Better Together

News from the Clarke County School District • 9/17/21

Congratulations to Teachers & Paraprofessionals of the Year!

Every day, our teachers and paraprofessionals commit their time, resources, skills, and, most importantly, their hearts to make a difference in students’ lives. We congratulate and thank our Teacher and Paraprofessional of the Year winners for their commitment to our students, families, and communities. CCSD will name a district winner in October, who will move forward to compete at the state level.

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The Clarke County School District joins in celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) as an opportunity to honor the histories, cultures, and contributions of all of our CCSD families who share this rich and diverse heritage!

Click here to watch video messages from community members Peter Dale (Condor Chocolates) and Sunny Ortiz (Widespread Panic).

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2021 Cultural Foundation Grants Awarded to Cedar Shoals and ACCA

Congratulations to Cedar Shoals and the Athens Community Career Academy for receiving a 2021 Cultural Foundation Grant from the Classic Center Cultural Foundation. The Classic Center Cultural Foundation offers a grant opportunity every year for programs or projects that support performing, visual, or culinary arts efforts and workforce development initiatives aligning with the hospitality industry in Athens-Clarke County.
  • Cedar Shoals High ESOL Workers: “Introducing Hospitality Workforce Training” - $1,000. Funds will create a curriculum to introduce students to the careers found in the Athens hospitality industry.
  • Athens Community Career Academy: “FarmBot Technology” - $1,500: The FarmBot project will engage students from two career pathways, Advanced Manufacturing for construction and Culinary Arts for implementation, in constructing a robotic gardening system over one of the existing raised bed gardens in the Culinary Arts garden at the ACCA.
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FFE Classroom Grants to Award over $10,000

The Foundation for Excellence in Public Education, Clarke County, supports CCSD through many programs -- including annual faculty/staff recognition, cash awards for the Teacher/Paraprofessional of the Year, and classroom grants.

The FFE Classroom Grants Program awards annual grants (in amounts of $250, $500, and $1000) for projects to benefit CCSD students and enhance learning -- projects that are innovative, creative, and/or extend the scope of typical school activities. FFE will award over $10,000 in grants this year. The grant window opens Friday, September 17, and recipients will be announced on or before Monday, November 1.

Thank you, FFE! We are truly "Better Together" with your support!

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Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary students Ruby, Mallory, and Nia, were featured as part of NASA's Space Place Art Challenge. Thanks to STEM teacher Ms. Leigh Anne Lindsey for inspiring scientific interest and "out of this world" artistic talents!

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FREE COVID-19 Vaccine Event at Gaines Elementary

Gaines Elementary School is the place to be this Saturday - 9 a.m. until noon - to get your first dose of the free COVID-19 vaccine!

The Clarke County School District encourages everyone to get the vaccine for the safety of themselves, their loved ones, and the community.

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Calendar Reminders

Click to view the 2021-22 Academic Calendar. Important dates:

  • October 1: CCSD Deadline for Up-to-Date Immunizations
  • October 6: Asynchronous Learning Day
  • October 7-8: Parent/Teacher Conferences (Student Holiday)
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211 – Get Connected. Get Help.

211 is United Way of Northeast Georgia’s health and human service helpline. It is a free and confidential program accessible to anyone. By calling 211, texting your zip code to 898-211, or visiting the online database here, people can be connected to local resources to meet their immediate needs.

211 connects people in Northeast Georgia with community-based resources like food distributions, rent assistance, electric assistance, job search programs, healthcare, and more. Community Connection Specialists are bilingual in English and Spanish, and the 211 Contact Center can also facilitate assistance in an additional 130+ languages. If you need help, call or text today to get connected with local resources.

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ACC Leisure Services Newsletter

Stay up-to-date on all the services and programs offered by ACC Leisure Services in their electronic newsletter "Leisure Pursuits."

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Up-to-Date Immunizations Due October 1

The CCSD immunization deadline has been extended until October 1, 2021, for ALL students to be up to date on Georgia's state-mandated immunizations (GA Form 3231). Students whose immunizations remain expired on October 1, 2021, will be withdrawn from school.

Note: Students who are 16 and older must have a booster dose of the MVC4 vaccine.

What Should Parents Do?

  1. To see if your child is up to date or not, please contact your child's medical provider.
  2. Parents do not need to turn any updated records into the schools.
  3. Once your child's immunizations are up to date, the school nurse can view the records in GRITS, the state's electronic immunization registry.


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Get the COVID-19 Vaccine and Receive $100 Gift Cards!

Beginning Sept. 3, anyone who hasn’t received the COVID-19 vaccine and lives, works, or goes to school here in Athens-Clarke County, is eligible for $100 in gift cards- per shot! Click here for details.
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COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Information

CCSD recommends that all eligible students and staff get vaccinated against COVID and testing for anyone who has symptoms of COVID. Watch this important message from Tionya Lawrence, a Nurse Practioner at the Hilsman Health Center -- she and her team help CCSD be "Healthy Every Day!"

  • PCR testing appointments are available throughout the community at The Hilsman Health Center (for CCSD students, families, staff): 706-546-7463.
  • View GaDPH COVD-19 FREE Testing Sites (100% FREE testing for all participants)
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Are You Eligible for a Tax Credit?

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable tax credit that may give you a significant refund at tax time or lower the federal taxes you owe. Click here to learn about the tax credit and other benefits.

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Community Food Resources

If you know of someone in our community experiencing food insecurity, please visit Community Food Resources to view dates/times of food distributions in Athens-Clarke County.
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Internet Service Benefit

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more. Click to view details.
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CCSD COVID-19 Reporting Tool

To provide additional clarity and real-time data regarding the number of cases of COVID in our schools, a CCSD COVID-19 Dashboard is available on the district website containing automatic hourly updates.

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