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Blackman Elementary Newsletter - February 2016

Congratulations Teacher of the Year - Mrs. Jennifer Plummer

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The Blackman Elementary School family is proud to recognize our teacher of the year for 2015-2016, Mrs. Jennifer Plummer. Mrs. Plummer is a second grade teacher here at Blackman Elementary.

Mrs. Plummer says, "I am so honored to be the teacher of the year. Each morning I smile because I am able to spend the day encouraging and teaching. Being a teacher and watching students succeed is what I have always loved. Always remember reading takes you on an adventure each time you turn a page."

Please join us as we congratulate Mrs. Plummer on being recognized by her peers as the 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year for Blackman Elementary School.

Blackman Elementary School Students take Top Honors in 4-H Poster Contest

Blackman Elementary School has TWO Rutherford County 4-H county poster winner for the 2nd year in a row!!!!!!!!!! Rutherford County has a total of 141 school clubs for 4-H each month. Each class has a 1st place winner, and those posters compete against each other.

After that, it is narrowed down to the top 3, and Blackman Elementary has two county winners!

· Zalei Browlee-4th grade-Mrs. Newsom class-is the Rutherford County 4-H 1st place Poster Contest winner! (as a 1st place winner, her poster has moved onto the 4-H State Poster Contest in Knoxville, Best Wishes to Zalei!)

· Daniel Howard-4th grade-Mrs. Myers class- is the Rutherford County 4-H 3rd place Poster Contest winner!

Congratulations to Zalei and Daniel and to the school!

Welcome Nurse Tilton

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We are excited to welcome Nurse Shelly Tilton to our school. Nurse Tilton joined our school staff in December. She has immersed herself very quickly into our school culture. The school nurse works hard to take care of sick students, injured students, medical emergencies in the building, as well as educating our students. Thank you Nurse Tilton for all your hard work. We are excited that you have joined the Blackman Elementary School family.

Just Released ..... Blackman Sparks Learning Channel

Blackman Elementary School is proud to announce the Blackman Sparks Learning Channel on You Tube. This channel is designed to help parents get a glimpse into learning happening everyday at school. We hope that families will take a look at the videos that have been posted. Students of today are learning differently than many of us adults were taught. Our teachers have worked hard to provide information that will be helpful to families as they help support their child/children in their educational journey.

Family Reading Day

Saturday, Feb. 6th, 9am-12pm

586 Fortress Boulevard

Murfreesboro, TN

Just a reminder that we will have a Family Reading Day on Saturday, February 6th. Please join us as we celebrate reading and work toward our AR Goals.

Join us for the First Family Movie Night....Sponsored by the BLE PTO

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All students tested in grades 3 through 11 will complete an online test in February.

Each student in grades 3 - 5 will take the TN Ready ELA and MATH Part I, as well as the Social Studies Part I assessment. All three of these assessments will be online.

ELA Part 1 will be 2 sub tests both testing at 75 minutes. Sub test I and II will be students writing in response to a prompt based on a piece of text given.

MATH Part I will be 15 to 17 items (depending on grade) and 1 performance task, testing at 55 minutes.

Social studies will be 1 extended response item, testing for 45 minutes.

Grade 3 will test February 8-12, 2016.

Grade 4 will test February 16-22, 2016.

Grade 5 will test February 23-29, 2016.

TN Ready and Social Studies Part II will be tested in April.

As always, we thank you in advance for all you to do help your child/children to be successful during testing. You will receive more information prior to testing.

As we prepare of upcoming assessments, please remember Homework Hotline can be a very helpful resource.

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