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 are provided here to accompany the photos.
Donna Lowry: Thank you, Mr. Chairman, members of the Board, and Superintendent Ragsdale.
Class AAAAAA Boys Swim 100 meter Freestyle State Champion — Ananda Lim, Sprayberry High School
We are thrilled that we have another swimming state champion in the school district. Ananda Lim, a junior at Sprayberry High School, won first place in state for the Class 6A Boys Swim 100 Meter Freestyle.
At this time, we would like to invite Ananda along with his swim coach John White and Principal Joseph Sharp to join the board at the front of the room.
Navy JROTC National Athletic Champions — Sprayberry High School
Next, we want to recognize Sprayberry’s Navy Junior ROTC team as National Athletic Champions! In addition to the team’s victory, junior Amanda Yancey won first place for female curl-ups, setting a new national record with 324!
The team also took home state championship titles. Sophomore Jacob Tucker is the push-ups state champion, and senior Rigel Forman is the boy’s curl-ups state champion.
The Board would now like to recognize, at the front of the room, the Sprayberry High School Navy JROTC National Athletic Champions along with Principal Joseph Sharp; Commander Dennis Wonders, Gunnery Sergeant Edgett and CTAE Supervisor Jacquelina Brown.
Navy JROTC Boys Orienteering National Champion — Jake Minta, Hillgrove High School
Next, we want to congratulate another Navy Junior ROTC National Champion. Hillgrove High School junior Jake Minta is the Boys Orienteering National Champion!
The Board would like to commend Jake for a job well done by inviting him to come forward along with Principal Christian Suttle, CTAE Supervisor Jacquelina Brown, Commander Ron Hojnowski and Chief Allen Harris.
Army JROTC Female Color Guard State Champions — Pebblebrook High School
We’re excited to announce that we have more JROTC champions. This time, it’s for the Army. Pebblebrook High School won the title of Army JROTC Female Color Guard State Champions.
At this time, we invite the Pebblebrook Army JROTC Female Color Guard State Champions, CTAE Supervisor Jacquelina Brown, Command Sergeant Major Kapers Williams and Sergeant Major Robinette Pryor to come forward to be honored by the Board.
DECA Awards-Lassiter High School
We’re pleased that not one, but two, Lassiter High School students were recently named DECA State Champions. DECA is the international association of high school and college students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship.
Lassiter sophomore Miller McGee is the DECA Sports & Entertainment Marketing State Champion. Fellow Lassiter sophomore Sienna Eger is the DECA Retail Marketing State Champion.
Congratulations to Miller and Sienna! Please join Lassiter Principal Chris Richie, CTAE Supervisor Jacquelina Brown, and DECA sponsor Wanda Wexler at the front of the room to be recognized by the Board.
SkillsUSA Criminal Justice Quiz Bowl State Champions for Law Enforcement Services/Criminal Investigations
We are pleased to honor the SkillsUSA State Champions from South Cobb High School. The South Cobb team won first place in the Criminal Justice Quiz Bowl for Law Enforcement Services and Criminal Investigations.
Team members include Aldo Garcia, Naomi Baires, Sebastian Esparza, Lavrentino Castro and Devin Maitra.
We’d now like the following people to join the team as the Board recognizes them for their achievement: CTAE Supervisor Jacquelina Brown, Principal Clint Terza and teachers LaShawn Green and Dr. Francis-Ferris.
AdvancEd STEM Certification — Cooper Middle School
Next up, we are going to honor Cooper Middle School for achieving AdvancEd STEM certification. As the internationally recognized mark of quality for STEM schools and programs, the AdvancED certification highlights Cooper Middle School’s commitment to STEM education and preparing students for future STEM careers.
At this time, we would like to invite the following people to the front of the room to be recognized: STEM and Innovation Supervisor, Dr. Sally Creel, Math Supervisor Michelle Mikes, Cooper Principal Dr. Vanessa Watkins, Cooper STEM Academy teachers, Cooper STEM students and other Cooper staff, who have played an integral part in the school achieving AdvancEd STEM Certification.
Cobb STEM Certification — Big Shanty Elementary School
The Cobb STEM Certification process is designed to recognize schools or programs within schools that support quality STEM-enriched learning opportunities, as well as provide schools with clear guidelines and criteria to support them along their STEM journey.
We’re excited to announce that Big Shanty Elementary School recently earned the county’s STEM Certification.
The Board would like to congratulate the following people at the front of the room for Big Shanty’s success: STEM and Innovation Supervisor, Dr. Sally Creel, Math Supervisor Michelle Mikes, Big Shanty Principal Kelly Luscre, Assistant Principal Nile Yates, Betsey Olotka and Stephanie Hill.
National School Nurse’s Day
National School Nurse’s Day celebrates and acknowledges the accomplishments of school nurses and their efforts of meeting the needs of today’s students by improving the delivery of health care in our schools. We want to take this opportunity to thank our dedicated Cobb school nurses, who contribute to our local community by helping students stay healthy, in school, and ready to learn.
We are fortunate to have many of our devoted nursing staff with us this evening. As I call your name, please stand.
• Melanie Bales, Nursing Supervisor
• Julie Barton, Consulting Nurse
• Kathy Jacoutot, Consulting Nurse
• Laura Jones, Consulting Nurse
• Kamaria Payne, Consulting Nurse
• Sandra Evans, School Nurse, Walton HS
• Barbara Ellis, School Nurse, Tapp MS
• Ada Freeborn, School Nurse, Belmont Hills ES
• Fikera Gerald, School Nurse, North Cobb HS
• Tiffany Heglund, School Nurse, Nickajack ES
• Shameka Hicks, School Nurse, Green Acres ES
• Janelle Koziara, School Nurse, Kennesaw ES
• Patti Leppo, School Nurse, Powers Ferry ES
• Susan Murphy, School Nurse, Murdock ES
• Mary Ortland, School Nurse, Dodgen MS
• Tricia Patterson, School Nurse, Pitner ES
• Cynthia Scurry, School Nurse, Kemp ES
• Alison Hilbig, School Nurse, Campbell HS *
• Jeanette Ingram, School Nurse, McCall *
We now would like to invite all our school nurses to come forward to be recognized by the Board.
The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation Best Communities for Music Education Award
For the 14th consecutive year, The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation named the Cobb County School District to its list of the Best Communities for Music Education.
CCSD has made the list 15 out of the 18 years of the awards program. The list recognizes the efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders to make music education part of the curriculum. The designated school districts demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education.
The District’s music department deserves to be recognized by the Board for such an outstanding accomplishment. As I call your name, please come forward: Chris Ferrell, Supervisor of Instrumental Music; Amy Morris, Fine Arts Professional Learning Specialist and Dr. Melissa Arasi, Supervisor of Choral, Theatre and Dance. Dr. Arasi is retiring at end of May after 30 years of music service in Cobb.
American School Counselor Association Recognized ASCA Model Program
The American School Counselor Association has named five Cobb Schools as Recognized ASCA Model Programs, also known as RAMP programs. This designation indicates that school counseling teams are committed to student success by delivering comprehensive, data-driven programs.As I call the name of your school, please join Counseling Supervisor Gail Smith at the front of the room to be recognized by the Board
Mt. Bethel Elementary School: Principal Jessica Appleyard and Counselors Kristie Gordon, Kellie Oakes and Mary Rees
Smyrna Elementary School’s Counseling Team are the second recipients of the RAMP award: Counselors Laquita Hardimon and Beth Parker.
The next RAMP school is Hightower Trail Middle School: Principal Laura Montgomery; counselors, Dr. Travis Schmid, Lara Salzman and Jeni Norris and Guidance Clerk Deirdre Walsh.
Osborne High School also achieved RAMP Certification: Principal Joshua Morreale; Assistant Principal Jennifer Glendenning; and Counseling staff, Courtney Courtney, Joany Bass, Kismet Little, Greg Moncrief, Mirna Wynn, Karla Olivares and Consuelo Rosas.
The final school to be awarded RAMP Certification is Kell High School: Principal Dr. Andy Bristow; and counselors, Valerie Bullock, Lauren Holland and Tammy White.
Georgia Athletic Director’s Association Hall of Fame Inductee — Steve Jones, Cobb County School District Director of Athletics
We are thrilled to announce that Steve Jones, CCSD Director of Athletics, was recently inducted into the Georgia Athletic Director’s Association Hall of Fame!
Coach Steve Jones began his career with CCSD in 1974 at Campbell High School as a Social Studies teacher and Assistant Coach for Football, Basketball, and Baseball. He has served as the District’s Director of Athletics since 2007.
Coach Jones, please join the Board at the front of the room so they can congratulate you on your latest career achievement!
Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame Inductee — Jimmy Dorsey, McEachern High School
Next, we want to congratulate McEachern High School Athletic Director Jimmy Dorsey on his upcoming induction into the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Coach Dorsey has supported student athletes at McEachern since 1984.
Coach Dorsey, now is the time to come forward to be recognized by the Board for your coaching accomplishment.
Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
We’re pleased to announce that the Cobb School District’s Financial Services Department has earned the Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.
The Board would like to congratulate the Financial Services Department on their success by inviting the following people to the front of the room: Brad Johnson, Chief Financial Officer; Jan Hendrix, Director of Accounting Services; Colette Turner, Manager of Accounting Services; Steve Powell, Manager of Food Services Accounting; Mandy Mattison, General Ledger Accountant; Karen Meeks, General Accountant; Peggy McClure-Greenough, Procurement Card Specialist; Diana Cothran, Cash Specialist; Dawn Vastola, Accounts Reconciliation Coordinator and Lisa Meslo, Food Services Accounting.
Congratulations again to all on their achievements. This concludes our recognitions for this evening. Thank you.