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The Bibb County School District Newsletter

February 12, 2016

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VISION: Each student demonstrates strength of character

and is college or career ready.

MISSION: The Bibb County School District will develop

a highly trained staff and an engaged community dedicated

to educating each student for a 21st century global society.

District Seeking Highly-Qualified Educators

The Bibb County School District will host its annual Teacher Recruitment Fair on Saturday, March 5, at Howard High School, 6400 Forsyth Road, Macon.

The event will take place 9 a.m.-noon. Participants should bring copies of their resume and be prepared for mini-interview sessions. Some contingency contracts may be offered on site. Professional attire is recommended. For more information, please call (478) 765-8560 or visit www.bcsdk12.net.

Last Call for Pre-K Registration

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Sunday, February 14 is the last day to register for the Pre-K lottery!

Parents who would like help applying online can do so at Northwoods Academy on Saturday, February 13 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Click to register your child for Pre-K.

Second-Graders Learn Financial Literacy Through Real-World Responsiblity

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Alexander II Magnet School teacher Shelby Long conducted a financial literacy lesson with her second-grade class in partnership with her sorority and BOE Director of Procurement, Elaine Wilson, and sorority members Barbara Davis and Irma Penn.

On Monday, January 11, the sorority members introduced the Wee Savers by teaching some lessons about saving and giving each child ten cents to start their savings account.

Students also received mini-banks, donated by MidSouth Community Federal Credit Union. Students received earning logs and were encouraged to do chores at home to earn money. The sorority also gave students who actively sought out ways to earn money, an additional 25 cents in “interest."

Then on Friday, January 29, the program culminated with students sharing their savings logs and counting their earnings with members of the sorority. Additionally, Mr. Jarred Kelly of Midsouth Community Federal Credit Union discussed the importance of saving with students and their parents.

Students who saved the most money were:

1st place—Jorden Johnson (saved $113.72)

2nd place—Robert Davis (saved $89.70)

The child who did the most chores to earn money was Derek Davis. He did 17 chores to earn money!

Jorden received $15, Robert received $10, and Derek received $5 from Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. for their savings efforts.

The Wee Savers Program’s goal is to increase financial literacy.

Learn more about the Wee Savers Program.

Vineville Academy Invited to Share at Middle Georgia RESA STEM Conference

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Vineville Academy of the Arts was proud to be invited to bring the arts and share STEAM at the Middle Georgia RESA STEM conference on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Ga.

Tre Bellaire, Josiah Chambliss, John-Avery Clark, Jalaya Denmark, Adam Flowers, Jessica Fussell, Samantha Fussell, Maya Jones, Alexis Lanier, Sydney Phillips and Daniel Stanley were outstanding in presenting the connections between music and technology.

This was accomplished through the use of singing, playing traditional instruments, harmonizing with Boom Whackers, using iPads with the GarageBand app, connecting a Makey Makey to a laptop, designing a robot to play a xylophone and playing a Theremin device. Students not only demonstrated their knowledge; they also were able to speak about their robotics programs and technology apps with the teachers in attendance.

National Signing Day in the District

Central High Athletes Sign with Carson-Newman, Benedict College

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Central High School's Derrick Evans Jr. committed to play football for Carson-Newman Unviersity.
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Central High School's Chandler King signed with Benedict College.

Westside High Football Athletes

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Westside High School student-athletes Tradonus Causey committed to Reinhardt University, Abdul Davis signed with Kennesaw State University and Steve Dolphus signed with Georgia Tech on National Signing Day 2016.

Rutland High School Athletes

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Abigail Johnson and Breanca Davis signed a softball scholarship with East Georgia in Swainsboro, Ga.

Central Students Become Certified in Microsoft Word

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After taking and passing a test, five Central High School students are now certified in Microsoft Office Word 2013. They have an industry credential that they can put on their resume. In fact, one student earned a perfect score of 1000. Four other students took and passed the Excel 2013 certification test as well.

“We did lots of preparing—about three months’ worth—by using geometrics practice software to get ready for the test,” Business Education teacher and CTAE Department Chair Nikia Williams said.

Dorian Glover, a senior at Central, believes that she is going to be more qualified for the real world and have a better chance of being hired. “I learned a lot through this process that I did not know before. It was really helpful. I am able to really spruce up my work because I know more detail of Microsoft Office now,” she said.

The youngest in the class, Alexis Knight, a sophomore, was excited about learning new things. “I have learned a lot about formatting with Microsoft. By having this certification on my resume, I know it is going to place me above my peers with experience,” Knight said.

63 Students Inducted into District National Technical Honor Society

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Pictured above: W.S Hutchings College and Career Academy Inductees

The Bibb County School District hosted its 2nd Annual National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) Induction Ceremony at Central High School on Wednesday, January 13, 2016. The guest speaker for the ceremony was Keith Simmons, Bibb County School District Chief of Staff. A total of 63 students from all seven high schools were recognized and inducted into the society. These outstanding Career, Technical, and Agriculture Education (CTAE) students were selected based on the following criteria: 10th-12th grade status, overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0, CTAE GPA of 3.5, active Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) member, completion of two CTAE classes, one academic teacher recommendation, one CTAE teacher recommendation, and outstanding conduct and character. The Bibb County School District launched its inaugural NTHS chapter during the 2014-2015 school year, under the leadership of Dr. Cassandra Washington, Bibb County Schools CTAE Director.

The goal of NTHS is to ensure that deserving CTAE students are recognized and that community members are aware of the talents and abilities of those who choose Career and Technical Education pathways to a successful future. NTHS promotes the ideals of honesty, service, leadership and skill development among America's future workforce. In addition to receiving the highest recognition for top students in career and technical education, members of the NTHS will benefit from access to over $250,000 in scholarship opportunities, professional references, and on-line career resources.

The 2016 Bibb County School District National Technical Honor Society inductees are:

Central High School: Jeaniah Cummings, Austin Ledford, Arkeilia McClinton, Ikeia Moore, Deedra Moseley, Nykia Sinclair, Charbrielle Smith, Maia Thomas, Iva Watkins, and Azhanae Williams; NTHS Co-District Advisor, Wylene Dickey

Howard High School: Trinity Choo, Kiana Johnson, Prem Patel, Gregory Render-Butler, Tamoria Rumph, Lauren McCue, Ethan Norfleet, Jay Patel, Dustin Van Tate Testa, Ashley Todd, Kimberly Vazquez, Mariz Valenzuela, and Weijie Zhang, NTHS Co-District Advisor, Jennifer Haynes

Northeast High School: Jaaziel Diaz, Jaquanious Mathis, Jonathan Diaz, Zatoria Freeman, Stephaughn Hamilton, Devaughn Hamilton, Shaniece Gibson, Shakira Grant, Averiona Hightower, Nikesia Patrick, Shellawn Freeman, Patrickia Norwood, Jada Salaam, Amajhia Simeton, Leyla Slappy, Kayla Williams, Lanecia, Ariel Williams; NTHS Advisor, Alonza Raines

Rutland High School: Chyla Brown, Gabe Burgos, Joshua Little, Brandon Murray, Krupa Patel, Carol Pyon, Ryota Tsutsumi, Samonzy Wiggins; NTHS Advisor, Diane Byington

Southwest High School: Staci Fluellen and Khadijah Waller; NTHS Advisor, Willie Batts, Jr.

W.S Hutchings College and Career Academy: Nancy Abarca, Naima Davis, Kate Denton, Kayla Estrada, Mildred Vail, Jason Smith, and Breanna Woodford, NTHS Advisor, Page Welch

Westside High School: Abdul Davis, Aaliyah Dorsey, Venecia Minor, Jaylan Sanders, and Shaimesha Madison; NTHS Advisor, Valerie Drummond

Central High JROTC Drill Team Takes First Place in Armed Squad Drill

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Central High School JROTC won 1st place in Armed Squad Drill during a Drill Competition at Americus-Sumter High School.

AVID Teacher Signs Up Whole Class to Take ACT

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For the February 6, 2016 ACT, Howard High School's AVID elective teacher Mr. Juluain Lunce registered his entire AVID 11 elective class of juniors for the exam. As a part of the GEAR UP 2017 cohort, each student received an ACT waiver, a scientific calculator, and participated in an ACT prep session.

Students are shown with their printed admissions ticket for the exam. AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a structured college preparatory system that aims to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

Mr. Lunce has high expectations for his students as demonstrated by his willingness to ensure that each student has the opportunity to attend a college or university after graduation. He has provided a great example of how AVID can work for our students as they strive for post-secondary success.

Bruce Elementary Holds 6th Annual Community Resource Fair

On January 28, 2016, Charles H. Bruce Elementary School provided the 6th Annual Community Resource Fair to parents and the community.

Twenty-five agencies and organizations participated such as: Disability Connections, Adopt-A-Role Model, Southern Center for Choice Theory, First Choice Day Care, UGA Extension Center and Economic and Community Development, Generation Z, Youth Entrepreneurship Program, the Kingsmen Foundation and the Middle Georgia Black Pages.

Southwest High Students Learn Ins and Outs of Financial Literacy

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Southwest High School students worked with State Bank and Trust Company to learn the ins and outs of savings, budgeting, credit scores and business financing. Financial literacy is critical for post-graduation success.

Howard Middle Students Qualify for National History Bee

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Nine Howard Middle School students placed advanced in the recent Online Qualifying Exam for the National History Bee competition. In the academic competition for elementary and middle grades, these students answered questions covering a wide span of historical knowledge. This is the first stage of the competition and these students have qualified to continue in the next round, the regional finals where they will be competing with other students across the United States. Winners from this round will advance to the national finals and the title of National History Bee Champion!

Students who achieved ADVANCED status and move onto next round of competition are:

Alex Diaz (8th grade)

Thania Jahja (8th)

Harley Patterson (8th)

Jahkob Thomas (8th)

Traven Toomer (8th)

Nick Jackson (7th)

Cooper Massey (7th)

Destiny Mercer (7th)

Jacob Thomley (7th)

Brookdale Elementary Students Celebrate Accelerated Reader Accomplishments

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Lane Elementary Students Celebrate Accelerated Reader Achievement

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Lane Elementary School's Accelerated Reader Superhero Fitness Party: 102 students played fitness dodge ball and enjoyed snacks as their reward for reaching their Accelerated Reader goal for the 2nd quarter!

GEAR UP Cohort Attends Wesleyan College Performance

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Howard High School’s Class of 2017 GEAR UP cohort attended the Core Ensemble of Ebony Embers performance, Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance, at Wesleyan College last month.

This performance celebrated the lives of great African-American poets of the Harlem Renaissance Era including Aaron Douglas, Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, and Countee Cullen. Students were selected from Howard’s Honor’s American Literature and AP Language classes based on their interest in theater arts.

They also visited Wesleyan’s Financial Literacy lab to receive scholarship and

financial aid information from Stephen Purvis, Wesleyan’s Associate Director of Financial Aid.

These activities support the mission of the GEAR UP grant which is to promote student achievement and preparation for global-competiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

Miller Magnet Middle FBLA Students Receive Region Top Five Percent Ranking at State Competition

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Miller FBLA Students Receive Top Ten Percent Ranking in Region at State Competition

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Bibb Representatives Organize, Present at Georgia Parent Engagement Conference

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Twenty-five District representatives attended the Parent Engagement Conference in Athens, Ga.

Bibb County participants attended and volunteered at the conference. The following Bibb County School parents also attended: Mandy Braunstein (Howard HS), Carol Johnson and Toni Gardner (Ingram Pye), Angela Bonner (Union ES), Linda Knight (Weaver MS), Russell Bentley (Westside HS).

The 2016 Family Engagement Conference is a partnership between Georgia Department of Education, the United Way of Greater Atlanta, the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and Communities in Schools of Georgia. District Title I Family Engagement Specialist Pamela Richardson served as co-chair of the conference organizing committee with Tye Barnett of Georgia PTA.

Over 1,210 participants attended the third, biennial statewide event at the Classic Center in Athens, Ga. The conference theme, “Strengthening Partnerships, Creating Possibilities, and Maximizing Potential,” presented attendees with an opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue on ways educators can model shared responsibility between families, communities and schools to impact student success.

As Bernd Elementary School was one of three schools that won the statewide Parent Engagement Month Video Competition, Dawn Scott, Family Engagement Specialist, and Nakeisha Leitzsey, counselor, presented during a Friday workshop titled "Reaching beyond Parent Engagement Month" about innovative ideas on how Bernd Elementary utilizes student-led conferences to build student success.

Pictured above: Philleria Colbert (Riley ES), Daphne Bailey-Brothers (Porter ES), Pamela Richardson (Family Engagement Specialist for Howard/Westside zone), Dawn Scott (Family Engagement Specialist for Northeast/Rutland zone), Sincere Zellner (Price Education Center, Methodist Home for Children), Lorine Adams (Ingram Pye ES), Chiquita McNair-Glover (Dr. MLK ES), Candy Lucas (Howard MS)

Southwest High Graduation Coach Nominated for LifeChanger of the Year Award

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Southwest High School Graduation Coach Chanda Williams has been nominated for the National Award, LifeChanger of the Year.

Ms. Williams’ nomination letter describes her as someone who is " approachable, encouraging, and respectful, and provides feedback to new teachers which enables them to expand their knowledge of effective teaching practices…is dedicated to the success of all students. Ms. Williams is a true team player and Southwest has truly benefited from having her as a part of the team!”

LifeChanger of the Year, sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, is an annual program that recognizes and rewards K-12 school educators and employees from around the country for making a positive impact in the lives of their students.

Ballard-Hudson Eighth-Graders Become Published Poets

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Five 8th-grade students from Ballard-Hudson Middle School will become published poets. Ms. Sabrina McGhee (center), ELA teacher, submitted her students’ poems to Creative Communications, a publisher in Utah. Zino Eferighe, My’Dayza Sands, Kennia Bens, Virginia Hollingshed and Davion Felder (left to right) will have their poems published in the 2016 Spring Edition of the poetry book, A Celebration of Poets.

Rutland High Wins 2AAA Region Championship

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The Rutland High school wrestling team won the region 2AAA championship over the weekend and sent 12 students to sectionals.

Rutland High Wins 2015 Cooperative Spirit Award

Rutland High School was chosen as the region winner for the 2015 Cooperative Spirit Award. Georgia Electric Membership Corporation recognized Rutland High for superior efforts at displaying good sportsmanship during the 2014-2015 school year.

Lane Elementary Expands Horizons with Jazz Music

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Students at Lane Elementary School enjoyed a fun filled hour of Jazz, Blues, and Dixie themed music from The Jazz Association of Macon. Teachers and students joined in by scat singing following the lead of Dr. Edward K. Clark. The event exposed and expanded the students' awareness of music and its different genres.

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Mentors Project Seeking Gently-Used Books for Teens

The Mentors Project of Bibb County is co-sponsoring the “I Believe in Me” concert for teenagers on Friday, February 26, from 4-7 p.m. at Central City Park. The organization is in need of about 500 new or gently used books to give to children and teenagers as they leave the concert. The grade level for books is 7-12. Donations may be delivered to The Mentors Project office at 484 Mulberry Street, Suite 220. For more information, call (478) 765-8624.

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Take a Survey About Bibb Magnet Schools

Bibb County School District is administering a stakeholder survey to gather feedback about the district’s magnet schools. The results of the survey will be used to measure current stakeholder satisfaction and to identify areas for future improvement in the district’s magnet programs. We hope that you will participate as your opinion is critical to Bibb County School District’s evaluation process!

Bibb County School District has partnered with Hanover Research to administer and analyze this survey. Hanover Research is an independent market research firm based in Washington, D.C., and is in no way affiliated with any other entity or organization. Your responses are completely anonymous and will be kept strictly confidential, so please be as open and honest as possible. The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Your responses are essential to helping Bibb County School District evaluate the district’s current magnet programs. We appreciate your participation! Please click the link below to begin.

Begin Survey

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Workshop for Educators 'Teaching about the Holocaust'

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