CCSD PTAs, Staff & Parents Win Top Georgia PTA Awards

CCSD PTAs, Staff & Parents Win Top Georgia PTA Awards

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The Cherokee County School District swept top Georgia PTA Awards for Principals, school nurses and school PTAs!

The Georgia PTA presents statewide awards to outstanding educators, PTAs and parents at its annual conference, and CCSD claimed an impressive list of high honors. The CCSD winners were recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the Board’s September meeting.

Dr. Kerry P. Martin

“We’re extremely proud to see our parents and employees applauded at the State level, as they our vital to our School District’s success,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “The PTA devotes thousands of volunteer hours in our schools, raises significant funds for school needs and advocates on behalf of our schools, our teachers and public education… and we can’t thank them enough for their dedicated service.”

Dr. Kerry Martin, Principal of Mill Creek MS, won the Outstanding Principal Award for middle schools.

“To be named Outstanding Principal of the Year is a huge honor,” Dr. Martin said. “I am committed to collaborating with all stakeholders to make our school the best it can be. In the end, it’s all about the students. If they, too, believe that I’m outstanding, that is the validation I need to continue doing what I love, supporting students in a positive way.”

Whitney Nolan

Whitney Nolan, Principal of Hickory Flat ES, won the Outstanding Principal Award for elementary schools.

“Just to be nominated for this award by our nationally recognized PTA at Hickory Flat is both an honor and a blessing!” she said. “Serving this community as principal is one of the most fun and rewarding experiences of my life. I have stated many times that as the leader of Hickory Flat Elementary, I do not want the community to follow me — I want the community to join me. Being selected as the Outstanding Principal Award recipient for doing what I absolutely love makes it that much sweeter.”

Thania Molina

Mill Creek MS School Nurse Thania Molina won the Georgia PTA Outstanding School Nurse Award. After earning local and District 13 PTA honors, she was recognized as the best school nurse in the state for the significant and exceptional service she provides to the students and staff of her school.

Two CCSD PTA parent volunteers earned the prestigious Visionary Award: Sue Palermo of Johnston ES and Scott Steinbrenner of Little River ES. This high honor recognizes PTA volunteers who demonstrate an “above and beyond” approach to addressing and resolving community issues and concerns.

Sue Palermo

Scott Steinbrenner

 

CCSD PTAs swept the elementary division for the top honor of Outstanding Local Unit, with Little River Elementary School winning first place, Johnston Elementary School placing second, and Bascomb Elementary School ranking third.

The Georgia PTA recognizes excellence by school PTAs in fulfilling the organization’s various standards, and two CCSD PTAs won recognition for their projects.

Mill Creek MS was honored as the best in Georgia for Standard 1: Welcoming All Families. Little River ES was named tops in the State for Standard 4: Speaking Up for Every Child.

“We feel very strongly that Mill Creek MS should be inclusive of all students and families,” Dr. Martin said, noting the school PTSA last school year for its “Welcoming All Families” project made a specific effort to ensure students with special needs were included in recognitions such as Student of the Month and embraced programs including the Special Olympics and Exceptional Children’s Week.

“During Exceptional Children’s Week, we cherished the theme, ‘Every Child is a Different Kind of Flower and Together Make a Beautiful Garden,’” she said. “All students were supplied packets of wildflower seeds in science class to promote the message of inclusion. Our PE teachers embraced the week by modifying activities to promote empathy exercises to teach tolerance and understanding.”

Little River ES PTA made children with special needs the focus of its “Speaking Up for Every Child” project.

The PTA enlisted the participation of local businesses to help raise funds to enhance the school’s observance of Exceptional Children’s Week and arranged for a local drama troupe to educate and engage all students through a special performance.

Clark Creek ES STEM Academy PTA earned the Presidents Membership Award. Outstanding Advocacy Awards were earned by the PTAs of: Johnston ES, Mill Creek MS, River Ridge HS and Woodstock HS. Platinum Target Membership Awards were earned by the PTAs of: Hickory Flat ES, Mountain Road ES and Sixes ES.

The following schools earned Model PTA Awards: Bascomb ES, Freedom MS, Hickory Flat ES, Indian Knoll ES, Johnston ES, Little River ES, Mill Creek MS, Mountain Road ES, River Ridge HS and Woodstock HS.


District PTA Recognizes Outstanding Principal, Nurse and PTA Units

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Acting 13th District Director Amanda Weber, District Outstanding Principal Mark Smith of Woodstock HS, and Cherokee County Council of PTA Chair Kathy Strom.

Cherokee County School PTAs, volunteers, support staff and administrators won multiple awards at the recent District PTA annual Spring Conference held April 26 in Canton. Woodstock HS Principal Mark Smith was named Outstanding Principal for District 13, and Mill Creek MS Nurse Thania Molina was recognized as Outstanding School Nurse for District 13. Georgia PTA is comprised of 13 geographic districts; the 13th District covers northwest Georgia and includes Cherokee County, as well as Forsyth, Gordon and Whitfield counties.

At the Cherokee County Council of PTA level, Johnston ES Principal Amy Graham was selected as Outstanding Elementary School Principal, and Mill Creek MS Principal Dr. Kerry Martin was honored as the Outstanding Middle School Principal.

Model PTA awards were presented to Little River ES, Bascomb ES, Hickory Flat ES, Indian Knoll ES, Mill Creek MS and Woodstock HS. These schools, plus the addition of Mountain Road ES, were also named Outstanding Local Units for 2016-17.

Other District 13 award recipients included:

Visionary Award (tie)

  • Sue Palermo, FD Johnston ES
  • Scott Steinbrenner, Little River ES

Birney Butler Outstanding Educator

  • Reginald Kimball, Little River ES

Outstanding School Nurse

  • Thania Molina, Mill Creek MS

Outstanding Principal

  • Mr. Mark Smith, Woodstock HS

Best Ideas Awards

  • FD Johnston Joke Book

Model PTA Awards

Elementary Schools

  • Little River ES
  • Bascomb ES
  • Hickory Flat ES
  • Indian Knoll ES

Middle Schools

  • Mill Creek Middle School PTSA

High Schools

  • Woodstock High School PTSA

Outstanding Local Unit – 750 and below

  • 3rd place –Hickory Flat
  • 2nd place – Mountain Road
  • 1st place – FD Johnston

Outstanding Local Unit – 751 and above

  • 3rd place – Indian Knoll
  • 2nd place – Bascomb
  • 1st place – Little River

Outstanding Local Unit – Middle School

  • 1st place – Mill Creek MS PTSA

Outstanding Local Unit – High School

  • 1st place – Woodstock HS PTSA

Hearst Family School Partnership Awards

For Standard 1: Communicating Effectively

  • Bascomb ES

For Standard 5: Sharing Power

  • Mill Creek MS

For Standard 6: Collaborating with the Community

  • Little River ES

 

For Overall – all 6 standards

  • Mill Creek MS

SCHOLARSHIPS

District 13 Scholarship Awards ($200 each)

  • Jasem Amer, Bascomb ES
  • Tate Suders, Bascomb ES
  • Emlyn Bailey, Clayton ES
  • Gavin Coleman, Bascomb ES
  • Alexandra Hofstetter, 12th grade Cherokee HS
  • Maritza Augustin, Matt ES
  • Christian Mores, ET Booth MS

Seventeen CCSD Students Place in Georgia PTA Reflections Fine Arts Contest!

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Seventeen Cherokee County School District students placed in the 2016-17 Georgia PTA Reflections fine arts contest, with three winning first place!

The annual contest gives students in all grades and abilities the opportunity to create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts for the opportunity to earn recognition at the school, district, state and national levels. This year’s theme was “What is Your Story?”

CCSD’s State-level winners are:

Dance Choreography
First Place: Madeline Fiscarelli, Etowah HS, Grade 9

Madeline Fiscarelli

Madeline Fiscarelli

Film/Video Production
First Place: Sidney Samuel, Hickory Flat ES, Grade 5
Third Place: Barbora Kocsis, Sequoyah HS, Grade 11

Literature
Second Place: Willa Faulkner, Macedonia ES, Kindergarten
Honorable Mention: Kayla Lambert, Etowah HS, Grade 9

Willa Faulker

Willa Faulkner

Sidney Samuel

Sidney Samuel

Photography
First Place: Clayton Tucker, Dean Rusk MS, Grade 6
Second Place: Raven Winant, Sequoyah HS, Grade 12
Third Place: Michael King, Ball Ground ES STEM Academy, Grade 4
Third Place: Huck Wallace, Holly Springs ES STEM Academy, Grade 3
Honorable Mention: Preston Johnson, Indian Knoll ES, Grade 5, Special Artist
Honorable Mention: Brooks Keehley, Sequoyah HS, Grade 9
Honorable Mention: Ryan Weber, Bascomb ES, Grade 4, Special Artist

Clayton Tucker

Clayton Tucker

Theme Search Award
Shelby Rice, Bascomb ES, Grade 5, “It’s what’s on the inside that counts”

Shelby Rice

Shelby Rice

Visual Arts
Second Place, Chrissy Ginter, Sequoyah HS, Grade 12
Third Place: Chloe Mnich, E.T. Booth MS, Grade 8
Honorable Mention: Alexia Prewett, Johnston ES, Grade 5, Special Artist

3D Art
Second Place: Cade Strom, Cherokee HS, Grade 10


Bascomb Elementary School Wins National Grant to Install Playground Sun Shade

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Bascomb ES PTA recently applied for and won an $8,000 2016 Shade Structure Program Grant from the American Academy of Dermatology to install a permanent shade structure over the back playground.

Bascomb Elementary School is home to a new playground sun shade thanks to a National grant!

The school’s PTA applied for and won an $8,000 2016 Shade Structure Program Grant from the American Academy of Dermatology… and was one of only 19 winners nationwide.

The school recently held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the installation of the permanent shade structure over the back playground.  The ceremony was attended by school and PTA leaders including Georgia PTA President Lisa-Marie Haygood; Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower and Cherokee County School Board Chair Kyla Cromer and Board Member Rick Steiner.

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Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower speaks during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Atlanta North Dermatology dermatologist Dr. Jihyun “Ellen” Koo, a member of the Academy, sponsored the grant application and participated in the ceremony.  Bascomb ES is only the second school in Georgia to win the grant since the Academy began awarding it in 2000.

“Without this grant, which will cover more than half the cost, this project would not have been possible, ” Bascomb ES PTA immediate Past President Heather Shaw said. “We are extremely thankful to the American Academy of Dermatology, and Dr. Koo, for their help and generosity.”

The Shade Structure Grant Program is part of the Academy’s SPOT Skin Cancer campaign (www.SpotSkinCancer.org) to reduce the incidence of skin cancer by educating the public about effective skin cancer prevention tips.

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Celebrating the ribbon cutting for Bascomb Elementary School’s new permanent shade structure are, from left to right, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, School Board Chair Kyla Cromer, Atlanta North Dermatology dermatologist Dr. Ellen Koo, PTA grant writer Amanda Weber, Principal Kathleen Chandler, Georgia PTA President Lisa-Marie Haygood and School Board Member Rick Steiner.


CCSD Staff, PTAs Win Top Georgia PTA Awards

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Johnston Elementary School’s School Nurse Laure Carroll, right, is presented with the Georgia PTA Outstanding School Nurse Award by Georgia PTA President Lisa-Marie Haygood.

The Cherokee County School District has won top Georgia PTA Awards for school nurses, teachers and school PTAs!

The Georgia PTA, which is led by Cherokee County’s own Lisa-Marie Haygood as its President, presents statewide awards to outstanding educators and school PTAs at its summer conference.

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Indian Knoll Elementary School teacher Jennifer Schroter won the Georgia PTA’s Birney Butler Outstanding Educator Award for the elementary-school level.

Johnston ES School Nurse Laure Carroll won the Georgia PTA Outstanding School Nurse Award, and Indian Knoll ES teacher Jennifer Schroter won the Birney Butler Outstanding Educator Award for the elementary-school level!

Mill Creek MS PTSA won the Outstanding Local Unit award out of all middle schools in Georgia and the President’s Membership Award!  Woodstock HS won second place in the State for Outstanding Local Unit among all high schools in Georgia.

River Ridge HS PTSA won the Overall Heart Family-School Partnership Award at the State level, and Indian Knoll ES, Macedonia ES and Mountain Road ES PTAs all won top awards for specific areas of service.

Four school PTAs won the Platinum Membership Award: Clark Creek ES STEM Academy, Dean Rusk MS, Hickory Flat ES and Indian Knoll ES.  A great showing of CCSD school PTAs earned the State’s Model PTA designation: Bascomb ES, Boston ES, Clark Creek ES STEM, Dean Rusk MS, Freedom MS, Hickory Flat ES, Holly Springs ES STEM Academy, Indian Knoll ES, Johnston ES, Little River ES, Macedonia ES, Mill Creek MS, Mountain Road ES, Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy, River Ridge HS, Sequoyah HS, Sixes ES and Woodstock HS.

“Our schools, teachers and students benefit greatly from the outstanding alliance we foster with our PTA volunteers,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “The PTA’s support – whether raising funds for schools’ needs, logging thousands of volunteer hours or advocating for public schools locally and at the State Capitol – is invaluable to our success.  We’re so proud to see our employees honored by the Georgia PTA, and we’re delighted to see our PTA volunteers recognized at the State level for their dedication.”

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Mill Creek Middle School PTSA leaders, from left to right, Jessi Brenneman, Brenda Page, Ambrea Holman and Olga Spivey, celebrating winning the Georgia PTA’s Outstanding Local Unit award out of all middle schools in Georgia! The school’s PTSA also won the President’s Membership Award and Model PTA designation.


CCSD Schools, Staff Honored by Cherokee County and Georgia PTA District 13

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The Mill Creek Middle School PTSA was named the Outstanding Local Unit award for middle schools by Georgia PTA District 13.  The PTSA also earned the top honor from the Cherokee County Council PTA, as well as the Heart Family-School Partnership Award for ‘Sharing Power’ and the Model PTA designation.  From left to right: Laura Logan, Carolyn Kenney, Hope Burgamy, Ambrea Holman, Olga Spivey and Principal Dr. Kerry Martin.

Laure Carroll

Cherokee County School District educators and PTAs won top Georgia PTA District 13 Awards at the organization’s annual awards ceremony.

The Georgia PTA District 13 organization, which represents the school PTAs and county PTA councils of Cherokee, Forsyth, Gordon and Whitfield counties, presents annual awards to recognize outstanding educators and school PTAs.

Teacher Jennifer Schroter of Indian Knoll ES won the Birney Butler Outstanding Educator Award, and Laure Carroll of Johnston ES was named Outstanding School Nurse.

Five school PTA units won District 13 awards including Mill Creek MS, which earned the Outstanding Local Unit award for middle schools.

Mountain Road ES won the Best Idea Award for schools of its size (750 students or smaller) for the “Battle at Thunder Mountain” video.

Three schools won Heart Family-School Partnership Awards: River Ridge HS won the Overall Award; Indian Knoll ES won in the “Welcoming All Families” category and Macedonia ES in the “Supporting Student Success” category.

The Cherokee County Council of PTA also presents annual awards. It honored Indian Knoll ES Principal Dr. Ann Gazell as the Outstanding Principal of the year, and also named Laure Carroll as its Outstanding School Nurse. Clark Creek ES STEM Academy teacher Lauren Abrams received a Birney Butler Outstanding Educator Award, and Hickory Flat ES won a Best Idea Award for its “Thunder Mountain” obstacle course fun run.

Indian Knoll ES PTA member Steve Miller won the Visionary Award, and Hearst-Family School Partnership winners, in addition to those that also won at District 13, are Mill Creek MS for “Sharing Power” and Bascomb ES for “Collaborating with the Community.”

School PTAs honored as Outstanding Local Units are: elementary school (750 or smaller), Sixes ES, first place; Johnston ES, second place; Hickory Flat ES, third place; elementary school (751 and larger), Indian Knoll, first place; Macedonia ES, second place; Little River ES, third place; middle school, Mill Creek MS, first place; Dean Rusk MS, second place; Freedom MS, third place; high school, Woodstock HS, first place; Sequoyah HS, second place;

Dr. Ann Gazell

Schools honored for Model PTAs are: elementary schools, Sixes ES, first place; Macedonia ES, second place; Johnston ES, third place; and Indian Knoll ES, Mountain Road ES, Hickory Flat ES, Bascomb ES, Little River ES, Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy, Clark Creek ES STEM Academy; middle schools, Mill Creek MS, first place; Freedom MS, second place; Dean Rusk MS, third place; high schools, Sequoyah HS, first place; Woodstock HS, second place; and River Ridge HS, third place.