The Bibb County school system celebrated its dedication of the Riago Joseph Martin Media Center at Ballard-Hudson on Feb. 19.
In 1972, Martin became one of the first elected black members of the Bibb County school board and served on the board for 12 years.
He attended St. Peter Claver Elementary School, Emerson Normal Institute, Talladega College, Fisk University, Columbia University and the University of Oklahoma. He received honorary doctor of human letter degrees from Morris Brown College and Allen University.
He was recruited to Bibb County as the principal of Ballard High School and was later named as the principal of Ballard-Hudson High
School, where he served as its only principal from 1949-1970.
GRANT WILL HELP HOUSTON COUNTY STUDENTS
Raytheon Co. has funded a $37,000 grant to help teach engineering concepts and practices to elementary school students in Houston County. The grant supports implementation of the Engineering is Elementary curriculum, developed at the Museum of Science, Boston, through its National Center for Technological Literacy, by providing materials and professional development for teachers.
BIBB SCHOOLS NAMED AP HONOR SCHOOLS
Howard, Northeast, Rutland and Westside high schools have been named 2015 AP Honor Schools.
“I am very proud to hear of this recognition for our schools. We continue to promote opportunities for our students to take advantage of more rigorous content, which prepares them to be college- and career-ready,” interim Superintendent Dr. Kelley Castlin-Gacutan said in a release.
AP classes and exams are administered by the College Board, which also administers the SAT. The courses offer rigorous college-level learning options to students in high school. Students who receive a 3, 4 or 5 on AP exams may receive college credit.
The AP Honor Schools are named in six categories, based on the results of 2014 AP classes and exams.
VERENE AT MERCER FOR FOR LECTURE
The Thomas C. and Ramona E. McDonald Center for America’s Founding Principles at Mercer University will welcome Emory University’s Donald Phillip Verene for a lecture, titled “A Renaissance Statesman, the Muses, and Philosophy,” on Wednesday.
The event is free and open to the public and will take place at 6 p.m. in Room 110 of the Science and Engineering Building on the Macon campus.
Verene is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Metaphysics and Morals and director of the Institute for Vico Studies at Emory University. He is the author of 12 books, editor or co-editor of 12 books and has published more than 200 articles, essays, translations, introductions, reviews, notes and encyclopedia entries.
NORTHSIDE PRESENTING PLAY ON FRIDAY
The Northside High School Theatre will present “James and the Giant Peach, Jr.” on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Ray Horne Theater. Tickets are $5 at the door.
PEARL STEPHENS HOSTING BLACK HISTORY WAX MUSEUM
Pearl Stephens Elementary School in Houston County will host a “wax museum” Friday from 1 until 3:20 p.m. The wax museum will feature fifth-graders dressed and playing the part of important African-Americans in observance of Black History Month.
MIDDLE GEORGIA STATE COLLEGE DEGREE PROGRAM INFO
Middle Georgia State College’s School of Information Technology will host information sessions about its degree programs during the month of March on the Macon, Cochran and Warner Robins campuses. All sessions are free and open to the public.
10 a.m. to noon March 2, Cochran Campus, Georgia Hall lobby.
10 a.m. to noon March 3, Macon Campus, Student Life Center lobby.
10 a.m. to noon March 4, Warner Robins Campus, Oak Hall lobby.
To learn more about the information sessions, email Dr. Kevin Floyd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CENTRAL STUDENT NAMED TO ADVISORY COUNCIL
Central High School senior Michaela Woody was chosen to be a member of state School Superintendent Richard Woods’s Student Advisory Council.
At Central, Woody is involved in Beta Club, Student Council and DECA. She is also a member of the Central orchestra and marching band. Outside of school, she is a member of the Georgia Civic Awareness Program for Students.
The Student Advisory Council meets three times during the school year to discuss how decisions made at the state level are affecting students in Georgia classrooms. The members serve as advisers and liaisons between the Georgia Department of Education and their fellow classmates. Members include students from seventh to 12th grade.
Woody will attend her first meeting for the Student Advisory Council at the Georgia Department of Education office in Atlanta on Feb. 25.
SPECIAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE SET FOR SATURDAY
On Saturday, special education students, parents and educators across Middle Georgia are invited to a Self-Determination Conference. This free conference is designed to allow teachers, families and students with disabilities to dream of the possibilities of a full life after graduation. There will be a youth leadership track, a college-bound track and a career/community track. The location is Anderson Conference Center, 5171 Eisenhower Parkway in Macon. The event is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To register for the conference, go to: http://tinyurl.com/mapping-my-future
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Writers David Schick, Jeremy Timmerman and Oby Brown compiled this report.