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April 30, 2018

Renovated Field Opens Near Hartley Elementary

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The ribbon was cut at the refurbished field at Tom Fontaine Park near Hartley Elementary School earlier this month. The refurbishment was part of a program by Scotts Lawn Care, and the United Way of Central Georgia applied for the park to be a part of that program.

"This is the kickoff of a very transformational effort in this whole area here," said George McCanless, president and CEO of the United Way of Central Georgia.

In addition to McCanless and District officials, representatives of Scotts were in attendance, as well as representatives of the Atlanta Braves and MLB, also partners in the project. Among the group were former Braves players David Ross, Jeff Treadway, Dwight Smith, Johnny Estrada and Ryan Klesko. Afterwards, members of the Mercer Baseball team and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation joined the former Braves to lead a youth clinic.

Thank you to all those who attended and helped make this day special!

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Union Students 'Choose Kind' After Reading Book

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While reading the book "Wonder," Brandi Crawford's third grade class at Union Elementary accepted the challenge to "choose kind." Crawford created “kind cards," and when the students are caught being kind, they will receive a sticker on their card. When they receive 12 stickers, they can turn their card in and redeem a prize from a treasure chest. Way to go!

District Student Named Lt. Governor's 'Student of the Month'

Vineville Takes Time to 'Thank a Lineman'

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Third-graders at Vineville Academy got the chance to "Thank a Lineman" this month. As part of the visit from Georgia Power representatives, students got to see the gear these linemen use to keep the lights on every day.

Principal Kristy Graham said the event gave students a chance to see real-world applications for the standards they learn in the classroom and available careers. She also said it was crucial to show thanks to people who do such important work.

"We also want to be aware of the people in our community that provide for our community, and we want to make sure we're supportive," Graham said.

United Way Reading Volunteers Honored at Luncheon

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On Friday, the United Way of Central Georgia held its Volunteer Appreciation and Celebration Luncheon for the Read United program. This event, hosted and catered by the W.S. Hutchings College and Career Academy, recognized volunteers of all ages that come into our schools to boost literacy. In all, these volunteers logged almost 5,000 hours reading with and tutoring our students. Thank you for all that you do!

It's Field Day Season!

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Field Day is a favorite time of the year for a lot of students, teachers and parents. Some schools, like Springdale Elementary, have already had their Field Day, while others are set for next month. Teachers and parents, don't forget to email your best Field Day pictures to communications@bcsdk12.net!

Miller Students Support March of Dimes

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Miller Fine Arts Magnet Middle School FBLA Chapter presented Anissa Johnson, Development Manager of Atlanta- Central Market for the March of Dimes, a check for $700 to help support the March of Dimes Organization.

Way to go, Mustangs!

Check Out All the Summer Opportunities!

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Rutland Middle Honored for RTI Success

Recently, Rutland Middle School was recognized with a Rising Star Award from SSTAGE. This award recognizes schools that display effective implementation of Response to Intervention practices, both in the classroom and in faculty professional development. Specifically, Rutland Middle was recognized for successfully assimilating the RTI process into school culture, engaging in a data-driven approach to RTI across the school and more. Way to go, Rutland Middle!

Top CTAE Students in District Recognized

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On Wednesday, April 11, seven Bibb County School District high school seniors were honored at a banquet naming the 2018 Bibb County School District’s CTAE Student of the Year. One exceptional student representing each school’s Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) program competed for the honor and the accompanying scholarship funds, which were won by Rutland High School's Krupa Patel.

Northeast High's Jaylen Freeman came in second place, followed by Howard High School's Eliza Thigpen. Other nominees were Central's Kaleah Stephens, Southwest's Nigel Wilmore, Westside's Faith Smith and Hutchings College and Career Academy's Taylor Ward. The students are judged on overall grade point average, GPA in the CTAE pathway courses, participation in their Career Technical Student Organizations - including leadership and community service - and a written essay.

Porter Elementary 'Millionaires' Discuss Importance of Reading

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District Students Honored with Golden Eagle Awards

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Each year, The Telegraph honors top seniors from its coverage area with Golden Eagle awards in a variety of academic disciplines. In addition to the commemorative trophy, these students receive scholarships of $1,000, while honorable mention recipients earn scholarships of $300.

This year, the following District students were honored with Golden Eagle Awards: Hannah Strudwick, Howard High School (Drama); Maddie Jackson, Howard High School (English Literature); and Micah Johnston, Central High School (Music). The following students received honorable mention honors: Antoneshia Knighton, W.S. Hutchings College and Career Academy (Citizenship) and Sarah Harvin, Howard High School (Journalism).

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

School Nutrition Celebrates Earth Day in Park

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On April 25, groups from around the area gathered in Tattnall Square Park to celebrate Earth Day, which was April 22. Among them were representatives of the District's School Nutrition Department.

Executive Director Timikel Sharpe and her staff provided sunflower seed samples, veggie snacks and planting stations for kids in attendance. Sharpe said that healthy eating starts with sustainable growing efforts.

"We in the Georgia School Nutrition Association are all about sustainability," she said. "We have a farm-to-school, school garden program and we are focusing on improving the health of our children in Bibb County."

Seven District Students Honored with Al Lucas Scholarships

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Recently, seven District athletes were honored with Al Lucas Memorial Scholarships, each worth $1,000. These scholarships are given by the Community Foundation of Central Georgia in honor of Lucas, a Northeast High School graduate who died in 2005 from an injury he suffered in an arena football game.

This year's recipients were Central High School's Re'Nesha Goolsby, Howard High School's Christian Aka, Northeast's Russell Hill III and Alexus Norrington, Rutland High School's JaMaizia Wallace, Southwest High School's Isaiah Goolsby and Westside High School's Etta James. Congratulations!

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Vineville Academy Gives out 'Panda Paw' Awards

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Vineville Academy of the Arts awarded its students of the month recently. These students received their “Panda Paw” awards for representing "Respect." Way to go, Pandas!

CTI Students Win Awards for Projects

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Career Technical Instruction students from the District participated in the State Leadership Conference held annually at Rock Eagle. Students presented individual projects and competed against their same age peers in areas such as Early Childhood, Advertising, Culinary Arts, Woodworking, Cosmetology, Civic Awareness and Leadership. Several students from Bibb County won medals: Southwest High - Kentarous Gabriel, First Place, Woodworking; Zavier Card, Second Place, Advertising and Rutland High - Haggith Randall, 3rd Place, Advertising.

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Opportunity for Paraprofessionals!

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Bibb County School District

Vision:

Each student demonstrates strength of character

and is college or career ready.


Mission:

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.