CCSD School Nutrition Wins National Honor for Second Consecutive Year!

CCSD School Nutrition Wins National Honor for Second Consecutive Year!

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turnip the beet logoThe Cherokee County School District School Nutrition program has won a National honor for the second consecutive year!

The program, led by CCSD School Nutrition Director Tina Farmer, again has been recognized with the Silver Turnip the Beet Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – one of only 19 winners in the State and 111 in the country.

Tina Farmer

CCSD earned the recognition for its 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. CCSD provides the free meals to children 18 and younger thanks to USDA Seamless Summer Option funding; no CCSD funds are used.

The Award’s goal, according to the USDA, is to recognize summer meal programs that go “above and beyond to ensure their meals are both nutritious and appetizing.” Judges looks for use of local foods, a variety of vegetables and fruits, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free dairy products, and culturally appropriate meals.

Almost one-third of CCSD students qualify for free or reduced-price meals during the school year, and the summer meals program ensures that these children have access to nutritious meals during summer break.


CCSD Job Fair Set for Saturday, March 4 at River Ridge HS

Cherokee County School District’s Division of Personnel Management will be hosting a job fair on Saturday, March 4, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at River Ridge High School in Woodstock.  The fair is designed to attract teacher applicants, as well as potential Transportation Department candidates to drive school buses and School Nutrition workers to prepare/serve breakfast and lunch for students.  Applicants can meet principals and assistant principals at the event, which attracted more than 500 job seekers last year.

New Teachers

Eligible teacher candidates include those graduating from educator preparation programs , as well as experienced educators who currently hold professional certification in Georgia or another state.  Anticipated areas of high need include special education, math and science at elementary, middle and high school levels.  School psychologists and speech language pathologists are also positions with anticipated vacancies.  A short video about teaching in the Cherokee County School District (produced by students at Etowah High School) can be viewed at this link:

Transportation and School Nutrition

CCSD is also interviewing for anticipated vacancies in transportation and school nutrition.  School bus driver candidates do not need to hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) in order to apply; this certification can be obtained after hiring.  Restaurant or food service experience is a plus for school nutrition worker candidates, but not required.  All positions in transportation and school nutrition include extensive training.

Those interested in employment with the school district are encouraged to complete an online application prior to the event, accessible at the following link:  Current job openings can be viewed at this link:

Cherokee County School District is a high-performing, award-winning public school district serving 42,000 students in Metro Atlanta.  Learn more about us at

2017 Recruitment Fair March 4

CCSD Cafeterias Add New Menu Items

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Ravioli is among the new menu offerings in CCSD cafeterias.

Cherokee County School District cafeterias are featuring some new menu items this month, giving students and staff more variety and tastier fare for their trays. Middle and high school cafeterias have added Asian chicken bowls, popcorn chicken bowls, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, and “breakfast for lunch.”  Cafeterias will also have “game day” menus on Fridays, with items like chicken finger baskets, bacon cheeseburgers, and chili dogs.  Fruit smoothies also have been added, in various fruit and ice flavor combinations. 


Fourth grader Anahi Martinez-Lora tries a pluot (aka a “dinosaur egg”) at Arnold Mill Elementary.

Elementary cafeterias have added oven fried chicken, Chicken Alfredo and ravioli to the menus. Elementary schools also added a new fruit to the menus during September, with the addition of pluots—a combination of a plum and an apricot.  The round, purplish pink fruits have been promoted as “dinosaur eggs” and were well received by the K-5 lunch crowd.   

Breakfast and lunch menus for all schools can be viewed online at 


 Cover photo:  School Nutrition Supervisor Tina Farmer; the new Asian chicken bowl entrée; and Arnold Mill fourth-grader Trenton Elario tries a pluot.  A friend asked Trenton if he was eating an apple.  Trenton said, “It’s not an apple, but whatever it is, it’s good!”


27 CCSD Schools Named to Georgia’s SHAPE Honor Roll!

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Little River Elementary School PE teachers, from left to right, Laurie Hall, Reggie Kimball and Josh Sams show off the prestigious Governor’s SHAPE Honor Roll Platinum award the school has achieved. Little River ES and 11 other CCSD schools earned the top honor… an increase from seven schools last year!

Twenty-seven Cherokee County School District schools have been named to the Governor’s SHAPE (Student Health and Physical Education) Honor Roll!

The awards recognize schools’ commitment to the health and well-being of Georgia’s students through fitness and nutrition.

CCSD’s total number of honorees is an increase from 24 last school year!  The State named 218 schools statewide (out of more than 2,600) to the Honor Roll… with CCSD claiming 12% of the total! Print

Schools can earn Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze medals; CCSD has increased from seven to 12 Platinum winners:

Platinum winners (12 of 125 statewide): Avery ES, Boston ES, Clark Creek ES STEM Academy, Clayton ES, Holly Springs ES STEM Academy, Indian Knoll ES, Johnston ES, Knox ES, Little River ES, Macedonia ES, Mountain Road ES, Sixes ES

Gold winners (6 of 14 statewide): Creekland MS, Dean Rusk MS, E.T. Booth MS, Freedom MS, Mill Creek MS, Woodstock MS

Silver winners (8 of 62 statewide): Arnold Mill ES, Ball Ground ES STEM Academy, Canton ES STEM Academy, Hickory Flat ES, Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy, Woodstock ES, Teasley MS, Etowah HS

Bronze winner (1 of 17 statewide): River Ridge HS

The Honor Roll program recognizes and rewards the schools, students and teachers that demonstrate excellence on measures of SHAPE participation, data reporting, and student wellness.  The Governor’s SHAPE initiative is a statewide program merging governmental, philanthropic and academic and business communities to address childhood obesity.

Schools also receive additional prizes from the SHAPE program ranging from banners to sports equipment based on the medal level they achieved.

These schools and their Physical Education teachers will be recognized by the Superintendent of Schools and School Board at the October 13, 2016 School Board Meeting.