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DAR Essay Contest Winners Recognized

On Tuesday, February 13, 2018, winners of the 2018 DAR essay contest were recognized at a luncheon sponsored by the Hawkinsville Chapter of the NSDAR. The luncheon was held at the Steak House in Hawkinsville.

The following Bleckley County students were recognized:

First place winners: 

Fifth Grade:  Clayton Beck, Bleckley County Elementary School

Sixth Grade: Lauren Elizabeth Coley, Bleckley County Middle School 

Seventh Grade:  Malorie Warren, Bleckley County Middle School

Eighth Grade: Sophie Knight, Bleckley County Middle School

Christopher Columbus essay:  Donald Warren, Bleckley County High School

Second place winners:

Sixth Grade: James Cairney, Bleckley County Middle School

Seventh Grade:  Joshua Gilbert, Bleckley County Middle School  (not pictured)

Eighth Grade: Harlie Corner, Bleckley County Middle School 

Christopher Columbus:  Elizabeth Parks, Bleckley County High School

Lauren Elizabeth Coley was also named a District winner. Congratulations to all of these students for their hard work and for exemplifying Bleckley County's tradition of expecting excellence!

 

                  DAR 2018 Winners

BCHS STAR Student and STAR Teacher Named

Congratulations to Tucker Felkins – STAR Student and Walt Parks – STAR Teacher for the 2017-2018 school year.  Tucker was honored with a plaque and scholarship at the annual Cochran-Bleckley Chamber of Commerce Banquet on Feb. 1, 2018, at Middle Georgia State University.  Tucker is the son of Dr. Cindy and Mr. Tim Felkins of Cochran, Georgia.   

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BCHS Beta Club attends State Convention

            On January 24-26, seventy-five students from Bleckley County High School traveled to Savannah to compete at the state Beta Convention.  With great weather and over 2,500 students from across the state in attendance, the convention was a lively time.  While Bleckley County did not walk away with a prize in every category that we competed in, our students still displayed the excellence that we expect in our school system.  

 

For photos of the BETA state winners, please use the Photo Galleries link on the left under Quick Links.

        

Pre-K Registration

Pre-K Registration March 8

 

9:00-6:00

Pre-K Cafeteria

Pre-K Celebrates Farm to School Month

In celebration of Farm to School month, Pre-K students participated in the Make Room for Legumes activity. They read The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle and planted bean seeds that were later transplanted in the Pre-K garden.

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Georgia Farm Bureau Brings Ag in the Classroom to Pre-K

Bleckley Pre-K would like to say a HUGE thank you to Bleckley County Farm Bureau. They donated two raised beds to Pre-K. We appreciate Mr. Michael Porter delivering them and setting them up for us. Mrs. Sims, Mrs. Money, & Mrs. Goss’ class went out and added the soil to the beds. We are preparing the beds so that we will be able to plant after Thanksgiving holidays. We are very excited about this new experience here at Pre-K. We want to create an awareness of where our food comes from. Yes, you can go to the grocery store and buy it, but the question we want the students to answer is “Where did it come from before?” Through collaboration with Mrs. Lauren Goble from Farm Bureau and Mr. Michael Porter of Bleckley County Farm Bureau this opportunity was made possible. We are planning on having a Farm Day in early March. Ag in the Classroom is much more than being in the classroom reading stories about a farm or looking at pictures. To get the real experience, you must get your hands dirty!

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     MGSU Nursing Students Present STRANGER DANGER at BCLC

Middle Georgia State University Nursing Students, Catherine Sanders, Vivian Bryant, and Victoria Turnell visited Pre-K classrooms and presented their project on STRANGER DANGER. It is important for young children to learn to personal safety tips that will prevent them from getting into a dangerous situation with a stranger or acquaintance with harmful intentions.  Some of the safety tips Ms. Sanders, Ms. Bryant and Ms. Turnell presented were: never get in the car with a stranger; don’t accept gifts or treats from strangers; never go anywhere with someone you don’t know; always stay where your parents can see you; don’t invite strangers into your home; don’t answer the door if your parents are not home; if someone makes you feel unsafe, tell your parents immediately; yell HELP if a stranger tries to convince you to go with them or do something you don’t want to do; and don’t be afraid to tell a stranger NO.  The nursing students also taught students that there are good strangers such as doctors, nurses, bus drivers, teachers, firefighters, police officers, etc. Bleckley Pre-K appreciates Ms. Sanders, Ms. Bryant and Ms. Turnell helping teach students ways to stay safe and encourages all parents to reinforce stranger danger tips at home.

Georgia Parent Survey

The Georgia Parent Survey is also modeled after the student survey and contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphone or tablet. For parents that do not have access to the Internet, school administrators should consider scheduling dates and times to allow parents to complete the Georgia Parent Survey at school. All parents should be encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. The Georgia Parent Survey is also available in Spanish. Parents may select the Spanish version within the survey. Results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online. The Georgia Parent Survey link is posted below.

Georgia Parent Survey:

http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents

Superintendent's Student Advisory Team Meets

The 2017-18 Superintendent's Student Advisory Team met on Tuesday, October 31. These 2nd through 12th grade students gave feedback on what they like and would like to change on a variety of topics including school food, teachers, rules and dress code, and safety. Findings from the Student Advisory Team with be shared with the system-wide Strategic Planning Committee.

Student representatives are:

  2nd Grade: Kensley Duffey, Cullen Senters
  3rd Grade: Angel Crawford, Isiah Galvin
  4th Grade: Isabella Trice, John Teston
  5th Grade: Kendall May, Sadarian Nelson
  6th Grade: Carly Claxton, Marcus Newsom
  7th Grade: Gracie Robertson, Deacon Duffey
  8th Grade: Shianna Harden, J.R. Fordham
  9th Grade: Shy Chambers, Nick Smith
10th Grade: Katie Curry, Keith Anderson
11th Grade: Abbie Sims, Adam Belflower
12th Grade: Asia Fleming, Jacob Smith

 

         Student Advisory Team

Cochran PD Teaches “Trick or Treat Safely…Go Where You Know” at Bleckley Pre-K

Officers from the Cochran Police Department visited Pre-K October 30 to teach students about staying safe as they Trick-or-Treat on Halloween.  Lt. Williams, Sgt. Hill, Capt. Trawick and Officer Allen went into Pre-K classrooms and talked with students about Halloween safety tips.  Some of the important safety tips covered were:  go Trick-or-Treating with an adult; visit only the homes of people that you know; choose a costume that lets you see and hear well so you can watch and listen for cars; make sure your costume fits properly so you don’t trip; wear brightly colored clothing and put “glow in the dark” patches or strips on your costume so drivers can see you; and do not eat treats until your parent or a trusted adult checks them.  After talking with the students, the officers gave teachers reflective Trick-or-Treating bags with the safety tips printed on the back for all of the students. Bleckley Pre-K extends a special thank you to Chief Chris Coley and the Cochran Police Department for collaborating with them to help teach students how to have a fun and safe Halloween.

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My Teacher is Tops!

Congratulations to Mr. Luther Lucas, BCHS History teacher, on being selected as 13WMAZ's My Teacher Is Tops! 

My Teacher is Tops

To view 13WMAZ's highlight video of Mr. Lucas receiving his award, please use the following link:

13WMAZ My Teacher Is Tops - Luther Lucas

Bleckley County Learning Center Celebrates Grandparents' Day

On Friday, September 15, students at the Bleckley County Learning Center celebrated Grandparents' Day. Grandparents were invited to visit their grandchildren's classrooms and spend time spending sharing the joy of reading. To view a video of the event, please click on the picture below.

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Congratulations to BCHS One-Act

Congratulations to the Seussical cast, crew and directors, Kelli Greer and Penny Spivey, on being named region runner-up! 

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Bleckley FFA Wins National Title

On Friday, October 27, the Bleckley County FFA Forestry Team made history after being named National Champions. Team members Blake Bohannon, Tucker Felkins, LeAnn Hearn, and Jacob Smith, under the advisement of Doyle Floyd, won the National Forestry Career Development Event at the 90th FFA National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. All four team members placed in the top ten overall individually:

1st Place (high individual) - Blake Bohannon
2nd Place (high individual) - Tucker Felkins
3rd Place (high individual) - Jacob Smith
7th Place (high individual) - LeAnn Hearn

In addition, Blake was awarded 1st place in Practicum and Tucker was awarded 1st place in Test. Congratulations to these outstanding students and Mr. Floyd for representing Bleckley County so well!

To view 13WMAZ's highlight video of the team's accomplishments, please use the following link:

Bleckley County Takes Home National Title

 

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Golden RadishBleckley County Recieves Golden Radish Award

Georgia’s Departments of Agriculture, Education and Public Health, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and Georgia Organics came together at the historic Georgia Railroad Freight Depot to celebrate the over 40 percent of Georgia school districts with outstanding farm to school programs. Seventy-five school districts, serving more than one million students in Georgia, are now participating in farm to school.  These districts served more than 97 million school meals with local food items during the 2016-17 school year.

Bleckley County School District was recognized at the Gold level for their accomplishments during the 2016-17 school year, including:

  • At Bleckley High School, both the Family and Consumer Science class and the Future Farmers of America student organization have gardens. Chickens are raised by students for the Poultry Judging Team.

BCES to Hold Math/Science Night

BCES will host an exciting night of hands-on math and science activities for the whole family on Thursday, November 2 from 5:30 - 7:00. For more information on this fun event, please click on the picture.

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Lady Royals Headed to Elite Eight!

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Congratulations to the Lady Royals and Coaches Teresa Gray and Philip Hart on defeating Berrien County and advancing to the Elite Eight. The Royals will play Monticello on Thursday, October 26, at the Columbus Softball Complex. Game time is 3:00. Good luck and Go Royals!

Bleckley Pre-K Celebrates Fire Prevention Week 2017

Since 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has sponsored Fire Prevention Week. The 2017 Fire Prevention Week is October 8 - 14, and the theme is "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!"  

In celebration of this week, Firemen Kyle Dykes, Jonathan Leatherwood, and David Sumner of the Cochran Fire Department visited Bleckley Pre-K and provided students with important fire safety information.  Students had the opportunity to see the fire truck up close, see a demonstration of how the equipment is used, see the firemen in their firefighting uniforms, and learn fire safety tips to keep them safe in the event they are the victim of a home or school fire.

Bleckley Pre-K appreciates the Cochran Fire Department and Firemen Dykes, Leatherwood and Sumner for partnering with them to help students learn the importance of smoke detectors, fire safety habits, getting out as quickly as possible, and staying out of a burning building.

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Bleckley Pre-K Celebrates GA Pre-K Week

During the week of Oct. 2-6, hundreds of state and local leaders celebrated the 25th birthday of Georgia’s Pre-K Program by reading to Georgia’s youngest learners.  Governor Zell Miller launched Georgia’s lottery-funded Pre-K program in 1992 as a pilot program serving 750 four-year-old children. Since then, Georgia’s Pre-K Program has laid a solid foundation for academic excellence and future success in the lives of approximately 1.6 million children.

Now in its seventh year, Georgia Pre-K Week is coordinated by Voices for Georgia’s Children, a policy and advocacy non-profit organization. The goal of Pre-K week is to emphasize the importance of quality early childhood education by providing opportunities for leaders to engage with Pre-K classrooms in local communities. Georgia Power and Synovus sponsored Georgia Pre-K Week for the fourth consecutive year. Additional key supporters include Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal, state commissioners, state and local elected officials and other dignitaries.

 

BCPS Literacy Night

BCPS students and families are invited to attend Literacy Night at BCPS on Thursday, October 19th, from 4 - 6 p.m. For more information about the event, please click on the picture below.

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BCMS and BCHS Golf Teams' Fundraiser

The Bleckley Royals golf teams are conducting a Titleist Golf Ball sale to raise money for the upcoming season. Titleist Pro V1 or V1x golf balls are on sale for $50.00 per dozen (personalized with the BC logo). Place your order now through November 3 (orders will be ready mid-November). Contact Coach Wiegert at BCHS by phone (478-934-6258) or email (dwiegert@bleckley.k12.ga.us) to order yours today!

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BCLC and BCPS Celebrate World School Milk Day

On Wednesday, September 27, students at Bleckley County Learning Center and Bleckley County Primary School celebrated World School Milk Day. Held on the last Wednesday in September, World School Milk Day celebrated the health benefits of school milk programs. To view a video, please use the following link:

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Congratulations to Miss Jahnaria Brown, BCHS 2017 Homecoming Queen

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(Photos courtesy BCHS Scepter Staff)

FY18 REACH Scholars Recognized

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 (Pictured left to right: Holly Collins, BCMS Guidance Counselor; Angie Knighton, BCHS Guidance Counselor, Jamirial Josiah, Leslie Fernandez, Jhamir Marshall, Sherie Perez, Sacoya McNair, Superintendent Steve Smith)

Congratulations to the following BCMS students on being named REACH scholars for FY18: SaCoya McNair, daughter of Sadie Mims; Jhamir Marshall, son of Gabbie Jenkins and Jerome Marshall; Leslie Fernandez, daughter of Myra Rodriquez; Jamirial Josiah, daughter of Valerie Josiah and Quentin Wilmore; and Sherie Perez, daughter of David and Sandy Perez.

Launched by Governor Nathan Deal in 2012, REACH (Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen) Georgia is the state’s first needs-based mentorship and college scholarship program. Its mission is to ensure that Georgia’s low income, academically promising students have the academic, social, and financial support needed to graduate from high school, access college, and achieve postsecondary success. The REACH Georgia Scholarship rewards students for self-accountability, promotes parent involvement and provides motivation and support; factors known to be critical in student educational achievement. For more information regarding REACH, go to www.reachga.org.

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Beckley Student Selected to Student Advisory Council

The Bleckley County School System is proud to announce that one Bleckley student has been selected for State School Superintendent Richard Woods’ 2017-2018 Student Advisory Council. Tucker Felkins, a senior at Bleckley County High School, has been selected to serve in this capacity. Felkins is one of only 142 middle and high school students selected by Woods out of over 1,500 students who applied for the council.

 

BLECKLEY PRIMARY  

Open House will be September 21, 2017

6:00 – 7:00 pm

Title I Parent Meeting at 5:30

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Title 1 Meeting/Parent Information Sesssion

There will be a Title I meeting/parent information session on Thursday, September 28th at 4 p.m.  in the BCHS media center.  Hope to see you there!  

LOCAL INFORMATION REGARDING HURRICANE IRMA

For information regarding Good Samaritan Shelters in Bleckley County, as well as acceptable donation items, please use the following link:

HURRICANE IRMA 

Updated Athletic Schedules

For updated schedules for fall sports, please use the Athletics link under Quick Links.

"Where to Go When You Need to Know"

If you're looking for information related to athletic, academic, or club activities within the Bleckley County School System, please visit the Bleckley Progress website, created and managed by Dave Whitaker. For easy access to the site, please use the following link:

Bleckley Progress Logo

BCMS Open House

BCMS Open House will be held on Tuesday, August 29, from 6:00 - 7:30.  A Title 1 meeting will be held prior to Open House at 5:30. 

For information and updates on BCHS and BCMS sports, please use the following link:

Bleckley Progress

BCHS Football

Come out and support the BCHS Royals on Friday, August 18th, as they open their season against Clinch County. Game time is 7:30. 

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aLate Dismissal - Monday, August 21

Due to the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st, all schools will dismiss 30 minutes later than normal. This is to help ensure the safety of our students' eyes.

ATHLETIC SCHEDULES

Schedules for fall sports may be accessed using the Athletics link under Quick Links or using the links below.

BCHS Football

BCHS Sofball

BCHS Cross Country

BCMS Cross Country

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Kindergarten Readiness Check

In an effort to make the transition into kindergarten a smooth one for schools and families, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and the Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) have partnered to create GKIDS Readiness Check, a resource website to aid parents in learning about kindergarten readiness. The site includes:

  • skills assessed on the GKIDS Readiness Check
  • activities to support your child’s development at home
  • Spanish translations and closed captioning

The website may be accessed using the following links:

GKIDSReadinessCheck.gadoe.org

KReady.gadoe.org.  (a shorter version)

 

 JOB ANNOUNCEMENT  

The Bleckley County Board of Education is seeking qualified applicants for the position of School Based Health Center Mental Health Counselor/Coordinator. Applications will be accepted through August 21, 2017.
For More Information, please use the following link:

School Based Health Center Mental Health Counselor/Coordinator

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Student Handbook

To view the Bleckley County Learning Center's Student Handbook, please use the following link:

Student Handbook

Printed copies will only be available upon request.

School Visitation - Wednesday, August 2

Visitation for all schools will be Wednesday, August 2.  Visitation hours are as follows: 

BCHS, BCSA, BCMS, BCES and BCPS: 3:30 - 6:00

Pre-K : 1:00 - 5:00

 

Tax Digest and Notice of Current Levy Current 2017 Tax Digest and 5 Year History of Levy
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BCHS Dress Code for 2017-2018

For detailed information regarding the dress code for the 2017-2018 school year, please use the following link:

BCHS DRESS CODE

Please click on the image below to view a video of the BCHS Class of 2017 Senior Walk.

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Watch the high school graduation ceremony.

Watch the high school graduation ceremony.

Surplus Property Bid List

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BCHS FBLA Awarded 2016 March for Babies Award

Bleckley County High School’s Future Business Leaders of America was awarded the 2016 Bibb/Macon March for Babies Top FBLA Team Award. Bleckley FBLA members and advisers are elated about the donation of $900.00 they were able to make to this worthy cause this past school year.

BCHS FBLA President, Lacey White and March of Dimes Chair, Tyler Sapp are shown below with the award and a handwritten note from Glenda Davis, Senior Development Manager of Central/Southern Georgia March of Dimes. Ms. Davis expressed her appreciation for our organization’s hard work and continued support and dedication to the cause. Ms. Davis commented that Bleckley High’s FBLA is truly making a difference in the lives of babies in Middle Georgia and beyond.  

March of Dimes’ March for Babies is an FBLA State Project that BCHS FBLA takes to heart. Each year we participate in a variety of activities to earn money for this cause. We appreciate the willingness of Superintendent Steve Smith to allow us to hold a system wide dress down week each year as well as a Hats On For Babies hat day at BCHS each year. We hope to expand opportunities to raise money for this cause in the future. 

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Tucker Felkins Named State FFA President

Congratulations to BCHS student, Tucker Felkins on being elected the 2017-2018 state FFA president! For more information on this outstanding achievement, please click on the photo

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aThousands of Free Books Are at Your Fingertips this Summer!

The Get Georgia Reading program has partnered with myON to deliver thousands of free books to your computer and mobile devices. This means every child, teacher, librarian, and parent in Geoprgia will be provided with unlimited access to myON's enchanced digital books, 24 hours a day - every day- through August 31. For more information on enrolling your child in this program, please click on the picture.

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Congratulations to the BCHS Royal Singers for placing First in show choir, and to Noah Shedd on winning best soloist overall in Orlando, Florida!                      a

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aBCHS Tennis Teams Win State Championship

Congratulations to the BCHS boys' and girls' tennis teams and coaches on winning the State Championship on Saturday! To read more about their victory, please use the following link:

Bleckley County Sweeps Class 2A Tennis Championships (courtesy Stan Awtrey)

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BCHS Royals Headed to Elite Eight

Congratulations to Coach Brad Davis and the BCHS Royals on defeating Heard County to advance to the Elite Eight. The Royals will host Bacon County in a double-header on Wednesday, May 10th. Game 1 will begin at 5:00 with Game 2 beginning thirty minutes after the completion of Game 1. In the event of a split, Game 3 will be played on Thursday, May11th, at 6:00. Good luck, Royals!

For more information on the Royals' series against Heard County, please use the following link:

Royals Walkoff Heard to Clinch Quarterfinal Berth (courtesy Bleckley Progress)

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BCHS Tennis Teams Headed to State Championships

Congratulations to the BCHS boys' and girls' tennis teams, and coaches, on advancing to the State Championships! Both teams will play on Saturday, May 6, in Clayton County. For more information, please use the following link.

A Trend Continues: Bleckley Wins, Proceeds to State Championship

Bleckley Virtual School Registration/Information Packet

Parent Engagement Meeting

Bleckley County Schools will be conducting an annual review of district parent involvement documents on Tuesday, May 2nd, 3:00 – 4:30.   Please click here to sign up for this parent engagement working session:

 Sign Up for Parent Engagement Meeting

Congratulations to the BCHS Senior Forestry Team on winning state! They will compete in Nationals this fall in Indianapolis. 

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aBCHS Boys' Track Team Wins Region

Congratulations to the BCHS boys' track team on winning Region! They will compete at sectionals on Saturday, April 29, in Fitzgerald. Good luck!

aTennis Teams Advance

The BCHS boys' and girls' tennis teams both advanced to the Elite 8 on Friday, April 21st, by defeating Catoosa High School. Congratulations!

aRoyal Singers' Spring Concert

The BCHS Royal Singers will be having their Spring Concert on Sunday, April 30 at 3 p.m. in the BCHS Auditorium.  The State winning Literary Quartet, Trio and Boys soloist will also be performing their winning selections.  The cost is $5 for Adults and $3 for Students and Children.  All proceeds will go to help cover the costs of a show choir competition trip in May.

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