The Blue & Gold

Vol. 1, No. 3, April 2014


Have you been to the library since Mrs. Craig and Ms. Sullins rearranged the front collaboration section? The tables have been situated in front of the windows - which means students (and teachers) can study & learn while enjoying the best view in the county!

Well, what are you waiting for? Use the online calendar to reserve your next visit now!

As always, we look forward to seeing you!

Books to Check Out!

An online book trailer flyer was created and published by Mrs. Paige Craig. You can view the book trailers HERE.






Science Teacher – 21 Years of Experience

B.S., M.S., University of North Alabama

Ed.S., Ed.D., University of Alabama

CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Matt Dean, Madison County Schools Secondary Education Teacher of the Year. Dr. Dean is a five-time BHS Teacher of the Year and a four-time Madison County Schools Secondary Teacher of the Year. He was the Alabama District VIII Teacher of the Year and the Runner-up Secondary Teacher of the Year for the state of Alabama (2002-2003). Dr. Dean is an outstanding example of excellence, and his phenomenal results in the classroom make him stand out among the best of the best.

Dr. Dean has been recognized throughout his twenty-one year career, for his dedication and commitment to his students, as well as his contributions to the academic community. His other awards and recognitions include the ALFA Teacher of the Year (1997), the Tandy Outstanding Science and Math Teacher of the Year (BHS/1995-1996, 1996-1997), and Milken National Educator Award Winner (2001). Dr. Dean has also been recognized for his educational contributions and achievements as both a college instructor and student, including the UAH College of Science Alumnus of the Year (2002), the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Education Student of the Year (2003) and the University of Alabama in Huntsville Education Department Teacher of the Year (2009).

We are very proud to have Dr. Dean as a colleague, a teacher, a mentor, and a leader at Buckhorn High School. We are honored and privileged to have him represent our school, community and school system. Congratulations, again, Dr. Dean!!

A complete photo album of the awards ceremony, provided by photographer, Mr. Burt Rich, can be accessed below:


Scholars' Team - 2014 Madison County Champs!

The Varsity Scholars' Team recently won the Madison County Championship and now has a record of 34-2 for the season. The team is currently seeded #2 in the state and will compete in the state championship tournament on April 11. The Buckhorn JV2 team also recently won the JV County Championship. Congratulations to Dr. Dean and the Scholars' Teams!


Archery Team - 2014 Regional Champions!!

Congratulations to the Buckhorn High School Archery Team for winning the Regional Championships on Friday, March 14, 2014. Top male finishers were Erik Sigmon - 2nd Place and Dylan Billions - 3rd Place. Top female finishers were Kendall Campbell - 1st Place, Kammie Guest - 2nd Place, and Lexy Turner - 3rd Place. The Archery Team qualified for the State Championship that will be held in Montgomery, AL on April 11th.

(Picture credits: Brittany Pruitt)


Buckhorn's Symphonic Band, Indoor Percussion Ensemble, and Winter Guard Earn High Honors

CONGRATULATIONS to the members of the Buckhorn Symphonic Band for earning top honors for the BHS Fine Arts Department, which consistently earns its rank as one of the top arts programs in the entire Southeast! The symphonic band received superior ratings at their annual state performance assessment on March 15, 2014. The Indoor Percussion Ensemble and the Winter Guard, also earned high honors at competitions during Spring Break.

At Buckhorn, these two extracurricular groups, the Indoor Percussion Ensemble and the Winter Guard, are extensions of the band program, which is true in most programs across the country, but they are indeed entirely separate groups. Winter Guard is an indoor competitive Color Guard (the visual ensemble of a marching band), and they perform independently with flags, rifles, sabres, etc. on floor tarps in a gym. The Indoor Percussion Ensemble consists of the battery (marching percussion: snares, tenors, basses) and front ensemble(keyboards, auxiliary percussion, synthesizer, etc.) of the marching band. Both groups employ theatrical elements (lots of movement, intricate design, props, acting, and dance) to help illustrate the story of their show. It is an extraordinarily athletic activity.

Both groups compete as members of WGI (Winter Guard International), the nationally recognized organization. Our area competes in the SCGC (Southeastern Color Guard Circuit) - a subdivision of WGI.

Congratulations to Mr. Souder and all of the participating band members! Band Web Page

(Pictures via Mr. Jacob Souder)


All Three Buckhorn Choirs Earn Superior Ratings

Congratulations to Ms. Meg Jones and the Buckhorn choirs on their fantastic performances at State Choral Performance Assessment on March 4, 2014!

The Buckhorn Concert Choir, Women’s Choir, and Men’s Choir participated in State Choral Performance Assessment on March 4th at Columbia High School. All choirs received an overall superior rating, and the Concert Choir and Men’s Choir each received straight superior ratings. This is the 3rd year in a row that the BHS Concert Choir has received straight superior ratings at State!

We are very proud of all three choirs and Ms. Jones. They continually represent BHS with class and finesse!

(Picture via Ms. Meg Jones)

Pictured Below: April 5th: 2014 Alabama All-State Choir students from Buckhorn High and Ms. Jones. Michael Falwell and Jonah Stevenson are in the TTBB (Men's) Choir, and Jake Morrison is in the SATB (Mixed) Choir.

Picture Credit: Buckhorn Choir Facebook Page


Spanish Club Places 2nd in the Culture Bowl Division - State Spanish Convention

The BHS Spanish Club won 2nd place in the Culture Bowl Division of the State Spanish Convention at the University of Alabama on Friday, March 14th. Congratulations Spanish Club members and sponsors, Mrs. Laura White and Mrs. Katie Moore.

(Picture credit: Mrs. Katie Moore)


optimist club winners

Oratorical & Essay Competitions

Oratorical Topic: "How My Passions Impact the World"

The Optimist Oratorical Contest gives students the chance to speak to the world. More than $150,000 in college scholarships funded by the Optimist International Foundations is awarded annually from this program. First conducted in 1928, this is the second most popular Optimist International Program. Nearly 2,000 clubs participate in this program each year.

Ashlyn Turner was the JOOI Club Optimist Oratorical Female winner and Jonathan Shields, SCA President, was the Optimist Oratorical Male winner. Ashlyn and Jonathan each won $500 and have advanced to the District contest to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship.

Essay Topic: "How Dreams Lead to Success"

The Essay Contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. In addition to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship.

Ryann Taylor was the JOOI Club Optimist essay winner for her paper, “How Dreams Lead to Success.” Ryann received $500 and has advanced to the District contest to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship.

Congratulations & Good Luck - Ashlyn, Jonathan, and Ryann!


BUckhorn's Lady Bucks Softball Ranked EIGHTH in the State (Class 6A)

Big Area Win Against HGHS for Lady Bucks!!!

The Lady Bucks have had an impressive start to their season and have consistently remained ranked as one of the top softball teams in the state (Class 6A). Coach Rauls and Coach Pelle have led the Lady Bucks to victories all over the state of Alabama.

The first away area game of the season on April 1st, resulted in both an important and impressive road win for the Lady Bucks softball team. In the varsity match-up, Shelby Miller put on a power hitting clinic to blast the Lady Bucks to victory! Number 14 (Shelby) hit two home-runs, the first of which was a Grand Slam in the opening inning and then followed it up with a three-run blast in the second inning, to put an exclamation point on a two homerun and seven RBI performance! Alyssa Daugherty added two more hits (triple and single) to her season tally; while Brooke Miller, Breanna Born, Kaylee Combs and Destiny Wright each contributed a base knock. Marissa Tyree limited the Lady Trojans to five hits over seven innings to earn the WIN and record a complete game. Information retrieved from the Lady Bucks Web Page.

We are very proud of the Lady Bucks softball team and wish them continued success the remainder of their season! Go Lady Bucks!!!



Record (23-8, 2-1)

The Varsity Bucks have been ON FIRE this season and have consistently been ranked as one of the top ten teams in Alabama (Class 6A). Coach Wright has led his players to win after win after win, including the 3-1 victory over #2 Huntsville High on March 15th. Their longest winning streak was fifteen in a row, with the fifteenth win earned on Friday, March 21st versus the #1 team in the state, the Sparkman Senators. The streak ended on Saturday, March 22nd, when the Senators came to Buckhorn and won both games in the double-header that closed the three game series. We are very proud of Coach Wright, Coach Wood and all of the Bucks Baseball teams' accomplishments so far this season! We look forward to their continued success! Baseball Web Page

Recaps of the two wins against Huntsville High and Sparkman High can be read in the Huntsville Times articles below:



Caleb Battle - Fifth Place Huntsville Panther Invitational

Caleb Battle placed 5th at the Huntsville Panther Invitational at the Hampton Cove Golf Course on March 19, 2014. His outstanding performance earned him a spot on the All-Tournament Team. Congratulations Caleb!

(Picture credit: Coach Jamie Reese via twitter @bhsbucksgolf)

Tyler Davidson - First Place Metro Golf Tournament

Tyler Davidson placed 1st at the Metro Golf Tournament at the Hampton Cove Golf Course on April 2, 2014. Tyler shot an amazing 6 under - par 66 to claim the victory! Congratulations Tyler on an impressive round of golf!

(Picture credit: Coach Jamie Reese via twitter @bhsbucksgolf)

Varsity Girls Golf - Second Place Chelsey Oaks Invitational

The Varsity Girls Golf team rallied for their own trophy at the Chelsey Oaks Invitational on April 3, 2014. The girls went head-to-head against Fairview in a one hole play-off and claimed second place by one stroke! Varsity Girls Golf Team: Jamera Bradley, Kendall Campbell, Becca Jones, and Michela Keel. Congratulations ladies, your win is definitely a product of your hard work and talent!

(Picture credit: Coach Jamie Reese via twitter @bhsbucksgolf)

Golf Web Page


Track & Field Web Page

Check out the pictures from the Huntsville Times of the Red Coat Invitational below:



Congratulations to Coach Brian Robinson, Coach Donna Kirkwood, Coach Joe O'Connor and the Buckhorn High School Learning Community Basketball team on an awesome season. They finished their inaugural year with a second place finish at the Special Olympics State Basketball Tournament in Montgomery, Alabama on March 14, 2014. We are very proud of their hard work and dedication that led them to be first rate champions!

(Picture credit: Mr. Brian Robinson)

(BELOW - Picture credits: Lifetouch Photography)


Football Team Proves Their Power!

On Tuesday March 11th, the football team competed in a weightlifting competition against Hazel Green, Huntsville, and Lincoln County. Each team brought their strongest two lifters in nine different weight classes. Students were tested in Bench Press and Power Clean. Students from Buckhorn won five of the nine individual weight classes. Winners were: Andy Brannon, Kristian McKelvey, Silas Owens, Steven Jones, and Colby Seymoure. Colby was also the strongest overall lifter at the event. Additionally, Buckhorn won the team competition by lifting the largest total amount of weight. They defeated second place Hazel Green by more than 200lbs. Football Web Page



Once A Buck - Always A Buck!

Former Buckhorn Wrestler Ben Smith placed 2nd in the NCWA National Championships losing 2-0 and going 4-1 in the tournament. Heavyweight Marlen Morgan placed 6th after dropping two overtime heartbreakers 4-3 each match. Both are now x2 All-Americans in NCWA. Both compete for Shorter University Hawks and Shorter placed 3rd overall as a team. Next year Shorter moves to Division II. Shorter has already been competing against D-I & D-II schools and Ben and Marlen have already beaten some D-II ranked wrestlers this past year.

Other Buckhorn guys still wrestling in college include:

· Jared Bronaugh- Buena Vista University, Iowa, D-III

· Corey Parker - Limestone College, SC, D-II

· Also, Cody Shelton is a multi-belt holder in MMA

Congratulations to all our BHS alumni and to Coach Patrick Harris!

Wrestling Web Page


Kendall Leslie - Alabama A&M "Dancin' Diva"

Congratulations to Kendall Leslie for making the 2014-2015 Marching Maroon and White "Dancin Divas" Dance team at Alabama A&M University.


Jessica Elliott - Senior Class Vocalist

Congratulations to Jessica Elliott for being chosen as the 2014 Class Vocalist!



BHS Family Loses Home to Fire - March 31, 2014

BHS Principal, Mr. Todd Markham, reached out to the faculty and staff in a call to help senior, Katryna Lynn and her family, who lost everything in a home fire on March 31, 2014. Faculty member, Mrs. Rachel Evans, volunteered to organize the school's donations. In addition, a Fire Fund has been set up at Redstone Federal Credit Union for the Lynn family. Below is the account information if you would like to contribute:

Routing #: 262275835

Account #: 51007151987

Please contact Mrs. Rachel Evans for more information on how you can help!


BHS National Honor Society - Relay for Life Support the Bucks for Life Team

Each year, Buckhorn High School National Honor Society participates in the Huntsville Relay for Life. This year their goal is to raise at least $2000. If ANY Buckhorn High School students would like to join the team, please see Mrs. Durboraw in room 210. If community members or students would like to make a donation or purchase a luminary in celebration of a cancer survivor or in memory of someone, please visit their team page below.

Thank you for your support!


JOOI Club Members: Volunteering to Make A Difference: One Day at a Time, One Service Project at a Time

Junior Optimist Octagon International (JOOI), is the world's most dynamic coalition of youth volunteers. JOOI members represent the times well by making their communities better - one service project at a time. With more than 15,000 members in more than 500 communities, JOOI members are constantly working to promote positive change in their communities.

BHS JOOI club members have been busy this April, lending a helping hand throughout the community. They have recently participated in several service learning projects, including:

  • APRIL 13: Manna House. Some of the duties involved working the food line, handing out dessert, sorting clothes, preparing and handing out toiletry bags, preparing meals, sorting clothes, helping individuals fill up their grocery bags, and washing dishes.
  • APRIL 11: BHS - Spring Cleaning. They cleaned desks, boards, computers, filed paperwork, put up student work, and helped clean science labs.
  • APRIL 6: A New Leash on Life. They spent time restocking food, reorganizing rooms, building cages, bathing dogs, and socializing with the animals.

We thank all of the JOOI club members and their sponsor, Ms. Jessy Clements, for volunteering their time and service to promote positive change in our community!

(Picture credits: Ms. Jessy Clements)

BELOW: JOOI Club members restock the food pantry at A New Leash on Life Animal Rescue Lodge and Adoption Center in Brownsboro, Alabama. The animal rescue organization's mission is to "make the world a better place for homeless pets and the people who love them!" Learn how you can make a difference by visiting the ANLOL Web Site.


Mu Alpha Theta Hosts Pi Day Event on 3.14.14

Sponsor, Mrs. Amanda Squires, and the members of Mu Alpha Theta organized a special Pi Day event in celebration of National Pi Day on Friday March 14th (3.14). The BHS student body voted (through a penny drop) for the teachers they wanted to see get a pie in the face! The "winning" teachers were GREAT sports by participating in the "Pie in the Face" event. See pictures below and the special video clip, starring Assistant Principal Mr. David Carroll.
PI Day at Buckhorn High School


Mu Alpha Theta Offers Free Math Tutoring

Mu Alpha Theta provides FREE math tutoring every Wednesday after school from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in room 174. Contact Mrs. Amanda Squires for more information.


Volunteer Opportunities

Burritt on the Mountain - April & Summer Events

  • Treasure Hunt at Gold Mountain: lots of volunteers needed throughout the Historic Park as character interpreters from the Alabama Gold Rush of 1829. Imagine dressing in 1800s and 1900s clothing and spending the day in a historic gold mining town! Use your imagination and join us, especially Saturdays (10-4) and Sundays (12-4). We'd love to have you join us at Gold Mountain from now through Labor Day.
  • Spring "County Fair" Farm Days: lots of volunteer opportunities! Friday, April 4 (8:30-2), Saturday, April 5 (9:30-4:30), and Sunday, April 6 (11:30-4:30)
  • Earth Day at Burritt (on-site): Saturday, April 12. Volunteers dress in Historic Costume to greet visitors, help with historic kids' games, churn butter, work the sluice, and more. Shifts are 10:00am-1:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm.
  • Burritt's table at Hays Nature Preserve's Earth Day Festival: Saturday, April 12. help with a craft at Burritt's table at Hays Nature Preserve. A staff member will be present at all times. Two volunteers needed from 9:00am - 12:00pm.
  • Easter event: Saturday, April 19, lots of volunteer opportunities. Dress in historic costume and hand out eggs from 11:00am - 3:00pm!!!
  • City Lights and Stars concerts on May 9 & 23, June 13, July 4 & 25, August 15: parking assistants and dinner servers needed.
  • Nature Rangers Summer Camp: camp counselors needed for 8 weeks of summer camp for kids K-12. Counselors must be at least 15 years of age, and they must attend an orientation if this is their first camp. Camp dates: June 2-6, 9-13, 16-20, and 23-27; July 7-11, 14-18, and 21-25. Shifts are early (8:30am-2:30pm) and late day (1:45-5:30pm). This is a great way to earn high school volunteer service hours.

*****Please call 256-533-1365 or email to volunteer*****


2014 Panoply Arts Festival, April 25th - 27th

The Panoply Arts Festival, Huntsville’s largest downtown festival, needs you! Over 1,000 volunteers are needed for the event, held in Big Spring Park April 25-27. There are opportunities to help with interactive activities, work the gates, and more. Please visit The Arts Council’s website or call 256-519-2787 to register today.


Announcements & Upcoming Events

2014 Prom King & Queen Announced!

UPDATE!!! Congratulations to the 2014 Prom King Jonathan Shields & Prom Queen Harley Jones; Prom Prince Silas Owens & Prom Princess Davia Young!!

Junior Court Members: Katie Swartz & Morgan Young.

Junior Court Members: Logan Markham & Jackson Solley.

Senior Court Members: Emma Harchanko, Logan Jones, Kayla Petty, & Megan Wright.

Senior Court Members: Khari Blasingame, Pete Shepard, Will Stoner, & Kyle Wright.

Share your 2014 Prom pictures with us on Facebook and on Twitter @buckhorn_high !!!


STAR 99.1 / CAFY Young Citizen of the Month

This monthly program recognizes young citizens in the Madison County area each month for their positive efforts in their community. The program is a branch of the Annual Community Awareness For Youth (CAFY) event. Please consider nominating a young citizen in grades 7-12 for being a good citizen.

The monthly winner will receive the items listed below at the city council meeting on the first Thursday of each month:

* A HRC Certificate
* DynCorp International Gift Card
*CAFY Coin of Excellence
* STAR 99.1 Prize Pack

* TV and Radio interviews and print articles

The program is open to all school systems in Madison County and any home schooled student as well. The CAFY program is Sponsored by the Huntsville Police Department, City of Huntsville, Madison County, City of Madison and Team Redstone.

You can nominate students by visiting any of the sites listed below:


Summer AP Institute

Taking AP next year? Register for UAH's FREE CollegeFirst Summer AP Institute HERE.



The Madison County Board of Education revised the 2014-2015 School Calendar at a special session held Thursday, March 6, 2014. The 2014-2015 calendar, approved in February of 2013, was revised to reflect four (4) half-day teacher/staff professional development days. The revised calendar allows one half-day per grading period. The 2014-2015 is shown below and can be found online HERE.



It's official, the MCBOE approved the staggered start times for the 2014-2015 school year.

At the March 20, 2014 Madison County Board of Education Meeting, Dr. David Copeland announced that the Madison County School System will run double bus routes beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. The Board of Education was supportive of this change and appreciative of all the work Dr. Copeland and his staff have done to develop a way to make student transportation safer and more efficient.

High schools and the large middle schools (Buckhorn High, Hazel Green High, Madison County High, New Hope High, Sparkman 9, Sparkman High, Buckhorn Middle, Meridianville Middle, Monrovia Middle and Sparkman Middle) will begin school at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. each day. All elementary schools (to include all K-3, K-5, K-6, K-8, and 4-6 school configurations) will begin at 7:45 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. each day. Parents will be allowed to drop students off thirty (30) minutes prior to the beginning of school. More information about the bus routes and available childcare will be provided at a later date.


Are You Prepared for the ACT? 04/23/14

On Wednesday, April 23rd, all 11th grade students will take the ACT here on the Buckhorn campus. This test is now required by the Alabama State Department of Education, so students will NOT be charged for the ACT given on April 23rd. Juniors pre-registered at BHS on Thursday, April 3rd, so there is no need to register for this test online. *A make-up day is scheduled for April 8th, for those juniors who were absent.

Students will be able to submit these scores to a maximum of four (4) colleges when applying for admissions or scholarships. Student athletes planning to play on a college level could include NCAA Clearinghouse as one of their 4 choices.

No Cell Phones! Students and teachers are not allowed to have cell phones or other electronic devices during the ACT assessment on April 23rd. Students who do not adhere to this rule will have their test voided. Additionally, students must come prepared with the following:

· Government issued ID
· No. 2 pencils with good erasers (no mechanical pencils or ink pens)

Students have been assigned an online ACT Prep USERID and PASSWORD for use on the Applerouth Website. This program is designed to help students prepare for the ACT. If your student has forgotten or lost his/her login information, please contact Mrs. Dee Gordon in the guidance department. For additional study materials, please visit the ACT Website.


Alabama A&M Open House - April 26th

Alabama A&M University will be hosting an Open House and Transfer Student Day on Saturday April 26, 2014. For more information visit:



Are you Ready for Some Football?

BHS Football will have their Spring Game on May 15th at 7 p.m. at Franklin County (TN). Save the Dates! The 2014 Football Schedule is below. Football Web Page



Calendar of Events

APRIL 2014

5 Soccer VB - Dawg Pound Classic - Opelika, AL

5 Baseball V @ Bob Jones - 11:00 a.m. (DH)
5 Baseball JV @ Madison Academy

5 Prom @VBC, 8 p.m. - Midnight

7-25 STAR Screening

7 Golf VG/VB Hogan Vaughn Invitational @ Valley Hill

7 Baseball FR/V vs. Lincoln County @ BHS - 4:30 p.m. / 6:30 p.m.

7 Baseball JV @ Grissom - 4:30 p.m. (DH)

7-10 Color Guard Fundamental Clinics

8 Make-up ACT pre-test sessions for 11th graders
8 Tennis VG/VB vs. Austin @ BHS - 3:00 p.m.
8 Softball JV/V @ Sparkman - 4:30 p.m. / 6:00 p.m.
8-10 Track & Field Metro Championships @ Bob Jones

9 Special Olympics

9 Baseball JV @ HGHS

10 Soccer VB vs. Lee High @BHS - 5:30 p.m.

10 Softball V/JV vs. Lincoln County @ BHS - 4:30 p.m. / 6:00 p.m.

10 Baseball V @ HGHS - 6:00 p.m. (DH)

11 Scholars' Team State Tournament

11 Archery State Tournament

11 Dodgeball Tournament - 1st Block - BHS Gym

11 Baseball V vs. HGHS @ BHS - 4:00 p.m. (DH)

11-12 Softball JV/V Pelham Tournament @ Pelham, AL - TBA

12 Baseball V @ MCHS - 1:00 p.m. (DH)

12-17 Baseball JV Tournament - TBA

13-19 National Library Week

14 Challenge Leadership of Huntsville Deadline (See Mrs. Wheeler)

14 Golf VB/JVB vs. Sparkman @ Colonial

14 Baseball V vs. Grissom @ BHS - 4:00 p.m. (DH)

14 Softball V/JV @ Albertville - 5:00 p.m. / 6:30 p.m.

14-15 Color Guard Routine Clinic

14-17 Tennis Sectional Tournament @ Point Mallard
15 Third Week Progress Report

15 Soccer VB @ Madison County 6:00 p.m.

15 Softball V/JV @ Bob Jones - 4:30 p.m. / 6:00 p.m.

16 Golf Madison County Tournament @ Colonial

17 Soccer VB @ Arab - 4:30 p.m.

17 Softball V/JV vs. Pisgah @ BHS - 4:30 p.m. / 6:00 p.m. (Senior Night)

17 Color Guard Try-Outs - 5:30 p.m. - Bandroom

18-19 Softball V Lincoln County Tournament - TBA

19 Track & Field - Huntsville Big Cat Invitational @ Milton Frank

19 Miss BHS Pageant - 6:00 p.m. - BHS Cafeteria

20-26 Administrative Professionals’ Week

21 Softball JV/V vs. Scottsboro @ BHS - 4:30 p.m. / 6:00 p.m.

21-22 Golf VB Kelsey Goodwin Invitational @ Oxford, AL

22 Softball JV/V vs. HGHS @ BHS - 4:30 p.m. / 6:00 p.m. (Faculty Day)

23 Soccer VB @ Madison Academy - 7:00 p.m.

23 ACT (Grade 11)

24 Take Your Child to Work Day

24 Softball V/JV vs. Athens @ BHS - 4:30 p.m. / 6:00 p.m.

25-26 Track & Field - Section Championships @ James Clemens

26 Football Golf Tournament - Becky Peirce Municipal - 8:00 a.m.

28 End-of-Course Test-English 10 & Algebra I (Ends May 23rd)

29 Golf VB/VG Section Tournament - TBA



MAY 2014

May 5th - 9th is "Teacher Appreciation Week"

1 Sixth Week Progress Report

1-3 Softball Area Tournament - TBA

2 Cap & Gown Distribution - 1st Block

2-3 Track & Field - AHSAA State Meet - Gulf Shores, Alabama

3 Football Bass Tournament - Scottsboro, AL

3 Tennis Banquet

5-9 Teacher Appreciation Week

5-9 School Nutrition Week

5-9 School Nurse Week

5-9 National Music Week

5 AP Chemistry Exam - 8:00 a.m.

5 AP Environmental Exam - 8:00 a.m.

7 Deadline to Turn in Scholarship Information for Awards Day Recognition

7 AP Calculus Exam - 8:00 a.m.

8 Alabama Science Assessment

8 AP English Literature Exam - 8:00 a.m.

9 AP English Language Exam - 8:00 a.m.

9 AP Stats Exam - 12:00 p.m.

9-10 Softball Regional Tournament @ Huntsville Sportsplex - TBA

12 AP Biology Exam - 8:00 a.m.

12 AP Physics Exam - 12:00 p.m.

13 Senior Awards Day - 8:15 a.m. - Gold Gym

14 Senior Activities Day (8:15 a.m. - Breakfast; 10 a.m. Graduation Practice; 11 a.m. Senior Picture; 11:30 a.m. - Senior Picnic)

14 AP History Exam - 8:00 a.m.

15 Choir Concert - Locust Grove Baptist Church - 6:30 p.m.

15 Football - Spring Game @ Franklin County, TN - 7:00 p.m.

15 Senior Exams (1/2)

16 Senior Exams (3/4)

16-17 Softball State Tournament - Montgomery, AL - TBA

18 Baccalaureate @ Hopewell Baptist Church, 1:30 p.m.

21 Graduation - VBC - 3:00 p.m. (Seniors have mandatory practice at 7:30 a.m.)
22 Exams (1/2) - dismiss at 11:13 a.m.

23 Exams (3/4) - dismiss at 11:13 a.m.



26 Memorial Day

27 Teachers’ Workday


*Events are subject to change

**Please email new events and event updates to Suzanne Sullins.




UAH STAR Grants for Teachers

UAH is accepting applications for the STAR grant which provides funding for TEACHERS to travel abroad to enhance their classroom curriculum. You can learn more by visiting the link below. Those interested must be nominated by a principal or superintendent.

CONTACT: Diana LaChance, UAH Marketing & Communications, 256.824.6878


West Point's Summer Leaders Experience

Applications will be open to juniors through April 11th. SLE is a great week of academic, military, and physical excellence. The program consists of daily morning physical training, academic classes, afternoon sports, a day of military training, administration of the Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA), a West Point tour, and social functions. The academic program features workshops and class samplings from the Academy's curriculum. All participants are housed in the cadet barracks and meals are in the Cadet Mess. Students pay their own travel expenses plus a registration fee of approximately $400. Visit their WEBSITE for application instructions.


Toyota Teen Driver School Sweepstakes Deadline April 15th

Enter quickly once a day on behalf of your school for a chance to win $5,000 to put towards safe driving awareness, as well as a Virtual Driving Simulator. Ten Runners-Up Schools will also receive cash prizes. Anyone can enter on behalf of a high school, so spread the word! Enter every day through April 15, 2014. Go to Toyota Teen Driver School Sweepstakes Website to enter!



Omega Psi Phi, XI Chapter John L. Cashin, Sr. Scholarship Deadline April 18th

The Omega Psi Phi John L. Cashin, Sr. Scholarship to be presented to graduating seniors in the Huntsville/Madison County area. The XI chapter is awarding a one-time 1st place - $2500, 2nd place - $1000, and 3rd place - $1000 scholarship to deserving students. The scholarship recipients will be chosen based on financial need, leadership ability, and academics. The students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (out of a 4.0) and score no less than 15 on the ACT or equivalent score on SAT. An application can be accessed HERE.


Knabe Scholarship

In partnership with the University of Alabama and University of North Alabama, UMCH will provide a higher education for college age foster youth in Tuscaloosa and Florence. Students must be accepted to the University of Alabama, University of North Alabama, or another institution in Tuscaloosa or Florence before applying for the Knabe Scholarship. The student must have a 3.0 GPA, demonstrate good moral character and demonstrate leadership skills. Visit the Knabe Scholarship Web Page for more information. An application can be accessed HERE.


Accept the Challenge - May 1, 2014

Drake State is hosting a very special event at Drake State Community and Technical College on Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. They received a grant from the Department of Education to help prepare students for any college by assisting individuals with filling out their FAFSA application for federal aid. They are partnering with NACEE on this free event that is open to the public. They will be giving away prizes and offering informational sessions to students and parents about federal aid. This event is not to promote Drake but to assist all students wishing to attend any college with the professional help needed to fill out their FAFSA application. If you need additional information, please feel free to contact: Jennifer O'Linger at 256-551-3125 or via email:


Big Sun Organization - Deadline June 20th

The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. We are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in. Amount of Award - $500.00. The successful applicant will be a high school senior or be attending a post-secondary institute and currently involved in some sport at that institution or in the community. Please visit the Big Sun Website to apply.


Additional Student Scholarships

Please visit Student Scholarships to register to receive additional scholarship information.



The Coffee Shoppe

The Coffee Shoppe is located in the library and is open everyday, before school and during break. Current menu items include: Coffee, White Chocolate Cappuccino, French Vanilla Cappuccino, Walnut Brownie Hot Chocolate, French Vanilla Iced Coffee, and Mocha Iced Coffee. All items are 16 oz. - $2.00. Thank you for supporting the BHS Library. Be sure to follow the BHS Library on Twitter (@BuckhornHighLib) and like their Facebook Page.


Senior Tank Tops & T-Shirts for Sale!

The BHS Dance Team is selling senior tank tops & t-shirts for $12.00 (cash only)! Contact Ms. Kaitlyn Gokee to place your order today.

BHS Choir - Gourmet Pasta Sale

BHS Choir is currently selling gourmet pasta to help raise funds for their program. For more information and to make a purchase, please contact Ms. Meg Jones

Custom Buckhorn Socks - $10

Contact Coach Harris to check for availability.

General Donations are Always Welcomed!

If you would like to make a donation to Buckhorn High School - please contact Ms. Suzanne Sullins. Community support is always welcomed and appreciated! GO BUCKS!!



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