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December 17, 2021

District PBIS Coordinator Surprised with State Awards

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On Dec. 7, District PBIS Rewards Coordinator Curlandra Lightfoot-Smith was surprised with a pair of awards from Georgia Association for Positive Behavior Support. First, the Bibb PBIS team received the Innovative Practices Award, which recognizes a group "that has show creativity and innovation in its implementation of PBIS."

Lightfoot-Smith was also honored with the Dr. Garry McGiboney Outstanding Leadership Award. This award recognizes "an individual who has shown outstanding leadership in moving the GAPBS initiative forward."

Under Lightfoot-Smith's leadership, multiple schools have reached operational or distinguished status for their PBIS implementation. Additionally, the District has been host to leaders across the state, who come here to see how PBIS can be implemented effectively.

Northeast Hosts PBIS Tours for Other Districts

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On Dec. 3, leaders from other districts as well as Middle Georgia RESA and the Georgia Department of Education visited Northeast High School to learn about PBIS implementation. This visit allowed them to hear from school leaders about the practices in place, and the guests also receive a student-led tour of the school to see these ideas in action

District Offering Insurance for Student Devices in 2nd Semester

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On Thursday, December 16, the Board of Education approved for the District to offer a Student Device Insurance Option for second semester 2022 as outlined in the Student Device Insurance Option Form beginning on January 6, 2022. The Technology Department has fully implemented the District’s one-to-one device program. Currently, students/parents are responsible for all damages incurred to or due to loss of a student’s device. The cost of the insurance will be a nonrefundable $25 per semester.

The Student Device Insurance Option will be available for purchase for second semester from January 6-31, 2022. The insurance will cover allowable expenses as outlined in the chart above. As indicated in this agreement, damage or loss to chargers and device cases are not covered by the Student Device Insurance. For more information, click here.

Designs Chosen for District Holiday Greeting Cards

The designs of four skilled Art students in the Bibb County School District were chosen to be featured on the holiday cards as published by the Office of the Superintendent of Schools, Office of the Chief of Staff, Office of the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning, and Department of Fine Arts & Magnet Programs. This is an annual tradition that provides an opportunity for young artists to participate in an educational portfolio-building contest to become a published artist. The contest was open to all K-12 Art students in the Bibb County School District. The selected students were visited for congratulations directly by the administrators utilizing the artwork for their departmental cards. Artwork designed by the following students was selected by the respective department/office for use on their holiday cards:

  • Office of the Superintendent of Schools: LilyAnn Ha, Vineville Academy of the Arts
  • Office of the Chief of Staff: Keller Smith, Springdale Elementary School
  • Office of the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning: Skye Chatman, Springdale Elementary School
  • Department of Fine Arts & Magnet Programs: Emersyn Jenkins, Vineville Academy of the Arts

Student ID Cards to be Issued for Transportation, Other Services

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In January, all students will be issued a Bibb County School District ID card. Students will scan this ID card each time they ride a school bus, receive a meal for breakfast and/or lunch, when they check out books from the school media center, and more. Please look for these ID cards in students’ belongings. (See sample.) Students will begin using the ID cards February 1, 2022.

Two Bibb Schools Among Top Magnets in State

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Two District schools were recognized by "U.S. News and World Report" recently. Alexander II Magnet School was named one of the top five magnet elementary schools in Georgia, while Miller Fine Arts Magnet Middle School was named one of the top five magnet middle schools in Georgia. Way to go!

District Partners with Organizations to Support Refugees

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On Dec. 9, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, the District's Title I and III Departments partnered with Catholic Charities Association, Yumi Kim from Central Georgia Technical College, and Family Advanced Ministries, to support our Congolese Refugee families. This support effort is expected to continue and expand in the future.

Central Student Designs District Holiday Shirt

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Dr. Tanzy Kilcrease, the District's Chief of Staff, paid a visit to Central High School's Cavalli Woods on Dec. 7. This Central senior designed the District's holiday shirt, and the proceeds from the sale of the shirt will go toward Relay for Life.

"You actually were creating something that is going to impact others' lives positively," Dr. Kilcrease said.

Campus Police Dedicated to Student Literacy

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Ensuring students are reading on grade level is a team effort, as demonstrated by the Bibb County School District's Campus Police Department! "Thanks again for welcoming Campus Police into Southfield Elementary, and for the opportunity to make an impact in these young men and women's lives," said Campus Police Officer Angelo Bellamy, pictured here with students from Southfield. Campus Police team members have continued their dedication to helping students develop literacy skills this year with regular visits to elementary schools to read with students. Our team is "all in" for students!

Retired Educators Donate Toys to Ingram-Pye

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On December 13, the Bibb Retired Educators Association donated boxes of toys for students at Ingram-Pye Elementary School. This donation is just another example of how special this partnership has been for our District!

Springdale Hosts Leadership Day, Anniversary Celebration

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On Dec. 17, Springdale Elementary School celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a Leadership Day with a theme of “50 Years of Lighting the Way.” Invited community partners and stakeholders took part in the Leader in Me morning meeting, heard from students about their service learning at the school and enjoyed a special music program.

Compass Rose Cafe Open Once Again

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Lunch is again being served at the Compass Rose Cafe at W. S. Hutchings College and Career Academy. The student-run cafe is back open on Fridays, with reservations and more information available at www.compassrosecafe.com.

Technology Department Donates to Warming Center

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Recently, the District's technology department donated toys, gift cards and more to the Brookdale Warming Center to help the residents there have a happy holiday season. This is a great example of how community partnership is a benefit to the whole community.

Partner Donates Baby Grand Piano to Central

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Central Fine Arts & International Baccalaureate Magnet High School recently received a very generous gift from Eleanor Lane. She donated a baby grand piano for use by students and staff in the Auditorium at the school. Having this caliber of piano at Central will allow the school and the Bibb County School District the capability to host student talent showcases in competition for scholarship awards at this school location. A very important part of Victory in Our Schools is partnering with the community, and Eleanor Lane has become part of that.

Robins FCU Donates Socks to Elam Alexander

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On Dec. 6, Robins Financial Credit Union donated 771 pairs of socks to Elam Alexander Academy for students who need new socks. These socks were collected at local branches as part of a partnership with United Way of Central Georgia.

"Our staff really enjoys being able to give back and get involved," said Hillary Bobbitt, a representative of Robins' marketing department.

We appreciate these community partners and their dedication to our students!

Springdale Teacher Honored for Mentoring Efforts

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Springdale Elementary School first grade teacher Lea Mitchell was recently named a Georgia Outstanding Mentor Teacher Awardee by the Georgia Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. This comes after previously being honored with a Middle Georgia P-20 Collaborative Mentoring Award. Congratulations!

Hester Gets Surprise Send-off, New AD Announced

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On December 6, District staff, family and friends surprised outgoing athletic director Barney Hester with a retirement party at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. Hester is retiring at the end of this month after a decades-long career in coaching that concluded with a stint at Howard High School and three years as the District's athletic director.

In November, the Board of Education approved his replacement as AD. Kevin Grooms will be taking on the role starting in January after serving in the same post at Northeast High School. Grooms has also been the Raiders' basketball coach for 11 years.

Mayor Recognizes Family Engagement Efforts

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Last month, Macon-Bibb County Mayor Lester Miller declared November 17 to be Family Engagement Day at L.H. Williams Elementary. He described the school as a "hidden gem" for parental involvement and said that community change couldn't be accomplished by government officials without help.

"It takes the buy-in of our parents, our grandparents and the caretakers of our children," Miller said.

Central DECA Students Win Regional Honors

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Congratulations to the five Central High DECA members who competed at the DECA Region Conference on December 3 at Middle Georgia State University. The following students advanced to State competition in January:

  • Faith Beamon - Hospitality (3rd place)
  • Jasmine Howard - Retail Merchandising (4th place)
  • Carter Voiselle - Food Marketing Series (5th place)
  • Jocelyn young - Apparel & Accessories (3rd place)
  • Robert king - Marketing Communications (5th place)

Carter Students Enjoy Holiday Sing-Along

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On December 15, students at Sonny Carter Elementary School enjoyed a "Holiday Sing-Along" during their activity time. These events help get students excited for this joyous season!

Hutchings Culinary Students Receive Toques

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On Dec. 3, students from the culinary arts pathway at W. S. Hutchings College and Career Academy were presented with a toque, or chef’s hat, and thermometer. In all, 22 students will receive this honor after completing the requirements for the ServSafe Manager Certification, which included passing an exam in October.

Bibb Ctae Executive Dr. Cassandra Washington highlighted how the accomplishment fit into the District's vision of getting students "college or career ready" before graduation.

"You are truly the example of what that looks like," Dr. Washington said.

Partnership Leads to Holiday Donations for Students

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Recently, Eddie Montgomery, the District's Director of Maintenance, partnered with Kelvin Epps Painting to provide donations to Burdell-Hunt Magnet School and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School. These $1,000 donations will help provide Christmas presents to children at the school. What a great way to get into the holiday spirit!
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Rutland Graduate Honored with 'Savion Wright Day'

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Lester Miller, Mayor of Macon-Bibb County, declared Dec. 6, 2021, to be Savion Wright Day. Wright is a graduate of Rutland High School and member of the United States Air Force, and he served in Qatar earlier this year. During that time, he assisted with the U.S. evacuation of Afghanistan. Savion Wright continues to give back to the District, speaking to students about choosing the right path in life. This is an honor well-deserved!

District Observes 'Lights On Afterschool'

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On October 28, the BCSD Before and After School Programs hosted a variety of events in celebration of the 22nd anniversary of Lights On Afterschool, a project of the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to quality, affordable afterschool programs. Currently, these programs provide a safe encouraging space for over 1700 BCSD students to learn and discover new skills such as —such as STEM, cosmetology, culinary arts, dance, tennis, and Tae Kwon Do.
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