CCSD Recognizes Young Georgia Authors Regional & State Winners

CCSD Recognizes Young Georgia Authors Regional & State Winners

Category : CCSD

Imani Johnson

Six Cherokee County School District students have earned regional recognition for their writing, with two earning first-place at the State level!

The Young Georgia Authors writing competition, sponsored by the Georgia Council of Teachers of English with support from the Georgia Department of Education, encourages students in grades kindergarten through 12th to develop enthusiasm for and expertise in their writing and recognizes student writings success.

More than 150 school-level winners from throughout CCSD competed at the District level, at which a first-place winner was selected for each grade.

Alicia Mazzura

Those 13 winners advanced to regional competition, where six students won first-place. Two of those entries then won first-place at the State competition: River Ridge High School ninth-grader Alicia Mazzura and senior Imani Johnson!

The 13 District winners, including the Region and State champions, will be recognized by the School Board and Superintendent at tonight’s School Board meeting.

They are:
Kindergarten: Zavier Reinhart, Hasty ES Fine Arts Academy for “The Littl Scool Bus” Grade 1: Chloe Okoth, Clark Creek ES STEM Academy for “My Wiggly Tooth”
Grade 2: Lucy Pagano, Clark Creek ES STEM Academy for “Oscar”
Grade 3: Samantha Moore, Bascomb ES for “Forest Folk”
Grade 4: Jacob Spilker, Woodstock ES for “The Day I Turned Into A Dog” – also First-place, Region
Grade 5: Jared Perry, Holly Springs ES STEM Academy for “Attacked At Sea”
Grade 6: Sydney Crowe, Creekland MS for “Ideas” – also First-place, Region
Grade 7: Eden Price, Woodstock MS for “In the Rain” – also First-place, Region
Grade 8: Mary Grace Chandler, Mill Creek MS for “The Burning of Westly Oak”
Grade 9: Alicia Mazzura, River Ridge HS for “Do Not Tell Me Who To Be” – also First-place, Region and State
Grade 10: Rolando Lopez, Cherokee HS for “Fernando” — also First-place, Region
Grade 11: Nadia Willis, ACE Academy for “First Flight”
Grade 12: Imani Johnson, River Ridge HS for “America What Time Is It?” – also First-place, Region and State


CCSD Hosting Open House for Reviewing English Language Arts Instructional Resources Options

The Cherokee County School District is hosting an open house for stakeholders to review possible new English Language Arts instructional resources for Grades K-5.

The event, which is open to teachers, parents and other stakeholders, is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, through Thursday, Dec. 15, in Room H21 at 1020 Keeter Road, Canton.

CCSD Educational Programs staff will be onsite to answer questions, and there will be evaluation and comment opportunities.

Resources on display will include:

Reading Writing Phonics
Guided Reading with Bookrooms and/or Classroom Libraries Units of Study—Lucy Calkins Fundations
Benchmark Advance Benchmark Advance X
Scholastic X X