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April 29, 2016

Seven Senior Athletes Named Al Lucas Scholarship Recipients

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Seven District student athletes each received an Al Lucas Memorial Scholarship on Wednesday, April 27, at a ceremony at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

Winners are Alexis Mitchell, Northeast High; Ta'Mario Tufts, Northeast High; Garrett King, Howard High; Alyssa Jackson, Rutland High; Ikeia Moore, Central High; Christina Smith, Westside High; Takeyma Duhart, Southwest High.

Mitchell, who plays basketball, competes in track and cheerleading, plans to attend Bethune Cookman College where she'll work toward her dream of attending Mercer Law School and becoming an attorney.

Tufts, who plays football, basketball and baseball, plans to major in Business Management at Missouri Valley College to fulfill his goal of becoming a small business owner to empower the youth and teach them about Christ.

King plans to attend the University of North Georgia to become a history teacher and high school coach. He plays baseball and runs cross country.

Jackson, a cheerleader and tennis athlete, plans to attend Tuskegee University and major in chemistry to become a chemical engineer.

Moore, who plays soccer, plans to attend Kennesaw State University to become a psychiatrist.

Smith, who also plays soccer, will also attend Kennesaw State University to major in exercise science.

Duhart, who plays football, plans to attend University of West Georgia to major in history and physical education to become a teacher and coach.

The scholarships are awarded by David and Elaine Lucas to honor the memory of their son, Al Lucas. Al passed away on April 10, 2005, from a spinal cord injury he suffered during a Los Angeles Avengers arena football game. He was a native of Macon and graduated from Northeast High School in 1996. He later graduated from Troy State University on a full athletic scholarship, where in 2000 he was awarded the distinguished Buck Buchanan Award as the top defensive player in Division 1‐AA. Al played in the National Football League, signing as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers and later playing for the Carolina Panthers. Later he joined the Arena Football League, playing for the Tampa Bay Storm, and finally the Los Angeles Avengers.

The scholarships are awarded to student athletes graduating from any Bibb County public high school with athletic programs. The recipient must demonstrate a caring attitude, be of high moral character, and show characteristics of positive leadership and citizenship, as well as having been accepted to an accredited two- or four‐year college or university with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Additionally, the recipients are selected based on financial need, athletic accomplishments, academic success, personal character, extracurricular involvement, and the potential to succeed.

For more information on the Al Lucas Memorial Scholarship, contact the Community Foundation of Central Georgia Inc. at (478) 750‐9338.

First Kindergartner Joins Springdale's Accelerated Reader Millionaire Club

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Springdale Elementary School kindergartner Merrill Long joined the Accelerated Reader Millionaire Club after reading a million words this school year!

She's the first kindergartner to earn the honor.

Principal Donna Jackson announced her achievement on the school's morning news and surprised Merrill in the media center with the whole Millionaire Club's big welcome, her parents, teachers and a visit from Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones.

Merrill says her favorite books to read are the "American Girl" series where she learns of Leah's adventures to the Amazon.

Two District Students Named Gates Millennium Scholars

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Central High School seniors Tamia Middleton and Ira Moore have been named Class of 2016 Gates Millennium Scholars. Middleton will attend Spelman College to work toward becoming a chemical engineer and Moore will attend Morehouse College and plans to study science and minor in dance. Both colleges are in Atlanta, Ga.

Only 1,000 students are selected each year to receive the Gates Millennium Scholarship and more than 53,000 students applied for assistance from the program this year. The scholarships support students’ pursuit of higher education by covering unmet need and self-help aid in the amount of up to $250,000.

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding low income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose. The goal of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program is to promote academic excellence by providing outstanding students, who have significant financial need, the opportunity to reach their full potential.

This is the fifth year Central High School students have been named Gates Millennium Scholars. Other Gates Millennium Scholars from Central have included Thelron Pleas in 2011; Kenya Andrews, Christine Okaro and Ashley Washington in 2013; Joseph Lofton in 2014; and Nicole Wiggins in 2015.

Central High Celebrates Seniors' Successes with Academic Signing Day

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Central High School students who have committed to their post-graduation college or career were recognized during an Academic Signing Day ceremony on Tuesday, April 26.

Central High Principal Emanuel Frazier wants to ensure that underclassmen are inspired and continue to focus on academic achievement by showing appreciation for students’ efforts.

“As a former basketball coach, I have always been overjoyed to see young people committing to continue their path as a student athlete. However, at Central, we felt that we needed to ensure that we were also recognizing students who were not athletes. We see the Academic Signing Day Activity as a way to not only recognize our seniors who have committed to a particular college, technical school, or branch of the military, but also inspire our underclassmen to be a part of the ceremony when it is their time to graduate and move forward with their post high school careers,” Central Principal Emanuel Frazier says.

Forty-five students announced their plans during the ceremony. Many announced their college and field of study and eight students announced that they enlisted in the United States Army, one student announced their enlistment with the United States Marine Corps and another student announced his plans to attend the United States Coast Guard Academy to eventually become a helicopter pilot.

Southwest High Senior Successes Celebrated at 'Decision Day'

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Southwest Magnet High & Law Academy celebrated its senior successes during a ceremony, "Decision Day."

"At Southwest, we hope this celebration will continue to create a college-going culture within our school as well as within the community. We are extremely proud of our senior class for taking this next big step for their future. A lot of media attention goes to promising athletes when they select the college of their choice. We want every student to receive as much attention on Decision Day and have that same feeling of importance so that they too can feel special about this big day,” Southwest Graduation Coach Chanda Williams says.

Celebrating college and career post-graduation decisions helps increase awareness of post-secondary options and involves students in goal-setting and planning for their graduation which are keys in the District’s strategic plan to helping students achieve high school graduation.

CTAE Hosts Middle Georgia Tri-Service JROTC Spring Drill Meet

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On April 16, 2016, CTAE hosted the Middle Georgia Tri-Service JROTC Spring Drill Meet at Central High School. JROTC units from across the district competed in the following events: Inspection, PT, Color Guard, Unarmed Battalion/Flight, Armed Battalion/Flight, Unarmed Squad and Armed Squad. Rutland High School took the top overall prize with Howard High School coming in second place and Southwest High School coming in third place. The purpose behind the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program is to instill in students the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment. Below are the results from each event.


1st-Rutland HS

2nd-Howard HS

3rd-Central HS


1st-Rutland HS

2nd-Southwest HS

3rd-Howard HS

Color Guard:

1st-Howard HS

2nd-Central HS

3rd-Rutland HS

Unarmed Battalion/Flight:

1st-Rutland HS

2nd-Central HS

3rd-Southwest HS

Armed Battalion/Flight:

1st-Rutland HS

2nd-Howard HS

3rd-Southwest HS

Unarmed Squad:

1st-Rutland HS

2nd-Howard HS

3rd-Southwest HS

Armed Squad:

1st-Rutland HS

2nd-Southwest HS

3rd-Howard HS

Wanted: Business Partnerships to Help Train Future Workforce

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District Students Perform in South Georgia Region Honor Band Clinic

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Senior band member Shungarrius Robinson participated in the South Georgia Region Honor Band Clinic held at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Ga.

Robinson, as well as students from Northeast, Westside and Howard High School participated in the three-day event where they had the opportunity to perform with students from all across southern Georgia.

Students were led by world-renowned conductors from various colleges and universities from across the United States. Robinson serves as the SWHS trumpet section leader, sits as the Principal Trumpet player in the SWHS Symphonic Band, ranks in the top 10 students of his senior classmates and is the STAR student for Southwest High School. He will attend Georgia Southern University in the fall.

Middle Georgia Regional Libraries Announces 'Art of Reading' Winners

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Four Bibb County School District students were honored at a reception for “The Art of Reading” on April 7 at the Washington Memorial Library.

The Bibb County School District and the Board of Trustees for the Middle Georgia Regional Libraries partner annually to conduct “The Art of Reading” contest. Students throughout the District are given the opportunity to read any book and create an artistic piece reflective of that book. Entries to “The Art of Reading” are submitted to the Middle Georgia Regional Libraries for judging.

Winners of “The Art of Reading” include Joma Viloria, a Springdale Elementary School first-grader; Maggie Walker, a Vineville Academy of the Arts fifth-grader; Etta James, a Westside High School sophomore; and Isabel Newberry, a Central High School senior (pictured above). Each winning piece of art and the book that inspired it will be displayed in one of the branches of the Middle Georgia Regional Libraries.

District Seeking Final Input on Bell Times for 2016-2017

Bell Schedule Presentation

The Bibb County School District is inviting District employees, parents, students and community members to participate in a final request for feedback about proposed start and end times for the 2016-2017 school year.

A new bell schedule is being considered for next school year to improve instructional and operational performance throughout the District. Based on feedback from a preliminary survey in March, research of districts across the state and nation, focus group discussions and dialogue with the Bibb County Board of Education, the District has developed three new options for bell schedules for next school year. One of these three options will be recommended to the Board of Education in May for implementation in August 2016.

Stakeholders are invited to attend any of three community forums on the proposed bell schedules.

· Monday, May 2 – 6-7 p.m. at Appling Middle School

· Wednesday, May 4 – 5-6 p.m. at Howard Middle School

· Thursday, May 5 – 5-6 p.m. at Ballard-Hudson Middle School

After the final community forum on May 5, the District will release an online survey of the options to provide stakeholders with an opportunity for input in the decision-making process. The survey will be open Friday, May 6 through the morning of Friday, May 13, and may be accessed at www.bcsdk12.net. Final information will be presented to the Board of Education at its May 19 meeting.

The proposal to change bell schedules aligns with District strategic goals for student achievement and being a reliable organization. The proposal would put schools on a three-tier dismissal system of elementary, middle and high versus the current two-tier system of elementary and middle/high. This would provide students with additional instructional time, provide more accurate and reliable arrival times for bus pickup, reduce bus load counts and discipline problems, and separate grade levels on buses.

See proposed bell time options.

Accelerated Reader Prize Patrol Surprises Students at Home!

Burdell-Hunt AR Prize Patrol

Board Member Calls Northwoods "Best Kept Educational Secret"

Rutland High Students Place at CTI Spring Leadership Conference

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Rutland High School students participated and competed in the 2016 CTI State Leadership Conference at Rock Eagle on April 21 with Coordinator Cynthia Dennis.

Winners pictured from left to right:

Iniko Taylor-2nd Place in state in Graphic Arts

Hannah McCoy-2nd Place in state in Advertising for Hannah’s Make-Up Salon

Jazmin Simmons-3rd Place in state in Advertising for Jazmin’s Kids

Aaron Gaultney-State metal in Auto Mechanics

Frankeshia Newson-2nd Place in State in Cosmetology, Hair Design

Young Georgia Authors Winners Recognized

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The Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition is an annual contest sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education. It encourages students to develop their writing skills while celebrating the successful writings of all students.

Any type of writing may be submitted, and one winning entry per grade level is submitted to the Georgia Department of Education. The District recognized Bibb County’s winning entries:

  • “Museum Visit” by Chloe McDonnell, kindergarten, Academy of Classical Education
  • “My Favorite Season” by Kaden Brezial, first grade, Williams Elementary;
  • “The Cheetah Didn’t Have a Tail” by Erin Peacock, second grade, Heard Elementary;
  • “Jake the Penny” by Matthew H. Lee, third grade, Academy of Classical Education;
  • “Hello, It’s Me” by Layla Floyd, fourth grade, Alexander II Magnet School;
  • “The Haunted Soul” by Angel Holloman, fifth grade, Porter Elementary School;
  • “Dawn of a New Kingdom” by Avery Richardson, sixth grade, Academy of Classical
  • Education;
  • “Dandelion” by Zoe Pham, seventh grade, Rutland Middle School;
  • “Survival” by Kiearia Cox, eighth grade, Howard Middle School;
  • “The Lying Devil” by Clayton Cole Bryant, ninth grade, Academy of Classical Education;
  • “Made of Red Bricks” by Etta James, tenth grade, Westside High School;
  • “Summer Evening” by Will Macfie, eleventh grade, Central High School; and
  • “Life Through the Lens of Literature” by Grace Nguyen, twelfth grade, Central High School.

Students Place at Technology Fair

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After excelling at the District’s 2016 Student Technology Summit held at Westside High School in January 2016, many of Bibb County’s students advanced to the Georgia Educational Technology Fair at Middle Georgia State University on March 5. Students who placed at the statewide fair included:

  • Sophia Tang, Springdale Elementary, placed second in Non-Multimedia Applications 5, 6;
  • Henry Jennings, Vineville Academy of the Arts, placed third in Animation 5,6;
  • Jathnell Anthony Wint III and Eduardo Leos, Westside High School, took second place in Robotics, 11, 12;
  • Etta James, Westside High, took third place in Non-Multimedia Applications, 9, 10.

District Students Qualify to Compete in National History Bee

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Students who either finished in the top eight in their grade level for regional competition or qualified for the National History Bee were recognized. Ten students were chosen from each elementary and middle school to take an online history test. Students with qualifying scores were invited to attend the regional bee. At the regional bee in Jackson, students competed with their grade level in four rounds of questioning. Students recognized included:

  • Wilson Bridges, fifth grade, Alexander II Magnet School;
  • Sami Momin, seventh grade, Miller Magnet Middle School;
  • Cooper Massey, seventh grade, Howard Middle School;
  • Jacob Thomley, seventh grade, Howard Middle School;
  • Thania Jahja, eighth grade, Howard Middle School;
  • Jahkob Thomas, eighth grade, Howard Middle School; and
  • Harley Patterson, eighth grade, Howard Middle School.

District Honors Math Team Competition Winners

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Each year, District middle school students compete as individuals and as teams in the District’s Math Team Competitions. Each student takes an individual assessment of 40 multiple-choice questions. Then the team competes in a 10-question problem-solving assessment. The scores are combined for the winning team.

First place winners were:

  • Sixth-grade: Howard Middle School, represented by students Morgan Irby, Brinda Patel and Leo Zhang with Coach Kathleen Wilder. Brinda Patel and Leo Zhang were also the winners of the Speed Round. Individual winner: Landon Juang, Howard Middle School.
  • Seventh-grade: Howard Middle School, represented by students Landon Juang and Keandre Scott, with Coach Kathleen Wilder. Individual winner: Sami Momin, Miller Magnet Middle School.
  • Eighth-grade: Rutland Middle School, represented by students Evan O’Quinn, Timia Raines, Paige Riser with Coaches Stephanie Bergeron and Linda Truman. Individual winner: Paige Riser, Rutland Middle School

District Recognizes First Place Quiz Bowl Team

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Vineville Academy of the Arts won the Bibb County Quiz Bowl Championship. The team included students Ulric Bellaire, Carmen Duncan, Kahlil Harvey, Henry Jennings, Elizabeth Nava, Joseph Rodgers, Tyra Smith and Maggie Walker. Quiz Bowl is an opportunity for students to showcase their academic knowledge. The elementary Quiz Bowl Team is made of fourth and fifth grade students. All elementary schools compete in two practice rounds and the semi-finals competition. The five winning teams in the semi-finals compete for a chance at the championship match.

Northeast High Student Honored as FFA State Star Finalist

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Northeast High School senior Rachel Solomon has been named one of 12 FFA State Star finalists. She will be recognized at a statewide FFA convention on April 28. The state degree is the third rung of the FFA degree ladder, which students climb by developing and growing their Supervised Agricultural Experience program. The four rungs of the FFA degree ladder are the greenhand degree, chapter degree, state degree and American degree. Students climb each rung of the ladder by improving and expanding their SAE. To earn the state FFA degree, a student must earn both the greenhand and chapter degrees, serve as an active FFA member and enroll in an agricultural education class above the 9th grade level for a minimum of two years, earn and productively invest at least $1,000 or work in excess of 300 hours beyond scheduled class time, participate in at least five different FFA activities above the chapter level, participate in a minimum of 25 hours of community service, and maintain at least a C average. For the past two years, Rachel has been researching microbial fuel cells on plants and how to calculate chlorophyll content and started researching the world’s energy reservoir. She then began to create a plan for displaying the qualities of the microbial field cell that could improve the agriculture industry and become a new source of electricity.

Southwest Presents 'The Wiz' Sunday

The Southwest High School and Law Academy Fine Arts Department presents "The Wiz" on May 1, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. in the Southwest auditorium. Tickets are $5. For tickets and more information, please call Southwest High School at 478-779-4500.
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GEAR UP Students and Parents Visit Colleges and Universities

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GEAR UP students and parents in the Bibb County School District visited the campus of the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, Ga. on April 2. The students and parents toured the campus as well as attended the Campus Fair that was held in the student center. They spoke with college professors and students about campus activities and organizations to participate in once accepted.
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Rutland High School GEAR UP students attended Kennesaw State University on March 22. The students toured the campus as well as attended Engineer classes in session. They were able to hear college level seminars from professors. Students also experienced live lab sessions with current students in the Mechanical Engineering field. The picture shows a current college student explaining how the 3-D printer is operated.

Become a Summer Meal Site Sponsor

For the sixth year in a row, the Bibb County School Nutrition Program will oversee the USDA Summer Food Service Program, which makes sure children throughout the county receive meals during a critical time when school is not in session. In an effort to reach as many children as possible this summer, the School Nutrition Program is seeking organizations interested in serving as a sponsoring site for the program. To learn more about being a Summer Meal Site Sponsor Champion, CLICK HERE.

This year’s summer meals program dates are Monday, June 6, through Friday, July 15. Meals and snacks can be provided to sponsors free of charge for sites that meet the following criteria:

  • A site is a physical location at which the sponsor provides a meal and or snack for children up to 18 years of age and at which meals are consumed on that site in a supervised setting.
  • A site that is located within the geographical boundaries of a school attendance area that has at least 50 percent of its children eligible for free or reduced price meals.
  • Potential sites may be but are not limited to Vacation Bible Schools, faith-based day camps, public parks, libraries, public housing complexes, school playgrounds, a shade tree in a neighborhood, etc.
  • Must be able to provide alternative shelter in case of rain or extreme temperatures.

Up to two meals per day may be provided. These meals may be a combination of breakfast meal, lunch meal, or snack meal. Milk is provided for breakfast and lunch meals only. The Bibb County School Nutrition Program will provide quick and easy training for sponsors that includes guidelines for the distribution and counting of meals, pick up or delivery of meals and simple safe food handling procedures.

Last summer, children received meals each day at more than 115 sites in Bibb County through the School Nutrition Program's summer meals program.

To learn more about the Summer Food Service Program, call the Bibb County School Nutrition Program at (478) 779-2595 or e-mail Bernice Tukes at Bernice.Tukes@bcsdk12.net.

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