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October 31, 2019

District Celebrates Teachers of the Year

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On Thursday, October 24, the Bibb County School District celebrated school-level Teachers of the Year as well as District Teacher of the Year Chef Mark Robinson and other finalists. Robinson is an instructor in the culinary arts pathway at W.S. Hutchings College and Career Academy.

"We live and work in a global society, and it is vital that we prepare our students for this environment," Robinson said during his remarks.

The evening began with a reception for Teachers of the Year and their guests, catered by the students and faculty at Hutchings. Then each teacher was presented with a gift bag and recognized before their peers.

The District would like to thank the following community partners for their roles in making this event a success:

  • MidSouth Community Federal Credit Union
  • MidSouth Financial Consultants/AXA Equitable
  • Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE)
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • Belk
  • Sheridan Construction
  • Jimmy John’s
  • Raffield Tire Master
  • Union Baptist Church
  • Martha Bowman United Methodist Church
  • Center Hill Baptist Church
  • Forest Hills United Methodist Church
  • Donaldson, Garrett & Associates, Inc.
  • New Piney Grove Baptist Church
  • Smith Radiator & Air Conditioning
  • Solomon, Deaton and Buice, LLC
  • Beesa Skincare Studio
  • Middle Georgia RESA
  • Pine Forest Baptist Church
  • Northridge Baptist Church
  • Famous Mike’s
  • Fresh Air Bar-B-Que
  • Jeneane’s at Pinebrook
  • Tabernacle Baptist Church
  • Ocmulgee Brewpub
  • McAlister’s Deli
  • Spud Dogs
  • Longhorn Steakhouse
  • Starbucks
  • Tutti Frutti

2019-2020 Teacher of the Year Mark Robinson Speech

Burdell-Hunt Celebrates Lighthouse Status

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On Oct. 3, Burdell-Hunt Magnet School celebrated its recognition as a Lighthouse School with “Leader In Me.” This is an honor based on outstanding leadership among faculty, staff and students. Way to go!

CCRPI Results Demonstrate Victory In Progress

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On Oct. 25, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) released the results of the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), Georgia’s statewide accountability system, for the 2018-2019 (2019) school year. The results released this month reflect an increase in CCRPI among Bibb County schools from 67.2 in 2018 to 68.5 percent in 2019. This increase also outpaced the state’s growth, which declined from 2018 to 2019.

“I am so pleased with the work our teachers and our students are doing as we continue to demonstrate growth each year,” said Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones. “Additionally, the whole Teaching and Learning team is to be commended for these increases in CCRPI and content mastery."

Overall, 21 of 35 schools in Bibb demonstrated increases in school CCRPI scores. Schools with double-digit increases in scores from 2018 to 2019 include: Burdell-Hunt (+20.5 percentage points), Union (+17.5 percentage points), Brookdale (+17.2 percentage points), Miller (+14.4 percentage points), Springdale (+12.0 percentage points), Heritage (+11 percentage points), Veterans (+10.7 percentage points), and Riley (+10.3 percentage points). With double-digit increases at both Brookdale and Riley in 2019, the District is optimistic about the new consolidated elementary school’s future at Greenbriar Road when the school opens in fall 2020. Among high schools, Northeast saw the highest increase from 2018 to 2019, moving up 9.9 percentage points.

Aside from double-digit increases, two elementary schools – Bernd and Bruce – were noted for demonstrating consistent growth each year since 2015, a span of five years. Bernd has maintained steady growth from 45.9 in 2015 to 75.5 in 2019, while Bruce has increased consistently from 48.1 in 2015 to 64.9 in 2019.

Central High Wins Region One-Act Title - Again!

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Congratulations to the Central High School One Act Play ensemble on repeating as the Region 4-AAA Champions with their rendition of "Pippin." Jordan Ray also won best actor for the second year in a row.

Rutland FFA Students Head to Indy for Nationals

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Students from the FFA programs at Rutland High and Rutland Middle are in Indianapolis this week for the National FFA Convention. So far, the students have spent time preparing for competition events, interviews and sessions. Best of luck, Hurricanes!

Hutchings Student Earns Candy Striper Scholarship

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W.S. Hutchings College and Career Academy nursing student Brittany Sawyer recently won the $1,000 Navicent Health Candy Striper Scholarship. Sawyer plans to attend Central Georgia Technical College to pursue a career as a labor and delivery nurse.

Bernd Selects Students of the Month for September

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Each month, Bernd Elementary selects Students of the Month based on the seven habits of "Leader in Me." For September, these students were selected based on displaying the first habit, "Be Proactive."

Schools Recognize Red Ribbon Week

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Red Ribbon Week is an annual part of October in schools across the country and is an effort to emphasize the importance of a drug-free lifestyle. Schools participate in a variety of ways, including dressing in red, like these students at Carter Elementary.
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District Employees Compete in Pie Baking Contest

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Congratulations to the winners of the Employee Sweet Potato Pie Baking Contest, which was hosted by the Bibb County School Nutrition Program.

  • Wanda Gilliand (1st place)
  • Vanessa Wynn (2nd place)
  • Mary Montgomery (3rd place)
  • Velda Bland (4th place)

Heard Elementary Hosts Ag Workday

Heard Elementary School recently hosted an agriculture work day with parents, students and teachers. This allowed the school and community to prepare materials for the school's agriculture program.

Schools Participate in On The Table Macon

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District schools and a few departments participated in On The Table Macon 2019 on Oct. 30. This event, hosted by the Community Foundation of Central Georgia, encourages individuals and groups across Macon-Bibb County to come together to discuss community issues. At our schools, students as well as parents and stakeholders took part in these important discussions.

Ballard-Hudson Holds Unity Day

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Ballard-Hudson Middle School held a Unity Day on Oct. 23 to raise bullying awareness during National Bullying Prevention Month. Students have been learning anti-bullying lessons, and today they wore school colors and had a balloon release.
"We stepped up and stepped in together against bullying, united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion," said counselor Karen Evans.

Veterans Students Pie Administrators

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Students at Veterans Elementary School were encouraged to read and take AR tests with the goal of trying to reach 1 million words read during September 23-October 4. If students were able to reach the goal then a celebration would be held where teachers and administrators would be "pied" in the face by students with the highest word counts.

28 students were recognized as having the highest word counts for their class. They received a certificate from the Academic Coach and won the chance to pie a teacher or an administrator in the face. Ten teachers volunteered to receive pie in the face.

Students with the highest word count (per grade-level):

  • 1st Grade - Leila Curtis 2,887
  • 2nd Grade - Charlesa Meadows 34,897
  • 3rd Grade - Jacorian Collins 33,095
  • 4th Grade - Jaydon Scott 49,438
  • 5th Grade - Jefrin Stephen 171,656

Superintendent Meets with Community Faith Leaders

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Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones Jr. met with representatives of the faith-based community to update them on the work being done in our school district and how we can partner to support students and staff. He will host another breakfast in the spring.

Southfield Elementary Hosts Club Day

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Southfield Elementary School recently held its first Club Day of the year. This allowed students to learn more about the various clubs available to them, such as art club, cosmetology club, dance club, sports club and more!

PE Teachers Learn About HealthMPowers

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Elementary, middle and high school physical education teachers recently met with HealthMPowers for fall training. This organization seeks to raise health awareness for students across the state.

Lane Elementary Celebrates 'Walk to School Day'

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October 2 was "Walk to School Day," and the students, faculty and staff of McKibben Lane Elementary took a walk through the neighborhood surrounding the school. It's important that we focus on the safety of our students who walk or bike to school every day!

Communications Department Wins GSPRA Awards

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Recently, the District's communications department was recognized with several awards from the Georgia School Public Relations Association. These annual awards recognized publications, events and other efforts throughout the 2018-2019 school yea.

  • Electronic Media (Dr. Jones Video) – GOLD
  • Social Media (Facebook Page) – GOLD
  • Image/Identity Package (New Athletics Logo) – SILVER
  • Newsletter (District Download) – SILVER
  • Special Event (Dr. Jones Celebration) – SILVER
  • Internet Website (New BCSD Website) – BRONZE

Mercer Hosts District Alumni Tailgate

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Mercer University hosted an Alumni Tailgate for District staff who graduated from Mercer at the game on Saturday, Oct. 19, against VMI. Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones Jr. was invited to ring the bell to start the game.

Check Out This Panda Pride!

Jazz Association Visits Bruce Elementary

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The Jazz Association of Macon visited Bruce Elementary earlier this month. As part of the "Jam Goes Back to School program, the group performed songs while walking the students, faculty and staff through the history of jazz in the United States.

"Jazz is a uniquely American form of music, and yet so many people - adults and children - don't know much about jazz," said Tom Woodberry, the group's treasurer.

The Jazz Association also visited Veterans Elementary. The District is grateful for the efforts of partners like this one.

Carter Hosts Saturday 'Read and Rise'

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Each month, Carter Elementary Principal Latricia Reeves opens the school for students to read and take Accelerated Reader tests. This shows an excellent commitment to literacy from students, faculty and families!

Alexander II Parents Invited to PE Classes

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Earlier this month, parents at Alexander II Magnet School were invited to attend physical education class with their students. Health and PE are important parts of the school week!

Be a Watchdog! Stop Bullying!

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Bibb County School District

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.