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November 22, 2019

Magnet School Applications Now Open!

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The online application process for the Bibb County School District’s magnet schools and programs for the 2020-2021 school year will open Wednesday, November 13, and will remain open through December 10. These schools are Alexander II Math & Science Magnet School, Burdell-Hunt Communications Magnet School, Dr. John H. Heard Elementary School – Academic Magnet, and Vineville Academy of the Arts at the elementary school level, along with Miller Fine Arts Magnet Middle School and Central Fine Arts & International Baccalaureate Magnet High School. To access magnet school applications, visit the District's website.

“The magnet application process is an exciting time for families to consider school choice options available in the Bibb County School District. We have magnet options available at the elementary, middle and high school levels,” said Ben Bridges, the District’s Director of Fine Arts and Magnet Programs.

School bus transportation, as accessed through shuttle bus stops, will be available next year for students who apply and are accepted to attend Miller Fine Arts Magnet Middle School (grades 6-8), Burdell-Hunt Communications Magnet School (grades K-5) and Central Fine Arts & International Baccalaureate Magnet High School (grades 9-12).

For questions about applications or additional assistance with the online application process, parents/guardians may call the Department of Fine Arts and Magnet Programs at (478) 765-8595.

Lane Students Enjoy Media Center Makerspace

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Lane Elementary School students enjoyed reading the book "The Most Magnificent Thing" by Ashley Spires. They had the opportunity to create their own "magnificent things" in a makerspace in the media center using IO Blocks.

Schools Honor Veterans Day

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All District schools and offices were closed in observance of Veterans Day on November 11, but several schools also held special ceremonies the week before. At Rutland High School, the Marine Corps JROTC exhibited their various performance groups and heard from community veterans. We are appreciative of the service of all our nation's veterans!

Bernd Students Host Food Drive

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As part of the Leader in Me program, Bernd Elementary students participate in synergy squads. Each squad must perform a service project that benefits the community. The Etiquette Squad chose to do a Thanksgiving food drive for the Salvation Army and they collected canned goods and non-perishable items over the last two weeks. These students and school families donated more than 420 items!

Volunteers Help District 'Read for the Record"

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On November 7, the Bibb County School District partnered with the United Way of Central Georgia to highlight the importance of early literacy with Read for the Record. In all, 301 volunteers read the book "Thank You, Omu!" to more than 9,000 students at Bibb County schools to help break a reading record for the most people reading the same book on the same day around the world. Volunteers included high school athletes, professional organizations, college professors and many more.

"Everyone agreed that this year’s book was a fun way to highlight the importance of sharing, caring, and reading," said Michelle Lenderman, Director of Media Services. “We want to give a special thank you to our partners who made this event possible and each of our reader volunteers who read at a school for the 2019 Read for the Record event!”

Springdale Students Show Off Favorite Characters

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On Thursday, October 31, Springdale Elementary held its annual Storybook Character Parade. This event allowed the students to dress up like their favorite characters and celebrate the fun of reading!

Central High Celebrates AR Achievements

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Central High School celebrated students who met their Accelerated Reader (AR) goal for the first nine weeks. To be invited students, were required to read four or more books and pass an AR quiz for each book read. Students were invited to the Dream Candy Table to get treats and sparkling punch.

Burdell-Hunt Prize Patrol Visits Top Readers

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The Burdell-Hunt Magnet School Prize Patrol visited several students who were selected based on Accelerated Reader success in the first nine weeks. To qualify, students had to meet several criteria, including point total, percentage correct and Lexile score. Way to go!

Brookdale Students Participate in Apple Tasting

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Students in Lola Urbain's Pre-K class at Brookdale Elementary School recently participated in an apple tasting with HealthMPowers. This is part of a continuing emphasis on healthy eating throughout the District.

Dr. Jones Speaks at National Forum and Gala

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Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones recently spoke at the National Superintendent of the Year Gala in Washington, D.C. Earlier that day, he also presented at a forum. Dr. Jones was named the National Superintendent of the Year by AASA in February, and the District remains proud of the way he's represented Bibb County during this process!

Carter Students Rewarded for Reading

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Carter Elementary School students were recently rewarded for meeting their Accelerated Reader goals for the first nine weeks. These students gathered outside for a picnic and tug of war match!

District Financial Report Recognized for 20th Year

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For the 20th consecutive year, the District is being recognized with a Certificate of Achievement from the Government Finance Officers Association. This award, which comes with an Award for Financial Reporting Achievement for Chief Financial Officer Ron Collier, Executive Director of Accounting Sharon Roberts and their staff, recognizes accounting and financial reporting in the comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the 2018 fiscal year. The District is grateful for the efforts of the finance and accounting departments!

Rutland High Access Students Play Soccer Golf

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This month, Rutland High School Coach Amanda Maddox took Access students and their buddies to Lake Jonesco Golf Course for some soccer golf. What a great way to build relationships and get some exercise!

Dr. Jones Meets with Ballard-Hudson Students

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On November 5, Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones met with a student advisory council at Ballard-Hudson Middle School. These students had plenty of great thoughts and ideas about their school!

Lane Pre-K Students Love Spiders

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Lane Elementary School Pre-K students visited the media center and read the book "I’m Trying to Love Spiders" by Bethany Barton. They each received a spider to take home and love!

Westside Administrator a Finalist for State Award

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The Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals annually recognizes school administrators for their efforts at the middle and high school levels. This year, Westside High School Assistant Principal Dr. Barbara P. Bazor was chosen as one of five finalists for the GASSP Assistant Principal of the Year Award. This places her in the top five among all middle and high school assistant principals in the state.

Bruce Teacher Wins Chromebook

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Bruce Elementary School third grade teacher Amber Watkis recently won a Chromebook as part of a drawing through United Way of Central Georgia's Read United program. Watkis completed surveys for the program to enter the drawing. United Way is one of many excellent partners for the District and our schools!

New BEP Co-Chair Named

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At the November meeting of the Business Education Partnership, Roy Bibb was named the group's new co-chair. Bibb is the president of Mid-South Community Federal Credit Union, which has been one of the District's extremely dedicated partners. He replaces outgoing co-chair Blake Sullivan.

At the meeting, community partners heard about academic progress in the District and celebrated the success of the recent ESPLOST campaign. We are grateful for the involvement of all our community partners!

District Employees Meet with State Superintendent

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The District's Work-Based Learning supervisor and coordinators recently met State Superintendent Richard Woods at the WBL State Conference at Lake Lanier Island. Pictured, from left, are Vonnie Angelo (Hutchings), Deandra Richard (Westside), Pam Sale (Rutland), Shawana Davis (Central), Richard Woods, Rhonda Barnes (Northeast), Christina Ransey (Southwest) and N’Yasha O’Neal (Howard).

Central Office Wins District Fitness Challenge

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During the month of October, 96 employees across the District participated in a team challenge to encourage fitness by increasing daily steps. The Central Office won the challenge, titled "Small Steps Big Strides," and received a jeans day on Nov. 22!

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