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December 22, 2020

Parents Provided Options for Second Semester Learning

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The Bibb County School District will expand opportunities for face-to-face instruction second semester, while maintaining Remote Learning Option (RLO) as a preferred option for students. Second semester will begin on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. As a reminder, students return January 6 from the holiday break and first semester will end on Friday, January 15.

By Jan. 6, parents need to fill out a survey related to their learning option preference for the second semester. CLICK HERE for more information and to access this survey.

Dr. Jones December 2020 Message

District Employees Help Distribute Food

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On Dec. 18, District employees joined with partners from World Changers Church Macon Georgia and Middle Georgia Community Food Bank for a food distribution event at the World Changers Church located on Wimbish Road. This was an excellent opportunity for our team, including board members and Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones Jr., to reach out to the community that has supported all our efforts.

"We are so fortunate here in Bibb County to have a community that has rallied around us and tried to ensure that our students demonstrate strength of character and are college and career ready, so it is good for them to see that we also want to give back to the community because they've done so much for us," said Dr. Tanzy Kilcrease, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning.

District Employees Volunteer at Food Distribution

Skyview Elementary Hosts Holiday Guests

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On Friday, Dec. 18, Skyview Elementary hosted special guests for the carpool line. Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as the Grinch, helped welcome students for their last day of in-person learning before the holiday break.

District Administrator Chosen as Afterschool Ambassador

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Recently, the Afterschool Alliance announced that Dr. Janice Flowers, the District's Director of Before and After School Programs, had been selected to serve as one of its Afterschool Ambassadors. Dr. Flowers is one of just 18 such leaders nationwide and one of just two from the state of Georgia!

“I am delighted to work with the Afterschool Alliance to increase support for afterschool programs,” she said. “It’s a tremendously important issue in my community and state. In normal times, afterschool programs help young people succeed in school and in life, and support working families throughout Georgia. Now more than ever, afterschool programs are essential in caring for children with academic, social and emotional needs created by the pandemic and supporting efforts to rebuild our economy. I look forward to helping build support for all programs that offer a safe place for our children to learn and grow outside of the regular school day.”

These ambassadors continue to work in the local community while also working with policy makers and community leaders to increase support for these important programs. Way to go, Dr. Flowers!

Ballard-Hudson JLC Receives Uniform Sweatshirts

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Members of the Ballard-Hudson Middle School Junior Leadership Corps received matching sweatshirts recently. JLC is a two-year program that serves as an introduction into Junior ROTC at the high school level.

Rutland High School Teacher Honored in Mathematics

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Rutland High School teacher Tamoco Hill was recognized as a 2020 Teacher of Excellence by the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Congratulations to Hill and Rutland High School for representing the District well!

Miller Academic Team Qualifies for National Competition

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The academic team from Miller Fine Arts Magnet Middle School recently qualified for the 2021 Junior National Academic Championship by finishing in the top five nationally in its division. This competition will be held virtually in May.

Team members include Mary-Katherine Lewis, Geronimo Henkel Pino, Leah Howard, Oliver Jennings, Robert Le, Albert Le, Thomas Rutland, Parker Shoultz, Jacob Hawkins, Jonathan Hurley and Emma Tillery. The team is coached by Bibb County Teacher of the Year runner-up Erin Kelly.

Miller's Montgomery Named Officer in Regional Organization

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Jim Montgomery, principal of Miller Fine Arts Magnet Middle School, has been named as Co-Director for District 11 for the Georgia Association of Middle School Principals (GAMSP). GAMSP is an affiliate organization of the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders, which is Georgia’s largest and most active professional organization for school administrators.

As Co-Director for District 11, Montgomery with work alongside leaders from other school districts to coordinate membership services, develop legislative priorities and represent the middle school administrators within an eight-county region. Montgomery was also a recent recipient of the Jerry Davis Georgia Distinguished Principal Award, which recognizes excellence among Georgia’s Middle School Principals.

Springdale Beta Club Advances to Nationals Again

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Several members of Springdale Elementary School’s Junior Beta Club recently won competitions as part of the virtual Junior Beta Club Elementary State Convention. These students qualified for the National Junior Beta Club Convention, currently scheduled to be held in Orlando in June 2021. This is the second consecutive year Springdale Beta students have qualified for national competition.

The following students came in first place in their competitions: Lucas Aleixo, Rebecca Greenebaum and Adelie Jourdan (Book Battle); Ethan Brock, Foster Groebner, Merrill Long and Angelina Wang (Quiz Bowl); Merrill Long, Angelina Wang, Bryson Tanner and Madisyn Yarbrough (Marketing and Communications); and Rebecca Greenebaum, Foster Groebner and Angelina Wang (Academic Test). Madison Jamieson, Jeremy West, Gabriel Pye and Madison McAllister also placed in their events. Jennifer Johnston, Kate Lambert and Anne Oxford are the teacher sponsors for this group.

District Employees Dress Down for a Cause

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On Dec. 16, employees across the District wore jeans and matching holiday shirts. In addition to helping celebrate the season, these shirts were sold as a fundraiser for the District's Relay for Life efforts.

School Board Welcomes New Members

The Board of Education held a swearing-in ceremony for its recently elected members on Thursday, Dec. 17. Two returning Board members, Dr. Thelma Dillard of District 2 and Dr. Sundra Woodford of District 5, were sworn in along with the following new Board members: Myrtice C. Johnson of District 1, Kristin Hanlon of District 3, Juawn Jackson of District 4 and James Freeman of District 6. At-large members Dr. Lisa Garrett and Daryl Morton remained on the board.

Central Seniors Receive QuestBridge Scholarships

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A pair of Central High School seniors have received four-year scholarships with universities as a part of the QuestBridge National College Match program. Chetachi Onungwa received his scholarship from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, while Alexandra Taylor received a scholarship from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.


Just over 1,400 students were matched with universities out of more than 18,500 applicants. The program recognizes high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds and then provides support once students arrive on campus.

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Testing Coordinator Elected to State Organization Office

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Congratulations to Dara Foy, the District's Testing Coordinator, for being elected treasurer for the Georgia Assessment and Accountability Professionals organization. The District is appreciative of Dara for representing our District, schools and students well!

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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.