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Mercer Bears pep up Hubbard Elementary

Mercer Bears pep up Hubbard Elementary

On Friday, April 25, five Mercer Bears' basketball players visited Hubbard Elementary. During the pep rally, the students cheered about ways to get ready for the CRCT. The students were reminded to go to bed early and eat a good breakfast to be prepared for testing.

The Mercer Bears impressed students with their basketball skills and told students what areas they have chosen as their majors. The Hubbard Tigers greatly appreciate the time that the Mercer Men's Basketball team spent with us.
--Courtesy of Misti Sikes

Elementary Schools Finding Creative Ways to Encourage Positive Behavior

Elementary Schools Finding Creative Ways to Encourage Positive Behavior

Bibb County elementary schools not only provide a curriculum-based education, but also set the foundation for life skills such as conduct. Throughout the District, faculty and staff have found unique ways to continue encouraging good student behavior with positive reinforcement, such as class parties and activities.

Heritage Elementary established a club program that is available to all of the school's third-, fourth- and fifth-graders. The club program gives upper grade students the opportunity to participate in an activity of their choosing every other Friday for 45 minutes. Heritage has a total of 16 clubs that students can choose from. The clubs the students can choose from include art, flag football, cooking, jewelry making, cheerleading, karaoke and a Wii club. The students must maintain their good behavior by getting no more than two points during a two-week period to attend clubs.

Faculty Members Complete GLISI Leadership Program

Faculty Members Complete GLISI Leadership Program

Select leaders and aspiring leaders from Bibb County participated in a leadership development program sponsored by the Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement, also known as GLISI.

GLISI helps districts to find, grow and keep great leaders, who in turn grow and keep great teachers, in schools and in the district. GLISI's leadership development programs are designed to support a leader’s growth at all points along the leadership career continuum. The programs are performance-based. GLISI believes that the ability to think, write and talk about leadership is important; however, being able to put leadership skills into practice to achieve measurable results is more important.

The following faculty and staff are members of Cohort 42 for GLISI. The team attended training January 13-15 and February 24-26, 2014.

Dr. Sharon Campbell

Dr. Julia Daniely

Jarvis Denmark

Sydney Elkin

Sharon Ferrel

Janice Flowers

Mercer Football hosting summer camps for youth

Mercer Football hosting summer camps for youth

Mercer Football hosts summer camp sessions for youth, middle school and high school.

Check details and other sports summer camp session availability.

Talented Young Authors Recognized

Talented Young Authors Recognized

Talented young authors were recognized for earning first place at the District level of the Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition. This competition is an annual contest sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education that encourages students to develop their writing skills while celebrating the successful work 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. Winning entries were:

- McKenzie Foshee, third grade, Skyview Elementary, “What Animal Would I Be?”

- Aliayah Simmons, fourth grade, Ingram-Pye Elementary, “Detective Preacher and the Case of the Missing Rings”

- Christian Lee, fifth grade, Springdale Elementary, “The Day I Met Lincoln”

- Elizabeth Rodenroth, sixth grade, Howard Middle, “The Legend of Sonjay”

- Caleb Smith, seventh grade, Howard Middle, “Joutatsu (Advance)”

Students Represent District in Science Competitions

Students Represent District in Science Competitions

In the past few months, District students have represented Bibb County in science fair competitions at the regional and state levels. The science fair is an important science competition that helps students see and experience the processes used to explore questions and find answers to problems. Preparing for these competitions reinforces educational standards that teach scientific literacy and the habits that come from the scientific method.

The following students took top honors at the 2014 Georgia College Regional Science and Engineering Fair, which was held January 31 and February 1 at Georgia College & State University. Many of these students advanced to compete in the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair in Athens on March 27-29.

- From Alexander II Math and Science Magnet School: Alex Suk, first place; and Cooper Massey, first place.

National History Day State Competition Winners Honored

National History Day State Competition Winners Honored

National History Day is an academic competition in which students conduct extensive research on a historical topic of their choice based on the year’s theme. Through their research, students must compile analysis and conclusions about the historical significance of the event they have chosen into one of five categories: papers, websites, exhibits, performances, and documentaries. Students compete in National History Day on local, state, and national levels.

The following students placed at the regional National History Day competition at Fort Valley State University on February 22. They will advance to the state competition at Mercer University on April 26.


Historical Paper:

- Virginia McArthur, Miller Magnet Middle School, first place junior level

- Jordan Lee, Howard Middle School, second place junior level

- Charles Jackson, Miller Magnet Middle School, third place junior level