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Mattie T. Blount High School's

Registration 2017

Incoming 9th Grade and Students New to the School

When: July 11 & 12, 2017

Time: 8:00 - 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Registration Fee $25


Two (2) Proofs of Resident

Birth Certificate/Social Security Card

Student's Report Card

Place: Blount High School - A-Hall

Please make sure you have completed the Online Registration Process



Blount High School Announcements

 Mr. Jerome Woods, Principal

 To: Parents/Guardians

From: Jerome Woods, Principal

Date: December 15, 2016

Subject: Revised Restroom Procedures

Due to an excessive usage of cell phones and other electronic devices, we, the administrative team at Blount High School, have implemented a new restroom policy. Students are allowed to go to the restrooms between all classes and before and/after lunch. If there is an emergency and a student needs to go to the restroom during class, the student is allowed to go with an administrator/hall monitor.

Essentially, there is no way to monitor what the students are doing with their electronic devices; therefore, we decided to limit their access to the restrooms. This procedure is in place in order to protect all students while at school. Please continue to speak with your child about following the rules as it relates to electronic devices.

Thank You

 Summer Reading - 2017


ENGLISH 9: Choose two novels to read from the list below. 

 English 9—

  • The Giver by Lois Lowery
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 
  • Make Lemonade by Virginia Wolff
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan
  • Romiette and Julio by Sharon Draper

HONORS ENGLISH 9: Choose two novels to read from the list below.

Honors English 9—    

  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan

Regular and Honors English 9 ACTIVITIES:

  1. Within the first two weeks of the English class, each student will complete an Accelerated Reader test on the novels read over the summer.
  2. Each student will choose one of the following activities to complete after reading each of their novel selections. 

a.       Brochure

After reading the novel, create a tri-fold brochure on one sheet of colored construction paper.  The components on the tri-fold brochure will consist of the following items.

  •  Front outside panel—title, author, and publisher
  •  Inside left panel—setting (time and place)
  •  Inside center panel—illustration of setting
  •  Inside right panel—summary of story
  •  Left outside panel—review based on evidence from novel (Would you recommend it to fellow students? Why or Why not?)
  •  Center outside panel—name, date, period of student

The brochure will be turned in within the first 2 weeks of class.

b.      Published Booklet

After reading the novel, the student will create a booklet consisting of an illustrated cover and a summary of the entire novel on the back page.  Inside, the booklet will have illustrated pages that cover the following information found in the novel.

  • Cover—Illustration with novel title, author, publisher
  • Page 1—Main characters and brief description of each
  • Page 2—Main settings and brief description of each
  • Page 3—Brief descriptions of the conflict, climax, and resolution
  • Page 4—Review of the novel by the student (Would you recommend it to fellow students? Why or Why not?)
  • Page 5—Summary of novel; include student name, date and class at the bottom of page 5

The brochure will be turned in within the first 2 weeks of class.

**Students will also participate in an online activity (Discovery Education) assigned by the teacher at the beginning of the course.


Regular English 10 (Pick 2)

  • Narrative of Life Frederick Douglass – Frederick Douglass
  • Tuesday’s with Morrie – Mitch Albom
  • Copper Sun – Sharon Draper
  • Push – Sapphire
  • The Pearl – John Steinbeck

Honors English 10 (Pick 2)

  • My Antonia – Willa Cather
  • Autobiography of Malcom X – Malcom X with Alex Haley
  • Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keys
  • The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthrone
  • The Red Badge of Courage – Stephan Crane

Students: Choose one of the activities to complete for EACH novel you read.  End products will be turned in once your return to school.


  1. Select a key scene from one of the novels and rewrite it from the point of view of one of the other characters involved in it.  Be sure to think about how the story would change if this new narrator was telling the story.
  2. Pick a character from one of the novels and create a collage representing his/ her personality.  Use magazines and artwork to create your collage. (Poster is required; make sure included the character, the novel, etc.)
  3. Write a three page letter to the main character in one of the novels, giving him or her advice on as issue he/she faces in the novel.  Relate in anyway you can to the situation and try to help him or her.
  4. Create a newspaper that would be delivered to one of the characters in the novel you read.  You can include want ads, advertisements, sports section, business section, lifestyle section, crossword puzzles, horoscopes, etc.  Make sure to write three major stories and include graphics.
  5. Create a soundtrack for one of the novels.  You can use songs from other artists or create your own. Include a cover and write a paragraph for each song, explaining why you chose it and how it relates to the book.  The soundtrack has to have 8 songs.  No vulgar lyrics. Must be a variety of genres (country, rap, R&B, classical, jazz, etc.)  You will need to use a CD.

**Students will also participate in an online activity (Discovery Education) assigned by the teacher at the beginning of the course.


English 11 and Honors English 11                                                  

  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley
  • The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines
  • A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Somewhere in the Darkness by Walter Dean Myers

Students:  Choose 2 novels from the list above.  The following activities will be completed for each novel read.

Activity 1 Complete AR Test

Activity 2 Students will complete a character analysis paper and identify literary elements found throughout the book. Describe why this character is unique and use examples from the story to support their reasoning.

AP English 11

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zorah Neale Hurston)
  • A Modest Proposal (Johnathan Swift)
  • Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood (Richard Rodriguez, Aria)

Assignment: Read all 3 novels. Students will complete a critical reading on each literary piece. In an analytical paper, students will discuss the importance of the title of each work; discus the author and his or her connections to major themes.

**Students will also participate in an online activity (Discovery Education) assigned by the teacher at the beginning of the course.


English 12

Students may choose 2 of the 5 titles.  For their project, they will prepare a MWDS (Major Works Data Sheet – graphic organizer for a novel) and take an AR test during the second week of school.  The MWDS can be found on Mrs. Carroll’s page at the BHS web site.

  • Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff
  • The House on Mango Street
  • Kite Runner
  • Native Son
  • Any book from the Hunger Games trilogy


Students will read the following titles:

  • Jane Eyre
  • Frankenstein
  • How to Read Literature like a Professor                                        
  • Choose one book from the AP reading list.

Projects: Students will prepare a MWDS. The MWDS can be found on Mrs. Carroll’s page at the BHS web site.  The AP reading list may be found on the AP College Board web site or the student may see Mrs. Carroll for a copy.

For How to Read Literature like a Professor, students will receive a handout for the assignment. This handout may be found on Mrs. Carroll’s page at the BHS web site or students may see Mrs. Carroll before school dismisses for the summer. Students will not compile a MWDS for this book.

**Students will also participate in an online activity (Discovery Education) assigned by the teacher at the beginning of the course.



Plan 2020 requires that school systems meet certain benchmarks for accountability purposes indicating that students are College and Career Ready. The College or Career Indicator measures the preparedness of students for college or careers upon exiting Alabama’s K-12 school system.  Possible consideration for College and/or Career Readiness consists of one of the following:

  • Benchmark scores on the reading and math sections of the ACT test
  • Qualifying score on an AP or IB exam
  • Approved transcripted college or postsecondary credit while in high school
  • Benchmark level on the ACT WorkKeys (ALSDE ACT Workkeys)
  • Approved Industry Credential (*Career Readiness Indicators)

In order to meet the high stake benchmarks of Plan 2020, Career Readiness Indicators (CRIs), State Approved Industry Credentials must be obtained. If the student passes and earns the approved industry credential, this will help the school system meet the accountability benchmark requirements of Plan 2020. 

For more information, contact Ms. J. Hollins, Assistant Principal Blount High School - 251-221-3070.


Education and work related credentials is the verification of a student/individual's qualification or competence issued by a third party with the relevant authority to issue (U.S. Department of Labor, 2010). Credentials are representative of certificates, degrees, certifications and government-issued licenses. Career Readiness Indicators (CRIs) are recognized by the Alabama State Department of Education as a credential and students are required to attain a certification as part of the New Graduation Requirements.

Through the Academies at Blount High School, students who have completed their Pathway course sequence (three Career Tech classes beginning with their sophomore year with a foundations class and moving forward to their junior and senior years) and have successfully mastered the exam which correlates with that pathway is eligible to receive an Alabama State Department of Education credential.

For more information about ALSDE recognized credentials click on this link. CRI List Effective 1-4-16.docx

Academy of Allied Health (Clinical Services) Entry & Advanced Levels

By: Juanita Veale, Signature Academy Specialist

Blount High School's Academy of Allied Health (Clinical Services) Entry and Advanced Levels is a specialized program designed to expose students to a wide range of careers in health care. Students experience learning in an actual health care environments and obtain information on educational choices,   career opportunities, and technical requirements. Students will also gain medical experience through our Business Partners by way of Job Shadowing, Internships, field trips, and guest speakers. Students who participate in this program will be inspired and challenged to reach their fullest potential. Our Signature Academy will provide stimulating programs that will increase college readiness and connect with careers and industries that are essential to the workforce of tomorrow.

Through the Allied Health curriculum, students are taught Therapeutic Science, Diagnostics, Health Informatics, and Biotechnology Research & Development. Moreover, other students may choose to continue his or her studies in an institute of higher learning.

 BHS Allied Health allow students to further benefit in the medical field by way of:

  • Exposure to many health care fields
  • Career guidance and decision making assistance
  • Progressive school and work based learning
  • Opportunities to acquire health care skills
  • Hands on training
  • Interactive learning environment

More importantly, two other Pathways have been added to the medical curriculum to be implemented the second semester (January) of 2015:

  1. Sports Medicine
  2. Emergency Medical Services

Upon successful completion of this rigorous curriculum, students will be tested for licensure as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). The Career Tech Student Organization (CTSO) for the Allied Health is HOSA.

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