Education Notebook: Houston kindergarten, pre-K registration coming in March

Registration for pre-K and kindergarten for the 2011-12 school year will take place March 7-18 in Houston County.

Only parents and legal guardians will be able to register students Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the zoned school, according to a news release from the school system.

Incoming pre-K students must be 4 years old by Sept. 1, and kindergarteners must be 5 years old by the same date to register. Houston County will choose pre-K students through a lottery drawing, and parents will receive notification in the mail of acceptance status.

Current pre-K students will not need to register for kindergarten unless they are attending an out-of-zone school. Out-of-zone pre-K students are required to register for kindergarten at their zoned school.

To register, parents or legal guardians must provide:

— A copy of official birth certificate

— Social Security card or waiver

— Guardianship or custody orders (if child does not live with natural parents)

— Proof of residency such as utility bill, lease agreement, signed home contract. A cell phone bill is not acceptable.

— Registration in current school zone

— Ear, Eye and Dental Screening -- Georgia Form 3300 (required for Pre-K program upon acceptance)

— Certificate of Immunization -- Georgia Form 3231 (required for Pre-K program upon acceptance).

Those registering for pre-K must also have proof of eligibility for any government assistance and are expected to participate in workshops and monthly parent activities.

Parents can determine their school zones by visiting

For more information about registration, contact the zone school or call Ron Wilson or Stephanie Dixon at (478) 988-6330, extension 10330.

Bibb winter graduation rescheduled

Bibb County’s winter graduation will take place Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Central High School auditorium, pushed back more than two weeks because of the recent ice storm.

Almost 50 students from Bibb County will participate in the event, according to the district. Rutland High senior Eunice Waters and Assistant Superintendent Mack Bullard will speak at the graduation ceremony.

Dallemand investiture set for Jan. 31 at Central High

Bibb County school system officials confirmed Friday that an investiture for incoming Superintendant Romain Dallemand will take place Jan. 31 at Central High School, beginning at 6 p.m.

The school system has invited students, parents, faculty, staff and community leaders to attend the event. The program will include a welcome from the community, Dallemand’s oath of office and remarks.

Officials said during Thursday’s school board meeting that a sponsor has been found for the event and no public money will be used.

Actress to speak at FVSU

Vivica A. Fox, best know for her roles in movies such as “Independence Day” and “Kill Bill: Vol. 1,” will be the keynote speaker during Fort Valley State University’s freshman convocation 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The free event will be held in the C.W. Pettigrew Center auditorium.

Family engagement conference Saturday

The Bibb County school district’s Title I Office will host its Winter Family Engagement Conference on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Central High School.

The event includes educational sessions that will cover topics such as Title I, the state curriculum, the Code of Conduct, study routines, testing, school safety, education for students with special needs, migrant education and community involvement.

Representatives from colleges in several states will also talk about how to pay for and prepare for higher education.

The event’s keynote speaker will be Heather Schultz, a nationally renowned expert on youth issues.

Childcare for younger children and sessions for middle and high school students will be available at the conference.

Brewton-Parker president resigns after four years

Brewton-Parker College President David R. Smith resigned Thursday. He led the four-year Christian college in Mount Vernon for 13 years, a time in which the college added services, renewed accreditation and improved its financial footing.

“It is a legacy for which anyone can be proud,” Smith told trustees as he announced he was leaving to lead a master’s degree program at Dallas Baptist University.

College trustees are developing plans for a presidential search.

Manufacturing art welcomed

Middle Georgia Technical College in inviting elementary, middle and high school students to participate in the 15th annual Manufacturing Appreciation Week student design competition.

Artwork should be submitted depicting the importance of manufacturing. Winners receive cash prizes and attend a luncheon in Atlanta with the governor.

The deadline to enter is Feb. 11. All entries should be submitted to Middle Georgia Technical College, attention Janet Kelly, director of marketing and public relations, 80 Cohen Walker Drive, Warner Robins, GA 31088. For more information about the contest, visit

Houston scoliosis checks coming for 6th-, 8th-graders

Houston County’s sixth- and eighth-graders are eligible for free scoliosis screenings.

Students should wear undergarments and single layers of comfortable clothing, such as a T-shirt, during the screening. Notification will be sent to parents only if a child does not pass the screening, according to a school news release.

The screening schedule is as follows:

Tuesday: Perry Middle, 8-10 a.m.; Huntington Middle/Crossroads, 1-2:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Warner Robins Middle, 8-10 a.m.; Mossy Creek Middle, 1-2:30 p.m.

Thursday: Feagin Mill Middle, 8-10 a.m.; Northside Middle, 1-2:30 p.m.

Feb. 1: Bonaire Middle, 8-10 a.m.; Thomson Middle 1-2:30 p.m.

The school system is offering the screenings in cooperation with the Houston County Health Department. For more information, contact Kathryn Shiplett at (478) 929-7767, extension 0, or e-mail

Martin Luther King Jr. lecture set for Tuesday at FVSU

Historian, author and professor Lewis Baldwin will speak at Fort Valley State University Tuesday as part of the John W. Davison Lecture Series.

Baldwin will deliver a lecture called “Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. in the Age of Obama” at the Pettigrew Center at 6 p.m.

For more information, call (478) 825-6959.

The lecture series will also bring TV personality, physician and author Ian K. Smith to campus March 9, and news anchor and radio personality Jacque Reid on March 23.

Compiled by Telegraph staff writers Andrea Castillo, Jennifer Burk, Ryan Gilchrest, Phillip Ramati and Mike Stucka.