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THE BEAT

March 4, 2020

In The News
February's Pursuit of Excellence Winners
Mr. Christopher Barton
Paraprofessional at Midway Hills Primary School
Mr. Christopher Barton, also known as Coach Barton, is working in his first year as a paraprofessional with the Baldwin County School District. Prior to accepting the paraprofessional position, Mr. Barton was an intern with the School Nutrition Program for the district. Mr. Barton is a proud military veteran and has been a welcomed addition to the Midway Hills Primary School family. He was nominated by his coworker, Ms. Simone Brown. Ms. Brown had the following to say about Mr. Barton, “Coach Barton has been a great helper and motivator in my classroom. In the very short time that we have worked together, he has been a take charge kind of guy! I don’t have to tell him how he can help me. When he sees students who were struggling, he just jumps in and starts working with them. He even gives me suggestions that he thinks will be helpful. The relationship that he has built with my struggling students, especially the boys, has been great! I am so glad that they paired us together. It is for this reason that I feel that Coach Christopher Barton deserves the Pursuit of Excellence Award!” Mr. Barton, Thank you for modelling excellence!
Ms. Jaimee Beal
Teacher at Georgia College Early College
Ms. Jaimee Beal has been a part of the Baldwin County School District family since 2018. She is working in her 5th year as an educator and has made her impact on the students and her coworkers at Georgia College Early College. She was nominated by her coworker Mr. Charles Claxton and Mr. Claxton praises Ms. Beal with the following, “Mrs. Beal is such a consistently passionate and positive part of the life of her students and the staff at GCEC. Since her first day, she has gone way beyond the call of duty as a caring professional. On any given afternoon, she is very likely to be the last teacher in the building, planning for her next day's activities or, more importantly, spending time with small groups of her students, helping them in their English Lit lessons. It is obvious that she has earned the respect and admiration of these kids. The turn-out and performances at her well-planned "Spoken Word" event made that evident.” Ms. Beal , thank you for your example of excellence!
Ms. Pamela Mullin
Bus Operator for the Transportation Department
Ms. Mullin has been transporting students and families of Baldwin County since 2015. She is always welcoming to people visiting the transportation department and goes well beyond the call to duty. She encourages teamwork and togetherness in the department and is willing to help out when needed. Ms. Mullin’s coworker Ms. Tammy Smith, wrote the following in her nomination form, “ Pam is very nice and sweet...she always helps other drivers whether it is helping with routes or with using the computer or paperwork. She had made t-shirts for all of the drivers with her own money. She goes above and beyond her normal duties. I believe if anyone deserves the Pursuit of Excellence, it is Pam.” Ms. Mullin , thank you for being a shining example of excellence!
Ms. Kori Rucker
Teacher at Lakeview Academy
s. Kori Rucker has been with the Baldwin County School District since 2004. She began her career with the district as a paraprofessional and after completing educational requirements, she transitioned to the position of classroom teacher in 2018. Ms. Rucker’s experience with the district and her passion to teach are described in the nomination submitted by Ms. Margaret Owen. “Ms. Rucker goes above and beyond to develop a relationship with all students and staff. This relationship helps to encourage students in our building daily to put forth their best effort. All you have to do is walk through the building and you will see a student say Ms. Rucker and run up to give her a hug. But it doesn't stop there. Ms. Rucker works closely with families to support students and ensure they have resources they need. Even if this means sending home extra food or snacks. She truly exemplifies the one team, one mission, together we make it possible philosophy. She works collaboratively on a daily basis with students, parents, staff and community members to work together to encourage and enrich the lives of all of our students. Ms. Rucker continues her reach to students outside into the community as well. Whether it be calling students and families to wish them a happy holiday or letting them know about the wonderful work their student is doing in class. Ms. Rucker further supports students by working in the afterschool program to teach them academic skills and life skills. Her current exploratory helps students to think about their futures and teach them skills that will help them be successful in life and the career or college path they would like to pursue in the future. I can't say enough how she truly embodies the philosophy of together we make it possible. She truly works collaboratively with all and builds lasting relationships that I know will last a lifetime. She continually encourages both students and adults to be the best they can be. When you are around her you can't help but give it your all! Ms. Rucker, thank you for being a shining example of excellence!
February's Board Recognitions
In February, we celebrated our counselors, spelling bee winners and a lot of very smart science and tech fair winners!

Oak Hill Middle School 20th Annual Black Excellence Performance
Students who participated in the 20th Annual Black Excellence performance put on a series of dazzling productions this week showcasing their knowledge of the impact that African American leaders have had on our world while also showing off their incredible talents!

Baldwin High School Senior Cara Bennett Selected as 2020 STAR Student
Baldwin High School Senior Cara Bennett was selected the 2020 STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) Student at a special luncheon ceremony held at The Club at Lake Sinclair last month. She selected Mr. Jack Shepherd as her STAR teacher because of the positive impact he has had on her educational journey. Bennet will go on to represent Baldwin County at the regional STAR student event in Macon next month. 
 
“Cara represents the very best of what you want a student to be,” said Bennett’s STAR Teacher Jack Shepherd. “Her intelligence is only matched by her excitement and passion for learning and her drive to constantly improve.”
 
“Cara is a truly amazing student who has excelled at nearly everything she sets her sights on,” said Baldwin County School District Superintendent Dr. Noris Price. “We are thrilled that she has received this very prestigious award and we can’t wait to see all of the incredible things that she will go on to do in the near future.”
 
Bennett, a current senior at Baldwin High School, is a full-time dual enrollment student at Georgia College and is taking a distance- learning math class at Georgia Tech. Bennett has already earned 55 hours of college credit. She is a National Merit Finalist and an Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar with Honors. 
 
Bennett also serves as the secretary for the Baldwin High School Beta Club, a member of the National Honor Society, competes on the math team and plays Bravettes Soccer.
 
The STAR program honors high school seniors for producing the highest scores in their schools on the SAT. Those students then select a teacher who has had a big impact on them along their educational careers as their STAR teacher. Each of the three high schools - Baldwin High School, Georgia Military College Prep School and John Milledge Academy - name school-level winners each year to compete for the county honor. The school-level winners each received $500 scholarships while the winner is awarded $1,000 toward college for being named the county winner. It is the second year in a row that the honor has gone to a Baldwin High School student.
 
The Milledgeville-Baldwin Chamber event was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Milledgeville, Georgia College, Georgia Military College, and the Milledgeville Exchange Club.
Glimpse Day with Georgia College Physics and Chemistry Departments
The Georgia College Physics and Chemistry departments organized a wonderful glimpse day for students interested in pursuing bachelor's degree in STEM fields. During the day, students were able to participate in a hands on acid base reaction, a precipitation experiment, and an additional reaction experiment in the chemistry portion. During the physics portion, students observed a 3D printer at work, observed some ongoing physics research, and learned about a solar cell project. By spending the day with both professors and college students, GCEC students got a real taste of what a day in the life of physics and chemistry majors entails.
Georgia Power Donates to Baldwin High CTI Program
The Christina Rogers, Career Technical Instruction ( CTI program coordinator at Baldwin High School, is very grateful for Georgia Power Foundation’s generous donation of $2,500. These funds will allow students the opportunity to tour college and career institutions. Additionally, the proceeds will cover the expenses for Baldwin High School students who will attend the CTI State Work Readiness and Competition Conference. Partners like Georgia Power help ensure every student has the chance to participate in 21st century learning experiences.
Midway Hills Academy Hosts Annual Valentines Day Dance
Student ladies and gentlemen of Midway Hills Academy were looking sharp and having fun at the annual Valentine’s Dance held last month! One of the many special events our schools do annually to help build social skills and have some fun in the process.
Baldwin High Hosts Annual Reality Check
Thanks to our Partners in Education the Milledgeville-Baldwin Chamber, our students got their annual Reality Check this month! Reality Check is a special event each year where local Chamber business leaders come out and show how quickly life can add up. Students are given specific sets of life events and conditions that can happen and they have to figure out the best way to handle all their responsibilities and not go broke in the process!
Lakeview Academy Experiments With Vibrations
Mrs. Pruett’s fourth graders explored sound vibrations. Students experimented with sound and how it moves through the air by using balloons to feel the vibrations that are made when we speak.
Midway Hills Primary Students Make Their Own Instruments
Mrs. Madden’s class got hands on with some at-home work. Students brought musical instruments they made at home for a project to display in the Media Center. They were very excited to show off their hard work!
Celebrating Black History Month
Superintendent Dr. Noris Price came to visit first grade students at Lakeview Primary last month! She talked about being born in the Dominican Republic and moving to the United States when she was 10. She discussed with students the importance of reading. She told them that no matter what job you want when you grow up, you must be able to read and write. Students got to learn a few phrases in Spanish and share some of their dreams with her!
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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. 
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