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February 26, 2016

Navicent Teams Up with District to Provide Bibb Elite Senior and Teacher Program

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Top-performing seniors from each District high school are currently completing the Bibb Elite Senior and Teacher Program, also known as B.E.S.T, thanks to a partnership with Navicent Health. Through the program, students are gaining stackable credentials to prepare them for the workforce while they explore healthcare career options.

Through the partnership, Navicent Health's goal is to "introduce healthcare careers and also give [students] tools that they can use in their careers as they go forward," Chief Optimization Officer Dr. Stephen Mayfield says.

The "Lean Curriculum" that students received shows students how to look at a process and improve it. Students performed hands-on group simulations to have their performance measured. They then took their experiences and analyzed how they could improve the quality and efficiency of the process.

Students who undergo the program are learning critical skills that they'll use in both college and workplace settings. Ultimately, they'll have earned the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, an internationally-recognized certification that mid and upper-level project managers often have attained.

District Seeking Highly-Qualified Educators

Teacher Career Fair

The Bibb County School District will host its annual Teacher Career Fair on Saturday, March 5, from 9 a.m. until noon at Howard High School, 6400 Forsyth Road in Macon, Ga.

Participants should bring copies of their resume and be prepared for mini-interview sessions. Some contingency contracts may be offered on site. Professional attire is recommended and job candidates should bring several copies of their resumes.

For more information, please call (478) 765-8560 or visit www.bcsdk12.net.

Bibb County: The Place to Teach

Online Application Available for HB 251 Student Transfers

The transfer period for House Bill 251 for the Bibb County School District's 2016-2017 school year is open through March 22, 2016.

Online applications are available at bcsdk12.net.

Under this state law, parents may request to transfer their child to another public school in the district for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year “if such school has classroom space available after its assigned students have been enrolled.”

The Bibb County School District will determine “space available” in accordance with the capacity calculations approved by the United States District Court in the case of Adams, et al. v. Board of Education.

Explore CTAE Pathways at Hutchings During Open House

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RoboBibb Prepping for State-Qualifer Competitions

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Team RoboBibb, the District's robotics team, spent part of their Winter Break prepping for the Stronghold First Robotics Competition. Then, on Saturday, the team took their pride and joy to Destination Einstein in Columbus for the opportunity to test their handiwork on the terrain that'll be used during this season's competition before the "Bag and Tag" curfew. The curfew means that all competing robotics teams must cease working on their robot until competition.

Team RoboBibb heads to Columbus, Ga. on March 10 and heads to Albany, Ga. on March 17 for competition. Both competitions could qualify them to compete at the state level.

Heritage Elementary Celebrates National Engineering Week

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The Heritage Elementary School Gifted program celebrated National Engineering Week. Students in first through fifth grades have been learning about transportation engineering and how to create maglev transportation systems. They used their knowledge of magnetic levitation to transport objects from one place to another.

Georgia Power Talks "Women in STEM" For Engineering Week at Westside

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Georgia Power "Women in STEM" representatives came to Westside with a "Women in STEM" presentation and activities for female STEM students. The engineering design challenge was to design and build a "Solar-Powered Oven" to make S'mores.

Howard High Senior Wins State Wrestling Meet

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Howard High Senior Jaqwun Stinson won first place in Division 4-A in the 195-pound weight class, despite starting the wrestling season late due to a knee injury and surgery during the football season.

Prior to his state wrestling win, he has placed two other times at the state level: Second place as a sophomore and third place as a junior.

Students Serve as Georgia Capitol Pages

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Bibb students experienced the legislative process up close while serving as pages at the Capitol in Atlanta during Winter Break.

Pictured are: Central High student Jaylon Williams, Southwest High student Nigel Wilmore Southwest and Westside High student Tracie Frye.

Southwest Students Learn About Biotechnology at Fort Valley State University

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Bibb County School District GEAR UP students traveled to Fort Valley State University to explore the field of Biotechnology. Biotechnology is an interdisciplinary, cutting-edge science that encompasses biology, plant and animal sciences as well as engineering. It is used as a scientific tool for enhancing crop yield and quality, developing pharmaceuticals, improving health and providing new methods for removing environmental toxins. The field of biotechnology is growing, and so are the career prospects in the industry.

Students learned about the many biotech experiments that Fort Valley State University is conducting, toured their high-tech laboratories, conducted a plant experiment of their own and learned about various biotechnology careers.

14 SkillsUSA Students Advancing to State Competition

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Fourteen SkillsUSA student members advanced to compete at the state level after competing at the regional competition in Griffin, Ga. earlier this month.

Zuri Randall (Westside HS) won 1st place in Esthetics, Anderson Wash (Hutchings CCA) placed 2nd place in Extemporaneous Speaking, Quintavious Little (Central HS) took 3rd place in Job Skill Demo A, Liz Cruz (Southwest HS) placed 1st in Cosmetology, The Broadcast News Team consisting of Madison Bukner (Howard HS), Brandon Thomas (Northeast HS), Romas Dunn (Northeast HS) and Romentezz Mitchell (Central HS) won 3rd place, and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies Team made up of Ojanny Villegas (Howard HS), Nancy Abarca (Rutland HS), Kate Denton (Howard HS), Kenya Hoskins (Northeast HS), Denise Williams (Rutland HS), Quintavious Little (Central HS) and S'Erica Ogletree (Howard HS) placed 1st.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.

The Study of Chinese Culture and Language at Vineville Academy of the Arts

Vineville Academy of the Arts students have worked with Ms. Liu and Ms. Yang, Chinese teachers to study the culture and traditions of the capital city of China: Beijing.

Students learned the art of Chinese Dancing, Peking Opera Facial Masks and The Feather Ball. During Beijing “Study of the City Week,” students were taught “Tian’anmen Square,” “The Temple of Heaven,” “The Palace Museum,” "The Great Wall,” “The Birds Nest” and “The Water Cube.”

The students can not only say these words in Chinese, but also make sentences by using “where,” “there” and “here.” Students are also fluent in singing “Where is My Friend?”

Vineville Academy of the Arts says “Ni Hao” (Hello) and “Huanying” (Welcome).

Vineville Academy of the Arts is one of 7 elementary schools in the District to offer Chinese through a partnership with the Confucius Institute at Kennesaw State University.

Asthma Treatment in School Increases Student Attendance

Asthma Treatment in School Increases Student Attendance

GEAR UP Students Reinforce Math Skills During 'I Love Math Day'

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Southwest Magnet High School and Law Academy sophomores and juniors attended "I Love Math Day" at Wesleyan College last month. Through the all-day event, students were able to reinforce their math skills using various strategies, hands-on-learning techniques and engaging activities including games with prizes.

This partnership with Wesleyan College and GEAR UP increases early awareness and readiness for undergraduate programs and helps students become more knowledgeable and better prepared to succeed in post-secondary education.

Southfield Elementary Experiences 'Life on the Farm'

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Mr. Christopher Sanders from Fort Valley State University Cooperative Extension Program visited Southfield Elementary school to present Life on the Farm.

Students in grades K-5 enjoyed seeing and petting farm animals indigenous to Georgia. Students were presented with facts and history of farm animals and their importance

Rutland Middle School Holds First Student-Led Conferences

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Rutland Middle School held their first ever Student-Led conferences last month.

Students gathered several pieces of information to share with their parents. Included were: work samples from their Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies classes, AIMS WEB math and reading scores, a behavioral self-report, their first and second nine weeks report card, and their personal goals for success to progress to the next grade.

Each conference lasted for about 15 minutes. The students shared their information and took ownership of their grades and behavior. After that, the parents had time to ask questions. If parents wanted to have a conference with the teacher as a follow-up, sign up sheets were available.

Parents and students both said it was a great way for them to talk about the learning process and for students to take ownership of their work. When students take ownership of their education, everyone wins.

Hartley Elementary Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

High Performing Healthy Schools Recognition Day

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Vineville Academy of the Arts has taken part in the mission of making sustainability an important focus in our schools. Our students, staff and parents will celebrate Vineville Academy of the Arts during Recognition Day at the Georgia State Capitol on February 3, 2016. Vineville Academy of the Arts participated in the Green Apple Day of Service with “Campus Clean Up” and “Trash To Treasure Recycling Project."

In addition, the students, staff and parents collected “Aluminum Tabs for Ronald” for the Ronald McDonald House and planted a vegetable tire (recycled tires) “Not Too Tired for Vegetables” garden for the Kindergarten classes. Future projects will include the “Green Team” planting a salad and herb garden “Veggie Tales” in the spring and continuing their garden work in the flower and shrub garden at the school main entrance.

Miller Magnet Middle School also received recognition at the Georgia State Capitol as a Green Apple School.

District Selected to Present on National PBIS Discipline Panel

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Bibb County School District was selected to present information during the U.S. Department of Education's invitation-only "Rethink Discipline" Regional Event in Atlanta, Ga. last week.

District PBIS Support Coordinator Dr. Michele Flowers participated on the panel last week.

The Georgia Department of Education was asked to select three school districts that have "made great progress in advancing supportive discipline through the use of data and thoughtful implementation."

District Leaders Recognized for Awards During Board Meeting

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Vineville Students Sing in Statewide Elementary Honors Choir

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Vineville Academy of the Arts students participated in the 2016 Statewide Elementary Honor Choir on February 19-20 in Athens, Ga. Students Jessica Fussell, Samantha Fussell, Kahlil Harvey, Henry Jennings and Maya Jones were proud to represent Bibb County School District and Vineville Academy of the Arts. The students were thrilled to sing and learn under the direction of two master clinicians, Angie Johnson and Fred Meads.

Pictured, left to right: Henry Jennings and Kahlil Harvey (seated), Jessica Fussell, Maya Jones, Marti Parker (Vineville Academy Music Director) and Samantha Fussell.

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