The Blue & Gold

May 3, 2015 - Volume 2, Issue 33

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3-9 Teacher Appreciation Week

4-8 School Nutrition Employee Week

4(M) Deadline to submit scholarship information to Mr. Schwanke

4 (M) AP Chemistry & AP Environmental Science Exam, 8AM

5 (T) AP Calculus Exam, 8AM

5 (T) Swimming, Makeup Tryouts, Blue Gym, 3:50PM, All Paperwork is Due!

6 (W) School Nurse Day

6 (W) AP Literature Exam, 8AM and AP Physics Exams, Noon

6 (W) FCCLA Meeting, Mrs. Webster's Room, 8:00AM

6 (W) Swimming, Makeup Tryouts, Alabama A&M, 4:15PM

7 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, Ms. Clements' Room. 8:05AM or 3:35PM

7 (TH) Senior Awards Day, Gold Gym, 9:00AM, Class Picture immediately following

7-8 Archery, National Championships, Louisville, KY

8 (F) Registration Deadline for June 13 ACT at Buckhorn High School,

8 (F) AP History Exam, 8AM

8 (F) Class of 2015 Breakfast-Cafeteria, Graduation Practice-Gold Gym, Picture-TBA

8 (F) Football, Blue & Gold Game, 4th Block

8-9 Softball, Regional Tournament, Sportsplex, TBA

9 (S) Tennis Banquet


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BNN Broadcasting Applications are Due on May 4th

Be sure to turn in all required paperwork to Ms. Suzanne Sullins before the end of the day on May 4th. You may need to remind your teachers that recommendation forms are also due to Ms. Sullins on May 4th.

Interviews will be scheduled for qualified candidates between May 11th and May 20th. We look forward to building a strong program that will broadcast our daily news to all of our stakeholders! Click HERE to access the application packet online.


Scholarship Information - EXTENDED DEADLINE: MAY 4TH

The deadline to turn in your scholarship awards to Mr. Schwanke has been extended to Monday, May 4th. Please turn in any scholarships that you have received even if you are not planning on attending the institution that offered you the scholarship. You will be recognized only for the college/university that you will be attending.

Please include any church or organizational scholarships as well. The Senior Awards Day will be May 7, 2015 at 9:00 AM in the Gold Gym. Please do not wait until the last minute, if you know what school you will be attending and have received a scholarship please turn it in now.


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Awards Day Reminders!

Please wear your gown for awards day (no caps).

Report to your Senior Homeroom by 8:00 a.m. for dress code check & alphabetical order.

Remember….If you are not allowed to participate in Awards Day because your attire is deemed unacceptable, you will also not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony. If you have doubts as to whether what you are thinking about wearing is acceptable, DON’T WEAR IT. Modesty should guide your clothing selection for this important occasion.

Awards Day is MANDATORY if you wish to walk at the VBC!


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#ReachHigher #CompleteYourEducation #OwnYourFuture

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Superintendent Matt Massey Speaks to the Class of 2015

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Friday, May 1, 2015

The Reach Higher initiative is the First Lady's effort to inspire every student in America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university.

In today's economy, a high school diploma just isn't enough. Students have to reach higher, which is why the First Lady is working to rally the country around the President's "North Star" goal — that by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. (

Superintendent Massey encouraged our students to #ReachHigher and continue their pursuit of excellence after graduation in a few weeks!

Thank you Mr. Massey for taking time out of your busy schedule to share your inspirational words!

We would also like to thank BHS senior, Grayson Everett, and the Reach Higher Committee for planning and organizing our "Senior Signing Day." The Class of 2015 and our faculty members really appreciate all the time, hard work, and planning they did to prepare for the special event! #ReachHigher #GoBucks

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Our teachers, counselors, and administrators continue to help make sure all of our students understand what they need to complete their education, by:

  • Exposing our students to college and career opportunities.
  • Sharing financial aid eligibility that can make college affordability a reality.
  • Encouraging academic planning and summer learning opportunities, and
  • Being committed to help our students get into college.

A very special thank you to Ms. Kaitlyn Gokee (pictured above) for creating the "Reach Higher" Bulletin Board in the Commons Area!

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Inspirational Door Decorations! #ReachHigher




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The Lady Bucks Advance to Regionals • May 8th • 4:00PM SportsPlex • 3590 Patton Rd SW • Huntsville, Alabama

Above picture credit Adie Marlow

Below picture via Twitter @Bucks_Athletics

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You definitely don't have to tell the BHS Choir to hit their silly pose more than once!!

Selfie fun with choral director, Ms. Meg Jones. #MakingMemories

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Spanish students in Mrs. Moore and Mrs. White's classes started their papel mache' ( paper mache' ) maracas last week! Students cut strips of newspaper, blew up their balloons for the maraca base, and then they got busy dipping their paper in the papel mache' paste to cover their balloons. The maraca bases will have to completely dry - so we will check back in on Tuesday (Cinco de Mayo) and share some of the finished products!!

Mrs. Katie Moore's • Spanish • Maracas


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Mrs. Laura White • Spanish • Maracas

Mrs. Laura White • Spanish • Go Green Advertisements

"Vamos Verde"
Mrs. Laura White's Spanish students created campaign advertisements to persuade others to "Go Green". The Alabama State Department of Education thought they were muy bueno and retweeted Mrs. White's project!! #BuckPride
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Mr. James Cofer • Advanced Art • Yogurt Themed Showcase & Silent Auction

Be sure to stop by The Chill Factory Frozen Yogurt before June 25th! The Advanced Art students' yogurt themed artwork will be on display. The showcase will run through May 30th.

June 1st - 25th The Chill Factory will run a silent auction for the sell of the paintings, with the proceeds going directly to the student artist. *All pieces are acrylic on canvas.

A special thank you to The Chill Factory for their continued partnership and support of all our community schools and their programs! We appreciate it VERY much!! Visit their website and you will see why they are our favorite place to get a sweet treat! Yum!!

The Chill Factory • 2246 Winchester Road • Ste 103 • Huntsville, AL 35811 • (256) 859-2277



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Class of 2015 - Senior Website

Please visit the senior website frequently for important information and up-to-date announcements:

Senior Activities Fee

Please see Mrs. Christina Phipps Krentel to pay your senior activity fees, $60 (cash only). These fees include the senior breakfast and the senior picnic. [This is not a mandatory fee. If a senior does not wish to attend the breakfast or picnic this fee does not have to be paid.]

Yearbook Sponsor - Mrs. Christina Phipps Krentel

Senior Sponsor - Mrs. Carrie Bates

Senior Counselor - Mr. Dan Schwanke

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BHS Choir Spring Concert • Tuesday, May 12th • 6:30PM

Jackson Way Baptist Church

Come hear all of the Buckhorn Choirs as they share what they have accomplished this semester! $2.00 donations will be accepted for admission.

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BHS Spanish Club Fundraiser-Mission Trip to Costa Rica

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National Honor Society • Bucks For Life • May 16th

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Why We Formed a Relay for Life Team:

Almost all of us have been touched by cancer in some way, so we've decided to make a difference by raising money and walking in our local American Cancer Society Relay For Life.

At the event, our team will take turns walking around the track to raise money and awareness to help the American Cancer Society in the world’s largest movement to end cancer.

Our team is taking action to help finish the fight. Please join our team or make a donation. Saving lives from cancer starts with one team, one participant, and one dollar at a time.


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On Sunday, May 17, 2015 from 11am to 5pm our Buckhorn Football Program is hosting a Mattress Sale fundraising event. This event has been VERY successful in school districts nationally and across Alabama over the last 8 years. We are excited to have the event here at Buckhorn!

The mattresses are extremely high quality and have outstanding full replacement warranties. They offer top brands which are made in the USA including Simmons and Restonic. Delivery is available, as is free layaway. All styles and sizes are available for you to lay on including plush, firm, pillow-tops, memory foam, latex, and gel beds.

The mattresses are also deeply discounted at 30%-60% below retail stores! 20 mattress sets will be on display, prices range from $249 to $2000. Prices go up from one set to another approximately $75….so we have something for everyone. You can also purchase a mattress only if you don’t need the box spring.

If you are in the market for a mattress set, or if you know someone who might need a mattress, please help spread the word. Our event is Sunday, May 17, from 11am to 5pm at Buckhorn High School. You can save a lot of money on a mattress set and support the kids in the football program. Tell your friends about this event & help support the Bucks!


FREE! CollegeFirst Summer AP Institute

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If you’re taking AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Biology, or AP English Language next school year and would like a chance to participate in a FREE summer preparatory program for highly motivated students, CollegeFirst is for you! This three-week, intensive program allows you to get a jump start on your AP courses. You’ll have the chance to develop the skills you will need to succeed in AP courses and college. You’ll also learn from successful college students from the University of Alabama, UAB, UAHuntsville, Birmingham-Southern College, and Samford.

Buckhorn's own Dr. Dean will serve as the instructor for the CollegeFirst AP Biology Program.

High-school students who are interested in applying to attend the 2015 CollegeFirst Summer Advanced Placement Institute should apply using either of the the links below:


North Alabama Youth Leadership Board


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Madison County Sheriff's Office - Distracted Driving Program will be held at Buckhorn High School this summer on June 9th, JUNE 24TH, July 14th and July 21st!! (Note: June 24th is not listed on flyer - but it IS a scheduled session!)

For more information and to apply please email:
SRO Kenneth Hooper:
OR Sgt. D Moody:
OR visit
OR call 256-533-8855


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University of Alabama Honor's Academy

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Dates: July 19-24 (Sunday-Friday)

Academic Requirements: GPA: 3.5 unweighted; ACT: 27; SAT: 1210/1600; or PSAT: 200

Cost: $350, includes all meals and activities

For more information visit:

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

Thank you for your support! Go Bucks!

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11 (M) AP Biology Exam, 8AM

12 (T) ACT Plus Writing Makeup (11th Grade), BHS, 8:30AM

12 (T) Choir, Spring Concert, Jackson Way Baptist Church, 6:30PM, $2.00 Donations

13 (W) FCCLA Meeting, Mrs. Webster's Room, 8:00AM

13 (W) AP Language Exam, 8AM and AP Stats Exam, Noon

14 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, Ms. Clements' Room. 8:05AM or 3:35PM

14 (TH) Senior Exams, 3rd & 4th (During 3rd & 4th, Full Day)

14 (TH) Cross Country Try-Outs, BHS Track, 3:30PM, Coach Bryan Campbell

14 (TH) MTB Team, Parent/Student Information Meeting, BHS - Room 307, 6PM

15 (F) Senior Exams 1st & 2nd, Senior Picnic to Follow

15 (F) Football, Spring Game

15-16 Softball, State Tournament, Montgomery, AL, TBA

16 (S) National Honor Society, Relay For Life of Huntsville Metro, Bucks for Life

17 (Su) Football Mattress Sale, BHS, 11AM - 5PM

17 (Su) Baccalaureate, Locust Grove Baptist Church, 2PM (Seniors, 1:30PM)

19 (T) Graduation Practice, VBC, 10AM (Mandatory - Seniors MUST ride bus to VBC)

19 (T) Graduation, VBC, 7PM

20 (W) 9th - 11th Exams, 1st & 2nd Block (1/2 Day - Dismiss at 11:50AM)

21 (TH) 9th - 11th Exams, 3rd & 4th / Last Student Day (1/2 Day - Dismiss at 11:50AM)

22 (F) Teacher Workday / End of School Year

25 (M) Memorial Day

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


8-25 CollegeFirst AP Summer Institute, 8AM-12:15PM, UAH, FREE

9 (T) Distracted Driving Program, BHS MPR, Contact SRO Hooper for more information

24 (W) Distracted Driving Program, BHS MPR


14 (T) Distracted Driving Program, BHS MPR

21 (T) Distracted Driving Program, BHS MPR

28 (T) MCSS Teacher Institute

29 (W) Staff Development / Workday

30 (TH) Staff Development / Workday

31 (F) Staff Development / Workday


3 (M) First Day of School

20 (TH) 3-Week Progress Report


4 (F) Staff Development (1/2 day for students)

7 (M) Labor Day

10 (TH) 6-Week Progress Report

12 (S) ACT

26 (S) Homecoming Dance, BHS Cafeteria, 7-11PM, $15/single or $25/couple


2 (F) End of Nine Weeks

5-9 Fall Break (Students/Teachers)

15 (TH) Report Cards

24 (S) ACT

29 (TH) 3-Week Progress Report


10 (T) Staff Development (1/2 day for students)

11 (W) Veteran's Day

19 (TH) 6-Week Progress Reports

23-27 Thanksgiving Break


12 (S) ACT

19 (F) End of Nine Weeks

21-Jan 5 Winter Break


4 - 5 Staff Development / Workdays

6 (W) Second Semester Begins

7 (TH) Report Cards

18 (M) Martin Luther King Jr. Day

28 (TH) 3-Week Progress Report


6 (S) ACT

12 (F) Staff Development (1/2 day for students)

15 (M) President's Day

18 (TH) 6-Week Progress Report


11 End of Nine Weeks

14-18 Spring Break

24 Report Cards


7 (TH) 3-Week Progress Report

9 (S) ACT

15 (F) Staff Development (1/2 day for students)

28 (TH) 6-Week Progress Report

30 (S) 4th Annual Super Saturday-Rummage, Market & Old-Fashioned Fair, 7AM-3PM

30 (S) Prom, Huntsville Depot Roundhouse, 8PM - Midnight


16 (M) Weather Day

24-25 Graduation Dates

24 (T) Last Student Day, End of Nine Weeks

25 (W) Teacher Workday

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The make-up date for the ACT Plus Writing assessment will be Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

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

ACT Results - 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


2015 ACT Test Dates & Deadlines

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


2015 SAT Test Dates & Deadlines

Test Date: June 6, 2015

Registration Deadline: May 8, 2015 | Late Registration: May 27, 2015

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

SAT Online Registration

SAT Website


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


All scholarships have been consolidated into a printable PDF file. Click the button above to open the file. New scholarships will be highlighted in the Blue & Gold the week they are announced.

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Check your child's grades and attendance through the INOW Parent Portal.

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2014-15 Breakfast Menus

Click this button to access the school breakfast menus.

2014-15 School Lunch Menus

Click this button to access the school lunch menus.

Pre-Pay for School Meals with PayPams

Click this button for more information about PayPams.

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The 2015-16 Madison County Schools' Calendar was approved on January 15, 2015.

Please be aware of the revisions that were made to this year’s calendar. Students return to school on August 3, 2015. The 2015-16 school calendar includes four half-days for professional development on September 4th, November 10th, February 12th, and April 15th. Students will attend the first half of the school day on each of these dates. Additionally, a weather day was added on May 16th.

2015-16 Observed Holidays

Labor Day: September 7th

Fall Break: October 5th - 9th

Veterans Day: November 11th

Thanksgiving Break: November 23rd - 27th (full week)

Winter Break: December 21st - January 5th

MLK Day: January 18th

Presidents Day: February 15th

Spring Break: March 14th - 18th

Last Student Day: May 24, 2016


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Thank you Dr. Steve L. Sullins (Sullins Eye Care) for supporting BNN Broadcasting!!

Dr. Sullins and his optical technicians work hard to bring their patients the latest in fashion and specialty frame lines. Leading designers from around the world have taken eye glass frames to a whole new level. No longer do frames get in the way of being fashionable - instead they are the height of fashion. Let Sullins Eye Care help you make your next fashion statement with frame lines and/or sunglasses by: Anne Klein, Aspex, Autoflex, bebe, Brooks Brothers, Chesterfield, Coach, Costa Del Mar, Dana Buchman, Disney, Dolce & Gabbana, EasyClip, Flexon, Fossil, J.LO, JOE Joseph Abboud, Kate Spade, Koali, Lilly Pulitzer, Marchon, Maui Jim, Nike, Nine West, Oakley, Original Penguin, Otis & Piper, Polo, Ralph Lauren, Ray-Ban, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sight for Students, Silhouette, Ted Baker, Tommy Bahama, Tres Jolie ,Tura, Vera Wang, Vogue Eyewear, and more!!

Dr. Sullins has two offices, conveniently located in Madison and Huntsville. If you are in need of an excellent optometrist, for all your eye care needs, you can call either of his offices to set up an appointment. (Madison: 256.464.6670 | Huntsville: 256.880.1966)

For more information about Sullins Eye Care, please visit their website and social media sites:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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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:

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Madison County Board of Education

Superintendent Matt Massey

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

Buckhorn High School

Principal, Mr. Todd Markham

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.