As a school district, much of our focus on communicating information is directed toward the parents of the Cherokee County School District’s (CCSD) 42,000 students.
We regularly send communications directly to parents from the district, school and classrooms via messages and newsletters.
At the same time, as a public school system, we also see it as part of our responsibility to keep our entire community up-to-date on our operations. We are funded by the community, through income, property and sales taxes, and we serve the community at large by preparing it’s future workforce and future leaders.
We share news with our community through our website at www.cherokeek12.net and through our social media:
- Facebook (@CherokeeGASchools)
- Twitter (@CherokeeSchools)
- Instagram and Threads (@cherokeegaschools)
- LinkedIn (@Cherokee County School District – GA)
- YouTube (@CherokeeGASchools)
We’re also grateful to this magazine’s publisher for generously giving us space in every other issue to share news and information with our community.
Over the past year, we’ve recognized that it would be helpful to them if more of our news came directly to them instead of expecting them to seek it out on their own. We recently created a sign-up list at https://bit.ly/CCSDsignup for community members to receive our monthly CCSD Connections newsletter in their email on the same day it’s emailed to CCSD parents.
The newsletter (see the current issue at https://bit.ly/CCSDnews) rounds up the past month’s CCSD news, from updates on school board meetings to student and teacher achievements. Other monthly features include a message from the superintendent of schools, resources for parents, a recipe of the month from CCSD’s school nutrition kitchens, profiles of CCSD leaders, job openings, a calendar of events and more. It’s published the first or second Thursday of the month, depending on the school calendar.
Beyond positive feedback from parents in general, we’ve heard feedback from parents that the newsletter’s information helps them in their vocation, such as Realtors and small-business owners. We think by expanding our distribution to the community, our news will help more people who work in these fields but don’t currently have children in our schools.
We’ve also heard feedback from grandparents who requested the opportunity to sign up to keep up with news from their grandchildren’s school district (and maybe see a grandchild highlighted!). The new sign-up system is open to grandparents, too, even those who don’t live in Cherokee County. If you’re a parent reading this, please share the sign-up link with your children’s grandparents if you think they would enjoy reading the newsletter.
Thank you to everyone in the community who has signed up so far. If you ever need more information about CCSD, please email us at email@example.com.
– Barbara P. Jacoby serves as chief communications officer for the Cherokee County School District, and is a CCSD parent with four children.