Education notebook: Bibb County seeking feedback on new superintendent search

December 22, 2013 

The Bibb County school district has scheduled a community forum and listening session for Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 6 p.m. at Central High School, located at 2155 Napier Ave. School board members and representatives from the Georgia School Boards Association want to hear from community members about what they are looking for in Bibb County’s next superintendent. For more information, call (478) 765-8711.

Shirley Hills Elementary snags donation for robotics

Shirley Hills Elementary School received a special holiday gifted Friday. The school received a $1,000 donation from Lockheed Martin after a fifth-grade class wrote a letter requesting the money to start a robotics club.

Lockheed presented the gift during the school’s Holiday Extravaganza, according to a news release.

Houston teachers elected to state art association

Perry High School art teacher Cathy Heller has been elected to serve as president of the Georgia Art Education Association.

Her term will begin in January. She has chosen Sara Bilcik, Warner Robins High School’s art teacher, as the secretary, meaning two of the association’s executive board officers will be Houston County art teachers.

Additionally, David Perdue Elementary School art teacher Mary May recently was honored by the Georgia Art Education Association with the Youth Art Month Award of Excellence. May has spent many hours mounting and labeling artwork photos for contests, installing exhibits, arranging art shows at locations, compiled Youth Art Month scrapbooks and encouraged students to submit their work to community projects.

Central Georgia Tech student receives highest honor

Gordon R. Martin, a networking specialist student at Central Georgia Technical College, has been named the winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership at the technical college. The award is the highest honor a student can receive within the Technical College System of Georgia. He will now move on to the region and state competitions, according to a news release.

Veterans High FFA member receives national recognition

Nicole Holden, a member of the Veterans High School Future Farmers of America chapter, recently was awarded the American FFA Degree at the 2013 National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Ky. Each year, the National FFA honors members who show the utmost dedication to the organization, according to a news release.

To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and invested $7,500 through a program in which they start, own or hold a professional position in an existing agricultural enterprise. Recipients also must complete 50 hours of community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement. This year, 3,578 members across the nation received the American degree, according to the news release.

Fort Valley Middle student wins science fair

Fort Valley Middle School student Patrick Livatt recently won first place in the Community Applied Research Experience Science Fair at the Hunt Educational and Research Center. His project was about tsunamis, according to a news release.

Mount de Sales candlelight program

Mount de Sales Academy celebrated the Advent season by hosting its annual Candlelight Carol Program on Dec. 6 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. The altar was decorated with poinsettias in honor and in memory of loved ones. Senior students read the Christmas story from the Gospels, and the MDS Chorale sang traditional Christmas carols.

The congregation joined in singing “Silent Night” as lights were extinguished and individual candles illuminated the church. MDS President David Held presented the Christmas message.

The program closed with a blessing by St. Joseph’s pastor, the Rev. Allan J. McDonald.

Telegraph writers Jenna Mink and Oby Brown compiled this report.

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