CCSD Students Place at Tome State Competition!

CCSD Students Place at Tome State Competition!

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Sequoyah High School students who placed at TomeCon include, from left to right, Elaine Williams, Abby George and Lux Jordan-Thunderrock.

Cherokee County School District middle and high school students recently placed at the Tome Literacy Society’s State competition!

Tome is a National organization dedicated to promoting “multiple literacies among fourth- through 12th-grade students across the United States through: service; collaboration; competition-based club activities; and clean, entertaining, encouraging literature. All activities promote self-esteem, leadership skills, strong values, and nurture critical thinking, creativity, and imagination in the digital age.”

Students work all school year on projects and papers to submit for Tome competition based on books read from a list of 20 books called the “It List.”  Some competitions, such as Reading Bowl and Book Talk, are held during the TomeCon annual conference, with other projects submitted digitally in advance.

CCSD students who placed at State are:

Creekview High School

Individual Achievements:

Erin Franchini – First Place: Book Print Video; First Place: Tome Worthy Nomination; Third Place: “It List” Fan Art; Inducted into the National Tome Honor Society

Sponsor: Nan Lanford, CVHS Media Specialist

  Alicia Mazzurra 

Grace Pfohl

 

River Ridge HS

Individual Achievements:

Alicia Mazzurra – First Place: Book Trailer.

Grace Pfohl: Inducted into the National Tome Honor Society; Tome Society Service Award

Sponsor: Keara Rubin, RRHS Media Specialist.

Sequoyah HS

Team Achievements:

Third Place – Chapter of the Year

First Place – Chapter Digital Scrapbook

Team Members: Abby George, Lux Jordan-Thunderrock, Isabelle Torek and Elaine Williams

Second Place – Reading Bowl (Teams can consist of 5 members)

Single Team Member: Abby George

Third Place – Library Video

Sequoyah HS Tome sponsor Media Specialist Elease Franchini congratulates student Isabelle Torek on her successes

Team Members: Abby George and Elaine Williams

Individual Achievements:

Abby George – First Place: Techfolio; Second Place: Book Print Video; Second Place: App Creation

Isabelle Torek – First Place: Graphic Novel; Third Place “It List” Fan Art.

Abby George and Elaine Williams were inducted into the Tome Honor Society.

Sponsor: Elease Franchini, SHS Media Specialist

Teasley MS

Team Achievements:

Second Place – Best Tome T-Shirt Design 2018

Team Members: Reagan Bower, Abigail Bracewell, Brinson Chesnut, Caleb Christian, Kathryn Cline, Ansley Gulledge, Emma Howell, Karter Johnson, Reagan Johnson, Lauren Kinney, Sarah McEachern, Liam McKinney, Grace McPherson, Randy Perez-Perez, Mackenzie Rodriguez, Ella Sauls, Lucas Sauls, Finnegan Sheldon, Skylar Smiley, Olivia Stegos, Mia Tang, Kathryn Volz, Kaitlyn Williams

Third Place – Reading Bowl Middle School Competition

Team Members: Reagan Bower, Abigail Bracewell, Brinson Chesnut, Emma Howell, Lauren Kinney, Sarah McEachern, Grace McPherson, Ella Sauls, Lucas Sauls, Skylar Smiley, Kathryn Volz, Kaitlyn Williams

Individual Achievements:

Grace MacPherson – First place: Poetry Project, Third place: Book Talk

Caleb Christian – Second place: Book Blog

Katie Volz – Third place: Theme Essay

Sponsors: Beth DuLong and Graham Penniman, TMS Teachers

Woodstock MS

Individual Achievements:

Abigail Hallman – Second Place: Techfolio

Ethan Heggen – Third Place: Book Print Video

Leann Cwieka – Third Place: “It List” Fan Art

Sponsor: Wendy Cope, Media Specialist

The students and their sponsors were recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the Board’s May 3 meeting.

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CCSD Friends Share Favorite Stories for “Get Cherokee Reading”

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Cherokee County School Board Chair Kyla Cromer

As part of our “Get Cherokee Reading” campaign this month, we invited a few friends to read a favorite children’s book for videos to be played in our elementary school classrooms.

A big thank you to School Board Chair Kyla Cromer, CCSD Deputy Superintendent Trey Olson and Sheriff Frank Reynolds for sharing their love of reading, and to Leslie Shelley of CCSD’s Office of Financial Management, who shared her talent for storytelling as part of the project.

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CCSD Deputy Superintendent Trey Olson

Cherokee County Sheriff Frank Reynolds

Storyteller Leslie Shelley


CCSD Launches ‘Get Cherokee Reading’ Initiative

Retired CCSD media specialist Rebecca Amerson peeks out of her customized bookmobile camper, which has been painted to reflect her love of books and the outdoors.

(Note:  a brief video about the bookmobile can be seen here.)

Cherokee County School District launched its month-long reading campaign, “Get Cherokee Reading,” on Monday morning by delivering books to Title I schools in the county.  Retired CCSD Media Specialist Rebecca Amerson drove her custom-painted “bookmobile” camper to Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy, Canton ES STEM Academy and Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy, loaded down with books provided by the CCSD Curriculum & Instruction Division.

“Our ‘Get Cherokee Reading’ campaign aligns with the Georgia initiative going on across the state,” said Chief Academic Officer Dr. Nicole Holmes. “Inviting Ms. Amerson back to visit our schools and offer books to children  while sharing her love of reading was a creative way to launch our initiative. We want to see everyone reading this month in Cherokee County!”

Chief Academic Officer Dr. Nicole Holmes, right, helps Teacher on Special Assignment Jennifer Garland and Curriculum Support Coordinator for Literacy Judy Withey load books for Ms. Amerson to deliver to the schools.

Ms. Amerson invited students into her Bookmobile to select a book, and she told them about her reading and camping adventures.  Her custom-painted camper includes some of her favorite book titles, as well as a quote from Thomas Jefferson:  “I cannot live without books.”

Hasty ES student Shirleen Jacinto-Hernandez exits the camper with her chosen book.

After selecting books and reading with their principal outside the Bookmobile, students carried a box of 50 books into their school to add to the media center.

Canton ES students gather up the books, which were provided by the CCSD Curriculum & Instruction Division as part of the “Get Cherokee Reading” initiative this month.

The Curriculum and Instruction Division has multiple literacy initiatives going on throughout the month designed to “Get Cherokee Reading.”  This school year has brought a new focus on reading in the primary grades, with the adoption of a balanced literacy approach to reading and more classroom instructional blocks focused on reading.

Oak Grove ES student Autumn Jenkins, right, looks through the book she has chosen, as Paris Manzano looks on.

For information on the Get Georgia Reading initiative, see their website at http://getgeorgiareading.org/

 


CCSD Congratulates Reading Bowl Winners!

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The Creekview HS team of Caitlyn Bergey, Gillian Brown, Caitlin Canfield, Jack Eno, Abigail Gallagher, Grace Godwin, Megan Halverson, Kelsey Henson, Alex Kaye, Emily McGhee and Victoria Padgett and Coaches Liana Howard and Anne Thiers celebrates its first-place win.

The Cherokee County School District congratulates its annual Reading Bowl winners and two high school teams advancing to Divisional competition!

The CCSD high school bowl winner, Creekview High School, and runner-up, River Ridge High School, will compete March 3 at the Divisional level and vie for the opportunity to move on to the State level.

Mill Creek Middle School won CCSD’s middle school-level competition, and Indian Knoll Elementary School earned first place in the elementary-school event!

The Creekview HS team, coached by Liana Howard and Anne Thiers, is made up of: Caitlyn Bergey, Gillian Brown, Caitlin Canfield, Jack Eno, Abigail Gallagher, Grace Godwin, Megan Halverson, Kelsey Henson, Alex Kaye, Emily McGhee and Victoria Padgett.  The River Ridge HS team, coached by Keara Rubin, is made up of: Bipasha Bipin, Julia Boll, Celeste Bryson, Marissa Henager, Sathvika Narasimhan, Grace Pfohl and Michelle Stevens.

The Indian Knoll ES team, coached by Kim Brown, Allison Eubanks, and Jennifer Lewis, is made up of: Luke Barber, Blakely Freeman, Isabel Harper, Kelly Rojo, Meagan Schroter, Ava Smith, Reagan Waycaster and Lauryn Young.

The Mill Creek MS team, coached by Linda Chapman, Lori Evans, and Meg Veith, is made up of: Maulik Durani, Sarah Fraser, Seraphina Jaggie, Benny Kim, Sharon Pradeep, Emily Regalado, Lorelei Sanders and Matthew Stevens.

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Indian Knoll ES Principal Dr. Ann Gazell, back row left, congratulates the first-place winning team of Luke Barber, Blakely Freeman, Isabel Harper, Kelly Rojo, Meagan Schroter, Ava Smith, Reagan Waycaster and Lauryn Young, which is coached by Kim Brown, Allison Eubanks and Jennifer Lewis.

Mill Creek MS Principal Dr. Kerry Martin, far right, congratulates the team of Maulik Durani, Sarah Fraser, Seraphina Jaggie, Benny Kim, Sharon Pradeep, Emily Regalado, Lorelei Sanders and Matthew Stevens, which is coached by Linda Chapman, Lori Evans and Meg Veith, on its first-place win.

River Ridge HS: River Ridge HS Principal Darrell Herring congratulates the school’s team, which placed second and also moves on to Divisionals: Sathvika Narasimhan, Celeste Bryson, Bipasha Bipin, Julia Boll Grace Pfohl, Marissa Henager, Michelle Stevens and Coach Keara Rubin.


CCSD Celebrating Read for the Record Day on Thursday, Oct. 27

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Susan McCarthy, center, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Programs, Student Support, Accountability & Professional Development, celebrates the successful filming with Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy students in the classes of Beth Cornelison and Denise Cloer. Media Specialist Stephanie Gauthia, right, assisted with the project.

The Cherokee County School District is joining in the celebration of Read for the Record Day, a national event to raise awareness of the importance of early childhood education and literacy, on Thursday, Oct. 27.

Each year, Jumpstart (http://www.jstart.org/) selects one children’s book it encourages classes and families nationwide to read together in an effort to break the world record for the most people reading the same book on the same day.  This year’s book, “The Bear Ate Your Sandwich” by Julia Sarcone-Roach, is a classic tale of a bear’s epic journey and the mystery surrounding one delicious sandwich.

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Susan McCarthy, CCSD’s Assistant Superintendent for Educational Programs, Student Support, Accountability & Professional Development, reads to students for the video.

The School District has continued the tradition of preparing a “Reading Rainbow”-style video for teachers to considering using in their classrooms if they don’t have special events such as guest readers planned.  This year’s CCSD video features Assistant Superintendent for Educational Programs, Student Support, Accountability & Professional Development Susan McCarthy reading “The Bear Ate Your Sandwich” at Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy to the classes of Beth Cornelison and Denise Cloer.

The video project was made possible through the work of CCSD Facilitator for Enterprise Field Services Chris Saxon, Holly Springs ES STEM Academy Media Specialist Stephanie Gauthia and Penny Dempsey of CCSD’s Division of Public Information.

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CCSD Facilitator for Enterprise Field Services Chris Saxon films Ms. McCarthy for the video.