BRHS Monthly Memo

News and Events for Blue Ridge High School

May 2021 - Volume 1 - No. 10
BRHS Staff Shout Out Form

This form is to recognize BRHS staff members that go above and beyond. Please take a moment to share why they deserve a Shout Out and we will recognize them accordingly. Thanks!

BRHS Track & Field

The BRHS Track Team competed in the Regional Track Meet this past weekend in Whitehouse, Texas. Athletes competing included Derek Avalos, Kendra Blaylock, Ty Burden, Frances Dickerson, Chloe Enloe, Cash Goodman, Luke Jenkins, Cheyenne Lanier, Kylie Mathers, Utah Porath, Jacob Stroman, and Josh Stroup.

Advancing to the finals were: Utah Porath in the pole vault, Frances Dickerson in the long jump and the 100m and 300m hurdles, Chloe Enloe in the 100m dash, Cheyenne Lanier in the 200m dash, Kendra Blaylock in the 400m dash, Kylie Mathers in the 800m run, and the ladies 4x100m relay of Blaylock, Dickerson, Enloe, and Lanier.

All of these athletes competed hard and represented BRHS well. Kendra Blaylock and Cheyenne Lanier both earned bronze medals in their individual races. The ladies 4x100m relay were the Regional Champions and earned a chance to compete at the State Track Meet in Austin next week.

The BRHS Lady Tigers track team had 5 total girls who qualified for the Regional Meet competing in 7 total races. The team finished the meet in 4th place out of 61 teams in the region, with only 5 ladies competing.

We can't wait to cheer on the sprint relay in Austin next week!

BRHS Tennis

In addition to our outstanding track athletes, BRHS is proud to share that several of our tennis athletes are headed to State as well.

The mixed doubles teams of Dakota Deckard & Luke Jenkins and Kaden Jenkins & Taylor Langwell along with Jacob Stroman in singles competed this week at the Regional Tennis Tournament in Tyler.

Jacob Stroman and the team of Deckard & Jenkins both earned 2nd place in the region and will be advancing to the State Tennis Tournament in San Antonio on May 20th and 21st.

We are proud of these students' hard work and support from Coach Morrison!

BRHS Teacher of the Year

Last week we had the honor of announcing Anna Miller as the BRHS Teacher of the Year for 2020-2021. Mrs. Miller teaches and coordinates English as a Second Language for the whole district, but she makes a special impact on the high school campus. She works with students whose first experience in an American school is here in Blue Ridge. Often times they don't speak any English but she helps them learn and excel despite the challenges. She also makes the time to support her students outside of the classroom. We couldn't be more proud of Anna and the hard work and dedication that she devotes to her students.
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Upcoming Events

April 26-27 - Regional Tennis Tournament in Tyler

April 27th - Doubleheader Baseball at Bonham

May 4th - Algebra I EOC Exam

May 5th - US History EOC Exam

May 6th - Biology EOC Exam

May 6th - State Track Meet

May 10th - Spring Athletic Awards, BRHS Theater Performance

May 12th - BRHS Jazz Band Concert

May 13th - BRHS Band Concert

May 14th - BRHS Field Day, FFA Banquet

May 16th - Baccalaureate

May 17th - BRHS Technology Check-in & Senior Trip

May 18th - Technology Check-in & Senior Awards

May 20-21 - State Tennis Tournament

May 21st - Early Release, Graduation

June 1-17 - Summer School

June 3rd - Dual Credit Tuition Reimbursement Forms Due

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BRHS Counseling Website

Be sure to visit the brand new BRHS Counseling Website for updated information on scholarships, transcripts, course catalog, and mental health resources.

Counselor's Corner

Hello BRHS Families!

Wow, this year has flown by. It is hard to believe that we are nearing the end of the school year. We hope you will make plans to join us in honoring the Class of 2021 at all of their senior activities in the coming weeks. A list of dates is included in this newsletter.

Speaking of seniors, if any senior has received an outside scholarship, please let me know so that we can make sure to include it at our Senior Awards and Recognition night on May 18th.

Dual Credit Students: Registration for summer and all are now open and in full swing.

The early payment deadline for Summer courses is May 4. The registration and payment deadline for Fall registration is May 14 for all BRHS students. For questions, please see Ms. Garza, or email her at

For students, taking spring dual credit classes, please see the attached Tuition Reimbursement form for the Spring 2021 semester. Copies are available in Mrs. Ingersoll's office. We will also email you a copy to your BRISD student email account. The deadline to submit the reimbursement form and required documentation is June 3, 2021.

Juniors, a new graduation requirement goes into effect with your class. Please see the following information as it pertains to you:

In accordance with Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.0256, beginning with students enrolled in 12th grade during the 2021-2022 school year, each student must do one of the following in order to graduate:

  • Complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
  • Complete and submit a Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA); or
  • Submit a signed opt-out form.

Laws and Rules

In 2019, the 86th Texas Legislature established the new requirement for Texas students to complete a financial aid application (or formally opt out) in order to graduate. The State Board of Education (SBOE) adopted rules related to the new requirement in January 2021.

Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter B. Graduation Requirements (effective August 1, 2021) - Adopted, not yet effective

House Bill (HB) 3 required the commissioner to adopt rules as necessary to implement the requirement. These rules were drafted in consultation with a statewide advisory committee.

Chapter 74. Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter BB. Commissioner's Rules Concerning High School Graduation - Coming Soon

Opting Out

A student may opt-out of the financial aid application graduation requirement if:

  • a parent or guardian submits a signed form;
  • the student is 18 years of age or older and submits a signed form; or
  • a school counselor authorizes the student to decline to complete and submit the application for good cause.

Financial Aid Application Opt-Out Form

Financial Aid Application Opt-Out Form - SPANISH

We will plan to have information available in the fall to help guide you through this new requirement.

As always, please don't hesitate to come by or give us a call if we can be of assistance.

Mrs. Ingersoll

New Scholarship Opportunities

Colleges Offering Free Tuition Based on Family Income

Texas A&M-Commerce President's Promise Program for BRHS Students

Scholarships to Texas A&M-Commerce for BRISD Students

BRHS Academic Spotlight


Mrs. Knabe's engineering students recently had the opportunity to participate in a virtual meeting with engineering students at the University of Texas at Austin. The university students were from a wide range of engineering backgrounds, including electrical and chemical engineering. They shared with our students why they chose their pathway and specialty, the benefits of the job, and how others can pursue the same path. It was a great opportunity for our students to get a real-world look at careers in engineering.
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April 2021

Join Collin College and the community at an Open House for the new Farmersville Campus, Saturday, May 22 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Check out all of the resources available to Collin College students. Tour the campus. Learn more about the programs being offered.

Q. Have you seen the latest Farmersville Campus promotional video?

A. Click here for a quick glimpse of the educational opportunities and amenities awaiting students at the Farmersville Campus. Be sure your sound is on for the full experience.

Q. What can I take this summer?

A. The Farmersville Campus will offer dozens of course options this summer. Summer classes begin June 7. Registration is open now. See a schedule of classes here.

Have questions about the new campus that aren’t addressed on the campus webpage? Email or call 972.549.6490 for more information.

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Anonymous Alerts

Students or parents in the school community can anonymously submit any suspicious activity, bullying, or other student-related issues to a school administrator(s). We encourage you to report important issues. Once you complete the contact form below, you will receive a confirmation that your information has been submitted to the school district.

About Us

Blue Ridge High School is a 3A public school located in the northeast corner of Collin County in North Texas.