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District Highlights Importance of Parental Role in Education During Parent Engagement Month

Superintendent's Message on Parent Engagement

For the month of November, the District is celebrating Georgia’s Parent Engagement Month and Parent Involvement Day on November 19.

Throughout the month, schools are hosting events for parents to come and learn more about being involved in their child’s education. The District recognizes that parent involvement is paramount to student growth and success. View the District calendar of Parent Involvement events and join us! http://goo.gl/5L8mxN

District Commemorates Veterans Day, Honors Area Veterans

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Skyview Elementary lined the halls to guide visitors and area veterans to the latest installment of the school's Veterans Wall.
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Skyview Elementary kindergartener Jayden Crowder points to his father's photo after a Veterans Day brunch. His father served in the Army for two years and has three students in DIstrict schools.
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Vineville Academy of the Arts' Veterans Day program featured Vineville Voices, guest speaker Technical Sergeant Jocelyn Foster of the Air National Guard and Howard High's band and color guard.

View more photos of Veterans Day celebrations on the Bibb County School District's Facebook page!

Rutland High School Dedicates JROTC Wing to Montford Point Marines

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The District dedicated Rutland High School's JROTC hall as the Cpl. Thomas Mosley and Pfc. Frank Johnson Marine Corps Leadership Education Department. Both men are from Middle Georgia and were Montford Point Marines who were presented with Congressional Gold Medals for their service.

GRAMMY Foundation Donation Highlights Role of Music Education in Students' Futures

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Southwest High School's band program recently benefited from a $2,000 donation from the GRAMMY Foundation. As a prominent supporter of music education, the GRAMMY foundation, along with the Hot Topic Foundation, committed to donating funds to music programs throughout the country.

The award will benefit approximately 102 marching band students and will continue to help provide priceless opportunities such as the season highlights students have already experienced this year, like performing at Georgia universities. This year alone, the band has performed during Bibb County School District's 2015-2016 Convocation at the Macon Centreplex, Albany State University's Homecoming Parade in Albany, Ga., Fort Valley State University's Homecoming Parade and FVSU's pre-game field show at their homecoming game in Fort Valley.

Band Director Dominique Lane says the donation will help his music program continue this year. The band will purchase instrument supplies and pay for upcoming band trips. The supplies purchased with this donation will include things like reeds, oils as well as cleaning and maintenance supplies that students may not be able to purchase on their own.

Ultimately, this donation supports the important work Lane tries to instill in his students every day. "Music education is vital to enrichment of the human soul. From the building up of character to the simplest and purest enjoyment of music itself, music in our schools can be directly linked to the success rate of students in musical performances but also academic endeavors that they may embark on," he said.

Lane has witnessed firsthand how music education can change the course of a student's future.

"Through their involvement in the Southwest High School band program, I have had students who originally had not planned to attend college not only enroll in college, but also use their musical talents to receive full scholarships or significant financial assistance," Lane wrote.

He says he has also seen an immediate return on his investment.

"I am proud to say that I have had students come back to me and state that if they had not been in my band program, they do not know where they would have ended up. Students have stated that tasks such as regularly scheduled band rehearsals or trips caused them to develop discipline in other classes or stay out of trouble outside of school."

Lane believes that music education is "vital for the betterment of the human race" and is "proud that Bibb County supports music education in schools."

District High Schools See Strong Gains in Graduation Rates

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Data released today by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) show the Bibb County School District's high school graduation rate increased by 12.32 percentage points in 2015 compared to 2014 for a total graduation rate of 71.216 percent. The increase brings the District’s high schools closer in line with the state average of 78.744 percent. Hutchings College and Career Academy exceeded the state graduation rate by almost 4 percentage points while Howard High and Central High came the closest to meeting the state average within about 4 percentage points.

“Congratulations to our schools’ teachers and students! This is an exciting day for Bibb County because these results show that not only are we coming together as a team within the District to work more cohesively in identifying ways to ensure our students are successful, but these results also demonstrate a vested interest by our community partners who have stepped up to donate time and resources to our schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis L. Jones Jr. “There is still much work to be done, but this is a giant step in the right direction.”

The class of 2015 was the first class since 1991 that was no longer required by state law to earn a passing score on the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) in order to receive a high school diploma. This contributed to a slight increase in the District’s graduation rate for 2015 by a few percentage points; however, it is not the sole factor for the increase. In 2014, when the District had a graduation rate of 58.9 percent, only 65 students received a Certificate of Performance, indicating they had completed all requirements except the GHSGT. If those students had passed the GHSGT, the District’s graduation rate for 2014 would have increased by only 3.8 percentage points to 62.7 percent.

Assistant Superintendent for School Improvement and District Effectiveness Sylvia Hooker identified several factors contributing to the increase in the graduation rate. “When there is an intentional focus on content mastery, differentiated instructional practices, flexible scheduling (i.e., before- and after-school tutoring, Saturday School, 24/7 Edgenuity, Twilight, direct instruction and student advisement), and purposeful use of our internal and external resources, schools and students improve,” she said. “While we applaud our great gains, we also recognize that we have much more work to do in supporting and preparing our elementary and middle schools in providing students with multiple opportunities to enter high school on grade level to even further accelerate our graduation rate.”

Dr. Jones has set a goal for the District to achieve a 90 percent graduation rate by the year 2025. He has identified four non-negotiables and four focus areas for increasing student achievement. The nonnegotiables include PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports), RTI (Response to Intervention), FIP (Formative Instructional Practices), and LKES/TKES (Leader Keys Effectiveness System and Teacher Keys Effectiveness System). His focus areas include increasing the number of students reading at or above grade level, increasing student enrollment, increasing attendance rates and improving discipline.

Red Ribbon Week in the District

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Hutchings College and Career Academy Hosts GaDOE's 'Educating Georgia's Future Workforce' Meeting

Business leaders, educators and students participated in the Georgia Department of Education's "Educating Future Workforce" Region 6 meeting at Hutchings College and Career Academy. GaDOE CTAE Director Dr. Barbara Wall was on hand to speak to the group.
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Battle of the Bands

Sunday, Nov. 15th, 2-6pm

Mercer University Five Star Stadium

Enjoy performances by local high school & collegiate marching bands, as well as a halftime dance battle presented by Kali Dance Studio for the Arts.

Gates open at 1 p.m., and tickets are $10 in advance & $15 the day of the event.

See more information.

Attendance Awareness Month Deemed a Success

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Attendance Awareness Month was a huge success! The District thanks sponsors and donors for their many contributions that helped make the campaign a success.

Macon Symphony
Harriett Tubman Museum
Wesleyan College of Admissions
Grand Opera House
Helms College
Goodwill Volunteer Services
Mercer University
Community Empowerment Orgnaization/Kingdom Life
Real IMPACT, Inc.
13WMAZ's Marvin James
Chick-Fil-A on Zebulon Road
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority
Central Georgia Technical College
Ameri Group
United Way of Central Georgia
Mary Kay
Kroger on Forsyth Road

Wesleyan College Athletics
Chick-Fil-A on Bloomfield Road
Urban Radio Alliance
Fincher's Barbeque
Mercer University Athletics

Kroger on Zebulon Road
Georgia Martial Arts & Fitness

Miller Mustangs Cheer Team

Central High School Drumline
BJ Shepard/BAE
Dr. Thelma Dillard, Board of Education President
Lester Miller, Board of Education Vice President

Bibb County Teacher of the Year Banquet - October 27, 2015
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Bibb students are invited to the first Make-End Festival, featuring a 30-foot-tall fire-breathing robot and all kinds of science, craft and technology exhibits. Bibb students get to attend for $5 with this link: https://goo.gl/x6OnZy

VISION: Each student demonstrates strength of character

and is college or career ready.

MISSION: The Bibb County School District will develop

a highly trained staff and an engaged community dedicated

to educating each student for a 21st century global society.

Board of Education Committee, Board Meetings

Thursday, Nov. 19th, 4pm

484 Mulberry Street

Macon, GA

The Bibb County Board of Education will hold its regular session Committee and Board meetings on Thursday, October 15, 2015. The Committee Meeting will begin at 4 p.m. and the Board meeting will follow at 6 p.m. All meetings will be held in the fourth floor Board Room at 484 Mulberry Street in Macon