Blaze Bulletin

Edition 14 - Week of November 23rd


Dear Teachers,

At this time of Thanksgiving, I want to take time to thank you. I see what you do every day, and I see how much you care - for our students and for each other. I know the expectations are high, and the accountability is very public and stringent. Yet, the joy of teaching and impacting young lives remains your focus, and I see that joy radiate throughout this building. Keep up your excellent work. Keep supporting each other. And keep loving and teaching our kids. You are Blackman.

Dr. Leisa Justus

Principal, Blackman High School





Happy ending...

Shout out to Austin Forsberg who came to the rescue of Ms. Giocobbi with a quick heimlich maneuver during a time of distress. Boy Scouts training and speedy response saved the day!
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Please send all cell phones to the front office before end of day.


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From the Counseling Department....

Please encourage students and parents to CONNECT WITH THE COUNSELORS!

Text @blackman to 81010 to get reminders and updates from the counseling department about scholarships, college, career, registration, and important deadlines.


I'm was born in Panamá City, Panamá. I am the older (& shorter) of 2 boys. I arrived to the states (East Ridge, TN) when I was 11 years old not knowing any English. I took it upon myself to learn quickly because I hated being bullied by the other kids. My favorite movie is Toy Story because by watching that movie over and over; having subtitles on, and repeating the words in sync; I managed to learn English in nearly 3 months. I began wrestling in 8th grade and earned two state medals, including a state championship in 2004 and graduated top of my class. I attended MTSU where I acquired a B.S. in Biology and Spanish. Before joining the BHS family I was an environmental scientist, but now I'm happy to call Blackman my home. My hobbies include wrestling (not the fake kind), stargaze and saunter down the beach, and learning new languages. GO BLAZE.

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TEACHER SPOTLIGHT....Barbara Sanders

I am a retired Sergeant Major from the Army. I spent 31 years in the Army. This is my second year instructing JROTC. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management. I have been married to Steve, a Chief Warrant Officer Four in the Army, for 30 years and we have three children; a son, Justin, a daughter, Jessica and a daughter, Joella. My two oldest children graduated from Blackman High School. They are both in the Army. Justin is a Captain, flies black hawks, is married to Kellie and stationed at Ft Bliss, TX. Jessica is a Lieutenant, a Nurse, married to Ryan and is stationed at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. I have two brothers and a sister-in-law in the Army too. My daughter, Joella, is in 6th grade at Blackman Middle School. She loves to do cheer-leading and dance. I have two dogs, Maggie, a Golden Doodle and Sissy, a Dachshund. We love to go to Center Hill Lake and spend time on our houseboat and ski boat.

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Teacher Spotlight....Jeff Lee

Grad Riverdale H.S. (State Champs 1994!)


Grad MTSU with BS

Grad Lipscomb w M.Ed

Been teaching/coaching since 2003, taught special math 1st year

Enjoy playing/listening to music, movies, and being outdoors

Love spending time w/ family and new daughter!

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Teacher Spotlight...Kim Palmer

Girls Wellness Teacher and Assistant Girls Basketball Coach at Blackman. Smyrna High School graduate. Played basketball for 3 years at Martin Methodist College. MTSU graduate with a BS in Physical Education and a Minor in Secondary Education. Teaching 5 years: 2.5 at Shelbyville Central High School and 2.5 at Blackman. Coaching 7 years in High School: Smyrna High, Shelbyville Central, and Blackman. Love spending time with family, friends, and my Cavapoo puppy Polly!!!

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2015 Canned Food Drive

November 16th through 24th

Goal: 20,000 cans

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Thank you Mrs. Garrott & Renaissance

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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


On December 9-11, 2015, TETA will put on TETC for classroom teachers. The Conference will focus on using technology in the classroom to enhance student learning. The Conference will be in Murfreesboro at the Embassy Suites Conference Center. Information about this conference can be found

Tech Minute

Watch this week’s instructional technology minute highlighting Zaption from the Tech Minute Channel.

Watch and learn to create or find interactive videos that will support your classroom instruction.

Tech Tools for Digital Lesson Planning and Video Creation

Are you looking for a tech tool to help you plan/organize your digital or BYOD lesson? Visit this link to read about a few options that will help you organize your lessons and resources, quickly create instructional videos, and more!

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Downloading YouTube Videos

Would you like a quick way to download YouTube videos? Here you go!

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Technology Inservice Sessions at BHS

11/23/15 3:45-5:45 G21

Nearpod-The interactive presentation program for BYOD

Trying to figure out how to integrate BYOD into your everyday lessons? Looking for a way to make your PowerPoint presentations engaging? Come learn about Nearpod! You can import your pre-existing PowerPoint presentations and embed formative questions, polls, videos, and quizzes. Students access your presentation on their devices and you get great data reports after each presentation. Free and easy to use ... leave this session with a lesson ready to go!

12/7/15 3:45-5:15 G21

Excel -Basics for Visual Representation and Data Analysis

Learn the basics of Microsoft Excel 2013 by learning ways to increase productivity and maximize visual representation and data analysis in the classroom. This training is designed for learners who are new to excel. Goals for this session are: learn basic terminology, data entry, data analysis, explanation of basic excel tools, and basic formatting tasks. Participants of this session will be able to create a basic spreadsheet and format it using the basic tools of excel

12/15/15 3:45-5:15 G21

Office 365 OneNote Class Notebook

Organize and share your files electronically using Office 365 One Note. Learn how you can create OneNote notebooks for cloud based organizations and file sharing. Dig deeper to deliver curriculum and collaborate with students and colleagues. This is a tool you\'ve got to see!

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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.

Technology News...

November 25—No Internet, Network, or Phones

On November 25 the power to the school’s server equipment will be turned off for service to be completed. Please be aware that you will not be able to use the following on that date: Internet, network, and phones. If you have any questions please contact Carl Miller or Holly Hunter.

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November Birthdays

Nov 29th – Mr. Vice