The Bibb County School District Newsletter
March 11, 2016
Bibb County CTAE Student of the Year Announced at Banquet
Winners were announced during the fifth annual CTAE Scholarship Program on March 10, 2016.
Marsh, sponsored by Bibb County Teacher of the Year Morgan Jarvis, serves as FBLA President of Community Service and School Involvement. She's also BETA Club Secretary and is HuskoGang Pep Club Treasurer. Her CTAE Pathways are Business and Technology.
Central High School's Iva Watkins took second place. Watkins, sponsored by teachers Alicia Daniels and Amy Myers, is in the Business and Marketing CTAE Pathways. She serves as DECA Vice President and as FCCLA Secretary. She has served Spanish Club Vice President and is a member of BETA Club.
Westside High School's Jaron Jackson took third place at the banquet. Sponsored by Valeria Drummond, Jackson is in the Engineering Pathway. He is currently DECA Vice President of Leadership and prior to that served as Vice President of Career Development.
CTAE Students of the Year are:
Baylee Marsh, Howard High School, Bibb CTAE Student of the Year
Iva Watkins, Central High School, Second Place
Jaron Jackson, Westside High School, Third Place
Yasmeen Henderson, W.S. Hutchings College & Career Academy
Rachel Solomon, Northeast High School
Esmeralda Labra, Rutland High School
Tarzalyn Outlaw, Southwest High School
Art Classes Collaborate with Cherry Blossom Festival
What Makes Macon Pink?
Springdale Elementary School students are shining at this year's Cherry Blossom Festival by participating in the Children's Art Contest! Using the theme, "What Makes Macon Pink?," students created artwork to be considered for display at the festival.
Students pictured have artwork advancing to the festival level: (Left to right): Baylee Miller, Halie Sutphin, Bethany Irby, Anya Stephens, William Brown, Chelsea Momoh and Maliyah
AT&T Donates $7,500 to 'Leader In Me' Program
Macon-Bibb Mayor Reichert Reads to Students During Exceptional Children's Week
Read Across Bibb County
Board President Lester Miller visited Rosa Taylor Elementary for Dr. Seuss' Day during Read Across America Week!
Board Member Ella Carter read to Burdell-Hunt Magnet School Children for Dr. Seuss Day!
Board Vice President Jason Downey read to children at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary for Dr. Seuss' Day!
Board Members, District Officials Tour Veterans Elementary School Construction Progress
Construction is on time and students will attend Veterans Elementary School beginning in school year 2016-2017. Veterans Elementary School is located at 4901 Faubus Avenue in Macon, at the site of the former Morgan Elementary School.
Classrooms will feature areas for students' personal belongings, interactive technology and more.
The cafetorium will feature space for children to eat breakfast and lunch, as well as a stage for performances and events.
A view from a classroom window at the new Veterans Elementary School.
Board of Education Vice President and Board Member Ella Carter tour the building with District Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones, Capital Programs Director Jason Daniel.
Board of Education President Lester Miller tours Veterans Elementary School along with other District officials.
Capital Programs Director Jason Daniel shows District officials where reception will be located at Veterans Elementary School.
Brookdale Elementary Students Learn about Dental Hygiene
Second-grade students at Brookdale Elementary were excited to learn about the significance of good dental hygiene from Tiffany Christian and Anna Bradfield of Central Georgia Technical College.
Students participated in learning about the importance of brushing and flossing their teeth on a daily basis. Students also discussed the types of foods that promote healthy teeth and gums. Lessons as these are very beneficial to our students leading healthier lives and making better choices for their well-being.
Southfield Elementary Presents 'Kings & Queens' for Black History Month
The “Celebration of Kings and Queens” program was presented in recognition of Black History on Friday, February 26, 2016 at Southfield Elementary School. The theme encourages students to always think positive, to be kind/respectful to others and to never give up on your dreams because you can achieve!
Program participants included Stallions from kindergarten through fifth grade, Stallion faculty and staff members, Dancing Stallions, Southwest High School Color Guard, Southwest High School Choir, Westside High School & Mrs. Pilar Wilder-Lowden, Mr. Chris Reid, Macon-Bibb Fire Dept. and keynote speaker Mr. David Jackson, Jr., student at Georgia State University.
Skits were performed in honor of Rosa Parks, The Tuskegee Airmen, Dr. Martin Luther, Jr., Lean on Me, and a creative dance to “I Look to You” by Whitney Houston.
Ballard-Hudson Middle School Piloting Audio-Visual Technology in Classrooms
Central High JROTC Places in Region Drill Meet
Female Color Guard Commanded by Cadet Major Kiersten Booker
Unarmed Platoon Commanded by Cadet Major Kiersten Booker
Female Armed Squad Cadet Commanded by Captain Nike Rountree
Female Armed Squad Platoon Commanded by Cadet Captain Latrillus Guy
Male Armed Squad Cadet commanded by Captain Tavarius Freeman
Female Unarmed Squad Commanded by Cadet Lieutenant Shanara Willis
Male Unarmed Squad Commanded by Cadet Mureo Lowe
Realtors Tour Heard Elementary School
Northeast AVID Students Enjoy College Tour and Hawks Game
AVID students at Northeast High School participated in a full day of college and career readiness activities on Friday, February 19. Ms. Lewis, the AVID Coordinator, took 27 students to tour Georgia Perimeter College before attending a college fair at Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Ga.
Events such as the college tours and fairs help students realize their full educational potential, with particular emphasis on the transition to college.
Students learn firsthand about college admission, campus life, financial aid and other essential information that will assist them in choosing a college.
The trip concluded with dinner at The Varsity, an iconic Georgia diner, before heading back to Phillips Arena for an NBA game between the Atlanta Hawks and the Miami Heat.
Just when she thought the night couldn’t get any better, Jada Salaam, a Northeast High School Junior, was notified that she had been chosen to go down to the court to interact with the players. She was chosen because she had the highest GPA in the group, a 3.96 out of a 4.0.
“During warm-ups I was up close and personal with both teams. As the players were warming up, I’d catch and return the balls that went out of bounds. I also helped to form the tunnel that the players entered through. One of the highlights of the night is that I actually had the opportunity to stand right next to Kyle Korver! I am grateful to have been chosen and to experience this amazing once in a lifetime opportunity," Salaam said.
Howard High Offers Academic Support During Winter Break
During Winter Break, students at Howard High School were offered the opportunity to come to school and receive additional support in Geometry and Chemistry as well as credit and attendance repair.
Students were able to come to school during Winter Break and work with teachers on mastering concepts in a variety of subjects. Students were also able to focus time on preparing for the Georgia Milestone End of Course Test.
This opportunity for students was made possible by the GEAR UP grant working in our high schools with teachers and administrators to increase both student achievement and the graduation rate.
Rutland High CTI Students' Day at the Capitol
Pictured from left to right are State Representative James Beverly, Antwan Smith, Cynthia Dennis (CTI Coordinator), Frankeshia Newson and State Representative Nikki Randall.
Barden Elementary Celebrates January Character Kids
Desmond, an alumni of Barden Elementary school and current sophomore at Westside High School, came and spoke to the students who were selected as the Character Kids for the Month of January. Desmond encouraged the students to always listen to their teachers and to always do their best work. He also spoke about his time as a student at Barden. While there, he helped recognize the chosen students by placing medallions around their necks.
Cooperating Means Having Cookies with the Counselor!
Springdale Elementary students who exemplified February's character trait, cooperation, were invited to enjoy Cookies with the Counselor! They enjoyed having cookies and milk with Ms. Creter while hearing a story about cooperation.
Parents Sit in on Classes with Students at Central High School
Central High School hosted an all-day Parent Learning Session. During the Parent Learning Sessions, parents attended classes with students to get a more personal classroom experience and witness the level of engagements, practice and content skills needed to be successful at the high school level. They also had the opportunity to receive feedback from teachers in a face-to-face setting and attend a session with counselors and the principal.
In addition, parents attended a workshop about financial aid and preparing their child for college, presented by Mr. Stephen Purvis from Wesleyan College. Dr. Cassandra Washington, District CTAE Director, presented information about the Move On When Ready program and Dr. Cleveland Johnson from the Gifted & Advanced Academics department presented information about Advanced Placement.
Miller Magnet Middle School FBLA Named Chapter of the Year, Bronze Level
Miller Magnet Middle School's FBLA was named Chapter of the Year Bronze Level, Third Largest Chapter in Georgia at the Middle Level State Leadership Conference in Perry, Ga.
Lane Elementary Students Write Letters to Deployed Soldiers
Physical Screening Dates Available for Athletes
The Department of Athletics will conduct athletic pre-participation physical screenings at the high school of each feeder zone beginning in April. These physicals are free of charge and available to any student in grades 5-11 who is interested in participating in athletics during the 2016-2017 school year at the middle and high schools. The physical screenings will be conducted by Piedmont Sports Medicine.
If a student will be participating in the Pre-Participation Screening, they must bring a completed and signed Athletic Physical Screening Packet (Athletic Participation, Insurance, and Consent Form, GHSA Concussion Form (High School Only), Permission and Medical Release Form, and Pre-participation Evaluation History Form). These packets will be distributed at the school level. It is extremely important that this packet is completed and signed by the parent/guardian and the student-athlete; and brought to the screening. Incomplete information or missing signatures could disqualify or delay a student in the screening process.
The schedule for athletic physical screenings is as follows, listed by Feeder Zone:
Central HS/Miller MS
Wednesday, April 13
Howard HS/Howard MS
Thursday, April 21
Northeast HS/Appling MS
Tuesday, May 3
Rutland HS/Rutland MS
Tuesday, April 26
Ballard-Hudson MS/Bloomfield MS
Tuesday, April 19
Westside HS/Weaver MS
Thursday, April 28
All screenings will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will occur on a first come, first-serve basis. If a student cannot attend the physical screening for his/her feeder zone, the student is welcome to attend a screening at another school or have it completed by his/her personal physician. Students MAY NOT participate in any aspects of try-outs, practice, or contests without a signed Athletic Participation, Insurance, and Consent Form, GHSA Concussion Form (High School Only), Pre-participation Form (with signed doctor clearance), and current insurance coverage.
We strongly encourage every student who is slightly interested in trying out for any sport to take advantage of this opportunity. If you have any questions about the Pre-Participation Physical Screening, please feel free to contact the athletic director at the school or the district Athletic Office at (478)765-8550.
The Bibb County School District is inviting employees, parents, students and community members to participate in a survey about proposed start and end times for the 2016-2017 school year.
Scholarship Informational Session
A Peyton Anderson Scholars Information session will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 6-7 p.m.
The session will take place at the Professional Learning Center Annex (Room D) on Riverside Drive next to Hutchings College and Career Academy.
Recipients of this scholarship can receive up to $7,500 each year while enrolled at one of designated colleges below.
Recipients must be accepted and attending one of the following colleges/universities:
Central Georgia Technical College
Fort Valley State University
Georgia College & State University
Middle Georgia State University
The University of Georgia
Georgia State University
Georgia Southern University
Kennesaw State University
Middle Georgia Technical College
Parent Feedback Needed!
In March, the Bibb County School District’s Title I Department will hold three shared decision making meetings for parents/guardians and community members to prepare for the 2016-2017 school year. An update of our system’s 2015-2016 parental involvement programs will be provided and community stakeholders input is needed on these federal programs and system plans:
- Comprehensive District Improvement Plan
- District Parental Involvement Plan
- Parental Involvement Budget
- Flexible Learning Program, and
- McKinney-Vento/Migrant Education Program
Meeting dates, times and locations are:
Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM
Bibb County School District Professional Learning Center
2003 Riverside Drive, Suite 2007 D
Macon, Georgia 31204
Friday, March 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM
Buck Melton Community Center
150 Sessions Drive, Gymnasium
Macon, Georgia 31204
During the March 17th stakeholder meeting, the Bibb County School Nutrition Department will provide a food taste testing opportunity and healthy eating and lifestyle tips at the 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM session. As a special finale of the day, join us as the Nutrition Department demonstrates how to exercise yourself into a healthier you after the 6:00 PM session.
*An interpreter will be available.
For more information about these sessions, please contact the Bibb County School District Family Engagement Team (478) 779-2592, or the Title I office at (478) 765-8582.
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