The Elk Call


Principal's Message

ELK Family,

We had a great week with our new SUCCESS+ initiative. We will continue to refine and improve. We received some great feedback from students about SUCCESS+. We will not have SUCCESS+ this week due to 9th - 11th PSAT testing on Wednesday, October 19th.

In addition to 9th-11th PSAT testing, we have several important events scheduled for Seniors on Wednesday morning including, a Senior Class meeting, prom fundraiser information, and a quick message from Balfour about graduation (including caps/gowns and graduation announcements). Seniors will also have valuable prep time set for SAT, ACT, and TSI, as well as, the opportunity to access Career Cruising to begin searching and accessing available scholarships.

****On Wednesday, the Senior meeting will begin at 8:45 am in the Auditorium for ALL seniors.****

BISD Removes Barriers to Advanced Courses:

Go ELKS !!!

Wayne Leek




Wayne Leek

Academic Associate Principal

Karen Woodworth

Kappa House (serving students with last names beginning A - G)

Principal - Robert Whatley

Counselor - Debi Blevins

Sigma House (serving students with last names beginning H - O)

Principal - Angelia Sifford

Counselor - Nita Fields

Omega House (serving students with last names beginning P - Z)

Principal - Diana Kroeker

Counselor - David Brown

Counselor's Corner

The last week of October (24th-28th) is Red Ribbon Week at BHS. The Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the Nation. This year our student council representatives will be taking pledges from students to stay “drug free” during all three lunch periods on Tuesday, October 25th –Thursday, October 27th. Students who sign a pledge will receive a bracelet.

Students will also have the opportunity to dress to match our theme on pledge days.

Tuesday’s Theme - I Elect to be Drug Free. - Dress - red, white and blue

Wednesday’s Theme - Join the fight against drugs. Dress - Camouflage

Thursday’s Theme - Be Someone’s HERO. Stand up to drugs. Dress - Super Hero T-Shirt

The Red Ribbon Campaign reports that conversations with your teens about drug use are making an impact. “Children of parents who talk with their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don’t.” To learn more about drug prevention you can visit www.

App for your Seniors

Parents: There's a great resource for you and your students as they try to navigate the college admission/planning experience. Schoold is a free app (available for iOS and Android) that will help you look for schools, careers, college majors and more. You can download the app at the App Store or on Google Play.

Testing Coordinator

On Wednesday, October 19th, all students in grades 9, 10, and 11 will take the PSAT from 8:45 am-12:35 pm.

Seniors will have a Senior Meeting in the Auditorium during this time. All Seniors are expected to attend, even if they have an out period 1st period, and attendance will be taken at 8:45 am.

We will operate on the following modified bell schedule:

Prep Bell – 8:35

PSAT/Senior Meeting – 8:45 – 12:35

Period 4 – 12:40 – 1:05

Period 5 – 1:10 – 1:35

Period 6 – 1:40 – 2:05

Period 1 – 2:10 – 2:30 (Seniors w/ Outs report to Cafeteria)

Period 2 – 2:35 – 2:55

Period 3 – 3:00 – 3:20

Period 7 – 3:25 – 3:50 (announcements @ 3:45)

Period 8 – 3:55 – 4:15

Advanced Academics and College & Career Readiness


  • TSI (encouraged for 12th and students wishing to take dual credit)

    • TSI Online Practice

      • Students go to the website and add the product to their cart.

      • Students go through the checkout process, but it is FREE.

      • Students receive an email with an access code.

      • Students will use the access code to set up an account.

      • Students can choose to:

        • Learn as they go (by subject) OR

        • Take a practice test (by subject)


Follow the BHS College and Career Center on Facebook or Twitter or visit the website.

Commended Scholars

Dayton Eagle and Emily Prewitt, have been named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. The two of them received a Letter of Commendation from Burleson High School and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program to these scholastically talented seniors, at Monday's Board Meeting.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2017 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Dayton and Emily placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Please congratulate Dayton Eagle and Emily Prewitt.


Region Choir and 9-10 Honor Choir Results

We are proud to announce that Brianna Brock, Kyla Brock, Amber Hammonds, Vegas Jankowski, Clarissa Lamas, and Hannah Watson auditioned and earned a spot in the Region 30 9-10 Honor Choir.

Halie Hawkins, Caleb Rudd, and Delaney Wenger auditioned and earned a spot in the Region 30 Region Choir. In addition, the three region choir members will audition again in the process on their way towards membership in the Texas All-State Choir.


"Spirit of the Elks" Marching Band

The Burleson High School "Spirit of the Elks" Marching Band earned 3rd Place during finals competition at the "Sound of Springtown Marching Showcase" on Saturday, Oct. 8th.

Out of the twenty-one bands who performed in preliminary competition, the BHS band placed 5th, qualifying for them for the finals. Because the Elk Band improved the execution of music and marching drill during the finals performance, they raised their standing to 3rd out of the final ten contenders.

Only Grapevine and Chisholm Trail placed 1st and 2nd (respectively) above the Burleson band.


Sound of Springtown Marching Contest Finals 10/8/16


The Elk yearbook staff is selling business/booster club/organization ads in order to make this year's book extra special. If you do not own/run your own business please pass this information along to anyone that does.

If you are interested please email Ads can be purchased in person, at the school or online at just look up Burleson, TX and Burleson HS. Thank you for your support of The Elk 2017.

AVID Staff Spotlight

Angelia Sifford is one of our assistant principals here at BHS. She taught Special Education, specifically modified English, Math and other academics, she also ran the Content Mastery Lab for Special Education students, 504 students, and ESL students. One year, she taught the ESL classes and ran the Content Mastery Lab- all 9th through 12th grade. Mrs. Sifford attended Texas Woman's University, The University of Phoenix Online, and Dallas Baptist University. She had a double major: Speech & Language Pathology and Special Education with a minor in Educational Leadership. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree and Masters degree. When asked, “What activities or organizations were you involved in while in college?” she said, “Baptist Student Union and note taker for at risk students and students who had not mastered the English language.” When asked if she would share one of her favorite memories from college she said, “We, about 8 of us from the BSU, went on a mission trip one Spring Break to Wisconsin. On the way home we stopped at a ski resort, which was never in our plans, bought a lift ticket and rented skis. I was the only one in the group who had ever put skis on or skied for that matter. We got to the top of the mountain and started down and it began sleeting, not snow, sleet! Remember, there were no prior plans to ski, so we were doing this in our street clothes with no protection, just regular clothes and a coat. We all wanted to ski together so bad we made it work. We were ringing wet and frozen by the time we made it down the one slope. It probably took us half the day to get down because we had to stop a hundred times from laughing so hard. Good times!” When asked, “What skills did you learn in college that you have applied to your personal and professional life?” Mrs. Sifford replied, “Taking good notes (that I understand and I can refer back to later); organization; and getting along with all types of people.” Advice that she would offer students interested in pursuing an education after high school is, “Choose a career goal, research colleges who offer the program of study, go visit the college, and pick the one you are comfortable with and willing to be a part of not just go to class.”

ElkTV - This week's episode

ElkTV is produced weekly by BHS students under the guidance of Mr. Rockford Rudd. To see this week's episode, click here.
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HEB Excellence in Education Award

HEB Excellence in Education is accepting teacher and principal nominations through October 23 at

Upcoming Events

Monday 10/17:

  • Choir Fall Concert at 7 pm BHS Auditorium
  • Varsity Tennis at Legacy HS (Area tournament)

Tuesday 10/18:

  • College Tee Shirt Tuesday
  • Texas Tech University recruiter in the GO Center.
  • Lady Elk Volleyball at Granbury at 5:30 pm

Wednesday 10/19:

  • PSAT (9th, 10th, 11th grade)
  • Senior Meeting (starts at 8:45 am in the Auditorium for all Seniors!)

Thursday 10/20:

  • District Cross Country in Grand Prairie
  • 9th Grade Football vs Cleburne (Home) at 5:30 pm
  • JV Football at Cleburne at 6:00 pm

Friday 10/21:

  • Pink Out Day (T-shirts available for order or at all Freshman, JV and Varsity home football games. Click here for design options and here for order form)
  • Pep Rally at 3:45pm in Arena
  • Lady Elk Volleyball vs Cleburne (Home) at 5:30 pm
  • Varsity Football vs Cleburne (Home) at 7:30 pm

Saturday 10/22:

  • ACT

Mark your calendars!

October 25-27 - Red Ribbon Week

October 25 - Oklahoma State University recruiter in the GO Center.

November 3 - Character Luncheon

November 3 - FAFSA Presentation/College Fair

November 8 - Burleson Friends Festival

November 10 - ASVAB at BHS

November 10 - BISD Veteran's Day Performance

November 16 - TSI for Seniors ($39), College Tee Shirt Tuesday

November 19-27 - Thanksgiving Break

For more information or to see future events, visit

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