BHS January Parent Newsletter

From the Counseling Department

Happy New Year!

Counselors

A-D, Mrs. DeGeorge degeorgea@rcschools.net

E-K, Ms. Bryan bryanc@rcschools.net

L-R, Mrs. Van Winkle vanwinkles@rcschools.net

S-Z, Mrs. Clawson clawsons@rcschools.net

Counseling Secretary, Mrs. Sadler sadlerm@rcschools.net


Continue to check the counseling website at http://blackmancounselor.wix.com/counselorspage for updated information.

Connect with the counselors

Text @blackman to 81010 to get reminders and updates from the counseling department about scholarships, college, career, registration, and important deadlines!

Graduation Requirements

English = 4 credits

Math = 4 credits

Science = 3 credits

Social Studies = 2 credits

Government/Economics = 1 credit

Fine Art = 1 credit

Personal Finance = ½ credit

Wellness = 1 ½ credit

Foreign Language = 2 credits

Elective focus (pathway) = 3 credits

Elective = 1 credit


*A total of 23 credits are needed for graduation.

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Upcoming Events

Registration & Early Post-Secondary Information Night

Monday, Jan. 11th, 6pm

BHS Auditorium

Registration Timeline for the 2016-2017 School Year

January 19th- January 30th

Block Days - Counselors will meet with English classes to do short registration discussion. If counselors are unable to reach all classes during the block days we will meet the week of January 25th


February 1st- February 12th

INOW online registration open. Students will register at home using the registration form and instructions given to them during the discussion with the counselor. A counselor will be available in the library during primetime each day for registration help and to answer questions.


February 12th & February 16th

Counselors will identify students not yet registered and assist those student with registration in the library.


February 29th

Verification forms will be sent home. The deadline for parent overrides is March 4th.


March 4th

Signed verification forms with any changes are due to the counseling office. A parent override form is required to take a course beyond the teacher recommended level.

INow

Did you know you can check your child's grades online through INow? Your child should have brought home a username and password at the beginning of the year. If you don't have access, stop by the attendance office for that information.

Dual Enrollment

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Dual Enrollment program, students must:
1. be a junior or senior in high school;
2. have a minimum 3.0 high school GPA; or
3. have a minimum composite of 22 ACT (SAT composite of 1020); or equivalent ACT Plan test score

**Admission to MTSU and the Dual Enrollment program does not guarantee eligibility for all courses. Some courses require prerequisites and/or certain test subscores, including Math and English courses.


Cost

The tuition cost of a Dual Enrollment class is $166.00 per credit hour. This cost can be offset by the Dual Enrollment Grant, if the student applies and is ruled eligible. Students must maintain a 2.75 GPA for dual enrollment courses taken to stay eligible for the grant. The student should be prepared to pay the tuition cost in advance and then be reimbursed. Other anticipated costs include textbooks, $25 application fee, online course fees, and any applicable lab fees.


Dual Enrollment Grant

The total amount of grant money per student is $1200 total for their high school career. Current juniors get $500 for class one and two, which will cover the cost of a 3 hour class ($498 total per class). Current seniors were only set to get $300 for course 1 and 2, but MTSU decided to scholarship the additional $198 for the first two classes so that they too could have class one and two covered in full.


  • Current seniors

Current seniors who have not taken two DE classes in the fall can still take advantage of this additional money provided by MTSU ($198) for the Spring term to cover class one and two in full. For class 3 and 4 they will receive $100 per credit hour leaving them a balance of $198 for class 3 and 4.


  • Current juniors

Current juniors who have already taken two classes will receive $200 for class 3 (leaving a balance of $298) and nothing for class 4 (leaving a balance of $498).


*Although class 3 and 4 seem like a lot of out-of-pocket money, in-state undergraduate tuition cost is currently $1,011 for a 3 hours course, resulting in a savings of $513 when paying the full tuition amount for a dual enrollment course.

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PTO News

  • After Prom is Friday, April 29th, 2016. More information to come!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Conferences are held every Thursday in the media center from 3:30-4:30. If you would like to schedule a conference to meet with all of your student's teachers, contact their counselor to set it up. Conferences must be set up by Tuesday of the week you prefer.

Extra Help

If your child is struggling in class, encourage them to get extra help during Prime Time, which is each day from 9:16-9:47. Also, the BHS National Honor Society students tutor during Prime Time in the library. Students can get a pass to go in the library from 7:45-8:25. Click here to access the BHS tutoring brochure. Click here to access the current Library Log.

ACT Dates & Help

Test Dates:

Feb. 6

April 9

June 11


Register online at actstudent.org

BHS School Code: 431636


ACT Saturday morning tutoring:

Ms. Baumann in F15, and Ms. Ailes in F9 tutor at 9:00 a.m. on the Saturdays the week before each ACT is given. The next tutoring session will be on Jan. 30th. When you arrive, park in the front parking lot and enter through the F hall door. This door will remain locked during the study session.


ACT help during Prime Time:

English and reading help: See Ms. Burks in C14

Math and science help: See Ms. Ailes in F9

Senior Parent's Section

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FAFSA

You can begin filing your FAFSA on January 1st at fafsa.gov.


Here’s a checklist on what you'll need:

You should have the following information and documents with you as you fill out the 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

  • Student’s Social Security number
  • Parent(s)’ Social Security number(s)
  • Student’s driver’s license/permit/state issued ID number (if student has one)
  • Student’s Alien Registration Number (if student is not a U.S. citizen)
  • 2015 tax information (if required to file) for student and parent(s). To complete and submit the 2016-17 FAFSA in January, use estimated tax information (i.e. 2014 tax return, 2015 W-2 information, or last paystub).
  • Records of untaxed income, such as child support received and veterans noneducation benefits, for student and parent(s)
  • Information on checking and savings account balances; investments; and business and farm assets for student and parent(s)
  • Student’s FSA ID username/password. The student may create a FSA ID username/password by visiting fsaid.ed.gov today or while completing the 2016-17 FAFSA.
  • Parent’s FSA ID username/password. A parent may create a FSA ID username/password by visiting fsaid.ed.gov today or while completing the 2016-17 FAFSA.

Tennessee Promise

Your student should have received a TN Promise handbook during the Prime Time meeting on Nov. 19th. Extras are available in the counseling office. The first mandatory meeting is January 11th at 5:30 at BHS. Students must file their FAFSA by Feb. 15, attend 3 mandatory meetings, and complete 8 hours of community service for each semester they receive TN Promise funding.

Senior Newsletters

Each month, seniors get a newsletter with scholarships and other helpful information. We gave the first one out in senior meetings, and students will receive the rest at the beginning of the month in their English class. If your student's newsletter doesn't make it home, they are always posted on our counseling website in the senior class section. Our 2015-2016 College Planning Guide can also be found by visiting the website.

College Day

Your student is also allowed one college day that will count as a field trip. The process is simple. Send in a note with your student stating what school they are visiting and when. We will staple that note to a college day form that your student will get all of their teachers to sign before turning it in to the attendance office. After the visit, your student will need to bring the attendance office a letter from the admissions office stating that they went on a tour so that the visit will count as a field trip.

NCAA

If your student is planning to play sports at an NCAA Division I or II college, he/she must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. This should be done as soon as possible. NCAA requires 16 core courses. Make sure your student has met those requirements by talking with their coach or counselor.

Graduation

Graduation is Saturday, May 21st at 10 a.m. at MTSU's Murphy Center. For more information, visit http://www.bhs.rcschools.net/bhs/html/graduation.html.