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The Bibb County School District Newsletter

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June 30, 2022

Dr. Sims Sworn In as Superintendent

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On Wednesday, June 22, Dr. Dan A. Sims was sworn in as the next Superintendent for the Bibb County School District. After taking the necessary oaths, an emotional Dr. Sims thanked his family as well as members of the Board of Education for their support.

"I believe this board and I are a perfect fit, just as they believe I am the fit for the District in this season," Dr. Sims said.

He also expressed gratitude for the leadership of outgoing Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones Jr. Dr. Sims will officially take office on July 1.

New Superintendent Dr. Dan A. Sims Swearing in Ceremony 6/22/2022

District Looks to Hire Retired Educators

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Class of 2022 Honored with Graduation Ceremonies

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On May 25-27, more than 1,000 graduates from the class of 2022 walked across the stage at the Macon Coliseum to graduate from Bibb County high schools. These students will now go on to enroll in college, get employed in careers or enlist in the armed forces.

"I feel good looking out at your beautiful faces and your beautiful graduation regalia," said Principal Bernard Young. "I see a group of phenomenal young people who can adjust to anything at any moment, in real time."

Community Meets, Greets New Superintendent

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On June 21, community members and District staff gathered at Rutland High School to hear about the goals and plans incoming Superintendent Dr. Dan A. Sims has as he takes office on July 1. During a presentation in the school's fine arts center, Dr. Sims highlighted a student-centered approach to leadership.

"If you have some level of influence on what's happening in the life of a student, and you can get on the same page, and move with the same vision, and operate with the same purpose, something really great can happen with that child in the middle," Dr. Sims said.

After his presentation, Dr. Sims greeted parents, students and other stakeholders during a brief reception. This was an excellent chance for community members to connect with the incoming superintendent!

Meet and Greet Superintendent Dr. Dan A. Sims 6/21/2022

School Board Approves New District Leaders

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During its June 16 meeting, the Bibb County Board of Education approved the following appointments to leadership positions:

  • Dr. Katika D. Lovett, Chief of Staff
  • Kevin Adams, Chief Information Officer
  • Nelson Render, Executive Officer
  • Dara Foy, Director of Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Accountability

Dr. Lovett has served as Assistant Superintendent of Student Services for the past 3 years in Atlanta Public Schools. In this role, she has provided strategic leadership and guidance for several key departments including Special Education, Student Intervention and Wrap-Around Supports, Comprehensive Health Services, Afterschool & Summer Programs, Student Discipline, Student Registration and Records.

Adams currently serves as the Bibb County School District’s Director of Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Accountability. He has served as the Interim Chief Information Officer for the past two months.

Render has held several leadership positions in public education beginning as Director of Bands and Assistant Principal at DeKalb County Schools, Assistant Principal and Implementation Specialist for 9-12 College and Career Readiness at Atlanta Public Schools, Principal at Clayton County Schools, and Chief of Secondary Schools and Associate Superintendent of High Schools at Madison Metropolitan School District in Wisconsin.

Foy, previously the District's Testing Coordinator, was elected treasurer for the Georgia Assessment and Accountability Professionals organization in 2020.

CLICK HERE for more information about the meeting, including the approved budget for 2023

Graduates Visit Former Elementary Schools

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Each year, graduates from District high schools - and even beyond - return to their former elementary schools for a "grad walk." This tradition allows the graduates to connect with former teachers, see classmates who went to other schools and motivate current elementary school students to stay on the path to graduation!

Hutchings Teacher Wins State Honor

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Congratulations to W.S. Hutchings College and Career Academy graphic design and communications instructor Paige Welch on being named GACTE Postsecondary Professional of the Year. She will now represent Georgia at the Region 2 Conference.

Springdale Elementary Hosts Field Day

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Despite some wet conditions, Field Day at Springdale Elementary School on May 13 seems as much fun as ever! This was thanks in large part to the volunteer efforts of some Howard High School student-athletes. Thanks, Huskies!

Lewis, Bruce Students Visit Safari Park

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Students in the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program Camps at John R. Lewis Elementary and Bruce Elementary School participated in a field trip to Wild Animal Safari in Pine Mountain on June 8. This was an excellent hands-on learning experience!

Rutland JROTC Part of Computing, Cybersecurity Program Launch

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The District is excited to announce Rutland High School will become part of an elite national Marines JROTC cohort for 2022-23 to build computer science and cybersecurity education programs for students! Participating in this new cohort will prepare Rutland High School with the tools and connections to build AP Computer Science Principles and Cybersecurity programs for students (cadets) and the entire student body.

Students attending high schools that are part of the national Marines JROTC-CS CSforALL Cohort have access to cutting edge curriculum around Computer Science principles and cybersecurity, gain knowledge, skills and proficiencies in tech related fields, and potential opportunities to pursue future careers in computer science and/or cybersecurity!

Students Participate in Summer Camp

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The Getting Ready Summer Camp was held during the month of June for District students. These students participated in a variety of activities to prepare them for the classroom in the 2022-2023 school year.

Discounted Internet Connection Available for Families

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District, Partners Host Resource Fair

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On May 12, the District - in partnership with Central Georgia Technical College's Adult Education Division - held a Summer Resource Fair at St. Paul AME Church. This was an opportunity to learn about CGTC recruitment activities, different summer camps, community programs, and services geared toward students, ages 4 to 18 years old.

BCSD representatives were also present to provide information about their programs and services along with other community organizations. Additionally, families received school supplies, books, food and more!

Teachers Recognized for iReady Implementation

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In May, the District recognized a teacher at each middle school for excellence in implementation of iReady to promote student achievement in mathematics. The following teachers were honored with Certificates of Excellence:

  • Savion Mullen, Appling Middle School
  • Billy Jacobs, Ballard-Hudson Middle School
  • Yu Nise Lee, Howard Middle School
  • Jesulyomi Awoyeye, Miller Fine Arts Magnet Middle School
  • Brittany Maynard, Rutland Middle School
  • Chasity Rickards, Weaver Middle School

District Presents Check to United Way

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On June 8, outgoing Superintendent Dr. Curtis L. Jones Jr. helped present a check for more $121,000 to United Way of Central Georgia for the District's 2021-2022 campaign. In recognition of Dr. Jones' role in the partnership between the District and United Way, the organization also presented him with a camera bag as a retirement gift. We love our community partners!
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Bibb County School District

VISION: Each student will demonstrate strength of character and will be college or career ready.

MISSION: The Bibb County School District develops a highly trained staff and an engaged community dedicated to educating each student for a 21st century global society.

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