earned recognition from the State as a 2017 AP Honor School for commendable student performance and participation on AP exams. CCSD’s high schools all have been named to the State’s AP Honor List each of the last seven years.

“This recognition is a testament to the extraordinary dedication of our AP students and teachers,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We are so proud of these students for challenging themselves with these rigorous courses and equally impressed by our AP teachers’ ability to successfully instruct them on a college level. These courses can earn college credit for our students, which we know their parents appreciate, but they also expand their knowledge and, as research shows, better prepare them for college and career success.”

Schools can earn AP Honor School recognition in as many as six categories. CCSD high schools earned recognition in all four categories for which its schools were eligible. All of CCSD’s high schools continued their presence on the AP STEM Schools and AP STEM Achievement Schools lists, with all for the first time being named AP Humanities Schools (an increase from four schools last year) and four schools won a place on the Merit School list (an increase from three schools last year).

AP Merit Schools: Creekview HS, Etowah HS, River Ridge HS and Woodstock HS
AP Merit Schools are those with at least 20 percent of the student population taking AP exams and at least 50 percent of all AP exams earning scores of 3 or higher. There are 69 Merit Schools in Georgia for 2017.

AP STEM Schools: Cherokee HS, Creekview HS, Etowah HS, River Ridge HS, Sequoyah HS and Woodstock HS
AP STEM Schools are those with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses (AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Physics C, AP Computer Science A). There are 204 AP STEM Schools in Georgia for 2017.

AP STEM Achievement Schools: Cherokee HS, Creekview HS, Etowah HS, River Ridge HS, Sequoyah HS and Woodstock HS
AP STEM Achievement Schools are those with students testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses, and at least 40 percent of the exam scores on AP math and AP science exams earning scores of 3 or higher. There are 128 AP STEM Achievement Schools in Georgia for 2017.

AP Humanities Schools: Cherokee HS, Creekview HS, Etowah HS, River Ridge HS, Sequoyah HS and Woodstock HS
AP Humanities Schools are those with students testing in all of the following AP courses: at least one ELA course, two social sciences courses, one fine arts course and one world language course. There are 149 AP Humanities Schools in Georgia for 2017.

AP in CCSD
CCSD was one of 10 school districts in Georgia recently named to the national AP District Honor Roll in 2016, its fourth consecutive year to earn national distinction for its AP participation and achievement. With a passage rate of 70% among the 4,784 tests administered in the spring of 2016, CCSD exceeds the State average of 58% and the National average of 57%.

AP in Georgia
The AP program in Georgia is 16th in the nation for the percentage of students earning the highest AP exam scores (3, 4, and 5) and is one of just 17 states to exceed the national average. Georgia has seen a 7.7 percentage point increase since 2006 in the percentage of graduates scoring 3 or higher on an AP exam.

AP/College Board
AP courses and exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT. AP courses are one of several ways Georgia students can access college-level learning opportunities while in high school. Students who receive a 3, 4, or 5 on AP exams are often eligible to receive college credit.


Etowah HS Selected for Second New State Diploma Seal!

Etowah High School drama students prepare for a performance; participation in extra-curricular arts activities is a requirement to earn the new Diploma Seal.

Etowah High School has been approved for a second State-approved diploma seal!

The school successfully applied to the Georgia Department of Education for authorization to issue the Fine Arts Seal to eligible graduating seniors beginning this school year.

This accomplishment is in addition to the International Skills Diploma Seal the school earned approval for last school year along with Cherokee HS and Woodstock HS.

Etowah High School art students participate in a related extra-curricular event, which is among the required activities to earn the new Diploma Seal.

Jessica Booth, Fine Arts Program Specialist with the Georgia DOE, said the committee tasked with reviewing seal requests “was very impressed with [Etowah’s] application.”

Students at approved high schools can earn the seal by completing: a Georgia Fine Arts Pathway (at least three fine arts courses), a creative industry focus course, at least two fine arts extra-curricular activities, and experiences that foster fine arts mastery including at least 20 hours of art-related community service and a senior capstone project on their experiences.

The Seal, according to the Georgia DOE, “is a signal to employers and higher education institutions that a student is prepared to participate in the creative economy.”

“We’re proud to have earned this additional seal of approval to further recognize some of our most creative students,” Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We’ve long been a leader in creating career learning and industry certification programs with of goal of offering our students every advantage possible, and this new honor builds upon that success.”

Etowah High School band students present a concert; art, band, chorus and drama are among the fine arts courses offered at the school that qualify students for the new Diploma Seal.

Etowah High School chorus students participate in a master workshop with a guest conductor.

Film classes at Etowah High School are one of the creative industry courses that count toward the Diploma Seal’s requirements.


CCSD Teacher Wins International Entrepreneurship Education Award

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Sequoyah High School marketing teacher Kari Palmer was honored at this summer’s 29th Annual International Entrepreneurship Institute with the Dr. Paul DeLargy Angel Award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Cherokee County School District teacher has won a top award from an international entrepreneurship education program!

Sequoyah High School marketing teacher Kari Palmer was honored at this summer’s 29th Annual International Entrepreneurship Institute with the Dr. Paul DeLargy Angel Award.

The award is the highest honor the Institute bestows and “recognizes the educator who develops entrepreneurship education best practices along with implementation plans that have the greatest potential for social impact and student transformation.”  The recipient also must “exhibit passion for student transformation and capture the very spirit of a social entrepreneurship angel.”

Ms. Palmer, with CCSD Special Education teacher Linda VanFossen, developed a plan to increase high school graduation rates by involving more Career Technical Instruction (CTI) students in entrepreneurship career classes and by offering more experiential learning activities.  CTI is a program that supports Special Education students enrolled in Career, Technical and Agricultural Education classes.

Only one high school teacher receives this annual award, which is named for Dr. Paul DeLargy, founder of Real LEDGE (Leading Economic Development through Global Entrepreneurship), in honor of his dedication to transforming student lives through entrepreneurship.  Dr. DeLargy, according to the Institute, “believes that educators who use experiential best practices to serve, teach and inspire their students are the greatest social entrepreneurs, or as he more lovingly calls them, social entrepreneurship angels.”

The Institute is presented by Real LEDGE in partnership with the Kennesaw State University Entrepreneurship Center to prepare K-12 and post-secondary educators and community-based organizations to teach entrepreneurship.  Ms. Palmer was one of four CCSD educators to attend the Institute.