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Cherokee County Schools Shout Out

1.  Andrews High:  
AHS student meets State Superintendent June Atkinson
Breanna and JuneApproximately 400 students, teachers, parents, administrators, and guests visited NCDPI on Friday, April 11th, to attend the opening of the Superintendent’s Art Exhibit. The NC Art Education Association sponsored and coordinated the exhibit, which includes student work from all over the state, including from charter schools, state schools, LEAs, and the NC Virtual Public School. Students enjoyed refreshments and received certificates of recognition, a program, and a bag of art supplies donated from Jerry’s Artarama, as a thank you for their contributions. Ms. Breanna Orr of Andrews High school represented Cherokee County in this permanent  exhibit at DPI. Breanna, her mother Crissy Hyde and Grandmother Teresa Hyde made the journey to Raleigh for the opening reception along with her art teacher Dedra Davis.Pictured is Breanna with State Superintendent June Atkinson standing with Breanna’s photograph in the exhibit.
2.  See Attached flyer for the May Day Parade May 3rd in Andrews featuring student art and creativity. (flyer w logos) – Click here to view: May Day flyer with logosPDF
3.  Congratulations to all the participants and winners selected last evening at the Modern Woodmen of America Speech Contest held at Murphy Middle School!  Winners listed below:
Group A-
1st- Hannah McCaw- Andrews Middle School
2nd- Cheyann Leak – Murphy Elementary
3rd- Eve Steele – Martins Creek
Group B-
1st- Shelby Decker – Murphy Middle
2nd – Faith Ann Revis – Andrews Elementary
3rd – Reed Dockery – Murphy Elementary
4.  Martins Creek News:  
Career Day Friday April 25th
Peter Pan Concert II Friday May 9th 6PM
The following students from MCS won prizes in the Soil Conservation and Water Posters contest for 3-5th grade: The Living Soil: (3rd graders were accidentally left off last week)

Heidi Beavers -first
Lydia Rogers- second
Caden Roberson- third
Gavin Vining-first
Hannah Cowart -second
David Charles- third
The following students from MCS won prizes in the Soil and Water Conservation Essay contest for 6th graders:
Rachel Dobbs-first
Pressley Payne–2nd
Lilly Escobar–honorable mention

5.  Ranger News:

Spring Fling: Saturday May 17th 6pm-9pm
6.  National Board Certification Window Open – The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards application window for 2014-15 is now open. The state offers a low-cost loan program for eligible candidates. The certification process also has been revised to make the process more flexible and efficient for teachers. Please visit for details. Questions may be directed to Sonja Brown at or 919/807-3358.

7.  Application Period for Governor’s Teacher Network Extended to April 30

The deadline for application to the Governor’s Teacher Network (GTN) has been extended to April 30. The GTN will provide a statewide platform for teachers to share their best work around instruction and professional development. Through the GTN, approximately 450 teachers from across North Carolina will be selected to serve for one year as instructional and professional development experts and facilitators, potentially earning $10,000.00 each in stipends. To learn more, please visit:


As part of the PowerSchool 7.11 update that will take place this weekend, a new method for launching the Gradebook will be included.  Please DO NOT use the new launch method for the Gradebook at this time.

On the PowerTeacher portal navigation menu, you will notice the New Gradebook Launch method. Previously, it was stated that users would have the ability to turn off this new PowerTeacher 2.8 feature.  However, we have later learned that this option CANNOT be turned off.  Therefore, if you launch the Gradebook, please DO NOT click the “Launch” button that appears on the screen as this requires the setup and use of the new launch method.  Users should use the old “Launch” button in its place as identified by the red circle in the illustration below.


9.  Parent and Student Portal Roll Out continues with several schools!  Props to MHS, MMS, and AMS for braving uncharted territory and opening this great tool for students and teachers.  You are paving the way for everyone else!

10.  Business Partner and Volunteer Appreciation Banquet to be held May 22nd, 6:30 pm at the TCCC Enloe Building.  If you have had success with a volunteer/business and want to make certain they are recognized please email your principal and cc Jeana Hardin.  Central Office is collecting centerpieces and artwork to decorate the evening of the banquet.  Feel free to have your students submit their creative efforts in honor of our volunteers.

11.  A big THANK YOU from Mrs. Gibson and the Student Services Department for your participation and promotion of the H.A.V.E.N. Art contest promoting awareness and prevention of child abuse.   Many great entries were submitted- if you happen to still have any entries in your office area please make sure they are at central office by earlyMonday morning.  Winners announced next week!

12.  PROPS to the MHS Shooting Team for a great television interview and coverage by WRCB Channel 3 out of Chattanooga as they bid for a state Title.  Watch the news story at link provided below.

13.  Cherokee County’s “WALK ME HOME” 5K Walk for Foster Care.  Saturday, May 31st, 2014, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (Registration begins at 8:00 am)  Flyer attached.  Please feel free to forward or share.  Click here to view flyer:  5K Walk for Foster Care

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