Education Notebook: Bibb magnet schools taking applications

October 28, 2013 

Applications for most magnet schools and programs in the Bibb County school system will be accepted through Nov. 15.

Magnet schools and programs include the Alexander II Math & Science Magnet School, Burdell-Hunt Communications Magnet School, Vineville Fine Arts Academy, Miller Magnet Middle School, Central High School’s IB and fine arts programs, Hutchings Career Center, Northeast Health Science Magnet, Southwest Law Academy and Westside Pre-Engineering Magnet.

The only exceptions to the November deadline are Central High School’s programs, which will have applications available Jan. 6 and due by Jan. 31, and Hutchings Career Center, where applications are available and will be accepted as long as slots are available.

Some programs have already had open houses; others include: Northeast Health Science Magnet, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 28; Westside Pre-Engineering Magnet, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 12; and Central High School, 10 a.m. Jan. 11.

Applications for elementary school magnet programs were sent home with all K-4 students, and applications for Miller Magnet Middle School were sent home with every fifth-grade student.

Applications may also be picked up at each of the schools.

New Bibb charter school taking applications

The Academy for Classical Education, founded by former Bibb educators Laura Perkins and Esterine Stokes, is accepting online applications at for students from kindergarten to eighth grade.

The first of three pre-admission forums will be Sat. Nov. 9 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at City Council Chambers at Macon City Hall.

The first Teacher Recruitment Fair will be held at the Religious Life Center at Mercer University Nov. 16.

Applicants should bring a resume and attend sessions hosted by Mercer’s Tift College of Education at 10 a.m. or noon.

FPD opens cross-country trail dedicated to Peakes

First Presbyterian Day School dedicated the George Peake and Ann Peake Cross Country trail along with activities on Oct. 19.

Headmaster Gregg Thompson, former cross-country coach Joe McDaniel, current girls cross country coach April Cassell and Allen Peake all spoke at the event. A letter was also read from Athletic Director Greg Moore.

The Peakes played critical roles in the founding of the school. Naming the trail after them honors their commitment, the school said in a release.

The inaugural Day School Dash was held before the dedication as well. FPD alumni, families and friends all gathered to participate in the morning festivities, which included a 5K and 1-mile run and pancake breakfast.

Virginia College offering new computer classes

Virginia College in Macon is launching a Network Technician program that will start in January. Enrollment is already open.

The program is designed to teach students how to operate, install, configure, troubleshoot, upgrade and maintain personal computers and computer networks as well as basic network security.

This program will help prepare the students for the CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ certifications, in addition to the Microsoft Office Specialist certification. The program can be completed in nine months.

Midstate students win state fire awards

Students from Middle Georgia are scheduled to be honored Monday by Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens for the fire safety poster and essay contests.

Those winners included first-place fire safety essay winners John Burkhalter II of Dodge County Middle School for the sixth-grade contest, and Michael D. Brown of the Monroe County Achievement Center for the 10th-grade contest; second-place winners of the fire safety essay Vennela Sai of Feagin Mill Middle School in Warner Robins for the sixth-grade award and George Harrison of Feagin Mill Middle School for the eighth-grade award; third-place winners for the fire safety poster contest Haven Lee of Putnam County Elementary School for the fourth grade and Shelby Biggar of Putnam County Elementary School for the fifth grade; and third-place fire safety essay contest winners Connor Evans of Dodge County Middle School for the sixth grade and Landon Bryant of the Monroe County Achievement Center for the ninth grade.

Literacy project draws praise from Gov. Deal

Come Read with Georgia, a monthlong literacy project of the Georgia Reading Association, was recognized by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Thursday.

Martha Lee Child, assistant professor in Mercer University’s Tift College of Education, was among those who drew recognition. She is the chair of the GRA’s Community Projects Committee. Other Tift College professors on hand to receive recognition from the governor included Karen Davis, Michelle Vaughn and Barbara McWethy, who serve on the committee.

Come Read with Georgia is aimed at increasing literacy, citizenship and pride in the state of Georgia.

The project’s vision is to inspire educators, parents, librarians, historians, environmentalists and all Georgians to select and share quality children’s books celebrating Georgia’s greatness with Georgia’s future leaders.

Writers Liz Fabian, Mike Stucka and Oby Brown contributed to this report.

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