Blaze Bulletin

Edition 24 - Week of March 2nd


Dear teachers and staff,

We have requested that we be able to move our Freshman Orientation to March 19th at 6pm. This is due to the playoff games that may be here at the school. You will see below the reminder for March 3, but please know that as soon as we get clearance to move the date, I will let you know.

Go Blaze - all the way to STATE!

Dr. Leisa Justus

Principal, Blackman High School



School Calendar in iNow

Did you know that our school calendar is now available in iNow? Log in. Look under the "Home" section. Click on "School Events."

Upcoming dates in March

Possible pep rally during Prime-Time on Wed March 4th.

March 3 ACT

March 6 End of 9 weeks

March 9 Inservice Day

March 10 Grades & verification sheets due 8:30 am

March 12 Report Cards

March 17 Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30 – 6:30

March 19 Early Dismissal

Important dates to know

Report Card and End-of-Nine Week dates

Even though inclement weather has interrupted the nine-week grading period, the following dates will remain as scheduled:

  • ​​March 6th----end of 3rd nine week grading period
  • March 12th----report cards will be sent home and
  • March 17th----Parent/Teacher Conferences for 9-12

Spring Pictures/Cap & Gown Pictures Rescheduled...

Spring pictures are rescheduled for Tuesday, March 10th. In order to have spring pictures taken, the student will need to bring $2.00 cash or check that will be applied toward his or her order. Picture proofs will be sent home for ordering purposes. The $2.00 payment will be deducted from the order amount.

Cap and gown pictures for all seniors are rescheduled for Tuesday, March 10th through English classes. Boys should wear a shirt with tie or one will be provided. Girls should wear a school approved V-neck shirt. Proofs will be mailed home for purchasing purposes.

Please post these dates on your twitter accounts as well.


Hibdon and Voss named District Coaches of the Year!
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Welcome Shandy Sewell... Attendance Specialist!!!

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Little ones dropped off

If you have children dropped off here in the afternoons from other schools, please make sure to have someone pick them up and bring them to your class/area. Please don't allow your children to wander the building. They need to be in your room/area. We have big kids that sometimes don't see the little ones, and we don't want anyone hurt!

We want to ensure that your little ones remain safe at all times when they are in our building.

Thank you!

Boys & Girls Basketball advance...

Sectional Game times...

Girls play Monday, March 2nd at 7 PM

Boys play Tuesday, March 3rd at 7 PM

Possible State tournament schedule

Girls (March 4, 6, 7)

inow tip

Do you want a quick way to export a simple student list into Excel? On the left, under the Reports section, click on Student Listing. On the Student Identifierdrop-down, choose State Student ID. Under theFormat drop-down, choose CSV or Excel. ClickPreview.

Technology Minute

This week's Instructional Tech Minute highlights SKITCH. Make screen shots quickly and easily with Skitch! Use Skitch to take a picture of anything that appears in your computer screen. Then, paste it into a program like Word and more. Great price, too- FREE!.


To all RCS employees who are enrolled in the CIGNA Health plan:

The Risk Management Department has delivered paper copies of the Know Your Numbers, Year 3 campaign packet to you. The packet contains a cover letter describing the year three wellness requirement, a fact sheet with most commonly asked questions, instructions for completing the online health assessment (7/1/15 – 11/30/15), instructions for completing the fasting biometric screening (1/1/15 – 11/30/15) and copies of the wellness screening form to be completed by your physician for you (and your spouse) to fax to CIGNA.

Please read the packet information carefully. The information in the packet should answer all of your questions. Any additional questions must be directed to Kelli Perrien in the Risk Management Dept. at 615-898-7715

8th Grade Transition Night

March 3rd at 7:00 pm is the annual county wide eighth grade transition night. This is the evening we have all the sports, clubs and academic programs spotlighted for all to see. Start planning your organizations approach to lure new students into your program. More information will follow, please add the date to your calendar.

Zone exemption applications released Feb. 2, deadline to apply April 15

Rutherford County Schools will release zone exemption applications for the 2015-2016 school year on Feb. 2, 2015. The deadline to apply for a zone exemption is April 15, 2015. Applications must complete and submitted to the central office by this date.

If you have any questions about the zone exemption process, please contact Community Relations Coordinator James Evans at (615) 893-5812

In the news...

Due to an increase in the demand for telephone numbers in the 615 area code of Middle Tennessee, the North American Numbering Plan Administrator has forecasted the depletion of phone numbers during the second quarter of 2015.

The end of available numbers within the 615 area code is caused by a sharp increase in the demand for numbers for wireless phones, computers, readers, security systems/cameras, fax machines and other communications devices.

To ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers, the new 629 area code will be added to the area served by 615.

This is known as an area code overlay.

Get ready to change the way you dial your local calls in the (615) area code area!

What is an area code overlay?

An overlay is the addition of another area code (629) to the same geographic region as an existing area code (615). An overlay does not require customers to change their existing area code.

Who will be affected?

Anyone who resides within or has been assigned a 615 area code.

What will be the new dialing procedure?

To complete local calls, the new dialing procedure requires callers to dial area code + telephone number. This means that all calls in the 615 area code that are currently dialed with seven digits will need to be dialed using area code + telephone number. The same dialing procedure will apply to telephone numbers assigned to the new 629 area code.

When will the change begin?

You should begin using the new dialing procedures whenever you place a call from the 615 area code. If you forget and dial just seven digits, your call will still be completed. Beginning February 28, 2015, you must use the new dialing procedures, as described above for all calls. After this date, if you do not use the new dialing procedures, your calls will not be completed and a recording will instruct you to hang up and dial again.

Beginning March 28th, 2015, new phone lines or services may be assigned numbers using the new 629 area code.