CCSD Connections

A Monthly Parent Newsletter - May 2019

Superintendent's Message

Today begins one of the most important months so far in the lives of our high school seniors - it's the month they will graduate and begin the next exciting chapter in their lives.

It's my honor to participate with our School Board in the ceremonies, which this year will celebrate the commencement of more than 3,000 members of our Class of 2019. If you've never attended, you're welcome to join us and cheer on your community's future leaders. The schedule is posted in the Upcoming Events calendar at the end of this newsletter.

We'll provide you with another newsletter as we end the school year to share information about summer programs including how we provide breakfast and lunches over the break to students in need.

One summer program you don't want to miss is our newly expanded CCSD Summer Discovery week-long enrichment camp! More details are below about this very popular program started in the BridgeMill/Sixes community that's now open to all CCSD elementary school students. The course catalog is filled with choices like hands-on STEM activities, sports and arts-and-crafts -- it makes me wish I could go! Applications are due by Friday, May 3.

We're also accepting applications for our 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.


Dr. Brian V. Hightower

Superintendent of Schools

P.S. Please mark Tuesday, May 7, on your calendar - it's National Teacher Appreciation Day. I can't say enough about our outstanding teachers and the professionalism, care and joy they show in the classroom each day. I hope you'll joining me in thanking them.


CCSD Summer Discovery Now Accepting Applications!

CCSD is expanding its week-long summer enrichment program to all rising first- through fifth-graders!

CCSD Summer Discovery program will be offered at Hickory Flat & Liberty Elementary Schools, and open to all CCSD students. Two sessions -- all taught by CCSD teachers -- will be offered (9 a.m.-Noon; 1-4 p.m.) June 3-7. The cost for the week-long program is $100 for one session or $190 for two sessions. Parents provide transportation and lunch.

From "Magic for Muggles" to "Leapin' Legos," the program offers a menu of fun-filled educational classes focused on math, science, fine arts, sports and much more. The course catalog and the application form now are both online here. Don't delay - applications and tuition fees are due by Friday, May 3! Here's a short video about the program. #CCSDSummer


CFO Earns Superintendent's Top Honor for Advocacy!

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower honored CCSD's Chief Financial Officer with the third of his four top annual awards for instructional excellence!

Dr. Hightower surprised CFO Kenneth Owen with his Superintendent’s 2019 Game Changer Award for Instructional Leadership during a morning meeting of senior staff, who rose to their feet to honor their colleague.

“Very few school districts can be reassured in knowing their CFO actually understands curriculum, but if you know Ken, you know he began his career in that office working in grants,” Dr. Hightower said, as he presented Mr. Owen with the award. “He supports curriculum and instruction and, ultimately, he knows where we should be fighting for critical funds to be spent – and that’s in the classroom. We’re very fortunate to have Ken: he gets it, he leads, and we’re so proud he’s a part of our organization.”

Read more here.



Meet CCSD's New Police Chief & Assistant Principals

The Cherokee County School Board recently approved the appointment of a new CCSD School Police Chief and new assistant principals to fill vacancies for next school year.

The School Board unanimously approved naming Major Buster Cushing, who currently serves as commander of field operations for the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, as the next CCSD School Police Chief effective July 1. Major Cushing, who is pictured at left in the top row, will fill the role held by retiring Chief Mark Kissel since the Department’s establishment 20 years ago.

“Major Cushing is just the right leader to continue to legacy of excellent service by Chief Kissel,” Dr. Hightower said. “His experience, education, reputation and commitment to our community will serve our School District and community well as he takes on this incredibly important role in our organization.”

Learn more about Major Cushing and the new assistant principals here.




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

May 14: 10 to 11 a.m. and 6 to 7 p.m., School Board Auditorium at Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility, CCSD's Annual Comprehensive LEA Improvement Plan Review meetings. Learn more here.

May 4: Noon – 5 p.m., Woodstock High School, Craft, Food & Vendor Expo fundraiser for WHS Football; admission and parking are free.

May 16: 7 p.m., School Board Auditorium at Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo Educational Services Facility, Cherokee County School Board Meeting.

May 27: All CCSD schools and offices are closed for Memorial Day.

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 3-7: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Hickory Flat ES and Liberty ES, CCSD Summer Discovery enrichment program for rising first- through fifth-graders. Apply by May 3. More info here!

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.



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