Celebrating National School Nurse Day: Bridging the Gap!

Celebrating National School Nurse Day: Bridging the Gap!

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The Cherokee County School District is served every day by a team of 43 dedicated school nurses, who care for the whole student, whole school and whole community.

Today is National School Nurse Day, and this year’s statewide school nursing theme celebrates how these professionals are “Bridging the Gap” for the children and families they serve.

You may have memories of visiting the nurse’s office for what seemed like the worst playground scrape ever or a stomach bug that hit you in second period. For many of our 42,000-plus students today, the school nurse is a part of their daily life: someone who provides life-saving medicine, someone who stands ready to administer an emergency shot of epinephrine, someone who may provide them with their only regular medical screenings and healthcare.

We ask more of these professionals than ever before, as advances in medicine and healthcare offer more opportunities for improving the lives of students as they attend school. And they serve not only our students, but also our 4,700 full-time and 1,000 part-time employees, as well as parents and volunteers when they experience a medical need while on campus. Our school nurses are researchers, public health partners, and advocates for better health and wellness for all.

“Our schools care for the whole child, and that care would be impossible without the expertise, experience and extraordinary compassion our school nurses bring to our team,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “I appreciate our school nurses and thank each of them for all they do every day!”

CCSD School Nurses
CCSD Lead Nurse Gwen Chambers, 1988
CCSD Lead Nurse Jami Stefano, 2011
Sherrie Smith, ACE Academy, 2007
Betty Miller, Arnold Mill ES, 2010
Sandra McFarland, Avery ES, 2000
Kim Bishop, Ball Ground ES STEM Academy, 2013
Susan Grant, Bascomb ES, 2017
Amber Thayer, Boston ES, 2007
Lisha Smith, Canton ES STEM Academy, 2006
Lisa Warrington, Carmel ES, 2017
Denise Blackwell, Cherokee HS, 2012
Joy Harrison, Clark Creek ES STEM Academy, 2013
Teresa Tatum, Clayton ES, 1995
Carol Reed, Creekland MS, 2016
Amanda Hansell, Creekview HS, 2014
Christine Lynch, Dean Rusk MS, 2015
Wanda Ligon, E.T. Booth MS, 2002
Cathy Alexander, Etowah HS, 2002
Sharon Sullivan, Free Home ES, 2004
Dana Oden, Freedom MS, 2000
Kristy Hough, Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy, 2015
Mariellen Metraw, Hickory Flat ES, 2000
Renee Michael, Holly Springs ES STEM Academy, 2014
Maria Hicks, Indian Knoll ES, 2011
Laure Carroll, Johnston ES, 2008
Ivanka Ivanova, Johnston Preschool Center, 2015
Allison Rhodes, Knox ES, 2011
Charlene Dalfonso, Liberty ES, 2005
Resa Breitbart, Little River ES, 2005
Pam Tomeny, Macedonia ES, 2008
Thania Molina, Mill Creek MS, 2016
Janet Jarvis, Mountain Road ES, 1996
Nadia Jones, Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academy, 2017
Deana Fronebarger, R.M. Moore ES, 2001
Tricia Griffith, Ralph Bunche Center, 2015
Kim Bearden, River Ridge HS, 2005
Erin Krantz, Sequoyah HS, 2015
Sue Dyer, Sixes ES, 2003
Kathy Thomas, Teasley MS, 2015
Dawn Beasley, Tippens Education Center, 2007
Tayler Cahill, Woodstock ES, 2015
Vickie Hyde, Woodstock HS, 2008
Traci Baggett, Woodstock MS, 2015


Johnston ES Wins National Healthy School Award

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Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s 2017 America’s Healthiest Schools Bronze Award logo

Johnston Elementary School has been named to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s 2017 list of America’s Healthiest Schools!

The school won a Bronze Award from the national organization for making changes that promote healthier eating and physical activity for students and staff. Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program is an evidence-based national initiative to create healthier school environments where children can thrive.

Schools are recognized for such efforts as serving healthier meals and snacks, getting students moving more, offering high-quality physical and health education and empowering school leaders to become healthy role models.

Principal Amy Graham and PE teachers, Michael L’Esperance and Josh Philpot, will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the School Board’s August meeting.

School Board Recognizes Creekland MS, CCSD Staff for Saving Student’s Life

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The Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools thank Creekland MS School Nurse Chrissa Hofstetter, Principal Dr. Deborah Wiseman and CCSD School Operations Director Debra Murdock for their life-saving actions.

The Cherokee County School Board at its meeting on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, recognized Creekland Middle School and Cherokee County School District staff for saving a student’s life.

Creekland Middle School sixth-grader Caden Cherry was participating in physical education class on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 when he experienced cardiac arrest and lost consciousness.


Creekland Middle School sixth-grader Caden Cherry is welcomed onstage at the Cherokee County School Board meeting on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower. Caden experienced cardiac arrest at the school on Sept. 29, and was resuscitated by school staff.

Creekland MS School Nurse Chrissa Hofstetter, Principal Dr. Deborah Wiseman and CCSD School Operations Director Debra Murdock, who was on campus for another reason, immediately responded by administering CPR and use of an AED. Their life-saving actions resuscitated and stabilized Caden so he could be transported by first-responders to the hospital.

“We employ school nurses, equip our schools and train our staff so we can respond to moments like this,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “We never want to see a child suffer a medical emergency, but we prepare, and we are so grateful to be able to celebrate Caden and thank our staff.”

The school’s response also included important efforts by: PE teachers Ray Catlet, Jacob Cheshire, Keith Fountain, Julie McRae, Stacy Rich and Matt Rumble; Counselor Cathy Harris; Secretary Maralee Tabor; and Assistant Principal Lovenia Houston, Dana Phillips and Brent Williams.

All were recognized by the Superintendent of Schools and School Board at Thursday’s meeting.

Caden’s twin brother, Cooper, provided school staff with vital information during the response, which greatly assisted them in saving his life.  Cooper joined his brother onstage for the School Board recognition.


Caden Cherry’s twin brother, Cooper, provided school staff with vital information during the response, is thanked by the School Board and Superintendent.

Caden since has been released from the hospital and visited Creekland MS on Monday, Oct. 10, for the first time since his medical emergency to thank Nurse Hofstetter and the school.  Students and staff, who sent well-wishes while he was hospitalized, lined the halls to welcome Caden back.


Students and staff line the halls of Creekland Middle School to welcome Caden on Monday, Oct. 10, for his first visit since his cardiac arrest.

During its pre-meeting work session, the School Board heard updates from the Superintendent and his staff on issues including the upcoming AdvancEd accreditation renewal process, the School Improvement Plan process, the Instructional Framework development, 2017 State legislative session priorities, the “Opportunity School District” constitutional amendment and Five-Year Strategic Plan update.  The School District’s accreditation, formerly known as SACS-CASI, will be up for renewal by AdvancEd next year, with the agency’s external review team scheduled to visit in late January.

The Superintendent also announced that there would be no formal boundary redrawing process for the 2016-17 school year; the only attendance zone adjustments planned are for neighborhoods not yet under construction that will be assigned to Ball Ground ES STEM Academy.

The School Board also:

  • Recognized seven CCSD high school seniors named 2017 National Merit Semi-Finalists;
  • Recognized nine CCSD educators as Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts (MIEE);
  • Recognized 27 CCSD schools and their PE and health teachers for being named Governor’s SHAPE (Student Health and Physical Education) Honor Roll Honorees;
  • Recognized E.T. Booth MS student Hannah Culver for being named to the State School Superintendent’s 2016-17 Student Advisory Council;
  • Recognized CCSD parent John Cline for being named to the State School Superintendent’s 2016-17 and 2017-18 Parent Advisory Council;
  • Recognized Woodstock ES Teacher Kristen Brooks and CCSD Technology Network Analyst Carol Dickerson as “Apple Teachers;”
  • Approved a proclamation in honor of Retired Educators Day on Sunday, Nov. 6;
  • Approved the renewal of Partnership Agreements with the American Cancer Society, Cherokee County 4-H and Reinhardt University and Approval of New Partnership Agreement with Georgia Ensemble Theatre;
  • Approved monthly financial and Education SPLOST reports;
  • Approved the disposal of surplus property through the annual CCSD auction on Nov. 5;
  • Approved out-of-state travel;
  • Approved out-of-state and overnight student field trips;
  • Approved the monthly capital outlay projects report;
  • Approved special lease agreements; and,
  • Approved monthly personnel recommendations including the appointment of Todd Sharrock as an Assistant Principal at Woodstock High School where he currently serves as a Teacher on Special Assignment.

Next meeting: 7 p.m. Thursday, November 3, 2016; 6:30 p.m. school boundaries public hearing