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August 6, 2021

Students Return to Class for 2021-2022 School Year

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The 2021-2022 school year began in full for Bibb County on Aug. 2, the first day of classes for students. While there is always a learning curve for processes like car line and lunch time at the start of the year, the day went smoothly at each of the District campuses.

"We are proud of the efforts of our faculty and staff, as well as our students and their families, to get this school year off on the right foot," said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones Jr.

Among the protocols for the new school year, students, faculty and staff are required to wear face masks inside District schools and facilities. CLICK HERE for more information about these other protocols and other important links for the start of school.

Northeast's Clark Named Teacher of the Year

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During the District's annual Convocation event, Northeast High School CTAE Healthcare Science Teacher and Class of 1992 Northeast graduate LaTanya Singleton Clark was named District Teacher of the Year. She learned about this honor while surrounded by the rest of the Northeast faculty and staff, as well as faculty and staff from the other Eastside Zone schools.

"I'm just overwhelmed," she said. "I have a voice for my students. I have a voice for educators."

The runner-up was Lacey Barnes from Burdell-Hunt Elementary Magnet School. Other finalists were Springdale Elementary School Macon, GA's Cindy Quan Hong, Rutland High School Storm Tracker's Marissa Rondina and W. S. Hutchings College and Career Academy's Chef Stuart Hardy. Congratulations!

Bibb County School District Convocation 2021

Former Northeast Principal Honored With Special Day

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July 23 was declared Steve Jones Day in recognition of the longtime Northeast High School principal's promotion to Executive Officer. Macon-Bibb County Commissioner Elaine Lucas presented Mr. Jones with a proclamation signed by Mayor Lester Miller during a surprise reception held at Northeast High.

Students Welcomed with In-Person Open House

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On July 28 and 29, students were welcomed back to school with in-person Open Houses. These events were held virtually last year, but students were able to gather in-person with their families to meet teachers while also learning about their schedules, school procedures and extracurricular activities. This was an excellent chance to start the school year in an organized and successful manner!

Summer Graduates Honored With Ceremony

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This summer, 42 students completed the requirements for graduation, with 29 participating in a graduation ceremony on July 20. This ceremony included student remarks as well as a message from 2017 Bibb County Teacher of the Year Dominique Nichols and Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones Jr. Congratulations to these graduates!

Bash Provides Supplies and More for Families

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On July 30, more than 1,000 cars came through the Bibb PBIS Back to School Bash. This drive-thru event was held at the Ed Defore Sports Complex and provided backpacks, school supplies, food items and even COVID-19 vaccines to students and families from across the District. It also connected families with other community resources.

"This event is always an exciting opportunity to connect our students with community partners and get them prepared to start the school year the right way," said Curlandra Smith, the District's PBIS Coordinator.

This event was made possible through the efforts of District staff as well as community partners. Sponsors for the event included Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority, Macon Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. , MidSouth Community Federal Credit Union, CARE Source., Atrium Health, The Mentor's Project, Communities In Schools, Amerigroup, First Quality Baby Products, Central Georgia Technical College, Elliott Machine Shop, Bibb County Department of Family and Children Services, Bibb Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Power 107.1 and Forrest B. Johnson & Associates.

Hutchings Recruiting Students with Lunchtime Demos

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Students at Southwest High School were treated to delicious samples of mac and cheese courtesy of the Hutchings College & Career Academy Culinary Arts pathway recently. Executive Chef Stuart Harty and Chef Shawn Mentzer are visiting schools around the District this week to make sure students know all about the wonderful culinary program.

If you would like to apply to be a part of any pathway at Hutchings, you can still do so this week! CLICK HERE for the application.

District Receives EpiPen Grant

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Through the EpiPen4Schools program, a grant through Mylar Pharmaceuticals, the Bibb County School District has received 86 free EpiPen Auto‐Injectors to distribute to schools. This access is important because epinephrine is the only first‐line treatment for life‐threatening allergic reactions.

According to food allergy guidelines developed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, if experiencing anaphylaxis, a person should use an epinephrine auto‐injector and seek immediate emergency medical attention. The District has more than 800 students each year with allergies that could potentially require the use of an EpiPen, with only a fraction of those students having one in their possession.

High School Students Offered Civic Opportunity

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The Macon-Bibb County Georgia Civic Awareness Program for Students (GCAPS) is accepting applications from high school students interested in learning more about civic education. The deadline for this yearlong program is September 10. See your counselor for an application!

Cox Recognizes Student Heroes

Middle Georgia Cox Inspirational Student Heroes

Each year, Cox Communications recognizes its Cox Inspirational Student Heroes, which are nominated from our schools. This year, 29 students were celebrated for having overcome extreme hardships in their lives, all while maintaining a positive attitude and inspiring those around them. Due to the pandemic, the special awards ceremony could not be held in person again this year, so a virtual video has been produced.

“Recognizing these Cox Inspirational Student Heroes is always one of our favorite ways to give back to the community,” said Bonnie Lopez-Crowe, market vice president for Cox Middle Georgia. “These students remind us that even as we face challenges in our lives, we still have an influence on those around us. They deserve to be celebrated and honored for being an inspiration to others. We salute all of this year’s heroes.”

Congratulations to the 2021 Cox Inspirational Student Heroes!

New Teachers Welcomed with Orientation

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On July 15, about 250 new educators began their time in our District with New Teacher Orientation. This event provides hands-on training opportunities both for teachers who are new to the field and new to Bibb County.

The orientation kicked off with a message from Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones Jr. While he said that preparing students for college and career is important, he emphasized the critical nature of the relationships that teachers form with their students.

"That relationship will be the most important thing you can develop," he said.

We would like to welcome these educators to our schools. We'd also like to thank sponsors MidSouth Community Federal Credit Union, Professional Association of Georgia Educators, Robins Financial Credit Union, Sheridan Construction, Capital City Bank, AIG and Georgia Association of Educators.

District teachers and staff took time to provide tips and feedback for new employees. To read the tips and advice, CLICK HERE.

Have a wonderful 2021-22 school year!

Middle School Students Enjoy Summer Cupcake Academy

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In June, middle school students participated in the CTAE summer camp Be a Boss - The Cupcake Academy for Young Entrepreneurs, which was led by instructor Dr. Michelle Gowan. During the camp, these ambitious young entrepreneurs learned about turning a skill they have into money. They developed business plans, created financial goals, conducted market research, trained in food handling protocol, baked, and frosted and sprinkled a million cupcakes. At the end of the week, they sold their cupcakes for $1 each, and they even sold out in less than 10 minutes! All of the proceeds will be divided among the students and it will be the seed money for their own businesses. Watch this video to hear what they learned from the experience!

Northwoods Summer Program Includes Fire Safety Training

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During the Summer Program at Northwoods Academy, students learned about fire safety from Jeremy Webb and other representatives of the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department. This program is intended to help students transition smoothly into Pre-K and Kindergarten.
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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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