Better Together

News from the Clarke County School District • 8/19/22

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Gladiators Take Classic City Championship

It was a beautiful night for football Thursday, Aug. 18, and a great way to kick off the 2022 high school season as Clarke Central and Cedar Shoals met at Billy Henderson Stadium for the 56th time.

In the end, it was the Gladiators who prevailed, defeating the Jaguars for the fourth straight year, 40-0. Senior quarterback Lucian Anderson III ran for three touchdowns for Clarke Central, while junior Kendrick Curry and sophomore Corey Watkins added scores on the ground and sophomore Tekit Gill capped the night with a pick-six.

Both teams will be back in action Friday, Aug. 26, as the Gladiators travel to Oconee County while the Jaguars host Monroe Area in their home opener.

See more photos from Thursday night’s game here.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Begin Aug. 22

CCSD is pleased to again offer COVID-19 vaccine clinics at our schools this school year as a convenience for students, families, and staff, starting Monday, Aug. 22, at Clarke Central High School from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Clarke Middle School.

The schedule for the remainder of the week is as follows:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 23 — 8:30-10:30 a.m., Cedar Shoals High
  • Tuesday, Aug. 23 — 12:30-2:30 p.m., Hilsman Middle
  • Wednesday, Aug. 24 — 8:30-10:30 a.m., Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle
  • Wednesday, Aug. 24 — 12:30-2:30 p.m., Whitehead Road Elementary
  • Thursday, Aug. 25 — 8:30-10:30 a.m., Coile Middle
  • Thursday, Aug. 25 — 12:30-2:30 p.m., Winterville Elementary
  • Friday, Aug. 26 — 8:30-10:30 a.m., Barrow Elementary
  • Friday, Aug. 26 — 12:30-2:30 p.m., Alps Road Elementary

Click here for the full schedule through Sept. 15.

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

The form may be completed at the clinic and is also available here.

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Survey on Academic Calendars for 2023-24, 2024-25 Continues

After meeting this week, CCSD’s Academic Calendar Committee has extended the public input period for families and staff on the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 calendars through Friday, Aug. 26.

To share your thoughts, please take our 10-15 minute survey by clicking this link or by scanning the QR code below.

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Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council Application Period Now Open

All 11th- and 12th-grade students interested in serving on this year’s Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council are invited to complete the short online application by Friday, Aug. 26.

Through participation in the council, students will learn about CCSD initiatives and share their perspectives on being CCSD students. All students will also have a chance to develop their leadership and advocacy skills.

The council will meet six times over the course of the year, and students are asked to commit to attend all meetings.

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Family and Community Engagement Updates

Family Engagement Specialist of the Year

We would like to congratulate Mr. Christian Barner, Family Engagement Specialist at Clarke Central High School, for being selected by his peers as the 2021-22 Family Engagement Specialist of the Year!

One of Mr. Barner’s colleagues said, "Christian is a team player. He not only helps his CCHS students and families, but he's always available for fellow Family Engagement Specialists to help with any questions or concerns we may have. This amazing FES always has a solution! He has great knowledge and has the best interest in helping ALL families. He also creates events for families with a language barrier to ensure they are informed."

Pictured from left to right are Soraia Santos-Felgenhauer, CCSD’s Director of Family and Community Engagement; Mr. Barner; and Alex Borges, the district’s Family and Community Engagement Specialist.

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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, 291 Henderson Extension, 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."

Family Engagement Academy, Community Scavenger Hunt

The Family Engagement Academy inaugural session kicked off with a community scavenger hunt, where the CCSD Family Engagement Specialists were given different clues to find and visit a participating community partner. Once at the location, they got to participate in fun activities and learn about the organization.

Thank you to the Athens Community Career Academy, the Athens Regional Library, Books for Keeps, United Way, and the Athens Area Homeless Shelter for participating and welcoming our FES team. They enjoyed the experience and gained so much from it.

Upcoming Family University Sessions Planned

Starting next 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, 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, Sept. 8, 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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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 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, or call 706-613-3025.

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