Better Together

News from the Clarke County School District • 11/5/21

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Every day, our team gives their time, resources, skills (and most importantly, their hearts) to make a difference in the lives of students and families. Congratulations to our Teacher of the Year finalists, recognized for their extraordinary service to their students and schools:

  • Tanya Hudson - Chase Street Elementary
  • Conor Naughton - Hilsman Middle
  • Lakeisha Vaughn-Jones - Coile Middle


The district winner will be announced next Thursday, November 11, at the BOE meeting.

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FFE Grant Award Recipients

The Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Excellence in Public Education in Clarke County, Georgia announces the 2021 Grant Recipients from the Clarke County School District:


  • Junior League of Athens General Classroom Grant - $250
    Todd Elihu, Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle / "Graphic History Project"
  • Arthur Moog Middleton High School Writing Grant - $50
    Grace Crumpton, Clarke Central High / "Contemporary Literature Elective Focused On Modern Poetry"
  • Mary and Harold P. Horton General Classroom Grant for Elementary School Teachers - $500
    Melanie James, Winterville Elementary / "Virtual Winnerbee Leadership Academy"
  • Carrie Fischer Siegmund Grant for Classroom Innovation - $500
    Katherine Johnson, Clarke Middle / "Athenian History Interactive Map"
  • Lane Turner Norton Literacy Grant - $500
    Abby Brink, Barrow Elementary / "A Multi-Sensory Phonics Approach"
  • Junior League of Athens Literacy Grant - $500
    Bridget McNeill, Fowler Dr. Elementary / "Project Lit Community"
  • Carol Ann Colquitt Special Education Grant - $500
    Laurie Tweedell, Whit Davis Elementary / "Incorporating Sensory Activities Into Our Day"
  • Todd Cooper Grant for Technology and Equipment - $500
    Nathalie Guerin, Clarke Middle / "SWITCH It Up! Game-Based Language Learning"
  • Sandy Creek Nature Center General Classroom Science Grants - $500 each
    Megan Hardy, Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle / "Adapting High School Physical Science for 8th Grade EXC and ELL Students"
    Rebecca Glennie, Clarke Middle / "Poultry Science Hands-On Learning"
  • Jenny Penney Oliver General Classroom Grant - $500
    Caitlin Mozzo, Clarke Central High / "Memorable Memoirs"
  • Alpha Delta Kappa (Fidelis Nu Chapter) Retired Educators General Classroom Grant - $500
    Leigh Lindsey, Oglethorpe Ave. Elementary / "Engineering With K'Nex"
  • Eve Carson Service-Learning Grant - $1000
    Julie Throne, Cedar Shoals High / "Special Gardens for Special People"
  • Eve Carson Service-Learning Grant - $500
    Katherine Johnson, Clarke Middle / "Brooklyn Cemetery Digital Walk Thru"
  • Jimmy Morris Fine Arts Grant - $1000
    Jennifer Berkowitz, Whit Davis Elementary / "Exploring Sculpture-Beautiful and Sometimes Functional Art"
  • Sara Orton Glickman Collaborative Project-Based Learning Grant - $1000
    Barb Saunders, Burney Harris Lyons Middle / "Students Grow Food for Their Community"
  • Friends of Eve Carson General Classroom Grant - $1000
    Catherine Douylliez, Athens Community Career Academy - "Employability Skills in Nursing: Working with a Geriatric Population"
  • C. B. Lord Founder’s General Classroom Grant - $1000
    Annette Sayles, Whitehead Rd. Elementary / "The Koala Performing Arts Theatre"
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Join CCSD for a free event that brings our community together to share resources and information, and highlight the various community organizations that serve our students.

  • Saturday, November 13
  • Southeast Clarke Park / 4440 Lexington Rd, Athens, GA 30605
  • 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • FREE Activities: Touch-a-Truck, Pop-up Playground, Movie Characters


Community organizations are encouraged to participate in this event -- please click here to reserve a spot.

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Support Veterans in the 22 Push-Up Challenge

The JROTC programs at Cedar Shoals and Clarke Central high schools are participating in the "22 Pushup Challenge," a campaign of awareness and fundraising to support Veteran and Military Suicide Prevention.


"According to a Department of Veterans Affairs study, 22 is the average number of veterans who die by suicide daily," states Lt. Colonel David McMickle, Senior Army JROTC instructor at Clarke Central. "Our cadets discuss the need not only to 'thank' veterans for their service but also support them when they return to civilian life. We encourage our community to read more about the challenge and donate to the Active Heroes organization."

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Happy Family Engagement Month!

November is Family Engagement Month, a time to again recognize and celebrate the important role of parents, families, and caregivers in the education and well-being of their students.


We also highlight the crucial work of our Family Engagement Specialists, who are an essential link between home and school, providing families with resources to support student success.

Family engagement plays a key role in student achievement.


This month we will take the opportunity to feature this important work and the impact of these crucial relationships. YOU make a difference for the students of CCSD!

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CCSD Celebrates School Psychology Awareness Week

During the week of November 8–12, 2021, schools throughout the country will celebrate National School Psychology Week to highlight the important work school psychologists do to help students thrive.


School psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students' ability to learn and teachers' ability to teach. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally.


We thank these special members of our school communities for helping create supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community.

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ACCA Future Student Fair - NOV 9

The Athens Community Career Academy will host a Future Student Fair for prospective students and their families. Tour ACCA, meet the staff, and learn more about career pathways! Event information:
  • Tuesday, November 9
  • 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
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BOE 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, November 11 at 6:00 p.m. (in-person and broadcast on the CCSD YouTube channel).
  • Board Briefs: Click to read the "Board Brief" overview from each meeting.
  • 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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Youth COVID Vaccine Clinics On the Way!

Great news! The Pfizer COVID vaccine is now approved for 5-11-year-olds.


CCSD is working with the Georgia Department of Health (DPH) to coordinate school-based vaccine clinics for students. This vaccine is optional, and this opportunity is offered as a convenience to families. A parent/guardian must be present for their student to receive the COVID vaccine at school. Stay tuned for more information on the dates and locations for school-based clinics.


If you would like your child vaccinated before the upcoming school-based clinics, the Clarke County Health Department is booking appointments starting Monday, November 8th.


Clarke County Health Department

345 North Harris Street

Athens, GA 30601

706-389-6921

Book an appointment online: https://gta-vras.powerappsportals.us/en-US/

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AYA Youth Track Opportunities

Register for the AYA Youth Track 2022 Season. Scholarships are available to CCSD students:

  • November 13, 2021 & November 20, 2021
  • 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • New Grove Baptist Church
  • 1228 Moores Grove Road, Winterville, GA (Next to Coile Middle School)
  • Information: ayayouthtrojans@gmail.com
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