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February 28, 2022

Lewis Elementary Hosts Black History Wax Museum

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On February 25, John R. Lewis Elementary School held its Black History Wax Museum to help educate students about important historical figures. Staff, as well as community volunteers like Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney Anita Howard, performed monologues for students to learn about the individuals they were portraying.

"It's important for them to understand the past," said Principal Dr. Sonya Coley. "They need to understand the history and the leaders that we've had in the past so they can carry that torch of leadership in the future."

Panel Discussion Closes Out Southwest's Black History Celebration

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As the finale for Black History Month Spirit Week, Southwest High School held a "Young, Gifted, and Black Day" panel featuring professionals and entrepreneurs. Guest speakers included: Bibb County Board of Education member Juawn Jackson, Temeka Thomas, Jacquez Harris, Tonja Khabari, Nick Gibson, Kierstin Taylor, and Wayne Woodard. Student participants were Jessica Howard, Kevin Jackson, and Tyler Carpenter.

Teacher Recruitment Fair Scheduled for March 5

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The Bibb County School District will host its annual Teacher Recruitment Fair on Saturday,

March 5, from 9 a.m. until noon. This event will take place at Rutland High School, located at 6250 Skipper Road.

Principals from all Bibb County Schools will be present, with onsite interviews and some contingency contracts available. There will be openings in a variety of grade levels and subject areas for individuals who are currently certified, will hold certification by July 2022 or meet qualifications for Georgia’s strategic waiver.

“Every year, the recruitment fair is a wonderful opportunity for the best and brightest teaching candidates to meet our principals, and vice versa,” said Holly Huynh, Coordinator of Talent Management & Acquisitions. “All of our leaders look forward to this event because it’s an exciting look at the future of our District.”

Attendees are encouraged to pre-register on the District's website, where they can also view videos for more information about the District and each school. For the fair, applicants are expected to wear professional dress and come prepared with updated resume copies.

Central Station School Store Receives Honor

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The Central Station School Store at Central High School has been awarded the highest achievement as a Gold Certified Food Services Operation Store. Embedded into the CHS Marketing Program, the school-based enterprise certification program reinforces the integration of National Curriculum Standards and 21st century employability skills into the SBE learning lab environment. The SBE, Central Station, prepares students for the transition from school to work or college. For many students, the SBE provides their first work experience; for others, it provides an opportunity to build management, supervision and leadership skills.

Howard Senior Named Cherry Blossom Queen

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Congratulations are in order to Howard High School senior Logan Smith for being named the 2022 Cherry Blossom Queen! Join us at the 40th annual Cherry Blossom Festival for the “Pinkest Party on Earth” here in Macon, Ga., on March 18-27.

Crossing Guards Celebrated on Special Day

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Bibb County School District School Crossing Guards were honored with a luncheon on February 23, keeping with the spirit of “Mission First, People Always.” These employees are the first and last individuals from the school district that our students see and interact with daily, and they are an integral part of student safety.

Mayor Recognizes CTAE Month

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Macon-Bibb County Mayor Lester Miller declared February to be CTAE Month in the County in recognition of the important work being done in the District's Career, Technical and Agricultural Education programs in our schools. From elementary school classrooms all the way through the pathways at W.S. Hutchings College and Career Academy, these programs are vital to making sure our students are college or career ready.

"Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education increases graduation rates and improves academic performance through meaningful experiences, thus improving the quality of their education, engaging students, preparing them for careers and post-secondary education, and giving all students leadership opportunities in their fields and in their communities," the proclamation read, in part.

The District is proud to be a part of the workforce pipeline in Macon-Bibb County and beyond!

Teachers Recognized for Being 'Spot On' With Technology

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Recently, students nominated their teachers for being "SPOT ON" with technology, and the following teachers were recognized District-wide. These teachers exemplify the kind of instructional technology use that our students need to see!

WINNERS

- Tuesday Battle, Heard Elementary School

- Elizabeth Robertson, Ballard-Hudson Middle School

- Kimberly Hernandez, Rutland High School

HONORABLE MENTION

- Jessica Sawyer, Vineville Academy of the Arts

- Jessica Pauldo, Howard Middle School

- Sherrica Walker, Central High School

Congratulations!

Rutland High Hosts Job Interview Prep Event

Seniors at Rutland High School participated in an obstacle course event called "The Amazing Shake." The event, similar to mock interviews, was designed to help students practice their interview skills, test their "first impressions" when interviewing, and ensure students are prepared to graduate #3Eready - Enrolled, Employed, or Enlisted!

"I think this event will really help me accomplish my future goals as I head into the medical field, which can be really, really competitive. I think this will really give me a leg up on my peers," said student Hannah Hollins. "I think I learned a lot from this event. I have seen self improvement from where I first started to where I am now."

The top 25 students who scored the highest will have a chance to interview with a business on site in Phase 2.

Ingram-Pye, Union Teachers Chosen for 'My Teacher is Tops'

House Bill 251 Transfer Application Open Through March 31

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The application for House Bill 251 transfers is now open online and will stay open through March 31. To access this application and for more information about this process, parents may visit www.bcsdk12.net/hb251.

“We know that for a variety of reasons, parents may want their child to attend a school outside of their current zone,” said Takeysha Lewis, District Attendance and Transfer Coordinator. “This transfer process allows parents to customize their child’s educational options, as space allows.”

House Bill 251 allows for students to transfer to a school within the Bibb County School District other than their zoned schools. Transfers are granted through a lottery system and are based on available space in the student’s grade level at the desired school.

Principals Honored for Retirement

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Congratulations to these retiring Principals: Dr. Angela James of Bruce Elementary School, Jennifer Askew of Heritage Elementary School, and Georglyn Stephens of McKibben Lane Elementary School. Mrs. Askew retired at the end of January, and Dr. James and Mrs. Stephens will retire at the end of this school year. Join us in wishing them the best as they celebrate retirement!

Chief Information Officer Honored for Retirement

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Join us in congratulating Rose Powell, Chief Information Officer for the Bibb County School District, on her retirement announcement! Mrs. Powell will be retiring June 1, 2022, after helping lead the way in many important initiatives for the growth of our District. Congratulations!

Community Foundation Offering Scholarships

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Seniors, have you spoken with your counselor about the scholarship opportunities available to Macon-Bibb County seniors through the Community Foundation of Central Georgia? CLICK HERE to review the numerous scholarship opportunities available! Scholarship applications must be submitted by March 15!

Peyton Anderson Foundation Offering Scholarships

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The The Peyton Anderson Foundation has a scholarship program exclusively for Macon-Bibb County graduating high school seniors. Find details HERE and start your application today! The deadline to apply is March 15, 2022.

Alpha Phi Alpha Offering Scholarships

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The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Epsilon Beta Lambda Chapter 2022 scholarship application is available. The scholarships are for students attending schools in Bibb and Jones Counties. If you are a high school senior or a college freshman this year, you can apply for the following scholarships:

  • The Robert J. Stevenson Memorial Award is open to high school seniors ONLY.
  • The David L. Dillard Memorial Award is open to high school seniors AND college freshmen.
  • 1st Prize of $1,000 and a 2nd Prize of $500 for both scholarships will be awarded.

Apply today! The deadline for submissions is April 1.

CLICK HERE to access the application.

2022 Teacher of the Year Interviewed on GPB Podcast

LaTanya Singleton Clark, 2022 Bibb County Teacher of the Year, joined GPB Education and Georgia Department of Education as a special guest on a recent episode of Classroom Conversations! During the podcast, Mrs. Clark talks about being a product of Northeast High School and returning to her alma mater to teach, her journey from the healthcare industry into education, and how she creates a positive environment in her classroom.

PE Teachers Learn Pickleball

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Pickleball is one of the most popular sports in Macon-Bibb County thanks to courts at several places around town. Now, our Physical Education teachers with the Bibb County School District will get the opportunity to play and pass it on to our students after a Professional Learning Day at Tattnall Square Park.

"Many of our PE teachers have expressed interest in teaching their students pickleball, and this is a great way for them to get some practice and learn from the best,” says Jena Derzi, Health & Physical Education Coordinator. “We hope to receive equipment for students to start playing in their gym classes right away, or at least by the start of the school year in the fall.”

The teachers learned the basics of the game and best practices for their specific grade levels.The teachers will then take those lessons back to their respective gym classes. Middle and high school students will be able to understand the basics of the game and play the same way adults do. Elementary school children won’t focus on scoring, but they’ll learn how to hold a paddle, get exercise, and work as a team.

District Leaders Read to Union Elementary Students

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On February 2, Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones Jr. and Chief of Staff Dr. Tanzy Kilcrease participated in World Read-Aloud Day by reading virtually to students at Union Elementary School. The students were excited for this event!
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