The Bibb County School District Newsletter
Oct. 31, 2017
High School Students Get Historic Downtown Tour
Juniors from all the District's high schools took tours of downtown Macon earlier this month. The Urban Field Experience, led by Historic Macon Foundation's Kim Campbell, showed them a variety of locations key to preserving Macon's history.
"I feel like it's important for us to learn about our heritage and where we come from and the things that make us who we are today," said Northeast junior Mary Gray.
The students learned about the Sidney Lanier Cottage, Steward Chapel AME Church, Cotton Avenue and more during the tour.
Sheriff Makes Donation to District Schools
Thanks to the Bibb County Sheriff's Office for supporting #BibbVIP! Sheriff David Davis presented Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones with a donation from confiscated funds during a press conference in October.
Compass Rose Cafe Opening Friday!
The student-run Compass Rose Cafe will be opening for the first time this school year on Friday, Nov. 3. The cafe features a multi-course sampler menu of gourmet dishes prepared by students in the W.S. Hutchings College and Career Academy's culinary arts pathway, and service is provided by students in the hospitality and tourism pathway.
Compass Rose is open each Friday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and lunch is $10. The school and cafe are located at 1780 Anthony Road. For more information, menus and reservations, visit www.compassrosecafe.com.
Porter Elementary Welcomes Red Ribbon Week Visitor
New Service Online For Transcripts, Records
"Parchment offers our existing students a place they can keep their current unofficial transcripts that can be shared with colleges and scholarship services quickly as a placeholder for the official transcript," said Tony Jones, Director of Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Accountability. "Second and more importantly, Parchment offers our alumni the opportunity to order transcripts in a 21st century environment, without the headache of coming to the board office and paying in cash."
District Students, Faculty Members Participate in Secretary of State's Program
The Georgia Secretary of State Student Ambassador Middle-South Georgia Regional Program seeks to promote civic engagement among high school students aiming to get them involved in volunteering, community service, and voter registration. Over 700 students attended a recent kickoff event, coming from as far north as Griffin and as far south as Tifton.
“The Student Ambassador Program has been a tremendous success because of hardworking students, faculty members and community leaders who have dedicated their time and efforts into improving their neighborhoods and encouraging civic participation through voter registration,” said Secretary of State Brian Kemp. “I am very excited about this opportunity for students across Georgia to become more involved in voting and elections this year and for many years to come.”
The following District students and employees participated:
- Adams, Shon (Westside High School)
- Channing, Byrd (Southwest High School)
- Coats, Kenzavious (Southwest High School)
- Daniely, De'Omini (Southwest High School)
- Holland, Drew (Academy for Classical Education)
- Jackson, Ciara (Westside High School)
- Lowe, Jontori (Westside High School)
- Middleton, Zori (Westside High School)
- Parker, Tachevian (Southwest High School)
- Smart, Emmanuel (Westside High School)
- Valeria Drummond, Westside High School Work-Based Learning Coordinator
- Ronald Rodgers, Southwest High School Law Group Counselor
College and Career Fest Provides Students Valuable Opportunity
"A day like this is important because it gives you different perspectives of different colleges so you can get a better grasp at what you want to do when you get older," said Westside junior Jhaylona Towns.
Towns added that she's interested in the Savannah College of Art and Design for a career in fashion design. In addition to colleges and universities, representatives from businesses, non-profits and branches of the military attended the event. This was an excellent opportunity for our students!
Porter Elementary Holds Cultural Parade
Porter Elementary School celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a Cultural Parade that recognized all students’ heritages. Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated annually September 15 to October 15.“Hispanic Heritage Month has been celebrated at Porter for many years and has included all cultures as a fusion celebration," said Principal Cami Hamlin. "Porter celebrates culture as a process, not a product. The growing diversity of student populations makes recognizing and celebrating the unique cultures of all students more crucial than ever."
Veterans Students Rewarded With Fall Festival
Middle School Students Participate in Virtual Field Trip
Eighth grade students throughout the county participated in a virtual fieldtrip sponsored by the Georgia Historical Society during September and October. Sophia Sineath of the Georgia Historical Society was able to create the American Revolution resource toolkit for eighth grade students studying Georgia history through a grant from The Peyton Anderson Foundation. Each toolkit was specifically designed to align to the new Georgia Standards of Excellence, this was the first time for many students to think and act like real historians. The 60 minute activity allows students to interact virtually through interactive panels with Ms. Sineath in Savannah at the Georgia Historical Society. Students examined primary sources, gathered evidence, and made claims to draw a conclusion.
School Nutrition Staff Recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Southfield Holds Career Day
Hutchings Teacher Chosen for State Program
W.S. Hutchings College and Career Academy graphics instructor Paige Welch picked up another honor recently when she was chosen for the 2017-2018 CTAE LEAD program. Of 96 applicants statewide, 20 were chosen for this professional learning opportunity that will encompass leadership development sessions throughout the next year.
“Paige Welch is truly the epitome of a teacher leader, and being selected to participate in the 2017-2018 CTAE LEAD program will allow her the opportunity to fill her toolbox with additional skills and knowledge,” said Cassandra Washington, the District’s CTAE Executive Director. “It is wonderful to have her represent Bibb County School District/CTAE as part of the elite 20.”
Welch was previously named runner-up for the District’s 2018 Teacher of the Year Honor and also received a Peyton Anderson Foundation “Teach to Inspire” grant. Through this opportunity, she will seek to hone her skills in leadership, team building, priority management and more.
Vineville Academy Honors Students of the Month
PEP Grant Donates Equipment for PBIS Incentives
Bernd Students Show Leadership With Service
Bernd Elementary students are learning the importance of leadership through the "Leader in Me" program. As a community service project, Bernd’s students created Thanksgiving cards for different organizations around the community in an effort to allow those individual groups to know someone is thinking of them during this season of thankfulness. Pictured is Bernd’s Student Lighthouse Team, along with the cards that each of the 430 students created.
Hartley Students Have 'Muffins With Mom'
Hutchings Teacher Hosts 'Coffee With a Cop'
Several officers sat on a panel to address questions and concerns. When talking about dealing with fear or tense situations, the officers talked about relying on training to get them through.
"Something as important as your life is bigger than our fear," said Sgt. Willie Purcell.
We'd like to thank all the officers, students and District employees who made this event possible!
Rutland FFA Students Meet Cabinet Member
Carter Students, Parents Have 'Data Date Night'
District Schools Hold 'Walk To School Day'
The first ever "Walk to School Day" event sponsored by the Georgia Department of Public Health was held on October 4. Seven elementary schools - Bernd, Brookdale, Hartley, Lane, Springdale, Taylor and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary - participated in a walking event at their school. The event was held to raise awareness that physical exercise, like walking, helps improve youth concentration, memory and classroom behavior. Lane had the most participation and received $500 from the Georgia Department of Public Health, and Taylor received $300 for having the second highest participation.
Lane Elementary Student Honored Twice for Reading Efforts
It's been a big month for Lane Elementary School fourth-grader Laela Freeland. First, she became the school's first "Millionaire Reader" when she read a million words, and she then was honored for earning the most Accelerated Reader points at the school in the first nine weeks.
"I think it recognizes the kids for their hard work, and it encourages the others to aim higher," media specialist Jane Hardy, said of recognizing reading efforts.
Freeland was recognized at school for her "Millionaire" mark, while her AR points earned her a visit from the "AR Prize Patrol." Way to go, Laela!
State Rep. Allen Peake Reads at Springdale for Ga. Pre-K Week
"I think it's part of my responsibility to encourage these young kids to read as early as possible," he said.
Rep. Peake encouraged the students to keep reading and to make sure their parents read to them. Thank you, Rep. Peake, for visiting our students!
Community Members Help District 'Read for the Record'
The District joined schools across the country to participate in the "Read for the Record" campaign on October 19. Special thanks to all of the partners and community members that came out to read "Quackers" to our students, including representatives from United Way of Central Georgia, Middle Georgia Derby Demons, GEICO, The Creek 100.9 FM, The Otis Redding Foundation, WGXA, Junior League of Macon, Macon Georgia Chapter of The Links, Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission, MidSouth Community Federal Credit Union, Bibb County Sheriff's Office, The Telegraph, Mercer University, 41NBC, Macon Housing Authority, Vineville United Methodist Church, Middle Georgia Regional Library, Navicent Health, State Bank and Trust, Central Georgia Technical College, Wesleyan College, The Mentors Project of Bibb County, Macon-Bibb County, Peyton Anderson Foundation, Pilot International Headquarters, and more!
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