The Blue & Gold

August 31, 2014 - Volume 2, Issue 4

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The Week Ahead...

1 (M) Labor Day Holiday - No School

2 (T) Indian Education Meeting, BHS MPR, 8:35-9:10AM

2 (T) Swimming @Cullman vs. CHS / GHS / GCHS, 4:45PM

2 (T) JVG & VG Volleyball @HGHS / Brooks, 4:30PM & 5:30PM

2 (T) FR Bucks vs. Austin, Home, 5PM

2 (T) JV Bucks vs. Austin, Home, 6:30PM

3 (W) FCCLA Meeting, Room 139, 8AM, *Officer Apps & Teacher Recommendations Due

3 (W) FluMist Vaccine, BHS, 12:30-2PM

4 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, 8:05AM or 3:35PM

4 (TH) JVG & VG Volleyball vs. NHHS, Home, 4PM & 5PM

4 (TH) College & Career Fair Parent Night, UAH, 6PM

5 (F) FCA Huddle, BHS Choir Room, 7:45AM

5 (F) College & Career Fair Field Trip, 11th & 12th Grade, UAH, 9AM (Must ride bus)

5 (F) Pep Rally, Gold Gym, 2:45PM

5 (F) Cotton Classic @HGHS, 7PM, WHITE OUT!

5-6 (F-S) VG Volleyball @HHS Tournament

6 (S) JVG Volleyball @BJHS Tournament

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Future of Public Education in Alabama

If you were unable to attend the Future of Public Education in Alabama forum, led by Alabama State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Tommy Bice, you can view the entire event through the link provided below:

Mo Brooks' Academy Day

Tyler McGovern, Student Council Executive President, attended Academy Day at Madison Academy last Sunday and was featured in WAAY-31's coverage of the event (video below).

Building the Corner Office - Special Assembly for BHS 10th & 11th Graders

on August 26, 2014 at 1:53 p.m.

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – It takes a lot to get 700 high school students to stop talking. Telling them they could have a job paying close to $30 an hour is one way to do it.

It’s been well-documented the US is facing a skilled labor shortage. In North Alabama, the local chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors is working to change that, by changing perceptions about these fields. On Tuesday, Vice President of Membership and Workforce Development Wade Thompson led a presentation to the sophomore and junior classes at Buckhorn High School.

The students learned the average age of the skilled American worker is now 59. By 2016, there could be a shortage of 4,000,000 tradespeople. Not only is there opportunity, the jobs are often high-paying. A high school graduate who joins an apprenticeship program or attends a two-year technical college can easily out-earn counterparts with a four-year degree.

During an apprenticeship program, an employee works on the job, while receiving an education in his or her craft. While the employee must pay for the classroom instruction, about $1,200 for the year-long program, he or she also receives a paycheck from the job. Some employers even offer incentives for good grades.

In North Alabama, craft training is administered by the North Alabama Craft Training Foundation. Classes meet once a week for 36 weeks beginning in September.

Registration for the 2014-15 year is September 2. For more information, visit the Craft Training section of the North Alabama Builders and Contractors website.

Pictured Below, L-R: Mr. Roger Thompson - North Alabama Craft Training Foundation, Mr. Matt Massey - BHS Math Teacher/Madison County Schools' Superintendent-Elect, Mr. Willie LeFever - Director at Associated Builders & Contractors Inc., Mr. Todd Markham - Buckhorn High School Principal, Mr. Wade Thompson - Vice President of Membership and Workforce Development, Associated Builders & Contractors Inc., Dr. Philip C. Cleveland - Alabama State Department Director of Career and Technical Education, Mr. Michael Romine - Madison County Career Tech Center Principal.

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Keira Larson - Alabama Elite 10 XC Girls Countdown

Keira Larson is the top ranked Huntsville area runner from 2013 and had big wins in the Huntsville Metro Championship and the 6A Section 5 Meets last year. Consistently averaging under 20 minutes has Larson on the list from the 2013 XC season. She took 5th in the 1600m at the Outdoor State Meet.

Keira's 5,000 Meter Run Results for 2013
19:13.6419:24.3015th 2013-11-09 AHSAA XC State Championship»
19:35.331st 2013-10-31 AHSAA Section 5, Site B (6A)»
19:54.921st 2013-10-19 St. Bernard Oktoberfest Invitational»
20:17.001st 2013-10-15 Huntsville Metro Cross Country Championship»
19:31.008th 2013-10-12 Dew it On the Trails»
19:44.921st 2013-09-28 Bob Jones Invitational»
19:27.302nd 2013-09-17 Randolph School Cross Country Classic»
19:32.664th 2013-09-14 Scottsboro Invitational»
19:52.6415th 2013-09-07 Chickasaw Trails Inv»
20:03.901st 2013-08-31 Buckhorn Cross Country Invitational»

By Tim Loreman on August 20, 2014 at 3:10 PM
Alabama Runners, a affiliate

Elkmont Cross Country Invitational

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Graylon Cross set a new course record and won the Elkmont Invitational! Amelia Harrison and Keira Larson took 1st and 2nd place in the girls division. Both girls also smashed the course record! In addition, the BHS Girls Cross Country team placed second overall in the meet. Congratulations to all the participating runners, Coach Bryan Campbell and Coach Mallory Morring.

2014-15 Swim Team Captains Announced

Girls' Team Co-Captains: Reily Hill (2016) & Parker Howard (2016)

Boys' Team Captain: Josh Lack (2016)

Coach: Whitney Webster

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If you don't follow us on Twitter, then you are missing out! Here are just a few tweets from last week:

Courtney Marlow | @courtneymarlow_


Jackson Solley | ‏@JacksonSolley

Very proud to be a buck tonight #gobucks

Bailey Clemons | @ClemonsBailey

First win of the season!! SO PROUD OF PEY GO BUCKS

Zachary Branner7⃣0⃣ | @zbranner70

OMG it's feels good to be a Buck 1-0...#BuckDynasty

Tracy Wilson | @jtpawilson

Buckhorn bringing home the victory!!

Buckhorn Swim Team | @BHSSwimTeam14

Congrats! BHS Swim Team captains! #gobucks #buckpride #bucknation #YAHM @young_swimmer @parkerr_elaine @reily_hill

MrsWoodBHS | ‏@grt82BAbuck

@BuckhornXC that's how to #run like a buck! Congrats XC. Wish I could have been there.

Trey Dyer | ‏@dyer_trey

Freshman Bucks defeat Grissom in nail biter finish! #10 Dillion Roop with TD pass to #24 Matthew Evans as time expires! @buckhorn_high

Buckhorn Athletics | ‏@Bucks_Athletics

Silas Owens intercepts screen pass and takes it in for a TD. 28-19 4:12 to go. @buckhorn_high @hsscore @qsbscoreboard #BuckWild


Be sure to tweet @buckhorn_high for retweets AND to be considered for inclusion in next week's Blue & Gold!

Follow @buckhorn_high for all of our tweets and retweets!

BHS Hashtags (#'s):

#BuckNation | #BuckPride | #GoBucks | #excellenceinactionBHS | #BHSTeachers

This Week's Featured Tweets

Robert Owen | @RobertOwenPhoto

Love every single one of these ladies, great group girls #beautifulinsideandout

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Leon Davidson | @Buckball91

@ buckhorn _high Mrs. Fanning working with her aides.

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Stay Connected with Buckhorn High!

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A Few Reminders: Rules & Regulations

Parents, or individuals acting in that capacity, are responsible for seeing that each student under his/her care and control follows school system policy and local school rules and regulations. It is also the responsibility of parents to know such policies, rules and regulations.

Car Riders

Students are NOT allowed to walk to Winchester Road to get in a car after school. ALL cars must pull onto campus to safely pick up car riders. Students who do not follow this rule will be suspended, per Mr. Markham. Thank you for helping us keep our students safe.

Outside Food

Please remember that it is Buckhorn High School's Policy to NOT allow any outside food to be delivered to the school during regular school hours. (This policy does not apply to a 'brown bag' lunch that is prepared at home and brought to school by the student).

Checking Student Out of School

It is Buckhorn High School's policy to NOT allow student check-outs after 3:15 p.m.

Only custodial parent(s) will be allowed to check a student out of school, unless the custodial parent(s) has specifically designated someone else to check the student out of school. School officials will keep accurate records as to whom, what time, and for what reason students are checked out of school. [MCBOE 2014-2015 Code of Conduct, page 21 of 32, Approved July 10, 2014]

You may access the complete 2014-15 Code of Conduct through this link:

2014-15 MCBOE Code of Conduct

A Few Bus Route Changes

Some students will begin riding different buses this Tuesday, Sept 2nd. Students who were affected, were given a copy of the following letter detailing the specific changes which applied to them.

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Running for Rowan

On September 27th at Hazel Green High School, there will be a community wide fundraiser for Rowan Scott. Rowan is a kindergarten student at Riverton Elementary. Rowan has spastic diaplegic cerebral palsy and will be having surgery April 20, 2015. The surgery hopefully will allow her to walk independently one day. All proceed from this event will go directly to the Scott family for medical expenses they will have during this time. Participants and volunteers are appreciated.

Go to for more information on registering for this event.

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As a result of the many generous donations, we have begun construction of the Veterans Memorial Wall. The Memorial Wall will honor all veterans, especially those from the New Market community and Madison County area.

We have received donations totaling over $15,000.00 in cash or material from Buckhorn HighSchool, the Buckhorn High School Class of 2013, Buckhorn JROTC, District 1 Commissioner, Mr. Roger Jones, the Madison County Schools System, Jenkins Brick, Sequatchie Concrete, Alabama Flag & Banner, Clark Memorials & the First Baptist Church of New Market.

We still need your help:
We need an additional $10,000 in short term funding to complete the wall. What’s left to complete is 50% payment ($3,411.00) for the bronze Branch/Service Seals and bronze lettering for the wall & labor to mount them. We will also need $4,915.00 for the labor and materials needed for the beige and red brick pavers that will surround the base of the memorial.

You can help:
Please click the link to access the Veterans Memorial (VM) Donor Form. Please print the form and mail your contribution to Buckhorn H.S. JROTC. With donations of $100.00 or more, we will engrave a red brick paver with your veteran loved one's name and other information you choose to put on the brick paver. These pavers will surround the base of the memorial.

Your donation is tax deductible & we will mail you a receipt. Thank you again for your continued support.

Please address questions/comments to:
LTC (Ret) Robert Hartley, Senior Army Instructor
Buckhorn High School
4123 Winchester Road
New Market, AL 35761
Office Phone: (256) 851-3303 | Cell phone: (256) 508-5067

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Is Your Child in School Today?

By Crystal Bonvillian |
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on August 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM

The Alabama State Department of Education reports that in the 2013-2014 school year, there were more than seven million absences in public schools across the state. That's more than 49 million hours of missed instruction.

September has been proclaimed Alabama Attendance Awareness Month, according to the state Department of Education, in support of the national campaign. The National Attendance Awareness Month was established last September to raise awareness of the link between attendance and academic achievement.

Poor attendance can start early, the state Department of Education said, and can affect a student's performance throughout his or her scholastic career. Chronic absenteeism is considered missing 10 percent - 18 to 20 days - of school or more in a year.

Research indicates that attendance is a major indicator for students eventually dropping out of school. Missing just two days a month can predict lower test scores and poor retention of knowledge in later years.

Attendance Works, a national organization dedicated to improving attendance, offers materials, research and success stories about reducing chronic absence on its website. The group also offers technical assistance to school districts and communities.

To learn more about the problem, visit


Attendance Works 2014

GradNation -

Alabama Department of Education Twitter

Alabama Department of Education Facebook

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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. To purchase a coupon book, please email Ms. Suzanne Sullins. Thank you for your support! Go Bucks!
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Buck Nation Community Pep Rally & Bonfire - Sept. 18th

Pre-game festivities for Buckhorn’s 9/19 Homecoming game against James Clemens will include a community pep-rally on Thursday, 9/18! Please join us on the soccer field at 6:00PM. Feel free to bring food and other picnic supplies. *If any school is planning to have a vendor come on our campus, it must be approved by Buckhorn High School administration. There will be a bonfire and performances from Buckhorn’s band, dance team, cheerleaders, and more! It’s open to the public and free of charge. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Jessy Clements, Event Organizer. Go Bucks!

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Upcoming Events & Activities



1 (M) Labor Day Holiday

2 (T) Indian Education Meeting, BHS MPR, 8:35-9:10AM

2 (T) Swimming @Cullman vs. CHS / GHS / GCHS, 4:45PM

2 (T) JVG & VG Volleyball @HGHS / Brooks, 4:30PM & 5:30PM

2 (T) FR Bucks vs. Austin, Home, 5PM

2 (T) JV Bucks vs. Austin, Home, 6:30PM

3 (W) FCCLA Meeting, Room 139, 8AM, *Officer Apps & Teacher Recommendations Due

3 (W) FluMist Vaccine, BHS, 12:30-2PM

4 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, 8:05AM or 3:35PM

4 (TH) JVG & VG Volleyball vs. NHHS, Home, 4PM & 5PM

4 (TH) College & Career Fair Parent Night, UAH, 6PM

5 (F) FCA Huddle, BHS Choir Room, 7:45AM

5 (F) College & Career Fair Field Trip, 11th & 12th Grade, UAH, 9AM (Must ride bus)

5-6 VG Volleyball @HHS Tournament, TBA

5 (F) Cotton Classic @HGHS, 7PM, White Out!

6 (S) JVG Volleyball @BJHS Tournament, TBA

7 (SU) National Grandparents Day

8 (M) FR Bucks vs. HGHS, Home, 5PM

8 (M) JV Bucks vs. HGHS, Home, 6:30PM

9 (T) JVG & VG Volleyball vs. Randolph, Home 4:30PM & 5:30PM

10 (W) BHS Football Fundraiser, El Monte, All Day

10 (W) BHS Football Fundraiser, Chill Factory, 5PM-9PM

11 (TH) 6-Week Progress Reports

11 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, 8:05AM or 3:35PM

11 (TH) JVG & VG Volleyball vs. GHS / JCHS, Home, 4PM & 6PM

12 (F) FCA Huddle, BHS Choir Room, 7:45AM

12 (F) BHS vs. HHS, Home, 7PM

13 (S) ACT Test

15 (M) FR Bucks @ HHS, 5PM

15 (M) JV Bucks @ HHS, 6:30PM

16 (T) Cross Country, Randolph Cross Country Classic, UAH, 1:00PM

16 (T) JVG & VG Volleyball @BJHS, 4PM & 5PM

16-20 Softball Try-Outs, BHS Softball Field, 3:30PM

17 (W) Impact Aid Kick-Off

18 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, 8:05AM or 3:35PM

18 (TH) Faculty Softball Game, BHS, 2:00PM

18 (TH) JVG & VG Volleyball vs. Gadsden / HHS, Home, 4:30PM & 6:30PM

18 (TH) Buckhorn Community Pep Rally & Bonfire, BHS Soccer Field, 6PM-9PM

19 (F) FCA Huddle, BHS Choir Room, 7:45AM

19 (F) Homecoming vs. James Clemens' Jets, 7PM

20 (S) Jackson State University, High School & Transfer Day, Jackson, Mississippi

20 (S) Cross Country, Scottsboro Invitational, Scottsboro, AL

20 (S) VG Volleyball @HGHS Tournament, TBA

20 (S) JVG Volleyball @HHS Tournament, TBA

20 (S) Homecoming Dance, BHS Cafeteria, 7PM - 11PM, $10.00

22 (M) JVG & VG Volleyball @JCHS / Randolph, 4:30PM & 5:30PM

22 (M) FR Bucks @ JCHS, 5PM

22 (M) JV Bucks @ JCHS, 6:30PM

23 (T) JVG & VG Volleyball vs. Lee, Home, 4:30PM & 5:30PM

25 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, 8:05AM or 3:35PM

25 (TH) Swimming @Alabama A&M vs. GHS / SHS, 6:30PM

25 (TH) JVG & VG Volleyball, County Tournament, TBA

25 (TH) Bucks vs. J.O. Johnson, Alabama A&M, 7PM

26 (F) FCA Huddle, BHS Choir Room, 7:45AM

26 (F) Teacher Professional Development (1/2 Day for Students)

27 (S) Running for Rowan, Community Fundraiser @HGHS

27 (S) Cross Country, Arab Invitational, Arab City Park, Arab, AL

27 (S) BHS Wrestling Golf Tournament, Colonial Golf Course, 7:30AM

27 (S) JVG & VG Volleyball @Austin Tournament, TBA

29 (M) Fall Picture Day

29 (M) JV Bucks vs. MCHS, Home, 6:00PM

30 (T) JVG & VG Volleyball vs. BJHS / Arab, Home *Senior Night*, 4PM & 6PM

30 (T) FR Bucks @ NGA-Fayetteville, 6:30PM


2 (TH) Excellence in Leadership H.S. Conference, Troy University

2 (TH) JVG & VG Volleyball @Grissom, 3:30PM & 4:30PM

2 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, 8:05AM or 3:35PM

3 (F) End of Grading Period

3 (F) FCA Huddle, BHS Choir Room, 7:45AM

3 (F) Bucks vs. BJHS, Home, 7PM

4 (S) JVG Volleyball @JCHS Tournament, TBD

4 (S) Cross Country, 16th Annual Jesse Owens Classic, Oakville Indian Mounds Park

6 (M) FR Bucks @ BJHS, 5PM

6 (M) JV Bucks @ BJHS, 6:30PM

6-10 Fall Break

7 (S) VG Volleyball @ SHS / Mad. Acad., 4PM & 5PM

8 (W) BHS Football Fundraiser, El Monte, All Day

9 (TH) VG Volleyball @HHS / HGHS, 4PM & 5PM

10 (F) Senior Portrait Deadline, Prestige Portraits, 256-382-2798

10 (F) Bucks vs. SHS, Home, 7PM

11 (S) SAT Test

13 (M) FR Bucks @ SHS, 5PM

13 (M) JV Bucks @ SHS, 6:30PM

13 (M) Swimming @Dublin Invitational, 6:30PM

14 (T) VG Volleyball @Gadsden, 4PM & 5PM

15 (W) PSAT (10th&11th Grade), BHS, 8:30AM, $17.50

16 (TH) National Boss Day

16 (TH) Report Cards

16 (TH) Career Tech Center Tour (9th Grade), MCCTC, TBA

16 (TH) ACT PLAN (10th Grade), BHS, 8:30AM

16 (TH) ASVAB, (11th Grade), BHS, 8:30AM

16 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, 8:05AM or 3:35PM

17 (F) FCA Huddle, BHS Choir Room, 7:45AM

17 (F) Bucks @Grissom, 7PM

20-21 VG Volleyball Area Tournament, TBA

21 (T) Swimming @Scottsboro Invitational, 5PM

20-24 National School Bus Safety Week

23 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, 8:05AM or 3:35PM

23 (TH) Swimming @Alabama A&M vs. PJPII / MCHS, 6:30PM

23-31 Red Ribbon Week

24 (F) FCA Huddle, BHS Choir Room, 7:45AM

24 (F) Bucks vs. Gadsden, Home, 7PM

25 (S) ACT Test

30 (TH) 3-Week Progress Reports

30 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, 8:05AM or 3:35PM

30 (TH) Swimming @Alabama A&M, Mad. Co. Championship, 6PM

30 (TH) Bucks @Muscle Shoals, 7PM

31 (F) FCA Huddle, BHS Choir Room, 7:45AM

31 (F) Teacher Professional Development (1/2 Day for Students)


2 (SU) Daylight Saving Time Ends (Move clocks back one hour)

6 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, 8:05AM or 3:35PM

7 (F) FCA Huddle, BHS Choir Room, 7:45AM

8 (S) SAT Test

8 (S) Swimming @ HSV Natatorium, NAHSSL Swimmers, 3PM

11 (T) Veteran's Day Holiday

12 (W) BHS Football Fundraiser, El Monte, All Day

13 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, 8:05AM or 3:35PM

14 (F) FCA Huddle, BHS Choir Room, 7:45AM

17-21 American Education Week

21-22 Swimming @ HSV Natatorium, NAHSSL Qualifiers, TBA

18-Dec. 18 ACT End of Course Tests (English 10 & Algebra I)

20 (TH) 6-Week Progress Report

20 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, 8:05AM or 3:35PM

21 (F) FCA Huddle, BHS Choir Room, 7:45AM

26-28 Thanksgiving Break


4 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, 8:05AM or 3:35PM

5 (F) FCA Huddle, BHS Choir Room, 7:45AM

10 (W) BHS Football Fundraiser, El Monte, All Day

11 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, 8:05AM or 3:35PM

12 (F) FCA Huddle, BHS Choir Room, 7:45AM

12-13 Swimming @ Auburn University, AHSAA State Qualifiers, TBA

13 (SA) ACT Test

17 (W) Exams (1/2 Day)

18 (TH) Exams (1/2 Day)

18 (TH) End of Grading Period / End of Semester

19 (F) Teacher Work Day

19-Jan. 4 Winter Break

JANUARY - 2015

2 (F) Teacher Work Day

5 (M) Students Return to School

6 (T) Report Cards

19 (M) Martin Luther King Holiday

27 (T) 3-Week Progress Report


2-6 National School Counseling Week

7 (SA) ACT Test

13 (F) Teacher Professional Development (1/2 Day for Students)
16 (M) Presidents' Day Holiday

19 (TH) 6-Week Progress Report


7 (S) Military Ball

8 (Su) Daylight Saving Time Begins (Move clocks forward one hour)

13 (F) End of Grading Period

14 (SA) Pi Day

19 (TH) Report Cards

23-27 Spring Break


9 (TH) 3-Week Progress Reports

11 (S) Prom, VBC, 8PM-12AM

17 (F) Teacher Professional Development (1/2 Day for Students)

18 (SA) ACT Test

22 (W) Administrative Professionals' Day

23 (TH) Take Your Child to Work Day

28 (T) ACT Plus Writing (11th Grade)

30 (TH) 6-Week Progress Report


2 (SU) Read Across America

3-9 Teacher Appreciation Week

4-8 School Nutrition Employee Week

6 (W) School Nurse Day

12 (T) ACT Plus Writing Makeup (11th Grade)

19 (T) Graduation Practice, VBC, 10AM (Mandatory)

19 (T) Graduation, VBC, 7PM

20 (W) Exams (1/2 Day)

21 (TH) Exams / Last Student Day (1/2 Day)

22 (F) Teacher Workday / End of School Year

25 (M) Memorial Day

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

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Senior Announcements


UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA – September 2nd, Multi-Purpose Room, Break

SAMFORD UNIVERSITY– September 16th, Multi-Purpose Room, Break

UAB – September 18th, Multi-Purpose Room, Break

UNA – September 18th, Cafeteria, All Lunches

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – September 23rd, Multi-Purpose Room, Break

MSU – September 24th, Multi-Purpose Room, Break

SHORTER UNIVERSITY – October 2nd, Multi-Purpose Room, Break


Senior Portraits at Prestige (Lifetouch) must be done by October 10th to be included in the yearbook!! The Prestige Portraits-Lifetouch Studio is only open three days a week from 3:00-6:00PM and a few Saturdays through the deadline! Call today to schedule your appointment: 256-382-2798.
Prestige Portraits Website


Please see Mrs. Christina Phipps Krentel to pay your senior activity fees, $40 (cash only). These fees include the senior breakfast and the senior picnic.

Yearbook Sponsor - Mrs. Christina Phipps Krentel

Senior Sponsor - Mrs. Carrie Bates

Senior Counselor - Mr. Dan Schwanke

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ACT/SAT Announcements

ACT Results - Seniors (last year's juniors) who participated in the state ACT testing and received college-reportable scores will be able to view their scores and score report on a free ACT Web account they create. 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

2014-15 ACT Test Dates & Deadlines

Test Date: September 13, 2014

Test Date: October 25, 2014

Registration Deadline: September 19, 2014 | Late Fee Required: 9/20–10/03, 2014

Test Date: December 13, 2014

Registration Deadline: November 7, 2014 | Late Fee Required: November 8–21, 2014

Test Date: February 7, 2015

Registration Deadline: January 9, 2015 | Late Fee Required: January 10–16, 2015

Test Date: April 18, 2015

Registration Deadline: March 13, 2015 | Late Fee Required: March 14–27, 2015

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

Please Note: All current eleventh graders (Class of 2016) will take the ACT Plus Writing at BHS (free of charge) on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. The make-up date for the ACT Plus Writing assessment is scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, 2015. A username and password for online ACT test prep will be provided to all current eleventh graders prior to the ACT test in April. Date TBA. ACT study packets can be picked up in the guidance office.

SAT Test Dates & Deadlines

Test Date: October 11, 2014

Registration Deadline: September 12, 2014 | Late Registration (Phone/Online): Sept. 30, 2014

Test Date: November 8, 2014

Registration Deadline: October 9, 2014 | Late Registration (Phone/Online): October 28, 2014

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

Register Now for the 10/11 & 11/8 SAT test dates.

SAT Website

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

Daily Schedule

BHS Bell Schedule

The building will open at 8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m. - 8:25 a.m. The cafeteria is open for breakfast to all students

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. First Block

8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast (Ninth Grade Academy Only, First Term Only)

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Break (10th - 12th Grade Only)

10:20 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Second Block

11:55 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Third Block

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Fourth Block

3:15 p.m. - The latest time a student may be checked out.

The building will close at 4:00 p.m.

The building will be open on regularly scheduled school days from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Students arriving on campus before the first bell should be dropped off in the back of the building (near the big buck, 'Bucky') and report directly to the cafeteria. Students are not allowed to roam the building before the first bell. If a student needs to go to a teacher's room before the the first bell, arrangements must be made for a teacher to escort a student to his or her room. If a student is staying with a teacher after school, he/she must remain with the teacher until a parent or guardian picks him/her up. The building will close at 4:00 p.m. each day, so please make arrangements to have your child picked up before this time. *This does not include athletic practices/conditioning that require the use of the facilities.

2014-15 Breakfast Menus

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2014-15 School Lunch Menus

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Pre-Pay for School Meals with PayPams

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Helpful People & Links

Scholarships & Special Programs

GREAT NEWS! For the first time, access to the Tuition Funding Sources (TFS) scholarship website is available to BHS students. TFS has millions of scholarships and grants. Wells Fargo Bank is sponsoring the scholarship matching website that also includes a career personality test along with college and career planning tips and tools. Please visit for more information.

American Red Cross Youth Volunteer


Program Overview:

The American Red Cross Youth Services is a multi-faceted program for youth (15-17), offering many activities and courses for every age level. Youth programs build character and provide the tools and experience youth need for leadership, strong communication skills, and service. By interacting with those in need, Red Cross youth volunteers establish a sense of awareness and personal achievement while developing these skills. Online Application

SunTrust's 'Off to College' Sweepstakes

Deadline: Ongoing, September 15th through Mid-May
Amount of Award: $1000.00

Sweepstakes Overview:
The 2014-15 'Off to College Sweepstakes' will begin on September 15, 2014. High school seniors and current college students can win a $1,000 scholarship.

Better Business Bureau® of North Alabama 2014 Torch Awards Scholarship

Deadline: September 26, 2014 - 4:30PM

Amount of Award: $1000.00

Scholarship Overview:

High School juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply for the Better Business Bureau’s 13th Annual Torch Scholarships. The BBB will award $1,000 scholarships to students who are selected for their high achievements in leadership, community involvement and an essay on what marketplace ethics means to them. For more information please visit their website.

The completed application form may be submitted via:
Web – or email –
Mail – Scholarship Committee, Better Business Bureau, P.O. Box 383 Huntsville, AL 35804
Hand delivered – BBB Office, 210-A Exchange Place, Huntsville, AL; M-F – 8:00am-4:30pm

2014 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award

Deadline: October 3, 2014

Amount of Award: $500 Gift Card / $10,000.00 school award

Award Overview:

Wendy’s is looking for the next class of remarkable students who excel in academics, athletics, and community involvement. The 2014 Wendy’s High School Heisman award application process is underway. Now through October 3, 2014, class of 2015 graduating seniors can apply online on their website. To be eligible, a student must have maintained at least a ‘B’ grade point average, participated in one of the 27 sports officially sanctioned by the National Federation of State High School Associations, and demonstrated active involvement in his or her community.

National Winners receive:

•Recognition during ESPN’s national telecast of the college Heisman Memorial Trophy presentation in New York City

•A Wendy’s High School Heisman trophy and Heisman Patch

•$10,000 for their high school

•$500 Wendy’s gift card

Wendy's High School Heisman program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America.

AES Engineering Scholarship
Deadline: October 6, 2014
Amount of Award: $500.00
Scholarship Overview:
Students must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words in answer to the following question: When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey? Submit essay to:
There is no application packet for this award. Please do not include your resume at this time. Be sure to include your full name as well as the name of the school you are attending this year and your plans for next year.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program
Deadline: Opens Late August - Ends Early November
Amount of Award: Up to $30,000.00 per year

Scholarship Overview:
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is a new undergraduate scholarship program available to high-performing high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. College Scholars receive up to $30,000 per year, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to network with the larger JKCF Scholar community. The application period is open from late August to early November. Up to 40 College Scholars are selected for this program each year. Final notification is in late February. Visit the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship Program Website for an application and more information.

NEW! Christopher Columbus Essay Contest

Deadline: December 1, 2014

Amount of Award: Up to $1200.00

Contest Overview:
The Twickenham Town Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, has extended an invitation to students in grades 9-12 to participate in their annual Christopher Columbus Essay Contest. This year’s topic is entitled “Joining Christopher Columbus on His Voyage to the New World.” Students that choose to participate in the contest must mail their essays to Ms. Linda Provost, no later than December 1, 2014. For more information contact Linda C. Provost at or by phone (770)778-7392.

The P.L.A.Y. Scholarship

Deadline: December 3, 2014

Amount of Award: $1000.00

Scholarship Overview:

Are you a student who loves to help animals? P.L.A.Y. wants to hear your story!

To qualify: The contest is open to U.S. residents. No purchase necessary. All participants must be enrolled as full-time high school juniors or seniors. Entries are limited to one submission per person. Immediate family members of P.L.A.Y. employees are excluded from this contest. All essay submissions must be received by 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

How to enter: To apply, students will submit an essay with 2-3 photos of their volunteer efforts to help animals in need and how that involvement has changed their lives or shaped their perceptions on the importance of animal welfare.

  • The essay should be between 500-1000 words.
  • Send a Word doc attachment to with your essay submission
  • The file name should be your full name, state, and date of birth. For example, Chipper-Jones-GA-4-24-1972
  • All submission emails must contain the student’s full name, date of birth, email address, postal address, high school they are currently enrolled in, and a phone number to contact.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program

Deadline: Opens Mid-January - Ends Mid-March 2015

Amount of Award: Financial Support from the 8th grade through high school

Program Overview:

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program offers the most personalized, generous scholarship and educational support to exceptionally promising students from families across the nation who have financial need. Young Scholars receive comprehensive educational advising and financial support from the 8th grade through high school to pursue their unique academic and talent goals. The application period is open from mid-January to mid-March. Up to 60 Young Scholars are selected for this program each year. Final notification is in the early fall. Visit the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program Website for an application and more information.

ACHE Junior & Community College Performing Arts Scholarship Program
Deadline: Varies

Amount of Award: Varies

Scholarship Overview:

An award not to exceed in-state tuition only for attendance at public junior and community colleges in Alabama. Awards are based on demonstrated talent determined through competitive auditions. Awards are not based on financial needs.

This award is for full-time students attending public junior and community colleges in Alabama. Contact the financial aid office at any public junior or community college in Alabama to apply. Competitive auditions will also be scheduled as part of the application process. For more information, please visit their website.

Alabama Student Grant Program
Deadline: Varies

Amount of Award: Up to $1200.00 per year

Program Overview:

The Alabama Student Grant Program is an award of grant assistance at an eligible independent Alabama college or university and is not based on need. Up to $1200 per academic year with maximum amount available only when sufficient funds are available.
Who may apply?
Undergraduate students--both half-time and full-time--who are Alabama residents attending Birmingham-Southern College, Concordia College, Faulkner University, Huntingdon College, Judson College, Miles College, Oakwood College, Samford University, Selma University, Southeastern Bible College, Southern Vocational College, Spring Hill College, Stillman College, and the University of Mobile.
How to apply?
Applications are available from the financial aid office at the institution you plan to attend. Application deadline dates are printed on the application form.

American Red Cross BloodStock Scholarship Challenge

Deadline: January 15

Amount of Award: $1000.00 - $2000.00

Scholarship Overview:

-Blood Drive must be held between December 15 and January 15.
-Attend face-to-face planning meeting(s)and stay in close contact with your American Red Cross Representative.
-Find a blood drive location with the help of your American Red Cross Representative.
-Recruit and schedule at least 46 blood donors from friends, family and potential past donor lists supplied by the American Red Cross.
-Help recruit volunteers to assist at the blood drive (greeters, canteen).
-Be at the blood drive for the entire drive to better ensure the success of your BloodStock Drive.
-Collect a minimum of 35 units of blood from volunteer blood donors to enter the drawing for a $1000 scholarship.
*Scholarship check will be made payable to the College/University the student is or will be attending, not to the individual.

AQHF Swayze Woodruff Memorial Mid-South Scholarship

Deadline: December 2014

Amount of Award: Varies

Scholarship Overview:

Ideal candidates have been a member of AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association) or AQHYA (American Quarter Horse Youth Association) for at least one year who is from Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi or Tennessee, and who competes in AQHA-approved shows. Member must apply during their senior year of high school or while enrolled at an accredited college or university. Recipient must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average. Current or previous AQHF scholarship recipients are not eligible to receive this scholarship. Funding for this scholarship will be applied to a four-year undergraduate degree program of the student's choice. For more information, please visit their website.

The largest source of academic scholarships is from the specific colleges. Most colleges have scholarship funds for students with particular skills and abilities as well as demonstrated academic evidence. Contact the financial aid office of your college or university to schedule an appointment. Be sure to ask for any lists of scholarships or other aid available to students.

$11 billion in merit scholarships is available for college. The problem is, these academic scholarships have never been easy to find. Until now. Introducing, a comprehensive directory of merit scholarships and academic scholarships from colleges across the country. Let the colleges come to you! Visit and type in the name of a college to access their scholarship list.

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) will be available January 1. If you need assistance in filling out the form, call Mrs. Irene Steele at the NACEE (North Alabama Center for Educational Excellence) 256-372-4600 to request a free consultation.

If you are planning to play sports in college, make sure you sign up on the NCAA or NAIA website.

2014-15 Madison County Schools' Calendar

Please be aware of the revisions that were made to this year’s calendar. This year's school calendar includes four half-days for professional development on September 26th, October 31st, February 13th, and April 17th. Students will attend the first half of the school day on each of these dates. Fall Break has returned this year and will be October 6th - 10th. We will also observe President’s Day on Monday, February 16, 2015. All other holidays/breaks remain the same as previous years.


Important Media Release Notification

This year, the Notice of Receipt encompasses all releases, including media coverage. In an effort to meet a parental request to NOT include your child's picture/name on any of our digital media platforms (i.e., the district/school websites, the Blue & Gold online newsletter, social media accounts, school broadcasts, online public service announcements, digital yearbook files, etc.), please complete the online form below, as soon as possible.

Click HERE if you do NOT want your child's picture/name published online.

If you have difficulty accessing/filling out the online form, please email Suzanne Sullins for assistance. Please include BHS Media Release as the subject of your email.

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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:

Some links will let you leave the school online newsletter. Some of the linked sites are not under the control of the school/district, and the school/district is not responsible for the contents of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site, or any changes or updates to such sites. The school/district is providing these external links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the site by the school/district.

Madison County Board of Education

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

Buckhorn High School

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.