Blanco High School Panther Prowler

Week of May 17th

Principals Corner

Lots of activities here at the end of the school year! Here is a brief list of things to be aware of for this upcoming week.


Monday - Boys Golf at Shadow Glenn GC

Tuesday - Boys Golf at Shadow Glenn GC

Wednesday - Powder Puff Football Game

Thursday - HS Awards Ceremony

Friday - Senior Celebration Day and Graduation Practice


Your students should have received an invitation if they are needing to be at the Awards Ceremony. We will have the ceremony in the gym and give out awards for each class, top of each class, and all scholarships won by our seniors. It should be a GREAT night to celebrate our students here at Blanco HS!



Updated COVID return policy


Remember if your child is placed on quarantine but has tested positive and returned within the last 90 days, all we ask for is proof of the positive test and they won't have to be quarantined.


If you have a student who has been placed on quarantine but you feel like they have been positive in the past but didn't get tested, we can allow them to come back from that quarantine with an antibody test proving they have the antibodies to keep them healthy.


If you have any questions, please reach out to me and I would be happy to explain it better!


Updated TEA COVID Guidelines


The Texas Education Agency (TEA) updated its Public Health Guidance based on the newest
recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The guidance is amended to allow two shorter option periods for the quarantine period.


Based on the new CDC guidance, the quarantine period can end for individuals experiencing no symptoms on Day 10 (previously - it was Day 14) after close contact exposure without testing, and, on Day 7 after close contact exposure after receiving a negative test. The negative test has to be taken after 5 days of exposure.


A positive test will continue to be a 10-day quarantine after the onset of symptoms.


What does quarantine mean?

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent the spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, and monitor their health.


When should you isolate?

You should Isolate if you have tested positive for COVID, even if you do not have symptoms. Isolation separates people infected with the virus from others, even in their homes.



Sincerely,

Patrick Hinson

Blanco HS Principal

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Blanco High School Senior Class Top 10

In order to ensure we are following the policy determined last spring for rank and GPA calculations, we have been working with Region 13 on ensuring that our transcripts reflect those policies decided in response to the COVID19 pandemic. The determination made last spring was that the 4th six weeks of the 2019 -2020 school year was what would be used for rank and GPA calculations. We were successful in updating our transcripts to reflect those grades so that rank and GPA are accurate.



Without further ado...here are your Top 10 graduates for the Class of 2021 for Blanco High School!


1. Anna Beliveau - Valedictorian

2. Raylee Farisn - Salutatorian

3. Joshua Ludolf

4. Shanon O'Neill Shablow

5. Shae Jester

6. Olivia Atchley

7. Lexi Creswell

8. Baylor Smith

9. Audrann Soli

10. Waylon Hall


I want to congratulate each of these fine students for all their hard work and dedication to their academics for their high school career!

Panther News, May 14, 2021

Extra Curricular Update

Track and Field


Emilee LaRue finished 6th in the 3A State Track Meet while throwing 7 feet farther than her own school record which she beat at the Regional Meet a few weeks ago! Great job Emilee!


Baseball


Area Round Playoffs


vs. Hallettsville


Game 1 - Friday, May 14th @ 7:00 p.m.

Game 2 - Saturday, May 15th @ 2:00 p.m.

Game 3 - Following game 2 if needed

2021-2022 FFA Officers

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2021-2022 Blanco FFA Chapter officers:

Student Advisor – Jess Whitehead

Historian – Charlie Waxler

Chaplain – Cierra Perez

Sentinel – Jack Johnson

Reporter – Taylor Ewings

Treasurer – Kelly Karnes

Secretary – Craddock Faris

Vice-President – Caleb Meyer

President – Joseph Hernandez

Band Award Winners

Outstanding Woodwind - Harley Hensley

Most Improved Woodwind - Jess Whitehead

Outstanding Brass - Natalia Hernandez

Most Improved Brass - Ricky Palacios

Outstanding Percussion - Bruno Lopez

Most Improved Percussion - Miguel Avila

John Philip Sousa Award - Harley Hensley

Conductor's Award - Bruno Lopez

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Saturday School and Make Up Hours

Texas Education Code 25.092


Sec. 25.092. MINIMUM ATTENDANCE FOR CLASS CREDIT OR FINAL GRADE. (a) Except as provided by this section, a student in any grade level from kindergarten through grade 12 may not be given credit or a final grade for a class unless the student is in attendance for at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered.




By law, we have to have our students present in class 90% of the time to be able to grant them credit for a class that they earn by passing the class. When you do the math, this amounts to our students at the high school who can miss a class 8 times per semester. Any student found to have missed a single class period more than 8 times, regardless of the reason, is slated to "owe hours". We can make some exceptions for things such as medical appointments, funerals, etc... but we have to have documentation of these and there has to be an appeal filed with a district appeals committee.


When you are looking at your student's attendance, the medical days should be coded with either a "M" (Absent part of the day with Dr. Note) or a "Z" (Absent full day or multiple days with Dr. Note) and those days can be subtracted from their total to determine if hours are owed. If they show and "H" then those are deemed Higher Education absences when our juniors and seniors have visited campuses and brought us documentation and those days can be subtracted also.


With the fall being crazy with quarantine, remote start, etc... I have decided to only look at the spring semester right now to determine if students owe hours. If you look at your child's attendance since January 5th, 2021 (the first day of the semester) and they have missed a single class more than 8 times then they could potentially owe hours.


We are offering Saturday School to help make up hours each Saturday through May 22nd. The times are 8:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. and then another session starts at 12:00 p.m. and runs till 4:00 p.m. They can sign up using the google form which I will send them weekly with the unique link to that week's session. This is how we track attendance so I need them to sign up each week they want to attend.


If you have any questions, please have your student come and see me and we will go through their attendance.


Google Form for the Saturday, May 22nd Session


https://forms.gle/MDKCzhCbAmKZGzgJ8

BHS Enrollment and Attendance Update

Enrollment by grade level


9th Grade - 86

10th Grade - 95

11th Grade - 97

12th Grade - 78


Total - 356

May Athletic Schedules

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