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Afterschool Programs Receive Grant Funding

Afterschool Programs Receive Grant Funding

The District's Department of Afterschool Programs announced that three elementary schools were awarded new funding through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant, while six elementary schools received notice of continued funding.

The three schools receiving new awards are Hartley, which has been awarded $144,228 a year for three years; Ingram-Pye, which has been awarded $174,225 a year for three years; and Riley, which has been awarded $144, 228 a year for three years. Hartley and Riley will use the funds to offer afterschool programs four days a week, while Ingram-Pye will offer programs five days a week.

The six schools receiving a third year of grant funding are Brookdale, Heritage, Jones, Morgan, Skyview, and Williams Elementary Schools. An awarded amount of $350,000 per year has been split among the schools, which run afterschool programs 12-15 hours a week.

District Receives Federal GEAR UP Grant

District Receives Federal GEAR UP Grant

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Romain Dallemand announced that the District has been awarded a federal GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) Grant. For the first budget period, the District has been awarded $2,872,058. When the District makes progress toward the performance measures established in the grant, it will be eligible to receive funds for the additional years, totaling $19,094,342.

The District's GEAR UP project, called Create Your Future, is designed to serve a cohort of 3,600 students beginning with sixth- and seventh-graders enrolled in the District's middle schools. Through the provision of the grant, the cohort of students will be followed for seven years.

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Teachers of the Year Recognized; Top 5 Finalists Named

Teachers of the Year Recognized; Top 5 Finalists Named

The Board of Education and Education First recognized the 2011-2012 Teachers of the Year at the October Board meeting. Each teacher received a personalized nametag designating them as their school’s Teacher of the Year.

After a review of the applications by a committee of principals, teachers and District administrators, the Top 5 Finalists were selected for Bibb County Teacher of the Year.

This year’s finalists are Thiago Rodrigues Aleixo from Elam Alexander - Burke Campus; Paul Allen from Southwest High School; Deborah H. Braswell from Miller Magnet Middle School; Tomika Y. Jones from Bruce Elementary School; and Lisa D. Thompson from Rutland High School.

The 2012 Teacher of the Year will be named at the annual ceremony at the Anderson Conference Center at Goodwill on November 14, 2011, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Contact your school for ticket information.

Students Learn Computer Animation at Northeast High

Students Learn Computer Animation at Northeast High

 

Jacquelyn Bowman's Beginning Program students at Northeast High School rolled out the red carpet Tuesday, September 27, for 34 elementary students from the REACH Center at Burdell-Hunt Magnet School, which includes students from Burdell-Hunt, Jones, King-Danforth and Bernd Elementary Schools.

The elementary students who visited Northeast received one-on-one training from high school students as they learned about computer animation programming. They also were greeted by special guests such as the school's principal, Dr. Quintin Green, and Mercer University Computer Science professor Laurie White, and treated to refreshments.

Tonya Coons, a teacher of the gifted, said the experience was meant to inspire elementary students to continue exploring 21st century technology in middle and high school.

Slippers Found at Gas Station

Slippers Found at Gas Station

Leah Johnson spotted these slippers hanging out at the gas station last night.

Are they yours?