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March 25, 2016

District Helps Macon Make Cherry Blossom Parade Pink

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Fifty-three students with perfect attendance from across the District marched in the Cherry Blossom's annual parade in downtown Macon on March 19, 2016.
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Georgia's First Lady Reads to Taylor, Porter Elementary Students

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Taylor and Porter Elementary students were treated to the book "Will Powers" by Coy Bowles, guitarist for the Zac Brown Band, Thursday thanks to Mrs. Sandra Deal, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal's wife.

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.

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Students Practice Literacy with Puppy Pals

Dogs Encourage Reading at Alexander II Magnet School

Media Specialists Create Makerspaces: Cultivating STEAM Skills, Love of Learning

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As science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics make full steam ahead in education, media specialists across the country are clearing space in their media centers to dedicate to student-guided learning in what is called a makerspace.

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.

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Hutchings SkillsUSA Student Qualifies for National Competition

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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

In the past few months, students have represented the District in science fair competitions at the county and regional levels. The science fair is an important competition that helps students see and experience the processes used to explore questions and find answers to problems. Preparing for these competitions reinforces educational standards that teach scientific literacy and the habits that come from the scientific method. Students recognized at the Board meeting received first place or special honors in their divisions while competing at the 2016 Georgia College & State University Regional Science and Engineering Fair in Milledgeville.

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.
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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.
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High school winners are:

  • 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

Five District students and their teachers were recognized at the 2016 STAR Student and Teacher Banquet on February 22 at Middle Georgia State University. Since its inception, the STAR program has honored more than 24,000 students and the teachers they have selected as having had the most influence on their academic success. To obtain the STAR nomination, graduating high school seniors must have the highest score on a single test date on the three-part SAT and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average.
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Fabian Kopp and Daniel Brown, Central High School
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Hayley Harrod and Hema Keerthi, Rutland High School
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Shungarrius Robinson and Dominique Lane, Southwest High School
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Jaron Jackson and Rosa Fossett-Gilbert, Westside High School.

Not pictured: Lauren McCue and Jarrett Moore, Howard High School.

Title I Coordinator Named President-Elect for Organization

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Title I’s Gwen Phillips was voted in as the President-Elect for Georgia Compensatory Educational Leaders. GCEL plans and advocates for programs that assist children who are developmentally delayed. Members actively promote people, programs and policies that are supportive of positive growth for these children.

Miller Magnet Middle Student to Compete in State Chemistry Competition

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Miller Magnet Middle School student Robert Berrian was named a finalist in the You Be the Chemist Competition at the East Georgia Middle School Chemistry Competition. According to the Chemical Educational Foundation, “The You Be the Chemist Challenge is an interactive academic contest that encourages students in grades 5 through 8 to explore chemistry concepts and their real-world applications.

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

Elementary and middle school students competed in the District’s Math 24 Competitions this semester. By competing in Math 24, students are practicing higher-order math skills at a young age, having to work these algorithms in reverse quickly and in their head. In the Math 24 competition, four students sit around a table, and a card with four numbers is placed in front of them.

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:

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Dallas Mundy, fourth grade, Alexander II Magnet School
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Damien Williams, fifth grade, Vineville Academy of the Arts
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Christian Faulks, sixth grade, Howard Middle School
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Angel Hoang, seventh grade, Weaver Middle School
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Caleb Muhammad, eighth grade, Miller Magnet Middle School

Howard High Senior Recognized as Wrestling State Champion

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Howard High School’s JaQwun Stinson is a 2016 State Wrestling Champion. JaQwun finished the wrestling season undefeated, 25-0. He won the AAAA, 195-pound weight class. He has placed at the state level a total of three times. His sophomore year, he took second place. During his junior year, he took third place and now, as a senior, he proclaims first place.

Northeast High Students Develop Entrepreneurial Skills in Flower Shop

Northeast Flower Shop Opens for Student to Develop Entrepreneurial Skills

New Operations Center Provides Efficiency to District

District Opens Operations Center to Improve Efficiency

Porter Students Hope to Change World with Invention Convention Projects

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Porter Elementary REACH students hosted an "Invention Convention" for all interested teachers, parents, grandparents, Board of Education members, family and friends. Students were excited to share their projects because they spent seven months developing inventions that they hope can bring positive change and impact in our world.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Spring Plants for Sale

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The Rutland High School Agricultural Science program is hosting its annual Spring Plant Sale April 9, 2016 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the RHS Greenhouse. Attached are the plants that will be available for sale and their prices. If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Brassell at sandy.brassell@bcsdk12.net
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