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November 30, 2018

Business Partners Learn About CTAE Efforts

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The Business Education Partnership met on Nov. 8 at Georgia Farm Bureau headquarters. As part of the meeting, the school administrators and community partners heard about all the ways that agriculture is already a part of our schools.

“It’s just a way for you to teach what you were already going to teach through the lens of Ag,” Georgia Farm Bureau’s Lauren Goble said of “Ag in the Classroom” techniques.

Additionally, they were updated about the increased focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Mathematics (STEAgM) in the Rutland zone schools. This is all a part of preparing our students to be a part of the workforce after graduation!

Veterans Elementary Hosts 'Bring Your Parent to School Day'

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Parents were invited to the first annual "Bring Your Parent to School Day" at Veterans Elementary to spend time in the classroom with their children to participate in literacy activities along with enjoying a Thanksgiving lunch. Clifford the dog made an appearance to promote literacy, and parents were encouraged to read with their children. Parents enjoyed cake and punch along with lunch as a show our appreciation for all they do to support Veterans Elementary.

Springdale Recyclers Honored With State Award

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The Keep Georgia Beautiful Awards seek to recognize schools and groups across the state who are committed to improving their communities by protecting the environment. For 2018, the Eagle Recyclers Club at Springdale Elementary School was recognized with a first-place award at the state level for Waste Reduction and Recycling among youth and school groups.

Congratulations to each of the members of the Eagle Recyclers Club: Charleigh Carlton, Londyn Rodgers, Caroline Stejskal, Freddie Hill, Jordan French, Thomizia Holston, Whit Davidson, Kyrsten Buckner, Kaden Jones and Seth Rider.

Third-graders Help Kick Off Holiday Season

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The District's Third-Grade Chorus helped kick off the holiday season at the Tree Lighting, held downtown on the steps of the Macon City Auditorium. The students sang a variety of Christmas songs, and they helped the crowd count down to the lighting of the big tree in Rosa Parks Square.

Apply for Magnet Programs Through Dec. 11!

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The online application process for the Bibb County School District’s magnet schools and programs for the 2019-2020 school year is now open and will remain open through December 11. These schools are Alexander II Math & Science Magnet School, Burdell-Hunt Communications Magnet School, Heard Academic Magnet School and Vineville Academy of the Arts at the elementary school level, along with Miller Fine Arts Magnet Middle School and Central Fine Arts & International Baccalaureate Magnet High School. Heard joins the group of magnet schools for the first time with a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) focus.

“Magnet schools within the Bibb County School District are looking forward to greeting prospective families during their open house times,” said Ben Bridges, the District’s Fine Arts and Magnet Programs Director.

School bus transportation will be available next year for students who apply and are accepted to attend Miller Fine Arts Magnet Middle School (grades 6-8), Burdell-Hunt Communications Magnet School (grades K-5) and Central Fine Arts & International Baccalaureate Magnet High School (grades 9-12).

Click here to apply today!

High School Students Receive Service Awards

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Earlier this month, one student from each of the District's high schools was honored with the Whitney M. Young Youth Service Award. This was presented by the Boy Scouts of America after nominations from the school's Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports team.

Congratulations to the following students:

  • Lea Walker (Central)
  • Tarin Lewis (Howard)
  • Benjamin Sinclair (Northeast)
  • Jared Crittle (Rutland)
  • Markeith Cornelius (Southwest)
  • Jayla Brown (Westside)

Williams Elementary Part of Community Clean-Up

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On Saturday, Oct. 27, L.H. Williams Elementary Student Council, parents and staff participated in a Community Clean-Up Day as a part of the "Leader In Me" initiative. Students were joined by members of Leadership Macon, the Macon-Bibb County Recreation Department, and students from Mercer University

“I would like to commend our Student Council for leading this endeavor for our school and community," said Principal Dr. Christopher Ridley. "As a Leader-In-Me school, we must encourage our students to engage in activities that allow them to be leaders and great citizens.”

Communications Department Recognized with Awards

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The District's Communications/Community and School Affairs Department was recently recognized with several awards from the Georgia School Public Relations Association. These awards are given out annually in a variety of categories.

Bibb County's entries for Photography, Newsletter and Social Media - the District Facebook page - were all honored as gold-level recipients, and the "Victory in Stories" video series and "VIP" Identity Package won bronze. The Photography entry, a photo from the 2017 Westside-Howard football game, was also named "Best in Class" across the state.

"We are honored to receive these awards and want to continue to do our best in communicating all the ways our District is preparing students for a global society," said Stephanie Hartley, Director of Communications.

Southfield Principal Reads to Toddlers

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Earlier this month, Southfield Elementary School Principal Janice Sharpe read to the 1- and 2-year-olds at Joshua House Early Care & Learning Center. She read them fairy tales because it's never too early to be interested in reading!

Japanese Students Share Culture at Rutland High

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A group of 16 students from Kurobe, Japan, visited Macon earlier this month, taking in local sights and learning about the area. That included being hosted by families at Rutland High School, where the students presented parts of their culture on Nov. 9.

This included art forms, games and geographical facts. Rutland students even got to participate after the presentation.

"Many of our students have limited travel opportunities, and I want them to be aware that there's a whole world outside of South Bibb," said principal Kent Sparks.

Union Students Participate in Science Fair

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Like many students in Bibb County, all of the students in third, fourth and fifth grade at Union Elementary participated in their school's Science Fair recently. The District Science Fair is December 1. We are proud of the efforts of all of these students!

Students Celebrate Thanksgiving Ahead of Break

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The kindergarten students at Heritage Elementary School performed for their families on Nov. 16 to mark the last day before Thanksgiving break. They wore turkey costumes and ate a Thanksgiving snack before heading home for the holiday.

Students Volunteer at Food Bank Over Thanksgiving Break

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On Wednesday, Nov. 21, members of the Westside High School Beta Club and the Northeast High School basketball team volunteered for the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank. The two groups combined to fill more than 500 boxes for the food bank's "mobile pantry," which is expected to feed more than 2,000 families this holiday season. Way to serve our community, Noles and Raiders!

Union Students Make Top AR Scores

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Congratulations to the top Accelerated Readers at Union Elementary! These students had the most points per class and at each grade level. Keep reading!

Schools Recognize Veterans for Service

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Students across the District took time to recognize our nation's veterans in recognition of Veterans Day. At Rutland Middle School, veterans from the community were invited to the school for a breakfast on Friday followed by a ceremony.

As part of the ceremony, the school's band, chorus and cheerleaders performed, and the Junior Leadership Corps showed off its marching. Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones Jr. was the guest speaker, and he told the students about the lessons he and his father - as well as all veterans - picked up during their time in the armed forces.

"My dad, these veterans, decided to join, not because of a lot of money, but because they wanted you to have a quality of life," Dr. Jones said.

There was also a parade at Lane Elementary, and Vineville Academy got a visit from Staff Sergeant Benjamin Bradshaw. We are thankful for our veterans every day!

Students Take Part in Election Day Activities

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On Nov. 6, Springdale Elementary School timed Student Council elections for Election Day. Students got to register and vote in class, which was a great opportunity to learn about civics!

Westside Seniors Take Part in Senior Breakfast

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On Thursday, Nov. 29, Seniors at Westside High School were treated to a special senior breakfast. This was done with the help of various faculty and staff at the school to encourage these students to stay on track and was catered by Cracker Barrel.
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