CCSD Launches Inaugural Parent Academy Program

CCSD Launches Inaugural Parent Academy Program

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The inaugural CCSD VILLA class members take a group photo with School Board Members and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower and members of his senior staff, and Lisa-Marie Haygood of the Georgia School Boards Association. Class members are: Donnamarie Alcott, Jamie Bobo, Buster Cushing, Robert Ditchen, Judith Dobbs, Samantha Dunn, Lauren Hekking, Bob Kovacs, Monica Orrico, Corrie Riggs, Robin Schorr, Katie Roller Schulz, Dawn Stastny, Kathy Strom, Kyle Tomeny and Kathy Winiarczyk. Not pictured: Bob Kovacs.

The Cherokee County School District this week launched its inaugural parent academy program.

Developed by the Georgia School Boards Association, VILLA (Volunteer Instructional Leadership Learning Academy) offers parents the opportunity to learn more about the public schools in their community. On Tuesday, Oct. 9, CCSD became the first school district in the state to pilot the program and will be featured in a GSBA video to promote VILLA.

School Board Member Kelly Poole speaks to the VILLA class during its first session, as Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower looks on.

School Board Chair Kyla Cromer brought up the idea of creating such a program during her re-election campaign, and said she was glad to partner with GSBA to make it a reality.

“The goal is for you to learn more about CCSD and take what you learn back out into the community and be advocates for CCSD,” Board Chair Cromer told the inaugural class during its first session on Tuesday night.

Applications were accepted from parents throughout the community, and the class of 16 participants will attend six sessions this fall including a field trip to several CCSD schools. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said he hopes to make the free program an annual offering, noting the first session was a great success.

VILLA logo“We truly appreciate the community’s interest in learning more about our operations and joining our School Board and employees in advocating for public education, our schools and our students,” Dr. Hightower said. “Our schools are stronger with our community involved, and VILLA is an outstanding opportunity to engage with parents.”

Through VILLA, participants will learn more about CCSD, including an overview of its governance model and the role of School Board members, Major System Priorities and CCSD day-to-day operations. The program includes question-and-answer sessions with School Board members, the Superintendent and senior staff. The program ends with a graduation dinner, sponsored by CCSD partner, Credit Union of Georgia.

Inaugural class members are: Donnamarie Alcott, Jamie Bobo, Buster Cushing, Robert Ditchen, Judith Dobbs, Samantha Dunn, Lauren Hekking, Bob Kovacs, Monica Orrico, Corrie Riggs, Robin Schorr, Katie Roller Schulz, Dawn Stastny, Kathy Strom, Kyle Tomeny and Kathy Winiarczyk.

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The class of 16 parents from the community will attend six VILLA sessions presented by the Cherokee County School Board and CCSD staff.

 


Registration Open for LEGO Build Contest at Holly Springs ES STEM Academy on March 3

Love LEGOs? Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy will host a community LEGO Build Contest on Friday, March 3, 2017.

The LEGO Build contest is for children in second grade through adults and is sponsored by Cobb EMC. The event is limited to 40 registered participants per group (see Registration Form for groups), and there’s still plenty of room.

More info is on the school website: http://cherokeek12.net/hollyspringses/2017/01/17/lego-build-contest-coming-soon/

Registration is available online:
https://hollyspringselementary.revtrak.net/tek9.asp…


The Wall That Heals Display Coming to Arnold Mill ES

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The Wall That Heals Vietnam Veterans memorial display will be exhibited at Arnold Mill ES from Nov. 17-20.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund will bring The Wall That Heals display to Arnold Mill Elementary School next month!

The 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with a mobile education center, will be installed outside the school building on Nov. 16, and open to the public at no charge from Nov. 17 to 20.

Here’s more information from the Memorial Fund:
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is the most visited memorial in our Nation’s Capital, with more than four million visitors each year. However, many Americans have not been able to visit what has become known to many as “The Wall.” The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the organization that built The Wall, wants to give all veterans and their family members all across America an opportunity to see the Memorial through The Wall That Heals display.

Since its debut in 1996, more than two million people have visited The Wall That Heals sites. The replica Wall is approximately 250 feet in length, and like the original Memorial is erected in a chevron-shape. The names on The Wall That Heals replicate the names on The Wall in Washington, D.C. As on The Wall, the names are listed alphabetically by day of casualty.

The exhibit also includes a mobile Education Center comprised of: photos of service members whose names are found on The Wall; letters and memorabilia left at The Wall in D.C.; a map of Vietnam and a chronological overview of the conflict in Vietnam. The exhibits tell the story of the Vietnam War, The Wall and the era surrounding the conflict, and are designed to put American experiences in Vietnam in a historical and cultural context.


Ralph Bunche Center Playground Dedicated in Memory of Student

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School and community gathered together at the Ralph Bunche Center in Canton on Friday, September 16, to dedicate the “Playground for Smiles” in memory of a young student who passed away last year.

School and community gathered together at the Ralph Bunche Center in Canton on Friday, September 16, to dedicate the “Playground for Smiles” in memory of a young student who passed away last year.

Christian Egner attended the preschool center for two years, before he succumbed to complications from asthma.

“Christian enjoyed life to the fullest,” Principal Donna Adams said during the ceremony. “We were blessed to have Christian dance through these halls and leap on this playground.”

Christian’s parents, Keith and Trish Egner, participated in the dedication, and members of the Laurel Canyon Optimist Club and Canton First Baptist Church attended as well. Teasley Middle School peer readers were on hand, and Ella Geist performed a song for the gathering. Ralph Bunche students closed out the ceremony with some favorite children’s songs.

The news of the dedication, Mr. Egner said, “brought joy to my heart and to my family.”

“His name will go on, and he’ll be remembered for years to come,” Mr. Egner said.

The Soleil community in Laurel Canyon was instrumental in raising funds for the new playground equipment.

The Egner family has established a foundation in Christian’s name, and a 5K Smile Run is scheduled for October 8 to benefit the Ralph Bunche Center. More information is online: http://www.thesmilerun.com/

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Keith Egner and his wife, Trish, thank everyone for their support and the remembrance in honor of their son.

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Ralph Bunche teachers and students sang several songs for the audience.

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Preschool students performed several songs at the end of the ceremony. Ralph Bunche staff members Annie Andrews, left, and Tiffany Kelly sing along with Easton Elrod, center, and Savannah Barnes, right.