The Anchor Connecting YOU to the happenings of Boaz High School Volume: 1 April 2015 Issue: 8 BHS Students & Staff Spring Break Fun Spring Break is always an anticipated event for students at Boaz High School. It marks the last long break before the end of the school year. Because of that, students their friends and family sometimes plan to do something special. Many times it is just a time to relax and do the fun things. In March The Anchor asked students what their plans for Spring Break were. As a follow up to that article we asked numerous students what they actually did over the break. Here are some of their responses: In this issue… Spring Break Activities April Calendar SSCC Career Expo BHS Band Aladdin Info Anatomy Class Physics Class Spring Sports Research Papers BHS Bank Caleb Sanders went to the state park. Emily Hernandez babysat her baby cousin. Mrs. Ballentine had knee surgery and attended therapy. Jon-Eric Frederick went bowling. Felicia Goss when hiking in the woods near her house. DJ Jones went to Tennessee. Jacob Haney stayed home and played video games. Ashley Ennis got her driving permit. Braeden McDonald went camping. Coach Littleton went snow skiing in Colorado. Clindale Eartè stayed home and played video games. Toby Davis got his wisdom teeth removed. Michelle Holmes went to Gatlinburg. Linda Jimenez went to Boynton Beach, Florida. Chandler Gilbreath went bowling. Caleb Moon went to Gulf Shores. C. J. Shell and Friends went to Gulf Shores to the beach. Desiree Duke went to Noccalula Falls and fed the ducks. Although we polled only a few students and teachers their activities took them many different places and they did many fun activities. All students and staff hopefully had a safe and relaxing week and return ready to finish up the school year. April Calendar of Events April 1 Report cards go home April Fool’s Day April 3 Good Friday MCYL Interviews April 5 Easter Sunday April 6-10 Cheer Tryouts April 7 Snead State Community College Career Expo and Hiring Fair, 12-4 pm April 8 MCYL to Montgomery April 10 Marshall County Olympics, Arab Sports Complex April 11 BHS Junior-Senior Prom April 16 Spring is a very busy time for the numerous sports at Boaz High School. Due to the lack of space on the monthly calendar, all spring sports schedules can be found at the BHS web site. Please check them out at www. bhs.boazk12.org Microsoft Office Specialist Credentialing Exam, Coach Keenum & Mrs. Willis April 21 BHS CPCT TEST, Mrs. Cole April 22 Earth Day April 24 Boaz High School Theatre Department presents Aladdin, 7:00 pm. April 25 Boaz High School Theatre Department presents Aladdin, 7:00 pm. April 26 Boaz High School Theatre Department presents Aladdin, 2:00 pm. April 28 BHS ACT plus Writing Test for all juniors. Seniors Attend Career Expo Pirate Bands to Travel Twenty eight seniors have signed up to attend the 6th Annual Marshall County Career Expo and Hiring Fair to be held at the Snead State Community College Wallace Plunkett Gymnasium. They will be going on Tuesday, April 7 from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. There will be representatives from local employers where students can make connections for prospective jobs. Imagine your future possibilities. Dozens of companies and organizations will be on hand, plus representatives from Snead State Community College. Students will be able to talk to representatives and ask questions and get answers about their future careers and college decisions. The Boaz High School Marching Band will be traveling to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida at the end of April, and will be stay throughout the beginning of May. They will be performing with the STARS Performance Program. This program provides the experience of performing a parade through the park. While at the park, students will have the opportunity to experience different musical cultures throughout each park. The band students will also have the opportunity to see Blue Man Group on their stay. The band has had a very successful year. The marching band had a very successful season this past fall, receiving superior rating at all their competitions. The band also received superior ratings at the 2015 Music Performance Assessment (MPA) at Gadsden High School. Congratulations on your success, band! Physics Flies Off Mr. Elkin’s Physics classes will be shooting off rockets at the BHS Practice field. The class spent the last few weeks building and decorating the rockets. The class built the rockets out of kits ordered by Mr. Elkins, and were given the freedom to paint the rocket however they pleased. The rockets will be graded on how will they are built, and if they preform correctly at launch. The students in the class, as well as Mr. Elkins, are all looking forward to launch day. Boaz High School Sports The Boaz High School Baseball team traveled to Gulf Shores over the spring break where they participated in the Gulf Coast Classic tournament. The BHS Boys and Girls Soccer teams played over the break also. The boys won their first game of the year against Cherokee County 3-0. The girls gave it their all but came up a little short. BHS Softball team is ranked number 9 in the state and did excellent over the break. They played in a tournament in New Hope winning 3 of the 4 games they played. BHS Boys and Girls Tennis came up short against Cherokee County on Friday. Anatomy Classes Dissect Eyeballs The anatomy of the human eye can be better shown and understood by the actual dissection of an eye. An eye of choice for dissection, that closely resembles the human eye, is that of the sheep. Mrs. Chumley’s anatomy classes will be dissecting a sheep eye on April 1. After studying for the lab, they will prepare for the actual dissection. The following is a procedure that they will do in order to find all of the parts. 1. Observe the eye’s outer structure and identify the optic nerve, sclera, and cornea. Next, trim away the excess tissue on the sclera surrounding the eye. 2. Hold the eye gently with your thumb at the cornea and your forefinger near the optic nerve. Begin a cross-section of the eye by making an incision slightly behind the middle of the eye through the sclera. 3. Separate the eye into halves after you have completed the cross-section. Let the vitreous humor— gelatinous, transparent material found inside the eye behind the lens—and any associated structures slowly slide out of the eye. You may need to tease the vitreous humor gently away from the eye’s lining. 4. Look at the inside front portion of the eye. The lens may still be suspended in the middle of the pupil. Tip the front portion over and let the lens and associated structures fall out. 5. Observe the vitreous body, lens, and associated structures. The hyaloid fossa is an indention in the center of the vitreous body that supports the lens. Surrounding the hyaloid fossa is the zonula ciliaris, made up of suspensory ligaments that suspend the lens and stretch it to focus. You will also notice dark lines around the hyaloid fossa. These lines are pigment from the iris. 6. Continue to explore the sheep eye and identify each of its parts, using the diagram as needed. Seniors Research Topics for Paper With the coming of spring it is time for senior research papers. For that reason, Mrs. McCullers 12th grade English classes will be writing an eight hundred word essay on a topic of their choice. This topic will include reasonable ideas and reliable resources. This paper requires research and documentation. The body of the paper will be 3-4 pages long. The entire paper must be written in third person (No You or Your). Thesis statements must be worded as a “Should/Should Not” and placed at the end of the first paragraph. The paper must be an equal mixture of quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing, with a maximum of one quotation that is four lines or longer. The paper must be in MLA format in order for it to be graded. The paper must have a title and the thesis statement must be underlined. Students will be graded by the rubric and essay is worth 300 points. Students to Visit the Meat Lab Mrs. Shrader will be taking a group of students to the Auburn University Lambert-Powell Meats Lab on April 8th. Located near the Auburn University campus, the facility is a state of the art teaching, research and extension facility supporting a variety of activities in the Department of Animal Sciences. Several undergraduate courses utilize the unit each semester for demonstrations and hands-on laboratories. Faculty and graduate students conduct research in the areas of meat quality, meat processing and food safety. The Lambert-Powell Meat Lab is a fully functional inspected facility under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service. This facility often serves for not only student training, but also training for USDA personnel. Products produced under inspection are available to the general public in the Retail Sales Room which is open from 2-5 pm Monday through Thursday and 11am-5pm on Friday. There is a variety of fresh pork and beef as well as bacon, different varieties of sausage, and on occasion a selection of BBQ, smoked brisket and hams. The students will tour the facility and will be able to see the meat processing and food safety demonstrations that take place there. First Bank of Boaz Coming to BHS During the spring break the FACS sewing lab underwent a major change as the construction for the new BHS Bank was started. The facility is set to open in the fall of the 2015-16 school year. After construction is completed the First Bank of Boaz will have bank operating at Boaz High School. Students will be able to deposit cash, cash checks, disburse loans, and any other service a bank provides. There will be 2 teller windows and a bank office. Designated as a training facility of the First Bank of Boaz, Coach Keenum’s Banking Financial Service Class will run the bank here at BHS. This will be a good method for teaching students about financial literacy. The BHS culinary team won 3rd place on March 14 at the competition. H3 Construction pictures where our new culinary, medical wing, pirate restaurant, and school store will be open in the fall of 2015. Show Choir performed very well at a recent competition in Enterprise, Alabama. Dr. Philip Cleveland, State Department of Education visited BHS. Coach Clark, with Mr. Elkins demonstrating the 4D element app. C.J. and Morgan in Mrs. Chumley’s Anatomy class Students in Mrs. Ballentine’s AP Calculus class created cross sections of equilateral shapes. BTA-A students practicing for the GMerix Exam. Lucy (aka Mary Holcomb) was a big hit at Boaz Has Talent 2015. Mrs. Lett’s Pirate Period, Worldwide Celebrations Students MMD Students playing their Opoly games BHS Senior Class of 2015 The countdown is on… The Boaz High School Theatre Department’s production of will be presented at the Boaz High School Auditorium Thursday, April 24th & Friday, April 25th at 7:00 pm. A Sunday matinee will take place on April 26th at 2:00. The cost of admission will be $7.50 per person.
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