CCSD Connections

A Monthly Parent Newsletter - June 2019

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Superintendent's Message

It's finally here... the last day of school for the year - and for our 3,000 graduating seniors, their last time with us as students.

We're so fortunate to have a graduation ceremony venue that not only can accommodate our grads' extended families and friends, but also that offers live streaming for those who can't travel. The schedule and link are online here.

There's nothing like seeing the accomplishment on our grads' faces, and the pride and joy on the faces of their families and teachers. We've published a list of our Class of 2019 graduates here, as well as a gallery of photos from our Grad Walks -- when our graduates return to their elementary schools to walk the halls, inspire kids and make a few former teachers cry.

While we do take time for brief vacations, summer is a busy season for our central office staff with summer school, campus improvements, technology updates, professional development at all levels, and our annual budget approval process.

You can learn more about the proposed budget in our reader friendly Financial Facts report. The budget, while keeping the millage rate steady, funds increased investment in attracting and retaining the best teachers and support staff possible, continued decreases in classroom size, and new initiatives to improve services for at-risk students - including hiring two mental health counselors, a new position for CCSD.

Your July newsletter will arrive mid-month, packed with back-to-school information. We've already set our Walk-Through and Open House schedule, so please mark your calendar to join us.

I hope you have a wonderful summer break with your family!


Dr. Brian V. Hightower

Superintendent of Schools


CCSD Serves Free Summer Meals to Kids in Need

CCSD is continuing its participation in the USDA Seamless Summer Option, which offers free meals to children during the summer – and rolling out a new delivery bus!

The meals are available to youth 18 years of age or younger; the program runs June 5 to July 19, Monday through Friday, with no meal service July 1-5. All meals must be consumed on site; the distribution sites and times are listed on the flier; a menu is online here.

Almost one-third of CCSD students qualify for free or reduced-price meals during the school year, and this program ensures they continue to have access to nutritious meals throughout the summer break. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture; no CCSD funds are used for this program.

CCSD works collaboratively with community partners like MUST Ministries to ensure as many children as possible are served free meals. In order to serve more students at more locations, CCSD has repurposed a decommissioned school bus to serve as a delivery bus!

For more information, please contact CCSD School Nutrition at 770-721-8419.


Best in Class: CCSD's Valedictorians and Salutatorians

Congratulations to the Valedictorians and Salutatorians for CCSD's Class of 2019! These students and their parents will be honored by the School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the 19th Annual Scholar Recognition Banquet today. Each student also is invited to select a favorite teacher, and these teachers are honored at the Banquet as well.


We love this video from Avery Elementary School showcasing its Kindness Revolution… our teachers and students are so talented! #BeKind


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New Leaders Welcomed to the #CCSDfam

The Superintendent of Schools and School Board at this month's meeting filled the last leadership vacancies for next school year:

  • Dr. Lyn Turnell, left, a longtime CCSD educator with experience from the classroom to counselor’s office to assistant principal role, will advance to serve as director of student assessment. Dr. Jennifer Scrivner will take on a new role focused on research to further improve teaching and learning.
  • Thomas Davis, center, a successful programmer, coder and product developer in the private sector, was tapped to serve as CCSD’s first supervisor of applications support services to develop software solutions for improving District operations.
  • Brandy Phillips, right, a past Teacher of the Year and current instructional lead strategist at Indian Knoll Elementary School, will serve as the assistant principal at Ball Ground Elementary School STEM Academy for next school year.
  • Jaime Stowe, a Registered Nurse with 18 years of clinical experience including as a staff nurse with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, will serve as one of the District’s lead nurses. She is filling the vacancy created by the retirement of longtime Lead Nurse Gwen Chambers (Congratulations to Nurse Gwen!).


Sign Up For CCSD's Free Parent Academy

CCSD is now accepting applications for its third annual VILLA parent academy program that provides parents with an in-depth and behind-the-scenes look at their School District. This year, we're expanding the popular free six-week program to two sessions - one in the morning and one in the evening. More information is online here.


Please check your school’s website and social media for school event information.

May 29: Last Day of School Year!

May 30: 4 p.m., First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Graduation: Sequoyah HS.

May 30: 8 p.m., First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Graduation: Cherokee HS.

May 31: 4 p.m., First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Graduation: Etowah HS.

May 31: 8 p.m., First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Graduation: Creekview HS.

June 1: 9 a.m., First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Graduation: Woodstock HS.

June 1: 1 p.m., First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Graduation: River Ridge HS.

June 5 - July 19: Locations throughout Cherokee County, CCSD's Summer Feeding Program providing free meals to kids!

June 6-8: 7 p.m. nightly and 1 p.m. Saturday, Cherokee High School, Academy Street Theatre Group’s (CCSD K-12 drama program) production of the musical, “Newsies.” Admission is $5.

June 12: 11:30 a.m., School Board Auditorium at Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility, Budget/millage rate public hearing.

June 20: 7 p.m., School Board Auditorium at Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility, Cherokee County School Board Meeting. Note: 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. budget/millage rate public hearings.

July 15: School front offices reopen; hours are limited, so please call before visiting.

July 27-31: Various times and dates, All CCSD Schools, Walk-Though/Open House events.

Aug. 1: First Day of School




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