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News from the Clarke County School District • 9/24/21

JROTC Raider Competition This Saturday at CCHS

Ever pass by Clarke Central High School and see 40 +/- JROTC cadets training after school? They're cheering and encouraging each other while pushing their bodies to the limit to prepare for JROTC Raider Competitions. CCHS Army JROTC is excited to host their first Raider Competition on Saturday, September 25, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Over 300 participants will compete (28 teams from 12 high schools).

Raider Competitions consist of individual strength tests (push-ups, tire-drag, obstacle course, etc.), distance team running events, first aid events, and some form of rope bridge construction/crossing. The competition will be held across the entire CCHS campus (obstacle course, rope bridge area, football field, practice football field, and in/around the new gym).

Want a preview? Watch this video is of the CCHS Female Raider Team on the last obstacle at a competition last week in Hart County. Students Karla Pastor and Keyara Mapp are on top of the wall, as Krista Raudales, Makayla Roche, and Xiomara Umana help Karamyah Harris get up and over! Grab a cup of coffee, and come cheer on our students!

JROTC Raider Competition
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From September 15 to October 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Click to view a calendar of events celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month from the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute at UGA.

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

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The Fun Continues After School!

After-School Programs provide a super-cool, more relaxed environment for students and staff to knock out some homework, burn off some extra energy through activities, and show today’s generation of learners how to be model citizens of tomorrow. See for yourself at:

Right now, CCSD has several openings for our After-School Programs- probably at an elementary school near you! Check them out at:

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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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YMCA Fall/Winter Programs

Online registration begins October 4 for fall/winter after-school programs at the Athens YMCA. Programs include basketball, swimming, basketball cheer, STEAM club, teen fitness, and more. Registration for Thanksgiving and Winter holiday day camps also opens on October 4. Financial aid is available.

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Please Remember Your Mask

We want all our students to learn in a safe and healthy environment, which is why the Clarke County School District is committed to maintaining public health and safety guidelines.

Per CDC Guidelines, the Clarke County School District requires that ALL individuals wear a mask in our buildings, regardless of vaccination status. Please remember to wear your mask if you are inside a CCSD building. Thank you!

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The Athens Chautauqua Society Brings History to Life - FREE Event

The Athens Chautauqua Society brings history to life on Thursday, October 14, at the 440 Foundry Pavilion at The Classic Center.

The war to surely end all wars was finally at its close. Enter Churchill, Stalin, and Roosevelt, the leaders of the three great powers still standing, to meet face-to-face. Bruce Collier, J.D., performs as all three leaders in this incredible one-man production that brings one of the most crucial moments in history to life.

This event is free to the public! In the interest of public safety, the Athens Chautauqua Society will require masks. Click here for more event information.

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We Want You On Our Team!

There’s never been a better time to sign on as a Substitute Teacher or Paraprofessional in Athens! Throughout the year, we’ve been recruiting great people to lend their passion and talents to the students and staff here in the Clarke County School District.

Now, we’re sweetening the offer with daily pay increases and monthly bonuses! How about an ADDITIONAL $19 per day and then an EXTRA $300 after 20 days worked?!?!

Learn more by visiting, calling our partners at ESS at 877-983-2244, or viewing this video that beautifully introduces the importance of caring professionals serving in substitute roles in our classrooms:

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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.

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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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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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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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