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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.

Howard High Celebrates AP Success

Howard High Celebrates AP Success

Howard High School students who received qualifying scores on math, science, and English Advanced Placement exams in spring 2013 received checks rewarding their success during an Awards Celebration on Tuesday, October 1.

"This award recognition program is about you. We want you to know how proud we are of your hard work - it's what has gotten you to this point," said Howard High School Principal Matt Adams.

Howard High School received a three-year National Math and Science Initiative (NMS) grant in spring 2011. It was part of First Lady Michelle Obama's Initiative for Military Families, and Howard High was the only school in Georgia to receive the grant at the time. The initiative's mission is to provide consistent, high-level math and science education in high schools serving military bases in the United States. The program brings college-level math, science, and English courses to students through Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum.

Macon Named Finalist for Friendliest Town in America

Macon Named Finalist for Friendliest Town in America

The Finalists for Rand McNally’s Best of the Road contest were announced Thursday, and Macon finished in the Top Five for Friendliest City in America. Macon made it to the top five because of votes cast online after a social media push from the City and many local organizations and individuals.

“Once again, our community used social media to let the country know what a great place Macon is to live, work, and play,” says Macon Mayor Robert Reichert. “First, they showed support for improving the Second Street Corridor by winning the Paint What Matters contest and have now let the country know what great people live here. This speaks volumes for the type of community we are in Macon: friendly, active, and supportive.”

Miller Student Writes to President About Violence in Today's Society

Miller Student Writes to President About Violence in Today's Society

Amaiya Gary, currently a sixth-grader at Miller Middle School, wrote to President Barrack Obama over the summer. In her letter, she voiced her beliefs about the violence in today’s society.

When asked on her thoughts of violence, Amaiya stated that in her opinion, everyone owning a gun should be required to have a license. She was motivated to speak out by the terror in the local news.

“I wanted to write the president because I see people being killed on the news every day,” she said.

Eager to make a change, 11-year-old Amaiya reached out to the president and on August 12, 2013, she received a letter in response. President Obama gave his support and admiration along with additional autographed photos of both himself and his dog.

Amaiya said his response made her happy and excited that he wanted to help stop violence just as she does.

- Emily Brunner, Bibb County School District Intern

Beer Review: Samuel Adams Imperial White

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Northeast Teacher Named 'AgriScience Ambassador'

Northeast Teacher Named 'AgriScience Ambassador'

Lula Curry Williams, an agriscience teacher at Northeast High School, successfully completed the 11th annual DuPont National AgriScience Teachers Ambassador Academy (NATAA) at the company’s Chesapeake Farms in Chestertown, Md., this summer. Upon receiving the certificate of completion, Ms. Curry Williams became an “Ag Ambassador,” joining the 228 other outstanding teachers who, over the past decade, have attended NATAA and earned that designation.