CCSD Starts 2017-18 School Year With Record 41,213 Students

CCSD Starts 2017-18 School Year With Record 41,213 Students

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UPDATE 8/4/17: The Cherokee County School District’s enrollment today reached 41,774 students… which is an increase of 369 students from last school year’s Day Four.  Today’s total remains under the peak-enrollment projection of 42,299, but enrollment has increased by 561 students since the first day of school.

UPDATE 8/3/17: The Cherokee County School District’s enrollment today reached 41,723 students… which is an increase of 427 students from last school year’s Day Three.  The total has not yet reached the peak-enrollment projection of 42,299, but has increased by 510 students since the first day of school.

UPDATE 8/2/17: Enrollment reached 41,566 students Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017… which is an increase of 421 students from last school year’s Day Two.  While the total has not yet reached the peak-enrollment projection of 42,299, CCSD increased 353 students from the Aug. 1, 2017 opening of school.

10-day enrollment chart

The Cherokee County School District started the 2017-18 School Year with a smooth and successful opening on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

Enrollment reached 41,213 for the first day of the 2017-18 School Year at CCSD’s 41 schools and centers, according to preliminary attendance reports… 494 more students than last year’s first day (Day 1 of the 2016-17 School Year’s student enrollment was 40,719). The School District anticipates enrollment will continue to rise over the course of the school year to more than 42,299 students.

“It’s an incredible achievement for an organization of our size to consistently operate so effectively not only throughout the year, but even on day one,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “That success happens due to significant planning and hard work behind the scenes. I appreciate all of our employees’ preparations for today, and we’re extremely grateful for the strong support we receive from the families we serve and our partners and volunteers. We’re a family, and we’ve had a great start to what will be an outstanding year!”

The School District’s 4,700 employees, including 260 new teachers, operate CCSD campuses and support facilities throughout Cherokee County; and CCSD’s fleet of 402 buses transport approximately 70 percent of the student population through 1,500+ daily bus routes.

Elementary school students are using new instructional materials for reading and writing classes for the first time in more than a decade thanks to the School Board’s significant investment in these resources. Safety and security is being further enhanced with the second phase of security foyer installations and the recent deputizing of CCSD’s School Police Department officers, who, in addition to their long-held Georgia POST certification, now also are authorized by the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office to serve and protect beyond school campuses.

The School District has launched two new technology initiatives to improve operations: the Canvas learning management system, which expands teaching and learning opportunities and gives parents more access to their child’s lessons and progress; and K12Payment Center, a new meal pre-payment account system that enhances internal efficiency while still maintaining online depositing and purchase tracking for parents.

School District policies related to environmental/temperature concerns are being followed at all campuses, including: limiting the time students spend on school buses; allowing students to bring bottled water on school buses; and following guidelines for rescheduling and cancelling outdoor athletic/band/extra-curricular activities, when necessary, due to high temperatures.

Back-to-School Message from the Superintendent: Today’s a Picture Day!

Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower smiles for a picture with Arnold Mill Elementary School third-graders Karter Fife and Kasyn Escobar on the first day of school, August 1, 2017.

Please see the following back-to-school message from Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower:

Today’s a picture day.

The first day of school is one of those special moments, like blowing out birthday candles, opening Christmas presents or holding a newborn baby sister in your arms.

It’s the kind of moment that you share with your family. And it’s the kind you capture with a snapshot for the family album and a copy for grandma, and, these days, a post on Facebook, too.

We see our School District as a family: uniting our students and parents, our teachers and staff and our partners and volunteers.

We have the incredible privilege of being a part of our students’ lives from the time they learn their ABCs to the time they’re ready to leave the nest. It’s a joy to see them succeed, and it’s heartache when they struggle… but we’re there for them and you through it all.

We’ll welcome hundreds of preschoolers and kindergarteners today to their first-ever day of school, as well as children who have moved here with their families from other communities.

They’ll discover a home for learning much like what you remember from your own school days… at least in the most important ways. For while what we call reading, writing and arithmetic may change, and the methods and the tools used to teach them don’t look the same, what’s unchanged is how deeply committed our teachers are to caring for our community’s future by educating your children.

We teach your children the importance of respecting our country and others’ rights, beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance each morning and a quiet time they can choose to use for prayer. While we believe it’s ultimately up to parents to teach their children character, we do our part through Character Education, service-learning projects, kindness initiatives, positive behavior programs and a code of conduct.

We recognize while all children are created equal, some come from challenged households, which is why we strongly support programs to even the playing field in classrooms and to wrap them in community services. It’s a point of pride to tell you that two of the most important nonprofit organizations for serving our students in need – the Service League of Cherokee County and Give A Kid A Chance – are led by our employees. We also partner with a long list of outstanding nonprofits that serve specific needs for our students and their families such as Children’s Haven, Child Advocacy Council and MUST Ministries.

Today, we’ll also welcome the Class of 2018, who just 10 months from now will walk across the stage at commencement for another important picture day.

“Educating the Emerging Generation” is our mission, and we’re focused on teaching the skills our graduates will need to be successful in a technology rich, globally competitive workplace. We’re dedicated to expanding opportunities for academic achievement through Advanced Placement, university partnerships and pilot projects to enhanced Gifted education. We encourage every student to make a Career Pathway a priority, offer an increasing number of industry certified programs and counsel students with the mindset that a college degree is not the only path to success.

We anticipate we’ll grow to more than 42,000 students this school year, and we’re focused on meeting the needs of each of those students, which is why we continue to add more teachers, bus drivers and cafeteria staff to our ranks. We also can use more help, so please consider joining us, if you have not already, as a classroom volunteer or a business partner.

We care about your children. We care about your children’s future. We care about your children’s future success.

And we hope you’ve had a wonderful picture day with many more to come. Please visit our Facebook page or Twitter feed to see some of the back-to-school pictures your neighbors have shared with us.

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