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August 1, 2019

District Kicks Off 2019-2020 at Convocation

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On Jul 25, the District kicked off the 2019-2020 school year with Convocation at the Macon Centreplex Coliseum and Convention Center. This event brings together all the schools and departments, with Michael Bonner - an educator who has been recognized by Ellen DeGeneres and others for his innovative teaching style - serving as keynote speaker.

“I believe whatever you model for a child, they will be able to exude over a period of time,” Bonner said of the importance of high expectations.

The District also named its 2020 Teacher of the Year, Mark Robinson of W.S. Hutchings College and Career Academy. Elam Alexander Academy’s Autumn Taylor was runner-up.

Congratulations to these and all our school-level winners, and we hope everyone has a great school year!

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Several student organizations assisted with Convocation, handing out programs and fulfilling other duties as needed. The District would like to thank the following groups for their help: Central FBLA, Howard DECA, Howard FBLA, Northeast FFA, Rutland FFA, Southwest DECA and Westside DECA.

Dr. Jones Appears on 'Close Up' Program

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Superintendent Dr. Curtis L. Jones, Jr., recently did an interview for "Close Up" with Randall Savage on WMAZ. Tune in Saturday, Aug. 3, at noon or Sunday, Aug. 4, at 6 a.m. to hear what he had to say about the District's achievements and goals for the coming school year.

Milestones Results Show Positive Trends for Reading/ELA

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Last week, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) released school- and district-level results for the spring administration of the 2019 Georgia Milestones Assessment System and students in Bibb County showed steady growth across the content areas. In particular, new high scores were achieved in English Language Arts (ELA)/Reading in third through ninth grades. This achievement celebrates the hard work students and teachers have put into focusing on the District’s strategic priority of getting students reading on grade level.

“I am truly excited by the data released from this administration of the Georgia Milestones. This year’s increases in ELA demonstrate that we are moving in the right direction. Our scores show a trend of getting better each year, and I am proud to say we are closing the achievement gap with the state across multiple grades and content areas. I want to thank teachers for their dedication and hard work. This is Victory in Progress and definitely worth celebrating,” Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones said.

Georgia Milestones results are reported by proficiency levels that indicate student mastery of the tested gradelevel standards in core content areas. The levels are Beginning Learner, Developing Learner, Proficient Learner and Distinguished Learner. The goal is for students to achieve ratings of Developing Learner or higher to demonstrate they are prepared to be promoted to the next grade level.

When monitoring the trend for ELA, 54.7 percent of students in third through eighth grade in 2016 scored at Developing Learner or higher. By spring 2019, the percentage of third through eighth grade students scoring at Developing Learner or higher had increased to 61.5 percent. Likewise, when monitoring the trend for the percentage of students in third through eighth grades reading on grade level, the total increased from 50.8 percent in 2016 to 57.5 percent in spring 2019.

Schools Welcome Families With Open House

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Each of the District schools held Open House on Tuesday, with families coming to meet teachers, learn schedules and more. Parents were also able to make registration changes and sign up for parent-teacher organizations ahead of the first day of class on Aug. 1.

Click here for more back-to-school information.

Check Out This Opportunity!

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PBIS Hosts Back to School Bash

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On July 24, more than 1,300 students and family members attended the annual Bibb PBIS Back to School Bash. This event provided an opportunity for families to pick up free school supplies, school uniforms and other items as well as connect with District departments and community partners.

"I am so excited about the opportunity that we, as a school district have to support our families in ensuring that students are prepared for the first days of school," said Curlandra Smith, PBIS coordinator. "It is very important to set the tone for a great start of the school year. What better way to set the tone than by having District and community partners come together to serve our families."

Northeast Zone, Don't Miss RaiderFest!

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Southwest Hosts Mock Trial Pipeline Program

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The first State Bar of Georgia Georgia Diversity Program (GDP) Macon High School Mock Trial Pipeline Program was crafted into a one-week program. The event in Atlanta is a two-week program that has occurred for almost 10 years.

The Macon Program accepted 15 students from three Macon area public high schools. The program was hosted by Southwest High School. Eleven students participated. From day one, the students worked closely with their teacher, Jarvis Denmark, and began writing their competition essays. Mr. Denmark is an elementary school teacher in Macon in the public school system. Mr. Denmark was assisted by Bernard Young. Mr. Young is the assistant principal at Southwest High School. Each day during lunch, the students engaged in various activities.

Supporting sponsors of the Macon expansion project included the State Bar of Georgia Committee To Promote Inclusion, the State Bar of Georgia Child and Protection Advocacy Committee, the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, the Macon Bar Association, Georgia Legal Services Program Macon Office, the Bibb County Board of Education, Southwest High School and the Epsilon Beta Lambda Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Rutland FCCLA Attends Conference, Receives Honors

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Rutland High School’s chapter of FCCLA attended the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California, from June 30 through July 4. Paige Riser, a rising Rutland senior, competed in her STAR Event and took home a gold medal.

Over 4,700 FCCLA members competed in STAR Events at NLC. STAR Events are competitive events in which members are recognized for their proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation.

Paige competed in the Career Investigation event, Senior category on July 2 and brought home gold on July 4, placing not only first in the FCCLA Southern Region, but second in the nation with a score of 97.66%. Paige was the only student from Bibb County to compete at FCCLA NLC after scoring a perfect score and placing within the top two in the state in March at the organization’s Georgia State Leadership Conference in Atlanta.

In addition, Rutland’s Sabrina Rutledge, who is the Georgia FCCLA Vice President of Public Relations, also attended NLC and served as one of the few voting delegates for the state of Georgia, which has the largest FCCLA state association in the country. This position allowed Sabrina to help choose the members of the 2019-2020 National Executive Council, who serve FCCLA on the national level, on the behalf of Georgia.

New Teachers Begin Journey in Bibb

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This month, the District held its annual New Teacher Orientation, hosted by Howard High. The county's newest teachers heard from various District representatives, including Dr. Mack Bullard, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources.

‪“‪You’re here to open the door for over 20,000 students,” he said.

The District would like to welcome these 275 new teachers to the team!

Southfield Hosts Symposium for Faculty and Staff

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More than 70 teachers and staff members from Southfield Elementary School attended the Southfield Summer Symposium 2019 from July 8-10 in order to prepare for the upcoming school year. Everyone is excited for 2019-2020!

Ballard-Hudson Staff Gathers for Professional Learning

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The faculty and staff at Ballard-Hudson Middle School gathered in July to strategize for the coming year. The school is aiming to Reconnect the Village through Pride, Consistency, Respect, and Support!

District's Executive Officer Installed as GAEL President

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Dr. Jesse Davis, the District’s Executive Officer of Secondary Education, was recently installed as the president of the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders (GAEL). GAEL is a leadership development organization that serves all of Georgia’s public schools.

Davis is starting his first year in Bibb County after serving as a school-level administrator for 16 years. He spent 12 years as principal of Feagin Mill Middle School, which became a Lighthouse School to Watch under his leadership in 2016. He was previously chosen as Georgia’s National Distinguished Principal in 2013.

Heard Selected for Agriculture Program

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The state board of education recently approved agricultural education courses for kindergarten through fifth grade, and Heard Elementary was one of 20 schools statewide chosen for the program. These classes will help prepare students for the agriculture and FFA programs already in place at Rutland Middle and High schools.
“I’m thrilled about this work and the opportunity to add agricultural education at the elementary level,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “At the upper levels, our kids have a chance to learn the business and practice of agriculture, but now we can begin to build that understanding for our younger students in an age-appropriate way.”

Heritage Elementary Hosts 'Serve Day'

Through a partnership with Central City Church, Heritage Elementary School hosted a "Serve Day" earlier this month. What an excellent way to get the school building ready for 2019-2020!

Westside Wins 7-on-7 Event at Ed DeFore Sports Complex

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The District hosted a 7-on-7 football competition at the Ed Defore Sports Complex, recently renovated with artificial turf on two fields. Westside High School won the event, which also included Northeast HIgh School, Rutland High School, Southwest High School and participants from other districts.

Be a Watchdog! Stop Bullying!

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