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July 31, 2020

Class of 2020 Graduates Virtually

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Class of 2020 graduates from each of the District's six high schools were celebrated and recognized with virtual graduation ceremonies on Wednesday, July 29, and Thursday, July 30. These events included messages from school administrators and student leaders, as well as graduates receiving their diplomas.

To view these ceremonies, visit the District's YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/bibbschools.

Board Approves Starting School After Labor Day

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On Thursday, July 16, Board members voted to approve revisions to the 2020-2021 Academic Calendar to take into account the delay to the start of the school year until after Labor Day.

The revised 2020-21 Academic Calendar includes 163 student days and 190 teacher work days. The first semester includes 80 days of instruction and the second semester includes 83 days of instruction. The last day of school remains the same – Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

Employees who need to review work calendars should CLICK HERE.

For more information on Board actions, CLICK HERE.

Superintendent Discusses Upcoming School Year

District Keeping Schools, Facilities Sanitized

The District's custodial staff is already working to make sure protocols are in place to keep schools and other facilities clean and sanitized for the upcoming school year. This includes various practices, including backpack misters that allow staff members to quickly and effectively sanitize each classroom and surface.

"We take this effort very seriously," said Keith Simmons, the District's Chief of Staff.

Congratulations to Golden Eagle Award Winners

Congratulations to the following individuals that won Golden Eagle Awards recently. These awards are given to area students in various disciplines based on an application process, and are a partnership through the United Way of Central Georgia.

  • Kristen Gilbert, Central High School (Athletics, Runner-up)
  • Cicely Jackson, Howard High School (Drama, Runner-up)
  • Harley Yopp, Howard High School (English Literature, Runner-up)
  • Cassidy Hall, Howard High School (Industrial/Vocational, Runner-up)
  • Emma Quintal, Howard High School (Journalism/Marketing/Communications, Runner-up)
  • Katharine Kosowski, Howard High School (Music, Runner-up)
  • Jasmyn Perry, Howard High School (Science, Runner-up)
  • Chef Stuart Hardy, W.S. Hutchings College and Career Academy (Teacher Excellence Award)
  • Jesse Williams, Rutland High School (Superintendent's Scholarship)

CLICK HERE to watch the Golden Eagle Awards Ceremony!

Schools Welcome New Teachers With Orientation

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The Bibb County School District welcomed its latest cohort of new educators with New Teacher Orientation this week. The District is grateful for the contributions of sponsors in supporting New Teacher Orientation. Sponsors include PAGE, MidSouth Community Federal Credit Union, Robins Federal Credit Union, Equitable-MidSouth Financial Consultants, American Pride Bank, Valic and Center Hill Baptist Church.

"With everything we have experienced this year, it is even more important that we welcome our new teachers and prepare them for the road ahead," said Melanique Floyd, coordinator of talent management. "Our District departments have worked together, collectively to make this year’s virtual experience for our new teachers welcoming, comprehensive and meaningful."

Due to concerns related to COVID-19, the orientation for teachers that are new to the field, as well as those that are new to the District, was structured differently than in past years. The week began with on-site orientation at each school on Monday, July 27, during which teachers received technology devices and school-specific information. From Tuesday, July 28, through Friday, July 31, all sessions were hosted virtually.

Taylor Student Named Young Georgia Author Winner

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Audrey Freeman, a first-grader at Rosa Taylor Elementary School, has been named the state-level winner among all first grade students in the 2020 Young Georgia Authors contest. She was chosen for this honor after being selected at the District level for her work entitled "The Circus Clown." Way to go, Audrey!

Parents Urged to Update Contact Information

Parent Portal Phone and Email Change Directions
This year, more than any year, it’s important that each child’s school has accurate information for contacting parents. In addition to the usual school-related reasons for contacting parents or guardians, in the case of issues related to COVID-19, the school or District will need this information for contact tracing. Watch the video above for guidance on updating information through Parent Portal.
Dr. Jones Urges Parents to Provide Information

Miller Student Receives Scholarship

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The Jazz Association of Macon has awarded the Spring 2020 Marc Whitten Memorial Music Scholarship to Mary-Katherine Lewis. She is a rising 8th grade student at Miller Fine Arts Magnet Middle School in Macon who started playing the cello when she was nine years old. She has performed in the Bibb District Honor Orchestra. Her orchestra director, Dr. Kuei-Fan Chen, says “Mary-Katherine displays great responsibility, teamwork and a positive attitude in my class.” She will use the scholarship for her cello and individual music lessons.

The scholarship is named in memory of Marc Whitten, a Macon artist and musician who suffered from Crohn’s disease and died in 2018 at age 44. The scholarship is available to area middle and high school and college students who demonstrate a love for and commitment to music through their school band or chorus.

“We created this scholarship as a tribute to Marc’s love of music and music education,” said Whitten’s parents, Rick and Sue. “Our goals are to help recipients enhance their understanding and appreciation of music and to honor the short life of Marc Whitten.”

Donated Calendars to be Used for Art Projects

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The District is grateful that for yet another year, Navicent Health has donated magnetic academic calendars that were to be given out to students for use at home. Due to necessary changes to our academic calendar, these magnets could not be used for their original purpose but will not go to waste.
Instead, these magnets will be distributed to schools for use in art projects, which will be meet a need as art resource options will be limited due to COVID-19 concerns. The District is grateful for investments made by our partners, even when things aren't turning out as planned!

District Launches VIP Academy

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The Bibb County School District recently launched the VIP Academy for students in grades 6-12 who were previously homeschooled or enrolled in schools outside of the District. Classes will be offered online through Edgenuity.

“It’s time for secondary parents/students not currently enrolled in BCSD to take full advantage of their tax dollars by selecting VIP Academy," said Academy Administrator Dr. Julia Daniely. "We offer flexible and rigorous digital learning opportunities with scaffolded support to ensure the success of each student.”

Through the VIP Academy, students who may have previously been homeschooled would now be eligible for District extracurriculars, such as athletics and music programs at their zoned schools, as well as the career pathway courses at W.S. Hutchings College and Career Academy for high school students. This program is limited to 100 students in its pilot year, the 2020-2021 school year.

The VIP Academy website can be found at vipacademy.bcsdk12.net.

Springdale Students Win National BETA Honors

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Nine students from Springdale Elementary School placed in various events at the National Beta Convention, held virtually. These students are advised by Springdale faculty members Jennifer Johnston, Kate Lambert and Ann Oxford.

Two Food Giveaway Opportunities!

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Weaver, Westside Students Participate in STEM Camp

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In June, students from Westside High School and Weaver Middle School participated in a Virtual STEM Camp through a partnership with Mercer University. This included robotics kits, making instruments with household items and more. What a great opportunity!

Church Donates Instruments to Schools

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The Department of Fine Arts & Magnet Programs is the grateful recipient of a very generous donation from New Heights Macon. This church, located at 158 Lamar Road, donated a Deagan vibraharp and four cases of Schulmerich handbells for use by students in the Bibb County School District. These sought-after instruments will be put to use during the upcoming school year. The vibraharp has been delivered to Northeast High School for use in the band program. The handbells will be delivered to a school in August in order to begin immediate use with students. A critical part of Victory in Our Schools is partnering with the community, and New Heights Church has partnered to provide these quality instruments for use with our students. Dr. David Garrett, Pastor, is pictured making the presentation.
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