Blaze Bulletin

Edition 16 - Week of December 15th



Leisa Justus

Principal Blackman High School


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."

2015 RCS Aspiring Administrator Academy

Just a reminder to certified employees who would like to submit an application for the RCS Aspiring Administrators' Academy (RSCAAA). The deadline to submit the completed application is December 30, 2014.

Please contact Paula Barnes with your questions.

From the Guidance Department....

Teachers can pay $5 for jeans week during midterms (Dec. 15-19) as a fundraiser for the senior prom. Mrs. Van Winkle and Mrs. Clawson will be coming around during prime time next week to collect money. You can also send money to the counseling office at your convenience. Money will be collected through Friday, Dec. 12.

Monday, December 8th starts our social media awareness week. That day the counselors will provide prime time teachers with a scripted lesson for all students. The rest of the week the activities will be broadcast so that prime time remediation is not interrupted.

Anti-Bullying Campaign

In January we will kick off our month long anti-bully campaign. Student posters will be displayed throughout the school reminding everyone how to prevent and stop bullying.

If you have a teacher's aide (not a drivers education aide) and they have not turned in their Anti-Bully poster, I need to see them right away.

Ken Reed

Supplement Your Stretched Budget

GetEdFunding is a free and fresh website sponsored by CDW•G to help educators and institutions find the funds they need in order to supplement their already stretched budgets. GetEdFunding hosts a collection of more than 3,400 (and growing) grants and other funding opportunities culled from federal, state, regional and community sources and available to public and private, preK–12 educators, schools and districts, higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations that work with them. GetEdFunding offers customized searches by six criteria, including 43 areas of focus, eight content areas and any of the 21st century themes and skills that support your curriculum. After registering on the site, you can save the grant opportunities of greatest interest and then return to them at any time. This rich resource of funding opportunities is expanded, updated and monitored daily.

This week's Tech Minute highlights eduCanon.

eduCanon is an online learning environment to create and share interactive video lessons. Teachers begin with any YouTube, Vimeo, or TeacherTube video content (screencasts, Khan Academy, Minute Physics, TED, NOVA, etc.) and make the content interactive by to embedding questions within videos that track student progress on assigned videos. Watch this week's Tech Minute to learn how you can use this tool in your classroom.

inow tip

Did you know that you can create your weekly lesson plans in iNow? See Ms. Hunter to learn how.

12 Days 'til Christmas Break

Monday marks 12 days until Christmas Break (but who's counting, right?). So, in keeping with the season, we have a few things planned to brighten the mood.

*Pictures with Dante 12/9

*Half-priced Cappuccino 12/10

*Ugly Christmas sweater day 12/11

*Santa hat day 12/12

*Music between classes 12/12 & 12/15

*Secret Santa Gift deliveries 12/18

Angel Tree

Each year, many young children and families will get much-needed help through the Angel Tree program. However, we often forget that many big kids do without at Christmas, too. So, each year the Student Council sponsors an Angel Tree drive for high-school age kids throughout Rutherford County.

If your 1st period would like to sponsor an angel, simply email Mr. Smith. He will send you a list of needs, sizes, etc. You and your 1st period will collect money and purchase the gifts on your own. Bring the gifts (wrapped or unwrapped) to school by the 1st day of exams (Monday, Dec. 15th). Student Council will pick those gifts up and get them to the appropriate families. Call or email Mr. Smith with any questions.

PTO Reminder:

The PTO’s “One and Done” donation drive will be held the week of December 8th. You will receive an envelope with instructions. Please encourage students to ask their parents to participate as all funds will go directly to support of instruction at BHS!

Exam Schedule

Dec. 15 7th exam – pep rally schedule

Dec. 16 1st & 2nd exam

Dec. 17 3rd & 4th exam

Dec. 18 5th & 6th exam

Upcoming dates.....

December 8 – Informational Meeting for Parents: Collegiate Academy at Blackman

Block days on the following dates for writing assessment practice:

Nov. 19,20 9th grade

Dec. 3,4 10th grade

Jan. 14,15 11th grade

Online Store!!!

We now have an online site to purchase official Blackman High School merchandise. You can design items yourself or pick from what they have. They will be sending us some coupons for the website in the next few days. The school does get a cut from the proceeds of anything that is sold on this site. Holly has included the link on our website and I have listed it below. Great place to buy Christmas gifts. It will be here before we are blink.

For sale

To commemorate Blackman's 15th anniversary, we will be selling a special edition "Blackman Traiditions" homecoming shirt. You may have seen our Student Council members wearing a similar shirt throughout the year.

The shirts come in blue, orange, or black. You may choose long sleeve or short sleeve. The cost is $12 for short sleeve and $17 for long sleeve

For teachers, we will sell them to you at cost - $10 for short sleeve and $14 for long sleeve.

The last day to order is Monday, Dec. 15th.

For Sale

The Guidance department is selling Blackman Christmas ornaments to raise money for the senior prom. Ornaments are $5 and can be purchased from the bank during lunch starting Monday or from the counseling office. Thanks!

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