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March 31, 2022

District Hosts Teacher Recruitment Fair

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On March 5, the District hosted its Teacher Recruitment Fair, and about 100 potential new teachers came out to Rutland High School to find out what Bibb has to offer. This provided them a chance to connect with administrators, interview and even sign contingency contracts on the spot!

"The Teacher Recruitment Fair was a great opportunity for our principals and their teams to connect with people interested in teaching our students," said Holly Huynh, coordinator of talent management acquisitions. "A special thank you to Dr. Wendy Pooler, her amazing staff at Rutlant and awesome students for hosting and taking such great care of everyone."

Did you miss the fair? Don't worry! You can still connect with our schools by visiting www.bcsdk12.net/careers. There, you can find videos about our District, Bibb County and each of our schools, and you can even submit your own video introduction. Join our team!

Female Leaders Honored on International Women's Day

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On March 8, International Women's Day, the District celebrated a historic trio of female leaders. This year, for the first time on record, the Bibb County Board of Education elected an all-female slate of officers. These women have been entrusted by their peers to lead our Board during a very important time for the District as a whole.

Dr. Thelma D. Dillard, who is currently in her third term representing District 2, was elected Board President. During her time on the Board, she has held all three officer positions. Dr. Lisa Garrett was elected Vice President as she wraps up her first term as an at-large member of the Board. Kristin Hanlon, who is in her first term representing District 3, was elected treasurer.

Bibb County's schools and families are fortunate to be represented by these strong female leaders!

Central High Student Honored by Boys & Girls Clubs

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Congratulations to Central High School senior Aliayah Simmons! After being named the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Georgia Youth of the Year, she has now been selected to represent the state of Georgia!

The statewide competition was held virtually earlier this month. Boys & Girls Clubs organizations throughout the state sent their youth representatives to compete for the state Youth of the Year title. Aliayah was selected to represent the state of Georgia at the upcoming regional competition in June. Aliayah has been a member of the Murphy Felton Tindall Club for over a decade and is proud of the way the Club Experience has impacted her life for the better.

Aliayah is the first winner from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Georgia since 2013. State winners receive more than $5,000 in scholarships and participate in regional competitions. Each regional Youth of the Year receive a $10,000 college scholarship (renewable for up to four years). The National Youth of the Year receives a $25,000 scholarship (renewable for up to four years) and is installed by the President of the United States.

Vietnam Veterans Expand Scholarship

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The 1/5 Vietnam Veterans, in partnership with the Community Foundation of Central Georgia, Central Georgia Technical College, and the Bibb County School District, gathered in March to announce a new scholarship in memory of Sgt. Rodney M. Davis, USMC (MOH). Sgt. Davis was a graduate of Peter G. Appling High School and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery and sacrifice.

The original Sgt. Rodney M. Davis, USMC (MOH) Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by the 1/5 Vietnam Veterans in 2012 at the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. Over the last decade, the scholarship has awarded more than $55,000 in college scholarships to local JROTC cadets from the Bibb County School District.

Recently, the 1/5 Vietnam Veterans announced the creation of a second scholarship fund in memory of Sgt. Davis and donated $100,000. This scholarship will benefit local students pursing technical education at Central Georgia Technical College. This partnership will continue to help make sure Bibb County graduates have a connection to the workforce pipeline.

District Employees Wear Pink to Support 'Relay for Life'

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On March 18, faculty and staff across the District were decked out in pink to mark the beginning of the Cherry Blossom Festival. Proceeds of $1000 from the sale of pink polo shirts benefited American Cancer Society's "Relay For Life." We look great in pink!

New Principals Named for 2022-2023

Congratulations to the following new principals for the 2022-23 school year, who were officially named at the March 17 board meeting:
  • Kizzie Lott, Bruce Elementary
  • Donna Cline, Heritage Elementary
  • Keisha Wallace-Dawson, Lane Elementary

Lott is currently serving as the assistant principal at Burdell-Hunt Magnet Elementary School. Cline has been serving as interim principal after beginning the year as assistant principal at Heritage. Wallace-Dawson is currently the assistant principal at Lane.

CLICK HERE to view more details about the individuals recognized and actions taken at the board meeting.

Heritage Elementary Hosts 'Careers on Wheels'

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On March 18, Heritage Elementary School showed students what it means to be #3EReady. The school hosted a "Careers on Wheels" event that allowed students to connect to various careers available in their community. A special thanks goes out to Vonnie Angelo as well as all the community partners in attendance, including Sheridan Construction, Georgia Power, Cooley Farms, Macon-Bibb County Fire Department, Campus Police, Community Ambulance and more.

Burdell-Hunt Student Wins Regional Young Georgia Author

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Congratulations to Zayln Lee, a first-grader at Burdell-Hunt Elementary Magnet School. He is a first-place winner in the region (Bibb, Jones, Twiggs, Jasper, Houston, Crawford, Peach and Monroe Counties) for the Young Georgia Authors contest. His piece, "Proactive Kaleb," will move forward to the state competition.

Also, congrats to Ernest Dorn of SOAR Academy for placing 3rd in the 12th Grade Category for his work titled "Gifted."

The following students also won first place for the District:

  • Kindergarten - Jayson Dang, Springdale Elementary, "The Lost Family"
  • Second Grade - MaKinsley Wilson, Lane Elementary, "Frenemies"
  • Third Grade - Alexus Jordan, Hartley Elementary, "The Dashing Unicorn"
  • Fourth Grade - Shurham Patel, Lane Elementary, "A Brave Tyrannasaurus"
  • Fifth Grade - Mariana Arenal, Carter Elementary, "The Lost Portal of Atherian"
  • Sixth Grade - Na'Vaeh Booker, Appling Middle, "The Horror Forest Mystery Man"
  • Seventh Grade - Evann Petway, Rutland Middle, "Back Stabber"
  • Eighth Grade - October Cavanaugh, Rutland Middle, "The Ranch"
  • Ninth Grade - Morgan Pugh, Central High, "Me Encanto El Rio"
  • 10th Grade - Athena Hoang, Howard High, "Free Dandelions"
  • 11th Grade - Kyndall Jackson, Central High, "Rivalry"

Technology Makes Bibb 'One of the Best Places to Learn'

Bibb County School District Audio Enhancement Testimonial
Administrators and teachers at Rutland High School helped share the story of how Audio Enhancement resources are making the Bibb County School District safer and smarter, "and one of the best places to learn."

Porter Elementary Hosts Career Event

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On March 17, the students at Porter Elementary School participated in a Career Caravan at the school. This event allowed representatives from Macon-Bibb County, Macon-Bibb County Fire Department, Rutland High School FFA, U.S. Postal Service, Stafford Construction Co., Georgia Power and more to visit the school and teach students about various career opportunities. The Career Caravan is part of making our students #3EReady - prepared to be enrolled, enlisted or employed.

Alexander II Wins District Quiz Bowl Title

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Congratulations to the Alexander II Math & Science Magnet School Quiz Bowl team for winning the District championship. Heritage Elementary finished in second place, followed by Springdale Elementary in third, Vineville Academy in fourth and Porter Elementary in fifth place. We are proud of all the students, faculty and staff who work hard to compete in these events.

Students Recognized for National History Day Success

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Students across the District recently participated in various categories as part of the Middle Georgia Regional Competition for National History Day, hosted by Middle Georgia State University. The following groups and individuals who finished in the top three placements for their categories have advanced to the state competition:

  • First Place, Senior Group Documentary - Artavious Freeman, Victor Nguyen, Ryan Campbell, Hayden Axom, Patrick Partolan (Howard High School)
  • First Place, Senior Group Performance - Shalome Covington, Deborah Cross, Henry Covington, JaDarius Williams (Central High School)
  • First Place, Senior Individual Website - Athena Huang (Howard High School)
  • Second Place, Senior Group Performance - Starla Guevara, Kory Cote, Nyah Clifton, Anastasia Griffin (Howard High School)
  • Second Place, Senior Individual Website - Ebenezer Camille (Howard High School)
  • Second Place, Senior Paper - Carter Atkinson (Howard High School)
  • Third Place, Senior Individual Website - Briana Boone (Howard High School)
  • Third Place, Senior Paper - Ethan Ellington (Howard High School)

The following students and groups from Howard High School were recognized as honorable mentions in their categories: Kreeya Trivedi and Aria Chitea; Saige Lumpkin, Mitchell Zhang and Jiemi Carter; A'amiyah Linder; Leara Foskey; Lillian Harper.

Bruce Elementary Readers Visit Tubman Museum

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Bruce Elementary School students who met their Accelerated Reader goals for the recent grading periods visited the Tubman Museum earlier this month. Congratulations for meeting your goals!

Williams Elementary Gets New Marquee

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On March 15, L.H. Williams Elementary unveiled its brand new marquee sign. These signs are an excellent way to show community pride in our schools and keep the neighborhood informed about the good things going on at Williams. This ribbon-cutting was a celebration of the project, which was a partnership between United Way of Central Georgia and the District.

District Celebrates Procurement Month

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March is Procurement Month, and we'd like to take this time to celebrate these important members of the District team. The procurement staff handles day-to-day operations related to purchasing and receiving, an important function of the District.

"Please join me in celebrating all our Procurement team members this month and every month," said Sharon Roberts, Chief Financial Officer. "They are loyal dedicated professionals serving our District each day. They make me VIP proud."

Bernd Elementary Hosts Leadership Day

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On March 16, Leadership Day at Bernd Elementary School provided parents, leaders from other schools and community members to see how “Leader in Me” is implemented at Bernd. Students led tours of the school, showcased items like their leadership notebooks and data tracking and even shared how the “7 Habits” play a role in clubs and activities at the school.

Macon Mayhem Players Read at Springdale

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In honor of "Read Across America" Day, members of the Macon Mayhem hockey team visited Springdale Elementary School on March 2 for "Wacky Wednesday." The players read to students in every grade level, and some of the students even got to wear real hockey jerseys! Additionally, each student got a free ticket to one of that week's games. Thanks, Mayhem!

Alexander II Named 'School of the Week'

Mayor Helps Serve Breakfast at Weaver Middle

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In honor of National School Breakfast Week, Macon-Bibb County Mayor Lester Miller stopped by Weaver Middle School on March 9 to help serve breakfast to students. We are grateful to have community leaders that care about the well-being of our students!

Northeast Principal, Student Visit Rotary Club

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Northeast High School Principal Dr. Donna Walker Thompson and senior Jacquelyn Patrick joined Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones for a Rotary meeting on March 14 to hear from a special guest, Georgia's First Lady Marty Kemp.

District Holds ESOL Parent Meetings

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The District's ESOL Department held Title III and MEA PAC meetings on March 19. These parent meetings were held in conjunction with a Hispanic Health Fair at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church.
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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.

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