CCSD Announces Dates for 2017-18 Curriculum Nights

CCSD Announces Dates for 2017-18 Curriculum Nights

It’s Curriculum Night time!

CCSD Curriculum Night programs provide parents with an overview of what their child will be learning during the 2017-18 school year.

These event are coordinated through each of the local schools/Innovation Zones, but the tentative scheduling is as follows:

Elementary School: Fourth Week of School (Week of 8/21)

Middle School: Fifth Week of School (Week of 8/28)

High School: Sixth Week of School (Week of 9/5)

“Additional Use”: Seventh Week of School (Week of 9/11)

Elementary Schools Date(s) Grade Level(s) Time(s)
Arnold Mill ES August 21 Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd 6:00-7:30 p.m.
August 22 3rd, 4th, 5th 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Avery ES August 23 Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th 6:30 p.m.
August 24 1st, 3rd, 5th 6:30 p.m.
Ball Ground ES August 24 All grade levels 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Bascomb ES August 21 2nd 6:00-7:00 p.m.
August 21 5th 7:00-8:00 p.m.
August 22 1st 6:00-7:00 p.m.
August 22 4th 7:00-8:00 p.m.
August 24 Kindergarten 6:00-7:00 p.m.
August 24 3rd 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Boston ES August 21 4th, 5th 6:00-7:00 p.m.
August 22 1st, 2nd 6:00-7:00 p.m.
August 24 Kindergarten, 3rd 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Canton ES August 24 PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd 5:00-6:00 p.m.
August 24 3rd, 4th, 5th 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Carmel ES August 22 All grade levels 5:30-6:00 p.m. or 6:30-7:00 p.m.
Clark Creek ES August 22 Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd 6:00-7:00 p.m.
August 24 3rd, 4th, 5th 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Clayton ES August 24 All grade levels 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Free Home ES August 22 All grade levels 5:00-5:45 p.m. or 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Hasty ES August 24 Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd 5:00-6:30 p.m.
August 24 3rd, 4th, 5th 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Hickory Flat ES August 15 Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd 6:30-7:30 p.m.
August 17 3rd, 4th, 5th 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Holly Springs ES August 15 All grade levels 5:00-5:45 p.m. or 6:00-6:45 p.m.
Indian Knoll ES July 26 Kindergarten 6:00-7:00 p.m.
August 15 1st, 4th 6:30-7:30 p.m.
August 17 2nd, 3rd, 5th 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Johnston ES August 21 All grade levels 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Knox ES July 27 Kindergarten 6:00 p.m.
August 15 3rd, 4th, 5th 6:00 p.m.
August 17 1st, 2nd 6:00 p.m.
Liberty ES August 15 1st 5:30 p.m.
August 17 Kindergarten 5:30 p.m.
August 22 2nd 5:30 p.m.
August 22 4th 7:00 p.m.
August 24 3rd 5:30 p.m.
August 24 5th 7:00 p.m.
Little River ES August 22 Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd 6:00-7:00 p.m.
August 24 3rd, 4th, 5th 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Macedonia ES August 23 Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd 5:30-6:15 p.m. or 6:15-7:00 p.m.
August 24 3rd, 4th, 5th 5:30-6:15 p.m. or 6:15-7:00 p.m.
Mountain Road ES August 15 All grade levels 5:00-5:45 p.m. or 6:15-7:00 p.m.


Oak Grove ES August 21 Kindergarten (Academic

Parent Teacher Team)

6:00-7:30 p.m.
August 21 2nd 6:00 p.m.
August 22 1st (Academic Parent

Teacher Team)

4th (Academic Parent

Teacher Team)

6:00-7:30 p.m.
August 24 3rd (Academic Parent

Teacher Team)

6:00-7:30 p.m.
August 24 5th 6:00 p.m.
R.M. Moore ES August 24 All grade levels 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Sixes ES August 21 Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th 5:30-7:30 p.m.
August 22 1st, 3rd, 5th 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Woodstock ES August 22 Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd 6:00-8:00 p.m.
August 24 3rd, 4th, 5th 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Middle Schools Date(s) Grade Level(s) Time(s)
Creekland MS August 29 All grade levels 6:30 p.m.
Dean Rusk MS August 22 All grade levels 6:30 p.m.
E.T. Booth MS August 29 6th 6:30 p.m.
August 31 7th, 8th 6:30 p.m.
Freedom MS August 29 All grade levels 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Mill Creek MS August 28 6th 5:30-6:30 p.m.
August 29 7th, 8th 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Teasley MS August 29 All grade levels 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Woodstock MS August 31 All grade levels 6:00-8:00 p.m.
High Schools Date(s) Grade Level(s) Time(s)
Cherokee HS September 5 All grade levels 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Creekview HS September 5 All grade levels 6:30 p.m.
Etowah HS September 5 All grade levels 6:30 p.m.
River Ridge HS September 11 All grade levels 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Sequoyah HS August 29 P.T.A.

All grade levels

6:45 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

Woodstock HS September 5 All grade levels 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Educational Centers Date(s) Grade Level(s) Time(s)
ACE Academy August 24 All grade levels 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Johnston Preschool August 22 Preschool 6:00-7:00 p.m.
L.R. Tippens

Education Center

Sept. 7 All grade levels 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Oak Grove


August 21 Preschool 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Polaris Evening


September 6 All grade levels 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Ralph Bunche


August 24 Preschool 6:00-7:00 p.m.


Board Briefs: Cherokee County School Board Approves 2017-18 Budget

Category : Board Briefs

The School Board on Thursday, June 15, 2017, unanimously approved the Superintendent’s Recommended 2017-18 Annual Budget, which funds improvements in teaching and learning and safety and security without a millage rate increase.

The budget invests $382 Million into day-to-day operations, with 71% of that total in classroom instruction, including the continuing effort to decrease class size and the purchase of the first new instructional resources for elementary English and language arts classes in more than a decade.

Other major investments include reconfiguring Boston Elementary School’s entrance road to improve safety; retrofitting six more schools with security foyers limiting visitor access; purchasing 19 school buses to meet demand and replace aging vehicles; and piloting a new online GPS system that will allow parents to track the location of their child’s school bus. Operating reserves also are rising to $49 Million, with an additional $29 Million in the building fund reserves, as part of the District’s plan to further raise its credit rating.

“We appreciate the strong support of our School Board and community in meeting our mission of educating the emerging generation,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower. “We are dedicated to serving as responsible stewards of our community’s resources, and this budget shows our focus is exactly where it should be: on the children.”

While State funding increased to cover its portion of a 2% salary increase recommended by the Governor, rising mandated retirement system fees and student enrollment growth, the State continued its “austerity budget reduction” withholding of $4 Million in funds earned by the School District – funding that would have otherwise allowed for greater class size reduction.

Thursday’s meeting also included a presentation on the School District’s new teacher induction program, which will expand professional development, mentoring and collaboration opportunities and extend this support over three years. Data collected through surveys of new teachers hired in the last two years, as well as evaluation results and feedback from administrators, was used to develop the new model.

Dr. Hightower praised the work by curriculum and instruction leaders to develop the initiative, which he believes “will pay significant dividends with our younger teachers” and provide a model for other school districts statewide.

School Board Chair Kyla Cromer and School Board Member Clark Menard both complimented staff on their efforts, especially the program’s extended timeline and varied opportunities for growth and development.

“It’s going to be very helpful for those new teachers,” Ms. Cromer said.

Also on Thursday, the School Board approved the sale of a small parking lot at Hill Circle and Academy Street in downtown Canton to the highest bidder, Harris Development, for $50,000.

The School Board also:

• Recognized CCSD’s School Nutrition Program — winner of two USDA “Best Practices” State Awards and a National Turnip the Beet award;

• Recognized Indian Knoll Elementary School Media Center and Media Specialist Jennifer Lewis, Winner of the 2017 Exemplary Media Program Award, and E.T. Booth Middle School Media Center and Media Specialist Amanda Graves, Winner of the 2017 Exceptional Media Program Award;

• Recognized Teasley MS Special Education Teacher Dr. Jennifer Reynolds for selection as a “Top 10 in 10: Young Professionals to Watch” Award winner;

• Recognized 2016-17 Elementary Science Olympiad Winners;

• Recognized CCSD’s Georgia PTA Reflections Winners;

• Recognized State and Regional Champions including Cherokee HS track team members, Creekview HS boys’ golf team members and the AAAAAAA State Champion Etowah HS baseball team;

• Recognized Etowah High School Class of 2017 graduate Drew Waters — 2016-17 Gatorade Georgia Baseball Player of the Year and USA Today ALL-USA Baseball First Team member, who has been drafted by the Atlanta Braves;

• Approved the renewal of the Partnership Agreement with City of Canton;

• Approved the first reading of recommended updates to School Board Policies and the establishment of a New Debt Management Policy, which was a suggestion by credit rating agencies to further improve CCSD’s credit rating;

• Approved monthly financial and Education SPLOST reports;

• Approved a bid for the annual hairnet purchase through the Georgia Educational Cooperative purchasing program in which CCSD School Nutrition participates;

• Approved out-of-state travel;

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

• Approved the monthly capital outlay projects report;

• Approved special lease agreements;

• Approved granting a permanent easement to the City of Ball Ground for a new streetscape project including sidewalk installation and maintenance;

• Approved monthly personnel recommendations; and,

• Approved the School Board’s annual governance training plan.

School Board Members Mike Chapman and John Harmon were not present for the meeting.

Next meeting: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 20, 2017

CCSD to Launch Canvas: An Online Learning Management System for Students, Parents and Teachers

Canvas logo

The Cherokee County School District this summer will launch Canvas: an online learning management system for students, parents and teachers.

The Canvas system was piloted successfully this school year in select classes to replace CCSD’s Aspen student and parent portals. Schools are contacting parents now to begin the simple account set-up process for a seamless districtwide transition to Canvas for the 2017-18 school year.

Canvas offers teachers and students greater opportunities for teaching and learning, and parents can access more information about their child’s courses, assignments, calendars and academic progress. Through Canvas, parents also can message teachers and easily reset their own password. This brief video highlights the system’s benefits.

“Our School District long has been a leader in the effective use of technology, and Canvas is another tool for continuous improvement,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “Education is evolving with today’s emerging generation, and that means more of the online learning opportunities and digital backpacks that Canvas offers. I strongly believe that Canvas will take us to the next level in teaching and learning, and we already are preparing our teachers to fully harness its potential.”

Parents of students in kindergarten through fifth grade will continue to receive their child’s homeroom teacher name at the school’s walk-though/open house event. Students in Grades 6-12 will receive schedules via an email sent to their CCSD Office 365 account; the schedules subsequently also will be emailed to parents.

Parents are encouraged to learn more about Canvas by setting up an account; detailed instructions are online here. To set up an account, which takes only a couple of minutes, parents need the student ID (5 or 6 digits) and GTID (10 digits) for each of their children, who all can be added to one Canvas parent account. These IDs are in the Aspen system or can be obtained from the school’s front office. The Aspen system will be offline for public use as of June 30, 2017, so parents are encouraged to look up these IDs and any other data they want to save before then.

In addition to direct access via the myccsd link, the CCSD website also will feature an app-style button link on its homepage; Canvas also offers a highly-rated app (listed under Canvas by Instructure in app stores) for mobile devices. A CCSD Canvas help desk already is operational, and emails may be sent to CCSD Technology staff here. Plans are underway to provide parents with sign-up assistance and information at school open houses and curriculum nights.

CCSD to Host Parent Input Meetings on “Instructional Framework”

The Cherokee County School District is currently developing a comprehensive, consistent and systemic “Instructional Framework” plan for teaching and learning that is focused on establishing consistent, research-based expectations for teaching and learning, identifying the most effective instructional and assessment strategies to increase student achievement, as well as to support and sustain teacher effectiveness in the classroom.

The draft document can be reviewed here:  draft-instructional-framework

Opportunities for feedback on the “Instructional Framework” draft document  from CCSD’s parents and stakeholders have been scheduled for each CCSD Innovation Zone.  Parents and stakeholders are invited to attend any of the sessions listed below:

Instructional Framework Stakeholder Feedback Zone Meetings

Discussion/Feedback Facilitated by Susan McCarthy & Keith Bryant

Date Zone Location Time
Monday, October 10, 2016 Etowah Zone

Kathleen Chandler

(EIZ Lead Principal/host)

Etowah HS


6:00 p.m.
Monday, October 17, 2016 Woodstock Zone

Mark Smith

(WIZ Lead Principal/host)

Woodstock HS


6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 Cherokee Zone

Dr. Susan Zinkil (host)

(CIZ Lead Principal/host)

Cherokee HS


7:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 20, 2016 River Ridge Zone

Dr. Kerry Martin

(RRIZ Lead Principal/host)

River Ridge HS


6:00 p.m.
Monday, October 24, 2016 Sequoyah Zone

Dr. Ann Gazell

(SIZ Lead Principal/host)


Dean Rusk MS


6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Creekview Zone

Karen Carl

(CIZ Lead Principal/host)

Creekview HS


6:00 p.m.