Better Together

News from the Clarke County School District • 9/9/22

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Congratulations to Valerie Moment, receptionist at Winterville Elementary, for being named CCSD's Employee of the Month for September! Ms. Moment was surprised with the award at her school on Thursday, Sept. 8, and was then recognized at the Board of Education meeting Thursday night.


Ms. Moment was nominated by a parent who is new to Winterville Elementary and remarked on how helpful and welcoming she was during the back-to-school orientation:


"There was some kind of mix-up with the class list, and my kiddo's name wasn't listed. So we went to the front office to inquire, and Ms. Moment was so kind and welcoming. She told us all about how long she's worked there and what a great place to be it is. She really made sure we were comfortable and at ease and was just so, so kind. She really made an intense day so much easier for the kids and me by being her reassuring and welcoming self. It was really nice for our first impression of the school to be that it's a welcoming, kind, and reassuring place.”


Any member of the CCSD community (a parent/guardian, student, staff member, community/business leader) may nominate an employee for Employee of the Month. Click here for more information.

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CCSD Office Atrium Space Dedicated to David, Ileane Nunnally

On Thursday, Sept. 8, the Clarke County Board of Education held a ceremony dedicating the CCSD administrative offices building atrium to the late David and Ileane Nunnally.


Rev. David Nunnally Sr. (1929-2015) served on the Board of Education from 1992-2012 and was known for his dedication to bridging race relations in the community and tearing down barriers to educational opportunities for local African-American students. His wife, Ileane Nesbit Nunnally (1930-2020) was a long-time public-school teacher in Athens. She taught at East Athens Elementary School and Athens High and Industrial School (renamed Burney Harris High School in 1964) and began teaching at Cedar Shoals High School when the district integrated.


The ceremony included remarks from Dr. LaKeisha Gantt, BOE President; Dr. Tawana Mattox, District 9 BOE member; Brannon Gaskins, CCSD's Chief Academic Officer; Marvin Nunnally, nephew of Rev. and Mrs. Nunnally; and Imhotep Nunnally, grandson of the Nunnallys. A plaque was also unveiled in the Nunnallys' honor.


Click here to watch a video replay of the ceremony.

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Barrow Elementary Teacher Presented with STEM Scholar Award

At the Thursday, Sept. 8 Clarke County Board of Education meeting, representatives from the Georgia Youth Science & Technology Centers (GYSTC) presented Barrow Elementary teacher Keith Weaver with his 2022 STEM Scholar Award.


Mr. Weaver was announced as a 2022 STEM Scholar Award recipient in January for his efforts in engaging and improving learning among students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). As part of this recognition, he received a $500 grant to purchase STEM education materials for his classroom.


Headquartered at Kennesaw State University, GYSTC is a nonprofit whose mission is to increase student interest in and enthusiasm for STEM studies in grades K-8.


STEM Scholar applications for 2023 are now being accepted and are due by Oct. 14. Click here for more information on the awards and to complete an application.

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You're Invited: ACCA Career Exploration Fair

The Athens Community Career Academy invites CCSD parents and Athens area community leaders to the 2022 ACCA Career Exploration Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 1-2:30 p.m. at the ACCA campus, 440 Dearing Extension, Athens.


The goal of the event is to make connections between high-demand skills/careers, the training and education required for them, and local employers that are offering jobs to provide CCSD students and community member participants with a roadmap to a better future.


The fair will feature:

  • a mobile workforce workshop, sponsored by Georgia Power, called Be Pro Be Proud Georgia, which includes a customized, interactive trailer loaded with information and skills challenges related to many skilled professions.
  • employers and representatives from post-secondary educational institutions providing information about high-demand career opportunities and the path to attain them.
  • tours of the Athens Community Career Academy.
  • New ACCA CEO Wesley Mellina will provide program information/updates and explain how community members can support the ACCA’s mission.


Please RSVP for the event at https://bit.ly/accarsvp. We look forward to seeing you there!

Questions can be directed to Wesley Mellina at mellinaw@clarke.k12.ga.us or 706-357-5244, ext. 20644.

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Registration Open for GSBA High School Student Video Contest

The Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA), in partnership with Georgia's Vision for Public Education, is sponsoring its annual high school student video contest for member school districts across the state.


Winners will be recognized at the GSBA/GSSA (Georgia School Superintendents Association) Annual Conference in Atlanta this fall, and the first-, second-, and third-place winners will be awarded $1,000, $500, and $250, respectively, for their school's video production program.


Students who enter the competition should create a short video using the theme, "To My Younger Self" with the prompt, "If you could travel back in time and give advice to your middle school self, what would it be?"


The entry deadline is Oct. 14. The GSBA Awards Committee will review and judge the Student Video Awards nominees in November, and the nominees will be notified of the committee’s selections that month.


Click here for more information on the contest, rules and procedures, required forms and documents, and the link to the contest application.

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Clarke Central JROTC Apple Sale Ongoing

The Clarke Central High School JROTC Booster Club is holding its annual Apple Sale and is accepting orders through Sept. 30. Varieties available include Fuji, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, and Red Delicious.


Order sizes include:

  • Peck (8 pounds, 28-32 apples depending on apple size) — $12
  • Half bushel (16 pounds, 50-60 apples, depending on size) — $20
  • Full bushel (32 pounds, 100-120 apples, depending on size) — $34.


Scan the barcode on the flyer to order, or contact Lt. Col. William McMickle at mcmicklew@clarke.k12.ga.us or any Clarke Central JROTC cadet.

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Car Show to Benefit Cedar Shoals Automotive Technology Program

The Cedar Shoals High School automotive technology program will host its Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Car Show fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 22, from noon to 3 p.m. at the school, 1300 Cedar Shoals Dr., Athens.


For those interested in entering their vehicle in the show, there will be a $20 vehicle entry fee. Registration starts at 10 a.m. Trophies will be awarded for Best Late Model, Best Muscle Car, Best in Show, and Best Rat Rod.


The show is open to the public and free to attend. There will be music, door prizes, and food vendors on-site.


For more information, contact Dave Darden, Cedar Shoals auto-tech instructor, at 404-769-5095 or dardend@clarke.k12.ga.us.

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Family and Community Engagement Updates

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'Bridging the Gap' Forums Coming Up

The Bridging the Gap initiative is returning better than ever to support families and students with information, services, assistance, and a focus on the "whole child." Our first two forums, presented by our Community School Organizers (CSOs), will take place Saturday, Sept. 17, at the following times and locations:
  • 10 a.m. to noon — Rocksprings Community Center, 285 Rocksprings Ct., Athens.
  • 12:30-2:30 p.m. — Rolling Ridge Apartments, 100 Rolling Ridge Dr., Athens.


CCSD administrators and support staff will be on hand to listen to families, answer questions, and offer support in several areas. (See the flyer above for more information.)


These are the initial stops. However, the goal is to reach all areas supported by CCSD. We are doubling our partners, and our collaboration is committed to "making good better."

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Upcoming Family University Sessions Planned

Starting this month, the department will resume "Family University" — formerly known as "Parent University" — sessions for the community in person at the CCSD administrative offices building, 595 Prince Ave., Athens.


Upcoming sessions include:

  • 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 — "Student Code of Conduct"
  • 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 — "Trauma"
  • 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 — "Restorative Practices"
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How to Address Questions, Concerns

Have a question or concern that you'd like to address? CCSD has put together a matrix of who to reach out to depending on the situation.


Please click here to view this information. You can also go to CCSD's main site at clarke.k12.ga.us, go to the "I Want To" tab at the top of the page, and select “Ask a Question/Submit a Concern.”

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Board of Education 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, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. (in-person and broadcast on the CCSD YouTube channel).
  • Board Briefs: Click to read the "Board Briefs" overview from meetings.
  • 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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CCSD COVID-19 Testing Clinics

CCSD is providing free COVID-19 testing clinics for students and staff. Clinics will be held in schools across the district. Rapid antigen tests (results in 15 minutes) and PCR tests (results in 24-48 hours) will be available. No appointment is necessary, but registration is required.


Testing Clinic Information

CCSD COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Students, family members, and staff may receive the first, second, or booster dose at any clinic. Appointments are not required. A parent/guardian must be present for their student to receive the COVID vaccine at school. A Department of Public Health consent form is required and may be completed at the clinic.


Vaccine Clinic Information

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AthHalf Registration Open, Volunteer Opportunities Available

Registration is ongoing for the 2022 AthHalf Half Marathon and 5K event Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22-23.


The sixth annual 5K run will begin at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 22 and will explore downtown Athens and the Boulevard neighborhood with a live band at the start and finish lines. The 13th annual half-marathon race will begin at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 23 and includes a run through Athens’ historic districts, downtown, and the University of Georgia campus, with local bands performing live throughout the course.


The AthHalf is produced annually by nonprofit AthFest Educates, and race proceeds support the organization’s mission of funding high-quality music and arts education programming for local K-12 youth.


For registration information, click here. Volunteer opportunities are also available. Click here for more information.

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Broadband Connectivity Project Survey, Speed Test Open through Sept. 30 for ACC Residents

The Athens-Clarke County Unified Government is currently researching and assessing internet service throughout the community as part of the SPLOST 2020 Project 22 Broadband Connectivity Enhancement Project.


Part of the research includes a public connectivity and broadband survey available through www.accgov.com/speedtest. Residents are encouraged to take the survey, which is currently live and runs through Sept. 30, at their homes. The survey will help gather information about technology needs, costs related to existing and future Internet services, resident satisfaction with services, and lack of internet options. If a resident is connected to the internet through a broadband connection, the survey will also perform a speed test of their existing connection. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.


Results of the survey will be part of the SPLOST 2020 Project 22 project concept that is tentatively scheduled for discussion by the Mayor and Commission in November and December. Additional community engagement sessions are being planned for September.


For more information on the SPLOST 2020 Broadband Connectivity Enhancement Project, visit www.accgov.com/broadband, or call 706-613-3025.

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