The Bibb County School District Newsletter
March 25, 2016
District Helps Macon Make Cherry Blossom Parade Pink
Brookdale Elementary School students met Macon Mayhem!
Alexander II Magnet School students met Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert before the parade began.
Weaver Middle School students with perfect attendance marched in the Cherry Blossom Parade.
Vineville Academy of the Arts students with perfect attendance march in the parade!
Skyview Elementary School shows their school pride.
Hartley Elementary School students, staff and parents march in the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.
Georgia's First Lady Reads to Taylor, Porter Elementary Students
First- and third-graders were also introduced to a Rosa Taylor Elementary alumna, Jasmine King. After graduating from the University of Georgia, King is now the Executive Assistant to the First Lady of Georgia.
Mrs. Deal, a retired educator herself, has been traveling to schools throughout Georgia to read to children as part of her "Read Across Georgia" initiative. Like Bibb Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones, she wants every student to be able to read on grade level by third grade.
Students Practice Literacy with Puppy Pals
Media Specialists Create Makerspaces: Cultivating STEAM Skills, Love of Learning
Sonny Carter Elementary's Media Specialist Kelly Ennis created a makerspace so that students could take charge of their learning in a fun environment. The inviting space is a corner of the media center, where she's arranged warm lighting, a table, and stations where five students at a time are welcome to explore the activities available. Activities range: maze-creation, poetry writing (on a window with a dry-erase marker), cup-stacking, button-making and more.
Recently in Heritage Elementary's makerspace, Media Specialist Sarah Chancellor and students collected 180 milk jugs and created an igloo! The students are now enjoying the igloo as a quiet reading space.
Hutchings SkillsUSA Student Qualifies for National Competition
The Hutchings College and Career Academy SkillsUSA chapter participated in the SkillsUSA State Leadership Conference March 17-19.
Anderson Wash winning gold for Extemporaneous Speaking, Rashad Braddy won gold for SkillsUSA GA Brochure and Eddie Sampson won bronze for SkillsUSA GA T-Shirt design.
Anderson Wash qualifies for the SkillsUSA National Conference, which will take place in Louisville, KY in June.
Students Win Accolades at Regional Science Fair
Philip Cox, Heard Elementary School, won First Place.
Samantha Fussell, Vineville Academy of the Arts, won First Place.
Shreya Ranabhtou, Springdale Elementary School, won Best in Show.
Many of these students will compete in the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair in Athens later this month. Elementary school winners are (pictured above):
- First place, Philip Cox, Heard Elementary School;
- First place, Samantha Fussell, Vineville Academy of the Arts;
- First place, Kahlil Harvey, Vineville Academy of the Arts;
- First place, Henry Jennings, Vineville Academy of the Arts; and
- Best in Show, Shreya Ranabhtou, Springdale Elementary School.
Middle school winners are:
- Brandon Barnes, Miller Magnet Middle School: First place, Best of Class, Broadcom Master Award, U.S. Navy & U.S. Marine Corps Award, Georgia Science & Engineering Fair Invitation Award;
- Ivuntay Davis, Miller Magnet Middle School: First Place, Broadcom Master Award, Georgia Science & Engineering Fair Invitation Award;
- Elizabeth McArthur, Miller Magnet Middle School: First Place, Best of Class, Broadcom Master Award and the GA Science & Engineering Fair Invitation Award;
- Helen O’Dell, Miller Magnet Middle School: First Place, Georgia Science & Engineering Fair Invitation Award, Best In Show.
- Nicole Hill, Central High School: First Place, Best of Class, Best in Show, U.S. Navy & Marine Corps Award, International Sustainable World (I-SWEEEP Award), Georgia Science & Engineering Fair Invitation Award;
- Tobias Kopp, Central High School: Georgia Science & Engineering Fair Award.
District STAR Students Honored
Not pictured: Lauren McCue and Jarrett Moore, Howard High School.
Title I Coordinator Named President-Elect for Organization
Miller Magnet Middle Student to Compete in State Chemistry Competition
The challenge provides a unique opportunity for a variety of individuals and organizations - including schools, members of the chemical industry, educators, and other community partners - to come together and show their support for STEM education.” Robert will participate in the state competition next month.
District Math 24 Winners Recognized
The first student to determine how those four numbers combine – addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division – to come up with the number 24 wins the card. The student with the most points wins the round. The following students earned first place in the District’s Math 24 Competition:
Howard High Senior Recognized as Wrestling State Champion
Northeast High Students Develop Entrepreneurial Skills in Flower Shop
New Operations Center Provides Efficiency to District
Porter Students Hope to Change World with Invention Convention Projects
The "Invention Convention" provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate problem-solving, creative thinking, experimentation, collecting and using data and research. As students created their project for this assignment, they fostered a development of important science skills and they were able to demonstrate these skills independently as they created a new product.
Southwest High Bands Receive Superior Marks
The Southwest High School Concert and Symphonic Bands performed at the Georgia Music Educators Association Large Group Performance Evaluation event at Peach County High School on March 12, 2016.
At this event, bands from across the State are judged on a scale of 1-5 with 1= Superior, 2= Excellent, 3= Good, 4= Fair and 5= Poor on state-selected concert literature that ranges from grade 1, the easiest, to grade 6, the hardest. Bands also are required to sight-read a piece of music in 6 minutes that they have never played before. The SWHS Concert Band, performing grade 3 concert literature, was rated as a Superior band by three judges on their prepared pieces and also received a grade of 2 on their sight-reading portion of the event.
In addition to the Concert Band, the SWHS Symphonic Band earned ALL Superior Ratings on their prepared pieces and on their sight-reading. The Symphonic Band played grade 5 and 6 concert literature.
Lane Elementary Teacher Wins $500 in Books for Classroom
Laurie Parks won $500 worth of new books for her classroom at Lane Elementary School from the Jay's Hope Foundation.
Mrs. Parks was chosen from a drawing of the top fundraising classrooms in Bibb County during the annual Hats 4 Hope campaign.
Community Partner Receives Grant to Strengthen Schools, Improve Literacy
AARP Foundation, a grantee of the Social Innovation Fund, awarded a generous subgrant to United Way of Central Georgia to help grow Experience Corps, the evidence based AARP Foundation literacy program that improves the reading skills of children, enriches the lives of volunteer tutors, and strengthens schools in local communities.
Almost 70 percent of students in the U.S.—about 6.6 million children—are unable to read proficiently by fourth grade. AARP Foundation Experience Corps matches volunteers age 50 and over with students in kindergarten through third grade to help them improve their reading skills. The program offers both 1:1 volunteer and small group tutoring assistance, which is the focus of the Social Innovation Fund grant.
“Strong communities don’t just happen. Strength requires investment, and thanks to this grant from AARP Foundation, we are going to be able to significantly increase our investment in our area’s most important resource---our children” said George McCanless, President and CEO of United Way of Central Georgia. “Partnering with AARP Foundation Experience Corps will help us reach more children faster, and the data shows that these reading support efforts will improve their reading scores and ultimately, our area’s graduation rates. We look forward to partnering with Dr. Curtis Jones and his team at Bibb County Schools to implement this transformative initiative”.
The United Way of Central Georgia was selected as one of seven subgrantees that will work closely with AARP Foundation and an independent evaluator to investigate the expansion of small group tutoring (three to four children) and small group plus classroom-wide assistance models with the goal of accelerating literacy achievement not just among the organization receiving subgrants but also among volunteer literacy tutoring programs across the country.
“This grant aligns directly with our district’s strategic goals by building community support to provide reading assistance and mentorship in our schools,” stated Dr. Curtis Jones, Superintendent of Bibb County Schools. “We are excited about this opportunity and the positive impact it could have on student achievement in Bibb County.”
In August 2015, AARP Foundation received $3 million from SIF, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service programs. The SIF fosters public and private collaborations to evaluate and grow innovative community-based solutions that work. In just five years, the SIF and its private-sector partners have invested more than $876 million dollars in compelling community solutions.
As a result of $295 million in federal grants and more than $581 million in non-federal match commitments, the SIF has made grants to 39 institutions and 353 nonprofits working in 40 states and the District of Columbia.
These subgrant awards are the result of an open competition held by AARP Foundation to identify and select promising organizations in high need communities to implement and rigorously evaluate the Experience Corps model.
“Experience Corps’ proven track record of matching older adults as 1:1 volunteer reading tutors with children in grades K-3 is not only working but the results are most impressive.
The Social Innovation Fund is eager to provide funding to this cutting-edge intergenerational model that is potentially increasing the number of children being served and expanding this volunteer delivery system to include smaller reading groups. We are looking forward to building a dynamic program with AARP Foundation that supports these efforts while creating new opportunities for people 50+ to be engaged in their communities,” said Damian Thorman, Director of the Social Innovation Fund.
The Social Innovation Fund requires that each federal dollar granted be matched dollar for dollar by intermediary grantees and again by the organizations they select to receive grants. Therefore, this federal grant will leverage approximately $6 million in private funds.
The Experience Corps Social Innovation Fund subgrantees include:
• Aspiranet – San Francisco, CA
• The Children’s Initiative, San Diego, CA
• Generation Inc., Boston, MA
• Read to Succeed Buffalo
• Sacramento Chinese Community Service Center
• United Way California Capital Region, Sacramento, CA
• United Way Central Georgia, Macon, Georgia
Mobile Dairy Classroom Visits the District
The Mobile Dairy classroom visited Lane Elementary school. Students enjoyed seeing a real cow and being able to see the cow get milked during National School Breakfast Week in Bibb County.
The Mobile Dairy Classroom is operated by the Agricultural Commodity Commission for Milk and sponsored by the American Dairy Council. The 30-foot classroom features a fully operational milking parlor containing a live cow used for milking and feeding demonstrations.
The goal of the program is to provide children with a better understanding of where milk comes from, how it is processed, the healthy benefits of consuming dairy products and dairy farmers' management of natural resources.
District Celebrates National School Breakfast Week
The District celebrated the nationwide initiative, "National School Breakfast Week."
The theme this year was “Wake up to School Breakfast.”
All students are encouraged and welcome to eat breakfast at school at no cost.
Lunchrooms invited celebrity servers to help during breakfast, Northeast pepped up breakfast by bringing in a DJ for the students who came to enjoy breakfast.
Northwoods Academy Plants Garden for Students to Enjoy
Northwoods Academy now has a school garden. Students helped plant broccoli, lettuce, bell peppers and purple cabbage. Students are learning how to care for and water a garden.
In the coming weeks, Springdale, Heard, Skyview, Heritage, Lane and Alexander II will be planting spring gardens as well.
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