CCSD Honored with 16 State Awards for Public Relations!

CCSD Honored with 16 State Awards for Public Relations!

Category: Photography – Gold Award, “Daddy’s Home” Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications

The Cherokee County School District won a record 16 awards from the Georgia School Public Relations Association (GSPRA) including three “Best in State” top honors!

The Annual Publications, Photography & Electronic Media Contest recognizes outstanding work produced by Georgia public schools, school systems, post-secondary institutions, educational agencies or education-related associations.  The  winners were announced at the Association’s recent Annual Conference.

Category: Photography – Silver Award, “Hugs & High Fives” Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications

“Our School District would not be as successful as it is today without our strong commitment to communications and community engagement,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “We’re honored to be recognized for the work we do each day to keep the public informed and look forward to further improving our connections with our community.”

The award-winning staff members will be recognized by the Superintendent of Schools and the School Board at the Nov. 16  meeting of the School Board.

Category: Crisis Communications

BEST IN CATEGORY & Gold Award

  • Barbara P. Jacoby, Chief Communications Officer, Office of Communications
  • Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications

Category: Marketing Campaign

BEST IN CATEGORY & Gold Award, CCSD Ed SPLOST Informational Campaign

  • Barbara P. Jacoby, Chief Communications Officer, Office of Communications
  • Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications

Category: Social Media

BEST IN CATEGORY & Gold Award

  • Barbara P. Jacoby, Chief Communications Officer, Office of Communications
  • Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications
  • Penny Dempsey, Facilitator, Communications, Office of Communications

Category: Annual Report

Gold Award

  • Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications

Category: Electronic Media

Silver Award, “To Close or Not to Close? Inclement Weather” Video

  • Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications
  • Brandon Grummer, Teacher, Etowah High School
  • John Carter, Assistant Principal, Teasley Middle School

Category: Excellence in Writing

Gold Award, “Teacher Appreciation Day”

  • Barbara P. Jacoby, Chief Communications Officer, Office of Communications

Silver Award, “Back to School”

  • Barbara P. Jacoby, Chief Communications Officer, Office of Communications

Category: Internet Web Site

Gold Award

  • Barbara P. Jacoby, Chief Communications Officer, Office of Communications
  • Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications
  • Bobby Blount, Chief Information Officer, Office of Technology & Information Services
  • Karla Tipton, Supervisor, Technology Support Services, Office of Technology & Information Services

Category: Special Event

Gold Award, “2017 Legacy Makers: CCSD Teachers of the Year Celebration”

  • Barbara P. Jacoby, Chief Communications Officer, Office of Communications
  • Penny Dempsey, Facilitator, Communications, Office of Communications

Gold Award, “Partner of the Year & Volunteer of the Year”

  • Barbara P. Jacoby, Chief Communications Officer, Office of Communications
  • Penny Dempsey, Facilitator, Communications, Office of Communications

Category: Special Purpose Publication

Silver Award, CCSD FY18 Budget

  • Kenneth Owen, Chief Financial Officer, Office of Financial Management
  • Marjorie DeFrank, Director, Financial Management, Office of Financial Management
  • Mindy Woosley, Supervisor, Accounting & Budgets, Office of Financial Management
  • Tina Farmer, Director, School Nutrition, Office of Financial Management
  • Shannon Nolan, Supervisor, Purchasing, Printshop and Warehouse, Office of Financial Management
  • Connie Henderson, Coordinator, Payroll, Office of Financial Management
  • Jenna Williams, Coordinator, Financial Compliance & Reporting, Office of Financial Management
  • Tammie Hunter, Administrative Assistant, Office of Financial Management

Bronze Award, “First Day Facts”

  • Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications

Category: Newsletter/Newspaper

Gold Award, “Connection Points”

  • Bobby Blount, Chief Information Officer, Office of Technology & Information Services
  • Karla Tipton, Supervisor of Technology Support Services, Office of Technology & Information Services
  • Debbie Childress, Supervisor of Instructional Technology, Office of Technology & Information Services
  • Robby Carmichael, Director of Information Technology, Office of Technology & Information Services
  • Esther Brenneman, Facilitator of Instructional Technology, Office of Technology & Information Services
  • Derek Brock, Facilitator of Technology Support Services, Office of Technology & Information Services
  • Matt Roper, Facilitator of Technology Support Services, Office of Technology & Information Services
  • Chris Saxon, Supervisor of Technology Filed Services, Office of Technology & Information Services
  • Christina Clayton, Supervisor of Digital Learning, Office of Curriculum and Instruction

Gold Award, “District Delegate”

  • Penny Dempsey, Facilitator, Communications, Office of Communications

Category: Photography

Gold Award, “Daddy’s Home”

  • Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications

Silver Award, “Hugs & High Fives”

  • Carrie McGowan, Supervisor, Strategic Planning, Community Relations and Publications, Office of Communications

Superintendent of Schools Wins State Award for School & Community Relations

Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower, center, is congratulated on winning the Georgia School Public Relations Association’s Outstanding Leadership in School/Community Relations Award by President-Elect JD Hardin and President Barbara P. Jacoby. The surprise presentation was made at the Association’s Annual Conference.

Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower has been honored with a top state award for school and community relations!

The Georgia School Public Relations Association presented Dr. Hightower with the Outstanding Leadership in School/Community Relations Award at its Annual Conference.

The award recognizes an individual, other than those directly responsible for a public relations program, who has proven himself or herself to be a leader in using effective school and community relations to build support for public education in his or her community.

“Dr. Brian V. Hightower’s support for school and community relations sets a standard that all School Superintendents should aim to achieve,” GSPRA President Barbara P. Jacoby said. “He truly understands the importance of communicating with students, parents, employees, volunteers, partners and the community at large and the value of building relationships with all of these groups that are vital to the success of a school system.”

Previous recipients of the annual award in recent years include: former Fulton County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Avossa; Dr. Stan DeJarnett, Executive Director, Georgia Vision Project; and former Georgia PTA President Lisa-Marie Haygood.

“Communicating with and engaging with our community is a responsibility I take very seriously as Superintendent of Schools,” Dr. Hightower said. “Public schools play a vital role in the lives of everyone in a community. It’s my job as Superintendent not only to ensure that the best teaching and learning possible happens in our classrooms, but also that our community knows about our successes and challenges and has the opportunity to get involved and support our mission.”

Dr. Hightower was praised for initiatives he has championed since taking office including an increase in internal and external communications, a user-friendly website redesign, an image and identity campaign and the newly launched VILLA parent academy in cooperation with the Georgia School Boards Association.

He participates in nonstop community outreach including visiting all of CCSD’s schools and centers several times a year and attending school special events; meetings with parents, employees from all levels of the organization, business partners and community leaders; and giving informational presentations for civic clubs and business and economic development groups.

Beyond engaging with his School District, Dr. Hightower also was recognized for his advocacy efforts on behalf of public education in his community and statewide.

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CCSD Leader Elected President of Statewide Education Organization

Barbara P. Jacoby

A Cherokee County School District leader has been elected president of a statewide education organization.

Barbara P. Jacoby, CCSD’s Director of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning, will serve for the next year as president of the Georgia School Public Relations Association (GSPRA), the state’s chapter of the National School Public Relations Association.

In this unpaid volunteer capacity, she will lead the nonprofit organization in advocating for public education and providing professional development opportunities to improve public relations on behalf of Georgia’s public schools and children. Ms. Jacoby also will represent GSPRA at the national level.

“Speaking up for children and standing up for public schools is critical to the success of our School District, our community and our future, and Barbara is dedicated to that mission,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “We’re proud when our leaders can play a role in improving education at the state and national level, and I know she will represent us well.”

Ms. Jacoby joined CCSD in 2011 after a successful career as a journalist, including more than a decade as managing editor of the Cherokee Tribune. During her tenure with CCSD, she has led successful initiatives to improve public relations and communications by developing new platforms, programs and partnerships, and helped establish the Cherokee County Educational Foundation.

She has been named, effective July 1, Chief Communications Officer for CCSD.


CCSD Honored with 15 State Awards for Public Relations

The Cherokee County School District won 15 awards from the Georgia School Public Relations Association (GSPRA), as announced at the GSPRA 2016 Annual Conference on Dec. 6, 2016 in Augusta, a record total and including a “Best in State” top honor!

The Annual Publications, Photography & Electronic Media Contest recognizes outstanding work produced by Georgia schools, school systems, post-secondary institutions, educational agencies or education-related associations.

“Communication is necessary for a successful School District, and we’re so pleased to be recognized at this level for what we do day in and day out to keep students, parents, staff and the community at large informed,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “The past year was very significant for communications for us, with our rebranding campaign, the launch of our new website, our first marketing campaigns and the expansion of internal newsletters among other initiatives.  We appreciate the kudos from our State’s school public relations professional organization and will continue working daily toward improving our communications.”

The awards won by CCSD are coordinated and facilitated by the Division of Public Information, Communication and Partnerships and represent collaboration between and among multiple departments:

Best in Category, Image/Identity Package

Gold Award, Image/Identity Package

  • Dr. Brian V. Hightower, Superintendent of Schools
  • Bobby Blount, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Barbara Jacoby, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning
  • Carrie McGowan, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning

Gold Award, Internet Website (www.CherokeeK12.net)

  • Bobby Blount, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Tim Feltner, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Susan Campbell, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Barbara Jacoby, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning
  • Carrie McGowan, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning

Gold Award, Marketing Campaign (#WeAreCCSDTeachers) Here’s a link to the video included in the campaign.

  • Barbara Jacoby, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning

Gold Award, Newsletter: Connection Points

  • Bobby Blount, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Tim Feltner, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Debbie Childress, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Robby Carmichael, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Esther Brenneman, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Derek Brock, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Christina Clayton, Division of Technology and Information Services
  • Chris Saxon, Division of Technology and Information Services

Gold Awards (3 Awards), Photography (“Let Me Win”; “Welcome Home”; AGUA Aquaponics Lab)

  • Carrie McGowan, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning

Silver Awards (2 Awards), Excellence in Writing (Teacher of the Year profiles; “You Are a Superhero”)

  • Barbara Jacoby, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning

Silver Award, Newsletter: Accolades

  • Carrie McGowan, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning

Silver Award, Newsletter: District Delegate

  • Penny Dempsey, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning

Silver Award, Social Media

  • Barbara Jacoby, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning
  • Carrie McGowan, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning
  • Penny Dempsey, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning

Silver Award, Special Purpose Publication: Financial Facts

  • Carrie McGowan, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning

Silver Award, Special Purpose Publication: Ready to Learn

  • Carrie McGowan, Division of Public Information, Communications and Strategic Planning

A special award also was presented to one of CCSD’s parent leaders: Lisa-Marie Haygood of Cherokee County, President of Georgia PTA, who received the 2016 Outstanding Leadership in School-Community Relations Award.  The award, which is not necessarily presented annually, is the highest honor the Association awards to a non-public relations professional.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower and School Board Chair Kyla Cromer, left, congratulate Lisa-Marie Haygood of Cherokee County, President of Georgia PTA, who won GSPRA’s 2016 Outstanding Leadership in School-Community Relations Award.

Ms. Haygood has long been one of CCSD’s most vocal cheerleaders for public  schools. Starting from her days as room mom for her daughter’s kindergarten class, and rising through the ranks of the Cherokee County PTA and then District-level PTA, she always has been a go-to parent for advocating on behalf of children and the public schools they attend.  She took her advocacy efforts to the next level when she became President of the Georgia PTA last year and led the successful advocacy effort to defeat the Amendment One plan for Stake-takeover of public schools.

The award-winning staff members and Ms. Haygood will be recognized by the Superintendent of Schools and the School Board at the Jan. 19 meeting of the School Board.

“Let Me Win,” a photo from CCSD Special Olympics Awareness Games of CCSD Special Education Supervisor Sheryl Gould and Matthew Taylor, won a Gold Award in the GSPRA contest.

 

This photo of Canton ES STEM Academy student Alexis Reed working in the school’s AGUA Aquaponics Lab won a Gold Award in the GSPRA contest.

“Welcome Home,” a photo of U.S. Army Staff Sergeant E-6 Lyle Judson hugs sons, Ryan, and Dominic, in a surprise reunion at Indian Knoll ES upon his return from a deployment in Africa, won a Gold Award in the GSPRA contest.