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June 29, 2017

Summer Meal Program Feeds Kids for Free

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The Bibb County School District facilitates the USDA Summer Food Service Program, which provides meals free of charge to children ages 1 through 18. The program operates in about 100 locations across the county and serves about 5,000 kids per day.

"Hunger does not take a vacation, so we want to make sure they have adequate nutrition year-round," said School Nutrition Director Dr. Cleta Long.

The program, which is set to run through July 14, is open to all kids. Long said that kids who attend other schools, or even who are visiting family and live elsewhere, can come get meals.

"We want to make sure all children get adequate nutrition all throughout the summer," she said.

Click here for more information about the program.

Finalists Named for 2018 Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to the five finalists for the Bibb County School District's 2018 Teacher of the Year! These five fantastic educators were selected by a committee of administrators, former teachers and classified staff from the applications of school-level Teachers of the Year from around the District.

Click on each name for a quick video introduction:




These finalists will now undergo an interview process, and the District Teacher of the Year will be announced at Convocation on July 25!

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Summer Opportunity Program Students, Teachers Celebrate End of Session

Students and teachers participating in the Summer Opportunity Program at sites around the District celebrated the end of the session on Thursday, June 29. This program is intended for third, fifth and eighth grade students who didn't score high enough on reading or math assessments of the Georgia Milestones to advance to the next grade.

Students were recognized for their successes in these content areas with awards. Students at Weaver Middle heard from former NBA player Marquis Daniels, and Ingram-Pye Elementary had a dance. We appreciate the efforts of all these students to succeed in the classroom!

Burdell-Hunt Students Seek to Avoid 'Summer Slide'

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Burdell-Hunt Elementary School students gathered with faculty and staff at the Shurling Branch of the Middle Georgia Regional Library in early June to avoid the "Summer Slide." They checked out books and visited with the "Bad Kitty" mascot for story time. Great job committing to reading over the summer!

Vineville Academy Students Rewarded for Behavior

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Before the end of the school year, one student from each homeroom class at Vineville Academy was selected for a special lunch. These students displayed positive behavior throughout the year and were rewarded with a catered lunch from Olive Garden. Way to go!

Former NFL Player Speaks to Students at Weaver

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Roger Jackson of Motivating Youth Foundation spoke in Priscilla Stanley's class at Weaver Middle School's summer enrichment program. In addition to his work with Motivating Youth, Jackson is a former college and NFL football player.

He spoke to the students about a variety of topics, but his main message was the importance of getting an education. He pointed out that while some athletes are able to play professionally without going to college, most are not.

"Those guys are exceptional," he said.

Springdale Team Wins National Quiz Bowl Competition

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Big congratulations to the Springdale Elementary quiz bowl team, which won first place at the Junior Beta Club's national competition! Team members this year included Sofia Ali, Bennett Barkley, Nathan Haskell and Griffin Moore, and they were coached by Susan Mason.

Superintendent Reads to Freedom School Students

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Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones stopped by the Freedom School at St. Paul's Episcopal Church earlier this month to read to the students there. He read the book "The Skin You Live In," which highlights how important skin can be in protecting your body, no matter what it looks like.

Freedom Schools are an initiative of the Children's Defense Fund and were started to help bridge the gap for minority students during the summer.

District Holds Summer Career Fair

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The Bibb County School District held a Career Fair on June 24, with certified and classified positions available. School and district leaders interviewed candidates and even offered contingency contracts. Thanks to all the individuals who came out to become part of our #VictoryinProgress!

Administrators Train to 'Get Better Faster'

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Principals from across the District gathered at the central office on June 13 to begin study and implementation of the strategies in the book "Get Better Faster." The book will be used to continue to improve Bibb County Schools.

"It is our goal to ensure that you receive the support, training and knowledge necessary to implement this plan with fidelity," said Dr. Tanzy Kilcrease, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning.

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.