Blanco High School Panther Prowler
Week of September 19th
Blanco High School Vision Statement
Hello Panther Nation!
Another week in the books for Blanco High School! This week will be our last week of the 1st six weeks. Please check in with your students on their progress in their classes. Friday, September 23rd is the last day for grades for the 1st six weeks' report card.
We will have our Picture Day on Wednesday, September 21st. This will be for all underclassmen (freshmen, sophomores, and juniors) and these will be the photos for the yearbook.
Pat your students on the back for a job well done on MAP Testing this week! Ms. Hackebeil planned a majority of it and our teachers and your students carried out the plan really well. We are already analyzing the data and we hope to send you the results of their baseline testing later during the 2nd six weeks. Remember when you see the results...they are just that...BASELINE results. The math classes are just starting these classes and this test gives us a great indicator of where our teachers should focus their strategies throughout the year to help your child grow in their knowledge. These aren't "achievement" tests as there is no passing standard but rather they are meant to monitor growth or progress throughout the year. We will have an opportunity to take a middle-of-the-year test around December and then an end-of-the-year test around May so we can see what kind of growth your students have achieved.
For the English exam, it is a similar exam that they could have taken in 8th, 9th, or 10th grade so we are able to assess their growth right now and then again at the end of the year. We can chart their progress over those grade levels to see strengths and weaknesses that we can work on in your students. There really is some GREAT value in these exams as they are compared on a national level and not just a state level.
We are partnering with Dripping Springs HS and our seniors will be able to attend a college fair that is happening at their campus on Tuesday, October 25th. We will be taking a bus and leaving our campus at approximately 12:30 p.m. and returning by 2:30 p.m. so our students won't miss any after-school activities and our bus driver will be back in time to run their routes. Sign-ups are happening in Coach Karnes, Ms. Perez, and Mr. Voyles. We are asking that they come professionally dressed and ready to impress colleges! They will need to be signed up by Friday, October 14th so we can send a list and have a meeting about expectations since we haven't done this before.
Thank you to all the parents who came out to our 1st parent/admin meeting this last Wednesday. The next one will be held on Wednesday, October 5th at 5:00 p.m. in the HS Library.
Extra-Curricular Schedules for the Week:
Tuesday, September 20th - Volleyball vs. Brady - 1st District Game
Wednesday, September 21st - Cross Country @ Tivy HS
Thursday, September 22nd - JV Football vs. Luling at 5:00 p.m.
Friday, September 23rd - Volleyball @ Comfort HS, Varsity Football @ Luling HS
BHS Students Earn Recognition
Blanco High School Students Awarded with Academic Honors from College Board National Recognition Programs
Blanco High School students excelled in College Board assessments and schoolwork to earn these awards, which colleges use to identify academically competitive underrepresented students
Blanco, TX– Blanco High School students have earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs. These National Recognition Programs grant underrepresented students with academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications and connect students with universities across the country, helping them meaningfully connect to colleges and stand out during the admissions process. Colleges and scholarship programs identify students awarded National African American, Hispanic, Indigenous, and/or Rural/Small Town Recognition through College Board’s Student Search Service.
Chloe Luna – National Hispanic Recognition Award and National Rural and Small Town Award
Natalie Gonzalez – National Hispanic Recognition Award and National Rural and Small Town Award
“These two young ladies are great representatives of Blanco High School both in and out of the classroom. We’re thrilled that our students have earned this recognition from College Board. These awards are just a small recognition of the hard work they have put in for their academics both here at Blanco High School but also the years before,” said Patrick Hinson, BHS Principal. “Programs such as these help our students from underrepresented backgrounds stand out to colleges during the admissions process. Anytime our students are able to earn an honor that sets them apart from others, we want to celebrate it! I want to encourage all of our students to approach these exams that we offer with the idea that they can distinguish themselves as well as our school and faculty from others by exhibiting the hard work they put in just like these two ladies have.”
Students who may be eligible have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have excelled on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10, or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP Exams; and are African American or Black, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, and/or attend school in a rural area or small town.
Eligible students will be invited to apply during their sophomore or junior year and will be awarded at the beginning of the next school year. Students will receive their awards in time to include them on their college and scholarship applications. Our students were able to obtain these recognitions by excelling on the PSAT/NMSQT test that they took during their junior year of high school here at Blanco HS. We offer this free of charge to our students and this year we are offering this exam to our current juniors on Wednesday, October 12th during the school day.
“We want to honor the hard work of these students through the College Board National Recognition Programs. This program creates a way for colleges and scholarship programs to connect directly with underrepresented students who they are hoping to reach,” said Tarlin Ray, College Board senior vice president of BigFuture. “We hope the award winners and their families celebrate this prestigious honor and it helps them plan for their big future.”
From the Counselors Office:
Save the Dates:
October 11th - 5:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. - FAFSA/TAFSA - BHS Computer Lab - 12th Graders
October 12th - School Day - PSAT/NMSQT - Mainly 11th Graders
October 19th - School Day - ASVAB - Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test - 10th through 12th Graders
October 25th - School Day - College Fair - Dripping Springs High School - 12th Graders
BHS Site Based Committee - Volunteers Needed
We will meet once a semester and these meetings will start at 4:00 p.m. and last for about an hour. They will take place in the Blanco High School Library. We are in need of parents, business owners, and community members for this committee. If you think you might be interested in serving in this capacity, please email Mr. Hinson at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, September 16th. We hope to have our first meeting at the beginning of October.
Freshmen - 83
Sophomores - 105
Juniors - 81
Seniors - 89
Total - 358
Helpful People to Know at Blanco High School
Assistant Principal: Daryl Drinkwater
Counselor: Deeanna McLendon
Academic Dean: Amy Hackebeil
Registrar: Lisa Petri