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Students will be exempt from final exams for the Spring 2021 semester. However, some teachers may choose to give a test for the end of the nine weeks. If so, middle and high school English and history classes may have a nine weeks test on Monday, May 10th, and math and science classes may have a test on Tuesday, May 11th. All students will be present for a full, regular school day through Tuesday, May 11th. Students with a semester average above 75 will be excused from attendance after Tuesday, May 11th. Students with below a 75 in any class should attend that class through Friday, May 14th. Those students will have the opportunity to work closely with their teachers to make up missed work or lost credit for the semester and improve their understanding of course content before moving on to the next year.

Grades 6-12 will take end of semester exams using the following adjusted class schedule. 7th period exams will be split, with part 1 on Wednesday, 12/9 and part 2 on Thursday 12/10, during the regular 7th period class time. Beginning Friday, 12/11, exams will take place 8:00 – 9:30 and 10:00 – 11:30, with break in between. All students in grades 6-12 are dismissed after the second exam of the day. Friday, 12/11 – 1st and 3rd period exams Monday, 12/14 – 2nd and 5th period exams Tuesday, 12/15 – 4th and 6th period exams Wednesday, 12/16 – Make up exams A doctor’s excuse is required for make up exams, and those must be scheduled with the teacher giving the exam. 

Our school year typically ends with a celebration of all our students’ accomplishments from the year. This year was no different in purpose, though the method may have changed. Please enjoy these virtual recognitions of our students! Elementary Awards Middle School Awards High School Awards Senior Awards

A few years ago, we began a tradition of recognizing our students for receiving academic scholarships for their intended colleges. This year, our “signing day” took place over a few days at our students’ homes. There are others who are still deciding which school will be their future home, and others who are waiting to hear from scholarship opportunities, but we are so proud of all our class of 2020! Be sure to check out the video! Mary Beth Bailey — University of South Alabama Grace Barrentine — University of South Alabama Kensley Boyd — Southern Union State Community College Klaeton Colburn — Shelton State Community College Kirstin Ely — Shelton State Community College Donovan Hill — Shelton State Community College Eddie Holmes III — University of Alabama at Huntsville Howard Hudson — Jacksonville State University Devin McKinney — University of Alabama at Birmingham Riley Miller — Jefferson State Community…

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We want to share a huge congratulations to our athletes who have signed to play ball in college next year! Judson Hogeland has signed to play football at Faulkner University next fall. He led the Rebels in tackles the last two seasons, including this year’s state championship run. Go Eagles! Earlier this year, Josh McMillon and Jacquez Bilbrew signed to trade out their Rebels jerseys for Dragons at Lane College (TN).  We’d also like to congratulate Andy Poole, Garrett Mangione, and Mark Hubbard for signing to play baseball, and Bailey Welch for softball. We hate missing such a large part of their senior seasons, but we are excited to watch out for them in the future! Bailey Welch can be found in the Jaguars’ outfield at South Alabama. Garrett Mangione will attend and play for Shelton State Community College. Andy Poole will be playing at Miles College next spring. Go Bears!…

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The All-State Academic Team is chosen from senior students based on their GPA and ACT scores. The AISA honors the top 25 students in the state. Bessemer Academy is proud to have two students named to the All-State Team. The Student Athlete Awards are also chosen by the AISA. It is awarded to students who compete in multiple sports during their high school career, while also pursuing advanced courses and maintaining a high GPA. Bessemer Academy had four student athletes chosen this year: Kirstin Ely and Alexis Oliver, Jackson Stewart and Garrett Mangione. Kirstin and Alexis were interviewed on a Good Morning Alabama special! https://www.wbrc.com/video/2020/05/14/bessemer-academy-students-chosen-all-state-academic-team/ 

Bessemer Academy had two athletes chosen to participate in the All-Star basketball games for the AISA this year. The girls team ended their season with an Elite Eight appearance and the boys with the Final Four.

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