The Blue & Gold

September 7, 2014 - Volume 2, Issue 5

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Vote for BHS vs. HHS as this week's Tennessee Valley Game of the Week!

Hands down, this game will be THE game of the week, for ALL football fans! Both 7A, Region 4 teams are coming off big rivalry wins, with the Bucks defeating Hazel Green, 29-16 and the Panthers defeating Grissom, 42-22. Both teams are 1-0 in region play and 2-0 overall. The last match-up was in 2011, with the Bucks winning, 21-13.

While it's acknowledged that ratings can be very unstable for the first 3-4 weeks of the season, here are a couple of unofficial rankings for both teams:

David Wilson has the Panthers ranked 14th in the state (7A) and 3rd in region 4 and the Bucks 16th in the state (7A) and 4th in region 4.

John Wobus has the Bucks ranked 11th in the state (7A) and Huntsville ranked 20th (7A).

The ASWA only lists the top ten teams in each class, and neither team is currently ranked in the top ten in class 7A.

The winning 'Game of the Week' will be featured on the cover of Friday's Press-Register Game Day special section and the results prominently displayed in the Huntsville Times' weekend editions

Vote HERE now! The poll closes Monday at 5PM! Go Bucks!!!


Our Bucks are up for the WAAY-TV TEAM of the Week too! This poll closes on Wednesday at 2:00 PM. Click HERE and vote now!! #GoBucks!!!
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The Week Ahead...

8 (M) Homecoming Tickets Go on Sale, Cafeteria, $15/Single or $25/Couple, All Lunches

8 (M) PowderPuff Tickets Go on Sale, Cafeteria, $2, Break and All Lunches

8 (M) NYC Interest Meeting, Historical Society, BHS MPR, 5:30PM

8 (M) FR / JV Bucks vs. HGHS, Home, 5PM / 6:30PM

9 (T) JVG / VG Volleyball vs. Randolph, Home 4:30PM / 5:30PM

10 (W) FCCLA Meeting, Room 139, 8AM

10 (W) Mu Alpha Theta, Room 174, 8AM or 3:30PM

10 (W) BHS Football Fundraiser, El Monte - All Day / Chill Factory 5PM-9PM

11 (TH) 6-Week Progress Reports

11 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, 8:05AM or 3:35PM

11 (TH) JVG / VG Volleyball vs. GHS / JCHS, Home, 4PM/6PM

12 (F) FCA Huddle, BHS Choir Room, 7:45AM

12 (F) Pep Rally, Gold Gym, 3PM

12 (F) BHS vs. HHS, Home, 7PM

13 (S) BHS Dance Clinic, Gold Gym, 8:30AM-12:30PM

13 (S) ACT Test

Tickets Go On Sale This Week for Homecoming Dance & Powder Puff!

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Above Image Credit: Robert Owen, Captured Memories by Robert | Link to Image

Bucks Dominate!

By Zachary Eccher |
on September 05, 2014 11:35 p.m.

HAZEL GREEN, Alabama -- In the eighth [sic] Cotton Classic, Buckhorns strong rushing attack and solid defense proved to be the difference as the Bucks came away with a 29-16 victory over Hazel Green.

Buckhorn jumped out quickly to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on an 8-yard TD pass from Dalen Morris to tight end Logan Markham. The Trojans would come back and convert a field goal late in the second quarter to get on the board before halftime. No team could find any offensive rhythm with penalties disrupting the flow of the game.

The Bucks would take complete control in the second half featuring the patented ground and pound attack that the Trojans had no answer for. Conner Kistemaker also connected on three second half field goals to help the Bucks (2-0) stay undefeated.

Everett Lanier scored on TD runs of 5 and 3 yards in the second half for the Trojans, but Buckhorn held Hazel Green's passing attack in check limiting Trojans quarterback Cole Guffey to 190 yards on 13 of 32 attempts.

-- Play of the Game: After a Hazel Green TD run that cut the Bucks' lead to 13-10, sophomore running back Will Ignont answered with a 32-yard TD run to spark the Bucks' offense and give them a 19-10 lead.

-- By the numbers: The Bucks have taken eight of the last 10 meetings between the two teams and stopped a two-game losing streak to the Trojans. ... Buckhorn scored on all five of its second-half possessions. ... Hazel Green managed only 60 yards rushing on 27 carries.

-- Game balls: Ignont gets the offensive game ball for the Bucks after rushing for 156 yards on 16 carries. He had 139 yards rushing in the second half. Jordan Barnes gets the defensive game ball as he intercepted two Guffey passes in the second half that ended promising drives by the Trojans.

-- Coachspeak: “I told our club at halftime that we had to clean up some things in the second half if we wanted to win the game. We needed to open up more holes and spread the field so Will (Ignont) would have room to run.” Buckhorn coach David O’Connor said.

-- They Said It: “That first TD gave us momentum and it got us going. We knew our defense could stop them so getting on the board first was huge” Markham said.

“I didn’t hit the whole [sic] hard enough in the first half. I was a little nervous out there. Today was my mom’s birthday so I needed to play well for her. Her birthday kind of ignited me to play better and run harder in the second half. It felt great to get the win for her,” Ignont said.

-- Next week: Buckhorn hosts Huntsville while Hazel Green travels to James Clemens.

Congrats Varsity Volleyball BHS 3 - NHHS 2

Game Captain, Audrey Cagle, was on fire with twenty kills, twenty-four assists and nine digs to lead the Lady Bucks past New Hope, 22-25, 25-16, 25-22, 17-26, and 15-5.

Lady Bucks Game Stats:

Assists: Briana Born - 25, Audrey Cagle - 24, Delaney Peterson - 1, Taylor Statum - 1, and Kayla Stewart - 5

Blocks: Ashley Baker - 1, Audrey Cagle - 1, Jessica Clark - 2, Haley Howard - 3, Delaney Peterson - 1, and Madison Shelby - 5

Digs: Ashley Baker - 3, Briana Born - 3, Audrey Cagle - 9, Haley Howard - 6,Caitlyn Long - 1, Delaney Peterson - 3, Madison Shelby - 4, Taylor Statum - 10, andKayla Stewart - 2

Game Points: Ashley Baker - 5, Briana Born - 5, Audrey Cagle - 5, Jessica Clark - 5, Haley Howard - 5, Caitlyn Long - 5, Delaney Peterson - 5, Madison Shelby - 5, Taylor Statum - 5, and Kayla Stewart - 1

Kills: Ashley Baker - 8, Audrey Cagle - 20, Jessica Clark - 2, Haley Howard - 14, Delaney Peterson - 2, Madison Shelby - 13, and Taylor Statum - 1

Service Receptions: Audrey Cagle - 11, Jessica Clark - 6, Haley Howard - 9, Caitlyn Long - 2, Madison Shelby - 1, and Taylor Statum - 15

Aces: Briana Born - 3, Audrey Cagle - 2, Jessica Clark - 2, Haley Howard - 1, Madison Shelby - 3, and Kayla Stewart - 1

Congratulations Lady Bucks!

BHS Lady Bucks Volleyball Coaches Whitney Boggus-JV & Leanna King-V

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BHS Varsity Volleyball Team

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BHS JV Volleyball Team

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BHS Volleyball Managers

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If you don't follow us on Twitter, then you are missing out! Here are just a few tweets from last week:

Todd Markham | @WTMarkham · Sep 5

Great win Bucks! And great job student section!

Bryan Campbell | @BryanCampbell24 · Sep 6

I have seen more school spirit at @buckhorn_high this year than any previous year. Keep it up @SeniorsBHS2015 !

Meg McLawhorn | @megmclawhorn · Sep 6

@BryanCampbell24 @buckhorn_high @SeniorsBHS2015 Agreed!!! Proud of our kiddos!

MrsWoodBHS | @grt82BAbuck · Sep 6

@BryanCampbell24 @buckhorn_high @SeniorsBHS2015 Best pep rally ever!

sfanningreads | @sfanningreads · Sep 6

Bucks, so proud of you! Big Win! Congratulations!

sally nguyen | @sallylunguyen · Sep 6

Woke up, voice half way gone, but last night was awesome! #COTTONCLASSIC #BuckNation

Anna Torres | @_itsannatorres · Sep 5

The student section tonight was insane. SO proud to be a student at such a supportive, close school like Buckhorn #BUCKPRIDE

σℓινια мαє тяαуℓσя | @olivia_mae00 · Sep 5

Nights like these make me realize how much of a family Buckhorn is. #BuckPride

grant | @CGH_Grant · Sep 5

That was the best student section performance I've witnessed by Buckhorn. #BuckNation

autumn sharp | @Autumn_Sharp12 · Sep 5

That's one #cottonclassic to remember

Mandy Godbehere | @MandyGodbehere · Sep 5

My Bucks brought that #COTTONCLASSIC trophy back home tonight! Congrats BHS!!

Todd Markham | @WTMarkham · Sep 5

Thanks to Ms. Gordon for organizing our College Day trip to UAH today and kudos to our juniors and seniors for their good behavior.

Buckhorn High Alumni | @Buckhorn_Alumni · Sep 5

BHS alumni is now up and running! Follow us for updates on school news and events!! #pastpresentfuture #Bucknation

Alabama7AFootball | @AAlabama7 · Aug 31

Only 4 7A Region 4 teams are still 2-0 Gadsden City 2-0 James Clemens 2-0 Buckhorn 2-0-0 Huntsville 2-0


Be sure to tweet @buckhorn_high for retweets AND to be considered for inclusion in next week's Blue & Gold!

Follow @buckhorn_high for all of our tweets and retweets!

BHS Hashtags (#'s):

#BuckNation | #BuckPride | #GoBucks | #excellenceinactionBHS | #BHSTeachers

This Week's Featured Tweets

MrsWoodBHS | @grt82BAbuck · Sep 5

@BuckhornDance Way to go Buckhorn Dance. You were great today.

Buckhorn hip hop 9/06/14 pep rally

Jody Dodd | @zipcity14 · Sep 4

Congrats to @BuckVolleyball for the win tonight. #buckpride

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Mrs. Krentel | @MrsKrentelsmath · Sep 2

Speed dating in the math classroom was a success!

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Do the Bucky
Buckhorn High School Band - Sept 5, 2014
Cheerleaders - Cotton Classic 2014
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Enjoy the City Coupon Books - $20

The future Buck Nation News Broadcasting Team is selling "Enjoy the City" Coupon Books for $20. Please help us raise money to purchase the equipment needed to stream our broadcasts within the school and to the surrounding community.

Preview the entire coupon book HERE and see how you can save hundreds of dollars instantly! *Note: Publix WILL accept the Star Market coupons, for a total of $60.00 in savings! Purchase one book and you've already made $40.00!

To purchase a coupon book, please email Ms. Suzanne Sullins:

Thank you for your support! Go Bucks!

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Buck Nation Community Pep Rally & Bonfire September 18th, 6PM-9PM

Pre-game festivities for Buckhorn’s 9/19 Homecoming game against James Clemens will include a community pep-rally on Thursday, 9/18! Please join us on the soccer field at 6:00PM. Feel free to bring food and other picnic supplies. *If any school is planning to have a vendor come on our campus, it must be approved by Buckhorn High School administration. There will be a bonfire and performances from Buckhorn’s band, dance team, cheerleaders, and more! It’s open to the public and free of charge. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Jessy Clements, Event Organizer. Go Bucks!

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Running for Rowan

On September 27th at Hazel Green High School, there will be a community wide fundraiser for Rowan Scott. Rowan is a kindergarten student at Riverton Elementary. Rowan has spastic diaplegic cerebral palsy and will be having surgery April 20, 2015. The surgery hopefully will allow her to walk independently one day. All proceed from this event will go directly to the Scott family for medical expenses they will have during this time. Participants and volunteers are appreciated.

Go to for more information on registering for this event.

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As a result of the many generous donations, we have begun construction of the Veterans Memorial Wall. The Memorial Wall will honor all veterans, especially those from the New Market community and Madison County area.

We have received donations totaling over $15,000.00 in cash or material from Buckhorn HighSchool, the Buckhorn High School Class of 2013, Buckhorn JROTC, District 1 Commissioner, Mr. Roger Jones, the Madison County Schools System, Jenkins Brick, Sequatchie Concrete, Alabama Flag & Banner, Clark Memorials & the First Baptist Church of New Market.

We still need your help:
We need an additional $10,000 in short term funding to complete the wall. What’s left to complete is 50% payment ($3,411.00) for the bronze Branch/Service Seals and bronze lettering for the wall & labor to mount them. We will also need $4,915.00 for the labor and materials needed for the beige and red brick pavers that will surround the base of the memorial.

You can help:
Please click the link to access the Veterans Memorial (VM) Donor Form. Please print the form and mail your contribution to Buckhorn H.S. JROTC. With donations of $100.00 or more, we will engrave a red brick paver with your veteran loved one's name and other information you choose to put on the brick paver. These pavers will surround the base of the memorial.

Your donation is tax deductible & we will mail you a receipt. Thank you again for your continued support.

Please address questions/comments to:
LTC (Ret) Robert Hartley, Senior Army Instructor
Buckhorn High School
4123 Winchester Road
New Market, AL 35761
Office Phone: (256) 851-3303 | Cell phone: (256) 508-5067

Upcoming Events & Activities



8 (M) Homecoming Tickets Go on Sale, Cafeteria, $15/Single or $25/Couple, All Lunches

8 (M) PowderPuff Tickets Go on Sale, Cafeteria, $2, Break and All Lunches

8 (M) NYC Interest Meeting, Historical Society, BHS MPR, 5:30PM

8 (M) FR / JV Bucks vs. HGHS, Home, 5PM / 6:30PM

9 (T) JV / V Volleyball vs. Randolph, Home 4:30PM / 5:30PM

10 (W) FCCLA Meeting, Room 139, 8AM

10 (W) Mu Alpha Theta, Room 174, 8AM or 3:30PM

10 (W) BHS Football Fundraiser, El Monte - All Day / Chill Factory 5PM-9PM

11 (TH) 6-Week Progress Reports

11 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, 8:05AM or 3:35PM

11 (TH) JV / V Volleyball vs. GHS / JCHS, Home, 4PM / 6PM

12 (F) FCA Huddle, BHS Choir Room, 7:45AM

12 (F) Pep Rally, Gold Gym, 3PM

12 (F) BHS vs. HHS, Home, 7PM

13 (S) BHS Dance Clinic, Gold Gym, 8:30AM-12:30PM

13 (S) ACT Test

15 (M) FR/ JV Bucks @ HHS, 5PM / 6:30PM

16 (T) Samford University, MPR, Break

16 (T) Cross Country, Randolph Cross Country Classic, UAH, 1PM

16 (T) JV / V Volleyball @BJHS, 4PM / 5PM

16-20 Softball Try-Outs, BHS Softball Field, 3:30PM

17 (W) FCCLA Meeting, Room 139, 8AM

17 (W) Impact Aid Kick-Off, All forms are due back by October 1st

17 (W) Calhoun Community College, MPR, Break

17 (W) Powder Puff Football Game, BHS Football Field, 2PM, $2.00

18 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, 8:05AM or 3:35PM

18 (TH) UAB, MPR, Break

18 (TH) Faculty Softball Game, BHS Softball Field, 2PM

18 (TH) JV / V Volleyball vs. Gadsden / HHS, Home, 4:30PM / 6:30PM

18 (TH) Buckhorn Community Pep Rally & Bonfire, BHS Soccer Field, 6PM-9PM

19 (F) FCA Huddle, BHS Choir Room, 7:45AM

19 (F) Homecoming vs. James Clemens' Jets, 7PM

19 (F) Buckhorn Alumni Tailgate Party, Football Pavilion, 5PM-7PM

20 (S) Jackson State University, High School & Transfer Day, Jackson, Mississippi

20 (S) BHS Softball Alumni Game, Softball Field, 10AM

20 (S) Cross Country, Scottsboro Invitational, Scottsboro, AL

20 (S) V Volleyball @HGHS Tournament, TBA

20 (S) JV Volleyball @HHS Tournament, TBA

20 (S) Homecoming Dance, BHS Cafeteria, 7PM - 11PM, $15.00/Single or $25/Couple

22 (M) JV / V Volleyball @JCHS / Randolph, 4:30PM / 5:30PM

22 (M) FR / JV Bucks @ JCHS, 5PM / 6:30PM

23 (T) Auburn University, MPR, Break

23 (T) JV / V Volleyball vs. Lee, Home, 4:30PM / 5:30PM

24 (W) FCCLA Meeting, Room 139, 8AM

24 (W) MSU, MPR, Break

25 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, 8:05AM or 3:35PM

25 (TH) UAH, MPR, Break

25 (TH) University of Montevallo, Cafeteria, All Lunches

25 (TH) Girls Soccer Try-Outs, BHS Soccer Field, 3:45PM, Coach: Adriana Miller

25 (TH) Swimming @Alabama A&M vs. GHS / SHS, 6:30PM

25 (TH) JV / V Volleyball, County Tournament, TBA

25 (TH) Bucks vs. J.O. Johnson, Alabama A&M, 7PM

26 (F) FCA Huddle, BHS Choir Room, 7:45AM

26 (F) Teacher Professional Development (1/2 Day for Students)

27 (S) Medication Take Back, Various Location, 9AM - Noon

27 (S) Running for Rowan, Community Fundraiser @HGHS

27 (S) Cross Country, Arab Invitational, Arab City Park, Arab, AL

27 (S) BHS Wrestling Golf Tournament, Colonial Golf Course, 7:30AM

27 (S) JV / V Volleyball @Austin Tournament, TBA

29 (M) Fall Picture Day, Blue Gym, Times TBA

29 (M) JV Bucks vs. MCHS, Home, 6PM

30 (T) JV / V Volleyball vs. BJHS / Arab, Home *Senior Night*, 4PM / 6PM

30 (T) FR Bucks @ NGA-Fayetteville, 6:30PM


1 (W) FCCLA Meeting, Room 139, 8AM

2 (TH) Excellence in Leadership H.S. Conference, Troy University

2 (TH) Shorter University, MPR, Break

2 (TH) JV / V Volleyball @Grissom, 3:30PM / 4:30PM

2 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, 8:05AM or 3:35PM

3 (F) End of Grading Period

3 (F) FCA Huddle, BHS Choir Room, 7:45AM

3 (F) Bucks vs. BJHS, Home, 7PM

4 (S) JV Volleyball @JCHS Tournament, TBD

4 (S) Cross Country, 16th Annual Jesse Owens Classic, Oakville Indian Mounds Park

6 (M) FR / JV Bucks @ BJHS, 5PM / 6:30PM

6-10 Fall Break

7 (S) V Volleyball @ SHS / Mad. Acad., 4PM & 5PM

8 (W) BHS Football Fundraiser, El Monte, All Day & Chill Factory, 5PM-9PM

9 (TH) V Volleyball @HHS / HGHS, 4PM & 5PM

10 (F) Senior Portrait Deadline, Prestige Portraits, 256-382-2798

10 (F) Bucks vs. SHS, Home, 7PM

10-12 Youth Leadership Retreat, US Space & Rocket Center, $239, 1-800-637-7223

11 (S) SAT Test

13 (M) FR / JV Bucks @ SHS, 5PM / 6:30PM

13 (M) Swimming @Dublin Invitational, 6:30PM

14 (T) UNA, Cafeteria, All Lunches

14 (T) BHS Archery Try-Outs, BMS Gym, 3:45PM

14 (T) V Volleyball @Gadsden, 4PM & 5PM

15 (W) FCCLA Meeting, Room 139, 8AM

15 (W) PSAT (10th&11th Grade), BHS, 8:30AM, $20.00, Contact: Mrs. Stephanie Wheeler

16 (TH) National Boss Day

16 (TH) Report Cards

16 (TH) Career Tech Center Tour (9th Grade), MCCTC, TBA

16 (TH) ACT PLAN (10th Grade), BHS, 8:30AM

16 (TH) ASVAB, (11th Grade), BHS, 8:30AM

16 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, 8:05AM or 3:35PM

17 (F) FCA Huddle, BHS Choir Room, 7:45AM

17 (F) Bucks @Grissom, 7PM

20-21 V Volleyball Area Tournament, TBA

20-24 National School Bus Safety Week

21 (T) Swimming @Scottsboro Invitational, 5PM

22 (W) FCCLA Meeting, Room 139, 8AM

22 (W) Fall Picture Make-Up Day, Location & Time TBA

23 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, 8:05AM or 3:35PM

23 (TH) Swimming @Alabama A&M vs. PJPII / MCHS, 6:30PM

23-31 Red Ribbon Week

24 (F) FCA Huddle, BHS Choir Room, 7:45AM

24 (F) Bucks vs. Gadsden, Home, 7PM

25 (S) ACT Test

29 (W) MCBOE Employee Flu Shots, BHS, 8AM-10AM

29 (W) FCCLA Meeting, Room 139, 8AM

30 (TH) 3-Week Progress Reports

30 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, 8:05AM or 3:35PM

30 (TH) Swimming @Alabama A&M, Mad. Co. Championship, 6PM

30 (TH) Bucks @Muscle Shoals, 7PM

31 (F) FCA Huddle, BHS Choir Room, 7:45AM

31 (F) Teacher Professional Development (1/2 Day for Students)


1 (S) Drama Club presents The One Act Play, BHS Blue Gym Stage, 7PM-9PM

2 (SU) Daylight Saving Time Ends (Move clocks back one hour)

5 (W) FCCLA Meeting, Room 139, 8AM

6 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, 8:05AM or 3:35PM

7 (F) FCA Huddle, BHS Choir Room, 7:45AM

8 (S) SAT Test

8 (S) Swimming @ HSV Natatorium, NAHSSL Swimmers, 3PM

10 (M) FBLA & JROTC Veterans' Day Breakfast/Assembly, Library & Gold Gym, TBA

11 (T) Veteran's Day Holiday

12 (W) FCCLA Meeting, Room 139, 8AM

12 (W) BHS Football Fundraiser, El Monte, All Day & Chill Factory, 5PM-9PM

13 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, 8:05AM or 3:35PM

14 (F) FCA Huddle, BHS Choir Room, 7:45AM

14-16 Youth Leadership Retreat, US Space & Rocket Center, $239, 1-800-637-7223

17-21 American Education Week

18-Dec. 18 ACT End of Course Tests (English 10 & Algebra I)

19 (W) FCCLA Meeting, Room 139, 8AM

20 (TH) 6-Week Progress Report

20 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, 8:05AM or 3:35PM

21 (F) FCA Huddle, BHS Choir Room, 7:45AM

21-22 Swimming @ HSV Natatorium, NAHSSL Qualifiers, TBA

26-28 Thanksgiving Break


3 (W) FCCLA Meeting, Room 139, 8AM

4 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, 8:05AM or 3:35PM

5 (F) FCA Huddle, BHS Choir Room, 7:45AM

10 (W) FCCLA Meeting, Room 139, 8AM

10 (W) BHS Football Fundraiser, El Monte, All Day & Chill Factory, 5PM-9PM

11 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, 8:05AM or 3:35PM

12 (F) FCA Huddle, BHS Choir Room, 7:45AM

12-13 Swimming @ Auburn University, AHSAA State Qualifiers, TBA

13 (SA) ACT Test

16 (T) FCCLA Meeting, Room 139, 8AM

17 (W) Exams (1/2 Day)

18 (TH) Exams (1/2 Day)

18 (TH) End of Grading Period / End of Semester

19 (F) Teacher Work Day

19-Jan. 4 Winter Break

JANUARY - 2015

2 (F) Teacher Work Day

5 (M) Students Return to School

6 (T) Report Cards

19 (M) Martin Luther King Holiday

27 (T) 3-Week Progress Report


2-6 National School Counseling Week

7 (SA) ACT Test

13 (F) Teacher Professional Development (1/2 Day for Students)
16 (M) Presidents' Day Holiday

19 (TH) 6-Week Progress Report


7 (S) Military Ball

8 (Su) Daylight Saving Time Begins (Move clocks forward one hour)

13 (F) End of Grading Period

14 (SA) Pi Day

19 (TH) Report Cards

23-27 Spring Break


9 (TH) 3-Week Progress Reports

11 (S) Prom, VBC, 8PM-12AM

17 (F) Teacher Professional Development (1/2 Day for Students)

18 (SA) ACT Test

22 (W) Administrative Professionals' Day

23 (TH) Take Your Child to Work Day

28 (T) ACT Plus Writing (11th Grade)

30 (TH) 6-Week Progress Report


2 (SU) Read Across America

3-9 Teacher Appreciation Week

4-8 School Nutrition Employee Week

6 (W) School Nurse Day

12 (T) ACT Plus Writing Makeup (11th Grade)

19 (T) Graduation Practice, VBC, 10AM (Mandatory)

19 (T) Graduation, VBC, 7PM

20 (W) Exams (1/2 Day)

21 (TH) Exams / Last Student Day (1/2 Day)

22 (F) Teacher Workday / End of School Year

25 (M) Memorial Day

28 (TH) Report Cards Mailed (Please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope)

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Senior Announcements

NEW! Class of 2015 - Senior Website!

Thanks to Mrs. Christina Krentel - Seniors and Senior Parents now have a website just for them! If you are looking for any information about senior activities, fees, pictures, or college info please visit the website:


Samford University - 9/16/14 - Multi-Purpose Room - during break

Calhoun College - 9/17/14 - Multi-Purpose Room - during break

UAB – 9/18/14 - Multi-Purpose Room - during break

Auburn University – 9/23/14 - Multi-Purpose Room -during break

MSU – 9/24/14 - Multi-Purpose Room - during break

UAH - 9/25/15 - Multi-Purpose Room - during break

University of Montevallo - 9/25/14 - Cafeteria - during lunch time

Shorter University- 10/2/14 - Multi-Purpose Room- during break

UNA –10/14/14 - Cafeteria - during lunch time


Please schedule your senior portrait sitting with Prestige Portraits (Lifetouch) NOW! Portraits must be taken by October 10, 2014. After the 10th, the last chance for seniors to be photographed will be on fall picture make-up day, which will be October 22, 2014. Please be aware that if you do not get your portrait made with Prestige Portraits, you will not have a picture in the yearbook. Thank you!

Prestige Portraits Studio – Huntsville 5650 Sanderson Street NW Suite G Huntsville, AL 35805, Phone: 256-382-2798.

If you are fee exempt and can’t afford a sitting fee, please contact the faculty adviser at to discuss your options.


Please see Mrs. Christina Phipps Krentel to pay your senior activity fees, $40 (cash only). These fees include the senior breakfast and the senior picnic.

Yearbook Sponsor - Mrs. Christina Phipps Krentel

Senior Sponsor - Mrs. Carrie Bates

Senior Counselor - Mr. Dan Schwanke

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ACT/SAT Announcements

ACT Results - Seniors (last year's juniors) who participated in the state ACT testing and received college-reportable scores will be able to view their scores and score report on a free ACT Web account they create. Students can create an account at If a student has an existing account, he/she can log in to the account to check the state ACT testing scores. If you have questions, please e-mail

2014-15 ACT Test Dates & Deadlines

Test Date: September 13, 2014

Test Date: October 25, 2014

Registration Deadline: September 19, 2014 | Late Fee Required: 9/20–10/03, 2014

Test Date: December 13, 2014

Registration Deadline: November 7, 2014 | Late Fee Required: November 8–21, 2014

Test Date: February 7, 2015

Registration Deadline: January 9, 2015 | Late Fee Required: January 10–16, 2015

Test Date: April 18, 2015

Registration Deadline: March 13, 2015 | Late Fee Required: March 14–27, 2015

Test Date: June 13, 2015

Registration Deadline: May 8, 2015 | Late Fee Required: May 9–22, 2015

ACT Online Registration

ACT Test Prep

ACT Online Test Prep

Please Note: All current eleventh graders (Class of 2016) will take the ACT Plus Writing at BHS (free of charge) on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. The make-up date for the ACT Plus Writing assessment is scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, 2015. A username and password for online ACT test prep will be provided to all current eleventh graders prior to the ACT test in April. Date TBA. ACT study packets can be picked up in the guidance office.

Counselor Contacts: Mrs. Dee Gordon, Mr. Dan Schwanke, Mrs. Stephanie Wheeler

SAT Test Dates & Deadlines

Test Date: October 11, 2014

Registration Deadline: September 12, 2014 | Late Registration (Phone/Online): Sept. 30, 2014

Test Date: November 8, 2014

Registration Deadline: October 9, 2014 | Late Registration (Phone/Online): October 28, 2014

* Deadlines expire at midnight, EDT (U.S.).

Register Now for the 10/11 & 11/8 SAT test dates.

SAT Website

2014-15 Madison County Schools' Testing Schedule, All Grade Levels.

10th & 11th Graders: Register NOW for the PSAT with Mrs. Stephanie Wheeler-$20.00

The PSAT: What It Is and Why It Matters!

If there's one moment when the whole "college thing" starts to get very real, it's taking the PSAT. It's the kick-off to college admission testing.

The PSAT Gives You a Preview of the SAT

While the PSAT is not an exact replica of the SAT, it serves as an excellent introduction to the test since questions are similar. Like the SAT, it includes three sections: Critical Reading, Math, and Writing Skills, but the tests are shorter. Your test results will give you an idea of how you will perform on the SAT and feedback about the areas you need to improve. Your scores will not be reported to any colleges.

Where Merit Scholarships Come In

If you are one of the PSAT's 50,000 highest-scoring test takers, you will be considered for a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship. To have a chance of winning the scholarship, semifinalists must keep up their grades in high school, do well on the SAT, write a biographical letter, and submit letters of recommendation.

When and Where to Take the PSAT

BHS sophomores and juniors can register now for the PSAT. The PSAT will be administered at BHS on October 15, 2014. Please contact Mrs. Stephanie Wheeler in the guidance office for questions or more information.

Registration and Cost

Registration is going on now until all slots have been purchased. The cost for the PSAT is $20.00. Fee waivers are available to low-income students. For details, contact Mrs. Stephanie Wheeler in the guidance office.

Preparing for the PSAT

When students register they will be given a booklet that includes sample questions from each section of the test. Additional information and sample questions are available from the College Board website. If you want to invest additional time and money preparing, several commercial PSAT test preparation books and courses are available.

What Your PSAT Scores Mean

Your PSAT scores are usually available after Thanksgiving. The score report includes three scores, ranging from 20 to 80, for each section of the test. To get a rough idea of how you might do on the SAT, add a zero to the end of each of your PSAT scores. For instance, a 52 on the Critical Reading section would translate roughly to a 520 on the same section of the SAT.

A Few Reminders: Rules & Regulations

Parents, or individuals acting in that capacity, are responsible for seeing that each student under his/her care and control follows school system policy and local school rules and regulations. It is also the responsibility of parents to know such policies, rules and regulations.

Car Riders

Students are NOT allowed to walk to Winchester Road to get in a car after school. ALL cars must pull onto campus to safely pick up car riders. Students who do not follow this rule will be suspended, per Mr. Markham. Thank you for helping us keep our students safe.

Outside Food

Please remember that it is Buckhorn High School's Policy to NOT allow any outside food to be delivered to the school during regular school hours. (This policy does not apply to a 'brown bag' lunch that is prepared at home and brought to school by the student).

Checking Student Out of School

It is Buckhorn High School's policy to NOT allow student check-outs after 3:15 p.m.

Only custodial parent(s) will be allowed to check a student out of school, unless the custodial parent(s) has specifically designated someone else to check the student out of school. School officials will keep accurate records as to whom, what time, and for what reason students are checked out of school. [MCBOE 2014-2015 Code of Conduct, page 21 of 32, Approved July 10, 2014]

Student Publications

The Board of Education authorizes school officials to allow students to have student sponsored publications within the school, and expects the administration to monitor such publications to the extent that disruptions do not result from the contents. Student publications are subject to and will be expected to meet standards associated with responsible journalism. The principal and student publication sponsor are responsible for the content of such publications.

Student publications not approved by the Principal are not allowed, and the Principal shall not allow distribution of publications without prior approval. A certified person shall be appointed to be responsible for supervising student publications, and shall report directly to the Principal in the production of such publications. [Madison County Board of Education 2014-2015 Code of Conduct, page 5 of 32, Approved July 10, 2014]

Media Coverage of School Events

Occasionally local news media visit schools in Madison County to do special reports or follow up on certain news events. As a part of their coverage they often film certain aspects of the school.

It is the principal’s decision whether to allow news media to come into the schools and cover certain events. Extra precautions are taken when the media is covering a sensitive topic or event that might have a negative impact on the school, staff and students.

Parents who have concerns about their child possibly being filmed or photographed by the media should contact the principal. Principals will make every effort to accommodate the wishes of the parent, but it should be understood that it is very difficult to foresee every possible situation that might occur from media coverage of the schools and school events. [Madison County Board of Education 2014-2015 Code of Conduct, page 5 of 32, Approved July 10, 2014]

You may access the complete 2014-15 Code of Conduct through this link:

2014-15 MCBOE Code of Conduct

Daily Schedule

BHS Bell Schedule

The building will open at 8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m. - 8:25 a.m. The cafeteria is open for breakfast to all students

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. First Block

8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast (Ninth Grade Academy Only, First Term Only)

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Break (10th - 12th Grade Only)

10:20 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Second Block

11:55 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Third Block

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Fourth Block

3:15 p.m. - The latest time a student may be checked out.

The building will close at 4:00 p.m.

The building will be open on regularly scheduled school days from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Students arriving on campus before the first bell should be dropped off in the back of the building (near the big buck, 'Bucky') and report directly to the cafeteria. Students are not allowed to roam the building before the first bell. If a student needs to go to a teacher's room before the the first bell, arrangements must be made for a teacher to escort a student to his or her room. If a student is staying with a teacher after school, he/she must remain with the teacher until a parent or guardian picks him/her up. The building will close at 4:00 p.m. each day, so please make arrangements to have your child picked up before this time. *This does not include athletic practices/conditioning that require the use of the facilities.

2014-15 Breakfast Menus

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2014-15 School Lunch Menus

Click this button to access the school lunch menus.

Pre-Pay for School Meals with PayPams

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Helpful People & Links

Scholarships & Special Programs

GREAT NEWS! For the first time, access to the Tuition Funding Sources (TFS) scholarship website is available to BHS students. TFS has millions of scholarships and grants. Wells Fargo Bank is sponsoring the scholarship matching website that also includes a career personality test along with college and career planning tips and tools. Please visit for more information.

Better Business Bureau® of North Alabama 2014 Torch Awards Scholarship

Deadline: September 26, 2014 - 4:30PM

Amount of Award: $1000.00

Scholarship Overview:

High School juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply for the Better Business Bureau’s 13th Annual Torch Scholarships. The BBB will award $1,000 scholarships to students who are selected for their high achievements in leadership, community involvement and an essay on what marketplace ethics means to them. For more information please visit their website.

The completed application form may be submitted via:
Web – or email –
Mail – Scholarship Committee, Better Business Bureau, P.O. Box 383 Huntsville, AL 35804
Hand delivered – BBB Office, 210-A Exchange Place, Huntsville, AL; M-F – 8:00am-4:30pm

2014 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award

Deadline: October 3, 2014

Amount of Award: $500 Gift Card / $10,000.00 school award

Award Overview:

Wendy’s is looking for the next class of remarkable students who excel in academics, athletics, and community involvement. The 2014 Wendy’s High School Heisman award application process is underway. Now through October 3, 2014, class of 2015 graduating seniors can apply online on their website. To be eligible, a student must have maintained at least a ‘B’ grade point average, participated in one of the 27 sports officially sanctioned by the National Federation of State High School Associations, and demonstrated active involvement in his or her community.

National Winners receive:

•Recognition during ESPN’s national telecast of the college Heisman Memorial Trophy presentation in New York City

•A Wendy’s High School Heisman trophy and Heisman Patch

•$10,000 for their high school

•$500 Wendy’s gift card

Wendy's High School Heisman program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America.

AES Engineering Scholarship
Deadline: October 6, 2014
Amount of Award: $500.00
Scholarship Overview:
Students must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words in answer to the following question: When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey? Submit essay to:
There is no application packet for this award. Please do not include your resume at this time. Be sure to include your full name as well as the name of the school you are attending this year and your plans for next year.

NEW! U.S. Space and Rocket Center - Youth Leadership Retreat

Cost: $239 per student

Retreat Overview:

Attention Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. The Space and Rocket Center is hosting a Youth Leadership Retreat where students develop critical life skills and valuable scholarship and college admission points. They'll work in teams to navigate rope elements, ascend 35 foot poles and 50 foot climbing walls and exercise critical thinking and problem solving skills with the crew trainers in their Area 51 Challenge Course. The programs are October 10-12 and November 14-16, cost is $239 per student. Call 800-637-7223 or contact Mr. Livermore for more information.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program
Deadline: Opens Late August - Ends Early November
Amount of Award: Up to $30,000.00 per year

Scholarship Overview:
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is a new undergraduate scholarship program available to high-performing high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. College Scholars receive up to $30,000 per year, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to network with the larger JKCF Scholar community. The application period is open from late August to early November. Up to 40 College Scholars are selected for this program each year. Final notification is in late February. Visit the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship Program Website for an application and more information.

Christopher Columbus Essay Contest

Deadline: December 1, 2014

Amount of Award: Up to $1200.00

Contest Overview:
The Twickenham Town Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, has extended an invitation to students in grades 9-12 to participate in their annual Christopher Columbus Essay Contest. This year’s topic is entitled “Joining Christopher Columbus on His Voyage to the New World.” Students that choose to participate in the contest must mail their essays to Ms. Linda Provost, no later than December 1, 2014. For more information contact Linda C. Provost at or by phone (770)778-7392.

The P.L.A.Y. Scholarship

Deadline: December 3, 2014

Amount of Award: $1000.00

Scholarship Overview:

Are you a student who loves to help animals? P.L.A.Y. wants to hear your story!

To qualify: The contest is open to U.S. residents. No purchase necessary. All participants must be enrolled as full-time high school juniors or seniors. Entries are limited to one submission per person. Immediate family members of P.L.A.Y. employees are excluded from this contest. All essay submissions must be received by 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

How to enter: To apply, students will submit an essay with 2-3 photos of their volunteer efforts to help animals in need and how that involvement has changed their lives or shaped their perceptions on the importance of animal welfare.

  • The essay should be between 500-1000 words.
  • Send a Word doc attachment to with your essay submission
  • The file name should be your full name, state, and date of birth. For example, Chipper-Jones-GA-4-24-1972
  • All submission emails must contain the student’s full name, date of birth, email address, postal address, high school they are currently enrolled in, and a phone number to contact.

AQHF Swayze Woodruff Memorial Mid-South Scholarship

Deadline: December 2014

Amount of Award: Varies

Scholarship Overview:

Ideal candidates have been a member of AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association) or AQHYA (American Quarter Horse Youth Association) for at least one year who is from Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi or Tennessee, and who competes in AQHA-approved shows. Member must apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at an accredited college or university. Recipient must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average. Current or previous AQHF scholarship recipients are not eligible to receive this scholarship. Funding for this scholarship will be applied to a four-year undergraduate degree program of the student's choice. For more information, please visit their website.

American Red Cross BloodStock Scholarship Challenge

Deadline: January 15

Amount of Award: $1000.00 - $2000.00

Scholarship Overview:

-Blood Drive must be held between December 15 and January 15.
-Attend face-to-face planning meeting(s)and stay in close contact with your American Red Cross Representative.
-Find a blood drive location with the help of your American Red Cross Representative.
-Recruit and schedule at least 46 blood donors from friends, family and potential past donor lists supplied by the American Red Cross.
-Help recruit volunteers to assist at the blood drive (greeters, canteen).
-Be at the blood drive for the entire drive to better ensure the success of your BloodStock Drive.
-Collect a minimum of 35 units of blood from volunteer blood donors to enter the drawing for a $1000 scholarship.
*Scholarship check will be made payable to the College/University the student is or will be attending, not to the individual.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program

Deadline: Opens Mid-January - Ends Mid-March 2015

Amount of Award: Financial Support from the 8th grade through high school

Program Overview:

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program offers the most personalized, generous scholarship and educational support to exceptionally promising students from families across the nation who have financial need. Young Scholars receive comprehensive educational advising and financial support from the 8th grade through high school to pursue their unique academic and talent goals. The application period is open from mid-January to mid-March. Up to 60 Young Scholars are selected for this program each year. Final notification is in the early fall. Visit the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program Website for an application and more information.

American Red Cross Youth Volunteer


Program Overview:

The American Red Cross Youth Services is a multi-faceted program for youth (15-17), offering many activities and courses for every age level. Youth programs build character and provide the tools and experience youth need for leadership, strong communication skills, and service. By interacting with those in need, Red Cross youth volunteers establish a sense of awareness and personal achievement while developing these skills. Online Application

SunTrust's 'Off to College' Sweepstakes

Deadline: Ongoing, September 15th through Mid-May
Amount of Award: $1000.00

Sweepstakes Overview:
The 2014-15 'Off to College Sweepstakes' will begin on September 15, 2014. High school seniors and current college students can win a $1,000 scholarship.

ACHE Junior & Community College Performing Arts Scholarship Program
Deadline: Varies

Amount of Award: Varies

Scholarship Overview:

An award not to exceed in-state tuition only for attendance at public junior and community colleges in Alabama. Awards are based on demonstrated talent determined through competitive auditions. Awards are not based on financial needs.

This award is for full-time students attending public junior and community colleges in Alabama. Contact the financial aid office at any public junior or community college in Alabama to apply. Competitive auditions will also be scheduled as part of the application process. For more information, please visit their website.

Alabama Student Grant Program
Deadline: Varies

Amount of Award: Up to $1200.00 per year

Program Overview:

The Alabama Student Grant Program is an award of grant assistance at an eligible independent Alabama college or university and is not based on need. Up to $1200 per academic year with maximum amount available only when sufficient funds are available.
Who may apply?
Undergraduate students--both half-time and full-time--who are Alabama residents attending Birmingham-Southern College, Concordia College, Faulkner University, Huntingdon College, Judson College, Miles College, Oakwood College, Samford University, Selma University, Southeastern Bible College, Southern Vocational College, Spring Hill College, Stillman College, and the University of Mobile.
How to apply?
Applications are available from the financial aid office at the institution you plan to attend. Application deadline dates are printed on the application form.

The largest source of academic scholarships is from the specific colleges. Most colleges have scholarship funds for students with particular skills and abilities as well as demonstrated academic evidence. Contact the financial aid office of your college or university to schedule an appointment. Be sure to ask for any lists of scholarships or other aid available to students.

$11 billion in merit scholarships is available for college. The problem is, these academic scholarships have never been easy to find. Until now. Introducing, a comprehensive directory of merit scholarships and academic scholarships from colleges across the country. Let the colleges come to you! Visit and type in the name of a college to access their scholarship list.

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) will be available January 1. If you need assistance in filling out the form, call Mrs. Irene Steele at the NACEE (North Alabama Center for Educational Excellence) 256-372-4600 to request a free consultation.

If you are planning to play sports in college, make sure you sign up on the NCAA or NAIA website.

2014-15 Madison County Schools' Calendar

Please be aware of the revisions that were made to this year’s calendar. This year's school calendar includes four half-days for professional development on September 26th, October 31st, February 13th, and April 17th. Students will attend the first half of the school day on each of these dates. Fall Break has returned this year and will be October 6th - 10th. We will also observe President’s Day on Monday, February 16, 2015. All other holidays/breaks remain the same as previous years.


Important Media Release Notification

This year, the Notice of Receipt encompasses all releases, including media coverage. In an effort to meet a parental request to NOT include your child's picture/name on any of our digital media platforms (i.e., the district/school websites, the Blue & Gold online newsletter, social media accounts, school broadcasts, online public service announcements, digital yearbook files, etc.), please complete the online form below, as soon as possible.

Click HERE if you do NOT want your child's picture/name published online.

If you have difficulty accessing/filling out the online form, please email Suzanne Sullins for assistance. Please include BHS Media Release as the subject of your email.

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The Madison County School District does not discriminate in admission, treatment, or access to programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religious preference, disability, age, gender, citizenship, non-English speaking ability, or homeless status. Students with disabilities will be provided with the same needed supports and services for extra-curricular programs and activities that are provided during the school day, unless doing so would fundamentally alter the nature of the program and activity.

Contact for Title IX and Section 504
Mrs. Anna S. Watts
Telephone: 256.852.2557 Fax: 256.851.2127
Email Address:

Some links will let you leave the school online newsletter. Some of the linked sites are not under the control of the school/district, and the school/district is not responsible for the contents of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site, or any changes or updates to such sites. The school/district is providing these external links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the site by the school/district.

Madison County Board of Education

1275 Jordan Road, Huntsville, Alabama 35811
Mailing Address P.O. Box 226
Huntsville, Alabama 35804
(256) 852-2557

Buckhorn High School

4123 Winchester Road, New Market, Alabama 35761

(256) 851-3300

If you find inaccurate or inappropriate information on any of the external links, please contact Ms. Suzanne Sullins immediately. Thank you.