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December 20, 2019

District Dedicates New Northeast High School

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On Dec. 3, the new Northeast High School was officially dedicated. Funded through Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) dollars, the new building opened on August 1.

“This facility is now conducive to the kind of learning we’ve wanted for our children all along,” said Ella Carter, Board of Education member and former Northeast principal.

The school is located on the same property as the old building at 1646 Upper River Road. A new Appling Middle School is currently being built on an adjacent property.

Third-Graders Perform at Tree Lighting

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Each year, Macon-Bibb County hosts a tree lighting ceremony in Downtown Macon. As they have in years past, a chorus of District third-graders helped lead the ceremony this year by singing various holiday selections.

Peyton Anderson Foundation Funds Teacher Projects

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The Peyton Anderson Foundation used "Giving Tuesday" as an opportunity to fund every DonorsChoose request from a Bibb teacher. This means the foundation donated about $18,000, which, after a match, became about $35,000 in funding for our schools. Many of these projects were at Heritage Elementary School, and the school recently held a reception to thank foundation President Karen Lambert.

Leaders, Partners Meet for BEP Breakfast

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On Dec. 12, District leaders and community partners gathered for the final Business Education Partnership of the 2019 calendar year. These regular meetings allow school administrators and other District representatives to connect with businesses and agencies throughout the area.

"As leaders, we have an opportunity to influence others, especially young folks," said Roy Bibb, BEP co-chairman.

The group heard from several individuals about issues in the District and the community. This included results from On the Table Macon, as well information about the upcoming U.S. Census and how our schools are preparing students for the workplace.

Heritage Elementary Presents 'Living Cell'

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On Dec. 18, Heritage Elementary School presented a "Living Cell" demonstration. Fifth-grade students used tablet apps, a microscope and classroom-sized models to practice their presentation skills.

"Another thing, it allows them to share their knowledge with the community and their parents," said teacher Thomas Cote. "The hopes of this is that it makes them fall in love with science and how things work."

Cote also pointed out that younger students visit the hallway as well, which provides his students a chance to mentor their younger schoolmates.

Carter Students Rewarded for Attendance

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Sonny Carter Elementary School students who had perfect attendance during the first semester were rewarded with a "roll party" with Texas Roadhouse. Attendance is a key focus area for the District, and we appreciate the involvement of community partners!

District Leaders Read, Give Books to Pre-K Students

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This month, Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones Jr. and other District leaders visited schools to read "Snowmen at Night" to Pre-K students, with Dr. Jones visiting Burdell-Hunt Magnet School. They also led literacy activities, helped the students make artificial snow and gave each child a copy of the book to keep!

Rutland Students Tour Yancey Bros.

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On Dec. 3, students from the Rutland High School agriculture program toured Yancey Bros. Co. This gave students the chance to learn about various career opportunities here in Macon.

Numbers Increase for Science Fair

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For the past two years, the District has had projects from all schools entered into the Science Fair. Each year, the District has increased participation numbers, as well as first place winners in the Regional Fair. Click on the images below for a list of District winners!

Robotics Teams Advance to Super Regional

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The robotics teams from Alexander II Magnet School, Skyview Elementary School (above) and Appling Middle School have advanced to the super regionals of the FIRST Lego League. This competition will be held on Saturday, January 25, at the Museum of Aviation. Best of luck to all our teams!

Springdale Picks Up Beta Club Wins

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Springdale Elementary School had 11 students pick up 14 wins at the State Beta Convention in Savannah. All 11 children advance to the National Beta Convention in Fort Worth, Texas, in June. Additionally, the chapter, led by sponsors Anne Oxford, Jennifer Johnston and Kate Lambert, won a Golden Key Award for increasing convention participation by 10 percent.

Quiz Bowl Runner-up: Jake Hawkins - Captain (5th grade), William Martin (5th grade), Merrill Long (4th grade) and Angelina Wang (4th grade)

Battle of the Books Runner-up: Charleigh Carlton (5th grade), Aaron Greenbaum (5th grade) and Vincent Santamarina (5th grade)

Academics: Foster Groebner (4th grade-1st Place-Science), Angelina Wang (4th grade-1st Place-Math), Merrill Long (4th grade-4th Place-Social Studies), Andy Wang (5th grade-2nd Place-Math) and Jake Hawkins (5th grade-4th Place-Science)

Art: Joma Villasenor-Viloria (5th grade-1st Place-Recyclable Art), Garner Michael (5th grade-2nd Place-Drawing).

Heard Students Perform for Guests from Care Service

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Heard Elementary School recently hosted guests who receive care from All Care for a performance of their musical production. This is an excellent way to connect with and serve the community!

Hartley Students Receive Coats, Socks

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Each year, the G-ryderZ motorcycle club holds a coat and sock drive in memory of District employee Debora Patterson Curry. This year, students at Hartley Elementary School were recipients of these key items during the holiday season.

Miller Middle Presents 'A Chorus Line'

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The students at Miller Magnet Middle School recently presented the musical "A Chorus Line" at the historic Douglass Theatre. This is the latest excellent production by our fine arts magnet middle school.

Skyview Elementary Gets Festive With Decorating Contest

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Earlier this month, the students, faculty and staff at Skyview Elementary School decorated their hallways to get in the holiday spirit! Each grade-level hallway had a theme that also incorporated subject-area content as well as concepts from Leader in Me. The winning hall was the fourth- and fifth-grade hall with its country-themed decorations, complete with a barber shop, other town buildings and cell-diagram tree ornaments. Congratulations!

Check Out This Opportunity in the New Year

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Veterans Students Earn PBIS Rewards

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Students at Veterans Elementary School have been earning Club Cafe Vouchers in the lunchroom as a PBIS incentive. Students are able to earn these special vouchers during lunchtime for showing appropriate positive behaviors that are established through the lunchroom behavior matrix. Earlier this week, students were able to use these vouchers to shop in the school's PBIS Holiday Store. The store included items that students could get for themselves or they could purchase items to give as gifts during the holiday season.

Rutland High School Wins District Fitness Challenge

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During the month of November, employees across the District participated in a team challenge to encourage fitness by increasing daily steps. Rutland High Shool won this "Small Steps Big Strides" challenge, and we look forward to continuing this effort in the new year!

Lane Students Experience 'The Santa Trap'

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Earlier this month, Lane Elementary School students visited the media center to hear the book "The Santa Trap" by Jonathan Emmett. Students then used Fiddle Sticks to build their own Santa traps.

Central Office Celebrates at Holiday Breakfast

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On Dec. 17, the Central Office held its annual Holiday Breakfast. This is an excellent opportunity for all of the employees who support our schools’ “Victory In Progress” to get together for food, fun and even some singing!

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