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October 31, 2018

District CCRPI Continues to Climb

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Recently, the Georgia Department of Education released the results of the College and Career Ready Performance Index, Georgia’s statewide accountability system, for the 2017-2018 school year. Due to changes in CCRPI components and indicators, as well as the weighting of components, an apples-to-apples comparison of CCRPI scores from 2017 to 2018 cannot be made. Although the scores cannot be directly compared, the results released reflect an increase in CCRPI among Bibb County schools from 64.9 in 2017 to 67.2 in 2018.

Additionally, School Climate Star Ratings were released. Climate Star Ratings are meant to provide insight into the quality and character of school life and allow schools to identify areas in need of improvement.

Climate ratings range from 1 star to 5 stars, with 5 stars being the highest a school can achieve. Seventeen schools increased their climate ratings in 2018, and 25 of 35 schools received a rating of 4 stars or higher.

“As part of Georgia’s plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the state was able to make improvements to the CCRPI calculation. The 2018 scores are the first to reflect the new calculations, which should provide us with a clearer picture of how our schools are performing compared to other schools throughout the state,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis L. Jones Jr. “I am especially proud of the increases in school climate star ratings. Our schools have been intentional in their efforts to improve their culture and climate, and that is reflected in the latest ratings. While our CCRPI scores are below the state average, I am confident that our continued focus on literacy, attendance and discipline will lead to higher student achievement.”

Four schools in the District received 5-star Climate ratings: Alexander II Magnet School, Skyview Elementary School, Springdale Elementary School and Vineville Academy of the Arts.

New Class of REACH Scholars Honored

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Students from each of our six middle schools signed as REACH Georgia scholars, a needs-based mentorship and scholarship program. These eighth-grade students will each receive a $10,000 upon high school graduation if they meet certain criteria.

"I see greatness inside each of you all, and I want to encourage you to keep reaching for academic success," said 2019 Bibb County Teacher of the Year Jarred Moore, who spoke at the event.

The following students signed with the REACH program: Appling Middle School's Frederick Coker Jr., Ballard-Hudson Middle School's Nayomi Sanchez, Howard Middle School's Jalayzha Williams, Miller Magnet Middle School's Kahlil Harvey, Rutland Middle School's Tyra Smith and Weaver Middle School's Stormy Prevatt. Congratulations!

Perfect Attendance Earns New Bikes for MLK Students

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Students at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School with perfect attendance were entered into a drawing to receive bicycles donated by Saint Luke Baptist Church. This was an initiative of our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program, and we appreciate the involvement of community partners!

Region Champion One Act Ensemble to Perform

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The Central High School One Act Ensemble will be performing “Little Shop of Horrors” Friday, Nov. 2, and Saturday, Nov. 3, in the Central High Auditorium. Show time will be 6:30 both nights. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children. The One Act Team performed this past weekend in the Region 4-AAA One Act Competition and won 1st place. They will compete in the State One Act Competition Saturday, November 10, at Upson-Lee High School.

District Holds 'Pink-Out' for Breast Cancer Awareness

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October 24 was a pink-out across the District to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. District employees bought shirts to support the cause, and Miller Magnet Middle School held a parade and put out pink flags at their school!


Westside Beta Club Serves Special Olympians

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Members of the Westside High School Beta Club recently served their community at the Area 7 Special Olympics Athlete Appreciation Day at Sandy Beach on Lake Tobesofkee. Thank you, Seminoles, for giving up your time for service!

Veterans Elementary School Students Pie Administrators After Meeting Reading Goals

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All of the students at Veterans Elementary were challenged to read as many words as possible during the week of Sept. 24-28 in order to read a total of 1,000,000 words as a school in one week. The administrators received pies to the face because the students exceeded the challenge by reading 1,217,703 words in one week. The top two students in each grade with the highest word count for the week were able to throw pies in the face of an administrator of their choice. The teacher with the highest class total of words read was also able to pie an administrator.

Community Gathers to Put Issues 'On the Table'

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On October 17, schools across the District participated in "On the Table Macon," an initiative of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia and Knight Foundation. This brought together administrators, students, parents and community partners to discuss Macon's issues, growth and strong points, as well as how our schools play a role. What a great way to improve our community!

Southfield Elementary Hosts Career Day

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Southfield Elementary recently held its career day. This event exposed the students to careers in various fields thanks to visitors from law enforcement agencies and well as local agencies and businesses. Thank you to all our community partners for helping our students see all the opportunities available!

Storybook Parades Help Mark Red Ribbon Week

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On Oct. 31, Porter Elementary School held its Character Parade as part of Red Ribbon Week. Students - and teachers - dressed up as their favorite book characters and showed off their costumes around the school.

Afterward, students and faculty from Middle Georgia State University, with the help of student volunteers from Mount de Sales Academy, led literacy activities in the classrooms. Principal Chris Kirby said the day's activities were all about keeping kids excited about reading.

"We work really hard to make sure students are reading every day, and this is a great way for them to bring those books to life," he said. "Kids are really into reading and really proud of the characters they're learning about."

Similar events were held at other schools, like Skyview Elementary, Springdale Elementary and Vineville Academy of the Arts. Way to bring the stories to life!

Bernd Elementary Recognizes Students of the Month

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Each month, Bernd Elementary School names its Students of the Month. For September, the following students received the honor: Ra'jon Huston, Skylar Bozeman, Tristen Stone, Johnny Smith-Redding, Jacen Collins, Thomaya Louder, Deric Vickers, Braylen Farrow, Cortez Dye, Tyrelle Stephens, Timijahnae Williams, Samuel Jackson, Isaiah King, Aden Blackshear, Jasmin Willis, Parker Shoultz, Marqavious Eason, Adrienne Diggins, Calaiya Mann and Tomaia Glover. Congratulations!

Brookdale Elementary Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

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According to the National Library of Congress, each year Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors were from Hispanic descent. Brookdale Elementary wanted to celebrate such a rich culture by creating artifacts, presenting information on selected countries, and enjoying the foods of the culture. Students made llamas in red pajamas from Peru, the Mexican Folk Art sun, Cuban flags, Costa Rican Blue Morpho butterflies, Domincan Decorative Plates, Guatemalan Kites, Chilean Rain sticks.

Community Volunteers, District Employees Visit Schools to 'Read for the Record'

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Oct. 25 was Read for the Record day across the District. Volunteers from our high schools, central office and throughout the community came into our elementary schools to read to our students. The book for this year was "Maybe Something Beautiful," which is based on a true story about a community coming together to improve their neighborhood. Special thanks to United Way of Central Georgia and all our volunteers!

Central Football Players Read at Elementary Schools

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Members of the Central High School football team have been visiting elementary schools, like Vineville Academy of the Arts, to read to the students there. It's important that younger students see their older counterparts, and frequently role models, as readers!

District Recognizes Bullying Prevention Month

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On Oct. 15, Willie "Freight Train" Raines brought his "Combat Bullying Tour" to Williams Elementary School to help kick off National Bullying Prevention Month. He spoke to the students about the importance of being careful about their words and how those words are used against others.

"Once you release those words out of your mouth, they have done the damage," Raines said. "So what we have to do is be careful and be responsible."

Raines also ripped a license plate in half, rolled up a frying pan and broke a bat using his back strength. He was joined at the event by local motivational speaker and personal trainer Todd Davis, the Macon Bacon mascot and District officials.

Retired Teacher Hosts Paint Lesson for Howard Access Students

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Retired teacher Dinah Redding taught Brooke Kitchens’ Access class at Howard High School how to paint their own masterpieces. Students were thrilled to be able to create their own color design on the canvases provided by Mrs. Redding.

Vineville Academy Hosts 'Donuts With Dad'

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Vineville Academy of the Arts held “Donuts with Dad” recently. Students ate breakfast with their dads, granddads and other relatives before taking them on a tour and even to classrooms for an activity.

“This day lets them know how important their dads think their education is and lets the kids show them what they’re doing every day here,” said Principal Kristy Graham. “This connects our fathers with the classrooms and the kids.”

We appreciate all our parents and encourage everyone to get involved at their child’s school!

Rosa Taylor Elementary Celebrates 60th Year

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Recently, Rosa Taylor Elementary celebrated its 60th anniversary. The celebration included singing "Happy Birthday" the school, as well as speeches from current and former members of the Tiger team, like retired principal Dr. Susan Simpson.

"You are doing a fabulous job, students and teachers, and I'm so happy to be here this morning," she said.

Students also heard from Don Faulk Jr. A resident of Macon and graduate of Bibb County schools, Faulk is the great-grand nephew of the school's namesake. He described Rosa Taylor as someone who was committed to educating and assisting students in Bibb County despite obstacles in her path as a young woman at the beginning of the 20th century.

"It's much more than having her name on a building," Faulk said. "It's her legacy being carried on generation after generation."

As part of the event, second-year teachers received their "VIP" pins, and first-year teachers received their District logo pins. Visitors also viewed photos, articles and yearbooks from past years.

Bibb Retired Educators Recognized

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The members of the Bibb Retired Educators Association represent a valuable asset to Macon-Bibb County. Not only are they formerly classroom educators, but their continued commitment to volunteer efforts in schools is crucial to the District’s “Victory in Progress.” As such, the Bibb County School District would like to recognize the forthcoming Retired Educators Day in Bibb County on Nov. 4 and Retired Educators Month in Georgia.
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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.