Schools Add Breakfast Carts with Grant Funds

Schools Add Breakfast Carts with Grant Funds

Category : CCSD

Several guests and School Nutrition staff came out to see the new Grab n Go cart in action. From left, Torey Repetski, Child Nutrition Coordinator with Atlanta Community Food Bank; School Nutrition Director Tina Farmer; DRMS School Nutrition employee David Bergman and Assistant Manager Lory Dunham; Alicia Dickens, Manager of School Health and Wellness with the Dairy Alliance; School Nutrition Training Manager Tiffany Ridley and Coordinator Linda Dittrich.

Dean Rusk is one of the CCSD schools which implemented the “grab n go” breakfast program this year, where students can pick up a quick and portable breakfast on their way in from the bus. The program got a boost this week with the addition of a specialized cart to make it easier to load and transport food and beverages, as well as easily display them for quick access to students, made possible by grant funds.

Connor Billish checks out at the mobile cashier cart with Assistant Manager Lory Dunham after grabbing breakfast.

CCSD’s School Nutrition Department received a grant for $10,000 from the Atlanta Community Food Bank to purchase grab n go carts and accessories for the grab n go breakfast programs at Dean Rusk MS, Carmel ES, Clark Creek ES STEM Academy and Woodstock HS. The department also received grant funds from the Dairy Alliance to purchase grab n go carts and accessories for Macedonia ES and River Ridge HS. In addition, the Dairy Alliance sponsored a Grab n Go breakfast competition between Mill Creek MS and Dean Rusk MS, during National School Breakfast week in February; Dean Rusk was the winner and will receive a visit from Freddie the Falcon during the first week of May.


Job Fair Draws More Than 600 Candidates

CCSD’s annual Job Fair on Saturday drew more than 600 people interested in positions as teachers, bus drivers or school nutrition workers.

Candidates for elementary school positions filled the gym floor at River Ridge HS.

“The job fair was a huge success.  We saw a tremendous number of high-quality applicants who want to work for the Cherokee County School District,” said Rick Beaulieu, Chief Human Resources Officer.  “We are a strong district with a very competitive compensation package and a supportive Superintendent and School Board.  It’s a great time to work for CCSD, and the job fair response very much reflects that.”

Etowah Assistant Principals Ken Nix, left, and Cassandra Mathious review resumes at the EHS table during the job fair.

 

As the HR Division firms up numbers on teacher retirements and transfers, as well as projected student enrollment growth, they will work with schools on teacher allotments and determine any remaining vacancies.   Although the bulk of hiring will occur over the next couple of months, qualified applicants are always welcome to apply any time.  Openings can also occur throughout the summer, especially if new student registrations exceed expectations.

School Superintendent Dr. Brian V. Hightower, left, and Chief Human Resources Officers Rick Beaulieu, right, stop by the Indian Knoll ES table during the job fair.

“We are always looking for strong candidates in the perennial high-need areas, such as special education and high school math and science,” he added, “but overall we should be in really good shape heading into the summer and preparing for the 2018-19 school year.”

The Creekland Middle School team is ready to interview top candidates at the job fair.

The ET Booth Middle School team interviews potential teachers for future Falcons.


CCSD Celebrates National School Breakfast Week!

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Clark Creek ES STEM Academy School Nutrition Assistant Manager Chandra Blackwell helps students with their ‘Grab and Go Breakfast’ orders.

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating National School Breakfast Week (March 5-9) with special menus and activities to encourage more children to enjoy a healthy breakfast!

The School Breakfast Program currently serves more than 14 million students every day nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and 6,000 of those breakfasts are served every day in CCSD schools.

“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is one way to ensure students are getting the best education possible,” CCSD Director of School Nutrition Tina Farmer said. “National School Breakfast Week helps us educate parents and students about all the healthy, great tasting, and appealing choices we offer.”

Students, teachers and visitors enjoy a breakfast of fruit and sausage or chicken biscuits at Johnston Elementary School.

This year’s theme is “I (Heart) School Breakfast,” and in CCSD cafeterias, students will enjoy a fruit parfait at breakfast on Tuesday featuring homemade granola and breakfast for lunch on Wednesday with waffles, sausage, potato wedges, strawberries and warm cinnamon peaches. The National campaign is sponsored by the School Nutrition Association and Kellogg’s.

School nutrition professionals prepare breakfast and lunches every day that meet federal nutrition standards – limiting fat, calories and sodium – while encouraging students to choose from the fruits, vegetables and whole grains offered with school meals.

Daily breakfast options include fresh-baked sausage and chicken biscuits, pancakes, waffles, breakfast pizza, low-fat yogurt and whole grain cereals and pastries. The School District is increasing access to breakfast for students by offering “Grab and Go Breakfast” options at a growing list of schools including Clark Creek ES STEM Academy and Carmel and Macedonia ES; Dean Rusk and Mill Creek MS; and River Ridge and Woodstock HS.

Biscuits are among the breakfast menu items freshly prepared by CCSD School Nutrition staff.

National studies show that students who eat school breakfast are more likely to: reach higher levels of math achievement; score higher on tests; have better concentration, memory and alertness, improved attendance, behavior, and academic performance; and maintain a healthy weight

For more information about CCSD’s School Nutrition program, visit the department’s website at http://cherokeek12.net/schoolnutrition.

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Breakfast for Lunch is on the menu for Wednesday as part of National School Breakfast Week (waffles, sausage, potatoes and fruit — this year it will be strawberries and peaches).


CCSD Job Fair Set for Saturday, March 3

job fair flier

CCSD will hold its annual job fair for teacher candidates, as well as future bus drivers and school nutrition workers, on Saturday, March 3, from 9 am to 12 noon at River Ridge High School in Woodstock.  Job seekers can fill out an application online at https://www.applitrack.com/cherokee/onlineapp/default.aspx and then meet school administrators in person at the fair.

  • TEACHERS

This fair is designed for teacher candidates graduating from educator preparation programs, as well as experienced educators who currently hold professional certification in Georgia or another state.

  • SCHOOL NUTRITION WORKERS

Join the team of caring professionals who provide breakfast and lunch to students.  Food service experience is preferred, but not required.

  • TRANSPORTATION/BUS DRIVERS

Become one of our trusted school bus drivers who provides safe transportation to and from school each day. CDL may be obtained after hiring.

2018 CCSD Job Fair March 3

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CCSD School Nutrition Seeking Partners for Summer Feeding Program

CCSD Summer Feeding Program Flier

The CCSD School Nutrition Program is seeking potential new partners for its annual Summer Feeding Program!

Local nonprofit organizations, churches, summer camps and other groups that serve Cherokee County children in need are invited to attend the meeting at 2 p.m. on Feb. 28 at the School Nutrition Office to learn more. Please see the attached flier for details.


CCSD School Nutrition Wins Georgia’s Golden Radish Award at Top Platinum Level!

From left to right: Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black, Georgia Organics Executive Director Alice Rolls, Cherokee County School District School Nutrition Director Tina Farmer, Georgia Department of Health Commissioner Dr. J. Patrick O’Neal, UGA Associate Dean for Extension Dr. Laura Perry Johnson, and Georgia State Superintendent of Schools Richard Woods.

The Cherokee County School District has earned the highest honor in the State for providing fresh, healthy meals to students!

The Cherokee County School District has earned the highest honor in the State for providing fresh, healthy meals to students!

From left to right: School Board Chair Kyla Cromer, CCSD School Nutrition Coordinator Amanda Fleming and Director Tina Farmer and Chief Financial Officer Ken Owen.

CCSD’s School Nutrition program, which serves 5 million meals each year in school cafeterias, won the Golden Radish Award at the Platinum Level from the Georgia’s Departments of Agriculture, Public Health, Education and Georgia Organics.

“Access to fresh, locally grown food is not just important for students’ physical health – it’s part of their academic development as well,” State Superintendent Richard Woods said. “When children eat fresh, healthy meals, they have the fuel they need for a successful day of learning.”

Canton ES STEM Academy School Nutrition Worker Dixie Byers washes Georgia apples for students to enjoy.

The Platinum level is the highest recognition awarded to Georgia school nutrition programs for farm-to-school programs… from serving locally grown food in cafeterias to teaching students science through school gardens to demonstrating how to cook healthy meals.  Cherokee County is one of only 10 school districts in the state to win this honor, and it is only CCSD’s second year in the competition, winning Gold last year.

CCSD School Nutrition Director Tina Farmer and Coordinator Amanda Fleming accepted the award with School Board Chair Kyla Cromer and Chief Financial Officer Ken Owen at a ceremony Monday in Atlanta.

Districts were evaluated on their work in 10 different activity areas.  CCSD was praised for its many accomplishments during the 2016-17 school year including:

• Over 4.8 million meals served featured at least one locally produced item.

• Teachers use farm field trips, farm-based video lessons, planting in school gardens, and cooking activities to provide integrated agricultural education within the established curriculum throughout the school year.

• The School Nutrition department partners with the Cherokee County Farm Bureau to foster an engaged farm-to-school community with support from a broad range of community members including parents, teachers, administrators, farmers, Cooperative Extension, Master Gardeners, the Upper Etowah River Alliance, local churches and faith-based organizations, the Boy Scouts of America, and more.

Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. J. Patrick O’Neal also praised the Golden Radish Award winners for their commitment to children’s health.

“The vitamins, minerals and health benefits from local fresh fruit and vegetables, not only allow our children to be physically healthy, but research has shown that healthy eating is also key to brain development,” said Commissioner O’Neal. “Here in Georgia, we are leading the nation in identifying ways to increase early brain development, and healthy nutrition is an enormous part of that.”

Canton ES STEM Academy School Nutrition Worker Barbara Sams washes Georgia-grown tomatoes and cucumbers to prepare garden salads for the day’s menu.

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CCSD School Nutrition Wins Two State “Best Practices” Awards

The Cherokee County School District’s School Nutrition program has won two State “Best Practices” Awards!

The program, which is led by Director Tina Farmer, has been named a Georgia USDA Best Practice Award winner in the categories of Farm to School Programs and Use of Social Marketing for School Nutrition Programs.

A diverse group of judges met to consider each entry, said Nancy Rice, State Director of School Nutrition for the Georgia Department of Education, with 54 Georgia USDA Best Practice Awards bestowed statewide.

“You are all to be commended for the wonderful work you are doing to enhance the Georgia and National School Nutrition programs for our children,” Ms. Rice said. “Congratulations!”

The program will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the School Board’s meeting on June 15.


CCSD Participating in 2017 USDA Summer Meals Program

Summer Meals Program logo

Cherokee County School District is again participating in the USDA Seamless Summer Option, which offers free meals to children during the summer.

The meals are available to youth 18 years of age or younger and runs June 5 to July 21, Monday through Friday (exceptions noted below); all meals must be consumed on site. The distribution sites and times are listed below.

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 the U.S. Department of Agriculture; no CCSD funds are expended for this program.

For more information, please contact CCSD’s School Nutrition Department at 770-721-8419.

Allen Temple AME Church
232 Arnold Mill Road
Woodstock, GA 30188
Breakfast: 8 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m.

Canton Elementary School STEM Academy
712 Marietta Hwy.
Canton, GA 30114
Breakfast: 7:45 – 8 a.m.
Lunch: 10:45 – 11 a.m.
(Meals served June 5-23; July 10-14)

Cherokee High School
930 Marietta Hwy.
Canton, GA 30114
Breakfast: 7:45 – 8 a.m.
Lunch: 10:45 – 11 a.m.
(Meals served June 5-23; July 10-14)

East Gate Mobile Home Park
6310 Bells Ferry Road
Acworth, GA 30102
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Etowah HS
6565 Putnam Ford Drive
Woodstock, GA 30189
Breakfast: 7:45 – 8 a.m.
Lunch: 12 – 12:30 p.m.
(Meals served June 5-23)

The Factory
9872A Main Street
Woodstock, GA 30188
Breakfast: 8:15 – 8:45 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 – 12:45 p.m.

Hidden Falls Mobile Home Park
6359 Bells Ferry Road
Acworth, GA 30102
Lunch: 10:45 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Oak Grove Elementary School Fine Arts Academy
6118 Woodstock Road
Acworth, GA 30102
Breakfast: 7:45 – 8 a.m.
Lunch: 10:45 – 11 a.m.
(Meals served June 5-23)

Teasley Middle School
151 Hickory Log Drive
Canton, GA 30114
Breakfast: 7:45 – 8 a.m.
Lunch: 10:45 – 11 a.m.
(Meals served June 5-23)

Woodstock High School
2010 Towne Lake Hills South Drive
Woodstock, GA 30189 Breakfast: 7:45 – 8 a.m.
Lunch: 10:45 – 11 a.m.
(Meals served June 5-23)

YMCA Canton- G. Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA
151 Waleska Street
Canton, GA 30114
Breakfast: 8:30 a.m.-9 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 12 noon
(No meals served July 4)

YMCA Woodstock- Cherokee Outdoor Family YMCA
201 E. Bells Ferry Road
Woodstock, GA 30189
Breakfast: 8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Lunch: 12 noon- 12:30 p.m.
(No meals served July 4)

Summer Meals Program Menu


CCSD Honoring the School Lunch Heroes Serving Healthy Meals

School Lunch Hero Day logo

Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, Cherokee County School District nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate.

To celebrate their hard work and commitment, CCSD will celebrate the fifth annual School Lunch Hero Day on May 5, 2017.  This day, celebrated annually since 2013, was designated by the School Nutrition Association and Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” graphic novel series.  School Lunch Hero Day provides an opportunity for parents, students, school staff and communities to thank those who provide healthy meals to 30 million of America’s students each school day.

All across CCSD, school nutrition professionals will be honored with thanks, cards, and recognition from students, school staff, parents, and the community.  On May 5, 2017, CCSD and community leaders will participate by being “Mystery Servers” in school lunchrooms.

“School nutrition employees must balance many roles and follow numerous federal, state and local regulations to ensure safe and healthy meals are available in schools. School Lunch Hero Day provides the opportunity for the community to thank these hardworking heroes,” said Tina Farmer, CCSD’s School Nutrition Director, noting that, for many children, school lunch is the most important and nutrient-rich meal of their day.

A cafeteria assistant at Clark Creek ES STEM Academy wrote a poem as a tribute for the day:

School Nutrition Super Hero Day,
will be so much fun the first Friday in May.
It’s a day to recognize the hard work they complete,
so all of us have something to eat.
Show the Nutrition Staff how much we care,
give them a card or some cookies to share.
“Thank You” can never be said too much,
as you pick up your healthy lunch.
No matter what you decide to do,
the Nutrition Staff will be grateful it’s true.
They care for us in many a way,
so, let’s remember the first Friday in May.

For more information about CCSD’s School Nutrition program, see the website at www.cherokee.k12.net/school nutrition.


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.