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May 5, 2022

Board Names Sole Finalist for Superintendent

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On April 21, 2022, the Bibb County Board of Education took the next step in its search for the Bibb County School District’s next Superintendent, formally announcing Dr. Dan Sims as its sole finalist for the position.

Dr. Dan A. Sims is a proud native of Georgia with a lifelong commitment to public education. He brings 27 years of faithful experience to the success of students and has demonstrated passion for community service throughout his professional career.

Dr. Sims is a three-time graduate of Georgia State University and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics, a Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership, and a Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership. In 2020, he graduated from the Urban Superintendent’s Academy through the University of Southern California. His primary training and development outside of his formal education include Results Coaching certification and summer learning experiences with the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Relay Graduate School of Education.

He has served as an Associate Superintendent of Schools in the Atlanta Public School (APS) System for the past six years, where he directly leads and supports principals and other leaders as they push for excellence in student achievement. His key experiences in this position include assisting in the creation and implementation of the District’s strategic plan, active participation in establishing and monitoring District-level budget priorities, coordinating strategies for aligning departments and resources to support schools, and overseeing the operations of District athletics, ROTC, and adult education.

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Williams Students Get Excited for Milestones

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On April 29, L.H. Williams Elementary held a Georgia Milestones Pep Rally to encourage students heading into the Georgia Milestones Assessments. School administrators and stakeholders spoke, students performed cheers and the Miller Fine Arts Magnet Middle School cheerleaders and drumline performed to increase the excitement level.

"We've done our best to prepare these awesome scholars for this upcoming Georgia Milestones Assessment," said Principal Dr. Cynthia Jones.

Finish Strong with Tutor.com!

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Finish the school year strong with free tutoring and homework help! Expert tutors are online to support students AND parents whenever help is needed with studying concepts, completing homework, or writing papers. No-cost assistance is available 24/7 through Bibb County School District’s Tutor.com support program. Students just need to sign in to ClassLink and click on Tutor.com for support.

Bibb Students Sign with Project SEARCH

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Recently, Rutland High School seniors Parker Flury and Carter Robinson signed with Project SEARCH through Middle Georgia State University. Project SEARCH is a one-year training program for students with disabilities. These students are given the opportunity to build work skills with an end goal of employment at the end of the year.

Additional signing days are planned for students at Howard High School, Central High School and Southwest High School. Additionally, students that have completed their Project SEARCH program are set to participate in a graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 19, at Middle Georgia State University.

Four of the students signing with Project SEARCH have secured jobs to begin after graduation. We are so excited to see what’s next for these outstanding students!

Southfield, Alexander II Teachers Receive Grants for Teacher Appreciation Week

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We appreciate our teachers each and every day. They are the backbone of what we do.

But during Teacher Appreciation Day and Teacher Appreciation Week, it’s extra special to see our partners at Robins Financial Credit Union step in to crank up the appreciation. On Tuesday, May 3, Robins representatives stopped by Southfield Elementary to deliver a $3600 grant to music teacher Jazmin Hunt to purchase ukuleles and other instruments for students to use.

“This means a lot to me and a lot to the students,” Hunt said. “Now being able to win this grant money, we’re going to be able to get our own instruments here for our students.”

We love our teachers!

Robins representatives also visited Alexander II Magnet School teacher Amanda Erceg to present her with a grant for educational materials and supplies for her students.

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Porter Nurse Teaches Students CPR

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Students at Porter Elementary School recently learned what could be a life-saving lesson from their school nurse. Amber Strohsahl, LPN, taught the school's fifth-graders hands-only CPR. Thanks, Nurse Amber!

District Hosts First Bibb Peace Week

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Recently, the Bibb County School District held its first Bibb Peace Week. This week allowed students, faculty and staff to participate in various lessons and activities that encouraged peaceful conflict resolution, kindness and management of emotions. Bibb Peace Week was an initiative of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports team.

Bibb Peace Week Video Challenge Winner: Burdell-Hunt Magnet School!

Bibb PBIS on Facebook Watch

District Students Win 'Clean Streets Matter' Awards

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Students from across the District recently participated in the “Why Clean Streets Matter" Art and Essay Contest, sponsored by Macon-Bibb Initiative, “Clean Streets Matter” and “Keep Macon Bibb Beautiful." The following students received first, second or third place awards:

Heard Elementary

Ellie Nguyen, 2nd grade, 3rd Place

Collina Moore, 5th grade, 3rd Place

Springdale Elementary

Imani Elomari, 2nd grade, 1st Place

Ashley Ouyang, 3rd grade, 2nd Place

Vineville Academy

Alex Urizar-Ramos, 1st grade, 2nd Place Winner

Appling Middle School

Delano Lowder, 8th grade, 3rd Place

Amaya Vincent, 8th grade, 2nd Place

Miller Magnet Middle School

Jonathon Hurley, 7th grade,1st Place

Central High School

JaMiya Chappell, 10th grade, 3rd Place

Howard High School

Mariah Earls, 11th grade, 2nd Place

Jason Wang, 12th grade, 1st Place

Northeast High School

Jonta Thorpe, 11th grade, 3rd Place

Southfield Teacher Highlighted by Georgia Public Broadcasting

Alex II Students Participate in Career Carousel

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Alexander II Magnet School students participated in the school's annual STEM carousel on April 26. Central Georgia Community partners came out to share information about STEM careers, which provided students the opportunity to ask questions and gain valuable information.

Fire Department Takes Part in MLK Career Day

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The Macon-Bibb County Fire Department recently participated in Career Day at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School. This is an excellent opportunity for students to connect with these valuable community helpers.

Westside Teacher Recognized as Exemplary

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Westside High School's Kelli Pierson was recognized by the Georgia Department of Education as Bibb County's 2022 Exemplary ESOL teacher! She is pictured here with Westside High School Principal Michael Horton. ESOL provides English language skills for students who originally speak other languages.

Heard Parents Learn About Ozobots

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Last month, family engagement facilitator Micaila Reed held an event to educate Heard Elementary School parents about Ozobots. These small robots fit on top of a desk and allow students to learn about coding and other computer science skills.

Veterans Class Wins Urban Air Field Trip

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Domeka Harden-Smith's fifth-grade class at Veterans Elementary School recently won a fun field trip to Urban Air. This was a reward for having the highest participation in the Peace Week Parent Night Meeting!
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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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