CCSD Connections

A Monthly Parent Newsletter - January 2019

Superintendent's Message

Happy New Year! We had a great first day back today, and I hope you enjoyed plenty of family time over the break.


Over the break, you may have read or heard about news related to school calendars. A State Senate study committee, largely made up of business and tourism representatives, recommended that schools begin classes no earlier than 7-10 days before Labor Day to help the tourism industry. No legislation has been proposed, but it may be when the State Legislature begins its General Assembly session next week.

As you know, our School Board and I oppose a state-mandated calendar. We feel strongly that this is a decision best left to local communities. You agreed, as an overwhelming majority of CCSD parents said calendars should be decided locally and that you like our calendar just the way it is. We shared our survey results with the State Senate study committee members, and, unfortunately, they disagreed. On a positive note, our local Legislative Delegation, made up of the Representatives and Senators who serve Cherokee County, said they all would oppose any measure to take away local control of school calendars.

We will be tracking this issue closely, as well as all proposed legislation that will affect our schools, and we will keep you informed. You can read all of our School Board's legislative priorities here to learn more about issues we anticipate will come up during the session and where we stand.


This is also the time of year when we closely track weather forecasts, as it's when inclement weather usually affects our community. Here's a link to more information about our decision-making process including a brief video. If you haven't already, please make sure your contact information is up to date with your child's school, as we use this same information to send out school closing, early dismissal and delayed opening announcements.


We hope you've enjoyed receiving this newsletter, which we began a little more than a year ago. Today, we're introducing two new features: the first, which is under Parent Resources, is a monthly recipe from our School Nutrition department's school kitchens; the second is a monthly sponsorship by a CCSD Partner, which will help offset the costs of the newsletter and the email system we used to send it and emergency notifications. We greatly appreciate Credit Union of Georgia and its sponsorship!


Dr. Brian V. Hightower

Superintendent of Schools

P.S. We're looking to add a new member to our team. Please share the information below with anyone you know who has this skill set.




Inside Cherokee High School: A Legacy of Learning

Cherokee High School's campus has seen many changes over the years as it has expanded to serve a growing Canton community. In the last 20 years, CCSD has invested more than $30 million in renovations, additions and improvements to the campus that opened in 1956. This school year, the campus expanded further with the addition of the Cherokee North building that previously housed Canton Elementary School. Check out this brief video tour filmed and produced by Cherokee High School video production Career Pathway students! #CCSDfam


Meet a District Leader

As the Cherokee County School District advances in instructional excellence, Dr. Catherine Head works to ensure teachers can do the math.

As Curriculum Coordinator for K-12 Mathematics in CCSD's Office of Curriculum & Instruction, Dr. Head collaborates with District leaders and teachers to develop and implement best practices, resources and standards to continuously improve teaching and student mastery of the subject - from kindergarten counting to high school AP Calculus.

“I am blessed to work with some phenomenal professionals dedicated to supporting dynamic curriculum and instruction for all CCSD students," said Dr. Head, who began her new role this school year after 14 years with CCSD as a classroom math teacher (elementary and middle), math content coach and an Instructional Lead Strategist.

"Each day at work, I experience new adventures and challenges, as I do such meaningful work with K-12 mathematics teachers and other education professionals through both professional development and collaboration," she added. "This is beyond my passion!”

Dr. Head has worked in CCSD at Woodstock Elementary, Woodstock Middle and Little River Elementary Schools. She joined CCSD after teaching in Fulton County Schools and for Kennesaw State University.

“I am very proud to be a part of the Cherokee County School District family!" she said. "No other district matches the level of passion and dedication as we have in ours."




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

Jan. 17-19 and 22: 7 p.m., River Ridge HS, Drama club’s production of “Spy School”; Admission $10.

Jan. 17: 7 p.m., Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility auditorium, Cherokee County School Board meeting

Jan. 21: CCSD Schools & Offices closed for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The CCSD School Calendar is posted online here.

Jan. 22: Registration begins online for CCSD Kindergarten students for the 2019-20 school year.

Jan. 24: 6 to 9 p.m., Cherokee HS, CCSD GAE Spelling Bee

Jan. 26: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Freedom MS, CCSD Reading Bowl (Inclement weather date: Jan. 29)

Jan. 31 & Feb. 1: 7 p.m., River Ridge HS, Academy Street Theatre Group's (CCSD's K-12 drama program) production of "The Dragon King"; Admission $5.

Feb. 4: Registration begins for CCSD's Georgia Lottery Pre-K program and continues through March 1; seating is limited, and a lottery drawing will be held March 6.

Feb. 18 & 19: CCSD Schools closed for February Break. The CCSD School Calendar is posted online here.



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