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March 11, 2016

Bibb County CTAE Student of the Year Announced at Banquet

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Howard High School's Baylee Marsh is the 2016 Bibb County CTAE Student of the Year.

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

Click to download more photos from the event.

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Iva Watkins, of Central High School, pictured with Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator Vonnie Angelo
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Third place winner, Jaron Jackson, pictured with YAP Coordinator, Vonnie Angelo

Art Classes Collaborate with Cherry Blossom Festival

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High school art classes across the District are creating works of art to display at the Cherry Blossom Festival, March 17-April 3. Pictured above, Howard High School students have been painting wooden poodles that will line the entrance into Central City Park for the international festival.

What Makes Macon Pink?

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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

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AT&T presented a $7,500 check to the Macon Chamber Educational Fund during the Business Education Partnership meeting to further the "Leader In Me" program at Burdell-Hunt Magnet School and Carter Elementary School.

Macon-Bibb Mayor Reichert Reads to Students During Exceptional Children's Week

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Williams Elementary School celebrated Exceptional Children's Week with a new activity on each day. Friday, Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert read, "When I Grow Up," to students as they explored careers throughout the week for this year's theme, "Children Exploring Careers."

Read Across Bibb County

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District elementary schools participated in Read Across America Week and celebrated what would have been Dr. Seuss' 112th birthday to promote the love of literacy for students. (Pictured above: Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones read to Porter Elementary School students!)
Community members and District officials Chief of Staff Keith Simmons, Assistant Superintendent Jamie Cassady, Assistant Superintendent Paige Busbee and Director of Nutrition Dr. Cleta Long read to Williams Elementary School children on Dr. Seuss Day.
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Bruce Elementary School enjoyed a Literacy Night Reading Superbowl for Read Across America! Students who attended Literacy Night and won a goody basket are pictured above.
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Williams Elementary third-graders from Ms. Fountain and Mr. Shepherd's classes loved meeting Macon Mayhem athletes, talking hockey and having Dr. Seuss' books read to them during Read Across America Week!

Board Members, District Officials Tour Veterans Elementary School Construction Progress

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Veterans Elementary School Principal Dr. Cleveland Johnson says he's excited to instill a positive learning environment for all students from Barden and Morgan Elementary. Hailing from Clayton County, Dr. Johnson has begun the work already to ensure a smooth transition for students, staff and faculty. He looks forward to the state-of-the-art classrooms, that will be complete with 21st-century technology and architectural details such as colorful accent walls to encourage an inspired and innovative learning environment.

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.

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Brookdale Elementary Students Learn about Dental Hygiene

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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

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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

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Central High School JROTC Cadets competed in the Army JROTC Region Drill Meet in Griffin, Ga. on March 5, 2016.

1st place:

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

2nd place:

Male Armed Squad Cadet commanded by Captain Tavarius Freeman

Female Unarmed Squad Commanded by Cadet Lieutenant Shanara Willis

3rd place:

Male Unarmed Squad Commanded by Cadet Mureo Lowe

Realtors Tour Heard Elementary School

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Fifteen realtors toured Heard Elementary School on March 2 and saw firsthand how technology is used in the classrooms. Students demonstrated how easy it is to use classroom technology as it applies to their lessons. Principal Sandra Stanley also showed realtors the cafeteria, gym, computer lab and media center.

Northeast AVID Students Enjoy College Tour and Hawks Game

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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Fourth-graders at Lane Elementary wrote letters to soldiers in Afghanistan as part of Project Patriot with the Sukey Hart Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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

Southwest HS/

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.

Take the Bell Schedule Survey

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
Mercer University
The University of Georgia
Wesleyan College
Georgia Tech
Georgia State University
Georgia Southern University
Kennesaw State University
Middle Georgia Technical College

Click to learn more about the scholarship.

Parent Feedback Needed!

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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.

Bibb County School District


Each student demonstrates strength of character

and is college or career ready.


The Bibb County School District will develop

a highly trained staff and an engaged community dedicated

to educating each student for a 21st century global society.

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