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May 21, 2021
In the News
May's Pursuit of Excellence Winners
The Baldwin County School District Pursuit of Excellence Award, an employee recognition program, is presented monthly to employees who go above and beyond the call of duty. Congratulations to the following employees who are the May 2021 award winners: Krisandra Butts, Haley Thigpen, Charisma Webb, and Hillary Jenkins. Read the articles below to learn more about why these four outstanding BCSD employees have been chosen as this month's Pursuit of Excellence winners.
Haley Thigpen
Teacher at Midway Hills Primary School
Ms. Thigpen is completing her 2nd year of teaching with the Baldwin County School District. She is commended on the leadership skills that she developed in such a short period of time. She was nominated by Judith Blount, her co-worker. Ms. Blount had the following to say about Ms.Thigpen:
“Ms. Haley Thigpen should be the Pursuit of Excellence winner because of the hard work that she has had to put in to start this school year. Ms.Thigpen's official job title is second grade PEC inclusion teacher; however at the start of this year, she not only had to carry her own job duties, and she also had to take over the self-contained class. Ms. Thigpen's caseload of students literally doubled in addition to her having to learn how to navigate being a lead teacher. Not once has her abilities or dedication to her students faltered. In the midst of all this change and adjustment, she has also managed to plan her upcoming wedding and remain graceful while doing so. I know that Ms. Thigpen is looking forward to returning to her regular job duties, but I believe that all of the additional work she has had to put into the start of this school year should not go unrecognized."

Ms. Thigpen, thank you for modeling excellence!
Charisma Webb
Sixth Grade Level Secretary at Oak Hill Middle School
Ms. Webb is completing her fourth year with the Baldwin County School District. Ms. Webb’s friendly personality and warm smile greet the students at Oak Hill Middle School daily. She was nominated by her direct supervisor, Dr. Kachari Davis, who had the following to say about Ms. Webb:

“Mrs. Webb has the most pleasant spirit and most beautiful smile that is there to greet the 6th Grade family each and every day. She keeps us organized and well informed about EVERYTHING. Most importantly, she is our first point of contact for the grade level. She stays informed about instruction, schedules, ordering supplies, and is a Check-in and Check-Out for some of our students... She does it all... and with a Smile!! For this, Mrs. Webb should be honored as a winner of the Pursuit of Excellence Award."

Ms. Webb, you are a shining example of excellence!
Hillary Jenkins
Teacher at Midway Hills Academy
Ms. Jenkins is working in her first year with the Baldwin County School District but has 19 years of teaching experience. She was nominated by her colleague, Ms. Natalie Puckett, who had the following to share about Ms. Jenkins:

”Even being new to the building, she has volunteered to take on roles of leadership to support her peers in meeting the needs of students and other adults in the building. She is co-chair of the culture/climate committee and is a valuable member of the PBIS committee. In these roles, she has taken on tasks around the building to elevate our levels of student recognition and to make MHA a pleasant place to be. She is an expert in guided reading and has already been identified as a building-level example for others who are struggling with the task of planning and implementing guided reading. She has identified ways for the grade-level to be more efficient and productive in grade level schedules, which has been accepted and implemented. She has a class with mostly BR-level readers yet, she has never used this as an excuse, but rather works with her grade-level collaboratively to keep high expectations while still meeting her students where they are.”

Ms. Jenkins, thank you for your example of excellence!
Krisandra Butts
School Nutrition Assistant at Lakeview Primary School
Ms. Butts began her career with the Baldwin County School District in 2015 and has the privilege of ensuring the students are fed a well-balanced healthy meal. She is affectionately known as “Ms. Kristy” by her co-workers and students. She was nominated by her co-worker, Ms. Terry Harper, who had the following to say about Ms. Butts:

“Miss Kristy is part of our lunchroom staff. She brings our breakfast and lunch to our classroom every day. She always greets us and the children with a cheerful good morning and a smile. She truly cares about the children and goes out of her way to make sure they are taken care of. We love our “Miss Kristy."

Ms. Butts, thank you for being a model of excellence!
May Board Recognitions
The Baldwin County School District recognized our school nurses in honor of National Nurses Week & National School Nurse Day.

Nurses are recognized each year during National Nurses Week and National School Nurse Day, May 6 to May 12. National School Nurse Day is celebrated on May 12th. Since 1972, National School Nurse Day has been set aside to recognize the important role school nurses play in school communities by fostering a better understanding of their intricate roles in the educational setting. School nurses work to ensure that our nation’s children are prepared and supported to learn each and every day. While this effort would be important in any year, it is especially timely this year given the crucial role school nurses have played in the reopening of schools and mitigating the spread of the coronavirus.

The school nurses here in the Baldwin County School District keep our students healthy and safe, which leads them to be the best learners possible in the classroom. They serve a critical role for our students, ensuring they are ready for learning by managing complex, chronic conditions; identifying and addressing mental health issues; leveling the field on health disparities and promoting healthy behaviors; handling medical emergencies; and now navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic. Our school nurses ensure that each school effectively addresses all issues related to the health and well-being of children, including the impact of COVID-19 on our students.
Thank you to all our school nurses for the excellent job they have done in taking care of students and staff! You are greatly appreciated--every day.

BCSD School Nurses:
  • Alexis Gorman (Baldwin High School)
  • Aleshia Johnson (Oak Hill Middle School)
  • Laise Townsend (Lakeview Academy)
  • Emlyn Williams (Midway Hills Academy)
  • Brandi Resha (Lakeview Primary)
  • Marilyn French (Midway Hills Primary)

To view a photo gallery of National Nurses Week & National School Nurse Day recognition photos, click the button below.
The Baldwin County School District recognized our retired educators for their many years of dedication to the Baldwin County School District. They were honored with tokens of gratitude and appreciation for their service to shaping and impacting the lives of Baldwin's students over the years. Our retired educators who are retiring this year includes the following:

  • Jan Anderson
  • Victoria Basilio
  • Jayne Rourke
  • Margretta Giles
  • Cathy Hollis
  • Cynthia New
  • Vickie Lee
  • Minnie Harmon Boone
  • Julianne Fowler
  • Wanda Beard
  • Paula Stephens
  • Daphne Williams
  • Tara Giddens
  • Daphne Williams

Click the button below to see a gallery of retired educators from May's school board meeting.
The school board recognized all employees for reaching a milestone working in Baldwin County Schools. Recognition is in 5-year intervals and applies for consecutive years of employment with Baldwin County Schools. To view a gallery of all recognition photos, click the following link: Years of Service. To view a complete list of Years of Service Recognition recipients, click the button below. To view a photo gallery of years of service recognitions click the following link: Photo Gallery.
The Baldwin County School District recognized the Finance Department as well as the school district for receiving an unmodified audit.
Baldwin High School senior Carlos Abella-Ramirez and BHS teacher Mrs. Jessica Thompson were recognized for being selected as the 2021 STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) student and teacher at the school level. To read more about Carlos, Mrs. Thompson, and the STAR program click the button below.
Baldwin High School senior Catherine Mullis was recognized for bringing home the Georgia High School Association's State Championship title in wrestling and for becoming the first Girls State Champion in Baldwin High School history. She is also the first wrestling champion we have had in the 21st century.
Music educators in the Baldwin County School District were recognized for their part in the school district being named a Best Community for Music Education for a Sixth Year in a row. The Best Communities for Music Education designation is from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation. The designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To learn more click the following link: Best Communities for Music Education.

Our music educators consists of the following instructors:

Midway Hills Primary-Brad Bell-General Music
Midway Hills Academy-Cameron Hamby-General Music, Lyndsey Hamby-Band
Lakeview Primary-Leanne Hallmark-General Music
Lakeview Academy Elizabeth Yorker-General Music, Lyndsey Hamby-Band
Oak Hill Middle School- Ben Gibson-Chorus, Christie Edwards-Band, Trent Henderson-Band
Baldwin High School-Ben Gibson-Chorus, James McMillan-Band, Christopher Ryles-Band
Baldwin County School District students at all grade levels brought home a lot of ribbons at the annual Regional Technology Fair. For a complete list of Technology Fair winners click the button below.

The school board recognized our science fair winners with certificates of achievement. To see a complete list of winners click the button below.
The Young Georgia Authors (YGA) writing competition is to encourage students to develop an enthusiasm for and expertise in their writing, to provide a context to celebrate their writing successes, and to recognize student achievement in arts and academics. The 2020-2021 RESA Winners of this competition are listed below:

Midway Hills Primary, Cadence Polack for her work ~The First Hamster on Mars~
Baldwin High School, Rachel Brooks for her work ~A Single Sunflower~
Oak Hill Middle School, Phillip Johnson for his work ~The Weight of Thought~
Oak Hill Middle School, Dyllon Mosley for his work ~Good Ole Times~
Mrs. Helen Ruffin, a dynamic and innovative Library Media Specialist at Sky Haven Elementary School in DeKalb County, created a unique reading competition in 1986. It was called The Reading Bowl and, in a competitive game format, questioned students about the content of the 20 Georgia Book Award Nominees each year. Her vision was to have teams, comprised of students from different schools, compete to test their knowledge of the selected books. This tradition continues. This year, due to the pandemic, the Reading Bowl took place virtually, and our students did an excellent job! To view a photo gallery of the Reading Bowl winners, click the button below.
National Teacher Appreciation Week 2021
May 3-May 7
Every year in May, educational institutions nationwide take the time to celebrate teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week. This year, the annual observation took place May 3rd-7th.

We would like to personally thank the teachers and staff in the Baldwin County School District for their unwavering dedication and commitment to educating all children. Our school system consists of countless professionals who dedicate themselves both personally and professionally to ensure students receive the academic, social, and emotional support needed to grow into successful adults and become contributing members of society. Whether they are delivering in-person instruction or teaching remotely, BCSD educators are constantly working to help their students succeed! During this unpredictable year, they have demonstrated flexibility, perseverance, and strength in the ongoing process of educating and shaping the lives of children in this community.

Each school in the Baldwin County School District provided its wonderful teachers and staff with a token of gratitude every day during Teacher Appreciation Week. To view photos from Teacher Appreciation Week, click on the school names below.
Midway Hills Academy
Baldwin Track Team Racing Towards Victory in Track & Field Championship
Baldwin's Track & Field Team have been working hard throughout the Georgia High School Association's Region and State Track and Field Championships. Athletes who finished in the top eight of the GHSA State AAAA Track and Field Sectionals competed in the GHSA State AAAA Track and Field Championship. Our first medalist of the meet on Day One of the competition was freshman Madison Ruff who placed fourth in the girls high jump. Our girls 4x8 team consisting of Senior Ashley Jones, Sophomore Jazmine Walker, and freshman Heaven Simmons and Jasmine Williams finished in eighth place. On the boys side junior Dexter Ricks Jr. qualified for the finals in the 110 m and 300 meter hurdles.
Baldwin High School Football & Cheerleading Awards Banquet
Baldwin High School honored its student-athletes at its annual Football and Cheerleading Banquet. The 2020-2021 football season began under unusual circumstances due to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, but the Baldwin Braves football team managed to achieve tremendous success this year making it all the way to the Region Playoffs. To view photos from the banquet click the button below.
Intent to Return to In-Person Instruction for the 2021-2022 School Year Deadline Extended
The deadline for completing the online registration renewal process for the 2021-2022 School Year has been extended to Friday, May 28, 2021. The purpose of the online registration is to help assist the school district in preparing for all of our students who are planning to return to in-person instruction for the upcoming academic school year. This online registration process will ensure that the Baldwin County School District has your most up-to-date contact information. It will also let us know whether your child will be returning to In-Person Instruction or enrolling in Baldwin Online Academy for the next school year.

The Board of Education will have extended hours of operation to offer face-to-face assistance for parents/guardians with the registration process. Extended hours will be Tuesday, May 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, May 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday, May 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Board of Education is located at 110 North ABC Street, Milledgeville GA.

To access the Infinite Campus Parent Portal, click the following link: Parent Portal. For assistance in completing the annual update, click the following link for step-by-step guided instructions: Annual Update Instructions. Please complete the annual update for each child returning to the Baldwin County School District. The deadline for completing the online registration renewal process is Friday, May 28, 2021.

If you have forgotten your password for Infinite Campus, you may access the Self-help feature on the Parent Portal login screen if you have a correct/updated email address in the system. For further assistance, you can use the Infinite Campus Parent Portal Help Desk by clicking the following link: Help Desk.

Class of 2021 Honor Graduates
Join us in congratulating the Class of 2021 Honor Graduates.
Georgia College Early College
Georgia College Early College Holds Annual Senior Signing Day Ceremony
Georgia College Early College held its annual Senior Signing Day ceremony during the first week of May. The ceremony, which typically takes place inside, was held outdoors for safety precautions. GCEC seniors along with their families took center stage, signing college commitment documents. To view the live Facebook feed of the ceremony click the button below.

Midway Hills Academy
Students Learn About Goods & Services
Ms. Whipple and Mrs. Coxwell's students discussed Goods and Services. The student's enjoyed discovering where items used in Midway Hills Academy were created.
The Early Learning Center
The students in Mrs. Hedgepeth and Ms. Ruddy's class have been working on their geography and math skills.
Midway Hills Primary
Midway Hills Primary Students Create Lyres
Mrs. Madden’s class created lyre’s to finish up their study of the novel The Time Warp Trio. A lyre is a stringed instrument like a small U-shaped harp with strings fixed to a crossbar.
Lakeview Primary
Lakeview Primary Student Spotlight
Lakeview Primary loves to cheer on their young learners as they continue to make great progress in their academic studies. Their most recent Student Spotlight was on Az’Alia, who did a fantastic job reading to Mrs. Gray. Everyone is very proud of all her hard work that she has been demonstrating all school year.
Oak Hill Middle School
The Oak Hill Hub
The Oak Hill Middle School Counseling Department hosted an awesome learning experience for students entitled, Building Healthy Relationships and On-Line Safety. Presenters were from the Macon-Bibb Health Department. Ms. Alicia Wright, Health Education Supervisor, Ms. Megan McIntosh, Teen Health Educator, and Ms. Chaquea Atkinson North Central Health District Youth Development Coordinator.
Lakeview Academy
Lakeview Academy Students Learn About Emotions
Mrs. Craddock's class had a hard time staying in their seats as Mrs. Dedra Harvell read to them from a book called "All About Feelings." The students had a great discussion afterwards about feelings and appropriate ways to deal with the feelings they experience at times.
Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 school year officially began February 1, 2021. This year, the registration process is available online. Parents of children who will be 5 years of age by September 1, 2021, are able to register their upcoming Kindergarten student online one of two ways. To access the online registration portal, either scan the QR code located in the image above or enter the URL: into your internet browser. You will need to upload specific documents to your application as part of the registration process. For a list of all documents needed for the application, please refer to the Kindergarten Registration Flyer above.

If there are parents/guardians who are interested in having their child participate in our Kindergarten Montessori program, please make sure to fill out the Montessori Interest Form section when completing the online registration. Completion of the interest form does not guarantee acceptance into the Montessori Program. For additional questions regarding Online Kindergarten Registration, please call 478-453-4176.
Infinite Campus
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

Download the MyStop App Today!
Never worry about where your child's bus is ever again! Thanks to the new and innovative technology that the Baldwin County School District has invested in. As a result, parents of our students can now get real-time updates of their child's bus location through the MyStop app, which is 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. 
Welcome to Our Schools
Click on the following links to access district and school websites as well as 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 happenings 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 links below to access our district's strategic plan, Baldwin County Board of Education Board Meetings, Blog, School Web Pages, and About Us.
110 North ABC St.
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone: 478-453-4176
Fax: 478-457-3327