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November 24, 2020

Students Return to In-Person Learning

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As of Nov. 16, approved students in all grades are back in face-to-face instruction. Safety precautions are in place, with all students, faculty and staff wearing masks and practicing social distancing.

"It has been a year, and we are continuing to provide quality education and experiences for our students," Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones Jr. said in a blog post. "I want to thank our staff for doing that, and I want to thank parents for sending their children to school."

Water Authority Donates Bottles for Touchless Fountains

Water Bottles and Touchless Fountains

When students returned for face-to-face instruction, drinking fountains had a new look. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, water fountains in each school have been fitted with touch-less bottle filling stations.

In partnership with this new process, Macon Water Authority has donated 24,000 reusable water bottles to be distributed to each student and staff member. These bottles will be the property of each student and will allow individuals to stay hydrated safely.

In a statement, representatives from the Macon Water Authority said, “The Macon Water Authority (MWA) is proud to partner with the Bibb County School District to ensure all students have safe and reliable access to America’s Best-Tasting Drinking Water. We know that proper hydration impacts school performance and the ability for students to succeed. As part of the MWA’s Healthy Schools Water Initiative, we encourage all students to stay hydrated by refilling their water bottles with America’s Best-Tasting tap water this school year. Drinking water is a healthy alternative that makes a huge difference in helping students stay focused, improve cognitive thinking and creativity, boost metabolism and energy levels, increase muscle performance, and regulate sleeping schedules. So, please be sure to fill your bottle, ace that test, and be your best!”

Dr. Kilcrease Named Finalist for National Award

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Dr. Tanzy Kilcrease, the District's Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, has again been named a finalist for a 2021 Women in School Leadership Award. Sponsored by Horace Mann and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, these awards "pay tribute to the talent, creativity and vision of outstanding women educational administrators in the nation’s public schools," according to a news release. Dr. Kilcrease, who was also a finalist for the 2019 award, is one of two national finalists in the Central Office/Principal category. Congratulations!

Magnet Application Process Now Open

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The Bibb County School District’s online application process for its magnet schools and programs for the 2021-2022 school year is now open. The applications are available at www.bcsdk12.net/magnet and will be open through December 8.

There are applications available for schools and programs at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Virtual open houses will be held on the following days:

  • Alexander II Math & Science Magnet School (K-5th Grade, Newly STEM Certified): Tuesday, December 1 at 9 a.m. (prerecorded)
  • Burdell-Hunt Communications Magnet School (K-5th Grade): Wednesday, December 2 at 10 a.m.
  • Dr. John H. Heard Elementary School, Academic Magnet (K-5th Grade): Monday, November 23 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Vineville Academy of the Arts (K-5th Grade): Thursday, December 3 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Miller Fine Arts Magnet Middle School (6th-8th Grade): Monday, December 7 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Central Fine Arts & International Baccalaureate Magnet High School (9th-12th Grade): Monday, November 30 at 5 p.m.

Parents/guardians will be notified regarding their child's lottery and/or interview status by mail by January 23, 2021. In addition to the interview required at all grade levels in consideration of acceptance, auditions will be required for Fine Arts applicants at the middle and high school levels.

School bus transportation, as accessed through shuttle bus stops, will be available 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).

Two High Schools Open New Auditoriums

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On Nov. 17, the District opened a pair of new auditoriums at Westside and Rutland high schools. With the addition of these new facilities, funded through the Educational Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, each zone now has an auditorium to use for performances and other events. The District and its faculty, staff and students appreciate the support of the community through the ESPLOST!

Provide Feedback on 2021-2022 Academic Calendar!

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The Bibb County School District is seeking feedback regarding the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 Academic Calendars. CLICK HERE for the draft options and survey link. The survey will remain open through Sunday, November 29.

District Teachers Receive Flint Energies Grants

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SOAR Academy teachers Benita Blackwell and Firdos Sayed were surprised with Bright Ideas Grants from Flint Energies recently. These teachers plan to use the grant money for a "COVID-19 Fishbowl" project, in which students will create products such as purifiers and other ideas from household items that would would help safely open schools in a pandemic.

"Innovation and creativity are used in our daily lesson planning designed to deepen student understanding of difficult concepts," said SOAR principal Dr. Julia Daniely. "Engaging our students in this manner ensures that my teachers are meeting their academic and social-emotional learning needs on a daily basis. COVID-19 has forced us to think outside-the-box, and it’s just what was needed to enhance student interest in courses like math and science."

Rutland High School teacher Rebecca English also won a Bright Ideas Grant. Way to go!

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Beulahland Donates Thanksgiving Meals at Ballard-Hudson

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The men of Beulahland Bible Church sponsored several Ballard-Hudson Middle School families for Thanksgiving. They received full meals as well as encouraging words. The District and its schools are so appreciative of the support of all community partners.

Check Out This Opportunity!

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Alexander II Faculty Enjoy 'Lunch on the Lawn'

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On Nov. 4, the faculty and staff at Alexander II Magnet School enjoyed a "Lunch on the Lawn." This event included Chick-fil-A boxed lunches and a live jazz band, all with social distancing in place.

"We're out celebrating because we think it's important to remember that teachers are working hard and to emphasize their wellness," said Principal Walsetta Miller. "We just want to celebrate them and thank them for all their hard work."

The school recently received Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Certification from the Georgia Department of Education.

CTAE Executive Director Honored by Chamber

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Congratulations to Dr. Cassandra Miller-Washington, Executive Director of Career, Technical and Agriculture Education! Dr. Washington was presented with the Workforce Development Champion during the 2020 Chamber Awards, hosted by the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce on November 19, 2020. CLICK HERE to watch the awards, and fast forward to 23:00 for Dr. Washington’s presentation!

Substitute Teachers Recognized for Efforts

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Friday, Nov. 20, was Substitute Educators Day, and Lane Elementary School - as well as other schools - recognized their substitute teachers in a variety of ways. These individuals are key to continuing the learning process no matter the circumstance.


For anyone wishing to become a substitute teacher in the District, CLICK HERE for more information.

Thank You, School Psychologists!

School Psychology Week

New Field Opens Near Hartley Elementary

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On Nov. 12, the District helped celebrate the opening of the new Vernon Sinclair Sr. Field behind Hartley Elementary School. This field, a youth development field through Macon RBI, is a partnership between several local entities, including the District, Macon-Bibb County and United Way of Central Georgia.

"This is what hope looks like," said Board of Education member and mayor-elect Lester Miller. "I look forward to the time when I can come over here and watch children play sports."

The artificial turf field is lined for baseball as well as soccer and other sports. Its namesake was a devoted youth baseball coach in Macon, according to Jeff Battcher, who spearheaded the project.

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Bibb County School District

Vision:

Each student will demonstrate strength of character

and will be college or career ready.


Mission:

The Bibb County School District develops

a highly trained staff and an engaged community dedicated

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