CCSD Honored with 16 State Awards for Public Relations!

CCSD Honored with 16 State Awards for Public Relations!

Category: Photography – Gold Award, “Daddy’s Home” Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications

The Cherokee County School District won a record 16 awards from the Georgia School Public Relations Association (GSPRA) including three “Best in State” top honors!

The Annual Publications, Photography & Electronic Media Contest recognizes outstanding work produced by Georgia public schools, school systems, post-secondary institutions, educational agencies or education-related associations.  The  winners were announced at the Association’s recent Annual Conference.

Category: Photography – Silver Award, “Hugs & High Fives” Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications

“Our School District would not be as successful as it is today without our strong commitment to communications and community engagement,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “We’re honored to be recognized for the work we do each day to keep the public informed and look forward to further improving our connections with our community.”

The award-winning staff members will be recognized by the Superintendent of Schools and the School Board at the Nov. 16  meeting of the School Board.

Category: Crisis Communications

BEST IN CATEGORY & Gold Award

  • Barbara P. Jacoby, Chief Communications Officer, Office of Communications
  • Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications

Category: Marketing Campaign

BEST IN CATEGORY & Gold Award, CCSD Ed SPLOST Informational Campaign

  • Barbara P. Jacoby, Chief Communications Officer, Office of Communications
  • Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications

Category: Social Media

BEST IN CATEGORY & Gold Award

  • Barbara P. Jacoby, Chief Communications Officer, Office of Communications
  • Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications
  • Penny Dempsey, Facilitator, Communications, Office of Communications

Category: Annual Report

Gold Award

  • Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications

Category: Electronic Media

Silver Award, “To Close or Not to Close? Inclement Weather” Video

  • Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications
  • Brandon Grummer, Teacher, Etowah High School
  • John Carter, Assistant Principal, Teasley Middle School

Category: Excellence in Writing

Gold Award, “Teacher Appreciation Day”

  • Barbara P. Jacoby, Chief Communications Officer, Office of Communications

Silver Award, “Back to School”

  • Barbara P. Jacoby, Chief Communications Officer, Office of Communications

Category: Internet Web Site

Gold Award

  • Barbara P. Jacoby, Chief Communications Officer, Office of Communications
  • Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications
  • Bobby Blount, Chief Information Officer, Office of Technology & Information Services
  • Karla Tipton, Supervisor, Technology Support Services, Office of Technology & Information Services

Category: Special Event

Gold Award, “2017 Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration”

  • Barbara P. Jacoby, Chief Communications Officer, Office of Communications
  • Penny Dempsey, Facilitator, Communications, Office of Communications

Gold Award, “Partner of the Year & Volunteer of the Year”

  • Barbara P. Jacoby, Chief Communications Officer, Office of Communications
  • Penny Dempsey, Facilitator, Communications, Office of Communications

Category: Special Purpose Publication

Silver Award, CCSD FY18 Budget

  • Kenneth Owen, Chief Financial Officer, Office of Financial Management
  • Marjorie DeFrank, Director, Financial Management, Office of Financial Management
  • Mindy Woosley, Supervisor, Accounting & Budgets, Office of Financial Management
  • Tina Farmer, Director, School Nutrition, Office of Financial Management
  • Shannon Nolan, Supervisor, Purchasing, Printshop and Warehouse, Office of Financial Management
  • Connie Henderson, Coordinator, Payroll, Office of Financial Management
  • Jenna Williams, Coordinator, Financial Compliance & Reporting, Office of Financial Management
  • Tammie Hunter, Administrative Assistant, Office of Financial Management

Bronze Award, “First Day Facts”

  • Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications

Category: Newsletter/Newspaper

Gold Award, “Connection Points”

  • Bobby Blount, Chief Information Officer, Office of Technology & Information Services
  • Karla Tipton, Supervisor of Technology Support Services, Office of Technology & Information Services
  • Debbie Childress, Supervisor of Instructional Technology, Office of Technology & Information Services
  • Robby Carmichael, Director of Information Technology, Office of Technology & Information Services
  • Esther Brenneman, Facilitator of Instructional Technology, Office of Technology & Information Services
  • Derek Brock, Facilitator of Technology Support Services, Office of Technology & Information Services
  • Matt Roper, Facilitator of Technology Support Services, Office of Technology & Information Services
  • Chris Saxon, Supervisor of Technology Filed Services, Office of Technology & Information Services
  • Christina Clayton, Supervisor of Digital Learning, Office of Curriculum and Instruction

Gold Award, “District Delegate”

  • Penny Dempsey, Facilitator, Communications, Office of Communications

Category: Photography

Gold Award, “Daddy’s Home”

  • Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications

Silver Award, “Hugs & High Fives”

  • Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications

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.

 


CCSD Names 2017-18 Student Advisor, Student Delegates to School Board

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower thanks the 2017-18 Student Advisor and Delegates following their first School Board Meeting of service on August 17, 2017. From left to right, front row: Katie Bishop, Etowah HS; Arely Gonzalez-Labra, ACE Academy; Student Advisor Ashlee Floyd, Cherokee HS; Katherine Relick, Woodstock HS; back row: Christian Fanning, River Ridge HS; Bryce Goodwyn, Creekview HS; and Theodore “Teddy” Campbell, Sequoyah HS.

The Cherokee County School District has named the 2017-18 Student Advisor and Student Delegates to the School Board.

The School Board has included a Student Advisor position on its board since 1999, and for the past seven years, a Student Delegate from each high school also has been selected. These students serve for one year to give input and feedback to the School Board; the advisor role is rotated among the county’s high schools.

“Our mission is ‘Educating the Emerging Generation,’ and we best serve our students at a governance and policy-making level by engaging with them and gaining their perspective,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We appreciate our Advisor and Delegates’ service and look forward to working with this outstanding group of young leaders. We know they will be outstanding representatives for their schools and inspire our School Board and me to continue striving for excellence for them and all of our students.”

This year’s Student Advisor is Ashlee Floyd of Cherokee HS. The Student Delegates are: Arely Gonzalez-Labra of ACE Academy; Bryce Goodwyn of Creekview HS; Katie Bishop of Etowah HS; Christian Fanning of River Ridge HS; Theodore “Teddy” Campbell of Sequoyah HS; and Katherine Relick of Woodstock HS.

The students began their service at the School Board meeting on August 17.

Students selected to serve as Student Advisor or Student Delegates share common traits: they excel in the classroom, often ranking in the top 10 percent of their class and earning titles like valedictorian; they are involved in their school, often participating in numerous clubs, sports and organizations; and they seek out opportunities to serve and lead.

STUDENT ADVISOR
Cherokee HS, Ashlee Floyd
• Recipient of: Academic Letter, Superintendent’s Key Scholar Award, UGA Honors, Mock Trial Team Region Champion
• Member of: Beta Club, Mock Trial Team, National Honor Society, Academic Bowl and Alpha Gamma Council
• Volunteers for: Northside Hospital and River Green Peanut Butter Drive

STUDENT DELEGATES
ACE Academy, Arely Gonzalez-Labra
• Recipient of: Excellence in American Literature, Excellence in Math and Diamond Dolls
• Member of: ACE Academy Student Council, Book Club, Special Education Speech Class Assistants, DECA Club, National Novel Writing, Strikers Allstar Cheerleading and Passion CrossFit Training
• Volunteers for: Revolution Youth Group

Creekview HS, Bryce Goodwyn
• Recipient of: Academic Letter, Lamp of Knowledge, Scholar Athlete, Superintendent’s Key Scholar Award, Georgia Certificate of Merit, DAR U.S. History Award, Optimist Club Student of the Year, 1st Team All-Region in Soccer, 2nd Team All-Region in Soccer and Soccer Letter (all four years)
• Member of: Varsity Soccer (Varsity Captain), National Honor Society, Model UN, Habitat for Humanity and National Spanish Honor Society
• Volunteers for: Gardening Project with Creekview HS Varsity Soccer Program

Etowah HS, Katie Bishop
• Recipient of: Academic Letter, Superintendent’s Key Scholar Award, Varsity Lacrosse Letter for two years and Community Service Letter for two years
• Member of: Student Government (Student Body President), Beta Club, National Honor Society, Math Team and Model UN
• Volunteers for: Vacation Bible School with her church, Shop with an Eagle and other various activities through SGA (150+ hours of community service)

River Ridge HS, Christian Fanning
• Recipient of: Microsoft Power Point Certification and Academic Letter
• Member of: Student Advisory Board (Senior Class President), Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy Program, Crusading Knights Community Service Club and Junior Varsity Cross Country (2015-16)
• Volunteers for: Woodstock City Church, Co-leader for River Ridge Challenger Basketball Program and with Crusading Knights Service Club

Sequoyah HS, Theodore “Teddy” Campbell
• Recipient of: AP Scholar Award from College Board, Principal’s Academic Achievement Award for PSAT, Georgia Certificate of Merit, SHS Award for highest GPA (three years in a row) and Triple Letter in Varsity Tennis
• Member of: Varsity Tennis, Beta Club, National Honor Society, Student Government (Past Class President) and Habitat for Humanity
• Volunteers for: Habitat for Humanity and local Tennis Academy

Woodstock HS, Katherine Relick
• Recipient of: Math Award, Superintendent’s Key Scholar, UGA Merit Award and Teen Leadership Program Completion Participant
• Member of: National Honor Society, Beta Club, Student Government (Vice-president), Women in Science & Engineering, Science National Honors Society, Math National Honors Society and Giving Children Hope Club (President)
• Volunteers for: Anna Crawford Children’s Center Student Advisor, SPLASH (a volunteer group that teaches children with special needs to swim), Cherokee Family Violence Center and as a Sunday School teacher with her church


Board Briefs: Cherokee County School Board Launches Parent Academy Program

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The School Board on Thursday, August 17, 2017, held its first meeting in its new auditorium and announced plans to offer a parent academy program this fall in collaboration with the Georgia School Boards Association.

Thursday’s meeting was the first held in the auditorium of the Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility at The Bluffs in Canton and followed a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting.

“Today is a milestone for CCSD,” School Board Member Patsy Jordan said in her Inspiration moment remarks that open the meeting, and then connected the opening with CCSD’s 2017-18 theme of family.  “This building is equipped to house part of our CCSD family.”

The Georgia School Boards Association’s parent academy program, VILLA (Volunteer Instructional Leadership Learning Academy), will be piloted in the Cherokee County School District this fall.  School Board members on Thursday night reviewed the program application, which will be shared with the community today.  Applications are posted online here and due to CCSD by Sept. 5.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said the free program likely will be offered annually, and the first class set for this fall will be open to 24 participants.  Beginning on October 9, The class will meet for six sessions; five meetings will be on Monday evenings, and one will be a Monday morning field trip to several schools.

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 will include question-and-answer sessions with School Board members, the Superintendent and senior staff.

School Board Chair Kyla Cromer, who during her last campaign talked about the idea of creating such program, said Thursday she was glad to see this “citizen awareness opportunity” become reality.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for our community to learn more about our award-winning school district,” Dr. Hightower said, adding that community input is integral to the success of CCSD, especially it’s strategic planning and vision casting efforts.

Also on Thursday, the School Board took the first step in constructing additional classrooms at Mill Creek Middle School by sending a request to the State, as the project will be built using Education SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) and State construction funds.  The project will add 16 regular classrooms, four science labs, a family consumer science classroom and a Global Learning Theatre; construction is planned to begin next spring.

The School Board also:

• Recognized  Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy for winning the Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals’ 2017 School Bell Award;

• Recognized CCSD Lead Nurse Gwen Chambers as the Georgia Association of School Nurses’ 2017 Georgia School Nurse Administrative of the Year;

• Recognized CCSD’s Office of Communications for winning three National awards from the National School Public Relations Association;

• Recognized eight CCSD schools for being named 2017 National Beta Schools of Merit;

• Recognized Johnston Elementary School for being named to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s 2017 List of America’s Healthiest Schools;

• Recognized Donna Lloyd, Creekview HS Career Pathway teacher, as the winner of Georgia’s Work-Based Learning “Top Gun WBL Educator” Award’

• Recognized Sequoyah High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC Unit for winning the Silver Star Community Service with Excellence Award;

• Recognized State and Regional champions from Creekview HS for track and field and Woodstock HS for baseball;

• Recognized CCSD’s 2017 Georgia State Summer Aquatics Special Olympic Games Gold Medal recipients;

• Recognized CCSD’s 2017 Special Olympics Bowling Winter Games Gold Medal recipients;

• Recognized CCSD’s 2017 Georgia State Summer Soccer Special Olympics Games Gold Medal recipients;

• Recognized the 2017-18 Student Advisor to School Board and the Student Delegates

• Approved the renewal of Partnership Agreements with the Cherokee Tribune, City Waleska, Delta Kappa Gamma – Gamma ETA Chapter, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service and Upper Etowah River Alliance;

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

• Approved monthly financial reports;

• Approved the monthly capital outlay projects report;

• Approved special lease agreements;

• Approved monthly personnel recommendations;

• Approved ratifying the millage rate, which is unchanged from last year at 19.45 mills.

Next meeting: 7 p.m. Thursday, September 14, 2017 


School Board Members Visit Schools for First Week Peek!

While Cherokee High School students hurry past on their way to class, Principal Todd Miller points out to School Board Chair Kyla Cromer some of the renovation projects that were completed over the summer at CCSD’s largest high school.

School Board members visited schools across the Cherokee County School District this week for a “first week peek”!

School Board Member Rick Steiner gets a hug from student Aiden Carr during his tour of Bascomb Elementary School.

During their visits, School Board members toured the school with the Principal, observed teaching and learning in classrooms, visited with staff from various areas of operations and enjoyed a surprise hug or two from students.

School Board Member Clark Menard’s visit included an appearance on Woodstock High School’s live student news show; here he’s pictured in front of the show’s green screen with students Hailey Hovda, left, and Kharli Major.

“These visits were an excellent opportunity for us to see how well prepared our schools are for the start of the year,” School Board Chair Kyla Cromer said. “Teachers were engaging the students in learning, and we had a wonderful time visiting with them all.”

School Board Vice Chair Mike Chapman, center, as he tours Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy with Principal Rodney Larrotta, left, and CCSD Deputy Superintendent Trey Olson, stops for a photo with pre-kindergartners and teacher Megan Little, left, and paraprofessional Molly Elkins.

Board Chair Cromer visited Cherokee High School; with Vice Chairman Mike Chapman at Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy; and Board Member John Harmon at Indian Knoll ES, Patsy Jordan at Avery ES, Clark Menard at Woodstock HS, Kelly Poole at Mill Creek MS and Rick Steiner at Bascomb ES.

School Board Member John Harmon snaps a selfie with students in teacher Rebecca Wooten’s class during his visit to Indian Knoll Elementary School.

“Our School Board cares about our students, our teachers and staff and our schools,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “While they may be most associated with their role as thoughtful policy makers and responsible stewards of our community’s resources, these School Board members were called to serve because of the kids and the opportunity to make their futures brighter. We appreciate their service and their commitment to our CCSD family.”

School Board Member Patsy Jordan, center, smiles for a photo with students during her visit to Avery Elementary School.

School Board Member Patsy Jordan checks out the school garden at Avery Elementary School during her tour, as CCSD Chief Information Officer Bobby Blount looks on.

School Board Member Kelly Poole, center, stops by the gym to see PE classes in action at Mill Creek Middle School during her visit.

School Board Member Rick Steiner listens to teacher Melinda Martinez, right, during his visit to her classroom at Bascomb Elementary School. Looking on are Principal Kathleen Chandler, third from left, and CCSD Chief Academic Officer Dr. Nicole Holmes. Students pictured include Leslie Delgadillo, left, and Ferrial Phillippe.

School Board Member Clark Menard visits with Introduction to Engineering Technology students and teacher Karen Zayance at Woodstock High School.

School Board Member John Harmon’s visit to Indian Knoll Elementary School included time with PE teachers Coaches Scott Barber and Jason Bermudez and their students.

School Board Member Kelly Poole, center, tours Mill Creek Middle School with Principal Dr. Kerry Martin and CCSD Chief Human Resources Officer Rick Beaulieu.

School Board Member Patsy Jordan, center, smiles for a selfie during her visit to Avery Elementary School with Principal Dr. Lisa Turner, right, Assistant Principals Michelle Whitmire and Matt Harper, right, and CCSD Chief Information Officer Bobby Blount.

School Board Vice Chair Mike Chapman, left, listens to Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy with Principal Rodney Larrotta, right, during the tour, as CCSD Deputy Superintendent Trey Olson looks on.

It wouldn’t be a visit to Woodstock High School without a selfie with Principal Mark Smith, left, so School Board Member Clark Menard joined in.

Board Chair Kyla Cromer and CCSD Chief of Staff Mike McGowan, right, listen to Cherokee HS Principal Todd Miller explain some of the changes made in the school media center.

School Board Member Clark Menard is interviewed for Woodstock High School’s live student news show by student Hailey Hovda.

Cherokee High School Principal Todd Miller, left, and Assistant Principal Neil Howell show School Board Chair Kyla Cromer the courtyard students may use during lunch periods. The school’s PTSA helped fund the project, which gives students another choice for eating and socializing during lunch.