Blaze Bulletin

Edition 17 - Week of January 11th


Dear teachers,

As we come across events and opportunities to support our focus areas for this semester (ACT, TNReady, Critical Reading), we will supply you with information of those opportunities or materials. You will see reading strategies in your boxes and/or updated on the OneDrive. You will be given information on PD (example, see below for SHMOOP info). If you find anything or know of anything that we can share with others, just forward it to me!

Have a great weekend - and do not do the snow dance!

Dr. Leisa Justus

Principal, Blackman High School



January Block Days

19th TUE 1-3-4-7

20th WED 2-5-4-6

21st THUR 1-3-4-7

22nd FRI 2-5-4-6




Graduation Practice - May 18, Wednesday, 9-11 am

Graduation - May 21, Saturday, 10 am

Welcome Dr. Jeremy Edge to the English Department

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Welcome Ms. Madeline Burford to the English Department

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Shout out to Misti Jenkins...

As president of the Tennessee Association of School Librarians, Misti is representing the state of Tennessee at the American Association of School Librarians! Thanks for representing us on a state and national level!

Collegiate Academy Needs Your Assistance....Can You Help?

Teachers, we need You!

Later this month, students, who recently applied to the Collegiate Academy, will need to be interviewed and their writing samples reviewed. This is where you come in! We need all the help we can get and would love for you to be apart of this!

From January 19th - January 27th (with the exception of January 22nd - that's a Friday!) we need volunteers to stay after school 3:30 - 6:00.

If you would like to help us out just one day or multiple that would be simply fantastical! Click the link below and sign up for the date(s)/position that you'd like to help with!


Registration 2016-2017

January 19th- January 30th

Block Days - Counselors will meet with English classes to do short registration discussion.

If counselors are unable to reach all classes during the block days we will meet the week of January 25th

*Our goal is to meet with three classes in one period

February 1st- February 12th

INOW online registration open. Students will register at home using the registration form and instructions given to them during the discussion with the counselor.

*A counselor will be available in the library during primetime each day for registration help and to answer questions.

February 12th February 16th

Counselors will identify students not yet registered and assist those student with registration in the library.

February 29th

Verification forms will be sent home

*Deadline for parent override is March 4th.

March 4th

Signed verification forms with any changes are due to the counseling office.

*Parent override form is required to take a course beyond the teacher recommended level.


Please complete form and return with payment to Mrs. Stone in C-13 by 1/28.

Healthful Hints...

The link below has 10 tips on how to eat and stay healthy over the holidays. Also, Choose My Plate is a good tool to use for healthy eating throughout the year .

Picture Dates & Locations

Feb 26 - Spring Pictures - Auxiliary Gym - As long as needed (1/2 day)

Feb 26 - Senior Cap and Gown - Main Gym Lobby - All day through English classes

April 13 - Junior Orientation with Loveless - Auditorium - Prime Time

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Shmoop Is Back – By Popular Demand!

Many of you enjoy the free sections of Shmoop, but we now have access to Shmoop’s paid materials for ACT Prep and AP Prep for this semester. Students can complete individualized, web-based assignments at home or at school. You can also use Shmoop resources for whole-group instruction. We have Mitch Miller from Shmoop coming on Tuesday January 12 from 3:45 until 4:45 in G21. Everyone is encouraged to attend - especially AP teachers and anyone who teaches a specific ACT subtest (English, math, science, any literacy course - which is everyone!). You will receive one hour of inservice credit for attending. Email or call Holly to sign up. Let’s get Shmooping!

January Technology Inservices at BHS

1/20 3:45-5:15 Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About - Motivate Students with Audio and Video in the Classroom

1/26 3:45-5:15 Infographics- A Digital Research Project Alternative

Click here for more information:

Click here to sign up:

Tech Minute

Watch this week’s instructional technology minute highlighting Answer Garden. You can use this free tool to quickly obtain feedback, to conduct a group brainstorming session, and more! Here is a link to the video:

Here is a link to Answer Garden:

BYOD – Over 35 Formative Assessment Tools

BYOD – Over 35 Formative Assessment Tools

Check out this variety of terrific formative assessment resources and technology tools. You are sure to find at least one you like and can implement now!

iNow – Copying Categories and Options, and Sorting Assignments (Newest to Oldest)

If you did not set up categories and options for each grading period at the beginning of the year, you will need to set up your categories and options for this quarter now.

Would you like for the most recent assignment to appear on the left (next to the student names) so that the assignments are sorted from newest to oldest?


Do you have exciting news to share? Do you have a fun video that would brighten our day? Send your news, videos and pics to and let the BHS staff read about it in the Blaze Bulletin.


Contributed by Amy Connifey-Marlin
Snow (Adele's "Hello" version) - Mary Morris
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January Birthdays

Jan 3rd – Mr Mosier

Jan 5th – Ms Farrington

Jan 9th – Ms Gregory & Coach Knox

Jan 10th – Coach Lee

Jan 11th – Coach Knox & Coach McCreery

Jan 12th – Ms Carter

Jan 16th – Mr Reed

Jan 17th – Coach Hartsfield