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January 27, 2017

Community Partners Serve as 'Principal for a Day'

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Earlier this month, community partners came to spend some time in each district school as a "Principal for a Day." As part of this effort, these business and community leaders took part in meetings, classroom lessons and principal observations.

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.

"We had the privilege of serving as #PrincipalForADay at several @BibbSchools schools. What an awesome opportunity!"

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!

Congratulations to Our District Spelling Bee Winners!

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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

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Assistant Superintendent Dr. Tanzy Kilcrease and the Teaching and Learning Department are trying to improve elementary school student results through a more uniform schedule.

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

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Southwest High School's Class of 2020 got a special treat as they made a Commitment to Graduate this month. Former NBA player Marquis Daniels spoke to the freshmen about his journey from the streets of Orlando to college and beyond.

"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.

Former NBA player speaks at Southwest High School

Alex II Group Shares Holiday Spirit

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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

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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

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Skyview Elementary School fifth-grader Mallory Smith received a box of items during the election from current President Donald Trump. The school's REACH class had been learning about the election process and making an election scrap book. One piece of the assignment was to write the national headquarters for the Republican and Democratic parties. Mallory received a FedEx package full of memorabilia from the Republican headquarters prior to the election.

Vineville RoboPandas Heading to State Competition

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For the second time, the Vineville Academy RoboPandas robotics team is headed to the state First Lego League robotics competition. The event is scheduled for Feb. 4 in Gwinnett County.

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!

Looking For a Lunch Spot? Try Compass Rose Cafe!

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The Compass Rose Cafe at Hutchings College and Career Academy will officially open to the public in late February. Staffed by students in the Culinary Arts and Hospitality and Tourism pathways, the cafe will present gourmet offerings and is sure to impress!

Brookdale Students Chosen in Bike Drawing

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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

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Howard High School junior Bhavik Davey was recently honored by State Superintendent Richard Woods for his efforts to raise awareness about domestic violence. Bhavik was one of just five Career and Technical Instruction (CTI) students statewide to receive the recognition.

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

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John and Bob Anderson joined the district and Community Foundation of Central Georgia to announce the Newton and Sarah Anderson Scholarship for Excellence. The scholarships of $10,000 each will benefit about 60 Bibb County students in ninth through 12th grade when they go to college. To be eligible, students must meet specific GPA and discipline requirements.
"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

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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

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Central High School senior Aulona Graham-Simms organized a Seat Belt Awareness Campaign at Central and Westside High Schools. Working in conjunction with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, Aulona arranged to have an officer stationed at the exit from the student parking lot at both schools on the day of a big basketball game between the two programs. The officers checked to see if the students were wearing safety belts. All students wearing a safety belt was presented with a card for a free item from Chick-fil-A. All students not wearing seat belts were given warnings and reminded of the importance of wearing seat belts.

Williams Writing Team Gives Back to Local Family

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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

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Several Heard Elementary School students were honored for making perfect scores on a section of the second nine weeks progress assessment. They are pictured with Principal Carole Cote and Assistant Principal Lashun Crawford. On the left are third-graders Erin Peacoc, Ethan Crabbe and Trina Goorah. On the right are fifth-graders Amari Fannin and Laney Floyd. Great job!

Skyview Duo Reaches Millionaire Club Status

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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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