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January 28, 2022

Bibb Schools Host 'BEARS in Bibb' Tours

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On January 12, students from Mercer University's holistic child and secondary education programs took part in a series of "BEARS in Bibb" Tours of our schools. These students got to interact with faculty, staff and students at schools across the District and also participated in a panel discussion with District leaders at W. S. Hutchings College and Career Academy.

"This was a great opportunity for Bibb County to highlight everything the district has to offer, while also allowing Mercer Education students the opportunity to visit schools at each grade band and in different zones," said Holly Huynh, coordinator of talent management acquisitions. "The students walked away knowing more about our magnet and fine arts programs, our STEM schools and the great technology that students and teachers have access to. We look forward to many more such days in the future."
The day also included lunch at the Compass Rose Cafe. This was an excellent opportunity to show these future educators all the wonderful things that are happening in our schools!

CTAE Students Notch 99.21 Percent Grad Rate

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Congratulations to Bibb County School District’s Class of 2021! According to data recently released by the Georgia Department of Education, students in the Bibb County School District’s Career, Technical and Agricultural Education pathways secured a graduation rate of 99.21 percent. This rate encompasses Class of 2021 graduates from all six of the District’s high schools.

Pre-K Registration Opens January 31

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The online application process for the Pre-K program for the 2022-2023 school year will be open from January 31 through February 18. This application will enter a student into a lottery and does not guarantee enrollment. Students must turn 4 before September 1, 2022, to be eligible.

CLICK HERE to access the application, beginning Monday.

Veterans Teacher Honored for Military Service

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This month, students and staff at Veterans Elementary School lined the hallways for a special surprise celebration for Army Sgt. Samuel Mike.

Sgt. Mike, a teacher at Veterans Elementary, had his final day at the school on Monday before deploying to Poland for service. He has worked at Veterans Elementary School since it opened in 2016. He began as a paraprofessional before earning his certification to teach math. He is now a special education teacher at Veterans Elementary. He was given signs, cards and lots of well wishes from students and colleagues.

Thank you for your service to our country and our school District, Sgt. Mike!

Students Receive New ID Cards

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In January, all students will be issued a Bibb County School District ID card. Students will scan this ID card each time they ride a school bus, receive a meal for breakfast and/or lunch, when they check out books from the school media center, and more. Please look for these ID cards in students’ belongings. (See sample.) Students will begin using the ID cards February 1, 2022

District Leader Chosen for Regional Leadership Program

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Dr. Cassandra Washington, the District's CTAE Executive Director and CEO of W.S. Hutchings College and Career Academy, was recently chosen for the Middle Georgia Regional Commission's Leadership Champions program. This program is intended to "bring together a diverse group of stakeholders from across Middle Georgia to develop enhanced leadership capacity within the region and actively shape the future vision of a thriving Middle Georgia." As part of this honor, Dr. Washington is participating in a kick-off retreat this weekend at Lake Blackshear. Congratulations!

Central High Students Volunteer at Warming Center

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Members of Central High School’s FBLA spent their first day of holiday break volunteering at the Brookdale Resource Center. A student even helped fill in for Santa when he couldn’t make it in time from the North Pole!

Check Out These Scholarship Opportunities!

A variety of scholarship opportunities are open to Macon-Bibb County high school students! Applications will be open through March 15 through the Community Foundation of Central Georgia! Take a look and apply today!

Students Win Dr. King Oratorical Contest

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Congratulations to students who participated in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Competition this month!

1st place - Caitlin Nelson, senior, Central High School

2nd place - Henry Covington, Jr., senior, Central High School

3rd place - Michael Horton, sophomore, Westside High School

Superintendent Meets with Student Advisory Councils

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On January 11, Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones Jr. met with the Student Advisory Councils at Porter Elementary School and Rosa Taylor Elementary School. These groups provided their thoughts to Dr. Jones about masks, dress codes, testing and more! Dr. Jones met with Student Advisory Councils from Central High, Westside High, Appling Middle and Ballard-Hudson Middle during the first semester as part of his student advisory sessions.

Taylor Readers Rewarded With Aquarium Trip

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Rosa Taylor Elementary School students who met their third six-weeks Accelerated Reader goal recently got the chance to tour the Georgia Aquarium. Students enjoyed two live presentations - dolphins and sea lions - as well as a 4D movie about the octopus. Students were also able to view different exhibits on various sea life, including the newest one on sharks!

School Board Elects New Officers

During its monthly meetings on Thursday, January 20, Board of Education members elected new officers for the 2022 calendar year. Dr. Thelma Dillard was elected to serve as President, Dr. Lisa Garrett was elected to serve as Vice President, and Kristin Hanlon was elected to serve as Treasurer. Outgoing officers for 2021 are Daryl Morton, President; Dr. Thelma Dillard, Vice President; and Dr. Sundra Woodford, Treasurer.

CLICK HERE for more information from the meetings.

Transportation Pre-Registration Now Open

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All Bibb County students, including those currently riding school buses, will be required to pre-register for bus transportation service for the 2022-23 school year. Students should have received Pre-Registration Forms from their Homeroom Teacher or Advisement Instructor beginning January 19. Please return the completed form to your child's Homeroom Teacher or Advisement Instructor.

Please submit any questions by going to www.bcsdk12.net and using “Let’s Talk” or by emailing the Transportation Department at TransRequest@bcsdk12.net.

Instructors Selected for Georgia LEAD CTAE Class

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Congratulations to Rutland High School Marine Corps JROTC Instructor Keith Allen, a retired Sergeant Major, and Hutchings College and Career Academy Culinary Arts Instructor and Executive Chef Stuart Hardy on being selected for this year's Georgia LEAD CTAE class! LEAD CTAE, or Leadership Exploration Advocacy Development, is a leadership development program sponsored by the Georgia Association of Career and Technical Educators (GACTE), the CTAE Resource Network (CTAERN) and the CTAE Division of the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE). It is designed for CTAE classroom teachers and school counselors who wish to gain valuable skills and knowledge in the areas of team building, leadership priority managements, business engagement, legislative advocacy and policy, communication, instruction, economic development, and more.

Students, Parents Encouraged to Learn About Dual Enrollment

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High school students and parents, attend an information session at your high school about dual enrollment and career pathways that will help you to be #3EReady! Visit this link for more details: https://www.smore.com/ksbcq-show-me-the-pathways

Dr. Jones Joins Union Students for Celebration

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On Jan. 7, Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones Jr. visited Union Elementary to speak to students. This visit was part of a celebration of student growth on the STAR assessments, which also included an ice cream party. Congratulations, Stars!

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VISION: Each student will demonstrate strength of character and will be college or career ready.

MISSION: The Bibb County School District develops a highly trained staff and an engaged community dedicated to educating each student for a 21st century global society.

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