Blaze Bulletin

Edition 27 - Week of March 30th

Greetings

Teachers and staff,


We appreciate the work all of you did on our part of the district accreditation. Everyone was on a committee, and you all did a fantastic job. The data team and administrators also worked on the BHS part. The following is a "thank you" from Mr. Odom:


I would like to personally thank each of you for the AdvancED preparations, interviews, and for hosting committee members. The visiting committee will be recommending to the national committee Rutherford County’s continued accreditation status. I personally heard many positive comments from individual members of the committee when comparing their own systems to Rutherford County. Some of the more notable were: “Incredible”, “I thought we were doing PLCs but we only have PLC lite”, “We were checking to see if each child had an adult advocate but with your PLCs each child has several advocates.” One of the committee members also works out of the state AdvancED office and told me that she had not seen summary scores that high in Tennessee. If you have not read today’s DNJ story about the accreditation visit, here is the link:


http://www.dnj.com/story/news/2015/03/25/review-team-recommends-five-year-extension-accreditation-county-schools/70470644/



Dr. Leisa Justus

Principal, Blackman High School

justusl@rcschools.net

615-904-3850


@bhsjustus

School Calendar in iNow

Did you know that our school calendar is now available in iNow? Log in. Look under the "Home" section. Click on "School Events."

Congratulations!


Congratulations M. Rebecca Jones! You are one of the seven recipients of the first Friends of Linebaugh Library Lifetime Membership grant.


Congratulations on writing an outstanding grant application. Thank you for all you do to contribute to supporting literacy in Rutherford County.

SPRING BREAK

MARCH 30 – APRIL 3

Field Trip Reminder...

April 17 is the last day for optional field trips. Some organizations have competitions past this date, and I understand those. We are trying to keep the last weeks prior to AP and EOCs open for teaching/instruction focused on the testing.


Thanks for understanding.

Dates you should know...

​Senior exams:

May 6 7th period

May 7 5th, 6th periods

May 8 3rd , 4th periods

May 11 1st, 2nd periods

Upcoming dates in March/April/May

With all the snow, ice, ballgames and other disruptions there have been several items rescheduled. Here are upcoming dates and events:


March

30-3 SPRING BREAK

April

7 Faculty Meeting

Academic Excellence Banquet

14 Progress Reports

20 Block Schedule – US History EOC

21 Block Schedule – US History EOC

Prom Promise

22 Senior Talent Show

23 Senior Breakfast

24 PROM

29 Senior meeting – PT

May

4-8 EOC’s / AP Exams

11-15 AP Exams

14 Graduation Practice – 1:00

Graduation – 7:00

Shout out...Algebra I PLC

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Color Copying and Printing Services

Your business cards, flyers, and booklets speak for you wherever they go and color makes you look like a pro. It brings your ideas to life and underscores the quality of your program and personal professionalism. In addition to color and b&w printing we can do booklets, fold, staple, trim, collate, and color scan to email. Call or email for a quote for your class or personal projects at extension 23012 or comerd@rcschools.net.

Registration Update:

Although there have been many changes due to snow days and our wonderful basketball teams, we will still have all students registered before spring break! Thank you again to the English teachers for your flexibility with schedule changes and helping us register.



  • ​We have reached out to inform parents about registration more than ever.
  • ​We emailed a newsletter containing the plan and schedule for registration to parents in early February.
  • ​We scheduled a parent information meeting that was scheduled three different times. Since that meeting will not happen until next Thursday, the power point was posted on the school web site.
  • ​​We sent home a registration packet that included the registration form with all possible classes each grade level could take, teacher recommendations, transcript, and a graduation checklist.




The last step in our registration process is to send home request verification forms. These will go home the week after spring break. Parents should review forms, make any changes needed, and sign and return.


*Parent override of teacher recommendation forms are in the counseling office and parents may sign these at school any time up until the verification forms are due to be returned.

Reminder...

During Prime Time do not release students out of your class unless they have a PT pass. A student telling you that a teacher wants to see them is not sufficient to release them. Also do not admit students into your classroom unless you have requested them.

Technology Minute

This week's instructional technology minute highlights Padlet. Padlet provides an online canvas for people to collaborate and share ideas. It can be used for word walls, brainstorming, question boards, and more!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb2swlU6Xd

inow tip

iNow Tip

Do you ever need to look up a student’s computer username and password? Here are the instructions.

http://www.bhs.rcschools.net/bhs/pdf/inowcomputerusername.pdf

Reminder....2015-2016 Zone Exemption Applications

Employees can apply for a zone exemption to bring their children to school where they work or into the zone where they work if the needed grade is not available at their school. Even if a school is on the overcrowded list, employees can still get a zone exemption because it is a School Board policy. The same deadline applies, however. Certified employees do not need to reapply each year unless their child is changing schools. Classified employees must reapply annually so we can confirm their continued employment.

Congratulations to the Yonge Family...

Proud Dad with daughter!!!
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Greenhouse Sale

THE GREENHOUSE WILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS ON APRIL 20TH. WE WILL BE OPEN EVERY DAY AFTER THAT UNTIL THE PLANTS ARE GONE!!!!! WE WILL BE OPEN ON APRIL 25TH ON SATURDAY STARTING AT 7:00 A.M.
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