<<September 2015>>

District News

2015-2016 Flu Clinic Coming Soon!

     Influenza is a serious disease... make sure your child is protected!


       Flu Influenza Handout and Consent Form

8/27 BCMS  6 - 7:30
*Title 1 Parent Meeting 5:30
8/27 BC Success Academy 6 - 7:30
*Title 1 Parent Meeting 5:30
9/3   BCHS Topsy Turvy 6 - 7:00
9/10  BCPS 6 - 7:00
*Title 1 Parent Meeting 5:30
9/17  BC Pre-K  6 - 7:00

(Unless noted, game time is 5:00)
8/27 vs Crawford County (Away) 5:30
9/1 vs FPD (Away)
9/3 vs Macon County (Home)
9/8 vs Dodge (Away)
                 BCMS SOFTBALL
(Unless noted, game time is 4:30)
8/27 vs West Laurens (Home)
9/1 vs Vidalia (Away)
9/2 vs West Laurens  Home (6th &7th grades)
9/3 vs Dodge (Home)
9/8 vs East Laurens (Away)


8/29  Wesleyan Invitational (Away)
9/5  Clash of the Classes (Home) 9:15 AM
9/5  Clash of the Classes (Home) 9:15 AM
9/8  W.R. Invitational (Away) 6:30 PM


Schools Are Closed
for Labor Day
September 7, 2015

(Game time is @ 7:30 unless noted.)
8/28 vs Hawkinsville  (Home)
9/4 vs West Laurens (Home)


9/3 vs Hawkinsville (Home) 5:30
9/3 vs Dublin (Home) 4:30
9/10 vs West Laurens (Away) 4:30

(Games @ 5:00 unless noted)
8/17 vs Wilcox County (Away)
8/18 vs West Laurens (Away)
8/21-8/22 Crisp County Tournament

(Games @ 4:30 unless noted)
8/18 vs Telfair (Home)
8/20 vs Hawkinsville (Home)

"A Night with the Stars"
BCHS One-Act Fundraising Concert
Thursday, August 20, 7:30 PM
BCHS Auditorium
Adults - $5; Students and Children - $3

Congratulations to the Royals
on their victory over Rutland!

Collecting School Supplies

Communities In Schools/Family Connection will partner with our local Walmart during the month of July...

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P - 5 Teacher

K - 12 Physical Education Teacher

Dental Hygienists Visit Bleckley Pre-K
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Bleckley's Teachers of the Year Recognized

Bleckley County Board of Education recognized the TOTY for each school in the district at the last board meeting.  Mr. Jackie Bowen from State Bank presented each of them with a check and  Mrs. Kim Wright, Chairman of the Board presented them with a plaque.

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G.A.M.E.S. Students Donate Box Tops

G.A.M.E.S. students recently donated 1,441 box tops to BCMS.

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On Monday March 23, Bleckley County High School Agriculture teachers Walt Parks and Doyle Floyd were honored at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta.  Representatives Bubber Epps,

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Georgia Testing Preview for Parents & students

Welcome to Experience Online Testing Georgia!

The Georgia Milestones tests measure what students in grades 3 through high school have learned. Many students will take the new tests online.

Parents and Students can access the testing site on line through http://experience-ga.ctb.com .


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Literary Places 2nd in Spring Region Competition

Literary Competition:   Students compete in Music, Dramatic Interpretation,

Essay,  and Extemporaneous Speaking

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Congratulations to Jessie Baggs, BCES Staff Person of the Year!
Job Announcements for 2015-2016 School Year

Assistant Principal

P-5 Teacher

6-12 English Language Arts Teacher


BCHS Relay Team Donates Money

The BCHS Relay for Life team collected $3400 last October by selling t-shirts for the Pink Out football game. The money was donated last week to Bleckley County Relay for Life.
The Bleckley County Relay for Life event will be held Friday April 24 at the old high school track. Activities start at 6:00 pm. Everyone is invited.

BCHS Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Mrs. Candi Dykes

Mrs. Dykes teaches the Healthcare classes and the CNA certification class.

Results from Superintendent Search Surveys

Click here to view the results from the superintendent search surveys.

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FCCLA members Dashia Beal, Shakira Hughes and Nakira Farrow placed 2nd in Focus on Children competition at Region 8 meeting on Saturday.  They will advance to state competition and present their Top Secret ...Wash your Hands presentation to judges at the Sate FCCLA Conference in March.  The project included a presentation about the 5 important steps of washing your hand.  It was presented to 3rd grade students in Mrs. Kim Fernandez's class at BCES. 

FCCLA members Ebonni Stubbs, Tyche Veal and Cherith Sain placed 1st in Food Innovations competition at Region 8 meeting on Saturday.  They will advance to state competition and present their etc...granola bites to judges at the Sate FCCLA Conference in March.  

FCCLA Members Chrystal Harris and Kelsey Anderson received a Bronze Medal in Chapter Showcase portfolio

FCCLA Kimberly Morales a Bronze in National Programs in Action 

FCCLA Members Kiara Elvine and Ty Thomas received a Bronze in Chapter Showcase Display.

BETA members place at Competition

Twenty BCHS Beta members competed at the Georgia State Beta Convention March 6 and 7, 2015, in Atlanta, Ga.

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Spring Holidays
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Spring Royal Singers and Literary Concert, Thursday, April 2 at 7:30. 

Cost is $5 Adults and $3 Students.  All Proceeds help to pay for a Show Choir Competition.

K.I.S.S. Event

Communities In Schools/Family Connection and OFTC Adult Education partnered together to present information at the BCMS “K.I.S.S.” (Kids Inviting Someone Special) event held in February. 

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BCES Principal of the Day

Miss Darci Dillard was named BCES Principal of the day on February 23, 2015. She had the opportunity to bid on the chance to take over Ms. DeLoach’s job, and Darci received the highest bid at the Winterfest. She enjoyed spending the day with Ms. DeLoach and experienced the “life of a school principal.” This was Darci’s second time having this special opportunity.

Darci is a fifth grade student at Bleckley County Elementary School and the daughter of Mike and Amanda Dillard.


       Mrs. Kim Brown 
"My Teacher is Tops"


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BCMS Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to 7th grade teacher Mrs. Teresa Maddox being named Teacher of the Year for the Middle School.

Earning their Microsoft Certification

Two BCHS freshmen earn their Microsoft Office Certification in WORD 2013. 

 Ethan Norfleet and Sam Boston passed their certification test and are continuing to work for their WORD 2013 Expert certification in the near future.

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STAR Student and Teacher Recognized at Chamber Banquet

The Cochran-Bleckley Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet on February 19th.  They recognized and presented the BCHS STAR student, Drew Belflower and STAR teacher, Mr. Bryan Wynne, with plaques.

Drew will be attending Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall. Congratulations to these two very deserving individuals.


Glowing Germs???

Mrs. Jones’s biology classes are experimenting.  Here are some pictures of day one of their Transformation of E. Coli with Green Fluorescent Protein gene lab.  They are forcing E.Coli bacteria to take on the pGFP gene (naturally found in jellyfish) so that they will then glow fluorescent green much like some jellyfish do.  After the bacteria incubate overnight, hopefully we will have glowing green E.Coli bacteria!  

Stay Tuned for the Results….

And the results are in... Click to view

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FBLA WINS awards at Region

Congratulations to the following members for earning medals at the Region 5 Competition on Friday January 30th at Weslyn College.

Click to View all who placed.


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Student and Staff Holiday on Monday, March 9, 2015
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Noetic Math League Winners
           Fall 2014

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Bleckley Teachers Recognized by Peers

Congratulations to our 2014-2015 Teachers of the Year:

Kristen Sims – PreK

Audrey Hall – BCPS

Melanie Collins – BCES

Teresa Maddox – BCMS

Candi Dykes – BCHS

Christie Dean – BCSA

Technical School Visit

Teachers Julie Hutto, Kelli Green, and William Basby traveled with a group of Bleckley County High School students to the Dubose Porter Center in Dublin, Ga. to participate in the Oconee Fall Line Technical College's Program Fair. The college fair is designed with hands-on, interactive displays of individual programs offered at Oconee Fall Line. At each interactive display, a program instructor was available to answer questions about the program and financial aid.

Sweetheart Crowned

Dominique Johnson was crowned the 2015 Sweetheart at the basketball game Jan.24th. She was escorted by Jeremiah Mack. 

Photos from Bleckleyprogress


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CNA students begin clinicals

The CNA students began their clinical hours this week at Bryant Nursing a Home. They spent a day observing and learning the skills they will need to earn their certification. 

Attention Parents!

The Bleckley County School System seeks input from parents through the Georgia Parent Survey. To access the survey, click here:  http://apps.gadoe.org/schoolclimate/parents.nsf/Survey.xsp.  
A drop-down menu will appear. Select Bleckley, then select the school and grade for your child. Parents can complete the survey for more than one child.  
Survey responses are anonymous. The link to the survey will be open through February 27, 2015.

Thank you for your participation.

Fourth Grader, Emily Arnold, Wins Bleckley County System Spelling Bee



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January Students of the Month

Congratulations to the following students for being chosen for student of the month for January.

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Creating Plant Cells

Mrs. Gray's class creating their own plant cell.

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FBLA & FCCLA week Celebrated

Dr. Charlotte Pipkin met with officers of BCHS FBLA and FCCLA to sign proclamations making the week of February 8-14th National FBLA-PBL Week and National FCCLA Week here at Bleckley County High School.

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BCES Spelling Bees

Congratulations to the 4th and 5th graders who participated in the grade-level spelling bees on January 14. The winners for 4th grade were: 1st – Lily Brooks, 2nd – Emily Arnold. Winners for 5th grade were: 1st – Arealius English, 2nd – Evan Powell. These students will compete with students at the middle school in the system spelling bee on February 5th. For list of participants and more pictures click below:

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Superintendent Search

The Bleckley County Board of Education, Cochran, Georgia, is seeking a new superintendent.

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Gifted Education Referral Information

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

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BCES Music Club Performs
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Superintendent Search Survey

Stakeholder Survey

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Bleckley Police Department Visits Pre-K

Halloween is an exciting time for young children, but can also be dangerous if safety precautions aren’t taken.  Officers from Cochran Police Department visited Bleckley County Pre-K on Thursday, Oct. 30 to talk to students about Halloween safety.  Each class was visited by the officers and students had an opportunity to ask questions.  Every student received a bag to use for trick-or-treating.  Pre-K teachers followed-up with additional activities to reinforce what the officers taught.   We appreciate the Cochran Police Department’s support and efforts in helping our students learn the importance of Halloween safety.

Shoot Hoops, Not Drugs!

In collaboration with Middle Georgia State College Basketball Teams, students at Bleckley County Elementary School had the privilege of shooting hoops with the basketball players on Friday, October 31, 2014.  BCES students enjoyed getting autographs, meeting each player, and playing some basketball with the team.  The special event was one of the ways that BCES celebrated Red Ribbon Week which reinforces ways to “say no to drugs”.  Red Ribbon Week is a national initiative, and BCES was proud to end the week of activities with Middle Georgia State College Basketball Teams.  Check in the Photo Gallery below for more pictures.

Jr. Beta Named National Beta School of Distinction

Congratulations to the Bleckley County Middle School Junior Beta club for being named a National Beta School of Distinction.

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BCES Students Write and Produce a Play

Third grade students in Mrs. Maxwell’s class had the opportunity to write a script for a play.  After the script was finished, the class designed the set and produced the play.  The production was enjoyed by other third grade students and parents. 

Local art teacher featured in the new book, "If Picasso Had a Christmas Tree."

Donna Cooper Smith, art teacher at Bleckley County Elementary, was one of 30 art teachers from across the globe illustrating the new children's book, If Picasso Had a Christmas Tree. 
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Third Grade Garden Is Ready at BCES

Third grade students spent the past weeks preparing the school garden and planting collards.  With the help of the two science teachers, Christy Jones and Deb Collins, and the community garden volunteer, Deputy Andrew Lemmon, the garden is now in full bloom with beautiful collards and turnip greens.  The students picked the greens last week and the lunchroom ladies cooked the greens for the students.  During lunch, the students were able to try and even enjoy this southern specialty.

Georgia Milestone Overview

Click on the "view all" to find an introductory video concerning the new GA Milestone assessments.  

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Thanksgiving Breakfast

Mrs. Gray's class fixed breakfast for Thanksgiving. Pancakes, grits, eggs, and hot chocolate.

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Communication During the Civil War

On the Friday following Veterans’ Day, two veterans from our community spoke to the students about a soldier’s life in 1861.

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FBLA attends Fall Leadership Conference in Athens

FBLA mambers attended FLC in Athens this past week.  Members attended workshop where they followed a Leadership track such as marketing, presentation skills, officership etc.

They heard from guest speakers and former members who have experience in their leadership field.  Several members attended and played in the Monopoly tournament with several hundred members playing at one time.



Bleckley County High School will hold its annual College Day on Tuesday, December 2nd in the BCHS Cafeteria. BCHS Students and/or their parents are encouraged to drop in between 3:30 and 5 p.m. to meet with representatives of over 20 universities, colleges, technical colleges, and military branches.

Following the Career Night, beginning at 5:30 in the BCHS auditorium, a meeting will be held for the parents of college-bound students.  A representative from the Georgia Student Finance Commission will share information regarding college admissions, the HOPE Scholarship and much more. All interested parents are invited to attend.

BCES Sumdog Winners Announced

Sumdog’s Heart of Georgia Math Contest was held October 3 to October 9.   There were 45 classes in the RESA area who qualified, and 938 students answered 398,885 questions during the week of the contest.  The results are in, and Bleckley County Elementary School really did well!  Congratulations!

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Davis Named Bus Driver of the Year

Mrs. Shirley Davis was recognized by the Board of Education at the October Meeting for her selection as Bleckley County's Bus Driver of the Year.  Superintendent Dr. Charlotte Pipkin and Transportation Director Ernie Purser presented her with a framed certificate recognizing her selection.   Mrs. Davis has transported students to and from school for nearly 40 years.  Congratulations Mrs. Davis and Thank You for all you do to make our school a better place!

Congratulations to Kristen Rodgers on My Teacher is Tops award!

Click here to see the WMAZ presentation

Thanksgiving Holidays


Bleckley County Schools will be closed November 24, 2014 - November 30, 2014 for Thanksgiving Holidays.

BETA CLUB receives Recognition


Bleckley County High School has received recognition as a National BETA School of Distinction.  Click on view all to see more...

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Science Experiments
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Parent Information about Enterovirus D68

Fact sheet for parents

Bleckley County Schools Honored at State Capitol for Farm to School Achievements


ATLANTA— Bleckley County Schools were recognized with the Golden Radish Award, a prestigious state-wide farm to school distinction which acknowledges the outstanding leadership of school representatives building comprehensive farm to school programs.


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Announcing the 2014 Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Youth Leadership Team!

Trevor Barker and Jade Allen have been selected to represent Bleckely County and the state of Georgia at the 2014 Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Youth Leadership Forum to be held in Washington DC in October.  For more click here.

September Students of the Month

8th Grade
Mackensie Bond
Adasia McClinton
Conner Veal
Saraina Purnell
Destani Mitchell
Tamiah Warner
Kasey Meeks
CJ Rich

7th Grade
Thomas Conner
Anna-Catherine Brown
Marvin Fulford
J.C. Stewart
Haven Heath
Jayla Willis
Dana Wilson
Keith Anderson

6th Grade
Destinee Johnson
Ty Cranford
Chloe Newman
Megan Dykes
Demetreon Wells
Brody Little
David Smith
Parker Horne

Bleckley County Elementary School Named as a 2014 Georgia Reward School (Highest-Performing School)

On September 16, 2014, Bleckley County Elementary School received word that the school was named as a 2014 Highest-Performing Georgia Reward School by State School Superintendent, Dr. John Barge.  A Highest-Performing School is among the five percent of the state’s Title I schools with the highest absolute performance, over three years, for the “all students” group on the statewide assessments. A school may not be classified as a Highest-Performing School if it has been identified as a Priority, Focus, or Alert School. BCES was the only school in the Heart of Georgia RESA area to earn the highest performing distinction, and this is the third year in a row that BCES has received with this special reward.   

BCHS Celebrates Homecoming Week

Homecoming Dress up days were:

Merica Monday

Tropical Tuesday

Wanna Be Wednesday

Throwback Thursday



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Red Ribbon Week

This week at BCSA is Red Ribbon Week. Say NO to drugs.

Monday - Pledge to stay drug free - wear red, white and blue

Tuesday - Lei off drugs - Wear your favorite Hawaiian attire

Wednesday - Team up against drugs - wear your favorite team attire

Thursday - There is not a place for drugs in any decade - dress in your favorite decade

Friday - Stay true to your character, stay drug free - dress as your favorite character 

Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Earner

Rachel Leverette, a junior at BCHS has earned her Microsoft Office Specialist Industry Recognized Certification in PowerPoint 2013.  She is the first student this year to earn this certification.  Last year, she earned her basic WORD 2013 certification and she hopes to earn her WORD EXPERT 2013 later this year.


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Biology class - starting our unit about cells - microscope lab - learning how to make slides and viewing a variety of specimens.
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The BCHS ONE ACT will be presenting "Bye Bye Birdie" to the public on October 16th at 7:30, Sunday, October 19th at 3:00, Monday, October 20 at 7:30, and Tuesday October 21 at 7:30.  The performance will be held at the BCHS Auditorium.  The cost of admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

CNA and HEALTHCARE classes enjoy hands on learning.


CNA students are learning about infection prevention by using PPE's (personal protective equipment)


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Physical science students trying out the effectiveness of pulleys during the pulley lab.



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Jr. Beta Induction

The Jr. Beta Induction Ceremony was held at 4 o’clock at Bleckley County Middle School. There were 78 students inducted into Jr. Beta and 3 transfers. We have a record smashing number of students in Jr. Beta for the 2014-2015 year, 119!

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Marine Corps Veteran Visits BCHS

On Tuesday September 16th, Bleckley County High School Anatomy and Healthcare Science students were treated to a visit from Hawkinsville resident and Marine Corps veteran Tony Mullis. 

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***The Bleckley County Softball Team will be playing for the Region Championship Tuesday October 7th at 5:30. Please bring a loud voice, a purple shirt or even a comfortable chair and support the Lady Royals as they compete for the 4AA Championship.***

Make plans to attend.

BUSINESS Student WINS Community Service Flyer Competition

Janae Smith was the Winner of the flyer contest for the Country Fest sponsored by the Cochran-Bleckley Chamber of Commerce.  She was presented her certificate by CTAE Director Mr. Matt Gibbs.


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On sale now, See the fundraiser link on the high school page for pictures and ordering information.

Job Annoucement

School Based Health Center Coordinator

FCCLA Chef Classes

Chef Lee Polk of Middle Georgia State College is working with FCCLA members at Bleckley County High.  Chef Lee is teaching an afterschool program on culinary skills twice a month.  Students have the opportunity to learn and practice knife skills, fruit and vegetable carving, presentation trays and even work the “front of the house”.   There is no cost for the program and students enjoy the hands on learning experience and eating what they made, too.


FBLA Advisors attend training

FALCON is the FBLA Advisor Leadership CONference. BCHS FBLA advisors Cathie Arnold and Julie Hutto along with  BCMS FBLA advisors Emily Raley and Mandy Rogers attended the annual FBLA advisor leadership conference at the Goodwill Anderson Center in Macon, Georgia.  

This conference is designed for FBLA advisors from all over GA to come together to share and learn from each other.  They covered topics about curriculum alignment, community service, achievement awards, student competitions and membership recruitment. Advisors came home with many leadership ideas and lesson integration information to help make 2014-2015 a successful and productive year for their FBLA members.