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CTC Experiences Enrollment Climb, Opens New Campus

CTC Experiences Enrollment Climb, Opens New Campus

MARIETTA, GA -- With another quarter underway, preliminary numbers show even more growth for Chattahoochee Technical College, Georgia's largest technical school.

Now with eight campuses, CTC has registered approximately 13,200 students for classes in over 100 certificate, diploma and associate degree programs.

Numbers are hovering just below the record enrollment of 13,470 that the school saw in Fall 2010. The current number is already 14% more than January 2010, when 11,365 students were enrolled in classes.

"The slow economy continues to push the surge in enrollment as new students seek to improve their job outlook," said CTC president Dr. Sanford Chandler. "It is an exciting time to be here and seeing these thousands of students taking steps to reach their goals in terms of education and career development."

Students Meet, Exceed Standards at 10 Cherokee County Schools

Students Meet, Exceed Standards at 10 Cherokee County Schools

CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA -- Ten Cherokee County schools were recently recognized by the Georgia Governor's Office of Student Achievement for meeting the office's high standards for public schools.

Awards were presented to the schools for reaching certain levels of the Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS), a mandate of the No Child Left Behind legislation.

Five of the Cherokee County schools earned the SSAS Bronze award for Highest Performance, while the remaining half earned the Gold award, also for Highest Performance.

The minimum requirements for Highest Performance revolved around a school's Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status and whether or not its student body meets and exceeds standards.

To win a Bronze award, over 20% of the school's students must exceed standards, and at least 95% must meet or exceed them.

Sequoyah High to Perform at State Thespian Conference

Sequoyah High to Perform at State Thespian Conference

CANTON, GA -- Students from Sequoyah High School will perform a one act play, Susan L. Szeder's "Do Not Go Gentle," at the 2011 Georgia Thespian Conference at Columbus State University.

Only 35 schools in the state were invited to perform at the conference. Sequoyah High is the only Cherokee County school that will be represented.

Sequoyah High's production of "Do Not Go Gentle" placed third in the 2010 Region 7AAAA One Act Play Competition. It also received the award for Best Set, a prize that Sequoyah High has taken home for five consecutive years.

The Georgia Thespian Conference will take place on Saturday, Feb. 12 at the Columbus State University Theater.

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Attention Cherokee County Residents

Attention Cherokee County Residents

CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA -- Due to a winter weather advisory from the National Weather Service forecasting sleet and freezing rain for Cherokee County, the following school district after-hours programs and activities have been canceled for Wednesday, Dec. 15:

* Polaris Evening School
* Middle/high school ExP Tutoring Programs that use CCSD transportation
* All middle/high school athletics (practices and competitive games)
* All recreational league practices scheduled at school facilities
* Professional Development

Schools may choose to cancel individually scheduled events as needed. After school programs are still running as scheduled, but parents should monitor weather and road conditions and be prepared in the event of early closure of a program.

Sequoyah High Spreads Holiday Cheer to Cottage House Residents

Sequoyah High Spreads Holiday Cheer to Cottage House Residents

CANTON, GA -- Sequoyah High School's chapter of the National Honor Society had fun decorating and filling Christmas stockings for 21 residents of the Cottage House, an orphanage for children ages nine to 17.

NHS officers Allie O'Hara, MacKenzie Gloeggler, Maddie Richardson and Amanda Hershberger collected monetary donations from club members and went shopping for stocking stuffers. After they decorated the stockings, students took digital pictures of each other with their projects and created personalized greeting cards and notes of cheer, which were added to the stockings before delivery.

Although the chapter decorates and stuffs stockings for Cottage House every year, this was the first year the club was able to provide a stocking for every child at the orphanage.

Hickory Flat Elementary Food Drive Collects 1,428 Cans

Hickory Flat Elementary Food Drive Collects 1,428 Cans

CANTON, GA -- In the spirit of giving, the Junior Beta Club at Hickory Flat Elementary School in Canton organized a food drive for the local community.

The food drive ran from Nov. 8th to 19th. Beta Club members made signs and collected boxes for students to drop off donations. They also made daily announcements on the school's morning news.

And Hickory Flat students rose to the challenge. The Beta Club collected 1,428 cans of food, far exceeding their goal of 1,000 food items.

Knox Elementary Sponsors Holiday Toy Drive

Front row: Carly Chiari, Gabrielle Peterson, Miranda Peterson
Middle row: Carson Smith, Connor Perdue, Macy Myers
Back row: Counselor Diane Martin, PE teachers James Adams and Debbie Buckner

CANTON, GA -- The Beta Club and Student Council at Knox Elementary School in Canton are sponsoring a holiday toy drive.

Toys for children ages five to 12 are needed. Boxes labeled for donations are located throughout the school. Beta Club and Student Council members will sort the items to assist families in the community.

Donations are being accepted through Friday, Dec. 10.