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Feb. 28, 2019

Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones Jr. Named Nation's Top Superintendent!

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At the National Conference for AASA, The School Superintendents Association, earlier this month in Los Angeles, Superintendent Dr. Curtis L. Jones Jr. was named the National Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Jones was one of four national finalists after being named the state winner in December.

“We recognize that leaders matter, and this designation and this event bring that home," he said.

Dr. Jones has been Bibb County's superintendent since April 2015. Under his leadership, the District has seen graduation rates increase to 78.5 percent, and schools across the District have seen gains in the College and Career Ready Performance Index. The District also currently benefits from more than 200 partnerships with community businesses, which has helped lead to initiatives like "Leader in Me."

"“Dr. Curtis Jones is an excellent educator and he’s a man of great integrity,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “He has made real strides in Bibb County and exemplifies the work going on in Georgia to prepare students for life. I’m grateful he’s a Georgia educator and I’m proud to call him a friend.”

Howard High Receives Scholarship From Dr. Jones' Win

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As part of being named National Superintendent of the Year, Dr. Curtis Jones Jr. received $10,000 in scholarship money to be distributed to students. He gave $3,000 of that to the Griffin-Spalding School System, where he got his start in education, and the remaining $7,000 will go to a student here in Bibb County. After a drawing with the high school principals, that student will be a Howard High School graduate who displays leadership, scholarship and citizenship.

Williams Elementary Celebrates Black History Month with Music

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On Feb. 28, L.H. Williams Elementary School held a Black History Celebration titled "Celebrating African American Music Legends." Students took the stage to emulate the style and music of legends like Little Richard, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Mahalia Jackson, Kirk Franklin, Whitney Houston and more.

Brookdale Elementary Holds Black History Parade

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On Feb. 14, Brookdale Elementary paid homage to some of the brave African American men and women that made a notable impact on history. Students and teachers participated in a Black History parade that included famous authors, activists, inventors, scientists, and politicians.

Burdell-Hunt Magnet Hosts Leadership Day

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Feb. 15 was "Leadership Day" at Burdell-Hunt Magnet School, and that meant the students got a chance to show off how they're applying "Leader in Me" principles in their school. This includes their clubs and groups, all of which find a way to give back to their school or their community.

"These are activities self-selected by students that they wanted to participate in to give them exposure," said Principal Tanya Allen. "We know that in the greater community, we have to share."

This included coloring club, cosmetology, building club and more. Students also led tours of the school, and showed off their Technology Competition projects to visitors from the community and even other schools. Parents also volunteered to help the Spanish Club feed visitors tacos and other dishes.

Vineville Academy Names Students of the Month

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Vineville Academy of the Arts recently recognized Students of the Month for January. These students were chosen for being "Considerate" in their school. Way to go!

Butler Named NSTA District Director

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Brian Butler, the Bibb County School District's School Improvement Coordinator for Science, has been named District V Director for the National Science Teachers Association. This means that Butler will represent science educators in the states of Alabama, Florida and Georgia, as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, in various meetings, conventions and conferences. This is an excellent way to represent our District!

MLK Elementary Recognizes Millionaire Readers

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Love for reading was in the air at Bernd Elementary on Valentine's Day, as students got to pick out five books to keep. Media specialist Melanie Wheeler said that the giveaway was a good way for students to choose some books that pique their interest to read over and over.

"They're able to have choices, and they're able to read something that they like," she said.

The Book 'Em event was made possible by a partnership with Bibb County Sheriff's Office, Community Foundation of Central Georgia and Powers Law Group. Lieutenant Tim James said that the giveaway offered an opportunity to connect with the community.

"One thing, it's a very positive contact with law enforcement," he said. "Sheriff (David) Davis is definitely all about young people; education is very important."

Bruce Elementary Has First Millionaire Reader

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Aaliyah Haslem recently became Bruce Elementary's first-ever millionaire reader. This means that she has read a combined one million words this school year! We're always excited to see students commit to reading and literacy!

Community Volunteers Become 'Principal for a Day'

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Earlier this month, community members visited schools across the District to serve as "Principal for a Day." These individuals visited classrooms, sat in on meetings and toured the schools with regular principals. Brittany Middleton, director of group sales for Macon Bacon, visited Skyview Elementary, where she attended as a child.

"It's been really cool to come back and see some of my old teachers," she said. "I did not realize what being a teacher and being a principal really entails."

Beyond seeing what work is involved in schools, guests got a first-hand look at the way our students learn. Vineville Academy of the Arts Kristy Graham was proud to show off how even the youngest of learners are getting ready for college and career options.

"I think it gives a broader spectrum for the community and the workforce to see how we're preparing the kids for the future through the arts," Graham said.

We'd like to thank all our volunteers for the day, including representatives from the Business Education Partnership, Trina's Treats, Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, GEICO, Georgia College, Forest Hills United Methodist Church, Steward Chapel AME Church, Coliseum Medical Centers, The Shoppes at River Crossing, Department of Family and Childrens Services, Community Foundation of Central Georgia, MidSouth Community Federal Credit Union, Next Level Community Development Center, Saint Luke Baptist Macon, Jones Cork, LLP, Community Partnership, BGA Enterprises, LLC, CenterState Bank, Georgia Power, Burger King, US Postal Service, Lundy Chapel Baptist Church, Chapel Hill Church of Christ , Macon, GA, Sheridan Construction, Vineville United Methodist Church, World Changers Church Macon Georgia, Untouchable Hands", Macon Magazine, Campus Clubs, Inc. and more!

Bernd Elementary Selects Students of the Month

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The following students were named Students of the Month for January at Bernd Elementary School: Alaya Scott, Eli Baitey, Chavis Everett, Jamirah Rigsby, Messiah Brown, Michael Rouse, Leroy Salsa, Jamauri Fitzpatrick, Braylen Farrow, Tania Powell, Amari Stephens, Darrianaeja Lee, Cesar Salas, Sa'Nadja Roberts, Naomi Barnes, Kharia McLean, Darriyana Lee, Kassidy Davis, Amare Basley, Zle Petty, and Kenadi Ross. Congratulations!

Heritage Kindergarten Students Use Video to Showcase Knowledge

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Earlier this month, kindergarten students at Heritage Elementary School used the Adobe Spark Video app to demonstrate their vocabulary knowledge. This is a great way to integrate technology into classroom learning!

Howard Middle Wins $8,000 People's Choice Award

Howard Middle School was named a People's Choice Award winner for the Follett Challenge. This contest recognized the school's innovative efforts like the Dawg House II spirit shop, and the award came with an $8,000 prize. Thank you to all who voted, and congratulations to the Huskies!


Click here to view the announcement!

Student Art Show Opens March 1

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The District's Annual Student Art Show will open Friday, March 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the 567 Center for Renewal. The show will run through March 29.
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Check Out This Dual Enrollment Opportunity!

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Bibb County School District

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.