Blaze Bulletin

Edition 16 - Week of December 14th


Dear teachers/staff,

Looking ahead to next week, we are excited to host you for a holiday breakfast on Friday, December 18 at 9am. Mr. Hardison is planning the fun, so reach out to him if you know something that needs to be laughed about on Friday! Also, a special thanks to new cafeteria manager, Debby Young. She and the staff have a feast planned for us! We will not publish the Blaze Bulletin next Friday, but we will be back in January. Remember these dates:

January 5 - first day back for teachers - 8:30am - start in the auditorium

January 5 - grade verifications due to Mrs. Elliott by 3:30pm

January 6 - first day for students

January 7 - Report Cards

I hope each of you has a wonderful holiday break and will enjoy family and friends. If you are traveling, be safe! See you in 2016!

Dr. Leisa Justus

Principal, Blackman High School





December Technology Inservice at BHS

OneNote Class Notebook 12/15/15 3:45-5:15 Room G21

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From the Guidance Department...

Jeans Week! Send $5 to Mrs. Noffsinger in D-1 to wear jeans for exam week.

Teacher Recommendations: 4 have completed their recommendations!

All teacher recommendations must be complete by 11:30 am January 6th. The link is below.


PTO luncheon for teachers will be on December 17th in the Media Center.


The teacher holiday breakfast/brunch will be in the cafeteria on December 18th and begin around 9:00 am.

JROTC News...

Retired Lt. Gen. Keith Huber, second from left, poses for a photo with Blackman High School leaders after discussing leadership with JROTC cadets and several hundred other students Nov. 12 inside the school’s auditorium. Huber is now senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives at MTSU. Pictured from left are: retired U.S. Army Col. Gary Spry, senior instructor for Blackman’s JROTC; Huber; Leisa Justus, Blackman High principal; and Sgt. Major Barbara Sanders, JROTC instructor.
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United Way....

I want to thank each and everyone of you for your donations whether in time, money, or verbal support in all of our efforts to help our community! Our final total is ...$11226.93! You guys have been BENEVOLENT and ASSIDUOUS in this endeavor. We will do prizes soon!

Swing Event...

Last Saturday 22 members of the BHS Swing Club met at National Dance Studios for a dance lesson and party. Students learned several different types of swing dances and represented BHS with style and great behavior. Picture 1: talking with dance instructor John. Picture 2: practicing with partners. Picture 3: the whole group.


Registration 2016-2017


January 6th

Teacher recommendation becomes available and is due by lunch time January 6th

January 13th- January 30th

Block Days - Counselors will meet with English classes to do short registration discussion.

If counselors are unable to reach all classes during the block days we will meet the week of January 25th

*Our goal is to meet with three classes in one period

February 1st- February 12th

INOW online registration open. Students will register at home using the registration form and instructions given to them during the discussion with the counselor.

*A counselor will be available in the library during primetime each day for registration help and to answer questions.

February 12th February 16th

Counselors will identify students not yet registered and assist those student with registration in the library.

February 29th

Verification forms will be sent home

*Deadline for parent override is March 4th.

March 4th

Signed verification forms with any changes are due to the counseling office.

*Parent override form is required to take a course beyond the teacher recommended level.

COATS- If you see a child that does not seem to have a coat please send their name to the appropriate counselor or Mrs. Garrott. We do have some here and have the ability to get more.

Healthful Hints...

The link below has 10 tips on how to eat and stay healthy over the holidays. Also, Choose My Plate is a good tool to use for healthy eating throughout the year .


Wayne and I have been married for 27 years! We have 3 boys: Jake (23 yrs old), Brandon (20 yrs old), and Miller (18 yrs old). All 3 boys have have come through BHS. Jake is graduating from MTSU in May, getting married in May to Leah, and going to Physical Therapy school 10 days later (good gosh!). Brandon is in his 2nd year at MTSU as a Geoscience major and plans to study abroad in New Zealand in the next year. Miller is a senior here at Blackman and will graduate THE DAY BEFORE JAKE GETS MARRIED....I am going to be EXHAUSTED!!! I came to Blackman in 2005. I was born in Texas, grew up in Arkansas, and went to college at East Tennessee State University where I received my BS in Mathematics. I have been in Tennessee since college....which was just 10 years ago, I mean....15 years ago....I mean, whatever.

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I am from Murfreesboro and graduated from Riverdale High School. I received my Bachelors of Science in Chemistry-Education from Tennessee Technological University and my Masters from MTSU. I have been teaching 17 years and the years have flown by! This is my second year at Blackman. My daughter, Kaitlynn, is a freshman here in the Collegiate Academy. We love it here! We love on our sweetest and cutest shoodle, Biscuit.

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TEACHER SPOTLIGHT...Michele Giacobbi

I grew up in Levittown, PA where I graduated from Neshaminy Maple Point HS. I received my Bachelors in Social Science from West Chester University outside of Philadelphia and my Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida in Tampa. I have been teaching 23 years, most of that in Hernando County, Florida. I have been at BHS for the past five years. I have taught at every level of education except the university level and have been a teacher, guidance counselor and an administrator. | have been married 20 years and have three children. My oldest Elizabeth is a Junior at Tennessee Tech, middle one Jessica is a senior at Mount Juliet, and my son is a sophomore at Mount Juliet. I have coached most of my career and right now I coach the bowling teams at BHS and BMS and I am a USBC volunteer coach. I enjoy reading, playing Cards Against humanity with my family and hanging out with the cats.

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WHEN PUTTING IN FOR A 1/2 DAY SUB: Schedule from

8:15 - 12:00 or 12:00 - 3:45

Tech Minute

Quizziz is a free, fun, game-based learning platform similar to the popular Kahoot. Watch this week's instructional technology minute highlighting Quizizz's New Homework Feature.

Digital Copies of Faculty & Staff Yearbook Photos

If you would like to have a digital copy of your yearbook photo, follow the link below. A window will pop-up asking you to log in or create an account. Click No, Thanks. Continue to View. The pictures are in alphabetical order by last name. Click on the thumbnail of your picture. A larger version will open. Right click on this larger version and select Save Image As. Choose where you would like to save the picture (desktop, H drive, etc.) and click Save. The pictures will be available at this link until 12/17.

Setting Up Mid-Term Exams in iNow

Here are instructions for setting up your Mid-Term Exams in iNow. It may seem like a simple task, but you must follow these particular steps in order for grades to calculate and display properly. If you have any questions or problems, contact Holly Hunter.

Picture Dates & Locations

Feb 26 - Spring Pictures - Auxiliary Gym - As long as needed (1/2 day)

Feb 26 - Senior Cap and Gown - Main Gym Lobby - All day through English classes

April 13 - Junior Orientation with Loveless - Auditorium - Prime Time

Teacher Absences...

Helpful Hints for Teacher Absences:

  1. Placing your absence into the SubFinder system in advance helps in the process of filling orders. Please try not to wait till the last minute to place your order. We have found we have limited availability with substitutes when trying to fill orders that are placed the morning of the absence. Some of the responses have been, I didn’t see anything last night, so I took a job with another district, I need to know ahead of time, so I can make daycare arrangements, or we simply just can’t reach them after they take their kids to school.

  1. We have had several issues with wrong dates and times being entered into the system. Before completing your absence double check to make sure that your date matches in all four sections. There is also a calendar available if you’re unsure of the correct date.

*Please see below the highlighted sections to check for start date and end date accuracy

Also, double check accuracy for the start time and end time

When entering a ½ day absence you will have to manually change the start time and end time for when you need a substitute (please also remember to change the a.m./ p.m.)

For example:

Correct ½ day absence

Incorrect ½ day absence

*If school has already started for the day, the system will automatically default to the next day. Please pay close attention to your date if you’re entering a request for ½ day in the afternoon for the same day.

If you would like to receive notifications about your absences:

Log in to SubFinder

Go to Personal Info Tab

Go to the Address Tab and enter your email address

You will then receive email notifications regarding your absence. For example, absence is filled, if a substitute cancels, or any changes made on the order, notification will be sent.

You can also use Review Absence in SubFinder to check status of your absence. Just enter the date of your absence and complete a Run Request. If you would like assistance with this process please contact Advantage and we will be glad to assist.

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December Birthdays

Dec 14th – Coach Watson

Dec 20th – Mr Wortham

Dec 25th – Ms Askland

Dec 26th – Ms Walker

Dec 27th – Ms Barger

Dec 27th – Mr Conner

Dec 30th – Ms Soeder

Dec 31st – Ms Mancuso