Better Together

News from the Clarke County School District • 8/6/21

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Welcome Back to School!

Wednesday marked the beginning of the 2021-22 academic school year and we were thrilled to welcome students back to their classrooms! Over 12,500 students arrived at our 23 schools for a full day of in-person learning! Athens Banner-Herald & OnlineAthens.com was on hand to capture students, families, and staff at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School.

Back-to-School Guide

The Clarke County School District welcomed students and staff back to school campuses for the start of the 2021-22 school year! Click to read the "Back-to-School Guide" for important information about returning to full-time, in-person learning.

J.J. Harris Named a Title I Reward School

Congratulations to J.J. Harris Elementary for being recognized as a Title I Reward School. A Title I Reward School is a Title I school among the 5-percent of Title I schools in the state that is making the most progress in improving the performance of the "All-Students" group over the most recent two years on the statewide assessments. Congratulations, J.J. Harris staff, and students!

CCSD - By the Numbers

The Clarke County School District serves over 12,000 students in 23 schools. View CCSD "By the Numbers" for the 2021-22 school year.

COVID-19 Reporting

Every Friday, the CCSD website is updated with the total number of COVID-19 positive cases as well as related quarantines at CCSD schools and facilities. While making this data public, the district will continue to respect our staff and students'/families’ privacy.

FFE 2021 Faculty and Staff Award Winners

We know we are “Better Together” because of our partnerships with community organizations such as the Foundation for Excellence in Public Education in Clarke County, Georgia. The Board of Trustees of FFE is pleased to announce the 2021 Faculty and Staff Award Winners. Please click here to read more about the FFE awards and grants. Congratulations to these outstanding team members:


Martha Comer Chair for Teachers of Languages [$1000 for two years]

Erin Tuggle / Clarke Middle School


Cardee Kilpatrick Chair for Middle School Teachers [$1000 for two years]

Samantha Barnum-Moses / W. R. Coile Middle School


Ann M. Schindel Chair for Teachers of Mathematics [$1000 for two years]

Rebecca Draper / Clarke Middle School


Thomas H. Whitehead Chair for Teachers of Science [$1000 for two years]

Julie Throne / Cedar Shoals High School


Joan D. Humphries Excellence in Teaching Award [$500 for two years]

Heather Carlson / D. C. Barrow Elementary School


Ken Sherman Double Century Excellence in Teaching Award [$500 for two years]

Nathalie Guerin / Clarke Middle


Kathryn H. Hug Instructional Leadership Award [$500 for two years]

Hallie Williamson / H.B. Stroud Elementary School


Seasoned Teacher Award [$500 for two years]

Elizabeth Royer-Woodward / Winterville Elementary School


Bertis Downs District Services Award [$500 each]

Sandy Bozek / Nutrition at H.B. Stroud Elementary School

Marsha Pond / Transportation


Michael Peter Horvat Secondary Coaches’ Award [$500 each]

Chris Aiken / Clarke Central High School

Chris Hulse / Clarke Central High School and Clarke Middle School


Howard B. Stroud Community Service Award [$500 each]

Ivette Rabb / Clarke Central High School

Omar Reid / Clarke Middle School


Freida M. Thomas Teacher of Promise Award [$500 each]

Bri Moon / Clarke Middle School

Erin Seymour / Hilsman Middle School

Alicia Worthy / Gaines Elementary School

Help Shape Youth Opportunities in Athens

The Clarke County School District and the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government are currently exploring opportunities to collaborate and expand impactful programs for youth in Athens. Both agencies believe that increasing youth development opportunities locally will further help meet the basic physical, developmental, and social needs of our children and teens, which will help them build the skills needed to become successful adults. Some examples include: Job training, athletic fields and courts, community and youth centers, mentorship, libraries, college access, career exploration programs, workforce development, and special programs.


If you believe any of these ideas should be further explored, please list them, and tell us why. Do you have other ideas? Please list them. We want to know! Click here to submit the survey. Don't wait: Survey closes at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, August 17.

Join Our Team! Substitutes Needed!

Join our team to support schools and students in your community! New increased substitute pay! Daily teacher rate = $90. Daily paraprofessional rate = $79. Click here for information.

FREE COVID-19 Vaccines

Saturday, Aug. 7th, 12:30-2:30pm

705 Sunset Drive

Athens, GA

No appointment, insurance, or ID is required. Walk-ups welcome. Visit: www.publichealthisforeveryone.com.

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