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Elementary Schools Host BETA Club Inductions

Elementary Schools Host BETA Club Inductions

Carter Elementary inducted 24 fifth grade students into the Junior BETA Club last month. The Junior BETA Club promotes character, develops leadership skills, encourages service involvement, and recognizes academic achievement.

Thirty Lane Elementary School fifth-graders were inducted into the Junior BETA Club on Thursday October 24. Pictured with the students are teacher sponsors Valerie Driskell, John Banks, Julie Ross, and Principal Lynn Stephens. Keith Moffett, Assistant to the Chief Administrative Officer in the mayor's office, was the guest speaker.

Hartley Elementary School inducted eight students into the Junior BETA Club on Friday, October 25.

Hartley’s Junior BETA Club has almost doubled in members in its second year, and faculty members plan to increase membership in the following years. Hartley’s Junior BETA Club is sponsored by school librarian and media specialist, Latricia Riggins.

Tomaia Glover of Bernd is Stevi B's Student of Month

Tomaia Glover of Bernd is Stevi B's Student of Month

Bernd Elementary School student Tomaia Glover was named Stevi B's Student of the Month. She received a coupon for to enjoy a free buffet at Stevi B's along with a free T-shirt and a hat. Stevi B's is one of Bernd's partners in education.

Jones Elementary Hosts Annual Neighborhood Fall Festival

Jones Elementary Hosts Annual Neighborhood Fall Festival

Jones Elementary School held its annual neighborhood Common Core fall festival, JonesFest, on Tuesday, October 22. The event was a Title I parental involvement activity.

JonesFest featured instructional game booths and activities to promote learning at school and home, a performance by the school chorus, and a kickoff for multiple character celebrations with community representatives. Student Council members and BETA Club members also participated in the event, as did members of Mercer University's men's basketball team, who gave away tickets to a home game.

Drivers Compete in Bus Roadeo During Fall Break

Drivers Compete in Bus Roadeo During Fall Break

The Bibb County School District's Transportation Department hosted a School Bus Roadeo on Tuesday, October 8, at Henderson Stadium in Macon.

Bus drivers went through a full obstacle course, which included such tests as parallel parking, reversing through cones, keeping it between the lines of tennis balls.

The winner, Tommy Sams, and second place driver, Melissa Deshazer, will advance to the state competition.

Rutland High FFA Competes at FFA Region Rally

Rutland High FFA Competes at FFA Region Rally

The Rutland High School FFA chapter attended the FFA Region Rally on Saturday, September 14. The rally was held at Camp John Hope in Fort Valley. The students had the opportunity to participate in several activities such as general sessions, competitive events and leadership training.

The Rutland High School FFA also represented well in the following competitive events:

Chris McCarter - 2nd place, Horticulture ID;

Alec Lewis - 1st Place, Individual Tractor Pull;

Alec Lewis, Jared Reid, Mason Anderson, and Zack Stewart - 2nd Place, Tractor Pull;

Mason Anderson, Justin Martin, Chris McCarter, Jared Reid, and Alec Lewis - 1st Place, Sling Shot Challenge; and

Mason Anderson, Justin Martin, Shelby Harvard, Jared Reid, and Zack Stewart - 3rd Place, Obstacle Course.

Rutland High Teacher to Serve on State Superintendent’s Advisory Council

Rutland High Teacher to Serve on State Superintendent’s Advisory Council

Ana Hernandez, a Spanish teacher at Rutland High School, has been selected to serve on State Superintendent Dr. John Barge’s Teacher Advisory Council. The council consists of selected teachers who debate how the decisions made at the state level affect Georgia teachers.

Ms. Hernandez studied in New York at Brooklyn College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and Hunter’s College, where she earned a master's degree in social work. After moving to Georgia, she attended Fort Valley State University, where she obtained a master's degree in school counseling. Ms. Hernandez has taught her entire career at Rutland High, which totals six years.

She said she loves teaching because she believes it gives her a direct hand in sculpting the future.

“These children are our future and I love to teach knowing that I get to play a part in creating the future,” she said.

School Nutrition Program Wins USDA Awards

School Nutrition Program Wins USDA Awards

The Bibb County School Nutrition Program has been recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its efforts to incorporate healthier foods into school meals and for increasing participation in school lunch.

The School Nutrition Program was presented with USDA 2013 Best Practice Awards for Increasing Fruit and Vegetable Consumption and Increasing Participation in School Lunch in the Secondary Schools during the Georgia School Nutrition Association (GSNA) National School Lunch Week 2013 Kick-off Luncheon on Thursday, September 26. The School Nutrition Program also received 2013 Georgia Best Practices Award Recognition for both categories at the luncheon.