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News & Events 2017-11-17T13:20:54+00:00

News & Events

The BHS News and Events page provides important announcements related to Academics, Athletics, Clubs, Counseling, Fine Arts, Yearbook and other newsworthy events.  All new announcements are listed near the top of the page.

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The Mission: Smile club’s next meeting will take place in Mrs Sielbeck’s room (C9A) during 5A on Monday, November 27, (right after thanksgiving break).  This meeting will take the place for the December meeting. 
All Governor’s School applications must be complete and turn in to the appropriate counselor by Monday, November 27th. 
Please join us Monday, November 20 at Ford Ice as your Bruins look to make it five in a row as they take on Mt. Juliet! Game time is at 6:15 pm and admission is free.
The Public Forum Debate teams of Saahit Adabala and Jackson McNabb and Collin Maldonado and Kaavya Thanigaivelan competed in the Peach State Classic in Carrollton, GA on November 10-11 against 52 teams from 4 states.
Collin and Kaavya advanced to the Octofinals (top 16 teams) and completed the tournament with a 4-3 record.
Saahit and Jackson advanced to the Partial-Octofinals, to determine the 16th seed for Octos, and completed the tournament with a 4-3 record 
Brentwood High School competed at the Cougar Classic at Dickson County HS on November 11 and won the 2nd place sweepstakes award out of 15 schools competing. Individual team members won the following awards:
NOVICE PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE
Sunya Aghili and Madelyn Marcos—3rd place
VARSITY PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE
Sam Dowd and Naba Wahid—5th place
Gabriella DiTraglia and Malak Elmessiry—4th place
CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE
Sailesh Sitaram—5th place
Camilia Mohamed—4th place
Garrett Linney—2nd place
DUO INTERPRETATION
Hursha Kondee and Julia Lee—5th place
Grace Choi and Zach Johnston—3rd place
EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING
Caroline Overton—6th place
Katharine McGuire—4th place
HUMOROUS INTERPRETATION
Landon Brown—6th place
INFORMATIVE SPEAKING
Ifrah Khurram—3rd place
PROSE INTERPRETATION
Paige Russell—1st place 
The BHS Football Cheerleaders competed in the TSSAA State Cheerleading Championships on Saturday, November 11 and they finished State Runner-Up in the Super Large Varsity Division.

The BHS Football Cheerleaders competed in the TSSAA State Cheerleading Championships on Saturday, November 11 and they finished State Runner-Up in the Super Large Varsity Division.

The Bruinettes competed in the TSSAA State Dance Competition this past Saturday at MTSU and won first place in their division for medium varsity jazz. Congratulations Bruinettes! 
On Wednesday, November 8, 2017, nine BHS student athletes celebrated their commitment to playing their sport in college.  Congratulations athletes!

Nine BHS student athletes celebrated their commitment to play their sport in college next year. Congratulations to these athletes!Sitting:

  • Hannah Koenig—softball, Louisiana Tech University
  • Katherine Coffey—track and field, University of Louisville
  • Somer Henry—tennis, Indiana University
  • Garrett Joiner—volleyball, Purdue University

Standing

  • Kyle Costner—track and field, University of Arkansas
  • Tyler Shelton—baseball, Lincoln Memorial University
  • Caleb Pearson—baseball, University of Tennessee Knoxville
  • Kaden Dreier—baseball, Samford University
  • Patrick Queener—baseball, Lincoln Memorial University
Go Figure will be having a bake sale this week, November 13th through the 17th, during 5B in the front Lobby. Proceeds will be going to the Nashville Humane Association. Make sure to stop by. 
Mark your calendar for December 7 for a musical audition workshop after school in the theatre room. Auditions will be December 14.  
Your Thespian Conference registration is due by November 29. If you have questions see, please see Mrs. Moody.   
 WCS would like to recognize any senior at graduation who has completed at least 10 hours of volunteer work in the fall and 10 hours of volunteer work in the spring (Total = 20 hours). Students are responsible for notifying counselors if they have completed these service hours. Hours can be submitted through the BHS Volunteer Hours Form (opens in a new window).  Note: You must use your WCS Gmail account (@myplace.wcs.edu) to sign-in and access the form.

Underclassmen are also eligible to receive this diploma and recognition when they graduate. Students must have a minimum of 10 volunteer hours every semester they are in high school (from this point forward). Please follow these guidelines:

  • Students cannot be paid to do volunteer work
  • Volunteer work cannot be done for a family member
  • The student is responsible for tracking volunteer hours and submitting them through our Volunteer Hours Form.
Please consider supporting a long standing holiday tradition by providing a “Thank You” pie to each of our 160 dedicated teachers and outstanding support staff during the Holiday season. In years past, we have always asked for the parents to make a homemade pie. In an effort to simplify your December, we would like you to sponsor pies with a $20.00 donation per pie. The hospitality committee will purchase and deliver all the pies. Your $20.00 donation can be paid online or you can mail or deliver a check payable to BHS PTO to Brentwood High School C/O Bernadette Glasgow – Hospitality Committee. Thank you in advance for your participation.  You may also submit your donation on the BHS PTO Website (link opens in a new window), just click the “I want to donate now” button.  Thank you!  

Academic News

Brentwood High School is proud to announce the following students as National Merit Semi-Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. The 16,000 semi-finalists were selected from the more than 1.5 million entrants in the National Merit Program. Students entered the competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The semi-finalists represent less than 1% of each state’s high school seniors.

Andrew Dai

Vasudhasri Devarasetty

Muhammed Huzfya Fazili

Laura Guo

Brandon Huynh

Hayley Jordan

Jackson McNabb

Aditya Pillai

Ethan Shull

Deepak Sundaramoorthy

Coby Warkentin

Roger Yuan  

Brentwood High School is proud to announce the following 16 students as National Merit Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program. In addition to the 16,000 semi-finalists, 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top 5% of more than 1.5 million entrants in the National Merit Program. Students entered the competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Hannah Armistead

Sam Blanchet

Jackson Cho

Sam Dillard

Keaton Funderburk

Virginia Guerrero

Chandler Hart

Connor Hester

Ragan Huffman

Malia Hullfish

Matthew Ikard

Daniel Johnson

Zach Johnston

Joy Li

Sailesh Sitaram

Naba Wahid 

Athletic News

The mission of the Brentwood High School Athletic Bruins Club (ABC) is to improve BHS athletic facilities for the benefit of our student athletes, coaches and fans. We work to promote and enhance the athletic experience for our student athletes by working in collaboration with the school athletic department and individual sports.

For 2017-2018, we are asking BHS families to continue to support the efforts of the Athletics Bruins Club by becoming a member of ABC. We are offering (4) levels of membership -White, Blue, Gold and Ultra.  Please explore the ABC Goals (PDF), ABC Levels of Memberships (PDF), and ABC Application (PDF).

Just a reminder to pick up Papa Murphy’s Pizza each Thursday as 10% of the proceeds goes back to the Brentwood High Athletic Bruins Club to fund new equipment purchases. 
Congratulations to the Lady Volleyball team on their 5th straight Championship title.  This year’s volleyball championship was Brentwood’s 13th overall.  All have been under Coach Barbara Campbell, who is now 1,626-289 at Brentwood. Her win total ranks her third nationally and second among active coaches. She is the all-time winningest volleyball coach in Tennessee. 

Club News

The BHS Forensic team competed in the Krider Invitational Tournament at Henry County HS in Paris, TN on November 4, 2017 The following team members won awards:

PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE
3rd place—Surya Gopi & Garrett Linney
4th place—Gabriella DiTraglia & Malak Elmessiry
5th place—Andrew Dai & Brandon Huynh

PROSE
1st place—Paige Russell
6th place—Abigail Horrar

STORYTELLING
3rd place—Zach Johnston

The BHS Forensic Team will compete at Dickson County HS on November 11. 

Counseling News

The BHS Counseling Department now has a Twitter account! To get the latest news regarding scholarships, testing, college deadlines, counseling events, etc. follow us @wcsBHSks.
The counselors made visits to all the senior English classes to inform students about what they need to be doing right now as they begin the college application process. Please see the Senior English Class Visit Presentation (PDF) to review what was discussed! 
The Tennessee Governor’s Schools (link opens in a new window) provide eleven challenging and high-intensity programs for rising 11th and 12th grade students nominated by high school faculty. Students interested in participating in a Governor’s Schools program should go to the Tennessee Governor’s Schools (link opens in a new window) website and fill out the appropriate sections and bring the application(s) to their high school school counselor. Please submit the teacher recommendation portion to the appropriate teacher and ask them to return it to your school counselor when completed. Applications for the 2018 Tennessee Governor’s Schools will be available on from Sept. 1 to Dec. 1, 2017.

You MUST submit every section of the application to your school counselor by Monday, November 27th. 

 WCS would like to recognize any senior at graduation who has completed at least 10 hours of volunteer work in the fall and 10 hours of volunteer work in the spring (Total = 20 hours). Students are responsible for notifying counselors if they have completed these service hours. Hours can be submitted through the BHS Volunteer Hours Form (opens in a new window).  Note: You must use your WCS Gmail account (@myplace.wcs.edu) to sign-in and access the form.

Underclassmen are also eligible to receive this diploma and recognition when they graduate. Students must have a minimum of 10 volunteer hours every semester they are in high school (from this point forward). Please follow these guidelines:

  • Students cannot be paid to do volunteer work
  • Volunteer work cannot be done for a family member
  • The student is responsible for tracking volunteer hours and submitting them through our Volunteer Hours Form.

Fine Art News

In their first competition of the year, the BHS Marching Band was named the Grand Champion of the Columbia Invitational Marching Contest, winning awards for third place Color Guard performance, best Percussion performance, best Visual performance and best Musical performance. BHS received the highest score of the day from five of the six judges. The band competes next Saturday at the Bands of America Regional Championship in Jacksonville, Alabama.  
For the first time, Brentwood High TV & Film students are finalists in two categories in the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences national awards.  After winning the regional (TN, NC, AL) competition in April, the WBHS 9 Level 4 Newscast and a Public Service Announcement titled “Gun Safety” were nominated for the national competition. This is the second straight year WBHS 9 students have been nominated for Best Newscast in the nation.  For a full list of nominees and more information, see the attached news release.

Best Newscast:

WBHS 9 Dec. 16 Newscast, Brentwood High School

Rachel Ault, Morgan Yoder, Stephanie Steele, Reed Smith, Ryan Tyler, Katie Hart, Jack Burke, Matthew Willoughby

Best PSA:

Gun Safety, Brentwood High School (Nashville/Mid-South  Chapter)

JJ Blanton, Katie Hart, Morgan Yoder, Ryan Tyler, Christian Gilliam 

Saturday October 21, Brentwood High School marching band participated in the 39th Annual Music City Invitational at McGavock High School. The morning and afternoon included preliminary competition between 21 bands. Finals performances of the top 10 bands were performed later that night. Brentwood won the Overall Music Performance, Overall Visual Performance, Overall General Effect Performance and Grand Champion trophies with a score of 94.20.

During the preliminary performance, Brentwood came in 2nd place for Class 4A in preliminary competition and first place for Outstanding Music Performance.

The Brentwood High School band will travel to Austin Peay University this Saturday (October 28) to perform in the Mid-South Marching Invitational at Austin Peay State University. They will perform at 4:15 p.m.

This year’s band performance is entitled “WHAT IF”. It addresses the questions that define your future. What if you choose Joy? Anger? Love? Hate? Peace? Or Chaos?

The Brentwood High School band encourages the community to come and see their 2017 show at their Friends and Family performance on November 4, 2017 at 5 pm at the Brentwood High School football stadium. Admission is free! 

Nine Brentwood High Chorus students were selected to the All-State Honor Choir.  The best students from across the state are selected to be in All-State. Tennessee is split into three regions and the top students from Middle, East and West Tennessee will perform in Nashville in the spring.  Alex Cooke was selected first chair for second soprano.  The BHS Chorus Department is led by Natalie Pratt.

Nine BHS Chorus students were selected to the All-State Honor Choir, along with 3 alternates.

All-State Honor Choir Students:

Georgia Winkler, Nikkole Dittler, Alex Cook, Virginia Guerrero, Sydnei Humphrey-Davis, Carol Morse, Easton Freeze, Sam McAllister, Will Ryan,

All-State alternates:

Grace Choi, Noah McAllister, Coby Warkentin

For more information, contact BHS Choir instructor, Natalie Pratt at nataliep1@wcs.edu

Yearbook News

Senior Quotes are due on December 1st.

Email your quote to: katharine.urmy@wcs.edu

Subject line: Last name, first name

Put quote and author of quote in the body of your email

120 character max!

Only school appropriate quotes will be used.

If you do not submit a quote, “Congrats Class of 2018” will be used in lieu of a quote. 

BHS Yearbooks are for SALE! Order yours NOW! Last year, our yearbook won a National award: Most School Spirited Yearbook in the USA, and we completely sold out! To order, connect to the Yearbook Order Center (link opens in a new window) and enter the BHS order code, 12712.  Please email questions to Kate Urmy.   

Other School News

In an effort to bring awareness and safety for teen driving due to the rash of deaths of teen drivers this past year around Williamson County, Williamson County High Schools will be requiring all new student drivers and their parents to take part in a driver safety seminar, Checkpoints, in order for those students to obtain a parking pass and to drive to school. These safety seminars will be about an hour in length, and are designed to show statistics and facilitate conversations of safety between the parents and their teen driver. At the end of the session, parents will form a driving contract with their own student driver(s). All students in their first year of a license will be required to take the course even if they drive now. Students who have been driving for a year or more will not have to take the course in order to obtain the parking pass.

Session dates:

  • November 14, 2017

There will also be sessions TBA throughout the year.

Please sign up with the BHS CheckPoints registration system (link opens in a new window).

All training sessions will be at Brentwood HS. If you have questions, please contact the BHS School Office at 615-472-4220. 

Please join us in congratulating BHS Gifted Teacher, Harriet Medlin for receiving the Tennessee Association for the Gifted Teacher of the Year Award.  Mrs. Medlin is an amazing teacher and resource to countless gifted students, their families and general educators and administrators. She also devotes her free time to coaching and helping students with the nationally recognized debate team.  She is a leader, educator, mentor, presenter, and professional and does it all while working with more than 100 students at BHS.  

Rachel Lytle, who teaches honors and AP Biology at Brentwood High School in Brentwood, TN, was recently asked, “Do you plan to stay in the classroom forever?” Her colleague did not ask an unusual question, but it caused Rachel, who started her fourth year of teaching this fall, to stop and think. “I now realize not only do I want to stay in the classroom, I want to stay in the classroom because of the constant change it provides.” Rachel went on to add, “change drives me as a teacher, as a learner, and as a person, and I look forward to it each and every new school year.”

That dedication to her students and her own development as a professional is why NABT is proud to name Rachel Lytle the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding New Biology Teacher Achievement Award. The award, sponsored by Pearson, the Neil A. Campbell Educational Trust and NABT, recognizes outstanding biology and life science teaching in grades 7-12 by a “new” biology/life science instructor.

Rachel Lytle earned a B.S in Biology and her Tennessee State Teaching License from Middle Tennessee State University. She stayed at MTSU to earn her M.S. in Biology with a research interest in science education. Her academic achievements at MTSU were recognized with a number of awards and scholarships, including NABT’s Graduate Student Travel Award in 2014.

As a classroom teacher, Rachel is known to bring in timely resources to help make content interesting and relevant. She uses TED Talks and news articles, frequently collaborates with colleagues, and pays special attention to the design of her lab experiences. As her students focus on a single unknown variable for weeks, they become more methodical, honing their skills as technicians and researchers. Rachel has also coordinated a partnership with MTSU so her students can see firsthand how their experiences can be applied to a university setting.

Rachel recognizes that improving student attitudes toward science is a community effort. She currently leads her school’s PLC and is part of a district-based “science think tank” whose mission is to increase enrollment in science classes. She shares her experiences and learns from others by being involved with local teachers and at national organizations like NABT.

“Ms. Lytle’s energy and passion, has reignited my 18-year career in science education,” said Doug Anderson, a fellow teacher at Brentwood High School, in his recommendation letter. “I have never met a more involved and professional educator.”

Rachel is excited to do even more. “More students, more lessons, more learning, more labs, more research, more professional development, and most of all, more change,” she said. “As I descend to the next generation of my career, I take a step closer to that teacher I dream to be, and I hope I inspire my students in taking that step closer to the scientist they dream to be.”

And we’re excited for her to do even more! Congratulations again to Ms. Rachel Lytle for receiving the 2017 Outstanding New Biology Teacher Achievement Award.

The NABT Outstanding New Biology Teacher Achievement Award is sponsored by the Neil A. Campbell Educational Trust and Pearson. 

Individual bus stops for the 2017-18 school year are now available on the Williamson County Schools website.  Find out more in the InFocus “2017-18 Bus Stops Now Online” article.  
Parents will have to register for a new account using WCS Meal Payments in order to pay for their child’s school meals online this year.  Find out more in the InFocus News story, WCS Food Services Changes Online Meal Payment Vendor.
In order for BHS to maintain a safe learning environment that minimizes distractions, the minimum standards for acceptable clothing during the school day can be found on the WCS School Dress Code Board Policy
BHS parents and students, please take the time to read through the Brentwood High School Policies and Procedures for 2017-18 (PDF).  After reading the policies and procedures, students should return the acknowledgement form (PDF) (the last page) to their homeroom teacher. 
The City of Brentwood Library is offering Free SAT and ACT Practice Exams (PDF).  The exams simulate the “real” test and students will receive a score to better help them study for the SAT and ACT.  Please visit the Brentwood Library (link opens in new window) site for more information. 
Greetings BHS Student Drivers. Overall most students have completed the Checkpoints driving course and purchased their parking pass for this year. Remember, student drivers are required to register your vehicle and display a valid parking pass on your rear view mirror while parked on BHS campus at all times.