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March 23, 2018

Carter Has Science Day With Dr. A

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Sonny Carter Elementary School had a Science Day with Dr. Craig Anderson earlier this month. This event, organized by Academy for Classical Education sophomore Ben Trofemuk, provided the students with opportunities for hands-on learning.

Trofemuk is a member of state Superintendent Richard Woods' Student Advisory Council. Woods attended the event and said that he challenged the members of his council to complete projects that benefit their communities.

"Your age does not limit the impact you can have in your community and in your schools," he said.

Students got to experience a variety of scientific concepts. They ate marshmallows that had been frozen by liquid nitrogen, which caused steam to billow out of their mouths, and also saw demonstrations of force and combustion. Thank you, Ben and Dr. A!

Team RoboBibb Starts Season on Right Foot

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In addition to being a part of the winning alliance in last weekend's competition in Albany, Team RoboBibb also was awarded the Excellence in Engineering Award which is sponsored by Delphi. They earned this award for their overall solid robot design as well as an on-the-fly addition of a pool noodle mechanism that allowed them to compete within the current rules of the game. Team RoboBibb will attempt to qualify for state competition with their performance at an event in Columbus on March 23 and 24.

Television Actress Visits Appling for 'Prep Rally'

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With Georgia Milestones tests looming on April 9, Appling Middle School held a "Prep Rally" earlier this week to motivate students and celebrate their preparation. As part of this event, television actress Cocoa Brown spoke to the students. Brown has been seen in a variety of series, including "Hannah Montana" and Tyler Perry's "For Better or For Worse."

Williams Elementary Hosts Career Fest

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On March 23, L.H. Williams Elementary hosted its Career Fest. Representatives from businesses and agencies across the area gathered in the school's gym and playground to tell the students all about the career opportunities in their fields.

"It sparks their interest in careers for the future, " said principal Dr. Shandrina Griffin-Stewart. "Right now, what we're doing at Williams is planting a seed."

Griffin-Stewart said it was important that the students learned about different types of careers. She noted that some of the options presented would require college or other post-secondary education, while others would be available right after high school.

Principals Recognized for Role in AdvancED Success

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Recently, the District received official word of its accreditation from AdvancED. Additionally, the District’s score of 342.79 out of a possible 400 after 233 stakeholder interviews and 13 school visits was one of the higher scores awarded as part of the revised process. At the most recent VIP meeting, principals received certificates commemorating this achievement.

Springdale Pre-K Students Present Transportation Parade

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Each year, the Pre-K students at Springdale Elementary School hold a Transportation Parade. Described as a favorite event of faculty and administration, the event encourages students to select a mode of transportation and build a version of it that can be worn for the parade. This year's parade included a hot-air balloon, a motorcycle, cars, trucks and a Cinderella-style pumpkin carriage!

Bernd Elementary Hosts Community Guests for Leadership Day

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March 22 was Leadership Day at Bernd Elementary School. A part of "The Leader in Me," which is being implemented across the District, Leadership Day allows students to showcase their leadership skills and the way it impacts their classrooms and school work. The event brought in community guests, board members and family members.

"We want to really create leaders that can take advantage of every opportunity that they have as they go forward," said Bernd principal Dr. Chad Thompson.

District, Community Members Learn About 'Leading at the Speed of Trust'

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About 50 District and community leaders came together on March 22 for “Leading at the Speed of Trust” training with the FranklinCovey Foundation. The training was funded through OneMacon and centered around learning to improve culture with the 4 cores of credibility and 13 behaviors of high trust.

Beulahland Church Recognizes Ballard-Hudson Students

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The men of Beulahland Bible Church honored students at Ballard-Hudson Middle School that earned all A's during the first semester of the school year. Scholars were provided a pizza party as a token of appreciation. Additionally, the men spoke to the students about how proud they were of their achievements and how they set the tone for the student body.

“We’re very fortunate for the men of Beulahland Bible Church,” said Aveory Allen, Dean of Students at Ballard Hudson Middle School. “Their continuous support is a momentous aspect of setting a positive culture for our school.”

Howard High Holds Mock Interviews for Students

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Earlier this week, students from Howard High School participated in Mock Interviews at the school. As part of the school's business pathways, the students were graded on resume, professional dress and interview schools. Some eighth-graders from Howard Middle even participated in the interviews, which were conducted by volunteers from local businesses and other District departments.

Heard Elementary Students Participate in Agriculture Week

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Students at Heard Elementary recently participated in Agriculture Week. These activities included planting gardens, studying seeds and talking about plants' roles in eating healthy.

Volunteers Help Schools 'Read Across America'

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On March 2, volunteers from within the District - including Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones - as well as community volunteers and even older students visited our elementary schools to celebrate "Read Across America." This event honors Dr. Seuss' birthday, so the books and decorations were selected accordingly!

District Students Participate in Hackathon

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This month, several high school students from our District participated in the Code4Care Hackathon, which took place at W.S. Hutchings College and Career Academy. These students designed and programmed apps that solve real-world problems within the healthcare industry. Special thanks to partners The Medical Center, Navicent Health and Mercer University for this unique event!

CTI Students 'Test Drive Their Future' at Expo

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For the very first time in the Bibb County School District, the Career Technical Instruction department hosted a Basic Skills Expo at the Terminal Station. Vendors included businesses and colleges from the basic trades such as Stafford Construction, Cosmetology, Sewing and Alterations, U-Haul, Federal Express, Helms Culinary Arts, We Care HVAC, The Explorers Program, Welding and Electronics from CGTC, and many others. Students from throughout the district did interactive activities to “Test Drive Their Futures.”

SOAR Academy Opens Recreation Center

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On March 16, SOAR Academy officially opened its Recreation Center. This room will be used as a Bibb PBIS reward, and students that qualify for time in the Recreation Center will be able to do so once a month.

SOAR Academy is the District's alternative school. Students attending SOAR do so because of discipline issues and other unique situations that require more individualized plans.

"These kids are the kids that most people have given up on, and this gives them hope," said Director Terese Martin. "This lets them know that they really do have a second chance."

The Recreation Center includes basketball arcade games, table tennis, air hockey, board games and video games. It was made possible through the generous donations of individual and corporate community partners.


Carter Class Celebrates Reading Success With More Reading

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The students in Kathy Bennett's first grade class have read more than 1,000 Accelerated Reader books combined, and to celebrate, they read some more books. Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones even got in on the reading!

Brookdale Holds Parade to Honor Black History

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On February 28, Brookdale Elementary held its annual Black History Parade. Staff and students were dressed as a notable African American such as famous authors, artist, inventors, sports figures, activist and politicians. The students and parents were able to see history come to life as each participant recited factual information about the icon of their choice.

Howard High Students Learn About Water Treatment

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Mark Strudwick, father of Howard High School students Hannah and Nina Strudwick, spoke to both Louisa McDonald’s AP Environmental Science class and Katherine Thompson’s AP Biology class recently. He demonstrated for students how, using chemistry, wastewater from food production and industry can be cleaned up so it can be processed through municipal water treatment facilities or returned to the water supply. He encouraged students to consider potential career options that are available to skilled science-minded individuals.

House Bill 251 Transfer Application Still Open

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The House Bill 251 transfer process will be open from through March 31. Under this state law, parents may request to transfer their child to another public school in the district for kindergarten through 12th grade for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year “if such school has classroom space available after its assigned students have been enrolled.”

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Howard Middle Promotes 'Smooth Move' for Upcoming Students

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Recently, Howard Middle School invited fifth-grade students from its zoned elementary schools - Carter, Lane, Springdale, Brookdale and Taylor - to the "Smooth Move" event. This event was intended to ease the transition to middle school by providing students with the opportunity to learn about the campus, activities, performing groups and more at Howard Middle.
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