The Bibb County School District Newsletter
January 27, 2017
Community Partners Serve as 'Principal for a Day'
Dr. Cleveland Johnson, principal at Veterans Elementary School, said that his day was a "shared learning experience" with Amber Maynard of Hicks and Sons Funeral Home.
"I enjoyed sharing with Ms. Maynard both the instructional and operational aspects of the principalship," he said. "Additionally, we engaged in discussions about the needs of schools and students from the perspectives of an educator and a business woman."
MidSouth Community Federal Credit Union was represented at several schools, including, Southwest High School, Heritage Elementary and Heard Elementary. The company lauded the experience on its Twitter account.
The Bibb County School District would like to take this opportunity to thank all the stakeholders and community leaders who took part in this worthwhile event!
Central High School
Charise Stephens, Business Education Partnership, with Emanuel Frazier
Southwest High School
Roy Bibb, MidSouth Community Federal Credit Union, and other Principals for a Day, with Dexter Martin and school leaders
Westside High School
John Sharp, YoungLife, with Dr. Julia Daniely
Southwest High School
Lane Elementary School
Major Jones, Marco's Pizza, and Bobby Atkinson, Krystal, with Georglyn Stephens and Keisha Dawson
Brenda Thomas, Macon-Bibb County Fire Department with April Harriger
Rutland High School
Wade Bennett, Hartley Bridge Family Dentistry, with Kent Sparks
Congratulations to Our District Spelling Bee Winners!
On Saturday, Jan. 21, the Bibb County Spelling Bee was held at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School. Miller Middle School's Jordan Harrell won the competition, with the Academy for Classical Education's Aman Borich finishing second and Howard Middle School's Patrice Awotunde coming in third. The top two students qualified to represent the county at the District 6 Spelling Bee at Fort Valley State University on Feb. 25.
Best of luck to these talented students, and congratulations to all who participated!
Master Schedule Intended to Improve Elementary School Success
The effort comes after an analysis of last year's schedules reflected that the times varied from school to school. For instance, the time spent on reading ranged from 65 to 120 minutes across the District.
"It really varied in all of our subjects," Dr. Kilcrease said.
This year, each school was given guidelines for each subject, and then teachers filled out time logs over a four-day period last semester to be analyzed by District Management Group (DMG). That organization has provided feedback and data, which will be used by the Teaching and Learning Department to help maximize classroom time, particularly when it comes to core subjects like reading and math.
"We're hoping to give the teachers the time that's needed to provide good, quality instruction in those areas," Dr. Kilcrease said.
The data from DMG isn't the end of the story, though. Dr. Klcrease and her staff will continue to observe what's going on in schools to be as efficient as possible. Recently, they determined that elementary classrooms were on schedule in almost 95 percent of the 500 or so visits they made.
Dr. Kilcrease also said she knows that there are improvements to be made to the guidelines, which currently call for 15 minutes of recess. She'll continue to hold focus groups with teachers and other staff to resolve those issues.
"Developmentally, that's not enough time," Dr. Kilcrease said of recess.
Southwest Freshmen Commit to Graduate, Hear from Former NBA Player
"All I knew was street stuff," he said.
After growing up around drugs and gangs, Daniels' mother sent him to Mt. Zion Christian Academy in Durham, N.C., to finish high school. From there, he went on to Auburn University and graduated with a degree in sociology. Daniels joked with the students that he chose that major because it was easy, but that it had been helpful in his post-basketball life.
"I like dealing with kids, so it helped a lot," he said.
Daniels played 10 seasons in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks. During his visit, he urged the students to set goals for themselves and avoid the "temptations" to make choices that keep them from graduating and reaching their goals.
"It's hard to get out of trouble, but it's easy to get into it," Daniels said.
The students also got a chance to walk across the stage and have their name called to feel what graduation will be like.
Alex II Group Shares Holiday Spirit
The Band of Brothers Mentoring Group from Alexander II Magnet School banded together for the holidays to spread greeting and cheers to the residents of St. Paul Living Facility for the elderly on Dec. 19. The group delivered greeting cards and socks to the residents while singing Christmas carols.
District Students Participate in Hack-a-Thon
Several district students participated in a "hack-a-thon" event sponsored by Navicent Health recenty. The two-day competition put the students alongside students from Mercer to come up with mobile apps that would provide real-world solutions for the hospital system. The issues addressed included the check-out process, appointment scheduling and even food orders for patients and their guests.
"You need so much technology in the field of healthcare," said CTAE Director Cassandra Washington.
Washington added that the goal of the event was to show how students can use their technical skills to advance through postsecondary education into the workforce. Northeast High School's Alexus Norrington and Howard's Tate Testa were on the winning team.
Along with Norrington and Testa, the following students participated from Bibb County schools: (Erich Calhoun – Hutchings College and Career Academy/Westside HS), Hunter Fleenor (Howard High School), Ke’Ira Freeman (Northeast High School), Tanner Francis (Howard High School), Ben Hornung (Howard High School), Etta James (Westside High School), Jessica Johnson (Howard High School/Hutchings College and Career Academy), Myrthle Legaspi (Howard High School/Hutchings College and Career Academy) and Jaylan Scott (Westside High School).
Student Receives Gear from President
Vineville RoboPandas Heading to State Competition
The following students are on the RoboPandas team: Andrew Edwards. Daniel Biek, Dontavious Lofton, Gustavo Castaneda-Gomez, Isaiah Ford-Patterson, Janelle Sealy, Kyle Hicks, Mary-Katherine Lewis, Maya Jones and Skye Selby. Alternates are Kaitlyn Wallace, Prince Sacred Thomas and Kamaree Taylor, and Leslie Brown and Thomas Trinh serve as coaches. Good luck!
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Brookdale Students Chosen in Bike Drawing
Brookdale Elementary School's Flexible Learning Program students were given the opportunity to win a free bicycle last semester. One boy and one girl from each grade were placed in the drawing, for a total of 12 entries, and fourth-grader Destiny Howard and fifth-grader Ki'Mar Smith were chosen.
Teacher Kelli Bercik said she's obtained three more bikes, which will be given away at the end of February. Students will have to excel in math and display positive behavior to win!
Howard High Student Works for Violence Victims
In Bibb and Baldwin County, where he previously attended, Bhavik has worked as chairman for an awareness walk for violence victims. He's also attended workshops to learn more about victim advocacy.
Anderson Brothers Honor Their Parents with Scholarship for Bibb County Students
"Your education will be your primary rocket all your life," John Anderson said.
The scholarship will be funded through their mother's estate. Even though neither of their parents went to college, John Anderson said they always placed a high importance on education. Both men are graduates of the Bibb County School District, so they wanted to give back.
"The formation we received in high school is still with us," John said.
Southfield Celebrates Accelerated Reader Points
Southfield Elementary School recently held a celebration to recognize students who met their Accelerated Reader goals. The students, who were from grades 2 through 5, enjoyed an ice cream sundae bar in the school's media center. The following students participated: Mark Bivens, Caleb Burnett, Kamryn Jackson, Arieson Barrow, Kelise Griswold, Chase Plank, JaTariya Woodard, Julia Garcia, Khamari Shiver and Justin Thompson.
Central High Student Organizes Seat Belt Campaign
Williams Writing Team Gives Back to Local Family
The theme of the holiday season for Williams Elementary School involved "caring and sharing," and the school's writing team took it to heart. They voted on a project for the season and decided to support a family from their school with a $150 Walmart gift card. The students didn't know which family got the card, but they were glad to help someone.
Heard Students Honored for Test Scores
Skyview Duo Reaches Millionaire Club Status
Congratulations to Tristan Ash and Ke'Areon Varnado who have read over a million words this year. Because of this feat, they've been welcomed to Skyview Elementary's Millionaire Club.
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