CCSD Connections

A Monthly Parent Newsletter - November 2020

Superintendent's Message

November is a month when we celebrate gratitude ... and I'm incredibly grateful we're only 59 days from the end of 2020.

This year has given us enough challenges for 59 years, with last week's storm just the latest. Thank you for your flexibility and patience as we endured our school closings last week.

For those of you still without power or internet, who may be reading this message on a smartphone or at work, let your children's teachers know your situation - they will extend grace. For those of you in need of greater assistance, please call upon our community partners that are there to support all of us when storms in our lives leave us in need; we have a listing of these nonprofit organizations on our website here. A big thanks to the USDA for the decision last month to extend its grant funding free school meals for all students through the end of the school year -- this assistance is available to all of our community's children ages 0-18, no matter where they are learning.

November also is a time of family gatherings and Friendsgivings and of Black Friday and chilly weather sending us indoors. You know where I'm going with this. In order to keep our schools open, we need to remember that, even though we're tired of it, COVID-19 isn't tired of plaguing us.

We must continue to follow the Georgia Department of Public Health's recommendations: social distance when you can and mask up when you can't; use good hygiene including washing your hands frequently; stay home when you are sick or when anyone in your household is sick and get tested when you have symptoms.

Our success in keeping our schools open for in-person learning depends on our willingness as a community to follow this guidance in our daily lives. "Opting out" of testing when your child has symptoms puts their classmates, our teachers and staff, and all of our families at risk. Another important fact to keep in mind: if your child does test positive, while he or she (and their close contacts) must quarantine from school for 14 days, that positive test also means they are exempt from future precautionary quarantines for 90 days.

November also is a time for showing our care for others. Whether it's the long rides on planes, trains and automobiles (or for today's many virtual visits, the technology tutorials and glitches) we endure to reach loved ones, or the turkeys and casseroles and pumpkin pies we take time to bake, we make the effort because we care. Please make the effort during this season to care for your neighbors by keeping our community healthy. Our School Board has entrusted us to do this without mandates -- let's continue to show them that we appreciate their trust.

I am grateful for all of you and hope you have a happy Thanksgiving.

Thank you,

Dr. Brian V. Hightower

Superintendent of Schools





Clark Creek ES STEM Academy Teacher of the Year Karen Garland, recently honored as the 2020 Georgia Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year, is featured in a new video as part of the Georgia Department of Education and GPB collaboration, “Let’s Learn Georgia.” Check out her outstanding “All About Plants” lesson online here. #CCSDstem


Trey Moores, CCSD Facility Maintenance Director

From Harvard University to Mercedes-Benz Stadium to CCSD, Trey Moores brings a strong background to his role directing maintenance of the School District's facilities.

“I am proud to work for CCSD; it is an incredibly supportive working environment,” said Mr. Moores, a Harvard graduate who joined CCSD last year after more than 26 years in the general and interiors contracting industry, including in the construction of the new home of the Atlanta Falcons.

In his role with CCSD, Mr. Moores oversees the maintenance and physical operations of more than five million square feet of facilities, spread over 54 buildings; response to work order requests submitted at a school or facility; performance of routine maintenance of all mechanical, electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems (including pandemic response work such as recent upgrade of all 59,000 air filters to MERV 13 - the highest possible level for our systems); scheduling of vendors and contractors to perform work on all CCSD facilities; and inspections and code compliance.

He and his wife, Amy, have three children, all of whom attend CCSD schools, and Mr. Moores' top hobby is coaching youth athletics.

"Trey brought valuable industry knowledge to our Office of Support Services from his extensive experience," Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. "We appreciate his professionalism and focus on supporting and strengthening our CCSD team."



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

Nov. 3: Election Day. Student Holiday - no school for students; Professional Learning Day for employees.

Nov. 4-5: The Probe College Fair for high school students and parents has moved online for this year. Students and parents can learn about college opportunities, financial aid and more by signing up for the free virtual panels, presentations and interactive chats.

Nov. 17-20: Academy Street Theatre Group, CCSD's K-12 performing arts program, will continue its annual tradition of performing “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” with shows at 7 p.m. Nov. 17, 18, 19 and 20 at Cherokee HS. Seating for the audience will be limited, and the size of the cast also has been reduced. Tickets will be $5.

Nov. 23-27: Thanksgiving Break. All CCSD schools and offices are closed.

Dec. 4-5: Academy Street Theatre Group, CCSD's K-12 performing arts program, will present “’Tis the Season,” a free holiday dessert “theatre in the round” show at 7 p.m. at River Ridge HS. Seating is limited, and reservations are required.


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