Better Together

News from the Clarke County School District • 11/12/21

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Congratulations to Ms. Tanya Hudson, School Librarian at Chase Street Elementary, for being named the CCSD Teacher of the Year! Ms. Hudson will move on to compete in the state competition.

"I’ve been an avid reader since I was a child, maxing out my grandmother’s public library card every week; I grew up to become an elementary school librarian because I believe in the power of stories to engage, inspire, and empower. Every lesson or unit I plan is crafted around this fundamental belief. Instructionally, my role is to support the learning happening in students’ classrooms -- in collaboration with teachers at Chase, library visits become ripe opportunities to enrich content area instruction." ~ Tanya Hudson
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Congratulations to Ms. Sonya Welch for being selected as the District Paraprofessional of the Year! Ms. Welch is a Kindergarten paraprofessional and has been working in the district for almost 30 years.

"I became a Paraprofessional to change children's lives by giving them the self-confidence to

believe that they are capable of learning and doing anything and that they too could someday

change the world and the lives of others by getting a good education." ~ Sonya Welch

"For almost 30 years, Sonya Welch has demonstrated a true heart for the children of Gaines Elementary School and she displays a genuine desire, every day, to serve our school and our community in any way she can.“ ~ Dr. Luther McDaniel, Principal

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CCSD Salutes Military Veterans

On November 11, we joined our nation in sharing our profound gratitude for members of the United States Armed Forces, past and present.

The words "thank you for your service" cannot capture the depth of our respect and appreciation for their courage, sacrifice, and dedication.

We want to recognize our staff members who, as military veterans, continue to serve our communities, even after their "commitment" to a service branch is complete. They are the embodiment of the term "servant leader" as they continue to help shape the lives of others.

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JROTC Salute to Veterans

At last night's BOE meeting, the top cadets from Cedar Shoals and Clarke Central presented a special salute to some of CCSD's veterans. Click here to view the BOE meeting.

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“There are so many exceptional things to say about Kadijah Arnold. One thing that makes her stand out is her thirst for knowledge! Kadijah is always looking for ways to grow and excel as a teacher, whether completing advanced degrees, taking endorsement courses, asking to change grade levels, or taking on leadership roles in our school and the district.

Her thirst for knowledge extends to her students and getting to know them as individuals. She spends time learning about their interests, attending their activities outside of school, and connecting with their families. She models for her colleagues and our students what it means to be a lifelong learner and a truly dedicated educator." ~ Dr. Ellen Sabatini

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CCSD Family Fun Day

Saturday, Nov. 13th, 9:30am-1:30pm

4440 Lexington Road

Athens, GA

Join CCSD for a free event that brings our community together to share resources and information, and highlight the various community organizations that serve our students.

  • Date: Saturday, November 13, 2021
  • Location: Southeast Clarke Park / 4440 Lexington Rd, Athens, GA 30605 (this is the entrance located between Tractor Supply and Cornerstone Church)
  • Parking: Southeast Clarke Park or Cornerstone Church
  • Transportation: FREE CCSD buses will run from Gaines Elementary, Stroud Elementary, and Clarke Middle schools. There will be 3 pick-up/ drop-off times: 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. (last drop off).
  • Activities: games, costumed characters, face-painting, ACC Leisure Services "Pop-up Park," touch-a-truck (ACC vehicles), over 40 community organizations, COVID vaccine station.
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Youth COVID Vaccine Clinic Schedule

Great news! The Pfizer COVID vaccine is now available for 5-11-year-olds, and CCSD is hosting vaccine clinics at our schools! This vaccine is optional, and this opportunity is offered as a convenience to families.

CCSD Vaccine Clinic Information

  • A parent/guardian must be present for their student to receive the COVID vaccine at school. A DPH consent form is required.
  • Students can attend alternate clinic dates where their school is assigned
  • Students will receive second doses at school (schedule TBD).
  • Please complete this Vaccine Interest Survey (Ages 5-11) to reserve a spot for your student. A CCSD school nurse will contact you to schedule your student’s vaccination at an event convenient for you.
  • Middle school students who are 11 years of age are welcome to attend any of the elementary events to receive their vaccination. A school nurse will contact you to schedule an appointment.

Additional Vaccine Opportunities

Clarke County Health Department


345 North Harris Street

Athens, GA 30601

Book an appointment with DPH online:

Saturday, 11/13/21 from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

CCSD Fun Day at Southeast Clarke Park

4440 Lexington Rd, Athens

Tuesday, 11/16/21 from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Chapelwood UMC

100 Janice Drive, Athens

Saturday, 11/20/21 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Fowler Drive Elementary School

400 Fowler Drive, Athens

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Parents Pledge to Support Their Students

We know that family engagement plays a key role in student academic learning! As we continue to celebrate Family Engagement Month, we want to highlight the families of Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School and their Parent Pledge.

Cheers to these families who made a very public commitment to engage in and support their student’s learning journeys, and to the school for displaying them prominently in the entrance as a daily reminder for everyone!

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CCSD Applying for 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant for High School Students

The Board of Education voted to approve the district apply for a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, enabling CCSD to extend learning opportunities for high school students. The application will be submitted to the Georgia Department of Education by January 25, 2022. If granted, the program will begin during the 2022-23 school year.
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BOE News

The Clarke County Board of Education welcomes community feedback. Here are ways you can share your voice:

  • Contact BOE Members: Click here to view a list of the BOE members and their contact information.
  • Attend a Meeting: Next regular meeting is Thursday, December 9 at 6:00 p.m. (in-person and broadcast on the CCSD YouTube channel).
  • Board Briefs: Click to read the "Board Brief" overview from each meeting.
  • Public Comments: Click here for information on how to sign-up to speak at a regular BOE meeting.
  • Review Policies for Review: View and comment on district policies pending public review.
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