CCSD News and Press Release Archive

2017

How Fair Oaks Elementary Prepares Students, Families for Success

Posted: 12/12/2018

As part of their Educational Day, the 2019 Leadership Cobb Class recently toured Fair Oaks Elementary School where they heard about the steps the school is taking to build a foundation of learning for the students and their families. 


Russell Elementary Students Learn While Giving Back

Posted: 12/10/2018

During December, schools across the Cobb County School District collect food to donate to those in need. 


A Parade of Cultures: Campbell High School Students Learn from Each Other

Posted: 12/9/2018

Spin a globe and point to a place. There’s a good chance that the dot on the globe, or a nearby area, has a connection to at least one Campbell High School student. 


Supporting Your Student with Autism, Dyslexia or Other Disability

Posted: 12/7/2018

Susan Christensen and Laurel Kinard discuss CCSD support for special needs students.


Lassiter-Pope-Kell’s NJROTC Recognized for Community Service

Posted: 12/5/2018

Because of their dedication to community beautification, students in the Lassiter-Pope-Kell (LPK) NJROTC program earned the title of Adopt-a-Mile Youth Group of the Year by Keep Cobb Beautiful. 


Bullard Elementary: A STEM Showcase

Posted: 12/3/2018

What is STEM? What is a STEM school? What do STEM lessons teach students? To find the answers, simply walk into Bullard Elementary School... 


Cobb High School Students Team Up to Open Food Pantry at Milford Elementary School

Posted: 11/29/2018

Many schools throughout the Cobb County School District have food pantries to help students and families in need.


Cobb Students Give Back for Thanksgiving

Posted: 11/21/2018

Here in the Cobb County School District, our students are giving of themselves to help their fellow students and those in need.


Cobb Schools Transportation Department Drives to the Rescue of Cobb Family in Need

Posted: 11/20/2018

Not all heroes wear capes, some heroes drive school buses.  


Brumby Elementary, MUST Ministries to Serve Families in Need with New Food Pantry

Posted: 11/19/2018

Students in Aiden’s Target class may have shared their classmate’s view of the world before they joined the Pantry Pals team to help stock the shelves of Brumby’s new food pantry.  


Cobb County School Board Approves Legislative Priorities for 2019

Posted: 11/16/2018

Mapping out how the state of Georgia is able to positively impact student achievement, the Cobb County School District Board of Education approved the district’s legislative priorities for 2019 during the November 15 meeting.  


Zep Donates School Supplies to Bryant Elementary School

Posted: 11/15/2018

It is often said that it takes a village to raise a child. Sometimes that means community organizations coming forward to donate supplies to help students succeed in school.   


Cobb Schools Honor Veterans

Posted: 11/14/2018

“Dear Veteran, I admire you because you risked your life just for us, and I’m thankful for that…” 


The Classroom of the Future is Here!

Posted: 11/13/2018

John Floresta and Marc Smith discuss the many facets of technology supporting teaching and learning in the classroom.


Cobb Schools Enhances Retirement Programs, Reduces Investment Fees

Posted: 11/9/2018

The Cobb County School District is pleased to announce upcoming improvements to the district’s 403(b) and 457(b) retirement plans.


OutTeach, Target, AT&T Volunteers Unearth New School Garden at Acworth Elementary School

Posted: 11/8/2018

Rewind two months and the area along Cantrell Road outside of Acworth Elementary School was a quiet green space, disconnected from where students were actively learning. 


Dickerson Middle School Students Collect Books for Students Impacted by Hurricane Florence

Posted: 11/7/2018

When Hurricane Florence whipped through North Carolina, one middle school lost more than 3,500 books to flooding and mold.


Simpson Middle School Students Hold Cardboard Regatta

Posted: 11/6/2018

As the Simpson Middle School students timidly stepped into their cardboard-crafted boats, their faces said it all—will it float?


Cobb County School District Honored for Farm to School Excellence at 2018 Golden Radish Awards

Posted: 11/5/2018

The Cobb County School District once again won Gold recognition at the 2018 Golden Radish Awards held at the Georgia Freight Depot.


Cobb Schools Host Student Safety Town Hall at Lassiter High School

Posted: 11/1/2018

Keeping students and staff safe is the number one priority of the Cobb County School District.


Garrett Middle School Partners with MUST Ministries to Open Food Pantry

Posted: 11/1/2018

During the opening of the 30th MUST Ministries school food pantry, President and CEO Dr. Dwight “Ike” Reighard recounted a story he heard from a Cobb principal. 


Using Data for Student Learning

Posted: 10/30/2018

Drs. Ehsan Kattoula and Casey Jones discuss how they use the data collected in schools each day to help our students learn.


Brumby Elementary Students Turn Entrepreneurs, Open Donut Shops

Posted: 10/30/2018

The aroma of freshly baked donuts welcomed students and staff who stepped down the stairs of Brumby Elementary School. 


Cobb Students Demonstrate Content Mastery on CCRPI

Posted: 10/29/2018

 With a 79.6, Cobb schools topped the state CCRPI average by 3 points. A total of 19 Cobb schools had CCRPI scores above 90. 


Georgia’s First Lady Emphasizes the Importance of Early Literacy, Steps in as Guest Reader for Cobb Students

Posted: 10/26/2018

Despite her packed schedule committing her to appointments across the state, Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal made it a priority to visit four Cobb elementary schools.


How Schools Work: A Conversation with Board Member David Chastain

Posted: 10/25/2018

Cobb School Board Member, David Chastain, discusses his perspective on issues relating to Cobb County Schools.


Cobb Celebrates Teachers of the Year with Rockin’ Pep Rally

Posted: 10/25/2018

If a teacher in Cobb County ever daydreamed about being a rock star and stepping on stage to a roaring crowd of fans, they don’t have to go on “American Idol” or travel the globe with a famous band. They just have to stand out for doing what they do every day—helping kids succeed. 


Cobb County Student SAT Scores Increase Again

Posted: 10/25/2018

Continuing the trend from prior years, Cobb County School District students once again scored higher on the SAT than their peers!


Georgia Department of Education Awards FastTrack Grant to Fund CTAE Lab at Harrison High School

Posted: 10/24/2018

The Georgia Department of Education recently awarded a FastTrack grant to the Cobb County School District to support an audio/video technology and film lab at Harrison High School.


Powder Springs Elementary Students Demonstrate Learning through Arts Integration

Posted: 10/24/2018

When Superintendent Chris Ragsdale stepped into a fourth-grade classroom at Powder Springs Elementary School, students gathered around a table and role played as colonists to explore the historical causes of the Revolutionary War. 


How Schools Work: A Conversation with School Board Member Scott Sweeney

Posted: 10/22/2018

Cobb School Board Member, Scott Sweeney, discusses his perspective on issues relating to Cobb County Schools.


Milford Elementary Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted: 10/18/2018

From Cuba and the Dominican Republic to Mexico, Panama, and Puerto Rico, Milford Elementary School students took a trip around Latin America without even leaving Cobb County. 


Cobb ACT Scores Top State, Nation for 13th Straight Year

Posted: 10/17/2018

Like last year and the year before that, Cobb County School District students posted ACT scores above the state and national average. This is the thirteenth consecutive year that Cobb’s graduating class has topped their peers around the country.


Cobb Community Honors Cobb Schools Teacher of the Year Fred Veeder

Posted: 10/17/2018

Standing on the stage of Marietta’s Strand Theater, Fred Veeder recounted a time when his college professor started crying as he told his students how much they meant to him.


Griffin Middle School gets Class of 2023 Excited for High School

Posted: 10/16/2018

This time next year, current Griffin Middle School eighth graders will be attending classes at either Campbell High School or Osborne High School. Their middle school days will be behind them, and their graduation in front of them. 


Cobb County School District Leads the Conversation to Say Goodbye to End-of-Year Tests, Opts to Pilot a Student-Focused Assessment System with National Potential

Posted: 10/12/2018

The Cobb County School District’s educational leaders decided to develop the district’s own assessment system to empower teachers, demonstrate learning, provide accountability, realign instructional time, and lead the way in transforming the education system.


What is Student Success?

Posted: 10/8/2018

If student success can’t be measured by a single test grade or a single grade in a class, then what can we turn to, to understand what success is?


Hillgrove High Band Members Build Relationships with Compton Elementary Students

Posted: 10/4/2018

Students at Compton Elementary School were making new friends. Their new friends pulled up to the school in a yellow bus from Hillgrove High School ready to show the Compton students “What the World Needs Now.” 


The Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts Presents ‘Step Back in Time’

Posted: 10/4/2018

The Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts (CCCEPA) magnet program at Pebblebrook High School presents a “Step Back in Time” at 7:30 p.m. October 5-6 and at 3:00 p.m. October 7 inside the Cobb County Civic Center’s Jennie T. Anderson Theatre.


South Cobb High School and the HBCU Experience

Posted: 10/3/2018

South Cobb High School will host the school’s second annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Panel for parents and students at 6:00 p.m. on October 10 in the South Cobb Theater.  


Cobb Schools Foundation Surprises Teachers with a Record-Breaking $40,000 in IMPACT Grants

Posted: 12/21/2017

Santa came early this year for 23 Cobb teachers, but the jolly old elf didn’t arrive with eight tiny reindeer and a bundle of toys. Instead, one of Santa’s “elves” arrived with oversized checks to…


Winter Break

Posted: 12/21/2017


Acworth ES Celebrates Angela McDill as Phenomenal Friday Teacher of the Week

Posted: 12/21/2017

‘Tis the season of giving and the Cobb community joined together to surprise teachers at Acworth Elementary School with more than $55,000 in gifts. Although all the Acworth educators took home a gift bag filled…


Harrison HS Surprises Andrea Walter with Phenomenal Friday Teacher of the Week Award

Posted: 12/18/2017

What would make you want to work until you’re 100 years old? For Harrison High School’s Andrea Walter, it was being named the Phenomenal Friday Teacher of the Week and hearing a former student, Brooke,…


Acworth Elementary School Cuts Ribbon on 26th School Food Pantry

Posted: 12/18/2017

“We are so thankful that we have such a great team here at Acworth Elementary who believe kids can succeed, and we’re going to do everything that we can to make sure that they have…


CCSD Executive Director of Transportation Rick Grisham Receives 2017 STN Leadership Award

Posted: 12/15/2017

You might be surprised who considers you a leader. Rick Grisham, executive director of transportation for Cobb County School District (CCSD) in Georgia, certainly was. When he was notified that he had won the 2017 School Transportation News Leadership award, Grisham recalled, "It was humbling...


Tritt Elementary School Recognizes Beth Blick as Phenomenal Friday Teacher of the Week

Posted: 12/15/2017

Before they honored military personnel in the school’s Veterans Day ceremony, Tritt Elementary School students paused to recognize Beth Blick for being a phenomenal 17-year veteran educator. During a surprise announcement on the school news,…


Early Release Dec 2017

Posted: 12/5/2017


CBS 46 Donates 2,650 Books to Compton Elementary School Students

Posted: 12/5/2017

Not all students go home to a library of books. Some don’t have any books to call their own. After a visit from the CBS 46 news team, that won’t be the case for students…


Physical Ed. Georgia Performance Standards Survey

Posted: 11/28/2017

The Georgia Department of Education welcomes feedback from teachers, administrators, and parents regarding the review of the Physical Education Georgia Performance Standards (GPS). This survey feedback will be used to inform the development of Physical Education Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE). The survey will end January 12, 2018.


Timber Ridge Elementary School Educates Parents About Protecting Students in the Digital World

Posted: 11/27/2017

Cyberbullying and digital citizenship are two vocabulary terms that Timber Ridge Elementary School staff members want parents to recognize and understand. To provide Timber Ridge parents with the knowledge they need to protect their children…


Cobb Students Thank Veterans for Their Service

Posted: 11/27/2017

Pickett’s Mill Elementary School arranged a Missing in Action Table for One in tribute to prisoners of war and those service members missing in action. Second graders at Rocky Mount Elementary School painted “sharing rocks”…


Cooper Middle School Thanks Shari Clark for being a Phenomenal Teacher

Posted: 11/27/2017

 “I’m so overwhelmed right now. This is like an early Christmas gift. I will remember this day forever.” That’s how Shari Clark responded to being named the Cooper Middle School Phenomenal Friday Teacher of the…


East Side ES Students Applaud Lindsey Phillips as the Phenomenal Friday Teacher of the Week

Posted: 11/27/2017

As fifth grader Neve prepared to reveal the name of East Side Elementary School’s Phenomenal Friday Teacher of the Week, her classmates tried to get her attention. The students wanted Neve to pick their favorite…


Bullard Elementary Students Honored as Part of National Student POWER Award Program

Posted: 11/20/2017

As part of National School Psychology Awareness Week, six Bullard Elementary School students were honored with national Student POWER Awards. Sponsored by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), the Student POWER Award program recognizes…


Thanksgiving Break 2018

Posted: 11/17/2017


Frey Elementary School Holds Flaming Finale to Career Week—A Fire Breather

Posted: 11/16/2017

During career week, Frey Elementary School students heard from parents and community members about a range of careers from public safety and finance to careers in the medical field. However, one Cobb graduate showed the…


Atlanta Braves Players Pinch Hit as Guest Readers at Argyle Elementary School

Posted: 11/15/2017

What size is your shoe? When is your next game? Does everyone cheer you on? Is it fun playing? Those are some of the questions Argyle Elementary School students lobbed at the Atlanta Braves minor…


Phenomenal Friday Teacher of the Week: Blackwell Elementary School Honors Kari Brooks

Posted: 11/15/2017

“Being selected by a student as the Teacher of the Week is one of the proudest moments I think I have ever had. It makes me feel honored and appreciated for the work I’m doing…


National School Psychology Awareness Week

Posted: 11/14/2017

During the week of November 13-17, 2017, districts throughout the country celebrate National School Psychology Awareness Week to highlight the important work school psychologists do to help students. The 49 school psychologists employed by the Cobb County School District serve as resources for school staff, students, and families to ensure that all students have the support they need to be successful. We would like to thank our awesome psychologists for all they do to contribute to student success!


Campbell HS Students Name Two Phenomenal Friday Teachers of the Week

Posted: 11/13/2017

During Campbell High School’s largest pep rally of the year—the homecoming pep rally—students and staff members paused to honor two Phenomenal Friday Teachers of the Week: James Crawley and Brian Smith. Typically, when the Cobb…


Rocky Mount Elementary Students Celebrate Retired Teacher’s 97th Birthday

Posted: 11/13/2017

When Susie Belle Raper first started teaching, she rode the Tallulah Falls Railway to and from her teaching job every week. For 36 years, she taught first graders how to read and write. She spent her…


East Side Elementary School Honors Veterans with Breakfast and Parade

Posted: 11/13/2017

“One day, I get this letter from Uncle Sam saying I’m going to Korea. So… I went!” The white-haired man wearing a blue cap with the words “Korea Veteran” pulls a large black and white…


Veterans Day #4

Posted: 11/10/2017


Veterans Day #3

Posted: 11/10/2017


Thank You For Your Service

Posted: 11/10/2017


Teachers of the Year Drive Away in New Cars

Posted: 11/8/2017

When Nicole Kempson rolls up to Lindley Sixth Grade Academy, the students may “ooh” and “awe” when they see her new white Jeep Grand Cherokee glistening in the fall sun.


Cobb County School District Earns Golden Radish Award for Farm to School Accomplishments

Posted: 11/8/2017

Once again state officials served up the Golden Radish Award to the Cobb County School District (CCSD) in recognition of Cobb’s commitment to farm to school nutrition. Georgia’s Departments of Agriculture, Education and Public Health,…


St. Ann Catholic Church Partners with LaBelle Elementary School to Provide Food for Every Student

Posted: 11/8/2017

Every Friday, volunteers from St. Ann Catholic Church pull up to LaBelle Elementary School with hundreds of bags of food for students to take home for the weekend. Since they started in April 2015, the…


Shallowford Falls Elementary Students Raise $41,000 for School

Posted: 11/8/2017

It’s not every day teachers give their students permission to shower them with colored powder. However, that’s exactly what Shallowford Falls Elementary School teachers and staff members did October 13 to reward students for exceeding…


Increased CCRPI Scores for Cobb Exceed State Average; Bests State for Sixth Consecutive Year

Posted: 11/3/2017

For the sixth consecutive year, the Cobb County School District score has exceeded the state average on the College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI).

Superintendent Chris Ragsdale applauded the results: “Cobb’s results are further evidence of the outstanding work being done by our teachers and administrators to prepare students for the future and highlights the quality of public education in the Cobb County School District. It also exhibits the focus on our mission of One Team, One Goal: Student Success.”

Click here for 2017 Data Tables


Campbell High School Earns Judy Serritella Exemplary Library Media Award

Posted: 11/1/2017

The Georgia Library Media Association (GLMA) and Georgia Library Association (GLA) recently named Campbell High School the recipient of the Judy Serritella Exemplary Library Media Award.  The Judy Serritella Exemplary Library Media Program was created to recognize…


Board Recognitions – October 26, 2017

Posted: 11/1/2017

Note: The following photos were taken at the Cobb County School Board Meeting on October 26, 2017. Chief of Staff Dr. Kevin Daniel presented these students and staff to the board for special recognition. Excerpts from the…


Drum Majors 2017

Posted: 11/1/2017

Drum Majors from Kennesaw Mountain, McEachern, Campbell, and Harrison at the Western Carolina Tournament of Champions. Even in competition the Cobb bands are One Team!


Cobb County School District Magazine

Posted: 10/30/2017

We are pleased to share with you the latest issue of the Cobb County School District Magazine. In this issue, you will find stories focusing on school safety, student achievement, staff recognition and programs in our schools that engage students in their own learning. Many of the stories include community partners who embrace and share our mission of One Team, One Goal: Student Success. Please click on the magazine cover to start reading.


Board of Education Approves Calendars for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 School Years

Posted: 10/27/2017

The Cobb County Board of Education has approved calendars for the 2018-2019 and the 2019-2020 school years. For both years, the calendars feature August 1 start dates with week-long breaks in September, November, February and April for students and teachers. Students will also have two weeks off for winter holidays while teachers will return two days earlier for mid-year workdays and professional learning. First semester ends before the winter holiday break and the last day of school is the Wednesday prior to Memorial Day.


Cheatham Hill Teacher Monica Alicea Awarded Third Place in National Voya Unsung Hero Competition

Posted: 10/27/2017

In March 2018, Cheatham Hill Elementary students will once again transform into restaurateurs as they serve up food to raise funds for MUST Ministries. This year, however, the students may be looking to their own…


Cobb Community Says Thank You, Holds Pep Rally in Honor of Teachers of the Year

Posted: 10/26/2017

It is the pep rally of the year, and there’s not a sports team in sight. The spirited celebration boosted by cheering fans, a marching band, and cheerleaders honored a different type of hometown heroes—teachers….


South Cobb High School Hosts Panel of HBCU Alumni

Posted: 10/26/2017

There are so many colleges and universities to choose from that sometimes students and parents have difficulty choosing. Sometimes they need help. So, South Cobb High School hosted a panel discussion featuring 13 alumni from…


Walton High Student Selina Nie Promotes STEM Education at Home and Abroad

Posted: 10/23/2017

She has traveled as far away as China and as close to home as her high school to encourage students to explore the world of STEM or science, technology, engineering, and math. Walton High School’s…


Keheley Elementary Recognizes Brandy Medlin as Phenomenal Friday Teacher of the Week

Posted: 10/20/2017

Brandy Medlin stood behind the camera during morning announcements and listened as one of her former students, Javan, described the teacher who inspired and motivated him. She smiled thinking Javan’s description matched all the teachers…


Cobb-Marietta Band Exhibition Rescheduled for Monday, October 30, 2017

Posted: 10/20/2017

Young musicians from across Cobb County will put their collective talents on display at the annual Cobb-Marietta Marching Band Exhibition on the evenings of October 16 and October 23. Featuring performances from each high school in the Cobb County School District, as well as the Marietta City Schools, the...


You are Invited to Attend a Dual Enrollment Summit

Posted: 10/20/2017

Learn about opportunities available for your student to earn college credit while enrolled in high school as well as receive 100% paid tuition, mandatory fees, and books! Cobb Counselors will present details on enrollment while you will also have an opportunity to meet with College Representatives! Tuesday, October 24th at Kell High School.


Murdock Elementary, Rocky Mount Elementary Students Lace Up Shoes for International Walk to School Day

Posted: 10/19/2017

Before the alarm clock sounded, before the sun rose, some elementary students bounced out of their beds, too excited sleep. Once it was time to leave for school, they didn’t catch the bus or hop…


CCSD Teacher of the Year Nicole Kempson Cements Place in Cobb History

Posted: 10/19/2017

While communities around the world celebrated the impact of teachers on World Teachers Day, Lindley Sixth Grade Academy teacher Nicole Kempson knelt on the sidewalk of Marietta Square to unveil her handprints that cement her…


Community Members Serve as Principals for a Day

Posted: 10/18/2017

What’s it like to be a principal? What’s it like to work every day to promote student success for hundreds and sometimes thousands of students? Community members throughout Cobb County got a chance to find…


Open Enrollment 2017

Posted: 10/4/2017


CCSD Recognizes Public Safety Personnel

Posted: 10/3/2017

They serve as role models and mentors. They volunteer as coaches. Whether it is walking around the school building to shake hands with every staff member or stopping to chat with students and parents before…


Lindley MS Community Cuts Ribbon on New School Store Thanks to $10,000 Donation

Posted: 10/2/2017

Last school year, the Lindley Middle School principal walked through the school hallways with swatches of floor patterns and paint colors. Students voted for their favorite. Lindley students also submitted designs for the layout of…


Milford ES Honors Jennifer Williams as Phenomenal Friday Teacher of the Week

Posted: 10/2/2017

“It makes me want to continue to reach every student in my class. It makes me want to continue to do activities that motivate my students. It makes me want to be a teacher until…


Dickerson and Dodgen Middle Schools Named National Blue Ribbon Schools

Posted: 10/2/2017

The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) named two Cobb County School District (CCSD) schools 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools: Dickerson Middle School and Dodgen Middle School. The CCSD schools are two of the 342 schools…


U.S. Department of Education Visits Ford Elementary on Prestigious 2017 Green Schools Tour

Posted: 9/27/2017

A creek trickles alongside the boardwalk that winds through the woods on the Ford Elementary School campus. This natural setting creates an ideal outdoor classroom for learning about habitats and the clean up of waterways….


Green Acres Elementary School Crowns Judi Faison the Phenomenal Friday Teacher of the Week

Posted: 9/25/2017

“It is because of you that I went to college! It’s because of you that I can write!” That’s how Judi Faison’s former students greet her when they see her in the community. They rush…


Mountain View Elementary School Earns 2017 Active Schools National Award

Posted: 9/25/2017

Active Schools honored Mountain View Elementary School with the 2017 Let’s Move! Active Schools National Award for its outstanding efforts in creating an active school environment. Active Schools is a national movement dedicated to ensuring…


FOX 5 Celebrates Campbell High School as ‘Team of the Week’

Posted: 9/20/2017

As Campbell High School senior Justin Hayes ran in front of the bleachers carrying the coveted giant gold hand, his football teammates erupted with cheers during the school pep rally September 14. The Campbell Spartans…


Three CCSD Teachers Named Georgia Art Educators of the Year

Posted: 9/20/2017

The Georgia Art Education Association looked over the entire state of Georgia for outstanding art teachers. The association found the three school-level Art Educators of the Year inside the Cobb County School District. The Elementary…


Cobb Adult Education Center Students Explore Other Cultures, Expand Literacy Skills in Escape Room Challenge

Posted: 9/19/2017

“Locked” in a classroom inside the Adult Education Center, students worked against the clock to escape the room by translating the secret combination written in Russian, Japanese, and Hindi. Down the hall, a different group…


Board Recognitions – September 14, 2017

Posted: 9/19/2017

The following photos were taken at the Cobb County School Board Meeting on September 14, 2017. Chief of Staff Dr. Kevin Daniel presented these students and staff to the board for special recognition. Excerpts from the recognition announcements are included...


CCSD Students Watch Solar Eclipse During Legends of Learning Event

Posted: 9/19/2017

Clemson University hosted 40 middle school students from the Cobb County School District for a field trip of a lifetime. Two students from each participating CCSD middle school traveled to Clemson to watch the August 21 eclipse from one of the most optimal places in the country.


Mableton Elementary Students Name Kristin Bosley Phenomenal Friday Teacher of the Week

Posted: 9/18/2017

When Mableton Elementary School student Milo left Kristin Bosley’s class at the end of his fourth grade year, he was sad. He had enjoyed being in her math class in third and fourth grades. So,…


State School Superintendent Richard Woods Names 6 CCSD Students to Advisory Councils

Posted: 9/14/2017

State School Superintendent Richard Woods selected 142 Georgia students to serve on his 2017-2018 Student Advisory Council. Six of those students will represent the Cobb County School District (CCSD), split evenly between the middle school…


82 Cobb High School Seniors Named Semifinalists for National Merit Scholarships

Posted: 9/14/2017

Officials for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) have announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Eighty-two students from the Cobb County School District made the named semifinalist…


Green Acres Elementary Designs School Garden, Receives $75,000 Grant to Build It

Posted: 9/11/2017

A lawn of green grass grows along the sidewalk leading to the entrance of Green Acres Elementary, but that area will soon undergo a fall makeover thanks to a $75,000 grant the school received to…


Floyd Middle School Opens MUST Ministries’ 25th School Food Pantry in Cobb County

Posted: 9/11/2017

“Every day some of my students were coming to me and saying, ‘Ms. Folk, do you have any food that I can have; do you have any lunch money that I can borrow; do you…


Harmony-Leland ES Names Ceilette Lewis-Heron Phenomenal Friday Teacher of the Week

Posted: 9/11/2017

Harmony-Leland Elementary School fifth grader Jade recognizes that “there wouldn’t be any other career” without teachers. That’s why she was excited for the opportunity to honor the teacher who has impacted her school career the…


Cobb County School District Social Workers Receive Donation of School Supplies

Posted: 9/6/2017

Cobb County School District local school social workers will receive a donation of school supplies to be used for students in need at each of their schools. With a desire to contribute to Cobb County…


Safety First! Keeping Students With Disabilities Safe at Home and In The Community

Posted: 9/5/2017

Saturday, September 9, 2017
9 a.m. to Noon

Parents of students with disabilities can face unique challenges when it comes to keeping their children safe within the home and in the community. Overcome your concerns and get specialized safety instruction for you and your child at the Cobb County Safety Village. Come visit Sparky’s House for fire/kitchen safety, learn about bus, car & train safety, enjoy a puppet show that includes bite prevention and learn other important tips!

Reserve your spot quickly, space is limited. To register, please call 770-529-0046 or go to: www.signup.com/go/qGpAtAZ


Norton Park Celebrates the CCSD Phenomenal Friday Teacher of the Week Mary McDonnell

Posted: 9/4/2017

Decades ago she walked the hallways of Norton Park Elementary School as a first grader. Today, Academic Coach Mary McDonnell educates Norton Park students like she once was. McDonnell’s impact on one student led to…


Lassiter High School Coach Proposes to Girlfriend During School Pep Rally

Posted: 8/30/2017

Cheerleaders, the band, and bleachers packed with students, it was a traditional pump-you-up pep rally, until Lassiter High School history teacher Robbie Galvin took the floor, and then took a knee to propose to his…


CCSD Celebrates Classified Employees of the Year

Posted: 8/30/2017

The Cobb County School District Classified Employee of the Year Level Winners include: (Pictured from Left to Right) Geri Connaughton, Paraprofessional, Durham Middle School; Matthew Brooks, Paraprofess...


South Cobb Class of 1959 Joins Superintendent Ragsdale for a Photo

Posted: 8/29/2017

In preparation for their 58th year class reunion, members of the South Cobb High School class of 1959 gathered at the Cobb County School District central office to meet with Superintendent Chris Ragsdale.


Kemp Elementary School Recognizes Lynn Sieland as the Phenomenal Friday Teacher of the Week

Posted: 8/28/2017

“[She] makes you want to pay attention more because you never know when she is going to pop up with a fun story.” That’s why fifth grader Kayden said he selected Lynn Sieland as the…


Board Recognitions – August 24, 2017

Posted: 8/28/2017

Note: The following photos were taken at the August 24, 2017, Cobb County School Board Meeting. CCSD Director of Media Relations Donna Lowry presented these students and staff to the board for special recognition. A transcript of…


Argyle Elementary Students Soar at STARBASE Camp; First Lady Deal Visits with Argyle Students

Posted: 8/28/2017

Rocketry, flight logs and payload do not exist in most fifth graders’ vocabulary. However, Argyle Elementary School students are not typical fifth graders. They are graduates of the Georgia National Guard’s STARBASE program at Dobbins…


Ford Elementary is part of U.S. Education Department’s Green Strides Tour

Posted: 8/28/2017

When the U.S. Department of Education begins it 2017 Green Strides Tour on September 19, Cobb County’s Ford Elementary will become a highlight on the itinerary. Ford Elementary School became a U.S. Department of Education…


Kennesaw Mountain High School Broadcasts Live “Eclipse Across America” Coverage

Posted: 8/22/2017

Kennesaw Mountain High School (KMHS) senior Michy ducked inside school’s courtyard observatory to check that the telescope was programmed correctly to view the impending eclipse. Astronomy teacher Berkil Alexander helped students set up additional telescopes…


CCSD Recognizes 24 Teachers for Their Commitment to STEM Education

Posted: 8/21/2017

The Cobb STEM Distinguished Educator Awards program recently recognized 24 Cobb County School District teachers for their outstanding commitment and dedication to STEM education in their classrooms. “Applying for the Cobb Distinguished STEM (science, technology,…


Walton High School Teacher Brian Benton Attends FIRST Mentors Conference at U.S. Air Force Academy

Posted: 8/16/2017

The head coach for Walton High School’s award-winning robotics team recently travelled to the U.S. Air Force Academy for the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Leadership Experience. Brian Benton was one…


Wheeler High School Cuts Ribbon on New AVID Program

Posted: 8/16/2017

Launching a new partnership with the East Cobb Rotary Club, Wheeler High School staff and Rotary members cut the ribbon on the school’s new AVID program, July 31. AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) prepares high-potential…


Campbell High School: ‘Welcome, Freshmen! This is Sparta!’

Posted: 8/16/2017

“This will set the tone for the rest of the year. They are trying to give us that sense that we are finally in high school. I feel really excited about it. This is a…


Legends of Learning Preparing Students for the Astronomy Event

Posted: 8/16/2017

Middle school students from the Cobb County School District in Georgia will be taking the field trip of a lifetime. On August 21, 40 students will join Legends of Learning on a field trip to…


Wheeler High School Achieves Both STEM and STEAM Certification

Posted: 8/15/2017

The Center for Advanced Studies at Wheeler High School has accomplished something no other high school in Georgia can claim. It is both STEM and STEAM certified by the Georgia Department of Education. On Tuesday,…


Mableton Elementary Becomes Third School in Georgia to Become STEAM Certified

Posted: 8/15/2017

Mableton Elementary School’s full steam ahead approach to academics has paid off in a big way. The school has officially become the third school in Georgia to be STEAM certified by the Georgia Department of…


Walton High School Teacher Named State-Fish Art Educator of the Year

Posted: 8/15/2017

Wildlife Forever named Walton High School art teacher, Kathleen Petka, the 2017 State-Fish Art Educator of the Year. Along with her award, the 13-year veteran teacher earned a $500 gift card for classroom art supplies…


CCSD Football Coaches Gather for Kick Off Luncheon

Posted: 8/15/2017

 They will soon meet beneath the Friday night lights on football fields across Cobb County. However, they recently put aside their team rivalries, for a few hours, to celebrate together at the annual Cobb County…


Superintendent Ragsdale Names Nicole Kempson CCSD 2017 Teacher of the Year

Posted: 8/11/2017

She cheered. She laughed. She cried. She gave away lots of hugs. “A ton of emotions,” that’s how Nicole Kempson described her reaction to Superintendent Chris Ragsdale naming her the Cobb County School District 2017…


Dickerson Middle School Invited To Perform at Prestigious Music Festival

Posted: 8/11/2017

It certainly is no surprise that the band partially led by a man nominated for a Grammy award as a music educator continues to receive honors. The Dickerson Middle School Percussion Ensemble has…


Cobb County Schools Emphasize Safety During National Stop On Red Week

Posted: 8/11/2017

Cobb County School District will observe National Stop on Red Week 2017, August 6-12, 2017 to draw attention to the serious safety issue of the illegal passing of stopped school buses. The Federal Highway Administration…


Cobb County School District Becomes First in Georgia to Test New School Crisis Management System

Posted: 8/10/2017

As part of a continuing effort to explore safety and security resources for its schools, the Cobb County School District has become the first in the state to test a new crisis management system called…


Lassiter NJROTC Cadets Attend Leadership Academy

Posted: 8/10/2017

This summer, six Lassiter High School NJROTC cadets packed their bags and headed for the Leadership Academy at Riverside Military Academy. The Leadership Academy pushes cadets with the goal to instill leadership skills, which the…


CCSD Website Wins Gold in 2017 dotCOMM Awards

Posted: 8/8/2017

The results of the 2017 dotCOMM Awards are in and the Cobb County School District has received a Gold Award for Website Design in the Educational Institution category. The district site, www.cobbk12.org, is maintained by the CCSD…


Atlanta Braves Leadership Institute Launches Inaugural Class

Posted: 8/8/2017

Dozens of Cobb County teens are learning what it takes to become great leaders. They are members of the inaugural class of Atlanta Braves Leadership Institute (ABLI), which recently launched with 68 students from all…


Volunteer Prepares, Serves Meals for Hundreds of Students at Griffin Middle School Summer Camp

Posted: 8/8/2017

Macaroni and cheese, broccoli, pizza, and spaghetti and meatballs—one community member opened her cupboards and her heart to prepare home cooked, hot meals for hundreds of Griffin Middle School students over the summer. While her…


Broadway’s Shuler Hensley Trains CCSD Drama Teachers

Posted: 8/8/2017

He’s performed in Broadway’s “Young Frankestein,” “Les Misérables,” and “Oklahoma!” Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards carry his name. The renowned actor Shuler Hensley returned to his roots in Cobb County to share with Cobb County…


American School Counselor Association Names 8 CCSD Schools 2017 RAMP Schools

Posted: 8/8/2017

During a ceremony in Denver, Colorado, the American School Counselor Association awarded the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation to eight schools in the Cobb County School District. This award honors schools for making an…


Kindergarten, First Grade Students SOAR on Trial Run Bus Ride

Posted: 8/4/2017

“The school bus is the safest way to get to and from school,” Transportation Executive Director Rick Grisham told parents and students after they stepped off buses at McCall Primary School July 28. Grisham’s team…


WellStar Kennestone Hospital Trauma Team Schools CCSD Nurses

Posted: 8/4/2017

Members of WellStar Kennestone Hospital’s trauma team gave a demonstration to more than 100 Cobb County School District nurses as part of the “Stop the Bleed” campaign. Paid for by a grant from the state,…


Hillgrove High School Student Represents Georgia at 2017 Washington Journalism and Media Conference

Posted: 8/3/2017

Representing the state of Georgia as a National Youth Correspondent, Hillgrove High School senior Tatiana Lampkin attended the 2017 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University in July. Tatiana, who also attends Chattahoochee…


Center for Excellence in Performing Arts Students Earn Andrew Lloyd Webber Scholarships

Posted: 8/3/2017

Of the 20 national recipients, the American Theatre Wing awarded three Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative Training Scholarships to Cobb County School District (CCSD) students. The CCSD students, who study at the Cobb County Center for…


Ribbon Cutting Opens New Walton High School Classroom Building

Posted: 8/1/2017

“Walton is what it is, not because of the bricks and mortar, but because of the teachers, and the parents, and the kids who strive for excellence,” said U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson as he helped…


Superintendent Chris Ragsdale Welcomes Students Back to School

Posted: 7/31/2017

Cobb County School District Superintendent Chris Ragsdale grabbed a pencil and sat down at a desk at Compton Elementary School to join the young students doing a writing exercise on the first day of school…


Welcome Back Cobb Schools

Posted: 7/30/2017


Superintendent Ragsdale Surprises Teachers of the Year

Posted: 7/27/2017

One said she was a teacher at heart even as a little kid. Another knew she wanted to be a teacher at 12. The teaching bug bit the third in college. Although they serve in…


KidTalk, TeacherTalk Winners Inspire Teachers at Opening Day Celebration

Posted: 7/27/2017

“We need to spread more positivity around our school, community and especially the world. I believe positivity spreads. It can begin with you!” That’s the first tip Fair Oaks Elementary School fourth grader Mayrin Hernandez…


CCSD Welcomes More Than 800 New Teachers at New Teacher Academy

Posted: 7/26/2017

More than 800 new teachers recently caught a glimpse of why Superintendent Chris Ragsdale says the Cobb County School District is the “best place to teach, lead, and learn.” From recent college graduates and returning…


Cobb Schools Extend School Day by 45 minutes on August 21, 2017 due to Solar Eclipse

Posted: 7/24/2017

Due to the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, the Cobb County School District will delay dismissal of elementary, middle and high school students by 45 minutes...


2017 Kick Off Event Pumps Up CCSD Leadership; Atlanta Braves’ John Schuerholz Motivates CCSD Leadership

Posted: 7/21/2017

Before teachers return to the schools, before students pick out new book bags and before the school bell rings again, Cobb County School District (CCSD) leadership start drawing the roadmap for a successful new school…


CCSD Music Specialist Tune Skills

Posted: 7/20/2017

Continuing a 10-year tradition, Cobb County School District (CCSD) music specialists attended intensive music education courses over the summer. The classes focused on the Orff Schulwerk approach to teaching music, which combines music, movement, drama,…


Graduates of Cobb County Center for Excellence in Performing Arts Star in Broadway Shows

Posted: 7/20/2017

“All The World’s A Stage,” especially for graduates of the Cobb County Center for Excellence in Performing Arts (CCCEPA) at Pebblebrook High School. From “Aladdin” and “Cats” to “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “The…


6 Additional CCSD Students Earn College-Sponsored National Merit Scholarships

Posted: 7/20/2017

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) named six Cobb County School District (CCSD) students winners of college-sponsored National Merit Scholarships. This is in addition to the nine Merit scholars named in June. Three of the newly-named scholars…


Free/Reduced Price Meal Application Available

Posted: 7/18/2017

Cobb County Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) would like to announce that the application for free or reduced price meals is now available online in both English and Spanish for the 2017-2018 school year: https://mealapps.cobbk12.org/...


Addison Elementary Assistant Principal Brad Cohen Stands Up As National Role Model

Posted: 7/6/2017

Brad Cohen has Tourette’s syndrome, but he has never let that stop him from achieving his dream of being an educator. When he was a kid, bullies taunted him for his uncontrollable noises and twitches….


500 Metro Atlanta Teachers Dive In to Learning at CCSD STEMapalooza

Posted: 6/28/2017

While students slept late, scampered to the pool and played at camp, their teachers spent three days of summer vacation filling classroom seats at Kennesaw Mountain High School. About 500 teachers from across the metro…


South Cobb High Student Zainab Molumo Named Alexander Hamilton Scholar

Posted: 6/26/2017

For her outstanding academic accomplishments and community service, South Cobb High School rising senior Zainab Molumo was recently named a national Alexander Hamilton Scholar (AHS). Zainab was one of 33 high school juniors selected in…


500 CCSD Students Build Skills, Friendships During Summer Enrichment Academy

Posted: 6/22/2017

“It was awesome!” That’s how Kincaid Elementary School rising fifth grader Nicholas described the four days he spent in a classroom over summer break.  Nicholas was one of 500 students who participated in the Cobb…


CCSD’s Dr. Patti Agatston Delivers Speech on Cyberbullying to International Audience

Posted: 6/22/2017

Discussions around preventing cyberbullying among school-aged children continue to trend. Cobb County School District’s Dr. Patti Agatston recently shared her knowledge on the topic of social media, online cruelty and cyberbullying with an international audience….


Harrison High School Students Win Student Production Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Southeast Chapter

Posted: 6/22/2017

Three Harrison High School students could each have an Emmy Award in their future. Hunter Reynolds, Mark Schisler and Zelda Rogers recently won Student Production Awards, a recognition considered a precursor to winning an Emmy….


CCSD Students Earn Associates Degrees and High School Diplomas

Posted: 6/22/2017

Four high school students who enrolled in the Cobb County School District’s Move on When Ready (MOWR) program, recently earned associates degrees in addition to their high school diplomas. MOWR gives students an early start…


Navy League of the United States Atlanta Metropolitan Council Creates Wells-Pratt Award

Posted: 6/19/2017

Three former Cobb County School District students will receive a special posthumous honor with an award named for them. The Navy League of the United States Atlanta Metropolitan Council of Honors created the Wells-Pratt Award…


Cheatham Hill Elementary Celebrates Margaret Grayburn as Phenomenal Friday Teacher of the Week

Posted: 6/19/2017

The last Friday of the 2016-2017 school year at Cheatham Hill Elementary was a Phenomenal Friday for the school’s music teacher, Margaret Grayburn. Cheatham Hill students cheered as two of their classmates, fifth graders Lydia…


CCSD Students Win Emperor Science Awards

Posted: 6/19/2017

Two Cobb County School District students recently won PBS LearningMedia’s and Stand Up To Cancer’s Emperor Science Awards. Kennesaw Mountain High School (KMHS) junior Gwendolyn Henry and Pope High School junior Hisham Kashif are two…


9 CCSD Students Earn College-Sponsored National Merit Scholarships

Posted: 6/14/2017

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) named 9 Cobb County School District (CCSD) students winners of college-sponsored National Merit Scholarships. More than half of these CCSD scholars hail from Walton High School. The other scholars…


Shallowford Falls Elementary School Awarded AdvancED STEM Certification

Posted: 6/14/2017

First, Shallowford Falls Elementary School earned certification from the Cobb County School District for the school’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program. Three months later, the school’s STEM program achieved international recognition with the…


Great Year in Cobb County High School Sports with State and Regional Wins

Posted: 6/14/2017

When Pope High School recently clinched the state Class 6 AAAAAA baseball championship, the win capped a great year in Cobb County High School sports. The Cobb County School District won Georgia High School Sports…


Students Score High at CCSD Math Tournaments

Posted: 6/14/2017

The Cobb County School District (CCSD) held three math competitions during the 2016-2017 school year. Students from 12 high schools and five middle schools competed in the tournaments. District staff recognized the winning students in…


Campbell High School Holds College Signing Day Celebration

Posted: 6/14/2017

When student athletes sign with college sports teams, the event is surrounded by ceremony. Parents cheer. Friends cheer. Coaches cheer. The fanfare celebrates the athletes’ hard work and the bright future awaiting them. Staff at…


CCSD Students Excel at Kennesaw State University Math Competition

Posted: 6/12/2017

More than 1,800 high school students from Georgia tested their math skills at Kennesaw State University’s annual mathematics competition. Kennesaw Mountain High School junior Daniel Chu beat out the other math whizzes to place first…


Rocky Mount Elementary Celebrates Students with Perfect Bell-to-Bell Attendance

Posted: 6/12/2017

Staff at Rocky Mount Elementary set a goal to promote positive attendance habits for students during the 2016-2017 school year. They held several incentive events to encourage students to get to school before the tardy…


Cobb Graduates Snag Nearly $94 Million in Scholarship Offers

Posted: 6/8/2017

The Cobb County School District class of 2017 generated more than $93.7 million in college scholarship offers, so far. This figure does not include the HOPE Scholarship awards which will be available later this summer….


Bullard Art Students Try Their Hand At Papermaking

Posted: 6/8/2017

Third grade art students at Bullard Elementary School got their hands wet and dove right in to learn about the art of papermaking, creating their own sheets using shredded paper and other materials, May 16….


Early Kindergarten Now Underway at Belmont Hills Elementary

Posted: 6/6/2017

Some students walked in Belmont Hills Elementary holding their parents’ hands. Other students stepped off the school bus for the first time. They met their teacher, hung up their book bags and sat down to…


Argyle Elementary School Celebrates Children’s Book Week, Encourages Summer Reading

Posted: 6/1/2017

Before the final bell rang for school year, students at Argyle Elementary School were already getting excited about summer reading. In celebration of Children’s Book Week, Amanda Densmore, a children’s librarian with the Vinings Library,…


Shallowford Falls Elementary School Wins First Place at 2017 Georgia Science Olympiad

Posted: 6/1/2017

With a 46-point spread between them and the second place team, Shallowford Falls Elementary took home first place in the 2017 Georgia Elementary Science Olympiad (ESO) May 13th at Kennesaw State University. The Georgia ESO…


Mabry Middle School Earns AdvancED STEM Certification

Posted: 6/1/2017

The Cobb County School District certified Mabry Middle School’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program in early 2017, but that wasn’t enough for Mabry staff. A few months later, Mabry Middle School earned international…


Brumby Elementary Students Raise Funds for STEM Program

Posted: 6/1/2017

Parents, students and teachers leaped as they threw rainbow-colored powder in the air to celebrate the success of Brumby Elementary School’s first 5k run. The Brumby runners raised $5,000 for the school’s science, technology, engineering…


Mountain View Elementary Teacher Recognized as 100th Graduate of National Institute for STEM Education

Posted: 5/29/2017

The National Institute for STEM Education recognized Anna Turner as the milestone 100th graduate of the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program Turner serves a fourth grade teacher at Mountain View Elementary. Turner talks about her….


Fair Oaks Elementary, Milford Elementary Students Sing at Atlanta Braves Game

Posted: 5/29/2017

The Fair Oaks Elementary School Eagle Chorus teamed up with the Milford Elementary School chorus to sing the national anthem at an Atlanta Braves game. Students at Fair Oaks raised funds throughout the school year…


Green Acres Elementary Students Turn Authors

Posted: 5/29/2017

Green Acres Elementary recently hosted an Authors’ Tea for students to share their writing with the school community. Parents and families listened as the students read their work. Student authors from each class and grade…


Russell Elementary Students Launch into Space

Posted: 5/29/2017

Wearing orange full pressure “pumpkin suits,” the astronauts turned and waved one last time before boarding the space shuttle. Cameras snapped; parents waved, and with that they were locked in their home for the next…


Cobb County School District Congratulates 2017 Teacher Leader Academy Graduates

Posted: 5/24/2017

The Cobb County School District proudly welcomes 106 new graduates of its nationally recognized Teacher Leader Academy (TLA). The graduates represent 40 different schools within the District and include 35 supervisor/instructors and 83 new inductees….


South Cobb High School Celebrates American Spirit Week, Fiesta Teacher Appreciation Day

Posted: 5/24/2017

South Cobb High School SkillsUSA students hosted a Teacher Appreciation Day as part of their community service project. SkillsUSA is a career and technical student organization. The teachers enjoyed an array of sweet treats, chips…


Due West ES Recognizes Maureen Friese as Phenomenal Friday Teacher of the Week

Posted: 5/24/2017

Maureen Friese thought her principal had called an early morning faculty meeting because the Atlanta Braves were coming to Due West Elementary School. She was excited, but that’s not why Braves foam tomahawks lined the…


Last Day of School 2017

Last Day of School 2017

Posted: 5/24/2017


Graduates Return to Davis Elementary School in Caps and Gowns

Posted: 5/24/2017

More than 12 years ago, their parents helped them pack their book bags, snapped photos and kissed them goodbye on their first day of kindergarten. Now, those students are preparing to take the first step…


CCSD Students Prove Math Skills at Intermediate Math Team Tournament

Posted: 5/24/2017

Fourth and fifth grade students from across the Cobb County School Districts represented their schools at the Cobb Intermediate Math Team Tournament April 29 at McEachern High School. The student mathematicians attend 21 elementary schools…


2017 KiDtalk & TeacherTalk Winners

Posted: 5/22/2017

The Cobb County School District is excited to announce the 2017 KiDtalk winners.  The KiDtalk contest was designed to give students the forum to share their groundbreaking ideas.  New for this year we encouraged teachers…


Nicholson Elementary Hosts International Night Extravaganza, Promotes Love of Reading and Art

Posted: 5/22/2017

Nicholson Elementary School hosted an International Night Extravaganza to offer Nicholson families from diverse cultures the opportunity to showcase their native country. The annual event included artifacts, photos, music, costumes and the perennial favorite—the food…


Dowell Elementary Student Recognized with Prestigious National Education Award

Posted: 5/22/2017

Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) named Dowell Elementary School third grader Layla Hummings as one of the 15 recipients of the 2017 180 Student Awards, which honors students for their significant math and literacy gains using…


Awtrey Middle School Hosts “Eggstravaganza” for New Outdoor Classroom

Posted: 5/22/2017

There were chickens, turtles and rabbits, oh my! One chicken roosted on the back of an Awtrey Middle School student as she talked about the school’s chicken coop. A group of students squatted on the…


Harrison High School’s Paulette Allard Named Georgia Teacher of the Year Finalist

Posted: 5/21/2017

Harrison High School’s Paulette Allard started her journey as the Cobb County School District’s Teacher of the Year (TOTY) as she rode into the school gym on a Zamboni-like vehicle back in August. She went…


CCSD Board Recognitions - May 18, 2017

Posted: 5/19/2017

Note: The following photos were taken at the May 18, 2017, Cobb County School Board Meeting. CCSD Communications Director Donna Lowry presented these students and staff to the board for special recognition. A transcript of her comments…


Cobb County School District Magazine wins 2017 Communicator Award

Posted: 5/16/2017

The Cobb County School District Magazine has won a Distinction Award from Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) in the category of Magazine-Educational Institution for Marketing/Promotion.  The 23rd Annual Communicator Awards selected the CCSD Magazine…


Rocky Mount Elementary Students ‘Bus A Move’ to Increase Attendance

Posted: 5/15/2017

Students smiled as they stepped off the buses to music and prizes at Rocky Mount Elementary School May 1. Parents smiled because they moved through the carpool line faster. School staff smiled believing the number…


Davis Elementary Surprises Nancy Parsons as the Phenomenal Friday Teacher of the Week

Posted: 5/15/2017

Nancy Parsons knew a teacher was being honored at Davis Elementary School on Phenomenal Friday, and she thought she knew which teacher. She was wrong. As Parsons’ student, Gannon, announced her name as the Teacher…


Retirees Leave With Combined 4,733 Years Of Service

Posted: 5/15/2017

When Barbara Furr turned off the engine of a big, yellow school bus for the last time recently, she ended 45 years of service to the students of the Cobb County School District. “I was…


GA DOE Names Six CCSD Schools As Title I High-Progress Reward Schools

Posted: 5/14/2017

The Georgia Department of Education has named six schools in the Cobb County School District as Title I High-Progress Reward Schools for 2016-2017. As High-Progress Reward schools, they are among the top 10 percent of…


GaDOE Recertifies Kennesaw Mountain High School’s STEM Program

Posted: 5/14/2017

Kennesaw Mountain High School recently renewed its membership in an elite group of Georgia high schools. Kennesaw Mountain is one of only 10 high schools in Georgia to be certified by the Georgia Department of…


Cows, Principals Fly at Bullard Elementary to Raise Funds for S.T.E.A.M. Lab

Posted: 5/12/2017

Miniature black and white cows rained down on the Bullard Elementary School field. Students lined the fence and looked to the sky to watch their superhero-caped principals drop Chick-fil-A cows out of a helicopter as…


10 Additional Cobb Students Named National Merit Scholars

Posted: 5/11/2017

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) named 10 Cobb County School District (CCSD) students National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners. The CCSD students were among 2,500 Merit Scholar designees and were chosen from a talent pool…


CCSD Special Education Nurse Cheryl Wagnon Named Winner of AJC Jobs Nursing Excellence Awards

Posted: 5/11/2017

She has been a Registered Nurse for 42 years and has served students in the Cobb County School District for 24 years. This year, the AJC Jobs Nursing Excellence Awards panel selected CCSD special education…


CCSD Students Win Top Honors at 2017 Shuler Awards

Posted: 5/11/2017

The Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards honored school productions and student performers from five Cobb County School District schools. Two seniors captured first place awards for their acting. Jelani Winston took home the award…


Cobb County Schools Collect Nearly 25,000 Cans for MUST Ministries in Partnership With the Atlanta Braves

Posted: 5/10/2017

In true neighborly fashion, the Cobb County School District celebrated the Atlanta Braves’ move to SunTrust Park by collecting nearly 25,000 cans for MUST Ministries to help feed those in need throughout the county. The…


CCSD Schools, Teachers Recognized for Keeping Cobb Green

Posted: 5/9/2017

Hundreds of teachers across the Cobb County School District helped students learn how to protect and beautify their environment during the 2016-2017 school year. Teachers, who completed five green lesson plans or projects, earned spots…


Mt. Bethel Elementary School Community Celebrates Phenomenal Teacher of the Week

Posted: 5/8/2017

When Brandi Haddock walked into the Mt. Bethel Elementary School media center with her fifth grade class and saw her parents and her husband carrying flowers, she knew something was up. She thought she was…


2017 School Nurses Week

Posted: 5/8/2017


Kennesaw Business Association Presents Scholarships to 16 CCSD Students

Posted: 5/6/2017

The Kennesaw Business Association presented $500 scholarships to 16 Cobb County School District seniors during their luncheon on April 11 at the Kennesaw Continuing Education Center. The scholarships are intended to help the students defray…


Kennesaw Elementary School Principal Honored by District 9 PTA

Posted: 5/5/2017

Monica Howard, Principal of Kennesaw Elementary School, has been named the District 9 PTA Outstanding Principal of the Year. Howard will now advance along with 12 other principals, for the PTA Outstanding Principal of the…


Murdock ES Student Recognized for Support of Ronald McDonald House

Posted: 5/5/2017

A Murdock Elementary School student is called the “Pop Tab Queen of Marietta” for the work she has done collecting pop tabs to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). Reagan Borland, third grade, first started…


Kennesaw Mountain High Student Christina Woodrow Named to Microsoft’s Inaugural Council for Digital Good

Posted: 5/3/2017

A Kennesaw Mountain High School Magnet student will help build the foundation for a new approach to online interactions after Microsoft selected her to join the company’s inaugural Council for Digital Good. As one of…


CCSD Students Transform Junk into Masterpieces

Posted: 5/3/2017

From an empty Fruit Loops Cereal box and toilet paper rolls to old shoes and an old toaster, Cobb County School District student artists recycled trash into art during the Junk Yard Art Wars at…


CCSD Students Win Awards, First Honors at Georgia Science & Engineering Fair

CCSD Students Win Awards, First Honors at Georgia Science & Engineering Fair

Posted: 5/3/2017

For their research presentations at the Georgia Science & Engineering Fair, four Cobb County School District students walked away with a combined eleven awards. The students represented three schools: Lovinggood Middle School, Dickerson Middle School…


CCSD Art Students ‘Chalk the ZMA’

CCSD Art Students ‘Chalk the ZMA’

Posted: 5/3/2017

Cobb County School District art students created “A Feast for the Eyes” during the annual “Chalk the ZMA” competition. Students from across the District worked in teams to create designs outside the Zuckerman Museum of…


Eastvalley Student Entrepreneurs Learn to Lead

Eastvalley Student Entrepreneurs Learn to Lead

Posted: 5/3/2017

Got coffee? A group of business-minded students at Eastvalley Elementary School are making sure their teachers get coffee in the morning. Students in Megan Smith’s multiage class devised the idea to host a coffee cart…


CCSD Celebrates How #CobbTeachersRock!

CCSD Celebrates How #CobbTeachersRock!

Posted: 5/2/2017

Cobb teachers rock and during this – Teacher Appreciation Week – parents, students, staff and members of the community are letting them know. Throughout the district, teachers are receiving words of appreciation and gifts of thanks….


Teacher Appreciation Day

Posted: 5/2/2017

Thanks to all of our amazing CCSD teachers for their dedication, their expertise, and the great work they do with students every day. Student success in our district is due to the hard work of our teachers. Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!


2017 KiDtalk & TeacherTalk Finalists Announced

2017 KiDtalk & TeacherTalk Finalists Announced

Posted: 5/1/2017

We are excited to announce the 2017 KiDtalk & TeacherTalk finalists. Please visit www.kidtalkcobb.com and vote for your favorites today! Voting is open through May 15th. Winning talks will take place LIVE on July 24 for all of Cobb to view!


Student Gets Surprise Visit from His Favorite Marvel Comics Superhero

Student Gets Surprise Visit from His Favorite Marvel Comics Superhero

Posted: 4/28/2017

Third grader, Ian Hopgood, just had “the coolest day ever!” His favorite actor, Chadwick Boseman, star of the upcoming Marvel Comics movie, “The Black Panther” paid Ian a special visit at his school, HAVEN…


South Cobb High School Students Celebrate School’s Diversity with International Festival

South Cobb High School Students Celebrate School’s Diversity with International Festival

Posted: 4/28/2017

It’s the event that South Cobb High School students look forward to all year. It’s a tradition dating back almost two decades. It’s what makes South Cobb, South Cobb. Every year on the Friday before…


Harrison High School Student Hunter Reynolds Wins NO BULL’s 2017 Global Video Contest

Harrison High School Student Hunter Reynolds Wins NO BULL’s 2017 Global Video Contest

Posted: 4/27/2017

“Cyber-bullying is NOT a silent crime.” That’s the message Harrison High School senior Hunter Reynolds aimed to convey in the public service announcement (PSA) he produced. His video won Best Message PSA in the 2017…


Wheeler High School Phenomenal Friday Teacher of the Week Marla Beasley Recruits Future Educators

Wheeler High School Phenomenal Friday Teacher of the Week Marla Beasley Recruits Future Educators

Posted: 4/27/2017

Shortly after being crowned Wheeler High School’s Phenomenal Friday Teacher of the Week, Marla Beasley chatted with students at the school career fair about pursuing a job in education. Beasley was able to talk to…


Eight Cobb County Schools Honored as 2017 Best High Schools by U.S. News and World Report

Eight Cobb County Schools Honored as 2017 Best High Schools by U.S. News and World Report

Posted: 4/26/2017

In U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 list of top high schools in the country, eight schools in the Cobb County School District achieved gold and silver medals, the highest ranking. Walton and Lassiter high…


Lovinggood Middle School Student Honored for Exceptional Academic Success

Lovinggood Middle School Student Honored for Exceptional Academic Success

Posted: 4/26/2017

He is only in seventh grade, but he is already being recognized for his high SAT score. Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) will honor Lovinggood Middle student Sameer Aurora for his exceptional SAT score…


Floyd Middle School Student Wins Award at National Math Competition

Floyd Middle School Student Wins Award at National Math Competition

Posted: 4/26/2017

Floyd Middle School seventh grader Ting Ting Yan won the MathCON 2017 National Championship Honorable Mention Medal at the Finals for the MathCON National convention April 22 in Chicago. Competing against 109 other seventh graders…


CCSD Students Score High at National Technical Institute for the Deaf Math Competition

CCSD Students Score High at National Technical Institute for the Deaf Math Competition

Posted: 4/25/2017

While other students put away their books for spring break, eight Cobb County School District students traveled to Rochester, N.Y. to test their math skills at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID).


Cobb County School District Named One of Best Communities for Music Education for 15th Year

Cobb County School District Named One of Best Communities for Music Education for 15th Year

Posted: 4/25/2017

For the 14th consecutive year, The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation named the Cobb County School District to its list of the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME).


Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts Presents “The Drowsy Chaperone”

Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts Presents “The Drowsy Chaperone”

Posted: 4/25/2017

The Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts (CCCEPA) at Pebblebrook High School will present The Drowsy Chaperone on May 6-8 at 8:00 p.m. and May 6-7 at 3:00 p.m. at the Anderson…


Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education Surprises Chalker Elementary Teacher Chinita Allen with $7,500 Award

Atlanta Families’ Awards for Excellence in Education Surprises Chalker Elementary Teacher Chinita Allen with $7,500 Award

Posted: 4/24/2017

Fourth grade teacher Chinita Allen thought she was in the Chalker Elementary School media center with her students to hear a lesson on astronomy. Allen didn’t know she was the star everyone gathered to see….


NASA Rocket Engineer and MIT student Tiera Guinn returns to School Where it All Started—Lindley Middle

NASA Rocket Engineer and MIT student Tiera Guinn returns to School Where it All Started—Lindley Middle

Posted: 4/24/2017

She once walked the hallways of Lindley Middle School. She ate lunch in the school cafeteria and learned from some of the same teachers as current Lindley students. Today, Tiera Guinn is helping to design…


Varner Elementary Students Run to Raise Funds for Classroom iPads

Varner Elementary Students Run to Raise Funds for Classroom iPads

Posted: 4/24/2017

Varner Elementary School teachers smiled, poised with squirt bottles to shower their students with colorful pixie dust as they ran around the school track in the Running of the Vikings event. Across the field, students…


5 Cobb Students Named National Merit Scholars

5 Cobb Students Named National Merit Scholars

Posted: 4/21/2017

Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of the first group of winners in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Of the more than 1,000 distinguished high school seniors who won…


Three CCSD Schools Removed from Priority and Focus Lists

Three CCSD Schools Removed from Priority and Focus Lists

Posted: 4/20/2017

The Georgia Department of Education announced Birney and Milford Elementary schools are no longer on the state Focus School List. In addition, Osborne High School has exited the Priority Schools list. Priority Schools represent the…


Cobb Students Recognized as Georgia Scholars

Cobb Students Recognized as Georgia Scholars

Posted: 4/20/2017

The Georgia Department of Education has recognized 18 graduating seniors from five high schools in the Cobb County School District as Georgia Scholars. Walton and Pope high schools tied for the highest number of Georgia…


School Choice Transfer Application Opened for Students of Intl. Academy of Smyrna

Posted: 4/20/2017

As a result of the non-renewal of the charter for the International Academy of Smyrna (IAS), the Cobb County School District is providing an extended window of opportunity for the families of current IAS students to apply for a school choice transfer for the 2017-18 school year.  Online applications will be accepted from Friday, April 21 through Friday, May 5. More information regarding the transfer process along with the online application may be found HERE


Cobb County School District Magazine - Vol. 2, Issue 2

Posted: 4/19/2017

We are pleased to share with you the newest issue of the Cobb County School District Magazine. In this issue, we focus on graduation, giving center stage to our high school seniors, and celebrating our students’ accomplishments across our District as the school year comes to a close. Please click on the magazine cover to start reading.


CCSD Students Define Optimism, Advance to State Oratorical Scholarship Contest for Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing Students

CCSD Students Define Optimism, Advance to State Oratorical Scholarship Contest for Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing Students

Posted: 4/19/2017

“Helen Keller once said, ‘Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.’” “If the world was filled with optimistic people, the world would be a much better…


Cobb Superintendent Ragsdale Reads to Eastvalley Elementary Students

Cobb Superintendent Ragsdale Reads to Eastvalley Elementary Students

Posted: 4/19/2017

Kids rooms get messy. It’s a chore to clean them. So, a machine that cleans the mess “so big and so deep and so tall” will catch kids’ attention. That’s what happened at Eastvalley Elementary…


Atlanta Braves Make Memories with Campbell High Students

Atlanta Braves Make Memories with Campbell High Students

Posted: 4/14/2017

“I plan on giving this [tomahawk] to my grandfather because he is one of the biggest Braves fans and most humble people I have ever met in my life,” said sophomore Antonio, who waved a…


Coach Steve Jones Inducted Into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame

Coach Steve Jones Inducted Into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame

Posted: 4/14/2017

Cobb County School District congratulates, Steve Jones, CCSD Director of Athletics, on his induction into the Georgia Athletic Director’s Association Hall of Fame at the 2017 GADA Conference in Savannah on March 26. Coach Steve…


Atlanta Braves Rock McClure Middle School Cafeteria

Atlanta Braves Rock McClure Middle School Cafeteria

Posted: 4/12/2017

A cafeteria filled with seventh graders excitedly pointed at their classmate and yelled “pick Nick, pick Nick.” They screamed with delight when the Atlanta Braves chose Nicholas to play with their drumline. As his classmates…


Expo of Career Training and Educational Opportunities

Posted: 4/11/2017

Graduating Seniors! Please join us for an Expo of Career Training and Educational Opportunities with representatives of Goodwill of North Georgia, Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association, and YearUp. 

Sprayberry High School Media Center
April 20, 2017 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
2525 Sandy Plains Road
Marietta GA 30066

Opportunities for 18 year old graduates and adults as well.
Click here to download the flyer for more information


Cheatham Hill Elementary Students Get Served Lesson on Judicial Branch from Cobb Superior Court Judge Reuben Green

Cheatham Hill Elementary Students Get Served Lesson on Judicial Branch from Cobb Superior Court Judge Reuben Green

Posted: 4/11/2017

Students watched as a yellow Labrador ran around sniffing along walls of the Cheatham Hill Elementary School cafeteria. The dog, which sported a large collar etched with the word SHERIFF, stopped and sat down to…


Riverside Primary School Students Welcome the Atlanta Braves to Cobb County

Riverside Primary School Students Welcome the Atlanta Braves to Cobb County

Posted: 4/11/2017

The school secretary danced through the halls with a megaphone while the principal shook silver pom poms. The physical education teacher led the way as the Atlanta Braves pep rally marched through Riverside Primary School…


Cobb County Voters Approve SPLOST V

Posted: 3/22/2017

The Cobb County School District would like to thank the voters for approving the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST V) to fund capital improvements for an additional five years. SPLOST V revenue will help construct hundreds of new classrooms, increase safety and security, and upgrade technology throughout the district.

“I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to the voters of Cobb County for their continued support of our school district,” said Superintendent Chris Ragsdale. “SPLOST V will provide needed resources to support our schools and staff in reaching our goal of student success.” Read more


CCSD Kindergarten and New 1st Grade Registration

Posted: 3/21/2017

March 29, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The Cobb County School District will be registering all new kindergarten students and students new to first grade for the upcoming 2017-18 school year on March 29, 2017, at all Cobb County elementary schools from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  There is NO afternoon registration time.  Georgia law requires that kindergarten students be five years old on or before September 1, 2017.  First grade students must be six years old on or before September 1, 2017, to be registered.  For more info about registration requirements, please visit the Enrollment webpage, at http://www.cobbk12.org/aboutccsd/enrollment/.

To find out what school your child will attend, check the CCSD Bus Routes site, at http://www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/transportation/busroutes.aspx.


Learn More About Ed-SPLOST V

Posted: 3/10/2017

Learn more about what Ed-SPLOST V would do for students in every school in Cobb County HERE (in English) or HERE (in Spanish)!

Watch what a penny has done for every corner of Cobb County over the last 19 years.

Registered Cobb voters can vote early at any advanced voting location!
More early voting details including available locations and times are available here!


KiDtalk 2017

Posted: 3/8/2017


Cobb County School District Magazine - Vol. 2, Issue 1

Posted: 2/23/2017

We are pleased to share with you the newest issue of the Cobb County School District Magazine. In this issue, we focus on working and learning together to highlight and celebrate the local school partners who play a critical role in the success of our schools.


Move On When Ready (MOWR) Summit

Posted: 2/21/2017

You are invited to attend a MOWR Dual Enrollment Summit to learn about opportunities available for your student to earn college credit while enrolled in high school as well as receive 100% paid tuition, mandatory fees, and books! Cobb Counselors will present details on enrollment while you also have an opportunity to meet with College Representatives! Download the Flyer.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 @ Campbell High School.
5265 Ward Street, Smyrna, GA 30080. 6:00-8:00pm


You Are Invited To Give Your Input!

Posted: 2/17/2017

The Cobb County School District Federal Programs (Title I, II, III, IDEA and Carl D. Perkins) invites the public, parents, staff, and students to give input on federally funded programs. Title I, Title II, Title III, Carl D. Perkins and IDEA seek input on the use of funds as well as the development of the Comprehensive Local Education Agency Improvement Plan (CLIP). Additionally, you are invited to give input on Homeless Program services and the revision to the Title I Parental Involvement Policy. The date is Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at 6:30 PM and the location is Tapp Middle School 3900 Macedonia Road Powder Springs, GA 30027. Read more


CCSD School Transfer Applications Available Online

Posted: 1/31/2017

Due to technical difficulties with a third-party vendor, parents are currently experiencing problems with submitting online applications. Therefore, the deadline for applying has been extended until noon, Thursday, March 2, 2017.

The Cobb County School District is again offering School Choice (HB 251 and SB10) transfers for the 2017-2018 school year. Beginning on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, parents/guardians can apply for the transfers. The district will only accept online applications. In order to provide access to the application for parents/guardians who may need it, a kiosk is available in the lobby of the CCSD Central Offices at 514 Glover Street. For more information, please see our 2017-18 School Choice webpage. 


2017 Learning Resources Public Review

Posted: 1/25/2017

3-12 ELA and K-12 ESOL

The Cobb County School District is offering the community an opportunity to review learning resources being recommended for use in 3-12 English Language Arts and K – 12 ESOL. Print and digital materials will be available for public review, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, at the following locations and dates:

  • CCSD Central Administrative Building - Lobby
    514 Glover Street, Marietta, GA
    Thursday, January 26 – Wednesday, February 8, 2017
  • CCSD Hawthorne Center - Room 139
    1595 Hawthorne Avenue, Smyrna, GA
    Thursday, January 26 – Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Click here to access Digital Materials and Comment Forms


2017 Teacher Job Fair

Posted: 1/13/2017

The Cobb County School District is excited to announce our 2017 Teacher Job Fairs. The Job Fairs are scheduled in two parts: one for Elementary School Level and one for Middle & High School. All interested candidates must register for the event. If you plan to attend both events, you must register for both. Click here for more info and to register.


Community Connections Resource Fair Jan. 30, 2017

Community Connections Resource Fair Jan. 30, 2017

Posted: 1/13/2017

Please join us for the Community Connections Resource Fair featuring local organizations that offer programs, camps, and special events for families of children with special needs.  Come meet representatives from over 15 area organizations who will be on hand to share their program offerings.  This event will be held at Dodgen Middle School.  Click here for more information.

 


Cobb Tank Show to Air on Cobb edTV Throughout January

Cobb Tank Show to Air on Cobb edTV Throughout January

Posted: 1/11/2017

What do “Crossfit Kids”, “Bringing STEAM to the Mainstream” and “K’Nexing Math and Students” have in common?   They are among the 10 Finalists for 2016 Cobb Tank competition where teachers pitch their innovative ideas for classroom instruction in hopes of receiving grants to fund their projects. Read more


Atlanta Brave Chase d'Arnaud at Dickerson MS

Braves Player Visits Dickerson Middle, Inspires Orchestra Students

Posted: 1/4/2017

Dickerson Middle School orchestra students watched with fascination as Atlanta Braves player Chase d’Arnaud played a violin in front of the class. The professional baseball player recently visited the middle school to inspire the music students to keep playing. The Braves shortstop played violin when he was in elementary and middle school, but gave it up to concentrate on baseball.


New CCSD Board Members Sworn-in

Posted: 1/3/2017

On Tuesday morning, January 3, 2017, Cobb County State Court Judge Marsha Lake administered the oath of office to Board Members Randy Scamihorn, Brad Wheeler and David Banks. All three Board Members were re-elected to a four-year term. After the ceremony, the board voted David Chastain as Board Chair and Scott Sweeney as Board Vice Chair.



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