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August 30, 2019

District Opens Another Exciting School Year

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The 2019-2020 school year started on Aug. 1, with more than 21,000 students at 37 schools. This included Northeast High School opening its first year at a new campus and renovations at Hartley Elementary School, among other improvements.

“We’re excited to have this school year up and running," said Superintendent Dr. Curtis L. Jones Jr. "We’ve got a lot of things in place that are going to help our teachers, particularly our 270 new teachers, educate our students and achieve the goals we’re striving for.”

The District would like to wish all students, faculty and staff a safe, happy and successful school year!

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Governor Honors District Partnership with Mercer

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The Bibb County School District and Mercer University were recently recognized by Gov. Brian Kemp for extending the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship program through the Mercer Bibb STEM Teaching Fellowship. This new program to recruit and enroll a cohort of five highly qualified teaching candidates, beginning in summer 2020, will be based on the clinical STEM M.A.T. model developed for the Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellows program. The five fellows who will participate in the program will commit to three years of full-time employment as teacher of record in a Bibb County middle or high school.

“We are so proud of the work our fellows are doing in Georgia schools,” said Dr. Thomas R. Koballa Jr., dean of Mercer’s College of Education. “They are committed to improving the lives of their students.”

Mercer is one the District's many wonderful community partners, and these relationships are key to our success!

Taylor Elementary Honored for Wellness Commitment

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On behalf of the Georgia Department of Public Health and Department of Education, the Taylor Tigers received a Silver Status from Georgia Shape for their continued commitment to student wellness. They were also recognized for their remarkable work in providing the necessary information for the organization's data collection process. They will also receive Governor’s Honor Roll signage to display at their school. Congratulations, again, Rosa Taylor!

MGA Education Students Visit District

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Recently, junior education and social work majors from Middle Georgia State University visited the District for a tour. They got to view classrooms at Vineville Academy of the Arts and had a panel discussion over lunch at W.S. Hutchings College and Career Academy.

“If they prepare to be future teachers and social workers, they need to know the students,” said professor Nancy Greene, who organized the trip. “It all begins with that relationship, and building that sense of community from the very beginning.”

Department chair Dr. Loleta Sartin added that the hope was that her students could establish a connection with Bibb County.

“For them to best meet the needs they’re going to teach in the future, I wanted them to have the opportunity to see the communities and to see the riches of Bibb County,” she said.

Parents, Students Get Active During Open House

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Parents and students across the District got the opportunity to participate in physical activities during Open House last month. Throughout the year, it's important that our students stay healthy and active.

Did You Miss the Session on School-Justice Partnership?

If you missed the School-Justice Partnership Informational Session on August 27, check out the video below about this important effort.

The Macon-Bibb County School-Justice Partnership is a collaboration amongst the many facets of the criminal justice system, Bibb County Schools and the community that seeks to strengthen Macon’s children, keep them in school to graduate and stop the school to prison pipeline.

In lieu of arrest, students who commit certain low level school-based offenses are screened for community services to help address underlying reasons for their conduct. These are the same services students would be ordered to receive if they were instead arrested and brought before a juvenile court judge. But, with the Partnership, students are getting services faster and it’s keeping them from reoffending.

In the Partnership’s first year, 207 Bibb County middle and high school students were issued notices of offense after committing offenses such as theft, possession of alcohol or marijuana, or affray (fighting). Only 10 students were referred to the Partnership a second time before school ended in May.

Hutchings Signs MOU With Perdue, CGTC

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William S. Hutchings College and Career Academy signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Central Georgia Technical College and Perdue Farms’ Perry Cook Plant in Houston County to establish an industrial maintenance partnership program.

The partnership will help address local workforce needs for Perdue by aligning Bibb County students with technical classroom training through classes at CGTC, and students will earn Technical College Credits.

Additionally, each student who meets the requirements will be guaranteed an interview with Perdue upon completion of the program. We see the value in our students being college OR career ready.

Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones Jr, Board of Education President Lester Miller, Perdue's Craig Pugh, and CGTC President Dr. Ivan Allen were present to sign the MOU. Yvonne Williams, the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce President & CEO, opened the event with remarks.

Alex II Hosts STEM Kick-Off

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Alexander II Math and Science Magnet Elementary School got the 2019-2020 school year started with a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Kickoff. This event allowed community partners to visit the school and learn about the Einsteins' various STEM initiatives.

Northeast High School Opens New Building

New Northeast High School
Northeast High School is in a new building this year, located on the same site as the old campus. Just three weeks into the school year, principal Steve Jones said that he can already see a change in school climate.
“I always had the mindset that, you know, the structure really never makes a difference,” he said. “But since coming into this new building, I will tell you now that I’m a believer that your atmosphere, the way that your atmosphere is set up and the way your structure looks also plays a role in how students perform, how teachers perform.”
Check out some of what the new building, a result of ESPLOST dollars, has to offer!

Howard Student Awarded Scholarship

Taylor Teacher, Unique Style Welcome Students

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Courtney McCoy, third grade teacher at Rosa Taylor Elementary School, welcomed her students back to school with a smile and a custom-made shirt. We hope everyone is continuing to have an excellent start to the school year!

Bibb Graduate Working Hard as District Carpenter

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This month, Westside High Schoo and W.S. Hutchings College and Career Academy graduate and District employee Miles Terry did an interview for 13 WMAZ. Terry was hired as a carpenter with the District just three days after graduation.

“I love seeing stuff being made out of nothing. That’s an awesome thing,” he said.

Terry caught the eye of maintenance director Eddie Montgomery for his manners and desire to work. Since he’s come on board as an employee, Terry has shown a commitment to career advancement and a willingness to do what needs to be done now.

“He may need to cut grass, but he’s a team player,” Montgomery said. “He’s there.”

Click the link below to learn more about this Bibb graduate’s path to the workforce!

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Bibb County School District

Vision:

Each student will demonstrates 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.