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The Cherokee County School District is updating the online registration system we use for new kindergarteners and other students who will be new to our school district next school year.

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The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, June 20, approved its budget for next school year, which provides salary improvements to teachers and support staff while maintaining the same tax rate.  The school board also adopted consistent guidance for student dress and appropriate cell phone use for elementary, middle, and high school students to take effect as we start the 2024-25 school year.

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Get Ready for Back to School with CCSD’s New ParentVUE … the parent portal for our new student information system, where you can update emergency contact info, track absences and more!

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We’re celebrating one of our amazing school 2024 Teacher of the Year honorees each day …  Laurie Taylor, Connections (AV Broadcasting and Film, and Yearbook) teacher and a 28-year educator, is the Teacher of the Year for Mill Creek Middle School!

Superintendent's Entry Plan Summative Analysis

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday heard a report from Superintendent of Schools Mary Elizabeth Davis on her key priorities and recommended balanced budget for next school year, with a focus on elevating the excellence of academics and achievement for all students and improving employee compensation to retain the best educators possible.

Superintendent Continues Ongoing Meetings with CCSD Community

Mary Elizabeth Davis over the past month has continued her ongoing meetings with students, parents, teachers, support staff and community partners to listen and learn more about CCSD’s strengths to further nurture and invest in, as well as for opportunities for continuous improvement.  

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Some of our most extraordinary students are now some of our most extraordinary employees! Here, we will regularly celebrate CCSD alums who are now CCSD employees … meet a Homegrown Hero! #CCSDfam

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Please check out the May edition of the CCSD Connections newsletter online here for the latest CCSD news and announcements, including a message from Superintendent of Schools Mary Elizabeth Davis. Thanks to this month's newsletter sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia, a CCSD Partner. #CCSDfam   

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Dear CCSD Community, 

Since joining CCSD eight weeks ago, I immediately felt the sense of community and have witnessed firsthand a depth of professional skill and effort of the employees across CCSD.  I also have met incredible students and families and have been amazed by the talent of our young people.

May 9th Job Fair

The Cherokee County School District will present a job fair to fill remaining openings for next school year from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at 1020 Keeter Road, Canton, GA 30114.

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday heard a presentation from Superintendent of Schools

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday heard a presentation from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Elizabeth Davis on her progress over the past month in the new role.  The school board also approved new school assistant principals for next school year.

Need help applying for a support staff job with the Cherokee County School District? Our Human Resources team is holding an Open Application Lab from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at 1020 Keeter Road, Canton, Ga. 30114.

Need help applying for a support staff job with the Cherokee County School District? Our Human Resources team is holding an Open Application Lab from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at 1020 Keeter Road, Canton, Ga. 30114.

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, March 21, 2024 heard a presentation from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Eli

The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, March 21, 2024 heard a presentation from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Elizabeth Davis on her first two full weeks in the new role.  The school board also approved new school leaders for next school year and heard updates on new school construction projects. 

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The Holly Springs Optimist Club recently honored seven CCSD students, along with an outstanding teacher and a paraprofessional at its annual Middle School Awards breakfast, which recognizes outstanding special needs students and their supportive teachers and staff.

Mary Elizabeth Davis today began her service to Cherokee County as our new Superintendent of Schools.  True to her 100-day pl

Mary Elizabeth Davis today began her service to Cherokee County as our new Superintendent of Schools.
 
True to her 100-day plan’s mission -- “Listen to understand, Lean-in to remember, and Learn to Lead” – Mary Elizabeth spent her first day visiting schools and meeting students, teachers and support staff, families and business and community partners. 

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Cherokee County School District kindergarten and new student registration now is open online for the 2024 -25 school year.  Parents of any student who will be new to CCSD for the 2024-25 school year can enter information and upload documents to complete the registration process online using CCSD’s Synergy system.  

Some CCSD parents may have received a negative meal account balance notification email from LINQ Connect in error today (March 4, 2024). Please disregard that notification. We have quickly resolved this occurrence. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

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March begins peak teacher hiring season for school districts, and the Cherokee County School District calls upon a special team to aid in its recruiting success: current teachers.  The CCSD Recruitment Ambassador team is made up of outstanding educators from across the school district selected for their excellence in teaching and knowledge of the district and its opportunities for teachers.

CCSD 2024 Partner and Volunteer of the Year

The Cherokee County School District celebrated outstanding school volunteers and business and community partners at the annual CCSD Partner of the Year and Volunteer of the Year Recognition Ceremony.  The ceremony on Thursday evening in the school board auditorium honored a Partner of the Year and a Volunteer of the Year for each individual school and center.  The evening included the surprise announcement of the CCSD Partner of the Year and Volunteer of the Year selected from that pool of honorees.

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Cherokee County School District middle school students won at their first regional rowing competition powered by a national grant program to bring the sport to schools!  CCSD middle schools this school year added rowing to their programs thanks to a Concept2, Inc. Erg Ed grant, valued at $45,000, awarded by the George Pocock Rowing Foundation through a competitive application process.

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Six Cherokee County School District students are advancing to the statewide 2024 Georgia Social Studies Fair!  Through the annual CCSD Social Studies Fair program, participating students in grades 5-12 research and complete a project individually or as part of a team.  Projects can focus on anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science or sociology/psychology.  

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Sixty-one Cherokee County School District student artists are advancing to the state level of the annual PTA Reflections fine arts contest!  The national competition offers students in all grades and of all abilities the opportunity to create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts 2D and 3D.

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Davis

The Cherokee County School Board at its regular meeting tonight, Feb. 15, 2024, voted to officially hire Dr. Mary Elizabeth Davis as the county’s next Superintendent of Schools.

Dr. Davis currently serves as Superintendent of Schools for Henry County.  You can learn more about her extensive experience as an educator and leader online here.  Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower last fall announced he planned to retire this spring after nearly 40 years in education, including eight years in his current role.        

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Congratulations to the Cherokee County School District’s 2024 School Teachers of the Year winners!  Every school year, every CCSD school’s teachers and staff are asked to select a Teacher of the Year for their school.  These school-level winners now are eligible for the honor of Cherokee County School District 2024 Teacher of the Year. 

Please check out the February edition of the CCSD Connections newsletter for the latest CCSD news, announcements and upcoming

Please check out the February edition of the CCSD Connections newsletter for the latest CCSD news, announcements and upcoming events.  The Superintendent’s message includes an important message about school choice and enrollment, as well as the opportunity to nominate a CCSD teacher or support staff member to win one of four $250 gift cards through the CCSD Share the Love contest, sponsored by Credit Union of Georgia, a CCSD Partner. #CCSDfam
 

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February is School Choice Month for the Cherokee County School District!  In February, CCSD opens the opportunity for parents to request a school reassignment for the next school year, including our STEM, STEAM and Fine Arts Academies; this year, registration for our online high school, i-Grad Virtual Academy, begins a little later on March 11.  Registration for Pre-K, kindergarten and Grades 1-12 new student enrollment for the next school year begins in March.

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The Cherokee County School Board at a special called meeting tonight, Jan. 31, 2024, announced a sole finalist to serve as the county’s next Superintendent of Schools.  The school board voted to announce Dr. Mary Elizabeth Davis as the sole finalist to begin leading the school district.

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Cherokee County School District young musicians will perform next month as part of a regional honor band!  Fifty-nine CCSD middle school band members earned spots in the Georgia Music Educators Association District 9 Honor Band.

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Creekland Middle School eighth-grader Max Bailey correctly spelled “quid pro quo” and then “Yorkshire” to claim the title as the county’s top speller at the 2024 Cherokee County School District Spelling Bee Wednesday night at Cherokee High School. 

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Please check out the January edition of the CCSD Connections newsletter online here for the latest CCSD news, announcements and upcoming events.  The Superintendent’s message includes information on inclement weather school closings and an update on the school board’s search for CCSD’s next superintendent. Thanks to this month's newsletter sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia, a CCSD Partner! #CCSDfam

CCSDGives Holiday Service Projects Video 2023

CCSD schools celebrated the holiday season by serving the community through donation drives and volunteering. Thank you to the teachers and staff who organized these #CCSDGives projects. We hope you enjoy this slideshow of photos from just a few of these many activities that's online here. Happy Holidays to our #CCSDfam!

The Cherokee County School District is hiring more than 200 custodians to join the #CCSDfam!  We need head custodians ($20.50

The Cherokee County School District is hiring more than 200 custodians to join the #CCSDfam!  We need head custodians ($20.50-$27.65/hour, 235-day work calendar), full-time ($16.50-$23.70/hour, 220-day work calendar), part-time ($20/hour) and substitutes ($18.75/hour).  

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The Cherokee County School Board at its meeting on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023, heard plans by the Superintendent of Schools to return school custodial services to in-house operations for next school year.  The school board also approved the Woodstock HS classroom addition construction contract, named Dr. Chad Flatt as the new principal for Freedom Middle School beginning Jan. 8 as Principal Whitney Nolan is stepping down and appointed Adam Holley as the new head football coach for Cherokee High School.  

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The Cherokee County School District is celebrating its new class of REACH Georgia Scholars!  REACH Georgia is the state’s first needs-based mentorship and college scholarship program for middle and high school students.  This is CCSD’s second year of participation; an eighth-grader from each CCSD middle school has been selected for this year’s class.

The Cherokee County School District offers an annual program to prepare teachers for future leadership roles.  The Superinten

The Cherokee County School District offers an annual program to prepare teachers for future leadership roles.  The Superintendent’s Leadership Academies (SLA) initiative gives teachers, support staff and school and district leaders the opportunity for professional development through various classes for different leadership experience levels.  

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Eight projects by Cherokee County School District students are headed to the Regional Social Studies Fair!  Through the annual CCSD Social Studies Fair program, students in grades 5-12 can explore an area of social studies and complete a research project individually or as part of a team.

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#CCSDSuperSupporters are making a difference in our schools! We appreciate our students’ families for partnering with us to promote student success. Your contributions to the #CCSDfam are noticed and valued! Shining the spotlight on …

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A Cherokee County School District student is a regional essay contest winner!  Mill Creek Middle School seventh-grader Saanvi Lamba is the Cherokee County winner for the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District’s 22nd annual essay contest open to all metro Atlanta middle schoolers.

CCSD Educators Hall of Fame Class of 2024 Call for Nominations

The Cherokee County School District is calling for nominations of outstanding retired educators for its hall of fame!  The CCSD Educators Hall of Fame recognizes retired educators who made significant contributions during their career in CCSD and left a lasting positive impact on the lives of students, colleagues and our community.

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The Cherokee County School District next month will celebrate outstanding service at its sixth annual Support Staff Employees of the Year Awards!  The recognition ceremony will honor one Support Staff Employee of the Year from each of CCSD’s schools, centers and central office divisions.

Recognition of 2023 Mill Creek MS Partner of the Year

We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here – congratulations to Mill Creek Middle School 2023 Partner of the Year: Lee Holman Horace Mann Insurance.

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/partners) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction #CCSDfam

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CCSD is in the process of welcoming 30 new additions to its bus fleet, with new vehicles being delivered that will offer more safety features for its drivers and passengers while allowing the oldest buses in the fleet to be taken out of service. 

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Please check out the November edition of the CCSD Connections newsletter online here for the latest CCSD news, announcements and upcoming events including the Superintendent’s announcement that Tuesday, May 21, will be a remote Digital Learning Day for all students due to usage of schools for the Georgia Primary Election. 

Reminder: Election Day -- Tuesday, Nov. 7, is a remote Digital Learning Day for all students.

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Creekland Middle School for the third consecutive year earned the top trophy at the Cherokee County School District Middle School Academic Bowl!  Mill Creek Middle School’s team for the second consecutive year placed as runner-up at the event, which was organized by CCSD’s Office of Curriculum & Instruction and sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation.  

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The Cherokee County School District this school year began a new program to recognize employees’ important service to the community.  The CCSD Milestones Service Awards celebrate employees’ dedication to serving the community through their vocation.  

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A Cherokee County School District teacher has been selected for a state education fellowship!  Mill Creek MS eighth-grade social studies teacher Christie Drago has earned a spot in the Georgia Department of Education 2023-2024 Teacher Policy Fellowship program.  

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The purpose of Child Find is to identify, locate, and evaluate children and youth, who are suspected of having or have a diagnosed disability or developmental delay, in order to provide free appropriate Special Education services.  The Cherokee County School District serves children from age 3 to 21 years old.

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Please check out the October edition of the CCSD Connections newsletter online here for the latest CCSD news, announcements and upcoming events.  Reminders: Oct. 9 is a Student Holiday -- no school for students; Oct. 11 is PSAT DAY/Digital Learning Day for high school juniors and seniors (more details in newsletter).  Thank you to Credit Union of Georgia, a CCSD Partner, for sponsoring this month's newsletter.  #CCSDfam
 
 

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The Cherokee County School Board at its regular meeting on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023 heard an update on its search for the next superintendent of schools.  The school board earlier this month voted to contract with the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) for its support services to aid in the search.  Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower on Sept. 1 announced his plans to retire at the end of this school year.

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Microsoft Education has recognized 40 Cherokee County School District teachers, staff and school and school district leaders as among the world’s top instructional technology experts!  One of those Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts honorees, CCSD Instructional Technology Specialist Merry Hofmeister, additionally has earned the prestigious Microsoft Innovative Educator Fellow honor for the fifth consecutive year.  

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Please check out the September edition of the CCSD Connections newsletter online here for the latest CCSD news, announcements and upcoming events.  Learn more about CCSD School Nutrition’s fifth annual Parent Recipe Contest – entries are due Sept. 14.  Thanks to this month's newsletter sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia, a CCSD Partner!  #CCSDfam
 

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The Cherokee County School District continues to earn top state honors for serving fresh nutritious meals to students!  CCSD’s School Nutrition program, which serves 5 million meals annually, won the Golden Radish Award from the Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Division.  

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CCSD and partner Discovery Ed this week celebrated the Cognia STEM accreditation status achieved by 11 of its schools, including all seven middle schools. Discovery Ed has been working with CCSD the past three years to focus on STEM, providing essential professional development and resources for the district. 

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Class Act, the award-winning magazine from the Cherokee County School District, went home with students the first week of school, giving parents a one-stop publication for back-to-school information and a peek at what's new for the coming school year. 

CCSD is hosting a job fair for bus drivers, school nutrition workers and paraprofessionals from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug.

CCSD is hosting a job fair for bus drivers, school nutrition workers and paraprofessionals from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at 1020 Keeter Road, Canton 30114.

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The Cherokee County School District is seeking an experienced business professional to serve as its Coordinator of Procurement overseeing a centralized purchasing department.  This position offers competitive compensation packages (salary range, based on experience: $73,000 - $107,600) with excellent benefits including Georgia State Health Benefit Plan, an outstanding work calendar, a wonderful work environment and caring team, and opportunities for professional development and advancement. 

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The Cherokee County School District has earned international recognition for its STEM programs!

The school district has worked for more than a year to gain STEM certification for 11 of its schools from Cognia, the international educational organization that accredits CCSD as a whole.

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The Cherokee County School District this week honored retiring employees as legends at a new ceremony and reception.

One hundred and twenty-four retiring employees, including teachers, support staff and administrators, were celebrated at the CCSD Retiring Legends Reception and Recognition Ceremony presented Thursday evening in the school board auditorium.

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Welcome to our new website!  We are proud to launch our new site and hope you like its new look.  While many of our most-used features are in a similar place on the new site, a few have moved. 

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The Cherokee County School Board at its meeting on Thursday, April 20, 2023 approved the appointment of a new Cherokee High School principal and improvements to the driveway and parking for Creekview High School and Creekland Middle School.

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One hundred Cherokee County School District young musicians recently performed together for the district’s new Middle School Honor Band program.

The exemplary band students, who all are in seventh or eighth grade, represented all seven CCSD middle schools.

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The Holly Springs Optimist Club recently honored seven CCSD students, along with an outstanding teacher and a paraprofessional at its annual Middle School Awards breakfast, which recognizes outstanding special needs students and their supportive teachers and staff.

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The Cherokee County School District is kicking off its month-long celebration of the importance of literacy!

Every March, CCSD celebrates literacy beginning with Read Across America Day, a nationwide reading event that coincides with renowned children’s book author and illustrator Dr. Seuss’s March 2 birthday.  CCSD’s Office of Curriculum & Instruction coordinates the campaign, which supports the statewide Get Georgia Reading initiative and CCSD’s continued focus on improving literacy.

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Cherokee County School District students excelled in this year’s Student Technology Competition, with more than 40 placing first at regions and now advancing to the state contest!

The statewide Georgia Student Technology Competition program includes 14 project categories for students in Grades 3-12.  Nearly 200 students from more than 20 CCSD schools put their technology skills to the test at the Piedmont Regional Technology Competition.  Students submitted videos to present their projects for judging. 

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The Cherokee County School District congratulates the districtwide winners of the annual PTA Reflections fine arts contest!

The annual competition offers students in all grades and of all abilities the opportunity to create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts 2D and 3D.

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A Cherokee County School District teacher has been named the top science teacher in the state!

Ann-Margaret Somers of Mill Creek Middle School is the Georgia Science Teachers Association 2022-23 Teacher of the Year for Middle Schools.

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The Cherokee County School District’s School Nutrition program has added a Halal menu item.
 
CCSD School Nutrition continuously updates school menus to keep up with student preferences, and last semester tested a new item in response to a request from students’ parents.

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February is School Choice Month for the Cherokee County School District!  

In February, CCSD opens the opportunity for parents to request a school reassignment for the next school year, including our STEM, STEAM and Fine Arts Academies, and our online high school, i-Grad Virtual Academy.  

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Mill Creek Middle School eighth-grader Joli Palmquist correctly spelled “ascension” and then “importunate” to claim the title as the county’s top speller at the 2023 Cherokee County School District Spelling Bee Wednesday night at Cherokee High School.  Rohan Pandya of ET Booth MS captured second, and Charli Wallace of Creekland MS placed third.

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The Cherokee County School District will present its next Parent University program on Tuesday, Jan. 31, with a focus on cyber bullying and social media.

CCSD's Parent University regularly presents free programs for parents on topics of interest to families with school-age children.  The Jan. 31 program is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Woodstock City Church (150 Ridgewalk Way, Woodstock 30188).  The target audience is parents/guardians and students age 11 and older.

We are closely monitoring weather conditions and the potential for severe weather this afternoon. 

The forecast calls for high winds and heavy rain, which could delay bus routes.  If any change is made to dismissal times, we will notify parents immediately by email and text, as well as through a post on our website and Facebook page. 

All after-school and evening extra-curricular activities including athletics have been cancelled.  After School Program care will be offered at elementary schools as planned until 6 p.m.

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The Cherokee County School District on Friday, Jan. 20, will host a virtual job fair for Special Education positions for next school year including: school psychologists, speech language pathologists, board certified behavior analysts and occupational and physical therapists.  

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Cherokee County School District teams succeeded at the regional First Lego League robotics competition, with three earning trophies and one advancing to super regionals!

The Mill Creek Middle School Lego Cats - Navy team and R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy Robotic Warriors each won the Core Values trophy for their bracket, and the Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy BrickMasters won the Innovation Project award for its bracket.  R.M. Moore’s team also earned a high enough overall score to move on to the super regionals event next month.

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CCSD’s new CTAE handbook, “Focus on the Future,” went home with 8th graders this month as they prepare to register for their high school classes.  The handbook highlights the 38 Career Pathways offered at CCSD schools, with information on the classes required and possible career options in various fields.

On behalf of the Superintendent, this is to advise that, after carefully reviewing the weather forecast for tomorrow morning (Friday, Dec. 23), and at the recommendation of State officials to remain off of the roads if at all possible at that time, he has declared that tomorrow will be a remote work day for CCSD employees, with duties as assigned by worksite supervisors.  As a result, all schools and offices will be closed, and staff will not be answering phones.  Friday is a school holiday for students, so this decision does not impact a school day.  #SafeCherokee 

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The Cherokee County School District is celebrating its first REACH Georgia Scholars!  

REACH Georgia is the state’s first needs-based mentorship and college scholarship program for middle and high school students.  An eighth-grader from each CCSD middle school has been selected as one of CCSD’s first REACH Georgia scholars.

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Eleven projects by Cherokee County School District students are headed to the Regional Social Studies Fair!

Through the annual CCSD Social Studies Fair program, students in grades 5-12 have the opportunity explore an area of social studies and complete a research project individually or as part of a team.  

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The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022 approved mid-year bonuses for teachers and support staff and heard plans to increase salaries for next school year.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower proposed the one-time supplemental payments of $1,000 for eligible full-time employees and $500 permanent part-time employees, which will be issued in this month’s paychecks, to show appreciation for their continued service.

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The Cherokee County School District next month will celebrate outstanding service at its fifth annual Support Staff Employees of the Year Awards!

The recognition ceremony on December 8 will honor one Support Staff Employee of the Year from each of CCSD’s schools, centers and central office divisions.  Each honoree is congratulated by the Superintendent of Schools and School Board members and receives a plaque and gifts of appreciation before an audience of honorees and their families, Principals and CCSD leaders.

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The Cherokee County School District will host a fall job fair from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at 1020 Keeter Road.  We are hiring for mid-year teaching positions due to retirements, as well as for immediate openings for bus drivers, paraprofessionals and school nutrition assistant managers and subs. 

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Creekland Middle School for the second consecutive year earned the top trophy at the Cherokee County School District Middle School Academic Bowl!  

Mill Creek Middle School’s team placed as runner-up at the event, which was organized by CCSD’s Office of Curriculum & Instruction and sponsored by the Cherokee County Educational Foundation.  Teasley Middle School placed third.

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CCSD will hold its annual sale of surplus equipment and vehicles on Saturday, November 12.  Preview begins at 8 am, sale begins at 9 am. 

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The Cherokee County School District’s Superintendent of Schools has been named a finalist for the Georgia Superintendent of the Year award!
 
Dr. Brian V. Hightower, who has led CCSD since 2016, was announced as one of four finalists for the top honor today at the Georgia School Superintendents Association’s fall conference in Athens.  

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The Cherokee County School District has again earned a top state honor for providing outstanding meals and service to students!

CCSD’s School Nutrition program, which serves 5 million meals each year in school cafeterias, won the Golden Radish Award from the Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Division.  

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The Cherokee County School District has earned international recognition for excellence in education!

The district is one of only 38 school districts in the world to today be named a 2022 Cognia School System of Distinction by the international accreditation organization.

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Microsoft Education has recognized 36 Cherokee County School District teachers and staff as among the nation’s top instructional technology experts!

They have been named to the 2022-23 class of Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts (MIEE).  The technology company selected only 830 educators, support staff and school and school district leaders nationwide, considered among the best at understanding how technology can improve learning, for this elite recognition. 

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The Cherokee County School District’s School Nutrition department is searching for the best kid-friendly spinach recipes!

The fourth annual CCSD School Nutrition Parent Recipe Contest in celebration of National Farm to School Month offers parents the opportunity to earn a $100 Visa gift card sponsored by Credit Union of Georgia and see their recipe featured on school lunch menus.  This year’s featured vegetable, which is selected annually by Georgia Organics, is spinach, and the contest theme is “Are you ‘Spinach to Win It?!’”

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Please check out the August edition of the CCSD Connections newsletter at https://bit.ly/CCSDconnections, which includes CCSD news and a message from the Superintendent.  If you have not already done so, please visit the Back-to-School Gateway at https://bit.ly/CCSDb2s to update your child’s emergency contacts and provide other important information.  Thank you to this month's newsletter sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia!  #CCSDfam

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The Cherokee County School District is accepting applications for its annual parent academy program.

VILLA (Volunteer Instructional Leadership Learning Academy) is a free six-session program that offers CCSD parents the opportunity to learn more about their school district and how to be more engaged in our schools.  CCSD earned the Georgia School Boards Association’s 2019 Leading Edge Award for helping to develop and pilot the statewide program.

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The following message is from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower:

Today’s skies may be cloudy, but our schools were filled with sunshine.

As I visited schools across our community today, the smiles shone brightly among students and teachers and staff celebrating the first day of our new school year.

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We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Mill Creek Middle School 2022 Partner of the Year: Nothing Bundt Cakes Woodstock!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction #CCSDfam

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Cherokee County School District students for the seventh consecutive year exceeded State averages on the Georgia Milestones End-of-Grade and End-of-Course tests, with significant gains on most tests. 

The annual tests assess students’ mastery of Georgia Performance Standards, which set expectations for what lessons students will learn in each grade.  Teachers and administrators use the results to improve instructional best practices.

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The Cherokee County School District is bringing back the popular option of part-time employment for specific certified jobs!  For the upcoming school year, this “49%” option of working 3.5 hours per school day is available for specific teaching roles, school psychologists and speech language pathologists.  This is an outstanding opportunity for parents of young children, professionals who also work in private practice and retirees. 

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It’s less than two weeks until the first day of school for CCSD on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022!  Please check out the July edition of the CCSD Connections newsletter online here, which includes important back-to-school info and a message from the Superintendent about school safety and security.  Don’t forget to visit the Back-to-School Gateway at https://bit.ly/CCSDb2s when it opens July 25 to update your child’s emergency contacts and provide other important information.  Thank you to this month's newsletter sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia!  #CCSDfam

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The Cherokee County School District this week congratulated the winners of its new Bus Driver of the Year Awards!

The awards recognize one outstanding school bus driver from each Innovation Zone (high school and feeder middle and elementary schools) and one from CCSD’s team of Special Education drivers; from this pool of winners, one overall CCSD winner was selected.

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We have been pleased to offer to-go meal service at no charge during summer break for any child age 0-18 in Cherokee County.

The last CCSD meal pick up for the summer break will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, July 18, at Cherokee High School’s North Campus at 930 Marietta Hwy, Canton, GA 30114 - North Campus is to the right of the main campus, and Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy at 3219 Hunt Road, Acworth, GA 30102.

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The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday night approved the budget for next school year, which calls for a tax rate reduction, increased investment in school safety and pay raises for teachers and support staff.

The 1.5 mills decrease in the tax rate, which was unanimously approved, is the first reduction proposed since 2014 and was prompted by the rise in property values.  While most homeowners will see an increase in their tax bill due to their property value rising, the increase will be less due to the School Board’s action.   

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The Cherokee County School District is seeking a professional with experience in nutrition, dietetics and/or food service to serve as a School Nutrition Coordinator.  This leadership position supports the department’s operations, including training programs and promotions.  It offers competitive compensation, excellent benefits, a great work calendar and schedule, opportunities for professional development and career advancement, and a wonderful work environment and team!  Join the #CCSDfam & apply now by clicking Jobs@CCSD at www.CherokeeK12.net  For more information, please call 770.721.8419 or email Tina.Farmer@cherokeek12.net.

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Cherokee County School District employees and volunteers have been honored by the PTA with state awards!

The Georgia PTA at its annual convention, which was held last weekend in Columbus, recognized outstanding PTA volunteers and school district employees from across the state, with several top honors presented to Cherokee County winners.

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The Cherokee County School District is celebrating its retiring educators and support staff!

The majority of the retirees noted below are ending their careers this week; some retired earlier in the year based on their retirement eligibility date.

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Dear CCSD Families,
 
Our hearts are with Uvalde. 
 
And just as after Sandy Hook and Parkland, we know that this tragedy not only has filled you with the same heartbreak, but also with anger and worry. 
 

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The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday night reviewed the proposed budget for next school year, which calls for a reduction in the tax rate for all property owners and well-deserved pay increases for teachers and support staff.

The proposed 1.5 mills decrease in the tax rate is the first reduction proposed since 2014 and has been recommended by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower in light of rising home values.

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UPDATE 5/23/22: Great news! The USDA waiver has been extended for July so the weekly to-go bag model will continue in July. #CCSDfam #CCSDserves

The CCSD School Nutrition Summer Feeding program will kick off June 6, and community donations are requested to make it a success.

“We care about our students’ well-being all the time, and we know that providing meals over summer break is a hardship for some families,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “We’re so fortunate to have a dedicated School Nutrition team, an outstanding partner in MUST Ministries and a supportive community working together to feed our students over the summer.”  

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Just last week, CCSD received its 1,200th online #thanksCCSD submission!  Dr. Hightower made a special recognition presentation to Mill Creek MS sixth-grader Anya Chand, who made the submission, and Mill Creek MS teacher Lee Smith, whom she had thanked.  Through the generosity of Credit Union of Georgia, each received a $100 Visa gift card presented by Cherokee Area Manager Jason Blakey! #thanksCCSD  #CCSDfam

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Cherokee County School District students, educators and volunteers were honored by the PTA with regional awards!

The Georgia PTA District 13 Spring Conference & Awards Ceremony, which recently was held in Woodstock, recognized outstanding PTA volunteers, teachers, nurses, administrators and students from Cherokee and Forsyth Counties.

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Eighty-six Cherokee County School District high school and middle school students won seats in the prestigious Georgia Music Educators Association All-State Chorus and Reading Chorus.

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The Cherokee County Educational Foundation helped celebrate the end of the school year by presenting Cherokee County School District teachers and support staff with $50,000 in grants!

The nonprofit organization, since its 2012 formation to raise funds for CCSD teachers, programs and schools, has awarded more than $1 Million in grants to support teaching and learning.

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Thirteen Cherokee County School District teachers have been honored as this year’s Golden Apple Award winners!

The Gamma Eta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional organization of active and retired women educators, for the past 24 years has presented the annual awards.  The honor recognizes one teacher from each selected school for distinctive service in education and for demonstrating ethics in all professional relationships, enthusiasm and initiative, and knowledge and skills in his/her education field.  

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Twenty-seven Cherokee County School District students earned state honors through the 2021-22 Georgia PTA Reflections fine arts contest! 

The annual competition offers students in all grades and abilities the opportunity to create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.  Students can earn recognition at the School, District, State and National levels.  This year's theme was “I Will Change The World By... .”

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Friday May 6 marked the 10th year of recognizing School Lunch Hero Day, which is celebrated the first Friday of May to pay tribute to the heroes of School Nutrition who keep students supplied with nutritious meals for breakfast and lunch throughout the school year.

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The Cherokee County School District will present a Job Fair focused on hiring support staff for next school year from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at our technology campus at 1020 Keeter Road, Canton, 30114.

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A message to the community from Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower …

Many years ago, rural families would thank their valued teachers with the crops from their farms. 
 
After this tradition had passed, the apple, the prettiest of these crops, continued to be given for generations as a gift to favorite teachers. 

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Cherokee County School District students earned Regional and State honors through the annual Georgia Student Technology Competition!
 
The statewide competition offers students in Grades 3-12 the opportunity to showcase their skills through 16 categories and vie for honors at Regional and State fairs.  

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NOTICE: Due to the rising volume of false information currently being circulated about our school district and our outstanding teachers and staff, we will be updating our Fact vs. Fiction webpage at https://bit.ly/CCSDfacts on a more frequent basis.  If you have a question about something you’ve seen on social media or received via mail or email about our schools, our staff or our curriculum, please reach out to your school or contact us directly at the Ask CCSD Helpdesk at https://bit.ly/AskCCSD  #CCSDfam
 

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A Cherokee County School District business partner and volunteer has received a top community award!

Kevin Williams, operator of Cherokee County Chick-fil-A, today was honored with the Liberty Bell Award by the Blue Ridge Bar Association at its annual Law Day observance.

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The Cherokee County School Board on Thursday heard good news about the school district’s financial outlook due to increasing home values and discussed ways to reduce the burden on taxpayers, while also using some of the windfall to make teacher and staff pay more competitive.

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Twenty-eight Cherokee County School District high school and middle school students won seats in the prestigious Georgia Music Educators Association All-State Band and Orchestra.

Students audition for these selective performance opportunities.  This year's All-State Band and All-State Orchestra events were recently held at the Classic Center in Athens.

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The April 2022 edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter [CONTENT_REVIEW InternalLink] and includes a message from the Superintendent about the district’s accreditation renewal, as well as other important information.  Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia!

There will be no school on Tuesday, May 24, the date of the Primary Election, in order to ensure the safety and security of students due to the use of schools as polling sites.  May 24 will be a Digital Learning Day, with assignments provided online for students to complete at home.  Bags with a breakfast and lunch for students will be available for pick up at all schools that morning at no charge; order forms will be emailed to all parents on Friday, May 20.

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The Cherokee County School District received excellent news today: the district’s international accreditation as a high-quality school system is recommended for renewal for another five years!

“Accreditation is the gold standard for school districts – it provides independent assurance to parents, employees and taxpayers as to the excellence of their public schools,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said.  “I’m incredibly proud of the work that all of our employees do every day to provide the best possible education and care to each of our students.  Thank you to the amazing parent volunteers and business and community partners who support us.  None of this would be possible without the outstanding leadership of our School Board, its vision for our future and its strong stewardship of the resources entrusted to them by our community.”

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On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised that serious misinformation about CCSD is being circulated on social media. 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower has no plans to ask the School Board to privatize bus drivers or School Nutrition or any other part of CCSD operations.  The School Board also has had no discussions about privatizing these services.

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As part of national Sunshine Month, observed every March to highlight the importance of open government and transparency, the Cherokee County School District has updated its Open CCSD website.

CCSD is committed to transparency and accountability.  Open CCSD at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/open-ccsd [CONTENT_REVIEW InternalLink] was established in 2013 to provide the community with a clear understanding of its operations and stewardship of fiscal resources.  

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The Cherokee County School District has earned national honors for its School Nutrition summer meals program!

The school district every summer participates in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Seamless Summer Option, which offers free meals to children in need during the summer.  The high quality of CCSD’s program earned the USDA’s Silver Turnip the Beet Award.  CCSD School Nutrition is one of only a dozen school districts in Georgia to earn the national honor and one of only 84 nationwide.

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Mill Creek Middle School has earned national recognition for teaching students to safely use technology.

The school was awarded Common Sense School digital citizenship certification by the national nonprofit organization Common Sense.  Mill Creek MS achieved the certification through its outstanding efforts to educate students to think critically, use technology responsibly and navigate the technology safety challenges of cyberbullying, plagiarism and privacy issues. 

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In recognition of National School Social Worker Week, please join us in thanking CCSD’s six social workers and two student support specialists who are dedicated to their mission of “ensuring that no student in Cherokee County gains less than full advantage of the educational opportunities provided by the school system as a result of family problems or school attendance problems.” We appreciate their service and dedication to the families of our 42,000 students! Learn more about our school social workers at https://www.cherokeek12.net/.../divisions-school... [CONTENT_REVIEW InternalLink]#CCSDfam

It's Read Across America Week and #GetCCSDReading Month! CCSD schools are celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday, the importance of literacy and favorite books ...with guest readers, dress-up days, reading challenges and incentives and much more! We hope you enjoy this slideshow of photos from some of the festivities.

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A Cherokee County School District robotics team placed at the state tournament!

The Mill Creek MS Lego Cats - Navy team earned the third place overall Champion’s Award at the statewide First Lego League competition held this month at Georgia Tech.  This success followed their win of the Core Values trophy for their bracket both at Regionals and Super Regionals competitions.  

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Don’t miss your opportunity to become a teacher in an outstanding metro Atlanta school district!  The Cherokee County School District on Saturday, March 5, will host its annual Teacher Job Fair for next school year.  There will be both an in-person event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 5, at River Ridge High School (400 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, 30188), and virtual online interview appointments also will be available.  

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We are continuing to closely monitor COVID-19 cases among students, staff and our community at large and to review our related protocols.  

While community case levels remain at a very high range, we are seeing a definite trend of declining cases -- both for our schools and our community.  If case levels continue to decline, we anticipate parent visits to the cafeteria and extended parent/volunteer visits to classrooms can safely resume on Feb. 28 following February Break (Feb. 21-25).  

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The February 2022 edition of the CCSD Connections monthly parent e-newsletter is now online at https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content2/newsletter [CONTENT_REVIEW InternalLink] and includes an important message from the Superintendent about school choice, enrollment, CCSD’s reaccreditation and the opportunity to nominate a CCSD teacher or support staff member to win one of four $250 gift cards through the CCSD Share the Love contest.  Thanks to this month's sponsor, Credit Union of Georgia! #CCSDfam

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The Cherokee County School District is celebrating its top school Partners of the Year and Volunteers of the Year!

The annual recognition program, now in its ninth year, recognizes a Partner of the Year and a Volunteer of the Year for each individual school and center who are selected based on their outstanding service for the past year.

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Two Cherokee County School District First Lego League teams won at Super Regionals, with one advancing to the State Tournament!

The Mill Creek MS Lego Cats - Navy team and the Clark Creek ES STEM Academy BrickMasters team each won the Core Values trophy for their bracket, and the Lego Cats – Navy team also earned a high enough overall score to move on to the state event.

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Cherokee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower this week participated in the annual “State of the County” program.

Presented by the regional Council for Quality Growth nonprofit organization, the luncheon on Wednesday featured reports by Cherokee County Board of Commissioners Chairman Harry Johnston, Cherokee Office of Economic Development President Misti Martin and Dr. Hightower.

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Mark your calendar!  The Cherokee County School District’s first-ever Job Fair focused on support staff will be from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, at our technology campus at 1020 Keeter Road, Canton, 30114.  

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As shared with you earlier this month, in preparation for our on-time return to in-person learning on Jan. 4, we implemented several changes in CCSD COVID-19 protocols, with a timeline to review those changes today. 

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Save the Date!  The Cherokee County School District’s annual Teacher Job Fair will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 5, with in-person interviews at River Ridge High School and virtual online interview appointments available.  The event will focus on hiring teachers for the 2022-23 school year, with a separate event to be announced for positions including bus drivers, paraprofessionals, technology professionals and School Nutrition workers.  We will post instructions at www.cherokeek12.net [CONTENT_REVIEW InternalLink] and on CCSD social media next month explaining how you can sign up for online appointments if you choose to participate virtually.  #CCSDfam

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The Cherokee County School District winners of the annual PTA Reflections fine arts contest have been named, with top district winners now advancing to state competition!

The annual competition offers students in all grades and of all abilities the opportunity to create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts 2D and 3D.  Students can earn recognition at the school, district, state and national levels.  This year's theme is “I Will Change the World By... .”

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The Cherokee County School District on Friday, Jan. 28, will host a virtual job fair for applicants for Special Education positions for next school year including: board certified behavior analysts, educational audiologists, occupational and physical therapists, physical and health impairment teachers, school psychologists, Special Education facilitators, speech language pathologists and vision teachers. 

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As we prepare for the reopening of schools on Tuesday, Jan. 4, please be advised of several changes in CCSD COVID-19 protocols in response to new Department of Public Health guidance and the rising cases resulting from the Omicron variant.

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Cherokee County School District teams succeeded at the First Lego League Regional competition, with three earning trophies and four advancing to Super Regionals!

R.M. Moore Elementary School STEM Academy’s Braves Build Masters earned the Grand Champion prize at the Regional competition held last weekend at Mill Creek Middle School. Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy’s BrickMasters claimed the Innovation Project award, and Mill Creek Middle School’s Lego Cats - Navy Team won the Core Values honor.  All three teams will be headed to the next level of competition in January, along with the Oak Grove Elementary School STEAM Academy Apex Eagles team, which also qualified at Regionals to advance.

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CCSD schools have been busy celebrating the holiday season by giving to others and serving the community through volunteering.  Thank you to all the teachers and staff who coordinate these opportunities for meaningful service learning!  We hope you enjoy this slideshow of a few of the many outstanding activities.

On behalf of the Superintendent, please be advised we are aware of the national news reports and social media posts about a TikTok challenge related to school violence today. This challenge did not originate locally, and there have been no threats reported in regard to any CCSD schools. The challenge, according to news reports, was started by a student in Utah who did not want to attend school today. We take all threats seriously, and our CCSD Police Department will continue to be on alert, monitor the situation and communicate with local law enforcement agencies.

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Congratulations to the Cherokee County School District’s 2022 School Teachers of the Year winners!

Every fall, each CCSD school is asked to select its own Teacher of the Year.  These school-level winners now are eligible for the honor of Cherokee County School District 2022 Teacher of the Year. 

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We appreciate partners' support of our schools, which is why we celebrate their service here -- congratulations to Mill Creek MS 2021 Partner of the Year: Truett’s Grill, Chick-fil-A!

Does your business or organization partner with a CCSD school? Visit our School Partnerships webpage (https://www.cherokeek12.net/Content/ccsd-school-partnerships) to learn more! #CCSDPartnersInAction

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Our teachers are amazing, which is why we share the story of a school’s Teacher of the Year every week ... please help us celebrate 2021 Mill Creek Middle School Teacher of the Year Ryan Brumbelow!

Mill Creek Middle School Teacher of the Year Ryan Brumbelow is “that” teacher, according to his colleagues, who makes connecting with his students look easy.

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The Cherokee County School Board has earned top state honors for exemplary leadership and innovation practices in recognition of its Social and Emotional Learning initiative.

For the third consecutive year, the Georgia School Boards Association has awarded the Cherokee County School Board its Leading Edge Award in the Culture, Climate & Organizational Efficacy category.  The awards, presented in seven categories, recognize innovative practices by School Boards and School Districts that make a significant and positive impact on students.  This year, the districtwide Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) initiative earned the honor, following previous wins for CCSD’s Student Advisor and Student Delegates to the School Board program and VILLA parent academy.  

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The Cherokee County School District has earned the State’s highest honor for leadership and dedication to providing the best education possible to every child.

The Governance Team of the Year Award is awarded to the School Board and Superintendent of Schools of only one Georgia school district in each of the three size categories -- small, medium and large – by the Georgia School Boards Association.  CCSD earned the honor for large districts, which are those with more than 10,000 students.     

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A Cherokee County School District teacher has been named a 2022 Georgia STEM Scholar!

Mill Creek Middle School teacher Ann-Margaret Somers, who teaches eighth-grade science and physical science and serves as the school’s science department chair, earned the honor from the Georgia Youth Science & Technology Centers.  Only about two dozen elementary and middle school teachers from a pool of statewide nominees are recognized each year as STEM Scholars.

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Please be advised that false rumors are deliberately being spread in our community about CCSD and COVID-19 vaccinations.  CCSD is NOT holding ANY COVID-19 vaccination events for our students at our schools or elsewhere.  

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The Cherokee County School District next month will celebrate excellent service at its fourth annual Support Staff Employees of the Year Awards!

The recognition ceremony on December 2 will honor one Support Staff Employee of the Year from each of CCSD’s schools, centers and central office divisions.  Each honoree will be congratulated by the Superintendent of Schools and School Board members and receive a plaque and gifts of appreciation before an audience of honorees and their families, Principals and CCSD leaders.

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On behalf of the Superintendent, we recognize and celebrate the historic World Series win by the Atlanta Braves, a valued CCSD Partner.  We love our hometown team and are so proud of their accomplishments this season.  While we are not cancelling school for Friday’s victory parade and celebration, any student absences for students who attend that event will be counted as “unexcused but without academic penalty.”  While our policies do not permit excused absences for such occasions, the designation of “unexcused but without academic penalty” provides students the important opportunity to make up all missed work and tests next week.  For those families who choose to attend Friday’s celebratory parade that will travel through Fulton and Cobb Counties, we hope you have a safe and memorable experience and we’ll see you back in class on Monday!

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CCSD Reminder: Tuesday, Nov. 2, is a student holiday for Election Day as a safety precaution due to the use of many schools as polling sites.  It is not a Digital Learning Day.  It is a Professional Learning Day, with teachers and staff attending training sessions focused on improving instruction and support services in areas including reading, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), history, Career Pathways, Special Education and Gifted education.  

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Cherokee County’s 1-percent Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (Ed SPLOST) is up for a renewal on the Nov. 2 General Election ballot, with early voting underway now.  This post is design to provide the community with accurate information about the continuation of the existing penny sales tax.  More information about the Ed SPLOST is on our website at https://bit.ly/CCSDsplostinfo.  

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The Cherokee County School District’s graduation rate has hit a new high, with 90.82% of the Class of 2021 earning a diploma within four years of entering high school!  

Going once, going twice..... sold! Your bid can be the winning one at CCSD’s annual surplus equipment auction, which is open to the public, and begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13, at the CCSD Central Warehouse (201 Mountain Brook Court, Canton, 30115). The sale preview starts at 8:00 a.m.

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The Cherokee County School District has been named a finalist for the 2021 Governance Team of the Year Award presented by the Georgia School Boards Association!
 
Three awards are presented annually to recognize top School Boards and Superintendents of Schools for outstanding leadership and dedication to continuous improvement.  One winner is selected in three categories based on school district enrollment: small, 1-3,000 students; medium, 3,001-10,000 students; and large, 10,000+ students.  

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Please be advised that the Versatrans My Stop Bus Tracking System began experiencing technical difficulties today and will be down for maintenance tomorrow (Oct. 5, 2021).  This is the app that CCSD parents can use to track the location of their child's school bus on its way to the bus stop each morning and afternoon.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

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The Cherokee County School Board at its regular meeting on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, reviewed plans for the Education SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) up for renewal by voters in the Nov. 2 election.

The Cherokee County School District, for the past 24 years, has used a 1-percent Education SPLOST to fund capital improvement projects, which include constructing new schools and facilities and renovating existing ones; funding technology infrastructure; buying school buses; and purchasing land for future schools.  

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CCSD is looking for School Nutrition Workers to join us in serving our kids!  The work day is 6.5 hours and the schedule follows the school calendar.  The starting hourly rate has been increased to $12.59 an hour for School Nutrition Workers, as well as to $12 an hour for part-time School Nutrition workers and substitutes, and $10.50 an hour for lunchroom monitors.  The School Nutrition Worker position offers full time benefits, professional development, advancement opportunities and a great work team and environment.  Apply now by clicking Jobs@CCSD at www.CherokeeK12.net [CONTENT_REVIEW InternalLink] and selecting any of the School Nutrition Worker listings at various schools.  Openings for part-time School Nutrition workers and substitutes and lunchroom monitors also are posted.  Questions?  Contact School Nutrition at cassandra.higgins@cherokeek12.net and 770.721.8419. #CCSDfam

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Twenty-seven Cherokee County School District teachers and staff have been recognized as instructional technology experts, and one has earned a national fellowship!

They have been named to the 2021-22 class of Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts (MIEE), and CCSD Instructional Technology Specialist Merry Hofmeister additionally is one of only 32 educators in the U.S. and three in Georgia named a Microsoft Innovative Educator Fellow.

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Twenty-seven Cherokee County School District teachers and staff have been recognized as instructional technology experts, and one has earned a national fellowship!

They have been named to the 2021-22 class of Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts (MIEE), and CCSD Instructional Technology Specialist Merry Hofmeister additionally is one of only 32 educators in the U.S. and three in Georgia named an Microsoft Innovative Educator Fellow.

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What's cooking, #CCSDfam?  

If you're a CCSD parent who loves to cook, please enter our third annual CCSD School Nutrition Parent Recipe Contest ... you could win a $100 Visa gift card and see your side-dish recipe featured on CCSD school lunch menus in October!  

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A Cherokee County School District teacher recently came to the rescue for a student!

Mill Creek Middle School seventh-grade teacher Leslie Coleman performed the Heimlich maneuver to rescue student Chloe Weeks from choking.

Enrollment for the Cherokee County School District has increased beyond expectations, but for the ninth consecutive year, no schools are considered “critically overcrowded.”

The annual Inventory of School Housing report, which is developed based on the 20-day enrollment count (Aug. 27) of 41,901 and is posted below, shows the impact of sustained enrollment growth and highlights where additional classroom space soon will be needed. 

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CCSD is looking for substitute teachers to join us in serving our kids!  We recently increased our sub rate to $150 for daily subs and $185/day for certified long-term subs.  Subs can hand-pick how frequently they want to work as well as where they want to accept jobs.  Although no previous teaching experience is required, we train our subs on how to foster a seamless learning experience for our students.  Please help us share this opportunity with those who might be interested!  The next workshop is Sept. 14.  Applications can be submitted to our 2021-22 Substitute Teacher posting at https://bit.ly/JobsCCSD  Contact Katie.Munson@cherokeek12.net with questions.  #CCSDfam
 

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The Cherokee County School District Police Department has earned State recognition!

The Department was notified this month that its status as a Certified Agency, first achieved in 2006, has been renewed by the Joint Review Committee of the State of Georgia Law Enforcement Certification Program.  

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The Cherokee County School District is seeking After School Program (ASP) workers and lunchroom monitors!  These part-time jobs offer the opportunity to work on school days close to home to support your community’s children.  Lunchroom Monitors work during school hours; ASP is offered at elementary schools until 6 p.m.

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CCSD will host its next substitute teacher training workshop on Sept. 14 and now is accepting applications.  Please sign up today by applying online for 2021-22 Substitute Teacher at https://bit.ly/JobsCCSD  Questions? Please contact CCSD HR at 770-479-1871 or katie.munson@cherokeek12.net  #CCSDfam

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Cherokee County School District students exceeded State averages on the Georgia Milestones End-of-Grade and End-of-Course tests for the sixth consecutive year, with expected decreases locally and statewide due to the pandemic’s impact on instruction.

The annual tests, which were not administered in 2020 due to the pandemic, assess students’ mastery of Georgia Performance Standards, which set expectations for what lessons students will learn in each grade.  Results are used by teachers and administrators to improve instruction for specific students as well as develop new overall instructional best practices. 

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Our enrollment has grown to 41,514 students from our opening day enrollment! We see this growth pattern every year, with enrollment usually peaking at the 20th day of school. We will post a 20th day enrollment report at the end of August on our website as we do every year. Welcome to our new families! #CCSDfam

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