Interim Bibb County School Superintendent Steve Smith has been elected to the PAGE Foundation Board of Trustees for a three-year term. The foundation was launched by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators.
In a statement, PAGE Foundation President John Varner said, Steve is one of Georgias most respected school superintendents and someone we see as a transformational leader who recognizes the need and urgency for change in public education and who has the knowledge and skills to make this happen.
The foundation works in part to develop new qualified, professional and ethical teachers. It also works with student competitions, such as the PAGE Georgia Academic Bowl for Middle Grades.
Hernandez picked as state adviser
Ana Hernandez, a Spanish teacher at Rutland High School, was picked to serve on the State Teacher Advisory Council of School Superintendent John Barge. Shes expected at meetings in October and May.
The advisory group discusses issues, then advises Barge in making decisions.
National Merit Scholarship Corp. has announced its semifinalists for the 50th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program.
Among them were a number of Macon students: Kelton D. Ellis of Central High School, Jeremiah J. Smith of Howard High School, and Naa Adorkor Allotey and Alexander D. Sands of Mount de Sales Academy.
They are among about 1,600 semifinalists vying for about 800 scholarships. More than 160,000 students asked for consideration when they took the Preliminary SAT.
Sweat named McDuffie Center award winner
The first Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Award was presented Sept. 24 to John Sweat, orchestra director and chairman of the Fine Arts Department at Howard High School in Macon. The award was presented to Sweat before the first Fabian Series concert of the season.
Center founder Robert McDuffie and Director Amy Schwartz Moretti felt strongly that Sweat should be the first recipient of this honor.
This is a very special award for a very special person. We want to honor a community arts leader. John is someone who has tirelessly worked to bring music to our young people, doing this without any need for praise or recognition. How nice to be able to honor someone so deserving, Moretti said.
The Robert McDuffie Center Award is funded by a private donor and will be given each year to an individual who has exhibited a strong dedication to and support for the arts.
Sweat has taught at Howard for five years.
Prior to that, Sweat served in the same capacity at Westside High School.
Students earn Pope Fellowships
The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving at Southwestern State University recently honored its new Pope Fellowship awardees.
They included William Ellerbee, a biology and pre-medicine major from Thomaston, and Miriam Rodriquez, a nursing major from Perry.
The fellowships and scholarships help the students stay in school and continue in their careers to improve others.
This will be an exciting year for these students as they learn about caregivers in general, the need to support and sustain the family caregiver in their valuable role, and about evidence-based support programs for caregivers, said Leisa Easom, director of the Rosalynn Carter Center.
Bibb County school food honored
Bibb County schools have received the U.S. Department of Agricultures Best Practice Awards for increasing fruit and vegetable consumption and increasing participation in school lunch in the secondary schools. The awards were given in the large school food authority category.
As an award recipient, youve set yourself apart as an example for others to follow, wrote Nancy Rice, director of the states school nutrition division.
The awards were presented Sept. 26 in Macon.
Tolleson to read to Kings Chapel students
State Sen. Ross Tolleson, R-Perry, will visit Kings Chapel Elementary School Tuesday to read a favorite childrens book as part of Georgias Pre-K Week. Nearly 150 state, community and business leaders are participating in Pre-K Week from Monday through this Friday, according to a news release.
Common Core town hall
State Reps. Nikki Randall and James Beverly, both Democrats from Macon, are planning a town hall meeting on the Common Core school curriculum. The event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Monday at Central High School.
State School Superintendent John Barge and interim Bibb County School Superintendent Steve Smith are expected, along with representatives from the Georgia Association of Educators.
Central High concert Tuesday
Central High Schools orchestra will begin a back-to-school concert Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the schools auditorium. The school is located at 2155 Napier Ave. in Macon. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.
Writers Oby Brown, Mike Stucka and Jenna Mink contributed to this report.