The Bibb County School District Newsletter
May 1, 2019
Community Celebrates Superintendent's Achievements
On April 8, the District joined with the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce and other community partners to celebrate Superintendent Dr. Curtis L. Jones, Jr.'s selection as National Superintendent of the Year. The event took place at the Grand Opera House, and it included student performances from Vineville Academy of the Arts, Miller Fine Arts Magnet Middle School and Central High School, as well as JROTC participants from multiple District high schools.
"This has been amazing because it's been a celebration for the school district and for the community, and so I'm excited," Dr. Jones said.
Dr. Jones also received video messages from former President Jimmy Carter and Rich McKay, president and CEO of the Atlanta Falcons. The Superintendent also received autographed memorabilia from the Falcons and the Atlanta Hawks, and he was invited to Falcons' training camp. Additionally, the Community Foundation of Central Georgia announced a scholarship fund in the Superintendent's honor.
Northeast High Student Places at State SkillsUSA Competition
District, Mercer Establish STEM Teaching Fellowship
On April 11, Mercer University and the Bibb County School District signed an agreement to establish the Mercer Bibb STEM Teaching Fellowship. The two parties will work together to recruit and enroll a cohort of five highly qualified teaching candidates, who will begin coursework and fieldwork during the summer 2020 semester.
After successful completion of Mercer’s STEM Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program in spring 2021, fellows will commit to three years of full-time employment as teacher of record in a Bibb County middle or high school, during which they will continue to receive mentoring from the University and the Bibb County School District.
Successful completion of this three-year induction period will serve as repayment for all tuition costs associated with the 36-credit-hour STEM M.A.T. program, which includes Georgia teacher certification at the T-5 level.
“I am very excited about this new relationship with Mercer University,” said Bibb County School District Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones. “Our new partnership to develop STEM Fellows will ensure we have a solid pipeline of science, technology, engineering and math teachers who want to work in our schools. This is a cutting-edge partnership that is indicative of the great work happening between the Bibb County School District and great partners like Mercer.”
The Mercer Bibb STEM Teaching Fellowship will allow the University to use this same model to recruit and retain additional teachers certified in math, biology, chemistry, earth space science or physics for Bibb County schools.
“The need for highly capable STEM teachers in our middle and high schools is more critical than ever,” said Mercer President William D. Underwood. “Mercer is pleased to establish this creative partnership with the Bibb County School District to recruit and prepare classroom teachers in these fields. We look forward to tracking how this model can be replicated in other schools to better prepare future generations of students for STEM careers.”
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Bernd Elementary Principal 'Connects' With Top Readers
Superintendent, District Officials Visit New Northeast Building
"It's going up quickly, but it's such a strong and awesome presence for East Macon," said Principal Steve Jones, who also toured the facility.
Dr. Curtis Jones said that improvements to the schools on the city's Eastside were among the first things he set his eyes on when he arrived in the District in 2015. Seeing the high school for that part of town getting such drastic upgrades was a big moment, he said.
"I was impressed with what I saw," Dr. Jones said. "For me, this is probably my proudest moment."
Howard High Teacher Recognized by SREB
Howard High School teacher Steven Malcom was recently selected as the 2019 Southern Regional Education Board Math Ready Teacher of the Year. This prestigious honor is based on efforts and student outcomes in Georgia’s College Readiness Mathematics course and the data collected from the school as part of the SREB and Georgia Department of Education SAT study. He will be recognized at the opening session of the SREB Schools that Work Summer Conference in Baltimore on July 10.
GEAR UP Aims to Provide Financial Literacy
GEAR UP and Robins Federal Credit Union recently partnered to host a financial literacy workshop for college freshmen and their parents. Representatives from Robins Financial Credit Union led the session and provided specific guidance regarding personal and consumer finances. Students and parents learned the difference between credit vs debit cards, the value of a good credit score, and what happens when lenders pull your credit.
Georgia Power, Riley Celebrate 'Thank a Lineman' Month
April was "Thank a Lineman" Month, which included a visit from Georgia Power at Riley Elementary School. Linemen Broadus Williams and Jason Jenkins answered student questions, showed their equipment and even demonstrated the bucket truck. This was an excellent opportunity for the school to thank a community partner and for the students to learn about a potential career path.
"Girls, and guys, by all means look at your career path and what you're planning to do now," Williams said.
Rutland High Student Succeeds as Young Entrepreneur
Haggith Randall, a student at Rutland High School, recently participated in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy big event at Mercer University. She presented a proposal to the investor's panel of her five-book series, "Haggith the Spy." She won first place, which means her proposal will be fully funded and she will be competing nationally in May in New York City. The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is sponsored by the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce.
Howard Senior Receives Full Ride to Mercer
On April 26, Howard High School senior Aaryanna Mercer got a surprise visit from family, Mercer University representatives and representatives of the Griffith Family Foundation to announce that she had been named the 2019 Griffith Scholar. This means that she'll receive a full scholarship to Mercer University, with room, board and books also covered!
"It really means a lot to see God do this for me and see it come into action," Mercer said.
We are so proud of Aaryanna and happy for her family!
Westside High Beta Recognized by Special Olympics
Recently, representatives of the Middle GA Special Olympics presented an award of appreciation to the Westside High School Beta Club for the partnership and service through volunteerism this year. The WHS Beta Club has committed to supporting the Special Olympics going forward, as we continue to “Lead by Serving Others.”
Students pictured, from left, are Jayla Brown, Beta Club President; Alexis Danielly, Beta Club Vice President of Internal Community Service; and ShaMiyah Chambliss, Beta Club Vice President of External Community Service.
Hartley Elementary Recognizes Volunteers
"We believe in our Hartley scholars, and we thank you for believing in them as well," said Principal Dr. Carmalita Dillard.
Hartley provided breakfast and gifts for their volunteers. Additionally, the school's chorus and dance team performed, and other students shared inspirational poetry.
The District appreciates all our volunteers and community partners!
Springdale Students Celebrate Surpassing Reading Goal
Students, Staff Plant Trees at Skyview Elementary
"School Nutrition is kind of an organization that sits in the middle," said Timikel Sharpe, Executive Director of School Nutrition. "So for us, we want to help expose students not just to Earth Day, but to things that are grown."
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