CCSD Students Place at State Elementary Science Olympiad!

CCSD Students Place at State Elementary Science Olympiad!

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Clark Creek ES STEM Academy Team Maroon

Two Cherokee County School District students placed at the State Elementary Science Olympiad!

The Cherokee County School District held its annual Elementary Science Olympiad in March, with more than 500 students from 30 teams participating in events such as Barge Building, Rock Hound, Water Rockets and The 24 Game. Cobb EMC and Gas South sponsored the event. For the first time in the history of the CCSD event, there was a tie for first place: Clark Creek ES STEM Academy Team Maroon and Mountain Road ES Team Red.

Jordyn Ramos

Haylee Castens

These two teams qualified to compete at the State Elementary Science Olympiad held in May at Kennesaw State University. Jordyn Ramos and Haylee Castens from Clark Creek ES STEM Academy placed eighth in the State competition in What’s the Matter.

Clark Creek ES STEM Academy Team Maroon
Coach: Karen Garland
Neema Adolwa
Haylee Castens
Kellen Choate
Tyler Holley
Jackson Josef
Geethika Kalva
Dean Loa
Benjamin Medford
Samuel Mullins
Royce Paris
Klara Pettersen
Jordyn Ramos
John Reed
Benjamin Shaffer
Mihini Senanayake
Pradhyumna Vasishta

Mountain Road ES Team Red

Mountain Road ES Team Red
Coach: Desiree Smith
Riley Buck
Ethan Clay
Aiden Faber
Emma Fistel
Christopher Frankle
Derrick Gilbert
Emma Helms
Trevor Kennel
Linnea Knocke
Alyssa Loeffler
Ashley Mitchell
Taiwo Ogundele
Logan Parrott
Ethan Patsios
Charlotte Prichard
Rebekah Rogers
Sasha Sins
Dennis Whitley
Avery Whittle

The teams will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the School Board’s June 21 meeting.

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The Science of Sports: Booth MS Students Learn STEM Lessons from Baseball

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Note: A video about the Science of Baseball project can be viewed on the CCSD YouTube channel at http://bit.ly/ScienceOfBaseball .

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Braves mascot, Blooper, entertained students at the completion of their STEM unit on the science of baseball.

Students on the 7th grade Lookout Mountain team at E.T. Booth MS have been learning about the science behind the sport of baseball as the center of their STEM classroom activities this spring. Students and teachers celebrated the end of the unit this week with a visit from Atlanta Braves mascot “Blooper,” along with prize giveaways of Braves tickets and memorabilia.

 

Through a CCSD partnership with the Atlanta Braves, the Booth MS team teachers were able to work with Science of Sport, a nonprofit organization that develops curriculum with the sole focus of bringing sports and STEM subjects together.   The new curriculum was a “home run” with students and teachers, and is expected to be expanded to other CCSD middle schools next school year, as the district focuses on increasing the STEM rigor in its middle schools.

Blooper tests Hannelore Harmen’s reaction time with a baseball card.

Science teacher Kara Reeder said students engaged in activities such as building simple machine baseball players that could hit a ball; learning about trajectory and launch angle by studying home runs and taking batting practice; using mathematic concepts in laying out a strike zone and graphing coordinates; and learning about reaction time.

 

“The science of baseball allowed us to use 21st Century STEM skills for a fun and authentic project,” said Ms. Reeder. “It’s always fun to keep kids engaged at the end of the school year. To have a program that incorporates both the fun of baseball with something academic that we can tie in, is the perfect marriage. It’s been really engaging for them and enjoyable for us as teachers.”

The excitement about the STEM activities spread to reading classes where students read about famous baseball players and wrote persuasive letters to the Woodstock City Council asking them to consider bringing a minor league team to the city.

Aron Rooze with Science of Sport said he enjoyed watching the Booth MS students have fun while learning.

 

“The time in the classroom is the most fantastic part of my job,” said Rooze. “Seeing the kids and teachers engaged and using the suggested activity to learn a lesson is amazing. That is the true ultimate outcome that we want to have – for kids to have fun learning about STEM and be able to take the lesson they’ve learned and transfer it to all areas of their lives.

 

“We love working with Cherokee County and are looking forward to expanding the program in the future,” he said.

 

The Atlanta Braves will feature a showcase of the students’ work at the game on Sunday, May 20 at SunTrust Park. Weather permitting, the Booth MS students also will coordinate and host a wiffle ball game with teachers during the final days of school next week.


Creekview HS Wins National Rocketry Challenge!

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UPDATE 5/12/18: Creekview HS Wins National Rocketry Challenge!

Creekview High School’s team of Captain Brayden Dodge, Elijah Alcivar, Kennedy Hugo, Ryan Lamazarez, Aiden McChesney, Warren Teachworth and Chris Youngblood, led by sponsor Creekview HS teacher Tim Smyrl, are the Team America Rocketry Challenge National Champions!

From Team America Rocketry Challenge:

The students from Creekview High School will now represent the United States at the International Rocketry Challenge at the Farnborough Air Show outside of London in July, facing off against teams from the UK, France and Japan.

The team’s victory follows months of preparation designing, building, and testing a rocket capable of meeting rigorous mission parameters set by the contest’s sponsors – the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and National Association of Rocketry. Today’s Final Fly-off was an all-day event held at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va., outside of Washington, D.C. A team from Creekview also took home the top prize at the 2014 edition of the Rocketry Challenge. One member of the 2014 championship team returned to coach this year’s team from Creekview.

Brayden Dodge, 18, led the Creekview team. “I want to thank god for allowing us to get this victory and give us the perfect conditions for both of our launches so we can be put in this position to represent the U.S.,” Dodge said of the victory. “The Team America Rocketry Challenge inspires thousands of kids across the nation to get into STEM and it’s really an amazing experience to come out here and see what teams can do.”

For his senior project, Dodge decided to mentor aspiring rocketeers at the middle school across the street, Creekland Middle School, helping to create a talent pipeline that will keep his school in the contest for years to come. This year, Creekland Middle School was a Top 100 finalist and competed in the finals at Great Meadow.

The Top 100 teams, hailing from 28 states and the District of Columbia, competed for a total of $100,000 in prize money and scholarships at the national finals. The $100,000 prize pool will be split among the Top 10 teams. The U.S. champions from Creekview will take home the top prize of $20,000.

FAST FACTS ON THE ROCKETRY CHALLENGE:

800 teams from 46 states and the District of Columbia competed in the 2018 edition of the contest
12 all-girl teams (5,000 girls have competed in the Rocketry Challenge since 2015)
Since its inception in 2003, the contest has inspired 70,000 middle and high school students to explore education and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields
328 eggs launched approximately 800 feet into the skies above Virginia on May 12.
“This competition demonstrates to high school students across the country how they can solve difficult challenges by working together as a team and using their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said AIA Chairman and Raytheon Chairman and CEO Tom Kennedy. “I am hopeful they will take these lessons with them as they become our next generation of engineers, scientists, technologists and mathematicians who will unlock incredible innovations to make the world a better place.”

AIA President and CEO Eric Fanning congratulated the winners: “All of these students and their schools should be incredibly proud of today’s competition. They are the best of the best. After seeing them in action, I have no doubt that the aerospace industry has a bright future. And to today’s rocket contest winners from Creekview, I’m looking forward to cheering you on this summer at the international competition in London.”

For more information and content, check out the official #TARC2018 web, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

 

The Creekview HS Aeronautics team members headed to the Team America Rocketry Challenge National Finals are, from left to right, front row: Ryan Lamazares, Kennedy Hugo; back row: Aiden McChesney, Warren Teachworth and Captain Brayden Dodge. Not pictured: Chris Youngblood.

Creekview High School’s rocketry team is continuing its National-qualifying streak, with Creekland Middle School now joining in as a rare middle school competitor… and Creekview’s drone team is headed to Nationals, too!

Both schools will send teams to the Team America Rocketry Contest National Finals on May 12 in The Plains, Va. to compete among the 100 top teams from across the country in STEM challenges for titles, $100,000 in prizes and scholarships and the chance to head to Internationals in England in July.

Creekview High’s Aeronautics team is in its ninth consecutive year of national qualifying, with Captain Brayden Dodge, Elijah Alcivar, Kennedy Hugo, Ryan Lamazarez, Aiden McChesney, Warren Teachworth and Chris Youngblood continuing the legacy, with sponsor Creekview HS teacher Tim Smyrl.

The Creekland MS Aeronautics team members headed to the Team America Rocketry Challenge National Finals are Captain Ethan Dooley, Cole Day, Carson Heath, Mason Duckworth, Austin St. John, Johnny Schaly, and Layton Dowless.

Brayden, as part of his Senior Project, mentored the team from Creekland MS, which joins Creekview HS as the only other Georgia student rocketry team to qualify for Nationals. Only a handful of middle school teams advance to Nationals each year, and Creekland’s all-seventh-grade team is the youngest to qualify. Captain Ethan Dooley, Cole Day, Layton Dowless, Mason Duckworth, Carson Heath, Austin St. John and Johnny Schaly make up the team, which is sponsored by Creekland MS teacher Phil Dodge.

The Team America Rocketry Contest encourages students to pursue STEM careers by challenging them to design, build and fly a rocket that meets specific altitude and flight duration parameters. This year’s STEM challenge required teams to build rockets capable of carrying two eggs to a target altitude of 800 feet and return them — unbroken — in a flight window of 41-43 seconds.

The Creekview HS Aeronautics team members headed to the UAS4STEM Search and Rescue National Finals for drone challenges are, from left to right, front row: Matthew Burch, Will Bourdeau, Brandon Solon; back row: Warren Teachworth, Aiden McChesney, Canon Sousa, and Captain Joey Gallagher.

Creekview HS Aeronautics team members also are headed to the National finals for drone competitions! The drone team finished fourth at the Atlantic Regional of the UAS4STEM Search and Rescue competition and advances to the National Finals in Muncie, Ind. in August.

Students are tasked with building and programming a drone capable of flying autonomously, sending live video, and recording GPS coordinates for objects of interest. This year, the drone also had to be capable of supply delivery (dropping water balloons) to coordinates (targets) captured on the video.

Captain Joey Gallagher leads the drone team of Will Bourdeau, Matthew Burch, Aiden McChesney, Brandon Solon, Canon Sousa, and Warren Teachworth, which is sponsored by Creekview HS teacher Tim Smyrl.

All three teams will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the Board’s May 17 meeting.

 


CCSD Students Place at State Science & Engineering Fair!

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Creekland MS seventh-grader Danielle Satterfield at the 70th Georgia Science and Engineering Fair earlier this month in Athens earned first-place in the Physics & Astronomy category and was named a Broadcam Masters Nominee. 

Thirteen Cherokee County School District students earned first-place awards at the Northwest Georgia Regional Science and Engineering Fair and advanced to State, where two won blue ribbons!

Chris Nikolov

Creekland MS seventh-grader Danielle Satterfield at the 70th Georgia Science and Engineering Fair earlier this month in Athens earned first-place in the Physics & Astronomy category and was named a Broadcam Masters Nominee.  Woodstock HS junior Chris Nikolov’s project in the Plant Sciences category won first-place honors at the State Fair.

They will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the School Board’s May 3 meeting along with their fellow first-place Regional winners, several of whom also went on to place at State.  Students also received special awards and scholarships at the Regional Fair from Cobb EMC, Gas South and Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority.

CCSD students who also placed first at Regions and advanced to State (award noted) are:

  • Dayne Bergman, Woodstock HS, Environmental Engineering: State Senior Division Fourth Honors
  • Theodore Campbell, Sequoyah HS, Biochemistry: State Senior Division Fourth Honors and Tellus’ Future Science Stars Award
  • Delaney Caslow, Woodstock HS, Behavioral and Social Sciences: State Senior Division Second Honors
  • Carolyn Forrester, Mill Creek MS, Microbiology: State Junior Division Fourth Honors
  • Eva Hansen, Woodstock HS, Plant Sciences: State Senior Division Third Honors
  • Alexia John, Woodstock HS, Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Zakwan Khan, Woodstock HS, Computational Biology & Bioinformatics
  • Ava Leopard, Mill Creek MS, Microbiology: State Junior Division Fourth Honors
  • Kaselynn Mitchell, Dean Rusk MS, Materials Science
  • Eliza Ndow, Woodstock HS, Cellular and Molecular Biology: State Senior Division Fourth Honors
  • Bella Okray, Dean Rusk MS, Material Science
  • Anna Rives, Woodstock HS, Earth & Environmental Sciences: State Senior Division Fourth Honors
  • Jacob Tweedle, Woodstock HS, Cellular & Molecular Biology

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CCSD Educator Selected as a National STEM Scholar!

A Cherokee County School District educator has been selected as an elite National STEM Scholar!

Lindsey Mason

Dean Rusk Middle School sixth-grade science teacher Lindsey Mason earned the prestigious honor from the National STEM Scholars Program. Only 10 middle school science educators in the nation are selected each year!

The award includes: attendance at the National Science Teachers Association conference in St. Louis, a week of professional development at The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science and The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University in June, up to $2,500 for a Challenge Project with her students and a Chromebook. All expenses, including travel costs, materials, mentoring and Challenge Project supplies are covered by a grant from the National Stem Cell Foundation.

During their professional development conference this summer, Scholars will engage in “hands-on, minds-on science activities; connect with speakers and thought leaders in STEM education; learn with skilled science educators; and develop a creative Challenge Project for classroom implementation,” according to the program.

Mentoring will be provided throughout the year by Western Kentucky University faculty. The Scholars will share their success with colleagues while attending the National Science Teachers Association annual meeting in March 2019.

Ms. Mason will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the School Board’s May 3 meeting.
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Four CCSD Teams Headed to Georgia Elementary Science Olympiad!

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Mountain Road ES Team Red tied for first place.

More than 500 Cherokee County School District students competed in the Cherokee County Elementary Science Olympiad, with four teams now headed to State!

Clark Creek ES STEM Academy Team Maroon and Mountain Road ES Team Red tied for first place – a first in the event’s history, with Hickory Flat ES Team 1 placing second and Bascomb ES Team Blue placing third. These teams advance to the Georgia Elementary Science Olympiad on May 12 at Kennesaw State University.

Cobb EMC and Gas South sponsored the CCSD event earlier this month, with teams participating in 18 events designed to encourage exploration of new and challenging ways of solving problems as part of a team. Events require knowledge of science facts, concepts, processes, skills and applications and are strongly aligned to existing elementary science curriculum standards.

More than 100 first-, second- and third-place awards were presented to individual students at the CCSD event, which was organized by the Office of Curriculum & Instruction.

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Clark Creek ES STEM Academy Team Maroon tied for first place.

Hickory Flat ES Team 1 placed second.

Cascomb ES Team Blue placed third.


STEM Certified: State Superintendent Presents Woodstock HS Official STEM Banner

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State School Superintendent Richard Woods visited Woodstock High School this week to present the school’s official State STEM Certification banner, recognizing it as the 12th high school in all of Georgia to earn the prestigious honor. 

Woodstock HS is Cherokee County School District’s first high school to earn State STEM Certification, and joins Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy on the elite list of 59 approved schools statewide.

“We are so proud of their success in this endeavor,” Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said, noting teachers, leaders, students, parents and partners all played an important role.  “We look forward to seeing more of out students become scientists, engineers, doctors, teachers, researchers, programmers… or any of the many other careers STEM knowledge offers them the opportunity to pursue.”

WHS Principal Mark Smith, left, holds the banner presented by State School Superintendent Richard Woods.

The path to State STEM certification is a complex, multi-year process requiring strong evidence of meeting and exceeding standards in areas such as math and science instruction, technology integration, teacher collaboration, STEM competitions, and business partnerships.  Woodstock HS officially earned the designation in November following a State STEM team visit.

The school held a brief program in the media center on Wednesday, Feb. 28 for the banner presentation and remarks from Superintendent Woods, as well as CCSD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Hightower and Woodstock HS Principal Mark Smith.  School Board Chair Kyla Cromer was in attendance, along with School Board Members Clark Menard and Kelly Poole, State School Board Member Scott Johnson and an audience of about 120 students and STEM teachers.

CCSD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Hightower, School Board members Clark Menard and Kelly Poole; State School Superintendent Richard Woods; School Board Chair Kyla Cromer; Woodstock HS Principal Mark Smith, and State School Board Member Scott Johnson pose with the school’s STEM banner.

Dr. Hightower commended Principal Smith and his team of administrators and teachers for their commitment to the arduous STEM process.  “This is validation of a lot of hard work that is ultimately for the kids,” he said.

Superintendent Woods acknowledged the efforts of the School District in making STEM a priority.

WHS STEM teachers Loretta Muise and Kelly Burke, along with CCSD Math and Science Curriculum Coordinator Shannon Carroll, listen to State Superintendent Richard Woods as he talks about the rigorous STEM certification process.

“This does not happen without leadership support.  That’s clear,” he said, and then turned his attention to the Woodstock HS administrators and teachers, “And without your buy in, I honestly say this does not happen at all.

“A lot of people don’t understand, this certification does not come easy.  There’s a lot of work involved in it and a lot of commitment, and there has to be a lot of collaboration,” Woods said.  “You young people – you are the exception to the rule.  It is my charge to you to say that your journey has just begun here at Woodstock HS.  This is an opportunity.”

Woodstock HS STEM teachers w banner: Dr. Brian Hightower; Deb Hipp; Bonnie Sinclair; Julie Moeller; State Superintendent Richard Woods; Kelly Burke; Loretta Muise; Henry Oglesby; Anna Grantham; Principal Mark Smith and Assistant Principal Todd Sharrock.

Principal Smith thanked his teachers and administrators, especially Assistant Principal Todd Sharrock, and spoke of the importance of STEM in career readiness.

“Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  Those four words drive our nation’s innovations and competitiveness by generating new ideas, new companies and new industries,” Principal Smith said.  “STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17% into 2018, compared to 9.8 % growth of non-STEM jobs. Three out of five jobs in the future will be STEM-related.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.  Teachers, you dreamed this several years ago; thank you for all your hard work,” Smith continued.  “Students, words cannot describe how proud I am to be your principal.  Each one of you in this room have taken on a challenge that is incredibly rigorous and rewarding.  You have made a commitment to step outside the normal high school box and pursue classes with a STEM focus.  You have clearly left your mark on Woodstock HS.  Your legacy is forever imprinted on the fabric of Wolverine nation.”

A complete list of STEM certified schools can be found at http://stem.wpgadoe.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Georgia-STEM-STEAM-Certified-Schools.pdf

 


Fifteen CCSD Students Headed to State Science Fair!

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Sequoyah HS senior Theodore “Teddy” Campbell is headed to the State fair after winning first place and a Cobb EMC $50 prize at Regions, where he was congratulated by chemistry teacher, Brian Carnes.

Fifteen Cherokee County School District students are headed to the 70th Annual Georgia Science & Engineering Fair!

The students earned first-place awards at the Northwest Georgia Regional Fair on Saturday to qualify for the statewide competition, which is in March in Athens.

Creekland MS seventh-grader Danielle Satterfield won first place in the Physics & Astronomy category at the Northwest Georgia Regional Science & Engineering Fair. She also won a special award from Cobb EMC and Gas South, which included a $50 prize.

Bella Okray

Kaselynn Mitchell

Carolyn Forrester

Ava Leopard

 

All 13 Woodstock High School students who competed at the Regional fair placed, and nine are advancing to the State competition. Woodstock HS students make up nine of the 15 students from the Cherokee County School District who placed first at Regions and qualified for the State fair.

A list of the winners is below, as are lists of students who earned second- and third-place honors and special awards at the Regional fair.
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1st Place Award and Invitation to Advance to State Science Fair

Student’s Name School Grade Teacher name Place
Alexia John Woodstock HS 12 Anna Grantham 1st Place
Anna Rives Woodstock HS 12 Anna Grantham 1st Place
Bella Okray and Kaselynn Mitchell Dean Rusk MS 7 Erin Hoerr 1st Place
Carolyn Forrester and Ava Leopard Mill Creek MS 7 Julie Schumaker 1st Place
Christopher Nikolov Woodstock HS 11 Anna Grantham 1st Place
Danielle Satterfield Creekland MS 7 Rob Ware 1st Place
Dayne Bergman Woodstock HS 10 Anna Grantham 1st Place
Delaney Caslow Woodstock HS 12 Anna Grantham 1st Place
Eliza Ndow Woodstock HS 11 Anna Grantham 1st Place
Eva Hansen Woodstock HS 12 Anna Grantham 1st Place
Jacob Tweddle Woodstock HS 10 Anna Grantham 1st Place
Theodore Campbell Sequoyah HS 12 Brian Carnes 1st Place
Zakwan Khan Woodstock HS 10 Anna Grantham 1st Place

 

2nd Place Awards

Student’s Name School Grade Teacher name Place
Laney Cline Teasley MS 7 Malinda Lipscomb 2nd Place
Bryce Hunter Woodstock HS 10 Anna Grantham 2nd Place
DJ Colonna Dean Rusk MS 7 Leslie Powell 2nd Place
Eduardo Morales ET Booth MS 7 Lawrence Gruszecki 2nd Place
Emily Sloan and Mackenzie Englert Woodstock HS 11 Anna Grantham 2nd Place
Luke Spivey Mill Creek MS 7 Andrea Sirard 2nd Place
Mason Mancini ET Booth MS 6 Lawrence Gruszecki 2nd Place
Sanjana Surapaneni ET Booth MS 8 Lawrence Gruszecki 2nd Place
Shane Dallas River Ridge HS 11 Chris Akins 2nd Place
William Mein & Hayden Callahan Teasley MS 6 Nancy Silka 2nd Place

 

3rd Place Awards

Student’s Name School Grade Teacher name Place
Caitlin Callahan Woodstock HS 10 Anna Grantham 3rd Place
Casen Stiber Woodstock MS 7 Lydia Olson 3rd Place
David McDonnell Dean Rusk MS 6 Teresa Hutto 3rd Place
Ethan Losasso River Ridge HS 11 Chris Akins 3rd Place
Evan Fistel Dean Rusk MS 7 Erin Hoerr 3rd Place
Javani Felder and Morgan Pittman River Ridge HS 12 Chris Akins 3rd Place
Kahlan Clark Woodstock MS 7 Savannah Bell 3rd Place
Kyle Egnar and William DeMartini Teasley MS 7 Jason Sirard 3rd Place
Lyla Dennis ET Booth MS 7 Lawrence Gruszecki 3rd Place
Madeline Ambry Woodstock MS 7 Lydia Olson 3rd Place
Olivia Lambert ET Booth MS 7 Lawrence Gruszecki 3rd Place
Owen Yager Teasley MS 6 Nancy Silka 3rd Place
Peyton Van Riper ET Booth MS 7 Lawrence Gruszecki 3rd Place
Riley Dunevent Freedom MS 7 Richardson 3rd Place

 

 

Cobb EMC and Cherokee County Water and Sewer Authority (CCWSA) Special Awards

Student’s Name School Grade Teacher name Partner in Education & Monetary Value of Gift Card
Christopher Nikolov Woodstock HS 11 Anna Grantham CCWSA $100
Dayne Bergman Woodstock HS 10 Anna Grantham CCWSA $50
Danielle Satterfield Creekland MS 7 Rob Ware Cobb EMC $50
Theodore Campbell Sequoyah HS 12 Brian Carnes Cobb EMC $50
Zakwan Khan Woodstock HS 10 Anna Grantham Cobb EMC $50
Laney Cline Teasley MS 7 Malinda Lipscomb Cobb EMC $50
Bryce Hunter Woodstock HS 10 Anna Grantham Cobb EMC $50
Peyton Van Riper ET Booth MS 7 Lawrence Gruszecki Cobb EMC $50
Catherine McNutt Mill Creek MS 7 Andrea Sirard Cobb EMC $50 &  CCWSA $50
Jacob Tweddle Woodstock HS 10 Anna Grantham CCWSA $100

 


Woodstock ES Places at State First Lego League Competition!

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From left to right, front tow: Coach Debby Pinion, Coach Neha Shah, Eddie Davis, Co-Captain Carly Goble, Captain Levi Little, Lauren Hunter, Emily Craig, GE Mentor Paul Hutto; second row: Coach Cindy Mauldin, Adam Elghonemy, Sarah Ebbs, Jordan DeFazio, Coach Danielle Cosey; back row: Bennett Keel, Principal Kim Montalbano, Maddy Brown.

Woodstock Elementary School’s robotics team members placed at State competition!

The team placed first in Core Values for Team Work at the First Lego League State Competition held on Saturday at Georgia Tech. The team will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the Feb. 15 School Board meeting.

The team qualified for State by placing first in Robot Design and earning a 100% on its Core Values presentation at the First Lego League Super Regionals competition.

In First LEGO League competition, each team designs and builds a robot based on the LEGO Mindstorms system. The robots are designed and then programmed by the team to solve a set of missions, which are laid out on a First LEGO League playing field with models made from LEGO bricks. Each team also completes a research project affiliated with the tournament theme (this year’s is Hydro Dynamics), where they research and analyze a problem. Awards are given for Robot Design, Core Values, Robot Performance, and Project.

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Two CCSD Teachers Named Global Minecraft Mentors!

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Two Cherokee County School District teachers have been selected for the Microsoft Education Global Minecraft Mentor Program!

Lisa Lougheed

Carmel ES teacher Merry Willis and Holly Springs ES STEM Academy teacher Lisa Lougheed were selected to join the elite group of 300 Mentors worldwide. The extensive application process hand-selected representatives from more than 70 countries.

“Game-based learning is gaining significant momentum worldwide, and it is great to see CCSD having a seat at the table to help steer the direction,” Chief Information Officer Bobby Blount said. “There is no doubt they will represent CCSD well.”

Ms. Lougheed and Ms. Willis will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the Board’s meeting on Feb. 15.

Merry Willis

The Program’s main objectives are to: gather expert feedback on Minecraft: Education Edition and related products; support educators on their Minecraft journey; and connect like-minded educators to push game-based learning forward around the world.

Mentors receive the following benefits: direct access to the Minecraft Education team for product feedback and support; A Minecraft: Education Edition Mentor account; advance notice about and early access to upcoming product releases; priority access and selection for webinars, speaking engagements, and other opportunities; an exclusive badge on education.minecraft.net; and other benefits.

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