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Feb. 28, 2021

Dr. Kilcrease Honored with National Award

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Today, Dr. Tanzy Kilcrease, the District's Chief of Staff, was honored with 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, was honored in the Central Office/Principal category.

"I'm very excited that Dr. Tanzy Kilcrease was picked for this award by AASA. She's an amazing administrator, and this demonstrates the contributions she has made not only to the Bibb County School District and the state of Georgia, but also at the national level. Congratulations, Tanzy," Bibb County School District Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones said.

CLICK HERE for more information about Dr. Kilcrease and this award!

Dr. Tanzy Kilcrease, Women in School Leadership Award Winner

Superintendent Joins Vaccine Effort

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Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones documented receiving his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on February 10 at the North Central Health District. Dr. Jones falls into Phase 1A of vaccine guidelines from the Georgia Department of Public Health based on his age.

"I continue to believe in the science about COVID-19 and the recommendations of Dr. Anthony Fauci, and when I hear individuals like him say it's safe, I believe it's safe," Dr. Jones said. "I wanted to get the vaccine for my safety, and to keep my family and loved ones, as well as my co-workers safe. After my second dose, I'm feeling GOOD!"

Recently, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced that teachers in Pre-K through 12th grade as well as school staff would be eligible for the vaccine. Eligible individuals can CLICK HERE to pre-register for an appointment.

Students Return for Face-to-Face Learning

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On Thursday, February 18, students returned for face-to-face learning in Bibb County schools. This included students whose families elected to return, with class sizes limited to allow for social distancing. Additionally, school facilities continue to be regularly cleaned and sanitized, while masks are required and other safety protocols like desk shields and contactless water fountains are in place. We are glad to have children back in our school buildings!

Bi-polar Ionization Added to School HVAC Systems

Bi-polar Ionization

The Bibb County School District is in the process of adding needlepoint bi-polar ionization devices to the HVAC system at each of its schools. The goal is to have these devices in place at all schools by the end of February.

The original goal of the ionization process in buildings was to purify the air of dirt, dust and mold, which has health benefits as well as energy-saving benefits. Additionally, research has shown that ionization can also eliminate up to 99.9 percent of infectious pathogens, including the virus that causes COVID-19. This step is being taken as part of the District’s continued efforts to keep students, faculty and staff safe as they return to the classroom setting for face-to-face instruction.

The ionization devices already were installed in newer or recently renovated buildings as they were constructed or updated. These buildings include Hartley Elementary, John R. Lewis Elementary and Appling Middle School. Again, the District’s goal is to have ionization devices in place at all schools by the end of February.

District Raises Funds for United Way

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Recently, Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones Jr. was joined by other District leaders to celebrate a 2020 campaign that saw District employees raise more than $130,000 for United Way of Central Georgia. Partnering with the Macon-Bibb community is a big part of our Victory in Progress.

Pre-K Registration Now Open Online

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The online application process for the 2021-2022 Bibb County School District Pre-K program will be open from Monday, February 22, through Friday, March 12. To be eligible for the program, students will need to turn 4 years old before Sept. 1, 2021.

Parents may apply for the Pre-K program at their zoned school, Northwoods Academy, Alexander II Math & Science Magnet School, Burdell-Hunt Magnet Elementary School, Heard Academic Magnet School or Vineville Academy of the Arts. Selection for the Pre-K program at a magnet school does not guarantee acceptance into that school for kindergarten through fifth grade, as that requires a separate application process.

Immediately following this application period, the District will hold a lottery to determine which students are selected for the program, and parents will be notified of their selection status via email on March 18 and 19. Students not selected for the Pre-K program will be placed on a waiting list. Parents of students selected for the program will need to provide the following documentation:

  • Two proofs of residence (mortgage statement/lease agreement and utility bill for address of residence)
  • Child's certified birth certificate
  • Child's Social Security card
  • Immunization - GA form 3231 (may be turned in as soon as the child turns 4)
  • Ear, Eye, Dental and Nutrition Screening - GA form 3300 (may be turned in as soon as the child turns 4)
  • Photo ID of parent/guardian.

Please call 478-779-3193 with any questions about this process.

Dr. Jones Shares Black History Month Thoughts

Black History Month - Dr. Curtis Jones Jr.
Faculty, staff and students took time during the month of February to recognize Black History Month. This included classroom lessons - mostly taught in a virtual setting - and video messages from area leaders, like our own Superintendent, Dr. Curtis Jones Jr.

District Hosting Virtual Career Fair

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The Bibb County School District will host a Virtual Career Fair on Saturday, March 6. This event will provide interested candidates the opportunity to join our team in a variety of grade levels and content areas. Visit www.bcsdk12.net/careerfair to find out more and register today!

District Students Receive Science Fair Honors

RSEF 2021 Virtual Awards Ceremony

Several District students received honors from the Regional Science and Engineering Fair, hosted by Georgia College. The following five students finished in first place and were chosen to advance to the state level, and they are listed with their other honors from the regional fair:

  • Rebekah Hutto, Howard Middle School (Broadcom MASTERS, Office of Naval Research Award)
  • Londyn Rodgers, Howard Middle School (Best in Show, Best of Class - Sixth Grade, Broadcom MASTERS, American Psychological Association Award, Office of Naval Research Award)
  • Tabitha Cantrell, Howard High School (Best of Class - 11th Grade, American Meteorological Society Award)
  • Oliver Jennings, Miller Fine Arts Magnet Middle School (Best of Class - Seventh Grade, Broadcom MASTERS)
  • Emma Tillery, Miller Fine Arts Magnet Middle School (Broadcom MASTERS, U.S. Metric Association SI Award)

Additionally, Howard Middle School's Riley Clark and Ryan Rodgers placed second, and Howard Middle's Ma'Kaylia Paul and SOAR Academy's Jameisha Hawkins placed third. Ryan Rodgers also received the Lemelson Early Inventor Prize.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Rutland Junior Achieves DECA Success

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Rutland High School junior Harsh Patel competed at the DECA State Career Development Conference on January 19 in Accounting Applications Series and placed second in the state of Georgia. Patel will now advance to the International Career Development Conference in April. Congratulations!

Two Schools Recognized for Advanced Placement Efforts

Two Bibb County School District high schools were recently recognized as Advanced Placement Honor Schools. Central High School and Howard High School were both honored by the Georgia Department of Education as AP Access and Support Schools.

“I extend my heartfelt congratulations to this year’s AP Honor Schools,” Georgia Superintendent Richard Woods said in a news release. “I commend them for their hard work to build strong Advanced Placement programs and, as a result, provide high-quality opportunities for Georgia students.”

This designation means that at least 30 percent of AP exams at each of those schools were taken by students who identified themselves as Black and/or Hispanic. To qualify for the honor, at least 30 percent of all exams taken at the two schools had to earn scores of 3 or higher out of a 5-point scale.

Congratulations, Young Georgia Authors!

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Congratulations to the following students for being selected District winners in the Young Georgia Authors contest! The first-place winners at each grade level will advance to the regional competition.

First Place

  • Kindergarten - Amara Rodgers, Lane Elementary School
  • First Grade - Dylan Floyd, Springdale Elementary School
  • Second Grade - Jacouri Fields, Veterans Elementary School
  • Third Grade - Aria West, Vineville Academy of the Arts
  • Fourth Grade - Gracie Creel, Alexander II Math & Science Magnet School
  • Fifth Grade - Angelina Wang, Springdale Elementary School
  • Sixth Grade - Jayven Stanley-Jackson, Howard Middle School
  • Seventh Grade - Kendren Williams, Howard Middle School
  • Eighth Grade - Elena Jackson, Rutland Middle School
  • Ninth Grade - Marcelle (Kiya) Williams, Northeast High School
  • 10th Grade - Jonta Thorpe, Northeast High School
  • 11th Grade - Peter Chon, Howard High School
  • 12th Grade - Jameel Walters, Howard High School

Second Place

  • Kindergarten - Sean Kopwe, Springdale Elementary School
  • First Grade - Kennedy Jeffcoat, Hartley Elementary School
  • Second Grade - Aubrey Holloway, Hartley Elementary School
  • Third Grade - Darrion Lewis, Bernd Elementary School
  • Fourth Grade - Adelie Jourdan, Springdale Elementary School
  • Fifth Grade - Charity Harper, Alexander II Math & Science Magnet School
  • Sixth Grade - Jolin Aguliar, Rutland Middle School
  • Seventh Grade - Addison Colbert, Rutland Middle School
  • Eighth Grade - Johnathan Thompson, Miller Fine Arts Magnet Middle School
  • Ninth Grade - Athena Huang, Howard High School
  • 11th Grade - Eyaja Williams, Northeast High School
  • 12th Grade - Kennedy Randall, Northeast High School

Third Place

  • Kindergarten - Black Price, Vineville Academy of the Arts
  • First Grade - Flora Byars, Vineville Academy of the Arts
  • Second Grade - Gwenneth Wrege, Lane Elementary School
  • Third Grade - Riley Bean, Heard Elementary School
  • Fourth Grade (Tie) - Shivansh Mishra, Lane Elementary School, & Rebecca Stephens, Skyview Elementary School
  • Fifth Grade - Trinity Lindsey, Veterans Elementary School
  • Sixth Grade - Giselle Lopez, Weaver Middle School
  • Seventh Grade - Jacey Broughton, Miller Fine Arts Magnet Middle School
  • Eighth Grade - Amira Newell, Howard Middle School
  • Ninth Grade - Nyla Nelson, SOAR Academy
  • 12th Grade - Adrian Tennison, Rutland High School

District Names New Assistant Superintendent

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At February’s board meeting, it was announced that Dr. Cleveland Johnson, III, had been appointed to the position of Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Johnson had previously served as principal of Veterans Elementary School.

The board also made the following administrative appointments:

  • Dr. LaChendra Dupree – Miller Fine Arts Magnet Middle School Principal
  • LaShun Crawford – Union Elementary School Principal
  • Dr. Arrika Tunstell – Veterans Elementary School Principal
  • Michael Scott - Rutland High School Assistant Principal

CLICK HERE for more information from the board meeting.

Miller Student Up for Vote in Poster Contest

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Student artwork by Emma Nowell, a seventh-grader from Miller Fine Arts Magnet Middle School, was selected from entries across the country to be included for voting in the 14th Annual 2021 Magnet Schools of America Student Poster Contest. The work was submitted by Mr. Jaquavius Hunt, the Art Teacher at Miller Magnet and will be featured for voting through March 1 in order to determine a winner.

Nowell and fifth-grader Isabella Burch of Dr. John H. Heard Elementary School, Academic Magnet, became the Bibb County School District’s first entries EVER in this poster contest this year. Congratulations and best of luck!

Assistant Superintendent Named Twiggs Superintendent Finalist

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Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Dr. Mack Bullard was named the finalist for the position of Superintendent of Twiggs County Public Schools during a called meeting of the Twiggs County Board of Education on Thursday, February 18. Dr. Bullard has served as Assistant Superintendent for the Bibb County School District since 2019 after a previous stint as Assistant Superintendent of School Administration.

Dr. Bullard has served for over 25 years in the Georgia public education system. He served as the Director of Strategic Talent Management for the Griffin-Spalding County School System. In this position, he led the development of the Quality Leaders Academy to develop aspiring leaders, principals and central office leaders. He has also served as an Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership and Instruction Department of the University of West Georgia, Director of Student Services in Clayton County, Principal and Assistant Principal in Clayton County Schools and Special Education teacher in the DeKalb County School System.

School Counseling Week Recognized by Macon-Bibb

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Thank you to Macon-Bibb County Commissioners and Mayor Lester Miller for recognizing February 1-5 as National School Counseling Week. This year's theme for National School Counseling Week was “School Counselors: All in for All Students.”

Westside High School's Ana Hernandez, pictured above with Commissioner Elaine Lucas, was also chosen for the College Board Counselor Recognition Program for individuals "who go the extra mile to expand opportunity for students—and who are seeing results." Just 12 counselors from Georgia were chosen for the program, and Hernandez was the only Middle Georgia counselor chosen.

The District has a total of 61 certified school counselors. School counselors play an important role in helping to ensure students are prepared for learning and life. They provide ongoing support to students and stakeholders every day. School counselors support students in developing social, emotional, career and academic skills. Through leadership, advocacy and collaboration, school counselors promote equity and access for all students. Through direct and indirect services, school counselors are able to address the developmental needs of all students through their counseling program and supports as they help meet the needs of the whole child.

National School Counseling Week

Central High School Senior Racks Up Scholarships

Hannah Barbour of Central High School has been making the most of an unusual senior year during this pandemic. She has been accepted to 30 colleges and has received more than $300,000 in scholarship offers!
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