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September 10, 2021

District Switches to Two Weeks of Asynchronous Learning

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The Bibb County School District transitioned all schools to asynchronous learning for two weeks beginning Tuesday, September 7, and students will return to school for in-person learning on Monday, September 20. While the District continues to monitor COVID-19 cases by school, grade and classroom level each day, the District is also reviewing spread within our community.

“I am very confident our schools are safe. I believe the measures we put in place with requiring masks, socially distancing with the distance the CDC recommends, and frequent handwashing all help keep us safe,” Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones said. “However, I also recognize community spread is very high; and I believe in some cases the students are bringing COVID-19 into the schools, and maybe it is spreading that way."

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BHES Asynchronous Learning Presentation 2021

Superintendent Addresses COVID-19 Concerns on CNN

Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones on CNN's New Day Weekend With Christi Paul and Boris Sanchez

Pilot International Donates Supplies to Select Schools

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In celebration of the organization’s 100th Anniversary, Pilot International Headquarters donated more than $21,000 worth of school supplies to selected Bibb County School District schools recently. This donation is the result of fundraising by Pilot’s clubs, groups and individuals.

“The Bibb County School District is appreciative of the act of generosity on behalf of Pilot International. Providing school supplies to our teachers is an action directly aligned to the organization’s mission of ‘supporting those who care for others,’” said Chief of Staff Dr. Tanzy Kilcrease. “We are grateful for Pilot International partnering with our teachers who have the important task of teaching our students every day.”

Soon after its founding in 1921, Pilot Club of Macon completed its first civic project by raising money to support local schools after a failed school bond proposal. The organization has since spread worldwide. This year’s project, which provided boxes of supplies to more than 420 District teachers, was intended to connect to those roots.

District Highlighting Importance of Attendance

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Whether asynchronously or in person, the Bibb County School District is taking Attendance Awareness Month as an opportunity to emphasize the importance of coming to school every day. We need you here!

Daniely, SOAR Academy Honored as GAAE Finalists

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Congratulations are in order for Dr. Julia Daniely and SOAR Academy Personalized Learning Center! Both the school (Spotlight School of the Year) and Dr. Daniely (Administrator of the Year) were recently named finalists for awards from the Georgia Association for Alternative Education. Winners will be announced Sept. 23 during the 2021 GAAE 31st Annual Conference!

Meal Kits are Still Going Strong!

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Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our CTAE students and faculty in the Culinary Arts pathway at W.S. Hutchings College & Career Academy, meal kits are still going strong at the Compass Rose Cafe! Order yours for $20 by each Friday at 3 p.m., and pick up a delicious kit for a meal for two the following Friday.

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Local Law Firm Donates $10,000 to Schools

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Please join us in thanking Forrest B. Johnson & Associates! Recently, they presented $5,000 checks to Union Elementary and Elam Alexander Academy by way of their $10,000 donation through the Bibb County Education Foundation.

“The Bibb County Education Foundation, established in May of 2021, is very appreciative of the generous contributions of Forrest B. Johnson & Associates. Their commitment to our schools is a great example of community-centered leadership and service,” Dr. Lori Rodgers, President of the Bibb County Education Foundation, said.

The Bibb County Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation established to enhance educational opportunities for students and staff within the Bibb County School District. School districts have started education foundations to engage the community in the process of improving local schools by providing a wide array of programs to meet the diverse needs of the students and the community.

District Hosting 'Hiring Blitz' Event

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The Bibb County School District is looking to fill open positions in various departments

with a “Hiring Blitz” on September 15, 2021. This event will last from 9 a.m. to noon on the first floor of the central office building, located at 484 Mulberry Street in downtown Macon.

“We have positions available in several of our departments that offer competitive pay and a great benefits package,” said Holly Huynh, coordinator of talent management acquisitions. “With this event, we’re looking to get people to work in a way that will support what our students and faculty are doing each and every day.”

Positions are available for bus drivers, cafeteria monitors and custodians, as well as options in the maintenance department. Individuals who attend this event are asked to wear a mask and business casual attire, and resume copies are advised. Apply for positions in advance at www.bcsdk12.net/apply.

Upgraded Stadium Ready for Action Thanks to ESPLOST

Thompson Stadium Upgrades
Thanks to ESPLOST dollars from the Macon-Bibb community, the renovated Thompson Stadium is ready for action. Complete with new artificial turf, customizable LED lights and a new video scoreboard, the stadium will be on display as Northeast High School hosts Dougherty County on Friday, September 10, at 7:30 p.m. These upgrades are consistent with similar efforts at the Ed Defore Sports Complex, where Westside High School will host Rockdale. Rutland High School will be on the road to face Worth County.

Victory in Stories: Curlandra Lightfoot Smith

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Meet Curlandra Lightfoot Smith. She’s up next for our #BibbVictories campaign to tell the stories of Victory in Progress in the Bibb County School District (BCSD) by students, teachers, staff and parents.

We are all in this together (even if it's virtually!) and we could all use a little more positivity on our social media feeds. Every day, we all have the power to inspire, make a difference and exemplify strength of character. This is the opportunity to do just that.

Curlandra has been a student and teacher in the District and now she’s a member of the Office of Student Support Services. She's also a parent of BCSD students. As the Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) Coordinator, she is responsible for helping schools implement one of the District’s non-negotiables items, PBIS. The program is evidence-based and improves and integrates all data, systems and practices affecting student outcomes every day.

After graduating from Northeast High School, she went on to earn her Bachelor of Social Work at THE Fort Valley State University. She then earned her Master of Social Work and Specialist degree in Teacher Leadership from Valdosta State University. Her expertise and love for our community shows through her commitment to service. “I was born and raised here by two (now retired) Bibb County educators. I’ve seen this city before working in the District. I’ve seen some heartbreaking things, and that’s what I wanted to go to education. I am here to accept students and with PBIS, it is continual teaching. We are always sharing our expectations for students and it makes a difference. It is all about building relationships,” she said.

This year, Smith was responsible for organizing the PBIS Back to School Bash drive-through event at the Ed DeFore Sports Complex in which approximately 1,000 parents, guardians and students attended and over 230 volunteers & 25 vendors gave their time. It was a huge success!

If you have a student in our District, then you know the power of PBIS. In fact, the District is home to several distinguished and operational PBIS schools. Thank you, Curlandra Smith, for your unwavering dedication to Bibb County Schools! #BibbVIP

District Partnering with Library for Student Access

Vineville Academy Honors Parapro Joining Air Force

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On August 20, Vineville Academy of the Arts bid farewell to technology paraprofessional Bethanie Kitchens. Later this month, she will begin basic training to join the United States Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. The District is proud to have had this dedicated individual on our team!

Suicide Prevention Month

Suicide Prevention Month
This National Suicide Prevention Week, let's all commit to keeping an eye out for each other. Students, you can take very real steps toward keeping your friends safe!

Law Firm Donates to Bibb Schools

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The District would like to thank Witherite Law Group for $2500 donations to Bruce Elementary School and Appling Middle School last month for school supplies. Donations like these help make our Victory in Progress possible!

Springdale Teacher Recognized as Top Leader

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Congratulations to Springdale Elementary School Teacher of the Year Cindy Quan Hong on being selected for Macon Magazine’s 5 Under 40 Young Leaders! Pick up a copy of the magazine's latest issue to read more about this Bibb Teacher of the Year finalist's passion for arts education. Also featured in the latest issue of Macon Magazine: Burdell-Hunt Magnet School music teacher Lacey Barnes and Westside High School Athletic Director Candice Roberson.
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