Better Together

News from the Clarke County School District • 9/30/22

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A Look around CCSD...

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It was another busy week at CCSD with plenty of fun and educational opportunities for students.


Among those, Wednesday, Sept. 28, was Service Learning Day at the Athens Community Career Academy, where students participated in several volunteer opportunities aimed at making the community a better place. Read more here.

And, in keeping with the service theme, the first Fowler's Fresh Farmers Market at Fowler Drive Elementary was a success. The event, in partnership with the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, allowed many Athens-Clarke County families the opportunity to receive free food, drinks, house and school supplies, and toys.


The market will be held monthly at Fowler Drive Elementary for the remainder of the 2022-23 school year. The remaining eight markets are scheduled for:

  • Oct. 26
  • Nov. 16
  • Dec. 14
  • Jan. 25
  • Feb. 22
  • March 22
  • April 26
  • May 17.

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New Report Card Format for Grades K-5

This fall, families will notice the implementation of a new report card format for students grades kindergarten through fifth grade.


Based on feedback CCSD received from teachers and parents that the previous report card did not adequately reflect student performance in an easy-to-understand format, we convened a report card committee composed of teachers, parents, and administrators to address that issue and create a new report card that is easier to understand.


Check out the video below to learn more.

New Report Card Format for Grades K-5
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CCSD Communications Interns Launch ‘Studio 595’ Podcast

Check out (below) the debut of our new “Studio 595” student podcast with CCSD Communications Department interns Kalli Samaltanos and Dillon Ross!


In the pilot episode, Kalli, a senior at Clarke Central High School, and Dillon, a senior at Cedar Shoals High School, introduce themselves, talk about college applications and post-secondary plans, issues like academic burnout and sleep deprivation, and then hit on the truly big topics — including Dillon’s distaste for cars and Kalli’s frustration with Taylor Swift’s never-ending hints on her social media. Plus, news updates from "Producer Alex" Marchante, CCSD's Digital Communications Specialist.


Kalli and Dillon are interning with the Communications Department through the Athens Community Career Academy’s Work-Based Learning Program and will be working throughout the school year to assist the department in improving, expanding, and innovating its coverage and promotion of all things CCSD.


Check back on Oct. 14 for the next episode.

Studio 595, Episode 1: Humble Beginnings
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Student Art Exhibition to be on Display at Lyndon House

CCSD, in conjunction with the Lyndon House Arts Center, is pleased to announce the opening of the Biennial CCSD Student Art Exhibition, titled “RE-,” which will be on display from Oct. 11 through Jan. 14. An opening reception will be held Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the center.


The exhibit will include works by students from grades K-12 and will include all mediums — weaving, sculpture, photography, painting, drawing, and collage. Also included are a number of large collaborative artworks by classrooms and grades. The opening reception on Oct. 18 will also feature performances by many talented young musicians, including Dr. Eunice Kang's Clarke Central High School Orchestra, Leslie Sokal-Berg's Clarke Central Guitar Ensemble, Rebecca Floyd's Cedar Shoals High School Orchestra, and Aaron Price's Music Technology students from Cedar Shoals.


Click here for the full press release.

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Georgia-Auburn Ticket Raffle to Benefit Pair of Memorial Athletic Scholarships at Clarke Central

Win two tickets to the Oct. 8 football game between Georgia and Auburn, and support two Clarke Central High School athletic scholarships in the process!


The Clarke Central men’s soccer program is running a ticket raffle for two free tickets to the game in section 123 of Sanford Stadium — donated by Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers. The winner of the tickets will be selected in a live drawing at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Raising Cane’s. Raffle tickets are $2 and will only be sold online here.


All raffle sales will benefit:

  • the creation of an annual memorial scholarship in the name of the late Luis Vazquez, a former Clarke Central soccer who passed away last summer just before his senior year. The scholarship will award $1,000 to any graduating Clarke Central soccer player who plans to attend college and has demonstrated the characteristics and traits of being a good teammate.
  • support for the Micah Hurst Memorial Scholarship in memory of the late former standout Gladiator athlete. The scholarship will award $1,000 to a graduating Clarke Central senior who has a grade-point average of 2.5 or higher and has completed at least one season in two or more different sports while also having demonstrated the ability to overcome personal, academic, and/or athletic obstacles to reach levels of achievement while exhibiting Gladiator pride.


A random number generator will select the raffle winner. Every raffle ticket purchased is an additional entry into the drawing. The UGA tickets cannot and should not be resold on a third-party ticket site. For more information, email Chris Aiken, associate athletic director and head varsity men’s soccer coach at Clarke Central, at aikenc@clarke.k12.ga.us.

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Georgia Department of Education Invites Juniors, Seniors to Participate in Upcoming Scholar Opportunities

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) is encouraging high school juniors and seniors to participate in three upcoming opportunities — including the 2022-23 United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP), the United States Presidential Scholar Program, and the Georgia Scholar Program.


  • The 2022-2023 USSYP application is available here and is due Oct. 7. GaDOE no longer limits USSYP nominations to one per school district. Instead, any high school junior or senior may apply, provided they secure signatures from their principal and school counselor. Learn more here.
  • The 2022-23 U.S. Presidential Scholar nomination form is available here and is due Nov. 15. Any Georgia high school student scheduled to graduate between January 2023 and August 2023 may complete the application, provided they obtain signatures from their principal and school counselor. Please note that submitting a nomination form does not guarantee the student will be nominated for national recognition; Georgia is only permitted to select 20 students for the U.S. Department of Education. This nomination form is for the general Presidential Scholar recognition; the CTE and Arts recognitions are handled separately and are by invitation only. Learn more here.
  • The 2022-23 Georgia Scholar application will be available soon. Learn more here.
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Family and Community Engagement Updates

WATCH: Family University: Student Code of Conduct

Check out (below) the video of the Thursday, Sept. 29 "Family University" lecture on the CCSD Student Code of Conduct by Dr. Utevia Tolbert, assistant principal at Cedar Shoals High.


Upcoming Family University sessions at the CCSD administrative offices building, 595 Prince Ave., Athens include:

  • 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 — "Trauma"
  • 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 — "Restorative Practices".


The sessions are open to the public but will also be streamed and available for on-demand viewing on the CCSD YouTube channel for those who cannot attend in-person.

CCSD Family University | Code of Student Conduct 09/29/2022
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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 Oct. 3-7. 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 Oct. 3-7. 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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Eastside Public Library Site Selection Public Hearings Set

In the coming weeks, there will be several opportunities to learn about and comment on the future Athens-Clarke County Eastside Public Library, starting Saturday, Oct. 1.


The schedule for the first round of public input sessions is as follows:

  • 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 1 — Fire Station #7, 2350 Barnett Shoals Rd.
  • 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Oct. 3 — Living Hope Church, 2150 Lexington Rd.
  • 5-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3 — East Athens Development Corporation, 410 McKinley Dr.


Online input will also be accepted through an online survey available at www.accgov.com/eastsidelibrary through Oct. 7.

  • Sign up for Eastside library updates here.
  • Watch the Sept. 13 Athens-Clarke County Commission work session presentation on the Eastside library here.
  • Get an overview of the Eastside library project here.
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Nominations open for 2022 Good Neighbor Awards

Envision Athens is currently accepting nominations for its third annual Good Neighbor Awards through Oct. 6.


Community members are asked to nominate anyone they think exemplifies a “good neighbor” by excelling in one of four categories:

  • Create Athens (arts and culture)
  • Abundance Athens (helping curb food insecurity)
  • Educate Athens (workforce development)
  • Healthy Athens (assisting with mental health and substance use disorder).


Winners will be recognized at the Envision Athens Wellbeing Event at the Classic Center on Oct. 20 from 6-8 p.m.


Submit your nominations here.

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CCSD Alums to Take Part in Athens Hip Hop Harmonic Community Show Oct. 20

The Athens Hip Hop Harmonic invites all CCSD students, families, faculty, and staff to its fall show at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, 230 River Rd., Athens. The event is free and family-friendly, and no tickets are required.


Launched in August 2021, the Athens Hip Hop Harmonic is a multi-year collaboration between the local Hip Hop community and the UGA Hodgson School of Music, supported by UGA’s Arts Lab.


This special show will feature several local hip-hop artists, including Clarke Central High School alums Ishues, Cassie Chantel, and Ngeve. The emcee will be Cedar Shoals High School social studies teacher and peer leadership mentor William "Montu" Miller.


Each artist was paired with a UGA composer to co-create new music together. The show features UGA's Jazz Combo, African-American Choral Ensemble, Wind Symphony, and Contemporary Chamber Ensemble performing their co-creations.

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