Picture Day is Coming Soon!

Picture Day is Coming Soon!

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Our picture day will be on Thursday, September 8th. All students will have a picture taken for the yearbook.

If you wish to purchase pictures, you must prepay. Students must hand the envelope to the photographer at the time the picture is taken to order pictures. Envelopes can be picked up in the front office.

The photographer requests that the children not to wear green because they use a green screen.

We will have retakes on October 13th.

Get Ready to Smile!

Grandparents’ Day!

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Carmel is excited to celebrate our Grandparents with a Grandparents’ Breakfast on Friday September 9th, 2016. Grandparents can drop in between 7:10 and 7:55am.

You may choose from a chicken or sausage biscuit and juice, milk or coffee for $1.75 per meal.

Sign in at the front lobby – no RSVP is required. We hope to see you here!

Grandparents Invitation


Congratulations to Mrs. Bussey – our 2016 – 2017 Teacher of the Year!

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Carmel is excited to announce that our 2016 – 2017 Carmel Elementary School Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Dianne Bussey.

2016-17 Teacher of the Year Dianne Bussey

Congratulations Mrs. Bussey!!

Mrs. Bussey shared the following regarding her nomination:

“I am so honored to represent Carmel Elementary, the best school in Cherokee County.  This is year 31 in my teaching career, 28 of which have been spent in Cherokee County.  In 1989 my husband and I relocated to Cherokee County and I was hired to teach at Chapman Elementary School.  When Chapman became Carmel Elementary, I became a proud Carmel Colt.   Along the way I have taught first grade, second grade, third grade, and, most recently, EIP reading and math.

Throughout my career I’ve learned some valuable lessons.  First, I had a daughter. That was an eye-opener.  Learning to view education from both the side of a parent and a teacher was a valuable lesson.  I think Anna made me a more compassionate teacher.  As a family I learned that juggling school, sports, church, etc, can be very difficult.  And while we value education in my family, I also learned that those other things help complete my child and make her the best individual possible.  It also helped me develop greater compassion for students who find school challenging.  Learning looks very different from one student to the next.  As such, I have to remember that it is my job to make sure students have more than one way to be successful.
Another lesson is that the curriculum will change. Over and over and over.  Every few years someone comes up with the next great answer for teaching students and making them successful.  The truth is student success is never a magic curriculum or presentation model.  Each student is unique.  All have strengths and weaknesses, good days and bad, accomplishments and challenges.  It is important to connect with students and learn what they need at the moment to be successful.  So many aspects of teaching go beyond what is written in the lesson plan for the day.  Each moment is a chance to ask questions and learn what a student is thinking or feeling.  Each day is filled with opportunities to pause and make a difference in a student’s life.  It may be explaining long division in a different way, providing another example of a problem, teaching a new strategy to  decode that difficult word, or just listening to a story of what happened to them last night. All are important. It means I get the chance to make a difference every day.  How wonderful, amazing, and  powerful!!  It is my hope that I remember this daily and let it guide my actions so that my students leave feeling empowered, confident, and worthy.  And if they feel that, they will learn and succeed.”

2016 Curriculum Night Information

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We are excited to welcome parents for our Curriculum Night on August 23rd from 5:00 – 7:15.

We will run several sessions for this night.

The schedule is:

5:00 – 5:45 – Classroom Session 1

6:00 – 6:30 – EIP, ESOL and Specials

6:35 – 7:15 – Classroom Session 2

Meet Ms. Peppers

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Category : Meet the Staff | New Staff

Ms. Julie PeppersCarmel is thrilled to welcome Ms. Peppers as our new Assistant Principal for grades 3 – 5.


Ms. Julie Prather Peppers was born in LaGrange, GA, but at the age of four moved to Canton, GA. She is a product of the Cherokee County School District, graduating from Cherokee High School in 2002. She attended college on a cross country/track and field scholarship at Georgia Southern University for two years and then graduated with honors from Reinhardt College in Waleska, GA. She still holds school athletic records at Cherokee High and Georgia Southern along with NAIA athletic honors and NAIA All-American Academic honors at Reinhardt. Since graduating with a BS in Education, she has earned her Masters and Specialist Degrees from Piedmont College.  She began her teaching career in Cherokee County in July 2006. She has taught at Hasty ES, Knox ES, Johnston ES, and Bascomb ES. She is very excited to start her 11th year in education as a new Assistant Principal at Carmel ES.

Ms. Peppers is married to Billy Peppers, the current City Manager for the City of Canton, and they have two sons, Turner (starting Kindergarten at Carmel) and Jennings (3 years old). In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching Reinhardt University football (where her father coaches), working in her yard, photography, and running.

Ms. Peppers appreciates the warm, friendly reception from Carmel’s staff, students and parents and she believes this is going to be a fantastic school year! Go Colts!