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Student Council Sponsors an Additional Bullying Awareness Week

October at Westside High was designated as Bullying Awareness Month, and the Student Council has decided to sponsor an additional Bullying Awareness Week Nov. 15-19.

The Student Council wanted to continue to work with the student body to understand bullying and to help their fellow students find better ways of dealing with situations involving bullying.

In October, advisement classes have worked on anti-bullying slogans, studied the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) bullying information, and have had guest speakers to lead discussions.

Throughout Bullying Awareness Week, there will be daily Public Service Announcements by Student Council members.

During advisement classes, Assistant Principals, Counselors, Campus Police Officers and other guests will lead discussions with students about bullying, and students will be able to sign a “No Bullying” pledge.

Bibb County Teacher of the Year Named

On Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, the Bibb County School District named its Teacher of the Year at a ceremony held in the Central High School Sidney Lanier Performing Arts Center.In front of a crowd of more than 400 teachers, principals, family and community members, Northeast High School English/Language Arts Teacher Jadun McCarthy was named the 2011 Bibb County Teacher of the Year.McCarthy's application will be submitted to the Georgia Department of Education for the Georgia Teacher of the Year Program.
 
A product of the Bibb County School District, McCarthy initially was going to pursue a career in law. The night of his graduation from the University of Georgia School of Law, he realized that, instead of working in a system that locks up people, he would rather follow in the footsteps of the people that provided him the tools to be successful: his teachers.
 

Bibb County Schools Celebrate Veterans Day

Alexander II Magnet

Beginning at 9:30 a.m., Alexander II will hold its annual Veterans Day Recognition Program, and students have been encouraged to invite a Veteran to attend. The Rutland High School JROTC will present the colors, the Rutland High School Band will play each branch’s theme song while students display banners thanking them for their service, and the Alexander II Chorus will sing several selections. This year’s featured speaker will be Major Zena Crump from Robins Air Force Base.

 

Schools Engage Students to Curb Bullying

Alexander II Magnet
More than 160 fourth and fifth grade students participated in a program called The Bully Proof Kit, which teaches students: five forms of bullying, five ways to stop a bully, and when and how to report bullying at school and home. Students took pre-assessments and post-assessments and watched videos, leading them to discuss and roleplay the activities. Some students are now writing and producing their own anti-bullying video based on what they learned.

“Adopting a zero-tolerance bullying program can help students feel safer and less intimidated when reporting bullying,” says Counselor Lynda Singleton. “Students who are relaxed can focus more energy on learning and participating in school rather than worrying about being afraid at school.”

Schools Celebrate & Recognize Veterans Day

Alexander II Magnet
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., Alexander II will hold its annual Veterans Day Recognition Program, and students have been encouraged to invite a veteran to attend. The Rutland High School JROTC will present the colors, the Rutland High School Band will play each branch’s theme song while students display banners thanking them for their service, and the Alexander II Chorus will sing several selections. This year’s featured speaker will be Major Zena Crump from Robins Air Force Base.

State Board of Education Member Wanda Barrs to Hold Public Hearing

Are you interested in learning more about public education in Georgia?  Do you have suggestions that may help Georgia lead the nation in improving student achievement?  If so, you may want to take advantage of this opportunity to speak directly to the State Board of Education Member Wanda Barrs representing your area – the Eighth Congressional District.
 
Mrs. Barrs welcomes you to an open public hearing scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 16, 2010. The meeting will be held from 7–8 p.m. at Howard High School, 6400 Forsyth Road, Macon, Ga.

Ingram-Pye Elementary Facility Recognized

The new Ingram-Pye Elementary School has been selected as a Building of America Award project and will be a featured Gold Medal Winner on the organization’s website. The school was submitted by Parrish Construction Group, Inc. and was selected as a winner from hundreds of nominated projects. The feature may be found at: http://tinyurl.com/ingrampyefeature.

Ingram-Pye Elementary was part of the 2005 Capital Improvement Program and included the reconstruction of 30 classrooms and more than 50,000 square feet of building. Students have been provided natural light in the classroom, an interior courtyard, a science and art classroom, a literacy resource room, and access to the latest in educational technology. Faculty and staff now have access to a professional learning center, and parents have the ease of separate bus and car drop-off areas.