Woodstock HS Welcomes College Reps for Visits

Woodstock High School regularly welcomes university and college representatives to campus for visits with students. These officials answer students questions about such topics as admissions, financial aid, programs and student life.

(From left) Gordon State College representative Taylor Perdue meets with students Cardur St. Pierre, Luis Castaneda, Zach Baitcher, Nathan Kashani and Jabari Overton. Credit: Cherokee County School District

Woodstock HS Earns Prestigious State STEM Certification

Woodstock High School is the first high school in the Cherokee County School District to earn prestigious State STEM Certification … and only the 12th high school in all of Georgia.

A Georgia Department of Education State STEM Certification Team visited the school Wednesday to make the final determination as to whether the school had achieved the high standards required for the elite designation. The Team unanimously gave the school its seal of approval.

“The certification committee could not stop praising the efforts of Woodstock High School and the opportunities our students have to be part of such a rich experience,” Principal Mark Smith said.

Woodstock High School is the first high school and only the second school in the district, following Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy, to earn this distinction.

“For Woodstock High School, this is the culmination of several years’ worth of planning and implementation on the part of our teachers, parents, business partners, and students,” Principal Smith said of the accomplishment. “Moving forward, this will allow our students who choose to follow one of our STEM Pathways to be officially recognized by the State as having completed a certified STEM Pathway.”

The path to State STEM certification is a complex, multi-year process requiring strong evidence of meeting and exceeding standards in areas such as math and science instruction, technology integration, teacher collaboration, STEM competitions, and business partnerships.

Principal Smith and the school will be recognized for earning this State honor by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the Board’s Nov. 16 School Board meeting.

“This is an amazing accomplishment that the entire Cherokee County community can be proud of, and for which so many deserve kudos and thanks for their efforts and support,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Hightower said. “We knew that Woodstock’s team was leading the charge on high school STEM education, and this recognition is an extraordinary validation that we’re on the right path in preparing students for the STEM careers of today and tomorrow. The lessons learned through this process have evolved into best practices that all of our schools can adopt. Congratulations on this outstanding achievement!”

Woodstock HS Senior Earns Perfect ACT Score

A Cherokee County School District senior has achieved a perfect score on the ACT

Woodstock High School senior Katherine Relick earned the top composite score of 36 on the college entrance and placement test.

On average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score. Only 2,760 out of the more than 2 million students who took the exam in 2017 earned a score of 36.

Exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead, according to ACT. The exam includes English, mathematics, reading and science sections; each section is scored on a scale of 1-36, and the composite score is the average of the four.

In addition to this accomplishment, Katherine is her school’s Student Delegate to the School Board and Vice President of Student Government and a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Women in Science & Engineering, Science National Honors Society, Math National Honors Society and Giving Children Hope Club, for which she serves as President.

A Superintendent’s Key Scholar, Katherine has earned the University of Georgia Merit Award, was selected for and completed the Teen Leadership Cherokee program and volunteers as an Anna Crawford Children’s Center Student Advisor and for SPLASH (a volunteer group that teaches children with special needs to swim), Cherokee Family Violence Center and as a Sunday school teacher for her church.

Katherine will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the School Board Meeting on October 19, 2017.

Woodstock HS Presents Career Programs

Woodstock High School’s media center, through its Career Café program, regularly presents speakers to help prepare students for college career readiness.

Recent programs included guest speaker Marcus Hilliard of GAfutures.org, who talked about scholarships, grants, loans, ACT and SAT prep, and assessments; and a résumé writing workshop presented by Goodwill’s CareerCollegeCatalyst program.

Student Scott Tanner talks with guest speaker Marcus Hilliard. Credit: Cherokee County School District

Woodstock HS Hosts College Fair for Students

(Right) Woodstock High School Freshman Trinity Powell (left) visits with a college representative during the College Fair. Credit: Cherokee County School District

The Woodstock High School Media Center recently hosted 24 colleges and universities at a college fair for students.

The event was presented as part of the Center’s Career Café program; students of all grade levels had the opportunity to attend the College Fair during their lunch periods.

Also, as part of the series, the Center hosted representatives from the U.S. Army, who spoke with students about education and careers available through the armed forces.

Woodstock HS Student Wins Prestigious Legion of Valor Award

Woodstock High School Navy JROTC Cadet Lt. Commander Katlyn Deveau smiles after the Legion of Valor Award is presented to her by Lt. Mark Fagan during Naval Science class at Woodstock High School. She is one of only two recipients of the award in Georgia and north Florida this year. Credit: Cherokee County School District

A Cherokee County School District student has won the prestigious Legion of Valor Award, the highest honor a Junior ROTC cadet can receive.

Woodstock High School Navy JROTC Cadet Lt. Commander Katlyn Deveau is one of only two cadets in Area 12, which includes all of Georgia and Northern Florida, to win the honor this year.

Lt. Mark Fagan, the school’s Senior Naval Science Instructor, presented the award to Katlyn as a surprise during her first period Naval Science class on Wednesday morning.

Katlyn also was presented the Cadet Achievement ribbon for outstanding performance as a cadre at Area 12 Leadership Academy.

Her parents, Mark and Shannon Deveau, were present for the award and shared their proud congratulations with their daughter afterwards.

Schools Celebrate 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

Woodstock High School (top) hosted a viewing party at the stadium for students. Bascomb Elementary School fourth-graders Brayan Rivera and Nathasya Yata (right) display their eclipse-inspired artwork. Credit: Cherokee County School District

Schools throughout the Cherokee County School District celebrated the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse with activities that merged learning and fun.

Each classroom teacher developed a class plan for learning about the eclipse, and lessons ranged from science experiments to creating eclipse-inspired art to enjoying Moon Pies and Sun Chips while observing the eclipse. All classes that planned activities to observe the eclipse outside provided students with eclipse glasses.