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September 30, 2019

Graduation Rate Nears 2020 Goal

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Data released earlier this month by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) show the Bibb County School District’s high school graduation rate increased from 78.5 percent in 2018 to 79.4 percent in 2019. This marks the sixth consecutive increase in the District’s graduation rate since 2013 when the graduation rate was 58.9 percent. Six of the seven high schools in the District in spring 2019 earned a graduation rate of 80 percent or higher.

“The latest numbers released today by the Georgia Department of Education show the District is continuing to close the gap with the state. Five out of six of our high schools now have a graduation rate of 80 percent or higher. This success is not just because of what high schools are doing; it is because everyone in our schools and throughout our community is coming together in a concentrated effort to make sure students graduate. We have to celebrate this victory,” Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones said.

Upon joining the District in 2015, Dr. Jones set a goal for the District to achieve a 90 percent graduation rate by the year 2025. The District also has a goal of reaching an 80 percent graduation rate by 2020.

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Heard Elementary Hosts Mobile Dairy Classroom

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On Sept. 5, the Georgia Grown Mobile Dairy Classroom visited Heard Elementary School. This visit allows students to learn first-hand about the dairy process and even see how a real cow is milked.

"For them to be able to see a cow being milked, they can relate that to when they go to the grocery store," said coordinator Nicole Duvall.

The students learned about dairy products, including ice cream and butter. They also learned that a dairy cow eats at least 50 pounds of feed per day and drinks a bathtub full of water!

Howard Middle Teacher Chosen for National History Program

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Howard Middle School's Mitzi Heath is one of only 114 teachers selected for a National History Day program titled "Legacies of World War I." The program is a partnership between the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and National History Day. Heath will participate in webinars and discussions with educators from around the world to learn about World War I and its lasting impact. As one of the selected teachers, Heath receives free tuition, graduate credits, and materials for the online program.

Each of National History Day’s 58 affiliates could choose two teachers for this honor and the National History Day program in Georgia selected Mrs. Heath. Affiliates include all 50 states and the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and international school programs in China, South Asia, and South Korea.

Heritage Elementary Hosts 'Wedding' for PBIS, 'Leader In Me'

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On Sept. 6, Heritage Elementary School held a “wedding” to unify Bibb PBIS and “Leader in Me” efforts at the school. Students got to hear how the two programs work together and about rewards for following procedures.

PBIS coach Scott Davidson performed the ceremony. He said that the two programs worked well together because they have a “common goal in mind” for improving student outcomes.

“They’re both really good programs,” he said. “‘The Leader in Me’ really teaches leadership skills, leadership habits that are going to carry with them into their careers.”

Wesleyan Intern Teacher at Taylor Receives Scholarship

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Erynn Malone, a full-time intern teacher at Taylor Elementary, recently received a scholarship to help her financially during her senior year at Wesleyan College. The scholarship was provided by Gary Lee, a retired vice president of UPS. We are appreciative of this special community partner!

Nutrition Department Receives Golden Radish

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The District's School Nutrition Department was recently recognized with a Golden Radish Award at the Silver Level by a partnership of several state agencies and departments. This award recognizes districts that show a commitment to farm-to-school efforts.

Hydroponic Gardens Produce Learning, Food

District Holds Annual VIP Luncheon

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The District held its annual Victory in Progress Luncheon on Sept. 25. Dr. Curtis Jones, Jr. spoke to community partners and leaders about the strides the District has made and the work we have left to do.

"We thank you for being a part of this victory as we move forward to make this work," he said.

The students at Hutchings College & Career Academy prepared and served a delicious meal with the help of the Teacher of the Year, Mark Robinson. The Central High School Chamber Ensemble was truly terrific. There was also an amazing performance by Rutland Middle School's FFA Program with their version of "The Git Up Challenge."

Congratulations as well to our honorees who were recognized:

  • Superintendent's VIP Award, Ron Shipman of Georgia Power
  • VIP Volunteer Award, John Sheely of Northride Baptist Church
  • VIP Partner Award, Junior League of Macon
  • VIP Industry Award, Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders and Navicent Health

Central High Recognizes Banned Book Week

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Banned Book Week aims to raise awareness about the harms of literary censorship. To recognize this, during the last week of September, the Central High School media center was home to a banned books display providing further details about each ban. Additionally, the students played Banned Book Bingo, took Banned Book Selfies, and more!

SOAR Academy Utilizes Pop-up Library

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SOAR Academy is bringing literacy right to its students with a Pop-Up Library." This initiative allows students to check out books immediately as they walk the halls from class to class, to the cafeteria or in other endeavors.

Students Celebrate Constitution Day

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Students across the District celebrated Constitution Day on Sept. 17, the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. This included fourth-graders receiving copies of the Constitution, classes writing their own constitutions and other activities.
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Alex II Students Visit Ocmulgee Mounds

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Students from Alexander II Magnet School visited the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park recently for the BioBlitz. This allowed them to study dragonflies as part of a year-long STEM project about the importance of pollination to the planet.

“We talked about the importance of dragonflies and butterflies and that they pollinate,” said second-grade teacher Amanda Cooper. “So that’s why we’re doing this because it goes along with our year-long STEM project.”

Macon Periods Easier Receives Year Supply of Always Products to Benefit Schools

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Macon Periods Easier is one of 12 in the U.S. selected to receive 35,000 menstrual products from Always, and the organization has donated a bulk of them to the Bibb County School District.

The District knows the importance of supporting our students so they don’t choose between school or staying home due to lack of menstrual products. According to Always, one in five girls in the U.S. has missed school due for this reason.

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District Leaders Welcome Amazon Fulfillment Center

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Earlier this month, the Amazon Fulfillment Center opened on Skipper Road, and the District was there to welcome the company to Bibb County. In addition to District leaders being in attendance, cheerleaders and band members from nearby Rutland High School were part of the event.

Porter Receives Pair of Media Center Grants

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Porter Elementary recently received $1,000 from Cox Charities Innovation in Education grant for their “STEM in the Media Center” program. This grant will enable Porter to add books with a science, technology, engineering and mathematics focus to their collection. The books requested through this program are high-interest nonfiction books related to STEM topics and STEM careers. Rebecca Erwin, the media specialist at Porter, hopes that adding these books to the school’s collection will encourage students to take an interest in STEM topics as well as improve students’ reading, science, and math skills.

The school also received a $1,500 literacy grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. This grant is intended to fund the "Readers are Leaders" program.

Bibb Schools Chosen for NFL Fitness Program

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The Atlanta Falcons chose the Districtvfrom among all the districts in Georgia for the NFL "Fuel Up to Play 60 FitnessGram" grant. The 10 schools picked to participate are Bruce Elementary, Heritage Elementary, Vineville Academy, Miller Middle, Rutland Middle, Weaver Middle, Central High, Howard High, Southwest High, and Westside High.

Carter Celebrates 'Grits With Grandparents'

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On September 10, Carter Elementary students got to eat "Grits With Grandparents." This is an excellent way to get family members engaged with our schools, and quite a treat for the kids!

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Heard Counselor Chosen for Panel

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Heard Elementary School counselor Mary Margaret Smith (pictured left) participated in a panel for the graduating school counseling cohort at the University of Georgia. Panel members gave advice based on their first year experiences and about the interview process. Smith was one of five members of her 2016 cohort asked to speak. She was able to encourage the new counselors by all the exciting things going on in the Middle Georgia area, specifically Bibb County.

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Bibb County School District

Vision:

Each student will demonstrates 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.