James Hubert Blake High School 

2022 - 2023 Back to School Resources

Updated 8/11- Check Back for Updates Regularly

(Hard copies will be mailed home by the week of August 8)

 

Back to School Information 

  • Welcome Letter from Mr. Sinclair, Principal
  • Welcome Letter from Ms. Snead, Principal Intern 
  • Welcome Letter from the James Hubert Blake High School PTSA
    • PTSA Membership
    • PTSA Meeting Dates
      • Sept 20 (in person), Oct 18 (Online), Nov 15 (In Person), Jan 17 (In Person), March 21 (Online), April 28 (In Person), May 16 (Online)
  • Welcome Letter from the James Hubert Blake High School NAACP Parent Council Reps
  • Advanced Placement Information (For families of all students enrolled in Advanced Placement- AP courses)
  • Agenda Books
    • Each student will be provided with an agenda book for free the first week of school
  • Athletic (Sports) Information
    • To learn more about fall sports or to access forms and information please visit the Blake High School Athletics Website.
    • Please note that the fall season starts on August 10th and students need updated physicals and paperwork to participate.
    • Registration for sports is done through ParentVUE.  If you need help with access please contact Mr. Fribush at Jared_B_Fribush@mcpsmd.org
  • Back to School Night- September 8, 2022
  • Back to School Resources from MCPS
  • Bell Schedules (Please  note that for the 22-23 school year Blake HS will be implementing a 7-period bell schedule)
  • Bump It Up Academic Support Information
    • Students can get support from Blake staff and students with their classwork on selected Saturday mornings!
  • Cafeteria Information
    •  Coming Soon
  • Calendars
  • 2022 - 2023 Blake HS Key Dates Calendar
  • Forms to Return
  • Free and Reduced Meals
    • Students may qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on household size and income. They may also qualify if they are receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA), or Medicaid benefits. Families may apply for meal benefits by completing an Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals for the current school year. Beginning the school year 2022-2023, students who qualify for reduced-price meals will not be charged that cost - meaning that reduced-price students will eat for free!

      Apply online NOW at MySchoolApps.com (Translations available) Click here for an English video tutorial. Click here for a Spanish video tutorial.

      Federal eligibility guidelines change each school year; therefore a new application must be submitted each school year. All students in the family should be listed on one household application. A notice will be mailed home to each student if you are approved for meal benefits or do not qualify for meal benefits. Please keep this important document for your records and use throughout the school year. Families may apply for meal benefits at any time during the school year.

      Households that are unable to apply online should contact their school or the Division of Food and Nutrition Services at 240-740-7400.

      Please click here to apply online.

  • Homeroom Assignments 
    • Click here for homeroom lists- Coming Soon
  • MCPS Back to School Fair- August 27, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm @ Westfield Wheaton Mall
  • Morning Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures
    • This map shows the areas of our school used for student parking, parent drop-off/pick up, and bus drop-off and pick-up. Here are some key tips:
      • All students and families must use the main entrance when dropping off and picking up students.
      • Cars that are dropping off or picking up should go around the student parking lot, not cut through the student parking lot
      • Cars that are dropping off or picking up should do so along the sidewalk by the school (noted as the drop-off/pick-up zone below)
      • Students may enter the building through the doors marked below in green (gym lobby, auditorium lobby, main entrance or counseling entrance)
  • New Student Orientation
    • What: This is an orientation that is open to all students new to Blake!  Students will have a fun day where they get to know each other and the school.
    • When: Thursday, August 25, 2022, 7:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    • R.S.V.P.: Please complete this form to let us know you are coming by Friday, August 15.
    • Students who ride a bus will be able to take their assigned bus (at the assigned time) to and from the orientation. 
      • Students not taking the bus should arrive no earlier than 7:30 a.m. and should be picked up by 11:30 a.m.
    • In order for us to prepare and plan for all students who may attend we are asking you to RSVPFORM) by Friday, August 15, 2022. Please note that students need to be logged into the browser with their mcpsmd.net account to access this form.
    • If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Assistant Principal (9th grade administrator), Ms. Shanay Snead ( Shanay_A_Snead@mcpsmd.org ) who is coordinating the event.
  • NEW Online Payments System- Sign Up Now
    • Montgomery County Public Schools has transitioned to a new online payment system called SchoolCash Online as its preferred method of payment for all school-related fees. 

      SchoolCash Online helps parents/guardians and community members pay school-related fees safely, quickly, and easily. SchoolCash Online will help increase efficiency and security at schools by making payments directly into schools’ bank accounts and eliminating the need for teachers to handle money. In addition, once registered, you will be immediately informed about school activities!

      Powered by KEV Group, SchoolCash Online is the industry leader in the management of school fees. The new system puts all of the school-related fees online for purchase so users can make purchases online using a credit card or e-check. A processing fee will be included on all items available for purchase, regardless of the type of payment used on SchoolCash Online or at the school.

    • You can get more information on SchoolCash Online here.
  • New Parent Orientation
    • There will be a new parent orientation at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2022 in the James Hubert Blake High School Cafeteria.  This orientation will provide parents new to Blake with an overview of what to expect at Blake and how to support students in their transition to high school.
  • Parking Permits
    • Student parking permits will go on sale starting TBD.  Students may pay for their parking permits ($75 for the year) by visiting our Online Payments page (starting mid-August).  Students will not need permits for the first few days of school to allow for students to purchase and pick up the assigned passes and parking spaces.  Here is the process for obtaining your parking pass.
      • Students and parents must review and sign the Blake HS Student Parking Policies and Procedures
      • Students and parents must fill out and sign the Parent Request for Student Use of Private Vehicle (Parking Application)
      • Students and parents can go to our new Online Payments page and pay for their parking pass. (Coming soon)
      • Parking Passes are non-refundable.
      • Students must clear all financial obligations to obtain a parking pass.
      • After students pay online please keep a copy of the online payment confirmation.  When your forms have been completed and you have the payment confirmation please email a copy of the student driver's license, a copy of current vehicle insurance information,signed application, and signed policies and procedures to Dawn_M_Jacob@mcpsmd.org.  Once the student application has been processed students and parents will receive a confirmation email and then can go to the business office before school, during lunch, or after school to pick up your pass
    • Any questions about parking passes can be emailed to Ms. Jacob ( Dawn_M_Jacob@mcpsmd.org ) our financial specialist who processes parking permit requests.
  • School Maps
  • School Supplies
    • Blake High School does not have a school supplies list, however, specific courses will share more information during the first week of school.  All students should come to school with pens, pencils, paper, and organizational tools such as binders and folders.
    • All students will receive a physical copy of the  2022 - 2023 James Hubert Blake High School Planner that will include month and daily calendars.
  • Transportation Information
  • Students can order their Class T-Shirts for Spirit Weeks using the links below. These shirts will be used at pep rallies, during spirit weeks, and more!
  • Stay Informed- There are a number of ways that Blake Families can stay informed throughout the year.  Here are some of those methods:
      • All families will receive our Weekly Update calls and emails starting Sunday, August 28, 2022.  Phone calls and emails come home at 6:30 p.m.  You can access the newsletter (this is the information from the phone call) by going to weeklyupdate.BlakeHS.info .  This site also contains previous weekly updates.  These emails and phone calls are sent to the contact information we have on file.  It is important to update your student's information as shared on this page.
      • Check the Blake website (you can access it by using the shortcut BlakeHS.info)
      • Follow us on Twitter (Mr. Sinclair- @Blake_Principal, Athletics- @BlakeAthletics, Counseling- @BlakeCounselors, Signature Program- @BlakeSignature)
      • Follow us on Instagram (Mr. Sinclair- @Blake_Principal, Athletics- @Blake_Athletics)
  • Student Emergency Contact Information Updates
    • Families are asked to update student emergency information each year through the ParentVUE portal.  You can do this by clicking on the ONLINE REGISTRATION link in the top right corner of the ParentVUE home screen and then selecting ANNUAL VERIFICATION - STUDENT INFORMATION from the drop-down list. We are asking families to complete this work prior to the first day of school so that we have accurate student information on file.  If you need you can use the ParentVUE Support Guide and the annual verification completion directions.

 

Fall Calendar Dates

  • August 25- New Student Orientation (7:45 - 11:30 a.m.)
  • August 25- New Parent Orientation (7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria)
  • August 29- First Day of School
  • September 5- Holiday, no school for students
  • September 8- Back to School Night
  • September 14- Early Release Day
  • September 19-20- Senior Portrait Make-Up Days
  • September 21-23- School Pictures (Grades 9-11)
  • September 26- Non-instructional day for students
  • September 30- Early Release Day
  • October 5- Non-Instructional Day
  • October 10- Homecoming Week, Spirit Week
  • October 11- Homecoming Week Event
  • October 12- PSAT Day
  • October 13- Homecoming Hallway Decorating
  • October 14- Homecoming Pep Rally
  • October 14- Homecoming Football Game vs Wheaton
  • October 15- Homecoming Dance
  • October 18- Picture Make-Up (Grades 9-11)
  • October 24- Non-Instructional day for Students