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Howard High School Teacher Named 2016 Teacher of the Year

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Howard High School Business and Technology teacher Morgan Jarvis was announced as the 2016 Bibb County Teacher of the Year at the annual Teacher of the Year Banquet on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at Mercer University.

Upon receiving the award, Jarvis told the audience of 550 people, "We have the greatest job in the world."

Mr. Jarvis has taught in the Bibb County School District at Howard High School since 2011. He teaches Business and Computer Science for all high school levels. Mr. Jarvis taught in Baldwin County before joining Bibb. He graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education.

“We must remember: We do this for the kids,” Mr. Jarvis said in his application. “Teaching is not about me, it is not about you, it is not about us. Teaching is about the students who will be in our classrooms on the first day of school in August. Teaching is about the young student who wants to be the first in his or her family to go to college.”

As Bibb County Teacher of the Year, Mr. Jarvis will now compete for the title of 2017 Georgia Teacher of the Year. Other finalists for Bibb County Teacher of the Year were Jennifer McMahan of Alexander II Magnet School, Elda Bryan of Burdell-Hunt Magnet School, Meagin Miller of Springdale Elementary School and Keturah Reese of Westside High School. Mrs. Bryan was named runner-up for Bibb County Teacher of the Year. She has been with the Bibb County School District since 2007.

She teaches Spanish to all grade levels at Burdell-Hunt. She began her teaching career in 1991 as an English teacher in Bluefields, Nicaragua. Mrs. Bryan earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a minor in Spanish and went on to earn her master’s degree in Finance from Bluefields Indian and Caribbean University.

2015-2016 Teacher of the Year Finalists

Two Schools Piloting District's Audio-Visual Enhanced Classrooms

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Ballard-Hudson Middle School and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School are piloting a new initiative in the District. Both schools' teachers are piloting audio-visual enhanced classrooms.

Equipment has been installed in every classroom within each school and teachers are able to speak through a microphone, with surround-sound speakers. This engages every student, whether they're in the front or back of a classroom, with the added benefit that teachers don't have to utilize and exhaust their "teacher voices."

The equipment also allows for teachers to record video for instructional and professional development purposes all from the ceiling of their classroom at the touch of a button. "All of the years that I was a teacher in the classroom...this is the first technology I've seen that is designed for teachers. A lot of technology happens to teachers," Assistant Superintendent of Technology Dr. Michael Kemp said. "It has multiple purposes. We have a safety-security component where we can immediately respond to emergencies. Teachers can request help at the push of a [wireless] button. From an instructional standpoint, the technology is equally beneficial."

Teachers are able to record a classroom lecture for students who missed class, or would like feedback on their instruction from other faculty and staff.

"That's what the ultimate goal is," Kemp said. "The initiative has to support security, of course, but the initiative has to support us from a student achievement perspective."

Burdell-Hunt Students Lead Pledge of Allegiance for Macon-Bibb Press Conference

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Burdell-Hunt Magnet School students had the honor of leading the Pledge of Allegiance for a press conference at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport on October 22, 2015 where Mayor Robert Reichert along with Middle Georgia State University announced added flight programs to their college offerings.
Veterans Elementary Groundbreaking Ceremony

Junior Beta Club Members Inducted at Vineville Academy of the Arts

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National Jr. Beta Club members were inducted on October 22, 2015 with a celebratory candlelight ceremony. Parents and special guest shared refreshments with the honorees:

Isaiah Barner, Haley Brown, Josiah Chambliss, Ta'Nijah Colbert, Alexis Davis, Alex Calvac, Powell Esperanza, Samantha Fussell, Daniel Giron, Kahlil Harvey, Caleb Heard, Henry Jennings, Alexis Lanier, Cydni Lyons, Alijha McCoy, Chloe McCrorey, Edwin Medina-Gonzalez, Christian Osornio, Ryan Pitts, Zhoria Renfus, Joseph Rodgers, Nakira Smith, Tyra Smith, Maggie Walker, Damien Williams, Carly Woodall, Gabrionna Zellner

Community Celebrates Southfield Elementary School

District Launches Online Feedback Form for Added Customer Service

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Parents and community members are invited to give feedback through a convenient online form called Let's Talk!

By filling out the form, parents and community members are able to immediately and directly inform principals and department heads of any compliments or concerns they have. After filling out the form, families can expect to receive a response within three business days. The form is designed to increase customer service and speed up communication between stakeholders and District employees.

The web-based form is available when visiting bcsdk12.net.

'Read for the Record' Garners 85 Volunteers in Bibb County

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The District, alongside community partner United Way, participated in the global campaign known as "Read for the Record."

Macon-Bibb community members read to children in 10 elementary schools. Organizations such as Junior League of Macon, The Links Organization, United Way, 13WMAZ-TV, and individuals like Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones, Mayor and Mrs. Reichert and more also read to students.

Rutland High Students Continue Studies in Japan for Fall Break

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Rutland High School International Studies students visited Kurobe, Japan over the fall break.

Last fall, nine RHS students in the International Studies Program hosted eight students from Macon-Bibb's Sister City of Kurobe, Japan. "This fall, our students completed the exchange and went to Kurobe to live with the same students we hosted last year. Our students had a wonderful time full of very culturally enriching experiences. We spent time sight-seeing, visiting schools, meeting the Mayor, and living with our host family," Rutland High International Studies teacher Rebecca Morgan said.

This exchange was made possible through the Sister City Commissions of our respective cities as well as the YKK corporation.

Burghard Opportunity Center Director Named Secretary for GAEA

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Director of Burghard Opportunity Center, Dr. Chanelle M. Sweet, was elected Secretary of the Georgia Alternative Education Association at the 2015 Fall Conference at Callaway Gardens October 15-16, 2015.

The mission of the Georgia Alternative Education Association is " To provide the highest quality of professional learning, promote innovative learning opportunities, and serve as an advocate for students matriculating in nontraditional settings throughout Georgia. "

Free Bus App Tracks Bus Routes in Real-Time

The Bibb County School District is excited to announce that it now provides a web-based app that allows stakeholders and students to use their computer or smartphone to view the current location of their assigned school bus and its current “live” route status. The app is called “My Stop” and it is provided free of charge by the District.

To download the app, users should visit the app store for their mobile device and search for “Versatrans My Stop.” After installing and opening the app, users will be directed to a login page where they will enter the student’s identification number as their username and password. The data in the app updates approximately every 5 seconds, providing users with the most updated information about their bus’s location and expected arrival time.

For more instructions about the app, CLICK HERE.

District Using New Absence, Substitute Educator Management System

The District launched with AESOP officially on October 28, 2015. Employees now enter absence and vacation requests through the online system.

The system allows for the District to search for substitutes more efficiently and conveniently.

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Battle of the Bands

Sunday, Nov. 15th, 2-6pm

Mercer University Five Star Stadium

Enjoy performances by local high school & collegiate marching bands, as well as a halftime dance battle presented by Kali Dance Studio for the Arts.

Gates open at 1 p.m., and tickets are $10 in advance & $15 the day of the event.

See more information.

Doughnuts with Dads Highlights Parent Engagement

Tubman Museum Hosts Diabetes Workshop

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Board Meeting Recognitions & Highlights - October 15, 2015

VISION: Each student demonstrates strength of character

and is college or career ready.

MISSION: The Bibb County School District will develop

a highly trained staff and an engaged community dedicated

to educating each student for a 21st century global society.

Board of Education Committee, Board Meetings

Thursday, Nov. 19th, 4pm

484 Mulberry Street

Macon, GA

The Bibb County Board of Education will hold its regular session Committee and Board meetings on Thursday, October 15, 2015. The Committee Meeting will begin at 4 p.m. and the Board meeting will follow at 6 p.m. All meetings will be held in the fourth floor Board Room at 484 Mulberry Street in Macon