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January 30, 2020

REACH Scholars Honored at Luncheon

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On January 9, District leaders and REACH Scholars gathered for a luncheon to celebrate these students. REACH Scholars - Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen Scholarship Program - are identified during their eighth grade year for a merit- and need-based scholarship for their college career. These students must meet discipline and grade requirements throughout high school to complete the program.

As part of the luncheon, leaders and students discussed issues, and several students shared their educational journeys. One of those students was Northeast High School junior Kennedy Randall.

"The REACH Scholarship program developed my mind and guided me to a higher level of maturity," she said. "Now I will pass my knowledge and help inspire the world of tomorrow because of the knowledge that I was given in the REACH Scholarship program today."

These scholarships are funded, in part, by local donations and through the REACH for Your Jeans initiative in the District. The District appreciates District employees and community partners like Central Georgia Technical College, Sheridan Construction and MidSouth Community Federal Credit Union for their support of this program!

Carter Students Honored for AR Success

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Earlier this month, 153 Sonny Carter Elementary School students were recognized for meeting their personal Accelerated Reader goals for the second quarter. We are proud of these students for their commitment to reading!

Teacher Leads Students in MLK Day Experience

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On January 20, Brookdale Elementary School teacher Diane Coady helped lead a group of students from Brookdale, Hartley Elementary and Union Elementary School to attend the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast at Vineville United Methodist Church. What a meaningful way to spend this important day!

New Teachers Receive Orientation

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The District's Human Resources Department hosted another New Teacher Orientation recently. This orientation is for teachers who have joined the District since the school year started, and it provided training on classroom management, District procedures and other key topics.

"We think it is important that all teachers joining the District have an understanding of what our goals and values are, and we just want them to feel welcome," said Melanique Floyd, coordinator of talent management.

Veterans Students Participate in Paint Party

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Students in second through fifth grades at Veterans Elementary School that met their Accelerated Reader goals for December were invited to participate in an Accelerated Reader Paint Party in the Media Center. The school's media specialist and media clerk led the party by modeling step by step directions on how to paint a snowman. The students used cardboard boxes and pieces of cardboard as a way to "recycle." The artwork will be displayed at the school for everyone to enjoy.

Central Students Work Together for Experiences

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Central High School Marketing Program/DECA and the PEC Department collaborated to create meaningful lessons and activities for students with disabilities. The PEC/Access classes collaborate once a week with the Marketing Program and perform learning skills tasks for the workplace in the Central Station School Store. In December, the school and community were invited to the PEC & DECA Day Out event in which students in both the Marketing and PEC/Access programs could demonstrate workplace and collaborative skills. It was a blended showcase of talent and job readiness skills being taught to all students, on any level.

Students, Teachers Celebrate 100th Day of School

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January 20 was the District's 100th day of school and students throughout the District celebrated in style. Students and teachers alike dressed up as their 100-year-old selves and did projects related to counting to 100. Pictured here are students from Vineville Academy of the Arts, Sonny Carter Elementary School and Springdale Elementary School.

Family Engagement Kicks Off New Year with Forums

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This month, the District's Title I and Family Engagement staff hosted a Super Bowl-themed State of the District Forum. This provides stakeholders and family members the opportunity to learn more about District plans, as well as the chance to provide feedback.

Students Participate in Technology Competition

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On Saturday, January 25, students from across the District participated in the Technology Competition at Westside High School. These students competed in various disciplines, with first-place winners advancing to the state competition at Kennesaw State University on March 14.

The following District students earned first-place honors:

  • Brandon Robinson and Lamario Scott, Alexander II, 3D Modeling
  • October Cavanaugh, Rutland Middle, 3D Modeling
  • Adrian Hernandez, Weaver, 3D Modeling
  • Jackson Talbot, Heard, Animation
  • Bruce Sipp and Sydney Pearson, Heard, Animation
  • Jamie Moon, Lane, Audio Production
  • Isaiah Jones and Gabriel Smith, Weaver, Audio Production
  • Zackeus Barkley and Jayden Williams, Central, Audio Production
  • Jaylen Pleasant, Southfield, Digital Game Design
  • Kaden Harrelson and Luke McCoy, Skyview, Digital Game Design
  • Anthony Hughes, Howard Middle, Digital Game Design
  • Jazmyne Marshall and Alasia Mims, Central, Digital Game Design
  • Tyler Howard, Rutland High, Digital Game Design
  • Karen Osornio and Dulcie Vanderhoek, Vineville Academy, Digital Photo Production
  • Ryleigh Collins and Abby Hardy, Howard Middle, Digital Photo Production
  • Corbin Ball, Burdell-Hunt, Graphic Design
  • Ja'Leah Dvais, Burdell-Hunt, Graphic Design
  • Audrey Sullivan, Howard Middle, Graphic Design
  • Nasir Albritton, Southwest, Graphic Design
  • Noah Smith, Carter, Internet Applications
  • Ameena Rahaman, Burdell-Hunt, Internet Applications
  • Destiny Butts and Lillian Harper, Miller, Internet Applications
  • Deniya Jones, Southwest, Internet Applications
  • Autumn Love-Farrar, Lane, Multimedia Applications
  • Truth Carter and Destiny Mitchell, Lane, Multimedia Applications
  • Amirah Gibson, Burdell-Hunt, Productivity Design
  • Chloe Andayan, Howard Middle, Productivity Design
  • Betsy Myers and Jude Robertson, Vineville Academy, Project Programming
  • Annabelle Brannen and Jeil Crossland, Vineville Academy, Project Programming
  • Mitchell Zhang, Howard Middle, Project Programming
  • Collina Moore, Heard, Robotics
  • Braylen Gilbert and Heaven Veal, Vineville Academy, Video Production

Transition Coaches Provide Workshop for Teachers

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Transition Coaches from the PEC Department provided a workshop titled "Shaping their Futures with Effective Transition Plans" on Wednesday, January 14, for teachers in middle and high schools. Teachers were provided training on writing effective transition plans to support students as they prepare for post-secondary success.

Access Students, Buddies Hit the Lanes

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Faculty and staff from Rutland High School and Westside High School recently took Access students and their buddies to Pin Strikes for some fun interaction. What an excellent way to build these important bonds!

Join Us in the 'Listening Lab'

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Elementary School Faculty Attend Wellness Training

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Recently, elementary school wellness teams attended the Winter HealthMPowers training. This training seeks to give these faculty members strategies for promoting healthy living to their students.

PEC Coaches Provide Medicaid Waiver Workshop

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Transition Coaches from the PEC Department provided a Medicaid Waiver Workshop for Parents of Children with Disabilities on Thursday, January 9, at the Professional Learning Center. More than 60 parents and 10 agency representatives attended to share information about resources available. A thorough review of the Medicaid Waiver and its requirements was provided by Clifton Williams from the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities.

Veterans Classrooms Recognized for Attendance

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Classrooms at Veterans Elementary School are recognized in the school's main hallway for their attendance percentage. It is important for all our students to be in school and on time every day to maximize our #VictoryInProgress!

Be a Watchdog! Stop Bullying!

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Bibb County School District

Vision:

Each student will demonstrate 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.