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Meet Team LEGO 2012

Introducing this year’s CCBS LEGO League team! Congratulations to (pictured above from left) Eddie, Rick, Alexander, Dain, Vincent, Tommy and Michael! Along with Coach (and Math Teacher) Nick Linscott, these gentlemen will represent CCBS at the regional qualifier this Saturday with “gracious professionalism,” a core value of F.I.R.S.T. LEGO League.

At Saturday’s event the team will demonstrate their knowledge of this year’s theme: Food Factor through a science presentation. They will also be interviewed by judges to gauge their professionalism and ability to work well together. And, of course, central to all of this will be the three robot runs, when the Bears will test their programming skills with a timed challenge course for their robot to perform.

We’ll keep you posted on the results.


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2012 Basketball Season Opener

The Bears headed onto the court in Walhalla last night looking confident and skilled. Their practice has clearly paid off! The Bears lead the game at the end of the 1st quarter by one point (7-8) and came in just one point back at the half (15-14). The opposing team had a nice scoring streak in the third quarter ending it with a 29-18 lead, but the Bears stayed with it and continued to put points on the board, ending with a 42-30 loss to Walhalla. This was a very good season opener – one to be very proud of! Check out the photos below.

Special thanks to family and staff who made it to cheer on and support the team! GO BEARS!!

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Two Very Special Programs

In the next few months we have two very special programs coming up for mothers and fathers of Cherokee Creek Boys School students. It is important to note that these programs are not restricted to moms and dads. Participants may include other significant adults invested in the success of CCBS students.

On deck first is the Women of Courage Retreat in February (February 12-14), just preceding the February Family Seminar facilitated by Founder, Beth Black and Manager of Clinical Services, Jane Barker. This event is for mothers of current CCBS students. For more information please read the Women of Courage Invitation.

In April, Fathers and Sons are invited to launch into a multi-day sea kayaking adventure to Cumberland Island. The Father & Son Sea Kayaking Adventure (April 18-22 – possible evening travel on April 17) will be facilitated by Cherokee Creek staff and Breakwater Expeditions and is designed to be the perfect combination of activity, rest, relationship development and fun! For trip details, download the Cumberland Island Trip Packet.

Both of these events have limited availability. Please RSVP to Beth Venable if you are interested in attending: (864) 647-1885 or via email at

We look forward to seeing you!

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2012 Basketball Season

This just in! The 2012 basketball season has been announced. The dates, times and locations are listed below.

We love to see families cheering at the games. Please let us know if you can make it and we will be sure to get you directions and any additional details.

Thursday, January 5th at 8:00 pm, Walhalla City Gym
Friday, January 13th at 8:00 pm, Walhalla City Gym
Tuesday, January 17th at 6:00 pm, Seneca Gignilliat
Monday, January 23rd at 8:00 pm, Westminster
Saturday, January 28th at 12:00 pm, Fair Oak
Thursday, February 2nd at 8:00 pm, Westminster
Friday, February 3rd at 8:00 pm, Walhalla City Gym
Tuesday, February 7th at 6:00 pm, Seneca Gignilliat
Thursday, February 9th at 6:00 pm, Seneca Gignilliat


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Our Just Desserts

And the winner is...Josh Ward, Night Staff and Soccer Coach

It isn’t always work, work, work at CCBS! We enjoy a little play with the rest of the staff. too! At this year’s staff retreat, we had to work for our dessert. After a lunch catered by Paseano’s Italian restaurant, Beth Black brought out freshly baked brownies and all kinds of decorating materials. The Challenge: who can create the most beautiful and creative brownie. Our contest was won my Josh Ward from our night staff (Josh is also our soccer coach). Way to go, Josh! Y0u must be studying Julia Child while the boys sleep!

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2012 Calendar Updates

We have a lot to look forward to in 2012. Check out the “Upcoming Events” column to the right for a listing of happenings in the first 6 months of 2012 at Cherokee Creek Boys School. Everything from LEGO League to the last day of school are listed. Stay tuned for the Basketball schedule, which will be posted as soon as we receive it!

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Bears Victory!

Jimmy warms up for the net before the season's first game. His efforts paid off last night in overtime.

The Bears accomplished a 6-5 victory in overtime last night to have their first win of the season and the first win ever in a tournament game. Congratulations to all of the boys and to the coaches for their outstanding efforts! Note the student summary and quotes below describing the experience. They are over the moon – and truly recognize the value of teamwork!

Last night’s game summary provided by Student Contibuter Kevin:
At 8:00 the soccer tournament started. It was wet from a passing shower. Early in the match Cole scored from a corner kick. 1-0. Before half the other team scored. 1-1. Rick scored a goal bringing it up 2-1. Then the other team brought another goal, 2-2, then it was overtime. In the first 5 minutes it was 3-2 to us. After the full overtime it was 3-3. Time for penalty kicks (PK’s). Our goalie, Jimmy, blocked 4 before getting us 1. The first PK score: 4-4. In a second round of PK’s Sam D. and James scored while the opposing team only got one. This was it. The last shot. We block it, we win…They score, PK round 3. We were all shaking off nerves.

They kick. Jimmy blocks it. We won! We all run on the field and celebrate. We dump the cooler of Gatorade on coaches new vest and polo. The night was one of the best ever! Everyone gave 110% and it payed off!

Tournament Round 2 is Tuesday!

Student Statements:
“We did really great, we did really well. Even though the other team only had 9 people, they played well, too. It was a good game.” -Hudson

“We were persistent and we had lots of spirit!” -Cory

“It was exceptional. We all hustled. We had an amazing game.” – Kevin

“I thought we were going to loseabout 10 times. It was stressful when we had to do the PK’s.” – James (James scored the fianl penalty kick to make the score 6-5)

“I was very surprised we won. We all played superb. I want to congratulate everybody on their efforts.” – Jimmy

“It was an amazing game. It was an epic game. We had the best teamwork we’ve ever had.” – Spencer

“Good teamwork pays off!” – Cole

“It was a very good game and we had great teamwork and effort.” – Tommy Br.

“I think it was a fantastic game and we had great sportsmanship.” – Alexander

“It was a fantastic game with 10 PK’s in total and we had great teamwork.” – Dain

“It was an awesome game. It was sweet. I believe if Jimmy was not in the goal, we wouldn’t have done so well. He is straight up athletic. Coach gave the player of the game to everyone, but it really belonged to Jimmy because he saved us with those PK’s. I’m looking forward to the next game and using the same ideas and teamwork. The communication on the team is getting better. When everyone was passing we were using names. It’s really important.” – Rick

“I am really excited that we are going to another tournament game. My dad was really excited on our phone call this morning. Everybody did a great job, but especially Jimmy on the last block of the game.” – Mike T.

“I feel this is something out of a storybook because we played the same team earlier and lost. And now we’ve come back and beat the team in double overtime shooting PK’s.” – Sam K.

“I was ecstatic! We all played a good game.” – Michael H.

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Migration Education

Sam and Sam examine a Monarch butterfly

Yesterday, CCBS students celebrated “Migration Celebration” with Biologist Jason Love and Ornithologist Marc Hopey as part of the Coweeta Long Term Ecological Research program. Our students participated in Monarch butterfly tagging and bird banding to help document and track migration paths of these animals.

They then had time for learning fun by playing animal charades, I-Spy and Migration Headache all of which reinforced the many variables that can negatively affect a successful trip for the migrators.

All in all it was another great day of hands-on learning!

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X-Country Takes Bite out of Apple Fest 5K

The whole group before the race

Cherokee Creek Boys School Cross Country celebrated another great race this past Saturday! Seven students and 3 staff completed the Apple Festival Classic – a 5K race just up the road in Westminster, SC. Pictured above: (front) Patrick; (middle left to right) Tommy & Michael; (back left to right) James, Sam, Coach Chris Leamons, Loucas, Primary Counselor Kayla Tomkins, and Kevin.

More than half of the CCBS team walked away with awards! Kevin and Sam both received medals for placing 2nd in their age groups. Staff Andrew Stevenson (not pictured) placed in his age group and Staff/Coach Chris Leamons placed 3rd overall. Check out the snapshots below.

Congratulations, Bears!!
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2011 Soccer Season Kicks Off!

With last night’s first soccer game of the season, the Bears are off to a great start! With several team members on Trek, the players who took the field last night had to play the entire 60 minutes with only half-time for a break! They played with incredible heart while staff cheered from the stands and coaches Josh Ward and Chris Leamons lead the team from the sidelines. Speaking of team leaders…Cole did an excellent job serving as the team’s captain for this game. The team did take a 6-0 loss for the evening despite the fearless and incredible efforts of Jimmy in the net and Loucas on defense. Sam also turned in an awesome performance playing offense, giving us our best opportunities to go for the goal.

This was a really strong start for the season! We are looking forward to the next game on Monday. Check out the slideshow below. Go BEARS!

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