Creek ES STEM Academy Teacher Receives $1,000 Grant

The Department of Natural Resources recently visited Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy to present a teacher with a major award and grant.

Discovery Science Lab teacher Karen Garland was officially honored as the Department’s Georgia Conservation Teacher of the Year and received her $1,000 grant. The grant will be used for a pollinators butterfly project planned by Ms. Garland’s students.

(From left) Assistant Principal Susan Bruno, Anna Yellin and Kim Kilgore from the Department of Natural Resources, teacher Karen Garland, Linda May of the Department, Principal Joey Moss and Academic Facilitator Ashley Polito. Credit: Cherokee County School District

Clark Creek ES STEM Academy Benefits from Partner Donation

Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy is benefiting from a business partner’s generosity.

Modern Woodmen, a full-service Fraternal Financial Company, partnered with the school to raise money for an electronic sign to keep the community informed. Each year, Modern Woodmen reinvests millions of dollars back into the communities it serves through service projects, matching funds, and donations of Youth Education Materials to local schools.

“Both Modern Woodmen Representative Melinda Spurlin and I look forward to continuing this educational partnership in the 2017-18 school year,” Principal Joey Moss said.

PHOTO: (from left) Principal Joey Moss, Assistant Principal Jillian Nichols, and Modern Woodmen Representative Melinda Spurlin. Credit” Cherokee County School District

Clark Creek ES STEM Academy Students Raise Money for Science Camp Scholarships

Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy’s Student Council recently raised funds to help classmates afford to attend science summer camp.

The donation of $200 to Club SciKidz owner Bob Hagan will provide scholarships to help students, who otherwise couldn’t afford to attend the camp, continue their exploration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through the program.

Celebrating the donation are (from left) front row: Student Council members Skylar Briggs, Hunter Atkins, Maria Jimenez, Hannah Sirmons; back row: Principal Joey Moss, camp owner Bob Hagan and Student Council sponsor teacher Lauren Abrams. Credit: Cherokee County School District

Clark Creek Holds Tribal Celebration

clark-creek-elementary-school-stem-academy-tribal-2-10-28-2016(Top) Principal Joey Moss, center, and Assistant Principals Jillian Nichols, left, and Melinda Roulier congratulate Pride of the Tribes winners, from left to right: Chloe Carter (Tadewi – Gray), Luz Jimenez (Ama – Blue), Mason Davila (Rowtag – Red), Christopher Davila (Atohi- Green), Natalia Opoku-Mensah (Miakoda – Purple) and Kristian Nelson (Tawa – Yellow).

clark-creek-elementary-school-stem-academy-tribal-1-10-28-2016(Right) Principal Joey Moss congratulates Pride of the Nation winner Luz Jimenez of the Ama Tribe – Blue) Credit: Cherokee County School District

Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy recently ended the first quarter of classes with a Tribal Celebration. All six “tribes” (teams of students and teachers) came together as one nation to recognize student accomplishments and honor the tribe that received the most points the quarter.

At the end of each quarter, two students per tribe in each grade level are chosen as “Pride of the Creek.” Then, one student is selected from each tribe to represent the “Pride of the Tribe.” Lastly, an overall representative is chosen to serve as the “Pride of the Nation.”

Characteristics and positive traits are shared about each student expressing the qualities one must demonstrate to be selected. During the celebration, students are recognized for Principal’s Honor Roll, attendance and reading accomplishments. At the end, the tribe with the most points for the quarter is announced and receives a special tribal treat and celebration.

Finalists in Technology Association of Georgia’s 2016 STEM Education Awards

stem-logoTwo Cherokee County School District schools have been named finalists for the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and TAG Education Collaborative’s 2016 STEM Education Awards.

Canton Elementary School STEM Academy is a finalist for the Elementary School Award, and Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy is a finalist for the STEM Certified School Outreach Award.

This is the second consecutive year for the schools to be named to the elite list of finalists.

The awards were created, according to the Association, to recognize “outstanding efforts and achievement in supporting and promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education in Georgia.”

Winners will be announced during the STEM Education Awards ceremony on Nov. 4 at the Loudermilk Center in Atlanta.

“We applaud each of this year’s finalists for their extraordinary efforts to bolster awareness about the importance of STEM and for their hard work to increase student participation in science, technology, engineering and math programs,” said Michael Robertson, director of the Collaborative. “Georgia will need to fill some 211,000 STEM-related jobs by 2018, so we are pleased to showcase so many great schools, programs and organizations that are helping to develop a strong future workforce for our state.”

TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 30,000 members; TAG Education Collaborative is dedicated to developing science, technology, engineering and math initiatives in Georgia.

Clark Creek Recognizes Teacher of the Year

clark-creek-elementary-school-stem-teacher-of-the-year-9-6-2016Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy recently congratulated Lauren Abrams as its Teacher of the Year.

(From left) Assistant Principal Jillian Nichols, Principal Joey Moss, Teacher of the Year Lauren Abrams and Assistant Principal Melinda Roulier. Credit: Cherokee County School District

Abrams was working with her fourth-graders in the media center when she was surprised by the school’s administrators. Principal Joey Moss and Assistant Principals Jillian Nichols and Melinda Roulier presented her with a tiara, sash and bouquet of flowers.

“I am so blessed to work in an environment with such other spectacular educators,” Ms. Abrams said. “Their enthusiasm, compassion and willingness to continue to learn as professionals is what drives me to be better and do better things for our students.”

Abrams now is eligible for the honor of Cherokee County School District’s 2017 Teacher of the Year. Each CCSD school nominates a teacher for the competition, which is judged by a panel of community leaders. The winner will be surprised in his or her classroom by the Superintendent of Schools this fall and will be honored, along with each school’s winner, at a Teacher of the Year Banquet in December sponsored by CCSD Partners.

Kick off the Year with Tribal Celebration

clark-creek-elementary-schoolstem-academy-tribal-8-15-2016Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy kicked off the school year with its annual Tribal Celebration.

All faculty and staff joined a “tribe” by random drawing to represent their classroom for the entire school year. Students earn tribal points by displaying positive character traits toward others and their school community.

The tribe with the most points at the end of each quarter receives a tribal celebration. “Six tribes work together to build one nation that fosters a positive learning environment and instills a sense of teamwork, cooperation, and commitment to make good choices,” Principal Joey Moss said.

(Left) Principal Joey Moss joins students Porter Holcomb, left, and Elijah Holman in a dance at the Tribal Celebration. (Right) Teachers (from left) Chris Sears, Jama McCartney, Lauren Rodriguez and Dana Izquierdo participate in the drawing for tribes. Credit: Cherokee County School District