Board Recognitions – October 26, 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 recognition announcements are included with the photos below.

National Bus Safety Week – Cobb County School District Transportation Department

School Bus Safety Week provided an opportunity to highlight the importance of school bus safety and the hundreds of bus drivers who safely transport about 80,000 Cobb students every day. Cobb County School District (CCSD) bus drivers travel more than a combined 70,000 miles and stopping at more than 42,000 bus stops each and every day.

The Board and Superintendent Chris Ragsdale recognized the following CCSD Transportation Department personnel: Rick Grisham, executive director of transportation; Carol Valentine, associate director of operations; Mike Warner, associate director of fleet maintenance; Michael Graham, CCSD Regular Education School Bus Safety Skills Champion and Georgia state runner up; and Allen Melton and Rose Joseph, CCSD Special Needs School Bus Safety Skills Champions and Georgia state runners up. They’ll be competing at Nationals in March in Texas. They also recognized Jeremiah Bradbury, Georgia State Bus Technician Champion. He will be competing at nationals in Columbus, Ohio in November as part of the “America’s Best” Program.

Judy Serritella Exemplary Library Media Award – Campbell High School

The Georgia Library Media Association and Georgia Library Association recognized Campbell High School for its outstanding media programs.

The Campbell media specialists provide an engaging and instructional library program for the students and staff and serve as leaders in the broader library media community.

The Board and Superintendent Chris Ragsdale recognized the following Campbell staff members: library media specialists Martha Blaydes and Andy Spinks, and SLI Elizabeth Hayden.

 

Awards of Excellence in Physical Education by the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance

Dickerson Middle School recently won an Award of Excellence in Physical Education by the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

The state organization recognized Dickerson Middle School for conducting an exemplary physical education program.

To celebrate Dickerson’s success at keeping kids active and healthy, The Board and Superintendent Chris Ragsdale recognized the following: Mark Anderson, CCSD Health and Physical Education supervisor; Dr. Carole Brink, principal; Sandra Alford, assistant principal; and physical education teachers Maureen McLaughlin, Megan Lankes, Natalie Cornwell and Drew Starnes. Unfortunately, physical education teacher Duane Perozzi was unable to join them.

Golden Radish Award – Food & Nutrition Services

The Cobb County School District continues to receive praise and recognition for its school nutrition. Once again, CCSD earned the coveted Golden Radish Award for doing extraordinary work in farm to school.

Last year, the District was honored for using 24 mobile kitchen carts to conduct live cooking demonstrations with students, having over 30 school gardens and serving more than one million pounds of locally grown food.

The Board and Superintendent Chris Ragsdale recognized the following for the District’s Gold level award: Emily Hanlin, executive director of Food and Nutrition Services; Amy Lambert, director; Will Snead, assistant director of wellness; and Monique Johnson, associate director of nutrition and menus.

2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools – Dickerson Middle School

The U.S. Department of Education named Dickerson Middle School a 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools!

Dickerson is among an elite group of 342 Blue Ribbon schools across the nation to be honored for academic excellence in 2017. The U.S. Department of education recognized Dickerson and Dodgen as “Exemplary High Performing” schools, which are among a state’s highest performing schools.

The Board and Superintendent Chris Ragsdale recognized the following Dickerson Middle School staff members for the school community’s tremendous accomplishment: Dr. Carole Brink, principal; Sandra Alford, assistant principal; and teachers Rebecca Johson, Tara Thieme, Jackie Roche, Jennifer Attard, Maureen McLaughlin, Megan Lankes, Natalie Cornwell and Drew Starnes.

2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools – Dodgen Middle School

The U.S. Department of Education named Dodgen Middle School a 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools!

Dodgen is among an elite group of 342 Blue Ribbon schools across the nation to be honored for academic excellence in 2017. The U.S. Department of education recognized Dickerson and Dodgen as “Exemplary High Performing” schools, which are among a state’s highest performing schools.

The Board and Superintendent Chris Ragsdale congratulated the following Dodgen Middle School staff members for their role in helping Dodgen earn the 2017 National Ribbon School of Excellence award: Dr. Loralee Hill, principal; Gary Jackson, assistant principal; Sheri Dennard, Teacher of the Year, 8th Grade lead and math teacher; Marlo Sharp, French teacher; Tonia Martin-Gatlin, counselor; and Tricia Eoff, counseling office clerk.