BRHS Monthly Memo

News and Events for Blue Ridge High School

October 2021 - Volume 2 - No. 3
BRHS Staff Shout Out Form

Click the button to recognize BRHS staff members that go above and beyond. Please take a moment to share why they deserve a Shout Out and we will recognize them accordingly.

Homecoming 2021

We had a great turnout for our 2021 Homecoming Parade and Community Pep Rally! We would like to thank all of the students, staff, sponsors, parents, coaches, and community members who contributed, participated, and helped to make it a successful night. Tiger Pride was on full display in The Ridge!

Student Advisory Council

We are excited to announce our 2021-2022 Student Advisory Council!


Savanah Arbanas, Malaina Baker, Katie Buckley, Sophie Kelly, Madi Martinez, Ellie Mulvihill, Garrett Varner, and Brianna Ward went through an application process where they shared their leadership qualities and experiences, challenges they have faced as leaders, their vision for SAC and BRHS, and their school spirit and involvement. They also had to have at least two teacher recommendations.


These students will be working with Mr. Hamilton to address issues and concerns at BRHS and make changes to improve our campus.


At our first meeting this past week, we created a social contract for the operation of our team. The students decided that our main areas of focus this year will be on creating an inclusive and appropriate student dress code, increasing school spirit/pride, helping students develop real-life skills, improving social interactions among students, and ways to decrease vaping on campus.


We are excited to see what these leaders come up with and how they can lead to make a positive impact at BRHS!

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Title I Parent Meeting

BRHS is a Title I school. We are required to host an annual Title I meeting for our parents and families. In an effort to make this meeting more accessible to you, we have recorded the meeting so that you can view it at your convenience. We ask that you take a few minutes to watch the video and then log your "attendance" by completing this Google Form:

https://forms.gle/DgaXDC8YEcM8AFbNA

BRHS Annual Title I Meeting 2122
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Upcoming Events

September 24-October 11 - State Fair of Texas Livestock Show

September 27th - Blood Drive

September 28th - Volleyball at Gunter

September 29th - Senior College Visit - Texas A&M-Commerce

September 30th - BR Cross Country Meet & JV Football vs Whitewright

October 1st - Volleyball at Howe & Football at Whitewright

October 2nd - Marching Band Competition

October 4th - School Picture Day

October 5th - Volleyball vs Whitewright

October 6th - Cross Country at Muenster & Ag Day at the State Fair

October 7th - End of 1st 9-Week Grading Period

October 7th - Senior Sunrise & JV Football at Bells

October 8th - No School

October 8th - Volleyball vs Bells & Football vs Bells *Football Senior Night*

October 9th - Marching Band Competition

October 11th - No School

October 12th - Volleyball vs Pottsboro

October 13th - PSAT Test, Regional Marching Band Competition, & Financial Aid Night

October 14th - District Cross Country Meet & JV Football vs Leonard

October 15th - Volleyball at Leonard & Football at Leonard

October 19th - FFA LDE Competition & Volleyball at Bonham

October 21st - JV Football at Gunter

October 22nd - Volleyball vs Gunter & Football vs Gunter *Little Tigers Night*

October 25th - Senior Drape/Tux Retakes

October 26th - Volleyball vs Howe *Senior Night*

October 27th - FFA LDE Competition

October 28th - SAT School Day Test

October 29-30 - BEST Robotics Competition

October 29th - Early Release & End of 3-Week Progress Report Period

November 4th - JV Football vs Lone Oak

November 5th - Lady Tigers Basketball vs Trenton & Football at Lone Oak

BRHS Calendar of Events

Click the button to be taken to the BRHS Events Calendar.

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BRHS College Planning Overview

Click the button for an overview of the college planning process.

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BRHS Financial Aid Resources

Click the button for helpful information about the financial aid process and other resources.

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BRHS College, Career, Military Readiness Information

Click the button for more information on the BRHS CCMR process.

Tuition Guarantee Programs

Click the button for information about the tuition support programs available at colleges and universities throughout Texas.

Counselor's Corner

Hello from the BRHS Counseling Office!


I hope that everyone is settling into the new school year and getting back into a routine. I have been meeting with students in their English classes throughout the month of September to talk about college preparation, transcripts, graduation plans, and dual credit opportunities. September is also the month for Senior meetings here at BRHS. It is such an amazing experience to get to talk to students about their future dreams and aspirations.


We have some exciting trips planned for our seniors this fall. On Wednesday, September 29, we will be visiting Texas A&M Commerce. On November 17, we will be touring the University of North Texas in Denton. It's a great time to explore options for after graduation.


As a reminder, seniors are now required to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) a Texas Application for Student Financial Aid (TASFA), or sign the opt out form with Mrs. Ingersoll, as part of a new senate bill requirement this year.


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be open on October 1. Students who plan to attend college for the 2022-2023 school year will need their parents' 2020 income tax information in order to complete the process. To begin the FAFSA process, go to www.studentaid.gov. For more in depth information, make plans to join us and Texas A&M Commerce on Wednesday, October 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the BRHS Cafeteria for a Financial Aid 101 Information Night. We will have a quick overview of the process and financial aid advisors will be on hand to help families complete their FAFSAs in our computer lab. If you cannot join us in October, we will have an additional FAFSA night on November 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. We hope to see you there!


You may also use the attached handouts to help begin the process with your student.


Students who signed up to take the PSAT will have a mandatory meeting on September 30 during lunch in the library. The PSAT test will be October 13.


BRHS will host the SAT School Day for seniors on October 28. Watch your student email account for details.


Fall is my favorite time of year- cooler weather, holidays, and getting the school year into full gear. I hope yours is enjoyable as well.


As always, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am always happy to help any way I can.

BRHS Guidance & Crisis Counseling Website

Click the button to go to the BRHS Counseling Website for updated information on scholarships, transcripts, course catalog, and mental health resources.

Tele-Behavioral Health at BRHS

Stress and emotional situations can be overwhelming for teenagers. Many young adults don’t know how to react and may act out. If you’ve noticed certain problematic behaviors with your teen, Children’s Health can help. Your teen can connect with a licensed behavioral health provider — right from school, right from a tablet. Together, we can identify and resolve small problems before they become big ones.
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Important Links

FAFSA Graduation Requirement Letter

Why SAT?!

SAT/ACT Testing Dates

UT Austin Automatic Admission Information

BRHS Academic Spotlight

Ag Mechanics Class

We have an increased focus this year on assessing learning for all students in all subjects. While it isn't as easy, assessing learning can even be done in elective and CTE classes. Mr. Williams has been teaching his beginner ag mechanics students about cutting metal using an oxy-acetylene torch. After learning about safety and how to use the torch, the students had many practice opportunities to refine their skills. To wrap it all up, they each had to make a test cut with the torch that Mr. Williams graded using a rubric. He then followed it up with feedback and an opportunity for students to improve their grade by making another cut using the feedback that they were given.

Biology Class

Coach Christenson's biology classes are learning about the cells that make up all living things. As they have learned about the different structures inside each cell, they are working on a project that will help them relate those structures to a part of a functioning city. Being able to make the connections between cell parts and a business or service found in a city will help them understand the function of the cell parts better. Once they have made these connections, they will illustrate their ideas of how a cell functions in the way a city would function.

Anonymous Alerts

Students or parents in the school community can anonymously submit any suspicious activity, bullying, or other student-related issues to a school administrator(s). We encourage you to report important issues. Once you complete the contact form below, you will receive a confirmation that your information has been submitted to the school district.


https://www.anonymousalerts.com/blueridgeisd/

About Us

Blue Ridge High School is a 3A public school located in the northeast corner of Collin County in North Texas.