Better Together

News from the Clarke County School District • 9/16/22

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Across CCSD, our schools are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15), a celebration of the histories and cultures of and the contributions made nationally and in our community by American citizens from North, Central, and South America, as well as Spain and the Caribbean.


Ms. Kate Long's first-grade class and other homerooms at Whitehead Road Elementary helped kick off the celebration on Thursday, Sept. 15, with book readings, video, and more.

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Clarke County Mentor Program Breakfast Celebrates Mentors, Students

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, the Clarke County Mentor Program, a key CCSD partner, held its annual breakfast reception.


The Clarke County Mentor Program works with students at all 21 CCSD schools, grades K-12. The breakfast, held for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, is the nonprofit’s most important event of the year and highlights mentors, the students they have made a positive, life-changing impact on, school partners, and other community stakeholders.


Tuesday’s event also focused on informing attendees about the need for more volunteer mentors, as more than 100 students are currently on the program waiting list. ​In order to become a mentor, you must commit to at least one full year of mentor responsibilities.


To learn more about becoming a mentor and the requirements, click here.

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HMS Voted GASC Middle School At-Large

Georgia Association of Student Councils (GASC) representatives recently voted Hilsman Middle the Middle School At-Large for the state of Georgia!


As the lone at-large position on the GASC Executive Board, Hilsman is the liaison and point of contact for all other middle school student councils in the state and works to recruit other middle schools to join GASC. The Hilsman Student Council is focused on leadership and community service.


Hilsman Student Council leaders Kaitlin Paige and Caitlin Smith (pictured with faculty advisor Barbara Gaertig), along with grade-level council representatives (Lucca Fleenor, Laila Nobles, Greta Garrett, Lauren Neace, Evan Greene, Traylon Johnson, Morgan Foster, Riley Pepin, and Nijhay Keyes) and faculty advisor Joshua Truitt, traveled to the state Capitol in Atlanta this week to represent the school at the GASC Conference.

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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 Middle SEAT Team Holding Fall Flower Power Fundraiser

The award-winning Clarke Middle School Science, Energy and Adventure Team is now accepting orders for its Fall Flower Power Fundraiser. This team of students works in the school and community to educate others about resource conservation. Funds earned from this fundraiser will help the team expand educational outreach efforts and fund field trip scholarships for team members.


The fundraiser will continue through Oct. 15. Flower Power will ship each customer's order to the address that is provided (continental U.S. only).


Click here to get started on your order.

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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

Happy Community School Coordinator Appreciation Week!

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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 will resume shortly, but will not be conducted for the week of Sept. 19-23. An updated schedule with new testing dates will be announced soon. Click here for more information.


As a reminder, COVID-19 testing and vaccinations are available at the Hilsman Health Center. Call 706-546-7463 to make an appointment. The center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30-11:30 a.m. on Friday.

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 clinics will resume shortly, but will not be conducted for the week of Sept. 19-23. An updated schedule with new clinic dates will be announced soon. Click here for more information.


As a reminder, COVID-19 testing and vaccinations are available at the Hilsman Health Center. Call 706-546-7463 to make an appointment. The center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30-11:30 a.m. on Friday.

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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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