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The Bibb County School District Newsletter

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January 29, 2021

Tentative Date Set for Return to Face-to-Face Instruction

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At January’s Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones Jr. expressed a plan for staff to return to schools full time on Feb. 11, with students who requested face-to-face learning returning on Feb. 18. These dates are flexible based on community spread of COVID-19.

Carter Elementary Reaches Lighthouse Status

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Recently, Sonny Carter Elementary School was recognized as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School by FranklinCovey. This recognition comes because the school has achieved outstanding results in school and student outcomes, by implementing the Leader in Me process with fidelity. It is also because of the extraordinary impact the school is having on staff, students, parents and the greater community.

“We are thrilled to recognize Carter Elementary as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School. Schools who achieve this Lighthouse Certification are great examples of a strong leadership model and process and of what it means to be a Leader in Me school,” said Sean Covey, President, FranklinCovey Education. “This school has experienced transformational results by implementing the principles and practices related to The Leader in Me. We are so pleased to celebrate the success they are experiencing.”

Leader in Me utilizes and integrates several leadership, social-emotional learning and educational models and processes from past and current thought leaders including The 4 Imperatives of Great Leaders and The 4 Disciplines of Execution. The process includes student participation in goal setting, data tracking, leadership roles, Student-Led Conferences, leadership environments, and Leadership Events. “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is also a key component of the overall Leader in Me process.

“There is joy in the journey, and we are so proud of our Sonny Carter family,” said Principal Latricia Reeves. “Our Leader in Me journey has been fascinating, and we have grown so much. We will continue to shine and grow.”

Carter Elementary is the third school in the Bibb County School District to achieve Lighthouse School status. Bernd Elementary and Burdell-Hunt Magnet are also Lighthouse Schools. The District has progressively increased the number of schools employing the Leader in Me framework with the assistance of OneMacon and the Business Education Partnership. As of this year, all 33 schools are either trained in or in the process of training to use Leader in Me.

Howard Nurse Achieves National Certification

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Jessica Gilstrap, the school nurse at Howard Middle School, has officially earned recognition as a Nationally Certified School Nurse by the National Board for the Certification of School Nurses. This process requires eligibility based on education and practice, as well as an exam score. Jessica is the first in our District to achieve this goal.

Students Place in HOSA Competition

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Congratulations to the following students who have placed in HOSA's State Qualification Testing in our Region and will be advancing to the State Competition:

  • Caitlin Nelson and Clara Spears - 2nd Place CPR/First Aid
  • Daylen Lomeli and Aneesa Rohoman - 3rd Place CPR/First Aid
  • Jasmine Martin and Aniyah Holt-Andrews - 7th Place CPR/ First Aid
  • Daylen Lomeli and Aneesa Rohoman - 1st Place EMT
  • Ronjalyn Redding - 2nd Place Home Health Aide
  • Ashley Griffin - 3rd Place Home Health Aide
  • Shaquoia Lockett - 7th Place Medical Terminology
  • Niya Beard - 10th Place Medical Terminology
  • Lauryn Daniel - 3rd Place Nursing Assisting
  • A'Ryan McColumn - 10th Place Nursing Assisting

These students will all compete in the next round of testing at HOSA's State Leadership Conference in March.

Get Ready for the Technology Competition!

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Registration for the District's Technology competition is opening soon. This competition allows students to participate in events ranging from robotics and game design to video production, mobile apps and more!

CLICK HERE for more information and to register between Feb. 1 and 11!

Southwest Student Wins Boys & Girls Club Scholarship

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Southwest High School student Xavianna Syphrett was recently recognized as the "Youth of the Year" by Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Georgia. This award comes with a $1,000 scholarship. Congratulations!

Vineville Academy Again Receives School Bell Award

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Congratulations to the art department at Vineville Academy of the Arts for winning a School Bell Award from the Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals. This marks Vineville's fifth year in a row winning a School Bell Award, which recognizes innovative educational programs.

The school would like to especially recognize the following art students: Naveah Brooks, Elijah Hanson, Andrew Hanson, Sawyer Hawkins, Nashe Kuo, Adelaide Kuo, Loie Mote, Karen Osornio, Zuri Taylor, Quincy Wilmore, Cordelia Vanderhoek and Dulcie Vanderhoek.

Springdale Teachers Provide Supplies for Virtual Learning

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On January 27, kindergarten teachers at Springdale Elementary School provided their students with the next round of books and resources for virtual learning. We are in this together!

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary Honors Namesake

Happy Martin Luther King Day from MLKES Macon, GA
The faculty and students of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday and legacy with a video presentation.

Superintendent Announces New Chief of Staff

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On Thursday, January 21, Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones informed Board members that he intends to appoint Dr. Tanzy Kilcrease to the position of Chief of Staff. Dr. Kilcrease is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning.

Dr. Kilcrease is an educator with more than 25 years of experience. She began her career as a middle school teacher then moved into leadership positions, becoming an assistant principal and serving as a principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels. She served as the Director of School Improvement in Peach County then returned to the Bibb County School District in 2011 as an Associate Superintendent.

This appointment will replace current District Chief of Staff Keith Simmons, who has been named the new Superintendent of the Griffin-Spalding County School System. Congratulations to both of these outstanding leaders!

District Leaders Help Recognize School Choice Week

Learn More About Options After Graduation!

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If you are a high school student or a parent of a high school student, you probably have questions about options for life after graduation. Check out this webinar on Feb. 16 to get answers to those questions!

CLICK HERE to register.

District Cuts Energy Use by 32 Percent

Donations Help Provide SOAR Uniforms

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On Jan. 11, Pastor Kevin Moore of St. Paul AME Church in Macon, along with Otis Redding III - on behalf of Otis Redding Music, Inc. - presented Dr. Julia Daniely of SOAR Academy with checks in the total amount of $2,100. The money will be used to purchase 75 monogrammed sweaters as part of uniforms that are worn every day. Moore said that his church was originally asked to sponsor one student, but the church decided to go above and beyond and make a major contribution. Redding, who first became associated with SOAR Academy through the Mentors Project, says that he needed to step up to the plate and contribute to this important cause.

District Employees Help Prepare Warming Center

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Earlier this month, Macon-Bibb County announced the opening of the Brookdale Warming Center at the former site of Brookdale Elementary School. This location allows individuals with insufficient shelter a place to stay warm in cold weather.

To make this initiative possible, the following District employees worked hours during their holiday break to get the facility ready: Eddie Montgomery, Director of Maintenance, and his Maintenance team; Rose Powell, Executive Director of Technology Services, and the Technology Services team; Russell Bentley, Chief of Campus Police, and other Campus Police officers; Sam Kitchens, Executive Director of Capital Programs; Cam Bryant, Project Manager; Capital Programs team; Timikel Sharpe, Executive Director of School Nutrition, and the School Nutrition Program team.

Rutland Middle FBLA Wins Competitions

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The Rutland Middle School chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America recently qualified for state in all three performance events the team competed in. This included three first place region medals, three second place medals and four third place medals during the Region Leadership Conference. Congratulations!

Performance Events:

  • Elevator Speech: Luke McCoy (Finished 2nd in the state)
  • Creed: Khenyen Golden (Finished 3rd in the state)
  • Public Speaking: Haylie Newberry (Finished 3rd in the state)

Social Media Concepts:

  • Layla Jernigan 1st
  • Reanna Nelson 2nd
  • Kortnee Smith 3rd
  • Skyler Stephens 4th
  • Cameron Brown 5th
  • Introduction to Computer Science and Coding:
  • Scott Propst 1st
  • Nykalas Fortney 3rd
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Zachary Jones 2nd

Computer & Internet Concepts

  • Michael Snellgrove Jr 1st

Check Out These Scholarship Opportunities!

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  • Seniors can apply for this scholarship opportunity from the Bibb Retired Educators Association. Check out the details below, and email your school counselor or reahw26@gmail.com for the application!
  • The Epsilon Beta Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., has also announced its 2020-2021 scholarship competition. Applicants must be high school seniors and live in Bibb or Jones County and must meet eligibility requirements. Seniors, contact your school counselor or apply online before March 19!
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