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'Teaching as a Profession' Students to Intern in AfterSchool Program

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Come January, students in the Teaching as a Profession pathway at William S. Hutchings College and Career Academy will participate in paid internships with Bibb County grant-funded afterschool programs at Riley, Ingram, Morgan and Southfield Elementaries. Students will also receive Work-Based Learning credit through the Youth Apprenticeship Program (YAP) monitored by Ms. Vonnie Angelo, YAP Coordinator.


The internship benefits both the high school students in the teaching pathway as well as the elementary students who will receive tutoring and mentorship from the high school students.


"The interns will be role models as well as mentors for the younger students. They will be working closely with the younger ones and showing them that it is never too early to start thinking of their career and getting a good education and the experience needed for their futures," AfterSchool Program Director Mary Parrish says.


The goal of the Teaching as a Profession Pathway is to prepare students for future positions in the field of education. The partnership with Bibb’s Afterschool Program will allow students the opportunity to gain real world, hands-on experience as they prepare to become effective educators in the 21st century.

District CTAE Director Named National Administrator of the Year

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Dr. Cassandra Miller-Washington, the District’s Director of Career, Technical and Agricultural Education, was named National Administrator of the Year by the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) on Thursday, November 19, in New Orleans.


CLICK HERE TO READ THE PRESS RELEASE FROM ACTE.


Dr. Miller-Washington was named the Region II CTAE Administrator of the Year earlier this fall. She advanced to regional competition after being named State Administrator of the Year by the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) at the association's conference last summer.


Dr. Miller‐Washington first began her journey in education by way of a career in hospitality management. She moved to Macon after graduating from Tuskegee University in 1994 to work as the Manager of Campus Dining for Aramark at Mercer University. While working at Mercer, she joined the university's first cohort of the Executive Master of Business Administration program and received her MBA in 1998. Afterward, she began working with two of the Edison Schools in Bibb County ‐ King Edison and Riley Edison.


Dr. Miller‐Washington happened to meet her mentor, Ella Carter, about the same time the Bibb County School District and Edison Schools decided not renew their partnership in 2002. At the time, Mrs. Carter was serving as principal of Northeast High School and she encouraged Dr. Miller‐Washington to become a Marketing teacher at Northeast through Georgia’s Teacher Alternative Preparation Program (TAPP).


Dr. Miller‐Washington worked at Northeast from 2002‐2007, during which time she served in many capacities, including Marketing teacher, CTAE Department Chair, Instructional Lead Teacher, and Junior and Senior Class Adviser. She was also named Northeast's Teacher of the Year for the 2004‐2005 school year.


In 2007, Dr. Miller‐Washington moved to Central High School, where she remained for two years, to revamp Central's Marketing program. Later, when she became a CTAE Supervisor in 2009, she oversaw the opening of the Video Broadcasting Lab at Central.

In 2010, she received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Capella University. She took over as Director of the CTAE Department in December 2012.


Founded in 1926, GACTE is the largest education association in Georgia dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. Its purpose is to provide leadership in developing an educated, prepared, adaptable and competitive workforce. The ACTE Region II Conference was held September 24-27 in Montgomery, Ala. ACTE's Region II includes state associations in Alabama, the Bahamas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.


CLICK HERE TO READ A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE GADOE.

Schools Give Back to Community With Canned Food Drives

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Schools around the District helped collect food to support the community during the holidays.


At Northwoods Academy, students collected more than 1,000 cans during a canned food drive to support Macon Outreach.


Taylor Elementary School students collected more than 1,500 canned goods during the school’s annual canned food drive. Students started bringing canned goods during Red Ribbon Week in October and reached their goal of collecting 1,500 canned goods by mid-November. All canned goods will be donated to the Macon Rescue Mission.


“Since 1952, the Macon Rescue Mission has provided daily meals and support to needy families in Macon-Bibb County. We feel that it is an honor to help continue the work of the Macon Rescue Mission by donating these canned goods. This donation will help sustain programs for men, women and children in our community,” said school counselor Lakeshia Williams.


This year, the Macon Rescue Mission expects to feed more than 1, 000 people on Thanksgiving Day. Deliveries will be made to community members who do not have transportation, and the mission will host families to eat Thanksgiving dinner.


Taylor students’ commitment to the canned food drive demonstrates strength of character, compassion, generosity and kindness to others during this holiday season.


With the help of GEAR UP, Southwest and Westside High Schools collected almost 400 pounds of food for the Middle Georgia Food Bank. The donations were collected for two weeks at the school before being delivered to the Food Bank with the help of WGXA.

Riley Elementary School Hosts Career Day

Springdale Elementary Jr. Beta Club Wins at State Conference

Springdale Elementary School’s Junior Beta team won first place in math and second place in Quiz Bowl at the state conference. They will advance to the national event in New Orleans.

Graduation Coach Nominated for 'LifeChanger of the Year' Award

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Westside High School Graduation Coach Mary Cate Ouzts has been nominated for the National Award, LifeChanger of the Year.


LifeChanger of the Year, sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, recognizes and rewards K-12 school educators and employees for making a positive impact in the lives of their students.


Principal Dr. Julia Daniely understands exactly why she was nominated for the award.


“Ms. Ouzts is amazing. She extends herself to ALL students. We love her so much," Dr. Daniely said. "Her work is intentional and focused on improving conditions that could potentially keep students from graduating. Our improved graduation rate is a result of her work at WHS.”


Her colleague, Dominique Nichols, was the one who nominated her.


He told National Life Group Foundation, "One of her most notable accomplishments is serving as the director of the Twilight School program, which enables non-traditional students to learn in a setting that serves them best. The first graduating class consisted of more than 25 students who otherwise would not have graduated.”

Howard High FBLA Attends Fall Conference

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On November 4 and 5, about 20 students from Howard High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter attended the FBLA Fall Leadership Conference in Athens. Students participated in team-building and leadership-building workshops.

Northwoods Academy Celebrates Thanksgiving

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More than 300 guests participated in a day of fun at Northwoods Academy for Thanksgiving. Family members joined their students for a wonderful Thanksgiving meal prepared by the school’s Nutrition staff.

Title I, Howard Middle Present at National Conference About Blended Learning Math Success

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Ascend Education hosted a special reception in honor of educators at Gold Medal Award Winning Howard Middle School in Macon. The event took place on Thursday, November 19, during the NCTM Regional Conference in Nashville, Tenn.


Howard Middle School was named a Focus School due to the large achievement gap between the highest achieving and lowest achieving subgroups. The school district implemented a blended learning approach which consisted of direct instruction coupled (one-on-one or small groups no more than 10 students) with online learning. In an effort to increase the most-at-risk students’ math skills and close the achievement gap at Howard, their district’s Title I Office selected Ascend Math because the program identifies the student’s strengths and needs and tailors instruction specifically to their deficiencies.


Ascend Math is used exclusively with FLP (Flexible Learning Program) students, during connections throughout the school day. The at-risk students in the program attended FLP five days a week during the time period allotted for connections.


“Howard Middle School was an overwhelming choice to receive the 2015 Ascend Math Gold Medal,” said Kevin Briley, CEO of Ascend Education. “The students and educators at Howard Middle School have really excelled in math,” said Kevin Briley, CEO of Ascend Education.

The Gold Medal Award was established in 2010 to honor the schools or districts that best demonstrate a dedication to ensuring that all students become successful at math. Howard Middle School used Ascend Math as a key component of their blended learning approach to math intervention.


At the beginning of the school year, 58 percent of Howard Middle FLP students tested below the fourth grade level in math. By April, only 15 percent remained. Only 9 percent of students tested at grade level 5 or above at the start of the year. By April, that number increased to 64 percent. Howard Middle was removed from the Focus School designation in August 2015.


“The achievements by our students have been amazing! Each and every student in the FLP program strived each day to increase his or her math skills,” said Dr. Sharon Daniel, FLP teacher. “My students made me proud to be a part of FLP.”

Southwest Senior Wins Third in CTI Leadership Conference Quiz Bowl

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Southwest High Senior Jashon Reese placed 3rd in the Language Arts Academic Quiz Bowl at the CTI State Fall Leadership Conference held in Stone Mountain on November 19-20, 2015. Jashon competed with approximately 500 students in the state of Georgia.

SIG Coordinator Selected for GaDOE's Georgia Title I Committee of Practitioners

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District SIG Coordinator Dr. Sharon Campbell has been selected to be a member of the Georgia Department of Education's 2015-2016 Georgia Title I Committee of Practitioners.


Assistant Superintendent of District Effectiveness and Special Programs Sylvia Hooker indicated that Dr. Campbell's achievements in Bibb County are likely the reason for her selection at the state level.


"Dr. Campbell has played an intricate role in the achievement of our schools that have been awarded School Improvement Grant (1003g) funding," Ms. Hooker said.


Dr. Campbell has served as SIG Coordinator for Bibb Schools for more than six years.


In the state committee role, she will review and comment on any proposal or final Georgia rule, regulation and policy relating to Title I.


"It is my belief that she was selected for her intense attention to detail, how she critically monitors program initiatives and works closely with our accounting department to see that all expenditures and fiscal resources are properly allocated. Our schools that have been removed and progress toward their removal from the Priority List owe much to Sharon, as she is instrumental in removing barriers that impede the acceleration of their academic growth," Ms. Hooker said.

Gifted Program Referral Process Scheduled for January

The District’s Gifted Program referral process is scheduled for January 4-15, 2016. Parents or guardians may refer students for consideration for gifted services. Students also may refer themselves. Referrals should be submitted to the student’s homeroom teacher with a brief note specifying why the student is being recommended for consideration. For more information, contact Jill Burwell at (478) 765-8597.

Westside High Principal Nominated for Georgia Principal of the Year

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Westside High School Principal Dr. Julia Daniely has been nominated for Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals' 2015 Georgia Principal of the Year.

Porter Elementary Teacher and College Professor Team Up for Literacy

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Porter Elementary first grade teacher Melinda Goggans has recently teamed up with Georgia College professor Dr. Sandra Webb to present at three national literacy conferences as well as other Georgia conferences in the past year.


The pair teamed up after Mrs. Goggans graduated with her M.Ed. from Georgia College. Dr. Webb, the program chair for Reading, Language and Literacy, had begun work with Mrs. Goggans as a spin-off to her action research as part of Georgia College's course requirements.


Mrs. Goggans and Dr. Webb just returned from sharing their expertise at the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers in Costa Mesa, Calif. They presented their research that had been done along with Heritage Elementary School teacher Bethany Ray, called The Living Museum.


"The Living Museum is a framework we've used here at Porter and at my last school (Ingram-Pye) where the kids research American heroes, write reports about them, and then dress up and read their report to an audience in a "living museum." One of the interesting things we've learned is that although this framework is traditionally for upper elementary and beyond our first grade students are able to write interesting, complex pieces even though many of them are still emergent readers and writers," Mrs. Goggans says.


Next, the pair will present information on Porter Elementary's literacy council and their experience on establishing a Performance Learning Center around literacy at the International Literary Association's annual conference in Boston next summer. Porter Principal Dr. Kim Reining-Gray will join them to share her experience from a principal's perspective and Dr. Webb will share her experiences in partnering with Porter Elementary.


Mrs. Goggans and Dr. Webb are finalizing plans for the spring semester to continue the partnership to continue improving literacy at Porter Elementary School.


Learn more about Georgia College's Reading M.Ed. program.

Heritage Quiz Bowl Gearing Up for First Competition

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Heritage Elementary School's quiz bowl team is made up of 4th and 5th grade students. They meet twice a week with coach Bethany Ray. Members spend their practice time reviewing standards from their classroom curriculum and are introduced to new concepts.


They are most excited to participate in mock competitions against one another and see who reigns as the king or queen of the buzzer. The team anxiously awaits the first practice bowl on December 7.

Vineville Academy Partners with Mercer University for Mentoring Program

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Vineville Academy of the Arts partnered with Mercer University to implement a mentoring program for the young men of Vineville Academy. The goal of the program, Vineville Leaders, is to help instill the qualities of good character, strong leadership and independent thinking.


The themes and programs the Vineville Leaders followed each week focused on inspirational messages for the young men to provide them with mentors who not only exposed them to the power of words, diversity, environmental issues and strength of character, but also the desire to be college- or career-focused.


The themes and volunteers included: Power of Words (student volunteers); Diversity Week (Student Government Association); International Week (international students); Sports Week (athletes); Craft Week (engineering students); and Environment Week (science students).

Lane Teachers Recognized for Perfect Attendance

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Teachers at Lane Elementary School were recognized for their perfect attendance for the month of October and were rewarded with a pass that allowed them to leave school 15 minutes early on a day of their choosing.

Registrars Work to Clean Up Infinite Campus

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School registrars and clerks worked to clean up data in Infinite Campus during a work session on Wednesday, November 18. This work was led by members of the REAA Department: Theresa Beckum, Teri Nuernberg-Benesh and Cathy Pitts.


“The work done by our clerks and registrars is instrumental in helping us to meet an objective of our Strategic Plan in being a reliable organization,” said Tony Jones, Director of Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Accountability (REAA).

Lane Elementary Pumpkin Patch Visit

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Kindergarten students in Brenda Thompson’s class at Lane Elementary School enjoyed a visit to the pumpkin patch at Forest Hills United Methodist Church to celebrate fall.

Henri Matisse Art Project at Lane Elementary School

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Third grade students at Lane Elementary School visited the media center and read the book, “Henri’s Scissors,” a biography on Henri Matisse. The students then created Matisse-like art projects.

Brookdale Elementary Parent Involvement

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On Wednesday, November 18, Brookdale Elementary School and Title I celebrated Parental Involvement Month. Parents were invited to enjoy Pastries with the Principal. Several beautiful musical selections were performed by kindergarten and first grade students under the direction of music teacher Stephanie Tyner. In addition, Assistant Principal Patricia Barnes praised parents for being an active participant in their child’s education along with volunteering at the school.

Alexander II Recognizes Perfect Attendance

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Georgia Martial Arts and Fitness instructors performed for students at Alexander II Magnet School with perfect attendance on Wednesday, November 18. Students with perfect attendance for the months of August, September and October were invited to attend the "Count Yourself In" Perfect Attendance Assembly.

Southfield Prepping Second-Graders for ITBS

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Second grade students at Southfield Elementary School participated in mini-lessons designed to expose them to the level of questioning and persistence required to meet the demands of a nationally normed exam. During an ITBS Test-Taking Strategies/Practice Workshop on Saturday, October 17, at Southfield Elementary, mini-lessons were led by Dr. Tonya Coons and Dr. Linda Thomas. They were assisted by elementary and high school teachers who are participating in the Gifted Endorsement classes and Southfield teachers.


Students were exposed to reading comprehension strategies that included skimming articles, higher order question strategies and meta-cognition thinking skills. In addition, students drew creative illustrations by using one of Dr. Paul Torrance’s Creative Thinking principles to create a picture that no one else had drawn. They were instructed to write an abstract title for the creative illustrations. Students were given the opportunity to share and explain the illustrations with their peers.


Dr. Thomas said the strategies that were demonstrated in the ITBS Test Preparation Session should help students to be successful in their daily classroom assignments. Teachers at Southfield look forward to seeing the success of students using the reading comprehension strategies!

Burghard Opportunity Center Hosts Career Day

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Benjamin Snead, a respiratory nurse at Navicent Health, spoke to male students in grades 6-12 during Career Day at Burghard Opportunity Center on November 2. He spoke about his career and recently earning his Master of Business Administration. He encouraged the students to start working on their career path and to consider the medical field.

Burghard Opportunity Center Students Visit Museum of Aviation

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A group of 12 sophomores and juniors from Burghard Opportunity Center visited the Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base on October 29. They were able to explore flight assimilation and tour the museum. This was sponsored by GEAR UP.

Miss Macon Reads to Students at Burghard Opportunity Center

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Miss Macon read to Burghard Opportunity girls in grades K-5. During her visit, she spoke about her life as a queen, being a student at UGA and her future plans. She encouraged them to think about their future and to strive for the best.

Williams PEC Department Hosts Meet and Greet

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The Program for Exceptional Children (PEC) Department at Williams Elementary School hosted a Meet and Greet this fall for parents of special education students.


Presenters for the occasion included: Dr. Iris Crews, School Psychologist; Rebecca Craft, Behavior Specialist; Brenda Cooley, Assistive Technology Specialist; Ashley Jacobs, Speech Pathologist; Catherine Bone, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher; Grace Krauss, School Social Worker; Sandra McClendon, Counselor; Gabriella Johnson, Intervention Teacher; Lynne Waters, Communities In School Coordinator; and Janice Scott, Home School Facilitator.


Parents met the staff and learned strategies and available resources for better supporting their children at home. The group enjoyed lunch provided by the members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the administrative staff, and the PEC team. Principal Dr. Shandrina Griffin-Stewart thanked everyone for supporting the event and reminded them that it takes the entire team working together to achieve student success.

Board of Education Committee, Board Meetings

Thursday, Dec. 17th, 4pm

484 Mulberry Street

Macon, GA

The Bibb County Board of Education will hold its regular session Committee and Board meetings on Thursday, December 17, 2015. The Committee Meeting will begin at 4 p.m. and the Board meeting will follow at 6 p.m. All meetings will be held in the fourth floor Board Room at 484 Mulberry Street in Macon.

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.