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November 15, 2021

District Exceeds 80 Percent Graduation Rate

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Data released on Oct. 21 by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) show the Bibb County School District’s high school graduation rate has surpassed 80 percent for the first time in at least a decade. The District’s overall graduation rate for 2021 was 80.67 percent. This is up from an overall District graduation rate of 51.30 percent in 2011. All six high schools demonstrated growth in the graduation rate from 2020 to 2021, and both Central and Howard High Schools achieved a graduation rate of 85 percent for 2021 – a new high for District schools.

“Bibb County, like the rest of the state and nation, has really been thrown for a loop because of COVID-19. One of the goals we set early was to get to a graduation rate of 90 percent by the year 2025, and COVID-19 helped kick us off that path. This year, I am thrilled we are back on path. Our graduation rate is above 80 percent for the first time. Four of our six high schools have graduation rates above 80 percent as well, and the other two schools had fantastic gains from last year to this year. I am thrilled, I am excited, and it shows the hard work students, teachers and staff have put in place to make education better in Bibb County. Congratulations to all,” Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones said.

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2021 Graduation Rate Announcement

Students Commemorate Veterans Day

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Recently, the students, faculty and staff at Burdell-Hunt Magnet School honored veterans with a drive-thru Veterans Day parade. Student groups from across the District also participated in the Blossoms & Bacon Veterans Day Celebration. We would like to thank all veterans for their service to our country!

Taylor Elementary Hosts 'Character Con'

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On Oct. 29, Rosa Taylor Elementary School held its "Character Con" book character parade. This celebration of literacy allowed students to dress as their favorite book characters and showcase these costumes for faculty, staff, parents and their peers!

Magnet School Applications Now Open

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The Bibb County School District’s online application process for its magnet schools and programs for the 2022-2023 school year is now open. The applications are available online and will be open through December 7.

“This is an exciting opportunity for families to choose specific themed learning choices for their students within the Bibb County School District,” said Ben Bridges, Director of Fine Arts & Magnet Programs.

There are applications available for schools and programs at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Open houses will be held on the following days:

  • Alexander II Math & Science Magnet School (K-5th Grade, Newly STEM Certified): Thursday, November 18, at Noon (Virtual)
  • Burdell-Hunt Communications Magnet School (K-5th Grade): Thursday, December 2, at 10 a.m. (Virtual)
  • Dr. John H. Heard Elementary School, Academic Magnet (K-5th Grade): Tuesday, November 16, at 10 a.m. (Virtual)
  • Vineville Academy of the Arts (K-5th Grade): Thursday, November 18, at 10 a.m. (Virtual)
  • Miller Fine Arts Magnet Middle School (6th-8th Grade): Tuesday, November 30, at 10 a.m. (Virtual)
  • Central Fine Arts & International Baccalaureate Magnet High School (9th-12th Grade): Monday, November 29 at 6 p.m. (Face-to-Face)

Parents/guardians will be notified regarding their child's lottery and/or interview status by mail by January 22, 2022. In addition to the interview required at all grade levels in consideration of acceptance, auditions will be required for Fine Arts applicants at the middle and high school levels. There is also an essay requirement for the IB program at Central High School.

Middle School Administrators Win State Awards

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Congratulations to H. G. Weaver Middle School Principal Crystal Graham Childers (center), Miller Fine Arts Magnet Middle School Assistant Principal Shandreka Gibson (second from right), and Executive Officer Dr. Jesse Davis (right) for being recognized by the Georgia Association of Middle School Principals! Mrs. Childers was presented with the Jerry Davis Distinguished Principal Award and Mrs. Gibson was presented with the Hal Beaver Georgia Outstanding Assistant Principal Award. Dr. Davis was presented the John H. Lounsbury Award for Distinguished Achievement in Middle Level Education. Way to go!

Parents, Students Invited to Dual Enrollment Night

2021 Rutland Graduate Succeeds at National Convention

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Congratulations to Hannah Newberry, a Rutland High School Class of 2021 graduate, on placing fourth in her competitive event on October 28 at the National FFA Convention and Expo in Indiana! Hannah advanced to national competition after placing first in Dairy Production Placement at the Georgia FFA State Convention in April. Congratulations, Hannah! It's Always a Great Day to be a Hurricane!

Bibb Victories: Queronar Hamilton

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Meet Queronar Hamilton. She’s up next for our #BibbVictories campaign to tell the stories of Victory in Progress in the Bibb County School District (BCSD) by students, teachers, staff, alumni and parents.

We are all in this together and we could all use a little more positivity on our social media feeds. Every day, we all have the power to inspire, make a difference and exemplify strength of character. This is the opportunity to do just that.

As a bus driver with almost 20 years of service to the Bibb County School District under her belt, she knows the impact you can have on a child’s life. “Sometimes we're the first people they see,” she said. She’s been driving a school bus since 2012 and is making a difference every day. “You have to recognize that you don’t know what they could be facing. As one of the first people they see in the morning, I always check on them and make sure they’re ok,” Hamilton said.

She actually began her career with the District in the nutrition department but became interested in driving the bus. On this National School Bus Safety Week, we’re sure glad she did!

“Ms. Hamilton is my eyes and ears in the field,” James Blanding, Route Supervisor for the Howard and Westside Zones, said. “She is very conscientious and a duty-bound employee. Her dedication and in-depth knowledge of the Howard school zone ensures mission accomplishment.”

“Like all of our drivers, she works tirelessly to provide safe transportation for her students,” Director of Transportation Anthony Jackson added. “She begins her day early and works closely with her supervisor to ensure that daily routes are covered. Like many of our drivers, she willingly provides route support for her colleagues throughout the day. She is a true PRO (Punctual, Responsive and Organized)."

Community Partnership Supports Veterans Drone Club

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Veterans Elementary School incorporates clubs and auxiliary programs through implementation of PBIS and Leader in Me. The purpose of clubs and co-curricular organizations is to encourage personal growth and leadership, through social, cultural, occupational, and service co-curricular opportunities that supplement the academic experience. This year Veterans Elementary School has partnered with Bibb Mount Zion Baptist Church (Pastor Paul Little) to incorporate a Drone Club for students in grades 3-5. Students will be able to apply their science and technology skills and learn how the Drone Industry is a growing occupation. The Drone Club is one of many clubs this year. Others include Men of Valor, Tea Club, Student Ambassadors, Dance, and Orchestra.

District, Hospital Partnering for Job Fair

The Bibb County School District is partnering with Atrium Health Navicent to host a Virtual Job Fair for juniors, seniors, and BCSD alumni on December 8. Join this virtual workshop and job fair to hear from Atrium Health Navicent President and CEO Delvecchio S. Finley about how he got into the healthcare field and how you can too! Register by November 30 for a virtual job interview timeslot.

CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

Truist Foundation Donation to United Way Purchases Uniforms

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On Nov. 2, District officials and BOE member Dr. Sundra Woodford recognized the Truist Foundation for a donation of about $10,000 through United Way of Central Georgia. This donation provided uniforms for students districtwide, as well as diapers and training pants for students at Northwoods Academy. Community partnership is a huge part of our Victory in Progress!

Students, Employees Support Braves' World Series Efforts

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Both during and after the Atlanta Braves' World Series victory over the Houston Astros, District students, faculty and staff wore team gear and colors to show their support. Go Braves!

Rutland High School Collects More Than 1,200 Canned Goods

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The Rutland High School Student Council, Marine Corps JROTC and Beta Club challenged each other to see which group could donate the most canned goods in the pursuit of an overall goal of 850 cans. In the end, their combined efforts resulted in the donation of 1,272 cans! Way to go!

District Honors National Principals Month

National Principals Month 2021

October was National Principals Month, and the District is so grateful for the hard work and dedication of these important school leaders. Community members may have wondered what a principal does each day, though, so some experts weighed in on the matter!

Top Lane Elementary Readers Enjoy Fall Fun

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On Nov. 10, students at McKibben Lane Elementary School who had met their Accelerated Reader goals were treated to hayrides and s’mores. What a fun way to celebrate literacy and the fall season!

Learn About Scholarship Opportunities!

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