Blaze Bulletin

Edition 7 - September 26

Greetings...

Dear Teachers,


Thanks for all of your supervision and energy through homecoming week. The kids really appreciate your enthusiasm and participation! This is just another example of the kind of place this is - it's all about kids!


Fall Break is around the corner. Finish the 9 weeks strong next week with students!


Sincerely,


Dr. Leisa Justus

Principal, Blackman High School

justusl@rcschools.net

615-904-3850

@bhsjustus

MUST READ....

Grade books must be updated weekly. Remember, an average of 2 grades per week should be recorded. Parents and students must have a current view of their progress.

New to BHS & Administrative Meetings

October - Wednesday, Oct. 19, 7:45am Connifey-Marlin

November - Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7:45am Justus

December - Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7:45am Lawless/Justus

February - Wednesday, Feb. 8, 7:45am Pedigo

March - Wednesday, Mar. 8, 7:45am Connifey-Marlin/Reed

May - Wednesday, May 3, 7:45am Lawless

UPCOMING DATES...

Sept. 30 End of 9 weeks

Oct. 3-7 Fall Break

Oct. 11 Grade verification sheets due at 8:30 am

Safety Drills begin September 12th

Safety drills will be conducted over the next three-week period. They are conducted so that employees and students can practice procedures to prepare in the event of a true emergency.

BURKS BOOK INSERVICE.....

FALL BOOK CIRCLE!


Please join us on Tuesday, October 18th, at 3:30 for the book circle discussion of Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education by Ken Robinson! Please just email me to sign up, and I will send you reminders when we get closer to the date. There will be no sign up on School Station; this is in-house only. Please send me two questions/comments/quotations by the day before to focus our discussion. Thank you! Hope to see you at our Fall Book Circle!


Contact Elisa Burks at burkse@rcschools.net

PILOT TESTING - September 29th

In order to verify online performance using defined proof points, the Tennessee Department of Education is testing the online software from Questar, called NextEra. We will be participating in a 2 hour test September 29th. More information was sent this week from Mr. Pedigo.

Sunshine Fund

Here Blackman we have a sunshine fund. It allows us to send flowers to staff members in the case of death of a loved one. The fund is getting a little low. It has been a few years since we contributed to the fund so I am asking that you donate. A $5 or $10 donation would be appreciated if you are able to. Please send donations to Ms. Bergen Sheppard and I will forward them to our bookkeepers. Thank you!

Biometric Screening

Attention: All active Rutherford County employees and spouses covered on the 2016 RC medical plan(with a hire date BEFORE August 1, 2016)

Biometric screenings and online assessments are due by September 30, 2016.

1) Screen– Fasting biometric screening for employees and spouses at MedPoint clinic or your physician between January 1, 2016 and September 30, 2016.

2) Assess– Online health assessments for employees and spouses at mycigna.com. Take/retake your assessment atwww.mycigna.com between January 1, 2016 and September 30, 2016.

3) Confirm – Confirm Cigna has you listed as complete atwww.mycigna.com in the 2016 date span.

DISPLAY YOUR PARKING PASS!!!!

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Shmoop

If you would like to take your classes to the computer lab to sign up and work on Shmoop, Holly will be happy to help. Just let her know a day that is good for your schedule.

Technology Minute

No Word application on your computer? No problem! This week’s technology minute will show you how to use your Office 365 account to create or edit a Word document from anywhere you have internet access.https://rcschools.sharepoint.com/portals/hub/_layouts/15/PointPublishing.aspx?app=video&p=p&chid=d9fb8e9a-cf27-40b7-9b34-4471f39cf3ad&vid=d826793a-f26a-49d8-b8fa-de73100e7e81

Create a Survey or Online Form in Your OneDrive

Did you know that you can create an Excel Survey in your OneDrive? It is very similar to a Google Forms but all of the information is stored in your OneDrive, so you only have one login to remember! Learn how at the following link. If you have questions, ask Holly!https://rcschools.sharepoint.com/portals/hub/_layouts/15/PointPublishing.aspx?app=video&p=p&chid=d9fb8e9a-cf27-40b7-9b34-4471f39cf3ad&vid=313ccf32-18d5-4b45-abac-0dffa660ac06

Assessment Tool

Introducing Quizlet Live: https://vimeo.com/161809207

  • If you like Quizlet, you will love Quizlet Live!
  • Pick any study set to start Quizlet Live
  • Share the join code with the class
  • Students are assigned to teams
  • Teams sit together and start playing using a laptop or BYOD
  • Teams race each other to win

Explore the features here: https://quizlet.com/features/live

Want to learn more? Ask Holly!

BHS PICTURE DATES

Underclassman Fall MakeupsSeptember 27th: 1st – 3rd periods – Auxiliary Gym

Senior Makeup DayOctober 27th (Early Dismissal): 11:45 – 3:30 or until finished – Cafeteria

Club Picture DayNovember 15th: All Day – Main Gym

Senior Cap and Gown PicturesFebruary 23rd: During Senior English Classes – Main Gym Lobby

Underclassman Spring Pictures February 23rd: Announcements by grade – Auxiliary Gym

Junior Orientation (Senior Portrait Meeting)April 11th: Primetime - Auditorium

Senior 17 Picture

The '17 picture for seniors has been rescheduled for October 21st during Prime Time at the stadium. Please inform the seniors.

Faculty Meeting Schedule - 7:30 a.m. in the Auditorium

OCTOBER 18TH

NOVEMBER 1ST

DECEMBER 13TH

JANUARY 3RD

FEBRUARY 7TH

MARCH 7TH

APRIL 4TH

MAY 2ND

SAVE THE DATE....September 26th 11:00-2:00 p.m. WELLNESS ON WHEELS

Risk Management will be available to the staff to hand out goodies, offer assistance with the online health risk assessment, and give information about the MedPoint clinics. Please stop by the Front Office/AP Conference for more information!

RCS announces 2017 graduation date for BHS

SATURDAY, MAY 20TH at 2:30 pm MTSU Murphy Center

TIME TO PLAY WHO'S THAT HIGH SCHOOLER?

Email your guess to Ms. Macknyk...first one to guess correctly wins a prize!

Name this high schooler?

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Who is this High Schooler?

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And the winner is.....

Tara Bunner...the first to guess Cortney Meadows

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AND THE WINNER IS....

Brian Seadorf...the first to guess Chris Yonge

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Teacher Spotlight...Mrs. Giacobbi

WORD BRICKS - D HALL

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Let's play who is that? HIGH SCHOOL YEARS REVISITED....

Send Kathy Macknyk a high school picture (teacher & staff) to be featured in the weekly Blaze Bulletin. Play by guessing who that high schooler is and email your guess to Ms. Macknyk. Prizes will be awarded!

SEND US YOUR NEWS!!!

Do you have exciting news to share? Do you have a fun video that would brighten our day? Send your news, videos and pics to macknykk@rcschools.net and let the BHS staff read about it in the Blaze Bulletin.
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Birthdays

9/19 Madeline Burford