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May 29, 2020

Schools Celebrate Student Success Safely

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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the school year ended for students on May 1 in Bibb County, but schools continued to celebrate their students safely after that. Using social distancing guidelines and personal protective equipment, schools had drive-through events to hand out caps and gowns, collect items and even announce awards.

"This year, of course, did not end like we had envisioned it ending, and so to be able to celebrate these students - even though the school year ended early - is really important for us," said Ballard-Hudson Middle School Principal Dr. Latrina Pennamon-Nash.

At Ballard-Hudson, faculty and staff members were joined by community partners from Beulahland BIble Church and other churches. The District is grateful for the support of all these partners!


Ballard-Hudson Eighth Grade Celebration
Rutland Cap and Gown Drive-Thru
Springdale Elementary School celebrates 5th-graders

District Offering Summer Meal Program

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The Bibb County School District will start its summer meal service for children ages 18 years old or younger, and 22 and younger for individuals with special needs, on Monday, June 1. This service will be offered through July 10. There will be options for curbside pickup on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the following schools – Alexander II Magnet School, Ballard-Hudson Middle School, Sonny Carter Elementary School, Miller Magnet Middle School, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, Porter Elementary School, Skyview Elementary School, Southfield Elementary School, Southwest High School, Veterans Elementary School, Weaver Middle School and L.H. Williams Elementary School.
CLICK HERE for a full list of other delivery sites and times.

Retirees Honored for Service in Schools

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During its most recent meeting, which was held virtually, the Bibb County Board of Education recognized retirees that have served at least 25 years in the District. The contributions of these individuals, listed with years of service in Bibb County and overall, has been invaluable.

  • Myra Abrams - Dir. of HR, School Nutrition - 32 32
  • Lorine Adams - Parent Coordinator, Ingram-Pye Elementary - 27.5 27.5
  • Mary Bass - Teacher, Union Elementary - 44 46
  • Sabre Bostwick - Teacher, McKibben Lane Elementary - 28 28
  • Julie Bradley - Asst. Principal, Howard Middle - 30 30
  • Sabrenai Brown - Spec. Ed. Coordinator, PEC - 30.3 30.3
  • Gwendolyn Brown - Paraprofessional, Rutland Middle - 36 36
  • Pamela Carson - Teacher, Union Elementary - 29 29
  • Sharon Carter - Nutrition Asst., Ingram-Pye Elementary - 25 36
  • Sherry Castles - Teacher, Rutland Middle - 28 28
  • Elaine Clowers - Bus Driver, Transportation - 29 29
  • John Davis - Custodial Services, Northeast High - 46 46
  • Kimberly Davis - Teacher, Skyview Elementary - 30 30
  • Melissa Deshazer - Dispatcher, Transportation - 25 27
  • Beverly Ferguson - Budget Coordinator, Accounting/Title 1 - 29 37
  • Jennifer Gaines - Teacher, Brookdale Elementary - 25 27
  • Tracey Harbor - Asst. Principal, Springdale Elementary - 30 30
  • Sandra Hicks - ESOL Lead Teacher, Rosa Taylor Elementary - 30 30
  • Sonja Howard - Teacher, Heard Elementary - 28 30
  • Brenda Lester - Accounts Payable Asst/ Accounting - 25 25
  • Vickie Logue - Asst. Principal, Heritage Elementary - 30 30
  • Sherri Marks - Teacher, Howard Middle - 30 31
  • Cathryn Purvis - Senior Payroll Clerk, Accounting - 31 31
  • Carole Rawls - Teacher, Heritage Elementary - 31 31
  • Deborah Searles - Counselor, Southfield Elementary - 25 25
  • Elizabeth Shirah - School Clerk, Florence Bernd Elementary - 25 25
  • Priscilla Stanley - Teacher, Alexander II Magnet - 32 32
  • Bernice Tukes - Site Support Mgr., Central Kitchen - 31 31
  • Tangela Turner - Teacher, Charles Bruce Elementary - 28 29
  • Valerie Webb - Paraprofessional, Southfield Elementary - 32.2 32.2
  • Lori Webber - Teacher, Skyview Elementary - 30 30
  • Estella Willis - Teacher, Peter G. Appling Middle - 25 25

CLICK HERE for more information about recognitions and other items from the May board meeting.

Central High Senior Named CTAE Student of the Year

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Congratulations to the Bibb CTAE Student of the Year – Correll Person of Central High School! The District hosted a virtual CTAE Student of the Year Awards Program on April 30 and recognized the top three winners live at their homes. The second place CTAE Student of the Year is Ariel Lawson of Rutland High School. The third place CTAE Student of the Year is Eric Manson of Howard High School. Other school-level CTAE Students of the Year are Jalyia Howard, W.S. Hutchings College and Career Academy; Nia James, Northeast High School; Tezhane Williams, Southwest High School; and Samerica Malcon, Westside High School. Congratulations to all; you are outstanding representatives of our school district!!

District Names Finalists for Teacher of the Year

On May 18, the District announced the five finalists to become the 2020-2021 Bibb County School District Teacher of the Year! These five fantastic educators were selected from among all the school-level winners. The finalists are ...

  • Keywon Harvey, Central High School
  • Thomas Cote, Heritage Elementary School
  • Dr. Eric Fuller, Howard Middle School
  • Erin Kelly, Miller Magnet Middle School
  • Amanda Maddox, Rutland High School

These five individuals will now be in consideration to become the District winner. Congratulations to all our finalists and school winners!

District Recognizes Student Achievements

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The District and the Board of Education would like to recognize the following students for their outstanding achievements in academic competition.

District Quiz Bowl Winners

Springdale Elementary School - 1st Place

Team Members – Gaines Bryan, Aiden East, Foster Groebner, Jon Emory Hall, Jake Hawkins, Merrill Long, William Martin, Vincent Santamarina, Emma Tillery, Andy Wang, Angelina Wang

Coaches - Judith Kilburg & Kate Lambert

Alexander II Magnet School - 2nd Place

Team Members – Tacoyia Braswell, Matthew Griffin, Charity Harper, Cameron Martin, Waylon

Miller, Chandler Scott

Coaches - Katina Kendrick & Jamita Roach

Rosa Taylor Elementary - 3rd Place

Team Members – Brayden Calderon, Riley Clark, Rebekah Hutto, Jeremiah Jones, Francesca Small, Sean Spell

Coaches - Fadia Hazama & Ericka Weber

GADOE Exemplary English Learner 2020

Natalia Diez, Howard High School

Eli Farriba, Teacher

Science Fair Winners

High School – First Place Regional

Joshua Moore, Rutland High Schoool

Tabitha Cantrell, Howard High School

Middle School – First Place Regional

Chloe Andayan, Howard Middle School

*Also 2nd Place Honors & Best in Microbiology category @ Georgia State Science Fair

Ryan Rodgers, Howard Middle School

*Also 3rd Place Honors @ Georgia State Science Fair

Chielsy Garcia, Howard Middle School

Leen Sunnoqrot & Maria Flores, Howard Middle School

Kennedi Jones, Howard Middle School

Abigail Edwards, Miller Magnet Middle School

Julia Israel, Rutland Middle School

Amelia Barefoot, Rutland Middle School

Chloe Bailey, Weaver Middle School

Elementary – First Place State Winners

Sam Howard, Alexander II Magnet School
Parker Johns, Alexander II Magnet School
Neer Patel, Alexander II Magnet School
Savonta Luke, Florence Bernd Elementary School

Chasity Rolland, Sonny Carter Elementary School

Katelyn Cline, Heritage Elementary School
Anthony Horton, Heritage Elementary School
Evann Petway, Porter Elementary School
London Pooler, Skyview Elementary School
Sriram Yallapragada, Springdale Elementary School

Riley Clark – Rosa Taylor Elementary School

Technology Fair First Place Winners

3-4 3D Modeling - Brandon Robinson & Lamario Scott, Alexander II Magnet School

5-6 3D Modeling - October Cavanaugh, Rutland Middle School

7-8 3D Modeling - Adrian Hernandez, Weaver Middle School

3-4 Animation - Jackson Talbot, Heard Elementary School

5-6 Animation - Bruce Sipp & Sydney Pearson, Heard Elementary School

5-6 Audio Production - Jamie Moon, McKibben Lane Elementary School

7-8 Audio Production - Isaiah Jones & Gabriel Smith, Weaver Middle School

9-10 Audio Production - Zackeus Barkley & Jayden Williams, Central High School

3-4 Digital Game Design - Jaylen Pleasant, Southfield Elementary School

5-6 Digital Game Design - Kaden Harrelson & Luke McCoy, Skyview Elementary School

7-8 Digital Game Design - Anthony Hughes, Howard Middle School

9-10 Digital Game Design - Jazmyne Marshall & Alasia Mims, Central High School

11-12 Digital Game Design - Tyler Howard, Rutland High School

3-4 Digital Photo Production - Karen Osornia & Dulcie Vanderhoek, Vineville Academy

7-8 Digital Photo Production - Ryleigh Collins & Abby Hardy, Howard Middle School

3-4 Graphic Design - Corbin Ball, Burdell-Hunt Magnet School

5-6 Graphic Design - Ja’Leah Davis, Burdell-Hunt Magnet School

7-8 Graphic Design - Audrey Sullivan, Howard Middle School

9-10 Graphic Design - Nasir Albritton, Southwest High School

3-4 Internet Applications - Noah Smith, Sonny Carter Elementary School

5-6 Internet Applications - Ameena Rahaman, Burdell-Hunt Magnet School

7-8 Internet Applications - Destiny Butts & Lilian Harper, Miller Magnet Middle School

9-10 Internet Applications - Deniya Jones, Southwest High School

3-4 Multimedia Applications - Autumn Love-Farrar, McKibben Lane Elementary School

5-6 Multimedia Applications - Truth Carter & Destiny Mitchell, McKibben Lane Elementary School

5-6 Productivity Design - Amirah Gibson, Burdell-Hunt Magnet School

7-8 Productivity Design - Chloe Andayan, Howard Middle School

3-4 Project Programming - Betsy Myers & Jude Robertson, Vineville Academy

5-6 Project Programming - Annabelle Brannen & Jeil Crossland, Vineville Academy

7-8 Project Programming - Mitchell Zhang, Howard Middle School

3-4 Robotics - Collina Moore, Heard Elementary School

5-6 Video Production - Braylen Gilbert & Heaven Veal, Vineville Academy

ClassLink Available All Summer

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Northeast's Dothard Named Counselor of the Year

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Congratulations to the 2021 Bibb County School District School Counselor of the Year, Dr. Cathy Dothard!

Dr. Dothard is a Professional School Counselor at Northeast High School. She is approaching her 27th year in education, with the last 21 of those years being at Northeast High School. Prior to becoming a school counselor, Dr. Dothard was a special education teacher at Barden Elementary School.

"I have found that many of our students are like broken puzzle pieces," she told the selection committee. "They need guidance and direction to become complete. My desire is for all my students to become productive citizens by using their knowledge, skills, and talents to better their lives and the lives within our community."

Congratulations are also in order to the two Professional School Counselor of the Year finalists, Ana Hernandez at Westside High School and Ingrid Woolfolk at McKibben Lane Elementary School.

Leaders Honored by Discovery Education

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Congratulations to STEM Coordinator Cherri Nix and Veterans Elementary School's Ulanda Washington for receiving DENny Awards from Discovery Education in the area of leadership. These two individuals were nominated by colleagues and recognized for leading efforts in their school and District to grow their community.

CTAE Department Hosts Virtual Job Fair

Bibb County School District CTAE Annual Ready to Work Job Fair 2020
Recently, the District's CTAE Department hosted its Ready to Work Job Fair virtually. This gave students an opportunity to connect with employers and show that they are career ready!

Heritage Elementary's Nash Named Top Media Specialist

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After a very difficult review process with 10 exemplary candidates, Carla Nash was selected as the Bibb County School District Library Media Specialist of the Year. Nash currently serves as the Heritage Elementary School Media Specialist.

In late April, nominees submitted applications to the selection review committee. Each application was reviewed and evaluated based on eight categories that support educational leadership, professionalism, team collaboration, and the importance of reading for life-long learning.


New Student Registration Open Online

New student registration is open and available online for the 2020-2021 school year. This process allows parents to complete registration entirely online, including submission of documents for proof of residence and other items. This is for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, and students must turn 5 by Sept. 1, 2020, to be eligible for kindergarten.

CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

Schools Returning Items to Students

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District schools have begun the process of returning students' personal items that were left behind when schools closed in March. Please contact your child's school if you have not already received information about this process. Additionally, all books, electronic devices and other school- or District-owned items should have already been returned. Any outstanding items should be returned to schools as soon as possible.

District, Libraries Present Summer Reading Program

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When students don’t read during the summer months, they can lose up to three months of reading ability. To ensure that Bibb County students don’t fall behind while school is out of session, the District and Middle Georgia Regional Libraries are asking all students to read every day during the summer for a minimum of 20 minutes.

The theme for this year’s summer reading program is “Imagine Your Story.” During the summer break all Bibb County students will have personalized access to high quality digital books in their myOn accounts through their ClassLink portal. In addition to utilizing digital books online, students are encouraged to visit MGRL’s public libraries to check out books once they re-open. CLICK HERE for more information, including goals for each grade level.

Report Cards Issued Online

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Report cards and final grades are available online through the Parent Portal, with elementary and middle school report cards available May 22 and high school report cards available May 28. These reports can be accessed by logging into the Parent Portal and clicking on “Reports” on the left. There, the current report will be visible. If you do not know your Parent Portal login information, please email campushelp@bcsdk12.net.
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