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THE BEAT

July 24, 2020

In The News
(The Union-Recorder)
BCSD to Implement Protocols & Guidelines for Safe Return to School for the 2020-2021 School Year

The Baldwin County School District has released guidelines for students returning to school in August. As we continue to prepare for the safe return of staff and students to our school campuses, a number of protocols and procedures will be implemented to maintain the safety and well-being of all our students and employees. An infographic has been created to inform parents/guardians and the public of enhanced safety measures and protocols that will be put in place. Click the link below to see the complete list of enhanced safety measures.



Baldwin Online Academy Provides Remote Learning Option for Students

For two years, the Baldwin Online Academy (BOA) has been providing a free online at-home option for Baldwin County students, grades 3 through 12, but now the Baldwin County School District is pleased to announce that the BOA will add grades K-2 for the 2020-2021 school year. This task will be accomplished through the use of Edgenuity. Edgenuity is the leading provider of K-12 online curriculum. It serves as a standard-based online learning resource for school districts. It teaches kindergarten through 12th-grade in core, elective, credit recovery, technical, and career subjects, through both remedial and accelerated work. The BOA provides flexibility for families since all the content is online. Students have the flexibility to work beyond the minimum recommendation of one hour per class per day, and even well beyond the confines of the traditional school setting. Students who need extra time or looking to work ahead have the flexibility to work on weekends, holidays, anytime 24/7, as long their assignments are submitted by the due date. The online academy offers a variety of courses, including those available at each school plus other additional course options. The vast collection of courses provided by Baldwin Online Academy is also designed to give students and parents an easier transitioning experience to remote learning. Students who are not currently enrolled in the Baldwin County School District are welcome to register and enroll at any time. BCSD students who are interested in the BOA should register during the appropriate enrollment period.

BCSD Welcomes New District and School Leaders to the Team
Mrs. Erica Ingram
Elementary Curriculum Specialist
Dr. Eric Carlyle
Midway Hills Academy
Principal
Dr. Kareem Epps
Oak Hill Middle School
Assistant Principal
Join the Baldwin County School District as we welcome Mrs. Erica Ingram, Dr. Eric Carlyle, and Dr. Kareem Epps to the Baldwin County Schools team of leaders in education.

Baldwin native Mrs. Erica Ingram will join our team as the new Elementary Curriculum Specialist for the district. Ingram is a Baldwin High School graduate with 19 years of experience in the field of education. Her 19 years in education were spent at the Washington County School District, where she has worked as a classroom teacher, K-12 Instructional Facilitator, Assistant Principal, and Curriculum Coordinator. Ms. Ingram earned her Bachelor's Degree in Middle Grades Education at Georgia College and her Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Central Michigan University. She has two Educational Specialist Degrees, one from Nova Southeastern in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in teacher leadership. Her second Educational Specialist Degree is from Georgia College and State University in Educational Leadership.

Dr. Eric Carlyle will serve as the new principal at Midway Hills Academy. He is excited to become a part of the Midway Mustangs and the Milledgeville community. Dr. Carlyle is originally from Twin City, Georgia, and brings 26 years of experience in the field of education to his role with the district. His leadership experience includes 6 years as an elementary school Assistant Principal, 10 years as a middle school Principal, and 4 years of central office experience, 2 of which were in Fulton County Schools. Dr. Carlyle earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and his Master's Degree in Middle Grades Education from Georgia Southern University. He earned his Specialist Degree in Education from Columbus State University and his Doctorate Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University. He has one son, who attends Tuskegee University.
We look forward to Dr. Eric Carlyle joining our school district and serving our Midway Hills Academy students and staff with leadership and integrity.

Dr. Kareem Epps will join Oak Hill Middle School as an Assistant Principal. Dr. Epps has 16 years of experience in the field of education, 5 of which are in leadership roles. His experience includes 4 years as an assistant principal at the middle and high school levels in Statesboro, Georgia. He was also a professional learning leader and coach in Savannah, Georgia. Dr. Epps has a background in middle grades mathematics and taught middle grades mathematics prior to moving into his leadership positions. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree from Savannah State University, a Masters Degree in Middle Grades Education from Armstrong Atlantic University. He also earned his Specialist Degree and Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership at Argosy University. Dr. Epps prides himself on his ability to serve students in various capacities based on their individual behavioral, academic, and socio-emotional needs. We are excited to have Dr. Kareem Epps join the Oak Hill Middle School team.
School Nutrition Department Receives $500 Donation from Local Businessman
The Baldwin County School District would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to local businessman Merritt Massey of State Farm Insurance for his generous donation of $500 to the Baldwin County School Nutrition Department. These funds assisted staff in making sure students did not go hungry as they ended another school year. As a result of this donation, the school nutrition department was able to provide nutritious meals to our students the week of May 25, after school had ended and before the Seamless Summer Meal program was to start. The Baldwin County School District is beyond thankful for this contribution as well as all the community support received by other organizations, businesses, civic groups, and citizens of Baldwin County during the COVID-19 pandemic.
School Nutrition Enters Second Month of Farmers to Families Food Box Program
Wednesday, July 1, marked the first day of the second month of the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program in Baldwin County, and it is going strong. The food boxes of fresh produce are distributed through The Baldwin County School Nutrition Department. Distribution of food boxes takes place every Wednesday from 10 a.m. - noon at Lakeview Academy's back parking lot until July 30. The program is aimed to provide fresh produce to families in Baldwin County. Food boxes containing fresh fruit and vegetables are given out by school district staff and community volunteers to any families in the area in need of nutritious produce amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. A "BIG" thank you goes out to all the volunteers who have helped out each week. Your time is greatly appreciated!

Georgia College Early College Graduates Earn Associate Degree from Georgia Military College

Georgia College Early College congratulated a group of Class of 2020 graduates who received their Associate Degree from Georgia Military College through dual enrollment. Dual enrollment students are given the opportunity to earn college credit and to successfully complete requirements towards a degree while in high school, placing them a step above the rest when preparing for the next leg of their educational journey. GCEC graduates proudly received their Associate diplomas at GMC's graduation commencement ceremony. To view, the full list of GCEC graduates in attendance, as well as a complete gallery of photos, visit the GCEC Facebook page.

Baldwin High School Holds Virtual
Senior Honors Ceremony
End of year activities for the Class of 2020 came to a halt with the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, Baldwin High School has worked hard to make sure graduates have the opportunity to experience traditional high school senior moments. On Saturday, June 27, BHS held a virtual honors program for the Class of 2020, showcasing graduates who excelled above and beyond academics and civic accomplishments. The ceremony was aired on the Baldwin County School District Youtube Channel.


Oak Hill Middle School Renovations Moving Along Smoothly During Summer
For 24 years, ESPLOST has helped with new school construction, installing new roofs and HVAC units, upgrading technology infrastructure, renovating existing schools, installing new playground equipment as well as the purchase of new buses, instructional technology, and computing devices for the classrooms. From the most recent E-SPLOST, the school district was able to begin an $11.5 million renovation project at Oak Hill Middle School. This includes a new roof, HVAC systems, and brand new interior renovations. On Friday, July 2, new HVAC units were installed.

Midway Hills Academy Wednesday Storytime
Wednesdays are very special to Midway Hills Academy students during the summer because of Wednesday Storytime. On Wednesdays, the elementary school posts story book readings for students to listen to and enjoy during their summer break. July 1st's selections included "Those Shoes." By Maribeth Boelts, "Max and the tag-along Moon" by Floyd Cooper and "I Just Forgot" by Margaret Mercer.
Midway Hills Primary Welcomes New Faces
Midway Hills Primary and many schools in the Baldwin County School District are welcoming their newly hired faculty and staff. In the weeks leading up to the 2020-2021 school year, MHP will highlight the new teachers and staff with short bios on social media. Join us in welcoming these 8 new teachers to the MHP team. Visit MHP Facebook to read each bio and find out more about new additions to the MHP family.

Mrs. Jen Smith
Mr. Mickey Watson
Ms. Emily Bennett
Mrs. Sheerah Collins
Ms. Sadie Sloan
Mrs. Shamekia Lester
Ms. Regina Denise Ross
Ms. Emily Eidson
The Early Learning Center Summer School Program Off to Great Start

The summer school program at the Early Learning Center is in its fourth week of operation for students and staff. The program is funded by the Department of Early Care and Learning. There are 50 children in 6 classes with experienced pre-k teachers providing instructional activities. Children work on letters, sounds, math concepts while having fun. The program is providing transportation, meals, and fun! ELC Director Lori Smith says it has been great to hear the pitter-patter of little feet back at the ELC busy learning. Students and staff all follow social distancing guidelines and safety protocols in a joint effort to keep everyone safe.
Lakeview Academy Welcomes New Hires
Throughout the coming weeks, Lakeview Academy and many schools in the Baldwin County School District, are turning to social media to highlight their newly hired faculty and staff, beginning their journey in the 2020-2021 school year. Welcome, Ms. Katelynn Robinson, Ms. Crescentia Hubbard, Ms. Keata Anderson, & Mrs. Caroline Lacksen to Lakeview Academy! Visit Lakeview Academy on Facebook to read more on these new additions to the Lakeview Academy family and to see more new faces to the team.


Ms. Katelynn Robinson
Ms. Crescentia Hubbard
Ms. Keata Anderson
Mrs. Caroline Lacksen
Lakeview Primary School Offers Safety Tips to Foster Independence in Young Children
With the start of the upcoming 2020-2021 school year fast approaching, Lakeview Primary staff are offering tips and suggestions for helping our younger students be more independent, healthy, and safe as they return to school amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Each day, Lakeview Primary School posts a safety tip for parents and students on the primary school's Facebook page to help navigate through the changes of a new school year while helping students become more independent and self-reliant. For instance, on Friday, June 10th LPS discussed Lunchtime. With protocols and guidelines in place to ensure a safe environment for students and staff at school, lunchtime will look different. LPS shared a safety graphic to help parents choose foods kids can practice opening by themselves.
Donate Now to Support our Schools!
The Baldwin Charter School System Foundation serves as the primary fundraising tool to fund the REACH Scholars program, providing thousands in scholarship opportunities for students who represent the first of their families to have the opportunity to attend college. The foundation also supports our employee and student recognition programs. Please support our schools, students, and teachers by making your tax- deductible contribution today.
Infinite Campus is the Baldwin County School District's new student information system and gaining access is easier than ever before. Simply follow the link to two videos that provide step by step instructions on how to create an account and login. You can also find this information by clicking the "Infinite Campus" link under the parents tab on www.baldwincountyschoolsga.org.

Download the MyStop App Today!
Never worry about where your child's bus is ever again! Thanks to new and innovative technology that the Baldwin County School District has invested in, parents of our students can now get real-time updates of their child's bus location through the MyStop app, available for download in the iTunes or Android marketplaces. 
MyStop provides parents, and parents only, a live look at their child's bus while in transit using GPS technology. Parents can see the exact location of the bus as it's moving along its route and can even provide an estimated time of arrival. 
District Social Media Links
Follow the links below to all of the social media networks for our respective schools in the district. Our Facebook and Twitter accounts are the best ways to stay up to date with the latest news and happening in all of our schools. Give us a like or a follow and help share all the good news that is happening in the district every day!

Click the link below to access the Baldwin County Board of Education Board Meetings, Policies, Communications, and About Us. Our District Strategic Plan/School Improvement Plans are currently being revised for 2018-2023.     

https://simbli.eboardsolutions.com/index.aspx?S=4007



BCSD
Baldwin High School
Early Learning Center
Georgia College Early College
Lakeview Academy
Lakeview Primary
Midway Hills Academy
Midway Hills Primary
Montessori Academy
Oak Hill Middle School