Cherokee district opens newest STEM academy
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Georgia PTA 13th District Director Susan Hayes, right, presents Principal Dr. Jennifer Scrivner with a framed picture of the school signed by all the Clark Creek Elementary PTA chartering members. The Cherokee County School District cut the ribbon Thursday for its newest facility, Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy.<br>Cherokee Tribune/Special
Georgia PTA 13th District Director Susan Hayes, right, presents Principal Dr. Jennifer Scrivner with a framed picture of the school signed by all the Clark Creek Elementary PTA chartering members. The Cherokee County School District cut the ribbon Thursday for its newest facility, Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy.
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ACWORTH — The Cherokee County School District cut the ribbon Thursday for its newest facility: Clark Creek Elementary School STEM Academy in southwest Cherokee.

Clark Creek is one of the school district’s six new Cherokee Academies, which opened this school year in an effort to increase the academic choices available within the school

district.

“Clark Creek STEM Academy is what students and parents should receive when they’re promised ‘choice,’ as this school truly offers unique, challenging curriculum in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, which are the fields for our world’s future careers,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo said. “We’re thrilled to see the STEM Academies already exciting students about these subjects, and we’re delighted that families are choosing to transfer to Clark Creek ES STEM Academy to be a part of this new initiative.”

The new school on Hunt Road off Highway 92 contains 134,824 square feet of space, including 77 instructional units/classrooms, which already house more than 900 students in grades K-5 and can accommodate 1,250 students.

The facility, which was designed by JKH Architects and constructed by Evergreen Construction, is equipped with computer labs and music, art and family living classrooms, a media center, cafetorium and gymnasium.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony included the presentation of colors and Pledge of Allegiance by local Boy Scouts and the singing of the National Anthem by first-grader Miranda Crespo. Also, special guests including school board members, school district staff, principals and Cherokee County Manager Jerry Cooper were recognized.

Dedication remarks were given by Assistant Superintendent for School Operations Dr. Brian Hightower as well as a presentation by Georgia PTA Second Vice President Debbie Rabjohn and culminated with a student musical interactive slate presentation.

Following the ceremony, the school presented its first-ever Fall Expo to raise awareness among parents, guardians and the community of the ongoing activities and student accomplishments associated with its STEM Academy. Students and parents participated in STEM-related activities and labs and experienced how video conferencing can link classrooms to global learning opportunities.

“The grade-level teachers hosting these lab classrooms were very enthusiastic and engaging, and the students and parents all seemed grateful for the opportunity to see STEM in action,” Hightower said. “It was a great evening, as the Clark Creek ES students, parents and staff represented their new facility with pride. The staff, local PTA Officers and community clearly communicated their appreciation to the School Board and School District staff for their new building and the unique opportunity of housing one of the School District’s new STEM Academies!”

Bi-annual expos will be presented at each Academy every fall and spring semester.

The times and dates for upcoming Fall Expo 2012 events are: Ball Ground ES, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9; Hasty ES, 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17; and Canton ES, 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8.

The event at Ball Ground ES also will include a ribbon cutting for the new facility. These events are open not only to students and their families, but also to anyone from the community who wants to learn more about the Cherokee Academies initiative.

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