CCSD Connections

A Monthly Parent Newsletter - March 2020

Superintendent's Message

While much is happening in our schools as we continue our daily teaching and learning, I know that the coronavirus-borne disease COVID-19 is on the minds of many parents.


As shared in my letter to you last week, we work closely with Georgia Department of Public Health and local public safety officials whenever there is a public health or safety concern affecting any of our schools. In light of the first cases of the virus in Georgia being diagnosed yesterday, we now are communicating daily with public health officials.


Their message continues to be one of preparation and every-day healthy practices including staying home when sick. When children have a fever, they need to stay home from school and be fever free, without the aid of fever-reducing medication, for at least 24 hours before returning to school.


The Georgia Department of Public Health is advising that if you have recently traveled to areas where there are ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19 and develop fever with cough and shortness of breath within 14 days of your travel, or if you have had contact with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19, stay home and immediately call your health care provider or a local health department.


In the event that public health officials advise any change in school schedules, we are prepared to continue to provide teaching and learning by using our Canvas learning management system. Just as when we close schools for inclement weather, we will not make this call lightly, as we know the significant impact it will have on families, especially those without a stay-at-home parent.


We have added information about COVID-19 and advice from public health officials to our website here and will continue to communicate any updates with you.


Sincerely,

Dr. Brian V. Hightower

Superintendent of Schools

THANKS TO THIS MONTH'S SPONSOR

TOP STORIES

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CCSD Partners with Mountain Ed Charter High School

The Cherokee County School District is kicking off its new partnership with Mountain Education Charter High School, with classes set to begin in Woodstock this summer.


The Cherokee County School Board recently unanimously approved contracting with Mountain Ed to take over CCSD’s evening high school program, currently known as Polaris Evening Program. Beginning in June, Mountain Ed will run the evening school program at the Etowah East building on the Etowah HS campus, and expand services using the same successful model already in place in counties across north Georgia. Just as with Polaris, there will be no charge to students to enroll in evening classes with Mountain Ed; classes are open to students ages 15-21, and to age 22 for special education students.


“Mountain Ed will offer our high school students the continued opportunity to earn their high school diploma in the evenings, and will provide them with new services including a mentor to coach them onto graduation and nightly dinners catered by local restaurants,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said, noting that an evening high school has been a valuable academic choice in CCSD for many years. “We’re excited about this partnership and the benefits it will provide to our students.”


Read more about this important partnership here.

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WATCH & LEARN

Welcome to Kindergarten in CCSD

Welcome to Kindergarten in CCSD!

Registration is underway for kindergarten for next school year! You can learn more about kindergarten in CCSD here, and this brief "day in the life" video is perfect for watching together with your future kindergartner.

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Meet CCSD's New District & School Leaders

The Cherokee County School Board at its last meeting approved the appointments of new Principals and other leaders for next school year. The openings were prompted by the announcement that several longtime school and CCSD leaders will retire at the end of the school year.


“Each of these leaders is exceptional,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said as he introduced them to the audience, “and we know they are the best fit for their new roles to keep us on track for continuous improvement in service to our students.”


Please read more about the backgrounds of these new leaders here.


River Ridge High School Dr. Kerry Martin was appointed to fill the role of CCSD's executive director of administrative leadership for elementary schools. As a result of Dr. Martin’s appointment, Cherokee High School Principal Todd Miller will take on the Principal role at River Ridge HS. Hasty Elementary School Fine Arts Academy Principal Rodney Larrotta now will lead Cherokee HS as its next Principal.


Teasley MS Principal Dr. Benjamin Lester was appointed to serve as CCSD's administrator for student services. Katherine Monti, an assistant principal at E.T. Booth MS and this year’s Georgia Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year, will serve as the next Principal of Teasley MS.


Hickory Flat ES Principal Whitney Nolan will take on the Principal role at Freedom MS. Kerry Estep, an assistant principal at Hickory Flat ES, will advance to serve as its Principal.


Free Home ES Principal Kimberly Hagood will move to Carmel ES to lead as its Principal. Julie Peppers, currently an assistant principal at Sixes ES, will serve as the next Principal for Free Home ES. Avery ES Assistant Principal Amanda Schoeniger was appointed to serve as Holly Springs ES STEM Academy’s next Principal.


Tonya Sebring will serve as supervisor of student activities and athletics in the Office of School Operations. Melissa Whatley will advance to lead CCSD's benefits and risk management department as director. Greg Mason has been appointed as CCSD's coordinator of facilities maintenance.

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PARENT RESOURCES

UPCOMING EVENTS

Please check your school’s website and social media for school event information.


March 5: 6:30 to 8 p.m., Woodstock High School, Parent University program presented by Cherokee County Council PTA in collaboration with CCSD and community partners. Parents are welcome to attend any session, no matter what school their child attends. Each will feature the same topics -- mental health awareness and suicide prevention -- and speakers from CCSD's School Police Department and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) initiative, and Highland Rivers Health. Admission is free.


March 5: 6 to 8 p.m., Cherokee Arts Center, CCSD Elementary School Art Show - A opening reception. Admission is free.


March 5-6: 7 p.m., Creekview HS, Creekland MS students will present the Disney musical “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.”; tickets are $5.


March 7: 9 a.m. to Noon, River Ridge HS, CCSD Job Fair - Principals and CCSD Leaders will be on site to recruit new teachers, bus drivers, School Nutrition staff and more!


March 7: 6 p.m., Northside Hospital Cherokee Conference Center, Cherokee County Educational Foundation "Celebration of Education" Gala fundraiser for CCSD schools and programs. Click here to learn about sponsorships and tickets.


March 7: 6 p.m., Cherokee HS, Cherokee High's Beat Out Cancer Club presents "Georgia Has Talent" talent show and silent auction fundraiser. Tickets start at $10.


March 10: 5 p.m., Creekview HS, CCSD Senior Classic basketball game. Admission is free, with donations accepted for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


March 11: 6:30 to 8 p.m., Cherokee High School, Parent University program presented by Cherokee County Council PTA in collaboration with CCSD and community partners.


March 12: 8:45 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. (registration begins at 8:15 a.m., CCSD Educational Services Annex, CCSD Special Education program for parents on helping students with disabilities succeed academically and socially


March 15: 9 a.m., Etowah HS, Etowah HS will celebrate the end of its “DUDE. be nice.” week with an Etowah Cares 5K fundraiser. Funds raised will be donated to mental health and medical nonprofits and charities. A flier with registration info is posted online here.


March 18: 6:30 to 8 p.m., Etowah High School; Parent University program presented by Cherokee County Council PTA in collaboration with CCSD and community partners.


March 19: 7 p.m., School Board Auditorium at Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility, Cherokee County School Board Meeting


March 19: 6 to 8 p.m., Cherokee Arts Center, CCSD Elementary School Art Show - B opening reception. Admission is free.


March 24: Student Holiday/Digital Learning Day. Classes will not be held on campus due to the presidential primary election, but learning will continue online through the Canvas learning management system. More details to come from your child's teacher!


March 25: 6:30 to 8 p.m., River Ridge High School; Parent University program presented by Cherokee County Council PTA in collaboration with CCSD and community partners.


March 26: 2:30 to 5 p.m., CCSD Educational Services Annex, CCSD Special Education Community Agency Information Fair for Parents and Families


March 31: 6:30 to 8 p.m., Sequoyah High School Parent University program presented by Cherokee County Council PTA in collaboration with CCSD and community partners.


April 6-10: Spring Break. All CCSD schools and offices closed.

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