Education Notebook: Bibb BOE approves class size waivers

March 3, 2013 

In light of continuing financial limitations in the Bibb County school system, school board members Thursday approved a class size waiver for the upcoming school year.

The Georgia Department of Education has allowed local school systems to increase class sizes beyond what’s listed in state rules in recent years to help school systems cope with shrinking budgets.

The 2013-2014 maximum class sizes under the waivers in regular education classes are: up to 28 students in kindergarten; up to 28 students in first through third grades; up to 33 students in fourth through eighth grades; and up to 35 students in high school classes.

The class size waivers also affect students in other types of programs.

Gifted classes may have up to 27 students in elementary school and 28 in middle and high schools. Career, technical and agriculture education courses may have up to 33 students. Early intervention program and special education classes may increase by one to five students, and remedial education program classes may have up to 23 students.

Houston students win social studies awards

Two Houston County students won first-place awards at the Southwest Georgia Regional Social Studies Fair at the Columbus Museum on Feb. 23.

Sydney Dawsey and Kyle Bennett, both students at Eagle Springs Elementary School, will go on to compete in the state social studies fair March 23 at Clayton State University. Sydney won with a project titled “Should Women Be Drafted,” and Kyle won with “The Effects of WWII on Great Britain.”

Mossy Creek FBLA wins regional leadership awards

Mossy Creek Middle School’s Future Business Leaders of America received 23 top-five ribbons during the regional leadership conference in February. First- through fifth-place winners received ribbons during business and computer skills competitions, and 29 Mossy Creek students competed.

Peach High hosts ‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day’

Peach County High School recently hosted “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.” Engineer Bisceglia Berry visited the engineering concepts and applications classes at the school to share her experiences as a female engineer at Blue Bird Corp. The goal is to mentor young girls and introduce them to professions in engineering, according to a news release.

Students advance at regional science and engineering fair

The Houston Regional Science and Engineering Fair was held in February with more than 750 projects submitted by secondary students from Houston and Peach county schools, home schools and Sacred Heart School, according to a news release from Houston County schools.

Forty-four students won first place and qualified to compete at the state competition in March at the University of Georgia. In addition, four students won individual grand prizes and qualified for the international competition in Phoenix in May, according to the news release.

The grand champion winners are Ben Gibbs, of Bonaire Middle School; Morgan Carr, of Feagin Mill Middle School; Navin Buxani, of Houston County High School; and Namrata Buxani, of Houston County High School.

Bibb high schools named AP Honor schools

Four of Bibb County’s high schools recently were named Advanced Placement Honor Schools.

High school students across the country have the opportunity to take college-level Advanced Placement courses. Afterward, students can take an exam, and those who score a 3 or higher out of a possible 5 are eligible to receive college credit.

The Georgia Department of Education named Central, Howard and Westside high schools AP STEM Schools, where students take at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses, according to a district newsletter.

Northeast High School was named an AP Challenge School. To qualify for that title, a school must have 900 or fewer students and have students testing in English, math, science and social studies.

As a whole, Georgia seniors who took AP exams in 2012 were ranked 12th in the nation among students in other states who received passing scores on their exams. The year before, Georgia students were 13th by the same measure.

Compiled by Telegraph staff Jenna Mink and Andrea Castillo.

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