Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Parents can pick up applications at all elementary schools and return to the front office of the Academy they are applying for.
The Cherokee County School District will expand one of its touted initiatives into other schools for next school year. The Cherokee Academies will expand to include grade 6 at Ball Ground Elementary STEM, Canton Elementary STEM and Holly Springs Elementary STEM Academies (currently in grades 3-5 at all three schools); continue for Grades 3-5 at Clark Creek Elementary STEM Academy; expand to include Grade 5 at Oak Grove Elementary Fine Arts Academy; and continue for Grades K-6 at Hasty Elementary Fine Arts Academy. The academies are a new system of specialized programs that will offer students more school choice opportunities in fields such as fine arts, sciences, math and technology. Both English and Spanish versions of both documents are…
Monday, December 31, 2012
Outgoing school board member Kim Cochran reflected on her term on the school board.
Kim Cochran is preparing to transition off the Cherokee County School Board. Cochran, 31, started her term in January 2009, but was defeated in the July Republican primary by northeast Cherokee resident Patsy Jordan. Along with her service on the board, Cochran has been active in helping her husband Nate Cochran with his law practice in downtown Canton. A former teacher and now a stay-at-home mother, Cochran and her husband have two sons, Noah, 5, and Jacob, 2, and they attend Cumming First United Methodist Church. They live in the Free Home community. Cochran discussed with Patch her last four years on the school board. 1. How are you all feeling now in these last days of your tenure? Are residents reaching out to you to wish you good …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
The expos will start on Sept. 10 and conclude on Nov. 8.
Curious to learn more about Cherokee's new academies for fine arts, science, technology, engineering and mathematics? The Cherokee County School District has announced the schedule for a series of expos intended to showcase the work of the students enrolled in the system's six Cherokee Academies. The district launched the first phase of the initiative this school year. "In an effort to raise awareness among parents/guardians and the community relative to the ongoing activities and student accomplishments associated with our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Academies and Fine Arts Academies, each of our Academies is launching bi-annual Expos to be presented at each Academy every fall and spring semester," …
Monday, March 26, 2012
Applications will be available online starting April 9.
Applications for the four Cherokee STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) academies and two fine arts academies that are slated to open this fall will be available on the school district's website starting on April 9. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis from April 16 through May 11. None of the STEM programs are located at Woodstock-Towne Lake schools, but Bascomb, Boston and Mountain Road elementary schools are some of the centralized transportation hubs for students to travel back and forth to the six academies within the county. The attached letter will be going home to parents of elementary school students this week and details the options for enrollment, transportation and curriculum at the …
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
In the fall, the county school district will begin the first phase of its Cherokee Academies initiative at Acworth, Ball Ground, Canton and Holly Springs schools.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Cherokee County Board of Education expects the Academies to open in Fall 2012.
Cherokee County superintendent of schools said there was “a lot of interest about the concept” of the proposed Cherokee Academies that could open at the start of the 2012 school year at Thursday's Board of Education meeting. The Academies would be a system of specialized programs offering more opportunities for students in fields such as fine arts and technology. The proposed schools would be housed in available space at current school locations or in repurposed facilities. Superintendent Dr. Frank Petruzielo reported the findings of a recent community survey and said the majority of parents surveyed supported the Cherokee Academies. “When we took the temperature of the community, it was right where it ought to be,” Petruzielo said. …
Friday, September 2, 2011
School board members proposed the Cherokee Academies initiative for gifted students in various educational areas.
The Cherokee County Board of Education is looking to increase school choice with a proposed Cherokee Academies initiative that could begin as early as the 2012-13 school year. An evolving list of programs includes Cherokee Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academies, Cherokee Arts Academies, Cherokee Technical High School Academy and Cherokee International Baccalaureate (IB) Academy. The district will use current staff and classroom space, Superintendent Frank Petruzielo said during Thursday's board meeting. Proposals include the soon-to-be former Teasley Middle School for the Technical High School Academy and a partnership with Reinhardt University in Waleska for the Fine Arts Academy. Funding will come from grants as well …