Blackman Collegiate Academy

March 18, 2015

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Congratulations! & Welcome to the Blackman Collegiate Academy

We are excited to have you a part of the Collegiate Academy here at Blackman High School. We look forward to providing you with the Blackman Experience. With the Blackman faculty, our partnership with MTSU, sponsorship with Toyota of Murfreesboro and relationship with the Rutherford Chamber of Commerce, you will be able to have it all!

Registration for the 2015-16 School Year

Our counselors are currently working with students to register them for the upcoming school year. If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact them.

To clarify some questions regarding the registration process-

Rising Freshman

Students will be placed in the following cohorts:

  • Honors English I
  • Honors Biology
  • Either Honors World History & Geography or AP Human Geography
** Parent overrides will not be needed for the courses listed above.

Rising Sophomores

Students will be placed in the following cohorts:

  • Advanced Honors English II
  • Advanced Honors Chemistry
  • Advanced Honors Geometry or Advanced Honors Algebra II
**Parent overrides will not be needed for the courses listed above.

Rising Juniors

Students will not be placed in cohorts but we do encourage them to register for Honors Speech or Honors Critical Thinking or both if their schedules permit.

Rising Seniors

Students will not be placed in cohorts but are required to take:

  • Honors Capstone
  • Honors Speech or Honors Critical Thinking

Counselor Information:


Amber DeGeorge

615.904.3850 ext. 22909


Christine E. Bryan

615.904.3850 ext. 22906


Stephanie VanWinkle

615.904.3850 ext.22907


Sara Lynn Clawson

615.904.3850 ext. 22908

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We are so excited to have MTSU as our partner and Toyota of Murfreesboro as our sponsor and look forward to working with both of them.

Innovation J-Camp July 13th-17th

The Center for Innovation in Media at Middle Tennessee State University is holding a five-day multi-platform workshop July 13-17, 2015.

Innovation J-Camp is open to any high school student who has completed his or her freshman year.

Students will learn digital reporting skills, photojournalism, video storytelling and basic web building and management skills.

You can find more information about Innovation J-Camp online at

Register now for the 2015 Innovation J-Camp

Innovation J-Camp will be held July 13-17, 2015 in the Center for Innovation in Media at the College of Mass Communication at Middle Tennessee State University.

**This is a great example of Life Experience that will meet the requirements for the Life Experience component if your Major Focus is in this area.

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STEM- Be A Part of the Equation

Blackman is opening a new elective focus area – STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). These courses do not satisfy science or math graduation requirements, but they will explore careers in STEM. Also, the courses will better prepare the student to pursue advanced study in the STEM field of their choice at a variety of postsecondary institutions.

This preparation will include research on current STEM topics, career requirements and some foundational history. Students will also learn career skills in laboratory experiments, design processes and project management. We are making plans for our 3D printer, microscopes, robots, electronic kits, and more. These tools will let our students explore, learn, build, program, invent and even make mistakes.

What kind of student are we looking for? There are no prerequisites, but we do expect the students to have shown proficiency and high aptitude in previous science and math coursework. Other attributes include:

* They took things apart as a child. Maybe even put them back together!

* They smile when they touch a new roll of duct tape.

* Some of their favorite TV shows include Mythbusters, NOVA, the DIY channel, Discovery channel and Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Future courses will build on their skills in problem solving, collaboration and communication.

STEM 1: Foundations is being taught by Ken Hardison. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering, a MS in Industrial Engineering and additional training in environmental regulations, safety standards, ISO quality standards and Lean Manufacturing. He has over 20 years work experience in manufacturing, healthcare and as a consultant to Tennessee businesses and industries. For the last eight years he has taught Algebra here at Blackman.

See your counselor to sign up! If you have already registered and did not include STEM 1: Foundations – Contact your counselor!

Be part of the equation. Be part of the solution.

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Collegiate Academy T-Shirts

Everyone has been asking so what about shirts? What an awesome idea! And what would be better than a shirt designed by one of Collegiate Academy members!! So students get your creative juices flowing and submit your designs to Ms. Bryan at Once we receive all of your design entries we'll send them out and let you vote.

Collegiate Faculty Council

The following members of our faculty have volunteered to take on various roles within our Collegiate Academy to assist in Academics, Life Experiences, Extra-Curricular, Events, Parent Meetings, Monthly meetings, Electronic Portfolios, Communication and Research.

Faculty Council Members

Mrs. Alexander, French Teacher

Mrs. Baumann, Adv Honors/AP Chemistry Teacher

Ms. Bryan, E-K School Counselor

Mrs. Burks, AP English IV Teacher

Mrs. Clawson, S-Z School Counselor

Mrs. Connifey-Marlin, Assistant Principal

Ms. Cook, English IV Teacher

Mrs. Dabney, Biology Teacher

Ms. Davis, ESL Teacher

Mrs. DeGeorge, A-D School Counselor

Mrs. Delbridge, Marketing Teacher

Mrs. Farrington, SPED Teacher

Mr. Hardison, STEM/Algebra Teacher

Mrs. Holder, English II/Speech Teacher

Dr. Justus, Principal

Mrs. Jones, Adv Honors/AP Biology Teacher

Mr. Lawless, Assistant Principal

Mrs. McDowell, AP US History Teacher

Mrs. Noffsinger, Business Teacher

Mr. Patton, Choir Director

Mr. Pedigo, Principles of Technology Teacher

Mrs. Price, AP English III Teacher

Mr. Reed, Assistant Principal

Mr. Seadorf, Media Specialist

Mr. Strickland, Assistant Principal

Mr. Sutton, English III Teacher

Mrs. VanWinkle, L-R School Counselor

Ms. Villarreal, Spectrum Teacher

Mrs. Walker, AP Psychology/Newspaper Teacher

Mrs. Webb, Adv Honors/ Pre-Calculus Honors Teacher

Collegiate Academy Executive Council

The Executive Council will serve as advisors to the Collegiate Academy. It consists of the following:

Dr. Leisa Justus, BHS Principal

Ken Reed- Collegiate Academy Dean/BHS Administrator, Parent

Dr. Mike Boyle, MTSU

Andrew Oppmann, MTSU, Parent

Dr. Deb Sells, MTSU

Tosh Gilbert, Toyota of Murfreesboro

Kelli Beam, Rutherford Chamber of Commerce

Tim Pedigo- BHS Teacher

Christine E. Bryan- BHS Counselor, Parent

Upcoming Events:

Ice Cream Social

As a token of our appreciation for all the hard work you have put into applying, interviewing and writing to get into the Collegiate Academy, we'd like to treat you to a little Ice Cream Social next week during Primetime.

Monday, March 23rd- 9th graders

Tuesday, March 24th - 10th graders

Thursday, March 26th - 11th graders

8th graders- we haven't forgotten you. We will be coming to your middle school soon! : )

Freshman Orientation

Thursday, March 19th, 6pm

3956 Blaze Drive

Murfreesboro, TN

Come get a tour, find out about our extra-curricular activities, explore Major-Focus areas, and more...

AP/Dual Enrollment Night

Thursday, March 26th, 6pm

3956 Blaze Drive

Murfreesboro, TN

Have questions about AP and/or Dual Enrollment? Come find out about our AP and Dual Enrollment courses that we will be offering at Blackman next year. You'll also get a chance to talk to AP teachers about their programs as well as with MTSU about the Dual Enrollment opportunities that our students will have here at Blackman.

AP/Dual Enrollment Opportunities for the 2015/16 School Year:

AP English III

AP English IV

Dual Enrollment English 1010/1020

AP Biology

AP Chemistry

AP Physics I

AP Physics II

AP Physics C

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC

AP Statistics

Dual Enrollment Statistics

Dual Enrollment College Algebra

AP Human Geography

AP European History

AP US History

Dual Enrollment US History 1

Dual Enrollment US History 2

AP Macroeconomics

AP Microeconomics

AP US Government

AP Comparative Government

AP Psychology

Dual Enrollment Speech

AP Art History

AP Studio Art: 2-D Art

Collegiate Academy Parent Meeting

Monday, April 13th, 6pm

3956 Blaze Drive

Murfreesboro, TN

This is a night just for Parents. We'll give you updates, answer any of your questions, you'll receive a copy of your student's course verification sheets and more.

Collegiate Academy Kick-off

More details to come but the week before school starts we'll have a cookout, community service opportunity and more.
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