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May 13, 2016

District Fourth-Graders Travel to Ocmulgee National Monument

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All Bibb County fourth grade classes enjoyed a learning excursion to the Ocmulgee National Monument during the week of May 2, 2016. Students learned the way of life for Native Americans at the historic national park in Macon, Ga. from two Native Americans.

A transportation grant from the National Park Foundation’s Open OutDoors for Kids program funded the field trip as part of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, Park Ranger Angela Bates says. She invited two American Indians to talk about the culture.

"It's hard to imagine life here 17,000 years ago. It's one thing for me to stand here and talk about the past and who lived here, but to see an American Indian first-hand and hear about the prehistoric time periods helps put the information into perspective," Bates says.

Students learned how Native Americans survived and obtained or made food, clothing and shelter.

Learn more about the Ocmulgee National Monument.

Community Members, Bermuda's Secretary of Ministry of Education Tours Burdell-Hunt's "Leader In Me" Program

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Community leaders, business sponsors and board members were invited to experience “The Leader In Me” program during a Leadership Day, “This is the Spot for Leaders,” at Burdell-Hunt Magnet School.

Among special guests were current Board of Education President Lester Miller and Vice President Jason Downey as well as the Secretary of Ministry of Education in Bermuda, Valerie Robinson-James.

“The Leader In Me” is a program instilled into everyday school culture where both students and staff work to model seven leadership habits, a program developed by Franklin Covey, stemming from Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” The program provides necessary lifestyle skills that prepare students for success, in and out of the classroom. “The Leader In Me” has been piloted this school year at Burdell-Hunt Magnet School and Carter Elementary School. Learn more about the Seven Habits at bcsdk12.net/leader-in-me.

Cox Communications Recognizes 30 Students with Extraordinary Accomplishments

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Cox Communications hosted its annual Inspirational Student Hero Awards at the Tubman Museum in downtown Macon. Cox recognized 30 students from Macon-Bibb County who have demonstrated extraordinary accomplishments at school, at home and in their communities, despite facing many challenges on a daily basis.

“This award signifies the way teachers, administrators and peers look up to these special children for their enduring perseverance, inner strength and courage of character to rise above significant challenges and bring encouragement to others,” stated Lynn Murphey, Middle Georgia market vice president for Cox Communications. “It is my honor to pay tribute to these student heroes. They truly are an inspiration to us all.”

The students were chosen by a committee of leaders at their school. During the event, Cox presented the students with an medallions and certificates of honor.

Below are the 2016 Cox Inspirational Student Heroes Award recipients for Macon-Bibb County.

2016 Cox Inspirational Student Heroes for Macon-Bibb County:

Alexander II Magnet School, Julia Byron

Barden Elementary School, Me'Kiyah Johnson

Brookdale Elementary School, Briana Lawson

Bruce Elementary School, Destini Davis

Carter Elementary School, Xyion McCarthy

Central High School, Romantez Mitchell

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School, Leonardo Hall

Elam Alexander Academy at Burke, Sarah Crissey

Heard Elementary School, Courtney Bridges

Heritage Elementary School, JaCayla Spry

Howard High School, Serah Olawale

Howard Middle School, Jason Wang

Hutchings College and Career Academy, Dakiria Cornegay

Ingram-Pye Elementary School, Linda Cotton

L. H. Williams Elementary School, Trent Crockett

Matilda Hartley Elementary School, Montavius Walker

McKibben Lane Elementary School, Anthony Chapman

Miller Magnet Middle School, Jamison Brown

Morgan Elementary School, Zechariah Sigler

Northeast High School, Keedrick Washington

Porter Elementary School, Kaiden Biccs

Rosa Taylor Elementary School, Sarah Sherlock

Rutland High School, Hunter Logue

Rutland Middle School, Luke Russo

Southfield Elementary School, Nehemiah Lester

Southwest High School, Ny’Kearra Brown

Springdale Elementary School, Chase Kitchen

Vineville Academy, Maggie Walker

Weaver Middle School, Cameren Adams

Westside High School, Taylor Bowdry

CTAE B.E.S.T. Students Receive Sigma Certificates

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Navicent Health (NH) and the Bibb County School District (District) celebrated the achievements of a select group of students and teachers who graduated from the first Bibb Elite Seniors and Teacher (BEST) Program cohort.

The graduation ceremony took place on Wednesday, May 11 at Hutchings College and Career Academy (2011 Riverside Drive, Macon), where participants presented their final projects and receive Lean Six Sigma certifications.

The BEST program, created through a partnership between NH and the District, connects top performing seniors and one select teacher from each district high school with NH representatives.

The rigorous BEST program is designed to permit highly qualified high school seniors the opportunity to explore career options in the healthcare industry. The program also goes one step farther. “BEST students and teachers were challenged to go beyond basic healthcare, and were given the opportunity to participate in Navicent Health’s Lean/Six Sigma training classes.

BEST participants received training that will be useful in any industry – they have learned how we improve processes and reduce expenses while growing revenue and managing resources,” said Dr. Steve Mayfield, Chief Optimization Officer for Navicent Health.

NH implemented Lean/Six Sigma, a highly disciplined, data-driven approach and methodology for eliminating waste, improving outcomes, and delivering extraordinary service, in 2014. BEST participants were taught to examine a process and identify methods of improvement. Students performed hands-on group simulations in order to measure performance, and then used their experience to analyze and improve the quality and efficiency of the process.

“Through the program, students gained stackable credentials to prepare them for the workforce while they explored healthcare career options. Students who participate in the program are learning critical skills that they will use in both college and the workplace. Ultimately, they have earned Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification, an internationally recognized certification that mid and upper-level project managers frequently obtain,” Dr. Cassandra Washington, CTAE Director for the District. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to guide these extraordinary students as they make decisions about their careers and higher education. We desire to be a valuable resource for these students, and we are pleased that the Bibb County School District has provided Navicent Health with this opportunity,” said Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders, President and CEO of Navicent Health.

CTAE Holds Lunch and Learn for Business Leaders

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CTAE Director Dr. Cassandra Washington and Youth Apprenticeship Program Coordinator Vonnie Angelo held a Lunch-and-Learn for business leaders and professionals to inform them on how they can partner with the District to create internships for students to help prepare a 21st century workforce.

Westside BETA Club Named National School of Merit

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Westside BETA Club was awarded National School of Merit! Through their hard work and focus on success during the 2015-2016 school year, the Westside High School Beta Club has been named a National Beta School of Merit!

Throughout the year, these dedicated student leaders have exemplified commitment to community service and academic excellence. Special commendation goes to BETA Club sponsors Mr. Dominique Nichols and Ms. Janita Henley.

Nutrition Department Celebrates Feed My Schools For a Week with Heritage Elementary

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Heritage Elementary students ate Georgia Grown products during lunch for one week during Feed My School For a Week.

Every year, the Nutrition Department picks a school to participate. In previous years, Skyview Elementary and Heritage Elementary School have participated.

The school along with the Nutrition Department hosts fun events throughout the week to teach students the love of sustainable and healthy eating and living, as well as where food originates during Agriculture Day and during a cooking demonstration with Governor's Mansion Executive Chef Holly Chute.

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District Announces 2016 Valedictorians, Salutatorians

Rutland Valedictorian, Salutatorian Win American Red Cross Scholarships

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Rutland High School received the maximum scholarship amount of $2,500 from the Red Cross for their blood drives.

Rutland High collected 274 units, or the equivalent of saving the lives of 2,466 infants or 822 adults.

Ingram-Pye Elementary Students Experience Career Options

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Ingram-Pye Elementary students experienced a variety of career options Monday, May 9 as part of the school's Career Fest.

Various business and public service professionals showed students the tools they use to perform their jobs every day.

Vineville Academy of the Arts Marks Georgia STEM Day

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Georgia STEM Day, May 6, 2016, highlighted the work to involve students in science, technology, engineering and math-based activities.

Vineville Academy of the Arts participated in Georgia STEM Day in all classrooms! Students engaged in grade-level activities such as building houses to withstand a blow-dryer for their paper pigs, competing to build the tallest structures with spaghetti and marshmallows and exploring the world of water tension with the use of food coloring, water and wax paper!

120 Lane Elementary Students Celebrate Accelerated Reader Goal Completion

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Lane Elementary students enjoyed an Accelerated Reader celebration with a beach-themed outdoor party with relay races, sand art, beach balls and bubbles.

120 students celebrated reaching their Accelerated Reader goals.

Brookdale Elementary Celebrates Earth Day with Parents!

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Brookdale’s staff and students kicked off an Earth Day Program by inviting parents to attend the monthly PTO meeting. Parents enjoyed musical selections by second and third grade students led by Mrs. Stephanie Tyner. Parents were also provided information from HealthMPowers on making healthy choices for living.

In addition parents and students participated in games and received door prizes. At the conclusion of the event students, parents, and staff beautified Brookdale’s front entrance by planting flowers for Earth Day.

Northeast High School Holds Field Day for Relay for Life

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Northeast high school students participated in a Relay for Life memorial walk to honor the victims and survivors of cancer to kick off their Field Day on April 29, 2016.

They started with a live stream in the Media Center of student and faculty testimonies for all students to see, and then went outside for the walk.

Northeast principal, Steven Jones, said “This was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. Our entire school came out to take that walk. The band was playing music, cheerleaders were holding signs, it was a very good vibe.”

Cancer survivor and Northeast faculty member, Lisa Dixon, shared her feelings on the event. “So today has been very emotional, a lot of tears, and just to see when you look back, and see all those students there for you and supporting you—today just meant the world to me.”

By Ally Bove

Appling Middle School Holds Career Day

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Appling Middle School students learned about a variety of career options directly from business professionals during Career Day on May 4, 2016.

Union Elementary Students Discover Career Options Up Close

Union Elementary students are learning about a variety of career options during College & Career Fest!

Red Cross Names Three District Employees Hometown Heroes

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Three District employees were honored as American Red Cross Hometown Heroes on Wednesday morning during a celebration at the Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base.

Title I Parent Engagement Specialist Dawn Scott rececived the award for saving a child from drowning while on a church trip in Columbus, Ga.

District Investigator Corey Goble and Campus Police Sergeant Matt Giegler were honored for saving a missing student from a would-be perpetrator while spearheading a four-day investigation in the Atlanta area. They collaborated with five other Georgia law enforcement agenciese, Atlanta hotels, internet-service providers and cell phone companies in the span of the investigation.

Northeast Senior Recognized as Central Region Star in Agriscience

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The 2016 State Star in Agriscience finalists were recognized at the 88th Georgia FFA State Convention held at the Macon Centreplex on April 28-30, 2016.

Rachel Solomon of Northeast High School was recognized as the Central Region Star in Agriscience.

The State Star in Agriscience Award recognizes the most outstanding science-based Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program among all State FFA Degree recipients. To receive the State FFA Degree and apply for Star in Agriscience, members must meet several requirements outlined by the National FFA Organization. Requirements include enrollment in agriculture education courses and active status as an FFA member for a minimum of two years. Additionally, recipients must obtain their Chapter FFA Degree prior to receiving the State Degree, actively participate in the planning and implementation of the chapter’s Program of Activities, and complete a minimum of five different activities exceeding chapter level. Members must demonstrate leadership by performing ten parliamentary law procedures, giving a six minute speech on agriculture, and serving as an FFA officer, committee chairperson, or committee member. Applicants must maintain a satisfactory academic record and complete a minimum of 25 hours of community service in at least two different service activities.

Students establish SAE projects early in their FFA career that they then develop throughout their involvement in agricultural education. FFA members receiving their State Degree and applying for the Star in Agriscience Award must maintain accurate records pertaining to acquiring and investing a minimum of $1,000 or documenting a minimum of 300 hours of work outside scheduled class time.

The State Star in Agriscience Award was sponsored by the Georgia Peanut Commission and The Peanut Institute and sponsored on the national level by CNH Capital and Dupont Company.

All finalists received a plaque, $125 cash award, and were recognized on stage at the state convention. Additionally, the parents of each finalist received an Honorary State FFA Degree for their support while the finalists’ advisers received a certificate of appreciation and $100 cash award.

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, changed its name in 1988 to reflect the growth and diversity of agriculture. There are more than 600,000 FFA members nationwide. The Georgia Association has more than 37,000 members, making it the third largest Association in the nation. The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success, through agricultural education.

Lego Club Reinforces Creativity, STEM Skills, Positive Behavior

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