CCSD School Wins Prestigious Georgia School Bell Award!

CCSD School Wins Prestigious Georgia School Bell Award!

OGES logo The Cherokee County School District continues its Georgia School Bell Award-winning streak with Oak Grove Elementary School Fine Arts Academy earning the prestigious honor for 2017!

The Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals presents the distinguished Award to 10 schools in Georgia each year in recognition of outstanding curriculum and organizational leadership initiatives… this is the seventh consecutive year that at least one CCSD school has been honored.

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Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy, led by Principal Penny Valle, earned the award for her program, “Anchor Standards.” The selection committee selects exemplary initiatives that result in positive change and demonstrate strong involvement of staff, students, parents and community.

“Anchor Standards” is a school-wide initiative through which teachers identified specific learning goals for each grade level, subject and grading period to be prepared for, tracked and updated through collaboration within Professional Learning Communities teacher groups. Administrators, community partners, volunteers and parents all play a role in the program’s success, and a Data Room provides a place to review results and talk strategy.

Principal Penny Valle

“We continually analyze the impact of prioritizing standards and aligning the targeted content and language objectives to show student mastery of key concepts and skills,” Principal Valle said. “So far, the results indicate significant student achievement growth in math and reading due to the implementation and focus on anchor standards.”

The school will be formally recognized and presented with the Award at the Association’s Fall Principals’ Conference in Savannah, and they will be recognized by the Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools and School Board at the School Board Meeting on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017.

“We’re so proud of Oak Grove and Principal Valle for earning this impressive recognition in honor of their work to continuously improve classroom instruction,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “Digging into data gives our teachers a better understanding of each individual child’s learning needs — where each needs more help or more challenges – and this impressive initiative does just that. Congratulations to the entire school community, as everyone played a role in this success, and their efforts and care are much appreciated!”

Recent past CCSD winners are: 2016, Bascomb ES; 2015, Holly Springs ES STEM Academy and Woodstock ES; 2014, Canton ES STEM Academy; 2013, Free Home ES; 2012, Liberty ES; 2011, Oak Grove ES.


CCSD School Wins Prestigious Georgia School Bell Award!

The Cherokee County School District continues its Georgia School Bell Award-winning streak with Bascomb Elementary School earning the prestigious honor for 2016!

The distinguished Georgia School Bell Award is presented to 10 schools in Georgia each year in recognition of outstanding curriculum and organizational leadership initiatives… this is the sixth consecutive year that at least one CCSD school has earned the award.

Bascomb ES, led by Principal Kathleen Chandler, has won the award presented by the Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals for her program, “Keeping It Real.”Kathleen Chandler 2016

The selection committee chooses exemplary programs that show positive results and reflect significant involvement of staff, students, parents and community.

“Keeping It Real” is a school-wide initiative to bring Georgia Performance Standards “to life” by planning interactive, hands-on activities that give students the opportunity to experience lessons in another way in addition to textbook and online learning. Examples of these activities include fifth-grade Civil War Day and fourth-grade Colonial Day, which feature historic demonstrations and re-enactments, guest speakers from the community, costumes and crafts; and Science Day, which is presented for all grades with PTA support and offers science experiments ranging from launching balloon rockets to dissecting owl pellets to creating flying smoke rings.

“Students make connections to the real world!

” Principal Chandler said, noting that activities are differentiated to meet the learning needs of all students. “We know that these experiences create lasting knowledge, which is evident in our school’s outstanding test scores year after year.”

The award will be presented, and the school will be formally recognized, during the Association’s Fall Principals’ Conference in Savannah. Bascomb ES and Principal Chandler will be recognized by the Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools and School Board at the School Board Meeting on Thursday, July 21, 2016.

“We are so proud of Bascomb Elementary School and Principal Kathleen Chandler not only for this award, but also for the creativity in the classroom that led to this recognition,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “These experiences allow our students to learn in a fun and memorable way, give our teachers the opportunity to innovate and engage parents and partners. Congratulations and thank you to everyone in the Bascomb community who helped make this outstanding accomplishment possible!”GAESP

Recent past CCSD winners are: 2015, Holly Springs ES STEM Academy and Woodstock ES; 2014, Canton ES STEM Academy; 2013, Free Home ES; 2012, Liberty ES; 2011, Oak Grove ES.