The Bibb County School District Newsletter
August 26, 2016
Twenty Bibb Schools Improve in Nationwide Database Rankings
Top-improvers included Porter Elementary, Williams Elementary and Union Elementary.
Porter Elementary improved by 230, Williams by 114 ranks and Union by 89 ranks nationwide.
The website helps parents choose schools for their children based on detailed database profile information on schools around the United States and "includes 20 years of enrollment data, several years of test scores, crime data, real estate data," according to Schooldigger.com
District Leaders Using Multi-Pronged Approach to Bolster Literacy Skills
Led by Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones, District leaders continue to focus on literacy initiatives to ensure that all students can read on grade level by third grade.
Educators at all Bibb County schools are striving to help students develop literacy: the ability to read, write, speak and think at high levels as specific contexts demand. By third grade, students need to have adequate literacy skills in order to comprehend other subject areas, to include math and science.
The Bibb County School District Literacy Plan provides a roadmap to identify the literacy needs and goals at all District schools as well as the steps for how to achieve them.
Some of the steps on the roadmap include several initiatives: Systems 44, Reading Mentors Program, United Way Read United, United Way and AARP’s Social Innovation Fund, United Way’s Read2Succeed, Literacy Target Schools, Sonday Reading Program and more.
All elementary third-graders are using Systems 44 to enhance their understanding of the English language. It’s a finite system that focuses on the 44 sounds and 26 letters.
The Reading Mentors Program is a comprehensive coaching support for K-3 teachers. Teachers are receiving specialized, customized professional coaching to strengthen instructional practices and help more students read at grade level at the critical year of third grade.
District community partner United Way was awarded two grants to assist with a couple literacy initiatives. A grant from AARP has enabled United Way to recruit volunteers in Macon-Bibb and pair reading tutors with students to help reinforce literacy skills in elementary school.
United Way announced ReadUnited, an expansion upon the successful Read2Succeed program that also pairs community tutors with students on a weekly basis.
Teachers are also using the Sonday Reading Program to ensure effective, consistent and proven literacy instruction for students. The Sonday System is based on Orton-Gillingham instructional principles that have been well documented over time. The Orton-Gillingham approach has been the subject of five major reading research studies over the last 70 years. Citing these, the National Reading Panel identified Orton-Gillingham as one of the effective methodologies that address the needs of struggling readers (National Reading Panel, 2000)
Students Rewarded with Waffle Party for Summer Reading
Bernd Elementary School students who turned in a summer reading log enjoyed a Waffle House Party, thanks to community partner, Waffle House!
Miller Magnet Middle School Student Travels to Young Leaders Conference
Miller Magnet Middle School eighth-grader Trint Smith-Ray participated in the Junior National Young Leaders Conference this summer in Washington D.C. He worked and collaborated with other young leaders from around the country.
“At the Junior National Young Leaders Conference, students develop leadership skills, while having the educational experience of a lifetime. Students at JrNYLC learn to work together and collaborate as they develop action plans that they can put into practice in their homes and communities,“ according to the website.
Above, left to right: Keynote Speaker, Anthony Robles, 2011 NCAA National Wrestling Champion and Trint Smith-Ray.
CTAE Marketing Education Programs Receive Industry Certification
The Marketing Education Programs of Bibb County received their golden stamp of excellence by the Atlanta Chapter of the American Marketing Association July 12, 2016.
Only those programs that have successfully undergone rigorous reviews by leaders from business and industry are recognized with this distinction. The following instructors were presented with a plaque and banner at the 2016 Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education (GACTE) Summer Conference: Amy Myers, Central High School; Brittany Turner, Howard High School; Angeles Jeffreys, Northeast High School; Jody Heath, Rutland High School; Tina Ransey, Southwest High School; and Valeria Drummond, Westside High School.
This is a yearlong process that requires the instructor to complete a pathway evaluation notebook and have their students conduct presentations on program promotion, community involvement, incorporating DECA and curriculum implementation.
The industry certification process strengthens various components of the marketing education programs to include: ensuring that the labs are equipped with state-of-the art equipment, aligning the CTAE and academic performance standards and incorporating business, industry and the community in all aspects of the program. In addition, industry certified CTAE programs provide students with the qualifications necessary to gain viable employment in their chosen career pathways by utilizing current industry standards.
Williams Fifth-Graders Sworn in as Junior Fire Marshals
Williams Elementary School fifth grade students were sworn in as Junior Fire Marshals by Fire Safety Educator Jeremy Webb, Inspector Carell Rembert and Adviser Sandra McClendon.
Eastside Team Kicks Off New School year with RaiderFest, Title I Meeting
Rutland Zone Kicks Off School with Hurricane Fest and Title I Meeting
RaiderFest is an event where the entire community comes together to provide services for students in preparation for the new school year. Students received book bags, school supplies and received information about Move on When Ready, GEAR UP, SAT workshops and lockers.
In addition to grade specific Title 1 Meetings, parent and students had the opportunity to browse the many vendors that were represented including: Northeast Alumni, the Boys & Girls Club, Upward Bound, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Cricket Wireless, Great Expectations, the Young Ladies Ministry of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Kingdom Life Ministries and several other community churches to name a few.
Mercer Basketball Coach Teaches Teamwork
On Thursday August 18, 2016, Mercer Women's Head Basketball Coach Susie Gardner spoke to Williams Elementary students about how to be a good teamplayer and her book, "1, 2, 3, TEAM!"
Students Use Music, Drama to Learn Math and Spelling
Vineville Academy of the Arts incorporates S.T.E.A.M in all areas. Second grade students use creative movement/drama moving to music to add and subtract word problems spelling out the answers in Number Word Form with their bodies.
Union Elementary Media Specialist Named Middle Georgia Library Media Specialist
Not only does she encourage students to read, she holds instructional classes providing corresponding lessons to the material students are learning in their other classes, as well as teaching research skills. Mrs. Denson was honored as the Library Media Specialist of the Year for the Middle Georgia Region, which services seven counties. She received this honor after being named the Bibb County Media Specialist of the Year in 2015.
Six District Students Attend Governor’s Honors Program
Schools nominate about 3,000 students statewide each year for the program. Students go through an intensive interview process in January and February before the final pool of students is chosen. Finalists are chosen for one of 17 majors, and spend six days a week in classes in their major and minor, with extracurricular activities like seminars, art shows, concerts and academic tournaments in the evenings and on the weekends.
Students who attended were:
Savannah Banks, Dance
Madison Jackson, Communicative Arts
Jenny Lee, Science
Heeju Lim, Music
Hannah Strudwick, Theatre
Dustin Testa, Engineering
District Awarded with Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management, according to the GFOA. Only a handful of school districts in the state of Georgia prepare a CAFR. Doing so enhances a District’s bond rating, leads to transparency in terms of accounting records, and adds credibility to a District’s financial statements.
Northeast Paraprofessional Honored with District Hero Award
Quick Think Competition Winners Recognized
Camry Maxwell, Taylor Elementary School
Becca Ogden, Heard Elementary School
Jayda Thomas, Bruce Elementary School
The school winner then competes at the District level. The top three winners in Bibb County were Camry Maxwell from Taylor Elementary School, first place; Becca Ogden from Heard Elementary School, second place; and Jayda Thomas from Bruce Elementary School, third place.
Rutland High GEAR UP Students Tour Colleges Over the Summer
They also participated in a behind-the-scenes tour the Georgia Aquarium and explore the World of Coca Cola Museum. Pictured from the left are Rutland High Juniors Chris Poole and Jalen Lucas.
Central High GEAR UP Students Prep for College
GEAR UP sponsored a three-day trip to visit four colleges, stay overnight in a college dorm, participate in SAT or ACT test prep and participate in job- shadowing.
Forty girls and 40 boys were invited to participate throughout the District.
A Central High School student, Antoneshia Knighton, shared her experience:
“My experience on the GEAR UP college tour this summer was very positive and it gave me a better outlook on college. Growing up, I was always told that college was too much and that the military would be a better route to take. The first part is correct, college is a lot but there are many scholarships that you can apply for that will cover some, if not all, of your college expenses. If I didn't have the opportunity to go on the trip this summer, I would've still been blinded to the options that will help me go to college. Being on the trip was an indescribable experience that allowed me to interact with other teenage girls my age and hear their knowledge about college. My favorite part of the three-night trip was when we went to the aquarium and went to a dolphin show. Since I had changed my mind about going into the military, I figured that becoming a dolphin trainer would be a better option.”
Howard High Student Shares GEAR UP Youth Leadership Conference Experience
Students attending the GEAR UP Leadership conference in Washington, D.C. this summer had a blast.
Howard student Jasmine Lim said, "My experience at the Youth Leadership Conference for GEAR UP was amazing! I got a chance to work with important people who care about all students’ education. At Youth Summer Leadership, we worked on overcoming our 'fear of image,' leadership and people skills. It was the opportunity of a lifetime where I got to meet supporters such as celebrity Nick Cannon and many more educators around America. I am grateful to have been chosen to attend."
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