The Blue & Gold
April 19, 2015 - Volume 2, Issue 31
Buckhorn High School
19-21 VB Golf vs. Oxford/Gadsden, Cider Ridge/Twin Bridges
20 (M) Quality Core End of Course Testing Begins (Algebra I & English 10)
20 (M) Senior Meeting, Cafeteria, 9:30 a.m.
20 (M) Boys Basketball Tryouts, Gold Gym, 3:30PM
20 (M) VG Soccer vs. Huntsville, 4:30PM
20 (M) Meet the 2015-16 BHS Cheerleaders, Fundraiser @ The Chill Factory, 5-9PM
21 (T) REGISTRATION FOR JUNIORS (CLASS OF 2016)
21 (T) Safety Club / LifeSouth Blood Drive, 8AM - 3PM
21 (T) Boys Basketball Tryouts, Gold Gym, 3:30PM
21 (T) Archery, MCES Tournament, 3:30PM
21 (T) Softball vs. Huntsville, V-4:30PM, JV-6PM, Faculty/Staff Day
21 (T) JVB Soccer vs. HGHS, 5PM
21 (T) VB Soccer @ Guntersville, 7:30PM
22 (W) Administrative Professionals' Day
22 (W) REGISTRATION FOR SOPHOMORES (CLASS OF 2017)
22 (W) FCCLA Meeting, Mrs. Webster's Room, 8:00AM
22 (W) NHS Dodgeball Tournament, 1st Block
22 (W) VB Baseball vs. Tullahoma, 4PM & 6PM, Senior Night
22 (W) Softball vs Hazel Green @BHS, White Out, V-4:30PM, JV-6PM,
22 (W) VB Soccer vs. Grissom, 5PM
22 (TH) Golf, VG/VB vs. SHS, RTJ
22-24 Band Trip, Walt Disney World
23 (TH) Take Your Child to Work Day
23 (TH) REGISTRATION FOR FRESHMEN (CLASS OF 2018)
23 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, Ms. Clements' Room. 8:05AM or 3:35PM
23 (TH) Faculty/Student Basketball Game, 4th Block, $3.00
23 (TH) Softball @ Pisgah, V-4:30PM, JV-6PM
23 (TH) VB Soccer vs. Lee, 5PM
24-25 Track & Field, Sectionals, James Clemens High School
25 (S) Cheerleading, Car Wash, Advance Auto Parts, 9AM - 2PM
26 (S) Mountain Biking, Race #3, The Rumble on the Ridge, Oak Mountain State Park, AL
Please visit the BHS C2CSchools website for complete sports schedules.
- Tuesday, April 21 - Registration for Juniors (Class of 2016)
- Wednesday, April 22 - Registration for Sophomores (Class of 2017)
- Thursday, April 23 - Registration for Freshmen (Class of 2018)
Mrs. Stephanie Wheeler, Counselor, 10th grade & 9th grade, N through Z
Mrs. Dee Gordon, Counselor, 11th grade & 9th grade, A through G
Mr. Dan Schwanke, Counselor, 12th grade & 9th grade, H through M
Bring Your Child to Work Day - April 23rd
Thursday, April 23, is Take Your Child to Work Day. With proper documentation (letter noting the child was present at work with his/her parent) from the parent’s employer, the absence may be coded as a 6X, Principals Prior Permission.
Madison County Employees: Please remember that CNP workers are prohibited from having children in their assigned work areas. If children are accompanying their parent(s) who are bus drivers, those children are expected to attend school between morning and afternoon routes. Those children would have excused check-ins or check-outs.
Please Note: Administration will consider the age of the child before approving an employee to bring his/her child to work on our campus.
Faculty/Student Basketball Game - April 23rd
The annual Faculty/Student Basketball Game will be held on Thursday, April 23rd during 4th block. Tickets will be sold for $3.00 and can be purchased in the cafeteria during all lunch periods. Tickets will be sold through April 23rd. Students can also see Dr. Dean to purchase a ticket.
Get your tickets so you can see G. Gurley, M. Morring, M. Dean, S. Hunter, A. McCutcheon and others take on the student team!! Go Bucks!
Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame
Morgan Tipton Signs with the U.A.H. Chargers - Basketball
Buckhorn Soccer Senior Night
Congratulations 2015-16 Color Guard
Congratulations 2015-16 Chamber Choir
AP U.S History Saturday Study Session
The Crank Down in Tiger Town
Turn in Scholarship Awards to Mr. Schwanke by May 1st
It is time for you to turn in your scholarship awards to Mr. Schwanke. Please turn in any scholarships that you have received even if you are not planning on attending the institution that offered you the scholarship. You will be recognized only for the college/university that you will be attending. Please include any church or organizational scholarships as well. The Senior Awards Day will be May 7, 2015 at 9:00 AM in the Gold Gym. Deadline to turn in scholarships to be recognized at awards day will be May 1st, 2015. Please do not wait until the last minute, if you know what school you will be attending and have received a scholarship please turn it in now.
Awards Day Reminders!
Please wear your gown for awards day (no caps).
Report to your Senior Homeroom for dress code check & alphabetical order.
Remember….If you are not allowed to participate in Awards Day because your attire is deemed unacceptable, you will also not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony. If you have doubts as to whether what you are thinking about wearing is acceptable, DON’T WEAR IT. Modesty should guide your clothing selection for this important occasion.
Awards Day is MANDATORY if you wish to walk at the VBC!
Class of 2015 - Senior Website
Please visit the senior website frequently for important information and up-to-date announcements: www.buckhornseniors.weebly.com
Senior Activities Fee
Please see Mrs. Christina Phipps Krentel to pay your senior activity fees, $50 (cash only). These fees include the senior breakfast and the senior picnic. [*From March 21st until April 25th, senior fees are $50. After April 25th until May 9th, senior fees are $60. This is not a mandatory fee. If a senior does not wish to attend the breakfast or picnic this fee does not have to be paid.]
Yearbook Sponsor - Mrs. Christina Phipps Krentel
Senior Sponsor - Mrs. Carrie Bates
Senior Counselor - Mr. Dan Schwanke
BHS Spanish Club Fundraiser-Mission Trip to Costa Rica
*Required Testing for ALL current 11th Graders*
On Sunday, May 17, 2015 from 11am to 5pm our Buckhorn Football Program is hosting a Mattress Sale fundraising event. This event has been VERY successful in school districts nationally and across Alabama over the last 8 years. We are excited to have the event here at Buckhorn!
The mattresses are extremely high quality and have outstanding full replacement warranties. They offer top brands which are made in the USA including Simmons and Restonic. Delivery is available, as is free layaway. All styles and sizes are available for you to lay on including plush, firm, pillow-tops, memory foam, latex, and gel beds.
The mattresses are also deeply discounted at 30%-60% below retail stores! 20 mattress sets will be on display, prices range from $249 to $2000. Prices go up from one set to another approximately $75….so we have something for everyone. You can also purchase a mattress only if you don’t need the box spring.
If you are in the market for a mattress set, or if you know someone who might need a mattress, please help spread the word. Our event is Sunday, May 17, from 11am to 5pm at Buckhorn High School. You can save a lot of money on a mattress set and support the kids in the football program. Tell your friends about this event & help support the Bucks!
Space Camp Scholarship
Deadline: April 30thThe Huntsville Air Defense Artillery Association (ADAA) has announced the 2015 Space Camp Scholarship program, open to 4th - 12th grade children of veterans or active duty military. More information and applications are available at their website: http://huntsvilleadaa.org and must be received via regular mail by 30 April 2015.
Winners will be announced by 15 May 2015.
Duke Summer Academy for High School Students
Extended Deadline: May 1st
Have fun and enjoy personal enrichment classes with academically-motivated students from around the world in Duke University’s Summer Academy for High School Students. Students currently in grades 9 - 12 are eligible to apply.
There are still openings for:
- The Global Entrepreneur: learn problem solving skills and learn about the needs, opportunities and complexities of the global market.
- The Global Healer: learn about his class the most pressing health issues facing the world today and about different cultural perspectives on medicine.
- The Global Leader: learn leadership skills and learn about diplomacy and Model United Nations.
Duke also offers Summer College for High School Students. Immerse yourself in an international college experience by enrolling in this elite program designed to provide the academic and residential environment conducive to collegiate success. Spaces are filling quickly! Check out our credit-bearing courses and apply soon.
Apply now while spaces are available: http://summersession.duke.edu/high-school-students/duke-summer-academy
Leadership Huntsville/Madison County - Challenge Program
Deadline: May 1st
Leadership Huntsville/Madison County is offering Madison County students the opportunity to apply for the Challenge (High School Youth) Program. Challenge provides high school students the opportunity to improve and exercise leadership skills, increase understanding of the Huntsville/Madison County community, and develop a network of student leaders through a structured program emphasizing servant leadership. Challenge also provides a venue for exploring future educational options and career fields in the Huntsville/Madison County area.
The 9th and 10th grades program is July 8-10, 2015 and the cost is $250.
The 11th and 12th grades program is July 13-18, 2015 and the cost is $500
More information and applications can also be found at
North Alabama Youth Leadership Board
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Maggie Clark, Director
c/o St. Thomas Episcopal
12200 Bailey Cove Road
Huntsville, AL 35803(Click picture to enlarge)
Madison County Sheriff's Office - Distracted Driving Program will be held at Buckhorn High School this summer on June 9th, JUNE 24TH, July 14th and July 21st!! (Note: June 24th is not listed on flyer - but it IS a scheduled session!)
For more information and to apply please email:
SRO Kenneth Hooper: email@example.com
OR Sgt. D Moody: firstname.lastname@example.org
OR visit http://www.madisoncountysheriffal.org/page.php?id=18
OR call 256-533-8855
University of Alabama Honor's Academy
Dates: July 19-24 (Sunday-Friday)
Academic Requirements: GPA: 3.5 unweighted; ACT: 27; SAT: 1210/1600; or PSAT: 200
Cost: $350, includes all meals and activities
For more information visit: honors.ua.edu/honorsacademy
Thank you for your support! Go Bucks!
27/30 Softball, Area Tournament, TBA
28 (T) ACT Plus Writing (11th Grade), BHS, 8:30AM
28 (T) VB Golf, Sectionals, Twin Bridges
28 (T) VG Golf, Sectionals, Goosepond
28 (T) Meet the 2015-16 Dance Team, Fundraiser @ The Chill Factory, 5-9PM
29 (W) FCCLA Meeting, Mrs. Webster's Room, 8:00AM
30 (TH) 6-Week Progress Report
30 (TH) ELL ACCESS Testing Begins
30 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, Ms. Clements' Room. 8:05AM or 3:35PM
1 (F) DEADLINE TO TURN IN SCHOLARSHIP INFO TO MR. SCHWANKE
1 (F) Reach Higher Day, Wear your college shirt, Hashtag #ReachHigher
1 (F) Alabama Alternative Assessment Online, All submissions are due by 5PM
1 (F) Seniors, Cap & Gown Distribution, 1st Block
1-2 Track & Field, State Meet, Gulf Shores, AL
3 (S) Mountain Biking, Race #4, State Championship, Sokol Park, Tuscaloosa, AL
3-9 Teacher Appreciation Week
4-8 School Nutrition Employee Week
4 (M) AP Chemistry and AP Environmental Science Exams, 8AM
5 (T) AP Calculus Exam, 8AM
5 (T) Swimming, Makeup Tryouts, Blue Gym, 3:50PM, All Paperwork is Due!
6 (W) School Nurse Day
6 (W) AP Literature Exam, 8AM and AP Physics Exams, Noon
6 (W) FCCLA Meeting, Mrs. Webster's Room, 8:00AM
6 (W) Swimming, Makeup Tryouts, Alabama A&M, 4:15PM
7 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, Ms. Clements' Room. 8:05AM or 3:35PM
7 (TH) Senior Awards Day, Gold Gym, 9:00AM (Senior Picture to Follow)
7-8 Archery, National Championships, Louisville, KY
8 (F) AP History Exam, 8AM
8 (F) Senior Breakfast & Graduation Practice (Gold Gym)
8 (F) Football, Blue & Gold Game, 4th Block
8-9 Softball, Regional Tournament, Sportsplex, TBA
9 (S) Tennis Banquet, TBA
11 (M) AP Biology Exam, 8AM
12 (T) ACT Plus Writing Makeup (11th Grade), BHS, 8:30AM
12 (T) Choir, Spring Concert, TBA
13 (W) FCCLA Meeting, Mrs. Webster's Room, 8:00AM
13 (W) AP Language Exam, 8AM and AP Stats Exam, Noon
14 (TH) JOOI Club Meeting, Ms. Clements' Room. 8:05AM or 3:35PM
14 (TH) Senior Exams, 3rd & 4th (During 3rd & 4th, Full Day)
15 (F) Senior Exams 1st & 2nd, Senior Picnic to Follow
15 (F) Football, Spring Game, TBA
15-16 Softball, State Tournament, Montgomery, AL, TBA
17 (Su) Football Mattress Sale, BHS, 11AM - 5PM
17 (Su) Baccalaureate, Locust Grove Baptist Church, 2PM (Seniors, 1:30PM)
19 (T) Graduation Practice, VBC, 10AM (Mandatory - Seniors MUST ride bus to VBC)
19 (T) Graduation, VBC, 7PM
20 (W) 9th - 11th Exams, 1st & 2nd Block (1/2 Day - Dismiss at 11:50AM)
21 (TH) 9th - 11th Exams, 3rd & 4th / Last Student Day (1/2 Day - Dismiss at 11:50AM)
22 (F) Teacher Workday / End of School Year
25 (M) Memorial Day
28 (TH) Report Cards Mailed (Please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope)
All scholarships have been consolidated into a printable PDF file. Click the button above to open the file. New scholarships will be highlighted in the Blue & Gold the week they are announced.
JUNIORS - CLASS OF 2016
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
All 11th grade students will take the ACT Plus Writing at BHS during the school day. The Alabama State Department of Education is requiring that all 11th grade students in the state of Alabama take the ACT on the selected date. Students will not be required to pay a fee for the ACT given on April 28th.
Students/teachers are not allowed to have cell phones or other electronic devices (excluding test approved calculators) during the ACT assessment on April 28th. Students who do not adhere to this rule will have their test voided.
Students will have the opportunity to have scores sent to a maximum of 4 colleges and scholarship agencies free of charge. Student athletes planning to play on a college level could include NCAA Clearinghouse as one of their 4 choices.
Students must come prepared with the following:
•Government issued ID
•No. 2 pencils with good erasers (no mechanical pencils or ink pens)
•Please do not bring cell phones or other electronic devices to the testing room.
The make-up date for the ACT Plus Writing assessment will be Tuesday, May 12, 2015.
ACT Results - Students can create an account at www.actstudent.org. 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 ACT-WebAccount@act.org.
2015 ACT Test Dates & Deadlines
Test Date: June 13, 2015
Registration Deadline: May 8, 2015 | Late Fee Required: May 9–22, 2015
2015 SAT Test Dates & Deadlines
Test Date: May 2, 2015
Late Registration: April 21, 2015
* Deadlines expire at midnight, EDT (U.S.).
Test Date: June 6, 2015
Registration Deadline: May 8, 2015 | Late Registration: May 27, 2015
* Deadlines expire at midnight, EDT (U.S.).
2014-15 Madison County Schools' Testing Schedule, All Grade Levels.
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- Mrs. Royce Balch, CNP Manager
- Mrs. Beth Countess, Administrative Assistant
- Mrs. Paige Craig Library Media Specialist / Technology Integration Mentor
- Mrs. Dee Gordon, Counselor, 11th grade & 9th grade, A through G
- Mrs. Angie Gothard, Registrar
- Ms. Tina Hill, Attendance
- Deputy Kenneth Hooper, SRO
- Ms. Laura McFarlen, Nurse
- Mrs. Margaret Norman, Registrar
- Mrs. Sherry Ricketts, Attendance
- Mr. Dan Schwanke, Counselor, 12th grade & 9th grade, H through M
- Mrs. Kelley Waldon, Bookkeeper
- Mrs. Stephanie Wheeler, Counselor, 10th grade & 9th grade, N through Z
- Madison County Schools' High School Academic Guide and Course Catalog.
- Get instant access to final exam schedules, rehearsal/graduation schedules, and other general information for high school students at the Madison County Schools' Secondary Education Website.
- Visit the Madison County Schools' Website for district news and announcements.
- Visit the Alabama State Department of Education Website for state news and announcements.
The 2015-16 Madison County Schools' Calendar was approved on January 15, 2015.
Please be aware of the revisions that were made to this year’s calendar. Students return to school on August 3, 2015. The 2015-16 school calendar includes four half-days for professional development on September 4th, November 10th, February 12th, and April 15th. Students will attend the first half of the school day on each of these dates. Additionally, a weather day was added on May 16th.
2015-16 Observed Holidays
Labor Day: September 7th
Fall Break: October 5th - 9th
Veterans Day: November 11th
Thanksgiving Break: November 23rd - 27th (full week)
Winter Break: December 21st - January 5th
MLK Day: January 18th
Presidents Day: February 15th
Spring Break: March 14th - 18th
Last Student Day: May 24, 2016
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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
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Superintendent Matt Massey
1275 Jordan Road, Huntsville, Alabama 35811
Mailing Address P.O. Box 226
Huntsville, Alabama 35804
Principal, Mr. Todd Markham
4123 Winchester Road, New Market, Alabama 35761