CCSD High Schools Named to “Best High Schools” List!

CCSD High Schools Named to “Best High Schools” List!

U.S. News and World Report Silver MedalThree Cherokee County School District high schools have been named to U.S. News and World Report’s “Best High Schools” list!

Etowah High School, River Ridge High School and Woodstock High School earned spots on the magazine’s prestigious list based on multiple factors, including college readiness, academic performance, graduation rates and success of disadvantaged students. Only 6,000 of the country’s 22,000 public high schools were named to the list released this week.

“We know our schools are outstanding, and it’s both exciting and reaffirming to see them receive national recognition for achievement and continuous improvement,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “Congratulations to these schools, their students and parents, teachers and staff, partners and volunteers!”

Etowah HS was ranked No. 1812 in the country out of 22,000 public high schools nationwide, with River Ridge HS at No. 1921 and Woodstock HS at No. 1961 – all three within the top 10 percent of U.S. schools. The three schools won Silver Medals from the magazine, which awards gold, silver and bronze recognitions. Data for the rankings is based upon the 2014-15 school year, according to the publication.


CCSD School Nutrition Wins National Honor!

The Cherokee County School District School Nutrition program has won a National honor!

The program has been recognized with the Silver Turnip the Beet Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – one of only 49 winners in the country.

The award recognizes CCSD’s summer meal program, which provides breakfast and lunches at no charge to students in need served by summer school programs, as well as at select locations throughout the community.

The District participates in the USDA Seamless Summer Option, which offers the free meals during the summer for children 18 years of age or younger; off-campus sites served by CCSD through the program include: G. Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA in Canton, Cherokee Outdoor Family YMCA in Woodstock and East Gate Mobile Home Park and Hidden Falls Mobile Home Park in southwest Cherokee.

Almost one-third of CCSD students qualify for free or reduced-price meals during the school year, and this program ensures that children continue to have access to nutritious meals throughout the summer break. The program is funded by USDA; no CCSD funds are expended for this program.

The goal of the Turnip the Beet Award, according to the USDA, is to recognize programs that go “above and beyond to ensure their meals are both nutritious and appetizing.” Applications were evaluated on criteria including: serving local foods; serving a variety of vegetables and fruits throughout the week; serving whole grains and low-fat or fat-free dairy products; and serving culturally-appropriate meals.


Two CCSD Seniors Named 2016-2017 Coca-Cola Scholars Program Semi-Finalists

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A.J. Cox

Two Cherokee County School District high school seniors have been named semi-finalists for a prestigious national scholarship!

Isabelle Riddle of Sequoyah High School and A.J. Cox of Woodstock High School are 2016-17 Coca-Cola Scholars Program semi-finalists.  Only 1,914 students were selected from 86,000 applications nationwide.

Semi-finalists were selected based on their outstanding leadership,

Isabelle Riddle

academic achievements, and dedication to their community.

Detailed applications submitted by semi-finalists will be evaluated by a review committee this month to determine finalists.  The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation will award 150 college scholarships worth $20,000 each.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, a joint effort of Coca-Cola Bottlers across America and The Coca Cola Company, is one of the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship programs of its kind in the United States.

“As a premier scholarship provider, we recognize our role in helping young people achieve their college goals,” said Mark Davis, President of the Foundation. “The economy continues to affect many students’ ability to attend the college of their choice, so it is critical we continue to stay the course.  The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation received nearly 86,000 applications this year, and the Semifinalists are truly some of the most accomplished students in the country.”